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45 stories found over the past 45 days
Security Council requests UN panel to propose global framework on countering terrorist propaganda

11 May 2016 – Reaffirming that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, the United Nations Security Council today requested its main counter-terrorism subsidiary body to present a proposal by 30 April 2017 for a comprehensive international framework on the matter.


'Alarming' reports of major violations in south-east Turkey – UN rights chief

10 May 2016 – The United Nations human rights chief today reported having received a succession of alarming reports about violations allegedly committed by Turkish military and security forces in south-east Turkey over the past few months, and urged the Turkish authorities to give independent investigators, including UN staff, unimpeded access to the area to verify the veracity of such reports.


UN experts urge Sri Lanka to adopt measures to fight torture and strengthen justice system

10 May 2016 – Two United Nations experts have urged the Government of Sri Lanka to replace the legal framework that allowed human rights violations to occur and to establish democratic institutions in line with international human rights standards.


UN must 'champion change' to become more relevant and better able to tackle today's challenges

10 May 2016 – To respond to both current and future threats to world peace and security, the United Nations must become more relevant, credible, legitimate and capable, by taking concrete steps that include finding political solutions to sustain peace, fostering partnerships for building prosperous and stable societies, and tackling terrorism and preventing violent extremism, the President of the UN General Assembly said today.


Egypt: UN experts report worsening crackdown on protest

09 May 2016 – Three United Nations human rights experts today urged the Egyptian Government to put an end to the disproportionate reactions against the exercise of the rights to assembly and expression in the country.


Ban condemns deadly terrorist attack against police officers in Egypt

09 May 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned the deadly terrorist attack in Cairo, Egypt, on Sunday, which reportedly killed eight police officers, his spokesperson said.


In Seychelles, Ban calls for global action on climate change and easing humanitarian suffering

08 May 2016 – Small States like Seychelles have served as a “magnifying lens” for many issues that all nations must face, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the National Assembly today, calling for the archipelago's continued support as the UN tackles three critical challenges: climate change, global sustainability and easing humanitarian suffering.


Respect for different faiths 'bedrock' and 'prerequisite' of world peace, UN General Assembly told

06 May 2016 – Mutual respect for different faiths and cultures is the “bedrock” of a world at peace and “prerequisite” for achieving many of the goals to which humankind and the United Nations aspire, the General Assembly was told today.


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.