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HINDI #4 – Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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URDU #5: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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URDU #4: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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URDU #3: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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BANGLA #5 – Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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BANGLA #4 – Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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BANGLA #3 – Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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WHO urges drastic action to bring Zimbabwe's cholera epidemic under control

The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for drastic action to bring Zimbabwe's cholera outbreak under control.

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Humanitarian emergency in Sri Lanka

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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US funding for UNFPA restored

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

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SRSG Staffan de Mistura condemns assassination of Iraqi electoral candidates

Mr. Staffan de Mistura, the Special Representative for the Secretary-General condemns the assassination of five Iraqi electoral candidates, killed while campaigning for the provincial council elections, which are scheduled to take place on January 31st, 2009. In an interview with the UN Radio, the SRSG expresses disappointment in the killings, but remains confident in a successful [...]

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UN envoy condemns murders on eve of Iraq elections

The head of the UN Mission in Iraq has condemned the assassination of three candidates on the eve of the country’s provincial council elections. Staffan de Mistura called the murders “a terrible crime designed to attempt to disrupt the democratic process on the eve of the elections.” UN Radio’s Reem Abaza spoke on the line [...]

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A call for controlling cholera in Zimbabwe

ADAMS: The World Health Organization (WHO) is warning that the cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe, one of the largest ever recorded, is far from being brought under control. WHO says there is an urgent need to intensify efforts to respond to this epidemic which has killed over 3,000 people since it broke out in August. There [...]

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Antigua and Barbuda concludes its chairmanship of the Group of 77 developing countries and China

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

30 Jan 2009 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

FAO fears increased food shortages in Gaza after the recent conflict

The recent Israeli military incursion into Gaza has badly damaged the territory's agriculture sector raising fears of increased food insecurity.

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John Holmes confident about a generous response to monetary appeals for Gaza

UN Radio's Ben Malor interviews John Holmes, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator on the progress of collecting monetary funds to assist Gaza in it’s short-term rebuilding efforts. Holmes remains confident that nations will continue to donate monetary assistance to the Gaza rebuilding fund, despite the current global economic crisis. Holmes reports that thus far [...]

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Refugees from the Central African Republic flee to Chad

More than 4,500 refugees from the Central African Republic have recently arrived in south-eastern Chad fleeing attacks from rebel groups.

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John Holmes optimistic about generous response to Gaza appeal

The UN's humanitarian chief, John Holmes, is optimistic that donors will respond generously to the 600-million-dollar flash appeal for Gaza that the UN launched on Thursday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

30 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

New tensions in the DRC lead to further displacement

Tensions are rising and new displacement is being reported in the South Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Increasing number of children injured in fighting in Sri Lanka

An increasing number of children, some just months old, have been injured in the fighting in Sri Lanka in the past 10 days.

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Secretary-General calls for increased partnerships to further global development

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon briefs at the World Economic Forum in Davos. The SG calls for an increased number of partnerships meant to enhance development, economic growth and global health in the world’s poorest nations. He also reports on a new plan, the ‘Global Green New Deal,’ which Ban says will increase jobs and curb climate [...]

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INDONESIAN #4: Fokus Fokus Kita

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INDONESIAN #3: Fokus Fokus Kita

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INDONESIAN #2: Fokus Fokus Kita

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WFP delivers food assistance to 365,000 Gazans

Mr. Daly Belgasmi, the World Food Programme’s (WFP) Regional Director for Middle East, Central Asia and Eastern Europe, briefs on the humanitarian situation in Gaza. According to Belgasmi, Gazans are still in need of food assistance, and that out of 1.42 million people in Gaza, the WFP is delivering food to 365,000 of the total [...]

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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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Civil society coalition on the responsibility to protect

Civil society groups worldwide have banded together to bring attention to the responsibility to protect, a principal enunciated in 2005 by former Secretary-General Kofi Annan in 2005. According to the principle, individual states and the international community have a duty to protect at-risk populations from ethnic cleansing, war crimes and other gross human rights abuses. [...]

29 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Civilians trapped in rebel-held enclave in Sri Lanka

After being held up for 3 days, on Thursday, a UN convoy in Sri Lanka managed to evacuate hundreds of wounded civilians, including 50 children, who were caught in fighting between government forces and the Tamil Tigers rebels in the Vanni region in the north of the country. The United Nations and the Red Cross [...]

29 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN rights chief concerned by deteriorating conditions facing Sri Lankan civilians in conflict zone

The UN's top human rights official says she is deeply concerned by reports of the rapidly deteriorating conditions facing a quarter of a million civilians trapped in the conflict zone in northern Sri Lanka.

29 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Urgent rehabilitation needed for injured Palestinians to avoid life-long impairment

It is estimated that more than 2,000 Palestinians – men, women and children injured during the Israeli military incursion into Gaza may suffer life-long impairment, unnecessarily exacerbated by the inability of rehabilitation workers to provide early intervention.

29 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN evacuates wounded civilians in Sri Lanka

The United Nations evacuated hundreds of severely wounded civilians from behind rebel lines in Sri Lanka Thursday as Government troops fought to secure victory over the Tamil Tigers.

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Aid needed quickly to help restart the Gaza economy: Holmes

Despite the repair efforts, hundreds of thousands of people in Gaza are still without essential services such as electricity, water and sanitation.

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ILO predicts rise in unemployed, working poor, in 2009

The number of unemployed people worldwide could surpass 200 million if the current economic situation continues to deteriorate. The International Labour Organization (ILO) today released its annual Global Employment Trends report, and it’s no surprise that the news is grim. Dianne Penn filed this report: Dianne: As many as 51 million jobs could disappear this [...]

28 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

MONUC backs Congolese-Rwandan operation

Congolese and Rwandan forces are continuing their operation to disarm Hutu militias in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The militias, who belong to the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) include people who participated in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. When the operation started last week, the UN [...]

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Ban signs agreement establishing new global telecommunications facility

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wrapped up his visit to Spain Wednesday, when he signed an agreement with the Spanish Government on the establishment of a new global telecommunications facility for peacekeeping operations, to be built in Valencia.

28 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN mission to assist joint Rwanda-DRC operation

The UN mission to DR Congo (MONUC) says it will provide support to the joint operation against Hutu rebels in the east, but not participate directly in the military operations.

28 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Zimbabwe's cholera mortality rate five times higher than the average

One in every 20 people who contracts cholera in Zimbabwe is dying of the disease.

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More Palestinians getting UN aid

Nine hundred thousand Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are now getting UN food aid in the aftermath of Israel's military offensive in the territory.

28 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Food production satisfactory in post-Nargis Myanmar: UN

Despite extensive damage from Cyclone Nargis that mostly destroyed the rice harvest, overall food production in Myanmar was satisfactory in 2008 because of increases in crop harvests in other regions.

28 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

World economy may lose 51 million jobs: ILO

The world economy could shed up to 51 million jobs by the end of this year as a result of the global economic slowdown.

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UNRWA chief asks for urgent response to restoring normalcy to Gaza

The head of UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, Karen AbuZayd, shared with the UN Security Council her experience of living through the first week of the siege in Gaza and of its aftermath.

27 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN humanitarian chief shocked by suffering and destruction in Gaza

The UN Humanitarian Relief Coordinator just back from a needs assessment mission to Gaza, told the UN Security Council that he will launch a flash appeal for the reconstruction of Gaza on February 2nd.

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Israel closes crossings to Gaza

The Office of the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO) reports Tuesday that all crossings between Israel and Gaza were closed as a result of an Israeli soldier being killed.

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Security situation in El Fasher tense: UNAMID

The United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) reports that the security situation in the area remains tense.

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Number of hungry people set to rise again: Ban

Although food prices may have come down for the time being, the number of hungry people is set to rise again, and the prospects for smallholders remain grim.

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UNICEF appeals for over $1 billion

The UN Children’s Fund today appealed for over one billion dollars to help children and women in humanitarian crises in 36 countries. UNICEF says its appeal is higher this year because of increased needs in eastern and Southern Africa. Launching the report in Geneva, UNICEF’s Executive Director, Ann Veneman says that in many countries thousands [...]

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UN remembers victims of the Holocaust

Today is a significant day - it’s January 27, the United Nations community remembers the victims of the Holocaust. But this observation also reminds the world of the lessons to be learnt from the Holocaust in order to help to prevent future acts of genocide. Dianne Penn filed this story: Dianne: Sixty years after her mother’s parents [...]

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International tourism challenged by deteriorating world economy: UN WTO

World tourism will stagnate in 2009, with numbers dropping by as much as two per cent as the global economic downturn takes hold.

27 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Hunger and food security to be placed at the top of the political and development agenda

The situation of hunger in the world is urgent.

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ICRC appeals to fighters in Sri Lanka to ensure safety of civilians

The world has been blind to a major humanitarian emergency unfolding in Sri Lanka's northern Vanni region, according to the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC).

27 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN marks Holocaust victims remembrance day

The United Nations marked today the International day in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust.

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Emergency aid still not enough to provide a dignified life to Palestinians in Gaza: ICRC

One month after the beginning of the conflict in Gaza, emergency aid is still very much needed and still not sufficient to build an environment which would enable the people there to live a dignified life.

27 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNHCR concerned about forcible return of Somali refugees from Kenya

The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has expressed deep concern about the continued forcible return of Somali asylum seekers by the Kenyan government.

27 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Rights chief alarmed by 'gross human rights abuses' committed by LRA

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, expressed deep consternation Tuesday about a continuous stream of gross human rights abuses committed by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

27 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNICEF seeks $1 billion for children in protracted emergencies

The UN Children's Fund, UNICEF, is looking to raise one billion dollars to assist children and women facing hunger, disease and poverty.

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Secretary-General Ban deeply concerned about safety of civilians in Sri Lanka

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is deeply concerned about the safety and well-being of civilians caught in intensified fighting in the Vanni region of Sri Lanka between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the Government of Sri Lanka.

26 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

US envoy says Washington will pursue direct talks with Teheran

The new US administration would make Iran's nuclear programme a top diplomatic priority.

26 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN chief condemns hostilities in North Darfur

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemns the hostilities which took place Monday between a rebel movement and the Sudanese Armed Forces on the outskirts of El Fasher, in North Darfur.

26 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNFPA welcomes US intention to restore funding for reproductive health

The UN Population Fund has welcomed Friday's announcement by US President Barack Obama that he will work with Congress to restore US financial support to the agency's operations.

26 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

ICC opens first trial of DRC rebel leader

The International Criminal Court in The Hague opened its first trial ever, against DRC rebel leader Thomas Lubanga.

26 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Aid agencies try to help Sri Lankans displaced by fighting

The UN humanitarian coordination office reports that United Nations and other humanitarian agencies in the north of Sri Lanka are working desperately to provide humanitarian aid to a quarter million civilians trapped in areas, where fighting is going on between the government and the Tamil Tigers rebel group.

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Meeting on global food security opens in Madrid

A high-level meeting on 'Food Security for All' opened today in Madrid, Spain.

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ICC starts first trial of former DR Congolese war lord

The International Criminal Court in The Hague today began its first ever trial.

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US Ambassador Susan Rice takes up her post

The new United States Permanent Representative to the UN, Susan Rice, today presented her credentials to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

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WFP continues food and water assistance to Gazans

Daly Belgasmi, the Middle East Regional Director on Food Assistance and Food Security reports from Geneva on the current food situation in Gaza. According to Belgasmi, the World Food Programme (WFP) continues to deliver food and water to 365 non-refugees, while the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) is currently assisting 750,000 people in Gaza. [...]

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Thousands of Gazans remain homeless: OCHA

Thousands of Gazans remain homeless, although the total number of people displaced by the Israeli military operation who require assistance is still unknown.

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OCHA calls for unhindered humanitarian access to Gaza

The United Nations warned Monday that in the aftermath of the Israeli military operation, it is critical that full and unhindered humanitarian access to Gaza be granted immediately by all parties to the conflict.

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WFP warns of impact of global economic crisis on agriculture

Developing countries dependent on agriculture run the risk of getting left out as the world focuses on tumbling stock markets, flagging economic growth and failing banks.

26 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

FAO chief urges donors to honor their commitments to ease world food crisis

The United Nations urged donors Monday to release billions of dollars in aid pledged at a food summit last year after riots in developing countries over increased food prices.

26 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNAMID concerned about fighting near its camps in South Darfur

The peacekeeping mission in Darfur, Sudan says it is concerned that warring factions have been deploying in the vicinity of its camps in South Darfur.

26 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

CNDP leader Laurent Nkunda seized by Rwandan army

The joint Rwandan-Congolese military command says that they have arrested Laurent Nkunda, leader of The National Congress for the Defence of the People (CNDP). He is now being held in Rwanda, and it is rumored that he will soon be handed over to the Democratic Republic of the Congo forces. His arrest follows the recent [...]

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Jifahamu, know yourself in Swahili – a programme to break down taboos of talking about sex, pregnancy and disease

In Mwanza, the second largest city in Tanzania, Edna Matasha is working to help women to become more comfortable in seeking health care and learning how to protect themselves from AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections. She was at the UN recently where UN Radio’s Nuba Elamin sat down to ask her about handling sensitive [...]

23 Jan 2009 | Posted in Women | Read More »

UN Works toward immediate and durable ceasefire in Gaza

Even after the UN Security Council called for an end to hostilities in the Gaza Strip,the fighting continued. So the UN General Assembly, made up of all 192 member States, convened an emergency session to address the crisis. Jamaica, represented by its ambassador to the UN, Raymond Wolf, was one of the countries which expressed [...]

23 Jan 2009 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Outgoing chief of the UN mission in Nepal warns of the country's tenuous peace process

Despite great achievements in Nepal’s peace process, controversies between the Nepalese and Maoist armies and other problems may be indicative of the difficulties that lie ahead, according to Mr. Ian  Martin, who is winding down his stint as UN Special Envoy for Nepal. He voices some worries. Global summit focuses on MDGS, young people Youth [...]

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Joint OHCHR-UNAMID report says Sudanese security forces violated human rights in Darfur

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) have issued a report on the August 2008 killings of 33 civilians at the Kalma camp for internally displaced persons. When entering the camp to execute a search warrant, Security forces were confronted by a crowd of camp [...]

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Cholera in Zimbabwe increasing in scale says IFRC doctor

The International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) reports that the cholera situation in ZImbabwe is growing worse. According to Dr. Tammam Aloudat, a health emergencies expert for the IFRC, cholera outbreaks have been on the rise; increasing to 50,000 infected and 3,000 deaths in the past few days. The doctor goes on to state [...]

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UNISDR presents figures on the deaths and economics losses caused by disasters in 2008

UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Secretariet (UNISDR) discusses the numbers of deaths and economic losses that resulted from natural disasters in 2008. In depth analysis on the data is given, touching on themes such as climate change, public policy, and the challenges to decreasing death and economic loss from disasters in the future. It [...]

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IPU highlights cases of prejudice against parliamentarians worldwide

The Committee on Human Rights of Parliamentarians of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) held a press conference in Geneva on human rights abuses against parliamentarians. The Committee adopted 29 resolutions condemning human rights abuses against lawmakers in a number of countries. In particular, the conference focuses on three cases dealing with parliamentarians from Afghanistan, Eritrea, and [...]

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UN food agency demands safety for its staff in Somalia

The World Food Programme today appealed to all community leaders and armed groups in South and Central Somalia to allow its workers to continue providing assistance to the people in need.

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FAO launches year of natural fibres

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has launched the International Year of Natural Fibres 2009 to raise awareness of these natural resources that are often taken for granted.

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WFP provides ready-to-eat food for displaced Gazans

In the aftermath of the intense fighting in Gaza, many have been left homeless and many need access to easy to prepare food supplies. The World Food Program has begun providing ready-to-eat food items to help meet the needs of many in Gaza wgi lack the means to cook and prepare meals for their families. [...]

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Election process in Cote d'Ivoire slow but solid – SRSG Choi

Y.J. Choi, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Cote d'Ivoire talks to UN Radio's Derrick Mbatha about the overall progress of the peace process in the country and specifically about the long-awaited presidential elections.

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Rwandan soldiers enter DR Congo to pursue Rwandan militias

Rwandan soldiers have entered the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to pursue Rwandan Hutu militias.

20 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

WHO says pandemic bird flu alert remains same in China

The World Health Organization (WHO) says that it has not changed its bird flu pandemic alert after receiving reports of three avian flu cases in China.

20 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN's Refugee Agency expresses concern for 'boat people' in Southern Thailand and displaced civilians in the DRC

UNHCR – the UN’s Refugee Agency has asked the Thai Government for access to two groups of Rohingya boat people who are in custody in Southern Thailand in an effort to assess their situation and determine whether any of them are in need of international protection. In addition, the UNHCR gives an update on the [...]

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UN Agencies Report on Situation in Gaza Following Unilateral Ceasefire

Following Israel’s declaration of a unilateral ceasefire in Gaza, representatives of UN agencies report on the needs that victims of the conflict face. Cuts and the briefings are available below.

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ICRC Reports on Destruction in Gaza

The International Committee of the Red Cross says there is an overwhelming level of destruction and devastation in Gaza. In addition to infrastructure damage, the ICRC is focusing attention on the emergency needs of the homeless and repair of the water treatment plant south of Gaza. Cuts and the full briefing are available below

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Conflict in Gaza continues

It’s the third day of the Israeli/Hamas ceasefire. John Ging, Director of Operations in Gaza for U.N. Refugee and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator, provide an update on the humanitarian situation in Gaza. Cuts and the audio of [...]

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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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UN Gaza Update

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says he is dispatching a team to the region in order to assess the urgent humanitarian relief effort needed, while Christopher Gunness, spokesperson for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), comments on the need to investigate the targeting of United Nations buildings by the Israeli army. Cuts and full [...]

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Survivors of LRA attacks seek protection in DR Congo

Ugandan bandits of the Lord's Resistance Army continue to wreak havoc in the north-eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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UN Security Council condemns LRA attacks in Congo

Members of the UN Security Council have strongly condemned the recent attacks carried out by the Lords Resistance Army in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

16 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Fundamentals of Nepal's peace process being challenged: Martin

UN Special envoy for Nepal Ian Martin has warned that for all of the important achievements of Nepal's peace process, he fears there is now a danger that the fundamentals of the process are being challenged and eroded.

16 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

The search for peace in Gaza

Diplomatic efforts are underway to arrange a ceasefire in Gaza after three weeks of fighting. But despite a Security Council resolution (1860) calling on both sides to stop the fighting, the death toll continues to rise – more than 1,000 Palestinian civilians have died and almost 5,000 have been injured. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is [...]

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SG continues efforts to reach a ceasefire in Gaza

As the humanitarian crisis in Gaza enters its third week, intense efforts are underway to bring about a ceasefire.

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Future Muslim leaders meet in Doha

Young people representing different ideologies within Islam are meeting this weekend in Doha, Qatar, for the Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow Conference.

16 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN concerned for welfare of displaced civilians in Sri Lanka

The United Nations is increasingly concerned for the well-being of tens of thousands of civilians caught up in the conflict raging in the northern Vanni area of Sri Lanka.

16 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Military operations continue in Gaza for a 21st day: OCHA

Israeli forces continued military operations in Gaza for the 21st day Friday.

16 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

More than 340 children killed in Gaza: UNICEF

More than 340 children have so far been killed in Gaza, and over 1,600 have been injured.

16 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Ban urges Israel to declare unilateral ceasefire

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged Israel to declare a unilateral ceasefire in Gaza during a visit to Ramallah – the seat of the West Bank government of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

16 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

WHO says Israel deliberately targets health facilities in Gaza

The World Health Organisation is accusing Israeli Defence Forces of deliberately targeting health facilities in Gaza.

16 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

WFP says fighting hampers food distribution in Gaza

The World Food Programme warns that continuing fighting and problems with access are hampering its efforts to help Palestinians in Gaza.

16 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Survivors of Ugandan rebel attacks in DR Congo appeal for protection

Survivors of attacks by Ugandan rebels in north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo have appealed for protection.

16 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Members of the Security Council express grave concern over conflict in Gaza

Members of the Security Council expressed grave concern about the situation in the Middle East region, during closed-door consultations and a briefing by the UN Secretariat.

15 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Obasanjo calls for political and material support for DRC, Great Lakes region

The Democratic Republic of Congo and the Great Lakes region will need the continued political and material support of the Security Council in bringing about durable peace.

15 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Ban expresses outrage at Israel's shelling of UN compound in Gaza

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his strong protest and outrage to the Israeli defense and foreign ministers after the Israeli military shelled the UN headquarters in Gaza Strip.

15 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

We must return to the road to peace: DSG

Despite urgent efforts at the United Nations and elsewhere, the situation on the ground in Gaza remains extremely dire for the civilian populations.

15 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

World Economy in worst shape since Great Depression

The world economy is in its severest financial crisis since the Great Depression.

15 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN compound in Gaza bombed

In what Israel has labelled "a grave mistake," the United Nations compound in Gaza has been bombed, injuring three people and destroying relief supplies.

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Israeli bombing of UNRWA compound destroys supplies of all aid agencies in Gaza

The head of the UN agency assisting Palestinian refugees-UNRWA says the agency's compound in Gaza has taken a number of direct hits, resulting in collateral damage where shrapnel has hurt Palestinians seeking shelter in the compound.

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UNCTAD calls for global incentives to reverse economic downturn

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, UNCTAD, is calling for economic incentives on a global scale to help reverse the economic downturn.

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Gaza City hospital hit by explosions

As a result of intensifying fighting in Gaza Thursday, a number of medical and humanitarian aid facilities have been shelled.

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Rockets fired from Lebanese territory into Israel:UNIFIL

The UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), reports that some rockets were fired at Israel from Lebanese territory Wednesday morning.

14 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Pregnant women and new borns unseen victims of Gaza conflict- UNFPA

The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) warns that the continuing violence and displacement in Gaza present serious risk to more than 40,000 pregnant women.

14 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Ban seeks end to Gaza violence

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is currently in Amman, Jordan, where he met with King Abdullah and Queen Rania as he continues diplomatic efforts to end the Gaza conflict.

14 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN works for a mine-free Afghanistan by 2013

Landmines and other unexploded remnants of war are the legacy of 30 years of conflict in Afghanistan—from Soviet occupation to civil war.

14 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN SG urges Hamas and Israel to cease fighting

On the first leg of his Middle East mission to halt the fighting in Gaza, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has met with President Hosni Mubarak, Foreign Minister Abu Gheit and Secretary General of the League of Arab States, Amr Moussa.

14 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Protection of civilians elusive for Security Council – USG Holmes

It's been almost a decade since the UN Security Council passed its resolution calling for the protection of civilians in armed conflict.

14 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN chief in Middle East pushing for an end to fighting in Gaza

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is continuing his diplomatic efforts in the Middle East to bring about an end to the conflict in Gaza.

14 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Situation of Gaza population terrifying: Holmes

Israeli operations are causing extensive damage to homes and public infrastructure and seriously jeopardizing water, sanitation and medical services in Gaza.

14 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Security Council demands Eritrea withdraw from disputed border with Djibouti

The UN Security Council has demanded that Eritrea withdraw its forces and equipment from contested areas along its border with Djibouti and ensure that no military presence or activity is pursued in the area.

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UNICEF calls for immediate protection of children in Gaza

Tragic and unacceptable!

14 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Half a million Palestinians in Gaza without water: UNRWA

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip lack water.

14 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Zimbabwe cholera deaths now more than 2,000

Zimbabwe's cholera epidemic has killed more than 2,000 people and almost 40,000 have contracted the disease.

13 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN concerned about tense situation in Galgaduud region of Somalia

In Somalia, the situation in the Galgaduud region remains tense and is of concern to the United Nations.

13 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Cold snap in Europe not a result of global warming: WMO

The cold snap being experienced in Western Europe is the result of weather variation and should not be characterized as global warming.

13 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Military operation in Gaza continues for 17th day

Now more than two weeks old, there has been no let up in the fighting in Israeli occupied Gaza.

13 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Cold snap in Europe part of natural weather variability: WMO

Europe is having its coldest winter in decades, with heavy snow and temperatures going down to minus 25 degrees Celsius.

13 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Security Council throws support behind Secretary-General's ceasefire efforts

Members of the Security Council are supporting the diplomatic efforts of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as he embarks on a trip to the Middle East to seek a ceasefire in the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

13 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNHCR concerned about continuing LRA attacks in the DRC

The UN refugee agency UNHCR says it's becoming increasingly concerned about the humanitarian situation and the continuing attacks by the Ugandan rebel group, the Lord's Resistance Army, on the civilian population in the Democratic republic of Congo's Oriental Province.

13 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

ICRC chief in Gaza to witness humanitarian situation

The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Jakob Kellenberger, is traveling to Israel and the occupied territories for a three-day visit.

13 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Effects of Gaza conflict on children devastating: UN Committee on Rights of Child

As more and more children become victims to the conflict in Gaza between Israel and the Palestinians, there are more calls for the protection of children.

13 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Ban heads to Middle East to push for Gaza ceasefire

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon travels to the Middle East Tuesday to step up diplomatic efforts to get Israel and Hamas to implement a UN ceasefire resolution in the Gaza Strip.

13 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Human Rights Council Resolution on Gaza

The United Nations Human Rights Council has condemned Israel for grave violations of human rights of the people of Gaza.

13 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Ban travels to Mideast region to step up pace of diplomatic efforts

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon leaves New York for the Middle East region Tuesday.

12 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN chief demands end to fighting in Gaza

UN Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon has demanded and end to the fighting between Israel and the Palestinians.

12 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Human Rights Council to investigate violations in Gaza

The UN Human Rights Council today strongly condemned the ongoing Israeli military action in Gaza, and decided to send a fact-finding mission to investigate human rights violations there.

12 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UNICEF report to highlight maternal and newborn health

In its flagship report to be issued this week, UNICEF looks at the health of newborns across developing countries and finds that despite medical and technical advances, still far too many babies do not survive the first days of life.

12 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Human Rights Council resolution can help ease Gaza crisis: Rights office

Monday's action by the UN Human Rights Council follows by less than a week, a call for a ceasefire by the UN Security Council – a call that is yet to be heeded by both Israel and Hamas.

12 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Congolese politician appears before International Criminal Court

A former vice-president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo appeared before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague Monday to face five counts of war crimes allegedly committed in the Central African Republic between 2002 and 2003.

12 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Afghans still continue to be killed by landmines and explosive remnants of war

Afghanistan will never achieve its development goals until and unless it is free of mines and the explosive remnants of war.

12 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

WFP launches Operation Lifeline Gaza

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has responded to growing hunger needs in Gaza by launching Operation Lifeline Gaza, a global appeal to ramp up the distribution of food to people caught in the conflict in the occupied Palestinian territory.

12 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Human Rights Council Resolution on Gaza

The United Nations Human Rights Council has passed a resolution condemning Israel's military operation in Gaza.

12 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN ready to resume aid distribution in Gaza

The UN is set to resume its aid distribution for hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in Gaza after receiving credible security assurances from "the very highest levels" in Israel.

9 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Work of the UN Population Fund in conflict-ridden Gaza

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9 Jan 2009 | Posted in Women | Read More »

UN Security Council calls for a ceasefire in Gaza

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

9 Jan 2009 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

URDU #2: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

9 Jan 2009 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

URDU #1: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

9 Jan 2009 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

Pregnant women in Gaza at special risk

For pregnant women in Gaza, the current hostilities are making an already challenging situation even more difficult.

9 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Human Rights experts condemn Gaza attack

Pillay: The vicious cycle of provocation and retribution must be brought to an end.

9 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UNHCR calls for access to protection for arrivals in the Mediterranean

The problem of irregular migrants arriving by sea will occupy the attention of Interior Ministers of Cyprus, Greece, Italy and Malta when they meet in Rome next Tuesday.

9 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNICEF calls for protection of children in Gaza

UNICEF- the UN children's agency is calling on all parties to the conflict in Gaza to take every measure to protect children.

9 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

No military solution to the Gaza crisis: UNRWA

The impact of the Gaza crisis is not only posing huge and immediate humanitarian needs but also creating longer term effects on the human, social and infrastructural components of the Gaza Strip.

9 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNRWA seeks credible assurances from Israel to ensure security of its staff

The UN agency assisting Palestinian refugees-UNRWA says it will resume its full operation in Gaza when it receives credible assurance from the Israeli authorities regarding the reliability of their mechanisms for ensuring security for UNRWA's personnel, installations and humanitarian operations.

9 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

HINDI #3 – Antar Rashtriya Patrika

9 Jan 2009 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

HINDI #2 – Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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HINDI #1 – Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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BANGLA #2 – Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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BANGLA #1 – Jati Shongher Protidhoni

9 Jan 2009 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

Asian countries participate in a Security Council meeting as the conflict in the Gaza Strip continues

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

9 Jan 2009 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

UN chief welcomes Security Council's call for ceasefire in Gaza

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he's heartened and relieved by the Security Council's adoption of the resolution to bring an end to the 'tragic situation" in Gaza.

8 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Security Council calls for immediate ceasefire in Gaza and withdrawal of Israeli forces

The UN Security Council Thursday night called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and a withdrawal of Israeli forces.

8 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Agreement reached on resolution calling for ceasefire in Gaza

Agreement has been reached on a UN resolution calling for an immediate and durable ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians.

8 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Communications chief calls for immediate access for international media into Gaza

The Israeli Government is being urged to ensure immediate access for international media into Gaza.

8 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN officials and NGOs call for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza

UN officials and NGOs alike are calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. As Israel began a 3-hour pause on the 12th day of its Gaza offensive, officials and humanitarian workers on the ground in Gaza are calling it a good first step but not nearly enough. At the UN in New York, diplomats are [...]

8 Jan 2009 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

UN chief condemns firing of rockets into Israel from southern Lebanon

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the firing of rockets against Israel from southern Lebanon on Thursday.

8 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNIFIL urges restraint on both sides of Israeli/Lebanese border

UNIFIL –the UN Interim Force in Lebanon has called for self-restraint on both sides of the Israeli/Lebanese border, and the peacekeeping force has been placed on alert.

8 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Aid suspended in Gaza after driver is killed

The UN agency helping Palestinians, known as UNRWA, has taken the difficult decision of suspending its aid deliveries in Gaza.

8 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN looks into rocket firing from Lebanon

Several rockets have been fired from southern Lebanon into Israel.

8 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN chief condemns Israeli Defense Forces firing on UN convoy

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) firing on a United Nations aid convoy in Gaza, killing two UNRWA contract workers and the injuring of another.

8 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNRWA suspends work in Gaza

The UN agency assisting Palestinian refugees – UNRWA has suspended its operations in Gaza after a driver was killed when a UN convoy was hit by Israeli tank shells.

8 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN agencies need more than three hours

United Nations and humanitarian agencies in Gaza say the move by Israel to suspend military action in Gaza for up to three hours a day was too short for any meaningful assistance to reach Palestinians.

8 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

ICRC demands full access to Gaza wounded

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is demanding full access to the war wounded in Gaza.

8 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Significant increase in displacement as a result of conflicts: Guterres

The challenges facing the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) in caring for tens of millions of uprooted people in an increasingly complex international environment were highlighted Thursday by High Commissioner Antonio Guterres.

8 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Gaza health services on the point of collapse: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) says health services in Gaza are already depleted and fragile and are on the point of collapse.

8 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Security Council fails to reach agreement on response to on-going Gaza conflict

The UN Security Council remains stalled on a statement regarding the ongoing conflict in Gaza.

8 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Confident no ‘Militants’ were in the School Hit by Israeli Airstrike

Despite claims that members of Hamas were in the UN school that was hit during an Israeli air strike, John Ging, the Director of Operations for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees says there’s no evidence of that. The Director says violations of the integrity of UNRWA facilities is strictly prohibited and [...]

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UN Celebrates Brief Opening of Gaza Crossing But Says it’s Not Enough

John Ging, the Director of Operations for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees praised the Israelis for briefly opening the border crossing allowing in desperately needed humanitarian aid. The Director and John Holmes the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs say the three-hour opening offered psychological relief but that needs dictate the necessity [...]

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UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Outlines Needs for Peace

Robert Serry, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process says the protection of civilians, regional stability and the future of the peace process are among the issues at stake when it comes to the conflict in Gaza. The Special Coordinator says only effective negotiations will work in Gaza. He says there are multiple [...]

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Gazans Face Multiple Challenges – USG for Humanitarian Aid

Despite the brief opening of a border crossing into Gaza, John Holmes, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs says Gazans are still in tremendous need. From infrastructure damage to shelter issues the USG says the people of Gaza continue to face multiple challenges. Cuts and the audio of the full news conference are available below.

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US concerned about humanitarian situation in Gaza

The United States has deep concerns about the humanitarian situation in Gaza.

7 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

US and other countries working very hard to get a ceasefire: Rice

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says she's working very hard for effective action in ending the conflict in Gaza.

7 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Malaysia says no justification for Israel's excessive use of force in Gaza

There is no justification for the disproportionate, indiscriminate and excessive use of force in Gaza, not even in the name of self-defense.

7 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Critical to reach formal joint cessation of hostilities in DRC: Mkapa

The Third Session of the Nairobi Dialogue on the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo between the DRC Government and the Congrès National pour la Défense du People (CNDP) resumed in Nairobi Wednesday.

7 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Ban welcomes US commitment to airlift critical equipment to Darfur

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has conveyed to President Bush his warm welcome of the most recent commitment by the United States to airlift to Darfur critical equipment required by the African Union/United Nations Hybrid operation in Darfur (UNAMID).

7 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN chief concerned by deployments of forces in North and South Abyei, Sudan

Sudan was the focus of discussions Tuesday during a visit by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Washington DC.

7 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Joint mission to investigate Ebola Reston virus in pigs

Experts from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have arrived in Manila to participate in a joint mission to further investigate the Ebola Reston virus identified last October in pigs from two farms in the Philippines.

7 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Secretary-General Welcomes US Equipment for Darfur

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised US plans to airlift critical equipment to assist UNAMID – the hybrid UN/African Union Mission in Darfur. US President George Bush issued an executive order earlier this week to authorize the airlift – avoiding the required 15-day congressional notification. The UN Chief discussed the crisis in Darfur during his final [...]

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Aid agencies and others call for a ceasefire in Gaza

As diplomats at the UN try to resolve the ongoing crisis in Gaza, those dealing with the humanitarian crisis on the ground there, are calling for an immediate ceasefire.

7 Jan 2009 | 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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Dalit women in Nepal fight discrimination

In Nepal, the new Maoist Government has officially abolished a complex caste system.

7 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

ILO expresses deep concern over escalating conflict in Gaza

The International Labour Office (ILO) has expressed deep concern over the rising humanitarian impact of the escalating conflict situation in Gaza.

7 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Gaza crisis: an indictment of collective failure: UK

The UN Security Council resumed debate Wednesday on the crisis in Gaza.

7 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Hamas is to Blame for Violence in Gaza – Israeli Ambassador

When it comes to the suffering of the people in Gaza, Hamas is to blame. That’s the opinion of Gabriela Shalev, Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations. The Ambassador says equating Israel with Hamas is unacceptable. She says Israel is willing to consider all efforts to resolve the conflict provided they address the position of [...]

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AU peacekeeper killed in Mogadishu

An African Union peacekeeper has been killed and another injured by a roadside bomb in Mogadishu.

7 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Human Rights Council calls special session on Gaza

The UN Human Rights Council says it will hold a special session in Geneva Friday on the situation in the Gaza Strip at the request of Islamic and developing countries and Russia.

7 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

WFP calls for "humanitarian breathing space" to do assessment needs in Gaza

The World Food Programme (WFP) has called on all parties to the conflict in Gaza to allow a "humanitarian breathing space" so that it can carry out an assessment of the needs of the most vulnerable people in Gaza and to resume full-scale distributions.

7 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

INDONESIAN #1: Fokus Fokus Kita

7 Jan 2009 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

Abbas calls for an immediate cessation of Israeli aggression

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has called on the UN Security Council to take a first necessary step to save the people of Gaza.

6 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Holds High Level Security Council Meeting on Gaza

For the third time this month the UN Security Council is meeting in an effort to reach agreement on a statement against the violence in Gaza. High-level representatives from around the world have gathered at the UN in an attempt resolve the conflict. While Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for an immediate cease fire, the President [...]

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Israel says its current campaign in Gaza is a prerequisite for peace

Israel says its current campaign in Gaza is not an obstacle to peace. Rather it's a prerequisite for peace.

6 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN chief urges an immediate ceasefire that's durable and respected by all sides

There must be an immediate ceasefire that is durable and respected fully by all sides in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.

6 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Agencies Reiterate Concerns about the Welfare of Civilians in Gaza

Multiple UN agencies are echoing the concern of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon about the welfare of innocent civilians in Gaza and the need for an immediate cessation of hostilities. UNRWA – the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, UNHCR – the UN’s Refugee Agency, the World Health Organization and the Office of the High [...]

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Gazans challenged by how to keep safe in war zone

Civilians continue to get caught in the crossfire in Gaza.

6 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Dozens killed as UNRWA schools and health center are caught in crossfire in Gaza

Civilians continue to get caught in the crossfire of the on-going fighting in Gaza. In the past two days, two schools and a health center run by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees have been hit by artillery fire resulting in scores of casualties. John Ging, UNRWA's Director of Operations in Gaza [...]

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WFP Concerned about Food Needs in Gaza

While the World Food Program is able to feed up to 265,000 in Gaza, due to on-going fighting in Gaza, the agency only has the ability to supply 50,000 Gazans. Since the recent upsurge in conflict, WFP has delivered some 1,600 tons of food into Gaza, where the agency’s warehouses are stocked with some 3,700 [...]

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UN Agencies Express Concern Over Mounting Crisis in Gaza

It has been eleven days since the start of the Israeli operation in Gaza and multiple UN agencies report that the dire humanitarian crisis in the region continues. The number of dead and wounded continue to increase with a current estimate of 560 dead and over 2,700 wounded. UNRWA – the UN Relief and Works [...]

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WFP condemns killing of Somali staff member

The Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP) has condemned Tuesday's killing of a WFP staff member in southern Somalia.

6 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

More than 9 million IDP's in Central and East Africa region: OCHA

As of last month, there were more than nine million internally displaced persons – IDPs in the Central and East Africa region.

6 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

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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Gunmen kill WFP worker in Southern Somalia

A World Food Programme worker was killed at a school in Southern Somalia.

6 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Three killed by direct hit on UNRWA school in Gaza

Three young men were killed last night at a UN-run school in Gaza, where they were taking refuge.

6 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Millions of children vulnerable in economic crisis

The deepening global economic crisis could significantly raise infant mortality and malnutrition rates.

6 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Children and women affected most by conflict in Gaza: UNICEF

UNICEF, the UN Children's agency says the humanitarian crisis caused by the current violence in Gaza was impacting on children and women most.

6 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

WHO calls for improved access for medical personnel

The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on all parties to the conflict in Gaza to respect health workers and facilities and desist from targeting them.

6 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN rights office says protection of civilians is paramount under international law

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is calling for respect for international and humanitarian law in the ongoing conflict in Gaza.

6 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Diplomats working on Gaza ceasefire

International efforts are underway at UN headquarters in New York to arrange a ceasefire in Gaza.

6 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Calls for immediate halt to Israeli military action in Gaza

Arab diplomats have called for an immediate ceasefire in the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

6 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNRWA calls for impartial investigation into Israeli bombing of elementary school

The UN agency assisting Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) is strongly protesting an Israeli attack on an elementary school in Gaza that killed three Gazans.

6 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

US supports quick Security Council action on Gaza but can't say when

The US has called for quick Security Council action in Gaza but can’t say when

5 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

We Share Urgency to End Gaza Conflict But Don’t Want to Give False Expectation – US UN Ambassador

As the unrest in Gaza continues, diplomats continue their meetings at the United Nations. Meting with representatives of Arab states US UN Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad says while the United States favors a quick resolution to the crisis, there must be what he calls “practical arrangements” put into place to guarantee that all sides will respect [...]

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Secretary-General of UN and Arab League Call for Swift Security Council Action on Gaza

Following a meeting between foreign ministers of Arab nations and the Secretary-General of the UN and the Arab League, the secretary-generals reiterated their call for swift action by the Security Council to speak out about the crisis in Gaza. Cuts and the audio of the full stakeout by the secretary-generals is available below

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UNRWA official gives an eyewitness view of the situation in Gaza

The Director of Operations of the UN agency assisting Palestinian refugees – UNRWA made it into Gaza Monday.

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Humanitarian situation in Gaza becoming a worsening and alarming crisis: Holmes

The humanitarian crisis in Gaza is a worsening and an increasingly alarming crisis because the people are increasingly cold, hungry, often lacking power and water and other basic services and facilities as well as facing the constant threat of bombing and shelling.

5 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNRWA struggling to maintain services in Gaza

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory, Maxwell Gaylard, said that the fuel crossing at Nahal Oz was opened Monday for the transfer of urgently needed industrial fuel with the assistance of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).

5 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Israel's launch of ground operation made civilian suffering in Gaza worse: Ban

The situation in Gaza and southern Israel has worsened dramatically in the past 48 hours.

5 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Humanitarian Coordinator Continues to Express Concern About Gaza

John Holmes,the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs continues to express concern about the crisis in Gaza. With more than 500 reported dead and over 2,500 injured he says the situation in bad and getting worse. John Ging, of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees says refugees feel trapped with no where else [...]

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WFP Says There’s a Humanitarian and Food Crisis in Gaza

The World Food Program’s Robin Lodge says there certainly is a humanitarian crisis in Gaza. The Spokesperson says furthermore there’s a food crisis. A cut and the full interview is available below

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Palestinians Hopeful About Security Council Resolution on Gaza

Representatives of Arab nations are meeting at the United Nations in a effort to resolve the current crisis in Gaza. Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to meet with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Tuesday afternoon. Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Malki says he’s hopeful that following the meeting the Security Council will adopt a proposed resolution allowing [...]

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General Assembly President Calls Israeli Assault on Gaza a Monstrosity

Cutting his vacation short, General Assembly President Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann returned to the United Nations where, speaking in his personal capacity, he described the Israeli assault on Gaza as a monstrosity. The President says the international community has failed to adequately respond to the situation. The president says there’s a lot of double talk going [...]

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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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WFP brings food to the people of Gaza

Meanhwhile, with the attacks on Gaza continuing for a tenth day, there are growing fears that the already difficult living conditions of the people there will worsen.

5 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Arab countries working to end violence in Gaza

Arab foreign ministers meeting in New York are working on a new draft resolution to secure a ceasefire in Gaza, after a Libyan sponsored draft statement failed to get consensus from UN Security Council members on Saturday.

5 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN mission urges rebels to resume talks with DRC government

The UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo- MONUC has called on the main rebel group – in the east of the country to resume talks with the government this week in a bid to end the fighting.

5 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Ban hails Ghana's 'peaceful and orderly' elections

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated the people and Government of Ghana on the peaceful and orderly resolution of the recently concluded presidential and legislative elections.

5 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Arab foreign ministers hoping for quick action from Security Council to end conflict in Gaza

Arab nations are preparing a draft resolution to be presented to the Security Council as soon as possible.

5 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

WFP launches food distribution to families in Gaza

The UN food agency – WFP is responding to the growing humanitarian needs in Gaza by distributing bread to families in areas that have been badly hit by the recent upsurge in the conflict.

5 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Guterres urges adherence to humanitarian principles in Gaza conflict

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres on Monday
called for strict adherence to humanitarian principles in the ongoing conflict in Gaza, including respect for the universal right of those fleeing war to seek safety in other states.

5 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Ban concerned by humanitarian situation in Gaza

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon remains extremely concerned about the deteriorating humanitarian situation on the ground in Gaza.

5 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN chief regrets Security Council's inability to reach consensus on ending violence in Gaza

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed regret that the Security Council has not been able to reach a consensus, including during its emergency session held Saturday evening, in order to bring about an end to the violence in Gaza.

5 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

BANGLA #52 – Jati Shongher Protidhoni

5 Jan 2009 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

WFP distributes food to Gaza families

The UN World Food Programme is responding to the growing humanitarian needs in Gaza by distributing bread to families in areas that have been badly hit by the recent upsurge in conflict.

2 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN official calls for an immediate and lasting way out of Israeli/Hamas conflict

A top UN official in the Middle East says arrangements must be worked out to end the current fighting between Israel and the Palestinians.

2 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNICEF concerned about renewed recruitment of child soldiers in the DRC

As the fighting in the Democratic Republic of the Congo escalates, UNICEF is concerned that violence against children is also on the rise, especially their recruitment as fighters.

2 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Guyana says great progress has been made in the region in the promotion and protection of human rights

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

2 Jan 2009 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

UN Envoy in Iraq condemns election related violence

The top United Nations official in Iraq Friday condemned the latest incident in a series of election-related violence in the northern city of Mosul, in which a political candidate was murdered.

2 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Destruction and killing in Gaza continue at an increased pace: UNRWA

The UN agency assisting Palestinian refugees-UNRWA says the destruction, the killing and the mayhem continue at an increased pace in Gaza.

2 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Nordic explorer pleads for saving the wilderness

The Arctic region, around the North Pole, has some of the most extreme weather conditions on Earth.

2 Jan 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN commends "peaceful" elections in Bangladesh

The United Nations has welcomed the success of the "peaceful" parliamentary elections in Bangladesh this week.

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Special envoy to Somalia denounces killings, calls for addressing impunity

UN special envoy for Somalia Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah has denounced the recent killings of several prominent Somalis.

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Bangladesh's winning party urged to show generosity to opposition

The head of a UN panel for Bangladesh's parliamentary elections has urged the party that won this week's elections to show restraint in order to make democracy work.

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