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Myanmar: UN expert calls for underlying causes of tensions in Rakhine state to be addressed

Expressing concern about renewed deadly violence, a United Nations independent expert has called for the underlying causes of the tension and conflict between the Buddhist and Muslim communities in Myanmar's Rakhine state to be addressed as a priority.

UN envoy condemns deadly suicide bomb attack during Eid prayers in northern Afghanistan

The United Nations top political envoy for Afghanistan today condemned a suicide bomb attack which killed at least 40 people in the country's north, during prayers linked to one of the holiest holidays of the Muslim faith

Secretary-General calls for end to lawlessness in Myanmar’s Rakhine state following latest violence

In the wake of renewed violence, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged the authorities in Myanmar to take action to bring an end to the lawlessness currently affecting the north of the Asian country’s Rakhine state.

Philippines: UN official welcomes impact of Government-rebel peace accord on children in armed conflict

A senior United Nations official has welcomed the recent peace agreement between the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), establishing a framework for settling the decade-long conflict on the southern island of Mindanao.

UN Central Emergency Relief Fund to provide $10 million to help flood victims in Pakistan

The United Nations will allocate close to $10 million to provide aid for more than one million people living in the areas of Pakistan that were most affected by the monsoonal flooding this year, according to the world body’s humanitarian arm.

Afghanistan: following deadly blast, UN mission calls on Taliban to halt use of improvised explosive devices

Following the deaths of at least 18 women, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) today called on the Taliban leadership to publicly reiterate a ban on landmine-like improvised explosive device (IEDs) and to stop their use.

UNESCO chief urges investigation into murder of Pakistani reporters

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today called on Pakistani authorities to investigate the killing of two journalists and bring the perpetrators to justice.

At UN-backed gathering, Asia-Pacific leaders urged to give region’s women more access to technology jobs

Asia-Pacific leaders attending a high-level United Nations-backed technology gathering heard a call for an increased presence of women in the region’s media, information and communication technology (ICT), and communications industries.

UN envoy voices concern at possible child deaths in Afghan airstrike

A senior United Nations official today voiced grave concern regarding reports that three children may have been among those killed during an airstrike by international military forces in southern Afghanistan.

Ban calls for speedy political solution to factors behind Sri Lanka’s civil war

In a meeting with a senior Sri Lanka Government official, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today emphasized the need for to find a speedy political solution to the underlying factors behind the country’s civil war that ended three years ago with a Government victory over Tamil separatist rebels, according to his spokesperson.