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HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL DECIDES TO DISPATCH FACT-FINDING MISSION TO INVESTIGATE VIOLATIONS AGAINST PALESTINIANS IN OCCUPIED TERRITORY

Press Release by UN Human Rights Council, 12 January 2009The Human Rights Council this morning concluded its ninth Special Session on the grave violations of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including the recent aggression of the occupied Gaza Strip, and adopted a resolution in which it strongly condemned the ongoing Israeli military operation in Gaza, which had resulted in massive violations of human rights of the Palestinian people, and demanded the occupying power, Israel, to immediately withdraw its military forces from Gaza. The Council also decided to dispatch an urgent independent international fact-finding mission to investigate all violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law by the occupying power against the Palestinian people throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

In the resolution, adopted by a roll-call vote of 33 in favour, one against and 13 abstentions, the Council called for the immediate cessation of Israeli military attacks throughout the Palestinian Occupied Territory and called upon the occupying power to end its occupation of all Palestinian lands occupied since 1967, and to respect its commitment within the peace process towards the establishment of the independent sovereign Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital. The Council also demanded that the occupying power stop the targeting of civilians and medical facilities and staff as well as the systematic destruction of cultural heritage. It demanded further that the occupying power lift the siege and open all borders. It also requested the Secretary-General of the Untied Nations to investigate the latest targeting of UNRWA facilities in Gaza, including schools, that resulted in the killing of tens of Isreali Army claiming its not targeting civilians, this is a small result of chilling an UNRWA school used as a refuge from bombardment....!!!Palestinian civilians, including women and children.

Speaking as a concerned country, Israel said the current resolution was not balanced and did not reflect the realities in the Gaza Strip and did no service to the cause of peace or to the human suffering of Palestinians in Gaza. Such a resolution would only embolden Hamas and weaken the trust of the Israeli public in the United Nations and the Council. Less than a month ago, the Middle East Quartet had issued a statement reaffirming the bilateral, direct, uninterrupted, confidential and ongoing Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. The members of the Council should echo this support. Only such negotiations would bring to fulfilment the two-State vision. Resolutions, such as today’s one would not serve this goal.

Also speaking as a concerned country, Palestine said concern at the events in Gaza Strip could not help but be voiced, in particular with regards to the suffering of the Palestinian people and their terror and despair, which could not be accepted. Palestine could not accept expressions of concern when there were more than 4,000 wounded, and more than 800 martyrs, more than half of which were women and children. Palestine could not accept words of concern when talking about civilians who were falling. The barbaric acts of aggression required a call for the establishment of a fact-finding mission to investigate the Israeli slaughters and acts of terror.

In the context of the general debate, the Council heard from a national human rights institution, and from a wide range of non-governmental organizations which called for an end to hostilities and efforts to be made to improve the humanitarian situation within Gaza. Speakers in the general debate noted that the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination had been ignored for more than 40 years, during which the occupying power had flagrantly ignored international law, humanitarian law, and the directives of this and other bodies. A Commission of Inquiry should be set up to investigate effectively and impartially the violation of human rights and humanitarian law in the Gaza Strip. Within the mandate of this Commission should be to draw up a list of violations of both human rights and humanitarian law; identify those responsible for those violations and launch legal action against them; and identify the victims and the damages incurred and ensure full reparation. Others said the proposed draft resolution was a totally one-sided and self-defeating statement whose predictable outcome, if adopted, would, like the previous ones on the issue, regrettably have a negative effect on the credibility of the Council. Israel, as a United Nations member, had the right to defend itself. Israel allowed aid into Gaza, warned civilians before an incoming attack and tried to save civilian lives whenever possible. On the other side Hamas was solely targeting civilians in Israel. Hamas had refused to recognise the very existence of Israel. The international community should use all its force to ensure protection of civilian populations and ensure a just and long-lasting solution. All human beings had the right to peace and security. If the Council was to have a credible role in ensuring human rights around the world it should act to ensure respect for the law and should counsel the General Assembly to act in this, the most serious and longest unresolved situation of widespread human rights abuses facing the United Nations.

The painting speakes for itself: Help stop this war crime against humanity....Speaking this morning in the general debate was the Irish Human Rights Commission. NGOs speaking were the Coordination Board of Jewish Organizations, in a joint statement with B’nai B’rith International, International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists, Association for World Education, in a joint statement with World Union for Progressive Judaism, World Federation of Trade Unions, Movement against Racism and for Friendship among Peoples, Caritas Internationalis (International Confederation of Catholic Charities, in a joint statement with Pax Romana, Europe-Third World Centre, International Youth and Student Movement for the United Nations, Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, Federaciَn de Asociaciones de Defensa y Promociَn de los Derechos Humanos, Union of Arab Jurists, in a joint statement with International Organization for the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination (EAFORD), Franciscans International, Defence for Children International, World Organization against Torture, United Nations Watch, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, European Union of Jewish Students, Permanent Assembly for Human Rights (APDH), Indian Movement "Tupaj Amaru", International Commission of Jurists, North-South XXI, and Women’s International Zionist Organization.

Speaking in a right of reply in the general debate was Syria.

Speaking in the context of the debate on the resolution was Egypt, in introduction of the resolution, Israel as a concerned country, Palestine as a concerned country, and Egypt as a general comment. Speaking in explanations of the vote before the vote were Canada, Germany on behalf of the European Union, and Switzerland. Speaking in explanations of the vote after the vote were South Africa, Japan, Russian Federation and Uruguay.

The tenth regular session of the Human Rights Council will be held from 2 to 27 March 2009.

Action on Resolution

In a resolution (L.1/Rev.2) on the grave violations of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory particularly due to the recent Israeli military attacks against the occupied Gaza Strip, adopted by a roll-call vote of 33 in favour, one against (Canada), and 13 abstentions, the Council strongly condemns the ongoing Israeli military operation carried out in the Occupied Palestinian territory, particularly in the occupied Gaza Strip, which have resulted in massive violation of human rights of the Palestinian people and systematic destruction of the Palestinian infrastructure. It calls for the immediate cessation of Israeli military attacks throughout the Palestinian Occupied Territory; demands the occupying power, Israel, to immediately withdraw its military forces from the occupied Gaza Strip; calls upon the occupying power to end its occupation to all Palestinian lands occupied since 1967, and to respect its commitment within the peace process towards the establishment of the independent sovereign Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital; demands the occupying power stop the targeting of civilians and medical facilities and staff as well as the systematic destruction of cultural heritage; demands further the occupying power lift the siege, open all borders; requests the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to report on the violations of human rights of the Palestinian people by the occupying power; requests all relevant Special Rapporteurs to urgently seek and gather information on violation of the human rights of the Palestinian people and submit their reports to the next Human Rights Council session; requests the occupying power to fully cooperate with all the above-mentioned Rapporteurs; decides to dispatch an urgent independent international fact-finding mission to investigate all violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law by the occupying power against the Palestinian people throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory; and requests the Secretary General of the United Nations to investigate the latest targeting of UNRWA facilities in Gaza, including schools, that resulted in the killing of tens of Palestinian civilians including women and children.
The result of the vote was as follows:

In favour (33):Angola, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Chile, China, Cuba, Djibouti, Egypt, Gabon, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, South Africa, Uruguay, and Zambia.

Against (1):Canada.

Abstentions (13): Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cameroon, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Republic of Korea, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Ukraine, and United Kingdom.

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TRIP WITH CALL FOR GREATER COOPERATION » UN CALLS FOR URGENT ACTION TO ADDRESS IMPACT OF SPIRALING FOOD PRICES » GULF STATES PLAY VITAL ROLE IN GLOBAL RELIEF EFFORTS, UN » WORLD HEALTH DAY 2008: PROTECTING HEALTH FROM CLIAMATE CHANGE » UN HUMANITARIAN CHIEF BEGINS GULF REGION TOUR » UN MARKS INTERNATIONAL DAY WITH CALL TO ASSIST LANDMINE SURVIVORS » MARKING “GRIM” ANNIVERSARY FOR DARFUR, UN SECRETARY GENERAL URGES SHARPER FOCUS » UN REFUGEES AGENCY APPEALS FOR $40 MILLION FOR THOS DISPLACED IN DARFUR » UN HAILS COURAGE OF CHILDREN, FAMILIES CONFRONTING AUTISM » UN OPENS THEMATIC DEBATE ON ANTIPOVERTY GOALS » CLIMATE CHANGE THREATENS DEVELOPMENT EFFORTS OF WORLD » SUMMIT ENDS WITH LEADERS ADOPTING \”DAMASCUS DECLARATION\ » ARAB SUMMIT CLOSES TODAY- NEXT SUMMIT IN DOHA » UN-ASSISTED REFUGEE REPATRIATION TOPS 100,000 » WORLD CITIES AT UN FORUM UNITE TO REDUCE POVERTY AND BOOST DEMOCRACY » NEW UN-BACKED REPORT CALLS FOR MORE EFFECTIVE RESPONSE TO STEM (AIDS) IN ASIA » UN REMEMBERS VICTIMS OF SLAVERY, TRANSATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE » TO FIGHT TUBERCULOSIS, ROOT CAUSES MUST BE ADDRESSED, UN » ISRAELI WARNING TO ABBAS OVER DEAL WITH HAMAS » BAN KI-MOON RECOMMENDS UN TRANSFER $100 TO IRAQ DEVELOPMENT FUND » SECURITY COUNCIL EXTENDS MANDATE OF UN MISSION IN AFGHANISTAN » UNCLEAN WATER THREATENS HEALTH OF ONE MILLION CENTRAL AFRICANS, UN WARNS » SECURITY COUNCIL EXTENDS COUNTER-TERRORISM OFFICES MANDATE UNTIL END OF 2010 » AFGHANISTAN MUST DO MORE TO ADDRESS IMPUNITY, ADVANCE HUMAN RIGHTS-UN » HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH SAYS ISRAEL USE OF CLUSTER BOMBS ILLEGAL » 72 COUNTRIES IMPLEMENT UN IRAN SANCTIONS » CHINA: UN RIGHTS CHIEF VOICES CONCERN OVER TENSIONS IN TIBET AUTONOMOUS REGION » OVER 100 MILLION EUROPEANS LACK ACCESS TO SAFE DRINKING WATER, UN SAYS » THREE SENIOR UN APPOINTMENTS UNVEILED BY BAN KI-MOON » CYPRIOT LEADERS AGREE DIRECT TALKS UNDER UN AUSPICES LATER THIS MONTH » URGENT ACTION CRUCIAL FOR AFTRICA TO MEET ITS DEVELOPMENT TARGETS-UN » UN NAMES TOP OFFICIAL FOR LEBANON TRIBUNAL » ISRAEL APPROVES WEST BANK CONSTRUCTION » INTERNATIONAL WOMEN DAY PROTESTS HIGLIGHT, VIOLENCE, INEQUALITY » Ban KI-MOON PAYS TRIBUTE TO HUMAN RIGHTS CHIEF, FOLLOWING EXIT ANNOUNCEMENT » UN OFFICIALS EXPRESS GRAVE CONCERN FOR SCHOOLCHILDREN AMID MIDDLE EAST VIOLENCE » UN RIGHTS COUNCIL TO HOLD SPECIAL DEBATE ON GAZA » BAN KI-M00N: HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL MUST CONTINUE TO BUILD TRUST » FUTURE BLEAK FOR MIDEAST PEACE ? Israel vows more Gaza strikes; ? Rice urges Mid-East talks renewal; ?Arab League accuses UN Security Council of double standards; ? Aim is Palestinian statehood, not final agreement: Rice. » ISRAEL PULLS TROOPS OUT OF GAZA, PALESTINIANS SUSPEND TALKS * 114 Palestinians killed since Wednesday including children; * Broader Gaza operation possible: Ehud Barak; * Washington demands halt to fighting; * Nine separate Israeli airstrikes over Gaza early this morning; * “Shame on the Arabs, shame on the Muslims, shame on humanity”: Ordinary Palestinian » 80 PALESTINIANS KILLED INCLUDING CHILDREN SINCE YESTERDAY, UN SECURITY COUNCIL MEETS TO DISCUSS SITUATION » CUBA SIGNS HUMAN RIGHTS TREATIES AT UN » UN AGENCIES URGE BOLSTERED RESPECT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS REGARDLESS OF HIV STATUS » UN AGENCIES RALLY TO END FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION WITHIN A GENERATION » MIDDLE EAST PEACE PROCESS NEEDS CHANGES ON THE GROUND TO SUCCEED-UN ENVOY » UN LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN » LEBANON: UN REBUILDS HOMES OF 18,000 AIR-RAID VICTIMS » BAN KI-MOON SECLECTS ALGERIAN OFFICIAL AS TO P ENVOY FOR WEST AFRICA » REPORTS OF POLITICAL DETENTIONS IN CHAD ALARM UN RIGHTS AGENCY » UN REPORT FINDS WIDER ACCEPTANCE OF GREEN NEEDS IN BIG BUSINESS » UN SAYS PERMANENT POLITICAL ACCORD ONLY WAY TO END MIDDLE EAST CONFLICT » UN RIGHTS EXPERTS WELCOME AUSTRALIA\ » UN HUMANITARIAN CHIEF ASSESSES IMPACT OF CLOSURES ON WEST BANK RESIDENTS » HUMAN TRAFFICKING MUST BE BATTLED: CELEBS, UN » UN REMINDS ISRAE OF ITS OBLIGATION TOWARDS PALESTINIANS IN GAZA » UNICEF SEEKS $856 MILLION TO AID CHILDREN AND WOMEN IN CRISIS » WESTERN SAHARA: UN ENVOY CONTINUES CONSULTATIONS IN THE REGION » UN URGES US BUSINESS LEADERS TO SUPPORT \”GREEN” ECONOMICS » POLIO ERADICATION WITHIBN REACH-BAN KI-MOON » “ISLAM VS WEST” A FALSE DIVIDE, SAYS BAN KI-MOON » WITNESSES SAY GAZA-EGYPT BORDER CLOSED » EARTHQUAKE CASUED NO SIGNIFICAN DAMAGE TO JAPANESE NUCLEAR PLANT-IAEA » CUBA SIGNS HUMAN RIGHTS TREATIES AT UN » ARAB RIGHTS CHARTER DEVIATES FROM INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS, SAYS UN OFFICIAL » UN OFFICIALS WARN OF MALNUTRITION THREAT AS CLOSURE OF GAZA BORDER CROSSINGS CONTINUE » RAWANDA: BAN KI MOON SAYS WORLD MUST PROTECT CIVIALIANS FROM GENOCIDE » EGYPT TO LAUNCH TENDER FOR NUCLEAR REACTOR IN FEBRUARY » FOOD RATIONS REDUCED AS A RESULT OF CLOSUE OT GAZA CROSSINGS-UN AGENCY » UN SECURITY COUNCIL POSTPONES PRESIDENTIAL STATEMENT TO THURSDAY » GAZA SITUATION “EXTREMELY FRAGILE”, WARNS UN POLITICAL CHIE » PROGRESS BEING MADE ON MANY FRONTS, SAYS UN HEALTH CHIEF » MAJOR CORPORATIONS INVEST IN UN-BACKED FIGHT AGAINST AIDS, TB, MALARIA » Gaza: UN SECRETARY GENERAL VOICES CONCERN OVER CLOSURE OF GAZA CROSSING POINTS » COLLECTIVE PUNISHMENT FOR GAZA IS WRONG: UN » ATTACKS IN IRAQ DECREASE BUT INSUFFICIENT PROGRESS ON POLITICAL FRONT, UN REPORTS » PNA ENRAGED AT ISRAEL MASSACRE IN GAZA STRIP * Hamas Pledges Retaliation “in Language Israelis Understand” » YEMEN: GOVERNMENT DISTRIBUTES FREE MOSQUITO NETS IN BIT TO BEAT MALARIA » UN POPULATION AGENCY RECEIVES RECORD DONATIONS FOR 2007 » UN FORCE IN LEBANON HONES ITS LIVE FIRING SKILLS » ARAB LEAGUE TO LAUNCH MASSIVE CAMPAIGN FOR IRAQI REFUGEES WITH UN HELP » WESTERN SAHARA TALKS BEGING, EXPECTATIONS LOW » WFP WARNS OF SHORTAGES IN FUNDING ITS ACTIVITIES IN GAZA » NEW STUDY SAYS 151,000 IRAQI DEAD – UN STUDY » WESTERN SAHARA TALKS BEGING, EXPECTATIONS LOW » 2008 SHOULD BE THE YEAR OF THE \”BOTTOM MILLION\”-BAN KI-MOON » DEPLORING TERROR ATTACKS ON STAFF, BAN TELLS AL JAZEERA UN STANDS FOR WHOLE WORLD » RIGHTS EXPERTS DEEPLY CONCERNED AT KENYAN VIOLENCE » HOME & HOSPITAL TREATMENT FOR CHILDREN WITH PNEUMONIA EQUALLY EFFECTIVE » LIBYA TAKES OVER UN SECURITY COUNCIL LEADERSHIP » NEW ROUND OF UN-LED TALKS ON WESTERN SAHARA TO START NEXT WEEK » AFGHANISTAN: MULTIPLE HUMANITARIAN CHALLENGES IN 2008- OUTGOING UN ENVOY » 2008, INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF LANGUAGES » SOMALIA: TOP UN ENVOY CALLS FOR RELEASE OF KIDNAPPED AID WORKERS » GENERAL ASSEMBLY APPROVES NEARLY $4.2 BILLION UN BUDGET DESPIT US OPPOSITION » SOMALIA SECURITY COUNCIL APPEALS FOR DIALOGUE TOWARDS NATIONAL RECONCILIATION » WORLD POWERS GATHER IN PARIS TO BANKROLL PALESTINIAN STATE » BALI TALKS AGREE TO LAUNCH CLIMATE TREATY TALKS » UN AGENCY ISSUES ATM CARDS TO ASSIST CASH-STRAPPED IRAQ REFUGEES » RED CROSS ISSUES CALL FOR RELIEF IN GAZA » GLOBAL EXPECTATION HIGH FOR CLIMATE CHANGE BREAKTHOUGH-BAN KI-MOON » CREATING A WORLD FIT FOR CHILDREN FOCUS OF GENERAL ASSEMBLY HIGH-LEVEL EVENT » UN MARKS HUMAN RIGHTS DAY » NEW UN REPORT POINTS TO POWER OF RENEWABLE ENERGY TO MITIGATE CARBON EMISSIONS » UN HEALTH AGENCY LAUNCHES NEW DRIVE TO DEVELOP CHILD-SIZE DRUGS » IRAQ, UN LAUNCH PLAN TO AID RETURNING REFUGEES » UNESCO MARKS ANNIVERSARY OF TRANSLATION INDEX » HEAD OF UN PROBE INTO HARIRI ASSASSINATION “MORE CONFIDENT THAN EVER” OF SUCCESS » UN LABOUR AGENCY SPOTLIGHTS NEED FOR DECENT WORK FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES » UN FOOD AGENCY TO DOUBLE THE NUMBER OF IRAQI REFUGEES IN SYRIA IT HELPS » UN CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE OPENS IN BALI WITH CALL FOR BREAKTHROUGH » WORLD AIDS DAY MARKED WITH CALLS FOR RENEWED LEADERSHIP TO FIGHT EPIDEMIC » UN SUPPORTS CREATION OF FIRST “CLOSED” JUVENILE REHABILITATION CENTRE IN AFGHANISTAN » UN-BACKED TREE-PLANTING DRIVE HITS 1 BILLION GOAL AHEAD OF CLIMATE CHANGE TALKS » NEW UN MANUAL LAUNCHED TO HELP VULNERABLE RURAL YOUTH IN AFRICA » PIECEMEAL APPROACHES WILL NOT RESOLVE MIDDLE EAST CONFLICT-BAN KI-MOON » NEW UN INTERNET CAMPAIGN TO ERADICATE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN LAUNCHED » ELIMINATE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN » UN INCREASES ASSISTANCE FOR CYCLONE VICTIMS IN BANGLADESH » PREPAREDNESS KEY TO TACKLING GLOBAL FLU PANDEMIC, SAYS UN TOP OFFICIAL » PROMOTING TOURISM FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES FOCUS 0F UN FORUM IN BANGKOK » UN CALLS FOR BOOSTING TIES BETWEEN UN AND RED CROSS, RED CRESCENT SOCIETIES » UN AGENCY AIRDROPS FOOD TO STRANDED BANGALDESH CYCLONE VICTIMS » BANGLADESH CYCLONE DEATH TOLL AT 2.400, UN, ISLAMIC COUNTRIES PLEDGE FULL SUPPORT » TOLERANCE POWERFUL TOOL IN FIGHTING TODAY GLOBAL THREATS » UN ENVIROMENT AGENCY CHIEF URGES GLOBAL ACTION TO CURB MERCURY » GLOBAL EFFORTS TO CLEAR LANDMINES BY 2010 FALTERING, SAYS UN-BACKED REPORT » GLOBAL LANDMARKS LIGHT UP IN BLUE TO MARK UN 1ST DIABETES DAY » UN-BACKED FUND TO FIGHT MAJOR DISEASES APPROVES $1.1 BILLION OF NEW GRANTS » STEPS TO FOSTER HUMAN RIGHTS CULTURE URGED » QATAR MARKS THE NATIONAL DAY FOR HUMAN RIGHTS » UN ENVIROMENT AGENCY SETS UP THINK TANK ON RESOURCE MANAGEMENT » GLOBAL CEREAL PRICES WILL REMAIN HIGH, UN AGRICULTURAL AGENCY FORECASTS » CHAD: UN EXPERT URGES FAIR TRIAL OF THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR ATTEMP TO ABDUCT CHILDREN » UN URGES STATES TO ELIMINATE CHEMICAL AND UNEXPLODED WEAPONARY » GREATER GLOBAL PROTECTION NEEDED AGINST “PREDOCTABLE” NATURAL HAZARDS » UN-BACKED MEETING IN ASIA FORGES COMMITMENT TO REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH » FAMILIES RETURNING TO REFUGEE CAMP IN NORTHERN LEBANON, SAYS UN AGENCY » UN, GOOGLE AND CISCO UNVEIL ONLINE TOOL IN BATTLE AGAINST GLOBAL POVERTY » FILM FESTIVAL FOCUSES ON HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES » UN-BACKED DRIVE AIMS TO BOOST BIRTH AND DEATH REGISTRATIONS WORLWIDE » UN SAYS ISRAEL COLLECTIVE PUNISHMENT AGAINST PALESTINIANS IN GAZA: UN-ACCEPTABLE » UN AGENCIES TEAM UP TO HELP SOMALI RAPE VICTIMS » UNDP, JAPAN BANK FOR INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION TO SUPPORT IRAQ RECONSTRUCTION » UN INDEPENDENT RIGHTS EXPERT CALLS FOR 5-YEAR FREEZE ON BIOFUEL PRODUCTION » UN RELIEF CHIEF WARNS ON DETERIORATING CONDITIONS FACING PALESTINIANS » NEW UN GUIDELINES TO HELP ASSESS HEALTHE OF CHILDREN AND YOUTH » UN AND SUDANESE OFFICIALS TO LAUNCH NATIONWIDE POLIO IMMUNIZATION DRIVE » UN REPORTS SHORTAGE OF ANAETHETICS IN OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORY » UNIVERSITY TO OFFER DEGREE IN HUMAN RIGHTS » UN RIGHTS ENVOY SLAMS MIDEAST QUARTET » UN CALLS FOR GREATER INVESTMENT TO PREVENT MATERNAL DEATHS » UN MARKS POVERTY ERADICATION DAY » UN: LIBYA WINS SEAT ON SECURITY COUNCIL » PROGRESS IN SLOWING MATERNAL DEATH TOO SLOW, UN WARNS » WORLD FOOD DAY ON 16TH OCTOBER 2007 » GLOBAL EDUCATION SPENDING CONCENTRATED IN FEW COUNTRIES-UNESCO REPORT » IRAQ UN REPORTS WIDESPREAD RIGHTS ABUSES, URGES RESPONSE MEASURES » UN MARKS THE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR NATURAL DISASTER REDUCTION » NEW GUIDE PUBLISHED BY UN AGENCY AIMS TO TEACH CHILDREN GOOD EATING HABITS » UN ASSEMBLY MEETING SHOWED IMPORTANCE OF INTER-RELIGIOUS DIALOGUE –PRESIDENT » STUDENTS IN GAZA UN SCHOOLS STRUGGLE » SHORTAGE OF QUALIFIED TEACHERS MAIN OBSTACLE TO ACHIEVING EDUCATION FOR ALL-UN » PLANNING GUIDE FOR PALLIATIVE CARE FOR CANCER PATIENTS RELEASED BY UN AGENCY » UN REFUGEES CHIEF CALLS FOR NEW STRATEGIES TO TACKLE GLOBAL DISPLACEMENT » UNICEF, SPECIAL OLYMPICS LAUNCH PROJECT TO AID CHILDREN WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES » UN MARKS INTERNATIONAL DAY OF NON-VIOLENCE » UN ISSUES AGE FRIENDLY CITIES GUIDE TO BOTH HELP AND TAP VALUE OF OLDER PEOPLE » UN RIGHTS COUNCIL “FAILED” ON ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT » MORE PALESTINIANS DIE AFTER BEING DENIED ACCESS THROUGH ISRAELI CHECKPOINTS, UN REPORTS » DEADLY SEA EXODUS FROM SOMALIA TO YEMEN GAINS MOMENTUM, UN REPORTS » UN LAUNCHES $ 220 MILLION CAMPAIGN TO EDUCATE 9 MILLION VULNERABLE CHILDREN » UN MARKS PEACE DAY » BAN KI-MOON DISPATCHES MYANMAR ENVOY TO REGION AS SITUATION WORSENS » ISRAEL CONDEMNED BY HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL MEMBERS » UN MERCENARY EXPERTS VOICE CONCERN OVER IRAQ » GLOBAL LEADERS SHOW WILL FOR CLIMATE CHANGE » MIDDLE EAST QUARTET BACKS \”SUBSTANTIVE AND SERIOUS\” MEETING SET FOR LATER THIS YEAR » BAN CONCERNED BY ISRAEL CALLING GAZA AN ENEMY ENTITY » UN GEN ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT SEEKS ACTION ON CLIMATE, TERROR, POVERTY » GLOBAL FIGHT TO RESTORE OZONE LAYER HAILED BY UN CHIEF » UN FUND APPROVES NEARLY $200 MILLION IN GRANTS AND LOANS TO HELP RURAL POOR » OUTGOING GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT URGES MORE DIALOGUE AMONG CIVILIZATIONS » AT LEAST 56 DIE AS PERILIOUS PEOPLE SMUGGLING RESUMES ACROSS GULF OF ADEN » NUMBER OF CHOLERA CASES IN NORTHERN IRAQ DOUBLES, BUT DEATH TOLL REMAINS STATIC » BAN KI-MOON LAUNCHES “UNPRECEDENTED” GROUP TO BOOST AFRICA DEVELOPMENT » HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL STARTS DIALOGUE WITH SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON RACISM AND RACIAL DISCRIMINATION ON DEFAMATION OF RELIGIONS » DESERTIFICATION & CLIMATE CHANGE COMBINE TO THREATEN DEVELOPMENT-BAN KI-MOON » MILLIONS AT RISK OF EXPOSURE TO CHOLERA IN NORTHERN IRAQ, UN HEALTH AGENCY WARNS » AFGHNAINISTAN MARKS PEACE DAY » CHILE TO RECEIVE PALESTINIAN REFUGEES » MARKING DAY TO PREVENT SUICIDE, UN STRESSES PEOPLE OF ALL AGES AT RISK » UN CALLS FOR $55 MILLION TO REBUILD REFUGEE CAMP IN NORTHERN LEBANON » IMMEDIATE ACTION CRUCIAL TO TACKLE AFFECTS OF GLOBAL WARMING, UN OFFICIAL WARNS » ILO REPORT FLAGS POVERTY-PRODUCTIVITY LINK » UN USES TEXT MESSAGING TO ALERT IRAQI REFUGEES ON NEW FOOD AID » WHO WARNS ABOUT IMPACT OF DEPRESSION » MICROCREDIT HELPS HARD-PRESSED PALESTINIANS SURVIVE, UN OFFICIAL SAYS » UN WORRIED ABOUT NEWS REPORTS THAT AIDS VICTIMS ARE BEING BURIED ALIVE IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA » Iraq: UN appoints veteran diplomat as top envoy » WHO CALLS FOR MORE ATTENTION TO MENTAL HEALTH » UN AGENCY FEARS RESUMPTION OF DEADLY EXODUS FROM 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