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Joint UN-Arab League envoy goes to Russia

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The Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the Arab League on Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, is travelling to Moscow to meet with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Saturday, according to the UN spokesperson. His visit is part of his efforts to end the conflict in Syria which started almost two years ago as a [...]

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M23 rebels in DR Congo warned against firing on UN helicopters

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The UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) has warned M23 rebels against firing at its helicopters in the eastern part of the country. MONUSCO says that in December the rebels have fired twice at unarmed utility helicopters that are routinely used for medical evacuation for both United Nations personnel and civilians. [...]

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Security Council condemns attacks by rebels in Central African Republic

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The Security Council has condemned the attacks by armed groups known as the Seleka coalition, which have taken several towns in the Central African Republic. In a statement issued late on Thursday, the Council says these attacks undermine a 2008 agreement signed in Libreville, Gabon to end the conflicts in the country. It urges all [...]

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UNFPA encourages Nepalese families to delay girls' marriages

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  Half of all girls in Nepal are married before the age of 18, an illegal but prevalent practice which denies them access to education and puts them at risk of complications in childbirth from having children too young. Pat Duffy tells the story of a young woman, Bihay Laxmi, who was married before she [...]

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Exhibition documents 'Momentum' between UN and Timor-Leste

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The UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) completes its mandate at the end of this month, after six years of service in the country. UNMIT was the fifth UN peacekeeping or political operation in Timor-Leste, dating back to the country's struggle for self-determination following the 1999 Popular Consultation. A multimedia exhibition called 'Momentum' on display [...]

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Japan contributes additional $2 million to UNRWA

Listen / A young refugee sits with his family's food distribution in Dura, West Bank

The Government of Japan has contributed an additional $2 million to support the emergency work of the United Nations Relief Agency for Palestinians (UNRWA) in Gaza. UNRWA says the donation will be used to provide non-food items to Palestinian refugees affected by the recent violence in the territory. The items include emergency bedding materials as [...]

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Key public health milestones reached in 2012: WHO

Listen / Mothers wait in a queue at the Kangemi Health Centre in Nairobi for the monthly child clinic

The World Health Organization (WHO) says that key public health milestones were reached in 2012. As the year ends, the agency highlights some of the key achievements and developments related to health during the year, including the end of polio transmission in India. WHO also says that the Millennium Development Goal target on drinking water [...]

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Displaced people in eastern DR Congo get relief aid from IOM

Listen / IOM staff guides displaced people during the distribution of non-food assistance at the Bulengo settlement

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has completed a four-day operation to distribute items to about 6,500 displaced households in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The non-food items received by the displaced people at the spontaneous Bulengo settlement included plastic sheeting, sleeping mats, blankets, soap, kitchen sets, feminine hygiene, jerry [...]

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General Assembly resolution aims to end FGM

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  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), [...]

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The sun sets on UN mission in Timor-Leste

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  The UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) winds down its activities on 31 December, having assisted the country in consolidating stability and building democracy in the wake of major political, humanitarian and security crises. Monica Villela Grayley sat down with Ameerah Haq, head of the UN Department of Field Support in New York, who [...]

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