“Holding perpetrators responsible for violations is vitally important but accountability should be the result of due process and a fair trial,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein.

Trial of Gaddafi regime a 'missed opportunity for justice,' says new UN report

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United Nations chief António Guterres has urged the world body's influential parties to ‘step up efforts’ to safeguard stability in #Europe. Addressing the Security Council today, which met to discuss conflicts in Europe, Mr. Guterres underlined that the UN remains ‘committed’ to supporting a peaceful resolution of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, in a manner that fully upholds the...
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Learning languages is a promise of peace, innovation and creativity, and will contribute to the achievement of global development goals, the head of the United Nations agency for culture and education has said, marking International Mother Language Day. “There can be no authentic dialogue or effective international cooperation without respect for linguistic diversity, which opens up true...
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Multilingual education is 'absolutely essential,' UNESCO chief says on Mother Language Day

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United Nations chief António Guterres has described the former Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to United Nations Vitaly Churkin as ‘an outstanding diplomat’ and an ‘extra-ordinary human being,’ as the world body mourned his passing on Monday. Addressing the Security Council, Mr. Guterres extended his deepest condolences to the diplomat’s family and the Government and people...
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“With the predicted exodus of up to a quarter of a million people, it will be impossible to accommodate such large numbers on existing land,” said Matthew Saltmarsh, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), at the regular press briefing in Geneva.

UN refugee agency focuses on sheltering displaced as Iraqi offensive moves to west Mosul

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Almost 1.4 million children are at imminent risk of death due to severe acute malnutrition this year, as famine threatens in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, warned UNICEF, urging prompt action to save them.

'Time running out' for 1.4 million children in 'man-made' crises in Africa, Yemen – UNICEF

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One million people who had fled for safety are returning to their homes mainly due to a lack of access to income and basic services in the areas of displacement, often finding the situation just as bad. “It's testament to how catastrophic the situation in Yemen has become, that those displaced by the conflict are now returning home because life in the areas to which they had fled for safety is...
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Yemen's brutal two-year conflict forcing displaced to return home amid persisting risks – UN

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The top United Nations humanitarian official today released $18.5 million from the organization's Central Emergency Response Fund to enable critical aid for more than 785,000 people suffering from hunger, malnutrition and severe water shortages in Ethiopia's Somali region – the worst drought-stricken part of the country.

'Time lost means lives lost,' warns UN aid chief, releasing funds to tackle drought in Ethiopia

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“[It] is not only about looking back at what has been accomplished – but looking forward to the work that remains to be done to support the children of war,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake as global leaders gather in the French capital on the anniversary of the Paris commitments to end the use of children in conflict.

'We cannot give up the fight' to end child recruitment, says UNICEF chief

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Famine has been formally declared in parts of South Sudan, the United Nations said today, warning that war and a collapsing economy have left some 100,000 people facing starvation there and a further 1 million people are classified as being on the brink of famine. UNICEF World Food Programme Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) read: [ Bit.ly Link ]
“It is time to stop a blunt military response that does nothing to tackle the root causes of the conflict between the Government and local militias but instead targets civilians on the basis of their presumed links to the militias,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein.

DR Congo: UN rights chief calls on Government to halt violence by security forces

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UN General Assembly President Peter Thomson has outlined a series of signature events to speed up implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These events are set to take place throughout the remainder the Assembly's 71st Session, and will focus on five key areas including climate change, SDG financing, innovation and connectivity, education and sustaining peace.
The General Assembly today held a moment of silence honouring the memory of the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, who died suddenly this morning in New York.

Long-time Russian Ambassador to UN, Vitaly Churkin, dies suddenly in New York

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“In the past 19 days they rode cars, buses, boats or walked some 8,700 kilometres […] across the country, accompanied by over 860 [members] of the tripartite Monitoring and Verification Mechanism (MVM),” read a news release from the UN Mission in Colombia.

'Historic' day as last FARC-EP members gather to turn in arms – UN mission in Colombia

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Refugee operations in 10 African countries have experienced cuts affecting the quantity and quality of food assistance for approximately two million refugees. “Millions of refugees depend on WFP [World Food Programme] food and our work to treat and prevent malnutrition to stay alive. But in Africa they are in danger of being overshadowed by large humanitarian crises elsewhere,” WFP Executive...
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Critical food aid shortages hit Africa's refugees hard, UN warns

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“[The words] Si vis pacem, cole justatium: 'If you seek peace, cultivate justice' […] are as compelling today as they were when written nearly one hundred years ago when the world was emerging from the ravages of war,” said Guy Ryder, the Director-General of the UN International Labour Organization, in his message on #WorldSocialJusticeDay

Amid global paradox, solutions that unify economic and social progress needed – UN labour chief

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“Famine has become a tragic reality in parts of South Sudan and our worst fears have been realised,” said Serge Tissot, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Representative in South Sudan, in a news release issued jointly with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP).

Famine hits parts of South Sudan, UN warns

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Demanding that the belligerents cease the hostilities immediately, UN, the Economic Community of Central African States, the African Union (AU), the Organization of La Francophonie and the European Union (EU) emphasized that “all attacks against the civilian population, UN and humanitarian personnel may be subject to judicial prosecution, in line with the [national] legislation and...
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UN, international organizations condemn attacks on civilians in parts of Central African Republic

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“Killing civilians is despicable and achieves nothing – except to remind Somalia of the indifference of extremists to human life and suffering,” underscored Michael Keating, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia and the head of the UN mission in the country (UNSOM).

Attack in Somali capital a reminder of extremists' indifference towards human life – UN envoy

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Top stories from United Nations News, during the week of 13 - 17 February 2017, featuring: Human Rights appeal; Situation in South Sudan , Preparing for the Ocean Conference.