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UN official highlights challenges of humanitarian operations in Syria

30 August 2016 Addressing the media in Geneva, a United Nations spokesperson today highlighted the challenging working environment in which UN humanitarian agencies are operating in within Syria and flagged that aid is being delivered to all those who need, regardless of their affiliation and where they live.

Pollution kills as many people as cancer does, UN’s new environment chief warns

30 August 2016 The new head of the United Nations environment agency today laid out key issues facing the international community on environmental issues, including pollution as well as the linkages among the environment, wars and conflicts, and migration.

INTERVIEW: The Syrian forces and ISIL used toxic chemicals as weapons- report

30 August 2016 The Syrian Airforce and ISIL used toxic chemicals as weapons, according to a new report issued on Tuesday by an “independent, impartial, and objective” Leadership Panel, mandated by the UN Security Council.

US admits more than 10,000 Syrian refugees in fiscal 2016 – UN partner agency

30 August 2016 The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has helped resettle more than 10,000 Syrian refugees to the United States during the year ending 30 September, without compromising the integrity and security of the processing mechanism.

UN envoy ‘greatly regrets’ intensification of fighting in Syria

30 August 2016 Regretting the intensified fighting and grave humanitarian situation in Syria, the United Nations Special Envoy for the country, Staffan de Mistura, reiterates the need for a political solution to the conflict there, according to his spokesperson Jessy Chahine.

On World Day, UN chief highlights plight of family and friends of victims of enforced disappearances

30 August 2016 Marking the 2016 International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that the anguished women and men – parents, children, partners or friends – desperately seeking any information on their loved ones who have disappeared are also victims of enforced disappearances.

Women and girls with disabilities are equal rights holders, not ‘helpless objects of pity’ – UN rights committee

30 August 2016 Noting that national policies often tend to treat women and girls with disabilities as helpless objects of pity or allow them to be treated in that manner, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has stressed that, instead, they need to be empowered and allowed to enjoy their fundamental rights and freedoms, as any other person.

UN chief voices concern over premature declarations on outcome of Gabon’s presidential elections

30 August 2016 In telephone conversations today with the Gabonese leaders vying for the country’s presidency, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced his concerns over early calls on the polls results, outside of any official process.

In Myanmar, UN chief spotlights country’s challenging path towards multi-ethnic democracy

30 August 2016 Following a meeting with Myanmar’s foreign minister, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted the great challenges her country faces on its path of reform towards a harmonious, multi-ethnic, multi-religious and prosperous democracy.

UNESCO chief condemns deaths of media workers in Brazil and Iraq

30 August 2016 The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom has spoken out against the murder of two media workers – Mauricio Campos Rosa, a journalist and newspaper owner in Brazil, and Ali Ghani, a broadcast technician in Iraq.

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