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UN food relief agency to double aid to Niger’s conflict-torn Diffa region

15 June 2016 – Faced with a new wave of displacement following recent Boko Haram attacks in Niger’s south-eastern Diffa region and with needs on the rise, the United Nations food relief agency plans to double its food and nutrition assistance, aiming to gradually increase its life-saving support to more than 250,000 people in Niger’s embattled southern region.


South Sudan: UN relief wing reports increase in violence against aid workers

15 June 2016 – While thousands of vulnerable people in South Sudan have been reached with assistance and protection in recent months, violent incidents against aid workers increased during the month of May, the United Nations humanitarian wing reported today.


First-ever UN forum on albinism in Africa to focus on 'less talk, more action'

15 June 2016 – The first-ever United Nations-sponsored regional forum for Action on Albinism in Africa will take place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from 17 to 19 June to develop specific measures to tackle the attacks and discrimination faced by persons with albinism in several countries in the region.


‘Disability is not inability,’ says Ban, urging equal rights for all to achieve Global Goals

14 June 2016 – Marking the 10th anniversary of a United Nations treaty that protects the rights of persons with disabilities, senior UN officials today highlighted the critical role people with disabilities play as invaluable partners to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


In Op-Ed, UN chief says global community 'must work in new ways to help people in crisis'

14 June 2016 – In an opinion piece published today by The Guardian, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the outcome of the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit, held in Istanbul, Turkey, last month.


UN health agency panel sees 'very low' risk of Zika spread from Olympics

14 June 2016 – An expert panel of the World Health Organization (WHO) today concluded that while the Zika virus and its associated disorders continue to be a public health emergency of international concern, there is a “very low” risk of further international spread of the virus as a result of the upcoming Olympic Games.


In wake of mass shooting, UN rights chief urges US to consider robust gun control

14 June 2016 – In the wake of the mass killing of 49 people by a sole gunman in a gay nightclub in Florida, the United Nations human rights chief today urged the leadership of the United States to live up to its obligations to protect its citizens from the “horrifyingly commonplace but preventable violent attacks that are the direct result of insufficient gun control.”


Security Council extends mandate of UN mission in Libya for six months

13 June 2016 – The Security Council today decided to extend until 15 December 2016 the mandate of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), encouraging the operation to re-establish a permanent presence in the country through a phased return.


UN chief condemns 'abhorrent' attack on market in Syria's Idlib city

13 June 2016 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned the abhorrent attack carried out yesterday in Idlib city, Syria, which hit a vegetable market and the only bakery in the area.


UN rights chief warns of 'preventable calamities' and 'worrying' trends in more than 50 countries

13 June 2016 – In a wide-ranging opening speech to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, the UN rights chief sheds a light on “preventable calamities” and worrying trends around the world, including detailed concerns about the situation in more than 50 countries.