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UN creates medal of courage in honour of late peacekeeper

Listen / Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid al-Hussein. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

The Security Council has decided to create a medal in honour of a United Nations peacekeeper credited with saving the lives of many Rwandans during the 1994 genocide. More than 800,000 Tutsis as well as Hutus were massacred during that period. The "Captain Mbaye Diagne Medal for Exceptional Courage" will be awarded to military, police [...]

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UN AND AFRICA: Atrocities have been committed in South Sudan, says UN report

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• There have been "grave" violations of human rights and international humanitarian law in South Sudan, according to a report released by the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) on Thursday. It says civilians have suffered in the ongoing conflict in the country. South Sudan has been beset by conflict between government and rebel forces since [...]

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"Gross violations" of human rights in South Sudan, says new report

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"Gross violations" of international human rights and humanitarian law have almost certainly been committed by both sides in the South Sudanese conflict. That's according to a new report released on Thursday by the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). Conflict between government and opposition forces in the world's newest nation began in December 2013, after [...]

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WOMEN: Nigeria abductions could deter parents from sending girls to school

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The recent abductions of girls in northern Nigeria by Boko Haram militants group could deter other parents from sending their daughters to school, a senior official for the UN's Children Fund told UN Radio.  Dr. Nicholas Alipui said the group's threat to sell or forcibly marry the girls is a "credible" threat that should not [...]

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Road transport can promote trade within Africa

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Moving goods by road can play a critical role in promoting trade between African countries, according to the Secretary-General of the International Road Transport Union (IRU). Umberto de Pretto was at the United Nations recently to attend a meeting on sustainable development goals that will replace the Millennium Development Goals after their 2015 deadline. He [...]

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Remaining chemical weapons in Syria currently inaccessible

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Eight per cent of chemical weapons stockpile remaining in Syria is currently inaccessible due to security conditions. That's according to the head of the Joint Mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations. Sigrid Kaag briefed the Security Council on Thursday on the status of the removal and [...]

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Need to bridge gaps in access to drinking water and sanitation

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The lack of provision in access to drinking water and sanitation in certain parts of the world need to be reduced further, according to a new report by two United Nations agencies. The World Health Organization and the UN's Children's Fund report, entitled Progress on drinking water and sanitation: 2014 update, was released on Thursday. [...]

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Suffering of one million displaced in Pakistan "heart-wrenching"

Listen / Kyung-wha Kang. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre

The suffering of one million people displaced in the north-west of Pakistan is "heart-wrenching", according to a top UN Humanitarian official. Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Kyung-wha Kang, wrapped up a visit to Pakistan on Thursday. She stressed the need for more support to millions of people in the country affected by insecurity, natural disasters [...]

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Inequalities in drinking water and sanitation persist

Listen / Children collect water from a water-pump well. UN Photo/Fred Noy

Too many people still lack a basic level of drinking water and sanitation, according to the World Heath Organization (WHO). A new report by WHO and the UN's Children's Fund (UNICEF) says despite some progress, sharp geographic and economic inequalities in access to improved water facilities still persist around the world. Dr Maria Neira, WHO [...]

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"Atrocities" committed in South Sudan, says UN report

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"Grave" violations of human rights and international humanitarian law have taken place in South Sudan, according to a report released on Thursday. The report by the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) describes how civilians have suffered in the ongoing conflict in the country. The new African country has been beset by fighting between government [...]

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UN official to support Nigeria's struggle to find abducted schoolgirls

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

A senior United Nations representative will be going to Nigeria to discuss how the UN can support the country's "internal challenges", as it struggles to find more than 230 abducted schoolgirls. The proposal came from the UN Secretary-General on Thursday during a phone call with Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan. President Jonathan backed the idea after [...]

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A million new jobs for young people in travel industry by 2019

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An international hotel chain is aiming to create one million new jobs for young people in the tourism and hospitality industry by 2019. Hilton Worldwide says the initiative makes good business sense and is also an important part of its corporate responsibility programme. According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), young people are three times [...]

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"Significant progress" in fighting cholera in Haiti

Listen / Water filter distribution in Haiti. UN Photo/Nektarios Markogiannis

"Significant progress" has been made in fighting cholera in Haiti according to a senior United Nations official in the country. The number of cases of the disease has fallen by 75 per cent since the beginning of the dry season in November last year. The UN has been criticised for the role it played in [...]

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Update expected on Syria's chemical weapons stockpile

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An update on Syria's chemical weapons stockpile is expected on Thursday by the head of the Joint Mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations (OPCW-UN). Ms. Sigrid Kaag's last update was given on 28 April, when she announced Syria had disposed of more than 92 per cent of [...]

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