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UN launches campaign against counterfeit products

Listen / 'Counterfeit: Don't buy into organized crime' UNODC campaign. Photo: UNODC

Counterfeit products pose a serious threat to the wellbeing of people in developing countries according to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Not only can they be dangerous, they also may be supporting organized crime networks. To help address the problem, UNODC has launched a global campaign called "Counterfeit: Don't buy into organized [...]

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Small Island States impacted negatively by climate change: Ambassador King

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St. Vincent and the Grenadines has warned of the negative impact of climate change on Small- Island Developing States (SIDS). The Permanent Representative of the Island State Ambassador I. Rhonda King told a meeting of the Group of 77 developing countries and China that it is difficult to ignore the realities of Climate Change and [...]

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Achieving MDGs still possible says new ECOSOC president

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Although the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals is fast approaching, there is still time to achieve them, says the newly elected head of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Ambassador Martin Sajdik of Austria on Tuesday took over the presidency of the UN body which examines the world's economic, social and environmental challenges. [...]

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UN chief thanks Iraq's Kurdistan for hosting Syrian refugees

Listen / Secretary-General visits Kawrgosik Camp. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

On the second day of his visit to Iraq, the United Nations Secretary-General thanked the Iraqi authorities for hosting thousands of Syrian refugees. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited the Kawrgosik refugee camp hosting an estimated 5,000 Syrian refugees who have fled the ongoing conflict in the country. The Secretary-General was accompanied by the UN High [...]

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"Largest ever appeal" launched by UN for Syria humanitarian crisis

Listen / OCHA/Jutta Hinkkanen

The largest ever appeal for funds for a humanitarian crisis is being launched by the United Nations ahead of a pledging conference for Syria, which gets underway on Wednesday. The UN is asking for $6.5 billion for the more than 11 million people who have been affected by the ongoing civil war in Syria. Jens [...]

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Funding required for "unprecedented" humanitarian response in Syria

Listen / Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Credit: OCHA/D.Palanivelu

The UN is making the largest ever appeal for funds for what is being called an "unprecedented" humanitarian response in Syria. Donor countries and organisations are gathering in Kuwait for a pledging conference which is due to take place on Wednesday. The United Nations is asking for $6.5 billion in 2014 for the more than [...]

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Ninety per cent reduction in camp residents four years after Haiti earthquake

Listen / A young boy looks out his window in Port-au-Prince. Credit: UN Photo/Logan Abassi

An estimated 146,000 people remain in camps four years after the deadly earthquake in Haiti, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) reports. This figure is down from the 1.5 million people in camps at the height of displacement, or a decrease of 89 per cent, according to the agency. IOM says 39,000 households still live [...]

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Study finds more than 2 million in CAR need humanitarian relief

Listen / A displaced family in a camp close to the international airport in Bangui.Credit: OCHA

More than 2.5 million people in the Central African Republic require food, health care and other humanitarian aid. That's according to a joint assessment by the World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Humanitarian Affairs Office (OCHA). The study says displaced people in the capital, Bangui, also need immediate survival assistance. WFP spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs [...]

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UNHCR reports rise in South Sudanese refugees and internally displaced

Listen / South Sudanese refugees waiting in line to get food at the Dzaipi transit centre in Uganda.© UNHCR/F.Noy

Nearly 80,000 South Sudanese have crossed into neighbouring countries in the past month, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) reports. The agency says more civilians have been deserting their homes and fleeing to Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya, as well as volatile regions of Sudan, to escape violence that broke out in mid-December. Adrian Edwards is UNHCR [...]

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Concerns raised by UN about implications of new Nigerian law

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A new law in Nigeria could prevent lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people's access to HIV services. That's according to two entities working to combat the spread of HIV and AIDS who say the law further criminalizes LGBT people, organizations and activities, as well as supporters. UNAIDS and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, [...]

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Secretary-General expresses solidarity with Syrian refugees

Listen / Secretary-General visits Kawrgosik Camp. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he was "humbled" by a visit to a camp hosting Syrian refugees in Iraq. Alongside UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres and UN Humanitarian Affairs chief Valerie Amos, the Secretary-General expressed solidarity with the displaced people. "I stand here humbled by what I have seen in this Kawrgosik [...]

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Grave human rights violations taking place in the Central African Republic

Listen / A makeshift camp for internally displaced in Bengui. FAO@PHOTO

Widespread human rights violations including extrajudicial killings, sexual violence, mutilations and rape have been taking place in the Central African Republic, according to the UN Human Rights office. A preliminary report by a UN human rights team which has been in the country documents the deliberate targeting of civilians including women and children by militia [...]

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Consumers warned not to "buy into organised crime"

Listen / Counterfeit drugs at a market in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Photo: IRIN/Brahima Ouedraogo

Consumers around the world are being warned that buying counterfeit goods could be funding organized crime as well as putting people's health and safety at risk. A new global campaign launched by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) called "Counterfeit: Don't buy into organised crime" is seeking to raise awareness about the [...]

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