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A look back at one year of our new podcast series 'The Lid is On'

Listen to a special holiday season programme: a look back at the best of our new podcast series launched in 2016, The Lid is On. It’s the phrase you hear at the close of business each day at UN Headquarters, when the meetings are over.

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Experts welcome end to US counter-terrorism measure

Two UN human rights experts have welcomed the decision by the United States to dismantle what they viewed as a “discriminatory” counter-terrorism measure.

The National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) was adopted following the terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001.

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UN Gender Focus Special: Making 'Space for Women'

In July 1969, American astronaut Neil Armstrong landed on the moon, famously proclaiming: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

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Outgoing UN deputy chief urges world leaders to end xenophobia

Global leaders are being urged to stop dividing the world into “us” and “them.”

That is the message from outgoing UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson who says farewell to the organization at the end of this year.

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Syrian refugees in Lebanon most vulnerable during winter

Syrian refugees in Lebanon are at their most vulnerable and need the most assistance during the winter months, according to a representative from the UN’s Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in the region.

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“Poverty and lack of education” increases slavery

Lack of education and poverty pushes people into forced labour and slavery according to the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

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Terrorist groups exploit social media, ICTs to fund activities

Terrorist groups are exploiting all the new social media platforms and communication technologies to expand and fund their activities, according to a representative from the UN’s Counter Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED).

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Leaders need “passion and compassion” says outgoing UN chief

Leaders around the world need not just passion but also compassion to bring about change according to the outgoing United Nations Secretary-General.

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UN Gender Focus: trafficked women, girls’ rights in Tanzania and female farmers

“Blood money” of trafficked women now “lifeblood” sustaining terrorists

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Situation in DRC’s capital city “very volatile”

The situation in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been described as “very volatile” by a representative from the UN’s Stabilization Mission (MONUSCO).

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