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DR Congo: UN applauds oil firm's decisio New York, Jun 13 (IBNS): The United Nations agency that advocates for the protection of irreplaceable natural and cultural resources on Thursday welcomed as "a step in the right direction" the decision of British oil company Soco to halt oil exploration in ecologically rich but endangered Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). 13-Jun-2014
Ban urges action on sexual violence in c New York, Jun 13 (IBNS): Noting that sexual violence in conflict remains widespread, yet largely invisible, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday called for concerted efforts to "turn the tide" and rid the world of this scourge. 13-Jun-2014
UN General Assembly reviews counter-terr New York, Jun 13 (IBNS): As the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday began a review of its overall counter-terrorism strategy, a senior official urged Member States to take advantage of the opportunity "to make the UN more relevant" in the international effort to fight what he called "a destructive and deplorable malady." 13-Jun-2014
Ban seeks political solutions to differe New York, Jun 13 (IBNS): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday encouraged all Libyans to remain engaged in the search for political solutions to resolve differences, while stressing the importance of the peaceful and timely holding of legislative elections later this month. 13-Jun-2014
Iraq: UN swings into action on humanitar New York, Jun 13 (IBNS): With Iraq facing "the most serious threats to its security in years," the top United Nations official in the country reiterated on Thursday the Organization's support for the Iraqi Government's efforts to combat terrorist groups in the wake of the crisis sparked by the militant takeover of key cities in the north. 13-Jun-2014
UN kicks off campaign as football World New York, Jun 13 (IBNS): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Thursday to attend the opening game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, as United Nations agencies carry out a number of projects and activities related to one of the greatest sporting events on the planet. 13-Jun-2014
Use of 'space tools' for sustainable dev New :York, June 12 (IBNS) Space-based information technologies must be fully integrated into the international efforts to overcome such challenges to sustainable development as climate change and food insecurity, the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space was told as it opened its annual session today in Vienna. 12-Jun-2014
At global summit, UN urges reparations f New York, June 12 (IBNS) Victims of conflict-related sexual violence need help rebuilding their lives, the United Nations today said today, launching, at a global summit in London a set of guidelines on reparations for the individuals and the communities affected. 12-Jun-2014
Safety of journalists essential to vibra New York, June 12 (IBNS) “Sound, bold and independent” journalism is vital in any democratic society, the United Nations human rights chief declared Wednesday, stressing the need to ensure the safety of media workers, who have come under increasing attacks, harassment and intimidation over the past few years. 12-Jun-2014
Global manufacturing output continues to New York, June 12 (IBNS) World manufacturing is in a phase of steady growth due to the improved financial condition of industrialized countries, especially in Europe, and China’s continued growth, the United Nations Wednesday reported. 12-Jun-2014
UN officials underscore need to counter New York, June 12 (IBNS) Critical to defeating terrorism and making the world a safer place is addressing conditions that give rise to this scourge, senior United Nations officials stated Wednesday, as they also underscored the need to better support the victims of such heinous acts. 12-Jun-2014
General Assembly elects Ugandan Foreign New York, June 12 (IBNS) The United Nations General Assembly Wednesday elected by acclamation Sam Kahamba Kutesa of Uganda as President of its upcoming 69th session. 12-Jun-2014
We must be prepared to invest more in pe New York, June 12 (IBNS) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Wednesday told the United Nations Security Council that the international community must be prepared to invest in peacekeeping and peacebuilding at a “key moment for this flagship UN activity” as he highlighted new trends and approaches affecting operations, whose budget is approaching $8 billion. 12-Jun-2014
Ban condemns Mali car bombing killing UN New York, June 12 (IBNS) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned Wednesday's car bomb attack on a United Nations camp in Mali that resulted in the death of four peacekeepers from Chad. 12-Jun-2014
Iraq: UN chief, SC deplore kidnapping of New York, June 12 (IBNS) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council Thursday deplored the kidnapping of Turkish diplomats in the Iraqi city of Mosul, while the United Nations humanitarian arm reported that hundreds of thousands of people have fled the area amid rising violence. 12-Jun-2014
Ban welcomes successful Kosovo assembly New York, Jun 11 (IBNS): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the successful conduct of assembly elections in Kosovo and called on authorities to remain committed to strengthening democracy, the rule of law and the protection of human rights of all living there. 11-Jun-2014
UN review focuses on youth with disabili New York, Jun 11 (IBNS): Hundreds of activists and Government delegates gathered at United Nations Headquarters on Tuesday to identify practical ways to take the rights, needs and concerns of persons with disabilities, particularly youth, into consideration as they strive to advance inclusive, sustainable development. 11-Jun-2014
UN rights council urges universal protec New York, Jun 11 (IBNS): In her last opening statement to the United Nations Human Rights Council, outgoing High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay stressed on Tuesday the benefit to all countries of ensuring universal protection of individuals and groups from abuse, even if it means the countries are then subject to criticism. 11-Jun-2014
Iraq: Ban urges leaders to show unity in New York, Jun 11 (IBNS): Urging all political leaders in Iraq to show national unity against the myriad threats facing the country, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday expressed grave concern about the "serious deterioration" of security in Mosul, and condemned the recent spate of terrorist attacks that have left scores of dead and wounded in Iraq's northern and eastern provinces. 11-Jun-2014
UN envoy Angelina Jolie urges end to sex New York, Jun 11 (IBNS): Hollywood actress, activist and United Nations Special Envoy Angelina Jolie on Tuesday called for concerted action to end once and for all the use of rape and sexual violence as a weapon of war. 11-Jun-2014
UN spotlights power of technology to adv New York, Jun 11 (IBNS): With nearly everyone on Earth now having access to a mobile cellular network and some three billion people online, a United Nations information and communication technology (ICT) forum opening in Geneva on Tuesday called for greater efforts to ensure that everyone also has access to broadband connectivity. 11-Jun-2014
CAR: UN concerned over nearly exhausted New York, Jun 11 (IBNS): Less than a week after an urgent funding appeal by the heads of the lead UN food and refugee agencies, lack of donor attention threatening to cut off aid to thousands trying to escape violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) emerged again on Tuesday as a top item in the bi-weekly humanitarian briefing in Geneva. 11-Jun-2014
UN seeks regional savings to finance sus New York, Jun 11 (IBNS): The private sector in the Asia-Pacific region holds USD 33 trillion which could help finance sustainable development, the United Nations economic and social office in the region said, calling for greater partnerships in the social and environmental sectors, and for a reworking of the region's financial regulations. 11-Jun-2014
Ban welcomes start of peace talks betwee New York, Jun 11 (IBNS): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday welcomed the announced start of peace talks between the Government of Colombia and representatives of the National Liberation Army (ELN), and encouraged all parties to remain committed to the pursuit of peace in the country. 11-Jun-2014
UN appeals for end to clan-based fightin New York, Jun 10 (IBNS): The top United Nations envoy to Somalia on Monday appealed to an end to clan-based hostilities in the Lower Shabelle region which have resulted in a number of casualties in recent days. 10-Jun-2014
Nigeria: UN urges national actors to ens New York, Jun 10 (IBNS): A United Nations envoy on Monday renewed the world body's commitment to supporting ongoing efforts by the Nigerian Government to secure the safe release of the abducted schoolgirls from Chibok, and called for concerted efforts to tackle the insurgency in the north-east of the country. 10-Jun-2014
UN: Security tensions threaten Libya's t New York, Jun 10 (IBNS): The recent turmoil in Libya has not only slowed the pace of important aspects of the democratic transition but threatens to thrust the North African nation back into conflict and instability, the United Nations envoy to the country told the UN Security Council on Monday. 10-Jun-2014
UN calls for human rights-backed develop New York, Jun 10 (IBNS): A new global new development agenda based on human rights and the rule of law is the surest pathway to balancing the needs of people and the planet, while eradicating extreme poverty and closing socio-economic gaps, senior United Nations officials said on Monday. 10-Jun-2014
UN hails power of sport to bring communi New York, Jun 10 (IBNS): Just days away from the kick-off of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hailed the "best values of sport" - teamwork, fair play and mutual respect - as the United Nations on Monday joined the international fervour that accompanies the games, even getting its normally staid diplomats out of suits and ties and into their national team uniforms. 10-Jun-2014
South Sudan: UN site in Malakal offers p New York, Jun 10 (IBNS): The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) on Monday inaugurated a new site adjacent to its base in Malakal to offer protection for civilians uprooted by conflict and to relieve the congestion inside the world body's compound, which is hosting an estimated 19,000 people. 10-Jun-2014
Ukraine: UN reiterates support for new g New York, Jun 10 (IBNS): The top United Nations political official on Monday concluded a visit to Ukraine, where he reiterated UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's commitment to supporting the country, and held meetings with senior Government and civil society representatives. 10-Jun-2014
Gaza: UN pledges support as Palestinian New York, Jun 9 (IBNS): The senior United Nations envoy in the Middle East visited the Gaza Strip on Sunday for the first time since the signing of the Beach Camp Agreement and the formation of a Palestinian government of national consensus, and pledged the Organization's ongoing support as the nascent process moves forward. 09-Jun-2014
Abdul Fattah Al Sissi sworn in as Egypt' Cairo, June 8 (IBNS): Former defence minister Abdul Fattah Al Sissi on Sunday took oath as Egypt’s new President amid tight security 08-Jun-2014
SA president Jacob Zuma admitted to hosp Johannesburg, June 7 (IBNS): South African president Jacob Zuma was admitted to a hospital for tests on Saturday. 08-Jun-2014
Ban concerned over Palestinian detainees New York, Jun 7 (IBNS): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced concern on Friday about reports regarding the deteriorating health of Palestinian administrative detainees who have been on hunger strike for over a month. 07-Jun-2014
UN urges broad participation in Kosovo a New York, Jun 7 (IBNS): The most senior United Nations official in Kosovo has on Friday stressed the critical importance of maximum participation of all communities in assembly elections slated for this Sunday. 07-Jun-2014
UN establishes prize in honour of late N New York, Jun 7 (IBNS): The United Nations General Assembly on Friday established the "United Nations Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize" as a tribute to the achievements and contributions of the late South African leader who inspired not only his own country but the rest of the world. 07-Jun-2014
Iraq: UNSC supports humanitarian action New York, Jun 7 (IBNS): The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has stressed its support for the engagement of all political groups in Iraq, where nearly 800 people fell victim to violence last month, on concerted efforts to ensure security for its entire population, particularly in Anbar province, which has been embattled for months. 07-Jun-2014
UN hails upcoming launch of truth commis New York, Jun 7 (IBNS): The United Nations has welcomed the upcoming launch of the Truth and Dignity Commission in Tunisia, calling it a step forward in addressing past human rights violations in the North African nation. 07-Jun-2014
UN reports 62 dead in boat tragedy in Re New York, Jun 7 (IBNS): The United Nations refugee agency said on Friday that 62 people are confirmed to have died when their boat foundered while trying to cross the Red Sea from the Horn of Africa to Yemen, making it the deadliest sinking this year. 07-Jun-2014
Libya: UN announces political initiative New York, Jun 7 (IBNS): The United Nations' top envoy in Libya on Friday announced an initiative to bring together some of the country's most influential actors to settle long-divisive issues, as the world Organization's human rights arm expressed deepening concern over the violence plaguing the east of the country, particularly the city of Benghazi. 07-Jun-2014
South Sudan: UN confirms looting of home New York, Jun 7 (IBNS): The United Nations mission in South Sudan on Friday confirmed reports of "intense small arms fire and shelling" close to its base in Renk, Upper Nile state, where some of the 93,000 civilians sheltered by UN peacekeepers throughout the country are staying. 07-Jun-2014
UN concert sets new global development a New York, Jun 7 (IBNS): As part of the United Nations-driven process to craft a new sustainable development agenda, a spectacular line up of global artists will hit the stage tonight at the world body's New York Headquarters to add their voices and talents to the unprecedented global conversation under way to build the future we want. 07-Jun-2014
UN calls for end to death penalty in Ira New York, Jun 6 (IBNS): A group of United Nations human rights experts on Thursday expressed outrage at the recent executions of two prisoners in Iran, and urged the Government to institute a moratorium on the death penalty with a view to abolishing it all together. 06-Jun-2014
UN concerned over worsening health of Pa New York, Jun 6 (IBNS): Gravely concerned about the reported worsening health of more than 75 Palestinian detainees on hunger strike now in hospital protesting Israel's continued use of administrative detention, members of a United Nations committee on Thursday urged Israel to end the practice and heed the "desperate plea" prisoners to be told what they are accused of so they can mount a defence. 06-Jun-2014
UN tribunals crucial for delivering just New York, Jun 6 (IBNS): What began as 'bold experiments' in international justice two decades ago have resulted in ensuring accountability for the worst of crimes, officials from the United Nations tribunals dealing with the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda told the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Thursday, as they highlighted ongoing efforts to bring the work of their respective bodies to a close. 06-Jun-2014
Ban launches UN Decade of Sustainable En New York, Jun 6 (IBNS): Launching the United Nations Decade of Sustainable Energy for All, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday hailed modern energy services as the source of profound and life-changing opportunities - for the poorest communities and the richest investors - and urged generating the innovative ideas and vital partnerships to wholly transform the global energy landscape. 06-Jun-2014
South Sudan: UN boosts aid operations to New York, Jun 6 (IBNS): As the rainy season begins in South Sudan, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has scaled up its emergency response operations with large-scale airdrops to provide remote communities with livelihood kits that will allow them to plant crops, fish waterways and protect livestock from fatal diseases. 06-Jun-2014
Ban concerned over Israeli settlement ex New York, Jun 6 (IBNS): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday he is deeply concerned by reports that Israeli authorities have issued tenders for the construction of over 1,400 new housing units in settlements in the West Bank, including in occupied East Jerusalem. 06-Jun-2014
UN calls for crisis funding for Central New York, Jun 5 (IBNS): Thousands of women and children fleeing the Central African Republic (CAR) for Cameroon arrive in a 'shocking state,' malnourished and dangerously ill, the heads of two United Nations humanitarian agencies said on Wednesday, warning that their funds are nearly exhausted and that hundreds of thousands of people could die unless urgent contributions are received. 05-Jun-2014
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