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UNESCO approves emergency funds to evaluate state of Mali’s intangible heritage

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Sankore mosque in Mali’s fabled city of Timbuktu. Photo: UNESCO/F. Bandarin 28 October 2013 – A United Nations committee has approved an emergency assistance package of $307,307 for a two-year project to evaluate the state of intangible heritage throughout Mali, beginning with the northern regions that suffered the most from recent armed conflict and occupation. […]

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UN chief presents $5.4 billion budget proposal for next two years

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Flags of Member States fly in front of the United Nations Headquarters building. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine 28 October 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today presented a proposed budget of $5.4 billion for the United Nations over the next two years, after instructing managers to rethink business practices, reduce overlap, embrace innovation, encourage creativity and build […]

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UN expert on democracy highlights importance of free expression, information

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Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order Alfred De Zayas. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard 28 October 2013 – There can be no democracy without freedom of opinion, a United Nations independent expert said today, highlighting the importance of access to information as he also presented his ideas on making the main […]

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Justice must be integral to future sustainable development agenda – UN expert

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Special Rapporteur on transitional justice Pablo de Greiff. Photo: Jean-Marc Ferré 28 October 2013 – Justice, security and development cannot be promoted one at the expense of the other, either through reductionism or strict sequencing, a United Nations independent expert today urged following his briefing to the General Assembly. Pablo de Greiff, Special Rapporteur on […]

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UN chief designates renowned Chinese pianist Lang Lang as Messenger of Peace

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Chinese pianist Lang Lang with, new United Nations Messenger of Peace. UN Photo 28 October 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today designated world-renowned pianist Lang Lang from China as a United Nations Messenger of Peace with a special focus on global education. “Lang Lang is one of the most exciting and […]

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Security Council encourages closer UN cooperation with Islamic organization

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Amb. Agshin Mehdiyev. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras 28 October 2013 – The Security Council today recognized and encouraged the active contribution of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in the work of the United Nations in the fields of peacemaking, preventive diplomacy, peacekeeping and peacebuilding. Reading out a statement, Ambassador Agshin Mehdiyev of Azerbaijan, which holds […]

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Afghanistan: UN mission condemns deadly attack resulting in civilian deaths

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Special Representative Ján Kubiš. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard   28 October 2013 – The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has condemned yesterday’s attack in the south-eastern province of Ghazni that killed 19 civilians travelling on a mini bus. Sixteen women and children were among those killed when the improvised explosive device (IED) detonated in […]

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UN and partners reach 100,000 flood-affected people in South Sudan with vital aid

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Chinese engineers with the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) opened up a road that had been closed for two weeks following heavy rains and flooding. Photo: UNMISS 28 October 2013 – Humanitarian agencies and their partners have reached nearly 100,000 of the 156,000 people affected by flooding across South Sudan over the past couple […]

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Election Period in review: October 19-25, 2013

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Luxembourg (Oct 20, 2013) Voters participated in early elections to the Chamber of Deputies on October 20, 2013. Early elections were held after the Luxembourg Socialist Workers’ Party / Lëtzebuerger Sozialistesch Arbechterpartei (LSAP) withdrew from the ruling coalition following allegations of wiretapping ordered by the Prime Minister Jean-Claude JUNCKER. In the election, voters elect 60 […]

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Nawaz to meet Karzai, Cameron for tripartite talks

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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. — File photo Updated 2013-10-28 14:53:50   LONDON: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday left for a three-day official visit to London where he will attend a trilateral meeting with UK Prime Minister David Cameron and Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum, DawnNews reported. Prime […]

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