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UN agency joins Syria’s neighbours in plea for greater international support to region

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High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres (centre), flanked by the ministers from Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan at the start of the 4 September 2013 meeting in Geneva. Photo: UNHCR/Jean-Marc Ferré 4 September 2013 – The United Nations refugee agency and senior Government ministers from Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey – countries which together host […]

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In St. Petersburg, UN chief stresses need for cooperation to tackle global issues

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivers remarks at St. Petersburg State University, Russian Federation. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe 4 September 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today emphasized the need for global cooperation, particularly towards accelerating progress on agreed goals in education, poverty eradication and sustainable development, as leaders of the Group of 20 (G20) prepare to meet in […]

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Government policies on migration should place people at centre – UN human rights chief

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Migrant workers in India cook a meal. Photo: World Bank/Curt Carnemark 4 September 2013 – With more than 215 million migrants around the world, the top United Nations human rights official today reminded Governments that migration is fundamentally about people, and called for the creation of human rights-based policies to more effectively address the issue. […]

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UN food agency appeals for increased funding to assist 11 million people in the Sahel

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Improved seed is distributed to farmers in the Sahel. Photo: FAO/Issouf Sanogo 4 September 2013 – With some 11 million people in the Sahel at risk of hunger, the United Nations today appealed on the international community to increase support for food and livestock production in this vast region of Africa. “The recurrent food and […]

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Transnational organized crime on the rise in Eastern Africa, warns UN report

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Transnational Organized Crime in Eastern Africa: A Threat Assessment. Credit: UNODC 4 September 2013 – Organized criminal activities such as migrant smuggling, ivory trafficking and maritime piracy are increasingly pressing threats in Eastern Africa and must be tackled through a range of measures both within the region and in the markets where illicit goods will […]

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‘Re-energized diplomatic effort’ needed to break deadlock over Syria – new Security Council President

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Amb. Gary Quinlan of Australia and President of the Security Council for the month of September, briefs journalists on the Council’s programme of work for the month. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine 4 September 2013 – With the United Nations Security Council deadlocked over the crisis in Syria, the world’s focus will now shift away from New […]

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Banning nuclear tests essential for global peace, says head of UN-backed treaty organization

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An atmospheric nuclear test conducted by the United States at Enewetak Atoll, Marshall Islands, on 1 November 1952. Photo: US Government 4 September 2013 – The new head of preparatory commission for a United Nations-backed treaty stressed today that banning nuclear tests is essential for international peace and security. In a briefing to reporters in […]

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UN chief calls for peaceful elections in Maldives

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September 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on the people of the Maldives to ensure that the presidential elections, set for Saturday, are conducted peacefully. In a statement issued last night, Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said the Secretary-General “encourages all presidential candidates to respect the election results no matter who wins, and asks that all […]

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UN General Assembly spotlights need to boost regional digital connectivity

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General Assembly President Vuk Jeremic. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine (file photo) 4 September 2013 – One in five households in developing countries are now connected to the Internet but more must be done to bridge the digital divide with the developed world, the President of the General Assembly said today opening a discussion on boosting  regional […]

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National security concerns do not justify curbing press freedoms in UK, say UN experts

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Frank La Rue, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression. Photo: Violaine Martin 4 September 2013 – Two United Nations independent experts today called on the United Kingdom to ensure journalists can perform investigative work without fear of intimidation, and stressed that national security concerns do […]

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