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Top humanitarian award winner ‘nothing short of heroic’: UN refugee chief  (Do, 01 Okt 2020)
An educator and rights defender who has spent more than 20 years rescuing exploited and trafficked children in Colombia, represents “the best of us”, the UN refugee chief said on Thursday, as she was named the winner of this year’s Nansen Refugee Award.
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Stranded migrants need safe and dignified return, says independent UN rights panel (Thu, 01 Oct 2020)
Governments should immediately address the inhumane conditions in detention faced by migrant workers who are also being blamed for spreading the coronavirus, a UN panel of independent rights experts said on Thursday.
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Deterring ‘atrocious crimes’ contributes to development: International Criminal Court President (Thu, 01 Oct 2020)
Deterring genocides, armed conflicts and other atrocious crimes supports sustainable development says the President of the UN-backed International Criminal Court (ICC) Chile Eboe-Osuji.
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Listen to older people’s ‘suggestions and ideas’ for more inclusive societies, urges UN chief (Wed, 30 Sep 2020)
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the world is reckoning with the disproportionate and severe impact that the virus has wrought on the “health…rights and well being” of older persons, the UN chief has said, marking the international day highlighting their issues.
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Moria fires aftermath: More than 1,000 asylum seekers relocated from Greece this year (Wed, 30 Sep 2020)
Nearly 140 asylum seekers were relocated from Greece to Germany on Wednesday through a European Commission-funded initiative that has relocated more than 1,000 people so far this year alone, three UN agencies have reported. 
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Guterres urges more countries to step up and fund global COVID-19 vaccine effort (Wed, 30 Sep 2020)
The UN Secretary-General on Wednesday called for all nations to provide further urgently needed funds – the equivalent of the total spent on cigarettes worldwide every two weeks – on behalf of global COVID-19 vaccine efforts to ensure that everyone, everywhere, gets protection from the virus. 
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Libyan rivals conclude talks on key security and military issues (Wed, 30 Sep 2020)
Delegations from Libya’s warring sides meeting in Egypt have concluded two days of security and military talks in efforts towards a lasting ceasefire, the UN political mission for the country, UNSMIL, has reported. 
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Thailand: More than 100 companies pledge to strengthen women’s economic empowerment (Wed, 30 Sep 2020)
Chief executives of 110 companies in Thailand on Wednesday, have signed up to a new set of UN principles on women’s economic empowerment, pledging to improve gender equality in the boardroom, equal pay for equal work, and safer and more inclusive workplaces.
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LIVE: UN chief, Prince Charles, rally ‘coalition of the willing’ to end biodiversity destruction (Wed, 30 Sep 2020)
Here's our special LIVE coverage of the UN Summit on Biodiversity, where activists and senior UN officials are calling for urgent action on biodiversity, to help ensure sustainable development for all.  
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As historic virtual debate wraps, ‘our political leaders demonstrated their commitment to multilateralism,’ says UN Assembly President (Wed, 30 Sep 2020)
For the first time in the history of the United Nations, global leaders were not able to meet in person for the General Assembly’s annual debate, but the 193-Member body’s President said on Tuesday that the precautions forced by the COVID-19 pandemic “did not prevent multilateralism from operating at the highest levels.”
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The UN is ‘right platform’ to address global challenges – Tanzanian Ambassador (Wed, 30 Sep 2020)
The COVID-19 outbreak reminds the world that we need “to enhance solidarity within the multilateral system” to confront global challenges, the representative of Tanzania told the closing session of the UN’s annual high-level session on Tuesday.
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Nuclear threat against North Korea ‘continues unabated’, UN ambassador tells Assembly (Wed, 30 Sep 2020)
During the past several decades, North Korea has done “everything possible” to safeguard peace and security on the Korean peninsula, the country’s representative told the UN high-level General Debate on Tuesday.
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At UN, Uganda highlights COVID-19 response, commitment to sustainable development (Wed, 30 Sep 2020)
Through deliberate and targeted actions, Uganda has been able to contain the spread of COVID-19, the country’s representative to the UN told the General Assembly, adding that the Government also prioritized sustainable recovery from the pandemic in its national plans. 
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UN Middle East envoy urges sides to engage ‘before it is too late’ (Tue, 29 Sep 2020)
Israeli and Palestinian leaders, and their international partners, must urgently resume peace efforts “before it is too late”, UN Middle East envoy Nikolay Mladenov told the Security Council on Tuesday, echoing the Secretary-General. 
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Climate change ‘the defining challenge of our generation’ says New Zealand Ambassador (Tue, 29 Sep 2020)
There is no vaccine against climate change, the Permanent Representative of New Zealand told the UN General Assembly debate on Tuesday, noting that now more than ever, the international community must “step up, collectively and in the common interest.”
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To UN, Israeli Prime Minister says ‘no doubt’ more Arab countries will soon join ‘circle of peace’ (Tue, 29 Sep 2020)
While telling the UN General Assembly on Tuesday there was “good news” to report about the “expanding circle of peace” between Israel and some Arab countries, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also accused Hezbollah militants of storing weapons in a residential area of Beirut.
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WHO, IOM and UNICEF promise investigation of sexual abuse allegations against workers in DR Congo (Tue, 29 Sep 2020)
The UN World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday, promised that any of its staff working as part of the agency’s Ebola response team in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) found to have been involved in sexual exploitation and abuse, would face “serious consequences, including instant dismissal.”
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Redouble efforts against ‘global scourge’ of gender-based violence, intensified by pandemic: Guterres  (Tue, 29 Sep 2020)
From domestic violence to sexual abuse, online harassment and increased child marriage, gender-based violence (GBV) is “a global scourge” that is being exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN chief said on Tuesday. 
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Pandemic shows international cooperation ‘delivers results’, says German Foreign Minister (Tue, 29 Sep 2020)
The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed how international cooperation “delivers results” in efforts to resolve conflict, though there is still a long way to go, Germany’s Foreign Minister told the UN General Assembly in a pre-recorded speech broadcast on Tuesday. 
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Bilateral cooperation ‘only way’ to resolve repatriation issue, Myanmar Minister tells General Assembly (Tue, 29 Sep 2020)
Bilateral cooperation is the only way to effectively resolve the repatriation issue between Myanmar and Bangladesh, the Minister of the Office of the State Counsellor of Myanmar, told the UN General Assembly. 
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Protect the world from sliding into global recession, urges UN chief (Tue, 29 Sep 2020)
The economic and social consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic “are as bad as we feared”, the UN Secretary-General said, as he warned that the international community must act now if it is stave off a global recession, which could wipe out decades of development gains. 
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UAE expresses hopes for Middle East peace talks following ‘historic’ accord with Israel (Tue, 29 Sep 2020)
The historic agreement normalizing relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) should boost efforts towards achieving regional peace and a brighter future for generations to come, the UAE’s Foreign Affairs Minister told the UN General Assembly in a pre-recorded speech broadcast on Tuesday. 
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Flooding leaves South Sudan facing threat of ‘catastrophic’ hunger levels  (Tue, 29 Sep 2020)
Torrential rains and flooding across South Sudan have created the threat of “catastrophic” levels of hunger and left hundreds of thousands homeless, UN humanitarians said on Tuesday. 
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Food loss and waste ‘an ethical outrage’, UN chief says on International Day (Tue, 29 Sep 2020)
New approaches and solutions are needed to address worsening food loss and waste, the UN Secretary-General has said, in a message marking the first ever International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste Reduction. 
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COVID-19: ‘Legitimate concerns’ must be heard, and fears addressed over misinformation (Tue, 29 Sep 2020)
Amid continuing uncertainty, fear and anxiety around the world over the COVID-19 pandemic, senior UN officials are keen to stress the legitimacy of concerns, listen carefully to citizens around the world, and help them distinguish between misinformation and accurate information, based on science. 
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Millionth death from COVID-19 ‘an agonizing milestone’: UN Secretary-General (Tue, 29 Sep 2020)
With over one million lives now lost to COVID-19 globally, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has said that while the “agonizing milestone” is a “mind-numbing figure”, the world must never lose sight of each and every individual life. 
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Nobel laureate Nadia Murad denounces lack of will to end sexual violence as a war tactic (Mon, 28 Sep 2020)
With one in three women around the world affected by gender-based violence – a crime that skyrockets more than 200 per cent in conflict settings – Nobel laureate Nadia Murad brought governments and UN leaders to task on Monday, for failing to provide the resources needed to create meaningful change for traumatized communities.
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Illicit capital robbing Africa and its people of their future: UN trade and development chief (Mon, 28 Sep 2020)
Every year, an estimated $88.6 billion, which is equivalent to 3.7% of Africa’s GDP, leaves the continent in the form of illicit capital, according to UN trade and development agency UNCTAD’s Economic Development in Africa Report 2020, launched on Monday.
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Most countries failing to protect women from COVID-19 economic and social fallout (Mon, 28 Sep 2020)
The COVID-19 pandemic is “hitting women hard”, but most nations are failing to provide sufficient social and economic protection for them, the head of the UN gender empowerment agency said on Monday.
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‘Eyes and ears’ of UN Human Rights Council facing funding crisis (Mon, 28 Sep 2020)
The work of UN-appointed independent rights experts is at risk from a critical lack of funding, they warned on Monday.
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