Iraq: UN officials underscore need to bring perpetrators of Sinjar tragedy to justice
United Nations officials have reiterated the need to bring perpetrators of last year’s tragedy, in which militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) attacked as many as 200,000 civilians – most of them from vulnerable communities – causing them to flee to Sinjar, to justice as well as to increase protection for women and girls from conflict-related sexual violence.
Central African Republic: Security Council condemns attacks that killed peacekeeper
The members of the Security Council condemned today in the strongest terms the attacks against a convoy of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), which were perpetrated on Sunday in Bangui and resulted in the death of one peacekeeper.
UN chief welcomes climate change plan unveiled by President Obama
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the Clean Power Plan formally unveiled today by President Barack Obama, saying it shows the determination of the United States to address global warming while also saving money and growing the economy.
Member States lauded for reaching agreement on new UN sustainable development agenda
Member States answered the call to make 2015 a year of global action by agreeing on a “bold, ambitious and transformative” sustainable development agenda for the next 15 years, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.
UN marks World Breastfeeding Week with call for stronger workplace policies for nursing mothers
United Nations officials are marking the annual World Breastfeeding Week by highlighting the vital importance of a practice that gives children the healthiest start in life and the need to strengthen policies to promote nursing with stronger workplace policies.
Ban greatly concerned over ongoing deterioration of security in post-election Burundi
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced concern over the situation in Burundi, where the security situation continues to worsen following the recent elections, and strongly condemned the assassination yesterday of General Adolphe Nshimirimana.
UN-backed international forum delivers roadmap for Somalia’s future
The United Nations and its partners have welcomed the significant commitments made at a recent high-level forum in Somalia that will be critical to the future of the Horn of Africa nation, including the holding of inclusive elections.
INTERVIEW: The toughest spokesperson's job in the world? A decade speaking out for Palestinian humanitarian needs
Chris Gunness has served as the Spokesperson and Director of Advocacy and Communications for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) for almost a decade.
'Catastrophic' floods in Myanmar hit most vulnerable, including children – UN agencies
Myanmar has suffered heavy rains, winds and flooding since Cyclone Komen made landfall in Bangladesh on 30 July, causing landslides and damage in different parts of the country, according to United Nations agencies.
Ban hails UN Member States' agreement on 'people's agenda' to end poverty, promote sustainability
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has praised UN Member States for reaching agreement today on the draft outcome document that will constitute the new sustainable development agenda, which will be formally adopted by world leaders in New York this September.
UN chief condemns killing of peacekeeper in Central African Republic
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned today the killing of a peacekeeper from the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).
With 99 days to go before Myanmar elections, UNICEF urges candidates make children the clear winner
The top representative for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)in Myanmar has reminded candidates from more than 80 political parties running in historic elections 99 days from today “to make new commitments for children” to improve spending for health, education and social welfare that remains the lowest in the Southeast Asian region.