United Nations – Secretary General, Security Council, General Assembly [to 23 January 2016]

United Nations – Secretary General, Security Council, General Assembly  [to 23 January 2016]
Selected Press Releases/Meetings Coverage

22 January 2016
General Assembly Adopts Text Recognizing Dire Human Impact of Conflict-Driven Illicit Trade in Diamonds, Reaffirming Support for Kimberley Process
Precious gemstones were meant for development, not catalysing civil war, the General Assembly heard today as it adopted a resolution recognizing the devastating human impact of conflicts fuelled by the trade in illicit diamonds, while reaffirming support for the Kimberley Process initiative aimed at halting their flow into legitimate markets.

22 January 2016
Experts Call for Action to Preserve, Revitalize Indigenous Languages under Threat of Extinction, at New York Headquarters Meeting, 19-21 January
New York, 22 January 2016 (Department of Economic and Social Affairs) — A three-day meeting at United Nations Headquarters in New York brought together experts from around the world to identify best practices and recommend ways to preserve and revitalize indigenous languages.

21 January 2016
Secretary-General Announces First Members of High-level Advisory Group for Every Woman Every Child
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the first members of the High-level Advisory Group for Every Woman Every Child, who will help provide leadership and inspire actions for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health in the transition from the Millennium Development Goals to the universal Sustainable Development Goals agenda.

21 January 2016
At Davos Meeting, Secretary-General Calls for Predictable Consistency in Sustainable Way of Funding, Providing Humanitarian Support

21 January 2016
At Least 51 United Nations Personnel Killed in Deliberate Attacks against Peacekeeping Operations in 2015
At least 51 United Nations and associated personnel were killed in the line of duty during the course of 2015, according to the United Nations Staff Union’s Standing Committee for the Security and Independence of the International Civil Service.

19 January 2016
Concrete Action Critical to Alleviating Human Suffering, Speakers Say, at Security Council Debate on Protection of Civilians
The situation of civilians in armed conflict zones — who were increasingly becoming targets themselves — remained “grim and bleak” even in the twenty-first century, stressed high-level briefers as the Security Council took on the issue of protection of civilians today.

Deputy Secretary-General, at Security Council, Stresses Need for Redoubled Efforts, ‘Ever More Concrete Actions’ to Ensure Protection of Civilians in Conflicts
Security Council: Protection of civilians in armed conflict (7606th meeting)
(Part 1) The protection of civilians in armed conflict – Security Council, 7606th meeting
19 Jan 2016
[Video: 2:58:20]
(Part 2) The protection of civilians in armed conflict – Security Council, 7606th meeting
[Video: 3:17:50]
(Part 3) The protection of civilians in armed conflict – Security Council, 7606th meeting
[Video: 2:35:15]
The open debate underscored “the responsibilities of national actors for the protection of civilians and consider questions relating to the conduct of hostilities, humanitarian access, attacks on humanitarian and medical staff and facilities and displacement.” It also addressed the role of the Council in restoring the centrality of international humanitarian law to international efforts to protect civilians and in energizing compliance and accountability measures