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Ukraine sexual violence cases "may amount to war crimes": UN

Listen / Many homes on the front line in Ukraine have been so badly damaged by shelling that they remain abandoned. Photo: Daniel Gerstle/IRIN

Survivors of sexual violence committed in the context of armed conflict in Ukraine are often denied justice and left without adequate care, causing them to be victimized twice. That's according to a report by the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in the country, released on Thursday, which also warns that some of these cases "may [...]

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Aid official alarmed by deadly attack on funeral gathering in Yemen

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The UN's top aid official in Yemen said he is "extremely saddened and appalled" by a deadly airstrike on Tuesday that hit mourners at a funeral. Jamie McGoldrick has issued a statement expressing his alarm over the incident, adding that peace is the only solution to the ongoing crisis there. The UN and its partners [...]

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News in Brief 16 February 2016 (PM)

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    African countries unite to tackle crop pest infestation Sixteen countries in east and southern Africa have agreed on taking action to boost their ability to manage emerging crop pests and livestock diseases. That was the outcome of a three-day emergency meeting organized by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) which wrapped up [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 16 February 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Jocelyne Sambira and Dianne Penn. In today's programme: A two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the "only way" says UN envoy; And … Aid obstacles are a matter of life and death for besieged Syrians;  

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UN Global Perspective: focus on counter-terrorism cooperation, Syria and young people

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Counter-terrorism cooperation "has been limited," Security Council hears Counter-terrorism cooperation between Member States to protect "critical infrastructure" needs to be more extensive, according to a senior UN official. Chef de Cabinet Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti this week briefed the Security Council, which unanimously adopted a resolution, designed to improve international responses to terrorist attacks on [...]

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UN and Africa: focus on East Africa, Gambian youth and World Radio Day

Listen / Drought in Ethiopia. Photo: WFP/Melese Awoke

East Africa drought pushing food prices up sharply Food prices in some East African markets have almost doubled in the past 12 months because of an ongoing drought, an economist with the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned. In FAO's latest Food Price Monitoring and Analysis Bulletin, the agency reports that local prices [...]

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Two-state solution to Israeli-Palestinian conflict "only way"

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"The two-state solution remains the only way to achieve the legitimate national aspirations" of Israelis and Palestinians, the UN Special Coordinator of the Middle East Peace Process told the Security Council on Thursday. Speaking via video-teleconference, Nickolay Mladenov also expressed concern about the threat of what he described as an "abyss of radicalism that is [...]

16 Feb 2017 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Gender Special: Women and Girls in Science

Listen / Princess Nisreen El-Hashemite. UN Photo/Mark Garten

International Day for women in science was "best present": Iraqi princess The adoption of the International Day for Women and Girls in Science by the UN General Assembly was the "best present" ever given to women in the field. That's the passionate view of Princess Nisreen El-Hashemite of Iraq, who is Executive Director of the [...]

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UN concerned for displaced in South Sudan's Upper Nile region

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The UN's top official in South Sudan has expressed concern over the status of thousands of displaced people in the Upper Nile region. David Shearer, head of the UN mission in the country, UNMISS, has described the lack of information about the situation of roughly 20,000 people there, as "a real problem." Mr Shearer was [...]

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News in Brief 16 February 2016 (AM)

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DRC leaders urged to conclude dialogue Political leaders in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are being urged to conclude talks related to elections scheduled for the end of the year. The appeal has been made by four international organizations concerned about the continuing impasse in the dialogue: the African Union (AU), the United [...]

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Aid obstacles are a matter of life and death for besieged Syrians

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Assurances have been given to humanitarians by the Syrian government that obstacles to aid deliveries will be removed across the war-torn country, the UN said on Thursday. UN Special Adviser Jan Egeland told journalists in Geneva that an "administrative quagmire" has prevented all aid from reaching besieged populations by road so far this year. Ahead of a [...]

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Future food "more likely to be found in oceans than on land"

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If the international community can manage fishing more sustainably, then future food is "more likely to be found in oceans than on land.” That's according to Kim Friedman, Senior Fisheries Resources Officer with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). He was speaking at a preparation meeting taking place in UN Headquarters this week, ahead of [...]

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