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Attacks force UN refugee agency to evacuate staff from town in eastern Chad

The United Nations refugee agency today evacuated most of its staff from its office in a town in eastern Chad after a series of armed attacks this week on the agency and other aid organizations operating in the troubled region.

Permanent Holocaust exhibit should inspire UN in its work – Migiro

Unveiling the first permanent exhibition on the Holocaust at the United Nations, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro today voiced the hope that the display will guide and inspire the world body in its mission to prevent a recurrence of the horrors of the Second World War.

UN must coordinate action to address climate change, says new report

The international community has recognized that the United Nations is “best suited” to tackle the pressing issue of climate change, and must step up cooperation across the system to meet the challenge, according to a new report made public today.

Equatorial Guinea postpones visit of UN human rights expert

A planned visit by a United Nations human rights expert to Equatorial Guinea has been cancelled after the Central African country's Government postponed it suddenly, citing “urgent activities.”

Somalia: UN rights expert decries killing of aid workers

The United Nations Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia today condemned the recent killing of three aid workers there and called for justice in the case.

Arab rights charter deviates from international standards, says UN official

The Arab Charter on Human Rights contains provisions that do not meet international norms and standards, including the application of the death penalty for children, the treatment of women and non-citizens and the equating of Zionism with racism, the United Nations human rights chief said today.

Colombian ratification of nuclear treaty welcomed by Secretary-General

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed Colombia’s ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), which will enter into force when it becomes law in nine more countries.

Mining in Tanzania poses health, environmental threat – UN expert

Voicing concern about the impact of mining on the environment, workers and communities in Tanzania, an independent United Nations expert has recommended closer national monitoring of industry there.

Some 250,000 children worldwide recruited to fight in wars – UN official

While precise estimates are difficult to come by, some 250,000 children globally are being recruited to fight in armed conflicts in violation of international law, a United Nations official said today, reporting mixed progress in efforts to tackle the problem.

UN human rights chief begins visit to Slovenia

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights arrived today in Slovenia for a two-day official visit in the country that current holds the presidency of the Council of the European Union.