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Security Council condemns deadly car bomb attacks in Turkey

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The Security Council is stressing the need to bring to justice those who perpetrate, organize, finance and sponsor acts of terrorism, following a deadly attack in Turkey over the weekend. In a statement released on Monday, Council members condemned the attack and expressed their sincere condolences to the families of the victims, as well as [...]

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WHO informed of another confirmed case of novel coronavirus

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The World Health Organization (WHO) says it has been informed by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health in France of an additional laboratory-confirmed case with infection of the novel coronavirus (NCoV). WHO says this patient was identified as part of the epidemiological investigation initiated by the French authorities, following laboratory confirmation of the first [...]

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Security Council debates combating terrorism in Africa

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Terrorism is a threat to Africa’s peace, security and development, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a meeting of the Security Council on Monday. The “open debate on combating terrorism in Africa in the context of peacekeeping and international security” was initiated by the West African nation of Togo, which holds the rotating presidency of the [...]

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General Assembly: Focus on human trafficking

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Trafficking in human beings is an illegal activity that generates over $30 billion a year and affects more than 20 million people, according to United Nations figures. The General Assembly on Monday held a high-level meeting on the Appraisal of the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons. The meeting brought together senior [...]

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Envoy condemns killing of Darfur leader

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All sides in the Darfur conflict have been urged to cease hostilities following the killing this weekend of a movement leader in the Sudanese province. The call comes from Mohamed Ibn Chambas, head of the joint UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) in a statement released on Monday. Chambas has condemned the criminal attack on [...]

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WSIS Forum focuses on post -2015 development agenda

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This year's forum of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), has been described as a unique opportunity to develop multi-stakeholder consensus on what is needed for the WSIS process in the future to ensure that the bottom-up approach of the process is preserved.  Secretary-General Hamadoun Toure of the International Telecommunications Union, ITU, also [...]

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International community must do more to help Africa fight terrorism: Secretary-General

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Success in combating terrorism in Africa is crucial for the continent's citizens to live in dignity and peace, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council on Monday. Mr. Ban said the United Nations is strongly committed to doing its part in this fight. He pointed out that terrorism thrives where borders are weakest. ” [...]

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FAO highlights role of forest products in ending hunger

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Forest products, including insects, are critical to the fight to end hunger, according to a study by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Although forests contribute to the livelihoods of more than a billion people worldwide, the agency says they are rarely considered in policies related to food security and land use. FAO is hosting [...]

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UNFCCC chief calls for stepped up response to climate change

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There's been a call for a greatly stepped-up response to climate change by all parts of society. The call comes from the Executive Secretary of UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Christiana Figueres in reaction to word that the global concentration of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere had reached its highest levels ever [...]

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General Assembly president calls for more vigilance in fighting human trafficking

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Victims of human trafficking must be placed at the centre of the United Nations' work, General Assembly president Vuk Jeremić told ambassadors on Monday. Jeremić was speaking during a General Assembly meeting on a Global Plan of Action to combat human trafficking, adding that as many as 25 million people could be victims. He said [...]

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World will miss MDG target of improved sanitation in 2015: WHO/UNICEF

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Some 2.4 billion people – one-third of the world's population – will remain without access to improved sanitation in 2015, according to a new joint WHO/UNICEF report issued Monday. The report, Progress on Sanitation and Drinking-Water 2013 Update, warns that, at the current rate of progress, the 2015 Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target of halving [...]

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Picking up the pieces after Typhoon Bopha

Listen / A UNICEF-supported temporary learning centre in Davao Oriental, Philippines

Six months after Typhoon Bopha took over 1,000 lives and displaced more than a million people in the southern part of the Philippines, the UN Children's Agency (UNICEF), says teaching and learning are taking place again in elementary schools across affected parts of the country. Beng Poblete-Enriquez reports on the agency's efforts to get the [...]

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Under one per cent of clean energy technology patents filed in Africa: UNEP

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Less than one per cent of all patent applications relating to clean energy technology (CET) have been filed in Africa, highlighting an opportunity for the continent to leapfrog existing fossil-fuel energy sources and thus cut greenhouse gas emissions and bring major health benefits. A new study by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the European [...]

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