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US withdrawal from UNESCO 'loss for multilateralism,' says cultural agency's chief

12 October 2017 – The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) voiced “profound regret” on Thursday over the United States' decision to withdraw from the agency.


Despite progress on voter registration, DR Congo faces challenges on election timeline – UN envoy

11 October 2017 – The notion that elections would most probably not be held before the end of 2017 has regrettably led to the re-emergence of a climate of political uncertainty and tensions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a United Nations envoy for that country told the Security Council today.


'The death penalty has no place in the 21st century' – UN chief Guterres

10 October 2017 – The death penalty does little to deter crimes or serve victims, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday, calling on all countries which have not forbidden the extreme practice to urgently stop executions.


UN Treaty ‘beginning of the end for nuclear weapons,’ say Nobel Peace Prize winners

09 October 2017 – Speaking to journalists at the United Nations Headquarters, in New York, representatives of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize winner – International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) – urged countries around the globe to eliminate nuclear weapons.


International Media Seminar discusses objectivity, role of social, traditional media in covering Israel-Palestine conflict

06 October 2017 – Journalists, diplomats, academics and civil society representatives shared their views on the status of the Israel-Palestine conflict, ways to end the occupation – now in its fiftieth year – and media coverage of those efforts, during the 2017 International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East, co organized by the United Nations and held in Vienna from 5 to 6 October.


INTERVIEW: In fighting for girls’ education, UN advocate Malala Yousafzai finds her purpose

05 October 2017 – In September, the Malala Fund started the Gulmakai Network to support the work of education champions in developing countries and speed up progress towards girls’ secondary education around the world. The 20-year-old, who will be attending Oxford University, spoke to UN News about the need to increase investment in education, the importance of allowing girls to be who they want to be, and when it was that she discovered the power of her own voice and the purpose for her life.


In Bangladesh, UN aid chief urges scaling up response for Rohingya refugee crisis

03 October 2017 – With over half a million Rohingya refugees having fled their homes in Myanmar since violence erupted in late August, the top United Nations humanitarian official has underscored that the solution to the crisis needs to be found within Myanmar.


FEATURE: See what happened when the world came together at the UN

28 September 2017 – Every year in September, world leaders gather at the United Nations in New York for the General Assembly’s annual high-level session. The diplomatic confab draws veteran politicians as well as new faces from all corners of the globe in what is always an interesting and intense week for all involved. Also in attendance are representatives from civil society, academia, the private sector, the media, and the arts and entertainment worlds.


UN rights office issues business standards on treatment of LGBTI employees; major companies on board

27 September 2017 – Drawing on good practice from around the world, the top United Nation human rights official today launched an unprecedented set of global standards to support the business community in tackling discrimination against lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex people (LGBTI).


Top UN envoy to Somalia welcomes parliamentary review of media law

25 September 2017 – The top United Nations envoy to Somalia today welcomed the recent introduction of legislation that would amend the 2016 media law, and urged lawmakers to give due consideration to the concerns raised by prominent members of Somalia’s news media about the existing law and the proposed amendments.