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Massive earthquake hits Japan Tokyo, May 30 (IBNS): A massive earthquake hit Japan on Saturday, shaking buildings and triggering panic in the country, media reports said. 30-May-2015
South Sudan: UN officials call for inter New York, May 30 (IBNS): As South Sudan's civil conflict continues to escalate, five senior United Nations officials have urged all stakeholders in the country to reach a sustainable solution to the crisis through inclusive dialogue and foster a lasting peace based on accountability and reconciliation. 30-May-2015
UN 'deeply concerned' by desperate situa New York, May 30 (IBNS): Some 85,000 Iraqis have fled fighting in the central city of Ramadi but as temperatures in the region soar, thousands more still on the move are facing obstacles in reaching safety such as lack of proper shelter and "onerous requirements" for documentation, the United Nations refugee agency warned Friday. 30-May-2015
UN honours fallen peacekeepers; looks to New York, May 30 (IBNS): On the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the “invaluable contribution” of peacekeeping to the history of the Organization and reaffirmed his commitment to improving the effectiveness of ‘blue helmets’ in the coming years. 30-May-2015
Ramping up northern Mali relief efforts, New York, May 30 (IBNS): Across northern Mali, a flare-up in clashes between armed groups has spurred a renewed exodus of people fleeing the violence and their homes, the United Nations refugee agency said Friday, reporting difficulties in reaching the beleaguered populations with critical humanitarian aid. 30-May-2015
UN rights office welcomes Nebraska as la New York, May 30 (IBNS): Welcoming Nebraska as the nineteenth state in the United States to abolish the death penalty, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today urged the Federal Government to engage with those states retaining the policy towards achieving a nationwide moratorium as a first step to abolition. 30-May-2015
At debate, UN and Security Council renew New York, May 30 (IBNS): The increasing number of foreign terrorist fighters populating the front-lines of the world's conflict zones is cause for deepening concern and requires the international community's bolstered efforts to combat the scourge, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today as the Security Council renewed its resolve in addressing this growing threat to international peace and security. 30-May-2015
Libya: UN envoy hopes new draft of polit New York, May 29 (IBNS): Libya is on the verge of economic collapse amid ongoing violence, political infighting and efforts by terrorists to “build strong bases” throughout the country, the envoy facilitating the United Nations efforts to restore peace there said as he briefed journalists on meetings held in Brussels discussing the situation in the North African country and efforts towards a political transition. 30-May-2015
UN envoy urges restraint among all Burun New York, May 30 (IBNS): The United Nations Special Envoy for Burundi Friday travelled to Tanzania where he hopes an East African community summit over the weekend will help reinforce dialogue among the Burundian parties amid concerns raised by UN agencies that the current political instability and violence puts children at risk and could lead to a humanitarian crisis. 30-May-2015
Inclusion and active involvement of yout New York, May 30 (IBNS): The United Nations General Assembly Friday commemorated the 20th anniversary of the World Programme of Action for Youth with an acknowledgement that young people have been "disproportionately" affected by many global challenges but "are ready and willing to be actively involved in shaping their future. 30-May-2015
UN welcomes Southeast Asia region's prop New York, May 30 (IBNS): The United Nations refugee agency Friday welcomed the positive outcomes of a regional meeting in Thailand to resolve the advancing solutions to refugees and migrants stranded in the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea. 30-May-2015
Children's NGO plans for a better world Kolkata, May 29 (IBNS): The international organization 'Save the Children', presently working for children's rights in 120 countries and across 16 states in India including West Bengal plans for bigger changes in 2015. 29-May-2015
At UN Asia-Pacific policy forum, leaders New York, May 29 (IBNS): The 71st session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) opened its ministerial session on Thursday in Bangkok, as region’s leaders meet to discuss the integration and implementation of economic, social and environmental development with focus on financing and partnership. 29-May-2015
UN envoy announces steps towards joint v New York, May 29 (IBNS): On Thursday, the Greek Cypriot leader, Nicos Anastasiades, and the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mustafa Akinci, took the next steps towards fulfilling their joint vision for a united federal Cyprus, the United Nations Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on Cyprus has confirmed. 29-May-2015
'Use your voices to claim your rights,' New York, May 29 (IBNS): Addressing the graduating class at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, where he was bestowed an honorary degree on Thursday, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gave students one final homework assignment: become global citizens with global vision. 29-May-2015
UN calls for an halt to 'wanton' destruc New York, May 29 (IBNS): The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday expressed outrage that attacks on Iraq's cultural heritage are being used as a tactic of war to spread terror and hatred, “a new phenomenon,” the head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) labelled as a form of "cultural cleansing" threatening the people and security in the region. 29-May-2015
Ban deplores shooting incident in Mali t New York, May 29 (IBNS): Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has deplored the shooting incident that took place in Bamako, Mali, on Monday, 25 May, during which a peacekeeper with the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) was killed and another injured. 29-May-2015
UN official urges Security Council to sa New York, May 29 (IBNS): The Security Council must set aside its political differences and come together to find a solution for the "intractable" and drawn-out Syrian conflict, the top United Nations humanitarian official urged on Thursday as she warned the 15-member body that the situation in the country was "extremely grave and deteriorating by the day." 29-May-2015
Burundi: UN officials step up engagement New York, May 29 (IBNS): The United Nations Special Adviser for the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, arrived in Burundi today as the top UN political official met with a Burundian government representative at UN headquarters and discussed the need to prevent and investigate political violence and killings. 29-May-2015
Despite growing threats, UN peacekeepers New York, May 29 (IBNS): More than one million military, police and civilian personnel have served as United Nations peacekeepers over the years, and despite growing security threats and the sacrifices that come with being deployed in challenging environments, over 100,000 men and women continue to work for the cause of peace. 29-May-2015
Security Council renews mandate of UN Mi New York, May 29 (IBNS): The Security Council on Thursday adopted a resolution extending the mandate of the United Nations mission in the country until 30 November 2015, giving the operation authorization to use all necessary means to protect civilians, monitor and investigate human rights, and create the conditions conducive to the delivery of humanitarian assistance. 29-May-2015
Security Council renews mandate of UN Mi New York, May 29 (IBNS): The Security Council on Thursday adopted a resolution extending the mandate of the United Nations mission in the country until 30 November 2015, giving the operation authorization to use all necessary means to protect civilians, monitor and investigate human rights, and create the conditions conducive to the delivery of humanitarian assistance. 29-May-2015
Joint UN report says rate of world hunge New York, May 28 (IBNS): The number of the world's chronically undernourished has dropped below the 800 million mark as an increasing number of countries hit their Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets on hunger, according to a new United Nations report released on Monday by the Organization's three food agencies. 28-May-2015
Some 8.6 million people in urgent need o New York, May 28 (IBNS): The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday warned that the “unnecessary loss of innocent lives cannot go on” and spotlighted the increasingly dire medical situation in Yemen, where it says the health and lives of millions of people are at risk, and health facilities, staff and patients are under attack in widespread violations of international humanitarian law. 28-May-2015
Security Council condemns violence again New York, May 28 (IBNS): Deeply concerned by the frequency of acts of violence in many parts of the world against media professionals in armed conflict, the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday adopted a resolution condemning all violations and abuses committed against journalists and strongly deploring impunity for such acts. 28-May-2015
UN envoy warns Boko Haram aims to destro New York, May 28 (IBNS): The United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict has condemned Boko Haram militias in Nigeria for “waging war on women’s physical, sexual and reproductive autonomy and rights” by repeatedly raping their female captors and treating them as vessels for producing children for fighters. 28-May-2015
Ban tells European Parliament to work to New York, May 28 (IBNS): In Brussels on Wednesday, where he was addressing the European Parliament, the United Nations Secretary-General on Wednesday the important role played by the European Union in boosting the UN agenda, particularly on matters of peace, development and human rights. 28-May-2015
Dialogues needed to tackle violence agai New York, May 28 (IBNS): More open and constructive dialogues should be held among Sudanese stakeholders as a top priority to address ‘the silence and the denials’ of crimes against women, a United Nations human rights expert concluded after her recent mission to the country. 28-May-2015
UN Latin America commission chief welcom New York, May 28 (IBNS): The head of the United Nations’ regional commission in Latin America and the Caribbean has met with the Premier of China, and looked forward to greater cooperation and a deeper relationship with the Asian country. 28-May-2015
WHO devotes World No Tobacco Day 2015 to New York, May 28 (IBNS): One in every 10 cigarettes consumed is illicit, making them cheaper and more accessible to people from low-income groups, as well as to children, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned ahead of this year’s World No Tobacco Day, devoted to combatting the illegal tobacco trade. 28-May-2015
Middle East Quartet representative Tony New York, May 28 (IBNS): The diplomatic Quartet on the Middle East peace process on Wednesday announced that former British Prime Minister Tony Blair plans to step aside as the group’s Representative and expressed its “deep appreciation” for his “remarkable service” and commitment to advancing peace and prosperity for Israelis and Palestinians. 28-May-2015
Tanzania cholera epidemic improving but New York, May 27 (IBNS): United Nations-backed containment measures aimed at stemming the deadly cholera epidemic in western Tanzania's Lake Tanganyika region appear to be working, the Organization's refugee agency (UNHCR) announced on Tuesday amid a tapering off in the number of reported deaths among both Burundian refugees and locals. 27-May-2015
Ban praises Ireland’s ‘compassionate New York, May 27 (IBNS): As he wrapped up a visit to Ireland on Tuesday, the Secretary-General congratulated the country on its “fruitful and strong” relationship with the United Nations over the past 60 years and looked forward to a continued partnership as the world tackled several significant challenges. 27-May-2015
UN expert calls on Serbia to expedite le New York, May 27 (IBNS): Amid a range of structural challenges, including high unemployment and poverty, Serbia is now also facing a housing crisis which demands an immediate Government response, according to a United Nations independent human rights expert. 27-May-2015
Pause in Syria fighting critical for far New York, May 27 (IBNS): The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has called for humanitarian pauses in Syria so farmers can safely harvest and transport crops within the country to reach all Syrians in need. 27-May-2015
South Sudan: UN envoy describes ‘great New York, May 27 (IBNS): Travelling around South Sudan to see efforts made by the United Nations to protect civilians in the country, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Ellen Margrethe Løj, who also heads the UN Mission (UNMISS), visited Bentiu in Unity state this weekend. 27-May-2015
Nigeria: UN warns of ‘alarming’ spik New York, May 27 (IBNS): Northeast Nigeria has witnessed a sharp increase in suicide attacks involving women and girls this year, the United Nations children’s agency warned on Tuesday, calling on the country’s incoming Government make the safety and well-being of children a political priority. 27-May-2015
Security Council extends UN mission in S New York, May 27 (IBNS): The Security Council on Tuesday adopted a resolution extending the mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) as the Horn of Africa country continues down its road towards political recovery and increased security. 27-May-2015
UN rights chief spotlights Burundi, migr New York, May 27 (IBNS): The top United Nations human rights official drew attention to several issues of concern on Tuesday in an informal address to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council from the eruption of violence in Burundi and the overflowing migrant dilemmas in the Mediterranean and South-East Asia, to the protracted and worsening conflict in South Sudan. 27-May-2015
Ban calls for postponement of Yemen cons New York, May 27 (IBNS): Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has requested that his Special Envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, postpone the planned consultations aimed at seeking a peaceful and Yemeni-led political transition process in the country, according to a United Nations spokesperson. 27-May-2015
UN launches mass polio vaccination campa New York, May 27 (IBNS): Aiming to target 5.7 million children under the age of five, the United Nations on Tuesday launched a mass polio vaccination campaign in Iraq, which is set to be conducted in all governorates to maintain the country's polio-free status. 27-May-2015
Ukraine: UN reports humanitarian situati New York, May 27 (IBNS): The tenuous situation in eastern Ukraine continues to be marked by sporadic fighting and a crippling humanitarian crisis forcing many civilians to seek refuge in underground shelters or in neighbouring countries, the United Nations relief arm confirmed on Tuesday. 27-May-2015
WHO governing body agreed on ‘landmark New York, May 27 (IBNS): The World Health Assembly wrapped up its work on Tuesday after giving the greenlight for the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) to reform its emergency and response capacity to better tackle future disease outbreaks like Ebola, and agreeing to address antimicrobial resistance and air pollution, as well as improve access to affordable vaccines and set global nutrition targets. 27-May-2015
Serbia and Kosovo must try to overcome c New York, May 27 (IBNS): As Serbia and Kosovo aim to overcome the legacy of conflict, the two countries must avoid procrastination on implementing the remaining steps of the April 2013 Accord and allowing older issues to shackle opportunities to open new ground, the United Nations Security Council was told on Tuesday. 27-May-2015
Kyrgyz law on civil society groups must New York, May 27 (IBNS): The United Nations rights office called on Tuesday on the Government of Kyrgyzstan to ensure that the freedoms of expression and association are protected in line with international human rights standards as the country’s Parliament prepared to hear the first reading of draft law that could negatively affect the work of civil society organizations there. 27-May-2015
UN Women partners with Spanish football New York, May 27 (IBNS): The United Nations entity dedicated to promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women announced on Tuesday a partnership with Valencia Club de Fútbol, the first time ever that UN Women will collaborate with a professional sports team. 27-May-2015
Lebanon: UN official in country urges en New York, May 26 (IBNS): The vacuum in the post of Lebanon's presidency has undermined the country's ability to address a range of growing security, economic and social challenges, the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Sigrid Kaag, warned on Monday. 26-May-2015
Africa Day: Ban spotlights achievements, New York, May 26 (IBNS): Each year, Africa Day is an opportunity to celebrate the continent's achievements and to reflect on its challenges, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday, highlighting the courage and determination it took to make remarkable progress to end the Ebola outbreak and urging leaders to commit to ending violence against women and empower them. 26-May-2015
Ban tells refugee community world must p New York, May 26 (IBNS): The international community must intensify efforts to provide regular and safe avenues of migration and access to protection, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared on Monday as he wrapped up his trip to Ireland with a visit to a community of resettled refugees. 26-May-2015
UN meteorological forum: Experts meet to New York, May 26 (IBNS): With a welcoming 'tweet' from the International Space Station and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's renewed appeal for “bold climate action,” the United Nations-backed World Meteorological Congress opened its seventeenth session on Monday as international delegates will seek to address continuing concerns over global warming. 26-May-2015
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