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UN mission assists deployment of police to liberated areas in eastern DRC

Listen / Martin Nesirky

The UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) has helped redeploy 200 police officers to areas liberated from the M23 rebel group. That information comes from UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky in a briefing to journalists in New York on Wednesday. Nesirky says the head of MONUSCO, Martin Kobler, told the press on [...]

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UN agriculture agency prepares for major meeting on nutrition

Listen / African fruit (FAO@PHOTO)

A preparatory meeting for next year's Second International Conference on Nutrition began on Wednesday at the headquarters of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome, Italy. Presentations and meetings over the next three days are expected to help set the stage for discussions between high level delegates participating in next year's event. International [...]

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UN envoy reports on meetings with Israeli and Palestinian officials

Listen / Robert Serry

The UN envoy for the Middle East Peace Process held separate meetings on Wednesday with Israeli and Palestinian officials on the issue of settlements in the West Bank. UN Special Coordinator Robert Serry said he understood from his discussions with Israel that the decision to plan a large number of settlement units has been stopped. [...]

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Year 2013 on course to be among ten warmest years says WMO

Listen / Thermometer measure the heat

The year 2013 is currently on course to be among the 10 warmest years since modern records began in 1850, according to the United Nations weather agency. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has issued its provisional report on the Status of Global Climate in 2013 to coincide with the conference on climate change taking place [...]

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Day 5 into Philippines crisis, extent of damage still unknown

Listen / The airport in Tacloban City, the Philippines, was badly damaged in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan on 8 November 2013. (Photo: courtesy of the Philippines Air Force)

As aid trickles in to survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, people are doing what they can to survive, according to the UN Refugee Agency's Representative, Bernard Kerblat. Tacloban city in Leyte province, one of the hardest-hit places, has no electricity, according to Mr. Kerblat, therefore only military aircrafts can land at the airport, [...]

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Report shows rise in opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan

Listen / Opium harvest in a poppy field in Badakhshan, Afghanistan. Raw opium is cooked before being suitable for smoking. Photo: IRIN/Manoocher Deghati

Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan reached a record high in 2013, according to a survey released on Wednesday by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the country's Ministry of Counter Narcotics. It finds cultivation rose by 36 per cent this year and that production reached 5,500 tonnes, an increase by nearly half [...]

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WHO and UN telecommunications agency support recovery efforts in the Philippines

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Although personnel and supplies from the World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners are getting into the Philippines, the agency says reaching those in need remains a challenge. WHO on Wednesday reports that teams of emergency responders have been positioned or are en route to areas hardest hit by Typhoon Haiyan, which has affected more [...]

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UN food and health agencies meeting seeks to improve nutrition globally

Listen / Good diets mean better nutrition and better lives (FAO@PHOTO)

Even though the world produces enough food for all, more than 840 million people still go hungry, the head of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Wednesday. José Graziano da Silva was speaking in Rome at the opening of a three-day meeting on transforming food systems for better nutrition organized by FAO [...]

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Motorola and UNDP promote use of mobiles for human development

Listen / Smart phones and other mobile technologies have become increasingly important channels through which innovative development solutions are being delivered (UNDP@PHOTO)

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and Motorola Company have launched an initiative to use information technology to promote human development. Known as Mobiles for Human Development, it's aimed at making governments aware of the potential of innovators, particularly in Africa, to use mobile technologies to address development issues. To find out more about the initiative, [...]

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2013 among top warmest years

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

  The year 2013 is currently on course to be among the top ten warmest years since modern records began in 1850, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). In its latest Provisional State of the Climate report, WMO says the global warming trend continues to be sustained by increased atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide [...]

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