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Morocco shares its approach to fighting terrorism and extremism

Open session of the Security Council Committee on Counter-Terrorism.  Mr. Tony Blair will make a presentation on behalf of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation on countering violent extremism through education.

Morocco has developed a strategy to prevent the abuse of religion to justify and incite terrorist violence and is now sharing it with the world. These measures were introduced in response to the 2003 terrorist bombings in Casablanca. An institute has been established in the Kingdom where religious teachers undergo mandatory training before they start [...]

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Coalition against ISIL "coming together:" US

Samantha Power. UN Photo/Kim Haughton

The allied coalition against the Islamic militant group, ISIL, is "coming together" in the words of the US Ambassador to the UN. Samantha Power said five Arab countries had participated in air strikes with the US against terrorist targets in Syria. ISIL has become infamous around the world for the beheadings of western civilians and [...]

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Annual gathering of world leaders ends at the United Nations

Sam Kutesa (centre). UN Photo/Mark Garten

The annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations has drawn to a close in New York. The general debate which takes place each year at the start of a new session of the General Assembly is a chance for the international community to come together to explore the world's current state of affairs. [...]

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Two million people pulled from brink of famine in South Sudan

Displaced people in South Sudan.UN Photo/UNMISS/Anna Adhikari

The food situation has improved in South Sudan with more than two million people pulled from the brink of famine, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The agency says that is due to the efforts it has made together with the World Food Programme (WFP) and Mercy C orps, an international charity. [...]

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Ebola child survivors bear strong stigma in their communities

A team of volunteers in Gbaneh Bana Village, Port Loko District, Sierra Leone, discussing Ebola prevention with a family. Photo: WHO/S. Gborie

Children orphaned by Ebola are facing stigma and rejection in their families and their communities, according to the UN Children's Fund UNICEF. Preliminary figures by the agency put the number of single and double orphans in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone at 3,700. As the death toll rises in the West Africa region, UNICEF warns [...]

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Violence continues to obstruct relief assistance in Syria

Two young boys carry water at Qah, a makeshift camp for displaced people in northern Syria, near the Turkish border. The people here receive limited and irregular amounts of humanitarian aid. Photo: Jodi Hilton/IRIN

Ongoing violence continues to make it difficult for humanitarian agencies to provide relief assistance to the people in need in Syria. That's what the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos told the Security Council as it discussed the situation in the conflict-torn country on Tuesday. The conflict in Syria has left eleven million people [...]

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New development goals must activate "meaningful change": Bhutan

Lyonpo Damcho Dorji. UN Photo/Cia Pak

Bhutan has said that the new development goals being elaborated by UN Member States must activate "meaningful change." The new sustainable development goals or SDGs will replace the Millennium Development goals which are due to expire next year. Speaking in the UN General Assembly, the Bhutanese Minister of Home Affairs, Lyonpo Damcho Dorji, said the [...]

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Islam "hijacked" by "extremist elements" Maldives

Mohamed Waheed Hassan. UN Photo/Cia Pak

Islam is being "hijacked" by "extremist elements" the government of the Indian Ocean nation of the Maldives told the UN General Assembly on Tuesday. The Special Envoy of the President of the Maldives, Mohamed Waheed Hassan, asked if militant groups like ISIL should be allowed to shape humanity's future or whether the international community would [...]

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Barbados urges "ambitious" development targets

Maxine McClean. UN Photo/Kim Haughton

Barbados has urged the international community to adopt "ambitious" targets for new poverty and sustainable development goals. Member countries of the UN are currently defining the targets to replace the Millennium Development Goals or MDGs which expire next year. Speaking to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, the Foreign Minister of Barbados, Maxine McClean said [...]

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"Tens of thousands" more refugees expected in Syria if militants advance

Valerie Amos. UN Photo/Kim Haughton

"Tens of thousands" more refugees may flee the conflict in Syria if the militant Islamic group, ISIL, continues its advance in the north of the country. Briefing the UN Security Council on Tuesday, the UN humanitarian chief, Valerie Amos, said that 160,000 people, mainly women and children, had fled in the last two weeks. There [...]

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Thousands of children affected by Ebola abandoned in West Africa

Orphans whose parents have died of Ebola in Kenema, SIerra Leone.  Photo:  WHO /Stéphane Saporito

At least 3,700 children in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have lost one or both parents to Ebola since the start of the outbreak in West Africa, according to the UN Children's fund UNICEF. UNICEF says most of the children are being shunned by their surviving families and the communities where they come from for [...]

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Prevention of violent extremism under spotlight at UN

Meeting Counter Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED). UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

The prevention of violent extremism and the spread of terrorism is coming under the spotlight at the UN on Tuesday. The Counter-Terrorism Committee, which was established by the Security Council, is looking at how to counter the growth of terrorist networks and their increasingly violent activities. The rise of the militant terrorist group known as [...]

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Clean energy is possible for every country: UAE

United Arab Emirates map. United Nations Statistics Division

Every country in the world can achieve the goal of using clean energy, according to the ambassador of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the United Nations. The use of fossil fuels is responsible for the emissions of greenhouse gases that cause global warming and climate change. The UAE is a pioneer in the field [...]

30 Sep 2014 | Posted in Climate Summit 2014, Today's Features | Read More »

Holy See calls for reinvigorated UN to preserve peace

Cardinal Pietro Parolin. UN Photo/Cia Pak

To preserve peace the world needs a renewed United Nations, according to the representative of Pope Francis. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Holy See's Secretary of State, was speaking on Monday at the 69th session of the UN General Assembly. He said in the face of terrorist attacks on Christians and other minorities, a reinvigorated United [...]

29 Sep 2014 | Posted in 69th General Assembly, Today's News | Read More »

"Action plan" in Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state to be launched by government

Wunna Maung Lwin. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

The Government of Myanmar has pledged to launch an "action plan" to ease ethnic tensions in its troubled Rakhine. The south-east Asian country has been plagued by violence between Buddhist and Muslim communities since June 2012. The worst of the clashes affected hundreds of thousands of families in the country's second poorest region. Speaking in [...]

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Militant Islam is on the march, says Israeli Prime Minister

Benjamin Netanyahu. UN Photo/Amanda Voisar

Militant Islam is spreading in all regions of the world, according to the Prime Minister of Israel. Benjamin Netanyahu was on Monday speaking at the 69th session of the General Assembly. In his speech, the Minister compared the terrorist group ISIS to cancer, saying that to protect the peace and security of the world, ISIS [...]

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Continuing to ignore Africa's refugee crisis a risk for global peace

UNHCR's governing Executive Committee. (UNHCR video capture)

Continuing to ignore Africa's humanitarian crises is a risk for global peace and security. António Guterres, the head of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) issued the warning on Monday during a high-level meeting on refugees in Africa. According to UNHCR, there are more than 3 million refugees in Africa, 12.5 million displaced and some 700,000 [...]

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ISIS unleashed like monster in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon, says Syrian Minister

Walid Al-Moualem. UN Photo/Cia Pak

Terrorist groups operating in Syria have been unleashed like a monster, according to the country's Foreign Minister. Speaking at the 69th session of the UN General Assembly, Walid Al-Moualem said pressure should be put on countries that support terrorist organizations. Mr Al-Moualem said these countries are well known, and specifically named ISIL, also known as [...]

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"Irregular migration" claims over 40,000 lives since year 2000

Abandoned migrant boats lie lifeless opposite the port of Lampedusa, Italy, an island which experiences frequent migration from nearby North Africa. UN Photo/UNHCR/Phil Behan

Governments around the world are been urged by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to address what it describes as "an epidemic of crime and victimization". A report released by the agency on Monday says that 40,000 people have died since the year 2000 as they tried to reach other countries using smugglers, in desperate [...]

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Drug in vaccine that killed Syrian children has been identified, says WHO

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Fifteen children died in northern Syria due to the incorrect use of a drug in a measles vaccine, according to the World Health Organization, WHO. The children from Syria's Idlib province received the contaminated measles vaccination as part of a UN immunization campaign in September. A WHO investigation revealed that the vaccine was incorrectly reconstituted [...]

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40,000 migrants have died attempting to reach 'greener pastures'

Red Cross workers assist a Tunisian man at the port of Lampedusa, Italy. UN Photo/UNHCR/Phil Behan

Over 40,000 migrants have died worldwide since the year 2,000 trying to reach countries where they hope to have a better life, according to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). Nearly half the migrants have died mainly on the treacherous routes across the Mediterranean sea. In a report titled "Fatal Journey: Tracking Lives lost During [...]

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Afghanistan inaugurates new President

Photo: Fardin Waezi / UNAMA

Afghanistan's new President has been inaugurated bringing an end to a protracted and disputed election. On Monday Mohammad Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai became leader of Afghanistan's national unity government. He will work closely with Abdullah Abdullah, the country's new Chief Executive Officer and runner-up of the election. The United Nations Assistance Mission in the country, UNAMA [...]

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Economic situation remains most critical issue for CARICOM

Irwin LaRocque. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Caribbean countries remain economically vulnerable and require continued support, according to the Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community Secretariat, CARICOM. Irwin LaRocque was at UN Headquarters in New York over the weekend to meet with the UN Secretary-General and a group of ministers from the CARICOM nations. Although Mr LaRoque considers the recent conference on Small [...]

29 Sep 2014 | Posted in Caribbean News, Today's Features | Read More »

UNHCR warns against overlooking humanitarian crises in Africa

Antonio Guterres. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

The UN refugee agency has called for a renewed commitment to preventing conflict and ending protracted displacement especially on the African continent. UNHCR says Africa's 16 million internally displaced persons and refugees represents the largest challenge for the agency in terms of capacity and financial requirements. Speaking at the start of a high-level meeting on [...]

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Reduction of salt intake can prevent heart diseases: WHO

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Governments and people around the world are being urged by the World Health Organization (WHO) to take action to reduce the intake of salt. On World Heart Day, observed annually on 29 September, WHO is warning that consuming too much salt can lead to high blood pressure and greatly increase the risk of heart problems. [...]

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UN refugee agency's meeting puts spotlight on Africa

Displaced people living in UNHCR tents at the Bangui Airport, Central African Republic (CAR), where they found shelter from the violence. Photo: UNHCR/S. Phelps

A meeting of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is getting underway in Geneva on Monday to look at how to mobilize more international attention and support for displacement situations in Africa. The two-day meeting is being held at the start of the annual session of UNHCR's 94-member Executive Committee. Government Ministers and senior representatives of [...]

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"Salt reduction saves lives" says WHO

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The reduction of salt in diets can help to save lives according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Health professionals say that over-consumption increases blood pressure and can lead to heart problems. On average, people consume around 10 grams per day, around double WHO's recommended level. On World heart Day which is observed on 29 [...]

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Artist creates "Garbage Patch State" to help stop ocean pollution

"Garbage Patch State" is presented in the form of a snake. UN Radio/Florence Westergard

Millions of coloured plastic bottle caps are being displayed in the lobby of the United Nations Secretariat in New York. An Italian artist is raising awareness about pollution by showing the world what happens when pieces of plastic accumulate in the ocean. Maria Cristina Finucci calls her creation the "Garbage Patch State", which now even [...]

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Uganda’s Karamajong pastoralists severely affected by climate change

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The ability of the semi-nomadic pastoralist communities in Uganda’s Karamoja region to move freely is being hampered by changing weather patterns. That’s according to a climate and development expert who works with the Riamiriam Civil Society Network Karamoja in Uganda. The prolonged drought and lack of resources are also making it difficult for these marginalized [...]

28 Sep 2014 | Posted in Climate Summit 2014, Today's Features | Read More »

Security Council "turns back" on North Korean concerns

Ri Su Yong, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).  UN Photo/Evan Schneider

The UN Security Council has been accused by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) of turning its back on the country's concerns over military exercises on the Korean Peninsula. DPRK or North Korea asked the Council to suspend the annual US-South Korea joint exercises which it says "seriously endanger peace and security" in the [...]

27 Sep 2014 | Posted in 69th General Assembly, Today's News | Read More »

Cuba urges end to foreign intervention in Syria

Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Cuba.  UN Photo/Kim Haughton

Cuba has called for a halt to foreign intervention in the ongoing crisis in Syria. Speaking in the UN General Assembly, Cuba's Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, said US air-strikes were in contravention of international law. The US has attacked militants of the terrorist group, ISIL, on Syrian territory. Foreign Minister Parrilla said western intervention [...]

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Turning a "blind eye to terrorism" in Libya, unacceptable says senior envoy

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A senior Libyan envoy has told the international community that "turning a blind eye to terrorism" in Libya is "unacceptable." Addressing the UN General Assembly, the Speaker of the House of Representatives in Libya, Agila Essa Saleh, said the international community must either be willing to impose sanctions against those who hinder Libya's political process, [...]

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Minister of Guyana highlights needs of CARICOM countries

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Guyana.UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The Foreign Affairs Minister of Guyana says the advancements made by Caribbean countries should not be reversed. On Saturday, Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett chaired a meeting at UN Headquarters in New York, on the margins of the 69th General Assembly. Members of CARICOM, the Caribbean Community Secretariat, met with the UN Secretary-General to discuss the challenges they [...]

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Ceasefire in Ukraine opens door to resolve crisis: Russian Foreign Minister

Sergei Lavrov, Russia's Foreign Affairs Minister.  UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Russia is working with Ukraine and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to resolve the crisis in eastern Ukraine. That's what Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov told the United Nations General Assembly as it continued its general debate on Saturday. He said the conflict between government and rebel forces, which has displaced [...]

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Fiji calls for urgent action to stop sinking of small island developing states

Josaia V. Bainimarama, Prime Minister of the Republic of Fiji and Commander of the Fiji Military Forces.  UN Photo/Cia Pak

The Prime Minister of Fiji has called for urgent action to save small island states in the Pacific from slowly sinking as a result of rising sea levels. In his address to the UN General Assembly on Saturday, Josaia Bainimarama said these nations are facing what he called "enormous challenges." He identified those challenges as [...]

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Indian leader calls for concerted effort against "brutal" terrorism

Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India.  UN Photo/Cia Pak

Efforts to stop terrorists cannot be effective if there are people who talk about what is being called "good or bad terrorism." That's according to the Prime Minister of India. In his address to the UN General Assembly on Saturday, Narendra Modi said that Asia has been facing the problem of terrorism and instability for [...]

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South Sudan President accuses adversary of stoking up tribal conflict

Salva Kiir, President of the Republic of South Sudan.  UN Photo/Cia Pak

The President of South Sudan has accused his political adversary of stoking up tribal conflict following what he described as a "failed coup" in December last year. President Salva Kiir said that his former Vice-President Riek Machar characterized their political struggle as an ethnic issue after he failed to oust the president from power. Joseph [...]

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Peace process in CAR should now be led by Central Africans themselves

Interim President of the Central African Republic. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Central Africans should be given the opportunity to share their vision of the country's future. That's according to the President of the Central African Republic's transitional government, Catherine Samba-Panza, the country's first female leader. She came to power in January 2014 with a mandate to end months of bloodshed between Christian and Muslim militias. Last [...]

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Women's economic empowerment is key to sustainable development

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women.  UN Photo/Mark Garten

Barriers to women's economic empowerment can be removed, according to the Executive Director of the UN's agency for gender equality, UN Women. On Saturday, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka was at a ministerial panel at UN Headquarters in New York, to discuss women's economic potential and the key role they play for sustainable development. Ms Mlambo-Ngcuka is pushing [...]

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Burundi says it will be wrong to abandon anti-poverty goals

Prosper Bazombanza, First Vice President of the Republic of Burundi. UN Photo/Kim Haughton

It would be wrong to abandon the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and start from scratch. That's what the Vice President of Burundi, Prosper Bazombanza told the General Assembly as it continued its debate on Saturday. The MDGs, were set by world leaders in 2000 to, among other things, eradicate extreme poverty, achieve universal primary education [...]

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Mali rebels urged to show "political courage" in negotiations with government

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, President of the Republic of Mali.  UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Rebels in the north of Mali are being urged by the country's President to show "political courage" in negotiations with the government. The West African nation has experienced two years of conflict as insurgents have sought to take control of key cities in the north of the country. Clashes involving armed groups have continued despite [...]

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Security Council asked to reconsider mandate of UN Mission in South Sudan

Salva Kiir, President of the Republic of South Sudan. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The Security Council has been requested to reconsider the mandate of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) when its renewal comes up in November this year. The request was made by President Salva Kiir during his address to the UN General Assembly on Saturday. He said that the new mandate does not allow UNMISS [...]

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US "committed" to ratifying nuclear test treaty

Rose Gottemoeller. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

The United States says it's committed to ratifying an international treaty to ban the testing of nuclear weapons. The US is amongst eight countries worldwide including Iran and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea that need to ratify the UN-brokered Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) to bring it into force. American law makers voted against the [...]

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Bangladesh marks 40 years as Member State of the UN

Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of the People's Republic of Bangladesh.
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Bangladesh is celebrating 40 years since it became a Member State of the United Nations. In September 1974, the south-central Asian country became the 136th member. To mark this anniversary, a commemorative event was organized at UN Headquarters in New York to highlight Bangladesh's history with the organization, as well as its important contributions to [...]

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UN chief calls for ratification of nuclear test ban treaty

7th Ministerial Meeting of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Eight states that need to sign and ratify a nuclear test ban treaty for it to come into force have been urged by the UN Secretary-General to urgently do so. Ban Ki-moon spoke at a ministerial meeting of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty or CTBT held at UN headquarters in New York on Friday afternoon. Mr. [...]

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UN training "rapid response force" to curb sexual violence in CAR

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A rapid response force is being trained in the Central African Republic (CAR) to curb conflict-related sexual violence in the country. That's what the UN Special Envoy on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura said on Friday on the margins of a high-level meeting on CAR. Over a hundred gendarmes are currently being taught [...]

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Somalia faces "extremely critical" humanitarian situation

Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, President of the Somali Republic.  UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

The president of Somalia has warned that his country is facing what he described as an "extremely critical" humanitarian situation. More than three million Somalis are currently in need of assistance as a result of drought and insecurity. The Horn of Africa country has been fighting insurgents from the Al-Shabaab terrorist organization for a number [...]

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$130 million package to fight Ebola in West Africa approved by IMF

Orphans whose parents have died of Ebola in Kenema, SIerra Leone.  Photo:  WHO /Stéphane Saporito

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved a $130 million package to help fight the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa. Around 3,000 people have died from the disease since the latest outbreak began six months ago. An expedited decision to release the funds was taken by the IMF's Executive Board in Washington D.C. on [...]

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"Bully tactics" being used by some aid donors says Timor-Leste Minister

An aerial view of Chritu Rei in Dili, Timor Leste.  UN Photo/Martine Perret

The Minister of Finance of Timor-Leste is voicing that some aid donors are still using "bully tactics" in her small south-east Asian island. On the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York, Emilia Pires said a partnership means you are supposed to work together and respect the priorities of a country. Stephanie Coutrix [...]

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No return for Palestinians to talks that don't address settlement issue

Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

Negotiations that fail to address the problem of the Israeli building of settlements in the occupied Palestinian Territory will not be attended by Palestinians. That's what President Mahmoud Abbas of the State of Palestine told the UN General Assembly as it continued its annual general debate on Friday. President Abbas stressed that negotiations must be [...]

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Peacekeeping needs to respond to dramatic shift in "global security landscape"

A Uruguayan peacekeeper with UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO).  UN Photo/Sylvain Liechti

Peacekeeping missions of the United Nations need to respond to a dramatic shift in the "global security landscape" according to the UN Secretary-General. The UN currently manages 17 missions on four different continents staffed by more than 130,000 personnel, the highest in the organization's history. As the demands on peacekeepers increase, the UN is looking [...]

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Demand for peacekeeping "never been greater”: Joe Biden

Chadian peacekeepers with the UN's mission in Mali (MINUSMA).  UN Photo/Marco Dormino

The demand for international peacekeeping has never been greater, the Vice President of the United States said on Friday. Joe Biden made the remarks as chair of a gathering of world leaders in New York on UN peacekeeping and how it has evolved over the years. In one generation, peacekeeping has grown tenfold to include [...]

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Côte d'Ivoire is now at peace and working: President Outtara

Alassane Ouattara, President of Côte d'Ivoire.  UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

Côte d'Ivoire is now at peace and its economic growth continues to be strong, the leader of the West African country said on Friday. Speaking in the General Assembly as it continued its annual debate, President Alassane Ouattara said Côte d'Ivoire today is a nation with far ranging goals. He said the country's objective is [...]

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Malawi "heavily involved" in peace-building in Africa: Mutharika

Peter Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi.  UN Photo/Kim Haughton

Malawi is "heavily involved in peace-making" in the southern African region and the Great Lakes region, according to the country's head of state. President Peter Mutharika made the remarks after a meeting on peace and security in Africa on the margins of the UN General Assembly's annual debate. Malawi has also contributed its troops to [...]

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Namibia reports progress in achieving anti-poverty goals

Hifikepunye Pohamba, President of the Republic of Namibia.  UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Namibia has made significant progress in achieving the anti-poverty goals set by world leaders in the year x2000, according to the country's president. President Hifikepunye Pohamba was speaking at the UN General Assembly on Friday as the high-level debate of global leaders continued. The Namibian leader said that the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals [...]

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Australia Cambodia agreement on refugee relocation sets a bad precedent

Adrian Edwards, Spokesperson of UNHCR.  UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

The UN refugee agency UNHCR has expressed reservations over an agreement between Australia and Cambodia on the relocation of refugees and asylum seekers. Under the agreement signed on Friday Australia will transfer recognized refugees from Nauru to Cambodia. Australia transfers refugees and asylum seekers trying to reach the country to a detention and processing center [...]

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Number of asylum seekers in Europe and North America could reach 700,000 this year

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The number of people seeking refugee status in industrialized countries continued to climb in the first half of 2014, driven mainly by the wars in Syria and Iraq as well as conflict and instability in Afghanistan, Eritrea and elsewhere. The UN refugee Agency UNHCR says 330,700 people asked for refugee status in 44 countries in [...]

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Ebola vaccines may not be available until next year

A team of volunteers in Gbaneh Bana Village, Port Loko District, Sierra Leone, discussing Ebola prevention with a family. Photo: WHO/S. Gborie

West African countries battling the Ebola disease outbreak will have to wait much longer before they know if vaccines currently undergoing clinical trials are safe for use in humans. The World Health Organisation says two Ebola vaccines are currently undergoing clinical trials and will not be available for human use until early next year. WHO [...]

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Peace process in Mali to receive international backing

Sam Kahamba Kutesa (right), President of the sixty-ninth session of the General Assembly, meets with Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, President of the Republic of Mali.
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The ongoing peace process in Mali is expected to receive international backing at a United Nations summit on Saturday. The Malian President is due to join the meeting with senior UN officials. The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon is expected to call for a return to peace and stability in the West African nation. Mali has [...]

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WOMEN: Emma Watson joining fight against gender inequality in HeForShe campaign

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One half of humanity—men and boys—is being called to stand up for gender equality through a campaign called HeForShe. On Saturday, the UN agency for gender equality, UN Women, launched HeForShe at UN Headquarters in New York. The campaign's message is clear: men and boys can help end the persisting inequalities faced by women and [...]

25 Sep 2014 | Posted in Women | Read More »

UN CALLING ASIA: Cost of climate change “unbearable”: UN chief

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.  UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

The human, environmental and financial cost of climate change is becoming increasingly unbearable, the UN Secretary-General told world leaders on Tuesday. Ban Ki-moon was speaking as he opened a one-day Climate Summit at UN headquarters in New York to galvanize international action on the issue. It’s expected the summit will provide momentum for a global [...]

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Zimbabwe President reiterates call for lifting of "illegal" sanctions

Robert Mugabe, President of the Republic of Zimbabwe.  UN Photo/Cia Pak

The President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, has reiterated his call for the lifting of "illegal" sanctions against his country. Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly he said the sanctions were being used as a "foreign policy tool" to achieve "regime change." President Mugabe said the sanctions must be removed. "Why, I ask, should Zimbabweans [...]

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South Sudan leaders urged to heal "wounds"

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.  UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

The leaders of South Sudan have been urged by the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, to heal the wounds that he says have caused suffering for the people of the new nation. Tens of thousands of people have been killed and nearly two million others have fled their homes since the conflict between the government and [...]

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Civil rights struggle for education “underway”: Gordon Brown

Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy for Global Education.  UN Photo/Mark Garten

A civil rights struggle by young people who are determined to get education is underway, according to Gordon Brown, the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Global Education. He told reporters in New York on Thursday that in the last two years, governments have recognized the importance of education to economic development. It's estimated that 58 [...]

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UN Sustainable Development Goals need to be more ambitious

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The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) need to be more ambitious and more specific. Christine Bosse, an advocate for the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and Chairman of the non-profit Borne Foundation said on Thursday. She is part of a group of eminent personalities who support the Secretary-General in building political will and mobilizing global action [...]

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President Obama says "millions" could die unless more action is taken against Ebola

United States President Barack Obama.  UN Photo/Kim Haughton

The US President Barrack Obama has urged countries around the world to do more to fight the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa. Calling it a threat to global security he said millions could be killed unless action is taken now. The President was speaking at a high-level meeting convened in New [...]

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Victoria Beckham joins UNAIDS to support women and children

Victoria Beckham, Goodwill Ambassador for UNAIDS.  UN Photo/Mark Garten

Leading fashion designer and former singer Victoria Beckham has been appointed as International Goodwill Ambassador by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). She was at UN Headquarters on Thursday to speak about her new role. Ms Beckham says she will work hard towards ensuring that all children are born free from HIV, and [...]

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World "slow to respond" to Ebola crisis says Liberian President

A team of volunteers in Gbaneh Bana Village, Port Loko District, Sierra Leone, discussing Ebola prevention with a family. Photo: WHO/S. Gborie

The international community has been "slow to respond" to the Ebola crisis in West Africa according to the President of Liberia. The deadly virus has been killing up to 200 people a day in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Already 3000 people have died. On Thursday at the United Nations, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon held [...]

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Fashion designer Victoria Beckham appointed UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador

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Leading fashion designer Victoria Beckham has been appointed Goodwill Ambassador by the United Nations agency dealing with HIV and AIDS. The announcement was made by the Executive Director of UNAIDS at an event held during the UN's annual debate on Thursday. In her new role, Mrs. Beckham will work towards ensuring that all children are [...]

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Iranian President "astonished" that terrorist groups are called Islamic

Hassan Rouhani, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran. UN File Photo/Cia Pak

The President of Iran has said he is astonished that murderous terrorist groups call themselves Islamic and that the Western media repeat this false claim. Speaking in the UN General Assembly on Thursday President Hassan Rouhani said that uprooting extremism requires the spread of justice and development. He said the distortion of divine teachings to [...]

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Africa is "especially vulnerable" to terrorism, says President of Ghana

John Dramani Mahama, President of Ghana.  UN Photo/Kim Haughton

The vastness of Africa and its large numbers of unemployed and poor young people make the continent "especially vulnerable to terrorism." That's what President John Mahama of Ghana told the General Assembly as it continued its general debate at UN headquarters on Thursday. President Mahama said that in West Africa in particular, the free movement [...]

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Somali government urged to end media harassment and intimidation

Human Rights Council. Photo by Jean-Marc FerrŽ

The Somali government has been censured for clamping down on media freedom and detaining journalists on trumped-up charges. A United Nations human rights expert says the government has in the recent past closed down several radio stations and detained at least three journalists on charges of treason after they reported on disarmament operations in Mogadishu. [...]

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Militant group ISIL executing women human rights defenders and leaders in Iraq

Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein, Permanent Representative of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the UN, UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

The UN Human Rights office has condemned the execution of an Iraqi human rights defender by the militant group ISIL. Ms Sameera Salih Ali Al-Nuaimy, was publicly executed by a masked firing squad in front of the Governorate building in central Mosul earlier this week after she was found guilty of apostasy. Reports indicate that [...]

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UN chief urges tackling of "virus of fear and misinformation" surrounding Ebola

These children in Kailahun district, Sierra Leone, survived Ebola but lost parents to the deadly virus. Photo: UNICEF/Jo Dunlop

Countries across the world are being urged by the United Nations Secretary-General to fight what he has called the "virus of fear and misinformation" surrounding Ebola. On Thursday, Ban Ki-moon is convening a meeting at UN headquarters in New York to discuss how to scale up the response to the Ebola virus. Some 3,000 people [...]

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"No deterrence in death penalty" says UN human rights chief

Ivan Šimonović, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights.  UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Supporters of capital punishment are expected to be told that there is no conclusive evidence to suggest that the death penalty acts as a deterrence. The UN human rights office on Thursday is bringing countries together representing a variety of legal systems in New York, to discuss how to move away from killing people as [...]

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Response to Ebola at the top of the General Assembly's agenda

A sign outside the Monrovia City Corporation in Liberia aims at preventing the spread of Ebola. Photo: UNMIL

World leaders are due to meet at the United Nations on Thursday to discuss how best to tackle the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa. It's six months since the first case of the disease was reported from Guinea. Since then 3,000 people have died in Guinea as well as Liberia and [...]

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France says it won't give in to terrorism, following the beheading of citizen

François Hollande, President of France, UN Photo/Mark Garten

The President of France has said that his country has never given in to terrorism. Francois Hollande was speaking in the UN Security Council on Wednesday following the beheading of one of its citizens in Algeria. President Hollande said that terrorism is not new but that it has taken on another dimension. He said terrorist [...]

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Conflicts, terror networks overlap with land degradation

Mr Melchiade Bukuru, Chief of the Liaison Office for the UN Convention to Combat Desertification in New York.  UN Photo/Jocelyne Sambira

Conflicts are taking place in areas where land is so degraded that people are forced into exile or to join terrorist networks. That's what the Chief of the Liaison Office for the UN Convention to Combat Desertification in New York said on Wednesday. According to Mr Melchiade Bukuru, world leaders should pay attention to the [...]

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Nelson Mandela Addresses General Assembly

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ANC leader Nelson Mandela addresses the General Assembly about his fight against the Apartheid regime in South Africa, four years before being elected President. Language: English Genre: Speech 1990 Duration: 25’33″

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Uganda to push African agenda of UN reform

Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda, UN Photo/Kim Haughton

Uganda will use its presidency of the UN General Assembly to push the African agenda on the reform of the United Nations. That's what President Yoweri Museveni said during the general debate of the 69th session of the General Assembly on Wednesday. President Museveni said that Africa and individual African countries can form credible partnerships [...]

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US to work at dismantling "network of death" of terrorists

Barack Obama, President of the United States of America.  UN Photo/Cia Pak

Fighting terrorism in Syria and Iraq is already emerging as one of the key issues that world leaders will be debating this week at the UN General Assembly. In his speech to the General Assembly, the US President said his country would work to dismantle what he called the terrorists' "network of death" The rise [...]

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President Obama urges world leaders to renew international system

Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, UN Photo/Mark Garten

United States President Barack Obama has urged world leaders to make a choice between renewing the international system and being pulled back by what he described as an "undertow of instability". Addressing the United Nations General Assembly as it began its general debate on Wednesday, President Obama said there has been progress since the creation [...]

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"Putting Syrians first" is priority for the United Nations

Staffan de Mistura, Special Envoy for Syria.  UN Photo/Mark Garten

Reducing the violence in Syria and getting humanitarian aid into the country is a priority for the United Nations, according to the Special Envoy for the country. Eleven million Syrians are in urgent need of aid, the UN says. Staffan de Mistura was briefing the press about his recent visit to Damascus where he met [...]

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General Assembly President calls for more efforts to end inequities

Sam Kahamba Kutesa, President of the Assembly's sixty-ninth session, addresses the opening of the special session. UN Photo/Kim Haughton

World leaders have been urged to intensify efforts to accelerate progress to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGS) set in 2000 to improve people's lives around the world. The appeal came from the President of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly, Sam Kutesa at the start of the annual general debate on Wednesday. [...]

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Pope John Paul II Speaks Before the General Assembly

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For the United Nations’ 50th birthday, Pope John Paul II praises the quest for freedom as one of the distinguished marks of the time and as a universal human right the UN has to defend. Language: English Genre: Speech 1995 Duration:

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Nepali women on "frontline of climate change", says activist

Alina Saba, research and community organizer in Nepal.  Photo:  UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service NGLS

Women in Nepal are "on the frontlines of climate change" because as subsistence farmers, they are the ones who are most affected. Alina Saba, research and community organizer in Nepal, made the remarks on the sidelines of an event at the UN Climate Summit. A member of the indigenous Limbu community, she has been working [...]

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Pacific Island youth do not want to become "climate refugees"

Christina Ora, from the Solomon Islands.  Photo/UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service NGLS

Climate refugee is not a label a young person would want to be given, an activist with the Pacific Island Youth Council said. Christina Ora, from the Solomon Islands, was in New York as a youth delegate during the UN Climate Summit representing her region. According to the UN, many of these low-lying areas are [...]

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Africa Clean Energy Corridors to reduce pollution on continent

Solar volatic panels in Thies, Senegal.  UN Photo/Sean Sprague

An initiative to deliver cleaner energy to African households will help reduce pollution and dependency on diesel and other fossil fuels says Elijah Sichone, Executive Secretary of RERA (The Regional Electricity Regulators Association of Southern Africa). Nineteen Ministers from the southern African region endorsed the Africa Clean Energy Corridor initiative or ACEC at the United [...]

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JFK at the United Nations

John F. Kennedy, 1963.

President of the United States John F. Kennedy addresses the UN General Assembly for the final time, during the “relative calm” of 1963. Language: English Genre: Speech 1963 Duration: 29’04″

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"Terrible year" for UN principles says Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.  UN Photo/Cia Pak

As the United Nations General Assembly began its annual general debate on Wednesday, the UN Secretary-General said it had been a terrible year for the principles enshrined in the organization's Charter. Ban Ki-moon told world leaders gathered in New York that this year the "horizon of hope" had darkened. He noted what he described as [...]

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"Historic day" at Climate Summit: UN chief

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A summit aimed at galvanizing international action on climate change has been lauded by the UN Secretary-General as an historic occasion. Over 120 world leaders gathered at the UN in New York at the Climate Summit convened by Ban Ki-moon. He said it had been a success. Today was a great day – a historic [...]

23 Sep 2014 | Posted in Climate Summit 2014, Today's News | Read More »

World leaders urged to support efforts to fight terrorists in Syria

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses a press conference on the first day of the sixty-ninth session of the General Assembly and ahead of the Assembly's annual general debate, which begins in a week.
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World leaders gathered in New York have been urged by the UN Secretary-General to support efforts to confront terrorist groups in Syria. Ban Ki-moon told reporters on Tuesday that he has repeatedly warned about the brutality of extremist armed groups in Syria and the threat they pose to domestic and international peace and security. He [...]

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Global partnership pledges to halve deforestation by 2020

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A partnership of multinational companies, governments, civil society and indigenous peoples has pledged to cut the loss of forests in half by 2020 and end it a decade later. The move announced during the Climate Summit in New York, is expected to promote the removal of between 4.5 and 8.8 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide [...]

23 Sep 2014 | Posted in Climate Summit 2014, Today's News | Read More »

New partnership aims to cut methane emissions

By harnessing the power of the sun, the United Arab Emirates is cutting greenhouse gas emissions, generating jobs and a laying the foundation for low-carbon economic progress. Photo: UN

A new partnership to cut methane emissions as part of efforts to reduce global warming has been announced at a UN Climate Summit on Tuesday. Multinational oil and gas companies, major producing States and over two dozen cities joined forces to cut the pollutant. Governments from major oil and gas producing countries such as Mexico, [...]

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Financial sector to help mobilize $200 billion to fight climate change in developing countries

Pollution from a brick factory in Afghanistan. UN Photo/Fardin Waezi

Two hundred billion dollars has been pledged by governments, investors and financial institutions for low-carbon programmes in developing countries. The announcement was made at the Climate Summit at UN headquarters in New York which is being attended by over 120 heads of state as well as the private sector and civil society. The UN's goal [...]

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Estonian President says small countries can fight climate change

Toomas Hendrik Ilves. UN Photo/Cia Pak

Estonia doubled its gross domestic product in 20 years and halved its carbon emissions, according to the country's President. Speaking after his speech at the UN Climate Summit on Tuesday, President Toomas Hendrik Ilves said Estonia doesn't measure its responsibility to fight climate change based on its size or wealth. Although repercussions of climate change [...]

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US President calls on all nations to cut greenhouse gas emissions

Barack Obama. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

The United States President has urged every country to cut greenhouse gas emissions in a bid to halt climate change. President Barack Obama told the Climate Summit at UN headquarters on Tuesday that the United States is committed to building a climate resilient infrastructure. He said the nations that contribute the least in harmful carbon [...]

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Cities are working together to fight climate change: Mayor of Bonn

Jürgen Nimptsch. UN Photo/Mark Garten

The cities of the world are united and speaking with one voice, according to the Mayor of Bonn, Germany. Jürgen Nimptsch says he's at the UN for the Climate Summit wearing a second hat, that of vice chair of the World Mayors Council on Climate Change. Under the auspices of this Council, an initiative called [...]

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New commitments to reduce deforestation expected at UN

Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias.

Countries are due to announce new commitments to reduce deforestation at the UN Climate Summit on Tuesday. That's according to the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), a global agreement covering all aspects of biodiversity or the variety of life on Earth. Thirteen million hectares of forests continue to be lost each [...]

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Leonardo DiCaprio says end "free ride" for industrial polluters

Leonardo DiCaprio. UN Photo/Cia Pak

American actor Leonardo DiCaprio has called on world leaders to end what he called "the free ride" that industrial polluters have been given in the name of a free market economy. The newly appointed UN Messenger for Peace, with a special focus on climate change issues, spoke at the Climate Summit in New York on [...]

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Seychelles leader urges debt reduction to address climate change

James Alix Michel. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Unsustainable debt levels of Small Island Developing States or SIDS are making it difficult for them to address climate change. That's what the Climate Summit was on Tuesday told by President James Alix Michel of Seychelles, an archipelago in the Indian Ocean. He said world leaders have heard "exhortations, complaints and pleas" for help from [...]

23 Sep 2014 | Posted in Focus on Climate Change, Today's News | Read More »

President of Kiribati says sacrifices are needed to address climate change

Anote Tong. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The leader of the small island nation of Kiribati in the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday called on world leaders to make sacrifices to tackle the challenge of climate change. President Anote Tong told the Climate Summit in New York that action is needed now to guarantee a secure future for the people of small island [...]

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Cost of climate change "unbearable": UN chief

Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Mark Garten

The human, environmental and financial cost of climate change is becoming increasingly unbearable, the UN Secretary-General told world leaders on Tuesday. Ban Ki-moon was speaking as he opened a one-day Climate Summit at UN headquarters in New York to galvanize international action on the issue. It's expected the summit will provide momentum for a global [...]

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New York City Mayor calls for "urgent daring actions" to tackle climate change

Bill de Blasio. UN Photo/Cia Pak

New York City is firmly committed to an 80 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. That's what the city's mayor, Bill de Blasio, told world leaders gathered at UN headquarters to discuss climate change on Tuesday. Mr de Blasio spoke about the devastation caused by climate change and recalled that two years [...]

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Syrian Kurds face persecution by ISIL fighters

Syrian refugee women. UNHCR/N. Daoud

Hundreds of thousands of Kurds living in the northern Syrian region of Kobani are living in fear of persecution by the militant group Islamic state(ISIL) according to the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR). Displaced civilians who have managed to flee from towns besieged by ISIL fighters describe a deteriorating humanitarian situation in Kobani town with [...]

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Humanitarian needs mount as Syrian refugee flock into Turkey

Syrian refugees. UNHCR/A.McConnell

Humanitarian agencies along the Syrian Turkish border are preparing for a possible influx of up to 400,000 Syrian Kurds from the town of Kobane who are fleeing an advance by fighters from the militant group Islamic State (ISIL). United Nations Refugee agency UNHCR says more than 138,000 refugees mainly Kurds have crossed into southern Turkey [...]

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UN chief calls on Climate Summit to "set the world on a new course"

Ban Ki-moon (left). Credit: UN Photo/Kim Haughton

World leaders have been urged by the UN Secretary-General to set the world on a new course. Speaking at the start of the Climate Summit in New York on Tuesday, Ban Ki-moon called for investment in climate resilient societies that protect all, especially the most vulnerable. Mr. Ban said the human, environmental and financial cost [...]

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WHO warns of Ebola disease explosion in West Africa

After being triaged at the emergency room, people presenting Ebola-like symptoms are directed to the Department of Infectious Disease. Conakry, Guinea. Photo: WHO/T. Jasarevic

The World Health Organisation is warning that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa could become a public health catastrophe if not brought under control soon. A study undertaken jointly by WHO and the Imperial College, London, estimates that up to 20,000 people in Liberia , Sierra Leone and Guinea could become infected with the Ebola [...]

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General public can contribute to stop climate change

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People across the world can make a tangible contribution to reducing climate change through the personal choices they make, according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Those choices include decisions about what to buy as well as getting involved in local initiatives aimed at reducing the emissions of greenhouse gasses which cause climate change. [...]

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Carers offer more support to women who are raped in South Sudan

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Women in South Sudan are increasingly becoming victims of gender-based violence and rape as a result of the ongoing conflict in the country, according to the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA. The agency is stepping up the training of humanitarian service providers on the clinical management for rape so they can be better prepared to [...]

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Activists explore how technology and new media can boost equality

OVER 60 MEETUPS ARE BEING HELD ALL OVER THE WORLD, COVERING THE THEME "CONNECTING FOR GOOD: CONNECTING FOR ALL"

Grass-roots activists are getting together with business, civil society and the United Nations to discuss how technology and new media can create equality for all by the year 2030. They're meeting at the fifth Social Good Summit which takes place annually on the margins of the UN General Assembly debate attended by heads of state [...]

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First Ladies of Africa working together to empower women

UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

The First Ladies of Africa are calling on the international community to strengthen support for maternal and new-born health. On Monday, the wives of over thirty African presidents met at UN Headquarters in New York at an event organized by Chad and the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA. According to the UNFPA, the rate of [...]

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UN establishes trust fund for response to Ebola in West Africa

Personal protective equipment for Ebola health care workers includes individual gowns, gloves, masks and goggles or face shields, as well as boots covered with disposable protection.  WHO/Christina Banluta

A fund has been established by the United Nations to ensure a coherent contribution to the efforts to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. According to the latest estimates, there are now more than 5,000 cases of the disease which has claimed over 2, 600 lives mainly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Spokesperson [...]

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Countries urged to reap the "demographic dividend"

Babatunde Osotimehin. UN Photo/Kim Haughton

Governments around the world have been urged to take advantage of what has been described as "a demographic dividend" of declining fertility by investing in young people to ensure sustainable development. The call was made on Monday by Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin the Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). Dr. Osotimehin told the General [...]

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Bolivia, Ecuador hailed for advances made in indigenous rights

Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for American Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). Credit: UN Photo/Kim Haughton

Bolivia and Ecuador have made great progress in advancing indigenous rights by openly recognizing them in their respective Constitutions. That's according to Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for American Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). A special report on the status of the Indigenous people of the region will be launched on [...]

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Accord to end fighting in Yemen is welcomed by UN chief

Destruction in Dammaj, northern Yemen. Photo: IRIN/Mike Healy

The signing of an agreement to stop the conflict in Yemen has been welcomed by the UN Secretary-General. The announcement of the signing of the Peace and National Partnership Agreement in Yemen was made on Sunday following days of clashes between government and Houthi fighters. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he has been following recent developments [...]

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First-ever UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples opens

Tadodaho Sid Hill, Chief of the Onondaga Nation, delivers the ceremonial welcome to participants at the opening of the high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly known as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples.
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Seven years after signing a Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, delegates at the UN are poised to seal the deal. The first-ever World Conference on Indigenous Peoples opened on Monday in New York. Member States adopted a formal document fulfilling their promise to implement the rights of Indigenous Peoples. The Declaration prohibits discrimination [...]

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Over 180,000 women still die from pregnancy and childbirth in Africa

A mother gives one of her children a bath outside of their temporary shelter in a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) near the town of Jowhar, Somalia.
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Despite progress that Africa has made in the past 20 years in the advancement of women, over 180,000 women on the continent still die from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth each year. That's what participants at a meeting of Africa's First Ladies on Maternal and New-born Health beyond 2014, organized by Chad and the [...]

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Lack of transparency in use of armed drones creates concern: UN official

Flavia Pansieri. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Attacks using armed drones are carried out under circumstances that don't allow for transparency to deliver justice to victims. That's what the Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Flavia Pansieri told a panel discussion on armed drones held in Geneva on Monday. She noted that drones started appearing some 15 years ago. However, she added [...]

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UN chief pledges to do "everything possible" to support indigenous peoples

Embera indigenous people in Colombia.  UN Photo/Mark Garten

It is critical for indigenous peoples and their institutions to participate more directly in United Nations activities. That's what UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at the start of the first ever World Conference on Indigenous Peoples on Monday. Representatives and leaders of indigenous groups from around the world have gathered at UN headquarters in New [...]

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New bird flu virus threatens animal health and livelihoods in South-East Asia

Transported poultry undergoing a routine inspection by animal health authorities in Thailand: an example of good biosecurity practices. FAO@PHOTO

A new strain of avian influenza has emerged in South-East Asia in poultry threatening animal health and livelihoods, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The agency says the virus, known as A(H5N6) was first reported by Chinese authorities in April this year and has since been detected in Laos and Viet Nam. [...]

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Renovated General Assembly Hall reopens for global debate

General Assembly Hall. UN Photo/Kim Haughton

The UN General Assembly (GA) Hall, which has been described as the greatest of Parliaments, underwent a massive renovation from June 2013 to September 2014. It has seen hour long speeches by world leaders, tense debates on global issues, and numerous votes to elect Security Council members. But for the past 16 months, the UN's [...]

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120 world leaders expected at Climate Summit

Ban Ki-moon (second from right, in blue cap) at the People's Climate March. Also pictured (from right): Ségolène Royal, Minister for Environment, Sustainable Development and Energy of France; Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City; Al Gore, former Vice President of the United States and Nobel Laureate; UN Messenger of Peace Jane Goodall. UN Photo/Mark Garten

More than 120 world leaders are expected at a United Nations conference on climate change on Tuesday. The Climate Summit has been convened by the UN Secretary-General, in order to build momentum towards securing a global agreement on reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions. World governments as well as the private sector and civil society are [...]

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Mobile solar computer classroom brings technology to women in Uganda

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A mobile computer classroom is helping women and girls gain access to essential information on the internet, according to the Executive Director of a Ugandan NGO. Asia Kamukama, who leads the Maendeleo Foundation, said the organization reaches many women in rural, remote areas of the country. In addition, the classroom is solar-powered and therefore doesn't [...]

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300,000 people march in New York to halt climate change

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An estimated 300,000 people have taken to the streets of New York City to highlight concerns about a lack of international action to stop climate change. The People's Climate March is part of a worldwide campaign to persuade global leaders to act decisively on the issue. The march comes two days ahead of a heads [...]

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The world cares about climate change

UNDP at the People's Climate March, New York City, 21 September 2014. UN Radio/Stephanie Coutrix

Tens of thousands of people gathered in the streets of New York City on Sunday to show the world they care about climate change. Politicians, celebrities and activists flooded the west side of Manhattan, including Nik Sekhran who leads the sustainable development team at the UN's Development Programme (UNDP). Mr Sekhran joined the march to [...]

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No "Plan B" for climate action as no "Planet B"

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon joins New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio and French sustainable development Minister Ségolène Royal on the People's Climate March, 21 September 2014
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There is no "Plan B" for action to reduce climate change as there is no "Planet B" according to the UN Secretary-General. Ban Ki-Moon made the comment as he joined over 100,000 demonstrators on the People's Climate March through New York on Sunday. Politicians, celebrities, activists and the general public marched though the city to [...]

21 Sep 2014 | Posted in Climate Summit 2014, Setting the Stage: 2015 and Beyond, Today's News | Read More »

UN nuclear watchdog agency holds its biggest annual event

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Member States of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) meet for their annual general conference in Vienna, Austria, on Monday to review the work of the past year and set the agenda for the year ahead. The Agency's work in the fields of agriculture, food security and water resources management will be featured in the [...]

21 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Samoa pushes to reduce gender violence and increase political representation of women

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Efforts are underway on the Pacific Ocean island of Samoa to reduce gender violence and increase the political representation of women. The small island state has amongst the highest rates of violence against women in the world and the lowest number of female members of parliament. The gender-focused agency of the United Nations, UN Women, [...]

21 Sep 2014 | Posted in Small Island Developing States, Today's Features | Read More »

Climate marchers due to take to streets of New York

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Tens of thousands of people are expected to march through the centre of New York on Sunday to protest about a lack of international action to stop climate change. The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, is joining politicians, celebrities, activists and the general public to highlight global concerns about the dangers of changes in climatic conditions. [...]

20 Sep 2014 | Posted in Climate Summit 2014, Today's News | Read More »

Emma Watson joining fight against gender inequality in HeForShe campaign

Young women of Pushkar, India. UN Photo/Oddbjorn Monsen

One half of humanity—men and boys—is being called to stand up for gender equality through a campaign called HeForShe. On Saturday, the UN agency for gender equality, UN Women, is launching HeForShe at UN Headquarters in New York. The campaign's message is clear: men and boys can help end the persisting inequalities faced by women [...]

20 Sep 2014 | Posted in Celebrity Partners, Today's Features | Read More »

HeForShe campaign mobilizes men to advocate for women

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One of the largest solidarity movements of the 21st century for gender equality is being launched by the UN agency for gender equality, UN Women. The HeForShe campaign intends to mobilize one billion men and boys to end persisting inequalities faced by women and girls. The kick-start event on Saturday at UN Headquarters is being [...]

20 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

World should unite to end "unfettered barbarity" of ISIL: John Kerry

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The world needs to come together to put an end to what's been called the "unfettered barbarity" of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant or ISIL. US Secretary of State John Kerry made the call as chair of a Security Council debate on Iraq on Friday. A statement was adopted by the Council [...]

19 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Syrian refugees share bread with displaced Iraqis

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Among the thousands of Syrian refugees who were forced by the conflict to flee their country to Iraq a year ago is a former grocery store owner, Shareef. In Iraq, Shareef has opened a bakery which has become a successful business. Iraq now has its own problems. Attacks by militants have forced thousands of Iraqis [...]

19 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Malaysia Flight MH17 penetrated by "high energy objects outside the aircraft"

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Investigators into the July crash of a commercial plane over Ukraine confirmed the flight "broke apart" after it was penetrated by "high energy objects" from outside the aircraft. That's what the UN's Political Affairs chief told members of the Security Council on Friday. A Dutch-led international investigation submitted its initial findings on 9 September into [...]

19 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

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Justice demanded for "mass murder" of migrants in Mediterranean

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The deaths of up to 500 migrants as they tried to cross the Mediterranean in a smugglers' boat has been described as "mass murder" by the UN human rights chief. Survivors of the incident say that the smugglers deliberately sank the boat after the migrants refused to change to another vessel. The boat had originated [...]

19 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN condemns killing of peacekeepers in Mali, calls for justice

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The killing of five United Nations peacekeepers in northern Mali has been strongly condemned by the UN Security Council. A statement was issued by members of the Council on Friday, calling for a swift investigation into the attack and for those responsible to be held accountable. The Chadian soldiers died in a roadside bomb attack [...]

19 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

"Ring a bell to ring out conflict" for International Peace Day: Ban

Ban Ki-moon rings the Peace Bell at the annual ceremony held at UN headquarters in observance of the International Day of Peace (21 September). UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

A minute of silence has been observed at United Nations headquarters in New York to remember all those who are living in war zones. The Secretary-General led the minute' silence before ringing the UN peace bell in a call for world peace and a day of non-violence. The Peace Bell Ceremony is an annual tradition [...]

19 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Ebola control efforts set back after health workers killed in Guinea

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) says it is appalled by the murder of health workers and journalists trying to raise awareness about the Ebola disease in Guinea. The organization says the killings reflect the enormous difficulties and challenges health workers and other volunteers face in trying to contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Over [...]

19 Sep 2014 | Posted in Ebola Outbreak, Today's News | Read More »

Deliberate drowning of migrants in Mediterranean was “mass murder”

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The alleged deliberate drowning of between 300 and 500 migrants in the Mediterranean sea last week was a criminal act that must not go unpunished, according to the UN Human Rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein. He says Egypt, from where the ill-fated boat originated, and other North African and European states must make every [...]

19 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Lebanon needs "massive solidarity" to help Syrian refugees: UNHCR

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Lebanon has the right to ask the international community to share the burden of helping Syrian refugees who have fled the ongoing conflict in their country. That's the view of the head of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) Antonio Guterres who visited refugee camps in Lebanon's Beeka Valley this week. He said Lebanon, a country [...]

19 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Suffering and spill over effects of Ebola demands global attention: Ban

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The suffering and spill over effects of Ebola in the West African region and beyond demands the attention of the entire world. The Secretary-General made the appeal before the Security Council as he announced the creation of a UN Mission, UNMEER, to respond to the epidemic and its consequences. In Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, [...]

18 Sep 2014 | Posted in Ebola Outbreak, Today's News | Read More »

Undelivered aid commitments stall progress on UN anti-poverty goals

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Undelivered aid commitments by developed countries are holding back progress on the UN anti-poverty goals or MDGs in developing countries. That's according to the latest report of the MDG Gap Task Force entitled the State of the Global Partnership for Development. Goal 8 was created as a call to developed countries to extend specific support [...]

18 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Ebola impacts economies of West Africa: World Bank

UNICEF and partners visit a crowded market in Conakry, Guinea, to explain to vendors how they can protect themselves and their families from Ebola. Photo: UNICEF Guinea

The outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa is not only a serious health problem but is also having an impact on the economies of the affected countries. That's according to the World Bank, which estimates as a result of the outbreak, that the overall loss of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) across [...]

18 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

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Syria funding crisis to impact refugee food rations: WFP

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People displaced by the war in Syria as well as refugees in neighbouring countries will receive less food aid starting October this year. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) issued the warning on Thursday citing the lack of funds forcing the agency to make drastic cutbacks. WFP is currently providing food for almost 6 [...]

18 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Deadlock over Afghanistan administration deepens crisis: UN envoy

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The deadlock over the formation of an Afghan government of national unity has deepened the crisis in the country. That's what Ján Kubiš, the outgoing UN Special Envoy for Afghanistan, told members of the Security Council on Thursday. A political impasse arose after the heavily disputed June presidential elections which were meant to pave the [...]

18 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Syrian children die in measles vaccination mishap

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At least 15 Syrian children have died and many others taken ill in Idlib province after they were injected with a contaminated measles vaccine. Initial investigations by the World Health Organization (WHO) indicate that a muscle relaxing compound was used to reconstitute the measles vaccine. WHO says majority of the children who died were below [...]

18 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

"Tragic incident" as 15 Syrian children die following measles immunization

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Fifteen children have died in Syria after receiving a contaminated measles vaccination as part of a UN immunization campaign. Fifty more children have what have been described as serious illnesses. A preliminary investigation has revealed that the children were immunized with a muscle relaxant. It's not clear if the contamination was deliberate or a human [...]

18 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Cambodia aims to triple rice exports by 2015

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Cambodia is aiming to triple its export of rice by the end of 2015. That's the ambitious goal of the government of this small South-East Asian country. But how can struggling rice farmers step up production when they barely produce enough to feed their children? Surprisingly, the answer may be found in computer software. Technology [...]

18 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Voices of indigenous peoples must be heard, UN expert says

Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

The voices of indigenous peoples must be heard and they must be consulted on issues that affect them, including rights to land and resources. The Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz made the appeal to the United Nations Human Rights Council. According to the UN, an estimated 370 million indigenous peoples [...]

18 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Massive UNHCR aid operation in northern Iraq

A group of internally displaced Iraqi girls queue for food at a community kitchen in a village in Iraqi Kurdistan's Dohuk governorate.© UNHCR/B.Szandelszky

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is conducting a massive aid operation to assist some 500,000 Iraqis displaced by conflict in northern Iraq. It includes airlifts and transport of aid by road and sea which have already supported more than 10,000 families in Iraq's Dohuk Governorate. Recent assessments indicate there are now more 850,000 displaced in [...]

18 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN CALLING ASIA: Children pay a heavy price across South Asia: UNICEF

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More than two million children in South Asia die before their fifth birthday, according to a new report released by UNICEF on Thursday.  Key findings on the latest trends and data on children across South Asia show that while there is huge progress in some health and human rights strong inequalities still persist in other [...]

18 Sep 2014 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

WOMEN: Most neonatal deaths can be prevented: UNICEF

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Despite dramatic progress on child survival, one million babies die the day they are born from mostly preventable causes; that's according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).  Data from a new report released by UNICEF show that the first 28 days of a newborn's life are the most vulnerable with almost 2.8 million babies dying [...]

18 Sep 2014 | Posted in Women | Read More »

Decisive action needed to tackle mass displacements due to disasters

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Strong and decisive action is needed to tackle the catastrophic effects of climate change, according to the UN Deputy Secretary-General. Mr Jan Eliasson made the remarks during the launch of a new report by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), a watchdog that monitors global displacement. The risk of displacement due to natural disasters has [...]

17 Sep 2014 | Posted in Climate Summit 2014, Today's News | Read More »

Natural disasters displace more people than conflicts

A group of clean-up workers in Tacloban walk through piles of debris left by the storm. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

More people have been displaced by natural disasters than by conflicts, according to a report launched at the United Nations on Wednesday. The "Global Estimates 2014: People Displaced by Disasters" compiled by the Norwegian Refugee Council says 22 million people were displaced by natural disasters in 2013. Derrick Mbatha has more details. Duration: 2’28″

17 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

"Runaway urban growth" should be at top of world's priorities: UN

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Governments, local authorities and international institutions should place urban challenges of the 21st century at the top of their priorities. That's according to Joan Clos, the Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). He was speaking at the opening of this year's UN conference on housing and sustainable urban development also referred [...]

17 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

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"Stage set" for post-2015 agenda says outgoing General Assembly President

Outgoing General Assembly President John W. Ashe addressing the sixty-eighth session of the General Assembly at its 109th and final Plenary meeting. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The stage has been set for the creation of the post-2015 development agenda says the President of the 68th UN General Assembly session. John Ashe stood down as President on Monday after completing a one-year term which focussed on negotiations for putting new development goals into place. Those new targets will replace the Millennium Development [...]

17 Sep 2014 | Posted in Caribbean News, Today's Features | Read More »

Role of big data in climate change action to be highlighted during Climate Summit

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The role of digital information in tackling the challenge of climate change is due to be highlighted during a summit on climate change, which is being convened by the UN Secretary-General next week. Two winners of the UN Big Data Climate Challenge have been invited to participate in the meeting where they will showcase their [...]

17 Sep 2014 | Posted in Climate Summit 2014, Today's Features | Read More »

UN anti-torture experts suspend on-site visit to Azerbaijan

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A group of UN anti-torture experts have suspended a visit to Azerbaijan after failing to get unrestricted access to places of deprivation of liberty. That's according to a statement released by the United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner (OHCHR) on Wednesday. The United Nations Subcommittee on the prevention of torture or SPT [...]

17 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Chief welcomes US pledge to assist in Ebola global response

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The United States Government has pledged to provide a range of measures to assist in the global response to the Ebola Virus Disease, a move which has been warmly welcomed by the UN Secretary-General. As of 13 September, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports there are over 4,900 probable cases of Ebola and more than [...]

17 Sep 2014 | Posted in Ebola Outbreak, Today's News | Read More »

The Energetic Trio

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The 1961 UN Radio programme explores a future with clean energy sources. Scientists discuss the possibilities of utilizing the sun, wind and heat stored deep beneath the earth's surface and its economic and social significance. Language: English Genre: Report 1961 Duration: 28’31″  

17 Sep 2014 | Posted in UN70 RADIO CLASSICS | Read More »

Elections remains critical phase in CAR: UN peacekeeping chief

The ceremony of transfer of authority from MISCA to MINUSCA in Bangui on 15 September, 2014. UN Photo/ Catianne Tijerina.

The elections in the Central African Republic or CAR remain a critical phase, the outcome of which will show whether that the country has returned to constitutional order. The UN peacekeeping chief, Hervé Ladsous made the observation after taking part in a "re-hatting" ceremony in the capital Bangui. On 15 September, thousands of military troops [...]

17 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Photo blogger helps UN promote understanding of common humanity

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A blogger whose photographs have captured the imagination of almost ten million people on social media is helping the United Nations to promote what's been described as an "understanding of common humanity." Brandon Stanton publishes the Human of New York blog which features pictures and comment on a wide range of issues from people he [...]

17 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

US actor Leonardo DiCaprio named UN Messenger of Peace

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American actor Leonardo DiCaprio has been appointed as the newest UN Messenger for Peace, with a special focus on climate change issues. The UN Secretary-General made the announcement during a briefing ahead of a Climate change summit he is convening in New York next week. DiCaprio established a foundation in 1998 with the mission to [...]

16 Sep 2014 | Posted in Celebrity Partners, Climate Summit 2014, Today's News | Read More »

"Gaza could implode again", warns UN Middle East Envoy

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The crisis in Gaza is far from over and the window of opportunity to address critical needs and stabilize the situation is short. That's what Robert Serry, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, told members of the Security Council on Tuesday. Gaza could implode again and the two-State solution for Israel [...]

16 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Largest ever international support operation to fight Ebola

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A new coalition to fight the Ebola crisis in West Africa has been launched by the United Nations and its humanitarian partners. The outbreak of the virus continues to accelerate with nearly 5,000 people infected and more than 2,400 deaths across Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone. The Global Ebola Response Coalition will support [...]

16 Sep 2014 | Posted in Ebola Outbreak, Today's Features | Read More »

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World can no longer afford to burn its way through prosperity, says Ban

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The world can no longer afford to burn its way through prosperity, the Secretary-General has warned. Mr Ban Ki-moon made the remarks during the launch of a new climate economy report on Tuesday. Released by a commission of global leaders, the report has set concrete recommendations for sustainable, low carbon economic growth. It also aims [...]

16 Sep 2014 | Posted in Climate Summit 2014, Today's News | Read More »

Over 800 million people still undernourished despite reduction in world hunger: FAO

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The number of hungry people around the world declined by more than 100 million over the last decade and by over 200 million since 1990, according to a report released on Tuesday. The State of Food Insecurity in the World (SOFI 2014) is published annually by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund [...]

16 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

World hunger falls but 805 million still chronically undernourished

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Eight hundred and five million or about one in nine people across the world suffer from hunger, a new UN report has found. However, the number of those who are hungry has declined globally by more than a 100 million over the last decade, the State of Food Insecurity in the World (SOFI 2014) confirmed. [...]

16 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

700 migrants drown after boat sunk by human traffickers

Refugees and migrants risk their lives travelling from Africa to Europe in over-crowded and unseaworthy vessels to escape persecution and violence, or simply to find a better life. UNHCR/A.Di Loreto

As many as 700 migrants are feared to have drowned in the past week, after their vessels ran aground and sunk in the Mediterranean sea, according to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). In one of the incidences, IOM says at least 500 migrants drowned after their boat was deliberately sunk by human traffickers. Two [...]

16 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

ISIL profiting from international inaction to end the Syrian civil war

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

The inaction of the international community to bring the Syrian conflict to an end continues to embolden the warring parties to operate with impunity and nourished the violence that has consumed the country, according to the International Commission looking into human rights abuses in the country. The Commission says the latest beneficiary of this inaction [...]

16 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

One Billion dollars needed to contain Ebola outbreak

Health-care providers, still wearing their protective clothing, must thoroughly disinfect every place a person suspected to have Ebola passes through on the way to the health unit. WHO/Christina Banluta

The United Nations says it will require nearly a billion dollars to bring the Ebola disease outbreak in West Africa under control. The outbreak continues to accelerate with nearly 5,000 people infected and more than 2,400 deaths across Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone. To better coordinate efforts to contain the outbreak, a Global [...]

16 Sep 2014 | Posted in Ebola Outbreak, Today's News | Read More »

Most neonatal deaths can be prevented: UNICEF

Children in the Asia-Pacific region now have a much better chance of surviving the first year of life. UN Photo/Kibae Park

Despite dramatic progress on child survival, one million babies die the day they are born from mostly preventable causes, according to the UN's Children's Fund (UNICEF). Data from a new report released on Tuesday by UNICEF show that the first 28 days of a newborn's life are the most vulnerable with almost 2.8 million babies [...]

16 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Child mortality rates falling faster than ever: UNICEF

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Dramatic and accelerating progress has been made in reducing mortality among children, according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). UNICEF says new data from a report entitled "Levels and Trends in Child Mortality" proves that success is possible even for poorly resourced countries. The data released on Tuesday shows that mortality rates for children under [...]

16 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

"Bold initiatives" ahead of UN climate change summit

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A number of, what have been described as, "bold initiatives" have been made ahead of a major summit on climate change taking place at the United Nations next week. Over one hundred heads of state and government are expected at the Climate Summit in New York, which has been convened by the UN Secretary-General. The [...]

16 Sep 2014 | Posted in Climate Summit 2014, Today's Features | Read More »

Benefits expected as UN takes over African-led mission in Central African Republic

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An African-led peace mission to the Central African Republic has been replaced by a United Nations force, a move which the UN says will lead to a number of what it calls "advantages". The UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) has a maximum strength of 12,000 personnel and was established [...]

15 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Member states have tools to craft post-2015 development agenda: GA President

John W. Ashe. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Member States of the United Nations have the necessary tools to craft a post-2015 development agenda, according to the President of the General Assembly. John Ashe was speaking on his last day as the President of the 68th Session of the UN's main body for debate and deliberation. He told reporters that when he was [...]

15 Sep 2014 | Posted in Caribbean News, Today's News | Read More »

UN takes over African-led mission in Central African Republic

A view of the official hand-over ceremony transitioning peacekeeping responsibilities in the Central African Republic from MISCA to MINUSCA. UN Photo/Catianne Tijerina

The African-led International Support Mission to the Central African Republic (MISCA) has been transferred to the United Nations on Monday. In a ceremony held in the country's capital, Bangui, the authority was officially reassigned from MISCA to the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). Some 6,600 troops and more than [...]

15 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN chief calls for cooperation to stop financing foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Governments around the world have been urged to cooperate in stopping financing for foreign fighters who join Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria. The appeal has come from the UN Secretary-General as a major conference on Peace and Security in Iraq was being held in Paris on Monday. Fighters from different countries, including western nations [...]

15 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Treaty on Rights of Persons with Disability is ratified by 150 countries

Men and women at the entrance of a school in Romania that teaches people with disabilities. Photo: World Bank/Flore de Préneuf

The global treaty on the rights of people with disabilities has reached what has been described as a milestone with ratification by 150 countries. Guyana on Monday became the latest state to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which has been in force since 2008. The Convention was adopted by [...]

15 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Head of UNAMID calls for restraint in Darfur

Kalma camp. UN Photo/Albert Gonzalez Farran

The head of the joint African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), Mohammed Ibn Chambas, has called for restraint in the largest camp for internally displaced persons in the region. According to reports, tensions flared up about two weeks ago when a team of Sudanese police entered Kalma camp and drove down a road separating [...]

15 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Humanitarian Chief "struck" by brutality in Iraq

Valerie Amos. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The violence and brutality towards women and girls in Iraq has been described as striking by the UN Humanitarian Chief. Valerie Amos made the comment during a visit to the Khanke internally displaced persons camp in Dohuk, one of the largest in the country. Twenty million people across Iraq have been forced to flee their [...]

15 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Renewed fighting in Libya causes suffering to civilians: UN envoy

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Renewed military confrontations in Libya threaten to impose an increasingly heavier toll on the civilian population in the country. The warning has come from the new head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Bernardino Leon, during his briefing to the Security Council on Monday. Libya has been mired in political instability and conflict [...]

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Conflict in Darfur reduces but more people flee homes

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The intensity of the ongoing conflict in Darfur in Sudan has reduced in recent months, but the number of people who are fleeing their homes has increased. That's according to the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID). The Mission also reported an upsurge in criminality. The UN estimates that some 385,000 people have been [...]

15 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Three Buildings by a River

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American writer, broadcaster and traveler Lowell Thomas narrates this drama on UN’s Headquarters, “both a workshop and a symbol”. Language: English Genre: Drama 1956 Duration: 14’31″

15 Sep 2014 | Posted in UN70 RADIO CLASSICS | Read More »

The Yeti

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Toni Hagen the Swiss geologist, Aila the sherpa and Fritz the dachshund traverse the Himalayas over and over enough to have climbed Mount Everest fifty times, as part of the United Nations Technical Assistance Administration. Language: English Genre: Drama 1954 Duration: 14’35″

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Security Council condemns killing of British aid worker by ISIL

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The killing of a British humanitarian worker by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has been strongly condemned by the Security Council. A video released by ISIL late on Saturday showed the beheading of David Haines, who was abducted by militants in Syria last year. In a statement issued on Sunday, the [...]

15 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

43,000 cases of missing persons remain unsolved

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A group of United Nations human rights experts have expressed concern over the rising wave of enforced disappearances worldwide, under the guise of preserving national security, combating terrorism or organized crime. In a report to the UN Human Rights Council, the Working Group on Enforced Disappearances reminded states that no circumstances whatsoever, whether a threat [...]

15 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Young people called to lead major push for inclusive democracy

Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Youth Delegates. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Young people everywhere are being called by the Secretary-General to lead a major push for inclusive democracy around the world. Ban Ki-moon's message is being delivered on Monday on the occasion of the International Day of Democracy. The UN Chief says that peace, equality, and shared prosperity cannot take hold in societies that are not [...]

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Respect and understanding needed to be Speaker in India

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Respect and understanding are the key human qualities needed to be a successful parliamentary Speaker in India. So says Sumitra Mahajan, Speaker of the Indian Lok Sabha, the lower house of the Parliament of India. Ms Mahajan was elected Speaker in June. She met up with Patrick Maigua at an Inter-Parliamentary Union meeting in Geneva [...]

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South Sudan’s women welcome ratification of CEDAW

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South Sudan has become the latest country to ratify the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). This Convention, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1979, defines what constitutes discrimination against women, and commits Member States to setting up an agenda for action to support them. Mary Apai is [...]

14 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Women parliamentary leaders address gender issues

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Women Speakers represent less than 15 per cent of all Speakers of Parliament in the world, according to the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). To tackle this inequality, senior women parliamentary leaders recently met in Geneva at the annual meeting of the IPU. They looked at how women can take a lead in building a social, cultural [...]

13 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

The Rise of Shadow Banking in China

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The shadow banking sector has surged in China over recent years says the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The agency says shadow banks are not officially banks at all but institutions outside of the banking system that loan money. The loans accounted for a third of the rise in lending last year. Savers are attracted to [...]

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UN food agency starts distribution in Ukraine

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The World Food Programme (WFP) has started its first operation to provide food for the most vulnerable people affected by the conflict in eastern Ukraine. The agency is distributing food boxes containing ready-to-eat canned goods such as meat, fish, vegetables as well as biscuits, jam and tea in transit centres and public shelters in Donetsk [...]

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Biggest challenge in Iraq will be shelter: UN Humanitarian Chief

Shelter for the Iraqi refugees for the looming bitter winter.  UNHCR/S.Baldwin

As the winter approaches, finding a place for all Iraqis is the top priority according to the UN Humanitarian Chief. Valerie Amos arrived in Iraq on Thursday as part of a four-day mission to the country. She met the President of Iraq in Baghdad and discussed the constraints faced in delivering humanitarian assistance. Later in [...]

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About one in five persons in Gaza has mental health problems: WHO

Children taking part in play and psycho-social support activities organized by UNRWA's team of Community Mental Health Counselors.   Shareef Sarhan/UNRWA Archives.

The recent conflict in Gaza has left about one in five people with mental health problems that are severe enough to warrant access to mental health services. That's according to the World Health Organization (WHO) which on Friday published an account on its website of personal stories of people with mental health difficulties in Gaza. [...]

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Cuba offers 165 health professionals for Ebola response in West Africa

Health-care providers, still wearing their protective clothing, must thoroughly disinfect every place a person suspected to have Ebola passes through on the way to the health unit. WHO/Christina Banluta

The announcement by the Cuban government to provide health professionals to help tackle the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been welcomed by the UN health agency. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) there are now more than 4, 000 people infected by Ebola and over 2,000 have died in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra [...]

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Detentions and deportation of asylum-seekers continue in Sri Lanka

The residents of the Manik Farm camp of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Sri Lanka.  UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

A new round of arrests, detentions, and deportation of asylum-seekers and refugees in Sri Lanka has once again been recorded, according to the UN's Refugee Agency (UNHCR). UNHCR was informed that between 3 and 11 September, 62 Pakistani and three Afghan asylum-seekers were arrested and detained; 40 people had been subsequently deported. UNHCR is concerned [...]

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Cuban doctors for Ebola response in West Africa welcomed by WHO

Personal protective equipment for Ebola health care workers includes individual gowns, gloves, masks and goggles or face shields, as well as boots covered with disposable protection.  WHO/Christina Banluta

The Government of Cuba has committed to provide 165 health professionals to support Ebola care in West Africa, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO, said on Friday that to go to war with Ebola, resources are needed to fight. WHO says this Ebola outbreak is the largest, most [...]

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An emergency food operation is launched by WFP in Ukraine

A stack of rice bags provided by the World Food Programme (WFP).  UN Photo/Mark Garten

A small operation to deliver food to vulnerable people in eastern Ukraine is being rolled out, according to the World Food Programme (WFP). Since the beginning of  September, the UN's food agency has been distributing food boxes in transit centres and public shelters in Donetsk and Luhansk. According to reports, a fragile ceasefire is now [...]

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UNHCR: Syrian refugee numbers top three million

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The number of refugees from Syria’s intensifying crisis has passed three million amid reports of horrifying conditions inside the country, according to the UN refugee agency. UNHCR says a further 6.5 million people have been internally displaced by the ongoing civil war. Iman and her family are some of the victims of the conflict in [...]

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WOMEN: Women parliamentary leaders address gender issues

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Women Speakers represent less than 15 per cent of all Speakers of Parliament in the world, according to the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). To tackle this inequality, senior women parliamentary leaders recently met in Geneva at the annual meeting of the IPU. They looked at how women can take a lead in building a social, cultural [...]

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Colombian women's rights network receives world's top refugee award

The 19 coordinators of Butterflies, a women's rights network which also has 100 core volunteers. They put their lives on the line to assist forcibly displaced women and those who have been subject to sexual or physical violence.   UNHCR/L.Zanetti

A Colombian women's rights network has been announced winner of an annual award delivered by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) for outstanding services in supporting the refugee cause. The network receiving the Nansen Refugee Award, which includes a $100,000 monetary prize, is called "Butterflies with New Wings Building a Future". UNHCR says the members of [...]

12 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN stands with Liberia through "good and bad times": UN official

Hervé Ladsous addresses the media in Monrovia, Liberia. UN Photo/Mathew Elavanalthoduka

Liberia is going through what has been described by the head of UN peacekeeping operations as a "particularly bad time" as it faces the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak. Hervé Ladsous was speaking to reporters in the capital Monrovia during his visit to the West African country on Thursday. Mr Ladsous said that as of Tuesday, [...]

11 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Release of 45 UN Peacekeepers in Golan Heights welcomed by UN chief

The Austrian Battalion of the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) evacuate one of their officers, injured in a gopher hole exercise, near Mount Hermon, Syria.  UN Photo/Arnold Felfer

The release of UN peacekeepers who had been taken by armed forces in the Golan Heights since 28 August has been welcomed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations. The 45 Fijian peacekeepers are part of the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), which monitors the 1974 accord between Syria and Israel after the 1973 war. [...]

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Children pay a heavy price across South Asia: UNICEF

A close-up of a child at the Mobarakpur Community Clinic in Kulaura Upazila, northeastern Bangladesh.  UN Photo/Mark Garten

More than two million children in South Asia die before their fifth birthday, according to a new report released by UNICEF on Thursday. Key findings on the latest trends and data on children across South Asia show that while there is huge progress in some health and human rights strong inequalities still persist in other [...]

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Prices of food drop to lowest levels since 2010

A young girl selling tomatoes at an outdoor vegetable market in Manila. UN Photo/Jean Pierre Laffont

Prices of food in August dropped to their lowest levels since September 2010, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The UN agricultural agency attributes the drop to improved production outlook due to good weather conditions in key growing regions. The FAO's monthly Food Price Index is a measure of the monthly change [...]

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Almost half of girls in South Asia marry before the age of 18: UNICEF

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Too many young girls are giving birth in South Asia, according to the UN's Children's Fund (UNICEF). On Thursday, UNICEF released a report on the latest trends and data on children across South Asia. One of the key findings is that 46 per cent of girls marry before the age of 18, and 18 per [...]

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Disagreements have caused political stalemate in Haiti: UN envoy

Sandra Honoré, Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).  UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

There has been no agreement on the required legal framework for elections to be held in Haiti. That's what Sandra Honoré, the head of the UN mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) told the Security Council during her briefing on Thursday. She said that when she last briefed the Council in March there was hope that the [...]

11 Sep 2014 | Posted in Caribbean News, Today's News | Read More »

A new camp provides shelter for displaced people in northern Iraq

Chenar with her child.  (UNHCR video capture)

A new camp for displaced people is taking shape in the village of Khanke in Iraq’s Kurdistan region, with the help of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and its partners. The camp will house some of the thousands of Iraqis who have been forced to flee their homes as a result of attacks by insurgents [...]

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Food prices dropped by 3.6 per cent in August: FAO

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Food prices dropped in August, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). FAO's monthly Food Price Index registered its lowest level since September 2010. The agency says the drop in prices of the main crops is due to improved production outlook as a result of good weather conditions in key growing regions. Sandra [...]

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UN CALLING ASIA: Eight countries urged to ratify treaty to ban nuclear weapons testing

Vice Premier and Minister of Foreign Affairs of China Qian Qitchen, signing the CTBT on September 24, 1996

Eight countries that have not yet ratified a treaty to ban nuclear weapons testing have been urged to do so by a senior UN official.  The countries which have not ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty include five from the Asia region; India, Pakistan, China, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and Iran.  The treaty can [...]

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Stock-taking event to reflect on new development goals

John Ashe, President of the sixty-eighth session of the General Assembly.  UN Photo/Mark Garten

Member States of the United Nations are meeting on Thursday and Friday to share their views on the post 2015-development agenda. This stock-taking event is the last one organized by the current President of the General Assembly, John Ashe, who is finishing his one year term next week. Mr Ashe said this event will allow [...]

11 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Billions of dollars are lost in avoided taxes, says a UN agency

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Billions of dollars that could be used to finance development are lost in tax evasion, according to a senior official of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). In a report released on Wednesday UNCTAD calls for more spending on social support systems, skills training and job creation in industrialized countries. The UN trade [...]

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Ozone recovery influenced by climate change

Emissions at a manufacturing complex in Toronto, Canada.  UN Photo/Kibae Park

The world's ozone layer and climate change are interconnected phenomena, according to the Executive Director of the UN's Environment Programme (UNEP). Achim Steiner was at UN Headquarters on Wednesday to give a preview of the latest scientific assessment of ozone depletion. The Earth’s ozone layer protects all life from the sun’s radiation, but human activities [...]

10 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Conflict devastates Syria's economy, says UN official

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The conflict in Syria has transformed the country from being one of the few Arab nations to surpass the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), to one of the world's poorest performing countries. It's doing better than just one other state; Somalia. That's the opinion of a senior economist at the UN Economic and Social Commission for [...]

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Eight countries urged to ratify treaty to ban nuclear weapons testing

Vice Premier and Minister of Foreign Affairs of China Qian Qitchen, signing the CTBT on September 24, 1996

Eight countries that have not yet ratified a treaty to ban nuclear weapons testing have been urged to do so by a senior UN official. The countries which have not ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty include five from the Asia region; India, Pakistan, China, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and Iran. The treaty can [...]

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War sets Syria back three decades in human development

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Syria has lost more than three decades in human development during its three-year old civil war, according to a new report on the impact of the conflict on the country's development goals. The report released by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) shows that almost 45 per cent of Syrians live [...]

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Countries urged to change economic policies to stimulate growth

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The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) says rich and poor countries much change their economic policies to stimulate growth and prevent a resurgence of the problems that caused the recent financial crisis. In its annual Trade and Development report, released today, UNCTAD calls on governments in industrialized countries to boost spending on [...]

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Disarm and develop "win-win proposition"

An ex-combatant holds up munitions in Attécoubé, Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire.  He  participated in a Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) operation conducted in the area by the UN mission, UNOCI.  UN Photo/Patricia Esteve

Military disarmament has been described as a "win-win proposition" for those countries wishing to develop. The United Nations Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order Alfred de Zayas has said that military spending could be reduced around the world. He said that the money saved could be put towards education, [...]

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States urged by UN Chief to ban nuclear testing to stop human suffering

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO).  UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Countries that have not ratified a treaty to ban nuclear weapons testing should look squarely at the human suffering it causes, according to the Secretary-General of the United Nations. On Wednesday, Ban Ki-moon was speaking at an event to mark the international day against nuclear tests, which raises awareness about the need to achieve a [...]

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Ebola infection chains make counting cases a challenge : WHO

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The exact number of people who have contracted the Ebola disease in West Africa is unclear according to the World Health Organization (WHO). As of Tuesday, WHO says there are more than 4,000 infected people in the region, and more than 2000 deaths. Taric Jasarevic, spokesperson for the WHO, says there is a need to [...]

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Ebola outbreak is a "tragedy" for Liberia: UN top envoy

Karin Landgren, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Liberia and Head of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).  UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Liberia has been described by the top UN envoy in the country as "a tragedy" for the West African nation. Karin Landgren, the head of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) was at UN headquarters on Tuesday to brief the Security Council on the situation in [...]

10 Sep 2014 | Posted in Ebola Outbreak, Today's Features | Read More »

"Compelling confirmation" of chlorine gas used as weapon in Syria

Inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) inventory a stockpile of 22mm chemical artillery projectiles (file photo). Credit: OPCW

There is "compelling confirmation" that a toxic chemical was used as a weapon in Syria, according to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The OPCW fact-finding mission, appointed to examine alleged uses of chemical weapons in northern Syria, says the substance was used "systematically and repeatedly". The mission says it is able [...]

10 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Probe finds UN helicopter was shot down in South Sudan

An Mi-8 helicopter of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), in Juba.  UN Photo/Martine Perret

The preliminary findings of a UN investigation into the circumstances surrounding a UN helicopter crash in South Sudan have revealed that it was shot down. Three Russian crew members died and one was seriously injured when the helicopter crashed on the 26 August as it was flying from Wau in Western Bahr El Ghazal State [...]

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Montenegro assisted by UN nuclear agency to dispose radioactive waste

Lightning rods.  Photo:  IAEA

Lightning rods are used to protect buildings from lightning strikes by diverting lightning harmlessly to the ground. In the past, such rods contained radioactive material sources to make them more conductive to lighting. Montenegro is now assisted by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to remove the radioactive sources and manage them safely. Steve Thachet [...]

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President Obama and UN Chief speak ahead of General Assembly

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with Barack Obama, President of the United States.   UN Photo/Mark Garten

US President Barack Obama and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon discussed a number of global issues by phone late on Monday. Ban Ki-moon has recently been making a round of calls on Ebola to regional and global leaders. Stephane Dujarric, the Secretary-General’s spokesperson, says that amongst other topics, Mr. Ban and President Obama discussed the need [...]

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Greenhouse gases reached record levels in 2013: UN weather agency

Emissions at a manufacturing complex in Toronto, Canada.  UN Photo/Kibae Park

The greenhouse gases that cause global warming reached record levels in the atmosphere in 2013, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The agency on Tuesday issued its latest Greenhouse Gas Bulletin ahead of a major United Nations climate change conference later this month. Global warming has been blamed on the concentration of greenhouse gases, [...]

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Ebola disease "merciless" in Liberia, says Head of UNMIL

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The spread of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Liberia has been described as merciless by the Head of the United Nations Mission in the country. Karen Landgren was at UN Headquarters in New York to present the latest progress report of the Secretary-General on UNMIL, the UN Mission in Liberia. However, she told the [...]

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Culture of Peace to counter violence and hatred: Ban Ki-moon

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Our strongest arsenal in the face of violence and hatred is our shared values, according to the Secretary-General of the United Nations. On Tuesday, Ban Ki-moon shared ideas on ways to build and promote a "Culture of peace", which are a set of values, attitudes and ways of life that reject violence and prevent conflicts [...]

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This is a pivotal moment for Afghanistan, says UN Chief

Ballot boxes from Afghanistan's Presidential election run-off, held on 14 June, have been audited by the Independent Election Commission (IEC), under UN supervision 
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Afghanistan is going through a pivotal moment, according to the Secretary-General of the United Nations. In a statement issued on Tuesday, Ban Ki-moon urges the country's two Presidential candidates, Dr Abdullah Abdullah and Dr Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, to conclude an agreement on a government of national unity. He notes that on 12 July, the two [...]

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It’s back to school for Palestinian children in Gaza amid death and destruction

Palestinians search through the rubble of their home destroyed by Israeli strikes in Khuza'a, southern Gaza Strip.  Credit: UN Photo/Shareef Sarhan

Over half a million Palestinian children will be returning to school on Sunday next week, but many will have no learning facilities as families displaced by last month's Israeli military action in Gaza are still camping in schools. This is according to the United Nations Children's fund UNICEF. Data by the Palestinian ministry of education [...]

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Earth warming accelerates as greenhouse gas levels reach record levels

Emissions at a manufacturing complex in Toronto, Canada.  UN Photo/Kibae Park

The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached record levels in 2013, propelled by a surge in levels of carbon dioxide, according to the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO). WMO says the trends give a clearer signal of the urgency needed for concerted international action against accelerating and potentially devastating climate change. In its latest [...]

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Women in Caribbean need to understand "bigger picture" on climate change

Satellite image of the Caicos Islands in the northern Caribbean from NASA.  UN Photo/USGS/NASA

Women in the Caribbean need to understand the "bigger picture" on climate change so they can engage with policy makers and influence decisions which impact them. That's the view of a senior projects officer of the Caribbean Policy Development Centre (CPDC), which is based in Barbados. As part of its work on climate issues, the [...]

9 Sep 2014 | Posted in Caribbean News, Small Island Developing States, Today's Features | Read More »

Small Island Developing States get a helping hand from a UN agency

Coastline of the Pacific small island developing state of Fiji. ©IFAD

Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) which spread across the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans have their own special needs and challenges because of their size and vulnerability to climate change. The UN General Assembly declared 2014 the International Year of Small Island Developing States to raise awareness about them. The International Fund for Agricultural Development [...]

9 Sep 2014 | Posted in Small Island Developing States, Today's Features | Read More »

Crises are creating unprecedented challenges for children

A UN peacekeeper with the African UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) is approached by playful children inside Abu Shouk Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp during his routine patrol. UN Photo/Albert González Farran

Though we continue to see progress to better protect children, new crises are rapidly overshadowing these gains, according to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict. Leila Zerrougui was speaking on Monday at a Security Council debate to discuss the Secretary-General's latest report on children and armed conflict. Ms Zerrougui stressed [...]

8 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Casualties in Ukraine continue to increase, says top UN human rights official

Ivan Simonovic. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

With the intensification of hostilities in eastern Ukraine, the number of people that have been killed has risen dramatically, according to the Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights. Ivan Šimonović was in Vienna, Austria, on Monday to brief the Permanent Council of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on his recent mission to [...]

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People of Nauru need to be protected and informed through broadband

Baron Divavesi Waqa, President of the Republic of Nauru.  UN Photo/Evan Schneider

The people of Nauru need to be protected and informed through better Internet connections says the President of the tiny and remote Pacific Ocean island. Currently, schools, businesses, health services and the government have to share a slow and expensive broadband Internet link, which is slowing down the development of the nation. Daniel Dickinson asked [...]

8 Sep 2014 | Posted in Small Island Developing States, Today's Features | Read More »

Security Council hears about plight of children in armed conflict

A UN Peacekeeper reads to children in the town of Pinga, North Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo during their patrol of the town.  UN Photo/Sylvain Liechti

The plight of children in armed conflict around the world was once again before the Security Council on Monday. The Council held an open debate to discuss the UN Secretary-General's latest report on "Children and armed conflict". According to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), almost 30 million children are out of school in emergency or [...]

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The responsibility to protect populations is urgent: Ban Ki-moon

Member of the Indian battalion of the UN Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) plays with the village boys.  UN Photo/Marie Frechon

Turning a blind eye to atrocity crimes is no longer tenable, according to the Secretary-General of the United Nations. Ban Ki-moon on Monday addressed the General Assembly during an interactive dialogue on international assistance and the responsibility to protect. The meeting provided a forum for Member States to consider how international assistance can help national [...]

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Ebola outbreak affects policing work in Liberia

Women Police Officers in Liberia.  UN Photo/Marcus Bleasdale/VII

The UN Police in Liberia are working with the Liberian National Police to respond to the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in the country. The UN estimates that more than 1, 500 people have died of the disease and there are now over 3, 500 cases of Ebola in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. [...]

8 Sep 2014 | Posted in Ebola Outbreak, Today's Features | Read More »

Female genital mutilation in Kurdistan on the decline: survey

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The results from a survey on female genital mutilation in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq show that the practice is in decline, according to the UN's Children Fund (UNICEF). Female genital mutilation (FGM) involves intentionally altering or injuring a woman's genital organs for non-medical reasons. The survey, the first ever of its kind in [...]

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Spread of ISIL in Iraq and Syria an affront to enjoyment of human rights

Human Rights Council. Photo by Jean-Marc Ferr

The new UN Human Rights Chief says attempts by the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant ISIL to govern parts of Iraq and Syria is an affront to the promotion and protection of human rights in the region. In his maiden statement to the UN Human Rights Council Mr Zeid Ra’ad Al [...]

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"Corrective rape" should be recognized as a hate crime, says advocate

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“Corrective rape” is a huge problem in South Africa, according to the director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC). Lesbians and gay men are often the targets of this crime, also called punitive rape, as a way of "curing" or "punishing" them for their sexual orientation. In the past 10 years [...]

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Literacy supports sustainable development: UNESCO

Students attend class in a newly painted classroom at a public school in Bamako, Mali. UN Photo/Marco Dormino

Literacy is one of the key elements needed to promote sustainable development, according to the UN's Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). On Monday, International Literacy Day is being celebrated worldwide, under the theme of "Literacy and Sustainable Development." UNESCO says that literacy empowers people so they can make the right decisions in the areas [...]

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Women in Grenada benefiting from agricultural development programme

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Women from Grenada play a critical role in the agricultural sector of the small island but lack resources to sustain their business, according to the manager of a rural development programme. Byron Campbell, who overseas this government project called MAREP — Market Access And Rural Enterprise Development Programme—receives funding form the International Fund for Agricultural [...]

6 Sep 2014 | Posted in Caribbean News, Small Island Developing States, Today's Features | Read More »

Ukraine ceasefire deal welcomed by UN chief

Returnees to the eastern Ukranian town of Sloviansk cycle past buildings that were heavily damaged during the fighting earlier in 2014. Photo: UNHCR/Iva Zimova

A ceasefire agreement signed by the Ukrainian government and rebel fighters on Friday has been welcomed by the United Nations Secretary-General. Representatives of the warring parties have been meeting in the Belarusian capital Minsk to negotiate an end to  almost five months of fighting in eastern Ukraine. More than 2, 600 people are reported to [...]

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UN sends out "rescue call" for response to Ebola outbreak

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre right) addresses the press after chairing a meeting of senior leaders and experts from across the United Nations system on the next steps in managing the Ebola epidemic. In sending out

The United Nations has sent what has been called "an international rescue" call to respond to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The UN Secretary-General on Friday conferred with senior UN officials and experts to discuss the next steps in managing the disease which has killed more than 1, 500 people. According to the UN [...]

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Louis Gossett at the UN to discuss slavery in film

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The consciousness of mankind has changed, according to Louis Gossett Jr., an internationally acclaimed actor and social justice advocate. Mr. Gossett, who is perhaps best known for his performance in the 1977 American television mini-series "Roots", says the digital age has helped make difficult issues such as slavery public. On Thursday he was at UN [...]

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Bahrain urged to release human rights defender

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The government of Bahrain has been urged to release a prominent human rights defender who has been detained on charges of assaulting a police officer. The appeal has come from a group of United Nations independent human rights experts. Maryam Al-Khawaja, who has been in detention since 30 August, is the co-director of the Gulf [...]

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Pressure on accommodation still "acute" for displaced people in Iraq: UNHCR

A group of internally displaced Iraqi girls queue for food at a community kitchen in a village in Iraqi Kurdistan's Dohuk governorate.© UNHCR/B.Szandelszky

Pressure on accommodation is still acute for almost half a million people who have been displaced by attacks by Islamic militants in northern Iraq, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). The agency points out that a major operation to help the displaced people has entered a new phase as winter approaches. UNHCR spokesperson Adrian [...]

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People with disabilities in the Arab world need more rights

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People with disabilities in Arab countries are increasingly suffering due to the region's turmoil, according to the President of the Arab Organization of Persons with Disabilities (AOPD). Doctor Nawaf Kabbara says although most Arab states have ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), an international treaty to ensure the most vulnerable [...]

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Mobile phones connecting women across South Sudan

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The growth of the mobile phone sector in South Sudan is connecting women across the country and is contributing to gender equality, according to a senior government official. Despite poor infrastructure and low internet band width, Africa's newest country is hoping that mobile phones can also be used for so-called "e-education"…that's learning through the electronic [...]

5 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN provides over $6 million to respond to Ebola outbreak in West Africa

July 2014, Kailahun district, Sierra Leone: Red Cross volunteers prepare to handle the bodies of people killed by Ebola. Credit: IFRC/Kathy Mueller

Relief agencies in West Africa have received more than $6 million to respond to the ongoing Ebola outbreak, according to the UN humanitarian agency (OCHA). OCHA says the money has come from the UN's Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) which is pooled from a number of countries, the private sector and individuals to deal with [...]

5 Sep 2014 | Posted in Ebola Outbreak, Today's News | Read More »

UN voices concern over civilian mass executions in Iraq

August 2014, Dahuk, Iraq: These people escaped Sinjar Mountain, making their way the Iraq's Kurdish region where authorities and aid groups are scaling-up their response efforts. Credit: UNICEF/Wathiq Khuzaie

The UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) has expressed concern at the growing spate of civilian executions in Iraq by the militant  group the Islamic state of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). ISIL is reported to be systematically targeting non Sunni Moslems and other minority groups and individuals who decline to pledge allegiance. In the past [...]

5 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN to further advance LGBTI rights during September debate

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Leaders who govern in countries where laws still brutalize or infringe on the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people should be held accountable by the United Nations. That's according to Shehnilla Mohamed, a Johannesburg-based director for the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC). On the margins of last year's [...]

5 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

WOMEN: "Corrective rape" should be recognized as a hate crime, says advocate

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“Corrective rape” is a huge problem in South Africa, according to the director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC). Lesbians or gay men are often the targets of this crime, also called punitive rape, as a way of "curing" or "punishing" them for their sexual orientation. In the past 10 years [...]

4 Sep 2014 | Posted in Women | Read More »

UN chief calls for coordinated support of Afghanistan's international partners

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The United Nations Secretary-General has stressed the importance of coordinated international support for the peaceful and stable future of Afghanistan. Ban Ki-moon's message was delivered by the head of the UN Department of Political Affairs to the leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) at a meeting in Wales on Thursday. Afghanistan is going [...]

4 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Protection of civilians is a priority in Libya, says OHCHR

A memorial in Misrata for some of the thousands killed during the 2011 Libyan civil war. Photo: IRIN/Heba Aly

All armed groups fighting in Libya need to ensure that the protection of civilians is a priority, according to the UN Human Right Office (OHCHR). Ravina Shamdasani, a spokesperson for the UN human rights office, says attacks are taking place in densely populated residential areas while necessary precautions are not in place to protect civilians. [...]

4 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Boko Haram continues to abduct children in Nigeria, says a new report

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Children in north-eastern Nigeria continue to suffer at the hands of the Boko Haram militant Islamist organization, according to a new report launched at the United Nations on Thursday. The report has been compiled by Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict, a network of international non-governmental organizations striving to protect children in war zones. Janine [...]

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First report on suicide prevention published by WHO

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Suicide is a neglected public health problem, according to a doctor at the World Health Organization (WHO) who heads the Department of Violence, Injury prevention, and Disability. Dr Etienne Krug says that every year, 800,000 people commit suicide; that's one person every 40 seconds. On Thursday, WHO published its first global suicide prevention report. The [...]

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There are serious human rights abuses in Libya: UN report

Ravina Shamdasani. Photo: UN Multimedia

Serious human rights abuses are taking place in the Libyan cities of Tripoli and Benghazi which are mired in conflict by armed groups, according to a United Nations report released on Thursday. The joint report by the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and the UN Human Rights Office details accounts of civilian casualties, including [...]

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UN helping to protect human rights on the Internet

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The internet should be open, free, secure and trustworthy, according to the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs. Thomas Gass said achieving this is one of the goals of the Internet Governance Forum, taking place in Istanbul from 2 to 5 September. This annual Forum, which has met since 2006, convenes to [...]

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UN Humanitarian Coordinator visits displaced people in Malakal, South Sudan

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South Sudanese people displaced by fighting between government and opposition forces in Malakal town were visited by the UN humanitarian Coordinator in the country, Toby Lanzer on Thursday. Mr. Lanzer was accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Trade and International Cooperation of the Netherlands during a visit to the UN Protection of Civilians site in [...]

4 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN CALLING ASIA: Poverty and inequality on the increase in Pacific

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Poverty and inequality are on the increase in the Pacific according to a report released by the UN Development Programme (UNDP). The “State of Human Development in the Pacific” report reveals that one in four people on twelve Pacific Ocean islands are living below the poverty line. The findings have been released on the margins [...]

4 Sep 2014 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

WHO; more effort needed to reduce suicides worldwide

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With more than 800,000 people dying each year as a result of suicide, the World Health Organisation is calling for coordinated action to reduce suicides worldwide. WHO says only about 28 countries are known to have national suicide prevention strategies. In its first global report on suicide prevention, WHO says reducing access to means of [...]

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Africa is vulnerable to terrorism, says African Union official

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Terrorism is a common enemy for the African Union and the United Nations, and the UN is strongly committed to stepping up its cooperation with the AU and its Member States. That's the message that the UN Secretary-General sent to the African Union Peace and Security Council summit on terrorism held in the Kenyan capital, [...]

4 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Sustainable development of SIDS a global litmus test

Transporting seedlings to the Maldive Islands. SIDS are highly dependent on agricultural imports. FAO@PHOTO

Through its new Blue Growth Initiative, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is helping small island developing states (SIDS) around the world sustainably use their aquatic resources. The goal is to advance food security, improve nutrition, and reduce poverty in vulnerable areas. During the 3rd International UN Conference on SIDS is taking place this [...]

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Small island nations start "drum roll of action" for key UN Climate Summit

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Small island nations meeting in Samoa have started a "drum roll of action" ahead of a key UN climate summit in New York later this month. That's according to the Executive Secretary of the United Nations  Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Christiana Figueres has been attending the 3rd UN conference on small island developing [...]

4 Sep 2014 | Posted in Focus on Climate Change, Small Island Developing States, Today's News | Read More »

Security Council to discuss growing danger of foreign terrorist fighters

Samantha Power.  UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

One of the main highlights in the work of the Security Council this month is a meeting of world leaders to discuss terrorism. That's what Ambassador Samantha Power of the United States told reporters on Wednesday as she outlined the programme of work for the Council during her country's presidency in September. September is also [...]

3 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN probes attack that killed four peacekeepers in Mali

MINUSMA HQs Credit: UN Photo/Marco Dormino

The United Nations has deployed demining experts to investigate the explosion that killed four peacekeepers and injured 15 others in Mali on Tuesday. An explosive device that detonated on a vehicle carrying UN peacekeepers was the latest in a series of attacks in Kidal region. Last week there was repeated mortar fire against the camp [...]

3 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

National ownership of peace process is crucial, says new head of mission in South Sudan

Ellen Margrethe Løj. Credit: UNMISS/JC McIlwaine

In a country coming out of conflict, a solution to address root causes cannot be imposed from abroad, according to the new Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in South Sudan. Ellen Margrethe Løj, who has just taken up her post, said the job was impossible to turn down because the country's people had fought [...]

3 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Daily News 03 September 2014

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Investing in women peacebuilders is "best value for money": UN Women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Spending billions of dollars on projects that often predominantly benefit men after conflicts has to change. That's the message that was delivered by the head of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at a special event held at UN Headquarters on Wednesday. The event on "Women, Everyday Peacebuilders" was organized by the UN Peacebuilding Commission and UN [...]

3 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Flights to Bentiu town resumed in South Sudan

Civilians arriving at the UNMISS base in Bentiu after attacks in April 2014. Photo: UNMISS/Tina Turyagyenda

Flights to the town of Bentiu in South Sudan that were suspended for one week after a helicopter crash have resumed. The UN mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) grounded all flights to the town in Unity State after the crash of the helicopter in which three Russian crew members died on Tuesday last week. UNMISS [...]

3 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN calls for investigation into Iraqi military camp massacre

Nickolay Mladenov. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The United Nations is calling on Iraqi authorities to conduct a public and independent investigation into the fate of hundreds of soldiers from the Speicher military base which was overrun by militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant on 12 June 2014. The UN representative in Iraq Nikolai Mladenov says initial investigations [...]

3 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Zanzibar economy suffering effects of climate change

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The development of the Indian Ocean archipelago of Zanzibar is being held back by the effects of climate change, according to a senior minister on the island. Agriculture, fishing and tourism are all being negatively impacted as sea-levels and temperatures rise. Zanzibar says it doesn't have the resources to counter the effects of climate change. [...]

3 Sep 2014 | Posted in Small Island Developing States, Today's Features | Read More »

International criminal justice system faces challenges: UN Prosecutor

Serge Brammertz. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

The international criminal justice system is facing challenges, according to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Serge Brammertz attended a recent annual meeting of international prosecutors at the Robert Jackson Centre near Buffalo City in the United States. Prosecutors from the tribunals for Rwanda, Cambodia and Sierra Leone as [...]

3 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Ebola outbreak is "accelerating ahead" of control efforts

After being triaged at the emergency room, people presenting Ebola-like symptoms are directed to the Department of Infectious Disease. Conakry, Guinea. Photo: WHO/T. Jasarevic

The outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in West Africa is accelerating ahead of the efforts to control it, according to UN officials. The World Health Organization (WHO) says there are now more than 3,500 confirmed cases of the disease in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. More than 1, 500 people have died from the [...]

3 Sep 2014 | Posted in Ebola Outbreak, Today's Features | Read More »

Samoan villagers adapt to realities of climate change

Luatuanu'u village, Samoa
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Villagers on the Pacific Ocean island of Samoa are adapting their way of life to counter the negative impacts of climate change. A series of cyclones has devastated large swathes of the island, but now villagers are finding ways to protect themselves against disaster. They're being supported by the UN Development Programme, UNDP. Daniel Dickinson [...]

3 Sep 2014 | Posted in Focus on Climate Change, Small Island Developing States, Today's Features | Read More »

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