Major stories in June 2014

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Iraq: Military effort to quell insurgency must be backed by political process, says UN envoy

25 June 2014 – The “grave” situation in Iraq requires a solution based on military, political and social processes that will address the concerns of all communities, the top United Nations official in the crisis-torn country said today, appealing also for financial resources to aid the already-overstretched UN relief effort there.

UN human rights experts urge Israel not to legalize force-feeding

25 June 2014 – The independent United Nations experts dealing with torture and the right to health today urged the Israeli parliament not to authorize the force-feeding and medical treatment of prisoners on hunger strike against their will.

‘It is not a crime to carry a camera,’ UN rights chief warns as Egypt sentences journalists

23 June 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expressed deep concern over a string of recent court decisions in Egypt, including the verdicts and heavy jail sentences handed down today to three Al Jazeera journalists, as well as 11 other defendants who were tried in absentia.

New UN high-level body on environment opens inaugural session in Nairobi

23 June 2014 – A United Nations body that focuses on the environment and has representatives from all 193 UN Member States is meeting for the first time today in Nairobi, to discuss issues such as illegal wildlife trade, chemical waste and air pollution, and new universal development goals.

Removal of Syria’s chemical weapons material complete, announces OPCW-UN mission

23 June 2014 – The Joint Mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations (OPCW-UN) announced today that the removal of Syria’s chemical weapons material is now complete.

Amid abduction, increased violence, Ban says Israelis, Palestinians must show restraint

22 June 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed the need to avoid an escalation of tensions in the wake of the recent abduction of three Israeli teenagers and the increased violence and mass arrests in the West Bank.

'UN will not give up trying to restore peace to your country,' Ban tells Syrian people

20 June 2014 – Spotlighting the worsening of the already horrifying war in Syria, “which continues to bleed beyond its borders,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today delivered a strong rebuke to the world's indifference to the bloodshed and rejected the notion that a military solution is the only way to end it, offering instead a “principled and integrated” approach to help sow the seeds of a better future for the Syrian people.

‘War’s Human Cost’: World's population of displaced tops 50 million, UN refugee agency reports

20 June 2014 – World Refugee Day is being marked by yet another sombre milestone in a year that has seen crisis after crisis force desperate people to flee their homes ahead of bullets and bombs: a new UN report reveals that the number of refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced people has, for the first time in the post-World War II era, exceeded 50 million people.

Afghanistan: UN urges respect for electoral processes as candidate questions run-off vote

18 June 2014 – Following the announcement today by an Afghan presidential candidate that he will suspend cooperation with the electoral process, the United Nations has called for respect of the country’s Constitution and laws, as well as its independent electoral institutions.

UN cites total breakdown of law and order as ‘climate of fear’ grips eastern Ukraine

18 June 2014 – With United Nations monitors reporting today that armed separatists have used killings, abductions and torture to instil a “climate of intimidation and fear” in eastern Ukraine, the world body’s human rights chief urged all armed groups to put down their weapons, end the violence and begin the process of long-term reconciliation.

General Assembly confirms Jordan’s Prince Zeid as new UN human rights chief

16 June 2014 – The United Nations General Assembly today unanimously approved Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein of Jordan as the new High Commissioner for Human Rights, succeeding Navi Pillay of South Africa.

Afghanistan: UN official urges broad participation in historic run-off election

12 June 2014 – As the Afghan people head toward a historic run-off presidential election that will culminate the country’s first-ever democratic transfer of power, the top United Nations official there is encouraging them to actively participate in the polls, deliver the necessary change and help build a better future for their long-troubled nation.

UN agencies kick off campaigns as football World Cup opens in Brazil

12 June 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is in São Paulo, Brazil, today to attend the opening game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, as United Nations agencies carry out a number of projects and activities related to one of the greatest sporting events on the planet.

General Assembly elects Ugandan Foreign Minister as President of 69th session

11 June 2014 – The United Nations General Assembly today elected by acclamation Sam Kahamba Kutesa of Uganda as President of its upcoming 69th session.

General Assembly establishes UN prize in honour of late Nelson Mandela

6 June 2014 – The General Assembly today established the “United Nations Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize” as a tribute to the achievements and contributions of the late South African leader who inspired not only his own country but the rest of the world.