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Government institutions must deliver equ New York, Feb 10 (IBNS) Opening the 2015 Government Summit in Dubai, the Secretary-General on Monday drew attention to the world's pressing security and development challenges, calling on Governments to help foster a more peaceful and sustainable future, and describing how the United Nations can give support. 10-Feb-2015
UNICEF, David Beckham launch new initiat New York, Feb 10 (IBNS) International football icon and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador, David Beckham, on Monday announced his latest fundraising initiative, launched in tandem with the UN agency and aimed at boosting assistance for the world's youth, amid the planet's worsening humanitarian crises. 10-Feb-2015
UN rights report points to 'increasing r New York, Feb 10 (IBNS): A new United Nations human rights report seeking to analyse the problem of attacks against girls trying to access education found that schools in at least 70 different countries were attacked in the five years between 2009 and 2014, with many attacks specifically targeting girls, parents and teachers advocating for gender equality in education. 10-Feb-2015
France: Gunfire rocks Marseille Marseille, Feb 9 (IBNS): Amid reports of gunfire, the police have started their operation in French city of Marseille Monday, media reports said. 09-Feb-2015
Prince Charles describes radicalisation London, Feb 8 (IBNS): Prince Charles of Britain has called the extent to which young people are becoming radicalised as 'alarming'. 08-Feb-2015
Ban meets new Saudi king, looks forward New York, Feb 8 (IBNS) Paying tribute to the legacy of the late Saudi Arabian king Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, the United Nations Secretary-General on Sunday looked forward to continued "fruitful cooperation" with the country's new king, Salman bin Abdulaziz, after a meeting in which the two discussed sustainable development, climate change and regional peace and security. 08-Feb-2015
North Korea test-fires 5 short range mis Pyongyang, Feb 8 (IBNS): North Korea test-fired five short range missiles into the East Sea on Sunday, media reports said. 08-Feb-2015
Baghdad celebrates lifting of curfew aft Baghdad, Feb 8 (IBNS): People in Baghdad have indulged in a grand celebration after a 12-year-old curfew has been lifted from the Iraqi capital. 08-Feb-2015
Baghdad bomb blasts kill 34 Baghdad, Feb 7 (IBNS) Three bomb attacks hit Iraqi capital of Baghdad which killed at least 34 people, media reports said on Saturday. 07-Feb-2015
Reports: TransAsia flight pilots may hav Hong Kong, Feb 7 (IBNS): A finding by Taiwan's Aviation Safety Council revealed that twin-propeller plane that crashed in Taiwan's capital killing at least 35 people may have reacted to a stalled-engine alarm by shutting down the wrong engine, media reports said. 07-Feb-2015
Kosovo: UN envoy calls on parties to eng New York, Feb 7 (IBNS) Citing recent violent protests, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Kosovo told the Security Council on Friday that leaders must engage seriously in ongoing dialogue and make the hard choices required for regional stability. 07-Feb-2015
'World must act responsibly,' say UN adv New York, Feb 7 (IBNS):Members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) need to know that they will be held accountable for their crimes, two senior United Nations right officials declared on Friday, adding that recent murder of Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh was "yet another example of a deliberate grave abuse of human rights and international humanitarian law" perpetrated by the extremist group. 07-Feb-2015
DR Congo: UN rights office urges release New York, Feb 7 (IBNS) The United Nations human rights office on Friday raised serious due process concerns over the detention of at least 300 people – some for as long as three weeks and with no access to a lawyer – following recent demonstrations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). 07-Feb-2015
Jailing of Burundian journalist raises c New York, Feb 7 (IBNS) The imprisonment of Burundian journalist Bob Rugurika raises serious concerns about the exercise of the freedom of expression in Burundi, particularly ahead of the upcoming elections, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said on Friday. 07-Feb-2015
Security Council demands end to Mali vio New York, Feb 7 (IBNS) Demanding an immediate end to all hostilities in Mali, the United Nations Security Council on Friday urged Malian parties to “engage with sustained political will and a spirit of compromise” and make the necessary concessions to engage in talks towards a comprehensive, inclusive peace deal that addresses the root causes of the years-long crisis in the country. 07-Feb-2015
Ban joins Arab League Secretary-General New York, Feb 7 (IBNS) Expressing deep concern about the situation in Gaza, the Secretaries-General of the United Nations and the League of Arab States made an urgent appeal on Friday, asking donors to honour and disburse as soon as possible the financial commitments they made at an October 2014 conference convened to kick-start reconstruction in the war-torn enclave. 07-Feb-2015
South Sudan: As top officials spotlight New York, Feb 7 (IBNS) South Sudan is on the brink of a major food insecurity crisis as millions of people remain trapped by the country's ongoing internecine fighting, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned. 07-Feb-2015
UN refugee agency says 'over a million' New York, Feb 7 (IBNS) Nearly 1 million people may have now been displaced by the conflict in eastern Ukraine, with the recent upsurge in violence causing massive destruction of buildings and infrastructure, the collapse of basic services and a spike in the numbers fleeing fighting, the United Nations refugee agency reported on Friday. 07-Feb-2015
Breaking silence, disproving myths first New York, Feb 7 (IBNS): On the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, marked every year on 6 February, and this year focused on ending the 'medicalization' of the procedure, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on health workers around the world to eliminate what he called a 'deeply harmful' practice. 07-Feb-2015
UN chief appoints new Special Coordinato New York, Feb 6 (IBNS): Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday appointed Nickolay Mladenov of Bulgaria as his new Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and Personal Representative to the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority, the UN Spokesperson's office announced today. 06-Feb-2015
Security Council condemns Boko Haram att New York, Feb 6 (IBNS): The United Nations Security Council on Thursday condemned "in the strongest terms" the escalation of attacks perpetrated by Boko Haram terrorists along the border between Cameroon and Nigeria, including back-to-back attacks this week that killed Chadian and Cameroonian troops, as well as "a sizeable number of civilians." 06-Feb-2015
Sealing borders 'will continue to fail o New York, Feb 6 (IBNS): Migrants will continue to arrive and stay in Europe "no matter what," so the overall goal should be to ensure they use official channels to enter and stay, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants said today. 06-Feb-2015
UN chief says 'challenging period' in Ye New York, Feb 6 (IBNS): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday urged parties to the Peace and National Partnership Agreement in Yemen overcome the current impasse so the peaceful democratic transition that was launched in 2011 can be fulfilled. 06-Feb-2015
Guinea-Bissau situation 'fragile' after New York, Feb 6 (IBNS) Despite the efforts of Guinea-Bissau authorities, the situation remains fragile and the country still needs the support of the international community, the top United Nations envoy there told the Security Council today. 06-Feb-2015
In South Sudan, senior UN official says New York, Feb 6 (IBNS): Warring parties in the South Sudan conflict say they are close to signing a peace deal, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Šimonovic, told reporters in Juba on Thursday as he confirmed that while fighting has decreased, rights violations continue in the world's youngest country. 06-Feb-2015
'Last mile in fight against Ebola will b New York, Feb 6 (IBNS) The international community's mobilization in the global Ebola response has been "very impressive and effective" but efforts to reach zero cases must continue unabated, a top United Nations humanitarian official has confirmed. 06-Feb-2015
In Washington, UN rights chief says atro New York, Feb 6 (IBNS) World leaders too often choose to violate international law and set aside moral principles, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said today, as he warned against "sinking into a state of paralysis" and called for a deeper form of education that equips people with moral courage to act toward one another with responsibility and care. 06-Feb-2015
Development must be built on inclusive p New York, Feb 6 (IBNS) Senior United Nations officials on Thursday addressed the Commission for Social Development as it marked the 20th anniversary of the Copenhagen Declaration the outcome of a summit which emphasized, for the first time, the need to put people at the centre of development with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday that the world's current generation is the first able to wipe out extreme poverty and the last that could address the worst impacts of climate change. 06-Feb-2015
New UN sustainability agenda needs low-c New York, Feb 6 (IBNS) Speaking via video message to the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit organized by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) of India, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday called for countries to take a low-carbon approach to development in the coming years. 06-Feb-2015
Great Lakes region must unite to stamp o New York, Feb 6 (IBNS) Countries must come together to “neutralize all negative forces” terrorizing the population in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region urged on Thursday following meetings with top Rwandan officials to discuss recent peace and security developments in the region. 06-Feb-2015
More than 17 killed in China fire Beijing, Feb 6 (IBNS): More than 17 people were killed in a fire in south China's Guangdong Province, media reports said on Friday. 06-Feb-2015
Security Council encourages Somali polit New York, Feb 6 (IBNS) Concerned by the ongoing political crisis in Somalia and its negative effect on delivery of progress for the Somali people, the United Nations Security Council on Thursday encouraged greater efforts from the country's political leadership – including the President, Prime Minister and Parliament – to work together to quickly establish an inclusive, representative Government. 06-Feb-2015
UN chief 'gravely concerned' as civilian New York, Feb 6 (IBNS) United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced grave concern over the continuing hostilities in eastern Ukraine amid an escalating rebel offensive which has locked civilians in a zone of intense fighting. 06-Feb-2015
Two people died in murder-suicide in Sou Washington, Feb 6 (IBNS): Two people died in an incident of “isolated” murder-suicide on Thursday at the University of South Carolina, media reports said. 06-Feb-2015
International community 'will not tolera New York, Feb 5 (IBNS) The United Nations’ top political official said on Wednesday that Burkina Faso’s transitional institutions must continue to respect the aspirations of the Burkinabe people and ensure full respect for human rights and the physical integrity of all citizens. 05-Feb-2015
South Sudan: UN agency warns of catastro New York, Feb 5 (IBNS) The ongoing conflict in South Sudan is sharply reducing food supplies and slowing humanitarian access to people in need, the United Nations children’s agency (UNICEF) said on Wednesday , urging warring groups in the country to follow up quickly on the ceasefire deal agreed on Monday. 05-Feb-2015
Security Council condemns death of Spani New York, Feb 5 (IBNS) The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the death of Lance Corporal Francisco Javier Soria Toledo of Spain, killed last week while deployed at a UN position in Lebanon along the border with Israel on the "Blue Line." 05-Feb-2015
UN food aid agency condemns ISIL's 'mani New York, Feb 5 (IBNS) The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is "extremely concerned" about images circulating on social media showing WFP food boxes bearing Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) labels. 05-Feb-2015
UN-hosted aviation safety conference rec New York, Feb 5 (IBNS) Member States of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) have recommended the adoption of a 15-minute aircraft tracking standard that "will be an important first step in providing a foundation for global flight tracking." 05-Feb-2015
Armed groups to be 'neutralised' says UN New York, Feb 5 (IBNS) The head of the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) has on Wednesday strongly condemned massacre of civilians that took place in the area of Beni town in the vast country’s restive northeast. 05-Feb-2015
Libya: UN mission condemns attack on oil New York, Feb 5 (IBNS) The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has strongly condemned the attack carried out by armed groups operating under the Alshuruq Operation in the 'oil crescent' area, causing many deaths and undermining the recent efforts of Libyan leaders to reach a peace pact. 05-Feb-2015
UN Somalia envoy 'excited and worried' a New York, Feb 5 (IBNS) Underlining the importance of the partnership between the African Union and the United Nations in Somalia, which he called “unique, strong and essential for success,” the top UN official there briefed the Security Council on Wednesday on the challenges lying ahead for the country in 2015. 05-Feb-2015
'It's now or never' for Central African New York, Feb 5 (IBNS) The Head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Africa, Abdoulaye Dieye, began on Wednesday a week-long visit to the Central African Republic (CAR), calling on international partners to intensify their support for the country's ongoing transition process. 05-Feb-2015
Role of health emerges as vital concern New York, Feb 5 (IBNS) As Member States accelerate efforts to finalize the successor to “the world’s most encompassing framework” on disaster risk reduction ahead of a critical United Nations conference in Japan next month, the role of health in building community resilience has suddenly come front and centre in the negotiation process, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) said on Wednesday . 05-Feb-2015
UN Visitors' Centre reopens to public fo New York, Feb 5 (IBNS) Browse the shelves at the United Nations bookstore. Mail a postcard with a UN stamp. Take a guided tour in one of twelve languages. On Wednesday , with the official inauguration by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the UN's public space reopened for business with a newly renovated Visitors' Centre in the basement of the iconic General Assembly Building. 05-Feb-2015
UN rights experts urge Bahrain to releas New York, Feb 5 (IBNS) A group of United Nations human rights experts are urging the Government of Bahrain to release opposition politician and religious figure Sheikh Ali Salman who was arrested in December 2014 on charges that include inciting change of regime by non-peaceful means. 05-Feb-2015
Taiwan: 25 killed in TransAsia plane cra Taipei, Feb 4 (IBNS) At least 25 people have been killed as a TransAsia Airways flight crashed into a river in Taipei on Wednesday after hitting a bridge, media reports said. 04-Feb-2015
'Youth lens' brings development challeng New York, Feb 4 (IBNS) The emerging United Nations-led sustainability agenda, to be crafted around a set of sustainable development goals, must be inspired by and inspiring for the world’s young people, the President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) said on Tuesday as he closed the Council’s annual Youth Forum with a call for young people to amplify their voices and become more involved in building "the future we want." 04-Feb-2015
UN chief, Security Council denounce 'app New York, Feb 4 (IBNS): For the second time in as many days, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations Security Council have jointly condemned the brutal killing of a civilian by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) – this time deploring the group’s murder of Jordanian Royal Air Force pilot Lt. Muath Al-Kasasbeh. 04-Feb-2015
Global collaboration critical as humanit New York, Feb 4 (IBNS):International stakeholders will increasingly need to collaborate as they face down rising levels of humanitarian strife around the globe, Valerie Amos, the United Nations humanitarian chief, said on Wednesday. 04-Feb-2015
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