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16 December 2015

Security Council urges action against human trafficking, sexual abuse by ISIL and other terror groups

Some 150 million migrants now participating in global workforce – new UN labour agency report

Opium production in Myanmar and Laos are stable at high levels, new UN report shows

Economic development in Brazil should not come at the expense of human rights – UN expert

Urgent support needed to provide health services for 15 million people in Yemen – UN

‘Show unprecedented vision to make peace,’ senior UN official tells Israeli, Palestinian leaders

After ‘year of breakthrough and horror,’ Ban urges greater collaborative action to tackle crises in 2016

As wars, floods and droughts displace millions, UN refugee agency urges tackling root causes

As hunger grips Malawi, UNICEF embarks on countrywide screening for malnutrition


15 December 2015

For first time in history, selection of next UN Secretary-General will include input from all Member States

Afghanistan: despite intensification of violence, UN official reports progress in overall relief assistance

South Sudan: more UN peacekeepers to be sent in to protect civilians amid ceasefire violations

Security Council renews UN peacekeeping force in Abyei for another five months

Amid escalating hate speech against Muslims, UN rights officials denounce intolerance, incitement

UNICEF urges swift action, ‘robust financing’ to close water and sanitation gaps in sub-Saharan Africa

At high-level forum, top UN officials urge bridging digital divide to ‘power’ sustainable development

Despite progressive laws, gender-based violence ‘pervasive’ in South Africa, UN expert warns

‘At time of great division,’ unity on Paris climate accord must be built upon – UN Assembly President

Two-year conflict has led to ‘unrelenting crisis’ for South Sudan’s children, UN agencies warn

ICC Prosecutor calls on Security Council to help bring high-profile indictees to justice for Darfur war crimes

UN rights chief urges Cuba to halt harassment of activists and respect human rights

UN ends probe into Iran’s past nuclear activities, moving international accord closer to implementation

Yemen: UN-sponsored peace talks kick off as ceasefire goes into effect

‘Unrelenting’ Israeli-Palestinian violence leaves nearly one person dead every day – UN rights office

Burundi: UN urges immediate action to stop ‘senseless’ violence


14 December 2015

COP21: a ‘green’ UN climate change conference, from electric cars to the power of human energy

With high-level forum, UN Assembly aims to narrow digital divide, harness power of information technology

Referendum held in much of Central African Republic despite disruptions – UN peacekeeping chief

Ban hails Paris climate accord as ‘health insurance policy for the planet’

Two billion move out of extreme poverty over 25 years – UN flagship development report

Syria crisis a ‘blot on our collective conscience’ UN relief chief says, urging sustained aid access, funding

In Kabul, UN political chief pledges continued support for Afghanistan

Some 1.8 million newborn deaths a year in South-East Asia are preventable – UN health agency

UN agencies relaunch winter aid programme to support vulnerable Syrian children in Jordan

12 December 2015

Ban urges peaceful, credible vote ahead of constitutional referendum in Central African Republic

New UN report cites civilian harm, human rights concerns in Kunduz during temporary Taliban occupation

Afghanistan: Security Council condemns Taliban attack near Spanish embassy in Kabul

UN calls on global community to ensure access to affordable, quality health services for all

COP21: UN chief hails new climate change agreement as ‘monumental triumph’


11 December 2015

Libyan parties set 16 December as date to sign political agreement – UN envoy

Burundi: Ban condemns attacks on military camps; urges stakeholders to uphold rule of law

Ceasefire in Homs has ‘great value’ in showing a nationwide truce in Syria is possible – UN envoy

Ukraine could again slip into cycle of calm giving way to savage fighting – senior UN rights official

Women in US lagging behind in human rights, UN experts report after ‘myth-shattering’ visit

Ongoing border blockade on imports sends food and fuel prices ‘skyrocketing’ in Nepal – UN

International Mountain Day: new UN study reveals disturbing hunger trends in highland areas

As Central African Republic prepares to vote, UN rights chief warns of inter-communal strife

Viet Nam: UN rights office alarmed at series of attacks against human rights defenders

COP21: encouraged by climate talks, Ban urges negotiators to ‘make final decisions for humanity’


10 December 2015

UN human rights chief calls for DPR Korea to be referred to International Criminal Court

“We’ve learnt many lessons from this outbreak and from the response” – Dr. David Nabarro, Special Envoy on Ebola

UN and Singapore agree to develop information management tool for peacekeeping operations

UN human rights chief hails end of death penalty in Mongolia

‘We can consign rabies to the history books’ with new plan to eliminate virus – UN health agency

Powerful El Niño intensifying in Asia and the Pacific region – UN

World economic growth falls below last forecast, only modest improvement foreseen – UN

Senior UN official appeals to donors to aid 53,000 displaced by attacks on Lake Chad islands

Yemen: UN delivers life-saving food aid to nearly 150,000 besieged residents in Taiz

Fundamental freedoms ‘inalienable and inherent – now and always,’ UN says on Human Rights Day

COP21: UN chief calls on civil society to keep governments accountable on climate commitments

Afghanistan: UN mission condemns Taliban attack at Kandahar Airport


9 December 2015

National policies on trade and agriculture key to tackling food security – UN agency

In Finland, Ban urges open dialogue to prevent polarization and racism against asylum-seekers

Compelling moments from 2015, told by UN human rights experts

UN marks first International Day to commemorate victims of genocide; the ‘crime of crimes’

FEATURE: UN champions prevention as best hope for eliminating violence against women

On Anti-Corruption Day, UN says ending ‘corrosive’ crime can boost sustainable development

UN Security Council adopts first-ever resolution on youth, peace and security

Despite less fighting, eastern Ukraine still ‘highly flammable,’ UN reports, as death toll tops 9,000

New report signals ‘significant progress’ towards malaria elimination – UN health agency

UN agencies launch $1.98 billion humanitarian appeal for Africa’s crises-hit Sahel region

COP21: efforts advance on reaching climate change agreement, says top UN official


8 December 2015

Armed groups pose ‘critical threat’ to stability in Central Africa, UN envoy tells Security Council

UN health agency outlines global trends and looks ahead to 2030 targets

UN expert urges Brazilian Government to ensure timely access to safe drinking in wake after dam collapse

Security Council urges increased security steps, funds to uproot terrorism from Africa’s Sahel region

Nepal: UN aid agencies and partners appeal for access to life-saving medical supplies

UN agency urges Jordan to allow 12,000 desperate Syrian refugees stranded at border

DR Congo: UN report accuses security forces of summary executions and death threats ahead of elections

UN begins testing data collection system to help track, curb attacks against health workers

Syria: UNICEF plans to reach 2.6 million children with winter supplies and cash assistance

COP21: Ban tells private sector ‘how we do business today will determine if we can do business in the future’

COP21: grassroots organizations spotlight women’s voices at UN climate conference

Ethiopia: UN urges support to mitigate most devastating drought in 30 years

 

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