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103 stories found over the past 45 days
World must not ‘squander’ opportunity in Somalia, UN envoy tells Security Council

19 May 2015 – While it is too soon to celebrate definitive success in Somalia, and while the situation remains challenging, progress is being made and the international community would be missing a strategic opportunity if it failed to realize how much is being achieved, the top United Nations in the country told the Security Council today.


At UN forum, Ban urges leaders aim to set global education roadmap until 2030

19 May 2015 – Education is not a privilege but rather a birthright that secures human rights and fights violent extremism, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today in Incheon, Republic of Korea, as he opened the World Education Forum 2015 which aims to set the roadmap for global education until 2030.


South Sudan: UNICEF warns women and children being victimized ‘with frightening regularity’

19 May 2015 – Almost two years since the eruption of the conflict in South Sudan, the situation continues to deteriorate with women and small children making up the majority of most recent casualties, a representative from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in the country said today.


UN calls on Southeast Asian countries to better protect migrants making ‘perilous’ sea journeys

19 May 2015 – Several senior United Nations officials have today strongly urged the leaders of Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand, to protect migrants and refugees stranded on vessels in the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea, to facilitate safe disembarkation, and to give priority to saving lives, protecting rights, and respecting human dignity.


Most workers now employed in part-time or temporary jobs – UN labour agency

18 May 2015 – The International Labour Organization (ILO) today warned of widespread insecurity in the global employment market, saying that some 75 per cent of all workers are employed on temporary or short-term contracts in informal jobs often without any contract, under own-account arrangements or in unpaid family jobs.


Security Council welcomes Central African Republic national forum, urges implementation of peace pact

16 May 2015 – The Security Council has welcomed the recent national reconciliation forum held in the Central African Republic (CAR) and the inclusive, grassroots-level manner in which the consultations were carried out, particularly by ensuring the participation of women, and called on the country's Transitional Authorities, with the support of the United Nations, to speedily implement the forum's outcomes.


In wake of deadly shoe factory fire in Manila, UN urges global action to make workplaces safe

15 May 2015 – The International Labour Organization (ILO), in a statement issued in the wake of this week's deadly shoe factory fire in the Philippine capital, noted “often such accidents are preventable” and offered its assistance to improve safety and health conditions in the workplace.


Amid ‘extremely tense situation’ in Burundi, UN rights chief warns against reprisals in wake of failed coup

15 May 2015 – The United Nations human rights chief has voiced concern over the developments in Burundi over the past two days following a reportedly failed coup d’état in the country’s capital and urged all armed forces and non-state actors to refrain from actions that may endanger civilians.


On International Day of Families, Ban spotlights need for gender equality, children's rights

15 May 2015 – It is time to change social norms that support male control over women and reinforce discrimination against vulnerable family members, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today on International Day of Families.


‘Untold suffering’ of South Sudanese people must end, UN envoy tells Security Council

14 May 2015 – The security situation in South Sudan deteriorated further during late April and early May, the head of the United Nations mission in the country warned today as she briefed the Security Council on the “very worrying” developments that have had a devastating effect on civilians.