Indigenous Forum opens with UN officials highlighting sustainable development agenda

Indigenous peoples must be a part of the ongoing process to define a global development agenda beyond 2015, United Nations officials said today, calling for explicit assertion of their collective rights as well as the promotion of traditional knowledge to tackle issues such as climate change, as the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues opened its 2014 session. Read...

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Ban to dispatch top UN political aide to Ukraine, as Security Council meets again on crisis

As the United Nations Security Council convened its second urgent session this week on the situation in Ukraine,  Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon reiterated his grave concern over the rising tensions in the country’s east and south, particularly events in the crisis-gripped city of Slovyansk, where two Ukrainian military helicopters were shot down overnight and a group of European observes captured on 26 April remains in detention. Read...

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