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New HIV infections among children in sub-Saharan Africa slashed in half


A 50% reduction in new HIV infections among children in seven countries in sub-Saharan Africa is the highlight of a new UNAIDS report. However, it also shows that access to treatment remains unacceptably low for children –– only three in 10 children in need of treatment have access in most of the ‘Global Plan’ priority [...]

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Security Council votes to end Iraq sanctions

Hoshyar Zebari

The Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution to lift sanctions against Iraq stemming from the 1991 invasion of Kuwait. Council members on Thursday welcomed Iraq's commitment to implementing its obligations under previous resolutions to pay compensation to Kuwait, and its efforts to advance regional stability. Hoshyar Zebari is Iraq's Foreign Minister. “Our foreign policy [...]

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Vienna+20 – the future of human rights

High-level Expert Conference

A 2-day High-level Expert Conference opened in Geneva Thursday to mark the 20th anniversary of the creation of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Over 100 experts are attending the conference examining how the international human rights system can be strengthened further. The Conference was opened by High Commissioner for Human Rights [...]

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UN body reports record Foreign Direct Investment to least developed countries

World Investment Report 2013

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to the world's least developed countries hit a record $26 billion last year, according to a report by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). This was mostly through "greenfield investment," which UNCTAD explains is new investment or the expansion of existing investment in recipient nations, as opposed to investment [...]

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UN celebrates 20th anniversary of landmark human rights declaration

Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Twenty years after the adoption of a historic human rights document much work still remains to be done, according to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Navi Pillay was speaking in Vienna on Thursday at a conference celebrating the 1993 Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action (VDPA) which she called "one of the strongest [...]

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Secretary-General praises Africa's progress and potential

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Africans are writing a new narrative in their history, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Africa Day Celebration held in New York City on Wednesday evening. Mr. Ban characterized Africa as "a continent on the move" and home to some of the world's fastest growing economies. He pointed out that while a more stable and [...]

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Sexual violence can constitute a crime against humanity: Security Council

Angelina Jolie addresses the Security Council meeting on sexual violence in conflict. [UN Photo/Rick Bajornas]

Sexual violence, wherever and whenever it occurs, is a vile crime, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday at the start of a day-long debate in the UN Security Council on “Addressing Impunity: Effective Justice for Crimes of Sexual Violence in Conflict”. Donn Bobb reports.   Sweltering situation in Syria   UN Joint Special Representative for [...]

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FAO and ILO urge countries to better protect children working in fisheries and aquaculture

Around 130 million children work in agriculture, livestock and fisheries

Governments need to take measures to protect children from harmful work in small-scale fisheries and aquaculture, say the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Labour Organization (ILO). According to a joint guidance document by the two UN agencies, almost every country has signed international conventions to protect children, but many have not translated [...]

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Iraq's human rights progress in question as violence takes its toll: UN report

Martin Kobler

"Despite some progress, human rights in Iraq are under further threat from mounting violence", according to the latest Report on Human Rights in Iraq. Of primary concern is the upturn in armed violence. At least 3,238 civilians were killed and more than 10,300 injured in 2012 in a worrying reversal of the trend that had [...]

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Envoy calls for greater cooperation among Sahel countries


UN Special Envoy for the Sahel Romano Prodi is briefing the Security Council  on his strategy for the region. The Sahel is facing threats ranging from endemic poverty, terrorism and the crisis in Mali, and Prodi says the governments of five countries there—Mali, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Niger and Chad—must be supported in their efforts to [...]

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