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23 stories found over the past 45 days
FEATURE: Search-and-rescue worker looks back on ‘intense,’ rewarding deployment in quake-hit Nepal

08 May 2015 – As international search-and-rescue teams start wrapping up their activities in Nepal following the Government’s decision to call off ground operations there, Dewey Perks, a rescue worker soon heading back to the United States, describes his time in the small South Asian nation trying to save lives as both “very intense” and highly rewarding.


Unrest in Burundi sends thousands fleeing, threatening years of refugee gains – UN agency

08 May 2015 – The eruption of pre-election violence in Burundi last month has seen over 50,000 people flee to neighbouring countries and threatens to undo some of the most promising developments in recent refugee history in Africa, the United Nations body tasked with protecting displaced people said in Geneva today.


INTERVIEW: as Liberia moves past Ebola ‘nightmare,’ security and political challenges still ahead, UN envoy cautions

06 May 2015 – As Liberia bounces back from the “national nightmare” of a devastating Ebola epidemic which claimed more than 4,000 lives, the country must also prepare for a series of future challenges – from the build-up of its security sector to the undertaking of critical presidential elections in 2017, according to Karin Landgren, the head of the United Nations Mission there (UNMIL).


UN chief appoints new Deputy Special Coordinator for Middle East peace

04 May 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Robert Piper of Australia as his new Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, a United Nations spokesperson confirmed today.


UN lauds South Sudan as country ratifies landmark child rights treaty

04 May 2015 – The United Nations has hailed South Sudan’s ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) as the African nation takes a critical step towards protecting and promoting the rights of all children.


Children in 15 of 26 industrialized countries in UN survey lack access to child rights education

30 April 2015 – Education programmes in 15 industrialized countries fail to include child rights education in their schools, according to a new United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) report, which also highlights that a fundamental step towards exercising those rights is to know and understand them.


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.


Photo story: UN Crime Congress - Advancing criminal justice and rule of law

17 April 2015 – This is a critical year for development as countries hammer out a new, post-2015 development agenda. At the 13th Crime Congress, taking place in the Qatari capital of Doha - from 12 to 19 April 2015 - policymakers and experts from around the world have joined forces with the UN, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations to chart a new course for crime prevention and rule of law in support of sustainable development.


Ban appoints new Director of UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute

17 April 2015 – The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon has announced the appointment of Cindy Smith of the United States as Director of the UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute.


In Washington, UN chief calls for immediate ceasefire by all parties in Yemen

16 April 2015 – During a speech delivered at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. this evening, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined the gravity of the situation in Yemen, saying the country in “in flames” and pointing out how the current crisis is multiplying the already high levels of suffering and insecurity faced by many in the population.