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

Listen / Peacekeepers distributing water to Wau residents sheltering at UNMISS compound. Wau, Western Bahr El-Ghazal, South Sudan. 19 December 2012.  UN Photo

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 [...]

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Funding for Syrian refugees "absolutely crucial"

Listen / Hundreds of refugees from Syria cross the border into Jordan, receiving food and water before being transported to processing centres.  © UNHCR/J.Kohler

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 [...]

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"Wonderful challenge" setting new UN development goals

Listen / Martin Sajdik.  UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

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 [...]

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Murder of Somali MP condemned by UN

Listen / Nicholas Kay, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia.  UN Photo/Tobin Jones

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. [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Lower wheat and maize prices drive down food index

Listen / A farmer gathers wheat in Bamyan, Afghanistan.  UN Photo/Eric Kanalstein

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 [...]

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Syrian refugees face grave risks as funding dries up

Listen / Hundreds of refugees from Syria cross the border into Jordan, receiving food and water before being transported to processing centres.   UNHCR/J.Kohler

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 [...]

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"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. [...]

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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 [...]

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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, [...]

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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 [...]

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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

Listen / School in Bangui, Central African Republic. UN Photo/Serge Nya-Nana

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 [...]

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