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On World Polio Day, UN urges redoubled efforts to eradicate disease ‘once and for all’

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Oral poliovirus vaccine. Photo: WHO 24 October 2013 – The world is closer than ever to eradicating polio, the United Nations World Health Organization said today while warning that children continue to be at risk, particularly in the Horn of Africa where a tapering outbreak has been confirmed, and amid reports of suspected cases in […]

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Child recruitment remains ‘endemic’ in DR Congo, UN says in new report

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  Child soldiers guard a road near Bunia, Ituri region, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Photo: UNICEF/HQ03-0555/LeMoyne   24 October 2013 – The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) said today it is extremely concerned about persistent reports of child recruitment by armed groups in the country, and […]

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Abyei: Security Council ‘gravely concerned’ about highly volatile situation

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Wide view of the Security Council. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine (file photo) 24 October 2013 – The United Nations Security Council today called urgently on the Governments of Sudan and South Sudan to refrain from any unilateral action that could heighten tension between the two neighbouring countries or impede a solution regarding the contested, oil-rich border […]

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Situation in Eritrea ‘desperately bleak,’ UN expert warns urging aid for fleeing refugees

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Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea Sheila B. Keetharuth (right) addresses a press conference at UN Headquarters. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard 24 October 2013 – A United Nations expert today urged the international community to focus on the human rights situation in Eritrea which she said is extremely concerning with the most […]

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Human rights reform must be central to new Iranian Government’s agenda – UN expert

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Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran Ahmed Shaheed. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard 24 October 2013 – Human rights reform must be a central aspect of the new Iranian Government’s agenda, an independent United Nations expert stressed today, highlighting a number of concerns that must be addressed to protect and promote the well-being […]

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UNESCO chief deplores murder of Brazilian radio chief

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UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova. Photo: UNESCO/D. Bijeljac 24 October 2013 – The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today denounced the murder of radio manager Cláudio Moleiro de Souza in northern Brazil and called for an investigation. “I trust the authorities will spare no effort in investigating this case, which […]

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Victims of Côte d’Ivoire’s post-electoral crisis must not be forgotten, says UN expert

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UN Independent Expert on Human Rights, Doudou Diène (centre), on a visit to Côte d’Ivoire in November 2011. UN Photo/Basile Zoma 24 October 2013 – Victims of the violent post-election crisis that gripped Côte d’Ivoire two years ago must not be forgotten, an independent United Nations human rights expert stressed today, as he wrapped up […]

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Women’s unpaid work in the home is a ‘major human rights issue,’ says UN expert

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Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights Magdalena Sepúlveda. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré 24 October 2013 – Cooking, cleaning and caring for children and the elderly should be a social and collective responsibility, rather than fall entirely on women’s shoulders, a United Nations independent expert has said, warning that unpaid care that is not shared […]

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UN panel pays out over $1.2 billion in reparations for Iraq’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait

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A pile of wreckage left behind in downtown Kuwait after looting and destruction by Iraqi occupation forces in 1991. UN Photo/John Isaac 24 October 2013 – The United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC), which settles the damage claims of those who suffered losses due to Iraq’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait, today made $1.24 billion available to […]

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United Nations Day spotlights Organization’s invaluable contributions for better world – Ban

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UN Photo/Logan Abassi 24 October 2013 – Marking the 68th birthday of the United Nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the annual celebration offers a chance to recognize the invaluable contributions of the Organization to peace and common progress. “It is a time to reflect on what more we can do to realize our vision for […]

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