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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 Sending Aid to Yemen - The United Nations should "actively and urgently" pursue negotiations for a leading role in aiding the humanitarian crisis in Yemens port city of Hudaydah, the top UN envoy for the war-torn country urged Friday.
SOP newswire3UN Calls for End to to Detention of Asylum Seekers in Libya - Denouncing the dangers faced by migrants and asylum seekers in Libya, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) called on Friday for an end to their detention and advised those intercepting or rescuing them at sea against returning them to a country where they face "squalid conditions."
SOP newswire3UN Condemns Deadly Attacks in Pakistan - United Nations Secretary-General Guterres has condemned terrorist attacks in the Pakistani city of Karachi and at a market in the north-west province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and expressed hope that those behind the acts will be swiftly brought to justice.
SOP newswire3UN Police Officer Recognized for Protecting Vulnerable Somali Women From Abuse - United Nations Police Officer Phyllis Osei has been awarded the 2018 UN Female Police Officer Award, in recognition for her outstanding work with the UN Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), at a ceremony in New York on Monday.
SOP newswire3U.S. Setting Up Observation Posts on Syria-Turkey Border - The U.S. military is setting up several observation posts in Syria beside the border with Turkey, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said.
SOP newswire3Efforts Underway to Aid Civilians in Colombia, Yemen, Mattis Says - Progress is being made to assist civilians in several parts of the world, including in Colombia and Yemen, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said.
SOP newswire3UN Strives for Peace in Middle East - A senior United Nations official has called on the global community to remain committed to the two-state solution in the Middle East peace process, urging efforts to establish an environment conducive to the return of negotiations to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
SOP newswire3UN: End Violence Against Women - Until women and girls can live free of fear, violence and insecurity, the world cannot pride itself on being fair and equal, United Nations Secretary-General Guterres said on Monday, commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, marked annually on 25 November.
SOP newswire3UN Welcomes Conviction of Former Khmer Rouge Leaders - Fridays historic conviction by a United Nations-backed international tribunal of two former Khmer Rouge leaders in Cambodia on genocide charges has been welcomed by the UN Special Adviser on the issue.
SOP newswire3Violence Flares in Central African Republic - Amid a recent uptick in violence in the Central African Republic (CAR), United Nations Secretary-General Guterres on Saturday said he stood in solidarity with the crisis torn country and warned that attacks against defenseless civilians and UN blue helmets may amount to war crimes.
SOP newswire3Dunford Reiterates that Reconciliation is Only Viable Path in Afghanistan - Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford reiterated yesterday that reconciliation is the only way forward in Afghanistan and that political, economic, religious and military pressure must be maintained on the group.
SOP newswire3South Sudan Women Caught up in Man's War - The women of South Sudan are leading calls for political and militia leaders to honour the recent revitalized peace agreement, and end what they regard as a "futile mans war," the head of the UN gender equality agency, UN Women, told the Security Council on Friday.
SOP newswire3Reduced Violence in Yemen - Addressing the UN Security Council on Friday, Martin Griffiths, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, said that although conflict continues to rage, he welcomed recent reports of reduced violence in the country.
SOP newswire3UN Condemns Syrian War on Children - The UN Childrens Fund, UNICEF, has expressed alarm at reports that up to 30 children have been killed during recent violence in Al Shafa village, in eastern Syria.
SOP newswire3UN Strives to Restore Peace in Kosovo - The leaders of Serbia and Kosovo have confirmed their "mutual intention" to continue working towards a negotiated settlement but the situation on the ground remains marred by "frequent adversarial actions," with real consequences for people on the ground, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council on Wednesday.
SOP newswire3U.S., Qatari Defense Officials Look to Strengthen Partnership - U.S. and Qatari defense officials charted the future of the partnership during discussions in the Pentagon this morning.
SOP newswire3NATO Leads New Mission to Develop Iraq Defense Institutions - A new NATO-led mission in Iraq will work to further develop Iraq security institutions and structures, British Army Maj. Gen. Christopher Ghika told Pentagon reporters here today.
SOP newswire3U.S. Leaders Salute Fallen Heroes on Armistice Day Centennial in France - The United States renews its sacred obligation to memorialize its fallen heroes on the soil where they rest for eternity, President Donald J. Trump said Nov. 11 at Suresnes American Cemetery in France, commemorating the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day.
SOP newswire3UN Experts Concerned Over Racial Bias in Dutch Child Welfare System - The Dutch authorities have been accused by UN experts of racism in the countrys welfare system, after seven children of African descent were forcibly removed from their parents.
SOP newswire3UN Condemns Terror Attack in Somalia - Following Fridays bomb attacks and gunfire in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, UN Chief Guterres on Friday expressed his faith that Somalis "will not be deterred" in their pursuit of lasting peace and political stability.
SOP newswire3Yemen Becoming Land of Living Ghosts - Efforts are being made to step up life-saving aid from eight million, to 14 million stricken Yemenis a month, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday, before urging warring parties to spare the key Red Sea port of Hudaydah, which is a lifeline for the whole country.
SOP newswire3UN Urges Renewed Fight Against anti-Semitism - Political leaders have not yet taken up their responsibility to speak out loudly against neo-Nazism, United Nations Secretary-General Guterres said on Friday, warning that anti-Semitism is on the rise.
SOP newswire3UN Will Help Verify North Korea Nuclear Program - North Koreas continuing nuclear programme is clearly in violation of Security Council resolutions and "deeply regrettable," the United Nations top nuclear official has said.
SOP newswire3UN: US Must Abide by Humanitarian Refugee Accords - Responding to United States President Donald Trumps proclamation which would deny political asylum to migrants crossing illegally into the country, the UN refugee agency UNHCR, released a statement on Friday saying that the US must abide by international refugee protection accords.
SOP newswire3UN: Multilateralism More Vital Than Ever - With the centenary of the end of the First World War just days away, the Security Council reaffirmed the crucial importance of multilateralism - or international cooperation and collective problem-solving - and highlighted the key role played by the United Nations since its creation 73 years ago.
SOP newswire3Mexico Urged to Continue Progress on Press Freedom - Mexico faces "considerable challenges" in guaranteeing peoples human rights, its ambassador in Geneva told UN Member States on Wednesday, before being urged to continue tackling corruption and impunity relating to a range of violations including enforced disappearances and torture.
SOP newswire3UN: Hunger and Obesity in Latin America and the Caribbean Compounded by Inequality - For the third consecutive year, the number of those chronically hungry has increased in Latin America and the Caribbean, while 250 million - 60 percent of the regional population - are obese or overweight, representing the biggest threat to nutritional health, said the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Wednesday.
SOP newswire3UN Condemns Student Abductions in Cameroon - United Nations Secretary-General Guterres has condemned Mondays reported kidnapping of students and staff from a secondary school in Bamenda, North-West region of Cameroon.
SOP newswire3Syria Desperately Needs Aid - The United Nations and Syrian Arabic Red Crescent (SARC) kicked off a joint aid operation on Saturday, delivering vital humanitarian assistance to 50,000 people in south-east Syria Rukban camp, near the Jordanian border.
SOP newswire3UN Assists Central American Caravan Migrants - The United Nations Migration Agency, IOM, is providing support and assistance to migrants on caravans crossing Central America while expressing concern over "the stress and demands" they are placing on host countries.
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