New York, June 24 (IBNS ) While there have been several steps recently to help de-escalate tensions in Ukraine, including a ceasefire that seems to be holding and the start of peace talks, the situation on the ground remains deeply worrying, senior United Nations officials reported to the Security Council on Tuesday.
New York, June 24 (IBNS): More than 1,000 people were killed in Iraq, and another 1,000 injured in the two weeks since the group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/ISIS) and its allies began to sweep across the country, the United Nations on Tuesday confirmed, stressing that those figures should be viewed "very much as a minimum."
New York, June 24 (IBNS):Pakistanâ€™s military offensive against Taliban militants in the north of the country has displaced more than 400,000 people and the number continues to rise, the United Nations refugee agency reported on Tuesday.
London, June 24 (IBNS): A court here cleared former News International CEO Rebekah Brooks off all charges in the phone-hacking trial on Tuesday, media reports said.
New York, June 24 (IBNS): Preparations are well underway for a United Nations conference on the challenges and opportunities of partnering with small island developing States, a top UN organizing official Monday said as representatives are gathering in New York to agree on what will be the outcome of the conference.
New York, June 24 (IBNS): Across the world, forests provide employment, energy, nutritious foods and a wide range of other goods and ecosystem services with tremendous potential to contribute to sustainable development and a greener economy, according to the United Nations agency report The State of the Worldâ€™s Forests (SOFO).
New York, June 24 (IBNS) The United Nations Security Council Monday called on all parties in Libya to ensure the free and fair holding of the parliamentary elections scheduled for 25 June, stressing that the polls are an important step in the countryâ€™s democratic transition.
New York, June 24 (JEN): Marking United Nations Public Service Day, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hailed Monday the invaluable contributions of public servants and administrators in the international communityâ€™s efforts to build a better world for all.
New York, June 24 (IBNS): Following a reported ceasefire in the besieged Yarmouk camp in Syria, the United Nations agency that administers aid to Palestinian refugees across the Middle East said it is ready to resume and expand its humanitarian activities as soon as it has access to the site.
New York, June 24 (IBNS): Concern is growing over widespread plastic waste that is threatening marine life â€“ with conservative yearly estimates of $13 billion in financial damage to marine ecosystems, according to two reports issued at the inaugural meeting of the United Nations Environment Assembly.
New York, June 24 (IBNS): No woman should lose her status, livelihood or property when her husband dies, yet millions of widows in our world face persistent abuse, discrimination, disinheritance and destitution stressed United Nation Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Monday in his message for this yearâ€™s International Widowsâ€™ Day.
New York, June 24 (IBNS): While the United Nations and its partners continued over the past year to meet the needs of an ever-increasing number of desperate people â€“ from Syria to the Central African Republic, the Philippines and beyond â€“ the world bodyâ€™s Emergency Coordinator Monday called for â€œa new [humanitarian] business modelâ€ â€“ one that manages risks rather than deals with crises.
New York, June 24 (IBNS): While international aid is necessary to help countries emerging from conflict to consolidate peace and embark on much-needed development, it is vital to help them generate their own resources and capacities, Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson stated Monday, as he addressed the first annual session of the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission.
New York, June 24 (IBNS): Amid a â€œcriticalâ€ security situation on the ground, the United Nations political chief Monday called on Israelis and Palestinians to exercise maximum restraint and find a way to return to negotiations.
New York, June 24 (IBNS): A United Nations body that focuses on the environment and has representatives from all 193 UN Member States is meeting for the first time Monday in Nairobi, to discuss issues such as illegal wildlife trade, chemical waste and air pollution, and new universal development goals.