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UN Says Syria Did Nothing to Stop Israeli Border Disputes

Posted June 16th, 2011 at 12:40 am (UTC-5)
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U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says Syria did nothing to block Palestinian protesters from entering the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights during two recent demonstrations in which at least 27 people were killed. Mr. Ban stopped short of accusing the Syrians of sanctioning the Palestinian protests — the May 15 demonstration marking the 1948 creation of Israel […]

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UN Convention on Law of the Sea Defines Nations’ Rights, Responsibilities

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 1:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea is an international agreement that defines the rights and responsibilities of nations in their use of the world’s oceans and management of their natural resources. Nations participating in the third U.N. Conference on the Law of the Sea reached agreement on the treaty in 1982 […]

UN Rejects Allegations of Interference With Cambodian Court

Posted June 14th, 2011 at 9:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations has rejected media reports that it instructed judges at Cambodia’s war crimes court to dismiss one of its cases linked to Khmer Rouge atrocities of three decades ago. A spokesman for the U.N. secretary-general said Tuesday the court is an independent body and that the United Nations supports the independence of the […]

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UN Convention on Law of the Sea Defines Nations’ Rights, Responsibilities

Posted June 14th, 2011 at 4:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea is an international agreement that defines the rights and responsibilities of nations in their use of the world’s oceans and management of their natural resources. Nations participating in the third U.N. Conference on the Law of the Sea reached agreement on the treaty in 1982 […]

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UN Warns Against “Son Preference” in Asia

Posted June 14th, 2011 at 10:30 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations is calling on governments to address sex selection favoring boys, saying it fuels a culture of discrimination and violence. Five U.N. agencies, including the World Health Organization and the U.N. Children’s Fund, said Tuesday there is huge pressure on women to produce sons. This pressure not only directly affects women’s reproductive decisions, […]

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UN Wants to End AIDS Deaths by 2021

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 7:10 pm (UTC-5)
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A United Nations summit on the global AIDS response has ended with participants setting ambitious targets intended to end AIDS-related deaths within 10 years. In a declaration Friday, the United Nations General Assembly also set a goal in the next decade of ending new HIV infections, and of eliminating the stigma and discrimination associated with […]

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UN AIDS Conference Wrapping Up Friday

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 12:30 pm (UTC-5)
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A high-level conference on the global AIDS response is wrapping up at the United Nations, with world leaders agreeing to a political declaration on intensifying efforts to eliminate HIV and AIDS. Member states are expected to sign the declaration Friday at the close of the New York conference. Among other commitments, the document sets a […]

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UN AIDS Conference Wrapping Up Friday

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 10:40 am (UTC-5)
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A high-level conference on the global AIDS response wraps up at the United Nations Friday, with member states signing on to a political declaration on intensifying efforts to eliminate HIV and AIDS. On Thursday, world leaders at the conference launched a new initiative to significantly reduce the number of children born with HIV, the virus […]

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UN: Both Sides in Ivory Coast Conflict May Have Committed Rights Violations

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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A United Nations human rights body says investigators have found evidence that both sides in the Ivory Coast conflict may have committed crimes against humanity and war crimes. The U.N. Human Rights Council sent an inquiry panel to the country May 4-28. After visiting several cities, the panel concluded that serious human rights violations, including […]

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UN Launches Global Plan to Eliminate Pediatric AIDS

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 6:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations is launching a new initiative to significantly reduce the number of children born with HIV around the world by 2015. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday developed nations have successfully eliminated mother-to-child HIV transmissions, by treating women while they are pregnant. He said this proves mother-to-child transmissions can be stopped in the developing […]

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