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Ban seeks 100-member joint mission to oversee destruction of Syrian chemical weapons

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UN and Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) inspectors checking their equipment in August 2013 in The Hague. Photo: OPCW 8 October 2013 – Nearly 100 United Nations and chemical weapons experts will be deployed over the coming months in a joint mission overseeing the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles, with many […]

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Water holds key to sustainable development, UN chief tells Budapest summit

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (at lectern and on screens) addresses the 2013 Water Summit in Budapest, Hungary. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras 8 October 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the vital role of water in sustainable development, highlighting in particular its importance with regard to food security, climate change and sanitation. “Water holds the key to […]

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Urgent action needed to eradicate child labour by 2016, says senior UN official

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ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, addresses the opening ceremony of the Third Global Conference on Child Labour. Photo: ILO 8 October 2013 – A United Nations senior official today warned that if countries do not step up their efforts, they would fall short of reaching the agreed target of eradicating child labour 2016. “Let us be […]

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UN emergency funding approves $3 million for crisis in southern Philippines

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  Overcrowding at the main evacuation centre in the coastal province of Zamboanga, Philippines, is causing increasing health risks and vulnerability for at least 70, 000 people. Photo: OCHA 8 October 2013 – The United Nations emergency relief fund will allocate $3 million to assist people in southern Philippines where recent armed conflict has displaced […]

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UN chief urges journalists to increase dialogue in Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts

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Photo: Jean-Marc Ferré 8 October 2013 – Hailing a time of renewed hope for the Middle East peace efforts, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged participants in a United Nations-backed seminar to keep up their efforts to increase dialogue and understanding in the region. “Many of you, as journalists, activists, policy-makers and representatives of civil society, […]

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DR Congo: UN agency in need of funding to assist growing number of displaced persons

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The Kambilo camp in Katanga, south-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), is home to some of the people who have been forced from their home by violence and instability in the east of the country. Photo: OCHA/Gemma Cortes 8 October 2013 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today warned that it does […]

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In UN report, ICC urges Security Council support to enforce decisions

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The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. Photo: ICC-CPI/Max Koot 8 October 2013 – The International Criminal Court (ICC) has had the busiest year on record, the body said in a report to the United Nations General Assembly, in which it also called for greater support from the UN Security Council. “UN Security Council […]

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Maldives: Ban urges peaceful election after highest court calls for fresh presidential vote

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UN Photo/Steve Tickner 8 October 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reiterated his calls on all Maldivians to ensure a peaceful, inclusive and credible process for the presidential elections which will be held anew later this month. The country’s Supreme Court annulled the results of the first round of polls, which had been held on […]

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Violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state must end for sake of children – UNICEF

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Credit: UNICEF Myanmar 8 October 2013 – Citing the negative impact of the inter-communal clashes in Myanmar’s Rakhine state on children in the region, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today urged all parties to put an end to the violence. “In the name of Myanmar’s children, now is the time for this violence to […]

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Happy 47th Birthday to David William Donald Cameron PM of UK born 9 Oct 1966

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David William Donald Cameron (/ˈkæm(ə)rən/; born 9 October 1966) is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service and Leader of the Conservative Party. He represents Witney as its Member of Parliament (MP).[1] Cameron studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at Brasenose College, Oxford, gaining a […]

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