Home » 31 Oct 2013 Entries posted on “October 2013”

CÔTE D’IVOIRE/ LADSOUS

The Head of United Nations Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous has been in Côte d’Ivoire attending the Golden Jubilee of the African Union, and meeting with several Ivorian civil and military officials. ONUCI

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BANGLADESH / CLEAN WATER

UNICEF and partners are installing rain water collection and storage systems to provide a clean, safe alternative to the water in Bangladeshthat, for much of the year, cannot be drunk, or even used for crops. UNICEF

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WFP / FOOD AID SHORTFALL

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) have announced that beginning on 1 November, WFP will be forced to reduce food rations for more than half a million refugees in the Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps due to lack of resources.  FILE

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UN / SYRIA CHEMICAL WEAPONS UPDATE

The Joint Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) – United Nations Mission confirmed today that the Syrian government has completed the functional destruction of critical equipment for all of its declared chemical weapons production facilities and mixing/filling plants, rendering them inoperable. UNTV

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UN / ESPIONAGE

Secretary-General ban Ki-moon spokesperson Martin Nesirky today (30 October) told journalists that the United Nations had received assurances from the United States government that "United Nations communications are not and will not be monitored." UNTV

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ICC / GBAGBO

The ICC ruled that former Ivorian president Laurant Gbagbo must remain in detention inThe Hague pending a potential trial on charges of crimes against humanity. FILE  

30 Oct 2013 | Read More »

UN / ELIASSON HAITI CHOLERA

UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said “we know that there have been many people dying of cholera and we will, of course, do our very best to reduce that risk and also to make sure that we will be able to demonstrate tangibly the compassion that we feel for the people of Haiti struck by [...]

30 Oct 2013 | Read More »

DRC/ KOBLER M23

Thirty-three M23 combatants surrendered to the UN mission on Tuesday — bringing the total number of M23 surrenders to 80 for the month of October. The head of mission (MONUSCO) Martin Kobler visited Rutshuru earlier this week after it was liberated by the Congolese army from the M23 in fierce fighting which left one Tanzanian [...]

30 Oct 2013 | Read More »

UN / SOMALIA WRAP

UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said that without adequate security, the efforts of the Somali Government and people, and those of their partners, could be in vain, calling on the Security Council to support a temporary boost to national and international forces aiming to maintain basic security in the Horn of Africa nation. UNTV/ AU [...]

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UN / FALK PALESTINE

An independent UN human rights expert warned that developments in the Middle East region, particularly in Egypt, have made the situation in Gaza"one that is a point of near catastrophe." He also reiterated that settlements are considered illegal under international law and encouraged corporations” to withdraw their profit-making activities from the settlements." UNTV

30 Oct 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / STATE OF THE WORLD POPULATION REPORT

This year's UNFPA report on "The State of World Population 2013" says that motherhood in childhood is a huge global problem, especially in developing countries, where every year 7.3 million girls under 18 give birth. CH UNTV  

30 Oct 2013 | Read More »

UN / CUBA

The UN General Assembly voted again overwhelmingly, for the 22nd year in a row to condemn the United States embargo against Cuba. UNTV

29 Oct 2013 | Read More »

DRC / MEMORIAL SERVICE

The special representative for the Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo Martin Kobler travelled to Rutshuru to attend a memorial ceremony for the peacekeeper killed last week in renewed clashes. MONUSCO

29 Oct 2013 | Read More »

SYRIA / POLIO LAKE

UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake ended a two-day visit to Damascus, where he said that the Syrian Government and UNICEF had agreed on the importance of reaching hundreds of thousands of children in some of the worst-affected parts of Syria with life saving vaccines, including those against polio. UNICEF

29 Oct 2013 | Read More »

UN / DPRK HUMAN RIGHTS

The Chair of the Commission of Inquiry on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) , Michael Kirby, told reporters that the best way for the DPRK to respond to allegations of human rights violations, would be "to open those parts of North Korea which are said to contain [...]

29 Oct 2013 | Read More »

BOSINA / ROMA TEEN PREGNANCY SWOP ADVANCER

Almost half of young Roma women are married before 18 and nearly one third become pregnant while still adolescents. Motherhood can end their education, diminish their job prospects, and keep them from becoming  productive members of society. The State of the World's Population Report will be launched Wednesday inGeneva. UNFPA

29 Oct 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA/HRC ISRAEL

Israel defended its record before the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva,  marking an end to its 18-month boycott of the body over scrutiny of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories. CH UNTV

29 Oct 2013 | Read More »

UN / GING

Just back from the Central African Republic, OCHA director of operations John Ging said there was "extreme concern" about the breakdown of the country and that the humanitarian needs are "dire" – over half of the country is all ready in need of aid "but the number one issue today is protection, the atrocities are [...]

29 Oct 2013 | Read More »

IAEA / IRAN TALKS

In a joint statement, the UN atomic energy agency and Iran said they held "very productive” talks.  Iranian Ambassador Reza Najafi said that the new proposals by Iran has opened "a new chapter of cooperation.”  The next meeting will be held  in Tehran on 11 November. IAEA  

29 Oct 2013 | Read More »

WORLD BANK / DOING BUSINESS

According to the latest World Bank and IFC publication Doing Business, governments around the world significantly stepped up their pace of improving business regulations in 114 economies last year – an 18 percent jump from the previous year – laying the groundwork for local entrepreneurs to expand their work. WORLD BANK

29 Oct 2013 | Read More »

UNEP / YAYA TOURÉ

International football star Yaya Touré today (29 October) joined the roster of Goodwill Ambassadors for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), pledging to combat the illegal ivory trade that sees thousands of African elephants slaughtered each year. UNEP

29 Oct 2013 | Read More »

AFGHANISTAN / LAKE EDUCATION

UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake visited a school in Kabul, Afghanistan which he said "unfortunately" was extraordinary in Afghanistan, because there are many millions of girls who are not in school across the country. UNICEF

29 Oct 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / DDR SUPPORT

UNMISS and the National Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Commission funded two new facilities—a Primary Health Care Center and a school— in Eastern Equatoria State providing a boost to a community that has been shattered by war. UNMISS  

29 Oct 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / SYRIA POLIO UPDATE

The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed ten cases of polio in Syria, the first outbreak in the country in 14 years. CH UNTV

29 Oct 2013 | Read More »

UN / DRC

French Ambassador Gérard Araud told reporters that according to the top United Nations official in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), "we are witnessing the military end of the M23."UNTV

28 Oct 2013 | Read More »

UNEP / SOUTH-SOUTH EXPO

Hundreds of high-level delegates from 150 countries and across the United Nations system gathered at the headquarters of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi to tackle development challenges by harnessing and exchanging innovative solutions developed in the global South. UNEP

28 Oct 2013 | Read More »

UN / LANG LANG

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon designated world-renowned pianist Lang Lang from China as a UN Messenger of Peace with a special focus on global education. Lang Lang said the world is "having a problem with education" and that because of his young age he "will be able to connect with young people" and help "make a better [...]

28 Oct 2013 | Read More »

SOMALIA / JAN ELIASSON

UN Deputy-Secretary-General Jan Eliasson was in Mogadishu,Somaliaover the weekend to assess the progress made and challenges faced in stabilizing the country following 22 years of conflict.  AU UN IST

28 Oct 2013 | Read More »

SOMALIA / MEDICAL SUPPLIES

The Belet Wyene hospital in the Hiraan region of South-Central Somalia now lacks life-saving drugs and medical equipment needed to treat the influx of patients. Djiboutian troops serving under the African Union Peacekeeping mission forSomaliahave donated medical suppliers to the hospital, the only one in the region, ahead of the rainy season. UN AU IST

26 Oct 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / EDUCATION

Decades of war and upheaval in South Sudan have had an inevitable impact on education – almost three-quarters of adults in the world’s newest country are unable to read or write. Upper Nilestate is one of the affected, due to its nature of education systems in the past.  Now the Ministry of General Education has [...]

26 Oct 2013 | Read More »

UN / DRONES WRAP

Expressing concern about the potential for illegal use of armed unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, two United Nations human rights experts today (25 October) called on States to be transparent in their use, to investigate allegations of unlawful killings and to respect the full range of applicable international law. UNTV

25 Oct 2013 | Read More »

UN/ MYANMAR HUMAN RIGHTS

The United Nations expert on Myanmar today (25 October) cautioned that the situation in Rakhine State is feeding a winder anti-Muslim narrative in the country which threatens the ongoing reform process aimed at a more open and broad-based democracy. UNTV

25 Oct 2013 | Read More »

ICC / RUTO

In a unanimous decision, the International Criminal Court (ICC) Appeals Chamber reversed its decision that Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto would be granted permission to be excused from court during his trial. ICC

25 Oct 2013 | Read More »

MADAGASCAR / ELECTIONS

People inMadagascarcast their votes Friday to elect a new president, in a long-postponed ballot widely expected to pull the country out of its political impasse. UNDP

25 Oct 2013 | Read More »

SOMALIA / PEACE AND SECURITY COUNCIL

The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union held a meeting with President H.E Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud, who welcomed the Council's recent endorsement of the recommendations of a joint AU-UN assessment mission to have more support to the Somali National Security Forces (SNSF) and AMISOM.  AU UN IST  

25 Oct 2013 | Read More »

UN / SYRIA AMOS

UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos said that despite the Council's "grave alarm" at the rapid deterioration of the humanitarian situation inSyria, the fighting continues. She also noted "worrying" reports of rapidly increasing malnutrition. "People suffering from chronic illnesses, such as cancer and diabetes, lack access to treatment, and they also are dying. Silently." UNTV

25 Oct 2013 | Read More »

MYANMAR/ CONFLICT AID

WFP has been providing regular food assistance to displaced people in Rakhine state since the outbreak of communal violence in June 2012. Currently, WFP reaches 142,000 people per month in and around Sittwe. WFP

25 Oct 2013 | Read More »

TURKEY/SYRIANS CARPETS

Forty Syrian refugees were  given a crash course in carpet weaving at Adiyaman camp in Turkey. The workshops have been a success, the carpets are now being sold in the US and UK. UNHCR

25 Oct 2013 | Read More »

CAR/ MILITIA ATTACKS

In August this year, members of a militia group attacked two areas in the north-west of the Central African Republic. The attacks forced thousands of villagers to flee into the bush to find safety. Now they are struggling to survive. UNHCR

25 Oct 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / SYRIA POLIO

A large scale vaccination campaign is underway in Syria, led by UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO), following reports of an outbreak of polio in the country. CH UNTV

25 Oct 2013 | Read More »

UN / ABYEI

The Security Council urgently called for all concerned to refrain from any unilateral action that would heighten tensions or impede a solution. It called on parties to resume immediate negotiations to reach agreement on Abyei's final status under the auspices of the African Union High Implementation Panel. UNTV/ UNMISS

24 Oct 2013 | Read More »

IMF/BRIEFING

At the International Monetary Fund's first briefing since the Annual Meetings, spokesman William Murray addressed questions on Ireland, Argentina, the U.S. and taxation.  

24 Oct 2013 | Read More »

UN/ HUMAN RIGHTS WRAP

Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea  Sheila B. Keetharuth said the current human rights situation in the country was "desperately bleak," to the point where people attempt to flee even while aware of a "shoot to kill policy" by the government. UNTV

24 Oct 2013 | Read More »

NY / UN DAY

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon greeted New Yorkers and tourists in Times Square as part of  UN Day celebrations. UNTV

24 Oct 2013 | Read More »

UN / HUMAN RIGHTS IRAN

Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran Ahmed Shaheed  welcomed the "small steps" taken by the new government in Iran, but added that overall, "the trend has been one of worsening of the human rights situation" over the past three years. UNTV

24 Oct 2013 | Read More »

TURKEY / SYRIAN REFUGEES AID

More than 10,000 Syrian Refugees have spilled over into the border town of Akcakale in Southern Turkey. The town abuts a refugee camp that holds 30,000 more Syrian refugees seeking safety. UNHCR

24 Oct 2013 | Read More »

ILO / RANA PLAZA

Six months on from theRana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh, the International Labour Organization is helping survivors develop new skills and find work. ILO  

24 Oct 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / UN DAY

South Sudan  joined the rest of the world in celebrating UN Day.  The Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter which led to the establishment of the organization. UNMISS

24 Oct 2013 | Read More »

UN / SYRIA UPDATE

The UN and the OPCW, dealing with Syria's chemical weapons programme, report that they have now visited 18 of the sites disclosed by Syria and that the work to render critical equipment inoperable "has begun at nearly all those sites." UNTV

23 Oct 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / BASHIR

South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, and Sudan's Omar al-Bashir agreed on Tuesday at a summit in Juba to expedite the formation of the Abyei Administration, its legislative council and the area police. UNMISS  

23 Oct 2013 | Read More »

UN / DARFUR

The situation in Sudan's Darfur region is marked by limited progress in the peace process, a troubling security situation and the continued need for substantial humanitarian assistance, officials representing the United Nations and the African Union told the Security Council today. UNIFEED / FILE

23 Oct 2013 | Read More »

TURKEY/SYRIAN URBAN REFUGEES

In Turkey there are more than 650,000 refugees from the conflict in Syria. 200,000 are housed in refugee camps along the border. But more than 460,000 live more precarious lives as urban refugees, many of them in the southern city of Urfa. UNHCR

23 Oct 2013 | Read More »

WHO / TB ADVANCER

Tuberculosis (TB) treatment has saved the lives of more than 22 million people, according to the WHO Global tuberculosis report 2013 published today (22 October). The report also reveals that the number of people ill with TB fell in 2012 to 8.6 million, with global TB deaths also decreasing to 1.3 million. WHO

23 Oct 2013 | Read More »

UN / SOLITARY CONFINEMENT

The UN special rapporteur on torture Juan Mendez said that his main concern about US prisons was the use of solitary confinement. The latest official request to gain access was dated 18 May and "it's still pending." UNTV

22 Oct 2013 | Read More »

CAR / CONFLICT EDUCATION

 Conflict in parts of Central African Republic (CAR) has led to widespread insecurity for school age children.  UNICEF is re-supplying and repairing schools, and helping teachers return to their posts whenever possible, but the most recent wave of violence in the north-west of the country is again putting more strain on an already fragile education [...]

22 Oct 2013 | Read More »

SYRIA / KAAG UPDATE WRAP

Head of the OPCW-UN Joint Mission Sigrid Kaag said the timeframes "are challenging" given the goal of the elimination of Syria's chemical weapons programme in the first half of 2014. Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman said that the UN is working hard to convene the Geneva conference in mid-November. POOL / UNTV

22 Oct 2013 | Read More »

UN / MIDDLE EAST

Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman said he welcomed the intensification of negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians but added that there have been worrisome developments on the ground that cannot be ignored. UNTV

22 Oct 2013 | Read More »

UNEP / LEAD PAINT LAUNCH

More than 90 years after theLeague of Nationscalled for a ban on lead in paint, and despite the existence of many safe alternatives, young children and pregnant mothers in the developing world are still exposed to high levels of the dangerous toxin through unsafe paints. UNEP / FILE/ARCHIVE

22 Oct 2013 | Read More »

IAEA / FUKUSHIMA

In a preliminary report, a group of UN experts said that good progress has been made by Japan in remediation efforts in areas affected by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident, while encouraging the Government to better communicate its decontamination goals to the public. FILE

22 Oct 2013 | Read More »

UN / DRC

The Special Representative for Democratic Republic of Congo, Martin Kobler, expressed disappointment that "after four long days and nights of negotiations until the early morning hours of today, it was not possible to reach a comprehensive deal" in Kampala for the amnesty, disarmament and integration of M23 rebels. UNTV / FILE

21 Oct 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / AIR POLLUTION

The UN Economic Commission for Europe says legislation is already in place and working to combat air pollution following last week's announcement from the World Health Organization (WHO) that air pollution causes cancer. CH UNTV/FILE

21 Oct 2013 | Read More »

DARFUR / FALLEN PEACEKEEPERS

Three Senegalese peacekeepers killed in an attack last week in Sudan's western Darfur region were remembered at a brief ceremony before being sent home to their final resting place. UNAMID  

21 Oct 2013 | Read More »

NIGER / GIRLS EDUCATION

UNICEF is promoting a girl-friendly school approach which provides children with the minimum conditions of study and encourage the presence of girls. In the south of  Niger, cultural pressure remains strong against the education of girls. Over 30 percent of girls in the country are married by the age of 15. UNICEF

19 Oct 2013 | Read More »

UN / SAUDI ARABIA COUNCIL SEAT

A UN spokesperson said that the Secretary-General has not received official notification from Saudi Arabia rejecting the Council seat and that he was looking forward to addressing "many important challenges" with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. UNTV

18 Oct 2013 | Read More »

UGANDA / BIRTH REGISTRATION

Over half of sub-Saharan children do not have birth certificates which limits their access to basic social services like health care and school. UNICEF and the Ugandan government have been pioneers in using mobile technology to create a robust centralized birth registration system. UNICEF

18 Oct 2013 | Read More »

UN / WOMEN PEACE AND SECURITY

The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a new resolution issuing a strong call on the international community to strengthen its commitment to ensuring that women play a more prominent role in conflict prevention, resolution and in post-war peacebuilding. UNTV

18 Oct 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / SYRIAN REFUGEES

The UN refugee agency said it was concerned about the difficulties Syrian refugees continued to endure in their attempts to seek safety and protection in Europe. CH UNTV  

18 Oct 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / GENEVA II

The spokesperson for the Joint Special Representative of the UN and the League of Arab States for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi said that the timetable and dates for Geneva II will be announced by the Secretary-General, "he’s the one who is convening the conference, he’s going to send invitations, he’s going to announce the dates in [...]

18 Oct 2013 | Read More »

GA/ SECURITY COUNCIL ELECTIONS

The United Nations General Assembly today elected Chad, Chile, Lithuania, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia to serve as non-permanent members on the Security Council for two-year terms beginning on 1 January 2014. UNTV

17 Oct 2013 | Read More »

UN / AIR POLLUTION CANCER

The specialised cancer agency of the World Health Organization, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), announced that it has classified outdoor air pollution as carcinogenic to humans (Group 1). WHO/ IARC / FILE

17 Oct 2013 | Read More »

IRAQ / SYRIAN REFUGEES HEALTH

In Kawergosk refugee camp, health volunteers give mothers and their newborn babies comfort and counselling amidst all the uncertainty of lives disrupted by conflict. UNICEF

17 Oct 2013 | Read More »

LEBANON / SYRIA EID AL ADHA

Eid Al-Adha is one the most important religious holidays celebrated by Muslim families through out the world. Talal and his family celebrated the holiday in the Terbol settlement in the  Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. UNHCR

17 Oct 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / WESTERN EQUATORIA

UNMISS continues to classify Western Equatoriaas a "green state," or security stable. The State is one of the ten states in South Sudan that was terrorized byUganda's Lord Resistance Army for years and thousands of civilians were displaced. UNMISS

17 Oct 2013 | Read More »

FAO / WORLD FOOD DAY

Better food systems are required in order to defeat hunger and malnutrition around the globe was the key message coming from the observance of World Food Day at FAO headquarters in Rome . FAO

17 Oct 2013 | Read More »

UN / MALI

UN special envoy for Mali Bert Koenders said that despite security challenges, there was an overall improvement in Mali but remains concerned about the fragile security situation in the north. UNTV

16 Oct 2013 | Read More »

UN / SYRIA KAAG

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of Sigrid Kaag as special coordinator of the OPCW-UN Joint Mission and on Syria he said the situation remains dangerous and unpredictable, adding "we have no illusions about the challenges ahead." UNTV

16 Oct 2013 | Read More »

SOMALIA / KENYAN FORCES

Members of the Kenyan Defence Force serving under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), have ended their tour of duty and are being replaced by a new battalion from Kenya, to serve in the peacekeeping mission. AU-UN/IST  

16 Oct 2013 | Read More »

VIETNAM / NO WASTE FARMING

'V-A-C' farming is a no-waste system integrating fish farming, raising livestock and growing fruit and vegetables, all on the same farm. Waste products from one part of the system are recycled and used as a resource by other parts of the system. FAO  

16 Oct 2013 | Read More »

DARFUR / ATTACK ON PEACEKEEPERS

Three  peacekeepers serving in the African Union – United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) died on Sunday after an attack by unidentified armed assailants in West Darfur. UNAMID

16 Oct 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / IRAN NUCLEAR TALKS

Officials from Iran, the European Union, the five permanent members of the United Nations (UN) Security Council and Germany began talks at the United Nations in Geneva on Tuesday (15 Oct). CH UNTV

16 Oct 2013 | Read More »

HAITI / SAFE PLAYGROUNDS

With a one million dollar founding grant from Disney, UNICEF launched a pilot program that uses playgrounds to help foster creativity and healthy development for children affected by disasters and emergencies.

15 Oct 2013 | Read More »

SOMALIA / MEDIA LAW

Since 2007, many Somali journalists have been targeted and killed because of their profession. Last year alone, there were 18 reported targeted murders and assassinations of media workers across the country. The Somali government is now drafting a bill that will provide industry standards and journalistic ethics as well as a level of legal protection [...]

15 Oct 2013 | Read More »

UN / SUDAN POLIO

A UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan said the two-week vaccination campaign is scheduled to go forward in South Kordofan and Blue Nile on 5 November, but the two sides must agree "on the mode of transporting vaccines and agree on cessation of hostilities.” OCHA/ FILE

14 Oct 2013 | Read More »

WORLD BANK / MALALA EDUCATION

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who was targeted by the Taliban because of her support for girl's education, urged governments around the world to support schools as much as they support their militaries and that fighting terrorism would be more effective that way. WORLD BANK

14 Oct 2013 | Read More »

OPCW / NOBEL PRIZE WRAP

The Norwegian Nobel Committee announced today (11 Oct) it was awarding the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) for its work eliminating chemical weapons.  

14 Oct 2013 | Read More »

KENYA / SOMALI FIREFIGHTERS TRAINING

 The UN mission inSomaliais training Somali firefighters inKenyaon emergency fire and rescue management. Although Al Qaeda linked militants have been pushed out of most urban cities and towns ofSomaliathey still hold areas in the Southern part of the country and still pose a challenge with suicide bombings within the country and attacks outside its boarders. [...]

12 Oct 2013 | Read More »

AFGHANISTAN / GIRL CHILD EDUCATION

In celebration of the International Day of the Girl Child UNICEF is highlighting fresh and creative perspectives that propel girls' education forward. In Afghanistan’s Sangbast village, many girls were unable to go to school because it was too far away. But the village elders turned things around by bringing new opportunities to their doorstep UNICEF

12 Oct 2013 | Read More »

SYRIA/ NOBEL CHEMICAL WEAPONS INSPECTORS

The OPCW team recieves a letter of congratulations from Director General Ahmet Üzümcü  for wining the Nobel Prize for their work toward eliminating chemical weapons.  POOL

11 Oct 2013 | Read More »

IMF / LATIN AMERICA ECONOMIES

The economies of Latin America and the Caribbean remain in low gear, held back by a less favorable external environment and, in some cases, domestic supply constraints, the IMF said. IMF

11 Oct 2013 | Read More »

WORLD BANK / MALALA NOBEL

Speaking at the World Bank, Malala Yousafzai said education was crucial to improving the lives of girls and poverty prevents families from sending their children to school. She also said she was gratified to have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize because she hoped it drew attention to her campaign to improve the lives [...]

11 Oct 2013 | Read More »

UN / SYRIA OPCW-UN JOINT MISSION

The Security Council has formally approved a first-ever joint United Nations mission with the Nobel Peace Prize-winning global chemical weapons watchdog to oversee the destruction of Syria's stockpiles and production facilities. UNTV

11 Oct 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA/ IRAQ EXECUTIONS

The United Nations human rights Office (OHCHR) today (11 October) called on the Iraqi Government to immediately halt all executions immediately following reports that authorities put 42 individuals to death over the past two days. UNTV

11 Oct 2013 | Read More »

IMF / EUROPE ECONOMIES

The International Monetary Fund reported that European economies face challenges despite improvements over the last six months to year. IMF

11 Oct 2013 | Read More »

JORDAN / ZA' TARI TAE-KWON-DO

The South Korean government is funding an initiative to teach Tae-kwon-do to young Syrian refugees at Za'atari Camp inJordan. UNHCR

11 Oct 2013 | Read More »

OPCW / SG NOBEL PRIZE

Hailing its work on disarmament and non-proliferation, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated the OPCW and said this recognition “occurs nearly 100 years after the first chemical attack and 50 days after the appalling use of chemical weapons in Syria.” UNTV  

11 Oct 2013 | Read More »

UN / SYRIA

After closed consultations on Syria, Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin told reporters today (10 October) that Security Council members had heard "a very strong presentation"  from United Nations Chef de Cabinet, Susana Malcorra,  regarding a proposal submitted by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles. UNTV / OPCW

10 Oct 2013 | Read More »

UN / CAR

Seriously concerned by the deteriorating security situation and widespread human rights abuses in the Central African Republic (CAR), the Security Council today (10 October) reinforced and updated the United Nations peacebuilding office in the country, while also calling for a political resolution to the conflict. UNTV

10 Oct 2013 | Read More »

IMF / LAGARDE

International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde said on Thursday that reduced economic growth projections released this week by the IMF "clearly indicates there is recovery, but that it is slow and that it is unbalanced." IMF

10 Oct 2013 | Read More »

WORLD BANK / POVERTY

World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim said the institution is going through a process of renewal and set a new interim goal to reduce extreme poverty to 9 percent by 2020. Kim, also expressed concerns about the US budget deadlock negatively affecting international development. WORLD BANK

10 Oct 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / LIBRARY

A new library has opened at South Sudan's police training college in Rajaf, British Ambassador to South Sudan Ian Hughes said his country was supporting this so that it contributes “towards that succesful police service that the country needs.” UNMISS

10 Oct 2013 | Read More »

UN / HAITI

Commenting on the law suit brought against the United Nations for its alleged responsibility for the introduction of cholera into Haiti, French Ambassador Gérard Araud expressed trust in the US court system and said he was sure “the UN will accept the decision of the court.” UNTV

10 Oct 2013 | Read More »

UNICEF / GIRL CHILD OVERVIEW

This year the International Day of the Girl Child (Friday 11 October) celebrates the use of innovation to advance girls’ education, looking at ways to get girls learning that are creative, effective, sustainable and just. UNICEF   .

10 Oct 2013 | Read More »

JORDAN / SYRIA WEDDING

For Majdi and Fatma, a young Syrian couple living in Za’atri refugee camp, their wedding was a day of celebration. There are about ten weddings a week in Za’atri, a bittersweet moment – being so far from home and with so many questions about the future. UNHCR

10 Oct 2013 | Read More »

UN / UN BUDGET

The top United Nations management official, Yukio Takasu, said that the  financial position of the UN as a whole is sound, however the situation for the regular budget, is "very, very tight."

9 Oct 2013 | Read More »

IMF / GLOBAL FINANCIAL STABILITY REPORT PRESSER

Policymakers need to carefully navigate a series of important transitions facing the global financial system, according to the IMF's latest Global Financial Stability Report. A failure to implement effective policies and reforms could potentially derail a smooth transition to greater financial stability. IMF

9 Oct 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN/ HILDE JOHNSON

The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General (SRSG) and Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Ms. Hilde F. Johnson, concluded yesterday October 8th a two-day visit to Northern Bahr el Ghazal. UNMISS

9 Oct 2013 | Read More »

IMF / GLOBAL FINANCIAL STABILITY REPORT PREVIEW

Policymakers need to carefully navigate a series of important transitions facing the global financial system, according to the IMF's latest Global Financial Stability Report. IMF

9 Oct 2013 | Read More »

BURUNDI / CHILD PROTECTON

As part of the "ENDViolence Against Children campaign", UNICEF profiles a pilot project that brings light and safety to the most vulnerable. The LED light, called Nuru, a Swahili word which means 'to brighten,' is bringing safe and affordable energy source to families in Burundi, and helping women and children safely navigate their world. UNICEF

8 Oct 2013 | Read More »

UN / SYRIA CHEMICAL WEAPONS PLAN

Nearly 100 United Nations and chemical weapons experts will be deployed over the coming months in a joint mission overseeing the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles, with many members of the team to be based in Cyprus due to the dangers on the ground in the war-torn country, under a proposal submitted by Secretary-General [...]

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IMF/ WORLD ECONOMIC OUTLOOK PRESSER

The IMF downgraded its outlook for the global economy Tuesday at the beginning of the Annual Meetings taking place inWashington,DC. IMF  

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GENEVA/ SPORT AND RACISM

Speaking at an event on sport and racism organised by the United Nations Human Rights Office inGenevayesterday, the President of the European Football governing body, UEFA, President Michele Platini observed that societal pressures and prejudices have filtered into Football creating discrimination challenges. OHCHR

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IMF / WORLD ECONOMIC OUTLOOK PREVIEW

Global growth is still in low gear and the drivers of growth are shifting, says the International Monetary Fund (IMF)'s latest World Economic Outlook (WEO) report. The IMF forecasts global growth to average 2.9 percent in 2013—below the 3.2 percent recorded in 2012—and to rise to 3.6 percent in 2014. IMF

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DRC/ SECURITY COUNCIL

On a visit to the Great Lakes region, the Security Council travelled to Kinshasa where they met with President Joseph Kabila and to Goma, where they met civil society representatives and discussed sexual violence in conflict and child protection. MONUSCO

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UN/ SYRIA UPDATE

A joint team of United Nations and international inspectors on Sunday began to oversee the process of dismantling and destroying Syria’s chemical weapons production programme, it was announced by Martin Nesirky, Spokesperson for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UNTV

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GA / FINANCING FOR DEVELOPMENT

Speaking to a General Assembly High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed deep concern about the recent decline in official development assistance (ODA) and said that "for many developing countries, and in particular the most vulnerable, predictable levels of ODA remain critical." UNTV

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UN / ISRAEL YA'ALON

Secreatry-General Ban Ki-moon met with Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon at the United Nations in New York. UNTV

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NIGER / GIRL'S EDUCATION

Seventeen-year-old Balkissa Ado is the first girl in her village who continued her studies after primary school. A rarity considering the nearest secondary school is about an hour and a half away – this deters parents from sending girls to school. UNICEF

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WORLD BANK / WORKING WOMEN

Out of 143 economies surveyed, at least 90 percent had one or more legal differences that hinder women's ability to work and open businesses, according to the report Women, Business and the Law 2014, issued jointly by the World Bank Group and the International Finance Corporation (IFC.) WORLD BANK

5 Oct 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN/ MINE ACTION

As part of ongoing efforts to improve the handling of ammunition, the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) recently handed over a newly refurbished armoury to South Sudan police force officials in Juba. UNMISS

5 Oct 2013 | Read More »

UN / SUSTAINABLE CITIES

UN officials said that cities must boost efforts to become more resilient to natural disasters as well as provide their citizens with methods of alternative transportation to thrive. UNTV

4 Oct 2013 | Read More »

UN / CHEMICAL WEAPONS

A UN spokesperson said the OPCW was reviewing additional information received from Syria in connection to its chemical weapons stockpiles and the initial disabling of equipment could start as early as next week. UNTV

4 Oct 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / LAMPEDUSA BOAT

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said that rescue efforts on southernItaly’sLampedusaIslandare now focused on helping survivors. Some 111 bodies have been recovered so far, but with a reported 500 people on board, it is feared that many bodies remain trapped in the wreckage on the sea floor. CH UNTV

4 Oct 2013 | Read More »

IMF / LAGARDE

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde says that countries need to work together even more closely to manage new transitions under way in the global economy. IMF

3 Oct 2013 | Read More »

AFGHANISTAN / KUBIŠ ELECTIONS

 The Head of the United Nations mission in Afghanistan, Ján Kubiš today highlighted that the quality of preparations for the country's upcoming Presidential elections had already created a positive environment for long-term international assistance to Afghanistan after 2014. UNAMA

3 Oct 2013 | Read More »

UN / SYRIA CHEMICAL WEAPONS UPDATE

Martin Nesirky, the Spokesperson for the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, says that the joint UN and Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) team has made "encouraging initial progress", following the first working day of meetings with Syrian authorities. UNTV  

3 Oct 2013 | Read More »

GA / MIGRATION WRAP

As the General Assembly High-level Dialogue on Migration and Development opened today in New York, the Special Rapporteur on the protection of migrants, Francois Crepeau, told reporters that "treating irregular migration only by repressive measures" will produce tragedies such as the sinking yesterday of a boat carrying hundreds of migrants off the coast of Lampedusa. [...]

3 Oct 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / LAMPEDUSA BOAT ACCIDENT

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) expressed shock at the capsizing of a boat off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa which has reportedly led to the death of over 90 African migrants. UNHCR

3 Oct 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / CHILD SOLDIERS

Following the expiration of a grace period for proper reporting of children associated with the army, South Sudan will investigate and take punitive action on all incidents of child recruitment, child use or school occupation by armed forces, the head of the national army's Child Protection Unit said in Juba today. UNMISS

2 Oct 2013 | Read More »

UN / IRAN

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets again with Iran's Foreign Minister Jawad Zarif. They met on 19 September to discussIran’s growing cooperation with the international community on a host of issues, including the nuclear file, as well the role Iran could play in promoting a political solution to the conflict inSyria. UNTV

2 Oct 2013 | Read More »

IMF/ GLOBAL FINANCIAL STABILITY

How banks fund their operations is slowly changing for the better in the wake of the crisis, although some distressed banks are still having difficulties. In new research that is part of the Global Financial Stability Report, the IMF explores how global regulatory reforms will affect how banks fund themselves. IMF

2 Oct 2013 | Read More »

UN / SYRIA HUMANITARIAN WRAP

British Ambassador Sir Mark Lyall Grant said that the aim of the presidential statement today was to facilitate access for humanitarian relief to all parts of Syria. "It stresses in particular the need for safe and unhindered access for all humanitarian workers." UNTV/FILE    

2 Oct 2013 | Read More »

ICC/ KENYA BRIBE

The International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant ) for a man accused of bribing a prosecution witness in the case against Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto.  

2 Oct 2013 | Read More »

WORLD BANK / KIM

World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim said that extreme poverty was "the defining moral issue of our time." On the eve of the World Bank Group/IMF Annual Meetings, Kim said the Bank must be bold and not be afraid to take "smart risks" to support projects that have the potential to transform a country [...]

2 Oct 2013 | Read More »

GA / ISRAEL

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel will not allow Iran to get nuclear weapons. "If Israel is forced to stand alone, Israel will stand alone." UNTV

1 Oct 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH AFRICA / CAPITAL INFLOWS

South Africa faces low growth, widespread unemployment, and a high reliance on foreign capital inflows. The weak global economic outlook is not helping but, the IMF says in its regular review ofAfrica's largest economy, moving forward with planned structural reforms would boost growth and create jobs for a growing population. IMF

1 Oct 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / TORTURE

According to a newly released UN report, torture is widespread in Libyan detention centres and nearly 8,000 detainees are being held in Libyan jails without access to family or legal assistance. CH UNTV

1 Oct 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / SYRIA FOOD AID

WFP Emergency Coordinator for Syria Muhannad Hadi said that it was increasingly difficult to deliver food to people in need in the country and that there were parts of the country that the agency has not been able to reach since the beginning of the crisis. CH UNTV

1 Oct 2013 | Read More »

WFP / STATE OF FOOD INSECURITY IN THE WORLD

Some 842 million people, or roughly one in eight, suffered from chronic hunger in 2011-13, not getting enough food to lead active and healthy lives according to a report released by the UN food agencies. WFP

1 Oct 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / SYRIA REFUGEES PRESSER

Following the UNHCR Syria's high-level meeting on the crisis António Guterres, welcomed pledges by a number of countries for resettlement of vulnerable Syrian refugees. UNHCR

1 Oct 2013 | Read More »

 

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