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New UN report finds migrants play critical role in Asia-Pacific development

Migrants from countries across Asia and the Pacific play a key role by helping to drive economic growth in their countries of destination while also supporting families in their countries of origin, but the benefits of migration remain under-acknowledged, a new United Nations report has found.

Syria: UN agency restores full rations thanks to boost in donor funding

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today that new funding pledged during a conference in London earlier this month will enable the agency to fully reinstate its food assistance to Syrians.

UN development agenda seeks to reach 'those farthest behind,' Ban tells Human Rights Council

At the opening of the 31st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, senior UN officials emphasized the powerful link between the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the right to development, highlighting that people on the front lines of armed conflict and humanitarian need are hoping the Organization can help ease their suffering.

Women and girls should be at core of disaster risk reduction, UN human rights monitors told

Women and girls need to be at the core of disaster risk reduction, given that they often bear the brunt of climate change and hazards such as storms and floods, United Nations experts tasked with monitoring implementation of a landmark UN convention on ending discrimination against women heard today.

UN and OSCE 'best tools' to prevent disorder, Security Council told

The United Nations and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) continue to give the international community the best tools to prevent disorder and shape a future of a “rules-based international order,” the Security Council today heard from the chairperson of the world's largest regional arrangement under the UN Charter.

UN condemns recent spate of deadly terrorist attacks in Iraq

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the recent terrorist attacks in Baghdad and Muqdadiya in Iraq that killed scores of civilians and injured many more.

Kosovo: time to shift focus to development, rule of law, human rights, says UN envoy

With Kosovo set to face “complex challenges” this year, it is an opportune time to perhaps shift local and international focus away from political battles towards more fundamental issues, such as the intrinsic links between post-conflict development, enforcement of the rule of law, and human rights, the head of the United Nations political mission there said today.

2030 Agenda's promise of well-managed migration and mobility must become a reality – UN deputy chief

The promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is that well-managed migration and mobility will benefit migrants and their families as well as countries of origin and destination, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General said today, urging Member States to work together to “make sure this promise becomes a reality.”

Ban urges all involved in Comoros electoral process to refrain from violence

With the provisional results being released after a slate of elections in Comoros, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the candidates and all the other actors and institutions involved in the electoral process to play by the rules and refrain from the use of violence.

Yemen: Ban condemns apparent airstrike on Sana'a market; calls for prompt investigation

Condemning an apparent airstrike in Yemen that reportedly killed at least 32 civilians in a market northeast of Sana'a on Saturday, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for a prompt and impartial investigation into the incident, which saw a death toll that was among the highest from a single bombing in recent months.