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Outgoing UN rights expert advises Cambodian leaders to address democratic deficit

The outgoing United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia today noted that the country has come a long way over the past six years, but advised Government and opposition leaders “to be principled in what they do” to make a liberal democracy a reality for all its people.

Nepal: quake’s impact on food security likely ‘very high,’ warns UN agency

Some eight million dollars is urgently needed to help disaster-struck Nepalese farmers rapidly recover lost agricultural inputs and resume preparations for the imminent rice sowing season, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.

UN chief expresses ‘deep regret’ about executions of eight people in Indonesia

The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon today expressed his deep regret over executions carried out in Indonesia on April 29 despite numerous calls in the country and abroad for a reprieve.

UN and partners launch $415 million appeal to aid quake-stricken Nepal

The United Nations today launched a $415 million emergency appeal to provide vital relief to people affected by the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the densely populated Kathmandu Valley in Nepal on Saturday, killing at least 5,000, injuring at least 10,000 more.

UN allocates $15 million in emergency funds for Nepal earthquake response

In response to severe devastation caused by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake and many strong aftershocks that have hit Nepal since 25 April, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator today released $15 million through the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to enable humanitarian aid organizations to rapidly scale up operations and provide immediate assistance to people in desperate need.

Nepal: UN agencies rush supplies to earthquake survivors amid powerful aftershocks

The United Nations refugee agency announced today that it is rushing critical supplies to Nepal in the wake of the devastating earthquake that has reportedly killed more than 3,000 people and injured thousands more on Saturday, and pledged that it ready to provide any assistance needed to help survivors through these difficult times.

UN responds to destruction, displacement in wake of Nepal earthquake

The United Nations relief wing said today that at least 2,200 people have died and over 5,800 are injured as a result of a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday.

Nepal: Ban sends his condolences after earthquake hits Kathmandu Valley

The United Nations Secretary-General has sent his deepest condolences to the Government of Nepal and to everyone affected by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the country on Saturday.

UN chief urges Indonesia not to execute 10 people on death row for drug crimes

The Secretary-General appealed today to the Government of Indonesia to refrain from carrying out the execution, as announced, of ten prisoners on death row for alleged drug-related crimes.

Welcoming Myanmar’s visible strides, Ban says ‘much more hard work lies ahead’

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, convening a meeting on Myanmar today, welcomed the positive direction of its reform process as it continues on its “path of historic transition”, but emphasized that more work remains to be done to address the country’s myriad challenges.