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Israel Demolishes 1089 Palestinian Houses in 2016:UN

New York (ABC Live): Palestinian Houses :A recently completed United Nations study indicates that during 2016, Israeli authorities demolished or seized 1,089 Palestinian-owned structures throughout the West Bank – including East Jerusalem – thus displacing 1,593 Palestinians and impacting the livelihoods of another 7,101. Preliminary analysis of the data, gathered by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs ... Read More »

UNSC Refuses to Recognize Israeli Settlements After 1967

New York (ABC Live):23 December 2016 – Israeli Settlements  : United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the adoption of a Security Council resolution which states that the establishment of Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, have “no legal validity,” constitute a “flagrant violation” under international law and are a “major obstacle” to a two-State solution and a just, lasting ... Read More »

Mediterranean Sea Piracy Alerts UNHCR on Refugees Pathways

New York (ABC Live):23 December 2016 – Mediterranean Sea Piracy : Highlighting that the number of causalities in the Mediterranean Sea this year has crossed 5,000 with the latest reports of about 100 people feared to have drowned, the United Nations refugee agency has called on countries to increase pathways for admission of refugees. According to the Office of the UN ... Read More »

UN to Investigate Crime Against Humanity in Syria

New York (ABC Live): 22 December 2016 – Syria Crime Against Humanity  :The United Nations General Assembly has voted to establish an independent panel to assist in the investigation and prosecution of those responsible for war crimes or crimes against humanity in Syria. In a resolution adopted late yesterday by a recorded vote of 105 in favour and 15 against, with 52 ... Read More »

UN Condemns Mosul Killings of Aid Workers, Civilians

New York (ABC Live):22 December 2016 –  Mosul  Killings :In the past 48 hours, four aid workers and at least seven civilians have been killed and 40 others injured while waiting in line for emergency assistance in Mosul, prompting the United Nations relief wing to denounce the actions in “the strongest terms.” “People waiting for aid are already vulnerable and ... Read More »

South Africa Nuclear Regulator Gets IAEA Approval

New Delhi (ABC Live): South Africa Nuclear Regulator :An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts said South Africa has a robust regulatory framework for nuclear safety but recommended improvements in the oversight of radiation safety. The Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) team today concluded an 11-day mission to assess the regulatory framework for nuclear and radiation safety in ... Read More »

UNEP Declares 5 percent World Oceans as Protected Oceans

New Delhi (ABC Live): Protected Oceans : Since April, an unprecedented 3.6 million square kilometres of ocean – an area larger than India – have been designated as marine protected areas (MPAs), meaning for the first time, more than 5% of the world’s oceans are now protected. “The establishment of so many new protected areas is tremendous news and should ... Read More »

António Guterres Nominates Amina Mohammed As Her Deputy

New York (ABC Live):15 December 2016 – Amina Mohammed :The United Nations Secretary-General-designate, António Guterres today announced that he will be appointing Amina J. Mohammed of Nigeria as the UN deputy chief, on his assumption of office as the ninth chief of the global Organization in January 2017. Ms. Amina J. Mohammed is currently the Minister of Environment of Nigeria, where she ... Read More »

UNSC Argues for Strict Anti Terrorism Law

New York (ABC Live): Anti Terrorism Law :Condemning acts of terrorism and their impact on innocent civilians and on peace and stability, the United Nations Security Council emphasized the need for establishing wilful violation of prohibition on financing of terrorist organizations or individual terrorists as serious criminal offenses in national laws and regulations. In a resolution adopted unanimously today, the 15-member Council ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »