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Ban mourns death of force commander of UN Haiti mission

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that he was saddened by the news of the sudden death of the Force Commander of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).

Yemen: ‘worrying outbreak’ of dengue fever prompts UN health agency appeal for safe humanitarian corridor

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) is appealing for a safe corridor to reach more than 3 million people in war-torn Yemen’s most populated governorate, Taiz, where “an extreme spike” in cases of dengue fever has been recorded over the past two weeks.

Civil society must be ‘equal partners’ in implementing UN sustainability agenda, Ban tells parliamentarians

With speakers of parliament meeting at United Nations Headquarters at a moment when the world is gripped by multiple crises – displacement has soared to all-time highs and the threat of climate change grows by the day – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the legislators to help drive forward the new UN sustainable development agenda and ensure that civil society are equal partners in “building the future we want.”

Land, resource rights key to Sami people’s self-determination, says UN expert

Securing rights over their land and natural resources is fundamental to the Sami people’s self-determination and a prerequisite for them to be able to continue to exist as a distinct people, an independent United Nations human rights expert said after a visit to the Nordic region.

More than 850,000 people face acute food insecurity in Somalia, UN food assessment shows

Somalia’s humanitarian situation remains “alarming” four years after a devastating famine with the number of people requiring emergency aid rising 17 per cent to more than 850,000 and those in “food-stressed” situations still at 2.3 million, according to the latest United Nations-managed food assessment study released today.

Prohibition of enforced disappearance is 'absolute,' UN declares, urging action to ramp-up searches for missing

Marking the fourth International Day of Enforced Disappearances, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon denounced the “alarming” number of acts by that are tantamount to enforced disappearances and appealed to all Member States to ratify or accede to the legal instrument prohibiting such acts.

UN relief wing cites major access challenges in eastern Ukraine, where millions need supplies ahead of winter

Sounding the alarm on behalf of relief agencies working to meet ongoing needs and jump-start critical preparations for winter in strife-riven eastern Ukraine, the United Nations humanitarian wing has reported that aid organizations are facing major challenges in getting access to the most vulnerable of an estimated 5 million people affected by the conflict that began in the region in April 2014.

Ban 'deeply regrets' Egyptian court decision to uphold sentences of Al Jazeera journalists

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed “deep regret' over the decision by the Egyptian court of Cassation to uphold the sentencing of several Al Jazeera journalists and has reiterated his appeal for their cases to be resolved expeditiously and in accordance with the country's international obligations to protect free expression.

Security Council condemns use of sexual violence as ‘tactic of war’ in Iraq and Syria

The United Nations Security Council today condemned the use of sexual violence, in particular sexual enslavement and sexual violence “related to or resulting from forced marriage, committee, including as a tactic of war, in Syria and Iraq,” and urged all parties to armed conflict to take all feasible steps to protect civilians from such “abhorrent” acts.

Fresh peace deal ‘first step’ in resolving South Sudan crisis – Security Council

Welcoming the recent signature by President Salva Kiir, SPLM/SPLA-IO Chairman Riek Machar and others of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan, the Security Council today called on all the parties, with the help of the United Nations, to implement the accord and adhere to the permanent ceasefire.