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“New chapter” for Colombia with revised peace agreement


A revised peace deal between the Colombian government and rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as FARC, has been welcomed by the United Nations as a "new chapter" for the South American country. A previous deal to end the 50-year long conflict which took four years to negotiate was rejected by the [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 24 November 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Daniel Johnson and Daniel Dickinson. In today's programme; Syrians “desperate” as aid access is hampered. And how space-based technologies can help achieve development goals on Earth.

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News in Brief 24 November 2016


  War-related trauma care established outside Iraqi city Two fully equipped medical facilities to treat people with war-related traumas are being set up by the World Health Organization (WHO) outside the city of Mosul in Iraq. The military operation to retake the city from extremists began a month ago. WHO anticipates that around 40,000 civilians [...]

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Dubai Declaration points way forward for space for development


Representatives from the global space community have underscored the need for stronger international cooperation in outer space activities. The Dubai Declaration is the outcome of a five-day meeting in that city which looked at how space science and technology can support global development efforts such as addressing climate change. The High Level Forum was co-organized [...]

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Syrians “desperate” as obstacles hamper aid access


In war-torn Syria, just one convoy of humanitarian aid has reached desperate civilians so far this month, while numerous others have had to be aborted because of access difficulties, the UN said Thursday. Updating journalists in Geneva, UN Special Adviser Jan Egeland said that "endless problems" had hampered planned deliveries, including lifesaving aid "for those [...]

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Murder, rape and kidnapping of kids in Darfur happens regularly

Alma Tafani. (centre, standing) .Photo: UNAMID

Murder, abduction, rape and other forms of sexual violence against children in Sudan's Darfur state happen on a regular basis, a protection officer with the UN-African Union Mission there or UNAMID has confirmed. The UN estimates that between 200,000 and 300,000 people have died in Darfur since the start of the current conflict in 2004. [...]

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UN Global Perspective: focus on water, Australia’s human rights record and young people

UN providing water to civilians in Juba. UN Photo

Armed groups increasingly use water as "weapon of war" From Syria to Iraq and Gaza, water services are being deliberately attacked or used as leverage in negotiations, members of the UN Security Council have heard. The Council examined the role of water as a driver of conflict and the need to protect this essential resource [...]

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UN Gender Focus: STEM education, equality in workplace and tech culture

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Change STEM education to benefit women: NASA official Changing the way science and mathematics are taught could help increase the number of women employed in the aerospace industry, according to a senior adviser with the United States space agency, NASA. NASA Deputy Chief Scientist Gale Allen said studies show that traditional methods of teaching the [...]

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Safety nets urged for elderly, disabled and poorest in Ukraine

Residents walk along the main road of Nikishino village in eastern Ukraine. Photo: UNHCR Andrew McConnell

Safety nets need to be provided for the elderly, the disabled and the poorest in Ukraine, the head of the UN refugee agency chief, Filippo Grandi has urged. Two and a half years of conflict between Government forces and separatist rebels has displaced two million people and forced others to flee to neighbouring Russia. The [...]

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UN library strives to create balance between books and digital world

The UN Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, opens the new reading room of the  Dag Hammarskjöld Library. UN Photo/Andita Listyarini

How can the United Nations ensure its historic library meets the demands of the digital age while still maintain its collection of books? That's the question Mereani Vakasisikakala, Acting Chief of the Dag Hammarskjöld Library at UN Headquarters in New York, has been battling with. The library has been providing research and information services to [...]

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Space a tool for achieving the SDGs


Space-based technologies such as satellite imagery and data can be useful tools for achieving global development objectives. That's according to the head of the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), Simonetta Di Pippo. More than 100 representatives from the global space community, including heads of national space agencies, have been meeting in Dubai to [...]

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UN and Africa: focus on African Union, post offices and digital classroom in a box

AMISOM troops serving in Somalia. Photo: AU-UN/Stuart Price (file photo)

AU-led peace operations need "predictable and sustainable" financing "Predictable and sustainable" financing is needed to sustain African Union-led peace operations over the long term, the UN Security Council has heard. That was the clear message conveyed to the council by Ambassador Tete Antonio, Permanent Observer of the African Union or AU. The UN and AU [...]

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