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UN rights office disappointed with Thai Government’s refusal to criminalize enforced disappearance

The United Nations human rights office today urged the Government of Thailand to criminalize enforced or involuntary disappearance and torture.

Sustainable Development Goals critical for better future for all – deputy UN chief Amina Mohammed

Delivering her first address as the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed underlined that Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are essential for a safe and secure future that brings prosperity, opportunity and human rights for all.

Russia, China block Security Council action on use of chemical weapons in Syria

With ‘no’ votes from permanent members Russia and China, the United Nations Security Council today failed to adopt a resolution that would, according to press reports, have imposed sanctions against parties using chemical weapons in war-torn Syria.

People fleeing war more likely to find shelter in poorer countries, says UN refugee agency

Most of the 3.2 million people driven forcibly from their homes in early 2016 found shelter in low- and middle-income countries, according to a new study by the United Nations refugee agency.

With virtual and augmented reality, UN ‘ideas forum’ to explore collaboration on Global Goals

Policy makers, activists and private sector representatives from over 80 countries will join gaming experts and simulators tomorrow in Bonn, Germany, at the start of the first “playable” sustainable development conference organized by the United Nations and partners.

UN migration agency reports surge in displacement from Mosul as fighting intensifies

The United Nations migration agency today reported thousands of new arrivals at Iraqi sites for the internally displaced persons (IDPs) fleeing Mosul’s western sector where fighting is taking place between the Government forces and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) terrorists.

Migrating children and women, suffer ‘sexual violence, exploitation, abuse and detention’ – UN agency

A senior United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) official is calling the routes from sub-Saharan Africa into Libya and across the sea to Europe one of the “world’s deadliest and most dangerous for children and women,” as the agency reported that nearly half of the women and children interviewed after making the voyage were raped.

Yemen: UN verifies nearly 1,500 boys recruited for use in armed conflict

The United Nations human rights office today urged all warring parties in Yemen to immediately release child soldiers, noting that the UN has verified the recruitment of 1,476 children, all boys, between 26 March 2015 and 31 January 2017.

South Sudan: UN official calls for unfettered relief access to avert further catastrophe

With hundreds of thousands in need of assistance in famine-struck parts of South Sudan and rising insecurity hampering relief work, a senior United Nations relief official in the country has called on all parties to ensure that humanitarians have immediate, safe and unhindered access across the nation.

UN rights expert calls on Myanmar authorities to protect Rohingya population

Concluding a four-day visit to parts of Bangladesh where she met with members of Myanmar's Rohingya community who fled the violence there following attacks on a border post in early October and the ensuing military operations, a United Nations expert called for urgent action by the Government of Myanmar to end the suffering of the Rohingya population in the country.