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Israeli and Palestinian Representatives Trade Blame for Gaza Crisis

At an emergency meeting on the current crisis in Gaza the Israeli Ambassador to the UN and the Palestinian Permanent Observer to the UN each pointed fingers at each other placing the blame for the unrest on the other. Speaking for the Palestinians, Dr. Riyad Mansour said the Middle East region is at a dangerous [...]

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Secretary-General Calls for an End to the Violence in Gaza

Criticizing the ongoing violence in Gaza, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the international community to immediately address the current crisis. He called for an immediate ceasefire, the end of rocket fire into Israel as well as the opening of border crossings to allow for the immediate flow of humanitarian aid. The UN Chief says there [...]

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UN Agency Says Gazans Disappointed about Lack of Cease Fire

Karen AbuZayd, the Commissioner-General for the UN’s Works and Relief Agency for Palestine Refugees says hopes had been raised when there was talk of a limited ceasefire but she says the hopes were dashed when it was reported that Israel rejected a proposal for a 48-hour ceasefire in Gaza. Israeli authorities have said there is [...]

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UNRWA Issues Emergency Flash Appeal for Gaza

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) has launched an appeal for $34 million as the needs of the population of Gaza continue to mount in the face of the ongoing military operation. This Appeal is in addition to UNRWA’s $ 275 million 2009 Emergency Appeal issued earlier this month for the occupied Palestinian [...]

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USG for Humanitarian Affairs Welcomes Aid for Gaza but Notes More is Needed

According to John Holmes, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs says yesterday 55 trucks were able to deliver humanitarian aid and another 60 trucks today. While he says the aid is desperately needed and welcomed, the numbers are significantly less than they were earlier. Karen AbuZayd, the Commissioner-General for the UN's Works and Relief Agency for [...]

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The late Benazir Bhutto is awarded a UN Human Rights prize

UN Calling Asia – a weekly magazine programme, in English, that keeps you in touch with UN developments covering Asia and the Pacific.

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ICRC Worried About Safety of Medical Staff in Gaza

In addition to caring for the wounded in Gaza, medical staff are also concerned about their own safety according to the International Committee for the Red Cross. Cut and full interview available below

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Caring for the Wounded in Injured in Gaza Increasingly difficult – World Health Organization

The continuing violence in Gaza is making it increasingly difficult to provide adequate care for the wounded. The World Health Organization reports that the inability of hospitals to cope with the situation could lead to a surge in preventable deaths. Mahmoud Dahir, the Director of the WHO Office in Gaza says what’s urgently needed are [...]

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UNRWA Highlights Challenges it Faces to Deliver Aid in Gaza

As the Israeli offense in Gaza continues the work of humanitarian agencies is even more challenging says Christopher Gunnes, Spokesperson for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA). Cuts and the full interview are available below

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SRSG for Somalia Hopeful Resignation of President Will Encourage Peace Process

For quite some time now when there’s been a shift in Presidential leadership in Somalia it has involved violence. Ould-Abdallah, the Special Representative of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Somalia says the shift “should be a new beginning in Somalia with a younger and more peaceful leadership.” Somalia’s president Abdullahi Yusuf announced on Monday that he [...]

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WHO Works with Zimbabwe in Efforts to Tackle its Struggle with Cholera

The World Health Organization is working with Zimbabwe’s medical authorities to address the growing cholera problem in the country. WHO Spokesperson Gregory Hartl says there are now close to 30,000 cases in the country with 1500 deaths. And he says the numbers could continue to climb. Cut and full interview is available below

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Palestinian UN Observer Says World is United in Call for Israel to End Assault on Gaza

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has declared an “all-out war with Hamas” but Dr. Riyad Mansour, Palestinian UN Observer says Israel is isolated in its position. The Palestinian Observer says the rest of the world is speaking with one voice in it’s opposition to Israel’s assault on Gaza. The attacks began four days ago in [...]

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Security Council Calls for End to Violence in Gaza

The Security Council has expressed serious concerns at the escalation of the situation in Gaza and has called for an immediate end to violence. The members of the Council called for all parties to address the serious humanitarian and economic needs in Gaza and to take necessary measures, including opening of border crossings, to ensure [...]

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UN Authorities Express Concern About Unrest in Gaza

Calling the recent break in the cease fire between Israel and Hamas – the Israeli air strikes and the rockets fired by Hamas – unacceptable, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for an end to the violence. The UN Chief says he’s been working day and night on the issue and has been in regular contact with [...]

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UN’s Office for Humanitarian Affairs Describes Situation in Gaza as ‘Quite Difficult’

Given the impact of the blockade imposed more than a year ago, the recent Israeli assault on Hamas in Gaza is making life ‘quite difficult’ in the region. That’s the assessment of Allegra Pacheco Deputy Head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Palestinian Occupied Territories. The Deputy Head says [...]

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WHO Concerned About Health Effects in Gaza due to Renewed Fighting

In light of renewed fighting between the Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza the World Health Organization (WHO) is concerned about the health situation in and around the region and the suffering this has caused for civilian populations in the area. In Gaza, the lack of electrical power, arising from a fuel shortage, and restrictions on [...]

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The Alliance of Small Island States demanded an immediate reduction in emissions

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Ban assures Pakistan of commitment to search for justice in Bhutto assassination

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has assures the people of Pakistan of his commitment to contribute to their search for truth and justice in the death of Prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

26 Dec 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Israel opens border crossings to Gaza

Israel has opened three border crossings with Gaza to allow fuels and commodities into the occupied Palestinian territory for the first time in ten days.

26 Dec 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN accepts request to jointly mediate political dialogue in Fiji

Efforts are underway to help Fiji return to democracy.

26 Dec 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Al Gore says road to a climate treaty in 2009 is clear

2009 will be the year of action on climate change according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

26 Dec 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Musician Daniel Barenboim on his mission of peace

The world-renowned Israeli pianist, Daniel Barenboim, recently performed at the United Nations with members of the West-Eastern Divan orchestra, which he co-founded in 1999.

26 Dec 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

New report on prevention of injuries to children

A joint report by the World Health Organization and UNICEF says more than 2,000 children die every day as a result of unintentional, or accidental injuries.

26 Dec 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Indonesia’s efforts to rebuild on the fourth anniversary of the Tsunami

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Special Christmas Day programme

Today, instead of our usual news programme, we'll hear a selection of musical excerpts from events that took place throughout the year here at the United Nations:

25 Dec 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Report tells of hardship I occupied Palestinian territory

A new report by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) points to the situation in the occupied Palestinian territory.

24 Dec 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN chief gravely concerned about situation in Gaza and southern Israel

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is gravely concerned about the situation in Gaza and southern Israel and the potential for further violence and civilian suffering if calm is not restored.

24 Dec 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

GA concludes substantive session early Wednesday

The General Assembly concluded the main part of its substantive session early this Wednesday adopting a number of resolutions and decisions recommended by its Administrative and Budgetary Committee.

24 Dec 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

OCHA Issues New Report on Occupied Palestinian Territory

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has issued a new report on the occupied Palestinian territory. While condemning the firing of rockets into Israel and the threats those rockets pose on Israeli civilians the report also notes the devastating impact of the closings of the Gaza crossings for the past eight consecutive days [...]

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UN seeks new rules on activities of mercenaries

They're recruited to fight in wars in countries other than their own, and their motivation is money. Mercenaries have been around since ancient Egypt.

24 Dec 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

WFP names Somalia as one of the world's hunger hotspots

The World Food Programme has identified five countries as hunger hot spots: Chad, where hundreds of thousands refugees and displaced people depend on food aid, and poor road conditions have been made worse by heavy rains;

24 Dec 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

WFP Identifies Global Hunger Hot Spots

The combined global food and financial crisis has the World Food Program concerned about that the agency calls hunger hot spots. WFP Spokesperson Jennifer Parmelee says looking ahead to 2009, WFP estimates that it will need to reach to 100 million worldwide with urgent food needs. A select cut and the full interview is available [...]

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WHO Not Ready to Identify Illness in DR Congo as Hemorrhagic Fever

In in an area of Democratic Republic of Congo where there were cases of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in September 2007 there have been more then ninety new cases that some suspect are hemorrhagic fever. But Gregory Hartl, Spokesperson for the World Health Organization says the jury is still out. Many places in DRC are endemic [...]

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Daily Noon Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Daily noon briefing by Marie Okabe, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, followed by a briefing on the work of the General Assembly by Enrique Yeves, Spokesperson for the President of the General Assembly.

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WFP identifies hunger hotspots for 2009

The World Food Programme has identified Chad, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Sudan as its high profile emergencies for the next six to twelve months.

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URDU #52: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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INDONESIAN #52: Fokus Fokus Kita

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BANGLA #51 – Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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Global meltdown to affect Latin America and the Caribbean region: ECLAC

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean-ECLAC says the global economic meltdown stands to significantly affect the region next year.

24 Dec 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Africa Liberation Day Celebration

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IOM provides support to Haitian communities affected by storms

Communities in Haiti affected by consecutive Tropical Storms during this past hurricane season are getting support from the International Organization for Migration-IOM.

24 Dec 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Nine die, dozens infected by suspected haemorrhagic fever

In the DRC, nine people have died and more than 90 are infected as a result of an outbreak of a suspected haemorrhagic fever in Kasai Occidental.

24 Dec 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Chaos and Confusion Surround Death of Guinea’s President

Hours after the death of Lansana Conte, President of Guinea, Guinea’s army announced a military takeover and dissolved the country’s government and suspended the constitution, . Captain Moussa Dadis Camara said on state radio that the army had taken over, and a National Council for Democracy and Development (CNDD) has been set up. But meanwhile [...]

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Reconstruction continues four years after Indian Ocean tsunami

And, looking back at another Christmas-time disaster – it will soon be the fourth anniversary of the December 26th Indian Ocean tsunami. So how is life there now?

23 Dec 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Federation of the Red Cross Launches Appeal for Zimbabwe

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) launched an appeal for 10.2 million Swiss franc ($9.2 million dollars or 6.6 million euro) to fund a massive response to the ongoing cholera crisis in Zimbabwe. The appeal has been launched on behalf of the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society (ZRCS) to help 1.5 [...]

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UNHCR Successfully Delivers Urgently Needed Aid to Displaced in Eastern Congo

The UN Refugee Agency – UNHCR – has successfully delivered 23 tons of humanitarian aid to close to 9,000 people in need in the Democratic republic of Congo. In addition to the agency’s concern for the displaced Congolese the Spokesperson reports that five children abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army have managed to escape. UNHCR [...]

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Daily Noon Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Daily noon briefing by Marie Okabe, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, proceeded by a briefing on the work of the General Assembly by Enrique Yeves, Spokesperson for the President of the General Assembly.

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Red Cross launches appeal for Zimbabwe cholera outbreak

It's Christmas time again, and it's a crisis again.

23 Dec 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UNHCR aid arrives in Dungu

Five UNHCR trucks carrying 23 tonnes of aid arrived in Dungu district in the north-eastern Oriental province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Sunday after an
11-day journey from the town of Bunia,600 miles away.

23 Dec 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Up to 6,000 child soldiers recruited in Darfur: UNICEF

Up to 6,000 child soldiers, some as young as 11years, have been recruited by rebels and government forces in Sudan's Darfur conflict.

23 Dec 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

IFRC launches ten-million-Swiss franc appeal to fight cholera in Zimbabwe

Aid agencies are stepping up efforts to help the people of Zimbabwe cope with the widening cholera epidemic that has claimed more than 1,000 victims.

23 Dec 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Cholera continues to spread in Zimbabwe as death toll rises

Cholera has now spread to all provinces in Zimbabwe with the tenth and last unaffected province reporting cases of the epidemic.

23 Dec 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Security Council recognizes expiration of mandate of US-led multinational force in Iraq

The UN Security Council voted unanimously to recognize the expiration of the mandate of the U.S-led multinational force for Iraq (MNF-1) by the end of the year.

23 Dec 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Security Council Votes to Expire Mandate of US-Lead Multinational Force in Iraq

The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution that formally recognizes the expiration of the US-led multinational force’s mandate in Iraq on December 31 as requested by the Baghdad government. The United States, which supplies 95 percent of foreign troops in Iraq, has already signed a Status of Forces Agreement with the Baghdad government, [...]

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Security Council welcomes Final Peace Agreement between Ugandan Government and LRA

The UN Security Council has reiterated its welcome for the Final Peace Agreement negotiated between the Ugandan Government and the Lords Resistance Army – LRA.

22 Dec 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

No fuel, humanitarian aid, commodities able to get into Gaza Monday: UNSCO

The Office of the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO) reports that crossings for good going into Gaza's are closed Monday.

22 Dec 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Expert on Torture Welcomes President-Elect’s Plan to Close Guantanamo

Four independent UN experts have welcomed the announcement by President-elect Barack Obama to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center and to strengthen the fight against torture. Manfred Nowak, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture says the experts are ready to offer their assistance. Two reports by Gail Walker – Long and Short The full interview [...]

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South Africa’s UN Ambassador Urges Security Council to Take on Unresolved Issues

South Africa’s UN Ambassador has called on the UN Security Council to fight for a resolution of issues which have dominated its agenda over the years. Ambassador Dumisani Kumalo in a statement said as South Africa concludes its two-year stint on the Council, it regrets the lack of success in addressing the long-standing conflicts on [...]

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UNICEF airlifts critical emergency supplies to Zimbabwe

UNICEF announced Monday that its first ever airlift of critical emergency supplies to Zimbabwe has arrived in Harare, as Zimbabwe grapples with cholera and a collapsing health system.

22 Dec 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

South Africa regrets lack of success in council's work on long-standing conflicts

South Africa has called on the UN Security Council to fight for a resolution of issues which have dominated its agenda over the years.

22 Dec 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Security Council imposes sanctions in Eastern Congo and renews mission mandate

Speaking with one voice the UN Security Council has voted unanimously to extend the mandate of MONUC – the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo – for another year.

22 Dec 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Cholera takes its toll in Zimbabwe

UN human rights experts are urging the Government and the international community to do more to help Zimbabwe rebuild its health system, end the cholera epidemic, and ensure adequate food for all people.

22 Dec 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Daily Noon Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Daily noon briefing by Michele Montas, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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UN Security Renews MONUC Mandate and Imposes Sanctions to Supporters of DRC Rebels

The UN Security Council has voted to renew the mandate of the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo for another year. The renewal aims to make clear the role of the mission and to help strengthen its ability to offer support to Congolese authorities and to assist in protecting the civilian population. The [...]

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UN Experts welcome intention to close Guantanamo Bay detention center

Four human rights experts have welcomed the announcement by President-elect Obama that he will make it a priority of his administration to close the illegal detention centre at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.

22 Dec 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Security Council renews MONUC mandate for one year

The UN Security Council, determining that the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo continues to pose a threat to international peace and security, unanimously renewed the mandate of the UN peacekeeping force – MONUC, for one year.

22 Dec 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN experts welcome announcement to close Guantanamo detention facility

Four independent UN experts have welcomed the announcement by President-elect Barack Obama to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center and to strengthen the fight against torture.

22 Dec 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Zimbabwe government and international community must do more: rights experts

"The severe crisis affecting Zimbabwe is ravaging the country with alarming speed."

22 Dec 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Le Roy Says Situation in Darfur Has Not Improved

The Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Alain Le Roy told the UN Security Council that as the conflict enters its sixth year, millions continue to live in camps for internally displaced people, depending on the life-saving assistance of the humanitarian effort. Le Roy says in the first year of its operations, UNAMID lost 21 personnel.

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Health Staff in Zimbabwe are Refusing to Work due to Low Wages–WHO

Not all health facilities in Zimbabwe are offering services. Some health workers have refused to work because of low wages or because they are not being paid at all. Dr. Dominique Legros, Coordinator of WHO’s Disease Control and Emergency Operations has just returned from Zimbabwe where he was instrumental in setting up the United Nations [...]

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"Gimme Shelter" film helps raise awareness for the work of UNHCR in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Women: a weekly 14-minute news magazine that looks at issues affecting women around the world.

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Daily Noon Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Daily noon briefing by Marie Okabe, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, followed by a briefing on the work of the General Assembly by Enrique Yeves, Spokesperson for the President of the General Assembly.

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UNHCR seeks emergency assistance for Somalis in Kenya's Dadaab camp

The UN refugee agency-UNHCR is seeking US$92 million to ease the plight of nearly 250,000 Somalis in one of the world's oldest, largest and most congested refugee sites- the Dadaab camp in eastern Kenya near the Somali border.

19 Dec 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Staffing situation in health facilities in Zimbabwe worrying: WHO

Not all health facilities in Zimbabwe are offering services.
Some health workers have refused to work because of low wages or not being paid at all.

19 Dec 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

ICRC disinfecting homes, clothing to control spread of cholera in Zimbabwe

In Zimbabwe, as more people continue to die from cholera, the International Committee of the Red Cross is broadening its response in order to prevent more people becoming infected.

19 Dec 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Japan to introduce resettlement programme for Myanmar refugees

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) on Friday welcomed Tokyo's announcement of the introduction of a pilot resettlement programme to accept Myanmar refugees in Thailand.

19 Dec 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN holds first-ever high-level discussion on human rights and sexual orientation

For the first time ever the UN General Assembly addressed the issue of gay and lesbian rights.

18 Dec 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Holds First-Ever High-level Discussion on Human Rights and Sexual Orientation

For the first-time ever the United Nations focused attention on the human rights and sexual orientation. Sixty-six nations signed a statement, that among other things, denounces "violence, harassment, discrimination, exclusion, stigmatization and prejudice … directed against persons in all countries in the world because of sexual orientation or gender identity" and "urge(s) States to take [...]

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UN Launches New Campaign to Help Internally Displaced People Exiled in their Homeland

John Holmes, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, announced the launch of a new campaign to assist internally displaced people. The United Nations estimates that close to 1 per cent of the world’s 6.7 billion people are now displaced within their own countries, forced to flee their homes due to armed conflicts, [...]

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International Criminal Tribual for Rwanda Issues Rwandan Genocide Conviction

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), has convicted a former senior defence official Theoneste Bagosora of organising Rwanda’s 1994 genocide and sentenced him life in prison. The tribunal also found two co-defendants, former military commanders Anatole Nsegiyumva and Alloys Ntabakuze found guilty of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, and gave them life [...]

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UNRWA Suspends Food Distribution in Gaza

Due to the ongoing crisis with irregular border access and the lack of wheat flour in Gaza, UNRWA has exhausted all stocks of flour in its warehouses. Wheat supplies scheduled to arrive in Gaza December 9th and 10th were unable to enter due to rocket fire, hence the mills have run out of flour and [...]

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On International Migrants Day UN Chief Highlights Contribution Migrants Make to Economy

Marking International Migrants Day Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has pointed to the need to recognize the positive contributions that migrants make to economic growth. The Secretary-General says he is happy this issue has been given high attention by the international community and that conferences in Greece next year will help build understanding between host and migrating [...]

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UN Security Council Takes up Issue of the Middle East

The UN Security Council held its monthly meeting on the situation in the Middle East. Among the speakers were Robert Serry,Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, and the Secretary-General’s Envoy to the Quartet the representative for the Palestinians, Israelis and the United States. Selects and the full speech of the above speakers are [...]

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Daily Noon Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Daily noon briefing by Marie Okabe, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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European Union escorts WFP ships to Somalia

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Ben Affleck and Mick Jagger Join Forces to Provide Aid for Victims of Violence in Eastern Congo

Hollywood actor-director Ben Affleck and Sir Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones have joined forces to help raise $23 million for UNHCR – the UN refugee agency – to help pay for clean water and emergency humanitarian assistance kits to some 250,000 displaced persons in the violence-affected parts of the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. [...]

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International Trade Won’t Prevent Another Food Crisis – UN Independent Expert on Food

International trade will not prevent another food crisis according to Professor Olivier De Schutter, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. The Special Rapporteur identifies two reasons why trade agreements won’t offer food security. The first reason: Of the 963 million hungry in the world, eighty percent are food producers in developing countries [...]

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Ban Ki-moon Says it is our Responsibility to Deliver

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned at his last news conference of the year — which he called the "the year of multiple crises" — that the coming year promises to be no less difficult. He said that the United States under its new President-elect, Barack Obama, promises bold new leadership and assures they will become a [...]

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INDONESIAN #51: Fokus Fokus Kita

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INDONESIAN #50: Fokus Fokus Kita

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HINDI #52 – Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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HINDI #51 – Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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URDU #51: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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URDU #50: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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U.S. supports peacekeeping in Somalia but U.S. forces doubtful – Condoleeza Rice

Acknowledging instability in Somalia U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the US has been a large supporter of the efforts of the African Union to control the level of violence in the country.

16 Dec 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

A good day for Somalia: South Africa's UN Ambassador Kumalo

Once again, the UN Security Council has taken up the issue of Somalia.

16 Dec 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Secretary-General Urges a Stabilization of the Situation in the West Bank and Gaza

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has issued a call to stabilize the situation on the ground in the West Bank and Gaza, and ensure an intensification of the peace process on all tracks. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a Ministerial-level meeting of the Security Council on the Situation in the Middle East that all must maintain [...]

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WFP Calls for Rescue Package for World's Hungry

The World Food Programme (WFP) aims to feed about 100 million people in 2009 at a budget of about $5.2 billion. But it warns that without a rapid injection of funds in the very near future, it will run out of food by the month of March for assistance to a number of countries, including [...]

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UN Refugee Agency Reports Sudanese Refugees Depart Iraq for Resettlement

Nearly a hundred Sudanese refugees, mainly from Darfur, who have been stranded in a makeshift camp in the desert in Iraq since 2005, left Tuesday morning for Amman, Jordan, en route to Romania.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees – UNHCR says the group will be housed in a new Emergency Transit Centre in Romania while [...]

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Cholera Crisis Could Worsen During Rainy Season–Warns IFRC

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is very concerned by the upcoming rainy season in Zimbabwe and its potential impact on the cholera crisis in the country. Their main work is to support already existing structures but the health system is very weak. With the Christmas period, IFRC is worried [...]

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Daily Noon Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Daily noon briefing by Michele Montas, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, followed by a briefing on the work of the General Assembly by Enrique Yeves, Spokesperson for the President of the General Assembly.

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Middle East Quartet Meets at UN Headquarters

A day in advance of the UN Security Council meeting where a draft resolution on the Middle East will be considered, the Middle East Quartet gathered for what will likely be their final meeting of the year. Quartet member US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice says even though there won't be a Middle East agreement [...]

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Mia Farrow Says Atrocities against Women and Children in DRC are Massive and Barbaric

Actress Mia Farrow appealed Monday for the world to stop the rape of women and girls in eastern Congo, which she described as one of the worst situations she has ever encountered in her life. Farrow, who returned Sunday from a three-day visit to the African country on behalf of the U.N. Children’s Fund, says [...]

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GA President Calls Claim that He Tried to Stop Israeli Representative from Speaking at Human Rights Event ‘a Lie’

Enrique Yeves, Spokesperson for Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann, President of the UN General Assembly says claims that the president tried to prevent the Permanent Representative of Israel from speaking at the UN event commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is blatantly false. The Spokesperson says media reports have identified staff from [...]

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The European Union Will Provide Naval Escorts for WFP Aid to Somalia

The European Union is to provide long-term naval escorts to the World Food Programme (WFP) to protect ships loaded with food for Somalia. The first of the ships to be protected by the European Union – the MV Semlow, left Mombassa port on Sunday loaded with enough food to feed more than 50,000 Somalis for [...]

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SRSG for Childlren: Nepal Agrees to Start Process of Discharging Child Soldiers

Radhika Coomaraswamy, the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, just back from her mission to Nepal and the Philippines says the Prime Minister of Nepal has agreed to start the process of discharging child soldiers. There are approximately 2900 children that have been used as child soldiers and she says UNICEF and UNDP (the [...]

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Daily Noon Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Daily noon briefing by Michele Montas, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, followed by a briefing on the work of the General Assembly by Enrique Yeves, Spokesperson for the President of the General Assembly.

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Poznan Climate Change Conference expected to conclude

The Danish minister of the environment says the Poznan Climate Conference has "delivered what was expected from it" and that the road to the Copenhagen summit has been cleared.

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Poznan Climate Change Conference reaches agreement on payment for adaptation fund

Negotiators at the United Nations Climate Conference in Poznan have come to a last minute agreement on payments from an adaptation fund to help poor countries to tackle the effects of climate change.

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Climate talks close to agreement

The UN Climate Conference in Poland is close to an agreement on an adaptation fund to help poor nations cope with the consequences of Climate Change.

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Al Gore Wants Leaders of the World Personally Involved in Fight Against Climate Change

Former US Vice-President Al Gore challenged the world´s heads of states and government to get personally involved and hold as many summits as necessary before the Copenhagen summit to ensure a successful Climate treaty. The Nobel laureate told the Poznan conference that he did not think that leaders of the world could stay disengaged from [...]

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URDU #49: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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HINDI #50 – Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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BANGLA #50 – Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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Reintegrating ex-combatants in Aceh, Indonesia

UN Calling Asia – a weekly magazine programme, in English, that keeps you in touch with UN developments covering Asia and the Pacific.

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Nobel laureate challenges world leaders to ensure a successful climate treaty

Former US Vice-President Al Gore challenged the world´s heads of states and government to get personally involved and hold as many summits as necessary before the Copenhagen summit to ensure a successful Climate treaty.

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Rebel group in the Philippines agrees to release children from its ranks

Last week the UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict secured from the Maoist Nepalese government a promise of the release of nearly 3,000 child soldiers.

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European climate change deal applauded by some, criticized by others at Poznan talks

European leaders meeting in Brussels have reached agreement on measures to fight global warming.

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Daily Noon Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Daily noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Associate Spokesperson for the Secretary-General. Guests were Serge Brammertz, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), and Hassan Jallow, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR).

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Antigua and Barbuda on the current financial and economic crises;

Caribbean News Round-Up: a weekly 15-minute news magazine on developments at the United Nations concerning the Caribbean.

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Ban urges Human Rights Council to rise above partisan posturing

We have come a long way since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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Film documents struggle for peace of Liberian women

Women: a weekly 14-minute news magazine that looks at issues affecting women around the world.

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Ban Ki-moon Expects a Stronger Partnership Between US and UN Under Next Administration

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, at a news conference in Geneva, expressed he is hopeful that with the new United States' administration, a stronger partnership can be established between the US and the UN. He also mentioned his meeting with Senator John Kerry at the climate change talks in Poland. Stephanie Coutrix reports Audio from news conference [...]

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Security Council urges intensified negotiations between Cyprus parties

The UN Security Council voted Friday to keep the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus for another six months – that is until mid-June.

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UN agencies working to ease the cholera epidemic in Zimbabwe

United Nations agencies have stepped up efforts in Zimbabwe to bring the cholera epidemic under control.

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UN disagrees that Zimbabwe cholera epidemic is over

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has disputed Zimbabwe's President Mugabe’s claim that the cholera epidemic is over.

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EU says climate deal a truly historic accomplishment

A new ambitious European Union climate package was welcomed Friday at the United Nations Climate conference in Poznan in Poland.

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UN Chief Disputes President Mugabe's Claim that Cholera Epidemic is Over

The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon has disputed President Mugabe’s claim that the cholera epidemic is over. Speaking to journalists in Geneva, he said that “he could not agree” with the President and that the cholera outbreak was spreading to neighboring countries. He called on the leadership not to evade its responsibilities as the Zimbabwean [...]

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UN climate chief welcomes EU agreement on climate change

The head of the UN climate change secretariat Friday welcomed the news that the European Union has reached an agreement on climate change.

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Poznan conference doing "a blue collar job": de Boer

The UN climate conference in Poznan, Poland enters its final day Friday.

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UN chief sees climate summit next September

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday he is considering organizing a summit on climate change during the next UN General Assembly session in September 2009.

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Mixed progress in talks on rules for dialogue between DRC and CNDP

Some progress has been made towards forging consensus and the ground rules for a dialogue between the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the Congrès National pour la Défence du Peuple (CNDP).

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"Pray the Devil Back to Hell" Film documents Liberian women's peace initiative

In 2003 a group of brave and determined women helped bring peace to Liberia through peaceful protests in the country's capital Monrovia. A new film, called "Pray the Devil Back to Hell" documents the actions of these women, which culminated in the exile of the then President Charles Taylor and the election of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa's first female head of state.

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Daily Noon Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Daily noon briefing by Michele Montas, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, followed by a briefing on the work of the General Assembly by Enrique Yeves, Spokesperson for the President of the General Assembly.

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Ban Ki-moon Wishes the United States Had Joined Kyoto Protocol

The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Poznan is an important half-way mark in the negotiating process leading up to Copenhagen in 2009. Parties have agreed that in Copenhagen, an ambitious climate change deal will be clinched to follow on the first phase of the UN's Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012. This Protocol is [...]

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Secretary-General calls for a "Green New Deal" at Climate Change Talks

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for "new global solidarity" to combat global warming as the 12-day conference on Climate Change heard from ministers eager to finalize agreements on a global pact on climate change.

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Ban calls for "Green New Deal"

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday called for a "Green New Deal" to fight simultaneously Climate change and the world financial crisis.

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UN concerned about plight of foreign workers in Baghdad

The UN envoy in Iraq has expressed concern over the plight of more than 1,000 foreign workers brought into the country by international contractors with promises of work at Baghdad International Airport.

11 Dec 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN envoy says Somali pirates rake in $120 million in 2008

Somali pirates have received more than 120 million dollars in ransom money this year.

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UN pays tribute to lives lost in Algiers bombing

One year ago today, United Nations premises in Algiers was brutally and senselessly attacked. We mourn the terrible tragedy of December 11, 2007.

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Japan invests $92 million to help Africa weather climate change

Twenty-one African countries are set to benefit from a US$92.1-million programme backed by the Japanese Government, which is designed to support their efforts to adapt to climate change.

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Agreement reached on set of goals for new climate treaty in 2009

The top U.N. climate official says the Poznan climate change conference has agreed on a set of goals to be included in a new climate treaty in 2009 along with a plan to reach them in the next 12 months.

10 Dec 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Changes in human rights policies may be difficult but are critical:Robinson

In an event to mark to 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, panel discussions were held at UN headquarters to discuss lessons learned, current challenges and the way forward for human rights.

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New Report Urges Fresh Look at Latin American Solutions

The World Bank today urged the international community to look to Latin America for innovative solutions to avert a climate crisis.

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World Bank forecasts significant slowdown in 2009

A new report by the World Bank finds that a significant slowdown is taking place everywhere, including in previously resilient developing countries.

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Progress is made in promoting human rights

As we celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we look at the state of human rights around the world today.

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A look at the history of the UDHR

It was December 10th, 1948, when the then General Assembly President, Herbert Evatt of Australia announced:

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Daily Noon Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Daily noon briefing by Michele Montas, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, followed by a briefing on the work of the General Assembly by Enrique Yeves, Spokesperson for the President of the General Assembly.

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Navi Pillay Says She Is Impressed by Obama's Statement That He Will Close Guantanamo

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, at a news conference for the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, said that the principles laid down in the Universal Declaration are echoed in the constitutions of more than 90 countries. Stephanie Coutrix reports Full audio of Navi Pillay's news [...]

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Reform urgently needed in Zimbabwe's cholera outbreak control and health sector

A widespread cholera outbreak, under-resourced and under-staffed health system, and inadequate access to safe drinking water and hygiene are threatening the wellbeing of thousands of Zimbabweans.

10 Dec 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Negotiators reach deal on forests at climate talks

In Poznan, Poland, negotiators broke an impasse Wednesday on including forest conservation in a new climate change agreement, guaranteeing a voice for native peoples who live in forests and rewarding India and China for replanting depleted lands.

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WHO/UNICEF report says more child injuries can be prevented

Every day, 130 children die from falls. Another 125 loose their lives from poisoning.

10 Dec 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNHCR hosting international dialogue on refugees

United Nations refugee agency UNHCR is this week hosting an international dialogue to address the plight of refugees who have spent years and sometimes decades in exile.

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EU promises to deliver on plans to reduce green house gas emissions

The European Union commissioner for the Environment today promised the UN Climate Change conference in Poznan that the 27 nation block would deliver on its ambitious plans of reducing green house gas emissions, despite the fact that the leaders of the 27 nation block are due to continue negotiating their Climage Change package until friday, the last day of the Poznan conference.

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Ban urges collective responsibility to uphold rights in Universal Declaration

Today, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights remains a core part of the United Nations' very identity.

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Human Rights Day 60th Anniversary- Secretary-General

On December 10, 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Since its adoption, the Declaration has been and continues to be a source of inspiration for national and international efforts to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms. As the year 2008 marks its [...]

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World observes Human Rights Day

The World is today Wednesday 10 December marking Human Rights Day.

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Actress Charlize Theron: Appointed New UN Messenger of Peace

Oscar winning actress Charlize Theron has been appointed a UN messenger of Peace. As a Messenger she hopes to use the UN's resources to combat violence against women and children. Her focus started in South Africa where she was raised and returns to help with initiatives to end violence, reduce rape and offer HIV/AIDS education. [...]

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UN to host conference on piracy off Somalia

The United Nations will host a two-day international conference to discuss how to combat the ever-expanding acts of piracy off Somalia.

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Report from Arni Snaevarr of UNIC Brussels.

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Tuesday announced at the Climate Change conference in Poznan the completion of project testing advanced seismic and drilling techniques in Kenya that has exceeded all expectations.

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Secretary-General Calls for UN to Take lead in Fighting Terrorism

Terrorism is a global scourge and the carnage it inflicts is appalling and morally reprehensible. That’s the opinion of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Addressing the Security Council’s meeting on Global Security and International Terrorism, the UN Chief called for the United Nations to take the lead in fighting terrorism. The Secretary-General warns that terrorism is [...]

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WHO Says Cholera Outbreak in Zimbabwe is Greater than Estimated

According to UN agencies the death toll in Zimbabwe’s cholera outbreak has now reached 589 with nearly 14,000 cases reported. The capital Harare remains the worst affected with over 7,500 cases reported. UN agencies report that three major hospitals have been closed for lack of staff. WHO Spokesperson Fadela Chaib says the extent of the [...]

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60th anniversary of the Convention against Genocide

Today marks the 60th anniversary of the Convention against Genocide.

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WHO team in Zimbabwe to offer assistance in combating cholera outbreak

A high-level delegation from the World Health Organization headed by the Assistant Director-General for WHO’s Health Action in Crises cluster Eric Laroche, arrived in Zimbabwe over the weekend.

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Ban urges all to play by the rules and turn the tide against corruption

Today is the International Day against Corruption.

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Expert Says Collective Punishment of Gazans Violate International Humanitarian Law

A special expert on the situation of human rights on the occupied Palestinian territories says "Silence is not an option" on the continuing Israeli blockade of Gaza. In a statement Tuesday, the expert, Richard Falk says Israel still maintains its siege on Gaza, allowing only barely enough food and fuel to enter to stave off [...]

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UN Marks International Anti-Corruption Day with Say No Campaign

December 9th is the International Anti-Corruption Day. To commemorate the day the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has launched an international communication campaign. The campaign slogan Corruption. Your ‘NO’ counts encourages people around the world to take a stand against corruption. Saying no makes a difference in fighting this crime. Each ‘no’ [...]

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US Leadership Crucial to Fight Against Genocide

On the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former US Secretary of Defense William Cohen, co-chairs of a genocide prevention task force conclude that US leadership is crucial to any effort to genocide. The [...]

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FAO’s Launches its 2008 Report on the State of World Food Insecurity

The number of hungry people in the world has increased in 2008, mainly due to high food prices. The ongoing financial and economic crisis could push even more people into hunger and poverty next year. The vast majority of the world’s undernourished people live in developing countries. Of these, 65 percent live in only seven [...]

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Daily Noon Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Daily noon briefing by Michele Montas, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Outbreak of cholera in Zimbabwe "staggering"

Tsitsi Singizi, UNICEF Zimbabwe Communication Officer, calls the outbreak of cholera in Zimbabwe "staggering" and says it's being caused by a number of things:

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UN Spearheads Global Anti-Corruption Campaign

This ominous music is from a television spot, demonstrating the ability of the individual to put an end to corruption by saying no to bribes.

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Relief agencies respond to cholera crisis in Zimbabwe

The cholera crisis continues to plague Zimbabwe with nearly 14,000 cases reported and close to 600 deaths from the disease.

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UNODC launches anti-corruption campaign: Your 'NO' counts

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime UNODC launched an international communication campaign, with the slogan: Corruption. Your 'NO' counts.

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Number of hungry people rises to 963 million: FAO

Another 40 million people have been pushed into hunger this year primarily due to higher food prices.

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Cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe greater than estimated

The World Health Organisation says the extent of the Cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe may be greater than is currently estimated.

9 Dec 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Rights expert says collective punishment of Gazans violate international humanitarian law

A special expert on the situation of human rights on the occupied Palestinian territories says "Silence is not an option" on the continuing Israeli blockade of Gaza.

9 Dec 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Corruption severely undermines human rights of millions: UN expert

Programmes to tackle corruption must take into account issues of gender and discrimination in order to be effective.

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UN has responsibility to lead efforts to confront terrorism: Ban

Terrorism is a global scourge and the carnage it inflicts is appalling and morally reprehensible.

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Malnutrition Can Exacerbate the Effects of HIV- World Food Program

The 15th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) is being held in Dakar, Senegal, on 3-7 December 2008. This year's theme for Africa’s leading forum for discussion of HIV developments and trends is "Africa's Response: Face the facts." Special attention will be given to the interaction between HIV, food insecurity and nutrition. [...]

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UN Envoy secures release of child soldiers in Nepal

About 3,000 child soldiers will soon be released from the camps of former Maoist fighters in Nepal.

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UN Hosts Conference on Responsible Management Education

Business leaders gathered at the United Nations for a first-ever event aimed at promoting PRME – Principles for Responsible Management Education. The event focused on discussing how business schools and management-related academic institutions can get involved in the global agenda. and to learn from peers and committed experts about how business schools can provide real-world [...]

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Nepal Agrees to Plan to Release Child Soldiers – SRSG for Children in Armed Conflict

The Prime Minister of Nepal Mr. Pushpa Kamal Dahal today (December 5) agreed to move forward on the discharge of nearly 3,000 Maoist army elements disqualified as minors remaining in Maoist army cantonments, in cooperation with UNMIN and the UN Country Team in Nepal.  This was announced by Radhika Coomaraswamy, Special Representative of the Secretary-General [...]

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Signing of Convention on Cluster Munitions Brings Hope for Change in Military Doctrines

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the conclusion of the conference for the signing of the Convention on Cluster Munitions in Oslo, Norway, stating that this Convention indicates a significant and fundamental change in the position of many governments that, until recently, regarded cluster munitions as essential to their security policies and military doctrines. Assistant Secretary-General [...]

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Daily Noon Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Daily noon briefing by Michele Montas, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, followed by a briefing on the work of the General Assembly by Enrique Yeves, Spokesperson for the President of the General Assembly.

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Empowering the blind in St. Lucia

Earlier this week we marked the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which highlighted the theme of securing dignity and justice for all. Today we bring you a story from the Caribbean island state of St. Lucia, where some 15 hundred people, or about one percent of the population, suffer from some form of blindness. [...]

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UN Envoy secures release of child soldiers in Nepal

About 3,000 child soldiers will soon be released from the camps of former Maoist fighters in Nepal. The announcement came at the end of a week-long visit to Nepal by Radhika Coomaraswamy, the UN’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict. Earlier I spoke to Ms. Coomaraswamy and asked her about the details of the [...]

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UNHCR finds three empty sites for displaced people in DR Congo

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) has found additional camps for internally displaced people that have been emptied in the volatile Kivu Province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Nepal agrees to release child soldiers

Nearly 3,000 child soldiers in Nepal are expected to be released by February next year, a senior United Nations official announced today.

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American UN Association Welcomes Nomination of a New US Ambassador

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Relief agencies battle cholera in Zimbabwe

The United Nations and its partners are working around the clock to help stop the cholera epidemic in Zimbabwe, according to the United Nations humanitarian agency (OCHA).

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Secretary-General welcomes conclusion of cluster bombs meeting

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the conclusion of the conference for the signing of the Convention on Cluster Munitions in Oslo, Norway.

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Middle East Media Conference Highlights Major Issues to be Addressed

The two-day 16th Middle East Media Conference organized in Vienna by the United Nations Department of Public Information, focused this year on "Israeli-Palestinian Peace and the Role of the International Community". No new decisions were made. The yearly seminar was established in 1991 to search for clues, ideas, and new initiatives to help the peace [...]

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Security a Challenge – Not a Crisis – in Afghanistan

Members of the UN Security Council who participated in a mission to Afghanistan last November briefed the full council on the situation on the ground in the country. Italy’s UN Ambassador, Giulio Terzi lead the mission and he says Afghanistan faces daunting and multifaceted challenges. He says the overall assessment is that Afghanistan faces a [...]

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UN calls on donors to sustain support for mine action

A senior United Nations official today called on donors to sustain their generous support for projects to clear landmines and explosive remnants of war.

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2009 will be dominated by climate change talks

A senior UN official says international attention is going to be disproportionately focused on climate change in 2009, leading up to a meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark that is set to work out a post 2012 international legal framework.

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Relief workers call for more protection for civilians in DRC

UN and Africa – a weekly 15-minute radio programme on political, social, economic and other developments related to Africa.

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Cholera Continues to Grip Zimbabwe; WHO Calls Trend Worrying

The number of cases of cholera in Zimbabwe continues to climb. The World Health Organization calls the trend worrying. Agency Spokesperson Paul Garwood says the government’s Minister of Health has done a good job of keeping international health organizations abreast of the problem. Gail Walker reports The full interview is available below

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Security Council Mission cautiously optimistic about Afghanistan's future

Afghanistan faces a difficult security situation, but not a security crisis.

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Secretary-General stresses need to respond to crisis in Zimbabwe

The government of Zimbabwe today appealed for help to deal with a cholera outbreak that has infected more than 12,000 people in 9 out of its ten provinces.

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Sustainable Forestry Can Help Combat Climate Change

While agriculture and deforestation are major contributors to climate change, by the same token, farmers and forest users could become key players in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, says the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). According to FAO, this can be done by financing mechanisms targeting farmers and foresters around the globe, particularly small-scale land-users [...]

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Central Emergency Fund Improves UN Disaster Response

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the UN can be proud of its record in responding to humanitarian disasters in the past three years, since it established a revolving emergency fund. But, it still has to work to deliver aid more quickly, equitably and effectively, Mr. Ban told a high-level pledging conference for the UN’s Central Emergency [...]

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Security Council meets over Libyan vessel incident

There were conflicting views in the Security Council on Wednesday, following a request from Libya concerning a humanitarian vessel headed for Gaza. Dianne Penn filed this report. NARR: The Security Council meeting was called following an incident on Monday in which a Libyan ship loaded with humanitarian supplies for Gaza was intercepted by Israeli authorities. [...]

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A call for more protection for civilians in DRC

Sexual violence in the DRC Hunger, sexual violence against women and girls, disappearances in Goma are all the daily lot of civilians in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. NGOs working there were at the UN recently to tell the UN Security Council how urgent it is that the people there [...]

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Deputy US UN Ambassador Describes Israel’s Refusal to Allow Libyan Humanitarian Shipment into Gaza as Understandable

The UN Security Council held an emergency session on Wednesday night (December 3rd) to discuss Israel’s refusal to allow a Libyan vessel carrying humanitarian supplies to dock on Gaza’s shore. The session was convened at Libya’s request on the grounds that preventing the ship from reaching the Strip constituted an affront to peace on Israel’s [...]

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Daily Noon Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Daily noon briefing by Michele Montas, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Measles deaths greatly reduced in all but one country

Measles deaths worldwide fell by three-quarters between the years 2000 and 2007, from an estimated 750,000 to less than 200,000.

4 Dec 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Sustainable forestry can help combat climate change

While agriculture and deforestation are major contributors to climate change, by the same token farmers and forest users could become key players in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, says the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). According to FAO, this can be done by financing mechanisms targeting farmers and foresters around the globe, particularly small-scale land-users [...]

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Central Emergency Fund improves UN disaster response

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the UN can be proud of its record in responding to humanitarian disasters in the past three years, since it established a revolving emergency fund.

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UN independent expert says Doha missed opportunity to address debt

The international community has missed a crucial opportunity to reform the international framework on debt to benefit the people on the ground, according to a UN expert.

4 Dec 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Capital Master Plan Will Improve Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities – Secretary-General

In the context of the International Day for Persons with Disabilities, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon explains how the Capital Master Plan, the project to renovate the New York Headquarters of the United Nations, will create a working environment adapted for people with disabilities. Rooms will be rebuilt to meet current standards for safety, security and accessibility. [...]

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UN Chief Calls for ‘Dignity and Justice for All’ on the International Day for Persons with Disabilities

‘Dignity and justice for all of us’ is the theme of this year’s International Day for Persons with Disabilities, as well as for the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 2008 is a significant year in the international human rights movement given the entry into force on May 3rd of the Convention [...]

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UN Security Council Extends Piracy-Fighting Mandate

UN Security Council continues its efforts to fight piracy off the Somali coast. The Council has adopted resolution 1846 which Jean-Maurice Ripert, french Ambassador to the United Nations says will allow the European Union to launch it’s Operation Atalanta. The first-ever naval mission is designed to combat growing acts of piracy and help protect aid [...]

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Daily Noon Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Daily noon briefing by Michele Montas, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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ICC Prosecutor Urges Security Council to Prepare for Ruling on al-Bashir Indictment

In his briefing of the UN Security Council, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court condemned Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir for what he describes as his role in attacks against civilians including killings, rape and the suffering of the 2.5 million people living in refugee camps. In addition, the prosecutor says the President has [...]

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Climate change threatens food security in Pacific islands

The Food and Agriculture warned today that climate change is threatening food security in Pacific island countries.

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UN court sentences Rwandan musician to 15 years

The International Criminal Court for Rwanda today sentenced the famous Rwandan singer and composer to 15 years imprisonment for participating in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

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UN nuclear watchdog promotes use of science to improve food security

The United Nations nuclear watchdog today called for increased investment in a plant breeding technique that could bolster efforts to fight hunger.

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UNICEF calls on parties to stop recruiting child soldiers in DRC

The United Nations children's agency, UNICEF has expressed concern about the continuing recruitment of child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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African trade ministers call for fair play in cotton trade

Trade ministers from six African cotton- producing countries have called for fair play in international trade of cotton.

2 Dec 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

International treaty on cluster munitions opens for signature

An international treaty that prohibits the use, production, stockpiling and transfer of cluster bombs is opening for signature in Oslo, on Wednesday.

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Secretary-General speaks with Prime Minister of India

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today once again expressed his deepest sympathies to the families of the victims of last week's terrorist attacks in Mumbai.

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Twenty People Drown Traveling Across the Gulf of Aden from the Horn of Africa

Twenty people drowned off the coast of Yemen and two were reported missing after smugglers carrying them across the Gulf of Aden from the Horn of Africa forced them to jump overboard in deep water. The boat was reportedly carrying around 115 passengers, mostly Ethiopians. The remaining 93 passengers made it to shore and were [...]

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UN Mission in Iraq Issues Human Rights Report for First Half of 2008

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq has issued its human rights report for the first half of 2008. The report points to significant progress in the area of security but both the head of UNAMI – the UN Mission in Iraq and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights says more must [...]

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UNICEF Calls Upon Armed Groups to Cease Recruitment of Children in the DRC

The offices of UNICEF in Goma were informed that five children have been recruited in Kishangi by armed groups. Eighty-five percent of the schools in Rutshuru remain closed and even if some are open, parents are still afraid to send their children to school because they are targeted places for forced recruitment. Stephanie Coutrix reports [...]

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With Aid Trickling Into Gaza UN Agency Condemns Collective Punishment of Civilians

Little by little humanitarian aid is making its way into Gaza. Sami Mushasha, Director of Media and Communications for UNRWA – the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees says in addition to the shortages, the dignity of the Palestinians in the region is being undermined. Two reports by Gail Walker – long and [...]

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Daily Noon Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Daily noon briefing by Michele Montas, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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IAEA Urges Use of Nuclear Science to Improve Crop Varieties and to Fight World Hunger

The International Atomic Energy Agency is launching a campaign on Food Security (nuclear science and plant breeding), to highlight the work of the IAEA’s Plant Breeding Unit that uses nuclear technologies to improve crop varieties and to fight world hunger. The effort – which should not be confused with genetically modified food – is aimed [...]

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President of General Assembly wraps up Doha meeting

The President of the UN General Assembly says the conference on financing for developing which has ended on Doha, Qatar, has taken the first steps to agree on major changes in international financial governance.

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UN expert says "Slavery is the reality of modern life"

The United Nations expert on contemporary forms of slavery, Gulnara Shahinian, has called for effective action to combat slavery.

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UNICEF launches emergency response to cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe

The United Nations children's agency, UNICEF today announced an emergency response to help children in Zimbabwe.

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Climate Change meeting in Poznan focuses on technology transfer

The latest round of UN-led negotiations on reaching a global climate change deal next year, has drawn more than 10,000 participants to the city of Poznan in Poland.

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IAEA says radiation can improve crops

The International Atomic Energy Agency, the IAEA, is calling for increased investment in a plant breeding technique that could reduce hunger.

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Security Council adopts resolution on piracy in Somalia

The Security Council has extended its authorization for countries to enter the territorial waters of Somalia to fight piracy.

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At least 20 North Africans drown off the coast of Yemen

Twenty people have drowned and two are missing after trying to cross the Gulf of Aden to Yemen, according to the UN refugee agency, UNHCR.

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UN report says human rights violations continue in Iraq

The United Nations mission in Iraq (UNAMI) says the human rights situation in the country remains serious despite great improvements in security conditions.

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Doha conference a success: UN special envoy

The UN special envoy for the Doha Conference on Financing for Development has described the meeting as a success.

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Cholera on the Rise in Zimbabwe

Cholera cases in Zimbabwe continue to steadily increase. Nearly 12,000 cases have been reported and health officials in the country says the numbers are being under-reported and say the situation could worsen with the approaching rainy season. While the rainwater trapped on the ground is tempting source of drinking water it’s often contaminated contributing to [...]

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UN Association President Praises Obama’s Nominee for New US UN Ambassador

Ambassador William Luers, President of the United Nations Association of the United States of America says President-Elect Obamba’s nominee for the post of US UN Ambassador says is the best choice. Two reports by Gail Walker – long and short The full interview is available below

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Launch of World Economic Situation and Prospects 2009 Global Outlook

The "Global Outlook" chapter of the UN World Economic Situation and Prospects 2009 was recently released in Doha, Qatar, in the midst of the three-day International Conference on Financing for Development. UN economists are recommending massive economic stimulus packages that are coherent and mutually reinforcing on a global basis, and linked with sustainable development imperatives. [...]

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UN Chief Reassured that International Community will Fulfill Pledge to Support Development Despite Financial Crisis

The global financial crisis aside, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he is leaving the financing for development conference in Doha, Qatar confident that the international community will fulfill its pledges to support international development issues. The UN Chief spoke with UN Radio in Doha. Gail Walker reports The full interview is available below

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Commemoration of 20th World Aids Day

This year marks the 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day, commemorated annually on December 1st by individuals and organisations across the world to bring attention to the global AIDS epidemic. An estimated 33 million people are still living with HIV, and there were 2.7 million new HIV infections and some 2 million AIDS-related deaths in [...]

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Daily Noon Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Daily noon briefing by Marie Okabe, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Secretary-General calls for sustained leadership to fight AIDS

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for action to create a future without AIDS. In a message to mark World AIDS Day, the Secretary-General, urged the international community to pledge to be hope givers who offer encouragement in the fight against the pandemic.

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World Bank to increase financial support to developing countries

The World Bank Group will substantially increase its financial support to developing countries in response to the financial crisis.

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UN human rights body condemns violence in DR Congo

United Nations Human Rights Council has strongly condemned acts of violence and human rights violations being perpetrated against the civilian population in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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UN expert is concerned about freedom of expression in Burundi

The United Nations expert on human rights in Burundi has expressed deep concern about the deteriorating situation of freedom of expression and association in the country.

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UN appeals for over $ 900 million for Somalia

The United Nations humanitarian agency OCHA has appealed for more than $900 million to help the people of Somalia next year.

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Ban hopeful for strong outcome at Follow-up Conference on Financing for Development

The four-day Follow-up Conference on Financing for Development taking place in Doha, Qatar is scheduled to end December 2nd.

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UNAIDS recommends sharpening prevention efforts

This year's World AIDS Day, December 1st, marks the 20th anniversary of the observance of the day.

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UN expert calls on Netherland to help Cote d'Ivoire after toxic waste dumping

A UN human rights expert is calling on the Netherlands to provide assistance to Cote d'Ivoire in the aftermath of the 2006 dumping of toxic wasted around the city of Abidjan.

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Year of the Gorilla is launched in Rome

Prince Albert II of Monaco today launched the Year of the Gorilla 2009 to focus on efforts to conserve the primates and their habitat.

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Climate change negotiations start in Poznan, Poland

The latest round of United Nations-backed negotiations on climate started in Poznan, Poland, today.

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Doha Conference close to deal on Outcome Document

Negotiators at the international conference on financing for development taking place in Doha, Qatar, are finalizing a document to be adopted at the end of the meeting.

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WHO study says public sector lacks essential medicines

An alarming lack of essential medicines in the public sector is driving patients to pay higher prices in the private sector or go without, according to the World Health Organization.

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Secretary-General is saddened by violence in Nigeria

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he is deeply saddened by the inter-ethnic violence which erupted in the Nigerian city of Jos on Friday.

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UN report warns of a possible recession in 2009

The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) is warning that developed countries could enter into a deep recession next year if the current credit squeeze is not addressed.

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