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UN refugee agency appoints actress Cate Blanchett as global Goodwill Ambassador

02 May 2016 The United Nations refugee agency today announced the appointment of Academy Award-winning actress Cate Blanchett as a global Goodwill Ambassador.

Deputy UN chief pledges to spotlight situation of quake-affected Nepal at World Humanitarian Summit

02 May 2016 Just three weeks away from the World Humanitarian Summit in Turkey, the United Nations deputy chief today ended a three-day mission to Nepal after meeting with people affected by the 2015 earthquake as well as with senior government officials.

'Now is the time for implementation,' Ban urges session on integrating UN sustainability agenda

02 May 2016 United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today underlined the importance of devising creative and coherent approaches in linking the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development as world leaders continue to work towards successfully implementing the UN development agenda.

Syria: UN chief calls on warring parties to put cessation of hostilities 'back on track'

02 May 2016 United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the warring Syrian sides to immediately recommit to the cessation of hostilities and uphold their responsibility to protect civilians, his spokesman said today.

Kenya stages largest-ever ivory destruction as UN reaffirms ‘zero tolerance’ on poaching

02 May 2016 As African leaders soundly rejected “those who think our natural heritage can be sold for money,” senior United Nations officials expressed support for Kenyan-led efforts to end illegal wildlife trade during a weekend ceremony in Nairobi where tonnes of elephant tusks and rhino horns were burned to protest poaching, which is pushing several iconic species to the brink of extinction.

UN food relief agency provides logistics support to boost earthquake response in Japan

02 May 2016 The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today that it is providing logistics support to Kumamoto prefecture in south-western Japan as part of assistance to people affected by strong earthquakes in April.

Iraq: with hundreds killed in April, UN expresses deep concern at ‘incessant violence’

02 May 2016 A total of 741 Iraqis were killed and another 1,374 were injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq last month, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

Despite 'positive atmosphere,' Government of Yemen suspends participation from joint peace talks

01 May 2016 Despite the positive atmosphere of the Yemeni peace talks which prevailed during the past few days, the United Nations envoy for Yemen announced today that the Government's delegation suspended its participation in the plenary sessions because of reports received from Amran governorate.

On international day, UN spotlights history and power of jazz in building peace

30 April 2016 Jazz is a universal message of peace that harmonizes rhythm and meaning, carries values significant for every woman and man, and provides unique opportunities for mutual understanding, the top United Nations cultural official said today, as music enthusiasts around the world celebrate International Jazz Day.

Yemen talks 'moving forward towards peace', UN envoy reports

30 April 2016 The United Nations envoy for Yemen reported today that the latest session of peace negotiations among Yemeni parties in Kuwait “went on in a positive and constructive atmosphere and reflected a mutual desire to move forward in the talks”.

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