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"Small sparks" in Ukraine could ignite "large flames": UN chief

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The UN Secretary-General has warned against the escalation of the political crisis in Ukraine saying that "small sparks"  could become what he called "large flames." Russia annexed the Ukrainian autonomous region of Crimea following a referendum vote that was widely condemned by the international community. Both the United Nations Security Council and the General Assembly [...]

28 Mar 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

"Indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks" continue in Syria

Listen / Syrian refugees.  UNHCR/O.Labban-Mattei

Violence against civilians is continuing in Syria despite a UN Security Council resolution calling for increased and unhindered humanitarian access. On Friday, the Council discussed a report of the UN Secretary-General which said that "indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks" have caused mass civilian death and injuries, as well as forced displacement. The attacks included aerial bombings, [...]

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Security Council renews mandate of DRC peacekeeping mission

Listen / Security Council Chamber

Rwanda has said that it hopes the renewed mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, MONUSCO, will help rid the region of armed groups. The Security Council took the decision to extend MONUSCO for one more year in a unanimous resolution adopted on Friday. Stephanie Coutrix reports: Duration: [...]

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Internet blocking in Turkey against "fundamental rights"

Listen / Frank La Rue

The blocking of social media sites by the government in Turkey is restricting the fundamental rights of the Turkish people according to a UN independent expert. The government prevented access to YouTube and Twitter ahead of local elections on Sunday, although the ban on Twitter was revoked by a court order. Popular protests against the [...]

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Kenya ruling "scapegoats" refugees says UNHCR

Listen / A UNHCR camp in Kenya is filled to capacity. UNHCR/E.Hockstein

A ruling by the Kenyan Government restricting refugees into two main camps in the country has been branded as scapegoating by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Over half a million people, mainly from Somalia, are housed in the two camps, Dadaab and Kakuma. Adrian Edwards from UNHCR, said it was wrong to discriminate against refugees. [...]

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South Asia faces huge challenges to end open defecation

Listen / Constructing a toilet in Cambodia. Photo: UNICEF

2.5 billion people don't have access to adequate sanitation and just over one billion still practice open defecation—that’s according to the latest United Nations estimates. Girish Menon from Water Aid, a London-based non-governmental organization, says that to some it is hard to imagine a world where this basic service is not available. But numbers clearly [...]

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Building a food secure Africa

Listen / Building long-term resilience is one of the priorities under the Africa Solidarity Trust Fund.  FAO

Six countries in Africa are benefitting from a UN fund designed to improve food security across the continent. The Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Malawi, Niger, Mali and South Sudan have signed agreements with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and will receive $2 million each from the Africa Solidarity Trust Fund. The contributions will be [...]

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Deaths from Ebola virus continue to rise in Guinea

Listen / Healthcare worker disinfects areas where cases of deaths from Ebola have been reported. Credit: WHO

The number of people who have died in Guinea and neighbouring countries has risen to 66 according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The UN agency reported a further 103 suspected and confirmed cases and warned that there could be many more. Gregory Hartl, from WHO said that the outbreak of the infection had been [...]

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Children most affected by conflict in South Sudan

Listen / Boys who have been separated from relatives in Juba. Unaccompanied children are at risk of being trafficked, abused, illegally adopted or taken out of the country.   UNICEF

Children have been the worst affected by the violence and displacement in South Sudan, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has warned, 100 days into the crisis. Almost one million people have fled their homes across the country, as a result of ongoing political violence. Aid agencies say that 3.2 million people are currently in need [...]

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"Fear and trauma" high in Central African Republic

Listen / Abdelkarim Arame (70) found shelter at Ecole Liberty but she still worries about the situation in Bossangoa.  UNHCR/S.Phelps

Communities in the Central African Republic are suffering high levels of fear and trauma, according to the UN Refugee Agency, (UNHCR). An ongoing internal conflict has pitted Muslims against Christians and has led to the displacement of one million people. Over 700,000 are internally displaced in CAR and a further 300,000 have fled into Chad, [...]

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UN CALLING ASIA: South Asia faces huge challenges to end open defecation

Listen / Sapa, Viet Nam - Rice fields in a hill tribe village.  Kibae Park/UN Photo

South Asia faces huge challenges to end open defecation 2.5 billion people don’t have access to adequate sanitation and just over one billion still practice open defecation—that's according to the latest United Nations estimates.   Girish Menon from Water Aid, a London-based non-governmental organization, says that to some it is hard to imagine a world where [...]

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WOMEN: Sexual violence victims in DRC need "justice and reparation"

Listen / Human Rights Council. UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré

Helping victims gain justice and reparation remains a key element in combating sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). That's according to senior UN officials.  Discussions at the Human Rights Council in Geneva underlined that sexual and gender-based violence continues to be a serious problem in the country and is often used [...]

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India – the power of pine needles

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Millions of people around the world, with no access to electricity, are struggling to lift themselves above the poverty line. Access to power sources has been identified by the United Nations as a way to boost sustainable development. In India, electricity is not available to many people living in rural areas. But one couple has [...]

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Climate innovation centre in Ethiopia to improve access to energy

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A centre to promote pioneering clean technology enterprises that address climate change and create jobs has been launched in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. The World Bank–supported Ethiopia Climate Innovation Center (ECIC), is expected to help over 3.1 million Ethiopians to better cope with climate change. It's also thought it could lead to the creation [...]

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