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UN envoy: First full day of Syrian ceasefire sees “a significant drop in violence,” but humanitarian access still needed

13 September 2016 – Some 24 hours after the latest cessation of hostilities in Syria began, a United Nations envoy today said that despite allegations of mortar shelling and airstrikes yesterday evening, violence in the country has declined substantially.

UN report calls for synergies between universal 2030 Agenda and goals for least developed countries

13 September 2016 – The world’s 48 least developed countries (LDCs) have experienced some positive developments, yet challenges remain with new risks and uncertainties threatening development gains, according to a new United Nations report released today.

Almost 300,000 migrants and refugees reached Europe over past 8 months – UN partner agency

13 September 2016 – Close to 300,000 migrants and refugees have reached Europe between the start of this year and mid-September, with most of them entering through Greece and Italy, according to an update from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) today.

More has to be done to deliver on European commitments for asylum seekers – UN refugee agency

13 September 2016 – Highlighting that the number of pledges to relocate asylum-seekers continues to be woefully low and its implementation slow and challenging, the United Nations refugee agency today called on European countries to do more to deliver significantly on the commitments they have made.

UN humanitarian official “deeply disturbed” by unrelenting attacks on civilians in Yemen

13 September 2016 – The top United Nations humanitarian official in Yemen has voiced apprehension over a series of deadly air strikes on a water well which killed and wounded dozens of people in the country’s centre.

Security Council approves proposed structure and size of UN Mission in Colombia

13 September 2016 – The United Nations Security Council today approved the Secretary-General’s recommendations regarding the size, operational aspects and mandate of theUN Mission in Colombia, including the deployment of 450 unarmed observers and the establishment of operation in 40 locations.

At opening of Human Rights Council, UN official warns that rights violations “will not disappear” if access blocked for international observers

13 September 2016 – Addressing the 33rd session of the world body’s Human Rights Council, the United Nations rights chief today highlighted the challenges confronting the international community and expressed particular concern over attempts by countries to block human rights scrutiny.

UN food relief agency provides assistance to 140,000 people affected by flooding in northern DPRK

13 September 2016 – The United Nations food relief agency has delivered food assistance to more than 140,000 people in the north of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), where they have been affected by some of the worst floods in recent history – and expressed concern about their continued vulnerability as an extremely cold winter is approaching and major food losses are expected.