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Security Council calls on international community to help improve Gaza conditions

Hardeep Singh Puri

The Security Council has called on all parties to the Middle East cease-fire to uphold the agreement and act seriously to implement its provisions in good faith. In a statement on Wednesday evening, Council members also expressed their continued support for international efforts to consolidate peace. The Security Council met just hours after the announcement [...]

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Roger Meece addresses Security Council on Goma occupation

Roger Meece

The UN Envoy in the Democratic Republic of the  Congo, Mr. Roger Meece, has been explaining to the UN Security Council on Wednesday how the rebel M23 group managed to launch a major offensive operation and now occupied the provincial capital of Goma, despite efforts by UN forces in support of government forces. At the [...]

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UN Daily News 21 November 2012

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Keeping average global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius still achievable

Current pledges by Governments indicate a 3-5° C temperature rise this century without fast action. Source:  UNEP

Action on climate change needs to be scaled-up and accelerated without delay if the world is to have a running chance of keeping a global average temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius this century. That assessment is contained in the Emissions Gap Report, coordinated by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the European Climate Foundation, [...]

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Security Council demands withdrawal of M23 from Goma in DR Congo


The Security Council is demanding immediate withdrawal of the M23 rebel group from Goma, the capital of North Kivu in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Security Council met on Tuesday evening following the takeover of Goma by the M23 rebel fighters. In a resolution adopted unanimously, the Council also demanded an immediate [...]

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UNRWA chief praises staff

Filippo Grandi

The top official of the UN agency assisting Palestinian refugees has praised the staff for their dedication to their work despite the violence in Gaza. UNRWA Commissioner-General Filippo Grandi visited Gaza to see firsthand the destruction taking place. He also praised those who repaired damage to a food distribution centre hit by airstrikes, enabling it [...]

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African Union, FAO and Lula Institute join efforts to fight hunger in Africa

From left to Right: Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and José Graziano da Silva. Photo:  AU/Communications

Three organizations are joining efforts to help eradicate hunger and undernourishment in Africa. The African Union Commission (AUC), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Instituto Lula of Brazil announced Wednesday in Addis Ababa that African food security is a priority. And they've agreed to convene a high-level meeting with African [...]

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WFP distributes food to Gaza

WFP distributes food to Gaza

The World Food Programme (WFP) has begun food distribution to over 30,000 people in Gaza to prevent the conflict from deepening hunger in the already food-insecure region. The agency says it will provide emergency rations to some 350 families whose homes were destroyed during recent attacks. They will receive bread, as well as canned food [...]

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South Sudan humanitarian appeal launched

A South Sudanese woman carrying a child and personal belongings with two other small children following. There was severe flooding in the region in August affecting nearly 2400 families, which translates to approximately 16,000 people.  UNMISS Photo/Staton Winter

South Sudan became the world's newest nation when it gained independence in July 2011. But nearly two years since that landmark, the country faces overwhelming challenges in areas such as food security, education and health. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is seeking $1.16 billion to finance operations in South Sudan [...]

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Gaza health authorities struggling as war casualties swell

Gaza children affected by Israeli air strikes © UNICEF/El Baba

At least 132 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza, since the start of the latest hostilities between Israel and Palestine, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The death toll includes 30 children and 11 women. WHO says the number of wounded has surpassed 1,000, among them 381 children and 186 women. Dr Mahmoud Daher [...]

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UN requires $1 billion for South Sudan relief work

displaced in south sudan

Aid agencies working in South Sudan say they will require over $ 1.1 billion  in 2013 to meet the growing humanitarian needs in the country. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says a large proportion of the population in South Sudan remains vulnerable due to insecurity, displacement, food shortages, disease [...]

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WHO monitors health situation as Gaza crisis continues

A scene to the impact of the bombing of the Israeli air force, at the Palestine Stadium in Gaza.  UN Photo/Shareef Sarhan

The Security Council will meet on Wednesday afternoon in relation to the current crisis in Gaza. The World Health Organization (WHO) has been monitoring the health situation created by the conflict, and says a shortage of essential medicines is a concern. It is appealing for $10 million to restock medical supplies. Patrick Maigua spoke on [...]

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