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Reports that Yahoo aided US e-mail surveillance draw concern of UN human rights expert

07 October 2016 – The top United Nations expert of free expression said today that reports that Yahoo complied with United States intelligence demands by searching the e-mails of hundreds of millions of customers “raise serious human rights concerns.”

Eastern Aleppo may be ‘totally destroyed’ by end of year, warns UN envoy

06 October 2016 – Detailing the bloodshed in eastern Aleppo, where in the last two weeks, 376 people – half of them children – have been killed, 1,266 injured, hospitals destroyed, and “all sorts of ammunitions” and weapons used, the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria underscored today that this part of the iconic city may be totally destroyed in two months, leaving thousands dead and forcing countless more to flee.

With record harvests, world’s food import bill expected to fall 11 per cent – UN agency

06 October 2016 – With prices for most of the internationally-traded agricultural commodities, especially for the staple grains remaining relatively ‘low and stable,’ it is expected the global food import prices will fall to a six-year low, the United Nations agricultural agency said today.

With ‘unstoppable’ momentum, Paris climate pact set for early November entry into force – UN chief

05 October 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today that the Paris Agreement on climate change signed by world leaders this past April is set to enter into force on 4 November, as enough countries have signed onto the landmark accord to bring it to the emissions threshold that will trigger its implementation.

‘Keep Afghanistan on the path towards stability,’ Ban tells Brussels Conference

05 October 2016 – Addressing a conference aimed at charting a way forward for conflict-ravaged Afghanistan, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the international community to sustain its commitment to support the country and its people, while stressing the importance of holding both donors and the Afghan Government accountable for aid effectiveness.

Aleppo demands ‘bold action,’ including limiting use of Security Council veto – UN rights chief

04 October 2016 – The human rights calamity unfolding in the eastern part of Syria’s Aleppo city demands bold new initiatives, including proposals to “limit the use of the veto” by the permanent members of the Security Council, the top United Nations human rights official declared today.

UN chief urges European Parliament to approve process on Paris Agreement ratification

04 October 2016 – Addressing the plenary of the European Parliament, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called its members to approve a speedy ratification by the European Union (EU) of the Paris Agreement on climate change and to help lead the world to a better future.

Ban appoints Hubert Price of US as head of the UN support office in Somalia

03 October 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Hubert Price of the United States as Head of the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS).

“One of the important things for the success of our effort is real commitment from the international community” – UN envoy for Afghanistan Tadamichi Yamamoto

03 October 2016 – From a decades-long conflict which has seen an ever-growing number of civilians killed to rooting out corruption among government bodies, Afghanistan has been facing a range of challenges with the international community’s assistance – and many of these topics will be discussed at a two-day gathering starting on Tuesday, 4 October, in the Belgian capital of Brussels.

India ratifies Paris climate pact at UN, brings its entry into force 'tantalisingly close'

02 October 2016 – India today ratified the Paris Agreement on climate change at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, bringing the treaty's entry into force "tantalisingly" close.