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Libya: UN ‘deeply concerned’ by reported threats against national rights institution

The United Nations human rights office expressed “deep concern” today at reports of threats and intimidation directed against Libya’s national human rights institution, the National Council for Civil Liberties and Human Rights (NCCLHR), based in Tripoli.

Posted on 24 October 2014 | 11:31 pm

More respect, less criminalization for migrant workers, UN rights expert urges

The lack of political will to stand up for migrant workers’ rights remains the greatest challenge to the protection of this “very vulnerable” group of human beings, an independent United Nations expert affirmed today.

Posted on 24 October 2014 | 10:57 pm

DR Congo: UN, African Union urge eastern town to support operations to end rebel threat

Visiting the site of a recent flare-up of deadly violence in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), United Nations and African Union (AU) envoys met with the Mayor of the town of Beni, Congolese military officials and local leaders, urging a united front to “put an end to the terror imposed on the population by armed groups,” including Ugandan-based rebels operating in the area.

Posted on 24 October 2014 | 10:52 pm

Mexico: UN rights office urges authorities to ‘step up’ efforts to find missing students

The United Nations human rights office has voiced concern about the continued enforced disappearance of students in the Mexican town of Iguala and urged local authorities to step up their efforts in finding them.

Posted on 24 October 2014 | 10:00 pm

Amid uneasy ceasefire, Ukraine risks becoming ‘protracted’ conflict, UN officials warn

The simmering conflict in Ukraine continues to take lives and exacerbate already precarious humanitarian conditions in the country’s Eastern regions, two senior United Nations officials told the Security Council today, as they warned that the situation risks turning into a “protracted low-intensity conflict.”

Posted on 24 October 2014 | 7:50 pm

Ebola: industry leaders meet to discuss vaccine trials, as UN agencies continue aid push

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has convened a meeting with top Government officials from Ebola-affected countries, regulatory agencies, vaccine manufacturers and funding agencies to discuss and agree how best to best fast-track testing and the deployment of vaccines in sufficient numbers to halt the spread of the deadly virus.

Posted on 24 October 2014 | 7:17 pm

UN-backed forum: world's youth to demand seat at policy table

Set to kick-off next week in Azerbaijan's capital of Baku, a United Nations-backed Global Forum on Youth Policies will, for the first time, amplify voices passionate about developing and implementing national policies tailored to the specific needs, aspirations and demands of today's young people.

Posted on 24 October 2014 | 6:52 pm

Kyrgyzstan: UN urges country to scrap draft law violating rights of LGBT people

The United Nations human rights office today called on the Kyrgyz Parliament to refrain from passing draft legislation that would discriminate against people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people.

Posted on 24 October 2014 | 4:49 pm

UN agencies launch new joint initiative targeting elimination of global food waste

The world wastes enough food to feed an estimated two billion people, the United Nations said today as its three Rome-based food agencies announced the launch of a digital platform designed to take aim at the growing problem of “food loss.”

Posted on 24 October 2014 | 4:47 pm

On UN Day, Ban celebrates Organization’s continuing commitment for a better world

As multiple crises – ranging from poverty and disease to terrorism and climate change – continue to afflict the world, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marked the 69th anniversary of the United Nations today, declaring that the Organization is needed now “more than ever.”

Posted on 24 October 2014 | 2:10 pm

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DR Congo: UN, African Union urge eastern town to support operations to end … – UN News Centre


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DR Congo: UN, African Union urge eastern town to support operations to end
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From right: Head of MONUSCO Martin Kobler, UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region, Said Djinnit and Boubacar Diarra, AU Special Representative for Burundi and the Great Lakes region meeting in Beni, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) with …

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Posted on 24 October 2014 | 10:33 pm

More respect, less criminalization for migrant workers, UN rights expert urges – UN News Centre


More respect, less criminalization for migrant workers, UN rights expert urges
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24 October 2014 – The lack of political will to stand up for migrant workers' rights remains the greatest challenge to the protection of this “very vulnerable” group of human beings, an independent United Nations expert affirmed today. Speaking before

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Posted on 24 October 2014 | 10:05 pm

Ebola: industry leaders meet to discuss vaccine trials, as UN agencies … – UN News Centre


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Ebola: industry leaders meet to discuss vaccine trials, as UN agencies
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24 October 2014 – The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has convened a meeting with top Government officials from Ebola-affected countries, regulatory agencies, vaccine manufacturers and funding agencies to discuss and agree how best …
UN to consult gov'ts of Ebola-affected countries on supportGhanaWeb
Ebola: Industry Leaders Meet to Discuss Vaccine Trials, as UN Agencies eNews Park Forest

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Posted on 24 October 2014 | 6:40 pm

UN-backed forum: world’s youth to demand seat at policy table – UN News Centre


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UN-backed forum: world's youth to demand seat at policy table
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24 October 2014 – Set to kick-off next week in Azerbaijan's capital of Baku, a United Nations-backed Global Forum on Youth Policies will, for the first time, amplify voices passionate about developing and implementing national policies tailored to the

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Posted on 24 October 2014 | 6:23 pm

On UN Day, Ban celebrates Organization’s continuing commitment for a better … – UN News Centre


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On UN Day, Ban celebrates Organization's continuing commitment for a better
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24 October 2014 – As multiple crises – ranging from poverty and disease to terrorism and climate change – continue to afflict the world, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marked the 69th anniversary of the United Nations today, declaring that the
United Nations Day 2014: Five Greatest Achievements of the UN Since 1945International Business Times UK
United Nations Day nothing to celebrateTyler Morning Telegraph
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Posted on 24 October 2014 | 1:25 pm

Primary focus of response must be to halt spread of Ebola in West Africa – UN – UN News Centre


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Primary focus of response must be to halt spread of Ebola in West Africa – UN
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23 October 2014 – As the international community mobilizes on all fronts to combat the unfolding Ebola outbreak, the primary emphasis must continue to be on stopping the transmission of the virus within Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the three

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Posted on 24 October 2014 | 12:22 am

Sources Say North Korean Representatives Used Racist Slur at United Nations – VICE News


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Sources Say North Korean Representatives Used Racist Slur at United Nations
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North Korean officials making a rare appearance at a United Nations human rights event on Wednesday laughed among themselves at the testimony of former labor camp detainees and referred to the ambassador of Botswana with derogatory racial language …
UN investigator: North Korea should be charged with human rights violationsCNN
UN inquiry head rejects N. Korea's 'honeyed words'The State

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Posted on 23 October 2014 | 11:07 pm

US urges judge to dismiss cholera lawsuit against United Nations – Reuters


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US urges judge to dismiss cholera lawsuit against United Nations
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NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. government urged a federal judge on Thursday to dismiss a lawsuit filed against the United Nations by a group of Haitians who claim peacekeepers caused the devastating cholera epidemic that followed their country's 2010 …
Haitians' Lawyer Asks NY Judge to Nix UN ImmunityABC News
Haiti Cholera Victims Seek Damages from UN in US CourtVoice of America

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Posted on 23 October 2014 | 7:36 pm

UN rights watchdog calls for open elections in Hong Kong – Reuters


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UN rights watchdog calls for open elections in Hong Kong
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GENEVA (Reuters) – The United Nations Human Rights Committee called on China on Thursday to ensure universal suffrage in Hong Kong, stressing that included the right to stand for election as well as the right to vote. The panel of 18 independent
Asia Pacific|UN Human Rights Panel Urges China to Allow Free Elections in New York Times
United Nations rights body calls for open elections in Hong KongDaily News & Analysis
UN Human Rights panel chides China over Hong KongDeutsche Welle

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Posted on 23 October 2014 | 12:42 pm

Noam Chomsky at United Nations: It Would Be Nice if the United States Lived up … – Democracy Now


Noam Chomsky at United Nations: It Would Be Nice if the United States Lived up
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After world-renowned scholar Noam Chomsky gave a major address on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the hall of the United Nations General Assembly last week, Amy Goodman interviewed the world-renowned linguist and dissident before an audience of …

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Posted on 22 October 2014 | 2:22 pm