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UNESCO forum to discuss role of Holocaust education in fighting prejudice

Historians and researchers will gather in Paris tomorrow for a United Nations forum designed to address the impact that Holocaust remembrance can have in stemming the tide of intolerance around the world.

Top UN officials discuss preparations for sustainable development conference

The heads of the General Assembly and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) met today to discuss preparations for the UN Sustainable Development Conference (Rio+20), which will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June.

UN welcomes Iraqi ratification of pact on rights of persons with disabilities

The United Nations welcomed today the ratification by Iraq of a convention that protects, promotes, and ensures the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights by persons with disabilities.

Ban urges African countries to entrench civil, political and economic rights

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged African countries to entrench civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights to boost stability and development in the continent.

Countries adopt UN-backed declaration to protect marine environment

Delegates from 65 countries attending a United Nations-backed conference in the Philippines have agreed to step up efforts to protect the world's oceans from land-based activities, stressing the marine environment's central role in the transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient green economy.

General Assembly President confers with Security Council counterpart

The President of the General Assembly, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, has had discussions with with the Permanent Representative of South Africa, which holds the presidency of the Security Council this month, on several issues, inluding the recent debate on the partnership between the United Nations and the African Union.

First round of talks ahead of UN sustainable development conference ends

Delegates from United Nations agencies, Member States and various civil society have concluded three days of deliberations on the draft outcome document of the UN conference on sustainable development, which will be held in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro in June.

Independent UN expert calls on Brazil to suspend São Paulo evictions

An independent United Nations human rights expert today urged Brazilian authorities to suspend evictions from the Pinheirinho settlement in São Paulo and find durable solutions with residents.

Kenya: UN scales up refugee training to improve assistance in camps

The United Nations refugee agency today announced new strategies to ensure uninterrupted assistance and services in its largest complex in Kenya, including training and mentoring of refugees as well as involving them in the day-to-day running of the Dadaab camps.

UNICEF appeals for nearly $1.3 billion to assist children in 2012

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) appealed today for $1.28 billion to provide humanitarian assistance to children in over 25 countries this year, with nearly one-third of the total amount earmarked for the crisis in the Horn of Africa.