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Meeting Afghan presidential candidates, UN political chief urges unity, pledges support

In Kabul today, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman met with Afghanistan’s two presidential candidates, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, and underscored the world body’s call for a successful conclusion to the country’s election process.

UN mission in Afghanistan supports call for presidential candidates to resolve differences

The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Ján Kubiš, today endorsed a call made by the Ulema Council, a key religious advisory body, for the country’s two presidential candidates to come to an agreement on the formation of a unity government soon.

Tasmania anti-protest bill contravenes Australia’s human rights obligations – UN experts

A group of independent United Nations experts have urged lawmakers in Tasmania to refrain from adopting legislation against protests that disrupt businesses, saying the proposed bill would contravene Australia’s human rights obligations.

Ban urges Afghan presidential candidates to agree on unity government

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the two candidates for Afghanistan’s presidency to agree on a unity Government, telling both Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani they share a real responsibility to guide the country to a peaceful and more prosperous future.

Indian Ocean nations to carry out UN-organized tsunami readiness test

Ten years after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, 24 countries in the region will participate in an exercise organized by the United Nations to test their readiness to address such rare but potentially destructive events.

SAMOA: Small island conference leaves ‘legacy with impact’ – UN

With $1.9 billion pledged in sustainable development partnerships, the United Nations on Thursday wrapped up its small island developing state conference and kicked off a drum roll of action on climate change.

In Auckland lecture, Ban lauds New Zealand’s ‘ingenuity and hard work’ for the UN

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today hailed the vital contributions of New Zealand to the work of the United Nations, from peacekeeping and disarmament to gender equality and human rights, as he addressed students and faculty at the University of Auckland.

SAMOA: UN disaster risk chief calls for putting partnerships to work

The commitments made at the international conference on partnering with small island developing states must be prioritized and implemented as soon as possible, urged the top United Nations official on disaster risk reduction.

SAMOA: New partnerships seek to protect world's oceans

Fishermen in coastal Samoan villages say there are less fish than there used to be and worry that the fish populations will soon disappear altogether, but participants at a United Nations conference on forming partnerships with small island developing states are vowing to prevent that from happening.

SAMOA: Pacific women, youth to benefit from partnerships – UN

Women and youth must be seen as partners in development and involved, not just included, in decision-making, according to discussions at the United Nations conference on small island developing states which wraps up Thursday in Samoa.