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Restoring dignity and integrity of Nigeria schoolgirls "instrumental"

Listen / Rati Ndhlovu. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Restoring the dignity and integrity of returning Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants is instrumental in reintegrating the girls back into society, a senior United Nations official said. Rati Ndhlovu, the representative of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) in Nigeria was speaking to the press in New York on Tuesday. Some 200 girls were [...]

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Security Council "was designed to be a smoke detector not just a fire extinguisher": UK

Listen / Security Council delegation visits Somalia. UN Photo/Tobin Jones

The Security Council has a unique responsibility to maintain international peace and security, the UN Secretary-General reminded its members on Thursday. Ban Ki-moon made the remarks during an open debate in the Council on conflict prevention. The meeting was convened by the United Kingdom which holds the rotating presidency of the Security Council in August. [...]

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Saudi Arabia's $49 million donation helps to provide health care to Iraqis

Listen / Four-year-old Syrian refugee Zacharia lies dying of a brain tumour as his mother gives him water and his siblings look on with love and concern. © UNHCR/L.Addario

The World Health Organization (WHO) has received about $49 million from Saudi Arabia for its operations to help the people of Iraq. Thousands of Iraqis have been displaced by attacks carried out by militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Many of the displaced people have been exposed to harsh conditions [...]

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$45 million donation from Kuwait saved Syrian lives: UN report

Listen / Syrian refugee women. UNHCR/N. Daoud

Lives have been saved in Syria and the health care of millions affected by the conflict addressed through a $45 million donation by Kuwait to the World Health Organization. A new WHO report released on Wednesday detailed how the much-needed funds were used. Critical medicines to treat life-threatening chronic conditions, such as renal failure, epilepsy, [...]

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Israel and the Palestinians urged to negotiate lasting truce in Gaza

Listen / Mark Lyall Grant. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Israel and the Palestinians should return to the negotiating table in Cairo to quickly agree on a lasting truce. The United Kingdom's Ambassador to the UN and President of the Security Council, Mark Lyall Grant, made the appeal late on Wednesday. An Egyptian-brokered humanitarian ceasefire was breached before its expiration after rockets were fired from [...]

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Time for new era of collaboration, cooperation and action from world body: Ban

Listen / Security Council delegation visits Somalia. UN Photo/Tobin Jones

World leaders have been urged to address emerging crises before they become bigger and costlier for all. The call was made by the UN Secretary-General on Thursday during the Security Council's open debate on conflict prevention. He said with the surge of violent crises around the world, the United Nations needs to re-examine and refine [...]

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WOMEN: Lebanon: A Tradition Yields New Opportunities

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With no end in sight to the conflict in Syria, life as a refugee goes on for millions of people who were forced to flee to neighbouring countries.  In one refugee camp in Lebanon, the art of woodblock printing is being revived.  This traditional fabric printing was once at risk of becoming extinct but with [...]

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UN AND AFRICA: World Humanitarian Day honours those who risk helping others

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• The UN observed World Humanitarian Day on 19 August to honour humanitarian workers who risk their lives helping others. The day is the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the UN headquarters in Iraq which claimed the lives of 22 people. The theme for this year's World Humanitarian Day is "The World Needs More…" [...]

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UN CALLING ASIA: Auditing of Afghan votes continue with over 5 000 ballot boxes opened

Listen / Nicholas Haysom, the United Nations Secretary-General's Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan.   Photo: Fardin Waezi / UNAMA

As the auditing of the votes from the June 14 runoff presidential election continues in Afghanistan, more than 5,000 ballot boxes have been opened.  The auditing process is part of the effort to resolve a dispute created by the objections to the announcement of the preliminary results by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in July. [...]

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Spread of Ebola in West Africa remains a concern for UN

Listen / David Nabarro. UN Photo/Mark Garten

The World Health Organization (WHO) continues to ramp up its responses to the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease that has claimed more than 1, 000 lives in West Africa. The United Nations has launched a system-wide coordination initiative to assist Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone in their efforts to stop the spread of [...]

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