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Afghanistan: Girls’ education must be a given, urges deputy UN chief

Ensuring all Afghan girls can be educated must be “a zero condition” for the Taliban, before international recognition of their de facto authority, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed said on Friday.

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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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Progressively more acute droughts in Somalia have prompted people to move – undermining food security and leaving women vulnerable to sexual exploitation.
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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”.

UN officials say that gender-based violence is a “shadow pandemic,” hidden beneath COVID-19.

Call to action: Prevent gender-based violence in humanitarian emergencies

Women Top UN officials met in the margins of the 76th General Assembly on Thursday,  with a strong call to action to stamp out gender-based violence (GBV), amid a rise in forced displacement and other humanitarian emergencies around the globe.