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Syrian Government ‘palpably failing’ to ensure safety of its people – UN human rights chief

Expressing shock at the apparent collapse of a deal enabling evacuation of thousands of civilians from eastern Aleppo, the United Nations human right chief has said that the resumption of extremely heavy bombardment by Syrian Government forces and their allies on civilian-populated areas “is almost certainly a violation of international law and most likely constitutes […]

UN agency urges investing in agriculture science and technology to achieve 2030 ‘zero hunger’ target

The United Nations has announced at a meeting of the world’s top agricultural scientists, that in order to achieve world’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of defeating hunger and poverty by 2030, governments and the private sector must increase commitment to agricultural science and technology research. In a report issued last week, the UN Food and […]

UN pays tribute to Secretary-General Ban’s ‘never-tiring service to humanity’

The General Assembly today paid a tribute to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for his “never-tiring service to humanity” over the past decade, while also swearing in his successor António Guterres, who will assume his duties on 1 January 2017. “Over the last ten years, Secretary-General Ban has led the United Nations with unwavering principles […]

‘Stand up for someone’s rights today,’ UN urges on Human Rights Day

Upholding human rights is in the interest of all and are at the heart of the work and identify of the United Nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed ahead of Human Rights Day, calling on the international community to “stand up for someone’s rights today, tomorrow and every day.” In his message on the Day, Mr. Ban […]