Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meeting with displaced persons at the main mosque in Bangui, during his visit to the Central African Republic on 5 April 2014. UN Photo/Evan Schneider
Ban returns to airwaves in Central African Republic to call for end to fighting
17 April On the heels of his recent visit to the Central African Republic (CAR), where the deadly rift between Christians and Muslims continues to widen, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today in a radio message appealed to all Central Africans to build a unified country through peace. FULL STORY>>

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras (file photo)
Secretary-General welcomes initial talks in Geneva to defuse Ukraine crisis
17 April United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said he was encouraged by the initial round of diplomatic negotiations on the crisis in Ukraine held in Geneva, but stressed that all sides need to follow up words with deeds as the situation remains ‘extremely volatile.’ FULL STORY>>

Families board a flight at Laayoune, Western Sahara, before departure for Tindouf in Algeria (April 2012). Photo: UNHCR
Western Sahara: UN refugee agency announces resumption of family visit flights
17 April The United Nations refugee agency announced today that following many months of suspension, family visit flights between Sahrawi refugees living in camps near Tindouf, Algeria, and their families in the territory of Western Sahara has resumed. FULL STORY>>

A makeshift primary school for students at the UNMISS displaced persons camp in Bor, Jonglei state, South Sudan. Photo: UNMISS/Mihad Abdalla
South Sudan: Ban ‘strongly condemns’ attack on UN mission base in Jonglei state
17 April Amid escalating violence in northern and central South Sudan, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned today’s attack on civilians and peacekeepers at the UN mission base in Bor, the war-torn capital of Jonglei state, by a mob of armed civilians who forced their way into the facility and opened fire on displaced persons sheltering inside. FULL STORY>>

Living conditions continue to deteriorate in Gaza and West Bank under the blockade. Photo: Shareef Sarhan/UNRWA
On first visit to Gaza, UN official calls for end to Israeli blockade
17 April On his first official visit to the Gaza Strip, the new head of the United Nations agency assisting Palestinian refugees across the Middle East underscored the need to lift the seven-year Israeli blockade and end the “illegal collective punishment” unleashed on the population there. FULL STORY>>

PEACE AND SECURITY

UN-Arab League Envoy urges fresh talks with besieged Syrians, authorities - 17 April

South Sudan: number of civilians protected at UN peacekeeping bases is ‘swelling’ - 16 April

Security Council condemns abduction of Jordanian envoy in Libya, urges immediate release - 15 April

UN launches practical guide to mobilizing action for disarmament - 15 April

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Trade, Investment, Technology

In Mexico, Ban urges renewed global partnership for development in address to aid forum - 15 April

At high-level forum, UN officials urge steps to ensure financing of sustainable development - 14 April

UN agency urges countries to boost action against banana disease - 14 April

World Urban Forum: UN-backed meeting hails cities as vital to sustainable development - 11 April

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HUMANITARIAN AID, REFUGEES

Kenya: UN agency disturbed by arrests and deportations of Somali refugees - 17 April

UN and partners seek emergency funds to aid civilians fleeing Central African Republic - 16 April

In Bulgaria, living conditions for asylum-seekers improves, but gaps remain - UN agency - 15 April

South Sudan: UN official calls ongoing violence ‘an outrage’ to country’s people - 15 April

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ENVIRONMENT, SHELTER

Ahead of Sendai conference, Ban pushes for 2015 global agreement on disaster risk - 16 April

'High speed mitigation train needs to leave the station,' concludes long-awaited UN climate report - 13 April

Agriculture's greenhouse gas emissions on the rise, warns UN agency - 11 April

In Washington, Ban urges world leaders to work towards climate action - 11 April

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HUMAN RIGHTS

Unrest in eastern Ukraine risks ‘seriously destabilizing’ entire country – UN rights official - 16 April

Rwandan genocide: Security Council told failure of political will led to ‘cascade of human tragedy’ - 16 April

Argentine jail conditions violated rights of prisoner with disabilities, UN panel finds - 16 April

UN rights expert urges United Kingdom to step up response to violence against women - 16 April

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UN AFFAIRS, SECRETARY-GENERAL

World must help people of Central African Republic ‘not tomorrow – today,’ declares UN chief - 14 April

UN chief saddened by passing of Trinidad and Tobago’s former President - 11 April

UN chief teams up with global leaders, celebrities to get all children into school by 2015 - 10 April

Ban saddened at death of UN envoy dealing with Guyana-Venezuela border controversy - 10 April

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WOMEN, CHILDREN, POPULATION

UN calls for immediate release of abducted school girls in north-eastern Nigeria - 16 April

Challenges facing world population take centre stage at annual UN forum - 7 April

FEATURE: 'The ballot is the best weapon Afghan women have,' says UN - 4 April

On World Day, Ban urges renewed efforts to help persons affected by autism realize full potential - 2 April

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LAW, CRIME PREVENTION

UN chief commends Guinea-Bissau people for orderly, peaceful elections - 14 April

UN mission welcomes release of partial results in presidential poll, urges patience - 13 April

Some 437,000 people murdered worldwide in 2012, UN crime agency reports - 10 April

Senior officials voice outrage at killing of two UN consultants in Somalia - 7 April

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HEALTH, POVERTY, FOOD SECURITY

UNAIDS teams up with Brazilian footballer David Luiz ahead of World Cup - 16 April

INTERVIEW: WFP chief declares ‘the time is now’ for Central African Republic - 10 April

Providing West African communities with sound information crucial to curbing spread of Ebola – UN - 10 April

With millions facing hunger in Sudan, UN urges support to prevent further crisis - 10 April

DR Congo: UN official condemns attack on Virunga National Park director - 16 April

Chile: UN cultural agency offers support after devastating fires in Valparaíso - 15 April

Marking Day of Human Space Filght, online astronaut encourages exploration: ‘Always carry duct tape’ - 11 April

UN chief teams up with global leaders, celebrities to get all children into school by 2015 - 10 April

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