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UN / QUINLAN

Australian Ambassador Gary Quinlan said it has already been established on the  resolution with Syria, that if non-compliant "we will take measures” adding there was a "high level of enforceability." UNTV

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UN / SYRIA UPDATE

On his way to Syria, the OPCW’s team leader expressed confidence in the mission. In New York, Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Walid Al-Moualem called for a zone free of all weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East, including putting Israel's nuclear facilities under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). OPCW/UNTV

30 Sep 2013 | Read More »

IMF/CAPITAL INFLOWS

A new study by the IMF sayd that the  global panic set in motion by the 2008-09 financial crisis generated an unprecedented output collapse around the world that temporarily had countries moving in close lockstep. IMF

30 Sep 2013 | Read More »

JORDAN / SYRIAN WIDOW

Yosra is 35 and from the Al Ghoura area in rural Damascus. Her house was shelled six months ago – her husband was killed – she lost most of her hipbone. She is now living in Za' Atari refugee camp in Jordan. UNHCR

30 Sep 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / SYRIA HUMANITARIAN

The head of the UN refugee agency appealed for the international community to do more to share the burden on Syria’s neighbours, warning that the immense number of Syrian refugees fleeing the war is threatening those countries’ social and economic fabric. UNHCR

30 Sep 2013 | Read More »

GA / STEVIE WONDER

At the UN General Assembly meeting on disabilities this week, global music icon and UN Messenger of Peace, Stevie Wonder linked up with UNICEF advocate and Vietnamese performer Nguyen Phoung Anh to push for greater inclusion for children with disabilities. UNICEF

28 Sep 2013 | Read More »

INDONESIA / CLIMATE CHANGE

Indonesian centre connects forest communities in conversations to combat climate change. UNIC JAKARTA

28 Sep 2013 | Read More »

MOZAMBIQUE / MATERNAL MORTALITY

In Mozambique, more than half of all young girls are married before the age of 18, one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world. And not every adolescent girl or woman there gets the chance to safely deliver their babies. UNFPA

28 Sep 2013 | Read More »

GA / SYRIA VOTE

In the wake of an August chemical attack in Syria which a United Nations team later confirmed had killed hundreds of civilians, the Security Council on Friday (27 September) called for the elimination of the country's chemical weapons, while endorsing a diplomatic plan for Syrian-led negotiations toward peace. UNTV

27 Sep 2013 | Read More »

GA / QUARTET

Secretary of State Kerry updated the Quartet on the progress in the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations since the resumption of talks on 29 July, 2013. UNTV  

27 Sep 2013 | Read More »

GA/MALI

The new President of Mali Ibrahim Boubacar Keita told delegates that terrorist and rebel groups chased out of Mali earlier this year now pose a serious threat to peace and stability in the whole sub-Saharan region, calling for full international support to counter the cross-border scourge. UNTV

27 Sep 2013 | Read More »

GA / PAKISTAN

Pakistani Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif told the General Assembly today (27 September) “the war against terrorism must be waged within the framework of international law," underlining that "the use of armed drones in the border areas of Pakistan is a continued violation of our territorial integrity." UNTV

27 Sep 2013 | Read More »

UNDP / FOOTBALL MATCH

President of Bolivia Evo Morales, top officials and ambassadors to the UN took time out during the General Asembly today to play a football match to support of the Secretary-General's campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women. UNDP

27 Sep 2013 | Read More »

GA / UK/RUSSIA/CHINA

Commenting on military interventions, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that "recent years has proven that they are ineffective, meaningless and destructive", adding that this was an "extremely dangerous path leading to the erosion of the foundations of today's world order and subversion of the WMD non-proliferation regimes." UNTV  

27 Sep 2013 | Read More »

GA / CTBT WRAP

Hungary's Foreign Minister  János Martonyi, said that each of the eight countries that have not yet ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) "depends upon the other" to take the first step towards ratification.  Martonyi, who together withIndonesia's  Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa, are presiding the Conference on Facilitating Entry into Force of the CTBT, said that [...]

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GENEVA/ SYRIA HRC

The United Nation’s top human rights body adopted a resolution Friday to allow greater access for humanitarian aid and for war crimes investigators. CH UNTV  

27 Sep 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / BRAZIL SYRIAN REFUGEES

The UN refugee agency, UNHCR welcomed this week’s announcement by Brazil’s National Committee for Refugees (CONARE) of special humanitarian visas for Syrians and other nationals affected by the Syrian conflict and who wish to seek refuge in Brazil. CH UNTV  

27 Sep 2013 | Read More »

GA / SYRIA DRAFT RESOLUTION

The United States and the Russian Federation announced tonight that they have reached a compromise draft resolution for the elimination of chemical weapons in Syria. UNTV

26 Sep 2013 | Read More »

GA/ SOMALIA

Addressing delegates at the General Assembly on Thursday, the president of Somalia said that  the " brutal terrorist organizations have no mercy to our people, wherever they are in Nairob iand Mogadishu or elsewhere." He said "we will fight and defeat Al-shabab in the deserts and in towns, on digital and social media, we will [...]

26 Sep 2013 | Read More »

GA / LGBT

Countries attending the first ministerial meeting held at the United Nations on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals reaffirmed their commitment to work together to combat discrimination and protect the rights of all human beings regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. UNTV

26 Sep 2013 | Read More »

GA / SMALL ARMS

The Security Council, meeting at the ministerial level, voiced its grave concern at the illicit transfer, destabilizing accumulation and misuse of small arms and light weapons, which perpetuate conflict and instability worldwide and cause significant loss of life. UNTV

26 Sep 2013 | Read More »

GA / SAHEL WRAP

UN officials stressed that collective efforts in the Sahel region of Africa must address urgent humanitarian needs as well as long-term development and security threats. UNTV/OCHA /FILE

26 Sep 2013 | Read More »

GA/ ABBAS

Warning that time is running out, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called on the United Nations to end Israeli settlement building on Palestinian land and thus giving a last chance for renewed peace talks to resolve the Middle East conflict within the allotted nine-month timeframe. UNTV

26 Sep 2013 | Read More »

GA / WILDLIFE TRAFFICKING

The governments of Gabon and Germany along with the WWF met on the sidelines of the General Assembly for a high level discussion on the threats poaching and trafficking pose to biodiversity and international stability. UNTV/FILE

26 Sep 2013 | Read More »

GA / ROUHANI WRAP

Iran’s foreign minister Javad Zarif  met with US Secretary of State John Kerry and members of the E3 +3 group to discuss Iran's nuclear programme, while Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani held a private meeting with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Earlier, speaking on behalf of the Non-alligned Movement (NAM), Rouhani presented a roadmap for the total elimination [...]

26 Sep 2013 | Read More »

GA / E3+3

Iran’s foreign minister Javad Zarif today met with US Secretary of State John Kerry and members of the E3 +3 group to discuss Iran's nuclear programme.  

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GA / IPCC REPORT

The chief of the UNFCCC said the latest climate change assessment report constitutes "an alarm clock moment for the world because this report will tell us again, that everything that we thought we knew on climate change has actually been underestimated" and the effects of climate change "will be upon us faster and in a [...]

26 Sep 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN/ CONSTITUTION DISABLED

The disabled group of South Sudan's National Constitutional Review Commission said they are not being adequately represented when it comes to the country's new constitution. UNMISS

26 Sep 2013 | Read More »

UN / CHARLES TAYLOR APPEAL

Judges at theSpecial Courtin Sierra Leone (SCSL) today upheld the conviction of  former Liberian President Charles Taylor for war crimes and crimes against humanity. FILE

26 Sep 2013 | Read More »

GA / HUMAN RIGHTS

At a human rights conference on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, President and CEO of the International Crisis Group and former UN human rights chief Louise Arbour said that "we had more success in the eradication of smoking in the UN building than finalizing the question of gender equality." UNTV

25 Sep 2013 | Read More »

GA/ ARMS TREATY WRAP

The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) moved from negotiations to implementation today as more than half of the member states signed on to this unprecedented landmark treaty aimed at reducing the flow of arms around the world. UNTV  

25 Sep 2013 | Read More »

GA/ END VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN

On the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, the Social Good Summit had the cache of being the event for the digitally hip and socially conscious. Representatives from UNICEF took part in a talk titled, "Making the invisible visible. Using innovation to #ENDViolence Against Children." UNICEF

25 Sep 2013 | Read More »

GA / P5 SYRIA

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon held a luncheon with the foreign ministers of the five permanent members of the Security Council. It had been agreed that the discussion on this occasion would focus entirely on Syria.  UNTV

25 Sep 2013 | Read More »

GA / KERRY PALESTINIAN AID

US Secretary of State John Kerry told a special meeting on the sidelines of the general debate, that if Israel makes peace with Palestine, "it and the countries around it that take part in that will be the richest countries in the region and the world" as "there will be an enormous economic benefit that [...]

25 Sep 2013 | Read More »

GA / DRC WRAP

The Democratic Republic of Congo's president Joseph Kabila told delegates that "without peace we cannot contemplate progress", adding that without a "minimum of security conditions for individuals, development is simply hypothetical." UNTV/FILE

25 Sep 2013 | Read More »

GA / MALALA GLOBAL EDUCATION

Dignitaries, activists and education leaders gathered today (25 September) at the United Nations in New York stressed the need for stronger leadership and financing to deliver on the pledge made a year ago to provide all children with quality education. UNTV

25 Sep 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / CAR HRC

A UN report on the human rights situation in theCentral African Republics aid that serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law, including sexual violence and in grave violations against children, which took place during the conflict between December 2012 to 23 March 2013 constitute gross human rights violations and may amount to war [...]

25 Sep 2013 | Read More »

GA/ ARMS TREATY KERRY

US Secretary of State John Kerry signed a landmark United Nations treaty on arms regulation today during the annual General Assembly meeting inNew York. UNTV / FILE  

25 Sep 2013 | Read More »

GA / MDGs

World leaders meeting at the General Assembly agreed to take bolder action against extreme poverty, hunger and disease, and called for a summit to take place in 2015 to adopt the next set of anti-poverty goals, which will heavily focus on achieving sustainable development.  UNTV/ FILE

25 Sep 2013 | Read More »

GA / LATIN AMERICA WRAP 2

President Cristina Fernández of Argentina, in her address to the General Assembly  asked, "what's the difference between death through machine gun, anti-personnel mine, a missile, a grenade, and a chemical weapon?" UNTV

24 Sep 2013 | Read More »

GA / IRAN

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani  said his country "seeks constructive engagement with other countries based on mutual respect and common interest, and within the same framework does not seek to increase tensions with the United States." UNTV

24 Sep 2013 | Read More »

GA / SEXUAL VIOLENCE IN CONFLICT

More than half of the Member States endorsed a high level declaration toward eliminating sexual violence.  The declaration, launched on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, was endorsed by 113 countries and contains a set of practical and political commitments to end the use of rape and sexual violence as a [...]

24 Sep 2013 | Read More »

GA/ SYRIA WRAP

Addressing delegates at the General Assembly, King Abdullah of Jordan said that the flow of Syrian refugees in Jordan could reach one million or 20 percent of the population by next year. Not even the strongest global economies could absorb this demand on infrastructure and resources, let alone a small economy and the fourth water-poorest [...]

24 Sep 2013 | Read More »

GA / LATIN AMERICA WRAP 1

In her speech to the General Assembly's high-level debate President Dilma Roussef of Brazil urged the United Nations to play a leading role in protecting Internet users from illegal interception of communications and data, and decried recent allegations of electronic information spying by the United States Government. UNTV

24 Sep 2013 | Read More »

GA / OBAMA

Addressing delegates at the General Assembly on Syria,  United States President Barack Obama said that “the rockets were fired from a regime-controlled neighborhood, and landed in opposition neighborhoods.  It is an insult to human reason – and to the legitimacy of this institution – to suggest that anyone other than the regime carried out this attack." UNTV

24 Sep 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA/ SOMALIA AL SHABAAB

The United Nations (UN) envoy for Somalia called for additional African troops to counter al Shabaab, the Islamist insurgent group thought to be responsible for the deadly attack on Kenya's Westgate shopping mall. CH UNTV  

24 Sep 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / SOMALIA HRC

The Somalia Prime Minister said that he was working closely with Kenyan authorities and called for international support to combat al Shabaab militants who have claimed responsibility for the deadly attack onNairobi’s Westgate mall. CH UNTV

24 Sep 2013 | Read More »

GA / HAGUE BONINO WRAP

Secretary of State William Hague said that Iran could play a constructive role by supporting the Geneva framework for a negotiation between the Assad regime and the opposition and "stopping its direct support for regime forces." Speaking on Iran's involvement in the Syrian conflict, Italy's Foreign Minister Emma Bonino said that since the election of [...]

23 Sep 2013 | Read More »

GA / DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO WRAP

The Secretary-General told delegates at a Mini Summit on the implementation of Peace, Security and Cooperation for theDemocratic Republic of the Congothat the first priority was to address tensions in the region so that the Framework agreement could be implemented. UNTV

23 Sep 2013 | Read More »

DRC / SITTING VOLLEYBALL

A team of disabled men from Goma in the DR Congo and another from the Rubavu district of Rwanda played a volleyball match over the weekend, aimed at promoting peace through games like sitting volleyball. MONUSCO  

23 Sep 2013 | Read More »

ILO / CHILD LABOUR

A new report by the International Labour Organization (ILO), "Marking Progress against Child Labour", says that the global number of child labourers has declined by one third since 2000, from 246 million to 168 million. And those in hazardous work has halved, from 171 million to 85 million.  But even the latest improved rate of [...]

23 Sep 2013 | Read More »

GA / ASHTON IRAN

EU Policy Chief Catherine Ashton said she saw "energy and determination" from Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to move forward with talks and that this meeting was to establish how they work together. UNTV

23 Sep 2013 | Read More »

UN / AMOS SYRIA

UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos appealed to the international community to keep the humanitarian consequences of the Syria crisis and the impact on civilians high on its agenda as world leaders prepare to gather for the General Debate inNew Yorkthis week. OCHA  

23 Sep 2013 | Read More »

GA / DISABILITIES WRAP

UN officials at their first-ever high level meeting on disabilities said that the rights of the disabled must be directly addressed by the post-2015 development agenda. An estimated 1 billion people worldwide who live with disabilities are often excluded from access to education, employment, health care, social and legal support systems. UNTV / FILE

23 Sep 2013 | Read More »

WHO / DISABILITIES AGREEMENT

The World Health Organization welcomed the forthcoming agreement at a High-Level Meeting at the United Nations General Assembly which will further improve access to health care and related services for people with disabilities and ensure that they are able to contribute to the sustainable development of their communities.     WHO

23 Sep 2013 | Read More »

GA / MDGs WRAP

World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim said that "Much of the low-hanging fruit has been harvested" in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), but "What remains are the toughest challenges."  Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said achieving MDG 5 targets in improving maternal health  "can save hundreds of thousands of lives every year" and "spare lasting [...]

23 Sep 2013 | Read More »

UN/ UNAIDS 2013 GLOBAL REPORT

A new report from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) shows dramatic acceleration towards reaching 2015 global targets on HIV.  UNAIDS

23 Sep 2013 | Read More »

WORLD BANK / INDIA ROADS

In the mountainous regions of Northeast India, towns can thrive or fail depending on the quality of their roads. The World Bank Group is helping construct new roads to boost trade and improve lives. WORLD BANK

21 Sep 2013 | Read More »

DRC / SISTER ANGELIQUE NAMAIKA

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) gave this year’s Nansen Refugee Award to Sister Angelique Namaika, who works in the remote north east region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo with survivors of displacement and abuse by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). UNHCR

21 Sep 2013 | Read More »

NY / UN LEGO

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today (20 September) added the last LEGO piece to a large scale LEGO model of the United Nations' Headquarters, as part of the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit focused on "Architects of a Better World." UNTV

20 Sep 2013 | Read More »

IRAQ / SYRIA BLIND REFUGEE

Twelve-year-old Dylan fled to northern Iraq with his family for safety. It was very difficult for the boy, who is blind. But his love of music has helped him survive and to forget the sounds of violence in his native Syria. UNHCR

20 Sep 2013 | Read More »

CAR / CONFLICT FOOD INSECURITY

The armed conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) has led to increase in humanitarian needs in a country already struggling with high levels of food insecurity. WFP

20 Sep 2013 | Read More »

SOMALIA / SECURITY

Members of the AMISOM Burundian contingent stationed in Baidoa, the capital of the Bay region of Somalia, have begun daily foot patrols around the town as a way to build confidence and deterring elements of the militant group al Shabaab from carrying out attacks on its residents. AU/UN IST

20 Sep 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / ABYEI DEMONSTRATION

Thousands of Abyei residents along side with Political Parties and civil societies living inJubaheld peaceful demonstration demanding that the UN Security Council endorse an African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHLIP) proposal to hold the Abyei referendum in October 2013. UNMISS  

20 Sep 2013 | Read More »

NY / FOOD WASTE

Leaders from the UN, national governments, private business and NGOs met Thursday at the Global Compact Leaders Summit  in New York to discuss the problem of food waste. UNEP

20 Sep 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / EX COMBATANTS

In line with South Sudan's efforts to reform its security sector, the first batch of ex-combatants attending the Pilot Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) programme graduated this week at the Western Bahr el Ghazal training centre. UNMISS

19 Sep 2013 | Read More »

UN / MDG TASK FORCE REPORT

Launching the 2013 MDG Gap Task Force Report, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that "much more needs to be done," citing a drop in development assistance, an increase in the need for debt restructuring in developing countries, the high cost of essential medicines and the limitations of access to new technologies in developing countries. UNTV

19 Sep 2013 | Read More »

UN / AFGHANISTAN

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan, Jan Kubiš, told the Security Council today (19 September) that despite improvements in the country "a campaign of bloodshed by anti-Government elements" has targeted Afghans civilians and police, including female officers. UNTV

19 Sep 2013 | Read More »

UN / IRAN

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with Iran's Foreign Minister Iran Jawad Zarif and commended the efforts of his new government in promoting dialogue with the international community. He also discussed the role Iran could play in promoting a political solution to the conflict in Syria. UNTV  

19 Sep 2013 | Read More »

UN / SYRIA HUMAN RIGHTS

The UN human rights office said they have been asking for the referral of the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC), but they also want the resolution on Syria to focus not only on chemical weapons, but the over 100,000 victims of conventional weapons. UNTV

18 Sep 2013 | Read More »

ICC / WITNESS INTERFERENCE

The judge of the trial chamber seized with the case against William Samoei Ruto and Joshua Arap Sang, issued a special reminder on the importance of witness protection and of possible sanctions for an act or attempted act that is considered an offence against the administration of justice.

18 Sep 2013 | Read More »

SOMALIA / NEW DEAL RECOVERY

This week $2.4 billion was pledged at the "New Deal" conference onSomaliainBrussels. Although there have been setbacks, progress is being made under the one-year old federal government led by president Hassan Sheik Mohamud. UN AU/ IST  

18 Sep 2013 | Read More »

UN / INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE

The United Nations marked the International Day of Peace with a call to invest in education that encourages children to embrace global citizenship based on values of tolerance and diversity. UNTV

18 Sep 2013 | Read More »

AFGHANISTAN / PILLAY

Wrapping up her first visit to Afghanistan, UN high commissioner for human right's Navi Pillay said there have been some "distinct" human rights achievements during the past 12 years, "but they are fragile, and many Afghans are expressing fears that the overall human rights situation is deteriorating on several fronts." UNAMA

17 Sep 2013 | Read More »

GA / 68TH GA OPENING WRAP

Opening the 68th session of the General Assembly, GA president John Ash said his focus would be on the post-2015 Millennium Development Goals. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon briefs delegates on Syria. UNTV

17 Sep 2013 | Read More »

UN / SYRIA BAN

 Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calledSyriathe “biggest peace, security and humanitarian challenge we face” adding that the use of chemical weapons, “was only the tip of the iceberg." UNTV

17 Sep 2013 | Read More »

JORDAN / ZAATARI CAMP FOOD AID

Just over one year and Zaatari Camp has become one of the largest refugee camps in the world, with more than 110,000 Syrian refugees. WFP is currently assisting up to half a million Syrian refugees inJordan. WFP

17 Sep 2013 | Read More »

UN / MIDDLE EAST

The Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert H. Serry, told the Security Council that “despite scepticism from their domestic bases” Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have shown “demonstrable seriousness” to resume direct talks. UNTV

17 Sep 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / COI DPRK

A UN panel set up to investigate human rights abuse inNorth Koreasaid widespread and systematic violations by the state "may constitute systematic and gross human rights violations." CH UNTV  

17 Sep 2013 | Read More »

UN / SYRIA CHEMICAL WEAPONS REPORT WRAP

The United Nations inspection team investigating last month's chemical weapons attack finds "clear and convincing evidence" that sarin gas was used. UNTV

16 Sep 2013 | Read More »

IRAQ /SYRIANS RETURN TO LEARNING

In Iraq, nine out of ten refugee children living in host communities are out of school. The past three weeks have seen more than 50,000 new refugees to the Kurdistan Region, around half of whom are children who will need support to keep learning. UNICEF

16 Sep 2013 | Read More »

FAO / BIRD FLU

The UN food agency issued a new warning saying bird flu viruses continue to pose a serious threat to human and animal health, adding they will pose a greater risk during the upcoming flu season. FILE    

16 Sep 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / SYRIA COI PRESSER

A United Nations panel investigation into human rights abuses in Syria said it was conducting its own independent investigations to establish who was to blame for the 21 August chemical attack in Damascus. CH UNTV

16 Sep 2013 | Read More »

UN / LIBYA

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Libya, Tarek Mitri, told the Security Council that two years since the fall of the Qadhafi regime "it is more evident today that preconceived ideas about political transition are likely to be a recipe for disappointment if not failure." UNTV

16 Sep 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / SYRIA COUNCIL

A UN panel investigation into human rights abuses in Syria, says the deliberate targeting of hospitals, medical personnel and ambulances, denial of access to medical care, and ill-treatment of the sick and wounded, are the most alarming features of the Syrian conflict. CH UNTV

16 Sep 2013 | Read More »

BRAZIL / SOCIAL MOTHERS

A new UNICEF report "A Promise Renewed" examines trends in child mortality since 1990 and the opportunity to end preventable child deaths. In Brazil, Francisca Franciane de Lima helps pregnant women who are at high risk or mothers who have babies that are less than a month old. UNICEF

14 Sep 2013 | Read More »

ETHIOPIA / CHILD MORTALITY

A new UNICEF report "A Promise Renewed" examines trends in child mortality since 1990 and the opportunity to end preventable child deaths.  Health extension workers, especially in the remote areas, have helped slash child mortality rates by half inEthiopia than ten years. UNICEF

14 Sep 2013 | Read More »

BANGLADESH / MATERNAL CHILD HEALTH

A new UNICEF report "A Promise Renewed" examines trends in child mortality since 1990 and the opportunity to end preventable child deaths. A programme of deploying community health care workers in Bangladesh is a cost effective method of providing locally-based maternal and newborn care. UNICEF

14 Sep 2013 | Read More »

JORDAN / SYRIANS RETURN TO LEARNING

A group of children in Jordan's Za’atari refugee camp canvass the camp to talk to other children and their parents about the benefits and importance of returning to learning. UNICEF

13 Sep 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / IOM MIGRATION REPORT

The Head of Research of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said that "only a minority" of migrants worldwide, about 40 percent, migrate from south to north. Laczko was discussing the findings of the World Migration Report 2013: Migrant Well-Being and Development, launched this week by IOM in Geneva. CH UNTV

13 Sep 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / SYRIA SUMMIT

The US and Russian foreign ministers met the UN special envoy on Syria for a second day, seeking to reach a deal on the disposal of President Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons. CH UNTV  

13 Sep 2013 | Read More »

BRAZIL / CHILD MORTALITY HEALTH PROGRAMME

Since the 1990s, Brazil's highly effective Community Health Agent programme – which started in Ceará State in 1988 – has been one of the most important factors in reducing under-5 child mortality across the country. Maria das Graças, a health agent, loves her profession and is happy with the improvements. UNICEF

13 Sep 2013 | Read More »

LEBANON / SYRIANS UNDERGROUND GARAGES

Over 1,300 Syrian refugees are living in a derelict underground garage. Each family gets a small space which UNHCR partners MEDRAR and The Community Development Project are working hard to make  more liveable. UNHCR

13 Sep 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / FLOODING MALARIA

Following heavy rains in South Sudan which have resulted to over 200,000 people being displaced, reports from States affected by the rains indicate that cases of malaria and some waterborne diseases are on the rise. UNMISS

13 Sep 2013 | Read More »

UNICEF / CHILD MORTALITY OVERVIEW

A new UNICEF report examining trends in child mortality shows that Millennium Goal 4, to cut the rate of under-five mortality by two thirds by 2015, will not be met. And if efforts aren't stepped up, the reports predicts 35 million more children will die mostly from preventable causes. UNICEF

12 Sep 2013 | Read More »

UN / AL-JAFARI

United Nations Syrian Ambassador Bashar al-Jafari said that "the chapter of the so-called chemical weapons should be ended and legally speaking Syria has become starting today a full member of the convention."     UNTV

12 Sep 2013 | Read More »

UN / LADSOUS

The head of UN peacekeeping operations said that the situation in the Central African Republic was "dramatic" that amount to violations "of all sorts of rights". "The amount of suffering by the population with, let's face it, a state which in many ways has disappeared." UNTV

12 Sep 2013 | Read More »

UN / DRC

Australian Ambassador Gary Quinlin said that the UN mandate in the Democratic Republic of Congo was "very strong, very robust on protection of civilians" and that it was to be achieved by "neutralizing" armed groups not just M23. "There's very large numbers as you know and that includes FDLR and a number of countries and [...]

12 Sep 2013 | Read More »

UGANDA / CHILD HEALTH

Using a mix of the age-old African "bush telegraph" (community dialogues) and SMS technology, Uganda has cut the number of child deaths by two thirds in less than a generation. The rapid SMS system known as M-trac, help medical staff to gather facts from the patients in need, test and treat them, and manage the [...]

12 Sep 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / FLOODING WRAP

 Flooding has affected over 200, 000 people in six States in the Country; Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Unity, Upper Nile, Warrap, Western Bahr el Ghazal and Lakes States where rivers have burst their banks and flooded homesteads and roads. UNMISS

12 Sep 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / KIIR FLOODING

President Salva Kiir  announced that his government had set aside seven million South Sudanese Pounds (just over USD 2,000,000 ) to help flood victims. Over 223,000 people have been affected by the flooding in six States in the country. UNMISS  

12 Sep 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / BRAHIMI

Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the League of Arab States for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi comments on his meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry outside the Inter Continental Hotel in Geneva. CH UNTV

12 Sep 2013 | Read More »

FAO / FOOD WASTE

A new FAO report says that the waste of a staggering 1.3 billion tonnes of food per year is not only causing major economic losses but also wreaking significant harm on the natural resources that humanity relies upon to feed itself. Each year, food that is produced but not eaten guzzles up a volume of [...]

11 Sep 2013 | Read More »

UN / SYRIA OBAMA REAX

UN spokesperson Farhan Haq said that the Secretary-General "strongly" welcomed the emergence of serious international discussions that could lead to an agreement in the Security Council to secure and destroySyria's chemical weapons. He also welcomed President Obama's decision to further explore this "diplomatic opportunity" and efforts by theRussian Federationto advance a possible agreement. UNTV

11 Sep 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / JONGLEI FLOOD UPDATE

The continuing rise in the River Nile’s water level in town capital city of Jonglei state, has destroyed hundreds of  houses and displaced over five thousands of people.The river, which broke its banks on Tuesday, has risen more than 1.5 meters deluging areas of the city. UNMISS

11 Sep 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / PATROLS

South Sudan's largest State -JongleiState- is one of the most challenging places in the country for UN Peacekeepers to work and conduct patrols. A deteriorating security situation, inter-tribal conflict, civilian displacement and a difficult terrain, have now been compounded by heavy rains which has resulted to troops finding it quite difficult to get around – [...]

11 Sep 2013 | Read More »

UN / POWER SYRIA

US Ambassador Samantha Power said that the R2P doctrine should have "compelled Assad to protect his people rather than attack them, and it should have compelled his partners in the international community to step in earlier, lend advice and assistance and prevent the situation from reaching its current metastatic proportions. It should have. Clearly, it [...]

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GA / SYRIA RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT

Speaking on the responsibility to protect civilians, the Secretary-General said that "our collective failure to prevent atrocity crimes in Syria over the past two and a half years will remain a heavy burden on the standing of the United Nations and its Member States, adding that "I hope that the current discussions related to safeguarding [...]

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LEBANON / SYRIAN REFUGEES GERMANY

Ahmad and his family are one of the 107 vulnerable Syrian refugees leaving Lebanon under a temporary Humanitarian Admissions Programme that will take them to  Germany, the first European country to welcome Syrian refugees from the region. UNHCR

11 Sep 2013 | Read More »

UN / MIGRATION STATISTICS

More people than ever are living abroad according to new data presented by the United Nations today, with an estimated 232 million international migrants. UNTV

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GENEVA / SYRIA INQUIRY

The chair of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian ArabRepublicsaid that the conflict in that country has taken "a dangerous turn" and that "to elect military action in Syria will not only intensify the suffering inside the country but will also serve to keep such a settlement beyond our collective reach."

11 Sep 2013 | Read More »

UN / AMBASSADORS SING FOR PEACE

Ambassadors from the missions of Canada, Cape Verde, Costa Rica and Romania launch an album for peace. UNTV

10 Sep 2013 | Read More »

UN / ONE MILLION VOICES

The UN launch of "A Million Voices: The World We Want" captures the voices of over one million people, half under 30, from all regions and backgrounds who want to be involved in setting the post-2015 development agenda and to hold Member States accountable. UNTV

10 Sep 2013 | Read More »

ICC / RUTO AND SANG

At their opening trial in the Hague, William Samoei Ruto and Joshua Arap Sang pleaded not guilty to charges of crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Kenya during the 2007-2008 post-election violence. ICC  

10 Sep 2013 | Read More »

UN / CREDIT RATING

Paul Taylor, President and Chief Executive Officer of Fitch Ratings told the General Assembly that rating agencies, "did not do enough to highlight the limitations of our product nor flesh out fully the rationale for our opinions" leading up to the 2008 housing downturn and financial crisis. UNTV

10 Sep 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / SYRIA CHILDREN

UNICEF said that prolonged exposure to violence and stress, multiple displacement, loss of friends and family members, and a severe deterioration in living conditions are leaving the children of Syria with lasting scars. CH UNTV  

10 Sep 2013 | Read More »

SOMALIA / ATTACK

Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for an attack on Saturday at a restaurant in Mogadishu which left 18 people dead and 20 injured. UN AU IST

9 Sep 2013 | Read More »

KENYA / ICC RULING

The registrar of the ICC said that the recent vote by parliament in Kenya to remove itself from the ICC would not effect any ongoing investigations but it will in the future. "We don't think it's a good message, the victims of the future should not feel that they are without redress to this court [...]

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UN / BAN SYRIA

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was considering a proposal that would call for the Security Council to demand the immediate transfer ofSyria's chemical weapons and chemical precursor stocks to places insideSyriawhere they can be safely stored and destroyed. UNTV

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IAEA / IRAN

The head of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Yukiya Amano, stressed the need for both Iran and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to cooperate in resolving outstanding issues regarding their nuclear activities. IAEA

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GENEVA / SYRIA PILLAY

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pilay said there is little doubt that chemical weapons were used in Syria saying the international community was "late, very late," to take serious joint action to halt the downward spiral that has gripped Syria, slaughtering its people and destroying its cities. CH UNTV

9 Sep 2013 | Read More »

SOMALIA / MOGADISHU ROADS

These dusty streets were once considered the most dangerous in the world. They were the scene of daily running battles, but times have changed and so has Mogadishu. (AU-UN/IST)

7 Sep 2013 | Read More »

UN / AMOS HUMANITARIAN SYRIA

United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos says that in the event of a military strike on Syria, humanitarian operations will continue. (UNTV)

6 Sep 2013 | Read More »

RUSSIA / G20 SYRIA WRAP

 Lakhdar Brahimi, the Joint Special Representative for Syria says that "Geneva II is now in danger because of the event of the 21st of August and what may follow as a consequence.”  UNTV

6 Sep 2013 | Read More »

IRAQ / HUMANITARIAN AID SYRIA

A plane carrying 100 tonnes of UNICEF emergency supplies to assist Syrian refugee children and families arrived last Sunday to Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq as part of UNICEF’s efforts to assist Syrian refugee children and families in Iraq. (UNICEF)  

5 Sep 2013 | Read More »

UN / IRAN

The Security Council today (5 September) heard a briefing from the Chairman of the Iran sanctions committee, Ambassador Gary Quinlan of Australia, who said "Iran's launches of the Shahab 1 and 3 missiles, during the Great Prophet 7 exercise, or exercises, contravene paragraph 9 of resolution 1929." UNTV

5 Sep 2013 | Read More »

UN / POWER SYRIA

United States Ambassador Samantha Power says that "Russiacontinues to hold the council hostage and shirk its international responsibilities" UNTV

5 Sep 2013 | Read More »

KENYA / POLIO

To contain an outbreak of polio hat has been grippingKenyasince May, immunization campaigns have been conducted around the country, and the efforts are especially intensified in and around the refugee camps where the population's immunities are low. UNICEF

5 Sep 2013 | Read More »

UN / ANGELA KANE

Marking the observance of the International Day against Nuclear Tests, the United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs said the Conference on Disarmament is a "cold war era body" which is "sleepwalking through an increasingly changing world" and failing "to make meaningful progress towards nuclear disarmament." UNTV

5 Sep 2013 | Read More »

RUSSIA / BAN BRAHIMI SYRIA

On the sides of a G-20 Summit that begins today  in St. Petersburg Russia, Lakhdar Brahimi, the Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the League of Arab States for Syria said that he was asked by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to join him at the Summit. (UNTV)  

5 Sep 2013 | Read More »

UN / QUINLAN

Australian Ambassador Gary Quinlan said that efforts by key players in the Security Council to come to a resolution on Syria "went nowhere" and that there needs to be a "re-energized" diplomatic effort with the focus shifting to the G20 meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia. UNTV

4 Sep 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / SYRIA MINISTERIAL MEETING

UN refugee agency head António Guterres said there was no humanitarian solution to the Syrian crisis, rather there needs to be a "political solution that ends the humanitarian crisis." (UNHCR)

4 Sep 2013 | Read More »

UN / ZERBO

The new Head of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO),  Lassina Zerbo, said that entry into force of the Treaty is part of member states' "own national security as well as the international peace and security." UNTV

4 Sep 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / MIGRATION

The UN human rights office called for a review on how irregular migrants are treated. UN Human Rights head Navi Pillay described this category of migrants as "largely an invisible population," who are denied rights and freedoms and are taken for granted. OHCHR  

4 Sep 2013 | Read More »

IRAQ / SYRIAN REFUGEE BABY

The number of Syrian refugees passed the two million mark this week. Peroz  fled with her three-day-old baby and the rest of her family to Iraq. UNHCR    

4 Sep 2013 | Read More »

UN / SYRIA JA’AFARI REAX

Ambassador Bashar Ja’afari of Syria told reporters  that if the United States strikes Syria militarily, it will be an act of aggression in accordance to the UN Charter. UNTV

3 Sep 2013 | Read More »

UN / BAN

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the Security Council to unite and to develop "an appropriate response" should the allegations of chemical weapons use in Syria prove to be true. "This is a larger issue than the conflict in Syria, this is about our collective responsibility to humankind." UNTV

3 Sep 2013 | Read More »

LEBANON / 2 MILLION REFUGEES

Mohamed and his family registered this week at a refugee camp inLebanon, becoming part of the 2 million Syrians who are now forced to realize their new status as refugees. UNHCR  

3 Sep 2013 | Read More »

ZIMBABWE / HUNGER

The World Food Programme (WFP) said  that an estimated 2.2 million people are expected to need food assistance by early next year before the harvest period in March. (FILE)

3 Sep 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / GUTERRES

The UN refugee agency said the number of refugees fleeing violence  in Syria has now surpassed two million, with no sign of the outflow ending soon. (CH UNTV / RECENT)

3 Sep 2013 | Read More »

THAILAND / LEO MESSI

A group of 20 children with intellectual disabilities attended an FC Barcelona-UNICEF event featuring Leo Messi and Jose Manuel Pinto, aimed at promoting social inclusion for young people with disabilities. (UNICEF)

2 Sep 2013 | Read More »

BOSNIA / DISABLED

Through a series of sports events involving children living with and without disabilities, UNICEF is promoting the spirit of sportsmanship to overcome prejudices and promote everyone's abilities. (UNICEF)  

2 Sep 2013 | Read More »

UN / SELLSTRÖM SYRIA UPDATE

Martin Nesirky, the spokesperson of the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General says that Åke Sellström, the Head of the UN Mission to Investigate Allegations of the Use of Chemical Weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic, said today to the Secretary-General that "All preparations for classifying the samples are progressing well." (UNTV)

1 Sep 2013 | Read More »

 

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