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New UN mission starts new phase in Somalia's road to stability

Listen / Head of the new UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) Nicholas Kay (right), with Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon at a joint press briefing in Mogadishu. [Photo: AU-UN IST/Stuart Price]

A new phase in the United Nations' role in Somalia started on Monday with the launch of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM). UNSOM was established by the Security Council on 2 May for an initial period of 12 months. It is based in the capital, Mogadishu, and will be deployed across Somalia, as [...]

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WHO warns of increased risk of disease epidemics in Syria and in neighbouring countries as summer approaches

Listen / Syrian family in a WHO mobile clinic in Damascus. [WHO Photo]

The World Health Organization (WHO) is deeply concerned about the increasing cases of communicable diseases inside Syria and among displaced Syrians in neighboring countries in the region. And it warns that lack of prevention and control measures will create a potential risk of outbreaks. Over the past two years, Syria's health system has been severely [...]

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FAO urges end of malnutrition as priority

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Denouncing the huge social and economic costs of malnutrition, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva on Tuesday called for resolute efforts to eradicate malnutrition as well as hunger from around the world. In a recorded statement marking the launch of FAO’s flagship annual publication The State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA), Graziano da Silva said [...]

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UN Daily News 4 June 2013

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The Day It Happened

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A drama on the work of the International Red Cross, featuring actors Madeleine Carroll and Franchot Tone, writer Lowell Thomas, and Dag Hammarskjöld, the second Secretary-General of the UN. Language: English Genre: Drama 1954 Duration: 28’56″

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Social and economic costs of global malnutrition unacceptable: FAO

Listen / Sierra Leonean farmer. [FAO/Caroline Thomas]

This year's State of Food and Agriculture report from the Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, says that the social and economic costs of global malnutrition are unacceptable. The report calls for priority action to combat malnutrition through changes in national and international food systems. Gerry Adams has more. Duration: 3’02″  

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Civilians caught in ongoing violence in Syria, says Syria panel

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The ongoing conflict in Syria is a major catastrophe that tests the international community's resolve to protect civilians caught in war. That's what the chairperson of the United Nations Commission on Syria said as he presented the panel's latest report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Tuesday. Paulo Pinheiro warned that Syria [...]

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UN Special Envoy for the Sahel, Romano Prodi, welcomes timely support by Japan

Listen / Mr. Romano Prodi, the Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Sahel. [UN Photo/Evan Schneider]

The decision by the government of Japan to pledge $1 billion in aid to the Sahel region has been welcomed by the UN Special Envoy for the Sahel, Mr Romano Prodi. In a statement Tuesday, Prodi says the support of the Japanese government is timely and vital for a region which is facing huge security, [...]

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Refugees from Syria report harsh conditions in Al Qusayr and difficulties reaching safety

Listen / Syrian refugees at a collective shelter in the city of Arsal in the Bekaa Valley, 100 kilometres from the Lebanese capital, Beirut. [UNHCR /S. Malkawi]

In Syria, with the battle for Al Qusayr now into its third week, UNHCR has been seeing small numbers of Qusayri refugees arriving in eastern Lebanon. The agency says according to a number of interviews done so far, it appears that a new route for displaced people has opened up from the Qusayr area towards [...]

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UNHCR speeding relocation of Darfur refugees away from Tissi border

Listen / Refugees from the Darfur region of Sudan sit in the desert sand at the Oure-Cassoni camp in eastern Chad. [UNHCR/E.Cue]

In southeast Chad, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is speeding relocation of refugees from Tissi – a settlement located a few miles from the borders with Sudan and the Central African Republic – to a site some 30 kilometres northwest at Ab Gadam. Over the past two weeks more than 5,000 refugees have been moved. [...]

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Human rights office expresses concern over use of excessive force against peaceful protestors in Turkey

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The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has expressed concern over reports of excessive use of force by law enforcement officers against protestors in Istanbul Turkey. The protestors had initially gathered to express their dissatisfaction with the redevelopment of the historic Taksim square – an important venue for political protests – and Gezi Park. Spokesperson [...]

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New SOFA report urges priority action to fight malnutrition: FAO

Listen / Mr. Kostas Stamoulis, Director of Agricultural Development Economics Division at FAO. [Photo FAO]

The cost of malnutrition to the global economy in lost productivity and health care costs are “unacceptably high” and could account for as much as 5 percent of the global gross domestic product. That assessment comes in this year's “State of Food and Agriculture report (SOFA)”, devoted to “Food Systems for Better Nutrition”. It says [...]

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Syrian civilians continue to suffer from conflict, says head of UN panel

Listen / Paulo Pinheiro, Chair of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria, addresses journalists at a press conference by the Commission. [UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré]

War crimes and gross human rights violations continue to be perpetrated in Syria as the conflict rages on. That's what the United Nations Commission of inquiry on Syria says in its latest report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Tuesday. It says government forces and affiliated militias are carrying out widespread attacks [...]

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SYRIA: Commission of Inquiry report not truthful

Listen / Syrian residents whose homes were destroyed by shelling

Syria has rejected the latest report by the Commission of Inquiry into human rights violations in the country saying it lacks objectivity and amounts to a veiled attempt to vilify the country's leadership. Syrian ambassador in Geneva Faysal Khabbaz Hamoui said the report was exaggerated and fails to highlights human rights violations being committed by [...]

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Smallholder farmers key to lifting over 1 billion people out of poverty: Joint UNEP-IFAD report

Listen / Farmers preparing land for intercropping in Tanzania. [IFAD/Robert Grossman]

Supporting smallholder farmers to play a greater role in food production and natural resource stewardship is one of the quickest ways to lift over one billion people out of poverty and sustainably nourish a growing world population, a new United Nations report released Tuesday said. According to Smallholders, Food Security and the Environment—a report commissioned [...]

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INDONESIA #22: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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Commission of Inquiry:Chemical agents may have been used as weapons in Syria

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The UN mandated Commission of Inquiry on Syria says there is reasonable evidence to suggest that limited quantities of chemical weapons have been used in the conflict. The commission says it has collated evidence from witnesses, refugees and medical staff on the alleged use of chemical weapons although it was still not possible to determine [...]

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