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Middle East Quartet representative Tony Blair is stepping down, UN and partners announce

27 May 2015 The diplomatic Quartet on the Middle East peace process today announced that former British Prime Minister Tony Blair plans to step aside as the group’s Representative and expressed its “deep appreciation” for his “remarkable service” and commitment to advancing peace and prosperity for Israelis and Palestinians.

UN health agency devotes World No Tobacco Day 2015 to combatting illegal tobacco trade

27 May 2015 One in every 10 cigarettes consumed is illicit, making them cheaper and more accessible to people from low-income groups, as well as to children, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned ahead of this year’s World No Tobacco Day, devoted to combatting the illegal tobacco trade.

UN Latin America commission chief welcomes visit of China premier, looks forward to closer ties

27 May 2015 The head of the United Nations’ regional commission in Latin America and the Caribbean has met with the Premier of China, and looked forward to greater cooperation and a deeper relationship with the Asian country.

Dialogues needed to tackle violence against women, ‘accountability deficit’ in Sudan – UN expert

27 May 2015 More open and constructive dialogues should be held among Sudanese stakeholders as a top priority to address ‘the silence and the denials’ of crimes against women, a United Nations human rights expert concluded after her recent mission to the country.

Ban tells European Parliament to work together to address challenge of migration

27 May 2015 In Brussels today, where he was addressing the European Parliament, the United Nations Secretary-General today the important role played by the European Union in boosting the UN agenda, particularly on matters of peace, development and human rights.

Condemning use of sexual violence, UN envoy warns Boko Haram aims to destroy family structures

27 May 2015 The United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict has condemned Boko Haram militias in Nigeria for “waging war on women’s physical, sexual and reproductive autonomy and rights” by repeatedly raping their female captors and treating them as vessels for producing children for fighters.

Adopting resolution, Security Council condemns violence against journalists, urges end to impunity

27 May 2015 Deeply concerned by the frequency of acts of violence in many parts of the world against media professionals in armed conflict, the United Nations Security Council today adopted a resolution condemning all violations and abuses committed against journalists and strongly deploring impunity for such acts.

Some 8.6 million people in urgent need of medical help in Yemen, says UN agency

27 May 2015 The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today warned that the “unnecessary loss of innocent lives cannot go on” and spotlighted the increasingly dire medical situation in Yemen, where it says the health and lives of millions of people are at risk, and health facilities, staff and patients are under attack in widespread violations of international humanitarian law.

Joint UN report says rate of world hunger dropping amid wider eradication efforts

27 May 2015 The number of the world's chronically undernourished has dropped below the 800 million mark as an increasing number of countries hit their Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets on hunger, according to a new United Nations report released today by the Organization's three food agencies.

UN Women announces partnership with top Spanish football team to boost gender equality

26 May 2015 The United Nations entity dedicated to promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women announced today a partnership with Valencia Club de Fútbol, the first time ever that UN Women will collaborate with a professional sports team.

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