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GENEVA / SOMALIA MEDIA KILLINGS

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights today (30 October) condemned the latest attacks on journalists in Somalia, where more media workers are killed than anywhere else in the world besides Syria. CH UNTV

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GENEVA / MYANMAR UNREST

The UN refugee agency, UNHCR today (30 October) called for calm and access to more than 28,000 people uprooted by unrest in western Myanmar. CH UNTV

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GENEVA / CLIMATE HEALTH HAZARDS

As hurricane Sandy bore down on the eastern US coast, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) warned that hazards to human health are increasing as the world's climate continues to change. The agencies on Monday (29 October) published The Atlas of Health and Climate which illustrates some of the most [...]

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CAMEROON / LIVESTOCK

Livestock are the lifeblood of African society, providing financial and food security for around 300 million people, but an estimated 25 per cent of animals die annually from preventable diseases. In countries like Cameroon, nuclear and nuclear-related technologies are helping to protect vulnerable communities from outbreaks of disease. IAEA

27 Oct 2012 | Read More »

NAMIBIA / HEALTH WORKERS

Health extension workers in several African countries are helping bridge the gap between healthcare facilities and mobile communities, like Namibia's Ovahimba. UNICEF

26 Oct 2012 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / SUDANESE REFUGEES

Oumi fled Sudan with her husband and children three months ago undertaking a journey that proved to be painfully tragic. UNHCR

26 Oct 2012 | Read More »

HAITI / RESCUE DOGS

Bolivian peacekeepers have started to train Haitian street dogs as search and rescue animals in case of another disaster like the earthquake that devastated Haiti in 2010. MINUSTAH / FILE

26 Oct 2012 | Read More »

UN / CONCERT

On it’s 67th anniversary, on the 25th October,  otherwise known as UN Day, the United Nations celebrated in style with a concert for peace, headlined by Stevie Wonder. UNTV

25 Oct 2012 | Read More »

UN / OPT SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR

A United Nations independent expert today (25 October) called on the world body's General Assembly, as well as civil society, to take action against Israeli and international businesses that are profiting from Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory. UNTV

25 Oct 2012 | Read More »

HAITI / HURRICANE SANDY

As Hurricane Sandy makes its way through the Caribbean's, Haiti woke up under heavy floods today.  Hundreds of families have been evacuated and bridges collapsed in several cities in the south and three people have been reported dead. (MINUSTAH)

25 Oct 2012 | Read More »

GENEVA / SYRIA ELIASSON

The Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Jan Eliasson, said today (25 October) the promised ceasefire in Syria for the Eid festival could improve the political environment in the country and provide leeway for mediation. CH UNTV

25 Oct 2012 | Read More »

GENEVA / SYRIA HUMAN RIGHTS

The chairperson of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, Paulo Pinheiro, said today (25 October) in Geneva that his office will send a letter to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad calling for access to the country. CH UNTV

25 Oct 2012 | Read More »

AFRICA / AGRICULTURE

A new World Bank report says Africa's farmers can potentially grow enough food to feed the continent and avert future food crises if countries remove cross-border restrictions on the food trade within the region. According to the Bank, the continent would also generate an extra US $20 billion in yearly earnings. WORLD BANK

24 Oct 2012 | Read More »

UN / IRAN HUMAN RIGHTS

The Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed told reporters in New York today (24 October) that "on the whole the human rights situation in the country still remains disturbing."

24 Oct 2012 | Read More »

UN / NAVI PILLAY

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay told the General Assembly today that the international community needed to “take urgent and effective measures to protect the Syrian people" as the Syrian state was "manifestly" failing to carry out its obligation under international law to do so. UNTV

24 Oct 2012 | Read More »

UN / SUDAN

Sudanese Ambassador Daffa-Alla Elhag Ali Osman today asked the UN Security Council to condemn the “heinous attack” by Israeli airplanes on a weapons factory in Khartoum. On Darfur, senior UN official Edmond Mulet said the situation had “deteriorated” in recent weeks, and reported on the deadly ambushes that killed five UN peacekeepers this month. UNTV [...]

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UN / SYRIA

Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin today said Russia had received indications from the Syrian government that it would implement a proposed ceasefire on the occasion of the Eid Al-Adha holiday starting Friday. UNTV

24 Oct 2012 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN & MONTENEGRO / UN DAY WRAP

On today's United Nations Day (24 October), the UN's two youngest member states celebrated with special pride. UNMISS / UN IN MONTENEGRO

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UN / PSY

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with South Korean Youtube star Psy at UN headquarters, telling Psy he was “so cool, you could end global warming”. UNTV

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LEBANON / SYRIA REFUGEES

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) today announced that as of Monday, Lebanon has become the third country where the number of refugees from Syria has passed the 100,000 mark. UNICEF is running a water voucher programme to meet the emergency drinking water needs of families there. UNICEF

23 Oct 2012 | Read More »

UN / FELIX BAUMGARTNER

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today met with Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner, who recently broke the sound barrier on his record 39-kilometer jump from the edge of space. UNTV

23 Oct 2012 | Read More »

UN / TORTURE

Claudio Grossman, Chair of the Committee against Torture told reporters today that the goals established by the convention against torture have not been achieved, and torture is still "a common occurrence in too many states". UNTV

23 Oct 2012 | Read More »

UN / ART FOR PEACE

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated the winner of the UN Art for Peace Contest, 17-year old Haruka Shojit. UNTV

23 Oct 2012 | Read More »

GENEVA / SYRIA FOOD

The World Food Programme today said that with access to food in Syria becoming "more and more challenging", it hoped to use a ceasefire proposed for the Eid holiday to pre-position food aid. The agency distributed food to 1.5 million Syrians last month. CH UNTV

23 Oct 2012 | Read More »

HAITI / GANGS

The UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti and the Haitian national police today conducted a security operation in troubled parts of the capital Port au Prince with the aim of curbing gang activity. MINUSTAH

22 Oct 2012 | Read More »

UN / TIMERMAN

Argentina's Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman met with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today to discuss the impounding of the Argentinean frigate "Libertad" by Ghanaian authorities. UNTV

22 Oct 2012 | Read More »

DARFUR / CONVOY ATTACK

The UN has called on the Sudanese authorities to investigate the ambush of one of its convoys last week, which left one South African peacekeeper dead and three wounded. It was the second deadly attack on UN peacekeepers in Darfur this month. UNAMID

22 Oct 2012 | Read More »

UN / LADSOUS

UN peacekeeping chief Hervé Ladsous today said the UN was "giving a lot of thought" to the idea of sending peacekeepers to Syria as part of an eventual political solution or ceasefire. On the Democratic Republic of Congo, he said the M23 rebel group has formed a de facto administration in the eastern area of [...]

22 Oct 2012 | Read More »

JORDAN / ZA’ATARI WATER

The Za'atari refugee camp in northern Jordan is a safe haven for almost 30,000 refugees who have fled conflict in Syria. But in one of the most arid countries in the world, providing drinking water for everyone is becoming an enormous challenge. UNICEF

22 Oct 2012 | Read More »

BURKINA FASO / FARMING

Eking out any kind of life in the Sahel is tough, but a group of women in north western Burkina Faso are turning their corner of this harsh, arid region into a lush and productive garden. UNICEF

20 Oct 2012 | Read More »

UN / BEIRUT ATTACK

The UN Security Council condemned the killing today of several people, including General Wissam al-Hassan, a senior commander in the Lebanese Internal Security Forces, in a bomb explosion in Beirut, Lebonon. UNTV

19 Oct 2012 | Read More »

UN / DR CONGO

The United Nations Security Council today reiterated its demand for an end to all external support to armed groups – in particular the group known as the M23 – which have been destabilizing the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) over recent months. UNTV

19 Oct 2012 | Read More »

GENEVA / MALI

The World Food Programme (WFP) today reported that a recent survey found living conditions had deteriorated "terribly" in the North of Mali where extremist groups have taken control. The agency says overall 4.6 million people in the country are at risk of food insecurity. CH UNTV

19 Oct 2012 | Read More »

UN / FINANCES

UN Under-Secretary-General for Management Yukio Takasu told reporters today that UN member states owe 2.8 billion US dollars in unpaid assessments to the Organization's budget, with the United States the biggest debtor. UNTV

19 Oct 2012 | Read More »

UNEP / GREEN ECONOMY

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) says the aim of achieving food security across the globe will become increasingly elusive unless countries factor nature-based services into agricultural planning as part of a green economy. UNEP / FILE

19 Oct 2012 | Read More »

AFGHANISTAN / TRANSITION

On a visit to Afghanistan, senior UN peacekeeping official Izumi Nakamitsu said the extent of the country’s progress has been under-reported. UNAMA

18 Oct 2012 | Read More »

GA / SECURITY COUNCIL

The General Assembly today elected Argentina, Australia, Luxembourg, the Republic of Korea and Rwanda for two-year terms as non-permanent members of the UN Security Council. UNTV

18 Oct 2012 | Read More »

NEW YORK / FOUR FREEDOMS PARK

At the opening of the Four Freedoms Park on New York's Roosevelt Island, a memorial to American President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said no single person was more instrumental in the founding of the United Nations. UNTV

18 Oct 2012 | Read More »

HYDERABAD / BIODIVERSITY REPORT

Despite the growing number of nature reserves, national parks and other protected areas across the globe, half of the world's richest biodiversity zones remain entirely unprotected, according to a report launched today by the UN Environment Programme. UNEP / FILE

18 Oct 2012 | Read More »

GENEVA / NAVI PILLAY

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay told reporters today the situation in Syria "is quite simply dire" and called for the UN Security Council to "send a strong message". CH UNTV

18 Oct 2012 | Read More »

LEBANON / PALESTINIAN REFUGEES

The Shatila camp for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon is a harsh place to grow up, but for thousands of Palestinian refugees from Syria, displaced by violence for a second time now, this is the only shelter they can call home. UNICEF

17 Oct 2012 | Read More »

HYDERABAD / PAVAN SUKHDEV

Indian banker and long-standing environmental economist Pavan Sukhdev has pledged to use his profile and influence to further the goals of the UN Environment Programme as the organization's newest Goodwill Ambassador. UNEP

17 Oct 2012 | Read More »

UN / AFRICA

Speaking at a General Assembly (GA) meeting on the promotion of durable peace and sustainable development in Africa, GA President Vuk Jeremić said that "encouraging trends’ are being seen in Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan, and elsewhere in the continent, but "the grave security and humanitarian situation" in the Sahel is "alarming" and requires "urgent [...]

17 Oct 2012 | Read More »

UN / RULE OF LAW

During a Security Council meeting on the rule of law, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told members states that both the Security Council and International Criminal Court “should explore the many ways in which they can complement and leverage each other’s work, from prevention to enforcement”. UNTV

17 Oct 2012 | Read More »

GENEVA / TB

An estimated 20 million people are alive today as a direct result of tuberculosis (TB) care and control, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Tuberculosis Report 2012.But a funding gap threatens to interrupt progress. WHO

17 Oct 2012 | Read More »

UN / SYRIA

Paulo Pinheiro, the head of a United Nations-backed inquiry intoSyriatoday (16 October) said that although there was a clear disparity in terms of the intensity of human rights violations perpetrated by the Syrian Armed Forces and the opposition groups, "both sides" are perpetrating violations and abuses. UNTV

16 Oct 2012 | Read More »

TURKEY/ SYRIAN REFUGEES

The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) launched last Saturday (13 October) a food Electronic Card program in partnership with the Turkish Red Crescent (TRC) to assist the now 100, 000 Syrian refugees who are under international protection in Turkey, the highest registered number in the region. WFP

16 Oct 2012 | Read More »

UN / SOMALIA

The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative and head of the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS), Augustine P. Mahiga, today (16 October) told a Security Council meeting onSomalia that the fall of port city ofKismayo, "the last stronghold of the extremist al-Shabaab insurgents in late September, marked a decisive turning point in the conflict." UNTV

16 Oct 2012 | Read More »

HAITI / HANDWASHING DAY

To celebrate Global Hand Washing Day UNICEF kicks off educational programs that will last for the next 45 days. UNICEF

16 Oct 2012 | Read More »

GENEVA / SYRIAN REFUGEE NUMBERS

With a small but growing number of Syrian asylum seekers arriving in countries of the European Union, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) today (16 October) stressed to EU member states the importance of adhering to the principles of the Common European Asylum System. CH UNTV  

16 Oct 2012 | Read More »

THE HAGUE/ KARADZIC

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic began his war crimes trial defence today (16 October) claiming he is a "mild man, a tolerant man with great capacity to understand others”. ICTY  

16 Oct 2012 | Read More »

ROME / WORLD FOOD DAY

The United Nations today marked World Food Day by highlighting agricultural cooperatives as vital weapon in the war on poverty and hunger. FAO

16 Oct 2012 | Read More »

UN / SYRIA

A top UN official and Council members today (15 October) voiced alarm at the growing regional dimension of the Syrian conflict. UNTV

15 Oct 2012 | Read More »

UN / MIDDLE EAST

The Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, told the Security Council, during a meeting on the situation in theMiddle Eastthat although both sides in the Israeli/Palestine conflict publicly indicate a commitment to negotiated peace, "creeping realities on the ground and the stalemate in diplomacy portray a more worrying situation." UNTV  

15 Oct 2012 | Read More »

UN / RURAL WOMAN

Highlighting the role in women in producing much of the world's food and caring for the environment, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in his message marking the International Day of Rural Women, today (15 October) said that eliminating discrimination that prevents rural women from realizing their full potential is crucial to ending global hunger and poverty. UNDP [...]

15 Oct 2012 | Read More »

TOKYO / IMFC

The IMF is urging policymakers to implement policies agreed in recent months as part of efforts to rekindle growth and spur job creation. IMF

15 Oct 2012 | Read More »

KENYA / CHILD MOTHERS

A look at UNICEF’s program to assist child mothers living in the world’s most-populated refugee camp. UNICEF

15 Oct 2012 | Read More »

INDONESIA / FOOD IRRADIATION

An IAEA report on  food irradiation projects in Indonesia IAEA

13 Oct 2012 | Read More »

UN / MALI

Citing the threat to regional peace from terrorists and Islamic militants in rebel-held northern Mali, the United Nations Security Council today (12 October) held out the possibility of endorsing, within the next 45 days, an international military force to restore the unity of the West African country. UNTV

12 Oct 2012 | Read More »

GENEVA / SYRIA REFUGEES

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said today (12 October) that refugees who are spread across Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq will require tents specially adopted for the winter months, warm clothing, high thermal blankets, hot water bottles, fuel for heating in addition to the regular supplies of food and water. CH UNTV

12 Oct 2012 | Read More »

TOKYO / MIDDLE EAST-ASIA

Growth inAsiaduring the first half of this year has slowed to its lowest rate since the start of the global financial crisis, and only a modest and gradual pick up is expected next year, the IMF said. And, the International Monetary Fund offered a mixed outlook for theMiddle Eastregion. IMF

12 Oct 2012 | Read More »

TOKYO / LAGARDE

International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde called on Friday for greater global cooperation to put the world on a strong path to recovery and build on the huge demographic and technological changes taking place that are driving a shift in global economic power. IMF

12 Oct 2012 | Read More »

UN / CHILD MARRIAGE

As the UN today (11 October) marked the first "International Day of the Girl Child" with calls for the end of child marriage, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was also joined by Archbishop Desmond Tutu in denouncing the Taliban's "abhorrent and cowardly" attack on Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yusufzai. UNTV / FILE

11 Oct 2012 | Read More »

MALAWI / BIRTH REGISTRATION

UNICEF is supporting birth registration to help in access to social services and combat such abuses as child trafficking and early marriage. UNICEF

11 Oct 2012 | Read More »

AFGHANISTAN / STABILIZING RURAL COMMUNITIES

The UN is assisting thousands of dairy farmers to form cooperatives that are not only helping them earn more money, but also are uniting and stabilizing the communities they live in. IFAD

11 Oct 2012 | Read More »

TOKYO / JIM YONG KIM

The World Bank President said today (11 October), “Our job at the World Bank Group now is to make sure that the growth over the last five years in the developing countries of Africa and Latin America andAsia, is not destroyed by further worsening in this situation." WORLD BANK

11 Oct 2012 | Read More »

TOKYO / LAGARDE

International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde on Thursday urged world leaders to quickly confront growing risks to global economic stability. IMF

11 Oct 2012 | Read More »

WORLD BANK/ DISASTER RISK MANAGEMENT

The World Bank and the Government of Japan, together with global policymakers, today (10 October) called for greater efforts to integrate disaster risk management into national development planning and international development assistance. WORLD BANK

10 Oct 2012 | Read More »

UN / MALI

The United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights today said that what was needed inMaliwas "for the government to take control over rebel controlled area and an organization of a credible election." UNTV

10 Oct 2012 | Read More »

GENEVA / DEPRESSION

On World Mental Health Day (10 October), the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for an end to the stigmatization of depression and other mental disorders and for better access to treatment for all people who need it. WHO

10 Oct 2012 | Read More »

TOKYO / GLOBAL FINANCIAL STABILITY REPORT PRESSER

Risks to global financial stability have increased and financial markets have been volatile as European policymakers grapple with the ongoing crisis, the IMF said in its latest assessment of the global financial sector. IMF

10 Oct 2012 | Read More »

HAITI / BACK TO SCHOOL

Millions of Haitian children  are heading to the classroom this school year  and UNICEF is supporting the Haitian government to provide  children a free and quality education, in particular vulnerable children and those in difficult-to-access areas. UNICEF

10 Oct 2012 | Read More »

IMF / GLOBAL FINANCIAL STABILITY REPORT

The International Monetary Fund is warning that the global financial system remains fragile and risks have increased.  IMF

9 Oct 2012 | Read More »

UN / SIERRA LEONE

As the Special Court for Sierra Leone approaches the completion of its work, the Presiding Justice of the Court, Shireen Avis Fisher, told the Security Council today (9 October) that most surveyed Sierra Leoneans believe that the Court has accomplished its mandate. UNTV

9 Oct 2012 | Read More »

AFGHANISTAN / KUBIS PRESSER

On the day that the Security Council voted to extend the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Afghanistan the head of the UN mission in that country (UNAMA) told a press Conference in Kabul today (9 October) that the UN partnership with that country "will last after 2014."  UNAMA

9 Oct 2012 | Read More »

THE HAGUE / SAIF

Libya's Representative before the International Criminal Court , Ahmed El-Gehani, told the Court that not grantingLibyathe necessary time to prepare a case against Saif al-Islam al-Qadhafi "would be contrary to the necessity to cooperate with a post-conflict Government facing serious security problems." ICC  

9 Oct 2012 | Read More »

SOMALIA / KISMAYO

 The city has become relatively peaceful as members of the Somali National Army and pro-government forces walk the streets daily in a bid to give confidence to the residents. AU/UN IST / AMISOM

9 Oct 2012 | Read More »

FAO / STATE OF FOOD INSECURITY 2012 REPORT

Nearly 870 million people, or one in eight in the world, suffered from chronic undernourishment in 2010-2012, according to a new UN hunger report released today (9 October) in Rome. FAO

9 Oct 2012 | Read More »

TOKYO / WORLD ECONOMIC OUTLOOK PRESSER

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) presented a gloomier picture of the global economy than a few months ago, saying prospects have deteriorated further and risks increased. Overall, the IMF's forecast for global growth was marked down to 3.3 percent this year and a still sluggish 3.6 percent in 2013. IMF

9 Oct 2012 | Read More »

IMF / WORLD ECONOMIC OUTLOOK

The twin fears over the future of the Eurozone and the danger of theUnited Statesdropping over the fiscal cliff continue to put pressure on global growth. Confidence is further hit by a loss of momentum in key emerging and developing economies, according to an IMF report on the world economic outlook. IMF

8 Oct 2012 | Read More »

NEPAL / HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT

The United Nations Human Rights office, in a report, has documented serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law that occurred during the ten year conflict in Nepal from 1996-2006, and expresses concern over the country's failure to create promised transitional justice mechanisms. OHCHR

8 Oct 2012 | Read More »

UN / JUVENILE JUSTICE

A new report on violence against children in the juvenile justice system says at least one million young people under the age of 18 are locked up worldwide, and many of them end up in prison because child protection systems have failed. UNTV

8 Oct 2012 | Read More »

THE HAGUE / BURKINA FASO – NIGER

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) today (8 October) opened public hearings in the case concerning the frontier dispute betweenBurkina FasoandNiger. ICJ

8 Oct 2012 | Read More »

JORDAN / LAKE – SYRIAN REFUGEE CHILDREN

During their joint visit to the Za'atari refugee camp in northern Jordan, the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, and UNICEF’s Executive Director, Anthony Lake, saw how learning is making a difference for Syrian refugee children. UNICEF

8 Oct 2012 | Read More »

STRASBOURG / BAN KI-MOON

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today (08 October) said that "the escalation of the conflict along the Syrian-Turkish border and the impact of the crisis onLebanon are extremely dangerous." COUNCIL OF EUROPE

8 Oct 2012 | Read More »

BANGLADESH / HEALTH WORKERS

UNICEF is training health care workers to tend to the needs of people in the isolated vast wetlands of Sunamganj district in North East Bangladesh. UNICEF

6 Oct 2012 | Read More »

UN / WORLD TEACHERS DAY

Some 1.7 million more teachers are needed to achieve universal primary education by 2015, the second of the eight anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals, the heads of various United Nations agencies said today in a joint statement marking World Teachers’ Day. UNTV / FILE

5 Oct 2012 | Read More »

GENEVA / UNHCR BRIEFING

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres today (5 October) wrapped up the annual meeting of his organization’s governing body with a fresh call for international solidarity and support as the UNHCR responds to a proliferation of new emergencies. UNHCR

5 Oct 2012 | Read More »

UN / SYRIA

The members of the United Nations Security Council today (5 October) condemned "in the strongest terms" the terrorist attacks which took place on Wednesday in the Syrian city of Aleppo, causing dozens of deaths and leaving more than a hundred civilians injured. UNTV

5 Oct 2012 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / REFUGEES

A  look at UNICEF's work in Maban County, South Sudan, the home to over 100,000 refugees fleeing the  bombing of their homes in the Blue Nile State, in Sudan. UNICEF

5 Oct 2012 | Read More »

YEMEN / MALNUTRITION

The World Food Programme (WFP) plans, by the end of the year, to double the size of its emergency programme inYemen, which has the third highest rate of malnutrition in the world. WFP

5 Oct 2012 | Read More »

UN / FRANCE MALI

French Ambassador Gérard Araud today (4 October) called for military intervention in Northern Mali, saying that it is becoming "a hub for terrorist groups and it's frightening not only Mali but the region, and beyond the region, the world." UNTV

4 Oct 2012 | Read More »

UN / SUDAN

US Ambassador Susan Rice today (4 October) urged the Sudanese government to bring to justice those responsible for the “war crime” of killing four Nigerian UN Peacekeepers inDarfur. UNTV

4 Oct 2012 | Read More »

LEBANON / SYRIAN REFUGEES

Refugees continue to flee the worsening violence in Syria for neighbouring countries. UNHCR

4 Oct 2012 | Read More »

UN / SYRIA – TURKEY WRAP

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today (4 October) voiced his alarm at escalating tensions along the Syrian-Turkish border, and called on all concerned to exercise maximum restraint. Meanwhile the Syrian Ambassador said his government was keen to maintain good neighbourly relations withTurkey, and theUSAmbassador urged “meaningful” Security Council action. UNTV

4 Oct 2012 | Read More »

SOMALIA / KISMAYO UPDATE 2

It is not quite business as usual in the streets of Somalia’s port city Kismayo. Some shops remain closed and people walk the streets cautiously. There is an air of uncertainty on the streets with people not knowing what's next for the countries third largest port city and once stronghold of the al Shabaab militant [...]

4 Oct 2012 | Read More »

SOMALIA / KISMAYO UPDATE

African Union (AU) troops find and destroy improvised explosive devices (IEDs) left in Kismayo by retreating  al Shabaab. AMISOM / AU/UN IST

4 Oct 2012 | Read More »

SRI LANKA / HIV-AIDS

Cricket stars from across Asia, Africa and the Caribbean  leverage their popularity in Sri Lanka in a UNICEF/UNAIDS campaign against HIV-AIDS. UNICEF

4 Oct 2012 | Read More »

WORLD BANK / AFRICA PULSE

Despite Global Slowdown, African Economies Growing Strongly ― World Bank Urges Countries to Spend Their New Oil, Gas, and Mineral Wealth Wisely. WORLD BANK  

4 Oct 2012 | Read More »

UN / BAN – SYRIA TURKEY

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today (3 October) expressed his deepest concern at the incident which has reportedly killed at least six Turkish civilians and gravely wounded others in the town of Akcakale near the Syrian border, according to his spokesperson. UNTV

3 Oct 2012 | Read More »

UN / HAITI

UN /HAITI Haiti must focus on strengthening its rule of law institutions, including its national police and electoral council to consolidate the gains it has achieved in recent years, the United Nations Security Council heard today (3 October 2012) as it reviewed developments in the Caribbean country ahead of a vote on the extension of [...]

3 Oct 2012 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / MONGOLIAN PEACEKEEPERS

Recognizing the urgent need for medical transport in the South Sudanese state of Unity, Mongolian engineers from the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) have been repairing out-of-service ambulances at Bentiu Hospital. UNMISS

3 Oct 2012 | Read More »

UN / TANZANIA MATERNAL HEALTH

New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg told reporters at UN headquarters today (2 October) that an innovative maternal health program in Tanzania he has helped fund could serve as a blueprint for global efforts to cut maternal deaths. Almost 300,000 women die in childbirth every year. UNTV / FILE

2 Oct 2012 | Read More »

SOMALIA / KISMAYO

AMISOM troops today (02 October) entered the port city ofKismayo, the last bastion of the Al-Qaeda linked group Al-Shabaab. AMISOM  

2 Oct 2012 | Read More »

UN / TREATIES

On the sidelines of the busy opening of the General Assembly session at United Nations Headquarters, close to 40 States took more than 80 treaty actions in an annual event that ended today (2 October), signing or becoming party to one or several of the 550 multilateral treaties deposited with the UN Secretary-General.

2 Oct 2012 | Read More »

UN / ELIASSON SYRIA

United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said today (2 October) that when the Security Council is not united on the Syrian issue, "it weakens the possibilities of the United Nations to make a difference."

2 Oct 2012 | Read More »

GA / PLENARY WRAP 2

The Democratic People Republic of Korea's (DPRK) Foreign Affairs Minister said today (1 October), "the abuse of the United Nations Security Council as a tool for pursuing strategic interests by a handful of countries should never be overlooked." UNTV

1 Oct 2012 | Read More »

UN / CHEMICAL WEAPONS

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today (1 October) highlighted the continuing global threat posed by chemical weapons, voicing particular concern with statements by the Syrian Government regarding the existence and possible use of these tools of mass destruction. UNTV

1 Oct 2012 | Read More »

WASHINGTON / JOBS

In developing countries, jobs are a cornerstone of development, with a pay off far beyond income alone. They are critical for reducing poverty, making cities work, and providing youth with alternatives to violence, says a new World Bank report. WORLD BANK

1 Oct 2012 | Read More »

GENEVA / WORLD REFUGEES

The head of the UN refugee agency, Antonio Guterres, warned today that UNHCR and other humanitarian actors are under increasing strain from a combination of simultaneous major new conflicts and unresolved old ones. UNHCR

1 Oct 2012 | Read More »

UN / SMALL STATES

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told the Forum of Small States (FOSS) today (1 October) that none of challenges such as a global financial crisis, climate change, or transnational crime "can be solved by three or four big countries sitting around a table." UNTV

1 Oct 2012 | Read More »

GA / PLENARY WRAP 1

The United Nations must focus on achieving results rather than process, Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, John Baird, told the UN General Assembly today (1 October) UNTV

1 Oct 2012 | Read More »

SOMALIA / KISMAYO

Somali Government forces with the support of troops from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) advanced to within 5 kilometres of the port city ofKismayoSunday (30 September), a day after they pushed Al Qaeda-affiliated militants from the southern Somali town of Canjeel. AMISOM / UNPOS

1 Oct 2012 | Read More »

UNFPA / AGING REPORT LAUNCH

A new UN report released today (1 October) on the International Day of Older Persons says there will be one billion people over the age of 60 within this decade, with populations aging fastest in developing countries. UNFPA  

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