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António Guterres Sets to Become UN Secretary-General

11 December 2016  New York (ABC Live); Former Prime Minister of Portugal António Guterres is set to be sworn in Monday, 12 December, as the next United Nations Secretary-General, succeeding Ban Ki-moon who steps down at the end of the month. Mr. Guterres, 67, was Prime Minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002, and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees …

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Ban Ki-moon Condemns Istanbul Terrorists Attack

11 December 2016  New York (ABC Live): Istanbul Terrorists Attack  : Senior United Nations officials, including Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the head of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) condemned last night’s terrorist attack in the Turkish city of Istanbul that killed dozens of people and injured many more. In a statement issued by his office late yesterday, Mr. Ban expressed hope that the …

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CNCAN Issues Alerts on Cyberattack on Nuclear Activities

Bucharest (ABC Live): CNCAN :A cyberattack could swipe all the information stored on your computer or even prevent it from working. That’s bad enough. But a cyberattack on a nuclear power plant could lead to sabotage or theft of nuclear material. Computer security, concerned with the protection of digital data and the defence of systems and networks against malicious acts, …

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Internet Governance Forum Expresses Urgency to Close Digital Divide

New York (ABC Live): 9 December 2016 – Underlining the urgency to close the “digital divide” – socio-economic inequalities that impact access to or use of information and communication technologies – the 11th annual United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF) closed today with a call for concerted actions to ensure that all people in all countries are able to reap …

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UNSC Warns North Korea on Human Rights Violations

New York (ABC Live): 9 December 2016 – Human Rights Violations :Citing human rights violations in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), senior United Nations officials today highlighted the need for the Security Council to pay attention to the situation “of great concern.” “History teaches us that serious human rights violations are warning signs of instability and conflict,” Deputy …

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International Anti-Corruption Day Aims Ethical Growth

9 December 2016  New Delhi (ABC Live):  International Anti-Corruption Day : No country is immune, and every country bears a responsibility to end corruption, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, warning that corruption is a “broad barrier” in the path to world’s achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. “Corruption strangles people, communities and nations. It weakens education and health, undermines electoral …

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UN Accredits Civil Aviation Role in SDGs

7 December 2016  New York  (ABC Live): Civil Aviation Role in SDGs :  In a message on the International Civil Aviation Day, celebrated annually on 7 December, the head of the United Nations civil aviation agency underlined the socio-economic importance and contribution of air travel and aviation. “Many families [are] re-united, many tourists arrived in exotic destinations, many businesses and …

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Putin Sees Dollar Less Business with China, India

New Delhi (ABC Live):  Dollar Less Business  : Russian President Vladimir Putin stated in his annual address to the Federal Assembly that Russia does not seek enemies. “We do not look for and we have never looked for enemies – we need friends,” the president said. Speaking about Russia’s interest in cooperating with the East, rather than the West, Putin …

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UN Welcomes Colombia New Peace Agreement

2 December 2016  New York (ABC Live):  Colombia New Peace Agreement : Welcoming the Colombian parliament’s ratification of the new Final Peace Agreement between the Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP), United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council have expressed hope for its swift implementation for the benefit of all Colombians. In separate statements yesterday, the …

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Accessible Books Consortium Aims Books For All

New Delhi (ABC Live): Accessible Books Consortium: More than 90% of the world’s books are not accessible. This is what is known as the global book famine. Persons who are blind in developing countries have only a one in ten chance of going to school or of getting a job. They are in danger of being caught in an unfortunate …

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