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More than 30 World leaders set to address UN on opening day of General Assembly’s annual debate

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UN Flag on opening day of the General Debate. UN Photo/Mark Garten 23 September 2013 – Some 30 world leaders are set to gather at United Nations Headquarters in New York for the General Assembly’s annual General Debate, which kicks off Tuesday and aims to set the stage for building a new global development agenda […]

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All parties in Africa’s Great Lakes region must cooperate to ensure peace gains, urges UN envoy

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Special Envoy of the Secretary-General to the Great Lakes Region Mary Robinson briefs journalists. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine 23 September 2013 – A top United Nations official focusing on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today highlighted the need for continued regional cooperation to ensure implementation of a Great Lakes peace accord and to combat […]

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‘Ark of Return’: Telling the stories of 15 million slaves in a UN permanent memorial

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Judges, Rodney Leon and the “Ark of Return,” the winning design for the Permanent Memorial in Honour of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Photo: DPI 23 September 2013 – A Manhattan-based architect of Haitian descent was today announced as the winner of an international competition to design a memorial that will […]

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Serious misconduct, sexual abuse alleged against UN peacekeepers in Mali

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UN peacekeepers in Ménaka, Mali. Photo: MINUSMA/Fred Fath 23 September 2013 – The United Nations mission in Mali has received allegations of serious misconduct by its peacekeeping troops last week, including an alleged incident of sexual abuse. “The Secretary-General is treating this matter with the utmost seriousness and, in line with established procedure, is in […]

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Ban says measured progress needed to halt and reverse land degradation

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Drought in Namibia has resulted in crop failure. Photo: UNFPA 23 September 2013 – Urging a global paradigm shift towards land stewardship, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the need to work with countries and local communities to protect and sustain the world’s fragile drylands and restore degraded land. In his message to the […]

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UN intellectual property agency urges better access to markets for developing-countries

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WIPO Director General Francis Gurry. Photo: WIPO/Emmanuel Berrod 23 September 2013 – The United Nations agency charged with protecting inventions, trademarks, industrial designs and copyright called today for better linkages between creators in developing countries and online marketplaces to more-easily reach audiences beyond their borders. “The developing world has traditionally been rich in content and […]

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Millions of children in India to benefit from IKEA’s €60 million to UNICEF

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UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake (centre) administers an oral polio vaccine to a child at  in Bihar State, India. Photo:  UNICEF/Graham Crouch 23 September 2013 – A €60 million contribution from the IKEA Foundation will allow the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to reach millions of vulnerable children and women through health and education programmes, […]

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Gaza-Egypt border restrictions worsening humanitarian situation of Palestinians, says UN

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Rafah Crossing between Gaza and Egypt. Photo: IRIN/Ahmed Dalloul 23 September 2013 – Severe restrictions on movement between the Gaza Strip and Egypt through the Rafah Crossing have worsened an already fragile humanitarian situation for the territory’s 1.7 million Palestinians, including increasing fuel shortages and limiting access to health services abroad, the United Nations said […]

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UN chief meets with President of Cyprus

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas (file photo) 23 September 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon the President of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, today to discuss the UN-sponsored talks on preparations for the resumption of negotiations aimed at achieving a comprehensive settlement in Cyprus. On the sidelines of the high-level General Assembly debate due to start tomorrow, […]

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Chinese president holds welcoming ceremony for his Venezuelan counterpart

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Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) holds a welcoming ceremony for his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro before their talks in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 22, 2013. Xi held talks with Maduro on Sunday. (Xinhua/Liu Weibing)

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