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The Environment: Historic Kyoto Protocol Turns Ten

New York, N.Y.  As momentum builds towards negotiations in Paris next year on a universal climate agreement, the United Nations announced today that early analysis shows that countries with targets under the landmark Kyoto Protocol – the world’s first emission reduction treaty – have collectively exceeded their original ambition. Photo: UNEP. According to the UN [...]

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Ban-ki Moon Calls for Tolerance After Three Muslim-Americans Shot in NC

New York, N.Y. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his “deepest condolences” to the families of three Muslim Americans who were killed in the state of North Carolina earlier this week, a UN spokesperson confirmed today. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas (file). Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha and Deah Shaddy Barakat, were reportedly shot [...]

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U.N. Demands End to Use of Child Soldiers

New York, N.Y.  From Afghanistan to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), as the world’s conflicts become more brutal, intense and widespread, children are finding themselves increasingly vulnerable to recruitment and deployment by armed groups, the United Nations warned today. This child soldier, demobilized in South Sudan in 2015, has never been to school [...]

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‘Youth Lens’ Brings Development Challenges into Sharper Focus

New York, N.Y.  The emerging United Nations-led sustainability agenda, to be crafted around a set of sustainable development goals, must be inspired by and inspiring for the world’s young people, the President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) said today as he closed the Council’s annual Youth Forum with a call for young [...]

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2015 is Chance to Change History, Ban Tells U.N. Youth Forum

New York, N.Y.  This generation of young people – the largest the world has ever seen – has a historic opportunity to end poverty, combat climate change, create jobs and fight injustice, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a Youth Forum at UN Headquarters in New York this morning as he called on the participants to get [...]

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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.: ‘Significant Breakthrough’ in HIV Prevention

Liberia Lifts Ebola Curfew, Opens Borders

Honoring Women of the Civil Rights Movement, Past and Present

Young Playwright’s Works Explore Race, Identity in America

Concerns Grow Over Hong Kong Censorship

Primer on U.S. Presidents: From Washington to Obama