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Displaced people continue to shelter at UN bases in South Sudan

Listen / Food distribution in South Sudan

• As South Sudan peace talks stall in Addis Ababa, a senior UN official is calling for the fighting to stop so that people can begin rebuilding their lives. The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the country fears that high hopes for the New Year have been "washed away" by violence. The fighting has killed upwards [...]

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UN peacekeeping chief reports progress in reinforcing mission in South Sudan

Listen / Hervé Ladsous

Substantial progress is being made in reinforcing the United Nations mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) to cope with an ongoing crisis in the country, according to the head of UN peacekeeping operations. Hervé Ladsous said the additional peacekeepers will assume the duties of protecting the 60,000 displaced persons sheltering at UN bases freeing up other [...]

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Rising demand and record meat and dairy costs drive food price increase

Listen / A woman is seen here food shopping at the market. Photo: FAO/J. Spanner

Food prices worldwide have remained high but steady, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reports. FAO says 2013 marked the third highest year on record for its Food Price Index which monitors price quotations for five major commodities: cereals, dairy products, meat, sugar, and vegetable oils. Abdolreza Abbassian, FAO Senior Economist, spoke to the [...]

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Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan concerned over continued violence

Listen / Toby Lanzer

As South Sudan peace talks stall in Addis Ababa, a senior UN official is calling for the fighting to stop so that people in the world's newest nation can begin rebuilding their lives. Toby Lanzer, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, fears high hopes for the New Year have been "washed away" by violence which [...]

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Head of UNAIDS calls for combined efforts to combat AIDS and poverty

Listen / Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS (Photo: UNAIDS).

The lives of 18 million people waiting for treatment for HIV are "hanging in the balance", says Michel Sidibe, the head of UNAIDS, the United Nations agency dealing with HIV and AIDS. Dr. Sidibe was speaking at a meeting hosted by the World Bank in Washington D.C. to discuss the post-2015 development agenda. 2015 is [...]

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Food prices remain "high but steady"

Listen / Sugar stocked in a warehouse in Limeira, Sao Paulo state, Brazil.FAO@PHOTO

World food prices have remained high but steady, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The FAO Food Price Index averaged 206.7 points in December, largely unchanged from the previous month. However, FAO Senior Economist Abdolreza Abbassian cautions about interpreting the overall average prices. He points out that prices for some of the [...]

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Inter-Parliamentary Union welcomes protection for Turkish MPs

Listen / Member flags of the Inter-Parliamentary Union

An agreement reached by Turkey's three main political parties on the protection of the country's Members of Parliament has been welcomed by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). The Turkish parties agreed to amend the constitution to more clearly define when an elected official can be prosecuted or imprisoned. The IPU says the establishment of a multi-party [...]

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Thousands remain in UN bases as fighting continues in South Sudan

Listen / Civilians seeking refuge wait outside a compound of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), in Bor. Credit: UN Photo/Hailemichael Gebrekrstos

60,000 displaced people in South Sudan are sheltering in United Nations bases as fighting continues between government and rebel forces. UN Humanitarian Coordinator, Toby Lanzer, says the UN is doing everything it can to ensure that people get the assistance they need. Mr. Lanzer says he is concerned that more people are being displaced and [...]

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Runway fashion debuts at UN

Listen / Alyssa Milano, American actress and UNICEF National Ambassador

A multi-cultural fashion show filmed at the United Nations in New York is reaching its finale on Thursday. The "Project Runway: All Stars" show is a US-based reality TV programme where contestants compete to design and create new clothes. Three finalists feature in the season finale showing their cultural heritage-inspired lines in the UN's Economic [...]

9 Jan 2014 | Posted in Celebrity Corner, Today's Features | Read More »

Foreign Affairs meets fashion as UN hosts design show finale

Listen / Project Runway at the UN (video capture)

The worlds of foreign affairs and fashion come together at the United Nations on Thursday in the season finale of the popular US television show 'Project Runway: All Stars'. The show pits fashion designers against each other in weekly challenges to determine the overall winner of a prize package that includes a position at a [...]

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Zero Hunger Challenge is launched in Timor-Leste

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A UN initiative to end hunger in Asia and the Pacific is being launched in the National Parliament of Timor-Leste on Thursday. The United Nations Zero Hunger Challenge, established by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2012, is aimed at ensuring that everyone has access to food all year round. The campaign, supported by the UN [...]

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