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UN agencies begin registering asylum seekers at US-Mexico border (Do, 25 Feb 2021)
UN agencies, on Wednesday, began preparing individuals and families at the Matamoros informal camp, near the United States-Mexico border, for entry into the US, following the termination of a policy that forced asylum seekers to wait for their immigration hearings in Mexico. 
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FROM THE FIELD: Millions of Yemenis facing ‘death sentence’ (Thu, 25 Feb 2021)
Yemen remains the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, and the situation for the millions of affected people is deteriorating, says the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
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Mother of terrorism victim works to ‘turn the page’ on violent extremism (Thu, 25 Feb 2021)
A Moroccan-French woman whose son was killed in a terrorist attack nearly a decade ago, has been commended for her powerful activism countering youth radicalization, and her efforts to replace the desolation of loss with ‘a prayer of love’. 
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UN independent experts ‘appalled’ by deportation of migrants to Myanmar, in defiance of court order (Wed, 24 Feb 2021)
Independent UN human rights experts castigated Malaysia on Wednesday over its decision to deport more than1,000 detained migrants back to crisis-ridden Myanmar – despite a court order to suspend their return, pending a judicial review. 
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British actor Gugu Mbatha-Raw named latest UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador (Wed, 24 Feb 2021)
British actor Gugu Mbatha-Raw was on Wednesday appointed a global Goodwill Ambassador with the UN refugee agency, UNHCR. 
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Pandemic recovery presents historic opportunity to ensure human rights for all: Guterres (Wed, 24 Feb 2021)
Human rights have been battered in the COVID-19 pandemic but recovery represents a chance to improve on the status quo and finally ensure dignity for all, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the General Assembly on Wednesday. 
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Central African Republic ‘very volatile’, despite important progress – UN peacekeeping chief  (Wed, 24 Feb 2021)
Despite a successful presidential election and other noteworthy progress, the Central African Republic (CAR) continues to be plagued by violence and volatility, the UN peacekeeping chief told the Security Council on Tuesday. 
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Supermodel Natalia Vodianova joins UNFPA to tackle stigma and advance women’s health (Wed, 24 Feb 2021)
The UN’s sexual and reproductive health agency, UNFPA, on Wednesday appointed supermodel, philanthropist, and impact investor Natalia Vodianova as its newest Goodwill Ambassador, in an effort to empower women and girls, including fighting stigma surrounding menstruation.
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Ghana receives first historic shipment of COVID-19 vaccinations from international COVAX facility (Wed, 24 Feb 2021)
Six hundred thousand doses of lifesaving COVID-19 vaccine from the UN-partnered COVAX initiative have arrived in Ghana: a historic first for the international partnership to provide equitable innoculations for all.
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COVID-19 imperils ‘historic advances’ in children’s access to school meals: UN report (Wed, 24 Feb 2021)
Hard-won gains in efforts to provide millions of the world’s most vulnerable children with nutritious food, through free daily meals at school, are at risk due to the coronavirus pandemic and its fallout, a UN World Food Programme (WFP) report said on Wednesday. 
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Myanmar: Stop harassment of workers, UN agency urges military (Wed, 24 Feb 2021)
The United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) has called on the military in Myanmar to end the harassment and intimidation of workers by security forces, and ensure that they can exercise their rights to freedom of expression, in a climate free of violence and fear.
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Experts accuse Iran of rights violations in shooting down Ukraine airlines flight (Tue, 23 Feb 2021)
Iran committed multiple human rights violations in shooting downing Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) Flight PS752 last year and in the aftermath of the deadly attack, two  independent experts appointed by the UN Human Rights Council said on Tuesday. 
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UN to review deadly convoy attack in DR Congo which led to Italian Ambassador’s death (Tue, 23 Feb 2021)
The World Food Programme (WFP) has provided further information on the deadly convoy attack in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on Monday in which Italy’s Ambassador to the country, his bodyguard, and a WFP driver were killed. 
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Climate crisis and economic shocks leave millions food insecure across Central America (Tue, 23 Feb 2021)
Reporting that hunger has increased almost fourfold in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua in the past two years, the World Food Programme (WFP) on Tuesday warned that 1.7 million people are in the ‘emergency’ category of food insecurity, calling for $47.3 million now, to provide urgent food assistance.
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UN rights experts call for US to address ongoing violations at ‘Kafkaesque’ Guantánamo military prison (Tue, 23 Feb 2021)
In response to the Biden Administration’s announced review into closing the infamous Guantánamo Bay detention centre in Cuba, independent UN human rights experts on Tuesday said it was vital to also address ongoing violations being committed against the 40 or so inmates still incarcerated there.
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World risks ‘collapse of everything’ without strong climate action, Attenborough warns Security Council (Tue, 23 Feb 2021)
More collective action is needed to address the risks climate change poses to global peace and security, the UN Secretary-General told a high-level Security Council debate on Tuesday, as renowned natural historian David Attenborough warned countries that the planet faces total ‘collapse’. 
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First wave of COVID-19 vaccine syringes start journey to Maldives (Tue, 23 Feb 2021)
The critical task of ensuring that all countries have enough medical equipment to vaccinate people safely against COVID-19 gathered pace on Tuesday, with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announcing that 100,000 syringes have been sent to the Maldives, ahead of an inoculation drive there.
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ILO urges better policies to protect workers, businesses, as digital platforms proliferate (Tue, 23 Feb 2021)
The UN International Labour Organization (ILO) on Tuesday highlighted the need for enhanced international policy cooperation to provide decent work opportunities and foster sustainable business growth in the digital economy.
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‘Disturbing spike’ in Afghan civilian casualties after peace talks began: UN report (Tue, 23 Feb 2021)
Civilian casualties in Afghanistan witnessed a sharp rise since peace negotiations started in September last year, even though overall deaths and injuries dropped in 2020, compared to the previous year, according to a UN human rights report launched Tuesday. 
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FROM THE FIELD: Poor and vulnerable bear brunt of climate change (Tue, 23 Feb 2021)
People living in low-income countries are at least four times more likely to be displaced by extreme weather compared to people in rich countries, despite being the least responsible for climate change, that’s according to the UN’s humanitarian office, OCHA.
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Haiti needs ‘democratic renewal’ top UN representative tells Security Council (Mon, 22 Feb 2021)
The top UN official in Haiti called Monday for a “democratic renewal” in the troubled Caribbean nation to lift it out of a drawn-out political and humanitarian crisis and put it back on the path to stability and development.
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Prioritize vaccine contracts with UN-led COVAX initiative, urges health chief Tedros (Mon, 22 Feb 2021)
The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has called on manufacturers to prioritize contracts with the UN-led equitable vaccines initiative, COVAX, declaring that it’s “not a matter of charity, it’s a matter of epidemiology”.
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Avoid ‘risky winner-take-all tactics’ in Somalia, UN Security Council hears (Mon, 22 Feb 2021)
Increased “brinkmanship, pressure tactics, and tests of strength” are threatening progress in Somalia, the country’s UN envoy told the Security Council on Monday, warning that they must be resolved “through dialogue and compromise”. 
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2021: Critical year to ‘reset our relationship with nature’ – UN chief  (Mon, 22 Feb 2021)
During this time of “crisis and fragility”, the UN chief told the United Nations Environment Assembly on Monday that human well-being and prosperity can be vastly improved by prioritizing nature-based solutions. 
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‘No place’ for coups in today’s world, UN chief tells Myanmar military  (Mon, 22 Feb 2021)
On the opening day of a new UN Human Rights Council session on Monday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres reiterated his “full support to the people of Myanmar”, three weeks after the military takeover that has brought thousands out onto the streets in protest. 
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Three killed in attack on UN World Food Programme convoy in DR Congo (Mon, 22 Feb 2021)
The Italian ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a World Food Programme (WFP) staff member, together with an Italian embassy official, were killed on Monday during an attack on a UN convoy in the east of the country, the agency has said. 
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Rohingya refugees: UN agency urges immediate rescue to prevent ‘tragedy’ on Andaman Sea (Mon, 22 Feb 2021)
The UN refugee agency (UNHCR), on Monday, called for immediate efforts to search and rescue a group of Rohingya refugees, who have been adrift on the Andaman Sea for over a week.  
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FROM THE FIELD: Focusing a lens on courage, despair and hope (Mon, 22 Feb 2021)
Human rights are not just a theory: they have an immediate impact on people’s lives. Photography 4 Humanity, a UN-backed competition, is inspiring photographers to capture striking images of grief, inequality and resilience.
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Nuclear energy agency reaches temporary inspection solution with Iran (Sun, 21 Feb 2021)
The UN-backed International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has reached a temporary deal with Iran so that monitoring of the country’s nuclear programme can continue, Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi  announced at a press conference in Vienna on Sunday.
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Secretary-General condemns deadly violence against protestors in Myanmar (Sun, 21 Feb 2021)
UN Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned the lethal use of force against peaceful protestors in Myanmar, where demonstrations against the military takeover of the Government have been growing.
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