Home » 31 Jul 2016 Entries posted on “July 2016”

A new film about refugees aims to add nuance to the news

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What happens when a tourist and a refugee meet? That's the central question at the heart of a new film screened at UN Headquarters in July. "The Island of All Together" was shot on the Greek island of Lesvos. The documentary features conversations between a refugee and a tourist sitting together on a bench. It [...]

31 Jul 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

New rule to weigh containers seeks to reduce accidents at sea

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  A new rule has come into force this month aimed at reducing the number of accidents at sea caused by shipping containers. From now on, each individual container's weight must be verified before loading. Lee Adamson is head of public information for the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and he says the new rule should [...]

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

Forces that divide no match for friendship

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Confronting the causes of poverty and other global challenges must be done through promoting "a shared spirit of human solidarity," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said. The suggestion is part of his message for the International Day of Friendship, observed this Saturday, 30 July. Dianne Penn reports. Mr Ban said major problems such as poverty, [...]

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

Security Council authorizes UN police component in Burundi

More than a quarter of a million Burundians have fled to neighbouring countries. Nduta refugee camp is located in north-western Tanzania. File Photo: UNHCR/Benjamin Loyseau

The international community has authorized the deployment of UN police officers to monitor the security situation in Burundi. This follows the adoption of a UN Security Council resolution on Friday, with 11 of the 15 members voting in favour. Burundi has been mired in crisis since April 2015, following President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to stand [...]

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

News in Brief 29 July 2016 (PM)

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Human rights concerns over opposition imprisonment in Gambia The recent mass imprisonment of opposition members in Gambia has raised the concern of the UN human rights office, OHCHR. Thirty members of the United Democratic Party, including its leader, were last week sentenced to three years in jail for participating in peaceful protests in April. OHCHR [...]

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Aleppo: Envoy urges Russia to leave humanitarian corridors to UN

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The establishment of "humanitarian corridors" to assist civilians trapped in the Syrian city of Aleppo should be left to the UN, the global body's envoy for the war-torn country said on Friday. Staffan de Mistura was speaking in reaction to Russia's proposal to create measures that would allow aid to enter the besieged city and [...]

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

UN Daily News 29 July 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Matthew Wells and Dianne Penn. In today's programme: Only one in a hundred people who are trafficked around the world, manages to escape – we'll hear from a senior UN official determined to tackle the illegal trade… And, Southern Africa's latest drought [...]

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News in Brief 29 July 2016 (AM)

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Regret over recent executions in Indonesia International drug control treaties do not support capital punishment. That statement comes from the head of the UN office working to counter the global drug problem, UNODC, in response to Indonesia's execution of prisoners for alleged drug-related crimes. Yury Fedetov said his Office regrets that an appeal by the [...]

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UN chief appeals for pause in armed conflict during Olympic Games

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With the Olympic Games just one week away, the UN Secretary-General has expressed hope that the race to win medals will be matched with equal resolve to end fighting worldwide. Ban Ki-moon has called for a global ceasefire in observance of the longstanding tradition of ensuring that the games are conducted in an atmosphere of [...]

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

Latest drought will "hugely increase" hunger across Southern Africa

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Southern Africa's latest drought will "hugely increase" the amount of food-insecurity suffered by millions across the region. That's the view of Neil Marsland from the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO). He said the drought was the worst in 35 years and a direct consequence of the El Nino weather phenomenon. Sandra [...]

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

"Only one out of 100 people are rescued" from human trafficking

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Only one out of 100 people are rescued from human trafficking according to a senior UN official working on the issue. Simone Monasebian is head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in New York. Victims of human trafficking include those in arranged marriages; forced labour, sexual exploitation, child labour, child soldiers, [...]

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

News in Brief 28 July 2016 (PM)

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Safety "critical" in any measures to help Aleppo Any measures to assist people in eastern Aleppo in Syria must bear the safety of civilians in mind, the head of the UN Humanitarian Affairs office, OCHA, has said. In a statement on Thursday, Stephen O'Brien said he was aware of a Russian proposal to set up "humanitarian [...]

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Football scores 2030 development goals through "peace and justice"

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The "values of sport" – particularly football – are a powerful force for helping promote the UN-led Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). That's the passionate view of Stefano Capellini, who is manager of the Inter Campus project, a global outreach programme run by the legendary Italian football club, Internazionale Milano. Some players and staff were present [...]

28 Jul 2016 | Posted in Sustainable Development Goals, Today's Features | Read More »

UN Daily News 28 July 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Matthew Wells and Dianne Penn. In today's programme: Move over El Nino, and brace yourselves for La Nina – as the World Meteorological Organization says big weather changes could be on the way…. And, we'll meet some of the extraordinary athletes from [...]

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UN Global Perspective: focus on Syria, youth and noncommunicable diseases

UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said that much depends on recent discussions between the United States and Russia on the Syrian conflict. Photo: UN Photo/Violaine Martin

Hope for Syria talks “towards the end of August” The prospect of fresh talks on Syria beginning in a matter of weeks edged a little closer this week after a high-level meeting between representatives from Russia, the United States and the United Nations in Geneva. Speaking after the encounter, UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan [...]

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

Forecast points to La Niña weather change

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Global weather patterns could be about to change if the La Niña phenomenon re-emerges, UN experts said Thursday. La Niña, which is caused by cooler waters in the Pacific Ocean, could bring much-needed rainfall to areas left parched by the last El Niño episode, which ended in May. There's no certainty that La Niña will happen, but [...]

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

UN and Africa: focus on Lake Chad region, Africa development and illegal fishing

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Boko Haram crisis has "devastated" Lake Chad region's economy The security and humanitarian crisis brought on by the Boko Haram terrorist group across Africa's Lake Chad Basin has "devastated" the region's economy. That's according to Jeffrey Feltman, UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, briefing the UN Security Council on Wednesday. Africa should avoid debt, find new [...]

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

UN chief appeals to Indonesian President to stop upcoming executions

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The President of Indonesia is being urged by the UN Secretary-General to halt the imminent execution of 14 prisoners for alleged drug-related crimes. Ban Ki-moon made the appeal in a statement issued on Thursday by his Spokesman. Dianne Penn reports. The 14 inmates are reportedly due to be executed by firing squad before the end [...]

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

"Inclusive and accountable institutions" key to peacebuilding: UN chief

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"Inclusive and accountable institutions" are the "cement" that binds governments and citizens together, and they must be strengthened. That's according to UN chief Ban Ki-moon, speaking at a Security Council open debate on Peacebuilding in Africa on Thursday. He said that peace in Africa remained a "top priority" and warned that when "institutions are weak, [...]

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

Aleppo suffering “de facto” besiegement, warns UN Syria Envoy

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Preparations for a new round of Syria talks are continuing apace, UN negotiator Staffan de Mistura said Thursday, amid increasing concerns about the humanitarian situation in the war-torn country. In a briefing with journalists, the organisation's Special Envoy for Syria blamed ongoing fighting for hampering aid access, not administrative delays. There was "no doubt" that [...]

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

News in Brief 28 July 2016 (AM)

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Human rights experts call for end to police impunity in Kenya It is "high time to end police impunity in Kenya," a group of international human rights experts has charged, expressing concern over what they see as an "on-going pattern" of extrajudicial killings in the country. In a statement issued on Thursday, the three UN [...]

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"Historic racial targeting" in the US is "dangerous" for peaceful assembly

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The 'historic racial targeting by police' can be dangerous for citizens' rights to peacefully assemble in the United States. That's according to Maina Kiai, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to peaceful assembly and of association. Kiai has been touring countries to assess the state of their civil rights. For the last four months he [...]

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

South Sudan Olympians say "being a refugee is only a status"

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Five runners who fled South Sudan have been given the chance to compete in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games as refugees. On Thursday, they boarded a plane in Kenya, bound for the Brazilian city that's hosting the world's biggest sporting event that opens next week. A total of 10 refugees from various countries will be competing [...]

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

Hepatitis, a curable disease, claims more lives than AIDS

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Hepatitis claims approximately 1.5 million lives each year more than the number of people who die from AIDS, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Hepatitis is a viral disease which is curable, but is deadly unless detected early WHO will be marking World Hepatitis Day on July 28th to spread global awareness about the [...]

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News in Brief 27 July 2016 (PM)

A mother watches as three of her children head off to school in Qamishli, northern Syria. Photo: UNHCR/F. Al-Khateeb (file photo)

Deadly explosions kill 40 in Syria Concern is mounting over on-going violence in Qamishly City in northern Syria, the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, said on Wednesday. This follows the deaths of at least 40 people, including children, after explosions were detonated in a populated area that morning. Several residential buildings have collapsed while others [...]

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Solar Impulse lights path to more "energy efficient" world: pilot

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The inspiring journey of the first fuel-free plane to circumnavigate the globe leads the way to a more "energy efficient" and sustainable world. That's the view of Captain Bertrand Piccard, co-pilot of the record-breaking plane, Solar Impulse. The team behind the solar-powered flight, took 505 days to complete their extraordinary journey, landing in Abu Dhabi [...]

27 Jul 2016 | Posted in Sustainable Development Goals, Today's Features | Read More »

"Tentative agreement" towards "humanitarian pause" in fight for Taiz

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There's "tentative agreement" between the warring parties fighting in the Yemeni province of Taiz, to agree to a "humanitarian pause." That's according to UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, Jamie McGoldrick, speaking after holding talks with all sides on Wednesday. Yemen's civil war has left more than 14 million food insecure and displaced 2.8 million. Mr [...]

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

UN chief deeply concerned about widespread arrests in Turkey

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The UN Secretary-General said he trusts that the current "moment of uncertainty" in Turkey will be transformed into a "moment of unity." Ban Ki-moon's comments were made during a phone call on Wednesday with the country's Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu. Turkey continues to reel from the aftermath of a failed military coup earlier this month [...]

27 Jul 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Return of foreign terrorist fighters poses "urgent challenge"

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The return of foreign terrorist fighters to their countries of origin or residence represents an "urgent challenge" for the international community, according to the head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Yury Fedetov was addressing a security conference in St Petersburg, Russia, on Wednesday. It was held to discuss ways to strengthen [...]

27 Jul 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Daily News 27 July 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Matthew Wells and Dianne Penn. In today's programme: the "boundless insecurity" caused by Boko Haram across Africa's Lake Chad region is "devastating" local economies. We've a full report from the Security Council. And, the pilot of the world record-breaking "Solar Impulse" talks [...]

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Boko Haram crisis has "devastated" Lake Chad region's economy

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The security and humanitarian crisis brought on by the Boko Haram terrorist group across Africa's Lake Chad Basin has "devastated" the region's economy. That's according to Jeffrey Feltman, UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, briefing the UN Security Council on Wednesday. Matthew Wells reports. Duration: 2’33″

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

Plea to Indonesia as 14 await “imminent” execution

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Fourteen people reportedly face imminent execution in Indonesia, the majority for drug crimes, the UN's top human rights official said Wednesday. In an appeal to the Indonesian authorities, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein has called for a moratorium on the death penalty to be reinstated immediately. UN Human Rights Office spokesperson Jeremy Laurence outlined the High [...]

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

News in Brief 27 July 2016 (AM)

Women displaced by fighting in Juba, South Sudan, queue to fill containers with water after UNICEF delivered 100,000 litres of safe water to the site, where many residents had resorted drinking from a nearby stream. UNICEF/UN025202/Irwin

Anti-cholera campaign in underway in South Sudan Efforts to contain a cholera outbreak in South Sudan are being ramped up, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports. The world's youngest nation has recorded more than 270 cases of the disease, including 14 deaths, since 12 July. Together with the Ministry of Health, WHO and its partners [...]

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UN Gender Focus: UN Response to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

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This week we have an exclusive in-depth interview focusing on sexual exploitation and abuse. The UN has described abuse allegations made against people serving the organization and others as "sickening" and has pledged thorough investigations while also offering support to victims. In February this year, the UN Secretary-General appointed Jane Holl Lute as Special Coordinator [...]

27 Jul 2016 | Posted in UN Gender Focus | Read More »

Insecurity and urbanization threaten World Heritage Site in Mali

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Ongoing conflict in Mali is threatening one of the oldest towns in sub-Saharan Africa, the UN cultural agency, UNESCO, has warned. The old towns of Djenné have been placed on the list of World Heritage in Danger. The four archaeological sites, which include a mosque, are almost entirely made of earth. Edmond Moukala is chief [...]

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

Indonesia in spotlight over "imminent executions"

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The imminent execution of 14 people in Indonesia must not be allowed to go ahead, the UN's top human rights official said Wednesday. In an appeal to the Indonesian authorities, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein called for a moratorium on the death penalty to be reinstated immediately. Most of the condemned prisoners are on death row [...]

27 Jul 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Paraguay communities learn to cope with flooding

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People living in flood-prone areas of Paraguay are learning how to prepare and cope with annual and sometimes life-changing inundations. The region surrounding Asuncion, the capital of the South American country, is becoming ever-more susceptible to flooding; this year has been particularly bad because of heavy rains caused by the El Nino weather system. Daniel [...]

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News in Brief 26 July 2016 (PM)

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More funds needed to repatriate Somali refugees from Kenya The international community is being urged to provide an additional US$115 million to support the voluntary return of Somali refugees from Kenya. The appeal has been made by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) which had earlier asked for nearly US$370 million for the operation. The Kenyan [...]

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UN Daily News 26 July 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Matthew Wells and Dianne Penn. In today's programme: In her first full interview, the Special Coordinator on improving the UN's response to sexual exploitation and abuse makes a plea to end "re-victimization"… And, the prospect of a return to proximity talks over [...]

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Hope for Syria talks "towards the end of August"

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The prospect of fresh talks on Syria beginning in a matter of weeks edged a little closer on Tuesday after a high-level meeting between representatives from Russia, the United States and the United Nations in Geneva. Speaking after the encounter, UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura told journalists that he aimed to pursue [...]

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

Deadly bombings will not derail political progress in Somalia

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A "ruthless" deadly attack near the airport in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, this Tuesday has been condemned by the senior UN official in the country. The militant group Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the twin car bombings which killed at least a dozen people. Dianne Penn reports. The head of the UN's mission in Somalia, Michael [...]

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

"Don't revictimize" sexually abused women

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Women who have been sexually abused should not be "revictimized" through the need to constantly describe the crimes they have suffered; that's the view of the UN's recently appointed Special Coordinator on Improving the United Nations Response to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse. UN peacekeepers and other people working for the United Nations as well as [...]

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

News in Brief 26 July 2016 (AM) – Geneva

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Middle East heatwave "could be a regional record" A blistering heatwave that's been making life uncomfortable for millions of people in the Middle East could be a new temperature record, UN weather experts said Tuesday. The announcement by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) comes after thermometers in Kuwait peaked at 54 degrees Centigrade on Thursday [...]

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Austerity is putting "social protection" rights at risk: ILO

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Policies of economic austerity around the world are putting the human right to social security at risk, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO). Isabel Ortiz, the ILO's Director of Social Protection, argues that as government budgets continue to be squeezed, social security programmes are being cut, which is depressing economic activity still further. The [...]

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UN sanctions move to strengthen relationship with migration body

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The heads of the United Nations and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) are being urged to sign an agreement which aims to establish a closer relationship between the two bodies. This follows the unanimous adoption on Monday of a UN General Assembly resolution supporting the move to make IOM an official part of the [...]

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

Afghanistan violence claims record toll on civilians

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Lethal violence in Afghanistan is getting worse and has claimed a record number of casualties so far in 2016, the UN said Monday. More than 5,100 civilians have been killed or maimed in the first six months of the year, according to new data from the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the UN [...]

25 Jul 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Human rights is more than a moot subject, say students

Student counsellor Helena Hirsch from Patrick Henry College, speaking at the 8th Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition. Photo: UN Photo/Daniel Johnson

Raising human rights awareness among a new generation of youngsters from all corners of the world is vitally important if discrimination is to be beaten. That's the view of top UN rights investigator Christof Heyns, speaking on the sidelines of a special legal debate, which is known as a moot, at the Human Rights Council [...]

25 Jul 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

News in Brief 25 July 2016 (PM)

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Praise for US law that strengthens food assistance globally A new law in the United States aimed at boosting global food assistance programmes has drawn praise from two UN agencies. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) said the legislation will have a "dramatic impact" on the lives of people [...]

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Solar-powered plane pilots way to a more sustainable world

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks with Solar Impulse pilot Captain Bertrand Piccard (on screen) via Skype video chat. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

The airplane that is circling the globe powered by clean technology and solar energy is piloting the journey to a sustainable world, the UN Secretary-General said on Monday Ban Ki-moon was speaking during a video call on Monday with one of the pilots of the Solar Impulse, Dr Bertrand Piccard. The Swiss explorer is a [...]

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

Safety of civilians living under UN protection sites a “priority"

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More and more civilians are turning to the UN Mission in South Sudan for protection from escalating violence brought on by renewed division between the country's top two leaders. In early June, heavy fighting in the capital Juba sent thousands of people running to the protection of civilian sites in and around the main UN [...]

25 Jul 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Urgent call for “humanitarian pause” in Aleppo fighting

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An urgent call has been made for a weekly two-day "humanitarian pause" in fighting around Aleppo, to save thousands of lives in the east of the Syrian city. The UN's Humanitarian and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O'Brien, said that with the last access road into the area cut off, 250,000 were now trapped. He warned [...]

25 Jul 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Daily News 25 July 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Matthew Wells and Dianne Penn. In today's programme: A plea for a weekly "humanitarian pause" in fighting around Eastern Aleppo to safe tens of thousands of Syrian lives… And, we'll hear from inside the UN protection of civilian sites in South Sudan [...]

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News in Brief 25 July 2016 (AM)

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  Rise in people fleeing Sirte, Libya Displacement of civilians from the Libyan city of Sirte has topped 90,000, according to UN agencies and their partners. They report that a two-month campaign against the terrorist group ISIL, also known as Daesh, has forced more than 35,000 people to flee the coastal city since April. The [...]

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Restoring drylands to address climate change threat

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Drylands are under threat because of climate change but restoring them could help cope with the effects of drought, desertification. That's according to a study by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) which revealed for the first time the presence of trees, forests and land use in global drylands. The desert, arid or semi-arid regions [...]

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Afghanistan violence claims record toll

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Lethal violence in Afghanistan is getting worse and has claimed a record number of casualties in 2016, the UN said Monday. More than 5,100 civilians have been killed or maimed in the first six months of the year, according to new data from the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the UN Human Rights [...]

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

"Guns will not help" peace in South Sudan

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"Guns will not help" to bring peace in South Sudan; that's the view of one prominent elder in the world's newest nation. South Sudan gained independence from Sudan on 9 July 2011 in a referendum in which almost 99 per cent of the population voted to secede. The most recent upsurge in fighting is just [...]

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

More action needed to reduce burden of noncommunicable diseases

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Heart disease, lung disease, cancer and diabetes represent the largest cause of death of people under the age of 70 years worldwide, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). These four non-communicable diseases (NCDs) killed nearly 40 million people in 2012, many of them in developed countries. WHO has just released a report which calls [...]

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

Fighting between armed groups in Mali, major "violation" of peace agreement: UN

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Fighting between two armed groups in northern Mali, which are signatories to a year-old UN-sponsored peace agreement, has been condemned by the Secretary-General. In a statement, Ban Ki-moon deplored the violence, and said that two days of fighting in the northern town of Kidal threatened to derail the establishment of proper authority in the region. Matthew [...]

23 Jul 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

"Horrendous" terror attack in Afghan capital condemned by UN

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A 'horrendous" suicide attack that killed dozens of civilian demonstrators in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday, has been condemned by the UN. News reports said that at least 80 had been killed with around 230 injured. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon described it as a “despicable crime” and the UN Security Council issued a Press [...]

23 Jul 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UK will be "more committed than ever" to multilateralism post-Brexit

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The United Kingdom will be "more committed than ever before" to playing an international role on issues such as intelligence-sharing and counter-terrorism. That was the pledge from newly-appointed UK Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, making his first visit to UN Headquarters. He said he had had a productive meeting with UN chief Ban-Ki-moon, discussing a wide-range [...]

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

News in Brief 22 July 2016 (PM)

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  Children caught up in war need better protection and integration Children caught up in war need better protection and should never be stigmatized when returning home. That's the passionate view of the Secretary-General's Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, speaking at the end of a six-day visit to Somalia. She said [...]

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Urgent funding needed for proposed humanitarian operation in Mosul, Iraq

UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Lise Grande (right), in conversation with refugees coming our of Iraq. Photo: OCHA

As the Iraqi army moves to retake the city of Mosul from the terrorist group ISIL, or Daesh, aid groups are preparing to assist as many as 1.5 million civilians who might be affected. However, the UN and partners say they urgently need more than US$280 million for the operation, and they warn that time [...]

22 Jul 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Daily News 22 July 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Jocelyne Sambira and Matthew Wells. In today's programme: the threat of terrorism remains "persistent and credible" the head of the UN counter-terrorism arm warns; and, funds are urgently needed to help Iraqis who will likely be caught up in the battle to [...]

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Terror threat remains "persistent and credible" UN counter-terror expert says

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The threat of terrorism remains "persistent and credible", the head of the UN Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED) has said. Jean-Paul Laborde made the remarks ahead of a briefing to the United Nations Security Council on Friday on the flow of foreign terrorist fighters around the world. In September the Council adopted a resolution that requires [...]

22 Jul 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

World will "pay much more in the future" if AIDS-funding falters

Scene from Durban, South Africa, on the opening day of the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016). UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

The world will "pay much more in the future" if funding for HIV and AIDS falters. That's according to Luiz Loures, Deputy Executive Director of UNAIDS, speaking at the closing of the 21st International AIDS Conference, in Durban, South Africa. More than 18,000 global leaders, scientists and frontline health workers have been attending the UN [...]

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

News in Brief 22 July 2016 (AM) – Geneva

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Hopes for upcoming UN-US-Russia talks on Syria in Geneva The office of the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria has expressed hope that an upcoming meeting between Russia, the United States and the UN in Geneva could help kick-start a new round of peace talks between combatants. Jessy Chahine is spokesperson for UN Special Envoy [...]

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Modern technology hailed as the smart way to make cities better for people

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A bid to improve the lives of billions of people in cities by using Information Communication Technology (ICT) to maximum effect is under way at the UN. The focus on so-called "smart cities" involves 56 cities in Europe, Central Asia and North America. UN agencies UNECE and ITU are behind the initiative, and they say [...]

22 Jul 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

South Africa income inequality and unemployment "highest in world"

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Income inequality and unemployment in South Africa remains the highest in the world, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has found. South Africa faces significant challenges and needs decisive action to revive growth, the agency said in its latest economic review. However, the report also acknowledges considerable economic and social progress made by Africa's largest economy [...]

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News in Brief 21 July 2016 (PM)

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  Turkish authorities needs to "do their utmost" to follow international law The Turkish government and officials need to "do their utmost" to ensure that international human rights law is followed in the aftermath of the failed coup, said the UN chief on Thursday. In a statement, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted the declaration of a [...]

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UN Global Perspective: focus on Syrian children, El Niño and climate change

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Impact of Syria war on children "monstrous and brutal" The impact of the war in Syria is becoming more "brutal and monstrous" on children, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has said. More than 20 young people reportedly died in air strikes in the north of the country in Man-bij, 80 kilometres to the east of [...]

21 Jul 2016 | Posted in UN Global Perspective | Read More »

Africa should avoid debt, find new ways to finance its development

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Africa should avoid debt and find new ways to finance its development, a new report by the UN trade and development agency (UNCTAD) has warned. Launched on Thursday, the report suggests using money sent home by migrants, also known as remittances, which reached US$63.8 billion in 2014. That's more than the continent has received in [...]

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UN and Africa: focus on Malawi, South Sudan and Kenya

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Over 6.5 million people in Malawi in need of emergency food aid  The largest ever emergency food relief operation in Malawi's history has kicked off this week, according to the World Food Programme (WFP). More than 6.5 million people are facing hunger because of a drought caused by the El Niño weather phenomenon. The food [...]

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"Pivotal moment" for Democratic Republic of the Congo: Human Rights chief

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The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is at a "pivotal moment" when it could "stumble into increasing repression". That's the warning from UN Human Rights chief, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, speaking to reporters at the end of his mission to the central African country on Thursday. He said important advances had been made in [...]

21 Jul 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Gender Focus: Kenyan entrepreneurs, FGC and South Sudan

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10,000 Kenyan female entrepreneurs connected to global market An initiative which is aiming to connect 10,000 Kenyan women involved in running businesses to global markets, will empower women across the world, according to one of the entrepreneurs who has joined the network. The SheTrades network which is backed by the UN's International Trade Center provides [...]

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Impact of Syria war on children "monstrous and brutal"

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The impact of the war in Syria is becoming more "brutal and monstrous" on children, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has said. More than 20 children reportedly died in air strikes in the north of the country in Manbij, 80 kilometres to the east of Aleppo. The agency estimates that 35,000 children are trapped in [...]

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UN Daily News 21 July 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Jocelyne Sambira and Matthew Wells. In today's programme: ongoing clashes in Syria obstruct aid deliveries – a possible catastrophe for civilians on the "brink of starvation";  and, a "huge growth" in private military contractors sparks human rights concerns.

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"Fairness and confidentiality" will define deliberations over new UN chief

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"Fairness and confidentiality" will define Security Council proceedings to select the next candidate to lead the United Nations. That's according to the President of the Council, speaking in advance of the first straw poll, which took place on Thursday. Unprecedented open dialogues took place with all of the twelve candidates to become the next UN [...]

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Syria's warring parties “risk creating humanitarian catastrophe”

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Warring parties in Syria risk causing what's being described as a "catastrophe" for civilians who "are on the brink of starvation", the UN warned Thursday. In an update on the war-torn country, the organisation's aid coordinator, Jan Egeland, blamed ongoing clashes for obstructing aid deliveries. A quarter of a million people in Eastern Aleppo have [...]

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News in Brief 21 July 2016 (AM)

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  First six months of 2016, hottest ever recorded The first six months of 2016 have been the hottest ever recorded, making it likely that the year overall will be a record-breaker. That's according to the latest data released on Thursday by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). WMO Secretary-General said that "decades-long trends of climate [...]

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10,000 Kenyan female entrepreneurs connected to global market

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An initiative which is aiming to connect 10,000 Kenyan women involved in running businesses to global markets, will empower women across the world, according to one of the entrepreneurs who has joined the network. The SheTrades network which is backed by the UN's International Trade Center provides buyers across the globe a platform to connect [...]

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Kenyan student urges youth to "take agriculture seriously"

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Young people looking to become "the next billionaire" are being encouraged to consider a career in agriculture. That suggestion comes from a Kenyan university student who said he has been inspired after participating in a youth forum in Nairobi held parallel to the latest conference of the UN trade and development body, UNCTAD. Stephen Mokoro [...]

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Concerns over "huge growth" in private military contractors

Gabor Rona, member of the United Nations expert group on the use of mercenaries, addresses a press conference. UN File Photo/Mark Garten

Countries are increasingly turning over their military operations to private military and security firms, which has raised the concern of international human rights experts. A series of panel discussions at UN Headquarters this Thursday will look at the implications of what they describe as "the privatization of war." The event has been organized by the [...]

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News in Brief 20 July 2016 (PM)

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"Heinous culture of impunity" revealed by repeat rape case in India A "heinous culture of impunity" exists when it comes to violence against women and girls, as highlighted by a case in India where a woman was reportedly raped twice by the same group of men. That's according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), commenting [...]

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UN Daily News 20 July 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Jocelyne Sambira and Matthew Wells. In today's programme: An emergency food relief operation has kicked off in Malawi to help the millions of people facing hunger. And, a youth envoy says governments and the private sector are not listening to their concerns.

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Over 6.5 million people in Malawi in need of emergency food aid

Floods in early 2015 were the worst in living memory in Malawi, washing away homes and food stocks, and ruining fertile land. Photo: UNDP/Arjan van de Merwe

The largest ever emergency food relief operation in Malawi's history has kicked off on Wednesday, according to the World Food Programme (WFP). More than 6.5 million people are facing hunger because of a drought caused by the El Niño weather phenomenon. The food crisis in the southern African country is also due to the impact of [...]

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Youth still struggling to be heard by governments and private sector

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With half of the world's population under 25 years old, it is crucial that young people have a say in global trade and development issues. That message comes from the UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth. Ahmad Alhendawi is in Nairobi, Kenya, where he participated in the first-ever youth forum being held alongside the latest conference [...]

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"Key benchmark" report on sustainable development reveals serious challenges

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The first ever Sustainable Development Goals report provides an "accurate evaluation of where the world stands" on reaching ambitious targets by 2030, according to the UN chief. Launching the report, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that latest data indicated that one person in eight, still lives in extreme poverty, while nearly 800 million are still going [...]

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News in Brief 20 July 2016 (AM)

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  US$284m needed in humanitarian relief ahead of Mosul campaign An appeal for US$284 million in humanitarian funding has been launched ahead of the anticipated Iraqi government-led military campaign to re-take the city of Mosul. The UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Lise Grande, said that as many as 1.5 million civilians could be impacted, and [...]

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Call to beat hepatitis, the "dormant" killer

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Around 400 million people are infected with hepatitis but only one in 20 know they have the disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday. In a call for action from countries ahead of World Hepatitis Day on Thursday 28 July, the UN health agency stressed the need for better access to testing and treatment [...]

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Female genital cutting needs "grassroots approach"

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The eradication of female genital cutting requires a "grassroots approach" according to a rights activist who attended a recent UN meeting on the issue. The practice affects 200 million women and girls and is considered a 'social norm' in many parts of the world, but the UN has condemned it as a human rights violation. [...]

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News in Brief 19 July 2016 (PM)

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Lives of millions "turned upside down" by El Niño says UN chief The "lives and livelihoods" of millions around the world have been "turned upside down" by the extreme weather events linked to the current El Niño phemomenon. That's the view of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in remarks at an event focusing on El Niño [...]

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Forced labour is "like a virus" the head of ILO says

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Forced labour is "like a virus" because of its capacity to mutate, the head of the International Labour Organization (ILO) has said. Guy Ryder was speaking at a UN panel discussion on partnerships to end forced labour in supply chains. Human trafficking, debt bondage, and modern day slavery are all forms of forced labour. 21 million [...]

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UN Daily News 19 July 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Jocelyne Sambira and Matthew Wells. In today's programme:  The head of the International Labour Organization (ILO's) Guy Ryder compares forced labour to a virus in a debate on how to end the crime; and, UN Radio gets an exclusive interview with Stevie [...]

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Banning of Bahrain's largest opposition group deplored by UN chief

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

The government dissolution of the largest opposition group in Bahrain, Al-Wefaq, has been deplored by the UN Secretary-General. Ban Ki-moon said in a statement issued through his spokesperson that the move represented "the latest in a series of restrictions" of the rights of citizens living in the Gulf state. Matthew Wells reports. The UN chief's [...]

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Zeid: Turkey should respect individual rights following mass arrests

High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein addresses the 31st regular session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Those responsible for violence in Turkey during the attempted coup should be held accountable, but the country should ensure that everyone detained in its aftermath is treated lawfully. That's the view of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. A coup staged on Friday night in the Turkish capital, Ankara, and it's largest city, Istanbul, [...]

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News in Brief 19 July 2016 (AM) – Geneva

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Alarm for 50,000 malnourished children in Nigeria's north-east Nearly 50,000 children could die from malnutrition in Nigeria's north-east unless they get help urgently, UN aid workers warned on Tuesday. The announcement by UNICEF comes as government forces push back Boko Haram extremists, re-opening access to vulnerable and displaced communities. In total, more than 240,000 youngsters [...]

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"Overwhelming" combination of El Niño and climate change

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The combination of climate change and the El Niño weather system has created "overwhelming" conditions for many countries around the world according to the UN Special Envoy for the issue. El Niño has been associated with drought and flooding in many parts of the world and has led to severe consequences for millions of people. [...]

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Volunteering enhances “liberty of others” one meal at a time

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Providing free healthy meals to the elderly might seem like a small step but it allows them to stay in their homes longer, thus enhancing their autonomy and, ultimately, their freedom. That's the opinion of Jose Luis Sanchez, a manager at Citymeals on Wheels, which ensures that homebound senior citizens in New York City never [...]

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News in Brief 18 July 2016 (PM)

Destruction in Salah Ed Din neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria. File Photo: OCHA/Josephine Guerrero

  Continuing violence in Aleppo threatens to trap up to 300,000 civilians Continuing violence across the Syrian city of Aleppo is threatening to trap up to 300,000 more civilians, without access to humanitarian assistance. That's according to UN Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq, who told reporters on Monday that "hundreds of mortars and projectiles" had been [...]

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"Evil is not of God" says music superstar Stevie Wonder

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One of the most celebrated and revered icons of American popular music delivered a simple yet powerful message of tolerance at the United Nations this Monday. Addressing gun violence and terrorism worldwide, singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder stated that "wrong is wrong, no matter how you put it." The multiple award-winning musician and UN Messenger of Peace [...]

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Victories against ISIL in Iraq "unifying" people

Mohamed Ali Alhakim (left), Permanent Representative of Iraq to the UN, with Ján Kubiš, Special Representative the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), at the Security Council meeting on the situation concerning that country. UN Photo/Loey Felipe (file photo)

A series of victories against terrorists in Iraq is a "unifying factor" for the conflict-ridden country, according to the UN's most senior representative there. Areas which had been held by the ISIL terrorist group, also known as Daesh, have been retaken and show, according to the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General Ján Kubiš, that [...]

18 Jul 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Iran urged to avoid further ballistic missile launches, to preserve deal

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Iran has been urged not to carry out further ballistic missile tests, which might be deemed inconsistent with the "constructive spirit" of the nuclear deal struck with world powers a year ago. The call came from UN Under Secretary-General Jeffrey Feltman, briefing the Security Council on the implementation of the resolution which endorsed the so-called [...]

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

Aid failure by rich countries totals US$2 trillion

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Developing countries could have received approximately US$2 trillion in aid over the past 14 years if their wealthier counterparts had honoured commitments on overseas development assistance. That's according to the latest report from the UN trade and development body, UNCTAD, launched on Monday in Nairobi. Funding will be critical for countries to achieve the Sustainable [...]

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"We must close the gaps" to end AIDS epidemic: UN chief

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (3rd right) speaks at the opening press conference of the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016), in Durban, South Africa. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

In order to end the AIDS epidemic, the world has a responsibility to "close the gaps" that prevent people from accessing vital services, said the UN chief on Monday. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was speaking at the beginning of an International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa. He called for an expansion of "resources, science and [...]

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UN Daily News 18 July 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Daniel Dickinson and Matthew Wells. In today's programme:  Two trillion US dollars; that's the amount that richer countries should have given in aid to the developing world. And, we hear how global deforestation is being driven by the need to grow more [...]

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Deforestation still driven by agriculture

To commemorate International Environment Day (annually 5 June) hundreds of Haitian students take part in a massive tree-planting campaign at a pine forest, one of Haiti's last, four hours drive from Port-au-Prince. The once-great forest has been depleted for charcoal production and to make room for farm land. UN Photo/Logan Abassi

Global deforestation is being largely driven by the need to produce more food, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). In its annual State of the World's Forests report, the UN agency reveals that forests are being cleared to grow oil palm and soya as well as for cattle farming. However, some 22 countries [...]

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News in Brief 18 July 2016 (AM)

Ronald Kayanja, Director of UNIC Lagos, explains the Sustainable Development Goals to local schoolchildren. Photo: UNIC Lagos

  "Accelerate the pace" to meet "monumental task" of SDGs Countries need to "accelerate the pace" of implementing the Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, if the world is to meet the "monumental task" of achieving them. That's according to the UN Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, addressing government ministers attending the High Level Political Forum on [...]

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Be part of "Mandela movement" for a better world

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Be part of the "Mandela movement" to make the world a better place, the UN Secretary-General has urged ahead of Mandela International Day observed on 18 July. Nelson Mandela was the world's most famous prisoner of conscience who resisted the former system of racial discrimination in South Africa known as apartheid. The activist went on [...]

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Kenya promises "voluntary, dignified and safe" return of Somali refugees

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Kenya's commitment to abide by international law and allow the voluntary, dignified and safe repatriation of Somali refugees has been hailed by the UN Secretary-General. Ban Ki-moon made the remarks to the press in Nairobi during the 14th UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Back in May, the Kenya Government announced plans to close [...]

17 Jul 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Restore people's trust in global economy by implementing SDGs, urges Ban

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People around the world are increasingly unhappy with the state of the global economy and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can help change that. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made the remarks at the opening of the 14th session of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) on Sunday. Many are worried about the future [...]

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South Sudanese girl talks about "fear of dying"

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A young girl has been talking about her "fear" of dying during a recent outbreak of fighting in South Sudan. More than 270 people died in the capital, Juba, during six days of clashes between rival forces loyal to the President and Vice President. Joana John Edward, interviewed by the UN radio station in the [...]

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Time to send "strong message" to South Sudan leaders says Secretary-General

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Now is the time to send a strong message to the South Sudanese leadership, the UN Secretary-General urged leaders from Africa on Saturday. Ban Ki-moon made the remarks during a special Summit of the regional trading bloc IGAD focusing on regional peace and security. The meeting was held on the margins of the 27th African [...]

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"Fully support" democratically elected government in Turkey: General Assembly President

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The international community is being asked by the UN General Assembly President to fully back the democratically elected government in Turkey. Mogens Lykketoft made the call after groups in the armed forces tried to seize power by force late on Friday. Jocelyne Sambira reports. Deploring the loss of lives during the failed putsch, the UN [...]

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Millions in South Sudan could be "driven to brink of catastrophe" if peace fails

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

Millions of people facing hunger in South Sudan will be “driven to the brink of catastrophe” if the peace process fails, the UN food agency FAO warns. Over 4.8 million people are severely food insecure and malnutrition rates are rampant, the agency says. Meanwhile, the UN Secretary-General met with African leaders on the margins of [...]

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Countries losing "billions of dollars" to invoice fraud

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Some developing countries are losing as much as 67 per cent of their exports worth "billions of dollars" to invoice fraud, according to the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Invoice fraud or "trade misinvoicing" is the deliberate misreporting of the value of a commercial transaction on an invoice submitted to customs. These commodity-dependent [...]

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Military interference in any State is "unacceptable" : UN chief

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

Military interference in any State is "unacceptable" the UN Secretary-General said in statement released following an attempted coup in Turkey late on Friday. According to media reports, more than a hundred people have reportedly died and over a thousand soldiers have been arrested. Jocelyne Sambira reports. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was following "closely [...]

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Colombian refugees look to rebuild after Ecuador quake

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It has been three months since a 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked Ecuador, killing more than 660 people. The disaster left more than 80,000 people homeless, including refugees fleeing violence in neighbouring Colombia. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees recently travelled to the South American country to meet displaced families. Dianne Penn reports. Duration: 2’15″

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News in Brief 15 July 2016 (PM)

IDP women in one of the camps in Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria, collect their share of stock cubes to prepare the day's meal. The women are paid a salary to cook the meals. Photo: OCHA/Jaspreet Kindra

  Some 700,000 people in northern Nigeria to get aid Efforts are being made to scale up life-saving assistance to some 724,000 people in desperate need in north-eastern Nigeria, UN agencies say. The World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) are working together with the local authorities on the matter. WFP has [...]

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UN Daily News 15 July 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Dianne Penn and Jocelyne Sambira. In today's programme: We look at challenges facing children and youth. A staggering 263 million youngsters are out of school, data from the UN cultural agency UNESCO reveals And improving work prospects for youth worldwide, including millions [...]

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Iraqis protest corruption, deteriorating security situation

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Thousands of people have taken to the streets in the Iraqi capital Bagdad to protest against corruption and call for reforms, according to the UN special envoy to the country. Speaking to members of the Security Council on Friday, Ján Kubiš, said the demonstrations were in response to the overall deteriorating security situation. He also [...]

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"Working poverty" pressing issue for youth

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The issue of "working poverty" is a serious problem for young people especially in the developing world, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO). "Working poverty" describes people who have jobs that pay so little they can barely survive. The ILO says there are some 235 million youth globally who fall into this category, in [...]

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Skills training key to tackling youth unemployment

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Young people are nearly three times more likely to be jobless than adults, according to data from the United Nations. Improving education and training to help the world's estimated 73 million unemployed youth enter the workforce is the goal of World Youth Skills Day observed on 15 July. Basma Baghall has been speaking to the [...]

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UN stands "firmly" by France following "massacre"

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A terrorist attack in France in which at least 84 people reportedly died has been condemned at the United Nations in New York. Media reports describe how the truck was intentionally driven into a crowd of people celebrating Bastille Day, the country's national day, in the southern city of Nice. Daniel Dickinson has more details. [...]

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News in Brief 15 July 2016 (AM) – Geneva

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Zeid: response to Nice attack “needs to be highly sophisticated” The response to terrorism after the attack in the French city of Nice needs to "carefully calculated" and not simply about greater security measures, the UN's human rights chief said Friday. Zeid Ra'ad Hussein's comments come after a lorry ploughed into a crowd taking part [...]

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263 million youngsters "are out of school"

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More than 260 million children are out of school, the UN said Friday, warning that it is a serious challenge to Global Goals on education. Just as worrying is the finding that 142 million 15 to 17-year-olds do not attend lessons, according to the data, released by UN agency UNESCO and the Global Education Monitoring [...]

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Staunching tax "haemorrhage" from poorest countries

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Investment-related tax evasion cost the world's Least Developed Countries (LDCs) approximately US$100 billion in 2014, according to the UN trade body, UNCTAD. Stemming this "haemorrhage" is among the topics on the agenda at its latest conference which opens on Sunday in Nairobi, Kenya. The week-long event, known as UNCTAD 14, comes as countries move to [...]

15 Jul 2016 | Posted in Sustainable Development Goals, Today's Features | Read More »

UN and Africa: focus on South Sudan

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Security Council action needed to permanently end South Sudan violence Peace in South Sudan can only be salvaged through "a strong political and coordinated approach," UN peacekeeping chief Hervé Ladsous has told the Security Council. Violence between rival forces in the capital, Juba, has killed up to 300 people, including two UN peacekeepers. South Sudan [...]

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News in Brief 14 July 2016 (PM)

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Situation in Juba "calm but tense" with heavy military presence South Sudan's capital Juba remains "calm but tense", with heavy military presence on the streets, the UN Mission (UNMISS) in the country reports. Meanwhile, peacekeepers continue to carry out limited patrols in and around the protection of civilian sites (POC) and UN House. Some 33,000 [...]

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Cambodian peacekeepers treat South Sudan wounded

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As a ceasefire in South Sudan's capital, Juba, appears to be holding, doctors at a United Nations hospital there continue to treat people wounded during six days of clashes between rival forces. More than 270 people died as a result of the fighting, including two UN peacekeepers from China. Dianne Penn reports on a hospital [...]

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UN Global Perspective: focus on South Sudan, children and illegal fishing

On 14 July 2016, UNICEF using eight tankers, delivered 100,000 litres of water to IDPs in Juba, South Sudan. Photo: UNICEF South Sudan

UN Chief slams "failed leadership" in South Sudan The leaders of South Sudan have failed their people, an "outraged" UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said following another upsurge in fighting the world's newest nation. Many civilians were caught up in the crossfire both in the capital, Juba, and on the compounds of the UN mission in [...]

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UN must plant seeds for sustained peace

Christiana Figueres, former Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), addresses the Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.
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The UN must plant the seeds today for a sustained peace tomorrow, according to Costa Rica's nominee for the post of Secretary-General. Christina Figueres spoke during Thursday's General Assembly Informal Dialogues where candidates are invited to state their case and take questions from Member States and civil society groups. She is the former Executive Secretary [...]

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UN Gender Focus: "SDG generation", gender equality and South Sudan

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"Girls matter" to sustainability and growth of the whole world Vulnerable girls in their early teens are the Sustainable Development Goal, or "SDG generation", whose well-being should be the standard by which we judge the success of the ambitious 2030 global goals. That's according to Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), [...]

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UN Daily News 14 July 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Dianne Penn and Jocelyne Sambira. In today's programme: A human rights report finds "rampant immunity" for killings in Ukraine over the past two years And, the UN envoy for Syria calls for action from the US and Russia to make talks happen

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News in Brief 14 July 2016 (AM)

A reminder of the deadly destruction in the conflict in Mykolaivka in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine. Photo: WFP/Abeer Etefa

Impunity for killings in Ukraine remains rampant: UN Impunity for the "widespread killings" that have taken place in Ukraine since 2014 remains rampant, a new UN report has found. The United Nations Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine released the report on Thursday. The majority of deaths over the past two years occurred in the [...]

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"Rampant impunity" for killings in Ukraine

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Impunity for killings in Ukraine remains "rampant" according to a report prepared by the United Nations Human Rights Monitoring Mission in the eastern European country. Armed conflict in certain districts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, has led to the deaths of 2000 civilians over the past two years. And the report states that the [...]

14 Jul 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Syria envoy calls for US, Russia action on talks

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Hopes of fresh talks to decide the future of Syria depend on the United States and Russia doing more to make them happen, UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said Thursday. The veteran negotiator insisted that preparations for renewed discussions have been continuing since the last round of UN-led talks, often referred to as Geneva [...]

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The "indispensable" role of men and boys in realizing gender equality

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Men and boys are being encouraged to "think differently" about gender relations in order to achieve full equality between the sexes. The call has been made by Lakshmi Puri, Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, who says gender equality is critical to realizing social and economic change, as well as sustainable peace following conflict. Pierre-Marc [...]

14 Jul 2016 | Posted in Sustainable Development Goals, Today's Features | Read More »

News in Brief 13 July 2016 (PM)

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  Ending human rights abuses against LGBTI "great cause": UN chief Ending human rights abuses against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people is a "great cause", the UN Secretary-General has said. Ban Ki-moon spoke in a video message on Wednesday to participants of the Global LGBTI conference co-hosted by Uruguay and the Netherlands. [...]

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New development goals offer “promise of revolution”

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New globally agreed development goals offer "the promise of a revolution" but the key is now to know how to implement them; that's according to a Senior official at the World Bank. The international community has been gathering at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to discuss how to progress made toward the 2030 [...]

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Security Council action needed to end South Sudan violence

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Peace in South Sudan can only be salvaged through "a strong political and coordinated approach," UN peacekeeping chief Hervé Ladsous told the Security Council on Wednesday. Deadly violence over the past week between rival forces in the capital, Juba, has killed hundreds of people, including two UN peacekeepers. South Sudan has only been independent since [...]

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UN Daily News 13 July 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Dianne Penn and Jocelyne Sambira. In today's programme: Security Council action needed to permanently end South Sudan violence And, Jordan to open its border for aid delivery to 100,000 refugees  

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Jordan to open border for aid delivery to 100,000 refugees

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Jordan is to open its border for an aid delivery to an estimated 100,000 stranded Syrian refugees, the World Food Programme (WFP) has confirmed. The border with Syria in the remote Ruqban area was closed in June after an attack claimed by the ISIL terrorist group. The WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin has been visiting [...]

13 Jul 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN "deeply alarmed" over Aleppo violence

Destruction in the ancient city of Aleppo, Syria. File Photo: UNESCO

Escalating violence in and around Aleppo city in Syria has been described as "deeply alarming" by two senior UN officials. UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Syria, Yacoub El Hillo and Kevin Kennedy, the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis released a joint statement on Wednesday. Before the recent spike in violence, 10,000 to 30,000 people [...]

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News in Brief 13 July 2016 (AM)

Old Town of Djenné (Mali). Photo: UNESCO/F. Bandarin

Iconic Mali towns join "most-at-risk" list In Mali, the iconic Old Towns of Djenné have been added to the list of world heritage sites in danger, UNESCO said Wednesday. The UN cultural agency said that the historic settlements, which date back to 250 BC, are at risk from ongoing insecurity in the sub-Saharan country. The [...]

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Refugees from Syria create "development crisis" in Jordan

View over Za'atari Refugee Camp in Jordan housing Syrian Refugees. Photo: UNHCR/C. Herwig

The pressure of having more than a million refugees from Syria living in neighbouring Jordan has created a full-blown "development crisis" there. That's the view of Edward Kallon, UN Humanitarian Coordinator, and Resident Representative in Jordan for the UN Development Programme (UNDP). He said that public services such as health, sanitation, water and education are [...]

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Illegal fishing operations to be "put out of business" by new treaty

Inspectors will be able to check on actual fish catches on visiting ships under the new Agreement. Photo: FAO

Illegal fishing operations are expected to be "put out of business" following the agreement of a treaty backed by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The Port State Measures Agreement is aimed specifically at tackling illegal, unreported and unregulated or IUU fishing across the world. The agreement will block improperly caught fish from being brought [...]

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News in Brief 12 July 2016 (PM)

IDP women in one of the camps in Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria, collect their share of stock cubes to prepare the day's meal. The women are paid a salary to cook the meals. Photo: OCHA/Jaspreet Kindra

  Famine could be "imminent" in north-eastern Nigeria Famine could be imminent in the worst affected areas in north-eastern Nigeria recent assessments by the UN and aid agencies have shown. Humanitarian convoys have uncovered alarming levels of malnutrition and famine-like conditions in Borno State, particularly in satellite camps, says OCHA, the UN's relief agency. These [...]

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UNAIDS sounds alarm on “rising” HIV infections

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Progress in reversing HIV has stalled among adults and infections are rising in some parts of the world, the UN warned Tuesday. Announcing new data on the global fight against HIV, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, or UNAIDS, said that the virus infected more than two million people in 2015. And although overall [...]

12 Jul 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Human rights around the world "under siege" says UN official

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Pointing to the "horrific" bloodshed in South Sudan, a senior UN official is warning that the values that underpin human rights are under siege. UN General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft made the remarks during a high-level debate on the human rights. Jocelyne Sambira has the story. If today's leaders do not re-ignite their commitment to [...]

12 Jul 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

"Time is running out" UN chief tells Israel, Palestine leaders

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Time is running out and the prospects for a two-state solution between the Israelis and Palestinians grow more distant, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warned. He made the remarks to the Security Council Tuesday during an open debate on the situation in the Middle East. The Israeli-Palestinian peace talks came to an abrupt end in [...]

12 Jul 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Bid to end violence “affecting 1 billion youngsters a year"

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An ambitious strategy to end violence against children has been unveiled by UN health experts. Launching the plan on Tuesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that a new global approach is needed as it affects around one billion children every year. Despite the alarming data, WHO says that many cases of violence are "hidden, [...]

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UN Daily News 12 July 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Daniel Dickinson and Jocelyne Sambira. In today's programme: a ceasefire appears to be holding in South Sudan…we hear from the streets of the capital Juba And, Candidates for UN chief face a "challenging" town hall meeting on Tuesday evening in New York

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South Sudan ceasefire welcomed by UN

Civilians have borne the brunt of fighting in Wau and across South Sudan. Photo: OCHA/Gemma Connell

A ceasefire agreement between the warring parties in South Sudan has been welcomed by the UN Mission in the country, UNMISS. It follows days of fighting between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and First Vice-President Riek Machar. Close to 300 people have been reported killed in the capital Juba. Matthew Wells reports. Duration: 2’35″

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News in Brief 12 July 2016 (AM) – Geneva

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  Tribunal rules on South China Sea dispute China's sole claim to a stretch of water in the South China Sea is unjustified, a UN-recognised tribunal announced on Tuesday. The dispute is between China and the Philippines, which sought the help of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in 2013. China has consistently rejected the [...]

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Candidates for UN chief face "challenging" town hall

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The candidates vying to become the next Secretary-General of the United Nations are to face a "challenging environment" at a global televised town hall discussion taking place on Tuesday, according to a senior UN Spokesperson. Twelve candidates have been nominated by their governments to lead the organisation after the current chief Ban Ki-moon steps down [...]

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Eradicating extreme poverty is "greatest global challenge"

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Eradicating extreme poverty is the "greatest global challenge", a senior official with the UN Economic and Social Affairs Council has said. Wu Hungbo addressed the first High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development since the adoption of Agenda 2030, which strives for a more inclusive world. Twenty-two countries are expected to share their progress in implementing [...]

11 Jul 2016 | Posted in Sustainable Development Goals, Today's News | Read More »

News in Brief 11 July 2016 (PM)

Destruction in Salah Ed Din neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria. File Photo: OCHA/Josephine Guerrero

"Deep concern" over increased fighting in and around Aleppo in Syria Increased fighting in and around Aleppo city in Syria is of "deep concern" according to the UN. The intensification of hostilities since 7 July between government forces and non-state armed groups has blocked access in and out of eastern Aleppo. An estimated 300,000 people [...]

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Ending AIDS is within reach: The Lid is On, with Kenneth Cole

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Ending AIDS means controlling the spread of spread of HIV and lessening the impact on people's lives, says the UN agency fighting the epidemic, UNAIDS. It says the number of people on anti-retroviral treatment today has surpassed the amount of new infections each year. In our latest podcast, you'll hear from fervent advocates who are [...]

11 Jul 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

"Voice of the voiceless" will carry on criticizing war violations of children

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Governments which continue to violate children's rights in conflict situations will continue to be scrutinized, despite their objections, according to a senior UN official. The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, said her office's mandate was to be the "voice of the voiceless" and compile reports on child casualties, [...]

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UN Daily News 11 July 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Dianne Penn and Jocelyne Sambira. In today's programme: South Sudan leaders are being urged to take concrete measures towards peace And, while "positive stories" exist across West Africa, "serious challenges" remain. We hear from a senior UN official in the region.

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UN chief slams "failed leadership" in South Sudan

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The leaders of South Sudan have failed their people, an "outraged" UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a briefing to the press on Monday. Fighting broke out in Africa's newest nation last Thursday between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and his deputy Riek Machar. Speaking at UN Headquarters in New York, Ban Ki-moon said [...]

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South Sudan leaders urged to take concrete measures towards peace

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Fighting between rival forces has been continuing on Monday in South Sudan's capital, Juba. This follows several days of deadly clashes that began ahead of the country's fifth independence anniversary on Saturday. This latest turn of events comes despite a 2015 peace agreement and the formation of a unity government aimed at ending more than [...]

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"Positive stories" across West Africa but "serious challenges" remain

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There are "very positive stories" emerging from West Africa but "serious challenges" continue, that require greater UN support. That's the view of Mohamed Ibn Chambas, UN Special Representative and Head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS). The special political mission established earlier this year works to prevent conflict and support [...]

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News in Brief 11 July 2016 (AM)

Interned Displaced People in Tomping, South Sudan. Photo: Beatrice Mategwa / UN - South Sudan

UN expert "appalled" by attacks on displaced, civilians in South Sudan A UN expert said he is "appalled" by the attacks on displaced people and civilians in South Sudan and has called for a cessation of hostilities. Chaloka Beyani, the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs) issued a statement [...]

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"Girls matter" to sustainability and growth of the whole world

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Vulnerable girls in their early teens are the Sustainable Development Goal, or "SDG generation", whose well-being should be the standard by which we judge the success of the ambitious 2030 Goals. That's according to Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), speaking ahead of World Population Day on Monday. He told Matthew [...]

11 Jul 2016 | Posted in Sustainable Development Goals, Today's Features | Read More »

Security Council to consider "enhancing" South Sudan mission after intense fighting

Wide view of the Security Council on 29 June 2016. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

The UN Security Council said it would "consider enhancing" the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) after holding an emergency meeting on Sunday in response to intense fighting in the capital, Juba. It also encouraged "states in the region" to prepare to send more troops to potentially bolster the UN presence in the country. Members [...]

10 Jul 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

"Demonstrate leadership" South Sudan's politicians urged

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Amidst renewed fighting that news reports indicate has led to at least 150 deaths, the UN Security Council has urged South Sudan's government to "demonstrate leadership" and get back on course to deliver "lasting peace". The world's youngest country marked its fifth anniversary of independence at the weekend, while violent clashes took place between government [...]

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"Working together" in local coops will help achieve global goals

Koren Brigham, a member of the Park Slope Food Cooperative in Brooklyn, New York. Photo: UN Radio/Deganit Perez

"Being a cooperative means working together" and can also help the world reach its ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). That's the view of many members of one of the oldest and largest food coops in New York City. More than a billion people are members of coops around the world, providing more than 200 million [...]

10 Jul 2016 | Posted in Sustainable Development Goals, Today's Features | Read More »

Afghan teen raps against child 'Brides for Sale'

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An Afghan teenager is using rap music to advocate for an end to child marriage. Sonita Alizadeh, 19, has released a music video called 'Brides for Sale' which highlights the ordeal of young girls forced into marriage by their families. The issue is personal for Sonita as her own mother had attempted to sell her [...]

10 Jul 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Star soprano hits right note with multilingual message

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The UN goes to great lengths to promote peace, development and human rights, and now it's teamed up with a soprano who's hitting new heights to do the same. The singer is Lebanese star Tania Kassis, who's singing her new song, Al Ardou Lil Jami3 (which means This Land Is for All), in English and [...]

9 Jul 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Migration story "omitted for too long" says agency ahead of UN union

Members of International Organization for Migration distribute tarps, water jugs and personal items to residents of camps in Haiti. UN Photo/Logan Abassi

The proposed union of the United Nations and the International Organization for Migration, (IOM) is a sign that the global community is more aware than ever of the problems confronting migrants. That's the view of Leonard Doyle, spokesperson for IOM, an independent body formed in 1951, whose 165 Member States have decided to join forces [...]

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Lebanon "important" to regional security

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Lebanon is an "important building block" to security in the Middle East, the UN Special Coordinator for the country has said. Sigrid Kaag was in New York this week where she briefed the Security Council. Lebanon, which has a population of around five million people, is hosting more than one million refugees who have fled [...]

8 Jul 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

News in Brief 08 July 2016 (PM)

Protestors in New York City demonstrate in the wake of the verdict in the case of the police shooting of Missouri teenager Michael Brown (24 November 2014). Photo: Jacques Baudrier

  "Outrage" at killings in US A group of UN human rights experts has expressed "outrage" at new police killings of two African-American men in the United States. Philando Castile was killed in Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Louisiana at the hands of the police. The United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of [...]

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CAR violence, a "wake-up call" to global community

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The fact that thousands of people have fled violence in the Central African Republic should be seen as a "wake-up call" to the global community about rising tensions there, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said Friday. More than 6,000 mainly women, children and elderly have crossed into neighbouring Cameroon and Chad amid fighting between herders [...]

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UN Daily News 08 July 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Matthew Wells and Daniel Dickinson. In today's programme: the Sustainable Development Goals are a new social contract between leaders and the people, a senior UN official tells us. And, one mother in South Sudan tells us of her dream, and hope, for [...]

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South Sudan mother's "dream and hope" of peace, 5 years on

Refugee mothers and their babies from South Sudan queue at a health centre located near the Nyumanzi refugee camp, north of Adjumani town in northern Uganda. Photo: UNICEF/Charles-Martin Jjuuko

One mother from South Sudan has been speaking of her "dream and hope" of a peaceful nation at last, five years on from the country's independence. The world's newest nation has begun the process of recovery from a brutal civil war that killed tens of thousands; has left nearly 5 million without enough food and [...]

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SDGs mark "new social contract between leaders and the people"

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As countries prepare for the first ever "progress report" on the Sustainable Development Goals next week, they need to be viewed as a "new social contract between leaders and the people". That's the passionate view of Thomas Gass, UN Assistant Secretary-General in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. He's been speaking ahead of a [...]

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News in Brief 08 July 2016 (AM) – Geneva

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  South Sudan's fifth anniversary marred by resurgent conflict Resurgent violence in South Sudan must stop and warring parties should focus on implementing the peace agreement amid a deteriorating humanitarian situation, the head of the UN peacekeeping mission there has said. On the eve of the country's fifth anniversary celebrated on Saturday, the Special Representative [...]

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El Niño's "devastating impact" on children

At the Gedebe Health Post in Halaba Special Woreda (district) in SNNP Region of Ethiopia, 28-month-old Nebila has her mid-upper-arm circumference measured by a health worker. She was diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition and has been receiving treatment including ready-to-use-therapeutic food (RUTF). Photo: UNICEF/UN022074/Ayene

Severe droughts and floods caused by the El Niño weather phenomenon continue to have what the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has described as a "devastating impact" on young people. A report published by UNICEF on Friday shows that East and Southern Africa are the worst hit regions where some 26.5 million children need support. Jocelyne [...]

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Disarmament and non-proliferation are not "just for men"

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Disarmament and non-proliferation issues are not "just for men", female participants at a UN peace forum in Austria are learning. They are relevant just as much today as they were during the Cold War Era, says Juliette Kohler of the UN Office on Disarmament Affairs (UNODA). The "Women Higher Education for Peace" event is the [...]

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Countries report on progress made towards UN global goals

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Countries are due to report next week on the progress made in implementing the ambitious UN-led global goals aimed at ending hunger, and lifting people out of extreme poverty. In 2015, world leaders adopted "Agenda 2030" to create a more inclusive world with the help of governments, businesses, civil society and ordinary citizens. A key [...]

8 Jul 2016 | Posted in Sustainable Development Goals, Today's Features | Read More »

Political tensions rising ahead of Congolese elections

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Political tensions are rising ahead of planned elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo according to the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations. Speaking in the Security Council on Thursday, Jan Eliasson urged the Congolese authorities to defuse tensions through dialogue. Dianne Penn reports The security situation remains extremely serious in the eastern part [...]

7 Jul 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

News in Brief 07 July 2016 (PM)

On 11 January 2016 in Madaya, Rural Damascus, a girl eats bread, as she and other children and their families wait for permissions to leave the besieged town. Photo: UNICEF/UN07224/Al Saleh, WFP

  5.5m people still in hard to reach areas in Syria Unhindered access to deliver aid to around 5.5 million people in Syria is being urged by the United Nations as the conflict there continues. The UN says that since the beginning of the year it has provided relief to more than 940,000 Syrian civilians [...]

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UN Global Perspective: focus on migration, co-ops and global connectivity

Members of International Organization for Migration distribute tarps, water jugs and personal items to residents of camps in Haiti. UN Photo/Logan Abassi

Migration story "omitted for too long" says agency ahead of UN union The UN family is set to get a little bigger.  That's because preparations are under way for a likely new addition: the International Organization for Migration, IOM, which hitherto has been an independent body. This follows a decision by IOM's 165 Member States [...]

7 Jul 2016 | Posted in Sustainable Development Goals, UN Global Perspective | Read More »

UN and Africa Special: Rebirth and healing of Rwanda through culture

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The rebirth and healing of Rwanda through its culture, music and dance has been documented in a film giving voice to survivors and perpetrators alike. A screening of Intore or "The Chosen" was recently organized by the UN Outreach Programme on the Rwandan genocide in New York. Genocide against the Tutsi minority on 7 April [...]

7 Jul 2016 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

UN Gender Focus: LGBT, drug dependency and women’s health

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New Independent Expert on LGBT issues a “huge development” Activists are hailing the appointment of a UN Independent Expert on the human rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender or LGBT people. The UN Human Rights Council in Geneva has passed a resolution that will establish the mandate. It represents an important step towards stamping [...]

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UN Daily News 07 July 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Matthew Wells and Daniel Dickinson. In today's programme: the global consumption of fish is on the rise, as fish farming overtakes fishing in the wild, for the first time ever….. And, an emergency UN vaccination campaign against measles gets underway to help [...]

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Growth in aquaculture contributes to rise in fish consumption

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For the first time ever, people are eating more farmed fish than species caught in the wild. That's according to the latest report from the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). It finds that annual global per capita fish consumption has also risen to over 20 kilogrammes, or about 44 pounds, which is double the [...]

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News in Brief 07 July 2016 (AM)

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  Two peacekeepers killed in Mali training accident Two United Nations peacekeepers have been killed in Mali after a mortar bomb accidentally exploded during a training exercise. The UN mission in the country, MINUSMA, said the incident took place on a shooting range in Kidal in the north-east of the country on Wednesday morning. A [...]

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Thousands of children vaccinated against measles in South Sudan

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A campaign to vaccinate around 13,000 "particularly vulnerable" children in the Wau area of South Sudan is well underway, according to the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF. The immunization drive is focussing on five Protection of Civilian sites in Wau, which are being run by the UN Mission in the country, UNMISS. UNICEF is concerned there [...]

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Millions more "need yellow fever jab in Angola and DRC"

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A campaign to vaccinate a total of 30 million people against yellow fever is under way in Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo UN health experts confirmed on Thursday. The World Health Organization (WHO) outlined the plan in Geneva, calling it unprecedented in its scale but necessary, in light of the urban spread [...]

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Tsunami preparedness underway in St Kitts and Nevis

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The tiny Caribbean island nation St Kitts and Nevis has been working with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) to make sure it is in a "state of readiness" if a tsunami were to hit the low-lying archipelago. Although a tsunami has never struck St Kitts and Nevis, like other nation sin the Caribbean it is [...]

7 Jul 2016 | Posted in Caribbean News, Today's Features | Read More »

China urged to "create space" for civil society

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) addresses a joint press conference with Wang Yi, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

China has been urged by the UN Secretary-General to "create space" for civil society groups in the country so they can "act as a catalyst for social progress and economic growth." Ban Ki-moon was speaking after meeting China's Foreign Minister in the capital, Beijing. Dianne Penn reports Mr Ban lauded the "deepening" cooperation between the [...]

7 Jul 2016 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

El Niño means 60 million people worldwide face food insecurity

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The impact of the El Niño weather phenomenon is continuing to drive up food insecurity, and the arrival of La Niña in a few months' time will likely make it worse. That's the grave assessment of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which hosted a special one day conference on the issue on Wednesday, together [...]

6 Jul 2016 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Daily News 06 July 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Matthew Wells. In today’s programme: the Central African Republic needs a stronger and renewed commitment from the UN to overcome continuing challenges, the head of UN field support tells us; and, more "economic and political empowerment" of women in Zimbabwe, is essential [...]

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News in Brief 06 July 2016

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El Niño causing a "food and agriculture crisis" The El Niño weather phenomenon is causing a "food and agriculture crisis" around the world that is likely to deepen in the years ahead. That's the view of Jose Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), opening an event on Wednesday examining the [...]

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Central African Republic needs UN support amidst "volatile" security

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The Central African Republic (CAR) needs direct and indirect support from the UN Mission there amidst a continuing "volatile" security situation. Speaking at the end of a visit to CAR, Under-Secretary-General for Field Support, Atul Khare, said it was important for the Security Council to give the UN Mission, MINUSCA, an extended mandate to help [...]

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"Economic and political empowerment" of women essential in Zimbabwe

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The "economic and political empowerment" of women in Zimbabwe is essential for the development of the southern African country according to the UN's most senior representative there. Zimbabwe has a good record in terms of the political representation of women but more needs to be done the UN Resident Coordinator, Bishow Parajuli, has said. Daniel [...]

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News in Brief 5 July 2016 (PM)

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Saudi Arabia terrorist attacks condemned Terrorist attacks in the cities of Jeddah, Qatif and Madinah in Saudi Arabia on Monday have been condemned by the UN Secretary-General. Ban Ki-moon said they were "all the more despicable" as they were carried out as residents were preparing for Eid al-Fitr celebrations to mark the end of the [...]

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Terror attacks "more likely to happen" as ISIL space is reduced

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Terror outrages like those seen in recent days in Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Iraq are likely to happen more regularly unless the global community changes the way it tackles the threat they pose. That's the view of Jean-Paul Laborde, head of the UN's Counter-Terrorism Committee. He says that this is a result of military successes [...]

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UN Daily News 05 July 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Matthew Wells and Daniel Dickinson. In today's programme: Haiti's biggest ever cholera vaccination programme will get underway soon, says the World Health Organization. And, civil society groups in Iraq need more information about victims of violence to help stop on-going rights violations. [...]

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Largest cholera vaccination programme ever planned for Haiti

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The largest vaccination programme "ever done" to fight cholera in Haiti, is due to begin soon, initially targeting 750,000 in the centre of the Caribbean island nation. The World Health Organization representative in Haiti, Jean-Luc Poncelet said that they hoped to complete the first phase of mass vaccination "by the end of the year". Ten [...]

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Killing of human rights lawyer in Kenya condemned by UN

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The killing in Kenya of a human rights lawyer and two other people has been condemned by the United Nations. The death of Willie Kimani as well as his client Josphat Mwenda, and their taxi driver Joseph Muiruri comes in a context of what the UN has described as "persistent allegations of extrajudicial killings by [...]

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News in Brief 5 July 2016 (AM) – Geneva

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Fears grow for hundreds of missing Fallujah men and boys In Iraq, fears are growing for well over 600 men and boys reportedly taken hostage by armed militia following the fall of Fallujah last month, the UN has said. In an appeal for them to be found and freed, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, [...]

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Iraqi civil society needs greater access to information

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Civil society organizations in Iraq need greater access to information about the victims and perpetrators of violence in the conflict-ridden country if they are to be able to support emergency efforts; that's according to the director of an Iraqi health organization who recently visited the UN in New York. The terrorist group ISIL or Daesh [...]

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Aviation is "enabler" of sustainable development

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Aviation is a "catalyst or enabler" of sustainable development, according to the head of the UN's International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). In September last year the international community agreed new development goals known as the SDGs. The ICAO chief, Liu Fang, says aviation can play a key role in the realization of those goals. Maoqi [...]

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"Legitimate questions" raised about Israel's long-term intentions

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The building of housing in settlements in the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem raises "legitimate questions" about Israel's long-term intentions, the UN Secretary-General has said. His statement follows the decision by Israeli authorities to advance plans to build a total of 800 housing units a move which is illegal under international law. Daniel Dickinson [...]

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UN Daily News 04 July 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Daniel Johnson and Daniel Dickinson. In today's programme … the "negative discourse on refugees and migrants" has to be changed And, the UN in Colombia will "hit the ground running" as it prepares to help the disarmament process in the South American [...]

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Summit needed to change "negative discourse on refugees and migrants"

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A new "global compact" is needed on refugees and migrants to address the increasingly negative way they are treated, a top UN expert said Monday. Karen Koning AbuZayd, Special Adviser for the UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants, made the comments ahead of a UN summit on the issue in September. In an appeal for [...]

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News in Brief 4 July 2016 (AM) -Geneva

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Concerns over CAR escalation amid deadly violence Major security flare-ups and rights violations in the Central African Republic may be evidence that violence is set to escalate once again, the UN said Monday. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein's comments come after several incidents in the capital Bangui and rural areas that [...]

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International community urged to prioritize human rights in Myanmar

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  The international community has been urged by a UN expert to prioritize human rights in Myanmar, particularly in business and investment relations. The South-East Asian country is undergoing a transition to democracy after decades of military rule leading to increasing engagement with the rest of the world. Daniel Dickinson reports The United Nations Special [...]

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Political solutions needed to "unlock" African displacement crisis

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Political solutions need to be found to "unlock" the crisis of displacement in Africa, according to a UN Special Rapporteur who focuses on the human rights of internally displaced persons, or IDPs. Protracted conflict and insecurity has caused millions of people to flee their homes in South Sudan, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo [...]

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Global connectivity crucial for "full citizen engagement”

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Global connectivity is crucial for ensuring "full citizen engagement" and achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). That’s according to David Nabarro, UN Special Adviser on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. He believes it's the only way to guarantee marginalized people the access to information they need and deserve. Mr Nabarro spoke to Paul [...]

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UN chief "deeply saddened" by death of Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel

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The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said he was "deeply saddened" by the death on Saturday of Elie Wiesel. Mr Wiesel, who survived the Holocaust perpetrated by Nazi Germany and who won a Nobel peace prize reportedly died at his home in the United States aged 87. Daniel Dickinson has more. Elie Wiesel was born [...]

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Baghdad terrorist attack condemned by UN chief

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A terrorist attack in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, which reportedly killed at least 125 people has been condemned by the United Nations chief. The bombing took place on Sunday in a busy street where families were shopping for the Eid al-Fitr celebrations marking the end of Ramadan. Daniel Dickinson reports. According to early reports, a [...]

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UN in Colombia to "hit the ground running", says peacekeeping chief

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The UN in Colombia has to "hit the ground running" the head of peacekeeping operations said during an official visit to Mexico. The new political mission will be responsible for monitoring disarmament should the Colombian government and FARC rebels agree on a peace deal. They are currently in talks to end a 51-year old conflict. [...]

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Atomic radiation body: 60 years evaluating "what's good and what's bad"

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After years spent being the sole global authority, the UN Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR), has evolved into deciding "what's good and what's bad" in a crowded field. That's according to UNSCEAR's Secretary, Malcolm Crick, as the committee celebrates its 60th year. The Committee reports to the General Assembly and is distinct [...]

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Co-ops use their "global powers" to support the SDGs

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Co-operatives are pledging to use their "global powers" to support the internationally-agreed Sustainable Development Goals, the president of the International Co-operative Alliance said. Co-operatives or "co-ops" are businesses run for and by their members where everyone has an equal say and share in the profits. Speaking ahead of the UN International Day of Cooperatives on [...]

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News in Brief 1 July 2016 (PM)

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CAR: New allegations of sexual abuse involving minors New allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse involving minors in the Central African Republic (CAR) have surfaced, the UN has confirmed. The UN internal oversight body (OIOS) is carrying out investigations in the Kemo region where previous allegations of abuse had been reported. Charges have been made [...]

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UN Daily News 01 July 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Jocelyne Sambira and Matthew Wells. In today's programme … a "massive" investment in Haiti's health care system is needed to fight cholera, says a UNICEF representative in the country And, an historic day as Special UN investigator is appointed on LGBT issues

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"Massive" investment in health care needed to fight cholera in Haiti

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There is a need for a "huge and massive" investment in the health care system in Haiti to address the challenges faced by aid workers in fighting cholera. UNICEF representative in the country, Marc Vincent, made the remarks on Friday from Port-au-Prince. Ten months after the 2010 earthquake, cholera appeared in the Caribbean island nation [...]

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News in Brief 1 July 2016 (AM) – Geneva

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Alarm for Boko Haram-liberated areas in Nigeria Concern is growing for more than half a million people who are in need of immediate food assistance in north-east Nigeria, the UN said Friday. Until just a few days ago, humanitarian workers have been unable to access many communities in Borno state, because of violence linked to [...]

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Quartet invites Israel and Palestine to resume "meaningful negotiations"

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The Middle East Quartet has invited Israel and Palestine to resume "meaningful negotiations" in the face of "major threats" to peace. The Quartet is made up of the UN, United States, Russia, and the European Union and was set up to mediate the peace process in the region In its report published on Friday, it [...]

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Time for Liberia to "step up" and assume full security role

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Liberia is officially assuming full responsibility for national security in the country on Friday, taking over from the UN mission UNMIL. The mission was established in 2003 following years of civil war and conflict in the West African country. Five thousand new police officers have been trained in order to support the transition. Olive Thomas [...]

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Special UN investigator appointed on LGBT issues

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An "historic" decision has been reached at the UN to appoint an Independent Expert on violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGBT), supporters of the move said Thursday. In a marathon debate at the Human Rights Council that saw no less than 11 amendments to the draft resolution, including one trying [...]

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