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‘Compelling case’ for urgency around global disarmament, UN-led forum told Michael Møller, head of the UN in Geneva, has warned delegates to the Conference on Disarmament that cyber-security challenges, and the existence of new weapons systems and technologies, are not being sufficiently addressed or reflected in current arms control regimes.
World’s human rights watchdog spotlights Afghanistan, Yemen and 12 others: Here’s the scoop The United Nation Human Rights Council (HRC) kicked off its Universal Periodic Review, or UPR, on Monday at the Palais des Nations in Geneva to examine the human rights situation in 14 countries, including Afghanistan and Yemen.
Migrants and refugees face higher risk of developing ill-health, says UN report on displaced people in Europe European authorities are “struggling” to meet the needs of irregular migrants and refugees who are wrongly accused of spreading sickness among host communities, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday, at the launch of its first report on the ...
Human rights are ‘key’ for economic policymaking says UN expert Calling on governments to take human rights obligations into account when designing economic reforms, an independent United Nations rights expert said on Monday that “human rights impact assessments are key to the process”.
Global economy to see ‘steady’ growth of three per cent in 2019 despite risks, says UN The global economy grew at a “steady” 3.1 per cent last year and similar levels of growth are expected in 2019, but these headline figures mask growth that is uneven and often failing to reach where it is most needed, ...
Ten UN peacekeepers killed in a terrorist attack in northern Mali Ten ‘blue helmets’ from the United Nations Stabilization Mission In Mali (MINUSMA) were killed on Sunday following a complex terrorist attack against the mission’s camp in Aguelhok, in the Kidal region, northern Mali. 
Mexico: UN chief saddened by pipeline blast in which dozens were killed The United Nations' Secretary-General, António Guterres, learned with sadness of the deadly explosion of an oil pipeline on Friday in Hidalgo State, Mexico, and extended the UN's assistance to the national authorities, his Spokesman said on Saturday.
Another 170 migrants disappear in shipwrecks, UN agency reiterates call for an end to Mediterranean tragedy The United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, stated on Saturday that “no effort should be spared” in saving lives at sea, following reports of two new shipwrecks on the Mediterranean Sea, in which some 170 people either died or went missing. 
UN rights expert calls for civilian protection as fighting escalates between military and armed group Calling on the Myanmar Government to “immediately reverse its decision not to allow access to all humanitarian organizations”, the United Nations expert on human rights in the South-East Asian country said on Friday, that “it’s vital that assistance is able ...
Thousands returning to Nigeria’s restive Borno state ‘at risk’; UN ‘gravely concerned’ Amid reports that Cameroon is forcing several thousand Nigerians to return to Borno state in the country’s crisis-gripped north-east, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) deplored the move, saying it has put lives “at risk”.
Libyan authorities must shoulder the burden to support country’s ‘vulnerable’ south Despite years of promises to address the “vulnerable heart” of Libya – the country’s south – conditions around its water and oil resource wealth have continued to deteriorate at “an alarming rate”, the United Nations envoy for the country told ...
UN agency chief calls Ethiopia’s revised refugee law ‘one of most progressive’ in Africa Ethiopia has revised its existing refugee law, making it easier to obtain work permits, drivers’ licenses and access primary school, a move being hailed by the head of the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR). 
‘The best-selling brand today is fear’: UN chief highlights urgent need to address global ‘deficit of trust’ Warning against the dangers of widespread fear and mistrust in our planet, the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, told journalists on Friday he wants to reaffirm the UN as a “platform for action to repair broken trust in a broken ...
UN rights office calls on Zimbabwe Government to end ‘crackdown’ in response to fuel protests In Zimbabwe, violence and the reported use of live ammunition by State security officials against protesters that has led to “a number of deaths” should be investigated thoroughly and transparently by the Government, the UN human rights office, OHCHR, said ...
News story: Veterans’ Gateway begins new trial proactive call service to support ex-forces community The 24-hour helpline for veterans' support will now actively get in touch with ex-service personnel who have asked for help.
News story: Darwin Plus: 'Bird-borne' radar for albatrosses among 17 new projects to be funded Funding for 17 conservation projects worth more than £3.5 million in the UK Overseas Territories has been announced from the Darwin Plus initiative to deliver commitments in the 25 Year Environment Plan.
Press release: Prime Minister hosts Burns Night Supper in Downing Street Scots from the worlds of entertainment, business and politics were welcomed to Downing Street this evening for a traditional Burns Night Supper.
Speech: PM’s welcoming statement at Burns Supper: 21 January 2019 Prime Minister Theresa May hosted a Burns Supper at Downing Street.
News story: Chair of Victoria and Albert Museum Reappointed The Prime Minister has reappointed Nicholas Coleridge as Chair of the Victoria and Albert Museum for a term of four years, commencing on 1 November 2019.
Press release: EU imposes sanctions against Salisbury suspects EU foreign ministers agree to impose sanctions on the leadership of the GRU, and Salisbury suspects.
News story: Appointments to the Sports Grounds Safety Authority Board The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has appointed Jil Matheson and Jane Sawyers to the board of the Sports Grounds Safety Authority for a period of three years commencing 12 December 2018.

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