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UN Chief Ban Calls On Countries To Protect Oceans - Ban Ki-moon today called on all governments and peoples to play their part to ensure that the world`s oceans are protected for future generations, warning that they face major threats in the years ahead.

UN To Help West African Musicians Get Paid - The United Nations intellectual property agency today announced a project to help musical artists in 11 West African countries to get paid for their work through a single, standardized registration system.

Obama: Gadhafi Must Step Down as Arab Spring` Resumes - President Barack Obama reiterated the need for Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi to step down and hand over power to the Libyan people.

NATO Endorses Decision to Extend Libya Operation - NATO defense ministers have endorsed the decision to extend Operation Unified Protector by 90 days, Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said here today.

UN: Unemployment On The Increase In The West Bank - Unemployment grew and purchasing power fell in the West Bank in the second half of last year.

UN Relief Official Urges Halt to Sudanese Fighting - The top United Nations humanitarian official in Sudan today called for an immediate halt to the fighting in the state of Southern Kordofan.

UN Calls On China To Report On Missing Monks - The UN called on Chinese authorities to report on the fate of some 300 Tibetan monks who reportedly were arrested in April.

UN: We Can End AIDS! - UN officials issued a call to action to end AIDS, stressing the need for a broad partnership among governments.

UN: World Food Prices Set To Remain High - FAO`s monthly food price index showed that global food prices, which earlier this year soared to levels seen during the 2007-08 food crisis, dropped by one per cent in May.

Bahrain Agrees To Visit By UN Human Rights Mission - The UN human rights office saidthat the Government of Bahrain has agreed to a UN mission to the country.

UN Chief Ban Wants To Serve Second Term - Ban Ki-moon announced today that he has formally offered to serve a second consecutive term as Secretary-General of the United Nations.

UN Chief Ban Preaches Human Rights In Bahrain - Ban Ki-moon has reiterated his call on Bahrain's Government and security forces to uphold international human rights standards.

UN Urges Leaders To Harness Benefits Of Forests - Potentially irreversible environmental changes threaten the progress that has brought hundreds of millions of people out of poverty, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

UN Chief Ban Hopes For Peace In Darfur - Ban Ki-moon today called on the parties to the fighting to now make the necessary compromises to secure a lasting peace.

UN Condemns Murder Of Venezuelan Columnist - The UN has condemned the murder of Venezuelan newspaper columnist Wilfred Iván Ojeda, and urged authorities to investigate the crime.

UN: Japan Underestimated Tsunami Hazards To Nuclear Plants - Experts from the United Nations atomic energy agency said today that Japan had underestimated potential tsunami hazards to its nuclear power plants.

Robert Gates To Reaffirm US Commitments To Asia - Robert M. Gates will participate in the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore this week, where officials expect he will outline continued U.S. commitment to the Asia-Pacific region.

UN: Arab Nations Need To Ensure Sustainable Transition To Democracy - The UN stressed the need to ensure that the first steps taken by some countries in the Middle East in response to calls for reform are followed up with measures to ensure a sustainable transition to democracy.

Ban Urges Progress On Nepalese Constitution - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday welcomed the agreement reached by the parties in Nepal to extend the Constituent Assembly.

UN Honors Fallen Peacekeepers - Ban Ki-moon paid tribute to the more than 120,000 military, police and civilian personnel serving in peacekeeping missions and honoured those who have lost their lives in the cause of peace.


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