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Mali: UN, partners launch humanitarian a New York, Feb 28 (IBNS): The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has joined with partner agencies to launch a multi-million dollar appeal for urgent funding for aid operations in Mali amid the country’s ongoing crisis, a spokesperson said on Friday. 28-Feb-2015
Women must be at the decision-making tab New York, Feb 28 (IBNS): The world must unite to end violence and discrimination against women and girls, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged at an event in Chile on women and decision-making at a today, citing that progress over the past two decades has been made slow and uneven. 28-Feb-2015
Partnerships central to post-2015 agenda New York, Feb 28 (IBNS): Partnerships involving Government, the private sector, civil society, academia and philanthropic organizations will prove central to implementation of the new development agenda, the President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council said on Friday as he opened a special event on Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships at UN Headquarters in New York. 28-Feb-2015
Iraq: UNESCO chief condemns ISIL’s cul New York, Feb 28 (IBNS): The head of the United Nations agency mandated to protect heritage sites has reiterated her dismay at the “destructive fury” exhibited by militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in their recent assault on the Mosul Museum. 28-Feb-2015
Ban reiterates condemnation of Boko Hara New York, Feb 28 (IBNS): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday reiterated his strong condemnation of the continuing indiscriminate and horrific attacks by Boko Haram against civilian populations in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria. 28-Feb-2015
Indonesia: UN envoy discusses violence a New York, Feb 28 (IBNS): During her visit this week to Jakarta, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais, stressed that violence against children is never justified and commended Indonesia for addressing the scourge. 28-Feb-2015
UN welcomes release of hostages by Somal New York, Feb 28 (IBNS): Senior United Nations officials have welcomed the release this week of four Thai nationals after nearly five years in captivity, bringing an end to the longest held hostage ordeal in the east African nation thanks to a mission carried by the UN anti-crime agency. 28-Feb-2015
UN expert applauds US decision guarante New York, Feb 28 (IBNS): The United States Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) decision to establish new regulations protecting so-called net neutrality, or the equal treatment of all Internet traffic, is “a real victory” for freedom of expression and access to information, a United Nations human rights expert said on Friday. 28-Feb-2015
Closely monitoring critical situation in New York, Feb 28 (IBNS): The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said on Friday that it is closely monitoring the critical situation in Yemen where the political dialogue is faltering and urged a meaningful dialogue to avoid further instability. 28-Feb-2015
West African nations commit to ending st New York, Feb 28 (IBNS): Delegates representing fifteen West African nations have pledged to step up efforts towards eliminating statelessness in a move aimed at resolving the situation of hundreds of thousands of stateless people across the region, the United Nations refugee agency reported on Friday. 28-Feb-2015
Agriculture in Caribbean vital to econom New York, Feb 28 (IBNS): The head of the United Nations agriculture agency underlined on Thursday the huge importance of agriculture and farming to countries of the Caribbean during an address to Heads of Government at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) summit in the Bahamas. 28-Feb-2015
UN urges to work towards eradicating cho New York, Feb 28 (IBNS): With 39 cases of cholera in the last two weeks, including two deaths, the United Nations children’s agency in Malawi is on high alert for spread in southern border areas where highly-populated camps for people displaced by the floods are located, according to a press statement released on Friday. 28-Feb-2015
'We must not fail in Gaza' say UN agenci New York, Feb 27 (IBNS) United Nations agencies and offices are expressing alarm over the limited progress in rebuilding the lives of those affected by last summer's fighting between Israeli forces and Palestinian armed groups in the Gaza Strip. 27-Feb-2015
Yemen: Security Council calls on all par New York, Feb 27 (IBNS) The United Nations Security Council called for all parties in Yemen, including the Houthis, to adhere to resolving their differences through dialogue and consultation, according to a press statement released yesterday. 27-Feb-2015
Iraq: UNESCO outraged over terrorist att New York, Feb 26 (IBNS) UNESCO expresses outrage over terrorist attack against Mosul Museum The head of the United Nations agency mandated to protect heritage sites on Thursday said that she is "deeply shocked" by the footage depicting the destruction of statues and other artefacts at the Mosul Museum in Iraq. 27-Feb-2015
UN rights expert urges Belgium to boost New York, Feb 27 (IBNS) Despite its comprehensive approach to tackling modern forms of slavery, the Government of Belgium must further sharpen its focus on proper victim detection and identification, a United Nations independent expert declared on Thursday. 27-Feb-2015
Ban voices concern over reported violenc New York, Feb 27 (IBNS) United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday voiced concern over new reports of violence and loss of life in Venezuela, and expressed support for regional dialogue to help the country overcome its current challenges. 27-Feb-2015
UN envoy for Lebanon visits refugee camp New York, Feb 27 (IBNS): The United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon Sigrid Kaag on Thursday expressed support to Middle East country as it faces the impact of the conflict in Syria. 27-Feb-2015
Security Council condemns abduction of S New York, Feb 27 (IBNS): The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the abduction of more than 100 Assyrians, as well as the destruction and desecration of Christian and other sites in northeast Syria this week by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). 27-Feb-2015
WHO treaty induces change in tobacco use New York, Feb 27 (IBNS): A World Health Organization-led treaty that aims to achieve a tobacco-free world has dramatically curbed tobacco use worldwide since its entry into force 10 years ago on Friday, but “the war on tobacco is far from over” with the tobacco industry still spending billions to promote products that are expected to kill some 8 million people each year by 2030, the WHO said. 27-Feb-2015
Mali: Inquiry team concludes probe again New York, Feb 27 (IBNS): The team appointed by the United Nations to investigate the events surrounding a violent demonstration against the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) has concluded its visit to the African country, the UN spokesperson’s office confirmed on Thursday. 27-Feb-2015
Paraguay: UN chief says 2015 crucial for New York, Feb 27 (IBNS): In an intensive year of landmark events, from establishing a post-2015 agenda to tackling climate change, Paraguay has yet another opportunity to demonstrate its “exceptional global leadership” in the international arena, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has affirmed. 27-Feb-2015
Syria’s war continues unabated: Securi New York, Feb 27 (IBNS): In a briefing to the Security Council on the humanitarian situation in Syria, two United Nations relief officials warned on Thursday that as the conflict enters its fifth year, the violence and brutality continue unabated and with total impunity. 27-Feb-2015
WHO cites challenges in reaching Ebola a New York, Feb 27 (IBNS): New cases of Ebola rose again in Guinea and transmission remains widespread in Sierra Leone, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reported as it and the UN Ebola response mission both raised concerns about challenges in engaging communities to win the fight against the disease. 27-Feb-2015
Security Council extends peacekeeping fo New York, Feb 27 (IBNS): The Security Council has extended the United Nations peacekeeping force in Abyei, a resource-rich area contested by Sudan and South Sudan, as part of the Organization’s ongoing efforts to maintain peace and protect civilians in the disputed territory. 27-Feb-2015
ILO upholds right to strike Geneva, Feb 26 (IBNS): Following a worldwide trade union campaign to defend it, the right to strike has been re-affirmed at the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva. 26-Feb-2015
IS militant Jihadi John identified as Mo London, Feb 26 (IBNS): The IS militant 'Jihadi John', who is seen in video beheading hostages, has been identified as Mohammed Emwazi,media reports said. 26-Feb-2015
Significant breakthrough in HIV preventi New York, Feb 26 (IBNS): The United Nations programme working to combat HIV/AIDS welcomed on Tuesday the results of a number of recent clinical studies of the effects of antiretroviral medicines on preventing new HIV infections, which were presented at a conference on viruses held in Seattle. 26-Feb-2015
Myanmar needs to get back on track: UN r New York, Feb 26 (IBNS): United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, on Wednesday warned that Myanmar “seems headed in the wrong direction and needs urgently to get back on track” in a crucial year for the country's democratic transition and long-term reconciliation. 26-Feb-2015
UN urges Libya’s stakeholders to pursu New York, Feb 26 (IBNS): The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) announced on Wednesday that it is undertaking a series of urgent consultations with stakeholders in the North African country to ensure the convening of the next round of talks soon and “not let this window of opportunity slip away.” 26-Feb-2015
FAO: Ethiopian marmalade soon to hit she New York, Feb 26 (IBNS): The partnership between the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Eataly which supports family farmers around the globe, is backing a cooperative of women in Ethiopia who are now ready to ship their 4,000 jars of jam to Rome. 26-Feb-2015
UN report pushes to end torture in Afgha New York, Feb 26 (IBNS): The Government of Afghanistan’s efforts to prevent torture and ill-treatment have shown some progress over the last two years but much more remains to be done, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) confirmed on Wednesday as it released its latest report on the treatment of conflict-related detainees in Afghan custody. 26-Feb-2015
WHO taken aback as measles resurfaces in New York, Feb 26 (IBNS): European policymakers, healthcare workers, and parents must step up their efforts to vaccinate children against measles amid an ongoing outbreak across the continent, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday, warning that a recent resurgence in the disease threatened Europe’s goal of eliminating measles by the end of 2015. 26-Feb-2015
Cutting crime important to sustainable d New York, Feb 26 (IBNS): Reducing violent crime is critical to sustainable development, the top United Nations ant-crime official told the General Assembly on Wednesday, spotlighting that while global progress has been made in combatting the scourge, homicide levels in low and lower-middle income countries have increased by 10 per cent over the last decade. 26-Feb-2015
Paraguay: Ban sets sights on post-2015 d New York, Feb 26 (IBNS): Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on the Government of Paraguay to join forces with the United Nations and forge ahead in framing the post-2015 agenda for a new generation of sustainable development goals, noting that the country had “an important role to play across the board.” 26-Feb-2015
Natural disasters in Asia and Pacific af New York, Feb 26 (IBNS): When leaders and decision makers from across Asia and the Pacific gather next month in Japan to discuss how to reduce disaster risks, their top priority will be to build resilience in a region that saw some 80 million people affected and nearly $60 billion in economic losses incurred by natural disasters last year. 26-Feb-2015
Middle East: UN envoy condemns arson att New York, Feb 26 (IBNS): The United Nations envoy for Middle East peace on Wednesday condemned an arson attack on the Al-Huda mosque near Bethlehem in the West Bank, calling for a swift investigation and saying that extremists “must not be allowed to turn this conflict into a religious one.” 26-Feb-2015
Bangla court issues arrest warrant again Dhaka, Feb 25 (IBNS) A court in Bangladesh on Wednesday issued arrest warrants against former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and two others in connection with two cases of embezzlement of funds. 25-Feb-2015
West Africa: UN launches improved fish d New York, Feb 25 (IBNS): A newly developed fish drying technology is improving food quality and saving lives in West Africa, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced on Tuesday as it launched its effort to boost food safety and working conditions across the region. 25-Feb-2015
UN nuclear chief meets Iranian minister New York, Feb 25 (IBNS): The head of the UN atomic watchdog held a meeting in Vienna on Tuesday morning with the Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister to follow-up on talks held earlier this month. 25-Feb-2015
Central Africa: Surge in violence trigge New York, Feb 25 (IBNS): An upsurge in violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) has triggered fresh displacement inside the country and across the border into the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations refugee agency said on Tuesday. 25-Feb-2015
Ban meets Ukrainian minister, discusses New York, Feb 25 (IBNS): The United Nations Secretary-General met on Monday in New York with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Pavlo Klimkin, to discuss the conflict in the east of that country. 25-Feb-2015
UN launches humanitarian appeal for Ukra New York, Feb 25 (IBNS): The enormous humanitarian needs of the people of Ukraine have intensified since January this year, outstripping local capacities, the United Nations’ official in Ukraine said on Tuesday as the international community launched a new humanitarian appeal for the country. 25-Feb-2015
Worrying situations for displaced famili New York, Feb 25 (IBNS): The United Nations Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General, Lise Grande, along with Neill Wright, the country’s UN refugee agency (UNHCR) representative, on Tuesday visited Iraqi families recently displaced from Al Baghdadi district in the western province of Anbar. 25-Feb-2015
Philippines radio journalist shooting, U New York, Feb 25 (IBNS): The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has denounced the latest killing of a journalist in the Philippines and urged authorities to investigate the murder and “provide the media with as safe an environment as possible to ensure the public’s right to be kept informed.” 25-Feb-2015
Security Council renews Yemen sanctions New York, Feb 25 (IBNS): Under the terms of a resolution unanimously adopted by the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday, members decided to extend the mandate of the group of four experts on Yemen, which was established to oversee sanctions measures employed against individuals and entities designated as threatening peace, security or stability in the country. 25-Feb-2015
Ban taps veteran diplomat Kubiš to head New York, Feb 25 (IBNS): Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Jan Kubiš of Slovakia as his new Special Representative for Iraq, a United Nations spokesperson announced on Tuesday. 25-Feb-2015
WHO's appeal to tackle needs in four cri New York, Feb 25 (IBNS): The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday appealed to donors to provide $1 billion for life-saving health needs ranging from childhood vaccinations to surgical care for the severely wounded for some 25 million people caught up in conflict across the Central African Republic, Iraq, South Sudan and Syria. 25-Feb-2015
South Sudan gripped by serious failure o New York, Feb 25 (IBNS): Amid a worsening humanitarian situation and a fragile security environment, the continuing tensions between South Sudan’s rival factions risk plunging the country into further violence, the United Nations peacekeeping official warned on Tuesday. 25-Feb-2015
Event stresses on extractive industries New York, Feb 25 (IBNS): The United Nations Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA) held a meeting at Headquarters in New York on Tuesday on the role of the extractive industry in Africa. 25-Feb-2015
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