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June 20, 2018
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UN officials disappointed as US leaves Human Rights Council
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says he regrets the US decision to withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council, noting the council is critical to the promotion and defense of human rights around the world. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein calls the move "disappointing" and asserts the US "should be stepping up, not stepping back" on human rights.
Xinhua News Agency (China) (6/19),  The New Indian Express (India)/Agence France-Presse (6/20),  The Financial Express (India)/Press Trust of India (6/20) 
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UN marks World Refugee Day with call for unity
Solidarity, compassion and action to protect displaced people are the keys to addressing the global refugee crisis, said United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in an address marking World Refugee Day. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees reports that some 68.5 million people were displaced by the beginning of 2018, breaking records for the fifth consecutive year.
Xinhua News Agency (China) (6/19),  Dhaka Tribune (Bangladesh) (6/20),  CBC News (Canada)/The Associated Press (6/19) 
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Health & Development
WHO: Being transgender now a sexual health condition, not a mental disorder
The World Health Organization has announced it will no longer classify being transgender as a mental illness but as a sexual health condition. This should help remove stigma and pave the way for more health care for the transgender community, advocates say.
Tech Times (6/19),  HuffPost (6/19) 
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Women & Girls
UN marks Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict
The United Nations highlighted the plight of children born as a result of rape for this year's International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on global leaders to reaffirm their commitment to providing justice and support for all those affected.
Xinhua News Agency (China) (6/19),  Thomson Reuters Foundation (6/19),  Xinhua News Agency (China) (6/20),  Al Jazeera (6/19) 
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Climate and Energy
UN officials urge more inclusion of women in climate solutions
Women are most often affected by climate change disasters and must be included in the center of efforts to mitigate risk and address climate change, says former UN climate envoy Mary Robinson. UN Association UK Executive Director Natalie Samarasinghe noted that "women all over the world are ... on the front lines of the fallout from climate change and therefore on the forefront of climate action."
Thomson Reuters Foundation (6/18) 
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Peacekeeping and Security
UN: 26K displaced as fighting in Yemen port escalates
About 26,000 people have been displaced as clashes between Houthi and Saudi-led forces in the Yemeni port of Hodeidah continue to escalate, the United Nations reports. UN human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein has warned that continued operations by the Saudi-led coalition in the region threaten the lives of millions of civilians.
Al Jazeera (6/19),  Voice of America/The Associated Press (6/18) 
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UN Radio
Miniaturized satellite fleet helps sustainable development on Earth: UN space forum hears
UN News Centre (6/19) 
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UN Dispatch
"The United States is Quitting the UN Human Rights Council. Here's Why That's a Bad Idea"
UN Dispatch (6/19) 
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@UNFoundation: 32 million women and girls of reproductive age are in urgent need of #humanitarianassistance, whether because of conflict or natural disasters. And contraception is an essential part of the humanitarian package. https://bit.ly/2M4Cu1k #WorldRefugeeDay
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