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“The Fog of Peace”, new memoir about peacekeeping by former UN official

The separation between war and peace is not as clear cut as it used to be, according to the former Head of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations.

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Still “male culture” at UN but this is changing, says top female UN official

A “male culture” still persists at the United Nations but the situation has changed tremendously over the last couple of years according to the outgoing UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs.

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Peacekeepers “pay heavy price” for securing peace in Lebanon

Peacekeepers working with the United Nations in Lebanon have paid a “heavy price” for securing peace in the country, according to a senior Irish soldier.

Forty-eight Irish peacekeepers have died there since 1978.

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Peacekeepers Day about “tremendous gratitude” to people serving UN

The International Day of UN Peacekeepers is about expressing “tremendous gratitude” to the men and women who serve the Organization in the world’s most insecure locations.

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Illegal tobacco trade involves one in 10 cigarettes, experts warn

The illicit tobacco trade poses major health, economic and security concerns and likely affects one in 10 cigarettes smoked globally, UN health experts say.

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Violent forms of extremism seek to destroy human civilisation

The destruction of cultural heritage is a senseless form of violent extremism which seeks to destroy the past, the present and the future of human civilisation, according to the UN Deputy Secretary-General.

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Maintain focus on Middle East peace process through media

The media has an important role to play in maintaining the international focus on the Middle East peace process, according to a senior UN official

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Peacekeepers remain dedicated to serve despite growing threats

Peacekeepers serving the UN continue to be dedicated to protecting vulnerable civilians despite growing security threats and often difficult living conditions, according to the Assistant Secretary-General for UN peacekeeping.

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World entering era of “war of information”

The world is entering a new era typified by a “war of information” mounted by terrorist groups, the UN Security Council has heard.

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ICT “must meet needs of the world”

Information and communications technology or ICT must continue to meet the needs of the world, according to a senior Internet executive.

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