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Syrian conflict takes on sectarian nature: UN independent experts

What started as a protest against the government and developed into a conflict, is now becoming sectarian violence, according to a new report on Syria.

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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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International community welcomes cease-fire between Hamas and Israel

The Security Council has commended the international diplomatic efforts which led to a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel on Wednesday.

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UN vows to strengthen response to crises following Sri Lanka report

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he is determined that the United Nations learns from its failure to meet its responsibilities during the final months of the Sri Lankan civil war.

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Gambia’s first woman chief plants the seeds of change

The Gambia’s first woman village chief is not only changing perceptions of what a chief looks like, but also of what they do.

Fatou Danso, who is also a farmer, has redistributed land that previously was farmed solely by men so that women can grow crops to support their families.

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Countries face massive teacher shortages: UNESCO

Massive teacher shortages are quietly looming over countries struggling to provide every child with quality primary education by 2015, says UNESCO, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

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Recognizing educators as “change agents” on World Teacher’s Day

Long hours, low pay, harsh conditions: welcome to the reality of millions of teachers worldwide.

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Why Poverty?

WHY POVERTY? is a groundbreaking cross-media event reaching more than 500 million people around the world via television, radio, internet and live events in November 2012. Launching during one intense week, people around the world will be asking the question 'Why Poverty?'

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UN trade body calls for inclusive policies to fight economic turmoil

In the wake of the global economic crisis, some countries implemented policies aimed at stimulating economic growth. However, these moves have not been successful in bringing about recovery.

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Celebrating success, committing to the future of a chemical weapons-free world

A special meeting marking the 15th anniversary of the Chemical Weapons Convention took place at the United Nations on Monday.

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