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UN requires extra $8 billion to meet humanitarian needs this year

Listen / Under-Secretary-General Valerie Amos during the United Nations Economic and Social Council. [UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre]

The United Nations needs another $8 billion dollars this year to give urgent humanitarian assistance to 73 million people in 24 countries. Reporting on humanitarian funding and action for the first half of the year, humanitarian chief Valerie Amos says more than $5 billion have been given so far. “That money has been used for [...]

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Coronavirus though serious, not public health emergency

Listen / Doctors look at an X-ray. Photo: WHO

The conditions for a public health emergency of international concern have not at present been met. That is the unanimous decision of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee concerning the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV). The World Health Organization (WHO) has been informed of 82 laboratory-confirmed cases of MERS-CoV infections, including 45 deaths. Assistant [...]

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Freedom of expression is a fundamental human right

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"Freedom of expression is a fundamental human right, guaranteed in article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It constitutes an essential pillar of any vital society." That is the message of UN Deputy Secretary-General at a Security Council debate devoted to the protection of journalists in armed conflict. According to Jan Eliasson, in [...]

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Additional funding required for spike in humanitarian needs

Listen / Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos. [UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre]

Millions of people remain in desperate need of help around the world, Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos told a press briefing in Geneva on Wednesday. This year's original appeal for 57 million people in 24 countries has risen to 73 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. Gerry Adams has the story. Duration: 2’40″

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Conference seeks to further implementation of disability rights treaty

Listen / Centre for persons with disabilities in Sudan

If the world is to achieve its full potential, it is imperative to include all people, disability rights activists meeting at the United Nations told journalists on Wednesday. They were speaking in connection with the opening of a two-day conference that seeks to further implementation of the 2008 Convention on the Rights of Persons with [...]

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Funding gap could threaten humanitarian aid to 70 million people

Listen / The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos.

UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos fears a funding gap could affect the delivery of humanitarian aid to the more than 70 million people worldwide who will need it this year. Amos was in Geneva on Wednesday where she presented the mid-year review of global humanitarian action. While the initial 2013 Humanitarian Appeal aimed to [...]

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Security Council holds debate on protecting journalists in armed conflict

Listen / Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson addressing the Security Council. [UN Photo/Rick Bajornas]

More than 600 journalists have been killed in the line of duty over the past decade, UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson told the Security Council on Wednesday. Council members are holding a meeting on the protection of civilians in armed conflict, with specific focus on journalists. The Deputy Secretary-General said every journalist murdered or intimidated [...]

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ICC President warns against complacency in message on International Criminal Justice Day

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Fifteen years after its establishment, the International Criminal Court (ICC) is undertaking more investigations, conducting more proceedings and giving a voice to victims. That message comes from ICC President Judge Sang-Hyun Song in a statement marking International Criminal Justice Day, observed this Wednesday, 17 July. Although creating a global justice project appeared to be an [...]

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UNESCO condemns killing of Egyptian photojournalist


The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is urging authorities in Egypt to respect the right of journalists to carry out their work in safe conditions. This follows the recent killing of a newspaper photographer. Ahmed Assem el-Senousy, 26, was shot dead while covering a demonstration on 8 July. UNESCO chief Irina Bokova has [...]

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ILO calls for additional job creation policies in G20 countries

Listen / Guy Ryder

  The International Labour Organization ( ILO) has called for broader and more inclusive job creation policies to achieve the G20's shared goal of strong, sustainable and balanced growth. The call comes against the background of structural unemployment still hovering above pre-crisis levels in G20 countries. According to the ILO-OECD update, unemployment is up in [...]

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