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16.03.2013

UN commission on women ends with adoption of global plan to end gender-based violence

UN commission on women ends with adoption of global plan to end gender-based violence

Top United Nations officials today welcomed an agreement by more than 130 Member States on the prevention and elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls, and urged governments to translate the outcome of the ‘historic’ gathering into concrete actions to protect and promote women’s human rights and… »

15.03.2013

Norway tops UN development rankings while Niger is placed last

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… »

15.03.2013

UN human rights office voices concern over changes to Hungarian constitution

UN human rights office voices concern over changes to Hungarian constitution

The United Nations today expressed concern over Hungary’s adoption of an amendment to the constitution that threatens the independence of its judiciary, and stressed this could have a profound effect on the human rights of its citizens. According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (… »

15.03.2013

Humanitarian challenges continue to mount as Syrian crisis enters its third year – UN

Humanitarian challenges continue to mount as Syrian crisis enters its third year – UN

As the crisis in Syria enters its third year, United Nations officials today warned that civilian suffering is escalating and humanitarian needs mounting, while funds are rapidly running out. “Shelter, water, food, basic supplies, health care – all are precarious,” said the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria, Radhouane Nouicer. “The… »

04.03.2013

Potential nuclear attack ‘devastating and catastrophic’, says senior UN humanitarian official

Potential nuclear attack ‘devastating and catastrophic’, says senior UN humanitarian official

Senior humanitarian aid workers, United Nations organizations and civil society members are meeting today in Norway to discuss what the international humanitarian community can realistically do to prepare for and to respond to the humanitarian impact of a nuclear weapon detonation. “The humanitarian consequences of a nuclear attack or an… »

21.02.2013

Ban calls for fresh ideas to advance decolonization as UN body begins annual session

Ban calls for fresh ideas to advance decolonization as UN body begins annual session

With the world undergoing a “great transition,” it is time for a new kind of inclusive dialogue about decolonization, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, calling for fresh approaches to resolve the situations of the remaining 16 Non-Self-Governing Territories. “The risk of movement, while sometimes frightening, is far more preferable… »

21.02.2013

Solar lighting can deliver major development and climate benefits – UN agency

Solar lighting can deliver major development and climate benefits – UN agency

Countries that switch from lamps, candles, flashlights and other traditional lighting systems to solar power can recover the costs in less than one year, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said today, highlighting new studies that show the development and climate benefits of ‘off-grid’ lighting. “Replacing the world’s 670 million… »

21.02.2013

Threat of space objects demands international coordination, UN team says

Threat of space objects demands international coordination, UN team says

In the wake of a meteor impact in Russia that shattered windows over a wide area, injuring hundreds of people and terrifying thousands, a United Nations team today called for international cooperation to face the threat of near space objects. “If the proposed coordination mechanism was in place, then at… »

19.02.2013

Myanmar: UN welcomes release of child soldiers by national armed forces

Myanmar: UN welcomes release of child soldiers by national armed forces

The United Nations today welcomed the release of 24 children by Myanmar’s armed forces, known as the Tatmadaw, and called for the acceleration of discharges in line with the commitment made last year by the Government to end child rights violations. Last June, the UN and the Government of Myanmar… »

15.02.2013

UN kicks off year promoting international cooperation on water management

UN kicks off year promoting international cooperation on water management

11 February 2013 – The United Nations today launched the International Year of Water Cooperation, which seeks to provide a platform for countries to collaborate in the management of this precious resource in the interest of peace and development. “Water is central to the well-being of people and the… »

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