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Struggle and progress characterize Sudan's second anniversary

Listen / UN peacekeepers offer protection to residents of Jonglei state, South Sudan. Photo: UNMISS

The euphoria that accompanied the birth of South Sudan as a nation on the 9th of July two years ago now seems like a fading memory, Hilde Johnson told the Security Council on Monday. The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative to the country said the key determinant for developments in South Sudan continues to remain its [...]

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New UN food safety and nutrition standards to benefit consumers

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The UN food standards body known as Codex Alimentarius has agreed on new standards to protect the health of consumers worldwide. These include standards on fruit, vegetables, fish and fishery products, salt and fat labeling, hygiene and carcinogenic contaminants. The Codex Alimentarius Commission, jointly run by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the [...]

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Myanmar releases child soldiers

Listen / Many children who once worked for armed groups need reintegration help, according to children's rights NGOs. Photo: Naresh Newar/IRIN

The United Nations on Monday welcomed the release of 42 children by the Myanmar Armed Forces, known as the Tatmadaw. The children were released to their families on Sunday in the presence of senior Government officials as well as representatives from the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the office of the UN Resident Coordinator in [...]

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UN reports 300,000 people this year have fled fighting in Darfur

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Fighting in Sudan's Darfur region has displaced an estimated 300,000 people so far this year which is more than the past two years combined, according to UN estimates. The people are escaping inter-ethnic community violence, or conflict between rebel movements and government forces, much of which is driven by the struggle for resources such as [...]

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Security Council urged to beef up capacity at South Sudan mission

Listen / A wide view of the Security Council Chamber as Hilde Johnson (shown on screen).

Progress in consolidating peace, reforming the national police and addressing cases of arbitrary detention are some of the steps South Sudan has made two years after becoming an independent nation. That assessment comes from Hilde Johnson, head of the UN mission in the country (UNMISS), who briefed the Security Council on Monday. However, she pointed [...]

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Tackling inequality is at the heart of the UN sustainable development agenda: Ban

Listen / Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya (Photograph: Reuters / Thomas Mukoya)

The Millennium Development Goals have been remarkably successful in generating global action across a range of issues, according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. He cited examples such as lifting 600 million people out of extreme poverty, to more people having access to improved sources of water and to putting more children, especially girls, in school [...]

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Inequality can breed crime, disease, hamper economic growth: Ban

Listen / In Namibia a woman collects water for her family's needs. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Social justice is a key ingredient of a peaceful sustainable world for all humankind, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday in remarks at an informal General Assembly thematic debate on Inequality. The Secretary-General cautioned that "societies where hope and opportunity are scarce are vulnerable to upheaval and conflict". He said "Social and economic inequalities can tear [...]

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Special Representative of Secretary-General regrets killing of Somali journalist

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The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, has expressed sorrow over the killing of Libaan Abdullahi Farah 'Qaran', a reporter of Somali Kalsan TV based in Gaalkacyo. Reports suggest that he was shot dead Sunday night while returning home from duty. This is the fifth journalist to be murdered in the [...]

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Ban Ki-moon calls on governments to support cooperatives

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on governments to encourage policies to support and strengthen cooperatives so they can contribute fully to inclusive and sustainable development. He made the call on the International Day of Cooperatives, the 6th of July. Cooperatives are organized around financial, agricultural or employment needs, for example. After disasters such as [...]

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Military chief foreshadows arrival of Intervention Brigade and "drones" at UN mission in DRC

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Advanced military technologies can greatly benefit UN peacekeeping, according to the Force Commander at the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). Lieutenant-General Carlos Alberto dos Santos Cruz recently briefed the Security Council on how the mission will deploy unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or "drones" to gather information on armed groups. Eastern [...]

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UNICEF condemns killings in school attack in Northeast Nigeria

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The deaths of students in yet another attack on a school in Northeast Nigeria should be condemned absolutely by all communities, UNICEF says. UNICEF calls for those responsible to be brought to justice and for communities to demand that schools be considered as places of safety. The UN children's agency notes that since 16 June, [...]

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