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UN chief condemns latest violence in Pakistan, calls for perpetrators to be brought to justice

Appalled by the “escalating terrorist violence” in Pakistan, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has spoken out on the matter, calling for those responsible to be held accountable, according to his spokesperson.

UN independent expert concerned over reports of intimidation of judges in Sri Lanka

Intimidation and attacks against judges and judicial officers in Sri Lanka are increasing in what may constitute a threat to the independence of the justice system in the Asian country, a United Nations independent expert warned today.

UN food agency chief mourns passing of Goodwill Ambassador Rita Levi Montalcini

The head of the United Nations food agency today mourned the passing of renowned Italian scientist and physician Rita Levi Montalcini, who also served as a Goodwill Ambassador for the world body.

UN peacekeeping mission ends operations as Timor-Leste continues on path to ‘brighter’ future

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Timor-Leste today ended its operations, in line with the expiration of its mandate and amidst significant progress made in establishing peace and security in the country.

UN human rights chief calls for profound change in India in wake of gang-rape tragedy

Expressing deep sadness at the death of a 23-year-old woman whose gang-rape in India has sparked nationwide protests there, the top United Nations human rights official today called for “urgent and rational debate” aimed at ending violence against women in the country.

Somalia: welcoming recent gains, UN envoy says consolidating peace still ‘not easy’

The top United Nations official for Somalia today signalled the need for uninterrupted international support for the Horn-of-Africa country if gains over the past year are to be consolidated and advanced.

FEATURE: The UN General Assembly’s Third Committee – social, humanitarian and cultural issues

Established in 1945, at the end stages of World War II, the United Nations General Assembly serves as the world body's principal policy-making and deliberative organ, providing a forum for multilateral discussion of the full spectrum of international issues covered by the UN Charter.

Ban offers condolences over death of Delhi student, urges reforms to deter violence against women

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expresses “deep sorrow” over the death of a young Indian woman who was gang-raped in a bus in the city of New Delhi earlier this month, according to his spokesperson.

Syria: UN-Arab League envoy warns of limited options, dangers of fragmentation

“I am unable to see another solution out of two possibilities: either a political solution that is accepted by the Syrian people which meets its aspirations and legitimate rights, or Syria to be transformed into hell.”

Security Council demands halt to rebel attacks in Central African Republic

The Security Council has demanded that armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) immediately cease hostilities, following attacks on several towns in recent days, and called on all parties to seek a peaceful solution to the current crisis.