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Policy on climate change "inevitable", says UN official

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A policy to address the issue of climate change at the international and national level has been described as "inevitable." That's what Christina Figueres, the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) told reporters on Wednesday. She spoke as more than 500 global financial leaders gathered at UN headquarters in New [...]

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Syria pledging conference "resounding success"

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A UN-led pledging conference held in Kuwait to raise funds for the humanitarian crisis caused by the civil war in Syria has been called a "resounding success." More than $2.4 billion was raised for the largest humanitarian appeal ever made by the United Nations. Eleven million people have been affected by the ongoing conflict in [...]

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Pledging conference for Syria aims to raise $6.5 billion

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The United Nations is making its largest ever appeal for funds to help more than 11 million people who have been affected by the three-year conflict in Syria. At the second international pledging conference for Syria which took place in Kuwait on Wednesday, the United Nations aimed to raise $6.5 billion to respond to the [...]

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Palestinian aid convoy to Syria turned back after shots fired

Listen / Yarmouk camp for Palestinian refugees in the Syrian capital Damascus. Photo: IRIN/Gabriela Keller

A convoy of relief supplies destined for Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria has been forced to turn back after being diverted into an area of armed conflict. The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) says that the Syrian authorities forced the convoy to drive some 20 kilometres through an area of intense [...]

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Pledging conference concludes in Kuwait

Listen / International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria.UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

A total of $2.4 billion has been pledged at a conference in Kuwait to support humanitarian work for Syria. Representatives of the United Nations, its partner agencies and donor countries gathered in the Gulf country for a pledging conference for Syria. The United Nations has made its largest ever humanitarian appeal to help more than [...]

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Same-sex Marriage ban in Nigeria "may fuel prejudice and violence"

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A ban on same-sex marriages in Nigeria may lead to "prejudice and violence" the UN Secretary-General is warning. The Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act which was recently signed into Nigerian law introduces a wide range of offences which are in breach of fundamental human rights. They include 14-year jail terms for same-sex couples who live together [...]

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$2.4 billion pledged for Syria humanitarian aid

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A total of $2.4 billion has been pledged to support humanitarian aid for Syria at a United Nations-led conference in Kuwait according to an initial assessment . Speaking after the event, the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon said that the promises of financial contributions made by countries and organisations proved that the "people devastated by the [...]

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Peacekeeping reinforcements arrive in South Sudan

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The first peacekeepers have arrived in the South Sudanese capital, Juba, as part of a reinforcement programme for the United Nations mission there. The group of 25 Nepalese soldiers was deployed from the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). Three-hundred and fifty more Nepalese troops will arrive from Haiti by the end of the month. [...]

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Lebanon praised for keeping borders open to refugees

Listen / Opening of the International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria.UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Lebanon has been praised by the United Nations for keeping its borders open to refugees fleeing the ongoing violence in Syria. Currently over 900,000 refugees are being sheltered in the country, stretching resources to the limit. Dereck Plumbly is the UN Coordinator in Lebanon. "Lebanon has kept its borders open. Lebanon has been a safe [...]

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Attacks on civilians in Syria "unrelenting" says Secretary-General

Listen / This little girl escaped Syria with her family and is now in an overcrowded camp in the town of Harmanli, 50 kilometres from the Turkish-Bulgarian border,  UNHCR/D. Kashavelov

Attacks on civilians and their homes in Syria are "unrelenting" according to the Secretary General of the United Nations. Speaking in Kuwait at a pledging conference for humanitarian aid for the region, Ban Ki-moon said that he was "especially concerned that the sides are using violence against women and girls to degrade and dehumanize their [...]

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Trial of four men accused of murder of Lebanese PM underway in The Hague

Listen / Special Tribunal for Lebanon. Photo: Vincent van Zeijst

The trial of four suspects accused of murdering the former Prime Minister of Lebanon is due to get underway on Thursday at a UN-backed tribunal in The Hague. Rafiq Hariri and the 22 others were killed on 14 February 2005 after a massive car bomb exploded as his motorcade passed through central Beirut. The four [...]

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Early warning and mass atrocities: lessons from the Rwanda genocide

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As the world prepares to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, countries are being urged to take action to prevent such crimes from occurring. The call comes from Dr. Simon Adams, Executive Director of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect. He says "concrete steps" include ratifying an international treaty on genocide [...]

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World urged to learn from Rwanda genocide to prevent future atrocities

Listen / Secretary-General on a tour of the Rwanda Genocide Memorial Museum (29/01/2008) UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

As the world prepares to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, countries are being urged to take action to prevent such crimes from occurring. The call comes from Dr. Simon Adams, Executive Director of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect. He says "concrete steps" include ratifying an international treaty on genocide [...]

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