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UN inquiry finds French air strike killed Mali civilians

France's defence ministry disputed the finding, saying the 3 January strike targeted an "armed terrorist group".

France has 5,100 troops across the Sahel region to fight militants tied to al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group.

The UN carried out an investigation after locals alleged that a helicopter had fired on people attending a wedding near Bounti village in central Mali.

The investigation found that a wedding had taken place, and there had been "about 100 civilians at the site of the strike", AFP news agency quoted the UN report as saying.

FIFA launches integrity programme

In line with FIFA’s overall vision of making football truly global, as well as its ongoing commitment to protecting and promoting the integrity of the game, the FIFA Global Integrity Programme is designed to improve education and build integrity capacity within all 211 Member Associations by sharing advanced know-how and resources with integrity officers.

The programme also reflects the UNODC’s objective of supporting governments and sports organisations in their efforts to safeguard sport from corruption and crime.

Ethiopia's Tigray crisis: About 2.3 million children cut off from aid, UN says

"Protecting these children, many of whom are refugees and internally displaced... must be a priority", said the UN's children's agency Unicef.

Despite deals with the Ethiopian government, humanitarian agencies say they are being denied access to Tigray.

Government forces have been battling Tigray fighters since 4 November.

The government says it is in control of the region and the conflict is over. But Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) says it is still fighting on various fronts.

UN SG launches plan to address potentially devastating socio-economic impacts of COVID-19

The potential longer-term effects on the global economy and those of individual countries are dire.   In a new report, Shared responsibility, global solidarity: Responding to the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19, the United Nations Secretary-General calls on everyone to act together to address this impact and lessen the blow to people.

'Aquaman' calls for action with rousing UN speech

Speaking at the UN review of the SAMOA Pathway, a roundtable discussion on Small Island Developing States in New York, the ocean activist and well known actor delivered a rousing six minute speech to global leaders.

Representing island nations, he told the meeting small island countries have led the way in sounding a global alarm on the state of the earth and its seas.

Momoa said innovation and creativity have perceivably elevated humans to the most powerful beings in the world.

UN urges Indonesia to protect Koman

They also urged Indonesia to protect people's rights to peaceful protest and those reporting on protests in West Papua, and to ensure access to the internet

Earlier this month a police warrant was issued for Ms Koman, who is believed to be in Australia, after police claimed she spread fake news online.

Indonesian authorities have blamed disinformation and Papuan independence activists for a recent wave of protests in the region

Top United Nations official 'forced himself on me'

She alleged she was offered a promotion if she accepted an apology from the man and claimed that the organisation failed to take her complaint seriously.

In an exclusive interview with CNN, Martina Brostrom accused a UN assistant secretary general, Dr. Luiz Loures, of grabbing her in a hotel elevator, forcibly kissing her and trying to drag her to his room during a conference in 2015. He denies the allegations.

The right to sufficient shelter

This right is recognised every first Monday of October by the United Nations as the World Habitat Day.

It reflects on the state of human settlements and their right to sufficient shelter.

For this year, the World Habitat Day is sharing the date with the International Day of Non-Violence, also observed by the UN.

This day is also a global observance that promotes non-violence through education and public awareness.

It is annually held on October 2 to coincide with renowned Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday

UN urged by Vanuatu to act on West Papua human rights

Speaking during a debate of the UN general assembly in New York, a Vanuatu representative said his government continued to receive reports of human rights violations in Papua.

Setareki Waqanitoga said hundreds of Papuans were recently arrested by Indonesian police for holding peaceful demonstrations.

Mr Waqanitoga welcomed acknowledgement of the Papua situation by UN Special Rapporteurs on basic rights.

But he called on the UN Human Rights Council to do more.

UN officially notified of US intention to withdraw from Paris climate pact

The notification came two months after President Donald Trump announced his intention to leave the accord.
 
“As the Secretary-General said in a statement on 1 June 2017, the decision by the United States to withdraw from the Paris Agreement is a major disappointment for global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote global security,” said UN Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric in a note sent  to correspondents.