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A third of Syria's chemical arsenal removed or destroyed

Sigrid Kaag

Over the past few days, there has been an acceleration and intensification of efforts by the Syrian Arab Republic to remove or destroy its chemical arsenal. That's what Sigrid Kaag, the Special Coordinator of the Joint Mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations told the press on [...]

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Gunmen threaten UN senior adviser in Ukraine's Crimea region

Robert Serry (centre right), Senior Advisor to the Secretary-General, briefs Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) at the end of his mission to Ukraine.  02 March 2014  Mont Pèlerin, Switzerland.  UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

A senior adviser to the UN Secretary-General has been exposed to what has been described as "a very regrettable incident" in the Crimea region of Ukraine. Robert Serry was on a mission to the region on Wednesday to evaluate the situation on the ground. The Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson briefed reporters about what happened to [...]

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UN mission in Sierra Leone winds down

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) meets with Ernest Bai Koroma, President of the Republic of Sierra Leone. Freetown, Sierra Leone - UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Sierra Leone has been described by the UN Secretary-General as one of the world's successful cases of recovery after a conflict. Ban Ki-moon spoke to reporters on Wednesday in the country's capital, Freetown where he attended the official closing ceremony of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Sierra Leone (UNIPSIL). The Secretary-General said the event [...]

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UN Daily News 05 March 2014

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Fears of more violence, "unprecedented loss of life" in South Sudan

UNHCR and partners have drilled or rehabilitated boreholes to ensure that the South Sudanese refugees receive enough water.  UNHCR/F.Noy

South Sudan could collapse if urgent action is not taken to help see its people through the current crisis, according to Toby Lanzer, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the country. Fighting erupted in Africa's youngest nation mid-December between Government forces and opposition forces loyal to the former South Sudanese Vice-President, Riek Machar. Mr. Lanzer, who [...]

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Donors urged to help before rainy season in South Sudan

A young South Sudanese woman lies on a mat, shaded from the sun by a piece of tarpaulin.  More than 60% of the adult refugees at Nyumanzi I are women.  UNHCR/F.Noy

The international donor community is being urged to urgently help pre-position more than 140,000 tons of food in South Sudan before the rainy season starts. The appeal came from the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, Toby Lanzer who says fighting in the country has continued to displace thousands of people. He expressed concern about [...]

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UN humanitarian chief reiterates call for abolition of death penalty

Navi Pillay

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has called on countries that still have capital punishment to move swiftly to abolish it. Navi Pillay made the call on Wednesday in her address to the UN Human Rights Council. The UN human rights chief said that since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights [...]

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Absolute impunity pervades the conflict in Syria: UN chief investigator

Syrian refugee Mahmoud, in the underground shelter where he lives with his family in El Akbiya, Lebanon.  UNHCR/S.Baldwin

As the Syrian conflict enters its fourth year, the absolute impunity that pervades the conflict is "absolutely unacceptable", according to the Chair of a panel of UN investigators. Speaking to the press in Geneva on Wednesday, Mr. Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, Chair of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria, said the leadership of each party [...]

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Caribbean States hoping for huge tourism season in 2014

Sea life at St. Croix

"Tourism as Key Sector for Development in Island States" was the theme of a recent conference facilitated by the UN World Tourism Organization that looked at wide-ranging issues for island destinations from competitiveness and sustainability perspectives to regional integration, air connectivity to identifying specific challenges and vulnerabilities. Caribbean States are hoping that 2014 will be [...]

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Stop wasting food – World Bank

Moldy strawberries on a platter

Millions of people around the world go to bed hungry every night and yet millions of tons of food end up in trash cans. World Bank President Jim Yong Kim says a new report shows that globally we lose or waste one-quarter to one-third of all food produced for human consumption. World Bank's Gayle Young [...]

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Syrians subjected to sieges and starvation

Paulo Pinheiro, Chairperson of the Commission of Inquiry on Syria

Hundreds of thousands of civilians are besieged in Syria and subjected to relentless shelling and bombardment, according to the latest report of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic. The report says civilians are systematically denied access to humanitarian aid, food and basic necessities such as medical care, and must choose between surrender [...]

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Tourists engaged in anti-trafficking campaign

Responsible traveller campaign poster

Tourists are being encouraged to join the global fight against the illicit trafficking of goods and services that they may be tempted to buy when they are travelling. A campaign by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is educating [...]

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Tourists asked to be "responsible" travellers


Tourists can fight the trade in illicit goods by behaving as responsible travellers, according to the UN. The World Tourism Organization (WTO) estimates that each year a billion people travel and face choices about buying illegal products. A campaign by the WTO, UNESCO and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is making the [...]

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Dairy cooperatives in Afghanistan help stabilize rural communities

Charmesra Cooperative members meet once a week.

Dairy farmers in Afghanistan are forming cooperatives to not only help them earn money, but also to unite and stabilize communities they live in. The UN's International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is assisting them with the necessary funds. The agency believes that cooperatives are key to improving food security and eradicating hunger- even in [...]

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