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20 stories found over the past 45 days
Marking International Day, UN affirms people's right to 'imagine' world at peace

19 September 2014 – With John Lennon's iconic song “Imagine” as the backdrop, the United Nations today marked the International Day of Peace underscoring that all people have the right to peace.


UN deputy envoy welcomes reconciliation conference in southern Somalia

17 September 2014 – A senior United Nations official today welcomed the opening of the Kismayo reconciliation conference in the southern Somali port town as a step towards strengthening the country and consolidating peace in the region.


UN urges young people to engage in democracy – and for politicians to engage youth

15 September 2014 – The United Nations today marked the annual International Day of Democracy with calls on young people to lead a major push for inclusive democracy around the world.


On International Day, UN urges efforts to support South-South cooperation

12 September 2014 – Cooperation between and among developing countries offers a path to balancing growth and equity, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, marking the United Nations Day of South-South cooperation with a call to encourage – and learn from – emerging partners in the global South to promote prosperity for all.


African Union-UN mission calls for restraint amid tensions at Darfur camp

08 September 2014 – Concerned about escalating tensions, the African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission in Sudan’s Darfur region today called for restraint by all parties in and around the Kalma camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) where demonstrations have resulted in several casualties over the weekend.


On International Day, UNESCO chief says literacy not only improves lives, it saves them

08 September 2014 – With one in four young people – 175 million adolescents – unable to read a single sentence, International Literacy Day is an opportunity to remember one simple truth: literacy not only changes lives, it saves them, said the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).


SAMOA: Pacific women, youth to benefit from partnerships – UN

03 September 2014 – Women and youth must be seen as partners in development and involved, not just included, in decision-making, according to discussions at the United Nations conference on small island developing states which wraps up Thursday in Samoa.


New UN South Sudan envoy stresses civilian protection, national ownership of peace process

02 September 2014 – Taking up her post today as head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Ellen Margrethe Løj acknowledged that while it was a “huge and difficult” challenge, the job was impossible to turn down because the country’s people had fought hard for their independence.


SAMOA: Urging sustainable action, UN officials link small islands to global issues at conference opening

31 August 2014 – Calling small island developing nations a magnifying glass for vulnerabilities around the world, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday urged the international community to support sustainable development in these countries through multi-stakeholder partnerships.


SAMOA: Apia welcomes thousands for UN conference

30 August 2014 – Ahead of the official opening of the United Nations conference on small island developing countries, the UN and Samoan flags were raised on Saturday over the site in the capital, Apia, that will host what is considered the largest conference of its kind in the Pacific region.