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Top UN humanitarian official urges great New York, June 24 (IBNS): While the United Nations and its partners continued over the past year to meet the needs of an ever-increasing number of desperate people – from Syria to the Central African Republic, the Philippines and beyond – the world body’s Emergency Coordinator Monday called for “a new [humanitarian] business model” – one that manages risks rather than deals with crises. 24-Jun-2014
UN peacebuilding forum examines progress New York, June 24 (IBNS): While international aid is necessary to help countries emerging from conflict to consolidate peace and embark on much-needed development, it is vital to help them generate their own resources and capacities, Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson stated Monday, as he addressed the first annual session of the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission. 24-Jun-2014
UN political chief urges restraint by Is New York, June 24 (IBNS): Amid a “critical” security situation on the ground, the United Nations political chief Monday called on Israelis and Palestinians to exercise maximum restraint and find a way to return to negotiations. 24-Jun-2014
New UN high-level body on environment op New York, June 24 (IBNS): A United Nations body that focuses on the environment and has representatives from all 193 UN Member States is meeting for the first time Monday in Nairobi, to discuss issues such as illegal wildlife trade, chemical waste and air pollution, and new universal development goals. 24-Jun-2014
Removal of Syria's chemical weapons mate New York, June 24 (IBNS): The Joint Mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations (OPCW-UN) announced Monday that the removal of Syria’s chemical weapons material is now complete. 24-Jun-2014
UN rights chief warns as Egypt sentence New York, June 24 (IBNS) United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expressed deep concern over a string of recent court decisions in Egypt, including the verdicts and heavy jail sentences handed down Monday to three Al Jazeera journalists, as well as 11 other defendants who were tried in absentia. 24-Jun-2014
Ban says Israelis, Palestinians must sho Washington, June 23 (IBNS) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed the need to avoid an escalation of tensions in the wake of the recent abduction of three Israeli teenagers and the increased violence and mass arrests in the West Bank. 23-Jun-2014
Ukraine peace plan will reduce violence, Washington, June 23 (IBNS) United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has hailed a peace plan put forward by Ukraine's President, Petro Poroshenko, and said he hopes it will reduce violence and tensions in the eastern part of the country. 23-Jun-2014
Iraq: Militants capture another town Baghdad, June 22 (IBNS): The militants have captured another town in conflict-hit Iraq, media reports said on Sunday. 22-Jun-2014
Syria: 34 killed in car blast Hama, June 20 (IBNS): At least 34 people were killed in a car bomb blast at Hama province in Syria on Friday, media reports said. 20-Jun-2014
UN refugee agency opens office in southe Washington, June 20 (IBNS) As part of an ongoing plan to expand the reach of its humanitarian efforts in Syria, the United Nations refugee agency has opened a field office and warehouse in the southern city of Sweida and stocked it with aid items for onward delivery to thousands of internally displaced civilians. 20-Jun-2014
Mali's leaders must do more: UN Washington, June 20 (IBNS) A senior United Nations relief official on Thursday highlighted the need for “courageous leadership” by the authorities in Mali to tackle the country’s political issues, warning that the already grave humanitarian situation is likely to deteriorate unless peace and stability are restored. 20-Jun-2014
Ban urges Syrian parties to end violence Washington, June 20 (IBNS) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday strongly condemned the continued heavy shelling, aerial attacks and use of barrel bombs by the Syrian Government, and renewed his appeal to all parties to the conflict to end violence and seek a political solution. 20-Jun-2014
Violence spreads in Iraq; UN warns of im Washington, June 20 (IBNS) Two special advisors to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned on Thursday what could amount to war crimes committed in Iraq by terrorist and armed groups, such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and raised special concern about the impacts of the deteriorating security situation on religious and other minorities. 20-Jun-2014
Tackling Sahel challenges requires coope Washington, June 20 (IBNS) The countries of Africa’s Sahel region – struggling to cope with terrorism, weak governance and recurrent droughts - need assistance to lay the foundations for stability and sustainable development, a United Nations special envoy told the Security Council on Thursday, urging greater cooperation between the region’s Governments, neighbours and international partners. 20-Jun-2014
UNESCO chief denounces killing of journa Washington, June 20 (IBNS) The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom on Thursday denounced the killing earlier this week of two journalists covering the fighting in eastern Ukraine. 20-Jun-2014
"American combat troops not going to fig Washington, June 19 (IBNS): US President Barack Obama on Thursday said the country's combat troops will not fight in Iraq. 19-Jun-2014
UN, Islamic cooperation body can work to New York, June 18 (IBNS) In his address to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Wednesday highlighted ongoing collaboration between the two organizations on a range of immediate challenges and long-term pursuits, including the crises in Iraq, Syria and the ongoing peace efforts in the Middle East. 19-Jun-2014
Human security approach essential to tac New York, June 19 (IBNS) Human security – broadly defined by the United Nations as “the right of people to live in freedom and dignity, free from poverty and despair” – provides a new way of thinking about the range of 21st century challenges and how to respond to them, UN officials said Wednesday, backing this people-centred approach as vital to the ensuring sustainable development for all. 19-Jun-2014
Asia-Pacific: UN launches Sustainable En New York, June 19 (IBNS) With an estimated 628 million people in Asia- and the Pacific lacking access to electricity and more than 1.8 billion using natural fuels, the United Nation office in the region launched Wednesday the UN Decade of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL), underscoring the importance of clean forms of electricity in the post-2015 developing agenda. 19-Jun-2014
Mali: UN peacekeeping chief cites progre New York, June 19 (IBNS) The time for peace talks in Mali is now, the United Nations peacekeeping chief told the Security Council today, underscoring the importance of a successful political process to the country’s stability and reversing the sharp deterioration in the security situation in the northern town of Kidal. 19-Jun-2014
UN cites total breakdown of law and orde New York, June 19 (IBNS) With United Nations monitors reporting that armed separatists have used killings, abductions and torture to instil a "climate of intimidation and fear" in eastern Ukraine, the world body's human rights chief urged all armed groups to put down their weapons, end the violence and begin the process of long-term reconciliation. 19-Jun-2014
Militants attack Iraq's largest oil refi Baghdad, June 18 (IBNS): Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants in Iraq attacked the country's biggest oil refinery on Wednesday, media reports said. 19-Jun-2014
Ban hails 50 years of UN work on trade a Geneval, June 18 (IBNS) Arriving in Geneva to mark the 50th anniversary of the United Nations body that promotes international trade to fight poverty, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that the complex effort needs to meet current and future goals in development, and sustainability requires innovation and stepped-up international partnership. 19-Jun-2014
Impunity, unprecedented violence, denial Geneva, June 18 (IBNS) The majority of civilians in Syria continue to bear the brunt of the ongoing conflict, the head of a United Nations-appointed human rights panel said Tuesday, noting that violence has escalated to an unprecedented level, humanitarian aid is arbitrarily denied and perpetrators of crimes have no fear of consequence. 19-Jun-2014
Security Council expresses condolences f New York, June 18 (IBNS) The United Nations Security Council today voiced its deepest condolences to the families of all journalists who have been killed while covering the crisis in Ukraine, and encouraged a thorough investigation of all such incidents. 19-Jun-2014
UN official lays out challenges, priori New York, June 18 (IBNS) A top official of the United Nations presented to a Washington, DC-based think tank Tuesday a broad survey of new challenges, priorities and strategies for UN peacekeeping as the world Organization embarks on a major review of its operations, requested by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. 19-Jun-2014
UN surge Iraqi leaders to come together Geneva, June 18 (IBNS) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the top United Nations envoy in Iraq are urging the country’s leaders to come together to address the rapidly deteriorating security situation and prevent sectarian reprisals amid the ongoing violence. 19-Jun-2014
Justice for Darfur's victims mired in po New York, June 18 (IBNS) Challenging the Security Council to take immediate action to protect victims in the ongoing Darfur crisis, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) underscored that without concrete steps to apprehend those accused of crimes against humanity, the world’s efforts to ensure justice in Darfur could “go down in history as an indefensible failure.” 18-Jun-2014
Ban urges greater investment to tackle g New York, June 18 (IBNS) At a time when the international community is struggling to generate more jobs, especially for young people, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Wednesday urged Governments to invest more in youth employment initiatives and promote decent work for all. 18-Jun-2014
Militants attack Iraq's largest oil refi Baghdad, June 18 (IBNS): Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants in Iraq attacked the country's biggest oil refinery on Wednesday, media reports said. 18-Jun-2014
Security forces, militants clash close t Baghdad, June 17 (IBNS): Iraq security forces were engaged in clashes with militants close to the Baghdad city, media reports said on Tuesday. 17-Jun-2014
UN condemns mass executions in Iraq New York, Jun 17 (IBNS): The United Nations human rights chief on Monday condemned the reported "cold-blooded" mass execution in Iraq in recent days, while Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged that the perpetrators of those crimes be brought to justice while also calling on Iraqi leaders to prevent sectarian reprisals. 17-Jun-2014
UN cites need for funding to ensure aid New York, Jun 17 (IBNS): As the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance worldwide continues to grow, the top United Nations relief official on Monday urged the international community to provide the requisite funding and access needed to enable aid workers to do their jobs effectively. 17-Jun-2014
UN urges focus on kidnapped Nigerian sch New York, Jun 17 (IBNS): Marking the Day of the African Child, United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown on Monday called for the world to remember the kidnapped schoolgirls of Chibok, Nigeria, while also praising young people around the world as they mobilise to demand education for all. 17-Jun-2014
UN urges rapid peacekeeping response in New York, Jun 17 (IBNS): The reduction of peacekeeping personnel in Cote d'Ivoire will continue, given 'impressive' progress there, but the rapid reaction capabilities of remaining forces must be boosted to help ensure security during planned elections, the top United Nations envoy in the West African country told the Security Council on Monday. 17-Jun-2014
Chile, China and Morocco join fight agai New York, Jun 17 (IBNS): Chile, China and Morocco on Monday joined a growing group of countries that are making successful strides in fighting hunger and malnutrition, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced on Monday. 17-Jun-2014
Ban congratulates Colombians on presiden New York, Jun 17 (IBNS): Following confirmation that President Juan Manuel Santos has been re-elected, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday said he looks forward to continuing to work with his Government in "efforts to promote peace, human rights and development" for all Colombians. 17-Jun-2014
Jordan's Prince Zeid appointed UN human New York, Jun 17 (IBNS): The United Nations General Assembly on Monday unanimously approved Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid al-Hussein of Jordan as the new High Commissioner for Human Rights, succeeding Navi Pillay of South Africa. 17-Jun-2014
Ban deplores attacks on civilians in Ken New York, Jun 17 (IBNS): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday condemned "in the strongest terms" the attacks that took place on Sunday in Mpeketoni, Kenya, which reportedly killed at least 48 people and wounded many more. 17-Jun-2014
Lebanon: Ban appoints new head to peacek New York, Jun 17 (IBNS): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday appointed Major General Luciano Portolano of Italy as the new head of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). 17-Jun-2014
Ban urges laws to ensure dignity for eld New York, Jun 16 (IBNS): Warning that elderly people in all societies can be vulnerable to physical, psychological and financial abuse, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday appealed to the international community to adopt measures to address all aspects of this routinely under-acknowledged public health, social and human rights issue. 16-Jun-2014
Ban condemns abduction of three Israeli New York, Jun 16 (IBNS): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the abduction of three Israeli students in the West Bank, urging everyone to exercise restraint and to support efforts for the release and safe return of the young people, who include two minors. 16-Jun-2014
UN urges China, G77 to unite for combati New York, Jun 16 (IBNS): As the Group of 77 Summit ends on Sunday with a focus on creating a new sustainable development framework, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed to the G77 and China the importance of cooperation and partnerships to reduce inequality, end poverty and fight climate change. 16-Jun-2014
Earthquake hits southern Indian Ocean, n Sydney, June 14 (IBNS) An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter Scale hit he southern Indian Ocean on Saturday. 14-Jun-2014
No combat troops to Iraq: Obama Washington, June 14 (IBNS): United States President Barack Obama has said he will "not send any troops back into combat in Iraq" but is seeking other options as insurgents continue to overrun the northern parts of the country. 14-Jun-2014
Iraq: UN rights chief 'alarmed' by repor New York, June 13 (IBNS): As insurgents continue to overrun parts of northern Iraq, the United Nations human rights chief expressed "extreme alarm" on Friday at reports of summary executions and extrajudicial killings, and the massive displacement of some half a million people, many of whom are now in urgent need of shelter. 13-Jun-2014
UN marks World Day Against Child Labour New York, Jun 13 (IBNS): United Nations officials on Thursday marked the World Day Against Child Labour by highlighting the crucial role of social protection in keeping boys and girls out of a heinous practice that robs them of their childhood and threatens their prospects for a better future. 13-Jun-2014
UN deplores detention of rights defender New York, Jun 13 (IBNS): A group of independent United Nations experts on Thursday voiced serious concerns at the arrest, detention and prosecution of human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko and the editor-in-chief of The Nation magazine, Bheki Makhubu, in Swaziland. 13-Jun-2014
UN calls for restoring calm along DR Con New York, Jun 13 (IBNS): Following clashes on Wednesday between the armed forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Rwanda, a senior United Nations official has called on both sides to restore calm in the border area of Kibumba. 13-Jun-2014
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