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General Assembly discusses responsibility to protect

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It is the responsibility of political leaders to protect civilian populations within the borders of their country. This point was emphasized in an Informal Interactive Dialogue at the United Nations Headquarters on the Responsibility to protect held on Wednesday. UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon who presented his report on the issue said the adoption of the [...]

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Human rights panel seeks to improve plight of children whose parents are sentenced to death

Listen / UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Flavia Pansieri. [UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré]

Human rights experts meeting in Geneva on Wednesday looked at the issue of capital punishment from the perspective of children whose parents have been sentenced to death. In addition to emotional trauma, research shows that these children suffer negative short-term and long-term effects, including an infringement of their human rights. That's according to Flavia Pansieri, [...]

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UN figures show steady rise in international migration

Listen / Mr. John Wilmoth, Director of Population Division, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs. [UN Photo/Mark Garten]

With more than 230 million international migrants worldwide, more people than ever are living abroad, according to statistics released on Wednesday by the United Nations. While the number of international migrants has been steadily increasing, the data shows they only account for approximately three per cent of the population. John Wilmoth is Director of the [...]

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We continue to face challenges in our responsibility to protect people from atrocities: Ban

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"Atrocities continue to be committed and we continue to face challenges in our efforts to protect people from them", Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday in remarks at an Informal Interactive Dialogue on the "Responsibility to Protect". He pointed to the crisis in Syria as a case in point, noting that while there have been significant [...]

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Food waste hurts both the economy and the environment: FAO

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The waste of a staggering 1.3 billion tonnes of food per year is not only having an economic impact, it also harms the natural resources that humanity relies upon to feed itself, says a new report by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Food Wastage Footprint: Impacts on Natural Resources is the first study to [...]

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UNWTO approves accessible tourism recommendations

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The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) recommendations on "Accessible Tourism for All" (2013) have been approved and endorsed by the General Assembly. The recommendations, updated from the 2005 version, outline a form of tourism that involves a collaborative process among stakeholders to enable people with access requirements to function independently through universally designed tourism products, [...]

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World wastes more than one billion tonnes of food annually: FAO

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Food waste is costing the world $750 billion each year, according to a report released on Wednesday by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The study finds that the 1.3 billion tonnes of food wasted annually—which represents one-third of food produced globally—is also harming natural resources. José Graziano da Silva is FAO Director-General. "The implication [...]

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Rape and massacres being perpetrated with impunity in Syria

Listen / Press Encounter with Mr. Paulo Pinheiro, Chairman of the Commission of the Inquiry on Syria. [UN Photo/Rick Bajornas]

The International Commission of Inquiry on Syria says the conflict in the country has taken a dangerous turn with both government and opposition groups committing gross human rights violations including rape, murder torture, recruitment and use of child soldiers and pillage. In a report to the UN Human Rights Council, the Commission of Inquiry says [...]

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