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ICC Prosecutor calls for action to stop attacks on peacekeepers

Listen / Fatou Bensouda

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

Listen / Martin Kobler interacts with local children on his arrival in Kiwanja in eastern DRC.  MONUSCO/Sylvain Liechti.

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

Listen / UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie records the stories of refugees who have just escaped the war in Syria at the Jaber border crossing in Jordan on 18 June. © UNHCR/O.Laban-Mattei

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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UN Daily News 11 December 2013

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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

Listen / Thousands of DRC residents fleeing potential election conflict , arrive in neighbouring Republic of Congo. Photo: Laudes Martial Mbon/IRIN-2011

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

Listen / Pierre Holtz/ UNICEF

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

Listen / Rural women of west-central Nepal carrying fuelwood from nearby forests to their mountain homes. FAO@PHOTO

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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