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UN rights chief calls for international probe into alleged violations in Yemen

25 August 2016 – Underlining the seriousness of alleged breaches of international humanitarian law and international human rights law in Yemen, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has called on the international community to establish an international, independent body to carry out comprehensive investigations in the country.


Youth unemployment set to rise for first time in three years – UN labour agency

24 August 2016 – With global youth unemployment expected to rise in 2016 for the first time in three years and the equally disturbing high levels of young people who work but still live in poverty, the United Nations labour agency today called for greater efforts to achieve sustainable economic growth and decent work.


UN will support Colombia's 'drive to build a future in peace,' says Ban as historic talks end

24 August 2016 – Congratulating the Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People's Army (FARC-EP) on reaching a deal to end more than 50 years of conflict, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today pledged the ongoing support of the United Nations system to the two sides as they muster the “equally determined and exemplary effort” that will be required to implement the agreements.


To escape gangs and poverty, Central American children making risky journey to US – UNICEF

23 August 2016 – The flow of refugee and migrant children – seeking refuge from brutal gangs and stifling poverty in Central America and making their way to the United States – shows no sign of letting up, despite the risks of being kidnapped, trafficked, raped, or killed on the journey, a report from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) found.


'All of humanity is part of this story,' UNESCO says on Day to remember slavery and its abolition

23 August 2016 – The courage of the men and women who in August 1791 revolted against slavery in Haiti “has created obligations for us,” the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said on the day set aside for remembrance of that rebellion, noting that “all of humanity is part of this story” and efforts to teach the history of the slave trade will help build a better world.


Nigeria: With thousands in urgent need, UN health agency scales up emergency response

22 August 2016 – The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) is ramping up its response in north-eastern Nigeria, where initial assessments have revealed urgent health problems among populations in areas formerly held by Boko Haram insurgents.


Security Council expresses ‘regret’ over postponed electoral process in Somalia

19 August 2016 – The United Nations Security Council today expressed regret over a postponed timeline for this year’s parliamentary and presidential elections in Somalia, calling on all stakeholders to follow the revised 2016 electoral calendar “without further delay.”


South Sudan: Hundreds of children recruited into armed groups, reports UNICEF

19 August 2016 – Reporting that 650 children have been recruited into armed groups in South Sudan since January, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNCEF) called today for an immediate end to recruitment and an unconditional release of all children by armed actors.


'We cannot and will not leave anyone behind,' says UN chief on World Humanitarian Day

19 August 2016 – With a record 130 million people worldwide dependent on humanitarian assistance, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that while solutions to complex crises may not be simple or quick, “there are things we can all do – we can show compassion, raise our voices against injustice, and work for change.”


New UN report lays bare widespread ISIL ‘atrocities’ committed against Yazidis in Iraq

18 August 2016 – A new United Nations report lays bare the widespread and systematic manner in which the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, Da’esh) has committed “terrible atrocities” against the Yezidi and other ethnic and religious communities, the UN envoy for Iraq said today, calling for the perpetrators to be fully and properly held to account.