Syria urged to stop violence and allow relief aid

Violence in Syria must stop immediately to allow humanitarian assistance to reach the people in need.

The call has come from the Human Rights Council in Geneva during an urgent debate on Syria on Tuesday.

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Italy pushes for an end to Female Genital Mutilation

Italy is pushing for approval of a UN resolution to end Female Genital Mutilation or FGM.

The country’s Ambassador to the UN, Cesare Maria Ragaglini, says the practice is a violation of basic human rights.

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Children from poor families in urban areas face huge challenges

Not all children living in urban areas are benefiting from the economic expansion in cities, according to a new report by UNICEF.

In fact, an increasing number are struggling to eat, get clean water, access health care and go to school.

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A call to end female genital mutilation through a concert

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and Grammy Award Winner Angelique Kidjo will perform a special concert at the United Nations dedicated to the global efforts to end Female Genital Mutilation.

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“Friends of Syria” group want country to grant UN humanitarian access

As the humanitarian and political crisis continues in Syria, representatives from 70 countries have gathered in Tunis for the first meeting of the Friends of Syria group.

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Commission of Inquiry details Syria abuses

Widespread, systematic and gross human rights violations, amounting to crimes against humanity are being committed in Syria with the apparent knowledge and consent of the highest levels of state.
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Naming and shaming perpetrators of conflict related sexual violence

Ending the use of rape and other forms of sexual violence as a weapon of war is still one of the greatest challenges to the protection of human rights according to the UN's Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict.

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Africa’s rising energy needs pressed by UNEP meeting in Nairobi

Africa’s rising energy needs has been the focus of a meeting in Nairobi, Kenya this week that brought together environmental experts from across the globe.

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Using climate-smart agriculture to feed the world

Smarter ways of growing crops could be one of the answers to the growing problem of not having enough food for a growing population, according to world leaders at an International Fund for Agricultural Development conference.

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West Africa and Sahel threatened by organized crime

Organized crime is threatening the already fragile peace, security and stability in West Africa and the Sahel region, according to UN officials and other leaders.

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