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