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UN in Congo concerned about human rights violations in North Kivu

Displaced children in DRC

The UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, MONUSCO, says it's concerned about reports of gross human rights violations. They include a summary execution of more than 70 men and women committed in two villages in the North Kivu province. The reports suggest that the executions were allegedly committed mainly by armed groups [...]

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CAR gets an additional $10 million to support critical aid operations

Food distribution by CAR Red Cross in Obo town @ICRC/M Kokic

The Central African Republic (CAR) has been allotted $10 million in additional funds to support critical life-saving aid operations The money came from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), which is in humanitarian emergencies . The Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Valerie Amos who allocated the funds, explained that the needs in the country are tremendous [...]

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Russia and US reaffirm support for Syria peace process

UN and Arab League Special Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi

Russia and the United States have reaffirmed their support for the peace process aimed at bringing an end to three years of civil war in Syria. A second round of peace talks has been taking place in Geneva between the Syrian government and opposition forces but no significant progress has been made. The joint UN [...]

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Burundi needs UN presence during "crucial and sensitive" electoral period: US

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The Government of Burundi's partnership with the United Nations as well as the broader international community will be "increasingly important" in the lead up to national elections in 2015. That's what Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis of the United States told the Security Council on Thursday. Burundi needs to maintain the presence of the United Nations Office [...]

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World Radio Day audio message: UN Secretary-General

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Audio message of the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon. Duration: 1’20″

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UN condemns civilian deaths in bomb attack at Mogadishu airport

Nicholas Kay, UN Special Envoy for Somalia

The deaths of Somali bystanders in a bomb attack in Mogadishu has been strongly condemned by the UN Special Envoy for Somalia, Nicholas Kay. A vehicle exploded close to a convoy of UN vehicles near the international airport, according to a statement released by his office on Thursday. A UN car was damaged, but no [...]

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Tuning into the role of rural radio in agriculture and development

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Rural communities in Africa which may be largely cut off from access to information on agriculture and development are using radio to fill what's been described as the "information gap." Radio remains the medium that reaches the widest audience in developing countries. Its role in promoting access to information, freedom of expression and gender equality [...]

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Concern raised about deteriorating conditions in Fallujah, Iraq

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Concern has been raised by the UN over what has been described as the "rapidly deteriorating conditions” in Fallujah in Iraq. Over 63,000 people have fled their homes in Anbar Province where Fallujah is located following an upsurge in skirmishes between Iraqi troops and Al-Qaeda-linked fighters. Food stocks and drinking water in the province are [...]

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Gender equality promoted on UN's World Radio Day

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Radio broadcasting is being promoted as a key way to furthergender equality and women's empowerment around the world. On World Radio Day on Thursday, the UN's cultural organization, UNESCO , is raising awareness of the power of radio to promote access to information and the freedom of expression as a means to boost equality. The [...]

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UN Syria envoy to meet Russian and American representatives

UN and Arab League Special Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi

Representatives from Russia and the United States are due to meet the joint UN and Arab League envoy for Syria in Geneva on Thursday as the diplomatic effort to end the civil war in the country intensifies. A second round of peace talks has been taking place in the Swiss city between the Syrian government [...]

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Development is being derailed by growing inequalities: new UN report

Babatunde Osotimehin UNFPA chief

A new UN report finds that growing inequalities will undo significant gains in health and longevity made over the past 20 years. To sustain these gains, the United Nations ICPD Beyond 2014 Global Report argues that governments must pass and enforce laws to protect the poorest and most marginalized. That, the report points out, includes [...]

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"Multiple challenges" for UN in Central African Republic

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The Central African Republic faces what a senior United Nations faces official is calling "multiple challenges." An estimated 2.5 million people are in need of immediate humanitarian assistance following an ongoing internal conflict. Edmond Mulet the UN's Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations is due to leave the country on Thursday following a three-day visit. He [...]

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