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UN must find "greater coherence and consistency" to build peace

Listen / UN Secretary-General António Guterres. UN File Photo/Rick Bajornas

The UN must bring "greater coherence and consistency" to the process of building and maintaining peace in a conflict-ridden world. That's the view of Secretary-General António Guterres, writing in Newsweek magazine on Monday, describing the "greatest shortcoming" of the international community as "its failure to prevent conflict and maintain global security." Matthew Wells has more. [...]

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News in Brief 09 January 2017 (PM)

Listen / António Guterres. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

  Terror "will not bring a solution" to Israeli-Palestinian conflict "Violence and terror" will not bring a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict the UN Secretary-General said on Monday, following an attack which left four Israelis dead in Jerusalem. António Guterres condemned the terror attack by a Palestinian assailant on Sunday, who drove a truck at [...]

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"Deepening" Afghan conflict prompts 13% increase in need for 2017

Listen / Afghans receive food supplies of fortified wheat flour, pulses, vegetable oil and salt from WFP. Photo: WFP/Wahidullah Amani

The "deepening" and widening conflict across Afghanistan has prompted a 13 per cent increase in the number of people needing assistance this year. That's according to UN Humanitarian Affairs Office (OCHA) on Monday, releasing its overview for Afghanistan in 2017. Matthew Wells has more. What OCHA refers to as the "continued deepening and geographic spread" [...]

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Cyprus talks face "moment of truth"

Listen / Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide (centre) with Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades (left) and the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci. Photo: UNFICYP (file photo)

High-level discussions to decide the future of Cyprus recommenced in Geneva on Monday, with UN facilitators describing it as a "moment of truth". Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades joined his Turkish Cypriot counterpart, Mustafa Akinci, at the UN to attempt to find agreement on issues which have divided the two sides for more than 40 [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 9 January 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations, with Daniel Dickinson and Matthew Wells. In today's programme…14 million Yemenis are going hungry and many could die And, emergency aid for Palestinian refugees caught up in the Syria conflict  

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Lack of funds compromising refugee response in Uganda

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Thousands of refugees, who are entering Uganda on a daily basis from three neighbouring countries, are not getting the support they need due to a lack of funding according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). The East African country received more than half a million new refugees from South Sudan, The Democratic Republic of Congo [...]

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14 million people going hungry in Yemen

Listen / The resilience of Yemen's farmers and herders, especially women, needs to be boosted. Photo: FAO/Rawan Shaif

In Yemen, some 14 million people, or more than half of the population, are not getting enough to eat and many could die; that's the bleak assessment of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The Gulf state has endured more than 18-months of instability as government forces and rebels, continue to battle for control of [...]

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Emergency appeal for Palestine refugees caught in Syria conflict

Listen / Palestinian women at a UNRWA distribution centre in the Jaramana refugee camp, Damascus, Syria. Photo: UNRWA/Carole Alfarah

An emergency US$ 411 million appeal has been launched to help Palestine refugees caught up in the Syria conflict. The UN says those Palestinians are among the worst affected by nearly six years of fighting in the country. The warning comes from Pierre Krähenbühl, who heads the UN agency which supports Palestine refugees, UNRWA. He's [...]

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News in Brief 09 January 2017 (AM)

Listen / Asma Jahangir. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Prisoners of conscience in Iran "at risk of dying" warns UN expert At least eight prisoners of conscience in Iran are "at risk of dying" while on hunger strike, the UN's expert on human rights for the country has warned. Asma Jahangir, UN Special Rapporteur, said on Monday that the prisoners had been protesting the [...]

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Keeping women out of the workplace costs US$17 trillion

Listen / Women in South Sudan.  UN Photo/Tim McKulka

Keeping women out of the workplace costs the global economy around US$17 trillion, the head of a leading NGO in Canada has told the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Julie Delahanty is Executive Director of Oxfam Canada, and recently took part in a panel discussion at the IMF on Reducing the Gender Gap. She said that [...]

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