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Security Council expresses grave concern over increased violence and conflict in South Sudan

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The members of the Security Council expressed grave concern over the increased occurrence of conflict and violence and its effect on civilians in South Sudan, in particular a marked deterioration in the security and humanitarian situation in parts of Jonglei. They strongly condemned attacks on civilians and the looting of UN and other international aid [...]

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UN Mission in Haiti sends start-up equipment to new Mali mission

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A cargo container carrying trucks, satellite vans and prefabricated building materials left Port au Prince in early July en route to Mali to support the new mission there known as MINUSMA, the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali. Over 100 containers left filled with light vehicles like Nissan patrols, 19 satellite vans, special [...]

23 Aug 2013 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

World Food Programme needs additional funds for South Sudan

Listen / WFP logistics officer Allan Busiinge helps distribute food in Jonglei State, South Sudan. Photo Copyright WFP/George Fominyen

The World Food Programme of the United Nations still needs US$84 million to assist nearly three million people in South Sudan. The Programme is already assisting 1.7 million people but would like to increase those numbers without disrupting on-going programmes. The $84 million appeal includes US$20 million for Jonglei as well as repayment of nearly [...]

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Use of chemical weapons a grave challenge to the international community: Ban

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon comments on Syria in Seoul, Republic of Korea (ROK). UN Photo/Evan Schneider

I condemn in the strongest possible terms this escalation of violence in Syria, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in remarks Friday to the Diplomatic Corps in South Korea. He said this is a grave challenge to the entire international community – and to our common humanity, especially considering it occurred when the United Nations expert mission [...]

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The slave trade is not merely a thing of the past: it's our history: Bokova

Listen / International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

The slave trade reduced millions of human beings to mere chattels and was a crime of universal scope that shook the very foundations of civilization, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova said in a message on the occasion of the International Day of the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. She stressed that the significance [...]

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Solar power lights up the lives of rural people in Bangladesh

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Bangladesh has become the world’s fastest growing market for solar home systems, according to the World Bank. It says that solar energy is not only replacing expensive fuels, but also bringing about social change in the country, thus empowering girls and women. "Human river" of  Syrians streams into northern Iraq, says UN refugee agency About [...]

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Ban intends to conduct a prompt, thorough, impartial investigation into alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is giving his utmost attention to the tragic situation related to the attacks on the suburbs of Damascus on 21 August. A UN Spokesperson says it is the intention of the Secretary-General to conduct a thorough, impartial and prompt investigation on the reports of the alleged use of chemical weapons during [...]

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Special Advisers on Prevention of Genocide and Responsibility to Protect condemn use of chemical weapons in Syria

Listen / A line of Syrian refugee women, some carrying children, cross into Jordan from southern Syria (© UNHCR/N.Daoud)

"The use of chemical weapons during armed conflict is a serious violation of international humanitarian law and a war crime, regardless of who the targets or the victims of the attacks are. The warning comes from the Special Advisers on the Prevention of Genocide, Mr. Adama Dieng, and on the Responsibility to Protect, Ms. Jennifer [...]

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A humanitarian lauded on World Humanitarian Day

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Dr. Tererai Trent is a Zimbabwean-American woman who was born of poverty in a rural village in Zimbabwe. Her strong desire to have an education took her to the United States where she eventually got her Phd. Tererai became famous when her life story was featured in a book called "Half the Sky" by author [...]

23 Aug 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Syria faces "the problem of a lost generation": UNHCR

Listen / This girl sheltered in Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan is one of a million Syrian children who have become refugees because of the war. (UNHCR@Photo)

The ongoing conflict in Syria, which is now in its third year, is causing enormous suffering to the country's children, say two United Nations agencies. According to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and the UN children's agency (UNICEF) nearly three million children have been displaced by the crisis. The two agencies estimate that more than [...]

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"The Syrian crisis is the biggest threat to peace and security in the world" – Brahimi

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The Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the League of Arab States for Syria says "The Syrian crisis is undoubtedly the biggest threat to peace and security in the world today". Lakhdar Brahimi says "The problem is that the parties that are involved in this civil war, each one of them think that [...]

23 Aug 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Easy to practice hand hygiene strategy for health care workers

Listen / Giant bottle of alcohol-based hand rub signed by managers and health-care workers at Point G Hospital, Bamako, Mali, as a promotional sign of system change and commitment to hand hygiene improvement.(WHO@Photo)

Health care-associated infections are a major threat to patient safety worldwide and transmission in these settings is mainly from the hands of health-care workers. Dr. Edward Kelly of the World Health Organization (WHO) says a recent study found that in many cases, health workers clean their hands in the proper way only about 50 per [...]

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A green economy approach to growth could benefit South Africa:UNEP

Listen / KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa (UNEP@Photo)

Investing in a low-carbon, resource efficient green economy is fundamental for South Africa's sustained economic growth and well-being. These are the findings of a new study, South African Green Economy Modelling, which says that improving the management of natural resources and investing in the environment could increase South Africa's crop yields by almost a quarter, [...]

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UN Human Rights office welcomes turnaround over Maldives flogging sentence

Listen / Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). [UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré]

A decision to annul a conviction and a sentence of flogging, handed down to a 15 year old girl in the Maldives, has been welcomed by the United Nations Human Rights office. The Maldives High Court ruled on Wednesday that the girl, whose stepfather is on trial for raping her, had been wrongly convicted by [...]

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42,000 Syrian refugees cross into Iraq in a week

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The surge in the number of Syrians fleeing into Iraq is continuing, with the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, saying that, since the 15th of August, nearly 42,000 people have crossed Syria's far northeast border into Iraq. Just yesterday, some 2,000 people passed through the Sahela border crossing alone. Adrian Edwards, Spokesperson for UNHCR, says [...]

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3 Million Syrian children displaced by conflict

Listen / Syrian refugee children play beside tents in Domiz refugee camp.© UNHCR/B.Sokol

Nearly 3 million Syrian children have been displaced by the on going crisis in the country, according to United Nations agencies. The UN Refugee agency UNHCR and the UN Children's Fund UNICEF estimate that more than 2 million children have been internally displaced, while another one million children have been forced to flee their homeland [...]

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UN Envoy: Syrian crisis a big threat to world peace and security

Listen / Lakhdar Brahimi, Joint Special Representative for Syria gives a press conference at the Palais, Geneva. Wednesday 5 June 2013. [UN Photo/Violaine Martin]

The Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the League of Arab States for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi, has expressed grave concern over the alleged use of chemical weapons in Damascus. Mr Brahimi said the incident was a clear indication of danger the crisis poses not only for the Syrian people but also for the [...]

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Internally displaced Somali women continue to face sexual and gender based violence

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Sexual and gender-based violence have been pervasive in Somalia, according to the spokesperson for the Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Jens Laerke added that during the first half of the year, 800 cases were reported in Mogadishu alone, and the internally displaced Somali women continue to be the most affected. A humanitarian [...]

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