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On International Day, top UN aviation official recalls contributions of civil aviation

7 December – In a message on the International Civil Aviation Day, celebrated annually on 7 December, the head of the United Nations civil aviation agency underlined the socio-economic importance and contribution of air travel and aviation.


FEATURE: Visually impaired professor to light way forward on UN disability agenda

2 December – Of the world’s 7.4 billion people, some 15 per cent – or one billion – are said to have some form of disability.


Decade after global treaty's adoption, persons with disabilities still at ‘grave disadvantage’ – Ban

2 December – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted the challenges people with disabilities face despite progress made since the adoption of a global treaty to promote their rights a decade ago.


On International Day, UN spotlights need to combat forced labour, particularly of children

2 December – Noting that the number of children engaged in the worst forms of child labour has decreased and frameworks to tackle contemporary slavery and trafficking have expanded, senior United Nations officials, including the Secretary-General and the head of the UN labour agency, today called for concerted action to save those who remain trapped in extreme exploitation, abuse and violence, including sexual and gender-based violence.


UN’s Ban apologizes to people of Haiti, outlines new plan to fight cholera epidemic and help communities

1 December – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today apologized to the people of Haiti, expressing deep regret for the loss of life and suffering caused by the country’s cholera epidemic, and outlined the way forward including immediate steps to stem the outbreak and long-term support for those affected – while also highlighting the need for adequate funding of the proposal.


Haiti: UN’s new approach on cholera puts people at heart of the response

30 November – The response to cholera in Haiti will be a “long and thorough battle,” but the United Nations will stand by the Haitian people and authorities, Stéphane Dujarric, the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, said on the eve of the launch of the world body's new approach to tackling the epidemic in the country.


Ahead of World AIDS Day, UN chief honoured for work to end epidemic, fight against stigma

30 November – Speaking at a special event commemorating World AIDS Day, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today underscored the need to stop stigma and abuse against those living with the disease and to ensure that they receive the care, treatment and protection they are entitled to.


‘Urgent steps’ needed to revive two-state solution, Ban says on Day of Solidarity with Palestinian people

29 November – Marking the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the world to reaffirm commitment to upholding the rights of the Palestinian people and working to build a future of peace, justice, security and dignity for Palestinians and Israelis alike.


As Cuba mourns passing of former President Fidel Castro, Ban offers condolences, UN support

26 November – Speaking on behalf of the United Nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon this morning extended condolences to the Cuban people and to the family of former President Fidel Castro Ruz, who passed away overnight at the age of 90.


Violence against women ‘serious obstacle’ to sustainable development, Ban says on World Day

25 November – Underlining that violence against women and girls is not only a human rights violation but also a serious obstacle to sustainable development, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for “meaningful” action to prevent and respond to such violence.


Fundamentalism and populism pose deepening threat to women human rights defenders, UN experts warn

25 November – Women who step up to defend human rights are facing worsening obstacles amid a global trend of fundamentalism and populism, a group of United Nations experts has warned.


Inaction has ‘cost measured in human lives,’ Security Council told in Middle East debate

23 November – Briefing the Security Council on the Middle East peace process, two senior United Nations officials – the UN relief chief and the UN coordinator for the Middle East peace process – called for action to prevent further deterioration of the region plagued by humanitarian crises and to save lives and alleviate human suffering.


If passed, Israeli legislation would be ‘another nail in the coffin’ for two-state solution – UN expert

21 November – A new piece of Israeli legislation would enable the confiscation of privately owned Palestinian land and if passed, would deal yet another severe blow to hopes of lasting peace in the region, according to a United Nations human rights expert.


UN experts express 'deep concern' over attempt to block LGBT rights monitor

21 November – With Member States in the United Nations General Assembly attempting to block the creation of the mandate of an Independent Expert to tackle violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, a joint committee of UN human rights experts warned that the action can have a very harmful impact on the work of Human Rights Council.


On Universal Children's Day, UNICEF calls for protecting the rights of every child

20 November – Highlighting the plight of millions of children around the world, the head of United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has called on everyone to recommit themselves to protect the rights of every child.


Ban urges financing Africa's 'engines of development' to realize continent's potential

20 November – In his message on Africa Industrialization Day, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on African countries to adopt policies that encourage growth of the private sector and foster entrepreneurship in order to advance economic competitiveness and prosperity in the continent.


MARRAKECH: Ban hails 'new dawn of cooperation on climate change,' urges action on Paris accord

15 November – Ten days after the entry into force of the Paris Agreement on climate change, world leaders showed strong support for the implementation of this agreement at the opening of the high-level segment of the United Nations Climate Conference in Marrakech, Morocco, (COP 22) today.


Without urgent action, world heading towards ‘post-antibiotic era’ – UN health agency

14 November – With a worldwide call on everyone, everywhere to play their part in maintaining the effectiveness of antibiotics, the United Nations health agency has kicked off a week-long campaign to make antibiotic resistance a globally recognized health issue and to raise awareness of the need to protect antibiotics through appropriate use.


On World Day, UN chief urges prevention to reduce diabetes and associated blindness

14 November – According to the United Nations, the global rate of diabetes has nearly quadrupled since 1980, with some 422 million adults living with diabetes as of 2014, representing a health risk that the General Assembly seeks to address through World Diabetes Day today, November 14.


UNICEF sounds alarm over safety of children in Myanmar’s Rakhine state

9 November – Expressing concern for the safety of children in the northern part of Myanmar’s Rakhine state which is in the midst of “security operations,” the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has called upon the Government to protect children there from all forms of violence and to support prompt and independent investigations into reports of grave violations against them.


General Assembly President outlines strategy for stepped-up implementing UN 2030 Agenda

8 November – General Assembly President Peter Thomson briefed United Nations Member States today on the implementation strategy for implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the transformative 17-point framework for ensuring peace and prosperity for all on a healthy planet.


Over-generalized approach could expose peace operations to greater risk, warns UN deputy chief

7 November – Amid increased attacks from violent extremist and terrorist groups, the United Nations peace operations must be better prepared to face such asymmetric threats by ensuring the safety and security of UN personnel and adapting to varying situations on the ground, Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson told the Security Council today.


UN chief highlights importance of preparedness to reduce tsunami risks

5 November – In his message marking the first World Tsunami Awareness Day, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the importance of reducing current and future levels of risk, particularly through strengthening preparedness.


FEATURE: Feudal-era Japanese village leader stands as beacon for tsunami education

3 November – Japan’s initiative to raise the awareness of the risks posed by tsunamis will this weekend mark a milestone when World Tsunami Awareness Day makes its debut on 5 November – an occasion that goes beyond paying tribute to the victims of tsunamis.


FEATURE: Impunity for crimes against journalists must end to protect open democratic societies – experts tell UN

2 November – On the morning of 1 November 2015, the day before the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists last year, Abdalaziz Alhamza, co-founder of a campaign to expose atrocities committed against civilians in the Syrian city of Raqqa, received two photos. One was of his colleague – with no head.


New approaches required to prevent trafficking among conflict-induced migrants – UN human rights expert

31 October – Governments need to adopt new approaches to human trafficking in light of conflict-induced migration increasing around the world and putting many more people at risk of such trafficking, according to an independent United Nations human rights expert.


“To transform our world, we must transform its cities” says UN chief on World Cities Day

31 October – With more than half of the global population now living in cities and human settlements, greater attention needs to be placed on the role of urbanization as a source of global development and social inclusion, according to the United Nations on World Cities Day.


General Assembly elects 14 members to UN Human Rights Council

28 October – The General Assembly today elected, by secret ballot, 14 States to serve on the Human Rights Council, the United Nations body responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe.


UN chief set to open next month ‘crucial phase’ of negotiations on Cyprus

28 October – The Turkish Cypriot leader and the Greek Cypriot leader will head to Switzerland early next month for a meeting that will be opened by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and will kick-off an intensive week of negotiations of the Cyprus talks, a senior UN envoy announced today.


Violations of freedom of expression and the media continue in Belarus – UN rights expert

28 October – Human rights violations are growing worse in Belarus, according to a new report by the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in the country, Miklós Haraszti, which he presented to the UN General Assembly today.


UN expert urges international community to continue to address human rights challenges in Myanmar

28 October – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, called upon the international community today to not forget about ongoing human rights challenges in the country, including continued detention of political prisoners, the constitutional guarantee of 25 per cent of seats in Parliament to the military, and increasing unrest and discrimination against Muslim communities.


Israel is denying Palestine’s right to development, says UN human rights expert

28 October – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Michael Lynk, has declared that Israel is denying Palestine’s right to development by creating rampant poverty, “epic” unemployment, and economic stagnation.


UN expert panel cites crimes against humanity committed by Eritrean authorities dating back 25 years

28 October – Eritrean officials have committed crimes against humanity since 1991, including enslavement, imprisonment, enforced disappearances, torture, other inhumane acts, persecution, rape and murder, a member of the former United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the country reported to UN Member States.


INTERVIEW: New global compact “should make a difference” in lives of refugees and migrants – outgoing UN Special Adviser

28 October – The adoption of what has been dubbed the “New York Declaration” should make a difference in the lives of refugees and migrants, an outgoing UN Special Adviser has underscored.


Global treaties provide blueprint to ‘seal cracks’ in legal regime on human trafficking – UN anti-crime chief

27 October – Tackling human trafficking is not a simple or trivial pursuit, the head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said today, urging States to implement all provisions of the so-called ‘Palermo protocol,’ the nearly universal UN treaty that contains a ‘blueprint’ for successfully preventing and supressing the scourge while punishing perpetrators.


Persons with disabilities must benefit from – and contribute to – development, says UN expert

27 October – Persons with disabilities should have a leading say on the policies that impact them, a United Nations human rights expert told the General Assembly, while stressing the important role that member states play to ensure those disabled benefit from and contribute to development.


Destruction of cultural heritage is an attack on people and their fundamental rights – UN expert

27 October – When cultural heritage is under attack, it is also the people and their fundamental human rights that are under attack, a United Nations expert warned the UN General Assembly, issuing an urgent call to step up international action against the destruction of heritage such as monuments, historic sites and sacred places.


ISIL’s ‘scorched earth policy’ creating environmental and health havoc in Mosul, warns UN

27 October – Environmental pollution is adding “complexity and danger” to the humanitarian crisis sparked by the military offensive in Mosul, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said today, warning that fumes from burning stockpiles of sulphur dioxide, and oil wells that have been set ablaze, have led to further suffering for civilians in northern Iraq.


New solutions needed to tackle mounting sovereign debt crisis – UN trade and development agency

26 October – Prior to a meeting today at the United Nations on sovereign debt restructuring, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) announced that in order to deal with sovereign debt crises – which are creating a growing threat to economic stability in many developing countries – the world is in need of new ways to tackle the problem.


US abstains for first time in annual UN vote on ending embargo against Cuba

26 October – In a near unanimous action, the United Nations General Assembly today adopted a resolution underlining the need to end to the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States against Cuba, while also welcoming progress in the relations between the two countries.


General Assembly can take steps to reduce violence against persons with albinism – UN rights expert

26 October – United Nations human rights expert Ikponwosa Ero called upon government representatives gathered in New York for the General Assembly to take swift action to end a growing problem of violence and severe discrimination against people with albinism.


‘We have to do the right thing,’ deputy UN chief says on intensified response to cholera outbreak in Haiti

25 October – Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson today urged the international community to show solidarity with the Haitian people as they struggle to cope with the impact of Hurricane Matthew and an ongoing cholera epidemic, particularly through financial support for the new United Nations system-wide approach to tackle the spread of the disease.


New approach to internal displacement must aim for prevention, better solutions – UN deputy relief chief

24 October – With efforts to respond to the plight of more than 60 million internally displaced people (IDPs) around the world is falling short, a senior United Nations humanitarian official reiterated the UN relief wing's call for a new approach to the crisis, in terms of coordination as well as better prevention and better solutions.


Perception that refugees are more prone to radicalization wrong and dangerous – UN rights expert

24 October – Presenting his new report to the General Assembly, the United Nations expert on counter-terrorism and human rights has warned that migration policies which are restrictive or violate fundamental human rights may in fact create conditions conducive to terrorism.