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Concrete step achieved for nuclear-weapon-free zone in Central Asia

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

The first concrete step towards ensuring nuclear weapons are banned from Central Asia has been achieved, according to the UN Secretary-General. On Tuesday, five countries that hold nuclear-weapons signed a protocol to the Treaty on a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone in Central Asia. The five countries are the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia and China. [...]

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Plea from UN Youth Envoy to not fail this generation

Ahmad Alhendawi. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

A plea not to fail young generations of the world has been made by the UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth. Speaking at the World Conference on Youth in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Tuesday, Ahmad Alhendawi said young people are facing many challenges. He pointed out that 40 per cent of the unemployed globally are youth, [...]

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Thousands more refugees flee South Sudan for Ethiopia

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More than 11,000 refugees from South Sudan have crossed the border into Ethiopia over the past three days, since government forces captured the rebel stronghold of Nasir in the Greater Upper Nile region over the weekend. The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, says that the refugees have arrived in the Ethiopian town of Burubiey, a small [...]

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Support needed for vulnerable communities in Afghanistan

Kyung-wha Kang (left). UNAMA/Fardin Waezi

Continued support for vulnerable communities affected by conflict and natural disasters in Afghanistan must remain a priority, according to a top UN Humanitarian official. The UN Deputy Humanitarian Chief, Kyung-wha Kang, concluded her visit to the country on Tuesday. She noted that many regions of Afghanistan are prone to recurrent natural disasters. Vannina Maestracci is [...]

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Disappointing judgement for victims of rape in DRC, says UNHCR

Rape victims receive treatment at the Panzi hospital in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Photo: IRIN (file photo, July 2011)

The UN says it is disappointed by the judgement of a military court in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) against 39 Congolese military. They were accused of rapes and crimes committed in Minova and its surroundings in November 2012. The Court condemned 26 members of the Congolese Army, including two for rape, one [...]

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South Sudan president and rebel leader to hold direct talks

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) meets with Salva Kiir (second from right), President of the Republic of South Sudan, on his visit to the country. At Mr. Ban's side is Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations.UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The President Salva Kiir of South Sudan and his former deputy turned opposition leader Riek Machar have agreed to hold direct talks in Addis Ababa following a visit by the UN chief on Tuesday. The two leaders have been locked in a fierce battle over control of the country since mid-December after their fallout in [...]

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Funding crisis in Chad for humanitarian assistance

Children play near a site for displaced families at Goz Baida in eastern Chad. 
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The UN Humanitarian agency (OCHA) has said that a "funding crisis" is putting lives at risk in Chad. Some programmes, such as those providing nutritional support for children in the Sahel, may have to be cut. The situation in Chad has been impacted by civil war in the Central African Republic (CAR). Close to 100,000 [...]

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Progress reported in reducing pregnancy-related deaths


There has been a 45 per cent reduction in the number of women who die during pregnancy and childbirth but still more still needs to be done. That's according to the latest updates on maternal mortality released by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday. Approximately 289,000 women died in 2013 due to complications in [...]

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Humanitarian crisis in Chad "unfolding"

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

The humanitarian crisis in Chad is deteriorating according to a top UN official in the region. Around two and a half million people out of a population of 12 million are not getting enough food. And 400,000 children are malnourished. Robert Piper is the UN's Regional humanitarian coordinator for the Sahel. He's been accompanying Valerie [...]

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Ban Ki-moon in South Sudan urging leaders to dialogue for peace

Secretary-General meeting with President of South Sudan.  UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The United Nations Secretary-General is in South Sudan to urge the country's leaders to find peace through dialogue. Africa's newest nation has been in crisis since December 2013 following a power struggle between the president and his former deputy. Ban Ki-moon told journalists he was there "with a sad and heavy heart", after visiting displaced [...]

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South Sudan deserves "commitment" of UN

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits UNMISS Tomping Protection of Civilians Site. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

South Sudan deserves the "commitment" of the United Nations to help rebuild the country, according to a senior member of the government there. The country is facing an internal conflict which started in December last year, after the former Vice-President, was driven from power. Thousands of people have died in inter-ethnic violence and a million [...]

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Calls for 'greater effort' to end the surge of violence in Ukraine

Rupert Colville

All sides involved in the crisis in Ukraine have been urged to make greater effort to find a peaceful resolution to the current situation, especially in towns in eastern and southern Ukraine that have seen increasingly violent confrontations. Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, says that the government must ensure [...]

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Concerns grow after Boko Haram video claims Nigerian schoolgirls to be sold

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The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights says that it is deeply concerned about claims made in a video, believed to be by the leader of Boko Haram in Nigeria yesterday, concerning the fate of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls, abducted from a school in the northern state of Borno on [...]

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Sexual minorities given right to vote in India's elections

India 2014 election:  Voting rights for transgenders

Transgender people in India are for the first time recognized as voters in the elections currently taking place in what is known as the largest democracy in the world. Since 1994, India’s Election Commission has been expanding efforts to register members of the transgender community as voters. In a landmark decision in 2014, the Supreme [...]

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Somalia applauded for progress on political and economic fronts

Judy Cheng-Hopkins (right), Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support, meets with Abdiwali Sheikh Ahmed, Prime Minister of the Somali Republic, on her visit to the country.Credit: UN Photo/Tobin Jones

Somalia has been commended by a senior United Nations official for the political and economic progress it is making. The UN Assistant Secretary General for peacebuilding support, Judy Cheng-Hopkins arrived in the Horn of Africa country on Sunday for a five-day visit. Somalia is in the process of rebuilding federal state institutions and preparing for [...]

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UN humanitarian chief to discuss refugee response in Chad

Valerie Amos. Photo:Violaine Martin

The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator is meeting with government officials in Chad to discuss ways of enhancing the humanitarian response for close to 100,000 Central African refugees. During her visit, Valerie Amos is expected to draw attention on chronic food insecurity and malnutrition in the Sahel zone. Sectarian violence between Christian and Muslim militias has [...]

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