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Put Syrian people "at the heart" of discussions, UN chief tells negotiators

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gives a press conference at the 26th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, January 2016 UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Parties to the Syria peace-talks underway in Geneva, need to put the Syrian people "at the heart" of their discussions, according to the UN chief. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was speaking as the senior UN envoy leading the so-called proximity talks paid a courtesy visit to opposition leaders who arrived in Geneva on Saturday. Matthew Wells [...]

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"Take strong ownership" of development, climate goals, Ban urges Africa

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon sees the impact of drought and El Nino for himself, on a field trip to the Oromia region of Ethiopia. Credit: WFP Media.

African leaders need to "take strong ownership" and put into place the global agreements made on climate change and sustainable development. That's according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, speaking at a press conference at the 26th African Union summit in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. He said the Paris climate change agreement to limit global [...]

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Time to get the word out about the new global climate deal

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More work needs to be done to ensure people around the world know about the new global climate change agreement. The universal deal was agreed by world leaders in December in Paris, France. Yet, the outgoing Assistant Secretary-General for Climate Change, Janos Pasztor says more must be done to get the word out about how [...]

31 Jan 2016 | Posted in Today's Features, UN Climate Change Conference | Read More »

Funding urgently needed to avert "catastrophe" in Ethiopia

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrives in Addis Ababa to attend the AU Summit. On his left (the Lady) is President of Republic of Mauritius.Bibi Ameenah Firdaus Gurib-Fakim. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The UN Secretary-General is visiting drought-affected communities in Ethiopia on the margins of the African Union summit, which concludes this Sunday in the capital, Addis Ababa. The country is facing its worst drought in three decades and the window of opportunity to avert a catastrophe "is very rapidly closing." That's according to UN Resident Coordinator [...]

30 Jan 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN chief "alarmed" by Hamas intent to keep building tunnels, firing rockets

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Evan Schneider (file).

UN chief Ban Ki-moon said on Saturday he was alarmed by recent statements from the leadership of Hamas that it intends to continue tunneling, and firing rockets into Israel. Matthew Wells reports. On Thursday, the militant Palestinian group Hamas, which controls Gaza, said that seven of its fighters had died after a tunnel they were [...]

30 Jan 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

African leaders "must protect their people not themselves": UN chief

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meeting with H.E. Mr. Jacob Zuma (President, South Africa): Credit: UN

African leaders should never "cling to power" and need to "protect their people, not themselves". That's the view of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, addressing leading politicians from around the continent on Saturday, at the 26th African Union Summit in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. In his final address to the Union (AU) as UN chief, [...]

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Migration at the "heart" of relations between Africa and Europe

Young men in Mogadishu, Somalia. UN Photo/Stuart Price

West African countries are being encouraged to transform their economies to prevent young people from abandoning their homelands for a better life abroad. That recommendation comes from Mohamed Ibn Chambas, head of the UN office in the region, UNOWA, who says European countries could also consider exporting low-skills jobs to Africa to help curb youth [...]

30 Jan 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Livestock training programme empowers rural women in Rwanda

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Rwanda leads the world when it comes to the number of women serving in parliament. More than half the elected officials there are women. Gender equality is also helping to reduce poverty in remote areas of the East African country, according to the UN's International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Joanne Levitan reports on a [...]

30 Jan 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN chief addresses terrorism, South Sudan & Burundi in speech to AU

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Only development, good governance and respect for human rights can prevent terrorism, the UN Secretary-General has said. Ban Ki-moon was speaking on Friday to the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The AU is holding its 26th summit which wraps up on Sunday. Dianne Penn reports. Mr Ban addressed the [...]

29 Jan 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

News in Brief 29 January 2016 (PM)

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Syria peace talks underway in Switzerland Talks aimed at ending Syria's five-year long civil war have got underway at the United Nations in the Swiss city of Geneva. The UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, is leading the so-called proximity talks which are scheduled to last six months. On Friday he met Syrian [...]

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Security Council takes stock of Burundi visit

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The Security Council has heard conflicting views on the situation in Burundi, including fears by the radical opposition that a genocide is in the making. Council members met on Friday to review their recent mission to the country which has been in chaos since last April, following the President's decision to run for a contested [...]

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US$100 million released by UN chief for nine underfunded crises

Women and children arrive in the Bentiu Protection of Civilians site for internally displaced people, in Unity State, South Sudan. Photo: UNICEF/Sebastian Rich

US$100 million has been released by the UN Secretary-General to support nine underfunded humanitarian crises. Ban Ki-moon said the money would come from the UN's Emergency Response Fund, or CERF, which is designed to provide flexible financing for emergencies that may be overlooked. Matthew Wells has more. Mr Ban said that the resources would go [...]

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News in Brief 29 January 2016 (AM)

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UN-brokered peace talks to end the war in Syria get underway UN-brokered peace talks to try and end Syria's brutal civil war have got underway in Geneva. The so-called proximity talks are scheduled to last six months, and will involve the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, leading separate talks with negotiating teams [...]

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New soldier sex abuse allegations made in CAR

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

New allegations of the sexual abuse of children by foreign soldiers serving in the Central African Republic have been reported by the United Nations. The alleged crimes mostly took place in 2014, but only came to light in recent weeks. Daniel Dickinson reports. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said [...]

29 Jan 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Making Sustainable Energy for All a reality

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The New Year brings new focus on ensuring that people everywhere have access to clean and affordable energy sources. That's the hope expressed by Rachel Kyte, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Sustainable Energy for All. Last year, world leaders adopted the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a climate change deal aimed at reducing the [...]

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Shark attack victim, turns advocate

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A South African man who lost his leg in a shark attack is on a global quest to save the fish. Achmat Hassiem lost his right leg from the knee down after the attack off the waters of Cape Town some 10 years ago. He is now not only a Paralympic medallist in swimming, but [...]

29 Jan 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

More than 800,000 children a year can be saved with improved breastfeeding

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More than 820,000 children globally, the vast majority of them infants under 6 months, could be saved with improved breastfeeding practices. That's the finding of a series of papers released by The Lancet magazine, which was compiled with the help of experts from the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). Veronica Reeves has the story. The Lancet [...]

28 Jan 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Global Perspective: focus on Syria, Israel Palestine and Zika virus

A meal being prepared at the Al-Riad shelter, Aleppo, Syria. Photo: OCHA/Josephine Guerrero

Aid agencies appeal for humanitarian pauses in Syria conflict Humanitarian agencies gathered in Geneva to plead for an end to the fighting in Syria so that they can support millions of people in need. The UN estimates that 13.5 million Syrians require humanitarian aid and the appeal was made after the announcement of the start [...]

28 Jan 2016 | Posted in UN Global Perspective | Read More »

News in Brief 28 January 2016 (PM)

Troops of the Somali National Army and the African Union Mission in Somalia, line up in a convoy on the road leading up to the Al-Shabaab stronghold of Barawe. Photo: AMISOM/Tobin Jones

New parliamentary plan for Somalia praised by UN chief Thursday's announcement by the Somalian government that it will embrace a new parliamentary system later this year has been welcomed by the UN Secretary-General. Mr Ban praised the commitment to create a new two-tier parliament, where 30 per cent of the seats will be reserved for [...]

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UN and Africa: focus on African migrants, Darfur and Ghana

Somali refugees wait on Yemen's Red Sea coast for transport to Aden. File Photo: UNHCR/R. Nuri

African migrants reportedly forcibly recruited into Yemen war Migrants from Africa are reportedly being forcibly recruited to fight for militias in Yemen; that's according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Some 92,000 people, most of them Ethiopians and Somalis, arrived in Yemen by boat in 2015 despite the ongoing conflict in the Gulf state. The [...]

28 Jan 2016 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

UN Gender Focus: Boko Haram victims and access to birth control

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Traumatized Boko Haram victims need to know it's not their "fault" Countless women and girls who were brutalized by the Nigeria-based Boko Haram terrorist group need to know it's not their "fault. That powerful message coming from a UN expert who just returned from visiting displacement camps in the north-east of the African country. Veronica [...]

28 Jan 2016 | Posted in UN Gender Focus | Read More »

"This one cannot fail" says UN envoy ahead of Syria peace conference

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"This one cannot fail": the words of the UN's Syria envoy in an impassioned video message ahead of peace-talks due to begin on Friday. Staffan de Mistura appealed for Syrians everywhere to raise their voice, and encourage the warring parties attending talks in Geneva, to finally put an end to nearly six years of civil [...]

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"Watershed" political moment for the future of Somalia

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The Somali government has agreed on a new electoral model, in what the top UN official in the country has called a "watershed" moment. The agreement lays out the structure of an envisioned federal government for the conflict-ridden country. The Horn of Africa country has experienced more than two decades of political turmoil and violence. [...]

28 Jan 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

14.4 million people "food insecure" in Yemen

Due to a lack of fuel, electricity and wheat, few bakeries are operating in Taiz, Yemen, forcing residents to stand in long lines for bread. Photo: UNDP Yemen

Some 14.4 million Yemenis, more than half of the population of the Gulf state, do not have enough to eat according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The number of hungry people has increased by 12 per cent in just the last eight months, as ongoing conflict and import restrictions reduce the availability [...]

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News in Brief 27 January 2016 (PM)

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  UN chief "categorically" condemns targeting of civilians in Israel and Palestine The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has"categorically" condemned any targeting of civilians by both sides in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Speaking at the opening session of the Committee on the Exercise of Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, Mr Ban said the [...]

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Denounce ideologies that "set people against people": UN chief

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On the day when the world remembers the atrocities of the Holocaust, the head of the UN has stressed the need to "denounce political and religious ideologies that 'set people against people'." The Secretary-General was speaking at an event at UN Headquarters in New York marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Veronica Reeves has more. The [...]

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Business community meets to galvanize action on clean energy

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits the Middelgruden offshore wind farm. The wind farm was developed off the Danish coast in 2000 and consists of 20 turbines. UN File Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Investors and business leaders from around the world have gathered at the UN to scale up investment in clean energy sources. Last year, investments in renewable energy such as solar and wind power hit a record US$330 billion globally, and the UN Secretary-General is calling for a doubling in investment by 2020. The Investor Summit [...]

27 Jan 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

250,000 people displaced in Darfur last year

Internally displaced persons (IDPs) in North Darfur. UN File Photo/Albert González Faran

A quarter of a million people have fled their homes in Darfur in the last year, the joint UN-African Union mission in the Sudanese region, UNAMID, has said. They're escaping intensified fighting between government forces and armed opposition groups. Only half of the displaced have received assistance from humanitarian agencies. UNAMID is stepping in to provide [...]

27 Jan 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN remembers man who saved 669 children during Holocaust

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The heroic acts of a British man who saved 669 Jewish children from near certain death were remembered this morning at the UN's Holocaust Remembrance Day events. Sir Nicolas Winton is credited with organizing eight trains to carry the children out of occupied Prague in Czechoslovakia during the Second World War. The children were brought [...]

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Help end "siege and starvation as a weapon of war" Council members urged

A humanitarian convoy on its way to the besieged Syrian town of Madaya. File Photo: OCHA Syria

Help end "siege and starvation as a weapon of war" in the Syria conflict. That was the impassioned plea from UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Stephen O'Brien, to members of the Security Council on Wednesday. He asked Council members with influence on the warring parties, to intervene. Daniel Dickinson reports. Mr O'Brien said that as [...]

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  Help double "global clean energy" opportunities, UN chief tells investors Help double the amount invested in "global clean energy" by 2020. That's the challenge laid down to 500 influential investors gathered at UN headquarters on Wednesday, by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Between them, the investors assembled at UN headquarters, control more than US$22 trillion [...]

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US$900 million loan from IMF supports Ghana's economic recovery

A woman works in a small shop in Ghana. Photo: The World Bank/Arne Hoel

Ghana has received more than US$114 million from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to support its economic recovery following several years of turbulence. This is the latest disbursement from a lending arrangement that began in April 2015 which could see the West African country receiving more than US$900 million over a three-year period. Ghana was [...]

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News in Brief 26 January 2016 (PM)

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  Pan-American health teams mobilize to fight Zika virus Pan-American health teams from the World Health Organization (WHO) are being mobilized to help the continent deal with the potentially devastating effects of the Zika virus. The virus is spread through mosquitoes and experts are increasingly concerned that it is responsible for a growing number of [...]

26 Jan 2016 | Posted in UN Climate Change Conference | Read More »

Family unity a "fundamental principle" of international law: UNHCR

Members of a Syrian refugee family huddle around a stove inside their shelter in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley. Photo: UNHCR/A. McConnell

Keeping families together is a "fundamental principle in international law" that will be violated by a policy on asylum seekers, adopted by Danish lawmakers on Tuesday. That's the view of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) responding to the new law, which will extend the waiting time for families to be together, from one year, to [...]

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Agencies appeal for humanitarian pauses in Syria

A meal being prepared at the Al-Riad shelter, Aleppo, Syria. Photo: OCHA/Josephine Guerrero

Invitations for the latest talks on Syria have been sent to the various sides to the country's ongoing conflict. But as preparations continue in Geneva for the start of the talks on Friday, humanitarian agencies have gathered in the Swiss city to plead for an end to the fighting so that they can support millions [...]

26 Jan 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Israelis and Palestinians must "act now" to find peace

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

Israelis and Palestinians must "act now" to prevent the possibility of peace from slipping away. That was the message from the UN Secretary-General who went before the Security Council to make an impassioned plea for both sides to work toward a two-state solution. Veronica Reeves has the story. Duration: 2’17″

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Relatives of a student killed in the Jabe neighbourhood of Bujumbura, mourn at home in the Burundian capital. Photo: Phil Moore/IRIN

Burundian government urged to allow UN human rights team in The government of Burundi is being urged to allow a team of UN human rights investigators to deploy in the Great Lakes country. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said that the team had been due to start work on [...]

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Nearly US$3 billion needed to help children in need worldwide

On 23 June 2015 in the Central African Republic, Alison, 14, reads a book beneath a makeshift shelter at the Grand Séminaire Saint Marc de Bimbo site for internally displaced people, in Bangui, the capital. Photo: UNICEF/UNI190222/Bindra

An appeal for nearly US$3 billion to help children in humanitarian emergencies worldwide has been launched by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). Some 43 million children around the globe are in need of help, according to the United Nations. The bulk of the money being requested will go toward education needs. Daniel Dickinson has the [...]

26 Jan 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Nuclear fallout playing vital role in preserving world soils

A farmer plants acacia seedlings in Liguere, Senegal. Photo: FAO/Seyllou Diallo

Fallout from nuclear testing in the mid-20th Century is playing a vital role in helping to protect the world's soils. That's according to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) which is supporting the analysis of fallout which allows scientists to measure how quickly soil is degrading. Last month, the agency joined the International Union of [...]

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African migrants reportedly forcibly recruited into Yemen war

Somali refugees wait on Yemen's Red Sea coast for transport to Aden. File Photo: UNHCR/R. Nuri

Migrants from Africa are reportedly being forcibly recruited to fight for militias in Yemen; that's according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Some 92,000 people, most of them Ethiopians and Somalis, arrived in Yemen by boat in 2015 despite the ongoing conflict in the Gulf state. The agency says that's one of the highest annual [...]

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Colombia on "precipice of historic achievement" as UN authorizes new mission

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Colombia is on the "precipice of a historic achievement". That was the verdict of United States Ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, as the Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution setting up a new political mission to the South American country. It's hoped the mission will help Colombia transition to a lasting peace, after decades [...]

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Government of national unity "an essential step" for South Sudan A government of national unity for South Sudan is an "essential step" in laying the foundation for peace and security. That's according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in a statement on Monday after warring parties failed to meet a January 22 deadline on finalizing a [...]

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Envoy sets 29 January as start of Syrian peace talks

Staffan de Mistura, United Nations Special Envoy for Syria speaks to the press on the Intra-Syrian Geneva Talks 2016. 25 January 2016. UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré

Talks on the Syrian crisis which were scheduled to start on Monday in Geneva will now begin at the end of the week. That was the news delivered by the UN envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, in a briefing to journalists in the Swiss city. Dianne Penn reports. Duration: 2’41″

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Peace talks to end conflict in Darfur "still fragmented"

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The political process to end the conflict in Sudan's Darfur region "remains fragmented". That's according to the UN's head of Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous, briefing the Security Council on Monday. Mr Ladsous said that he hoped the Sudanese government would extend its "full support and cooperation" with the new leadership of the UN Mission in Darfur, [...]

25 Jan 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

"Broad ceasefire" is first priority, says UN Syria envoy setting new talks date

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A "broad ceasefire" is the first priority for Syria's war-weary people, according to the UN's Syria envoy, announcing a new date for peace talks to begin. Staffan de Mistura was speaking on Monday, when intra-Syrian talks were due to begin in Geneva, but he said they would now begin on Friday. The UN Special Envoy [...]

25 Jan 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Traumatized Boko Haram victims need to know it's not their "fault"

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Women and girls who were brutalized by the Nigeria-based Boko Haram terrorist group need to know, "it's not their fault”. That powerful message coming from a UN expert who just returned from visiting displacement camps in the north-east of the African country. On Monday, the UN humanitarian office OCHA launched an appeal to support people [...]

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Reject "violence and intimidation" in Haiti: UN chief Reject "violence and intimidation" in Haiti's political process, and complete elections without delay. That's the message from the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, after the postponement of presidential elections on Sunday, and a rising tide of violence on the streets. In a statement, Mr Ban called on "all [...]

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Sustainable transport requires multiple options

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Decision makers around the world need to provide people with a range of sustainable transport options, especially in cities; that's according to a member of the UN Secretary-General's High-Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport. Those options include walking, cycling and increasingly sharing car trips. Pabsy Pabalan has been speaking about the issue with José Viegas, [...]

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No access to contraception for 200 million women worldwide

Community health worker meets a family in his village in rural Laos to discuss family planning. File Photo: UNFPA/Micka Perier

Some 200 million women around the world who want contraception have no access to it, according to the United Nations. The findings come in the Trends in Contraceptive Use Worldwide 2015 report which says that family planning is a fundamental right. Ann Biddlecom is one of the authors, who spoke to Daniel Dickinson ahead of [...]

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Benin authorities urged to tackle "inhumane" prison conditions

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Authorities in Benin have been urged to tackle what have been described by UN human rights experts as "inhumane" conditions in one of the West African country's prisons. A delegation of experts has just returned from a visit to Benin where they inspected a number of detention centres without any prior warning. Following those visits, [...]

24 Jan 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Hopes high for more aid to reach besieged city in Yemen

UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, Jamie McGoldrick, meeting journalists during his visit in Taizz. Photo: OCHA / Trond Jensen

The UN and its partners in Yemen are working to find ways to provide "regular and systemic"  aid delivery to hundreds of thousands of people in the besieged city of Taizz. Jamie McGoldrick, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the country, has just returned from Taizz where he saw first-hand the damage and devastation caused by months of [...]

23 Jan 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

"Cool" tech can keep endangered languages alive says Google exec

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"Cool" technology can play an important role in keeping the world's endangered languages from dying out. That's the hope of a senior software engineer from web giant Google, who's been attending a conference on indigenous languages this week at UN headquarters. The expert group meeting organized by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) [...]

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World facing shortage of sand

Sand dunes near Sousevlei, Namibia. UN Photo/John Isaac

Although it's often thought to be an abundantly available resource, the world is facing a shortage of sand. Sand is the main ingredient used in concrete, glass and roads, even our electronic devices. As a result, demand for sand is higher than ever. To meet these needs, a multi-billion dollar sand mining industry has taken [...]

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Security Council and African Union to hold talks on Burundi

US Ambassador Samantha Power being greeted by Burundian officials on arrival in the country this week. Photo: UNIC Bujumbura.

A Security Council delegation will meet this weekend with the African Union in continued efforts to resolve the crisis in Burundi. Ambassadors from the 15 countries that comprise the chamber have concluded a two-day mission to the country where they held talks with political leaders and members of civil society. Burundi has been in turmoil [...]

22 Jan 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Resolution reaffirms resolve to curb trade in "conflict diamonds"

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The UN General Assembly has reaffirmed its support for an initiative aimed at preventing "conflict diamonds" from entering legitimate markets. The chamber on Friday passed a resolution which stressed that the Kimberley Process should have the widest possible participation The Kimberley Process unites governments, civil society and the diamond industry in the fight to stem [...]

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Security Council to support "peace and stability" in Burundi

A visiting Security Council delegation arrives in Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi. Photo: UNIC Bujumbura

The UN Security Council is determined to support Burundi's efforts to return to "peace and stability" after months of political strife. Hundreds of people have been killed in the Great Lakes country since April last year, when President Pierre Nkurunziza said that he would run for a third term, a move branded by some as [...]

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News in Brief 22 January 2016 (PM)

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UN chief supports global appeal for end to Syria crisis The UN Secretary-General has continued to call for a cease-fire in Syria. Ban Ki-moon was speaking on Friday in Zurich, Switzerland, where he addressed reporters following a meeting with the country's Foreign Minister. As the Syrian crisis enters its sixth year, the UN estimates that [...]

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Denmark criticized for asylum policy at UN rights council

A group of asylum-seekers waiting at a reception centre to be registered for a temporary transit visa, near the town of Gevgelija in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) after crossing the border from Idomeni in Greece, on 27 August 2015. Photo: UNICEF/Gjorgji Klincarov

Denmark has been criticized at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva for considering a law which would permit the authorities to confiscate money and possessions from asylum seekers. The number of people seeking asylum in the European Union has more than doubled over the last year as a result of people fleeing conflict in [...]

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Addressing gender gap could boost productivity of women farmers

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Women farmers could be up to 25% more productive if they're more rights to carry out their work. That's the view of the Assistant Secretary-General of UN Women. Dr Yannick Glemarec said that climate change was a major threat to equal opportunities for men and women but establishing more climate-resilient crops represented a "huge development [...]

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El Niño threatening health of 60 million people in developing world

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The physical health of 60 million people in developing countries is at risk due to the current El Niño phenomenon. That's according to the World Health Organization (WHO), which says the weather event is being associated with cholera, malaria, measles and other diseases in Africa, South America and the Pacific. The UN agency has launched [...]

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News in Brief 22 January 2016 (AM)

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Malawi: Failure to prosecute anti-gay case sends "dangerous message" The failure by authorities in Malawi to prosecute a political party spokesperson for making derogatory comments about homosexuals sends "a dangerous message," the UN human rights office has stated. Kenneth Msonda, spokesperson for the People's Party, had recently described gay and lesbian people as "worse than dogs" [...]

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Goodwill ambassador has high hopes for African industrialization

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The world is witnessing the beginning of the African industrialization "movement," according to the Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). Helen Hai says industrialization transformed China and other Asian countries and can do the same for Africa. Ms Hai is CEO of the Made in Africa Initiative, a non-governmental organization, and adviser [...]

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Lack of humanitarian aid "deprives people of hope"

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The lack of aid for people in need around the world is depriving them of "hope and dignity" according to the co-chair of a UN panel looking at the issue of financing humanitarian relief. Over the last decade, the number of people who require the most basic support to survive has more than doubled to [...]

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Security Council: Angola to keep focus on Burundi

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A delegation from the UN Security Council is in Burundi this week in efforts to help bring an end to political turmoil that has killed hundreds of people since April 2015. Burundi will be high on the agenda when Angola assumes presidency of the chamber in March, according to the country's Ambassador, Ismael Gaspar Martins. [...]

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UN refugee chief on first mission to Syria

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The UN High Commissioner for Refugees has committed to more than double the number of community centres that provide protection services to people displaced by the ongoing crisis in Syria. Filippo Grandi was in Damascus on Thursday where he appealed to all parties to the conflict to allow humanitarian organizations unimpeded and regular access to [...]

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  Cypriot leaders encouraged to capitalize on current "positive momentum" The leaders of the two communities in Cyprus have been commended by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for progress made in ongoing reunification talks. Mr Ban held his first meeting with Greek Cypriot leader, Nicos Anastasiades, and Turkish Cypriot leader, Mustafa Akıncı, on Thursday while at [...]

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UN Global Perspective: focus on Syria, humanitarian aid and indigenous languages

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Deliberate starvation in Syria "a weapon of war"  The deliberate starvation of people in Syria is being used as a weapon of war, according to the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon. The civil war in Syria is about to enter its sixth year. The UN estimates that more than 250,000 people have died there and almost [...]

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Report documents "shocking disregard for civilian life" in South Sudan conflict

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Hundreds of cases of extra-judicial killings, enforced disappearances, sexual violence and other human rights abuses have been committed by all sides to the conflict in South Sudan. The findings come in a UN report launched on Thursday, as peace talks are underway in the world's youngest nation. South Sudan became independent in July 2011, but [...]

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UN chief "deeply concerned" by Israel's plans to appropriate West Bank land The UN Secretary-General has said he is "deeply concerned" over Israel's plans to seize land in the occupied West Bank. This follows reports that the government has declared 370 acres south of Jericho as so-called "state land." The land is located in an [...]

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High-Level Panel to address women’s economic empowerment

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Despite progress in promoting gender equality, gaps persist when it comes to women's economic empowerment, according to the United Nations. The global organization has established a high-level panel to help address disparities while promoting sustainable and inclusive economic growth. Research shows that nearly US$30 trillion would be added to the global economy by 2025 if [...]

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UN and Africa: focus on prison conditions in Benin, drought in Ethiopia and Niger elections

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  Benin authorities urged to tackle "inhumane" prison conditions Authorities in Benin have been urged to tackle what UN human rights experts are calling "inhumane" conditions, in one of the country's main prisons, Aborney. A delegation of experts has just returned from a visit to Benin where they inspected a number of detention centres without [...]

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Global appeal launched to end war in Syria

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More than 120 humanitarian organizations and United Nations agencies have issued a joint appeal urging the world to unite and end the war in Syria. The civil conflict there is entering its sixth year. Around 250,000 people have been killed and some 13.5 million inside the country need relief assistance. The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) [...]

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Despite destruction, cultural treasures can rise again: UNESCO

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Despite the destruction of yet another priceless heritage site in Iraq, cultural sites can be restored in the post-conflict era. That's the view of the UN Cultural agency's emergency preparedness and response unit chief, Giovanni Boccardi. The senior UNESCO official was responding to satellite images released on Tuesday, showing the total destruction of the 1400-year-old [...]

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UN Gender Focus: zika virus, climate change and indigenous languages

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Zika virus now in at least 18 countries in Latin America and Caribbean A virus that could result in devastating birth defects has now spread to at least 18 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to a branch of the World Health Organization. The Zika virus is spread by mosquitos. Its most common [...]

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Mothers helped save Hawaiian language from extinction

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Mothers were crucial to so-called "language nests" that brought spoken Hawaiian back from the brink of extinction. That's according to activist Amy Kalili, who has been part of the US state of Hawaii's indigenous language movement since the 1990s. Latest government figures show there are more than 18,000 fluent speakers, a significant increase on ten [...]

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Hopes high for "peaceful" elections in Niger

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Hopes are high for a peaceful vote next month in Niger, thanks to a strong tradition of holding "non-violent, credible" elections. That's the assessment of Mohamed Ibn Chambas, head of the UN Office for West Africa (ONUWA). He added that some concerns surrounding the electoral register have been resolved, thanks in part to the community [...]

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Book investigates ways to grow cereal that respects natural ecosystems

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Methods for growing cereal that respects natural ecosystems is the focus of a new book from the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). The world's major cereals, which include maize, rice and wheat, account for more than 40 per cent of human calories consumed and more than 35 per cent of our protein. The new book [...]

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Public urged to join humanitarians in appeal to end Syrian conflict

On 11 January 2016 in Madaya, Rural Damascus, women and their families wait for permissions to leave the besieged town. Photo credit: UNICEF/UN07229/Al Saleh, WFP

People worldwide are being urged to "raise their voices" and call for an end to the crisis in Syria. The appeal is being made by nearly 100 humanitarian organizations and UN agencies who are asking the public to join them in speaking out to end the suffering. The UN estimates that more than 250,000 people [...]

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"No justification" for Pakistan school attacks A terrorist attack which killed at least 19 people at a university in Pakistan has been condemned by the UN Secretary-General. Armed militants stormed the Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, a city in the north-west of the country, on Wednesday. In a statement, Ban Ki-moon called for the perpetrators [...]

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Private sector "important " to achieving new development goals

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The global business community is being called on to do its part to help the United Nations achieve the goal of a sustainable future for all people everywhere. The message comes from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, speaking on Wednesday in Davos, Switzerland. Dianne Penn reports. The Secretary-General was addressing business leaders at an event organized [...]

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Zika virus spreads to 18 countries

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A virus that could result in devastating birth defects has now spread to at least 18 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to a branch of the World Health Organization. The Zika virus is spread by mosquitos.  Its most common symptoms are a mild fever and skin rash accompanied by joint or muscle [...]

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Surge in Foreign Direct Investment in 2015

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Flows of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) reached US$1.7 trillion in 2015: their highest level in nearly decade. The finding comes in a report published on Wednesday by the UN's trade and development body, UNCTAD. FDI is the term to describe when an entity in one country invests in a business located in another. Dianne Penn [...]

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Conflict in CAR leaves 2.5 million people facing hunger

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Nearly half of all people in the Central African Republic (CAR) are at risk of going hungry. Conflict and insecurity in the country has left nearly 2.5 million people facing hunger, according to an emergency food assessment done by the World Food Programme (WFP). The country has grappled with nearly three years of sectarian fighting. [...]

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Millions in Syria facing hunger as food prices "sky-rocket"

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Millions of people in Syria are facing hunger as the civil war in the country enters its sixth year, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has said. The UN agency says that agricultural production has plummeted and food supplies are at an all-time low, pushing millions of people into hunger. Daniel Dickinson has more details. [...]

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Half the population in CAR facing hunger

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Half the population of the Central African Republic (CAR) is facing hunger. The warning comes from the World Food Programme (WFP) which says nearly 2.5 million citizens have limited access to food. The figure represents a doubling in the number of hungry people in the country over one year. Dianne Penn reports. Three years of [...]

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Secretary-General "warmly welcomes" Libya unity government The nomination of ministers for Libya's new unity Government is an "important step" towards resolving the country's crisis, the UN Secretary-General has said. In a statement, Ban Ki-moon said he "warmly welcomes" the news and looks forward to the endorsement of the new Government so that it can address [...]

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A spoken language "disappears every 2 weeks"

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Spoken languages are disappearing around the world at a rate of one every two weeks. That's one of the worrying statistics being discussed at a UN conference on indigenous languages taking place this week. The expert group meeting organized by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) is focussing on finding out why languages [...]

20 Jan 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Kazakhstan underscores role of multilateralism in achieving peace

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The recent hydrogen bomb test by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has been labelled "unacceptable" by a senior official from one of the few countries worldwide that have been affected by nuclear weapons. Yerzhan Ashikbayev, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, said this action undermines international efforts to achieve peace and security. [...]

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News in Brief 19 January 2016 (PM)

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  Record numbers risking their lives crossing into Yemen: UNHCR Some 92,000 people, most of them Ethiopians and Somalis, arrived in Yemen by boat in 2015 despite the ongoing conflict in the Gulf state. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) says this figure is one of the highest annual totals for crossings in the past decade. [...]

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"Fairly disappointing" unemployment outlook over the next two years

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High unemployment rates will continue to prevail in 2016, according to a new report from the UN's labour body. It estimates just over 197 million people worldwide were jobless in 2015, or 27 million more than before the 2008 economic crisis. Dianne Penn has the story. The report has been described as "a fairly disappointing [...]

19 Jan 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

"Bumpy ride" expected in emerging markets in 2016

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Developing countries could experience what a senior economist at the International Monetary Fund or IMF has described as a "bumpy ride" in 2016. The comment follows the publication of an update to the IMF's World Economic Outlook, which was published in October last year. The update projects that global growth this year will be 3.4 [...]

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SDG Advocates to promote global development goals

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Royalty, Nobel laureates, athletes and entertainers are among the eminent persons from around the world who will help the UN to bring about a better future for all people and the planet. Dianne Penn reports on the new advocates for global development goals, known as SDGs, announced on Tuesday by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Her Majesty [...]

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"Jobs mean dignity" says new refugee chief visiting camps

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"Jobs mean dignity" the new head of the UN Refugee Agency, has been telling Syrians who have been forced to flee their country. On his first official overseas trip as UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi spoke to refugees in Turkey and Jordan about their plight. In Turkey, he praised new government regulations which [...]

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Security Council: UN deputy chief calls for greater protection for civilians

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Efforts to protect civilians caught in conflict should be redoubled, the UN Deputy Secretary-General has said. Jan Eliasson was addressing the Security Council which on Tuesday held an open debate on the issue. Dianne Penn reports. The UN Deputy Secretary-General said civilians comprised 92 per cent of people killed or injured by explosive weapons in [...]

19 Jan 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Humanitarians launch US $885 million appeal for Somalia

Aid workers prepare food for Somalis at a World Food Programme-supported feeding centre in the capital, Mogadishu. Photo: OCHA/A. Gaitanis

Humanitarian agencies are appealing for US$885 million to provide urgent life-saving assistance to more than three million people in Somalia this year. The UN and its partners are seeking to reduce critical vulnerabilities and prevent more people from "sliding further into crisis." Dianne Penn reports. The appeal is being made against a backdrop of what [...]

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"Everyone is responsible" moving climate agenda forward

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"Everyone is responsible" for moving the climate change agenda forward following last month's historic agreement in Paris. That's the view of Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland, widely accepted to be the author of the whole "sustainable development" concept. More than 190 countries agreed to limit global temperature rises due to emissions to less than 2 degrees [...]

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"Obscene" civilian death toll in Iraq

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At least 18,800 civilians were killed in Iraq between January 2014 and October 2015, according to a new report released by the United Nations. The Middle Eastern country continues to suffer internal conflict, largely due to the ongoing occupation by the ISIL terrorist group. The UN has described the death toll as "obscene." Daniel Dickinson [...]

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  Norway supports Iraq stabilization efforts A US$2.8 million contribution by Norway will support UN projects in areas of Iraq that have been liberated from the terrorist group ISIL which is also known as Daesh. The money will be used to help people returning home to restore their livelihoods. This marks the second contribution made [...]

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Central American governments losing capacity to protect citizens

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Central American governments are losing the ability to protect their own people from the effects of violence, "in particular women and children." That's according to the UN Refugee Agency's spokesperson in Washington, Brian Hansford, who said there was an urgent need for a regional solution in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. The UNHCR welcomed the [...]

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Countries urged more action on task force against Boko Haram

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A senior UN representative is calling for more "active interaction" among countries fighting the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, head of the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA), said he is making the call alongside his counterpart in Central Africa, Abdoulaye Bathily. Boko Haram operations in the Lake Chad Basin region have [...]

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Counter-terrorism stance affecting money transfers to Somalia

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Counter-terrorism measures implemented by some countries are threatening the flow of money sent home by Somalis living abroad, three UN human rights experts have warned. Somalis send an estimated US$1.2 billion each year to relatives and friends in their homeland who mostly use the money to cover basic household expenses. The experts fear any decrease [...]

18 Jan 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Funding humanitarian needs a "moral obligation"

IDPs move into temporary shelters in Buggoc Transitional Site, Zamboanga City, Philippines. File Photo: UNOCHA/Ben Pickering

Funding humanitarian needs around the world amounts to a "moral obligation" according to two of the panellists who helped draft a new report on humanitarian aid. The High-level Panel on Humanitarian Financing released its report this past weekend in Dubai. Basma Baghal spoke with panellists Hadeel Ibrahim and Dhany Sriskandarajah and asked them to begin [...]

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Israeli and Palestinian leaders urged to act to address "spiral of violence" A senior UN official is urging leaders in the Middle East to work together to tackle what he called "the spiral of violence and the targeting of civilians." Nickolay Mladenov, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, issued a statement on [...]

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Turkey praised for policy granting work permits to Syrian refugees

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Turkey's decision to allow Syrian refugees to apply for work permits has been hailed by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees as a "very big step." The move will allow Syrians who have been in Turkey for at least six months to apply in the province where they first entered the country. Dianne Penn reports. [...]

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Iran and UN nuclear agency to strengthen cooperation Relations between the UN's nuclear energy watchdog (IAEA) and Iran "are now entering a new phase," the agency's chief has said. It follows the lifting of international sanctions against the country this past weekend in line with a deal reached in July 2015. IAEA Director General Yukiya [...]

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"Growing determination" builds to address climate change

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The world is showing a "growing determination" to address climate change, according to one of the UN's leading experts on the subject. Christiana Figueres is the head of the UN climate change secretariat (UNFCCC). In December, the international community agreed a wide-ranging package aimed at tackling climatic issues. Basma Bitar-Baghal has been speaking with Ms [...]

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WFP sounds alarm over El Niño impact on southern Africa

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Poor harvests brought on by prolonged dry spells are causing an estimated 14 million people in southern Africa to go hungry. That's according to the World Food Programme (WFP) which says numbers could "rise significantly" in the coming months due to the ongoing El Niño global weather event. Dianne Penn reports. The World Food Programme [...]

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UN chief highlights role of clean energy in tackling poverty and climate change

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Clean energy is key to ending poverty and combating climate change, according to the UN Secretary-General. Ban Ki-moon's comments came in an address to the World Future Energy Summit which opened on Monday in Abu Dhabi. The four-day event brings together government leaders, entrepreneurs, investors and the public in the push to advance energy efficiency. [...]

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Migration can "empower" women

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The migration of women who take up work in other countries can be empowering, according to a senior UN expert on population issues. A report released by the UN shows that the number of migrants worldwide was 244 million in 2015, an increase of around 22 million over five years. Half of those people are women [...]

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Making SDGs happen, the "toughest job" for any human being

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The "toughest job" for any human being could be turning recently agreed global sustainable development goals into reality. That's the assessment of the UN Special Adviser who has been tasked with ensuring that the international community works together towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. World leaders agreed the Agenda's 17 targets in September last [...]

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"We cannot go on like this" – UN Secretary-General

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With humanitarian needs growing exponentially worldwide, the UN Secretary-General has told the world, "We cannot go on like this". Ban Ki-moon was speaking at the launch of a new report from a high-level panel on humanitarian financing. The panel has provided recommendations on how to tackle the estimated US$ 15 billion shortfall in humanitarian funding. [...]

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US acknowledgement of police brutality against African Americans "first step"

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The acknowledgement by the United States authorities of police brutality against African Americans is a "first step" to addressing the problem, according to a senior UN human rights official. A series of high-profile cases in which people have died at the hands of the police have made headlines in the US over the past year. [...]

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International sanctions lifted on Iran in-line with nuclear deal

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International economic sanctions on Iran have been lifted in-line with an earlier nuclear deal it signed on to with world powers. The announcement from the UN's nuclear watchdog, the IAEA, came after it was certified that Iran had met all its obligations under the deal agreed last July. Billions of dollars of assets will be [...]

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Secretary-General condemns "heinous terrorist attacks" in Burkina Faso

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The UN Secretary-General has condemned what he called the "heinous terrorist attacks" carried out in Burkina Faso on Friday. The attacks reportedly left more than 25 people dead, with many others wounded. Veronica Reeves has the story. The attacks took place on Friday evening in the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou.  The violence was centered [...]

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Elections, security issues of concern in West Africa

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Upcoming elections and the recurrence of terrorist attacks in West Africa are of concern for the UN Security Council. The Council was briefed this week by the top UN official for the West African region on recent developments there. Veronica Reeves has the story. In a statement issued Saturday, the Security Council welcomed the recent [...]

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Legal barriers to women's economic empowerment still exist in many countries

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Laws that impede women's economic opportunities are on the books in more than 150 countries. The finding comes in a study by the World Bank which documents restrictions against women when it comes to getting a job, owning property, building credit and even seeking legal protection from violence. Dianne Penn has the story. Duration: 3’08″

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Syrian people living in a "nightmarish reality"

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The Syrian people are living in a "nightmarish reality" the UN Security Council has been told. The 15-member body met Friday for an emergency meeting on the situation in Syria, at the end of a week when reports of starvation in the town of Madaya made headlines around the world. Veronica Reeves has the story. [...]

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Terrorist attack on African Union mission in Somalia condemned A terrorist attack on the African Union mission (AMISOM) in Somalia has been condemned by the UN Secretary-General. Ban Ki-moon said the attack carried out against AMISOM by Al Shabaab terrorists on Friday will not deter international efforts to support Somalia. Reports of causalities in the [...]

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"Mindless policy" won't prevent terrorism says UN chief

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"Mindless policy" by governments to counter the growing scourge of terrorism around the world will only make things worse. That's according to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, unveiling his Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism on Friday. He delivered his plan to the General Assembly saying that "cool heads and common sense" were needed [...]

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Ethiopia battles worst drought in 30 years

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More than 10 million people in Ethiopia are going hungry as the country faces its worst drought in three decades. The situation was brought on by the El Niño weather event which has caused crop failures and decimated livestock herds. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has devised a US$50 million plan to help [...]

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Sexual violence cases are "deeply worrying" new trend in Burundi

Relatives of a student killed in the Jabe neighbourhood of Bujumbura, mourn at home in the Burundian capital. Photo: Phil Moore/IRIN

Cases of sexual violence by security forces in Burundi represent a "deeply worrying" new trend, according to the UN's top human rights official. At least 13 cases of sexual violence against women by security forces have been documented in the last month in the country, as well as a sharp increase in enforced disappearances and [...]

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  New case of Ebola in Sierra Leone, risk of more flare-ups continues A new case of Ebola has been confirmed in Sierra Leone, highlighting the continued risk of flare-ups of the virus. The World Health Organization (WHO) has stressed that Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone remain at high risk of additional small outbreaks of [...]

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Aid workers in Madaya recount horrors on the ground

A humanitarian convoy on its way to the besieged Syrian town of Madaya. Photo: OCHA Syria

Aid workers in the besieged Syrian town of Madaya are recounting some of the horrors they are witnessing on the ground. A 16-year-old boy passed away from malnutrition in front of workers from the UN Children's Agency (UNICEF). Several other children are said to be severely ill from malnutrition and could soon die if they [...]

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“Outpouring of generosity" helps Canada reach refugee milestone

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An "outpouring of generosity" in Canada was a crucial factor in the country managing to welcome 10,000 Syrian refugees in less than two months. That's according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) representative based in the capital, Ottawa, Furio De Angelis. In November, the new Canadian government announced an ambitious programme to admit 25,000 refugees, [...]

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UN Global Perspective: focus on Syria

On 11 January 2016 in Madaya, Rural Damascus, women and their families wait for permissions to leave the besieged town. Photo credit: UNICEF/UN07229/Al Saleh, WFP

Deliberate starvation in Syria "a weapon of war" The deliberate starvation of people in Syria is being used as a weapon of war, according to the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon. The civil war in Syria is about to enter its sixth year. The UN estimates that more than 250,000 people have died there and almost [...]

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Improved payment system in India means healthier mums and babies

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Improvements in an incentive payment system for midwives in India has led to healthier mums and babies. Through the system, supported by the private sector investment arm of the World Bank, midwives receive cash payments for each baby born in a health centre. Children delivered by trained medical staff are more likely to survive than [...]

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UN and Africa: focus on El Niño, Lake Chad and Darfur

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El Niño threat puts world in "unchartered territory" Drought and crop failure, unseasonal rainfall and flooding: just some of the conditions brought on by the current El Niño phenomenon. The weather pattern, which is caused by changing interaction between oceanic and atmospheric dynamics, has been felt across the planet, prompting one senior UN official to [...]

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UN Gender Focus: women empowerment and maternal health

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Migration can "empower" women The migration of women who take up work in other countries can be empowering, according to a senior UN expert on population issues. A report released by the UN shows that the number of migrants worldwide was 244 million in 2015, an increase of around 22 million over five years.  Half [...]

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News in Brief 14 January 2016 (PM)

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Burundi's government must "take steps to build confidence": UN chief Burundi's government must "take steps to build confidence" before further violence overwhelms the country and threatens neighbouring states. That's the view of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, speaking to reporters on Thursday. Political and ethnic tensions since President Pierre Nkurunziza won a disputed third term last [...]

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Human rights violations a "worrying trend" in DRC

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A spate of human rights violations related to the on-going elections process in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) represents a "worrying trend". That's according to the head of MONUSCO, the UN mission in the country. Presidential and legislative elections are due to take place in DRC later this year. Veronica Reeves reports. On [...]

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  Attacks in Indonesia leave UN staff member fighting for his life Terrorist attacks in Indonesia have left a UN staff member fighting for his life following the assaults that killed seven people, according to news reports. At least 19 others were reportedly injured in the attacks which took place in the capital, Jakarta. The [...]

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Deliberate starvation in Syria "a weapon of war"

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The deliberate starvation of people in Syria is being used as a weapon of war, according to the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon. The civil war in Syria is about to enter its sixth year. The UN estimates that more than 250,000 people have died there and almost 11 million have been forced to flee their [...]

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Global response needed to tackle root causes of terrorism

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The growing threat of terrorism around the world requires unified action to tackle its root causes. That's according to the senior official coordinating counter-terrorism policy at the UN, speaking exclusively to UN Radio. Jehangir Khan was speaking ahead of the Secretary-General unveiling his Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism, on Friday. Mr Khan is [...]

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End of "devastating" outbreak of Ebola disease

A child who lost members of his family to the Ebola virus plays at the Alliance for International Medical Action (ALIMA) Child Care Centre in Nzérékoré, Guinea. UN Photo/Martine Perret

The deadly Ebola epidemic is over in Liberia, bringing an end to what's been described as a "devastating and difficult" outbreak. Liberia was one of three West African countries, including Guinea and Sierra Leone in which more than 11,000 people died from the virus over the past 2 years. The World Health Organization (WHO) has [...]

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Shocking situation in Madaya "by no means unique"

On 11 January 2016 in Madaya, Rural Damascus, women and their families wait for permissions to leave the besieged town. Photo credit: UNICEF/UN07229/Al Saleh, WFP

The siege of Madaya, in which some starving people resorted to eating leaves and grass boiled in water is "by no means unique", according to the UN. Across Syria, hundreds of thousands of civilians are being held under siege in 15 different locations, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children's Agency [...]

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New chief at Darfur mission to work for peace

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The new head of the hybrid African Union/United Nations peacekeeping mission in Darfur, known as UNAMID, has said that he will work to bring peace back to the troubled region in Sudan. Martin Uhomoibhi arrived at the operation's headquarters in El Fasher, North Darfur, this week. As Joint Special Representative (JSR), the Nigerian diplomat takes the [...]

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West Africa prepares to mark end of Ebola transmission

Ebola burial teams in Sierra Leone are still performing hundreds of precautionary burials each week, even though there haven't been any cases in a few weeks. Photo: Aurelie Marrier d'Unienville/IRIN

Countries in West Africa are marking a major milestone – the end of the spread of the Ebola virus. As of Thursday, all known chains of transmission of Ebola will have been stopped, according to the UN. More than 11,000 people died from the virus in West Africa in 2014 and 2015. Veronica Reeves has [...]

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News in Brief 13 January 2016 (PM)

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  Provisional results for CAR elections announced The provisional results for recent elections held in the Central African Republic (CAR) have been announced. The country has experienced several years of conflict and had been governed by a transitional president since January 2014. Here's Stéphane Dujarric, spokesperson for Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon. "The final provisional results for [...]

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"Central role" needed for ethics in Sustainable Development Goals

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Ethical considerations need to play a more "central role" in the implementation of the global Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs. That's the hope of a coalition of countries who co-sponsored a meeting at UN headquarters on Wednesday, to put ethics at the heart of the drive towards the ambitious development goals, agreed last September. And [...]

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Innovation "indispensable" to tackling global refugee crisis

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Innovation will be "indispensable" to address the global refugee crisis, the newly appointed UN High Commissioner for Refugees has said. Filippo Grandi also highlighted the need for political will and solidarity to support the 60 million people worldwide who have been forced to flee their homelands. Mr Grandi was in New York on Wednesday and [...]

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All parties that signed onto peace deal in Mali responsible for lasting peace All parties that signed onto June's peace agreement for Mali are responsible for bringing lasting peace to the country, according to the UN Security Council. The 15-member body was updated on the situation in Mali by the head of UN peacekeeping on [...]

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Peaceful elections, stability demonstrate progress made in Côte d'Ivoire

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Recent peaceful elections in Côte d'Ivoire and increasing economic stability demonstrate the progress made in the West African country, the Security Council has been told. On Wednesday, the Council was updated on the presidential elections that took place in Côte d'Ivoire late last year, as well as other security and reconciliation matters. The country fell [...]

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Conference addresses human rights in the Arab region

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Combatting terrorism while also respecting human rights is one of the aims of a two-day conference taking place in the Arab region. The forum opens on Wednesday in Doha, Qatar, and participants will also share best practices and expectations related to the promotion and protection of human rights. The event is co-organized by the Office [...]

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Nearly US$ 8 billion needed to help Syria and surrounding region

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Nearly US$8 billion is needed to help Syria and other countries in the region grappling with the devastating effects of a war now entering its sixth year. UN humanitarian and development agencies have asked countries to step up with the funding, saying millions of people in Syria and across the region are in dire need [...]

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Lake Chad displaced to receive life-saving assistance

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Humanitarian operations continue in the Lake Chad Basin region in Africa where the terrorist group Boko Haram has forced millions of people to flee their homes. The situation is the fastest growing displacement crisis on the continent, according to the United Nations which on Tuesday allocated more than US$30 million to support partners working in [...]

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News in Brief 12 January 2016 (PM)

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Condemnation follows bombing that kills tourists, others in Turkey A terrorist bombing in Istanbul, Turkey that killed at least 10 people, many of them German tourists, has been met with condemnation from the head of the United Nations. At least 15 others were injured in the attack, which happened near the famed Blue Mosque. Stéphane [...]

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Aid reaches besieged Syrian towns that "seemed to have lost hope"

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When UN humanitarian workers and their partners arrived in the besieged Syrian town of Madaya on Monday, they found residents who were malnourished, desperate and convinced that the world had forgotten about them. That's according to the man who headed the joint mission carried out by the UN together with the International Committee of the [...]

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Starvation in Madaya confirmed by evidence “on the ground"

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Evidence "on the ground" indicates that some civilians trapped in the besieged Syrian town of Madaya have been dying from starvation. That's according to members of the UN team which successfully managed to get aid into the town on Monday, after months of being denied access. Matthew Wells reports. Duration: 2’42″

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Nearly 19,000 migrants arrive in Europe already this year Nearly 19,000 migrants have reached Europe by sea in just the first 11 days of 2016. That's according to the International Organization on Migration (IOM), which said that arrivals by sea averaged over 1,700 a day in the opening days of the new year. The first [...]

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Hundreds must be urgently evacuated from besieged Syrian town

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Hundreds of people could die if they are not immediately evacuated from the Syrian town of Madaya. UN humanitarian officials have made that call following an emergency Security Council meeting on the situation in the besieged town. Veronica Reeves has the story. As aid convoys rolled into Madaya for the first time since October, the [...]

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World should prepare for increased migration

Migrants and asylum-seekers, mostly Syrian Kurds, sit in the yard outside a schoolhouse-turned-reception centre, known as Vrazhdebna, on the outskirts of the Bulgarian capital Sofia. Photo: Jodi Hilton/IRIN

The World should prepare for an overall increase in the number of people who are migrating away from home. That's one of the key findings in a UN report published on Tuesday. The report, Trends in International Migrant Stock, says that the number of international migrants is growing faster than the global population, although the [...]

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“Unique” role of Special Rapporteurs in human rights

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The UN's 40-plus Special Rapporteurs can play a unique role in the promotion of human rights, although that job is not without challenges. Rapporteurs are not UN officials, but carry out mandates from the organization to look into and report on human rights situations around the world. Some rapporteurs address broad thematic topics, while others [...]

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"Stand with Haiti" six years after earthquake

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The international community has been urged to "stand with Haiti" as it continues to rebuild following a devastating earthquake six years ago. More than 200,000 people died and much of the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince was destroyed in the tremor which struck on 12 January 2010. Daniel Dickinson reports. The magnitude-seven quake hit 15 miles south-west of [...]

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24 million children in conflict zones out of school

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One in four children in conflict zones around the world are out of school, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has said. The agency said that nearly 24 million children living in 22 countries were no longer attending classes. Dianne Penn reports. The UNICEF report shows that nearly one in four of the 109 million children [...]

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News in Brief 11 January 2016 (PM)

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Vulnerable people in Mali need "peace dividends" The most vulnerable people in Mali need to benefit from the end of hostilities if peace is to hold, according to the UN's peacekeeping chief, Hervé Ladsous. A peace accord was signed between warring parties last year and now the Malian authorities are preparing to implement that agreement [...]

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Guantánamo prison should be closed "promptly" and dismantled

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The detention centre at Guantánamo Bay should be closed "promptly" by the United States and dismantled, said the UN's expert on judicial independence. Special Rapporteur on the independence of the judiciary, Monica Pinto, said that the US was "violating human rights every day" by continuing to keep suspects imprisoned in the 14-year-old facility located in [...]

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"Thrashing out the major challenges of our time": the GA chamber

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The General Assembly hall was the centre of the body's 70th birthday celebrations on Monday, and it's the place where leaders come to "thrash out" the major challenges of the day. That's according to Dan Thomas, spokesperson and communications director for the President of the General Assembly. Matthew Wells spoke to Mr Thomas in the [...]

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UN chief condemns attack on hospital in Yemen An attack on a hospital in Sa'ada province in Yemen on Monday, which killed at least four people and injured many others, has been condemned by the UN Secretary-General. It was not clear who had carried out the attack on the hospital which is supported by Médecins [...]

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UN General Assembly "continues to embody hopes of billions of people"

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The hopes of billions of people around the world continue to be embodied by the UN General Assembly; that's according to the President of the global body. The Assembly, which is the main deliberative organ of the United Nations, is marking the 70th anniversary of its first-ever meeting. Dianne Penn reports. Fifty-one nations came together [...]

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General Assembly “at heart” of United Nations

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The General Assembly is "at the heart" of the United Nations, according to the head of the UN Department which supports dialogue and cooperation among the 193 countries that make up the global organization. Catherine Pollard is Under-Secretary-General for General Assembly and Conference Management (DGACM) the largest Department in the UN Secretariat. Veronica Reeves spoke [...]

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Economic growth to accelerate in Africa but challenges remain

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Economic growth in Africa is expected to accelerate to 4.2 per cent in 2016 following a disappointing performance last year. Overall global growth is forecast at just under 3 per cent. The projections come in the World Bank's Global Economic Prospects report published this month. Marc Stocker is a senior economist at the Bank and [...]

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Progress made on LGBT issues, but still more to be done in coming year

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Progress has been made on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues, but more work remains to be done in the coming year. So says Charles Radcliffe of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Veronica Reeves spoke to Mr Radcliffe and asked him about his expectations for the year ahead [...]

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News in Brief 08 January 2016 (PM)

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Blue helmets to be sent back home from Central African Republic Peacekeepers from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the DRC, serving in the Central African Republic, are to be sent home after failing to prove their readiness for deployment. UN spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, told reporters that the troop contingent had been assessed, and despite [...]

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Uruguay to act as peace "facilitator" in Security Council

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Uruguay has said it will aim to act as a peace "facilitator" during its one-month presidency of the UN Security Council. On January 1, the South American country became a non-permanent member of the Council for only the second occasion, at a time when conflict and insecurity continues to destabilize parts of the Middle East [...]

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Yemen: Expulsion of UN human rights official “unwarranted”

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The expulsion of a senior UN official from Yemen has been condemned by the global organization as "unwarranted" and "counterproductive." On Thursday, Yemen's Government declared the head of the UN human rights office there persona non grata, a Latin term/diplomatic parlance which means they are no longer allowed in the country. For most of the [...]

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New "urgency" to form national government following deadly Libya attacks There is a new "urgency" to create a government of national unity in war-torn Libya following a spate of deadly terrorist attacks. That's according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who said in a statement following the death of dozens of recruits at a police training [...]

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Yemeni decision to expel human rights official condemned by UN chief

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The Yemeni government's decision to expel the top UN human rights official in the country has been condemned by Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon. The representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Yemen (OHCHR), George Abu al-Zulof, was declared persona non grata on Thursday. Matthew Wells reports. Mr Ban said that in banning the [...]

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El Niño threat puts world in "uncharted territory"

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Drought and crop failure in some parts of the world, unseasonal rainfall and flooding in others: these are some of the conditions brought on by the current El Niño phenomenon. The weather pattern, which is caused by changing interaction between oceanic and atmospheric dynamics, has been felt across the planet, prompting one senior UN official [...]

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UN Gender Focus: refugees in Europe, LGBT issues and Afghan women

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Proportion of women and children seeking refuge in Europe increasing The proportion of women and children arriving as refugees in Europe is increasing, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has said. Conflict and instability in Syria and Iraq as well as a number of countries in Africa has forced millions of people to flee their homes, [...]

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Two candidates move forward to contest presidency of CAR

Voters in the Central African Republic (CAR) went to the polls on 30 December 2015. Photo: MINUSCA

Two candidates remain in the race to contest the final round of elections for the presidency of the Central African Republic, or CAR. The results from the first round of voting on December 30, which saw a large field of 30 candidates, were announced on Thursday. Matthew Wells has more. The two men who will [...]

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UN and Africa: focus on South Sudan, refugees in Kenya and UNAMID

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Refugee movements from South Sudan a "disturbing trend" Thousands of refugees have arrived in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) after fleeing South Sudan, in what the UN has described as a "disturbing trend". Around 7,000 new arrivals have been registered in the DRC in the last month by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) [...]

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UN patrol ambushed in Sudan A convoy from the joint UN and African Union Mission in Darfur, UNAMID, was ambushed on Thursday by an unidentified group of assailants. The incident took place in the north of the Sudanese region and resulted in injuries to one peacekeeper. The attackers outnumbered the UN personnel, and managed to [...]

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UN Global Perspective: Interview with former UNHCR chief on Europe’s refugee crisis

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After more than 10 years in office, António Guterres stepped down as the UN's High Commissioner for Refugees this past week. The new head of the agency is Filippo Grandi, who has arrived at UNHCR’s headquarters in Geneva. Just before his departure, Mr Gutteres sat down with his chief Spokesperson, Melissa Fleming and reflected on [...]

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Dozens killed by truck bomb at police training centre in Libya

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Dozens of people have been killed by a truck bomb targeting a police training centre in western Libya, according to news reports. The head of the UN Mission in Libya, Martin Kobler, "strongly condemned" the terrorist attack. Matthew Wells reports. According to eye-witnesses, the truck crashed through the gate of the facility in Zliten as [...]

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New High Commissioner confronts changing refugee crisis

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A New Year…and a new chief at the helm of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Filippo Grandi on Thursday held his first press conference as UN High Commissioner for Refugees. Mr Grandi, who is from Italy, had formerly headed the UN agency that works with Palestinian refugees, UNRWA. But as Dianne Penn reports, he has [...]

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Syria approves UN access to starving civilians, but for some it's too late

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The government of Syria said on Thursday it would approve UN access to three towns where there are "credible reports" of people dying from starvation. Since late October, UN agencies have been trying to deliver humanitarian aid to the besieged town of Madaya, Foah, and Kefraya, but numerous requests have been denied. Matthew Wells reports. [...]

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Without access to Yemeni city, "death toll will increase"

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Unless humanitarian access is granted, the "death toll will increase" in the city of Taizz in Yemen. That's according to the World Health Organization (WHO), which says 250,000 people in Taizz have been living in a state of a virtual siege for the last two months. WHO is struggling to deliver medical and surgical necessities [...]

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Refugee movements from South Sudan a "disturbing trend"

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Thousands of refugees have arrived in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) after fleeing South Sudan, in what the UN has described as a "disturbing trend". Around 7,000 new arrivals have been registered in DRC by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in the last month after fleeing war-torn South Sudan. Hundreds more have recently [...]

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Syria approves UN access to starving civilians, but for some it's too late The government of Syria said on Thursday it would approve UN access to three towns where there are "credible reports" of people dying from starvation. Since late October, UN agencies have been trying to deliver humanitarian aid to the besieged town of [...]

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Proportion of women and children seeking refuge in Europe increasing

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The proportion of women and children arriving as refugees in Europe is increasing, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has said. Conflict and instability in Syria and Iraq as well as a number of countries in Africa has forced millions of people to flee their homes, a large number of whom are women. UNICEF's Christopher Tidey [...]

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News in Brief 06 January 2016 (PM)

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New Security Council resolution promised over North Korea nuclear test Work is beginning immediately on a new UN Security Council resolution in the wake of North Korean claims that it has carried out a Hydrogen bomb test. The Democratic People's Republic of Korea, known as DPRK, claimed to have carried out the underground nuclear test [...]

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North Korea urged to halt nuclear tests

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The United Nations continues to monitor developments in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) following the country's testing of a nuclear bomb. Dr Lassina Zerbo is at the helm of the Vienna-based CTBTO, the UN body which monitors nuclear explosions worldwide in line with the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty. CTBTO monitoring stations had picked up [...]

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UN chief says DPRK nuclear test "deeply troubling"

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (top left) meets with senior advisers, including Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson (foreground right), on the underground nuclear test announced by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on 6 January. Also pictured: Jeffrey Feltman (foreground left), Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs; Kim Won-soo (top, centre left), Acting UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs; and Stéphane Dujarric (top, centre right), Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.UN Photo/Mark Garten

A hydrogen bomb test carried out by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has drawn strong condemnation from the United Nations. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the move a "grave contravention" of international norms against nuclear testing and "profoundly destabilising" for regional security. Dianne Penn reports. Duration: 2’39″

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News in Brief 06 January 2016 (AM)

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks to journalists on the underground nuclear test announced by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on 6 January. UN Photo/Mark Garten

North Korean nuclear test "unequivocally" condemned by UN chief The testing of a hydrogen bomb, which the Democratic People's Republic of  Korea, or DPRK, claims to have carried out, has been condemned "unequivocally" by the UN Secretary-General. Ban Ki-moon said that if it was confirmed, the DPRK's fourth, and most powerful nuclear test, would profoundly [...]

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Refugee arrivals in Europe not slowing despite winter conditions

Christopher Tidey. UN Photo.

The number of refugees arriving in Europe is not slowing despite harsh winter conditions in the region according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). Almost a million people arrived by sea alone in 2015. They're fleeing conflict and instability in the Middle East and Africa. Christopher Tidey has been working for UNICEF in transit countries [...]

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Any confirmed nuclear test by North Korea would be "clear violation" says UN

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano. Photo: IAEA/Dean Calma

A hydrogen bomb test announced by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) would be a "clear violation" of UN Security Council resolutions, if confirmed. That's according to the head of the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency. The Security Council iss due to hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday. Matthew Wells reports. The DPRK announced [...]

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Empowerment of Afghan women promoted by UN

UNAMA workshop in Kabul. Photo: UNAMA

Finding practical solutions to the challenges that Afghan women face accessing education and health services was the focus of a day-long workshop held recently in the capital of Afghanistan, Kabul. Some 50 people took part in the event, including the principal of a girl's high school who said many of her students do not get [...]

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Haiti urged to take "all steps necessary" to meet power transfer deadline

Officials in Haiti begin counting ballots at the end of polling on election day, 9 August 2015. File Photo: UN/MINUSTAH/Logan Abassi

Haiti needs to take "all steps necessary" to ensure a peaceful transfer of power to a new president, by February 7. That's according to the so-called "Core Group" of countries and the UN mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) which are overseeing the Caribbean country's transition to a new government, by February's constitutionally-mandated deadline. Delayed presidential and [...]

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News in Brief 05 January 2016 (PM)

Officials in Haiti begin counting ballots at the end of polling on election day, 9 August 2015. File Photo: UN/MINUSTAH/Logan Abassi

Haiti urged to take "all steps necessary" to meet power transfer deadline Haiti needs to take "all steps necessary" to ensure a peaceful transfer of power to a new president, by February 7. That's according to the so-called "Core Group" of countries and the UN mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) which are overseeing the Caribbean country's [...]

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New allegations of sexual abuse against four girls by UN Peacekeepers

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

New allegations of sexual abuse against four girls by UN Peacekeepers serving in the Central African Republic have been made. The head of the UN Mission in the country, MINUSCA, is investigating the allegations, and said there would be "no complacency" shown towards any personnel found guilty of abuse. Matthew Wells reports. The head of [...]

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Saudi Arabia executions provoke reactions in region and at UN

Abdallah bin Yahya Al-Moallimi speaks to journalists. UN Photo/Mark Garten

The recent mass execution in Saudi Arabia continues to spur reactions in the region and at the UN in New York. On Saturday the Kingdom announced that it had executed 47 prisoners, including a prominent Shia cleric, on terrorism-related charges. The incident sparked violent protests in Iran and has led to a break in diplomatic [...]

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  Security Council condemns attacks against Saudi embassy in Iran A statement condemning "in the strongest terms" the attacks against Saudi Arabia's embassy and consulate in Iran at the weekend has been issued by the UN Security Council. The attacks, which reportedly caused serious damage, were in protest at Saudi Arabia's execution of a prominent [...]

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Rain exacerbates cholera outbreak at refugee complex in Kenya

Dadaab camp. Photo: UNHCR

A culmination of issues, including excess rains, has exacerbated a cholera outbreak at the world's largest site for displaced people, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has said. More than 1,000 have fallen sick due to cholera at the Dadaab complex in Kenya, which hosts nearly 350,000 refugees and asylum seekers, the majority of them from [...]

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Unemployment up in Latin America and the Caribbean

Port au Prince, Haiti. Photo: UN Photo/Logan Abass

The unemployment rate in Latin America and the Caribbean increased for the first time in five years in 2015, to 6.7 per cent, according to an annual report released by the International Labour Organization (ILO) The increase means that at least 1.7 million people have joined the ranks of the unemployed. The 2015 Labour Overview [...]

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News in Brief 04 January 2016 (PM)

Stéphane Dujarric. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

UN chief calls for "constructive engagement" between Iran and Saudis Saudi Arabia and Iran should resolve their differences through "constructive engagement" following the breakdown of diplomatic relations. That's the message relayed to the foreign ministers of both countries, by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday. Protests in Iran over the execution of a prominent [...]

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UN chief "deeply dismayed" by execution of 47 in Saudi Arabia

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The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was "deeply dismayed" by the recent execution of 47 people in Saudi Arabia, that has provoked a major diplomatic storm in the Middle East. Mr Ban said that the executions, which included that of the prominent Shia cleric, Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr, raised "serious concerns over the nature [...]

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Outgoing UNHCR head reflects on European refugee crisis

António Guterres sits among two young boys from Syria who are playing with a Playstation in the Moria Identification Centre, Lesvos, Greece. File Photo: UNHCR/A. Zavallis

The new head of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Filippo Grandi, has started work at the agency’s headquarters in Geneva. He succeeds António Guterres, whose more than 10 years in office ended last week. Mr Gutteres sat down with his chief Spokesperson, Melissa Fleming and reflected on one of the biggest challenges of his tenure, [...]

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News in Brief 04 January 2016 (AM)

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

UN chief "deeply dismayed" by execution of 47 in Saudi Arabia The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was "deeply dismayed" by the recent execution of 47 people in Saudi Arabia, that has provoked a major diplomatic storm in the Middle East. Mr Ban said that the executions, which included that of the prominent Shia [...]

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Libya political deal "not open for renegotiating”

Participants at the signing of a UN-brokered Libyan Political Agreement in Skhirat, Morocco. Photo: UNSMIL

The recent political accord paving the way for a unity Government in Libya is “not open for renegotiating,” according to the UN representative for the country. Martin Kobler was in Libya over the New Year’s holiday, just weeks after the signing of the deal aimed at bringing an end to more than four years of conflict. [...]

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UN officials deplore mass executions in Saudi Arabia

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon briefing the press at United Nations Headquarters on Wednesday. UN Photo

The UN Secretary-General is appealing for calm following the recent execution of a prominent Shia cleric and other prisoners in Saudi Arabia. The country's authorities announced on Saturday that Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr was among 47 people who had been executed for terrorism-related charges. The incident has sparked condemnation and protests, including the ransacking of [...]

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Nearly 1,000 Iraqis killed in December due to conflict and terrorism

Iraqi refugee children.  Photo: Iraqi Red Crescent/UNOCHA

Terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq killed nearly 1,000 people last month, the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) has reported. A further 1,244 people were also injured during December, it added. UNAMI said a total of 22,370 civilians were killed and injured in 2015. Dianne Penn has the story. Of the 980 Iraqis [...]

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Burundi political leaders urged to engage in dialogue

Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi, has been rocked by political violence for months. Photo: Phil Moore/IRIN

The current crisis in Burundi can only be resolved through "credible and inclusive political dialogue," the UN Secretary-General has stated. Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the recent resumption of talks between parties in the African country that were held in Uganda. Since April, hundreds of people have been killed in Burundi following the decision by President [...]

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Envoy urges Libyans to support peace deal, unity Government

Martin Kobler. UN File Photo / Kim Haughton.

The New Year represents an opportunity for Libyans to build a strong, united and prosperous country, according to the head of the UN mission there. Martin Kobler said the international community will continue to support efforts towards creating a unity Government, as outlined in a peace deal signed last month. The Libyan Political Agreement seeks [...]

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