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‘Compelling case’ for urgency around global disarmament, UN-led forum told (Mo, 21 Jan 2019)
Michael Møller, head of the UN in Geneva, has warned delegates to the Conference on Disarmament that cyber-security challenges, and the existence of new weapons systems and technologies, are not being sufficiently addressed or reflected in current arms control regimes.
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World’s human rights watchdog spotlights Afghanistan, Yemen and 12 others: Here’s the scoop (Mon, 21 Jan 2019)
The United Nation Human Rights Council (HRC) kicked off its Universal Periodic Review, or UPR, on Monday at the Palais des Nations in Geneva to examine the human rights situation in 14 countries, including Afghanistan and Yemen.
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Migrants and refugees face higher risk of developing ill-health, says UN report on displaced people in Europe (Mon, 21 Jan 2019)
European authorities are “struggling” to meet the needs of irregular migrants and refugees who are wrongly accused of spreading sickness among host communities, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday, at the launch of its first report on the subject.
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Human rights are ‘key’ for economic policymaking says UN expert (Mon, 21 Jan 2019)
Calling on governments to take human rights obligations into account when designing economic reforms, an independent United Nations rights expert said on Monday that “human rights impact assessments are key to the process”.
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Global economy to see ‘steady’ growth of three per cent in 2019 despite risks, says UN (Mon, 21 Jan 2019)
The global economy grew at a “steady” 3.1 per cent last year and similar levels of growth are expected in 2019, but these headline figures mask growth that is uneven and often failing to reach where it is most needed, the UN’s chief economist warned on Monday.
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Ten UN peacekeepers killed in a terrorist attack in northern Mali (Sun, 20 Jan 2019)
Ten ‘blue helmets’ from the United Nations Stabilization Mission In Mali (MINUSMA) were killed on Sunday following a complex terrorist attack against the mission’s camp in Aguelhok, in the Kidal region, northern Mali. 
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Mexico: UN chief saddened by pipeline blast in which dozens were killed (Sat, 19 Jan 2019)
The United Nations' Secretary-General, António Guterres, learned with sadness of the deadly explosion of an oil pipeline on Friday in Hidalgo State, Mexico, and extended the UN's assistance to the national authorities, his Spokesman said on Saturday.
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Another 170 migrants disappear in shipwrecks, UN agency reiterates call for an end to Mediterranean tragedy (Sat, 19 Jan 2019)
The United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, stated on Saturday that “no effort should be spared” in saving lives at sea, following reports of two new shipwrecks on the Mediterranean Sea, in which some 170 people either died or went missing. 
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UN rights expert calls for civilian protection as fighting escalates between military and armed group (Fri, 18 Jan 2019)
Calling on the Myanmar Government to “immediately reverse its decision not to allow access to all humanitarian organizations”, the United Nations expert on human rights in the South-East Asian country said on Friday, that “it’s vital that assistance is able to reach those who have fled violence in the region”.
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Thousands returning to Nigeria’s restive Borno state ‘at risk’; UN ‘gravely concerned’ (Fri, 18 Jan 2019)
Amid reports that Cameroon is forcing several thousand Nigerians to return to Borno state in the country’s crisis-gripped north-east, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) deplored the move, saying it has put lives “at risk”.
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Libyan authorities must shoulder the burden to support country’s ‘vulnerable’ south (Fri, 18 Jan 2019)
Despite years of promises to address the “vulnerable heart” of Libya – the country’s south – conditions around its water and oil resource wealth have continued to deteriorate at “an alarming rate”, the United Nations envoy for the country told the Security Council.
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UN agency chief calls Ethiopia’s revised refugee law ‘one of most progressive’ in Africa (Fri, 18 Jan 2019)
Ethiopia has revised its existing refugee law, making it easier to obtain work permits, drivers’ licenses and access primary school, a move being hailed by the head of the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR). 
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‘The best-selling brand today is fear’: UN chief highlights urgent need to address global ‘deficit of trust’ (Fri, 18 Jan 2019)
Warning against the dangers of widespread fear and mistrust in our planet, the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, told journalists on Friday he wants to reaffirm the UN as a “platform for action to repair broken trust in a broken world.”
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UN rights office calls on Zimbabwe Government to end ‘crackdown’ in response to fuel protests (Fri, 18 Jan 2019)
In Zimbabwe, violence and the reported use of live ammunition by State security officials against protesters that has led to “a number of deaths” should be investigated thoroughly and transparently by the Government, the UN human rights office, OHCHR, said on Friday.
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FROM THE FIELD: Free tutorials in Mali, ‘a life-saver’ for Fatouma (Thu, 17 Jan 2019)
After fleeing her home in Macina, a small village in central Mali, where she was due to be forced into marriage against her will, 16-year-old Fatouma took shelter with her brother.
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Car bomb attack on National Police Academy in Colombia, ‘strongly condemned’ by UN (Thu, 17 Jan 2019)
A car bomb attack at the National Police Academy in the Colombian capital Bogotá, which reportedly left at least nine dead and dozens injured, has been ‘strongly condemned’ by the United Nations.
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Iraq: UN demining agency rejects desecration accusations, involving historic Mosul churches (Thu, 17 Jan 2019)
The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) in Iraq issued a statement on Thursday rejecting allegations made earlier this week by a non-profit organization  there, alleging that personnel had carried out explosive hazard clearance inside two historic churches in Mosul “in a barbaric and arbitrary manner.”
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Sudan: UN rights chief alarmed over ‘excessive force’, alleged use of live fire against protestors (Thu, 17 Jan 2019)
The reported use of “excessive force” against demonstrators across Sudan over food and fuel shortages that has led to the deaths of at least 24 people is “deeply worrying”, the UN’s top human rights official, Michelle Bachelet, said on Thursday.
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Iran: women hunger strikers entitled to medical care, UN rights experts urge (Wed, 16 Jan 2019)
A group of six independent United Nations rights experts called on Iran Wednesday to urgently provide Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Narges Mohammadi access to appropriate health care, and reiterated calls for their immediate release, as they continue a hunger strike in protest.
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Nearly 900 reportedly killed following ‘shocking’ intercommunal attacks in DR Congo (Wed, 16 Jan 2019)
The UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) said on Wednesday that at least 890 villagers were reportedly killed in the western Democratic Republic of the Congo last month, following brutal inter-communal clashes.
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Mali: ‘Dire’ humanitarian situation, ‘grave’ security concerns challenge fragile peace (Wed, 16 Jan 2019)
With over 800 schools forced to close due to insecurity, and 2.3 million vulnerable people in need of assistance this year, a top UN official told the Security Council on Wednesday that the humanitarian situation in Mali “remains dire”.
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‘Proving our worth through action’: 5 things Guterres wants the UN to focus on in 2019 (Wed, 16 Jan 2019)
Despite countless “headwinds” and “ills”, the United Nations has “made a real difference” in 2018 and will need to achieve even more in 2019, as the planet faces “a world of trouble”. 
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Yemen: Security Council backs new mission in support of key port city truce (Wed, 16 Jan 2019)
The Security Council unanimously voted on Wednesday in favour of deploying up to 75 observers to monitor a fragile ceasefire in Yemen's port city of Hudaydah which went into effect late last month; a lifeline for millions of Yemenis on the verge of starvation.
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More urgency needed to help increasing numbers ‘locked out’, before 2030, says UN’s Bachelet (Wed, 16 Jan 2019)
Many countries are failing to protect and promote the interests of all their people – despite pledging to do so in 2016 – the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Wednesday.
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Advancing multilateralism goes ‘hand-in-hand’ with work of the UN (Wed, 16 Jan 2019)
Revitalizing the United Nations to “strengthen a multilateral rule-based world order” tops a list of priorities the General Assembly President told UN Member States on Tuesday.
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‘Historic’ moment: Palestine takes reins of UN coalition of developing countries (Tue, 15 Jan 2019)
Acknowledging “a long road ahead” on the United Nations ambitious agenda, Secretary-General António Guterres welcomed on Tuesday “the historic leadership of the state of Palestine” as the new Chair of the Group of 77’s (G77).
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UN chief, Security Council, strongly condemn ‘horrible terrorist act’ in Nairobi (Tue, 15 Jan 2019)
Following a deadly terrorist attack in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, on Tuesday, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, and the President of the UN General Assembly, María Fernanda Espinosa, condemned the act and said they stand in solidarity with the Kenyan people.
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International Criminal Court acquits former president Gbagbo of war crimes in Côte d’Ivoire (Tue, 15 Jan 2019)
Former President of Côte d'Ivoire Laurent Gbagbo has been cleared of crimes against humanity in Côte d’Ivoire by the International Criminal Court (ICC), it announced on Tuesday.
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Thousands of Syrians in ‘life and death’ struggle amid harsh conditions in remote desert camp, UN warns (Tue, 15 Jan 2019)
Conditions in a makeshift Syrian camp near the border with Jordan are “increasingly desperate” and “have become a matter of life and death”, United Nations officials warned on Tuesday, after at least eight children died there from extreme cold and a lack of medical care.
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First aid in six months reaches families in western Yemen, 'timelines' slip over Hudaydah ceasefire talks (Tue, 15 Jan 2019)
Thousands of families in conflict-affected communities south of the Red Sea port city of Hudaydah in Yemen have received aid for the first time since last July, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday.
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