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UN important in preventing "perpetual disorder"

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International and regional organizations are the "best tools" for combating political turbulence worldwide, the UN Security Council heard on Monday. The Council was briefed by Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Chairperson-in-Office at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Dr Steinmeier is the Foreign Minister of Germany which assumed the rotating OSCE Chairmanship in January. [...]

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"Real benefits" in keeping mankind in space

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There are "real benefits" in keeping mankind in space despite the huge costs according to a senior official from the US space programme NASA who was recently speaking at a meeting of the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) in New York. The International Space Station or ISS has been in orbit over the [...]

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Lull in Syria fighting needs to be longer than two weeks: UN chief

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The cessation of hostilities in Syria appears to be largely holding, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday, despite reports of violations that could threaten the freshly inked accord. Speaking in Geneva, the UN chief confirmed that there had been "some incidents" over the weekend, before adding that efforts are ongoing to ensure they do not [...]

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More "security guarantees" needed before UN aid reaches Syrian civilians

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More "security guarantees" are needed from all sides in the Syrian conflict, before UN aid convoys can deliver vital aid to stranded civilians, despite a major decrease in fighting since Saturday, due to the so-called "cessation in hostilities" agreement. That's according to a spokesperson for the World Health Organization (WHO), speaking from the Syrian capital [...]

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News in Brief 29 February 2016 (AM)

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"Vicious" twin bombings in Iraq condemned by UN Twin suicide bombings in Iraq's capital, Baghdad, on Sunday have been condemned by the United Nations as "vicious and cowardly." More than 70 people died in the attacks which took place near a market in the Sadr City district. The terrorist group ISIL, also known as Daesh, [...]

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World on course for human rights "earthquake"

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

International human rights law is being violated "in multiple conflicts" and with "complete impunity", while thousands of people risk starving to death in Syria, the UN's human rights chief warned Monday. Speaking at the start of the 31st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein also said that [...]

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Strong US dollar leads to weak economies in emerging markets

An employee of the Moema Mills inspecting the daily operation of the sugar mill.UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Strong economic growth in the United States generally benefits other economies worldwide, but a strong US dollar is rarely good news for emerging markets. That's according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) which finds that during periods when the US dollar appreciates, real growth in emerging markets slows down. IMF Senior Economist Nicolas Magud recently [...]

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Girls need to know about the UN

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It is important that girls understand what is happening at the United Nations as decisions made at the global body also affect them. That's the opinion of Sharon Joslyn, a member of The Grail, an international non-governmental organization (NGO) that seeks to empower women so that they can help transform the world. The NGO will [...]

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"I wanted to cry inside": Syrian refugees tell of relief reaching Greece

Volunteers help newly-arrived refugees on the shores near the town of Mithymna, on the Greek island of Lesbos, in the North Aegean region. Photo: UNICEF/Ashley Gilbertson VII

Syrian refugees have been speaking of their relief at reaching Greece safely with their families. One villager, who fled Aleppo and arrived on the island of Lesbos thanks to the Greek coastguard, told the UN he "wanted to cry inside….from happiness." More than 500,000 refugees and migrants arrived on the island last year, and this [...]

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"Blue Dot" hubs provide services and safety for refugees in Europe

Displaced Syrians receive UNICEF winter clothing kits. Photo: UNICEF/Aho Yousef

Twenty support centres that will be established along the most frequently used migration routes in Europe will assist families and children who have fled war, hardship and other trauma. Known as "Blue Dot" hubs, the support centres will provide protection and counselling services as well as places for children to play, all in one location. [...]

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Containing attempts to derail peace is key, says Syria envoy

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Newly announced intra-Syrian talks are the best chance for peace, but all parties should expect "hiccups" and a test of the just-declared cessation of hostilities, UN negotiator Staffan de Mistura said Saturday. Speaking in Geneva as the agreement took hold in the wartorn country, the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria said that there was [...]

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Security Council unanimously endorses Syria ceasefire, fresh UN talks

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A unanimous resolution backing the provisions of a nationwide cessation of violence across Syria, just hours before it was due to come into force, has been adopted by the UN Security Council. The resolution sponsored by the United States and Russia endorses the hoped-for ceasefire by all warring parties in Syria, although UN-designated terrorist groups [...]

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News in Brief 26 February 2016 (PM)

A woman holds a small child, while others who have fled their homes amid the ongoing refugee and migrant crisis stand behind her, on a rainy day near the town of Gevgelija, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, on the border with Greece. Photo: UNICEF/Tomislav Georgiev

"Great concern" expressed by UN chief over European border closures Border restrictions being imposed by some European countries in the Balkans region are a source of "great concern", according to the UN Secretary General. Ban Ki-moon said in a statement that measures that are being taken in an effort to stem the flow of refugees [...]

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UN peacebuilding effort in Guinea-Bissau renewed, political crisis continues

The Security Council unanimously adopts resolution 2267 (2016), extending by a year the mandate of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS), until 28 February 2017. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

The mandate for the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office for Guinea-Bissau has been renewed by the Security Council for another year, amidst on-going political turmoil in the West African country. There's been a political impasse between leading government figures since August last year, and the UN envoy there warned last week there was an absence of [...]

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ISIL increasingly recruiting doctors and other professionals

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Engineers, doctors, journalists and other specialists from around the world are increasingly being recruited by the terrorist group ISIL, also known as Daesh, which continues to occupy large parts of Iraq and Syria. That's according to a UN anti-terrorism body which says ISIL is focusing on getting more qualified people to join its ranks, as [...]

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News in Brief 26 February 2016 (AM) – Geneva

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

  New UN shelter network for Europe to protect vulnerable refugees The massive rise in the number of women and child migrants and refugees travelling through Europe has prompted a UN initiative to set up a network of special shelters where they can seek respite, it was announced Friday. Under the joint UN Children's Fund [...]

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"Creativity and flexibility" of UN mediators to resolve global conflicts

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Creativity and flexibility; those are two of the qualities needed by the UN's team of mediators who are sent around the world to help resolve some of today's most intractable conflicts. Working in countries like Syria, Burundi, Mali and South Sudan, the mediators operate in highly pressurized environments and largely behind the scenes. Robert Dann [...]

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Be more HUMAN, says film director

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Award-winning film director and environmentalist Yann Arthus-Bertrand issued a plea Friday not to leave the United Nations to tackle the world's problems. On a whistlestop tour to the UN in Geneva to promote his latest epic film, HUMAN, Bertrand told Daniel Johnson that the organization is already "doing a lot", but that individuals should be [...]

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World has seen "massive protection failures," says UN expert

Peacekeepers of the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMISS) man a guard post overlooking a POC (Protection of Civilians) site in Juba. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

The world has seen "massive protection failures" in countries witnessing atrocity crimes like Syria. That's according to the UN Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect (R2P), Dr. Jennifer Welsh. In 2005, UN member states made a commitment to protect populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity. The General Assembly is [...]

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South Sudan's women "want peace"

South Sudanese women take part in a rally and prayer event in Juba. UN Photo/Isaac Billy

Women in South Sudan are clear that they want a peaceful future for themselves and their children, according to a senior UN official who recently visited the country. Maria Noel Vaeza, Director of the Programme Division at UN Women, the UN's gender entity, said she is hopeful that South Sudan's women will contribute to and [...]

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News in Brief 25 February 2016 (PM)

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  Syria ceasefire discussions to take place at UN The international community is due to meet on Friday to discuss a ceasefire in Syria, the UN has announced. The country is entering its sixth year of civil war. The UN estimates that more than 250,000 people have been killed in the conflict. Millions have fled [...]

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UN and Africa: focus on Libya and South Sudan

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (descending on stairs) arrives in Juba, South Sudan, for an official visit to the country. Pictured emerging from the plane behind Mr. Ban, Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

People of South Sudan have been "betrayed", says UN Chief The people of South Sudan have been "betrayed" by renewed fighting after ending decades of civil war, according to the UN Secretary-General. In an effort to give a boost to the peace process, Ban Ki-moon travelled to the capital, Juba, on Thursday, the last and [...]

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UN Global Perspective: focus on civilians in Syria, explosive devices in Iraqi and humanitarian crises in cities

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All warring parties in Syria carrying out "indiscriminate attacks" All the warring parties in Syria are carrying out "indiscriminate attacks" on civilians according to an independent commission set up by the UN to look into alleged violations of international human rights law in the country. Five years of civil war in Syria has led to [...]

25 Feb 2016 | Posted in UN Global Perspective | Read More »

UN Gender Focus: women police in UN missions, an interactive map and South Sudan women

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Women police in UN missions, sometimes "just better communicators" Women serving in UN missions around the world are often "just the better communicators" when it comes to community policing. That's the view of Stefan Feller, the Police Adviser in the UN's Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). He said that "for years and years", the UN [...]

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People of South Sudan have been "betrayed", says UN Chief

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (descending on stairs) arrives in Juba, South Sudan, for an official visit to the country. Pictured emerging from the plane behind Mr. Ban, Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The people of South Sudan have been "betrayed" by renewed fighting after ending decades of civil war, according to the UN Secretary-General. In an effort to give a boost to the peace process in South Sudan, Ban Ki-moon touched arrived in the capital Juba on Thursday, the last and final leg of his African tour. [...]

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On an official visit to South Sudan, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at a reception with representatives of the international community in Juba. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

  South Sudan to receive US$21m in emergency funding Some US$21 million will be allocated by a UN emergency response fund to provide urgent humanitarian assistance to people in South Sudan, the UN Secretary-General announced on Thursday. Speaking during a visit to the African country, Ban Ki-moon said the protracted conflict and the worsening food [...]

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Much more aid needs to get through to Syria, says Special Envoy

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In Syria, progress has been made on getting aid into besieged areas, but much more needs to be done, the UN said Thursday, amid uncertainty about a cessation of hostilities. Talking to journalists at the UN in Geneva, the organisation's Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, said that nearly 200 trucks carrying and air [...]

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Refugee "deportations" along Balkan route criticised by UN

A young child eats a sandwich next to the tarpaulin that serves as a makeshift shelter, close to the town of Gevgelija, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, on the border with Greece (September 2015). Photo: UNICEF/NYHQ2015-2191/Georgiev

The deportation of refugees from countries along the so-called Balkan route in Europe has been criticised by the UN human rights chief. Hundreds of thousands of people fleeing war and insecurity in Africa and the Middle East continue to travel across Europe on the route which leads from Greece to Austria. Dianne Penn reports. The [...]

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Violations, abuse and chaos intensify in Libya, UN report finds

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Libya is in the grip of widespread human rights violations that may amount to war crimes amid a dramatically worsening situation for people there, the UN said on Thursday. Announcing the findings of a new report into abuses in the war-torn country, the UN Human Rights Office, OHCHR, highlighted that all warring parties bear responsibility. [...]

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New urban agenda will make crisis response "more efficient"

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Preparing cities to better respond to humanitarian crises is vital in this day and age when more and more migrants and refugees are seeking sanctuary in urban areas. That's the view of Aisa Kacyira, Deputy Executive Director of UN Habitat, the UN agency which supports sustainable urban development. The issue surrounding displacement in urban areas [...]

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News in Brief 24 February 2016 (PM)

Women and children displaced from Jebel Marra, in North Darfur, due to fighting, take shelter in the Tawilla new arrivals site. Photo: OCHA

Escalation of fighting in Darfur straining "complex" humanitarian operation. An escalation of fighting in the Jebel Marra area of North Darfur in Sudan has led to the displacement of 85,000 civilians, the United Nations has said. The UN estimates that a total of 300,000 people have died and more than two million have fled their [...]

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Peace central to development in South Sudan

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The absence of peace in South Sudan is having a "severe" impact on people's ability to access food, health services and other sectors. That's according to 'People, Peace, Prosperity,' the first Human Development Report for the country launched this Wednesday by the UN Development Programme (UNDP). South Sudan has been independent for less than five [...]

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World “must beat poverty” by 2030

Workers harvest barley in an agriculture project that was assisted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).UN Photo/James Bu

  Global leaders must step up to beat poverty by 2030, the head of the UN development programme (UNDP) has urged. Helen Clark, the first woman to hold the top job, made the call as the organization marked its 50th anniversary. Ministers from across the world are meeting at the UN in New York on [...]

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"Staggering" bureaucratic obstacles costing lives in Syria

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Aid deliveries to people in need in Syria are being held back by what the UN humanitarian chief has called "staggering" bureaucratic obstacles that are costing people their lives. Some 250,000 people have been killed in the conflict which is entering its sixth year. Around 13.5 million are in need of some sort of humanitarian [...]

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Patience "not a virtue", says new Human Rights Council president

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Ending human rights abuses in Syria and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) are just two of the key priorities of the upcoming UN Human Rights Council session, its new president said on Wednesday. Ambassador Choi Kyong-lim , the veteran South Korean diplomat who's set to kick off a packed four-week session at the [...]

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News in Brief 24 February 2016 (AM)

A wide view of the conference hall as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the opening session of the Great Lakes Private Sector Investment Conference in Kinshasa.UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

    People of Great Lakes region counting on private sector The people of the Great Lakes region in Africa are counting on the private sector to play its role in boosting development. That was the message from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to business leaders he met on Wednesday in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic [...]

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"Working together" only way forward for UNDP at 50

Haitians at the Sant Triyaj Fatra Kafoufey recycling factory in Port-au-Prince queue to receive payment for their street-cleaning work through the "Cash for Work" programme, an initiative launched by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). UN Photo/Sophia Paris

After 50 years on the frontlines of international development, global goals can only be achieved by "working together". That's the message being delivered by the head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), on the eve of a major meeting to mark the organization's 50th anniversary. Matthew Wells reports. UNDP chief, Helen Clark, said that [...]

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Lightweight helmet wheeled in to cut road traffic deaths

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An innovative new bicycle helmet could help reduce millions of fatalities on the world's roads, the UN has said. Lightweight, well ventilated and safe, the invention has been inspired by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and is aimed at electric bike and moped users. It's hoped it will attract interest particularly in hot [...]

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"Much more" needed to "protect human dignity" in camps: UN chief

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visiting an IDP camp in Kitchanga, North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Cong (DRC). UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

"Much more" is needed in terms of resources to "protect human dignity" inside camps for internally-displaced people (IDPs) around the world, the UN chief said on Tuesday. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke to reporters after visiting a camp in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and described how he himself had to flee as a [...]

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News in Brief 23 February 2016 (PM)

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  Peacebuilding not just a priority post-conflict, Security Council hears Peacebuilding needs to be a priority before conflicts break out around the world, and part of the UN's wider global goals. That's according to the chair of the UN Peacebuilding Commission (PBC), speaking at a Security Council debate focussing on so-called peacebuilding architecture across the [...]

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British Empire "exported anti-gay laws" during 19th century

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A new interactive historical map on the criminalization of homosexuality across the world shows how British colonialists "exported anti-gay laws" during the 19th century; that's according to the UN human rights office (OHCHR) The map, published by the UN Free and Equal campaign, allows users to see how laws have changed since the 1790s up [...]

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UN chief applauds "encouraging steps" in Burundi

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"Encouraging" signs out of Burundi this Tuesday following a meeting between the UN Secretary-General and the country's leader. Ban Ki-moon said he welcomes President Pierre Nkurunziza's plans to hold talks with the opposition, release more than a thousand detainees and lift some media bans. The measures are aimed at ending nearly a year of political [...]

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President of Burundi agrees to talks and lifting of restrictions: UN chief

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre) is welcomed by Gaston Sindimwo (centre right), First Vice-President of the Republic of Burundi, on his arrival in Bujumbura. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The President of Burundi has agreed to "inclusive dialogue" with opposition parties and the lifting of other government restrictions, following talks with the UN Secretary General. Ban Ki-moon said that he had been "very much encouraged" by the willingness of government and opposition leaders to meet at his invitation on Monday evening. Matthew Wells has [...]

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News in Brief 23 February 2016 (AM) – Geneva

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  Uganda still tense following new arrests of opposition politicians Uganda remains tense after the re-election of President Yoweri Museveni last Thursday, with at least two people killed and opposition candidates arrested, the UN Human Rights Office, OHCHR, has warned. Speaking in Geneva on Tuesday, OHCHR spokesperson Cécile Pouilly said that no less than four [...]

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Booby traps in Iraqi city "deeply worrying"

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The laying of explosive booby traps in the liberated Iraqi city of Ramadi has been described as "deeply worrying" by a senior UN official in the country. The devices have been left by fighters from the ISIL terrorist group which has been driven from the city that it has occupied until recently. More than three [...]

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News in Brief 22 February 2016 (PM)

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (second right) is greeted on arrival in Bujumbura by First Vice-President of Burundi Gaston Sindimwo. Photo: UNIC Bujumbura

UN chief arrives in Burundi to help ease political crisis The UN Secretary-General arrived in Burundi on Monday in an effort to help resolve the months-long political crisis there. He landed in the capital Bujumbura and is due to hold talks with President Pierre Nkurunziza on Tuesday, after meeting with other political leaders and members [...]

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Syrian ceasefire due Saturday "a long-awaited signal of hope": UN chief

Heavily damaged buildings in Homs, Syria. Photo: UNICEF/Juliette Touma

A tentative ceasefire finally due to come into effect on Saturday between the warring parties in Syria is a "long-awaited signal of hope" for civilians there. That's the view of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, responding to the announcement on Monday from the International Syria Support Group (ISSG), that terms had been agreed for a nationwide [...]

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Fiji praised for disaster prevention measures ahead of killer cyclone

Suva, Fiji, ahead of Cyclone Winston's landfall. The cyclone was upgraded to a category 5 on Friday 19 February as it made its way across the Pacific region, having already impacted Tonga. Photo: UNICEF/UN010591/Clements

Fiji sustained terrible loss of life from Cyclone Winston, but it could have been much worse without the preventative measures taken before the storm hit, UN disaster relief experts said on Monday. Robert Glasser, who's the head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), expressed his condolences to the families of those who [...]

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All warring parties in Syria carrying out "indiscriminate attacks"

A line of Syrian refugee women, some carrying children, cross into Jordan from southern Syria. File Photo: UNHCR/N. Daoud

All the warring parties in Syria are carrying out "indiscriminate attacks" on civilians according to an independent commission set up by the UN to look into alleged violations of international human rights law in the country. Five years of civil war in Syria has led to the deaths of over 250,000 people and the widespread [...]

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Disarmament talks face new threats, says Kofi Annan

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  The stalemate on nuclear weapons disarmament needs to be resolved amid increasing concern about the "prodigious" number of warheads still in circulation, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said Monday in Geneva. Addressing a Working Group at the UN in Geneva which is looking at how to take forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations, Mr [...]

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News in Brief 22 February 2016 (AM)

An increasing number of people, including families with children and the elderly, have encountered deadly ambushes as they try to escape areas controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Photo: UNAMI

  Booby-traps killing Iraqis returning home: UN "deeply worried" At least eight people have been killed by booby-traps in the Iraqi city of Ramadi during the last two weeks, after trying to return to their homes according to the UN Development Programme. UNDP said that it was "deeply worried" about the problem. The agency's representative [...]

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Women police in UN missions, sometimes "just better communicators"

Female police officers of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). UN File Photo/Logan Abassi

Women serving in UN missions around the world are often "just the better communicators" when it comes to community policing. That's the view of Stefan Feller, the UN Police Adviser for the world body's peacekeeping operations department (DPKO). He said that "for years and years", the UN has been asking member states to contribute more [...]

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Striking level of energy and knowledge of former UN chief

Secretary-General Boutros-Ghali (centre right) visiting UN-supported orphanage in Somalia. UN Photo/Fabrice Ribère

A man with a "striking level of energy and knowledge." That's how the former Secretary-General of the UN, Boutros Boutros-Ghali has been described by a speech writer in his office. Mr Boutros-Ghali, the sixth UN Secretary-General and an Egyptian national, died on 16 February. Jean-Marc Coicaud, Professor of International Relations and Law at Rutgers University [...]

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News in Brief 19 February 2016 (PM)

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"Dire" emergency situation for displaced people in Niger Displaced people in Niger are facing what's been described as a dire situation as they seek to get access to food. The UN humanitarian office (OCHA) says this year, two million people will suffer from food insecurity while 1.9 million will be threatened by malnutrition. Some 80 [...]

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UN protection camps in South Sudan threatened by recurring violence

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Recurring civilian on civilian violence inside UN protection camps in South Sudan, complicated by the presence of armed elements, poses a threat to their sustainability. That's what the Deputy Special Representative of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said in a briefing on Friday to the Security Council. A recent outbreak of inter-communal inside [...]

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News in Brief 19 February 2016 (AM) – Geneva

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One in three children in Ukraine have psychological scars, says UNICEF In Ukraine, thousands of children are still suffering the consequences of fighting there, two years after the conflict started, the UN Children's Agency said Friday. According to UNICEF, well over half a million children have been affected in non-government-controlled areas and on both sides [...]

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Hundreds of children drowned in the Mediterranean in 2015

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More than 340 children, many of them babies and toddlers, have drowned trying to cross the Mediterranean with their families to reach Europe. A joint statement was issued in Geneva on Friday by the UN Children's Fund, the UN refugee agency and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). These agencies are calling for more measures [...]

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Refugee crisis needs young people to "make a difference"

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Young people will be the ones to "make a difference" in humanitarian crises if they can demonstrate motivation and dedication. That's according to an activist who spoke at a briefing on the global refugee crisis organized by the NGO Relations Section of the UN Department of Public Information (DPI). Other speakers included representatives from the [...]

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Israeli-Palestinian violence "shows no sign of relenting": UN envoy

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Violence on-going in Israel and Palestine since October of last year shows no sign of relenting the UN envoy for the region said on Thursday. Nickolay Mladenov briefed the Security Council via video link from Jerusalem. At least 137 Palestinians and 20 Israeli's have died during the spiral of violence that began as a dispute [...]

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News in Brief 18 February 2016 (PM)

Attack of the Protection of Civilians site in Malakal, South Sudan. Photo: UNMISS/Nyang Touch

Killing of 7 in South Sudanese protection camp condemned by UN chief The outbreak of inter-communal violence that left seven dead and at least 40 injured inside a protection camp for South Sudanese civilians has been condemned by the UN chief. In a statement from his spokesman, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned all parties against "stoking [...]

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UN Global Perspective: focus on Boutros-Ghali, humanitarian needs in Syria and civilians in Afghanistan

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Boutros "broke barriers" at the UN, says Ban Ki-moon Former Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali "broke barriers" and new ground during his single five-year term. That's the view of the current UN chief, Ban Ki-moon, who paid tribute to the late veteran diplomat from Egypt, at a formal event inside the UN General Assembly on Thursday. Here's [...]

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UN and Africa: focus on Boutros-Ghali, Burundian refugees and Lesotho’s economy

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The death of Boutros-Ghali marks "the passing of an era" a former UN spokesperson says The death of the veteran Egyptian diplomat and former UN Secretary-General, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, marks "the passing of an era". That's according to fellow Egyptian Ahmad Fawzi, who served as his Deputy Spokesperson in the early 1990s and was recruited to [...]

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UN Gender Focus: UN police unit, journalist in South Sudan and women in science

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf (left) with members of the all-female Indian Formed Police Unit serving with the UN Mission in Liberia. Photo: Emmanuel Tobey/UNMIL

First all-female UN police unit leaves Liberia An all-female UN police unit from India is leaving Liberia on Sunday after nine years of helping to stabilize the country. It was the first force of its kind in the history of United Nations peacekeeping operations. A bloody civil war in the country that began in late [...]

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Extreme weather from El Niño "on all continents" likely to continue for months

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The natural climate phenomenon known as El Niño has peaked, but its impact is still likely to be devastating in coming months around the world, UN weather experts warned on Thursday. According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the warmer ocean temperatures associated with El Niño have already caused extreme weather "on all continents" and [...]

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Boutros "broke barriers" at the UN, says Ban Ki-moon

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Former Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali "broke barriers" and new ground during his single five-year term. That's the view of the current UN chief, Ban Ki-moon, who paid tribute to the late veteran diplomat from Egypt, at a formal event inside the UN General Assembly on Thursday. Jocelyne Sambira reports. Mr Boutros-Ghali, the first African and Arab [...]

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Attack inside big UN camp in South Sudan: possible “war crime"

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An outbreak of inter-communal violence inside a large UN camp in South Sudan that left five dead, may constitute a war crime. That's according to the UN spokesperson for the UN mission in the country, UNMISS. Ariane Quentier condemned the violence that erupted on Wednesday night inside the Malakal camp, which is sheltering nearly 50,000 [...]

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Aid task force pushes to reach all besieged in Syria

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The UN-led task force responsible for getting aid into besieged areas in Syria said Thursday that air-drops of supplies are planned over the city of Deir ez-Zour – currently in the hands of ISIL – before calling for access to many millions of people in hard-to-reach places in the war-torn country. Jan Egeland, who co-chaired [...]

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News in Brief 18 February 2016 (AM)

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UN Chief condemns "terror attack" in Turkey A terror attack that claimed the lives of at least 28 people and injured dozens more on Wednesday has been condemned by the UN Secretary-General. The explosion reportedly caused by a car bomb, occurred at rush hour in the heart of the city of Ankara. In a statement [...]

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Syria humanitarian task force takes stock of aid deliveries

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In Geneva, a humanitarian task force is set to meet for a second time at the UN on Thursday to assess what progress has been made in delivering aid to besieged populations in Syria, it's been announced. The development comes after a joint UN and Syrian Arab Red Cross mission delivered vital aid to five [...]

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IAEA using radiation to combat Zika virus

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The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is offering to help Brazil and other countries in the Americas reduce the mosquito population as part of the battle against Zika. The agency is advocating the use of the Sterile Insect Technique, or SIT, which uses radiation to sterilize male mosquitoes. According to the Pan American Health Organization [...]

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Yemen living through "most heart-rending" days in its history

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Yemen has suffered greatly and its people have withstood an "unspeakable tragedy", the UN special envoy to the country told the Security Council on Wednesday. Latest UN figures indicate that more than 6,000 Yemenis have lost their lives since March 2015, and more than 35,000 have been injured during the on-going civil war. Jocelyne Sambira [...]

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News in Brief 17 February 2016 (PM)

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

  Mission underway in Syria to deliver "life-saving" aid to besieged Convoys are on their way to deliver life-saving humanitarian assistance to more than 100,000 besieged Syrian civilians. The joint UN and Syrian Arab Red Cross mission, came after the UN envoy to the war-torn country held meetings on Tuesday in the Syrian capital, Damascus, [...]

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Ban calls on world leaders to act on climate change

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon briefs member states on the 22 April 2016 High-level signing ceremony for the Paris Agreement (COP21). UN Photo/Mark Garten

World leaders are being urged by the UN Secretary-General to move from "words to deeds" when it comes to climate change. More than 190 countries agreed last December to limit global temperature rises due to carbon emissions, to less than 2 degrees Celsius. Jocelyne Sambira reports. A high-level signing ceremony for the universal deal has [...]

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A quarter of Afghans killed in 2015 were children, often targeted

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A quarter of all Afghans killed last year were children, many of them targeted in hospitals and schools. That's according to the UN's Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, who has been on a fact-finding mission in the country this week. She said that despite the grim toll being taken on the [...]

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Aid workers develop plan to address Ukraine's humanitarian needs A plan has been developed by aid workers in Ukraine to respond to the "acute humanitarian and protection needs" of conflict-affected people there during 2016. The UN-led response will target some 2.5 million people, including the elderly, women and children, who are the most in need [...]

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Key iron ore data shows prices set to fall further, says UN agency

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Falling global demand for iron ore and steel – particularly from China – has resulted in slower growth, lower prices and squeezed margins for the key industrial sector, UN trade experts said Wednesday. Latest data from the UN agency for trade and development, UNCTAD, shows that China's economic slowdown has led to a glut in [...]

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Conflicts now “even more dangerous”: mines agency chief

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The head of the UN's agency tasked with delivering a mine-free world has warned of the spiralling dangers for civilians and humanitarian workers in conflicts around the world. Agnès Marcaillou, who's the director of the United Nations Mine Action Service, or UNMAS, said that there is an intensity of fighting "that we have not faced [...]

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"Redemptive success" of UN's court for former Yugoslavia

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A court which was set up to prosecute people for alleged war crimes during the Balkan wars of the 1990s has been described as a "redemptive success" for the United Nations. Established by the UN Security Council, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, or ICTY, was tasked with trying a total of 161 [...]

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A third of Iraqis "urgently require" aid, says head of UN mission

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Almost a third of all Iraqis "urgently require" some form of humanitarian assistance. That's according to the head of the UN Mission in the country, UNAMI, in a briefing to Security Council members on Tuesday. Ján Kubiš said that Iraqi forces were "heroically" gaining ground against the terrorist group ISIL, but that a lack of [...]

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$53 million needed to carry out Zika emergency plan

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$53 million are required in order to carry out a global emergency response plan to the Zika virus infection, an official with the UN health agency has said. The plan aims to provide support to affected countries, build capacity to prevent further outbreaks and control them when they do occur. Health officials and experts met [...]

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Death of Boutros-Ghali "passing of an era" says deputy spokesman

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The death of the veteran Egyptian diplomat and former UN Secretary-General, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, marks "the passing of an era". That's according to fellow Egyptian Ahmad Fawzi, who served as his Deputy Spokesperson in the early 1990s and was recruited to the UN by Mr Boutros-Ghali. Mr Fawzi, who is currently the Director of the UN [...]

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News in Brief 16 February 2016 (PM)

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CAR: Four allegations of sex abuse by UN peacekeepers confirmed Four new allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse involving peacekeepers in the Central African Republic were confirmed by the United Nations on Tuesday. It's the latest in a series of allegations of sexual abuse made against blue helmets, UN police and other foreign nationals over [...]

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$1.8 billion needed for humanitarian needs in Yemen

Stephen O'Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, briefs the SC about Yemen's situation. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

$1.8 billion are needed to address the most critical humanitarian needs across Yemen, the UN humanitarian chief has said. The Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O'Brien, made the appeal to members of the Security Council. He said it was "now more important than ever to address the humanitarian catastrophe unfolding in Yemen". Jocelyne Sambira [...]

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Syria envoy in Damascus to push for humanitarian access

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Efforts to relaunch peace talks on Syria in Geneva continued on Tuesday with the announcement that the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria has been in Damascus, amid concerns that repeated attacks on hospitals and medical staff could represent a war crime. According to the United Nations, Staffan de Mistura arrived in the Syrian capital [...]

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Death of former UN Secretary-General Boutros-Ghali announced

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A minute of silence was observed at UN headquarters on Tuesday following the announcement of the death of former UN Secretary-General, Boutros Boutros-Ghali. Mr Boutros-Ghali, an Egyptian diplomat, jurist and author, became the 6th Secretary-General of the United Nations in 1992. Jocelyne Sambira reports. The former UN Chief was the first person from Africa to [...]

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Attacks on medical facilities in Syria "may be a war crime": UN Attacks described as "abhorrent and repeated" on medical facilities in the Syrian conflict may constitute a war crime, the UN human rights watchdog said Tuesday. Speaking after at least four hospitals and a school were hit in airstrikes in Idlib governorate, the UN's [...]

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Clampdown of China critics takes on "worrying pattern"

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The harassment and intimidation of government critics, lawyers and NGO workers in China has taken on a "worrying pattern," according to the UN human rights chief. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein shared his concerns about the clampdown on Tuesday. Police have detained about 250 human rights lawyers, legal assistants and activists across the country since an [...]

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"Global Parliament of Mayors" will help UN reach its goals

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  A new "Global Parliament of Mayors" due to convene in The Hague in September, will help the UN reach its global goals. That's the view of Jozias van Aartsen, who is mayor of The Hague, in the Netherlands, a city which is already home to several key international bodies. The Hague hosts the International [...]

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"Everyone benefits" when women work in science

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When women are given career opportunities in maths and science fields, everyone benefits. That's according to some attendees at the first International Day of Women and Girls in Science held recently at UN headquarters in New York. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics, known by the acronym, STEM, have in many countries traditionally been dominated by [...]

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Rwanda pledges not to close its borders, expel Burundian refugees

An elderly woman waits among a crowd of other Burundian refugees for assistance in Rwanda's Mahama Refugee Camp. File Photo: UNHCR/K. Holt

Rwanda has pledged not to close its borders or forcibly repatriate Burundian refugees, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). The agency sought clarification from the government after statements were issued implying the refugees would be relocated to a third country. Over 70,000 refugees from neighbouring Burundi are registered with UNHCR. Martina Pomeroy, an external [...]

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News in Brief 15 February 2016 (PM)

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

Haiti elects new interim President The election by Haiti's parliament on Sunday of a new interim President has been described as a "crucial first" step towards stability after years of political unrest. That's according to UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon. Mr. Jocelerme Privert's installation comes one week after former president Michel Martelly stepped down, after ruling [...]

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Missile attacks kill 50 in Syria: UN chief expresses "deep concern"

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Missile attacks on at least five medical facilities and two schools in Syria have reportedly killed 50 civilians and injured many others. The UN Secretary-General said he was "deeply concerned" by the reports, describing them as "blatant violations" of international law. Matthew Wells reports. Air-strikes and other missile attacks in northern Syria have been continuing, [...]

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News in Brief 15 February 2016 (AM)

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Vote count underway in CAR Vote counting is underway in the Central African Republic (CAR), the UN Mission in the country has announced. A statement released on Monday by MINUSCA says that initial reports suggest a lower nationwide voter turnout compared to the last election. The Special Representative of the Secretary General in the country, [...]

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Childhood cancer day data finds alarming rich-poor country divide

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Cancer in children is more common than previously thought, health experts said Monday. On International Childhood Cancer Day, the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announced that new data also showed a clear discrepancy between rich and poor countries. For while childhood cancer represents less than one per cent of all [...]

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Countries need to uphold the "responsibility to protect"

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The United Nations is ready to help countries uphold their fundamental responsibility to protect. That's according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, addressing members of the Security Council on Monday during an open debate on the United Nations Charter. The Charter clearly establishes that the primary responsibility for preventing conflict and human rights lies with Member [...]

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More "concrete actions" needed on battlefield to save Afghan lives

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"Concrete actions" by all the warring parties in Afghanistan are urgently needed to help save civilian lives there. That's according to Danielle Bell, Director of Human Rights for the UN mission in the country, UNAMA. She was speaking after the release of new figures on civilian casualties, which show that 2015 was the worst year [...]

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18,000 people in besieged Taiz receive food aid

In many areas of Yemen, devastated by conflict, ongoing insecurity hampers WFP's efforts to get food to the people in need. Photo: WFP/Ammar Bamatraf

18,000 people in the central Yemeni city of Taiz have received food aid on Monday, according to the UN food agency, WFP. Taiz City is in the grip of severe food insecurity and fighting in the area has made access difficult. At least one in five households in the area are suffering from a severe [...]

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UK, Sweden "should respect UN's Assange ruling"

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A leading human rights expert has added his voice to calls for the United Kingdom and Sweden to respect the findings of a UN committee on whistleblower Julian Assange. Alfred de Zayas, an Independent Expert appointed by the UN Human Rights Council, said that the two countries should accept a recent majority vote by the [...]

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Afghanistan casualty numbers hit new high in 2015

Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan and head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).Photo: Fardin Waezi/UNAMA

Casualty numbers from continuing conflict in Afghanistan are the highest yet recorded, the UN mission based in the war-torn country has announced. According to the 2015 Annual Report on Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict, the reasons for the higher toll include more ground fighting in and around populated areas, along with suicide and other [...]

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Canadian de-radicalization centre "compassionate and effective": UN chief

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) meets with Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montréal, Canada, this week. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

A Canadian centre which works with families to prevent terrorism, has been praised by the UN Secretary-General for its "compassionate and effective" approach. Ban Ki-moon visited The Centre for the Prevention of Radicalization Leading to Violence, on a visit to Canada, just a few weeks after presenting a new Plan of Action to Prevent Violent [...]

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Historic election run-off in CAR must be "peaceful and credible" says Ban

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The presidential run-off election in the Central African Republic (CAR) on Sunday needs to be "peaceful and credible" to bring the country together. That's according to a statement issued on behalf of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, as Central Africans head to the polls after more than two years of simmering sectarian violence across the country. [...]

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First all-female UN police unit leaves Liberia

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf (left) with members of the all-female Indian Formed Police Unit serving with the UN Mission in Liberia. Photo: Emmanuel Tobey/UNMIL

An all-female UN Indian police unit is leaving Liberia on Sunday after nine years of helping to stabilize the country. It was the first force of its kind in the history of the United Nations peacekeeping operations. A civil war in the country that began in late 1989 has claimed the lives of over 150,000 [...]

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Not listening "can harm you": vital role for radio in South Sudan

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You can do yourself harm in South Sudan, if you fail to tune in to local radio. That's just one of the views in honour of World Radio Day, February 13, captured by our colleagues at Radio Miraya, based in Juba, the capital of the world's newest nation. Radio Miraya is the voice of the [...]

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Radio celebrated as a lifeline for vulnerable communities

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In conflict situations and times of crisis, radio is a lifeline for vulnerable communities, according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in a message to mark World Radio Day. The annual celebration on 13 February is organized by the UN cultural agency, UNESCO. This year's theme is "Radio in Times of Emergency and Disaster". Ana Carmo [...]

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Radio "educates, informs, motivates" in Bangladesh rural communities

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Radio has been "informing, educating and motivating" rural communities in Bangladesh for years, according to the head of a network of local stations. Bazlur Rahman is the Chief Executive of Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication. The Asian country is exceptionally vulnerable to natural hazards. Tropical storms in particular have caused widespread flooding and [...]

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Senegalese police officers serving with the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), patrol the streets of the city of Gao, in Mali. UN Photo/Marco Dormino

  "Outrage" over attack in Mali which killed 5 UN peacekeepers An attack on a UN base in Mali, which killed five peacekeepers from Guinea and wounded 36 others, has been strongly condemned by the mission in the country, MINUSMA The top UN official in the country, Mahamat Saleh Annadif, said he was "outraged" by [...]

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Radio has the widest reach during disasters and emergencies

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For the millions of people forced to abandon their homes during disasters and emergencies, radio remains the best way to communicate. Adama Dieng, the Under-Secretary General and Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide made the remarks on the eve of World Radio Day. Speaking to Tsigue Shiferaw, Mr Dieng began by explaining what radio [...]

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Radio's "vital" role in the Darfur region

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Radio continues to be a vital means of communicating with people in the remote Darfur region of Sudan, according to the head of the UN mission's station there, UNAMID Radio. The UN estimates that 300,000 people have died and more than two million have fled their homes since fighting began in Darfur in 2003. With [...]

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"Most open, transparent" selection process for next UN chief ongoing

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This year's selection process for the next UN Secretary-General is "the most transparent and open" that there has ever been. That's according to Dan Thomas, the Spokesperson for the President of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly, Mogens Lyyketoft . The Assembly, composed of all 193 Member States, is the main deliberative, policy-making [...]

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Even presidents need local radio in times of disaster

Residents of a tent camp in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. File UN Photo/Logan Abassi

Even presidents rely on local radio, when disasters strike. That's according to one UN staffer and broadcaster, who recalls when Haiti's president needed the network operated by the UN mission there (MINUSTAH), to keep the population informed during their darkest hour. Mariana Palavra is currently based in Myanmar, but she was a broadcaster for the [...]

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News in Brief 12 February 2016 (AM) – Geneva

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  Europe faces same migrant "mess" as last year, UNHCR warns The European Union needs to take concerted action on the migration crisis or else face what the UN has called the same "mess" as in 2015. Dr Vincent Cochetel, who's the Europe director for the United Nations Refugee Agency, or UNHCR, said that only [...]

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Syria aid deliveries to begin within next week

UNRWA distributing aid in Yalda, an area adjacent to Yarmouk, Syria, hosting displaced civilians. File Photo: UNRWA

Deliveries of aid to besieged cities in Syria are to begin in the next week, the UN has said. On Thursday world powers agreed in Germany to push for a cessation of hostilities in the war-ravaged country and to plan for the distribution of more relief aid. Ana Carmo reports More than 250,000 people have [...]

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"The sky's the limit" for Europe's Radio Refugee Network

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A radio network dedicated to serving the needs of refugees in Europe is expanding fast throughout the continent, and “the sky’s the limit.” That’s the upbeat message from the founder of Refugee Radio Network, Nigerian-born Larry McCauley, in a special interview with the UN’s cultural organization, UNESCO, in honour of World Radio Day 2016. Larry’s [...]

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"Stay home, stay calm": UN radio keeping Mali safe in a crisis

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  During Mali's state of emergency, the UN's local radio station, Mikado FM, is helping people stay safe, and informed. That's according to Joyce de Pina, who is a radio producer with the station, that is part of the country's UN stabilization force, MINUSMA. The government of the West African country declared a state of [...]

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UN and Africa: focus on South Sudan, FGM and Burundi journalists

An internally displaced woman seeking refuge from the ongoing violence in the swamps of Unity state, cooks her last supply of sorghum. Photo: FAO South Sudan

Efforts underway to provide isolated South Sudanese with food Efforts are being made by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) in South Sudan to reach people in isolated areas who are said to be on the "brink of catastrophe.” Nearly three million people, or roughly a quarter of the population, require food assistance; around 40,000 are [...]

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UN Global Perspective: focus on ISIL, humanitarian affairs and World Radio Day

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30,000 foreign terrorist fighters actively engaged with ISIL Around 30,000 foreign fighters originating from over 100 countries are actively engaged with the ISIL terrorist group or associated factions. That's according to the UN Secretary-General's very first report on the threat of ISIL to international peace and security. The group occupies large areas of Syria and [...]

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Nigeria double suicide attack draws condemnation from UN chief

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The recent deadly double suicide attack on a camp for displaced people in north-eastern Nigeria has been condemned by the UN Secretary-General. At least 58 people were killed and more than 70 injured during the attack, which took place on Tuesday at the Dikwa Camp in Borneo State. It was reportedly carried out by two [...]

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World Radio Day audio message: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

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Audio Message from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the importance of World Radio Day.

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UN Gender Focus: FGM, World Radio Day and LGBT equality stamps

Malian singer Inna Modja during a special event entitled, "Mobilizing to Achieve the Global Goals through the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation by 2030". UN Photo/Manuel Elias

Malian singer could not find "place in society" following genital cutting A singer from Mali has been explaining how she was unable to find her "place in society" after being subjected to female genital mutilation, also known as FGM and genital cutting. The UN estimates that 200 million women and girls around the world who [...]

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News in Brief 11 February 2016 (PM)

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, in Ottawa. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

  UN chief on three-day visit to Canada Strengthening the partnership between Canada and the United Nations was among the topics of discussion between the country's new leader and the UN Secretary-General. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ban Ki-moon met in Ottawa on Thursday, the start of the UN chief's three-day visit to the country. [...]

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Radio playing key role in keeping people safe in Darfur

Jumbe Omari Jumbe. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Radio is playing a key role in keeping people safe in the Sudanese region of Darfur, according to the UN mission there, UNAMID. Insecurity and civil conflict has afflicted Darfur for more than a decade leaving some 300,000 people dead; at least two million have fled their homes fearing for their life. The UN radio [...]

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World Radio Day audio message: Maged Abdelaziz

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Audio Message of Maged Abdelaziz, UN Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser for African Affairs. Duration: 2’01″

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"Take us for who we are, not what we are": Refugee Radio

A boy carrying his belongings in a large cloth bag over his shoulder is among people walking on railway tracks to cross from the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia into Serbia. Photo: UNICEF/NYHQ2015-2203/Georgiev

The Refugee Radio Network is expanding fast throughout Europe, and "the sky's the limit." That's the upbeat message from its founder, Nigerian-born Larry McCauley, in a special interview with the UN's cultural organization, UNESCO, in honour of World Radio Day 2016. Larry's journey took him from Nigeria, to Libya; then on to Italy, and finally [...]

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Girls don't want to be "geeks"

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Girls don't want to be portrayed as "geeks" and that is turning them away from Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). That's what the head of the UN Office of Information and Communication Technology (OICT), Atefeh "Atti" Riazi on the International Day of Women and Girls in Science observed this Thursday. Geeks are often portrayed [...]

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Putting a "human face" to victims of terrorism

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The victims of terrorism around the world should be given more of a "human face" according to a senior UN official responsible for counter-terrorism issues. The international community is gathering at UN headquarters in New York on Thursday to discuss how to support families and communities affected by terrorist attacks. It will also look at [...]

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Medical staff discuss a patient in the Lassa Fever Ward at Kenema Government Hospital, Sierra Leone. Lassa fever is a rodent-borne, acute viral haemorrhagic illness endemic to parts of West Africa. Photo: UNICEF/Tanya Bindra

  Benin ramps up response to Lassa Fever outbreak Benin is being supported by UN agencies as it combats Lassa Fever which has killed 17 people in the West African country. The disease is spread through contact with food or other items contaminated with the faeces or urine of infected rodents. Symptoms include fever, fatigue, [...]

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"Grotesque" human rights situation in Syria condemned

Syrian refugee Shadi was living with a host family in North Lebanon and had returned briefly to Syria to visit family there. Upon returning via an unofficial border crossing, he was injured during an explosion. Photo: UNICEF/NYHQ2012-0221/Kate Brooks

Civilians in Syria are being used as "bargaining chips and cannon fodder," the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Thursday. In a statement, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein expressed alarm over what he called the rapidly worsening human rights situation in and around the city of Aleppo and other parts of the country. This [...]

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Disasters affect 100 million people in 2015

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Natural disasters affected almost 100 million people by last year, UN experts said Thursday, before warning that 2015 – the hottest year on record – is a sign for governments to take action now. The data, released by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) in partnership with CRED, shows that the most [...]

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UN Radio over the years

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13 February is World Radio Day. It’s also the day when UN Radio turns 70. The English service presents a snapshot of UN Radio over the years.

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"Ebola Hero" shares how radio saved lives in Liberia

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A medical doctor given the nickname "Ebola Hero" has praised radio as a "significant tool" in the fight against the deadly disease. Dr. Jerry Brown, head of the Ebola Treatment Unit known as ELWA, also made Time magazine's "Person of the Year 2014" list. The Ebola virus killed more than 11,000 people across West Africa [...]

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Malian singer could not find "place in society" following genital cutting

Malian singer Inna Modja during a special event entitled, "Mobilizing to Achieve the Global Goals through the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation by 2030". UN Photo/Manuel Elias

A singer from Mali has been explaining how she was not able to find her "place in society" after she was subjected to female genital mutilation, also known as FGM and genital cutting. The UN estimates that 200 million women and girls around the world who are alive today have been harmed by FGM. The [...]

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News in Brief 10 February 2016 (PM)

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  Global illicit drug problem also a health concern Addressing the global problem of illicit drugs is an important element of promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, the UN Secretary-General has said. Ban Ki-moon was speaking at a meeting in New York paving the way for a special session of the UN General [...]

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World Radio Day audio message: Jehangir Khan

Jehangir Khan, director of both the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF) and the UN's Counter-Terrorism Centre. Photo: UN Radio/Matthew Wells

Audio Message of Jehangir Khan, director of both the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF) and the UN's Counter-Terrorism Centre. Duration: 2’06″

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South Sudan facing "unprecedented levels of food insecurity"

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South Sudan is facing "unprecedented levels of food insecurity," UN agencies in the country are warning. Around 2.8 million people are in urgent need of food assistance. The situation is particularly dire because the rise in hunger is happening during the post-harvest period. James Bwirani, food security analyst of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) [...]

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  IMF concerned by slow pace of reform in Ukraine The head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has expressed concern over what she sees as Ukraine's slow progress in improving governance and fighting corruption. Christine Lagarde said it is vital that the leadership act now to put the country back on "a promising path [...]

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UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) on Radio Day

United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) marks the 32nd International Day of Peace with a ceremony at its headquarters in Naquora. UN File Photo/UNIFIL

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CAR urged to take steps against impunity

Displaced people shelter on the grounds of a church in Bossangoa. Photo: UNHCR/B. Heger

Authorities in the Central African Republic (CAR) are being urged to take "effective action" to prevent impunity for grave human rights violations committed during a month of sectarian clashes in 2015. The appeal is being made by the UN mission in the country, MINUSCA, which is set to publish a report documenting abuses that took [...]

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Gaza “at point of exhaustion” as UN launches US$ 571m appeal

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A total of US$571 million is needed to help the most vulnerable people in the Occupied Palestinian Territories this year. That's the sum announced on Wednesday by the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinating Agency, OCHA, at the launch of its 2016 appeal in Ramallah. Daniel Johnson reports. This year's Humanitarian Response Plan aims to provide vital [...]

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Efforts underway to provide isolated South Sudanese with food

An internally displaced woman seeking refuge from the ongoing violence in the swamps of Unity state, cooks her last supply of sorghum. Photo: FAO South Sudan

Efforts are being made by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) in South Sudan to reach people in isolated areas who are said to be on the "brink of catastrophe.” Nearly three million people, or roughly a quarter of the population, require food assistance; around 40,000 are in areas to which UN agencies have been unable [...]

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Radio and "blue helmets" vital for UN peacekeeping says veteran chief

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In countries where a disaster is unfolding or a conflict is in full swing, radio makes a big difference, says the veteran in charge of UN Radio's French Unit. Jérôme Longué  has witnessed many crises in the course of his 18-year career. He recently published a paper on the role of radio stations set up, or [...]

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World can be "re-inspired" to work for humanitarian causes

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The international community needs to be "re-inspired" ahead of a key summit due to be held in Istanbul in May, the head of UN humanitarian affairs has said. Some 125 million people around the world need some type of assistance, a number which has continued to grow in recent years. The World Humanitarian Summit will [...]

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  Urgent action needed to address reports of 10,000 missing migrant children in Europe A senior UN official says international action is "urgently needed" to look into the possibility that 10,000 unaccompanied child migrants in Europe are missing. Yuri Fedetov, head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), was reacting to warnings from [...]

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UN chief emphasizes shared responsibility in addressing humanitarian needs

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The first-ever global humanitarian conference represents an opportunity to advance the belief that no one should be left behind, the UN Secretary-General told ambassadors meeting in New York on Tuesday. Ban Ki-moon was speaking at the launch of his latest report, One Humanity: Shared Responsibility, published ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit set for this [...]

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The voice of the world: A look back at the history of UN Radio

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Seventy years after its first call sign was transmitted from makeshift headquarters in Long Island, New York, UN Radio is still going strong. As we celebrate a birthday milestone ahead of World Radio Day 2016, taking place on February 13, look back and listen to some of the biggest moments in UN Radio history, in [...]

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30,000 foreign terrorist fighters actively engaged with ISIL

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Around 30,000 foreign terrorist fighters originating from over 100 countries are actively engaged with the ISIL or associated groups. That's according to the UN Secretary-General's very first report on the threat of ISIL to international peace and security. The substantial flow of fighters from around the world as well as the increasing number of groups [...]

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News in Brief 09 February 2016 (AM) – Geneva

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Food aid disrupted amid upsurge in fighting in Aleppo A surge in violence in the Syrian city of Aleppo has forced some 30,000 people from their homes, affecting aid deliveries to people in need, the UN's humanitarian coordinating agency, OCHA, said Tuesday. The crisis has been triggered by renewed fighting between government and opposition forces [...]

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Sri Lanka’s “element of fear” is diminished, says rights chief

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, concluding his four day visit to Sri Lanka, delivers a media statement at an end of mission press conference held at the UN Compound in Colombo on 9 February 2016. Photo: UN Sri Lanka/Muradh Mohideen

Respect for people's freedom and their civil liberties has come a long way in Sri Lanka, but a so-called "element of fear" still prevails in some areas, the UN's top human rights official said Tuesday. Speaking from Colombo after visiting the country and meeting with political leaders and rights defenders, Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein said [...]

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Satellite launch "legitimate right" of DPRK

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The launch of a satellite into orbit is an "independent and legitimate right," the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has told the United Nations. The launch on Sunday was widely condemned by the international community which said a long-range ballistic missile had been fired in contravention of UN sanctions. Daniel Dickinson reports. Speaking in [...]

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Haitians turn to radio following 2010 earthquake

MINUSTAH FM interviewing Deputy Special Representative Kim Bolduc following the earthquake in 2010. Photo: MINUSTAH FM

The people of Haiti immediately turned to their radios for vital information following the earthquake which devastated their country in 2010. That's according to the head of the UN radio station on the Caribbean island, MINUSTAH FM. Only one station stayed on air after the quake destroyed infrastructure in the capital Port au Prince and [...]

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Pain of genital cutting remains with Kenyan activist

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A Kenyan woman who was subjected to female genital mutilation or cutting has described how the pain of the experience has remained with her into adulthood. The practice also known as FGM is considered by the United Nations as a violation of the rights of women and girls. The UN estimates there are some 200 [...]

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News in Brief 08 February 2016 (PM)

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Rise in people escaping fighting in Jebel Marra region of Sudan Displacement in Sudan's Jebel Marra region has reached its highest level in years, according to the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA. Fighting between government forces and rebel groups has led some 38,000 civilians to flee to North Darfur, one of the five states that [...]

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Fears over escalation of inter-communal violence in eastern DRC

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At least 21 people were killed and 40 others wounded over the past weekend following an escalation in inter-communal violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). That information comes from the UN human rights office (OHCHR) which is afraid that the situation in North Kivu province could become even more serious because [...]

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Helping communities abandon practice of female cutting

Ms. Inna Modja, FGM Survivor and singer speaks at a Press conference on the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

Religious, traditional and local leaders are coming together to encourage local communities to abandon the practice of female genital mutilation or FGM. Also known as female circumcision or cutting, the procedure poses a serious threat to the health and lives of young girls. It's also recognized internationally as a fundamental violation of human rights. Jocelyne [...]

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Haitians voted in the second round of the senatorial and parliamentary elections and the first round for their new president, in Haiti's capital Port au Prince on 25 October 2015. Photo: UN/MINUSTAH/Logan Abassi

UN chief welcomes Haiti accord, encourages further dialogue Political leaders in Haiti are being urged by the UN Secretary-General to implement an agreement aimed at ensuring the democratic transfer of power to elected officials. Ban Ki-moon's comments came in a statement issued by his spokesperson following President Michel Martelly's departure from office on Sunday with [...]

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Fresh evidence of mass killings in Syria prisons

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  Allegations of so-called "executions" by Syrian state actors have been published by a top UN rights panel. Citing alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity by government forces, the UN commission of inquiry report, released Monday, also said that opposition groups were also responsible for "the rampant use of torture and inhuman conditions of [...]

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Radio can be "difference between life and death" in emergencies

Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director General (left), Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information at the UN (center left), Anne Bennett, Executive Director of Hirondelle USA (center right), and Pamela Falk, President of the UN Correspondents Association (right), speaking at the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women. Photo: Melanie Futorian

Radio plays an essential role in situations of conflict or disaster, sometimes making the "difference between life and death", according to an international media expert. Anne Bennett, is the Executive Director of Hirondelle USA, a non-profit organization that sets up and supports independent media in post-conflict or humanitarian situations. She is also a senior fellow [...]

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Exiled Burundi journalists keep radio news alive via social media

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Burundi journalists in exile are continuing to cover the crisis in the troubled country using social media and mobile messaging apps. Independent radio stations in the East African nation were shut down by the authorities following a military coup attempt in May 2015. A political crisis in the country erupted early in April following the [...]

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Hunger on the rise in South Sudan

Two-year-old, Kuot is being treated for severe acute malnutrition, at the UNICEF-supported Al-Shabbah Children's Hospital, in Juba, South Sudan. Photo: UNICEF/Sebastian Rich

Nearly three million people in South Sudan, or roughly a quarter of the population, require food assistance. That's according to three UN agencies which are concerned by what they are calling an escalating food crisis in the country. They say that at least 40,000 people are "on the brink of catastrophe" due to rising hunger [...]

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"Significant measures" to be taken against DPRK following missile launch

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"Significant measures" will be taken against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, also known as North Korea, following the firing of a rocket, the UN Security Council has said. The launch on Sunday is in violation of Security Council resolution which prevents North Korea from using ballistic missile technology. Daniel Dickinson has more details The [...]

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DPRK missile launch "deeply deplorable"

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon briefs the press at UN Headquarters in New York. UN File Photo/Mark Garten

The launch of a long-range rocket by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, also known as North Korea, has been branded "deeply deplorable" by the UN Secretary-General. The launch on Sunday is in violation of a Security Council resolution which prevents North Korea from using ballistic missile technology. Daniel Dickinson has more details. The North [...]

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Tanzania records "strong" economic growth in 2015

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Tanzania recorded strong economic growth of 7 per cent in 2015, according to a review by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The economy in the East African country has been driven by construction and financial services as well as the transportation and communication sectors. Tanzania's relationship with the IMF is based on an agreement called [...]

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A UN "world first" as special stamps are issued supporting LGBT rights

One of the six new stamps to promote the UN Free & Equal campaign for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality that were unveiled at UN headquarters ahead of their 5 February official launch by the UN Postal Administration (UNPA). UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

The UN's become the first institution ever to issue a special collection of stamps in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights. That's according to the head of global issues at the UN Human Rights Office. Charles Radcliffe was speaking at the unveiling of the commemorative stamps, which are part of the UN [...]

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Benin responds to illness spread by tiny rat

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Authorities in Benin are responding to what they are calling an "epidemic" of a severe illness that causes bleeding. Lassa Fever is transmitted through contact with food or other items contaminated with the faeces or urine of a tiny rodent species known as the multimammate rat. So far, there have been 25 suspected cases, with [...]

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News in Brief 05 February 2016 (PM)

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  Syria making no concessions for peace The Syrian government is making no concessions for peace and has intensified attacks against oppositions groups with the support of Russia. That's according to the French Ambassador to the United Nations. Peace talks in Geneva to find an end to the 5-year long civil war have been put [...]

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World Radio Day audio message: Irina Bokova

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Audio Message of Irina Bokova, Director-General of the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO). Duration: 1’23″

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"Strong political will" key to ending FGM, says UN coordinator

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"Strong political will" on the part of governments to end the practice of female genital mutilation, or FGM, is key to achieving its elimination. That's according to the UN's FGM reduction coordinator, speaking ahead of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM, on Saturday. Nafissatou Diop is the Coordinator of the Joint Programme on [...]

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News in Brief 05 February 2016 (AM)

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Zika response only effective if women's rights are upheld Women's human rights have to be upheld if the response to the Zika health emergency is to be effective, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad  Al Hussein has said. The mosquito-borne virus, which in itself is relatively harmless, has been linked to a [...]

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UN body says Wikileaks founder should be allowed to go free

Julian Assange, who has been staying in the Ecuadorian embassy in London amid calls for his extradition to Sweden. Photo: OHCHR

The founder of a controversial freedom of speech website has been held in arbitrary detention and thus deprived of his freedom. That's the finding of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention which on Friday released its opinion on the case of Julian Assange. The editor-in-chief of Wikileaks is wanted by both the Swedish and [...]

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Transparency campaigner should be released from "arbitrary detention"

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The founder of the Wikileaks website, which has published confidential diplomatic documents, should be allowed to go free, a UN expert panel has said. Julian Assange claimed asylum in the Ecuadorean embassy in London in 2012 after being arrested on sexual assault charges. The UN’s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention said Mr Assange's "physical integrity [...]

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Symposium on safety of journalists seeks to preserve press freedom

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More than 700 journalists and others who report the news have been killed over the past decade, according to data collected by the UN cultural organization, UNESCO. The agency is bringing together journalists, broadcasters and media executives from across the world at a symposium this Friday in Paris to advocate for greater safety in the [...]

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200 million girls "harmed" by female genital mutilation

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At least 200 million women and girls alive today have undergone female genital mutilation, according to a new statistical report released by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). The practice of cutting, also known as FGM, is recognized internationally as a human rights violation. Jocelyne Sambira reports. FGM is carried out in around 30 countries worldwide. [...]

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Changing "hearts and minds" over LGBT rights through stamps

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The beauty and power of postage stamps are an ideal vehicle for changing "hearts and minds" over lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights. That's the very heart-felt view of the designer behind the release on Thursday of six new UN stamps, as part of the UN Free & Equal campaign. Sergio Baradat is the full-time [...]

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UN Global Perspective: focus on Syrian refugees, cancer prevention and youth forum

Ban Ki-moon addresses the opening of the Conference Supporting Syria and the Region. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

US $10 billion pledged but Syrian refugees need a future: UN chief With more than US$10 billion pledged, Syrian refugees also deserve the chance to work and go to school, to prevent radicalization and despair. That was the impassioned plea from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday, as more than 70 world leaders gathered in [...]

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UN and Africa: focus on faith groups, youth potential and Tanzania economy

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Faith groups fighting terrorist ideology need more empowerment Faith groups fighting terrorist ideology that misuses religion need more empowerment from bodies such as the UN. That's the view of one African expert on religion and conflict who's been attending a UN-sponsored symposium on The Role of Religion and Faith-Based Organizations in International Affairs. Kenya-based Dr [...]

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UN mission in CAR investigates new sex abuse allegations

UN Special Representative and head of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) Parfait Onanga-Anyanga. Photo: MINUSCA

The UN Mission in the Central African Republic, MINUSCA, is in "combat mode" following the latest allegations of sexual abuse committed by peacekeepers serving there. That's what mission chief Parfait Onanga-Anyanga told journalists on Thursday during a visit to the town of Bambari where seven new alleged victims have been located, most of them minors. The UN [...]

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News in Brief 04 February 2016 (PM)

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Record US$10 billion pledged in humanitarian aid for Syria A record US$10 billion for humanitarian relief in Syria has been pledged by the international community at a UN funding conference in London. More than half is earmarked to meet immediate needs in 2016 in a country where nearly five years of civil war has killed [...]

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US$10 billion pledged but Syrian refugees need a future: UN chief

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With more than US$10 billion pledged, Syrian refugees also deserve the chance to work and go to school, to prevent radicalization and despair. That was the impassioned plea from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday, as more than 70 world leaders gathered in London for a UN conference on the humanitarian crisis continuing in Syria, [...]

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New sexual abuse allegations against UN peacekeepers in CAR

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Seven new allegations of sexual exploitation by United Nations peacekeepers in the Central African Republic are being investigated by the UN mission in the country. The investigation comes following a series of allegations in which soldiers serving under the UN have been accused of abusing minors. Dianne Penn reports. The UN mission, MINUSCA, says it [...]

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News in Brief 04 February 2016 (AM)

Since leaving Syria in 2011, Chouk (centre, right of motorbike) has been living with her parents and 5 brothers and sisters in a makeshift, tented shelter in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley. Photo: DFID - UK Department for International Development

 "Marshall Plan" needed for two million Syrian child refugees Global leaders urgently need to adopt a 2016 "Marshall Plan" to halt the world's "worst post-war refugee crisis," the UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown has said. The call came as the international community gathered in London to try and raise US$9 billion to [...]

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World leaders meet to raise US$9bn for Syria crisis

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World leaders, meeting in London have pledged nearly six billion US dollars this year to help the people of Syria affected by five years of civil war in the country. The funding will open up access to education for a million children. It will also create over a million new jobs in the region. A [...]

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UN Gender Focus: jobs for youth, human rights of indigenous women and development in Africa

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Jobs plan to give young women equal access to the labour market A new global initiative addressing youth unemployment also aims to ensure young women don't lose out when it comes to finding work. That's the hope of the man who launched the UN plan, Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO). Mr [...]

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Reducing risk factors can prevent one-third of cancer cases: WHO

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About one-third of cancer cases can be prevented by limiting tobacco use, lowering alcohol consumption and doing more exercise. That's according to the World Health Organization (WHO) which predicts global cancer cases will rise to more than 20 million annually over the next two decades. The UN agency is calling for improved health coverage for [...]

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Envoy announces "temporary pause" in Syrian talks

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UN-brokered talks involving the warring parties in Syria have been temporarily suspended. The UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, made the announcement in Geneva on Wednesday, saying they were not delivering any humanitarian benefits for the Syrian people. The talks officially got underway on Monday. The UN estimates that more than 250,000 people [...]

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Syria donor conference to also focus on education, jobs

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World leaders are gathering in London for a conference which aims to raise US$9 billion for Syrian civilians as their homeland enters its sixth year of brutal civil war. Billed as a donor conference, the agenda will also focus on wider political and humanitarian crises in the Middle East region fuelled by the civil war, [...]

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Syria conflict having "profound impact" on food and agriculture

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Nearly nine million people in Syria are going hungry due to the ongoing conflict there, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reports. With the crisis entering its sixth year, the UN agency is urging world leaders to make food security a priority concern when they meet in London this Thursday for a major Syria donors' [...]

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News in Brief 03 February 2016 (AM)

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Safe passage urged for civilians across Ukraine front line Humanitarian organizations in Ukraine are urging the government there to ensure safe and unhindered passage for civilians crossing frontlines in the Donetsk region. Fighting in eastern Ukraine between government forces and separatist rebels has led to the death of up to 10,000 people since April 2014. [...]

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Microcephaly the big threat, not Zika virus itself, WHO emphasizes

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The medical condition which causes birth abnormalities in babies that's being linked to the Zika virus is the main threat to health, the World Health Organization (WHO) emphasized on Wednesday. A WHO spokesperson said that a global public health emergency had been declared due to the condition known as microcephaly, not Zika. He was responding [...]

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Risk of Zika virus spreading in Europe

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The risk that the Zika virus will spread in Europe will increase with the onset of spring and summer across the continent, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. The mosquito-borne virus, which in itself is relatively harmless, has been linked to a cluster of neurological and physical abnormalities in babies in Central and South [...]

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Peace and security come first, says youth representative from Chad

Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, of the Indigenous Women and Peoples Association of Chad. Photo: UN/Manuel Elias

Development in Sub-Saharan Africa is not possible without first ensuring stability, according to a participant in the 2016 UN Youth Forum. Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim of the Indigenous Women and Peoples Association of Chad has been at UN headquarters to discuss topics ranging from gender equality to poverty and hunger. She spoke to Janie Cangelosi about [...]

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Jobs plan to give young women equal access to the labour market

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A new global initiative addressing youth unemployment also aims to ensure young women don't lose out when it comes to finding work. That's the hope of the man who launched the UN plan, Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO). Mr Ryder says the world needs to create more decent jobs; not just [...]

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News in Brief 02 February 2016 (PM)

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Syrian women and civil society to contribute to peace talks Invitations have been issued to Syrian women and civil society representatives to contribute to the UN peace talks taking place in Geneva. Talks are underway in the Swiss city between the Syrian government and opposition groups in an attempt to bring an end to five [...]

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More than money needed to help Syrians survive: UNICEF

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The burden of caring for millions of Syrian refugees living in the region needs to be shared more equally. That's according to the spokesperson for the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF, in the Middle East. On Thursday, leaders and organizations from around the world gather in London for the latest Syria Donors Conference, aiming to raise [...]

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Canada urged to uphold human rights of indigenous women

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Nearly 1,200 indigenous women and girls have been murdered or gone missing in Canada over the past 30 years, that's according to UN and other international human rights experts. They are urging the Canadian authorities to address the root causes of violence and discrimination against these people. Leilani Farha, the UN Special Rapporteur on the [...]

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US$1.4 billion needed to get Syrian children back in school

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Some US$1.4 billion is needed to get Syrian children back in school; that's the warning from UN agencies ahead of a major donor conference which is due to take place in London on Thursday. Five years into the Syrian war, some four million children in the region require support to return to studying. Daniel Dickinson [...]

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Majority of migrants in Europe now women and children

A mother and her child walk along a muddy road towards the Refugee Aid Point in Miratovac, Serbia, on the border with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Photo: UNICEF/UN08805/Vas

The total number of women and children on the move in Europe is greater than the number of adult males for the first time in recent years, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has said. UNICEF confirmed they now make up nearly 60 per cent of refugees and migrants crossing the border from Greece into the [...]

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News in Brief 02 February 2016 (AM)

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Communities in Brazil to be mobilized against Zika virus The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) says it's planning to mobilize communities in Brazil to help them protect themselves from being infected by the Zika virus. The spread of the mosquito-borne virus in Central and Southern America has been linked to a significant increase in neurological abnormalities [...]

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News in Brief 01 February 2016 (PM)

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  “Complicated and difficult” Syria peace talks expected Peace talks to resolve the five-year-long civil war in Syria are expected to be “complicated and difficult." That's the view of the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, at the beginning of talks in Geneva between Syria's warring parties. More than 250,000 people have been [...]

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Faith groups fighting terrorist ideology need more empowerment

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Faith groups fighting terrorist ideology that misuses religion need more empowerment from bodies such as the UN. That's the view of one African expert on religion and conflict who's been attending a UN-sponsored symposium on The Role of Religion and Faith-Based Organizations in International Affairs. Kenya-based Dr Mustafa Ali is a director of the faith-based, [...]

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Public health emergency declared over virus-related condition

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A public health emergency has been declared by the World Health Organization (WHO) over a brain condition which is related to the spread of a mosquito-borne virus. The Zika virus, which in itself is relatively harmless, has been linked to a cluster of neurological abnormalities in South America. Daniel Dickinson has more details. Health experts [...]

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  No "winner" in Syria, Yemen conflicts The idea of a "winner" in the conflicts in Syria and Yemen has lost "all meaning," the UN Secretary-General has said. More than 250,000 people have died in the civil wars in those countries and millions have become refugees. Ban Ki-moon made the comment in an address to [...]

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Tobacco industry using movies as "last frontier"

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The tobacco industry is using films and the entertainment sector as a "last frontier" to push their products. That from the World Health Organization (WHO), which is calling on governments to rate movies and television programmes that have scenes showing people smoking. WHO says millions of lives could be saved by reducing young peoples' exposure [...]

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Decent jobs plan to be unveiled at UN Youth Forum

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Young people will be making their voices heard in the global push to achieve the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the 2030 deadline, the UN Special Envoy on Youth has said. Ahmad Alhendawi was previewing the two-day Youth Forum organized by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) which opens this Monday in New [...]

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Youth to voice opinions on development targets

Young people at the launch of the International Year of Youth, celebrated annually on 12 August. UN File Photo.

Young people around the world are being encouraged to voice their opinions on the implementation of newly agreed global development targets. Some 800 people are gathering at the UN on Monday at the Youth Form to discuss how to make the so-called SDGs a reality, both nationally and internationally. Veronica Reeves has more details. The [...]

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Investment needed to reap "digital dividends"

A computer class at San Jose, a rural secondary school in La Ceja del Tambo, Antioquia, Colombia. Photo: World Bank/Charlotte Kesl

Digital technologies have spread rapidly in much of the world, but the broader development benefits from using these technologies have lagged behind, according to the World Bank. These so-called "digital dividends" have included increased growth, expanded opportunities and improved service delivery. The Bank recently published a study looking at the haves and have-nots of the [...]

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