Home » 31 Mar 2009 Entries posted on “March 2009”

SIERRA LEONE / VACCINES

UNICEF works on vaccination programmes with the Geneva-based GAVI Alliance, an organization which makes vaccines available to millions in the world’s poorest countries. UNICEF

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DARFUR / TRIPARTITE MEETING

Representatives of the government of Sudan, the African Union and the United Nations met today in Darfur to discuss ways to facilitate and expedite deployment of the joint peacekeeping force tasked with quelling the violence in the strife-torn region. UNAMID

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UNDP / ECONOMIC CRISIS

As the global economic crisis hits the developing world, UNDP acting administrator Ad Melkert warns that the G20 should recognize the human development calamity facing the people of the poorest countries and commit the resources to bail them out. UNDP

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LIBYA / MIGRANTS

The United Nations refugee agency reports that hundreds of people are missing off the Libyan coast as they sought new lives in Europe, as the smuggling season gets under way in the Mediterranean. UNHCR

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UN / GLOBAL ECONOMIC PROSPECTS

In its Global Economic Prospects update, the World Bank halves its November 2008 projection for 2009 to 2.1 percent, saying the world is witnessing one of the sharpest global economic contractions in modern history. WORLD BANK

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COTE D’IVOIRE / STAMPEDE

At least 19 people die in a stampede at a Football World Cup qualifier in Abidjan. Côte d’Ivoire’s interior minister has announced an investigation into the tragedy. ONUCI

30 Mar 2009 | Read More »

NIGERIA / POLIO

In the southern Nigerian state of Ogun teams of community health workers have begun a four-day campaign to immunize more than 50 million children against polio. In 2003 controversy over the polio vaccine in northern Nigeria, led some to refuse immunization. This resulted in a tripling of cases of the crippling disease. UNICEF

30 Mar 2009 | Read More »

UN / NUCLEAR TREATY

With the Central Asia Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone Treaty coming into force on 21st March, the region became the first in the Northern Hemisphere to be free of such weapons. Ambassadors from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan agree that it will be “an essential element to strengthening regional security.” UNTV

30 Mar 2009 | Read More »

BANGLADESH / MALNUTRITION

A United Nations-backed study says two million children are suffering from acute malnutrition in Bangladesh, where one-quarter of all households are hungry. UNICEF / FILE

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ECUADOR / CHILDBIRTH

Ecuador has a population of 13 million people, where nearly one million are indigenous. Many live in remote areas, and women face an especially high risk of dying from complications while practicing traditional childbirth techniques at home. Although the government passed a law giving women free maternal healthcare, often, they delay going to the hospital [...]

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SOUTH AFRICA / QUEEN RANIA

UNICEF Eminent Advocate Queen Rania al Abdullah of Jordan visits South Africa, where she spent time with members of the GEM/BEM club at the Phefeni Senior Secondary school in Soweto. UNICEF

27 Mar 2009 | Read More »

UN / ECONOMIC SURVEY ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Assistant Secretary-General on Economic Development Jomo Kwame Sundaram briefs the press on the release of the 2009 Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific and says that it comes at a “time of great uncertainty” and highlights what it terms as a “triple threat to development.” UNTV

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RWANDA / PNEUMOCOCCAL VACCINES

Rwanda is chosen as one of the first countries to receive pneumococcal vaccines for preventing pneumonia, a disease that affects both children and adults, and is a leading cause of illness and death worldwide. UNICEF

27 Mar 2009 | Read More »

AFGHANISTAN / POPPY FARMERS

With high wheat prices enticing poppy farmers in Afghanistan to switch from illicit crops to growing food, the UN says that 2009 offers a chance to break the country’s dependency on opium cultivation. More support for legal agriculture could deal a major blow to the drug industry while helping Afghanistan confront serious food shortages. UNAMA [...]

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INDONESIA / CIVIC EDUCATION

As Indonesia gears up for its third democratic elections in April, the United Nations Development Programme is supporting civic education of the marginalized groups of society. UNDP

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SUDAN / INTERETHNIC VIOLENCE

UN Deputy Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Southern Sudan Lise Grande expresses the U.N’s deep regret over the loss of life during the inter-ethnic violence in Pibor County and environs earlier this month that resulted in the deaths of hundreds of people and the displacement of an estimated 5,000 residents. UNMIS

27 Mar 2009 | Read More »

IAEA / VOTE

A vote to elect the next IAEA Director General enters its second day, with neither of the two candidates successful in their bid for the IAEA helm. IAEA

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UN / SRI LANKA

UN Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes to speak following discussions on the humanitarian situation in Sri Lanka. UNTV

26 Mar 2009 | Read More »

GA / FINANCIAL WRAP

Columbia University professor and Nobel Laureate in Economics Joseph E. Stiglitz calls for a global response to the economic crisis and says that developing nations will need significant assistance as many don’t have the resources to undertake “the stimulus measures that are needed.” UNTV

26 Mar 2009 | Read More »

UN / SUDAN

French Ambassador Jean-Marie Ripert says there is an urgent need to fill the humanitarian gap in Sudan to deliver goods before the rainy season begins and puts civilians at risk. UNTV

26 Mar 2009 | Read More »

IAEA / ELECTIONS

The election of a new head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) begins with a secret ballot vote by the 35-member IAEA Board of Governors at the Agency’s Vienna headquarters. IAEA

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UN / BROWN

United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Gordon Brown is set to meet with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at UN headquarters. UNTV

25 Mar 2009 | Read More »

UN / SLAVERY WRAP

Marking the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says that the elevation this year of Barack Obama to US president marks a milestone in a 400-year struggle of the descendants of African slaves for justice, assimilation and respect. UNTV

25 Mar 2009 | Read More »

DARFUR / HUMANITARIAN

UNAMID provides water and sanitation items to the internally displaced at Zam Zam Camp. So far, UNAMID has been providing a total of 45,000 liters of water per day and intends to continue until a long term solution is found. UNAMID

25 Mar 2009 | Read More »

UN / GAZA

Briefing the Security Council on Gaza, Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe warns that the intolerable situation at Gaza’s crossings remains the key impediment to bringing help – and hope – to the people of Gaza. UNTV

25 Mar 2009 | Read More »

UN / HOLMES

Commenting on a joint assessment undertaken by the government of Sudan and the UN to look at the gaps following the recent expulsions of non-governmental organizations in Darfur, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes says that a significant effort is being made to fill immediate gaps but these are “band-aid solutions”. UNTV

24 Mar 2009 | Read More »

WHO / GLOBAL TB CONTROL REPORT

A new report released today by the World Health Organization (WHO) says that the total number of new tuberculosis (TB) cases remained stable in 2007, however, one out of four TB deaths is HIV related, twice as many as previously recognized. WHO

24 Mar 2009 | Read More »

RWANDA / GIRLS EDUCATION AWARDS

Award ceremonies are taking place throughout Rwanda for some of the best performing girls throughout Rwanda’s primary and secondary schools. UNICEF

24 Mar 2009 | Read More »

UNHCR / ASYLUM STATISTICS

New statistics show that the number of people seeking asylum in industrialized countries has gone up for the second year in a row. The highest number of asylum seekers often come from countries submerged in turmoil or conflict, with Afghanistan posting the biggest gains. UNHCR

24 Mar 2009 | Read More »

SUDAN / TRIBAL CLASHES

Recent tribal clashes in Jonglei State between Lou Nuer and Murle tribesmen in southern Sudan leaves hundreds dead and over six thousand residents diplaced. UNMIS

24 Mar 2009 | Read More »

DR CONGO / AGREEMENT

A key political and security agreement is signed between the Congolese government and the CNDP (National Congress for People’s Defense) in Goma. Government and CNDP representatives had been locked in marathon negotiations to end their hostilities and set up a joint security programme in the Kivus for the past few months. MONUC

24 Mar 2009 | Read More »

UN / KOSOVO

UN Special Representative for Kosovo Lamberto Zannier says the situation in Kosovo has remained relatively peaceful over the last eight months, but, "nevertheless, ethnic tensions persist." UNTV

23 Mar 2009 | Read More »

GENEVA / GAZA

The UN Human Rights Council’s Special Rapporteur on the Occupied Territories Richard Falk says Israel’s coercive confinement of the Gaza civilian population to the combat zone during last December’s conflict should be treated as a new crime against humanity and be explicitly prohibited. UNTV

23 Mar 2009 | Read More »

PERU / COCA

The Peruvian government’s eradication measures have cut coca leaf production in half. With assistance from the UN many coca farmers have been able to give up their coca fields and learnt to grow other crops. But for some 'cocaleros’ moving into licit crops is easier said than done. UNTV

21 Mar 2009 | Read More »

COSTA RICA / RACISM

Many Costa Ricans of African descent say they are facing racial discrimination. But Epsy Campbell believes she can become the country’s first black president. 21 March is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. UNTV

21 Mar 2009 | Read More »

DARFUR / HUMANITARIAN

The UN Security Council hears a briefing on the humanitarian situation in Sudan after the expulsion of 13 NGOs from Darfur. Meanwhile in Darfur the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) fleeing violence and harassment continues to grow. New arrivals pushed the population of Zam Zam camp in North Darfur to at least 80,000 this week. UNAMID [...]

20 Mar 2009 | Read More »

UN / SOMALIA

The UN special envoy for Somalia tells the Security Council that the country is “back from the brink”, while newly-appointed Somali foreign minister Mohamed Abdullahi Omaar calls for the arms embargo on Somalia to be lifted. UNTV

20 Mar 2009 | Read More »

WMO / AIR POLLUTION

The World Meteorological Organization says declining air quality reduces life expectancy and calls for increased scientific research on the issue. UNTV / WORLD BANK / UNICEF / MEA

20 Mar 2009 | Read More »

UN / AFGHANISTAN

The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Kai Eide briefs the Security Council on UN support for the Afghan elections scheduled to take place on 20 August. UNTV

19 Mar 2009 | Read More »

COTE D’IVOIRE / YOUNG PATRIOTS

A spokesman for the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (ONUCI) briefs the press after members of the 'Young Patriots’ movement organize a protest outside ONUCI headquarters. The group is calling for Security Council sanctions against their leader Charles Blé Goudé to be lifted. ONUCI

19 Mar 2009 | Read More »

LEBANON / UNIFIL ANNIVERSARY

The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) holds a ceremony at Mission headquarters in Naqoura to mark the 31st anniversary of its peacekeeping presence in southern Lebanon. UNIFIL

19 Mar 2009 | Read More »

FAO / FOOTBALL AGAINST HUNGER

The first matches of a pan-European 'Football against Hunger’ weekend initiated by FAO and the Association of European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL) kick off on Friday (20 March). Over 200 professional clubs, 150 stadiums and millions of fans across Europe will be involved in matches to highlight the plight of 963 million people who suffer [...]

19 Mar 2009 | Read More »

UN / HAITI

Ambassador Jorge Urbina of Costa Rica briefs the Security Council on the recent Council mission to Haiti. The delegates’ program in Haiti included a boat trip to inspect controls of the border with the Dominican Republic and a tour of a garment factory. UNTV / MINUSTAH

19 Mar 2009 | Read More »

UN / EDUCATION IN EMERGENCIES

The UN General Assembly holds a thematic debate on access to education in emergency situations. Of the 75 million children out of school worldwide, more than half live in countries affected by armed conflict. UNTV / UNICEF / UNHCR

18 Mar 2009 | Read More »

UN / AU PEACEKEEPING

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon tells the Security Council that many of the challenges facing African Union (AU) peacekeeping are due to a lack of resources. Former Italian prime minister Romano Prodi today presented the proposals of a panel on bolstering peacekeeping efforts by the AU. UNTV

18 Mar 2009 | Read More »

SUDAN / NGOS

Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) spokesman Yien Mathew condemns the expulsion of 13 foreign aid groups from Darfur and promises to protect humanitarian organizations working in southern Sudan. UNMIS

18 Mar 2009 | Read More »

WASHINGTON D.C. / PROTECTIONISM

World Bank President Robert B. Zoellick warns countries not to opt for protectionism in the wake of the financial crisis, after briefing members of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the implications of the crisis. A recent Bank study has shown a “worrisome rise” in protectionism since the beginning of the crisis. WORLD BANK

18 Mar 2009 | Read More »

UN / BATTLESTAR GALACTICA

Whoopi Goldberg moderates a retrospective of the science fiction TV series “Battlestar Galactica” at UN headquarters. In interviews with UNifeed, the show’s Oscar-nominated actors Mary McDonnell and Edward James Olmos, and UN Assistant Secretary-General Robert Orr talk about the portrayal of UN themes like human rights, terrorism and reconciliation among civilizations and faiths. UNTV / [...]

18 Mar 2009 | Read More »

UN / CHAD

Ambassadors comment on the handover from the European Union Force (EUFOR) to the UN Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT). Rodolphe Adada, UN-AU Joint Special Representative in Darfur welcomes the transfer of authority to UNAMID’s “sister mission” across the border. UNTV / UNAMID

17 Mar 2009 | Read More »

UN / D’ESCOTO

General Assembly President Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann defends his criticism of the International Criminal Court’s indictment of Sudanese President Omar al Bashir, and briefs on his recent trip to Iran. UNTV

17 Mar 2009 | Read More »

WORLD BANK / CHINA

The World Bank’s quarterly review of China’s economy says that while the country has been hit hard by the global crisis, it is still holding up and is strong enough to look beyond 2009. WORLD BANK

17 Mar 2009 | Read More »

GENEVA / MYANMAR

The UN Human Rights Council’s Special Rapporteur on Myanmar calls for the release of political prisoners before elections set for next year. UNTV

17 Mar 2009 | Read More »

SOMALIA / MALNUTRITION

In a camp for internally displaced people in Bossaso, northeastern Somalia, children and their caregivers gather to receive rations of a special high-nutrition food. Bossaso, where tens of thousands have sought refuge from ongoing conflict, drought and loss of livestock, has some of the country’s worst rates of malnutrition. UNICEF

16 Mar 2009 | Read More »

UN / SUDAN

UN Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes says he is concerned that the expulsion of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from Sudan “does have and will have” a dramatic impact on the ability to provide assistance in Darfur and northern Sudan. UNTV / UNAMID

16 Mar 2009 | Read More »

PAKISTAN / RECONSTRUCTION

In 2005 a catastrophic earthquake killed 73,000 people and left three million homeless in northern Pakistan. UNICEF pledged to reconstruct some of the nearly 6,000 schools destroyed in the quake. One of the new earthquake-resistant permanent buildings recently opened in the village of Banaw Langla. UNICEF

16 Mar 2009 | Read More »

UN / HALABJA MASSACRE ANNIVERSARY

On the 21st anniversary of the massacre against the Kurdish population of the Iraqi town of Halabja, Human Rights Watch Executive Director Kenneth Roth says that at the time of the atrocities, Saddam Hussein was an ally against whom “the US government and its allies in Europe were unwilling to speak out.” UNTV

16 Mar 2009 | Read More »

SUDAN / LRA REFUGEES

A senior UN official in southern Sudan says the recent joint military operation against rebels of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) by Ugandan, Congolese and southern Sudanese troops has created humanitarian conditions that are “deteriorating and they are deteriorating quickly”, with over 100,000 people affected. UNMIS

16 Mar 2009 | Read More »

ETHIOPIA / POLYGAMY

Once a wealthy landowner, Ayatu Nure followed the age-old tradition of his people, and took more than one wife. In fact, he took twelve wives. Now he struggles to feed his 78 children. UNTV

14 Mar 2009 | Read More »

HAITI / SECURITY COUNCIL VISIT

A Security Council delegation led by Costa Rica is on a four-day visit to Haiti, during which the Ambassadors met with Haitian President Rene Preval and Prime Minister Michele Pierre-Louis. MINUSTAH

13 Mar 2009 | Read More »

DARFUR / NGOS

On the ground in Darfur, NGO offices have closed down. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called repeatedly for the Sudanese government to reverse its decision to expel 13 major non-governmental aid agencies, which came just after the International Criminal Court (ICC) indicted President al Bashir for war crimes last week. UNAMID / UNTV

13 Mar 2009 | Read More »

UN / BAN KI-MOON

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he will remind leaders at the G-20 summit in London next month not to neglect the challenges faced by the 172 UN member states not represented at the meeting. UNTV

13 Mar 2009 | Read More »

VIENNA / MEXICO DRUG VIOLENCE

In an interview, Mexican Attorney General Eduardo Medina Mora Icaza talks about the drugs and organized crime situation in his country, where a wave of drug violence has been threatening to spiral out of control. UNODC

12 Mar 2009 | Read More »

UN / BAN KI-MOON

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks to reporters about his recent meeting with US President Barack Obama, and comments on Sudan, North Korea, Afghanistan, and the Middle East. UNTV

12 Mar 2009 | Read More »

VIENNA / DRUG CONTROL

On the sidelines of a high-level meeting to review anti-drug efforts over the last decade, UNODC chief Antonio Maria Costa says drug addiction is an illness that has to be dealt with “by doctors and not by policemen”. UK Home Office Minister Alan Campbell and a former drug user comment on the reclassification of cannabis in the [...]

12 Mar 2009 | Read More »

UNFPA / U.S. FUNDING REAX

A controversial ban on funding for the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) is reversed as part of the omnibus spending bill signed into law by United States President Barack Obama this week. UNFPA head Thoraya A. Obaid says that Obama’s move reminds the world of his commitment to women’s health, rights and equality. UNFPA / UNICEF / [...]

12 Mar 2009 | Read More »

MALDIVES / DRUGS

UNICEF is working with young people in Maldives to counter the escalating problem of drug addiction. Nearly forty percent of the country’s young people use hard drugs. Drug addiction touches nearly every family and is a big worry for the new government. UNICEF

11 Mar 2009 | Read More »

UN / WORLD POPULATION

The UN releases new estimates projecting that the world population will grow to seven billion in 2012 and top nine billion by 2050. UNTV / PAHO / UNFPA / UNICEF

11 Mar 2009 | Read More »

VIENNA / DRUGS

Bolivian President Evo Morales, chewing on a coca leaf, urges a UN conference in Vienna to decriminalize coca production and remove coca from the UN list of banned substances, because the raw ingredient for cocaine in itself is “not a drug” but a traditional medicine. UNODC

11 Mar 2009 | Read More »

HAITI / CLINTON WRAP

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and former United States President Bill Clinton wrap up their two-day visit to Haiti, during which they met with President René Préval, held discussions with businesspeople and toured projects in the Cite Soleil slum. MINUSTAH

10 Mar 2009 | Read More »

UN / IRAN

US Ambassador Susan Rice tells the UN Iran sanctions committee that it should “redouble its efforts to ensure full and robust implementation” of Security Council resolutions in view of Iran’s “continued failure” to comply. The committee says Iran violated a UN ban on importing or exporting arms by trying to ship weapons-related material in a [...]

10 Mar 2009 | Read More »

ILO / WOMEN EMPLOYMENT REPORT

The lead author of a recent International Labour Office (ILO) report on global employment trends for women predicts that as the global economic crisis plays out, sectors traditionally dominated by women could be among the hardest hit. In Latin America and the Caribbean female unemployment could rise above eleven percent. UNTV / WORLD BANK / [...]

10 Mar 2009 | Read More »

HAITI / CLINTON

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrives in Haiti’s capital Port au Prince accompanying former United States President Bill Clinton, as well as a group of potential investors and humanitarian actors on a trip to draw international attention to the country’s dire economic situation. They visit a school in the Cite Soleil slum and meet with honor [...]

9 Mar 2009 | Read More »

MIDDLE EAST / VENEMAN

Concluding a four-day visit to the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel over the weekend, UNICEF head Ann Veneman says that children’s psychosocial well-being and mental health has been severely affected by the recent violence in Gaza. UNICEF

9 Mar 2009 | Read More »

WORLD BANK / MOVING OUT OF POVERTY

The poor can escape poverty with initiative, hard work and local economic opportunities, according to new World Bank research that includes interviews with 60,000 people in 15 countries. But those who rise out of poverty often fall back into it, according to the study entitled “Moving out of Poverty: Success from the Bottom Up”. WORLD [...]

9 Mar 2009 | Read More »

UN / DARFUR

UN Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes gives an update on the humanitarian situation in Darfur as aid groups expelled by the Sudanese government begin leaving the country, and reiterates the UN’s call for the decision to be reversed. UNTV

9 Mar 2009 | Read More »

COTE D’IVOIRE / AFRICAN FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) walks away with its first international football (soccer) trophy in decades, after beating favorite Ghana 2-0 in the final match of the African Nations Championship (CHAN). The inaugural CHAN wrapped up Sunday in Cote d’Ivoire’s economic capital Abidjan. ONUCI

9 Mar 2009 | Read More »

HAITI / RARA BAGS

A private company started by a young American woman in Haiti is using potato chip bags and other recycled trash to make purses that are marketed in the United States. The company says even the Obama daughters are sporting their bags. MINUSTAH

9 Mar 2009 | Read More »

AUSTRIA / DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

As many as one in three women in the world is a victim of domestic violence. To escape the abuse, women often have to leave their homes and their children behind. But in Austria, a ground-breaking bill is protecting women, and saving their families. UNFPA

7 Mar 2009 | Read More »

UN / SUDAN

The UN Security Council meets on Sudan. Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Catherine Bragg to brief on the humanitarian situation following the expulsion of major NGOs. UNTV

6 Mar 2009 | Read More »

HAITI / GANG VIOLENCE

A Brazilian NGO is teaching the Brazilian martial art of Capoeira to youngsters in a tough neighborhood of Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince, as a way to promote peace between warring gangs. MINUSTAH

6 Mar 2009 | Read More »

KENYA / SUDANESE REFUGEES

More than 300,000 refugees have returned to Sudan since a peace agreement ended the war between North and South in 2005. But some still remain in camps in Kenya. Women in particular worry about physical and economic security should they go back to South Sudan. UNHCR

6 Mar 2009 | Read More »

LITHUANIA / VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

Until recently, help was scarce for battered women in Lithuania, but things are changing. The World Bank, the Lithuanian government and other donors have renovated and equipped a shelter where women and children find refuge with social workers, therapists, legal aid and friends. 8 March is International Women’s Day. WORLD BANK

6 Mar 2009 | Read More »

UN / U.S. CLIMATE CHANGE

The Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Yvo de Boer briefs on his recent meeting with high-level U.S. officials on climate change. UNTV

6 Mar 2009 | Read More »

UN / WOMEN’S DAY

On the occasion of International Women’s Day (8 March), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says that “violence against women is an attack against all of us; on the foundation of our civilization”. UNTV / MONUC

5 Mar 2009 | Read More »

UN / SUDAN

Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Catherine Bragg says that the 13 non-governmental organizations expelled from Sudan following the ICC’s decision to indict President Bashir have been covering at least half of the humanitarian needs in Darfur. UNTV

5 Mar 2009 | Read More »

UN / AFGHANISTAN WOMEN

Afghan women talk about their situation eight years after the fall of the Taliban. In its annual human rights report released today, the UN notes a dramatic increase in threats and intimidation against Afghan women in public life and those who work outside the home. UNTV / UNICEF / WHO

5 Mar 2009 | Read More »

BENIN / POLIO

Benin, along with several neighboring countries, is witnessing a resurgence of wild poliovirus. After no polio cases were reported between 2003 and 2007, there have been at least eight within the last 12 months. The 2009 National Immunization Days (NIDs) campaign aims to vaccinate about 2.7 million Beninese children against the debilitating disease. UNICEF

5 Mar 2009 | Read More »

UN / WOMEN’S DAY

On the occasion of International Women’s Day (8 March), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says that “violence against women is an attack against all of us; on the foundation of our civilization”. UNTV / MONUC

5 Mar 2009 | Read More »

UN / SUDAN

Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Catherine Bragg says that the 13 non-governmental organizations expelled from Sudan following the ICC’s decision to indict President Bashir have been covering at least half of the humanitarian needs in Darfur. UNTV

5 Mar 2009 | Read More »

GENEVA / HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay presents her annual report to the Human Rights Council. She calls for safe passage for civilians trapped in the conflict zone in northern Sri Lanka, and expresses dismay at the “harrowing accounts” of members of Myanmar’s Rohingya minority who fled their country by sea. UNTV

5 Mar 2009 | Read More »

UN / ICC WRAP

Representatives of human rights groups as well as Sudan’s Ambassador to the UN comment on today’s announcement by the International Criminal Court (ICC) that it has decided to indict Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir for war crimes. ICC / UNTV / UNAMID / UNMIS

4 Mar 2009 | Read More »

UN / OPT

The Palestinian Minister for Women Affairs, Khouloud Daibes briefs on the situation of women in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. UNTV / UNDP / UNICEF

4 Mar 2009 | Read More »

GENEVA / IRAQ

UN General Assembly President, Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann urges the Human Rights Council to investigate “massive human rights violations” in Iraq. UNTV

4 Mar 2009 | Read More »

ABU DHABI / NBA

The National Basketball Association (NBA) sends an expert team – made up of coaches and former players including basketball legend Rolando Blackman – to the Middle East to train participants in a “Generations For Peace” camp for youth leaders from nine Asian and African countries troubled by conflict. GENERATIONS FOR PEACE

3 Mar 2009 | Read More »

DR CONGO / DISPLACED CHILDREN

On a recent visit to eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), UNICEF Deputy Executive Director, Hilde Johnson met with children who are still in camps after fleeing conflict last year, and called on rebel groups in the region to immediately demobilize all child soldiers. UNICEF

3 Mar 2009 | Read More »

UN / GUINEA-BISSAU

The UN Security Council adopts a presidential statement on Guinea-Bissau following yesterday’s assassination of President João Bernardo Vieira. In a recent interview, UN anti-drugs chief Antonio Maria Costa warned that massive drug trafficking through Guinea-Bissau was destabilizing the already fragile West African nation. UNTV / FILE / UNICEF

3 Mar 2009 | Read More »

UN / SUDAN

The UN Ambassador of Libya reacts to Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s criticism of African leaders over the possible indictment of Sudanese President by the International Criminal Court (ICC). Libya currently holds the chair of the African Union as well as the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council for the month of March. UNTV

3 Mar 2009 | Read More »

UN / LEBANON TRIBUNAL

UN Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs, Patricia O’Brien briefs on the recently established Special Tribunal for Lebanon. UNTV

3 Mar 2009 | Read More »

COTE D’IVOIRE / POLIO

Over a four-day period millions of children in Cote d’Ivoire have been vaccinated against the Wild Poliovirus. 33,000 community volunteers went door to door in a synchronized polio eradication campaign taking place in eight West African countries. UNICEF

3 Mar 2009 | Read More »

UN / LE ROY

Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Alain Le Roy responds to reporters’ questions on the repercussions of a possible International Criminal Court (ICC) indictment this week of Sudanese President Al Bashir for war crimes, and comments on the timing of elections in Afghanistan. UNTV / UNAMA

2 Mar 2009 | Read More »

UN / SEXUAL VIOLENCE

Senior officials meeting at UN headquarters on the status of women welcome UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s renewed commitment to fight the scourge of violence against women and girls. Ban this weekend visited a hospital for victims of rape in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo – a region that experts agree suffers from the world’s worst epidemic of sexual violence. UNTV / MONUC

2 Mar 2009 | Read More »

IAEA / EL BARADEI

IAEA chief Mohammed ElBaradei says the UN’s nuclear watchdog cannot rule out that Iran is hiding nuclear activities unless it gets better access to information, and reports on an investigation on the Dair Alzour site in Syria that was bombed by Israel in 2007. IAEA

2 Mar 2009 | Read More »

GREAT LAKES / BAN KI-MOON

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, and travels to Rwanda for a meeting with Rwandan President Paul Kagame in Kigali. MONUC

1 Mar 2009 | Read More »

 

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