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UN Officials Call for Release of Detained Palestinian Children amid Pandemic
UN News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 May 2020

11 May 2020 – Three senior United Nations officials in the Middle East are calling for the release of Palestinian children from Israeli-run prisons and detentions centres, saying they are at particular risk of COVID-19 infection.

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Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Thousands Stranded in Bay of Bengal ‘Unable to Come Ashore’
UN News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 May 2020

6 May 2020 – In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, UN agencies called today for South-East Asian governments to show compassion to boats full of vulnerable people adrift in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea. Thousands of lives may be at stake if the stranded people are unable to disembark.

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‘No Evidence’ That Recovered COVID-19 Patients Cannot Be Reinfected, Says WHO
UN News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Apr 2020

25 Apr 2020 – The UN World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that there is currently no evidence that people who have recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies are protected from a second infection.

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UN Chief Calls on Religious Leaders to Unite in the Fight against COVID-19
UN News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Apr 2020

11 April 2020 – António Guterres made the call in a special appeal issued today, and at a time when Christians are celebrating Easter, Jews are marking Passover, and Muslims will soon begin the holy month of Ramadan.

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COVID-19: UN Health Agency Advice Informs Decision to Delay Olympic Games for First Time Since 1944
UN News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Mar 2020

24 Mar 2020 -The International Olympic Committee declared today that it is postponing the 2020 Summer Olympics which were due to take place in Japan, based on information provided by the UN health agency, WHO, on the fast-spreading COVID-19 pandemic.

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Five Things You Should Know Now about the COVID-19 Pandemic
UN News - TRANSCEND Media Servivce, 16 Mar 2020

On 11 March the World Health Organization upgraded the status of the COVID-19 outbreak from epidemic to pandemic. Here are five important pieces of information on what this means for you and your community. 

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Coronavirus Update: WHO Chief Calls for Private Sector to Step Up, and, Should You Take That Flight?
UN News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Mar 2020

6 March 2020 – In his daily briefing to the press today, World Health Organization (WHO) chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, warned that supplies of medicine are at risk of disruption due to the epidemic, given that China – the worst hit nation so far – is a major producer of pharmaceutical ingredients.

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COVID-19: More New Virus Cases outside Than inside China–‘No Time for Complacency’, Says UN Health Agency
UN News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Mar 2020

26 Feb 2020 – The number of new COVID-19, or coronavirus, infections outside China has outpaced those inside the country for the first time, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

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Myanmar: ‘Multidimensional and Long-Standing’ Root Causes behind Rights Minority Abuses, Says Bachelet
UN News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Mar 2020

27 Feb 2020 – The Human Rights Council today held an interactive dialogue with UN rights chief, Michelle Bachelet, on the root causes of violations and abuses suffered by the Rohingya mainly-Muslim minority and other minorities in Myanmar. She said the Government now has a historic opportunity to counteract systematic violations, “by bringing its people together, as one”.

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Outside China, Coronavirus Transmission ‘Iceberg’ May Not Be as Big as Feared
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Feb 2020

13 Feb 2020 – As infections from COVID-19 coronavirus continue to rise, a senior UN health expert today said that there were some indications that disease transmission outside China might not be the tip of the “iceberg” that had been feared.

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Coronavirus Emergency: Here’s What We Know So Far
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Feb 2020

A new strain of coronavirus (officially named 2019-nCoV), which has caused respiratory diseases in China, and spread to at least 23 other countries, has been declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the World Health Organization. Here are the basic facts you need to know about the virus (figures correct as of Feb 3 2020).

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Coronavirus: UN Health Agency Moves Fast to Tackle ‘Infodemic’; Guterres Warns against Stigmatization
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Servie, 10 Feb 2020

4 Feb 2020 – The World Health Organization has taken steps to ensure that the coronavirus epidemic that has claimed hundreds of lives in central China does not spark a dangerous social media “infodemic” fuelled by false information.

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Top UN Court Orders Myanmar to Protect Rohingya from Genocide
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Jan 2020

23 Jan 2020 – Myanmar must take steps to protect its minority Rohingya population, the top UN court unanimously ruled on today. “The Secretary-General recalls that, pursuant to the UN Charter and to the Statute of the Court, decisions of the Court are binding and trusts that Myanmar will duly comply with the Order from the Court,” it said.

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Myanmar: UN Expert Calls for Tolerance and Safety from Reprisals after Online Threats to Activists
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Dec 2019

10 Dec 2019 – The UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, has condemned online threats against activists campaigning for justice and accountability, urging the Government and social media firms to do more to protect campaigners. “The online threats, including those targeting prominent activists Dr. Maung Zarni and Mr. Nay Say Lwin of the Free Rohingya Coalition are deeply concerning,” Lee said.

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Aung San Suu Kyi Appears at ICJ as UN Rights Expert Urges Greater Protection for Myanmar Activists
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Dec 2019

10 Dec 2019 – “I call on each and every organ of the Myanmar State to ensure that absolutely no reprisals are taken against any group or individual that is advocating for justice and accountability in Myanmar,” said the independent expert in a statement issued today, adding that those targeted include members of the Free Rohingya Coalition.

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Top Criminal Court to Conduct Official Probe into Alleged War Crimes in Palestine
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Dec 2019

20 Dec 2019 – “The preliminary examination into the Situation in Palestine has concluded with the determination that all the statutory criteria under the Rome Statute for the opening of an investigation have been met”, ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said, “I am satisfied that there is a reasonable basis to proceed with an investigation into the situation in Palestine”.

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One Third of Poorer Countries Face both Undernutrition and Obesity: WHO Report
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Dec 2019

16 Dec 2019 – With one in three low and middle-income countries facing the two extremes of malnutrition – undernutrition and obesity – the World Health Organization is calling for a new approach to deal with rapidly changing food systems.

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Aung San Suu Kyi Defends Myanmar from Accusations of Genocide, at Top UN Court
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Dec 2019

11 Dec 2019 – Myanmar will have “no tolerance” for human rights abuses committed in Rakhine state and will prosecute the military, if war crimes have been committed there, Aung San Suu Kyi told the International Court of Justice, the UN’s main judicial body, today.

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New Citizenship Law in India ‘Fundamentally Discriminatory’: UN Human Rights Office
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Dec 2019

13 Dec 2019 – A new law in India which expedites citizenship for certain religious minorities has been criticized by the UN human rights office for being “fundamentally discriminatory in nature.” It gives priority to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians resident in India before 2014, but excludes Muslims.

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UN Commemorates International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Dec 2019

27 Nov 2019 – The UN has underlined its unwavering commitment to the Palestinian people in their ongoing struggle to achieve self-determination, independence and sovereignty. Senior officials joined ambassadors and other representatives today to commemorate the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, officially observed each year on 29 November.

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At UN, Middle East Countries Discuss Steps towards Regional Nuclear-Free Zone
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

18 Nov 2019 – Representatives from across the Middle East are meeting at UN Headquarters this week in efforts to negotiate a legally binding treaty establishing a regional zone free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction.

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UN ‘Regrets’ New US Position on Legality of Israeli Settlements
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

19 Nov 2019 – The longstanding position of the UN regarding Israeli settlements in Occupied Palestinian Territory – that they are in breach of international law – is unchanged, Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said during a press briefing today in New York, reacting to the policy reversal announced by the United States.

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US Pardons for Accused War Criminals, Contrary to International Law: UN Rights Office
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

19 Nov 2019 – A presidential pardon for two United States soldiers accused of war crimes, and a sentence reduction for a third, “run against the letter and the spirit of international law which requires accountability for such violations”, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said today.

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ICC Gives Green Light for Probe into Violent Crimes against Rohingya
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Nov 2019

15 Nov 2019 – Judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) yesterday authorized an investigation into alleged crimes against humanity, namely deportation, which have forced between 600,000 and one million Rohingya refugees out of Myanmar, into neighboring Bangladesh since 2016.

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Revealed: Danger and Squalor for Cleaners Who Remove Human Waste by Hand
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Nov 2019

13 Nov 2019 – Highlighting the dangers for the millions of people who clean toilets, sewers and septic tanks, ahead of World Toilet Day on 19 Nov, the World Health Organization (WHO) insisted that while the workforce performs an essential public service, their own health is compromised and they are often shunned.

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UN Member States Overwhelmingly Support End of US Embargo against Cuba
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Nov 2019

For the 28th consecutive year, the UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution calling for an end to the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States against Cuba. During a vote held on Wednesday [6 Nov], 187 Member States underlined their support for the resolution while Brazil and Israel joined the US in voting no. Two countries—Colombia and Ukraine—abstained.

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Decisive International Action Needed to End Israeli Occupation: UN Rights Expert
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Nov 2019

23 Oct 2019 – The international community has a responsibility and legal obligation to compel Israel to end its 52 year-long “occu-annexation” of Palestinian territory and remove barriers preventing Palestinian self-determination, a UN independent human rights expert told the General Assembly today.

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Afghanistan Probe: ‘At Least 60 Civilians’ Killed after US Military Airstrikes on Alleged Drug Labs
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Oct 2019

9 Oct 2019 – “Multiple” airstrikes by the US military on alleged methamphetamine drug labs in a remote area of western Afghanistan earlier this year, killed or injured hundreds of civilians who should not have been treated as military targets, the UN said today.

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Genocide Threat for Myanmar’s Rohingya Greater than Ever, Investigators Warn Human Rights Council
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Sep 2019

16 Sep 2019 – Hundreds of thousands of ethnic Rohingya who remain in Myanmar may face a greater threat of genocide than ever, amid Government attempts to “erase their identity and remove them from the country”, UN-appointed independent investigators said today.

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Hospitals among Seven Health Centres Attacked in Syria
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Sep 2019

2 Sep 2019 – Seven health centres in Syria have been reportedly attacked in recent days and two of them have been destroyed, the World Health Organization said today.

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UN Experts Decry Torture of Rakhine Men and Boys Held Incommunicado by Myanmar’s Military
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Sep 2019

3 Sep 2019 – Allegations of torture and ill-treatment leading to the death of ethnic Rakhine men and boys being held in incommunicado detention by Myanmar’s military, has prompted three independent UN rights experts to call for an end to the practice and for “credible, independent” investigations.

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Millions in Idlib ‘Counting on Your Support to Make the Violence Stop’, UN Relief Chief Tells Security Council
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Sep 2019

29 Aug 2019 – Despite an agreement signed nearly a year ago on a halt to further escalation in Syria’s war-battered Idlib, “the bombing and fighting go on in plain sight, day in and day out”, the UN humanitarian chief told the Security Council today.

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Murder of Brazilian Indigenous Leader a ‘Worrying Symptom’ of Land Invasion
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Aug 2019

29 Jul 2019 – In the wake of the murder of indigenous leader Emrya Wajãpi in Brazil, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, has called on the country’s authorities to “react quickly and decisively” to protect the rights of indigenous peoples on their lands. According to media reports, witnesses saw a number of gold miners enter the protected reserve of the Wajãpi community, then stab their leader to death.

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UN Chief Laments Ending of Cold War-Era Disarmament Treaty
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Aug 2019

2 Aug 2019 – Secretary-General António Guterres expressed his “deep regret” today that the landmark Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty between the United States and Russia came to an end.

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Record Displacement Shows ‘We’re Almost Unable to Make Peace’, Warns UN Refugee Agency Chief
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Jun 2019

19 Jun 2019 – A record 70.8 million people fled war, persecution and conflict in 2018, UN refugee agency chief Filippo Grandi said today, appealing for greater international solidarity to counter the fact that “we have become almost unable to make peace”.

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Conflict Prevention, Mediation: Among ‘Most Important Tools’ to Reduce Human Suffering, Guterres Tells Security Council
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Jun 2019

12 Jun 2019 – Conflict prevention and mediation are two of “the most important tools at our disposal to reduce human suffering” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the Security Council today. “When we act early, and are united, we can successfully prevent crises from escalating, saving lives and reducing suffering – fulfilling the most fundamental mandate of the United Nations”, he continued.

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UN Expert Criticizes States for ‘Ganging Up’ on WikiLeaks’ Assange; Warns against Extradition, Fearing ‘Serious’ Rights Violations
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Jun 2019

On 9 May, the Special Rapporteur visited Mr. Assange with two medical experts who specialize in examining victims of ill-treatment. The team spoke to the prisoner and conducted a thorough medical assessment. “Mr. Assange’s health has been seriously affected by the extremely hostile and arbitrary environment he has been exposed to for many years,” he said. On Thursday [30 May], according to reports, Assange was too ill to appear via video-link from a British prison in a hearing over an extradition request from the US.

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UN Health Agency Highlights Lifestyle Choices That Can Prevent Onset of Dementia, as Millions More Succumb Each Year
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 May 2019

14 May 2019 -Key lifestyle choices such as getting regular exercise, not smoking or drinking too much, can reduce the risk of dementia and cognitive decline, the UN health agency said today. Today, around 50 million people globally suffer from dementia and there are nearly 10 million new cases every year.

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Myanmar: Conflict Resolution at ‘Total Standstill’, Military Commanders Must Answer for Crimes against Humanity
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 May 2019

14 May 2019 – Myanmar’s military commanders must answer charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in a credible court, a United Nations Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar (FFM) said today, urging the international community to cut off all financial and other support to them.

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At China’s Belt and Road Forum, Guterres Calls for ‘Inclusive, Sustainable and Durable’ Development
UN News – TRANSEND Media Service, 29 Apr 2019

26 Apr 2019 – China’s international trade and economic development plan – known as the Belt and Road Initiative – could contribute to a more equitable, prosperous world, and to reversing the negative impact of climate change, Secretary-General António Guterres said today, speaking in Beijing, China.

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Thu, 11 April Brief: Women in Peacekeeping, the Arrests of Assange & Sudan’s Leader, Updates on Libya, Nigeria & Syria
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Apr 2019

11 Apr 2019 – Today the Security Council looked at the key role played by women in the UN’s peacekeeping operations. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange could be exposed to “serious human rights violations”, following his arrest in the United Kingdom, according a UN independent human rights expert. Fighting continues to escalate in Tripoli, Libya, and in Idlib, Syria, and 10,000 conflict-affected people were forcibly relocated in Nigeria and are in dire need of humanitarian aid.

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UN Agencies Urge Brunei to Repeal New ‘Extreme and Unjustified’ Penal Code
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Apr 2019

4 Apr 2019 – New criminal laws in Brunei that impose the death penalty for same-sex relationships, adultery and childbirth out of marriage, “breach international human rights norms”, and should be suspended or repealed said the heads of two United Nations agencies today.

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Dozens Killed and Injured by New Airstrikes in Western Yemen, UN Coordinator Condemns ‘Outrageous’ Toll
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Mar 2019

11 Mar 2019 – Reports from Yemen’s Hajjah Governorate indicate that scores of civilians have been killed following airstrikes that hit residential areas over the past two days. Medical sources suggest that at least 22 have died, with more than 30 injured during the aerial bombardment.

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UN Rights Expert Calls for End to ‘Purgatory’ of ‘International Inaction’ Facing Myanmar’s Remaining Rohingya
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Mar 2019

11 Mar 2019 – A humanitarian crisis fuelled by the suppression of basic human rights is continuing across Myanmar’s Rakhine state, a UN Human Rights Council-appointed expert said today, in an appeal for alleged atrocities there to be referred to the International Criminal Court.

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Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen Remains the Worst in the World, Warns UN
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Feb 2019

14 Feb 2019 – An estimated 24 million people – close to 80 per cent of the population – need assistance and protection in Yemen, the UN warned today. With famine threatening hundreds of thousands of lives, humanitarian aid is increasingly becoming the only lifeline for millions across the country.

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Million across Yemen ‘just a Step Away from Famine’, with Food Available but Inaccessible
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Feb 2019

7 Feb 2019 – While nearly 10 million people across Yemen remain “just a step away from famine”, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator has spoken of his deep concern that a large food storage depot on the outskirts of the crucial port city of Hudaydah, has been out of bounds since last September.

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Environment and Health at Increasing Risk from Growing Weight of ‘E-Waste’
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Jan 2019

24 Jan 2019 – Around 50 million tonnes of electronic waste, or e-waste, is being thrown away each year, according to a new joint United Nations report – which exceeds the combined weight of all the commercial airliners ever made, or alternatively, enough Eiffel Towers to fill the whole of Manhattan.

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‘Historic’ Moment: Palestine Takes Reins of UN Coalition of Developing Countries
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Jan 2019

15 Jan 2019 – Acknowledging “a long road ahead” on the United Nations ambitious agenda, Secretary-General António Guterres welcomed today “the historic leadership of the state of Palestine” as the new Chair of the Group of 77’s (G77).

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Rising Human Trafficking Takes on ‘Horrific Dimensions’: Almost a Third of Victims Are Children
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Jan 2019

7 Jan 2019 – A new UN report published today shows that human trafficking is on the rise and taking on “horrific dimensions”, with sexual exploitation of victims the main driver. Children now account for 30 per cent of those being trafficked, and far more girls are detected than boys.

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Storms and Snow in Lebanon Worsen Plight for Syrian Refugees
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Jan 2019

10 Jan 2019 – Storm-force winds and snow across Lebanon have worsened the plight for tens of thousands of Syrian refugees who’ve been forced from their homes by nearly eight years of conflict, a top UN humanitarian official said today.

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Amid Troop Build-Up in Rohingya’s Home State, UN Appeals to Myanmar for Peaceful Solution
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Jan 2019

9 Jan 2019 – Major fighting in Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine state has so far been avoided following clashes between armed separatists and national security forces that are increasing troop numbers there, a top UN humanitarian official there said today.

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Governments Adopt UN Global Migration Pact to Help ‘Prevent Suffering and Chaos’
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Dec 2018

The Global Compact for Migration was adopted on Monday [10 Dec] by leading representatives from 164 Governments at an international conference in Marrakesh, Morocco, in an historic move described by UN Chief António Guterres as the creation of a “roadmap to prevent suffering and chaos”.

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UNGA President Launches New Initiative to Purge Plastics and Purify Oceans
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Dec 2018

The President of the UN General Assembly launched a new global call to action on Tuesday [4 Dec] to help end the scourge of plastic pollution in the ocean.

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UNICEF Welcomes Bangladesh Statement That Rohingya Will Not Be Forced to Leave
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Nov 2018

UN Children’s Fund UNICEF on Friday, 16 Nov, welcomed confirmation from the Bangladesh authorities that Rohingya refugees will not be returned to Myanmar against their will, amid reported ongoing rights violations there.

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International Crime Gangs Amass ‘Staggering’ Profits in Conflict Zones, Expert Tells Security Council
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Nov 2018

7 Nov 2018 – During yesterday’s briefing to the Security Council, Tuesday Reitano, Deputy Director of the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime, described the problem as a “global and accelerating phenomenon, and a threat to international peace and security,” that, in conflict areas alone, is generating around $31.5 billion in illicit profits.

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Every Bite of Burger Boosts Harmful Greenhouse Gases: UN Environment Agency
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Nov 2018

8 Nov 2018 – Even though meat production is known to be a major contributor to climate change and environmental destruction, worldwide demand for meat continues to rise, said UN environment agency, UNEP, in a statement released today.

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UN Rights Chief Warns of Potential ‘Witch-Hunt’ as Tanzanian Official Plans to Track and Arrest LGBT People
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Nov 2018

2 Nov 2018 – Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, expressed apprehension today over a statement earlier this week that a committee would soon be put in place to track and arrest gays, and to encourage member of the public to report people suspected of being gay.

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UN Postal Agency ‘Regrets’ US Withdrawal
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Oct 2018

The United Nations specialized agency which coordinates the global postal system, has expressed “regret” over the withdrawal by the United States from the world body’s membership.

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Global Warming Report, an ‘Ear-Splitting Wake-Up Call’ Warns UN Chief
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Oct 2018

A special report on limiting global warming released on Monday [8 Oct] by a UN scientific panel, should be heard around the world as an “ear-splitting wake-up call” said UN chief António Guterres. He said the long-awaited findings show that “climate change is running faster than we are – and we are running out of time.”

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Malaysian Prime Minister Paints Dismal World Picture, Underscores Need for UN Reform
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Oct 2018

In the 15 years since he last addressed the General Assembly, little has changed in the world and it is in far worse shape now than it was then, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad lamented in his speech to world leaders gathered at the United Nations.

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Yemen: Tackling The World’s Largest Humanitarian Crisis
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Oct 2018

24 Sep 2018 – The figures of the crisis are staggering and near-impossible to grasp: 22.2 million in need of assistance, 8.4 million people severely food insecure, and a further 10 million that could fall under the same category by the end of the year. In addition, more than 1.1 million cases of acute watery diarrhoea or cholera have been reported since April 2017.

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Idlib Deal Could Save Three Million ‘from Catastrophe’ Says UN Chief, as Militants Are Urged to Lay Down Arms
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Sep 2018

20 Sep 2018 – A deal reached between Russia and Turkey to create a demilitarized buffer zone protecting citizens “from catastrophe” in Syria’s Idlib region is a welcome development, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said today, before urging all parties to make a “strong commitment” to it.

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Economy and Living Standards of Gaza ‘Eviscerated’ by Crippling Blockade – UN Trade and Development Report
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Sep 2018

12 Sep 2018 – The Occupied Palestinian Territory now suffers the highest unemployment rate in the world, with incomes and agricultural production going down, the United Nations trade and development agency said today, noting that women and young people were worst affected, as the Israeli occupation continues.

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Blockades ‘Expose’ the Innocent to the ‘Ravages of Economic War’ – UN Sanctions Expert Warns
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Sep 2018

13 Sep 2018 – Special Rapporteur Idriss Jazairy pointed out today that civilians affected by blockades do not benefit from the protection of the Geneva Convention, which is aimed at safeguarding civilians during wartime. Economic sanctions must not be allowed to degenerate into blockades that “expose people to the ravages of economic war in peacetime.”

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As Conflicts Become More Complex, ‘Mediation Is No Longer an Option; It Is a Necessity’, UN Chief Tells Security Council
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Sep 2018

29 Aug 2018 – As war and the mediation of peace have become increasingly complex, innovative thinking is needed to save and improve the lives of millions, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council today.

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‘Defend the People, Not the States’, Says Outgoing UN Human Rights Chief
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Aug 2018

15 Aug 2018 – For four years, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, has been taking governments across the world to task, publicly naming and shaming States which have fallen short of their human rights obligations.

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‘Pioneering’ Former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet Officially Appointed New UN Human Rights Chief
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Aug 2018

After a vote on Friday [10 Aug] by the United Nations General Assembly in New York, former two-time President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, hailed a “pioneer” by the UN Secretary-General, has officially been appointed as High Commissioner for Human Rights, effective from 1 September.

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‘Economy Is Society’s Servant, Not Its Master,’ Say UN Rights Experts, Urging Brazil to Put Human Rights before Austerity
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Aug 2018

3 Aug 2018 – Marginalized groups suffer unduly harsh consequences due to Brazil’s economic policies of austerity, prompting United Nations rights experts to urge the Government to instead prioritize human rights.

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New Import Restrictions Risk Triggering ‘Dramatic Deterioration’ in Gaza, Says UN Humanitarian Coordinator
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Jul 2018

17 Jul 2018 – Following further restrictions on goods and supplies that can be moved across the border of the Gaza Strip, the top United Nations humanitarian official there has called for urgent measures to prevent an already critical humanitarian situation from getting worse.

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Security Council Hails ‘Historic and Significant’ Joint Peace Declaration by Ethiopia and Eritrea
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Jul 2018

10 Jul 2018 – The United Nations Security Council today described the Joint Declaration, signed by the leaders of Eritrea and Ethiopia, as “a historic and significant” move with “far-reaching consequences” for the whole Horn of Africa region and beyond.

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Rohingya Cannot Become ‘Forgotten Victims,’ Says UN Chief Urging World to Step Up Support
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Jul 2018

Painting a grim picture of villages being burned to the ground and other “bone-chilling” accounts he heard from Rohingya refugees who fled violence in Myanmar, the UN chief has called on the world to answer their calls for help with real action.

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Veteran Socialist Public Official from Portugal Elected to Lead UN Migration Agency
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Jul 2018

29 Jun 2018 – A lawyer and politician from Portugal, with an extensive career in public service, has been elected to head the United Nations migration agency.

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UN Chief Calls for ‘Solidarity, Compassion and Action’ on World Refugee Day
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Jun 2018

20 Jun 2018 – With more than 68 million people worldwide displaced due to conflict or persecution — roughly equivalent to the population of Thailand— the head of the United Nations has called for unity and solidarity as a first step to support them.

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UN General Assembly Adopts Text Urging Greater Protection for Palestinians and Deploring Israel’s ‘Excessive’ Use of Force
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jun 2018

13 Jun 2018 – In an emergency meeting today the UNGA adopted an Arab-sponsored resolution calling for greater protection for Palestinians and deploring any use of “excessive, disproportionate and indiscriminate” force by the Israeli military against Palestinian civilians, particularly in Gaza.

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‘True’ Peace Requires Standing Up for Human Rights, Says UN Chief Guterres
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jun 2018

13 June 2018 – Achieving peace involves more than “laying down weapons”, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said today, calling for intensified efforts to address the root causes of conflict.

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South Sudan Suffering on ‘Almost Unimaginable Scale’, Warns UN Relief Chief
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Jun 2018

People are suffering “on an almost unimaginable scale” in South Sudan, the United Nations emergency relief chief said on Monday [4 Jun], adding that he welcomed the announcement by the United States that it is to review the amount of assistance it provides to the war-torn country.

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UN Agencies Express Outrage over Killing of Palestinian Volunteer Medic in Gaza
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Jun 2018

United Nations officials have expressed their outrage over Friday’s [1 Jun] killing by Israeli security forces of 21-year-old Razan al-Najjar, a Palestinian volunteer medic who was helping the injured along the Gaza border.

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Iran Deal Represents ‘Significant Verification Gain’ – UN Atomic Energy Chief
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 May 2018

9 May 2018 – Speaking the day after the United States withdrew from an international agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme, the head of the United Nations atomic watchdog agency made it clear that Iran has consistently stuck to its commitments.

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For Rohingya Refugees, Imminent Surge in Births Is Traumatic Legacy of Sexual Violence – Special Report
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 May 2018

11 May 2018 – Late last year, as violent repression in Myanmar sent Rohingyas fleeing to safety in Bangladesh, women from the mainly Muslim minority were subjected to what a United Nations official called “a frenzy of sexual violence”.

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North Korea’s Suspension of Missile Tests Should Lead to ‘Irreversible’ Commitment to Ban Nuclear Testing – UN-Backed Treaty Body
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Apr 2018

25 Apr 2018 – The world’s nuclear proliferation watchdog has welcomed the announcement by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to suspend its nuclear and missile tests and shut down its Punggye-ri atomic test site.

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UN Hails Release of More Than 200 Child Soldiers in South Sudan
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Apr 2018

Two hundred and seven child soldiers have been released by armed groups in South Sudan, part of a series of planned discharges that should see nearly 1,000 children return home over the coming months.

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At Security Council, UN Chief Pushes for Creation of Body to Determine Perpetrators of Chemical Attacks in Syria
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Apr 2018

13 April 2018 – António Guterres today again called for the creation of an independent panel that could determine who used chemical weapons in Syria, as the absence of such a body increases the risks of a military escalation in a country already riven by “confrontations and proxy wars.”

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At Security Council, UN Middle East Peace Envoy Reports on Israel’s Troubling Settlement Expansion
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Apr 2018

Reporting that over the past three months, Israel has advanced 22 plans for some 1,200 housing units for one area of the West Bank, a United Nations envoy warned Monday [26 Mar] that such ongoing settlement expansion is eroding the prospect of a two-state solution to the long-standing Middle East conflict.

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UN Appeals for Support to Tackle ‘Massive’ Health Needs of Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Apr 2018

29 Mar 2018 -With relief agencies in Bangladesh struggling to assist more than a million vulnerable Rohingya refugees crowded into makeshift camps, the World Health Organization today appealed for international support to help the cash strapped health sector.

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Conditions in Myanmar Not Yet Suitable for Rohingya Refugees to Return Safely – UN Agency
UN News Centre – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Jan 2018

23 Jan 2018 – The necessary safeguards for Rohingyas to return to Myanmar are absent, and there are ongoing restrictions on access for aid agencies, the media and other independent observers, the UN warned today, two months after Myanmar and Bangladesh agreed on a plan for the refugees’ voluntary return to their homes.

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After 1,000 Days of Conflict, Yemen Sliding into ‘Deepening Catastrophe,’ UN Agencies Warn
UN News Centre – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Jan 2018

30 Dec 2017 – As the conflict in Yemen passes the grim 1,000-day milestone, the United Nations is warning that if humanitarian workers cannot gain greater access and the violence does not subside, the cost in lives will be incalculable.

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Suspected Cholera Cases in Yemen Surpass One Million, Reports UN Health Agency
UN News Centre – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Jan 2018

22 Dec 2017 – The total number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen has crossed one million, the World Health Organization reported today. “If we cannot bring in medicines and medical supplies, we cannot save lives.”

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UN Rights Expert ‘Disappointed’ by Myanmar’s Decision to Refuse Visit
UN News Centre – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Dec 2017

20 Dec 2017 – The UN expert on the human rights situation in Myanmar today expressed disappointment at the government’s decision to deny her all access to the country. “This declaration of non-cooperation with my mandate can only be viewed as a strong indication that there must be something terribly awful happening in Rakhine, as well as in the rest of the country.”

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Careless Disposal of Antibiotics Could Produce ‘Ferocious Superbugs,’ UN Environment Experts Warn
UN News Centre – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Dec 2017

5 Dec 2017 – Growing antimicrobial resistance linked to the discharge of drugs and some chemicals into the environment is one of the most worrying health threats today. “The warning here is truly frightening: we could be spurring the development of ferocious superbugs through ignorance and carelessness.”

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Issue of Jerusalem Must Be Resolved through Direct Negotiations between Parties, UN Chief Stresses
UN News Centre – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Dec 2017

6 Dec 2017 – “In this moment of great anxiety, I want to make it clear: there is no alternative to the two-state solution. There is no Plan B,” said Mr. Guterres. In his remarks, the UN chief noted that it is only by realizing the vision of two states “living side-by-side in peace, security and mutual recognition, with Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and Palestine, and all final status issues resolved permanently through negotiations,” that the legitimate aspirations of both peoples will be achieved.

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With UN Support, More Countries Confronting Threat of Drug-Resistant ‘Superbugs’
UN News Centre – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Nov 2017

17 Nov 2017 – Antibiotics, antifungals, antivirals or antiparasitics are widely used in livestock, poultry and aquaculture to treat or prevent diseases. However, their over-use and misuse, such as for “promoting growth” is leading to the emergence of microbes resistant to these drugs, making the diseases they cause impossible to treat. Humans exposed to these antimicrobial resistant pathogens are also affected in the same way.

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UN Envoy Urges Greater Support for Rohingya Victims of Sexual Violence
UN News Centre – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Nov 2017

16 Nov 2017 – “My observations point to a pattern of widespread atrocities, including rape, gang-rape by multiple soldiers, forced public nudity and humiliation, and sexual slavery in military captivity directed against Rohingya women and girls,” UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Pramila Patten said today.

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Afghanistan Opium Production Jumps 87 Per Cent to Record Level – UN Survey
UN News Centre – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Nov 2017

15 Nov 2017 – A profoundly alarming trend in the cultivation and production of opium in Afghanistan reveals an 87 per cent production increase compared to 2016, the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime said today.

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UN Security Council Calls on Myanmar to End Excessive Military Force in Rakhine State
UN News Centre – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Nov 2017

6 Nov 2017 – In a statement, the 15-member body also called on the Government “to restore civilian administration and apply the rule of law, and to take immediate steps in accordance with [the Government’s] obligations and commitments to respect human rights, including the rights of women, children, and persons belonging to vulnerable groups, without discrimination and regardless of ethnicity, religion, or citizenship status.”

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UN Special Advisers Statement on Crimes against Rohingya in Myanmar
UN News Centre – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Oct 2017

19 Oct 2017 – UN sources indicate that more than 530,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh. “Once again, our failure to stop atrocity crimes makes us complicit. When will we live up to our countless promises of ‘never again’?” the Special Advisers asked. The expression “atrocity crimes” refer to three crimes under international law: genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

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US Withdrawal from UNESCO ‘Loss for Multilateralism,’ Says Cultural Agency’s Chief
UN News Centre – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Oct 2017

12 Oct 2017 – UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova voiced “profound regret” today over the United States’ decision to withdraw from the agency. “This is a loss to the United Nations family. This is a loss for multilateralism,” she said in a statement.

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UN Rights Experts Urge Member States to ‘Go Beyond Statements,’ Take Action to Help Rohingya
UN News Centre – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Oct 2017

26 Sep 2017 – “No one chooses, especially not in the hundreds of thousands, to leave their homes and ancestral land, no matter how poor the conditions, to flee to a strange land to live under plastic sheets and in dire circumstances except in life-threatening situations,” stressed the experts. According to estimates, more than 430,000 people have crossed into Bangladesh since the violence erupted.

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Iran Implementing Its Nuclear Commitments, UN Atomic Agency Chief Stresses
UN News Centre – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Sep 2017

18 Sep 2017 – Iran is implementing its commitments under “the world’s most robust nuclear verification regime,” the United Nations atomic agency head said today, while at the same time voicing “grave concern” at the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) nuclear programme.

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UN Human Rights Chief Points to ‘Textbook Example of Ethnic Cleansing’ in Myanmar
UN News Centre – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Sep 2017

11 Sep 2017 – He lashed out at the treatment of the Rohingya in Myanmar which has led to more than 300,000 people fleeing to Bangladesh in the past three weeks, as security forces and local militia reportedly burn villages and shoot civilians.

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South-South Cooperation Key to Overcoming Inequalities, Says UN Deputy Chief
UN News Centre – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Sep 2017

12 Sep 2017 – “South-South cooperation should not be seen as a substitute for North-South cooperation but as complementary, and we invite all countries and organizations to engage in supporting triangular cooperation initiatives,” UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed said today, urging all developed nations to fulfill their Official Development Assistance commitments.

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