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UN chief appoints High-level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport

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A high level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport was appointed by the UN Secretary-General on Friday. The aim of the 12-member group is to promote accelerated implementation of sustainable transport aligned closely with the objectives of inclusive and equitable growth. The panel will also work on social development, protection of the global environment and ecosystems [...]

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Israelis and Palestinians urged to resume humanitarian ceasefire

Listen / WFP steps up food distribution to conflict-affected people in Gaza. Photo: WFP/Ayman Shublaq

Israelis and Palestinians have been urged to renew the humanitarian ceasefire which has been in effect for 72 hours in Gaza. The appeal came from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday as the ceasefire expired and there were reports of Palestinian rocket attacks against Israel and retaliation by the Israeli army. A Palestinian boy was [...]

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UN official calls for halt to fighting in Ukraine

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Warring parties in Ukraine have been urged to stop fighting at the crash site of the Malaysian Airlines flight that was shot down on 17 July, killing 298 people. The call was made by UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Šimonović during his briefing to the Security Council on Friday. Mr. Šimonović said that [...]

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Ten Steps Forward

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A programme celebrating the 10th anniversary of the World Health Organization (WHO), narrated by British actor Michael Redgrave. Language: English Genre: Report 1958 Duration: 29’14″

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Situation in Gaza "fluid" as ceasefire expires


The situation in Gaza has been described as "extremely fluid" after the 72-hour ceasefire observed by Israelis and Palestinians expired on Friday. The UN humanitarian agency (OCHA) says that during the first 48 hours of the pause in hostilities, rescue teams were able to retrieve additional bodies in Gaza. OCHA spokesperson, Jens Laerke says that [...]

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Rights of indigenous people have yet to be realized, 20 years on

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The rights of indigenous peoples have yet to be realized, 20 years after the adoption of a UN declaration on the matter, according to an indigenous person from Canada. Kenneth Deer, a Mohawk from Kahnawake in Canada, is a member of the Haudenosaunee also known as the Six Nations Confederacy. He's in New York to [...]

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Security Council condemns ISIL attacks in Iraq

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The systematic persecution of minority populations by rebel fighters of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has been strongly condemned by the Security Council. The Council issued a statement late on Thursday amidst reports that ISIL militants were attacking vulnerable minorities in Iraq. It again expressed its deep outrage that hundreds of [...]

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UN warns of crimes against humanity in northern Iraq

Listen / This family fled the fighting in Mosul, Iraq, and are close to the Khazair checkpoint. They hope to stay in Erbil city until it is safe to return home. Photo: UNHCR/R. Nuri

The UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) is warning that the forcible displacement of civilians in northern Iraq may constitute a crime against humanity. Tens of thousands of civilians from the Yezidi community and other minority groups have taken refuge in the Sinjar mountains on the border with Syria escaping violence unleashed on them by the [...]

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Ebola outbreak a global health emergency

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The Ebola outbreak in West Africa which has claimed over 900 lives has been declared an international public health emergency. The World Health Organisation (WHO) says the Ebola disease outbreak is a public health risk to other states and is calling for international solidary to help the affected countries cope with the outbreak. WHO Director [...]

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Early marriage in Jordan shows no signs of abating: UNICEF

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One third of all marriages in Jordan involve girls under the age of 18, a new UNICEF study has found. These newly released figures show that there has been no or little progress in reducing the number of early marriages. Jordanian law puts the legal minimum age of marriage for boys and girls at 18. [...]

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UN in Darfur has been effective in protecting civilians

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Many civilian lives have been saved in Darfur since the UN peacekeepers were deployed in the area. That's according to the Joint Special Representative for Darfur and Head of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID). Mohammed Ibn Chambas was speaking to Assumpta Massoi ahead of his briefing to the Security Council on [...]

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Brazilian volunteers to treat Ebola patients in Sierra Leone

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Everyday, a Brazilian doctor who hails from New Jersey, spent a gruelling seven hours inside an Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone caring for at least 40 to 50 patients a day. Dr. Mauricio Ferri is part of a team of four foreign doctors providing clinical care inside a hospital in Kanema town, around 200 [...]

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