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Happy 56th Birthday to Paul Kagame President of Rawanda born 23 Oct 1957

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Paul Kagame (/kəˈɡɑːmeɪ/ kə-GAH-may; born 23 October 1957) is the sixth and current President of Rwanda, having taken office in 2000 when his predecessor, Pasteur Bizimungu, resigned. Kagame previously commanded the rebel force that ended the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, and was considered Rwanda’s de facto leader when he served as Vice President and Minister of […]

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In Copenhagen, Ban calls for clean energy transformation for more sustainable future

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the Global Green Growth Forum in Copenhagen, Denmark. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe 22 October 2013 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for a clean energy transformation to help put the world on a more sustainable path, stressing that this will require innovation, investment and collaboration by all partners. “Achieving a […]

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Renewed talks offer opportunity neither Israelis nor Palestinians can afford to lose – UN official

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Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman briefs the Security Council on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras 22 October 2013 – The top United Nations political chief today called for taking advantage of the opening that now exists with renewed negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians to achieve […]

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Syria has ‘fully cooperated’ with OPCW-UN efforts to destroy chemical arsenal, team head says

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Special Coordinator of the OPCW-UN Joint Mission on eliminating Syria’s chemical weapons programme, Sigrid Kaag (centre), arrives in Damascus, Syria. UN Photo/AP Photo/Pool 22 October 2013 – The Syrian Government has been fully cooperating with the destruction of its chemical weapons programme, the head of the joint mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of […]

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Citing freedom of expression, UN calls for release of Qatari poet given 15-year sentence

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Cécile Pouilly, spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Photo: OHCHR 22 October 2013 – The United Nations human rights office today called for the immediate release of a well-known Qatari poet who it says was harshly sentenced for a poem considered to be encouraging the overthrow of the ruling system […]

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DR Congo: hit by funding shortfall, UN agency to cut some food relief operations

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People lining up for food distribution in the Lac Vert IDP site near Goma, North Kivu, DRC. Photo: OCHA/Imane Gana Cherif 22 October 2013 – Facing a $70 million funding shortfall, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today that starting as early as November, the agency and its partners will be forced to […]

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UN experts on indigenous issues urge greater focus on environment, women’s rights

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Special Rapporteur James Anaya. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré 22 October 2013 – While there have been encouraging responses to human rights concerns of indigenous peoples and to helping States and other stakeholders address them, the realities for indigenous groups remain a concern, a United Nations expert has noted. “Although I’m encouraged by positive developments in many […]

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Cyprus: UN expert praises Muslim, Greek Orthodox ‘breakthrough’ in religious contact

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Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief Heiner Bielefeldt. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras 22 October 2013 – An independent United Nations human rights expert is hailing a key breakthrough in inter-faith communication between Muslim and Greek Orthodox leaders in Cyprus, stressing that it could have a positive impact on the reconciliation process as a whole. […]

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UN agencies urge end to potentially deadly – but preventable – lead paint use

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Children and pregnant mothers in developing world face widespread exposure to toxic lead in paint. Photo: UNEP 22 October 2013 – Pregnant mothers and young children in the developing world are exposed to high levels of lead through unsafe paints, particularly in colours yellow and red where lead is added as a pigment, United Nations […]

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UN rights experts urge review of standards for treatment of prisoners

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Special Rapporteur on torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment Juan E. Méndez. UN Photo/Mark Garten 22 October 2013 – United Nations human rights experts today urged a review of the universally accepted global principles and practices for the treatment of prisoners and management of penitentiary institutions, particularly decrying the use of solitary confinement. […]

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