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Security Council commends successful elections in Mali

Security Council President Ambassador Maria Cristina Perceval of Argentina. [Photo from file]

The recent presidential elections in Mali are a major step towards the restoration of democratic governance and constitutional order in the country, the Security Council said on Friday. The vote came after more than a year of crisis in Mali, including a military coup, renewed fighting between government forces and Tuareg rebels, and an armed [...]

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Latin American Caribbean region has seen considerable economic growth over past decade: UNFPA chief

Babatunde Osotimehin UNFPA chief

"Today, people in Latin America and the Caribbean are more empowered than they were 20 years ago," says the Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). Dr. Babatunda Osotimehin says "The region has seen considerable economic growth over the past decade, and social protection programmes in many countries are ensuring that more people, including [...]

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Basil Charles: Helping fellow Vincentians get an education

Basil Charles sitting among students. [Photo adapted from the Basil Charles Educational FoundationFacebook page]

When the Mustique Blues Festival started in 1996, one of the major concepts was to use the festival to attract attention and donors to the Basil Charles Educational Foundation. Proceeds from the sale of the companion CD recordings go to the education foundation to better the lives of the people in St Vincent. Basil Charles [...]

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Secretary-General announces appointment of new representative for UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti

Peter de Clercq

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the appointment of Peter de Clercq of the Netherlands as his Deputy Special Representative for the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), where he will also serve as United Nations Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and Resident Representative. Gerry Adams has the story. Mr. de Clercq will succeed [...]

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A project that turns words into currency for World Humanitarian Day

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August 19, 2013 marks 10 years since the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad was bombed and the UN lost 22 of its staff and humanitarian agency workers. World Humanitarian Day is the day designated by the UN General Assembly to coincide with the anniversary of the Baghdad bombing to pay tribute to all the aid [...]

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Rebuilding after conflict presents opportunity for mental health services

Dr. Mark Van Ommeren of the WHO's Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse. [Photo adapted from UNIFEED]

Rebuilding after conflict or humanitarian emergencies provides an opportunity to build better health services, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The agency is launching a report on the provision of sustainable, long-term mental health services ahead of World Humanitarian Day, observed on Monday 19 August. It says that humanitarian agencies work hard to help [...]

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Secretary-General travels to Middle East to discuss peace process

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses a joint press conference with Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine. [UN Photo/Rick Bajornas]

A viable Palestinian state is long overdue, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon told reporters as he arrived in the Middle East for talks with leaders in Jordan, Palestine and Israel. Ban Ki-Moon met with King Abdullah of Jordan on Wednesday to discuss US Secretary of State John Kerry's efforts to resume negotiations between Israel and the [...]

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UN-mandated Commission to begin hearings on human rights in DPRK

DPRK flag

A Commission of Inquiry on the human rights situation in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) will begin public hearings next week aimed at raising awareness of conditions in the country. The three-member panel announced on Friday that hearings will take place in South Korea as the DPRK government has not responded to requests [...]

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An explosive polio outbreak in Somalia and Kenya threatens Horn of Africa

Oral polio vaccine being administered (Credit: WHO)

There's an explosive polio outbreak in Somalia where 105 cases have been confirmed. It has also spread to neighbouring Kenya, with 12 cases confirmed, according to Oliver Rosenbauer, the spokesperson for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. There are three polio-endemic countries worldwide (Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan). Mr. Rosenbauer explained that Somalia and Kenya are not [...]

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UN refugee agency relocates Congolese refugees in western Uganda

Congolese refugees in Uganda. [Photo: UNHCR/L.Beck]

Hundreds of Congolese refugees in western Uganda are being relocated from a congested transit centre to the northeastern part of the country, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) announced on Friday. According to the agency, the refugees fled to Uganda in July after the Allied Democratic Forces rebel group attacked Kamango town in the eastern [...]

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UNHCR and partners assist sudden influx of Syrians in northern Iraq

Thousands of Syrians streamed across a bridge over the Tigris River, entering Iraq on Thursday. [Photo: UNHCR/G.Gubaeva]

Thousands of Syrians who streamed into northern Iraq on Thursday are receiving assistance from the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and its partners. The agency reports that an initial group of 750 Syrians arrived in the Kurdistan region that day, followed by between 5,000 to 7,000 others. UNHCR says the majority were families consisting of women, [...]

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UN chief calls for courage to find peace in the Middle East

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. [UN Photo/Rick Bajornas]

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday called for courage to find a long-term solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Mr. Ban spoke in Jerusalem at a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The Secretary-General told reporters that he is in the region to lend strong support to the Middle East peace process. [...]

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Human rights experts call for reconciliation in Egypt

Egypt has suffered continued instability over recent years 
FilePhoto: Saeed Shahat/IRIN

A group of United Nations human rights experts is urging all parties in Egypt to take immediate steps towards political reconciliation. In a statement issued on Friday, the experts, known as Special Rapporteurs, call for restraint and an immediate end to the violence which has killed hundreds of people and injured thousands more. They state [...]

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UN: Sexual and gender-based violence pervasive in Somalia


About 800 cases of sexual and gender-based violence have been reported in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, during the first six months of the year, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Women and girls who are internally displaced continue to be the most affected. OCHA says rape is often perpetrated [...]

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Inter-Parliamentary Union calls for greater protection of Afghan women MPs


The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) is urging the authorities in Afghanistan to make every effort to protect the country's women parliamentarians following the abduction of an MP and her children earlier this month. IPU spokesperson Jemini Pandya fears incidents like this could affect women's overall political participation and representation in the country. UNICEF and partners ensure [...]

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The budding ageing population challenges

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The United Nations says there are approximately 810 million persons aged 60 years or more in the world in 2012 and by 2050, this number is projected to grow to more than two billion. Asia has more than half, 55 per cent, of the world's older persons, followed by Europe, which accounts for 21 per [...]

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