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What Is the UN Response to Brexit?

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What Is the UN Response to Brexit?

Following the vote in the United Kingdom to leave the European Union (EU) – termed as Brexit (a portmanteau of “Britain” and “exit”), United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday that the UN will continuing to work with both “important partners.” “The Secretary-General expects the EU to continue to be a solid partner for the [...]

Islamophobia and Homophobia in Orlando: UN Adviser

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Islamophobia and Homophobia in Orlando: UN Adviser

The United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Mr. Adama Dieng, condemned the criminal attack that took place at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, United States, on 12 June, in which 49 people were killed and 53 injured. He offered his sympathy for the victims and expressed grave concern at the outpouring [...]

UN Conference on Poor Countries Opens in Turkey

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UN Conference on Poor Countries Opens in Turkey

A United Nations conference focused on the world’s least developed countries (LDCs) kicked-off Friday in Antalya, Turkey. The conference aims to assess these 48 States’ progress over the past five years, and to find ways of accelerating their path towards sustainable development. “Least developed countries have seen significant progress and are a major human and [...]

World Humanitarian Summit Begins in Turkey

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World Humanitarian Summit Begins in Turkey

United Nations officials highlighted Sunday that the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) taking place May 23 – 24, 2016 in Istanbul will serve as a wake-up call for action in the service of common humanity, providing a launch pad for new initiatives. “We have tremendous suffering in the world today. There is huge need for [...]

Death Sentence for Apostasy on Mauritanian Blogger

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Death Sentence for Apostasy on Mauritanian Blogger

The United Nations human rights office deplored Tuesday the confirmation of the death sentence for apostasy against a Mauritanian blogger, Mohammad Ould M’Kaitir, by the appellate court on 21 April. According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR), Mr. Ould M’Kaitir was convicted in the first instance by the criminal [...]

UN Welcomes Release of 83 Prisoners in Myanmar

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UN Welcomes Release of 83 Prisoners in Myanmar

The United Nations (UN) rights chief has welcomed the release of a second wave of 83 prisoners on Myanmar’s New Year last Sunday, by Presidential amnesty. This, according to a UN statement, follows the release of 199 political prisoners on April 8. Myanmar had dropped charges against them or they were pardoned. The prisoners included [...]

Who Will Be the Next UN Secretary-General?

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Who Will Be the Next UN Secretary-General?

Three days of informal briefings came to an end Thursday after nine candidates for the position of the next United Nations Secretary-General answered all together some 800 questions from the UN membership and the public on how, if selected, they would lead the world body. The current Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was appointed for a second [...]

UN Opposes Death Sentences in Bangladesh

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UN Opposes Death Sentences in Bangladesh

The United Nations human rights office expressed Friday concern about the latest death sentences handed down against two leaders of an opposition party by the Bangladesh International Crimes Tribunal. The UN agency said the court’s practices have not met international standards of fair trial and due process. Since its inception in 2010, the tribunal has [...]

UN-Arab League Agreement to Prevent Sexual Violence

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UN-Arab League Agreement to Prevent Sexual Violence

The United Nations and the League of Arab States signed an agreement Tuesday to strengthen collaboration on prevention of conflict-related sexual violence in the Arab region. The agreement was signed in Cairo, Egypt, by the UN special representative on sexual violence in conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura, and Nabil el-Araby, Secretary-General of the League of the [...]

UN Women to Bring Gender Equality to Newsrooms

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UN Women to Bring Gender Equality to Newsrooms

The United Nations entity tasked with promoting gender equality has launched a partnership with leading media houses to galvanize attention and concrete action towards women’s rights within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The initiative, Step it Up for Gender Equality Media Compact, brings together a broad coalition of print, broadcast and online [...]

Will Yemen See the End of Conflict?

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Will Yemen See the End of Conflict?

Following “extensive” consultations with Yemeni leaders and regional partners, the United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen announced Wednesday that parties to the conflict have agreed to a nation-wide cessation of hostilities beginning at midnight on 10 April, in advance of the upcoming round of peace talks, scheduled on 18 April in Kuwait. “I have previously [...]

Red from ‘Angry Birds’ Helps You Stay Happy

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Red from ‘Angry Birds’ Helps You Stay Happy

The United Nations has appointed Red, the leader of the “Angry Birds” mobile game characters, as an envoy to inspire climate action toward a sustainable and happier future for all. Red’s appointment, as Honorary Ambassador for Green, is part of a UN campaign launched last week in partnership with the globally renowned characters to make [...]

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