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Welcoming and protecting strangers, especially migrants, is "at the core of our mission as churches,” says the Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged sabre-rattling Western powers to look for a diplomatic way forward over the Syrian conflict.
Arguments about policy on Syria have highlighted, among other things, the question of UN structure, functioning and voting power.
It is unconscionable that chemical weapons may have found their way into the conflict in Syria, says the World Council of Churches.
United Nations inspectors probing the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria have begun interviewing witnesses, survivors and doctors and collecting samples.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his shock at reports of alleged use of chemical weapons in Damascus as a UN team continues to investigate the matter.
The UN Secretary-General has condemned in the strongest terms the violence that occurred today in Cairo and urged Egyptians to focus on promoting reconciliation.
The UK government must take action to offset the impact of its austerity policies on disabled and older women, a United Nations committee says.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has held an interactive dialogue with young people across the world and launched an online United Nations Platform for Youth.
The UN Secretary- General has condemned the upsurge of violence in Egypt, calling for peaceful protest and respect for the right to free speech and assembly.