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World's poorest countries to face labour force explosion

The Least Developed Countries Report 2013 - UNCTAD

The world's poorest countries need to create decent jobs to break the cycle of poverty and avoid social instability, according to the latest report by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Forty-nine countries are currently designated by the United Nations as "Least Developed Countries" or LDCs ranging from Afghanistan to Zambia. These [...]

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Relief efforts are scaled up in typhoon-hit Philippines

Help is what survivors of Typhoon Haiyan need now.   Jason Gutierez/IRIN

Approximately 4.4 million people remain displaced by Typhoon Haiyan which hit the Philippines two weeks ago and damaged more than one million homes. The United Nations humanitarian agency (OCHA) says these figures come from the government of the Philippines. UN Associate spokesperson, Farhan Haq says access and logistics continue to improve, but debris clearing operations [...]

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UN envoy reports progress against Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army in Central Africa

A UN Monusco peacekeeper in Dungu, Oriental Province, keeps watch over Linakofo, a camp of 1359 internally-displaced people (IDPs), all of whom have fled attacks by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA)  © Zahra Moloo/IRIN

There is progress in the efforts against the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) which continues to terrorize civilians in Central Africa. That's what Ambassador Abou Moussa, the head of the UN Office in Central Africa (UNOCA) told the Security Council during a briefing on Wednesday. The LRA, which operated in Uganda and South Sudan in the [...]

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On Universal Children's Day, put hidden violence and abuse in the spotlight, says UNICEF

Kamran (name changed) has been forced into sex work in Pakistan.  UNICEF

As the world marks Universal Children's Day – the anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child – UNICEF is urging a much stronger light be shone on the millions of children in every country and at every level of society who are victims of violence and abuse that continue to go [...]

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UNAMA welcomes final list of candidates for 2014 Afghan elections

Ján Kubiš

The final list of candidates for Afghanistan's 2014 Presidential and Provincial Council elections was announced Wednesday by the Independent Election Commission (IEC) of Afghanistan. And the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has welcomed the announcement and the timely completion of the adjudication of complaints by the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC). The Secretary-General's [...]

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Instability and crime plague Central Africa, says UN envoy

Piracy in Somalia

Political instability, transnational crime, terrorism and extremism continue to plague Central Africa, according to the top United Nations envoy in the region. Ambassador Abbou Moussa, the head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) briefed the Security Council on Wednesday. He said instability in the Central African Republic is having security and [...]

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Climate finance essential for addressing climate change: Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (third from left) visited the Polar ice rim in 2009 to witness firsthand the impact of climate change on icebergs and glaciers. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Progress on climate finance is crucial for fuelling confidence in the negotiations on climate change. That's what United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Wednesday in remarks at a Ministerial meeting on Climate Finance taking place in Warsaw, Poland. Secretary-General Ban warned that "climate change is the greatest single threat to peace, prosperity and sustainable [...]

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UN chief strongly condemns attacks on police station in Somalia

A Kenyan soldier  with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) is pictured through a bullet hole in the gate of the compound housing the former offices of the UN's refugee agency (UNHCR), in Kismayo, southern Somalia. UN Photo/Stuart Price

Deadly attacks against a police station north of the capital Mogadishu on Tuesday have been strongly condemned by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. According to reports, members of the al-Shabaab Islamist extremist group blew up the gates and entered the police compound where they killed police officers. In a statement issued by his spokesperson late on [...]

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Concern over regions unable to meet global targets to cut new HIV/AIDS cases

A sign reading "Know your HIV status", promoting HIV testing in Livingstone, Zambia

New HIV infections are on the rise in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, according to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). The organization says the upward trend is mainly being fuelled by discrimination and inadequate access to essential HIV services amongst some of the high risk groups such as men [...]

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