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United Nations selects Dubai as data hub for Menasa

Dubai has been selected to be a regional hub for city data for the Mena and South Asia (Menasa) region at the UN headquarters in New York City, enabling the Emirate to drive progress towards the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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World food prices plunge for third straight month

World food prices in April fell from the previous month led by lower sugar prices, the United Nations food agency reported.   The Food and Agricultural Agency's (FAO) Food Price Index – which measures t

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Put peace first, says new UN chief Guterres

On his first day at the helm of the United Nations, Secretary-General António Guterres yesterday (January 1) pledged to make 2017 a year for peace. “On this New Year's Day, I ask all of you to join me in making on

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UN appeals for record $22bn in global aid

The world is facing a humanitarian crisis that will require a record $22.2 billion in funding for 2017 to support nearly 93 million of the most vulnerable and marginalized people, a UN office said as it launched a relief aid appeal.

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Pearl Initiative, United Nations hold forum in Dubai

UAE-based Pearl Initiative and United Nations Global Compact yesterday (October 27) hosted their second regional forum on ‘Sustainability in Action: Business and the Sustainable Development Goals’, in Dubai, UAE. Pearl

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US targets more than $2bn in aid for Iraq

The United States expects to raise more than $2 billion this week for war-torn Iraq during a pledging conference in Washington, a senior State Department official said on Monday. "We're hoping to raise in excess of $2 bil

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UN imposes harsh new sanctions on N Korea

North Korea faces harsh new UN sanctions to starve it of money for its nuclear weapons programme following a unanimous Security Council vote on Wednesday on a resolution drafted by the US and Pyongyang's ally China. The resolu

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Ceasefire takes hold in Syria

A cessation of hostilities in Syria came into effect at the agreed time of midnight on Saturday under a US-Russian plan which warring sides in the five-year conflict have said they would commit to. A cessation of hostilities in Sy

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North Korea test draws threat of sanctions

North Korea said it successfully tested a powerful nuclear bomb on Wednesday, drawing threats of further sanctions even though the US and weapons experts voiced doubts the device was as advanced as the isolated nation claimed. The

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UN mulls 'light' options to monitor Syria truce

The United Nations is mulling "light touch" options for monitoring a possible ceasefire in Syria that would keep its risks to a minimum by relying largely on Syrians already on the ground, diplomatic sources said. The UN

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