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Progress on military operations in Somalia welcomed by UN envoy

Nicholas Kay

The military progress that has been made by Somali and African Union forces against the Al Shabaab Islamic insurgents in south-central Somalia has been welcomed by the top United Nations envoy in the country. Troops from the Somali National Army and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have launched a new offensive against the [...]

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UN rights council debates situation of minorities in Ukraine

Human Rights Council. Photo by Jean-Marc FerrŽ

The situation of ethnic and linguistic minorities in Crimea, in particular Crimean Tatars, fuelled a heated debate at the UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday. On 16 March, the autonomous region of Crimea voted to secede from Ukraine and join the Russian Federation. The majority of people living in Crimea are ethnic Russians, followed by [...]

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UN chief visits Russia and Ukraine to help resolve Crimea crisis

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The path towards a peaceful resolution of the crisis between Russia and Ukraine is still open. That's what has been said by the Deputy Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon before his departure for Russia and Ukraine on Wednesday. Mr. Ban's visit comes after the regional parliament in Crimea declared independence and its wish to [...]

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Celebrities appeal to UN for help for besieged Syrians

Palestinian refugees in Syria

Over 30 leading film makers, writers, artists, musicians and public figures have come together in a joint public letter to the United Nations advocating for the creation of what they are calling "local ceasefires" and "safe spaces" for all civilians in Syria. The appeal comes as food deliveries to the besieged Palestinian refugee camp of [...]

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Security Council urged to shape Peacebuilding Commission to face global challenges

Security Council meeting

The Security Council has been urged to shape a peace-building structure that would be relevant and effective in helping countries emerging from conflict. The appeal was made by UN Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson on Wednesday during an open meeting on Post-conflict Peacebuilding. He cited the missions in Sierra Leone and Timor Leste as examples of [...]

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Women's participation in upcoming elections in Afghanistan essential: UN envoy

The UNAMA-facilitated 'Afghanistan's 2014 Presidential Elections – Debate and Discussion' series. Jaffar Rahim/UNAMA

Women's participation in the upcoming elections in Afghanistan is essential to ensure that the process is inclusive and credible. That's what the Secretary-General's Deputy Representative in the country, Nicholas Haysom said in the capital Kabul after meeting with representatives of civil society on Wednesday. Afghanistan is scheduled to hold Presidential and Provincial elections on 5 [...]

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Minority groups face exclusion from national and global development agenda

Human Rights Council. Photo by Jean-Marc FerrŽ

Minority groups are increasingly facing exclusion from national and global development agenda, violence and discrimination, according to a United Nations human rights expert. Rita Izsák, the United Nations Independent Expert on Minority Issues, says minorities constitute the poorest of the poor and majority of them cannot break free of their situations without targeted attention being [...]

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Achievements of women in science recognised through award


Young Women around the world, especially those in the least developed countries, are being encouraged to apply for a fellowship scheme to further their scientific research. The scheme is being launched by the UN' cultural agency, UNESCO, on Wednesday with a view to promote the contribution of young women in the field of life sciences [...]

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Somali farmers feeding their countrymen again

New initiative has helped Somali farmers produce maize that meets international quality standards. Photo: FAO/Christena Dowsett

Somali farmers have for the first time been able to supply high quality food to the UN’s World Food Program (WFP) that will be used to feed their fellow countrymen. It's a major breakthrough for the farmers, especially coming from an area that faced severe famine less than three years ago. Four million people in [...]

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