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Terrorism- a threat to Africa's peace, security and development

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• Terrorism, which is increasingly becoming a major concern to Africa, was once again under the spotlight in the Security Council earlier this week. The Council held an "open debate on combating terrorism in Africa in the context of peacekeeping and international security." The meeting was initiated by Togo, which holds the rotating presidency of [...]

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General Assembly looks at linkages between water and energy

Listen / Sustainable water management brings economic, social and environmental benefits, say countries. Photo: UNEP

The linkage between energy and water was the subject of discussion by the General Assembly on Thursday. The Assembly held a thematic debate on "Sustainable Development and Climate Change: Practical Solutions in the Energy-Water Nexus." Participants included senior United Nations officials the world's leading experts in sustainable development and climate change. The meeting took place [...]

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Kenyan nominated to lead UN trade and development agency

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A former Minister of Trade and Industry of Kenya has been chosen to lead the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced on Thursday that he has nominated Mukhisa Kituyi to serve as Secretary-General of UNCTAD for a term of four years beginning on 1 September 2013. The nomination [...]

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Fifth General Assembly resolution condemns violence in Syria

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The UN General Assembly on Wednesday adopted a resolution condemning the continued violence in Syria and demanding that all sides end hostilities. The text was adopted by a vote of 107 in favour to 12 against, with 59 abstentions. Gerry Adams reports. Duration: 2’51″

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UN Daily News 16 May 2013

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General Assembly debate addresses sustainable development and climate change

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Scientists, representatives of the business sector and others concerned about sustainable development and climate change are sharing their insights at the United Nations on Thursday. They are participating in a General Assembly debate on challenges related to the planet's energy and water resources. Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber is Minister of State and Special Envoy [...]

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OCHA concerned about the effect of Tropical Cyclone Mahasen on internally displaced in northern Rakhine State

Listen / The UN has called for the urgent relocation of all communities living in the path of Cyclone Mahasen in Myanmar's Rakhine State. Credit: IRIN/Brendan Brady

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is most concerned about the northern Rakhine State area of Myanmar where heavy rains are expected as Tropical Cyclone Mahasen moves through the region. Kirsten Mildren, Public Information and Advocacy Officer for OCHA, says the agency and non-governmental organizations have been advocating for the last [...]

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Secretary-General calls for end to extremist attacks in Nigeria

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The continued violence and insecurity in north-eastern Nigeria remain a concern for the UN Secretary-General. In a note issued on Wednesday by his Spokesperson, Ban Ki-moon said the situation poses a threat to peace and security in the country. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has declared a state of emergency in three north-eastern states after a [...]

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Millions of Yemenis face a desperate humanitarian situation

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Yemen is facing a deteriorating humanitarian situation which could threaten the country's stability, according to United Nations aid agencies. The ongoing conflicts in the north and south of the country, coupled by drought and high levels of poverty, have left more than half of the country's 24 million people without access to basic services and [...]

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Cyclone Mahasen hits coast of Bangladesh

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The United Nations humanitarian agency (OCHA) is concerned about thousands of people in Myanmar's Rakhine State as a tropical storm is expected to make a landfall on Thursday. Cyclone Mahasen, which has been moving across the Indian Ocean toward India, Bangladesh and Myanmar, began hitting the coast of Bangladesh with heavy rain on Thursday. There [...]

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International community pledges 3.25 billion Euros to help rebuild Mali

Listen / A displaced woman from the North of Mali waits at a temporary shelter near Mopti's main bus station. Credit: UNDP/ Nicolas Meulders

International partners pledged a total of €3.25 billion in support of Mali development plan. The International partners have pledged to support the country's political transition and development process, at a conference organized jointly by the Governments of Mali and France with the European Union. The funds will contribute to Mali's sustainable recovery plan, which aims [...]

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