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UN panel warns against ‘designer babies’ and eugenics in ‘editing’ of human DNA

05 October 2015 – Warning that rapid advances in genetics make “designer babies” an increasing possibility, a United Nations panel today called for a moratorium on “editing” the human genome, pending wider public debate lest changes in DNA be transmitted to future generations or foster eugenics.

UN, humanitarian community struggling to meet unprecedented needs of refugees

05 October 2015 – The global refugee crisis is so great that the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), other UN agencies and their partners today said that they are struggling to respond to and meet all the humanitarian needs they face.

Extremists ‘terrified of history,’ UNESCO chief says, deploring destruction of Arch of Triumph in Palmyra

05 October 2015 – Extremists will “never be able to erase history,” the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, said today, condemning the destruction of the Arch of Triumph in Palmyra.

On World Day, UN urges international community to invest in recruiting, empowering teachers

05 October 2015 – Marking the first World Teacher’s Day after the adoption of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, senior United Nations officials appealed to the international community to value, support, and empower teachers, “for it is they who will educate a new generation of children who, in turn, will carry forward all our goals to build a better world for all.”

Marking World Habitat Day, UN highlights importance of public spaces for all

05 October 2015 – Marking World Habitat Day, which is observed every year on the first Monday of October, top United Nations officials today urged the creation of “Public spaces for all.”

South Sudan: UN agency air operation delivers agriculture aid to hard-to-access areas

05 October 2015 – The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today announced that its rapid response operation in conflict-torn South Sudan has delivered livelihood assistance to 60,000 food-insecure households in hard-to-reach areas of northern Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile States, where food stocks are running out and most families have been unable to produce food through farming or fishing this year.

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Boko Haram violence an 'affront to humanity,' Ban declares, reaffirms UN support to Nigerian Government

04 October 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the bomb attacks of 2 October in the outskirts of Abuja, Nigeria, as well as the multiple suicide bombings of 1 October in the city of Maiduguri, capital of Borno State, all by suspected Boko Haram elements.

Following latest deadly attack in Jerusalem, UN chief warns of 'dangerous slide towards escalation'

04 October 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the attacks on Saturday in the Old City of Jerusalem, including the killing of two members of an Israeli family and injuries to Israelis and Palestinians in subsequent incidents in various Jerusalem neighborhoods.

Afghanistan: UN strongly condemns 'tragic, inexcusable' Kunduz hospital airstrike

03 October 2015 – Senior United Nations officials today condemned what they called a “tragic” and “inexcusable” air strike on the Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, a city in northern Afghanistan, which resulted in the deaths and injuries of medical personnel, patients and other civilians.

UN General Assembly President hails annual debate as ‘historic and seminal’

03 October 2015 – The United Nations General Assembly wound up its 70th annual General Debate today, attended by the highest number of Heads of State and Government ever, with Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft calling it a “historic” event crowned by the “truly seminal commitment” to achieving ambitious new development goals by 2030.