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UN Condemns ISIS Bomb Attacks in Libya

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UN Condemns ISIS Bomb Attacks in Libya

The United Nations Security Council has condemned Friday’s deadly bomb attacks in al-Qubbah, Libya, claimed by an affiliate of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS), also known by its Arabic acronym, Da’esh. According to reports, the Friday morning attack which came in three separate waves, killed at least 45 people [...]

Syria Urged to Release Human Rights Activists

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Syria Urged to Release Human Rights Activists

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Thursday urged Syrian authorities to release all those who have been held by Government forces and its militias, without due process, in some cases for years on end. This is particularly worrying, given reports of widespread and systematic torture and other ill-treatment as well [...]

How Corruption Stifles Economic Growth

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How Corruption Stifles Economic Growth

Corruption is the single greatest obstacle to economic and social development around the world. But it does not just steal money from where it is needed the most; it leads to weak governance, which in turn fuels organized criminal groups and promotes crimes such as human trafficking, arms and migrant smuggling, counterfeiting and the trade [...]

Say “No” to Female Genital Mutilation: UN

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Say “No” to Female Genital Mutilation: UN

On the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), marked every year on February 6, and this year focused on ending the ‘medicalization’ of the procedure, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on health workers around the world to eliminate what he called a ‘deeply harmful’ practice. FGM is the removal [...]

UN Chief Urges Pakistan to End Executions

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UN Chief Urges Pakistan to End Executions

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on the Government of Pakistan to bring an end to the executions of all convicts and re-impose the country’s moratorium on the death penalty, a United Nations (UN) spokesperson said. Mr. Ban’s appeal follows Pakistan’s recent decision to lift a six-year moratorium on the use of the death penalty following [...]

NHK WORLD TV Service Launched for United Nations

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NHK WORLD TV Service Launched for United Nations

Japan International Broadcasting, the distribution company of NHK’s international channels, announced a five-year partnership with the United Nations (U.N.) Headquarters in New York City. It brings NHK WORLD TV, the stand-alone, 24-hour, English-language television news and lifestyle network, to the U.N.‘s In-House Network channel. NHK WORLD TV is the first outside news channel broadcasting in [...]

Open Letter to Save the Children in Syria

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Open Letter to Save the Children in Syria

Save the Children and other leading humanitarian agencies published Monday an open letter calling on the parties to the Syrian conflict meeting in Geneva to urgently focus on the plight of children. The 14 signatories also include Antonio Gutteres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees; Archbishop Desmond Tutu; David Miliband, President of the International Rescue Committee; [...]

UN Help in South Sudan as Fighting Continues

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UN Help in South Sudan as Fighting Continues

The security situation in South Sudan remains “fluid,” the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the country said today. It confirmed that it is sending reinforcements to areas affected by the current fighting between pro- and anti-Government troops, particularly Bor, Malakal, Bentiu and Juba. “This is critical to enable the Mission to deliver on its mandate [...]

Ban Ki-moon Urges to End Conflict in South Sudan

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Ban Ki-moon Urges to End Conflict in South Sudan

In an appeal broadcast in South Sudan on Wednesday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon renewed his call on its leaders to settle their differences peacefully and pledged to help end the violence that has wracked the world’s youngest nation over the past 10 days. “I want to assure you that the United Nations stands with the [...]

Attempts to Save the Children in Syria

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Attempts to Save the Children in Syria

Gaining access to the millions of children trapped in Syria and at acute risk must become the international community’s priority, Save the Children said today, June 7, as the UN launched an emergency funding call. “What the UN announced today was the price tag of our collective political failure to end this conflict,” said Carolyn [...]

South Africa Must Tackle Sexual Violence: UN

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South Africa Must Tackle Sexual Violence: UN

The United Nations human rights chief expressed her shock and deep sadness at the rape, mutilation and murder of a 17-year-old woman in South Africa, and urged a more comprehensive approach to tackling the “pandemic of sexual violence” in the country. “There is a need for very strong signals to be sent to all rapists [...]

Ban Ki-Moon Pledges Support to Qatar

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Ban Ki-Moon Pledges Support to Qatar

Panel of global leaders gathered in Qatar National Pavilion at Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development to discuss food security in dry land nations, according to a statement issued Saturday by Qatar National Food Security Programme. “We want to say that we live in a sustainable world, but we cannot claim this when we have [...]

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