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Syria: Ceasefire agreed for Yarmouk refugee camp

The once vibrant Palestinian community has become a symbol of suffering in Syria. (Photo - UNRWA)23 June 2014 – The Syrian government and rebel groups have reportedly agreed a truce in the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk. A copy of the ceasefire deal, seen by the BBC, says the main entrances to the camp in Damascus will be opened and basic services will be restored. The ceasefire is said to include the Syrian regime, rebel groups based in Yarmouk and many Palestinian factions. It is not clear when the truce will begin. Previous truces have been broken.

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UN: Restoration of ecosystems would reduce climate change disasters

(Photo - internet)17 June 2014 – Marking the World Day to Combat Desertification, United Nations officials today emphasized the importance of restoring degrading lands to avoid or soften the potentially disastrous impacts of climate change.

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UN hails power of sport to bring communities, peoples together

UNAIDS Protect the Goal campaign. (Photo - UNAIDS)

13 June 2014 - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is currently in São Paulo, Brazil. Yesterday, he attended the opening game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, as United Nations agencies carry out a number of projects and activities related to one of the greatest sporting events on the planet.

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UN 'to mediate in China-Vietnam row'

The disputed area in South China Sea. (Photo - UNCLOS)11 June 2014 – The United Nations is willing to mediate in the territorial row between China and Vietnam. UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric called for both sides to resolve the dispute peacefully and legally. In the past week, Vietnam and China have both sent dossiers outlining their claims in the South China Sea to UN chief Ban Ki-moon.

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UN envoy calls for peace in Somalia

Somali Prime Minister, Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, and Nicholas Kay, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM). (Photo - internet)9 June 2014 – Nicholas Kay, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) appealed for end to clan-based fighting in Somalia’s Lower Shabelle region. He said, “All parties must refrain from violent actions, make immediate efforts to de-escalate the situation and resolve their differences through peaceful dialogue and compromise.”

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