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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 newswire3Yemen World's Worst Human-Made Humanitarian Disaster - Welcoming recent indications that peace talks could resume soon to end Yemens brutal civil conflict, United Nations Secretary-General Guterres said on Friday there is "no room for complacency," and called on the warring parties and the international community to "halt the senseless cycle of violence" and "reach a political settlement."
SOP newswire3Saudi Arabia and China Under UN Human Rights Spotlight - The United Nations highest human rights body, the Human Rights Council (HRC), will start reviewing on Monday the track records of 14 countries, including Saudi Arabia and China. Heres our UN News guide to how it works and why it matters.
SOP newswire3Tanzanian Official Plans to Track and Arrest LGBT People - The United Nations human rights chief has warned that an official campaign in and around the capital of Tanzania to identify and detain anyone suspected of being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) "could turn into a witch-hunt."
SOP newswire3Security Meeting Examines Wartime Control of Forces in South Korea - U.S. and South Korean defense leaders have made significant progress in preparation for transfer of wartime control over the combined forces to the South Korean military.
SOP newswire3UN: Migration to Cities Can Contribute to Disasters - The migration of some 1.4 million people every week to cities around the world can strain local capacities, contributing to increased risk from natural and human made disasters according to the United Nations Secretary-General.
SOP newswire3Urban Mexico Moves Toward Cleaner Cities - Mexico is improving the lives of the 80 percent of its inhabitants residing in cities, by pushing towards less polluted, more eco-friendly environments, thanks to support from the UN.
SOP newswire3UN: Halt Death Sentences on Children - Saudi Arabia has been urged by United Nations human rights experts to immediately halt the execution of six people sentenced to death for crimes allegedly committed when they were under the age of 18.
SOP newswire3UN Calls for United Front Against anti-Semitism - The UN Secretary-General said on Saturday he was "deeply shocked" by a deadly mass-shooting inside a synagogue in the US city of Pittsburgh, which reportedly left 11 people dead and several others wounded, some critically.
SOP newswire3UN Concerned About Situation in Syria - The difficulties of "keeping everyone onboard" an agreed path to peace in Syria highlights that "radically different" approaches are likely doomed to failure, the out-going United Nations Special Envoy for the war-torn country warned on Friday.
SOP newswire3UN Marks World Audiovisual Day - Old, grainy film and video footage from years gone by, not only stirs powerful memories - its also a vital resource for future generations, the United Nations cultural agency has highlighted, urging everyone to safeguard audio-visual heritage and make archives more accessible.
SOP newswire3Mali: Two Peacekeepers Dead After Dawn Attack - The UN Stabilization Mission in Mali, MINUSMA, reported on Saturday that two peacekeepers had been killed and several others wounded, following on from a coordinated attack at dawn, on a base in the north of the country.
SOP newswire3Enslaved Guatemalan Indigenous Women Wait for Reparations - Fifteen Guatemalan women from the Qeqchi indigenous group, who were enslaved and raped by the military during the Central American countrys 36-year-long civil conflict, are still waiting for hard-won reparations to materialize.
SOP newswire3330,000 Congolese Migrants at Risk After Mass Deportations From Angola - The United Nations human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet, on Friday warned that the forcible mass expulsion of Congolese migrants from Angola has resulted in "serious human rights violations by security forces on both sides of the border" and left at least 330,000 returnees in an "extremely precarious situation."
SOP newswire3UN: Children in Caravan Need Protection - As some 7,000 mostly-Honduran migrants continue their journey northwards toward the United States, governments must prioritize the needs of migrant children when it comes to applying immigration laws and procedures, said the UN Childrens Fund (UNICEF) on Friday.
SOP newswire3UN Calls for International Investigation into Murder of Jamal Khashoggi - The UN independent expert on freedom of opinion and expression, has said hes "very disappointed" that Member States have so far failed to back calls for an independent international investigation into the "evident murder" of dissident Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi.
SOP newswire3Half the Population of Yemen at Risk of Famine - Around 14 million people in Yemen, or half the total population of the country, are facing "pre-famine conditions," said the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, in a briefing to the Security Council on Tuesday.
SOP newswire3ISIS-Controlled Syrian Mosque Destroyed - A U.S.-led coalition airstrike leveled a Syrian mosque today among other buildings used by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria to attack the Syrian Democratic Forces, Army Col. Rob Manning, the Pentagon director of press operations, told Pentagon reporters today.
SOP newswire3UN: Many Deaths Can be Avoided With Better Data - Speaking at the opening session of the UN World Data Forum on Monday, Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed highlighted the life-saving impact that data can have, noting that better data and forecasting could have averted many deaths from natural disasters.
SOP newswire3Human Caravan Moves Through Mexico - With more than 7,000 Central-American refugees now on the march through Mexico towards the southern border of the United States in search of safety and work, all countries involved are being urged by the UN to liaise with key agencies on the ground providing support.
SOP newswire3Accountability a Key Pillar for Reconciliation in Myanmar - Accountability and inclusive dialogue are two important pillars for national reconciliation in Myanmar, said the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General (SESG), Christine Schraner Burgener in a statement released on Saturday, adding that "credible fact-finding is the first step towards accountability."
SOP newswire3UN: Children Separated at Border, Suffering Alarming Effects - Separating children from their undocumented parents is a traumatic violation of their rights, UN independent experts said on Friday.
SOP newswire3UN Calls on Afghan Authorities to Ensure Voters Can Cast Ballot - Against a backdrop of violence and technical malfunctions, the UN Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has released a statement calling on the countrys electoral authorities to re-double their efforts to make sure all eligible voters are given a reasonable opportunity to cast their ballot.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Deeply Troubled by Saudi Confirmation of Jamal Khashoggi Death - In a statement released on Friday, UN Secretary-General Guterres said that he is "deeply troubled" by the reported confirmation of the death of Jamal Khashoggi.
SOP newswire3UN: Khashoggi Case Highlights Practice of Overseas Abductions - The case of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi is just the latest example of a "new and very worrying practice" of States abducting individuals beyond their own borders, said the Chair of the UN Working Group on Enforced Disappearances, addressing the UN General Assembly on Thursday.
SOP newswire3UN: World Deserves to Know Truth Behind Kashoggi Disappearance - United Nations human rights chief Michele Bachelet said on Wednesday that she was open to an independent, UN-led investigation into the fate of Saudi journalist Jamal Kashoggi, if joint efforts by Turkey and Saudi Arabia, fail to uncover the facts.
SOP newswire3UN: Virginity Testing a Human Rights Violation - A group of United Nations agencies has issued a joint statement calling for a ban on tests meant to assess the virginity of a girl or a woman, which is a common practice in at least 20 countries.
SOP newswire3UN: World Population Set to Grow Another 2.2 Billion by 2050 - The world population is set to grow by 2.2 billion between now and 2050, the UN said on Wednesday, and more than half of that growth - 1.3 billion - is likely to be in sub-Saharan Africa, where womens rights are hampered by limited access to healthcare and education, along with "entrenched gender discrimination."
SOP newswire3UN: Business Dragging Its Feet on Human Rights Worldwide - Too many businesses are putting profit above human rights and "ignoring" their obligations, while governments fail to "regulate and lead by example," according to a United Nations human rights report, published on Tuesday.
SOP newswire3UN Condemns Killing of Aid Worker in Nigeria - The United Nations Secretary-General strongly condemned on Tuesday the killing of an aid worker from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in north-east Nigeria. He said he was "appalled" by her death on Monday.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Says We Must Eradicate Poverty - Highlighting that for the United Nations, eliminating poverty in all its forms remains one of the greatest global challenges and priorities, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stressed the fundamental connection between eradicating poverty and upholding equal rights for all.
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