Ahead of UN Climate Summit 2014 this month, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon showed his support for climate action.
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Ahead of next week’s conference in Samoa on small island developing countries, we’ve teamed up with iTunes to feature music from artists born and raised in some of the world’s smallest islands.
The launch of this new dedicated page on iTunes also coincides with the 2014 International Year of Small Island Developing States, which celebrates the remarkable diversity, culture and heritage of small islands throughout the world.
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UNHCR is reporting that number of Syrian refugees passed 3 million people, amid reports of horrifying conditions inside the country.
Almost half of all Syrians have been forced to leave home and flee for their lives. One in every eight has fled across the border, fully a million people more than a year ago. A further 6.5 million are displaced within Syria. Over half of those uprooted are children.
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Friday is the International Day against Nuclear Tests - a day in which educational events, activities and messages aim to capture the world’s attention and underscore the need for a unified attempt in preventing further nuclear weapons testing.
"Together, let us demand an end to all nuclear tests and get on with the unfinished business of achieving a world free of nuclear weapons," says UN Secretary-Genera Ban Ki-moon in his message for the Day.
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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomes today’s announcement of an open-ended ceasefire for Gaza, brokered under Egyptian auspices.
"The children of Gaza and Israel must be able to start the school year without the sound of rocket alarms and airstrikes. After 50 days of profound human suffering and devastating physical destruction, any violations of the cease-fire would be utterly irresponsible," he said.
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Photo of a family in Gaza from UNRWA.
According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), 2.3 million people worldwide die annually as a result of occupational illnesses and accidents at work. In addition, there are 860,000 occupational accidents every day. The direct or indirect cost of occupational illness and accidents at work is estimated at US$2.8 trillion worldwide.
A world without fatal or serious occupational accidents is possible, the organizers of the Xx World Congress on Safety and Health At Work 2014 have appealed, as the largest global occupational safety event opened in Frankfurt, Germany on Monday.
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United Nations Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay on Monday condemned the appalling, widespread and systematic deprivation of human rights in Iraq by ISIL (the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) and associated forces.
"They are systematically targeting men, women and children based on their ethnic, religious or sectarian affiliation and are ruthlessly carrying out widespread ethnic and religious cleansing in the areas under their control. Such persecution would amount to crimes against humanity,” Pillay said.
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The UN Climate Summit takes place during Climate Week NYC (CWNYC) 2014.
"We have to keep our focus on 2014 as the year when most of the work needs to be done, and when we build people’s confidence that we can move to a low carbon economy," said Christina Figueres, Executive Secretary of the unfccc.
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Syria update: United Nations Human Rights reports that more than 191,000 people were killed in the country between March 2011 and the end of April 2014. The actual number could be higher since a significant number of killings may not have been reported at all.
The majority of the victims documented were men, with around 9.3 per cent women. In addition, the list includes 8,803 minors, including 2,165 children under the age of ten.
“The killers, destroyers and torturers in Syria have been empowered and emboldened by the international paralysis,” UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay said.
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