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Drought emergency declared in Somalia

Listen / A resident sells meat at the market in Hudur, Somalia.   UN Photo/Tobin Jones

A drought emergency in Somalia could aggravate the country's fragile food security situation unless immediate action is taken according to the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the Horn of Africa nation. In a press briefing in Geneva, Philippe Lazzarini said that a combination of delayed rains, rising food prices and continued conflict is further worsening the [...]

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Syrian people reduced to “very basics of survival”

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Millions of desperate people in Syria won’t get humanitarian aid unless there is political support, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs or OCHA. Since the conflict began, 9.6 million Syrians have been affected by the crisis, a number that continues to grow. More than 6.5 million people have had [...]

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Pope Francis I invited to UN headquarters in New York

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and members of the UN System Chief Executives Board (CEB) had an audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican.
The Secretary-General (left) with Pope Francis on the occasion.UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Pope Francis I has been invited to United Nations headquarters in New York to speak about his vision of the future of humankind. The invitation was extended by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who met with the Pontiff in the Vatican on Friday. Secretary-General Ban reminded the Pope of a tradition of papal visits to the [...]

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High hopes of South Sudanese for peaceful solution through talks

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Citizens of South Sudan are hoping the peace talks in Ethiopia between the two sides of the South Sudanese conflict, will bring an end to the crisis. President Salva Kiir and former Vice-President Riek Machar are to meet face-to face on Friday in Addis Ababa, for the first time since the conflict broke out in [...]

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Unprecedented brutality and frequency of attacks in Nigeria

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The "brutality and frequency" of attacks in north-eastern Nigeria is unprecedented, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR). The agency said that multiple kidnappings and deaths have caused people to flee their homes both inside Nigeria and into neighbouring countries. A quarter of a million people are now internally displaced, and around 60,000 others [...]

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UN “deeply appreciates” Pope’s commitment to eradicating poverty

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and members of the UN System Chief Executives Board (CEB) had an audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican.
The Secretary-General (right) with Pope Francis on the occasion.UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The United Nations Secretary-General has praised the leader of the worldwide Catholic Church for his role in promoting what he called "a life of dignity for all." Ban Ki-moon met with Pope Francis I in Rome on Friday Speaking to an audience at the Vatican, Mr Ban said there is too much intolerance among peoples [...]

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UN CALLING ASIA: Bollywood actress "saddened" by treatment of gay community in India

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The Bollywood actress, Celina Jaitly, says she's "saddened" by the treatment of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in India. Ms Jaitly, who is also a human rights equality champion for the United Nations, was in New York for the launch of a Bollywood-style music video made with the UN human rights office. The [...]

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Broadband "game-changer for masses" in India

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The expansion of broadband services on the internet has been described as a "game-changer" in India by the chairman of the country's Telecom Commission. M.F. Farooqui says that with increased accessibility and the right price, broadband could provide access to information and become a major driver of sustainable development. Telecom experts recently gathered at the [...]

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Philippines farmers bring in first harvest since Typhoon Haiyan

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Tens of thousands of farmers in the Philippines are bringing in their first rice harvest just six months after one of the worst ever typhoons to hit the country destroyed their fields. More than 6,000 people lost their lives, while some 600,000 hectares of farmland were destroyed when Typhoon Haiyan hit the country last November. [...]

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South Sudanese President and opposition leader expected to meet in Ethiopia

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South Sudan's President and his main political rival are expected to meet on Friday in Ethiopia for talks on ending nearly five months of fighting. The UN Secretary-General, who was in South Sudan on Tuesday, said this meeting is "absolutely necessary". He held talks with President Salva Kiir and spoke on the telephone with his [...]

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