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UN / WORLD BREASTFEEDING WEEK

Women should have accurate information and support regarding the importance of breastfeeding after a new UN report found that only 1 in 5 countries fully implement international guidelines about the marketing of breast-milk substitutes. World Breastfeeding Week runs from 1-7 August. FILE

31 Jul 2013 | Read More »

UNICEF / LIAM NEESON END VIOLENCE CAMPAIGN

UNICEF launched an initiative today that urges people around the world to join global, national or local movements to end violence against children. (UNICEF – shows behind the scenes of the campaign PSA)

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AFGHANISTAN / CIVILIAN CASUALTIES

The number of Afghan civilians killed or injured in the first half of 2013 rose by 23 per cent compared to the same period last year, according to a United Nations report released today. (UNAMA)

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IRAQ/ PAU GASOL

UNICEF Ambassador and basketball star Pau Gasol, visited to the Domiz refugee camp in northern Iraq, home to tens of thousands of Syrian refugees, to see how UNICEF is helping families to cope with life in the camp. UNICEF

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DRC / WEAPONS DEADLINE

The United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) announced today (30 July) that it considers any individuals who are not members of the national security forces and who carries a firearm in Goma and its northern suburbs as an imminent threat to civilians and will be given 48 hours disarm. [...]

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SOUTH SUDAN / MARTYRS DAY

South Sudanese celebrated Martyrs Day on Tuesday, commemorating those that died in the fight to make South Sudan and Independent, proud Nation. President Salva Kiir laid a wreath on the tomb of John Garang the most famous of Martyrs. (UNMISS)

30 Jul 2013 | Read More »

MALI / PRELIMINARY ELECTION RESULTS

Based on one-third of the vote count, Malian government officials in Bamako announced that Mali's former prime minister, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has a "big lead" from the other candidates in the first round of the presidential elections. MINUSMA

30 Jul 2013 | Read More »

UNICEF / END VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN

UNICEF will unveil a global initiative on Wednesday (31 July) calling for an end to all forms of violence against children. At age 15, Grace Akallo was abducted by Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army and forced to fight. She talks about her captivity and how education became her hope and salvation. (UNICEF – interview/ file)

30 Jul 2013 | Read More »

JORDAN / ZAA'TARI CAMP

One year update on the conditions for Syrian refugees at the Zaa'tari camp in the desert of north Jordan, now the second largest refugee camp in the world. (UNHCR)

30 Jul 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / SPLA

South Sudanese military officers (SPLA) graduated in Juba this week after a course in UN peacekeeping operations. The cooperation between the mission (UNMISS) and the SPLA was vital to carrying out the protection of human rights and security throughout the country. (UNMISS)

30 Jul 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / WFP-SYRIA

The UN food agency said that 600,000 Syrians could not receive aid this month because fighting between government and opposition forces has prevented convoys from reaching them. CH UNTV

30 Jul 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / DRC SEXUAL VIOLENCE

The UN refugee agency warned that recurrent conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s North Kivu province is uprooting more civilians and exposing an increasing number of women, girls and men to rape. CH UNTV

30 Jul 2013 | Read More »

UN / 2013 OLYMPICS

Hand-over of symbolic baton from UK Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant, following the London 2012 Olympics, to Brazil's Ambassador Luiz Alberto Figueiredo Machado, for the Rio 2016 Olympics. UNTV

29 Jul 2013 | Read More »

MALIAN ELECTIONS / MAURITANIA AND BURKINA FASO

The Mbera camp in Mauritania hosts more than 74,000 Malian refugees, around 8,400 were identified to take part in the presidential elections on 28 July, while Malians at the Goudoubo Camp in Burkina Faso also took part of the Sunday elections. UNHCR

29 Jul 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / CABINET DISSOLUTION VOXPOPS

As South Sudanese citizens brace themselves to celebrate Martyrs day on Tuesday July 30 a day that recognizes those that fought and died during decades of war, citizens still await for news of the naming of a new cabinet. UNMISS

29 Jul 2013 | Read More »

UN / PAULO SÉRGIO PINHEIRO

The Chair of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry, Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro tells the General Assembly during an informal briefing on Syriathat "Syriais on a freefall". UNTV

29 Jul 2013 | Read More »

MALI/ GENDER BASED VIOLENCE

Fatoumata, a 16 year old Malian living in a poor area of Mopti tells her story which began a year ago when rebels took her town. UNICEF

29 Jul 2013 | Read More »

UN / TZIPI LIVNI-BAN KI-MOON PHOTO-OP

The Secretary-General met today (29 July) with the Justice Minister of the State of Israel and Chief Negotiator in the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, Tzipi Livni. UNTV

29 Jul 2013 | Read More »

MALI / ELECTIONS

After more than a year of turmoil,Mali held peaceful presidential elections on Sunday (28 July), a vital step to restoring constitutional order in the crisis-hit country. MINUSMA

29 Jul 2013 | Read More »

UNHCR / GLOBAL TRENDS 2012-2013

Every 4 seconds there's a new refugee or internally displaced person in the world. UNHCR  

27 Jul 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / RIEK MACHAR

South Sudan's former vice president Riek Machar has called for calm following his dismissal from government. UNMISS

26 Jul 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH AFRICA / LGBT RIGHTS

"Free and equal," a new OHCHR campaign to combat violence and discrimination against LGBT people, is launched in Capetown, South Africawith Navi Pillay and Desmond Tutu. OHCHR

26 Jul 2013 | Read More »

UN / SYRIA

Members of the Security Council talk to journalists about informal discussions held today with Syrian opposition leaders. UNTV

26 Jul 2013 | Read More »

WORLD BANK / FOOD PRICES

International food prices have declined for the third consecutive quarter and are now 12 percent below the historical peak in August 2012, according to the World Bank's Food Price Watch report. But the report says the continued popularity of food subsidies often do not deliver the results policy makers are seeking. WORLD BANK

26 Jul 2013 | Read More »

UGANDA / CONGOLESE REFUGEES

The UN refugee agency is now helping some 20,000 registered refugees in Uganda from the recent fighting in eastern Congo. UNHCR

26 Jul 2013 | Read More »

WORLD HEPATITIS DAY ADVANCER

On World Hepatitis Day (28 July), WHO is urging governments to act against the five hepatitis viruses that can cause severe liver infections and lead to 1.4 million deaths every year. UNTV / FILE  

26 Jul 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / EGYPT

As supporters and opponents of the deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi stage mass rallies in Cairo, the United Nations Human Rights Office is calling for security forces not to use excessive force. CH UNTV

26 Jul 2013 | Read More »

IMF / US OUTLOOK

In its annual assessment of the U.S.economy, the International Monetary Fund says that there are signs that the U.S.recovery is taking hold. IMF

26 Jul 2013 | Read More »

IMF / ARGENTINA

During the IMF bi-weekly press briefing, William Murray, IMF Deputy Spokesperson and Advisor of the Communications Department, explained the rationale behind this week's announcement that the IMF's Managing Director had withdrawn her recommendation that the IMF Executive Board file an amicus curiae brief in the Argentina case. IMF

25 Jul 2013 | Read More »

UN / GREAT LAKES

The Security Council today (25 July) reiterated its commitment to the United Nations-brokered peace accord for Africa's strife-torn Great Lakes region and demanded an immediate end to hostilities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where fresh clashes between armed rebels and Congolese troops have sent thousands of civilians fleeing for safety. UNTV

25 Jul 2013 | Read More »

JORDAN / SYRIAN ICE CREAM

There are currently an estimated 500,000 Syrians refugees in the country. Good business for a delicacy that triggers memories of a better time. UNHCR  

25 Jul 2013 | Read More »

UN / BAN KI-MOON – JOHN KERRY

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with United States Secretary of State John Kerry this morning at the United Nations in New Yorkwhere they discussed issues relating to the conflict in Syria, the Middle East Peace Process and developments in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, among other matters. UNTV  

25 Jul 2013 | Read More »

IMF / EUROZONE

While substantial collective action has been taken to tackle the crisis in the euro area, further policy steps are needed to support growth and increase employment. In its latest annual assessment of the euro area, the IMF said that these actions, if taken in concert, would be mutually reinforcing. IMF  

25 Jul 2013 | Read More »

NIGERIA / MALNUTRITION

In the Sahel region of Nigeria malnutrition is a constant threat and parents seeking treatment for their children have to resort to hospitals which are often expensive and inconvenient. UNICEF

24 Jul 2013 | Read More »

WFP / DARFUR

New violence in Sudan's western region of Darfur has prompted more than 250,000 people to flee their villages and abandon their livelihoods since the start of the year, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said today (24 July).

24 Jul 2013 | Read More »

UN / WORLD TOILET DAY

The United Nations General Assembly today adopted a resolution proposed by the Government of Singapore in the context of Sanitation for All, establishing 19 November as World Toilet Day. UNTV / FILE

24 Jul 2013 | Read More »

UN / DARFUR

The Head of the Joint AU-UN mission in Darfur, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, told the Security Council today (24 July) that the security situation in this war-torn region "remains volatile." Chambas said that since the beginning of the year, "fighting between the Government of Sudan (GOS) and non-signatory movements on the one hand, and on the other, [...]

24 Jul 2013 | Read More »

UN / IRAQ

The United Nations Security Council today unanimously adopted a resolution extending the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) , whose mandate expired also today. UNTV

24 Jul 2013 | Read More »

UN / MIDDLE EAST

UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, briefing the 15-member Council in the wake of the announcement last week by US Secretary of State John Kerry that the basis has been established to resume talks between Israelis and Palestinians, said “we do not underestimate the difficulty of developing a substantial initiative [...]

23 Jul 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / DARFUR

The World Food Programme says new violence in Sudan’s Darfur region has prompted more than 250,000 people to flee their villages since the start of the year. CH UNTV

23 Jul 2013 | Read More »

MADAGASCAR / EDUCATION FOR ALL

In Madagascar more than one million children are excluded from school, and children with disabilities are the most marginalized with only 1 percent receiving an education. UNICEF

23 Jul 2013 | Read More »

UN / CHILDREN IN ARMED

Leila Zerrougui, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict emphasized today that children in Syriahave lost their hope, and "they are full of anger" adding that if the conflict continues "we will face a generation of illiterate". UNTV

22 Jul 2013 | Read More »

SOMALIA / KISMAYO UPDATE

Members of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) are conducting daily patrols in the southern port city of Kismayo in Somalia. Fierce fighting broke out between rival militias fighting for control of the town earlier this month. AU/UN IST

22 Jul 2013 | Read More »

UN / BURUNDI

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Burundi, Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, told the Security Council today (22 July) that Burundi was "at a crossroads" and it was "urgent and indispensable" to bring the country out of its "eternal cycle of violence." UNTV

22 Jul 2013 | Read More »

SOMALIA / HUMANITARIAN COORDINATOR

Last week (18 July), the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Philippe Lazzarini visited Kismayo in Somaliato assess the humanitarian situation following fierce fighting in June between warring functions. OCHA

22 Jul 2013 | Read More »

UNICEF / FGM REPORT

UNICEF launches a groundbreaking report on female genital mutilation or cutting – the most comprehensive compilation of data and analysis on the issue to date. It shows that more girls, as well as women and men, are saying no to FGM/C than ever before, and more communities than ever are abandoning the centuries-old tradition. UNICEF

22 Jul 2013 | Read More »

ZIMBABWE / HEALTHCARE

The 2008 economic crisis in Zimbabwebrought the healthcare sector to a standstill, forcing hospitals to close their doors and thousands of healthcare professionals to flee the country. As a result maternal mortality jumped three-fold from what it was in 1990. In order to revitalize the ailing health sector, the government together with the European Union [...]

20 Jul 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / EGYPT

The United Nations top human rights official has met Egypt’s ambassador in Geneva and pressed for information on ousted President Mohamed Morsi and his team, especially the legal basis for their detention. CH UNTV

19 Jul 2013 | Read More »

DRC / INTERVENTION BRIGADE

The newly formed Intervention Force Brigade (FIB) held a drill exercise at their base in the town of Sake, some 25 km west of Goma the capital of North Kivu province. MONUSCO

19 Jul 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / HIGH TEMPERATURES

The first six months of 2013 were one of the hottest years on record and June marked the 340th consecutive month where the global average temperature was warmer-than-average says the World Meteorological Organization in Geneva. CH UNTV

19 Jul 2013 | Read More »

LEBANON / AID FOR IFTAR

Every day during Ramadan the Lebanese local NGO 'Save the Grace' collects leftovers from restaurants and bakeries, in downtown Beirut, and delivers them to Syrian refugee families for their evening meal. UNHCR  

19 Jul 2013 | Read More »

WHO / CORONAVIRUS

Dr Keiji Fukuda, the World Health Organization's Assistant Director-General said yesterday (July 17) referring to the Middle Eastrespiratory syndrome Coronavirus that the situation "is serious, in the sense that it has been persistent." WHO

18 Jul 2013 | Read More »

JORDAN / SANITATION

Kitka Goyol, UNICEF's Jordan Chief of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene takes us through us on a tour of the new Azraq camp in Jordan. UNICEF

18 Jul 2013 | Read More »

UN / MANDELA DAY

The United Nations today (18 July) marks Nelson Mandela International Day, celebrating the South African leader’s 95th birthday and honouring his dedication to public service, social justice and reconciliation, inspiring millions around the world. UNTV

18 Jul 2013 | Read More »

UN / COTE D'IVOIRE

Hervé Ladsous, the Head of United Nations Peacekeeping Operations warns the Security Council that threats to Côte d'Ivoire's peace and security, such as the political divisions and networks affiliated with the former regime, as well as piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, drug trafficking and organized crime, persist and should not be underestimated. UNTV

18 Jul 2013 | Read More »

UN / DISABILITIES

According to the United Nations, there are more than a billion people with disabilities in the world. About 80 per cent of them are of working age, and face physical, social, economic and cultural challenges to their access to education, skills development and employment. UNTV  

17 Jul 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / CAP REVIEW

The United Nations today (17 July) appealed for a further 8.6 billion US dollars in funding to help 73 million people, bringing the total sum needed for 2013 to 12.9 million people.  CH UNTV

17 Jul 2013 | Read More »

UN / PROTECTION OF JOURNALISTS

The Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Jan Eliasson, today (17 July) told the Security Council that "every time a journalist is killed by extremists, drug cartels or even government forces, there is one voice less to speak on behalf of the victims of conflict, crime and human rights abuses." UNTV

17 Jul 2013 | Read More »

IMF / UK OUTLOOK

The International Monetary Fund says despite some recent good signs of an uptick in growth, the U.K.is still far from a strong sustainable recovery. IMF  

17 Jul 2013 | Read More »

IMF / CHINA OUTLOOK

China's economy is expected to expand at broadly the same pace as last year, but risks of moderation have grown, say IMF economists. IMF

17 Jul 2013 | Read More »

UN / IRAQ

Addressing the Security Council, Martin Kobler, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) today (16 July) expressed deep concern for by the recent violence in Iraq and reported that "the last four months have been amongst Iraq's bloodiest in the last five years." UNTV  

16 Jul 2013 | Read More »

UN / SAHEL

The Security Council is expected to issue a Presidential Statement concerning the situation in the Sahelregion. UNTV  

16 Jul 2013 | Read More »

UN / SYRIA

United Nations officials today (16 July) issued renewed calls for a peaceful solution to the Syrian crisis, painting a bleak picture of the humanitarian situation in the beleaguered Middle Eastern nation. UNTV

16 Jul 2013 | Read More »

NIGERIA / BIRTH REGISTRATION

Fewer than 42 percent of Nigeria's children under the age of 5 have been registered, but a programme linking registration with health services is helping raise registration levels. UNICEF

16 Jul 2013 | Read More »

UN / IRAN SANCTIONS

The chair of the Iran Sanctions Committee told the Security Council today (15 July) that "a number of Committee members" were of the view that the launch of ballistic missiles last year by Iran during the Great Prophet 7 military exercises, "constituted a clear violation of resolution 1929 and that therefore all Member States should [...]

15 Jul 2013 | Read More »

SOMALIA / RAMADAN

In the past the holy month of Ramadan meant that residents of Mogadishu and other towns in Somalia had to brace themselves for fierce battles and increased attacks by Islamic extremists al Shabaab. Today Somali Muslims, like others around the globe, are currently peacefully observing the holy month of Ramadan. AU/UN-IST

15 Jul 2013 | Read More »

MALI / KIDAL ELECTIONS

The governor of the Malian town of Kidalreturned to his post last week following a yearlong absence, ahead of nationwide elections later this month. MINUSMA

15 Jul 2013 | Read More »

SOMALIA / NICHOLAS KAY

The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia, Nicholas Kay makes his first visit to Garowe, Puntland where he called for an immediate end to all hostilities after recent election-related violence broke out in the towns of Gardo and Galkayo. AU/UN-IST

15 Jul 2013 | Read More »

HAITI / URBAN AGRICULTURE

“Ti Savanne”, is a district of Carrefour Feuille in Haiti. It is undergoing some major changes; it is becoming greener through a project called “Urban agriculture”. The main objective of the project is to fight against food insecurity. MINUSTAH

13 Jul 2013 | Read More »

DRC / FORCE COMMANDER

MONUSCO's new Force Commander Carlos Alberto Dos Santos Cruz from Braziltoday visited the site of a recent fight with M23 rebels and some other armed groups. MONUSCO

12 Jul 2013 | Read More »

UN / MALALA

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban for attending classes, today (12 July) addressed hundreds of young people at the United Nations, urging them to use education as a weapon against extremism. UNTV

12 Jul 2013 | Read More »

UN / MALALA PHOTO-OPS

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban for attending classes, today addressed hundreds of young people at the United Nations, urging them to use education as a weapon against extremism. UNTV

12 Jul 2013 | Read More »

CÔTE D’IVOIRE / AÏCHATOU MINDAOUDOU

Following her recent arrival to Cote D’Ivoire  the newly appointed  head of the UN mission Aïchatou Mindaoudou met Ivorian President Alassane Ouaattara and other officials. ONUCI

12 Jul 2013 | Read More »

UN / SOUTH SUDAN

The Security Council today (11 July) adopted a resolution renewing the mandate of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) for another year. UNTV

11 Jul 2013 | Read More »

IMF / BRIEFING

The IMF updated reporters on Egypt, Pakistan, Portugaland Greecein its regular bi-weekly briefing on Thursday. IMF

11 Jul 2013 | Read More »

MOGADISHU / ANTΌNIO GUTERRES

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres was in Mogadishuthis week where he met with UNHCR staff to show his support and express his condolences for UN colleagues who lost their lives in the recent attack. UNHCR

11 Jul 2013 | Read More »

UN / CHURKIN

Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin told reporters that the notion that Russia is blocking an investigation on the use of chemical weapons in Syria is "completely misleading". UNTV

11 Jul 2013 | Read More »

ICTY / RADOVAN KARADŽIĆ

The Appeals Chamber of the International Courtfor the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) today unanimously reversed Radovan Karadžić's acquittal for genocide in the municipalities of Bosnia and Herzegovina. ICTY

11 Jul 2013 | Read More »

UN / WORLD POPULATION DAY

There are over 600 million girls in the world today, more than 500 million of them in developing countries. They are shaping humanity's present and future. The opportunities and choices girls have during adolescence will enable them to begin adulthood as empowered, active citizens. UNTV/ FILE

11 Jul 2013 | Read More »

SOMALIA / BASKETBALL

Until about two years ago, sports and other forms of entertainment were forbidden in the large sections of Somalia that were controlled by al Shabaab, the al Qaeda linked extremist group. Thanks to military gains that have driven al Shabaab from most of its urban and rural bases, young people are not only free to walk [...]

11 Jul 2013 | Read More »

MALI / EDUCATION

Children displaced by the crisis in northern Maliare getting a new chance to learn – and to heal at UNICEF supported early learning centers. UNICEF

10 Jul 2013 | Read More »

UN / WEST AFRICA

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa, Said Djinnit, briefed the Council on the latest report of the Secretary-General on the activities of the United Nations Office in the region (UNOWA). UNTV

10 Jul 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / SECOND INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS

Hundreds of thousands of people gathered at national celebrations yesterday (9 July) to mark South Sudan's second Independence Day celebrations at a ceremony led by South Sudan's first President Salva Kiir. UNMISS

10 Jul 2013 | Read More »

UN / MIDDLE EAST

This morning, the United Nations Security Council adopted a presidential statement on Lebanonwhere it underscored its growing concern at the marked increase of cross-border fire from Syriainto Lebanon. UNTV

10 Jul 2013 | Read More »

IMF / GLOBAL ECONOMIC OUTLOOK PRESSER

International Monetary Fund Chief Economist, Olivier Blanchard briefs reporters on the state of the global economy. IMF  

9 Jul 2013 | Read More »

UN / VITALY CHURKIN

Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin hands over to the United Nations Secretary-General a report from Russian experts verifying the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian opposition last March in the vicinity of the AleppoProvince. UNTV

9 Jul 2013 | Read More »

UN / WFP – SYRIA

Speaking to reporters in New York, the World Food Programme (WFP) Emergency Coordinator for Syria, Muhannad Hadi, stressed today (9 July) that it is extremely important that aid continues to flow into Syria until the crisis is over, as there are many families inside the country that now depend entirely on UN assistance for food. [...]

9 Jul 2013 | Read More »

TURKEY / AIDING SYRIAN REFUGEES

As the savings of Syrian refugees living in urban areas dwindle, soup kitchens provide much needed food assistance. UNHCR

9 Jul 2013 | Read More »

IMF / GLOBAL OUTLOOK

The global economy is growing more slowly than expected, with risks to growth increasing especially in emerging markets, says the IMF in an Update to its World Economic Outlook (WEO). IMF

9 Jul 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / OHCHR – EGYPT

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights says they were "alarmed at the sharp escalation of the political crisis in Egypt" and said it "deplored" the fact that dozens of people had been killed since the start of the crisis last week. CH UNTV

9 Jul 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / BOR VISIT

The United Nations the Under-Secretary-General (USG) for peacekeeping operations, Herve Ladsous, accompanied by Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) Hilde F. Johnson, met with Jonglei State Governor Koul Manyang Juuk and members of his cabinet in Bor and discussed the security and humanitarian situation of the conflict-ridden state. UNMISS

8 Jul 2013 | Read More »

SOMALIA / AIR UGANDA

The wheels of an inaugural Air Ugandaflight touched down in Somalia today at about 8 a.m. local time. The maiden voyage from Kampalato Mogadishuthis morning, makes Uganda's premier airline the latest carrier to invest in Somalia's economic recovery, with the three weekly flights it has announced. AU-UN/IST

8 Jul 2013 | Read More »

GA / INEQUALITY

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today (8 July) emphasized that the international community must tackle social and economic inequalities between regions and within countries in order to achieve sustainability and avert future crises. UNTV

8 Jul 2013 | Read More »

UN / SYRIA

Syrian Ambassador Bashar Ja’afari says his government has extended an invitation to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's fact-finding mission team into the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria, headed by expert Ake Sellstrom and the UN Head of Disarmament Affairs Angela Kane, to meet in Damascus with his foreign minister to look into the alleged [...]

8 Jul 2013 | Read More »

TURKEY / REFUGEE RAP

Outside is the sprawling Kilis refugee camp, home to 12,000 Syrians now camped on the Syrian Turkish border. Inside, the 'Youth Movement of Damascus' is warming up. Every second day it's rap music. UNHCR

8 Jul 2013 | Read More »

AFGHANISTAN / 1000 CLASSROOMS PROJECT

Rabia Balkhi school is one of 51 schools that have undergone a complete makeover as part of the 1000 Classrooms Project. Funded by the Government of Japan, the project was implemented by the Ministry of Education with support from UNICEF, benefitting nearly 300,000 students in the city ofKabul. UNICEF

6 Jul 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / DPRK

The United Nations Commission set up to investigate human rights violations in North Korea said today that Pyongyang was so far refusing to cooperate with their investigation. CH UNTV

5 Jul 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / WHO-SYRIA

The UN High Commission for Human Rights today expressed its concern about the human rights and humanitarian impact of a recent major offensive launched by the Syrian government to retake several opposition-controlled districts in Homs. The World Health Organization (WHO) said that while people's need for emergency medical care and access to treatment of curable [...]

5 Jul 2013 | Read More »

WHO / CORONA VIRUS UPDATE

Briefing journalists about the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), the World Health Organization (WHO) today said that in terms of person to person transmission, "we don’t see it sweeping through communities in big outbreaks." WHO

5 Jul 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / LADSOUS

Herve Ladsous, the Chief of United Nations Peacekeeping operations (DPKO), met this morning with the President of South Sudan Salva Kiir Mayardit and a delegation of the Government. UNMISS

5 Jul 2013 | Read More »

BURKINA FASO/ CLIMATE CHANGE

Farmers in Burkina Faso's Sahel Region wait for seasonal rains to start, the weather patterns have become way unpredictable for them to predict any longer. In northern Burkina Faso, Sibiri Kebre like most farmers depends on rain-fed agriculture to feed his family and earn a living. In recent years, he's begun practicing water and soil [...]

5 Jul 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / HUMAN RIGHTS EGYPT

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Navi Pillay, in a statement today said she was "concerned by reports of widespread detention of leading members of the Muslim Brotherhood. There should be no more violence, no arbitrary detention, no illegal acts of retribution." CH UNTV

5 Jul 2013 | Read More »

FAO / UGANDA FISHERIES

Uganda is a land-locked country, yet 60 percent of the population's daily protein requirements come from fish. As the second largest source of foreign revenue, the fisheries sector makes a vital contribution to the economy, and it's the implementation of national standards, based on Codex Alimentarius Commission standards, which ensure safe fish for locals and [...]

5 Jul 2013 | Read More »

NIGERIA / SANITATION

Martin Dewaun Ayoo's village Iorduu has recently become open defecation free. This means that its has gone through a process called "community led total sanitation" in which each family builds their own latrine from local materials and commits to good sanitation practices. UNICEF

5 Jul 2013 | Read More »

UNICEF/ REFUGEES MIA FARROW

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow has added her voice to those calling for more protection and support for the world's more than 45 million refugees. UNICEF

4 Jul 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / CLIMATE CHANGE REPORT

The world has experienced unprecedented high-impact climate extremes during the 2001-2010 decade, which was the warmest since the start of modern measurements in 1850 and continued an extended period of accelerating global warming, a new report by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) says. CH UNTV  

3 Jul 2013 | Read More »

JORDAN / ZA'ATARI's "CHAMPS-ÉLYSÉES"

Za'atari refugee camp is a city, the fourth largest in Jordanwith a population of around 110,000 Syrians. At its heart a market place, created by refugees for refugees, nicknamed it " The Champs-Élysées" where refugees can find just about everything, from ice–cream to  wedding dresses. But no banks, so Abdullah saw a need and set [...]

3 Jul 2013 | Read More »

TURKEY / REFUGEES HELPING EACH OTHER

Kilis refugee camp in Turkeyhosts more than 12,000 uprooted Syrians. In times like these, helping those in need can be nothing less than life saving, so Henna Hassen, who has been living in the camp for two years with her two daughters and disabled husband, is now also taking care of their nine-month old niece.  [...]

3 Jul 2013 | Read More »

AFGHANISTAN / JAN ELIASSON

Briefing reporters on the last day of his trip to Afghanistan, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson says that "there is no other way for democratic transition and for stability and development than through inclusive transparent and credible elections, as prescribed by the Afghan constitution." UNAMA

2 Jul 2013 | Read More »

LEBANON/ AMOS

United Nations Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos today visited settlements in Lebanonhosting families who had fled the conflict in Syria. Lebanonhosts more than half a million refugees from Syria. OCHA

2 Jul 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

The humanitarian situation for children in the Central African Republichas worsened since the military takeover of the country, according to assessments by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). CH UNTV  

2 Jul 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / SMALL ARMS SURVEY

The overwhelming majority of people who die from armed violence each year are killed outside of wars and other conflicts and women make up the largest number of victims killed, injured or intimidated with firearms at home, according to the latest global Small Arms Survey. CH UNTV

2 Jul 2013 | Read More »

INDIA / ORGANIC FARMING

50 years ago, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) established the Codex Alimentarius Commission to protect the health of consumers and ensure fair practices in the food trade. Farmers Shravani Devi Pachar and her husband Om Prakash have probably never have heard of Codex, but [...]

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GENEVA / EGYPT

The Office of the United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights said it's following with great concern the extremely tense situation in Egyptand sent a strong message of solidarity and support to the Egyptian people, supporting their rights to freedom of expression and assembly. CH UNTV

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VIENNA / AMANO

Countries should strengthen international cooperation to defend nuclear and other radioactive materials protected from misuse, and make sure that all globally agreed instruments are in force, the head of the United Nations atomic energy today (1 July) said. IAEA

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SOMALIA / INDEPENDENCE DAY

Somalia marked 53 years of Independencetoday during a ceremony held at the Konis Stadium in Mogadishu. AU/UN-IS

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GENEVA / GLOBAL INNOVATION INDEX 2013

Speaking at the launch of the Global Innovation Index 2013 at the High-Level Segment of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in Geneva, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, "This year's Global Innovation Index shows that the face of innovation in the twenty-first century is changing. Innovation is increasingly open, collaborative and international." CH UNTV

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MALI / LADSOUS WRAP

United Nation’s head of peacekeeping operations Hervé Ladsus was in Mali this weekend (29-30 June) where he visited the northern city of Timbuktu, and a distribution centre in the capital Bamako where Malian authorities have started distributing electoral cards to potential voters ahead of the upcoming elections. MINUSMA

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GENEVA / MDG REPORT

Launching the 2013 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) report in Geneva Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that "the proportion of people living in extreme poverty has been halved."  CH UNTV  

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MALI / RE-HATTING

At a ceremony in Bamako, Mali today (1 July) United Nations peacekeepers took over the command from the African Union (AU) mission in the West African nation. MINUSMA

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GENEVA / BAN KI-MOON

Talking to reporters at the United Nations inGenevatoday Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, stressed the need for urgent action on Syria. CH UNTV

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