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Ban appoints Hubert Price of US as head of the UN support office in Somalia

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Hubert Price of the United States as Head of the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS).

Inequalities exacerbate climate impacts on poor and vulnerable people – new UN report

Evidence is increasing that climate change is taking the largest toll on poor and vulnerable people, and these impacts are largely caused by inequalities that increase the risks from climate hazards, according to a new report launched by the United Nations today.

‘Bunker-buster’ bombs in eastern Aleppo mean children not even safe underground, UN experts warn

The killing and maiming of children in eastern Aleppo by the Syrian Government and its allies is not only a brutal abdication of international human rights obligations, it will have a long-lasting impact on the young victims for generations to come, United Nations child rights experts warned today.

Selecting the next UN Secretary-General: Informal briefings reopen

The latest candidate for the position of the next United Nations Secretary-General was heard by UN Member States today, answering questions on how she would promote sustainable development, improve efforts to create peace, protect human rights, and deal with huge humanitarian catastrophes should they be selected to lead the 193-member Organization.

As Colombian voters reject peace deal, Ban pledges UN support as country seeks way forward

In the wake of a referendum that defeated the peace accord signed by the President of Colombia and the country’s largest rebel group just days ago, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commended the parties for their determination, saying he believed peace could still be achieved and that all Colombians who had committed to ending the 50-year conflict should not be discouraged.

UN torture prevention body urges Kazakhstan to enhance prisoner rehabilitation

The United Nations’ torture prevention body has urged Kazakhstan to focus more on the rehabilitation of prisoners rather than punishment, as part of efforts to ensure that people deprived of their liberty are protected against torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.

UN agriculture agency stresses role of trade in food security and climate change adaptation

Declining prices could thwart international efforts to eradicate hunger and extreme poverty unless steps are taken to guarantee decent incomes and livelihoods for small-scale producers, the United Nations agriculture agency said today.

On World Habitat Day, UN calls for putting adequate housing at centre of urban policy

Adequate housing is a universal human right and should be at the centre of the urban policy and in the physical centre of the city, senior United Nations officials said today, marking the 2016 edition of World Habitat Day.

Afghanistan: UN condemns killings of 19 civilians by explosive devices planted on roads

The United Nations mission in Afghanistan has condemned two improvised explosive device (IED) detonations on civilian vehicles that killed 19 people in Helmand and Badghis provinces in recent days.

On Non-Violence Day, Ban highlights link between peace and nature

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the link between non-violence, peace and nature as he observed the International Day of Non-Violence.