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"Status quo not sustainable' in the Middle East, warns UN political chief

Jeffrey Feltman, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, during a UN Security Council debate

The status quo in the Middle East is not sustainable and the situation in Gaza has come very close to the brink of another crisis according to the top United Nations political official. The fragile ceasefire in Gaza has been threatened after dozens of rockets were fired at Israel last week. Israel responded with its [...]

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UN welcomes United States intent to relinquish internet oversight

Tomas Lamanauskas

An announcement by the United States to transition key internet domain name oversight to the global community, has been welcomed by the United Nations. The UN has been advocating a multi-stakeholder model of internet governance for a number of years. It says such a model will help to ensure a single, open, free, secure and [...]

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Anti-Homosexuality Act risks undermining Uganda's AIDS response


The criminalization of homosexuality in Uganda risks undermining the national AIDS response, according to the Secretary-General's Special Envoy on AIDS in Africa. In 2012, the United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) reported there were 1.5 million people living with HIV in Uganda and 140 000 new HIV infections. Speciosa Wandira-Kazimbwe, who served as Uganda's Vice-President [...]

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"List of perpetrators" in Syria conflict named by UN rights panel

UN Human Rights Council

A list of individuals and entities allegedly responsible for crimes in the Syria Arab Republic war has just been released by a UN panel investigating human rights abuses in the country. The news was announced during an interactive dialogue on Tuesday in Geneva at the UN Human Rights Council. An estimated 100,000 lives have been [...]

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UN condemns Benghazi bombing

Stephane Dujarric

A terrorist bombing in Benghazi in Libya on Monday which targeted members of the military, killing a number and injuring others, has been strongly condemned by the UN mission in the country UNSMIL. The mission called on all Libyans to denounce the continued series of what it called "acts of violence and terror" such as [...]

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Afghan suicide attack condemned by UN

Nicholas Haysom. Photo: UNAMA/Eric Kanalstein

A suicide attack in northern Afghanistan, which killed 15 civilians and injured nearly 50 others has been condemned by the United Nations. According to reports, a suicide attacker with an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated in the centre of Maimana, the capital of Faryab province. Local health officials have confirmed that two children were among [...]

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Indigenous women bid to influence post-2015 development agenda

Chanda Thapa. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Indigenous women in Asia should be given a key role in deciding the future path of the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, according to a rights group in the region. Indigenous women from around the world recently gathered at the annual Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations in New York, to advocate [...]

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Syrian refugee population in Lebanon to reach 1.5 million

A Syrian family being registered as refugees in Halba, northern Lebanon - UNHCR/F.Juez

The number of Syrian refugees arriving in Lebanon is on the increase and the country is likely to host up 1.5 million Syrians by the end of the year. United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Lebanon Ross Mountain says Syrian refugees in the country now make up 25 per cent of the Lebanese population a [...]

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WFP airdrops food to remote areas of South Sudan

Food from the skies (Copyright: WFP/Katherine Ely)

Internally displaced people in remote insecure areas of South Sudan have started receiving airdrops of what the UN's World Food Programme (WFP) has called "urgently needed" food assistance. WFP launched the operation to feed people affected by conflict and to resupply isolated refugee camps where food stocks have dwindled. Chris Nikoi, WFP's Director in South [...]

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Syrians feel abandoned and hopeless, says Commission of Inquiry

Paulo Pinheiro, Chairperson of the Commission of Inquiry on Syria

Children are starving to death in besieged Syrian towns and villages according to the International Commission of Inquiry looking into human rights violations in the country. In its latest report to the UN Human Rights Council, the Commission says there is an overwhelming sense of hopelessness amongst Syrians as the international community remains paralyzed over [...]

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Search of UN convoys slows delivery of aid in South Sudan

A UNHCR staff member helps a displaced woman with her aid items at the Malakal Boys Secondary School.

Tightened security checks on operations carried out by the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) could delay the delivery of humanitarian aid. The UNMISS Spokesperson Ariane Quintier described the move to search UN vehicles and convoys as "very worrying". The concern stems from a statement by Information Minister Michael Makuei, saying the government would not [...]

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