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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: Message on World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, 30 July 2014

Ban Ki-moon

VIENNA, 30 July (United Nations Information Service) - Human trafficking is a callous global industry that denies victims their rights and dignity and generates billions of dollars for organized criminal networks.  Most of those trafficked are vulnerable women and children deceived into a life of suffering.  They are exploited for sex and forced to work in conditions akin to slavery.


Explosion in northern Mali left one peacekeeper dead, 6 injured

(Photo - UN)1 July 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned an improvised explosive device explosion in northern Mali, which killed a United Nations peacekeeper and injured six other ‘blue helmets.’


UN: Humanitarian needs outpacing response amid ongoing obstacles to aid delivery in Syria

Refugees in Syria. (Photo - UNHCR)27 June 2014 – “Deliberately obstructing humanitarian access and depriving civilians of access to services essential to their survival, is unlawful and inhumane,” said Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos.


Syria: Ceasefire agreed for Yarmouk refugee camp

The once vibrant Palestinian community has become a symbol of suffering in Syria. (Photo - UNRWA)23 June 2014 – The Syrian government and rebel groups have reportedly agreed a truce in the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk. A copy of the ceasefire deal, seen by the BBC, says the main entrances to the camp in Damascus will be opened and basic services will be restored. The ceasefire is said to include the Syrian regime, rebel groups based in Yarmouk and many Palestinian factions. It is not clear when the truce will begin. Previous truces have been broken.


UN: Restoration of ecosystems would reduce climate change disasters

(Photo - internet)17 June 2014 – Marking the World Day to Combat Desertification, United Nations officials today emphasized the importance of restoring degrading lands to avoid or soften the potentially disastrous impacts of climate change.