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52 stories found over the past 45 days
UN human rights panel concludes ISIL is committing genocide against Yazidis

16 June 2016 – The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) [also known as ISIL and Da'esh] is committing genocide against Yazidis that amounts to crimes against humanity and war crimes, a United Nations-mandated human rights inquiry reported today.


In Brussels, Ban urges EU Member States to meet development assistance targets

15 June 2016 – On the second day of his visit to Brussels, Belgium, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the opening ceremony of the European Development Days forum and participated in a commemoration for the victims of the March airport bombing attacks in the city.


Security Council authorizes high seas inspections off Libya's coast, aiming to stem illegal arms flow

14 June 2016 – The United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution today authorizing Member States, acting nationally or through regional organizations, to inspect vessels on the high seas off the coast of Libya they believe are carrying illicit weapons.


In Brussels, Ban urges joint efforts against terrorism and in addressing displacement

14 June 2016 – In Brussels, Belgium, today, ahead of the start of a forum by the European Commission, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with several European officials, discussing such issues as the need for stronger international cooperation in the face of emerging challenges related to terrorism, and also visited with refugees and volunteers working at a soup kitchen.


In wake of deadly Orlando attack, UN officials urge stand against spread of hatred and violent extremism

13 June 2016 – Condemning the shooting that occurred early yesterday morning in Orlando, Florida, in which 50 people were reportedly killed and dozens more were injured, United Nations officials have offered deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of those who were murdered while simply enjoying a night out with their friends at a nightclub.


Security Council extends mandate of UN mission in Libya for six months

13 June 2016 – The Security Council today decided to extend until 15 December 2016 the mandate of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), encouraging the operation to re-establish a permanent presence in the country through a phased return.


UN rights chief warns of 'preventable calamities' and 'worrying' trends in more than 50 countries

13 June 2016 – In a wide-ranging opening speech to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, the UN rights chief sheds a light on “preventable calamities” and worrying trends around the world, including detailed concerns about the situation in more than 50 countries.


Afghanistan: UN condemns attack targeting civilians gathered for Friday prayers

10 June 2016 – The United Nations envoy in Afghanistan today condemned an attack targeting civilians gathered for Friday prayers at the Hisarak Jami Mosque in Rodat district, in Nangarhar province.


Security Council condemns deadly terrorist attack in Tel Aviv

09 June 2016 – The members of the Security Council today condemned in the strongest terms yesterday's terrorist attack in Tel Aviv, Israel, during which at least four civilians were killed and many more injured.


Content of report on conflict-affected children 'will not change,' asserts Ban

09 June 2016 – Standing by his decision to remove the Saudi-led Coalition in Yemen from his latest report on conflict-affected children, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said it was one of the most “painful and difficult decisions” he has ever had to make, and that it is “unacceptable” for Member States to exert undue pressure as scrutiny is necessary part of the work of the UN.