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Ireland: UN Approves Marriage Equality Referendum

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Ireland: UN Approves Marriage Equality Referendum

As he wrapped up a visit to Ireland Tuesday, the UN Secretary-General congratulated the country on its “fruitful and strong” relationship with the United Nations over the past 60 years (pictured above). “Ireland has been a steadfast supporter of peacekeeping and an important contributor across the global agenda,” said Ban Ki-moon during a press encounter [...]

UN Condemns Escalated Fighting in South Sudan

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UN Condemns Escalated Fighting in South Sudan

The United Nations has condemned the escalation of hostilities in the past ten days between Government and opposition forces in Unity and Upper Nile states in South Sudan. In a statement released by his spokesperson Wednesday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored that the renewed fighting between the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and the SPLA [...]

Every 4 Minutes, a Child Dies in Road Accident

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Every 4 Minutes, a Child Dies in Road Accident

Each day some 500 children die from road traffic crashes, thousands more are injured and the situation is only getting worse, the United Nations (UN) has warned as it launched #SaveKidsLives, a global campaign to generate action to make streets safe for children. According to the UN World Health Organization (WHO), every four minutes, a [...]

Yemen: 200 Civilians Died in a Week

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Yemen: 200 Civilians Died in a Week

Nearly 200 civilians have died in Yemen in the past week, as the country has seen its deadliest period of fighting since violence broke out on 26 March this year, according to figures released Tuesday by the United Nations human rights office. In the six days from 4 May to 10 May, the Office of [...]

UN Chief Meets President Putin in Russia

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UN Chief Meets President Putin in Russia

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in Russia for ‘Victory Day’ marking 70 years since the end of the Second World War in Europe, met with President Vladimir Putin to discuss issues including conflict in Ukraine and climate change. “The Secretary-General and President Putin discussed in depth the way forward on Ukraine,” said a statement from [...]

Yemen: UN Urges to Stop Attacks on Civilians

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Yemen: UN Urges to Stop Attacks on Civilians

More than 1,400 people have been killed and 300,000 have fled their homes in nearly two months of fighting in the war-torn Gulf nation. The top United Nations relief official for Yemen has voiced grave concern over reports that “scores” of civilians have been killed and injured amid ongoing fighting in the city of Aden, [...]

UN Envoy to Kick Off Syria Talks in Geneva

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UN Envoy to Kick Off Syria Talks in Geneva

The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Syria will begin a series of consultations with Syrian stakeholders and other regional and international actors. The idea is to take stock of their views on reopening peace talks based on the 2012 Geneva Communiqué, a spokesperson for the Organization has announced. It is estimated that Syria [...]

Has the UN Lost Its Relevance… and Respect?

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Has the UN Lost Its Relevance… and Respect?

The UN (United Nations) believes that “respect for UN flag is disappearing” as its aid workers are increasingly being targeted by violent elements in different parts of the world. The “horrific” attack on the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) staff in Somalia is a reminder of the dangers many aid workers face on a daily [...]

UN Condemns Terrorist Attack on Spanish Embassy in Libya

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UN Condemns Terrorist Attack on Spanish Embassy in Libya

The head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Bernardino León has condemned the latest terrorist attack in the Libyan capital of Tripoli in which the Spanish Embassy was targeted. Reportedly, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) had attacked the embassy on Monday. The attack didn’t result in any loss of [...]

Crime Congress Focuses on Crime Prevention Issues

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Crime Congress Focuses on Crime Prevention Issues

Inequality, poverty and weak rule of law are linked to violence and crime, according to the UN. “There can be no sustainable development without human rights and the rule of law,” said the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as the 13th Crime Congress kicked off in Doha, Qatar. The event provides a platform for increased cooperation [...]

James Bond Daniel Craig Gets UN ‘Licence to Save’

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James Bond Daniel Craig Gets UN ‘Licence to Save’

After designating the renowned actor Daniel Craig as the first United Nations (UN) Global Advocate for the Elimination of Mines and Explosive Hazards at Headquarters Tuesday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon thanked the current James Bond for his commitment to supporting the UN’s vision of a world free from the threat of landmines and explosive remnants of [...]

Future of Crime: Attack of the Killer Robots

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Future of Crime: Attack of the Killer Robots

Although they do not exist yet, the rapid movement of technology in that direction has attracted international attention and concern toward “killer robots.” Programmers, manufacturers, and military personnel could all escape liability for unlawful deaths and injuries caused by fully autonomous weapons, or “killer robots,” humanitarian organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report [...]

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