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New UNEP report warns about unsustainable land use

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Unsustainable use of land around the world is threatening to degrade millions of hectares of natural land, nearly the size of Brazil, according to a new United Nations report. The report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) titled "Assessing Global Land Use: Balancing Consumption with Sustainable Supply" was produced by the International Resource Panel. The [...]

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UN nuclear agency to increase verification activities in Iran

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The United Nations nuclear agency needs to increase its activities to verify that Iran is not pursuing a nuclear weapons programme. That's what Yukiya Amano, the Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), told its Board of Directors in Vienna, Austria, on Friday. He reminded the Board that on 24 November 2013 China, France, [...]

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Syrian government and opposition to meet in same room on Saturday

Listen / Lakhdar Brahimi, UN and Arab League envoy for Syria

Delegations of the Syrian government and opposition have agreed to meet in the same room for the first time in Geneva on Saturday. The announcement was made by the joint United Nations-Arab League envoy for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi after meeting both delegations on Friday. The talks to end the three year-conflict in Syria started in [...]

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Peace talks continue on Syria

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The warring parties in Syria are expected to hold negotiations for the first time on Saturday in a bid to bring peace to the war-ravaged country. The three-year conflict has claimed the lives of more than 100,000 people and left 11 million others in need of humanitarian assistance. Derrick Mbatha has more. Duration: 2’36″

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Aid agencies welcome South Sudan ceasefire

Listen / A teenager displaced by recent violence washes clothes in a basin at the UNMISS compound, which has become a makeshift camp for Nuer people.  UNHCR/K. McKinsey

A ceasefire between the South Sudan government and rebel forces, has been welcomed by United Nations aid agencies. An agreement was made at peace talks in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa which aims to bring to an end weeks of conflict which has forced more than half a million people to flee their homes. Daniel [...]

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UN chief underlines need to tackle climate change

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Tackling climate change will help to promote sustainable development, according to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. He told an event on climate change organized at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Friday that climate change has been on the global agenda for many years but there hasn't been "satisfactory progress" on how to [...]

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Loss of land threaten food security, says UN Environment Programme

Listen / Up to 849 million hectares of natural land  may be degraded by 2050 - UNEP

Hundreds of millions of hectares of natural land, nearly the size of Brazil, may be degraded by 2050 should current trends of unsustainable land use continue. The warning comes from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in a report released at the World Economic Forum underway in Davos, Switzerland. The agency says the need to [...]

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UNRWA leads campaign for access to Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria

Listen / Three-day social media campaign to allow aid to a camp for Palestinian refugees in Syria.  UNRWA

A three-day global social media campaign has been launched to demand that parties to the Syrian conflict allow aid to a camp for Palestinian refugees in Syria. It is led by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) and it is supported by celebrities like Mia Farrow, Hugh Grant and Arab Idol [...]

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Ceasefire in South Sudan welcomed but many still need assistance

Listen / South Sudanese refugees waiting in line to get food at the Dzaipi transit centre in Uganda.© UNHCR/F.Noy

Aid agencies have welcomed the signing of a ceasefire between South Sudan government and rebel forces, but say thousands of displaced people are still in desperate need of humanitarian assistance. United Nations refugee agency UNHCR expressed hope that the ceasefire will be implemented quickly to avert further displacement within and outside South Sudan. The UN [...]

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Syria peace talks continue in Geneva

Listen / Lakhdar Brahimi

Bilateral meetings to bring Syria's warring parties to the negotiating table continue in Geneva. The UN and Arab league special envoy Lakdhar Brahimi is meeting the Syrian government and the opposition Syria’s National Coalition separately. The two sides are expected to meet face to face on Friday to start negotiations aimed at ending the three [...]

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South Sudan conflict: One family's "Problem"

Listen / A baby girl born during the conflict whose name, when translated, is

The ongoing insecurity in South Sudan has forced more than a half a million citizens to flee their homes. To cope with this influx of people, both within and outside the country, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is expanding existing refugee camps while establishing new ones. South Sudan became an independent nation in 2011 but [...]

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Resilience of Philippines praised after typhoon

Listen / The Philippine government and a number of organizations launched recovery programmes.  UNDP contributes by operating Cash-for-Work projects in Tacloban, Palo and Roxas . (PHOTO: UNDP)

The people of the Philippines have been praised for their ability to recover from the deadly typhoon which devastated parts of the country just over two months ago. Typhoon Haiyan which struck the country last November killed nearly 6000 people and displaced millions more. The United Nations has been heavily engaged in the recovery effort [...]

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Syrian government and opposition to meet face-to-face in Geneva

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

Delegations of the Syrian government and the opposition are expected to meet face-to-face in Geneva on Friday to start talks to end the crisis in their country. The three-year conflict has claimed the lives of more than 100,000 people and left 11 million others in need of humanitarian assistance. On Wednesday a conference was held [...]

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WOMEN: South Sudan conflict: One family's "Problem"

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Insecurity in South Sudan has forced upwards of half a million citizens to flee their homes. The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is expanding existing refugee camps while establishing new ones. UNHCR's Edith Champagne tells the story of a baby girl born during the conflict whose name, when translated, means "Problem." Indigenous youth promote dialogue on [...]

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UNCA: UN officials thank Iraq for hosting Syrian refugees

Listen / Secretary-General visits Kawrgosik Camp. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

During a recent mission to Iraq, the UN Secretary-General visited the Kawrgosik refugee camp, home to an estimated 5,000 Syrian refugees. Ban Ki-moon thanked the Iraqi authorities for hosting these thousands of desperate people who have fled the ongoing conflict in their homeland. Activist calls for greater action to combat HIV in indigenous communities Indigenous [...]

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