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Ban meets new Saudi king, looks forward to cooperation on development, climate, regional crises

08 February 2015 – Paying tribute to the legacy of the late Saudi Arabian king Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, the United Nations Secretary-General today looked forward to continued “fruitful cooperation” with the country's new king, Salman bin Abdulaziz, after a meeting in which the two discussed sustainable development, climate change and regional peace and security.


‘World must act responsibly,’ say UN advisors urging restraint following latest ISIL atrocity

06 February 2015 – Members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) need to know that they will be held accountable for their crimes, two senior United Nations right officials declared today, adding that recent murder of Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh was “yet another example of a deliberate grave abuse of human rights and international humanitarian law” perpetrated by the extremist group.


INTERVIEW: Senior UN relief official warns no room for complacency until Ebola is eliminated

06 February 2015 – Having recently visited the West African countries worst-affected by the current Ebola crisis, John Ging, Operations Director of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), returned feeling confident that the outbreak can be completely eliminated, the humanitarian situation addressed and the countries’ resilience to future outbreaks boosted.


FEATURE: ‘I’m not whole’ – female genital mutilation survivor speaks out

06 February 2015 – Born in The Gambia and sent to the United States at 15 for an arranged marriage, Jaha Dukureh was too young to remember her FGM procedure but she has never been able to shake the feeling that something is not quite right.


Security Council demands end to Mali violence, urges parties to reach peace deal

06 February 2015 – Demanding an immediate end to all hostilities in Mali, the United Nations Security Council today urged Malian parties to “engage with sustained political will and a spirit of compromise” and make the necessary concessions to engage in talks towards a comprehensive, inclusive peace deal that addresses the root causes of the years-long crisis in the country.


Breaking silence, disproving myths first steps towards eliminating female genital mutilation – UN chief

06 February 2015 – On the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, marked every year on 6 February, and this year focused on ending the 'medicalization' of the procedure, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on health workers around the world to eliminate what he called a 'deeply harmful' practice.


In South Sudan, senior UN official says ‘no doubt’ rights violations are ongoing

05 February 2015 – Warring parties in the South Sudan conflict say they are close to signing a peace deal, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Šimonović, told reporters in Juba today as he confirmed that while fighting has decreased, rights violations continue in the world’s youngest country.


UN Somalia envoy ‘excited and worried’ about political progress in year ahead

04 February 2015 – Underlining the importance of the partnership between the African Union and the United Nations in Somalia, which he called “unique, strong and essential for success,” the top UN official there briefed the Security Council today on the challenges lying ahead for the country in 2015.


UN rights experts urge Bahrain to release arrested opposition leader

04 February 2015 – A group of United Nations human rights experts are urging the Government of Bahrain to release opposition politician and religious figure Sheikh Ali Salman who was arrested in December 2014 on charges that include inciting change of regime by non-peaceful means.


‘Youth lens’ brings development challenges into sharper focus at UN forum

03 February 2015 – The emerging United Nations-led sustainability agenda, to be crafted around a set of sustainable development goals, must be inspired by and inspiring for the world’s young people, the President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) said today as he closed the Council’s annual Youth Forum with a call for young people to amplify their voices and become more involved in building “the future we want.”