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Migrants are "the ultimate agents" of development worldwide

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Migrants and refugees need to be seen as the "ultimate agents" of development across the world, said the head of the UN migration agency (IOM) on Wednesday. William Lacey Swing was speaking on the final day of a high-level meeting being held in Mexico to prepare for the forthcoming Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and [...]

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Child migrants deserve care "every step of the way": UNICEF

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Child migrants, especially those travelling alone, deserve care and protection "every step of the way". That's the key message coming from the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) in a new report entitled "Beyond Borders". It was one of the key discussion points at this week's preparatory meeting for the up-coming Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and [...]

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News in Brief 06 December 2017 (PM)

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"No Plan B" for Middle East Peace Process: UN chief The UN Secretary-General has reiterated his belief that there is "no alternative" to the two-State solution for Israelis and Palestinians. António Guterres was addressing reporters at UN Headquarters in New York on Wednesday following the announcement by US President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as [...]

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Justice essential for reconciliation: UN prosecutor

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Justice for war crimes is an essential condition for reconciliation, the UN Security Council was told on Wednesday. Ambassadors heard briefings from principals of tribunals established in the aftermath of the Balkan Wars and the Rwanda genocide more than two decades ago. The Rwanda tribunal wrapped up in 2015 and the one for the former [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 06 December 2017

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Listen to our daily bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, presented by Matt Wells and Dianne Penn. In today's programme:  We'll hear from Myanmar as the latest UN opium survey shows the link between heroin production and conflict continues, endangering the country's fragile peace process; and: All child migrants and refugees deserve [...]

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News in Brief 06 December 2017 (AM)

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Air pollution affecting 17 million babies, mostly in South Asia: UNICEF Nearly 17 million babies under a year old are living in areas where outdoor air pollution is higher than international limits which potentially is putting their brain development at risk. The majority—12 million—are in South Asia. That's according to research published on Tuesday by [...]

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Horrors of sexual violence against Syrian boys and men revealed

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Disturbing details have emerged of a little-known side to the Syrian conflict: sexual violence against boys and men. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) report into the abuse was published on Wednesday, after more than 200 interviews in Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan. Spokesperson Andrej Mahecic told Daniel Johnson that the abuse is perpetrated inside the country as [...]

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Myanmar peace process and heroin production interlinked: UNODC

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Helping regions in Myanmar which are wracked by conflict move away from opium production is good for the economy and will help solidify the country's peace process. That's according to Jeremy Douglas, Regional Representative for the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), speaking on Wednesday, following the launch of the agency's latest Myanmar Opium [...]

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Patents, trademarks reached new highs in 2016: UN

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Global innovation reached new highs in 2016 amid record applications for patents, trademarks and designs, the UN said on Wednesday. In its latest report, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) showed that 3.1 million patent applications were made last year, an increase of 8.3 per cent on the previous 12 months. Chinese growth continued to [...]

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