The government of Russia has been urged to let the best interests of children determine its actions. The appeal comes from the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) following a reported overwhelming vote in the Russian Parliament to ban American citizens from adopting Russian orphans. In a statement issued on Wednesday, the Executive Director of UNICEF, Anthony [...]
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Ending impunity for those who commit sexual violence during conflict is one of the goals of Zainab Bangura, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General tasked with fighting this scourge. A former Minister of Health in Sierra Leone, Ms. Bangura this month conducted her first official mission which took her to the Central African Republic. [...]
While Afghanistan continues to face significant challenges in areas such as human rights and protection, the country has realized strong political and development gains, according to the top UN envoy in the country. In his recent year-end briefing to the Security Council, Ján Kubiš stressed the need for a sustained partnership between Afghanistan and the [...]
The head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has condemned the recent killing of a Syrian television cameraman. In a statement issued on Wednesday, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova says she is appalled by the killing of Haidar al-Sumudi and the continuing attacks on journalists in Syria. UNESCO says Haidar al-Sumudi, who worked [...]