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New camp for Syrian refugees opened in Jordan

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Jordan opened a new refugee camp on Wednesday as part of its continued provision of shelter to thousands of Syrians fleeing violence in their country. The Azraq camp, located in the desert 100 kilometres east of the capital, Amman, will be run by Jordanian authorities supported by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and its humanitarian [...]

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"Onus rests on Security Council" to take action in Syria: Amos

Listen / Valerie Amos addresses the press at the stakeout following 
Security Council Consultations: UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

The Security Council has the duty to not only recognize the reality on the ground in Syria but to act, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator told the press following a Security Council meeting on Wednesday. Ms Valerie Amos deplored that public pressure and private diplomacy has yielded little progress while violence has intensified in the [...]

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Conflict in South Sudan reaching "boiling point" warns UN human rights chief

Listen / UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay speaking to journalists in South Sudan's capital Juba.  (UNifeed video capture)

The "deadly mix of recrimination, hate speech and revenge killings" in South Sudan that has developed relentlessly over the past four and half months seems to be reaching boiling point." This warning has come from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay who is visiting the new African nation together with Adama Dieng, [...]

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Antibiotic resistance a global threat to modern medicine: WHO

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Resistance to antibiotic drugs is a serious threat across the world and has the potential to affect people of all ages and in any country. The warning appears in the World Health Organization's very first report on antimicrobial resistance or drug resistance. Antibiotics treat infections caused by bacteria, parasites, viruses or fungi. Dr Keiji Fukuda, [...]

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New camp opens in Jordan for refugees fleeing Syria civil war

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A new camp for refugees escaping a civil war in Syria has officially opened in Jordan, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) confirmed on Wednesday. Camp Azraq, which will be run by Jordanian authorities with the support of UNHCR, will help relieve pressure on the Za'atri camp, located some 80 kilometres to the north-west. With around [...]

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Famine can be avoided if South Sudanese return to their crops

Listen / UN human rights chief Navi Pillay talking to a community leader in the South Sudanese capital Bor.   (UNifeed - video capture)

Famine can be avoided if civilians in South Sudan can return to their land to plant crops, according to United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay. The displacement of close to a million civilians due to ongoing conflict in the country is threatening to disrupt the planting season which will lead to a shortage of [...]

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South Sudan leaders recognise need for political solution to conflict

Listen / UN human rights chief Navi Pillay meets former Vice-President  Riek Machar in South Sudan

The President of South Sudan and the leader of rebel forces both recognise the need to solve an ongoing conflict in the country through political dialogue, according to the UN human rights chief, Navi Pillay. Thousands of people have been killed and a million have fled their homes as government troops continue to battle opposition [...]

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International Jazz Day highlights jazz's "diplomatic role"

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Jazz has a diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe, according to the United Nations' cultural organization (UNESCO). Every year on 30 April, International Jazz Day brings together communities, artists, historians and jazz enthusiasts to celebrate and learn about jazz and its roots. The musical genre is recognized for promoting peace, [...]

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Roads "critical component" of post-2015 development agenda

Listen / Regrading of roads around Afgoye, Somalia.  UN Photo/Tobin Jones

Roads are a "critical component" of the future global poverty reduction agenda according to UNOPS, a UN agency which supports the implementation of aid and development projects across the world. Member States of the United Nations are currently defining a new set of sustainable development goals which will replace the Millennium Development Goals, the deadline [...]

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National elections in Iraq important for peace and security: Ban

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National elections in Iraq mark an important milestone in the country's democratic transition and can contribute to greater peace and stability, according to a statement released by the Secretary-General. Iraqis are casting their ballots on Wednesday for the Council of Representatives or legislature, in what will be the country's third national election under the 2005 [...]

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