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Civilians killed by air strikes at Yemeni wedding party ‘deeply disturbing,’ says UN humanitarian chief

09 October 2015 – The top United Nations humanitarian official today said he was “deeply disturbed” by the news of civilians being killed by coalition air strikes that hit a wedding party in Yemen’s Dhamar Governorate yesterday.

Top UN officials urge Libyan parties to endorse proposals on new unity government

09 October 2015 – Following the proposal of the names of candidates for the presidency for a national unity government in Libya, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged parties to the Libyan “not to squander this opportunity to put the country back on the path to building a State that reflects the spirit and ambitions of the 2011 revolution.”

Houthis reaffirm acceptance of Security Council resolution aimed at ending violence in Yemen – UN

07 October 2015 – The United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, has welcomed the latest statements by the Houthis reaffirming their acceptance of a UN Security Council resolution aimed at ending the country’s months-long conflict, the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

UN, humanitarian community struggling to meet unprecedented needs of refugees

05 October 2015 – The global refugee crisis is so great that the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), other UN agencies and their partners today said that they are struggling to respond to and meet all the humanitarian needs they face.

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.

United Arab Emirates, at UN, calls for international partnerships to achieve Middle East peace

02 October 2015 – Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the United Arab Emirates (UAE), addressed the United Nations General Assembly today and urged the international community to coordinate and build partnerships to achieve peace and security in the highly volatile Middle East region.

Over 500 children dead, 1.7 million at risk of malnutrition owing to Yemen violence – UN

02 October 2015 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today underscored the devastating toll six months of violence has taken on the children of Yemen, where at least 500 have lost their lives and more than 1.7 million are at risk of malnutrition.

In UN Assembly address, Bahrain focuses on regional crises, sustainable development

02 October 2015 – Adressing the United Nations General Assembly today, Khalid Bin Ahmed Bin Mohammed Al-Khalifa, Foreign Minister of Bahrain, stressed the role of environment in sustainable development and the importance of joint action to address climate change in the hope that the climate conference in Paris would reach a binding and ambitious agreement, particularly on repercussions to small island developing States.

Saudi Arabia, in UN speech, deplores world’s inability to end bloodshed in Syria

01 October 2015 – Addressing the United Nations General Assembly this evening, Abdel Ahmed Al-Jubeir, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia expressed deep concern that the international community has been unable to save innocent Syrians from the “killing machine” that has devastated their country and led to the world’s most tragic humanitarian crisis.

At UN, Israeli leader calls on Palestinians to resume peace talks, deplores Iran for annihilation threats

01 October 2015 – At the same United Nations podium from which Mahmoud Abbas announced yesterday that he would no longer be bound by accords with Israel, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today called on the Palestinian leader to begin immediate unconditional peace talks in a speech largely devoted to denouncing Iran for its threats to annihilate the Jewish State.