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Burkina Faso President quits Ouagadougou, Oct 31 (IBNS) Amid protests, Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore has quit his post, media reports said on Friday 31-Oct-2014
Nigeria blast kills above 30 people Gombe, Oct 31 (IBNS): More than 30 people were killed in a blast at a bus station in Gombe state in north-eastern Nigeria on Friday, media reports said. 31-Oct-2014
UN rights expert urges reversal of UK de New York, Oct 31 (IBNS) The United Nations human rights expert on migrants on Thursday urged British authorities to reconsider a decision not to support search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea, saying allowing people to die at Europe’s borders just because of their administrative status "is appalling." 31-Oct-2014
At UN-backed forum, countries pledge to New York, Oct 31 (IBNS)The United Nations-backed Global Forum on Youth Policies, which brought together over 700 participants from over 165 countries, concluded in Azerbaijan on Thursday with the launch of an outcome document pledging to support countries that are in the process of developing and "elevating" national youth policy. 31-Oct-2014
South Sudan: Ban condemns renewed violen New York, Oct 31 (IBNS) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged an immediate end of all hostilities in South Sudan amid a renewed outbreak of violence in two towns in the country’s North, the United Nations confirmed on Thursday. 31-Oct-2014
Relief efforts in Syria hampered by lack New York, Oct 31 (IBNS) Escalating fighting, insecurity and a lack of access to deliver critical assistance continue to hamper United Nations efforts to respond to the worsening humanitarian situation in Syria, a top UN relief official said on Thursday. 31-Oct-2014
Ban urges calm, inclusive dialogue as ma New York, Oct 31 (IBNS) Greatly concerned by the deteriorating security situation in Burkina Faso, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday called for an end to the violence and announced that he is dispatching his special envoy for West Africa to the crisis-gripped country. 31-Oct-2014
Asia-Pacific better poised to respond to New York, Oct 31 (IBNS) Marking a milestone towards better disaster risk management in Asia and the Pacific, a United Nations-backed group of experts agreed this week on core principles for establishing a common basic range of disaster-related statistics. 31-Oct-2014
In Kenya, UN chief kicks off global medi New York, Oct 31 (IBNS) The practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) must come to a quick end and the global media can play a critical role in making that happen, Secretary-GeneralBan Ki-moon affirmed on Thursday during his visit to the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. 31-Oct-2014
South Africa poised to be key player in New York, Oct 30 (IBNS) Learning from the experiences of the Eastern and South Africa region will be vital in global efforts to reform humanitarian action, a top United Nations humanitarian official said on Wednesday in Pretoria, South Africa, at the opening of the regional consultation for Eastern and Southern Africa of the World Humanitarian Summit. 30-Oct-2014
Ban pays tribute to late Zambian Preside New York, Oct 30 (IBNS) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid tribute on Wednesday to Zambia’s late President Michael Chilufya Sata, praising his vision for the country and commitment to addressing the needs of Zambia’s poor. 30-Oct-2014
UN Asia-Pacific forum helps foster youth New York, Oct 30 (IBNS) The United Nations has helped set up a youth alliance committed to serving their communities through volunteerism in the Asia-Pacific region, where more than 80 million young people of working age are unemployed, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) said on Wednesday. 30-Oct-2014
Massive scale-up of assistance needed fo New York, Oct 30 (IBNS) The ongoing civil war in Syria and its spillover effects continue to inflict a devastating human and humanitarian toll on neighbouring Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan, a senior United Nations relief official said on Wednesday, warning that rising numbers of displaced persons, increasing pressure on refugee hosting countries and dwindling international support left the UN “racing against the clock” to meet the needs on the ground. 30-Oct-2014
'Status quo not viable option' in Jerusa New York, Oct 30 (IBNS) Ongoing tensions in East Jerusalem and the West Bank cannot be separated from the larger reality that remains unresolved in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council on Wednesday. 30-Oct-2014
Ban 'deeply troubled' by findings of rev New York, Oct 30 (IBNS) United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he is “deeply troubled” by the findings of a review conducted into recent allegations that the UN-African Union peacekeeping force in Sudan’s Darfur region intentionally sought to cover up crimes against civilians and peacekeepers. 30-Oct-2014
UN study finds 'substantial' skills mism New York Oct 30 (IBNS) Europe’s labour market is facing a “substantial” mismatch between supply and demand as a sizeable percentage of continental workers are currently over- or under- qualified for their jobs, a new United Nations study has found. 30-Oct-2014
Youth policy must bridge gap between 'ha New York, Oct 30 (IBNS) Deliberations on a modern youth policy framework continued on Wednesday in Azerbaijan’s capital, Baku as hundreds of experts, policymakers, researchers and activists met for the second day of a United Nations-backed meeting, which is expected to usher in a set of focused guidelines to assist counties in defining, planning, financing, implementing and evaluating youth policy. 30-Oct-2014
Ukraine: Ban deplores planned holding of New York, Oct 30 (IBNS) United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday deplored the planned holding by armed rebel groups in eastern Ukraine of their own "elections" on 2 November, calling the potential polls a "breach of the constitution and national law." 30-Oct-2014
South Sudan: UN officials welcome launch New York, Oct 30 (IBNS) The United Nations stands ready to support the Government of South Sudan in its renewed commitment to end the recruitment and use of children in the army, top UN officials declared on Wednesday as the Organization launched a new initiative in the country. 30-Oct-2014
UN applauds donation by Malala Yousafzai New York, Oct 30 (IBNS) As the United Nations ramps up its reconstruction efforts of war-ravaged Gaza, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Malala Yousafzai, has announced a contribution of $50,000 to help with the rebuilding of UN schools heavily damaged during the recent fighting in the enclave. 30-Oct-2014
Farming sector hit by insecurity as Cent New York, Oct 30 (IBNS) The continuing crisis in the embattled Central African Republic has taken a large toll on agricultural production and is eroding the capacity of the country’s population to secure sufficient food, a new report by the United Nations food and agriculture agencies has found. 30-Oct-2014
In Somalia, Ban lauds country's progress New York, Oct 30 (IBNS) Somalia has made "remarkable progress" as it continues down the road towards economic and political stability, United Nations UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Wednesday as he arrived in the capital city of Mogadishu – the third stop in a tour of the Horn of Africa aimed at promoting development and consolidating peace and security across the wider region. 30-Oct-2014
IS group shot 30 men dead in Iraq Baghdad, Oct 29 (IBNS): The Islamic State group militants on Wednesday lined up 30 men in western Iraq and shot them dead, media reports said. 29-Oct-2014
UN chief urges continued global support New York, Oct 29 (IBNS) Lebanon remains "a beacon of tolerance and co-existence" in an otherwise combustible region, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared on Tuesday, adding that in the face of growing challenges along its borders, the Middle Eastern country will need to continue its close collaboration with the United Nations and other international stakeholders. 29-Oct-2014
UN expert urges General Assembly to refe New York, Oct 29 (IBNS) : A United Nations human rights expert called on the General Assembly on Tuesday to refer a UN-mandated report documenting wide-ranging and ongoing crimes against humanity in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to the International Criminal Court (ICC). 29-Oct-2014
Iraq: condemning destruction of shrine, New York, Oct 29 (IBNS) The Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) strongly condemned the destruction of the Imam Dur shrine in the governorate of Salah-e-Din in Iraq, and called for an end to such acts of "cultural cleansing." 29-Oct-2014
UN reaffirms importance of women's empow New York, Oct 29 (IBNS) As the world is swept by unparalleled levels of displacement, festering conflicts, and a convergence of crises, the international community must fully endorse the role of women's empowerment and gender equality in ensuring global peace, security and development, the Security Council and top United Nations officials declared on Tuesday. 29-Oct-2014
Culture must be considered in approaches New York, Oct 29 (IBNS) Disaster risk reduction approaches must recognize why people live with risks and how their behaviour and attitudes related to culture affect their exposure and sensitivity to hazards, a new United Nations-backed report out on Tuesday warns. 29-Oct-2014
Leaders of on Wednesday must be heard on New York, Oct 29 (IBNS) Young people around the world must “raise your voices” so they are heard loud and clear, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a packed audience of youth Ministers, experts, activists and volunteers this morning, kicking off the First Global Forum on Youth Policies, in Azerbaijan, itself a nation with more than half of its population under age 29. 29-Oct-2014
In Addis Ababa, Ban hails new UN facilit New York, Oct 29 (IBNS): The United Nations is "better placed to deliver better results," declared Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, as a new office facility was inaugurated on Tuesday at the UN Economic Commission for Africa compound in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 29-Oct-2014
UNESCO chief condemns killing of Mexican New York, Oct 29 (IBNS) The head of the United Nations agency mandated to defend press freedom on Tuesday denounced the recent killing of Mexican journalist Antonio Gamboa Urias, the editor of a local magazine in the Mexican state of Sinaloa, and urged authorities to conduct a quick and thorough investigation into the murder. 29-Oct-2014
UN's Ban, global leaders join forces in New York, Oct 28 (IBNS): Spearheading a high-level delegation of global and regional leaders in a visit to the Horn of Africa, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Monday announced a new $8 billion development initiative aimed at boosting economic growth, reducing poverty and spurring business activity across the African region’s eight countries. 28-Oct-2014
DR Congo: amid fresh violence, 'presence New York, Oct 28 (IBNS): Amid continuing flare-ups of deadly violence and a tenuous humanitarian situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission (MONUSCO) in the vast African nation today underlined the need for a “proactive, not reactive” response in countering the country’s rebel groups and boosting protection for civilians. 28-Oct-2014
South Sudan: 60 civilians injured in fig New York, Oct 28 (IBNS): More than 60 civilians were injured yesterday after fighting broke at a protection of civilians site next to the United Nations House on the outskirts of Juba, South Sudan, according to a UN spokesperson. 28-Oct-2014
Citing 'surge' in executions, UN expert New York, Oct 28 (IBNS): The human rights situation in Iran remains of deep concern, an independent United Nations expert said today, flagging issues related to the right to life, the judicial system, religious persecution, and discrimination against women. 28-Oct-2014
Ban hails Tunisian vote as critical step New York, Oct 28 (IBNS): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday congratulated the Tunisian people on the legislative elections held in the North African country on 26 October, welcoming the polls as a “crucial step for the country’s future” and a “decisive milestone in the transition to democracy.” 28-Oct-2014
Blackwater convictions spotlight need fo New York, Oct 28 (IBNS): The United Nations working group on the use of mercenaries today appealed for stronger global regulations of private security, saying last week’s conviction of Blackwater contractors shows the need for all private security personnel to be held accountable for international human rights and humanitarian law violations. 28-Oct-2014
Young people in 'driver's seat' from ver New York, Oct 28 (IBNS): Rather than merely being consulted on policy matters, young people must be in the driver’s seat with all the other stakeholders from the very beginning of the process and throughout, a Youth Specialist of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) stressed ahead of the Global Forum on Youth Policies, kicking off tomorrow in Baku, Azerbaijan. 28-Oct-2014
Greater resources needed for Iraqis ahea New York, Oct 28 (IBNS): Senior officials from the United Nations and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) warned today that an “immense” humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Iraq and called for greater resources from the international community to help with the upcoming winter season, as they concluded a four-day mission to conflict-riven areas in the country. 28-Oct-2014
UN envoy leads call for action, resource Baku, Oct 28 (IBNS): Meeting for the first time since arriving in Azerbaijan for the United Nations-backed Global Forum on Youth Policies, dozens of youth experts and activists today deliberated a "common narrative" that will best engage other stakeholders and help transform youth policy rhetoric into solid reality. 28-Oct-2014
UN agriculture chief lauds 'key' role of Rome, Oct 28 (IBNS): Praising family farmers for their key role in meeting the needs of a growing world population, the head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) stressed the need to seize global momentum to improve the widespread food insecurity still haunting many rural areas around the world. 28-Oct-2014
Ukrainians vote in country's parliamenta Kiev, Oct 26 (IBNS): Ukrainians are on Sunday casting their votes in the country's first parliamentary polls. 26-Oct-2014
Egypt: Ban, Security Council condemn dea New York, Oct 25 (IBNS) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations Security Council have strongly condemned two terrorist attacks that targeted military checkpoints in the Sinai Peninsula. 25-Oct-2014
Libya: UN 'deeply concerned' by reported New York, Oct 25 (IBNS) The United Nations human rights office expressed "deep concern" on Friday at reports of threats and intimidation directed against Libya’s national human rights institution, the National Council for Civil Liberties and Human Rights (NCCLHR), based in Tripoli. 25-Oct-2014
More respect, less criminalization for m New York, Oct 25 (IBNS) The lack of political will to stand up for migrant workers' rights remains the greatest challenge to the protection of this "very vulnerable" group of human beings, an independent United Nations expert affirmed on Friday. 25-Oct-2014
DR Congo: UN, African Union urge eastern New York, Oct 25 (IBNS) Visiting the site of a recent flare-up of deadly violence in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), United Nations and African Union (AU) envoys met with the Mayor of the town of Beni, Congolese military officials and local leaders, urging a united front to "put an end to the terror imposed on the population by armed groups," including Ugandan-based rebels operating in the area. 25-Oct-2014
Mexico: UN rights office urges authoriti New York, Oct 25 (IBNS) The United Nations human rights office has voiced concern about the continued enforced disappearance of students in the Mexican town of Iguala and urged local authorities to step up their efforts in finding them. 25-Oct-2014
Amid uneasy ceasefire, Ukraine risks bec New York, Oct 25 (IBNS) The simmering conflict in Ukraine continues to take lives and exacerbate already precarious humanitarian conditions in the country’s Eastern regions, two senior United Nations officials told the Security Council on Friday, as they warned that the situation risks turning into a "protracted low-intensity conflict." 25-Oct-2014
UN-backed forum: World's youth to demand New York, Oct 25 (IBNS) Set to kick-off next week in Azerbaijan's capital of Baku, a United Nations-backed Global Forum on Youth Policies will, for the first time, amplify voices passionate about developing and implementing national policies tailored to the specific needs, aspirations and demands of on Friday's young people. 25-Oct-2014
Kyrgyzstan: UN urges country to scrap dr New York, Oct 25 (IBNS) The United Nations human rights office on Friday called on the Kyrgyz Parliament to refrain from passing draft legislation that would discriminate against people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people. 25-Oct-2014
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