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Security Council calls for an end to violence in Egypt

Listen / Security Council President Ambassador Maria Cristina Perceval of Argentina.

Members of the Security Council have stressed the importance of ending violence in Egypt following the killing and wounding of scores of people when security forces moved in to clear sit-ins in Cairo on Wednesday. The Security Council met behind closed doors late on Thursday to hear a briefing by UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson [...]

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Conducive atmosphere and international support key to success of Israeli-Palestinian talks: UN Secretary-General

Listen / UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. [UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe]

The United Nations Secretary-General is urging the international community to seize the moment brought about by the resumption of talks between the Israelis and Palestinians. Speaking in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Thursday, Ban Ki-moon expressed appreciation for what he described as "the courageous efforts" of both sides in returning to the negotiating [...]

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Security Council welcomes resolution of land dispute between Nigeria and Cameroon

Listen / Security Council chamber. [Photo from file]

The Security Council has welcomed the final resolution of the dispute between Nigeria and Cameroon over the Bakassi Peninsula. The potentially resource-rich land on the Atlantic coast was a source of tensions between the two countries until the International Court of Justice ruled in 2002 that it is part of Cameroon not Nigeria. Under an [...]

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Secretary-General urges Lebanese to remain united following deadly car bombing

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The UN Secretary-General has strongly condemned the deadly car bombing that took place in a neighbourhood in Lebanon's capital, Beirut, on Thursday. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Ban Ki-moon says such acts of violence are completely unacceptable and only reinforce the determination of the international community to continue supporting Lebanon's security and stability [...]

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Secretary-General congratulates Mali on successful presidential elections

Listen / Woman casting her vote in Mali elections. [Photo: UNDP]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated the authorities and people of Mali for the successful conduct of presidential elections, provisional results of which were announced on Thursday. As Mali awaits confirmation of the results, Mr. Ban has congratulated Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta on his election as President, according to a statement issued by the Secretary-General's spokesperson. [...]

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UNICEF scales up support to drought-stricken Namibia

Listen / Drought-stricken area in Namibia. [Photo adapted from UNIFEED]

  • Namibia has been hit by the worst drought in 30 years. The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) says over 700,000 people including 109,000 children under the age of five are at risk of malnutrition. In response to the crisis, the agency is scaling up its relief assistance, including nutrition, education and infant feeding activities. [...]

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Everyone should have access to fundamental affordable health care: WHO

Listen / Mothers wait in a queue at the Kangemi Health Centre in Nairobi for the monthly child clinic

Universal health coverage means that everybody should have access to the health services they need without risk of financial ruin or impoverishment, says Dr. Christopher Dye of the Word Health Organization. WHO on Thursday released a report that says universal health coverage is not a luxury; rather, it is fundamental to the discovery, development and [...]

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UN human rights chief calls for dialogue to end crisis in Egypt

Listen / The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, deplores the loss of life in Egypt and she is calling on all in Egypt to seek a way out of the violence that reportedly killed and injured hundreds of demonstrators. Elizabeth Throssell, the spokesperson for the UN Human rights office in Geneva, says there [...]

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UN agency sends its largest shipment of aid items to displaced Syrians

Listen / UNHCR staff load the relief items for Syrian IDPs from the organization's Dubai global stockpile. [Photo: UNHCR]

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has dispatched its largest shipment of relief items so far this year to people displaced by the crisis in Syria. The agency reports that 33 trucks carrying goods such as blankets, kitchen sets and jerry cans left its global stockpile in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Thursday. [...]

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UN human rights chief calls for dialogue to end crisis in Egypt

Listen / Supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsy of Egypt demonstrating in Rabaa Al Adaeia Square, Cairo. [Photo from file: IRIN/Saeed Shahat]

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, has appealed for urgent talks to save Egypt from further disastrous violence. The call follows Wednesday's reported killings and injuring of hundreds of demonstrators as security forces moved in to clear pro-Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins in Cairo. She notes that there are conflicting reports about the [...]

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Violence cannot deliver democracy in Egypt: IPU

Listen / Supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi help a man injured in clashes on 27 July 2013 which killed dozens of people. [Photo: Saeed Shahat/IRIN]

The future of Egypt is hanging precariously in the balance if violence and confrontation don't give way to compromise and constructive dialogue between all sides in the political divide. This warning has come from the International Parliamentary Union (IPU) amid reports that more than 500 people were killed on Wednesday when security forces used force [...]

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UN calls for $98 million to respond to urgent humanitarian priorities in DPRK

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The United Nations has updated its plans to address critical humanitarian needs in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) for the remainder of 2013. A release from the UN Resident Coordinator for the DPRK says the humanitarian programmes being implemented by five UN agencies in the country remain drastically underfunded. It explains that of [...]

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Health research is key for universal health coverage: WHO

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The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on countries to continue investing in local research in order to develop a system of universal health coverage tailored to each individual country's situation. In its World Health Report 2013 launched in Beijing, China, on Thursday, WHO says through universal health coverage, countries can help ensure that citizens [...]

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Departure of UN team to probe chemical weapons use in Syria "imminent"

Listen / Ake Sellström, head of the UN team investigating the use of chemical weapons in Syria. [UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe]

The departure of a team of United Nations experts to investigate allegations of the use of chemical weapons in the conflict in Syria is "now eminent." That's according to a statement issued by the Spokesperson of the UN Secretary-General late on Wednesday. It announced that the government of Syria has accepted the modalities essential for [...]

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Security Council deeply concerned by security situation in CAR

Listen / Internally displaced persons in the Central African Republic [Photo: OCHA/Laura Fultang]

The members of the Security Council expressed deep concern at the security situation in CAR, characterized by a total breakdown in law and order, and the absence of the rule of law. In a press statement following briefings by top UN officials, the members of the Council stressed that the armed conflict and crisis in [...]

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