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Malta ratifies treaty banning sale, prostitution of children during annual UN event

A top United Nations official today hailed Malta’s ratification of a global treaty banning the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography as a critical step towards protecting the rights of young people.

Syria says it is ready to make peace with Israel if it fulfils UN resolutions

Syria said today that it “has the will” to make peace with Israel within the framework of United Nations resolutions calling for Israeli withdrawal from occupied territory, stressing that the return to it of the Golan Heights is non-negotiable.

Mexico urges protection of migrants in statement to General Assembly

Mexico today urged all United Nations Member States to ratify the international convention that calls for the protection of the rights of migrant workers and their families, deploring what it described as a global tendency to criminalize international migration.

Equatorial Guinea calls for deferral of UNESCO prize to end immediately

Equatorial Guinea today called for a United Nations life sciences prize it has offered to sponsor to go into effect immediately, saying the current deferral is only occurring because the award is the initiative of an African leader.

Ban discusses humanitarian issues with senior DPR Korea minister

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern today about the humanitarian situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), particularly since the recent floods, in a meeting with the country’s Vice Foreign Minister Pak Gil Yon.

At UN, developing nations urge boost in global support to fight climate change

Developing nations took to the podium today at the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate to press for greater global support in responding to climate change.

UN officials stress tourism’s role in safeguarding environment, reducing poverty

Top United Nations officials today stressed the important role that sustainable tourism can play in conserving the diversity of life on the planet and in helping to reduce poverty as they marked World Tourism Day.

Safety of journalists must be ensured, UN official says after Mexican attack

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today deplore the recent attack that killed one photographer and seriously wounded another in Ciudad Juarez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, stressing that media professionals must be allowed to work in safety.

Two UN agencies intensify efforts to help world’s poor and hungry

The United Nations development and food agencies have pledged to jointly redouble efforts to help the world’s poor and hungry, it was announced today.

Somalia deserves no less than support given to Iraq, Afghanistan – UN envoy

The United Nations envoy for Somalia today called on international partners to help advance peace, stability and national reconciliation in the Horn of Africa nation, noting that it will take a level of support not unlike that given to other nations that were suffering from tremendous strife.