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UNICEF is concerned about safety of children in Central African Republic

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• Representatives of the government of the Central African Republic, the Séléka rebel group, civil society and opposition parties are in Libreville, Gabon, for talks to end the conflict in the country. At the same time, the rebels are reported to have taken over more cities. UNICEF says over 300,000 children have been affected by [...]

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UN condemns ethnic violence in Kenya

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Ethnic violence which has claimed over 400 lives and displaced thousands of people in Kenya has been condemned by the United Nations. The latest attack is reported to have occurred at dawn on Thursday on a village in the Tana River Delta in which at least 10 people, including five children, were killed. Many people [...]

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Unusual weather conditions batter Syrian refugees in Jordan

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Za'atari camp in northern Jordan, home to some 55,000 Syrian refugees half of whom are children, is battered by unusually heavy rains, flooding, snow and sub-zero temperatures. The United Nations children's fund (UNICEF) is responding to the rising needs of the children in the camp. Juliette Touma, the Agency's Communications and Media Specialist in Jordan [...]

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Food prices drop for third consecutive month: FAO

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Food prices dropped for the third consecutive month in December last year, says the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The FAO Food Price Index which declined by just over one per cent was led by drops in the international prices of cereals, oils and fats. According to FAO, the sharpest falls in 2012 were [...]

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New treaty seeks to tackle illicit trade in tobacco products

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A new international treaty aimed at combating the illegal trade in tobacco products opened for signature on Thursday at the headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva. The Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products seeks to protect people from the health risks of tobacco while also reducing the loss of government [...]

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Mercury poses health hazards in developing countries: UNEP

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Exposure to mercury is increasingly becoming a health hazard in developing countries, according to new studies by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The Global Mercury Assessment 2013 reports that emissions of the toxic metal from artisanal gold mining have doubled since 2005 as a result of new and better information and rising gold prices. [...]

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Severe weather affect Syrian refugee children in Za'atari camp in Jordan

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The UN children's agency (UNICEF) and its partners are working around the clock to help Syrian refugees affected by severe weather conditions in the Za'atari camp in Jordan. UNICEF says that heavy rain, snow and sub-zero temperatures in northern Jordan have greatly worsened the situation of children among the 55,000 refugees at the camp. The [...]

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Treaty to eliminate illicit trade in tobacco products opens for signature

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A treaty to combat illegal trade in tobacco products was opened for signature in Geneva on Thursday. The Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products was adopted by 140 countries in Seoul, South Korea two months ago. The new international treaty is aimed at strengthening cooperation among countries to stop illegal trade in tobacco [...]

10 Jan 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Rebuilding efforts continue in Haiti three years after deadly earthquake

Listen / Work begins every day at 7 AM for the street-cleaners of "Cash for Work", the initiative launched in Haiti by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

  Three years after the devastating earthquake of 12 January 2010, Haiti continues to draw on its resources to recover.  The international humanitarian response has been unprecedented, and many initiatives have emerged to assist the Haitians in dealing with the devastating events. Donn Bobb reports. Duration: 4’26″

10 Jan 2013 | Posted in Caribbean News, Today's Features | Read More »

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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