25 September 2015 – The 193-Member United Nations General Assembly today formally adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, along with a set of bold new Global Goals, which Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hailed as a universal, integrated and transformative vision for a better world.

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GENEVA, 11 March 2015 - The year 2014 was marked by a multiplication of conflicts and made children even more vulnerable to the effects of war, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, told the Human Rights Council earlier today, as she presented her Annual Report covering the period from December 2013 to December 2014.

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NEW YORK, 11 February 2015 - African girls and boys continue to be subjected to distressing levels of physical, sexual and emotional violence despite the significant legal and policy measures adopted throughout the region, according to a new United Nations-backed report.

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The Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, Mr. Francois Crépeau, will dedicate his first thematic report to the Human Rights Council to the issue of detention of migrants in an irregular situation. The report will be presented at the 20th session of the Council, scheduled for June 2012. In this regard, the Special Rapporteur would like to solicit your inputs and contributions.

The report will outline relevant legal provisions and jurisprudence by international and regional human rights mechanisms. The Special Rapporteur intends to examine, inter alia, the following issues and concerns relating to detention: (i) Justification and reason for detention; (ii) Detention regimes; (iii) Detention conditions and application of legal safeguards; (iv)  Special needs and protection concerns of vulnerable groups of migrants (including children, women, families and migrants with mental health issues). Particular emphasis will be given to good practices of alternatives to detention.

Your contribution and suggestions will be greatly appreciated, including through materials and reports already publicly available that you deem of relevance. Please feel encouraged to distribute this call further among your networks.

Kindly send your input to the Special Rapporteur, no later than 30 January 2012, through the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (Ms. Katarina Månsson at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , and Ms. Federica Donati at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , tel: + 41 22 917 9127/+ 41 22 917 9496; copying: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it '; document.write( '' ); document.write( addy_text53900 ); document.write( '<\/a>' ); //--> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > ). Thank you.

We would also like to seize this opportunity of highlighting some of the activities by the Special Rapporteur since he assumed his functions on 1 August 2011:

· First oral report to the Third Committee of the General Assembly on 21 October 2011

· End of mission statement and press release on the country visit to Albania (5-13 December 2011):

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=11707&LangID=E <http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=11707&LangID=E>  

· http://www.ohchr.org/en/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=11708&LangID=E <http://www.ohchr.org/en/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=11708&LangID=E>  

· “Dignity has no nationality”: Joint statement with the Chairperson of the Committee on Migrant Workers, Mr. El Jamri, on the occasion of International Migrants Day on 18 December 2011

· http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=11721&LangID=E <http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=11721&LangID=E>  

In the capacity as secretariat to the mandate, we look forward to continued cooperation and partnership with all of you in the common endeavour to further the realization of the human rights of migrants.

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Increasing economic and social disparities pose a threat to children’s rights, Secretary-General Bank Ki-moon said today, stressing that much more needs to be done to safeguard millions of young people around the world.

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Top United Nations officials today marked the global population reaching 7 billion with a call to action to world leaders to meet the challenges that a growing population poses, from ensuring adequate food and clean water to guaranteeing equal access to security and justice.

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Young people from 22 countries have gathered at the United Nations this week to shine a light on the impact that the global economic crisis is having on youth around the world.

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Tens of thousands of Zimbabwean orphans and otherwise vulnerable children will benefit from cash transfers, educational aid and protection services under a new Government programme launched in partnership with the United Nations and international donors.

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Stressing that the warning signs of impending disaster were evident, but ignored, long before drought and famine began killing tens of thousands of people in the Horn of Africa, the United Nations today swung its support behind a ‘Never Again’ campaign to end extreme hunger.

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The United Nations has encouraged Tanzania to urgently address the problem of violence against children in the wake of a new Government-led survey in which almost three quarters of girls and boys said they had experienced physical violence before the age of 18 at the hands of an adult or an intimate partner.

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