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UN agency urges parties to ensure rights of people displaced amid violence in eastern DR Congo

14 April 2016 – The United Nations refugee agency has expressed concern about the welfare of tens of thousands of internally displaced people (IDP) in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) who have been driven out of host sites due to fresh fighting between the Congolese army and rebel forces.


‘We cannot forget the girls from Chibok’ – UN child rights envoy

13 April 2016 – Marking two years since Boko Haram abducted 276 girls in Nigeria, a United Nations child rights envoy reiterated a call to bring them back, stressing that the international community must “be their voice” and help give children of Nigeria and the region the peaceful, stable lives they deserve.


Investing in treatment for depression and anxiety leads to four-fold return – UN report

13 April 2016 – Depression and anxiety disorders cost the global economy $1 trillion each year, and every one dollar invested in scaling up treatment leads to a return of four dollars in better health and ability to work, according to a new study led by the United Nations health agency.


With peace and stability gains, Côte d'Ivoire 'on the rights track' – UN peacekeeping chief

12 April 2016 – With Côte d'Ivoire now firmly anchored on the path of peace, stability and economic recovery, the top United Nations peacekeeping official today said that it is perhaps time to consider wrapping up the UN mission and begin to consider the Organization’s future role in supporting the consolidating the country’s gains.


UN marks 55th anniversary of first human flight into outer space

12 April 2016 – The United Nations today observed the International Day of Human Space Flight to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the first human space flight, which ushered in the beginning of the space era for mankind.


Nigeria: UN human rights experts call for progress in abduction of schoolgirls in Chibok

12 April 2016 – TAhead of the second anniversary of the abduction of 200 schoolgirls in the town of Chibok in Nigeria, a group of United Nations and African human rights experts today appealed to Boko Haram to immediately reveal the location of the girls, and urged the Government of Nigeria to escalate its efforts to free all civilians kidnaped by the group.


UN experts urges Honduras to end impunity in murder of human rights defender

11 April 2016 – More than a month after the killing of Berta Cáceres, a female human rights defender, eight United Nations experts have jointly reiterated their appeal to the Government of Honduras to provide justice and reveal the truth in her murder, and to ensure the security and protection of all people defending the environment and human rights in the country.


PODCAST: actress Gillian Anderson presents film at UN on human trafficking

11 April 2016 – “Film can change the world,” said actress Gillian Anderson in a recent interview at the United Nations about the movie SOLD, the story of a 13-year-old Nepalese girl's journey into sexual slavery and eventual emancipation.


UN survey finds displaced Palestinian families in Gaza Strip live in desperate conditions

11 April 2016 – More than 75,000 Palestinian families internally displaced in the Gaza Strip as a result of the 2014 escalation of hostilities continue to live in fraught conditions and are in need of homes, the United Nations relief coordination wing for the Occupied Palestinian Territory reported today.


Data 'essential' to 2030 Agenda, UN Commission on Population and Development told

11 April 2016 – Addressing the opening of the 2016 session of the Commission on Population and Development, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today underscored the importance of that body's role in advancing the new global development agenda.