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"Incremental progress" at latest Syria talks

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A new round of talks aimed at ending the Syrian conflict have ended in Geneva where UN negotiator Staffan de Mistura spoke of making "incremental progress" and his intention to continue discussions in September. The Special Envoy was speaking to journalists in the Swiss city after a week of meetings with government and opposition delegations. [...]

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Religious leaders critical to halting incitement to violence: UN chief

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The voice, authority and example of religious leaders are critical to preventing incitement to violence, the UN Secretary-General said on Friday. António Guterres was speaking at UN Headquarters at the launch of a global initiative which aims to prevent future genocide. Known as the Fez Plan of Action, it is the result of two years [...]

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News in Brief 14 July 2017 (PM)

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UN chief condemns deadly shooting at Old City of Jerusalem A deadly attack in the Old City of Jerusalem on Friday has been condemned by the UN Secretary-General. Two Israeli police officers were killed and a third wounded when they were fired upon by three assailants who were later killed by the Israeli security forces. [...]

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Sustainable small business awards at UN "tremendously empowering"

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Winning one of the prestigious UN-backed SEED awards, which highlight some of the most entrepreneurial and sustainable small businesses in Africa and beyond, is "tremendously empowering". That's according to Geoff Green, founder of the South African firm, Green Acre Living, which promotes micro-enterprises focused on biodiversity and indigenous foods. He was speaking at UN Headquarters, [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 14 July 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Matt Wells and Dianne Penn. In today's programme: a new global action plan drawn up by religious leaders, aims to prevent future atrocity crimes…We'll have the details; and hunger's rising sharply across East Africa as rains fail yet again, made worse by [...]

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G20 setting "wheels in motion" for green finance: UN environment chief

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The world's leading economies have taken "huge strides" over the past year towards mobilizing the funding needed to make sustainable development and climate action a reality, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) reported on Friday. Research by the agency finds that the G20 countries, as well as other nations, have launched "dozens" of policies and financial [...]

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Hunger rising sharply across East Africa due to third failed rains

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Hunger is rising sharply across the East Africa region following the third season in a row without sufficient rain to grow crops. That's according to a new alert from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) which says that crops are scorched, pastures dry, and thousands of livestock dead. Rural families in the affected areas need [...]

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News in Brief 14 July 2017 (AM) – Geneva

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Venezuela security forces urged to respect demonstrators' rights Venezuela's government should ensure that the country's military avoids using excessive force against demonstrators amid reports of intimidation, the UN said on Friday. The appeal from the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) comes as protests continue against the government of Nicolas Maduro. Since April, 92 people have [...]

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Religious leaders find common ground to prevent future atrocities

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Religious leaders from around the world are coming together at UN Headquarters on Friday to launch a new action plan aimed at preventing future genocide. The Plan of Action to Prevent Incitement to Violence that Could Lead to Atrocity Crimes, aims to "prevent, strengthen and build" on measures to counter the kind of ideology that [...]

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