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UN 'to mediate in China-Vietnam row'

The disputed area in South China Sea. (Photo - UNCLOS)11 June 2014 – The United Nations is willing to mediate in the territorial row between China and Vietnam. UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric called for both sides to resolve the dispute peacefully and legally. In the past week, Vietnam and China have both sent dossiers outlining their claims in the South China Sea to UN chief Ban Ki-moon.


UN envoy calls for peace in Somalia

Somali Prime Minister, Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, and Nicholas Kay, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM). (Photo - internet)9 June 2014 – Nicholas Kay, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) appealed for end to clan-based fighting in Somalia’s Lower Shabelle region. He said, “All parties must refrain from violent actions, make immediate efforts to de-escalate the situation and resolve their differences through peaceful dialogue and compromise.”


World Environment Day: Celebrate the biggest day for positive environmental action!

(Photo - internet)5 June 2014 – World Environment Day (WED) is celebrated every year on June 5, and it is the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment. It also serves as the ‘people’s day’ for doing something positive for the environment, galvanizing individual actions into a collective power that generates an exponential positive impact on the planet.


Senior UN relief officials call for crisis funding for Central African Republic

Humanitarian crisis in CAR. (Photo - Goran Tomasevic, Reuters)

4 June 2014 - Thousands of women and children fleeing the Central African Republic (CAR) for Cameroon arrive in a “shocking state”, malnourished and dangerously ill, the heads of two United Nations humanitarian agencies said today, warning that their funds are nearly exhausted and that hundreds of thousands of people could die unless urgent contributions are received.


UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: Message on the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, 29 May 2014

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. (Foto - Matej Povše)VIENNA, 29 May (United Nations Information Service) – 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.