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UN General Assembly elects new members to the Human Rights Council
The General Assembly today elected, by secret ballot, 15 States to serve on the Human Rights Council, the highest intergovernmental body in the United Nations system for matters relating to protection and promotion of human rights worldwide. (UN)
UN calls for global solidarity ahead of pledging conference on Rohingya refugee crisis
Senior United Nations officials are urging the international community to come together in support of a 23 October pledging conference to “send a strong message to Rohingya refugees and their generous hosts in Bangladesh that the world is there for them in their greatest time of need.” (UN)
Kicking off ‘Africa Week’ at UN, Guterres says women and youth can unleash continent’s potential
Africa must focus on young people, empower women and girls, and be innovative in leveraging resources and financing for development, Secretary-General António Guterres said Monday as the United Nations kicked off Africa Week. (UN)
UN envoy discusses implementation of intra-Palestinian agreement with Prime Minister Hamdallah
Meeting the Palestinian Prime Minister today, the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, and discussed the implementation of the intra-Palestinian agreement signed in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, on 12 October. (UN)
At UN event in Rome, Pope Francis urges action on climate change, conflicts to end global hunger
Food security for all requires tackling climate change and ending conflicts, His Holiness, Pope Francis, stressed Monday at an official ceremony for World Food Day held at the Rome headquarters of the United Nations agriculture agency. (UN)
UN rights experts urge France to provide safe water, sanitation for migrants in ‘Calais Jungle’
United Nations human rights experts are urging the Government of France to devise long-term measures to provide access to safe drinking water and sanitation for migrants in Calais and other areas along the northern French coast. (UN)
Lift protest ban, protect judiciary and preserve civil society role, UN rights experts urge Kenya
Voicing concern over restrictions on protests as well as attacks on judiciary and civil society in the run-up to presidential elections in Kenya, a group of United Nations independent human rights experts called on the Government to honour its obligations and protect the rights of Kenyans. (UN)
UN chief condemns Saturday's attacks in Mogadishu; commends responders
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today commended the first responders and residents of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, for mobilizing to aid in what is being called Somalia's worst-ever bomb attack. (UN)