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UN / WOMEN PEACE AND SECURITY

Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson told a Security Council meeting on Women Peace and Security that the current situation in Mali "powerfully underlines, armed conflict affects women and men differently" and therefore "actively engaging women must be a priority, not an afterthought." UNTV

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UN / SYRIA

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said he was "horrified and saddened" by the increasingly brutal violence in Syria, while UN-Arab League Special Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi told the General Assembly he feared Syria could become a failed state. UNTV

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SOUTHERN AFRICA / FOOD SHORTAGES

The World Food Programme (WFP) today warned that millions face the prospect of food shortages in drought-hit areas of southern Africa. WFP

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GENEVA / HOMS

Staff from the UN refugee agency have visited Homs this week and said thousands of displaced people are living in dire conditions in the conflict-battered Syrian city. CH UNTV

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GENEVA / NAVI PILLAY

UN human rights chief Navi Pillay has urged Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi to reconsider a decree handing himself sweeping powers, cautioning it clashed with international rights conventions. She also expressed alarm at the current violent unrest in the Tunisian town of Siliana, her spokesman said today. CH UNTV

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UN / PALESTINE VOTE PART II

The General Assembly today voted to grant Palestine non member observer State status at the United Nations, with 138 for, 9 against, and 41 abstentions. UNTV

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IMF / EUROPE

The International Monetary Fund today said that with solid agreements in place between the IMF, Greece, and the European authorities, the next step is for all parties to follow through on their commitments. The IMF also said that the Ukraine has expressed interest in a program, but discussions with Hungary are not progressing. IMF

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DR CONGO / UPDATE

Moustapha Soumaré, Deputy Special Representative for the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) today briefed the press via video-link from Kinshasa. UNTV

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UN / IRAQ

The UN envoy to Iraq, Martin Kobler warned a meeting of the Security Council today of spillover from the conflict in Syria, which was already having a "significant humanitarian impact" on Iraq and souring relations with Turkey. UNTV

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THE HAGUE / HARADINAJ AQUITTAL

In a partial retrial, the UN tribunal for the former Yugoslavia today acquitted the former prime minister of Kosovo, Ramush Haradinaj for a second time of war crimes allegedly committed as commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army. ICTY

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VIENNA / IRAN NUCLEAR

The head of the UN's nuclear watchdog agency today reported "no progress" on verifying the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear programme, and said a diplomatic solution should be pursued "with a sense of urgency". IAEA

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UN / PALESTINE VOTE PART I

The General Assembly is set to vote today on whether to give Palestine non-member observer state status at the United Nations. UNTV

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UN / SYRIA BRAHIMI

The joint special representative of the UN and Arab League on the Syrian crisis, Lakhdar Brahimi spoke to reporters today after briefing the Security Council. UNTV

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UN / SUDAN – SOUTH SUDAN

UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous told the Security Council today that the "sluggish application" of the recent cooperation agreements between Sudan and South Sudan could impact the economic stability of South Sudan. Meanwhile, South Sudan and humanitarian organizations there launched an appeal for more than a billion US dollars to address urgent humanitarian needs in [...]

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GAZA / SCHOOLS

Students in Gaza have returned to school and are regaining a sense of normalcy, but the impressions left by last week's violence are still strong. At least 136 schools and kindergartens were damaged during the bombardment. UNICEF

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UN / FOOTBALL

Former Inter Milan star players Luis Figo and Francesco Toldo spoke to reporters at UN headquarters today. They were presenting the 'Inter Campus' project, which aims to sponsor youth development through sport. UNTV

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UN / DR CONGO

The Security Council today extended the arms embargo and other sanctions imposed against armed rebel groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and will consider additional targeted sanctions against the leadership of the M23 rebels that recently occupied the eastern city of Goma. UNTV

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SOMALIA / ANTI-AL SHABAAB OPERATION

Under the cover of night, soldiers from the Somali National Army with support from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) are on the chase for members of the radical al Shabaab group, which has been terrorizing the Elasha Biya area 15km west of the country's capital Mogadishu. AU-UN IST

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GENEVA / STATE OF THE GLOBAL CLIMATE

The last eleven years (2001–2011) were among the top warmest years on record and the first ten months of 2012 indicate that this year will not be an exception, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) warned today in its annual statement on the world's weather. CH UNTV

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UN / KOSOVO

The Security Council discusses UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's recent report on the work of the UN Mission in Kosovo, in which he welcomes the assurances received both in Belgrade and Pristina regarding their readiness and commitment to resume substantive engagement within the European Union-facilitated dialogue. UNTV

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GA / AFGHANISTAN

United States Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo told a General Assembly plenary today that the transition in Afghanistan “is on track” and that the international community’s “long term commitment to Afghanistan is resolute.” UNTV

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UN / PALESTINE

Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour told journalists at UN headquarters today that he expected “a large number of countries to vote in favour” on Thursday when the General Assembly decides on a resolution that would recognize Palestine as a non-member state. UNTV

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JORDAN / SYRIAN REFUGEES

Visiting a camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan today, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos said she was struck by "how traumatised people are by their experiences" after nearly two years of violence in Syria. OCHA

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GENEVA / GOMA

The United Nations Children’s fund, UNICEF, reported today that people are still fleeing due to ongoing violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The agency also said the majority of schools in Goma have been damaged or looted or are hosting internally displaced people. CH UNTV

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UN / MIDDLE EAST

Days after a ceasefire halted the latest round of hostilities between Israel and Gaza, the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert H. Serry told the Security Council today that "it is now paramount that parties respect the calm and allow time for other elements of the understanding to be worked [...]

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AFGHANISTAN / VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

At an event marking the beginning of a 16-day global campaign against violence against women, the director of a documentary on women in Afghanistan, Alka Sadaat said the time has come for Afghan women to break their silence and raise their voices. UNAMA

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SOUTH SUDAN / VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

Hundreds of women, girls and men marched in Juba, South Sudan today (26 November) to commemorate the International Day to End Violence Against Women. UNMISS

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DR CONGO / GOMA

The deadline for M23 rebels to withdraw from Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is set to expire today. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is distributing food aid to roughly 81,000 displaced people who have taken refuge in and around the city amid the ongoing unrest in the region. WFP

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GAZA / AFTERMATH

Maintenance crews, together with the local communities in Gaza, worked into the evening hours from Friday to prepare schools to receive students after the 10 day conflict. UNRWA

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SOMALIA / KISMAYO

After decades of war in Somalia, thousands of people left the port city of Kismayo and are living in camps. The militants have now fled the city and there is relative calm, still those displaced to Mogadishu say they will not go back. UNHCR

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GAZA /HUMANITARIAN

The World Food Programme (WFP) has provided emergency rations to 800 families in Gaza (about 4,800 people) whose houses were destroyed during the recent attacks. WFP

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KENYA / PERFORMANCE-BASED HEALTHCARE

In Kenya’s remote Samburu County, women and children are getting basic health services as part of a pilot project for “performance-based financing”, a new approach that is spurring health facilities to deliver more health services and meet quality standards. WORLD BANK

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SOUTH SUDAN / GUTERRES

The UN High Commissioner for refugees, Antonio Guterres wrapped up a two-day visit today to South Sudan, where he visited Yida refugee settlement. Just twelve kilometers from the volatile conflict zone on the border with Sudan, Yida now has nearly 60,000 Sudanese refugees. UNHCR

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GAZA / VIOLENCE IMPACT

Palestinians inspect the damage done to homes by the bombardment of Gaza City—a conflict which lasted more than a week. The violence claimed the lives of more than 140 Palestinians, including 26 children,and five Israelis. UNICEF

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GENEVA / BAHRAIN

The office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights today annoucned it is sending a team of human rights officers to Bahrain on a needs assessment mission. CH UNTV

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UN / DR CONGO

Humanitarian agencies are still unable to reach tens of thousands of displaced people in the Democratic Republic of Congo's North Kivu province as fighting continues around the city of Goma. Meanwhile, a group of Congolese women has spent the last days protesting against the M23 outside MONUSCO headquarters in Kinshasa. CH UNTV / MONUSCO

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AZERBAIJAN / SHAKIRA

Singer-songwriter and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira recently visited Azerbaijan, where UNICEF and the national governing soccer body have worked together to promote girls’ education by empowering girls through sports. UNICEF

22 Nov 2012 | Read More »

HAITI / LIBRARIES

UNICEF, in partnership with Libraries Without Borders, is sending a library of 100 books in French and Creole to vulnerable neighborhoods in Haiti to promote the emotional, cognitive and social development of children and adolescents. UNICEF

22 Nov 2012 | Read More »

IFAD / AVIATION BIOFUELS

The UN agency for agricultural development, IFAD meets with Boeing and other aviation industry leaders today to debate how the development of aviation biofuels will impact rural farmers. IFAD

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UN / GAZA WRAP

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the announcement of a Gaza ceasefire today (21 November) and commended Palestinian and Israeli leaders for “stepping back from the brink”. Ban has been meeting officials in the region for the past days in an effort to help defuse the Gaza crisis. UNTV / UNRWA / NILE TV INTERNATIONAL

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UNEP / EMISSIONS GAP REPORT

As countries prepare to meet next week at a major UN meeting on climate change, the world body today released a new report which finds that the concentration of warming gases like carbon dioxide (CO2) has increased by 20 per cent since 2000. UNEP

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UN / SOMALIA

The Security Council today reiterated its condemnation of all acts of piracy and armed robbery against vessels in the waters off the coast of Somalia, and stressed the need for a comprehensive response by the international community to repress the scourge and tackle its root causes. UNTV

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UN / DR CONGO WRAP

The Security Council has strongly condemned the latest wave of attacks by the 23 March Movement (M23) rebel group and demanded its immediate withdrawal from Goma, a provincial capital in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) that was overrun yesterday. UNTV

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WEST BANK / BAN KI-MOON

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today (21 November) travelled to Ramallah in the West Bank as part of his efforts to help bring about an end to the ongoing violence in Gaza and southern Israel. UNRWA

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SOMALIA / UNIVERSAL CHILDREN’S DAY

In Mogadishu, children from a camp for internally displaced people were invited by the Somali Women's Development Centre to commemorate Universal Children's Day on 20 November 2012. AU-UN IST

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UNAIDS / AUNG SAN SUU KYI

UNAIDS has announced the appointment of Nobel peace prize winner Daw Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar as a Global Advocate for Zero Discrimination. UNAIDS

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UNAIDS / 2012 REPORT LAUNCH

UNAIDS today released a new report ahead of World AIDS Day (1 December), which shows a more than fifty percent drop in new HIV infections across 25 countries. UNAIDS

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GENEVA / GOMA

UN humanitarian agencies said today they have temporarily suspended their operations in parts of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo as fighting escalates around the city of Goma. Meanwhile the M23 advance on Goma has prompted “significant new displacement” of civilians over the last few days. CH UNTV

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DR CONGO / GOMA FIGHTING

Humanitarian workers from the UN and NGOs, along with their families, took shelter in the World Food Programme’s compound in Goma today as eastern Democratic Republic of Congo’s main city was attacked by ‘M23′ rebels. WFP

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WMO / GREENHOUSE GASES

The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a new record high in 2011, according to a new UN report released today, ahead of the start next week of the latest round of global climate change talks. CH UNTV

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UN / GAZA

The UN Security Council continued to debate a statement on the escalating violence in Gaza behind closed doors today. Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour told reporters Monday that the Security Council should not "remain on the margin" and must "shoulder its responsibility and to stop this aggression against our people. UNTV

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GENEVA / GAZA HUMANITARIAN

The UN’s human rights chief pressed Israel on Tuesday to avoid strikes on civilian structures in Gaza, and UNICEF said children in the enclave were showing signs of severe trauma after direct hits on dwellings that have killed dozens of civilians. CH UNTV

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GAZA / INJURED

The Director of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) Gaza Operations, Robert Turner on Monday visited Shifa Hosptial in Gaza City “to see, at first hand, the dreadful price this conflict is exacting on the people of Gaza”. UNRWA

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UNAIDS / 2012 WORLD AIDS REPORT ADVANCER

UNAIDS launches the "2012 World AIDS Day Report, and the UNAIDS Report on the global AIDS epidemic in Geneva on Tuesday 20 November. UNAIDS

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WORLD BANK / CLIMATE CHANGE

A new scientific report, commissioned by the World Bank says the world is barreling down a path to heat up by 4 degrees at the end of the century if the global community fails to act on climate change. President Jim Yong Kim says the world must tackle the problem of climate change more aggressively. [...]

19 Nov 2012 | Read More »

ICJ / COLOMBIA – NICARAGUA

The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, today rendered its Judgment in the case concerning the Territorial and Maritime Dispute (Nicaraguav. Colombia). ICJ

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SOMALIA / DJIBOUTIAN TROOPS

The Djiboutian contingent, part of the African Union mission in Somali (AMISOM) has taken up the challenge to train former pro-government militia fighters that fought against the Islamic extremist group al Shabaab in the Hiraan region of the country. AU/UN IST

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SIERRA LEONE / ELECTIONS – DISABLED ELECTORATE

The UN Human Rights Office present in Sierra Leona lauded the participation of persons with disabilities during the elections this weekend. OHCHR

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HAITI / CROP DAMAGE

Hurricane Sandy, severely affected the agriculture in the south of Haiti, where out of 140 communes, 75 suffered serious damage. MINUSTAH

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SOMALIA / POLICE PATROL

Somalia has for years been described as a "lawless country" due to decades of civil war and pirating from its coastlines. Bringing law and order to this nation is not an easy task, but one that is inevitable for this nation to move away from its bloody past. AU/UN IST

17 Nov 2012 | Read More »

SOMALIA / KISIMAYO PORT

Justin Brady, Head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs inSomalia, conducted his first mission to the newly accessible city ofKismayo. OCHA

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ANGOLA / EDUCATION

A decade after Angola ended a 27 year civil war education remains one of the biggest challenges in the country. UNICEF    

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UN / WAHLSTRÖM

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, SRSG for Disaster Risk Reduction Margareta Wahlström told a press conference today that, "we should expect more unusual events, events where they didn't use to happen". UNTV

16 Nov 2012 | Read More »

GENEVA / CAMEROON LGBT

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights condemned the five year jail term of two Cameroonians, jailed for appearing gay because they drank 'Baileys Irish liqueur'. CH UNTV

16 Nov 2012 | Read More »

ICTY / GOTOVINA AND MARKAÈ ACQUITTAL

The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, today, reversed by majority, Ante Gotovina's and Mladen Markač's convictions for crimes against humanity and violations of the laws or customs of war and entered verdicts of acquittal. ICTY

16 Nov 2012 | Read More »

GENEVA / ROAD SAFETY

UNECE's World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulation (WP.29) adopted today 3 new regulations that will significantly increase passenger safety. CH UNTV

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GENEVA / GAZA

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights condemned Israel’s aerial attacks on the Gaza Strip as well as rockets fired by Hamas militants into southern Israel and called on both sides on Friday to step back from the brink. CH UNTV

16 Nov 2012 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / ABDUCTED CHILDREN & WOMEN

Twenty women and children, who were separated from their communities when they were abducted at the height of clashes in Jonglei, have returned toPiborCountyinJongleiStateto be re-united with their families. UNMISS

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IMF / BRIEFING

During a regularly scheduled IMF briefing in Washington, the Deputy Spokesman Bill Murray said the IMF wanted real fix for Greece, not a short term fix. IMF  

15 Nov 2012 | Read More »

GA / SECURITY COUNCIL

Brazilian Ambassador Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti told the General Assembly that "the time has come” for a new phase in negotiations on the expansion of Security Council membership and an improvement of its methods. UNTV  

15 Nov 2012 | Read More »

UN / SRI LANKA PRESSER

Commenting on the internal review that found the United Nations had failed to meet its responsibilities during the final months of the civil war in Sri Lankain 2009, The Secretary-General's Chef de Cabinet, Susana Malcorra said "these are the moments when you have to do a strong introspection". UNTV

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SOMALIA / MALNUTRITION

Nine months after the famine officially ended in south central Somalia, large numbers of mothers continue to bring their severely malnourished children to this UNICEF supported Centre in Mogadishu for urgent help. UNICEF

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UN / GAZA AIRSTRIKES

Ambassador Riyad Mansour, the   Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations, and Israeli Ambassador Ron Prosor brief reporters on the latest Israeli air strikes in Gaza. UNTV    

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UN / POPULATION FUND REPORT 2012

The State of World Population 2012, launched today by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), points out that 222 million women in developing countries have an unmet need for family planning, which delivers "immeasurable" rewards to women, families, and communities. UNTV

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UN/ SRI LANKA

"This morning Charles Petrie briefed the Secretary-General on the findings and recommendations of the Internal Review Panel on United Nations Action in Sri Lanka. UNTV

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UN / MEMORIAL SERVICE

The United Nations honours at a Memorial Service those staff members who have lost their lives in serving the Organization from 1 November 2011 to 31 August 2012. UNTV

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SOMALIA / POLICE DONATION

Members of the AMISOM Police contingent working in Somalia have donated food items and clothing to members of the blind community living in Mogadishu, as part of a gesture to support those with disability. AU/UN IST

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UNFPA / STATE OF WORLD POPULATION REPORT LAUNCH

A new report released today (14 November) finds that additional investments in family planning would save developing countries $11.3 billion a year. UNFPA

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PAKISTAN / FLOODS

Struck by massive floods for the third year in a row, huge parts ofPakistanare under water again. UNICEF reports on families caught in a cycle of floods in theSindhProvince, waiting for some respite from nature’s fury. UNICEF

13 Nov 2012 | Read More »

GA / CUBA EMBARGO

The United Nations General Assembly approves with 188 votes in favour, a resolution calling for the end of the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba. UNTV

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SOMALIA / AMEERA HAQ

Ameerah Haq, the United Nations's Under Secretary General for Field Missions today made her first visit to Somalia, and congratulated the newly elected President Sheikh Mohamud on the country’s recent political accomplishments. AU/UN IST

13 Nov 2012 | Read More »

GENEVA / HAITI FLOODING

The United Nations (UN) in Geneva warns that Haiti's next harvest, due in March, may already be destroyed by the flooding caused by Hurricane Sandy. CHUNTV   

13 Nov 2012 | Read More »

HAITI / FLOODING

Heavy rains and flooding have killed at least eleven people in Haiti's northern port city of Cap Haitien. MINUSTAH

12 Nov 2012 | Read More »

GA / HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL ELECTION

The General Assembly today elected 18 countries to serve on the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) for a period of three years. Among them, the United States was re-elected for a second term. UNTV

12 Nov 2012 | Read More »

UN / PNEUMONIA DAY

The United Nations and its partners today called for greater efforts to eradicate pneumonia, the number one killer of children under the age of five, as they marked the fourth annual World Pneumonia Day. UNICEF

12 Nov 2012 | Read More »

CAUCASUS / ECONOMIC OUTLOOK

Countries in the Caucasus and Central Asia continue to post a solid recovery from the global financial crisis, and the region's economic outlook remains favorable, the IMF says in its latest assessment. IMF

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MIDDLE EAST / ECONOMIC OUTLOOK

The economic outlook for the Middle East andNorth Africaregion is mixed. Most of the region's oil-exporting countries are growing at healthy rates while the oil importers face subdued economic prospects, the IMF says in its latest assessment. IMF

12 Nov 2012 | Read More »

SOMALIA / MOGADISHU PORT

Mogadishu international seaport is bustling with activity as Somalia emerges from decades of civil war that brought this once thriving port to its knees. AU-UN IST

10 Nov 2012 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / REFUGEES

Former refugees bring very special insight to their jobs helping refugees. UNHCR

10 Nov 2012 | Read More »

HAITI / SANDY CHOLERA

In one of the camps for displaced people that was worst hit by Hurricane Sandy, chlorox and aquatabs are being distributed and portable latrines installed as cholera cases are on the rise. MINUSTAH

9 Nov 2012 | Read More »

MYANMAR / RAKHINE DISPLACED

WFP is providing food assistance to around 100,000 displaced people in Rakhine state. WFP

9 Nov 2012 | Read More »

GA / SANDY IMPACT

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today "extreme weather due to climate change is the new normal" and "there can be no looking away, no persisting with business as usual, no hoping the threat will diminish or disappear." UNTV

9 Nov 2012 | Read More »

LEBANON & JORDAN / SYRIAN REFUGEES

The head of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin wrapped up a three-day visit to camps in Lebanon and Jordan that are home to tens of thousands of Syrian refugees. WFP

9 Nov 2012 | Read More »

GENEVA / SYRIA HUMANITARIAN

UN humanitarian agencies today reported a surge in refugees from Syria, with over eleven thousand fleeing to neighbouring countries in the last 24 hours alone. CH UNTV

9 Nov 2012 | Read More »

MALI / FOOD INSECURITY

The UN today said 4.6 million people remain at risk of food insecurity in Mali and access to food for people in the north is deteriorating. WFP is using barges to ship food up the Niger River to the desert city of Timbuktu and communities cut off by the ongoing conflict. WFP

8 Nov 2012 | Read More »

HAITI / EXTREME POVERTY

The Head of the World Bank Jim Yong Kim and President of Haiti Joseph Martelly launched the first colloquium on fighting extreme poverty in Haiti this week. The objective is to bring the level of poverty, currently at 51.1 percent, to 40 percent in 2016. MINUSTAH

8 Nov 2012 | Read More »

UN / LIBYA

The top United Nations official in Libya said today that one year after the demise of the Muammar al-Qadhafi regime, "the country has moved forward in its political transformation" although "many challenges remain" in the political, security, and rule of law areas. UNTV

8 Nov 2012 | Read More »

TURKEY / SYRIAN REFUGEES

The number of Syrian refugees in Turkey has reached nearly 112,000 this week, according to the latest figures provided by the Turkish government. UNHCR

8 Nov 2012 | Read More »

UN / SOMALIA

The Security Council agreed today on a short term extension for the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), while the Somali Ambassador said the extension should have been for “one year, minimum” and included a maritime component. UNTV

7 Nov 2012 | Read More »

UN / LIBYA

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Fatou Bensouda told the Security Council today that the Court will soon decide on Libya’s challenge regarding the prosecution of Muammar al-Qadhafi's son Saif Al-Islam Qadhafi, and his former intelligence chief Abdullah Al-Senussi. UNTV

7 Nov 2012 | Read More »

US ELECTION / REAX

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was joined today (7 November) by citizens around the world in presenting newly re-elected United States President Barack Obama with a list of concerns they hope he will now tackle. UNTV / UNAMA / MONUSCO

7 Nov 2012 | Read More »

UN / NIGERIA

Nigerian Foreign Minister Olugbenga Ashiru today met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to discuss a number of issues including Guinea Bissau and Mali. UNTV

6 Nov 2012 | Read More »

WFP / CUBA SANDY IMPACT

World Food Programme (WFP) Spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs today said the agency was assisting half a million people in Cuba after Hurricane Sandy hit the island, causing the "worst natural disaster in Cuba for the last 50 years". CH UNTV

6 Nov 2012 | Read More »

JORDAN / SYRIAN REFUGEES

As winter approaches, UNICEF is accelerating plans for special reinforced tents, heaters, and hot showers, as well as blankets and warm clothes for young children in Jordan's Zaatari camp, where 30,000 Syrian refugees are sheltering. UNICEF

6 Nov 2012 | Read More »

UN / SYRIA

Following today's Security Council consultations on Syria, UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman said the latest events on the ground – the failed Eid ceasefire, new reports of atrocities and of the use of cluster bombs – made clear that "the current path will lead Syria to its destruction". UNTV

6 Nov 2012 | Read More »

GA / IAEA REPORT

Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations, Mohammad Khazaee told the General Assembly today that a country's right to the peaceful use of nuclear science and technology "can never be suspended or restricted under any pretext whatsoever." UNTV

5 Nov 2012 | Read More »

UN / RACISM ON THE WEB

The UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, Mutuma Ruteere briefed reporters on the findings of a report on racism on the internet and ways to combat it. UNTV

5 Nov 2012 | Read More »

UN / HUMANITARIAN

Senior UN humanitarian official John Ging today briefed on the dire humanitarian situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which he just visited, as well as in Syria and the Caribbean following Hurricane Sandy. UNTV

5 Nov 2012 | Read More »

KENYA / DEFORESTATION

A new report finds that deforestation is costing the Kenyan economy millions of dollars each year and increasing water shortage risk. The head of the UN Environment Programme, Achim Steiner said the study highlights the opportunities presented by an inclusive green economy. UNEP

5 Nov 2012 | Read More »

PERU / PLANT BREEDING

Few plants thrive at altitudes of over 4,000 metres, where soil is poor, water scarce and the winters harsh. But farmers in the High Andes of Peru can grow varieties of sturdy grains, such as barley, that can survive under extreme weather conditions. These have been developed with a plant breeding technique that uses radiation [...]

3 Nov 2012 | Read More »

UN / DPRK HUMAN RIGHTS

An independent United Nations expert todayvoiced continued concern about the situation in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), and urged the Government to re-think its focus on military expenditure and to allocate resources to improve the living standards of its people. UNTV

2 Nov 2012 | Read More »

MALARIA / PROGRESS REPORT

The Roll Back Malaria campaign launched its Progress & Impact report: 'Defeating Malaria in Asia, the Pacific, Americas, Middle East and Europe' in Sydney on today. ROLL BACK MALARIA (RBM)

2 Nov 2012 | Read More »

GENEVA / HAITI SANDY AFTERMATH

The UN warns today that the flooding in Haiti caused by Hurricane Sandy is leading to unsanitary conditions, threatening a sharp increase in cases of cholera. CHUNTV

2 Nov 2012 | Read More »

GENEVA / CHINA-TIBET

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released a statement today urging China to address issues in Tibet that have led to what she says is a rise in extreme protests, like self-immolations. CHUNTV

2 Nov 2012 | Read More »

MONGOLIA / SOLAR POWER

Nomadic Mongolian herder families find a source of affordable electricity with portable solar units that withstand their rugged lifestyle. With help from the World Bank, the solar program allows people living in one of the remotest regions on Earth to connect to a wider world. WORLD BANK

2 Nov 2012 | Read More »

GENEVA / SYRIA – SUMMARY EXECUTIONS

A video apparently showing Syrian rebels executing captured government troops may be evidence of a “war crime”, the United Nations human rights body says. CHUNTV

2 Nov 2012 | Read More »

UN / SANDY DAMAGE

The United Nations Headquarters complex in New York re-opened today, after a three-day shutdown due to Hurricane Sandy. UNTV

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INDIA / EMERGENCY HEALTH CARE

For thousands living in Madhya Pradesh's Chharch village, there used to be no choice but to travel at least 40 km to the closest health facility in an emergency. Now a 24/7 maternal and child health center is offering a lifeline. UNICEF

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COTE D’IVOIRE / COCOA

Cocoa farmers struggle to make a living in Cote d’Ivoire, the world’s leading producer of cocoa beans. UNOCI

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