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UN chief condemns deadly attack on Kabul restaurant

Listen / UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) UN Photo/Christophe Verhellen

At least 14 people have been killed including three UN staff after a suicide bomber detonated a device in a restaurant in central Kabul in Afghanistan. An unknown number of people including Afghans and foreign nationals were also injured. The attack, which took place on Friday evening was condemned by the UN Secretary-General as "horrific." [...]

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Syrian women push for equal participation in peace process

Listen / Sylvie Lucas

Syrian women have been briefing the Security Council ahead of talks scheduled to take place in Switzerland next week aimed at finding a solution to the ongoing conflict in Syria. Ambassador Sylvie Lucas, the Permanent Representative of Luxembourg, a non-permanent member of the Council, told reporters that the women spoke about the challenges they face [...]

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Children recover after being released from armed groups in CAR

Listen / A young girl stands outside a UNICEF-supported child-friendly space in Bossangoa, Central African Republic (CAR). Photo: UNICEF

Twenty-three children in the Central African Republic are recovering in a UN-supported recovery centre after being released by armed groups in the capital, Bangui. The children, including six girls, are between 14 and 17 years old. The UN Children's fund, UNICEF, which helped to secure their release, says the violence and insecurity in CAR makes [...]

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UN agriculture agency turns critical eye on mechanization of agriculture

Listen / Machinery's role in an environmentally sustainable future is one of the issues covered in the publication. FAO@PHOTO

The farm machinery of tomorrow will have to contribute to agriculture that is environmentally sustainable, according to a new book published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The book titled "Mechanization for rural development, a review of patterns and progress from around the world" explores the rise in the use of machinery in [...]

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$86 million allocated for neglected humanitarian crises

Listen / Valerie Amos

Eighty-six million dollars has been allocated by the United Nations humanitarian chief, Valerie Amos, for operations in some of the world's worst, yet neglected crises. The money, earmarked for 10 countries, comes from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) established by the UN General Assembly to make funding for humanitarian emergencies faster and more equitable. [...]

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Conditions for Palestinian refugees in Syrian camp "unimaginably harsh"

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Palestinian refugees sheltering in a camp situated in Syria are living in what has been described as "unimaginably harsh" conditions. The UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, says much of the Yarmouk camp has been destroyed by the ongoing civil war in Syria. 18,000 Palestinians still live in Yarmouk, down from 160,000 before the conflict [...]

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South Sudan "horrifying” humanitarian, human rights “disaster"

Listen / Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonovic (right) visits Bentiu and Bor in South Sudan. Photo: UNMISS/Patrick Morrison

South Sudan is developing into a "horrifying humanitarian and human rights disaster" according to a senior UN official who has completed a four-day visit to the country. UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović said on Friday that mass atrocities had been committed by both sides. Africa's newest country has been riven by internal [...]

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UN chief urges leaders to act responsibly to stop conflicts

Listen / UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Leaders around the word have been urged to act responsibly to stop conflicts and to contribute to the resolution of global problems. The call was made on Friday by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his address to the General Assembly on challenges facing the United Nations. He touched on a number of issues, including ongoing [...]

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Humanitarian community calls for access to all areas in need in Syria

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The international humanitarian community is calling on the participants in peace talks on Syria next week to lift the restrictions on Yarmouk refugee camp and all areas of humanitarian need in Syria. Around 50 agencies have issued a statement expressing their concern about the plight of the people in the refugee camp which was home [...]

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WOMEN: Syrian women activists express hopes for peace

Listen / Once these Syrian women have registered in Arsal, it will be easier to receive aid and protection.  UNHCR/M. Hofer

Syrian women are hoping that next week's international conference in Geneva will be a "serious step" towards ending the violence and bloodshed in their homeland.  Their expectations are laid out in a document resulting from a two-day meeting in Geneva convened by UN Women and the Netherlands government. Sports to improve employment opportunities for women [...]

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UN human rights official talks of "horror" in South Sudan

Listen / Ivan Šimonović

The conflict in South Sudan has turned into a horrifying humanitarian and human rights disaster, according to a senior United Nations human rights official. UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Šimonović concluded a five-day visit to the country on Friday. He says mass atrocities have been committed by both sides with thousands of people [...]

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Syrian women activists express hopes for peace

Listen / Syrian women activists speak at UN Women press conference. UNWOMEN@PHOTO

Syrian women are hoping that next week's international conference in Geneva will be a "serious step" towards ending the violence and bloodshed in their homeland. Their expectations are laid out in a document resulting from a two-day meeting in Geneva convened by UN Women and the Netherlands government. The meeting is part of the UN [...]

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UNHCR seeking more camps for South Sudanese refugees in East Africa

Listen / Evening approaches at the Dzaipi transit centre in northern Uganda, where UNHCR has erected tents for many of the refugees. UNHCR/F.Noy

The number of South Sudanese refugees crossing into neighbouring countries, is expected to exceed 100,000 by the end of January, according to the UN refugee agency UNHCR. Since mid-December, when the conflict erupted in South Sudan, over 86,000 South Sudanese have crossed into Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya. UNHCR teams are working to establish a number [...]

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6,000 child soldiers fighting in the CAR

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

The number of children recruited into armed groups in the Central African Republic may be as high as 6,000, according to the United Nations Children's fund UNICEF. UNICEF says the violence and insecurity in CAR makes children more vulnerable to recruitment, particularly if they are separated from their families, displaced from their homes or have [...]

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UN CALLING ASIA: Expert fears political deadlock affecting human rights in Cambodia

Listen / UN Special Rapporteur Surya Subedi

An independent expert on the human rights situation in Cambodia is concerned that a political impasse stemming from last year's elections is having a detrimental impact on peace and prosperity. UN Special Rapporteur Surya Subedi has concluded his latest mission to the country where he met with Prime Minister Hun Sen, opposition representatives and members [...]

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