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Barenboim in call to end Middle East conflict

World-renowned conductor Daniel Barenboim on Saturday called on global powers with influence to help stop the Israeli-Palestinian conflict because, as he put it, the two sides had “lost the feeling” that they needed to agree to a peace deal.

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UN and Red Cross chiefs appeal to end suffering

An unprecedented call for action to stop suffering by ending conflict has been issued by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, along with the head of the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC), Peter Maurer.

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Social protection systems must include persons with disabilities

Social protection systems must address the unique needs of persons with disabilities. That’s according to Catalina Devandas Aguilar, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the issue.

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“Absolutely devastating” situation for children in Iraq

The situation for children in Iraq has been described as “absolutely devastating” by the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF.

The agency says that ongoing conflict in the country is keeping two million young people out of school.

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Whole future of the UN is “at stake” over peacekeeping reform

The whole future of the UN is at stake over the modernizing of its peacekeeping operations to face new challenges.

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More protection needed for foreign nationals facing death penalty

Countries should do more to protect their citizens facing the death penalty abroad. That’s according to a new report released by the UN’s top expert on executions.

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Peacekeepers set free in South Sudan, other hostages still held

Eighteen United Nations peacekeepers taken hostage in South Sudan earlier in the week have been set free, the UN has confirmed.

But 12 South Sudanese contractors working with the peacekeepers are still being held.

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Portraits of former UN chiefs celebrate organization’s values

The portraits of former UN Secretaries-General that are hanging in UN headquarters in New York serve to celebrate the organization’s core values.

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An end to the “misery” is in sight, Somalis tell UN

After 25 years of conflict and misery, the Somali people see an end in sight.

That’s according to John Ging, head of operations at the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

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Unique initiative helps spread the word about new global goals

A train known as the UN70 Belarus Express is helping to spread the word about the new Sustainable Development Goals (

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