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Security Council welcomes DRC agreement

A wide view of the Security Council meeting. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The UN Security Council has welcomed the recent signing of an accord on the electoral process in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Government and opposition leaders signed the comprehensive and inclusive political agreement in the capital, Kinshasa, on 31 December last year. Matthew Wells reports. The Security Council has expressed hope that the [...]

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News in Brief 4 January 2017 (PM)

Families carry supplies from a distribution point in eastern Mosul, Iraq. Photo: UNICEF/Wathiq Khuzaie

  Mosul operation displaces more than 130,000 Nearly 132,000 people have been displaced by the Iraqi military operation to liberate the city of Mosul from the ISIL terrorist group, the United Nations has reported. At least 114,000 of these civilians are now sheltered in camps and emergency sites. Humanitarians have reached more than 500,000 people [...]

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News in Brief 4 January 2017 (AM)

Central African Republic (CAR) refugee children at the transit camp in Gara Boulai, eastern Cameroon. Photo: OCHA/Ivo Brandau

  US$310 aid appeal for Cameroon An appeal for US$310 million has been launched to provide life-saving assistance to 1.2 million people in northern and eastern Cameroon, the UN humanitarian agency, OCHA, has reported. The regions are facing challenges such as malnutrition and high levels of food insecurity in addition to hosting hundreds of thousands [...]

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Sense of hope and optimism in eastern Aleppo: UN aid official

Children at a shelter in Jibreen, Aleppo, Syria, play with a cart. Photo: UNICEF/Rzehak

There is a sense of optimism in eastern Aleppo now that "the guns have fallen silent," a senior UN humanitarian official said on Wednesday. Acting Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in the Syrian city, Sajjad Malik was speaking by telephone to journalists at UN Headquarters in New York. Dianne Penn reports. Mr Malik and his [...]

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International community congratulates new President-elect in Haiti

Ballots being counted after the closing of Haiti's national elections for the first round of Presidential and second and third round for senators, in Port au Prince, Haiti, November 20, 2016. Photo: UN/MINUSTAH/Logan Abassi

All sides in Haiti are being urged to respect the final results of the country's long-running electoral cycle. The appeal has been made by the UN and its international partners in the Caribbean country, known as the "Core Group." Haiti's electoral process began more than a year ago and was repeatedly postponed due to challenges [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 4 January 2017


Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations, with Matthew Wells and Dianne Penn. In today's programme: two Moroccan peacekeepers have been ambushed and killed in the Central African Republic – we'll have the latest details from the UN mission there. And, former child soldiers should be seen as victims, not security [...]

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"Emergency response" to HIV launched in Libya

Life-prolonging anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs. Photo: Sean Kimmons/IRIN

An "emergency response" to a rise in HIV infections in Libya, has been launched by the World Health Organization (WHO). A lack of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs in the North African country, to treat the virus that leads to AIDS, resulted in the deaths of 10 adolescents last year. The UN health agency says there were [...]

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Killing of two peacekeepers in CAR condemned by UN

Moroccan peacekeepers serving with the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) .  UN Photo/Catianne Tijerina (file photo)

The killing of two peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR) on Tuesday has been condemned by the UN mission there. The blue helmets, who were part of a battalion from Morocco, were escorting fuel trucks, when they were ambushed by unknown assailants. Two other peacekeepers were injured, one seriously, according to Vladimir Monteiro, spokesperson [...]

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Volunteering is “contagious”


"Volunteering" is contagious in a positive way according to a representative from a Kenya based organisation, who attended a UN-supported conference on volunteering, recently held in Mexico. According to the UN, more than one billion people globally offer their time and experience for free every year. Volunteerism is seen as a powerful means of tackling [...]

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Former child soldiers are victims not "security threats"

Child soldiers released in South Sudan. Photo: UNICEF/2015/South Sudan/Sebastian Rich

Former child soldiers should be treated as victims and not security threats in the year ahead, the UN special envoy for children and armed conflict has urged. Many of them experience trauma and stigma that can make it difficult to go back to their communities or the classroom, says Leila Zerrougi. In the past 20 [...]

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