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Protect ordinary Afghans ahead of peace talks, urges UN Mission chief

Thu, 07/02/2020 - 15:34
Ahead of hoped-for peace talks between Afghan Government and Taliban negotiators, UN peacekeepers in Afghanistan have urged parties to “redouble” their efforts to keep civilians safe.

Iran nuclear deal still best way to ensure peace, DiCarlo tells Security Council

Tue, 06/30/2020 - 20:51
The UN regrets that the future of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is in doubt, but notwithstanding current challenges, that landmark deal is still the best way to ensure that Iran’s nuclear programme proceeds along a peaceful path, the UN’s top political official said on Tuesday.

Pause before sharing, to help stop viral spread of COVID-19 misinformation

Tue, 06/30/2020 - 12:43
The UN is asking people to make the same judgement calls they’ve been applying to social distancing, to social media, and take extra care before sharing.

Harmful practices rob women and girls of ‘right to reach their full potential’

Tue, 06/30/2020 - 04:15
Urgent, and accelerated action is needed to end female genital mutilation, child marriage, and other “harmful practices” and abuses carried out against women and girls, the UN sexual and reproductive health agency (UNFPA), said on Tuesday, in its latest major report on the state of the world’s population. 

US sanctions against international court staff a ‘direct attack’ on judicial independence

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 17:18
The decision by the United States to authorize sanctions targeting staff at the International Criminal Court (ICC) is “a direct attack to the institution’s judicial independence”, UN human rights experts said on Thursday.

Digital tools being used to track people as never before, warns UN rights chief

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 14:58
The internet and new digital tools are being manipulated as never before to infringe on people’s right to free assembly, the UN’s top rights official said on Thursday, in a call for a moratorium on the use of facial recognition technology during peaceful demonstrations.

COVID-19’s far reaching impact on global drug abuse

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 08:30
More than 35 million people around the world now suffer from drug addiction, according to the latest annual report on the scourge, from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) released on Thursday, which also analyzes the far-reaching impact of the coronavirus pandemic on global drug markets.