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First female UN Police Commissioner calls for more women officers in peacekeeping missions

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• The Police Commissioner for the African Union-UN mission in Darfur (UNAMID) says more police officers are needed in UN peacekeeping missions. The Commissioner from South Africa is the first woman to occupy this position. She says women in conflicts easily relate to female  police officers. Developing countries call for more funding to fight poverty • Developing [...]

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Ban urges dialogue and reconciliation for all to join political transition in Libya

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is relieved by the release of Prime Minister Ali Zeidan of Libya and emphasized his continued support to the Government of Libya. In a statement through his Spokespersons' office, the Secretary-General reiterated his condemnation of the abduction of the Prime Minister. Earlier, at a press conference on the margins of the Association [...]

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Ban urges greater efforts to carry out Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for greater efforts to carry out the Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan for the sake of all people with mental health problems, especially those who are older and require special attention. This compassionate response will benefit all of society. In a message marking World Mental Health Day, the Secretary-General [...]

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Landmark project launched in Budapest to counteract deteriorating water quality in ecosystems

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The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in collaboration with the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and the Global Water Systems Project (GWSP) launched the International Water Quality Guidelines for Ecosystems (IWQGES) project on Thursday at the Budapest Water Summit. The aim is to improve the sustainable management of global water [...]

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IMF predicts mixed picture for global growth

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The world economy is expected to grow by 2.9 percent this year which is below the 3.2 percent recorded in 2012, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The IMF says most of this growth is likely to be driven by advanced economies, while the performance of emerging markets will be weaker than expected. Jennifer [...]

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UN urges Iraqi authorities to adopt a moratorium on executions

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The United Nations mission in Afghanistan has once again called on the government of Iraq to adopt a moratorium on the death penalty. This appeal follows confirmation by Iraq's Ministry of Justice on Thursday that 42 people, including a woman, were executed between 8 and 9 October. According to reports, the people were found guilty [...]

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Disabled call for more inclusion in disaster preparedness

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The United Nations has released the findings of its' first-ever survey on how people with disabilities cope in disaster situations. Although roughly 15 per cent of the global population lives with some form of disability, it finds disabled people die or are injured in higher numbers when disasters strike. Dianne Penn reports. Duration: 2’53″

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Local populations in CAR witness horror as crisis deepens

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An entire community in the eastern town of Bangassou in Central African Republic (CAR) is in shock, after enduring months of violence in sectarian clashes between former rebels and self-defence groups. Deputy Special Representative for CAR, Kaarina Immonen, has just returned from a fact-finding mission with the Archbishop of Bangui and the country's representative of [...]

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ILO's "Red Card" campaign aims to end child labour

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The International Labour Organization (ILO) on Thursday launched a global campaign to end child labour. The announcement was made by the Director-General of the ILO Guy Ryder at the closing of the third Global Conference on Child Labour in Brasilia, Brazil The ILO launched the first Red Card campaign in 2002 to raise public awareness [...]

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ILO launches global campaign to end child labour

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A global mobilization campaign to help end child labour was announced Thursday in Brazil by the International Labour Organization (ILO). The "Red Card to Child Labour!" Campaign was announced at the closing of the third Global Conference on Child Labour in Brasilia and already has the support of world-famous artists such as Oscar-winning actor and [...]

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Needs of persons with disabilities not addressed in disasters: UN survey

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Only ten per cent of people living with disabilities believe that there are plans to address their needs when disasters strike, according to the results of a United Nations survey released in Geneva on Thursday. The UN global survey of people living with disabilities and how they cope with disasters was launched in July this [...]

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Syrian refugee children in Jordan at risk of abuse neglect and exploitation

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Thousands of Syrian refugee children living in Jordan are at risk of abuse, neglect and exploitation, according to the United Nations Children's Fund(UNICEF). The agency says over 120,000 Syrian children in Jordan were not attending schools, while another 30,000 were engaged in child labour as a means of survival. UNICEF says it is concerned over [...]

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New global treaty cuts mercury emissions and releases

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A historic new international convention to reduce emissions and releases of the toxic metal into air, land and water and to phase out many products that contain mercury was signed in Japan on Thursday. The Minamata Convention on Mercury – a global, legally binding treaty which opened for signature Thursday – was agreed to by [...]

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UN chief condemns abduction of Libyan Prime-Minister

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the abduction of Libyan Prime-Minister Ali Zeidan. The Secretary-General told reporters in Brunei where he's attending the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit that the United Nations was working hard with key partners for the Prime-Minister's release. ” I was shocked to hear that the Prime-Minister of Libya Mr. [...]

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UN eager to work with ASEAN nations in implementing a bold new sustainable development agenda: SG

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ASEAN countries have made impressive progress towards most of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon said in opening remarks to the Fifth ASEAN Summit on Thursday. He said the UN will continue to work with ASEAN to achieve all the MDGs across the board. The Secretary-General said this is imperative as "we [...]

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