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People returning to Sloviansk, basic services restored

Listen / A resident of the Artema suburb of Sloviansk, Ukraine, in the rubble of what used to be her summer kitchen, in July 2014. Photo: UNHCR/Iva Zimova

The "substantial" number of people returning to the city of Sloviansk in eastern Ukraine demonstrates what peace means. That's what the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator told the media on Saturday. Basic services have also been restored in the former rebel stronghold over a short period of time, Ms Valerie Amos noted. [...]

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68 tonnes of aid supplies land in Liberia to fight Ebola

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

Sixty eight metric tonnes of health and hygiene supplies have been flown into Liberia's capital, Monrovia, to ramp up the Ebola response, the UN Children' Fund (UNICEF) has confirmed. According to the agency, the basic emergency items are for front-line health workers to protect themselves and help prevent the spread of the virus. There have [...]

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Slavery heritage reminds world all human beings are created equal

Listen / Shackles used to bind slaves. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Overcoming slavery has made the world more aware that all human beings are created equal, according to the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Teaching about slavery, Irina Bokova says, helps to continue mobilizing against modern forms of slavery and trafficking in human beings. 23 August is the International Day [...]

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UN Chief discusses Gaza crisis with Israeli Prime Minister

Listen / UN Chief Ban K-moon with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his July visit to Israel. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The Secretary-General has urged the Israeli Prime Minister to return to calm and to take steps to facilitate the Egyptian efforts to broker a durable truce. The remarks came in a readout of Mr Ban Ki-moon's telephone conversation with Mr Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday. The two discussed the crisis in Gaza, including the need for [...]

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Alarm raised over possible massacre of Iraqi people of Amerli

Listen / Iraqi siblings displaced from conflict. Credit: S. Baldwin/UNHCR

Immediate action is necessary to prevent the possible massacre of the people in the northern Iraqi town of Amerli, the UN Special Envoy for the country urged on Saturday. Nickolay Mladenov made the appeal following alarming reports regarding the inhuman conditions Amerli's citizens are living in. The town is surrounded by armed militants of the [...]

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Power to young advocates

Listen / Hannah Godefa,  UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador (video capture)

One quarter of the world's population today is youth. Like never before, young people are using social media to voice their opinions and influence change. But education is vital to enabling young people to fulfil their potential. Hannah Godefa, a 16-year old UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, is passionate about girls' education. When Canadian born Hannah was [...]

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