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UN rights chief urges Mexico to end ‘misery’ of enforced disappearances and torture

08 October 2015 – Despite significant progress towards building a solid human rights framework, the Mexican Government must nevertheless “bind itself to a new sense of urgency in solving the enormous human rights challenges it faces,” Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, said today as he wrapped up an official visit to the country.

Marking World Habitat Day, UN highlights importance of public spaces for all

05 October 2015 – Marking World Habitat Day, which is observed every year on the first Monday of October, top United Nations officials today urged the creation of “Public spaces for all.”

Without system-wide reform, UN may fall short of primary objectives, says Indonesian Minister

02 October 2015 – Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly, Muhammad Jusuf Kalla, the Vice-President of Indonesia, remarked that despite the achievements UN has made over the past 70 years, the Organization may fall short of meeting its primary objectives, such as peace and security for all, unless system-wide reform is immediately undertaken.

Colombia: UN envoy welcomes parties’ agreement on no amnesty for sexual violence

02 October 2015 – A senior United Nations envoy today welcomed an agreement between the Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) that includes provisions not to grant amnesties for the most serious crimes, including sexual violence.

At UN, European leaders call to ‘halt atrocities’ and find political solution to crisis in Syria

02 October 2015 – On the fifth day of the United Nations General Assembly’s debate, European countries took to the podium delivering remarks focused on the importance of diplomacy, the need to address the refugee and migrant crisis affecting their continent, and the urgency with which the war in Syria needs to be brought to end.

Top UN relief official calls for end to Central African Republic violence, resumption of aid

02 October 2015 – The United Nations humanitarian chief called on all those involved in the violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) to end the hostilities and immediately allow the resumption of assistance.

European leaders at UN urge concerted action amid ‘unprecedented’ humanitarian crises

01 October 2015 – Several European leaders took to the podium today at the UN General Assembly’s annual debate, highlighting that the world is again living in restless times, especially in light of the unprecedented scale of humanitarian crises, including the migrant and refugee crisis.

At UN, President of Montenegro urges broader respect for human rights

01 October 2015 – Addressing the General Assembly today, President Filip Vujanoviÿ of Montenegro spoke about his country’s intensification in efforts to improve human rights for all and to combat rights violations when they occur.

Lauding progress to date, UN official urges Malian parties to adhere to peace accord

01 October 2015 – Noting the progress that has been made to date to secure stability in Mali, the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General today urged all parties to adhere to the peace accord signed earlier this year, while also stressing the need to address development challenges.

Pacific islands play vital role in advancing action on climate change, Ban tells leaders

01 October 2015 – Located on the frontlines of climate change, Pacific island nations have a crucial role to play in efforts to advance a sustainable future, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the region’s leaders as they met today at United Nations Headquarters.