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UNESCO chief calls for comprehensive action to harness full power of renewable energy

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  There's been a call for comprehensive action to harness the full power of renewable energy. UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, told the Sixth World Future Energy Summit and the International Renewable Energy Ministerial Panel on "Building National Frameworks for Renewable Energy" in Abu Dhabi that "harnessing the full power of renewable energy requires comprehensive, across-the-board [...]

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UNRWA calls on all sides in Syria not to take up positions in refugee camps

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The UN agency assisting Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA), has called on all sides in the conflict in Syria to refrain from taking up positions in or conducting the conflict in civilian areas. A statement released from the Agency's headquarters in Jerusalem appealed to the parties "to ensure the protection of Palestine refugees, other civilians and their [...]

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WFP receives permission from Syrian authorities to use local aid agencies

Listen / WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin meets with Syrian women who are cooking meals for their families at a kitchen set up by WFP at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan.Copyright: WFP/ Abeer Etefa

The Syrian government has given the World Food Programme (WFP) permission to use dozens of additional local aid agencies to try to reach the 2.5 million people in need of humanitarian aid. Word of this comes from WFP's Executive Director Ertharin Cousin who has just wrapped up a visit to Turkey a meeting with Syrian [...]

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UN Daily News 16 January 2013

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Progress made in fighting neglected tropical diseases: WHO

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  The World Health Organization (WHO) says there has been unprecedented progress against 17 neglected tropical diseases. In its report on the diseases, the agency says the world is closer to the elimination of these conditions that take the greatest toll amongst the poor. According to WHO, this progress is a result of a new [...]

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Syria allows WFP to expand operations in the country

Listen / Syrian children look out the windows of their home at the Oncupinar refugee camp near the Turkish border city of Kilis.  UNHCR/A.Brantwaite

The World Food Programme (WFP) has received permission from the Syrian Government to expand the number of local agencies it uses to deliver food to Syrians in need because of the on-going conflict. At a press briefing in Geneva on Wednesday, WFP Executive Director Eartharin Cousin said Syria will now allow dozens of non-governmental organizations [...]

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Fiji to chair the Group of 77 developing countries and China in 2013

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets  Prime Minister Bainimarama of the Republic of Fiji, on the occasion of Fiji's assumption of the Chairmanship of the Group of 77 and China (G-77).

A ceremony to hand over the helm and the torch of the chairmanship of the Group of 77 developing countries and China took place at the United Nations recently. Last year, the Government of Algeria led the group. Ambassador Mourad Benmehidi said his country had committed to honouring that difficult task as part of the [...]

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Sustained commitment key to eradication and elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases by 2020: WHO

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Thanks to a new global strategy, a regular supply of quality assured, cost-effective medicines and support from global partners, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports unprecedented progress against 17 neglected tropical diseases. The report Sustaining the drive to overcome the global impact of neglected tropical diseases reveals new momentum has shifted the world closer to [...]

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Only a comprehensive and sustained approach can defeat terrorism: Security Council

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  Only a sustained and comprehensive approach can defeat terrorism, including addressing conditions such as conflict and human rights abuses that feed its spread, the Security Council said in a Presidential statement after a day long debate in which nearly 50 Member States took part. The Council noted with deep concern that terrorism continues to [...]

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World economy is fragile, but worst is over: World Bank

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Four years after the onset of the global financial crisis, the worst appears to be over, according to a new report by the World Bank. However, the global economy remains fragile, as high-income countries continue to suffer from volatility and slow growth. The World Bank's latest Global Economic Prospects, says despite slow growth in high-income [...]

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More than 1.3 million child labourers in Yemen: ILO

Listen / Child collecting water in Bini Hoseish. Yemen

  More than 1.3 million children in Yemen are involved in child labour, including 469,000 in the 5-11 age group, according to a new study. This means 17 per cent of Yemen's 7.7 million children in the 5-17 age group and 11 per cent of those aged 5-11 are involved in child labour, according to [...]

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Record number of Africans risked lives to travel to Yemen in 2012

Listen / Exhausted new arrivals recover on a beach after crossing the ocean to southern Yemen. Photo: SHS/A.S. Hussein/UNHCR

Last year saw a record number of African refugees and migrants risking their lives crossing the Gulf of Aden into Yemen, according to the UN refugee agency. The agency reported on Tuesday that 107,500 Africans made the dangerous trip breaking the 2011 record of more than 103,000 people who attempted the journey. It said 80 [...]

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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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