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World "over-armed and peace under-funded" says UN deputy chief

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The international community has been urged to make progress in pushing the disarmament agenda in a world that has been described as "over armed and peace under-funded." The appeal was made by UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson as the UN Disarmament Commission began its three-week session in New York on Monday. Mr. Eliasson said the [...]

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World Urban Forum discusses building "just and equitable" cities

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More than 30 years ago Medellín, Colombia's second largest city, was better known for being the "murder capital of the world" and home to the infamous drug lord Pablo Escobar. Today, it's a transformed city and is hosting the 7th World Urban Forum where experts and innovators in urban development are discussing how to plan, [...]

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Member States urged to be "bold" to adapt to population development challenges

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UN Member States have been urged to adapt and respond to new population and development challenges. The appeal was made by the President of the General Assembly, Ambassador John Ashe, as the Commission on Population and Development began its 47th session in New York on Monday. In his statement, he noted that much has changed [...]

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Killing of UN workers in Somalia condemned

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The killing of two United Nations workers in Somalia on Monday has been condemned by senior UN officials. According to reports, the two consultants, working for the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) were shot inside Galkayo Airport in Puntland after they got off a plane. The two experts, nationals of the United Kingdom [...]

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Investigation follows death at Syrian refugee camp in Jordan

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An investigation has been launched following the shooting and subsequent death of a Syrian refugee at a camp in Jordan. The death followed a riot by several thousand refugees after a family was discovered being smuggled out of the Za'atri camp. Za'atri which is located in the north of the country, currently houses over 100,000 [...]

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Kuwait gives $100 million to UN refugee agency for operations in Syria

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A contribution of $100 million by Kuwait to UN refugee operations in Syria represents "a difference between life and death" for Syrians both inside and outside the country. That's what the head of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), Antonio Guterres, said in Geneva on Monday as he welcomed the donation by the State of Kuwait. [...]

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Food insecurity doubles in Central African Republic

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The number of people in the Central African Republic who are not getting enough food has doubled over the past year to 1.6 million. The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) said in a joint report that food insecurity has worsened due to the widespread conflict that has affected [...]

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Conflict in Central African Republic creates food insecurity for 1.6 million people

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The ongoing conflict in the Central African Republic has created food insecurity for 1.6 million people according to United Nations food and agriculture agencies. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have warned that the country needs a long-term expensive humanitarian operation. A report by the two agencies finds [...]

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UN chief pays tribute to people of Rwanda on 20th anniversary of genocide

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The ability of the people of Rwanda to unite and show that reconciliation is possible even after what has been described as "a monumental tragedy" is an inspiration to the world. That's what UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in his message to mark the 20th anniversary of the Rwanda genocide on 7 April. Starting on [...]

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Rwandans prepare to mark 20th anniversary of genocide

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Rwandans around the world are preparing to mark the 20th anniversary of the genocide in their country in which around 800,000 people were killed. The massacres in 1994 were carried out by militia and Government forces over a period of just 100 days. The United Nations is remembering the genocide through "Kwibuka 20," a series [...]

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World Health Day highlights serious threat of bug bites

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On World Health Day, the UN is highlighting the "serious and increasing threat" of vector-borne diseases and the need for people to shield themselves from them. These diseases come from mosquito, tick and flea bites that infect people with viruses, parasites and bacteria, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Every year, more than one [...]

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Dengue: a silent disease spotlighted on World Health Day

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Mosquitoes, flies, ticks and bugs may be a threat to your health at home and when travelling—that's the message of this year's World Health Day, on the 7th of April. The World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners are spotlighting vector-borne diseases. Vectors are organisms that transmit pathogens and parasites from one infected person to [...]

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