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UN chief thanks Saudi Arabia for donating $100 million to Counter Terrorism Centre

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

Governments around the world have been urged to donate funds to the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre. The appeal was made on Wednesday by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who thanked the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for donating $100 million for the Centre. The Secretary-General said the Centre, which was launched in 2011 with an initial $10 [...]

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Security Council "disappointed" by South Sudanese leaders' failure to end fighting

Listen / Members of the Security Council during their meeting with members of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of South Sudan in Juba. Front row: Eugène-Richard Gasana (left), Permanent Representative of the Republic of Rwanda to the UN; and Mark Lyall Grant, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the UN and President of the Security Council for August.
Credit: UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

The Security Council has been disappointed by the failure of the leaders in South Sudan to make progress in their talks to end the conflict in the country. That's what the President of the Security Council, Ambassador Mark Lyall-Grant of the United Kingdom said in the capital Juba, before leaving the country on Wednesday. He [...]

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Investment in climate change adaptation can help livelihoods in Africa: UNEP

Listen / Keeping Track of Adaptation Actions in Africa

Investment in processes and technologies to adapt to climate change can help livelihoods in Africa, according to a new report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The report is entitled, "Keeping Track of Adaptation Actions in Africa (KTAA)- Targeted Fiscal Stimulus Actions Making a Difference". It presents practical examples of successful low-cost adaptation solutions in [...]

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Security Council members visit Somalia

Listen / Security Council members left South Sudan.  Next stop - Somalia.  (UNifeed video capture)

Members of the Security Council arrived in the Somali capital, Mogadishu on Wednesday on what has been described as a landmark visit to the country. The 15-member delegation is visiting Somalia as the government prepares to launch the next phase of military operations against Al-Shabaab insurgents. The operations are part of the government's efforts to [...]

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UN officials call for immediate end to sexual violence against Iraqi minorities

Listen / Displaced Iraqis at a church in Erbil, Iraq.  (UNifeed video capture)

Two senior United Nations officials have called for an immediate end to sexual violence against minorities in Iraq. Zainab Hawa Bangura, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence and Nickolay Mladenov, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq issued a joint statement on Wednesday. They say they are gravely concerned by continued reports of violence, [...]

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Senior UN official warns of famine in South Sudan

Listen / Toby Lanzer (front left), Humanitarian Coordinator of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), interacts with children at the refugee camp in Nyeel, South Sudan.  Credit: UN Photo/Martine Perret

South Sudan will see famine this year or early next year if fighting between government and rebel forces doesn't stop. This warning has come from the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the new African country where thousands of people have been displaced by the conflict. Fighting broke out in December 2013 between government troops and fighters [...]

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Famine looms in South Sudan, says UN official

Listen / Children on the road between Yambio and Maridi, Western Equatoria, South Sudan.  UNMISS/JC McIlwaine

Famine looms in South Sudan where fighting continues between government forces and rebel fighters, according to a senior United Nations official in the country. Toby Lanzer, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan says the situation is serious as the county is in the midst of a rainy season with many areas flooded making it [...]

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Impact of conflict on children in Gaza "devastating" UNICEF official

Listen / Displaced child in Gaza.  Rami Al-Sayyed/UNRWA

The impact of the conflict on children in Gaza has been devastating, according to the head of the UN children agency (UNICEF)'s office in Gaza. Pernille Ironside says children in Gaza have suffered as a result of the violence that has engulfed the territory following the launch by the Israeli army of Operation Protective Edge [...]

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International community urged to help avert humanitarian disaster in Somalia

Listen / A young girl sits on a jerry can, as her mother fills up another with water, near the town of Jowhar, Somalia.   UN Photo/Tobin Jones

The international community has been urged to act now to avert what has been described as "a looming humanitarian disaster" in Somalia. The appeal has come from Bahame Tom Nyanduga, the new UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia. He called on donors to respond to the humanitarian appeal launched by [...]

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Young Syrian refugee girl in Jordan recovers from trauma

Listen / Shahad. UNHCR (video capture)

The conflict in Syria has caused Syrian boys and girls of all ages to suffer immensely, both physically and psychologically, a report by the UN Refugee agency has found. Entitled "The Future of Syria, Refugee Children in Crisis", the report says the psychological effects can be far-reaching, affecting children's well-being, sleep and speech. Four-year-old Shahad [...]

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Entrepreneurship is a challenge for young people, says an expert

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The International Labour Organization (ILO) says 72 million young people are looking for work around the world, 36 million in Asia and the Pacific alone. Many point to entrepreneurship as one of the key remedies or key solutions to this global problem. Is entrepreneurship really the solution to youth unemployment? ILO's Matthew Cognac put this [...]

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