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Security Council calls for greater cooperation to fight terrorism in the Sahel

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The Security Council is calling for countries in Africa's Sahel region to strengthen cooperation to address terrorism and other challenges. In a Presidential Statement issued on Tuesday, Council members reaffirmed their strong commitment to the sovereignty, territorial integrity, political independence and unity of these nations. Rosemary DiCarlo, charge d’affaires at the United States Mission to [...]

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Envoy briefs Security Council on UN support to Central Asia

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The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA), Miroslav Jenča, briefed the UN Security Council on 15 July on the work of the Centre over the past six months in support of the governments of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and [...]

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ICC asks Nigeria to arrest Sudanese President

Listen / Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir speaking during a meeting with UNAMID officials [UN Photo/Stuart Price]

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has asked Nigeria to arrest Sudan's President who reportedly was in the country to attend a global health summit. President Omar Al-Bashir faces charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide related to the crisis in Darfur. The ICC Registrar transmitted the request to the Nigerian authorities on Monday. [...]

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ICC Registrar explains his role

Listen / ICC's new Registrar Herman von Hebel taking oath (April 18, 2013) [Photo: ICC-CPI]

The International Criminal court was created in 2002 to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. There are currently eight cases before the ICC, as it is often called, all of them originating in Africa. The Registrar, Herman Von Hebel, recently spoke to Gerry Adams about some of the controversies surrounding the [...]

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UN Daily News 16 July 2013

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Looming humanitarian crisis in Western Uganda as displaced Congolese face dire living conditions

Listen / Congolese families fleeing to Uganda. [Photo: UNHCR/ L.Beck]

Congolese refugees have been streaming across the border into western Uganda since Thursday last week following a rebel attack on the town of Kamango in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. United Nations aid agencies are warning of a major humanitarian crisis in western Uganda where tens of thousands of Congolese refugees are resisting [...]

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Human Rights official repeats call for Syrian crisis to be taken up by ICC

Listen / UN deputy Human Rights chief Ivan Šimonivič briefing the Security Council on the situation in Syria

More than 6,000 minors have died in the Syrian conflict, nearly a quarter of whom were under the age of 10, the Security Council heard on Tuesday. UN deputy Human Rights chief Ivan Šimonivič told Council members that children in Syria have been detained, tortured and executed, in addition to being recruited as combatants by [...]

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Humanitarian Coordinator briefs Security Council on pressing needs in Syria

Listen / Valerie Amos briefing the Security Council regarding the situation in Syria via teleconference from Geneva.

UN agencies and their partners will need an additional $3 billion to meet the humanitarian needs of people affected by the Syrian crisis, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator told the Security Council on Tuesday. Valerie Amos, who briefed via teleconference from Geneva, detailed numerous bureaucratic, logistical and financial challenges facing those assisting millions of Syrians [...]

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UNESCO chief decries damage to World Heritage sites in Syria

Listen / Ancient City of Aleppo, Syria. [Photo:UNESCO/ Ron Van Oers]

The head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is calling for an immediate end to the destruction of heritage sites in Syria. In a statement on Tuesday, Irina Bokova expresses deep shock following reports of damage to two castles which she says are examples of architecture developed during the 11th and 13th [...]

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A healthier Africa will further boost economic growth on the continent

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A report launched Monday at the Special Summit of the African Union on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria highlights increased, targeted health spending as an essential foundation to greater economic growth and development in Africa. The report, Abuja +12: Shaping the future of health in Africa, by the African Union (AU) and the Joint United Nations [...]

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UNICEF's story in 2012: unrelenting efforts for world's most vulnerable children

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Despite financial concerns in much of the world and complex emergencies affecting children in nearly 80 countries in 2012, global progress was still made for millions of children last year, according to UNICEF's 2012 Annual Report. The report notes that emergencies dominated headlines in 2012 and the organization and its partners responded to 286 humanitarian [...]

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Thousands affected by drought in Namibia and Angola

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The United Nations Children fund (UNICEF) is appealing for nearly $22 million to support populations affected by the ongoing severe drought in Namibia and Angola. UNICEF says although the emergency is in the early stages, it is expected to deteriorate and urgent assistance is needed to support affected populations particularly women and children, to avert [...]

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Newly displaced Congolese refugees face dire living conditions

Listen / Thousands of people have been displaced by fighting in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo

United Nations aid agencies are warning of a major humanitarian crisis in western Uganda, where tens of thousands of Congolese refugees are resisting efforts to relocate them to safer areas. The UN Refugee agency (UNHCR) says the nearly 70,000 refugees are spread out along the hilly border, where conditions are tough and getting help to [...]

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