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UN humanitarian chief meets displaced people in South Sudan

Listen / UN Emergency Relief and Humanitarian Coordinator Valerie Amos

A group of women in South Sudan has told the UN humanitarian chief that they fear returning home because of insecurity. Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, arrived in the capital, Juba on Monday. South Sudan has beset by conflict between government and rebel forces since December last year. Nearly 76,000 displaced people have sought shelter [...]

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Situation in Central African Republic worsening

Listen / Beneficiaries receive food from volunteers of the Central African Red Cross during an ICRC distribution near Obo town, in Haut Mbomou. © ICRC / M. Kokic /

The situation in the Central African Republic is worsening as fighting resumes between former Séléka rebels and militias. The warning comes from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva. Cecile Pouilly, Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights says a number of former Séléka and Muslim civilians are reported [...]

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Envoy asks Syrian parties to allow women and children to leave besieged Homs

Listen / UN and Arab League Special Envoy Lakdhar Brahimi

Women and children are still trapped of Homs in Syria despite an agreement by the government to allow them to come out of the besieged city. That's what the joint UN-Arab League envoy for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi said on Monday as the talks to end the conflict in Syria continued in Geneva. Mr. Brahimi spoke [...]

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Progress on humanitarian situation in Syria "limited"

Listen / Lakhdar Brahimi Press Conference January 27, 2014

Peace talks on Syria have been continuing in Geneva as government and opposition negotiators resume face-to-face discussions on the future of the conflict-ravaged country. Over 100,000 people have been killed in the three year civil war. And around 11 million people are in need of humanitarian aid  in and outside the country. The two delegations [...]

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UN chief visits Cuba for meeting with regional leaders

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Cuba is undergoing "an important transformation process" and the United Nations is looking at how it can help in this process. That's what UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on his arrival in the Cuban capital, Havana over the weekend for a summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC). The Secretary-General said [...]

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Security Council adopts resolution on terrorist kidnapping for ransom

Listen / Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant of the United Kingdom

Countries around the world have been told that they must prevent terrorists from benefiting directly or indirectly from ransom payments in kidnap situations. A resolution was passed by the United Nations Security Council on Monday which reaffirms the obligations on Member States to deal with terrorist finances in accordance with previous resolutions introduced after the [...]

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Central African Republic at "critical juncture"

Listen / This woman and girl in Bangui are among the more than 900,000 people displaced by violence in Central African Republic. © UNHCR/H.Reichenberger

The Central African Republic is at a critical juncture, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay warned on Monday. The country has been plagued by an ongoing crisis that started when rebels attacked government forces in December 2012….And the fighting is continuing. The conflict has divided the Muslim against Christian communities. One [...]

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Philippine coconut farmers count cost after loss of 33 million trees

Listen / The Philippines is one of the largest producers of coconuts.  Communities in and around Guiuan are heavily dependent on the coconut industry.  OCHA/Gemma Cortes

Coconut farmers in the Philippines are counting the cost caused by Typhoon Haiyan which swept across the country three months ago flattening millions of trees. The country's second largest coconut-producing region, Eastern Visayas, was one of the areas most affected. Thirty-three million trees were damaged or destroyed there leaving more than a million coconut farmers [...]

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Syria peace talks enter crucial stage on Monday

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Syrian peace talks resumed in Geneva on Monday, with the government and opposition groups expected to start negotiations in line with the June 2012 Geneva communiqué, which calls for the establishment of a transitional authority with executive powers. The two groups held face to face meetings on Saturday and Sunday under the chairmanship of the joint [...]

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Victims of Holocaust remembered on 27 January

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"The Holocaust stands as a searing reminder of the perils of discrimination and intolerance, and of just how powerful and deadly the incitement to racial hatred can be." That's the message of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, for the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust observed [...]

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DRC expected to be free of landmines within 5 years

Listen / A peacekeeper from Indonesia is demonstrating the operation of a landmine clearance robot to a local population in the DRC.  UN Photo/Martine Perret

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is expected to be free of landmines within four or five years according to the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS). However, as fighting continues to flare up in the conflict-ridden east of the country, the problem of unexploded ordinance is set to continue. UNMAS is responsible for coordinating [...]

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