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UN agencies step in to help conflict-affected Mali

Listen / Malian mother and child wait for relief items from UNHCR

As the humanitarian situation in Mali deteriorates, United Nations agencies continue to step up efforts to respond to the needs of refugees and displaced persons. Gerry Adams reports.   Duration: 3’21″

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Kofi Annan shares international lessons learned in new book

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After some 40 years on the international scene, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan is sharing his extensive experience in shaping the international landscape in the book Interventions: A Life in War and Peace. Gerry Adams reports. Duration: 5’00″

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Sowing the seeds of food security in South Sudan

Listen / Technical know-how helps to improve seed and crop quality.

A new programme in the Republic of South Sudan is helping vulnerable farmers to improve their livelihoods by boosting the quality of the seeds used to produce key crops. The project, valued at more than $600 000 (EUR 500 000), will help to train farmers in the production, storage and marketing of quality seeds and [...]

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UN Daily News 15 January 2013

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Terrorism under spotlight in Security Council

Listen / Wide view of the Security Council open debate on a comprehensive approach to counter-terrorism.

The scourge of terrorism was once again under the spotlight in the Security Council on Tuesday. Under the presidency of Pakistan, the Council held a meeting on “a comprehensive approach to counter- terrorism”. Pakistani Foreign Minister, Hina Rabani Khar presided over the meeting which was attended by other foreign ministers and senior government officials of [...]

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Nothing can justify terrorism, ever: Ban

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No counter-terrorism policy can be effective without addressing conditions that are conducive to the spread of terrorism, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council Tuesday during an open debate on "Threats to International Peace and Security caused by Terrorist Acts". The Secretary-General said that is the first pillar of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy. [...]

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Envoy condemns killing of Iraqi politician

Listen / Martin Kobler

  The head of the UN mission in Iraq has strongly condemned the killing of a parliamentarian on Tuesday. 'Ifan Al-Issawi died in a terrorist attack which happened during a demonstration in the city of Fallujah. Several other people were killed or injured in the suicide bombing, according to news reports. In a statement, UN [...]

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Pakistan urges Security Council to keep its focus on terrorism

Listen / Hina Rabbani Khar

With terrorism mutating daily into newer and different forms, the Security Council must continue to focus on it, Pakistan's Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar told the chamber on Tuesday. She said terrorism threatens all countries and can only be defeated through collective action by the international community. "Terrorists' misleading, distorted and malicious narrative and their [...]

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UN refugee agency ready with assistance for newly displaced in Mali

Listen / A displaced Malian woman prepares dinner for her family in the capital, Bamako.

Clashes over the weekend between the Malian Army, supported by France, and Al-Qaida linked Islamist groups in the Konna, Lere, and Gao areas of northern central Mali, have resulted in new population displacement – both within Mali, and into neighbouring countries. And the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), says it has updated its contingency planning and [...]

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2012 a record year for sea crossings into Yemen: UNHCR

Listen / Somali refugees wait to be registered at a refugee camp in Yemen

  A record 107,500 African refugees and migrants last year risked their lives crossing the Gulf of Aden into Yemen, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) reported on Tuesday. UNHCR said this number represents the largest influx into Yemen since it began compiling statistics in 2006.  The previous record high was in 2011 when more than [...]

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WFP stands ready to assist conflict affected people in Mali

Listen / A little girl receiving food assistance at one of the WFP projects in Mali. Copyright: WFP/Shannon Hayes

  Half a million people were displaced due to conflict in the northern areas of Mali, where the vulnerable population is still recovering from the recent drought in the Sahel region. The World Food Programme (WFP) says despite insecurity, it has managed to provide emergency food to over 270,000 people in the north, including 70,000 [...]

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Humanitarian situation in Mali deteriorating: OCHA

Listen / A Malian refugee woman in Mangaize, northern Niger, ponders her future. Credit: UNHCR/H.Caux

The humanitarian situation in Mali is deteriorating as a result of recent fighting. And UN humanitarian agencies say it is affecting their access to civilians in need. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs – OCHA says further displacement is adding to the first wave of displacement that started last April and the [...]

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UN supports French action in Mali, says Ambassador

Listen / French Ambassador Gérard Araud

African forces will be deployed to Mali within the coming weeks, French ambassador Gérard Araud told journalists in New York on Monday. Speaking following Security Council consultations on the West African country, he said the Nigerian General heading the force is already in the capital, Bamako. Over the past few days France has launched air [...]

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