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Mine action is ‘concrete step towards peace,’ says UN chief on International Mine Awareness Day

On the day set aside to raise awareness about the threat of landmines, unexploded grenades and other munitions that impede the return to normal life after conflict, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres is urging Governments to provide political and financial support to keep up the vital work of mine action wherever it is needed. “An unprecedented volume of landmines and […]

Australia-bound asylum-seekers left mentally scarred by years of detention on Pacific islands, warns UN refugee official

A senior United Nations refugee agency official warned on Wednesday about the “shocking” effects of long-term detention on Australia-bound asylum-seekers who are being held on remote Pacific islands. Indrika Ratwatte said the situation in Nauru, as well and Manus Island in Papua New Guinea, was as bad as he had seen in his 25-year career. Both […]

UN Disarmament Commission debates ways to prevent arms race in outer space

Despite the deteriorating security situation, there are some signs of progress in the field of disarmament, such as the intention of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States to hold summit talks, a senior United Nations official said Monday. “At a time when global anxieties about nuclear weapons are higher than at […]

Facebook privacy debate shows most countries not ready for digital economy – UN

Internet user growth is booming and with more people that ever purchasing goods and services online, protecting their privacy must be a top priority, the United Nations has said. The main UN agency dealing with the economics of globalization said Wednesday that the privacy concerns raised after the revalation that a political data firm gained access […]

Children’s education latest victim of Yemen conflict – UNICEF

Yemen’s education system has been devastated by the country’s brutal conflict, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday, reporting that at least half a million children have dropped out of school since the 2015 escalation of the war. “An entire generation of children in Yemen faces a bleak future because of limited or no access […]