Syrian refugee begins Olympic torch relay in Brasilia

From UN News Centre Flanked by cheering crowds, a 12-year-old Syrian refugee girl ran with the Olympic flame through Brasilia today, kicking off a relay across the host country ahead of the Olympic Games in August, the United Nations refugee agency announced. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said that the

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“Girls in ICT Day” highlights need to promote technology careers for women

From UN News Centre On Girls in ICT Day– marked annually on the fourth Thursday in April – the United Nations International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is highlighting the need to promote technology career opportunities for girls and women in the world’s fastest growing sector. ITU estimates a skills shortfall of over two million jobs in

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Baku: Violent extremism “affront” to UN principles, Global Forum told in opening session

From UN News Centre The head of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), a body mandated to promote harmony among nations, today emphasized the need to counter narratives of hatred and mistrust in order to prevent violent extremism. “The Alliance is the soft power tool established to contribute to a more peaceful world by

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In Baku, youth stress vision of inclusive society at UN forum

From UN News Centre Gathering from around the world for a United Nations conference in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku, young people of all walks of life, from an Internet technology intern to a dentist, are working to define future narratives to counter potentially compelling discourse of those who seek to divide society. “People are

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Education and reproductive health for girls key to sustainable development

From UN News   Investing in adolescent girls – especially in their education and reproductive health and rights – will ensure sustainable development for all, according to United Nations officials, government representative, experts, and young women who gathered today at an event at UN Headquarters. According to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), there are currently 600

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Ban Ki-moon at camp in DR Congo: “We have to give hope to young people”

From UN News Centre United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reiterated his call for support from Member States to resolve such global humanitarian issues as the refugee and migrant crisis and ensuring human dignity for all, during a visit to a site hosting internally displaced persons (IDPs) in North Kivu, the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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