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UN highlights survival of postal service hinges on ability to quickly change, innovate

New York, Oct 10 (IBNS): On World Post Day, the head of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) is highlighting that the future of postal services strongly depends on their ability to innovate and to embrace new technologies.

UN commends Tunisian Dialogue Quartet on Nobel Peace Prize win

New York, Oct 10 (IBNS): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon applauded the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet on being awarded this year’s Nobel Prize for Peace.

UN launches 'Nelson Mandela Rules' on improving treatment of prisoners

New York, Oct 8 (IBNS): The United Nations on Wednesday launched the Revised Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, dubbed the 'Nelson Mandela Rules,' which Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed as "a great step forward" but also drew attention to three areas that could be strengthened from a human rights perspective.

UN agencies launch new standards to improve adolescent care worldwide

New York, Oct 7 (IBNS): Two United Nations agencies – the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) – announced on Tuesday they have developed new standards for quality health-care services for adolescents, which aim to help countries improve services for people between the ages of 10 and 19.

UN urges international community to invest in recruiting, empowering teachers

New York, Oct 6 (IBNS): Marking the first World Teacher's Day after the adoption of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, senior United Nations officials appealed to the international community to value, support, and empower teachers, "for it is they who will educate a new generation of children who, in turn, will carry forward all our goals to build a better world for all."

UN, humanitarian community struggling to meet unprecedented needs of refugees

New York, Oct 6 (IBNS): The global refugee crisis is so great that the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), other UN agencies and their partners on Monday said that they are struggling to respond to and meet all the humanitarian needs they face.

UN panel warns against 'designer babies' and eugenics in 'editing' of human DNA

New York, Oct 6 (IBNS): Warning that rapid advances in genetics make "designer babies" an increasing possibility, a United Nations panel on Monday called for a moratorium on "editing" the human genome, pending wider public debate lest changes in DNA be transmitted to future generations or foster eugenics.

At UN, Canada urges focus on financing for climate change mitigation, adaptation

New York, Oct 4 (IBNS) The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, Daniel Jean, addressed the United Nations General Assembly today, noting the importance of the new sustainable development agenda and of ensuring the proper financing of climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts.

UN human rights office voices concern after Tajikistan bans Islamic political party

New York, Oct 3 (IBNS): The United Nations on Friday voiced concern about an increasing risk of human rights violations connected with the recent banning of the Islamic Revival Party of Tajikistan (IRPT), and the arrest and detention of more than a dozen of its members since early September.

UN: UAE calls for international partnerships to achieve Middle East peace

New York, Oct 3 (IBNS): Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the United Arab Emirates (UAE), addressed the United Nations General Assembly on Friday and urged the international community to coordinate and build partnerships to achieve peace and security in the highly volatile Middle East region.

UN highlights urban sustainability and inclusiveness of older persons

New York, Oct 2 (IBNS): The United Nations is on Thursday urging countries to improve older persons' accessibility to urban infrastructure, facilities and services as two phenomena – rapid urbanization and ageing populations – are combining to dramatically change the face the world’s cities in the coming decades.

UN: Bosnia and Herzegovina calls for comprehensive strategy against terrorism

New York, Oct 2 (IBNS): Terrorism and violent extremism are without any doubt, the most serious of all challenges facing the world on Thursday, Dragan Covic, Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina told the United Nations General Assembly, saying that strategies to tackle the twin scourges musty go beyond military responses and include actions that address the root causes.

UN: Georgian leader warns of region's security threats

New York, Oct 2 (IBNS): In his address at the 70th United Nations General Assembly, Irakli Garibashvili, Georgia's Prime Minister said his country is building democracy even in the face of security threats in the region, and condemned Russia’s ongoing annexation of its territories.

UN: Malaysia says awareness of true Islam can counter extremists’ ‘twisted narrative’UN: Malaysia says awareness of true Islam can counter extremists' 'twisted narrative'

New York, Oct 2 (IBNS): Denouncing the "warped ideology" of the Islamic State or Iraq and the Levant [ISIL], the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato' Sri Mohd Najib Bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak, on Thursday urged the United Nations General Assembly to help spread awareness about the true nature of Islam, "which is nothing like that entity…that usurps its name."

UN: South Sudan reaffirms resolve to uphold historic peace accord

New York, Oct 2 (IBNS): Taking to the podium at the 70th United Nations General Assembly, James Wani Igga, Vice-President of the Republic of South Sudan congratulated, among others, UN and its Mission in the country for support towards the historic accord signed between South Sudan and opposition groups, ending the prolonged conflict there.