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‘Humanity remains unacceptably close to nuclear annihilation, says UN chief on International Day

“Now is the time to eliminate nuclear weapons from our world , and usher in a new era of dialogue, trust and peace”, declared UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Sunday, marking the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.

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Joenia Wapixana, activist for the rights of indigenous people in Brazil
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Joenia Wapixana, activist for the rights of indigenous people in Brazil

First Person: A life dedicated to indigenous rights in Brazil

Human RightsFor almost 30 years, Brazilian activist Joenia Wapixana, has been fighting for indigenous land rights and against “institutionalized discrimination” in Brazil. In a special interview with UN News, to mark the 20th anniversary of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action, she says it’s time to dedicate more resources to this fight.

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UN Secretary-General António Guterres addresses the general Debate of the 67th session of the UN General Assembly
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PHOTO STORY: World returns to New York for UNGA76

The international community has been welcomed back into UN Headquarters in New York, for the opening of the annual gathering of world leaders which is taking place in person (and online) following the disruption last year caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Food’s a human right, not just ‘a commodity to be traded’: Guterres 

UN Affairs Every day, hundreds of millions of people go to bed hungry. Three billion people cannot afford a healthy diet. Two billion are overweight or obese and yet 462 million, are underweight. Nearly a third of all food that is produced, is lost or wasted.  

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UN chief: Window to avert devasting climate impacts ‘rapidly closing’

Climate and Environment No region is immune to climate disasters the UN chief told the Security Council on Thursday, warning that “our window of opportunity” to prevent the worst climate impacts is “rapidly closing”.