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Secretary-General details challenges and opportunities of peacekeeping to Indonesia

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is visiting four countries in Asia.

At a training centre for peacekeepers in Indonesia, Mr. Ban gave a lecture on the challenges and opportunities the country and region face when it comes to peacekeeping.

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UNEP forum calls for action on E-waste

Eighteen African states, the UN, the private sector and other groups have agreed on a set of priority actions to better manage electronic waste – or ewaste - in Africa.

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How to Avoid Natural Resources Pitfalls

Over the last few years, many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa have benefited from the rise in commodity prices.

But being wealthy in natural resources brings its own problems such as reducing competitiveness by raising exchange rates or a narrow tax base and increasing volatility.

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Human Rights Council debates occupied Palestinian territories


Israel is being urged to stop using deadly attacks against Palestinian civilians.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay is also calling for an end to the firing of projectiles from Gaza into Israel.

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Rio+ 20: no goals without accountability: human rights experts

Twenty-two UN independent human rights experts want to make sure global goals are not only set at the Rio+20 conference in June, but also met.

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Timor-Leste election an exercise in democracy

Over the weekend the citizens of Timor-Leste took to the polls to vote for a new president. Results so far show incumbent Jose Ramos-Horta will not be among candidates for a run-off scheduled for April.

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Syrian government can’t move forward with political reforms in the midst of attacks on civilians: UN official

A top UN official has drawn attention to the current situation in Syria, one year after peaceful protests began.

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INCB celebrates centennial of the 1912 International Opium Convention


The International Opium Convention, signed on 23 January 1912 at The Hague, was the first international drug control treaty and is the core of the international drug control system.

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Kofi Annan warns Syria crisis may escalate and harm entire region

The Joint UN and Arab League Special Envoy on Syria is sending a technical team to Damascus Sunday to continue talks and negotiations he began with the government there.

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Timorese vote in their third presidential elections in 10 years

The people of the Southeast Asian nation of Timor Leste are voting in their third presidential election since the country gained its independence 10 years ago.

For the first time, the Timorese are managing the entire electoral process with the UN playing a supporting role.

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