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Trump Threatens ‘Total Destruction’ of North Korea in First U.N. Speech

New York, N.Y. Describing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as “Rocket Man” on a suicide mission, U.S. President Donald Trump used his maiden address to the United Nations General Assembly to warn the Pyongyang regime that its current course could lead to total destruction. “North Korea’s reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles […]

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New UN Report Encourages African Countries to Harness Growing Tourism Sector

  New York, N.Y. African governments should make it easier and safer for Africans to travel within the continent, the United Nations said in a new report released today, noting that tourism demand there is increasingly driven by Africans themselves. “Tourism is a dynamic sector with phenomenal potential in Africa. Properly managed it can contribute […]

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Secretary-General Outlines Steps to Strengthen UN’s Development Framework

  New York, N.Y. Stating that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is the “boldest agenda for humanity” and requires equally bold changes in the United Nations development system, Secretary-General António Guterres today outlined steps to better place the Organization to deliver tangible results in the lives of the people it serves. “We need to change in order to […]

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Deputy UN Chief Highlights Stronger AU-UN Partnership to Benefit Africa’s Youth

  New York, N.Y. Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed today called for strengthening the relationship between the African Union (AU) and the United Nations to deliver on promised development for Africa’s youth. Addressing her first African Union Summit since taking office, Ms. Mohammed said that the AU’s thematic focus this year on youth is a “powerful […]

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Thailand Urged to Loosen Restrictions Around Monarchy Defamation Law

New York, N.Y. As a student activist awaits trial in detention for posting a news article about the new monarchy on social media, an independent United Nations expert today called on Thai authorities to stop using royal defamation laws to stifle free speech. Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom […]

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International Peace and Security

New York, N.Y. By maintaining international peace and security, the UN makes all its work more effective, because by keeping the peace, the Organization can focus on solving global issues, instead of resolving conflicts.  Unfortunately, recent peace and security challenges in areas where the Organization has a limited presence have tested its ability to maintain […]

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Myanmar: UN Warns of ‘Spiral of Violence’ in Rakhine State

New York,N.Y. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today expressed alarm over reports of serious rights violations in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state that cite allegations of extrajudicial killings, arbitrary arrests and sexual violence, and a renewed spike in hate speech – including on social media.         […]

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Ambassador Liam Neeson Praises Syrian Refugee Children in Jordan

New York, N.Y.  Film star Liam Neeson has said that he was impressed by the strength and spark of the Syrian children after visiting the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan as part of his advocacy work as the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador. “Every person has a story of loss and of witnessing […]

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