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UN chief urges Syrians to "act decisively" to end the conflict

Listen / Thousands of Syrians stream across the border into Iraq in search of shelter. Photo: UNHCR/G. Gubaeva (file)

The government and opposition in Syria have been urged to act "decisively and courageously" to end the three-year conflict in the country. The call was made by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during a press conference in Montreux where talks on Syria began on Wednesday. Mr. Ban said more than 40 delegations came to the talks [...]

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Global leaders at Davos challenged to end hunger

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Global leaders are arriving at an international forum in Davos, Switzerland and are being told they have a key role in ending hunger across the planet. The World Economic Forum has traditionally been a meeting place for the private sector and governments, but it is also an opportunity for international organizations like the United Nations [...]

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First phase of Syria peace talks conclude in Geneva

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For the first time, the Syrian government and opposition are at the negotiating table in efforts to find a political solution to the crisis in their country. The two sides, bolstered by the international community, are holding talks in Switzerland, aimed at ending three years of conflict that has killed more than 100,000 people. Patrick [...]

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"Zero Hunger is everyone's business" says UN food agency

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The public and private sectors are being urged to contribute to ending hunger around the world. The message is being highlighted as the World Food Programme (WFP) opens its tenth year at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting which began in Davos, Switzerland on Wednesday. It is estimated that globally more than 840 million people [...]

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Iran urged to stop executions

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The Iranian government has been urged to stop what has been described as "the abrupt surge in hangings in the country since the start of 2014." Two UN experts said in a statement that at least 40 people have been reportedly hanged in the first two weeks of January. Ahmed Shaheed the United Nations Special [...]

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Heads of UN relief agencies call for protection of Syrian children

Listen / Syrian children. Credit: UNICEF/UKLA2012-00867/KARIN SKERMBRUCKER

Leaders of United Nations humanitarian agencies and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have called on Syrian parties meeting in Switzerland to take urgent action to protect Syrian children. In a letter written ahead of the meeting, which opened in Montreux on Wednesday, they say over 11,000 Syrian children have already lost their lives. "From shelling of residential [...]

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Syrian warring parties meet face-to-face in Switzerland

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The international conference aimed at ending the civil war in Syria has opened in Montreux, Switzerland on Wednesday with an appeal to both side to engage seriously and constructively in order to end nearly three years of violence. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described the war in Syria as a profound tragedy whose death toll [...]

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Syria peace deal should be human rights-based say UN experts

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Human rights need to be at the centre of a peace deal for Syria according to a group of UN independent experts. Talks over the future of Syria are getting underway in Switzerland on Wednesday aimed at bringing an end to three years of civil war in which over 100,000 people have been killed. On [...]

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Food insecurity worsens in South Sudan as conflict continues

Listen / A thriving agriculture sector is crucial to long-term peace and development in South Sudan.  FAO

Ongoing political instability and fighting could lead to widespread food insecurity and malnutrition in South Sudan. The conflict has not only caused the loss of life and displacement of people, it has also disrupted agricultural development in at least four of the country's ten states. The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is looking at [...]

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UN experts call for human rights-based deal at Syria conference

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United Nations independent human rights experts are calling for a peace conference on Syria to agree on measures to swiftly end violence in the country. In an open letter, the experts advocate for a durable peace in Syria that has the protection of human rights as a core obligation and objective. They pledge to support [...]

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Climate change major focus of World Economic Forum in Davos

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Climate change is set to be a major focus of an international forum which is getting underway in Switzerland on Wednesday. More than 2,500 leaders from about 100 countries, including over 30 heads of state or government are expected to participate in the four-day World Economic Forum in Davos. Representatives of the public, private and [...]

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