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UN chief calls for protection of civilians in DR Congo conflict

Listen / Residents of Rutshuru Territory flee their homes to seek safety in Goma. [UN Photo/Sylvain Liechti]

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday called for the protection of the civilian population in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Secretary-General made the appeal in the country's capital, Kinshasa where he met with President Joseph Kabila as fighting government forces and M23 rebel fighters entered its third day. The Secretary-General stressed said [...]

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Secretary-General meets with secondary school students in Mozambique

Listen / Ban Ki-moon visits Sansão Muthemba Secondary School in Mozambique (UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe)

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is currently on a five-country tour in Africa. Mr. Ban' first stop was Mozambique, where he visited the Sansão Muthemba Secondary School in the capital, Maputo. The Secretary-General highlighted a campaign to end violence against women, in addition to answering students' questions. Alex King is travelling with the Secretary-General and filed [...]

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World Bank to provide $1 billion to Africa Great Lakes region

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of World Bank. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

The World Bank Group will provide more than $1billion in additional funding to help improve the lives of people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and in the countries in the Great Lakes region. World Bank President Dr. Jim Yong Kim says this new funding will provide better health, education, nutrition, job training and [...]

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World Health Assembly focuses on new avian virus

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The 194 Member States of the World Health Organization have begun their annual review of the activities of WHO, discussing topics such as noncommunicable diseases, universal health coverage, women and children's health. Gerry Adams reports. Duration: 3’03″

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“Natural Infrastructure” helps to safeguard water supplies: UN

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Water supplies for an increasing global population can be safeguarded by natural infrastructure, according to a spokesperson for the UN Secretariat for the Convention on Biological Diversity. David Ainsworth spoke to UN Radio as the United Nations marked "International Day for Biological Diversity" on 22 May under the theme "Water and Biodiversity". On the future [...]

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Water security focus of International Day for Biodiversity

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Water, water, everywhere…but not as much as we think. Even though the planet is about 70 per cent water, the UN Biodiversity Secretariat says only a tiny amount is available for consumption. On the International Day for Biological Diversity, observed on 22 May, the UN is focusing on water security, particularly as supply often exceeds [...]

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Israeli-Palestinian conflict not less important than Syria crisis: UN envoy

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A senior United Nations diplomat has warned the international community about the danger of focusing on the Syrian crisis at the expense of finding a resolution to Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Robert Serry, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Process briefed the Security Council on Tuesday on the situation in the region. He said the [...]

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Only a tiny amount of water on our planet easily available as freshwater: Ban

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We live in an increasingly water insecure world where demand often outstrips supply and where water quality often fails to meet minimum standards and under current trends, future demands for water will not be met, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a message marking International Day for Biological Diversity. The Secretary-General says biodiversity and the ecosystem [...]

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UN health agency concerned about H7N9 outbreak in China

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The outbreak of a new bird flu which has reportedly killed 36 people in China is causing concern at the World Health Organization (WHO). That's what the head of WHO, Dr. Margaret Chan, said at a side event on the H7N9 flu virus held on Tuesday during the World Health Assembly taking place in Geneva. [...]

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Wild poliovirus outbreak in the Horn of Africa: WHO

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The Horn of Africa is currently experiencing an outbreak of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1), according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). It says an alert for enhanced surveillance for polio has been issued to all countries across the Horn of Africa, highlighting the need to conduct active searches for any suspected cases. All countries [...]

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UN to establish new camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan

Listen / Located in a windswept desert, the new Za'atri camp in northern Jordan can eventually host up to 113,000 Syrian refugees. © UNHCR/A.McDonnell

The United Nations has released $9.8 million to support the establishment of a new camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan. The new camp will be set up in Azraq town which is situated about 100 kilometers east of the Jordanian capital, Amman. The camp will accommodate up to 110,000 refugees by the end of the [...]

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