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UNICEF delivers supplies for children in South Sudan

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Relief supplies provided by the UN children's agency (UNICEF) have arrived in South Sudan to help children and women affected by the ongoing conflict in the country. The first of two UNICEF planes, each carrying 35 tonnes of emergency aid landed in Juba on Tuesday morning. Dermot Carty, UNICEF's Deputy Director of Emergency Operations in [...]

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UN human rights chief calls for dialogue to end unrest in Ukraine

Listen / Migrants are human beings with human rights - François Crépeau

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay is calling for dialogue to avoid further escalation of unrest in Ukraine. Thousands of people in the capital, Kiev have been demonstrating since November against what they see as the government's rejection of integration with the European Union. Protests have continued even after the government introduced [...]

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"Constructive dialogue" needed to end surge of violence in Ukraine

Listen / Ravina Shamdasani, UN Human Rights spokesperson

"Constructive dialogue" is needed to avoid the escalation of violence in Ukraine according to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. Clashes between protestors and the police have continued for a second night in the capital, Kiev. The demonstrators are opposed to the government's rejection of a planned treaty with the European Union. [...]

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Lifesaving aid delivered to South Sudan by UNICEF

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A plane loaded with life-saving supplies ranging from medicines to midwifery kits touched down in South Sudan's capital, Juba, on Tuesday morning. It's the first of two planes chartered by the UN children's agency (UNICEF) that are bringing treatments for malaria, pneumonia and other illnesses, for thousands of women and children across the country. More [...]

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Chemical weapons in Syria a reminder that disarmament must continue

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United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has urged an international disarmament conference to work at overcoming the impasse that has stalled its programme of work. He said the recent use of chemical weapons in Syria was a stark reminder of the need to confront the dangers of all weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons. [...]

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Displaced students in South Sudan celebrate exams

Listen / Youth taking their Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) in UN bases in Juba, South Sudan. Their exams, scheduled for 16 December, were disrupted by fighting last year. UNMISS/Isaac Alebe Avoro Lu'ba

It's perhaps not often that young people celebrate being able to sit examinations, but that's exactly what 400 school students in South Sudan have been doing. Primary school exams were due to have begun in the capital Juba in December but they were disrupted just as fighting spread across the city. Thousands of students fled [...]

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Disarmament forum urged to be "a driving force" for a safer world

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivers his statement at the Opening of the 2014 Session of the Conference on Disarmament.UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

A disarmament conference could be what the UN Secretary-General has described as a "driving force for building a safer world and a better future." Ban Ki-moon is in Geneva where he addressed the Conference on Disarmament, the international forum which looks at all multilateral arms control and disarmament issues—including preventing nuclear war. Negotiations on its [...]

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UNICEF delivers humanitarian supplies in South Sudan

Listen / Civilians at the UN House compound on the southwestern outskirts of Juba, South Sudan. (UN Photo/Julio Brathwaite)

The UN children's agency (UNICEF) is on Tuesday providing humanitarian supplies to the people in need in conflict-torn South Sudan. The supplies being delivered by a United Nations charter plane include medicines and medical equipment for children, midwifery kits as well as water and sanitation equipment. The delivery of the supplies is part of the [...]

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New resistant wheat varieties halt spread of deadly disease


Kenya has made a major breakthrough in finding new varieties of wheat that are resistant to a devastating fungal disease. Black Stem Rust affects cereals, especially wheat and can cause complete crop failure if fungicides are not sprayed on time. A strain of the disease known as UG99 is spreading rapidly throughout the world, causing [...]

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