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Extension of ceasefire in Gaza welcomed by humanitarian agencies

UNRWA staff distribute food to displaced families in various UNRWA shelters in Gaza City.  © Shareef Sarhan/UNRWA Archives

The extension of the ceasefire in Gaza has been welcomed by UN humanitarian agencies. Israelis and Palestinians on Thursday began to observe the five-day ceasefire, which has been described as the longest since the hostilities broke out in July. UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric says the truce will enable humanitarian work to continue in Gaza. "Humanitarian [...]

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Iraq's Prime Minister-designate is urged to swiftly form an inclusive government

Security Council Chamber

Iraq's Prime Minister-designate has been urged by the Security Council to swiftly form an inclusive government. Early this week, President Fuad Masum nominated Haide al-Abadi as Iraq's Prime Minister and charged him with forming a new government. In a statement issued on Wednesday evening, the Security Council said its members are encouraged by the decision [...]

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Humanitarian crisis in Iraq declared highest of emergency by UN

Displaced Iraqi children.  (UNifeed video capture)

The humanitarian crisis in Iraq has been declared by the United Nations as its highest level of emergency. Attacks by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) have forced thousands of people, mainly from minority groups to flee their homes. According to UN estimates, there are now more than 1.2 million internally displaced [...]

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Passenger traffic to the Caribbean grew at a rate of 5.2 per cent in 2013: ICAO


Figures released by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) confirmed that some 3.1 billion passengers made use of the global air transport network for their business and tourism needs in 2013. The annual passenger total is up approximately 5 per cent compared to 2012 and is expected to reach over 6.4 billion by 2030, based [...]

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Risk of getting Ebola from air travel is low, says WHO


The risk of contracting Ebola from air travel is low, according to a senior official of the World Health Organization (WHO). The disease, which is also known as the Ebola haemorrhagic fever kills up to 90 per cent of the people who are infected with the virus that causes it. Dr. Isabelle Nuttal, Director of [...]

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UN envoy condemns murder of six family members in Mutarule in DR Congo

SRSG Martin Kobler (in white), the head of the UN Mission in the DRCongo (MONUSCO) Credit: UN Photo/Sylvain Liechti

The killing of six people in Mutarule, South Kivu Province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on Wednesday, has been strongly condemned by the top United Nations envoy in the country. In a statement issued on Thursday, Martin Kobler, the head of the UN Mission in the DRCongo (MONUSCO) described the attack against [...]

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Death of journalist and translator in Gaza is deplored by UNESCO chief

Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).  UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

The death of an Italian journalist and his translator in Gaza has been deplored by the head of the UN cultural agency (UNESCO). Associated Press (AP) journalist Simone Camilli and Ali Shehada Abu Afash are reported to have died in an explosion in the town of Beit Lahiya on Wednesday. Three members of the Palestinian [...]

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UN declares humanitarian emergency for Iraq

Displaced Iraqi children having a meal.  (UNifeed video capture)

The United Nations has declared its highest level of emergency in Iraq as humanitarian needs for millions of displaced civilians continue to grow. The head of the UN mission in Iraq (UNAMI) Nickolay Mladenov says Iraq faces a catastrophic humanitarian situation and declaring a 'Level 3 Emergency', will facilitate mobilization of additional resources to ensure [...]

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Irrigation projects help farmers in rural Tanzania


An irrigation development programme supported by the UN rural agency IFAD has helped change the lives of small scale farmers in rural Tanzania. Single mother, Cecilia William, struggled for many years to grow enough to feed her family. Like the majority of farmers in her area, she used to rely on unpredictable and irregular rainfall [...]

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Paternity rights recognise role of fathers as care-givers

Photo:ILO/Mirza A.

The establishment of paternity rights for fathers across the world recognizes their central role as care-givers within families. That's according to the International Labour Organization. The ILO says around half of the world's countries have legislated for the statutory right to paternity leave following the birth of a child. It says providing leave to fathers [...]

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UN CALLING ASIA: Jobless growth in India "worrying" for policy makers

Women of Lunavada walking to their workplace. UN Photo/Jean Pierre Laffont

The economic growth that India has experienced over the last ten years has, many would say, been impressive, but there are concerns that too few new jobs have been created to meet the needs of the country's massive population of 800 million.  The growth has lifted millions of people out of poverty, but large inequalities [...]

14 Aug 2014 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

WOMEN: Young Syrian refugee girl in Jordan recovers from trauma

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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