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Signing and entry into force of first climate deal "cause for celebration"

Listen / Left to right: Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Hoesung Lee; UNFCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa, COP 22 President Salaheddine Mezouar and COP 21 President Ségolène Royal at the opening of COP22 in Marrakesh, Morocco. Photo: UNFCCC

The signing of the first global climate deal is a "clear cause for celebration" but it's also a timely reminder of the high expectations placed on every country. Patricia Espinosa, the Executive Secretary of the UN climate body, UNFCCC made the remarks on Monday in the Moroccan city of Marrakech. The landmark Paris Agreement entered [...]

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News in Brief 7 November 2016 (PM)

Listen / Herve Ladsous. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

"Abhorrent" acts of sex abuse have shaken UN peacekeeping "to its core" Abhorrent acts of sexual abuse, exploitation and violence have shaken peacekeeping and the UN "to its core", Under-Secretary-General Herve Ladsous said at the launch of UN Police Week in New York. In 2015, the organization uncovered 99 allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation [...]

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"Serious increase" in civilians fleeing Mosul as new camps open

Listen / Families displaced by fighting in the village of Shora, 25 kilometres south of Mosul, gather at an army checkpoint on the outskirts of Qayyarah. Photo: UNHCR/Ivor Prickett

There has been a "serious increase" in the numbers of civilians fleeing the Mosul area in Iraq according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), as government forces continue their advance. UNHCR is opening new camps to cope with the influx of internally displaced people, as the coalition battles ISIL terrorists, who have occupied Iraq's second [...]

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Terrorism threat requires UN peacekeeping to be more nimble

Listen / General view of the Security Council meeting on the maintenance of international peace and security, and peace operations facing asymmetrical threats.UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

A deadly ambush this weekend on UN peacekeepers in Mali has highlighted the dangerous landscape in which many blue helmets operate. The UN Security Council has been looking at ways to strengthen support to field missions so that they can better respond to threats such as terrorism, violent extremism and organized crime. Dianne Penn reports [...]

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UN Daily News 07 November 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Dianne Penn and Jocelyne Sambira. In today's programme: The Security Council discusses how UN peacekeeping can address threats such as terrorism and violent extremism And a report on the "serious increase" in civilians fleeing Mosul in Iraq as a new camp opens [...]

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Biological weapons experts assess new threat

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A key examination of the risks posed by biological weapons has begun at the UN in Geneva. Last held in 2011, the Review Conference of The Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) highlights how scientific discoveries or regional political instability may require action from signatories of the international accord. The convention came into force in 1975 and [...]

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News in Brief 7 November 2016 (AM)

Listen / A view of participants at a close protection training exercise being conducted by UN Police (UNPOL) Training Team at the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). Credit: UN Photo/Marco Dormino

  Attacks against UN Mission in Mali "will not weaken its determination" Attacks against the UN Mission in Mali, MINUSMA, will not weaken its determination to bring peace to the West African country, according to a statement released by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General. Two civilians and one UN peacekeeper were killed on Sunday when [...]

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"Shared commitment" for Cyprus peace, says UN's Ban

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre) meets with Mustafa Akinci, Leader of the Turkish Cypriot Community (left), and Nicos Anastasiades, President of the Republic of Cyprus (right). UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

The leaders of Cyprus have begun a week of talks in Switzerland to resolve the future of the divided island, and they have a "shared commitment" to do so by the end of the year, UN chief Ban Ki-moon said Monday. Opening the negotiations, Mr Ban highlighted how Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish [...]

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