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Security Council focus this month is on protecting civilians in conflict

Ambassador Kim Sook of the Republic of Korea

Protection of civilians in armed conflict will be the main area of focus for the UN Security Council this month, according to its new president, Ambassador Kim Sook of the Republic of Korea. The country has assumed the rotating monthly presidency of the Council and Ambassador Sook outlined the programme of work for February during [...]

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Palm oil production presents a problem for apes


The red fruit palm oil was labelled as the "miracle find of 2013" by Dr. Mehmet Oz, a Turkish American television personality. His American syndicated programme, "The Dr. Oz Show" helped spur a global buying frenzy for the product.   As a result of this increased demand for palm oil, over 80 per cent of [...]

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UN Daily News 4 February 2013

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World Cancer Day puts spotlight on major public health problem

Cancer treatment

World Cancer Day is observed on 4 February each year to draw attention to this serious public health problem. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cancer kills more than 7.5 million people a year and there are 13 million new cases of cancer every year. WHO says that cancer is not only a problem [...]

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Lack of cancer services in developing countries is "an immense human tragedy" says IAEA chief

Yukiya Amano, Director-General of the IAEA

Millions of cancer patients in the developing world do not have access to diagnostic services or treatment, resulting in "an immense human tragedy," according to the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). In a message on World Cancer Day, observed on 4 February, IAEA chief Dr. Yukiya Amano said the agency is working [...]

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UN envoy in Iraq condemns "mindless and brutal" attack which killed more than 20 people

Martin Kobler

  The UN representative in Iraq has strongly condemned a recent attack in the northern city of Kirkuk which killed dozens and injured many more. Martin Kobler, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq, has extended condolences to the families of the victims of what he called "mindless and brutal violence." According to news [...]

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Philippines typhoon a forgotten disaster: IFRC

Family in Mindanao, Philippines

Two months after Typhoon Bopha slammed Mindanao in the Philippines, the area remains a "huge, huge concern" for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). Jessica Sallabank, an IFRC Media Relations officer in Geneva calls Typhoon Bopha "one of the forgotten disasters of 2012." She says the category five storm killed [...]

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Asia-Pacific governments seek to halt effects of climate pollutants

Soot and smog pollution

Government representatives from across Asia-Pacific are meeting in Bangkok to find ways to reduce the effects of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) in the region. This is the first regional gathering on this issue, according to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The agency says SLCPs such as soot, methane and some hydrofluorocarbons are responsible for a [...]

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UNFPA tries to ensure that women can be liberated

No woman should die giving life.  UNFPA/Rodolfo Villeda

Family planning is the most important life saving intervention you can provide to a girl or a woman, says the head of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin was at a recent meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where Heads of State and Government made new commitments to speed up the reduction of [...]

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One in two countries unprepared to prevent and manage cancers: WHO survey

A woman undergoing a breast exam

One in two countries is unprepared to prevent and manage cancers, a World Health Organization –WHO survey says on World Cancer Day, observed Monday 4 February. The survey warns that more than half of all countries worldwide are struggling to prevent cancer and provide treatment and chronic care to cancer patients. The recent survey on [...]

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UNICEF delivers water treatment supplies for 10 million people in Syria


Domiz Camp is the temporary home to more than 16,000 Kurdish Syrians Dohuk, Iraqi Kurdistan. (Nov 2012) 
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A large-scale operation is under way in Syria to secure safe water supplies for more than 10 million people – close to half the population, UNICEF said Monday. The first four trucks carrying 80 tons of sodium hypochlorite water chlorination supplies crossed the Jordanian border into Syria on Sunday, heading for Homs, Aleppo, Hama and [...]

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