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Ban warns against further escalation of hostilities between Israel and Gaza

Ban Ki-moon

  Further escalation of the hostilities between Israel and Gaza would be dangerous and tragic for Palestinians and Israelis, and would put the entire region at risk. The warning comes from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during a press conference with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Tuesday. The Secretary-General said the world is really [...]

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Africa Industrialization Day 2012 focuses on intra-African trade

Accelerating industrialization for boosting intra-African trade is the theme of this year's Africa Industrialization Day, observed on the 20th of November. This year's commemoration highlights the important role trade between African countries can play in reducing poverty, increasing food and nutrition security and supporting sustainable development. According to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, African economies are [...]

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HIV declines in some countries by 50 percent: UNAIDS

UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé

There were 700,000 thousand fewer new cases of HIV/AIDS infection in 2011 than there were in 2001. In addition, since 2005, half a million people did not die of HIV/AIDS, thanks to anti-retroviral therapy and other AIDS-reduction interventions, according to Results, the UN World AIDS Day Report for 2012. The report, prepared by the Joint [...]

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Sub-Saharan Africa reports "strong reduction" in HIV infections

World AIDS Day Report

The unprecedented scale-up in response to HIV and AIDS is producing results around the world, according to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). A UNAIDS report launched on Tuesday shows that new HIV infections have dropped by more than 50 per cent in 25 countries. AIDS-related deaths globally have also declined by one-quarter [...]

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UN Daily News 20 November 2012

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Aung San Suu Kyi accepts role as UNAIDS Global Advocate

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Michel Sidibé

Nobel peace prize winner and Member of Parliament in Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi has been appointed as a Global Advocate for Zero Discrimination by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). In this new role, Aung San Suu Kyi will call on her fellow citizens and people around the world to eliminate stigma [...]

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UN agencies’ efforts to assist the displaced in Goma hampered by intense fighting

Residents of Rutshuru Territory flee their homes to seek safety UN Photo/Sylvain Liechti

There's mounting concern in the UN humanitarian community for the safety of thousands of Congolese displaced by the escalating hostilities in Goma, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says there is concern that humanitarian operations are increasingly difficult to carry out, as tens of [...]

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Conflict in eastern DR Congo worsens humanitarian crisis

A child sits in a makeshift tent in Kanyaruchinya camp.

United Nations relief agencies are concerned about the worsening humanitarian crisis in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Rebel fighters of the M23 movement advanced on Goma, the capital of North Kivu Province, forcing people already displaced by previous conflicts to flee again. The UN humanitarian agencies are trying to ease [...]

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Secretary-General continues to press for end to Middle East violence

Palestinian child cleaning debris from the bombing of the Israeli air force: UN Photo/Shareef Sarhan

Mediation efforts to bring an end to the current crisis in the Middle East are continuing. Speaking from the region, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday repeated his call for an end to the violence between Hamas and Israel which has killed upwards of 100 people over the past week. Dianne Penn reports. Duration:   2’50″

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Children worst hit by Gaza conflict

Child from Gaza traumatized by war.

The conflict in Gaza and Israel is having a psycho-social effect on children, says UNICEF, the UN Children's Fund. UNICEF Spokesperson Marixie Mercado reports that the children are surrounded by images of death and destruction, with constant funerals taking place amid chaos and panic. They are unable to sleep and are afraid to go out [...]

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Human Rights Chief concerned about civilians caught up in hostilities in Southern Israel and Gaza

Navi Pillay, UN Human Rights chief

UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay has expressed concern for civilians caught up in the ongoing hostilities between the Israelis and Hamas. The high commissioner is dismayed by the marked surge in the number of Palestinian civilians, including women and children, killed and injured over the past 48 hours as a result of Israeli military [...]

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Secretary-General calls for end to Middle East violence

On 19 November 2012, mourners attend the burial of Tasneem Al Nahel, 13, in Gaza City, occupied Palestinian territory. She was killed the previous day by shrapnel during an Israeli air strike. © UNICEF/NYHQ2012-1524/El Baba

Immediate steps are needed by all to avoid further escalation of hostilities in the Middle East, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a press conference in Egypt on Tuesday. The Secretary-General said he had come to the region to appeal personally for an end to the violence. He offered his help in ongoing efforts to achieve [...]

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Aid agencies suspend operations as fighting rages in Goma

A displaced woman cooking in Kanyaruchinya camp.
UN Photo/Sylvain Liechti

Humanitarian agencies have temporarily suspended their operations in parts of Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo as fighting escalates around the city of Goma. Most agencies operating in Eastern DR Congo have their operations based in the eastern town of Goma. Fighting has escalated over the past week as government forces and the rebel group M23 [...]

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African Union police help bring law and order to Somalia

AMISOM police patrol in Mogadishu, Somalia

Bringing law and order to Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, long known for lawlessness and insecurity, is a challenging task. The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), which has helped the government wrest control of the city from the Al-Shabaab Islamist insurgents, is doing just that. AMISOM has a special unit of 140 men from Uganda and [...]

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World Bank warns of extreme climate change

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A new report suggests that time may be running out to temper the rising risks of climate change. "Turn Down the Heat," prepared by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Climate Analytics for the World Bank, says the world is barreling down a path to heat up by 4 degrees at the end of [...]

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