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UN launches tools to tether investment to disaster risk planning

New York, May 20 (IBNS): Launching an initiative to mainstream disaster risk management into business investment, the United Nations on Monday showcased a digital globe that viscerally lays out current and possible future effects of climate change and other threats, to help stem rampant economic loss from geographic events.

Ban commends Guinea-Bissau as electors count ballots

New York, May 20 (IBNS): With ballot counting underway in Guinea Bissau's presidential run-off, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday welcomed the successful conclusion of the second round of voting and urged the political parties to peacefully address any grievances arising from the elections through the appropriate channels.

Somalia: UN deploys special force to protect staff in Mogadishu

New York, May 19 (IBNS): A special United Nations defensive military force recommended by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to protect UN staff and facilities in Mogadishu, was deployed on Sunday to shore up the world body's operations in long-troubled Somalia.

UNICEF seeks action to save children of South Sudan

New York, May 19 (IBNS): With malnutrition and conflict stalking the youngest and most vulnerable citizens of South Sudan, the United Nations warned on Sunday that hundreds of thousands of children in the country's most crisis-torn areas are at imminent risk of death and disease, including the threat of cholera.

Turkey mine disaster: 24 arrested

Istanbul, May 18 (IBNS): Turkish police have arrested 24 people in connection with the coal mine tragedy in Turkey's Soma city on Tuesday, media reports said on Sunday.

Syria: Ban warns against targeting civilians

New York, May 17 (IBNS): Following reports that armed groups cut water supplies in Syria's flashpoint town of Aleppo, leaving at least 2.5 million people with no access to safe water for drinking and sanitation for days, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warned that such deliberate targeting of civilians is a “clear breach” of international law.

WTD: UN spotlights broadband for sustainable development

New York, May 17 (IBNS): With digital development now well recognized as a transformative tool to fast-track sustainable development, the United Nations is marking World Telecommunication and Information Society Day with calls on the global community to roll-out high-speed broadband networks, making digital communication affordable as well as universally accessible.

Guinea-Bissau polls: UN chief urges high turnout, peaceful vote

New York, May 17 (IBNS): On the eve of run-off presidential elections in Guinea-Bissau, United Nations UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged voters to show the same sense of civic duty exhibited during the first round of the polls “by turning out in large numbers and in a peaceful manner.”

Bangladesh ferry disaster toll at 54

Dhaka, May 17 (IBNS): The death toll in Thursday's Bangladesh ferry disaster touched 54 on Saturday as 23 more bodies were rescued by rescuers, media reports said.

Ban saddened by Turkish coal mine tragedy

New York, May 17 (IBNS): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his solidarity with the people of Turkey following the coal mine tragedy in Soma, and said he hopes that measures will be taken to prevent such disasters in the future.

UN alarmed by deteriorating human rights situation in Ukraine

New York, May 17 (IBNS): A United Nations report released on Friday documents an "alarming" deterioration of the human rights situation in eastern Ukraine, including serious problems emerging in Crimea, citing numerous examples of targeted killings, torture and beatings, abductions, intimidation and some cases of sexual harassment, committed mostly by anti-Government groups.

UN concerned over Sudanese woman facing death penalty

New York, May 17 (IBNS): The United Nations human rights office on Friday voiced deep concern about the situation of Meriam Ibrahim, the pregnant Christian Sudanese woman who was sentenced to 100 lashes and to death by a Sudanese court for apostasy and adultery.

UN moves vital food aid in north-west Syria

New York, May 17 (IBNS): The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday it has started moving more food supplies from Turkey into north-east Syria to assist displaced families, while noting continued challenges with humanitarian access to those in need inside the war-torn nation.

UN concerned over latest fighting in northern CAR

New York, May 17 (IBNS): As fighting worsens in northern Central African Republic, United Nations humanitarian agencies and partners are working to protect displaced people and children, and to support conflict-hit farmers, it was announced on Friday.

Mali: UN to restore Timbuktu's cultural heritage

New York, May 17 (IBNS): The United Nations and the European Union have forged an agreement on Friday to fund the restoration of cultural heritage in Timbuktu that was destroyed by extremists after fighting broke out in 2012 between Malian Government forces and Tuareg rebels.