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"Critical window of opportunity" to build trust over DPRK nuclear tests

Listen / A wide view of the Security Council Chamber. UN Photo/Manuel Elias (file photo)

There is a "critical window of opportunity" to ease tensions over North Korea's continuing defiance of UN Security Council resolutions, said China's ambassador on Friday. Liu Jieyi was addressing Council members following a unanimous vote in favour of tightening sanctions against North Korea, also known as the DPRK, following numerous ballistic missile launches this year. [...]

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News in Brief 2 June 2017 (PM)

Listen / Sahrawi refugees at the Smara Refugee Camp outside of Tindouf, Algeria. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

  Plight of thousands of Sahrawi refugees leaves UN chief "deeply concerned" The plight of tens of thousands of refugees from Western Sahara who stand to have their food rations cut, is a source of deep concern, the UN said on Friday. Secretary-General António Guterres said in a statement that humanitarian aid was "a lifeline" [...]

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New non-permanent members elected to Security Council

Listen / The General Assembly elected Côte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Kuwait, Poland and Peru  as new non-permanent members of the Security Council for two-year terms starting on 1 January 2018.

Côte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Kuwait, Poland and Peru were elected to serve on the UN Security Council on Friday. Voting took place in the General Assembly Hall at UN Headquarters in New York, and the new non-permanent members will begin their terms on 1 January next year. They will be joined by the Netherlands, which [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 02 June 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Jocelyne Sambira and Matthew Wells. In today’s programme: the Paris climate agreement is expected to continue, despite US withdrawal; and the first-ever Ocean Conference opens next week to tackle challenges such as marine pollution and dwindling fish stocks.

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Paris climate accord to continue, despite US withdrawal

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There is no denying that climate change is one of the biggest threats to the future of our planet, and action against it is "unstoppable." That's what UN Secretary-General António Guterres told reporters at a press encounter in St. Petersburg, Russia on Friday. He made the remarks following US President Donald Trump's announcement on Thursday [...]

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Israel occupation "key driver of humanitarian need" in Palestinian territory

Listen / Toddlers sit on the top step and their grandmother stands on a landing, inside their partially destroyed home in the Shejaiya neighbourhood of Gaza City. UNICEF/UNI188296/El Baba

Now in its 50th year, Israel's occupation is being cited by a recent UN report as a "key driver of humanitarian need" in the Palestinian territory and West Bank, including east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. Released annually, the humanitarian overview by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) also mentions the internal [...]

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News in Brief 2 June 2017 (AM) – Geneva

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At least 40 migrants "die of thirst" in Sahara desert Forty-four migrants have died in the Sahara desert after their vehicle broke down as it was heading from Niger to Libya, the UN said on Friday. According to IOM, the UN Migration Agency, the victims included babies and women. They were found after survivors raised [...]

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Turtle advocate from Trinidad spurs sea change in her community

Listen / Suzan Lakhan Baptiste of Nature Seekers in Trinidad and Tobago. Photo: UN News/Lulu Gao.

A woman who was once called crazy for protecting sea turtles from poachers has helped to make her community a model for marine conservation in the Caribbean. Suzan Lakhan Baptiste is Managing Director of Nature Seekers, a non-profit conservation group in the fishing village of Matura in Trinidad and Tobago, where female leatherback turtles come [...]

2 Jun 2017 | Posted in Caribbean News, High-Level UN Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14, Sustainable Development Goals, Today's Features | Read More »

Ocean Conference to see action on sea pollution, fish stock depletion

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Tackling challenges such as marine pollution and dwindling fish stocks will top the global agenda next week when Heads of State, civil society representatives and the private sector convene at UN Headquarters to spur action to improve the state of the world's oceans. The first-ever Ocean Conference focuses on the targets outlined in Sustainable Development [...]

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Forest project in Trinidad & Tobago also protects marine life: FAO

Listen / Neila Bobb Prescott, Chief Technical Advisor for the GEF-Funded Project on Improving Forest and Protective Area Management in Trinidad and Tobago.  Photo:	UN News/Lulu Gao.

Civil society groups, government agencies and local people in Trinidad and Tobago are coming together to improve management of forests and other protected areas, including those linked to the sea. They are doing so through a US$30 million project focusing on six pilot sites across the island nation that include a marine protected area in [...]

2 Jun 2017 | Posted in Caribbean News, High-Level UN Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14, Sustainable Development Goals, Today's Features | Read More »

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