Archive for May, 2014

The Secretary-General’s message on the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers

29th May 2014 Press Releases

New York, 29 May 2014 – United Nations peacekeeping has a long and proud history, with more than one million peacekeepers having served in more than 70 operations on four continents since its establishment in 1948. Looking to the future, we can be confident that as new challenges emerge, United Nations peacekeeping will evolve to meet them. (more…)

With help from Sesame Street, UN urges partners to break silence on open defecation

29th May 2014 News and Media

New York, 28 May 2014 – It is time to talk about open defecation, the United Nations declared today, launching a new campaign to end the practice and improve access to toilets and latrines for the 2.5 billion people worldwide without basic sanitation. (more…)

Security Council told of ‘dramatic increase’ in deadly fighting in eastern Ukraine

29th May 2014 News and Media

New York, 28 May 2014 – In the Security Council’s first meeting on Ukraine since the presidential election there, United Nations political chief Jeffrey Feltman said violence in the country’s east has dramatically increased and reiterated Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s call on President-elect Petro Poroshenko to steer the country away from instability. (more…)

UN rights chief urges action after pregnant Pakistani woman stoned to death by family

29th May 2014 News and Media

Pakistan, 28 May 2014 – The United Nations human rights chief today strongly condemned the killing of a 25-year-old pregnant woman, who was stoned to death by her family as she approached a Pakistani court on Tuesday, and urged the Government to do much more to prevent such killings. (more…)

With Syria’s culture near ‘point of no return’, UN agency to create safeguard observatory

29th May 2014 News and Media

Syria, 28 May 2014 – In hopes of ebbing the ‘cultural haemorrhage’ in Syria, the United Nations cultural agency today announced that it will establish an observatory to monitor and access the state of Syria’s cultural heritage which is ‘reaching the point of no return.’ (more…)