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Landmark UN labour treaty extends rights for domestic workers worldwide

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A scene at the Sukarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta. Thousands of women leave their homes in Indonesia to work as domestic workers each year. Photo: IRIN/David Swanson 5 September 2013 – A United Nations treaty entering into force today will extend the labour and social rights of some 53 million domestic workers around the world. […]

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UN envoys urge renewed talks between M23, DR Congo Government

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Special Envoy Mary Robinson (right) and head of MONUSCO Martin Kobler at a news conference in Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Photo: MONUSCO 5 September 2013 – Top United Nations officials focusing on the Democratic Republic of the Congo are today in the Ugandan capital of Kampala attending talks with regional leaders meant […]

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Darfur: African Union-UN mission recovers body of peacekeeper missing since floods

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Photo: UNAMID 5 September 2013 – The body of an African Union-United Nations peacekeeper who had been assisting flood victims has been recovered in Darfur, a spokesperson announced today. “The African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) reports that one of its patrols has recovered the remains of one of the four peacekeepers reported missing […]

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Private companies must boost efforts to implement sustainable policies – UN report

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Executive Director of the UN Global Compact Georg Kell. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine 5 September 2013 – While private companies have made progress in recent years in addressing sustainability issues, more needs to be done to close the gap between talk and action on social responsibility, according to a United Nations report released today. The Global […]

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Online platform marks ‘new phase’ of UN engagement with young people – Youth Envoy

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Youth Envoy Ahmad Alhendawi. UN Photo/Evan Schneider 5 September 2013 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Envoy on Youth launched today an online platform to bring the Organization’s initiatives closer to young people and engage with them, regardless of their location. The website http://www.un.org/youthenvoy will not just provide news about UN agencies’ work for and […]

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Guinea-Bissau’s transition is on track, UN envoy tells Security Council

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Special Representative Jose Ramos Horta speaks to reporters after briefing the Security Council behind closed doors. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine 5 September 2013 – Despite a possible delay in the elections scheduled for November, the political efforts in Guinea-Bissau are moving forward and the country remains calm, the Security Council was told today. Speaking to journalists […]

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Citing ‘horrific’ human, environmental effects, UN officials urge global ban on nuclear tests

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  Atmospheric nuclear test conducted by the United States on 18 April 1953 at the Nevada Test Site. Photo: US Government 5 September 2013 – United Nations senior officials today repeated their call on Member States to take action to ban nuclear testing, stressing their horrific effects on human lives and the environment. “We should […]

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Food prices fall for fourth consecutive month on cheaper cereals, oils – UN agency

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Photo: FAO/Giulio Napolitano 5 September 2013 – Global food prices dropped to their lowest levels since June 2012 driven by continued declines in prices of cereals and oils, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported today, while also forecasting a bumper harvest for this fall. FAO’s Food Price Index – which measures monthly […]

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UN marks first annual International Day of Charity

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Volunteers hand out meals to refugees at a camp set up on the Thai border with Myanmar 5 September 2013 – Donate time or money, volunteer or act with kindness, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged people around the world as the United Nations marked the first ever International Day of Charity coinciding with the anniversary of […]

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