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Saturday, December 16, 2017

#Pray4Peace: #Palestine and #Israel: UN reaffirms two-state solution as only answer to ‘question of Palestine’

Miroslav Lajvak, President of the General Assembly at the special meeting of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People in observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. UN Photo/Kim Haughton
The Question of Palestine is inextricably linked with the history of the United Nations and is one of the longest-standing issues on the Organization's agenda, United Nations Secretary-General António said in his message commemorating the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People last 29 November, 2017
Seventy years since General Assembly Resolution 181 was adopted, a sovereign and independent State of Palestine has yet to emerge alongside the State of Israel.
“I remain convinced that the two-state solution is the only one for a just, lasting and comprehensive peace between Israelis and Palestinians. The resolution of this conflict would also create momentum for greater stability throughout the region,” stated Mr. Guterres.
Recalling his August visit to Israel and Palestine, the UN chief said leaders on both sides restated their commitment to a negotiated peace.
"I encourage them to tangible challenge this commitment and create conditions for a meaningful negotiation. The recent positive developments in intra-Palestinian unity should be taken up by the leadership,” he asserted.
The Secretary-General also reiterated his readiness “to work with all stakeholders, including the Middle East Quartet and countries in the region, to support a serious political process, drawing on all under UN resolutions, international law and agreements, that will achieve a two-State solution, end half a century of occupation and resolve all final status issues.”
Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed read Mr. Guterres’ message at a Special Meeting of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, before adding her own words.
Ms. Mohammed observed that for 70 years the UN has gathered on 29 November to support the Palestinian right to self-determination and independence and the establishment of a Palestinian state.
“Ending illegal Israeli settlement activity and demolitions in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, is crucial to the viability of a future Palestinian state and to realizing the legitimate national and historic aspirations of both people. Eliminating violence and incitement is essential to building trust,” she told the participants.
Ms. Mohammed stressed that with crumbling infrastructure, chronic unemployment and a paralyzed economy, Gaza is in a state of constant humanitarian emergency.
“This unsustainable reality demands urgent humanitarian, economic and political measures to support the Palestinian population. We must not leave women, children and youth behind,” she asserted.
“Ending the occupation and achieving a two-state solution is the only path to enduring peace between Israelis and Palestinians. There is no other option,” emphasized Ms. Mohammed.
For his part, General Assembly President Miroslav Lajčák underscored that the situation needs full-time attention that extends beyond humanitarian support, to facilitate a peaceful resolution.
“I firmly believe that a two-state solution is the only answer to what we call the question of Palestine,” he underscored.
According to Mr. Lajčák, the international community must support conditions conducive to a successful peace process. In addition to immediately halting settlement expansion, other actions encompassed the cessation and condemnation of all acts of violence, including terrorism, as well as the incitement to these acts.
“When it comes to the question of Palestine, we have a responsibility and we have an interest. Palestinian people do not need our sympathy – they deserve our solidarity,” he declared.
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#Pray4Peace: #DRCongo: Severe Acute Malnutrition could claim the lives of more than 400,000 Children under the age of five in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s volatile Kasai region

“This nutrition crisis and food insecurity in the Kasai region follows the displacement of thousands of families who have been living for months in very harsh conditions,” said Tajudeen Oyewale, the acting head of UNICEF in the African nation, in a news release underlining the scale of the catastrophe.
“The true scale of the problem is becoming clear as people are returning home in some areas where the security situation has improved and health services have started functioning again.”
According to estimates, at least 750,000 children across the Kasai region are acutely malnourished and some 25 health zones are in a situation of nutritional crisis – a state when the severely has exceeded emergency thresholds.
The dire situation is primarily the result of over 18 months of insecurity and violence that has resulted in displacement of over 1.4 million and has severely reduced agricultural production with some two-thirds of households not to work their land to grow crops.
The level of food insecurity is not expected to improve before June next year as the planting seasons for crops which would have been harvested by then has already been lost.
Making matters much worse is the “devastation” of health facilities, according to UNICEF.
Approximately 220 health centres have been destroyed, looted or damaged, access to treatment for communicable diseases as well as care for the children severely malnourished extremely difficult.
“Guaranteeing access to basic health and nutrition services to returning populations is essential to help malnourished children survive and thrive,” said Mr. Oyewale.
In response to the crisis, UNICEF and partners provided therapeutic nutritional care to more than 50,000 children aged between 6-59 months in the region this year. However, lack of resources has severely impacted aid delivery.
With just days remaining in the year, the UN agency has received a mere 15 per cent of the funds it required for 2017.

Source: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=58271#.WjW-H9KnFH0
12December 2017 – In the coming year, severe acute malnutrition could claim the lives of more than 400,000 children under the age of five in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s volatile Kasai region, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned Tuesday.

#Pray4Peace: #DPRK: UN chief stresses need to denuclearize Korean Peninsula, avoid ‘sleepwalking into war’

14 December 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres wrapped up a short visit to Tokyo on Thursday with an appeal to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and other countries to implement relevant Security Council resolutions to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.
“I think we all want to avoid that things get out of control and that misperceptions and mishandling of situations make us sleepwalk into a war that will have devastating consequences,” Mr. Guterres told a press conference held at Japan National Press Club, stressing the need for the implementation of all Council resolutions, first by the DPRK and then all the other countries that have such obligations.
“The objective is the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and it is extremely important to preserve the unity of the Security Council,” he added.
Mr. Guterres is set to brief the Security Council on the DPRK, tomorrow, Friday, 15 December.
Asked about the outcome of a recent visit to Pyongyang by UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman, Mr. Guterres said that “in diplomacy and especially in discreet diplomacy, it is difficult to measure an immediate result of any initiative” but “the message was conveyed.”
He said that the message was that not only that Security Council resolutions must be implemented, but there must be a sense of urgency in creating the conditions for a meaningful dialogue to achieve the denuclearization of the Peninsula.
On questions about a possible military strike against the DPRK by the United States, he refused to comment on “things that have not happened” but said he is “a believer that a military solution would have dramatic negative consequences and that we need to be able to achieve the goal to denuclearize the Korean peninsula and to achieve it through diplomatic engagement.”
Asked what the UN can do in a concrete manner about the situation, he said that the Security Council has taken the right decisions, and the Secretariat has to explore all ways to convey the messages that are necessary for those decisions to be implemented peacefully.
“We are not miracle makers. We are people committed to a cause, and that cause is the cause of peace and security in line with international law,” he said.
To a question about a possible visit to the DPRK by himself, the Secretary-General said he would go anywhere at any time when it is useful.
“But I am not aiming at a protagonism just to appear in the cameras of the televisions,” he said. “We are available, but we can only mediate when both parties accept our mediation.”
The main purpose of the Secretary-General trip to Japan was to address the global Universal Health Coverage Forum 2017 held in Tokyo.
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#Pray4Peace: #IRAQ mass execution. Expressing deep shock at a mass execution of 38 men at a prison in the Iraqi city of Nassiriya, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has called on the country to establish an immediate moratorium and carry out an urgent and comprehensive review of its criminal justice system

“The mass execution […] once again raises huge concerns about the use of the death penalty in the country,” Liz Throssell, an OHCHR spokesperson, told the media at a regular news briefing in Geneva Friday.
“Given the flaws of the Iraqi justice system, it appears extremely doubtful that strict due process and fair trial guarantees were followed in these 38 cases,” she added.
All prisoners had been convicted for terrorism-related crimes. They were executed Thursday.
Also in her briefing, Ms. Throssell said that the executions and the fears over due process and fair trial guarantees raised the dangers of “irreversible miscarriages” of justice and violations of the right to life.
The UN rights office has time and again raised concerns over the continued use of death penalty in the country.
So far this year, it has been informed of 106 executions in the country, including the mass hanging of 42 prisoners in a single day in September, the spokesperson added.
“We once again urge the Iraqi authorities to halt all executions, establish an immediate moratorium on the use of the death penalty and carry out an urgent and comprehensive review of the criminal justice system,” she added.

Source: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=58301#.WjW2rdKnFH0 Dec 15, 2017

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Headlines at a glance

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10 November 2017

Accelerate climate action and raise ambition, urges UN chief

Science and technology can provide solutions to key sustainable development challenges

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9 November 2017

Victims can help shape effective counter-terrorism strategies, says senior UN official

Syrian conflict has now lasted longer than World War II – UN humanitarian envoy

‘Leave no stone unturned’ to secure aid funding for Central African Republic, senior UN official urges

Global food import bill rising despite robust output in 2017 – UN

Bonn: At UN climate conference, Congo Basin youth spotlight their work protecting fragile forest ecosystem

Yemen facing largest famine the world has seen for decades, warns UN aid chief

Four judges elected to International Court of Justice

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8 November 2017

UN migration agency expands HIV/AIDS services in South Sudan displacement sites

ICC prosecutor urges handover of Al-Saiqa brigade commander, others wanted for alleged crimes in Libya

UN agriculture agency launches handbook to improve safety in banana farming sector

Bonn: Participants at UN conference examine human mobility in an era of climate change

Agreement boosts cooperation between UN space affairs office and UAE

Clashes near vital infrastructure in eastern Ukraine may have 'grave' impact on population, UN warns

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7 November 2017

Both ISIL and Syrian Government responsible for use of chemical weapons, UN Security Council told

Security Council re-authorizes EU-led force in Bosnia and Herzegovina

UN Security Council urges ‘comprehensive response’ to piracy off Somali coast

DR Congo: Security Council underscores need to bring killers of UN experts to justice

One-third of Rohingya refugee families in Bangladesh vulnerable, UN agency finds

UN health agency recommends farmers stop using antibiotics in healthy animals

‘Catastrophic’ humanitarian blockade in Yemen putting millions at risk, UN warns

Bonn: Indigenous peoples’ knowledge and wisdom valuable to climate adaptation, Peruvian activists say

Attacks against places of worship in Afghanistan rise sharply, UN warns

Building safe houses, UN agency helping Dominica recover from disaster

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6 November 2017

Security Council recognizes contributions of police components to UN peacekeeping

UN Security Council calls on Myanmar to end excessive military force in Rakhine state

UN chief extends condolences to bereaved families in wake of ‘horrific’ shooting in Texas church

Protect environment from wars and conflicts, UN urges on International Day

Journalism under fire amid rise of ‘fake news’ and social media-driven echo chambers – UNESCO report

Corruption hits most vulnerable; obliterates faith in good governance, UN chief tells forum in Vienna

Security Council considers boost in UN peacekeepers numbers in Central African Republic

Asia-Pacific regional consultations on UN strategy for safe migration open in Bangkok

Harvest season provides meagre respite to South Sudan’s ongoing hunger crisis

Bonn: UN climate conference aims for greater ambition as 2017 set to be among top three hottest years

UN meeting in Dubai to examine crucial role of space for development

Parties to 'brutal conflict' in Yemen must respect international humanitarian law – UN official

Headlines at a glance

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5 November 2017

UN 'will walk with Haiti' on path towards sustainable development, senior official pledges

Lebanon: As Prime Minister's resigns, UN chief hopes all sides focus on support for State institutions

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3 November 2017

Bonn: UN climate conference to maintain ambition one year after Paris accord’s entry into force

People without nationality face ‘stark realities’ of discrimination and persecution – UN report

UN concerned over 'unfolding humanitarian emergency' at Australia's offshore processing centre

Madagascar: UN health agency sees drop in cases of plague; urges vigilance as risk of spread remains

UN advocate vows to give 'visibility' to victims of sexual exploitation and abuse

Thousands of Rohingyas cross into Bangladesh overnight; child malnutrition soars in camps – UN

UN backed-report highlights role of business in achieving Global Goal on justice and strong institutions

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2 November 2017

Suspected cholera cases in crisis-torn Yemen near 900,000 – UN

Diarrhoea-related diseases claim lives of 26 children each day in Afghanistan – UNICEF

UN report concludes ISIL committed ‘international crimes’ during Mosul battle

'Injustice against journalists costly for society,' says UNESCO chief on International Day

UN forum closes in Bahrain with the spotlight on entrepreneurs for sustainable development

'Failure to broker peace' hinders solutions to displacement, UN refugee chief tells Security Council

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1 November 2017

South Sudan: UN Mission weighs re-establishing presence in north-eastern town

Shift to clean, affordable energy critical to attaining Global Goals – UN officials

UN agency and EXPO Dubai 2020 agree on strengthening cooperation for Global Goals

UN General Assembly again calls for lifting US embargo against Cuba

UN chief contacts New York City Mayor, US Ambassador to extend condolences in wake of deadly attack

Violence against children pervasive in homes, schools and communities – UNICEF

UN envoy welcomes full return of Gaza border crossings to Palestinian Authority

Women are looking for opportunities in business, UN forum told



Headlines at a glance

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31 October 2017

FEATURE: As Afghan war grinds on, a marginalized young generation raises its voice

UN Security Council urges more protections for children in conflicts

Rohingya refugees drown as boat capsizes in rough waters off coast of Bangladesh – UN

UN sees 'worrying' gap between Paris climate pledges and emissions cuts needed

Unrest in Cameroon's Anglophone regions sends thousands fleeing to Nigeria – UN agency

Ahead of Brazil Summit, UN reports three million people now have access to hepatitis C cure

Push for Global Goals makes partnerships, innovation 'more important than ever,' UN forum in Bahrain told

All 17 Global Goals interrelated, with strong links to gender equality – senior UN official

'Doctrines of rejection' must be met with courage, commitment to solidarity and empathy – UNESCO chief

Syria: UN agencies deliver critical food aid, medicines to families trapped in rural Damascus

'Rethink ways to govern cities,' UN-Habitat chief urges on World Day

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30 October 2017

UN chief stresses prevention, support for victims in counter-terrorism speech

With 13 million inside Syria needing aid, UN relief chief says impact of crisis remains 'profound'

UN warns of 'looming humanitarian catastrophe' in DR Congo's strife-torn Kasai region

UN experts sound alarm on mounting rights concerns in Puerto Rico in wake of Hurricane Maria

Tuberculosis world's top infectious killer; UN health agency calls for political action to stop spread

UN chief urges Security Council to 'be ambitious' in supporting Sahel anti-terror force

Asia-Pacific's economic gains must not undercut social and environmental goals, says UN regional forum

Carbon dioxide levels surge to new high in 2016, UN weather agency reports

UNICEF warns 1,800 unaccompanied refugee children in Greece need proper shelter, care

Government leaders, entrepreneurs set to gather in Bahrain for UN forum on sustainable development

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29 October 2017

In Tehran, UN atomic chief says Iran implementing nuclear-related commitments

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28 October 2017

Wrapping up visit to Yemen, UN aid chief stresses need for all parties to facilitate humanitarian work

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27 October 2017

Don’t let security crisis overshadow human rights situation in DPR Korea – UN expert

Citing Uruguay’s commitment to human rights, UN rights chief urges more efforts to tackle violations

Action needed to stop violations of LGBT people’s rights worldwide, expert tells UN

Ethiopia begins civil registration for refugees – UN agencies

Security Council debate on ‘women, peace and security’ spotlights prevention and gender equality links

Linking past and present, audiovisual heritage is ‘part of our common history,’ UNESCO says on World Day

UN chief pays tribute to courage, resilience of people of Central African Republic

Rohingya crisis: UN agencies focus on improving access as overcrowded camps hamper response

Winter may be 'harsh blow' to vulnerable children in Middle East, UNICEF warns amid funding gap

Suffering of 350,000 civilians in rural Damascus 'an outrage' – UN rights chief

Headlines at a glance

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26 October 2017

African regional consultations on UN global compact on migration begin in Ethiopia

Measles deaths fall, but world still far from eliminating disease – UN-backed report

UN envoy ‘confident’ Baghdad and Erbil can work hand in hand to overcome differences

UN chief stresses need to support Central African Republic’s peacebuilding strategy

‘Imagine the potential of one billion children;’ UNICEF urges investment as Africa’s youth population surges

UN-Americas action plan seeks to strengthen protection of human rights defenders in region

Crisis in Rakhine 'decades in the making' and reaches beyond Myanmar's borders – UN rights expert

Fresh round of intra-Syrian talks set for 28 November, UN mediator tells Security Council

Mali: Guterres strongly condemns deadly attack against UN mission convoy

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25 October 2017

UN will accompany Haiti in shaping a sustainable future, deputy Mission chief says

UN Economic and Social Council urges ‘action now;’ long-term measures to tackle natural disasters

Poor maritime connectivity hurting weaker, smaller nations – UN report

In Saudi Arabia, UN envoy seeks to further initiatives to end violence in Yemen

Peru must place human rights at heart of development, urges UN rights chief

In Central African Republic, UN chief warns of religious divide, seeks global solidarity to rebuild country

Plausible that ‘attack or threat’ led to crash that killed former UN chief Hammarskjöld – new report

Migrants helped to return from Greece, reintegrate, start businesses back home – UN agency

Syria: UN health agency steps up services for thousands of people in Raqqa

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24 October 2017

Meet Gladys Nkeh, a UN police officer in the Central African Republic

Security Council fails to extend mandate of panel investigating use of chemical weapons in Syria

UN urged to help countries devastated by recent natural disasters to 'build back better'

Eradication of polio 'once and for all' within reach – UN health agency

UN migration agency delivers hygiene kits to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

Widespread militia activity, political unrest drive millions from their homes in DR Congo, UN warns

INTERVIEW: Health care is a human right, senior UN official says; urges protection for medical workers

Ending child marriage in West and Central Africa could take 100 years, warns UNICEF

Don't just blame teachers when system is at fault, says UNESCO

Marking UN Day in Central African Republic, Secretary-General honours peacekeepers

Brazilian student wins Tokyo photo contest on UN Global Goals

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23 October 2017

Central African Republic’s message to UN: ‘The only thing we want is peace’

Famine can be a war crime and should be prosecuted, says independent UN rights expert

Three multinationals join UN global network on disability inclusion

Road accidents in Africa among deadliest worldwide, UN official says, urging more action

Rohingya crisis: Donors pledge $344 million at UN-backed conference to support aid efforts

Wildlife conservation, sustainable development in spotlight at UN-backed conference

UN, African Union pledge to help Kenya ensure credible rerun of presidential poll

Headlines at a glance

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21 October 2017

UN Security Council strongly condemns terrorist attack in Egypt

UN chief Guterres, US President Trump commit to work together to address common challenges

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20 October 2017

‘Cycle of violence must end,’ says UN chief, condemning latest attacks in Afghanistan

UN rights experts urge Iran to immediately release British-Iranian citizen after fresh charges

Closing UN’s ‘Africa Week,’ Assembly President says continent’s vision getting close to reality

Rohingya crisis: UNICEF issues 'Child Alert,' outlines urgent action to save lives

Cities and local policies key to overcome hunger, stresses head of UN agency

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19 October 2017

UN delivering coordinated humanitarian response in wake of Mogadishu bombings

INTERVIEW: Hurricane-hit Caribbean nations can build back better, says UN development official

Governments endorse UN-backed plan to tackle cancer, diabetes and other deadly diseases

UN migration chief urges more support for Rohingyas fleeing Myanmar or 'thousands will suffer'

Watchful of the situation in Raqqa, Syria, UN chief urges need to revive political process

Despite drop in under-five mortality rate, 7,000 newborns die every day – UN report

#MeToo movement stems from impunity and culture of silence, senior UN official writes

Africa's rapid urbanization can drive industrialization, says new UN report

Number of UN civilian casualties falls despite spike in direct attacks against the Organization – new report

Strong civil society can push back against 'major attack' on human rights, says senior UN rights official

In Blaustein lecture, UN rights chief rebukes notion that multilateralism is a threat in today's world

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18 October 2017

With fast-growing youth population, Africa boasts enormous market potential – UN deputy chief

Iraq: Security Council voices concern over reported violence in Kirkuk

UN strongly condemns terrorist attacks across Afghanistan

With ‘cautious optimism,’ UN political official reports positive developments on Middle East peace

UN and partners launch campaign to tackle new fungus strain threatening world’s bananas

Iran: UN rights experts urge country to halt imminent execution of juvenile Amirhossein Pourjafar

UNICEF and partner agencies in South Sudan help reunite 5,000 children with families

Yemen: UNICEF warns conflict shutters one in 10 schools; teachers unpaid for a year

UN chief announces trip to Central African Republic, where crisis is 'far from media spotlight'

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17 October 2017

UN health agency supports yellow fever immunization for 874,000 people in Nigeria

Myanmar: Plight of refugees focus of top UN political official's meetings

Libya: Smugglers holding refugees and migrants in deplorable conditions, say UN agencies

UN report outlines path towards closing gender gap, realizing reproductive health rights

Thousands of Rohingya refugees stranded near Bangladesh-Myanmar border – UN

On International Day, UN chief urges action to address root causes of poverty

South Sudan's leaders must pull country back from 'impending abyss,' UN peacekeeping chief

Headlines at a glance

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16 October 2017

Secretary-General welcomes launch of new UN mission in Haiti

General Assembly elects new members to UN Human Rights Council

UN calls for global solidarity ahead of pledging conference on Rohingya refugee crisis

Kicking off ‘Africa Week’ at UN, Guterres says women and youth can unleash continent’s potential

UN envoy discusses implementation of intra-Palestinian agreement with Prime Minister Hamdallah

At UN event in Rome, Pope Francis urges action on climate change, conflicts to end global hunger

UN rights experts urge France to provide safe water, sanitation for migrants in ‘Calais Jungle’

Lift protest ban, protect judiciary and preserve civil society role, UN rights experts urge Kenya

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15 October 2017

UN chief condemns Saturday's attacks in Mogadishu; commends responders

On International Day, UN highlights rural women's participation in sustainable, climate-resilient agricultural

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14 October 2017

Parliamentary forum opens in Russia; discussions to include UN cooperation

UN in Somalia condemns 'barbaric' bombings in Mogadishu

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13 October 2017

In Kyoto, Japanese comedians tackle UN Global Goals

Central African Republic: UN Special Adviser condemns incitement of violence and hatred

People’s lives continue to worsen, but they live with hope, says UN official in Ukraine

INTERVIEW: Haiti on path to stability, development thanks to UN mission, says envoy

Chile becomes latest nation to resettle Syrian refugees through UN-backed programme

Libya: UN agencies scale up response as fighting displaces thousands in Sabratha region

UN ramps up aid delivery amid surge of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

On International Day, UN forecasts 14 million people made homeless each year by disasters

UN rights office 'deeply concerned' over arrests of LGBT people in Azerbaijan, Egypt and Indonesia

UN chief strongly hopes 'breakthrough' accord on Iran's nuclear programme remains in place

Civilians who fled Mosul still vulnerable, need assistance – UN official

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12 October 2017

Human rights challenges in Libya ‘massive, but not insurmountable,’ UN rights chief says after visit

In Geneva, UN Member States and experts discuss demographic, economic dimensions of migration

Relief aid is saving lives, but world must tackle root cause of famine: conflict – UN chief

Silencing opposition voices threatens Cambodian democracy – UN rights expert

UN and partners launch plan to stop transmission of bovine tuberculosis to humans

A robot’s ‘father’ discusses progress in artificial intelligence and reveals a future that’s closer than you think

INTERVIEW: Few global issues as urgent as tackling climate and disaster risks – UN official

In phone call, UN chief offers congratulations and support to Palestinian President

Disease outbreak ‘real and present danger’ UNICEF warns, launching latrine-building plan in Cox’s Bazar

Latin America and Caribbean falling off ‘zero hunger’ path towards 2030 – UN report

FEATURE: Images of the legacy of the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti

UN chief Guterres welcomes peaceful elections in Liberia

Ahead of UN mission's closure, envoy reports greater stability, security in Haiti

US withdrawal from UNESCO 'loss for multilateralism,' says cultural agency's chief

Headlines at a glance

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11 October 2017

New allegation of sexual abuse surfaces at UN mission in Central African Republic

Despite progress on voter registration, DR Congo faces challenges on election timeline – UN envoy

FEATURE: A woman’s strength is unlimited, says award-winning UN peacekeeper

UN chief proposes $5.4 billion budget for 2018-2019

At UN, robot Sophia joins meeting on artificial intelligence and sustainable development

Cutting greenhouse gases, reducing disaster risk, vital for sustainable development – UN envoy

'EmPOWER' girls before, during and after crises, UN says on International Day of the Girl Child

UN launches innovative plan to significantly cut new HIV infections

Attacks against Rohingya ‘a ploy’ to drive them away; prevent their return – UN rights chief

Youth obesity increases 10-fold in four decades, UN-backed study reveals

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10 October 2017

Security Council condemns attack on UN mission base in DR Congo

Libya: Security Council endorses UN plan on restarting political process

Housing ‘most urgent need’ for hurricane-ravaged Dominica, UN agency reports

Creating a healthy workplace improves mental wellbeing and productivity – UN

Leaders ‘not interested’ in finding solution to Yemen crisis, UN envoy tells Security Council

UN agencies launch cholera immunization campaign for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

UN health agency establishes high-level commission to tackle noncommunicable diseases

Disaster risk outpaces resilience in Asia-Pacific, warns UN regional commission

New UN-led partnership to help curb unsustainable wildlife hunting, protect biodiversity

'The death penalty has no place in the 21st century' – UN chief Guterres

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9 October 2017

UN Treaty ‘beginning of the end for nuclear weapons,’ say Nobel Peace Prize winners

UN concerned for safety of more than five million displaced in northern Iraq

On World Day, UN spotlights posts’ contributions to development

Global unemployment passes 200 million in 2017, UN labour agency reports

UN emergency response fund reaches annual goal of $450 million, but more needed

DR Congo: Two UN ‘blue helmets’ killed in attack in North Kivu

Rohingya refugee children perish as boat capsizes off Bangladesh – UN migration agency

Rural areas have potential to feed and employ 'younger, more crowded planet' – UN report

UNICEF warns of nutrition crisis affecting 165,000 children in Mali

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8 October 2017

UN chief lauds Dominica's vision to become first climate-resilient nation after recent devastation

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7 October 2017

In hurricane-stricken Barbuda, UN chief urges global solidarity, accelerated climate action

Headlines at a glance

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6 October 2017

As Bubonic and Pneumonic plagues spread in Madagascar, UN health agency ramps up response

International Media Seminar discusses objectivity, role of social, traditional media in covering Israel-Palestine conflict

Mali: Security Council urges parties to adopt timeline for implementing peace agreement

UN study tackles violence against women in Arab region using economic model

Join global treaty to root out the scourge of illegal fishing, urges UN food security agency

September ‘deadliest month’ of 2017 for Syrians, UN relief official reports

Cameroon: UN rights office urges dialogue to address decades-long grievances

UN seeks more funds to assist Rohingya amid world's fastest growing refugee crisis

Group's Nobel Peace Prize win spotlights need to end 'nuclear nightmare' says UN chief

Central African Republic: More aid needed amid deteriorating security, UN relief official warns

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5 October 2017

UN peacekeeping chief seeks Security Council support for speedy deployment of uniformed personnel

UN report reveals shocking levels of grave violations against children affected by conflicts

Mali continues to make progress, but swift action needed as civilians still face threats – UN envoy

Security Council authorizes UN Mission to verify truce between Colombian Government and ELN

Vegetable oils lift food prices in September; cereal prices down on bumper crop prospects

Security Council re-authorizes operations to disrupt migrant smuggling off coast of Libya

INTERVIEW: In fighting for girls’ education, UN advocate Malala Yousafzai finds her purpose

FEATURE: In Western Afghanistan, an ancient love of poetry thrives again

Asylum and refugee protection represent ‘humanity at its best,’ says senior UN official

Empower teachers; give them the freedom to teach, UN urges on World Day

Partnerships will play key role in future of work in Europe and Central Asia - UN labour agency

A year after Hurricane Matthew, Haiti's children still incredibly vulnerable to disasters – UNICEF

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4 October 2017

Expert meeting at UN aspires to create ‘space’ for women in science and technology

Libya: UN Mission condemns deadly bombing in Misrata

Switzerland needs to do more to keep ‘dirty money’ at bay, urges UN expert

Rohingya refugees living in ‘dire’ conditions, senior UN officials warn, appealing for assistance

Counselling and dieting among new UN health agency guidelines on child obesity

UN chief urges world to implement Paris climate accord 'with greater ambition'

Sustainable cities key to implement SDGs, says head of UN regional forum

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3 October 2017

Relief operation in storm-battered Dominica ‘going in the right direction,’ says UN official

In Bangladesh, UN aid chief urges scaling up response for Rohingya refugee crisis

Global Goals embraced by Japanese society, UN deputy chief says, wrapping up Tokyo visit

SDGs ‘take off’ in Nepal’s skies with UN development programme-airline partnership

Pioneer of work in women’s reproductive health appointed head of UN Population Fund

UN agriculture agency and World Bank launch new initiative to avert famine in Yemen

HIV-related stigma, discrimination prevent people from accessing health services – UN

UN and partners aim to slash 90 per cent of cholera deaths by 2030

Dire lack of winter funding puts millions of refugees in Middle East at risk, warns UN agency

Iraq: UN migration agency assists thousands displaced from west Anbar

UN agency alarmed by largest influx of Congolese refugees into Zambia in five years

Cameroon: UN Secretary-General urges dialogue to resolve grievances

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2 October 2017

INTERVIEW: Global humanitarian needs have never been higher, says UN official

For Yemenis and migrants, protracted conflict an 'endless nightmare' – head of UN agency

World must step up protection for refugees, do more to solve conflict – UN agency chief

'Winner-takes-all' dynamics in digital economy could widen income gap – UN report

UNICEF urges child-centred budget decisions for rebuilding of quake-hit areas in Mexico

In Tokyo, UN deputy chief cites benefits of local-level social dialogue on sustainable development

Amid 'critical' resource shortage, UN agency cuts food rations for refugees in Kenya

'Nothing enduring can be built on violence,' UN Assembly President says, recalling words of Gandhi

As Rohingya crisis continues, UNICEF seeks funds to reach 720,000 children in need

Affordable housing key for development and social equality, UN says on World Habitat Day

UN human rights chief urges probe into violence during referendum in Catalonia

Headlines at a glance

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1 October 2017

In Bangladesh, UN food relief agency chief urges support amid massive Rohingya influx

Tapping into talents of older persons can boost Global Goals, says UN on International Day

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29 September 2017

In less than two weeks, 72 States sign UN voluntary compact on preventing sexual exploitation and abuse

UN Human Rights Council wraps current session, adopts texts on Myanmar, Yemen, Burundi

Aid community launches $31 million appeal for 'badly battered' Dominica

Half a million Rohingya arrive in Bangladesh; UN agencies rush to provide shelter, clean water

New UN Day honours unsung heroes who ensure diplomats are ‘on the same page’

UN health agency recommends large-scale deworming to improve children’s health

Over half of schools remain closed in epicentre of Boko Haram crisis in Nigeria – UNICEF

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28 September 2017

UN chief urges all parties to refrain from acts that could escalate tension in Cameroon

Lake Chad Basin: Vulnerable people ‘a step away from starvation,’ says UN aid chief

Rohingya refugee crisis a ‘human rights nightmare,’ UN chief tells Security Council

World has 'every interest' in better managed migration – senior UN official

Major new UN report sets course towards ‘pollution-free planet’

FEATURE: See what happened when the world came together at the UN

DR Congo: UN mission deploys ‘blue helmets’ to protect civilians and refugees

At Security Council, top counter-terrorism officials stress ‘All of UN’ approach to tackle scourge

Horrific accounts of sexual violence against Rohingya ‘just tip of the iceberg’ – UN agency

UN maritime agency spotlights link between shipping and sustainable development

On World Day, UN announces global initiative to end deaths from dog-transmitted rabies by 2030

Some 25 million unsafe abortions occur each year, UN health agency warns

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27 September 2017

Syrian parties should join next round of Geneva talks ‘without preconditions’ – UN envoy

France must bring counter-terrorism law in line with international rights obligations – UN experts

North Africa set to adopt five-year plan to boost youth employment – UN labour agency

At Security Council, UN official urges greater cooperation for more effective aviation security

Sustainable tourism can advance global development, UN agency highlights on World Day

UN rights office issues business standards on treatment of LGBTI employees; major companies on board

UNICEF expands relief efforts in Latin America and Caribbean after month of ‘relentless’ natural disasters

UN chief welcomes Saudi Arabia’s decision to lift ban on women drivers

'Time to stamp out human trafficking,' says Guterres; UN pledges action to eradicate 'heinous crime'

Colombia: New UN Mission begins operation; focus on reintegrating ex-fighters

Hanging of 42 prisoners in Iraq raises concern over flawed due process – UN rights chief

Headlines at a glance

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26 September 2017

UN envoy condemns killing of Israeli security personnel by Palestinian in West Bank






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I choose to be a Missionary of the Interfaith, Interracial, Intercultural Sailing for Peace Program inspired and guided by the discipline and life of the Virgin Mary of the Catholic Church. I am a Catholic, a Lady Datin of the Muslims, a Buddhist in my Healthy Lifestyle and a Hindu in Purifying my Soul. With Free Thinking and Scientific Approach to my Peace Work, my life on the over-all is a whirlwind of Faith and Fate. I refuse donations to my peace work to prevent corruption but rather I decided to live a very simple so that I can fund it personally through my own personal income as Professional Resource Speaker, Author, Visual Artist, Playwright and Director

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