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Aid workers face threats in South Sudan says UN humanitarian chief

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  Humanitarian workers are being obstructed in their work in South Sudan, according to the head of UN humanitarian operations. Valerie Amos  concluded a three-day visit to the country that has been plagued by fighting between government and rebel forces since December last year. Ms. Amos told reporters in the capital Juba that aid agencies [...]

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UNICEF tackles water hygiene in Cambodia

Listen / Constructing a toilet in Cambodia. Photo: UNICEF

Improving hygiene and protecting water sources from contamination, remain key challenges for Cambodia. According to the UN Children's agency (UNICEF) less than one in three Cambodians have access to latrines and hand washing facilities, one of the lowest rates in South East Asia. Cambodia is among the country's that remain off-track to meet the Millennium [...]

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No expectations for "substantive" progress in Syria talks

Listen / Lakhdar Brahimi

The joint UN and Arab League Envoy for Syria has said that he does not expect "substantive" progress in peace talks taking place in Geneva. Lakdhar Brahimi is acting as a mediator between the Syrian government and opposition forces who have been fighting a civil war for the past three years. Over 100,000 people have [...]

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Global learning crisis costs governments $129 billion a year

Listen / Afghan school children attend class  (UN Photo/Fardin Waezi)

Governments around the world are losing $129 billion a year on poor quality education that is failing to ensure that children learn. That's according to a report launched by the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Wednesday. The report says that 10 per cent of global spending on poor quality education leaves one in [...]

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Security Council discusses lessons of war and search for permanent peace

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Conflicts inside countries whose fall-out the United Nations is often tasked with finding a solution for, are reoccurring too often. That's what the head of the UN Department of Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman told the Security Council on Wednesday as it discussed war, its lessons and the search for a permanent peace. Mr. Feltman cited [...]

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African Union Summit focuses on agriculture and food security

Listen / Farmers at work on a sisal pilot plantation in Africa

African leaders are arriving in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa to discuss the future development of the continent. The 22nd African Union summit will bring together heads of state and government under the theme "2014 Year of Agriculture and Food Security." It's expected the ongoing political unrest in South Sudan and the Central African Republic [...]

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Return to "normal development agenda" in Afghanistan

Listen / Jan Kubiš, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Afghanistan.

Afghanistan has the opportunity to focus on a normal development agenda following many years of instability according to the head of the UN Mission in the country (UNAMA). Ján Kubiš, told a meeting on Wednesday, that there have been dramatic improvements in the lives of the Afghan people. Education and health as well as infrastructure [...]

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Reconnecting families in South Sudan with cell phones

Listen / 2009. A young man, who was separated from his family by the war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is reunited with his loved ones. 
© ICRC/VII / Ron Haviv

The recent conflict in South Sudan has caused the mass displacement of people as they try to find a safe refuge away from the fighting. Many families have been split up in the confusion and fear that often accompanies instability caused by armed violence. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has reconnected more [...]

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Girls in Philippines protected from gender-based violence

Listen / 18 year old Evelyn, shown here with her family, was a victim of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.  She is pregnant with their second child.

Women and girls displaced by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines are being advised on how to protect themselves from gender-based violence. Tens of thousands of women and girls are currently still not living at home following the typhoon which killed thousands of people and left millions homeless. Many are living in crowded evacuation centres, where [...]

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General Assembly President in Olympic Truce appeal

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An appeal to end conflicts across the world is due to be made on Wednesday by the President of the General Assembly ahead of the Winter Olympic Games. John Ashe will follow a tradition started in 1994 in which the President of the Assembly makes a Solemn Appeal for the observance of a truce during [...]

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