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UN / CYPRUS

UN Special Envoy for Cyprus Alexander Downer says he is “cautiously optimistic” about the talks on Cyprus, while not underestimating the difficulties involved. He asserted that the two Cypriot leaders are committed to the process and to a successful negotiation. UNTV

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WEST BANK / TRAUMA

UNICEF works’ with the European Commission Humanitarian aid department (ECHO) to help Palestinian children and their families cope with the violence that haunts their daily lives by providing counseling and giving children opportunities to play in safety. UNICEF 

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GENEVA / H1N1 INFLUENZA IFRC

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is appealing for five million Swiss francs (4.4. million dollars) to finance its initial response to the imminent risk of an H1N1 influenza pandemic. UNTV

30 Apr 2009 | Read More »

GENEVA / H1N1 INFLUENZA PHASE 5

Seeing the H1N1 influenza virus spread within a raft of countries, the United Nations health agency raises the international alert to Phase 5 on a six-point scale, signaling an imminent pandemic and urging all countries to intensify preparations. WHO

29 Apr 2009 | Read More »

UN / SWINE FLU WRAP

Mexican Foreign Secretary Patricia Espinosa tells the UN Security Council that Mexico will act with “responsibility and transparency” in dealing with the swine flu outbreak that has sparked fears of an international pandemic. The UN Special Advisor on the Millennium Development Goals, Jeffrey Sachs warns that the virus may be more difficult to control if [...]

29 Apr 2009 | Read More »

UN / HOLMES

UN Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes to brief on his recent trip to Sri Lanka. To date, more than 171,000 people have crossed out of the conflict zone, including almost 3,000 wounded and caregivers in hospitals. The UN says that 50,000 people remain in the conflict zone. UNTV

29 Apr 2009 | Read More »

UN / CHILDREN IN ARMED CONFLICT

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon tells the Council that he has witnessed scenes of unbearable suffering when he has seen children affected by wars. “Never have I been so outraged as when I recently spoke with girls who had been sexually victimized during the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.”UNTV / FILE

29 Apr 2009 | Read More »

UN / CLARK MAORI CEREMONY

King Te Arikinui Kingi Tuheitia and a delegation of Maori leaders perform a traditional Powhiri ceremony at the UN to induct former Prime Minister Helen Clark of New Zealand to her new post as the head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). UNTV

28 Apr 2009 | Read More »

NESTLE / WATER

Interviews with Columbia Earth Institute Director Jeffrey Sachs and Nestle Chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe who are attending a business forum on solutions in policy and actions to the growing crisis of water security. UNTV / UNICEF / WORLD BANK / MINUSTAH / IFAD

28 Apr 2009 | Read More »

MADAGASCAR / MALNUTRITION

More than 400,000 people are living without food security in the south of Madagascar. A long drought compromised the harvest, leaving families with less food to eat. Now, up to a quarter million children may be at risk of disease and malnutrition. And without rain, many walk 20 kilometers, or drill 100 meters down, just [...]

28 Apr 2009 | Read More »

GENEVA / SWINE FLU TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

WHO says travel restrictions won’t stop the spread of the swine flu outbreak. WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl says experience from the 2003 SARS outbreak showed that travel restrictions resulted in more economic disruption than health gains. UNTV

28 Apr 2009 | Read More »

UN / SWINE FLU

Commenting on a possible swine flu pandemic, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says that the outbreak shows “yet again that, in our interconnected world, no nation can deal with threats of such dimension on its own.” UNTV / FILE

27 Apr 2009 | Read More »

UN / BRETTON WOODS

Speaking at the Special High-Level Meeting of ECOSOC with the Bretton Woods institutions, the World Trade Organization and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says that “development efforts are sagging under the weight of the crisis” and calls for a reform of the current system of global economic governance. UNTV

27 Apr 2009 | Read More »

UN / CLARK

Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark is officially sworn in as the new administrator for the United Nations Development Programme. UNTV

27 Apr 2009 | Read More »

UN / DARFUR

Joint UN-African Union Special Representative for Darfur Rodolphe Adada warns that political progress in Darfur has been frozen, and civilians remain at an unacceptable risk of violence. “UNAMID is working around the clock to prevent new killings.” UNTV / UNAMID

27 Apr 2009 | Read More »

SRI LANKA / AIRLIFT

A UNHCR emergency airlift carrying humanitarian aid for tens of thousands of people displaced by fighting in north-eastern Sri Lanka began Monday morning with the arrival in Colombo of a plane carrying 2,850 family-sized tents from the refugee agency’s central stockpiles in Dubai. UNHCR

27 Apr 2009 | Read More »

PERU / COCA

Until the mid 1990s, Peru was the world’s number one producer of coca leaf, the key ingredient in making cocaine. Since then, the country has had remarkable success convincing coca growers to switch to legal crops like coffee or palm oil, but it’s still a long way from wiping out the profitable coca leaf. UNTV [...]

25 Apr 2009 | Read More »

UN / TSUNAMI LESSONS LEARNED

Delegations from India, Indonesia, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Thailand present a report which brings together lessons learned from the international emergency relief and recovery response, which will be handed to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and to former US President and United Nations Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery Bill Clinton. UNTV / UNICEF

24 Apr 2009 | Read More »

UN / SRI LANKA UPDATE

Amin Awad, Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says that the government of Sri Lanka should have “the upper moral hand” and allow humanitarian agencies in to do their work. UNTV

24 Apr 2009 | Read More »

UN / GLOBAL MONITORING REPORT

The World Bank/IMF’s Global Monitoring Report 2009 warns that the global economic crisis is creating a development emergency, taking a heavy human toll on many poor countries. The report comes at the start of the World Bank /IMF Spring Meetings in Washington DC. WORLD BANK

24 Apr 2009 | Read More »

UN / CHAD – CAR

Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Edmund Mulet says the humanitarian situation in northeastern Chad remains worrisome, with some 250,000 Sudanese refugees, 160,000 IDPs and 700,000 local civilians entirely dependent on humanitarian assistance. UNTV / EUFOR

24 Apr 2009 | Read More »

GENEVA / DURBAN REVIEW CLOSER

The conference ends with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay telling the closing session that the conference was a success, despite the very difficult negotiation process and a culture of misinformation that preceded it. UNTV

24 Apr 2009 | Read More »

WORLD MALARIA DAY / ADVANCER

On World Malaria Day April 25, the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership will kick-start its “Counting malaria out” campaign. This 2-year campaign will intensify global efforts to reach the first important malaria milestone by 2010 and to strengthen systems in endemic countries for the long haul of sustained malaria control and elimination. UNTV/ WHO/ RBM

23 Apr 2009 | Read More »

WASHINGTON D.C. / ZOELLICK

Speaking at the start of the IMF and World Bank’s spring meetings, World Bank President Robert Zoellick says the global economic crisis demands more investment in safety nets and infrastructure to protect the poorest. Zoellick also expressed concern about G20 nations continuing with trade restrictions. WORLD BANK

23 Apr 2009 | Read More »

UN / SRI LANKA WRAP

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he is concerned by the deteriorating security situation in Sri Lanka and plans to send a humanitarian team there. Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Catherine Bragg provides an update on the humanitarian situation in Sri Lanka. EBS / UNTV

23 Apr 2009 | Read More »

BRUSSELS / SOMALIA DONORS CONFERENCE

Donors pledge more than 213 million U.S. dollars to boost security for Somalia and help fight piracy off its shores. As the international donors conference on Somalia wrapped up in Brussels, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the pledges but warned that peace and stability could not be expected “tomorrow morning”. EBS / WFP / UNICEF

23 Apr 2009 | Read More »

UN / EARTH DAY WRAP

The General Assembly adopts a resolution calling for the creation of International Mother Earth Day, to be celebrated annually on 22 April. Bolivian President Evo Morales says that the planet “needs to be allowed to regenerate its resources.” UNTV

22 Apr 2009 | Read More »

UN / SRI LANKA HUMANITARIAN

Anna Neistat from Human Rights Watch says that international engagement in Sri Lanka “right now, today, tomorrow can actually save hundreds and hundreds of lives.” According to the Sri Lankan Ministry of Defense, more than 60,000 civilians fled the conflict zone since 20 April. However, tens of thousands of civilians are still trapped inside.

22 Apr 2009 | Read More »

GAZA / TRAUMA

A United Nations survey estimates that the recent conflict in Gaza has left almost two thirds of families – including up to 28,000 children – in need of emotional and psychological help. UNICEF and the European Commission (ECHO) are working to help children cope with their trauma. UNICEF

22 Apr 2009 | Read More »

SUDAN / DDR DEMOBILISATION

The worlds largest ever Disarmament Demoblisation and Reintegration (DDR) Program is underway in Sudan after a two decade long civil war. Sudan’s Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), signed between the North and the South ended one of Africa’s longest running conflicts that saw an estimated 2 million killed. UNMIS

21 Apr 2009 | Read More »

WORLD BANK / FOOD CRISIS

Leaders at the World Bank warn that the global food crisis is not over. Today the Bank announced that its investment in programs for the poorest people will triple to 12bn US dollars in the next two years. WORLD BANK

21 Apr 2009 | Read More »

NIGER / FGM

Ten villages in western Niger decide to put an end to female genital mutilation or cutting (also known as FGM/C), publicly calling all inhabitants in the Tillabery region to give up this practice, which threatens girls’ lives. UNICEF

21 Apr 2009 | Read More »

GENEVA / DURBAN CONFERENCE 2 WRAP

The UN conference on racism, a follow up to the conference in Durban in 2001 has formally adopted the outcome document that commits countries to eradicating racism and xenophobia. All the references to the controversial issues of Israel and defamation of religion were omitted from the compromise text. UNTV

21 Apr 2009 | Read More »

GENEVA / AHMADINEJAD WRAP

At the Durban review conference, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad responds to the walkout by western nations as the actions of, “a minority who want to impose themselves on the world.” US Ambassador Alejandro Wolff calls Ahmadinejad’s speech, “vile and hateful.” UNTV

20 Apr 2009 | Read More »

KENYA / DROUGHT

UNICEF is working with the European Commission Humanitarian Aid Department (ECHO) to alleviate the toll that drought takes on the nomadic Turkana people of northern Kenya. UNICEF

20 Apr 2009 | Read More »

HAITI / ELECTIONS

Haiti’s senate elections on Sunday are marred by low-level violence and very low voter turnout. MINUSTAH

20 Apr 2009 | Read More »

INDIA / NUCLEAR POWER

India generates just 80 watts of electricity per capita – that’s one light bulb’s worth per person. With the population projected to hit 1.5 billion by mid-century, the country is turning to nuclear power to meet its rising energy needs. Six new reactors are being built, with another 13 to come. IAEA

20 Apr 2009 | Read More »

UN / PASCOE

Under-Secretary General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe briefs the Security Council and says that continued Israeli settlement activity creates “further obstacles to a viable, contiguous Palestinian state.” UNTV

20 Apr 2009 | Read More »

GENEVA / DURBAN REVIEW OPENER

A UN conference on racism opens in Geneva, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressing strong disappointment at the non-attendance of many western nations. UNTV

20 Apr 2009 | Read More »

JAPAN / LONGEVITY

In Japan so many people are reaching 100 years of age, scientists have begun searching for the secret to life in what they call the, “Wisdom Years”. UNTV/ UNU

18 Apr 2009 | Read More »

GENEVA / DURBAN REVIEW ADVANCER

High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay holds a press conference in Geneva on the Durban Review Conference, which starts on Monday. UNTV / UNCHR

17 Apr 2009 | Read More »

IAEA / BEIJING NUCLEAR CONFERENCE ADVANCER

The current status and future prospects of nuclear power will be discussed next week at an international ministerial conference in Beijing, China. The event, organized by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), brings together 30 energy ministers and representatives of over 65 countries. IAEA

17 Apr 2009 | Read More »

UN / MALARIA LAUNCH

An (USD) 225 million dollar international partnership puts affordable life-saving malaria drugs within reach of millions of people, especially children, in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. ROLL BACK MALARIA PARTNERSHIP / WHO

17 Apr 2009 | Read More »

BANGLADESH / ECONOMIC CRISIS

For the past two years, economic forces have affected the poorest in Bangladesh. In response to this ‘silent emergency’, UNICEF and partners are working on strengthening food security and nutrition surveillance of vulnerable families. UNICEF

17 Apr 2009 | Read More »

HAITI / CLINTON

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton meets with Haiti’s president René Preval in the capital Port au Prince. The U.S. will give Haiti (USD) 57 million dollars in extra aid this year, part of the (USD) 324 million-dollar aid package announced on Tuesday at the Haiti donors conference in Washington D.C. MINUSTAH

16 Apr 2009 | Read More »

UN / BLACK CARBON

Director of the Secretary-General’s Climate Change Support Team Janos Pasztor speaks to UNifeed about the incidence on climate change of black carbon from third world mud cook stoves pouring soot into the atmosphere. UNTV / FILE

16 Apr 2009 | Read More »

UN / CYPRUS

Cyprus Foreign Affairs Minister Markos Kyprianou meets with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to discuss the process of the ongoing peace talks directed at reunifying Cyprus. UNTV

16 Apr 2009 | Read More »

WASHINGTON D.C. / LIBERIA DEBT

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf announces the country has slashed its foreign debt by buying back (USD) 1.2 billion at a discount of nearly 97 percent. The World Bank provided about half of the funding for the buy back with other countries also contributing. WORLD BANK

16 Apr 2009 | Read More »

LIBERIA / MEDICAL CAMP

In Liberia a group of UN peacekeepers from India have gone beyond the call of duty by setting up an informal medical camp. They provide assistance to hundreds of needy people in a community where few medical facilities exist. UNMIL

16 Apr 2009 | Read More »

VIETNAM / IKEA

An initiative supported by UNICEF and funded by IKEA aims to make education more enjoyable, keeping ethnic minority children, particularly girls, in school. UNICEF

15 Apr 2009 | Read More »

UN / HOLMES

Commenting on the humanitarian situation in Sri Lanka, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes says, “we would have liked a longer pause in the fighting agreed by both sides.” UNTV

15 Apr 2009 | Read More »

HAITI / AGRICULTURE

Though agriculture remains the economic life wire of the Centre Department in Haiti, the area continues to grapple with several constraints: lack of roads, absence of irrigation facilities and erosion among others. Added to this is the difficulty of access to land. However, in Wanikete, a small district near the city of Hinche, a group [...]

14 Apr 2009 | Read More »

UN / NORTH KOREA VOTE

The UN Security Council is set to adopt a formal statement that could reprimand North Korea for its rocket launch and call for stronger existing sanctions against Pyongyang. UNTV

13 Apr 2009 | Read More »

UN / HAITI

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with Haiti’s Prime Minister Michèle Duvivier Pierre-Louis to discuss the donors’ conference for Haiti to be hosted this afternoon and tomorrow by the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington D.C. UNTV / MINUSTAH

13 Apr 2009 | Read More »

AFGHANISTAN / FOOD AID

The World Food Programme (WFP) says almost nine million people in Afghanistan will benefit from United Nations food aid initiatives this year, with over 1.5 million reached in all of the South Asian nation’s provinces last month alone. UNHCR/UNICEF

13 Apr 2009 | Read More »

HAITI / FOOD SECURITY

Last year’s storms in Haiti caused an estimated (USD) $220 million in damage to food crops, leaving tens of thousands of farmers without a means of earning a living and the country without enough food to eat. IFAD

11 Apr 2009 | Read More »

WHO / HOSPITAL SAFETY

This week, the World Heath Organization launched a campaign to safeguard hospitals and health workers so they can continue working during emergencies like natural disasters, outbreaks of disease and conflict. WHO / PAHO / IFRC / WMO

10 Apr 2009 | Read More »

ETHIOPIA / PARLIAMENT

Parliamentarians from around the world gathered in Ethiopia this week to discuss the role of lawmakers in supporting development efforts during a global economic downturn. They visited UNICEF supported grassroots projects in the capital Addis Ababa and met with representatives of local NGOs. UNICEF

9 Apr 2009 | Read More »

SUDAN / MOTORCYCLE AMBULANCES

South Sudan has a new tool in the fight against maternal mortality: motorbike ambulances complete with sidecar and padded bed. They look different, but in remote parts of a country where – according to the United Nations an expectant mother has a greater chance of dying in childbirth, the pilot project is intended at cutting [...]

9 Apr 2009 | Read More »

UN / DR CONGO

Briefing the Security Council on the latest in the DR Congo, UN Envoy Alan Doss says it is impossible to end the FDLR (Democratic Front for the Liberation of Rwanda) control over large parts of both Kivus, “without any humanitarian consequences.” UNTV

9 Apr 2009 | Read More »

UN / DOSS

The UN envoy to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Alan Doss says that the global economic crisis has hit the trade-dependent country very hard, jeopardizing political progress on the conflict in the East and potentially leading to “very serious” consequences for national security. State revenues are down 70 percent, and the government is struggling [...]

9 Apr 2009 | Read More »

UN / U THAN SWE

The new permanent representative of Myanmar to the United Nations U Than Swe presents his credentials to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UNTV

8 Apr 2009 | Read More »

SUDAN / NATIONAL ELECTIONS COMMISSION

Following the Sudan National Elections Commission announcement of a time frame for polling to begin in February 2010, top officials based in Khartoum say the elections would pave way for democracy and winners and losers should take it in stride. UNMIS

8 Apr 2009 | Read More »

UN / GLOBAL COMPACT REVIEW

Georg Kell, executive director of U.N. Global Compact presents the findings of the compact’s latest annual review, which he says reinforces the notion that “in times of economic downturn and crisis, there is an increased surge for ethics and sustainability.” UNTV

8 Apr 2009 | Read More »

UN / GUINEA-BISSAU

UN special representative for Guinea-Bissau Joseph Mutaboba says that following the assassinations of the country’s president and chief of general staff in March, there has been a broad consensus to hold elections on 28 June. UNTV

8 Apr 2009 | Read More »

UN / NORTH KOREA

Commenting on reaction to the rocket launched by his country over the weekend, North Korean Ambassador Pak Tok Hun says that if the UN Security Council takes action, “the next option will be ours” and “necessary and strong steps” will follow. UNTV

7 Apr 2009 | Read More »

RWANDA / GENOCIDE ANNIVERSARY

Victims of the Rwanda genocide tell their story as part of the commemorative events taking place at UN headquarters on the occasion of its fifteenth anniversary. Other events include a candle lighting ceremony, musical performances and a photo exhibit. UNTV

7 Apr 2009 | Read More »

CHINA / WHD LAUNCH

The World Health Organization (WHO) celebrates World Health Day by focusing attention on the large numbers of lives that can be saved during earthquakes, floods, conflicts and other emergencies through the better design and construction of health facilities and preparing and training of health staff. WHO

7 Apr 2009 | Read More »

UN / SOUTH KOREAN ASTRONAUT

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with astronaut Yi So-yeon, a South Korean scientist. On April 8, 2008, she became the first Korean and the second Asian woman to fly in space, after Chiaki Mukai. UNTV

7 Apr 2009 | Read More »

IRAQ / REFUGEES

Six years after the invasion of Iraq, much of the country is still insecure. Almost 1.8 million people fled their homes and now live in limbo- without jobs or a place to call home. Those with some means left for neighboring countries, but the majority, too poor to leave, moved to whatever safe haven they [...]

7 Apr 2009 | Read More »

UN / GLOBAL FOOD CRISIS WRAP

The UN’s Special Rapporteur on the right to food Olivier De Scuhtter says that trade distorting measures that favour a small group of countries have led many governments and most development agencies to neglect agriculture, and that “the world is now paying for this neglect.” UNTV

6 Apr 2009 | Read More »

UN / HAITI

UN Special Envoy for Haiti Hédi Annabi says that Haiti is facing a unique moment of opportunity and that it has its best chances in decades to move away from the cycles of the past towards a better future. UNTV/ MINUSTAH

6 Apr 2009 | Read More »

DARFUR / U.S. SPECIAL ENVOY

US Special Envoy Jonathan Scott Gration visits SLA Abdul Wahid-controlled Deribat area in Jabel Marra where he met top SLA field Commanders led by Abdul Khadir. The welcome party including women and children chanted “Hail Obama” as they greeted the US delegation and displayed placards and banners calling for an end to rape, genocide, impunity [...]

6 Apr 2009 | Read More »

UN / WORLD HEALTH DAY ADVANCER

World Health Day 2009 focuses on the safety of health facilities and the readiness of health workers who treat those affected by emergencies. WHO

6 Apr 2009 | Read More »

KENYA / DROUGHT

Widespread drought has already left many parents unable to feed their children in Kenya. Fifty-year-old Bishar Daud Emoi is afraid that all his family will be in danger from drought, and he knows he’ll have to act quickly to protect his wife and children. UNTV / IRIN / OCHA

4 Apr 2009 | Read More »

DARFUR / MBEKI

A high-level African Union delegation led by former South African President Thabo Mbeki arrives in Darfur to speak with internally displaced people (IDPs), Sudan government officals and the UN-AU Mission in Darfur (UNAMID). Mbeki is set to meet with Sudanese President Omar al Bashir tomorrow. UNAMID

3 Apr 2009 | Read More »

UN / GING

Director of Operations for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees John Ging discusses the latest on the humanitarian situation in Gaza . UNTV / UNWRA

3 Apr 2009 | Read More »

BOLIVIA / CANCER

IAEA Director General, Mohamed ElBaradei visits the oncology ward at the General Hospital in La Paz, Bolivia. The IAEA has invested in the development of nuclear medicine techniques like radiotherapy and the training of health professionals. IAEA

3 Apr 2009 | Read More »

GENEVA / GAZA HRC

The UN Human Rights Council has appointed Judge Richard Goldstone, of South Africa to lead an independent fact-finding mission to investigate international human rights and humanitarian law violations related to the recent conflict in Gaza. UNTV

3 Apr 2009 | Read More »

AFGHANISTAN / MINES

The world’s first humanitarian mine-action program began in Afghanistan two decades ago, but the country remains dangerously contaminated. UNICEF

3 Apr 2009 | Read More »

UN / MINE ACTION DAY ADVANCER

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging a renewed commitment to free the world from landmines and explosive remnants of war, which continue to kill or injure thousands of people a year. 4 April is the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. UNTV / UNMIS / UNHCR / UNICEF

3 Apr 2009 | Read More »

UN / WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY WRAP

On World Autism Awareness day, artist Yoko Ono unveils a mural in the form of a puzzle that will be auctioned piece by piece to benefit autism research and rejoined “once the solution is discovered”. Noted autistic author Temple Grandin speaks about her experience living with the disease. UNTV

2 Apr 2009 | Read More »

INDONESIA / YOUTH FESTIVAL

With 15 million first time voters in the upcoming Indonesia elections, the United Nations Development Progamme (UNDP) helps organize a youth festival to inform them of the process and of their rights as voters. UNDP

2 Apr 2009 | Read More »

UN / HELLER

Commenting on a potential meeting by the Security Council regarding the DPRK launch of a rocket over the next few days, Mexican Ambassador Claude Heller says the Council is concerned and will follow the situation very closely to consider if there is a need for action by the international community. UNTV

2 Apr 2009 | Read More »

UN / POVERTY REDUCTION

Experts meeting on population and development at the United Nations today said that rapid population growth, fueled by high fertility, presents a barrier to reducing poverty levels and reaching other internationally agreed development goals. UNTV/FILE

1 Apr 2009 | Read More »

SOMALIA / VACCINES

Women and children in central and southern Somalia are receiving lifesaving vaccines and health services, as part of the Child Health Days Campaign implemented for the first time on a nation-wide scale in Somalia by UNICEF, WHO, local authorities, communities and NGO partners. UNICEF

1 Apr 2009 | Read More »

UN / AUTISM AWARENESS DAY ADVANCER

Thursday (2 April) marks World Autism Awareness Day, mandated by the General Assembly to raise public awareness about the disorder which affects individuals at their early developmental age. UNTV

1 Apr 2009 | Read More »

SUDAN / MBEKI

Head of the African Union High Level Panel on Darfur (AUPD), former South African president Thabo Mbeki arrives in Sudan’s capital Khartoum. The AUPD will hold series of meeting with various stakeholders to the Darfur conflict. UNAMID

1 Apr 2009 | Read More »

 

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