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Tuesday, January 26th 2016 - 07:34 UTC

Venezuela could lose UN voting rights because of US$ 3m in arrears

Venezuela, which is set to take over the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council in February, has to fork out just under US$3 million.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic are among nine countries that have lost their voting rights at the United Nations because of arrears in their annual contributions to the world body.

Saturday, January 16th 2016 - 07:37 UTC

Migration to foreign countries surged 41% in the last 15 years, says UN report

United States is the country with the largest portion of the world's migrants: 47 million, or a fifth of the total. Germany and Russia shared the No. 2 spot

The number of people who migrated to foreign countries surged by 41% in the last 15 years to reach 244 million in 2015, according to a United Nations study released this week. Of those people, 20 million are refugees.

Thursday, January 7th 2016 - 09:13 UTC

UN declares 2016 the International Year of Pulses

Pulses are annual leguminous crops yielding between one and 12 grains or seeds of variable size, shape and colour within a pod, used for both food and feed.

The United Nations 68th General Assembly declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses (IYP) and FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) has been nominated to facilitate the implementation of the Year in collaboration with Governments, relevant organizations, non-governmental organizations and all other relevant stakeholders.

Friday, December 11th 2015 - 07:47 UTC

Ban Ki-moon message on Human Rights Day

On the 70th anniversary of the UN, we can draw inspiration from the history of the modern human rights movement, which emerged from WW2

Amid large-scale atrocities and widespread abuses across the world, Human Rights Day should rally more concerted global action to promote the timeless principles that we have collectively pledged to uphold.

Friday, November 27th 2015 - 11:07 UTC

Australia's BHP denies UN report on 'toxic' mine spill from collapsed dam in Brazil

The in Minas Gerais state left 13 people dead, devastating several villages. The noxious river has trailed 500km from the mine into the Atlantic Ocean.

Australian mining giant BHP says mud spilled by the devastating collapse of a dam at a Brazilian mine is not toxic. On Thursday the UN said the dam burst at the Samarco mine unleashed a flood equivalent to “20,000 Olympic swimming pools of toxic mud”.

Wednesday, November 25th 2015 - 07:03 UTC

Macri names top UN official as Argentina's next Foreign Minister

 In a statement, Ban lauded Malcorra, saying she had been at his side “during one of the busiest and most turbulent periods in the history of the UN”

President-elect Mauricio Macri has tapped a top United Nations official to be Argentina's next foreign minister. Macri announced on his Facebook page on Tuesday that he picked Susana Malcorra, Cabinet chief for U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon since 2012.

Saturday, November 21st 2015 - 08:30 UTC

UN Security Council authorizes “all necessary measures” to fight ISIS

 French President Francois Hollande welcomed the adoption, saying the resolution would “help mobilize nations to eliminate Daesh” (ISIS)

The UN Security Council on Friday (Nov 20) authorized countries to “take all necessary measures” to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group in a resolution that won unanimous backing a week after the Paris attacks.

Tuesday, November 3rd 2015 - 05:08 UTC

UN honors journalists killed in the line of duty for 'reporting the truth'

“More than 700 journalists have been killed in the last decade – one every five days – simply for bringing news and information to the public”, said Ban

Marking the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon honoured journalists and media workers who were killed in the line of duty for merely ‘reporting the truth’ and is underscoring the importance of protecting their rights and ensuring they can report freely.

Monday, October 26th 2015 - 05:15 UTC

United Nations Day: “there is only one flag that belongs to all of us”

“Seven decades after its founding, the United Nations remains a beacon for all humanity”, Ban Ki moon.

October 24, was the seventieth anniversary of the United Nations Organization. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon message for such an occasion follows: National flags are a mark of pride and patriotism in every country around the world. But there is only one flag that belongs to all of us. That blue flag of the United Nations was a banner of hope for me growing up in wartime Korea.

Wednesday, October 7th 2015 - 09:56 UTC

Former UN General Assembly president charged over corruption ring

John Ashe, a former U.N. ambassador from Antigua and Barbuda was accused of taking more than $1.3 million in bribes from Chinese businessmen

United States authorities charged a former president of the United Nations General Assembly, a billionaire Macau real estate developer and four others on Tuesday for engaging in a wide-ranging corruption scheme.

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