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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 newswireThe NATO-Ukraine Commission met in Brussels at the level of Defence Ministers on 8 June, to discuss Ukraine's defence policy - The NATO-Ukraine Commission met in Brussels at the level of Defence Ministers on 8 June, to discuss Ukraine"s defence policy and the ongoing
SOP newswireThe Defence Planning Committee and Nuclear Planning Group met in Ministerial Session on 8 June 2006. - As we look forward to the Riga Summit, we re‑affirmed our determination to employ the disciplines of defence planning to help ensure that the Alliance and our national forces continue to pursue transformation with the aim of further developing the capabilities needed to deal with the
SOP newswireTerrorist Leader Zarqawi's Death Called - Washington -- President Bush announced June 8 that Jordanian-born terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi had been killed June 7 in a precision air strike by U.S. special operations forces in Iraq, in what he described as a “severe blow to al-Qaida and … a significant victory in the War on Terror.”
SOP newswireUNESCO Chief Deplores Killing of Pakistan Cameraman - The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today deplored the killing of Munir Ahmed Sangi, a Pakistani cameraman who was shot dead on Monday while covering a gunfight in the south-eastern part of his country.
SOP newswireAmbassador's visit follows positive Tripartite meeting in Kigali, Rwanda - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia -- During a May 27-29 visit, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Donald Yamamoto continued his quiet but effective brand of diplomacy by helping Ethiopians resolve domestic political differences following the nation’s orderly but disputed May 2005 elections.
Laurie SalemViolence in Timor- Leste leads to International Intervention - Having been living with its hard won independence for so long, it must have been hard for the powers that be, for Timor Leste to accept the intervention by foreign military and police forces. Outside help came because of Timor Leste's inability to control some of the violent elements of the population and security forces.
SOP newswireLao Teenage Girl Who Is Trafficked Abroad - A compelling television drama produced with United Nations support about a Lao teenage girl who is trafficked abroad, where she suffers both physical and sexual abuse, had its national premiere on Lao Television today as part of a campaign to warn young people of the dangers they face and to stimulate awareness and discussion.
Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)Gardena firm pays $52,000 for distributing unregistered Japanese pesticides - LOS ANGELES - Under the terms of a recent settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Marukai Corporation of Gardena, Calif. will pay $52,000 for allegedly selling and distributing unregistered, imported Japanese pesticides at their Gardena location, a violation of federal law.
SOP newswireGenocide Intervention Network Praises AU's Bold Decision to Welcome UN Peacekeepers - The Genocide Intervention Network today commends the African Union"s decision to transfer control of the peacekeeping mission in Darfur, Sudan, to a United Nations force.
SOP newswireUnited Nations World Health Organization In Suriname - The regional arm of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) is helping the authorities in Suriname reduce the health risks associated with the torrential rainfall and flooding this month that have displaced up to 20,000 people and left large areas of the country under water.
SOP newswireUnited Nations International Day of Families - The United Nations today marked the International Day of Families with calls to adapt to the profound social changes taking place and appeals to discourage child marriage and promote secondary education and gender equality.
SOP newswireChildren In Niger Seeking Help At Rehabilitation Centres - “The situation requires not only the extreme vigilance and the continuous mobilization of all partners in the field but the firm commitment of the donor community so that we can prevent the deterioration of the situation,” said Aboudou Karimou Adjibade, UNICEF’s Representative in Niger, which last year endured a severe famine resulting
Maria GrellaGerman Cannibal Convicted On Second Go 'Round - Armin Meiwes, a 44 year old computer technician, was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison in a retrial case. Meiwes had admitted to killing and eating 43 year old Bernd Juergen Brandes, a man he met on the Internet.
SOP newswireNewly Launched United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) - The newly launched United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) today announced its first disbursements for the world’s most under-funded emergencies, with 12 States, 11 of them in Africa, benefiting from a total of $32 million.
Maria GrellaIndia Over The Moon With NASA Help - NASA Administrator Michael Griffin and Indian Space Research Organization Chairman G. Madhavan Nair met in Bangalore, India, and have signed an agreement to help with India"s maiden voyage to the moon. The mission, named Chandrayaan-1, will have two scientific instruments on board
SOP newswireArgentina Has Filed a Suit Against Neighbouring Uruguay - Argentina has filed a suit against neighbouring Uruguay, in the United Nations court that adjudicates disputes between States, for building pulp mills on the river that forms their mutual border, saying that the resulting pollution endangers the environment in defiance of a 1975 pact between the two countries.
Garrett GodwinUN group worried about decrease in wild bananas overseas - The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization on Wednesday spoke with worries of the decreasing number of wild bananas in their original home, asking for a systematic exploration of the wild bananas remaining in India and Southeast Asia.
SOP newswireWhite House Report: Afghanistan; Costa Rica; Flu Plan; Darfur - President Bush spoke with President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan and congratulated him on the approval of his Cabinet by the National Assembly, White House press secretary Scott McClellan told reporters May 2. The new Cabinet members were sworn in May 2.
Garrett GodwinUN Agency seeks protection for Refugees of Sudan - 24 hours ago, locals describe the group of 150 men as Janjaweed, a pro-government militia accused of the worst violence in the Darfur conflict. That group surrounded Chadian villages near the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) camp of Goz Amir and declared war on them, leading to four murdered and five injured. They also stole an estimation of 1,000 head of cattle.
SOP newswireENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES CAN NO LONGER BE POSTPONED - Recent history had turned on its head the idea that environmental issues could somehow be postponed until later in the development process, as everyone now saw that environmental issues could become major economic and social problems relatively early in the process, the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Jose Antonio Ocampo, said as the Commission on Sustainable Development opened its fourteenth session at Headquarters today.
SOP newswireUnited Nations Special Humanitarian Envoy Warned That Crisis Worsens - Arriving today in Kenya, where 3.5 million people need emergency assistance, a United Nations Special Humanitarian Envoy warned that the crisis could deepen as families exhaust their remaining resources.
Jermaine UwahiriweYouth - Stand up for Africa - Young men and women were used to playing a passive role in their countries development.
Juliet MaruruThe Green Belt Movement- Seeds of Hope - “It is evident that many wars are fought over resources which are now becoming increasingly scarce. If we conserved our resources better, fighting over them would not then occur…so, protecting the global environment is directly related to securing peace.
SOP newswireHorn of Africa Several Years of Successive Rainfall Failures - The top United Nations relief official for Horn of Africa was arriving in Eritrea tonight at the start of a week-long mission to a region where recurrent drought and food insecurity are threatening the lives of 11 million people.
SOP newswirePrime Minister Rafik Hariri today held his first meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad - The head of the United Nations panel looking into last year's assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri today held his first meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
SOP newswireBriefing En Route Athens, Greece Secretary Condoleezza Rice - SECRETARY RICE: Well, we're off to Greece and Turkey and then to a NATO ministerial in Bulgaria. The trips to Greece and Turkey are important to allow more consultations with two of the United States’ most important allies, NATO allies.
SOP newswireWorld Bank Advisors Call for Better Aid Management - Washington -- Developing countries need to do more to strengthen the way they manage their foreign aid to make these resources more effective, says a joint advisory committee of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF).
SOP newswireCongratulating Iraq's new political leadership - Congratulating Iraq's new political leadership, the senior United Nations envoy to the country today called on the elected officials to form a government of national unity.
SOP newswireUnited Nation expert on the right to education today voiced outrage at the seemingly systematic targeting of schools in Afghanistan - A United Nation expert on the right to education today voiced outrage at the seemingly systematic targeting of schools in Afghanistan, especially girls’ schools, by terrorist groups apparently seeking to shut down the school system.
SOP newswire2Chernobyl: Ukraine Nuclear Disaster 20 Years Ago - While commemorating the victims and vast damage caused by the Chernobyl, Ukraine nuclear disaster 20 years ago, a top United Nations development official
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