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CITES welcomes call for probe into LRA involvement in poaching of African elephants

Juan Carlos Vasquez

A call to investigate the alleged involvement of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in the poaching of African elephants has been welcomed by the UN agency dealing with stopping trade in endangered wildlife. The call was made by the Security Council in a presidential statement on 19 December which condemned the destabilizing activities of the [...]

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It is critical to "mentally disarm" former combatants: UN official

Zainab Bangura the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict

It is not enough to physically disarm former combatants and reintegrate them into security forces, according to the UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zainab Bangura. Ms. Bangura is just back from the Central African Republic, the first country she has visited since she was appointed as special envoy in June. She tells [...]

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UN Daily News 24 December 2012

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General Assembly resolution aims to end FGM

A patient in Sierra Leone awaiting surgery to correct fistula, a condition often caused by FGM. 
Photo: Alamy/Celia Mannings

United Nations Member States on the 20th of December approved a draft resolution aimed at ending the harmful practice of female genital mutilation. Female genital mutilation or cutting, also known as FGM/C, refers to several different harmful practices involving the cutting of the female genitals for non-medical reasons. The UN World Health Organization (WHO) estimates [...]

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Senior humanitarian official says Syrians losing hope as crisis deepens

Displaced Syrians

The Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the Arab League, Lakhdar Brahimi, has reiterated his call for all parties in Syria to reach a solution that would in his words "meet the aspirations of the Syrian people." Brahimi met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on Monday to exchange views on the [...]

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Asia-Pacific adopts plan to use space technology for disaster risk reduction and sustainable development

Space technology

Asia-Pacific countries have adopted a five year Regional Plan of Action for the application of space technology to address natural disasters and achieve sustainable development. The countries met in Bangkok, Thailand, from 18 to 20 December under the auspices of the UN Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). The plan calls on ESCAP [...]

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Caribbean Tourism showed signs of recovery in 2012: CTO

Caribbean beach

  The Caribbean tourism industry continued to show signs of recovery during 2012, fuelled by improvements in the United States and Canadian markets. However, the region's tourism development agency, the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), says the region continues to face challenges in Europe, particularly the United Kingdom market from which the numbers have been falling. [...]

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Urgent needs remain to end Haiti’s displacement crisis:IOM

IOM worker in Haiti

Newly published reports on the number of displaced persons remaining in camps show that almost 360,000 Haitians are still living in 496 sites throughout the country. The IOM Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) registration analysis for 2012, produced by IOM, Haiti and its partners, shows that between January and August 2012, at least 84% of the [...]

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