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U.N. Chief Urges Greater Attention to ‘Precarious’ Situation of Migrants

New York, N.Y.  Far too many migrants still live and work in precarious and unjust conditions, Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has said yesterday in a message to mark International Migrants Day. “We call for the fulfilment and protection of the human rights of the world’s 232 million migrants,” said Mr. Ban. A scene at the Sukarno-Hatta International Airport [...]

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Spotlighting Racism, Stigma, U.N. Launches Ambitious Project

New York, N.Y.  People of African descent still face racism in every country, region and continent of the world, said United Nations General Assembly President Sam Kutesa as the world body today kicked off its International Decade of People of African Descent. Students inside a newly built classroom at a camp for internally displaced persons [...]

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U.N. International Observance: “Every Day is Human Rights Day”

New York, N.Y.   The universal reach of human rights should not be restricted to one day alone but extended to every day of the year, top United Nations officials declared today as they marked Human Rights Day – an annual UN-backed event commemorating the date on which the General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of [...]

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U.N.: ‘We Must Leave No One Behind’ to End AIDS by 2030

New York, N.Y.  Ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 requires a comprehensive approach that includes social justice, the democratization of science, gender equity, and a people-centred approach to health, said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on World AIDS Day, as he spotlighted the gap in prevention and treatment that persist among regions and people. In a message on the [...]

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World AIDS Day: UNICEF Urges More Investment, Access to Treatment

New York, N.Y. An estimated 1.1 million HIV infections among children under 15 have been averted, but disparity in access to treatment is hampering progress towards reaching a global goal of reducing new infections in children by 90 per cent, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today ahead of World AIDS Day. Posha, living with [...]

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Young Global Leader Nabs Harvard Master’s Degree – at Sixteen

New York, N.Y.  When I first met Eugenie Carys de Silva last spring on Central Park South in New York City, I was overwhelmed with her academic credentials.  Living with her father in Tennessee, she has pushed the envelope of long-distance learning from her rural bedroom.  For her academic audacity and global vision, Eugenie will [...]

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U.N.: Israeli Demolition of Homes Contrary to International Law

New York, N.Y.  The Israeli Government’s use of house demolition as a punitive measure in response to alleged acts of violence by Palestinians must end immediately, two United Nations experts urged today, adding that the practice – which targets Palestinian homes in both Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory – is a violation of human [...]

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Mixed Picture for Ebola in Sierra Leone, as Victims Outpace Beds

Port Loko, Sierra Leone.  Witnessing yet again the challenging dynamics of the Ebola outbreak unfolding in West Africa, the United Nations envoy coordinating the global response visited Sierra Leone today, where he reported efforts to halt the virus in former hotspot Kenema are starting to pay off, while some 200 kilometres away, Port Loko is now [...]

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North Pole: Santa Swamped by Millions of Letters

U.N. Chief Urges Greater Attention to ‘Precarious’ Situation of Migrants

Latin America Welcomes Obama’s Move to Restore US-Cuba Ties

Historic Dalai Lama Broadcast Resonates on Chinese Social Media

After CIA Torture Revelations, U.S. Must Recover Moral High Ground – U.N. Expert

Spotlighting Racism, Stigma, U.N. Launches Ambitious Project