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UN rights office calls on EU to strengthen efforts to prevent repeat of Lampedusa incident

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Survivors of the boat tragedy off the coast of Lampedusa shelter in an area of the tiny island’s port. UNHCR/B. Molinario 4 October 2013 – The European Union (EU) should increase measures to prevent a repeat of yesterday’s incident in which a boat capsized off the Italian island of Lampedusa killing dozens of African migrants, […]

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Syria: joint UN team preparing for onsite inspections ‘within the next week’

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UN Spokesperson Martin Nesirky. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras 4 October 2013 – The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is reviewing additional information received from Syria in connection to its chemical weapons stockpiles, a United Nations spokesperson said today, ahead of onsite inspections and initial disabling of equipment which could start as early as […]

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UN officials spotlight need for improved urban resilience, mobility, ahead of World Habitat Day

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Urban mobility in Cairo, Egypt. Photo: UN-HABITAT 4 October 2013 – Cities must boost efforts to become more resilient to natural disasters as well as provide their citizens with methods of alternative transportation to thrive, senior United Nations officials said today. “As the effects of climate change increase, urban resilience becomes ever more necessary,” Secretary-General […]

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Viet Nam: UN rights office alarmed by conviction of renowned human rights lawyer

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Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). UN Photo 4 October 2013 – The United Nations human rights office today urged the Government of Viet Nam to review the conviction of human rights lawyer Le Quoc Quan, who was sentenced to 30 months in prison and fined $60,000 for alleged […]

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Cities must use full spectrum of local resource to mitigate flood risks, says senior UN official

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Head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction Margareta Wahlström (right) being interviewed at the United Cities and Local Governments Congress in Rabat, Morocco. Photo: UNISDR 4 October 2013 – Increased urban flooding poses a direct threat to the wellbeing of metropolitan areas unless cities use more fully the complete panoply of local resources […]

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Azerbaijan: UN experts concerned by human rights restrictions, harassment of journalists

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Photo: Jean-Marc Ferré 4 October 2013 – Voicing deep concern at tightened restrictions on the right of assembly in Azerbaijan and the harassment of journalists, three independent United Nations experts today called on the Government to facilitate the work of human rights defenders and civil society organizations in the run up to next Wednesday’s presidential […]

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Ban reiterates support for inter-agency collaboration on migration and development

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Mark Garten (file photo) 4 October 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged a United Nations-backed group to improve coordination in the field and aid in building capacity of Governments to promote work on migration and development. “We should focus on practical steps that will bring the Global Migration Group (GMG) closer […]

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Too early to judge Syria’s response to call for immediate humanitarian access, says UN refugee agency

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Three Syrian refugee children explore the new camp at Darashakran in northern Iraq. Photo: UNHCR/L. Veide 4 October 2013 – United Nations agencies are hoping to quickly gain more humanitarian access to the millions of people in Syria affected by the civil war raging there following the Security Council’s call two days ago to the […]

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Palestinian refugee children return to school in Lebanon, aided by UN

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‘Back-to-School’ kits for Palestinian refugee children in Lebanon courtesy of UNRWA, UNICEF and the EU. Photo: EU 4 October 2013 – With their numbers swelled by the flow of refugees from Syria, tens of thousands of Palestinian children in Lebanon returned to school for the 2013/14 school year today with new learning and other materials […]

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UN food relief agency scales up assistance in Mali to combat effects of drought, conflict

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Bags of food from WFP’s logistics base in Mopti, Mali, waiting at Koureme port, near Timbuktu, to be delivered to schools. Photo: WFP/Alexandre Breche 4 October 2013 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced it is scaling up its emergency operation in Mali to reach more than 680,000 people, many of whom […]

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