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DR Congo: UN envoy calls for end to hostilities, focus on political process at start of visit

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Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region Mary Robinson. Photo: MONUSCO/Sylvain Liechti 2 September 2013 – The United Nations Special Envoy for Africa’s Great Lake’s region is in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to start a regional tour with envoys from the African Union, European Union and the United States to bolster diplomatic […]

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World Water Week: UN deputy chief urges greater international cooperation on sanitation

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A young resident of Maslakh camp (Afghanistan) takes a drink of water. UN Photo/E. Debebe 2 September 2013 – Now is the time for accelerated, energized and concerted action on water and sanitation, Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson today urged, calling for renewed cooperation on water management and access to adequate sanitation for the more than […]

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Iraq: UN agency airlifts supplies for Syrian refugee children, families in Erbil

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Syrians stream from their war-torn country into Iraq’s Kurdistan region. Photo: UNHCR/G. Gubaeva 2 September 2013 – The United Nations children’s agency is scaling up its assistance to thousands of Syrian refugee children and their families in the Kurdistan region of Iraq where tens of thousands of families arrived in recent weeks. A plane carrying […]

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Deploring murder of Indian reporter, UN agency chief calls for investigation

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UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova. Photo: UNESCO 2 September 2013 – The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today deplored the killing of reporter Rakesh Sharma in the state of Uttar Pradesh, in northern India, and fallced for a full investigation into his assassination. “I condemn the killing of Rakesh Sharma,” […]

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Syria: samples collected at site of alleged chemical weapons use to be sent to labs tomorrow

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (file photo). UN Photo/M. Garten 1 September 2013 – Samples collected by the United Nations chemical weapons inspection team in Syria will begin to be transferred to laboratories tomorrow, according to a spokesperson for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “The whole process will be done strictly adhering to the highest established standards of […]

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Ban deplores attack on Iranian exile camp north of Baghdad

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Entrance gate of Camp Ashraf 1 September 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned an attack on an Iranian exile camp near the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, and urged the Government to launch an investigation into what happened. “The Secretary-General deplores the tragic events in Camp Ashraf today that have reportedly left 47 killed,” his […]

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Kazakhstan and Indonesia arrange direct flights

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Kazakhstan and Indonesia will be connected with direct flights. The agreement has been reached during the official visit of the Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to Astana, Tengrinews.kz reports. “Lack of efficient transport routs seriously hinders the development of our economic cooperation. We have discussed establishing a flight connection between our countries, between Kazakhstan and […]

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Syrian conflict preventing Palestinian refugees from going back to school – UN agency

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Maya Mousa is one of the thousands of Palestinian refugee children displaced along with their families due to the ongoing conflict in Syria. In July 2012, Maya escaped from Syria to resettle with her family of ten in a small house in Bourj al-Barajneh Palestine refugee camp in Lebanon. Photo: UNRWA 1 September 2013 – […]

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Sri Lanka heading in ‘authoritarian direction’, says UN human rights chief

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High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré 31 August 2013 – Although the fighting is over, the suffering is not, the United Nations human rights chief today said wrapping up a week-long visit to Sri Lanka where she warned that the country is sowing the seeds of future discord by limiting personal […]

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At Alpbach, UN chief urges greater action to meet anti-poverty, sustainability goals

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Reducing child mortality rates is one of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Photo: World Bank/Nahuel Berger 31 August 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged participants at the European Forum Alpbach to boost action towards achieving the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to shape a shared vision for a […]

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