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Saudi teen set to be ‘fully integrated’ in Canadian society: UNHCR

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, who arrived in Canada on Friday, “wants to go back to school as soon as possible” said Jean-Nicolas Beuze, the UN Refugee Agency’s representative (UNHCR) in Canada. The social media-savvy teenager was granted asylum after fleeing her own family in Kuwait fearing she would be killed.  Speaking by phone from Canada, Mr. Beuze explained to UN News's Hafiz Kheir how her case had been resolved so quickly.

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Canada grants asylum for Saudi teen who fled family: UNHCR

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun’s desperate and ultimately successful bid for asylum in the face of alleged death-threats from her own family, provides a “glimpse into the precarious situation of millions of refugees worldwide” said the UN High Commissioner for Refugees on Friday.

Non-military “smart pledging” key to UN peacekeeping reform: Canadian defence minister

Reform of UN peacekeeping should include more emphasis on non-military “smart pledges” which make missions around the world stronger and more effective.

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'We will succeed', pledges force commander of deadly Mali mission

The man in charge of blue helmets serving at the UN’s deadliest peacekeeping mission, which is facing serious shortfalls in equipment and personnel, has pledged to succeed - if he’s given the tools to do the job.

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‘We can’t build strong relationships if we refuse to have conversations,’ Canada’s Trudeau says at UN

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took the podium at the United Nations General Assembly today with condolences for those affected by recent successive natural disasters, including the earthquakes in Mexico and hurricanes in the Caribbean, saying his country is ready to a “lend a helping hand in whatever way it can.”

News in Brief 26 June 2017

UN chief calls for collective action against drug abuse

Countries are being urged by the UN Secretary-General to honour their commitments to address drug abuse and trafficking.

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UN Gender Focus: Yemen, indigenous women and disaster preparedness

Women and girls paying “heaviest price” in Yemen as famine looms: UNFPA

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Indigenous peoples have “come a long way” in past decade: Cree chief

Indigenous peoples have “come a long way” since signing the UN Declaration on their rights a decade ago and need to celebrate their achievements, a chief of the

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Women “more vulnerable” to disaster impact, with exceptions

Women continue to be “more vulnerable” to the impacts of disaster, but in some countries its men who are more of a concern.

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Animals “even more affected” by disasters than people

When it comes to dealing with disasters, such as the deadly flooding in Colombia and Peru in recent days, animals are “even more affected” than people.

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