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UN Daily News 06 June 2013

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Somalia under spotlight in Security Council

Security Council chamber [UN file photo].

This week the United Nations passed a major milestone in its engagement in Somalia by launching the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM). That's what UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said during the briefing to the Security Council as it met to discuss the Horn of Africa country on Thursday. The meeting of the [...]

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Long-term solutions for radioactive sources

A look into the extraction of radioactive sources from medical devices inside the mobile hot cell. [IAEA Photo]

Among its many other responsibilities, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the IAEA, helps its member-states find long-term solutions for the safe and secure storage of disused sealed radioactive sources. Sealed radioactive sources are used in a wide variety of devices in medical, industrial and agricultural facilities worldwide. But if not properly disposed of, these sources [...]

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UN High Commissioner for Refugees welcomes EU funding support of €400 million for Syria crisis

Syrian families continue to flee the country. This photograph was taken at the Jordan border (© UNHCR/J.Kohler)

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres today welcomed the announcement by the European Union of a major new contribution of €400 million for the Syria situation in 2013. The funding announced by the European Union is among the largest so far to the Syria crisis by any donor. The €400 million is expected to [...]

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Ban stresses importance of rights to freedom of association in Egypt

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon has stressed the critical importance of the rights to freedom of association and expression to the democratic process in Egypt and has called for dedicated efforts to secure their full enjoyment. A statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-general says the Secretary-General continues to follow the transition process in Egypt. [...]

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Funding shortfalls undermine fragile gains made in Afghanistan: Ging

John Ging

"We are very concerned that donor funding for humanitarian operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan is falling short at a critical moment of positive transition in the region," Director of Operations for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs John Ging told reporters at UN headquarters. Mr. Ging said we have to make sure [...]

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UN invites applications from young professionals for careers as international civil servants


The Young Professionals Programme Participation in the programme Every year the United Nations seeks highly qualified candidates who are ready to launch a professional career as an international civil servant. The young professionals programme (YPP) is a recruitment initiative that brings new talent to the United Nations through an annual entrance examination. This year we [...]

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ILO: Israeli restrictions stagnating Palestinian economy

housing project-palestine

Palestinian economy will not grow unless the Israeli imposed restrictions are lifted; according to the International Labour Organization (ILO). In its annual report on the situation of workers in the Occupied Arab territories, the ILO says the Palestinian economy is grappling with stagnating growth, higher unemployment, poverty and food dependency. The report says the continuing [...]

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Childhood obesity a major health threat in developing world


Many developing countries lack policies to halt the threat to public health due to the growing number of children and adolescents that are overweight or obese, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO says more than 75 per cent of the 43 million children under the age of five who are overweight live in [...]

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UN rights experts seek assurances that Russian NGO's will not face reprisals

Chairperson of the UN Committee Against Torture, Claudio Grossman.

United Nations human rights experts are voicing grave concern that two Russian non-governmental organizations that gave evidence to the UN Committee against Torture have been charged by Russian prosecutors. The Anti-Discrimination Centre Memorial in St Petersburg and the Public Verdict Foundation in Moscow were charged in April and May respectively with allegedly violating legislation under [...]

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Slower global agricultural production growth expected : OECD-FAO

Despite a slow down, farm production is expected to keep pace with global demand.

Global agricultural production is expected to grow 1.5 percent a year on average over the coming decade, compared with annual growth of 2.1 percent between 2003 and 2012. That according to a new report published by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Thursday. Limited expansion [...]

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