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Maldives Urged to Release Imprisoned Former President

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Maldives Urged to Release Imprisoned Former President

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has expressed deep concern that Government of the Maldives after former President Mohammad Nasheed was once again sent to prison, calling the move a “serious set-back” for the country. “We had been encouraged by the Government’s earlier decision to move Mr. Nasheed to [...]

Sexual Abuse by UN Peacekeepers: Ban Vows Action

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Sexual Abuse by UN Peacekeepers: Ban Vows Action

Vowing “decisive action” on reports of sexual exploitation committed by United Nations (UN) peacekeepers deployed to the Central African Republic (CAR), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced Wednesday that he has accepted the resignation of the head of the UN peacekeeping mission in the country, scheduled a special session of the Security Council on the matter, and [...]

President Obama Unveils Clean Power Plan

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President Obama Unveils Clean Power Plan

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the Clean Power Plan formally unveiled Monday by President Barack Obama, saying it shows the determination of the United States to address global warming while also saving money and growing the economy. The Plan reportedly assigns each state a target for reducing its carbon pollution from power plants. [...]

UN Says Health Services Affected in Iraq

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UN Says Health Services Affected in Iraq

The top United Nations (UN) humanitarian official in Iraq declared on Monday as “devastating” the “inexplicable” closures of life-saving services in Iraq for people in need. The UN believes the most recent shut-downs of basic health care will directly impact more than one million people, including some 500,000 children who now will not be immunized, [...]

UN Applauds the Deal on Iranian Nuclear Programme

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UN Applauds the Deal on Iranian Nuclear Programme

The United Nations has welcomed the agreement reached between international negotiators and the Government of Iran as the two parties pave the way for a viable solution on the Gulf country’s nuclear programme and towards possible peace in the region. Describing the deal between Tehran and the so-called ‘E3+3′ as “historic” in a statement on [...]

Boko Haram Targets Muslims and Christians in Nigeria

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Boko Haram Targets Muslims and Christians in Nigeria

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the attacks by Boko Haram in Lake Chad Basin countries, including the deliberate targeting of Christian and Muslim worshippers during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Nigeria’s northeast states of Borno and Yobe. “The Secretary-General takes note of [Nigerian] President Muhammadu Buhari’s determination to root out this menace, [...]

What Are the Lessons from Millennium Development Goals?

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What Are the Lessons from Millennium Development Goals?

The United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) galvanized the world to produce the most successful anti-poverty movement in history, helped lift more than one billion people out of extreme poverty, made inroads against hunger and enabled more girls to attend school than ever before. However, despite remarkable gains, it will take more to ensure the [...]

UN Warns As Global Temperatures Soar

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UN Warns As Global Temperatures Soar

Two United Nations agencies have released a series of new guidelines aimed at addressing the health risks posed by the increasing number and intensity of climate change-related heatwaves. These heatwaves are affecting the planet, as warm weather alerts spread across Europe following soaring temperatures that killed hundreds of people in India and Pakistan last month. [...]

Ban Ki-moon Opens Event on Climate Change

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Ban Ki-moon Opens Event on Climate Change

Development cannot be sustainable if it does not address the challenge of climate change, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told Member States Monday as he opened an event on Climate Change convened in New York by the President of the UN General Assembly, Sam Kutesa. “Let us always remember that climate change and sustainable development [...]

Getting Closer to a Solution: UN Libya Envoy

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Getting Closer to a Solution: UN Libya Envoy

Previewing what he hopes will be the last round of United Nations-backed political talks on Libya, the UN envoy for the country said Thursday the fact that all the participants in the dialogue have accepted a fourth draft proposal as the basis for a final political solution is “extremely encouraging” that agreement could be reached [...]

Taliban Attack on Afghan Parliament in Kabul

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Taliban Attack on Afghan Parliament in Kabul

It is absolutely clear that Afghanistan continues to need the support of the international community, as well as the sustained attention of the Security Council, Nicholas Haysom, the head of the UN mission in the country said Monday, warning the Security Council that there is no room for “complacency.” “Since my last briefing, there has [...]

Papal Encyclical: Climate Change Is a Moral Issue

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Papal Encyclical: Climate Change Is a Moral Issue

United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the release of Pope Francis’ Papal Encyclical in which the leader of the Catholic Church deplored climate change as one of the principal challenges facing humanity and called for a ‘new dialogue’ about shaping the future of the planet. “The Secretary-General reaffirms that humanity has a significant [...]

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