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108 stories found over the past 45 days
UN official highlights challenges of humanitarian operations in Syria

30 August 2016 – Addressing the media in Geneva, a United Nations spokesperson today highlighted the challenging working environment in which UN humanitarian agencies are operating in within Syria and flagged that aid is being delivered to all those who need, regardless of their affiliation and where they live.

On World Day, UN chief highlights plight of family and friends of victims of enforced disappearances

30 August 2016 – Marking the 2016 International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that the anguished women and men – parents, children, partners or friends – desperately seeking any information on their loved ones who have disappeared are also victims of enforced disappearances.

Women and girls with disabilities are equal rights holders, not ‘helpless objects of pity’ – UN rights committee

30 August 2016 – Noting that national policies often tend to treat women and girls with disabilities as helpless objects of pity or allow them to be treated in that manner, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has stressed that, instead, they need to be empowered and allowed to enjoy their fundamental rights and freedoms, as any other person.

UN health agency: Antibiotic resistance forces updates to recommended treatment for sexually transmitted infections

30 August 2016 – The United Nations health agency has issued new guidelines for the treatment of three common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) – chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis – in response to the growing threat of antibiotic resistance.

UN human rights office welcomes France’s court ruling to suspend seaside ban on burkini

30 August 2016 – The United Nations human rights office today welcomed last Friday’s decision by France’s highest administrative court to suspend the ban on “inappropriate” beachwear, which was adopted by a seaside town and had been widely interpreted as targeting the burkini and other forms of dress worn by Muslim women.

At start of World Water Week, UNICEF highlights how women and girls lose valuable time and opportunities collecting water

29 August 2016 – As World Water Week kick off today, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has highlighted that the opportunity cost from a lack of access to water disproportionately falls on women and girls who collectively spend as much as 200 million hours – or more than 22,800 years – every day collecting this vital resource.

UN rapporteur calls for urgent action to protect hundreds of thousands of displaced people in north-eastern Nigeria

29 August 2016 – Speaking at the end of a four-day visit to Nigeria, the United Nations expert on internally displaced persons (IPDs) has called on the country’s authorities and the international community to act urgently to ensure that the hundreds of thousands of displaced people in its northeast are protected.

Upcoming peace conference an opportunity to transform Myanmar – UN rights expert

29 August 2016 – Speaking ahead of a major peace conference in Myanmar, a United Nations independent expert has urged its participants to prioritise human rights issues in their discussions over the coming days, and to do more to ensure the process is fully inclusive.

UN agencies urge efforts to halt Gaza's 'de-development' trajectory

26 August 2016 – Marking the second anniversary of the 2014 ceasefire which ended the most devastating round of hostilities in Gaza, heads of United Nations agencies there have called for a greater flow of material and funding to address humanitarian needs and boost economic prospects for Gaza's 1.9 million residents.

Security Council reiterates commitment to Colombian peace process

26 August 2016 – The United Nations Security Council has warmly welcomed the conclusion of negotiations earlier this week between the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People's Army (FARC-EP), and congratulated the Colombian people in achieving a final peace agreement, bringing an end to more than 50 years of conflict.