Archive for May, 2014

UN launches partnerships, tools to tether economic investment to disaster risk planning

20th May 2014 News and Media

New York, 19 May 2014 – Launching an initiative to mainstream disaster risk management into business investment, the United Nations today showcased a digital globe that viscerally lays out current and possible future effects of climate change and other threats, to help stem rampant economic loss from geographic events. (more…)

Sudan: UN rights experts condemn death sentence against pregnant mother for apostasy and adultery

19th May 2014 Press Releases

GENEVA, 19 May 2014 – A group of UN human rights experts Monday expressed alarm after Meriam Ibrahim, a Christian woman pregnant with her second child, was sentenced to death and 100 lashes for marrying a Christian man and refusing to renounce her faith. Her trial did not comply with basic fair trial and due process guarantees, said the experts. (more…)

UNICEF demands action to save children of South Sudan from ‘living nightmare’

19th May 2014 News and Media

New York, 18 May 2014 – With malnutrition and conflict stalking the youngest and most vulnerable citizens of South Sudan, the United Nations warned today that hundreds of thousands of children in the country’s most crisis-torn areas are at imminent risk of death and disease, including the threat of cholera. (more…)

Somalia: UN deploys first-ever special force to protect staff in Mogadishu

19th May 2014 News and Media

Somalia, 18 May 2014 – A special United Nations defensive military force recommended by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to protect UN staff and facilities in Mogadishu, was deployed today to shore up the world body’s operations in long-troubled Somalia. (more…)

‘Speak up, speak out’ against homophobia, UN urges on International Day

19th May 2014 News and Media

New York, 17 May 2014 – Leading the United Nations family’s push to help build a world rooted in tolerance where lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons live free from discrimination, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marked the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia with a strong plea for action: “Equality begins with you.” (more…)