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UN warns of humanitarian crisis as 7,400 cross Afghan border each day

13 October 2016 – Every day, some 7,400 Afghan returnees cross the border from Pakistan to Afghanistan, prompting the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to warn of an escalating humanitarian crisis.

UN experts call on Ethiopia to allow international panel to help probe violence against protesters

10 October 2016 – Urging Ethiopian authorities to end their violent crackdown on peaceful protests, which has reportedly led to the death of over 600 people since November 2015, two United Nations human rights experts today further called on the Government to allow an international commission of inquiry to investigate the protests and the violence used against peaceful demonstrators.

On World Day against Death Penalty, Ban says practice 'has no place in the 21st century'

10 October 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called the death penalty a cruel and inhumane practice – one that 65 countries globally retain for terrorism-related offenses – which is the focus of this year's World Day against the Death Penalty.

Globalization must leave no one behind, senior UN officials tell joint meeting on socio-economic issues

07 October 2016 – At a joint meeting of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the General Assembly’s main economic and financial committee, the respective heads of the two UN bodies today highlighted the need for the benefits of globalization to reach all countries and all peoples.

Libya: As situation worsens, UN envoy calls for pause in fighting near Benghazi

06 October 2016 – Expressing deep concern over the plight of civilians caught in the cross-fight in a Benghazi neighbourhood, a senior United Nations official in Libya has called for a humanitarian pause to allow aid to reach those in urgent need and as well as a safe passage for those who wish to leave.

Aleppo demands ‘bold action,’ including limiting use of Security Council veto – UN rights chief

04 October 2016 – The human rights calamity unfolding in the eastern part of Syria’s Aleppo city demands bold new initiatives, including proposals to “limit the use of the veto” by the permanent members of the Security Council, the top United Nations human rights official declared today.

Afghanistan: UN condemns killings of 19 civilians by explosive devices planted on roads

02 October 2016 – The United Nations mission in Afghanistan has condemned two improvised explosive device (IED) detonations on civilian vehicles that killed 19 people in Helmand and Badghis provinces in recent days.

South Sudan: 100,000 people trapped in Yei, UN refugee agency warns

30 September 2016 – Urgent humanitarian assistance is needed for some 100,000 people trapped in the South Sudanese town of Yei, where the security situation deteriorated rapidly after renewed conflict broke out in Juba, the capital, in early July, the United Nations refugee agency warned today.

Security Council calls on Somali parties to address political challenges amid latest election delay

29 September 2016 – Regretting an extension to the 2016 electoral process in Somalia announced by the country’s electoral body, the United Nations Security Council has called on all parties in the country to upload their commitments on the elections and to come to an agreement on the remaining political challenges without further delay.

Togo, at UN, calls for enhancing efforts of small countries to combat spread of terrorism

26 September 2016 – Addressing the General Assembly today, Kokou Kpayedo, the Permanent Representative of Togo to the United Nations, reiterated his country’s voluntary commitment in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and stressed that enhanced cooperation in responding to security threats and ensuring reform of the Security Council are needed to secure their wide implementation.