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China Islamic Association marks 60th anniversary

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Yu Zhengsheng (R, front), chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, shakes hands with members of the China Islamic Association during a ceremony to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the foundation of the association, in Beijing, capital of China, Aug. 30, 2013. (Xinhua/Ma Zhancheng)   BEIJING, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) — The […]

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FEATURE: United Nations breaks tradition to bring real diplomacy to Model UN

By   /  August 30, 2013  /  All News  /  No Comments

Student delegates at a Model UN (MUN) workshop at UN Headquarters in New York, August 2013. Photo: Department of Public Information 30 August 2013 – The United Nations is educating students on how things are actually done inside its chambers by launching a new UN guide for Model UN, the first time the Organization has […]

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On International Day, UN experts urge greater protection for those fighting for rights of disappeared persons

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Relatives of abducted children speak out for the disappeared in Lamwo district, northern Uganda. Photo: IRIN/Philippa Croome 30 August 2013 – A group of United Nations human rights experts today urged greater protection for relatives and civil society groups fighting for the rights of victims of enforced disappearances, noting that they are the subject of […]

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Syria: Ban begins consultations with UN Member States as chemical weapons team wraps up probe

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas (file photo) 30 August 2013 – As the situation in Syria continues to rapidly evolve, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon cut short an official visit in Europe to return to the world body’s New York Headquarters for a series of consultations with Member States today, while UN inspectors are […]

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Central African Republic: UN food relief agency scaling-up operations despite deteriorating security

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Beneficiaries waiting for their monthly food ration in the Central African Republic. Photo: WFP/Sayaka Sato 30 August 2013 – The United Nations food relief agency is helping thousands of people displaced by increasing violence perpetrated by armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR), according to its spokesperson. “The security situation in CAR had deteriorated […]

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Ahead of G20 summit, Ban calls for leadership towards building more sustainable future

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Credit: G20 30 August 2013 – As the world’s leading economies prepare to meet next week in Saint Petersburg, Russia, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on countries to show leadership and commitment to achieve a sustainable future. “At the Saint Petersburg G20 Summit, your leadership wi11 be critical for strengthening global economic recovery […]

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Election Period in review: August 24 – 30, 2013

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ElectList: August 24-30, 2013 Fiji (Aug 22, 2013) Government officials in Fiji have released the final version of the country’s new constitution. Following a 2006 coup d’état that toppled the government of Prime Minister Laisenia QARASE, the country has been ruled by Commodore Josaia Voreqe BAINIMARAMA. The previous constitution of Fiji, which was adopted in […]

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DR Congo: Ban condemns attacks on civilians, calls on parties to pursue political process

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UN peacekeepers escort surrendered M23 fighters in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Photo: MONUSCO 30 August 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned the latest bout of violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and called on all parties to engage in the political process that aims to address […]

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UN agencies to continue humanitarian work in Syria despite security challenges

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WFP is providing food assistance to Syrians who fled to Kawrgosk in Iraq. Photo: WFP/Abeer Etefa 30 August 2013 – As tensions continue to ratchet up regarding the crisis in Syria, United Nations agencies today reiterated their commitment to continue providing emergency relief for Syrians inside the country, as well as for displaced persons, despite […]

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On International Day, UN experts urge greater protection for those fighting for rights of disappeared persons

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Olivier de Frouville, Chairperson of the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearance. UN Photo/Violaine Martin 30 August 2013 – A group of United Nations human rights experts today urged greater protection for relatives and civil society groups fighting for the rights of victims of enforced disappearances, noting that they are the subject of intimidation […]

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