UNSC extends S. Sudan sanctions for another year | UN rights expert asserts Assange has been psychologically tortured | Kosovo releases UN peacekeeper for medical treatment
May 31, 2019
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UN chief urges European unification in the face of global threats
Increasing attacks on democracy and multilateralism mean European unity is critical to avoiding another "cold war," says United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. "At this time of great anxiety and geopolitical disorder we need multilateralism more than ever," Guterres says.
Online International News Network (Pakistan)/Agence France-Presse (5/31),  Prensa Latina (Cuba) (5/30) 
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UNSC extends S. Sudan sanctions for another year
Members of the United Nations Security Council this week voted to renew sanctions and an arms embargo against South Sudan, with 10 countries voting in favor of the resolution. Representatives from South Africa, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Russia and China abstained from voting.
Voice of America (5/30),  The Associated Press (5/30) 
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Health & Development
UNHCR brings 149 refugees to Italy as Libyan conflict continues
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has evacuated 149 Eritrean, Somali, Sudanese and Ethiopian refugees in need of food and medical treatment from Libya to Rome, Italy. Close to half of the evacuees -- who had spent months in Libyan detention centers -- were children, the UNHCR reports.
Xinhua News Agency (China) (5/30),  The Associated Press (5/30) 
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Women & Girls
UNFPA calls for protections for girls, women after Somali gang rape
The United Nations Population Fund has condemned the gang rape of a 9-year-old girl in Somalia and is is urging local officials to investigate the crime promptly. UNFPA Representative Anders Thomsen says Somali officials should ensure protections for women and girls are in place.
Xinhua News Agency (China) (5/30) 
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Climate and Energy
Conference focused on cyclone recovery begins in Mozambique
A conference began today in Beira, Mozambique, to seek pledges of around $3.2 billion to assist with recovery from Cyclones Kenneth and Idai. The World Bank, the United Nations and the EU contributed to an assessment that supports the amount being requested.
CBC News (Canada) (5/31) 
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Peacekeeping and Security
UN urges respect for humanitarian law, infrastructure in Syria
Humanitarian law must be respected even amid anti-terrorism combat, says United Nations special envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen. UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore is urging all parties in the conflict to maintain protections for children, schools and hospitals as violence intensifies in the Syrian city of Idlib.
Xinhua News Agency (China) (5/30),  Anadolu Agency (Turkey) (5/29) 
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Highlights from the United Nations Department of Global Communications
PODCAST: Peace, prosperity? We've never had it so good, Steven Pinker tells UN
UN News (5/29) 
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UN Dispatch
Commentary and coverage on the UN and UN-related issues
"UN Correspondent Chat: Sherwin Bryce-Pease, South African Broadcast Corporation"
UN Dispatch (5/30) 
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Issued #today is a new UN stamp featuring the late #KofiAnnan (1938-2018), who served as 7th #UNSG from 1997-2006. His native #Ghana, in nominating Mr. Annan, deemed him a proud son of #Africa who was sensitive to the problems faced by developing countries bit.ly/2Qz6lSV
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