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Somalia: UN envoy appeals for calm following clashes in northern region

“Deeply concerned” by the recent outbreak of violence in Somalia's northern Sool region, the top United Nations official in the country called today for calm and urged all parties to resolve political issues through dialogue and reconciliation.

Major UN conference underscores universal stake in ending corruption

The rule of law, governance, profits and livelihoods all suffer from corruption's corrosive effects, a senior United Nations official said at the conclusion of the world's largest biennial anti-corruption gathering, which this year took place in Panama City.

Ban urges good faith participation by all sides in Yemen's national dialogue

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on all sides in Yemen to participate in good faith in the country's ongoing National Dialogue and to “refrain from any obstruction of the transition process.”

UN urges greater action, investment to prevent HIV infections in adolescents

More than 850,000 infants have been saved from HIV since 2005, but alarming trends seen among adolescents require urgent action to help this vulnerable group, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says in a new report released today.

New UN report details widespread psychological distress of Syria’s refugee children

Syrian refugee children in Lebanon and Jordan suffer from widespread psychological distress, with many of them living alone or separated from their parents, and most receiving no education and involved in illegal labour, according to a new report by the United Nations refugee agency.

South Sudan: UN urges death penalty moratorium following reported executions

The United Nations human rights office today called on authorities in South Sudan to stop the use of the death penalty, stressing that the country’s nascent judicial system may not have ensured fair trials for the more than 200 people on death row.

DPR Korea sees increased harvests for third year, but malnutrition persists – UN

A new assessment by the United Nations has found that harvests in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) are up for the third year running, but warns that chronic malnutrition persists.

UN refugee agency voices concern at deaths at sea following Caribbean boat tragedy

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has voiced concern at the recent deaths at sea after a boat capsized earlier this week in the Bahamas, the third such incident in the northern Caribbean since October.

Independent expert welcomes UN committee’s resolution on right to privacy

A draft resolution to protect the right to privacy in the digital age that was approved this week by a General Assembly committee is a first step, according to an independent UN expert who called for more to be done to ensure trust in the safety of communications.

Murder of cameraman prompts UN concern for freedom of information in Iraq

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom expressed alarm today over violent suppression of the media in Iraq, following the killing of news cameraman Alaa Edwar in the northern province of Nineveh.