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South Sudan faces "a grave risk of famine": US envoy

Listen / Ambassador Samantha Power of the United States in South Sudan.  (UNifeed video capture).

A grave risk of famine looms in South Sudan which continues to be plagued by a conflict between government and rebel forces loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar. That warning has come from Ambassador Samantha Power of the United States who is part of a Security Council delegation visiting the country. Ambassador Power spoke [...]

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It is "imperative" for Iraqi forces to refrain from interfering in political process: UN chief

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks to journalists.  UN Photo/Mark Garten

The United Nations Secretary-General has stressed the importance for the Iraqi forces not to interfere in the political process in the country. Ban Ki-moon spoke to reporters in New York on Tuesday on global issues of concern to the UN. He reiterated his message of welcoming the movement toward forming a new government in Iraq [...]

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Youth Creating their Own Enterprises: “The Youth to Youth Fund"

Listen / Honey  project in Sierra Leone.  (ILO video capture)

Across the African continent, more than 15 million young people are unemployed, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO). The agency adds that most of those who are working earn less than two US dollars a day. The ILO's Youth to Youth Fund (Y2Y Fund) is a competitive grant scheme, which enables youth-led non-profit organisations [...]

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Use of untested drugs to treat Ebola ethical

Listen / Health workers wearing Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) while treating patients with Ebola.  (UNifeed video capture)

The World Health Organisation says it is ethical to offer untested drugs to patients infected with the Ebola virus. WHO says the large number of people affected by the Ebola outbreak in west Africa and the high death rate have prompted calls to use untested medical interventions to try to save the lives of patients [...]

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Deportation of asylum seekers by Sri Lanka a cause for concern: UNHCR

Listen / Adrian Edwards, Spokesperson for the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR. Photo: UNIFEED

Authorities in Sri Lanka continue to deport asylum seekers, despite international calls to stop sending people back to a place where their lives could be in danger, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). The agency says it's alarmed by the size and scope of deportations with 88 Pakistanis sent back home since 1 August. [...]

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Iraq's displacement crisis deepens

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Nearly 400,000 Iraqis mainly from minority groups have now been displaced in the north-western parts of the country, escaping violence unleashed by the militant group Islamic State, according to the UN Refugee agency UNHCR. The majority of the displaced are hosted in the Dohuk governorate of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. UNHCR says the displaced [...]

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International Youth Day focuses on mental health

Listen / Ahmad Alhendawi, UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

Mental health is particularly important for young people around the world, according to the UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth. Ahmad Alhendawi spoke with UN Radio on the occasion of International Youth Day which is observed on 12 August each year. The observance of the Day was decided by the UN General Assembly in 1999 to [...]

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Mental health condition affects 20 per cent of world's youth: UN

Listen / Bamako's Central Detention Centre, Mali. UN Photo/Marco Dormino

Approximately 20 per cent of the world's young people experience a mental health condition each year, according to a new United Nations publication. The UN estimates that there are 1.8 billion adolescents and youth making up a quarter of the world's population. This year's International Youth Day is focusing on mental health to, in the [...]

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