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UN: 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.

UN: 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."

UN: 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.

UN 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.

UN 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.

Benefits of Rural Migration - Agricultural policies should work to maximize the contributions of rural migration to economic and social development, while minimizing the costs, says a major new report released on Monday by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.

Deadly Ebola Outbreak in Congo - World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has called an Emergency Committee meeting on the Ebola virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which has already claimed around 130 lives.

Media Availability with Secretary Mattis en route to Vietnam - SECRETARY OF DEFENSE JAMES N. MATTIS: Okay, so were on the record here for a little bit, okay?

UN Chief Visits Bali - United Nations Secretary-General Guterres has called for a surge in investment, long-term financing and global stability to overcome the obstacles to inclusive, resilient and environmentally sustainable global growth.

UN Condemns Deadly Attacks in Afghanistan - Denouncing lethal attacks targeting electoral activities in Afghanistan as the country prepares to go to polls later this week, United Nations Secretary-General Guterres has called on all parties to ensure a peaceful and orderly elections.

Violence Will Not Deter Somali People in Their Pursuit of Peace - Strongly condemning twin suicide attacks in Baidoa, southwestern Somalia, United Nations Secretary-General Guterres has reiterated the Organizations support and solidarity with the countrys people and Government.

UN chief Praises Malaysia Death Penalty Repeal - Malaysia has announced that it plans to abolish executions, a move hailed by United Nations chief Guterres on Thursday, as a "major step forward."

UN Chief Visits Indonesia - Standing amidst the wreckage of Balaroa, one of the worst hit areas of Palu, Indonesia, on Friday, UN Secretary-General Guterres said it was "impossible not to feel heart-broken" at the destruction caused by the huge earthquake and tsunami that struck the island of Sulawesi two weeks ago.

Bells of Peace and the End of the War to End All Wars - In 1918, the world had never seen such killing.

Charges Against Baha'i in Yemen Must be Dropped - A group of UN independent human rights experts have called for the immediate release of 24 people, mostly from Bahai minority, who have been held by authorities in the Yemeni capital, since the middle of last month.

UN: End Death Penalty Now - Progress made toward eliminating the death penalty has been "marred by setbacks," said United Nations Secretary-General Guterres in a statement on Wednesday, marking the 16th World Day Against the Death Penalty.

Civilians Continue to Die in Record Numbers in Afghanistan - The conflict in Afghanistan continues to exact a terrible toll on civilians, with the highest number of fatalities recorded for the first nine months of this year, since 2014, a United Nations report has revealed.

UN Resolution Paves Way for Mass Use of Driverless Cars - A resolution to ensure the safe use of automated vehicles was passed at the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Global Forum on Road Traffic Safety in Geneva, on Wednesday.

UN: Girls Must Realize Full Potential - There are "multiple barriers" including "systemic discrimination" bias and lack of training, which are keeping the largest generation of girls in human history from reaching their full potential, said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in a statement on Thursday, marking International Day of the Girl Child.

Independent inquiry Needed into Disappearance of Saudi Journalist - The "apparent enforced disappearance" of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi who was last seen reportedly visiting his countrys consulate in Istanbul last week, requires a full investigation involving both Turkey and Saudi Arabia, the UN human rights office, OHCHR, said on Tuesday.


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