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New Syria Envoy to broker peaceful, inclusive political solution

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Staffan de Mistura.UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

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 [...]

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Malaria prevention efforts effective in reducing maternal, newborn deaths

Photo: UNICEF/Jan Grarup

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

A young man smokes a cigarette in the streets of Timor-Leste. UN Photo/Martine Perre

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"

Assessing patients for risk factors is an important factor in preventing NCDs.UN Photo/Logan Abassi

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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UN Radio News 10 July 2014

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

UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

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


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 [...]

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

A mother and her newborn child at the new hospital in Suai, Timor-Leste.  UN Photo/Martine Perret

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

Permanent Representative of Argentina to the UN.  UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

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

Mothers and their infant children are among the residents of Mwandama Millennium Village, Malawi.  UN Photo/Evan Schneider

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


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

Credit: Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM)/Benjamin Schilling l PSI

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


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"

Derek Plumbly.  UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

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

UN Photo/K McGlynn

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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