General News

UN experts on enforced disappearances conclude mission to Spain

There are still many people who have disappeared in Spain but their relatives don’t know what happened to them.

That’s what two members of the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances discovered during a visit to the country.

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UNHCR: international community must share burden of Syrian refugees

Over two million Syrian refugees are now living outside their country and more than four million are displaced inside Syria, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

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Zoleka Mandela campaigns for road safety in South Africa

My World is a United Nations worldwide survey launched in March this year to allow citizens from all over the world to vote on issues they believe are priorities that leaders should address.

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Groundbreaking ministerial declaration on LGBT rights

Ministers from 11 countries meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly have adopted a Declaration on Ending Violence and Discrimination against Individuals Based on their Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.

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Security Council paves way for eliminating Syria’s chemical weapons

The unanimous resolution on the elimination of chemical weapons in Syria, has been described as historic and “the first hopeful news on Syria in a long time.”

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UN pro-gay rights group pledges to tackle violence, discrimination globally

For the first time, a ministerial meeting was held on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly annual debate to discuss the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals.

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South Sudan making strides to “fix a war-devastated country”

South Sudan has had to build a country literally from scratch since it gained independence two years ago, its Vice-President said in his address to the United Nations General Assembly.

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Syria’s chemical weapons programme is put before Security Council

After what has been described as “intense diplomacy and negotiations” on a response to Syria’s chemical weapons programme, diplomats at the United Nations have come up with a draft resolution.

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Somalia urges international community to step up support against Al-Shabaab

Somali President Hassan Sheik Mohamud is calling for greater support from the international community to help the country's forces and African Union troops battle the militant group Al-Shabaab.

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ILO and partners work to improve garment factory conditions in Bangladesh

The ready-made garment sector is a driver of Bangladesh’s economy, responsible for nearly $20 million in exports, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO).

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