Title Description Posted Date
UN relief wing cites major access challe New York, Aug 31 (IBNS): Sounding the alarm on behalf of relief agencies working to meet ongoing needs and jump-start critical preparations for winter in strife-riven eastern Ukraine, the United Nations humanitarian wing has reported that aid organizations are facing major challenges in getting access to the most vulnerable of an estimated 5 million people affected by the conflict that began in the region in April 2014. 31-Aug-2015
Prohibition of enforced disappearance is New York, Aug 31 (IBNS): Marking the fourth International Day of Enforced Disappearances, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon denounced the “alarming” number of acts by that are tantamount to enforced disappearances and appealed to all Member States to ratify or accede to the legal instrument prohibiting such acts. 31-Aug-2015
Ban 'regrets' Egyptian court decision to New York, Aug 31 (IBNS): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed "deep regret" over the decision by the Egyptian court of Cassation to uphold the sentencing of several Al Jazeera journalists and has reiterated his appeal for their cases to be resolved expeditiously and in accordance with the country's international obligations to protect free expression. 31-Aug-2015
Fire at Saudi Arabia's Aramco compound c Riyadh, Aug 30 (IBNS) A fire which broke through Saudi Arabia’s oil giant Saudi Aramco’s residential complex on Sunday, killed 11 people and left around 200 others injured. 30-Aug-2015
UN calls on Colombia and Venezuela to re New York, Aug 29 (IBNS): Concerned over the situation at the border between Colombia and Venezuela, particularly reports of human rights violations occurring in the context of deportations of Colombians, the United Nations human rights office called on Friday on the authorities in both countries to ensure the situation is resolved through "calm discussion and dialogue, firmly grounded in their obligations under international human rights law and refugee law." 29-Aug-2015
UN urges all States to sign, ratify Nucl New York, Aug 29 (IBNS): For the fifth International Day against Nuclear Tests, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed voluntary moratoria on testing imposed by nuclear-armed states but stressed that these cannot substitute for a legally-binding treaty. 29-Aug-2015
Hurricane Katrina's 'true legacy' was to New York, Aug 29 (IBNS): The top United Nations disaster resilience official on Friday said on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina that the 'true legacy' of the costliest United States hurricane disaster, which devastated New Orleans and claimed more than 1,800 lives, was to raise the bar for disaster risk management worldwide. 29-Aug-2015
Ban urges all parties in Burundi to 'loo New York, Aug 29 (IBNS): Fifteen years after the signing of a landmark Burundi peace accord, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday called on all the country's political leaders, including those in exile, to find common cause and commit to build on the stability that was ushered in by the Arusha Agreement. 29-Aug-2015
UNICEF announces release of 163 more chi New York, Aug 29 (IBNS): The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) announced on Friday that 163 children have been released by an armed group in the Central African Republic, where thousands of other boys and girls are still serving as combatants, cooks and messengers for the country's militant factions. 29-Aug-2015
More than 300,000 make perilous Mediterr New York, Aug 29 (IBNS): The United Nations refugee agency said on Friday that the number of refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean to reach Europe has surpassed 300,000 this year, up from 219,000 during the whole of 2014. 29-Aug-2015
Security Council: Officials warn politic New York, Aug 29 (IBNS): With Guinea-Bissau facing political turbulence barely a year after the re-establishment of constitutional order, the top United Nations official there expressed hope on Friday that political leaders would rise to their "historic responsibility" to preserve the gains made so far in the interest of the country and people. 29-Aug-2015
UN experts urge Sudan to overturn 'outra New York, Aug 29 (IBNS): A group of independent United Nations human rights experts have voiced alarm after a female Sudanese student was sentenced to public flogging and a heavy fine for charges of "indecent dressing," while another received a hefty fine for the same charges, and urged that the convictions be overturned immediately. 29-Aug-2015
Ban urges expansion of safe, legal chann New York, Aug 29 (IBNS): In the wake of the grim discovery of the bodies of more than 70 people inside a truck abandoned near Austria’s border with Hungary, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday urged the world to come together to provide comprehensive responses to migration issues, including tackling smugglers and resolving ongoing conflicts, among other root causes. 29-Aug-2015
Fresh peace deal 'first step' in resolvi New York, Aug 29 (IBNS): Welcoming the recent signature by President Salva Kiir, SPLM/SPLA-IO Chairman Riek Machar and others of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan, the Security Council on Friday called on all the parties, with the help of the United Nations, to implement the accord and adhere to the permanent ceasefire. 29-Aug-2015
Security Council condemns use of sexual New York, Aug 29 (IBNS): The United Nations Security Council on Friday condemned the use of sexual violence, in particular sexual enslavement and sexual violence “related to or resulting from forced marriage, committee, including as a tactic of war, in Syria and Iraq,” and urged all parties to armed conflict to take all feasible steps to protect civilians from such “abhorrent” acts. 29-Aug-2015
Websites attack: Six arrested in Britain London, Aug 29 (IBNS): British authorities have arrested six people as part of an operation targeting users of hacking group Lizard Squad's Lizard Stresser tool, software that allowed users to pay to take websites offline for up to eight hours at a time, country's National Crime Agency (NCA) has said. 29-Aug-2015
Clashes in Central African Republic forc New York, Aug 27 (IBNS): Clashes between rival militias in the past few days have forced several thousand people to flee their homes in the Central African Republic (CAR) town of Bambari and seek shelter at a former cotton factory inside the compound of the United Nations peacekeeping mission, the UN refugee agency said today. 28-Aug-2015
Ancient crops to be deposited in Norway' New York, Aug 28 (IBNS): As a significant step towards preserving the world's most important ancient crops for future generations, the head of the United Nations agriculture agency, together with scientists and delegations from Peru, Costa Rica and Norway, Thursday witnessed a ceremony during which potato seeds were deposited to the "safety box" in Arctic seed vault. 28-Aug-2015
Urging end to 'delaying' tactics, UN rig New York, Aug 28 (IBNS): United Nations experts on genocide prevention and transitional justice Thursday called on Guatemalan judicial authorities to "prevent any further attempt at interference, obstruction of justice or manipulation of the law," when the genocide trial against the country's former de facto Head of State, and the former chief of intelligence resumes in January 2016. 28-Aug-2015
Aid community must scale up support to t New York, Aug 28 (IBNS): A senior United Nations relief official Thursday called on the international community to ramp up its support in response to the multifaceted humanitarian challenges affecting Chad, the seventh largest refugee-hosting country in the world. 28-Aug-2015
As Libyan political talks resume, UN env New York, Aug 28 (IBNS) The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has announced that a round of Libyan political dialogue began today in Skhirat, Morocco, with discussions expected to focus on expediting the process towards finalizing the Libyan Political Agreement, including reaching agreement on a Government of National Accord. 28-Aug-2015
UN humanitarian agencies reach thousands New York, Aug 28 (IBNS): Emergency relief teams from the United Nations have managed to reach more than 27,000 people in a town in South Sudan cut off by insecurity since March where "there were only some fish and a few tomatoes for sale in the market, and almost nobody had the means to buy them." 28-Aug-2015
Ban welcomes South Sudanese leader Kiir' New York, Aug 28 (IBNS): Welcoming President Salva Kiir's signing of the agreement on the resolution of the conflict in South Sudan, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the move is "a critical and necessary step towards ending the 20 month-long conflict that has devastated [the country] and subjected its people to unspeakable suffering." 28-Aug-2015
Ban strongly condemns use of chemical we New York, Aug 28 (IBNS): Deeply disturbed by continuing reports of the use of chemical weapons, as well as the use of toxic chemicals as a weapon in Syria, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Thursday strongly condemned any such use by any party to the conflict and stressed that the entire international community has the responsibility to hold the perpetrators to account. 28-Aug-2015
UN humanitarian chief urges Security Cou New York, Aug 28 (IBNS): The United Nations humanitarian chief Thursday urged the Security Council to do everything in its power to push for a political solution to end the conflict in Syria, as he described the immense suffering and destruction he witnessed for himself during a recent visit. 28-Aug-2015
UN refugee agency chief urges Europe to New York, Aug 27 (IBNS) With the number of migrants fleeing to Europe the violence in their countries of origin continuing to increase, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, on Wednesday urged the European Union to speed up the formulation of an adequate collective response to this unprecedented crisis. 27-Aug-2015
At Security Council, UN envoy says Libya New York, Aug 27 (IBNS) With the United Nations-supported political dialogue process in Libya nearing its last stages, "time is running out" for leaders on all sides and at all levels to make the "final push," the head of the UN Mission in the country (UNSMIL) told the Security Council today. 27-Aug-2015
As momentum builds for December climate New York, Aug 27 (IBNS) Commending France's "exemplary leadership" on efforts to tackle climate change, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday affirmed that the international community is now at a stage where the final elements of the new climate agreement are being negotiated. 27-Aug-2015
UN sets up 'child-friendly' space at mig New York, Aug 27 (IBNS) Near Gevgelija, a southeast town bordering Greece, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has established a child-friendly space with a mobile team to support women and children fleeing violence in their home countries and moving through the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. 27-Aug-2015
UN food relief now reaching more than 40 New York, Aug 27 (IBNS) The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is now delivering rice, beans, cooking oil and salt to more than 400,000 people affected by flooding in Myanmar and "reachable only on foot, after floods and landslides destroyed roads across the country," the agency said today. 27-Aug-2015
UNICEF demands that water not be used to New York, Aug 27 (IBNS) Amid the unremitting brutality of the war in Syria and a scorching summer heat wave, there is increasing evidence that parties to the conflict are using water to achieve military and political gains, warned the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). 27-Aug-2015
Experienced official from Netherlands ap New York, Aug 26 (IBNS):United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday announced the appointment of Koen Davidse, of the Netherlands, as his Deputy Special Representative in the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). He will succeed Arnauld Akodjènou, of Benin, in September 2015. 26-Aug-2015
Senior UN climate change official envisa New York, Aug 26 (IBNS): The climate change agreement world leaders are expected to sign in December "has to take us to a less than 2 degree global warming path because that is the ultimate test of the whole package that will come out of Paris," according to Janos Pasztor, a senior United Nations official dealing with the issue. 26-Aug-2015
UN agency expresses concern over plight New York, Aug 26 (IBNS) The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) called on Tuesday for restraint in the wake of 24 August clashes between various armed groups that have seriously impacted the refugee community in southern Lebanon's Ein el Hilweh Camp in Saida. 26-Aug-2015
In France, Ban and President Hollande di New York, Aug 26 (IBNS): In Paris today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with the President of France, Francois Hollande, with whom he discussed a range of issues, including the climate change conference, which is due to start in December (COP-21) in the French capital, as well as the next steps to be taken to ensure an ambitious outcome. 26-Aug-2015
With peace deal set to be signed, South New York, Aug 26 (IBNS): Welcoming the decision by rival parties in South Sudan to convene tomorrow a 'mini-summit,' where the Government, "in the interest of peace," is expected to sign the agreement already endorsed by former Vice-President Riek Machar, the top United Nations official in the country on Tuesday said that the security situation on the ground remains "volatile and tense." 26-Aug-2015
Yemen: warning of 'a lost generation,' U New York, Aug 26 (IBNS) Alarmed by the dramatic increase in grave violations against Yemen's children, the United Nations Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict has called on all parties to respect their obligations under international law to safeguard civilians from harm, including children. 26-Aug-2015
UN atomic energy watchdog will need more New York, Aug 26 (IBNS): The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Tuesday presented to its member States for approval a report outlining a 9.2 million euros-a-year (roughly $10.5 million) programme to carry out the verification and monitoring of Iran's nuclear-related commitments as set out in the landmark international agreement reached last month with the Government of Iran. 26-Aug-2015
UN human rights chief urges Maldives to New York, Aug 26 (IBNS): The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Tuesday expressed deep concern that Government of the Maldives after former President Mohammad Nasheed was once again sent to prison, calling the move a "serious set-back" for the country. 26-Aug-2015
Europe's response to migrant crisis is n New York, Aug 26 (IBNS): The European Union should establish a human rights-based, coherent and comprehensive migration policy which makes mobility its central asset, a United Nations expert on Tuesday advocated, assuring is the only way in which the EU can reclaim its border, effectively combat smuggling and empower migrants. 26-Aug-2015
Ban welcomes agreement to resume regular New York, Aug 25 (IBNS) United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday welcomed the news of the agreement reached between the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on Monday. 25-Aug-2015
Civilian needs mount in Yemen as medical New York, Aug 25 (IBNS) Life saving medicines, trauma kits and blood bank supplies are urgently needed in war-ravaged Yemen, where nearly half the country's health facilities have shut down, leaving thousands of injured civilians with fewer and fewer places to seek emergency assistance, according to the UN health agency. 25-Aug-2015
Abuja: honouring victims of 2011 terrori New York, Aug 25 (IBNS) Commemorating the 4th anniversary of the "vicious terrorist attack" that killed 23 United Nations employees in Abuja, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday also paid tribute to the “extraordinary fortitude” and determination of the survivors, many of whom suffered terrible injury and trauma. 25-Aug-2015
Iraq: UN hotline set up to reach out to New York, Aug 25 (IBNS) United Nations relief agencies on Monday announced the launch of a national hotline in Iraq to respond to the urgent food, medical and shelter needs of people displaced by the fighting now numbering 3.2 million and scattered in over 3,000 hard-to-reach locations across the war-ravaged country. 25-Aug-2015
Syria: UNESCO chief condemns destruction New York, Aug 25 (IBNS) Extremists “cannot silence history,” the Director-General of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, declared today, firmly condemning the destruction of Palmyra’s ancient temple of Baalshamin, in Syria, a World Heritage site. 25-Aug-2015
Top UN relief official in Central Africa New York, Aug 25 (IBNS): A senior United Nations relief official on Monday strongly condemned the attack against humanitarian workers that occurred on August 20 in Bambari, in Central African Republic (CAR), and injured one staff from the Red Cross Movement. 25-Aug-2015
Japan PM Shinzo Abe will not attend WWII Tokyo, Aug 24 (IBNS): Japan PM Shinzo Abe will not visit China to attend a ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II next month, media reports said. 24-Aug-2015
England: Jet crashes during air show, 7 London, Aug 22 (IBNS): At least seven people were killed as a Hawker Hunter jet crashed into several vehicles during Shoreham Airshow at Sussex in southeast England on Saturday, media reports said. 23-Aug-2015
France: Gunman opens fire on train, 3 hu Paris, Aug 22 (IBNS): At least three people were injured as an armed man opened fire on a train in northern France, media reports said on Saturday. 22-Aug-2015
Mauritania: UN expert welcomes new anti- New York, Aug 22 (IBNS): While applauding the adoption of a new anti-slavery law in Mauritania that doubles, from 10 to 20 years, the maximum prison sentence for slavery crimes and creates special prosecution tribunals for slavery-like practices, a United Nations expert on Friday cautioned that "this welcome development needs to be followed by its full implementation." 22-Aug-2015
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