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Ukraine situation remains deeply worrying, Security Council told

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.

Iraq violence: UN confirms more than 2,000 killed since early June

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."

Pakistani offensive against Taliban militants uproots over 400,000 peopl: UN

New York, June 24 (IBNS):Pakistan’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.

Phone-hacking trial: Rebekah Brooks cleared

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.

Ahead of Samoa conference, island nations gather in New York to discuss partnership opportunities

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.

UN urges focus on potential of forests to reduce poverty, spur green development

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 World’s Forests (SOFO).

Security Council calls on Libyans to ensure peaceful holding of parliamentary polls

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 country’s democratic transition.

Efficient public administration central to attaining development goals Ban

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 community’s efforts to build a better world for all.

Syria: UN agency ready to expand aid work in Yarmouk, if reported truce holds

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.

Plastic waste causes $13 billion in annual damage to marine ecosystems: UN

New York, June 24 (IBNS): Concern is growing over widespread plastic waste that is threatening marine life – 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.

Marking International Widows' Day, Ban urges end to harmful practices, abuse against women

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 year’s International Widows’ Day.

Top UN humanitarian official urges greater effort to foresee, prevent crises

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 – from Syria to the Central African Republic, the Philippines and beyond – the world body’s Emergency Coordinator Monday called for “a new [humanitarian] business model” – one that manages risks rather than deals with crises.

UN peacebuilding forum examines progress, challenges in assisting post-conflict nations

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.

UN political chief urges restraint by Israelis, Palestinians

New York, June 24 (IBNS): Amid a “critical” 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 UN high-level body on environment opens inaugural session in Nairobi

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.