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Top leaders study at China’s Silicon Valley

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China’s top leaders Xi Jinping (C, front), Li Keqiang (3rd R, front), Zhang Dejiang (3rd L, front), Yu Zhengsheng (2nd R, front), Liu Yunshan (2nd L, front), Wang Qishan (1st R, front), Zhang Gaoli (1st L, front) and other members of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee visit the […]

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One in eight people worldwide still chronically hungry, UN report finds

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A women sell vegetables at a market in Lubumbashi, Katanga province, DR of Congo. Photo: FAO/Olivier Asselin 1 October 2013 – Some 842 million people – roughly one in eight – suffered from chronic hunger in the period from 2011 to 2013, the vast majority of them in developing regions, says a new report released […]

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UN urges Dominican Republic to ensure citizens of Haitian origin do not lose nationality

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1 October 2013 – The United Nations human rights office today urged the Government of the Dominican Republic to take all necessary measures to ensure that citizens of Haitian origin are not deprived of their right to nationality in light of a recent court ruling. Last week the country’s Constitutional Court ruled that the children […]

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Serbia: UN rights office urges protection of gay rights after pride parade is cancelled

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Photo: UNAIDS 1 October 2013 – The United Nations human rights office today urged Serbian authorities to ensure the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community can exercise their rights to freedom of expression and association, following the Government’s decision to cancel the pride parade in Belgrade last weekend for the third year in a […]

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Botswana’s Minister urges support to assist, mitigate effects of climate change

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  Foreign Minister Phandu T. C. Skelemani of Botswana. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe 1 October 2013 – More needs to be done to assist vulnerable countries, particularly those in sub-Saharan Africa, to cope with the effects of climate change, Botswana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation told the United Nations General Assembly today. In his […]

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DPR Korea urges financial support to advance sustainable development

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Pak Kil Yon, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe 1 October 2013 – International efforts towards achieving universally accepted anti-poverty targets have not produced due results, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pak Kil Yon of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) told the United Nations today, urging […]

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Participants at UN forum agree to boost support for countries hosting Syrian refugees

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  The formal opening of the 64th annual session of UNHCR’s Executive Committee in Geneva. Photo: UNHCR/Jean-Marc Ferré 1 October 2013 – Participants at a United Nations meeting in Geneva today agreed on urgent action to mitigate the economic and social impacts of the humanitarian crisis spawned by the Syrian conflict on neighbouring countries struggling […]

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Time to turn economic, social systems ‘inside out,’ urges Dominican Republic minister

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Jose Manuel Trullols, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Dominican Republic. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe 1 October 2013 – The time for words and promises is over; the time for action is now, a Dominican Republic minister told the United Nations General Assembly on the final day of its high-level debate, calling for inclusive development […]

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Visa reforms could lead to 2.6 million new jobs, UN agency reports

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UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai. Photo: UNWTO 1 October 2013 – Visa facilitation could create up to 2.6 million jobs in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies by 2016, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). In ‘The Impact of Visa Facilitation in APEC Economies’, co-produced by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), […]

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General Debate wraps up with calls for stronger UN role in sustainable development

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Carlos Filomeno Agostinho Das Neves, Permanent Representative of São Tomé and Príncipe. UN Photo/Ryan Brown 1 October 2013 – Delegates from across the globe used the final day of this year’s General Assembly General Debate today to keep up the drumbeat for the United Nations to fully play its vital role in ensuring world peace […]

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