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Rockwell mosaic rededicated at United Nations HQ

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A mosaic based on a painting by the American artist Norman Rockwell has been rededicated at the United Nations “The Golden Rule” which was presented to the UN  in 1985 as a gift by the United States, depicts people of different nationalities gathered together. It has become a global symbol of diversity, inclusion and understanding. [...]

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Children killed in "brutal, senseless communal violence" in CAR

Listen / Children in the Central African Republic. OCHA/ Laura Fultang

Children in the Central African Republic are "under assault and being killed in brutal, senseless communal violence" the Executive Director of the UN Children's fund UNICEF said on Tuesday. Thousands of people are thought to have been killed and about a million have fled their homes during months of inter communal violence in the Central [...]

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490 deaths in inter-communal clashes in Kenya in 2013

Listen / An armed herder looks after his cattle near the border town of Moyale, Kenya

At least 490 people lost their lives in ethnic violence in northern Kenya in 2013, according to the UN's humanitarian office, (OCHA). The agency said over 1,200 others were injured and more than 47,000 displaced. It added that there had been a "dramatic escalation" of violence in December. OCHA said that "localized clashes" were due [...]

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Relief efforts continue in Central African Republic

Listen / Food aid arriving at an IDP camp in Bangui, Central African Republic. Photo: IRIN/Nicholas Long

Efforts continue to help end the crisis in the Central African Republic which started in December 2012 when rebels attacked government forces and seized a number of towns and cities. The conflict, which has claimed over 1,000 lives, continues between Christian and Muslim communities. The African-led mission in the country (MISCA) and French forces are [...]

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Food aid flown into besieged Syrian city

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The United Nations has started delivering aid to people trapped in the north of Syria as fighting continues in the country. Over 100,000 people have been killed during the three-year civil war which has pitted the government against opposition forces. Hundreds of thousands are under siege conditions with no access to food. On Tuesday, the [...]

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Lighting initiative seeks to brighten lives of refugees in UN camps

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A two-month campaign to raise funds to provide solar-powered lighting in refugee camps run by the UN has been launched by an international home-furnishings company. The IKEA Foundation will donate just over one US dollar to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) for every LED light bulb it sells in its stores around the world. The [...]

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"No stability" in Yemen unless humanitarian needs met

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Yemen will not enjoy political stability unless the humanitarian needs of its people are met, according to a senior UN official in the country. The Middle-Eastern nation has suffered a series of internal conflicts in recent years, which have led to insecurity and a lack of development. More than half of the population of 25 [...]

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WFP to airlift food aid into CAR due to insecurity on roads

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 UN World Food Programme (WFP) is to start airlifting food aid into the Central African republic, as road transport is becoming unreliable due to insecurity. The plan is to have 2,000 metric tons of food (mostly rice) transported to Bangui over the course of the month from Doula Cameroon. WFP says food stocks in [...]

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Female entrepreneurs in Africa and beyond to gain wider access to mentors and industry

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Women entrepreneurs around the world are being given an opportunity to better connect with experts, peers, networks and potential partners in their industry. A partnership formed between UN Women and the non-profit Mara Foundation during the African Union Summit in Ethiopia, promises to enable, empower and inspire women in business. The two entities will work [...]

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Fact-finding for nuclear power programmes

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More and more countries around the world are looking at nuclear power as an alternative and sustainable source of energy according to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The agency is hosting the annual Infrastructure Development Meeting on Tuesday to discuss challenges and common issues faced in introducing nuclear energy. The meeting includes national governments, [...]

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Challenges of establishing nuclear power programmes under spotlight

Listen / A nuclear power plant under construction. IAEA@PHOTO

Countries around the world that are interested in developing nuclear power programmes are gathering at the United Nations in Vienna on Tuesday. Around 40 nations will attend an annual meeting hosted by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which is focusing on the planning and implementation of nuclear power facilities. The agency says more countries [...]

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