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44 stories found over the past 45 days
Recalling 'responsibility to protect' UN pays tribute to victims of Srebrenica genocide

01 July 2015 – During a high-level commemorative event in New York, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today paid tribute to the victims of the Srebrenica genocide, perpetrated 20 years ago, and which, he said, “will forever weigh on the collective conscience of the international community.”


Extending mandate of UN mission in Mali, Security Council adds observers to monitor fresh ceasefire

29 June 2015 – The Security Council today extended the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) for one year, within the authorized troop ceiling of 11,240 military personnel, including, for the first time, at least 40 military observers to monitor and supervise the country’s newly agreed ceasefire.


As World Heritage Committee opens session, UNESCO urges protection of sites targeted for destruction

28 June 2015 – The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) strongly appealed for the international community to help counter the emerging threat of violent extremism and cultural cleansing, in remarks to the opening of the 39th session of the World Heritage Committee today in Bonn, Germany.


Somalia: UN official commends election of speaker of regional assembly

28 June 2015 – The United Nations envoy for Somalia commended today the completion of the establishment of the assembly of Galmudug, a region located in the center of the country.


In wake of terrorist attacks, Ban expresses solidarity with people and governments of Kuwait and Tunisia

27 June 2015 – Earlier today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon telephoned both the Amir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah, and Beji Caid Essebsi, President of Tunisia, expressing his deepest sympathies to the Governments of people of both nations following Friday's deadly terrorist attacks.


On World Day, UN says efforts to combat illicit drugs must be linked to development

26 June 2015 – Marking the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, top United Nations officials focused on the need for alternative development for farmers who cultivate illicit crops and for leaders to address drug trafficking and drug abuse that pose as obstacles to sustainable development for the world.


Perpetrators of ‘reprehensible’ terrorist attacks in France, Kuwait and Tunisia must be brought to justice - UN

26 June 2015 – Strongly condemning the terrorist attacks carried out separately today in Tunisia, Kuwait and France, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored that, far from weakening the world’s resolve, the heinous incidents will only strengthen commitment to defeating all forms of terrorism.


On International Day, UN chief urges concrete support for victims of torture

26 June 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has renewed his call for Member States to repudiate the use of torture amid the international community’s ongoing fight against terrorism and provide victims of the inhumane practice with support critical in helping them rebuild their lives.


UN Somalia envoy condemns latest terrorist attack in Mogadishu

24 June 2015 – The top United Nations official in Somalia has condemned “in the strongest terms” today’s Al-Shabaab terrorist attack against a convoy from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the capital of Mogadishu, resulting in a number of casualties.


UN rights expert deplores ‘profound failure of diplomacy’ as Syria conflict escalates

23 June 2015 – Syria’s “ever-accelerating” cycle of violence continues to reap civilian casualties and provoke “unspeakable suffering”, the head of a United Nations-mandated Commission of Inquiry warned today, as he lamented the international community’s inability to bring the country’s four-year war to a close.