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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. [...]

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UN office concerned over killings in Central African Republic

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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 [...]

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Katy Perry appointed newest Goodwill Ambassador with UNICEF

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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

Listen / Syrian child struggling to stay warm – UNHCR

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 [...]

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