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Situation in Gaza deteriorates because of renewed tensions: UN envoy

Listen / Rafah Crossing between Gaza and Egypt. Photo: IRIN/Ahmed Dalloul

The top UN envoy for the Middle East region has expressed his concern about the deteriorating social and economic conditions in Gaza. Robert Serry, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, shared his observations with the press during his visit to the Strip on Wednesday. In the past two months, said Mr. [...]

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Asia leads in imports and exports of ICT goods: UN Trade agency

Listen / Laptops, mobile phones, etc

The total of worldwide imports of information and communication technology (ICT) products reached about $2 trillion in 2012, according to the latest data released by the UN trade agency UNCTAD. The Global Imports of ICT goods report puts mobile phones, smartphones, laptops, tablets, chips and microchips among the top products traded globally. The Asian developing [...]

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States urged to change negative stereotypes of women

Listen / Dubravka Šimonović

Countries around the world are being urged to change the negative stereotypes of women which persist in male-dominated cultures. The call has come from a member of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) which is currently holding its 57th session in Geneva. The session is reviewing reports from seven [...]

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Protection of civilians "unheeded"

Listen / Civilians seeking protection at the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) compound adjacent to Juba International Airport. UN Photo/Rolla Hinedi

The need to protect civilians in time of conflict is often going "unheeded" according to a senior United Nations official. As violence continues in Syria, South Sudan and the Central African Republic, the UN is turning its attention on how best to protect civilians. The Security Council on Wednesday discussed the effective implementation of protection [...]

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Protection of civilians transcends politics: United Kingdom

Listen / UN vehicles lead the evacuation from the Old City of Homs, Syria, during a three-day "humanitarian pause" in early February 2014. Photo: Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC)/B. AlHafez

The protection of civilians by the United Nations in times of conflict has to be undertaken at an early stage if people are not to suffer human rights abuses. United Kingdom's Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Peter Wilson made the remarks during a Security Council debate on the protection of civilians. Ambassador Wilson [...]

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Darfur armed groups with AU-UN joint mediator in Kampala

Listen / Mohamed Ibn Chambas

The leaders of three main armed opposition groups in Darfur have wrapped up a meeting with the head of the African Union- United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), Mohamed Ibn Chambas. The meeting is a follow-up on the outcomes of a technical workshop on peace and security in Darfur held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in [...]

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UN publishes key data on recruitment and use of child soldiers

Listen / Children wait for water at a school where they have taken shelter from the increasingly brutal sectarian violence in the Central African Republic. Photo: IRIN/Hannah McNeish

Children continue to be used in three conflicts around the world, according to data published by the UN to mark the International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers. The Office of the Special Representative for Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) featured the Central African Republic (CAR), South [...]

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Food reserves in CAR dangerously low

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 /

Farmers in the Central African Republic are in urgent need of seeds and essential tools for the March planting season if they are to help avert a full-scale food and nutrition crisis in the country, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Food reserves in the country are almost exhausted due to low [...]

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Secretary-General shocked by reports of massacre in Syria

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The UN Secretary-General has expressed shock at learning about reports of what he is calling "yet another massacre" in Syria. A statement released by his spokesperson confirmed that "dozens of civilians" are said to have been brutally killed on 9 February in the Syrian village of Ma'an. Ban Ki-moon condemned in the strongest terms all [...]

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Fisheries, the potential to boost Africa's economies

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Small-scale fisheries in Africa have long played an important role in providing food and livelihoods to people in coastal and rural areas. However, some African countries don't have the capacity to make full use of the resources in their deep waters. In fact, foreign unlicensed trawlers exploit this weakness and enter African waters to engage [...]

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State of global press freedom report released at UN

A man holding up a sign which says "Stop killing journalists".

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) will present the 2014 edition of its annual assessment on the state of press freedom at the United Nations in New York. The launch of the report entitled "Attacks on the Press: Journalism on the World's Frontlines" will be followed by a briefing to the press. The event is [...]

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Young South Korean entrepreneur creates rural jobs

Listen / Suk Moo Lee

The future for many young people looking for jobs in Asia could be in rural areas rather than in cities, according to some economists working on employment issues. Typically, the scarcity of rural jobs has driven young people to urban areas in search of employment, but that trend could be reversed as more opportunities are [...]

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