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UN envoy Angelina Jolie visits displaced people in Myanmar’s Kachin state

New York, Aug 1 (IBNS): Oscar-winning actress and United Nations refugee agency Special Envoy, Angelina Jolie, travelled on Thursday to Myanmar’s Kachin state, where internally displaced persons (IDPs), including a number of women, told her their stories

UN urges action to combat human trafficking, give victims ‘hope and justice’

New York, Jul 31 (IBNS): Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday urged every country to join the fight against human trafficking as United Nations agencies and their partners vowed to work together to support and protect victims of this transnational crime, while pursuing and prosecuting criminals and their networks.

UN urges action to tackle illegal wildlife trade

New York, Jul 31 (IBNS): Recognizing that wild animals and plants are an “irreplaceable part of the natural systems of the Earth,” the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday urged its Member States to take decisive steps to prevent, combat and eradicate the illegal trade in wildlife, “on both the supply and demand sides.”

UN projects world population to reach 8.5 billion by 2030

New York, Jul 30 (IBNS): The world’s population is projected to reach 8.5 billion by 2030, 9.7 billion by 2050 and exceed 11 billion in 2100, with India expected to surpass China as the most populous around seven years from now and Nigeria overtaking the United States to become the world’s third largest country around 35 years from now, according to a new United Nations report released on Wednesday.

'Prevent hepatitis; Act now,' declares UN targeting hepatitis B and C

New York, Jul 29 (IBNS): Marking World Hepatitis Day 2015, which falls on 28 July in honour of the birthday of the scientist who discovered the hepatitis B virus and its first vaccine, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners are urging policy-makers, health workers and the public to act now to prevent infection and death from the infectious disease.

Security Council authorizes ongoing African Union deployment in Somalia

New York, Jul 29 (IBNS): The Security Council on Tuesday authorized the Member States of the African Union to maintain the deployment of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) for an additional 10 months, until 30 May 2016.

UN experts denounce televised reprisals against human rights defenders in Venezuela

New York, July 24 (IBNS) In retaliation for their activities in Venezuela and cooperation with United Nations and regional human rights bodies, a group of UN and Inter-American rights experts has underscored their condemnation at attempts by Venezuela’s State-controlled television to discredit and intimidate rights activists.

Somalia: UN, international partners call for resolution of country's political crisis

New York, Jan 23 (IBNS) The United Nations and its international partners on Thursday voiced concern over delays in the resolution of Somalia's long-standing political crisis and in the implementation of a stability-building mechanism as they called on the Horn of Africa nation's President, Prime Minister and Federal Parliament 'to unite for the greater good of the country.'

UN urges Iran to halt execution of two Ahwazi Arabs

New York, May 22 (IBNS): UN human rights experts on Wednesday appealed to Iranian authorities to halt the scheduled execution of two members of Iran's Ahwazi Arab minority after their death sentences were reportedly upheld by the Iranian Supreme Court.

UN urges Kazakhstan to end registration of religious communities

New York, Apr 5 (IBNS): The United Nations expert on religious freedom called on Friday on the Kazakhstan Government to halt the mandatory registration of religious communities, which notably affects small groups.

UN officials reach South Sudan amid hunger, displacement

New York, Apr 1 (IBNS): Senior United Nations relief officials began a visit to South Sudan on Monday to meet conflict-affected people and to review the ongoing response and needs amid a spiralling humanitarian crisis in the world’s youngest nation.

UN urges to abandon broken, reactive approach to aid

New York, Apr 1 (IBNS): Relief aid should anticipate and prevent – not just react and treat, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) declared on Monday in a new report that challenges humanitarian and development actors to change the way they operate, and aims to kick-start an urgent global dialogue on preventing crises through effective risk management.