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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 [...]

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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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UN Daily News 17 December 2013

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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


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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