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13.01.2016

Syria: UN officials give first-hand accounts of ‘horrible, terrible’ desperation in besieged towns

Syria: UN officials give first-hand accounts of ‘horrible, terrible’ desperation in besieged towns

As United Nations officials gave on-site accounts of the “horrible and terrible” situation in the besieged Syrian town of Madaya, from 400 critically ill people facing death without immediate medical care to a kilo of rice costing $300, the first emergency evacuation took place today – a five-year-old girl rushed… »

12.01.2016

Syria: UN and partners get relief convoy into besieged town of Madaya

Syria: UN and partners get relief convoy into besieged town of Madaya

A humanitarian convoy has finally reached the besieged Syrian town of Madaya with life-saving health and food supplies from the United Nations and its partners for the 42,000 desperate residents after reports of people starving to death under encirclement by pro-Government forces. “Crowds of hungry kids around,” Office of the… »

01.10.2015

Ban Ki-moon statement on the International Day of Nonviolence 2015

Ban Ki-moon statement on the International Day of Nonviolence 2015

Pressenza publishes here the statement by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to mark the international day of nonviolence. This year, as we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, the International Day of Nonviolence has special importance. At a time of escalating conflicts, violent extremism, displacement and humanitarian need,… »

21.09.2015

UN chief appeals for cease-fire on 21 September – International Day of Peace

UN chief appeals for cease-fire on 21 September – International Day of Peace

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for the laying down of arms and a 24-hour cease-fire on 21 September, which is observed around the world each year as the International Day of Peace. The United Nations General Assembly established the International Day of Peace in 1981 as an opportunity… »

30.08.2015

UN urges all States to sign, ratify Nuclear Test Ban as ‘critical step on road to nuclear-free world’

UN urges all States to sign, ratify Nuclear Test Ban as ‘critical step on road to nuclear-free world’

28 August 2015 – For the fifth International Day against Nuclear Tests, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed voluntary moratoria on testing imposed by nuclear-armed states but stressed that these cannot substitute for a legally-binding treaty. “The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) is essential for the elimination of nuclear weapons,”… »

17.05.2015

UN ‘Free & Equal’ campaign launches video spotlighting LGBT diversity, fight against homophobia

UN ‘Free & Equal’ campaign launches video spotlighting LGBT diversity, fight against homophobia

A new United Nations ‘Free & Equal’ campaign video highlighting the diversity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community is being shown today on the massive screens in New York’s Times Square ahead of International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia. The Day, marked Sunday, 17 May in… »

25.01.2014

UN chief encourages Conference on Disarmament to live up to world’s expectations

UN chief encourages Conference on Disarmament to live up to world’s expectations

21 January 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today encouraged the world’s sole multilateral forum for disarmament negotiations to live up the international community’s expectations and resume substantive work aimed at ridding the globe of weapons of mass destruction. “My message is clear. Do not wait for others to move. »

25.06.2013

UN reveals progress in lowering HIV infections among children in sub-Saharan Africa

UN reveals progress in lowering HIV infections among children in sub-Saharan Africa

New HIV infections among children have been reduced by 50 per cent or more in seven countries in sub-Saharan Africa, the United Nations agency spearheading the global AIDS response said today. Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, and Zambia have reduced new HIV infections among children by half since 2009,… »

20.06.2013

Writings from Israel, Nepal and Myanmar included in UNESCO world register

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. “The items presented by Israel, Myanmar, Nepal are… »

10.05.2013

Natural resource revenues could nearly double school access in developing nations – UN study

Natural resource revenues could nearly double school access in developing nations – UN study

Developing countries rich in natural resources can make huge gains towards universal schooling if they managed resource revenues better and devoted a significant share to education, according to a United Nations study released today. The Education for All Global Monitoring Report study, produced by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization… »

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