Abducted Nigerian schoolgirls not forgotten, UN chief declares as worldwide vigils begin
Marking 100 days since the brazen abduction of schoolgirls in Chibok, Nigeria, by Boko Haram terrorists, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reiterated his call for their immediate release, while expressing his full support for the worldwide vigils taking place today.
Civilian toll in Gaza conflict ‘should weigh heavily on our consciences,’ UN Rights Council told
A child has been killed in Gaza every hour for the past two days, a senior United Nations humanitarian official said in an emergency meeting of the UN Human Rights Council convened to discuss potential rights abuses in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem.
UN allocates $75 million to boost aid operations in the Sahel, Horn of Africa
The United Nations humanitarian chief today allocated $75 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to bolster desperately needed relief operations in two of the world’s most neglected regions: the West African Sahel and the Horn of Africa.
In Jerusalem, Ban meets with Israeli, US officials, reiterates call for Mid-East ceasefire
The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with Israeli and United States officials today in Jerusalem and called for an immediate ceasefire as the war enters its 16th day.
UN working group proposes ambitious future development agenda
Member States have forwarded to the United Nations General Assembly a set of proposed goals that consider economic, social and environmental dimensions to improve people’s lives and protect the planet for future generations.
UN rights expert praises Cambodia’s political agreement, urges promised reforms
The United Nations expert on the situation of human rights in Cambodia today welcomed the agreement reached between the two main political parties in the country, which was followed by the release of the opposition party members arrested last week.
On visit to Israel and West Bank, Ban calls for end to current fighting, return to dialogue
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on Israelis and Palestinians to stop the fighting that has been raging for the past two weeks and return to dialogue with the aim of addressing the underlying causes of the cycles of violence that continue to plague them.
Urgent action needed to protect children against polio in Syria, Iraq and region – UN
Having just completed the first phase of the biggest polio vaccination campaign ever undertaken in the Middle East, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) today warned that unless children in hard-to-reach areas are also vaccinated, the number of those infected will continue to rise.
Amid multiple crises, UN agency massively scales up humanitarian aid delivery by air
The escalation of international conflicts in the first half of 2014 prompted a 50-fold surge in the amount of humanitarian cargo transported by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), compared to the same period last year.
Security Council denounces persecution of minorities in northern Iraq
The United Nations Security Council has denounced the persecution of Christians and other minority groups in northern Iraq, which used to be home to minority communities that had lived together for hundreds of years before coming under direct attack by the group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and its allies.
UN agency renews call on donors to support Central African Republic refugees
The United Nations refugee agency today called on donors to increase funding for programmes in neighbouring countries hosting refugees from the Central African Republic (CAR).
New UN data shows need for urgent action to end female genital mutilation, child marriage
New data released today by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) shows the need for urgent action to end female genital mutilation and child marriage – two practices that affect millions of girls across the globe.