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New Independent Expert on LGBT issues a “huge development”

Activists are hailing the appointment of a UN Independent Expert on the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people as a milestone.

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3.6 million Iraqi children now at risk from increasing violence

Some 3.6 million children in Iraq are at serious risk of death, injury, sexual violence, abduction and recruitment into armed groups.

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Colombia set to accomplish more after end of 50-year conflict

Colombia is addressing its biggest challenge ever: ending more than five decades of armed conflict.

That’s according to the Special Adviser to the nation’s President on Humanitarian Affairs, Paula Gaviria.

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UN and Africa: focus on Sahel region, Dadaab camp and drought in Zimbabwe

Sahel suffers poverty, climate change and violent extremism: UN

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UN Gender Focus: first woman to be appointed UN Under Secretary-General and empowerment” of women in Zimbabwe

Conflicts and "disillusionment" hampering the UN, says distinguished former official

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Putting people at the centre of humanitarian operations

How can the world’s neediest people be best served?

That's what humanitarians and diplomats have been discussing at a meeting at the UN in New York, organized by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

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South Sudan facing “unprecedented” food shortage

More than one-third of the population in South Sudan, or 4.8 million people, will face severe food shortages over the coming months.

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Two-state solution for Israel and Palestine is “possible”

Peace between the people of Israel and Palestine is possible and everything should be done to achieve it, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Wednesday.

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Ukraine conflict “at high risk of re-escalation”

Conflict in Ukraine has claimed the lives of nearly 9,500 people since fighting erupted two years ago, and more than one in four were civilians, the Human Rights Council heard Wednesday.

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Syria “epicentre” of global displacement crisis

Syria has become the global “epicentre” for the displacement of people according to a UN independent expert who focuses on human rights issues.

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