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UNSC extends missions in Abyei, Guinea-Bissau, Somalia

New York, May 30 (IBNS): The UN Security Council (UNSC) on Thursday extended the United Nations peacekeeping force in Abyei - an area contested by Sudan and South Sudan - as well as the missions assisting Guinea-Bissau and Somalia with their efforts to advance stability, security and development.

Troop contributions from non-traditional countries on rise: UN

New York, May 30 (IBNS): The United Nations keeps the peace in some of the world's most violent places, and increasingly its peacekeepers are from Member States that are first-time contributors to UN peacekeeping operations with military personnel or civilian staff.

UN welcomes African campaign to end child marriage

New York, May 30 (IBNS): Two United Nations agencies on Thursday welcomed the first campaign by the African Union to end child marriage, a practice that robs over 17 million girls - 1 in 3 - across the continent of their youth.

Lebanon: UNSC urges election amid presidential vacuum

New York, May 30 (IBNS): The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Thursday voiced its disappointment and concern that the election for a new Lebanese President has not taken place within the constitutional timeframe.

UN concerned over ignored aid access in Syria

New York, May 30 (IBNS): Three months after the UN Security Council unanimously approved a resolution aiming to boost humanitarian aid access in Syria, a senior United Nations official is once again appealing for rapid, unhindered and safe access to besieged Syrians.

UN urges partners to break silence on open defecation

New York, May 29 (IBNS): It is time to talk about open defecation, the United Nations declared on Wednesday, launching a new campaign to end the practice and improve access to toilets and latrines for the 2.5 billion people worldwide without basic sanitation.

UNESCO concerned by killing of news editor in Libya

New York, May 29 (IBNS): The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom on Wednesday voiced deep concern over the killing of newspaper editor Meftah Bouzid in Libya earlier this week.

Syria blighted by joblessness, desperation: UN

New York, May 29 (IBNS): Even as the death toll from Syria's three-year civil war continues to rise, the country's human development has also suffered immense collateral damage - the economy has been gutted, the healthcare system is in ruins, and education facilities are "teetering" - according to a new joint United Nations report out on Wednesday.

Syria: UN to create safeguard observatory of cultural heritage

New York, May 29 (IBNS): In hopes of ebbing the 'cultural haemorrhage' in Syria, the United Nations cultural agency on Wednesday announced that it will establish an observatory to monitor and access the state of Syria's cultural heritage which is 'reaching the point of no return.'

UNSC concerned over deadly fighting in eastern Ukraine

New York, May 29 (IBNS): In the United Nations Security Council's (UNSC) first meeting on Ukraine since the presidential election there, United Nations political chief Jeffrey Feltman said violence in the country's east has dramatically increased and reiterated Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's call on President-elect Petro Poroshenko to steer the country away from instability.

UN concerned over South Sudanese people fleeing fighting

New York, May 28 (IBNS): Some 70,000 more people have fled their homes in South Sudan since a May 9 agreement was signed to end the fighting that has ravaged the world's youngest nation for over six months, the United Nations refugee agency said on Tuesday.

UN convenes major event on sustainable cities

New York, May 28 (IBNS): With 6.3 billion people expected to live in urban areas by 2050, the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on Tuesday kicked off a three-day event to look at challenges and opportunities for the sustainable future of cities.

UN urges protections for Sri Lankans migrating for work

New York, May 28 (IBNS): A United Nations human rights expert called on Tuesday on the Government of Sri Lanka to increase its attention and efforts to prevent exploitation of its nationals working abroad, including by shoring up protections at all levels.

UN agencies scale up relief measures in Mali

New York, May 28 (IBNS): A ceasefire agreed between the Government and three rebel groups in restive northern Mali appears to be holding, the United Nations reported on Tuesday, warning however that recent deadly violence in the flashpoint city of Kidal has displaced some 4,000 people who now desperately need food, water and other necessities.

UN calls for resolution of Somalia political crisis

New York, May 28 (IBNS): The United Nations, the European Union and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) on Tuesday issued a joint appeal for a resolution of the political crisis in Somalia, adding that they stand ready to hold to account anyone who poses an obstacle to progress in the Horn of Africa nation.