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UN AND AFRICA: "Unprecedented" death sentences for 528 Egyptians

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• The sentencing in Egypt of 528 people to death after a mass two-day trial has been described as “unprecedented” by the UN Human Rights Office. It also said the trial was “rife with procedural irregularities”. The defendants, many of whom were not in court, were found guilty of charges including membership of the banned [...]

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UN peacekeeping chief commends Afghans for preparations for elections

Listen / Herve Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations.  UN Photo/Ryan Brown

The people of Afghanistan have been commended by the head of UN peacekeeping operations for improvements in preparations for elections. On 5 April, Afghans will cast their votes for a new president and their provincial council leaders. Hervé Ladsous briefed the press at the office of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Thursday. [...]

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Concern voiced about escalating violence in Darfur

Listen / A woman with her child take shelter under a cart in the Al Salam IDP camp near Nyala, South Darfur.  UN Photo/Albert González Farran

Authorities in Sudan have been urged to take robust measures to protect civilians and humanitarian workers as conflict escalates in Darfur. The appeal has come from two United Nations and African Union officials who say they are deeply concerned about the increasing violence in the troubled region. Joseph Mutaboba, the Deputy Joint African Union – [...]

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Water is major source of energy for African countries

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Countries in Africa are grappling with developing their sources of energy while ensuring that their populations continue to have access to water. In fact, according to an expert from the UN Development Programme, (UNDP) water is a major source of energy on the African continent. This year, World Water Day, observed by the United Nations [...]

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Member States adopt resolution condemning annexation of Crimea

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Member States of the United Nations have adopted a resolution condemning the annexation of the Ukrainian region of Crimea by the Russian Federation. 100 countries voted for the resolution with 11 against; 58 abstained. The text that was adopted affirms the "commitment to the sovereignty, political independence, unity and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its [...]

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General Assembly rejects Russia's annexation of Crimea

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The annexation by Russia of the autonomous Ukrainian region of Crimea has been rejected by the UN General Assembly. The move by Russia followed a referendum in Crimea earlier in March in which voters elected to secede from Ukraine. In a resolution adopted by 100 in favour to 11 against with 58 abstentions, the Assembly [...]

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UN chief "alarmed" by melting ice caps in Greenland

Listen / Secretary General Ban Ki-moon visits Uummannaq Greenland with the PM of Denmark and the PM of Greenland to witness the fastest moving glacier on the planet.  UN Photo/Mark Garten

The UN Secretary-General has said he is alarmed by the speed at which glaciers are retreating and ice caps are melting. Ban Ki-moon has been in Greenland to observe, at first hand, the effects of climate change on the Arctic Circle. His visit comes ahead of a global summit on climate to be held at [...]

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UN chief urges North Korea to stop ballistic missile activities

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Authorities in North Korea have been urged by the UN Secretary-General to stop its ballistic missile activities. Ban Ki-moon made the appeal following reports that North Korea launched two medium-range missiles on Wednesday. Mr Ban said he is increasingly concerned about the successive reports on new launches which he said are "contrary to building trust [...]

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Sri Lanka faces international inquiry over war atrocities

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An international inquiry to investigate atrocities committed during Sri Lanka's civil war has been given the go ahead by the UN Human Rights Council. This follows the adoption of a resolution which allows the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) to monitor progress and undertake a comprehensive investigation into violations committed by [...]

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South-East Asia declared polio free

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The South-East Asia Region has been certified as polio-free by the World Health Organization (WHO). The region covers 11 countries including Bangladesh, Bhutan, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Timor-Leste. The World Health Organization says the certification of the South East Asia region as polio free means [...]

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World leaders urged to deliver climate change solutions

Listen / Secretary General Ban Ki Moon visits Uummannaq Greenland.  UN Photo/Mark Garten

World leaders have been urged by the UN Secretary-General to come up with concrete measures to fight climate change. Ban Ki-moon was speaking during a trip to Greenland where he went to see the impacts of climate change. He said changes in climate that he had witnessed in places like the Arctic Circle affect the [...]

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Children given opportunity to study in UN camp in South Sudan

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Children are being given the opportunity to study for the first time in a UN camp for displaced people in South Sudan. Fighting between government forces and rebels has driven hundreds of thousands of people out of their homes and for many children that has meant the interruption of their formal education. In Malakal, the [...]

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General Assembly considers resolution on Ukraine crisis

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The UN General Assembly is meeting on Thursday to discuss the crisis between Ukraine and Russia. The meeting follows the annexation of the region of Crimea by Russia following a referendum conducted there on 16 March. The Assembly of 193 Member States is expected to consider a resolution on the territorial integrity of Ukraine. The [...]

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