UN treaty banning nuclear weapons set to enter into force in January

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In what leading campaigners are describing as “a new chapter for nuclear disarmament”, the ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons will now come into force on 22 January, after Honduras became the 50th Member State to ratify on Saturday.

UN expresses hope ‘new opportunities’ will arise from Sudan’s recognition of Israel

Step up action to achieve COVID-19 ceasefire, Guterres says in UN Day message

‘Very tough’ months ahead in COVID battle, WHO helping scale up dwindling oxygen supplies

Behind the global ceasefire call: 75 years of UN mediation, preventing conflict, promoting peace

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Rohingya conference pledges to ‘remain steadfast’ in finding solutions to crisis

A joint UN-hosted donor conference to rally international support behind Myanmar’s displaced Rohingya minority, ended on Thursday with a promise to continue engaging with concerned countries towards finding a long-term solution to their plight.

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Classroom crisis: Avert a ‘generational catastrophe’, urges UN chief

The world is at risk of suffering “a generational catastrophe” as COVID-19 wreaks havoc on the education of students globally, the UN chief said on Thursday. 

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Independent UN rights experts urge Thai government to allow peaceful protests 

Calling the latest imposition of a state of emergency in Thailand, a “draconian measure”,  UN-appointed human rights experts on Thursday urged the Government there to guarantee the fundamental rights of peaceful assembly and free speech.  

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Little progress on disputed Abyei region between Sudan and South Sudan

Despite the strengthening of the relationship between Sudan and South Sudan, little progress has been made regarding the disputed Abyei region, the head of UN Peacekeeping told the Security Council on Thursday. 

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FROM THE FIELD: Women guardians of the environment

Women from around the world are being given a more prominent role in the fight against climate change, thanks to the efforts of the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

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