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Afghan civilian deaths show increase over 2012: SRSG Kubis

Listen / Ján Kubis

The security environment for Afghan civilians has worsened this year, with a 24 per cent rise in the number of civilians killed and injured, compared to the same time period in 2012. Word of this comes ahead of next week's Security Council meeting on Afghanistan from the Secretary-General's Special Representative in the country, Ján Kubiš. [...]

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Over 11 million people in need of food assistance in Sahel, says UN official

Listen / Sahel drought victims

More than 11 million people in the Sahel region of Africa are in need of food assistance, according to Robert Piper, the United Nations Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the region. He briefed reporters in New York for the first time as the relief official for the region of semiarid grassland and desert that stretches along [...]

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UN chief urges Iraqis to ensure national reconciliation and prevent violence

Listen / Martin Nesirky

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging Iraqis to redouble their efforts to promote national reconciliation and prevent violence in their country. In a statement on Tuesday, the Secretary-General says he has been following with concern the unfolding political and security situation in Iraq, including the escalating political tensions. Secretary-General Ban is also concerned about what [...]

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Transition in Yemen "is delicate" says UN envoy

Listen / Mr. Jamal Benomar, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Yemen, briefs the Security Council. [UN Photo/Rick Bajornas]

A clash between security forces and demonstrators in the Yemeni capital of Sana'a on Sunday shows that the transition to democracy in the country is delicate. That's what the United Nations Special Adviser on Yemen, Jamal Benomar said during a briefing to the Security Council on Tuesday. He said only a few days ago, he [...]

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Syrian crisis forces women to opt for "preventive" caesarean sections: UNFPA

Listen / Mother and her baby, at UNFPA/JHAS Clinic/Za'atari Camp
Photographer: Ra'ed Addayleh

As the crisis continues in Syria, hundreds of thousands of women there are awaiting one of the most defining moments of their lives: giving birth. But the ongoing violence and instability means that anywhere from 35 to 65 per cent of mothers-to-be in some areas are opting to deliver their babies by caesarean section, according [...]

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Hurricane season threatens Haiti

Listen / Food supplies

Following extreme weather shocks and poor harvests, over eight million people in Haiti are either severely food insecure or struggling to meet their own food needs on a regular basis. In the following interview, World Food Programme Spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs explained to UN Radio's Patrick Maigua that WFP is pre-positioning food supplies in Haiti ahead [...]

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Over 90 per cent of displaced people return home in south Yemen

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More than 90 per cent of the people who had been displaced by conflict in southern Yemen have returned to their homes, according to the United Nations humanitarian agency (OCHA). However, OCHA cautions that this good news doesn't mean that the international community should stop its support to Yemeni authorities. It says that many of [...]

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Weather shocks and poor harvest leave 1.5 million Haitians food insecure

Listen / WFP operations in Haiti (Copyright: WFP/David Orr)

The World Food Programme (WFP) says it's extremely concerned about the situation of 1.5 million people who need external food assistance in Haiti. According to the United Nations food agency, extreme weather shocks of storms and hurricanes and poor harvest have left the people severely food insecure. WFP spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs says that the agency [...]

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IAEA hosts expert meeting to improve cooperation framework for Latin America and the Caribbean

Listen / International Atomic Energy Agency. (Photo: D. Calma/IAEA)

The role of nuclear techniques in helping to tackle a range of development challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean was the focus of a recent meeting held at the headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria. Representatives and experts from across the region discussed ways to improve a cooperation framework [...]

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Thousands of Syrian women face gender-based violence

Listen / A line of Syrian refugee women, some carrying children, cross into Jordan from southern Syria. The outflow this year has been staggering. © UNHCR/N.Daoud

Over 6,000 Syrian women and girls have been subjected to gender-based violence including rape, according to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). UNFPA says the figure could be higher, and priority is being given to the provision of medical, psychosocial treatment and legal assistance to the victims. The Fund says access to quality reproductive healthcare [...]

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Six thousand Nigerians displaced as government cracks down on militant groups

Listen / Nigeria

More than 6,000 people mainly women, children and the elderly have fled parts of northern Nigeria to seek safety in neighbouring Niger, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). The displaced have told UNHCR that they had escaped for fear of being caught in the government-led crackdown on insurgents linked to the Boko Haram militant [...]

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Thousands of civilians are displaced by fighting in South Sudan's Jonglei State

Listen / Mothers and their children near Pibor, in Jonglei state, South Sudan, who have been displaced by ethnic tensions in the area

Fighting in South Sudan's Jonglei State has displaced tens of thousands of civilians, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR). The agency says the conflict between government forces and armed groups has been going on since March this year. UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards says the agency is alarmed by the fighting, particularly in Pibor [...]

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