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Overturned verdict on Khashoggi murder a ‘parody of justice’ – independent UN rights expert

An independent UN human rights investigator called the overturned verdict of Saudi Arabia’s prosecutor in the 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey a “parody of justice” that spared “high-level” plotters. , breaking Overturned verdict on Khashoggi murder a ‘parody of justice’ – independent UN rights expert, news, latest news

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Inaction has been fatal, says UNHCR, as dozens of Rohingya refugees perish at sea

Dozens of Rohingya refugees are believed to have died in the Andaman sea after spending more than 200 days afloat, owing to a “collective unwillingness” of countries to take them in, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said. , breaking Inaction has been fatal, says UNHCR, as dozens of Rohingya refugees perish at sea, news, latest news

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Burkina Faso: Over 535,000 children under five ‘acutely’ malnourished

New data from UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has revealed worsening nutritional situation for children in Burkina Faso, with more than 535,000 children under the age of five suffering from acute malnutrition – an unprecedented level. , breaking Burkina Faso: Over 535,000 children under five ‘acutely’ malnourished, news, latest news

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Leveraging innovation, partnership to shore up food security in Asia and the Pacific

Transforming food systems in Asia and the Pacific to make them more sustainable, resilient and productive, is vital for countries to rebound from the impact of COVID-19 and address chronic undernourishment, a UN regional forum on food security has heard. , breaking Leveraging innovation, partnership to shore up food security in Asia and the Pacific, news, latest news

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End secret detention of rights defender, independent experts urge Pakistani authorities

Independent UN rights experts have called on the Government of Pakistan to end the secret detention of a human rights defender, who has not been heard from in more than nine months. , breaking End secret detention of rights defender, independent experts urge Pakistani authorities, news, latest news

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Mystery surrounds Algeria article branded ‘complete fabrication’ by UN rights office

The UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) is dismissing as a “complete fabrication” an Algerian news report claiming that a UN tribunal has rejected a complaint by a group of political activists. , breaking Mystery surrounds Algeria article branded ‘complete fabrication’ by UN rights office, news, latest news

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UN agency for Palestinian refugees launches $95 million appeal to keep COVID at bay 

The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked a health and socio-economic emergency across the occupied Palestinian territory, the UN agency for the region warned on Friday, noting a swell of coronavirus cases in recent weeks. , breaking UN agency for Palestinian refugees launches $95 million appeal to keep COVID at bay , news, latest news

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Afghanistan: Near-record violence risks derailing imminent talks between Government and Taliban

The UN’s top official in Afghanistan has warned that with the formal launch of direct peace negotiations imminent, near-record violence in the country is creating an atmosphere of mistrust that risks derailing long-sought talks between the Government and the Taliban. , breaking Afghanistan: Near-record violence risks derailing imminent talks between Government and Taliban, news, latest news

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Alleged poisoning of Russian opposition leader a ‘grave concern’, says chemical weapons watchdog

The allegation that Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned by a Cold War-era nerve agent is “a matter of grave concern”, the head of the UN-backed Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said on Thursday. , breaking Alleged poisoning of Russian opposition leader a ‘grave concern’, says chemical weapons watchdog, news, latest news

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UN dismayed over US sanctions on top International Criminal Court officials

The UN Secretary-General on Wednesday noted “with concern” the imposition by the United States of sanctions against the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and another senior official, in the latest of a series of unilateral policy moves against the body., breaking UN dismayed over US sanctions on top International Criminal Court officials, news, latest news

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Security Council support ‘in action’ for Libya, crucial for its future, declares UN mission chief

The top UN official in Libya urged the Security Council on Wednesday to press for an immediate de-escalation of tensions and a return to negotiations, following the call from rival political leaders for a ceasefire on 21 August., breaking Security Council support ‘in action’ for Libya, crucial for its future, declares UN mission chief, news, latest news

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Deal to reduce recent Gaza tensions will aid fight against COVID-19

The top UN official in the Middle East has hailed an agreement to reduce the latest tensions in and around Gaza amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. , breaking Deal to reduce recent Gaza tensions will aid fight against COVID-19, news, latest news

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Belarus must stop torturing protesters and prevent enforced disappearances

Independent UN human rights experts on Tuesday called on Belarus to stop torturing detainees and bring to justice police officers who have reportedly humiliated and beaten protestors in their custody, as mass demonstrations over the disputed 9 August presidential election continue for a fourth week. , breaking Belarus must stop torturing protesters and prevent enforced disappearances, news, latest news

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Beirut facing acute environmental crisis, warns UN energy specialist

Contamination from hazardous chemicals, landfill sites at capacity, and water pollution, are among the most urgent challenges faced by the Lebanese authorities and UN teams tackling the huge task of clearing up Beirut, following the massive explosion in the city’s port on 4 August., breaking Beirut facing acute environmental crisis, warns UN energy specialist, news, latest news

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UN agencies support flood response in Sudan but warn aid stocks ‘rapidly’ depleting

The UN and its partners are supporting the Sudanese Government as it responds to recent severe flooding, which has killed 90 people and affected 380,000 others, the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, said on Tuesday., breaking UN agencies support flood response in Sudan but warn aid stocks ‘rapidly’ depleting, news, latest news

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Sudan: Darfur deal welcomed by UN chief as ‘historic achievement’

A peace agreement between Sudanese authorities and key armed movements from Darfur could provide a path to national unity, the head of the joint UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) said on Monday. Secretary-General António Guterres later described it as an “historic achievement” towards lasting peace., breaking Sudan: Darfur deal welcomed by UN chief as ‘historic achievement’, news, latest news

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Urgent solution needed to address fuel woes in war-torn Yemen

The UN Special Envoy for Yemen has called on all parties to urgently work together with his Office, in order to find a solution that ensures people in the country can access basic fuel supplies, amid major shortages in areas controlled by the Houthis, formally known as Ansar Allah., breaking Urgent solution needed to address fuel woes in war-torn Yemen, news, latest news

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‘Wisdom’ of Guatemala’s indigenous people needed for sustainable development: A UN Resident Coordinator blog

The wisdom and knowledge of indigenous people in Guatemala is central to the realization of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs, targets agreed by countries around the world to end poverty, maintain peace and preserve the health of the planet. In this blog, the UN Resident Coordinator in Guatemala Rebeca Arias Flores explains how sustainable development is not new, but simply a new name that draws on ancient wisdom that is renewed with each generation of indigenous people. , breaking ‘Wisdom’ of Guatemala’s indigenous people needed for sustainable development: A UN Resident Coordinator blog, news, latest news

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UN envoy welcomes ‘commonalities’ shared by Syrians in Geneva talks

Syrian opponents meeting in Geneva as part of efforts to find a peaceful end to nearly a decade of conflict in their country have found common ground on which to pursue further discussions, UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen said on Saturday., breaking UN envoy welcomes ‘commonalities’ shared by Syrians in Geneva talks, news, latest news

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UN agencies call for urgent disembarkation of hundreds rescued in the Mediterranean

Hundreds of rescued migrants and refugees currently on board three vessels in the Central Mediterranean, some of whom have been stuck at sea for weeks, must be brought to shore immediately, two UN agencies said on Saturday., breaking UN agencies call for urgent disembarkation of hundreds rescued in the Mediterranean, news, latest news

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The key to Viet Nam’s successful COVID-19 response: A UN Resident Coordinator blog

Whilst no country can claim to have beaten COVID-19, some countries have been noticeably more effective in curbing the spread of the disease. Kamal Malhotra, the UN Resident Coordinator in Viet Nam, explains why the country’s response to the pandemic has been so successful., breaking The key to Viet Nam’s successful COVID-19 response: A UN Resident Coordinator blog, news, latest news

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New killings after Jacob Blake shooting reveal chronic problems still to be overcome in US

Disturbing video footage purportedly showing a teenager involved in a deadly shooting in the US state of Wisconsin is evidence that far stricter gun control measures are needed, the UN human rights office, OHCHR said on Friday.. , breaking New killings after Jacob Blake shooting reveal chronic problems still to be overcome in US, news, latest news

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Complex security, environmental crises worsen conditions for over 360,000 in western Chad

More than 360,000 internally displaced persons in Chad’s Lake province are facing a “double” crisis, exposed to security and environmental risks, the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM) has reported, highlighting the need to strengthen resilience of affected communities., breaking Complex security, environmental crises worsen conditions for over 360,000 in western Chad, news, latest news

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UN rights chief urges DR Congo to protect Nobel laureate Mukwege amid death threats

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has condemned death threats made against Congolese Nobel Prize laureate Dr. Denis Mukwege and called for his protection., breaking UN rights chief urges DR Congo to protect Nobel laureate Mukwege amid death threats, news, latest news

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Hurricane Laura: Most dangerous hurricane to hit the US this season

Hurricane Laura is by far the most intense and dangerous hurricane to hit the United States this season, the UN weather agency said on Friday, the day after it made landfall on the US Gulf Coast.
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UNICEF: Time is of the essence, as water shortages compound desperate situation in Beirut

Risk of water-borne diseases is rising in Beirut, in the aftermath of the devastating explosion in early August, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned, calling for urgent action to ensure families and responders have access to safe water and sanitation. , breaking UNICEF: Time is of the essence, as water shortages compound desperate situation in Beirut, news, latest news

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Myanmar: Upcoming elections an opportunity to take a new inclusive democratic path

The Government of Myanmar should embrace upcoming national elections, scheduled for November, as an opportunity to take a new and fully inclusive democratic path, and to address the root of causes of abuses suffered by ethnic minorities, the UN human rights office (OHCHR) has urged. , breaking Myanmar: Upcoming elections an opportunity to take a new inclusive democratic path, news, latest news

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UNESCO launches Beirut recovery fund for culture, heritage and education

To support the rehabilitation of schools, historic heritage buildings, museums and the creative economy, which suffered extensive damage in the deadly explosions that shook Beirut earlier this month, the head of the UN cultural agency on Thursday launched an international fund-raising appeal.

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‘Widespread’ COVID-19 transmission, limited testing, deepen Syria’s humanitarian woes

COVID-19 is having a dramatic impact on health services in Syria, where limited testing is obscuring the real extent of the pandemic, the UN’s Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator said on Thursday., breaking ‘Widespread’ COVID-19 transmission, limited testing, deepen Syria’s humanitarian woes, news, latest news

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UN rights expert calls for ceasefire, commitment from all stakeholders to ensure free elections in Central African Republic

The UN’s expert on human rights in the Central African Republic (CAR) issued a series of recommendations on Wednesday to ensure that citizens – after years of civil unrest – can freely decide the future of their country during presidential elections on 27 December., breaking UN rights expert calls for ceasefire, commitment from all stakeholders to ensure free elections in Central African Republic, news, latest news

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Deliberate silencing of peaceful voices in Iraq ‘unacceptable’, says UN human rights chief

A new UN report launched on Thursday highlights human rights violations and abuses that were committed during recent demonstrations in Iraq and calls for immediate action for justice., breaking Deliberate silencing of peaceful voices in Iraq ‘unacceptable’, says UN human rights chief, news, latest news

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Togo overcomes ‘sleeping sickness’ as a public health problem

The West African nation of Togo has eliminated human African trypanosomiasis or “sleeping sickness” as a public health problem, becoming the first in the continent to achieve the milestone, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) has said. , breaking Togo overcomes ‘sleeping sickness’ as a public health problem, news, latest news

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Facing pandemic, economic and political challenges, Iraq Government ‘operating in the eyes of multiple storms at once’

The COVID-19 pandemic is aggravating deep-rooted economic, social and political challenges in Iraq, but elections in 2021 – if credible – could open a new chapter for the Middle East nation after years of conflict and strife, the UN’s top official in the country said Wednesday. , breaking Facing pandemic, economic and political challenges, Iraq Government ‘operating in the eyes of multiple storms at once’, news, latest news

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Refugees at risk of hunger and malnutrition, as relief hit in Eastern Africa

UN World Food Programme (WFP) has been forced to reduce its food and cash assistance for refugees in Eastern Africa by up to 30 per cent, the agency has said, voicing fears that the reductions could worsen in the coming months unless urgent additional funding is received in time. , breaking Refugees at risk of hunger and malnutrition, as relief hit in Eastern Africa, news, latest news

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Address root causes of the Rohingya refugee crisis, urges UN chief

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called for greater attention to the Rohingya refugee crisis – which entered its fourth year – and for addressing the root causes of the conflict. , breaking Address root causes of the Rohingya refugee crisis, urges UN chief, news, latest news

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‘Momentous milestone’ as Africa eradicates wild poliovirus

The wild poliovirus has been eradicated in Africa, health officials announced on Tuesday, calling it a “momentous milestone” for the continent. , breaking ‘Momentous milestone’ as Africa eradicates wild poliovirus, news, latest news

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Israel’s accord with United Arab Emirates an opportunity to unlock progress on wider Middle East peace efforts, UN envoy says

The recent agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates has the potential to change dynamics across the Middle East, the UN’s top envoy in the region told the Security Council on Tuesday, urging Palestinian and Israeli leaders to re-engage in efforts to resolve their protracted conflict., breaking Israel’s accord with United Arab Emirates an opportunity to unlock progress on wider Middle East peace efforts, UN envoy says, news, latest news

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Rights expert denounces lack of investigation into 2017 killing of journalist in South Sudan

Lack of investigation into the killing of a journalist three years ago in South Sudan is indicative of a wider climate of hostility towards journalists in the country, an independent UN human rights expert has said. , breaking Rights expert denounces lack of investigation into 2017 killing of journalist in South Sudan, news, latest news

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UNICEF works to ease suffering of children whose lives have been ‘turned upside-down’ after Beirut blast

Following a deadly explosion earlier this month, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has delivered some 67 tons of critical humanitarian supplies to affected children and families in Beirut., breaking UNICEF works to ease suffering of children whose lives have been ‘turned upside-down’ after Beirut blast, news, latest news

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Three years after exodus, Rohingya refugees ‘more vulnerable than ever’

Three years into the Rohingya refugee crisis, women, men and children – driven from their homes in Myanmar into camps across the border in Bangladesh – are more vulnerable than ever, UN agencies have reported. , breaking Three years after exodus, Rohingya refugees ‘more vulnerable than ever’, news, latest news

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First Person: Tourism in Hawaii grounded during pandemic

Tourism is Hawaii’s biggest industry, with some 10 million visitors to the lslands ever year. But that has all changed since the COVID-19 pandemic, and many businesses on the archipelago have been forced to shut down for good, according to a helicopter pilot who flies pleasure trips for tourists., breaking First Person: Tourism in Hawaii grounded during pandemic, news, latest news

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Imprisoned rights defenders in Egypt at ‘grave risk’ of COVID-19, warn UN experts

A group of independent UN rights experts have raised alarm over “grave and unnecessary” risks faced by imprisoned human rights defenders in Egypt due to lengthy pre-trial detention., breaking Imprisoned rights defenders in Egypt at ‘grave risk’ of COVID-19, warn UN experts, news, latest news

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First Person: Fighting anti-vaccination rumours in Pakistan

Polio, a deadly, debilitating, yet easily curable disease, is eradicated in most countries, but is still endemic in Pakistan, partly due to a reluctance to vaccinate amongst some parts of the population. Dennis Chimenya, a health worker with the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, is part of a team trying to counter misconceptions, and save lives., breaking First Person: Fighting anti-vaccination rumours in Pakistan, news, latest news

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FROM THE FIELD: Ugly veggies in Kenya destined for lunch not landfills

Hundreds of tons of fresh and edible vegetables which are typically dumped because they do not meet the aesthetic requirements for export are ending up on the plates of hungry Kenyan students thanks to the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP)., breaking FROM THE FIELD: Ugly veggies in Kenya destined for lunch not landfills, news, latest news

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Protecting people from conflict, cyclones and COVID-19 in Mozambique: a UN Resident Coordinator blog

The COVID-19 disease has added to longstanding challenges in Mozambique which have threatened the southern African country’s most vulnerable people. In this blog, the UN Resident Coordinator Myrta Kaulard, with IOM Chief of Mission, Laura Tomm-Bonde, and Samuel Chakwera, UNHCR Resident Representative, explain how the United Nations is supporting national efforts to protect the people of Mozambique from multiple threats, breaking Protecting people from conflict, cyclones and COVID-19 in Mozambique: a UN Resident Coordinator blog, news, latest news

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As Burkina Faso grapples with COVID-19, new UN data reveals ‘alarming deterioration’ in food security

An estimated 3.3 million people in Burkina Faso are facing acute food insecurity, two United Nations agencies warned on Friday.

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Rohingya crisis needs lasting solutions, renewed commitment amid COVID-19 pandemic, UN refugee agency

Three years after violence in Myanmar forced hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas to seek refuge in Bangladesh, the international community must adapt its assistance to the critical needs of those displaced and the host communities supporting them, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Friday. , breaking Rohingya crisis needs lasting solutions, renewed commitment amid COVID-19 pandemic, UN refugee agency, news, latest news

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UN refugee chief underlines continued support to Lebanon

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees on Friday urged the international community to continue to stand by the people of Lebanon as they recover from the blast that devastated the capital, Beirut, earlier this month. , breaking UN refugee chief underlines continued support to Lebanon, news, latest news

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UN rights office ‘appalled’ at violence against human rights defenders in the Philippines

The UN human rights office, OHCHR, has called for effective measures to protect rights defenders in the Philippines, amid a spate of deadly attacks against them., breaking UN rights office ‘appalled’ at violence against human rights defenders in the Philippines, news, latest news

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Iraq: UN Mission condemns killings of activists in Basra

The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) has strongly condemned the killing of two activists and attacks against others in the southern city of Basra, urging increased efforts to bring the perpetrators to justice. , breaking Iraq: UN Mission condemns killings of activists in Basra, news, latest news

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Somalia at a critical juncture, as federal, state leaders, meet to break election impasse

With elections slated for November delayed due to COVID-19, Somalia is at a critical juncture, the top United Nations official in the country told the Security Council on Thursday, pressing federal and state leaders to agree on voting modalities, and bolster the capacity of forces which are meant to assume full control of national security, next year., breaking Somalia at a critical juncture, as federal, state leaders, meet to break election impasse, news, latest news

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COVID-19: African countries urged to promote a safe return to school

School closures implemented to protect students from COVID-19, are hurting them in other ways, while the long-term impact of this disruption to education could create a “lost generation” in Africa, two UN agencies said on Thursday. , breaking COVID-19: African countries urged to promote a safe return to school, news, latest news

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Mali coup: Democratic order must be restored ‘as fast as possible’

The UN on Thursday called for the “constitutional and democratic order” to be restored as soon as possible across Mali, following the military coup, and reiterated a call to respect the rule of law, and refrain from violence., breaking Mali coup: Democratic order must be restored ‘as fast as possible’, news, latest news

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Mauritius oil spill highlights importance of global maritime laws: UN trade body

The devastating oil spill off the east coast of Mauritius has highlighted the need for global adoption of international legislation that govern the seas and protect small island states and their vulnerable marine ecosystems against ship pollution, UN trade body UNCTAD has stated. , breaking Mauritius oil spill highlights importance of global maritime laws: UN trade body, news, latest news

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‘Urgent need’ to scale up search and rescue in the Mediterranean

UN agencies have called for search and rescue to be stepped up in the central Mediterranean, in the wake of a tragic shipwreck that claimed the lives of 45 migrants and refugees, including five children. , breaking ‘Urgent need’ to scale up search and rescue in the Mediterranean, news, latest news

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Jordan: Closing teachers’ union, detaining officials, ‘serious’ rights violations

Jordan must reverse the decision to close a 140,000-strong teachers’ union and detain its leaders, independent UN human rights experts said on Wednesday, while also urging the authorities to lift gag orders prohibiting public discussion of the case. , breaking Jordan: Closing teachers’ union, detaining officials, ‘serious’ rights violations, news, latest news

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Mali coup: UN peacekeeping mission ‘must and will continue’ operations

The United Nations continues to monitor the ongoing situation in Mali, where soldiers arrested the President and several members of his cabinet in a military coup on Tuesday. , breaking Mali coup: UN peacekeeping mission ‘must and will continue’ operations, news, latest news

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Syria constitutional reform talks hold promise for new social contract

Constitutional reform talks between Syria’s Government and opposition leaders next week in Geneva, offer an opportunity to reconcile differences and establish a social contract with people across the country, who are desperate for progress after more than nine years of war, the Special Envoy told the Security Council on Wednesday. , breaking Syria constitutional reform talks hold promise for new social contract, news, latest news

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Libya: UN human right chief appoints independent investigators to probe abuses

UN-led efforts to address serious rights violations in Libya, received a boost on Wednesday with the appointment of three independent investigators to document abuses in the war-torn country.
 

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Bosnia and Herzegovina should recognise sex crime survivors’ rights, say experts

In Bosnia and Herzegovina, tens of thousands of victims of sexual violence committed during conflict in the 1990s still await justice, UN-appointed rights experts said on Wednesday., breaking Bosnia and Herzegovina should recognise sex crime survivors’ rights, say experts, news, latest news

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Bridging Asia-Pacific ‘digital divide’ vital to realize tech benefits

Countries across Asia and the Pacific are using new technologies to contain the global pandemic and mitigate its impact, the UN’s regional socio-economic development arm has said, as governments and experts work together to identify ways to innovate further, and build back better, after COVID-19., breaking Bridging Asia-Pacific ‘digital divide’ vital to realize tech benefits, news, latest news

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Mali: UN chief demands ‘immediate and unconditional release’ of President, cabinet members

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for the immediate restoration of constitutional order and the rule of law in Mali, after mutinying troops arrested the country’s leader and other senior officials on Tuesday., breaking Mali: UN chief demands ‘immediate and unconditional release’ of President, cabinet members, news, latest news

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Hariri assassination: UN-backed tribunal finds one guilty, three acquitted

The UN Secretary-General took note on Tuesday of the guilty verdict delivered by a special UN-backed court, in the case of one of the defendants accused of killing former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, in a bomb attack 15 years ago. Three other defendants, also reportedly members of militant group, Hezbollah, were acquitted. , breaking Hariri assassination: UN-backed tribunal finds one guilty, three acquitted, news, latest news

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One million flee escalating violence in Burkina Faso

Mounting violence in Burkina Faso has forced more than one million people to flee their homes: 453,000 so far this year alone, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, reported on Tuesday, citing government figures., breaking One million flee escalating violence in Burkina Faso, news, latest news

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Supporting communities and refugees in Lebanon a ‘top priority’: UNHCR chief

The head of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is in Lebanon to drive home the message of solidarity with all those affected by the devastating blast a fortnight ago, reaching out to both Lebanese and the many refugees and migrants sheltering in the country.   
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Real Life Heroes: Building a safe space for Rohingya women refugees

Bangladeshi architect Rizvi Hassan is the driving force behind the construction of a safe space for Rohingya women and girls, in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, site of the world’s largest camp for displaced people, and home to around a million Rohingya refugees who fled from Myanmar. The community centre caters to a marginalized, vulnerable group, at risk of gender-based violence. , breaking Real Life Heroes: Building a safe space for Rohingya women refugees, news, latest news

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FROM THE FIELD: Protection among the mangroves

The rehabilitation and replanting of mangrove forests in Cuba’s coastal regions is helping to protect the lives of people living on the Caribbean island, and reduce the effects of climate change, thanks to a UN Development Programme project. , breaking FROM THE FIELD: Protection among the mangroves, news, latest news

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Somalia: UN condemns ‘brazen’ terrorist attack on beachside hotel

The UN in Somalia has strongly condemned a terrorist attack that took place on Sunday at the Elite Hotel in the capital Mogadishu, which reportedly killed at least 16 people and left many others injured.     , breaking Somalia: UN condemns ‘brazen’ terrorist attack on beachside hotel, news, latest news

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Belarus crisis: Top UN official concerned over torture allegations

In the wake of ongoing electoral-related unrest in Belarus, the top UN official in the country has requested an urgent meeting with authorities focused on the issue of human rights, according to a statement from her offic, breaking Belarus crisis: Top UN official concerned over torture allegations, news, latest news

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Real Life Heroes: Delivering aid under fire

Working from a field office in Yemen, Sonia Almassad ensures that UN relief aid reaches those who need it, in the war-torn country. She was previously posted in her home country, Syria, where she negotiated with armed groups on both sides of the conflict, sometimes at great personal risk., breaking Real Life Heroes: Delivering aid under fire, news, latest news

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Virtual Concert unites Pacific with the world in battling COVID-19

The first-of-its-kind televised and digitally streamed Pacific Unite: Saving Lives Together concert called on regional leaders and citizens to unite in the global fight against COVID-19, the United Nations said on Saturday., breaking Virtual Concert unites Pacific with the world in battling COVID-19, news, latest news

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Uganda looks online for answers to COVID economic crisis

From banking, to food delivery, and taxi bookings, Uganda is rapidly becoming accustomed to many of the online tools that are commonplace in developed economies, and which don’t rely on face-to-face interactions. The UN is supporting this shift, as a way to help developing economies recover from the global economic crisis brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic., breaking Uganda looks online for answers to COVID economic crisis, news, latest news

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UN chief: Belarusians must be able to exercise their ‘civil and political rights’

Closely following the developments in Belarus, Secretary-General António Guterres issued a statement on Friday underlining the importance of enabling all Belarusians to “exercise their civil and political rights”. , breaking UN chief: Belarusians must be able to exercise their ‘civil and political rights’, news, latest news

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UN and partners launch $565 million appeal for Lebanon

The UN and aid partners are seeking $565 million to address the overwhelming needs in Lebanon following the deadly explosions that flattened large areas of the capital, Beirut, nearly two weeks ago., breaking UN and partners launch $565 million appeal for Lebanon, news, latest news

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Guterres ‘deeply concerned’ over environmental threat posed by stricken oil tanker off Yemen coast

The UN chief is “deeply concerned” about the condition of the FSO Safer oil tanker, moored off the western coast of Yemen, his spokesperson said on Friday. , breaking Guterres ‘deeply concerned’ over environmental threat posed by stricken oil tanker off Yemen coast, news, latest news

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Afghanistan: More action needed to stop killings of human rights defenders 

The death of nine human rights defenders since the beginning of this year marks “the emergence of a truly alarming trend”, an independent UN rights expert said on Friday, calling on Afghanistan to prevent any further killings., breaking Afghanistan: More action needed to stop killings of human rights defenders , news, latest news

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Millions ‘on the edge’ in DR Congo now in even greater danger of tipping over: WFP

Millions of lives could be lost to hunger in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), amid escalating conflict and worsening COVID-19 transmission, the UN emergency food relief agency has warned, urging the international community to step up support for the African nation., breaking Millions ‘on the edge’ in DR Congo now in even greater danger of tipping over: WFP, news, latest news

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Interception no solution to address migrants crossing English Channel

Intercepting boats full of migrants attempting to cross the English Channel, is not the solution to deter them from attempting to reach the United Kingdom, UN agencies have stressed, warning that deployment of large naval vessels to block small, flimsy dinghies could lead to fatal incidents., breaking Interception no solution to address migrants crossing English Channel, news, latest news

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Real Life Heroes: ‘A simple word can mean a lot to a refugee’

After leaving Gaza as a refugee, Shadi Mohammedali decided to dedicate himself to helping others in a similar situation. Today, he is working for an NGO in a Greek camp for asylum seekers, explaining how they can protect themselves from COVID-19., breaking Real Life Heroes: ‘A simple word can mean a lot to a refugee’, news, latest news

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UN chief welcomes Israel-UAE agreement

The UN Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed a joint statement by the leaders of the United States, Israel and the United Arab Emirates, which suspends Israeli annexation plans over parts of the occupied West Bank, something the UN has consistently called for., breaking UN chief welcomes Israel-UAE agreement, news, latest news

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UN rights experts call for accountability following Beirut’s ‘unprecedented’ lethal explosion

The catastrophic blast which led to the deaths of more than 200 in Beirut on 4 August, has prompted more than three dozen independent rights experts on Thursday, to issue a call for justice and accountability on behalf of the Lebanese people., breaking UN rights experts call for accountability following Beirut’s ‘unprecedented’ lethal explosion, news, latest news

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Deaths of children in northeast Syria ‘could have been averted’: UNICEF

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has expressed “deep alarm” over reports that eight children – all under the age of five – have died in Syria’s Al Hol camp, where several thousand children are languishing in dire conditions., breaking Deaths of children in northeast Syria ‘could have been averted’: UNICEF, news, latest news

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Real Life Heroes: On a journey towards quality healthcare

In the remote Lamu region, on the northeast coast of Kenya, quality healthcare is hard to come by. Every month, medical staff from Safari Doctors, an NGO founded by Umra Omar, set sail on a boat filled with medicines, to provide free basic medicines to hundreds of marginalized inhabitants in several coastal villages., breaking Real Life Heroes: On a journey towards quality healthcare, news, latest news

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Belarus: UN rights chief condemns violence against protesters, calls for grievances to be heard

The flow of free information is “crucial” in a democratic society, the UN human rights chief said on Wednesday, spotlighting the landlocked eastern European nation of Belarus, “especially in a context of crisis and social unrest”., breaking Belarus: UN rights chief condemns violence against protesters, calls for grievances to be heard, news, latest news

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Lebanon: WFP racing to help vulnerable, prevent food shortages

The World Food Programme (WFP) is racing to prevent food shortages in Lebanon as the country continues to reel from the triple shock of the devastating blast in Beirut, economic meltdown and the COVID-19 pandemic., breaking Lebanon: WFP racing to help vulnerable, prevent food shortages, news, latest news

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Real Life Heroes: heading into disaster, in the service of others

Growing up in Indonesia in the shadow of an active volcano, Agus Haryono has witnessed the deadly risks of living in a disaster-prone region. This prompted him to join the country’s Search and Rescue Agency, in the hope of saving lives, when disaster strikes., breaking Real Life Heroes: heading into disaster, in the service of others, news, latest news

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Somalia: Draft law a ‘major setback’ for victims of sexual violence

The UN official working to end rape during wartime is urging authorities in Somalia to scrap a proposed law that allows for child marriage, among other “very disturbing provisions”., breaking Somalia: Draft law a ‘major setback’ for victims of sexual violence, news, latest news

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Refugees also affected by Beirut blast as UN relief efforts continue

Dozens of refugees were among the victims of the deadly explosions at Beirut’s port a week ago that destroyed large areas of the Lebanese capital, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, reported on Tuesday., breaking Refugees also affected by Beirut blast as UN relief efforts continue, news, latest news

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Polio vaccination campaigns restart in Afghanistan and Pakistan after COVID-19 hiatus

Polio vaccination campaigns have resumed in Afghanistan and Pakistan, months after having been severely disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday. , breaking Polio vaccination campaigns restart in Afghanistan and Pakistan after COVID-19 hiatus, news, latest news

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Belarus: UN chief following post-election developments ‘with great concern’

The UN Secretary-General has appealed for restraint in Belarus, where ongoing clashes between police and demonstrators continue following disputed elections held on Sunday., breaking Belarus: UN chief following post-election developments ‘with great concern’, news, latest news

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‘You are not alone, we are in this together’, declare UN staffers in Lebanon

Last Saturday was another scorching August day in Lebanon’s shattered capital of Beirut, but UN staff members who had gathered outside UN House – itself damaged during the deadly port explosion – were determined to get straight to work, and stand in solidarity with the country they call home., breaking ‘You are not alone, we are in this together’, declare UN staffers in Lebanon, news, latest news

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Pandemic poses fresh challenges for vulnerable migrant workers in Middle East

Amidst reports that many migrant workers in the Middle East are being made destitute, due to an economic crisis exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN is calling on governments and employers to respect their rights, and show solidarity with their plight., breaking Pandemic poses fresh challenges for vulnerable migrant workers in Middle East, news, latest news

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Guterres pledges continued UN support for Lebanon ‘in every possible way’

The United Nations and humanitarian partners are working around the clock to support and mobilize emergency assistance in the aftermath of the deadly explosion in Beirut Port last Tuesday. , breaking Guterres pledges continued UN support for Lebanon ‘in every possible way’, news, latest news

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First Person: COVID-19 helping Hawaiians to ‘recognize the importance of heritage’

Sabra Kauka is a cultural practitioner and teaches Hawaiian Studies at the Island School on the island of Kauai, in Hawaii, while acting as a coordinator for the Department of Education. As the daughter of an army officer, she spent much of her youth living overseas, but “felt the call to come home” to Hawaii as an adult after reading a newspaper article which highlighted the poor standard of living for indigenous Hawaiians in Hawaii., breaking First Person: COVID-19 helping Hawaiians to ‘recognize the importance of heritage’, news, latest news

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Building a green economy, brick by brick

In Uruguay, thousands of families earn a precarious livelihood making bricks, using traditional methods that are often inefficient and harmful to the environment. A UN project, in collaboration with the Uruguayan government, aims to make the industry less polluting, whilst preserving jobs for the many artisans who depend on it. , breaking Building a green economy, brick by brick, news, latest news

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New humanitarian air service boosts COVID-19 response in the Pacific

A flight carrying protective masks, ventilators and other essential medical supplies for COVID-19 response, landed in Papua New Guinea on Thursday, marking the start of a humanitarian air service for the Pacific region, Governments and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) have announced., breaking New humanitarian air service boosts COVID-19 response in the Pacific, news, latest news

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75 years after the bomb, Hiroshima still chooses ‘reconciliation and hope’

In a video message delivered to a Peace Memorial Ceremony in Japan on Thursday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has paid tribute to the victims of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, which devastated the city in 1945. , breaking 75 years after the bomb, Hiroshima still chooses ‘reconciliation and hope’, news, latest news

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Thailand’s COVID-19 response an example of resilience and solidarity: a UN Resident Coordinator blog

In January, Thailand became the second country to confirm a COVID-19 case but, since then, the country has shown remarkable resilience and, as of late July, there had not been any recorded cases of domestic transmission for nearly two months. Gita Sabharwal, the UN Resident Coordinator in Thailand, explains that this success is thanks to a combination of government action, social responsibility and community solidarity. , breaking Thailand’s COVID-19 response an example of resilience and solidarity: a UN Resident Coordinator blog, news, latest news

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Philippines: UN and partners launch major COVID-19 response plan to aid 5.4 million

Prioritizing the safety and well-being of women and girls, the UN and partners launched on Tuesday a COVID-19 humanitarian response plan to assist some 5.4 million of the poorest and most marginalized people in the Philippines. , breaking Philippines: UN and partners launch major COVID-19 response plan to aid 5.4 million, news, latest news

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Storms, coronavirus pose ‘double threat’ for children in Central America and Caribbean – UNICEF

Across Central America and the Caribbean, the more than 70 million children impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic could soon face another threat – catastrophic hurricane storms, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned on Monday. , breaking Storms, coronavirus pose ‘double threat’ for children in Central America and Caribbean – UNICEF, news, latest news