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UNICEF kicks off celebrations for Children’s Convention 25th anniversary

UNICEF Australia – 06 June 2014

UNICEF Australia has marked the start of a year-long celebration of the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child with the release of a newspaper format annual report focussing on the organisation’s key priorities and achievements.

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Central African Republic: Ban deplores recent attacks, urges end to ‘cycle of violence’

UN News Centre – 30 May 2014

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today strongly condemned recent attacks in the Central African Republic (CAR) and encouraged the country’s Transitional Authority to do everything within its means to prevent further violence and to hold the perpetrators to account.

to prevent further violence and to hold the perpetrators to account.

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Indigenous Forum opens with UN officials highlighting sustainable development agenda

UN News Centre – 12 May 2014

Indigenous peoples must be a part of the ongoing process to define a global development agenda beyond 2015, United Nations officials said today, calling for explicit assertion of their collective rights as well as the promotion of traditional knowledge to tackle issues such as climate change, as the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues opened its 2014 session.

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Gross rights abuses committed by both sides in South Sudan conflict, UN report finds

UN News Centre – 09 May 2014

Gross human rights abuses have been committed by both sides in the brutal conflict that erupted in South Sudan at the end of last year, including rapes, mass killings and torture, and, according to a new United Nations report released today, civilians were not only caught up in the violence, they were directly targeted, often along ethnic lines.

directly targeted, often along ethnic lines.

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UN goes ‘Bollywood’ in latest push to promote LGBT rights

UN News Centre – 30 April 2014

The United Nations human rights office launched in Mumbai today the latest phase of its global fight against homophobia: a Bollywood-style video called The Welcome, accompanied by an appeal from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to end the prejudice that forces millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people to live in fear or hide in shame.

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Myanmar continues to need global support during critical transition phase – Ban

UN News Centre – 25 April 2014

Continued international support for the efforts of the Government of Myanmar in the areas of democratization, socio-economic development and national reconciliation will be vital, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, noting that despite positive changes, the country faces a number of serious challenges.

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Protection of South Sudan’s one million internally displaced is eroding – UN expert warns

OHCHR – 22 April 2014

The protection of South Sudan’s one million internally displaced persons is further eroding amid persistent violence and deliberate ethnically targeted attacks, United Nations Special Rapporteur Chaloka Beyani warned today.

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Disability no justification for denying people’s right to make their own decisions - UN experts

OHCHR – 22 April 2014

People with disabilities have the same rights as everyone to make decisions about their lives, including the right to take risks and make mistakes, a UN committee has stressed in new guidelines on implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

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Syria tops world list for forcibly displaced after three years of conflict

UNHCR – 14 March 2014

Three years after the onset of the conflict there, Syria has become the world's leading country of forced displacement, with more than 9 million of its people uprooted from their homes.

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UNICEF and OFC join hands to move Just Play Programme forward

UNICEF – 13 March 2014

The Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Pacific office have signed a Programme Cooperation Agreement for collaboration on the award-winning Just Play Programme.

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UN agency urges international action after latest migrant tragedy in Gulf of Aden

12 March 2014

With 44 people missing and feared drowned after a smugglers' boat capsized off the coast of southern Yemen, the UN refugee agency today urged the donor community and civil society to develop comprehensive responses to reduce and ultimately prevent these hazardous journeys.

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Pakistan begins to issue new refugee cards to Afghan refugees, UN confirms

UN News Centre – 25 February 2014

The United Nations refugee agency today confirmed that it assisting the Government of Pakistan to issue new refugee cards to more than 1.6 million Afghan refugees in the country, certifying that they are legally in the country and should be allow access to social services and basic rights.

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New anti-homosexuality law in Uganda violates basic human rights, stress UN officials

UN News Centre – 24 February 2014

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay have spoken out against the anti-homosexuality law signed into force today in Uganda, saying it violates basic human rights and endangers lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the country.

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UN, humanitarian partners sound global alarm on behalf of Syria’s children

UN News Centre – 24 February 2014

Moved by the dire plight of more than 5 million war-traumatized Syrian children – both inside and outside the country – United Nations agencies and their partners today joined forces to urge the world to demand an end to the “relentless horror and suffering” those children face before an entire generation is lost.

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UNICEF calls for US$2.2 billion to help 59 million children in emergencies

UNICEF – 21 February 2014

UNICEF appealed today for almost US$2.2 billion to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance in 2014 to 85 million people, including 59 million children, who face conflict, natural disasters and other complex emergencies in 50 countries.

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Uganda’s anti-homosexuality bill has ‘serious human rights implications’ – UNAIDS

UN News Centre – 18 February 2014

The United Nations agency leading the global HIV/AIDS response warned today that the signing of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda would have “serious human rights implications” and urged protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people around the world.

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Manus Island disturbance prompts UN call for ensuring protection of asylum-seekers

UN News Centre – 18 February 2014

The United Nations refugee agency today highlighted the need to address “significant shortcomings” in the process by which Australia moves asylum-seekers to Papua New Guinea and called for a probe into recent incidents that reportedly led to the death of an asylum-seeker on Manus Island.

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UN Commission report places spotlight on human rights in North Korea

UN Newsletter – 17 February 2014

A wide array of crimes against humanity, arising from “policies established at the highest level of State,” have been committed and continue to take place in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, according to a UN report released Monday, which also calls for urgent action by the international community to address the human rights situation in the country, including referral to the International Criminal Court.

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Needs remain ‘enormous’ in Philippines 100 days after Typhoon Haiyan - UN

UN News Centre – 16 February 2014

The United Nations and its partners in the Philippines are warning today that millions of people still require urgent assistance to rebuild their lives and livelihoods, 100 days after Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded, cut a swath of devastation across the archipelago.

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UN-Arab League envoy apologizes to Syrian people over stalemate in peace talks

UN News Centre – 15 February 2014

Calling an end to the latest round of United Nations-backed talks in Geneva on Syria's civil war, Lakhdar Brahimi apologized to the Syrian people on Saturday for the lack of progress on halting the bloodshed in their country, and urged Government and opposition negotiators to go back to their bases and reflect on their responsibility and “on whether they want this process to continue or not.”

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