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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


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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