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Kabul school bombing condemned by senior UN officials (Sa, 08 Mai 2021)
Saturday’s deadly bombing outside a high school in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, has been condemned by leading UN officials. The attack led to the deaths of at least 30 people, including several schoolchildren.
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The United Nations remembers the dead of WWII (Sat, 08 May 2021)
The Second World War had a profound impact on the international community, and established the conditions for the creation of the United Nations. This weekend marks the official remembrance of the tens of millions of civilians and soldiers who died during the conflict.
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What can the UN do to support India through its deadly COVID-19 surge? (Sat, 08 May 2021)
The UN is at the forefront of efforts to help India extricate itself from the almost unimaginable scale of suffering its citizens are undergoing, as a result of a devastating wave of COVID-19 infections. Earlier this week, UN News spoke to the country chiefs based in India, for the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund, to get their take on the crisis. Here are some key excerpts from the interviews.
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Climate change threatens winged harbinger of spring (Sat, 08 May 2021)
A sure sign of spring in northern Europe is the arrival of the Arctic tern bird, but ahead of the UN’s World Migratory Bird Day  experts fear the warming of the oceans in its nesting grounds in the northern Atlantic is threatening its very existence. 
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WHO approves Chinese COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use (Fri, 07 May 2021)
A COVID-19 vaccine produced in China has been given the green light for global rollout, potentially paving the way for its use in underserved countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Friday.   
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Informal dialogue on UN chief selection process gets underway (Fri, 07 May 2021)
The current UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, laid out his case for a second five year term on Friday to Member States, saying that he was offering a “humble approach” to deal with today’s multiple challenges, as an honest broker and bridge builder, focussed on solutions.
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Security Council upholds role of multilateralism in a complex world (Fri, 07 May 2021)
The President of the UN General Assembly on Friday urged countries to “do better” in making COVID-19 vaccines available to everyone, everywhere, warning that “good intentions are no match for vaccines in arms.” 
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India’s new COVID-19 wave is spreading like ‘wildfire’, warns UN Children’s Fund (Fri, 07 May 2021)
A new wave of COVID-19 infections is spreading like “wildfire” across India, leaving many youngsters destitute, the UN Children’s Fund UNICEF said on Friday.
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‘No time to lose’, stop flow of deadly weapons to Myanmar military now, urges UN rights expert (Fri, 07 May 2021)
The United Nations independent human rights expert on Myanmar on Friday called on countries that have not yet done so, to impose arms embargo on the country urgently, to stop the “massacre” of citizens across the country.
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Stop evictions in East Jerusalem neighbourhood immediately, UN rights office urges Israel (Fri, 07 May 2021)
The UN’s human rights office (OHCHR), on Friday, called on Israel to immediately halt all forced evictions, including those in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of East Jerusalem, as well as to exercise maximum restraint in the use of force while ensuring safety and security there.
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Brazil: UN rights office urges independent probe into deadly police operation in Rio de Janeiro (Fri, 07 May 2021)
The UN's human rights office (OHCHR) on Friday called for an independent, thorough and impartial investigation into a major police operation in a favela in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, in which at least 25 were reportedly killed, including a police officer.
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Former LRA leader, ex-child soldier, sentenced to 25 years in prison (Thu, 06 May 2021)
A former leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in Uganda, who himself had been abducted by the rebel group as a child, was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday. 
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Nearly 8 years on, ‘gaps, inconsistencies, discrepancies’ remain over Syria chemical weapons declaration (Thu, 06 May 2021)
The Security Council heard new evidence in longstanding international efforts to eradicate Syria’s chemical weapons programme on Thursday, including the results of an investigation into the possible of use of chlorine gas in the city of Saraqib in 2018, as the UN’s top disarmament official provided her regular briefing to ambassadors.
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Cut methane emissions to avert global temperature rise, UN-backed study urges (Thu, 06 May 2021)
Methane emissions caused by human activity can be reduced by up to 45 per cent this decade, thus helping to keep global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius in line with the Paris Agreement on climate change, according to a UN-backed report published on Thursday. 
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Guterres renews zero-emissions appeal to avoid falling into climate abyss (Thu, 06 May 2021)
All countries should commit to zero carbon emissions by 2050 if the world is to avoid a disastrous 2.4 degree Celsius temperature rise by the end of this century, UN Secretary General António Guterres said on Thursday.
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Latin America rights groups face growing threats, attacks: Bachelet (Thu, 06 May 2021)
UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet on Thursday issued an alert over the rising number of threats, attacks and attempts to undermine national human rights institutions, in Latin America and the Caribbean.
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UN chief pledges to keep ‘memories alive’ of those who died in service during 2020 (Thu, 06 May 2021)
The United Nations paused on Thursday to honour 336 personnel who lost their lives in the line of duty in 2020: the highest number ever in a single year. 
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UN launches key initiative to protect seafarers’ human rights amid COVID-19 crisis (Thu, 06 May 2021)
Around 200,000 cargo ship crew members are stranded at sea, beyond the length of their contracts due to COVID-19 restrictions, placing a major strain on their physical and mental health. New UN guidelines were published on Thursday, aimed at helping the industry better protect human rights at sea, as new COVID variants threaten to further delay crew turnover.
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FROM THE FIELD: Uganda conflict survivor helps communities find ‘ways forward’ (Thu, 06 May 2021)
A Ugandan man who avoided being drawn into a decades’ long conflict as a child soldier, is dedicating his adult life to healing communities which were impacted by his government’s fight with the rebel Lords Resistance Army (LRA).
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WHO chief hails ‘monumental moment’ in COVID fight, as US throws support behind vaccine patent waiver (Wed, 05 May 2021)
The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday said the commitment announced by the United States administration to lift vaccine patent protections to help boost global supply, was a “monumental moment” in the battle to end the deadly pandemic.
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USA: Rights expert decries wave of anti-protest laws ‘spreading through the country’ (Wed, 05 May 2021)
A UN independent human rights expert has slammed new laws in several American states aimed at suppressing racial justice protests and the Black Lives Matter movement, according to a statement on Wednesday. 
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Early-warning ‘pandemic hub’ plan unveiled by WHO’s Tedros and Germany’s Merkel (Wed, 05 May 2021)
An international hub for pandemic control is to open in Berlin to ensure better preparedness and transparency in the fight against likely future global health threats, the UN health agency announced on Wednesday.
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Myanmar: Attacks on healthcare jeopardizing COVID-19 response, UN team says (Wed, 05 May 2021)
There have been at least 158 reported attacks on medical personnel and facilities in Myanmar, with more than 139 doctors arrested and charged since the military coup in February, endangering not only vital health services but also the COVID-19 response, the UN Country Team (UNCT) there said on Wednesday.
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155 million faced acute food insecurity in 2020, conflict the key driver (Wed, 05 May 2021)
At least 155 million people faced crisis levels of food insecurity in 2020 because of conflict, extreme weather events and economic shocks linked in part to COVID-19, a UN-partnered flagship report said on Wednesday.  
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South Asia: ‘Real possibility’ health systems will be strained to a breaking point, UNICEF warns (Wed, 05 May 2021)
Impacts of the deadly new surge in COVID-19 cases across South Asia are unlike anything the region has seen before, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said, warning of a “real possibility” that health systems there will be strained to a breaking point, leading to even more loss of life. 
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UN report sounds alarm on acute global shortage of midwives (Wed, 05 May 2021)
The world is currently facing a shortage of around 900,000 midwives, with COVID-19 further exacerbating the situation as many have been redeployed to help plug vital gaps in other health services, according to a new United Nations report.
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Young people key to transforming world’s food systems (Tue, 04 May 2021)
Young people are taking a leading role in shaping fair and equitable food systems around the world, senior UN officials affirmed on Tuesday during a global youth dialogue on the theme of “Good Food for All”.
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Joy in South Sudan, as schools reopen after 14-month COVID lockdown (Tue, 04 May 2021)
The countrywide reopening of schools in South Sudan is a welcome step on the road to “normalcy” for youngsters, two in three of whom need humanitarian assistance, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday.
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UN forum examines how to make science and technology work better for all (Tue, 04 May 2021)
Harnessing the full potential of science and technology for the benefit of all people, everywhere, is the focus of a two-day virtual meeting convened by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), which opened on Tuesday. 
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Release jailed dissident on medical grounds, UN experts urge Iran (Tue, 04 May 2021)
United Nations independent human rights experts, on Tuesday, called on Iranian authorities to immediately release a political activist, said to be at risk of severe health complications and even death, if not provided with appropriate medical care.
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