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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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Human rights are not novelties

NEW YORK (SE): Human dignity and human rights are getting a tough time today, the permanent observer from the Holy See to the United Nations (UN), Archbishop Bernardito Auza, said at a debate on the nature of a human right marking the 70th anniversary of the formation of the UN and the 50th anniversary of the formation of human rights covenants at the organisation’s headquarters in New York in the United States of America on July 13.

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Ban calls for stronger civic society in China

HONG KONG (SE): During a visit to China from July 6 to 10, the secretary general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, praised the Middle Kingdom for the leading work it has done in the environmental field, as well as its remarkable transformation over the past 10 years in terms of its contribution to various United Nations’ (UN) missions around the world.

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Encounter and dialogue leads to peace nuncio to United Nations says

UNITED NATIONS (CNS): The Vatican’s permanent observer to the United Nations (UN), Archbishop Bernardito Auza, called on the world to reaffirm its resolve to overcome violent extremism, terrorism, intolerance and religious hatred through encounter and dialogue.

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Religious leaders pressure United Nations

NEW YORK (SE): An Interfaith Climate Statement to World Leaders was presented to the secretary general of the United Nations (UN), Ban Ki-moon, at a ceremony held in the Chapel of the Church Centre for the UN in Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza, New York, on April 18, four days prior to the scheduled signing of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change adopted last year on December 12.

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The Herods of our day

LIMA (SE): Encouragement from the United Nations to the government of Brazil to give pregnant women free access to abortion to obviate the danger of the Zika virus causing any abnormality in new-born children was called an act of the Herod of all Herods by Juan Cardinal Cipriani Thorne, the archbishop of Lima, Peru.

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China pledges to eradicate poverty by 2020

HONG KONG (SE): China will give its wholehearted support to the global challenge of eradicating poverty by the year 2030, as set down in the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals, pledging to lift a further 70 million of its own people above the poverty line in the coming five years.

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Pope ticks Sustainable Development Goals

NEW YORK (SE): Pope Francis gave a tick to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which were introduced by the United Nations during his visit to New York in the United States of America on September 25, to replace the Millennium Development Goals, which expire this year.

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