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UN envoy calls for progress on Western Sahara

Christopher Ross

The top United Nations envoy for Western Sahara has urged Morocco and the Polisario Front to move swiftly into what he calls "serious negotiations" to resolve the conflict over the future of the territory. Christopher Ross issued a statement on Monday following his meeting in Madrid with the Foreign Minister of Spain. Western Sahara, which [...]

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Timor-Leste willing to serve in UN peacekeeping operations

José Luis Guterrez

Timor-Leste will do its best to give back to the international community for the support it has received over the years. That's what the country's Foreign Minister, José Luis Guterrez told UN Radio on Monday. Mr. Guterrez is  in New York to participate in a meeting of the Security Council on the UN Mission in [...]

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General Assembly elects 18 members to Human Rights Council

Susan Rice

  The General Assembly on Monday elected 18 members to the UN Human Rights Council for three years. The 47-member Council, created in 2006, is an inter-governmental body responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the world. It meets in Geneva to address situations of human rights violations and make recommendations. [...]

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UN chief urges Israelis and Palestinians to de-escalate tensions in Gaza

Ban Ki-moon

Israelis and Palestinians have been urged to avoid further escalation of violence in Gaza and Southern Israel and to ensure the protection of civilians. The appeal comes from UN Secretary-General Ban following reported rocket attacks on Israel from Gaza and Israeli air strikes on Gaza which killed six Palestinians. Charles Appel reports. In a statement [...]

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DPRK survey shows improvements in harvest, persistent food insecurity

Farmers harvest their crops in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea

  A recent food assessment survey in the People's Democratic Republic of Korea conducted by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme, (WFP) has found that nearly three million people continue to face food insecurity in the country. However, the survey also noted that there were improvements in the harvests of [...]

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Nearly 90% of world's population support anti-tobacco treaty, WHO chief

Anti-tobacco treaty

The vast majority of the world population supports the international treaty to control and stop tobacco use, according to the head of the World Health Organization (WHO). Dr. Margaret Chan spoke in Seoul, South Korea, as delegates from more than 140 Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control began their session on Monday. [...]

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Gambia's first woman chief plants the seeds of change

Women farmers

The Gambia's first woman village chief is not only changing perceptions of what a chief looks like, but also of what they do. Fatou Danso, who is also a farmer, has redistributed land that previously was farmed solely by men so that women can grow crops to support their families. The vegetable garden scheme got [...]

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UN chief calls for restraint after clashes in Golan Heights

Armoured personnel carriers of the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in the Golan Heights area

  UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for restraint in the Golan Heights where United Nations peacekeepers are monitoring the ceasefire between Syrian and Israel forces since 1974. The call came amid reports of clashes between Syrian forces and the armed opposition near the ceasefire line which drew a response from the Israeli military. Donn [...]

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North Korea faces under-nutrition despite better harvests

Cooking a meal of broken rice and wheat in DPR Korea.

Children in North Korea continue to suffer from malnutrition despite an increase in the production of staple food, according to two United Nations agencies. The World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization recently conducted a crop and food security assessment in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. The results of the [...]

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The War on Flu

A technician at work in a laboratory

  The story of influenza and the fight against the virus led by the World Health Organization. Language: English Genre: Drama 1954 Duration: 14’26″

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Pneumonia kills 1.3 million children a year, says UNICEF

Pneumonia is the leading cause of death in children worldwide

  Pneumonia is a preventable and treatable disease, yet 1.3 million children die of the disease a year, according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). World Pneumonia Day is observed on 12 November to focus attention on the disease which claims children's lives mainly in developing countries. UNICEF says that inoculating children for diseases such [...]

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