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Ban appoints Sigrid Kaag to head up joint OPCW-UN mission in Syria

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) introduces Sigrid Kaag, newly-appointed Special Coordinator of the OPCW-UN Joint Mission on eliminating Syria’s chemical weapons programme. UN Photo/Mark Garten 16 October 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of Sigrid Kaag, of the Netherlands, as Special Coordinator of the joint mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical […]

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Sustainable food systems vital to end hunger, malnutrition, UN says on World Food Day

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World Food Day, 16 October #wfd2013 Photo: WFP 16 October 2013 – Efficient, well-managed and sustainable food systems are essential to end hunger and malnutrition as well as protect the environment, United Nations officials stressed today, marking World Food Day. “The key to better nutrition, and ultimately to ensuring each person’s right to food, lies […]

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Despite recent progress, urgent challenges remain to restore stability in Mali – UN envoy

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Special Representative and Head of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), Bert Koenders, briefs the Security Council on the situation in that country. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe 16 October 2013 – Important steps have been taken recently to help restore constitutional order and stability in Mali, including successful presidential elections, the top United […]

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UN experts alarmed by reprisals against Chinese human rights activists

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A general view of the Human Rights Council in session. Photo: Jean-Marc Ferré 16 October 2013 – United Nations independent experts today voiced serious concern over reports that Chinese activists have been intimidated and prevented from taking part in a major assessment of the human rights situation in the country. “Intimidating civil society members who […]

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Philippines: UN agencies arriving to assist with post-quake relief effort

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Medical workers attend to a boy injured in the 7.2 magnitude quake in the Philippines on 15 October 2013. Photo: IRIN/Jason Gutierrez 16 October 2013 – United Nations humanitarian agencies are arriving in the central Philippine island of Bohol to assist the Government with the response to a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck yesterday and which […]

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Situation of human rights defenders in Togo improved, but challenges remain – UN expert

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Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders, Margaret Sekaggya. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré   16 October 2013 – An independent United Nations expert today called on the Togolese Government to ensure a favourable environment in which human rights defenders can carry out their work. The Government can do this by fully implementing the existing legal framework, avoiding […]

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Afghanistan: UN mission condemns attack on mosque that killed government official

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15 October 2013 – The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) today strongly condemned an attack on a mosque, which killed the governor of the Logar Province, Arsala Jamal. Mr. Jamal was killed this morning when an explosive device, reportedly affixed to a microphone, detonated while he was giving a speech to mark the […]

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