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Summary of CETA benefits

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October 18, 2013 Brussels, Belgium The Government of Canada’s top priority is to create jobs and opportunities for Canadians in every region of the country. A key part of this goal is ensuring that Canadian businesses and investors have the market access they need to be globally competitive and prosperous. To this end, on October […]

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Happy 54th Birthday to Carlos Mauricio Funes Cartagena President of El Salvador born 18 Oct 1959

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Carlos Mauricio Funes Cartagena (born 18 October 1959) is the President of El Salvador. He won the 2009 presidential election as the candidate of the left-wing Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) political party and took office on 1 June 2009. Early life and education Funes was born in San Salvador. Funes received his High […]

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Women’s participation, leadership crucial to peace processes – UN Security Council

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is greeted by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras 18 October 2013 – The United Nations Security Council and senior UN officials today issued a strong call on the international community to strengthen its commitment to ensuring that women […]

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DR Congo: new attack against UN helicopter draws condemnation from senior officials

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Special Representative Martin Kobler. Photo: MONUSCO/Myriam Asmani 18 October 2013 – United Nations officials have strongly condemned today’s attack by the M23 rebel group against an unarmed helicopter belonging to the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the such incident in less than a week. The latest attack occurred this […]

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UNICEF: 70 per cent of children in Central African Republic still not in school

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A young boy in Central African Republic recites his lessons. Photo: Gabrielle Menezes/UNICEF 18 October 2013 – Seven out of 10 primary school students in the Central African Republic (CAR) have not returned to school since the conflict started in December 2012, according to a recent survey by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and […]

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UN health agency urges Governments to end production, use of lead paint

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Credit: UNEP 18 October 2013 – Countries should strengthen national actions to eliminate lead paint, a major source of potential poisoning for young children which causes some 600,000 new cases of intellectual disabilities each year, the United Nations health agency said today ahead of a week of activities aimed at raising awareness about this key […]

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FEATURE: Juggling a cacophony of tongues, UN interpreters avert linguistic disaster

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  Highly skilled interpreters perform a vital service at UN meetings, where delegates come together to present their views in one of the six official languages or in their own tongue. A UN Interpreter, at work in a booth over looking a meeting room. (1965) UN Photo 18 October 2013 – Out of potential linguistic […]

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Ban welcomes release of provisional election results in Guinea

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Woman voting in the Hamdallaye area of Conakry, the capital of Guinea in June 2010. Photo: IRIN/Nancy Palus 18 October 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the release by Guinea’s Nation Independent Electoral Commission of the provisional results of the legislative elections, nearly three weeks after citizens headed to the polls. “The Secretary-General commends […]

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UN agency urges countries to ensure safe passage for Syrians fleeing conflict

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Young Omar and his parents, who fled Syria and crossed into Turkey, have been accepted for resettlement in France. Photo: UNHCR/J.Tanner 18 October 2013 – With the numbers of Syrians seeking safety in Europe on the rise, the United Nations refugee agency said today it is concerned about difficulties displaced people face during their passage […]

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UN rights expert joins call for concerted global action to fight human trafficking

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Of the 21 million in forced labour 70% are in forced labour exploitation and 22% are in forced sexual exploitation. Photo: ILO/A. Khemka 18 October 2013 – A United Nations independent expert, along with two other key human rights mechanisms today stressed the importance of partnerships as the “backbone” of global efforts to tackle the […]

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