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UNHCR welcomes deal to end latest migrant stand-off in Mediterranean Sea (Do, 19 Jul 2018)
UN Refugee Agency chief Filippo Grandi, on Thursday gave a cautious welcome to the decision by several EU countries to take in some 450 migrants who have been stranded at sea for days, warning that a “ship-by-ship” arrangement was not sustainable.
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FROM THE FIELD: Weather reports come to aid of Uganda’s farmers (Do, 19 Jul 2018)
Farmers in Uganda are keeping their crop yields high, thanks to improved weather data supplied by the UN Development Programme (UNDP)-backed push to modernize climate monitoring systems.
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‘Embed the essence of 2030 Agenda into everything,’ UN chief urges at close of Global Goals forum (Do, 19 Jul 2018)
As the eight-day High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) drew to a close on Wednesday, the United Nations chief called on everyone to support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for “prosperity and peace on a healthy planet.”
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UN-African Union partnership ‘not a choice but a necessity’, Security Council hears (Mi, 18 Jul 2018)
A stronger partnership between the United Nations and the African Union is “not a choice but a necessity” in tackling today’s complex peace and security challenges in Africa, a senior UN official said on Wednesday.
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Funding shortfalls threaten health services for a million vulnerable Iraqis, says UN health agency (Mi, 18 Jul 2018)
Almost one million vulnerable Iraqis will have to go without basic medicines and other life-saving healthcare if funding is not found to save critical health facilities, the United Nations health agency said on Tuesday.
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Mandela, ‘true symbol of human greatness’, celebrated on centenary of his birth (Mi, 18 Jul 2018)
Paying tribute to the first democratically-elected President of South Africa and iconic civil rights leader, the United Nations on Wednesday celebrated Nelson Mandela’s legacy for humanity and reflected on the lessons he left behind.
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‘Prevention crisis’ is hampering global HIV response, warns head of UNAIDS (Mi, 18 Jul 2018)
Complacency over HIV and AIDS has created a “prevention crisis” that risks destabilizing efforts to reach the key 2020 target of fewer than 500,000 new HIV infections per year, the head of the UN agency in charge of fighting the pandemic warned on Wednesday.
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UN experts urge Ukraine to stop ‘systematic persecution’ of Roma minority (Mi, 18 Jul 2018)
Ukraine must take immediate action to stop what amounts to a “systematic persecution” of the country’s Roma minority, who have been targeted in a series of violent attacks allegedly perpetrated by members of extreme right-wing groups, United Nations human rights experts have said.
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UN-backed treaty against illicit tobacco trade set to take effect in September (Mi, 18 Jul 2018)
A United Nations-backed treaty aimed at stopping the illicit trading of tobacco products, is set to enter into force on 25 September, marking a diplomatic breakthrough in efforts to protect public health and strike back against the criminal organizations profiting from such deals.    
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Somalia is opening a 'new chapter of its history' declares UN political affairs chief as forum ends with renewed commitments (Mi, 18 Jul 2018)
A high-level gathering of representatives from the Somali government and the international community, including the United Nations, ended in Brussels today with renewed commitment to support the Horn of Africa country’s progress in a range of areas, such as state and peace-building efforts.
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