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38 stories found over the past 45 days
UN Advocate Princess Haya Al Hussein of Jordan calls for more coordination in aid community

06 May 2016 – People who are starving are not thinking about other anti-poverty goals, Princess Haya Al Hussein said at the United Nations, calling for cooperation and coordination among the humanitarian community to meet the world’s basic needs, starting with zero hunger.


Political impasse adds ‘new layer of complications’ to Iraq’s complex challenges – UN envoy

06 May 2016 – A profound political crisis has engulfed Iraq, adding “a new layer of complications to the already complex set of military, security, humanitarian, economic and human rights challenges,” the United Nations envoy for the country warned today, urging the Government, constitutional and political leaders, and civil society to work together to break the impasse and advance reforms.


Challenges to peace accord ‘cast shadow’ on Bosnia and Herzegovina’s progress, Security Council told

05 May 2016 – The readiness of some political actors in Bosnia and Herzegovina to question and challenge the 1995 peace accord, including new attempts to undermine the sovereignty and authority of the State and its institutions, continues to cast a shadow over positive efforts to advance economic and social reforms, the United Nations Security Council was told today.


No corner of Aleppo is being spared, Security Council told, as UN officials urge end to ‘carnage’ in Syria

04 May 2016 – The cessation of hostilities in Syria Must be put back on track, the United Nations political chief today told the Security Council, as the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator said “there can be no explanation or excuse” for waging war on civilians, in Aleppo or anywhere else in the crisis-riven country.


UN sanctions: what they are, how they work, and who uses them

04 May 2016 – Counter-terrorism and non-proliferation are on the agenda today at the Security Council, where at least seven sanctions committees will brief the main United Nations body responsible for maintaining international peace and security. We’ve prepared a quick snapshot covering the basics of UN sanctions and how Sanctions Committees work.


UN expert warns combat against violent extremism could be used as ‘excuse’ to curb free speech

03 May 2016 – A United Nations human rights expert today signalled concern that efforts to counter “violent extremism” may be construed as the “perfect excuse” for democratic and authoritarian governments to restrict free expression and control access to information.


Iraq: with hundreds killed in April, UN expresses deep concern at ‘incessant violence’

02 May 2016 – A total of 741 Iraqis were killed and another 1,374 were injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq last month, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).


Syria: human toll and suffering are 'sickening,’ UN relief chief tells Security Council

28 April 2016 – With hundreds of thousands of civilians killed, millions of people displaced and countless families torn apart, the UN relief chief today described the human toll and suffering in Syria as “sickening,” and said the global community should be “ashamed” that this is happening on its watch.


BAKU: violent extremism 'affront' to UN principles, Global Forum told in opening session

26 April 2016 – The head of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), a body mandated to promote harmony among nations, today emphasized the need to counter narratives of hatred and mistrust in order to prevent violent extremism.


Yemen: Security Council calls for parties in talks to develop road map for security measures

25 April 2016 – The United Nations Security Council today called on all parties involved in the intra-Yemeni peace talks to develop a road map for the implementation of interim security measures as they work towards a comprehensive agreement that will bring a permanent end to the political crisis in the country.