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Ban condemns attack on Yarmouk, as UN de New York, Apr 30 (IBNS): The Secretary-General has on Wednesday strongly condemned the shelling and aerial bombardment of the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, which occurred despite assurances from the Syrian Government that the camp would not be targeted while civilians remained inside. 30-Apr-2015
Somalia registers export of livestock in New York, Apr 30 (IBNS): Somalia in 2014 exported a record five million livestock to markets in the Gulf of Arabia thanks to heavy investments in animal disease prevention backed by the European Union and the United Kingdom, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Wednesday. 30-Apr-2015
World has learned too little from past: New York, Apr 30 (IBNS): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has marked the Day of Remembrance for All Victims of Chemical Warfare with a strong appeal for a new future without such weapons, saying 'the world has learned too little from the past at the expense of innocent people whose lives have been destroyed by chemical attacks." 30-Apr-2015
Christiane Amanpour named UNESCO Goodwil New York, Apr 30 (IBNS): The United Nations agency mandated to promote and protect press freedom worldwide has named renowned journalist and CNN Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour its Goodwill Ambassador for Freedom of Expression and Journalist Safety. 30-Apr-2015
Ban expresses 'deep regret' about execut New York, Apr 30 (IBNS): The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday expressed his deep regret over executions carried out in Indonesia on April 29 despite numerous calls in the country and abroad for a reprieve. 30-Apr-2015
Draft political deal for Libyan parties New York, Apr 30 (IBNS): Announcing on Wednesday that he had outlined for the Security Council his draft proposal for a political agreement among Libya’s opposing factions, the United Nations envoy for the country warned that ongoing “chaos” there has sparked a series of dire events in the wider region – forcing thousands of desperate civilians to seek unsafe passage across the Mediterranean and a spate of recent bomb attacks against embassies in Tripoli. 30-Apr-2015
Paris: Ban discusses Mediterranean crisi New York, Apr 30 (IBNS): During his visit to Paris, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday met with French President François Hollande, to discuss, among other issues the crisis in the Mediterranean, climate change and sustainable development. 30-Apr-2015
Gordon Brown welcomes release of Nigeria New York, Apr 30 (IBNS): The United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, has welcomed the release of 200 girls from captivity by Boko Haram and called for the immediate release of all abducted girls, ahead of his meeting on Thursday with Nigerian President-Elect. 30-Apr-2015
Ban calls for end to hostilities in nort New York, Apr 30 (IBNS): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Wednesday called for an immediate end to hostilities in northern Mali and expressed concern over ceasefire violations that have occurred in the country in recent days at a “critical moment” in the peace process to bring all parties to sign the draft peace agreement. 30-Apr-2015
UN special envoy on Ebola response makes New York, Apr 30 (IBNS):The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday said that surveillance and community engagement still require improvement in some areas of Guinea and Sierra Leone where new cases continued to surface, a day after the new Special Representative for UN Ebola Response, Peter Graff, was informed of a continued transmission epicentre on the border between those two countries. 30-Apr-2015
Saudi Arabia King replaces heir Manama, Apr 29 (IBNS) In a major reshuffle, the Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud on Wednesday appointed Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud as Crown Prince. 29-Apr-2015
Ban concerned over uptick in attacks aga New York, Apr 29 (IBNS): Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced deep concern about the recent spate of attacks on United Nations peacekeepers serving in Darfur as well as the “limited cooperation” provided by the Government of Sudan in addressing the incidents, a spokesperson for the Organization has confirmed. 29-Apr-2015
Dip in Southern Africa’s maize harvest New York, Apr 29 (IBNS): Southern Africa’s maize harvest is expected to shrink this year by some 26 per cent, a situation that could trigger food price increases and adversely affect recent food security gains, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned on Tuesday. 29-Apr-2015
World Day: UN labour agency urges for oc New York, Apr 29 (IBNS): Member States must work harder to consolidate safety and health prevention measures in the workplace, the head of the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) declared on Tuesday as he urged the global community to do its utmost in reducing the number of occupational deaths, injuries and diseases around the world. 29-Apr-2015
Vatican: Ban and Pope Francis discuss cl New York, Apr 29 (IBNS): During a meeting with His Holiness Pope Francis on Tuesday, United NationsSecretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he very much looked forward to the Pontiff's encyclical on climate change, which he said he believed would act as a moral voice on the issue. 29-Apr-2015
Burundi: Ban condemns violence after Pre New York, Apr 29 (IBNS): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has on Tuesday condemned the outbreak of violence in Burundi following the nomination of President Pierre Nkurunziza as the presidential candidate of the country’s ruling party, and appealed to all Burundians to “safeguard the hard won gains” made in peace and democracy. 29-Apr-2015
UN refugee agency assists hundreds of Li New York, Apr 29 (IBNS): The heads of United Nations agencies with a stake in the current crisis in the Mediterranean Sea have pledged to working closely with the European Union (EU) following its decision “to mobilize all efforts at its disposal to prevent further loss of life at sea and to tackle the root causes of the human emergency.” 29-Apr-2015
Security Council extends UN Western Saha New York, Apr 29 (IBNS): The Security Council on Tuesday extended for another year the mandate of the United Nations mission tasked with monitoring the ceasefire in Western Sahara, known by the acronym MINURSO. 29-Apr-2015
Air pollution in Europe costs $1.6 trill New York, Apr 29 (IBNS): The United Nations health agency reported on Tuesday in first-of-its-kind study that air pollution across Europe is costing “a staggering” $1.6 trillion a year in deaths and diseases, which amounts to nearly one tenth of the region’s gross domestic product. 29-Apr-2015
UN official in South Sudan urges release New York, Apr 29 (IBNS): The United Nations Special Representative for South Sudan, Ellen Margrethe Løj, travelled to Pibor town in the eastern part of the country, where she met some of the recently released child soldiers and urged the release of the remaining children still being held by a militia group in the region. 29-Apr-2015
Yemen: UN warns of impact to relief effo New York, Apr 29 (IBNS): The continuing violence in Yemen has heavily impacted the country’s healthcare facilities and services further aggravating an already precarious humanitarian situation, the United Nations relief arm has warned. 29-Apr-2015
UN peacekeeping chief wraps up trip to C New York, Apr 29 (IBNS): The United Nations peacekeeping chief finished a four-day trip to the Central African Republic on Tuesday, his visit to the country coinciding with the UN stabilization Mission there achieving full operational capability for the first time. 29-Apr-2015
Ban warns global tide of nuclear aboliti New York, Apr 29 (IBNS): Achieving a world free of nuclear weapons is “one of the most crucial debates of our time,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday, emphasizing that the international tide of nuclear abolition – so strong in 2010 – has ebbed and mounting tensions between nuclear-armed States have produced a return to Cold War mind sets. 29-Apr-2015
Mali: UN official urges parties to ‘im New York, Apr 29 (IBNS): Amid an upsurge in violence in Mali, the top United Nations official there on Tuesday warned parties about the serious consequences their actions could have on the country’s peace process. 29-Apr-2015
Ban welcomes peaceful presidential elect New York, Apr 28 (IBNS): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday welcomed the peaceful conduct of the presidential election in Togo, which took place on Saturday. 28-Apr-2015
UN unveils alternative policy agenda to New York, Apr 28 (IBNS): A major new report released on Monday in seven locations around the world by the United Nations entity for gender equality and women’s empowerment (UN Women) calls for the transformation of economies to make women’s rights and equality a reality. 28-Apr-2015
UN report finds world’s rural populati New York, Apr 28 (IBNS): The majority of the world’s rural populations continue to live and work without essential healthcare services, in stark contrast to their urban-dwelling counterparts, according to a new report released on Monday by the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO). 28-Apr-2015
Central Africa is becoming largest forgo New York, Apr 28 (IBNS): The Central African Republic (CAR) is quickly becoming the largest forgotten humanitarian crisis of our time with some 60 percent of its population in need of aid, including nearly 900,000 people forcibly displaced by conflict, but assistance programmes remain “dramatically underfunded,” the United Nations refugee agency said on Monday. 28-Apr-2015
UN chief warns of ‘dangerous return’ New York, Apr 28 (IBNS): Progress in working towards global nuclear non-proliferation has stalled and the trend towards “nuclear zero” is reversing, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today as he called on Member States to urgently ramp up efforts in tackling nuclear disarmament. 28-Apr-2015
Burundi: UN working to help relocate civ New York, Apr 28 (IBNS): Civil unrest erupted in Burundi this weekend after the ruling party overwhelmingly elected President Pierre Nkurunziza on Saturday as its candidate for the 26 June presidential election, the humanitarian wing of the United Nations reported on Monday, appealing for $11.6 million dollars to plan a response for the influx of people seeking refuge in neighbouring countries. 28-Apr-2015
UN platform aims to bring pastoralists New York, Apr 28 (IBNS): Millions of pastoralists – from the Bedouin of North Africa to the Sherpa in Nepal and Navajo in North America – will benefit from a new online knowledge hub launched on Monday by the United Nations that will help them raise their voices in international policy debates and share valuable information to strengthen their agricultural livelihoods. 28-Apr-2015
Ban urges action to ease plight of migra New York, Apr 28 (IBNS): The Mediterranean Sea has sadly become “a sea of tears, a sea of misery,” said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday aboard an Italian naval ship, where he called on the global community to unite and take action to address the root causes of the migrant crisis. 28-Apr-2015
Gaza: Security Council receives report o New York, Apr 28 (IBNS): In a letter transmitting to the Security Council the public summary of a report of the Board of Inquiry regarding incidents in Gaza during the recent conflict, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday expressed his "profound and continuing concern” for civilian populations of the Gaza Strip and Israel. 28-Apr-2015
Sustainability agenda must harmonize man New York, Apr 28 (IBNS): As United Nations Member States prepare to adopt and move toward implementing a new development agenda, the President of the General Assembly said it is critical to ensure that “a harmonious relationship with our planet underpins our quest to achieve sustainable development.” 28-Apr-2015
Cyprus: UN envoy welcomes Turkish Cyprio New York, Apr 28 (IBNS): The Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, has spoken with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, according to the United Nations Good Offices Mission. 28-Apr-2015
Chernobyl disaster anniversary: Ban reit New York, Apr 27 (IBNS): In a message to mark the 29th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday remembered the hundreds of emergency workers who responded to the accident and the more than 330,000 people uprooted from their homes in its aftermath. 27-Apr-2015
UN alarmed by malnutrition among childre New York, Apr 27 (IBNS): As the United Nations agency tasked with supporting Palestine refugees continued on Sunday to provide essential humanitarian assistance to civilians who have been displaced from Yarmouk and to those hosting them, evidence of acute malnutrition was found in a large number of children. 27-Apr-2015
UN forum agrees draft action plan for re New York, Apr 25 (IBNS): A United Nations-backed forum on Friday concluded in Fez, Morocco, having developed a plan of action aimed at preventing incitement to violence that could lead to atrocity crimes. 25-Apr-2015
Mali: Ban voices concern over series of New York, Apr 25 (IBNS): Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced deep concern over a series of attacks targeting the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) which have resulted in numerous casualties, a statement issued by a UN spokesperson said Friday. 25-Apr-2015
Azerbaijan: UN experts welcome 'unhinder New York, Apr 25 (IBNS): A United Nations human rights body has welcomed the decision by the Government of Azerbaijan to allow it “unhindered access” to places of detention across the Central Asian country while also urging authorities to do more to protect the rights of people in custody. 25-Apr-2015
UN mission peacekeepers repel two attack New York, Apr 25 (IBNS): Peacekeepers with the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) have repelled two attacks by unidentified armed men in Kass, 85 kilometres north-west of Nyala, the capital of South Darfur. 25-Apr-2015
UN rights chief urges UK to curb tabloid New York, Apr 25 (IBNS): After decades of “sustained and unrestrained anti-foreigner abuse,” and in the wake of a recent article in the Sun newspaper calling migrants ‘cockroaches,’ the United Nations human rights chief on Friday urged British authorities and media to take steps to curb incitement to hatred by tabloid newspapers, in line with the country’s obligations under national and international law. 25-Apr-2015
Libya: UN condemns ‘horrific’ week o New York, Apr 25 (IBNS): The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Friday condemned the “successive horrific incidents” in Libya this past week – ranging from the appalling loss of life in the Mediterranean of those escaping violence, the execution of Christians and the killings of several members of a prominent family by the so-called ‘Islamic State in Libya.’ 25-Apr-2015
Mediterranean crisis: UN welcomes EU mea New York, Apr 25 (IBNS): The United Nations refugee agency welcomed the European Union's (EU) mobilization of resources in response to the ongoing migrant crisis in the Mediterranean, while also urging increased efforts aimed at saving lives and integrating asylum seekers in accordance with human rights. 25-Apr-2015
Yemen: UN urges humanitarian access, res New York, Apr 25 (IBNS): The United Nations human rights office said on Friday that civilians are continuing to die in Yemen, with the total number killed between 26 March and 22 April now estimated at 551, including 31 women and at least 115 children. 25-Apr-2015
SC must match scale of Syria crisis with New York, Apr 25 (IBNS): The Syrian crisis is getting worse and civilians are paying the price, senior United Nations humanitarian officials said on Friday as they called for an end to the “numbness to the senseless violence”, while the Security Council demanded parties to the conflict facilitate expanded aid operations and immediate delivery of life-saving supplies to hard-to-reach and besieged areas. 25-Apr-2015
UNICEF welcomes final release of child s New York, Apr 25 (IBNS): Militants in South Sudan have handed over to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) a final group of 283 children in what the agency described as “a small piece of good news in what is otherwise a terrible situation for children in other parts of [the country],” where many boys and girls have been abducted and forcibly recruited as child soldiers. 25-Apr-2015
Ban appoints new deputy head of humanita New York, Apr 25 (IBNS): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the appointment of Philippe Lazzarini of Switzerland as his new Deputy Special Coordinator for Lebanon, a spokesperson for the Organization said on Friday. 25-Apr-2015
On eve of Togo national election, Ban ca New York, Apr 25 (IBNS): On the eve of the presidential election in Togo, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on all national stakeholders to recommit themselves to ensuring that the election is conducted in a peaceful, free and transparent manner and reflects the will of the people of Togo. 25-Apr-2015
Myanmar: Ban says ‘much more hard work New York, Apr 25 (IBNS): Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, convening a meeting on Myanmar on Saturday, welcomed the positive direction of its reform process as it continues on its “path of historic transition”, but emphasized that more work remains to be done to address the country’s myriad challenges. 25-Apr-2015
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