Five top UN officials appeal to world leaders to ‘seal the deal’ on new climate pact

14 July 2009 – Five top United Nations officials have added their names to a petition urging world leaders to ‘seal the deal’ in Copenhagen, Denmark, this December on an ambitious new climate change pact aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions.

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Former Liberian president Charles Taylor takes stand at trial in UN-backed court

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor14 July 2009 – The former Liberian president Charles Taylor took the stand today in his own defence during his trial at the United Nations-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), where he is facing charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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All countries will need vaccine for ‘unstoppable’ A(H1N1) virus – UN health experts

13 July 2009 – The highest body of experts advising the United Nations health agency on immunizations has determined that all countries will need to have vaccines for the influenza A(H1N1) infection, noting that the spread of the pandemic is “unstoppable.”

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Ban calls on Myanmar’s authorities to engage more closely with the UN

Generalni sekretar ZN Ban Ki-moon in general Than Shwe iz Mjanmarja13 July 2009 – Myanmar will gain a lot if it increases cooperation with the United Nations and the international community, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, calling on the country’s authorities to work more closely with the UN to jointly advance the causes

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Top UN envoy hopes for return to stability in Somali capital

Aerial view of Somalia's capital Mogadishu13 July 2009 – Following gains made by Somali security forces over the weekend, the top United Nations envoy to the war-torn Horn of Africa nation voiced hope today that stability can soon return to the beleaguered capital Mogadishu.

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