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UN Security Council demands Malian rebel groups cut all ties to terrorist organizations

Security Council Chamber

Determining that the situation in Mali constitutes a threat to international peace and security, the UN Security Council, acting under the enforcement provisions of the Charter of the United Nations, demanded that Malian rebel groups cut off all ties to terrorist organizations, notably Al-Qaida in Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and associated groups, and take concrete and [...]

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European Commission and Germany contribute €10 million to UNDP to help countries reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Greenhouse gases

25 developing countries around the world are to get help in reducing their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The help comes from the European Commission and the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) that have each announced a €5 million contribution to United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The joint Low [...]

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UN Daily News 20 December 2012

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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International Human Solidarity Day celebrates unity in diversity

International Human Solidarity Day

"People across the world are demanding greater political freedom, accountability and equality," said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on the occasion of International Human Solidarity Day, 20 December. The Secretary-General said the world can "best shape solutions for a more secure, sustainable and prosperous future" by acting as one. "Solidarity is crucial to solving problems in [...]

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Security Council members condemn attacks in Central African Republic

Security Council Chamber

The members of the UN Security Council have condemned the attacks conducted by armed groups in the last few days in north-eastern Central African Republic and associated human rights abuses. In a press statement, the members of the council also expressed strong concern at the situation in the country, noting that the developments threatened the [...]

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Syrian conflict takes on sectarian nature: UN independent experts

Syrian refugees

  What started as a protest against the government and developed into a conflict, is now becoming sectarian violence, according to a new report on Syria. The report, covering the period between the end of September to 16 December of this year, was compiled by the Independent Commission of Inquiry on Syria. In what has [...]

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Significant progress made in advancing peacebuilding: Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The United Nations has made significant progress in advancing the peacebuilding agenda, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the UN Security Council Thursday. In remarks during the Council's open-debate on post-conflict peace building, the Secretary-General noted that despite the strides we have made, major peacebuilding challenges remain. He said many countries continue to experience instability years after [...]

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UNHCR urges Kenya to continue upholding refugee rights

Somali refugees in Kenya

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has condemned recent security incidents in Kenya which have killed scores of citizens and refugees. UNHCR says recent public statements have linked the presence of refugees to these attacks and it cautions against stigmatization of refugees and asylum-seekers. Kenya is hosting more than 600,000 refugees, the majority of whom are [...]

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Over 100,000 Palestinians fleeing violence in Syria

UNRWA concerned about safety of Palestinian refugees in Syria

Tens of thousands of Palestinians are on the move in Syria following deadly clashes in a camp hosting the refugees in Damascus. The Yarmuk refugee camp was bombed by Syrian war planes on Sunday following the suspected influx of rebel fighters. The UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) estimates that two- thirds of the 150,000 [...]

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Syria engulfed in sectarian violence

Syrian residents whose homes were destroyed by shelling

The Syrian conflict is increasingly taking on a sectarian nature with various groups being forced to take up arms for their own defense or to take sides. The Independent Commission of Inquiry on Syria says government forces and their supporting militia were attacking Sunni civilians, while anti-Government armed groups were attacking Alawites and other pro-Government [...]

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