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31 stories found over the past 45 days
UN-Arab League Envoy urges fresh talks with besieged Syrians, authorities

17 April 2014 – Regretting the abrupt halt in talks between the Syrian authorities and the negotiating committee representing civilians and fighters trapped in the Old City of Homs, United Nations-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi today urged all the parties to return to the negotiating table and complete the deal that had been on the verge of being signed.


Ban encourages Israeli, Palestinian sides to remain engaged in peace talks

14 April 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly encouraged Israel and Palestine to remain “constructively engaged” in ongoing efforts towards achieving a two-State solution during separate phone calls over the weekend with the leaders of both sides.


Syria: UN-OPCW mission expects ‘intensified efforts’ as chemical weapons deadline slips

14 April 2014 – Concerned that Syria has missed the 13 April deadline to remove most of its chemical agents, the Joint Mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations (OPCW-UN) says that it expects “an intensification of efforts” towards meeting the goal of removing all the country’s chemical weapons by the end of the month.


UN, United States, European Union issue joint 'call for action' on South Sudan

12 April 2014 – Expressing deep concern about the crisis in South Sudan and its impact on civilians, the top United Nations humanitarian official joined today with her counterparts from the United States and the European Union to urge more support for the war-torn country's people, who have been severely affected by conflict, displacement and food insecurity.


Washington ‘Redskins’ team name, ‘hurtful reminder’ to Native Americans – UN expert

11 April 2014 – The United Nations independent expert tasked with defending the rights of indigenous peoples, today called on the owners of the Washington Redskins football team to consider that the term “redskins” is the hurtful reminder of the long history of mistreatment of Native American people in the United States.


Execution of Mexican national by US authorities regrettable, says UN rights office

11 April 2014 – The United Nations human rights office today voiced deep regret at the execution of Mexican national Ramiro Hernandez Llanas in Texas on Wednesday, noting that the United States is in breach of international law since Mr. Llanas was not allowed access to consular services.


UN chief teams up with global leaders, celebrities to get all children into school by 2015

10 April 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today joined a prominent roster of global leaders, campaigners and celebrities in Washington, D.C. to help launch a new worldwide campaign that aims to get 57 million children into school.


Philippines’ debt must be cancelled to support typhoon recovery effort – UN expert

07 April 2014 – Voicing concern that the Philippines’ post-typhoon reconstruction and recovery efforts could be undermined by its heavy debt load, a United Nations independent human rights expert today issued a strong call on international creditors to cancel the country’s debt and to provide unrestricted grant aid instead of new loans.


As ratifications lag, UN experts renew call for States to sign treaty on migrant workers’ rights

07 April 2014 – The expert members of the United Nations panel dealing with the rights of migrant workers and their families renewed today their appeal to all countries to sign the international treaty on the rights of those workers, which went into effect almost 11 years ago.


World Health Day: UN urges countries to prioritize combat against vector-borne diseases

07 April 2014 – Warning that a “small bite can carry a big threat,” the United Nations family is marking World Health Day by urging the international community to back a global health agenda that gives higher priority to controlling the spread of vector-borne diseases, a step towards ensuring that no one in the 21st century would die from the bite of a mosquito or a tick.