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Water scarcity likely to intensify as populations grow: Ban

Listen / UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

As populations grow, water scarcity and water pollution are likely to intensify, particularly if unsustainable consumption and production patterns continue unabated. That, according to  Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon  in a message to a High-level International Conference on Water Cooperation in Dushanbe.  The Secretary-General said while the Millennium Development Goals campaign has been successful in many areas, [...]

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UNESCO chief calls for protection of Egypt's cultural heritage

Listen / Irina Bokova

The head of the United Nations cultural agency expressed grave concern for Egypt's cultural heritage on Monday following reports that a national museum had been looted. Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, said the museum, located in the city of Minya, had been looted and several monuments of religious importance in Fayoum and the capital, Cairo [...]

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Human Rights Office "alarmed" at continuing violence in Egypt

Listen / Supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi help a man injured at clashes on 27 July 2013 which killed dozens of Morsi supporters near 6 October Bridge in the Egyptian capital Cairo. Morsi was ousted by the a popularly-supported military on 3 July, and his supporters are demanding his return to power © Saeed Shahat/IRIN

As the violence continues in Egypt, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights remains "alarmed" at the situation and reiterates its call to allow human rights officers to assess the situation on the ground. Humanitarian agencies operating in the country are also concerned but so far, the World Food Programme says its operations [...]

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Influx of Syrians into Iraq reaches 30,000 mark

Listen / Syrians who fled across the Peshkhabour border into Kurdistan in northern Iraq walk towards a makeshift reception centre.© UNHCR/G.Gubaeva

The Influx of Syrians into Iraq's Kurdistan region continues, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR). The agency estimates that the number of the Syrian refugees who have crossed the border since Thursday has now surpassed the 30,000 mark. UNHCR is working with other agencies, including the World Food Programme, the UN Children's Fund [...]

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Cruise ship entertainers are seafarers too: ILO treaty

Listen / Docked ship (ILO PHOTOS)

Everyone working aboard a cruise ship, from machine operators to entertainers to hotel staff, is considered a "seafarer" just like the crew of a merchant ship. And as such, their rights are protected under the International Labour Organization's Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, that comes into effect as international law on the 20 August. Patrick Moser [...]

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UN finally sees movement on Israeli-Palestinian peace process

Listen / Oscar Fernandez-Taranco

Despite an ever challenging regional environment we are finally observing long awaited movement on the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians in the form of direct negotiations. The view was expressed Tuesday during a briefing to the Security Council on the Situation in the Middle East. Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Oscar Fernandez-Taranco expressed the [...]

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UN moves to assist Philippines amid extensive floods

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Heavy monsoon rains in the Philippines, aggravated by Tropical Storm Trami have caused extensive flooding and landslides in 11 provinces in and around the capital Manila, bringing everyday life to a standstill. The one month average rainfall for August was recorded in one day – Monday 19th August. The Government of the Philippines says it's [...]

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Rise of poverty and food insecurity in Egypt a concern for WFP

Listen / A group of Egyptian men queuing for bread (Copyright: WFP/Marco Frattini)

  The World Food Programme (WFP) is concerned about the rise of poverty and food insecurity among the most vulnerable communities in Egypt. This comes amidst continued political uncertainties and a worsening economic situation that the country has faced over the last few months. WFP says it continues to monitor the situation closely and is [...]

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Global shipping industry sets sail under new standards: ILO

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The International Labour Organization's Maritime Labour Convention (MLC, 2006) came into force on 20 August 2013, inaugurating a new era of decent work for seafarers and fair competition for shipowners in the global shipping industry. ILO Director-General Guy Ryder calls "on all countries with a maritime interest to ratify – if they have not yet [...]

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30,000 Syrians have now fled into northern Iraq

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

The influx of Syrians into Iraq's Kurdistan region continues, with the number of refugees who have crossed the border since Thursday last week now estimated to have surpassed the 30,000 mark, according to the United Nations Refugee agency (UNHCR). A major humanitarian operation is underway in the region, with United Nations aid agencies sending truck [...]

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