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A Quarter of World’s Population Lives in Urban Slums

Human Wrongs Watch With a quarter of the world’s population living in urban slums, a sustainable response to improving the living conditions of the urban poor is becoming increasingly necessary, the United Nations agency tasked with promoting environmentally and socially sustainable cities and towns said on 2 October 2014.        In a press release made available ahead of World Habitat Day, U ...

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UN Secretary General “Alarmed” at Israel’s Announced Seizure of West Bank Land

Human Wrongs Watch United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 1 September 2014 voiced his alarm at the announcement by Israeli authorities to declare nearly 1,000 acres of land in Bethlehem as so-called “state land.” “The seizure of such a large swathe of land risks paving the way for further settlement activity, which – as the United Nations has reiterated on many occasions – is illegal under internat ...

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Kerry: U.S. Could Seek New U.N. Vote; Assad Could Avoid Attack by Handing over Chemical Weapons

The White House effort to convince lawmakers in Washington comes after President Obama’s failed attempt to drum up support at the G-20 summit in Russia last week. Speaking in Paris, Secretary of State John Kerry said the administration has not ruled out a return to the U.N. Security Council after inspectors complete their report on last month’s attack in Ghouta. Secretary of State John Kerry: "The president ...

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Security Council unanimously approves new UN peacekeeping mission in Mali

The Security Council today approved a 12,600-strong United Nations peacekeeping operation to take over from the African-led mission in Mali on 1 July and authorized the blue helmets “to use all necessary means” to carry out security-related stabilization tasks, protect civilians, UN staff and cultural artefacts, and create the conditions for the provision of humanitarian aid. “We know it’s going to be a fai ...

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Insecticide-treated nets protect livestock and boost milk yields in UN pilot projects

Insecticide-treated mosquito and fly nets encircling livestock pens in small farms in western Kenya are proving to be an effective means of killing disease-carrying pests and boosting milk yields, the United Nations today reported, as well as contributing to fewer people being bitten at home. “The nets are environmentally safe and have drastically cut the number of flies, mosquitoes and other disease-transm ...

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1,000 days and counting: UN calls for accelerated action on the Millennium Development Goals

The United Nations today called for accelerated action in the next 1,000 days from governments, international organizations and civil society groups to reach the eight anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by their deadline at the end of 2015. “The MDGs are the most successful global anti-poverty push in history,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said from Madrid, where later ...

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Honouring over 15 million victims of slave trade, UN calls for end to remnants of slavery

The United Nations today honoured the memory of an estimated 15 million innocent victims who suffered over four centuries as a result of the transatlantic slave trade, while highlighting the plight of millions more who still endure the brutality of modern slavery. Speaking at the commemoration of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, held in the Ge ...

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UN: States must urgently shore up ‘serious deficiencies’ in draft arms treaty text

Serious deficiencies in a new draft Arms Trade Treaty text would fail to prevent arms transfers to countries where they could be used to commit or facilitate summary and arbitrary killings, torture and enforced disappearances, Amnesty International said today. The organization’s analysis of a new draft of the treaty circulated late on Friday found that the proposed text also falls short in other areas, incl ...

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Norway tops UN development rankings while Niger is placed last

Norway, Australia and the United States lead this year’s Human Development Index (HDI) rankings, the annual United Nations measure of progress in human well-being, while Niger, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Mozambique are at the bottom. The new HDI figures, launched today in Mexico City by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), combines measures of life expectancy, literacy, school enrolment ...

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Joint UN meeting on food security focuses on ‘building a future free of hunger’

Scaling up the global response to food security and nutrition topped the agenda today at a special joint meeting between the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the General Assembly, world experts and the UN food agencies aimed at identifying steps to build a future free of hunger. The meeting, postponed when Hurricane Sandy hit in November, included the Food and Agriculture Organization (F ...

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