12 October 2015
UN officials condemn terrorist bombings in Turkey

UN officials condemn terrorist bombings in Turkey

12 October 2015

United Nations  Secretary-General  Ban  Ki-moon  has denounced terrorist bombings in Ankara, Turkey.

09 October 2015

UN rights chief urges Mexico to end ‘misery’ of enforced disappearances and torture

09 October 2015

Despite significant progress towards building a solid human rights framework, the Mexican Government must nevertheless "bind itself to a new sense of urgency in solving the enormous human rights challenges it faces," Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, said today as he wrapped up an official visit to the country.

08 October 2015

UN launches ‘Nelson Mandela Rules’ on improving treatment of prisoners

08 October 2015

On 7 October, the United Nations launched the Revised Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, dubbed the ‘Nelson Mandela Rules,’ which  Secretary-General  Ban Ki-moon  welcomed as "a great step forward" but also drew attention to three areas that could be strengthened from a human rights perspective.

07 October 2015

About 6,000 US inmates to be released early

07 October 2015

Roughly 6,000 federal inmates will be released in the coming weeks in an effort to ease prison crowding and lessen harsh penalties for  non-violent  offenders, US media report.

06 October 2015
UN, humanitarian community struggling to meet unprecedented needs of refugees

UN, humanitarian community struggling to meet unprecedented needs of refugees

06 October 2015

The global refugee crisis is so great that the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), other UN agencies and their partners today said that they are struggling to respond to and meet all the humanitarian needs they face.

05 October 2015

Afghan conflict: MSF 'disgust' at government hospital claims

05 October 2015

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has said it is "disgusted" by Afghan government statements justifying an air strike on its hospital in Kunduz, calling it an "admission of a war crime".

02 October 2015

Over 500 children dead, 1.7 million at risk of malnutrition owing to Yemen violence – UN

02 October 2015

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) underscored the devastating toll six months of violence has taken on the children of Yemen, where at least 500 have lost their lives and more than 1.7 million are at risk of malnutrition.

01 October 2015
People over 60 will double by 2050 but little evidence they will be healthier – UN report

People over 60 will double by 2050 but little evidence they will be healthier – UN report

01 October 2015

The number of people over the age of 60 is expected to double by 2050 and require radical societal change because "unfortunately, 70 does not yet appear to be the new 60" contrary to widespread assumptions, according to the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO).

30 September 2015

Indonesia: Millions of victims and families still abandoned 50 years after mass killings

30 September 2015

Indonesian authorities are abandoning millions of victims and their family members who suffered through one of the worst mass killings in modern times, Amnesty International said on the 50th anniversary of the events that triggered the  government-led  atrocities of 1965 and 1966.

29 September 2015
‘When we stand together, there is no limit to what we can achieve,’ Ban tells UN Assembly

‘When we stand together, there is no limit to what we can achieve,’ Ban tells UN Assembly

29 September 2015

Facing a world where inequality is growing, trust is fading, and impatience with leadership can be seen and felt far and wide, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon set the stage for 70th General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly with a call to "translate promises on paper to action on the ground" by backing a bold new sustainability agenda that aims to wipe out poverty and build a sustainable future for all.