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Ebola Response in ‘High-Gear,’ But Faces Great Challenges

New York, N.Y.  The United Nations continues to ramp-up its Ebola response, reaching more than 530,000 people with food assistance in hard-hit Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, and, in the latter country, gathering survivors for a meeting to help deal with the psychological aftermath and stigma they face re-entering their communities. A C160 German aircraft [...]

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U.N. Marks World Day Against Death Penalty: End ‘Cruel Practice’

New York, N.Y.  The continuing application of the death penalty is a “cruel practice” that undermines human dignity, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said as he urged Member States to “reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights” and impose moratoriums on executions. In a video message issued to an event that took place yesterday at the U.N. Office in Geneva [...]

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On World Teachers’ Day, U.N. Agencies Urge Investing in Educators

New York, N.Y.  Investing in teachers is urgently needed to provide the best possible opportunities for millions of children, youth and adults worldwide, the heads of various United Nations agencies today said in a joint statement marking World Teachers’ Day. Photo: UNESCO. “An education system is only as good as its teachers,” the agency chiefs [...]

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U.N.: 3,700 Children Orphaned by Ebola, Lives Shattered

New York, N.Y.  Amid a climbing death toll and widespread panic, the Ebola outbreak continues to ravage West Africa leaving thousands of orphaned children in its wake, an official for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today, as a fortified UN mission arrived in the region to confront and contain the growing crisis. “Thousands [...]

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U.N.: Not One Child Untouched by Recent Gaza Conflict

New York, N.Y.  There is not a single child who has not been adversely affected by the recent conflict in Gaza, where children suffer from bedwetting, difficulties in sleeping, nightmares, a loss of appetite, and display more aggressive behaviour at school, an independent United Nations human rights expert said today. Palestinian children weep at the [...]

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Ban Says World Must Press Ahead on Equal Rights for LGBT Community

New York, N.Y.  Bringing homophobia and transphobia to an end is “a great human rights cause,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, adding that the fight against discrimination “lies at the core of the mission of the United Nations.” Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) pride march. Photo: OHCHR/Joseph Smida. In his video message to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, [...]

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Lauding Success in Fighting Hunger, U.N. Urges Sustained Commitment

New York, N.Y.  Despite a rising global population and the perilous effects of climate change, the goal of eliminating hunger around the world remains within reach, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today. Millenium Development Goal 1: eraticate extreme poverty and hunger. Copyright United Nations. UN Photo / Kiba E Park. In his message to the Zero Hunger Challenge’s [...]

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U.N. Urges Greater Protections for People with Dementia

New York, N.Y.  A United Nations independent expert today called on Member States to do more to protect older people affected by dementia from stigmatization, discrimination, victimization, and neglect. “The voices of older people and those who look after them need to be heard in a meaningful way,” said Rosa Kornfeld-Matte, the U.N. Independent Expert on the [...]

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