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Ban, Red Cross chief voice concern over ‘brazen and brutal erosion’ of respect for humanitarian law

Warning of rising number of 'deliberate' attacks on civilians across the world, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the international community to end the 'callous disregard for human life' and stressed on stronger commitment from Member States to bring perpetrators of such attacks to account.

Top UN officials ‘deeply saddened’ after Russian airline crashes, killing all on board

The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed deep sadness on learning of the Russian airline that crashed in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 passengers and crew on board.

Caribbean region becomes free of highly enriched uranium – UN atomic watchdog

The United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today announced that Jamaica completed the conversion of its research reactor to low enriched uranium this month, decreasing proliferation risks and making the Caribbean region completely free of highly enriched uranium.

UN rights office voices concern at clampdown on political activism in Cambodia

The United Nations human rights office expressed concern today over a worsening climate for opposition politicians and activists in Cambodia, and stressed that the right to peaceful assembly and to freedom of expression belongs to all.

UN officials say good urban design key to ensuring sustainable, inclusive cities

On the occasion of World Cities Day, top United Nations officials are highlighting the key role of urban design in building sustainable, socially integrated and prosperous cities and human settlements.

Global tourism grew by more than 4 per cent this year, UN tourism barometer shows

The number of tourists travelling the world during the first eight months of this year reached 810 million, a more than 4 per cent increase from the same period in 2014, thanks to “robust” travel to Europe, according to the United Nations World Tourism Barometer.

Global response ‘keeps door open’ to limit temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius – UN

An unprecedented worldwide effort is underway to combat climate change, building confidence that nations can cost effectively meet their stated objective of keeping global temperature rise to under 2 degrees Celsius, the United Nations said today.

Millions of children deprived of education in war-torn Iraq, says UNICEF

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today said that an estimated two million children in Iraq have no access to school and warned that an additional 1.2 million may be at the risk of dropping out due to continuous violence disrupting academic years.

Disaster risk reduction ‘core development priority’ of Asia and the Pacific – UN regional body

Building resilience in the face of natural disasters is “not a choice, but rather a collective imperative,” the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) declared today, as it called on all government agencies to take on disaster risk reduction as a priority and make it an integral part of sustainable development in the region.

UN strongly condemns attack on Iranian exiles camp in Iraq

The United Nations has strongly condemned the attack that occurred Thursday evening on a camp located near Baghdad International Airport that houses over 2,100 Iranian exiles and called for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.