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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 newswire3Satellite Survey of Devastated Ancient Aleppo Raises Recovery Hopes - The first comprehensive survey of the devastation inflicted on the ancient Syrian city of Aleppo by years of urban warfare, has been published thanks to ground-breaking satellite imaging tools, developed by UN agencies - an essential first step towards its eventual reconstruction.
SOP newswire3Deteriorating Humanitarian Situation in Gaza and West Bank - The need for aid in the occupied Palestinian territory has increased, following a year that has seen a "serious deterioration in the humanitarian situation," said Jamie McGoldrick, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the region, in a statement on Monday.
SOP newswire3UN Launches Emergency Plan for Millions of Venezuelan Migrants and Refugees - A new plan to cover the urgent needs of millions of Venezuelan refugees and migrants, coordinated by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), was launched in Geneva on Friday.
SOP newswire3UN Investigates Sexual Violence Across South Sudan - Widespread and systematic sexual violence across South Sudan, just a few months after the countrys top two politicians signed a renewed commitment to peace, was at the top of the UN Commission on Human Rights in the countrys agenda on Friday, as members ended their first fact-finding mission.
SOP newswire3Yemen Ceasefire Deal - The freshly agreed Yemen ceasefire deal covering the key Red Sea governorates of Hudaydah and Taiz has been welcomed by the World Food Programme (WFP), which on Friday expressed hope that it would improve access for humanitarians and, just as crucially, commercial shipping.
SOP newswire3Prisoner Executions in Belarus Unacceptable - The continued use of the death penalty in Belarus has been condemned by an authoritative UN rights body after three men were reportedly executed there, despite its requests for clemency.
SOP newswire3Easing US-China Trade Tensions Could Save Millions of Jobs - Millions of jobs in the Asia and Pacific region have been put at risk by conflicts over trade, despite a recent agreement not to escalate tit-for-tat tariffs by the United States and China, according to a new regional UN report.
SOP newswire3Progress Made in UN Talks to End Yemen War - United Nations-sponsored political consultations in Sweden, involving the warring parties in the Yemen war, have led to progress "on a number of issues," said Martin Griffiths, Special Envoy for Yemen, at a press conference on Monday.
SOP newswire3As U.S. Provides Aid to Central, South America, Russia Sends Bombers - Medical personnel aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort have thus far treated more than 20,000 civilians, and performed more than 600 surgeries in several Central and South American nations, Army Col. Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters today.
SOP newswire3ISIS Forces Degraded from Caliphate to Caves - At one time, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria controlled a self-proclaimed caliphate that stretched from Syria to Iraq, but now that force in Iraq has been degraded so much that the remnants are hiding in caves.
SOP newswire3UN Fights for Human Rights - The Universal Declaration of Human Rights reaches its 70th anniversary on Monday, a chance to highlight the many important breakthroughs brought about by the landmark UN document, and to remind the world that the human rights of millions are still being violated on a daily basis.
SOP newswire3Governments 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 newswire3Over 150,000 Children in Iraq Endangered by Freezing Temperatures - The United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF) has ramped up efforts to provide warm clothes and life-saving supplies to more than 150,000 displaced children across northern Iraq whose lives are threatened by freezing temperatures.
SOP newswire3UN Emergency Relief Fund Has Never Been More Critical - The mission of the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), which enables humanitarian responders to deliver life-saving assistance whenever and wherever crises strike, is more critical than ever, said Secretary-General Guterres on Friday, as a key pledging conference got underway at UN Headquarters in New York.
SOP newswire3UN: We Must Prevent Genocide - The current rise in hate speech, racial tensions and identity-based violence is alarming, the UN Special Adviser on preventing genocide said on Friday, highlighting his concern that complacency is still strong, when it comes to stopping the mass-killing or extinction of national, ethnic, racial or religious groups.
SOP newswire3Road Injuries Leading Cause of Death for the Young - Latest statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO reveal that 1.35 million people die on the roads each year, while road traffic injuries are now the leading cause of death among young people, according to new statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO).
SOP newswire3NATO Agrees: Russia in Material Breach of INF Treaty - NATO allies agree that Russia is in material breach of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, and have decided to start planning for a post-INF Treaty world, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in Brussels yesterday.
SOP newswire3UN: We Must Gain Trust of Iraqi People to Defeat ISIS - Delivering a summary of his first report to the Security Council, Special Adviser and head of the UN Investigative Team for Accountability of Daesh - the Arabic name for the extremist group ISIL which recently held sway over large parts of Iraq and Syria - said that the team can only be effective if it gains the trust of Iraqi society.
SOP newswire3UN Shocked by Egyptian Reprisals Against Human Rights Defenders - A United Nations independent rights expert has condemned Egyptian Government reprisals, which included housing demolitions and arbitrary arrests, against human rights defenders and others she encountered while visiting the country just over a month ago.
SOP newswire3UN Report on Disability - The United Nations launched its first-ever flagship report on disability and development on Monday; published by, for, and with, persons with disabilities, in the hopes of fostering more accessible, and disability-inclusive societies.
Robert Paul ReyesMoron Brett Favre Duped into Recording anti-Semitic Message - How low can Favre sink, can we look forward to him selling autographed photographs of his penis?
SOP newswire3Conditions Deteriorating Alarmingly in Yemen - Conditions in Yemen have deteriorated alarmingly, and the country is on the "brink of a major catastrophe" said Mark Lowcock - Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator - on returning from his mission to Yemen on Saturday.
SOP newswire3UN Helping Migrant Caravan - Hundreds of people from Central American States who joined the human caravans travelling towards the United States have been helped home after asking for assistance, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Friday.
SOP newswire3Yemen War: The Battle Rages On, Children Suffer Most - Violence has forced over a third of all schools there to close, with 15 located on the frontline and others badly damaged or being used as shelters for displaced families, said Meritxell RelaƱo, UNICEF Representative in Yemen.
SOP newswire3Mattis: Actions in Ukraine Show Russia's Word Cannot Be Trusted - Russias seizure of three Ukrainian ships in the Sea of Azov in contradiction to signed treaties and the Law of the Sea show that Russia cannot be counted on to keep its word, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said at the Pentagon today.
SOP newswire3UN: Better Housing Means Better Health - The World Health Organization (WHO) issued new guidelines on Tuesday, highlighting that better homes, invariably lead to better standards of health and overall well-being.
SOP newswire3Hunger for Peace in Aghanistan - A high-level international conference on Afghanistan got underway at the UN in Geneva on Tuesday to show solidarity for the war-torn countrys people and help strengthen Government efforts to promote development, along with wider peace and security.
SOP newswire3U.S. Setting Up Observation Posts in Syria to Keep ISIS From Entering Turkey - U.S. forces are establishing observation posts in Northeast Syria to further deny escape routes to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve told Pentagon reporters today.
SOP newswire3UN Marks 'International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women' - Violence against women and girls is not only a fundamental human rights issue but also a "moral affront" against them and a "mark of shame" on all societies, United Nations Secretary-General Guterres has said, calling greater action by everyone around the world to root out the scourge.
SOP newswire3UN Urges Russia and Ukraine to Step Away From Further Confrontation at Sea - An "immediate de-escalation" of tensions is needed in the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea, the United Nations top political official has said, underlining the importance of "earnest attempts" to find a peaceful resolution to years of simmering conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
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