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UN Assembly President urges collective action to end intolerance, promote reconciliation

23 April 2015 – On the heels of a two-day United Nations High-Level meeting on Promoting Tolerance and Reconciliation, Fostering Peaceful, Inclusive Societies and Countering Violent Extremism, President of General Assembly, Sam Kutesa, has called for the defeat of obscurantism and urged faith leaders around the world to denounce those who preach intolerance in the name of religion.


‘Youth represent promise – not peril,’ Ban tells Council debate on countering extremism

23 April 2015 – Involving youth in peacebuilding processes the world over is essential to lasting global stability and stemming the growth of radicalism, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today in remarks delivered to a Security Council session devoted to the role of youth in countering violent extremism and promoting peace.


Warning of 'empathy gap,' Ban urges faith leaders to speak up against injustice and brutality

22 April 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged faith leaders gathered in the General Assembly to stand up for the collective good and amplify their voices in support of moderation and mutual understanding, warning that he fears an “empathy gap” is causing people to turn their eyes from injustice and numbing them to atrocities.


Libya: UN official condemns terrorist attack on Spanish embassy

22 April 2015 – The head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Bernardino León has strongly condemned the latest terrorist attack in the Libyan capital of Tripoli in which the Spanish Embassy was targeted.


At UN, religious and political leaders weigh strategies to stem rising tide of intolerance, extremism

21 April 2015 – Senior United Nations officials today called on the international community “in the name of our shared humanity to unite in courage and resolve” against intolerance at a critical time when people, communities and nations are grappling with disparity and radicalism.


Security Council ‘deeply concerned’ about humanitarian situation for refugees in Yarmouk camp

20 April 2015 – The United Nations Security Council has today expressed deep concern about the grave humanitarian situation in Yarmouk refugee camp, located on the outskirts of the Syrian capital, Damascus.


UN condemns ‘horrific’ attack that killed four UNICEF staff in Somalia

20 April 2015 – The United Nations has strongly condemned this morning’s attack on a UN vehicle in north-eastern Somalia, which killed four UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) workers and seriously injured four others when a roadside bomb exploded alongside the minibus in which they were riding.


DOHA: UN conference ends with call for concrete action on crime prevention and criminal justice

19 April 2015 – As the 13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice ground down to a close today in Doha, Qatar, the head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) called on Member States to implement the Doha Declaration and take definitive action on comprehensive crime prevention and criminal justice policies and strategies.


Afghanistan: UN condemns ‘brutal’ suicide attack in Jalalabad

18 April 2015 – United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović, has strongly condemned the “brutal” suicide attack that reportedly killed at least 35 people and injured more than 100 others in the Afghan city of Jalalabad earlier today.


Photo story: UN Crime Congress - Advancing criminal justice and rule of law

17 April 2015 – This is a critical year for development as countries hammer out a new, post-2015 development agenda. At the 13th Crime Congress, taking place in the Qatari capital of Doha - from 12 to 19 April 2015 - policymakers and experts from around the world have joined forces with the UN, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations to chart a new course for crime prevention and rule of law in support of sustainable development.