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At U.N., Tennis Legend Says Human Rights and Sports ‘a Perfect Fit’

New York, N.Y.  Tennis legend and gender equality activist Billie Jean King has had a stellar career in sports, identifying the boundaries that divide people and tearing them down. She was the first woman athlete to win over $100,000 in prize money in 1971 and, 10 years later, the first professional athlete to be “outed” […]

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U.N. Urges Kenya to Reconsider Displacing 350,000 Refugees

New York, N.Y.  The United Nations refugee agency today urged Kenyan authorities to reconsider their decision to shut down within the next three months Dadaab refugee camps, a decision that would require some 350,000 Somalis to return to their country and would cause “extreme” humanitarian consequences. A group of displaced Somali women residing at the Ifo […]

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Human Space Flight Day: Advancing Boundaries of Exploration

New York, N.Y.  Marking International Day of Human Space Flight, the United Nations today spotlighted the contribution of space science and technology to sustainable development and underscored the need to push the boundaries of exploration for the benefit of all people. International Space Station (2008). Photo: NASA. “I am confident that the International Day of […]

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Reflecting on Rwanda, Ban-ki Moon Urges Courage

New York, N.Y.  The world must make use of the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda to look back on the past – and to squarely confront the challenges of the present, renewing collective resolve and summoning the courage to prevent such atrocities from happening again, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said […]

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International Sport Day, Promoting Peace and Development

New York, N.Y.  On the second annual International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, the head of the office bringing the worlds of sport and development closer together stressed today the important role sport plays in addressing many of the challenges society faces. Girls line up during a basketball drill in Mogadishu, Somalia. UN […]

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Obama: Preventing Iran from Acquiring a Nuclear Weapon

Washington, D.C.  Today, President Obama sent the following message to the White House email list laying out how today’s historic understanding with Iran will prevent Iran from producing a nuclear weapon: Today, the United States, together with our allies and partners, reached a historic understanding with Iran. If fully implemented, this framework will prevent Iran […]

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U.N. calls for Commitment to Employ People with Autism

New York, N.Y.   On World Autism Awareness Day, the United Nations is spotlighting the unique skills of people with autism and the need to recognize their talents through an initiative inviting businesses to make concrete commitments to employ people on the autism spectrum. Photo: CARE/David Rochkind, Design: Kim Conger. “People with autism have enormous potential. […]

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U.N. to Unveil Memorial to Victims of Transatlantic Slave Trade

New York, N.Y.  A permanent memorial to honour the victims of one of the most horrific tragedies of modern history will be revealed at United Nations Headquarters in New York on Wednesday, when the world marks the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. A close-up from the […]

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At U.N., Tennis Legend Says Human Rights and Sports ‘a Perfect Fit’

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