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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the formation of a High-Level Panel to study the scope and functions of a proposed new "technology bank" and dedicated to helping the world's least developed countries (LDCs) advance out of poverty. The High-Level Panel - which is to advise...

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has agreed to provide up to GBP 100 million to support urban regeneration projects across Manchester and Greater Manchester. The long-term loan facility from Europe's long-term lending institution could be used to improve community facilities and public space, as well...

Being overweight or obese have become major risk factors for developing cancer, particularly among women and in more developed countries, according to the specialized cancer agency of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO). Overweight and obesity are responsible for an estimated 481,000...

The United Nations Security Council has expressed its "profound concern" over the deteriorating situation in Libya and its impact on regional peace and stability, warning of the possibility of sanctions. In a press statement issued Wednesday, the Council, recalling resolution 2174 - which it adopted...

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is teaming up with a coalition of partner agencies to develop a new data crunching tool to help national governments, development and relief organizations in their efforts to prevent and respond to crises such as animal diseases, plant pests...

Brazil's martial art of Capoeira, Burundi's ritual dance of the royal drum and the preparation of Lavash - a popular flatbread integral to Armenian cuisine - are among the eight elements added to the United Nations-endorsed list of the world's intangible cultural heritage - part of the world body's ongoing...

The United Nations Security Council has condemned in the strongest terms the massacres perpetrated against civilians on November 20 near the city of Beni in North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as well as the ongoing attacks targeting peacekeepers. "These attacks have increased...

A group of United Nations human rights experts have urged the Parliament of Kyrgyzstan to reject a bill that would introduce criminal and administrative sanctions for acts aimed at forming "a positive attitude towards non-traditional sexual orientation." The experts warned the proposed law would go against...

US Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Brussels on December 1 to take part in the December 2 NATO Foreign Ministerial and associated meetings, the State Department said Wednesday. On December 3, Kerry will chair the first ministerial-level meeting of the Counter-ISIL Coalition, bringing together...

Following the end of a four-day mission to Ethiopia, a senior United Nations relief official has called for continued international attention to the plight of South Sudanese refugees, warning that the number of refugees could rise substantially if fighting in South Sudan persists. In a statement issued...

European Investment Bank (EIB) President Werner Hoyer in a press conference at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday said he will propose to the EIB's governing bodies to endorse participation in the Investment Plan for Europe. "Effective action to stimulate increased investment across...

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Gabriela Knaul, has warned that audit of the justice sector and the dismissal of all international judicial personnel from Timor-Leste puts at risk the independence of the judiciary in the country. "I am troubled that...

It is the international community's duty to draw lessons from the horrific violence and atrocious crimes facing minorities around the world to prevent them from being repeated, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson declared at a forum on minority issues. Speaking to the 7th Session...

From Afghanistan and Angola to Haiti and the former Yugoslavia, sanctions implemented by the United Nations Security Council have had a positive track record, proving their efficacy and economy in supporting Member States overcome instability, according to the top UN political official. "UN sanctions...

Falih Al Fayyadh, the National Security Adviser of Iraq, visited the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Brussels, the western military alliance said in a statement. Fayyadh met with the NATO Deputy Secretary General, Ambassador Alexander Vershbow, when he visited the...