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News in Brief 30 September 2015 (PM)

Sheikh Hasina. UN Photo/Cia Pak

Bangladesh maintains "zero-tolerance policy" to terrorism Bangladesh has said it maintains a "zero-tolerance policy" to terrorism at home and abroad. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was speaking at the high-level debate of the UN General Assembly. Speaking through an interpreter, she described how she herself was a victim of terrorism. Her father, mother and three brothers [...]

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Broken migration policies focus of international meeting

Children, women and men who have fled their homes amid the ongoing refugee and migrant crisis, stand outside small tents in a park next to the bus and train stations in Belgrade, the Serbian capital. Photo: UNICEF/ Shubuckl

The plight of millions of migrants and refugees worldwide was the focus of a major meeting called by the UN Secretary-General on Wednesday. Ministers from around the globe came to New York to share their views on what can be done to protect and provide for the staggering number of people who have fled their [...]

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Move to prevent Security Council right to veto in mass atrocities

Press Encounter with the Minister for Foreign Affairs of France, H.E. Mr. Laurent Fabius and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Mexico, H.E Ms. Claudia Ruiz Massieu Salinas to address reporters. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

More than 70 countries have signed a declaration aimed at restraining the five permanent members of the UN Security Council from using their veto when voting on cases of mass atrocities. Fifteen countries sit on the Council, which is tasked with maintaining international peace and security. However, only the five permanent members—China, France, Russia, the [...]

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US actress represents trafficking victims' "truth"

Mira Sorvino. UN Photo.

The American actress, Mira Sorvino, has said she uses her position as a UN Goodwill Ambassador to publicize the "truth" behind the trafficking of women and men. Ms Sorvino has been at UN headquarters to discuss how criminal justice policies can better reflect the needs of women as part of the newly adopted global development [...]

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Palestinian flag raised at the United Nations headquarters

Members of the United Nations Honour Guard raise the flag of the State of Palestine for the first time at UN Headquarters in New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten

The Palestinian flag was raised for the first time at UN headquarters on Wednesday, a symbol of Palestinian determination to live in a fully-independent state. The UN Secretary General said that it also affirmed the "longstanding commitment" of the United Nations to support their aspirations. The flag-raising was approved by the UN General Assembly earlier [...]

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Syrian crisis, ISIL dominate UN debate on Middle East conflicts

A general view of today's Ministerial Level Security Council meeting on the maintenance of international peace and security in the Middle East and North Africa and countering terrorist threats in the region. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

The UN Security Council has met for an extraordinary ministerial-level meeting on Middle Eastern conflicts, on the same day that Russia announced it had conducted its first air strikes in Syria. In opening the meeting, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov informed the Council that at the request of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russia had carried [...]

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News in Brief 30 September 2015 (AM)

A resident at the Tomping camp sits outside a damaged shelter. UN File Photo/Isaac Billy

Cost of humanitarian crises "overwhelming" The cost of dealing with humanitarian crises around the world is overwhelming the international community's ability to react according to the UN Secretary-General. Ban Ki-moon was speaking at a meeting on the fringes of the UN General Debate of world leaders looking at preparations for next year's World Humanitarian Summit. [...]

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Palestine no longer bound by Oslo peace deal with Israel

Mahmoud Abbas. UN Photo/Cia Pak

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas told the UN General Debate on Wednesday that his people will no longer be bound by the Oslo agreements of the 1990s, with Israel. The Oslo agreement established a process that would eventually lead to the creation of a Palestinian state. President Abbas declared that Palestine was a "state under occupation" and [...]

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Number of over-60s set to double, says WHO

The economic contribution of older people far outweighs the cost to society and governments should do more to encourage their participation, WHO says. Photo: WHO/Fid Thompson

The number of over-60 year-olds is set to double by 2050 to two billion, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), which wants governments to prepare for what it's calling "radical societal change". In a new report, WHO says advances in medicine are helping more people to live longer, and that this is also the [...]

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Reconciliation "imperative" to Sri Lanka's future

Maithripala Sirisena. UN Photo/Cia Pak

The reconciliation between former foes in Sri Lanka is "imperative" to the future of the country according to the island nation's president. Sri Lanka is recovering from more than 25 years of civil conflict in which an estimated 70,000 people died. Daniel Dickinson has more details. The long and deadly civil war pitted the majority [...]

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CAR risks return to civil war, rights expert warns

An upsurge in violence has left forced tens of thousands of people from their homes, in the Central African Republic. UN Photo/Catianne Tijerina

The next three months in the Central African Republic will be critical to the country's future amid rising violence there, a top UN Human Rights Council investigator said Wednesday. Special Rapporteur Therese Keita Boucoum said that the country's transition government is pushing ahead with elections, but that armed groups threaten to bring about civil war [...]

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There's enough food in the world to end hunger by 2030

José Graziano da Silva. UN Photo/Kim Haughton

Eradicating hunger worldwide within 15 years can be achieved, according to the Director-General of the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). José Graziano da Silva said the central target of the newly-adopted Sustainable Development Goals was a "big move" but only action by individual countries would ensure its success. Leda Letra asked the Director-General to [...]

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Respect the dignity of migrants fleeing to Europe

In the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, refugees take shelter beneath a metal pavilion on a rainy day, near the town of Gevgelija, on the border with Greece. Photo File: UNICEF/Tomislav Georgiev

Refugees fleeing Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, deserve to be treated with dignity not suspicion, said the head of the International Organization for Migration, or IOM. Speaking before Wednesday's high-level UN meeting on migration, which is expected to focus on the exodus from the Middle-East to Europe, Director General William Swing, said the inter-governmental organisation was [...]

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Yemen's President urges rebels to lay down their weapons

Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi Mansour. UN Photo/Cia Pak

The president of Yemen has urged Houthi militants to lay down their arms as the civilian death-toll mounts across the war-torn country. President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi used his speech at the UN General Debate, to praise the Saudi Arabia-led coalition, which has been conducting air strikes on rebels, in support of the government. International [...]

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UN agencies band together on LGBTI issues

Discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, violates more than their human rights – it creates serious socio-economic challenges and results in lost development and economic opportunities. That's according to 12 UN agencies that issued a joint statement Tuesday. The statement highlights the link between human rights abuses against LGBTI people and [...]

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Death penalty practices must be reconsidered

Photo: UN/MINUSTAH/Logan Abassi

The practice of putting people to death for crimes they've committed needs to come to an end worldwide. That was the call from participants in a high-level event held on Tuesday at the UN in New York. Experts and advocates alike said there was no room for the death penalty in the modern day world. [...]

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News in Brief 29 September 2015 (PM)

King Mswati III.  UN Photo/Cia Pak

Southern Africa to benefit from new global goals King Mswati III of Swaziland has appealed to the UN to continue helping Africa emerge from the cycle of poverty and disease. The King was speaking to world leaders at the annual high-level debate of the UN General Assembly. He said his country in southern Africa would [...]

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Treatment of migrants "sheer hypocrisy" says EU

Donald Tusk. UN Photo.

The refusal of some countries to accept migrants fleeing crises in various parts of the world has been branded as "sheer hypocrisy" by the European Union. More than 6,000 people arrive on Europe’s shores every day, according to the UN, principally from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Matthew Wells reports: Almost half a million migrants have [...]

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Russia fighting "aggressive war" against Ukraine

Petro Poroshenko. UN Photo/Cia Pak

Russia has been accused by the President of Ukraine of fighting an "aggressive war" against his country. The UN has said that around 8,000 people have been killed in the eastern European country as a result of a conflict between government forces and rebels. Daniel Dickinson reports. The conflict in eastern Ukraine began in April [...]

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Defeating terrorists on the battlefield is not enough

Barack Obama.  UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Defeating terrorism militarily is only the beginning of the global fight against violent extremism, US President Barack Obama said at a UN summit on Tuesday. Terrorist groups like ISIL in the Middle-East have gained the allegiance of smaller militant groups like Boko Haram, in West Africa in the past year, raising fears that extremism is [...]

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South Sudan President urged not to "betray" hopes for peace

South Sudanese refugees wait to be registered at a crossing into Ethiopia earlier in 2015. Photo: UNHCR/R. Riek

South Sudan's President has been urged by the UN Secretary-General not to "betray and disappoint" international hopes for peace in his country. Political infighting in the world's youngest country has led to the deaths of thousands of people over the past two years. The recent signing of a peace agreement has renewed hopes for the [...]

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News in Brief 29 September 2015 (AM)

The UN Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) and the National Police conducting a joint operation in the capital Bangui. Photo: UN/MINUSCA/Nektarios Markogiannis

  Violence in Central African Republic deplored by UN chief An eruption of violence in the Central African Republic which left more than 30 people dead and over 100 wounded has been deplored by the UN Secretary-General. The attacks were sparked by the murder of a young Muslim man on Saturday in the capital, Bangui. [...]

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Ukraine people to face harsh winter without aid

Ivan Simonovic, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, said it was a "great mistake" to deny UN and other aid agencies access to eastern Ukraine. Photo: UN/Laura Puigvert-Alia

The people in eastern Ukraine face a humanitarian catastrophe in coming months if armed groups continue to refuse access to aid agencies, the UN warned on Tuesday. Ivan Simonovic, the Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, said that it was of the "utmost concern" that humanitarian assistance was being used as "a new tool of warfare" [...]

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Africa "bids farewell" to coup d'états

UN Photo/Cia Pak

Africa has entered a new era and in the words of the President of Namibia has said farewell to the "days of coup d'états". President Hage Geingob was speaking at the UN General Assembly on the second day of the annual high-level debate. Daniel Dickinson reports. President Geingob said the African continent was now focused [...]

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CAR clashes may be "catastrophic" as elections near

UN Human Rights Office spokesperson Rupert Colville said

Renewed violence in the Central African Republic is worsening and could turn out to be "catastrophic" for the country ahead of national elections, the UN said Tuesday. The warning from the UN Human Rights Office, OHCHR, follows the killing of a Muslim taxi driver in the capital Bangui last week. Clashes and reprisal attacks there [...]

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UN chief condemns deadly air strikes on civilians in Yemen

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at the opening of the 70th General Assembly. Photo: UN/Video capture

Air strikes which killed scores of people in Yemen on Monday have been condemned by the UN Secretary-General. Ban Ki-moon said any intentional attacks against civilians are considered a serious violation of international humanitarian law. More than a year of fighting between government forces and rebels has killed upwards of 2,000 people in Yemen, according [...]

28 Sep 2015 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Whole world to benefit from African economic development: Mugabe

UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

The entire world will benefit if Africa reaches its full economic potential, Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe told the UN General Assembly on Monday. He said Africa is not looking for "handouts" but rather partnerships that ultimately will improve the lives of people on the continent. Dianne Penn has the story. Mr Mugabe spoke of the [...]

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Momentum must be sustained to bring peace to Somalia

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

While steady progress has been made in bringing stability to Somalia, the momentum must be sustained in order to bring a lasting peace to the country. That's according to the UN Secretary-General, who spoke at a high-level meeting on the years-long internal conflict which has plagued the Horn of Africa country. More now from Veronica [...]

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Cuban President calls for end to US embargo

Raul Castro. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

Normalization of relations between Cuba and the United States will only occur when an economic blockade against the Caribbean country is lifted. That was the message Cuban President Raul Castro delivered to the UN General Assembly on Monday. Dianne Penn reports. Cuba and the United States have recently resumed diplomatic relations after nearly 60 years [...]

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UN asks the world to "step up" with more peacekeepers

Eun-Bi Jeong, Nurse Officer, and two of her colleagues photographed next to clinic of the Korean Contingent Headquaters at UN Post 2-5 at the vicinity of Tyre, South Lebanon. UN Photo/Pasqual Gorriz

United Nations peacekeeping operations are unable to keep up with rising demand in a more dangerous world, a summit at UN headquarters heard today. Convened by President Barack Obama, world leaders gathered on the side-lines of the annual General Debate to promise thousands more troops and specialist personnel. Modernizing and reforming operations, also meant committing [...]

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News in Brief 28 September 2015 (PM)

Displaced children and adults shelter outside a barbed-wire fence, in a camp set up behind Mpoko International Airport in Bangui, Central African Republic (CAR). Photo File: UNICEF/Pierre Terdjman

Violence in CAR capital condemned An outbreak of violence in the capital of the Central African Republic, Bangui, which led to the deaths of over a dozen people has been condemned by the UN. The humanitarian office, OCHA, said the security situation remains tense in many neighbourhoods following renewed clashes on Saturday. The spike in [...]

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Deputy human rights chief calls for drug decriminalisation

Flavia Pansieri

Top UN human rights expert Flavia Pansieri added her weight to calls for the decriminalisation of drugs on Monday, in view of the discrimination that results from the current global stance. Supporting a similar call by UNAIDS and the World Health Organization, the Deputy Human Rights Commissioner told UN member states in Geneva that 33 [...]

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President says Iran never planned to produce nuclear weapons

Dr Hassan Rouhani. UN Photo: Loey Felipe

Sanctions against Iran were "unjust and illegal" as the country had never intended to produce nuclear weapons, the country's president told the UN General Assembly on Monday. Iran had been subject to nearly a decade of travel bans and asset freezes aimed at ensuring the peaceful nature of its nuclear programme. The measures are expected [...]

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Energy and expectations high as UN General Debate gets underway

A view of the General Assembly Hall as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon presents his annual report on the work of the Organization to the Assembly.
UN Photo/Loey Felipe

The most influential leaders from around the globe have come to take the podium at UN's annual General Debate. Security is high and expectations of the world's most powerful political leaders are even higher. Veronica Reeves spent part of Monday morning taking it all in from the General Assembly Hall. She spoke with Dan Thomas, [...]

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The Syria crisis must be resolved say world leaders

A young boy sits in front of a destroyed building in Homs, Syria. Photo: WFP/Abeer Etefa

During the opening of the General Debate on Monday, world leaders urged a resolution to Syria's brutal civil war – but offered different solutions on the best way forward. Turmoil in Syria is responsible for the emergence of the so-called ISIL terrorist group, and the refugee crisis in Europe, the Assembly heard. Matthew Wells watched [...]

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China outlines billion-dollar support to peacekeeping

Xi Jinping

China has announced a US$1 billion fund to support United Nations peacekeeping and development efforts. The new fund is one of a series of measures that include a peacekeeping stand-by force and US$100 million worth of military assistance to the African Union. President Xi Jinping made the announcements during his address at the UN General [...]

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"Universal truths" are self-evident: Obama

Barack Obama speaking at the UN at the opening of the high-level debate of the General Assembly. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

The US President has urged governments across the world to embrace democracy and allow people to express themselves freely. Barack Obama was speaking at the UN at the opening of the high-level debate of the General Assembly. Daniel Dickinson reports. President Obama's speech lasted over 42 minutes and focused on a wide range of issues, [...]

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News in Brief 28 September 2015 (AM)

UNAMID commanders from Rwanda and Ethiopia exhange duties in Tabit, North Darfur, to escort a convoy of World Food Programme (WFP) trucks travelling from El Fasher to Shangil Tobaya. Photo: UNAMID/Albert González Farran

Death of UN peacekeeper in Darfur condemned by UN An attack against peacekeepers in Darfur, Sudan in which one South African soldier died has been condemned in the strongest possible terms by the UN Secretary-General. Four others were wounded. The attack took place on Sunday near Mellit, in North Darfur, while the peacekeepers were escorting [...]

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“300 million elderly people deprived long-term care”

The International Labour Organization's Xenia Scheil-Adlung, who said that many countries lack legislation on long term care. Photo: UN/Daniel Johnson

More than half the world's elderly are not looked after properly or professionally and the issue is largely ignored by most countries, labour experts at the UN warned Monday. With some 300 million people over 65 years old now affected, the International Labour Organization (ILO) said that a worldwide shortage of well over 13 million [...]

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"Rich" countries urged to meet development commitments

Mogens Lykketoft (centre), President of the 7oth session of the General Assembly, opens the Assembly's annual general debate. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

The world's richest countries have been urged by the President of the UN General Assembly to meet their financial commitments to international development. Mogens Lykketoft was speaking as he officially opened the high-level debate of the 70th session of the Assembly. Veronica Reeves reports. The debate follows the adoption by the international community of the [...]

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"Towering achievement" as UN General Assembly opens

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon presents his annual report on the work of the Organization at the opening of the general debate of the General Assembly's seventieth session. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

The 70th session of the UN General Assembly has opened with a "towering achievement" already in place the UN chief, Ban Ki-moon said on Monday. The Secretary-General of the world body was referring to the adoption of the new anti-poverty and development targets which will frame international development for the next 15 years. Daniel Dickinson [...]

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Zeid warns over “dead bodies” in Burundi’s streets

UN Human Rights Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein. UN File Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

In Burundi, an upsurge in arrests, detention and killings has instilled a "deep sense of fear" among communities that could see a return to the country's so-called "bloody past", the UN's human rights chief said on Monday. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said that his staff had registered 134 killings and 90 cases of torture in [...]

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World leaders gather for annual high-level meeting at the UN

General Assembly Hall. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

World leaders are gathering at UN headquarters in New York for the annual high-level meeting of the General Assembly. Speeches by UN Member States begin on Monday morning and conclude six days later. Daniel Dickinson reports Traditionally, Brazil is the first country to kick off the annual high-level debate and this year is no different, [...]

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Concern over quality of education in Palestine refugee schools

UNRWA students. UNRWA Archives/Shareef Sarhan

Concern over the quality of education in Palestine refugee schools operated by the United Nations in the Middle East may lead to a reduction in class sizes. That's the hope of the head of UNWRA, the UN agency which supports Palestine refugees. A lack of financial support has forced the agency to increase the number [...]

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Sudan urged to investigate deadly attack on peacekeepers in Darfur

UNAMID troops in East Darfur. Photo: UNAMID/Albert González Farran

A deadly attack on peacekeepers in Darfur on Sunday has been condemned by the UN Secretary-General. A South African peacekeeper was killed and four of his colleagues injured in the incident, which took place near the town of Mellit in North Darfur. Dianne Penn reports. The peacekeepers with the African Union-United Nations operation in Darfur, [...]

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Putting youth at the centre of global efforts to end AIDS by 2030

Brave Elijah from Kenya spoke on Sunday at the #UNGA about children living with HIV. In the picture (centre) with Victoria Beckham and Michel Sidibé. Photo: UNAIDS

Ending the AIDS epidemic will require putting adolescents, particularly girls, at the centre of global efforts to fight the disease, the United Nations said on Sunday. World leaders have been looking at ways to ramp up action to meet the Sustainable Development Goal target of stamping out the disease by 2030. Dianne Penn reports. AIDS [...]

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Climate change momentum must continue following global goals agreement

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left), Presidents François Hollande of France (center) and Ollanta Humala Tasso of Peru, brief the press. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

World leaders met on Sunday for a working lunch, to inject "political energy" into the quest for a new climate change agreement at the end of this year. French president Francois Hollande said that he was optimistic that a consensus will be reached at the global climate summit in Paris, due to take place in [...]

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Leaders encouraged to "Step It Up for Gender Equality"

Global Leaders' Meeting on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

There can be no sustainable future if half the world's population lacks equal rights, according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The UN chief is urging world leaders to make gender equality a global priority to achieve his vision of "a 50:50 Planet by 2030." Dianne Penn reports. Duration: 3’18″

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Development a matter of "life and death"

Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, addresses the United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda.
Credit: UN Photo/Mark Garten

American President Barack Obama has told the UN that supporting development is not an act of "charity" but rather an investment in the world's common future. Speaking in New York at the summit for the adoption of the new global development goals, the US President said that with a strong, collective effort, leaders could bring [...]

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Protecting cultural heritage from terrorism: an "imperative for humanity"

Archaeological site of Palmyra in Syria. Photo: ©UNESCO/F. Bandarin

It's an imperative for humanity, to prevent the destruction of the world's heritage by terrorists, and the trafficking of cultural treasures, said ministers launching a new partnership at the UN on Sunday. The foreign ministers of Jordan and Italy were joined by leaders of UN agencies who are working together to prevent the further destruction [...]

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News in Brief 27 September 2015 (AM)

A young resident of Maslakh camp (Afghanistan) takes a drink of water. UN File Photo/E. Debebe

UN urges protection of planet's water supplies Swift action must be taken to protect one of the planet's most precious resources – the world's water supplies. That was the call of participants at the Friends of Water Steering Committee event on Sunday at UN headquarters in New York. The event was organized on the margins [...]

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Digitization of financial services "crucial' for Rwanda's future

Traders at the livestock market. Photo: FAO/Thomas Hug

The digitization of financial services and the move towards a cashless society is "crucial' for Rwanda's future according to the African country's Minister of Finance and Economic Planning. It's hoped that the change from a cash economy will help to boost private investment and improve public governance. Priscilla Lecomte has been speaking to Minister Claver [...]

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France launches first strikes against ISIL in Syria

François Hollande, President of France, speaks to journalists about his country's air strikes in eastern Syria at UN Headquarters in New York.
UN Photo/Cia Pak

French planes have carried out the country's first air strikes in Syria, aimed at the terrorist group, ISIL, President Francois Hollande announced at the UN in New York on Sunday. ISIL has been able to expand its operations in Syria, following the bloody civil war there, which has left more than 200,000 people dead in [...]

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"Major opportunity" to resolve Syria, Yemen conflicts

UN Photo/Mark Garten

A meeting of world leaders at the UN over the coming week will provide a "major opportunity" to resolve conflicts in Syria and Yemen. That's according to the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, following talks with Iran's Foreign Minister at the United Nations. Daniel Dickinson has more details. John Kerry met with his Iranian [...]

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Iran wants to "vent" mistrust with nuclear agreement

John Kerry with  Javad Zarif. UNIFEED(video capture)

Iran has said that it hopes the mistrust that has existed with the United States can be dispelled by the successful implementation of a recently agreed nuclear deal. In July, the Middle Eastern country, agreed with the major world powers including the United States to limit its nuclear programme. Daniel Dickinson reports. Iran's July agreement [...]

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Scientific community "important" role to play in new global goals

Climate-related disasters like flooding are on the rise. Photo:IRIN/Tung X. Ngo

The scientific community has an important role to play in ensuring that the new global development goals agreed at the United Nations are a success, according to the French-government backed Research Institute for Development (IRD). The 17 goals known as the SDGs in include health and climate-related targets. Scientists believe that increases in global temperatures [...]

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Global citizens urged to "stand up for a better world"

Secretary-General speaks at the Global citizen concert. UN Photo/Mark Garten

The global community of people has been urged by the UN Secretary-General to stand up for justice, dignity and a "better world." Ban Ki-moon was speaking at the Global Citizen music festival in New York City's Central Park. Daniel Dickinson has more details. The annual Global Citizen Festival began in 2013. It was started to raise awareness [...]

26 Sep 2015 | Posted in Sustainable Development Goals, Today's News | Read More »

West African countries urge concerted action over Boko Haram threat

Addresses Summit on Sustainable Development

All hands are needed on deck to fight the growing menace of terrorism from Boko Haram, said the president of Nigeria at the UN on Saturday. The president's warning was delivered at an event that brought together leading politicians from Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, and Niger, the countries worst-affected by the militant group. The event heard [...]

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Momentum builds to eliminate hunger worldwide

WFP provides daily meals to 219,000 pupils, cooks and teachers in primary schools under the School Meals programme in Madagascar. Photo: WFP/Volana Rarivoson

Eliminating hunger worldwide has been described by the President of the UN General Assembly as a "fundamental issue of justice." The push to achieve a world free of hunger is being discussed by global leaders following the adoption of a new development agenda at the UN on Friday. The Global Goals call for food security [...]

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Transfer of cultural heritage suspect ends era of impunity

The El Farouk monument in Timbuktu, Mali, destroyed by the extremists. Photo: MINUSMA/Sophie Ravier

The transfer to the International Criminal Court (ICC) of an alleged extremist accused of destroying religious and historical monuments in Mali has been welcomed by the UN. It's the first time a suspect has been sent to The Hague-based court on such a charge. Daniel Dickinson reports The suspect, Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi, is [...]

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Stopping the next health epidemic by strengthening primary care

A mobile clinic in Liberia, which was declared free of Ebola virus transmission in early September. Photo File: UNMEER/Simon Ruf

Improving and measuring basic healthcare delivery is vital to prevent future global epidemics, said the billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates on Saturday. He was speaking at the launch of a new partnership with the United Nations designed to more effectively deliver and chart the progress of primary health care around the world. Matthew Wells reports. On [...]

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Business gets behind new development goals

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Companies from across the globe are showcasing how they will be making the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) part of the way they do business. The SDGs, also known as the Global Goals, lay out the international community's plans to eradicate extreme poverty, tackle climate change and promote greater gender equality by the year 2030. [...]

26 Sep 2015 | Posted in 70th General Assembly, Focus on Climate Change, Sustainable Development Goals, Today's Features | Read More »

China on track for important development advances

Xi Jinping. UN Photo/Cia Pak

China has lifted 439 million of its citizens out of poverty and is poised to make critical advances on other development initiatives. That's according to the President of China, who addressed a world summit at the UN following the adoption of the new global development goals. More now from Veronica Reeves. Chinese President Xi Jinping [...]

26 Sep 2015 | Posted in 70th General Assembly, Sustainable Development Goals, Today's News | Read More »

Make Internet access a global priority: Facebook chief

Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and CEO of Facebook. UN Photo: Kim Haughton.

Internet connectivity can play a part in global efforts to create jobs, end poverty and provide education for millions of children, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told global business leaders gathered at the UN on Saturday. The technology entrepreneur was in New York to make the case for why Internet access needs to be at the [...]

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Sculpture depicting St. George slaying the dragon. The dragon is created from fragments of Soviet SS-20 and United States Pershing nuclear missiles. UN Photo/Milton Grant

UN marks International Day for Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons The only way to guarantee nuclear weapons are never used again is through their "total elimination", according to the UN Secretary-General. Speaking on the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, he urged countries to take steps to bridge their sharp differences on [...]

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Humanitarian system "broke" rather than broken

UNRWA distributes life-saving assistance to displaced civilians from Yarmouk in Yalda, Syria. Photo: UNRWA

The worldwide effort to provide humanitarian aid is not broken but it is broke due to a lack of funding, according to the UN's top humanitarian official. The international community has been meeting in New York to discuss how best to finance a steep global increase in humanitarian relief. Daniel Dickinson reports Humanitarian appeals to [...]

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US$25bn effort launched to prevent deaths of women, young people

At a health facility in Ségou, central Mali, a mother and her child are examined for signs of malnutrition. Photo: OCHA/D. Dembele

A multi-billion dollar global health effort has been launched as part of the adoption of the new global development goals. The UN Secretary-General has announced that partners have made initial commitments of more than $25 billion dollars for the "Global Strategy for Women's, Children's and Adolescents' Health". Veronica Reeves has the story. On the heels [...]

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Malala will make world leaders listen to the voice of youth

Malala Yousafzai briefing the press, 25 September 2015. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Activist and Nobel laureate, Malala Yousafzai, remains an inspiration, but in her home country of Pakistan a small minority continue to resent her. That's according to her countryman Jalal Awan, a student at university in California, who came to see her speak to the UN General Assembly on Friday. An attempted assassination on Malala when [...]

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Africa's "big push" for inclusive and sustainable industrialization

Sonapi Industrial Park Factory Workers. UN File Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The new global agenda that puts people and the planet at the heart of development could also mean a "big push" for industrialization in Africa, a senior UN official has said. Li Yong, head of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), will oversee a meeting this weekend to rally support for inclusive and sustainable industrialization [...]

26 Sep 2015 | Posted in Sustainable Development Goals | Read More »

International trade must be more inclusive

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If international trade is to comply with the new global development agenda, it must be more inclusive and compatible with the needs of the natural environment. That's according to Arancha Gonzalez, Executive Director at the International Trade Centre (ITC), a joint agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organization based in Geneva, Switzerland. [...]

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Young Africans look to the future at the UN “Peoples Hub”

Matt Wells interviews youngsters in the "We the Peoples Hub". Photo: UN Millennium Campaign

Young African people are voicing their hopes and fears for the future, meeting UN leaders face to face this week inside a new interactive “Peoples Hub”. Situated at UN headquarters in New York, the event space which has been created to coincide with the 70th session of the General Assembly is focused on giving young [...]

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Humanitarian situation in Lake Chad region made worse by Boko Haram

Stephen O'Brien, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief. UN File Photo.

Violence by the Boko Haram terrorist group has uprooted more than two million people in the Lake Chad Basin countries in Africa, a region the UN says was already facing drought, high malnutrition and other humanitarian challenges. UN Humanitarian Coordinator Stephen O'Brien chaired a high-level meeting on Friday to show solidarity with Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger, [...]

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Nigeria moves closer to polio-free status

Survivors of polio in Kano State, Nigeria, sit on tricycles specially designed for people with disabilities. Photo: UNICEF/Sebastian Rich

Polio is no longer endemic in Nigeria, bringing the country closer to being certified as polio-free, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Friday. The highly infectious disease, which is caused by a virus, mostly affects children and can result in paralysis. Dianne Penn reports. Nigeria had previously accounted for more than half of all [...]

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UNHCR is distributing essential items to help displaced families cope with the scorching summer heat in Iraq. Photo: UNHCR Iraq

Millions in need of humanitarian assistance in Iraq Up to 10 million people in Iraq will need some form of humanitarian assistance by the end of this year. That's according to the UN's Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator for the country. Many of those requiring assistance are in areas controlled by the ISIL terrorist organization. 3.2 million [...]

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New global goals mean "doing development differently"

Helen Clark. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The new global agenda aimed at eradicating extreme poverty and protecting the planet represents a way of "doing development differently," according to a senior United Nations official. Helen Clark, Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and a former New Zealand Prime Minister, says the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will promote economic progress that [...]

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War could deny education to whole generation

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The impact of war means that record numbers of children are being kept out of the classroom, according to the UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown. Conflicts in the Middle East and beyond, have turned millions of pupils into refugees, the former British Prime Minister said, while funding has been cut year-on-year. He [...]

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New global agenda promises sustainable future for all

General Assembly Hall. UN Photo/Cia Pak

A new global development agenda that promises a sustainable future for all people and the planet has been adopted by the 193 countries that make up the United Nations. Agenda 2030 aims to eliminate extreme poverty, fight inequality and combat the effects of climate change over the next 15 years. Dianne Penn's report begins with [...]

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Malala addresses world leaders: "keep your promises"

Malala (centre). UN Photo/Mark Garten

The youth activist Malala has called on global leaders meeting at the United Nations to do more to both protect and empower young people. The Pakistani teenager and Nobel Peace Prize laureate came to the world's attention after an attempted assassination by the outlawed Taliban terrorist group. She had been advocating for the right of [...]

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History made as world leaders adopt new global development goals

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In an unprecedented summit at UN Headquarters in New York, world leaders have adopted the new global goals that will guide development efforts for the next 15 years. The new Sustainable Development Goals agreed by UN Member States will seek to end poverty, while also taking into account environmental issues. Veronica Reeves has the story. [...]

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Pope Francis urges support for world's poorest

Pope Francis. UN Photo: Evan Schneider

World leaders have been told by the leader of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis, that more needs to be done to help the world's most disadvantaged people in times of peace and war. In a wide-ranging speech at the UN General Assembly in New York, the Pontiff said that human beings were too often, in [...]

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UNICEF launches new appeal to support refugee and migrant children in Europe. File Photo: UNICEF

More funds needed to help refugee and migrant children The UN Children's Agency has launched a $14 million dollar appeal to help refugee and migrant children in Europe.  UNICEF says the funds are needed following an 80 per cent increase in the number of children arriving on the continent – many of them escaping conflicts [...]

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Keep working for peace and justice says Pope Francis

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his wife, Yoo Soon Taek, with Pope Francis upon the pontiff's arrival at United Nations headquarters. UN Photo/Amanda Voisar

His Holiness the Pope told United Nations staff to carry on working for peace, in peace,during his visit to the organization’s  headquarters in New York on Friday. Pope Francis is visiting the United States for the first time. He has a packed itinerary in the city, including a speech to the General Assembly, a visit to [...]

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Philippines to launch probe into indigenous killings

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

The killing of three people involved in promoting the rights of indigenous peoples in the Philippines is to be the subject of an investigation there, the UN Human Rights Council has heard. The announcement by the Philippines government has been welcomed by Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, the UN Special Rapporteur on indigenous peoples. Ahead of the development, [...]

25 Sep 2015 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Entrepreneur urges young Africans to "dream big"

African/Indian businessman Ashish J. Thakkar, author of The Lion Awakes: Adventures in Africa's Economic Miracle. UN Photo/Kim Haughton

Regional integration, evolving leadership, increased participation of women in politics and vibrant young people are just some of the reasons why a leading businessman is optimistic about East Africa. Ashish J Thakkar, founder of Mara Group, believes that despite numerous challenges, the region is, in his words, "on the right track." Mr Thakkar, who is [...]

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UN ready for historic visit by Pope Francis

SG meets with Pope Francis in the Vatican in April 2015. UN File Photo/Mark Garten

Everything is in good shape for the Pope's historic visit to the UN on Friday, according to Catherine Pollard, the senior official in charge of papal preparations in New York. His visit will kick-off the UN's 70th year, and he will address leaders from all 193 member states at the General Assembly. The visit has [...]

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UN Calling Asia: focus on Afghanistan, UN Messenger of Peace and Asian youth

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 Afghans counting on international support Continued international engagement in Afghanistan is critical to avoid waves of people from leaving the country, the top UN official there has stated. Nicholas Haysom, head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), says Afghans are counting on the support of the international community as they face ongoing security, [...]

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UN and Africa: focus on African youth, efforts to end AIDS and young entrepreneurs

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Young Africans look to the future at the UN People's Hub Young African people are voicing their hopes and fears for the future, meeting UN leaders face to face this week inside a new interactive "People's Hub". Situated at UN headquarters in New York, the event space which has been created to coincide with the [...]

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Children "cornerstone" of future development efforts

Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson speaks at the High level side event:

World leaders are set to adopt the new global goals at a summit at the UN  in New York on Friday and children's well-being are being given particular attention. Described as the "future custodians" of the planet, the needs and aspirations of children are expected to be at the core of future development efforts. Veronica [...]

24 Sep 2015 | Posted in Sustainable Development Goals, Today's News | Read More »

Stampede kills more than 700 Hajj pilgrims

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN File Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The UN Secretary-General has expressed his condolences following a deadly stampede that killed more than 700 people taking part in the Hajj pilgrimage. More than 850 others were reportedly injured in the disaster near the Islamic holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Veronica Reeves has the story. The stampede is being called the deadliest [...]

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Since armed unrest erupted more than 4 years ago in Syria, WHO has taken a lead role to support the displaced. Photo: WHO Syria

Lack of funding hurting displaced Syrians Millions of Syrians displaced by civil war are unable to get the health care they so desperately need because of funding shortages. That's the warning coming from the World Health Organization (WHO), which has said donors need to step up to support countries in the region that are hosting [...]

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Women: focus on women judges, career in nuclear and shipping industries

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Lack of women judges in international tribunals "unjust" The lack of women judges working in international courts and tribunals is unjust. That's according to Viviana Krsticevic, Executive Director of the non-profit Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL). She attended a recent event at the UN in New York. CEJIL is supporting the GQUAL or [...]

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African artists unite to 'Tell Everybody' about new global goals

Tell Everybody. Photo: The Global Goals Campaign

Artists from across Africa have come together to support UN efforts to create a sustainable future for all people and the planet. They have released a song called 'Tell Everybody' which is about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aimed at eradicating extreme poverty, fighting inequality and tackling climate change over the next 15 years. World [...]

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News in Brief 24 September 2015 (AM)

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Michel Kafando, President of Burkina Faso, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 30 January 2015. UN File Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Reinstatement of President in Burkina Faso welcomed The reinstatement of the President of Burkina Faso less than a week after a coup d'état removed him from office has been applauded by the UN Secretary-General. Ban Ki-moon welcomed President Michel Kafando's return to power, as well as the reinstatement of the transitional institutions in Burkina Faso. [...]

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Listen to the world's children, David Beckham urges world leaders

"Giving Youth a Voice" Event with the UN Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham (right) and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left). UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

International footballing icon, David Beckham, says children's voices are not being heard enough, on the eve of a summit or world leaders at the UN that will establish new global goals. He was speaking at the unveiling of a special installation that brings the opinions of young people to the heart of the upcoming UN [...]

24 Sep 2015 | Posted in 70th General Assembly, Celebrity Partners, Sustainable Development Goals, Today's Features | Read More »

Colombia Government and FARC reach agreement on key element of peace

Internally displaced children, victims of conflict in Colombia. UN File Photo/Mark Garten

One of the world's longest running armed conflicts is one step closer to being resolved. That's according to the UN Secretary-General, who has welcomed the agreement reached by the Colombian Government and the rebel group, FARC on the issue of victims. Veronica Reeves has more. After nearly three years of talks, the two sides have [...]

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US agrees to rights recommendations

The UN Human Rights Council in Geneva where the US delegation accepted 80 per cent of the 340 recommendations made. UN File Photo/ Pierre Albouy

United States officials told the UN Human Rights Council on Thursday that the country has "not been perfect" when it comes to civil rights – and that it will do more to fight race discrimination and police brutality. The US announcement followed the presentation of a scheduled report containing more than 340 recommendations for Washington [...]

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Cautious backing for EU refugee deal

UN Refugee Agency chief Antonio Guterres said he was hopeful that the EU relocation plan is the beginning of a solution. Photo: UN/Jean-Marc Ferré

The European Union's decision to take in 120,000 asylum-seekers received a cautious welcome on Thursday from the UN refugee agency UNHCR. Under the EU agreement, more than USD$1 billion will also be given to help millions of Syrian refugees living in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. But UNHCR chief Antonio Guterres warned that the current relocation [...]

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Chef serves UN lunch to 150 world leaders

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Around 150 world leaders are expected at the United Nations over the next 10 days and naturally between all the high level speeches and private bi-laterals they have to be wined and dined. So what do you serve to a head of state for lunch? Elena Vapnitchnaia has been talking to UN chef, Dan Lopez. [...]

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Pope Francis due to address global community at UN

Christopher Altieri. UN Photo.

Pope Francis, the leader of the worldwide Catholic church and head of State of the Holy See, is due to make his first appearance at the United Nations on Friday in a speech to the General Assembly. The Pontiff is speaking at the busiest time of the year for the UN when the 193 Member [...]

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Women "an unused resource" in shipping

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Women are "an unused resource" in the shipping industry, a resource which should be tapped if the industry is to expand. That's according to Lee Adamson, from the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The organization says that only 2 per cent of the world's seafarers are currently women. It's an issue which is being focused on during [...]

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"Ownership" key to global goals

Sustainably managed forests hold vast potential to play a decisive role in ending hunger, improving livelihoods and combating climate change. 
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The ownership by national governments of new global development goals is crucial if they are to succeed according to the Director-General of the UN cultural agency, UNESCO. The international community is meeting at the UN from Friday to finalize 17 new goals which will frame the development agenda over the next 15 years. Stephanie Coutrix [...]

23 Sep 2015 | Posted in Financing for Development, Setting the Stage: 2015 and Beyond, Sustainable Development Goals, Today's News | Read More »

News in Brief 23 September 2015 (AM)

Mogens Lykketoft is the UN General Assembly President. UN File Photo: Amanda Voisard.

  Two camps for displaced people open in Iraq Two new camps for internally displaced people have been opened in Baghdad province in Iraq, the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR has announced. They'll provide shelter for close to 3,500 Iraqis who have had to flee Anbar province due to recent fighting. Iraq continues to suffer instability [...]

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Women urged to consider career in nuclear industry

Janice Dunn Lee. Photo: Dean Calma / IAEA

Although the nuclear energy sector is growing, the number of women working in it remains low, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). As nuclear technology is used in medicine, agriculture and food security, for example, the UN agency is urging young women to consider careers in the field by studying science, technology, engineering [...]

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Six months of preparation for healthy Hajj

Pilgrims preparing for the Hajj
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Six months of preparation has gone into ensuring that Muslims on the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia remain healthy; that's according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The UN agency has been working with the Saudi authorities who have sent an additional 25,000 medical staff to the religious gathering known as the Hajj. [...]

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UN set to usher in new era of development with star-studded cast

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Celebrities, activists and young people from around the globe are preparing to join world leaders at UN Headquarters in New York to usher in a new era of development. The new global development goals will be endorsed by UN Member States at a special Summit on Friday. Veronica Reeves has more. The UN Headquarters will [...]

23 Sep 2015 | Posted in Sustainable Development Goals, Today's News | Read More »

Afghans counting on international support

Nicholas Haysom. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Continued international engagement in Afghanistan is critical to avoid waves of people from leaving the country, the top UN official there has stated. Nicholas Haysom, head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), says Afghans are counting on the support of the international community as they face ongoing security, economic and political challenges. Mr [...]

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Belarus gets behind UN-backed development plan

Belarus already has plans for 35 public-private partnership schemes which it hopes will transform its economy. Photo: ReliefWeb

Paying for major infrastructure projects is a challenge that many countries rich and poor must confront, if they're to meet ambitious global development goals, also known as SDGs. In Belarus, the government is making the most of public-private partnerships – called PPPs – which the UN agency UNECE is helping to regulate. The country's first [...]

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News in Brief 22 September 2015 (PM)

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  Saudi Arabia urged to halt teen's execution A high school student arrested and sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia should be spared. That's the call from a group of United Nations human rights experts, who have urged the Government of Saudi Arabia to stop the execution of Ali Mohammed al-Nimr. Al-Nimr was arrested in [...]

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Young nuclear scientists share hopes for future of the field

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano delivering opening statement to the IAEA's 59th General Conference in Vienna, Austria. Photo: IAEA

A "Nuclear Olympiad" competition has inspired young nuclear scientists to lay out their visions for the future of the field. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) held the Olympiad part of its annual General Conference in Vienna. Alice Cunha da Silva, university student from Rio de Janeiro in Brazil was awarded first prize in the [...]

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Transparency, inclusiveness needed in Secretary-General selection process

A wide view of the General Assembly Hall during the Assembly's balloting session.UN File Photo/Amanda Voisard

A more transparent and inclusive selection process for the next UN Secretary-General is being urged by a group of UN Member States. Many have expressed concern that the selection process in the past has largely taken place behind closed doors. The next Secretary-General will take office in 2017. Veronica Reeves has the details. A group [...]

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Early Childhood Development is "priority investment" says Shakira

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Shakira. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

When it comes to investing in early childhood development, there isn't another moment to lose, according to the international pop star and UN Goodwill Ambassador, Shakira. Speaking at United Nations headquarters on Tuesday, Shakira urged world leaders to invest more in the health, security and development of their most vulnerable citizens, children under the age [...]

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News in Brief 22 September 2015 (AM)

A Wayuu woman with a child in the village of Pessuapa, Colombia. UN File Photo/Gill Fickling

  More work to be done on indigenous issues Serious gaps remained between the recognition of indigenous peoples' rights and the action to protect those rights on the ground. That's according to the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, speaking before the Human Rights Council in Geneva. The Special Rapporteur said the situation [...]

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Child refugees “up 80 per cent” in Europe

Near the town of Gevgelija, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, a young Syrian girl holds the hand of an adult waiting to board a train to the Serbian border. Photo File: UNICEF/Tomislav Georgiev

The number of child refugees seeking safe passage in Europe has increased by 80 per cent since 2014, the UN Children's Agency, UNICEF, said Tuesday. The latest figures from the European Commission indicate that 133,000 children have sought asylum in Europe so far this year. UNICEF's Sarah Crowe told Daniel Johnson that this increase showed [...]

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With finalization of text, future of Libya in hands of negotiating parties

Bernardino Leon. UN File Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre

Libya has reached its "most delicate moment", following agreement on the country's peace negotiating text, according to the UN's top official for the country. The Secretary-General's Special Representative for Libya, Bernardino Leon announced the finalization of the text. Veronica Reeves has the story. Reaching a final text had taken much longer than expected, said Mr [...]

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"Last chance" for EU to fix refugee crisis, says UNCHR

A UNHCR staff member distributes blankets to people waiting to cross the Greek-fYR Macedonian border. © UNHCR/Aikaterini Kitidi

As European Union leaders meet to discuss emergency proposals to take in 120,000 asylum seekers, the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, warned on Tuesday that it may be the "last opportunity" to resolve the crisis. More than 6,000 people arrive on Europe's shores every day, according to UNHCR, principally from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Meanwhile, UN [...]

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Families’ misery highlighted over DPRK abductions

Human rights investigator Michael Kirby described the suffering of families who had no news of relatives that had disappeared. Photo: UN/Jean-Marc Ferré

  The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) continues to be responsible for terrible abuses including murder, enslavement, forced abortion and enforced disappearances, the Human Rights Council heard. A special panel of experts set up by the Geneva-based assembly gave detailed descriptions of the pain experienced by tens of thousands of relatives, some of whom [...]

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5000 journalists expected at UN for annual meeting

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As global leaders gather for the world's most prolific annual international meeting at the UN in New York, media from all corners of the planet are deciding how best to cover the event. The high-level debate of the General Assembly is the busiest time of the year at the United Nations when security is at [...]

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World right to have expectations for new development goals

Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson. UN File Photo/Kim Haughton

People around the world have the right to have high expectations for the new development goals that are being finalized at the United Nations in New York this week. That's according to the UN, Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson. Seventeen new poverty and sustainable development targets have been agreed, which will frame international development for the [...]

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Foster compassion through music: Yo-Yo Ma

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Compassion can be fostered across the world through music according to the UN Messenger of Peace, and internationally-renowned cellist, Yo-Yo Ma. He has been at UN headquarters in New York, to mark the International Day of Peace on Monday. Mr Ma performed for students attending the annual Peace Bell ceremony, along with fellow Messengers of [...]

21 Sep 2015 | Posted in Celebrity Partners, Today's Features | Read More »

News in Brief 21 September 2015 (PM)

Ivan Simonovic, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights. UN File Photo/JC McIlwaine

  Human rights chief kicks off visit to Ukraine The human rights situation in Ukraine is the focus of a six day trip to the country by the UN's senior human rights official. The UN's Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Simonovic, is visiting Kyiv and other places in the eastern portions of Ukraine. The [...]

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All nations must help solve global refugee crisis

Mogens Lykketoft is the UN General Assembly President. UN File Photo: Amanda Voisard.

The increase of refugees worldwide is a "global crisis" that requires a "global solution." That's according to the President of the UN General Assembly who said all nations must play a part in addressing the alarming. Mogens Lykketoft, President of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly, has called on countries to take courageous [...]

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Music a "universal language"

Herbie Hancock. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Music is a universal language that can bring people together in mutual respect, according to the American jazz musician, Herbie Hancock. Mr Hancock, who is a UN Goodwill Ambassador, was speaking at the United Nations on the International Day of Peace. Daniel Dickinson asked him why music is an important part of peace-building. His report [...]

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Youth encouraged to support UN on International Day of Peace

Secretary-General 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/Rick Bajornas

Celebrities, activists and students are at UN Headquarters on Monday to reaffirm their commitment to creating a better world. They are celebrating the International Day of Peace which commemorates the ideal that led to the establishment of the United Nations 70 years ago. Dianne Penn reports. Duration: 2’28″

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Children bearing the brunt of violence in Yemen

A boy holds a large piece of exploded artillery shell, which landed in the village of Al Mahjar, a suburb of Sana'a, the capital of Yemen. Photo: UNICEF/Mohamed Hamoud

An increase in the number of children killed or injured in the conflict in Yemen has prompted a senior UN official to speak out about the need for a political solution. Describing the current situation in Yemen as "beyond tragic", the Secretary-General's Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui says more must be [...]

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Big names draw attention to link between food and peace

WFP staff distributing ready to eat food to families who fled from Yarmouk, Syria. Photo: WFP/Bashar Elias

Some of the world's biggest brands are supporting the UN to highlight the vital role of food assistance in creating a more peaceful world. More than a dozen major corporations are teaming up with the World Food Programme (WFP) today to sponsor the airing of a 30-second fundraising commercial called "Symbols". Daniel Dickinson reports the [...]

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Progress made, but more work to be done on Iranian nuclear "roadmap" Significant progress has been achieved in the implementation of the so-called nuclear "roadmap" in Iran, but much work remains in the weeks ahead. That's the assessment of the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) following a visit to Iran this [...]

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Everyone has a stake in peace, UN’s Møller insists

Michael Møller, Director-General of the UN in Geneva, said the failure of policymakers had pushed people to take individual action. Photo; UN/Jean-Marc Ferré

  The failure of policymakers to find solutions to major challenges such as Europe's refugee crisis shows how important is for people to take positive action themselves, a top UN official has said. Michael Møller, who's the head of the United Nations in Geneva (UNOG), made his comments ahead of the Geneva Peace Talks, an [...]

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Lack of women judges in international tribunals "unjust"

View of the ICJ Courtroom in The Hague. UN Photo/Frank van Beek

The lack of women judges working in international courts and tribunals is unjust. That's according to Viviana Krsticevic, Executive Director of the non-profit Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), who attended a recent event at the UN in New York. CEJIL is supporting the GQUAL or Gender Equal campaign, which tackles the under-representation of [...]

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Syria terrorists must be beaten, says Russia

The Russian delegation's Maria Khodynskaya-Golenishcheva said stopping rights violations was not possible without defeating jihadists. Photo: UN/Jean-Marc Ferré

Russia announced Monday it wanted to see an end to fighting in Syria and called for action against terrorists who it called the biggest threat to regional stability. Addressing the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, the Russian delegation suggested that local forces should fight extremists, supported by the international community. The development comes after [...]

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SDGs "can be achieved with right financing"

Electrical wires: A utility pole supporting electrical wires in Bac Ha, Viet Nam. According to the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Report, 1.6 billion people the world over, or a quarter of humanity, live without electricity. UN Photo/Kibae Park

Ambitious new global development goals are due to be finalized by UN Member States in New York this week and while the principles have been agreed, what's less clear is how to find the billions of dollars that are needed to pay for them. One option being explored is to encourage private investment to build [...]

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Older women in Kenya struggling to make ends meet

Esther Wamera. UN PHOTO.

Older women in Kenya who are struggling to make ends meet and to care for themselves must be better supported by their government. That's according to Esther Wamera, a Kenyan activist and leader for the elderly. Ms Wamera and other experts gathered at the UN to discuss the impact of the newly agreed global goals [...]

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"Staggering" number of children on the run in Nigeria

Girls collect water at a pump station in the Dar es Salam camp in Chad. Some 500,000 Nigerian children have been uprooted by attacks by the terrorist group Boko Haram. Photo: UNICEF/Sylvain Cherkaoui

Around 1.4 million children have fled their homes in north-east Nigeria and neighbouring countries following a recent uptick in violence in the region, the UN has said. A sharp increase in attacks by the Boko Haram terrorist group is to blame for the increasing number of displaced children, according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). [...]

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Chair of the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances Ariel Dulitzky. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Governments have more information on mobile phones than on disappeared people Many governments around the world have more information on the number of mobile phones in their country than on the number of disappeared people. That's according to the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances. Meeting in Geneva the expert group called on [...]

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Strong global partnership key to meeting new development goals

Press briefing on the launch of the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) Gap Task Force Report 2015. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Global partnerships must be strengthened if the new sustainable development agenda is to be a success. That’s according to a report launched on Friday by more than 20 UN agencies and partners who tracked international commitments towards realizing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the 2015 deadline. Dianne Penn reports. Duration: 2’32″  

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Time running out in refugee crisis

People rest at the Tovarnik train station in Croatia, while waiting for transportation to a refugee camp near Zagreb. Photo: UNHCR/I.Pavicevic

Time is running out to find a viable solution to Europe's refugee crisis, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), has warned. The Agency is urging European countries to quickly come together to find a coherent and united approach to the crisis. Veronica Reeves has the story. With the number of refugees arriving in Europe climbing by [...]

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World community urged not to "succumb to despair"

UN Secretariat staff mark the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations by joining in formations which read,

The world-wide community has been urged by the UN chief not to "succumb to despair" despite what he called a time of deadly violence. In a message ahead of International Day of Peace, Ban Ki-moon said people around the world have the responsibility to demand an "end to the brutality". Daniel Dickinson reports. The UN [...]

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Nigerian refugees at Minawao refugee camp, northern Cameroon. Photo: OCHA/Ivo Brandau

International community "must match humanity" shown by poor in Sahel The international community must match the humanity shown by poor communities across the Sahel region according to the UN's Regional Humanitarian Coordinator. Toby Lanzer commended what he called the "immense generosity of Niger's communities and government" for hosting refugees who have fled violence in neighbouring [...]

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1.4m children "on the run" in Nigeria

A woman and her children in a camp for internally displaced persons, in Yola, the capital of Adamawa, Nigeria, after members of the Boko Haram rebel group attacked their home. Photo: UNICEF/Abdrew Esiebo (file)

More than 1.4 million children are said to be "on the run" in and around north-east Nigeria after a sharp rise in attacks by armed extremists, the UN said on Friday. Terrorists of the Boko Haram group are blamed for the violence which has uprooted 500,000 children in the last five months alone. Daniel Dickinson [...]

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Tensions between Colombia and Venezuela “put citizens at risk”

Humanitarian crisis in the Colombia-Venezuela border. Photo: UNDP Colombia/Elizabeth Yarce

The lack of a political solution to the on-going tensions between Colombia and Venezuela is of great concern, according to a top UN official in the region. The two countries have been at odds since the closure of major border crossings nearly a month ago and the reported deportations of Colombian migrants. The Venezuelan government [...]

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Digital platform to connect one million women entrepreneurs

Catherine Njau. Photo: ITC/Fredy Uehara

A mobile application which aims to link one million women entrepreneurs to international markets is being launched by a tech team from Kenya. The app will serve as a marketplace for products and services provided by women across the world. It's been developed by Greenbell Communications, which won a UN-backed competition focused on business growth [...]

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Women: focus on health care, older women and women entrepreneurs

Dr. Laura Stachel at the Mase Health Centre in Malawi. Photo Credit: We Care Solar

Electricity essential for live-saving health care. One of the key aims of the new development goals that have been agreed by the international community is to make sure that people across the world have access to energy. In the health sector a stable electricity supply is essential to care for patients. That's according to Dr [...]

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UN and Africa: focus on ebola, lifestock vaccines and reduction of inflation

Bruce Aylward. Photo: UNMEER/Simon Ruf

Ebola "sting in tail" shows need for vigilance into 2016 The outbreak of the deadly Ebola disease in West Africa has a "nasty sting in its tail" which is going to require the international community's ongoing help, a top UN health expert has said. The warning, by the World Health Organization's Dr Bruce Aylward, comes [...]

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UN Calling Asia: focus on Sri Lanka, afghan refugees and poverty reduction

Vijitha Pavanendran holds a photo of her husband who was killed by unknown attackers during Sri Lanka's civil war. Photo: Amantha Perera/IRIN

War crimes court urged for Sri Lanka Ten of thousands of people suffered human rights violations including torture and sexual abuse in Sri Lanka during almost a decade of civil conflict, according to a long-awaited UN report. The report covers the period between 2002 and 2011 when government forces battled Tamil separatists. Unveiled this week [...]

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UN peacekeepers in Liberia. Photo: UNMIL/Staton Winter

UN mission in Liberia extended The UN Mission in Liberia, UNMIL, has been extended for another year by the UN Security Council. The number of staff will be gradually reduced as Liberian authorities take on greater responsibility for security in the county which is slowly recovering from 14 years of war. The mission will focus [...]

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Countries urged to lay out national climate change plans

Climate change has serious implications for agriculture and food security. Photo: FAO/L. Dematteis

Countries around the world are being urged by the UN to finalize their national action plans on climate change as soon as possible. The national plans will form the basis of the new, universal climate change agreement that is expected to be adopted this December at a summit in Paris. More now from Veronica Reeves. [...]

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UNAIDS and Kenya launch joint effort to end AIDS epidemic by 2030

The President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, and the Executive Director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibé, have launched an innovative new tool to track progress and identify gaps in HIV programming in Kenya. Photo: UNAIDS

An innovative new tool to track progress and identify gaps in HIV programming in Kenya has been unveiled in the capital, Nairobi. The Kenya HIV Situation Room, a collaborative effort between the UN agency which deals with AIDS, UNAIDS and the Government of Kenya, is a data and technology partnership. It is designed to pull [...]

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Hungarian response to refugee crisis "appalling"

Refugees in Hungary with all their belongings, during a standoff with police, while refusing to go to an already full registration centre. Photo: UNHCR/ Mark Henley

The treatment of refugees and migrants by the authorities in Hungary has been described by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights as appalling and in some cases illegal. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said he was shocked by the images of people being assaulted at Hungary's border with Serbia. The closure of the main land [...]

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Afghan refugee exodus sign of people's "despondency"

Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), addresses the Security Council meeting on the situation in that country and its implications for international peace and security. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The migration of people from Afghanistan is a reflection of their "despondency" in their homeland, the senior UN official in the country told the Security Council on Thursday. Describing the migration as an "exodus", Nicholas Haysom underlined the need for continued international support for Afghanistan. The country continues to battle a bloody insurgency against a [...]

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Peacekeeping countries urged to end sexual abuse

The UN Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) and the National Police conducting a joint operation in the capital Bangui. Photo: UN/MINUSCA/Nektarios Markogiannis

Countries that provide personnel to UN peacekeeping operations have been urged by the UN Secretary-General to do more to end sexual abuse in the field. Ban Ki-moon has come up with specific actions for governments to end what he called "flagrant sexual exploitation" by peacekeepers of the civilians they are assigned to protect. The UN [...]

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Concern following efforts to dissolve civil society group in Ecuador A group of rapporteurs from the United Nations and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights have expressed grave concern over the Government of Ecuador's move to dissolve a prominent civil society organization. Fundamedios, which works to promote the freedom of expression and media, is accused [...]

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"Coup" in Burkina Faso condemned

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Michel Kafando, President of Burkina Faso, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 30 January 2015. UN File Photo/Eskinder Debebe

A reported coup by the presidential guard in Burkina Faso has been strongly condemned by the UN. The UN Security Council and Secretary-General have expressed outrage over the detention of President Michel Kafando, Prime Minister Isaac Zida and several ministers in the West African nation's capital, Ouagadougou. The arrest of the leaders of the interim [...]

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World must work to harness great potential of nuclear science

Taylor Wilson, a 21-year-old nuclear physicist from the United States, was a keynote speaker at the opening session of  the IAEA Scietific Forum entitled Atoms in Industry - Radiation Technology for Development. Photo: IAEA/ D. Calma

One of the world's youngest nuclear scientists says the field has unlimited possibilities to improve people's everyday lives. Taylor Wilson, a 21 year old American nuclear physicist, was the keynote speaker at the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA's) Scientific Forum this week in Vienna. Mr Wilson became interested in science from the age of 10, [...]

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Livestock vaccine system launched in South Sudan

Cattle rest at a temporary camp near Rumbek, South Sudan. File Photo: FAO/Jose Cendon

A new cold chain system that will protect livestock vaccines has been launched in South Sudan by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The new system includes three large freezers and fifteen smaller ones that will be used to ensure that serums are always refrigerated. If the cold chain is broken, medicines may be [...]

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Malaria targets achieved but funding must triple to beat it

Children surrounded by protective malaria net in the Dominican Republic. Photo: WHO/PAHO

The ambitious global goal of tackling one of the oldest killers known to humans – malaria – has been achieved, the UN has said. Announcing the development, the World Health Organization and UNICEF said that more than six million lives have been saved from malaria in the last 15 years, with the vast majority, children [...]

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Debrecen centre for asylum-seekers in eastern Hungary.Photo: IRIN

Hungary urged to change course on refugee crisis Hungary has been urged by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to reopen its border with Croatia in order to allow unimpeded access for asylum seekers. UNHCR chief António Guterres expressed concern over the closure of the main land route for refugees into the European Union. He urged [...]

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Optimism and caution as General Assembly session opens

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses a press conference on the occasion of the start of the seventieth session of the General Assembly. At left is spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Both turmoil and hope will greet the 193 Member States of the United Nations, as delegates gather for their annual session. That's according to the United Nations Secretary-General, who briefed the press as the General Assembly opens for its 70th session. The UN Chief said world leaders are poised to made great progress in several [...]

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Syria one of "most dangerous places on earth to be a child"

Stephen O'Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, briefs the Security Council at its meeting on the situation in Syria
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Syria is one the most dangerous places in the world for children with millions in the war-ravaged nation needing immediate help. That was the message UN Humanitarian Affairs chief Stephen O’Brien delivered to a UN Security Council meeting on Wednesday. Maria Carlino reports. Stephen O'Brien, who heads the UN humanitarian agency, OCHA, said young people [...]

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International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer is observed annually on 16 September. Photo: UNEP

World urged to protect climate as it did ozone layer The international community should protect the climate in the same way that it has preserved the ozone layer, the UN Secretary-General has urged on the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer. Ban Ki-moon said the 1985 Montreal Protocol which phased out the [...]

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New sustainable energy partnership unveiled

The Parque Eólico Camilo Ortega Saavedra wind farm in the Department of Rivas, Nicaragua. UN Photo/Mark Garten

A new, worldwide energy partnership was launched by the Secretary-General of the United Nations on Wednesday. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced that the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative will now be spearheaded by an international not-for-profit organization, the Sustainable Energy for All Partnership. At the announcement, Mr. Ban said sustainable energy is the "golden thread" [...]

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Electricity essential for live-saving health care

Dr. Laura Stachel at the Mase Health Centre in Nigeria. Photo Credit: We Care Solar

One of the key aims of the new development goals that have been agreed by the international community is to make sure that people across the world have access to energy. In the health sector a stable electricity supply is essential to care for patients. That's according to Dr Laura Stachel, from the non-profit organization [...]

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War crimes court urged for Sri Lanka

Relatives of missing persons from Sri Lanka's 26-year long civil war hold their pictures during a meeting in the capital Colombo. Photo: IRIN/Amantha Perera

Tens of thousands of people suffered human rights violations including torture and sexual abuse in Sri Lanka during a almost a decade of civil conflict, according to a long-awaited UN report. The report covers the period between 2002 and 2011 when government forces battled Tamil separatists. Unveiled by the UN Human Rights commissioner in Geneva [...]

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Sri Lanka needs "hybrid" court on abuses

Human RIghts Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein told journalists in Geneva that previous Sri Lanka-led inquiries were "designed to fail". Photo: UN/Jean-Marc Ferré

  The victims of Sri Lanka's violent past can only expect to see justice if their country sets up a so-called "hybrid" probe into human rights violations, the UN said Wednesday. The call for an investigation by domestic and international prosecutors from UN Human Rights Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein came as he unveiled a [...]

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UN General Assembly to address global concerns through "concerted action"

President of the General Assembly, Mogens Lykketoft (centre), is flanked by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) and Tegegnework Gettu, Under-Secretary-General for General Assembly and Conference Management, at the start of the 70th session of the Assembly. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Concerted action to create a sustainable future for all people and the planet has been called for by the new president of the UN General Assembly. Mogens Lykketoft , a former Danish Foreign Minister, will serve at the helm of the 70th session of the Assembly, which began on Tuesday. Opening the session, he called [...]

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Children play with hand puppets at Ahlam Al-Tofoola kindergarten, in the city of Tartous, Syria. Photo: UNICEF/David Youngmeyer

  Over two million children in Syria unable to attend school More than two million children in war-torn Syria will not be able to attend school this year, according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). UNICEF said another 400,000 are at risk of dropping out due to conflict, violence and displacement. As the conflict in [...]

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New sustainable energy envoy stresses strong climate deal

Climate change and sea level rise are shaping the Seychelles Islands in spectacular and dramatic ways. Photo: UNEP GRID Arendal/Lawrence Hislop

A new global treaty on climate change should include "real commitments" to support countries that are most vulnerable to its effects. That's according to Rachel Kyte, Vice President for the World Bank Group, who was recently appointed UN Special Representative for the UN's Sustainable Energy for All initiative. Negotiators will meet in Paris this December [...]

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Violence at holy sites in Jerusalem raises "grave concern"

Street scene in the Old City of Jerusalem. Photo: UNESCO/Roni Amelan

The UN envoy to the Middle East has expressed "grave concern" over continuing violence in and around holy sites in Jerusalem. Clashes between Palestinian youth and Israeli police at Jerusalem's Al Aqsa mosque, revered by both Muslims and Jews, have continued for a third day. Nikolay Mladenov, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace [...]

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Yemen crisis worsening as 30 civilians die every day

Smoke fills the sky above the Yemeni capital Sana'a. File Photo: Almigdad Mojalli/IRIN

Fighting in Yemen claims 30 lives a day and injures nearly 200, the UN said Tuesday, while also warning that the country's humanitarian crisis continues to worsen. Warning of critical shortages in vital fuel and medical imports, the UN agency behind the alert, OCHA, also highlighted ongoing destruction of hospitals and schools. It reports that [...]

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Eviction of internally displaced by CAR authorities raises serious concern The eviction of more than 100 internally displaced people by authorities in the Central African Republic is a serious concern and "may shadow evictions in other sites", the UN said Tuesday. In a statement criticizing the move, the UN humanitarian agency, OCHA, said that police [...]

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Democracy’s influence on "inflation dynamics" in sub-Saharan Africa

Agriculture is a driver for local economies. File Photo: UNMIL/Christophe Herwig

The election of democratic governments in sub-Saharan Africa countries has provided the conditions for social and political stability and led to a reduction in inflation, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Agriculture is a driver for local economies, and the IMF says a stable environment is more conducive to production. This in turn prevents [...]

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Record number of refugees feared drowned

Refugees arriving on the Greek island of Kos; many cross from Turkey on unsuitable vessels. Photo: UNHCR/S. Baltagiannis

As Europe's migration crisis continues, aid agencies said Tuesday that record numbers of people are feared drowned trying to make the crossing from Turkey to Greece this month. According to reports, an estimated 85 people have died since the start of September in the narrow stretch of Aegean Sea that separates both countries. The development [...]

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Governments reminded that democracies need strong civil society

Representatives of Civil Society, Sierra Leone. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe (file)

Discussions about gender equality must not be isolated from discussions about democracy and civil society. That's according to a panellist of the “Space for Civil Society” event, marking the UN International Day of Democracy on 15 September. This year's theme is a reminder to governments that successful and stable democracies require the presence of freely [...]

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"Historic" UN General Assembly addressing global concerns

Mogens Lykketoft, President of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly.
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Global agreement on the way to create a sustainable future for all people and the planet has been welcomed as "historic" by the new president of the UN General Assembly. Mogens Lykketoft , a former Danish Foreign Minister, will serve at the helm of the 70th session of the Assembly, which begins on Tuesday. World [...]

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News in Brief 14 September 2015 (PM)

Damage seen on Saturday 14 March 2015 in Port Vila, capital of Vanuatu, after Cyclone Pam moved through the Archipelago. Photo: UNICEF Pacific (file)

  Four million could be affected by El Niño in Pacific Four million people living in Pacific Ocean islands could be affected by flooding and higher sea levels, the UN has warned. The humanitarian agency, OCHA, says the El Niño climatic event could bring severe weather. Over the coming months, countries on the equator can [...]

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Major crop losses in Central America

Photo: World Bank/Maria Fleischmann

Major crop losses have been reported in Central America following a second year of severe dry weather. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) agency said a large number of farmers in the region require support as a result of the drought. Daniel Dickinson reports. FAO said prolonged dry weather associated with the El Niño [...]

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Global development goals need climate change action to succeed

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New global development goals are only likely to succeed if climate change is addressed according to the outgoing President of the UN General Assembly. Sam Kutesa was speaking on the last day of his presidency of the 69th session of the General Assembly. Daniel Dickinson reports. The finalization of the new global goals for development [...]

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Ceremony honours innovations providing Sustainable Energy for All

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

Initiatives to provide low-cost, reliable energy were celebrated during a ceremony at the United Nations on Monday. With one in five people worldwide lacking access to electricity, the UN says energy will be a key component for future sustainable development. Dianne Penn reports. Duration: 2’35″

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No shortcuts to ending poverty, says UN trade chief

Goal Number 1: No Poverty. File Photo: UNICEF

Poor countries will have to grow faster than China during its boom years if they're to achieve ambitious development targets such as ending extreme poverty within a generation, the UN said Monday. The warning comes from the UN trade and development agency UNCTAD, which also insisted that developing countries face a funding gap of USD [...]

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North Korea's nuclear programme raises "serious concern"

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano delivering opening statement to the IAEA's 59th General Conference in Vienna, Austria. Photo: IAEA/Dean Calma

The nuclear programme of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea remains a matter of "serious concern" according to the UN. The international community has continued to push for information about developments in the country amid concerns that it is building a nuclear bomb. Daniel Dickinson reports. It's unclear how advanced the Democratic People's Republic of [...]

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Killing of two media workers in Pakistan condemned The killing of two media workers in Pakistan on 9 September has been condemned by the UN cultural agency, UNESCO. Arshad Ali Jaffari, a satellite broadcast engineer was killed in Karachi when gunmen fired on a broadcast van in which he was working. A few hours later [...]

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"Angry and exhausted" rights chief urges action

High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein. UN File Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Escalating human rights violations around the world have left the UN's Human Rights Commissioner "angry and exhausted", one year since he took up the position, he said Monday. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein made his comments at the start of the UN's Human Rights Council in Geneva, which brings together 47 member states to discuss abuses [...]

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Achieving global goals within 15 years “possible”

Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation. File Photo: UNICEF/Vishwanathan

The ambitious global plan to better fulfil the needs of humanity while protecting the planet can be achieved within 15 years, according to a top UN official. Wu Hongbo, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, said he's confident the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can reached by the 2030 target date. All 193 countries that [...]

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Envoy welcomes "consensus" on Libya political dialogue

Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Bernardino Léon. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Warring parties in Libya have reached "consensus" on the main elements of an agreement aimed at ending their political and military crisis, according to the senior UN official in the country. Bernardino León, head of the UN Support Mission in Libya  (UNSMIL) expressed hope that the document could be finalized and signed by next week. [...]

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Ongoing violations in Iraq lead to erosion of national identity

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Ongoing violations and abuses in Iraq have led to a breakdown in trust between ethnic groups and an erosion of the national identity. That's according to Eliana Nabaa, a spokesperson for the UN mission in Iraq, UNAMI. UNAMI chief Ján Kubiš visited the Lalish Temple in Sheikhan, the Holy Shrine of the country's displaced Yazidi [...]

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Women key to fight against terrorism and violent extremism

Hanaa Edwar. Photo/Evan Schneider

The education and empowerment of women is essential to end terrorism and violence in strife-torn communities. That's according to Hanaa Edwar, Secretary-General of the Iraqi Al-Amal Association. Ms Edwar has been attending a meeting of the UN Security Council's Counter-Terrorism Committee. Participants discussed integrating gender into the UN's policies and programmes to combat terrorism and [...]

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Agenda provides blueprint for faster, more responsive UN peacekeeping

Peacekeepers serving with the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) on patrol in Bambari. UN Photo/Catianne Tijerina

A plan outlining the UN Secretary-General's priorities for the future of the organization's peacekeeping operations was presented to the General Assembly on Friday. It includes measures aimed at stamping out sexual exploitation and abuse by people serving under the UN flag. Dianne Penn reports. The agenda contains what the Secretary-General describes as "three fundamental changes" [...]

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Key role for South-South cooperation in realizing new development agenda

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The "great potential" of South-South cooperation to improve the well-being of the majority of the planet's people has been highlighted by the UN Secretary-General. Ban Ki-moon said this partnership can play a key role in implementing a new development agenda aimed at creating a sustainable future for all people and the planet. South-South cooperation refers [...]

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Cholera outbreak in Tanzania Five cholera treatment centres have been established in Tanzania following recent outbreaks of the disease in the country, the World Health Organization (WHO) has reported. So far, there have been more than 970 cases of the diarrhoeal disease, including 13 deaths. WHO says cholera is recurrent in many African countries due [...]

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Peacekeeping chief foreshadows action to address misconduct

Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous briefs the press in New York At left is UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

A "road map" containing 40 proposals to address misconduct by UN personnel has been presented to the UN Secretary-General, his peacekeeping chief told journalists in New York on Friday. Herve Ladsous is fresh from a four-day visit to the Central African Republic (CAR) where there have been more than 60 allegations of possible misconduct by [...]

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European proposal to relocate extra 120,000 refugees welcomed

Near the town of Gevgelija, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, a young Syrian girl holds the hand of an adult waiting to board a train to the Serbian border. Photo: UNICEF/Tomislav Georgiev

A new proposal by the European Commission to relocate thousands of refugees crossing into Europe has been welcomed by the United Nations. The EC's plan is to relocate an additional 120,000 people seeking asylum in Greece, Italy and Hungary to other European nations. That's on top of a proposal in May to transfer 40,000 from [...]

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Resolution on sovereign debt will “protect” human rights

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A UN resolution on the restructuring of sovereign debt has been welcomed by an independent human rights expert as "a positive step" towards clarifying existing international law on the issue. Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky, Independent Expert on the effects of foreign debt and human rights, believes the resolution will protect human rights during times of crisis. [...]

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General Assembly votes to raise non-member observer state flags at UN The flags of UN non-member observer states Palestine and the Holy See will fly for the first time at the organization's Headquarters and offices. This follows the passing of a General Assembly resolution with 119 out of 193 countries voting in favour. Eight countries [...]

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"Living hell" of Syria could force millions more from country

Providing drinking water to communities affected by siege-like conditions is one of UNICEF's biggest challenges. Photo: UNICEF/Bassam Khabieh

Children in Syria are in the middle of a so-called "living hell" and it "stands to reason" that millions of families will continue to flee the conflict to neighbouring countries and beyond, the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF, said Friday. Dr Peter Salama, who heads the UN agency's response in the Middle East and North Africa, [...]

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Financial systems in Asia facing new challenges

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Asia fared well throughout the global financial crisis of 2008 and has since become one of the strongest economic regions in the world according to the International Monetary Fund or IMF. But a new book published by the Fund says that Asia's financial systems are facing new challenges. Jim Walsh, works in the IMF's Monetary [...]

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Iran deal stepping stone to universal ban on nuclear tests

Lassina Zerbo. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

A landmark deal to strictly curb Iran's nuclear programme can be built upon to ensure universal ratification of a global treaty to ban all nuclear tests. That's according to Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test Ban Treaty Organization, CTBTO. Iran signed an international accord in July to significantly limit the country's nuclear ability [...]

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Women: focus on empowerment of women in Iraq, UN resolution and gender equality

Hanaa Edwar. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Women key to fight against terrorism and violent extremism The education and empowerment of women is essential to end terrorism and violence in strife-torn communities. That's according to Hanaa Edwar, Secretary-General of the Iraqi Al-Amal Association. Ms Edwar has been attending a meeting of the UN Security Council's Counter-Terrorism Committee. Participants discussed integrating gender into [...]

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Global wheat production for 2015 is now forecast at 728 million tonnes, 5 million more than previously foreseen. Photo: FAO/Olivier Thuillier

  Food prices hit sharpest drop in seven years The prices of the five major food commodities have fallen to their lowest levels in almost seven years, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported on Thursday. FAO tracks the change in the cost of cereals, meat, dairy products, vegetable oils and sugar through its Food [...]

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UN and Africa: focus on Darfur, World Forestry Congress and Disaster Risk Reduction

Sudan's Darfur region where the crisis has entered its 13th year. File Photo: UNAMID/Albert González Farran

Air aid service to Darfur faces closure "within weeks" Lifesaving airborne aid deliveries to remote communities in Sudan may have to stop at the end of the month as a funding shortfall starts to bite, the World Food Programme (WFP) has said. In an appeal for nearly US$10 million to keep the UN Humanitarian  Air [...]

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UN envoy seeks to raise US$250 million for Syrian refugee education

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The UN Special Envoy for Global Education wants to get one million Syrian refugee children in the Middle East back in the classroom. Gordon Brown on Thursday announced plans to raise US$250 million over the next 21 days. He hopes to see results by the time of the UN General Assembly later this month. Dianne Penn [...]

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UN Calling Asia: focus on terrorism, interfaith dialogue and financial systems

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Terrorist groups recruiting in Central Asia  Terrorist groups are actively recruiting fighters in Central Asian countries, according to a senior UN official in the region. The UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) says it is working with regional governments to prevent groups like ISIL and the Taliban in Afghanistan from finding [...]

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Humanitarian "catastrophe" unfolds in Yemen

A farmer collects food ration for his family. An estimated 12 million Yemenis are food insecure. Photo: WFP

The humanitarian situation for people living in war-torn Yemen has reached catastrophic proportions, according to the United Nations. Four out of five Yemenis, that's 21 million people, need assistance as a result of an ongoing conflict between government forces and rebels. On Thursday, the Security Council was to be briefed on the current state of [...]

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Suicide prevention must be top public health priority

Dr. Shekhar Saxena. UN File Photo/JC McIlwaine

Suicide is growing and must be recognized as a public health priority, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Each year, more than 800,000 people take their own lives, most in low- and middle-income countries, according to Shekhar Saxena, director of WHO's Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse. Swallowing pesticides is becoming an increasingly [...]

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Deadly ambush on humanitarian workers in Darfur

WHO and partners responding to an oubreak of measles in West Darfur in April 2015. Photo: WHO Sudan

A fatal attack on humanitarian workers in Darfur has been condemned by the United Nations. The incident occurred on Tuesday as representatives from the UN agency and the Ministry of Health were returning from a routine mission in West Darfur. More than 2.5 million people in the region require aid but humanitarian workers there continue [...]

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UNICEF: Refugee crisis will worsen unless more effort made to end Syrian conflict

A boy stands outside a building damaged during fighting in Aleppo City, Syria. Photo: OCHA/Gemma Connell

The refugee and migrant crisis in Europe will only worsen unless greater action is taken to end the Syrian conflict and address the humanitarian needs of those affected by the violence. That warning comes from the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) which says 16 million Syrians need assistance, nearly half of them children. Dianne Penn reports. [...]

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  International envoys discuss two-state solution A group of international envoys has met with officials from Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States to discuss how to preserve the two-state solution for Israel and Palestine. The meeting in Riyadh on Wednesday also looked at creating conditions that will enable the two sides to return to meaningful [...]

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"Neglected" tropical diseases targeted in Asia

World Health Organization Assists Leprosy Victims in Timor-Leste. UN File Photo/Martine Perret

Efforts are being stepped up by the UN to eliminate what it has called "neglected" tropical diseases in South-East Asia. Diseases such as kala azar, leprosy, yaws, lymphatic filariasis and schistosomiasis continue to disable, disfigure and kill people in some of the poorest countries in the region. The World Health Organization (WHO) has been meeting [...]

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General Assembly commemorates International Day against Nuclear Tests

President of the General Assembly, Mr. Sam Kutesa. UN Photo/Mark Garten

A nearly 20-year-old treaty aimed at banning nuclear tests has still not entered into force despite what have been described as the "grave impacts" of testing on humans, the environment and on international peace and security. That statement comes from the president of the UN General Assembly speaking at a meeting on Wednesday to celebrate [...]

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Deadly ambush on humanitarian workers in Darfur

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A fatal attack on humanitarian workers in Darfur has been condemned by the United Nations. The incident occurred on Tuesday as representatives from the UN agency and the Ministry of Health were returning from a routine mission in West Darfur. More than 2.5 million people in the region require aid but humanitarian workers there continue [...]

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Faith and culture key to achieving gender equality

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A clear understanding of Islamic teachings about the role of women can be used to empower women and girls to effect positive change in their communities. That's according to Husna Ahmad, the head of Global One, the only Muslim women-led non-governmental organization in the United Kingdom focused on international development. Ms Ahmad is meeting with [...]

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Safeguarding minority communities in Middle East vital for peace

Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson. UN File Photo/Loey Felipe

Attacks on minority communities in strife-torn Middle Eastern nations are a threat to pluralism and stability in the region, according to the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations. Jan Eliasson also said the destruction of ancient sites in Iraq and Syria by terrorist groups like ISIL is a crime against humanity that must be viewed [...]

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  A call to implement findings of report on student executions in Mexico The Mexican government is being encouraged to implement the recommendations of a regional human rights commission's report on the disappearance, execution and torture of 43 students last year. UN human rights experts say the move will promote the proper investigation and punishment [...]

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Iraqi women activists use education to counteract ISIL

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Iraqi women are working to counteract the influence of extremist groups who take advantage of people's "ignorance" to promote violence, according to an activist from the country. Hanaa Edwar is in New York to participate in a UN meeting on Wednesday looking at the role of women in countering terrorism. She reports that the terrorist [...]

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Women-focused resolution faces old and new challenges

African Union Special Envoy Bineta Diop said Resolution 1325 must adapt to new threats such as Boko Haram extremists. Photo MINUSCA/Balepe Dany.

Women's rights are in danger of "sliding backwards" despite a landmark United Nations resolution seeking to promote equality, a leading UN official said Wednesday. The warning relates to UN Security Council resolution 1325, which was adopted 15 years ago in favour of women, peace and security. At a conference in Geneva to review the resolution's [...]

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Agencies step up efforts to fight malnutrition in South Sudan

A health worker measures a baby girl's arm, at an outpatient therapeutic feeding centre at the Protection of Civilians site on the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) base in Malakal, capital of Upper Nile State. Photo: UNICEF/Christine Nesbitt

More than two million mothers and children in South Sudan are expected to benefit from a nutrition campaign run by two UN agencies. Conflict in South Sudan has forced millions of people to flee their homes over the past two years. It has also destroyed basic services and increased disease and hunger. Dianne Penn reports. [...]

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Mahatma Gandhi's grandson shares vision of world peace

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World peace cannot be achieved unless individuals accept non-violence as a way of life, according to Arun Gandhi, grandson of the late Mahatma Gandhi. Mr Gandhi was speaking to UN ambassadors in New York on Wednesday who have been discussing how promoting a culture of peace can help bring about a more prosperous and sustainable [...]

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Postponing of Palestinian National Congress shows "leadership and wisdom" The decision to postpone the first meeting of Palestinian leaders in nearly 20 years has been welcomed by a senior UN official as an example of "leadership and wisdom." The 700-member Palestinian National Congress was set to meet next week in the West Bank. Nikolay Mladenov, [...]

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"War and Peace" panels reinstalled at UN

Two giant murals by the prominent Brazilian artist Candido Portinari have been restored and re-installed at the UN headquarters in New York. The "War and Peace" murals depicting the toll of war and the universal dream of peace were unveiled after being refurbished by the Projeto Portinari foundation and the Brazilian government. They had been [...]

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Urgent need to address "indiscriminate" use of antibiotics

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The "rampant" use of antibiotics and other drugs could reverse gains made in controlling communicable diseases, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned. WHO fears common infections and minor injuries which have been treatable for decades may once again kill millions. It is urging countries in South-East Asia to urgently address this potential public health [...]

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Ebola “sting in tail” shows need for vigilance into 2016

WHO's Dr Bruce Aylward said he is concerned that fewer cases of Ebola translates into fewer resources to eradicate it. Photo: UNMEER/Simon Ruf

The outbreak of the deadly Ebola disease in West Africa has a “nasty sting in its tail” which is going to require the international community’s ongoing help, a top UN health expert said on Wednesday. The warning, by the World Health Organization’s Dr Bruce Aylward, comes despite a huge drop in the number of new [...]

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Global deforestation slowing down

An old-growth tree in the Nkula Forest, Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo: FAO/Giulio Napolitano

The expanse of the world's forest land is shrinking, but at a slower rate than ever before, according to a new report by the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). FAO's annual "Global Forest Resources Assessment" study reveals that 129 million hectares of forest have been lost since 1990 as populations grow and forest land [...]

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Reducing poverty through interfaith dialogue

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The success of new global development targets requires people of all faiths to put aside their differences and work together. That's according to a participant of a UN-led interfaith meeting taking place in Bristol, United Kingdom, this week. The meeting is bringing together representatives from eight of the world’s major religions to discuss how to [...]

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Too many children still dying despite drop in mortality rates

Reducing child mortality rates is one of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Photo: World Bank/Nahuel Berger

Child mortality rates have dropped by more than half in the past 25 years, but 16,000 children still die every day, according to a UN report released on Tuesday. It says too many youngsters are still dying from preventable causes before they reach their fifth birthday. Dianne Penn reports. Child mortality rates have plunged from [...]

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Weapons-free zone established in CAR town

Peacekeeping chief Hervé Ladsous announcing at a press conference that the UN has established a weapons-free zone in the town of Bambari in the Central African Republic (CAR). Special Representative in CAR Parfait Onanga-Anyanga is at right. UN Photo/Bitsure Jean-Claude

A weapons-free zone has been established in the town of Bambari in the Central African Republic to protect civilians and allow humanitarian access, the United Nations announced on Tuesday. Tensions there have increased following the killing of a Muslim moto taxi driver in August, according to the UN peacekeeping mission in the country, MINUSCA. Fighting [...]

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Saudi Arabia and Iran key to ending Syria war

Syrian refugee children walking on a street in the Za'atari camp in northern Jordan. Photo: UNICEF/Simon Ingram

Talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran could finally put an end to the intractable war in neighbouring Syria, according to the UN's top official for the strife-torn nation. Staffan de Mistura said the "substantial influence" of the two countries in the region could end Syria's five-year conflict within a month. Over 250,000 people have been [...]

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"Colossal tragedy" in Syria evidence of international divide

A boy stands outside a building damaged during fighting in Aleppo City, Syria. Photo: OCHA/Gemma Connell

The Syrian crisis is a "shameful symbol" of international division, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told ambassadors meeting in New York on Tuesday. More than 250,000 people have been killed in Syria and millions have fled the country since the conflict began there in 2011. Mr Ban was speaking at a General Assembly meeting marking 10 [...]

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Ukraine death toll nears 8,000 amid ongoing clashes

OHCHR's Gianni Magazzeni said that people in eastern Ukraine face abduction, torture or execution as clashes continues. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Nearly 8,000 people have died in Ukraine since the outbreak of a conflict in the eastern European country in April last year, the UN said on Tuesday. Citing a "disturbing increase" in the number of civilian casualties, the UN human rights office, OHCHR, condemned ongoing hostilities in the east of the country. Daniel Johnson has [...]

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Civil society crackdown in Azerbaijan condemned The sentencing of a journalist and human rights activist in Azerbaijan is the latest example of the country's crackdown on "independent voices," the UN human rights chief said on Tuesday. Khadija Ismayilova was sentenced last week to nearly eight years in prison on charges of embezzlement, tax evasion, illegal [...]

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Literacy, an "accelerator" for development

Young boy and girl reading books in a street in Qazvin, Iran. File Photo: UNESCO/Dominique Roger

Literacy can help to "accelerate" the sustainable development goals or SDGs, the new development targets the UN is due to adopt later this month. That's according to the UN cultural agency, UNESCO. On Tuesday, the international community is marking the International Day of Literacy,  the theme for which this year is "Literacy and Sustainable Societies." [...]

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History will judge Europe on refugees, says top UN official

A child looks out of the window of a train near Gevgelija, in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Photo: UNICEF/UNI195775/Tidey

A massive increase in resources is needed to respond to the world's humanitarian crises and one of the ways to do it is by putting countries "on the spot" to pay up, a top UN official said Tuesday. The remarks by the UN Special Representative for International Migration, Peter Sutherland, came in response to the [...]

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Faith leaders to launch sustainable development blueprint

Goal 1: No Poverty. File Photo: UNICEF/Vishwanathan

Eight of the world's major religions are set to launch ambitious plans to help lift millions of people out of poverty in line with the United Nations' own Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The plans–which the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has described as among "the most concrete" commitments to the SDGs to date–will be unveiled at [...]

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“Grave responsibility” to protect culture and religious groups in Middle East

UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson with Irina Bokova, head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Photo: UNESCO.

Greater international effort must be made to halt the destruction of cultural heritage and persecution of religious and ethnic communities in the Middle East, the UN Deputy Secretary-General said on Monday. Jan Eliasson was speaking in Paris on the eve of an international conference to address these two concerns. Dianne Penn reports. Mr Eliasson will [...]

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South Sudan: Protection site for foreigners closes

Internally displaced persons in Unity State, South Sudan. Photo: UNHCR

A deadline has passed for more than 200 foreigners to leave a UN-run protection facility in the capital of South Sudan. They were among the scores of people escaping conflict which broke out in December 2013 following a political impasse between the country's leader and former vice-president. With the security situation now "drastically" changed, the [...]

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Latest death in Palestinian family shows “destructive nature” of extremism

Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov. UN File Photo/Devra Berkowitz

The UN Middle East envoy on Monday expressed sadness at the death of a Palestinian woman whose husband and infant son were killed following the firebombing of their home in July. Reham Dawabsha succumbed to the serious wounds she sustained in the incident. Dianne Penn reports. Mrs Dawabsha died on the eve of her 27th [...]

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Nuclear agency chief on Iran and DPRK

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano delivers introductory statement to the 1413th Board of Governors Meeting. Vienna, Austria, 7 September 2015. Photo: Dean Calma/IAEA

The UN nuclear energy agency (IAEA) is reviewing information provided by Iran related to the country's nuclear programme. IAEA chief Yukiya Amano on Monday addressed the agency's board of governors which is meeting in Vienna. He also reported that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) appears to be furthering its nuclear ambitions. Dianne Penn [...]

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Refugees: Warm welcome marks crisis "turning point"

UNHCR's Melissa Fleming (left) with Syrian refugee Nahed Mir Ali, who trekked arrived crossed Hungary on foot before taking a train to Vienna. Photo: UNHCR

Austrians and Germans have offered trainloads of refugees an "incredible outpouring of welcome", marking a possible turning point in the migration crisis, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said Monday. That's the assessment of UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming, who's been at Vienna railway station since the weekend to monitor conditions for refugees arriving from Hungary. According [...]

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Forests vital resource for life and food security

Dorze Woman travelling through the mountains of Entoto (Ethiopia) carrying eucalyptus branches and leaves to sell at the local market. File Photo: FAO/Tsigie Befekad

Forests are essential to life on our planet, food security and tackling climate change. That's according to Jeffrey Campbell, manager of the forest and farm facility of the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). Mr Campbell is in Durban, South Africa, until 11 September for the World Forestry Congress, meeting under the theme "Forests and People: [...]

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Europe assured of UN support in tackling migration crisis

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon records a personal message on the latest loss of lives of refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean and Europe. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Europe has been assured of the United Nations's continued support as the continent addresses a migration crisis. Thousands of people who had fled conflict zones  crossed into Austria and Germany from Hungary over the weekend. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday spoke on the phone with several European leaders, according to information provided by his spokesperson. [...]

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Charity is not only about the rich giving to the poor

A man rests on a bag of rice distributed by Qatar Charity for iternally displaced people (IDPs) affected by flooding and clan conflict in Jowhar, Somalia.UN Photo/Tobin Jones

Charity is not only about the rich giving to the poor, but also about "everyday" people helping each other out. That's according to Eva Schafer, a human rights and social development officer at the Hungarian Mission to the UN. She said charitable contributions to fight poverty and inequality will be crucial for implementation of the [...]

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Children in the 'Katusha' kindergarten in the city of Kramatorsk in Donetsk, Ukraine. Photo: UNICEF/Pavel Zmey

  Parents urged to vaccinate children following polio outbreak in Ukraine  Efforts to distribute vaccines are underway in Ukraine following a confirmed polio outbreak. Two UN agencies are urging parents to promptly vaccinate their children against the infectious disease which can cause paralysis or even death. The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health [...]

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Violence and impunity in CAR must end: Human Rights chief

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein (centre) addresses press conference in Bangui, Central African Republic (CAR). Photo: MINUSCA

Ending impunity for people who commit violent crimes in the Central African Republic (CAR) is essential to achieve peace and democracy in the strife-torn nation, according to the UN Human Rights High Commissioner. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein visited CAR this week, where he met with government and civil society representatives amid fresh allegations of sexual [...]

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Libya talks continue amid "positive" mood

UN negotiator Bernardino Leon told the Libyan people he hoped to have an agreement signed by 20 September. Photo: UN/Daniel Johnson

Talks to decide Libya's future are "in a better position" than in recent weeks, the UN negotiator who's leading discussions said Friday. Bernardino León, the head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), made the announcement during a break in talks at the UN in Geneva. Key points are said to have been [...]

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UN humanitarian fund allocates US$15 million to address Yemen crisis

Stephen O'Brien, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. Credit: UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

A US$15 million allocation from a United Nations fund will provide lifesaving assistance in Yemen, UN humanitarian chief Stephen O'Brien announced on Friday. The money from the Central Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) will go towards healthcare, including providing clean water and supplies for facilities. More than 20 million people in Yemen are in need, making [...]

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Females in an adult literacy class in Rupandehi district of Nepal. File Photo: UNESCO/Krishna Malla

Deadly mosque attack in Yemen "reprehensible" and unjustifiable: UN Secretary-General Terror attacks against a mosque in Yemen this week which killed more than 30 people and injured nearly 100 have been condemned by the UN Secretary-General. Ban Ki-moon expressed hope that the perpetrators of what he called "these reprehensible acts" will be swiftly brought to [...]

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Air aid service to Darfur faces closure "within weeks"

Sudan's Darfur region where the crisis has entered its 13th year. File Photo: UNAMID/Albert González Farran

Lifesaving airborne aid deliveries to remote communities in Sudan may have to stop at the end of the month as a funding shortfall bites, the World Food Programme (WFP) said Friday. In an appeal for nearly USD$10 million to keep the UN Humanitarian  Air Service (UNHAS) running in the gigantic sub-Saharan country, WFP said that [...]

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Human Rights chief wraps up first mission to Central African Republic

Ra'ad Zeid Al Hussein addresses a seminar on the fight against impunity in the Central African Republic (CAR) in the capital Bangui. Photo: MINUSCA

Upcoming elections in the Central African Republic (CAR) will be a "crucial test" of the country's progress towards peace and democracy, the UN Human Rights High Commissioner said on Friday. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein concluded a four-day visit to the CAR where he said the human rights situation "is still a cause of anxiety" for [...]

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UN human rights teams to monitor Guatemala election

President Otto Fernando Pérez Molina of Guatemala. UN File Photo/Evan Schneider

Nine teams from the UN human rights office, OHCHR, in Guatemala will monitor this weekend's elections to try to prevent violence, according to the OHCHR representative in the country. Alberto Brunori said the UN hopes an orderly democratic transition will take place. Vice President Alejandro Maldonado was sworn in on Thursday after President Otto Pérez [...]

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"Project Everyone" campaign to make SDGs world famous in 7 days

Richard Curtis filmmaker and founder of Project Everyone, which aims to share the Sustainable Development Goals with 7 billion people within 7 days of their adoption by the UN Sustainable Development Summit in September, briefs journalists on the campaign. UN Photo/Mark Garten

A grassroots blitz to educate everyone on the planet about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within one week will kick off on 25 September when the SDGs are adopted at the UN. That's according to English filmmaker Richard Curtis, the creator of "Project Everyone" – which aims to involve the world's 7 billion people in [...]

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Refugee agency calls for EU centres to fix crisis

Refugees arriving in Greece, mainly from countries experiencing war and conflict. Photo: UNHCR/J. Akkash

Huge new asylum processing centres in southern Europe are part of the answer to the continent's refugee crisis, the UN said Friday. The call by Refugee Agency (UNHCR) chief Antonio Guterres comes amid a reported spike in the number of desperate women and children arriving on the European Union's borders, principally fleeing the Syria conflict. [...]

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Gap between rich and poor narrowing in Latin America

In its decade of implementation 'Bolsa Familia' has managed to reduce poverty by half in Brazil (from 9.7% to 4.3%) File Photo: Mariana Ceratti/World Bank

While the gap between rich and poor people is widest in Latin America, it's the only region of the world where the gap is actually narrowing. That's according to Nora Lustig, a Latin American economics professor at Tulane University. Ms Lustig and fellow economists have been studying income inequality throughout the region, but they are [...]

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News in Brief 03 September 2015 (PM)

Ban Ki-moon speaks to the press. UN File Photo/Eskinder Debebe

UN Secretary-General on resignation of Guatemala President The UN Secretary-General has appealed to authorities and all sectors in Guatemala to work together to strengthen institutions and  the rule of law. Ban Ki-moon's comments came in a statement on Thursday following the resignation of President Otto Pérez Molina. Mr Ban said he trusts the authorities will abide [...]

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Campaign uses star power to get people invested in new develoment goals

Ms. Amina Mohammed, Special Advisor to the Secretary-General on Post-2015. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Entertainers, athletes and other stars from across the globe are hoping to make the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) world famous. Through the Global Goals Campaign, they're working to educate people everywhere about efforts to fight poverty, inequality and climate change. The aim is to reach "seven billion people in seven days" starting on 25 [...]

3 Sep 2015 | Posted in Sustainable Development Goals, Today's News | Read More »

UN and Africa: focus on good governance, democracy in South Sudan and elections in Central African Republic

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Good governance and democracy "non-negotiable", says IPU chief Good governance and democracy are "non-negotiable" and must be implemented across all regions of the world with the help of parliamentarians. That's according to the Secretary General of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), Martin Chungong, who was in New York this week for the Fourth World Conference of [...]

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‘Education under Fire’ in Middle East & North Africa

On 28 April, the son of the guard at Ibn Sina School walks through rows of desks while checking a damaged classroom in the facility, in Sana'a, the capital. Photo: UNICEF/NYHQ2015-1130/Mahmoud

Escalating conflict and political upheaval across the Middle East and North Africa are preventing 13 million children from going to school, according to a new report by the UN children's agency, UNICEF. The report, Education under Fire, focuses on the impact of violence on children and schools in nine countries suffering protracted conflict. Reem Abaza [...]

3 Sep 2015 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Women: focus on women in politics, technology and preventing gender violence

Opening Session of Fourth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament.   UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

  Greater representative of women in politics a top priority, says IPU chief Promoting gender equality and greater representation of women in political office is a "top priority" of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), according to its Secretary-General. Martin Chungong was in New York this week for the Fourth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament. Cristina [...]

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UN Calling Asia: focus on IPU conference, UN’s 70th anniversary and Fiji’s Parliament

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  Time to help people "live their dreams", says IPU president It is time to help people live their dreams by ensuring that commitments made by governments are kept, according to the president of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). Saber Chowdhury was in New York this week for IPU's Fourth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament. [...]

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Peacekeepers who abuse their power should be punished

Cécile Pouilly, spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Photo: OHCHR

Peacekeepers convicted of abusing their positions of power should be given sentences that fit the crimes they have committed. That's according to Cécile Pouilly, spokesperson for the UN human rights office, OHCHR. Investigations are currently underway into the alleged sexual abuse of a minor in the Central African Republic (CAR) by a member of the [...]

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Aid agencies continue to call for safe passage in besieged Yemen governorate

Girls fetching water in Mawyah district, Taiz,Yemen. This role often falls on the shoulders of girls and young women, often at the expense of their education. File Photo: OCHA

At least 95 people, the majority of them women and children, were killed in Taizz, Yemen, during the last two weeks of August, the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, has reported. OCHA and partners are calling for safe access to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance to nearly two million people who lack access to basic services. [...]

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Thousands fleeing ongoing fighting continue to arrive in Bentiu

Site near Bentiu, South Sudan. UN File Photo/JC McIlwaine

Thousands of people fleeing violence and food insecurity in South Sudan continue to arrive at the UN's site to protect civilians in Bentiu, according to the UN mission in the country, UNMISS. UNMISS acting spokesman Joe Contreras said the site is sheltering 121,191 people; 10,602 arrived in August alone. A new peace deal between the [...]

3 Sep 2015 | Posted in Food Crisis, Today's Features | Read More »

News in Brief 03 September 2015 (AM)

China Commemorates 70th Anniversary of World War II. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

UN Secretary-General in China China has been commended by the United Nations Secretary-General for its "strong commitment" to multilateralism and contribution to UN peacekeeping efforts. Ban Ki-moon is in the country this week to attend commemorative events marking the end of the Second World War. Mr Ban met with China's President Xi Jinping on Thursday. [...]

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Syria misery is getting even worse, say rights experts

Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, Chair of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria. UN File Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

The people of Syria are suffering to an unimaginable extent while the world stands witness, UN human rights experts said Thursday. Listing terrible human rights abuses in the conflict between President Bashar Al-Assad and rebels, a UN Commission of Inquiry panel warned that there was "no end in sight" to the fighting. Commission chairman Paulo [...]

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Rights chief slams new "odious" CAR abuse allegations

UN Human Rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said member states had an obligation to investigate all allegations swiftly. Photo: UN/Jean-Marc Ferré

Fresh allegations of sexual abuse by peacekeeping troops in Central African Republic (CAR) have been condemned by the UN's human rights chief, who's currently visiting the country. According to reports, a girl was allegedly sexually abused a year ago by a member of Sangaris, the French military force in CAR, and had a child in [...]

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