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Insecurity a "challenge" for food aid deliveries in South Sudan

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The World Food Programme (WFP) says that it's determined to continue providing food assistance in South Sudan despite an attack on a UN convoy of barges on Thursday. The convoy was delivering urgently needed food and fuel supplies to the base of the United Nations Mission in Malakal in Upper Nile State. South Sudan continues [...]

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Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster remembered

The ill-fated 4th block of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine. Photo: IAEA/Petr Pavlicek

The anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster that happened in Ukraine 28 years ago offers an opportunity to stand in solidarity with millions of people who still live in the affected areas. That's what UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his message on the occasion of the anniversary of the disaster that happened [...]

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Two senior UN officials go to South Sudan in wake of rights abuses

Displaced people in South Sudan – UNMISS@PHOTO

Two senior United Nations officials are going to South Sudan this weekend following mass killings in the towns of Bentiu and Bor and the use of radio to disseminate hate speech. Hundreds of civilians have been killed in the ongoing conflict between government forces and rebels loyal to former Vice-President Riek Machar. The UN Spokesperson [...]

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Conflict-related sexual violence "as destructive as any bomb or bullet"

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

Member States of the United Nations have been urged to work together to prevent human rights abuses, including sexual violence. The call came from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who spoke in the Security Council on Friday during an open debate on sexual violence in conflict. He said the Council has clearly and consistently stated that [...]

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Unchecked travel documents pose danger to passengers worldwide: INTERPOL

Ronald Noble

Around 400 million individuals travel around the world on documents that may be stolen or reported lost. That's what a senor official of the international police organization, INTERPOL told reporters in New York on Friday during a briefing by the UN's Counter-terrorism Committee. Ronald Noble, the Secretary-General of INTERPOL warned that stolen and lost travel [...]

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30,000 children face malnutrition during rainy season in CAR


Nearly 30,000 children in the Central African Republic are expected to suffer from severe acute malnutrition in the coming months as the rainy season in the country continues. The UN Children's Fund, UNICEF, says it expects many of those children to die. Meanwhile, UN humanitarian agencies are appealing for more money to fight malnutrition. Nicki [...]

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ICC Prosecutor decides to probe situation in Ukraine

Fatou Bensouda

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has decided to open a preliminary examination of allegations of crimes against humanity committed in Ukraine. Although Ukraine is not part of the UN-backed ICC, the new government has declared its acceptance of the Court's jurisdiction over the crimes it says were committed between November and February. [...]

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WOMEN: Girls can "shape future" with ICT

Serafina Jacobson-Walsh (right) interviewing Sylvia Todd. © ITU/T.Blyth-Kubota

Girls can help to shape the future of the planet if they're more involved in information and communications technology…well that's according to the 12-year old host of an online webshow.  Sylvia Todd, hosts Sylvia’s Super-Awesome Maker Show, which she describes as all about "how to make cool stuff."  On Thursday the United Nations is marking [...]

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Global movie industry highlighted on World Intellectual Property Day

IP rights shape each stage of the film-maker's journey from script to screen. (Photo: WIPO).

The movie industry deserves to be protected by intellectual property laws according to the Geneva-based World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). On World Intellectual Property Day observed on 26 April each year, the organization is highlighting the importance of protecting the global film industry, an industry that employs hundreds of thousands of people. The day is [...]

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Shift in market power in banana trade: FAO

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The control of the global market for bananas has shifted from multinational companies to supermarkets and large retail chains, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The shift has come about partly because of cheaper transport costs. Growers, who are largely in developing countries, are also benefitting from changes in consumer demand. They're [...]

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Security Council debates "Women and peace and security"

Security Council Chamber. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

A senior UN official has spoken of her shock of meeting the victims of sexual violence as young as six months old. The comments by Zainab Hawa Bangura, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict came ahead of the Security Council's open debate on "Women and peace and security". In a resolution [...]

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$5 billion needed annually to eradicate deaths from malaria

Woman with malaria in Sudan. UN Photo/Albert Gonzalez Farran

Five billion dollars a year is needed to eradicate deaths from malaria according to the UN-supported Roll Back Malaria campaign. Approximately half of the world’s population live in malaria-affected areas. In Africa a child under five dies every minute from the disease. On World Malaria Day celebrated on the 25th of April each year, Isabelle [...]

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Global passion for movies highlights role of intellectual property

Credit: UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Everyone loves a good story which is why film industries are flourishing across the world, according to the World Intellectual Property Organization or WIPO. On World Intellectual Property (IP) Day, observed on April 26 every year, the agency is using the world's passion for movies to highlight the role of IP in encouraging innovation and [...]

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Influence of multinationals in banana trade declines: FAO

UN Photo/Logan Abassi

The influence of multinational companies in the banana trade has decreased dramatically, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The organization says that the market share of the three largest banana traders, Chiquita, Dole and Del Monte has dropped from almost two-thirds in the 1980s to slightly over one third in 2013. Ekaterina [...]

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