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UN envoy says 2013 a critical year for Côte d'Ivoire

Bert Koenders

With West Africa facing numerous challenges, Côte d'Ivoire will require sustained support from the Security Council, UN envoy Bert Koenders told the chamber on Thursday. Mr. Koenders, head of the UN mission in the country (UNOCI), said the Ivorian government will continue to need engagement from partners as it addresses ongoing concerns including land tenure [...]

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Global conference ends with call for more action to reduce maternal deaths

An African mother and her baby.

The Global Maternal Health Conference concluded in Arusha, Tanzania, on Thursday with calls for more to be done to reduce maternal mortality. In an exclusive interview with UN Radio, Tanzania's Deputy Minister for Health Dr. Seif Rashid said participants reported challenges in areas such as the availability of services, accessibility and customer care. However, he [...]

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Aid agencies seek $30.5 million to assist displaced people in eastern DRC

Displaced people in DRC

Humanitarian agencies are appealing for $30.5 million to deliver life-saving assistance in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo over the next six months. The funds will help nearly 600,000 people in North Kivu province meet their basic needs while restoring their livelihoods in the aftermath of fighting which has displaced thousands. Launched on Thursday [...]

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Measles deaths drop but challenges remain says UN health agency

Measles vaccination

The number of people dying from measles has dropped over the past decade but challenges still remain in the efforts to eradicate the disease, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO reports a 71 per cent drop in measles deaths between 2000 and 2011, while cases fell by nearly 60 per cent during the [...]

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UN Daily News 17 January 2013

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Nominations open for environmental emergency award


Nominations for an award that recognizes people who strive to stop and reverse the effects of environmental emergencies are open until 15 March. The Green Start Award is a joint initiative between the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Green Cross International (GCI) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). To find out [...]

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Measles eradication still a challenge despite drop in deaths: WHO

Measles vaccination

Although the number of people dying from measles has declined over the past decade, progress to eliminate the disease remains stalled in some regions, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports. WHO statistics show measles deaths dropped 71 per cent between 2000 and 2011, while new cases fell by nearly 60 per cent during that same [...]

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UN expert warns EU to modify food policy to protect developing countries

Moldovan farmer

  European legislators are expected to vote on the Common Agricultural Policy of the European Union, otherwise known as CAP which, was developed in the 1960s to support farmers in order to ensure food security for the European countries. Now, according to Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, CAP is [...]

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Time running out to development-proof EU's common agricultural policy: UN food expert

Fran Alia, 74, hitched an early morning ride to Puka, Albania, from her village of Dedaj to sell these apples at the market there.

  European Union legislators are being urged to change the course of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform before development concerns are excluded. The call comes the UN expert on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter, ahead of a key European Parliament vote next week. He says "Reform of the Common Agricultural Policy means [...]

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UNHCR mourns seven Syrian refugees who died in fire in Jordan

A Syrian refugee prepares coffee in housing near the Jordanian town of Ramtha. Wednesday's tragic fire took place near Ramtha.

Seven Syrian refugees, six of them children, died when their temporary housing in Jordan caught fire on Wednesday night, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) reports. UNHCR says the victims, all members of the same family, had been sleeping in prefabricated housing at a transit centre in the border town of Ramtha which is home to [...]

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Secretary-General welcomes move by transition president not to run in Madagascar election

sg stakeout

The UN Secretary-General has welcomed the decision by Madagascar's transition President not to run in the forthcoming presidential elections. Andry Rajoelina this week announced that he will not stand in the vote which is scheduled for May this year. This follows an earlier pledge by former President Marc Ravalomanana who also will not participate in [...]

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UN mission works to reconcile Darfur ethnic groups following deadly clashes

Nigerian soldier of the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) greets children during a night patrol

The African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) is supporting mediation efforts between two ethnic groups in North Darfur state following deadly clashes which have displaced thousands of people.  UNAMID is transporting medical supplies and other critical items to those affected by the violence between the Abbala and Beni Hussein communities earlier this month.  Citing [...]

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