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Envoys regret lack of conclusion to Kampala Talks

Listen / Displaced families living in Mugunga camp, in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo after their city fell to M23 rebel forces in November 2012 © Kate Holt/IRIN

Five envoys from the international community have expressed their dismay at the lack of agreement in talks between the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the rebel group M23. In a statement on Monday, the envoys say they regret that the Kampala Dialogue could not be concluded that evening. The talks, named [...]

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UN to hold Syria pledging conference in January

Listen / Syrian children get used to their new home in a shelter for the internally displaced in the battered city of Homs. UNHCR

A severe lack of funding is hampering the humanitarian response in Syria, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the General Assembly on Monday. He reported that half the Syrian population—more than nine million people—need humanitarian assistance, and the situation continues to deteriorate rapidly and dramatically. "I will be organizing a High-Level Pledging Conference for Syria in [...]

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UN relief coordinator to launch Philippines humanitarian appeal

Listen / Some of the damage caused by Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban, the Philippines. UNHCR

UN Emergency Coordinator Valerie Amos will be in the Philippines on Tuesday to launch a humanitarian action plan for the country as it recovers from the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made the announcement during an informal briefing to the General Assembly in New York on Monday. He added that the [...]

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New tripartite agreement facilitates return of Somali refugees from Kenya

Listen / Delighted Somali children pass part of the day in a simple playground in a refugee camp.  UNHCR/J.Ose

Somali refugees in Kenya who wish to return to their homeland are the beneficiaries of an agreement signed on Sunday by a UN agency and the two countries. The agreement between the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and the governments of Kenya and Somalia sets no timelines for returns but defines the roles and responsibilities of [...]

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Somalia, Kenya and UN refugee agency reach accord for return of Somali refugees

Listen / Somali refugees. © UNHCR/J.Ose

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) and the governments of Kenya and Somalia on Sunday signed an agreement on the return of Somali refugees from Kenya. Kenya is hosting more than 470,000 Somali refugees, the majority of whom are in the large Dadaab refugee camps complex in the north-east of the country. According to UNHCR, [...]

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South Sudan gets its first group of fingerprint experts

Listen / Finger print training in South Sudan. (video capture)

The capacity of the police to fight crime in South Sudan has been enhanced with the graduation of the first group of trainees in fingerprinting. The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Directorate of Criminal Investigation organized a specialized training on finger print science. A select 39 [...]

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World faces nearly 13 million shortfall in global healthcare workers: WHO

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Billions of people could face serious health implications if the global shortfall in healthcare workers is not addressed, a new United Nations report warns. The report, released on Monday by the World Health Organization (WHO), finds that the world will be short of 12.9 million healthcare workers by 2035, with sub-Saharan Africa being most affected. [...]

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UN Humanitarian Office says water and shelter among urgent needs in the Philippines

Listen / Tacloban Airport, in Leyte, Philippines damaged by Typhoon Haiyan - UNIC-Manila

Despite obstacles including airport closures and downed bridges, UN agencies are rushing emergency assistance to the Philippines as it continues to emerge from Typhoon Haiyan. That's according to the UN Humanitarian Affairs Office (OCHA) which reports that local officials say the death toll could reach as high as 10,000 in the worst-affected areas alone. OCHA [...]

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UN court rules in favour of Cambodia over disputed Preah Vihear temple

Listen / Peter Tomka, President of the International Court of Justice

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ruled in favour of Cambodia in a longstanding dispute with Thailand over a centuries-old Hindu temple. In a judgment issued on Monday, the court said Cambodia has sovereignty over the territory surrounding the Temple of Preah Vihear, located near the border with Thailand. Cambodia became independent in 1953, [...]

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UN sends aid to victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines

Listen / Aerial view of the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines – UNIC, Manila

Food aid, medical equipment and emergency health kits, are just some of the relief items coming in for the people affected by the deadly Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. That's according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Jens Laerke, the Agency's spokesperson, says some of the big United Nations [...]

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Philippines: Getting food, clean water to affected families is a priority

Listen / Tacloban Airport in Leyte, Philippines damaged by Typhoon Haiyan - UNIC-Manila

The situation in the Philippines is being described as "devastating" and "shocking" by top World Food Programme (WFP) officials on the ground. Many cities across the central part of the country sustained heavy damages by the typhoon which packed winds of around 315 km/h. WFP spokesperson, Elizabeth Byrs, says humanitarian workers are racing against the [...]

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Climate talks open in Poland

Listen / Typhoon Haiyan - 2013's strongest storm. Credit: NOAA

The latest round of global climate talks opened on Monday in Poland's capital, Warsaw. The two-week conference marks the 19th meeting of countries party to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which aims to prevent "dangerous" human interference with the climate system. In her opening remarks, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christina Figueres told participants [...]

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UN nuclear agency and Iran sign cooperation agreement

Listen / Keeping radioactive sources safe and secure - IAEA

The UN atomic energy watchdog and Iran have signed an agreement aimed at strengthening dialogue and cooperation in relation to the country's nuclear programme. The framework for cooperation signed on Monday by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Iran seeks to ensure the exclusively peaceful nature of the country's nuclear programme by resolving all [...]

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UN and its agencies ramp up support to the Philippines following deadly typhoon

Listen / Aerial view of havoc created by Typhoon Haiyan

United Nations agencies have been stepping up their support to the Philippines in the wake of a deadly typhoon which has caused widespread devastation. The World Food Programme (WFP) says nearly 10 million people have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan, with approximately 400,000 displaced and living in shelters. WFP spokesperson in Geneva, Elizabeth Byers, told [...]

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