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Exhibition shows past, present and future of “green oasis” Riyadh

“A green oasis in the middle of a desert”.

That’s how the mayor of Riyadh described his city, at a new exhibition at the UN this week, which revealed new perspectives on the Saudi capital’s past, present and future.

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Human Rights Council is sum of parts, says UN deputy rights chief

It’s been a little over a decade since the UN Human Rights Council started work to address abuse wherever it is reported and push for accountability against perpetrators of such violations.

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Heaven “better than the hell” of Syria’s Aleppo

A mother who tried to stab her one-month old baby to death in Aleppo, Syria has told the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) that she did so because heaven would be better than the hell her daughter is living in.

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A bad attitude about ageing not good for health: WHO

Negative attitudes about ageing can reduce an older person’s lifespan by more than seven years, according to research cited by the World Health Organization (WHO).

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27,000 lives saved by search and rescue charity in Mediterranean

Around 27,000 lives have been saved in the past two years by a charity set up by one American family who felt a “call to action” to help refugees and migrants.

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Access to information “at the heart of open and healthy societies”

The right of citizens around the world to access information about how they are governed is “at the heart of open and healthy societies”.

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Global migrant compact should address threat of human trafficking

The scourge of human trafficking needs to be factored into a new global compact on migration, a UN meeting heard on Thursday.

Nearly 250 million people, or just over three per cent of the world’s population, live and work outside their countries of origin, according to UN data.

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“Raw grief and unquenchable anger” at Syria crisis

“Raw grief and unquenchable anger” is how the UN’s top humanitarian official has described his feelings about the latest developments in war-torn Syria.

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Ugandan slum-dweller becomes UN “change-maker”

A young Ugandan entrepreneur who grew up in a slum has been chosen to act as a United Nations “change-maker” to promote better sanitation and waste management.

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UN Gender Focus: economic empowerment, women rights and “sex education” for girls and boys

Women’s economic empowerment is “uniquely important”: UN chief

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