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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: Another 170 Migrants Disappear in Shipwrecks - The United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, stated on Saturday that "no effort should be spared" in saving lives at sea, following reports of two new shipwrecks on the Mediterranean Sea, in which some 170 people either died or went missing.
SOP newswire3Mexico: UN Chief Saddened by Pipeline Blast in Which Dozens Were Killed - The United Nations Secretary-General, Guterres, learned with sadness of the deadly explosion of an oil pipeline on Friday in Hidalgo State, Mexico, and extended the UNs assistance to the national authorities, his Spokesman said on Saturday.
SOP newswire3Defense Intelligence Agency Releases Report on China Military Power - The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) today released China Military Power, a product that examines the core capabilities of Chinas military.
SOP newswire3Yemen: Security Council Backs New Mission in Support of Key Port City Truce - The Security Council unanimously voted on Wednesday in favour of deploying up to 75 observers to monitor a fragile ceasefire in Yemen port city of Hudaydah which went into effect late last month a lifeline for millions of Yemenis on the verge of starvation.
SOP newswire3900 Killed in Intercommunal Attacks in Congo - The UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) said on Wednesday that at least 890 villagers were reportedly killed in the western Democratic Republic of the Congo last month, following brutal inter-communal clashes.
SOP newswire3Dire Humanitarian Crisis in Mali - With over 800 schools forced to close due to insecurity, and 2.3 million vulnerable people in need of assistance this year, a top UN official told the Security Council on Wednesday that the humanitarian situation in Mali "remains dire."
SOP newswire3Iran: Women Hunger Strikers Entitled to Medical Care - A group of six independent United Nations rights experts called on Iran Wednesday to urgently provide Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Narges Mohammadi access to appropriate health care, and reiterated calls for their immediate release, as they continue a hunger strike in protest.
SOP newswire3First Aid in Ssix Months Reaches Families in Western Yemen - Thousands of families in conflict-affected communities south of the Red Sea port city of Hudaydah in Yemen have received aid for the first time since last July, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday.
SOP newswire3UN Condemns Terrorist Act in Nairobi - Following a deadly terrorist attack in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, on Tuesday, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Guterres, and the President of the UN General Assembly, María Fernanda Espinosa, condemned the act and said they stand in solidarity with the Kenyan people.
SOP newswire3Thousands of Syrians in Life and Death Struggle in Remote Desert Camp - Conditions in a makeshift Syrian camp near the border with Jordan are "increasingly desperate" and "have become a matter of life and death," United Nations officials warned on Tuesday, after at least eight children died there from extreme cold and a lack of medical care.
SOP newswire3UN: World Not on Track to Ensure a Better Future for Children - Some Member States have fallen short of offering a better future to children who continue to die prematurely or fall victim to poverty, trafficking and slavery, UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Monday.
SOP newswire3UN Condemns Murder of Polish Mayor - The Mayor of the historic port city of Gdansk in Poland, has died in hospital after being stabbed at a televised charity event on Sunday, prompting the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, to issue a statement on Monday praising him as "a deeply courageous, moral leader, who showed the way in helping refugees and migrants to integrate."
SOP newswire3Liberia Boosts Efforts to Guard Against Rising Seas - With rising sea levels due to climate change already affecting coastal communities in Liberia, there are fears that densely populated parts of the capital Monrovia could be submerged, unless action is taken.
SOP newswire3Smell of Fresh Bread Transformed One Refugee Life - Who would imagine that the smell of fresh bread wafting through a bakery could change the course of a young Syrian refugee.
SOP newswire3Is Haiti Prepared for Disasters? - Half a capital city destroyed, 220,000 reported dead and 1 million residents displaced. This was the toll of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, which struck on 12 January, 9 years ago.
SOP newswire3Civilian Suffering Remains Rife in North Korea - The human rights situation in Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea - DPRK - remains "extremely serious," and along with international demands for denuclearization, this constitutes a "a critical test" for the year ahead, a senior UN-appointed expert said on Friday.
SOP newswire3Reservists Deliver Humanitarian Aid to Guatemala - Reservists from the 315th Airlift Wing at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina, delivered nearly 8,000 pounds of humanitarian aid to Guatemala City yesterday.
SOP newswire3Poland first Ally to safeguard Baltic Airspace in 2019 - The Polish Air Force took over the responsibility for leading NATOs Baltic Air Policing mission out of Šiauliai Air Base, Lithuania, from the Belgian Air Force on 3 January 2019.
SOP newswire3Somalia: UN Congratulates Puntland Regions Newly-elected President - The UNs Deputy Special Representative for Somalia, on Wednesday congratulated the newly-elected president of Puntland, Somalias semi-autonomous region in the countrys north east.
SOP newswire3Guatemala: UN Anti-corruption Body Will Continue Working - Following the Guatemalan Governments unilateral decision to shut down a long-running UN anti-corruption commission, its spokesperson told UN News on Wednesday that the team is looking at ways to continue to carry out its mandate, hours after the countrys highest court ruled against the Government expulsion order.
SOP newswire3Humanitarian Tragedy in Nigeria - Following an upsurge in violence in north-east Nigeria, which was brought to global attention five years ago with the abduction by Boko Haram extremists of the Chibok schoolgirls, tens of thousands of innocent civilians continue to flee, prompting "grave concern" from the United Nations envoy there.
SOP newswire3Road to Peace in Yemen - "The difficult part" of reaching a lasting political settlement in Yemen "is still ahead of us" said the UN Special Envoy on Wednesday, urging the Security Council to support the "speedy implementation" of the fragile ceasefire agreed in and around the crucial port city of Hudaydah, at breakthrough talks in Sweden last month.
SOP newswire3Guatemala Decision to Expel Anti-corruption Body - UN Secretary-General Guterres has "strongly rejected" the Guatemalan Government decision to unilaterally terminate the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), an independent body set up by the UN and Guatemala to investigate illegal security groups and high-level corruption in the country.
SOP newswire3Aid Worker Killed in Syria - The abduction and killing of an aid worker last week in Syria Idleb region, brings into focus the daily risks faced by humanitarians working in conflict zones, said the Deputy Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis, in a statement deploring the killing on Monday.
SOP newswire3UN: Third of Trafficking Victims are Children - A new UN report published on Monday shows that human trafficking is on the rise and taking on "horrific dimensions," with sexual exploitation of victims the main driver. Children now account for 30 per cent of those being trafficked, and far more girls are detected than boys.
SOP newswire3Saudi Woman Seeking Asylum in Thailand - The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Monday that 18-year-old Saudi national Rahaf Mohammed Al-qunun, who had been stranded at Bangkok airport after fleeing her family in Kuwait, saying that she would be killed if forced to return, was "now in a secure place."
SOP newswire3Palestinian Students Compelled to Drop Dreams Because of Financial Cuts - For students attending schools funded by the UN relief agency for Palestine refugees, (UNRWA), uncertainty over the future has become a constant worry, said the agencys Director of Operations in Gaza, Matthias Schmale.
SOP newswire3Burkina Faso: Dozens Killed in Clashes - More than 40 civilians have been reportedly killed during intercommunal clashes this week in northern Burkina Faso, prompting UN Secretary-General Guterres to issue a statement on Friday night condemning the violence and "deteriorating security situation" in parts of the West African country.
SOP newswire3Powering Up Health Care in Africa - Solar power is helping make universal healthcare a reality in places where unreliable power supplies regularly affect access to vital services, and can out peoples lives at risk, thanks to support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
SOP newswire3UN Compound in Somalia Attacked - United Nations Secretary-General Guterres strongly condemned Tuesdays attacks against the UN compound in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, saying that intentionally attacking UN personnel may constitute "a violation of international humanitarian law."
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