The Security Council urgently called for all concerned to refrain from any unilateral action that would heighten tensions or impede a solution. It called on parties to resume immediate negotiations to reach agreement on Abyei's final status under the auspices of the African Union High Implementation Panel. UNTV/ UNMISS
At the International Monetary Fund's first briefing since the Annual Meetings, spokesman William Murray addressed questions on Ireland, Argentina, the U.S. and taxation.
Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea Sheila B. Keetharuth said the current human rights situation in the country was "desperately bleak," to the point where people attempt to flee even while aware of a "shoot to kill policy" by the government. UNTV
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon greeted New Yorkers and tourists in Times Square as part of UN Day celebrations. UNTV
Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran Ahmed Shaheed welcomed the "small steps" taken by the new government in Iran, but added that overall, "the trend has been one of worsening of the human rights situation" over the past three years. UNTV
More than 10,000 Syrian Refugees have spilled over into the border town of Akcakale in Southern Turkey. The town abuts a refugee camp that holds 30,000 more Syrian refugees seeking safety. UNHCR
Six months on from theRana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh, the International Labour Organization is helping survivors develop new skills and find work. ILO
South Sudan joined the rest of the world in celebrating UN Day. The Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter which led to the establishment of the organization. UNMISS