Ban appoints Zimbabwe national as Assistant Secretary-General for Safety and Security
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Fadzai Gwaradzimba of Zimbabwe as the Assistant Secretary-General for Safety and Security.
Ban appoints Pakistan national as Force Commander of UN Western Sahara mission
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today the appointment of Major General Muhammad Tayyab Azam of Pakistan as the Force Commander of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO).
Top musicians release ‘love song’ to Earth to inspire action at UN climate conference
Internationally renowned artists have released a song urging world leaders to reach a global agreement during the United Nations climate conference in December to limit the impacts of climate change.
Celebrities join UNICEF and Global Goals to launch ‘World’s Largest Lesson’ on sustainable development
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Global Goals campaign today launched the World’s Largest Lesson, an initiative to teach children in more than 100 countries about the new Sustainable Development Goals that will be adopted by the UN General Assembly later this month.
Ban condemns terrorist attack on Yemeni mosque that leaves more than 30 dead
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has today strongly condemned the suicide attack against a mosque in the northern Jarraf district of Sana’a in Yemen.
UN humanitarian air service in dire need of funds to continue life-saving work in Sudan – UN agency
A lack of funding in Sudan could have serious repercussions on the ground, the World Food Programme (WFP) said today, warning that the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service, which serves as a vital aid link in the country, needs nearly $10 million to remain operational.
Citing marginal gains, UN human rights chief warns Central African Republic still ‘gripped by fear’
The human rights situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) is far better than it was at the height of the conflict in late 2013 and early 2014, but is still a cause of anxiety for both the country’s own inhabitants and the United Nations, the world body’s human rights chief said today.
Yemen: UN emergency fund releases $15 million for critical aid operations
The head of the United Nations humanitarian wing today released an emergency allocation of $15 million to help alleviate the “almost incomprehensible” scale of human suffering in Yemen where a “shocking” four out of every five Yemenis are lacking in such basic items for survival as clean water, food, fuel, and medicines.
G20 nations weighed down by weak economic growth and lack of decent jobs – UN backed report
In advance of the Group of 20 (G20) meetings taking place this week in Ankara, Turkey, a United Nations-backed inter-agency report has warned that growth among the economies of those countries has slowed considerably over the last three years and unemployment rates remain unacceptably high.
UN urges Europe to admit 200,000 refugees from Syria, Iraq and other war zones
Declaring that Europe is facing “a moment of truth” with hundreds of thousands of people risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean Sea, the head of the United Nations refugee agency today urged the European Union (EU) to admit up to 200,000 asylum-seekers fleeing conflict zones like Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Ukraine: UN agencies call for urgent action to stop spread of polio virus
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) called today on parents in Ukraine to vaccinate their children following a confirmed polio outbreak in the country.
Guatemala: following President’s resignation, Ban calls for peaceful elections
Taking note of the resignation of President Otto Pérez Molina of Guatemala, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said he trusted that the authorities would abide by the Constitution and ensure an orderly democratic transition.