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Aid delivery to Typhoon affected communities gathers pace: Valerie Amos

Two young boys prepare to go to a UNICEF run "child friendly space" at the evacuation center © Jason Gutierez/IRIN

Twelve days after one of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded made land fall in the Philippines, relief efforts have gathered pace, according to the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos. She said many of the logistical hurdles that hampered the response in the first days – roads clogged by debris, fuel shortages and lack [...]

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Thousands flee fighting in Syria to neighbouring Lebanon

Syrian refugees queue to be registered on the outskirts of the Lebanese town of Arsal. © UNHCR/M.Hofer

An estimated 6,000 people have fled their homes in Qarah, Syria to eastern Lebanon to escape violence, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR). The agency says humanitarian partners have been on the ground in Lebanon since last Friday working with the Ministry of Social Affairs and local authorities to cope with this influx. [...]

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We must reach a climate agreement by 2015: PGA

John W. Ashe. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

"We have to be realistic and we cannot afford to ignore the harsh realities that the climate change challenge brings to the overall task of sustainable development for all", President of the UN General Assembly John Ashe told the High-Level segment of the UN Conference on Climate Change in Poland Tuesday. He warned that we've [...]

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Security Council strongly condemns terrorist attacks in Lebanon

Liu Jieyi

The members of the Security Council have strongly condemned the terrorist attacks against the embassy of Iran in Beirut, Lebanon on Tuesday. An al-Qaida-linked group has claimed responsibility for the attack which killed 23 people and wounded more than 140 others in the vicinity. In a statement issued on Tuesday, Council members reaffirmed that terrorism [...]

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UN Daily News 19 November 2013

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Philippines: typhoon has affected 13 million people, displaced 4 million

Young boys collecting pieces of lumber they can use to rebuild their house damaged by Typhoon Haiyan in Tanauan, Leyte.  UNHCR/R.Rocamora

An estimated 13 million people have been affected by super typhoon Haiyan and four million displaced, according to the latest figures published by the Philippines government. The UN humanitarian agency, OCHA, shared those figures as it presented a "humanitarian snapshot" of the Philippines on a map. The agency said the vast majority of people affected [...]

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ILO helps disaster victims in the Philippines

Loon, Bohol, Philippines - Survivors of the 2013 Bohol earthquake ferry a coffin of a quake victim across the river in the isolated town of Loon © Jason Gutierrez/IRIN

As the international community rallies to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan's fury, 13 million people in other parts of the Philippines are still trying to rebuild their lives shattered by earlier disasters in this densely populated Southeast Asian nation. Before the typhoon, the country was still recovering from the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that happened [...]

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World Toilet Day focuses on basic right which billions lack

World Toilet Day, 19 November

More than 2.5 billion people worldwide do not have access to adequate sanitation, something which directly affects their health, hygiene and human dignity. On World Toilet Day, observed 19 November, the United Nations is reminding the world how this affects more than individuals. Dianne Penn reports. Duration: 3’04″  

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UN human rights office concerned about violence in Libya

Ravina Shamdasani, UN Human Rights spokesperson (video capture)

Deep concern is being expressed over a number of violent incidents in Libya that have left more than 40 people dead and hundreds of others injured. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights says these are the bloodiest incidents the Libyan capital, Tripoli, has seen since the end of the 2011 conflict. Spokesperson [...]

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Israel-Palestinian talks have reached "a delicate moment": UN official

Jeffrey Feltman,Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs/UN Photo

The Israeli-Palestinian talks have reached "a delicate moment" according to the head of the United Nations Department of Political Affairs. In his briefing to the Security Council on Tuesday, Jeffrey Feltman said when intensive Israeli-Palestinian negotiations resumed earlier this year, tensions were  expected to be along the way. Nobody, Mr. Feltman told the Council, predicted [...]

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UN chief reiterates call for action on climate change

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Antarctica (2007) to see first-hand the effects of climate change on the melting glaciers. He visited the Collins Glacier and then the Sejong Research Centre.  UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday called for urgent action to tackle global warming that is causing climate change. The Secretary-General spoke at the start of the high-level segment of the climate change conference taking place in Warsaw, Poland. He reminded participants that scientific data shows that human beings are responsible for climate change. Secretary-General [...]

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UN chief condemns terrorist bombing near Iranian embassy in Beirut

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras (file photo)

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the terrorist bombing near the Iranian embassy in the Bir Hassan neighbourhood of Beirut on Tuesday which killed at least 23 civilians, including reportedly one Iranian diplomat, and injured over a hundred others. In a statement through his Spokespersons' office, the Secretary-General calls on all in Lebanon to recognise [...]

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Typhoon Haiyan displaces thousands of people in Philippines: UNHCR

Typhoon survivors cross the parking apron at Tacloban Airport to catch a plane bound for Cebu City, where they hope to find help.  UNHCR/R.Rocamora

Thousands of survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines remain displaced, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR). The Agency says the people from Tacloban and other affected areas are believed to have left their home areas in search of family and assistance in surrounding areas or as far away as Cebu and Manila. [...]

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UN deputy chief calls for action to ensure everyone has access to toilets

World Toilet Day

There's been a call for action to ensure that everyone has access to sanitation and toilets. United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson in a message to mark World Toilet Day on 19 November,  says it is time "to break the taboo around this life and death subject." The United Nations estimates that 2.5 billion people [...]

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UN: Make sanitation for all a global development priority

World Toilet Day

Over 2.5 billion people lack the benefits of adequate sanitation, with devastating consequences, in particular for the well-being, health, education and empowerment of women and girls worldwide, according to the United Nations. Furthermore, over 800,000 children under five die each year from diarrhea and countless others fall seriously ill often with long term health and [...]

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