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KINSHASA / MARY ROBINSON

Mary Robinson, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa, arrived to Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo yesterday where she met with President Joseph Kabila, and Prime Minister Augustin Matata. MONUSCO

30 Apr 2013 | Read More »

UN / PRINCE ZEID RA'AD ZEID AL-HUSSEIN

Following a private briefing to the Security Council today, Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein the Permanent Representative of Jordan to the United Nations, talked to journalists about the situation of Syrian refugees in Jordan. UNTV  

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UN / BASHAR JA’AFARI

Bashar Ja’afari, Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations, told reporters that the British and French Governments "waited four months" to submit claims of alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian Government, "just 24 hours after" it had reached an agreement with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to investigate the opposition's use [...]

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SOUTH SUDAN / MEDAL PARADE

Thirty-four Corrections Advisors serving with the United Nations Peacekeeping mission in South Sudan today (April 30) received medals for their work across various national prisons in South Sudan. UNMISS

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SOMALIA / IMMUNIZATION

UNICEF, along with its partners GAVI Alliance and the World Health Organization, launched a vaccination campaign in Somalia with the goal of saving children’s lives in a country that has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the world. UNICEF

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GENEVA / CAR RETURNEES

The United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR has advised governments worldwide against forcibly returning refugees to the Central African Republic (CAR). The agency says the security situation in the country remains fluid and dangerous with widespread human rights abuses and a deteriorating humanitarian situation. CH UNTV

30 Apr 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / SYRIA-MEASLES

The United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF and partners are stepping up vaccination campaigns in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey amid measles outbreaks in a region that is already struggling to provide humanitarian assistance to millions of people affected by the crisis in Syria. CH UNTV

30 Apr 2013 | Read More »

UN / DARFUR

Briefing the Security Council today in an open meeting, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Herve Ladsous, said that while there had been mildly encouraging developments regarding the peace process, a fully inclusive political settlement is yet to be reached. UNTV

29 Apr 2013 | Read More »

UN / CHEMICAL WEAPONS-SYRIA

United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today renewed his appeal for unfettered access to Syriafor the UN team probing the alleged use of chemical weapons during the conflict, as he met in New Yorkwith the head of the investigation, Dr. Åke Sellström. UNTV

29 Apr 2013 | Read More »

IMF / ASIA OUTLOOK

After a year of subdued economic performance, growth in Asia is set to pick up this year driven largely by continued robust domestic demand, says the IMF in its latest Regional Economic Outlook, which predicts growth will reach about 5¾ percent. IMF

29 Apr 2013 | Read More »

JORDAN / REFUGEE CAMP PICTURES

A group of Syrian children sheltering at Za'atari refugee camp in Jordanare taking part in a three-month photography project designed to help them recover from their extreme stress. UNICEF

27 Apr 2013 | Read More »

JORDAN / PLAYGROUND

The opening of a new playground at Za'atari refugee camp, with the financial support from Cyprus and managed by UNICEF, provides some much needed fun and relief for Syrian children recovering from conflict and displacement. UNICEF

27 Apr 2013 | Read More »

UN / SUDAN

Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon met today (26 April) with the foreign minister of Sudan, Ali Ahmed Karti, at the United Nations in New York. UNTV

26 Apr 2013 | Read More »

UNESCO / SHARJA AWARD 2013

Algerian Mustafa Cherif and the Arab British Centre in the United Kingdom received the 2013 UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture on Thursday (25 April), in Paris. UNESCO

26 Apr 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / ENGLISH TRAINING

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has organized an intensive three-month training course in the English language for members of the Upper Nile State Legislative Assembly at the mission's compound on the outskirts of Malakal. UNMISS

26 Apr 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / YEMEN REFUGEES

Adrian Edwards, the United Nations Refugee Agency's (UNHCR) spokesperson says that conflict and instability in Yemen"had limited the ability of the authorities to address trafficking, particularly along the Red Seacoast where Yemeni smugglers and traffickers are often waiting to receive new arrivals from the Horn of Africa." CH UNTV

26 Apr 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / HEALTH IN SYRIA

The Syrian refugee crisis is increasingly straining health services in the surrounding countries, according to a study conducted by the UN refugee agency. CH UNTV

26 Apr 2013 | Read More »

HAITI / MALNUTRITION

Family in Haiti’s rural mountainous villages live primarily off of grains and roots they harvest but those staple foods, although high in calories, still lack many essential vitamins and minerals children need for a well balanced diet. UNICEF

26 Apr 2013 | Read More »

UN / SOMALIA

The United Nations (UN) head of Political Affairs today (25 April) welcomed an agreement between Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and the Somaliland administration to continue dialogue and increase co-operation, and said that "a lot more work is needed to tackle the inevitable challenges that will arise in the development of a federal system in [...]

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UN / MALARIA

Ray Chambers, the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Malaria and Joy Phumaphi, who is the Executive Secretary of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance briefed journalists on the situation of Malaria around the world. UNTV / FILE 

25 Apr 2013 | Read More »

SOMALIA / WILLIAM HAGUE

British Foreign Secretary William Hague visited the Somali capital Mogadishu today to witness the opening of a new British embassy in Somalia. UN-AU/IST

25 Apr 2013 | Read More »

UN / MALI

The Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution this morning to establish the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). UNTV 

25 Apr 2013 | Read More »

JORDAN/VACCINATIONS

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is going ahead with a vaccination campaign at Jordan's Za'atari refugee camp and plans to immunize at least 90,000 against measles and 24,000 under five-years old against polio. UNICEF

25 Apr 2013 | Read More »

CHAD / BACK TO SCHOOL

Funding from the European Union helps refugee children in southern Chad’s Camp Amboko go to school. UNHCR

25 Apr 2013 | Read More »

ECOSOC / SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

At a special event on partnerships for innovative solutions to sustainable development, Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon proposed the creation a new UN partnership facility, while Mo Ibrahim, chair of an African foundation that bears his name, called for greater attention to paid to Africa. UNTV

24 Apr 2013 | Read More »

UN / MIDDLE EAST

The Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey D. Feltman, told the Security Council today that as the situation inside Syria continues to deteriorate, it was vital to preserve regional stability and said that "advancing the Middle East Peace Process remains central to ensuring that the region is not at a further risk of destabilization."  

24 Apr 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / HIV AWARENESS

As part of creating awareness on preventing HIV infection, the United Nations Mission in South Sudanhas been involved in the national training of HIV and AIDS. UNMISS

24 Apr 2013 | Read More »

IRAQ / ELECTIONS

Iraqis voted on Saturday (20 April) in the country’s first elections since the withdrawal of US troops; a key test for the Iraqi security forces. UNAMI

24 Apr 2013 | Read More »

CTBTO / DPRK NUCLEAR TEST

Using Atmospheric Transport Modelling (ATM), which calculates the three-dimensional travel path of airborne radioactivity, the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation's (CTBTO) radionuclide network has made a significant detection of radioactive noble gases that could be attributed to the nuclear test announced by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on 12 February 2013. CTBTO

24 Apr 2013 | Read More »

UN / MIGRATIONS

John Wilmoth, the Director of the Population Division at the United Nations' Department of Economic and Social Affairs, along with Graeme Hugo, the Director of the Australian Population and Migration Research Centre at the University of Adelaide brief journalists on global migration trends. UNTV 

23 Apr 2013 | Read More »

UN / MALI

The International Crisis Group launches (ICG) its latest report on Mali. UNTV

23 Apr 2013 | Read More »

CTBTO / DPRK

The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation 's (CTBTO) radionuclide network has made a significant detection of radioactive noble gases that could be attributed to the test announced by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on 12 February 2013. CTBTO

23 Apr 2013 | Read More »

LEBANON / SYRIAN SOCCER TEAM

In Lebanon as a Syrian refugee, once a player on the Syrian national team, Tareq Al Awaychi revives his dream of playing and coaching football. UNHCR

23 Apr 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / CHINA EARTHQUAKE

The death toll of China’s recent earthquake rose to 193 today (23 April) with over 12,000 injured according to the UN Humanitarian Affairs Office (OCHA). Jens Laerke, OCHA's spokesperson in Geneva, says the casualty figures could rise as many areas are difficult to access. CH UNTV 

23 Apr 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / NPT-IRAN

Irantoday in Genevaurged the West to take a less confrontational approach in talks on its nuclear programme and said that it could be a “reliable and stable partner” in the Middle East. CH UNTV

23 Apr 2013 | Read More »

HAITI / HIGH LEVEL VISIT

A high level delegation visit chaired by UNDP Administrator Helen Clarke, including Emergency relief Coordinator Valerie Amos and Justine Greening, United Kingdom Secretary of State for International Development visited Haiti this weekend. MINUSTAH 

22 Apr 2013 | Read More »

UN / ARAB LEAGUE – BRAHIMI PHOTO-OP

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets for private talks with Nabil Elaraby, Secretary-General League of Arab States, and Lakhdar Brahimi, Joint Special Representative of the UN and the League of Arab States for Syria. UNTV 

22 Apr 2013 | Read More »

UN / POPULATION AND DEVELOPMENT

Opening the 2013 session of the Commission on Population and Development on the issue of migrations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that "People have different ways to describe the result they speak of a melting pot, or a mosaic. By any name, migration offers challenges we must face and benefits we can harness." UNTV 

22 Apr 2013 | Read More »

UNICEF / TIME MAGAZINE RECOGNITION

TIME Magazine has recognized and honored the contributions of the co-leads of UNICEF's Innovations Unit, Christopher Fabian and Erica Kochi, by featuring them in their annual list of the world's 100 most influential people. UNICEF  

22 Apr 2013 | Read More »

COTE D'IVOIRE / ELECTIONS

Municipal and regional elections took place on Sunday, 21 April, across Côte D’Ivoire. National security forces worked alongside United Nations peacekeepers of the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) to provide a secure electoral environment. UNOCI

22 Apr 2013 | Read More »

GA / HARMONY WTH NATURE

United Nations Secretary-General Ban ki-moon told a General Assembly meeting commemorating 'Mother Earth Day' that “we have to confront the hard truth that our planet is under threat” and that “when we threaten the planet, we undermine our only home and our future survival. UNTV

22 Apr 2013 | Read More »

ECOSOC / INAUGURATION

While inaugurating the renovated ECOSOC Chamber today at the United Nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was encouraged that the first meeting held in the Chamber was with the World Trade Organization, UNCTAD, and the Bretton Woods Institutions. UNTV  

22 Apr 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / NPT

The Second Preparatory Committee for the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) opened today in Geneva against the backdrop of rising nuclear tensions in the Korean peninsula and Iran's nuclear enrichment programme. CH UNTV

22 Apr 2013 | Read More »

WFP / MALI AID

1 and 5 household are food insecure in northern Mal, the World Food Programme (who) says.  WFP

20 Apr 2013 | Read More »

VIETNAM / BOARDING SCHOOL

Vietnamhas enjoyed rapid growth over the past two decades. However, many children have been left behind. UNICEF is working to ensure that all Vietnamese children have the opportunity to learn in a nurturing environment and reach their full potential. UNICEF

20 Apr 2013 | Read More »

IMF / G20

The IMF says that the global economy has avoided some major tail risks and financial market conditions continue to improve. IMF

19 Apr 2013 | Read More »

REGIONAL OUTLOOKS -ASIA AND MIDDLE EAST

The IMF says that while Asia is leading the three-speed global recovery with growth picking up to 5 and three quarters percent in 2014, the Middle East is struggling as slowing oil production and political transitions in some oil-importing countries are taking a bite out of the region's growth. IMF  

19 Apr 2013 | Read More »

WASHINGTON D.C. / BAN KI-MOON – WORLD BANK

World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon discuss what the two organizations and their partners must do to turn the goal of ending extreme poverty into a reality and engage global citizens around this topic. WORLD BANK

19 Apr 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / NUCLEAR WEAPONS STATES

The UN Security Council’s five permanent members today in Geneva say that North Korea and Iran pose “serious challenges” to the world’s most important pact on preventing the spread of nuclear arms. CH UNTV

19 Apr 2013 | Read More »

UN / BRAHIMI

Joint UN /Arab League Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi, talks to reporters following his briefing to the members of the Security Council. UNTV 

19 Apr 2013 | Read More »

JORDAN / BABATUNDE OSOTIMEHIN

UNFPA is providing life-saving reproductive health services to the more than 120,000 Syrian refugees in the Za'tari camp in Jordan. APTN  

19 Apr 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / SYRIA

The United Nations children fund says that in Homsthere is no electricity and very little running water and people have started to dig their own wells and in Aleppothe biggest Internally Displaced Persons center there are has around "32,000 people crowded into 2 buildings". CH UNTV

19 Apr 2013 | Read More »

WHO / H7N9

China recorded its 88th H7N9 infection yesterday (18 April). Seventeen of the cases have been fatal and "several" patients are in critical condition, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). CH UNTV

19 Apr 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / MALI

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) today renewed an appeal for millions of dollars to help meet the needs of tens of thousands of Malian refugees and almost 300,000 internally displaced people. CH UNTV

19 Apr 2013 | Read More »

UNICEF / GUATEMALA NUTRITION

In Guatemala, where the latest government survey reveals that nearly one in two children under five is chronically malnourished, community health workers supported by UNICEF are visiting the western highlands of the country in order to educate families and hand out nutritional supplements.

19 Apr 2013 | Read More »

UN / SYRIA

United Nations top officials urged the Security Council today to take action on Syria. Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos spoke of a "humanitarian catastrophe with ordinary people paying the price for the failure to end the conflict." UNTV

18 Apr 2013 | Read More »

UN / ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL SURVEY

The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) discusses the newly launched Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2013. UNTV 

18 Apr 2013 | Read More »

IMF / LAGARDE

Christine Lagarde, the Managing Director of the international Monetary Fund (IMF) holds a press conference as part of the IMF Spring Series Meetings. IMF

18 Apr 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / SYRIA FUNDING

The government of Kuwait has made available US Dollars $275 million to nine aid agencies responding to the Syrian humanitarian crisis. CH UNTV

18 Apr 2013 | Read More »

DR CONGO / WOMEN’S DEMO

A group of women assembled and marched yesterday in the streets of Goma in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to pass a message against the FDLR occupation of the Kivus. MONUSCO

18 Apr 2013 | Read More »

WORLD BANK / 2013 SPRING MEETINGS

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, at the opening of the Bank’s annual Spring Meetings in Washington D.C, said he hoped that leaders will endorse the Bank's goal to reduce extreme poverty to 3 percent by 2013 and boost shared prosperity worldwide. He also said that Bank continues to ensure that its projects are effective [...]

18 Apr 2013 | Read More »

WHO / WORLD IMMUNIZATION ADVANCER

At a press conference in Geneva yesterday (17 April) In advance of World Immunization Week, Jean-Marie Okwo-Bele, the World Health Organization's (WHO) Director, of Immunization, Vaccination and Biologicals said that WHO wanted World Immunization Week to be an opportunity to celebrate the growing benefits of vaccination, "the great impact that one can get through vaccines". [...]

18 Apr 2013 | Read More »

IMF / GLOBAL FINANCIAL STABILITY REPORT PRESSER

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) report launched today says that, "the global financial system is far more stable than it was six months ago, but recent gains will only last if policymakers push ahead and finish the job they started by tackling old risks." IMF

17 Apr 2013 | Read More »

WORLD BANK / JIM YONG KIM

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and the Bank’s chief economist outline goals to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity during the Bank’s annual Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C. WORLD BANK

17 Apr 2013 | Read More »

UN / BAN KI-MOON

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon tells a press conference in New York today that although prospects in Syria "may seem dim," he still remains convinced "that a political solution is possible". UNTV

17 Apr 2013 | Read More »

UN / WOMEN, PEACE AND SECURITY

ecretary-General Ban Ki-moon tells a Security Council meeting on Women and Peace and Security that preventing sexual violence is “first and foremost a responsibility of States” but stressed that “prevention is also a collective responsibility” and to succeed, “we must use all the tools at our disposal.” UNTV 

17 Apr 2013 | Read More »

UNEP-UN-HABITAT / CITIES

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) says that by 2050, "around 70 per cent of the world's population will live in cities, with the biggest increases in urbanization taking place in Africa and Asia." UNEP/UN-HABITAT

17 Apr 2013 | Read More »

IMF / GLOBAL FINANCIAL STABILITY REPORT

In its latest Global Financial Stability Report, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) says that "despite dramatic financial improvements in recent months, there is a persistent and growing wedge in Europe between financial “haves” and “have not's." IMF

17 Apr 2013 | Read More »

IMF / FISCAL MONITOR PRESSER

The IMF says that "persistent high levels of debt still pose risks to future economic prosperity". IMF

16 Apr 2013 | Read More »

IMF / WORLD ECONOMIC OUTLOOK PRESSER

The global economy is expected to continue mending gradually, says the International Monetary Fund (IMF), whose latest forecast of economic growth projects 3.3 percent growth in 2013, and 4 percent in 2014. IMF  

16 Apr 2013 | Read More »

UN / CÔTE D’IVOIRE

Edmond Mulet the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Cote D'Ivoire briefs the Security Council on the situation in that country. UNTV

16 Apr 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / MALI FOOD AID

The United Nation’s World Food Programme (WFP) said Tuesday it was stepping up food assistance to Mali.  CH UNTV

16 Apr 2013 | Read More »

THE HAGUE / BURKINA FASO-NIGER

The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, will deliver its Judgment in the case concerning the Border Dispute between Burkina Faso and Niger. ICJ

16 Apr 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay today expressed alarm at continuing reports of widespread human rights violations in the Central African Republic (CAR) and called for the urgent restoration of the rule of law in the country. CH UNTV

16 Apr 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / H7N9

International experts have been invited by China to investigate the outbreak of H7N9 bird flu which has so far claimed 14 lives, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said Tuesday. CH UNTV

16 Apr 2013 | Read More »

IMF / FISCAL MONITOR

In the latest edition of its Fiscal Monitor, the IMF sees an improved picture across most of the world in terms of countries getting a handle on their deficits. IMF

16 Apr 2013 | Read More »

DR CONGO / CAR REFUGEES

Fighting and a coup since late last year in Central African Republichave forced more than 30,000 people to seek refuge in DR Congo. UNHCR chief António Guterres visited some of them. UNHCR

16 Apr 2013 | Read More »

IMF / WORLD ECONOMIC OUTLOOK

In its latest outlook, the International Monetary Fund says that the world economic recovery has split into several speeds: In Europe, growth is weak, but activity is picking up in the U.S, and emerging market and low-income economies are again growing strongly. IMF

16 Apr 2013 | Read More »

OSLO / LGBT RIGHTS

Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonoviæ tells the "International Conference on Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity" in Oslo, Norway that the OHCHR report found that "far too few countries have adequate systems in place for recording incidents of homophobic violence let alone preventing it or responding." NORWEGIAN GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION SERVICES

15 Apr 2013 | Read More »

UN / PREVENTION OF CONFLICT

The Security Council holds a briefing on addressing the root causes of conflict in Africa. UNTV 

15 Apr 2013 | Read More »

WORLD BANK / EAST ASIA GROWTH

East Asia economies are projected to grow by 7.8 percent this year, outpacing last year's growth and potentially boosting the world economy, according to a new report by the World Bank Group.  But a Bank official said in order to maintain sustained long term growth, East Asia governments must create jobs and improve infrastructure. WORLD [...]

15 Apr 2013 | Read More »

NEW YORK / NUTRITION REPORT

A new UNICEF report reveals the terrible toll that undernutrition takes on the world's children. One in four under the age of five are stunted. And this stunting is disproportionate. Eighty percent of the world's 165 million stunted children live in just 14 countries, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. UNICEF

15 Apr 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / HILDE JOHNSON – JONGLEI

The head of the UN mission in Sotuh Sudan and other senior UN officials on Saturday (April 1) visited Jonglei State and met with local officials as well as with staff members of the United Nation's Mission in South Sudan-UNMISS in the capital of Bor. UNMISS

15 Apr 2013 | Read More »

WORLD BANK / AFRICA'S PULSE

Economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa is likely to reach more than 5 per cent on average in 2013-2015 as a result of high commodity prices worldwide and strong consumer spending on the continent, ensuring that the region remains amongst the fastest growing in the world — according to the World Bank's latest Africa's Pulse, a [...]

15 Apr 2013 | Read More »

CZECH REPUBLIC / DUKOVANY NUCLEAR POWER PLANT

Last year, the IAEA conducted a 'Physical Inventory Verification' (PIV) at the Dukovany Nuclear Power Plant, in the CzechRepublic, which is situated 170 km south east of Prague. We follow the inspectors as they check the surveillance systems and verify seals. IAEA

13 Apr 2013 | Read More »

TURKEY / FOREST HEROES

The magic and beauty of forests took center stage during the UN “Forest for People Awards” at the UN Forum on Forests inIstanbul. The awards for Forest Heroes, the International Forest Short Film Festival and the International Forest Photograph Awards focus on the dynamic and unique relationship between forests and the people who depend on [...]

12 Apr 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / NATIONAL STAFF MEMORIAL

The United Nations Mission in South Sudanpaid their respect and condolences to two national staff colleagues killed in an ambush by armed assailants on Tuesday. UNMISS

12 Apr 2013 | Read More »

TURKEY / URBAN REFUGEES

Located just over 100 kilometres from the Syrian border, Gaziantep is now home to a steady flow of Syrian refugees, escaping violence and war.  Many arrive in dire need of assistance.  UNHCR

12 Apr 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / DARFUR REFUGEES

The United Nations Refugee Agency says that around 50,000 Sudanese refugees fleeing inter-ethnic violence in the troubled Darfur region have crossed into Chadover the last week. CHUNTV

12 Apr 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / CHILD SOLDIERS

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has clear evidence of the continuing recruitment and use of children by armed groups in the Central African Republicand is warning leaders that such practices represent a grave violation of international law. CH UNTV

12 Apr 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / HURRICANE SANDY

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) says that its Hurricane Committee has retired the name Sandy from the official rotating list of Atlantic Basin tropical cyclone names due to the destruction it caused in October last year. CH UNTV

12 Apr 2013 | Read More »

ECUADOR / DISABILITIES

High up in the Andes, Quito provided the dramatic venue for the 128th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, or IPU, that brought together law makers and elected officials from around the world. UNICEF and the government of Ecuador used this opportunity to bring attention to the rights of children with disabilities.  UNICEF

12 Apr 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / PNEUMONIA & DIARRHOEA DEATHS

A new Global Action Plan launched today by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF has the potential to save up to 2 million children every year from deaths caused by pneumonia and diarrhoea, some of the leading killers of children under five globally. WHO/UNICEF

11 Apr 2013 | Read More »

IMF/ CENTRAL BANKS

The low interest rates and unconventional policies by major central banks have put a floor under the economy and have helped stabilize the financial system, the International Monetary Fund reveals in a new study. But it also warns the eventual exit from these policies will need to be executed extremely carefully. IMF

11 Apr 2013 | Read More »

BANGLADESH / ROHINGYA REFUGEES

Three generations on, Rohingya refugees from Myanmar living in Kutupalong camp in Bangladesh still require food assistance to get by. They have little chance to earn money as working outside the camp is not allowed. UNHCR

11 Apr 2013 | Read More »

IMF / LAGARDE

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde calls upon global policymakers to act to get ahead—and stay ahead—of the crisis, she notes that in far too many countries, improvements in financial markets have not translated into improvements in the lives of people. IMF

10 Apr 2013 | Read More »

UN / AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL ANNUAL REPORT

Amnesty International launches its annual report on the death penalty. UNTV

10 Apr 2013 | Read More »

UN / GENOCIDE

His Royal Highness Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al Hussein of Jordan holds a press conference today on the issue of Genocide together with the Association “Mothers of Srebrenica" and the Association of Witnesses and Survivors of Genocide. UNTV 

10 Apr 2013 | Read More »

BRUSSELS / WOMEN IN THE SAHEL

Some 40 women from Algeria, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, as well as representatives from the African Union and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) meet to discuss their experiences and their role in economic recovery, political stability and conflict prevention in the Sahel. EUTV

10 Apr 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / MEMORIAL

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for South Sudan, Hilde F. Johnson, paid tribute today to the five members of the UNMISS Indian Battalion who died in an ambush in Jonglei state on Tuesday (9 April). UNMISS  

10 Apr 2013 | Read More »

UN / CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND RECONCILIATION

Addressing today's General Assembly thematic debate on the role of international criminal justice in reconciliation, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that "those who stoke the flames of hatred and division — whether head of state, head of militia, individual soldier or individual citizen – have increasingly few places to hide." UNTV

10 Apr 2013 | Read More »

IMF / INFLATION

In contrast to previous recessions, inflation has not fallen sharply during the Great Recession, and it is unlikely to spike as the recovery strengthens, according to a new study by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). IMF

9 Apr 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / VIOLENCE

Five peacekeepers and seven civilians were killed in an ambush by unidentified assailants near the settlement of Gumurk in Jonglei State today. At least nine other peacekeepers and civilians were injured in the attack and some remain unaccounted for. UNMISS

9 Apr 2013 | Read More »

UN / GREECE-MACEDONIA

Ambassador Matthew Nimetz, Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General for the talks between Greeceand the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) briefs reporters. UNTV

9 Apr 2013 | Read More »

UN / SOUTH SUDAN AMBUSH

The Security Council condemns in a press Statement the killing of five peacekeepers and seven civilians in an ambush near the settlement of Gumurk in JongleiStatetoday. UNTV

9 Apr 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / SYRIA UPDATE

The United Nation's refugee agency (UNHCR) today warned that it has reached a breaking point in the face of a massive funding shortfall, amid fears that the number of people fleeing Syria could triple. CH UNTV

9 Apr 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / WHO-BIRD FLU

The World Health Organization (WHO) said today that China is still investigating cases of the new H7N9 flu and is starting to test for the new strain across the country. So far, China has confirmed 24 infections, with seven deaths in four provinces in eastern China, near Shanghai. UNTV

9 Apr 2013 | Read More »

TURKEY / FORESTS OPENING

The United Nations Forum on Forests kicked off its tenth session today in Istanbul, Turkey, with calls for action at all levels to promote the health of a vital resource that covers nearly a third of the globe and provides an invaluable variety of social, economic and environmental benefits. UNTV 

8 Apr 2013 | Read More »

MADAGASCAR / KATE PERRY

United States singer and songwriter Katy Perry has teamed up with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) to bring attention to the situation of children in Madagascar, one of the poorest countries in the world. UNICEF

8 Apr 2013 | Read More »

DOHA / DONOR PLEDGES

During a donor conference today (8 April) held in Doha, Qatar, donor countries committed $3.6 billion to Sudan's Darfur region to help it cope with an armed conflict that has killed thousands. UNAMID

8 Apr 2013 | Read More »

OBIT / MARGARET THATCHER

Speaking to reporters in The Hague, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the late Margaret Thatcher a pioneering leader for her contribution to peace and security, particularly at the height of the Cold War. UNTV 

8 Apr 2013 | Read More »

UGANDA / DRC REFUGEES

UNICEF is supporting the Ugandan government in delivering much needed services to the vulnerable Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) refugee population at the Rwamyanja Refugee Settlement, in western Uganda. UNICEF

8 Apr 2013 | Read More »

MADRID / BAN KI-MOON KICK-OFF

United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon kicked-off the Real Madrid-Levante soccer match in Spain marking the 1000 days to the achievment of the MDGS. UN MILLENNIUM CAMPAIGN / REAL MADRID

6 Apr 2013 | Read More »

HAITI / FANMCELL

With the help of a local women's association and with support from the United Nations mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), four women have started a cell phone repair business that has changed their lives.  MINUSTAH

6 Apr 2013 | Read More »

PHILIPPINES / POST TYPHOON BOPHA

The stunning coastline of Davao Oriental used to be a hidden treasure for adventurous travelers and surfers alike until typhoon Bopha, or Pablo, as it's locally known, struck this area, affecting a staggering 6.2 million people. UNICEF

6 Apr 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / BRIEFING

Chinese authorities have reported fourteen cases of a new strain of bird flu, and confirmed six new deaths, the World Health Organization said today (5 April) in Geneva. And UNICEF warns that unless new funding is provided quickly, the agency will be unable to deliver support to Syrians refugees in Jordan. CH UNTV 

5 Apr 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / DEATH PENALTY

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights expressed concern today (5 April) over the reinstatement of the death penalty in a number of countries in the Middle East and Asia. CH UNTV

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MADRID / ONE THOUSAND DAYS TO THE MDGS

As part of his agenda in Spain, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon yesterday met young people from the Spanish and European Youth Councils to mark the One Thousand days leading to the target date for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015. UN MILLENNIUM CAMPAIGN

5 Apr 2013 | Read More »

JORDAN / REFUGEE RADIO

A local community radio station reaches out to Syrian refugees living in Jordan. UNHCR

5 Apr 2013 | Read More »

DRC / MEDICAL CAMP

A medical camp was set up at Kanyaruchina health center, near Goma in North Kivu province, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where about 500 people including children received treatment at the one day event. MONUSCO

5 Apr 2013 | Read More »

UN / AFGHANISTAN

The President of the United Nations (UN) Security Council for the month of April read a press statement today (4 April) condemning the terrorist attack yesterday (3 April) in Farah, province of Afghanistan. UNTV

4 Apr 2013 | Read More »

UN / INTERNATIONAL DAY OF MINE AWARENESS

Paul Heslop from Mine Action says that the battle against landmines "is being won." UNTV

4 Apr 2013 | Read More »

SOMALIA / MINE ACTION

ccording to the United Nations Mine Action Service, nearly every community in south-central Somalia suffers from degrees of explosive remnants of war (ERW) contamination, and few have the support or capacity to deal with these threats. AU/UN-IST

4 Apr 2013 | Read More »

UN / YEMEN

Commenting on a closed door briefing on Yemen, Security Council President Rwandese Ambassador Eugene Richard Gasana says that besides some spoilers and terrorist acts the situation in Yemen "seems to be improving". UNTV

4 Apr 2013 | Read More »

AFGHANISTAN / MINE AWARENESS

In the Afghan capital, Kabul, yesterday, a ceremony marking Mine Awareness Day took place with the participation of representatives of the Afghan Government, the diplomatic community, and international and national organizations. UNAMA

4 Apr 2013 | Read More »

SOMALIA / SEXUAL VIOLENCE

The United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict (SRSG), Zainab Hawa Bangura, has visited Mogadishu (2-3 April), Somalia's capital, to raise awareness and discuss ways of addressing sexual violence in the country. AU-UN / IST

4 Apr 2013 | Read More »

UN / MALI

Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman outlined Secretary-General  Ban Ki-moon's options for a possible UN peace and security presence in the country, including the deployment of a UN stabilization mission. UNTV

3 Apr 2013 | Read More »

WHO / WORLD HEATH DAY

To mark World Health Day on 7 April, the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for intensified efforts to prevent and control hypertension, also known as high blood pressure. WHO

3 Apr 2013 | Read More »

WHO / CHINA- H7N9 AVIAN INFLUENZA

Briefing reporters today (3 April) in Geneva, the spokesperson for the World Health Organization (WHO) said that the government of China had confirmed "seven cases" of H7N9 Avian Influenza. WHO

3 Apr 2013 | Read More »

WORLD BANK / JIM YONG KIM

The World Bank Group President, Jim Yong Kim, today (3 April) outlined a bold global agenda for ending extreme poverty by 2030 and promoting shared prosperity to boost the incomes of the poorest 40 per cent of the population. WORLD BANK

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UN / SECURITY COUNCIL

Ambassador Eugène-Richard Gasana, the Permanent Representative of Rwanda to the United Nations and the President of the Security Council for the month of April, briefs journalists on the Council’s work for this month. UNTV  

2 Apr 2013 | Read More »

ANDORRA / BAN KI-MOON

In a press conference during his trip to Andorrra, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today (2 April) that he was "deeply troubled" by the recent events concerning the DPRK. RTVA

2 Apr 2013 | Read More »

GA / ARMS TRANSFER TREATY

The United Nations General Assembly approved on Tuesday morning (2 April) the world’s first ever arms treaty regulating the global trade of conventional weapons. UNTV 

2 Apr 2013 | Read More »

SIERRA LEONE / TROOPS FOR SOMALIA

Sierra Leonean troops prepare to join the ranks of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). AU/UN-IST 

2 Apr 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / BRIEFING

The World Food Programme (WFP) expresses it's concern over the growing cycle of violence in Syria which is preventing food items from reaching millions of vulnerable Syrians in need. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) tells the briefing of pressures to accommodate the growing number of Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries; and WHO reports on the [...]

2 Apr 2013 | Read More »

TURKEY / SYRIAN CHILDREN HEALTH

Illness runs rampant among Syrian children sheltering at the Bab al Salama camp, along the Turkish border. But the medical care available cannot keep pace. UNICEF 

1 Apr 2013 | Read More »

NY/ VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN

UNICEF hosted in March a high level meeting designed to draw attention to the issue of violence against children. UNICEF

1 Apr 2013 | Read More »

SOMALIA / MILITARY TRAINING

77 platoon commanders and non-commissioned officers with the Somali National Army are being trained by the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in battle drills and weapon handling. AU / UN IST

1 Apr 2013 | Read More »

TURKEY / REFUGEE'S HEALTHCARE

A Syrian father flees to Turkey with his family to ensure that his son, who lives with disability, gets the care he needs. UNHCR

1 Apr 2013 | Read More »

 

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