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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 newswire3On First Day of 2019, Over 395,000 Babies to Be Born Worldwide - As the calendar flips to 2019, about 395,072 babies will be born around the world, the United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday, adding that a quarter will be born in South Asia alone.
SOP newswire3Afghanistan: UN Welcomes New Polling Dates Following Election Delays - Amid reports that Afghanistans 2019 presidential election may be postponed, local electoral authorities confirmed a polling date delay; a decision the UN Assistant Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) welcomed for its clarity on Monday.
SOP newswire3Food Stolen From Starving Yemenis - After uncovering evidence that humanitarian food supplies are being diverted in Yemens Houthi-controlled capital, Sanaa, and other parts of the country, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has demanded an immediate end to the practice.
SOP newswire3UN Presses States to Aid 49 Refugees Stranded on Mediterranean - The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR), on the last day of 2018, called on UN Member States to urgently offer safe ports of disembarkation for 49 refugees and migrants, including young children, aboard rescue vessels in the Mediterranean Sea.
SOP newswire3Hopes for Ceasefire in Yemen - Yemens warring parties have begun the process this week of implementing a comprehensive ceasefire agreement across the key rebel-held port city of Hudaydah, raising hopes that groundbreaking consultations convened by the UN in Sweden can lead to a lasting peace through further talks next year.
SOP newswire3Citizens of Cong Head to Polls - United Nations Secretary-General Guterres has called on all those playing an active political role in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to "continue working together" to ensure free and fair elections, as the country heads to polls this Sunday.
SOP newswire3UN: Reason for Hope in a World Still on Red Alert - Last year, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued "a red alert" over a range of dangers confronting the world, which "still persist" as 2019 looms: "These are anxious times for many, and our world is undergoing a stress test," the UN chief said on Saturday in his message for the New Year.
Robert Paul ReyesDonald Trump is a Coward - Donald Trump has always yearned to be the alpha dog, but it's difficult to be the top dog when he's been neutered by his cowardice.
SOP newswire3Children Suffering Atrocities in Many Countries - The world "has failed" to sufficiently protect children caught up in conflict and millions more are at risk of harm, the United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF) revealed on Friday, adding that national leaders need to hold perpetrators of violence more accountable.
SOP newswire3UN Calls for Peaceful Election in Bangladesh - In the run-up to Sundays general elections in Bangladesh, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday called for "an environment free of violence, intimidation and coercion" to allow a "peaceful, credible and inclusive poll."
SOP newswire3Repeated Attacks Could Close Down Key Hospital in Eastern Libya - The World Health Organization (WHO) has strongly condemned an armed attack in Al Jala Hospital in Libyas second-largest city of Benghazi, which took place on Tuesday, warning that further assaults could shutter the key facility.
SOP newswire3General Assembly Second Committee - How is the UN tackling its most ambitious and far-reaching project: the 2030 Agenda to "transform the world"? This is the mammoth responsibility of the UNs General Assemblys Second Committee - the body which deals with "economic and financial matters."
SOP newswire3Keyhole Surgery Returns to War-shattered Mosul - In the wake of more than four years of intense conflict in Iraq to dislodge the terrorist group ISIL, the rehabilitation of the health system and improvements to lifesaving medical services in places like formerly-occupied Mosul, remains a top priority, said the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday.
SOP newswire3Afghanistan: UN Condemns Attack in Kabul - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, known by its acronym UNAMA, condemned an attack on a government compound in the countrys heavily populated capital city of Kabul on Monday night, which news reports say left more than 40 dead.
SOP newswire3Indonesian Tsunami Death Toll Climbs Over 400 - Government-led relief efforts are being stepped up at the tip of the Indonesias two main islands of Sumatra and Java after a tsunami slammed into densely-populated coastal areas along the Sunda Strait on Saturday night.
SOP newswire3Libya: Attack on Foreign Ministry, an Attack on all Libyans - The United Nations peace mission in Libya has "strongly" condemned a terrorist attack on the countrys foreign ministry in the capital, Tripoli.
SOP newswire3UN Ready to Support Tsunami-hit Parts of Indonesia - United Nations Secretary-General Guterres has expressed "deep sadness" at the loss of life, injuries and damages caused by the tsunami that struck the Indonesian coast late Saturday, local time.
SOP newswire3Indonesia Tsunami: Many Still Missing as Death Toll Rises - Indonesians are being warned to stay away from beaches along the Sunda Strait, between the islands of Sumatra and Java, following this weekends devastating tsunami in the area, which government and humanitarian agency reports indicate has claimed hundreds of lives, with the total likely to rise.
SOP newswire3Political Instability in Congo - The United Nations Security Council has called for continuous dialogue and transparency with all political stakeholders in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), following the postponement of presidential, parliamentary and provincial elections, until 30 December.
SOP newswire3Bamboo-boring Beetles Wreak Havoc in Rohingya Refugee Camps - Beset by millions of bamboo-chomping beetles, almost every shelter in the vast Rohingya refugee camps of Cox Bazar, in Bangladesh, needs replacing.
SOP newswire3Nicaragua: UN Alarmed by Imminent Expulsion of Key Human Rights Groups - After the Nicaraguan Government announced that it has asked two key human rights institutions to leave the country, the UN human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet, said on Friday that she was "extremely alarmed" by a decision that means, in effect, there will be "no functioning independent human rights bodies left in Nicaragua."
SOP newswire3Dozens of Migrants Dead and Missing Off Spanish Coast - A group of migrant boats stranded at sea, was rescued off the Spanish coast on Thursday, and at least 25 people are believed to be dead or missing, including a pregnant woman, the UN Refugee Agency, UNCHR, has reported.
SOP newswire3Remain United for Syrians, UN Envoy de Mistura Urges Security Council - Addressing the problems plaguing Syria and bring years of brutal fighting to an end, requires further "genuine effort" on the part of influential countries, to talk to each other and work constructively, the veteran United Nations Special Envoy for Syria has said.
SOP newswire3New Migration Pact Highlights Role of Business in Protecting Migrants - A group of UN experts welcomed a call for Member States and businesses to join forces in protecting the rights of migrants on Thursday, following the recent adoption of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) on 10 December.
SOP newswire3Instability in Africa Sahel, Spreading Outwards, Security Council Told - Efforts to address the multiple challenges facing Africa Sahel region should be driven by local, regional and national leadership, with the support of international partners as required, the United Nations Special Adviser for the region said on Thursday.
SOP newswire32018 a Terrifying Year for Yemenis - It has been a "terrifying" year for Yemenis but ultimately one of hope, as December talks in Sweden yielded a ceasefire around a key port city with the promise of further substantive consultations between the warring parties next month, the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, told UN News in an exclusive interview on Wednesday.
SOP newswire3Crime and Drugs in West and Central Africa - West and Central Africa faces "disruptive and destabilising" new trends regarding drug trafficking, drug use and other crimes, according to Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), who briefed the UN Security Council on Wednesday.
SOP newswire3Yemen Ceasefire Monitoring Team Gets Ready to Begin Operations - A UN-led team tasked with overseeing the ceasefire which came into effect on Tuesday around a number of critical Yemeni ports, has begun planning operations with a conference call to discuss the general outlines of its work, including agreement of a code of conduct, the UN Spokesperson said on Wednesday.
SOP newswire3Human Rights Violations in Ukraine - Rights violations have continued unabated and unaddressed in Ukraine and people are still dying amid ongoing conflict between Government forces and armed separatists in the east of the country, a top UN rights official said on Wednesday
SOP newswire3Chance for Peace in South Sudan Within Reach - The security situation in South Sudan has significantly improved since the recently signed peace deal between the opposing parties in the countrys civil war, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, head of UN Peacekeeping (DPKO), told the Security Council on Tuesday.
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