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UN AND AFRICA:Cycle of violence in Central African Republic needs to stop: UN Rights Chief

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• Efforts must be made to restore security and the rule of law in order to break the cycle of violence and revenge in the Central African Republic. The UN human rights chief issued the strongly worded statement on Wednesday. The former Muslim rebels known as the ex-Séléka are regrouping in the north, provoking a [...]

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UN chief announces plan to end crisis in Central African Republic

Listen / UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (file photo).

A six-point plan to end the ongoing conflict in the Central African Republic, including troops and police to protect people has been announced by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Mr. Ban spoke to reporters after briefing the Security Council on the situation in the country where violence between Muslim and Christian militias continues. The Secretary-General said [...]

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WOMEN: Women losing ground in global employment

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Women worldwide are losing ground in the employment sector….that's according to a new World Bank report. It says nearly four in 10 people globally—close to one half in developing countries—agree that when jobs are scarce, men are more likely to find employment than women. A child helpline provides critical support for Kenyan rape victim Violence [...]

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Provision of water, sanitation and energy remains a challenge in Africa

Listen / Displaced children fetch water using a submerged hand pump following flooding in the villages caused by extremely heavy early rains villages that displaced thousands of residents.  11 August 2008, Aweil, Sudan.  UN Photo/Tim McKulka

Despite progress that African countries have made in providing water, sanitation and energy to their people, they still face challenges, according to Water Aid, a London-based non-governmental organization. Girish Menon, the Director of International Programmes there, was at UN headquarters to participate in a UN General Assembly debate on the issue. The United Nations estimates [...]

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100 days on, Haiyan survivors need more jobs to recover

Listen / Haiyan survivors needs more jobs to recover - ILO

One hundred days after Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, many people are still struggling to find jobs in order to get by and rebuild their livelihoods. A large majority of the four million people who were displaced by the typhoon which swept across the country in November were workers. Many of them were in a [...]

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UN humanitarian chief "shocked" by violence in Central African Republic

Listen / A makeshift camp for internally displaced in Bengui. FAO@PHOTO

The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, says she has been shocked by what she has seen in the Central African Republic. The country continues to be plagued by attacks and counter-attacks between Christian and Muslim militias. Ms. Amos concluded her visit to the country on Thursday after witnessing at first hand the situation on [...]

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Women losing ground in global employment

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Women worldwide are losing ground in the employment sector….that's according to a new World Bank report. It says nearly four in 10 people globally—close to one half in developing countries—agree that when jobs are scarce, men are more likely to find employemnt than women. Daniel Dickinson reports. Duration:  2’21″

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WMO deal for Haiti to minimise hurricane impact

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The Secretary General of the World Meteorological Organisation, Michel Jarraud, has signed an accord with the Haitian President, Michel Martelly to improve weather, climate and hydrology forecasting in a country vulnerable to hurricanes, floods and landslides. Funded by the Canadian government the 5.86 million USD project will be co-ordinated and managed by the WMO. Claire [...]

20 Feb 2014 | Posted in Caribbean News, Today's News | Read More »

UNHCR Dubai operations increase by 100% in 2012 and 2013

Listen / Emergency supplies are loaded at UNHCR's central emergency stockpile in Dubai.

The operations of the UN refugee agency's warehouse facilities in Dubai increased by 100 per cent in 2012 and 2013 from the previous year according to data released on Thursday. UNHCR says last year there were more than 100 outgoing shipments to over 36 countries around the world compared to 22 countries in 2012. The [...]

20 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

End "indiscriminate killings" in CAR urges refugee chief

Listen / Solange is an internally displaced mother of four children from Central African Republic who just wants to go home.

The UN's top refugee official has called for an end to what he has described as "indiscriminate killings and massacres" that have been taking place in the Central African Republic. António Guterres, the High Commissioner of the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, was recently in the county, which has been suffering from internal conflict for more [...]

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"Empower" people through "decent work" on World Day of Social Justice

Listen / Pakistani peacekeepers with UNMIL teach young Liberians to lay bricks as part of a job training programme offered by the Pakistani contingent. Tubmanburg, Liberia. UN Photo/Staton Winter

Countries around the world are being encouraged to devote Thursday to promoting activities in the pursuit of social justice. The World Day of Social Justice which is marked annually on 20 February encourages the breaking down of barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability. In a message to [...]

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