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GENEVA / CLINTON – LAVROV PRESSER

United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Minister for Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov brief reporters on the conclusions of today’s Action Group for Syria meeting in Geneva. CH UNTV

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GENEVA / ANNAN DECLARATION WRAP

Joint UN-Arab League Special Envoy for Syria Kofi Annan reads final declaration arising from the meeting called to secure the implementation of the six-point peace plan for Syria and briefs the press. CH UNTV

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GENEVA / ARRIVALS ACTION GROUP FOR SYRIA

High level officials arrive to the Palais des Nations for a meeting called to secure the implementation of the six-point peace plan for Syria. CH UNTV

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PAKISTAN / NEW SCHOOLS

UNICEF, with Australian, Dutch and Pakistani support, has built 55 earthquake-resistant schools in northwest Pakistan areas devastated by quakes in 2005. Among the latest to be inaugurated is the GariHabibullah Government Primary School. UNICEF

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SOMALIA / ZANZIBAR REFUGEES

Driven from home by civil conflict, some lucky families might soon return to Zanzibar after years of exile in Somalia. UNHCR

30 Jun 2012 | Read More »

GA / OLYMPIC TRUCE

The General Assembly adopted a resolution today urging countries to stop all hostilities during the summer Olympic Games in London. UNTV

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UN / LRA

The African Union today asked the Security Council to declare the Lord’s Resistance Army a terrorist organization. UNTV

29 Jun 2012 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / CHILDREN

The UN is calling for free access to South Kordofan and Blue Nile states in Sudan to assist hundreds of thousands in need. UNHCR is assisting children who fled to camps, some on their own, fleeing the conflict in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains.UNHCR

29 Jun 2012 | Read More »

UNESCO / WORLD HERITAGE SITES

The UN’s cultural organization UNESCO today approved new World Heritage sites in Palau, Israel, Indonesia, Morocco and Palestine.UNESCO

29 Jun 2012 | Read More »

UN / BAN

Speaking to reporters at United Nations headquarters before heading off to Geneva to meet with the 'Action Group’ on Syria, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he hoped the meeting of this “small group” would be a turning point. UNTV

28 Jun 2012 | Read More »

UN / SUDAN SOUTH SUDAN

Ambassadors from Sudan and South Sudan comment on the talks in Addis Ababa on the resumption of negotiations of the border dispute between the two countries. A UN resolution gives the parties three months to reach an agreement or face sanctions. UNTV

28 Jun 2012 | Read More »

UNESCO / WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN DANGER

The World Heritage Committee on Thursday placed Timbuktu and the Tomb of Askia in Mali, and the Liverpool docks in the UK on UNESCO’s List of World Heritage in Danger. UNESCO

28 Jun 2012 | Read More »

GA / SYRIA JAFARI

Syrian Ambassador tells the General Assembly that Arab and regional states provide facilities to terrorist groups to attack Syria. UNTV

28 Jun 2012 | Read More »

ICTY / KARADZIC

The Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia today (28 June) dismissed Radovan Karadzic’s motion for acquittal on ten counts of genocide but granted acquittal for one count. Karadzic is charged with crimes against humanity and violations of the laws of war committed in Bosnia and Herzegovina between 1992 and 1995. [...]

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UNHCR / SYRIA REFUGEES

As thousands of Syrian refugees flee to Lebanon, Turkey and Jordon, UNHCR calls for US$193 million to assist Syrian refugees this year. The revised appeal is a response to the growing numbers of people leaving the country. UNHCR

28 Jun 2012 | Read More »

LEBANON / SYRIA REFUGEES

 The World Food Programme (WFP) has begun distributing food to Syrian refugees in Lebanon as part of a regional emergency operation to support 120,000 Syrians fleeing unrest in their country. Recent assessments showed that food is a priority need for Syrians in Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq. WFP

28 Jun 2012 | Read More »

UN / IRAN SYRIA

Iranian Ambassador Mohammad Khazaee told reporters today that countries refusing to invite Iran to the Action Group meeting on Syria in Geneva on Saturday was “their problem”, since Iran’s exclusion was “neglecting realities on the ground”. UNTV

27 Jun 2012 | Read More »

GENEVA / PINHEIRO PRESSER

The Human Rights Council’s Commission of Inquiry on Syria today criticized arms sales to opposition forces in Syria. Commission Chairman Paulo Pinheiro said arming the opposition will not contribute stopping the violence in the country. UNTV

27 Jun 2012 | Read More »

GENEVA / ACTION GROUP FOR SYRIA

The Joint Special Envoy for Syria Kofi Annan announced today that a high level meeting will take place this Saturday in Geneva. The Action Group for Syria will aim to once again secure full implementation of Annan’s six-point peace plan. CH UNTV

27 Jun 2012 | Read More »

GENEVA / HRC SYRIA

A report delivered to the UN human rights council Wednesday by the Commission of Inquiry said that the Syrian people continue to bear the brunt of the escalating violence and the government and their supporters appear to be primarily responsible. CH UNTV

27 Jun 2012 | Read More »

UN / AFGHANISTAN

Pakistani Ambassador Abdullah Hussain Haroon told the UN Security Council that his country’s “restraint” in reacting to the recent killing and beheading of 17 Pakistani soldiers in a cross-border raid from Afghanistan “should not be taken for granted”. The Taliban today released a video purporting to show the heads of the victims. UNTV

27 Jun 2012 | Read More »

UN / LRA

At a press conference today on a new UN-African Union regional strategy on the Lords Resistance Army (LRA) that includes sending 5,000 African troops after its leader Joseph Kony, Human Rights Watch Deputy Executive Director Jan Egeland said he was worried that 26 years into the conflict, the LRA would not give up until given [...]

26 Jun 2012 | Read More »

UN / DRUGS AND CRIME REPORT WRAP

Highlighting the impact of drug abuse around the world, the head of the UN anti-drugs office today said that countering transnational organized crime and illicit drugs must become an integral part of the development agenda. UNTV / FILE

26 Jun 2012 | Read More »

UN / SYRIA CHURKIN

Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said today that foreign minister Sergei Lavrov would attend a ‘contact group’ meeting on Syria to be held on 30 June in Geneva and said that Iran should participate too. UNTV

26 Jun 2012 | Read More »

NIGER / MALI REFUGEES

Almost 2,600 Malians have fled their country and arrived in Aroyou, Niger. Despite their ordeal, they still took part in recent events to mark World Refugee Day. UNHCR

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UN / DR CONGO – RWANDA

Rwandan Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo briefed reporters at UN headquarters to “clear up misinformation” and strongly deny allegations that her country was backing mutinous Congolese soldiers in neighboring eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), who have been fuelling insecurity in the volatile region over the past weeks. UNTV

25 Jun 2012 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / JONGLEI REPORT

The United Nations today called on South Sudan to develop a comprehensive plan for curbing violence in Jonglei state, as it released the findings of an investigation into inter-communal attacks that claimed hundreds of lives there in 2011 and early 2012. UNMISS

25 Jun 2012 | Read More »

UN / SYRIA CIVILIANS

As the shelling of Homs continues with hundreds of civilians trapped inside the city, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Security Council members to do more to “save innocent lives”. UN observers in the country have also reported armed assaults on civilians, execution-style killings and opposition forces firing from inside hospitals. UNTV

25 Jun 2012 | Read More »

UN / CIVILIANS IN ARMED CONFLICT

A senior UN human rights official relayed UN High Commissioner Navi Pillay’s concern about reported deaths and injuries of civilians resulting from counter-terrorism operations in Yemen, Pakistan and Somalia to a Security Council meeting on civilians in armed conflict. UNTV

25 Jun 2012 | Read More »

SOMALIA / PERMANENT HOMES

Displaced people lack stability. Having a home, however, changes all that. In Somalia, a UNHCR-supported project has built 250 permanent houses for displaced families on land donated by the host community in an effort to promote unity. UNHCR

25 Jun 2012 | Read More »

PAKISTAN / DISPLACED CHILDREN

Since the beginning of the year more than 240,000 people – over half of them children – have been registered as displaced from Khyber Agency, in volatile north-west Pakistan. Children in particular are at an increased risk for psychological distress, disrupted educations, disease and malnutrition. UNICEF

23 Jun 2012 | Read More »

ETHIOPIA / CHILD MORTALITY

Ethiopia expects to bring the number of under five child deaths from avoidable causes down to under 20 per 1,000 by 2035 or even sooner. This is due to the health extension program which was launched in Ethiopia in 2004. Over 34,000 government salaried female health extension workers are deployed, working in pairs out of [...]

23 Jun 2012 | Read More »

RIO +20 / COMMITMENTS

At the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), some $513 billion in funding has been committed by governments, the private sector, civil society and other groups to achieve a sustainable future. UNTV

22 Jun 2012 | Read More »

RIO+20 / BAN WRAP

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said he was encouraged by the nearly 700 concrete commitments – totalling $513 billion – registered at the Conference from governments, business, industry, financial institutions and civil society groups, amongst others. UNTV

22 Jun 2012 | Read More »

GENEVA / ANNAN MOOD

Joint Special Envoy for Syria Kofi Annan, speaking at a press conference in Geneva today along side Major-General Robert Mood, said he failed to understand how people who claim to love their country can inflict so much misery on their own people. CH UNTV

22 Jun 2012 | Read More »

RIO +20 / CLINTON

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told delegates today at Rio +20 that this was a time to be “pragmatic but also optimistic” and that the future was “not guaranteed” because of the depletion of our natural resources. UNTV

22 Jun 2012 | Read More »

GENEVA / SYRIA HUMANITARIAN UPDATE

UN agencies said today that around 1.5 million people in Syria are in need of basic assistance like food, shelter and health items. While some aid is getting through, relief efforts are still severely hampered by the security situation. CH UNTV

22 Jun 2012 | Read More »

BRAZIL / RIO +20 PLENARY WRAP

A flurry of activity continued today (21 June) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the second day of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), which seeks to shape new policies to promote global prosperity, reduce poverty and advance social equity and environmental protection. UNTV

21 Jun 2012 | Read More »

GENEVA / EUROPE MIGRANTS

Migrants trying to start a new life in Europe are too often unnecessarily detained on the false assumption that they pose a security risk, according to a top UN official. The UN special rapporteur on migrants rights Francois Crepeau said today that 99.99% of migrants pose no security risk at all. CH UNTV

21 Jun 2012 | Read More »

UN / ELEPHANT POACHING

A new report by the UN-backed convention on endangered species says that elephant poaching levels are the worst in a decade and recorded ivory seizures are at their highest levels since 1989. FILE

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BRAZIL / IDP CLIMATE CHANGE

Hosting a discussion on the vulnerability of migrants to climate change at the Rio+20 Summit, High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres, stated that climate change, global warming and the resulting environmental pressures were “among the defining challenges of our times”. UNTV

21 Jun 2012 | Read More »

UNHCR / IDP CLIMATE CHANGE

A new report co-published by UNHCR finds that climate change can make people more vulnerable and play a part in driving them into conflict areas and then exile. UNHCR

21 Jun 2012 | Read More »

BRAZIL / RIO +20 BAN OPENING

Addressing the opening of the Rio+20 morning session Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, “we are now in sight of an historic agreement. Let us not waste this opportunity. The world is watching to see if words will translate into action. as we know they must”. UNTV

21 Jun 2012 | Read More »

RIO + 20 / PLENARY WRAP

More than 100 heads of state and government today gathered in Rio de Janeiro Brazil for the start of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), which seeks to shape new policies to promote global prosperity, reduce poverty and advance social equity and environmental protection. UNTV

21 Jun 2012 | Read More »

UN / SYRIA OBSERVERS

The suffering of the Syrian people is getting worse amid escalating violence in the country, the head of the United Nations mission there, just days after his observers came under direct attack resulting in the suspension of their monitoring activities. UNTV

20 Jun 2012 | Read More »

GENEVA / DRONES HEYNES

The top UN expert on executions today called on the international community to set a clear legal framework for the use of drones and other targeted killings, to avoid a dangerous precedent being set. UNTV

20 Jun 2012 | Read More »

UN / KHALED HOSSEINI

Speaking today on Afghanistan, UNHCR goodwill envoy and Afghan author Khaled Hosseini said that the issue of displaced people was “more than just a humanitarian issue” but that was also a national security issue. “All these sort of fast growing poor, young marginalised population that’s going from place to place within Afghanistan, these are exactly the [...]

19 Jun 2012 | Read More »

CHAD / SAHEL CRISIS

The UN and its partners today appealed for $1.6 billion to provide vital humanitarian aid to people in the crisis-stricken Sahel region of West Africa, revising their previous requests for funding in light of the dramatic deterioration of the situation. In Chad, UNICEF has launched a programme to protect 200,000 children with nutritional supplements. UNICEF

19 Jun 2012 | Read More »

GENEVEA / HRC JOURNALISTS

In a report to the Human Rights Council today, the independent expert on summary killings said that he had focused his attention this year on the specific targeting of journalists. Christof Heyns said that the protection of journalists around the world remained a major challenge and that both the numbers of journalists killed and the [...]

19 Jun 2012 | Read More »

GENEVA / HRC DRONES

The special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions submitted a report late Monday to the Human Rights Council urging the United States to be more transparent with their drone strike programme. CH UNTV

19 Jun 2012 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / REFUGEE EMERGENCY

They come by the thousands, fleeing a conflict that has been ongoing since September last year between rebels and the Khartoum government in the Blue Nile region of Sudan. The UN refugee agency and other humanitarian partners are now racing against time to move refugees from transit sites along the Sudan-South Sudan border area, where [...]

19 Jun 2012 | Read More »

ECUADOR / GUTERRES

UNHCR chief António Guterres visits Ecuador ahead of World Refugee Day (20 June 2012) and praises the country for hosting refugees. UNHCR

19 Jun 2012 | Read More »

GENEVA / MYANMAR UNREST

Ethnic tensions continue in Myanmar with sporadic violence in the northern state of Rakhine, despite government efforts to restore calm. But, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency, the border between Myanmar and Bangladesh remains closed, barring access to people fleeing the violence. CH UNTV

19 Jun 2012 | Read More »

UN / MIDDLE EAST

Briefing the Security Council on the Middle East today, senior UN official Oscar Fernandez-Taranco said he was concerned about “serious security incidents” near the Israeli-Egyptian border, and condemned today’s burning and spraypainting of a mosque near Ramallah as a “flagrant act”. On Syria, he reported that access was still limited to the “well over a [...]

19 Jun 2012 | Read More »

UN / LI BAODONG

The UN Security Council this afternoon issued statements on Mali and Sudan/South Sudan. Chinese Ambassador Li Baodong, who holds the Council presidency for the month of June, also commented on Syria. UNTV

18 Jun 2012 | Read More »

SOUTH AFRICA / RHINOS

New figures released in the run-up to Rio+20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development opening in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday (20 June), show that rhino poaching in South Africa has reached record levels. Fuelled by demand for rhino horns in Asia, the death toll has gone up from 13 to 449 annually within [...]

18 Jun 2012 | Read More »

PAKISTAN / DISPLACED

Since the beginning of this year more than 200,000 people – over half of them children – have been registered as displaced in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. They fled amidst renewed insecurity in the region and many of them are now facing an uncertain future. UNICEF

18 Jun 2012 | Read More »

UNHCR / GLOBAL TRENDS 2011 REPORT

The UN Refugee Agency’s Global Trends 2011 report shows that the number of people who crossed borders and became refugees last year was the highest annual figure since 2000. UNHCR

18 Jun 2012 | Read More »

VIET NAM / FOREST RESOURCES

The UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) says ever more nations around the world are realizing the positive contribution that the forestry industry can make to the development of a green economy. In Viet Nam, the loss of forested areas has been reversed and the country is now increasing forest area by about one percent [...]

18 Jun 2012 | Read More »

UN / HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL OPENING

As the Human Rights Council in Geneva opened its three week-session today, UN High Commissioner Navi Pillay highlighted several regions whose human rights records are a cause for concern, including Mali and Eritrea, and expressed concern at the continued use of armed drones in Pakistan in the fight against terrorism. CH UNTV

18 Jun 2012 | Read More »

UN / SYRIA UPDATE WRAP

Warning of crimes against humanity and possible war crimes being committed, the United Nations human rights chief today called on the international community to overcome differences in order to end the violence and human rights violations in Syria. The UN observer mission over the weekend announced the suspension of its activities due to escalating violence. [...]

18 Jun 2012 | Read More »

UN / RIO +20 ADVANCER

As delegates continue negotiating the outcome agreement document for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), Sha Zukang, the Conference’s Secretary-General, said that “Rio + 20 is where decisions on the future of our planet, our economies, and our livelihoods for the next 10 or 20 years are going to be made” and stated [...]

16 Jun 2012 | Read More »

UN / DR CONGO

The UN Security Council today expressed “strong concern” about the deterioration of the security and humanitarian situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Kivus region and condemned the killing and abuse of civilians, mostly women and children by armed groups. UNTV

15 Jun 2012 | Read More »

UN / MALI

After a closed meeting with the Security Council today ECOWAS Commission President Kadre Desire Ouedraogo told reporters that there was “unanimous support” for the regional body’s proposal to send 3,000 troops to Mali, and that he expected the Council to adopt a resolution on this “very soon”. UNTV

15 Jun 2012 | Read More »

KENYA / MATERNAL HEALTH

The Child Survival Call to Action held this week in Washington, DC by the US, India and Ethiopia in collaboration with UNICEF aimed to identify the smart investments that can be dedicated to one ambitious, yet simple, goal – to end preventable child deaths. In Kenya, maternal shelters are part of a broad package of [...]

15 Jun 2012 | Read More »

GENEVA / MYANMAR REFUGEES

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) confirmed today that boats carrying Burmese refugees fleeing ethnic violence in Myanmar were being turned away by Bangladesh. CH UNTV

15 Jun 2012 | Read More »

SYRIA / MOOD

The head of the United Nations Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS), General Robert Mood today warned that escalating violence in the country is hampering the ability of UN observers to carry out their work. UNSMIS

15 Jun 2012 | Read More »

GENEVA / AUNG SAN SUU KYI

Highlighting the recent changes in Myanmar, Nobel laureate and pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi today invited international aid and investment to help build a better future for the South-east Asian nation, as she addressed a United Nations labour forum in Geneva. ILO

14 Jun 2012 | Read More »

UN / FALKLANDS ISLANDS [MALVINAS]

Argentina’s president Cristina Fernandez attended the UN Special Committee on Decolonization today at headquarters in New York to raise her concern with the Falkland Islands [Malvinas]. UNTV

14 Jun 2012 | Read More »

COTE D’IVOIRE / MEMORIAL

A ceremony was held in Abidjan today to pay tribute to the seven United Nations peacekeepers from Niger who died in an ambush in the west of Côte d’Ivoire last Friday. ONUCI

14 Jun 2012 | Read More »

IMF / EUROPE

International Monetary Fund spokesman Gerry Rice said Thursday that the IMF’s role in monitoring a European rescue package for Spanish banks is still being discussed, but that Spain had not asked for IMF financial assistance. IMF

14 Jun 2012 | Read More »

UN / SUDAN / SOUTH SUDAN BORDERS

The Security Council met today for the bi-monthly update on compliance of the resolution calling for immediate cessation of violence between Sudan and South Sudan. UNTV / UNMISS

14 Jun 2012 | Read More »

SYRIA / DETAINEE RELEASE

UNSMIS personnel today monitored the release of 252 detainees in Damascus, Idlib and Deir Ezzor. The mission was informed by the Syrian government that a total of 500 are being released nationwide as part of the six-point peace plan. UNSMIS

14 Jun 2012 | Read More »

WHO / WORLD BLOOD DONOR DAY

World Blood Donor Day is a day dedicated to thank blood donors from all walks of life around the world who give their blood voluntarily to save the lives of others. WHO

14 Jun 2012 | Read More »

GAMBIA / FOOD CRISIS RIO +20

Even as one in seven of the world’s people go hungry, about a third of global food production gets lost or wasted – a problem that will be on the agenda at this month’s UN Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development. In Gambia, two years of crop failures and soaring food prices have left more than [...]

13 Jun 2012 | Read More »

UN / AFRICA ECONOMIC REPORT 2012

Launching the 2012 Economic Report on Africa, senior UN economist Robert Vos said today that Africa’s prospects were positive compared to other developing regions, but warned that African countries needed to diversify their economies to avoid being “brought down” by a possible spread of the Euro crisis. UNTV / FILE

13 Jun 2012 | Read More »

MALAWI / CHILD SURVIVAL

The Child Survival Call to Action that will bring together 700 leaders and global experts in Washington DC this week (14-15 June) seeks to identify “smart investments” to help end preventable child deaths. In Malawi, Health Surveillance Assistants (HSAs) linking villages with the health system have contributed to a significant drop in the country’s child [...]

13 Jun 2012 | Read More »

SYRIA / UN VEHICLE HAFFA ATTACK

The spokeswoman for the UN observer mission in Syria, Sausan Ghosheh said today that UN observers were prevented from reaching el-Haffeh yesterday when their vehicles were stoned and hit with metal rods by an angry crowd. They were fired upon as they were leaving. UNMSIS

13 Jun 2012 | Read More »

WHO / FUEL EXHAUST REPORT

International experts today classified diesel engine exhaust as carcinogenic to humans based on sufficient evidence that exposure is associated with an increased risk for lung cancer. WHO / IARC / FILE

12 Jun 2012 | Read More »

UN / SYRIA CHILD SHIELDS

A new UN report says that Syrian troops have used children as human shields. UK Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant said today that this is “another example of how far beyond the pale of humanity the Syrian regime has gone.” UNTV

12 Jun 2012 | Read More »

IMF / RIO +20

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said that the IMF is exploring how government spending and taxes can be used to address climate change. IMF

12 Jun 2012 | Read More »

UN / YEMEN RESOLUTION

Nobel peace prize winner Yemen’s Tawakkul Karmen today welcomed a Security Council resolution threatening sanctions on those parties disrupting the transitional process in the country and hoped they would reach similar agreement on Syria. UNTV

12 Jun 2012 | Read More »

GENEVA / SYRIA HOMS

The spokesman for the Joint Special Envoy to Syria today called emphatically for all parties in Syria to urgently implement the peace plan to stop the escalation of violence in the country, particularly in the last fews days north of Homs. CH UNTV

12 Jun 2012 | Read More »

SYRIA / HOMS FIGHTING

UN observers patrol Homs as renewed fighting intensifies as the UN Arab League envoy Kofi Annan voices concern over civilians that may be trapped in the city. UNSMIS

12 Jun 2012 | Read More »

COTE D’IVOIRE / PEACEKEEPERS AMBUSH WRAP

Chief of peacekeeping Herve Ladsous to brief the Security Council on last Friday’s attack in western Cote d’Ivoire which killed seven peacekeepers from Niger. UNTV / ONUCI

11 Jun 2012 | Read More »

WORLD BANK / GLOBAL ECONOMIC PROSPECTS

The World Banks latest Global Economic Prospects says that due in part to the worrisome situation in Europe, developing countries should prepare for a long period of volatility in the global economy. WORLD BANK

11 Jun 2012 | Read More »

GENEVA / SYRIA UPDATE

Spokesperson for the Arab League / UN envoy for the Syrian crisis Ahmad Fawzi said today that Mr. Annan was gravely concerned by the latest reports of violence coming out of Syria and the escalation of fighting by both government and opposition forces. REUTERS / UNSMIS

11 Jun 2012 | Read More »

GA / HIV/AIDS

Addressing the GA today one year after they passed a landmark resolution on the commitment to funding the fight against HIV/AIDS, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that if the number of new HIV infections is to be cut by one million by 2015 people at risk need to be reached.  UNTV /FILE

11 Jun 2012 | Read More »

DR CONGO / FAMILY SEPARATION

At a camp for internally displaced people in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s volatile east, parents and children learn strategies to avoid losing each other on the run. As a result, only 68 children were separated from their families when some 15,000 people fled violence erupting at the end of April. UNICEF

9 Jun 2012 | Read More »

SOMALIA / SHELTER

A UN-supported project in northern Somalia is providing semi-permanent shelter for 1,100 displaced families, saving them from thieves and sexual predators who would cut their way into their previous makeshift cardboard-and-rag dwellings. OCHA

9 Jun 2012 | Read More »

SYRIA / MAZRAAT AL-QUBEIR

The UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) sent teams of observers to the villages of el-Qubeir and el-Rastan today to conduct a fact finding mission following reports yesterday of a massacre where opposition activists say dozens were killed. UNSMIS

8 Jun 2012 | Read More »

INDONESIA / PNEUMONIA AND DIARRHOEA

A new UNICEF report shows that pneumonia and diarrhoea are leading killers of children under age five, disproportionately affecting children in the poorest, most disadvantaged areas. UNICEF

8 Jun 2012 | Read More »

UN / SYRIA UPDATE WRAP

After briefing the Security Council on the situation in Syria, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon asked "How many more times must we condemn? How many more ways must we say that we are outraged?" UNTV / UNSMIS

8 Jun 2012 | Read More »

GA / GA PRESIDENT ELECTION

The UN General Assembly today elected Serbia’s Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic as the President of the upcoming 67th session of the Assembly. UNTV

8 Jun 2012 | Read More »

IMF/ CHINA

The International Monetary Fund said Friday that China’s growth rate is expected to moderate in 2012 to around 8 percent from 9.2 percent last year. IMF

8 Jun 2012 | Read More »

GENEVA / G20

The United Nations Trade and Development organisation today warned that the forthcoming meeting of state leaders in Mexico, known as G20 is unlikely to reach an agreement on how to solve the current global financial crisis. CH UNTV

8 Jun 2012 | Read More »

GA / SYRIA

UN officials today urged the world community to act with one voice to end the crisis in Syria amid the growing atrocities and little evidence that the Syrian government is living up to its commitment to stop the ongoing violence. UNTV

7 Jun 2012 | Read More »

CHAD / SAHEL NUTRITION

UNICEF says the nutritional crisis in Chad is being compounded by one of the world’s lowest rates of breastfeeding – only three mothers out of every hundred exclusively breastfeed their children. UNICEF

7 Jun 2012 | Read More »

UN / WORLD ECONOMIC SITUATION AND PROSPECTS

A new UN report says that the euro area debt crisis remains the biggest threat to the world economy. An escalation of the crisis could result in severe turmoil in financial markets and a sharp rise in global risk aversion, leading to a further weakening of global growth. UNTV

7 Jun 2012 | Read More »

UNEP / GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT OUTLOOK

A new and wide-ranging assessment coordinated by the United Nations Environment Programme says that the world continues to speed down an unsustainable path despite over 500 internationally agreed goals and objectives to support the sustainable management of the environment and improve human wellbeing. UNEP

6 Jun 2012 | Read More »

UN / BAN RIO+ 20

With just two weeks until the start of a major United Nations sustainable development conference, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged countries to step up efforts to achieve concrete decisions to reduce poverty while promoting clean energy and more sustainable and fair use of resources. UNTV / FILE

6 Jun 2012 | Read More »

UN / AL-NASSER SYRIA

GA president Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser expressed his disappointment today over the lack of progress in ending the violence in Syria. Al-Nasser told a press conference in New York that the situation on the ground was “very disappointing and, frankly, appalling.” UNTV

6 Jun 2012 | Read More »

WHO / GONORRHOEA

A new WHO report says that millions of people with gonorrhoea may be at risk of running out of treatment options unless urgent action is taken. Several countries are reporting cases of resistance to cephalosporin antibiotics – the last treatment option against gonorrhoea. Every year an estimated 106 million people are infected with gonorrhea, which [...]

6 Jun 2012 | Read More »

UN / NAM PALESTINE

The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Caucus of the Security Council announced today that it will formally request that Council members pay an official visit to the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT).

6 Jun 2012 | Read More »

UN / DARFUR WRAP

In his final appearance before the Security Council, ICC chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said that implementing the arrest warrants “will produce a dramatic change in Darfur.” He added that “the failure to arrest and surrender Mr. Harun, Mr. Kushayb, Mr. Hussein and President Al Bashir is a direct challenge to the Council’s authority” and it [...]

5 Jun 2012 | Read More »

SYRIA / MOOD WRAP

Following a meeting today in Damascus with the head of the UN observer mission in Syria General Robert Mood, the country’s deputy foreign minister Faisal Miqdad told reporters that the Syrian government was committed to working for the success of the six-point plan. This weekend, Mood visited the city of Deir Ez-Zor, in eastern Syria, [...]

5 Jun 2012 | Read More »

SYRIA / HAMA PATROL

Reports today say a Syrian government offensive has killed several people in Hama Province. The atmosphere there was tense on Monday, when UN military observers conducted one of their daily patrols. UNSMIS

5 Jun 2012 | Read More »

GENEVA / ANNAN

Joint Special Envoy for the UN and the League of Arab States on the Syrian Crisis Kofi Annan met today with Switzerland’s foreign minister Didier Burkhalter at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. CH UNTV

5 Jun 2012 | Read More »

GENEVA / SYRIA HUMANITARIAN AID

The director of operations for UN emergency relief John Ging said today that the Syrian government signed an agreement to allow the UN to enter the country and deliver humanitarian aid but emphasized that it will depend on whether access is granted to aid workers over the next few days, adding that “pieces of paper [...]

5 Jun 2012 | Read More »

WORLD BANK / ENVIRONMENT STRATEGY

The World Bank rolls out a new Environment Strategy today that makes sustaining the environment a key part of the fight against poverty. The new Environment Strategy for 2012-2022 is aimed at supporting countries to pursue sustainable development pathways that are green, inclusive, efficient, and affordable. WORLD BANK

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UN / LI BAODONG

Ambassador Li Baodong of the People’s Republic of China today expressed concern over the situation in Syria and full support for Kofi Annan’s six-point plan. He said that China’s position is not “to protect anybody against anybody” but to stop the violence and respect Syria’s sovereignty. UNTV

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UN / GLOBAL COMPACT

Results from the Global Compact Survey says that a deeper understanding of sustainability issues is gaining momentum around the world but much remains to be done to truly operationalize corporate sustainability and translate commitments into tangible action. UNTV

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IAEA / AMANO

The head of the UN’s nuclear watchdog agency today announced new talks with Iran, to take place in Vienna on Friday. IAEA

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SOUTH SUDAN / PRISON SEWING SKILLS

Female inmates at the Juba Maximum Prison in South Sudan are learning sewing skills as part of a rehabilitative process and to provide skills once they are released from prison. UNMISS

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SOUTH SUDAN / ORPHANAGE

Japanese peacekeepers are volunteering at an orphanage that has been supporting street children since 2007 hoping to protect and reintegrate the children by providing physical, social and psychosocial guidance. UNMISS

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TURKEY / SOMALIA WRAP

Somalia needs its own strong and trustworthy security and justice institutions to consolidate progress, secure borders and protect people, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday. TRT /AMISOM / UNTV

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ILO / FORCED LABOUR

A new ILO study says that almost 21 million people are victims of forced labour across the world. This means that three out of every 1,000 people worldwide are in forced labour today. ILO

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GENEVA / SYRIA HRC VOTE

The special session on Syria at Human Rights Council in Geneva today adopted a draft resolution which includes a condemnation of the use of force against the Syrian population and calls on Syrian authorities to put an immediate end to all violence and all human rights violations. CH UNTV

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SOMALIA / AFGOOYE CORRIDOR

Less than a week after its troops wrested control of the Afgooye corridor from the Al-Shabaab, the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) reports that farm goods from the area, a “breadbasket” for much of the country, are now reaching Mogadishu. AMISOM says Al-Shabaab’s extortion of farmers in Afgooye was a major factor in causing [...]

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SOMALILAND / REFUGEE SHELTER

In Somaliland, a project is under way to give some displaced families permanent shelters in place of cartons and old cloth. UNHCR

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GENEVA / HRC SYRIA REAX

The US Ambassador to the Human Rights Council today said that the United States holds the Syrian government fully responsible for the slaughter of innocent civilians last weekend in Houla and that “this despicable regime will kill many more before this devastating chapter in Syrian history is brought to an end.” CH UNTV

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GENEVA / HRC SYRIA

Opening a special session on Syria today, the acting chief of the UN human rights office Marcia Kran said the killings in Houla might amount to crimes against humanity and urged the Security Council to consider referring the case of Syria to the International Criminal Court. CH UNTV

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