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Global jobs crisis expected to continue for some time, warns UN report

The global employment situation is alarming, says a new United Nations report released today, which also warns that recovery is not expected any time soon.

On historic visit, Ban praises Myanmar’s progress and urges further partnership

During a historic address to Myanmar’s parliament, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today emphasized the importance of partnerships – amongst the country’s political leadership as well as with the international community – in helping the Asian country advance its process of national reconciliation and democratic transition.

Ban condemns terrorist bombings in Syria, voices concern over continuing violence

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned today’s terrorist bombing in the Syrian city of Idlib, as well as last week’s bomb blast in the capital, Damascus, saying he remains gravely concerned by reports of continuing violence, killings and other abuses in the country.

The transition to a green economy must include better safety standards for workers – UN

Protecting the safety and health of workers across the world must be part of transitioning into a green economy, the United Nations stressed today, warning that while sustainable jobs may protect the environment and create new employment opportunities, they may also present a number of unforeseen risks for individuals.

In India, Ban calls for greater investment in women and children's health

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on India to lead the way in improving health services for women and children, stressing that addressing this issue is a crucial investment in the future of the South Asian nation.

Praising India’s economic progress, Ban calls for more inclusive development

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today praised India’s economic development and called on the country to build on it by implementing policies that reduce inequalities among society and take into account environmental and social factors.

UN rights office voices alarm at killing of Brazilian journalist

The United Nations human rights office today voiced concern at what it called a “disturbing” trend of killing journalists in Brazil, after another reporter was found dead earlier this week.

UN welcomes abolition of death penalty in US state of Connecticut

The United Nations human rights office today welcomed a new law in the state of Connecticut, in the United States, that abolishes the death penalty and urged other states to follow suit.

UN celebrates legacy of jazz as a force of social transformation

The United Nations today kicked off celebrations for the first annual International Jazz Day with a concert in Paris, which will be followed by another in New Orleans on Saturday, and another at UN Headquarters in New York on Monday.

Indian judge elected to serve on UN International Court of Justice

Dalveer Bhandari of India was elected today, during simultaneous balloting in both the General Assembly and the Security Council, to a seat on the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations.