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BAN / GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Secretary-General announces high-level panel on sustainable development today (31 July) UNTV / FILE

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UN / DARFUR

The Security Council today (31 July) approved a resolution for the extension of the mandate of the African Union / United Nations Hybrid operation in Darfur (UNAMID) while reducing the size of its force. UNTV

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GENEVA / SYRIAN REFUGEES

The UN Refugee Agency expressed concern today  at the rising numbers of people fleeing their homes the ongoing violence in Aleppo. UN agencies said funds were urgently needed to support the refugees who have escaped the country.  CH UNTV

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GENEVA / EBOLA

The World Health Organization (WHO) said yesterday in Geneva (30 July) that there were 36 suspected cases of Ebola in Uganda and 14 people have died so far.  CH UNTV

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UN / OSORIO

The President of the UN Security Council, Nestor Osorio, says the international community is worried about the possibility of weapons of mass destruction in Syria being “used or moved”. On the Democratic Republic of Congo, he says ”it appears to all of us” that M23 rebels are getting outside help. UNTV

30 Jul 2012 | Read More »

RWANDA / ORPHANAGES

Rwanda’s government plans to find homes for more than 3,000 orphaned and abandoned children. UNICEF

30 Jul 2012 | Read More »

UN / SYRIA – BAN

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today criticized what he called a 'brutal crackdown’ in Syria, with the use of fighter aircraft and helicopters against targets in heavily populated areas. He called on all sides to respect the Security Council’s call for a peaceful solution. UNTV

30 Jul 2012 | Read More »

LEBANON / SYRIAN REFUGEES

A UNICEF camp in Lebanon helps Syrian refugee children ease into a different system of education. UNICEF

30 Jul 2012 | Read More »

SYRIA / BABACAR GAYE

The acting head of the United Nations (UN) observers in Syria today held his first meeting with Government officials, during which he called for an end to the fighting and voiced concern about ongoing combat taking place in the city of Aleppo. UNSMIS

30 Jul 2012 | Read More »

LIBYA / UNEXPLODED ORDNANCE

UN helps in efforts to remove unexploded ordnance left over from the revolution in Libya. MINEACTION

28 Jul 2012 | Read More »

UN / ARMS TRADE TREATY

On the last day of month-long negotiations at the United Nations on an international arms trade treaty, arms control activists today (27 July) said that whatever the outcome on the treaty itself, “tremendous” progress had been achieved.

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UN / BAN OLYMPIC TRUCE

“We believe in peace. That is why we proclaim an Olympic Truce.” said the United Nations Secretary-General in a message delivered at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. UNTV

27 Jul 2012 | Read More »

GENEVA / SYRIA

The spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Rupert Colville today said the increasing use of heavy weapons, tanks, attack helicopters and, reportedly, even jet fighters in urban areas of Syria, as well as the reported build-up of forces in and around Aleppo, “bodes very ill for the people of that city”. CH [...]

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TIMOR-LESTE / OLYMPIC RUNNERS

For Juventina and Augusto – the only athletes representing Timor-Leste in the summer Olympic Games – winning a medal is a long shot, but they are proud to show the world that their young nation “lives in peace and harmony”. UNMIT

27 Jul 2012 | Read More »

IMF / SPAIN

The International Monetary Fund says that key goals for Spain include making the economy more competitive to boost growth, cleaning up the financial sector, and putting public finances on a sustainable footing. IMF

27 Jul 2012 | Read More »

GENEVA / MYANMAR HRC

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Navi Pillay, has raised serious concerns about the ongoing human rights violations in Myanmar's Rakhine state after the violence that took place between the Buddhist and Muslim communities there. She's calling for a "prompt and independent investigation.” CH UNTV

27 Jul 2012 | Read More »

GENEVA / WORLD HEPATITIS DAY 2012

In the run up to World Hepatitis Day on 28th July, the World Health Organization (WHO) says that millions of people are living with viral hepatitis and millions more are at risk of infection. CH UNTV

27 Jul 2012 | Read More »

SREBRENICA / BAN

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today (26 July) paid his respects to the victims of Srebrenica and called on the world to learn the lessons from the 1995 massacre and stop the ongoing bloodshed in Syria. UNTV

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BAN / OLYMPIC TORCH

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon helped carry the Olympic torch on the final leg of its journey today (26 July) on the eve of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. BBC UNTV

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SYRIA / LADSOUS

The United Nations peacekeeping chief today (26 July) said that as of today “the United Nations is in no way packing and going” from Syria. UNSMIS

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SWITZERLAND / OLYMPIC RUNNER FOR NORWAY

Urige Buta is on his way to the 2012 London Olympics – as a competitor. His was not an easy journey. Urige is a former Ethiopian refugee UNHCR

26 Jul 2012 | Read More »

UN / CÔTE D’IVOIRE

The Security Council today (26 July) unanimously adopted a resolution to extend the mandate of the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire as the Mission, known as UNOCI, has come under criticism for the handling of a recent attack carried out by some 300 individuals against a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs), which resulted [...]

26 Jul 2012 | Read More »

SOMALIA / STOVES

UNICEF and its partners hope that a new project to provide fuel-efficient stoves to displaced families in Somalia will reduce or eliminate the need to collect firewood.UNICEF

26 Jul 2012 | Read More »

DR CONGO / VIOLENCE

Ongoing fighting between the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) and rebels from M23 group has forced more people to flee their homes in fear of being attacked. MONUSCO

26 Jul 2012 | Read More »

JORDAN / SYRIA REFUGEES

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is preparing for as many as 113,000 Syrian refugees in a single camp in Jordan. UNHCR

26 Jul 2012 | Read More »

NIGERIA / SAHEL MALNUTRITION

UNICEF estimates that almost a quarter of a million children in Nigeria suffer from the deadly condition of severe acute malnutrition – not because they are hungry, but because they are eating the wrong kind of food. UNICEF

25 Jul 2012 | Read More »

UN / MIDDLE EAST

The United Nations top envoy to the Middle East said today (25 July) that while talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians remain stalled, “events on the ground continue to move in the wrong direction.” UNTV

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SYRIA / LADSOUS-GAYE

The United Nations peacekeeping chief announced today (25 July) that half of the 300 UN observers in Syria have left the country, while adding that the crisis there remains “of utmost concern” and the world body will continue to promote a political solution. UNSMIS

25 Jul 2012 | Read More »

IMF / CHINA

China’s growth rate is set to moderate to around 8 percent this year due to measures by authorities to cool the economy, and the global slowdown, say IMF economists in their latest assessment of the world’s second-largest economy. IMF

25 Jul 2012 | Read More »

HAITI / AID

The UN humanitarian coordinator in Haiti today (24 July) announced that the UN is slashing the amount of international aid money it is soliciting to help the country, because the response from donors has been so disappointing this year. MINUSTAH

24 Jul 2012 | Read More »

UN/ DARFUR

A sustainable peace for the people of Darfur is in sight but the challenges still facing the Sudanese region are many, the joint African Union-United Nations envoy there said today (24 July). UNTV 

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KOSOVO / BAN

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today (24 July) called for strong efforts towards the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia. UNMIK UNDP

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UN / MILLS

Ghanaian President John Atta Mills died today (24 July) at the age 68 in Ghana. UNTV has file video of his appearances at the UN. UNTV / FILE

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SYRIA / LADSOUS ARRIVAL

The top United Nations peacekeeping official arrived today in Damascus where he will asses the situation as the observer mission (UNSMIS) begins its final 30-day mandate. UNSMIS

24 Jul 2012 | Read More »

GENEVA / IRAQI RETURNEES

The violence in Syria has led some 10,000 Iraqi refugees to return to their home country since last Wednesday, the UN said today (24 July). (CH UNTV)

24 Jul 2012 | Read More »

UN / ARMS TREATY

With  negotiations on an Arms Trade Treaty  reaching a “frenetic” pace at the United Nations ahead of a Friday deadline, non-governmental organizations said today (23 July) it is up to the United States and the world’s other big powers to “knuckle down” and reach agreement on an international treaty they say will save millions of [...]

23 Jul 2012 | Read More »

UN / STAFF RETURN

The United Nations has started moving back into its historic Secretariat building, after three years of construction during which staff were dispersed in temporary offices across midtown Manhattan. UNTV

23 Jul 2012 | Read More »

SOMALIA/ MALNUTRITION

A year ago, little Ismail Mohamed was on the verge of death.  The terrible famine had swept through his parents’ village in southern Somalia taking everything. The family abandoned their home and made their way to a basic camp. UNICEF

23 Jul 2012 | Read More »

ZIMBABWE / EDUCATION

The Ministry of Education is working with UNICEF and donor partners to make sure that children in Zimbabwe – especially the most marginalized and vulnerable – have the proper learning resources. UNICEF

21 Jul 2012 | Read More »

TANZANIA / SCHOOLS

Tanzania’s primary schools are moving from traditional methods of 'teacher chalk and talk’ to lesson plans emphasizing a participatory approach to teaching. UNICEF

21 Jul 2012 | Read More »

WORLD BANK / AIDS

World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim said that ending AIDS is within our reach thanks to international efforts by activists and communities. Kim, speaking in advance of the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) in Washington, DC says the lessons learned in the fight against AIDS could be used to eradicate poverty. WORLD BANK

20 Jul 2012 | Read More »

UN / SYRIA GAYE

The UN’s military advisor Babacar Gaye, who is set to arrive in Syria Tuesday, said today (20 July) he does not see the mission’s 30-day extension as a “last chance”. UNTV

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SOMALIA / ONE YEAR AFTER THE FAMINE

In spite of the progress made one year after the declaration of famine in parts of southern Somalia, some 3.8 million people there are still in need of assistance, the United Nations said today, appealing to countries to provide funding for humanitarian aid to. OCHA

20 Jul 2012 | Read More »

ICJ / HISSENE HABRE

The International Court of Justice ruled today (20 July) that Senegal must immediately prosecute former Chadian president Hissène Habré, or else extradite him. CH UNTV

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UN / SYRIA

The Security Council today (20 July) renewed for 30 days  the mandate of United Nations observers tasked with monitoring the cessation of violence in Syria. UNTV

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GENEVA /SYRIA REFUGEES

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), said that it had received reports of thousands of Syrians crossing into Lebanon overnight and yesterday. CH UNTV

20 Jul 2012 | Read More »

GENEVA / ANNAN-MOOD

Kofi Annan, Joint Special Envoy for Syria, and Major General Robert Mood, Head of the UN Supervision Mission in Syria, met at the at the Geneva United Nations Office today (20 July). CH UNTV

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SOUTH AFRICA/ AIDS-TB ADVANCER

Around half a million children become ill with Tuberculosis (TB) every year around the world, and in South Africa alone, where forty percent of people with TB also carry HIV, 50 thousand children contract TB every year, while many more are believed to go undiagnosed. TB advocates will convene next week at the International AIDS [...]

20 Jul 2012 | Read More »

UN / BULGARIA ATTACK

After the Security Council today condemned Wednesday’s attack on Israeli tourists in Bulgaria, Israeli Ambassador Haim Waxman told reporters “the fingerprints are very clear: the hand of Iran and Hezbollah are all over this attack”.

19 Jul 2012 | Read More »

UN / ELIASSON

UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson announced today (19 July) that the UN’s military adviser, Lt. Gen. Babacar Gaye of Senegal will be sent to Syria to ensure “strong leadership” of the UN mission there. UNTV

19 Jul 2012 | Read More »

UN / SYRIA

Despite the appeals for united and concerted action to help end the escalating violence in Syria, the Security Council today (19 July) failed to adopt a resolution that would have threatened sanctions on Damascus. Russia and China vetoed the resolution.UNTV

19 Jul 2012 | Read More »

GENEVA / WEST AFRICA DRUGS

The UN Secretary General’s Special Representative for West Africa, Said Djinnit said the increasing transit of drugs through the region destined primarily for Europe is exacerbating the risks to West African nations, particularly Mali. CH UNTV

19 Jul 2012 | Read More »

SYRIA / MOOD

The head of the United Nations Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) today asked the Security Council for “strong effective leadership” on the Syrian situation. UNSMIS

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IMF / UK

Releasing the conclusions of its annual survey of the UK economy today, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) tells UK policymakers they may need to adopt further credit easing measures and slowing the pace of fiscal tightening to avoid permanently damaging the long-run capacity of their economy. IMF

19 Jul 2012 | Read More »

GENEVA / FAWZI

Ahead of a Security Council meeting on Syria, the Joint Special Envoy for Syria calls for unity among the United Nations Security Council members.

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UN / CÔTE D’IVOIRE

The top United Nations (UN) official in Côte d’Ivoire told the Security Council today (18 July) that although the country has shown “remarkable progress”  towards restoring normalcy since the end of the violent post-election crisis last year, “the country continues to face important challenges and significant threats as it transitions to a peace building phase.” [...]

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UN / SYRIA

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UN / LIBYA

As official results were released today (18 July) of Libya’s first free elections in almost half a century, the UN envoy to the country said the conduct of the elections had “deeply impressed all observers” but that the new government would face big challenges. UNTV

18 Jul 2012 | Read More »

HIV-AIDS / REPORT

A new report by the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), said that although the total resources for AIDS had not significantly increased, record numbers of people were accessing antiretroviral therapy. UNAIDS UNICEF

18 Jul 2012 | Read More »

UN / MANDELA

The United Nations today (18 July) marked Nelson Mandela International Day, celebrating the South African leader’s 94th birthday and honouring his contributions to democracy, racial justice and reconciliation with events at its Headquarters in New York and around the world. UINTV

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IMF / EUROZONE

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) today (18 July) said the economic crisis that the Eurozone faces is acute and it will not be fixed rapidly. IMF

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UNAIDS / COMBATTING HIV-AIDS

 Individual nurses like Sister Mamsy Nyandeni are changing  the face of AIDS treatment. UNAIDS

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BAN / CHINA

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today (17 July) told followers of the Chinese social media platform Sina Weibo that one thing that makes him really angry is talking to leaders who fail to protect human rights. SINA WEIBO

17 Jul 2012 | Read More »

UNESCO / AWARD

UNESCO today awarded its Equatorial Guinea International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences to scientist from Egypt, Mexico and South Africa. UNESCO

17 Jul 2012 | Read More »

UN / YEMEN

The UN’s Special Representative for Yemen, Jamal Benomar, today (17 July) said food insecurity and malnutrition levels in Yemen “are among the highest now in the world.”  UNTV

17 Jul 2012 | Read More »

UN / LEBANON

A top UN peacekeeping official today (17 July) said the UN Security Council has lauded the efforts of the Lebanese government to protect that country from the effects of the crisis in neighboring Syria.UNTV

17 Jul 2012 | Read More »

GENEVA / SOMALI REFUGEES

The number of refugees having fled Somalia due to the conflict and drought, has now passed one million but, according the spokesman for the UN Refugee Agency, the exodus is slowing.  CH UNTV

17 Jul 2012 | Read More »

DRC / UPDATE

Uruguayan peace-keepers have intensified patrols around Goma in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) following threats from the M23 rebel movement, a group of deserters from the Congolese army. MONUSCO

16 Jul 2012 | Read More »

IMF / ECONOMIC OUTLOOK PRESSER

An already sluggish global recovery shows signs of further weakness, mainly because of continuing financial problems in Europe and slower-than-expected growth in emerging economies, the IMF said today in a regular update to its World Economic Outlook. IMF

16 Jul 2012 | Read More »

SYRIA/ TREIMSEH

United Nations observers who examined the Syrian village of Treimseh on Sunday (15 July) said that, based on what they saw and on witness accounts, the attack there three days ago was targeted at army defectors and activists. UNSMIS

16 Jul 2012 | Read More »

UNODC / ORGANIZED CRIME

The annual turnover of transnational organized criminal activities such as drug trafficking, counterfeiting, illegal arms trade and the smuggling of immigrants is estimated at around $870 billion per year, the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said today (16 July), as part of a campaign aimed at raising awareness of the issue’s financial [...]

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IMF / WORLD ECONOMIC OUTLOOK

The IMF says an already sluggish global recovery shows signs of further weakness, in a regular update to its World Economic Outlook released today (16 July). IMF

16 Jul 2012 | Read More »

GENEVA / SYRIA DONORS' CONFERENCE

A UN – supported humanitarian appeal for Syria remains only 20 per cent funded, and monies are urgently needed to meet the growing needs of the Syrian people, a UN official reported today.  CH UNTV

16 Jul 2012 | Read More »

IMF / FINANCIAL STABILITY REPORT

The IMF reported today (16 July) that risks to financial stability have risen in the last quarter.   (IMF)

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TOGO / HANDWASHING

In Togo, where more than one child in ten dies before the age of five, a UNICEF-supported competition invited kids to get creative and build hand washing stations from local materials to help stop the spread of diseases. The winner used a rubber sandal to make a tap stopper. UNICEF

14 Jul 2012 | Read More »

NAMIBIA / DISABLED CHILDREN

Namibia recently launched a five-year National Agenda for Children with special emphasis on children with disabilities, to address situation where as many as half the children with disabilities receive no schooling. UNICEF 

14 Jul 2012 | Read More »

UN / SAHEL UPDATE

The UN’s Sahel regional humanitarian coordinator David Gressly today (13 July) reports on severe drought. UNTV / FILE

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GENEVA / HAITI

The UN refugee agency today  ( 13 July) said  ”hundreds” of Haitians are dying at sea each year as they try to cross the Caribbean to seek refuge in neighbouring countries, and others are being systematically repatriated  without screening. CH UNTV / MINUSTAH

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SYRIA / MOOD

The head of the UN mission in Syria today confirmed the use of mechanized units, indirect fire, and helicopters in the village of Treimseh, but said his observers needed a local ceasefire for them to verify the facts on the ground. UNSMIS

13 Jul 2012 | Read More »

GENEVA / DRC DISPLACED

United Nations (UN) Humanitarian agencies today expressed concern at the large numbers of people fleeing the recent upsurge of fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and ask for urgent funding to deal with the situation. CH UNTV

13 Jul 2012 | Read More »

DR CONGO / WRAP

UN representative in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Roger Meece, comments on today’s (12 July) UN helicopter attack on rebel positions. MONUSCO

12 Jul 2012 | Read More »

UN / PEACEBUILDING

The Security Council today turned its focus to an examination of the UN’s continuing efforts in peace-building in post-conflict situations. UNTV

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IMF / EUROPE

The IMF confirmed today (12 July) a new mission will go to Athens on 24 July and that Spain has taken difficult but appropriate actions to resolve its financial crisis. IMF

12 Jul 2012 | Read More »

GENEVA & NY / SYRIA ANNAN

Special envoy Kofi Annan briefed the Security Council on the latest developments in the Syrian crisis, and later commented at a press conference. UNTV / CH UNTV

11 Jul 2012 | Read More »

DR CONGO / GOMA REINFORCEMENT

UN peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo say there is information that the M23 rebel group is heading towards the city of Goma, but that the mission will “never let them get inside”. MONUSCO

11 Jul 2012 | Read More »

EUROZONE / UNEMPLOYMENT

The International Labour Organization warns 4.5 million jobs could be lost in the Eurozone over the next 4 years bringing the total to almost 22 million people unemployed. ILO

11 Jul 2012 | Read More »

UN / POPULATION DAY

The theme for this year’s World Population Day is, “Universal Access to Reproductive Health Services,” aimed at highlighting the essential part that reproductive health plays in creating a just and equitable world. UNICEF / OCHA / UNFPA

11 Jul 2012 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / HUMAN RIGHTS

As South Sudan celebrated the first anniversary of its independence, Richard Bennett, the Director of the UN’s human Rights Office in the country noted that while the government has been very open towards fulfilling its human rights obligations, there were a number of challenges that could be tackled immediately, including stopping arbitrary detention and ill [...]

11 Jul 2012 | Read More »

ICC / LUBANGA

The International Criminal Court (ICC) today sentenced Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, a former Congolese warlord, to 14 years of imprisonment for his involvement in child soldier recruitment. ICC

10 Jul 2012 | Read More »

ZANZIBAR / RETURNEES

  It took more than a decade, but finally a group of families return to Zanzibar in Tanzania after living in exile in Mogadishu, Somalia. UNHCR

10 Jul 2012 | Read More »

SAHEL / CHOLERA

UN agencies warned today that children in the Sahel region are at acute risk from an upsurge in cholera. More than 29,000 cases have been reported so far this year. CH UNTV

10 Jul 2012 | Read More »

IMF / ITALY

The IMF says that Italy’s outlook remains vulnerable and  the country still faces key risks from the euro area crisis. IMF

10 Jul 2012 | Read More »

UN / HIV–AIDS

Punitive laws and human rights abuses are costing lives, wasting money and stifling the global AIDS response, according to a report released today (9 July) by the Global Commission on HIV and the Law.

9 Jul 2012 | Read More »

LIBYA / ELECTION

Vote-counting continued Monday (9 July) in Libya, after the country’s first free elections in nearly half a century. UNDP

9 Jul 2012 | Read More »

DR CONGO / VIOLENCE

Fighting between the M23 rebel group and the FARDC (Congolese army) has caused population, the FARDC and their families to flee from their villages in North Kivu province. MONUSCO

9 Jul 2012 | Read More »

ICTY/ MLADIĆ

Prosecution began its case against Ratko Mladić, facing charges of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes for allegedly masterminding Serb atrocities in the 1992-95 Bosnian war. ICTY

9 Jul 2012 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / INDEPENDENCE ANNIVERSARY

Thousands of joyful South Sudanese gathered today in the capital Juba in celebration of their country’s first anniversary. UNMISS

9 Jul 2012 | Read More »

TIMOR-LESTE / ELECTION WRAP

An estimated 600 thousand Timorese turn out to make their voices heard in the 2012 Parliamentary vote. UNMIT

9 Jul 2012 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / JUBA BUSINESS

Despite the challenges facing South Sudan during its first year of independence, the young nation’s capital Juba has seen a burst in growth, according to local entrepreneurs who have started making money selling goods from ice cream to car tires. UNMISS

9 Jul 2012 | Read More »

HORN OF AFRICA / PASTORALISTS

A project to promote resource sharing agreements in pastoral communities in the Horn of Africa has helped reduce cross-border cattle raids and enlivened local markets. FAO

7 Jul 2012 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / INDEPENDENCE ANNIVERSARY ADVANCER

In an interview ahead of the first anniversary of South Sudan’s independence Monday (9 July), the UN’s top official in the country said that the going has been tougher than expected for the new state. UNTV / UNMISS

7 Jul 2012 | Read More »

IMF / LAGARDE

During a visit to Japan, the IMF’s Managing Director Christine Lagarde paid tribute to Japan’s spirit of solidarity and multilateralism exhibited during 60 years of Japanese membership to the Fund and the recent crisis. IMF

6 Jul 2012 | Read More »

UN / AIDS

For the second year in a row, an additional 1.1 million people in sub-Saharan Africa received antiretroviral therapy, reaching a total of 6.2 million people across the region in 2011, UNAIDS reported today. In less than a decade, access to HIV treatment in sub-Saharan Africa has increased more than 100-fold. UNAIDS

6 Jul 2012 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / JOHNSON

The UN’s top official in South Sudan said today (6 July) that the UN mission in the country had saved thousands of lives over the past year by deploying armed peacekeepers to attack-prone areas. UNMISS

6 Jul 2012 | Read More »

AFGHANISTAN / KEATING

Ahead of Afghan donors’ conference in Tokyo, a top UN official in that country warned of a decrease in development resources and a subsequent increase in the number of people who will need help after most foreign combat troops leave at the end of 2014. UNAMA

6 Jul 2012 | Read More »

HRC / SYRIA VOTE

The United Nations Human Rights Council condemned “the widespread, systematic and gross violations of human rights, acts of violence, ongoing atrocities and indiscriminate targeting of civilians by the Syrian authorities.”     (CH UNTV)

6 Jul 2012 | Read More »

SG / MESSAGE TO LIBYA

Ahead of Libya’s first free elections in decades this weekend, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reaffirmed the support of the United Nations for the North African country’s, “milestone in Libya’s long march towards democracy.”UNTV

5 Jul 2012 | Read More »

UN / MOOD

The head of the UN observer mission in Syria announced a reorganization of his monitors for more flexibility. UNSMIS

5 Jul 2012 | Read More »

UN / MALI

The Security Council passed a resolution in support West African mediation efforts in Mali, but did not specifically approve any military intervention.  UNTV

5 Jul 2012 | Read More »

UN / WORLD ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL SURVEY

The United Nations proposed a series of financial mechanisms to raise $400 billion annually for development needs, as many donor countries have cut back their assistance funding due to the global economic crisis. UNTV

5 Jul 2012 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / FARM LAND

South Sudan has vast and fertile land, but one year into independence severe food shortages and malnutrition are a growing concern. The Chinese Engineering Unit of the UN Mission in South Sudan is now helping the South Sudanese army reclaim arable land to help feed soldiers and local communities. UNMISS

4 Jul 2012 | Read More »

ETHIOPIA/MALNUTRITION

Ethiopia’s “small” rains – the ones that help farmers cope during the lean season   – have failed this year, leaving many Ethiopian families in a precarious situation. (UNICEF)

4 Jul 2012 | Read More »

UNESCO / MALI

The World Heritage Committee on 2 July condemned the destruction of World Heritage sites in Mali and called on UNESCO to create a new fund to help the country protect its heritage. UNESCO

3 Jul 2012 | Read More »

UN / DEATH PENALTY

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calls on Member States to abolish the death penalty, stressing, “the taking of life is too absolute, too irreversible.” UNTV

3 Jul 2012 | Read More »

GENEVA / RACISM

A rise in extremist groups and political parties that exploit extremist platforms is posing a danger to democratic processes, the UN human rights expert on racism has told the UN Human Rights Council.CH UNTV

3 Jul 2012 | Read More »

IMF / US

The U.S economy continues to recover at a tepid pace. But concerns about the euro area debt crisis and uncertainty over domestic fiscal plans are creating a challenging environment for the world’s largest economy, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said after wrapping up its annual review of the U.S. economy. IMF

3 Jul 2012 | Read More »

UN / ARMS TREATY

  Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today (3 July) urged Member States to work towards a binding treaty to regulate the flow of weapons and lessen the suffering caused by firearms.  (UNTV IRIN)

3 Jul 2012 | Read More »

GENEVA / SYRIA

The spokesperson for the  joint UN/Arab League Envoy for Syria today said last  Saturday’s  meeting of the Action Group for Syria   was   ”an accomplishment”, with all parties coming together to agree on the need for a transitional governing body in Syria. (CH UNTV)

3 Jul 2012 | Read More »

UNESCO / HERITAGE SITES

The head of UNESCO today appealed for a stop to the destruction of historic landmarks at the World Heritage Site of Timbuktu in northern Mali, saying the acts were a “tragedy for the whole of humanity”. Meanwhile the World Heritage Committee announced the last of twenty-six new sites added to the list of World Heritage [...]

2 Jul 2012 | Read More »

UN / ECOSOC

A ministerial- level meeting of the Economic and Social Council is drawing some 500 diplomats and experts from all over the world to discuss ideas and plans for confronting the worldwide job crisis. (UNTV)     

2 Jul 2012 | Read More »

UN / SYRIA

UN’s Human Rights chief asks the Security Council to call on the International Criminal Court to investigate both sides in the Syrian conflict for possible crimes against humanity.  The French ambassador says the move is unlikely to get full council support. (UNTV)

2 Jul 2012 | Read More »

WORLD BANK/ JIM YONG KIM

Korean-American physician Jim Yong Kim becomes president of the World Bank Group, promising to tackle, "the twin aims of boosting prosperity and eradicating poverty."  (World Bank)

2 Jul 2012 | Read More »

 

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