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UN officials applaud progress made in the struggle against landmines

The following is a statement issued jointly by members of the UN Mine Action Team on the occasion of the 2010 International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.  Since the Anti-Personnel Mine-Ban Convention entered into force 11 years ago, there have been many signs ofLue lisää (englanti)

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UN pays tribute to Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai

The United Nations today paid tribute to Professor Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and one of Africa’s foremost environmental campaigners, who died on Sunday. Ms. Maathai, 71, was the founder of the Green Belt Movement that encouraged women in rural Kenya to plant trees to improve theirLue lisää (englanti)

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UN pays tribute to victims of Nigeria blast

A minute of silence was observed for the victims of Friday's deadly car bomb attack at the United Nations compound in Abuja, Nigeria. UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro and UNDP Africa head Tegegnework Gettu visited with UN staff over the weekend and met with Nigerian officials in Abuja.Lue lisää (englanti)

UN provides help to relief efforts in flood-hit Haitian capital

United Nations peacekeepers and humanitarian staff are helping with relief efforts in Haiti, where floods sparked by torrential rains earlier this week have killed at least 10 people in the capital, Port-au-Prince. At least four neighbourhoods of the city – Carrefour, Cité Soleil, Delmas andLue lisää (englanti)

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UN responds to Indonesia volcano and earthquake emergencies

An elderly woman awaits assistance at an evacuation centre for those displaced by the Mount Merapi volcano in central Java. Photo: © Contributor/IRINJakarta - Following an invitation from the Government of Indonesia for assistance from international organizations present in Indonesia, theLue lisää (englanti)

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UN teams up against gender-based violence in Botswana

Nine United Nations agencies have launched an ambitious new programme to eliminate gender-based violence (GBV) in Botswana, which affects nearly two-thirds of all women across the country, and large numbers of children.   “[In Botswana], men still dominate the political landscape, and theLue lisää (englanti)

UN to address national human rights institutions

GENEVA -- The UNDP Administrator Helen Clark and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay will both address the opening of this year’s meeting of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) in Geneva on Tuesday. It is the first time that a UNDP Administrator has taken part inLue lisää (englanti)

UN-supported Afghan elections hotline proving popular

A number of Afghan voters have sought assistance from a toll-free election information hotline, set up with help from the United Nations, according to the world body’s mission in the South Asian nation. The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said today that some 25,000 Afghans callLue lisää (englanti)

UNA-UK releases development publication “Leaving no one behind”

In the wake of UN General Assembly's Special Event towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on 25 September, the United Nations Association–UK released the publication “Global Development Goals: Leaving No One Behind” to inspire discussions and actions on international developmentLue lisää (englanti)

UNAIDS, UNDP back plan for poorest countries to keep low-cost access to life-saving drugs

New York — The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and UN Development Programme (UNDP) called today for renewing a provision that allows the world’s poorest countries access to life-saving drugs at costs they can afford, ahead of talks on the issue in Geneva next week. In a new brief, theyLue lisää (englanti)

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