UN chief condemns armed attacks by rebels in CAR

The armed attacks launched by rebel fighters on several towns in the Central African Republic have been strongly condemned by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The rebels are reported to have advanced towards the capital, Bangui, prompting the United Nations to temporarily relocate its non-essential staff from the country. In a statement issued late on Wednesday, Mr. Ban says he deeply regrets the loss of life and population displacement caused by the fighting. The Central … [Read more...]

World Humanitarian Day – August 19, 2012

WORLD HUMANITARIAN DAY August 19, 2012   In December 2008, the sixty-third session of the UN General Assembly decided to designate 19 August as World Humanitarian Day. 19 August is the date on which a brutal terrorist attack on UN headquarters in Baghdad in 2003 killed 22 people, including UN envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello. World Humanitarian Day honours those, who have lost their lives in humanitarian service and those, who continue to bring assistance and relief to … [Read more...]


"We must work together to mobilize the political will and leadership to prevent and end the conflicts that trigger refugee flows. [...] Despite budget constraints everywhere, we must not turn away from those in need. Refugees leave because they have no choice. We must choose to help." Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Theme for 2012: Refugees have no choice. You do. THE STATE OF THE WORLD'S REFUGEES 2012 - "In Search of Solidarity" For years, many countries and regions have been … [Read more...]

India’s progress on health

April 2012 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon kicked off his visit to India today by commending the country’s progress on health, while highlighting the need to do more to promote the well-being of women and children. In his meeting with the Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Ghulam Nazi Azad, in New Delhi, Mr. Ban took note of India’s continued efforts towards achieving universal health coverage. He also noted that more than a year has passed since the country has seen a case of polio. In … [Read more...]

UN rights chief tells Egypt – "End violence and free those detained"

    "End violence and free those detained", UN rights chief tells Egypt.   High Commissioner Navi Pillay briefs press in Geneva     February 2011 – The United Nations human rights chief today called for an end to the “shocking” violence in Egypt and the immediate release of detained journalists and rights advocates, attributing much of the chaos to the security and intelligence services. “Egypt must implement its international human rights obligations and prevent further violence,” the … [Read more...]

UN Trafficking Fund – Grants for NGOs near US$ 1 Million

  UN Trafficking Fund announces new grant opportunities for NGOs as donations near US$ 1 million     Vienna. 03 February 2011. The first steps toward the establishment of a UN-led 'Small Grants Facility' for victims of human trafficking were taken today in a move aimed at strengthening on-the-ground assistance to survivors of this brutal crime. A public call will be made over the coming months through the UNODC website. The provision of these financial grants is an integral component of the … [Read more...]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon – Pledges NOT enough!

"Pledges alone not enough to improve health of women and children"  – UN chief Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre) briefs press in Geneva    January 2011 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the importance of tracking the resources pledged for improving the health of women and children with the results they are intended to achieve, stating that accountability is vital to saving more lives. “The world’s women and children need more than pledges,” Mr. Ban told reporters in Geneva … [Read more...]

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