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UN envoy tells Security Council that military escalation in Yemen aiding spread of terrorist groups

The United Nations envoy for Yemen told the Security Council today that the military escalation in Yemen will provide opportunities for the spread of terrorist groups, as Al Qaida and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) continue to wreak havoc in many parts of Yemen.

UN Secretary-General 'deeply concerned' at reports of violence in wake of Gabon elections

Taking note of the official announcement of provisional results of Gabon's presidential election, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed deep concern about reports of arson and clashes between protesters and security forces in the country's capital, Libreville.

UN-supported ‘historic’ training to monitor ceasefire between Government and FARC-EP starts in Colombia

Following a recent agreement to end more than 50 years of conflict between the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP), a seven-day training session on monitoring and verifying their bilateral ceasefire has begun in the country’s western city of Popayan, with United Nations support.

Ban notes developments in Brazil, extends best wishes to new President

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has taken note of the decision by the Brazilian Senate to impeach President Dilma Rousseff and of the subsequent swearing in of acting President Michel Temer as President of Brazil.

Senior UN official deeply concerned over reports of children used in fighting ISIL in Iraq

The top United Nations humanitarian official in Iraq has expressed deep concern over reports that boys are being sent to areas near front lines in the country’s war, possibly to join armed groups fighting against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

UN calls for ‘breakthrough’ in bringing nuclear test ban treaty into force

The United Nations today spoke up for an early entry into force a global treaty that bans nuclear explosions on the Earth’s surface, in the atmosphere, underwater and underground, with a senior official describing the treaty as a “low-hanging fruit.”

UN agency lays foundation for its biggest logistics base in Gaza

The United Nations relief agency charged with the well-being of Palestinian refugees has started work on what will become its largest logistics base in the Gaza Strip.

Myanmar’s promising path to reconciliation to require compromise, Ban tells peace conference

Addressing a major peace conference in Myanmar, the United Nations chief today highlighted that the country’s path to reconciliation is a promising one, but that after decades of conflict it will not be easy and will require compromise for all involved.

UN experts urge Sudan to drop charges carrying death penalty against six human rights activists

A group of United Nations human rights experts today urged the Sudanese authorities to drop charges – which carry the death penalty – brought against six human rights activists in the country.

Somalia: UN envoy condemns terrorist attack on Mogadishu hotel

The United Nations envoy in Somalia has spoken out against the bombing yesterday of a hotel in the capital, Mogadishu, that killed at least 13 people and injured more than 20.