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More common themes, such as multilateralism and climate change, dominated the debate’s first two days, but on Thursday, the very raison d’être of the UN’s foundering in 1945 – the prevention of war – played out from the same podium in the same hall before assembled world Heads of State and Government, though neither of […]

Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan is laid to rest in Ghana, as Guterres hails him as an ‘exceptional global leader’

“Since the shock of Kofi’s death, I have been reflecting on what made him so special,” Mr. Guterres told those assembled, saying he was “both one-of-a-kind and one of us.”  He opened the doors of the United Nations, bringing the Organization closer to the world’s people –Secretary-General António Guterres The only UN chief to have emerged […]

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Primrose Thomas.  UNDP/Michael Atwood  In September 2017, Primrose Thomas was at her home on Barbuda, when disaster struck: two Category 5 hurricanes, Irma and Maria, swept over the islands of the eastern Caribbean, wreaking chaos and destruction.  “The first time I came back, I didn’t know where to go. I couldn’t recognize anywhere. I had to […]

Security Council takes up Nicaragua crisis, with some reservations

The 15 ambassadors met to discuss ongoing unrest in the country, where more than 300 people have been killed and over 2,000 injured in the wake of anti-government protests that began in April. Gonzalo Koncke of the Organization of American States (OAS) briefed the Council on its efforts to promote peace, rule of law and […]

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UN hails ‘ground-breaking’ Supreme Court ruling to decriminalize gay sex in India

India’s Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a key section of a colonial-era law which made specific sexual acts between adults illegal. “Today is a day of gay pride, a day of celebration, a day when respect and dignity was finally restored in India for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people,” Michel Sidibé, […]

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The first of two blasts occurred when a suicide bomber detonated himself inside a gym at a wrestling event. A car bomb was triggered soon after, as first responders attended the scene. “This latest cynical act of terror targeting ordinary citizens of Kabul, along with first responders and journalists, is deeply shocking,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, […]

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“The time has come to begin a new process, to relaunch a process which will lead to a resolution to this conflict, which has so tragically marked the life of so many Yemenis and continues to do so,” he told journalists. Speaking at UN Headquarters in the Swiss city, the veteran diplomat noted that it […]

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That was a key part of the Secretary-General’s message delivered at the start of the two-day United Nations 2018 International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East, being held in Moscow. It has been organized by the UN’s Department of Public Information (DPI) as part of the Special Information Programme on The Question of […]

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MacDonald Masambuka, 22, went missing in February.  His body was discovered in April. Local media reported that his legs and arms had been removed. Maria Jose Torres, UN Resident Coordinator in the African country, has welcomed the end of investigations into his killing. Twelve people–among them a police officer and a priest—have entered pleas on […]

Peace must be built ‘block after block’ UN General Assembly President tells key forum

In opening the forum, he underscored three points. “The first is time,” he stated, noting that peace “must be built up – block after block, layer after layer. And this must be done, not by the hands of internationals, but by the people on the ground; the people who were there – in their countries, […]

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