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Security Council urges prompt action by Gulf of Guinea nations to counter piracy

The Security Council today urged countries of the region of the Gulf of Guinea to take prompt action to develop and implement to counter piracy and armed robbery at sea.

UN-backed climate forum forecasts erratic rainy season in Horn of Africa

The main rainy season in the Greater Horn of Africa is likely to receive “near normal to below normal rainfall” over much of the region between March and May, a United Nations-backed climate forecasting forum reported today.

General Assembly President meets with senior UK officials

President of the General Assembly Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser met today in London with two top officials from the United Kingdom to discuss recent developments in the country as well as the situation in Syria and Somalia.

Millions of children in cities face poverty and exclusion – UN report

Hundreds of millions of children in cities across the world are growing up in poverty and enduring deprivation, according to a report unveiled today by the United Nations, spotlighting social exclusion and calling for measures to give the youngsters access to basic services and opportunities for a better future.

Head of UN-backed treaty voices concern at mass elephant killings in Cameroon

Voicing grave concern over reports of mass elephant killings in northern Cameroon, the head of the United Nations-backed convention on endangered species called for effective action to manage and conserve these animals and for the control of trade in elephant ivory.

UNESCO chief condemns murder of Indian journalist

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with promoting and defending the freedom of the press today condemned the murder of a journalist in India and called on local authorities to undertake a thorough investigation into the killing.

Open-pit coal mine project in Bangladesh threatens human rights – UN experts

The construction of an open-pit coal mine in Bangladesh could displace hundreds of thousands of people and jeopardize their access to basic needs, a group of United Nations independent human rights experts warned today.

UN rights chief urges immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Syria

The United Nations human rights chief said today that she is “appalled” at the recent escalation of violence in Syria and called for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire to end the fighting and assist civilians.

UN urges States and communities to help eradicate female genital mutilation

A senior United Nations official and the renowned singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo today urged all UN Member States and communities to outlaw female genital mutilation (FGM) and raise awareness about its harmful effects, especially in African countries where the practice is most prevalent.

Time for Israeli and Palestinian leaders to get serious about peace talks – UN official

The United Nations political chief today called on Israeli and Palestinian leaders to get serious about overcoming the current impasse, noting that the talks begun last month have stalled and the situation on the ground in the West Bank and Gaza remains dangerous.