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55 stories found over the past 45 days
'Wonder Woman' appointed UN honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls

21 October 2016 – Wonder Woman, the iconic superhero, has been named an Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls by the United Nations and will be tasked with raising awareness about Goal 5 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which seeks to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by 2030.

DR Congo security forces used ‘excessive force’ against protesters, UN probe finds

21 October 2016 – State agents, such as police and armed forces, used excessive – including lethal – force during demonstrations in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), last month, when at least 53 people were killed over two days, 143 injured and more than 299 unlawfully arrested, a United Nations preliminary investigation revealed today.

Sri Lanka: UN rights expert urges Government to take concrete steps to protect minorities

20 October 2016 – In her first information-gathering visit to Sri Lanka, Rita Izsák-Ndiaye, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on minority issues, stressed the importance of renewed support for minority rights by the Government, including a plan for specific and urgent measures.

UN Assembly marks fiftieth anniversary of key human rights covenants, ‘bedrock of sound governance’

19 October 2016 – With violent extremism on the rise and waves of intolerance and hate targeting minorities, migrants and the most vulnerable, the international community must renew efforts to uphold its human rights treaties, the United Nations General Assembly heard this morning.

Emotional family reunions highlight need for psychosocial care for all girls abducted by Boko Haram

19 October 2016 – After more than two years of being held hostage by Boko Haram insurgents in north-east Nigeria, the 21 recently-released Chibok school girls have finally been reunited with their families, however, their return emphasizes the necessity of urgent and intensive psychosocial care, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

In turbulent Middle East, UN envoy warns against ‘sleep-walking into another violent conflict’

19 October 2016 – As the absence of progress towards a two-state solution has led to growing anger and frustration among Palestinians and profound disillusionment among Israelis, the top United Nations Middle East envoy warned today: “We must all avoid the risk of sleep-walking into another violent conflict at a time when the region as a whole needs moderate forces” to stand up to rising radicalization.

UN anti-crime chief urges better use of Convention against Transnational Organized Crime

17 October 2016 – Citing indisputable negative impacts of transnational organized crime on people’s lives and societies, the United Nations top anti-crime official today stressed the need to make better use of the existing global convention and its protocols to tackle this illicit act.

Concerned by recent violence in Myanmar, UN aid chief calls for stronger humanitarian action

14 October 2016 – Concluding a three-day mission to Myanmar today, the top United Nations aid official called on all sides to find peaceful ways to resolve their differences and urged strengthened humanitarian action to support the people affected by violence in the Southeast Asian country.

New UN report urges Liberia to act on rape – ‘legacy’ of impunity from 14-year civil conflict

14 October 2016 – A United Nations report released today documents the high incidence of rape in Liberia and the widespread impunity enjoyed by perpetrators, and provides a number of recommendations to the Government, other national and international stakeholders, including the UN, to urgently combat the scourge.

Pivotal role midwives play in keeping mothers and newborns alive must be recognized – UN

13 October 2016 – The first global survey of midwifery personnel has revealed that too often, midwives face cultural isolation, unsafe accommodation, and low salaries, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today, calling for an end to the discrimination and lack of respect that hinder their ability to provide quality care to women and newborns.