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Amid rising tensions, UN chief reiterates concerns to Burundian President

07 August, 2015

New York, Aug 7 (RDI IBNS): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza to resume the political dialogue that was suspended last month, and reiterated his strong condemnation of the recent killing of General Adolphe Nshimirimana and the attempted assassination of human rights defender Pierre Claver Mbonimpa.
UN allocates $70 million from emergency fund to assist millions

06 August, 2015

New York, Aug 6 (RDI IBNS): The United Nations humanitarian chief on Wednesday allocated $70 million to help provide a lifeline to millions of men, women and children forced from their homes by violence and instability.
Member States lauded for reaching agreement on UN development agenda

04 August, 2015

New York, Aug 4 (RDI IBNS): Member States answered the call to make 2015 a year of global action by agreeing on a “bold, ambitious and transformative” sustainable development agenda for the next 15 years, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday.
Ban hails UN Member States' agreement on 'people's agenda' to end poverty, promote sustainability

04 August, 2015

New York, Aug 3 (RDI IBNS) United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has praised UN Member States for reaching agreement on the draft outcome document that will constitute the new sustainable development agenda, which will be formally adopted by world leaders in New York this September.
Marking International Day of Friendship, Ban hails power of the human spirit

31 July, 2015

New York, Jul 31 (RDI IBNS): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday praised a Paraguayan man whose “profound vision that the forces of animosity and hatred in our world are no match for the power of the human spirit” led to the creation of the International Day of Friendship, which falls on July 30 every year.
Ban condemns Israel’s approval of new settlement construction in West Bank

30 July, 2015

New York, Jul 30 (RDI IBNS): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the announcement on Wednesday that Israel has approved construction of some 300 housing units in the West Bank settlement of Beit El, as well as the planning and construction of nearly 500 housing units in a number of settlements in East Jerusalem.
New York: Winners of essay contest on UN sustainability agenda honoured

25 July, 2015

New York, Jul 25 (RDI IBNS): Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday welcomed the 70 winners of the United Nations-sponsored Many Languages, One World contest who wrote “inspired” essays in languages not their own about a new sustainable development path that will lead to an end to poverty and a life of dignity for all.
UN rights experts on use of mercenaries weigh 'increasing activity' of foreign fighters

24 July, 2015

New York, July 24 (RDI IBNS) The United Nations expert group on the use of mercenaries on Thursday convened a discussion at UN Headquarters in New York to address the issue of the increasing activity of foreign fighters – particularly towards understanding their motivations – and its impact on human rights.
Major world powers reach historic nuclear deal

15 July, 2015

Vienna, Jul 14 (RDI IBNS) In a historic nuclear deal that Iran reached with six major world powers Tehran has been granted sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on its nuclear programmes.
Health Minister moots Mission Mode for population stabilisation

12 July, 2015

New Delhi, July 11 (RDI IBNS): On the occasion of World Population Day, J P Nadda, Minister for Health & Family Welfare mooted the idea of taking up the task of population stabilisation in the country by adopting a Mission Mode approach, where focussed and targeted work in taken up in those states where the figures have been high.
Combining social protection with pro-poor investments can eradicate world hunger by 2030 - UN

12 July, 2015

New York, July 11 (RDI IBNS) According to a new joint United Nations agency report, an additional $160 per year for each person living in extreme poverty would end chronic hunger – and additional investments of an estimated $267 billion annually in social protection and in rural and urban areas would sustainably eradicate world hunger by 2030.
Small farmers can be major actors in reducing agriculture's carbon footprint - UN agency

09 July, 2015

New York, July 9 (RDI IBNS) Helping farmers adapt to the impacts of climate change can also significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, finds a new study released on Wednesdayby one of the agricultural agencies of the United Nations system.
At Oslo forum, Ban warns capacity to meet humanitarian needs under 'unprecedented strain'

07 July, 2015

New York, July 7 (RDI IBNS) The capacity of the United Nations and its partners to meet humanitarian needs is under "unprecedented strain," Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned on Monday at a forum in Oslo, Norway, where he highlight the critical role civil society plays as part of the global effort to save lives, support livelihoods and protect people from violence.
As World Heritage Committee opens session, UNESCO urges protection of sites targeted for destruction

29 June, 2015

New York, June 29 (RDI IBNS) The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) strongly appealed for the international community to help counter the emerging threat of violent extremism and cultural cleansing, in remarks to the opening of the 39th session of the World Heritage Committee today in Bonn, Germany.
UN deputy chief asks stakeholders to consider assessed contribution for peacebuilding

26 June, 2015

New York, June 25 (RDI IBNS) The United Nations Peacebuilding Fund is “something positive which works, in a troubled, turbulent and turmoil-driven world,” Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said today, while asking its stakeholders to consider devoting a small amount of assessed contributions for peacebuilding purposes.
General Assembly awards first-ever UN Nelson Mandela Prize to nationals of Namibia and Portugal

24 June, 2015

New York, June 23 (RDI IBNS): The President of the United Nations General Assembly announced that the first-ever United Nations Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize will be awarded to Dr. Helena Ndume, of Namibia, and Jorge Fernando Branco Sampaio, of Portugal.
UN urges action to protect ‘every hectare’ of arable land

18 June, 2015

New York, Jun 18 (RDI IBNS): Land is a renewable resource, but only if investments are made in land degradation neutrality, which has been proposed as an element of the post-2015 development agenda, on Wednesday said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought.
Ban urges insurance industry leaders to work for shaping more sustainable future

18 June, 2015

New York, Jun 18 (RDI IBNS): As a major source of long-term investment, the insurance industry can and must play a strong role in shaping a more sustainable future, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Wednesday, urging the industry to show strong leadership and voice support for a host of upcoming United Nations-led initiatives aimed at ensuring a more sustainable world for all.
'Essential shifts' needed for UN to tackle new peacekeeping challenges, report reveals

18 June, 2015

New York, Jun 17 (RDI IBNS): Focus on political solutions, responsive and flexible operations, stronger partnerships and field-focused and people-centered mandates; these are the essential shifts the United Nations must urgently address as it faces challenging new landscapes in peacekeeping and conflict prevention, the chair of a high-level expert panel said on Wednesday, introducing a long-awaited report at the world body’s New York Headquarters.
UN official urges action to bolster protections and end abuses

16 June, 2015

New York, Jun 16 (RDI IBNS): While 70 years of work by the United Nations has helped build a formidable system of rights protections, the nagging persistence of “everything else” – wars and ongoing deprivation – is deeply worrying, the top UN human rights official declared on Monday, urging renewed action to promote economic and social rights for all and tackle pervasive discrimination and repression.

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