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

Listen / H.E. Eugène-Richard Gasana, Rwanda Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations.

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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″

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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″

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Investigation of attack on UN school in Beit Hanoun cut short


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, [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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


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 [...]

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

"International sisterhood" for five women on Security Council

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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