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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Commission of Inquiry established for violations in the occupied Palestinian territory

Listen / UN Human Rights Council. UN Photo/Violaine Martin

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

Listen / Lisa Doughten. CERF@PHOTO

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 [...]

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Israel affirms its right to self –defense against Hamas militants

Listen / Human Rights Council.UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

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

Listen / HIV/AIDS test in one of the labs of the Ministry of Health.Amman. Jordan. Photo: © UNAIDS/G.Pirozzi

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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20th Commonwealth Games to raise funds for children in need

Listen / Children pass time playing in the streets of the village of Kandaga.UN Photo/Evan Schneider

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

Listen / Job seekers in Zimbabwe. ILO Photo/Maillard J.

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. [...]

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