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Iraqi women journalists win essay contest

[Photo: UNAMI]

Three Iraqi women journalists have won a United Nations contest which seeks to highlight the everyday challenges faced by women living in the Middle Eastern country. The stories submitted by Suha Audah, Enas Jabbar and Shatha al-Shabibi, were selected by an independent panel for their depiction of women's situation in Iraq. Suha Audah's article describes [...]

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Envoy sees signs of hope amid challenges in Guinea-Bissau

Jose Ramos-Horta, Special Representative of the Secretary-General-designate and Head of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS)

The UN and its partners in Guinea-Bissau are working to support negotiations for elections tentatively set for November, according to the top UN envoy in the country, Jose Ramos-Horta. Guinea-Bissau experienced a military coup a year ago, resulting in its suspension from the African Union, and he says the country will have to have a [...]

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Bokova mourns death of Iraqi journalist


UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova on Thursday deplored the death of radio journalist Muwaffak al-Ani, who was killed in a car bomb explosion in west Baghdad on Monday 6 May. The Director-General said Mr. al-Ani, one of Iraq's best known media voices, was a man dedicated to his profession and determined to pass his knowledge and [...]

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Human security aims at improving people's lives

Wide view of the high-level event on Human Security, hosted by the Secretary-General's Advisory Board on the subject. [UN Photo/Rick Bajornas]

Government ministers, diplomats and senior United Nations officials gathered for a meeting on human security on Wednesday afternoon. In his opening remarks UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that the meeting took place at a time of great turmoil. He said the global economy is in crisis, the environment is under threat and too many people [...]

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UN official urges leaders in Maldives to conduct free, credible and non-violent elections

Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, Assistant Secretary-General of the Department of Political Affairs [UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras]

Maldives is at a critical juncture, according to UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Oscar Fernandez-Taranco. The UN official who has just wrapped up a 3-day visit to the Indian Ocean nation, stressed that the forthcoming elections will be an important step in the democratic transition and encouraged all political actors to contribute to free, [...]

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UNWRA gets funds to respond to Palestinian refugees displaced by Syrian crisis

Yarmouk camp for Palestinian refugees in the Syrian capital Damascus. Photo: IRIN/Gabriela Keller

The UN agency charged with assisting Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) has received a new contribution of USD 8.4 million for its' programmes assisting refugees in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. The funds, from the United States, will help UNRWA respond to the critical needs of Palestine refugees affected or displaced by the Syrian conflict. This donation brings [...]

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UNFPA says more needs to be done to help those affected by Syrian conflict

Ramia Amash holds her son Mahmoud, 2, outside her tent in Nizip refugee camp in southern Turkey. [Photo © Patrick Adams/IRIN]

More has to be done to ensure the health and well-being of women and children affected by the Syrian conflict, said Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). On a recent trip to Turkey, the Executive Director visited Nizip refugee camp, housing some 10,000 refugees. It is one of Turkey's newest and [...]

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Human security approach demands a clear focus on actual needs and capacities of states: UNDP

The concept of human security is relevant across the work of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) – from that on poverty reduction and food security, to rule of law, citizen security, human rights, conflict prevention, gender, youth, and climate change and the environment. That's what UNDP Administrator Helen Clarke told a High-level event on Human [...]

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Update on the Bangladesh building collapse

The Rana Plaza Building collapse in Bangladesh on 24 April 2013. ILO Photo

  More than 700 people were killed and over 2,500 injured when an 8-story factory building collapsed in Bangladesh on the 24th of April. The International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) and the Bangladeshi Red Crescent are deeply involved in the rescue efforts, working with the army and the fire brigade during the emergency. [...]

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Burundi committed to stopping new HIV infections among children

L to R: Minister of Health of Burundi, Dr Sabine Ntakarutimana, UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé

"AIDS is a strategic entry point for advancing Burundi's social agenda at several levels: protecting women, children and human rights," said UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé at an event marking Burundi's National AIDS Day. Sidibe, on an official visit to the country, met with the Second Vice-President, Gervais Rufyikiri, who has championed the country's drive [...]

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Strong cereal production seen in 2013: FAO


Strong growth is expected for global wheat, coarse grains and rice production in 2013, according to early forecasts published in the May issue of FAO’s monthly Cereals Supply and Demand Brief. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says global wheat production in 2013 is expected to reach 695 million tonnes, up 5.4 percent from last [...]

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