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Syria crisis a "shameful blot on the world's humanitarian conscience"

Stephen O'Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, briefs the Security Council at its meeting on the situation in Syria. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

The Syrian crisis is "the most acute, unrelenting and shameful blot on the world's humanitarian conscience." That's what UN humanitarian affairs chief Stephen O'Brien told the Security Council on Tuesday. He urged the…

28 Jul 2015 / Listen /
Reports of "violent clampdown" on people fleeing ISIL in Iraq Security Council resolution reflects "strong commitment" to Somalia "Catastrophic" humanitarian consequences in Yemen Addis Ababa Action Agenda endorsed by UN General Assembly States urged to end trauma of forcible returns Elections in Burundi "not conducive to credible electoral process" Top rights official "did not resign over abuse claims" European Union urged to help Greece with refugee crisis
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Political solution only way to end Syrian crisis and ISIL advance

Syrian refugees arrive across the border into Jordan. File Photo: UNHCR/A. Harper

The crisis in Syria has to come to an end as no one is benefiting from the violence except…

29 Jul 2015 / Listen /

Developing countries to lead global population growth

The number of people living on the planet is expected to rise from just over seven billion today to 8.5 billion by 2030. UN Photo/World Population Report

The number of people living on the planet is expected to rise from just over seven billion today to…

29 Jul 2015 / Listen /

Sanctions on Iran and Cuba need phasing out, says expert

Idriss Jazairy, the UN's first independent expert on human rights and sanctions, said it was rarely the elite who suffer from punitive measures. Photo: UN

The time has come for a "phasing out" of sanctions on Cuba and Iran to protect the most vulnerable…

29 Jul 2015 / Listen /

Somali economy "growing rapidly"

Livestock is one of the main drivers of Somalia's economic growth. File Photo: AU-UN IST/Stuart Price

Somalia's economy is on track to grow 2.7 per cent in 2015, according to the first review of the…

29 Jul 2015 / Listen /

Concern over human rights in Belarus

Sanaka Samarasinha, UN Resident Coordinator in Belarus. Photo: UNDP

The human rights situation in Belarus remains a concern for the United Nations, but "constructive engagement" is the way…

29 Jul 2015 / Listen /
Better cattle breeding through nuclear science Multilingualism "catalyst" for achieving sustainable development Drug firms urged to help stem killer meningitis outbreak Palestine refugee agency facing unprecedented financial crisis
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