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UN expert urges Iran to halt executions of 12 individuals for drug-related offences

The United Nations rights expert on the situation of human rights in Iran has called on the Government to immediately halt the execution of 12 individuals, all of whom have been reportedly sentenced to death for drug-related offences.

Posted on 26 August 2016 | 10:37 pm

UN teams bring aid to besieged Syrian people despite extreme challenges

In the first full, completed, cross-line delivery via road in August, inter-agency convoys have reached some 75,000 people in al-Waer in Syria’s Homs province with life-saving humanitarian assistance, the United Nations humanitarian arm has reported.

Posted on 26 August 2016 | 9:42 pm

UN chief ‘looks forward’ to peaceful, credible presidential election in Gabon

On the eve of the presidential election in Gabon, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today encouraged all Gabonese to vote responsibly and urged the candidates and other political stakeholders to abstain from any acts of incitement and maintain a peaceful atmosphere before, during and after the election.

Posted on 26 August 2016 | 5:44 pm

UN agencies urge efforts to halt Gaza’s ‘de-development’ trajectory

Marking the second anniversary of the 2014 ceasefire which ended the most devastating round of hostilities in Gaza, heads of United Nations agencies there have called for a greater flow of material and funding to address humanitarian needs and boost economic prospects for Gaza&#39s 1.9 million residents.

Posted on 26 August 2016 | 5:16 pm

Greece facing ‘serious challenges,’ needs EU help to manage refugee crisis – UN agency chief

Greece still faces great challenges in managing its refugee crisis, particularly if European Union countries do not step up their relocation and family reunion programmes, the head of the United Nations refugee agency said during a recent visit to the country.

Posted on 26 August 2016 | 4:12 pm

UNESCO chief condemns killing of journalist in Brazil

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom has condemned the killing of João Miranda do Carmo, an online journalist in Brazil, and called for an investigation into the incident.

Posted on 26 August 2016 | 5:00 am

Security Council reiterates commitment to Colombian peace process

The United Nations Security Council has warmly welcomed the conclusion of negotiations earlier this week between the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia &#8211 People&#39s Army (FARC-EP), and congratulated the Colombian people in achieving a final peace agreement, bringing an end to more than 50 years of conflict.

Posted on 26 August 2016 | 5:00 am

Liberia: ‘Arduous path to sustainable peace’ requires long-term Security Council engagement – UN envoy

The United Nations envoy for Liberia today stressed the need for long-term, robust engagement by stakeholders, particularly the Security Council, towards a sustainable peace in the West African country.

Posted on 25 August 2016 | 10:41 pm

Situation in Kosovo more stable, but underlying tensions remain – UN envoy

Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Kosovo Zahir Tanin told the United Nations Security Council today that while opposition parties in Kosovo continue to try to generate, exploit and, if possible, prolong moments of ‘crisis,’ they appear to have become aware that the use of violence is counterproductive to their objective of gaining more political influence.

Posted on 25 August 2016 | 9:00 pm

Aid convoys ‘ready’ to enter Aleppo; UN envoys await Russia-US talks on truce

Reporting that the Russian Federation is backing a 48-hour humanitarian pause in and around Aleppo, senior United Nations envoys on the Syrian crisis today said they are “waiting for others on the ground to do the same,” and are ready to green light aid convoys to the war-ravaged city once assurances are received.

Posted on 25 August 2016 | 8:28 pm

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Security Council reiterates commitment to Colombian peace process – UN News Centre


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Security Council reiterates commitment to Colombian peace process
UN News Centre
26 August 2016 – The United Nations Security Council has warmly welcomed the conclusion of negotiations earlier this week between the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People's Army (FARC-EP), and …
UN ready to help Colombia peace dealThe Indian Express

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Posted on 26 August 2016 | 11:12 pm

United Nations News Centre – UN expert urges Iran to halt … – UN News Centre


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United Nations News Centre – UN expert urges Iran to halt …
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The United Nations rights expert on the situation of human rights in Iran has called on the Government to immediately halt the execution of 12 individuals, all of …

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Posted on 26 August 2016 | 9:54 pm

UN teams bring aid to besieged Syrian people despite extreme challenges – UN News Centre


UN News Centre

UN teams bring aid to besieged Syrian people despite extreme challenges
UN News Centre
26 August 2016 – In the first full, completed, cross-line delivery via road in August, inter-agency convoys have reached some 75,000 people in al-Waer in Syria's Homs province with life-saving humanitarian assistance, the United Nations humanitarian

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Posted on 26 August 2016 | 8:47 pm

UN agencies urge efforts to halt Gaza’s ‘de-development’ trajectory – UN News Centre


UN News Centre

UN agencies urge efforts to halt Gaza's 'de-development' trajectory
UN News Centre
26 August 2016 – Marking the second anniversary of the 2014 ceasefire which ended the most devastating round of hostilities in Gaza, heads of United Nations agencies there have called for a greater flow of material and funding to address humanitarian …

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Posted on 26 August 2016 | 4:57 pm

UN chief ‘looks forward’ to peaceful, credible presidential election in Gabon – UN News Centre


UN News Centre

UN chief 'looks forward' to peaceful, credible presidential election in Gabon
UN News Centre
26 August 2016 – On the eve of the presidential election in Gabon, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today encouraged all Gabonese to vote responsibly and urged the candidates and other political stakeholders to abstain from any acts of …
AU, UN and EU observers in Gabon – all you need to knowafricanews

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Posted on 26 August 2016 | 4:47 pm

Greece facing ‘serious challenges,’ needs EU help to manage refugee crisis – UN agency chief – UN News Centre


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Greece facing 'serious challenges,' needs EU help to manage refugee crisis – UN agency chief
UN News Centre
26 August 2016 – Greece still faces great challenges in managing its refugee crisis, particularly if European Union countries do not step up their relocation and family reunion programmes, the head of the United Nations refugee agency said during a

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Posted on 26 August 2016 | 3:23 pm

Politicians’ anti-immigrant rhetoric fuelled post-Brexit hate crime spike, United Nations says – The Independent


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Politicians' anti-immigrant rhetoric fuelled post-Brexit hate crime spike, United Nations says
The Independent
British politicians' “divisive, anti-immigrant and xenophobic rhetoric” during the EU referendum campaign fuelled a surge in hate crimes immediately following the vote, a United Nations body has said. BBC News reports that the UN's Committee on the …
UN committee concerned about rise in racist hate crimes after Brexit voteBelfast Telegraph

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Posted on 26 August 2016 | 2:54 pm

United Nations News Centre – Liberia: ‘Arduous path to sustainable … – UN News Centre


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United Nations News Centre – Liberia: 'Arduous path to sustainable …
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The United Nations envoy for Liberia today stressed the need for long-term, robust engagement by stakeholders, particularly the Security Council, towards a …

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Posted on 25 August 2016 | 9:46 pm

Aid convoys ‘ready’ to enter Aleppo; UN envoys await Russia-US talks on truce – UN News Centre


UN News Centre

Aid convoys 'ready' to enter Aleppo; UN envoys await Russia-US talks on truce
UN News Centre
25 August 2016 – Reporting that the Russian Federation is backing a 48-hour humanitarian pause in and around Aleppo, senior United Nations envoys on the Syrian crisis today said they are “waiting for others on the ground to do the same,” and are ready
UN Envoy: Restarting Syrian Peace Talks Hinges on US-Russian TalksVoice of America
Russia backs 48-hour Aleppo truce, UN wants other sides to commitReuters

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Posted on 25 August 2016 | 7:49 pm

UN chief submits report related to use of chemical weapons in Syria to the Security Council – UN News Centre


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UN chief submits report related to use of chemical weapons in Syria to the Security Council
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24 August 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today submitted a joint UN-Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) report to the Security Council outlining in-depth investigation into, as well as the findings, …
Russia urges 'caution' on UN's Syria chemical weapons report, will talk to USRT
Statement by NSC Spokesperson Ned Price on the UN-OPCW Report on SyriaWhitehouse.gov (press release)
UN report: Syrian troops carried out gas attacksAljazeera.com
New York Times –Sky News –Reuters
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Posted on 24 August 2016 | 10:30 pm