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Political dialogue vital to enable peaceful, credible polls in Bangladesh – UN official

A senior United Nations official today stressed the urgent need for more meaningful and constructive political dialogue in Bangladesh to create conducive conditions for the holding of peaceful and credible parliamentary elections that are scheduled for later this year.

Secretary-General hails successful elections in Pakistan; first ever transfer of civilian Government

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated the Government and people of Pakistan on the successful conduct of national and provincial elections, hailing the polls, for which millions of voters turned out, as a major democratic step.

UN disaster assessment team arrives in drought-affected Marshall Islands

A United Nations disaster assessment team has arrived in the Marshall Islands to help the Government respond to a severe drought affecting its northern islands, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.

Maldives approaching ‘critical juncture’ with upcoming elections – UN official

The upcoming elections in the Maldives represent an important opportunity to move forward with its democratic transition, a senior United Nations official stressed today, as he wrapped up a three-day visit to the country.

UN chief urges strong, peaceful voter turnout for upcoming Pakistan elections

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging all eligible Pakistanis to peacefully take part in the country’s upcoming elections while also expressing concern about the recent wave of violence and attacks aimed at disrupting preparations for the 11 May polls.

Clothing brands must work with Bangladesh to prevent another disaster – UN experts

A United Nations expert group today urged global clothing brands to work with Bangladesh, international organizations and civil society to improve working conditions in the country’s garment sector, following the collapse last month of a factory that left hundreds dead and wounded.

Members of UN-mandated probe into human rights abuses in DPR Korea announced

The President of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Remigiusz A. Henczel, today announced the appointment of the members of the commission of inquiry set up to investigate alleged abuses in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Pacific nations engage in UN-backed tsunami preparedness exercise

More than 30 Pacific Rim countries are taking part in a United Nations-backed tsunami warning exercise to improve their ability to respond to alerts and coordinate regional action in the event of a disaster.

Bangladesh: Ban calls for halt to violence following clashes in Dhaka

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on all parties in Bangladesh to put a stop to the violence, following clashes in the capital, Dhaka, over the past two days.

Bangladesh agrees on action plan to improve working conditions, ILO says

Bangladeshi lawmakers will receive an agreed upon labour reform package as soon as next month to improve the nation's working conditions, the United Nations labour organization today said wrapping up a high-level visit to the South Asian country still reeling from the deadly collapse of a garment factory.