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Head of UN fact-finding mission on Syria to meet with Secretary-General on Monday

Swedish professor Ǻke Sellström heads the UN mission into the alleged use of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict.

The head of the UN fact-finding mission on the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria will be in New York next week, UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky told journalists on Friday. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will hold consultations on Monday with Swedish professor Åke Sellström, who was appointed last month. Nesirky said the UN remains in [...]

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Conflict and market disruption lead to food insecurity in Mali

A Malian refugee mother with her child wait to receive relief items in Gaoudel, Ayorou district, northern Niger. Photo: UNHCR/H. Caux

Food insecurity has become a major concern in the remotest areas of the Mopti region in Mali. The World Food Programme (WFP) says it will be scaling up assistance in northern Mali, especially as the lean season gets underway. But the agency says funding is urgently needed to support those affected by the conflict in [...]

26 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Jamaica commends work of tribunals

General Assembly hall

The international criminal justice system — hailed by some as one of the greatest legal achievements of the past century — could never replace national mechanisms in building true bridges between former enemies. That was stressed many delegates as the General Assembly concluded its unprecedented thematic debate on the link between global justice systems and [...]

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Secretary-General "deeply saddened" by deadly building collapse in Bangladesh

The United Nations stands ready to assist Bangladesh following the collapse of a garment factory earlier this week that killed more than 300 people, the UN Secretary-General said on Friday. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Ban Ki-moon said he is deeply saddened by the loss of life and injuries caused by the incident, [...]

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Trinidad and Tobago urges the General Assembly to play a major role in global economic governance.

Ms . Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

The UN General Assembly has been urged to play a major role in global economic governance. The call came from Trinidad and Tobago's Prime Minister Kamla Persad- Bissessar during a thematic debate on "The United Nations and Global Economic Governance". Noting that her statement represented small-nation States, Prime-Minister Persad-Bissessar said her country, due to its [...]

26 Apr 2013 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Assessing the damage from the China earthquake

Children displaced by an earthquake in China. [UNICEF Photo]

More than one and a half million people have been affected by the recent earthquake which rocked the Sichuan province of China. The earthquake measuring nearly 7 on the Richter scale killed more than 200 at this writing; two hundred forty five thousand have been evacuated.   Estimated cancer cases almost doubles in 20 years [...]

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UN Daily News 26 April 2013

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Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet kick-starts the 2nd International Jazz Day

Jazz for peace

International Jazz Day is celebrated on April 30th. According to the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the day is designed to raise awareness worldwide about the virtues of jazz as an educational tool, as a vehicle for peace, unity, dialogue and for enhanced cooperation between peoples. A jazz concert, under the title "Jazz, [...]

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A UN mission aims to stabilize situation in Mali

Mr. Tiéman Coulibaly, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Mali. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

Hopes for resolving the ongoing political crisis in Mali have been raised with the establishment of a United Nations mission that is expected to take over from African troops in the country. In a unanimous vote on Thursday, the Security Council decided to establish the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). Derrick [...]

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WFP concerned about deteriorating food situation in northern Mali

A displaced Malian woman prepares dinner for her family in the capital, Bamako. Photo: UNHCR/H. Caux

Scaling up food assistance in northern Mali is critical as the lean season is approaching, the World Food Programme (WFP) reports. WFP says food security in the region has deteriorated due to persistent market disruptions, with the most remote areas facing the greatest difficulties. Agency spokesperson Elizabeth Byers says the ongoing armed rebellion in northern [...]

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Secretary-General reiterates call for Syria to grant access to UN fact-finding mission

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The UN Secretary-General has renewed his call for Syria to provide "full and unfettered access" to a UN fact-finding mission to investigate allegations of the possible use of chemical weapons in the country. In response to journalists' questions, a UN spokesperson says Ban Ki-moon has taken note of information from the United States authorities regarding [...]

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UN remembers Chernobyl disaster by reiterating commitment to nuclear safety

aerial view Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

The countless women, men and children affected by radioactive contamination from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster must never be forgotten, the UN Secretary-General said on Friday. In a statement marking 27 years since the accident, Ban Ki-moon reiterated the UN's commitment to work for greater nuclear safety and sustainable energy worldwide. Mr. Ban says the international [...]

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Sabrina Iyadede uses music to reflect on the genocide in Rwanda

Artist/Songwriter Sabrina Iyadede

  A memorial ceremony to commemorate the Rwandan genocide was held recently at UN Headquarters in New York. One of the participants at the ceremony was artist/songwriter Sabrina Iyadede. She was born in Rwanda and left in 1994 when she was a young girl, moved to Belgium and now lives in New York. In this [...]

26 Apr 2013 | Posted in Women | Read More »

Over 30,000 refugees and migrants have arrived in Yemen this year

migrant recued off the coast of Yemen

More than 500 Ethiopian migrants, including women and children, were recently freed from houses run by human traffickers in Yemen, according to the UN refugee agency, UNHCR. Many of those released showed signs of torture and abuse. UNHCR says although Yemeni authorities have been conducting similar raids over the past year, incidents of extortion, exploitation, [...]

26 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Talks pave the way for resumption of mail services in Somalia

Somali Minister Abdullahi E. Hersi (r.) calls for help to rebuild his country's postal sector with UPU DG Bishar A. Hussein present

After 23 years with no postal services, Somalia could soon start receiving international mail. Somalia's minister of information, posts, telecommunication and transports, Abdullahi E. Hersi, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the acting president of the Emirates Post Group, Fahad Al Hosani, under which the parties commit to negotiating the details of an [...]

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ILO calls for urgent global action to fight occupational diseases

Community health workers in Senegal

There has been a call for an "urgent and vigorous" global campaign to tackle the growing number of work-related diseases, which claim an estimated two million lives per year. The International Labour Organization, (ILO), said that despite the fact that occupational diseases kill six times as many people, accidents attract greater attention. ILO Director-General Guy [...]

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UNHCR health services for Syrian refugees overstretched

Syrian refugee children play beside tents in Domiz refugee camp. (Photo: UNHCR/B.Sokol)

The Syrian refugee crisis is increasingly straining health services in the surrounding countries, according to a study conducted by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). With more than one million Syrian refugees in Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon, health care services in these countries are finding it difficult to cope with the growing number of refugees seeking [...]

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