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Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on International Day of the Girl

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Ottawa, Ontario11 October 2013 Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement on the occasion of the second International Day of the Girl:“On this special day, let us reaffirm our commitment to promoting the rights of girls in Canada and around the world, and reflect on the challenges and hardships that so many are […]

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Security Council approves joint OPCW-UN mission to oversee destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons

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Wide view of the Security Council. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine (file photo) 11 October 2013 – The Security Council has formally approved a first-ever joint United Nations mission with the Nobel Peace Prize-winning global chemical weapons watchdog to oversee the destruction of Syria’s stockpiles and production facilities. In a letter to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Council […]

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International Day of the Girl Child: UN urges ‘innovating for girls’ education’

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Girls attend class in Za’atari, the world’s second-largest refugee camp. Photo: UNICEF/Shehzad Noorani 11 October 2013 – Marking International Day of the Girl Child, senior United Nations officials today highlighted the power of innovation to get more girls in classrooms and improve the quality of learning for all children. “To achieve meaningful results, we need […]

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Ban lauds awarding of Nobel Peace Prize to international chemical watchdog

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OPCW Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü addresses the media on 11 October 2013 on the occasion of the organisation’s winning of the Nobel Peace Prize. Photo: OPCW 11 October 2013 – Hailing its work on disarmament and non-proliferation, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) for being awarded the 2013 […]

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Iraq: UN urges death penalty moratorium following execution of 42 people in two days

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UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré 11 October 2013 – The United Nations human rights Office today called on the Iraqi Government to immediately halt all executions immediately following reports that authorities put 42 individuals to death over the past two days. “Large-scale executions of the sort that have been carried out on a number of occasions over […]

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As polio cases surge, Security Council urges Sudan, to engage in vaccination campaign

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Oral polio vaccine being administered. Photo: UNICEF/Cornelia Walther 11 October 2013 – Alarmed by the immanent threat posed by the spread of polio through South Kordofan, the United Nations Security Council today called on the Sudanese Government to carry out a vaccination campaign immediately to stop the spread of the disease. In a statement to […]

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UN health agency launches initiative to phase out mercury in medical devices by 2020

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WHO has identified mercury as one of the top 10 chemicals that can endanger health. Photo: WHO 11 October 2013 – The United Nations World Heath Organization (WHO) and Health Care Without Harm – an international coalition of health care organizations and professionals – are joining forces to launch a new initiative to get mercury […]

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After Lampedusa tragedy, UN refugee agency urges European Union to revisit migration polices

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The death toll from the tragedy off Lampedusa stands at over 300, but searchers fear there may still be more. Photo: UNHCR/ANSA 11 October 2013 – In the aftermath of a one of deadliest migrant-ship disasters in recent history, the United Nations refugee agency today urged wider responsibility-sharing among European Union countries to process asylum […]

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DR Congo: Mission chief condemns rebel attack on unarmed UN helicopter

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Special Representative and head of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) Martin Kobler. Photo MONUSCO/Myriam Asmani 11 October 2013 – The head of the United Nations peacekeeping operation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today condemned an armed rebel attack on a UN helicopter carrying out a reconnaissance mission in […]

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UN rights office welcomes Tunisian law on national anti-torture body

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Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). UN Photo 11 October 2013 – Welcoming the adoption by the National Constituent Assembly of Tunisia of a law on setting up a national body to prevent torture, the United Nations human rights Office hailed the decision as an “important milestone” in the […]

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