|UN Counts on Catholic Church to Help Promote Dignity for All - Ban Ki-moon hailed the personal commitment of Pope Francis I to eradicating poverty and promoting sustainable development.|
|UN Demands Immediate Release of Abducted Nigerian Girls - The Security Council today demanded the immediate and unconditional release of the schoolgirls abducted a few weeks ago by Boko Haram militants in Nigeria.|
|UN Alarmed by Escalating Violence in Ukraine - Increasing violence in eastern and southern Ukraine is resulting in more and more death and destruction.|
|UN: Polio a Global Health Emergency - The spread of polio in countries where it was once eradicated is an extraordinary event and unless an international coordinated response is urgently put in place, the preventable disease will resurge.|
|World War II Internment Camp Survivors Honored 70 Years Later - Nine U.S. Army Air Forces airmen who were interned at the Wauwillermoos Camp in Switzerland seven decades ago finally were honored with the Prisoner of War Medal, April 30.
|On World Intellectual Property Day, UN Celebrates Movies - To mark the Day, WIPO is helping to facilitate events in dozens of countries. Via the IP Day Facebook page, movie lovers around the world can learn about the history of film, the latest trends and how intellectual property helps to promote creativity and innovation.
|UN Concerned About Crisis in South Sudan - United Nations officials reported a drastic deterioration in the human rights situation in South Sudan, marked by increasing ethnic violence and revenge killings.|
|Ukraine: Ban Welcomes Release of Abducted Military Observers - Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the release earlier today of European military monitors and accompanying Ukrainian staff abducted a week ago in the country`s crisis-torn eastern region.|
|UN Rushes Aid After Landslides Devastate Afghanistan - Landslides triggered by heavy rains crashed into an area of north-eastern Afghanistan today, killing at least 350 people.|
|Dempsey Calls Election 'Turning Point` for Afghan Forces - The Afghan election last month marked a turning point for Afghanistan`s national security forces, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.|
|UN Goes 'Bollywood` in Latest Push to Promote LGBT Rights - The United Nations human rights office launched in Mumbai today the latest phase of its global fight against homophobia: a Bollywood-style video called The Welcome.|
|UN Welcomes Peaceful Parliamentary Elections in Iraq - The United Nations Security Council welcomed the timely holding of parliamentary elections in Iraq.|
|UN Deplores Egypt`s Outrageous Mass Death Sentences - The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights today strongly condemned the imposition of the death penalty on hundreds of people in Egypt.|
|Egypt: Ban Alarmed by Legal Decisions Which Could Violate Human Rights - Ban Ki-moon today voiced alarmed at the news that another preliminary mass death sentence has been handed down in Egypt.|
|Ban Calls for Efforts to Remove Threat of Weapons of Mass Destruction - Ban Ki-moon called for intensified efforts to remove the threat posed by these weapons and to prevent terrorists from acquiring them. |
|UN Urges Action to Combat Sexual Violence - Despite unprecedented political momentum to fight rape in war zones, sexual violence remains a global crime affecting women, men and children in more than 20 countries.|
|On World Malaria Day, UN Pushes for Near Zero Preventable Deaths - The tide has turned on malaria, with mortality rates for children in Africa down by half, but a stronger surveillance system is urgently needed to prevent new outbreaks and resurgences.|
|SOP Readers Blast Robert Paul Reyes for His UFO Tomfoolery Article - Readers had plenty to say about Robert Paul Reyes' article: Outrage: Library to Host UFO and Bigfoot Lecture! Say No to UFO Tomfoolery!
|UN Denounces Killing of Journalist in the Philippines - The UN denounced the killing of journalist Rubylita Garcia and called on authorities in the Philippines to investigate the case. |
|UN Marks 'Mother Earth Day' - On International Mother Earth Day, the United Nations is urging greater efforts to promote sustainable development and use of renewable energy sources.|