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DR CONGO / BAN KI-MOON

On his tour of Africa, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo and meets with Congolese President Joseph Kabila. MONUC

28 Feb 2009 | Read More »

SUDAN / MALAKAL UPDATE

Relative clam has returned to the South Sudan town of Malakal after clashes between former rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and supporters of a Gabriel Tang, a militia leader aligned to the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF), left an estimated 50 dead and around 100 wounded. UN peacekeepers now man a buffer zone separating the two forces as a way of calming the tension. UNMIS

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UN / SRI LANKA

UN humanitarian chief John Holmes tells reporters that while IDPs interned in government camps after escaping the fighting in Sri Lanka are now in reasonably safe conditions, the estimated 200,000 people still trapped in the fighting are “increasingly vulnerable”. UNTV

27 Feb 2009 | Read More »

UN / OSCE

Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis of Greece, which holds the chair of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), tells the Security Council that the OSCE should “do more in Georgia and not less” UNTV.

27 Feb 2009 | Read More »

HAITI / PRISON EDUCATION

Prison guards say they have seen a marked drop in violence among detainees since an education program was started in the National Penitentiary in Port au Prince. It is the first time that educational classes are being offered to prisoners in Haiti, where half the population does not know how to read. MINUSTAH

27 Feb 2009 | Read More »

UN / IRAQ

UN Special Envoy for Iraq Steffan de Mistura tells the Security Council that following the governorate elections last month, Iraq “has emerged sovereign and rising to expectations.” UNTV

26 Feb 2009 | Read More »

DR CONGO / RWANDAN TROOPS

Thousands of Rwandan army troops in full battle gear march through downtown Goma on their way to the border crossing following a parade ceremony to mark the “end” of their joint operations. MONUC

26 Feb 2009 | Read More »

HAITI / SEWING SCHOOL

An American woman starts a sewing school in Port-au-Prince, teaching nearly 100 Haitian locals how to sew. She plans to use the internet to market the group’s finished products. MINUSTAH

26 Feb 2009 | Read More »

SUDAN / MALAKAL FIGHTING

Heavy fighting involving tanks errupted in Malakal, the capital of Southern Sudan ‘s Upper line State, following the arrival to the town of a militia leader Major Gabriel Tang. Major Tang is aligned to the Sudan Armed Force (SAF) and is blamed for the Malakal clashes of November of 2006 which left around 150 people killed after disputes over the commissionership of the town. UNMIS

25 Feb 2009 | Read More »

UN / SOMALIA

The United Nations (U.N.) Security Council condemns the attacks on African Union peacekeepers in Somalia (AMISOM) on Sunday (22 Feb), which left 11 Burundian soldiers dead and injured 17 others.UNTV

25 Feb 2009 | Read More »

GAZA / IMMUNIZATION

As a fragile peace holds in Gaza, UNCEF is working with Ministry of Health to vaccinate 120,000 students against measles, mumps and rubella during a two week campaign. UNICEF

25 Feb 2009 | Read More »

GENEVA / STATE OF POLAR RESEARCH REPORT

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) releases the “State of Polar Research” report for 2007-2008 which shows that snow and ice are declining in both Polar Regions, affecting human livelihoods, local plant and animal life in the Artic as well as global ocean and atmospheric circulation and sea level. UNTV / IPY

25 Feb 2009 | Read More »

MOLDOVA / INFRASTUCTURE

Moldova faces many obstacles in its path to modernization, among them a
crumbling infrastructure. One government program supported by the World Bank gives communities grants for repairs they choose, as long as they pitch in. WORLD BANK

25 Feb 2009 | Read More »

UN / STIGLITZ

Columbia University professor and Nobel Laureate in Economics in 2001 Joseph Stiglitz addresses the global economic crisis and financial development. UNTV

24 Feb 2009 | Read More »

AFGHANISTAN / CIVILIAN DEATHS

A recent report by the UN says the number of Afghan civilian casualties in 2008 â€" a total of 2,118 â€" is the highest recorded since the ouster of the Taliban in 2001. UNAMA

24 Feb 2009 | Read More »

NIGER / POLIO

Traditional and religious leaders in Niger are at the forefront of preventive communication efforts in a massive polio vaccination campaign underway in eight countries of West Africa. Health officials have long faced difficulties in conservative areas of South-Eastern Niger, where many parents continue to refuse to immunize their children, believing the oral vaccine drops will make them impotent or cause other disabilities. UNICEF

24 Feb 2009 | Read More »

COTE D’IVOIRE / AFRICAN FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

The finals of the first-ever African Nations Championship (CHAN) kicked off in Cote d’Ivoire’s economic capital Abidjan this weekend with an unexpected 0-3 win by Zambia over their Ivoirian hosts. CHAN is a new regional football (soccer) tournament where African national teams may field only players not signed to international clubs. ONUCI

23 Feb 2009 | Read More »

UN / BAN KI-MOON

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon comments on the democratization of Myanmar, the possible ICC ruling on Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir for alleged war crimes in Darfur and the latest on the situation in Sri Lanka. UNTV

23 Feb 2009 | Read More »

UN / HARPER

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper meets with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York to discuss climate change, the economic global crisis and the fate of two of its diplomats reportedly held by al-Qaeda-associated extremists in Niger. UNTV

23 Feb 2009 | Read More »

GENEVA / HRC RESOLUTION

The UN Human Rights Council adopts a resolution on the global economic and financial crisis following a day- long debate in a special session on Friday. UNTV

23 Feb 2009 | Read More »

SUDAN / POLIO

The government of Southern Sudan kicks off an intensive, three-day polio vaccination campaign in a bid to eradicate the disease throughout the region. UNMIS

23 Feb 2009 | Read More »

BURUNDI / FORMER CHILD SOLDIERS

In Burundi peace has brought friendship, if not prosperity to two young men – one Hutu, one Tutsi – who were forced as children to fight on opposite sides of a bloody civil war. Ethnic hatred has turned to trust as they work together for a meager income, collecting garbage for recycling.
UNTV / BINUB / UNICEF

21 Feb 2009 | Read More »

KENYA / MERCURY REAX

The UN Environment Programme’s Governing Council wraps up in Nairobi, with more than 140 countries unanimously agreeing to launch negotiations on an international treaty covering mercury pollution. UNEP

20 Feb 2009 | Read More »

UN / MYANMAR

The Secretary-General’s Special Adviser Ibrahim Gambari says that his program on his latest visit to Myanmar was more balanced than on his previous one, but that so far, he has not seen tangible outcomes from his visit. UNTV

20 Feb 2009 | Read More »

UN / IRAN

UK and French ambassadors comment on Iran’s uranium enrichment program saying it has not stopped and that Iran continues to violate its own obligations towards international law and the IAEA. UNTV

20 Feb 2009 | Read More »

GENEVA / HRC ECONOMIC CRISIS

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay says measures to protect the human rights of people adversely affected and marginalized by the current economic crisis should be put in place as a matter of urgency and priority. UNTV

20 Feb 2009 | Read More »

UN / INCB REPORT WRAP

The independent International Narcotics Control Board presents the main findings of its annual report. UN anti-drugs chief Antonio Maria Costa says the consequences of a surge in cocaine smuggling through West Africa could be “very serious”, while the top UN official in Afghanistan Kai Eide says 2009 could be a “breakthrough” year in combating opium cultivation there. UNTV / UNAMA / UNODC / WORLD BANK / UNICEF

19 Feb 2009 | Read More »

UN / TIMOR-LESTE WRAP

The Secretary-General notes remarkable progress made over the past year in Timor-Leste. “I have the rare pleasure of being able to say to the Council that more progress has been achieved than had been anticipated in my last report.” UNTV

19 Feb 2009 | Read More »

SUDAN / BEIJING HOTEL FIRE

A fire of unknown origin sweeps through the Beijing Juba Hotel destroying over 60 rooms and causing extensive property damage. No casualties were reported in the blaze. UNMIS

19 Feb 2009 | Read More »

SUDAN / PEACE DEAL REAX

After a week of talks in the Qatari capital Doha, the government of Sudan and the rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) sign an agreement of good intentions. This is the first time the Government has met with the JEM leadership since the Darfur conflict began in 2003. UNMIS

19 Feb 2009 | Read More »

HAITI / SEEDS

Farmers in many parts of Haiti are still trying to recover from last year’s hurricanes, which wiped out more than half of the country’s crops. With rising global food prices, many households are also struggling to buy food. MINUSTAH

18 Feb 2009 | Read More »

GUATEMALA / MALNUTRITION

In Guatemala, malnutrition remains a substantial problem in children’s development. Many mothers like Santa Sebastiana Aguilar Pacheco are unable to properly feed their family because of price hikes. UNICEF

18 Feb 2009 | Read More »

GENEVA / RUSSIA – GEORGIA

Diplomats working on improving stability and security in the Georgia region following last August’s war in South Ossetia agree to set up a system aimed at preventing security incidents. UNTV

18 Feb 2009 | Read More »

UN / MIDDLE EAST

UN Special Envoy to the Middle East Robert Serry tells the Security Council that any Israeli government should abide by Israel’s commitments which were reaffirmed by the parties before the Quartet in Sharm el Sheikh last November. UNTV

18 Feb 2009 | Read More »

UN / DR CONGO

The Security Council is set to meet on the latest in the DRC. The UN Refugee Agency says repeated attacks by the Lord’s Resistance Army have forced more than 15,000 Congolese across the border into south Sudan. UNTV/UNMIS

17 Feb 2009 | Read More »

KENYA / MERCURY

At a global gathering of environmental ministers in Nairobi, Kenya, the Obama administration reverses its policy by calling for a treaty to cut mercury pollution. UNEP

17 Feb 2009 | Read More »

CAMBODIA / KHMER ROUGE

The first trial of a Khmer Rouge official gets underway at a United Nations-backed tribunal, three decades after hundreds of thousands of Cambodians died as a result of atrocities committed by the regime. UNAKRT

17 Feb 2009 | Read More »

SUDAN / POLIO

Renewed efforts to kick polio out of Sudan launched on Monday in various parts of the country. The three-day intense polio campaign targeting nine million children below the age of five kicked off in Khartoum in a variety of schools and homes. During 2008, 26 cases of polio were reported. UNMIS

17 Feb 2009 | Read More »

SUDAN / DDR

The disarmament demobilization and reintegration (DDR) program in Sudan receives a boost following pledges of up to 83 million dollars by international donors. UNMIS

17 Feb 2009 | Read More »

LESOTHO / HIV AIDS

In Lesotho, it is estimated that 50,000 women give birth every year. Out of this number, 13,000 are HIV positive. The government, with the support of UNICEF and other partners, has launched a nationwide campaign to prevent mother-to-child transmission of the virus. UNICEF

16 Feb 2009 | Read More »

AUSTRALIA / RUDELY INTERRUPTED

Two years ago, a group of Australian musicians got together to form a rock band. While that’s not unusual, the band itself certainly is. The members of “Rudely Interrupted” face barriers most of us can’t imagine. They have overcome scepticism and huge personal hurdles to fulfill their dreams.

14 Feb 2009 | Read More »

NY / RED HAND DAY

Children from 101 countries have appealed to international leaders to take stronger action to end the use of child soldiers. Red Hand Day marks the signing of a protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) which forbids the practice. But despite the CRC there are more than 250,000 children in more than 17 countries who are forced into conflict, including some whose countries have ratified the treaty.

13 Feb 2009 | Read More »

UN / HOLMES DR CONGO

UN Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes briefs the press on his recent trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo. UNTV / MONUC

13 Feb 2009 | Read More »

UN / MIRA SORVINO

Interview with Academy Award-winning American actress Mira Sorvino who was named as Goodwill Ambassador to combat human trafficking for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).UNTV

13 Feb 2009 | Read More »

WASHINGTON D.C. / POVERTY

The World Bank is warning the spreading global financial crisis is trapping up to 53 million more people in poverty in developing countries – and could see child mortality rates soar – with estimates that between 1.4 to 2.8 million children could die in the next few years if the crisis persists. The warnings, based on new Bank research, come just ahead of this weekend’s G7 meeting. WORLD BANK

13 Feb 2009 | Read More »

COTE D’IVOIRE / ELECTIONS

The UN special representative for Cote d’Ivoire says that the general security situation has allowed ONUCI to reduce its military presence, “which is a rare event for a UN mission ahead of elections, even though everything is set for a reinforcement by neighboring missions should the situation deteriorate.” ONUCI

12 Feb 2009 | Read More »

UN / HUMAN TRAFFICKING REPORT WRAP

Issuing the latest global report on human trafficking, Executive Director of the UN office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Antonio Maria Costa says
with the looming economic crisis, the supply and demand of human trafficking will increase. A first of its kind, the report reflects the state of the world’s response to human trafficking containing information from 155 countries and territories. UNTV/ UNODC / UNICEF

12 Feb 2009 | Read More »

BANGLADESH / VACCINE

Bangladesh introduces a new combination vaccine that will protect children against five killer diseases and prevent severe forms of child pneumonia and meningitis. UNICEF

12 Feb 2009 | Read More »

HAITI / RESTAVEK (CHILD SERVANT)

Former Restaveks â€" children who forced to work as domestic servants are seeking help at a center for children to recover from the trauma. MINUSTAH

12 Feb 2009 | Read More »

UN / V-DAY

The UN launches a five-city V-Day ‘Turning Pain to Power’ tour, in support of UNICEF and V-Day’s(Vagina Day) joint campaign to expose the devastating impact of rape on Congolese women. UNTV/ UNICEF

11 Feb 2009 | Read More »

GAZA / DESTRUCTION

A damage assessment, conducted by the United Nations, estimates that over 14,000 homes have been totally or partially damaged during the three weeks of Israeli military operation inside Gaza. As a result, many Gazan families are currently living in temporary housing arrangements including schools, tents, homes of relatives and incomplete buildings. UNDP

11 Feb 2009 | Read More »

ZIMBABWE / SCHOOLS

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warns that Zimbabwe’s education crisis is worsening with nearly all rural schools closed, and the new Government must make the issue a priority. UNICEF

11 Feb 2009 | Read More »

UN / BAN KI-MOON

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon briefs reporters on his recent travels. He says 2009 is “the critical year” for Afghanistan, and talks about his meetings with the leaders of Sudan, Zimbabwe, and Libya. He also comments on US-Iran relations and Gaza. UNTV / UNAMA / UNICEF / UNAMID / UNRWA / WFP

10 Feb 2009 | Read More »

SUDAN / DDR

Japan announces that it will give a grant of close to 17 million dollars to help Sudan’s National Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration efforts. An estimated 180,000 combatants from the North-South war, are expected to give up their arms, and eventually be reintegrated into civilian life countrywide. UNMIS

10 Feb 2009 | Read More »

WORLD BANK / CASH TRANSFERS

This year the World Bank is expanding its program of safety nets for poor
families, who’ve been hit hard by the financial crisis. A new Bank report
released today highlights the importance of cash transfer programs to help the poor weather the global financial crisis. The programs offer qualifying families money on the condition parents keep their children in school or take babies to health clinics. World Bank

10 Feb 2009 | Read More »

GENEVA / SRI LANKA REAX

As fierce fighting in Sri Lanka’s north continues to result in mass displacement of innocent civilians, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, and its partners are preparing to assist up to 150,000 civilians fleeing from the conflict zones of Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts into government-controlled areas. UNHCR’s spokesman Ron Redmond comments on the situation. UNHCR

10 Feb 2009 | Read More »

AFGHANISTAN / KAI EIDE

The top UN official in Afghanistan says that the answer to Afghanistan’s problems is political, not military. UNAMA

9 Feb 2009 | Read More »

DR CONGO / HOLMES

On a visit to Kibati camp in Goma, UN humanitarian chief John Holmes sees first-hand the physical and emotional impact of war on the men, women and children of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). UNTV

9 Feb 2009 | Read More »

GENEVA / CHINA HRC

China has defended its human rights record in Geneva, emphasising progress in guaranteeing social and economic rights. Speaking to the UN Human Rights Council, the Chinese ambassador, Li Baodong, stressed the country’s rise in living standards, average life expectancy and national literacy levels. UNTV

9 Feb 2009 | Read More »

MAURITANIA / RAPE

In the West African nation of Mauritania, women who want to bring a man to justice for rape run the risk of being jailed for making the accusation. The confusion over how to interpret Islamic doctrine in a way that’s consistent with international human rights law has resulted in penal code that offers little protection to victims of rape. UNTV/ UNFPA

7 Feb 2009 | Read More »

HAITI / VULNERABLE CHILDREN

Children in impoverished, violence-wracked Haiti are exceptionally vulnerable to being exploited, abused or even enslaved instead of sent to school. Just over half of primary school-age children are in class and less than two percent finish secondary school, according to UNICEF. But at the Maison des Enfants children’s home, street children are getting a top-of-the-line education. MINUSTAH

6 Feb 2009 | Read More »

GUATEMALA / AIDS

In Guatemala, less than one percent of the population is infected with the HIV virus. Yet Odaliz, a pregnant 19-year-old wants to be tested for the disease as part of a prenatal examination. UNICEF is supporting the prevention of mother to child transmission throughout Guatemala. UNICEF

6 Feb 2009 | Read More »

THAILAND / JOLIE

Hollywood star and Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations refugee agency Angelina Jolie calls on the Thai Government to allow greater freedom of movement for tens of thousands of refugees confined to makeshift camps after fleeing neighbouring Myanmar. UNHCR

6 Feb 2009 | Read More »

UN / SUDAN

Special representative for Sudan Ashraf Qazi says the humanitarian implications of a relapse into conflict and chaos throughout Sudan are “to put it mildly, sobering.” He calls the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) “central” and “fragile.” UNTV

5 Feb 2009 | Read More »

GAZA / COOMARASWAMY

Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Radhika Coomaraswamy visits the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) and southern Israel to assess the situation of children following the recent conflict which killed over 1,000 Palestinians and wounded more than 5,000, many of them children. UNICEF

5 Feb 2009 | Read More »

HAITI / GONAIVES FLOODS SIX MONTH ANNIVERSARY

Six months after floods in Gonaives left hundreds dead and thousands displaced, the city is still struggling to clear out the tens of thousands of tons of mud that has wrecked roads and destroyed buildings. Progress is slow, and experts estimate it could take years. MINUSTAH

5 Feb 2009 | Read More »

UN / GING

Updating on the latest humanitarian situation in Gaza, Palestinian relief agency Director of Operations John Ging says, “it is of massive significance that Hamas crossed the red line by stealing our aid at gun point.” UNTV

5 Feb 2009 | Read More »

INDIA / MICROFINANCE

The World Bank and the German government launch a $500 million facility to help more than 100 microfinance institutions around the globe facing difficulties because of the financial crisis. The facility is aimed at providing refinancing to institutions in some 40 countries, so they can lend to as many as 60 million poor people. One example of how microfinance can help the poor is in India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu. WORLD BANK

5 Feb 2009 | Read More »

LIBERIA / CATERPILLARS

The UN says a team of scientists has identified the caterpillars that swarmed across northern and central Liberia devouring crops and contaminating water supplies as an easier to control species than was previously thought. UNMIL

5 Feb 2009 | Read More »

DARFUR / KEMAL SAIKI

Joint UN / AU peacekeeping mission spokesperson Kemal Saiki comments on the situation in Muhajeria. The U.N. says at least 30 people been killed and thousands displaced as a result of the fighting over the south Darfur area of Muhajeria. UNAMID

4 Feb 2009 | Read More »

GENEVA / DOSS

Special Representative of the Democratic Republic of Congo Alan Doss
comments on the lack of response to the UN’s request for a 3,000 increase in peacekeepers in DRC. MONUC is in dire need of helicopters, police and Special Forces to improve security, especially in eastern DRC at present he said there were ten peacekeepers for every 10,000 civilians. UNTV

4 Feb 2009 | Read More »

LESOTHO / HIV AIDS

In Lesotho, nearly one person in four lives with HIV/AIDS. Most parents with the virus have died, and without treatment, their children will die too. Malibe is a 12-year-old orphan who has HIV/AIDS. He is also one of the first patients to have benefited from the care provided by the Baylor Health Center. UNICEF

4 Feb 2009 | Read More »

ICJ / BLACK SEA

A ruling by the International Court of Justice delineates the maritime border between Romania and Ukraine, resolving a long-running dispute over a resource-rich area of the Black Sea. ICJ

3 Feb 2009 | Read More »

UN / IRAQ ELECTIONS

The Security Council welcomes the peaceful holding of elections in Iraq last weekend. The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, Staffan de Mistura briefs on the elections via video link. UNTV

3 Feb 2009 | Read More »

UN / DARFUR

United States Ambassador Susan Rice denounces this morning’s aerial bombardment of the area around the South Darfur town of Muhajeria. Ambassador Yu Kio Takasu of Japan, which holds the Security Council Presidency this month, says the Council will take action on Darfur in the coming days. UNTV

3 Feb 2009 | Read More »

GENEVA / AFGHANISTAN HUMANITARIAN APPEAL

UN humanitarian chief John Holmes launches an appeal for 603.9 million dollars to help Afghans affected by natural disasters, inadequate basic social services, increasing food insecurity due to rising prices and the worsening security situation. UNTV / UNICEF

3 Feb 2009 | Read More »

NEPAL / HEALTHCARE

A network of health care clinics and workers in Nepal are improving life for people all over the country. The program, funded in part by the World Bank, is helping cut the death rates of children and women. WORLD BANK

3 Feb 2009 | Read More »

UN / RENOVATION

Michael Adlerstein, Executive Director of the Capital Master Plan provides an update on the status of renovations at UN Headquarters. UNTV

2 Feb 2009 | Read More »

UN / CHARLES TAYLOR

Chief Prosecutor for the Special Court for Sierra Leone, Stephen Rapp briefs on the war crimes trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor, after the prosecution’s final witness was heard on Friday (30 January). UNTV / UNMIL

2 Feb 2009 | Read More »

HAITI / INFRASTRUCTURE

A new bridge is being built to help Petionville, a growing commercial center in Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince, flourish. A massive gully has been blocking traffic and people’s movement around the neighborhood. MINUSTAH

2 Feb 2009 | Read More »

IAEA / INDIA

An agreement between the Government of India and the IAEA for the Application of Safeguards to Civilian Nuclear Facilities was signed today in Vienna by IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei and Ambassador Saurabh Kumar of India. IAEA

2 Feb 2009 | Read More »

 

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