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A complex and challenging year for the UN draws to a close

As UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told journalists at his year-end press conference in New York last week, 2012 has been a “tumultuous” year for the world and for the United Nations.

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General Assembly resolution aims to end FGM

United Nations Member States on the 20th of December approved a draft resolution aimed at ending the harmful practice of female genital mutilation.

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2012 was “tumultuous year” says Ban Ki-moon

A tumultuous year is coming to a close, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Wednesday.

Speaking at his last press conference for the year, Mr. Ban said that turmoil tested the United Nations once again on its founding obligation to stop conflict and build peace.

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Migrants usually stuck ‘between rock and hard place”: IOM

The plight of migrants who are stranded in crisis situations as a result of man-made or natural disasters is the focus of this year’s International Migrants Day.

The day is observed on 18 December each year to highlight issues that affect millions of migrants around the world.

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Progress in fighting malaria threatened by slowdown in global efforts

Progress made in controlling malaria is being threatened by a slowdown in global efforts against the disease.

The warning comes in this year’s annual report of the World Health Organization (WHO) on malaria.

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Special committee in Jamaica addresses violence against women

Violence against women is pervasive and harms not only women but their families and their communities.

At a two-day forum at the United Nations, non-governmental organizations, UN officials, government representatives and other stakeholders discussed how to prevent it.

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World tourism reaches the milestone of one billion travellers

The one billionth tourist crossed an international border on the 13th of December of 2012, according to the UN World Tourism Organization.

Marcelo Risi of the UNWTO says everybody likes to travel.

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Women not benefiting from economic progress: UN official

The central role of women in development is being discussed at a two-day meeting taking place in Vienna, Austria.

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UN hosts LGBT special event

The United Nations is taking leadership in the fight to end discrimination against lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender, or LGBT, individuals.

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Law of the Sea celebrates 30 years of international cooperation

The UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, also known as UNCLOS, is often called the “constitution for the oceans”.

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