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Security Council adopts resolution to allow better protection of civilians in Darfur

Mark Lyall Grant. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

The Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution to give the African Union-UN Hybrid Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) the best chance of protecting civilians of the regions. That's what UK's Ambassador to the UN, Mark Lyall Grant, told reporters on Thursday after a Security Council meeting. Ambassador Grant said the resolution would improve UNAMID's "effectiveness" [...]

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Afghans urged to show patience and respect for electoral institutions and processes during polls: Ban

Afghan citizen participating in Presidential and Provincial Council elections in 2009.  UN Photo/Tim Page

The Secretary-General has urged Afghan candidates and voters to show patience and respect for electoral institutions and processes during Saturday's historic polls. In a statement read by his Spokesperson, Ban Ki-moon also appealed to the people of Afghanistan to abide by the poll results. The country is holding presidential and provincial council elections on 5 [...]

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Domestic observers to play crucial role in Afghan elections

Afghanistan election 2014

As Afghans prepare for Presidential and Provincial Council elections, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) is highlighting the importance of domestic observers and the prevention of fraud. More than 10,000 domestic observers and 250,000 candidate and party agents have already received accreditation to monitor the elections on the 5th of April. Stephanie Coutrix [...]

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Large-scale malaria interventions saved over 3 million lives: Ban

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

More than three million peoples' lives have been saved by large-scale malaria interventions over a 12 year period, the Secretary-General told a group of leaders from Africa and Europe on Thursday. Ninety per cent of them are children, he underscored. Mr. Ban Ki-moon made his remarks in Brussels where he attended an event hosted by [...]

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West Papua: Saved by seaweed

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West Papua is more than 3000 kilometres from the Indonesian capital, Jakarta. It’s not only difficult to reach, but for decades it’s been plagued by conflict, so it’s been a challenge to create economic opportunities here. But thanks to a government project supported by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) fishermen in the country [...]

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Syrian Refugees in Lebanon surpass one million

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The number of refugees fleeing from Syria into neighbouring Lebanon has surpassed one million today, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). The agency describes this development as a "tragic milestone", adding that the situation is made worse by rapidly depleting resources and a host community stretched to breaking point. It says refugees from Syria [...]

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Food prices rise sharply as a result of weather and Black Sea crisis

Little girl working with her parents at home with freshly picked corn to let it dry hanging outside on the family's home.  UN Photo/Martine Perret

Food prices increased sharply in March according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The FAO Food Price Index, which is based on the price of a basket of internationally-traded food commodities, rose by almost 5 points or the equivalent of 2.3 per cent. The agency says this is the highest level since May [...]

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"Race against time" to assist food insecure South Sudanese

South Sudanese refugees - UNMISS

The United Nations is in a "race against time" to deliver aid to 3.7 million people who are at severe risk of starvation in South Sudan. That's what Toby Lanzer, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in the country told reporters in Geneva on Thursday. According to the UN lead humanitarian agency, OCHA, an estimated 78 [...]

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Terrorists acting alone "emerging phenomenon"

Meeting Counter Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED). UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

The carrying out of terrorist acts by people acting alone or working in small cells has been described by the United Nations as an "emerging phenomenon." The Boston bombings by the Tsarnaev brothers and the murder of 77 people by Anders Breivik in Norway are two of the most high-profile examples of recent years of [...]

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UN specialized agency unveils tool to measure poverty

Farmers in Kenya

A simple and innovative tool to analyze and measure rural development has been unveiled in Rome on Thursday by the United Nations' specialized agency for rural development, IFAD. The Multidimensional Poverty Assessment Tool (MPAT) is the result of a collaborative and international initiative started in 2008 and led by IFAD. Using household and village surveys, [...]

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