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Special Representative calls for restraint in South Sudan

Johnson listening to an elderly lady in a hospital bed, Walgak Public Clinic hospital

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General to South Sudan, Ms. Hilde F. Johnson, is deeply concerned about recent developments in Jonglei, according to UNMISS, the UN Mission in South Sudan. "Reccurring spates of violence are extremely serious and can jeopardize everything that has been achieved so far for peace and reconciliation in Jonglei," she warned. [...]

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Tourism can make a significant contribution to sustainable development in the wider Caribbean Region

Mustique Beach, St Vincent

Regional Agencies of Sustainable Tourism in the Wider Caribbean Region have reaffirmed that tourism can make a significant contribution to the three pillars of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental, particularly as it seeks to generate stable employment, income-earning opportunities, social inclusion and contribute to poverty alleviation. A communiqué issued at the end of [...]

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New PAHO director pledges to work with member States to develop new and innovative approaches to deliver results

Dr. Carissa Etienne of Dominica

The newly-appointed Regional Director of WHO Americas region and Director of the Pan American Health Organisation –PAHO, is grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the health and well-being of the people of the Americas – a region which she says is playing an increasingly important role on the global stage both politically and economically. [...]

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UN Radio News 22 February 2013

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Countdown for release of new UN Women song

UN Women

Countdown toward the release of a song which celebrates acts of courage and determination by ordinary women began on Friday. The song, "One Woman: A Song for UN Women," will be released on International Women's Day, the 8th of March. The song has been called a musical celebration of women worldwide and features more than [...]

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Security Council hears of pending initiatives to boost MONUSCO's peace enforcement capabilities


A proposal for an additional military force or brigade within the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo – MONUSCO – equipped with a peace enforcement authority going beyond a traditional UN peacekeeping mandate is currently being discussed. Special Representative of the Secretary-General Roger Meece told the Security Council Friday that from his perspective, [...]

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UN concerned about 1.2 million people affected by conflict in Mali

A Malian boy living in a former hotel in Mopti.  Posters warn against the danger of mines.  UNHCR/H. Caux

The People of Mali continue to suffer in the crisis that intensified last year when fighting broke out between Tuareg rebels and government forces. The crisis took another turn when Islamist extremists occupied the northern section of the country. French and government troops are pressing ahead with their operations to reclaim territory from the radical [...]

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World Environment Day aims to reduce food waste

Think. Eat. Save.  Reduce your foodprint.

Think. Eat. Save. Reduce your foodprint. That's the theme of World Environment Day 2013, to be celebrated on the 5th of June in Mongolia. The new food-inspired global campaign focuses on the fact that over one billion tons of food are lost or wasted each year, according to UNEP, the UN Environment Programme. The campaign, [...]

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UN Security Council condemns human rights violations in Guinea-Bissau

The Security Council has condemned the violations of human rights, including political and civil rights in Guinea-Bissau and urges the authorities to take all necessary measures to protect human rights and put an end to impunity and to initiate investigations to identify the perpetrators of such acts and bring them to justice. In a unanimous [...]

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Mobile clinics take health care to the Somali displaced

Mobile clinics in Somalia

  Scores of people living in a camp in the Somali capital of Mogadishu are to receive free medical care through mobile clinics. Three thousand Somalis arrived in Karibu camp last year fleeing a severe drought as well as violence fostered by the activities of the al-Shabaab terrorist group. The African Mission in Somalia, (AMISOM) [...]

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Protection of civilians top priority for UN humanitarian relief agency

Nearly 600 displaced people live in a former hotel in Mopti.  While most families are accommodated in the building, some live in tents in grounds of the hotel.  UNCR/H.Caux

There's increasing concern for the welfare of more than 1.2 million people in northern Mali who have been affected by armed conflict in the country and who have limited access to humanitarian aid. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), says it's received reports of human rights violations, recruitment of child [...]

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UNHCR calls for urgent action to prevent boat tragedies

Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia issued a joint statement saying they would continue to help an estimated 7,000 people off their shores.

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is urging States in the Bay of Bengal to agree to protocols for the safe and quick disembarkation of rescued passengers and the provision of urgent humanitarian assistance. The agency says mechanisms must be put in place to assess the needs of and solutions for different groups, including access to [...]

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Education in jeopardy for hundreds of thousands of children in Mali

Five-year-old Talawit Diko rests in the room she is sharing with 10 other members of her family in a former hotel room in Mopti.  UNHCR/H. Caux

  The conflict in Mali has led to 700,000 children having their education disrupted, with 200,000 of those having no access to schooling whatsoever. This is in addition to one million children who didn't go to school before the crisis began. The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) says that, since January 2012, at least 115 schools [...]

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WFP concerned about the threat of a looming food and nutrition crisis in northern Mali

Internally displaced children in Mali - UNHCR/H. Caux

  The UN food agency (WFP) is concerned about the threat of a looming food and nutrition crisis in northern Mali. WFP says it is concerned that some areas in need of food assistance are not readily accessible, due to the volatile security situation and the risks of landmines and attacks. More worrying, the agency [...]

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North Korea criticized for threatening South Korea

Nuclear test carried out on 18 April 1953 at the Nevada test site.

The issue of North Korea's recent nuclear test took centre stage as the United Nations forum dealing with disarmament issues this week continued its session in Geneva.  Derrick Mbatha reports how representatives of member states criticized the country for conducting the test which contravened UN Security Council resolutions against such action.   UN mission reports decline [...]

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