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UN AND AFRICA: Rwanda genocide remembered 20 years on

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• This year marks 20 years since Hutu extremists in Rwanda slaughtered approximately 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus within a period of 100 days. The 1994 Rwanda genocide, which is remembered on 7 April each year, shocked the world. It also tested the United Nations capacity to intervene to protect vulnerable people in a conflict. [...]

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Mobile application to boost greener cities

Listen / Solar lights illuminate Butwal, Nepal streets. UNDP@PHOTO

A Lebanon-based non-profit organisation is encouraging city dwellers to push for more environmentally friendly cities. The Muhanna Foundation promotes education and civic activism and has produced a mobile telephone application, called Waffir, which enables the reporting of mal-functioning streetlamps. The Chairman of the Foundation, Ibrahim Muhanna, presented his vision to the 7th Session of the [...]

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

UN chief calls for more investment in education

Listen / School in Bangui, Central African Republic. UN Photo/Serge Nya-Nana

Leaders around the world have been urged to reverse what has been described as the "unacceptable trend" of decreasing international aid budgets for basic education. The appeal was made by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at a symposium organized by the World Bank in Washington DC. The Secretary-General said domestic spending is by far the most [...]

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WOMEN: Sexual violence continues in the DRC, but some progress achieved

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There is still a long way to go in the fight against impunity for sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) although some progress has been made, according to the Secretary-General's Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict.  Ms. Zainab Hawa Bangura warned that those who commit sexual violence, wherever they are, whoever [...]

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The private sector to play role in creation of equitable cities

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The 7th Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF7) entered its fourth day on Thursday, with participants discussing the role that privately owned companies or businesses can play in the achievement of sustainable and equitable cities through provision of basic urban services. During the discussions, participants acknowledged that challenges of urbanisation have existed for many [...]

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

Road accidents blight economies and lives

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Road accidents, which kill over 3,000 people everyday, continue to take a toll on low and middle income countries. That's what Christophe Lorry Boulanger of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies told the UN General Assembly during its meeting on the global road safety crisis on Thursday. Mr. Boulanger said although real progress [...]

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

UN peacekeeping operation to CAR approved by Security Council

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The Security Council has unanimously approved the deployment of a 12,000 strong UN peacekeeping operation in the Central African Republic (CAR). Under the name MINUSCA, the protection of civilians will be the mission's priority. The newly established force will replace the African Union (AU)-led peacekeeping operation. Jocelyne Sambira has the story. Duration: 2’46″

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US details "worrying developments" in Burundi

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Concern has been raised at the UN by the United States about what have been described as "worrying developments in Burundi." Ambassador Samantha Power, who has just returned from the country, was asked about reports of a leaked UN cable detailing how the government is arming its youth wing. She spoke about what she called [...]

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Development answer to reducing global homicide rate

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Social development should be part of the solution to reducing the global homicide rate, according to a senior UN official. A report by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) says that more than 430,000 people were murdered around the world in 2012 Almost half of those murders took place in Africa and the [...]

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Security Council authorizes UN mission in Central African Republic

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The decision to create a UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic has been described as a "key turning point" in the ongoing internal conflict in the country. Thousands of people have died and over 2 million are in need of humanitarian aid as a result of the crisis which began in 2012. In [...]

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Hunger and malnutrition crisis worsening in Sudan, warns FAO

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People in Sudan are facing the threat of a worsening hunger and malnutrition crisis, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), warned on Thursday. The agency says currently, about 3.3 million people don't have enough food a number that is likely to rise to four million in the coming months. It blames a poor harvest [...]

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Over 430,000 people murdered worldwide, says new UN study

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More than 430,000 people were murdered around the world in 2012 according to a new report by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The "Global Study on Homicide", released in London on Thursday, reveals that almost half of the homicides are in Africa and the Americas. The report says that the global average [...]

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Creation of UN mission in Central African Republic welcomed by Ban Ki-moon

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The establishment of a United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic has been welcomed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The Security Council on Thursday adopted a resolution to establish the MINUSCA mission which will help restore stability to the country. Violence between the Christian and Muslim communities has led to the deaths of [...]

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World must stop wasting good food: FAO

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The world cannot afford to squander one third of total agricultural production through food loss and waste, according to a group of agricultural ministers from across Europe and Central Asia. The delegates are attending a round-table session in Bucharest, Romania as part of the biennial Regional Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of [...]

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Kenya warned about arbitrary arrests and detention of asylum seekers

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Law enforcement agencies in Kenya are being urged by the UN refugee agency to uphold the rights of refugees and asylum seekers following a crackdown on illegal immigrants. The police sweeps were focused in Nairobi's Eastleigh neighbourhood where recent terrorist attacks took place. It's also where the majority of Somali refugees and asylum seekers live. [...]

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Rape and impunity in the Democratic Republic of Congo

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Ending the use of rape as a weapon of war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is in the headlines again as senior UN officials hold a meeting at UN headquarters in New York to review the progress made. Some estimates suggest that up to 200,000 women have been raped in the country. There [...]

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UNICEF steps up response as Ebola spreads in Guinea

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As more people get infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Guinea, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) is stepping up its response in the capital, Conakry, and across the rest of the country. Ebola Haemorrhagic Fever or Ebola HF is a fatal disease that is spread by contact with bodily fluids of infected people or [...]

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Deputy head of World Bank stresses importance of law for equity

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Law matters as a tool for achieving equity, according to the legal Vice-President of the World Bank, Anne-Marie Leroy. Speaking at the 7th session of the World Urban Forum in the Colombian city of Medellín, she said that law shapes our cities, the land use, the institutions and the finance. She said that law is [...]

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

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