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Human Rights Council welcomes 14 new members

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Fourteen countries have been elected new members of the UN Human Rights Council. This follows a secret ballot in the UN General Assembly on Tuesday. Joining the Geneva-based Council are Algeria, China, Cuba, France, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the Maldives, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, the United Kingdom and Viet [...]

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UNICEF outraged by string of school shellings in Syria

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The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) is expressing outrage following recent deadly attacks on schools in and around the Syrian capital, Damascus. UNICEF says five children were reportedly killed and 11 injured in their classrooms when their school, located in a suburb of the capital, was hit by shells on Monday. That same day, four children [...]

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Global guidelines help governments safeguard peoples' ownership rights

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Secure access to natural resources like land, water supplies, fisheries and forests, is seen as a key condition to improving food security for the world's poorest, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization. For example, 70 per cent of female agricultural workers in developing countries, often have no or very limited access to resources, the [...]

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Security Council authorizes more troops for AU mission in Somalia

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The Security Council has voted to increase the number of troops serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). In a unanimous decision on Tuesday, the Council authorized the African Union to raise the mission's force strength from just below 18,000 to more than 22,000 uniformed personnel. The AU troops have been supporting Somali [...]

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$300 million needed for urgent humanitarian action in the Philippines

Listen / C-130 cargo plane lands in badly affected Tacloban City in the Philippines, in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. Photo: courtesy of the Armed Forces of the Philippines

The UN humanitarian community is appealing for $300 million to provide life-saving aid to people of the Philippines affected by typhoon Haiyan. The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Aid (OCHA) made the announcement on Tuesday in the capital, Manila. According to government figures, an estimated 11.3 million people have been affected by the disaster [...]

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Citizen insecurity thwarts Latin America's development: UNDP

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Insecurity is a shared challenge that obstructs social and economic development in every country in Latin America, says a new UN Development Programme (UNDP) report launched in New York on Tuesday. But the Regional Human Development Report (HDR) 2013-2014 says crime control measures alone are insufficient; noting that the most effective way to reduce citizen [...]

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Crime threatens citizen security and development in Latin America: UNDP

Listen / Heraldo Muñoz

Citizens in countries of Latin America don't feel safe because of crime, including robberies and murder, according to a report issued by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) on Tuesday. The Regional Human Development Report (HDR) 2013-2014 is titled "Citizen Security with a Human Face: evidence and proposals for Latin America". It says insecurity is a [...]

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UN office praises Viet Nam for storm preparedness ahead of Typhoon Haiyan

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

Thousands of people in Viet Nam escaped the wrath of Typhoon Haiyan thanks to preparedness and mitigation measures implemented by the authorities, the United Nations office in the country reports. The typhoon, which slammed the Philippines on Friday, also hit parts of north and central Viet Nam before weakening and changing course. In a statement [...]

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UN agencies and partners say simple actions can curb child pneumonia deaths

Listen / For a future without illnesses to worry about, UNICEF makes a strong stand. Photo credit: Julien Harneis

Although pneumonia deaths are preventable, more than a million children still die from the disease each year, according to experts in child welfare and global health. The GAVI Alliance, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) say pneumonia is responsible for nearly one-fifth of child deaths globally. This Tuesday, 12 November, [...]

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WHO warns of significant health needs in the Philippines

Listen / An average of 20 typhoons a year strike the Philippines. Photo: IRIN/Jason Gutierrez

The World Health Organization (WHO)is sending experts to the storm raved regions of the Philippines to help in the restoration of health care services. WHO says many health facilities were damaged or completely destroyed, while those still able to operate are severely stretched with medical supplies in very short supply. Field hospitals with medical teams [...]

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UNWTO calls for support for the Philippines

Listen / Children observing Typhoon Haiyan's destruction in the Philippines.  UNICEF

The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is deeply saddened by the devastating impact of typhoon Haiyan which hit an important part of the Visayas region in the Philippines. UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai said "Our thoughts at this difficult moment are with the families and friends of the victims and all those suffering in this tragic [...]

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UN launches $300 million appeal for storm- ravaged Philippines

Listen / This boy was injured by flying debris from Typhoon Haiyan as it swept over his family's home in Tacloban. Haiyan is one of the most powerful storms ever recorded. Reuters-E. De Castro

The United Nations has appealed for $301 million to provide humanitarian assistance to typhoon hit regions of the Philippines. Nearly 11 million people have been affected by the storm which has also displaced about 700,000 people. UN agencies in the affected regions says urgent supplies of food, clean water, shelter and medicines are needed. UN [...]

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Severe damage to agriculture and fisheries after Typhoon Haiyan: FAO

Listen / Typhoon Haiyan caused severe damage to agriculture and the fisheries sector, in addition to massive loss of life in the Philippines.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is mobilizing support to the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, which tore through the country causing severe damage to the fisheries and agriculture sectors, in addition to massive loss of life. FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said Tuesday "The super typhoon Haiyan has left a [...]

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UN agency for Palestinian refugees urgently needs over $40 million

Listen / Palestine refugees in Syria desperately depend on UNRWA for food, water and medicine.  UNRWA

The United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) needs more than $40 million to continue its work for this year. That's what Filippo Grandi, the UNRWA Commissioner General says in his annual report to the General Assembly's Committee that deals with political and decolonization issues. Mr. Grandi tells UN Radio's Reem Abaza that he reported [...]

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