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Central African Republic at critical juncture, UN human rights chief warns

Warning that the Central African Republic (CAR) is now at a critical juncture, the United Nations human rights chief today called on the international community to help restore security in the country, including by boosting the peacekeeping effort there.

Independent UN human rights expert urges Qatar to reform its justice system

An independent United Nations human rights expert has urged Qatar to make use of what she called its “privileged position” and embark on the reforms needed to consolidate its justice system and address its shortcomings.

Philippine coconut farmers in dire need of alternative livelihoods, UN agency warns

Coconut farmers in the Philippines are in urgent need of assistance to recover their livelihoods nearly three months after Typhoon Haiyan tore through the country, the United Nations food relief agency today warned, calling for donors to support its $38 million call for severely affected Philippine households.

On Holocaust Memorial Day, UN calls for unflagging vigilance to prevent new genocide

The United Nations today paid tribute to the 6 million Jews and countless others massacred in the Nazi Holocaust with a solemn ceremony in the General Assembly Hall, a rebuke to Holocaust deniers, and a warning from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of the perils of anti-Semitism and hatred of any kind.

Security Council urges cooperation to tackle kidnapping for ransom by terrorists

The United Nations Security Council today strongly condemned incidents of kidnapping and hostage-taking committed by terrorists for any purpose, including raising funds or gaining political concessions, and called for international cooperation to tackle this scourge.

Egypt: top UN human rights official urges investigations amid escalating violence

The top United Nations human rights official today voiced grave concern about the escalating violence in Egypt, and called for a prompt investigation into recent incidents that have led to scores of deaths and injuries.

DR Congo still needs humanitarian aid despite advances towards peace in east – UN

Despite significant progress towards peace in the strife-torn eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the international community must keep humanitarian aid flowing into a country where nearly 3 million people, half of them children, are currently displaced, according to the United Nations.

Security sector reform, national reconciliation needed in Côte d'Ivoire ahead of 2015 polls, UN says

Côte d'Ivoire is making “good progress” towards lasting peace and stability, but with presidential elections on the horizon, urgent steps need to be taken in security sector reform and national reconciliation, the top United Nations official in the country told the Security Council today.

Syria talks turn to political issues as question of aid delivery stalls – UN-Arab League envoy

Discussions on humanitarian issues at the Syria talks in Geneva “have not produced much,” said the Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the League of Arab States today, but he added “there is still hope,” and the talks will resume tomorrow.

Syria: Civilians to be allowed out of Homs, UN-Arab League envoy says

The Syrian Government has agreed to allow women and children in the besieged Syrian city of Homs to leave “immediately”, the Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the League of Arab States today said after a second day of face-to-face talks in Geneva.