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U.N. Welcomes Demobilization of Child Soldiers Amid Signs of Peace

New York, N.Y.  The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is celebrating the release of some 3,000 South Sudanese child soldiers today in what is being hailed as one of the largest ever demobilizations of children in a zone of conflict. Children in South Sudan. Photo: UNMISS/Ilya Medvedev. “These children have been forced to do and [...]

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Auschwitz Liberation at 70: ‘We Are Being Tested Again’

New York, N.Y.  Seventy years ago today, allied forces liberated Auschwitz-Birkenau, the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, urging renewed vigilance to eradicate the deep roots of hatred as anti-Semitic attacks continue and vulnerable communities around the world bury their dead while living in fear of further violence. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [...]

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Ban Outraged by ‘Horrendous, Cold-Blooded’ Attack on French Magazine

New York, N.Y.  United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today strongly condemned the appalling and “cold-blooded crime” committed by terrorists who attacked the French magazine Charlie Hebdo, which news reports indicate killed 10 media workers and two police officers. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. U.N. Photo/Amanda Voisard. “I am appalled and deeply shocked by the attack against Charlie Hebdo in Paris this morning,” [...]

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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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