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Philippines still needs "a helping hand" two months after deadly storm

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

Two months after Typhoon Haiyan tore through the Philippines, relief operations are in "normal mode," according to the UN Humanitarian Affairs agency (OCHA). However, Jens Laerke, OCHA spokesperson in Geneva, says housing remains a serious concern as approximately 100,000 people are still living in evacuation centres, many in tents. He tells UN Radio's Patrick Maigua [...]

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UN Human rights office welcomes pardon granted to political prisoners in Myanmar

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The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has welcomed the pardon granted Monday by President Thein Sein to political prisoners convicted of, or prosecuted for various offences under seven specific laws, including unlawful association, peaceful assembly, treason and sedition in Myanmar. This is an important step in the reform process of the last [...]

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Thousands still living in evacuation centres two months after Philippines storm: OCHA

Listen / Internally displaced people have to settle with living in makeshift houses outside the main sports complex of Zamboanga city. Credit: OCHA

Aid agencies working in the Philippines are concerned about insufficient funding to provide housing for survivors of Typhoon Haiyan. Approximately 100,000 people still remain in evacuation centres nearly two months after the devastating storm, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports. OCHA spokesperson Jens Laerke told UN Radio on Tuesday that [...]

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WFP to ramp up food distribution in Central African Republic

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The World Food Programme (WFP) is scaling up food distribution to more than one million people in the Central African Republic. The UN agency says it urgently needs $107 million to support its work through August 2014. Despite the ongoing conflict in the country, WFP and its partners have reached more than 230,000 displaced people [...]

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UN expert meets with African women tricked into trafficking in Italy

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Sexual exploitation, especially involving women from Nigeria and Eastern Europe, is the most prevalent and documented form of trafficking in Italy. Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, the UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children, conducted a 10-day official mission to the country in September. At a detention centre in the city of Turin [...]

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Children being brutalized in CAR: UNICEF

Listen / Children in the Central African Republic. OCHA/ Laura Fultang

A warning from UNICEF – the UN children's agency – that children are being brutalized in the Central African Republic. The agency says attacks against children have sunk to a vicious new low, with at least two children beheaded, and one of them mutilated, in the violence that has gripped the capital, Bangui since early [...]

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FAO warns of potential food security crisis as security situation worsens in CAR

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Despite security challenges in half of the prefectures, farmers in the Central African Republic are counting on the next agriculture season to restore their food production capacity to avoid risks of famine and malnutrition, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. FAO says Initial assessments conducted over the last week in the Central African [...]

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UN appeals for $152 million to scale up assistance in Central African Republic

Listen / Displaced civilians find shelter in a church in Bangui.© UNHCR/L.Wiseberg

The security situation in the Central African Republic remains tense and has trigged a new wave of displacement in the capital, Bangui, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The number of displaced people in Bangui now stands at over 370,000, up from 214,000 two weeks ago. OCHA says [...]

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UN Security Council urges all parties in South Sudan to immediately cease hostilities

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The UN Security Council has repeated the call for an immediate cessation of hostilities in South Sudan and for President Salva Kiir, former Vice President Riek Machar and other political leaders to engage urgently in direct talks without preconditions. In a press statement Monday evening, the members of the Security Council stressed that there should [...]

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Situation in Southern Sudan dire: UN

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The situation in Southern Sudan is dire, according to the President of the UN Security Council Ambassador Gérard Araud of France. He told reporters Monday that the Security Council was briefed Monday by the head of the UN mission in the country (UNMISS) and there's still a lot of fighting going on around Bor, the [...]

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Security Council condemns second terrorist attack in the Russian Federation

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The members of the Security Council are outraged and condemned in the strongest terms the second terrorist attack that occurred within 24 hours in Volgograd, the Russian Federation. The attack on 30 December 2013 targeted a trolleybus, causing numerous deaths and injuries, including among children and women. In a press statement Monday, the members of [...]

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Cambodia tribunal instils hope for justice

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It’s six years now since the UN–backed Cambodia tribunal was established to bring to trial senior leaders and those most responsible for genocide and war crimes committed during the Khmer rouge regime which lasted from 1975 to 1979. During that period an estimated 1.7 million people are believed to have died from starvation, torture, execution [...]

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Chad hosts thousands of refugees from neighbouring countries

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A remote and volatile region in the south-eastern part of Chad has become a place of safety for 50,000 refugees. Most of them have fled ethnic violence in Sudan's troubled Darfur region and the Central African Republic. United Nations agencies are doing all they can to help the refugees and their children in Chad. Derrick [...]

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Members of the Security Council condemn terrorist attack in Russian Federation

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The members of the UN Security Council have condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attack that occurred at the central station of Volgograd, the Russian Federation, on 29 December 2013, causing numerous deaths and injuries. In a press statement Sunday, members of the Security Council underlined of the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers [...]

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UN chief appalled by attack on UNAMID convoy that killed two peacekeepers

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned in the strongest terms a cowardly attack by unidentified assailants on a convoy of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) peacekeepers near Greida, South Darfur, on Sunday in which a Jordanian and a Senegalese peacekeeper were killed. A statement from his Spokespersons' Office said one assailant was [...]

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UNMISS continues political engagement with South Sudanese

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The United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) continues political engagement with senior Government officials and opposition figures. The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UNMISS, Hilde Johnson, has been in contact with a number of political and community leaders, calling for their engagement and to use their influence [...]

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UN human rights office concerned about anti-gay bill in Uganda

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The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is urging Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni not to sign the Anti-Homosexuality Bill passed by the Ugandan Parliament on Friday, 20 December. In a statement on Friday, the UN human rights office says it's deeply concerned about the measure. It says the lesbian, gay, bisexual and [...]

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UN chief and French president discuss grave situation in Central African Republic

Listen / Displaced people living in UNHCR tents at the Bangui Airport, Central African Republic (CAR), where they found shelter from the violence. Photo: UNHCR/S. Phelps

The grave situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) was the focus of talks between UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and French President François Hollande. They noted that this is a complex emergency affecting the whole population, in particular women and children from all communities. A statement from the Spokespersons' office says the Secretary-General expressed particular [...]

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Security situation in Upper Nile and Unity States tense: UNMISS

Listen / Civilians seek protection after fighting in Juba

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) reports that approximately 63,000 civilians are now sheltering in UN bases around the country. A breakdown of the number shows that 25,000 are in two Juba bases; 15,000 in Bor, 12,000 in Bentiu and 8,000 in Malakal. UN peacekeepers continue to protect civilians in these locations, while [...]

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UN anti-trafficking expert visits Italy to rekindle fight against the trade

Listen / Joy Ngozi Ezeilo

Sexual exploitation, especially involving women from Nigeria and Eastern Europe, is the most prevalent and documented form of trafficking in Italy. Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, the UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children went on a 10 day official visit to Italy, where she met with local government officials and civil society. [...]

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Caribbean States urged to promote the region as one destination in 2014

Listen / Beverly Nicholson-Dotty

"My Christmas wish for the Caribbean tourism sector is that we commit to promoting the region as one destination throughout 2014; that we would each commit a percentage of our annual tourism budgets… towards the marketing of a strong Caribbean brand so that the Caribbean Tourism Development Company, can bolster our campaign for the region's [...]

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UN rights expert urges the Bahamas to adopt an effective national plan to fight trafficking in persons

Listen / Joy Ngozi Ezeilo

The Commonwealth of the Bahamas is being urged to develop and implement as soon as possible, a national action plan based on a human rights and victim-centered approach to effectively fight the growing problem of human trafficking. The call comes from the United Nations Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, Joy Ngozi Ezeilo. She said [...]

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UN Daily News 27 December 2013

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UN human rights office urges Ugandan President not to sign the Anti-Homosexuality Bill

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The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has expressed concern about the Anti-Homosexuality Bill passed by the Ugandan Parliament on Friday, 20 December. It warns that if the bill becomes law, it would have a detrimental effect not only on the fundamental rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) members of [...]

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UN hospital is overwhelmed by displaced people in South Sudan

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Displaced people in South Sudan are receiving medical assistance at an overwhelmed hospital run by the United Nations Mission in the country (UNMISS). That's according to the head of UNMISS, Hilde Johnson during her latest press briefing as inter-communal violence continued in the new nation. She told reporters that on Thursday she visited some of [...]

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UN rights expert appeals for calm amid growing demonstrations in Cambodia

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An expert on the situation of human rights in Cambodia on Friday reiterated his call for calm and restraint as demonstrations are now taking place daily in Phnom Penh. UN Special Rapporteur Surya P. Subedi, said "Demonstrations such as those of recent days and weeks are a new sight in Cambodia, adding: he was "pleased [...]

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Top UN official for Lebanon condemns Beirut car bombing and assassination of former Lebanese minister

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UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly has expressed shock and is deeply saddened by the car bombing in Beirut, Friday morning that killed former Minister Mohammad Chattah and at least five others. He described Mohamed Chattah as a good friend, and a wise, courageous and patriotic man, who had consistently sought to promote dialogue [...]

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Thousands displaced by the acute crisis in South Sudan since mid-December

Listen / Civilians seeking protection at the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) compound adjacent to Juba International Airport.Credit: UN Photo/Rolla Hinedi

More than 120 – thousand people have been displaced by the acute crisis in South Sudan since mid-December, but the total number is likely to be higher, according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). It says aid agencies have very little  information about displacement outside the main population centres. Humanitarian responders [...]

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UNHCR shocked by another attack affecting Camp Hurriya in Iraq

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The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has strongly condemned Thursday night's attack on the Baghdad International Airport Zone, during which a number of rockets landed on Camp Hurriya – reportedly killing three and injuring many more in the camp. At least four camp residents who sustained serious injuries were reportedly rushed to hospitals in Baghdad by [...]

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Memorial ceremony held for Indian peacekeepers in South Sudan

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A memorial ceremony was held in the South Sudanese capital of Juba, to honour two Indian peacekeepers who died protecting civilians during an unprovoked attack inside a UN base in Akobo town, Jonglei State. Scores of people gathered before two coffins, covered by India's national flag. Child-friendly spaces offer oasis for displaced children in the [...]

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Security Council decides to reinforce UN Mission in South Sudan

Listen / Civilians arriving in the UN House compound on the Southwestern outskirts of Juba to take refuge from fighting that broke out in the South Sudanese capital. Photo: UNMISS/George Mindruta

• The Security Council this week decided to reinforce the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). The decision came as inter-ethnic conflict worsened in the new nation. In a resolution unanimously adopted on Tuesday, the Council decided to increase the strength of UNMISS from its current over 6,800 troops and police to more than 12, [...]

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Ban gravely concerned about escalation of fighting in Syria

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is gravely concerned about escalating fighting in Syria in recent days, particularly in Aleppo, where reports indicate that civilians are among hundreds of people killed and injured. In a statement through his Spokespersons' Office, the Secretary-General condemns the continued and indiscriminate use of heavy weapons and mortar shelling against areas with civilian [...]

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UNICEF appeals for over $830 million to help Syrian children

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The UN children's agency (UNICEF) is appealing for $835 million to help Syrian children affected by the ongoing conflict in their country in next year. The agency says this is the largest amount it has ever sought from donors in its 67 year history. It is part of a broader appeal launched by the United [...]

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UN peacekeepers assist in repelling rebel attack in eastern DRC

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United Nations peacekeepers in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo on Tuesday gave logistical and other support to the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) to help them regain control over all its positions in Kamango in the Beni area (North Kivu). Earlier, elements of the Ugandan Allied Democratic Forces [...]

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OCHA: People in South Sudan displaced by fighting need urgent aid

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The international community is being asked to disburse $166 million to provide life-saving aid to people displaced from the fighting in South Sudan, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). OCHA estimates that at least 90,000 people have been displaced in the past ten days, including some 58,000 who are [...]

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UN mission supports regional efforts to resolve conflict in South Sudan

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The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) supports the regional efforts to resolve the ongoing inter-ethnic conflict in the new country. That's what the head of UNMISS Hilde Johnson told reporters in a briefing via video-link on Thursday. She said leaders in the region and the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) are talking with [...]

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Delivery of WHO medical supplies delayed over security concerns

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The security situation in the Central African Republic is delaying much needed medical supplies. The World Health Organization (WHO) says some 2.6 tons of medical supplies it received last week are still at the Bangui airport awaiting handover to health partners that operate health facilities in the capital city because of the security situation. The [...]

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Christmas Day deaths of Haitians spur call for action from IOM's chief

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The Christmas Day drowning of at least 18 Haitian migrants when their sailboat capsized off the Turks and Caicos Islands, has re-focused attention on the crisis of “desperation migration,” according to Ambassador William Swing, Director General of the International Organization for Migration. He offered "… condolences and deep sympathy to the families of those affected [...]

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UN expert urges Somalia's government to finalise and implement human rights roadmap

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The Somali Federal Government has been urged to finalise and implement a human rights roadmap endorsed by the cabinet in August. The call comes from the UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia, Shamsul Bari days after the Somali Parliament confirmed Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, who was nominated by President Hassan Sheikh [...]

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UNICEF launches biggest funding appeal for children of Syria

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  UNICEF is seeking $835 million to fund its response to the urgent humanitarian needs of children affected by the Syria crisis in 2014. The funds being requested – a 77 per cent increase over last year – are the largest amount ever sought from donors by the UN children's agency in its 67 year [...]

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Aid agencies in South Sudan need $166 million now to save lives of people caught by crisis

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Aid agencies need US$166 million from now until March 2014 in order to address the immediate needs of people resulting from the past days' violence as the crisis in South Sudan evolves. This includes emergency programmes for some 200,000 refugees from Sudan in Unity and Upper Nile states of South Sudan. The agencies say the [...]

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UN Daily News 25 December 2013

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Secretary-General’s radio message to the people of South Sudan

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Hello. This is Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations. I want to assure you that the United Nations stands with the people of South Sudan at this difficult time. We know many of you are suffering from horrific attacks. Families are fleeing their homes. Many of you have lost loved ones and are grieving. [...]

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Santa to receive eight million letters this year

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Santa Claus also known as Father Christmas is expected to receive 8 million letters this year from children of all ages. That's according to a Universal Postal Union (UPU) survey of its member countries. UPU, the United Nations specialized agency for the postal sector, has 192 member countries. Canada, France and the United States say [...]

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UN mission will continue to protect civilians in South Sudan: UN envoy

Listen / Hilde Johnson, head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) will not abandon the people of this new country as inter-communal violence continues forcing thousands of people to flee their homes. This is the message from the head of UNMISS, Hilde Johnson during a press conference in the country's capital, Juba on Tuesday. Ms Johnson said the [...]

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Pillay urges South Sudan leadership to curb alarming violence against civilians

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Grave concern is being expressed over the serious and growing human rights violations taking place daily in South Sudan during the past 10 days. And the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Tuesday called on the leadership on both sides to protect civilians and refrain from instigating violence based on ethnic grounds. [...]

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Security Council decides to reinforce UN Mission in South Sudan

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The Security Council has decided to reinforce the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) as ethnic clashes displace thousands of people in the new country. In a resolution unanimously adopted on Tuesday afternoon, the Council decided to increase the strength of UNMISS from its current over 6, 800 troops and police to more than 12,000 [...]

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Data collection is critical for food security in Africa: FAO expert

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The value of data collection and coordination in food security goes far beyond the numbers, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. Improving the quality, availability and relevance of data on food and agriculture has become a key priority as Africa strives to develop more effective policies to tackle its persistent food security problems. [...]

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South Sudan: Security Council votes to send more peacekeepers

Listen / UNMISS peacekeepers have been assisting displaced civilians in South Sudan by providing protection, building sanitation facilities and giving medical support. Photo: UNMISS

In an effort to defuse the crisis in South Sudan, the Secretary-General has called for more boots on the ground to boost the UN mission's protection capacity. The request for reinforcements includes aviation assets and force multipliers. The crisis is reported to have started on 15 December and has now spread to several other states. [...]

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China's women at the crossroads – UN experts

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China has made remarkable strides in improving women's lives, but there is insufficient implementation of relevant laws and more action is needed to ensure women's full participation in economic and political spheres. That's the finding of the UN Working Group on discrimination against women in law and in practice. The Working Group says as the [...]

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Situation in Central African Republic "begs world attention" U.S. envoy

Listen / Civil conflict in the Central African Republic has displaced more than half a million people within the country in the last year, the UN says. UNHCR/B. Heger

There is a risk of people taking matters into their own hands in the Central African Republic where atrocities continue to be committed as inter-communal violence rages. The warning comes from Ambassador Samantha Power, the permanent representative of the United States to the United Nations who recently returned from a visit to the African country. [...]

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Security Council considers proposal to reinforce UN mission in South Sudan

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The Security Council is discussing a draft resolution proposed by the United States to reinforce the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). This follows a request made by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday for enhancing the capacity of UNMISS to carry out its mandate as the inter-communal violence continues in the country. Ambassador [...]

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UNHCR steps up aid to displaced in Central African Republic

Listen / Displaced people in the CAR capital Bangui find refuge in the unfinished church at St. Paul Parish after fleeing clashes.© UNHCR/B.Ntwari

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) is stepping up assistance to displaced people in the Central African Republic as inter-communal clashes continue in parts of the country. UNHCR says it has already distributed tents, sleeping mats, plastic sheeting, mosquito nets, blankets and clothes to thousands of people displaced by the violence. However, it points out [...]

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Crisis worsens in South Sudan, says Security Council President

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The crisis is worsening in South Sudan where inter-communal violence continues, according to Ambassador Gérard Araud of France, the President of the Security Council this month. Ambassador Araud says that late on Monday members of the Council held an emergency meeting on the situation in the newest nation. He points out that a senior United [...]

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Kimberly scheme blocks trading in conflict diamonds

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This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Kimberly Process Certification Scheme, launched in 2003 to prevent the use of diamonds to finance conflicts in Africa. UN Radio's Derrick Mbatha (I) sat down with Ambassador Welile Nhlapho of South Africa, the outgoing Chairperson of the Kimberly process who recently presented his final report to the [...]

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UN chief calls for boosting of capacity of UN Mission in South Sudan

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging the Security Council to boost the capacity of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) as the crisis continues in that country. Speaking to reporters on Monday, Mr. Ban said tens of thousands of people have been displaced, including 45,000 seeking protection at the bases of UNMISS. The [...]

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Child-friendly spaces offer oasis for displaced children in the Philippines

Listen / Playtime at the child-friendly space at Rizal Central School in Tacloban, Philippines. © UNICEF Philippines/2013/Valcarcel

Tens of thousands are still living in schools, churches and other public buildings since Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines a little over a month ago. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was recently in the country on a 3-day visit to increase support for a massive recovery plan in the works. The UN estimates that over 15 million [...]

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Major boost for Zimbabwe's sustainable agricultural development and food security

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The United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) and FAO have agreed on a four-year initiative to support Zimbabwe’s efforts to address the root causes of poverty and food insecurity, and build resilience against climate change. The innovative new programme will enable poor vulnerable farming households to improve food security, nutrition and income while strengthening [...]

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Asia-Pacific countries make historic call for a regional economic community

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Asia-Pacific countries unanimously adopted a landmark declaration at a United Nations forum of ministers, outlining the road map towards a regional economic community. Top government leaders, ministers and senior officials from 36 countries adopted the 'Bangkok Declaration on Regional Economic Cooperation and Integration in Asia and the Pacific,' at the Economic and Social Commission for [...]

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UN chief calls for political solution to crisis in South Sudan

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The United Nations remains concerned about the situation in South Sudan where fighting has broken out between government and rebel forces. The situation is reported to be tense as government forces prepare to retake the town of Bor in Jonglei State which was seized by rebellious troops last week. Thousands of people have been displaced [...]

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UN agencies join forces to reduce food losses

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Around one-third of all food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted each year, amounting to 1.3 billion tonnes – or enough food to feed 2 billion people. As a result, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have launched a [...]

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UN agencies and NGOs providing life-saving services to South Sudanese at two UN compounds

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Aid agencies are now responding to the needs of thousands of civilians affected by the recent armed violence in South Sudan – including an estimated 20,000 people in two UN peacekeeping compounds in Juba. That, according to the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan Toby Lanzer. In a statement Monday, Lanzer said non-governmental organizations and [...]

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UNMISS sends reinforcements to Bor and other key towns

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The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for South Sudan released a statement on Sunday, confirming plans to reinforce the UN's military presence in Bor, Jonglei State and Pariang County, of Unity State. Hilde Johnson, who is also the head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), said the Mission would continue to protect [...]

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UN Chief calls on donors to scale up aid for the Philippines

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's visit to Philippines included a stop in Tacloban, where he surveyed the devastation left by Typhoon Haiyan. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged the international community to speed up and scale up support for a massive recovery plan under way in the Philippines. Wrapping up a 3 day visit to the country, Mr. Ban Ki-moon called on donors to add to their already generous response to help communities "build back better and safer". [...]

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Ban: continued violence and ethnic strife in South Sudan is "unacceptable"

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The UN Secretary-General has urged all political, military and militia leaders in South Sudan to stop hostilities and end the violence against civilians. Mr. Ban Ki-moon made the call on Sunday, as he wrapped up a 3 day visit to the Philippines. About 40,000 civilians had taken refuge in UN bases and other locations around [...]

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Situation deteriorates in Bor, capital of South Sudan's Jonglei state

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The worsening security situation in the South Sudanese state of Jonglei has caused tens of thousands of Sudanese civilians to seek refuge in the UN base in Bor, the regional capital. According to Major Kevin Finlay Walls, Military Staff Officer for the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), there has been a considerable amount of [...]

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UN Chief pledges to mobilize resources for Philippines recovery efforts

Listen / Visiting Tacloban, Philippines, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon surveys damage left by Typhoon Haiyan. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

The United Nations is trying to mobilize at least $800 million in resources over the next twelve months to assist in Philippine's recovery from Super Typhoon Haiyan, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced on Saturday. Mr. Ban Ki-moon was on an official visit to the island nation since 19 December, to personally assess the devastation caused by [...]

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UN Rights Chief condemns arrest of Cairo rights group members

Listen / Ravina Shamdasani

The raid of a Human rights Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) and the arrest of six of its members in Cairo, Egypt, mark a worrying escalation in the harassment and intimidation of civil society in Egypt. That's according to a statement released by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Friday. At least [...]

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Civilians flee as fighting and violence spreads in South Sudan

Listen / Civilians arriving at the UN House compound on the Southwestern outskirts of Juba Photo: UNMISS/Shantal Persaud

South Sudan's capital city Juba is increasingly becoming deserted as tensions escalate between rival factions in the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA). An estimated 40,000 civilians are being sheltered at UN bases across the country as fighting spreads. Upper Nile and Upper Unity States –which both border Ethiopia -are the latest to be affected by [...]

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UN Daily News 20 December 2013

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Caribbean felt a profound sense of loss with Mandela's passing: CARICOM

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As prepared as we were for the passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela , the profound sense of loss felt by the peoples of the Caribbean region was doubtlessly felt in all regions of the world, the Permanent Representative of St. Lucia Ambassador Menissa Rambally told a special meeting of the UN General [...]

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Conflict in South Sudan raises concern at United Nations

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As fighting between rival members of the army continues in South Sudan, the United Nations is deeply concerned about this situation. On Friday, the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has strongly condemned the unprovoked attack on its base in the town of Akobo in Jonglei State on Thursday in which at least 11 people [...]

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Cambodia faces challenges in improving sanitation and hygiene

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Improving hygiene through use of latrines and hand washing with soap and water, protecting water sources from contamination remain key challenges for Cambodia. Patrick Maigua reports. According to the United Nations children's agency (UNICEF), less than one in three Cambodians have access to latrines and hand washing facilities, one of the lowest rates in Southeast [...]

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UNRWA concerned about fate of some 20,000 Palestinian refugees in Syria

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The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has expressed concern about the fate of thousands of Palestinian refugees in a suburb of Damascus in Syria. In a statement issued on Friday UNRWA notes that it has been one year since Yarmouk, the vast suburb of Damascus that was home to the largest [...]

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Syrian government and opposition groups confirm participation in peace conference

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The Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the League of Arab States for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi says the Syrian government and opposition groups have confirmed their participation at next month's international peace conference for Syria. Speakin in Geneva,  Mr Brahimi said he had been informed by the Syrian government that it had already [...]

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South Africa has lost the Father of its Nation: Suriname

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NAR: Suriname, a member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), spoke on behalf of the Member States of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR). Ambassador Kitty Sweep said South Africa has lost the Father of its Nation – a true inspiration for its entire population, a leader who redefined political leadership and rose from rural [...]

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits the Philippines

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is in the Philippines this Friday, 20 December, where he is holding meetings with Government officials and speaking to the victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan. The Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General issued a statement earlier confirming his visit to the Island nation. Mr. Ban Ki-moon will also receive an [...]

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Jamaicans feel a special bond with Nelson Mandela

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NAR: Jamaica also offered words of comfort for the significant role Madiba Nelson Mandela continued to play even after retirement from office as the father of the nation, an icon of reconciliation and justice and an inspiration to action. Deputy Permanent Representative Shorna Kay-Richards. ” As one of the first countries to impose trade sanctions [...]

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History will record Mandela as greatest public figure of 20th century

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NAR: Caribbean nations joined the international community as the UN General Assembly on Thursday held a special meeting to honour Nelson Mandela, the South African freedom fighter and leader who passed away on 5 December. Grenada's Representative Ambassador Denis Antoine said while Nelson Mandela’s dignified and gracious presence has left this world–his work here is [...]

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UN condemns Akobo attack in which 11 civilians were killed

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An estimated eleven civilians who sought refuge inside a UN base in Akobo town, Jonglei State in South Sudan have been confirmed dead following an unprovoked attack on Thursday, 19 December. The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) made the announcement on Friday as it carried out aerial operations to evacuate civilians and staff members [...]

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Humanitarian community very concerned about situation in South Sudan: OCHA

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In South Sudan, fighting which started in Juba on 15 December has spread to several locations around the country, in particular to Bor in Jonglei State. An estimated 34,000 people displaced by the violence have sought refuge in UN bases in Juba, Bor and Bentiu. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) [...]

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Eliasson: Crisis in South Sudan needs to be resolved through dialogue

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South Sudanese leaders and political personalities are being urged to appeal for calm and reign in their supporters. The Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, made the call on Thursday from UN headquarters in New York, warning that the violence could spread further in the country. The UN base in Akobo County, Jonglei state was attacked earlier [...]

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Ban deeply concerned by growing violence in parts of South Sudan

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is deeply concerned about continued reports of growing violence in many parts of South Sudan, human rights abuses and killings fuelled by ethnic tensions. In a statement, the Secretary-General has demanded that Government and opposition forces respect the rights of civilians and ensure their safety and security. He reminded them of their [...]

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UN urges CAR leaders to stop stoking violence on the basis of religion

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United Nations Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay says political leaders in the Central African Republic were manipulating religious differences in the country to incite civilians into violence. The high commissioner says these developments are extremely worrying and should ring alarm bells around the world for sustained and urgent efforts to be taken to prevent the [...]

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Nelson Mandela's legacy must be carried forward:UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador Annie Lennox

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Scottish musician Annie Lennox, International Goodwill Ambassador with UNAIDS, was in South Africa for a conference on AIDS when news broke that the country's former President Nelson Mandela had died. She said because Mandela's legacy of human rights and justice resonated with many people worldwide, it must be carried forward. Three mothers work to rebuild [...]

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Afghanistan's political and security transitions on track, says UN Envoy

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Progress regarding Afghanistan's ambitious security, political and economic transitions continues and efforts are on track, according to the UN Special Representative for the country, Ján Kubiš. As Head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), Mr. Kubiš briefed the Security Council on Tuesday on the situation in the country. Afghanistan is slated to hold [...]

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UN presents new strategy to prevent genocide, human rights abuses

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The UN has launched a new initiative called 'Rights up Front' in order to respond quickly to human rights violations. The Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, spoke to reporters during a press conference on Thursday about the six-point action plan. The plan includes training of UN staff on human rights promotion and providing Member States with [...]

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Nelson Mandela remembered at United Nations Office in Geneva

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• The UN Office in Geneva on Tuesday held a commemoration in honour of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela who died on 5 December. The event included the lighting of candles symbolizing the unity of the world in mourning Mandela. The global icon was laid to rest at his home village of Qunu in South Africa on [...]

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UN deplores attack on its base in South Sudan's Jonglei State

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The situation in Akobo County, in South Sudan's Jonglei State, has deteriorated after the UN base in the area was attacked. Farhan Haq, the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, broke the news to the media on Thursday. He says there may have been some fatalities, but could not confirm who or how many. "The situation in [...]

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More people enter UN base for protection even as calm returns to Juba

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Up to 20,000 people have so far sought assistance from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in the capital Juba and these numbers continue to rise. Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for South Sudan, Toby Lanzer, made the announcement on Thursday, as he toured one of the UN bases hosting [...]

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UN General Assembly honours Nelson Mandela

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The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday held a special meeting to honour Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela who passed away on 5 December. Dignitaries, personalities, and staff of the United Nations and the Permanent Mission of South Africa to the UN attended the event. Derrick Mbatha reports. Duration: 4’28″

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UN Special Envoy: Fighting has ceased in Bangui, but situation is not "irreversible"

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Fighting in Bangui has stopped and the situation is improving, according to the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative in the Central African Republic (CAR). Driving on the streets of capital city on Thursday, Lieutenant General Babacar Gaye described the scene before him over the phone to UN Radio. CAR has been thrown into turmoil since Séléka [...]

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UN General Assembly holds special meeting to honour Nelson Mandela

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The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday held a special meeting to honour Nelson Mandela, the South African freedom fighter and leader who passed away on 5 December. The President of the General Assembly John Ashe described Mandela as "a most unusual man" who moved a nation, a continent and the world around him through [...]

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CAR: Return to normalcy in Bangui, but situation remains fragile

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There is a return to normalcy in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), but the situation remains fragile and unpredictable. That's according to Lieutenant General Babacar Gaye, UN Secretary-General's Special Representative in Central African Republic (CAR). Armed clashes had erupted between Christians and Muslims in Bangui where they launched reprisal attacks against [...]

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Collective political will needed to reform Security Council: General Assembly President

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A collective political will is needed to advance negotiations regarding the Security Council   reform, which has been going on for twenty years. That's what the President of the General Assembly John Ashe told reporters during his end-of the year press conference on Wednesday. Mr. Ashe said that this year, intergovernmental negotiations on the issue were [...]

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Somalia: UN envoy condemns deadly attack on medical convoy near Mogadishu

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The top United Nations envoy in Somalia Nicholas Kay has strongly condemned the killing of six people during an attack on a medical convoy outside Mogadishu on Wednesday. The convoy was heading to a health facility west of the capital when it came under fire by unknown gunmen, according to the UN Assistance Mission in [...]

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Brahimi: Syrian women must take part in the peace process

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  The Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the League of Arab States for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, has decried the detention and kidnapping of women activists in Syria. Mr Brahimi said Syria was going through a difficult and trying period and women must be given the opportunity to be heard in the peace [...]

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UN flagship publication provides overview of global economic trends in 2013

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The global economy is expected to continue to grow over the next two years, but stronger international policy coordination is needed to steady the remaining fragility in the banking system and geopolitics which could hamper financial stability. That's according to the annual "World Economic Situation and Prospects 2014" report (WESP), released on Wednesday. The UN [...]

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Effective strategies needed to combat West Africa's illicit drug trade

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The Security Council has emphasized the need to enhance regional cooperation and develop effective strategies to combat drug trafficking in West Africa and the Sahel region. The Council issued a Presidential Statement on Wednesday, outlining a number of measures to tighten border controls and effectively constrain the spread of transnational threats, such as drug trafficking. [...]

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UN Daily News 18 December 2013

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Security Council told of drug trafficking in West Africa and Sahel

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The Security Council met on Wednesday to discuss combating drug trafficking in West Africa and the Sahel. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Council that around the world, drug trafficking and transnational organized crime threaten security, undermine respect for the rule of law and jeopardizes peace and stability. He said that in a growing number [...]

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Time to take action and save migrant lives, UN agencies urge

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The international community is being asked to take decisive action and save lives of migrants caught in crisis, as the world observes International Migrants Day on 18 December. The United Nations estimates that there are 232 million migrants globally who have left their homes in search of a better life. In his message for the [...]

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South Sudan's political crisis urgently needs to be dealt with through political dialogue: Ban

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"I am deeply concerned about the current situation in South Sudan," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters at UN headquarters on Wednesday. He said he has spoken to President Salva Kiir on Tuesday and impressed on him the need to resume dialogue with the political opposition. The Secretary-General said he welcomes the reports on Wednesday [...]

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UNHCR receives 63 million Euros for Syrian crisis from EU

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The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has received a contribution of €63 million for displaced Syrians from the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO). This is the largest single contribution UNHCR has received from the European Union. The agency says this assistance will allow UNHCR to provide vital support to those most impacted by [...]

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Migration a reality of the 21st Century: Ban

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Migration is a reality of the 21st century, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message on International Migrants Day on Wednesday 18 December. The Secretary-General said it was essential that we conduct an open debate on this important subject. He noted that almost half of migrants are women; one in ten is under the [...]

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Promote and protect the rights and fundamental freedoms of all migrants: ILO, OHCHR

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Migrants make significant and essential contributions to the economic, social and cultural development of their host countries and their communities back home, according to a joint statement by the International Labour Organisation and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in a tribute to 232 million migrants worldwide. But the statement noted that [...]

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Leaders of South Sudan are urged to stop violence

Listen / Civilians taking refuge at UNMISS compound in Juba. Photo: UNMISS

The outbreak of fighting between members of the South Sudanese army in the country's capital Juba on Sunday night has caused concern at the United Nations. The fighting, which was reportedly sparked by an alleged coup attempt, has left dozens of people, including civilians dead, and scores wounded. There are also reports that members of [...]

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West Africa has potential to strengthen its agricultural sector

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Boosting productivity, fostering competitiveness and ensuring that small-scale farmers have greater access to markets are key to West Africa realizing its full agricultural potential, according to a new study released Wednesday by FAO and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The publication, Rebuilding West Africa's Food Potential, presents a range of successful case studies [...]

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Members of the Security Council concerned over fighting in South Sudan

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The Members of the Security Council have expressed serious concern over the fighting in South Sudan that has reportedly resulted in large numbers of casualties, as well as over the risk of targeted violence against certain communities. The fighting began on December 15 and is ongoing in the capital city of Juba, and other areas [...]

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UNWTO chief calls for increased visa facilitation and liberalisation of air transport

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The top UN tourism official has highlighted the interdependent relationship between air transport and tourism. UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai in an address titled Tourism and Aviation: Building Common Policies for Sustainable Growth reiterated the need to position both sectors collectively to help stimulate the growth of the overall economy and create opportunities for employment and [...]

17 Dec 2013 | Posted in Caribbean News, Today's News | Read More »

UN chief urges South Sudan's president to extend an offer of dialogue to opponents

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his concern about the reports of fighting between members of the SPLA (Sudan People's Liberation Army) that broke out in Juba on Sunday night and of reports that members of certain communities were being targeted. In a telephone conversation Tuesday with President Salva Kiir of South Sudan, the Secretary-General said [...]

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Afghanistan's political and security transitions on track, says UN Envoy

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Progress regarding Afghanistan's ambitious security, political and economic transitions continues and efforts are on track, according to the UN Special Representative for the country, Ján Kubiš. As Head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), Mr. Kubiš briefed the Security Council on Tuesday on the situation in the country. Jocelyne Sambira has more. Duration: [...]

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Nelson Mandela is honoured at United Nations Office in Geneva

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The United Nations Office in Geneva on Tuesday had a commemoration in honour of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela who died on 5 of December. The South African legendary freedom fighter, first democratically elected President of the country and global icon was put to rest at his home village of Qunu on Sunday. UN Radio's Derrick Mbatha [...]

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Human Rights Council to hold special session on Central African Republic

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The deteriorating situation in the Central African Republic was addressed by the UN Human Rights Council at its organizational session in Geneva on Monday. The council expressed the need to hold a special session at the beginning of 2014 to address the human rights situation in the country. The Permanent Representative of the Central African [...]

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UN launches Haiti Response Plan for 2014

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The United Nations on Tuesday launched 2014 Humanitarian Action Plan (HAP) for Haiti to the tune of US$169 million. The Plan outlines the needs of more than 800,000 Haitians in 35 of the country's 140 communes and the strategy proposed to address the most critical of these needs. Half of the requirements are intended to [...]

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UNRWA launches 2014 Syria Response Plan

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The UN agency assisting Palestinian refugees says it requires US$ 417.4 million to respond adequately to Palestinian refugees. A breakdown of the amount shows that US$ 310 million will support humanitarian needs of Palestine refugees inside Syria, US$ 90.4 million in Lebanon and US$ 14.6 million in Jordan. UNRWA says US$ 2.4 million is required [...]

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Syrians to negotiate for peace face to face in Geneva

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The International Peace Conference on Syria will open on January 22, 2014 in the Swiss city of Montreaux, according to the Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the League of Arab States for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi. During the opening of the conference, invited UN members states are expected to express their support for the [...]

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Ghana tackles challenges of rapid urbanization

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Ghana is one of the African countries facing the challenges of rapid urbanization. In the 1960's just over 20 per cent of the population of the West African country lived in urban areas. But now, according to UN-Habitat, the United Nations agency dealing with human settlements and sustainable urban development, more than half of the [...]

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Exports among developing countries remain centred in Asia while Africa's participation grows

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The share of South-South trade in total world exports has doubled over the last 20 years, to over 25 per cent. Fuels and manufactured goods now account for roughly 25 per cent and 58 per cent of South-South trade, respectively, according to UNCTAD handbook of Statistics 2013. UNCTAD is the UN Conference on Trade and [...]

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Russia: finding who is responsible for sarin attack in Syria of "utmost importance"

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Finding the party responsible for the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict is of "utmost importance", Russian Ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, told the press on Monday. Ambassador Churkin made the remarks following a briefing to the Security Council on the final report submitted by the UN team responsible for investigating [...]

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Serry urges Israelis and Palestinians to refrain steps that could increase mistrust

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Both Israelis and Palestinians have been urged to refrain from steps that would increase mistrust and undermine the prospects for progress in the critical period ahead when bolder decisions are required to bridge the gaps towards a final status agreement. The call comes from the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert [...]

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France: Issue of responsibility regarding Syria chemical attack leads to "acrimonious" exchange in Security Council

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The issue regarding which side was responsible for the chemical weapons attack in Ghouta, Syria has led to an "acrimonious and non-conclusive" exchange in the Security Council. That's according to Ambassador Gérard Araud who was speaking in his capacity as France's Ambassador to the UN. He's also the current president of the UN Security Council [...]

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UN appeals for nearly $13 billion for humanitarian work in 2014

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The United Nations on Monday appealed for close to $13 billion to provide humanitarian assistance to people in crisis situations around the world next year. Nearly half of that amount, $6.5 billion is to provide life-saving aid, including food, shelter and healthcare for millions of Syrians displaced inside their country and in neighbouring countries. The [...]

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UNDP helps Eastern Europe and Central Asia address "energy poverty"

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Frequent power cuts, high energy costs and lack of reliable and affordable heating in winter are just some of the energy challenges faced by countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. With Sustainable Development for All a UN priority, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) has been supporting regional programmes that promote energy efficiency and renewable [...]

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Security Council hears final UN chemical investigations report on Syria

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We should all be deeply concerned by the findings of the final report of the United Nations Mission to Investigate Allegations of the Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria. That's what Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters following a briefing he gave to the Security Council on the matter. According to the report, "chemical weapons were [...]

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UNICEF horrified by reports of killing of children in Aleppo

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The UN children's agency  – UNICEF is horrified by reports of a bombing raid in Aleppo, Syria that may have killed as many as 28 children. A statement attributable to the UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa Maria Calivis quoted reports as saying the attack took place on Sunday 15 December [...]

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Somalia appeal seeks $928 million for 3.2 million Somalis in need

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The United Nations is seeking $927.5 million in assistance for Somalia in 2014 to support more than 3 million people affected by a protracted crisis. A three-year appeal for Somalia was developed for the 2013-2015 period to respond to humanitarian needs, build resilience and dovetail with the recently developed New Deal development framework. One year [...]

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Surge in diseases of animal origin necessitates new approach to health – report

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Population growth, agricultural expansion, and the rise of globe-spanning food supply chains have dramatically altered how diseases emerge, jump species boundaries, and spread, according to an FAO report released on Monday. And it argues that a new, more holistic approach to managing disease threats at the animal-human-environment interface is needed. According to the report, World [...]

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UN calls for calm and restraint in South Sudan following foiled coup attempt

Listen / Civilians arriving in the UN House compound on the Southwestern outskirts of Juba to take refuge from fighting that broke out in the South Sudanese capital. Photo: UNMISS/George Mindruta

All parties in South Sudan are being urged to cease hostilities immediately and exercise restraint following an attempted coup. The call has been made by the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative to the country, Hilde Johnson, in a statement released by her office on Monday. Ms. Johnson says the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) is [...]

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Relentless violence against children in Central African Republic is an affront to humanity: UNICEF

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The horrific killing, abuse and harm being inflicted on children as violence continues unabated in the Central African Republic, are an affront to humanity, UNICEF said today. UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake said "For too long, the lives of children in the Central African Republic have not counted nor been counted in this forgotten crisis". [...]

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UN launches biggest humanitarian appeal, fearing deepening of Syrian crisis

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The United Nations has appealed for $13 billion for its global humanitarian response in 2014. Nearly half of the funding or $6.5 billion will be used to support Syrians displaced inside the country and those who have sought refuge in neighbouring countries. The cost of the Syrian humanitarian response plan is the biggest appeal made [...]

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Calls for the government and protestors in Ukraine to find a peaceful solution

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The United Nations Human Rights agency is calling for the government and protestors in Ukraine to exercise restraint and to find a negotiated solution to the current wave of protests. The government’s decision not to sign a deal on closer ties with the European Union last month has sparked weeks of mass rallies. Every day, [...]

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Mounting crisis in Syria results in collapse of education

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The decline in education for Syrian children has been the sharpest and most rapid in the history of the region, according to UNICEF- the lead agency on a paper analyzing Syria's education crisis. "Education Interrupted", published on Friday, demonstrates how nearly three million children from Syria have been forced to quit their education since 2011. [...]

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UN chief urges people in Central African Republic to stop bloodshed

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on the people in the Central African Republic to stop the bloodshed and follow the path of peace. In a radio message recorded on Friday, Secretary-General Ban says he is "deeply troubled" by what is happening in the country. He appeals to the people of the Central African [...]

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Ninety peacekeepers died in line of duty in 2013, says UN official

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Ninety United Nations peacekeepers were killed in the line of duty in 2013, says Hervé Ladsous, the head of UN peacekeeping operations. In his end-of-year briefing to the press on Friday, Mr. Ladsous said this has been "a very active year." He told reporters that the United Nations is continuing to improve on the quality [...]

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PGA warns of persistent violations of human rights

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Persistent violations of the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are rampant, President of the General Assembly Dr. John Ashe said in a message to a meeting commemorating the 65th anniversary of the Declaration. He said that all too often, we have, as representatives of the 'People', failed to uphold and to adhere [...]

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Caribbean faces significant challenges from multiplicity of hazards

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NARRATOR: The Caribbean by virtue of its economic, geography and socio-political development faces significant challenges from the communities that are established in exposed areas to vulnerability in construction, to some of the weak risk management and planning institutions. That view was expressed by the Executive Director of CDEMA –the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency Mr. [...]

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Latin America and the Caribbean – the most urban of the developing world

Listen / Paulette Bethel (left), Permanent Representative of the Bahamas to the United Nations with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

NARRATOR:  Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), is the most urban of the developing world, and perhaps of the entire world, according to a message from the President of the UN General Assembly to the Latin American and Caribbean Inter-Ministerial Meeting on Sustainable Cities toward the Post-2015 Development Agenda and the Habitat 3 Conference. The [...]

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Urgent need for health assistance in Central African Republic

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People living in the Central African Republic are in desperate need of quality healthcare, according to the World Health Organization. A total of 533,000 people are currently displaced in the country, that's more than 10% of the population. Hospitals have been looted and health personnel have fled their posts.  A health assessment carried out by [...]

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Queen Máxima of the Netherlands concludes mission to Ethiopia and Tanzania

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Queen Máxima of the Netherlands has underlined the critical role of financial services in boosting production for small holder farmers. She commended Tanzanian authorities for the progress they have made in enabling citizens to have access to financial services. The queen and three United Nations food agencies on Friday concluded a five day trip to [...]

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UN agencies concerned over worsening humanitarian crisis in CAR

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Fighting over the past week in the Central African Republic capital of Bangui has killed more than 400 people and displaced nearly 160,000 as the humanitarian crisis in the country worsens. The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) says nearly 40,000 people are currently at the airport where there are no latrines, no washing facilities and no [...]

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Prince El Hassan Bin Talal of Jordan mobilizes action to advance global "water target"

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With only a short time before the  2015 deadline to achieve the UN's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – the water and sanitation challenges remain daunting. The "water target" set by world leaders promised to halve the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and without basic sanitation. His Royal Highness Prince El [...]

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UN fund makes a difference for refugees in Beirut: OCHA chief

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The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) established by the UN General Assembly in 2006 is making a difference in the lives of refugees in Lebanon. That's what was said by Valerie Amos, the head of the United Nations humanitarian agency (OCHA) in a message to a high-level conference on CERF in New York on Friday. [...]

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Pillay alarmed by rise in abductions and disappearances in Syria

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Syrians continue to fall victim to a callous indifference to human life and disregard for safety, exemplified by the increasing trend of abductions and enforced disappearances, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay warned Friday. On Monday 9 December, five masked gunmen reportedly stormed into a joint office for two human rights and humanitarian [...]

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Over 600 people killed, thousands displaced by violence in Central African Republic

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More than 600 people have been killed and tens of thousands of others have been displaced by clashes between militias and former Seleka rebels in the Central African Republic. That, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR), which says the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate in the country. UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards points out [...]

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Decline in education for Syrian children "worst and fastest in the region's history": UNICEF

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The decline in education for Syrian children has been the sharpest and most rapid in the history of the region, according to a new paper published Friday. The paper -"Education Interrupted"- highlights that since 2011 nearly 3 million children from Syria have been forced to quit their education as fighting has destroyed classrooms, left children [...]

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UN chief urges Members States to contribute generously to Central Emergency Response Fund

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday called on Member States to contribute generously to a fund that helps deliver relief assistance to emergencies around the world. Mr. Ban spoke at a High-Level Conference on the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) established by the UN General Assembly seven years ago. The Secretary-General said that since [...]

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UN chief welcomes peace deal between DRC and M23 Movement

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed a peace deal between the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the M23 Movement. The Kampala Dialogue concluded on Thursday with the signing of a Final Communique  in Nairobi, Kenya by President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and President Joyce Banda of Malawi, in their capacities as Chairs of the [...]

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The late Mandela: strong advocate of women's empowerment

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Paying tribute to Nelson Mandela, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director, said the late icon “was like a father” to her and many others. Using his clan nickname, “Madiba” she said Mandela was an ardent supporter of women’s rights. Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka shared with UN Radio’s Derrick Mbatha what the late leader did to promote women's [...]

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South Asia a leading region for unregistered childbirths

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Nearly a quarter of a billion children under the age of five officially do not exist because their births were never registered, thus blocking them from access to education, healthcare and other services, the UN children's agency (UNICEF) reports. South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa have the lowest levels of birth registration, with more than 70 [...]

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Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela passes away at 95

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•This week the global community is paying its last respects to Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. The first democratically elected President of South Africa and global icon passed away at his home in Johannesburg on Thursday 5 December at 95 years of age. On Tuesday, the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg was packed with thousands of South African [...]

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UN chief receives final report on use of chemical weapons in Syria

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  Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has received the final report of the United Nations Mission to Investigate Allegations of the use of Chemical Weapons in Syria from the Head of the Mission, Professor Åke Sellström. In remarks upon receiving the report, the Secretary-General again commended the team of experts led by Professor Sellström for their important [...]

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African leaders play increasing role in fighting malaria: UN envoy

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  Financial contributions to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria have played a critical role in reducing the number of deaths from malaria. That view was expressed by Ray Chambers, Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Malaria and for Financing of the Health-related Millennium Development Goals. He spoke reporters on Thursday [...]

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International tourism – an engine for economic recovery -UNWTO

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International tourism grew by 5% in the first nine months of 2013 to reach a record 845 million worldwide, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. The number of international tourist arrivals reported by destinations around the world increased by some 41 million between January and September, growing above UNWTO's initial forecast and creating [...]

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'Sahel Action Fund' is being set up for projects, says UN envoy

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A fund is being set up to help countries in the Sahel promote development in a region plagued by a myriad of problems, including drought, hunger and conflict. The announcement was made by Romano Prodi, the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Sahel during his briefing to the Security Council on Thursday. He said a [...]

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Study predicts global cancer cases will exceed 19 million by 2025

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Research from more than 180 countries reveals that cancer is on the rise globally, with striking patterns in women. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) estimates more than 14 million new cases of cancer were diagnosed worldwide last year, while 8.2 million people died from the disease. More than half of these new [...]

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India's decision to re-criminalize same-sex relationships "a step backwards"

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A decision issued by India's Supreme Court to uphold a colonial-era law criminalizing same-sex relationships has been described as a "step backwards for India". That's according to a statement issued by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, on Thursday. The Indian Supreme Court ruling struck down a 2009 decision by the [...]

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WFP calls for honouring Nelson Mandela by ending hunger

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The head of the World Food Programme (WFP) Ertharin Cousin on Thursday called for honouring the late Nelson Mandela by ending hunger in our lifetime. Ms. Cousin spoke in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania during the launch of a scheme to enable small farmers to have access to financial services such as bank accounts, short-term credits, [...]

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Global cancer burden rises to 14.1 million cases in 2012

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The global burden of cancer rose to 14.1 million new cases in 2012, according to the latest data released by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in Geneva on Thursday. The new version of the IARC's online database, GLOBOCAN 2012 provides the most recent estimates of 28 types of cancer in 184 countries [...]

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Pillay dismayed at re-imposition of criminal sanctions for same-sex relationships in India

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"Criminalising private, consensual same-sex sexual conduct violates the rights to privacy and to non-discrimination enshrined in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which India has ratified, according to High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. Pillay expressed her disappointment at the re-criminalization of consensual same-sex relationships in India following a judgment by the [...]

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UNHCR and partners step up measures to help Syrian refugees amid massive winter storm

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The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is stepping up measures to protect the hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees in Lebanon, including 120,000 living in flimsy tents, as they face the onslaught of a massive winter storm in the region. With the support of the Lebanese armed forces, UNHCR and NGO partners were able earlier this [...]

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ICC Prosecutor calls for action to stop attacks on peacekeepers

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The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has called on the Security Council to take action to bring to justice those who attack peacekeepers in the Darfur region of Sudan. Presenting her office's report to the Security Council on Wednesday, Fatou Bensouda said the situation in the region continues to deteriorate and the plight of [...]

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UN mission makes progress against armed rebels in eastern DR Congo

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The United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) is making progress in its push against the FDLR rebels in the eastern part of the country. That's what the head of MONUSCO, Martin Kobler, told reporters on Wednesday after briefing the Security Council on the political and military situation in the country. [...]

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Each of last 1000 days a living nightmare for the Syrian people: Angelina Jolie

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Each of the last 1,000 days has been a living nightmare for the Syrian people, says Angelina Joile, Special Envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The award-winning American actress on Wednesday issued a statement marking 1,000 days since the start of the conflict in Syria. She says "with much of the country [...]

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UNICEF report finds 230 million children officially do not exist

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The UN children's fund (UNICEF) turns 67 this Wednesday and the agency is using the occasion to highlight how nearly a quarter of a billion children worldwide are literally being robbed of their birthright. A UNICEF report finds nearly 230 million youngsters under the age of five officially do not exist because their births were [...]

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DR Congo urged to do more to fight impunity ahead of elections

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Authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo need to do more to fight against impunity ahead of general elections expected to take place between 2014 and 2016. That's the conclusion of a report released by the UN Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) in the country on Wednesday. The report examines human rights violations documented [...]

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Progress is made in fighting malaria, says WHO report

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Huge progress has been made in reducing the number of people dying from malaria in the period between 2000 and 2012 according to the latest report of the World Health Organization (WHO). The report released on Wednesday says that approximately 3.3 million lives of mostly children under five have been saved during this time. The [...]

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UN observes International Mountain Day

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Mountains, covering around 27 per cent of the earth's land, play a critical role in moving the world towards sustainable economic growth. That's the message that is being highlighted on 11 December which is observed as International Mountain Day under the theme "Mountains: Key to a Sustainable Future" The United Nations says mountains not only [...]

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One in three children under five do not officially exist: UNICEF

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Nearly 230 million children under the age of five don't officially exist because they have never been registered with civil authorities, according to a report released on Wednesday by the UN children's agency (UNICEF). Claudia Cappa, Statistics Specialist with UNICEF’s Data and Analytics Section, says children without birth certificates cannot have access to education and [...]

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Somalia joins world in celebrating Human Rights Day

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A group of high profile Somali government officials spent the morning celebrating Human Rights Day with inmates of the Mogadishu Central Prison. The Day is marked every year on 10 December. As Somalia recovers from decades of war, the emphasis was put on health and the protection of peoples' rights. Jocelyne Sambira reports. Duration: 2’46”

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UN and partners ask for over $790 million to help typhoon victims in Philippines

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The United Nations and its humanitarian partners in the Philippines on Tuesday presented another plan to respond to the needs of the people affected by typhoon Haiyan. That's according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) which says the strategic response plan is an update of the initial appeal launched on [...]

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Nelson Mandela: A champion for human rights

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Thousands of people thronged the FNB Stadium in Soweto on Tuesday to pay tribute to former South African President Nelson Mandela who died last week at the age of 95. Incidentally, the official memorial service for the Nobel Peace Prize winner and champion for equality happened to be held on Human Rights Day, observed annually [...]

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UNEP launches the first atlas of its kind in the Arab Region

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The pace of environmental change in the Arab region seems to be faster than in the rest of the world due to the rapid pace of economic and social development, according to UNEP's atlas for the Arab region released Tuesday.  The atlas examines the environmental change that has taken place at more than 80 locations [...]

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Preventing adolescent pregnancy – a development and human rights issue: PGA

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"I am deeply concerned that pregnancies amongst girls under age15 are on the rise in the Caribbean region", President of the UN General Assembly Dr. John Ashe said in a message to a High-level multi-stakeholder meeting on Reduction of Adolescent Pregnancy in the Caribbean.  Dr. Ashe drew attention to the latest report on the State [...]

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ILO reaffirms commitment to protect and promote human rights at work

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The International Labour Organization (ILO) has reaffirmed its commitment to protect and promote human rights at work. In a message Tuesday marking International Human Rights Day, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder says despite some progress, there is still much work to be done.  To illustrate this, he explains that 870 million workers and their families live [...]

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Thousands wait for calm after fleeing their homes in the Central

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The United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR, says that more than half a million people are now thought to have fled their homes in the Central African Republic since the crisis in the country began in December 2012. More than 100,000 people have now been displaced in Bangui, thecountry's capital, in the wake of heavy fighting [...]

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UN Refugee Agency says not enough aid is being delivered to Syria

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With the crisis in Syria now having passed 1000 days, the United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR, says that the needs of the Syrian people remain immense and that the amount of aid that the agency has been able to deliver is still nowhere near enough. Since the start of 2013, UNHCR has brought relief supplies [...]

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UN chief pays last respects to Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

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  "South Africa has lost a father. The world has lost a beloved friend and mentor". That's what United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at the memorial for the late South African President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela at a packed stadium in Johannesburg on Tuesday. The Secretary-General said the United Nations stood side by side with [...]

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UN Calls for Strengthened Efforts to Bring Natural Resource Management to Peacebuilding

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States, intergovernmental organizations and other partners need to step up efforts to better integrate natural resource management into post-conflict reintegration programmes, according to a new UN report. The Role of Natural Resources in Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration – Addressing Risks and Seizing Opportunities, launched in New York on Tuesday, stresses that natural resources – which, [...]

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Global Fund urges governments to quash human rights barriers

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In honor of International Human Rights Day, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria made an appeal to break down all human rights barriers to health, a critical factor in the goal of defeating AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. The Global Fund, committed to protecting and promoting human rights, points out that discrimination and [...]

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Somali women call for greater role in politics and access to justice

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In Somalia, a country once described as "one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a woman", an important conversation is taking place. The political marginalization of women and their exclusion from the decision-making process was tackled at an event entitled "Women, Peace and Security Open Day". The Open Day, held annually [...]

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UN marks 65th anniversary of Genocide Convention

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  Genocide can be prevented if people act in time to stop human rights violations. That's the message delivered by UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson at an event to mark the 65th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. The Convention was adopted on 9 [...]

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Equity will be focus of 7th World Urban Forum next year

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Inequities in cities and towns will be the focus of the Seventh World Urban Forum scheduled to take place in Medellin, Colombia, in April next year. That's what Joan Clos, Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN–Habitat), told reporters during a briefing on the Forum on Monday. He said growing inequities in [...]

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UN agencies and partners concerned about deteriorating humanitarian situation in Central African Republic

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United Nations relief agencies and their partners are concerned about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the Central African Republic as they continue their relief work in the country. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says the situation, particularly in the capital, Bangui, and Bossangoa is alarming. There have been clashes between [...]

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Mandela was "a giant for justice, equality and human rights" Ban Ki-moon

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Nelson Mandela who passed away on Thursday, 5 December, was "a giant for justice, equality and human rights". That's what UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Johannesburg, as tributes continue for the late South African leader. The Secretary-General described the event as an occasion to "join [...]

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Bangladesh urged to stop execution of Abdul Quader Mollah

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Two United Nations human rights experts have called on the government of Bangladesh to halt the execution of Abdul Quader Mollah who was sentenced to death by the Supreme Court on 17 September. Mollah was originally sentenced to life imprisonment in February for crimes allegedly committed during the 1971 independence war against Pakistan. The Appellate [...]

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UN: Say "No" to corruption and "Yes" to Development

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In some countries, people often think that they are at the mercy of corruption and that it's "just a way of life". In observance of the International Anti-Corruption Day this 9 December, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) are calling on ordinary citizens to say "No" to [...]

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Afghanistan still has 'A Way to Go' in tackling violence against women: UN report

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Implementation of a landmark law in Afghanistan on the Elimination of Violence against Women has been slow and uneven, according to a UN human rights report released this week. Entitled 'A Way to Go,' it finds that although more reports of violence against women are being registered with the authorities, prosecutions and convictions remain low. [...]

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UN envoy in Libya stresses need for dialogue with armed groups

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The top United Nations envoy in Libya says the security situation in the country continues to be precarious, with clashes between armed groups and civilians. Briefing the Security Council on Monday, Ambassador Tarek Mitri, the head of the UN Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), said there is public anger against armed revolutionary brigades and armed groups. [...]

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China has filed largest number of patent applications says WIPO

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The largest number of applications for intellectual property rights has come from China, according to a report launched on Monday. The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) says that in 2012, global filings for patents increased at its strongest rate in nearly two decades. Francis Gurry, Director General of WIPO, says China is the only country [...]

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Corruption presents major hurdle to achieving the MDGs

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Corruption is a huge hurdle to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), according to the two United Nations bodies leading global awareness campaigns against corruption since 2009. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) believe that, if only 10 per cent of the money lost from corruption is [...]

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UN humanitarian chiefs condemn attacks on health facilities in Syria

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Three senior UN officials have issued a statement strongly condemning attacks on medical facilities in Syria, where over 60 per cent of hospitals have been damaged or are out of service. The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator and the heads of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children's Agency (UNICEF) say such attacks can [...]

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Secretary-General to attend official memorial service for Nelson Mandela

Listen / President Nelson Mandela addresses the 49th session of the General Assembly. (UN Photo/Evan Schneider).

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will attend the official memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela. The service will be held on Tuesday and Mr. Ban will travel to South Africa from Paris, where he attended a two-day summit on peace and security in Africa which wrapped up over the weekend. Nelson Mandela, who [...]

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South Africa mourns Nelson Mandela with sadness and celebration

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The day after Nelson Mandela's death, people all over South Africa marked his passing with sadness and celebration, the head of the UN Information Centre  (UNIC) in Pretoria reports. UNIC Director Helene Hoedl says the airwaves were filled with people sharing their memories of the man who changed the history of their country and our [...]

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The late Mandela: strong advocate of women's empowerment

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Paying tribute to Nelson Mandela, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director, said the late icon "was like a father" to her and many others. Using his clan nickname, "Madiba" she said Mandela was an ardent supporter of women's rights. He also helped promote the goals and the principles of the United Nations, and of UN [...]

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Secretary-General addresses African peace and security summit

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has extolled the partnership between the UN, the African Union, the European Union and France in tackling crises in Africa. Speaking on Friday at the Elysée Summit in Paris, Mr. Ban said this partnership is working together in many countries on issues such as conflict prevention, peacemaking and peacebuilding. "As [...]

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The late Mandela a "people person,” shares former Chief Legal Adviser

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Nelson Mandela was a "people person", graceful, charming and showed gratitude even to the most humble of workers around him. That's according to Nicholas Fink Haysom, the Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Afghanistan and former Chief Legal Adviser during Mandela's Presidency of South Africa in 1994. From youth activist, Mr. Haysom, a [...]

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General Assembly elects Jordan to Security Council

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Jordan will be joining the UN Security Council in January as one of five new non-permanent members of the chamber. This follows a vote in the General Assembly on Friday held to fill a vacancy created by Saudi Arabia. The country was among five nations elected to serve in the Security Council during initial voting [...]

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Report documents human rights abuses by traditional hunters in Côte d'Ivoire

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A United Nations report released on Friday is calling for investigations into serious human rights abuses committed by traditional hunters in Côte d'Ivoire. The joint report by the UN operation in the country (UNOCI) and the UN human rights office documents abuses committed by the hunters, known as Dozos, between March 2009 and May 2013. [...]

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Study finds 15 million Yemenis will need humanitarian assistance in 2014

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Six out of 10 people in Yemen will need humanitarian aid next year, according to an assessment done by the United Nations and humanitarian partners in the country. The 2014 Humanitarian Needs Overview finds nearly 15 million Yemenis out of a population of 25 million will require assistance. Jens Laerke is spokesperson for the UN [...]

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Mandela: A champion for freedom, justice and human rights

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Former South African President Nelson Mandela who died on Thursday has been eulogized as a champion for freedom, justice and human rights. United Nations Human Rights chief Navi Pillay described Mandela as perhaps the greatest moral leader of our time who believed passionately in liberty and dignity, in freedom of expression and freedom of assembly. [...]

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UNICEF scales up efforts to assist children in Philippine's hardest hit cities

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UNICEF has been rapidly scaling up efforts in the Philippines to reach the most affected areas by establishing new field presences and mobilizing relief supplies to support destitute families. Kent Page, UNICEF Strategic Communications Advisor for Emergencies just got back from an emergency surge response mission in Tacloban, one of the cities ravaged by the [...]

6 Dec 2013 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

UN agencies concerned about latest violence in Central African Republic

Listen / Refugees from Central African Republic in Democratic Republic of the Congo. Some 700 crossed the Oubangui River to the Zongo area in DR Congo yesterday. UNHCR/B.Sokol

The deteriorating security situation in the Central African Republic is hampering delivery of assistance to nearly 2.6 million people. This warning has come from United Nations humanitarian agencies as inter-ethnic tensions and violence continue to grow. There is fear that this may escalate to large-scale massacres in the country where there has been a breakdown [...]

6 Dec 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN flags fly half-mast to mourn death of world icon, Nelson Mandela

Listen / President Nelson Mandela addresses the 49th session of the General Assembly. (UN Photo/Evan Schneider).

The flags at the UN are flying half-mast to mourn the passing of former South African President and Freedom Fighter, Nelson Mandela. Mr. Mandela died in his Johannesburg home late on Thursday, at the age of 95. In paying tribute to "Madiba," as he was affectionately known in his country, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Mandela [...]

6 Dec 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN chief holds talks with African leaders on margins of Paris summit

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Salva Kiir, President of the Republic of South Sudan, in Paris.  6 December 2013 UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is in Paris for a two-day summit which brings together more than 50 representatives from African countries as well as the UN, the African Union and the European Union. Mr. Ban met with leaders from Libya, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Burundi on the margins of the Elysée Summit [...]

6 Dec 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Women and children targeted in Central African Republic atrocities

Listen / This man is crying after surviving an attack on his village between Bossangoa and Bossembele in the Central African Republic.  UNHCR/B. Heger

United Nations humanitarian agencies have expressed concern over the deteriorating security situation in the Central African Republic, saying it was hampering delivery of assistance to nearly 2.6 million people. United Nations Children's Fund(UNICEF) is warning that the growing tension and violence amongst communities in the country may escalate into large scale massacres. UNICEF says children [...]

6 Dec 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Katy Perry appointed newest Goodwill Ambassador with UNICEF

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Pop superstar Katy Perry this week became the latest Goodwill Ambassador with the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). The American singer will focus on engaging young people in the agency's work to improve the lives of the world's most vulnerable children and adolescents. UN forum assesses impact of MDGs on women and girls Ambassadors and activists [...]

6 Dec 2013 | Posted in Women | Read More »

Ceremony Naming Nelson and Winnie Mandela’s Corner in New York

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This ceremony honors Nelson and Winnie Mandela and the fight against the Apartheid regime in South Africa. Language: English Genre: Speech 1984 Duration: 8’19″  

6 Dec 2013 | Posted in UN Radio Classics | Read More »

Nelson Mandela Addresses General Assembly

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ANC leader Nelson Mandela addresses the General Assembly about his fight against the Apartheid regime in South Africa, four years before being elected President. Language: English Genre: Speech 1990 Duration: 25’33″

6 Dec 2013 | Posted in UN Radio Classics | Read More »

To serve, protect and promote literacy: UN police in South Sudan

Listen / Fred Yiga (right) is interviewed by May Yaacoub

International police officers serving at the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) are helping to consolidate the rule of law in the world's newest nation, says UNMISS Police Commissioner Fred Yiga. Top cops from UN peacekeeping operations are in New York this week to review the growing importance of UN police (or "UNPOL") who number [...]

6 Dec 2013 | Posted in From the Field | Read More »

Secretary-General pays tribute to Nelson Mandela

Listen / Nelson Mandela in the UN General Assembly.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed profound sadness at the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela who died on Thursday.  He was 95 years old. Speaking to reporters in New York that evening, the Secretary-General said Mr. Mandela showed what is possible for the world if each person were to believe, dream and [...]

5 Dec 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

IOM assists Ethiopian government to manage influx of its citizens returning from Saudi Arabia

Listen / IOM, together with the Ethiopian government, is working to manage the influx of vulnerable Ethiopian migrants returning from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. © IOM 2013

The Ethiopian government has been working around the clock together with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to facilitate an organized movement of its citizens from Saudi Arabia. Over 100,000 migrants have returned to Ethiopia since the operation began on 13 November 2013. The return of the migrants follows the passing of new legislation in [...]

5 Dec 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Daily News 05 December 2013

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Secretary-General condemns deadly attack on Yemen Defence Ministry

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned terrorist attacks against Yemen's Defence Ministry which killed more than 20 people on Thursday. According to media reports, militants rammed a car filled with explosives into the Ministry headquarters in the capital, Sana'a, while gunmen on foot battled security forces in another section of the complex. In a [...]

5 Dec 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Security Council votes on resolution to "restore security and public order" in CAR

Listen / Security Council authorizes African Union Mission in Central African Republic

Members of the UN Security Council have voted unanimously on a resolution that will bolster efforts "to protect civilians and restore security and public order" in the Central African Republic (CAR). Resolution 2127 also authorizes the sending of French troops in CAR for a temporary period, to support the African-led Peacekeeping Mission in CAR (MISCA), [...]

5 Dec 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

A critical resource, under pressure

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On World Soil Day, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says soil is under pressure around the world. FAO studies have found that one quarter of the Earth’s land areas are highly degraded due to a variety of human activities – including farming. Some 1.6 billion hectares of land are currently used to grow crops, [...]

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International community in CAR condemns deadly attacks in the capital

Listen / This man is crying after surviving an attack on his village between Bossangoa and Bossembele in the Central African Republic.  UNHCR/B. Heger

Representatives of the United Nations, the African Union, the European Union and France in the Central African Republic have condemned deadly organized attacks which took place in the capital, Bangui. In a joint communiqué, the international representatives urged the CAR authorities to take responsibility for the immediate cessation of fighting and to restore calm. The [...]

5 Dec 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Security Council authorizes force for Central African Republic

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The Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution authorizing a peacekeeping force for the Central African Republic (CAR). The 15 Council members on Thursday voted in favour of an African Union-led force which will protect civilians and restore public order. The resolution expresses deep concern about the deterioration of security in the country and the [...]

5 Dec 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Whether offline or online, human rights must be respected: Navi Pillay

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Human rights must always be at the center of global discussions about the World Wide Web, according to the UN Human Rights High Commissioner. At an event in Geneva on Thursday, Navi Pillay spoke of how innovations in information technology are both helping to spread human rights while also facilitating abuses. She added that the [...]

5 Dec 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

FAO issues food warnings for Sahel and Central African Republic

Listen / Desertification and land degradation threaten millions of people in the Sahara and Sahel - FAO

Food security conditions in several parts of Africa and elsewhere are deteriorating, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). FAO warns that in the Sahelian countries of West Africa – Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal – crops and pastures have been affected this year by the late onset and early cessation of [...]

5 Dec 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Volunteerism is a two-way street: SG

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On this International Volunteer Day, let us renew our commitment to offering young people diverse and meaningful volunteer opportunities to become active and confident contributors to global change, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a message marking International Volunteer Day on Thursday 5 December. The Secretary-General says there are more than 1.2 billion youth in [...]

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100,000 Ethiopian migrants return home from Saudi Arabia

Listen / IOM, together with the Ethiopian government, is working to manage the influx of vulnerable Ethiopian migrants returning from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. © IOM 2013

The number of Ethiopian migrants returning from Saudi Arabia has surpassed the 100,000 mark, according to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). IOM says the return operation is overwhelming its available resources and is appealing for $13 million to be able to provide reintegration support to the migrants, the majority of whom have returned empty-handed. [...]

5 Dec 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN mission in DR Congo launches pilotless surveillance aircraft

Listen / Head of Peacekeeping Operations Herve Ladsous (second right), inspects an Unmanned/Unarmed Aerial Vehicle (UAV) that will be used in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, during a ceremony in Goma. Photo: MONUSCO/Sylvain Liechti

  • The UN mission in the DRCongo (MONUSCO) launched a surveillance unmanned/unarmed aerial vehicle (UAV)  on Tuesday. In a first move of its kind for MONUSCO, the pilotless aircraft was launched from the airport in Goma, the capital of North Kivu Province. MONUSCO Force Commander says the vehicle will increase the mission's capacity to gather information. A [...]

4 Dec 2013 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

Kaag: UN-OPCW preparing for the removal of chemical agents outside of Syria

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Preparations for the removal of critical chemical agents outside of Syria are in full swing. That's what Sigrid Kaag, the Special Coordinator of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)-United Nations Joint Mission told the UN News and Media Division ahead of her briefing to the Security Council on Wednesday. The chemical agents [...]

4 Dec 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Much more needs to be done to help South Sudan out of protracted crises

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South Sudan is struggling to provide security and meet the basic needs of its people. That's the assessment of Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Kyung-Wha Kang. She told a UN press briefing on Wednesday that an estimated 4.5 million people need humanitarian assistance, including close to 1 million people who are severely food insecure. Assistant Secretary-General [...]

4 Dec 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNICEF scales up efforts to assist children in Philippine's hardest hit cities

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UNICEF has been rapidly scaling up efforts in the Philippines to reach the most affected areas by establishing new field presences and mobilizing relief supplies to support destitute families. An estimated 6 million children have been affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan and 1.5 million have been displaced from their homes, the agency notes. Kent Page, [...]

4 Dec 2013 | Posted in From the Field, Today's Features | Read More »

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Katy Perry is newest UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

Listen / Katy Perry (right) and Anthony Lake hold a UNICEF T-shirt

Pop superstar Katy Perry is the newest Goodwill Ambassador of the  UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). The American singer was appointed at a special event at UNICEF Headquarters in New York on Tuesday. She will focus on engaging young people in UNICEF's work to improve the lives of the most vulnerable children and adolescents around the [...]

4 Dec 2013 | Posted in Celebrity Corner, Today's Features | Read More »

UN hosts two-day forum to assess impact of MDGs on women and girls

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Although there has been significant progress in achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) affecting women's and girls' access to education and water, critical shortfalls remain in meeting other targets. That's what Lakshmi Puri, Deputy Executive Director at UN Women, told activists meeting at the UN on Wednesday to review the impact of the eight MDGs on [...]

4 Dec 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Global Fund Donors Pledge US$12 Billion

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Donors at the launch of the Global Fund's Fourth Replenishment have pledged US$12.0 billion for the next three years, the largest amount ever committed to fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. The pledges represent a 30 percent increase over the US$9.2 billion in firm pledges secured in 2010 for the 2011-2013 period. The contributions announced [...]

4 Dec 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

IAEA team completes review of Japan's plans to decommission Fukushima nuclear plant

Listen / Toshimitsu Motegi, Japanese Minister of Environment, Trade and Industry, listens to IAEA mission team leader, Juan Carlos Lentijo, describe the results of an IAEA review of Fukushima Daiichi decommissioning plans. Lentijo delivered a Preliminary Summary Report of the review to Motegi on 4 December 2013.

An expert team from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Wednesday completed a review of Japan’s efforts to plan and implement the decommissioning of TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. TEPCO is the Tokyo Electric Power Company. In its Preliminary Summary Report delivered to Japanese authorities, the IAEA team acknowledged a number of accomplishments [...]

4 Dec 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN agency says "intelligent management" of natural resources key to Africa's development

Listen / Women preparing seedlings to be transported to a planting site in Kenya (UN Photo/Jackie Curtis)

Sustainable and optimal management of Africa's natural resources will be crucial to achieving long-term development and poverty alleviation, according to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). Agency chief Achim Steiner says as Africa still has many resources which are increasingly in short supply in other parts of the world, the continent stands to be a key [...]

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4 Dec 2013 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

African countries step up focus on statistics for better agriculture and nutrition

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Improving the quality, availability and relevance of data on food and agriculture has become a key priority as Africa strives to develop more effective policies to tackle its persistent food security problems. The issue took centre stage as an unprecedented number of experts from 35 countries met for the 23rd session of the African Commission [...]

4 Dec 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Philippines: Recovery efforts focus on helping people return to normalcy

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Roads are being cleared, debris removed and waste disposal activities are currently taking place in cities and towns affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Relief workers are now focused on recovery efforts, trying to help people return to normalcy by putting children back to school and getting men and women jobs. Jocelyne Sambira reports. [...]

3 Dec 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN office concerned over killings in Central African Republic

Listen / Child in conflict-affected village in the Central African Republic - BINUCA

The UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in the Central African Republic (BINUCA) is calling on the transition authorities in the country to uphold their duty to protect citizens following recent violence which has left at least 12 people dead and wounded 30 others. In a statement on Tuesday, the Office said it was deeply concerned over [...]

3 Dec 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Katy Perry appointed newest Goodwill Ambassador with UNICEF

Listen / Pop superstar Katy Perry, the latest Goodwill Ambassador of the UN Children's Fund

Pop superstar Katy Perry was on Tuesday appointed the latest Goodwill Ambassador of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). The American singer will focus on engaging young people in the agency's work to improve the lives of the world's most vulnerable children and adolescents. Besides being one of the world's top selling recording artists, Katy Perry [...]

3 Dec 2013 | Posted in Celebrity Corner, Today's News | Read More »

UN Daily News 03 December 2013

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Secretary-General welcomes adoption of new Lima Declaration

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Delegates at a United Nations conference in Lima, Peru, have reaffirmed the importance of building a life of security, prosperity and dignity for all. That is what UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in remarks on Monday to the General Conference of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). Mr. Ban congratulated participants for adopting the new [...]

3 Dec 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN mission in DR Congo launches surveillance unmanned aerial vehicles

Listen / USG for Peacekeeping Operations Herve Ladsous inspects Unmanned/Unarmed Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) that will be used in eastern D.R. Congo during the official launch ceremony in Goma, North Kivu province, on 3 December 2013. © MONUSCO/Sylvain Liechti

The United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) on Tuesday launched a surveillance drone in the strife-torn northeastern part of the country. In a first move of its kind for the United Nations, the pilotless aircraft was launched from the airport in Goma, the capital of North Kivu Province. The head [...]

3 Dec 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN assists flood victims in Niger

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United Nations agencies and their humanitarian partners are assisting the government of Niger in providing emergency relief to more than 15,000 people whose communities were flooded. The UN Humanitarian Affairs office (OCHA) reports that more than 90 tonnes of food have been distributed to people in south-east Niger who were  affected when the Komadougou River [...]

3 Dec 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

WFP forced to suspend some DRC operations due to lack of funds

Listen / Congolese civilians carry their belongings as they escape the recent fighting between Congolese government forces and rebels close to Rutshuru in North Kivu in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo on 20 May 2012 
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A funding shortfall is forcing the World Food Programme (WFP) to reduce some of its operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. WFP on Tuesday reported that it urgently needs $75 million to cover its operations in the east of the country through May 2014. Agency spokesperson Elizabeth Byrs told UN Radio that WFP [...]

3 Dec 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

WHO: Spinal injury is no longer a death sentence

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More people with spinal cord injury can survive to lead healthy and productive lives, if they have access to timely, appropriate emergency and acute care. That's the main message in a report entitled "International Perspectives on Spinal Cord Injuries" issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) on the International Day of People with Disabilities observed [...]

3 Dec 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

New report offers solutions to close the global food gap

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New research presents solutions to meet the world's growing food needs, while advancing economic development and environmental sustainability, according to a new report. The analysis finds that the world will need 70 percent more food, as measured by calories, in order to feed a global population of 9.6 billion people in 2050. It says it [...]

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UN food agency short of funds for operations in DR Congo

Listen / A woman injured during fighting between rebel M23 soldiers and Congolese government soldiers at the Heal Africa Hospital in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo (November 2012)  © Kate Holt/IRIN

The World Food Programme (WFP) has announced that it is going to reduce or suspend some of its activities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) because it does not have funds. The agency, which is funded entirely by voluntary contributions, says that to continue its operations over the next six months, it urgently [...]

3 Dec 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Including people with disabilities, everyone stands to gain: ILO

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There are at least one billion people with disabilities across the globe around 785 million of whom are of working age, the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) chief Guy Ryder says in a message marking International Day of Persons with Disabilities. But he says while they represent a large, diverse pool of talent, too many are [...]

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Millions of displaced Syrian children brace for yet another harsh winter

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Nearly 5.5 million Syrian children will soon face another season of harsh winter weather putting a further strain on their  health and well-being,  according to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). UNICEF says millions of displaced children face inadequate living conditions and in the freezing temperatures and rain , children under five are especially vulnerable [...]

3 Dec 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Secretary-General highlights role of industry in achieving a sustainable future

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Although the planet is encountering formidable challenges ranging from inequality to rapid urbanization, this is a pivotal moment in world affairs, according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Speaking in Lima, Peru, on Monday, Mr. Ban pointed out that with knowledge and technology continuing to advance, the planet also faces a wealth of opportunities. The Secretary-General [...]

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UN Daily News 02 December 2013

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UN and partners continue to help Philippines rebuild

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Providing humanitarian relief to survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines remains a priority for the United Nations and its partners, a senior UN official told journalists in New York on Monday. Haoliang Xu, Assistant Administrator at the UN Development Programme (UNDP), reported on aid efforts nearly four weeks after the devastating storm. This includes [...]

2 Dec 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

2013 saw major milestones in quest for a mine free world

Listen / De-mining expert detects anti-personnel land mine for clearance. UN Photo/Jawad Jalali

There's been a drop in landmine casualties after a decline in the use of anti-personnel mines and increased global funding for mine action since the adoption of the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty. That's the message delivered by the mine ban community at the 2 December opening of the Thirteenth Meeting of the States Parties (13MSP) [...]

2 Dec 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Burundi faces challenges as it prepares for 2015 general elections

Listen / An unidentified voter casts her ballot during the 4 July 2005 legislative elections in Cibitoke, Burundi.  UN Photo/Martine Perret

The people of Burundi continue to face challenges as the country prepares for the 2015 general elections. That's what has come out of a three day meeting from 27 to 29 November in the African country. The meeting, jointly organized by the United Nations Office in Burundi (BNUB) and the government of Burundi brought together [...]

2 Dec 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Secretary-General encourages meaningful dialogue in Ukraine following protests

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday appealed to all parties in Ukraine to uphold the democratic principles of freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. This follows more than a week of demonstrations in the country calling for the government's resignation after the President refused to sign political and economic accords with the European Union. Ban [...]

2 Dec 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Nobel laureate on progress and challenges in implementing mine ban treaty

Listen / Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams, special envoy with the International Campaign to Ban Landmines

Representatives from states party to a 1997 treaty prohibiting the use of anti-personnel mines are meeting in Geneva this week to review progress and challenges in banning these weapons. Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams, special envoy with the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, was among the speakers addressing Monday's opening session. More than 160 [...]

2 Dec 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

ILO report calls for job-centred growth policies in Kenya

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Kenya needs to adopt a coherent national employment strategy in order to achieve a more equitable economic growth, says a new report by the International Labour Organization (ILO). According to the report , GDP growth in Kenya has increased in recent years, (it is expected to reach 5.7 per cent this year), but this has [...]

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Eradicate slavery in all its forms: PGA

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President of the United Nations General Assembly Dr. John Ashe has called on Member States to eradicate slavery in all its forms; to boost initiatives that promote social inclusion; and to end all forms of discrimination. In a message on the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, Dr. Ashe urged the promotion and protection [...]

2 Dec 2013 | Posted in Caribbean News, Today's News | Read More »

"Bali package must allow ambitious food security policies" – UN expert on WTO Summit

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There's been a call for developing countries to be granted the freedom to use food reserves to help secure the right to food, without the threat of sanctions under current World Trade Organization (WTO) rules. The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter's call comes on the eve of a high-level [...]

2 Dec 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

WHO: Spinal cord injuries medically complex, but preventable

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Nearly 500,000 people suffer a spinal cord injury each year, with many having to live with lifelong disabilities due to lack of appropriate treatment, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO says up to 90 per cent of spinal cord injury cases are due to traumatic causes such as road traffic crashes, falls and [...]

2 Dec 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Political brinksmanship driving Bangladesh to the edge: Pillay

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Rising levels of political violence in Bangladesh as the major parties fail to resolve their differences over the conduct of elections have become a cause of major concern for UN Human Rights chief Navi Pillay. In recent weeks, scores of people have been killed, hundreds injured, and there has been extensive destruction of property as [...]

2 Dec 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

New figures reveal poaching for the illegal ivory trade could wipe out a fifth of Africa's elephants over next decade

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New analyses released Monday find that if poaching rates are sustained at current levels, Africa is likely to lose a fifth of its elephants in the next ten years. Word of this comes as delegates gather to discuss the plight of the African Elephant at a summit convened by the Government of Botswana and the [...]

2 Dec 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Proper food and good nutrition can keep people living with HIV health: WFP

Listen / Women queueing for free food and medicine in Haiti: WFP

Proper food and good nutrition can keep people living with HIV healthy and improve the effectiveness of their treatment, Executive Director of the World Food programme Ertharin Cousin said in a message marking World AIDS Day, observed Sunday 1 December. She said on World AIDS this year, the World Food Programme (WFP) is proud to [...]

1 Dec 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

PGA urges UN Member States to increase the commitments to HIV/AIDS initiatives

Listen / John Ashe, President of the 68th session of the General Assembly

As part of his efforts to promote the post 2015 sustainable development agenda, UN General Assembly President John Ashe has called on UN Member States to increase their commitment to HIV/AIDS initiatives and to reduce the onerous health costs of medication, while boosting financial flows to HIV/AIDS programmes. In a message for World AIDS Day [...]

1 Dec 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNAIDS chief: "The end of AIDS is within our power"

Listen / Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS (Photo: UNAIDS).

For the first time, there is an end in sight to the AIDS epidemic that has brought such "staggering devastation" to the world. That's what UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé said in his message for World AIDS Day, observed every year on 1 December. He noted that the combination of powerful factors such as scientific [...]

1 Dec 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

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