The United Nations Security Council has voted unanimously in favor of sending UN investigators to help Iraqi officials gather evidence of possible Islamic State war crimes, genocide or crimes against humanity. "This means justice for those people who have been victimized by ISIS," says former Islamic State captive Nadia Murad.
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A peacekeeping reform resolution adopted by the United Nations Security Council this week aims to strengthen the links between security and development and human rights, says UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. "We must recognize the primacy of politics so that peace operations are deployed in support of active diplomatic efforts not as a substitute," he says.
Approximately 85 million children under 5 -- 40% of them in the US and Bangladesh -- are growing up in countries that lack three key parenting and early education policies, according to a report by UNICEF. The report also says 20% of children under 5 are routinely left unsupervised and 80% are frequently subjected to violent discipline.
Pledges announced at a side event at the United Nations General Assembly brought the total funds raised by UN Women to improve collection of gender-focused data to $34 million, says UN Women Assistant Secretary-General Lakshmi Puri. "This is a step towards bridging the chronic investment gap in gender equality," she says.
Emergency workers and volunteer rescue teams are continuing efforts to uncover survivors trapped under the debris of collapsed buildings after a 7.1-magnitude earthquake rocked Mexico City. Officials say the death toll has reached 273.
Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi addressed the United Nations General Assembly, demanding India halt its support for terrorists in Pakistan and accusing Indian forces of war crimes in Kashmir. India responded by accusing Pakistan of "producing and exporting global terrorism."
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