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Governments Adopt Global Migration Pact

The Global Compact for Migration was adopted on Monday by leading representatives from 164 Governments at an international conference in Marrakesh, Morocco, in an historic move described by UN Chief Guterres as the creation of a "roadmap to prevent suffering and chaos."

SOP newswire3Nigeria Faces Huge Humanitarian Crisis - With nearly 400,000 children facing starvation in Nigeria, and citizens suffering with little to no protection, security, food or access to clean water, Nigeria is facing the worst humanitarian crisis on the African continent.
SOP newswire3UN Outraged at Killing of Hostages in Central Afghanistan - The UN strongly condemned the killing of 26 civilians who were earlier taken hostage by a group of armed men in country`s central Ghor province.
SOP newswire3OIR Commander Cites Momentum in Mosul Push; Raqqa Isolation to Begin Soon - Iraqi forces continue to make steady progress in the effort to retake Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the commander of Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve said today.
SOP newswire3In War-torn Syria, Three Million Children out of School - With the start of the school year and the number of school attacks exceeding 4,000 in war-ravaged Syria, more than 1.7 million children there remain out of school and another 1.3 million are at a risk of dropping out, according to new education data.
SOP newswire3 800,000 Haitians in Dire Need of Immediate Food Assistance - In the wake of Hurricane Matthew some 1.4 million people are in need of food assistance, 800,000 of whom are in a dire situation.
SOP newswire3Iraqis Taking Ground from ISIL Around Mosul - As of yesterday, Iraqi forces have taken an estimated 800 square kilometers from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in the battle for the city that began Oct. 17, U.S. officials told reporters today at a Pentagon briefing.
SOP newswire3Coalition Strikes Hit ISIL Terrorists in Iraq, Syria - U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Iraq and Syria yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
SOP newswire3Wonder Woman Appointed UN Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls - Wonder Woman, the iconic superhero, has been named an Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls by the United Nations and will be tasked with raising awareness about Goal 5 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which seeks to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by 2030.
SOP newswire3Ash Carter Meets With Iraqi Prime Minister - Defense Secretary Ash Carter met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi yesterday in Baghdad and spoke with troops there about the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and the ongoing military campaign to retake the city of Mosul.
SOP newswire3Oil Fires Burn South of Mosul - Combined Joint Task Force Inherent Resolve is assessing the potential risk to personnel at Camp Swift and Qayyarah West Airfield, located about 50 miles south of Mosul, as a result of nearby burning oil wells and a sulfur plant fire.
SOP newswire3Crimes of Historic Proportions Being Committed in Aleppo - Describing the bombardment and crippling siege of Syria`s war-ravaged eastern Aleppo as crimes of historic proportions the top United Nations rights official today urged the members of the UN Human Rights Council to speak with one voice in an effort to end the bloodshed.
SOP newswire3Yemen: UN Urges 72-hour Extension of Ceasefire - With the 72-hour cessation of hostilities in Yemen coming to an end, the United Nations envoy for Yemen today urged all warring parties to agree to its extension for at least another renewable 72 hours so that humanitarian supplies continue to reach people affected by the ongoing conflict there.
SOP newswire3UN Provides Shelter, Clean Water to Families Displaced Amid Iraq`s Mosul Offensive - With the military offensive still unfolding in Mosul, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the UN Children`s Fund are rushing to provide shelter, drinking water, and sanitation services for displaced families and children.
SOP newswire3Afghan Forces Make Progress - The Afghan national defense and security forces have made progress this year in the fight against the Taliban, but challenges remain, the Resolute Support mission`s deputy chief of staff for communications said today.
SOP newswire3U.S. Strikes Kill 8 Al-Qaida Terrorists in Yemen - The U.S. military successfully struck two targets in central Yemen, killing eight terrorists associated with the group known as al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, according to a U.S. Central Command news release issued today.
SOP newswire3UN: Put People, Not Cars First in Transport Systems - Lack of investment in safe walking and cycling infrastructure not only contributes to the deaths of millions of people in traffic accidents on unsafe roads and poorly designed roadways, but also overlooks a great opportunity to boost the fight against climate change, a new UN Environment report said today.
SOP newswire3Credible Political Transition Remains Central Issue in Ending Horrific Syrian Conflict, - Stressing that the Syrian conflict continues to reach new and awful depths, " United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed Russia`s latest unilateral announcement of a humanitarian pause to the bombing in war-raved eastern Aleppo, but emphasized that the nationwide ceasefire must be revived.
SOP newswire3UN: Free Expression Under Worldwide Assault - Warning that the freedom of expression is under the widespread assault, a new United Nations human rights report has found that governments worldwide, wielding the tools of censorship, are treating words as weapons.
SOP newswire3Counter-ISIL Strikes Target Terrorists in Syria, Iraq - U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
SOP newswire3Ash Carter Reaffirms U.S. Commitment to Security on Korean Peninsula - The United States remains concerned about North Korean provocations, and is committed to defending its allies with the full spectrum of American military might, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said today in a news conference with his South Korean counterpart, Han Min-koo.
SOP newswire3Rise in Child Casualties in Afghanistan - Even though overall conflict-related civilian casualty numbers in Afghanistan fell by one per cent in the first nine months of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015, child casualties saw a marked increase of 15 per cent, the United Nations mission in the country said today.
SOP newswire3Haiti: UN Calls for Robust Hurricane Response - Hurricane Matthew, which ripped through Haiti 13 days ago, has left more than 700,000 people in an extremely difficult situation.
SOP newswire3UN Braces for Possible Displacement Catastrophe Caused by Military Offensive in Mosul - United Nations humanitarian agencies operating in Iraq are bracing for what could be a displacement catastrophe requiring the largest and most complex global response in 2016, in the wake of the military offensive under way to oust terrorists from Mosul, the country`s second-largest city.
SOP newswire3Security Council Condemns Failed Ballistic Missile Launch by North Korea - The United Nations Security Council today strongly condemned the latest failed ballistic missile launch conducted by the Democratic People`s Republic of Korea (DPRK), which took place on 14 October.
SOP newswire3Aleppo Will Not be There in Two Months if Diplomatic Stalemate Continues - Between now and December, if we cannot find a solution, Aleppo will not be there anymore, warned United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, speaking to reporters after a meeting today with Foreign Ministers of the European Union in Luxembourg.
SOP newswire3UN Calls for Protection of Civilians as Iraq Begins Military Operations to Retake Mosul - As a large-scale military offensive gets under way to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant fighters, senior United Nations officials today are stressing the need to ensure that civilians in the city are protected and able to access to humanitarian assistance.
SOP newswire3Rural Women's Empowerment Critical to UN Sustainable Development Agenda - Marking the International Day of Rural Women, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that rural women are critical to the success of almost all of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, as they all have gender equality and women`s empowerment at their core.
SOP newswire3Iraqi Security Forces Begin Battle for Mosul - Iraqi Security Forces launched their counter-attack yesterday to liberate Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, according to a statement released by Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials.
SOP newswire3UN Marks 'World Food Day' - To mark World Food Day 2016, the United Nations is highlighting the close links between climate change, sustainable agriculture, and food and nutrition security, with the message: The climate is changing. Food and agriculture must, too.
SOP newswire3UN Welcomes France`s Decision to Close Calais Camp - The United Nations refugee agency today welcomed the announcement by President François Hollande earlier this month that France will close the informal camp for refugees and migrants in the northern port town of Calais.
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