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Famine killed almost 260,000 people between 2010 and 2012

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• Almost 260,000 Somalis died from famine and food insecurity between 2010 and 2012, according to a report released by the Famine Early Warning System. The study, commissioned by USAID and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), says half of the people who died were children below the age of 5. It confirms that [...]

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Refugee children in Chad get education

Listen / Funding from the European Union helps refugee children in southern Chad's Camp Amboko go to school. Adapted from UNHCR video.

One of the hardships that refugee children face is a lack of education to give them a foundation for their future. Children from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Central African Republic in Chad are no exception. They are part of the tens of thousands live in refugee camps set up by the [...]

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Zero Hunger challenge launched to end hunger in Asia and the Pacific

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  “It is unacceptable that in the 21st century, with all of our technological and agricultural expertise, more than 870 million people globally wake up hungry every morning, says Noeleen Heyzer, the Head of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). To defeat hunger, the Zero Hunger challenge was launched [...]

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Security Council establishes UN Assistance Mission in Somalia

Listen / Ambassador Elmi Ahmed Duale of Somalia addresses the Security Council. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

The Security Council has decided to establish the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM). In a resolution adopted unanimously on Thursday, the Council decided that the mission will be set up on 3 June for the initial period of twelve months. Its mandate includes the provision of UN "good offices" functions as well as [...]

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Over 270,000 pedestrians die on world's roads each year: WHO

Listen / Dr. Etienne Krug, Director, Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability, WHO. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

More than 270,000 pedestrians lose their lives on the world's roads each year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The agency says that road safety has become a big public health and development problem and in many places it is unsafe to walk or use bicycles. According to WHO, 50 per cent of people [...]

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Excessive mortality occurred during Somali drought, says Famine Early Warning System report

Listen / IDPs in the Wardhiglay area of Mogadishu, Somalia. Credit: IRIN/Kate Holt

Warnings that began as far back as the Somali drought in 2010 did not trigger sufficient early action to avert the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people, said the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Philippe Lazzarini. Almost 260,000 Somalis died from famine and food insecurity during the last drought between 2010 and 2012, says [...]

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UN Daily News 2 May 2013

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UN calls for promotion and protection of fundamental freedoms on World Press Freedom Day

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The past two decades have witnessed a revolution in journalism, creating exciting opportunities for sharing information. Today's expanded "media landscape" means journalists are now reporting via blogs, podcasts, or social media, in addition to traditional media such as radio, television and newspapers. On World Press Freedom Day, celebrated on 3 May, the UN wants to [...]

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2012 ranked one of the top 10 warmest years on record

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The year 2012 was hot! It was ranked among one of the top 10 warmest years on record, says Omar Baddour from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). This, despite the cooling influence of La Niña early in the year. He adds that extreme weather and climate events were also noted last year, such as Tropical [...]

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Journalists need to be able to do their jobs in safety, says UN chief

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All journalists need to be able to do their jobs in safety because when it is safe to speak, the whole world benefits, says UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Secretary-General Ban spoke at an event in New York on Thursday for the 20th commemoration of World Press Freedom Day, under the theme "Safe to Speak: Ensuring [...]

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Famine in Somalia killed almost 260,000 people between 2010 and 2012

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Almost 260,000 Somalis died from famine and food insecurity during the last drought between 2010 and 2012, according to a report by the Famine Early Warning System on Thursday. The study, commissioned by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), says half of the people who [...]

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2012 was the ninth warmest year on record: WMO

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Yes! You were right. It wasn't just a feeling. It was definitely warmer last year. Now, the World Meteorological Organization has confirmed what we all thought. 2012 was warmer and has joined the ten previous years as one of the warmest on record, despite the cooling influence of a La Niña episode early in the [...]

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Somalia needs full support to rebuild, says UN envoy

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Somalia needs the full support of the international community as it rebuilds after more than two decades of conflict. According to the top United Nations envoy for Somalia, Dr. Augustine Mahiga, the Horn of Africa country is now on a path to stability with a new constitution, a new parliament and a new government that [...]

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April was deadliest month in Iraq, says UN mission

Listen / A mother and her child at the Maternity and Child Hospital in Iraq. (UN Photo/Bikem Ekberzade)

April was the deadliest month in Iraq since June 2008, according to the United Nations mission in the country, UNAMI. According to casualty figures released  Thursday, UNAMI says that a total of 712 people were killed and more than 1,600 others wounded in acts of terrorism and violence. The figures include over 590 civilians and [...]

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Namibia urged to fulfill promises of independence to its indigenous people

Listen / A family of the Ovahimbo Tribe in Namibia

Namibia is being urged to "step up efforts to address problems of landlessness and land insecurity of its indigenous people and do so, to the extent compatible with the rights of others, in accordance with their historical or traditional land tenure patterns". The call has come from UN Expert on Indigenous Rights James Anaya, who [...]

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Anti-piracy efforts in Somalia and affected States in the region get new UN funding

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Efforts to combat piracy in the Indian Ocean have been boosted with the approval of a package of projects in support of anti-piracy efforts in Somalia and other affected States, including Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Maldives and the Seychelles. The United Nations Trust Fund for the Fight against Piracy approved five projects worth $2 million which [...]

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