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Security Council condemns downing of UN helicopter in South Sudan

Listen / MI-8 helicopter.  Photo: UNMISS / Martine Perret

The Security Council has strongly condemned the downing of a UN helicopter near Bentiu in South Sudan's Unity State on Tuesday. The helicopter was on a routine cargo flight for the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) with four Russian crew members when it went down. Three of the crew members were killed and one [...]

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Civil society leaders discuss post-2015 UN development agenda

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Members of the global civil society are being presented an opportunity to help shape the post-2015 Development Agenda. That's what the head of the UN Department of Public Information said ahead of the 65th DPI and NGO Conference which opened on Wednesday. The three day conference will allow the UN to engage directly with its [...]

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Over 4000 NGOs gather for annual meeting in New York

Listen / United Nations Secretary-General  Ban Ki-moon.  UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Representatives of civil society have been urged to help in pushing world leaders along the right path in tackling global problems. The appeal came from the UN Secretary-General in a video message to welcome participants in this year's Annual UN Conference for Non-Governmental Organizations or NGOs. Representatives of more than 4,000 NGOs have gathered in [...]

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UN pledges support to completion of election audit in Afghanistan

Listen / Mr. Nicholas Haysom, the Secretary-General's Deputy Special Representative to Afghanistan.  Photo by Fraidoon Poya

The UN Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has pledged its support for the auditing of the votes from the June 14 presidential run-off election in the country. This follows the decision of Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, one of the presidential candidates, to withdraw from the process. The audit is aimed at resolving a dispute which was sparked [...]

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War crimes and crimes against humanity increase in Syria

Listen / Paulo Pinheiro, Chairman of the Independent Commission of Inquiry on Syria.  UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Mass atrocities by Government forces and non-State armed groups continue in Syria, causing immeasurable suffering to civilians, according to a UN report released on Wednesday. The report marks the third anniversary of the establishment of a UN Commission of Inquiry for Syria. War crimes and violations of international human rights law are increasing in terms [...]

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UN Libya resolution expands arms embargo, calls for "immediate ceasefire"

Listen / Security Council Chamber.  UN Photo/Mark Garten

A resolution calling for all parties in Libya to agree on an immediate ceasefire and an end to the fighting" has been adopted unanimously by the Security Council. The North African country has been struggling to transition to a democracy since Muammar Gaddafi was toppled in an armed uprising three years ago. A UN arms [...]

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Conflict has displaced thousands in Libya, says UN envoy

Listen / Tarek Mitri, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).  UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

The conflict in Libya has continued, forcing thousands of people to flee their homes, according to the top UN envoy in the country. Mr. Tarek Mitri, the head of the UN Mission in Libya on Wednesday briefed the Security Council on the situation in the country. He said armed confrontations, which are both the cause [...]

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WFP food convoy crosses Rafah crossing into Gaza

Listen / Food distribution in Rafah, Gaza by the World Food Progrmme (WFP). UN Photo/Evan Schneider

A convoy of 18 trucks carrying food to Gaza crossed the Rafah crossing from Egypt for the first time in seven years on Wednesday, says the World Food Programme (WFP). The UN food agency says the food is enough to feed approximately 150,000 people for five days. The trucks travelled for seven hours from Alexandria [...]

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UN food agency delivers food to Gaza through Rafah crossing

Listen / Food distribution in Rafah, Gaza by the World Food Programme (WFP).  (file photo) UN Photo/Evan Schneider

For the first time since 2007 the UN food agency was on Wednesday able to send food into Gaza using the Rafah crossing from Egypt. Gaza has been under an Israeli blockade for seven years, which has prevented food and other supplies from reaching the territory. The World Food Programme (WFP) says its humanitarian convoy [...]

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UN health agency addresses climate change and health

Listen / The early morning sun rising over the fogbound farms and hills of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, USA. UN Photo/John Isaac

Taking action to reduce climate change and its consequences can improve people's health and save lives, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO has, for the first time, convened a global conference on climate and health in Geneva which has brought together government ministers, experts, scientists and members of civil society. The agency says [...]

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Mass atrocities being committed daily in Syria

Listen / Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, Chairperson of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Failure by the international community to end the Syrian crisis has fueled the rise of the extremist group Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, whose brutality is threatening to engulf the Middle East region. This is according to the latest report by the International Commission of Inquiry on Syria. The Commission says members of [...]

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Diversified economy key to development of SIDS

Listen / Milan Meetarbhan. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

A diversified economy is the key to future of small island developing states, according to Ambassador of Mauritius to the UN. At the time of independence in 1968, the economy of Mauritius was almost wholly dependent on sugar. But that's changed and now Mauritius has a wide range of economic activities. Island nation off the [...]

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