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Agreement over buffer zone to spare civilians in Syria’s Idlib welcomed by top UN officials

The agreement between Turkey and Russia to create a demilitarized buffer zone protecting civilians living in Idlib, Syria, has been welcomed by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and the world body’s humanitarian chief, who called on all warring parties and countries supporting them to make it effective.

Lebanon participates in World Cleanup Day initiative

Under the umbrella of a mounting garbage crisis, this much-needed initiative served as a reminder for the Lebanese not to wait for politicians and to start taking action.

Over 25 locations in Lebanon joined World Cleanup Day, a global positive civic action taking place on Saturday for the first time who welcomed energetic volunteers joining forces to clean up public areas and beaches.

Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan laid to rest in Ghana; Guterres hails ‘exceptional global leader’

Like few today, former United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, could “bring people together, put them at ease, and unite them towards a common goal”, said the current UN chief, António Guterres on Thursday, speaking at his predecessor’s funeral in Ghana.

“Since the shock of Kofi’s death, I have been reflecting on what made him so special,” Mr. Guterres told those assembled, saying he was “both one-of-a-kind and one of us.” 

The only UN chief to have emerged from the ranks of its staff, passed away after a short illness on 18 August.  He was 80.

Cancer is a growing global threat and prevention is key, UN study shows

More than 18 million new cases of cancer are expected this year and it’s estimated that 9.6 million people will die from various forms of the disease in 2018, the UN’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) said on Wednesday.

According to IARC, a specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization, the disease is a growing global health threat.

UNIC Beirut supports “Changemaker Festival” Lebanon to empower youth

The “Changemaker Festival”, which aims at bridging the gap between youth and the education sector on the one hand, and entrepreneurship and its impact on them on the other, convened for the first time in Lebanon on 8-9 September under the patronage of Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri and in collaboration with the UN Information Centre (UNIC) in Beirut.