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On International Day, UN stands in solidarity with some 20 detained staff (Mo, 25 Mär 2019)
Marking International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members, UN Secretary-General António Guterres paid tribute to UN personnel abducted, detained or missing while serving.
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UN urges ‘maximum restraint’ as Israel-Hamas tensions rise over rocket attack (Mon, 25 Mar 2019)
The UN Secretary-General said he was “gravely concerned” by the firing of a rocket from Gaza deep into Israel on Monday which reportedly injured seven people, including three children, north of the capital Tel Aviv.
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‘Uphold human dignity’, dismantle ‘specious notion of racial superiority’ urges UN chief (Mon, 25 Mar 2019)
Raise awareness of the dangers of racism and “stand up against old and new forms of slavery” was the resounding message of United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday during a special event marking the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. 
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Autonomous weapons that kill must be banned, insists UN chief (Mon, 25 Mar 2019)
UN Secretary-General António Guterres urged artificial intelligence (AI) experts meeting in Geneva on Monday to push ahead with their work to restrict the development of lethal autonomous weapons systems, or LAWS, as they are also known.
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UN launches drive to highlight environmental cost of staying fashionable (Mon, 25 Mar 2019)
It takes around 7,500 litres of water to make a single pair of jeans,  equivalent to the amount of water the average person drinks over a period of seven years. That’s just one of the many startling facts to emerge from recent environmental research, which show that the cost of staying fashionable is a lot more than just the price tag.
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‘Ticking bomb’ health warning over deteriorating conditions facing Cyclone Idai victims (Mon, 25 Mar 2019)
Efforts are continuing to reach all victims of Cyclone Idai in southern Africa where a senior relief chief has warned of a “water, sanitation and hygiene ticking bomb”, as the scale of the emergency continues to unfold, and the official death toll rises.
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It’s ‘time to #EndTB’, says UN on World Tuberculosis Day (Sun, 24 Mar 2019)
Tuberculosis, or TB, is not only the world's top infectious killer, it is also the leading cause of deaths among people with HIV and a major cause of antimicrobial resistance-related deaths, the United Nations health agency said on Sunday, World Tuberculosis Day. 
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UN condemns ‘unspeakable’ attack that leaves scores dead in central Mali (Sun, 24 Mar 2019)
The United Nations has strongly condemned the armed attack on a village in restive central Mali which reportedly left at least 134 people dead and dozens wounded early on Saturday.
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UN chief welcomes establishment of inclusive government in Central African Republic (Sun, 24 Mar 2019)
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the establishment in the Central African Republic (CAR) of a government in line with an early February peace deal struck with more than a dozen armed groups active in the country.
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Cyclone Idai: UNICEF warns of ‘race against time’ to protect children, prevent spread of disease in flood-ravaged Mozambique (Sat, 23 Mar 2019)
A week after the flooded Mozambican port of Beira was hit by Cyclone Idai, “aid agencies are barely beginning to see the scale of the damage”, the head of UNICEF said on Saturday, as she called for more international support to help quickly get relief to more than a million people across the country and prevent the possible spread of waterborne diseases like cholera.
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UN commission agrees roadmap on ensuring women’s social protection, mobility, safety, and access to economic opportunities (Sat, 23 Mar 2019)
The UN body exclusively dedicated to promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment wrapped up its annual session on Friday evening with agreement on ways to safeguard  and improve women’s and girls’ access to social protection systems, public services and sustainable infrastructure.
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The sun’s impact on Earth and weather celebrated, as planet marks World Meteorological Day (Sat, 23 Mar 2019)
Against a background of serious warnings against the effects of climate change, World Meteorological Day this year celebrates the crucial role played by the sun in powering all life on Earth, and in driving the weather, ocean currents and the hydrological cycle.
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Gender equality, justice in law and practice: Essential for sustainable development (Fri, 22 Mar 2019)
Fundamentally linked to human development, gender justice requires ending inequality and redressing existing disparities between women and men, according to a high-level United Nations forum on the situation in Arab States.
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‘Mosques should be safe havens, not sites of terror’, says Guterres announcing UN plan to help safeguard religious sites (Fri, 22 Mar 2019)
In the wake of a horrific mass shooting at two New Zealand mosques, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has announced his intention to launch a UN action plan for the safeguarding of religious sites, declaring that “mosques and all places of prayer and contemplation should be safe havens, not sites of terror.”
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UN conference agrees better ways for Global South countries to work together on sustainable development (Fri, 22 Mar 2019)
The Second High-Level UN Conference on South-South Cooperation, known as BAPA+40, concluded on Friday in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with a political declaration agreed by more than 160 Member States renewing the global commitment in the promotion and investment in this type of collaboration between countries.
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Short survey: UN News wants to know what you think (Fri, 22 Mar 2019)
UN News, your one-stop shop for all global and UN-related news, would like to hear from you through a short survey. 
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Hunger, displacement and disease: 4.3 million people remain in dire need of aid in Chad (Fri, 22 Mar 2019)
With Chad at a crossroads of life-threatening challenges ranging from violence to drought, the United Nations and its humanitarian partners appealed on Thursday for $476 million to support the most vulnerable of 4.3 million people relying on aid in the African country.
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UN chief calls for ‘far greater support’ for Cyclone Idai response (Fri, 22 Mar 2019)
The world needs to step up support for the survivors of Tropical Cyclone Idai, the UN Secretary-General said on Friday, in a strong personal appeal as relief workers rush to provide aid to people stranded across the storm countries in southern Africa.
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Ferry capsizes near Mosul, UN chief offers solidarity, support ‘as needed’  (Fri, 22 Mar 2019)
As many Iraqis across the country celebrated Norwuz, the first day of spring, a passenger ferry in the Tigris River capsized on Thursday, prompting Secretary-General António Guterres to offer the United Nations’ support “as needed”. 
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More children killed by unsafe water, than bullets, says UNICEF chief (Fri, 22 Mar 2019)
A lack of safe water, is far deadlier for children than war in more than a dozen conflict-affected countries, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Thursday, in a report launched to coincide with World Water Day, marked on 22 March.
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Education critical to ensure future of forests, and reverse their destruction (Thu, 21 Mar 2019)
The UN drew attention to the vital role that forests play in addressing some of the world’s greatest environmental challenges on Thursday, and the importance of tackling the issues that threaten them, such as deforestation, and land degradation.
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Service and Sacrifice: Malaysian peacekeepers in Lebanon proud to serve their homeland and the United Nations (Thu, 21 Mar 2019)
Peacekeepers from Malaysia serving under the United Nations flag in Lebanon face a “a totally new experience” according to the commander of the Malaysian contingent in the country.
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‘Massive and protracted’ humanitarian crisis in DR Congo can be ‘beaten back’ if donors step up (Thu, 21 Mar 2019)
“Urgent and sustained funding” for a Government-led response to what is now a “massive and protracted” humanitarian crisis across the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is required, said the head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN relief chief on Thursday.
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Marking international day, UN experts call for urgent action to end racial discrimination, in wake of New Zealand anti-Muslim attack (Thu, 21 Mar 2019)
States must take urgent action, to “stem the tide of hate and discrimination” and ramping up of “ethno-nationalist populism”, which helped fuel the deadly shootings in two New Zealand mosques last Friday by a self-declared white supremacist, several top UN officials and human rights experts have stressed, marking the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
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Idai disaster: Stranded victims still need rescue from heavy rains as UN scales up response (Thu, 21 Mar 2019)
Dire conditions persist in vast areas of southern Africa affected by Cyclone Idai as heavy rain continues to cause “massive destruction”, the UN said on Thursday, while aid teams scale up efforts to reach those most in need.
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‘Growing alarm’ over Fall Armyworm advance, with cash crops ‘under attack’ across Asia (Thu, 21 Mar 2019)
The Fall Armyworm pest is continuing to sweep across the globe, having moved eastwards from their native Americas, onto Africa, before arriving in Asia only last summer, where they now threaten to cost farmers from India to Thailand, billions of dollars in lost production. 
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Venezuela: ‘A worrying destabilizing factor in the region’, Bachelet tells Human Rights Council (Wed, 20 Mar 2019)
Expressing deep concern at the “magnitude and gravity of the human rights impact” of Venezuela’s current crisis, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said on Wednesday that the country had become “a worrying destabilizing factor in the region.”
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UN court increases sentence of former Bosnian-Serb leader to life imprisonment (Wed, 20 Mar 2019)
A United Nations appeals court on Wednesday increased the 40-year sentence initially imposed on Radovan Karadžić, former leader of the Republika Srpksa region of Bosnia and head of the Bosnian-Serb Army, to life imprisonment.
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Libya stands at a ‘critical juncture’, UN mission head tells Security Council (Wed, 20 Mar 2019)
Predicting that the “days ahead will prove foundational to the years ahead for Libyans and the region”, the top United Nations official in the country told the Security Council on Wednesday, that it was no exaggeration to describe the oil-rich nation as having reached “a crucial juncture”.
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Global South cooperation ‘vital’ to climate change fight, development, Guterres tells historic Buenos Aires summit (Wed, 20 Mar 2019)
South-South cooperation is key to the world’s sustainable development and the fight against global warming said the United Nations Secretary-General on Wednesday, as the opening session of the Second UN Conference on South-South Cooperation got underway in the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires. 
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