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UNHCR urges the United States to strengthen its fight against statelessness

Stateless man

  The UN refugee agency and the Open Society Justice Initiative are jointly appealing to the United States Government to take further action to end the hardships facing stateless people in the United States. In a report released Monday, Citizens of Nowhere: Solutions for the Stateless in the U.S. the two organizations recommend changes that [...]

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UN Daily News 10 December 2012

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General Assembly commemorates 30 years of Law of the Sea convention

Floods in Bangladesh (Copyright:WFP/Bangladesh)

It is ironic that people know more about outer space than the oceans, the "blue lungs of the planet." That observation comes from Tommy Koh, President of the Third UN Conference on the Law of the Sea, speaking on Monday in the General Assembly. Ambassadors met to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention [...]

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Sahel crisis under spotlight in Security Council

Young girls eating a mid-day meal at at World Food Programme school feeding centre in Niger.Credit: WFP/Phil Behan

The ongoing crisis in the Sahel region of Africa was under the spotlight in the Security Council on Monday. The semi-arid region, south of the Sahara desert which stretches from the Red Sea to the Atlantic Ocean, is facing a number of problems, including drought, hunger and conflict in Mali. Derrick Mbatha reports. Duration: 3’43″

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Goodwill Ambassador recalls importance of human rights

Barbara Hendricks meet enthusiastic Malian refugee women in Damba Camp, Burkina Faso.

Renowned American-born opera singer Barbara Hendricks is the longest serving Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, the UN refugee agency. On the occasion of Human Rights Day, the 10th of December, she recalled feeling like a refugee as she grew up in the then racially segregated south of the United States. Dianne Penn reports on how important [...]

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New Human Rights Council president vows to transparency, impartiality in working methods of Council

Human Rights Council

In Geneva, the Human Rights Council has elected a new President Ambassador Remiqiusz Henczel of Poland was elected at an organizational meeting Monday and takes up his duties on 1 January. He told delegates that as president, he will spare no effort to further contribute to the full implementation of the Council's founding resolution which [...]

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Independent experts call for accountability for perpetrators of violence against women

View of anti-rape help line materials in Liberia

"Truth, justice and accountability are key in upholding the human rights of women and their right to a life free from violence, particularly in countries in post-conflict situations". The view was expressed by the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its causes and consequences, Rashida Manjoo, and the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General [...]

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UNESCO event pays tribute to Pakistani teen advocate for girls' rights

© UNESCO/Landry Rukingamubiri (photo taken 18.10.2012)

Policy makers, senior UN officials and students have gathered in Paris on Monday to promote the right of all girls to go to school. 'Stand up for Malala—Stand up for girls' right to education!' was the rallying cry for the advocacy event which took place at the headquarters of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural [...]

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Secretary-General warns of "toxic brew of vulnerability" in the Sahel

Representatives from UN agencies and humanitarian partners meet with a local village chief in Niger. (Photo: OCHA/Nicole Lawrence)

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for the strengthening of resilience in Africa's Sahel region, where nearly 20 million people continue to face food insecurity. Speaking in the Security Council on Monday, Mr. Ban said the governments and people of the region need the full support of the international community. "The warning lights for the [...]

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UN Human Rights Chief: We should all have a voice that counts in our societies

Navi Pillay

UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay has decried the continued exclusion of women and other minority groups from active participation in public affairs, directly or through freely chosen representatives. Ms Pillay said such exclusion not only denied them the basic human rights, but also services that would give them the opportunity to build a better [...]

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