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New UNEP Deputy Executive Director appointed

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday announced the appointment of Ibrahim Thiaw of Mauritania as Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Mr. Thiaw will succeed Amina Mohamed of Kenya, to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for her outstanding contribution and exceptional service to UNEP. He brings to [...]

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UN to use "Unmanned Aerial Vehicles" in DR Congo

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  The UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations has reached the final stage of the procurement process in relation to the trial use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, UAVs, commonly called drones, by its mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo known as MONUSCO. Martin Nesirky, the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General, explains. The selected vendor is [...]

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UN Daily News 02 August 2013

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Promised in marriage, a young girl gets her childhood back

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The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has launched a global initiative that calls for an end to all forms of violence against children. The initiative seeks to benefit children like Farzana, a schoolgirl from Afghanistan, whose father had arranged for her to marry a much older man. Karishma Vyas reports how a UNICEF-supported programme saved Farzana [...]

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Human Rights chief urges investigation into alleged execution of Syrian government soldiers

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UN Human Rights High Commissioner Navi Pillay is calling for an investigation into the alleged execution of Syrian government soldiers by armed opposition groups in the Khan Al-Assal district in Aleppo. Footage posted online last week shows the killing of dozens of soldiers captured after a battle there in July. The Human Rights chief says [...]

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New techniques help farmers tackle climate change in Burkina Faso

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Farmers like Sibiri Kebre depend on rain-fed agriculture to earn a living and feed their families. But the weather patterns in Burkina Faso's Sahel Region have become so unpredictable that the farmers do not know what to expect anymore. To help farmers adapt to these changing weather patterns, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) [...]

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Authorities in Belarus urged to release prominent human rights defender

Listen / UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Belarus Miklós Haraszti. [Photo: OSCE/Susanna Lööf]

A UN independent expert is calling for the immediate release of a human rights defender in Belarus who has been detained for the past two years. Miklós Haraszti, UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Belarus, says the detention of Ales Bialiatski is a symbol of the repression against human rights defenders in [...]

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High Commissioner calls for investigation into alleged executions

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Friday called for an investigation to be made into alleged killings by armed groups in Khan Al-Assal, a district in rural Allepo, Syria. Armed opposition groups allegedly executed dozens of government soldiers captured after a battle in July, according to footage taken by opposition forces that [...]

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Thousands of children escape violence in Eastern DRC seeking refuge in Uganda

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Thousands of Congolese children have fled the recent violence near the town of Kamango in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, according to the United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF. The agency says over 37,000 children are seeking refuge on the Ugandan side of the border, where the humanitarian situation for the newly displaced refugees remains dire. [...]

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WHO stresses long-term benefits of breastfeeding

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The World Health Organization (WHO) says breast-milk is the best source of nourishment for infants and young children. Although nearly all mothers are physically able to breastfeed, the agency says many are discouraged from doing so because they are misled to believe that infant formula is better for their babies. WHO has released a study [...]

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