UN chief condemns deadly bomb attack on Shia mosque in southern Pakistan
Condemning the deadly bombing today of a Shia mosque in Sindh province in Pakistan, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon deplored this “vicious targeting of people on account of their religious affiliation,” and called on the Pakistan authorities to step up their efforts to protect religious minorities and combat terrorism.
Ban, Security Council condemn terrorist attacks in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations Security Council today condemned the terrorist attacks on towns in the northern part of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, which killed and injured dozens of Egyptian soldiers and people.
UN relief agencies in Ukraine urge full access to affected populations in country’s east
The United Nations in Ukraine is alarmed over the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the eastern part of the country, where heavy fighting has intensified in recent days, and is calling for an immediate cessation of hostilities to allow aid to reach civilians.
UN highlights power of social media in modern diplomacy during day-long New York event
The United Nations is holding its first ever Social Media Day at its New York Headquarters today, in an event featuring social media professionals, digital diplomacy practitioners and academics who are sharing their experiences, discussing trends and proving insights into their work.
At African Union Summit, Ban promises UN support to build back Ebola-hit countries
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today assured African leaders gathered for a summit in Addis Ababa of the support of the United Nations in helping the countries affected by Ebola “build back stronger than ever,” while the head of the UN development agency tasked with leading the Organization’s recovery efforts urged the world to stay the course in aiding hard-hit West Africa.
Ban voices optimism on Colombia peace as talks scheduled to resume
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced encouragement as Colombian stakeholders prepare to resume peace talks in Havana, Cuba, next week in an effort to end the country’s decades-long internal conflict.
Scourge of sexual violence in armed conflict ‘far from being rooted out,’ Security Council told
Despite some positive developments across the United Nations system, the task of protecting civilians has become more onerous as conflicts have become increasingly vicious, with the brutalization of women a deplorable persisting trend, a senior UN relief official said today, as she urged the Security Council to press all conflict parties to abide by their international obligations towards civilian protection.
UN refugee agency commends Greece on asylum reforms, urges more to be done
Greece has made progress in reforming its asylum system despite challenging economic and political circumstances, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) confirmed today, adding nonetheless that much more needed to be done to accommodate the influx of asylum-seekers and refugees.
In Addis Ababa, senior UN officials pledge ongoing cooperation with Africa on all fronts vital
Addressing the African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at the start of what he called a “crucial year for global action to secure our global future,” the United Nations Secretary-General today said he looked forward to African countries realizing their massive cultural, human and economic potential.
UN appeals for funds as ongoing violence sends desperate Nigerians fleeing to Cameroon
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is appealing for more funds to help address the recent exodus of refugees into Cameroon from Nigeria, saying that a risk in attacks on both sides of that border has made it increasingly risky for humanitarian agencies to operate there.
South Sudan: UN warns surge in Sudanese refugees pushes camp capacity to limit
Sudanese refugees continue to pour into South Sudan as they flee aerial bombardments and ground attacks in the war-torn Nuba Mountains in Sudan, the United Nations refugee agency said today, as it warned that many of the settlement camps are quickly reaching full capacity.
After intense flooding, Malawi desperately needs scale-up in international aid – UN experts
The international community must rapidly respond to the devastating flooding affecting Malawi with critical humanitarian aid and appropriate funding, a group of United Nations human rights experts affirmed today, warning that the African country was facing “its worst flooding in living memory.”