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Peacekeeping budget one half of 1% of global military spending: Guterres

Listen / Senegalese peacekeepers from the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) Formed Police Unit (FPU) speak with Malians while they patrol outside Mamadou Konate Stadium during an event to promote peace among the youth. UN Photo/Marco Dormino 24642

Today's peacekeeping budget is less than one half of one percent of global military spending, the UN Secretary-General said on Thursday. António Guterres made the remarks during a Security Council review of UN peacekeeping operations or DPKO. Fifty-four peace missions have completed their mandates and closed; the missions in Cote d'Ivoire and Haiti will do [...]

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News in Brief 06 April 2017 (PM)

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People continue to flee fighting in west Mosul: UN Humanitarian workers continue to respond to rising casualties and displacement in west Mosul because of ongoing fighting between government forces and ISIL terrorists in the area, the UN Spokesperson has confirmed. Quoting colleagues on the ground, Stéphane Dujarric provided an update on the situation of families [...]

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UN and Africa: focus on Mali, Somalia piracy and Mine Awareness

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UN peacekeeping chief urges support for Mali peace process Parties to the conflict in Mali must be encouraged to accelerate implementation of a 2015 peace agreement, the new UN peacekeeping chief Jean Pierre Lacroix told the Security Council on Thursday. The deal signed by the Government and armed groups sought to end three years of [...]

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UN peacekeeping chief urges support for Mali peace process

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Parties to the conflict in Mali must be encouraged to accelerate implementation of a 2015 peace agreement, the new UN peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix told the Security Council on Thursday. The deal signed by the Government and armed groups sought to end three years of instability, including a failed military coup and the seizure of [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 06 April 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Dianne Penn and Jocelyne Sambira. In today's programme: the new UN peacekeeping chief urges support for the peace process in Mali; and the UN Refugee agency explains why refugees are often the first victims of terrorism.

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Zika virus could cost Americas region total of $18 million: UN report

Listen / An individual sprays insecticide at a health facility in Cúcuta, Colombia. (file) Photo: PAHO/WHO

The socio-economic cost of the recent spread of the Zika virus in Latin America and the Caribbean will total an estimated US$7 to 18 billion between 2015 and 2017. That's according to a report launched by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies [...]

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News in Brief 06 April 2017 (AM)

Listen / A girl takes a shot during a basketball training session in Mogadishu, Somalia. UN Photo/Tobin Jones

Sport a force for physical well-being and social empowerment: Bokova Sport, a passion shared by women and men across the world, is a force for physical well-being and social empowerment, the head of UNESCO, the Director-General of the UN scientific and cultural agency has said. Irina Bokova issued this message to mark the International Day [...]

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UN Global Perspective: focus on Syria and clean energy

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Alleged chemical attack overwhelms Syria medical staff Medical staff and facilities in Syria's Idlib governorate are "overwhelmed" and short of lifesaving medicines after a deadly suspected chemical attack this week, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. More than 70 people reportedly died in the attack on Khan Shaykun and hundreds more have been affected, [...]

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UN Gender Focus: reproductive health, indigenous people and women in peacekeeping

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Gender equality is "central to development": UNFPA Access to services, removal of stigma and "education, education, education," are crucial aspects of promoting gender equality and empowering women to make decisions about their reproductive health. That's according to Dr. Babatunde Osotim-ehin, the Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Dr Osotim-ehin was at UN [...]

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Stop “fuelling fire” in Syria, says aid negotiator

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The renewed interest of the United States in resolving the Syria conflict is to be welcomed but more countries with influence must stop "fuelling (the) fire", a top UN humanitarian adviser said on Thursday. Those comments, by UN Special Advisor Jan Egeland, followed a meeting of the Humanitarian Access Task Force in Geneva. It convened [...]

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UN humanitarian chief welcomes US$ 6 billion pledges for Syria crisis

Listen / Families that fled fighting in eastern Aleppo, Syria, take refuge in a large warehouse in Jibreen. Photo: UNICEF/Al-Issa

The UN humanitarian chief, Stephen O'Brien has welcomed donor pledges of about US $6 billion to help Syria and the region in 2017. As the world's largest humanitarian and refugee crisis grinds on into a seventh year, the future remains uncertain, he warned. The UN and partners aim to reach 12.8 million people this year [...]

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