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"Grave concern" over renewed fighting in Ukraine

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

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 [...]

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Ghanaian general appointed head of India and Pakistan mission

Listen / Delali Johnson Sakyi.  UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

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 [...]

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Five countries highlighted for "grave violations" against children

Listen / Children in dusty, ragged clothing passing the time in a camp for displaced persons in Khartoum, Sudan.   Credit: UN Photo/Milton Grant

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

Listen / A view of the camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) at M'poko Airport in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic.  Credit: UN Photo/Catianne Tijerina

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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

Listen / A laboratory technician works to identify a worm pest.  Photo:  FAO

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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"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 [...]

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IMF helps African countries face new policy challenges as they develop

Listen / Min Zhu. IMF (video capture)

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 [...]

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