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Treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons – UNODA

Treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons – UNODA

LanguageBy resolution 71/258, the General Assembly decided to convene in 2017 a United Nations conference to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination. The Assembly encouraged all Member States to participate in the Conference, with the participation and contribution of international organizations and civil society representatives.The Conference took place from 27 to 31 March and from 15 June to 7 July in New York. The Conference was chaired by Ambassador Elayne Whyte Gómez, Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the UN...

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Iran execution of child offender breaks international law: UN rights office

Iran execution of child offender breaks international law: UN rights office

 The execution of an Iranian man for a crime allegedly committed when he was 16 years old has been condemned by the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) and raised concerns over violations of his right to a fair trial.In a released on Thursday, spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani pointed out that the execution of Mohammad Hassan Rezaiee was the fourth confirmed for a child offender this year and urged Iran to end the "appalling practice".Despite the fact that the execution of child offenders is categorically prohibited under international law, Mr. Rezaiee’s execution took place in Iran in the early...

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Guterres welcomes Palestinian announcement of elections as ‘crucial step’ towards unity

Guterres welcomes Palestinian announcement of elections as ‘crucial step’ towards unity

 The UN Secretary-General Friday’s announcement from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of the first full parliamentary and presidential elections in 15 years, scheduled to begin in May.“The holding of elections in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza will be a crucial step towards Palestinian unity”, said a statement issued on behalf of  on Saturday which would give “renewed legitimacy to national institutions, including a democratically elected Parliament and Government in Palestine.”Secretary-General welcomes President Abbas' decree to hold elections, calling it a...

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Peacekeeper killed in ‘heinous attacks’ in Central African Republic

Peacekeeper killed in ‘heinous attacks’ in Central African Republic

 The UN Secretary-General has called for action to ensure accountability for “heinous attacks” in the Central African Republic (CAR) on Wednesday that left a Rwandan peacekeeper dead and another wounded. Antonio Guterres strongly condemned the coordinated assaults near the capital, Bangui, which were carried out by unidentified armed combatants. strongly condemns today’s attacks by unidentified armed combatants on Central African national defense and security forces, and near . A peacekeeper from Rwanda 🇷🇼 was killed and another injured. — MINUSCA (@UN_CAR)The UN mission in the country, ,...

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Two billion COVID vaccine doses secured, WHO says end of pandemic is in sight

Two billion COVID vaccine doses secured, WHO says end of pandemic is in sight

 The end of the pandemic is in sight but we must not let our guard down, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, as he welcomed the news that the global vaccine partnership COVAX has lined up almost two billion doses of existing and candidate vaccines for use worldwide.The huge vaccine reservoir means that COVAX, a 190-country international initiative that seeks to ensure all countries have equal access to vaccines, can plan to start delivering the shots in the first quarter of 2021.COVAX has agreements in place to access nearly 2 billion doses of several promising...

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UN chief and Yemen Envoy condemn deadly Aden airport attack

UN chief and Yemen Envoy condemn deadly Aden airport attack

 The UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, and the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, have strongly condemned Wednesday’s deadly attack on Aden airport, which is reported to have resulted in the deaths of at least 26 people, and injured more than 50.According to media reports, loud explosions and gunfire were heard at the airport and clouds of smoke were seen shortly after a plane from Saudi Arabia landed, carrying members of the country’s new government. The passengers are reported to have been safely transferred to the presidential palace.In a , Mr. Guterres expressed his...

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UN humanitarian office puts Yemen war dead at 233,000, mostly from ‘indirect causes’

UN humanitarian office puts Yemen war dead at 233,000, mostly from ‘indirect causes’

 Almost a quarter of a million people have died in Yemen’s war, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)  on Tuesday, confirming the huge toll from a conflict that has ravaged Yemen’s economy and created the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.included the figure in an update within its latest Global Humanitarian Overview, where it gave a description of the context, crisis and humanitarian needs in Yemen. It said the conflict had intensified this year, with 47 identifiable front lines by the end of October, up from 33 at the start of this year.Driven by escalating...

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UN commission reclassifies cannabis, no longer considered risky narcotic

UN commission reclassifies cannabis, no longer considered risky narcotic

 The UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) took a number of decisions on Wednesday, leading to changes in the way cannabis is internationally regulated, including its reclassification out of the most dangerous category of drugs. In reviewing a series of World Health Organization () recommendations on marijuana and its derivatives, the CND zeroed-in on the decision to remove cannabis from Schedule IV of the  — where it was listed alongside deadly, addictive opioids, including heroin. The CND’s 53 Member States voted to removed cannabis – where it had been placed for 59 years – from the...

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Measles cases hit 23-year high last year, killing 200,000 as vaccination stalls, WHO says

Measles cases hit 23-year high last year, killing 200,000 as vaccination stalls, WHO says

 Measles killed an estimated 207,500 people last year after a decade-long failure to reach optimal vaccination coverage, resulting in the highest number of cases for 23 years, the World Health Organization (WHO) and US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said in a joint report on Thursday.  The death toll in 2019 was 50 per cent higher than a historic low reached in 2016, and all regions saw an increase in cases, adding up to a global total of 869,770.  This year there have been fewer cases, but the pandemic has further set back vaccination efforts, with more than 94 million people at risk of...

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UN salutes new Libya ceasefire agreement that points to ‘a better, safer, and more peaceful future’

UN salutes new Libya ceasefire agreement that points to ‘a better, safer, and more peaceful future’

 Warring parties in Libya on Friday agreed an historic ceasefire, which was hailed by the head of the UN Support Mission in the country (UNSMIL), who led the mediation, as a courageous act that can help secure a “a better, safer, and more peaceful future for all the Libyan people”.“I would like to salute you, because what you have accomplished here takes a great deal of courage”, said chief, and Acting Special Representative, Stephanie Williams, at a press conference in Geneva. “You have gathered for the sake of Libya, for the sake of your people, to take concrete steps to end their...

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Space sector works to keep societies and economies on track during COVID-19

Space sector works to keep societies and economies on track during COVID-19

 Decades of developments in the space sector are being utilized during the COVID-19 pandemic, helping countries to keep their citizens safe and economies on track, the head of the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs () said on Wednesday, in a speech to a virtual conference held by the world’s richest nations. UNOOSA chief Simonetta Di Pippo delivered the keynote address to the G20 meeting focussed on the global space sector, where she outlined the various ways it has been supporting pandemic response and recovery. The keynote, delivered by , concluded with recommendations on how data and...

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UN chief reiterates call for global ceasefire, marking International Day of Non-Violence

UN chief reiterates call for global ceasefire, marking International Day of Non-Violence

 The UN Secretary-General repeated his call for a global ceasefire on Friday, commemorating the International Day of Non Violence, which is taking place this year in the shadow of the devastating human and socio-economic impacts resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. In a , António Guterres reminded everyone of their “special” duty, to stop the fighting and to focus on the common enemy, . On this International Day of Non-violence, I reiterate my call for a global ceasefire.Making this a reality before the end of the year would ease suffering, help lower the risk of famine & create space...

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UN and partners press for seafarers to be designated ‘key workers’ during COVID pandemic

UN and partners press for seafarers to be designated ‘key workers’ during COVID pandemic

 The UN Secretary-General has again appealed for governments to act on behalf of hundreds of thousands of seafarers and other maritime workers stuck at sea for endless months, in some cases more than a year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. António Guterres on Thursday pressed authorities to formally designate these personnel as “key workers” to facilitate safe crew changes, allowing fatigued seafarers to be repatriated and replaced by colleagues who are awaiting deployment. I'm concerned about the crisis facing hundreds of thousands of seafarers whose time at sea has been extended far beyond...

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Venezuela abuses amounted to crimes against humanity: UN-appointed panel

Venezuela abuses amounted to crimes against humanity: UN-appointed panel

 Grave rights violations against anti-government protesters in Venezuela, “amounted to crimes against humanity”, UN-appointed rights  in their first report on abuses inside the Latin American nation.In their findings published on Wednesday, the  cited evidence of unlawful executions, enforced disappearances, arbitrary detentions and torture in the country since 2014.Senior military and ministerial figures were likely aware of the crimes, said the investigators, who were appointed by the in Geneva in September last year.“They gave orders, coordinated activities and supplied resources in...

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UN rights chief calls for Turkey to probe violations in northern Syria

UN rights chief calls for Turkey to probe violations in northern Syria

 The UN for Human Rights has urged Turkey to launch an immediate independent investigation into violations and abuses committed in parts of north, northwest and northeast Syria, which are under the control of its forces and affiliated armed groups. Michelle Bachelet warned that the human rights situation in places such as Afrin, Ras al-Ain and Tel Abyad, is grim, with violence and criminality rife.   : Chief calls on to respect intl law & halt violations committed by armed groups under Turkey’s control, including killings, kidnappings, unlawful transfers, seizures of land & properties &...

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COVID pushes millions more children deeper into poverty, new study finds

COVID pushes millions more children deeper into poverty, new study finds

 The coronavirus pandemic has pushed an additional 150 million children into multidimensional poverty – deprived of education, health, housing, nutrition, sanitation or water – a new UN study has found. Globally, the number of children living in poverty soared to nearly 1.2 billion – a 15 per cent increase since the pandemic hit earlier this year, according to a technical note on , issued on Thursday by the UN Children’s Fund () and the NGO Save the Children. Although the analysis paints a dire picture already, UNICEF the situation will likely worsen in the months to come. “ and the...

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Venezuela abuses amounted to crimes against humanity: UN-appointed panel

Venezuela abuses amounted to crimes against humanity: UN-appointed panel

 Grave rights violations against anti-government protesters in Venezuela, “amounted to crimes against humanity”, UN-appointed rights  in their first report on abuses inside the Latin American nation.In their findings published on Wednesday, the  cited evidence of unlawful executions, enforced disappearances, arbitrary detentions and torture in the country since 2014.Senior military and ministerial figures were likely aware of the crimes, said the investigators, who were appointed by the in Geneva in September last year.“They gave orders, coordinated activities and supplied resources in...

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Historic Afghan talks present ‘major opportunity’ for peace: UN Secretary-General

Historic Afghan talks present ‘major opportunity’ for peace: UN Secretary-General

 The first ever direct talks between Afghan Government representatives and the Taliban which began on Saturday, present “a major opportunity” to finally realise the “long-held aspirations” of the people, for a peaceful future, the UN chief .In a special video message released as the historic negotiations got underway in Doha,  thanked the Qatari hosts for facilitating, and said the “consistent calls for an end to violence” by Afghans themselves, and the chance to develop the country after silencing the guns, “underpin today’s inaugural meeting.”The start of intra-Afghan peace negotiations...

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Lebanon: UN ‘actively assisting’ in response to huge explosions at Beirut port

Lebanon: UN ‘actively assisting’ in response to huge explosions at Beirut port

 The United Nations has said that it is “actively assisting” in the response to the horrific explosions that ripped through the port area of Beirut on Tuesday, reportedly leaving dozens dead and thousands wounded, among them some UN naval peacekeepers.A from a UN spokesperson  said Secretary-General   expressed his deepest condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the people and Government of Lebanon, following the horrific explosions in the capital.Due to the explosion that rocked Port today, one of our Maritime Task Force ships was damaged, leaving some naval peacekeepers...

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Global cooperation is our only choice against COVID-19, says WHO chief

Global cooperation is our only choice against COVID-19, says WHO chief

 With more than 18.5 million cases of COVID-19 reported worldwide as of Thursday, and 700,000 deaths, the UN’s top health official again appealed to countries to unite in the fight against the diseaseTedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization () was addressing the Aspen Security Forum, which brings together top-level present and former government officials from the United States.., Dr and I were honoured to partner with the Forum for our regular press conference today, and we thank for hosting. It was a fruitful discussion about global health security and...

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