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Haitian authorities urged to implement accord to pave way for elections

Sandra Honoré

It is critical for authorities in Haiti to implement a recent agreement signed at the El Rancho Hotel to pave the way for transparent elections later this year. That's what the head of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) told the Security Council during her briefing on Monday. Ambassador Sandra Honoré said the overall [...]

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Nuclear security and terrorism a "pressing concern" says UN chief

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) addresses the opening session of the Nuclear Security Summit in the Hague. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Nuclear security and terrorism remains a "pressing concern" according to the UN Secretary-General. Ban Ki-moon addressed more than 50 Heads of State attending the third Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, in the Netherlands on Monday. Secretary-General Ban reiterated his support towards efforts to engage Iran to guarantee that their use of nuclear technology is [...]

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Search and rescue efforts continue to find missing on Lake Albert in Uganda

Fatoumata Lejeune-Kaba

Search and rescue efforts continue to find the many missing people who were on a boat that capsized on Uganda's Lake Albert over the weekend. The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, says the refugees had been in Uganda for more or less three years and felt the situation was now safe enough for them to go [...]

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UN refugee agency shocked by drowning of refugees in Uganda's Lake Albert

Ugandan fishermen in their pirogues search for victims of the boat capsizing on Lake Albert. © UNHCR/M.Sibiloni

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) says it's shocked and saddened by a boat tragedy in which a number of refugees died on Uganda's Lake Albert over the weekend. The agency says the boat was one of two that left Hoima district on Saturday morning carrying refugees who were returning to the Democratic Republic of the [...]

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UNRWA leads way with region's first "green school"

Filippo Grandi

An innovative project to build an environmentally friendly school has been started by the UN agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) in Gaza. The agency says the project has come about after intensive work by its engineers in cooperation with Italian design firm Mario Cucinella Architects. According to UNRWA, the concept of the 'green school' refers [...]

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FAO calls for action to accelerate economic transformation and development in Africa

A woman winnowing kernels of maize in Chimoio, Mozambique.FAO@PHOTO

Despite important economic progress and agricultural successes, Africa remains the world's most food insecure continent, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The agency says the continent has relatively low levels of agricultural productivity, low rural incomes, and high rates of malnutrition. As the agency holds its 28th Regional Conference for Africa in [...]

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Global warming still accelerating


Global warming continues to accelerate with the year 2013 now on record as the sixth warmest year, according to the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO). WMO says many of the extreme weather events of 2013 including heavier precipitation, heat waves, storm surges and coastal flooding were consistent with results of human induced climate change. Temperatures in [...]

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Rapid diagnostics and life-saving drugs helps fight TB

A doctor examines X-rays of patients at the Beijing Chest Hospital in China.WHO/Nick Otto

An innovative project that helps diagnose all forms of tuberculosis earlier and faster is improving the chances of people getting treatment and being cured. The World Health Organization or WHO made the announcement ahead of World Tuberculosis (TB) Day on 24 March. The project also known as EXPAND-TB has helped triple the number of multi-drug [...]

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"Missing millions" push on World TB Day

A woman at Pigg's Peak Hospital waits her turn to be screened for TB, Swaziland.
Credit: WHO/H.M. Dias

One third of the estimated 9 million people who get sick with tuberculosis each year do not receive care, according to the World Health Organization. WHO says those who are "missed" by health systems often live in the world's poorest, most vulnerable communities or are among marginalized populations such as migrants, refugees, prisoners, indigenous populations [...]

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World leaders gather in The Hague to discuss prevention of nuclear terrorism

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Mark Garten

World leaders are gathering in The Hague, in the Netherlands on Monday to discuss progress in preventing nuclear terrorism. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is due to address the opening session of the two-day Nuclear Security Summit attended by over 50 leaders. The summit is aimed at ensuring effective global cooperation to prevent terrorists getting hold [...]

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