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Ban asks for renewed global partnership to reach development goals

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre right) arrives in Mexico City. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

The international community must be committed to supporting future development goals through a renewed global partnership. That's according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who is in Mexico at the first meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation. World leaders and civil society have gathered in Mexico City to work on the partnership, which [...]

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Fear motivates actor Michael Douglas to campaign for disarmament

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The Hollywood actor Michael Douglas, has said that fear has motivated him to continue to campaign on disarmament issues. Mr Douglas was at the United Nations to support the launch of a book on disarmament, aimed at young people. He's been a UN Messenger of Peace for over a decade. "Action for Disarmament: 10 Things [...]

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Michael Douglas tells youth to lead change for disarmament

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Hollywood actor and UN Messenger of Peace, Michael Douglas, told a group of young people on Tuesday that they can play an important role in fighting weapons proliferation. Mr Douglas was at UN Headquarters to support the launch of a book on disarmament, which shows young people what steps they can personally take to get [...]

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Settlers urged not to take over Hebron building

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Settlers in Israel should not take over a building in Hebron, according to a United Nations Special Rapporteur. Richard Falk, who deals with human rights issues in the Palestinian territories, warned it would probably lead to more movement restrictions for Palestinians, and more harassment of Palestinian residents by settlers. Al-Rajabi House, a four-story building capable [...]

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UN Daily News 15 April 2014

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Over 95,000 South Sudanese refugees arrive in Ethiopia

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Refugees from South Sudan continue to arrive in the remote Ethiopian Gambella region at a rate of up to 1,000 people per day, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). The agency says many of the refugees are from the Upper Nile where fighting broke out in December last year between forces loyal to President [...]

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More aid arriving in Ethiopia to protect South Sudanese refugees

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Airlifts of tents and the construction of new camps are currently underway to help South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). More than 95,000 South Sudanese refugees are now in Ethiopia since the conflict erupted last December, and up to one thousand are still arriving every day. UNHCR said refugees [...]

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Actor Michael Douglas calls on youth to champion disarmament issues

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Young people around the world are being encouraged to a to play what's been described as a "critical" role in raising awareness about the threat posed by weapons of mass destruction. A book called "Action for Disarmament: 10 Things You Can Do!" was launched at the United Nations on Tuesday in the presence of Hollywood [...]

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UN rapporteur waits to hear about execution of Iranian woman

Listen / Ahmed Shaheed, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

The execution of an Iranian woman has reportedly been postponed following the intervention of the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran. Reyhaneh Jabbari was due to be executed on Tuesday for the alleged murder of a former employee of the Iranian Intelligence Ministry. Ms Jabbari allegedly stabbed the intelligence officer [...]

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Tribunal rejects Ratko Mladić's request for acquittal

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Charges of genocide against a former Bosnian Serb army chief will not be dropped by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Ratko Mladić, the former Commander of the Bosnian Serb Army, stands accused of genocide and a multitude of other crimes committed during the Bosnian War from May 1992 to late 1995. [...]

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Misinformation and incitement to hatred must be addressed in Ukraine

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A UN report on human rights in Ukraine says misinformation, propaganda and incitement to hatred must be urgently addressed in order to de-escalate tensions in the country. Based on two missions by the UN Office for Human Rights (OHCHR) in March, it says the tension in Eastern Ukraine, where a large ethnic minority lives, is [...]

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Iran urged to halt execution of woman

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Iran has been urged by the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the country, to halt immediately the execution of a woman that is due to take place on Tuesday. Reyhaneh Jabbari, an interior designer by profession, was sentenced to death for the alleged murder of Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi, a former [...]

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UN chief to make appeal to work together and reach MDGs

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The UN Chief is due to make an appeal to countries to work together, reduce poverty, and meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is on Tuesday in Mexico attending the first meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation. The Global Partnership helps nations, businesses and organisations work better [...]

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New treaty empowers children to stand for their rights

Listen / Millions of girls and boys worldwide are victims of sexual exploitation. Photo: UNICEF/NYHQ2011-2384 Giacomo Pirozzi, Philippines 2011

A new treaty allowing children to file a complaint directly to the UN about alleged violations of their rights was signed into law on Monday by ten countries. A panel discussion hosted by nine of the ten countries was held at the UN Secretariat in New York to celebrate the event. Ms. Elda Moreno, Special [...]

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