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All parties in Gaza conflict agree to 72-hour unconditional ceasefire

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (L) with US Secretary of State John Kerry (R). UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

All parties in the Gaza conflict have agreed to an unconditional humanitarian ceasefire starting Friday morning. That's according to a joint statement by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and United States Secretary of State John Kerry. The ceasefire will last for a period of 72 hours unless extended, the statement reads. During this time, the forces on [...]

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Safe, unhindered humanitarian access needed in Iraq: UN envoy

Listen / Children who fled the escalating violence in the southern part of Iraq share a small house with relatives in Turaq.UN Photo/Bikem Ekberzade

Safe and unhindered humanitarian access is urgently needed in Iraq to deliver aid to and restore basic services for communities affected by the conflict. The Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, Jacqueline Badcock, made the call on Thursday. Expressing concern over the rising levels of violence and instability across the country, she urged [...]

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Daily humanitarian pauses needed in Gaza, urges UN

Listen / Israeli forces' flares light up the night sky of Gaza City on early Tuesday, July 29, 2014. UN Photo/Shareef Sarhan

Finding a safe area in war-torn Gaza is becoming harder now that 44 per cent of the territory has been declared a no-go area by the Israeli army. The Gaza Strip is just 45 kilometres long and 6 kilometres wide. Ms Valerie Amos, the UN humanitarian chief confirmed during a briefing to the Security Council [...]

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Death toll from W. Africa Ebola outbreak may be higher, WHO says

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The death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa may be higher than reported, the World Health Organization (WHO) Spokesperson says. Gregory Hartl told Patrick Maigua that one of the big challenges in this outbreak was tracking all the cases. A lot of cases may have not been reported or come through the health [...]

31 Jul 2014 | Posted in Ebola Outbreak, Today's Features | Read More »

Relief efforts in Gaza stretched and delayed by fighting: Amos

Listen / Valerie Amos. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

The relief effort in Gaza is stretched and ongoing fighting and insecurity is hampering the ability of the UN and its partners to sustain the delivery of aid. Speaking via video conference, Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator briefed members of the Security Council on the gravity of the situation on [...]

31 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Shelling of UN school in Gaza serious "violation of international law"

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The shelling of a UN school that doubles as a shelter for thousands of displaced persons represents a serious violation of international law. That's according to the Commissioner General of the UN relief and development agency for Palestinians, UNRWA. On Wednesday night, the Jabalia Elementary Girls' School was hit by artillery fire, causing multiple deaths [...]

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No travel restrictions in West Africa despite widening Ebola virus outbreak

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The World Health Organization (WHO) says the risk of the Ebola virus being transmitted by airline passengers travelling from the affected countries remains low, but cannot be ruled out. WHO is not recommending any travel restrictions or border closures due to the Ebola outbreak but is urging health authorities and airlines flying from the affected [...]

31 Jul 2014 | Posted in Ebola Outbreak, Today's News | Read More »

UN CALLING ASIA: Child exploitation in tourism "can't be tolerated"

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The exploitation of children in the worldwide tourism industry cannot be tolerated according to the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). In South East Asia where the tourism sector is continuing to grow, the organization is working to protect children from exploitation, trafficking and abuse. The UN agency is encouraging all countries and businesses to promote [...]

31 Jul 2014 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

WOMEN: Midwife makes life better for Syrian refugee women through her work

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Over the past three years, Syria’s civil war has left more then 130,000 dead and forced millions to flee to neighbouring countries like Jordan. Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan has become home to thousands of Syrian women and adolescent girls who fled the violence in their homeland. In the midst of this catastrophe, one extraordinary [...]

31 Jul 2014 | Posted in Women | Read More »

UN and AFRICA: Continuous fighting in Darfur "opportunity" for peace

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Ongoing instability in the Darfur region of Sudan could be an opportunity for the warring factions to finally come to a peace agreement.   Lieutenant General Paul Mella, the Force Commander of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) says fatigue caused by fighting may draw the factions to the negotiation table.   Assumpta Massoi [...]

31 Jul 2014 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

Task force set up to reduce risks of flying over conflict zones

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A senior level task force made up of experts in the aviation industry and government officials has been established to reduce the risks of civilian planes flying over conflict areas. Organized by the UN agency that governs civil aviation, ICAO, the meeting was triggered by the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over the troubled [...]

31 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

"Dignified shelters" for Syrian refugees in Iraq

Listen / The IKEA Foundation is funding the development of durable and easy-to-assemble shelters for refugees. (video capture)

Syrian refugees at a camp in northern Iraq are enjoying what have been described as "dignified shelters." The white, solid, rectangular shelters are replacing the fabric tents that are typically found in refugee camps across the world. They've been developed by the Swedish retail giant, IKEA, in collaboration with the UN refugee Agency. As Warda [...]

31 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Ban hails Costa Rica for its commitment to peace and security

Listen / Secretary-General  (right) speaks to journalists during his joint press conference with Minister for Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Costa Rica has played an important global role in promoting disarmament and in the adoption of a landmark Arms Trade Treaty. The Secretary-General made the remarks to the press in San José on Wednesday after addressing the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. The Central American country has agreed to host the meeting of the States [...]

30 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Kenyans have right to safe water and sanitation, says UN expert

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Kenyans have a right to safe water and sanitation and existing water laws need to become reality, an independent UN human rights expert said after a trip to the country. Thirteen percent of people in Kenya still defecate in the open. Catarina de Albuquerque said that although Kenyans had rights to safe water and sanitation [...]

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Call for governments to better protect the rights of older people

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A UN treaty to protect the rights of older people is being championed by a group that builds awareness on global ageing issues. HelpAge International hopes that a UN panel on ageing, which is meeting in New York this week, will lead to the adoption of the treaty. Kenneth Hemley, an activist with the group, [...]

30 Jul 2014 | Posted in Caribbean News, Today's Features | Read More »

Gaza: UN strongly condemns bombing of shelter, calls it "unjustifiable"

Listen / Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson.  UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

The bombing of a UN shelter in Gaza has been met with "shock and dismay", the Deputy-Secretary General told reporters on Wednesday. Sixteen civilians were killed in Tuesday night's attack, including several children. More than a 100 people were injured. The Jabalia elementary girls' school is run by UNRWA, the UN relief and development agency [...]

30 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Child exploitation in tourism "can't be tolerated"

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The exploitation of children in the worldwide tourism industry cannot be tolerated according to the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). In South East Asia where the tourism sector is continuing to grow, the organization is working to protect children from exploitation, trafficking and abuse. The UN agency is encouraging all countries and businesses to promote [...]

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"Rapid and terrifying" deterioration of humanitarian situation in Gaza

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The humanitarian situation in Gaza is deteriorating at a "rapid and terrifying" pace, according to Jens Laerke, Spokesperson for the UN's Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). He told Patrick Maigua that a school sheltering civilians had come under fire killing many civilians, including children. This is a "flagrant violation" of humanitarian law, Laerke [...]

30 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN humanitarian chief appalled by attacks on UN and other school in Gaza

Listen / Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator.  UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Appalled by the attacks on UN offices and schools in Gaza, the UN humanitarian chief has called on the fighters to show some "humanity and morality." Ms Valerie Amos, who is also the head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), expressed alarm that more children and civilians were being killed [...]

30 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Nicaragua wind power can curb tons of emissions each year: Ban

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Nicaragua is being hailed by the Secretary-General for its "forward-looking" energy policy during an official visit to the Central American country. Mr Ban Ki-moon said the country has a vast potential to generate power from sun, wind and water. Wind power itself contributes almost 30 per cent of all energy in Nicaragua. The UN chief [...]

30 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNICEF: women most affected Ebola outbreak in W. Africa

Listen / A nurse comforts a patient who has been diagnosed to have the Ebola virus. Photo: WHO/Chris Black

Women are the most affected by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, according to Laurent Duvillier, Regional Communication Specialist for UNICEF's West and Central Africa office. He told that Anzhelika Devis that this is because many of the healthcare workers dealing with the epidemic on the ground are women. Also, women are also most likely [...]

30 Jul 2014 | Posted in Ebola Outbreak, Today's Features | Read More »

First World Day against Trafficking in Persons observed

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People around the word are being urged by the UN Secretary-General to "open their eyes to the crime of human trafficking and their hearts to the victims." Marking the first World Day against Trafficking in Persons, Mr Ban Ki-moon asked people to donate to the UN campaign, "Have a Heart for Victims of Human Trafficking". [...]

30 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Forced evacuation of northern Gaza residents could cause further devastation: Ban

Listen / Palestinian families take shelter at an UNRWA school in Gaza City (13 July 2014). Photo: Shareef Sarhan/UNRWA

The Secretary-General has warned that, if true, the forced expulsion of tens of thousands of residents from the northern Gaza Strip could have a further devastating humanitarian impact on civilians in those areas. The Israeli Defence Forces are reportedly dropping leaflets in the area warning people to leave their homes and evacuate the city. The [...]

29 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Daily News 29 July 2014

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Humanitarian drones promoted by UNICEF

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Drones or unmanned aerial vehicles could become a common sight in humanitarian crises across Africa, if a United States-based scientist has her way. Pia Zaragoza received funding from the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) to build a prototype model which could be built cheaply with a 3D printer. The drone would enable emergency workers to operate [...]

29 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN expert meets with African women tricked into trafficking in Italy

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Sexual exploitation, especially involving women from Nigeria and Eastern Europe, is the most prevalent and documented form of trafficking in Italy. Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, the UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children, conducted a 10-day official mission to the country last September. At a detention centre in the city of Turin [...]

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Midwife makes life better for Syrian refugee women through her work

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Over the past three years, Syria’s civil war has left more then 130,000 dead and forced millions to flee to neighbouring countries like Jordan. Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan has become home to thousands of Syrian women and adolescent girls who fled the violence in their homeland. In the midst of this catastrophe, one extraordinary [...]

29 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN urged to enhance cooperation with AU, EU in peace missions

Security Council meeting. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

As the UN prepares to take over from an African-led International Support Mission in the Central African Republic, the Security Council has called on the Secretary-General to review what was done in the past and how it can be done better. A resolution calling for an enhanced relationship between the United Nations and regional organizations [...]

28 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Daily News 28 July 2014

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Access to some areas in the Gaza strip still restricted, says OCHA

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Access is still restricted in many affected areas in the Gaza strip for relief workers trying to deliver living-saving support such as the evacuation of injured people and the distribution of food and water. A humanitarian pause in the Gaza strip, largely observed on 26 July, has also allowed for utility workers to carry out [...]

28 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

"Deplorable" situation in IDP camps in Myanmar's Rakhine state

Listen / Yanghee Lee. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

The situation is deplorable in several camps for internally displaced people (IDPs) in Rakhine State, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar stated after a ten-day visit to the country. Ms Yanghee Lee noted that the living conditions were even worse in the Muslim camp of Baw Du Par. The recurring [...]

28 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Growing numbers of CAR refugee children severely malnourished

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UNICEF says that it is concerned by a growing number of refugee children with severe acute malnutrition from the Central African Republic (CAR) in neighbouring countries, such as Cameroun. The two-year conflict in the CAR, between the mainly Christian anti-Balaka and Muslim Séléka movements, has led to high numbers of displaced people seeking refuge in [...]

28 Jul 2014 | Posted in From the Field, Today's Features | Read More »

UN Chief: "In the name of humanity, violence in Gaza must stop"

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (at lectern) speaks to journalists on the going hostilities in Gaza. UN Photo/Mark Garten

The Secretary-General has called for an "immediate and unconditional humanitarian ceasefire" in Gaza, urging for an end to the violence "in the name of humanity". Mr Ban Ki-moon was speaking at a press briefing in New York on Monday, shortly after his return from the region. The world is celebrating Eid al-Fitr which marks the [...]

28 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN warns of serious human rights violations in eastern Ukraine

Listen / Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.  UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

The shooting down of the Malaysian Airlines plane in eastern Ukraine may constitute a war crime, according to the UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay. She said the 17 July incident was a violation of international law, and called for prompt, through, independent and impartial investigations. In a report detailing human rights violations is eastern [...]

28 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

WHO call to eliminate viral hepatitis on World Hepatitis Day

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The World Health Organization (WHO) is using World Hepatitis Day, 28 July, as wake-up call to end viral hepatitis. Viral hepatitis is a group of infectious diseases known as hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E. Many people may not know they are infected or at risk of infection. The condition affects millions of people [...]

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Global discrepancies in levels of well-being persist

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Discrepancies in the levels of well-being for people across the world persist 20 years after a landmark conference on population issues, according to a senior United Nations population expert. Those measures of well-being include issues that affect women like fertility and child mortality. The International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) was held in Cairo [...]

27 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Climate change forces Viet Nam farmers to give up growing rice

Listen / Rice fields of hill tribes in Sapa, Viet Nam. UN Photo/Kibae Park

Farmers in Viet Nam’s Mekong Delta say they may not be able to grow rice in the future because of rising sea levels caused by climate change. The South-East Asian country is the world's second largest exporter of rice with 80 per cent of the production coming from the Mekong. Many farmers fear losing their [...]

27 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Ban appeals for extension of humanitarian pause, reiterates call for 7 day truce in Gaza

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

  UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly urged the parties fighting in the Gaza strip to extend a 12-hour humanitarian pause that was broadly observed on Saturday. His Special Envoy for the Middle East, Robert Serry, is involved in brokering an extension of the humanitarian pause for an additional extendable period of 24 hours. The [...]

26 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Women shepherds in Somaliland determined to change their odds

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Water is a central concern year round in Somaliland, a self-declared autonomous state in northern Somalia. Over a third of households in Somaliland's urban areas do not have access to clean drinking water and the proportion is far higher in rural areas, the UN says. Beerato is a major watering hole for surrounding villages, when [...]

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Tanzanian villagers find answer to water shortage under their feet

Listen / Young rural farmers of Tanzania. UN Photo/B Wolff

Villagers in northern Tanzania have found the answer to a lack of water literally under their feet. The Maasai villagers used to have to walk for hours each day in search of water, but after drilling a borehole, they found a clean, fresh supply right below their homes. As Joanne Levitan reports, the water has [...]

26 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Men and women serve under same rules in UN peacekeeping operation

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Men and women serving with the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti, have to abide by the same rules, according to the commander of a battalion from the Philippines. Commander Luzviminda Camacho, a navy captain, is leading a contingent of 156 men and women in Haiti. She has over 25 years of service in her country [...]

26 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

South Sudan's "catastrophic" food security situation of grave concern

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The food security situation in South Sudan has been described as "catastrophic and the worst in the world". The current President of the UN Security Council, Ambassador Eugène-Richard Gasana of Rwanda shared these remarks with the press late on Friday. The crisis in South Sudan may soon reach the threshold of famine as a result [...]

25 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Ban calls for 7 day humanitarian pause in Gaza and Israel fighting

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The UN Secretary-General has called for a seven day humanitarian pause in the fighting in Gaza and Israel extending over the Eid al-Fitr holiday. Eid al-Fitr otherwise known as Ramadan, a month of peace, prayer and fasting, is a Muslim celebration. Mr Ban Ki-moon made the call in Cairo, Egypt where he once again joined [...]

25 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

One Man’s Involvement

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A portrait of Sean MacBride, United Nations High Commissioner for Namibia, cofounder of Amnesty International, and recipient of 1974 Nobel Peace Prize. Language: English Genre: Report 1974 Duration: 14″

25 Jul 2014 | Posted in UN Radio Classics | Read More »

Ralph Bunche

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Celeste Holm interviews Ralph Bunche, Nobel laureate and Under Secretary for Special Political Affairs. He speaks with humour and humility about earlier career and educational experiences, race and how he “fell into” teaching, marriage and the United Nations. Language: English Genre: Interview 1962 Duration: 22″

25 Jul 2014 | Posted in UN Radio Classics | Read More »

Investigation of attack on UN school in Beit Hanoun cut short

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A visit to the scene of an attack at a UN-run school in Beit Hanoun was cut short when gunfire erupted around the area. The UNRWA assessment team or UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, included an international weapons expert. Media reports say at least 15 people died in the attack against the [...]

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"Full-fledged impunity in Syria", says chair of UN-mandated probe

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The conflict in Syria has reached a tipping point, threatening the entire region, according to the latest report by the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria (COI). With warring parties in unrelenting pursuit of a military victory, the report says, violence has escalated to an unprecedented level. The Commissioners are urging the international community, [...]

25 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Arms race in Syria must be stopped to reduce suffering of civilians

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Barrel bombs continue to shower civilians in Syria, towns remain under siege while torture and other gross human rights violations are carried out in total impunity. The Chair of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria (COI) made the remarks on Friday, ahead of his briefing to the Security Council. It's the Commission's fourth [...]

25 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Trafficked migrants face violence and death en-route to Europe

Listen / A boat carrying sub-Saharan African migrant workers arrives in Lampedusa from Tripoli. Thousands of migrants have made the perilous journey.  © Kate Thomas/IRIN

African migrants and asylum seekers face inhuman and degrading treatment in the hands of human traffickers in their perilous journey across the Mediterranean sea into Europe, according to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). African migrants rescued by the Italian Navy last Saturday have spoken of being subjected to racial discrimination, beaten with knives, crammed [...]

25 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Health workers in Gaza working under extreme insecure conditions

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The World Health Organisation(WHO) is calling for the opening up of a humanitarian corridor in Gaza, for the evacuation of the injured civilians well as for the supply of life saving medical supplies. WHO says hospitals and ambulances have been damaged, destroyed or rendered unable to function, further constraining the ability of Gaza's health system [...]

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Criminalisation of at-risk groups undermines AIDS response

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The criminalisation of at-risk populations can slow down efforts to eradicate the epidemic of HIV and AIDS. Madeep Dahliwal, Director of the UN Development Programme's HIV, Health and Development Practice, made the observation from Melbourne Australia. The 20th International AIDS Conference wrapped up on Friday. Billions of dollars may be spent on HIV and prevention [...]

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"International sisterhood" for five women on Security Council

Listen / Joy Ugwu. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

The Security Council has been described as an "international sisterhood" by one of the five women ambassadors currently serving on the United Nations body. For the first time in the history of the Council, women occupy five of the 15 seats. Ambassador Joy Ugwu of Nigeria is one of them. She hopes that one day [...]

25 Jul 2014 | Posted in From the Ambassador, Today's Features | Read More »

UN cultural agency calls for protection of schools in conflicts

Listen / Irina Bokova. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

All parties to a conflict must respect and protect the right to education, according to the Director-General of the UN cultural agency, UNESCO. Ms Irina Bokova made the appeal following reports that schools and educational facilities in Gaza and Israel are being damaged as a result of shelling and rocket attacks. UNRWA, the UN agency [...]

25 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Ban urges Iraq to form coalition government

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meeting with H.E. Mr. Nouri al-Maliki, Prime Minister of the Republic of Iraq.UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The UN Secretary-General has urged authorities in Iraq to form an inclusive government in order to overcome the "existential threat" the country is facing. Iraq is plagued by ethnic and sectarian divisions. Mr Ban Ki-moon was speaking in Baghdad where he met with the country's Prime Minister and the local press. The country has a [...]

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Europe urged to do more to curb refugee, migrant deaths at sea

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Europe has been called to action to stop the rise of people dying at sea seeking refuge from countries torn by conflict like Syria, Mali, Libya or insecurity like Somalia. The UN refugee agency issued a statement in Geneva after more than 260 people died crossing or went missing in the Mediterranean in the last [...]

24 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Multiple dead, injured in shelling of UN Gaza shelter

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Many people have died while others have been injured by incoming Israeli fire at a UN school in the northern city of Beit Hanoun in Gaza. Adnan Abu Hasna, Spokesperson for the UN Relief Works Agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA) confirmed the news on Thursday. The location of the school and the fact that it [...]

24 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Women and girls in Iraq risk forced circumcision

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Up to four million women in parts of northern Iraq controlled by the militant group ISIS face the risk of undergoing female genital mutilation, according to United Nations officials in Iraq. The militant group is reported to have issued an order requiring women in Mosul undergo FGM. United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq Jacqueline Badcock, [...]

24 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

75,000 migrants have crossed the Mediterranean sea this year

Listen / Italian coastguards help a group of boat people found floating in a crowded craft near Lampedusa Island.UNHCR/A.Di Loreto

More than 800 migrants and asylum seekers have died this year as they attempted to cross the Mediterranean sea towards Europe, according to the UN refugee agency UNHCR. In the past ten days alone 260 migrants and asylum seekers have died or been reported missing at sea. UNHCR says survivors have been reporting disturbing incidents [...]

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Sustained progress relies on good policies and social institutions

Listen / UNDP launches Human Development Report 2014

Most people in countries have been doing steadily better in human development but the progress has been uneven, a new UN report has found. Human development tracks progress on people's ability to get an education, to be healthy, to have a reasonable standard of life and to be safe, the report says. But it's also [...]

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Put people first to reduce vulnerability, enhance resilience: UN report

Listen / UNDP launches flagship Human Development Report 2014.

Extreme poverty or vulnerability threatens human development and unless it's addressed, progress will not be equal or sustainable. That's according to the UN Development Programme's flagship Human Development Report, which has been tracking progress in developing and developed countries for more than 20 years. The report shows that progress on a global scale is continuing, [...]

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WOMEN: "International sisterhood" for five women on Security Council

Listen / Joy Ogwu, Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN.  UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

The Security Council has been described as an "international sisterhood" by one of the five women ambassadors currently serving on the United Nations body.  For the first time in the history of the Council, women occupy five of the 15 seats.  Ambassador Joy Ogwu of Nigeria is one of them. She hopes that one day [...]

24 Jul 2014 | Posted in Women | Read More »

UN and AFRICA: Massai use radio as "door" to bring their issues to the open

Listen / Members of a Maasai traditional singing group, Kenya.  UN Photo/Andi Gitow

The Maasai people in the Ngorongoro District of Tanzania are using radio to air their concerns and reach out to fellow Tanzanians and authorities so that they can better understand their situation.   The Maasai pastoralists are concerned about being pushed out of grazing areas to make way for tourism.   Thanks to the UN cultural agency [...]

24 Jul 2014 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

Zimbabwean female peacekeeper’s sees “great opportunity” in her mission

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Serving as a United Nations peacekeeper does not only benefit the people who are being assisted but also the peacekeeper. That’s the view of a Zimbabwean female peacekeeper serving with the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). Routendo Mondenyanya is part of the UNMISS team that is helping the new African nation as it builds [...]

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UN CALLING ASIA: "Dignified shelters" for Syrian refugees in Iraq

Listen / The IKEA Foundation is funding the development of durable and easy-to-assemble shelters for refugees. (video capture)

Syrian refugees at a camp in northern Iraq are enjoying what have been described as "dignified shelters." The white, solid, rectangular shelters are replacing the fabric tents that are typically found in refugee camps across the world. They've been developed by the Swedish retail giant, IKEA, in collaboration with the UN refugee Agency. As Warda [...]

24 Jul 2014 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

World's most neglected regions to receive $75 million in emergency aid

Listen / Internally displaced people (IDPs), affected by flooding in Somalia.UN Photo/Tobin Jones

Two of the world's most neglected regions with high levels of malnutrition and food insecurity are expected to receive $75 million in humanitarian relief aid from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) The allocation will go to 11 countries in the West African Sahel and the Horn of Africa where critical aid operations are [...]

23 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN envoy in Iraq calls for ISIL to be held accountable for "horrific acts"

Listen / A wide view of the Security Council Chamber as Nickolay Mladenov (on screen), briefs the Council via video conference. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

The Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), a splinter group of Al-Qaida, has grown to be a complex threat to peace and security in Iraq, the entire region and beyond. The head of the United Nations Mission (UNAMI) in Iraq Nikolay Mladenov issued the warning on Wednesday as he briefed the Security Council via [...]

23 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Ban commends John Kerry on "dynamic engagement" with Middle East leaders

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Jerusalem, Israel. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The international community does not have much time to wait and lose, the UN Secretary-General urged during Wednesday's visit to Jerusalem. Mr Ban Ki-moon was in the Israeli city as part of his Middle East tour aiming to secure a cease-fire in Israeli-Palestinian conflict. After his meeting with Israeli President Shimon Peres, he made remarks [...]

23 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Commission of Inquiry established for violations in the occupied Palestinian territory

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The UN Human Rights Council has decided to urgently dispatch an international commission of inquiry to investigate all human rights violations in the occupied Palestinian territory in the context of military operations conducted since 13 June. That includes East Jerusalem and particularly the occupied Gaza strip. Twenty-nine Member States voted in favour of the resolution, [...]

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UN Emergency fund gives $75 million in relief aid to Sahel and Horn of Africa

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The UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has allocated $75 million to scale up aid in the neglected regions of the West African Sahel and the Horn of Africa. That's according to Lisa Doughten, Chief of CERF. The Fund just selected 11 countries in the Horn of Africa and West Africa's Sahel region for its [...]

23 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Israel affirms its right to self –defense against Hamas militants

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Israel says it will not renege on its determination to defend itself against rocket attacks fired by Hamas militants from Gaza. Israel's Ambassador in Geneva Eviatar Manor told the UN Human Rights Council that his government would not be doing its duty to protect its citizens had it not launched its latest military offensive into [...]

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To mark 100 days of captivity for Chibok girls, UN calls for safer schools

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A call for international support for safe schools across Nigeria has been made to mark the 100 days of captivity for the Chibok girls. Some 200 school girls from Chibok, Nigeria are still being forcefully held by the Boko Haram terrorist group since 15 April. The UN Envoy for education, Gordon Brown, made the appeal [...]

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New global initiative launched to improve testing for HIV in labs

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A new initiative has been launched by the UN and its global and regional partners to improve testing for the HIV virus in laboratories. The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, UNAIDS, made the announcement on Wednesday on the margins of the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia. The Diagnostics Access Initiative focuses on [...]

23 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Serious human rights violations taking place in Gaza

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Condemning Israel for not taking "all necessary precautions to protect civilian lives” in Gaza, the UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay says there is a "strong possibility that international humanitarian law had been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes." Addressing the UN Human Rights Council at the start of a special session to discuss [...]

23 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

20th Commonwealth Games to raise funds for children in need

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The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) has joined forces with the UN Children's Fund UNICEF to raise money that will help change the lives of millions of children. UNICEF says all the funds collected through the Opening Ceremony of the Games will help protect children from poverty, disease, exploitation and provide life-saving food and vaccines. The [...]

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“Time to take action” on youth unemployment

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The time for talking is over, action must now be taken to combat the increasing levels of youth unemployment around the globe. That is the resounding message from some young people who recently attended a major conference at the United Nations on youth issues. Wambui Kahara is the Youth Representative from Kenya attending the conference. [...]

23 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Egypt peace initiative "promising" but Hamas has yet to respond

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An initiative put forward by Egypt, based on a November 2012 ceasefire, is the most promising framework to end the fighting in Gaza. That was the Secretary-General's message to members of the Security Council via video conference from Ramallah, the fifth stop on his journey to raise support for an end to the conflict. Addressing [...]

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Prevention can help solve the world's drug problem – INCB

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The world's drug problem can be solved by reducing the demand for drugs, or focusing on drug abuse prevention, according to Dr. Lochan Naidoo, of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB). One dollar invested in prevention can save ten dollars in later costs, he noted. The INCB is an independent, quasi-judicial monitoring body for the [...]

22 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Ban: military action will not increase Israel's stability, security

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While demanding the end of all rocket attacks by Hamas and Islamic Jihad, the UN Secretary-General also warned Israel that military action will not increase Israel's stability and security in the long term. Mr Ban Ki-moon made the remarks in Israel on Tuesday, the third leg of his Middle East tour which aims to secure [...]

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Global action needed to protect children against polio in Syria, Middle-East

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Over 25 million children have been vaccinated against Polio in the Middle East in one of the biggest immunization campaigns to be jointly undertaken by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the UN Children's Fund UNICEF. In Syria close to two million children were immunized but according to UNICEF, many displaced children are at risk [...]

22 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

CAR refugees in desperate need of humanitarian assistance

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The humanitarian situation of refugees fleeing Central African Republic into neighbouring countries continues to worsen as aid agencies struggle to raise adequate funding to meet their growing needs. United Nations refugee agency UNHCR says the number of refugees who have fled the CAR into Cameroon, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo and the Congo now stands [...]

22 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

WHO voices concerns over attacks on health facilities and workers in Gaza

Listen / Palestinian families take shelter at an UNRWA school in Gaza City (13 July 2014). Photo: Shareef Sarhan/UNRWA

At least 18 health care facilities have been damaged and 20 health workers injured, as the Israeli military offensive against Hamas militants continues in Gaza. The World Health Organization (WHO) says it is gravely concerned about the increasing attacks on health facilities and is appealing to all parties to the conflict to respect their obligations [...]

22 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

A summit to end female genital mutilation and child marriage

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An international summit to rally a growing movement to end female genital mutilation and child marriage is taking place in London, United Kingdom. Tuesday's event, co-hosted by the UN's Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the UK Government, will bring together child protection experts as well as field experts from many African and Asian countries. According to [...]

22 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Young people in Uzbekistan take on social innovation challenge

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Young people in Uzbekistan have been challenged by the United Nations to come up with ways of promoting volunteerism through social media. Part of the challenge is to create a one minute long video clip which will attract young people to volunteer for their communities. Nigina Mirbabaeva has been speaking to the UN Development Programme’s [...]

22 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Gaza: Number of displaced in UN shelters exceeds 100,000

Listen / Palestinian families take shelter at an UNRWA school in Gaza City (13 July 2014). Photo: Shareef Sarhan/UNRWA

The number of people in Gaza seeking refuge in its sites has jumped to over 100 000, according to the UN relief and works agency for palestine refugees (UNRWA). An expanded ground offensive by the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) has resulted in an 'exponential increase' in internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Gaza over the past [...]

22 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Security Council votes for a probe on Malaysia air crash

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A UN resolution, backed by all 15 Members of the Council, is calling for the safe, secure, full and unrestricted access to the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17. The commercial aircraft was shot down on 17 July over the rebel-held region of Donetsk Oblast in Ukraine, killing 298 people. Australia, which tabled the [...]

21 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Gaza an open wound and "band-aid" won't help: Ban

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Too many civilians, including too many children are paying the price for the latest escalation of violence in Gaza, deplored the UN Secretary-General as he urged all sides to end the fighting. Mr Ban Ki-moon made the remarks to the press in Cairo on Monday, on the second leg of his Middle East tour. The [...]

21 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

"Indigenous peoples" cannot be "deleted" from new UN development goals

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The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) must not be a step backwards for indigenous peoples, a group of UN experts warned on Friday. Their call came after a meeting was held in New York last week to draft a new set of goals which will be presented to the UN General Assembly in September. [...]

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Ten organizations receive Red Ribbon Award for work on AIDS

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Ten community-based organizations have won the 2014 Red Ribbon Award for their work in reducing the impact of the AIDS epidemic, according to the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). These organizations were presented the prize at the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne, Australia, which is taking place from 20 to 25 [...]

21 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Special airlift from Dubai delivers aid to 100,000 in Gaza

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A special airlift in support of displaced families in Gaza began on Sunday from Dubai, where a cargo took off carrying humanitarian aid, according to the United Nations agency assisting Palestinians (UNRWA). The number of displaced coming to UNRWA in Gaza may soon be as high as 100,000 due to ongoing fighting between Israel and [...]

21 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

FAO warns of fruit bat risk in West African Ebola epidemic

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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is warning that increased efforts are needed to improve awareness in West Africa about the risks of contracting the Ebola virus from eating certain wildlife species, including fruit bats. Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are struggling to contain the world's deadliest recorded outbreak of the [...]

21 Jul 2014 | Posted in Ebola Outbreak, Today's Features | Read More »

Human Rights Council to discuss conflict in Gaza

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The Geneva based UN Human Rights Council is to convene a special session on Wednesday 23 July to discuss the situation in Gaza. The session has been requested by Egypt and Pakistan with the support of 15 members of the council among them China, Cuba, The Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia and South Africa. On Sunday, [...]

21 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

FAO warns of wild animal risk in West African Ebola epidemic

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Rural communities in West Africa are at risk of contracting the deadly Ebola virus from eating certain wildlife species, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). FAO has singled out the fruit bats, which are thought to be the likely reservoir of the virus which they can carry without developing clinical signs of [...]

21 Jul 2014 | Posted in Ebola Outbreak, Today's News | Read More »

Women pay the highest price in times of conflict, CEDAW member says

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Women are the ones who pay the highest price in times of conflict, Nahla Haidar, a member of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), said. However, they should not only be seen as victims but as "agents for peace", she added. She was speaking to Patrick Maigua after the just concluded [...]

21 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

"Stepping up the Pace" to reverse the trajectory of HIV

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An international conference on AIDS is gathering under the theme of "Stepping up the Pace" to ensure that the pace increases to reverse the trajectory of the epidemic. Organized by UNESCO and taking place in Melbourne, Australia, the 20th International AIDS Conference is scheduled from 20 to 25 July. It will gather those working in [...]

21 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Fijian farmers enter lucrative organic papaya market through self-certification

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A group of 20 young Fijian farmers dream of earning enough money to support their siblings. Their plan? To farm papaya organically and to access the premium price that the organic market pays. But they can only do this if their product is certified organic. With the prohibitively high cost of third party organic certification, [...]

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Having women preside over UN's most powerful body sends strong message: Lithuania

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Having female ambassadors serve as President of the Security Council sends a powerful message of empowerment, according to Lithuania's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York. This year, for the first time in the history of the Council, a total of five female ambassadors are serving throughout the year. In February, Ambassador Raimonda [...]

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Menstruation keeps young Indian girls out of school

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Young girls in India are staying away from school due to the lack of understanding about their monthly menstruation. This lack of understanding combined with a social stigma that has been handed down over generations, means many girls feel too ashamed to go to school at all. Up to a quarter of schoolgirls in India [...]

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

Livestock of IDPs assisted by FAO in North Waziristan

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Animals belonging to internally displaced persons (IDPs) from North Waziristan are receiving aid from the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Due to military operations in North Waziristan, a mountainous region in northern Pakistan, about one million individuals have been displaced. According to FAO, 70 per cent of IDPs left with their livestock. Representatives of [...]

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Young people should get involved in environmental issues

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Children and young people have things to say on environmental issues but are rarely heard. That's the opinion of 14 year old Kehkashan Basu, the Global Coordinator for Children and Youth at the UN's Environmental Programme's Major Groups Facilitating Committee. She wants to see more youth get involved in environmental policy as she explained more [...]

18 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

"Indiscriminate" firing of rockets must immediately end, says Ban

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The "indiscriminate" firing of rockets by Hamas into Israel and Israeli retaliatory action must immediately end, according to the Secretary-General of the United Nations. On Thursday Ban Ki-moon said the "appalling suffering" of civilian populations will inevitably increase due to the escalation of violence between Israel and Palestine. He added he is disappointed that all [...]

18 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Secretary-General condemns "deliberate downing of civilian aircraft"

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The Secretary-General has strongly condemned the apparently deliberate downing of a civilian aircraft flying over eastern Ukraine. Jeffrey Feltman, the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, shared the remarks during an emergency meeting of the Security Council on Friday. Nearly 300 innocent people from many countries that are represented by Members of the Council were killed, including [...]

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Tribute to WHO spokesman killed in Ukraine plane disaster

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A World Health Organisation (WHO) staff member is among the 298 passengers killed in the Malaysia plane crash in Ukraine. Glenn Thomas, a communications officer at WHO Headquarters in Geneva, was flying to Australia to attend the International AIDS conference which opens in Melbourne on Sunday. Glenn was a regular speaker at the bi-weekly press [...]

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10,000 Syrian children denied access to medical supplies

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The Syrian government has blocked the distribution of medicine and other hygiene supplies to nearly 10,000 children living in the besieged town of Mouadamiya al-Sham in Rural Damascus, according to the UN Children's Fund UNICEF. The town which is only 8 kilometres from Damascus has been under siege since August last year, and according to [...]

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Over 1,500 civilians killed in Iraq in June

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The United Nations has accused armed groups in Iraq of committing serous human rights violations some of which may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity. A report prepared by the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) and the UN Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) says at least 1,531 civilians were killed and 1,763 wounded during [...]

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Nelson Mandela Day is a call to action, says UN Chief

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Nelson Mandela Day is a call to action and people across the globe can celebrate by helping address real problems in their community. That was the Secretary-General's message on the Day, observed every year on 18 July. Last year, the world lost one of its greatest leaders when Mr Mandela passed away, Mr Ban Ki-moon [...]

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"Poppa Mandela" tribute song performed at the United Nations

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Nelson Mandela was a man who changed peoples' lives by saying no to Apartheid, no to racism, discrimination and segregation, according to a young female artist who goes by the stage name "Moonspice". Deeply moved by the news of his death last December, Christine Aurore Costarramone- her real name- wrote a song in memory of [...]

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Nelson Mandela: Carrying on His Legacy

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As the world said farewell to Nelson Mandela, attention turned to how his legacy will live on in the pursuit of achieving justice and equality for all. The world's most famous prisoner of conscience who resisted the former system of racial discrimination in South Africa known as apartheid, died in his native village on 5 [...]

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No military solution to Syria conflict-same applies to Israel-Palestine conflict: Ban

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The UN Secretary-General has promised to spare no effort, together with his newly-appointed senior advisors, to help stop the violence and achieve a Syrian-led inclusive political solution. Mr Ban Ki-moon made the remarks during a photo opportunity with his Special Envoy and Deputy Special Envoy for Syria on Thursday. Mr. Staffan de Mistura replaces Lakhdar [...]

17 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Chief calls for full probe into Malaysia Airlines crash

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The Secretary-General has called for a "full and transparent" international investigation into Thursday's crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane. Mr Ban Ki-moon issued a statement to the press during a photo-op with his two newly-appointed senior advisors to Syria. According to media reports, the Boeing 777 was en route from Amsterdam to the Malaysian capital, [...]

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"ICC not focused primarily on Africa", official says on International Criminal Justice Day

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The International Criminal Court or ICC is not primarily focused on Africa, the Court's Spokesperson has refuted. The 120 States that adopted the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), named 17 July as the International Day of Criminal Justice, the day on which the Statute was adopted. This day commemorates the efforts of [...]

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Africa needs significant investment to end extreme poverty: Ban

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To end extreme poverty and provide inclusive prosperity, Africa needs an enabling environment to promote investment, the right kind of investment and the wise management of the proceeds. That's what UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a High-Level General Assembly debate on investment in Africa. Much of the foreign direct investment that has gone into the [...]

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Libya in middle of "all out confrontation" between two rival groups

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Libya is in the middle of an "all out confrontation" between two rival groups, the Secretary-General's Special Representative to the country has warned. Mr Tarek Mitri told the Security Council via video teleconference on Thursday that the confrontation, born out of deep political polarization, is playing out at Tripoli's international airport. The fighting has pitted [...]

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Fracking carries significant environmental risks – UN

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The volume of water used every year in the United States to drill or extract natural gas is the equivalent of a city of five  million people, a senior advisor for the UN Chief on the Sustainable Energy Initiative for All has warned. The method known as fracking or hydraulic fracturing involves pumping gallons of [...]

17 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN assesses humanitarian needs in Gaza during ceasefire

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The World Food Programme took advantage of a five-hour humanitarian truce to provide emergency food assistance to thousands of people affected by the escalation in violence and to move food stocks into position around the Gaza Strip. WFP's Country Director in the occupied Palestinian territories, Pablo Recalde, took part in an inter-agency mission to Gaza [...]

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UNRWA condemns placement of weapons in Gaza school

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About 20 rockets have been found hidden in a vacant school run by the United Nations agency assisting Palestinians UNRWA. The weapons were discovered on Wednesday by UNRWA officials during a regular inspection of their premises. It is still not clear who placed the weapons in the school. UNRWA has condemned the placement of the [...]

17 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Humanitarian pause in Gaza allows for emergency food aid distribution

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Thousands of people affected by the escalation of violence in the Gaza Strip have been able to receive emergency food aid during a five-hour humanitarian truce, according to the World Food Programme. The temporary cease-fire was brokered by the Secretary-General's Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry. WFP took advantage of the [...]

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New food standards adopted to protect consumers

Listen / A variety of the new high-yielding rice grown in Guyana.  UN Photo/Ciganovic

The United Nations’ food standards body has adopted new standards to protect consumer health worldwide. The Codex Alimentarius Commission resolved to lower further the maximum acceptable levels of lead in infant formula. The Commission says infants and young children are particularly vulnerable to the toxic effects of lead and they can suffer profound and permanent [...]

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People across globe who want a just, peaceful world connect

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People around the world are sharing pictures of themselves holding signs that say "Justice Matters" on their social media accounts on Thursday, International Criminal Justice Day. Observed annually on 17 July, the Day marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The World Court, [...]

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UN and AFRICA: "Time to take action" on youth unemployment

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The time for talking is over, action must now be taken to combat the increasing levels of youth unemployment around the globe.   That is the resounding message from some young people who recently attended a major conference at the United Nations on youth issues.   Wambui Kahara is the Youth Representative from Kenya attending the conference.   [...]

17 Jul 2014 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

WOMEN: 94,000 newborn deaths from malaria averted

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An estimated 94,000 newborn deaths from malaria were averted in the three years leading up to 2012 following more intensive preventative treatment, according to a new report. The Roll Back Malaria Partnership, which was created by four UN agencies, says that interventions during pregnancy and the use of insecticide treated nets have improved the survival [...]

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Lack of access to HIV services for at-risk populations stalls progress

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Failure to provide adequate HIV services for high risk populations is holding back progress on the elimination of the virus, according to the World Health Organization. Men who have sex with men, people in prison, people who inject drugs, sex workers and transgender people are some of the groups identified by the agency. This key [...]

17 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN CALLING ASIA: Men and women serve under same rules in UN peacekeeping operation

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Men and women serving with the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti, have to abide by the same rules, according to the commander of a battalion from the Philippines.  Commander Luzviminda Camacho, a navy captain, is leading a contingent of 156 men and women in Haiti. She has over 25 years of service in her country [...]

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Grave humanitarian crisis continues to unfold in Sudan and South Sudan

Listen / Men, women and children with gourds wait for permission to gather the spilled grains from air-drops of World Food Programme aircraft in the drop zone near Thiekthou.  Bahr El Ghazal, Sudan.  UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Hundreds of thousands of innocent people living in two disputed areas, on the border between Sudan and South Sudan, continue to be affected by war and have no access to even the most basic humanitarian aid. That's what the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator told members of the Security Council on Wednesday. [...]

16 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Ban commends Dominican authorities for law creating path to citizenship

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The Secretary-General has commended authorities in the Dominican Republic for adopting a law that addresses the problem of stateless migrants in the country. Mr Ban Ki-moon made the remarks to Congress during a session held in the capital Santo Domingo on Thursday. Until 2010, the Dominican Republic had followed the principle of automatically bestowing citizenship [...]

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UN rights envoy for Cambodia urges end to protest ban

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The United Nations Special Envoy on the situation of human rights in Cambodia has once again called for an end to the official ban on demonstrations. Mr Surya Subedi issued the statement in the wake of alarming reports of violence following opposition protests in Phnom Penh on Tuesday. Forty people were injured in violent clashes [...]

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"Home can be the most dangerous place for a woman", says new study

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Over half of the female homicide victims worldwide are killed by intimate partners or family members. Men, on the other hand, are much more likely to be killed by someone they have never met. That's the conclusion of a report on global homicide statistics recently released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime [...]

16 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Syrian refugee women in Lebanon face hardships as sole providers

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Women refugees experience considerable hardships in their host countries, which are compounded when they are the sole providers of households, a new report by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has found. More than 145,000 Syrian refugee families in Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan – or one in four of all households – are headed by [...]

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Security Council condemns "in strongest terms" Afghanistan attacks

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The members of the Security Council have condemned in the "strongest terms" two attacks in Afghanistan that have caused many deaths and injuries of civilians, including children. The Kabul attack killed two people and injured five others riding in a shuttle bus carrying civilian government workers. The Taliban claimed responsibility for detonating a remote-controlled improvised [...]

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Ending HIV/AIDS epidemic within manageable reach

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The spread of the HIV AIDS could be brought under control by 2030, but will require a significant scale up of prevention and treatment measures, according to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS. UNAIDS says new HIV infections have declined by 13 per cent in the last three years, while AIDS related deaths have [...]

16 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Individual human rights must be protected offline and online

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Digital mass surveillance by governments on individuals and corporate organisations without their consent is an affront to the enjoyment of human rights including the right to privacy, according to a new report published by the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR). The report entitled, "The right to privacy in the digital age" says there is a [...]

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Treaty to manage world's genetic resources and share benefits to come in to effect

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Local communities and indigenous populations are the custodians of the world's biodiversity or life on Earth and they deserve to share in the benefits. That's according to Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary for the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity. Now those communities will benefit thanks to the entering into force of the [...]

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UN treaty to help curb bio-piracy and plundering of genetic resources

Listen / Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias. Photo Credit: SCBD

The global sale of medicinal plants like South Africa's devil's claw used to treat rheumatism and the vastly popular appetite suppressant, hoodia goordoni, is part of a billion dollar industry. These traditional herbal remedies have been grown and cultivated for generations by local communities and the indigenous peoples. A UN treaty that will allow for [...]

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Development and alternative crops provide hope in war on illicit drugs

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A greater focus on development activities and alternative crops has been urged by the UN in countries where drug trafficking has disrupted security and development. In 2012, up to 324 million people, or 7 per cent of the world population aged 15-64, had used an illicit drug. Addressing an event at the UN on "Sustainable [...]

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Ceremony Naming Nelson and Winnie Mandela’s Corner in New York

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This ceremony honors Nelson and Winnie Mandela and the fight against the Apartheid regime in South Africa. Language: English Genre: Speech 1984 Duration: 8’00″

15 Jul 2014 | Posted in UN Radio Classics | Read More »

Women on Security Council have responsibility to open door for others

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Women ambassadors who serve on the United Nations Security Council have the responsibility to open the door for other women to follow in their steps. That's according to Maria Cristina Perceval, the Permanent Representative of Argentina, who is one of five female ambassadors serving on the Council. It's the first time there have been five [...]

15 Jul 2014 | Posted in From the Ambassador, Today's Features | Read More »

Yemen: millions don't know where the next meal will come from

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Millions of Yemenis do not know where their next meal will come from, according to a joint survey by two UN agencies. The World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) carried out the assessment in 22 governorates or provinces of the country. It shows that acute malnutrition rates in Yemen are serious [...]

15 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

First aid in two years reaches besieged Syrian locality

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A besieged locality in Rural Damascus in Syria has been reached with aid supplies for the first time in nearly two years. UN agencies and partners from the Syrian Arab Red Crescent reached Madamiyet Elsham on Monday and delivered food, household items, and hygiene supplies for about 5,000 people. It's hoped that this will be [...]

15 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Ebola infections in West Africa reach almost 1000

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An estimated 964 cases of Ebola have been reported in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the World Health Organization (WHO) has reported. So far, more than 600 people have died from the virus. In Guinea alone, six new cases and three deaths have been reported in the last few days. The disease causes severe haemorrhaging [...]

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Haiti aims to improve access to safe water, sanitation

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Cholera rates in Haiti are declining but weak water and sanitation problems are slowing down progress and allowing the epidemic and other waterborne diseases to persist, according to the UN Secretary-General. Mr Ban Ki-moon arrived in Caribbean island on Monday to raise support for initiative which aims to eliminate cholera in both Haiti and the [...]

15 Jul 2014 | Posted in Caribbean News, Today's Features | Read More »

Small businesses missing out on benefits of ICT

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Small businesses, especially those in developing and transition economies, are losing out on the benefits of information and communication technology (ICT), according to the UN Conference on Trade and Development, (UNCTAD). New data published by UNCTAD suggests that the smallest companies, in particular are less likely to be connected to the Internet. The agency said [...]

15 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan condemned by UN

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A suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan which killed at least 43 people including eight children has been condemned by the United Nations. The attack took place in a market in Urgun, in Paktika province in the south-east of the country and caused the single largest loss of life in 2014. At least 67 civilians were [...]

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Nelson Mandela Addresses General Assembly

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ANC leader Nelson Mandela addresses the General Assembly about his fight against the Apartheid regime in South Africa, four years before being elected President. Language: English Genre: Speech 1990 Duration: 25’00″

15 Jul 2014 | Posted in UN Radio Classics | Read More »

Childhood obesity becoming a global health crisis

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Childhood obesity is rapidly becoming a public health crisis in many developing countries, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). WHO says the number of obese and overweight children worldwide has grown from 31 million in 1990 to about 44 million presently, with developing countries registering a growth rate that is 30 per cent higher [...]

15 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNRWA calls for a ceasefire in Gaza to stop civilian deaths

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There could be more deaths and destruction in Gaza, if efforts to broker a ceasefire between the Israel and Palestine fail, according to the UN agency providing assistance to Palestinians, UNRWA. Already over 174 Palestinians have been killed and more than 1,100 injured, since the start of Israel's latest military offensive in Gaza. Briefing journalists [...]

15 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

10 million Yemenis "still struggle for food"

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Ten million people in Yemen are still struggling to find enough food to eat, according to two UN agencies. A survey by the World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) shows that 40 per cent of Yemenis don't know where their next meal will come from. Around five million people are severely [...]

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A Symbol of Hope and Humanity

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Secretary-General Boutros Boutros Ghali gives a special toast to Nelson Mandela, newly elected president of South Africa. Mandela follows with his own toast to the UN. Language: English Genre: Speech 1994 Duration: 13’00″

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Ban visits anti-poverty programme in Dominican Republic

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The UN Secretary-General has travelled to the Dominican Republic on Tuesday where he visited an anti-poverty programme for the most vulnerable. Mr Ban also met with President Danilo Medina and other senior government officials. It's the UN Chief's second stop on his Caribbean tour following Monday's visit to Haiti. While in Haiti, he launched, the [...]

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Afghan political rivals reach deal, political impasse broken

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After a political impasse lasting weeks, the two candidates in Afghanistan's presidential election have reached an agreement. The deal, facilitated by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and the US Secretary of State, John Kerry breaks the deadlock and allows the country's electoral process to continue. The two rivals have agreed to a complete audit [...]

14 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Political rivals in Afghanistan agree on audit and unity government

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The electoral impasse in Afghanistan has been broken after the two candidates vying for the presidency reached an agreement, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has announced. Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani agreed to participate and abide by the results of a comprehensive audit of Afghanistan's Presidential election run-off results. The agreement also includes [...]

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Aid in Syria to be delivered across borders and conflict lines: UN

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Millions of Syrians in besieged and hard to reach areas may soon have access to urgent food aid and basic healthcare following the adoption of a UN resolution on Monday. Members of the Security Council voted unanimously to authorize the delivery of humanitarian aid to the people of Syria through the most direct routes, including [...]

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UN withdraws staff from Tripoli temporarily after airport battle

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Following the closure of Tripoli's International airport after Sunday's fighting, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has temporarily withdrawn its staff from the country. According to media reports, a battle by rival militia for control of Libya's main airport is said to have left seven people dead and dozens wounded. The Mission said [...]

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Civilian casualties in Gaza rise, disabled among the victims

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Israeli security forces are being urged once again to put an end to the airstrikes in Gaza that are endangering civilians and civilian infrastructure such as schools, clinics and water supplies. The Commissioner General of the United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA) Pierre Krähenbühl made the remarks during a briefing to the press in Gaza [...]

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Children in Gaza and Israel bear brunt of violence: UNICEF

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Children are bearing the brunt of the worsening violence in Gaza and Israel and it's taking a toll on their young bodies and minds. That's according to a statement issued by UNICEF Executive Director, Anthony Lake on Sunday, a day after the Security Council's call on Israeli and Palestinian leaders to protect civilians, exercise maximum [...]

14 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN pleads for more funding to assist Syrian refugees in Lebanon

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The number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon is growing faster than the international community can raise funds to cater for their growing needs, according to the United Nations Humanitarian and Resident Coordinator in Lebanon Ross Mountain. He says about 12,000 new Syrian refugees are entering Lebanon each week and the number is expected to reach 1.5 [...]

14 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Food report looks at eating habits over next decade

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The eating habits of people across the world over the next decade are being predicted in a new study by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). The latest Agricultural Outlook report by the OECD, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the FAO looks at how changing eating habits are transforming what farmers are [...]

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Advocates against human trafficking share experiences at UN

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Participants at a high-level UN event are sharing their experiences and best practices in their fight against trafficking in persons. One of the speakers is Rani Hong, co-founder of Tronie Foundation, survivor and strong advocate for freedom from slavery and trafficking. Entitled Dignity for Victims of Human Trafficking, the event is taking place ahead of [...]

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Scientists to contribute to improve diets of vulnerable populations

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Scientists from around the world are collaborating on a five-year long project to improve the diet, nutritional status and ultimately health of vulnerable populations. The project launched by the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will assess the impact on children and women's health when more nutritious food is produced and eaten. It could provide [...]

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Indigenous youth "penalised" for being indigenous

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The world's indigenous youth are being penalised for being indigenous. So says Tuhi Marktukaw, a member of the Pinuyumayan people of Taiwan. She believes that indigenous populations around the world have been too trusting of governments assuming that they will uphold their rights. Often this has not been the case. Sophie Outhwaite spoke to Tuhi [...]

13 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

New skills change attitudes and build confidence in rural Nepal

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Women in rural Nepal are learning new skills which are not only allowing them to provide for their families, but are also changing attitudes. The skills are helping the women in western Nepal to start their own micro enterprises, as part of a programme supported by the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). As [...]

12 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Audits requested to break deadlock over Presidential run-off

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The UN Mission in Afghanistan has suggested for additional audits to be conducted in order to break the deadlock over the presidential election run-off. The proposal was presented at a meeting convened by the incumbent President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai. For weeks, the two presidential candidates have requested a full investigation of serious and credible [...]

11 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Rockets fired from south Lebanon aimed at Israel, no casualties

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Three rockets were fired into Israel by unknown assailants in south Lebanon early on Friday according to UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). The Israeli Defence Forces returned artillery fire towards the general area from where the rocket fire originated. No casualties have been reported from either side, says UN Spokesperson, Farhan Haq. "The UNIFIL [...]

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Food stocks running low for Nigerian refugees in Cameroon

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Food stocks are running low for the thousands of Nigerians who have fled across the border into a remote region far north in Cameroon, the World Food Programme has warned. Leaving behind burned homes and often running for their lives, close to 8,000 Nigerians have fled since May. They come from the northern Nigerian states [...]

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Diets becoming "unhealthy" in developing world

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The diets of people living in developing countries are becoming more unhealthy leading to an increase in non-communicable diseases or NCDs. That's according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Sedentary lifestyles, inactivity and the availability of junk food are all contributing to a growth of NCDs, like obesity, heart disease and [...]

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Europe urged to do more for Syrian refugees seeking asylum

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European countries are being urged to grant access to Syrian refugees and to provide a fair asylum procedure. The call has come from the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR as it launched a new report on the situation of Syrian refugees in Europe. States are also being asked to grant adequate reception conditions and to protect [...]

11 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

South Sudan refugee crisis seriously under funded

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Humanitarian agencies responding to South Sudan's growing regional refugee crisis are urgently appealing for $658 million to help as many as 715,000 refugees expected by end 2014. The UN refugee agency UNHCR says the ongoing conflict and worsening humanitarian situation inside south Sudan is fueling a refugee exodus into Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and Uganda at [...]

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UN Human rights chief alarmed at mounting civilian toll in Gaza

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The UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay has expressed alarm at the Israeli military operations resulting in the killing of Palestinian civilians in Gaza. So far, 88 Palestinians including at least 21 children and 11 women have been killed since the start of Israel's latest military operation "Protective Edge" on Tuesday night. While noting that [...]

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Children affected by military operations in Gaza, health services collapse

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Aid workers are calling for an end to indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks targeting civilians in the Gaza Strip in the occupied Palestinian territory. The UN humanitarian agency OCHA has expressed concern about the humanitarian situation in Gaza following the launch of military operations by Israel on 7 July. Israel says the intervention is needed to [...]

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Genocide in Central African Republic "can be avoided"

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A genocide can be avoided in the Central African Republic with the intervention of the United Nations, according to an international body investigating human rights abuses in the country. Fighting between mainly Muslim and Christian communities in CAR has fuelled a conflict which began at the end of 2012. Thousands of people have died and [...]

11 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

World Population Day: Invest in the future of the youth

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World leaders are being asked to safeguard the rights of young people and invest in their future on World Population Day. Observed annually on 11 July, the Day seeks to raise awareness of global population issues. A young person's potential can be fulfilled, says the UN Population Fund or UNFPA, if he or she can [...]

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Agriculture sector in Cambodia faces climate change challenge

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The authorities in Cambodia are becoming increasingly concerned about the possible effects of climate change on the agriculture sector. Different weather patterns, especially when it comes to rain, could have a significant impact on the South-East Asian country's main crop, rice. Cambodia has recently unveiled its Climate Change Strategic Plan which outlines how the country [...]

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Alcohol the silent killer in South Sudan

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There is a lack of awareness among the people of South Sudan regarding the dangers of consuming excessive amounts of alcohol, an assistant professor of Pathology at the University of Juba warned. The World Health Organization recently published a global status report on alcohol and health 2014 to assist countries in their efforts to reduce [...]

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New Syria Envoy to broker peaceful, inclusive political solution

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A new Syria envoy has been tapped to facilitate a peaceful, Syria-led and inclusive political solution to the crisis, the Secretary-General announced on Thursday. Staffan de Mistura, a former UN Envoy for Afghanistan, has been appointed the new United Nations Special Representative for Syria. He replaces Lakhdar Brahimi who stood down in May this year [...]

10 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Malaria prevention efforts effective in reducing maternal, newborn deaths

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Malaria prevention efforts have been highly effective in averting an estimated 94,000 newborn deaths between 2009 and 2012, a new UN report has found. Launched by the UN's Roll Back Malaria Partnership, the report helps assess progress towards targets set out in the Global Malaria Action Plan and the UN global development goals or MDGs. [...]

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38 million people die annually from "lifestyle" diseases

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Thirty-eight million people die annually from Non-Communicable Diseases like heart and lung disease, cancer and diabetes before they reach the age of 70, according to new data from the World Health Organizatio (WHO). 28 million deaths occur in developing countries alone, the agency notes. According to WHO, Non-Communicable Diseases or NCDs share four risk factors [...]

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Progress on non-communicable diseases "insufficient and mixed"

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Progress on controlling non-communicable diseases or NCDs has been described as "insufficient and uneven" in a report launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday NCDs include illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and chronic lung disease. The Non-Communicable Diseases Country Profiles 2014 report provides an overview of the current situation in 194 [...]

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Risk of "all out escalation" in Israel and Gaza: Ban

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The UN is warning of an "all out" escalation of hostilities between Israel and the Palestinian authorities in the Gaza Strip. The Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told members of the Security Council on Thursday that the threat of a ground offensive was "still palpable" He said it could be prevented if Hamas, which governs the Gaza [...]

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Demining in Cambodia slowed down by lack of money

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Landmines and other explosive remnants of war that were left behind by the Khmer Rouge regime 30 years ago remain a grave danger to the civilian population in Cambodia. Since the end of the regime over 60,000 Cambodians have been killed or maimed by landmines. The government with the support of international donors has embarked [...]

10 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN CALLING ASIA: Cost of maternity protection in Asia lower than overall cost to society

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The cost of providing maternity benefits to women in Asia is less than the overall cost to society if those payments are not made, according to the International Labour Organization. The ILO says currently only 12 per cent of Asian countries are complying with internationally agreed standards on maternity protection.  Daniel Dickinson caught up with [...]

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WOMEN: Women on Security Council have responsibility to open door for others

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Women ambassadors who serve on the United Nations Security Council have the responsibility to open the door for other women to follow in their steps. That's according to Maria Cristina Perceval, the Permanent Representative of Argentina, who is one of five female ambassadors currently serving on the Council. It's the first time there have been [...]

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UN and AFRICA: Africa makes progress on maternity protection rights

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Africa has made progress on maternity protection rights over the last two decades but more needs to be done to ensure women receive the benefits they deserve, according to the International Labour Organization.   The ILO is calling is calling for a greater role for the government in providing cash pay-outs when women take time off [...]

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New humanitarian fund to assist Afghans in underserved districts

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Around one million people are expected to benefit from emergency health and nutrition projects following the award of over $19 million to a newly-established Common Humanitarian Fund for Afghanistan. The UN humanitarian agency, OCHA said the Fund will enable relief workers to respond quickly to emergencies and improve services for those with the most urgent [...]

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94,000 newborn deaths from malaria averted

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An estimated 94,000 newborn deaths from malaria were averted in the three years leading up to 2012 following more intensive preventative treatment, according to a new report. The Roll Back Malaria Partnership, which was created by four UN agencies, says that interventions during pregnancy and the use of insecticide treated nets have improved the survival [...]

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Saudi Arabia criticized for jailing human rights activists

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Saudi Arabia has come under sharp criticism from the UN Human Rights office over the arrest, trial and detention of human rights defenders. This comes in the wake of the trial and conviction of Waleed Abu Al-Khair who was sentenced to 15 years in jail for allegedly inciting public opinion against the state and undermining [...]

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Refugees in Lebanon need "additional assistance"

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Refugees who have fled fighting in Syria and the communities that are hosting them in Lebanon urgently need "additional assistance", according to the top UN envoy to the country. The number of refugees fleeing from Syria into neighbouring Lebanon surpassed one million in April stretching local resources to what that UN has described as a [...]

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UN releases worldwide urbanization trends in 2014

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New and critical information on trends in urbanization and city growth has been released in a report by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). The 2014 World Urbanization Prospects report launched one day before World Population Day covers 233 countries and territories. The paper, issued every two years, provides new and updated [...]

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Gaza on "knife-edge", situation could slip beyond "anyone's control"

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Gaza is on "knife-edge" and the deteriorating situation is leading to a downward spiral which could quickly get beyond anyone's control. That's what the UN Secretary-General told the press regarding what he called the "volatile" situation in the Middle East. A new wave of violence has engulfed the Gaza, southern Israel and the West Bank [...]

9 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Implications of Israeli wall in occupied Palestinian Territory "goes beyond legality"

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Israel's construction of a wall to separate the country from the occupied Palestinian territory severely restricts Palestinian movement, cuts off land and access to resources for development. That's what Oscar Fernández-Taranco, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs said during a special meeting to mark the tenth anniversary of the UN World Court's ruling on the illegality [...]

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Food security in Somalia expected to deteriorate over next 6 months

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The food security situation in Somalia is expected to deteriorate over next 6 months, according to the UN humanitarian office, OCHA. The agency says the availability of food will decline due to a combination of late and erratic seasonal rains, rising food prices and ongoing insecurity. Currently, 2.9 million people are food insecure and 50,000 [...]

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More than 200 civilians killed in Yemen, women and children included

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More than 200 civilians have been reportedly killed in northern Yemen, including women and children, according to the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the country. Mr Johannes Van Der Klaauw has expressed "extreme alarm" over the recent escalation of the conflict in the city of Amran. Over the past few days, violence has displaced thousands of [...]

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Civilian casualties rise by 25% in Afghanistan

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The number of civilians killed or wounded in Afghanistan has risen by 25 per cent in the first six months of 2014, according to a report by the UN mission in the country UNAMA. The report reveals that the increase was caused by intensified fighting near populated areas. The rise in violence comes ahead of [...]

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Fish drying method changes women's lives in Burundi

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A simple rack for drying fish is changing the lives of women in Burundi for the better. Before the introduction of the racks by the Food and Agriculture Organization in 2004, a large proportion of the fish caught in Lake Tanganyika along the shores of Burundi was wasted. That impacted both the livelihoods of local [...]

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Attack against Somalia's Presidential compound condemned by UN

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An attack by Islamic militants on the Presidential compound in Mogadishu, known as Villa Somalia, has been condemned by the UN Special Envoy to the country. It is the latest in a series of assaults by Al Shabaab against Somalia's political institutions. And it comes after a failed raid against Parliament on 5 July. Mr [...]

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One million people in China die annually from smoking-related diseases

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Every year more than one million people in China die as a result of tobacco-related illness, according to the World Health Organization's Director-General. Margaret Chan made the remarks as she concluded an official visit to the country on Wednesday. She urged China to take urgent action to strengthen its tobacco control policies to reduce deaths [...]

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Boost for UN relief operations in Iraq

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Kuwait has donated $9.5 million to the United Nations humanitarian response plan in Iraq. The UN Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos has welcomed the contribution saying it will help the humanitarian community in Iraq scale up relief efforts to provide aid to displaced families and host communities. The latest upsurge in violence [...]

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Afghanistan armed conflict claiming more civilian lives

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The number of Afghan civilians killed or wounded in the country's armed conflict has risen by a quarter in the first half of 2014, according to a report by the UN Mission in Afghanistan UNAMA. Between January and June this year, 4,853 civilians casualties were documented, up from about 3,900 casualties over the same period [...]

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Refugee children facing catastrophic nutrition situation in Africa

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Refugee children in Africa are facing what has been described as a "catastrophic nutrition situation" following a cut in food rations. The UN has warned that funding difficulties, compounded by security and logistical problems in some countries, have forced cuts in food rations for nearly 800,000 refugees in nine African countries. It could worsen already [...]

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Three years after independence, South Sudan plagued by "hunger, disease and insecurity"

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The people of South Sudan are plagued by "hunger, disease and insecurity" three years after gaining independence from Sudan. That's according to the UN Secretary-General. Ban Ki-moon has urged the leaders of Africa's newest nation to live up to the expectations of their people and end what he called "a man-made crisis." Conflict broke out [...]

8 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Imperative to restore calm in Gaza says UN Chief

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The recent multiple rocket attacks by militants on Israel from the Gaza Strip have been condemned by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Israeli-Palestinian violence has flared in the wake of the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank in late June. The subsequent killing of a Palestinian teenager from East Jerusalem [...]

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AU considers deployment of task force to address Boko Haram threat

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A decision made by the African Union to consider deploying a regional security force to address the threat of Boko Haram has been welcomed by the UN Special Envoy for West Africa. Said Djinnit made the remarks on Tuesday as he briefed the Security Council on the activities of the United Nations Office for West [...]

8 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Man’s Prospect in the Year 2000

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A UN Radio journalist imagines the year 2000 in a report from 1975. Explore his predictions on such topics as economics, population and food. Language: English Genre: Report 1975 Duration: 14’40″

8 Jul 2014 | Posted in UN Radio Classics | Read More »

A Geometry of Hunger

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This programme describes the challenges arising from the population growth in the 20th century for alimentation and nutrition. Language: English Genre: Report 1957 Duration: 14’30″

8 Jul 2014 | Posted in UN Radio Classics | Read More »

Election investigation urged in Afghanistan

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The investigation of ballots from more than 7,000 polling stations in Afghanistan has been urged by the UN mission in the country, UNAMA. It follows the publication of initial results of elections which are being challenged by presidential contender, Abdullah Abdullah. Mr Abdullah, who has repeated claims that the election process was fraudulent, faced Ashraf [...]

8 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Concern over forced return of asylum seekers

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Concern has been raised by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) over the increasing number of asylum seekers who are being deported from countries where they are hoping for refuge. In the past week, there have been reports of asylum seekers being deported from Sudan, Australia and Thailand. UNHCR says the trend is worrying as some [...]

8 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

New partnership to use climate services to improve public health

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The World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) have joined forces to tackle the increasing risks to human health posed by weather and climate hazards such as extreme temperatures, floods, droughts and tropical cyclones. The organizations have established a Climate and Health office to promote the development and use of climate services [...]

8 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Migrant death toll in the Mediterranean sea continues to rise

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The number of migrants who have died in the Mediterranean sea trying to reach Europe this year, has reached 500 according to the UN refugee agency UNHCR. On Monday, the Libyan coast guard informed UNHCR that it had recovered 12 bodies from a boat accident believed to have occurred on Sunday. Among the victims of [...]

8 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

145,000 Syrian refugee women "fight for survival"

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More than 145,000 Syrian refugee families in Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan are headed by women, according to a report released by the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR. The report "Woman Alone" says they face what it calls "a lone fight for survival." The women are, according to the report, forced to take sole responsibility for [...]

8 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Link between sport and peace highlighted in Kosovo by UN

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As the football World Cup reaches its climax in Brazil, the value of sport in bringing people together is being recognised by the United Nations. In Kosovo, the UN Mission, UNMIK, is highlighting the link between sport and peace with a number of activities. The goal is to promote reconciliation, build confidence, and foster peace [...]

8 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Displaced Pakistani families in Afghanistan in "urgent" need of food

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Many Pakistani families displaced in Afghanistan's Khost and Paktika provinces are urgently in need of food according to the UN Refugee Agency or UNHCR. Military operations in Pakistan's North Waziristan region had forced an estimated 95,000 people to flee Afghanistan. Many of them had arrived across the border with few possessions and host communities in [...]

7 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

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"Global scorecard" on poverty targets published by UN

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The United Nations has released what it has described as "the most up-to-date global scorecard" on poverty eradication. The 2014 Report on Millennium Development Goals (or MDGs) charts progress on the eight poverty reduction targets which were agreed by world leaders ahead of the year 2000. The deadline for the attainment of the MDGs is [...]

7 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Attack on Somali Federal Parliament condemned by UN

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A suicide attack on the Somali parliament building in Mogadishu has been condemned by the top UN envoy to the country. The suicide-bombing on Saturday which reportedly killed four people has been blamed on the terrorist group Al-Shabaab. The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, said the group had bombed, assassinated [...]

7 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Social exclusion and discrimination "greatest obstacles to progress"

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Social exclusion and discrimination are among the "greatest obstacles to progress" in reducing poverty according to the Secretary-General of the United Nations. Ban Ki-moon made the comments as he launched the 2014 Millennium Development Goals or MDG Report. The MDGs are a set of internationally agreed poverty reduction targets, the deadline for which is next [...]

7 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Australia deports Sri Lankans intercepted at sea

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The UN refugee agency UNHCR has expressed concern over the deportation of 41 Sri Lankan asylum seekers from Australia. A further 153 asylum seekers also from Sri Lanka have had their deportation blocked by the Australian High Court. UNHCR says it had been informed by authorities in Australia that enhanced screening procedures had been applied [...]

7 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Educating girls key to sustainable economic development – Part II

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A pledging conference to support global education has recently raised a record $ 28.5 billion from both donor and developing countries. The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) held its second Replenishment Pledging Conference in Brussels, the capital of Belgium on 25 and 26 June. The additional funds will help increase education resources for tens of [...]

7 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Right to education still not a reality for many women and girls

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Despite international consensus on the need for the elimination of discrimination against women in the field of education, an estimated 35 million girls are still unable to attain the education they require, according to the UN Human Rights chief. Ms Navi Pillay says entrenched patriarchal systems and harmful gender stereotypes coupled with the lack of [...]

7 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Nuclear terrorism comes under spotlight

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The vulnerability of countries to the threat of nuclear terrorism is under the spotlight this week at the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Experts from around the world are discussing how nuclear forensic techniques can be used in the fight against illicit trafficking of nuclear and other radioactive material. There are fears that this [...]

7 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Daily News 04 July 2014

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Endangered animals now being traded for wealth and luxury

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The global illegal trade in ivory, rhino horns and other endangered animal parts continues to accelerate but the trade is increasingly being driven by desire for wealth and luxury as opposed to their use in traditional medicine, according to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). The organisation says the shift in demand [...]

4 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Reform of amnesty law in Nepal urged by UN rights experts

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Nepal has been urged by a group of UN human rights experts to amend new legislation which allows amnesties for people suspected of serious human rights violations. The legislation forms part of the legal basis of the new Commission on Investigation of Disappeared Persons, Truth and Reconciliation. The Commission is tasked to inquire into the [...]

4 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

92 per cent of displaced people leave camps in Haiti

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Ninety-two per cent of people who were living in camps following an earthquake which struck Haiti in January 2010 have found alternative accommodation, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). One and a half million Haitians were originally sheltering in temporary camps immediately following the earthquake which devastated the Caribbean nation. IOM says there [...]

4 Jul 2014 | Posted in Caribbean News, Today's News | Read More »

Sudan accused of forcibly returning refugees and asylum seekers

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At least 74 Eritrean asylum seekers have been forcibly removed from Sudan and sent back home according to the UN refugee agency UNHCR. The group was deported back to Eritrea on Monday June 30. UNHCR says the asylum seekers had been convicted on charges of illegal entry into Sudan, but were not given access to [...]

4 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Children killed as fighting rages in eastern Ukraine.

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The UN Human rights office says it has received numerous reports of civilian deaths as well as deliberate targeting of schools, water and electricity plants in parts of eastern Ukraine following the end of a ceasefire on June 30. The worst affected areas are Donetsk and Luhansk. A UN human rights monitoring team in the [...]

4 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Navigating the poles with the help of the UN

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Ships operating in the North and South Poles will have to follow a mandatory international code of safety being developed by a UN agency. The Polar Code is being drafted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). It covers all aspects of polar navigation for international shipping including design, construction, equipment, seafarer training, search and rescue [...]

4 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN bases in South Sudan "not prepared" for prolonged sheltering of civilians

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People accommodated in UN camps after being displaced by the ongoing civil war in South Sudan are living in "very poor" sanitary conditions according to the United Nations mission in the country, UNMISS. Almost 100,000 displaced people or IDPs are currently sheltering in 10 UNMISS bases across South Sudan. In one camp in Bentiu town [...]

3 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Funding for Syrian refugees "absolutely crucial"

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The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, says it's "absolutely crucial" that funds are provided to support programmes for Syrian refugees. As the conflict in Syria continues, it's expected that the number of refugees in the region will reach 3.6 million by the end of the year. UNHCR fears the consequences of not funding programmes would be [...]

3 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Daily News 03 July 2014

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"Wonderful challenge" setting new UN development goals

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The setting of new UN goals for sustainable development has been described as a "wonderful challenge" and a unique opportunity to benefit the whole of humanity. The goals are set to replace existing poverty targets, the Millennium Development Goals or MGDs, the deadline for which is 2015. Member States of the UN are meeting in [...]

3 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Murder of Somali MP condemned by UN

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The murder of a Member of the Somali Federal Parliament in Mogadishu has been condemned by the UN's top envoy in the country. Mohamed Mohamud 'Hayd' and a security officer were shot and killed as they travelled in a vehicle in the Somali capital on Thursday morning. A parliamentary official accompanying them was also injured. [...]

3 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

WOMEN: Outgoing UN envoy for South Sudan: women can perform same roles as men

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Having a woman in charge of one of the larger United Nations peacekeeping operations with a significant military component is important, according to South Sudan's UN envoy. Completing her three year term in office, Ms Hilde Johnson says it helps to show that a woman can take on difficult challenges on an equal footing as [...]

3 Jul 2014 | Posted in Women | Read More »

UN CALLING ASIA: Iraq faces serious food security concerns due to conflict

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Iraq is facing serious food security concerns following the recent escalation of conflict in the country, the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) has warned. Over one million people have fled their homes in the last six months disrupting the harvesting of wheat and barley crops. In total, two million Iraqis are now displaced within the [...]

3 Jul 2014 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

Lower wheat and maize prices drive down food index

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Lower prices on the international market for wheat and maize have helped to drive down the Food and Agriculture Organization's monthly Food Price Index. The FAO Index is based on the prices of a basket of internationally-traded food commodities. In June, it averaged 206 points, down 1.8 per cent on prices for May and 2.8 [...]

3 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Syrian refugees face grave risks as funding dries up

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The humanitarian situation of Syrian refugees is likely to worsen in the coming months as aid agencies struggle to raise enough funds to meet growing needs according to the UN Refugee agency UNHCR. The agency says the number of refugees from Syria in the region is projected to reach 3.6 million by the end of [...]

3 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

"End" detention of asylum-seekers and refugees

Listen / Two detainees are seen behind the bars of the prison walls.  UN Photo/Victoria Hazou

A global strategy aimed at helping countries move away from the detention of asylum seekers, refugees and stateless people has been launched by the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR. The agency says that the detention of asylum-seekers and refugees has become routine in a number of countries and has serious lasting effects on individuals and families. [...]

3 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN and AFRICA: South Sudan political crisis took "violent turn" after failed mediation attempts

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) is greeted by Dr. Martin Elia Lomuro (right), Minister of Cabinet Affairs of South Sudan, and Hilde Johnson, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS).  UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Efforts made by the United Nations and many others to prevent a political crisis in South Sudan from taking "a violent turn" have failed.  That's what Hilde Johnson, the head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), said as her three-year term in office approached its end.  Government forces have been battling rebels loyal [...]

3 Jul 2014 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

Elimination of TB targeted in over 30 countries

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A new framework to eliminate tuberculosis or TB in countries with low levels of the disease has been launched by the World Health Organization (WHO). The organization says that there are 33 countries and territories around the world where there are fewer than 100 TB cases per million people. They include the United States, Canada, [...]

3 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

The sustainable revolution is here and forests will play a key role

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The sustainable revolution is here and forests will play a key role in supplying sustainable material. That is the view of Alicja Kacprzak, the Forestry Officer at the joint UNECE and FAO Forestry and Timber Section. Not only can wood be used as a sustainable fuel, plastics, clothes and even chemicals can be created from [...]

3 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN trains Haitians to re-build homes that will last

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People in Haiti are being trained to build earthquake-resistant houses following the disaster that hit the country in 2010 leaving over a million homeless. A joint project by the government and the International Labour Organization (ILO) has set out to rebuild 16 neighborhoods and re-house displaced people living in six camps, This project in the [...]

3 Jul 2014 | Posted in Caribbean News, Today's Features | Read More »

Experts discuss ensuring education for girls and women

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Teachers, students, and education and human rights experts from around the world are gathering in Geneva to discuss how to ensure that girls and women have access to education. The discussion will feed into the work of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women and the recommendations it will make to States [...]

3 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Worldwide food wastage estimated at 1.3 billion tonnes

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One point three billion tonnes of food are wasted worldwide each year according to a report being launched at the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). The Food Losses and waste in the context of sustainable food systems, report reveals that globally around one-third of food produced is lost or wasted along the food chain, [...]

2 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Killing of Palestinian child condemned by UN chief

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The abduction and killing of a Palestinian child in East Jerusalem has been condemned by the United Nations Secretary-General. The murder comes just days after the bodies of three abducted Israeli teenagers, were found. Media reports quoted Palestinian sources as saying it was a revenge attack for the murder of the three Israelis. Ban Ki-moon [...]

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Record number of women serve on UN Security Council

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Record number of women serve on the UN Security Council. A total of five female ambassadors are serving throughout the year, four as rotating members of the Council and one, the US ambassador, as a permanent member. Sylvie Lucas is the Ambassador of Luxembourg. Elizabeth Philip asked her about her first one-month stint as President [...]

2 Jul 2014 | Posted in From the Ambassador, Today's Features | Read More »

Ebola families urged to avoid traditional mourning practices

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The families of victims of the Ebola virus in West Africa are being urged by the World Health Organization (WHO) to avoid traditional mourning practices. More than 450 people have died from the disease since March this year in three West African countries, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Ebola which kills 90 per cent of [...]

2 Jul 2014 | Posted in Ebola Outbreak, Today's Features | Read More »

Sri Lanka urged to stop faith-based violence

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Sri Lanka has been urged by three United Nations human rights experts to stop the promotion of racial and faith-based hatred and violence against Muslim and Christian communities. More than 350 violent attacks against Muslims and over 150 attacks against Christians have been reported in Sri Lanka in the last two years. The UN Human [...]

2 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Funding boost for UN relief operations in Iraq

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United Nations humanitarian operations in Iraq have received a boost following a donation of US $500 million from the government of Saudi Arabia. Valerie Amos, United Nations Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator said the funds will enable a rapid scale up of efforts to prevent the spread of diseases and support displaced families with [...]

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Refugees in Ethiopia could go without food aid

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Food distribution programmes for over 570,000 refugees in Ethiopia may grind to a halt in the next three months due to lack of sufficient donor support, according to the UN World Food Programme (WFP). The organisation says it urgently needs to raise US $50 million to fund its food aid programme in Ethiopia to the [...]

2 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

"Strong response" to Ebola outbreak in West Africa

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Health experts are meeting in Ghana to devise what is being described as a "strong response" to a continuing outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa. New cases and deaths attributable to the disease have been reported in three West African countries, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. In the last week of June, [...]

2 Jul 2014 | Posted in Ebola Outbreak, Today's News | Read More »

Losing ground in Thailand

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Indigenous people in Thailand are fighting for access to ancestral lands in an attempt to preserve their culture and ensure a future for their children. There are over one million indigenous people who live in the hills of northern and western Thailand. Much of the land in those regions is now off-limits following a decision [...]

2 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

"Grave concern" over renewed fighting in Ukraine

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The UN Secretary-General has said he is following with "grave concern" reports of renewed fighting in eastern Ukraine. Ukraine has been in turmoil since February when its president was forcibly removed from power after months of political unrest. A unilateral cease-fire was declared on 20 June by Ukraine’s new President, Petro Poroshenko, in order to [...]

1 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Ghanaian general appointed head of India and Pakistan mission

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A Ghanaian general has been appointed by the UN Secretary-General as the Chief Military Observer and Head of Mission for the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP). Major General Delali Johnson Sakyi succeeds Major General Young-Bum Choi of the Republic of Korea, who completed his two-year assignment on 16 June. With [...]

1 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Five countries highlighted for "grave violations" against children

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Five countries have been highlighted in a United Nations report as the setting for "grave violations" against children. The Secretary-General's annual report on children and armed conflict emphasize incidents in South Sudan, the Central African Republic and Syria, as well as Nigeria and Iraq. The report lists armed groups and armed forces that kill or [...]

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UNHCR, WFP appeal for more food aid for Africa

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Two United Nations aid agencies have appealed for US $225 million to provide adequate food aid to refugees in Africa. Up to a million refugees supported by the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR and the UN World food programme are living on less than half of their daily food needs. Lack of adequate funding, growing insecurity [...]

1 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

South Sudan political crisis took "violent turn" after failed mediation

Listen / Hilde F. Johnson, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).  Credit: UN Photo/Martine Perret

Efforts made by the United Nations and many others to prevent a political crisis within South Sudan's leadership from taking "a violent turn" have failed. That's what Hilde Johnson, the head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), said as her three-year term in office comes to an end. Government forces have been battling [...]

1 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN releases "top ten" list of food-borne parasites of global concern

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A list of "top ten" food-borne parasites has been released by the United Nations on Tuesday in order to reduce the risk of global infections. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) as well as the World Health Organization (WHO) are focusing on the parasites with the greatest global impact. Pork tapeworm made the top of [...]

1 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

800,000 refugees in Africa hit by acute food shortages

Listen / Scene from a POC camp located at the Tomping site of UNMISS, in Juba, during food distribution by the IOM.  UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

Nearly a million refugees in Africa face alarming food shortages as United Nations aid agencies struggle to raise funds to meet growing food aid needs. The UN refugee agency UNHCR and the UN World Food Programme(WFP) have already began cutting daily food rations a situation they say is critical especially for refugee children many of [...]

1 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Parasite identification to help prevent "debilitating" diseases

Listen / A woman sells produce at a flooded market place in  Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  UN Photo/Logan Abassi

A list of the most dangerous food-borne parasites drawn up by two UN agencies, could help prevent what have been called "debilitating" diseases. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO), have published a “Top Ten” list of parasites and are preparing guidelines on how to control their transmission. The [...]

1 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Parliamentarians in Iraq urged to elect Speaker

Listen / Voter at polling station in Erbil, Iraq in 2009.  UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Politicians in Iraq have been urged by the top United Nations envoy in the country to elect a Speaker for the Council of Representatives, the Iraqi Parliament. The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq, Nickolay Mladenov, expressed his regret that the newly elected Council was not able to reach an agreement on naming [...]

1 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN chief condemns murder of Israeli teenagers

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

The murder of three Israeli teenagers abducted in mid-June in the West Bank, has been strongly condemned by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. According to media sources, the Israeli military found three bodies northwest of Hebron on Monday. Israel reportedly launched more than 30 air strikes on the Occupied Palestinian Territory overnight into Tuesday. Mr [...]

1 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Iraq civilian death toll continues to climb

Listen / Tents at Kalak border crossing for Iraqis displaced by fighting.  WFP/Mohammed Albahbahani

Over 2,400 Iraqi's were killed during the month of June in acts of terrorism and violence, according to the United Nations Mission in Iraq (UNAMI). The death toll includes 1,531 civilians and over 800 members of the Iraqi security forces. Baghdad was the worst affected governorate with over 1,000 civilian casualties. The UN Human rights [...]

1 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

"Grave violations" against children revealed in UN report

Listen / Leila Zerrougui.UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

A report detailing grave violations committed against children in 23 countries is being released at the United Nations on Tuesday. The Secretary-General's annual report on children and armed conflict contains incidents reported in countries including Iraq, Syria, South Sudan, Nigeria and the Central African Republic. It lists armed groups and armed forces that kill or [...]

1 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

IMF helps African countries face new policy challenges as they develop

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A new training institute is opening up in Mauritius by the International Monetary Fund or IMF to help African governments to face new policy challenges as they develop. Many countries in sub-Saharan Africa now have a sustained growth of about 5-6 per cent growth because of sound economic policies, debt relief, stronger institutions and high [...]

1 Jul 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

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