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At Security Council, Ban urges Israel-Palestine talks to overcome ‘political paralysis’

12 July 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged both sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to immediately begin discussions on implementing the recommendations made in a recent report published by the diplomatic partners mediating the peace process as efforts continue to restore hope for a lasting political solution.


UN condemns this week's deadly gun violence in US

08 July 2016 – United Nations officials today spoke out against recent violence in the United States which has left several people dead, expressing both outrage and condemnation over the killings, and highlighting the need for more to be done to fight discrimination.


UN-backed meeting on forced displacement crisis in Central America urges regional responsibility-sharing

08 July 2016 – With people fleeing violence in Central America in numbers not seen in more than 30 years, representatives from Governments, international organizations and civil society gathered for a United Nations-backed event on the issue in San José, Costa Rica, and agreed to enhance access to asylum and increase regional responsibility-sharing.


In China, Ban highlights country’s leadership on sustainable development, climate change

07 July 2016 – In China today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted the country’s relationship with the Organization, noting in particular its crucial role in improving tensions, building peace and promoting the agenda on climate change.


As robotics advance in South-East Asia, investment needed to build skilled workforce – UN labour agency

07 July 2016 – The robot age is already a reality among manufacturers in South-East Asia, where countries have been incrementally introducing automation to improve quality, consistency, and workplace safety, with robots deployed in human-centric, collaborative ways to raise the productivity of higher skilled workers, rather than replace them, a new study by the International Labour Organization (ILO) has found.


Global food prices rose in June; wheat harvest outlook robust – UN agency

07 July 2016 – Global food commodity prices rose 4.2 per cent in June, their steepest monthly increase of the past four years, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today, also noting improved production prospects for the year ahead.


With two-state solution 'slipping away,' UN denounces Israel's settlement, demolition activities

04 July 2016 – The United Nations today condemned Israel for demolishing Palestinians' homes and advancing plans to build new houses for Israeli settlers, amid the prospect of the two-state solution to the Middle East conflict already “slipping away.”


UN hails ambitious Canada-Mexico-US partnership to fight climate change

04 July 2016 – The head of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) today hailed as “a major breakthrough” a recent announcement by Canada, Mexico and the United States that they will take sweeping action to achieve 50 per cent clean power generation by 2025 and cooperate on reducing disaster risk.


FEATURE: After two decades, genocide survivor opens up about her anger and forgiveness

01 July 2016 – “Being a hero is being able to give a smile to the person who sold you death,” said Frida Umuhoza, who was barely a teenager when her entire family – including her grandparents, parents and five siblings – were killed in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.


Diplomatic Quartet releases report on advancing two-state solution to Israel-Palestine conflict

01 July 2016 – The United Nations and its diplomatic partners in the Middle East peace process today released the first report of its kind, which analysed the impediments to a lasting resolution to the Palestinian–Israeli conflict and offered recommendations on the way forward, urging Israel to stop its settlement policy and Palestine to end incitement to violence.