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Over 850,000 Somalis face food crisis: UN official

Listen / A Somali girl walks down a road at sunset in a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) near the town of Jowhar, Somalia.  UN Photo/Tobin Jones

Somalia is facing a "very grave" situation with approximately two million people considered to be food insecure. That's according to John Ging, Operations Director of the UN humanitarian agency (OCHA) who has just returned from the country. Speaking to reporters in New York on Tuesday, he recalled that in 2011, 260,000 Somalis died of famine. [...]

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UN agency concerned about asylum seekers on Manus Island

Listen / UNHCR in Papua New Guinea

Australian authorities have been urged to investigate recent incidents that reportedly led to the death of an asylum-seeker on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. The call has come from the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) which says it's concerned about what's happening on the island where Australia has a processing centre for refugees and asylum [...]

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General Assembly puts spotlight on water, sanitation and energy

Listen / Two boys carrying water walk down a road next to a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) near the town of Jowhar, Somalia.   UN Photo/Tobin Jones

The importance of Water, Sanitation and Sustainable Energy in the Post-2015 Development Agenda was the subject of an open debate of the General Assembly on Tuesday. The United Nations estimates that 2.5 billion people do not have access to adequate sanitation. Next year is the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to eradicate extreme [...]

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People in Central African Republic scared to return home: IOM survey

Listen / Displaced people from Central African Republic - IOM

A survey by the International Organisation for Migration shows that those displaced by the inter-communal violence in the Central African Republic are increasingly worried about returning home. Preliminary results reveal that Muslims and other ethnic minorities are particularly fearful of leaving the camps where hundreds of thousands of people have been living since an upsurge [...]

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Killing of over 150 people in Nigeria condemned by UN

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The killing of more than 150 people in two states in Nigeria has been strongly condemned by the United Nations human rights office. According to reports, gunmen believed to be from the Boko Haram Islamic extremist group attacked eight villages in Adamawa and Borno States on Sunday. The group, based in north-eastern Nigeria, says it [...]

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Youth to contribute to development through crowd-sourcing platform

Listen / UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi. [UN Photo/Evan Schneider]

An initiative to help ensure that youth priorities are reflected in the UN's development agenda of the post-2015 era is being launched in New York on Tuesday. A crowd-sourcing platform on the internet will serve as a virtual space for young people to express their views. Member States of the United Nations are currently defining [...]

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FAO appeals for $77 million to help South Sudan affected population

Listen / Gracie Seratiore Furimona is a small-scale farmer in a village in South Sudan:  Photo:  WFP

An estimated 10 million livestock have been displaced by the conflict in South Sudan, making it hard for communities to access milk and milk products. That's according to Sue Lautze, Head of office, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in South Sudan. The mass displacements have also disrupted the planting season, forcing people to survive on [...]

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Nuclear talks with Iran begin in Vienna

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Negotiations on the future of Iran's nuclear programme are due to start at the United Nations in Vienna on Tuesday. Six world powers will join Iran for talks which are aimed at curbing elements of the country's nuclear programme in exchange for a gradual end to sanctions. Western powers fear the programme is intended to [...]

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Crowd-sourcing platform to help youth contribute to development

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Young people around the world are being encouraged to contribute to the UN's development agenda of the post-2015 era through an online crowd-sourcing platform. The United Nations is currently working with Member States and civil society to define the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs which will replace the Millennium Development Goals after 2015. Ahmed Alhendawi, [...]

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