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New UN exhibit pays tribute to those who rescued Jews during Holocaust

The Holocaust demonstrated that human beings are capable of great cruelty, but also of great courage and strength in the face of evil, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today at the opening of a new United Nations exhibit focusing on the courageous men and women who helped rescue Jews during World War II.

Ban Ki-moon sends condolences on death of Indonesia’s Suharto

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has conveyed condolences to the Government and people of Indonesia on the death of former President Suharto.

UN official urges action against corruption as forum opens in Bali

A senior United Nations official today urged countries to put the United Nations Convention against Corruption into action as more than 1,000 participants from around opened a weeklong conference on the pact in Bali, Indonesia.

Environmental leaders from Bangladesh to New Zealand to receive UN honours

The head of a leading South Asian environmental think tank and the Prime Minister of New Zealand are among those chosen as this year’s Champions of the Earth by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for spearheading efforts to advance sustainable development and combat climate change.

Caribbean coral reefs under increasing threat, warns UN agency

Warming temperatures and increasing storms are posing serious threats to Caribbean coral reefs and the people who depend on them for their livelihoods, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said today.

General Assembly President, Albanian official discuss Balkan stability

The need for regional stability in South-Eastern Europe topped the agenda during talks today at United Nations Headquarters in New York between General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim and Albania’s Foreign Minister Lulzim Basha.

Ban Ki-moon to appoint new UN envoy for Chad, Central African Republic

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has informed the Security Council of his intention to appoint Victor Da Silva Angelo of Portugal as his Special Representative for the new United Nations peacekeeping mission to Chad and Central African Republic (CAR).

UN genocide adviser urges end to violence in Kenya, sends staffer there

The United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide today called for an immediate halt to the destructive cycle of attacks and revenge attacks in Kenya, where post-electoral violence continues to claim lives, and announced plans to dispatch a staff member there.

UN rights expert on freedom of religion voices concern about Israeli restrictions

The security restrictions imposed by Israel in the occupied Palestinian territory are intrusive, disproportionate, discriminatory and arbitrary, an independent United Nations human rights expert has stated, warning that they restrict the access of Muslims, Christians and Jews to worship at their holy places.

Continued border closings between Israel and Gaza threaten supplies – UN

All border crossings between Israel and the Gaza Strip remain closed, leaving hundreds of trucks carrying United Nations relief supplies waiting to enter Gaza while threatening the supply of canned meat to Palestinians living inside the territory, UN officials said today.