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Security Council hears update on Yemen's transition

Sir Mark Lyall Grant

Yemen's government has welcomed engagement from the UN Security Council which it expects will continue, United Kingdom Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant told the chamber on Thursday. The ambassador briefed members on the recent Security Council mission to the country which he co-chaired with Moroccan Ambassador Mohammed Loulichki. He said the mission held talks with various [...]

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UNEP team in Nigeria discusses oil cleanup in Ogoniland

UNEP technical team collect surface water sample. Photo: UNEP

• A team from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) went to Nigeria this week to discuss the cleaning up of oil contamination in Ogoniland. A study by UNEP in the Delta Region found that oil pollution in Ogoniland is extensive as a result of oil industry operations in the area since the late 1950s. UNEP [...]

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Aid agencies resume distribution of humanitarian aid to central Mali

Malian refugee boys dragging jerry cans containing 20 litres of water UNHCR/H. Caux

With the military intervention in Mali, the situation on the ground has changed dramatically, according to a top official of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Although security is still a concern, David Gressly says aid agencies can now resume distribution of humanitarian supplies to central Mali. The humanitarian agencies are also [...]

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UN and humanitarian partners in DRC launch $892 million action plan for 2013

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United Nations agencies, humanitarian partners and the Government of D.R. Congo on Thursday launched a US$892 million Humanitarian Action Plan (HAP) to provide aid to millions of people affected by food insecurity, conflict and disease in 2013. The Plan responds to the growing needs of 3.9 million people across the country including 2.7 million internally [...]

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UN mission assists Iraqi flood victims

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The United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) stands ready to further assist the country in the wake of recent severe flooding along the Tigris River basin. A UNAMI statement estimates that 5,000 people in Salaheddine province had to be evacuated due to the floods which resulted from heavy rainfall in late January. The mission [...]

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Ban Ki-moon highlights role of cooperation in message to Islamic Summit

The UN Secretary-General is calling for countries with influence on the Syrian authorities and opposition groups to urge the parties to avoid further militarization and engage in a political process. The appeal comes in a message Ban Ki-moon sent on Thursday to the latest session of the Islamic Summit Conference underway in Cairo, Egypt. Martin [...]

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UN peacekeeping for Mali in the works

Women in northern Mali

The deployment of a United Nations peacekeeping mission for Mali is in the works. The country is facing a political crisis following a military coup in March last year and the occupation of the northern part of the country by armed rebels. This has in turn created a humanitarian crisis with hundreds of thousands of [...]

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Secretary-General welcomes agreement to de-escalate conflict in Myanmar's Kachin state

A UNHCR-supported camp for internally displaced people near Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin state in northern Myanmar.© UNHCR/A.Kirchhof

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed an agreement aimed at reducing the violent conflict in Kachin state in northern Myanmar. Myanmar's Peacemaking Committee and representatives from the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) this week announced their agreement to work on a framework to de-escalate the conflict. A unilateral ceasefire was declared last month in Kachin, where [...]

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Mali's cultural heritage in jeopardy

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Conflict is putting Mali's cultural heritage in danger. Eleven of the 16 mausoleums on UNESCO's World Heritage sites and thousands of manuscripts may have been totally lost or destroyed by the Islamist groups, according to UNESCO's Lazare Eloundou. The Chief of the Africa Unit based in Paris, says mosques have not been maintained and the [...]

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Inclusive education for children with disabilities can transform lives, says UNICEF

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Progressive policies in inclusive education have made positive changes in the lives of children with disabilities in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia, according to UNICEF – the UN children's agency.   UNICEF says more schools are welcoming first grade children with disabilities in Serbia as a result of years of policy advocacy. It [...]

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Study finds corruption in Afghanistan totals $3.9 billion

Jean-Luc Lemahieu

Despite fewer people paying bribes, corruption in Afghanistan has risen to nearly four billion dollars over the past three years. That's according to a survey of 6,700 Afghans conducted by the High Office for Oversight and Corruption (HOO) and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The report finds that between 2009 and 2012, [...]

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URDU #04: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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1. FAO urges stronger measures on global health threats 2. UNHCR : Urgent humanitarian help needed as war in Mali expands 3. Security Council asked to facilitate deployment of mission in Mali 4. Refugee kidnappings on the rise in eastern Sudan 5. OCHA appeals for $76 million to help Philippine typhoon victims Narrated and Produced [...]

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URDU #03: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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1. FAO urges stronger measures on global health threats 2. UNHCR : Urgent humanitarian help needed as war in Mali expands 3. Security Council asked to facilitate deployment of mission in Mali 4. Refugee kidnappings on the rise in eastern Sudan 5. OCHA appeals for $76 million to help Philippine typhoon victims Narrated and Produced [...]

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URDU #02: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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1. Help pull Central African Republic from brink, UN envoy urges 2. Security Council concerned about terrorist attacks in Mali 3. Treaty to combat illegal trade in tobacco products opened for singature 4. Severe weather affects Syrian refugee children in Jordan's Za'atari camp 5. Food prices drop for third consecutive month : FAO 6. ILO [...]

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URDU #01: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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1. Central African Republic : UNICEF calls for end to child recruitments 2. OCHA concerned about protection of civilians in Central African Republic 3. IOM says labour exploitation main cause of human trafficking 4. Insecurity disrupts relief efforts in Central African Republic 5. OCHA outlines bleak picture for Afghanistan in 2013 6. Two kidnapped peacekeepers [...]

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FAO Food Price Index remains unchanged in January

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The FAO Food Price Index held steady at 210 points in January 2013 after three straight months of decline. FAO says increases in oil and fats prices offset lower cereals and sugar quotations, while dairy and meat values remained substantially unchanged. The pause in the Index’s decline tallies with a significant upward revision in FAO’s [...]

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