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UN AND AFRICA: Political process cornerstone for stability in Mali

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• Mali continues to face insecurity caused by the presence of terrorist groups in the northern part of the country. That's what the head of UN peacekeeping operations said during a briefing to the Security Council on Wednesday. The UN mission in Mali is helping the country as it recovers from a political crisis caused [...]

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UN CALLING ASIA: Philippines earthquake "opportunity" for development

Listen / A killer Earthquake struck Bohol Island in the Philippines in 2013.  Jason Gutierrez/IRIN

An earthquake which devastated the province of Bohol in the Philippines in 2013 has turned out to be a development opportunity.  That's according to the chief of the UN's World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). In the wake of the disaster, the organization helped Bohol to deliver a recovery plan for the region's tourism sector which would [...]

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Killing of Russian reporters condemned by UNESCO chief

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The killing of two Russian journalists in Ukraine has been condemned by the head of the UN cultural agency (UNESCO). In a statement issued on Thursday, Irina Bokova said she was "deeply shocked" by the death of Igo Krnelyuk a television reporter and Anton Voloshin a sound engineer. The two reporters, who worked for a [...]

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WOMEN: FGM: a "severe" form of violence against women

Listen / Abandoning female genital mutilation and cutting in the Fouta of Senegal.  UNFPA

Female Genital Mutilation or FGM is a violation of a person's rights, a form of "control over women" and a procedure which causes "irreversible and life-long" physical damage.  Those are the words of High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, when she condemned the practice during a recent high-level panel in Geneva.   According to the [...]

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Half of 250,000 displaced people in Iraq are children: UNICEF

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At least half of the 250,000 people displaced by fighting in Iraq are children, according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). The country has been plunged into a crisis after armed militants took control of major towns and cities. The UN Mission in Iraq says the deteriorating security situation in Mosul, the second largest city, [...]

19 Jun 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Syrian refugee in Brazil says "family has lost everything"

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A Syrian man who has been granted refugee status in Brazil says his "family has lost everything" in the civil war in the country. The three-year conflict between the government and rebel forces has caused millions of people to flee. Two and half million Syrians are now living outside the country, while six and a [...]

19 Jun 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Terrorist attacks, extremist ideologies "destabilizing" the Sahel

Listen / Children walk during a sand storm in Gao, Mali.  UN Photo/Marco Dormino

Crises in Libya, Mali and Nigeria are "destabilizing the broader Sahel region of Africa", according to the UN Secretary-General's monthly strategy report on the region. The report focuses on the five "core" Sahel countries of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mauritania, Mali and Nigeria. The Secretary-General's recently appointed Envoy for the Sahel, Hiroute Guebre Sellassie, presented the [...]

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Terrorist attacks harm civilians in Sahel, UN envoy

Listen / Portrait of a girl in Timbuktu, Mali.  UN Photo/Marco Dormino

Civilians in the Sahel region of Africa continue to suffer from the negative consequences of terrorist attacks, according to the newly appointed top United Nations envoy for the region. Hiroute Guebre Sellassie on Thursday briefed the Security Council on the situation in the semiarid region which lies along the edge of the Sahara desert. She [...]

19 Jun 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

International community has "clear roadmap" to combat non-communicable diseases

Listen / John W. Ashe, President of the sixthy-eighth session of the General Assembly.  UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

The international community needs to implement "a clear roadmap" to combat the threat of non-communicable diseases, according to the President of the General Assembly. Ambassador John Ashe spoke on Thursday during a meeting with representatives of civil society, the private sector and academia to discuss the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Mr Ashe [...]

19 Jun 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Religious minorities need protection in Iraq, say UN special advisers

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Religious and other minorities in Iraq are particularly vulnerable to attacks by terrorists and armed groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). That concern has been expressed by two United Nations special advisers as the security situation continues to deteriorate in the country. The Special Advisers to the Secretary-General on [...]

19 Jun 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNHCR online video campaign marks World Refugee Day

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Actors, authors and other high profile supporters of the United Nations Refugee Agency, or UNHCR, have been sharing their personal stories to mark World Refugee Day. The video stories appear on the UNHCR website and tell of a range of experiences, from meeting refugees to having been refugees themselves. American actress Kristin Davis gives an [...]

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Gender equality one of "most pressing" development challenges facing India

Listen / Young women of Pushkar, India. UN Photo/Oddbjorn Monsen

Ensuring gender equality is one of the "most pressing" development challenges facing India, according to the United Nations' most senior representative in the country. India currently ranks 136 out of 186 countries in the UN's Gender Inequality Index. Low political representation, high unemployment and deep-rooted prejudice against women are all issues which need tackling according [...]

19 Jun 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UNHCR online video campaign marks World Refugee Day

Listen / Congolese refugee with her children. UN Photo/Katerina Kitidi

Actors, authors and other high profile supporters of the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) have been sharing their personal stories to mark World Refugee Day. The video stories appear on the UNHCR website and tell of a range of experiences, from meeting refugees to having been refugees themselves. The videos are part of a UNHCR [...]

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