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Concerned by curbs on free expression in Thailand, UN rights office calls for ‘prompt return to civilian rule’

19 August 2016 – The United Nations human rights arm today expressed concern about the mounting constraints on the democratic space in Thailand – calling for a prompt return to civilian rule.


INTERVIEW: Funding to prevent cholera is crucial to advance development in Haiti – UNICEF’s Marc Vincent

19 August 2016 – Earlier today, the spokesperson for United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke about how the UN system is actively working to develop a package that would provide material assistance and support to those Haitians most directly affected by the outbreak of cholera in the Caribbean nation.


UN reports reveal 'mixed' progress on efforts to end child refugee detention

18 August 2016 – While two new reports released today as part of a new global strategy by the United Nations refugee agency found an overall drop in the total number of refugee children detained in 12 focus countries, they also revealed mixed progress in two critical target areas: ensuring alternatives to detention, and improving detention conditions.


Côte d’Ivoire: 10 years on, survivors of toxic waste dumping ‘remain in the dark,’ say UN rights experts

17 August 2016 – Speaking ahead of the 10th anniversary of the illegal dumping of toxic waste in Côte d’Ivoire, a group of United Nations experts today urged the Ivorian Government, all responsible States and the international community to use the opportunity to address the ongoing human rights impacts of the incident.


INTERVIEW: 'Climate change is really about the wellbeing of people'

17 August 2016 – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Patricia Espinosa as the new Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in May this year.

Ms. Espinosa recently spoke with the UN News Centre about her work and the challenges ahead.


UN in Iraq condemns reporter’s death, calls for journalists’ safety amid ‘growing pattern of threats’

15 August 2016 – The United Nations in Iraq has strongly condemned the death of a journalist who was seized by armed men in Dohuk city on 13 August and has called on the government of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to implement urgent measures to guarantee the safety of all journalists and media professionals.


‘Innovation divide’ persists; investment crucial to vibrant competitive economy, says UN agency

15 August 2016 – A new report published by the United Nations World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has shown that for the first time, a middle-income country, China, has joined highly developed economies among global leaders in innovation.


Teenage blogger trial ‘deeply worrying’ sign of Singapore’s attempts to curb free expression

15 August 2016 – Concerned over increased criminalization of expression , a United Nations human rights expert today expressed serious concern about the upcoming trial of a 17-year old Singaporean for Facebook posts and blog comments that wounded the religious feelings of Muslims and Christians.