General News

UN mission in Timor-Leste draws to a close

After six years in the country, the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) concluded its mandate on Monday, 31 December.

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UN-Arab League envoy warns of threat of “Somalization” of Syria

The conflict in Syria risks degenerating into chaos similar to what happened in Somalia when the state there collapsed in 1991, unless a political solution is found.

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UNFPA encourages Nepalese families to delay girls’ marriages

Half of all girls in Nepal are married before the age of 18, an illegal but prevalent practice which denies them access to education and puts them at risk of complications in childbirth from having children too young.

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Exhibition documents ‘Momentum’ between UN and Timor-Leste

The UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) completes its mandate at the end of this month, after six years of service in the country.

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UNICEF helps HIV-positive teens in Namibia realize their dreams

According to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), East and Southern Africa remains the area most heavily affected by the HIV epidemic.

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Call for probe into LRA poaching of African elephants welcomed by CITES

The UN agency dealing with stopping trade in endangered wildlife has welcomed a call to investigate the alleged involvement of the Lord’s Resistance Army’ (LRA) in the poaching of African elephants.

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End impunity and empower victims of sexual violence in conflict: UN official

Ending impunity for those who commit sexual violence during conflict is one of the goals of Zainab Bangura, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General tasked with fighting this scourge.

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UN envoy details progress and challenges in Afghanistan

While Afghanistan continues to face significant challenges in areas such as human rights and protection, the country has realized strong political and development gains, according to the top UN envoy in the country.

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A complex and challenging year for the UN draws to a close

As UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told journalists at his year-end press conference in New York last week, 2012 has been a “tumultuous” year for the world and for the United Nations.

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General Assembly resolution aims to end FGM

United Nations Member States on the 20th of December approved a draft resolution aimed at ending the harmful practice of female genital mutilation.

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