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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

Listen / Gérard Araud, Permanent Representative of France to the UN.  UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

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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INDONESIA #50: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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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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