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Talks on Syria to proceed without Iran's participation

Martin Nesirky

The talks to resolve the ongoing crisis in Syria scheduled to take place in Montreaux, Switzerland on Wednesday will proceed without Iran. The announcement was made by UN Spokesperson, Martin Nesirky on Monday following a public statement made by Iran that it does not consider the Communiqué of 30 June 2012 as the basis for [...]

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International tourism exceeds expectations: UNWTO

Caribbean beach

International tourist arrivals grew by 5% in 2013, reaching a record 1,087 million arrivals, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Despite global economic challenges, international tourism results were well above expectations, with an additional 52 million international tourists travelling the world in 2013. For 2014, UNWTO forecasts 4% to 4.5% growth – again, [...]

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UN chief calls for "bold decisions for peace" in Middle East

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Israeli and Palestinian leaders have been urged to prepare their people for what has been described as "bold decisions and painful compromises for peace." The call came from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his address to the Security Council on Monday as it discussed the situation in the Middle East. Secretary-General Ban said 2014 will [...]

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Economic recovery not strong enough to boost employment

ILO

Almost 202 million people were unemployed in 2013 following uneven economic growth across the world, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO). The ILO's Global Employment Trends 2014 is predicting that the number of people looking for jobs will continue to grow over the next 12 months Ekkehard Ernst is the head of the unemployment [...]

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Human Rights Council looks at crisis in the CAR

Central African Republic crisis

The Central African Republic is in freefall, according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. His comments came in a statement to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council which on Monday held a special session on the CAR where speakers called for greater efforts to prevent an all-out sectarian conflict. The crisis in the CAR began more than [...]

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UN Daily News 20 January 2014

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UN agriculture agency calls for vigilance as bird flu increases in China

The A(H7N9)  virus continues to circulate in chickens without showing any visible clinical signs.  FAO

Countries neighbouring China have been urged to remain vigilant as A(H7N9) strain of bird flu virus increases in China. The warning has come from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) which also notes that Chinese New Year celebrations are approaching. The agency warns that the festivities for the occasion provide opportunity for the further [...]

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UN pays respect to four UN staff members killed in Afghanistan

UN flag at half mast.

The United Nations flag is flying at half-mast on Monday as a mark of respect for the four staff members killed in a bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan on Friday. The UN officials were among the more than 20 people who lost their lives in the attack by a suicide bomber and gunmen in a [...]

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Sports to improve employment opportunities for women

A girl dribbles a ball during basketball practice in Mogadishu, Somalia. UN Photo/Tobin Jones

Women can overcome obstacles that prevent them getting into the job market by engaging more in sports, according to the International Labour Organisation (ILO). Young people are up to three times more likely to be unemployed than adults, but women in particular face more barriers to work than their male peers. Duration:  2’59″

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CAR on the edge of an all-out sectarian conflict

Human Rights Council

Urgent measures need to be taken to defuse the spiralling sectarian and inter communal violence in the Central African Republic according to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Navi Pillay says the lack of a legitimate state authority and the absolute impunity for human rights violations are issues of grave concern. Addressing the UN [...]

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UN-Central African Republic a crisis of epic proportions

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

The situation in the Central African Republic is a crisis of epic proportions which requires immediate and concerted action, by the international community, according to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. In a statement to the UN Human Rights Council at the start of a special session on the Central African Republic, the Secretary [...]

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Australian pilots play vital logistical role in UN South Sudan Mission

Photo: UNMISS/Irene Scott

Pilots from Australia have been playing a crucial role in South Sudan as the United Nations ramps up its peacekeeping and humanitarian operations. South Sudan is now in its fifth week of unrest. Fighting broke out mid-December when forces loyal to the former Vice President clashed with the national army. Instability has now spread to [...]

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Human rights on agenda as genocide threat hangs over CAR

Adama Dieng

The human rights situation in the Central African Republic is being discussed by experts in Geneva on Monday. A Special Session of the UN Human Rights Council was called as the country continues to suffer a humanitarian and political crisis. Thousands of people are thought to have been killed and over 900,000 have been driven [...]

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Human Rights Council focuses on Central African Republic

Adama Dieng

Human rights experts are due to discuss the situation in the Central African Republic with a special session on Monday of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Last week, the UN said there was a real chance of genocide occurring in the country, as inter-communal violence continues between Christians and Muslims. Adama Dieng, the [...]

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