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UNESCO Experts Ready to Assist Reconstruction of Iconic Notre Dame

Two-thirds of the largely medieval roof of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris have "gone" after the devastating fire in Paris on Monday evening, but UN cultural experts are standing by to offer help where it is needed in rebuilding the iconic structure.

SOP newswire3UN Condemns Torture in Afghanistan - Torture is likely still widespread in Afghanistans State-run prisons for detainees linked to ongoing conflict there, the UN said on Wednesday, while also noting an "encouraging reduction" in the level of abuse since 2016.
SOP newswire3UN Condemns Violence in Libya - Heavy shelling overnight on Tuesday which hit a densely-populated neighbourhood of Libyas capital, Tripoli, was condemned "in the strongest terms" by the head of the UN Mission there, after "scores" of civilians were reportedly killed and injured.
SOP newswire3Violence on the Rise in Darfur - Security across the volatile Darfur region of Sudan has deteriorated since last weeks military takeover in Khartoum, the UN Security Council heard on Wednesday, but the peacekeeping mission in Darfur has "remained vigilant" in the face of rising violence.
SOP newswire3UN Security Council Condemns Taliban Offensive - The United Nations Security Council has condemned the announcement by Taliban militants in Afghanistan of its spring offensive, saying it will result in more "unnecessary suffering and destruction for the Afghan people."
SOP newswire3Nicaragua Crisis - Doctors, journalists, students and farmers are among more than 60,000 Nicaraguans who have fled the country in fear of their lives since anti-Government demonstrations began last April, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, said on Tuesday.
SOP newswire3UNESCO Experts Ready to Assist Reconstruction of Iconic Notre Dame - Two-thirds of the largely medieval roof of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris have "gone" after the devastating fire in Paris on Monday evening, but UN cultural experts are standing by to offer help where it is needed in rebuilding the iconic structure.
SOP newswire3Yemen: Plan for Troop Pullback - A plan to withdraw forces from front lines in and around the key Yemeni port of Hudaydah has been accepted by pro-Government forces and Houthi rebels, the UN Special Envoy to the country told the Security Council on Monday, warning however that war shows "no sign of abating" elsewhere.
SOP newswire3Easter Week Nightmare! Notre Dame Cathedral On Fire! - Top news on Monday includes: UN chief expresses his horror over the huge blaze in Notre Dame.
SOP newswire3UN: Impact of High Debt Levels on Least Developed Countries Cannot be Overstated - The impact of high levels of debt on development efforts "cannot be overstated," the head of the United Nations Development Fund told a Ministerial Breakfast Meeting on least development countries on Saturday.
SOP newswire3Sudan Military Committed to Ensuring Peaceful Transition - Sudans military has an "overarching duty" to refrain from using violence against protesters and ensure that their human rights are protected amid concerns of a further escalation, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said on Friday.
SOP newswire3Mexico Cannot Move Forward Without Addressing the Shadows of the Past - Concluding "five intense, interesting and rewarding working days" in Mexico, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Wednesday that the country was going through a "crucial" period where it needed to reckon with "the shadows of the past," before it can move forward.
SOP newswire3Venezuela in Desperate Need of Aid - Over a month after two competing resolutions on Venezuela failed to pass, the UN Security Council met on Wednesday to discuss the "very real humanitarian problem" facing the country, where close to 7 million people are in dire need of aid, and some 5,000 people continue to flee across borders every day.
SOP newswire3UN Slams Toxic Language of Politics Aimed at Migrants - In a heartfelt briefing to the Security Council on Tuesday, Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, has said that, during his three and a half decades as an international civil servant, he has "never seen such toxicity, such poisonous language in politics, media and social media," directed towards refugees, migrants and foreigners.
SOP newswire3UN Condemns Discrimination Against Roma in Europe - An independent United Nations expert called on Monday for immediate action to end discrimination and combat racist rhetoric against Roma, Europes largest minority group.
SOP newswire3UN Condemns Violence in Sudan - With security forces reportedly firing tear gas at protesters and signs that there may be division between the army and security forces in Sudans capital, Khartoum, over how to deal with ongoing demonstrations, the UN chief on Monday called on "all actors to exercise utmost restraint and avoid violence."
SOP newswire3Thousands Flee Fighting in Libya - More than 3,400 people have fled fighting near the Libyan capital Tripoli in recent days, the UN warned on Monday, in a call to warring parties to halt military activities so that emergency services can rescue trapped civilians.
SOP newswire3UN Warns of Rising Xenophobia and Racism - In a message to commemorate the 25-year anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, UN chief Guterres has warned of dangerous trends of rising xenophobia, racism and intolerance in many parts of the world.
SOP newswire3UN Commited to Middle East Peace - Underlining the "enormous" opportunities for sustainable development and investment in the Middle East, UN Secretary-General Guterres has reaffirmed the Organizations deep engagement in a "surge of diplomacy for peace," to "untie the Gordian knot of conflict and instability."
SOP newswire3Venezuelans Brave Torrential Border River - Noting that the Venezuela refugee crisis will leave some 1.1 million children, returnees and people in-transit lacking protection and basic services across Latin America in 2019, UNICEF called on regional Governments to uphold their rights and protect unaccompanied, undocumented children.
SOP newswire3UN: Lack of Basic Water Facilities Risks Millions of Lives Globally - More than two billion people face grave health risks because basic water facilities are not available in one in four medical centres globally, the UN has said, in an appeal to countries to do more to prevent the transmission of treatable infections that can turn deadly if not washed or flushed, away.
SOP newswire3U.S. Seeks Stronger Defense Relationship With Vietnam - Our defense relationship [with Vietnam] is strong and represents one of the strongest pillars in our multifaceted bilateral relationship, the assistant defense secretary for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs said today.
SOP newswire3UN Highlights Profound Implication of Population Trends - The United Nations is highlighting the important role that population trends play in promoting sustainable development, during the annual Commission on Population and Development, which began at UN Headquarters in New York on Monday.
SOP newswire3UN: Wars Have Rules - With the rights and lives of millions of women, children and men uprooted by conflict every year, the UN Security Council held a special meeting on Monday to examine ways to promote and strengthen the rule of law, especially in the humanitarian field.
SOP newswire3Brunei's New Penal Code Would Enshrine Cruel and Inhuman Punishments - Proposed changes to Bruneis penal code to incorporate punishments under a strict interpretation of Islamic law - including death by stoning - should be halted, the UNs top human rights official, Michelle Bachelet, said on Monday.
SOP newswire3Guterres Reaffirms Strong Link Between UN and People of Arab World - Attending the Summit of the League of Arab States in Tunis, Tunisia, on Sunday, UN Secretary-General Guterres, recognized the critical importance of the region on the international stage and called for even stronger cooperation between the UN and the Arab States.
SOP newswire3Forced Pregnancy in Italy Violated Woman's Right to Health - The Italian Government violated a womans "human right to health" after a law which denied her the right to refuse fertility treatment she had previously agreed to, "led her to undergo a forced pregnancy," the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) said on Wednesday.
SOP newswire3Syria Conflict Enters Ninth Year - Eight years ago this month, the Syria conflict began, leading to a humanitarian crisis that remains "far from over," the UN Security Council heard on Wednesday. 11.7 million need humanitarian assistance and protection, and more than 5.6 million Syrians are living as refugees across the region.
SOP newswire3Yemen Hospital Airstrike Under Investigation Amid Resurgence of Deadly Cholera - UN human rights staff in Yemen are investigating an apparent airstrike on a hospital in opposition-held territory which reportedly killed at least seven civilians on Tuesday, amid fears that cholera is spreading "like wildfire."
SOP newswire3U.S., Brazil Defense Officials Look to Build on Military-to-Military Partnership - Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan welcomed Brazilian Defense Minister Fernando Azevedo e Silva to the Pentagon today for talks about the military-to-military relationship between their nations.
SOP newswire3UN: Autonomous Weapons that Kill Must be Banned - UN Secretary-General Guterres urged artificial intelligence (AI) experts meeting in Geneva on Monday to push ahead with their work to restrict the development of lethal autonomous weapons systems, or LAWS, as they are also known.
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