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Amir of Kuwait lauded for generosity towards humanitarian funding

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The Amir of Kuwait has been thanked by the head of the World Food Programme for his support for humanitarian causes, particularly the Syria crisis. Ertharin Cousin, the Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), said she could not "stress too highly what an immense service the Amir has done, not least by [...]

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People of Central African Republic need police protection

Navi Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

People in conflict-torn Central African Republic are in need of police protection, according to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Navi Pillay spoke to reporters on Tuesday after briefing the Security Council about human rights issues in conflict areas around the world. She said African-led international force in the country (MISCA) and French forces [...]

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"Smart" cities need to be high-tech but also innovative

Tim Campbell

To make a city "smart," it's not enough for it to be wired or high-tech and high-speed, according to urban development expert Tim Campbell. It also has to be a city that can learn, innovate and operate in a "cloud of trust", he adds. The renowned author moderated an event entitled "A Global Conversation on [...]

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World Urban Forum opens with call for equity in development

Medellín, Colombia. WUF7@PHOTO

The 7th session of the World Urban Forum opened on Monday night in the Colombian city of Medellín, with a call for action to create a new urban model for the 21st century, in order to achieve more sustainable, inclusive, productive and more equitable cities. In a recorded video message, the UN Secretary General, Ban [...]

8 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's News, World Urban Forum 7 | Read More »

Fears of major drought in Syria could uproot more people

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Millions of Syrians could face a major drought in the North West of the country if more rain does not fall in the next month. The World Food Programme is warning that 6.5 million Syrians could need emergency rations, up from the current figure of 4.2 million. Claire Doole reports from Geneva. Duration: 2’19″

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Kenya to borrow ideas from other countries at the World Urban Forum

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Cities in developing countries can learn from success stories in other parts of the world, according to Minister Suleiman Sumba from Kakamega County in Kenya. Minister Sumba is currently at the World Urban Forum (WUF), in Colombia to discuss how cities can be a critical component in addressing inequality. The Forum is convened every two [...]

8 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's Features, World Urban Forum 7 | Read More »

"Brutal conflict driving Syria to its destruction" warns UN chief

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

The brutal conflict in Syria is driving the country to its destruction, as troubling reports of atrocities continue. The warning has come from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who also condemned the killing of an elderly priest. Mr. Ban demanded that the warring parties and their supporters in Syria ensure that civilians are protected regardless of [...]

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Ebola outbreak most challenging ever seen by WHO

A nurse comforts a patient who has been diagnosed to have the Ebola virus. Photo: WHO/Chris Black

The World Health Organization (WHO)  is expecting to see the outbreak of cases of the deadly virus Ebola continue in West Africa over the next few months. The UN agency currently has 60 of its own and partner staff on the ground to manage and control the outbreak. From Geneva Claire Doole reports. World Health [...]

8 Apr 2014 | Posted in Ebola Outbreak, Today's News | Read More »

UN urges respect for election process in Afghanistan

Ján Kubiš Photo: Fardin Waezi / UNAMA

The candidates and their supporters in Afghanistan's presidential elections held on Saturday have been urged to respect the work of the country's two electoral institutions. The appeal was made on Tuesday by the head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), Ján Kubiš as vote counting is underway. Mr. Kubiš met with the chairpersons [...]

8 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

"Looming" drought threatens food security in Syria: WFP

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Drought threatens to worsen an already fragile food situation in north-western Syria, according to a report by the UN World Food Programme (WFP). The agency, which provided food to a record 4 million people last month, fears that if rainfall does not increase, drought could put the lives of millions of people at risk. According [...]

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South Sudanese women and children dying on way to Ethiopia

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Women and children fleeing conflict in South Sudan are dying on their way to refugee camps in Ethiopia, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). About 80,000 people have crossed into Ethiopia from the eastern parts of South Sudan since the beginning of the conflict in December 2013. The OIM has assisted the majority [...]

8 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Committee on rights of Palestinian people briefed on East Jerusalem

Children in the West Bank. Photo: UNRWA

The UN General Assembly's Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People is being briefed on Tuesday on the situation in East Jerusalem where thousands of Palestinians have been without running water for over a month. The Committee, which was established in 1975, is composed of several member states and regional [...]

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Young people to play role in future of cities

Joshua Mmali

Young people are being asked what type of cities they would like to inhabit in the future. The question was posed at a youth assembly at the seventh session of the World Urban Forum which is being held this week in the city of Medellín, Colombia. Around 15,000 participants from around the world have gathered [...]

8 Apr 2014 | Posted in Today's Features, World Urban Forum 7 | Read More »

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