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United Nations appeals for humanitarian access to Myanmar’s restive areas

MANDALAY (UCAN): Ursula Mueller, the United Nations (UN) assistant secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and deputy emergency relief coordinator, has called for unfettered humanitarian access to several crisis-hit states of Myanmar including the restive Rakhine state where large numbers of the Rohingya Muslim minority have fled security forces for Bangladesh since August 2017.
 

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United Nations won’t endorse abortion as humanitarian response

NEW YORK (SE): The United Nations (UN) General Assembly has declined to endorse abortion as being an essential part of emergency humanitarian response.
 
C-Fam reported that access to safe abortion to the full extent of the law was included for the first time in the sexual and reproductive health Minimum Initial Services Package designed by UN agencies and abortion groups to place the sexual and reproductive health agenda, and specifically abortion, into the humanitarian responses programme.
 

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Myanmar shuns United Nations mission

MANDALAY (UCAN): Naypyidaw has denied visas to three members of a United Nations (UN) fact finding mission charged with an investigation into human rights violations against the Muslim Rohingya minority people by security forces in the Union of Myanmar.
 
Bishop Alexander Pyone Cho, from of Pyay in the troubled Rakhine State, said that when he read the news it was hard for him to believe it.
 

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We don’t want to be nuked

NEW YORK (SE): A total of 122 countries voted in favour of a motion put before the United Nations in New York on July 8 to ban nuclear weapons as an acceptable method of self-defence, while the Netherlands voted against the motion and Singapore abstained.
 

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Call from pope to nuke the nukes

HONG KONG (SE): “Not being married, I don’t have children of my own, but my four sisters have given me 17 nieces and nephews and there are now 48 in the next generation,” the former auxiliary of Canberra and Goulburn, Bishop Pat Power, told a rally outside parliament house in Canberra on March 28, as the United Nations (UN) was sitting down in New York to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons.

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The right man for an impossible job

GENEVA (SE): Before Donald Trump formally becomes the president of the United States of America, another major shift on the global stage is due to take place.

On the first day of the New Year, António Guterres, a much respected politician from Portugal became the new secretary general of United Nations (UN), to replace Ban Ki-moon from South Korea, who has held the post for the past 10 years.

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China survives on United Nations rights council

HONG KONG (SE): “Voting to put China on the council again would be like picking a fox to guard the henhouse, while still wiping the feathers away from his mouth after his last meal,” Yang Jianli, wrote in the Washington Post on October 24 in an op-ed piece calling on the United Nations (UN) not to reelect China to the Human Rights Council.

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From migrant shelter to the United Nations

HONG KONG (SE): Sixteen years ago, Eni Lestari was a lost and bewildered soul taking shelter in a migrant worker refuge in Hong Kong from an abusive employer.

But in those short 16 years, her life journey has taken her from the Bethune House Migrant Women’s Refuge to stand on the podium at the United Nations in New York and present a contract migrant worker’s perspective on life to representatives of 193 nations.

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Hong Kong migrant voice at United Nations

HONG KONG (SE): Eni Lestari, a domestic worker in Hong Kong for 17 years and chairperson of the International Migrants Alliance, is scheduled to speak as a representative of migrants around the world at the first ever United Nations (UN) Summit on Refugees and Migrants in New York on September 19.

Lestari was chosen by the office of the president of the General Assembly of the UN to address the migrant situation. 

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