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'Suffering an enormous human cost', civilian casualties up nearly 20 per cent in 2014-UN

21 December, 2014

New York, Dec 20 (RDI IBNS): Civilian casualties in Afghanistan increased by nearly 20 per cent in 2014 compared to the previous year and are expected to rise to a figure over 10,000 by end of December-for the first time since the UN mission in the country began keeping record in 2008.
Adopting resolution, Security Council urges fight against nexus of transnational crime, terrorism

21 December, 2014

New York, Dec 20 (RDI IBNS): Amid a proliferation of well-funded and well-organized transnational criminal activities in Africa, the Middle East and beyond, the United Nations Security Council today adopted a resolution spotlighting its concern over the ties between cross-border crime and terrorism and called on UN Member States to ramp up efforts in combatting the two activities.
Donors pledge over $400 million for 2015 UN rapid humanitarian response fund

19 December, 2014

New York, Dec 18 (RDI IBNS) International donors have pledged $418.6 million for a United Nations fund aimed at enabling the speedy delivery of humanitarian aid into the epicentres of crisis zones around the world, falling short of a broader appeal made by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Organization’s top relief official.
UN capacities 'pushed to the limit' in 2014, Ban says in year-end wrap-up

19 December, 2014

New York, Dec 18 (RDI IBNS) After a year of "discord, disease and disruption" that saw peace operations, diplomacy and humanitarian capacities "pushed to the limit" responding to West Africa's Ebola outbreak, terrorist groups and ongoing conflicts in Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed reporters on Wednesday at United Nations Headquarters, where he summed up the year and looked ahead to 2015.
As Sahel faces mounting threats, UN envoy urges Security Council to remain engaged in region

13 December, 2014

New York, Dec 12 (RDI IBNS):Amid a proliferation of militant groups and "disquieting" levels of food insecurity, the situation in the Sahel has become increasingly fragile, a United Nations special envoy told the Security Council on Thursday, as she urged the international community to ramp up its efforts towards helping the diverse and troubled region.
UN launches new tool to help to stop atrocity crimes 'before tensions escalate'

13 December, 2014

New York, Dec 12 (RDI IBNS): With much more needing to be done to prevent crises and protect populations at risk of genocide, the Framework of Analysis for Atrocity Crimes offered a route to reaching that vitally important goal, the Deputy-Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said on Thursday at the tool's official launch.
As number of seafaring migrants surges, UN calls for better global protection efforts

12 December, 2014

New York, Dec 11 (RDI IBNS) Amid record high numbers of global migrant arrivals by sea, the international community is steadily losing focus on saving lives and intensifying its efforts to deny foreigners access to asylum, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) has warned ahead of a Geneva-based forum devoted to protecting sea-bound migrants.
Genocide begins with 'dehumanization;' no single country is immune from risk, warns UN official

11 December, 2014

New York, Dec 10 (RDI IBNS) Not a single country is immune to the risk of genocide, said the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Prevention of Genocide on Tuesday as he marked the 66th anniversary of the signing of the 1948 Genocide Convention.
UN expert calls for prosecution of CIA, US officials for crimes committed during interrogations

11 December, 2014

New York, Dec 10 (RDI IBNS): A United States Senate report has confirmed what the international community has long believed – that there was a clear policy orchestrated at a high level within the Bush Administration which allowed to commit gross violations of international human rights law, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on counter terrorism and human rights said on Tuesday.
Malala Yousafzai, Kailash Satyarthi receive Nobel Peace Prize

11 December, 2014

Oslo, Dec 10 (RDI IBNS) Conflicting neighbours India and Pakistan on Wednesday witnessed their child rights activists -Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai- sharing the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize at a grand ceremony here and urging one voice to globalise compassion and right to education.
On International Day, UN urges all to 'break the corruption chain'

10 December, 2014

New York, Dec 9 (RDI IBNS) The fight against corruption is a global concern requiring the broadest possible response to “dismantle its high walls”, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday in a message marking International Anti-Corruption Day.
Malala is my daughter: Kailash

10 December, 2014

Oslo, Dec 9 (RDI IBNS) Indian Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi on Tuesday said his fellow Pakistani winner Malala Yousafzai is like his 'daughter'.
'Humane impulse to assist' leads to enriched life, UN chief says on global Volunteer Day

07 December, 2014

New York, Dec 6 (RDI IBNS) Volunteers are people who act with a spirit of giving, selflessly serving their communities all the while inspiring others to follow by example, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Fridayas the world body marked International Volunteer Day, and paid special tribute to those who have made a difference.
At UN-backed conference, Ban urges greater industrial safety standards against accidents

05 December, 2014

New York, Dec 4 (RDI IBNS) The threat of industrial accidents continues to remain a clear and present danger for all nations, including those with stringent safety standards, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Wednesday, as he urged the international community to do more to prevent such accidents from occurring.
At Harvard, UN chief urges global community to confront world's existential threats

04 December, 2014

New York, Dec 3 (RDI IBNS) The world on Tuesdayfaces an increasing array of threats to peaceful coexistence – from climate change and conflict to poverty and disease – all of which loom over the future of the planet’s physical survival, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned on Tuesdayin a lecture delivered at Harvard University.
UN recognizes achievement of thirteen countries in eradicating hunger ahead of 2015-deadline

03 December, 2014

New York, Dec 2 (RDI IBNS) Honouring their outstanding progress in fighting hunger, 13 countries were commended on Monday by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Monday for achieving food security milestones ahead of the UN global 2015 target deadline and urged continued momentum to end the suffering of 805 million people who continue to endure chronic undernourishment.
Structural reforms can help poorest countries break 'vicious' economic circle – new UN report

29 November, 2014

New York, Nov 28 (RDI IBNS)The world's poorest countries are trapped in an economic vicious circle, which pins them in poverty and must be reversed if new development goals are to be met, according to a newly released report from United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
UN chief appoints panel on creating 'technology bank' for world’s poorest nations

27 November, 2014

New York, Nov 27 (RDI IBNS): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the formation of a High-Level Panel to study the scope and functions of a proposed new "technology bank" and dedicated to helping the world’s least developed countries (LDCs) advance out of poverty, the Organization’s spokesperson confirmed on Wednesday.
UN sounds alarm to end ‘global pandemic’ of violence against women

27 November, 2014

New York, Nov 26 (RDI IBNS): Violence against women and girls is a global pandemic that destroys lives, fractures communities and holds back development, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said as the world body Tuesday marked the International Day to End Violence against Women.
#OrangeUrHood campaign kicks off UN-led effort to end violence against women

26 November, 2014

New York, Nov 25(RDI IBNS) On Monday night, for the first time ever, both the iconic United Nations Headquarters complex and the Empire State Building in New York are bathed in orange light to kick off the “Orange YOUR Neighbourhood” campaign ahead of the International Day to End Violence Against Women.

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