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Cameroon "paying the price" for generosity taking in refugees

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

Cameroon is "paying the price" for its generosity taking in hundreds of thousands of refugees, without having secured extra resources. That's the view of Najat Rochdi, Humanitarian Coordinator for the UN Development Group, in the West African country. The Cameroonian government together with the UN and partner organizations launched a US$310 million response plan on [...]

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News in Brief 5 January 2017 (PM)

Colombia: Government, FARC-EP and UN Mission train 80 women and men to monitor and verify ceasefire. August 31, 2016. Photo: MisionONUCol (file photo)

  Observers let go from UN Mission in Colombia Three observers have been let go from the UN Mission in Colombia following their participation in a celebration organized by the largest rebel group in the country, FARC. Their direct supervisor was also separated from service. The UN mission is monitoring and verifying a ceasefire signed [...]

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Appeal for Somali refugees in Horn of Africa and Yemen

Somali refugees queue at a reception centre in Kenya. UNHCR is concerned about fresh violence in Somalia. © UNHCR/B.Bannon

The international community is being encouraged to continue its efforts to stabilize Somalia as a means to help resolve the "protracted situation" of refugees from the country. The appeal has been made by the UN Refugee Agency's (UNHCR) Special Envoy for the Somali Refugee Situation, Ambassador Mohamed Abdi Affey, speaking in Geneva on Thursday. Around [...]

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UN Global Perspective: focus on UN General Assembly, trafficking report and child soldiers

President of the UN General Assembly, Peter Thomson
UN Photo/Daniel Dickinson

"Game-changers" in 2017 will allow for positive year says UN President "Positive" developments can be expected across the world in 2017 despite the ongoing conflicts and humanitarian crises that typified 2016; that's according to the President of the UN General Assembly, Peter Thomson. The PGA, as he is known, presides over the General Assembly which [...]

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UN Gender Focus: women in Colombia, students in Iraq and gender parity

Women farmers near Santander, Colombia. Photo: Charlotte Kesl/World Bank

Women's representation in Colombia's judicial system remains low The number of women representing Colombia's judiciary remains low and this, in turn, exacerbates gender inequality problems in the country. That view is expressed by Belen Sanz, Country Representative of UN Women in Colombia. She says gender stereotypes make it "extremely difficult" for women to run for [...]

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Somali youths fight against "rampant" gender-based violence


Somali youths must unite to help eradicate "rampant" sexual and gender-based violence in the country. That was the call from one young speaker at a recent symposium held in Mogadishu, organized by a key UN partner in the east African state, that's recovering from decades of war. The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) conference, [...]

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UN and Africa: focus on peacekeepers, HIV/AIDS and volunteerism

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

Killing of two peacekeepers in CAR condemned by UN The killing of two peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR) 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, [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 5 January 2017


Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations, with Matthew Wells and Dianne Penn. In today's programme: "tremendous dramas" remain to be resolved across Syria's many battlefields, the UN special envoy warns. And, children's lives remain at risk in Haiti, three months on from Hurricane Matthew – we'll have the latest on [...]

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Syria “drama” is not over as UN is denied aid access


A fragile ceasefire is largely holding in Syria but "tremendous dramas" are still being played out by the people of the war-torn country, the UN warned on Thursday. The war in Syria has lasted almost six years. United Nations Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura expressed the hope that proposed talks between the warring parties in [...]

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"Life-threatening" conditions persist for children in Haiti: UNICEF

Cornelia Walther speaks to a group of children in Haiti. Photo courtesy of Cornelia Walther

There are "still children whose lives are threatened" three months on from the devastating hurricane which hit Haiti, according to the UN Children's Fund, (UNICEF). Speaking from the capital Port-au-Prince, UNICEF communications chief, Cornelia Walther, said that they were grateful for the emergency funding provided by donors in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, but more [...]

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News in Brief 5 January 2017 (AM)

A school of Moorish Idols cruise over the coral reef, Ha'apai, Tonga. Photo: UNEP GRID Arendal/Glenn Edney

Climate change threatening coral reefs One of the planet's most important ecosystems, coral reefs, is under threat from climate change. That information comes from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), citing research published recently in a scientific journal. UNEP said coral reefs are home to at least one-quarter of all marine life and generate roughly US$375 [...]

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"Nexus” between terrorism and organized crime, key priority

Photo: UNODC

The number one priority for the UN's Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in the year ahead is fighting the "nexus between terrorism and transnational organized crime." That's according to the man leading the crime-fighting agency, Yuri Fedotov. UNODC's Global Report on Trafficking in Persons, released a few days ago, showed there was a growing [...]

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