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UN aid chief in Afghanistan hopes country does not become "a neglected humanitarian situation"

2013 Common Humanitarian Action Plan for Afghanistan

Ongoing insecurity, widespread displacement, poor access, remote communities and high exposure to natural disasters: these are just some of the obstacles to providing humanitarian aid in Afghanistan. The Afghan government and its humanitarian partners this week launched a $471 million appeal to assist the country, which consistently ranks low on various development indices. They hope [...]

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Ging calls for Syria to increase access to conflict areas

A displaced Syrian family in the suburb of Sanoura, Damascus.  OCHA/David Gough

The situation continues to deteriorate in Syria, according to John Ging, Director of the Operational Division at OCHA, the UN humanitarian agency. Following a four-day mission to Syria, along with seven other United Nations humanitarian agencies, Mr. Ging briefed the UN press corps, saying the agencies want to find more ways to reach more people [...]

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Secretary-General continues bilateral meetings at AU Summit

A group photo of leaders attending the African Union Summit, which marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Organization of African Unity. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

  UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon discussed the human rights situation in South Sudan with President Salva Kiir Mayardit as he continues his meetings with African heads of state at the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. According to a readout of the meeting, the two leaders discussed the implementation of the 27 September 2012 [...]

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The transition towards sustainable development inevitable: USG Wu Hongbo

Wu Hongbo, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs

As we chart a course towards sustainable development, the transition that lies ahead of us is not optional, but is inevitable, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Wu Hongbo said Monday at a handover ceremony of the ECOSOC presidency. He said the transition of the presidency is occurring at a time of another [...]

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Art in Somalia is alive again


When large parts of Somalia were under the Al-Shabaab Islamist extremists, art, sports and other forms of entertainment were forbidden. Now, the Somali government forces, supported by troops of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), which is mandated by the Security Council, have driven the extremists away. This has given Somali artists space and [...]

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UN Radio News 28 January 2013

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Updated data on the situation of children and women in Haiti

Haitian school girls in uniform.

Haiti now has updated data on the situation of children and women, enabling analysis of the earthquake response and helping establish where and who the most vulnerable children are. The preliminary results of this survey mean good news for the situation of children in Haiti particularly in the areas of education and nutrition. Beng Poblete-Enriquez [...]

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Former WHO chief who made large contributions to public health has died

Dr. Hiroshi Nakajima

A former Director-General of  WHO, the World Health Organization has died in Poitiers, France after a short illness. Dr. Hiroshi Nakajima passed away on Saturday the 26th of January. He was 84 years old. According to WHO, many of its most successful programmes owe a debt to Dr. Nakajima's work, including DOTS, the strategy for [...]

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Secretary-General expresses sadness at nightclub deaths

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has expressed sadness over the large number of lives lost on Sunday in a nightclub fire in Brazil. An estimated 233 young people, including university students, reportedly perished as a result of the fire in the southern city of Santa Maria. The Secretary-General expressed his condolences to the families and friends of [...]

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Four million people in need of humanitarian assistance in Syria: UN

A Syrian boy waits with his family at the financial assistance distribution centre in Al Hassakeh - UNHCR/B.Diab

Nearly one in five of the pre-­crisis population in Syria is in need of humanitarian assistance. The UN estimates that's about four million people. The UN humanitarian agency says the particularly harsh winter has compounded the suffering of people in need, especially internally-displaced persons living in shelters lacking adequate insulation with no winter clothes and no [...]

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Ban stresses the need to pursue a political process in Mali

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses opening ceremony of the 18th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the bilateral support provided to the Government of Mali in its efforts to counter attacks by Jihadist groups. In talks with the Interim President of Mali Dioncounda Traore, the Secretary-General stressed the need to pursue a political process that would lead to a consensual roadmap for the transition to full [...]

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Humanitarian community appeals for $470 million in assistance for Afghanistan in 2013

Displaced Afghans - OCHA/Christophe Verhellen

  The humanitarian community has appealed for $470 million in assistance for Afghanistan. The priorities for humanitarian response in 2013 are to provide more assistance to the displaced, minimize the human impact of natural disasters and secure better access to people in need. Geographically, the five provinces with the highest needs are: Kandahar, Hilmand, Nangarhar, [...]

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