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UN aims to have historic Afghan city of Bamiyan mine-free by October

The United Nations Mine Action Centre for Afghanistan (UNMACA) has announced plans to clear a total of 1,800,000 square metres of land in the historic city of Bamiyan that is contaminated with mines and unexploded ordinance (UXOs) by October.

New UN human rights chief speaks of personal understanding of discrimination

The newly appointed United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights says she comes to her work with a personal understanding of human rights violations, based on her experience of living in South Africa during the apartheid regime when non-whites such as herself suffered from institutionalized discrimination.

Migiro calls on academics to play role in achieving global development targets

Academia can and should play a critical role in helping United Nations Member States to achieve the globally agreed anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015, the Deputy Secretary-General said today.

Security Council renews mandate of UN mission in Côte d’Ivoire ahead of polls

The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) by another six months, stressing the importance that much delayed presidential elections now slated for November are conducted in a free, fair and transparent manner.

Only political will can bring lasting peace, outgoing UN peacekeeping chief says

Lasting peace after armed conflicts can only be achieved when there is genuine political will applied by the parties involved, and not simply when a United Nations force has intervened, the outgoing chief of the world body’s peacekeeping operations said today.

Ban pledges UN commitment to tackle development, food and climate crises

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today pledged to “marshal the forces” of the United Nations behind efforts to solve three related emergencies that he said are causing profound disquiet around the world – the crises over food, climate and development.

Ban deplores series of deadly bombings in India

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the series of bombings that struck two Indian cities in recent days, killing and wounding numerous civilians.

Mexican hotels join UN campaign on HIV/AIDS

Ahead of a major HIV/AIDS conference that begins next week in Mexico City, the United Nations and the Mexican hotel industry have joined forces to launch a campaign focusing on prevention, awareness-raising and improved workplace policies for those living with the disease.

Guinea-Bissau: UN goodwill ambassador helps boost maternal health

The first brick in the construction of a maternity surgical unit has been laid in eastern Guinea-Bissau by Catarina Furtado, a well-known Portuguese actress and television personality who is also Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

Top UN official speaks out against ‘vicious’ attacks on Iraqi civilians

The United Nations envoy to Iraq has strongly condemned today’s bombings in Baghdad and Kirkuk which have left dozens of civilians dead and hundreds more injured, and follow a deadly attack on Sunday in which seven pilgrims were shot to death in Mada’in.