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Nigeria: Welcoming release of 82 Chibok girls, UN urges support for their rehabilitation

UNICEF welcomes the release of over 80 of the girls abducted by Boko Haram insurgents at their school in Chibok, Nigeria, over three years ago. Photo: UNICEF Nigeria

Welcoming Saturday’s release of 82 of the schoolgirls abducted from the Nigerian town of Chibok by the Boko Haram insurgent group three years ago, the United Nations has called for continued global support for the country’s efforts to release, rehabilitate and reintegrate all Boko Haram victims. “We appeal to all Nigerians, including the families and […]

More than one million children have fled escalating violence in South Sudan – UN

A young South Sudanese refugee looks out of a truck before being transported to the Imvepi settlement at the Imvepi Reception Centre, Arua District, in northern Uganda. Photo: UNHCR/David Azia

The escalating conflict in South Sudan had driven more than one million children out of the country, the United Nations announced today, warning that the future of a generation is ‘on the brink.’ “The horrifying fact that nearly one in five children in South Sudan has been forced to flee their home illustrates how devastating […]

UNAA Climate Collaboration Forum 2017

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The 2015 UN Paris Climate Agreement requires states to progressively “mobilise stronger and more ambitious action by all stakeholders, including civil society, the private sector, cities and subnational authorities, local governments and indigenous peoples”. In response to this call, the United Nations Association of Australia is promoting the development of a national, inclusive climate management […]

In ‘post truth’ era, leaders must defend objective, independent media, UN says on Press Freedom Day

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In a “post-truth” world with “fake news” on the rise, and media accountability and credibility falling under question, free, independent and professional journalism has never been more important, the United Nations today said. “We need leaders to defend a free media. This is crucial to counter prevailing misinformation. And we need everyone to stand for […]

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