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UN humanitarian chief sees "absolute devastation" in South Sudan town


The head of UN humanitarian operations has been talking of the "absolute devastation" she has witnessed in the South Sudanese town of Malakal. On her second day in the conflict-torn country on Tuesday, Valerie Amos visited the capital of Upper Nile State situated about 500 km  north of the capital Juba. The conflict between government [...]

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Tunisia urged to ensure independent institutions are strong

Ravina Shamdasani, UN Human Rights spokesperson

Authorities in Tunisia have been urged to make sure that the country has independent institutions that promote full respect for human rights. On Sunday the Tunisian parliament adopted a new constitution after months of discussions and debates. It is the first constitution since the revolt overthrew the government of President Ben Ali three years ago. [...]

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European Union to join operation in Central African Republic

Security Council Chamber

The European Union has been given the go-ahead to join African Union and French forces to help bring peace to the Central African Republic. The Security Council on Tuesday adopted a resolution authorizing the deployment of the operation. The Central African Republic is in the grips of a conflict between Muslim and Christian communities. Ambassador [...]

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UN Radio News 28 January 2014

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45,000 migrants risked lives in Mediterranean in 2013: IOM

Migrants arriving on Italy's Lampedusa Island after crossing the Mediterranean on a dilapidated boat. [UNHCR/F.Noy]

Over 45,000 migrants risked their lives crossing the Mediterranean to Italy and Malta in 2013 according to the International Organization for Migration, (IOM). The arrivals are the highest since 2008, with the exception of 2011 – the year of the Libyan crisis. Most of the migrants came from Syria followed by Eritrea and Somalia. Over [...]

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First ever Atlas on palliative care published by UN health agency

Global Atlas of Palliative Care at the End of Life

Only one in 10 people who need medical pain relief actually receives it according to a publication released on Tuesday. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance (WPCA) have jointly published the "Global Atlas of Palliative Care at the End of Life." WHO says palliative care is more than just pain [...]

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Education "greatest" role of UN to prevent genocide says Spielberg

Filmmaker Steven Spielberg poses for a photo with Holocaust survivor, Rena Finder, at this year's International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust on the theme, "Journeys through the Holocaust".

The internationally known film director, Steven Spielberg, has told the United Nations that the "greatest" role the organization can play to prevent genocide is to educate people. Mr Spielberg has been participating in events at the UN marking the 70th anniversary of the deportation of over half a million Jews from Hungary to the German [...]

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UNHCR urges continued protection for asylum seekers from Somalia

The United Nations refugee agency has renewed its appeal for countries not to forcibly return Somalis back to their country. UNHCR says although security has improved in some parts of southern and central Somalia including the capital Mogadishu, armed conflict and human rights abuses mainly perpetrated by the Al Shabaab militant group continues. The agency [...]

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Humanitarian supplies yet to enter Homs

Children in Syria

United Nations aid agencies in Syria are yet to receive the necessary security guarantees to enable them deliver urgently needed humanitarian assistance to civilians trapped in the old city of Homs. The World Food Programme (WFP) said it was ready to deliver 500 family rations and 500 bags of wheat flour, enough to feed 2,500 [...]

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Human trafficking campaign targets US Super Bowl

A campaign highlighting the issue of human trafficking

A campaign highlighting the issue of human trafficking has taken to the streets of New York. It's in the form of a huge colourful gift box and has been timed to coincide with one of the biggest sporting events in the US…the Super Bowl. Led by a United Nations NGO committee, the Global Initiative to [...]

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Yemen faces "deteriorating humanitarian crisis"

As part of nutrition screening in Yemen, each child's height is measured upon arrival at the health clinic.   WFP/Fares Khoailed

The people of Yemen are being encouraged to be more self-sufficient to get through what has been described as a "deteriorating humanitarian crisis". High food and fuel prices, rising poverty, a breakdown of social services, diminishing resources as well as internal conflict and political instability have all fed into the crisis. Now around ten million [...]

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