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UN experts raise alarm over privatization of coffee sector in Burundi

An abandoned coffee plantation in Cewe, north of Burundi. Photo: IRIN/Jocelyne Sambira

Two United Nations independent human rights experts on Thursday raised the alarm about the World Bank-led privatization of the coffee sector in Burundi. In 2007, as part of the privatization plans, the Burundian President declared that coffee was owned by the growers until it was exported. This arrangement allowed growers to manage the supply chain [...]

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China invites international expert team to assess H7N9 virus outbreak


A team of international experts is heading for China this weekend to investigate the deadly H7N9 outbreak in the country. The influenza virus has killed 14 people so far, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). H7N9 is a subgroup of a virus that normally circulates in birds and WHO does not know why humans [...]

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UN refugee chief warns of "terrifying" humanitarian situation for Syria

A young Syrian refugee at a reception centre after crossing into Jordan with his family.

The head of the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR), Antonio Guterres, has warned the Security Council of what he called a "terrifying" humanitarian situation for Syria. Mr. Guterres, who addressed the Council by video-link on Thursday, said that 400,000 refugees have fled Syria in the last seven weeks, bringing the number of Syrians registered as [...]

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UN Daily News 18 April 2013

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Bolivia: The Alpaca connection


Alpacas and llamas are becoming big business for poor ranchers and small enterprises in Bolivia due mainly to a growing global demand for alpaca fleece. This ancient relative of the camel is known for being easier on the environment The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is helping thousands of ranchers in the breeding of [...]

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Turkish hero of the forest – Hayrettin Karaca

Hayrettin Karaca, "Grandfather of Turkish Environmental Movement"

Hayrettin Karaca, a 92 year old from Turkey, known as the ‘grandfather’ of the Turkish environmental movement has received numerous environment awards including the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) 500 in 1992. Mr. Karaca, who had a successful textile business in the 1970s, became very concerned about the environmental degradation he saw during his travels across [...]

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UN officials detail the human cost of the Syrian crisis

Security Council meeting.

A humanitarian catastrophe. That is how UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos characterizes the ongoing crisis in Syria. Ms. Amos was among several senior UN officials who briefed the Security Council on Thursday. Dianne Penn reports. Duration: 2’44″

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UN calls for humanitarian access to two towns affected by conflict in Darfur

UNAMID troops delivering aid. UN Photo/Albert Gonzalez Farran

The head of the joint UN-African Union Mission in Sudan (UNAMID) has urged the Sudanese government to allow humanitarian access to thousands of displaced people in East Darfur. According to UNAMID, about 18,000civilians are concentrated around its team sites near the towns of Muhajeira and Labado since fighting broke out on 6 April between government [...]

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Humanitarian needs growing rapidly in Syria, says head of UN relief operations

Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Ordinary people are paying the price for the failure to end the conflict which has created a humanitarian catastrophe in Syria. That's what Valerie Amos, the head of the United Nations humanitarian agency, told the Security Council on Thursday. Ms. Amos said that the parties to the conflict have become increasingly entrenched in the rhetoric [...]

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Failure to register vital statistics is a human rights violation: WHO

Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, Assistant Director-General for Health Systems and Innovation at WHO

Failure to register the vital statistics of a nation's citizens amounts to a violation of human rights, says Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny of the World Health Organization. For example, she says, if a country is unaware of how many children are born, it has no way of knowing how many vaccines are needed to protect their [...]

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Civil registration critical for universal health coverage, say UN health agency

World Health Organization

Civil registration and vital statistics systems are critical in planning for universal health coverage, according to a senior official of the World Health Organization (WHO). But WHO says about 80 countries in the world do not have functioning civil registration systems to document births and deaths. More than 200 representatives of government, development agencies, civil [...]

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Education critical to empower indigenous women in Kenya, says an activist

Agnes Leina, Executive Director Il'laramatak Community Concerns (Kenya)

Indigenous women in Kenya face a number of challenges including lack of education and economic opportunities, according to an indigenous activist. Agnes Leina is the Executive Director of a non-governmental organization called Il'laramatak Community Concerns based in Nairobi, Kenya, which is working with various indigenous communities. UN Radio's Derrick Mbatha caught up with Ms. Leina [...]

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UN humanitarian response in Syria gets boost from Kuwait

The displaced people in the Azzas area are receiving winter emergency relief, like these vulnerable Syrian civilians.

The government of Kuwait has made available $275 million to nine aid agencies responding to the Syrian humanitarian crisis. The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) received $110 million, the UN World Food Programme(WFP) $ 40 million, the UN Children’s fund, UNICEF $53 million and the World Health Organization (WHO) $ 35 million. The funding is part [...]

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