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Top UN envoy in Iraq calls on protesters to refrain from violence

Listen / Martin Kobler, head of UNAMI

Protesters in Iraq are being urged to refrain from violence. At the same time, the security forces are being urged to show restraint in maintaining law and order. The call has come from the head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), Martin Kobler, as hundreds of people held a rally in Basra [...]

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Displaced people in Sudan subsist in appalling conditions: UN official

Listen / Refugees from Blue Nile State cross into Western Ethiopia with all they need for a long exile. Credit: UNHCR/K.G. Egziabher

  Hundreds of thousands of people displaced by fighting between government forces and armed rebels in the South Kordofan and Blue Nile States of Sudan are subsisting in appalling conditions. That's what John Ging, the Director of Operations for the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) told the Security Council on Tuesday. He [...]

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Australia has abnormally high temperatures, says UN weather agency

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The last four months of 2012 were abnormally hot in Australia with an average maximum temperature reaching the highest record, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Australia has been grappling with bush fires which have devastated the country's island state of Tasmania. WMO says that many records have been broken across southern and central [...]

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Caribbean makes progress in fighting HIV/AIDS, say envoy

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Although the Caribbean is second to Sub-Saharan Africa in the proportion of people with HIV and AIDS, it has made progress in the past 10 years in fighting the disease. That's according to Dr. Edward Green, the Secretary-General's Special Envoy for HIV and AIDS in the Caribbean. Dr. Green is part of a group of [...]

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Over two million people need food in Syria, says UN food agency

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Two and a half million people in Syria are in need of food as prices continue to rise in the conflict-torn country, says the United Nations food agency. The World Food Programme (WFP) warns that insecurity continues to have a negative impact on its efforts to provide food to the people displaced by the ongoing [...]

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Envoy details progress and challenges in fighting HIV and AIDS in Asia-Pacific

Listen / Prasad Rao

  Prasad Rao, Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for AIDS in the Asia-Pacific region, clearly remembers the day he met an HIV-positive orphan in Thailand who was only expected to live for five years. Fifteen years later, the picture is brighter for people with HIV, thanks to greater access to life-saving anti retroviral medicines. [...]

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Chadian migrants from Libya get help to resettle back home

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  Chadian migrants who have returned home from Libya are getting assistance to resettle in their country, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The agency says that the migrants are currently living in three northern regions bordering Libya, Niger and Sudan. On Monday, IOM and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation signed [...]

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Recovering from Typhoon Bopha

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More than a thousand people died in the Philippines when Typhoon Bopha (locally known as Typhoon Pablo) ravaged southern Mindanao in early December 2012. It was the strongest typhoon to hit the area in decades, triggering flash floods and landslides displacing at least 10,000 people. The storm also destroyed over 200,000 homes and decimated almost [...]

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Protocol to eliminate illicit trade in tobacco products to open for signature

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The Protocol to Eliminate the Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products will be open for signature Thursday10 January 2013, at WHO Headquarters in Geneva. All Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) have been invited to participate, along with the representatives of relevant intergovernmental organizations. The Protocol was adopted by the Conference [...]

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UN human rights office regrets decision of Bahrain's highest court

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  The UN human rights office has expressed regret that Bahrain's highest court on Monday upheld the convictions of 13 activists for their role in pro-democracy demonstrations. Spokesperson for the Office Cecile Pouilly says the convictions come after two years of trials and despite the conclusions of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry and the [...]

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Career opportunities at the UN

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The world looks to the United Nations for solutions to complex problems everywhere; from ending conflict and alleviating poverty, to combating climate change and defending human rights. The issues on our agenda are manifold and diverse as are the careers we offer. Among our ranks you will find staff members who monitor elections, disarm child [...]

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