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Marking one year since Hurricane Sandy, UN officials urge focus on Caribbean

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Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in Nicaro, Mayarí municipality, Cuba. UN Photo/UNDP/AIN FOTO/Juan Pablo Carreras 29 October 2013 – On the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy making landfall in the United States, United Nations officials are reminding the public not to forget the storm’s less documented Caribbean victims. Commemoration ceremonies will take place around the northeast United […]

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Amid rising violence, UN agency advises against forced returns to north-east Nigeria

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After fighting began between Nigerian forces and Boko Haram, a family from Borno state fled to Niger. Photo: UNHCR/C. Arnaud 29 October 2013 – The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is calling on States to keep their borders open for Nigerians fleeing the escalating violence in their country and who may be in […]

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UN General Assembly renews call for end to US embargo against Cuba

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Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla of Cuba addresses the General Assembly which renewed its call for an end to the US embargo against Cuba. UN Photo/Evan Schneider 29 October 2013 – For the 22nd consecutive year at the United Nations, the General Assembly today adopted a resolution calling for an end to the economic, commercial […]

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Football star Yaya Touré to spotlight illegal wildlife trade as UN Goodwill Ambassador

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UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner and with Yaya Touré during the designation ceremony. Photo: UNEP 29 October 2013 – International football star Yaya Touré today joined the roster of Goodwill Ambassadors for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), pledging to combat the illegal ivory trade that sees thousands of African elephants slaughtered each year. “Poaching […]

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UN health agency confirms polio outbreak in Syria

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UNICEF has joined the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners to launch a huge immunization campaign against polio in Syria. Photo: UNICEF 29 October 2013 – The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed 10 cases of polio in conflict-stricken Syria, adding that health authorities in the country and neighbouring nations have already begun […]

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UN Economic and Social Council set to tackle new sustainable development agenda

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29 October 2013 – The United Nations Economic and Social Council has embarked on a timely slate of far-reaching reforms that will make it a stronger, more issues-oriented body, as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon notes that mounting global economic, social and environmental pressures “suggest that the world will see continued turbulence in the coming years.” “The […]

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Harmful practices against women and girls can never be justified by religion – UN expert

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Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief Heiner Bielefeldt. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras 29 October 2013 – Harmful practices inflicted on women and girls can never be justified in the name of freedom of religion or belief, an independent United Nations human rights expert told a General Assembly committee dealing with social, humanitarian and cultural […]

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UN-mandated human rights inquiry on DPR Korea ‘not biased’, chair stresses

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Michael Kirby, Chairman of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). Photo: Jean-Marc Ferré 29 October 2013 – Members of the United Nations-appointed inquiry into human rights violations in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) today reiterated that they are not biased against Pyongyang, as they […]

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UN in Cyprus refutes media reports of UN envoy interfering with EU Cyprus envoy

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Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Cyprus Alexander Downer. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras 29 October 2013 – The United Nations in Cyprus today refuted media reports that allege Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Adviser for Cyprus Alexander Downer interfered in the involvement of the European Commission in the peace process. “The United Nations in Cyprus considers the […]

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UN agency urges greater focus on agricultural biotechnologies in new publication

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Harvesting Jian carp from a pond. Photo: FAO/Zaijie Dong 29 October 2013 – The United Nations food and agricultural agency today called for greater national and international efforts to bring agricultural biotechnologies to smallholder producers in developing countries to improve their livelihoods and food security amid adversity from climate change. “With the right institutional and […]

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