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Ban welcomes ‘serious international discussions’ on Syria’s chemical weapons

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas (file photo) 11 September 2013 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly welcomed the emergence of “serious international discussions” that could lead to an agreement in the UN Security Council to secure and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons. “The Secretary-General welcomes, therefore, President Obama’s decision to take time to […]

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International community must remain committed to ‘Responsibility to Protect’ principle – Ban

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General Assembly’s Informal Interactive Dialogue and panel discussion on “The Responsibility to protect: State Responsibility and Prevention.” UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras 11 September 2013 – Countries must remain committed to protecting populations from mass atrocities, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told an informal dialogue in the General Assembly today, stressing this does not only entail acting in the […]

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Syria: UN rights panel urges political solution to crisis, end to impunity for war crimes

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This family fled from the Syrian town of Qusayr. Photo: UNHCR/A. Blazy 11 September 2013 – Citing ongoing incidents of murder, rape, torture, widespread attacks on civilians and hostage-taking committed by Syrian forces and anti-Government armed groups, a United Nations-appointed human rights probe reported today that “the perpetrators of these violations and crimes, on all […]

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UN report: one-third of world’s food wasted annually, at great economic, environmental cost

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Food waste harms climate, water, land and biodiversity. Photo: UNEP 11 September 2013 – The waste of some 1.3 billion tons of food each year is causing economic losses of $750 billion and significant damage to the environment, according to a United Nations report launched today. The report, Food Wastage Footprint: Impacts on Natural Resources, […]

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Feature: Singing for peace: UN ambassadors launch CD to bridge cultural, generational divides

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“Ambassadors Sing for Peace”. Credit: Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, Inc. 11 September 2013 – “We wanted to speak about peace in a way other than our speeches, which some people say are a little boring,” Simona-Mirela Miculescu said ahead of the launch of the Ambassadors Sing for Peace album, a compilation of songs promoting world peace, […]

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Number of international migrants rises above 232 million, UN reports

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Director of UN-DESA Population Division John Wilmoth speaks to journalists in New York. UN Photo/Evan Schneider 11 September 2013 – More people than ever are living abroad the United Nations today reported, with Asia seeing the largest increase of international migrants over the past decade, and the United States remaining the most popular destination. New […]

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Recent measures in the United Kingdom are eroding right to affordable housing – UN expert

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UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing Raquel Rolnik. UN Photo/Ryan Brown 11 September 2013 – Various measures implemented in recent years by the British Government are eroding the right to affordable housing in the United Kingdom, a United Nations independent expert said today. “For generations, being poor in the UK didn’t necessarily […]

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UNESCO chief calls for investigation of killing of two journalists in the Philippines

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Photo: Jean-Marc Ferré 11 September 2013 – The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today voiced grave concern over the killing of a newspaper editor and a radio journalist in the Philippines, and urged authorities to investigate these crimes. “I condemn the killing of Vergel Bico and Fernando Solijon,” said […]

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DR Congo: UN says more than 550 child soldiers freed in past five months

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Children caught on the frontlines in Katanga province, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Photo: OCHA/Gemma Cortes 11 September 2013 – More than 550 children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have left armed groups in the past five months, the United Nations humanitarian relief arm today announced. “The awareness campaign calling for […]

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Central African Republic: UN condemns killing of two aid workers

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Humanitarian Coordinator for the Central African Republic, Kaarina Immonen (left), talks to people waiting to receive food assistance at the community hospital in Bangui. Photo: WFP/Housainou Taal 11 September 2013 – The United Nations has condemned the killing of two aid workers in the Central African Republic (CAR), and urged all parties to ensure the […]

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