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News in Brief 28 August 2020

  • UN Human Rights chief appeals for DR Congo "hero" Dr. Denis Mukwege amid surge in death threats
  • New shootings violence in Kenosha, Wisconsin shows need for better gun control, the UN Human Rights office, OHCHR, urges
  • Hurricane Laura just a taste of things to come, warns WMO Spokesperson
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Independent rights experts urge US to address systemic racism and racial bias

Nearly 30 independent experts appointed by the UN Human Rights Council are calling for the United States to reform its criminal justice system in the wake of a recent spate of killings of African Americans, including at the hands of the police.

UN human rights office welcomes moves to curtail spread of hatred and violence online

The UN human rights office (OHCHR) has welcomed steps taken by social media companies to prevent their platforms from being used to promote hatred, violence and misinformation, Spokesperson Rupert Colville said on Friday.

News in Brief 8 January 2020

  • UN chief continues engagement to avert Gulf war
  • International community supports aid delivery to West Darfur displaced
  • Livelivehood project in Pakistan to benefit Afghan refugees, host communities 
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US city pushes green power on the international stage

For Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are parallel to the work she is doing to make her city 100 per cent clean-energy powered, by 2032.  Salt Lake City boasts the first two “net-zero” fire departments in the US and  is currently building the first police department that is 100 per cent renewable-energy driven as well as an energy-neutral international airport.  Mayor Biskupski spoke to UN News's Liz Scaffidi.

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Migrant deaths at US-Mexico border surpass 400 in 2017: IOM

Although migrant apprehensions at the US-Mexican border decreased in 2017, the number of people who died while making the crossing remained high, the UN Migration Agency (IOM) reports.

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All nations should embrace their sovereignty, US President tells world leaders at UN Assembly

Noting that the present world is one that offers both immense promise and great peril, the President of the United States told global leaders at the United Nations that it was “entirely up to us” to either lift the world to new heights, or let it fall into a valley of disrepair.

UN, US need each other in relationship of 'productive interdependence' - Annan

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said that despite fears of a breakdown in international order, some of which he shares, "I believe profoundly that the United States and the United Nations need one another."