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On UN Day, Ban celebrates Organization's New York, Oct 25 (IBNS) As multiple crises – ranging from poverty and disease to terrorism and climate change – continue to afflict the world, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marked the 69th anniversary of the United Nations on Friday, declaring that the Organization is needed now "more than ever." 25-Oct-2014
UN expert urges Member States to conside New York, Oct 24 (IBNS) The pursuit of development must expand beyond economic gains and include claims of justice, non-discrimination and opportunities, an independent United Nations expert told the General Assembly on Thursday . 24-Oct-2014
Right to online privacy at risk as gover New York, Oct 24 (IBNS) States must be transparent about the nature of their electronic mass surveillance programmes, an independent United Nations counter-terrorism expert said on Thursday as he warned about the impact such measures might have on individuals’ right to privacy. 24-Oct-2014
Far greater effort needed to eradicate e New York, Oct 24 (IBNS)While the world's 48 most vulnerable nations continue to make in-roads into poverty reduction, a far greater effort is needed if these countries are to eradicate extreme poverty by 2020, according to a new report launched at the United Nations on Thursday . 24-Oct-2014
As winter closes in, UN launches humanit New York, Oct 24 (IBNS) An estimated 2.8 million Iraqis lack food assistance while another 800,000 are in urgent need of emergency shelter, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warned on Thursday as it launched an appeal for greater financial support to bolster its operations on the ground. 24-Oct-2014
UN panel pays out over $1 billion in rep New York, Oct 24 (IBNS) The United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC), which settles the damage claims of those who suffered losses in the 1990 Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, on Thursday made $1.06 billion available to the Government of Kuwait. 24-Oct-2014
We will not be intimidated: Canada PM Ottawa, Oct 23 (IBNS) With the Canadian parliament coming under attack along with the national capital's war memorial on Wednesday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said the nation will not be 'intimidated' by such incidents. 23-Oct-2014
Growing use of drones in law enforcement New York, Oct 23 (IBNS) The increasing use of armed drones within domestic law enforcement risks depersonalizing the use of force and infringing upon the rights of individual citizens, a United Nations independent human rights expert warned on Wednesday. 23-Oct-2014
'Complex web' of crises requires human r New York, Oct 23 (IBNS) At the root of crises confronted by the United Nations usually lies a “complex web” of violations of economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights requiring solutions that can only come from more emphatic and comprehensive protections, the Organization’s top human rights official said on Wednesday. 23-Oct-2014
At General Assembly, UN experts urged gl New York, Oct 23 (IBNS) States must take full responsibility to solve all aspects of the issue of enforced disappearances: prevention; search for the disappeared; punishment of the perpetrators; and reparation for the victims, the Chairs of two United Nations expert bodies addressing the General Assembly on the issue declared on Wednesday. 23-Oct-2014
DR Congo: UN Mission comes under attack, New York, Oct 23 (IBNS) The United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, known as MONUSCO, has stepped up its security following several attacks on its bases in North Kivu, including one this morning, when a large number of youths converged on the premises, and another on Tuesday which required the evacuation of 12 staff members. 23-Oct-2014
Sustained response to Somalia piracy req New York, Oct 23 (IBNS): While noting the progress made to combat piracy off the coast of Somalia, the United Nations political chief on Wednesday said that a sustained long-term solution must include the presence of effective Government and State institutions that provide basic services and alternative ways for people to make a living. 23-Oct-2014
'No alternative to silencing the guns,' New York, Oct 23 (IBNS): There is no alternative to silencing the guns and immediately agreeing a comprehensive peace deal so South Sudan can return to the path of peace and stability, the United Nations envoy for the strife-riven country said on Wednesday, urging the Security Council and regional leaders to help bring the warring parties to the negotiating table. 23-Oct-2014
'Immediate action' needed to support oli New Delhi, Oct 23 (IBNS) Nearly half of all cultivated land in the occupied Palestinian Territories is planted with olive trees making them a major driving force of the economy, said a senior United Nations official on Thursday as he travelled to two Palestinian olive-producing communities in the central West Bank. 23-Oct-2014
Cambodia: UN-backed report reveals scope New York, Oct 23 (IBNS): Over half of Cambodian children have experienced at least one form of violence before the age of 18 while roughly a quarter have been emotionally abused, a new United Nations-backed survey has revealed, exploring the magnitude and nature of violence against children in the Southeast Asian country. 23-Oct-2014
Ottawa shootings: One gunman killed Ottawa, Oct 22 (IBNS): At least one shooter was killed as series of shootings occurred in an around Canada's parliament on Wednesday, media reports said. 22-Oct-2014
Police report several shootings in Ottaw Ottawa, Oct 22 (IBNS) A soldier was injured as series of shootings occurred in an around Canada's parliament on Wednesday, media reports said. 22-Oct-2014
Canada: Shots fired on Parliament Hill Ottawa, Oct 22 (IBNS) Unidentified gunman on Wednesday fired several shots at a war memorial near Canada's Parliament in Ottawa, media reports said. 22-Oct-2014
China to launch lunar orbiter this week Beijing, Oct 22 (IBNS): China will launch its latest lunar orbiter later this week in its first attempt to send a spacecraft around the moon and back to Earth, media reported. 22-Oct-2014
South Sudan: UN Mission transfers intern New York, Oct 22 (IBNS) The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has opened new sites for about 28,000 internally displaced persons adjacent to its bases in three state capitals to improve living conditions of civilians who have been uprooted by the recent conflict, a senior UN official said in Juba on Tuesday. 22-Oct-2014
DR Congo: Ban deplores expulsion of UN r New York, Oct 22 (IBNS) Secretary -General Ban Ki-moon has condemned last week's decision by the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to expel from the country its top United Nations human rights official, saying that doing so can "only be harmful for the country's progress" and urged the Government to reconsider its position. 22-Oct-2014
General Assembly elects 15 members to UN New York, Oct 22 (IBNS): The General Assembly on Tuesday elected 15 countries to serve on the United Nations Human Rights Council for a period of three years beginning on 1 January 2015. 22-Oct-2014
'Clock is ticking' for Gaza; pledges for New York, Oct 22 (IBNS) On the heels of last week's visit to Gaza, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council on Tuesday that promises made at a recent donor conference on rebuilding the war-ravaged enclave must "quickly materialize" into concrete assistance on the ground, especially as winter approaches. 22-Oct-2014
Syria: UN convoy crosses lines to reach New York, Oct 22 (IBNS) Trucks carrying lifesaving supplies for Syrian children have managed to cross over the battle line in Aleppo for the first time in months, a spokesperson for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesdayin what was described as a “small but significant breakthrough” in the UN agency’s efforts to help children displaced by the fighting in Kobane. 22-Oct-2014
Increased taxes, regulation key to fight New York, Oct 21 (IBNS): The implementation of higher taxes on tobacco products and greater regulation for electronic cigarettes are among the decisions passed by a United Nations-backed conference amid comprehensive efforts to clamp down on the tobacco "epidemic" and save millions of lives, the World Health Organization (WHO) has announced. 21-Oct-2014
In Detroit, city-backed water shut-offs New York, Oct 21 (IBNS): The city of Detroit must restore access to water for its citizens who remain unable to pay their bills, two United Nations experts urged today, adding that a failure to do so would be a violation of the most basic human rights of those residents. 21-Oct-2014
Somalia: UN envoy condemns attack on Afr New York Oct 21 (IBNS) The UN envoy for Somalia condemned on Mondayan attack on African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) forces in Hiiraan region and called for calm as rival clans caused insecurity in the area, which is near the centre of the East African country. 21-Oct-2014
Community, religious leaders must condem New York, Oct 21 (IBNS): Civilians continue to suffer atrocities and "dramatic" human rights violations at the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), warned United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Šimonović, as he concluded his week-long mission to Iraq. 21-Oct-2014
South Sudan at 'crossroads' as it seeks New York, Oct 21 (IBNS): Sexual violence has become a key feature of the continuing conflict in South Sudan, the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura, has declared, while affirming that the widespread use of rape could ultimately be stopped through greater political and legal efforts by the Government and civil society. 21-Oct-2014
In Burundi, UN envoy lauds role of women New York, Oct 21 (IBNS) Women and young people must play a central role in establishing a long-term peace for Africa’s Great Lakes Region amid the area’s renewed efforts to overcome a past scarred by conflict, a top UN official said on Monday. 21-Oct-2014
Venezuela: UN rights chief calls for im New York, Oct 21 (IBNS) Expressing serious concern at the detention of Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, as well as more than 69 other people who were arrested in February during mass public protests that took place across the country, the United Nations human rights chief called on the authorities for the “immediate release’ of all those being held. 21-Oct-2014
UN urges winterization assistance for di New York, Oct 21 (IBNS) With Iraq soon expecting heavy winter rains and sub-zero temperatures, efforts to provide hundreds of thousands of internally displaced persons in the Middle Eastern country with the necessary protections are already being implemented, an official with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has declared, adding that while much is being done, a more comprehensive approach would be required. 21-Oct-2014
WHO declares end of Ebola outbreak in Ni New York, Oct 20 (IBNS) The Ebola virus was introduced into Nigeria on 20 July when an infected Liberian man arrived by aeroplane into Lagos, Africa's most populous city. 20-Oct-2014
Car bombings, suicide blast kill 33 in I Baghdad, Oct 20 (IBNS): Terror re-visited Iraq on Monday when a series of car bombings and a suicide blast claimed at least 33 lives, media reported. 20-Oct-2014
With Mali peace talks set to resume, Sec New York, Oct 18 (IBNS) Welcoming the scheduled resumption on 19 October of the inter-Malian negotiation process in Algiers, the United Nations Security Council on Fridaycalled on all parties in Mali “to engage in good faith and in the spirit of compromise” in the talks towards the ultimate end of agreeing a “comprehensive and inclusive” peace deal. 18-Oct-2014
Erasing infrastructure deficit key to Af New York, Oct 18 (IBNS) Africa’s continued progress on growth and development targets will hinge on concerted efforts – from partnerships inside and outside the continent – to enhance infrastructure, a vital area that will facilitate diversification of African economies and unleash their full productive capacity, the President of the United Nations General Assembly said on Friday. 18-Oct-2014
UN agency reports growing number of refu New York, Oct 18 (IBNS) Amid an intensifying campaign of violence committed by insurgent groups in north-eastern Nigeria, the number of refugees fleeing the conflict into the West African country’s neighbouring States has steadily increased significantly, the UN refugee agency warned on Friday. 18-Oct-2014
Global media giants, UN agency team up i New York, Oct 18 (IBNS) Two new partnerships between the United Nations food agency and independent media outlets will help promote greater awareness about food and nutrition-related issues while providing greater ammunition in the global fight against hunger, the Organization has announced. 18-Oct-2014
Central African Republic: UN officials d New York, Oct 18 (IBNS) Armed groups must respect medical facilities and allow patients and medical staff unhindered and safe access to hospitals, two United Nations officials in the Central African Republic (CAR) urged as fighting continued in the embattled nation. 18-Oct-2014
UN demands safe release of abducted pers New York, Oct 18 (IBNS) The United Nations Mission in South Sudan on Friday strongly condemned the recent abductions of the world body's personnel at the airfield in Malakal and demanded the safe release of those still being detained. 18-Oct-2014
UNESCO chief denounces killing of Cambod New York, Oct 18 (IBNS) The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom on Fridaydenounced the killing of a Cambodian reporter shot while investigating illegal logging in the eastern part of the country. 18-Oct-2014
Maldives: UN 'deeply concerned' as Supre New York, Oct 18 (IBNS) The United Nations human rights office has voiced deep concern about a criminal case initiated by the Supreme Court of the Maldives against members of the country’s Human Rights Commission. 18-Oct-2014
On international Day, Ban declares eradi New York, Oct 18 (IBNS) Amid pronounced increases in global inequality, the United Nations marked the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on Fridaywith calls to accelerate efforts in eliminating poverty in all its for 18-Oct-2014
South Korea: 14 feared dead in accident Seoul, Oct 17 (IBNS): At least 14 people are feared dead and 11 others got injured after a facility covering a ventilation window at an outdoor theater crashed during a concert near South Korea's capital city Seoul on Friday, media reports said. 17-Oct-2014
Ban deplores attacks on UN peacekeepers New York, Oct 17 (IBNS): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Thursday strongly condemned a deadly attack against the African Union-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur, known by the acronym UNAMID, which claimed the lives of three peacekeepers. 17-Oct-2014
Angola, Malaysia, New Zealand, Spain and New York, Oct 17 (IBNS): In three rounds of voting the United Nations General Assembly Thursday elected Angola, Malaysia, New Zealand, Spain and Venezuela to serve as non-permanent members on the Security Council for two-year terms beginning on 1 January 2015. 17-Oct-2014
On regional tour, UN envoy for Syria cal New York, Oct 17 (IBNS): Lebanon's political environment should stabilize to face the threat from the terror group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and ahead of what will be a "very crucial period" in the political process in Syria, a senior United Nations official Friday said during a visit to the region. 17-Oct-2014
UN envoy calls for funding backed by gov New York, Oct 17 (IBNS): The African Sahel region needs more resources, more joint action and faster ways to deal with the structural challenges, like climate change, and successes on peace processes in Darfur, northern Mali and Libya, a senior United Nations humanitarian Friday said. 17-Oct-2014
Madagascar: Ban urges respect of democra New York, Oct 17 (IBNS): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Friday rejected remarks made by former President of Madagascar, Marc Ravalomanana, challenging the legitimacy of his country's democratic institutions. 17-Oct-2014
DR Congo: head of UN mission condemns de New York, Oct 17 (IBNS): The top United Nations official in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Friday condemned a recent upsurge in deadly attacks in the eastern territories linked to the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel group. 17-Oct-2014
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