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UN humanitarian chief announces $15 million emergency fund for Nepal earthquake response

28 April 2015 In response to severe devastation caused by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake and many strong aftershocks that have hit Nepal since 25 April, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator today released $15 million through the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to enable humanitarian aid organizations to rapidly scale up operations and provide immediate assistance to people in desperate need.

UN's Ban 'deeply concerned' over uptick in attacks against peacekeepers in Darfur

28 April 2015 Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced deep concern about the recent spate of attacks on United Nations peacekeepers serving in Darfur as well as the “limited cooperation” provided by the Government of Sudan in addressing the incidents, a spokesperson for the Organization has confirmed.

Cyprus: UN envoy welcomes new Turkish Cypriot leader’s commitment to negotiations

27 April 2015 The Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, has spoken with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, according to the United Nations Good Offices Mission.

New sustainability agenda must harmonize man’s relationship with planet – UN Assembly President

27 April 2015 As United Nations Member States prepare to adopt and move toward implementing a new development agenda, the President of the General Assembly said it is critical to ensure that “a harmonious relationship with our planet underpins our quest to achieve sustainable development.”

Gaza: Security Council receives report of inquiry into incidents during 2014 conflict

27 April 2015 In a letter transmitting to the Security Council the public summary of a report of the Board of Inquiry regarding incidents in Gaza during the recent conflict, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed his "profound and continuing concern” for civilian populations of the Gaza Strip and Israel.

Aboard Italian navy ship, Ban urges collective action to ease plight of migrants crossing Mediterranean

27 April 2015 The Mediterranean Sea has sadly become “a sea of tears, a sea of misery,” said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today aboard an Italian naval ship, where he called on the global community to unite and take action to address the root causes of the migrant crisis.

New UN platform aims to bring pastoralists’ voices to global decision-making stage

27 April 2015 Millions of pastoralists – from the Bedouin of North Africa to the Sherpa in Nepal and Navajo in North America – will benefit from a new online knowledge hub launched today by the United Nations that will help them raise their voices in international policy debates and share valuable information to strengthen their agricultural livelihoods.

Burundi: UN working to help relocate civilians fleeing election-related violence

27 April 2015 Civil unrest erupted in Burundi this weekend after the ruling party overwhelmingly elected President Pierre Nkurunziza on Saturday as its candidate for the 26 June presidential election, the humanitarian wing of the United Nations reported today, appealing for $11.6 million dollars to plan a response for the influx of people seeking refuge in neighbouring countries.

At meeting on nuclear disarmament, UN chief warns of ‘dangerous return’ to Cold War mentalities

27 April 2015 Progress in working towards global nuclear non-proliferation has stalled and the trend towards “nuclear zero” is reversing, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today as he called on Member States to urgently ramp up efforts in tackling nuclear disarmament.

UN warns Central African Republic is becoming largest forgotten humanitarian crisis

27 April 2015 The Central African Republic (CAR) is quickly becoming the largest forgotten humanitarian crisis of our time with some 60 percent of its population in need of aid, including nearly 900,000 people forcibly displaced by conflict, but assistance programmes remain “dramatically underfunded,” the United Nations refugee agency said today.

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