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Around the world this week

04.12.2015 - This week's #PhotoFriday highlights some of the important UN news around the world:

France: COP21 - digital map launched by UNICEF helps young people tell their climate change stories

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A digital mapping project called ‘Act Now For Tomorrow,’ which was recently launched by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), is helping young people around the world identify climate issues in their communities and find ways to address them. Read more.

Iraq: New UN report warns of ‘abhorrent violations’ against children in war-torn Iraq

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Boys and girls in war-weary Iraq are suffering from grave violations with “dramatic consequences,” according to the latest report from United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the situation of children and armed conflict in the country. Read more.

Cameroon: Ban calls for international aid for African communities attacked by Boko Haram

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United Nations Secretary-General today called on the international community to provide urgent support for humanitarian aid to communities hit by the Nigerian-based Boko Haram, deploring its latest “appalling” attacks in Cameroon. Read more.

Thailand: Thousands of stateless people granted nationality in Thailand – UN refugee agency

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Welcoming Thailand’s announcement that it has granted nationality to more than 18,000 stateless people in the past several years, the United Nations refugee agency today hailed the move as a further step in accelerating the global campaign to end stateless by 2024. Read more.

Greece: UN refugee agency concerned by violence at Greek border, calls for improved security

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As a result of restrictions imposed by the authorities along the Western Balkans route, tensions have been rising at the border between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, prompting the United Nations refugee agency to call on the authorities of both countries to manage the border in a manner consistent with human rights and refugee-protection principles. Read more.

Palau: Palau becomes first Pacific nation to join global pact to curb illicit fishing to protect biodiversity

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Taking a massive step towards ocean conservation, the island nation of Palau is the latest in a growing number of countries- and the first Pacific island state- to ratify an international agreement to combat illegal fishing, which is estimated to deprive the global economy of up to $23 billion each year and endanger biodiversity and food security in many countries, said the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). Read more.

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Olya Sanakoev

Adam Cohn

Karl Grenet

UN News Centre

Chuck Simmins

Klaus Stiefel

 

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