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30 stories found over the past 45 days
Lebanon cannot bear brunt of Syrian refugee crisis alone, UN relief official warns

18 March 2014 – Massive international support is crucial as the number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon continues to rise and is on track to reaching 1.5 million by the end of this year, a senior United Nations humanitarian official stressed today.


UN officials applaud United States intent to transition oversight of key web domains

18 March 2014 – United Nations officials have welcomed the recent announcement the United States plans to transition key oversight of domain names and other aspects of the Internet’s architecture to the global community, as a major step towards the multilateral Internet governance that the UN has been advocating for many years.


Middle East: ‘status quo not sustainable’ UN political chief warns Security Council

18 March 2014 – Against the backdrop of last week’s ‘dangerous escalation’ in Gaza and Israel, the top United Nations political official told the Security Council today that this latest upsurge serves as yet another reminder that the international community must work together to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict and restore prospects for a durable peace throughout the Middle East.


Ukraine: Ban ‘deeply concerned’ Crimea vote will worsen complex, tense situation

17 March 2014 – Leading the United Nations push for parties in Ukraine to resolve the country’s ongoing political crisis through peaceful dialogue, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said he is “deeply concerned and disappointed” that this weekend’s Crimea secession referendum will only exacerbate an “already complex and tense situation.”


At Dubai forum, UNESCO chief calls for scaling up efforts to educate girls worldwide

17 March 2014 – The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today called on Governments, the private sector and civil society to scale up efforts to provide quality education for girls, stressing the transformative benefits this has for all of society.


UN Security Council action on Crimea referendum blocked

15 March 2014 – Owing to the negative vote of one of its permanent members, the United Nations Security Council today failed to adopt a draft resolution which urged countries not to recognize the results of this weekend's referendum in Crimea.


Syria's political process 'in crisis' and must be reenergized - Ban

14 March 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appealed yet again for the international community to help bring the rival Syrian parties closer on concrete measures to end the conflict, saying “it is not enough for representatives of the Government and opposition to be in the same room, what matters most is what they do there.”


Syria: UN-Arab League envoy says Security Council must push for productive peace talks

13 March 2014 – The United Nations and Arab League Joint Special Representative for Syria today appealed to the Security Council to assist him in pressing for a possible new round of negotiations bringing together the Syrian Government and opposition groups to end three years of bloodshed in the country.


Intellectual property applications broke records in 2013, UN agency reports

13 March 2014 – The United States and China drove international patent filings to a record level last year with applications for the first time surpassing the 200,000 mark, the United Nations intellectual property agency today reported, with record highs also reached for trademark and design applications.


Syria: UN chief implores world to reenergize political talks on ending bloodshed

12 March 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that the international community cannot afford to lose focus or turn away from war-torn Syria, and called for renewed political efforts to end what is now, after three years of bloodshed, the biggest humanitarian and security crisis in the world.