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UN-backed Action Group agrees on measures for peaceful transition in Syria

The United Nations-backed Action Group on Syria today forged an agreement outlining the steps for a peaceful transition in the Middle Eastern country, while strongly condemning the continued and escalating violence that has taken place there over the past 16 months.

UN relief chief voices concern over worsening humanitarian situation in Sudan

The United Nations emergency relief coordinator today voiced concern over the deteriorating humanitarian situation in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states in Sudan, and called for unrestricted access for aid agencies so they can assist people in need.

UN refugee agency redeploys staff to address humanitarian needs in Myanmar

The United Nations refugee agency today said that it had begun redeploying staff members to Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state, where violence has displaced thousands of people.

Ban congratulates Egypt’s Morsi on presidential election win

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated Muhammad Morsi on his win in Egypt’s presidential election, and offered the continued assistance of the United Nations as the country pursues the path of democracy.

Protracted refugee situations in Liberia and Angola come to an end – UN

The United Nations has announced that, as of Saturday, people who fled the civil wars in Liberia and Angola and remain abroad will no longer be regarded as refugees by the world body and host governments, bringing to an end two of the most protracted refugee situations in Africa.

US health care law can help close gaps in social security coverage – UN agency

The health care overhaul law in the United States, which was upheld by the Supreme Court yesterday, can help close gaps in social security coverage that currently affect 30 million people in the country, the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) said today.

Security Council extends terms of service of UN Rwanda genocide tribunal staff

The Security Council today decided to permit four judges of the United Nations tribunal trying serious crimes committed during the 1994 Rwanda genocide to serve beyond the expiry of their terms of office so that the court can wrap up its work by the target date of December 2014.

Birthplace of Jesus placed on UNESCO’s World Heritage in Danger List

The Church of the Nativity, which sits on a site in Bethlehem that is identified by Christian tradition as the birthplace of Jesus, was inscribed today on the World Heritage List of the United Nations Scientific, Cultural, and Educational Organization (UNESCO), as well as on the list of sites in danger.

Nepal receives $8 million from UN peacebuilding fund

The United Nations today released $8 million to help Nepal consolidate peace, improve policing, promote dialogue and reinforce national efforts to address the needs of those affected by conflict.

Security Council endorses UN regional strategy to combat LRA threat

The Security Council today endorsed the regional strategy developed by the United Nations to tackle the threat posed by the Ugandan rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), and called for the necessary support to ensure that it is carried out successfully.