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UN officials voice outrage at deadly attack on world body’s compound in Somali capital
Top United Nations officials have voiced their outrage at today’s deadly attack on the world body’s compound in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, while reiterating that it will not deter the Organization from helping the country as it proceeds on the path to stability and development.
UN officials urge Governments to ensure natural resources fuel development, not conflict
Governments bear the primary responsibility to ensure that natural resources do not fuel conflict by ensuring that land and mineral wealth are managed wisely, transparently and yield benefits for the people, senior United Nations officials stressed today in the Security Council.
At start of visit to China, UN chief highlights partnership for peace, stability
Meeting with Chinese leaders in Beijing today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon discussed a range topics central to the agenda of the United Nations regarding peace and security, human rights and development, as well as the situation in Syria and the Korean peninsula.
War drives number of forcibly displaced worldwide to 18-year high, says UN report
A United Nations report released today says that more people are refugees or internally displaced than at any time since 1994, with the crisis in Syria having emerged as a major new factor in global displacement.
UN Special Envoy Angelina Jolie appeals for more aid to help Syrian refugees
Urging the international community to scale up aid to Syrian refugees, Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy for the United Nations refugee agency, today said that the two-year conflict in Syria had sparked "the worst humanitarian crisis of the 21st century."
More must be done to prepare pacific small islands for droughts, UN official warns
With thousands of people in the Marshall Islands without access to safe drinking water, the head of the United Nations office for disaster risk reduction today warned that Pacific small islands are threatened by drought and need to incorporate mitigation measures into their national planning and risk assessments.
Ceasefire accord ‘significant’ step towards stability in Mali, says UN’s Sahel envoy
The United Nations Special Envoy for the Sahel today welcomed the signing of the ceasefire accord between the Government of Mali and Tuareg rebels, and called on the parties to remain committed to peace for the sake of the country and the region.
UN, Lancet journal to hold meeting on AIDS response and global health
Heads of State, policymakers, scientists, advocates and private sector leaders will come together for the first time this month to explore how the AIDS response can be used to shape the future of global health in a United Nations-led meeting in Lilongwe, Malawi.
Writings from Israel, Nepal and Myanmar included in UNESCO world register
Documentation on Holocaust victims, a collection of Buddhist scriptures written on stones from Myanmar, two rare manuscripts from Nepal and diaries belonging to Ernesto Che Guevara, are among 54 new additions to the UN educational and cultural agency’s Memory of the World Register.
Failure to address discrimination could undermine reforms in Myanmar - UN official
The United Nations human rights chief today urged Myanmar’s Government to tackle continuing discrimination against ethnic minorities, warning that failure to act could undermine the reform process in the country.
East Rennell region in Solomon Islands placed on UN list of world heritage in danger
The East Rennell area in the Solomon Islands was inscribed today on the United Nations Scientific, Cultural, and Educational Organization’s (UNESCO) list of endangered sites due to logging that is affecting the island’s ecosystem.
Ban appoints Irish major general to head up UN’s oldest peacekeeping mission
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment today of Major General Michel Finn, of Ireland, as head of Mission and Chief of Staff of the Jerusalem-based UN Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO), the first such operation the world body set up almost 60 years ago.
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