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In Kabul, UNESCO chief spotlights Afghanistan’s educational and cultural gains

Education is not against any religion, the head of the United Nations educational and cultural agency told Afghan authorities and families during a visit to the country to promote learning for women and girls, and to highlight the importance of Afghan cultural heritage as a vital economic asset.

UN officials in Afghanistan urge ratification of law to eliminate violence against women

Senior United Nations officials in Afghanistan are today urging the Government to fully implement legislation to protect women from child marriage and other forms of violence, in line with international commitments, after the Afghan Parliament failed to ratify the law over the weekend.

Ban concerned about provocations after latest DPR Korea missile test

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced his concern about provocations and tensions on the Korean Peninsula following reports that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) launched short-range guided missiles into the sea on Saturday.

General Assembly adds French Polynesia to UN decolonization list

The United Nations General Assembly voted on Friday to place French Polynesia back on the UN list of territories that should be decolonized and requested the French Government to “facilitate rapid progress […] towards a self-determination process.”

Papua New Guinea’s plans to resume death penalty ‘major setback’ – UN

The United Nations human rights office today expressed serious concern over Papua New Guinea’s announcement that it will resume the death penalty more than half a century since it last carried out an execution, stressing this would represent “a major setback” for the country.

UN assesses low damage from weakened Cyclone Mahasen in Bangladesh, Myanmar

United Nations agencies and partners are assessing parts of Bangladesh and Myanmar after Tropical Cyclone Mahasen hit land today, weakened and dissipated, leaving behind less damage than originally feared.

UN human rights chief welcomes signing of Bangladesh work safety accord by major companies

The United Nations human rights chief today welcomed the decision of dozens of international companies to sign on to an fire-and-safety agreement in the aftermath of the deadly factory collapse in Bangladesh, while calling for additional actions to overhaul the entire garment sector.

UN agencies helping Bangladesh, Myanmar prepare for Tropical Cyclone Mahasen

United Nations aid agencies are working with the Governments of Bangladesh and Myanmar to prepare for Tropical Cyclone Mahasen, which is expected to make landfall within the next 24 to 36 hours, possibly threatening millions of people across the region.

Civil society in Russia facing increasingly hostile environment – UN experts

Three United Nations independent experts today urged Russian authorities to revise a law that is having “obstructive, intimidating and stigmatizing effects” on the country’s non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

UN agency welcomes new safety agreement between garment industry and Bangladeshi workers

The United Nations labour agency today welcomed an agreement signed by international fashion brands and retailers, and trade unions to prevent workplace disasters.