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US should lift measure suspending refugee resettlement, says UN chief Guterres

Reacting to the recent suspension by the United States of its longstanding refugee programme, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today said resettlement is often “the only possible solution” for people fleeing conflict and persecution, and that the US policy, which bars entry of Syrians into the country, “should be removed sooner rather than later.” Asked […]

Banks, UN set standards on channelling investments for sustainable development

Nearly 20 leading global banks and investors, totalling $6.6 trillion in assets, have launched a United Nations-backed global framework aimed at channelling the money they manage towards clean, low carbon and inclusive projects. The Principles for Positive Impact Finance – a first of its kind set of criteria for investments to be considered sustainable – […]

Managing national borders ‘cannot be based on any form of discrimination’ – UN chief Guterres

Refugees fleeing conflict and persecution are entitled to protection, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said today, expressing concern at decisions around the world that have undermined the integrity of the international refugee protection regime. “Refugees fleeing conflict and persecution are finding more and more borders closed and increasingly restricted access to the protection they need […]

World must implement pledges on women’s empowerment and rights – UN Women deputy chief

Speaking at a consultation in preparation for the Commission on Status of Women, a body exclusively dedicated to promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment, a senior United Nations official has called for sustained commitment and leadership to ensure a successful outcome of the Commission. “We are at an important [juncture] in the achievement of […]

South Sudan: UN and regional partners call for immediate cessation of hostilities

  The United Nations, the African Union (AU) and regional partners today reiterated their call for an immediate cessation of hostilities in South Sudan and urged the parties to ensure an inclusive political process, both in the proposed National Dialogue and in the implementation of the 2015 peace agreement. Meeting in the Ethiopian capital, Addis […]

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