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Arms Trade Treaty vital to halting flow of ‘portable, casual instruments of death’, Security Council told

13 May 2015 – The widespread availability of small arms and light weapons, and their ammunition, is the common factor in over 250 conflicts witnessed across the globe in the last decade, the United Nations Secretary-General told the Security Council today, pointing to 50,000 deaths along with displacement levels unseen since the Second World War as direct consequences of such violence.


Senior UN official warns of ‘widespread and systematic’ sexual violence in Syria, Iraq

07 May 2015 – Sexual violence is being committed strategically, in a widespread and systematic manner, and with a high-degree of sophistication by most parties to the conflict in Syria and Iraq, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Bangura, said today as she briefed journalists on her “scoping mission” to the region in April.


At thematic debate, UN officials urge ‘cohesive, balanced’ approach to fighting world drug problem

07 May 2015 – The international community must seize the opportunity to hold open, comprehensive and in-depth discussions on the world drug problem at next year’s General Assembly special session devoted to the issue, a senior United Nations official said today amid appeals for a clampdown on transnational drug trafficking networks and their criminal offshoots.


‘Let us renew our will to cooperate for peace’ Ban declares at Peace Bell reinstallation ceremony

06 May 2015 – As one of the oldest outdoor gifts at the United Nations, the Peace Bell represents the “collective desire for the world to live in peace,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today at a ceremony to reinstall the symbolic bell at its permanent home at Headquarters in New York.


Amid reports of new attack on Yarmouk camp, UN agency urges Syria to halt military operations in civilian areas

02 May 2015 – After a reported overnight attack on Yarmouk refugee camp, the United Nations relief agency assisting Palestinians across the Middle East has called on the Syrian Government to refrain from using explosive weapons in populated areas, “including airborne weapons, whose indiscriminate effects expose civilians to imminent danger and suffering.”


Maldives: UN rights office says trial of former President politicized, unfair

01 May 2015 – The trial and conviction of former Maldives President Mohammed Nasheed was vastly unfair, arbitrary and disproportionate, a senior United Nations human rights official announced today as she reported on her recent visit to the Asian country.


Draft political deal for Libyan parties is ‘work in progress,’ UN envoy tells Security Council

29 April 2015 – Announcing today that he had outlined for the Security Council his draft proposal for a political agreement among Libya’s opposing factions, the United Nations envoy for the country warned that ongoing “chaos” there has sparked a series of dire events in the wider region – forcing thousands of desperate civilians to seek unsafe passage across the Mediterranean and a spate of recent bomb attacks against embassies in Tripoli.


Ban condemns attack on Yarmouk, as UN agency delivers 'critical' relief to displaced in camp

29 April 2015 – The Secretary-General has today strongly condemned the shelling and aerial bombardment of the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, which occurred despite assurances from the Syrian Government that the camp would not be targeted while civilians remained inside.


UN rights experts welcome US review of lethal drone attacks, urge transparency and accountability

29 April 2015 – A group of United Nations independent experts today welcomed the announcement by the United States Government of a review of two counter-terrorism operations involving the use of drones, while stressing the need for transparency and accountability.


Gaza: Security Council receives report of inquiry into incidents during 2014 conflict

27 April 2015 – In a letter transmitting to the Security Council the public summary of a report of the Board of Inquiry regarding incidents in Gaza during the recent conflict, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed his "profound and continuing concern” for civilian populations of the Gaza Strip and Israel.