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Human trafficking: UN chief calls for action as COVID leaves ‘many millions’ more vulnerable

UN Secretary General António Guterres on Thursday urged States to take action against human trafficking, where a third of all victims are children.

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A locomotive freight train traverses the Absirom Bridge on the Trans-Iranian Railway in Iran.
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A locomotive freight train traverses the Absirom Bridge on the Trans-Iranian Railway in Iran.

Outstanding sites added to UNESCO World Heritage List 

Culture and EducationAn ancient temple in India and a “cultural landscape” in Spain have become two of the latest sites to be registered on the UN’s prestigious World Heritage List. 

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Female Slovakian peacekeepers being awarded for their contributions during a medal parade ceremony to the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP).
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Slovakia continues tradition of service and sacrifice with UN peace operation in Cyprus

Slovakia continues to play a role in UN Peacekeeping since the early 1990s, with personnel serving in more than a dozen UN operations. In 2021, Slovakia will mark 20 years of deploying peacekeepers to the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus, known as UNFICYP

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COVID-19 infections rise, Delta variant spreads to 132 countries 

Health COVID-19 infections rose eight per cent last week to more than 3.8 million, the UN health agency reported on Wednesday.  

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Cornerstone treaty of refugee protection turns 70

Migrants and Refugees It has never been more urgent to recommit to the spirit and fundamental principles of the 1951 Refugee Convention, the UN refugee agency said on Wednesday as it marked the 70th anniversary of the key international treaty.