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Syrian talks end with 'no drama;' early April target date set for resumption – UN envoy

24 March 2016 – Both the Syrian Government and opposition delegations are taking the United Nations-mediated peace talks “very seriously,” the UN envoy on the discussions said today, wrapping up the second round of the process by issuing a paper on “commonalties that exist between the two negotiating parties,” and announcing that the talks could pick up again by the second week of April.


On World Day, UN chief urges States to promote right to truth and justice

24 March 2016 – Observing International Day for the right to the truth, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged States to adopt measures to promote truth, justice and reparations for victims, which is so crucial to ensuring that gross human rights violations are not repeated.


Security Council extends mandate of UN mission in Somalia through March 2017

24 March 2016 – Stressing the importance of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia to that country's political process, the Security Council today extended the mandate of UNSOM's work until 31 March 2017.


UN welcomes 'historic' guilty verdict against Radovan Karadžić

24 March 2016 – Calling today “historic” for the people of former Yugoslavia and for international criminal justice, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed support for the victims who suffered under former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadžić, following his guilty verdict by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).


Progress made on humanitarian track for Syria, UN advisor reports

23 March 2016 – The advisor to the United Nations envoy on Syria today reported further progress in the humanitarian relief efforts in the conflict-battered country, with access to more areas, allowing the delivery of medical kits as well as vaccines for children.


‘Witchcraft’ beliefs trigger attacks against people with albinism, UN expert warns

22 March 2016 – People with albinism are being hunted for witchcraft rituals, their body parts hacked off with machetes, and even having their graves desecrated, a United Nations expert warned today in her first report to the UN Human Rights Council.


World Water Day: UN calls for ‘better water and better jobs’

22 March 2016 – With nearly half of the world’s workers employed in water-related sectors, sustainable access to safe water can change lives and livelihoods, the United Nations today said, underscoring the link between water and jobs, this year’s theme for World Water Day.


UN Women launches media partnership to help bring gender equality to newsrooms

22 March 2016 – The United Nations entity tasked with promoting gender equality launched an innovative partnership with leading media houses today to galvanize attention and concrete action towards women's rights within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


UN welcomes ICC's first conviction for rape as war crime

22 March 2016 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the judgement issued by the International Criminal Court in the case of former Congolese vice-president Jean-Pierre Bemba.<


Zika: 'the more we know the worse things look,' UN health agency chief reports

22 March 2016 – The head of the United Nations health agency today reported that in less than a year, the status of Zika has changed from “a mild medical curiosity” to a disease with severe public health implications, warning that “the more we know the worse things look.”