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UN calls on Algeria to stop expelling thousands of sub-Saharan African migrants

The United Nations human rights office (OHCHR) has called on the Algerian Government to stop collectively expelling thousands of migrants, particularly from sub-Saharan Africa, saying it violates international human rights law. Earlier this month, an OHCHR team visited several towns in neighbouring Niger where they interviewed 25 expelled migrants and other witnesses, who described how […]

Rich variety of life on earth essential says UN chief Guterres, marking biological diversity day

The welfare and prosperity of people now and in the future, depends on a “rich variety of life on earth” said United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres in his message for the International Day for Biological Diversity, marked on Tuesday. Since December 1993, when the Convention on Biological Diversity entered into force, its parties have acted to conserve the earth’s flora and […]

UN, Somali Government seek $80 million in immediate relief for flood-affected populations

21 May 2018 The United Nations and the Somali Government on Sunday launched a joint appeal for $80 million to provide immediate help for the people affected by recent flooding in the country’s centre and south. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the flooding – caused by the heaviest rainfall there […]

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Emergency meeting called as Ebola spreads to Congolese city – UN health agency

The World Health Organization (WHO) is convening an emergency meeting on Friday to “consider the international risks” of the latest outbreak of the deadly disease Ebola, which has now moved to an urban area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). One new case of Ebola virus disease has been confirmed in Mbandaka, a city […]

Economic growth ‘exceeds expectations’ but trade tensions are rising: UN report

UNCTAD/Adam Kane | Tanzania has experienced high economic growth rates but inequality especially among women has remained highGlobal economic growth is exceeding expectations this year but heightened geopolitical tension and uncertainty over international trade could thwart progress, according to a new United Nations report. The global Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is due to expand by more than 3 per […]

Judges urge Security Council to serve interests of all UN Member States

  The Security Council should act on behalf of the entire United Nations membership rather than prioritizing their own national interests, or those of close allies, international court judges said on Thursday, as the 15-member body debated how to effectively counter numerous threats to world peace. “Against a backdrop of grave threats and growing turmoil […]

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