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PAKISTAN / AFGHAN REFUGEES

Since the beginning of November, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Pakistan has been offering an enhanced package to every registered refugee choosing to go home to Afghanistan. UNHCR

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SOMALIA / RESCUED HOSTAGES

The UN is coordinating the repatriation of hostages recently rescued from Somali pirates after almost three years in captivity. The crew of the MV Iceberg 1 was freed after a successful 15-day operation by maritime police in Somalia's Puntland region. AU-UN IST

31 Dec 2012 | Read More »

2012 / YEAR IN REVIEW (RE-FEED)

SPECIAL FEED – ACCESS ALL. FILE

29 Dec 2012 | Read More »

BURKINA FASO / MALI REFUGEES

In Burkina Faso's arid Sahel region, UNHCR trucks are shuttling desperately needed water supplies to Malian refugees. UNHCR

28 Dec 2012 | Read More »

IAEA / NUCLEAR TECHNIQUES

Over the past 50 years, the IAEA’s laboratories in Seibersdorf, Austria have improved the lives of millions of people by using sophisticated scientific techniques in areas ranging from food preservation to cancer treatment. The lab is now looking to develop new applications in climate-smart agriculture and pest control. IAEA

28 Dec 2012 | Read More »

UN / CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

The UN Security Council has demanded that armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) immediately cease hostilities, following attacks on several towns in recent days, and called on all parties to seek a peaceful solution to the current crisis. UNTV

28 Dec 2012 | Read More »

THE GAMBIA / LAND RECLAMATION

A government project in the small West African nation of The Gambia has so far reclaimed more than 34,000 hectares of degraded land for agricultural use. IFAD

27 Dec 2012 | Read More »

KENYA / WATER

It’s been years since Fatima Suthi has seen rain. The 51-year-old mother of eight lives near the Dadaab refugee camp in northeastern Kenya, and has been struggling to survive in a land where water is scarce. UNICEF

27 Dec 2012 | Read More »

DR CONGO / RAPE

The latest fighting between government forces and the rebel group M23 in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo brought a new wave of brutal sexual assaults on women. UNHCR has set up a temporary clinic to respond to rape cases among the displaced. UNHCR

27 Dec 2012 | Read More »

THE GAMBIA / FEMALE CHIEF

Fatou Danso is The Gambia's first female village chief, and she has completely changed how women are perceived here. IFAD

26 Dec 2012 | Read More »

KENYA / CASH TRANSFERS

A cash transfer programme is helping young Kenyans in a Nairobi slum break the cycle of poverty. UNICEF

26 Dec 2012 | Read More »

LEBANON / SYRIAN REFUGEES

Syrian refugees in Lebanon are bracing against winter under their makeshift tents. UNICEF

26 Dec 2012 | Read More »

HAITI / DISABILITIES

Eighty percent of people with disabilities in the world live in developing countries like Haiti and most do not have access to any medical care or schooling. UNICEF

25 Dec 2012 | Read More »

KENYA / TREES

Twelve-year-old Morris Kaboro is improving Kenya's water supply by teaching his grandfather the importance of trees. As part of a school greening programme he is encouraged to share what he's learned with family at home. IFAD

24 Dec 2012 | Read More »

NAMIBIA / AIDS

Seventeen-year-old Sunday fromNamibiawas born with HIV. She learnt about her status when she was 13, and embarked on a journey to acceptance and newfound confidence. UNICEF

24 Dec 2012 | Read More »

UN / ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME

The General Assembly has passed a resolution to strengthen the UN Environment Programme headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya. The agency’s Executive Director Achim Steiner says this was "truly a historic moment." UNEP

24 Dec 2012 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / HELICOPTER MEMORIAL

The bodies of four Russian crew members killed when a UN peacekeeping helicopter was shot down in Jonglei State on Friday were flown back home after a memorial ceremony was held at the UNMISS compound near Juba International Airport on Monday morning. UNMISS

24 Dec 2012 | Read More »

KENYA / SUSTAINABLE SUGAR

Mumias Sugar Company, the leading sugar producer in Kenya, is an example of a company that is contributing to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by embracing sustainability in almost all its processes. UNEP

22 Dec 2012 | Read More »

UN / SOUTH SUDAN HELICOPTER CRASH

A UN helicopter carrying four crew members was shot down in South Sudan today, possibly by the South Sudanese armed forces (SPLA). An investigation is ongoing, according to UN spokesman Eduardo Del Buey. UNTV / FILE

21 Dec 2012 | Read More »

BURKINA FASO / MALI REFUGEES

Malian refugees in Burkina Faso's Fererio camp have been moved further away from the border with Mali to ensure their safety. UNHCR

21 Dec 2012 | Read More »

MALI / DISPLACED

Tens of thousands of internally displaced people have found shelter in and around the central Mali town of Mopti since the rebel take-over of the North. UNHCR

21 Dec 2012 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / WAU UNREST

Local UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) staff report that the situation in the South Sudanese town of Wau, some 650 kilometers northwest of the capital Juba, is “calm but unpredictable” today (21 December) after a spate of recent violence sent thousands seeking refuge at a UN base this week. UNMISS

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UN / MALI

The Security Council today authorized the deployment of an African-led International Support Mission in Mali, to be known as AFISMA, for an initial period of one year to assist the authorities in recovering rebel-held regions in the north and restoring the unity of the country. UNTV

20 Dec 2012 | Read More »

C.A.R. / SEXUAL VIOLENCE

Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura briefed reporters today on her recent visit to the Central African Republic. UNTV / FILE

20 Dec 2012 | Read More »

GA / FGM

The Ambassador of Burkina Faso welcomed today’s adoption of a UN General Assembly resolution on female genital mutilation as a strong political signal against a “hateful” traditional practice that was “falsely rooted in religion”. UNTV

20 Dec 2012 | Read More »

BRAZIL / FOOTBALL

UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane joined to play against each other in the 10th anniversary edition of UNDP’s Match Against Poverty Wednesday, as 50,000 people packed the newly built stadium in Brazil’s Porto Alegra. UNDP

20 Dec 2012 | Read More »

UN / MIDDLE EAST

Top UN political official Jeffrey Feltman today told the Security Council that 2013 would be a "decisive year" for the Middle East peace process and called on the Israeli government to "heed the wide international calls" to rescind its settlement plans. UNTV

19 Dec 2012 | Read More »

PAKISTAN / POLIO

As media reported three more people killed today for their involvement in Pakistan's polio eradication campaign, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that "irrespective of the circumstances" such attacks were "completely unacceptable". The agency has announced a temporary suspension of the vaccination campaign. WHO

19 Dec 2012 | Read More »

UN / AFGHANISTAN

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan, Jan Kubiš, lauded the achievements of the Afghan Government and Afghan society during the current period of transition, but warned about continued violence and human rights violations. UNTV

19 Dec 2012 | Read More »

UN / BAN KI-MOON

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today commented on Syria, the Middle East, the killing of polio workers in Pakistan and other issues at his year's end press conference. UNTV

19 Dec 2012 | Read More »

GENEVA / SYRIA HUMANITARIAN APPEAL

The UN today appealed to international donors for US$1.5 billion to support humanitarian assistance inside Syria and refugees fleeing Syria to Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey and Egypt. CH UNTV / FILE

19 Dec 2012 | Read More »

UN / LRA

British Ambassador Philip Parham today said the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) "remains a murderous band of criminals preying on civilians, targeting women and children and terrorising communities across Central Africa," but that "an end to this scourge" was in sight. UNTV

18 Dec 2012 | Read More »

UN / WORLD ECONOMIC SITUATION LAUNCH

In its 'World Economic Situation and Prospects 2013' report, launched today, the UN says the global economy is at great risk of falling into renewed recession and calls for different policy approaches to address the continued jobs crisis. UNTV

18 Dec 2012 | Read More »

THE HAGUE / NGUDJOLO ACQUITTAL

The International Criminal Court (ICC) today found Congolese national Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui 'not guilty' of war crimes allegedly committed as the leader of a militia during armed conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in 2003, due to insufficient evidence. ICC

18 Dec 2012 | Read More »

DR CONGO / MUGUNGA INSECURITY

Mugunga camp near Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo suffered several recent attacks by armed men during which many women were raped. With no safe place to return to, the displaced people sheltering at the camp continue to live in fear. MONUSCO

18 Dec 2012 | Read More »

UN / CMP BAN RETURNS

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today moved back into his offices on the top floor of the historic UN tower, which he left almost three years ago for a temporary space when the building was gutted for renovation. UNTV / FILE

17 Dec 2012 | Read More »

UN / MALARIA WRAP

A significant slowdown in global funding of anti-malaria campaigns threatens to roll back impressive gains made against the preventable mosquito-borne disease over the last decade, the United Nations health agency said today (17 December) as it released its annual assessment report on the disease. UNTV / WHO

17 Dec 2012 | Read More »

2012 / YEAR IN REVIEW

*** SPECIAL FEED *** ACCESS ALL ***. FILE

15 Dec 2012 | Read More »

UN / WITTIG

Briefing reporters on the end of Germany's two-year tenure as a Security Council member this month, Ambassador Peter Wittig said the conflict in Syria was a "depressing showcase" of the Council's failure to employ preventive diplomacy. He also commented on Susan Rice's withdrawal from the race for US Secretary of State. UNTV

14 Dec 2012 | Read More »

THE HAGUE / CHILE – PERU

The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, today closed its public hearings in the case concerning the maritime dispute between Peru and Chile. ICJ

14 Dec 2012 | Read More »

ROME / HUMANITARIAN APPEAL

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, called today (14 December) for US$8.5 billion to help an estimated 51 million people who will need urgent humanitarian relief in 2013. WFP

14 Dec 2012 | Read More »

UN / IRAN

The Security Council today (13 December) heard a briefing by Nestor Osorio, Chair of the Iran Sanctions Committee, who reported a number of alleged violations to the sanctions regime imposed on Iran over its nuclear programme. UNTV

13 Dec 2012 | Read More »

DR CONGO / DISPLACED

The recent fighting in Democratic Republic of the Congo's North Kivu province displaced tens of thousands of civilians who are seeking help in camps like Mugunga I. UNHCR

13 Dec 2012 | Read More »

UN / DARFUR

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou B. Bensouda, told the Security Council that the Court has done its part in fulfilling its mandate on Darfur and asked "how many more civilians must be killed injured and displaced for this Council to be spurred into doing its part." UNTV

13 Dec 2012 | Read More »

IMF / BRIEFING

In its bi-weekly briefing, the IMF welcomed the Eurogroup's approval of a payout of 49.1 billion euros to Greece and said that Prime Minister Monti has put Italy on the path to growth. It also said no new Executive Board date has been set for a discussion of a programme with Egypt. IMF

13 Dec 2012 | Read More »

AFGHANISTAN / DRUGS

A three-day gathering of regional celebrities, including singer and newly appointed Goodwill Ambassador Farhad Darya, on the problem of illicit drugs concluded today in Kabul, Afghanistan. UNAMA

12 Dec 2012 | Read More »

SOMALIA / JAWHAR CAPTURED

The Somali National Army with support from AMISOM troops captured Jawhar, one of the few remaining strongholds of al Shabaab in the Middle Shabelle region of Somalia. AU-UN IST

12 Dec 2012 | Read More »

UN / DPRK

The UN Security Council today condemned the launch of another rocket by the Democratic Republic of Korea (DPRK). US Ambassador Susan Rice also commented on Syria. UNTV

12 Dec 2012 | Read More »

DR CONGO / GOMA PEACEKEEPERS

The UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) is patrolling the town of Goma to protect civilians after the M23 rebels' retreat, and continues to secure the airport. MONUSCO

12 Dec 2012 | Read More »

MYANMAR / RAKHINE

The recent resurgence in inter-communal violence in western Myanmar, forced hundreds of people to sail to safety on their fishing boats. UNHCR

12 Dec 2012 | Read More »

UN / RAVI SHANKAR

Famed sitar player Ravi Shankar passed away Tuesday (11 December). Forty-five years ago nearly to the day, Shankar performed alongside violinist Yehudi Menuhin at a Human Rights Day celebration at the United Nations General Assembly. FILE

12 Dec 2012 | Read More »

UN / HOMOPHOBIA

Ahead of a special event at UN headquarters on the role of leadership in the fight against homophobia – featuring Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and singers Ricky Martin and Yvonne Chaka Chaka – the South African singer said “hiding behind culture” was not a valid excuse for discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. [...]

11 Dec 2012 | Read More »

AFGHANISTAN / WOMEN

In a report released today, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) says that, despite some progress, the application of a landmark law on violence against women is being hampered by dramatic underreporting and a lack of investigations into most incidents. UNAMA

11 Dec 2012 | Read More »

HAITI / WATER

In the Haitian city of Petit Goave, a UNICEF-supported effort has built a new water system that delivers water to a central station where it is treated to guard against cholera and other diseases. Today marks the launch of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Initiative for the Elimination of Cholera in Haiti. UNICEF

11 Dec 2012 | Read More »

UN / MALI

The UN Security Council today condemned the arrest of Mali's Prime Minister Cheikh Modibo Diarra and said it was committed to the quick deployment of an African-led force in Mali. UNTV

11 Dec 2012 | Read More »

MALI / HUMANITARIAN

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is working to provide food and fight malnutrition for conflict-affected people in Mali, West Africa.

11 Dec 2012 | Read More »

UN / SYRIA REFUGEES

The UN refugee agency announced on Tuesday that more than half-a-million Syrian refugees have been registered or are awaiting registration in the four neighbouring countries and North Africa, and the numbers are climbing by more than 3,000 per day. CH UNTV

11 Dec 2012 | Read More »

SOMALIA / PRESS FREEDOM

During decades of civil war, Somali journalists were the eyes and the ears of the world. But over the years they have become targets, making Somalia one of the world’s most dangerous places for media workers. AU-UN IST

10 Dec 2012 | Read More »

DR CONGO / HUMANITARIAN RELIEF

A UN delegation headed by the Humanitarian Coordinator in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Moustapha Soumaré visited North Kivu this weekend and delivered humanitarian assistance to the Mugunga 3 camp for displaced people. MONUSCO

10 Dec 2012 | Read More »

UN / SAHEL

The Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Sahel, Romano Prodi told the Security Council today that any military effort in Mali must be undertaken after careful analysis and thorough preparation and must be part of an agreed political process. UNTV

10 Dec 2012 | Read More »

HUMAN RIGHTS DAY / STEPHANE HESSEL

Interview with ninety-six year old diplomat and concentration camp survivor Stéphane Hessel on the occasion of Human Rights Day (10 December). Sixty-four years ago Hessel participated in the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. UNRIC BRUSSELS

10 Dec 2012 | Read More »

HAITI / WOMEN’S RIGHTS

Portrait of Haitian poet and singer Barbara Guillaume, who uses her voice to advocate for women’s rights in Haiti. Monday (10 December) is Human Rights Day. MINUSTAH

8 Dec 2012 | Read More »

MYANMAR / AMOS

The UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos wrapped up a three-day visit to Myanmar today. OCHA

7 Dec 2012 | Read More »

TURKEY – SYRIA / BAN KI-MOON

On a visit to a Turkish camp for refugees from Syria, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today warned that any use of chemical weapons in Syria would be “an outrageous crime”. UNHCR

7 Dec 2012 | Read More »

UN / LADSOUS

The head of UN peacekeeping, Herve Ladsous today spoke to reporters on the latest developments in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo following the M23 rebels’ retreat from Goma. He also commented on Mali and the reinforcement of the UNDOF, the UN mission monitoring the Golan Heights. UNTV

7 Dec 2012 | Read More »

UN / RICHARD BRANSON

Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, a member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, was at UN headquarters today to promote a new look at international drug policy. UNTV / SUNDOG PICTURES

7 Dec 2012 | Read More »

ILO / GLOBAL WAGE REPORT

The International Labour Organization today released its Global Wage Report 2012-13, which says that wage growth is slowing globally despite increases in emerging countries. ILO

7 Dec 2012 | Read More »

JORDAN / SYRIAN REFUGEES WINTER

Thousands of refugees who fled the conflict in Syria to Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, and Iraq are now facing a harsh winter. WFP continues to provide food assistance to vulnerable Syrian families to help them fend off the cold. WFP

7 Dec 2012 | Read More »

OHCHR / EGYPT

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) warned today that unless the concerns of protestors in Egypt were listened to "we could be on the brink of something very serious." CH UNTV

7 Dec 2012 | Read More »

BAGHDAD / BAN KI-MOON

On a visit to Iraq, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his concern about the humanitarian situation in Syria and urged the Iraqi government to continue to keep the borders open to enable Syrian refugees and Iraqi returnees to seek safety in Iraq. UNAMI

6 Dec 2012 | Read More »

JORDAN / ANGELINA JOLIE

UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie travelled to the Jordan-Syria border overnight to meet frightened and exhausted Syrian refugees who had just completed the perilous crossing to safety in Jordan. UNHCR

6 Dec 2012 | Read More »

MYANMAR / AMOS

The UN's top humanitarian official Valerie Amos is on a visit to Myanmar. OCHA

6 Dec 2012 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / REFUGEES

Humanitarian officials have warned that an influx of close to 110,000 Sudanese refugees to South Sudan's Upper Nile State could be a source of conflict due to pressure on local residents. UNMISS

6 Dec 2012 | Read More »

PERU / LADY GAGA

On her recent tour of South America, international pop star Lady Gaga stopped by a school on the outskirts of Lima for her first UNICEF field visit. UNICEF

6 Dec 2012 | Read More »

UN / NIEMEYER

United Nations officials today mourned the death of Oscar Niemeyer, a world-renowned Brazilian architect who was also a key figure in the design and building of the world body's headquarters in New York. FILE

6 Dec 2012 | Read More »

SOUTH AFRICA / ORLANDO BLOOM

On a visit to South Africa, actor and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom talked with young people this weekend about issues like gang violence and sexual exploitation. UNICEF

5 Dec 2012 | Read More »

UN / MALI

UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman briefed the Security Council today on Mali, where the security situation in the North has continued to deteriorate. UNTV

5 Dec 2012 | Read More »

SOMALIA / MOGADISHU AIRPORT

With relative calm restored after years of conflict, close to 15 flights a day now lift off or land at Mogadishu airport. But it is still not recognized by the International Civil Aviation Organization due to safety and security issues. AU-UN IST

5 Dec 2012 | Read More »

UN / YEMEN

The Special Adviser to Secretary-General on Yemen, Jamal Benomar, told the Security Council today that Yemen "has just witnessed a historic milestone" as it marked on 23 November the first anniversary since the signing of its peace and transition agreement. UNTV

4 Dec 2012 | Read More »

UN / LOULICHKI

Briefing reporters at UN headquarters, the incoming President of the Security Council for the month of December, Moroccan Ambassador Mohammed Loulichki commented on Palestine, DPRK, Syria and Mali. UNTV

4 Dec 2012 | Read More »

UN / NESIRKY

The spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Martin Nesirky today said Ban was "seriously concerned" about the announcement of a planned rocket launch by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and "strongly urges" it to reconsider its decision. He also took questions on the latest developments in Syria. UNTV

4 Dec 2012 | Read More »

INDONESIA / BACHELET

The head of the United Nations organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women, Michelle Bachelet spoke at a ministerial meeting of Islamic countries today to underscore the central role that women play in advancing development in all societies. UNTV

4 Dec 2012 | Read More »

DARFUR / HOSPITAL BEDS

The United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has donated 300 beds and mattresses to a hospital in East Darfur, the only facility providing healthcare services to the local population in the state. UNAMID

4 Dec 2012 | Read More »

THE HAGUE / PERU – CHILE

The International Court of Justice today opened public hearings in the case concerning the Maritime Dispute between Peru and Chile. ICJ

3 Dec 2012 | Read More »

UN / YEMEN CHILDREN IN CONFLICT

Briefing reporters on her recent trip to Yemen, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui said that all sides in the recent conflict there had recruited children. UNTV

3 Dec 2012 | Read More »

GENEVA / LANDMINES

On the International Day for Persons with Disabilities (3 December), Nobel peace laureate Jody Williams, International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) campaigners, and landmine survivors from nearly 40 countries are calling on governments to commit to eradicating antipersonnel landmines in years, not decades. CH UNTV

3 Dec 2012 | Read More »

UN / DISABILITIES

Highlighting the need to guarantee disabled people equal access to services and opportunities worldwide, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for a new global push aimed at "creating societies that value diversity and inclusion." UNTV

3 Dec 2012 | Read More »

WORLD AIDS DAY / PROGRESS

On this World AIDS Day (1 December), the UN celebrates "dramatic progress" over the past decade. UNICEF says an AIDS-free generation, once seemingly impossible, is within reach. The World Health Organization highlights this year's theme of 'Zero discrimination'. WHO / UNICEF

1 Dec 2012 | Read More »

HAITI / CANINE BRIGADE

UN Police in Haiti and the country's national police are working with dogs to fight trafficking in drugs and guns. MINUSTAH

1 Dec 2012 | Read More »

 

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