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UN / CHEMICAL WEAPONS UPDATE

Martin Nesirky, the spokesperson of the United Nations Secretary-General says that the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Angela Kane reported to the Secretary-General, "that the mission was able to conduct a wide range of fact-finding activities pertaining to the 21st of August incident in the Ghouta area." (UNTV)

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IRAQ / SYRIAN REFUGEES

The high commissioner of the UN refugee agency Antonio Guterres and the executive director of the World Food Program Ertherin Cousin visited Domiz Camp this week in Northern Iraqwhich is currently home to more than 45,000 Syrian refugees. (UNHCR)    

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UNICEF / SYRIA EMERGENCY AID

A UNICEF Emergency Specialist coordinating the agency's emergency response to the crisis in Syria talks about the dangers and the importance of a continued UN presence in Syria, even as the security situation deteriorates. (UNICEF/FILE)

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UN / SYRIA NESIRKY

UN Spokesperson Martin Nesirky told reporters that the intention of the UN chemical weapons inspectors in Syria is to “expedite the analysis of that sampling that's been taken” but before they can draw any conclusions "laboratory analysis of all samples must be completed.” UNTV

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UN / DRC M23

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the latest bout of violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and called on all parties to engage in the political process that aims to address the causes of the conflict. (UNTV/RECENT)

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GENEVA / SYRIA IPU

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) welcomed the British Parliament’s decision not to support military action inSyria. (CH UNTV)

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UN / INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST NUCLEAR TESTS

The International Day against Nuclear Tests highlights the efforts of the UN and a growing community of advocates, including member states, non-governmental organizations, academia and media in raising awareness of the importance of the nuclear test ban. (FILE)

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UN / DRC RWANDA

Rwandan ambassador Olivier Nduhungirehe said a "line has been crossed" referring to the alleged shelling into their country by DRC forces. French Ambassador Alexis Lamek said that according to Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Edmund Mulet, the "only" shelling into Rwanda came from M23 rebels. UNTV / RECENT

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UN / KOSOVO

The head of the UN mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) said that it was "crucial" that the upcoming elections succeed in "delivering viable local authority" adding that full participation was encouraged, particularly in the northern municipalities, where local authority has "long lingered in dispute and controversy." UNTV  

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IMF / EMERGING MARKETS

The IMF said that it is closely monitoring global market developments and rising oil prices. The statement comes as emerging markets have experienced market volatility over expected changes in U.S. Federal Reserve policy and rising oil prices in anticipation of the escalating conflict inSyria. IMF

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THE HAGUE / BAN SYRIA

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged members of the Security Council to explore all diplomatic options to bring all Syrian parties to the negotiating table, stressing there is no military solution to the crisis. "We must pursue all avenues to get the parties to the negotiating table," Mr. Ban said in his remarks at a ceremony marking [...]

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UN / SYRIA JA’AFARI

The Syrian government has asked the Secretary-General to have the chemical weapons team currently in their country to investigate three new alleged chemcial attacks on the outskirts of Damascus, saying the rebels used toxic gases against the Syrian army. (UNTV)

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UN / SYRIA CHEMICAL WEAPONS UPDATE

In a statement read by UN spokesperson Farhan haq, the Secretary-General called on all parties to give peace a chance, give diplomacy a chance and to stop fighting and start talking. He said that the Security Council must at last find the unity to act and it must use its authority for peace. (UNTV)

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UN / HAITI

The Special Representative for the Secretary-General in Haiti, Sandra Honoré, told the Security Council that "Haiti is at a crucial turning point" and that progress in the fields of security and stability, as well as socio-economic development, "could be jeopardised by the instability resulting from the polarisation related to the electoral impasse." UNTV / UNICEF

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GENEVA / BRAHIMI

International Peace envoy on Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi says he is against military intervention in Syria, and that any such action would need the approval of the Security Council. (CH UNTV)

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NIGER / NIGERIAN REFUGEES

People escaping the fighting between the Nigerian army and Boko Haram rebels are welcomed in Niger. (UNHCR)

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SOUTH KOREA / BAN BIRTHPLACE

It was an official trip to the Republic of Korea for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, but on Sunday he had a chance to revisit some childhood memories. UNTV  

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UN / SYRIA CHEMICAL WEAPONS UPDATE

UN spokesperson Farhan Haq told reporters that following yesterday’s attack on a UN convoy inSyria, the chemical weapons team had postponed today's investigation by one day "in order to improve preparedness and safety for the team." (UNTV)  

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INDIA / FOOD SECURITY BILL

India's parliament passed a food security bill making it one of the largest welfare schemes in the world. About 800 million people will be guaranteed subsidized food. (IFAD)

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UN / SYRIA CHEMICAL WEAPONS

Asked about threats of military strikes on Syria, UN spokesperson Farhan Haq declined to speculate on what actions may be taken and said the Secretary-General "has consistently called for the immediate cessation of hostilities in Syria and for all sides to work to achieve a political solution." (UNTV)  

26 Aug 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / BRAHIMI

***ARABIC ONLY***Interview with the Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the League of Arab States for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi in Geneva from Thursday 22 August 2013 (CH UNTV)  

26 Aug 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH KOREA/ BAN CHEMICAL WEAPONS

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that a team of UN inspectors probing the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria returned to the Damascus suburb to which it was headed when its convoy was attacked by snipers. UNTV

26 Aug 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / KIIR JONGLEI

South Sudan's president Salva Kiir said that the international media has been "misinformed" that the recent fighting in Jonglei is government policy directed against certain ethnic groups. “The government cannot plan to kill its own people." (UNMISS)    

26 Aug 2013 | Read More »

IRAQ / TEMPORARY SHELTER

When the government of Northern Iraq opened its borders thousands arrived. In just one week, over forty-thousand people have crossed. With Domiz camp already short of space, a temporary camp in Kawargost was created. There are now over 7,000 people staying here, and more keep coming. (UNHCR)

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HAITI / HUMANITARIAN WORKER

A portrait of humanitarian worker Magdala Michelle Jean Pierre, talks about the rewards and challenges of working in Haiti. (MINUSTAH)

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UN / LEBANON

The Security Council today (23 August) issued a statement strongly condemning the terrorist bombing this morning in Tripoli, Lebanon, which killed at least 42 people and wounded more than 400. (UNTV)

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SOUTH KOREA / BAN SYRIA WRAP

Commenting on the latest alleged chemical attack inSyria, Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said that he can think of "no good reason" why "any party whether government or operational forces, would decline this opportunity to get to the truth of the matter," and called for an immediate investigation. (UNTV)

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SOUTH SUDAN / MAIWUT FLOODING

More than 18,000 people have been affected by the recent floods that covered the Maiwut County in South Sudan. (UNMISS)  

23 Aug 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / GUTERRES SYRIA ONE MILLION REFUGEE CHILDREN

The number of Syrian refugee children has now reached one million. UNHCR High Commissioner António Guterres said one million children is more than the number of children in Wales and more than the number of children living in Los Angeles and Boston combined.  (CH UNTV)

23 Aug 2013 | Read More »

IRAQ / WFP FOOD AID

The World Food Programme has started distributing food rations to Syrian refugees arriving inIraq. WFP responded quickly to the influx and distributed food to families in more than 1,000 tents at the transit camp of Kawargosk, near Erbil. (WFP)

23 Aug 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / BRAHIMI SYRIA

Joint Special Representative of the UN and the League of Arab States for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi said the possible use of chemical weapons inSyriarepresents "the biggest threat to peace and security in the world." (CH UNTV)

23 Aug 2013 | Read More »

LEBANON / AYA ONE MILLION REFUGEE CHILDREN

 The number of Syrian children forced to flee their homeland as refugees has now reached one million. According UNICEF and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), children make up half of all refugees from the Syrian conflict.  (UNICEF/FILE)

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SYRIA / ONE MILLION REFUGEE CHILDREN

With Syria's war well into its third year, the number of Syrian children forced to flee their homeland as refugees has now reached one million. (UNHCR/UNICEF)

22 Aug 2013 | Read More »

UN / DEL BUEY SYRIA CHEMICAL WEAPONS

UN spokesperson Eduardo del Buey told journalists today that the Secretary-General is asking the Syrian government to allow a team of UN experts to investigate the latest allegations regarding the use of chemical weapons “without delay," and is sending one of his senior officials to Damascus in this regard. (UNTV)  

22 Aug 2013 | Read More »

JORDAN/ ZATARI REFUGEE CHILDREN

The UNICEF Emergency Programmes director visited Syrian children in the Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan this week, where the classroom is a haven for children caught in the largest refugee crisis the world has seen in 20 years. (UNICEF)

22 Aug 2013 | Read More »

SOMALIA / AL SHABAAB ATTACK

At least seven Al Shabaab militants were killed and their vehicle destroyed today (22 August) following their attempt to attack the AMISOM camp at Kismayo International Airport in southern Somalia. (AU-UN/IST)

22 Aug 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH KOREA / BAN ARRIVAL

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived  in Seoul, South Korea where he visited Namdaemun, one of the historical gates to the once-walled city which was badly damaged in a fire in 2008. It has since been restored, opening earlier this year. (UNTV)

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UN / SYRIA ELIASSON

After closed consultations in the Security Council on the latest allegations of the use of chemical weapons in Syria, Deputy-Secretary-General Jan Eliasson told reporters that there is a need "to investigate this as soon as possible." (UNTV)

21 Aug 2013 | Read More »

EU / KHMER ROUGE TRIALS

The European Union today (21 August)  announced that it will provide 3 million euros in additional funding to the for the United Nations-backed tribunal in Cambodia trying cases of mass murder and other crimes committed under the Khmer Rouge. (UNKART)

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SOMALIA / FIFA

It has been 25 years since FIFA, the international football governing body, was forced to stop all activities in Somalia due to insecurity. Now FIFA is back in the game and young children are able to enjoy playing in brand new renovated facilities. (AU-UN IST)

21 Aug 2013 | Read More »

UN / SYRIA CHEMICAL WEAPONS

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed shock over reports of the alleged use today  of chemical weapons in the suburbs of Damascus. (UNTV)

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GENEVA / EGYPT HUMAN RIGHTS

The office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said that it remains alarmed by the continuing violence in Egypt and echoed the Secretary-General's strong condemnation yesterday of the ambush in the Sinai in which killed 25 police officers. (CH UNTV)

20 Aug 2013 | Read More »

UN / MIDDLE EAST

The Assistant Secretary-General for political affairs, Oscar Fernandez-Taranco told the Security Council that "despite an ever challenging regional environment" there has been a small but important opening in the form of direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. (UNTV

20 Aug 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / SYRIA KURDISTAN AID UPDATE

The influx of Syrians intoIraq'sKurdistanregion continues, with the number of refugees who have crossed the border since last week now estimated to have surpassed 30,000. A major humanitarian operation is underway with UN aid agencies sending truck loads of food, shelter and sanitation materials to the refugees. (CH UNTV / RECENT)

20 Aug 2013 | Read More »

IRAQ / SYRIA BORDER CROSSING

In the last six days over 30,000 Syrian refugees have fled into northern Iraq. At the Sahela border point, the refugees said they were escaping the early morning bombing around the city of Al-Malikiyah. (UNHCR)

20 Aug 2013 | Read More »

UN / BAGHDAD ANNIVERSARY

The United Nations today (19 August)honoured aid workers who have lost their lives in the line of duty, marking the tenth anniversary of the attack on UN headquarters in Baghdad, and the World Humanitarian Day inspired by that tragic event. (UNTV / CH UNTV / UNAMI)

19 Aug 2013 | Read More »

UN / BAN

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was "alarmed" by the widespread outbreak of violent protests and excessive use of force in Egypt. On the latest talks between Israel and the Palestinians he said "the negotiators and leaders will have to make tougher decisions and even more difficult choices. This is not a zero-sum game." (UNTV)

19 Aug 2013 | Read More »

UN / CIVILIANS IN ARMED CONFLICT

Secretary-General Ban Ki moon told the Council's open debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflict that protecting civilians "demands timely political action and prevention" and "this may include a presence or pre-emptive action by uniformed peacekeepers." (UNTV)

19 Aug 2013 | Read More »

UN / WORLD HUMANITARIAN DAY CAMPAIGN

The UN humanitarian agency (OCHA) kicked off World Humanitarian Day with "The   World Needs More___" campaign to turn words into aid. 'Kid President' helps spread the campaign message. (OCHA)

19 Aug 2013 | Read More »

IRAQ / SYRIAN REFUGEES

The UN refugee agency said that over 20,000 Syrians have fled to the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq in the last four days. Many said they were fleeing fighting between armed groups and cited scarcity of food, water and electricity. (UNHCR)

19 Aug 2013 | Read More »

NEPAL / SMALL BUSINESS

Entrepreneurship is booming in Nepal, helped by a modernization project at the country's Office of Company Registrar that has streamlined the process by which private and public limited companies are registered and file their annual reports. A new computer system, with the support of the World Bank Group's International Finance Corporation (IFC), has made it [...]

17 Aug 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / SYRIAN REFUGEES

The UN refugee agency reported today that thousands of Syrians fleeing the conflict in their homeland have streamed into northern Iraq in a sudden movement across a recently constructed bridge. (CH UNTV)

16 Aug 2013 | Read More »

SOMALIA / FIFA TRAINING

The yellow and blue FIFA flag is once again flying high in the Somali capital Mogadishu after over two decades.  (AU-UN/IST)

16 Aug 2013 | Read More »

ISRAEL / BAN

 Wrapping up his Middle East visit inIsrael, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that the Israelis and Palestinians, "must dispel the deep scepticism bred by 20 years of stalemate" and urged all parties to avoid actions that "risk undermining the negotiations." (UNTV)

16 Aug 2013 | Read More »

DPRK / HUMANITARIAN AID

The UN calls for $98 million to respond to urgent humanitarian aid in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. (UNTV -intv. / FILE)

15 Aug 2013 | Read More »

MIDDLE EAST/ BAN WRAP

The Secretary-General met today in Aqaba with King Abdullah of  Jordan, then traveled to Ramallah to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and visited the grave of Yasser Arafat. UNTV  

15 Aug 2013 | Read More »

BANGLADESH / SOLAR POWER

Bangladesh has become the world's fastest growing market for solar home systems. Solar energy is not only replacing expensive fuels, it also has become a tool of social change, empowering girls and women. (WORLD BANK)

15 Aug 2013 | Read More »

WHO/ WORLD HEALTH REPORT 2013 ADVANCER

This year's World Health Report shows how countries, when developing a system for universal health coverage, can use research to determine what health issues should be addressed, how a system should be structured and how to measure progress according to their specific health situation. (WHO / FILE)

14 Aug 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / DINKA LANGUAGE

InSouth Sudana "war of words" has begun. English is now the official language of this new nation, but there are over 60 indigenous languages. The department of education is working to standardise the most common languages spoken in South Sudan. UNMISS

14 Aug 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / GAZA EXECUTIONS

UN spokesperson for human rights Elizabeth Throssell said the high commissioner was "deeply concerned" at the possibility that executions might be carried out over the course of the next weeks in Gaza and appealed to the de facto authorities there not to implement any death sentences. (OHCHR)

14 Aug 2013 | Read More »

UN / EGYPT

UN spokesperson Eduardo del Buey said that the Secretary-General "condemns in the strongest terms" the violence today in Cairo that occurred when Egyptian security services used force to clearCairoof sit-ins and demonstrations. UNTV  

14 Aug 2013 | Read More »

UN / CAR VOLATILITY

The UN special representative for the Central African Republic (CAR) said that the overall situation in the country remains highly volatile and unpredictable and that it "runs the risk of descending into anarchy and chaos." (UNTV / RECENT)

14 Aug 2013 | Read More »

SOMALIA / MOGADISHU FITNESS

Mohammed Jama just returned toSomaliaafter 24 years of living in theUnited States. He teaches martial arts at the local gym and is one of many who are taking advantage of the security and stability throughout the country and investing in shops, hotels, restaurants and now fitness centres, as the nation rebuilds itself from decades of [...]

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UN / SYRIA CHEMICIAL WEAPONS

The UN said that it was still in consultations with the Syrian government to ensure   safe and efficient conduct of the mission set to investigate alleged chemical weapons use in the country. Once the government confirms acceptance of the modalities, "the mission will depart without delay." (UNTV)

13 Aug 2013 | Read More »

PAKISTAN / BAN WRAP

Visiting Pakistan on the eve of its independence day, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hailed the country's lead role in UN peacekeeping operations and addressed girls' education and the use of drones. (UNTV/ UNIC)

13 Aug 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / POLICE SAFETY EQUIPMENT

The US Government donated $270,000 worth of safety equipment to the South Sudan National Police Service. The US has invested over (USD) $28 million dollars in the country to promote law and order. (UNMISS)  

13 Aug 2013 | Read More »

SOMALIA / POLIO

Until recently Mohamed Naasir was dashing around his home like any other three year old. Now he is permanently disabled. After six years of being polio free, the disease is back inSomalia—and it's the most serious outbreak in the world. Since the first case was identified inMogadishuin May, the virus has spread rapidly. (UNICEF)

13 Aug 2013 | Read More »

PORTUGAL / YOUTH JOBS MIGRATION

It's becoming very hard to find a job which matches the skills acquired at university for highly educated young Europeans. InPortugal, nearly two in five young people are unemployed. NowPortugal's best and brightest are looking for opportunities abroad. (ILO)

13 Aug 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / CAR UNREST

The UN refugee agency warned that human rights violations including rape and shootings were happening on a routine basis in the Central African Republic (CAR). (CH UNTV / RECENT)

13 Aug 2013 | Read More »

ETHIOPIA / MALNUTRITION RATE DROP

A nutrition program in Mancha Ethiopia has shown that in the past three years, malnutrition rates have dropped from 20 percent to five percent and severe

12 Aug 2013 | Read More »

LEBANON / SYRIA PALESTINIAN REFUGEES

At least 44,000 Palestinian refugee homes have been damaged and over half of all registered Palestine refugees in Syria are now displaced within Syria or in neighboring countries with a quarter of a million still inside Syria. (UNWRA)

12 Aug 2013 | Read More »

MALI / ELECTION RUNOFF

The United Nations mission in Mali has reported that no major incidents occurred on Sunday during the second round of presidential elections, although heavy rains hampered the smooth conduct of voting operations in many parts of the country. (MINUSMA)

12 Aug 2013 | Read More »

LEBANON / SYRIAN REFUGEES

The UN refugee agency has been improving shelter and general conditions for Syrian refugees in the Lebanon with vital donations from the European Union and Kuwait. (UNHCR)

10 Aug 2013 | Read More »

HAITI / MALI MISSION AID TRANSPORT

A cargo container carrying trucks, satellite vans and prefabricated building materials left Port au Prince earlier this month en route toMalito support the new mission MINUSMA. MINUSTAH  

10 Aug 2013 | Read More »

NAMIBIA / DROUGHT

Struggling to survive the severe shortage of food and water, people inNamibia’sKuneneregion have no choice but to wait out the worst drought in three decades. UNICEF says over 700,000 people including 109,000 children under the age of five are at risk of malnutrition. (UNICEF)  

9 Aug 2013 | Read More »

SOMALIA / ETHIOPIAN PLANE CRASH

An Ethiopian Air force flight crash-landed a tMogadishu International Airport today killing four crewmembers and injuring two others. (UN/AU-UST)

9 Aug 2013 | Read More »

CAR / HUNGER INSECURITY

WFP is scaling-up operations in the Central African Republic (CAR) amid increasing concerns that ongoing insecurity is fuelling hunger among people who have fled their homes and farms. The country is one ofAfrica's most volatile, with a rebel leader in the presidential palace, an ousted president in exile and a suspended constitution. WFP

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UGANDA / CONGOLESE DISABLED REFUGEES

The escalation in mid-July between M23 rebels and the Congolese army has forced thousands to flee. A traumatic situation for the Congolese, but for the disabled, the challenge is even greater. (UNHCR)    

9 Aug 2013 | Read More »

NIGERIA/ POLIO

WHO and UNICEF saidNigeriarecorded a 50 per cent decline in the number of polio cases in the second quarter of this year.Nigeriaalong withPakistanandAfghanistanare the only three countries in the world where polio exists. (UNICEF)

8 Aug 2013 | Read More »

LEBANON / RAMADAN

For more than a year, Foddiyé has been hosting Syrian refugee families on her land inLebanon. This year, she and her Syrian lodgers have been celebrating the Ramadan evening meal together as one family. (UNHCR)  

8 Aug 2013 | Read More »

NIGERIA / MALNUTRITION

An estimated 36 percent of children under five in Nigeria are chronically malnourished or stunted. Although mothers have been encouraged to breastfeed their babies considered one of the best nutrional interventions. But when it is time to start introducing complementary foods; traditional practices, poverty, and lack of knowledge hinder them from making good nutritional decisions [...]

7 Aug 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / NEW CABINET

South Sudan's new cabinet takes an oath of office, which did not include the position of vice-president.  Last month President Salva Kiir removed his entire cabinet including his vice-president Riek Machar. (UNMISS)  

7 Aug 2013 | Read More »

UN / HAITI CHOLERA

Commenting on a new report by Yale University that contends UN peacekeepers were responsible for the 2010 outbreak of cholera in Haiti, spokesperson Martin Nesirky said "they were aware of the report" and that while the "claims are not receivable" this decision would not "diminish" the commitment of the UN to do "all that the [...]

7 Aug 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / JONGLEI FOOD AID

Tens of thousands of people are facing severe food insecurity as they hide in the bush in South Sudan’s Jonglei State following another wave of violence that has cut off aid to them. (UNMISS)

7 Aug 2013 | Read More »

JORDAN / RAMADAN

A joint Jordanian-Qatari initiative offers religious courses to Syrian refugees in Za'atri Refugee Camp. (UNHCR)

7 Aug 2013 | Read More »

UN / KIRCHNER PEACE AND SECURITY

At an open debate on peace and security, Argentina's president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner called for the need to review and restructure UN institutions specifically the Security Council, saying that when managing conflict includes the right of veto, "then resolutions are more difficult to achieve and sometimes impossible." (UNTV)

7 Aug 2013 | Read More »

WHO / MENTAL HEALTH GUIDELINES

New clinical protocols and guidelines on how to give appropriate mental health care to adults and children who have experienced trauma and loss have been released by the World Health Organization (WHO), in conjunction with the United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR. (WHO)

6 Aug 2013 | Read More »

SOMALIA / MOGADISHU ANNIVERSARY

Two years ago today al Shabaab was forced to fleeMogadishuby members of the Somali National Army (SNA), backed by forces from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). Now the city has changed, increased security gains and a democratically elected president and government has brought some stability to a country that had been raged by [...]

6 Aug 2013 | Read More »

BAHRAIN / ANTI-TERRORISM LAW

The UN Human Rights office (OHCHR) is concerned that new anti-terrorism laws recently passed by the National Assembly of Bahrain may violate international human rights standards. (CH UNTV)

6 Aug 2013 | Read More »

HIROSHIMA / NAGASAKI ANNIVERSARY

Sixty-eight years ago nuclear bombs fell on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki causing untold death and destruction. This week's anniversary is a powerful reminder of the horrors of nuclear weapons. (CTBTO)

6 Aug 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / PAKISTAN – AFGHANISTAN FLOODING

The UN said Tuesday that it is ready to assistPakistanandAfghanistanif required, after monsoon rains and floods reportedly killed at least 120 people in the two Asian countries. (CH UNTV-PRESSER)

6 Aug 2013 | Read More »

UN / POWER

Newly appointedUSambassador to the UN Samantha Power presents her credentials today at the United Nations. (UNTV – photo op /remarks)

5 Aug 2013 | Read More »

SOMALIA / RAMADAN

United Arab Emirates Red Crescent set up a food distribution centre in Afgoye on Sunday so that internally displaced (IDPS) have food to break their fast during this month of Ramadan. (AU /UN-IST)

5 Aug 2013 | Read More »

UN / SNOWDEN MERCOSUR

Ministers of the MERCOSUR trade bloc met with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today to voice their "serious" concern over the latest allegations by former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden that theUSwas spying on South American countries. (UNTV)  

5 Aug 2013 | Read More »

IMF / JAPAN OUTLOOK

Japanese authorities have embarked on an ambitious agenda to raise growth and end deflation. It's called the "three arrows" of Abenomics, comprising aggressive monetary easing, flexible fiscal policy and structural reforms to raise potential growth. The IMF supports this policy package, but has emphasized that success depends on implementation of all three arrows. IMF  

5 Aug 2013 | Read More »

AFGHANISTAN/CHILD MARRIAGE

  Farzana was engaged at 10 years old, her husband to be, a 50-year-old farmer who was already married with six children. He gave her father more than (USD)$9,000 for her hand in marriage – making less than (USD) $30 a month, he could not refuse. (UNICEF)

3 Aug 2013 | Read More »

MALI / PROVISIONAL RESULTS

Mali’s electoral authorities announced the provisional results of the presidential elections with the final results proclaimed by the Constitutional court after review. (MINUSMA)

2 Aug 2013 | Read More »

UN / AFGHANISTAN SECURITY

Just back from a visit to Afghanistan to assess staff and security issues, Kevin Kennedy, the acting under-secretary-general for the Department of Safety and Security at the UN said that the Afghan government was "reasonably optimistic" about security challenges in the future. (UNTV / FILE )

2 Aug 2013 | Read More »

IMF / SPAIN ECONOMIC FORECAST

At the launch of the IMF's regular health check for the Spanish economy, mission chief James Daniel said Spain needed to maintain its recent progress on reforms to create jobs. (IMF)

2 Aug 2013 | Read More »

UN / MERCENARIES

An independent group of experts investigating the use by the United Nations (UN) of private military and security companies has found that the organization's use of armed and unarmed guards in many locations around the world is "very prevalent" and that there were no "clear standards" about employment or vetting, "there was very little transparency." [...]

1 Aug 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / NEW CABINET

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir Mayardiit appoints 19 ministers and 10 deputy ministers to his new cabinet, leaving the key post of vice-president open. (UNMISS)

1 Aug 2013 | Read More »

 

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