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Muslim nations at UN condemn "collective punishment" against Palestinians

Security Council chamber.  UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

An inter-governmental organization protecting the interests of Muslim countries at the United Nations has strongly condemned what it describes as "the illegal collective punishment inflicted on the Palestinian people by Israel". The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) issued a statement following a closed-door Security Council meeting on the Middle East. The OIC also decried what [...]

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UN and AFRICA: Reconciliation process progressing ahead of elections in Côte d’Ivoire

Aichatou Mindaoudou, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Operation in Côte d'Ivoire (UNOCI).  UN Photo/Basile Zoma

The reconciliation process in Côte d’Ivoire is progressing ahead of presidential elections which are due to be held next year, according to the top UN envoy in the country.   The West African nation is recovering from the political crisis and violence that followed the refusal of former President Laurent Gbagbo to concede defeat in the [...]

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WOMEN: Gender equality and women empowerment priority for development

SE4ALL: Global Leadership Dialogue

Gender equality and women's empowerment are prerequisites for sustainable development.  So says Lakshmi Puri, the Deputy Executive Director of UN Women. Speaking in Nairobi, Kenya at the inaugural meeting of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), she said it was crucial to invest more in women.   UNEA is a new world body that places environmental [...]

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W Africa Ebola outbreak spreading to cities and rural border areas

WHO delivers disposable personal protection equipment to isolation ward at the China-Guinea Friendship Hospital in Conakry, Guinea. Photo: WHO/T. Jasarevic

The emergence of an Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa this year has become a challenge to three African countries involved, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Since March 2014, more than 600 cases of Ebola and over 390 deaths have been reported in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The disease causes severe [...]

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East African nations join forces to combat illegal timber trade

UN Photo/UNHCR/Glenna Gordon

Senior government officials from three east African nations have announced their intention to unite efforts to combat the illegal trade in timber. Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania not only face challenges of illegal logging within their borders, but they are also used as transit countries for timber illegally logged in other countries such as the Democratic [...]

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UN CALLING ASIA: Small Island Developing States take lead on environmental protection

Shark - Credit:  CITES

The Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are not just "victims" of global climate change" but are taking progressive steps to attenuate its impact. That's according to Nik Sekhran, Director of the UN Development Programme's Environment and Energy Group. The Maldives, for example, has banned shark fishing in their waters and has also created a biosphere [...]

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UN condemns assassination of Libyan human rights activist

Salwa Bugaighis. UN PHOTO

The assassination of a prominent Libyan personality and member of the Preparatory Committee for National Dialogue has been condemned by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). Salwa Bugaighis was shot and killed in her home in Benghazi by unknown assailants. Local media reports say her husband, who was in their home at the [...]

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Ban hails AU condemnation of gender discrimination

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right). UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The recent decision by the African Union (AU) to condemn acts of discrimination and violence against individuals based on sexual orientation has been hailed by the UN Secretary-General. Mr Ban Ki-moon made the remarks on Thursday at the 23rd African Union Summit in Malabo, the capital of Equatorial Guinea. He also commended the strong stance [...]

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Educational awareness of challenges facing small island states needed


Young people need to know more about the environmental challenges facing small island developing states or SIDS, according to an activist from Barbados in the Caribbean. Hundreds of environment ministers, decision makers, scientists, civil society representatives and business leaders are gathered in Nairobi, Kenya for the inaugural meeting of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA). [...]

26 Jun 2014 | Posted in Caribbean News, Today's Features | Read More »

Youth leader campaigns for recognition by world leaders on environmental issues

Opening of the United Nations Environment Assembly - Nairobi, Kenya.  UN Radio/Fan Xiao/Monica Grayley

A youth leader from India is calling on world governments to take more notice of the views of young people when they formulate environmental policies. Yugrama Srivastava is a representative of Tunza, a youth project of the UN Environment Programme. She has been attending the inaugural meeting of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), in [...]

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New out-of-school global figures show no progress

UN Photo/Jean Pierre Laffont

Fifty eight million children aged 6 to 11 are still out of school, a new policy paper by UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has shown. The new global out-of-school figures demonstrate that there has been little overall improvement since 2007. Around 43 per cent of those out of school- nearly 15 million girls [...]

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Educating girls key to sustainable economic development

Three young girls in the Bam Sarai village in Bamyan province, Afghanistan, preparing for exams.  UN Photo/Shehzad Noorani

Education can help fight poverty and educating girls, in particular, can contribute to sustainable development, according to the former Prime Minister of Australia. Ms Julia Gillard, Chair of the Board of Directors for the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), was speaking at a high profile conference on the future of global education in the world's [...]

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Drug policy debate should move towards prevention

Opium poppies. UN Photo/NJ

The debate on global illicit drug policy should be shifted towards prevention and the treatment of substance abusers according to a new report by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The World Drug Report 2014 provides an annual overview of the major developments in drug markets and includes data on production, trafficking, as [...]

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Global drug use situation remains stable: UN report

Close-up of opium "farmer" scoring poppy seed pods to produce resin. UN Photo/D Gair

The global drug-use situation remains largely stable, according to a new report by the UN office on Drugs and Crime or UNODC. Up to 200,000 people die every year due to illicit drugs, the agency says. The release of the report coincides with the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking observed on 26 [...]

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Non-state actors, militia groups can be held accountable for torture

UN Photo/Mark Garten

Non-state actors and unofficial militia who practice torture are not immune from the rules of international law but are accountable for their actions, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has warned. Navi Pillay issued the statement ahead of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture observed annually on 26 June. Under the [...]

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