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'Racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism or Islamophobia are poisoning our societies' – UN chief
Urging people everywhere to speak out against hate speech and hate crimes, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today reiterated his call for tolerance, respect for the other and the importance of recognizing diversity. (UN)
UN observers conclude FARC-EP arms removal process in Colombia
More than 8,000 weapons and over one million burned cartridges were transported to a central warehouse in Colombia as the United Nations political mission in the country concluded the process of the laying down of individual weapons of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP) combatants. (UN)
As tensions on Korean Peninsula grow, UN chief urges world to 'dial up' diplomacy
Addressing the growing tensions on the Korean Peninsula, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today said it was important “to dial down rhetoric and dial up diplomacy.” (UN)
Landmark UN-backed treaty on mercury takes effect
A ground-breaking global convention on mercury today goes into effect, the United Nations environment wing said, protecting millions of children and infants from possible neurological and health damage. (UN)
Post-election Kosovo entering period of uncertainty that will demand strong leadership – UN envoy
Following the parliamentary elections of 11 June, which took place without “major irregularities or incidents,” Kosovo has entered a “period of uncertainty” marked by reconfiguring the political landscape and a “functional void,” the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Kosovo Zahir Tanin told the Security Council today. (UN)
Emergency food distributions launched to assist thousands displaced in DR Congo – UN agency
Food assistance will be provided to food insecure people displaced by conflict in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), says the United Nations food agency. (UN)
Latin America and Caribbean at difficult juncture as foreign direct investment shrinks – UN
The United Nations Latin America commission has reported that foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows to the region declined by 7.9 per cent to $167.043 billion in 2016, due to low commodity prices, sluggish economic growth and global trend of shifting investment in developed economies. (UN)
Guterres appoints former German President Köhler as his Western Sahara envoy
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced today the appointment of Horst Köhler, former President of Germany, as his Personal Envoy for Western Sahara. (UN)