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Rebels in DRC urged to surrender

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Rebels in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have been urged by the most senior UN official in the country to surrender and join the national disarmament and demobilization process. Martin Kobler, the Head of MONUSCO, the UN peacekeeping mission in the country, called on the FDLR rebels to immediately break away from their leaders [...]

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Conflict in Syria has devastating impact on children

Listen / Girls complete homework outside their tent home, in the Kawergosk camp for Syrian refugees. UNICEF@PHOTO

The three-year conflict in Syria has had a devastating impact on the country's children, according to the latest report issued by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday. The report, entitled "Under Siege- the devastating impact on children of three years of conflict in Syria" says the conflict has caused immense damage to 5.5 million [...]

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New offensive launched against Al Shabaab militants in Somalia

Listen / A wide view of the Security Council Chamber, as Nicholas Kay (on screen) briefs the Council via video link.UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

African Union troops and Somali government forces have launched a new offensive against the Islamic militant group Al Shabaab. That's what Nicholas Kay, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative to Somalia told the Security Council on Tuesday. He is also the head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in the country (UNSOA). Mr. Kay said the [...]

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Women in parliament reaches global record high

Listen / Women parliamentarians of the Afghan Lower House. UNWOMEN@PHOTO

The number of women in national parliaments around the world has reached a record high of almost 22 per cent. The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) says the level of women's representation is particularly encouraging in the Americas, Nordic countries in Europe and in Africa. The increase has been driven by a political commitment by individual countries [...]

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Ban urges respect of democratic process in Maldives

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

A decision of the Maldives' Supreme Court to remove the country’s election commissioners two weeks before parliamentary polls is a cause for concern according to the Secretary-General. Ban Ki-moon called on "all political leaders to respect the democratic process' and allow for a peaceful, inclusive and credible vote. In a statement issued by his Spokesperson, [...]

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“Stop attacks” on civilians in South Darfur: UN rights chief

Listen / Kalma IDP camp, near Nyala, South Darfur. UN Photo/Albert González Farran

The UN human rights chief has demanded an immediate halt to the attacks on unarmed civilians in South Darfur in Sudan. The statement was issued following Tuesday's attacks in the Um Gunya area. The Spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Ravina Shamdasani, says there has been a disproportionate use [...]

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Ukraine told to respect human rights

Listen / Ivan Šimonović

A senior UN official has travelled to Kharkiv in Ukraine to meet with local authorities and discuss ways to de-escalate tensions in the country. Ivan Šimonović, the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, will raise with the authorities the allegations regarding human rights violations. He is also meeting with a range of civil society representatives. [...]

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New refugee camp in Jordan as more Syrian refugees flee conflict

Listen / Syrian refugees wait at a UNHCR distribution centre in Za'atri refugee camp in Jordan. [UNHCR/J.Tanner]

Jordan is to open a third refugee camp to host the ever growing number of Syrian refugees entering the country. The camp to be located in Azraq nearly 100 kilometres east of the capital Amman will be able to accommodate up to 130,000 refugees. The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR has welcomed the new camp [...]

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Conflict in Syria must not be allowed to continue: UN official

Listen / OCHA/Jutta Hinkkanen

The ongoing crisis in Syria has been described by a senior UN humanitarian official as a "madness" that needs to be stopped through political dialogue. UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria, Yacoub El Hillo said three years ago before the conflict began, Syria had "a very thriving and affluent civil society and middle class." He said [...]

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550 million people food insecure in Asia-Pacific region

Listen / A woman farmer harvesting beans, Sri Lanka. FAO@PHOTO

The Asia and Pacific region needs to improve its methods of food production or face significant food security problems within the next generation according to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization, (FAO). The Millennium Development Goal of reducing global hunger by half by 2015 is on course to be met across the region. But there [...]

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Number of children suffering in Syria more than doubles in third year of conflict: UNICEF

Listen / Syria child from UNICEF report March 2014 report: Under Siege

The number of children affected by the fighting in Syria has more than doubled since last year, according to a new report by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The report entitled, Under Siege: the devastating impact on children of three years of conflict in Syria, estimates that a total of 5.5 million children have had [...]

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Asia-Pacific region focuses on improving food security

Listen / Photo: FAO/ Ishara Kodikara

550 million people are still food insecure in the Asia-Pacific region according to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization, (FAO). FAO says that the region needs to improve its methods of food production or face significant food security problems within the next generation Government Ministers and high-level officials from nearly 40 countries in Asia and [...]

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