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BOSTWANA / HIV COUNCELLORS

UNICEF’s “Children and AIDS: Sixth Stocktaking Report” released Friday notes great progress in preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV, but raises the alarm on the trajectory of AIDS deaths among adolescents. In Botswana, lay counsellors play a vital role in the fight against HIV. UNICEF

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ITALY / STRANDED REFUGEES

Growing numbers of Syrians have been trying to reachEuropeafter fleeing their war-torn country. In the northern Italian commercial and financial centre ofMilan, a refugee shelter was created in a day after large numbers of Syrian families were found camping in front of the Milan Central railway station. UNHCR

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UNHCR / SYRIAN REFUGEE REPORT

A UNHCR survey of Syrian refugee children in Lebanon and Jordan has found widespread psychological distress, many children living alone or separated from their parents, most receiving no education and extensive involvement of children in illegal labour. UNHCR High Commissioner António Guterres visitedLebanonto highlight the findings of this report. UNHCR

29 Nov 2013 | Read More »

SOMALIA / GENERAL NTIGURIRWA

The new commander of the military section of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) Lt. Gen. Silas Ntigurirwa of Burundi has arrived today in the Somali capital Mogadishu. The AMISOM force expects a capacity boost following a UN resolution that recently approved an additional 4,400 troops. UN AU IST

29 Nov 2013 | Read More »

COTE D'IVOIRE / HIV COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER

UNICEF's "Children and AIDS: Sixth Stocktaking Report" released Friday  notes great progress in preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV, but raises the alarm on the trajectory of AIDS deaths among adolescents.Côte d'Ivoirehas made remarkable progress in decreasing the number of new HIV infections among children. However, more than two thirds of eligible pregnant women living with [...]

29 Nov 2013 | Read More »

UN / WORLD AIDS DAY ADVANCER

Ahead of the World AIDS Day (1 Dec) WHO releases their first publication to target specific needs of adolescents both living with HIV and of those in risk of infection.  UNAIDS estimates that more than 2 million adolescents are living with HIV, and many do not receive the care and support that they need to stay in good [...]

29 Nov 2013 | Read More »

PHILIPPINES / FOOD AID UPDATE WFP

World Food Programme (WFP) continues assisting the population affected in thePhilippinesby Super-Typhoon Haiyan extending its reach with airlifts, ferry services and trucks.

29 Nov 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / MERS CAMELS

The World Health Organization  said the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome that has killed 68 people has been confirmed in a herd of camels in a barn linked to two human cases in Qatar. CH UNTV

29 Nov 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA/ IOM MIGRANT DEATHS

The International Organization for Migration is calling for a comprehensive approach to migration management following the death of 30 Haitian migrants at sea earlier this week off the Bahamas.  CH UNTV  

29 Nov 2013 | Read More »

DRC / HIV

In August 2013 the Democratic Republic of Congo was among the first African countries to introduce Option B+, an innovative approach to eliminate new HIV infections in children. UNICEF

28 Nov 2013 | Read More »

BOTSWANA / HIV COUNCELLORS

On Friday 29 November, UNICEF releases Children and AIDS: Sixth Stocktaking Report, the first report of its kind since 2010. In Botswana, HIV counsellors  combined with routine testing for all pregnant mothers and  free anti-retroviral drugs would prove to be the turning point in the fight against HIV in a country with one of the highest [...]

28 Nov 2013 | Read More »

GAZA/ ARCHIVES

The work of UNRWA photographers and filmmakers since the establishment of the Agency in 1950 is currently being unveiled in a digitization project that is making the audiovisual history of the Palestine refugees available in the modern media era. UNRWA photographers and filmmakers are the main contributors to this collection, spanning from the aftermath of [...]

27 Nov 2013 | Read More »

UN / CHINA

China's Ambassador Liu Jieyi said that members of the international community who have influence must work together towards the same objective to achieve a political outcome inSyriaand that "the more regional players get involved in this process the better." UNTV  

27 Nov 2013 | Read More »

ICC /BEMBA

Former Democratic Republic of Congo vice president, Jean Pierre Bemba, who is on trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) for murder, rape and pillaging in Central African Republic, appeared before the judge Wednesday on charges of conspiring with his lawyer and others to present false evidence in his ongoing trial. ICC

27 Nov 2013 | Read More »

UN / SUSTAINABLE ENERGY WRAP

The United Nations and the World Bank today announced a concerted effort by governments, international agencies, civil society and the private sector to scale up efforts to provide sustainable energy to all. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said "it is clear that we need a transformation in how we produce, use and share energy.”  UNTV/ FILE

27 Nov 2013 | Read More »

IMF / MEXICO ECONOMIC OUTLOOK

In its annual economic check-up of Mexico's economy, the International Monetary Fund said thatCanadahas made impressive reforms in its economy which should pay off with stronger growth next year. IMF

27 Nov 2013 | Read More »

COTE D'VOIRE / HIV

On Friday 29 November, UNICEF will release Children and AIDS: Sixth Stocktaking Report, the first report of its kind since 2010. InCôte d'Ivoire, 13 year old "Jean" is coming to terms with his HIV positive status despite the stigma associated with HIV. UNICEF  

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UN / LEBANON

In a presidential statement, the Security Council appealed to all Lebanese people to "preserve national unity in the face of attempts to undermine the country's stability and stressed the importance for all Lebanese parties to respect Lebanon's policy of disassociation and to refrain from any involvement in the Syrian crisis, consistent with their commitment in [...]

26 Nov 2013 | Read More »

UN/ DRC CHILDREN

Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, recently back from a week-long visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), said that at this important moment in the peace process in eastern DRC, "we must seize every opportunity to better protect children affected by conflict-related violence." UNTV

26 Nov 2013 | Read More »

UN / CYBER PRIVACY

The General Assembly’s human rights committee unanimously approved a resolution sponsored by Brazil and Germany protecting the right to privacy against unlawful online surveillance. UNTV

26 Nov 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / EGYPT HUMAN RIGHTS

he UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has condemned a new law restricting public protests which has been signed by the interim President Adly Mansour. UNTV

26 Nov 2013 | Read More »

JORDAN / WINTER REFUGEES

As winter approaches, Syrian refugees in Za'atari Refugee Camp in Jordan work to protect themselves from what forecasters say will be one of the worst winters in decades. UNHCR

26 Nov 2013 | Read More »

PHILIPPINES / DEBRIS REMOVAL

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) began debris removal projects by providing cash-for-work to villagers hit hard by typhoon Haiyan. Local communities started clearing rubble and medical waste, earning much needed income to get back on track after the destruction from the typhoon, while also easing access routes for humanitarian supplies. UNDP

26 Nov 2013 | Read More »

UN / CAR

The Security Council today (25 November) heard a briefing by UN and African officials who spoke of the need of a robust peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR).  Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said the country was "descending into complete chaos before our eyes." UNTV

25 Nov 2013 | Read More »

UN / ARAB IDOL

Mohammed Assaf, winner of the winner of Arab Idol television music contest and UNRWA’s first ever “Regional Youth Ambassador for Palestine Refugees” visited the United Nations today where he participated in the Observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, and spoke to UNifeed. UNTV

25 Nov 2013 | Read More »

UN / PALESTINE SOLIDARITY

A statement from Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas read by Ambassador Ryiad Mansour reaffirmed commitments and readiness to the peace process despite diminishing hope due to Israeli violations, and added that "our hand remains extended in peace."  UNTV

25 Nov 2013 | Read More »

UN / IRAQ

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, Nickolay Mladenov, told the Security Council that terrorism, which has killed "just under 9,000 civilians and members of Iraqi Security Forces" In the past four months, "remains a significant threat to Iraq." He said the continuation of the conflict in Syria "has had a significant impact on [...]

25 Nov 2013 | Read More »

MALI / ELECTIONS

Parliamentary elections in Mali on Sunday had low voter turnout along with some reports of violence and intimidation in the troubled north of the country. MINUSMA  

25 Nov 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / BRAHIMI WRAP

Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the League of Arab States for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi said that the list of participants at Syria peace to be held in January has yet to be finalized, leaving open the question of whether Iran would be at the table. CH UNTV

25 Nov 2013 | Read More »

UN / BAN GENEVA II

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced that the Geneva conference on Syria would take place on January 22, 2014, adding that "all parties can and must begin now to take steps to help the Geneva conference succeed, including toward the cessation of violence, humanitarian access, release of detainees and return of Syrian refugees and internally displaced people [...]

25 Nov 2013 | Read More »

UN / GUETTA

International music star David Guetta, together with the United Nations and international aid organizations recently launched a music video  for the new track 'One Voice', in support of "The World Needs More___" campaign to raise funds for humanitarian emergencies.  UNTV

25 Nov 2013 | Read More »

LAMPEDUSA / SYRIAN REFUGEES

In the last year, more than 13,000 people have arrived inLampedusa,Italy. Many have died attempting the crossing. Young men from across the African continent mix with families fromSyrialooking for security and stability inEurope. UNHCR

23 Nov 2013 | Read More »

UN/ FAO FAMILY FARMING LAUNCH

The United Nations launched the 2014 International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) to stress the vast potential family farmers have to eradicate hunger and preserve natural resources. UNTV/ FAO

22 Nov 2013 | Read More »

WORLD BANK / HAIYAN AID

In a telephone call with Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino today, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim expressed sympathy to the government and people of the Philippines for the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), and offered US$480 million in additional financial assistance to help communities lead the reconstruction effort. This followed the US$500 [...]

22 Nov 2013 | Read More »

UN / AMOS

Just back from her second visit to the area in a week following the devastation wrought by Typhoon Haiyan, UN Humanitarian Coordinator Valerie Amos  said the Philippines "has one of the best disaster management systems in the world, but the sheer scale of this typhoon and the storm surge that accompanied it in some places [...]

22 Nov 2013 | Read More »

BULGARIA / GUTERRES SYRIAN REFUGEES

High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres and European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis, Kristalina Georgiev visited the Vrazhdebna reception centre inBulgaria  to meet with Syrian Refugees. UNHCR

22 Nov 2013 | Read More »

FRANCE/ MALALA EU SAKHAROV PRIZE

European parliamentarians this week applauded and honoured the first child ever to receive the Sakharov prize, Europe's top human rights award. Malala Yousafzai, dedicated her award to Pakistan's 'unsung heroes and called on European parliamentarians to do more for children's rights. UNICEF

22 Nov 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / CAR CHILD SOLDIERS

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said Friday that the number of children caught up with armed groups has increased to between five to six thousand children in the Central African Republic (CAR). Poverty, displacement and an increase in armed groups mean children are more vulnerable to recruitment. CH UNTV

22 Nov 2013 | Read More »

IMF/ GREECE

The IMF said Thursday thatGreecehas no immediate financing needs despite a delay in the next tranche in its program. IMF

21 Nov 2013 | Read More »

IMF / PAKISTAN

The IMF said Thursday that it remains supportive of Pakistan's efforts to build up reserves and put in place programs to help the poor. IMF

21 Nov 2013 | Read More »

UN/ BLAIR WRAP

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said that in the 21st Century "education is a security issue" and it should be used to "open young minds" to "those who are culturally and religiously different. Asked about reports that his government allowed the NSA to collect information on British citizens, he said that it must be [...]

21 Nov 2013 | Read More »

LEBANON / ARSAL INFLUX SYRIAN REFUGEES

In Syria, an estimated 6,000 people have fled their homes in Qarah, making their way over the border into easternLebanondue to a reported escalation of violence there. UNHCR  

21 Nov 2013 | Read More »

LEBANON / ARSAL INFLUX FOOD AID

Humanitarian agencies are responding to an influx of more than 13,000 Syrian refugees who arrived to Arsal over the past week, following heavy fighting in the Qalamoun area ofDamascus. Arsal was already hosting some 19,500 refugees and more are expected to arrive in the coming days. WFP

21 Nov 2013 | Read More »

KENYA / CHILD HELPLINE

As the world marks Universal Children's Day, the anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF is urging that a much stronger light be shone on the millions of children in every country who are victims of violence and abuse that continue to go unnoticed and under-reported. A helpline in Kenya [...]

20 Nov 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / IRAN NUCLEAR TALKS

Talks have resumed in Geneva, between Iran and the permanent five members of the UN Security Council plus Germany, on Iran’s disputed nuclear programme, chaired by EU foreign policy envoy Catherine Ashton.  International negotiators want Tehran to take specific steps to prevent it from ever being able to make nuclear weapons. In return, they promise [...]

20 Nov 2013 | Read More »

UN/ AIDS RESPONSE UPDATE

Accelerated progress in HIV/AIDS response has been reported in most parts of the world; however, there are worrying signs that some regions and countries are not on track to meet global targets and commitments on HIV. FILE

20 Nov 2013 | Read More »

UN / LRA

The UN Special Representative for Central Africa Abou Moussa said that military operations have degraded the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and limited it to pursuing survival tactics. AU Special Envoy for LRA Issues  Francisco Madeira said LRA Leader Joseph Kony  ”is on the run". UNTV  

20 Nov 2013 | Read More »

UN / KOSOVO

The United Nations top official in Kosovo, Farid Zarif, told the Security Council that after the successful conduct of Kosovo-wide municipal elections, the process for the normalization of relations between Pristina and Belgrade "has passed an important milestone and has entered a critically and and broadly more challenging phase."  

19 Nov 2013 | Read More »

PHILIPPINES / TACLOBAN HAIYAN

Eighty per cent of the people in Tacloban now have access to clean water, after the Government of the Philippines together with UNICEF and other partners restored water supply to the city. UNICEF

19 Nov 2013 | Read More »

UN / WORLD TOILET DAY WRAP

With its first official observance of World Toilet Day, the United Nations today (19 November) called on the international community to help break taboos around toilets, which are still out of reach to more than one-third of the global population, and make sanitation a global development priority. UNTV

19 Nov 2013 | Read More »

UN / MIDDLE EAST

Four months since their resumption, Israeli-Palestinian negotiations have reached a delicate moment, the United Nations political chief told the Security Council today, warning that the consequences of failure would be dire for both parties. UNTV

19 Nov 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / MALARIA

The film director Richard Curtis briefed journalists in Geneva Tuesday before a screening of “Mary and Martha”, a new film about Malaria told through two mothers who lose their children to this disease.  CH UNTV

19 Nov 2013 | Read More »

UN / SOMALIA

The United Nations Security Council reiterated its calls on the international community to fight piracy and armed robbery at sea, which continue to pose a threat to the delivery of humanitarian aid to the country. In its resolution, the Council urged Member States to work in conjunction with relevant international organizations to adopt legislation to [...]

18 Nov 2013 | Read More »

POLAND / BAN AUSCHWITZ

Visiting the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland, where millions of Jews and members of other minorities perished during the Second World War, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged that its victims be honored by ensuring dignity and fundamental freedoms for all. CH UNTV

18 Nov 2013 | Read More »

WORLD BANK/ CLIMATE CHANGE

The President of World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim, said today (18 November) that Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines "should be another wake up call for us" and noted that extreme weather events “hit hardest for the poorest.”  WORLD BANK

18 Nov 2013 | Read More »

LITHUANIA / BAN

The arrival to Lithuania of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon coincided with the International Day of Tolerance and marked the first visit of the UN’s Secretary General to the Baltic republic since it’s independence in March 11, 1990.  LRT

18 Nov 2013 | Read More »

UNHCR / PHILIPPINES TYPHOON EMERGENCY RELIEF

The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos requests airlifts for more relief supplies, UNHCR has increased its total requirements to USD 15 million. UNHCR

18 Nov 2013 | Read More »

UN/ SOUTH SUDAN

Beset by enormous challenges in extending the Government's authority, deadly inter-communal conflict, and human rights abuses by the security forces, South Sudan is "travelling a bumpy road" despite some positive signs, the top United Nations envoy for the world's youngest nation warned today. UNTV

18 Nov 2013 | Read More »

WFP / PHILIPPINES TYPHOON COUSIN

Meeting with survivors in Tacloban Sunday (17 Nov), WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin acknowledged the strength of the local people, who are working shoulder-to-shoulder with WFP and other relief organizations to respond to the disaster. WFP

18 Nov 2013 | Read More »

SOMALIA / RADIO MOGADISHU ARCHIVE DIGITIZATION

After more than 60 years of analogue storage in an inadequate environment, the Radio Mogadishu audio archive is being digitized in order to save it from deterioration and introduce the unique Somali historical recordings to new audience. AU/UN IST

16 Nov 2013 | Read More »

UN / GING PHILIPPINES TYPHOON UPDATE

The Director of the Operation Division for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, John Ging, said 13 million people have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Ging said 1.9 million people have been displaced, 287,000 homes were severely damaged and, according to the Philippine Government, 3,600 people have died. UNTV

15 Nov 2013 | Read More »

UN / KENYA ICC

A resolution before the United Nations Security Council on the deferral of the International Criminal Court (ICC) trials of Kenya's President and his deputy failed to pass when it was put to the vote. Ambassador Eugene Richard Gasana of Rwanda said that the Security Council “failed Kenya and Africa on this issue." UNTV

15 Nov 2013 | Read More »

WFP / PHILIPPINES TYPHOON UPDATE

WFP started helicopter flights to delivery high energy biscuits to islands in the outlying areas of Philippines namely to communities of Guiuan, Eastern Samar, and other parts of Leyte.  WFP

15 Nov 2013 | Read More »

SOMALIA / SCHOOL

Following two decades of incessant conflict in Somalia, school enrollment rates are among the lowest in the world. Just four out of ten children are in school. In September, the Somali government launched the Go2School Initiative. AU/ UN IST

15 Nov 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / LIVESTOCK PATROL

Strengthening efforts to prevent and respond to cattle raiding in Jonglei State, South Sudan National Police Service (SSNPS) officers have completed a training course in Malou, Bor County. UNMISS

15 Nov 2013 | Read More »

UNHCR / TYPHOON SURVIVORS

The UN estimates that 11.8 million people were affected by the disaster, including over 920,000 uprooted from their homes. More than 4,400 deaths have been reported so far. The Philippine island of Cebu is receiving thousands of evacuees from worst effected areas, including Tacloban and Samar.  UNHCR

14 Nov 2013 | Read More »

PHILIPPINES/ AMOS

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos visited the storm ravaged Philippines. OCHA

14 Nov 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / HUMANITARIAN APPEAL

The Government of South Sudan and aid agencies launched a US$1.1 billion humanitarian appeal for the 2014-2016 period in order to meet the needs of the most vulnerable 3.1 million people across the country in 2014. UNMISS

14 Nov 2013 | Read More »

LEBANON / POLIO

With nearly 730,000 registered refugees from Syria – more than half of them children – Lebanon faces a major challenge in maintaining its polio-free status.  UNICEF, in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health and local NGOs, provided 1.5 million vaccination shots to reach 750,000 children in Lebanon, regardless of nationality. UNICEF

14 Nov 2013 | Read More »

UN / LIBYA

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou B. Bensouda,  strongly urged the Libyan Government to surrender Saif Al-Islam Qadhafi,  to the Court "without further delay." UNTV

14 Nov 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / MIA FARROW

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow today pleaded for urgent action to stem violence in the Central African Republic that is taking a heavy toll on the civilian population, especially women and children. CH-UNTV

14 Nov 2013 | Read More »

CAR / MIA FARROW

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow travelled to one of the 'ghost' villages in the north west region of the Central African Republic to advocate for the over 40,000 people who have been displaced by recent violence. UNICEF

14 Nov 2013 | Read More »

AFGHANISTAN / DRUGS

Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan rose to record levels this year with a 36 percent increase compared to last year, according to a new survey launched by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and the Afghan Government. UNAMA

13 Nov 2013 | Read More »

WFP / PHILIPPINES TYPHOON HAIYAN

WFP rice was distributed to 49,000 people in the Tacloban area today (13 Nov) through family packs handed out by the Department of Social Welfare and Development. The packs contain rice and canned goods. WFP

13 Nov 2013 | Read More »

SOMALIA / JOWHAR FLOODS

As Somalia recovers from a tropical cyclone that battered its north-east regions killing at least 100 people, another humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Jowhar in the south of the country. Following heavy rains in the Horn of Africa, the River Shabelle burst its banks, submerging entire villages and farms in its path. AU/UN IST

13 Nov 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / WMO CLIMATE

The WMO Secretary-General said because of the sea-level rise the damage in the Philippines was greater than it would have been a hundred years ago with similar wind conditions. CH-UNTV

13 Nov 2013 | Read More »

UN / SOMALIA

The United Nations Security Council today (12 November) authorized a temporary boost for the African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia of over 4,000 troops and an expanded logistical package so it can maintain basic security and respond to the evolving threat from Al-Shabaab insurgents.  UNTV

12 Nov 2013 | Read More »

UN / LATIN AMERICA HUMAN DEVELOPMENT REPORT

Latin America remains the most unequal and most insecure region in the world, the United Nations reported today (12 Nov), calling for inclusive economic growth and enhanced security and justice institutions as the most efficient ways to reduce insecurity. UNTV

12 Nov 2013 | Read More »

UNICEF / PHILIPPINES TYPHOON HAIYAN

UNICEF's Director of Emergency Programmes, Ted Chaiban, said that with 4 million are children affected by the typhoon, UNICEF wants to "put children at the centre of the response and address their immediate needs in a way that increases resilience, reduces vulnerability and looks towards a hopeful future." UNICEF

12 Nov 2013 | Read More »

UN / BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

The Security Council  voted to extend the mandate of the European Union Stabilization Force (EUFOR) for another year. UNTV

12 Nov 2013 | Read More »

GA / HRC ELECTION

The General Assembly elected  Algeria, China, Cuba, France, Maldives, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, FYR of Macedonia, United Kingdom and Vietnam as new members of the Human Rights Council,  to replace those whose term expires at the end of the year. UNTV

12 Nov 2013 | Read More »

WORLD BANK/ FINANCIAL INCLUSION

As mobile banking and other technological innovations fuel the expansion of financial services in many developing countries, a new World Bank report urges policy makers to focus on products that benefit the poor, women and other vulnerable groups the most. The “Global Financial Development Report 2014: Financial Inclusion” report stays no-frills savings and payment accounts, [...]

12 Nov 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / PHILIPPINES TYPHOON APPEAL

The United Nations is appealing for 300 million dollars to help typhoon-ravaged Philippines. Humanitarian Affairs Office spokesman, Jens Laerke told journalists in Geneva Tuesday the money is needed to help an estimated 11.3 million people  in 9 regions in the centre of the country. CH UNTV

12 Nov 2013 | Read More »

IMF/ MIDDLE EAST

The near-term economic outlook for the Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan, and Pakistan region has weakened, the IMF said in its latest Regional Economic Outlook for the region, which projects growth to decline to 2¼ percent this year and to pick up in 2014 as global conditions improve and oil production recovers. IMF

12 Nov 2013 | Read More »

UNDP / HUMAN DEVELOPMENT REPORT LATIN AMERICA

Insecurity is a shared challenge that obstructs social and economic development in every country in Latin America, says a new UN Development Programme (UNDP) report launched on Tuesday November 12th. UNDP

12 Nov 2013 | Read More »

GA/ BAN KI-MOON

Secretary-General Ban Ki-mon gave his report today to the General Assembly . After sending his condolences to the people of Philippines he announced the emergency allocation of $25 million to fund critical relief efforts.  UNTV

11 Nov 2013 | Read More »

UN / SUDAN POLIO VACCINATION

The Security Council today (11 November) was briefed by the Director of the Operation Division at the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), John Ging, who informed Council members on the inability to conduct a much needed polio vaccination campaign  on Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states in Sudan.

11 Nov 2013 | Read More »

UN / GING PHILIPPINES TYPHOON

The United Nations humanitarian affairs office today released an initial $25 million from the world body's emergency fund in quick response to the devastation caused by the super typhoon Haiyan which ripped through the Philippinesover the weekend. The Director of the Operation Division for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, John Ging, [...]

11 Nov 2013 | Read More »

WFP/ PHILIPPINES TYPHOON HAIYAN

As the enormity of the damage from Typhoon Haiyan becomes more evident, WFP is mobilizing food supplies and using its logistics expertise to try to reach hundreds of thousands of people in desperate need. WFP

11 Nov 2013 | Read More »

ICJ / CAMBODIA – THAILAND

The United Nations International Court of Justice issued a judgment declaring  that “Cambodia has sovereignty over the whole territory of the promontory of Preah Vihear”, and that Thai military forces should withdraw from that territory.  ICJ

11 Nov 2013 | Read More »

ETHIOPIA / WATER

Wubalem, a 17-year old girl living in Machakel district, Ethiopia, no longer has to choose between attending school and making a three-hour trek to fetch unclean water from a river. Two programmes sponsored by UNICEF and the European Union have brought more than 100 water points to the area and a nutrition programme has helped [...]

9 Nov 2013 | Read More »

CAR/ HUNGER

 An Emergency Food Security Assessment conducted jointly by the United Nations, non-governmental organizations and the Government of Central African Republic,  shows that  1.1 million people – around 30 percent of the population living outside the capital Bangui – are unable to meet their daily food needs on a regular basis or require food assistance in [...]

8 Nov 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / CAR CONFLICT

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay warned that a deteriorating cycle of violent attacks and reprisals in the Central African Republic risks plunging the country into a new conflict.  UNTV CH

8 Nov 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / MIDDLE EAST POLIO

The largest-ever consolidated immunization response in theMiddle Eastis under way to stop a polio outbreak, aiming to vaccinate over 20 million children in seven countries and territories repeatedly. UNTV CH

8 Nov 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / TYPHOON HAIYAN

Typhoon Haiyan is battering the centralPhilippineswith sustained winds of up to 259 km/h. Meteorologists say that, it could be the most powerful storm ever to make landfall. The region was already struggling to recover from a powerful earthquake last month. UNTV CH

8 Nov 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / AMEERA HAQ

The UN head for the Department of Field Support Ameerah Haq visited Unity State and said she was encouraged by the State's government commitment to development. UNMISS

8 Nov 2013 | Read More »

UN / DIGITAL PRIVACY

Brazil and Germany today (7 November) presented a resolution to the Third Committee of the General Assembly aimed at protecting the right to privacy in the digital age. UNTV

7 Nov 2013 | Read More »

GA / SECURITY COUNCIL REFORM

Indian Ambassador Manjeev Singh Puri told the General Assembly that "the excerise of Security Council reform cannot be seen to go on until the cows come home" and pointed out that recent events around the world "have put into question not only the representativeness, but also  the credibility of the Security Council." UNTV

7 Nov 2013 | Read More »

IMF / BRIEFING

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) welcomed the European Central Bank's decision to cut interest rates on Thursday and said that it's had constructive talks with Argentina about its data. IMF

7 Nov 2013 | Read More »

GA / OLYMPIC TRUCE

The General Assembly  urged UN Member States to observe the Olympic Truce – the ancient Greek tradition calling for the cessation of hostilities before, during and after the Games – in the context of the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia. UNTV

7 Nov 2013 | Read More »

SOMALIA/ JUBA RECONCILIATION CONFERENCE

The Juba Reconciliation Conference ended on Wednesday with an expression of fresh commitment to ensuring peace and security in the Juba region of Somalia. AU/UN IST

7 Nov 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA/ BRAHIMI E3/EU+3

On the sidelines of the Iran nuclear meeting in Geneva, UN-Arab League Joint Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi met with Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammed Javed Zarif to discuss the crisis in Syria  and possible avenues for a political situation. CH UNTV

7 Nov 2013 | Read More »

GA/ SYRIA IAEA

Responding to recent comments by the IAEA nuclear watchdog Yukia Amano that Syria was not fully cooperating with the IAEA on unresolved issues with their nuclear programme, Syrian Ambassador Bashar Ja' afari said that "the credibility of the national commitment to the NPT cannot be questioned," after citing the introduction in 2003 by his government [...]

6 Nov 2013 | Read More »

NIGERIA/ MEASLES

Measles remains a leading cause of death of children under five years old in Nigeria. In the first half of this year, close to fifty thousand children have been affected by the disease. The Nigerian Government and UNICEF, with funding provided by the GAVI alliance, are supporting a campaign to reach more than 13 million [...]

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UNEP / ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME

Environmental crime – from the illegal trade in wildlife and timber and the smuggling of ozone depleting substances to the illicit trade in hazardous waste and illegal fishing – is a serious and growing international problem, whose impacts transcend national borders. UNEP

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UN / DRC

Security Council members  welcomed the announcement by the M23 rebel group that it is ending its bloody insurgency against the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which for nearly two years has exacerbated humanitarian strife in the country's restive east. UNTV/ RECENT

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MALI/ SAHEL/ TIMBUKTU

 On Tuesday Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim met with officials in Bamako, then travelled to Timbuktu. Later, Kim said the people want peace, development and jobs and that having the opportunity to visit the people "doubles and triples my own resolve at delivering just those things for the people of [...]

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WMO/ GREENHOUSE GAS

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a new record high last year, with a 32 percent increase in radiative forcing between 1990 and 2012. CH UNTV / FILE

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GA/ AMANO

IAEA nuclear watchdog Yukia Amano told delegates that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) statements concerning a third nuclear test and its intention to restart its nuclear facilities at Yongbyon, together with its previous statements about uranium enrichment activities and the construction of a light water reactor, are deeply regrettable." UNTV

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JORDAN / POLIO VACCINATION

Mansour is one of 120 community health volunteers vaccinating nearly 19,000 children against polio in the Za'atari Refugee Camp inJordan.  The polio outbreak inSyria, the first confirmed cases in the country in 14 years, has made this campaign drive to protect the Syrian refugee children a priority.  UNICEF    

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MALI/SAHEL ARRIVALS

UN chief Ban Ki-moon and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim arrived in Bamako, Mali on Monday,  kicking off a visit to the region with international development leaders to listen to local priorities and to link political, security, development and humanitarian efforts there. MINUSMA/WORLD BANK

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UN / SYRIA OPCW

Special Coordinator of the UN-OPCW Joint Mission Sigrid Kaag told reporters that the joint mission is operating in a war zone and security is "a daily concern." US ambassador Samantha Power dispelled a myth about the chemical weapons agreement "it has not changed the position on Assad, this is not something he wanted and it [...]

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GENEVA / BRAHIMI TALKS

UN Arab League Special Representative Lakhdar Bramhimi met with Russian and American diplomats inGenevaaimed at discussing details of the Geneva II conference. CH UNTV

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MALI/PEACEKEEPERS

A ceremony was held on Monday for three peacekeepers who died in the past two weeks. Two Chadian soldiers were killed in a suicide attack at a checkpoint in northern Mali, while a Nigerien soldier died in Gao from an illness.

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UNEP/ EMISSION GAP REPORT

If the global community do not immediately embark on wide-ranging actions to narrow the greenhouse gas emissions gap, the chance of keeping global temperature rise below 2°C in this century will swiftly diminish and open the door to a host of challenges, according to the report of the United Nations Environment Programme. UNEP /FILE

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GENEVA / BRAHIMI ARRIVALS

Officials from the United Nations, Russia and the United States are holding talks in Geneva to try to pave the way for Geneva II, an international conference focused on ending the 31 month conflict in Syria. CH UNTV

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LEBANON / LAKE SYRIAN REFUGEES

UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake was in Lebanon to focus the world's attention on Syrian refugee children, specifically on their unfulfilled right to an education. With nearly 400,000 school-aged Syrian refugee children in Lebanon, many will not be given an education unless more is done to support them. UNICEF

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UN/ MERCENARIES

Anton Katz, the Chair of the Working Group on the use of mercenaries said that foreign fighters in Syria would not fit the definition of mercenary under international law but that they are "contributing to the entire destabilization of the country." UNTV

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UN / SAHEL AID

Global leaders have pledged over $8 billion to boost economic growth in the Sahel region ofWest Africaas they begin a United Nations-led visit to an area that has suffered for decades from devastating poverty, hunger and instability. FILE

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UN / CHINA

Chinese Ambassador Liu Jieyi today (4 November) expressed concerned at the current pace of negotiations in convening the Geneva II peace conference on Syria and said that "things are not progressing as smoothly as we would wish" urging for “efforts to be made with greater determination” to persuade the parties to go to the negotiating [...]

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MALI / LADSOUS

The Head of United Nations Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous visited today (4 November) the town of Tessalit in northern Mali, where the UN peacekeepers from Chad are providing security to the population. Their living conditions are however very difficult in this impoverished region. MINUSMA

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NEPAL/ OPEN DEFECATION FREE

Chitwan district in Nepal celebrated becoming one of the first areas in the country to be declared 'Open Defecation Free', inching the entire country closer to its national goal by 2017. Open defecation is a major problem in Nepal. According UNICEF, only about 46 percent of Nepalese have latrines in their homes – and in [...]

2 Nov 2013 | Read More »

SOMALIA / REMITTANCES

Millions of people in the Horn of Africa nation Somalia rely on money sent from their relatives and friends abroad in order to survive. These remittances have been the lifeline for many in a country that is struggling to recover from its failed state status after two decades of civil war and conflict. But it [...]

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WORLD BANK / PIRACY REPORT

Between US$339 million and US$413 million were taken in ransom from the hijacking of ships off the coast of Somaliaand the Horn of Africa between 2005 and 2012, according to report released today. The study carried out by the by the World Bank, the UNODC and INTERPOL reveals that much of the ransom money was [...]

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NAIROBI / SOUTH-SOUTH EXPO CLOSING

More than $450 million was pledged between investors, green businesses, Governments and other parties at the United Nations-organized Global South-South Development Expo in Nairobi, where hundreds of participants spent this week exchanging ideas, solutions and technologies developed in the global South. UNEP

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INDIA/ MATERNAL INFANT MORTALITY

Only a few years ago, Madhya Pradesh was plagued with high infant and maternal mortality rates. But now, innovative health centres, neo-natal care units, call centres and ambulances have turned those statistics around. UNICEF says that eight out of ten women are delivering at hospital and the region has recorded the lowest maternal mortality in [...]

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CAR / REFUGEE AID

Earlier this year, militiamen attacked villages in north-west Central African Republic, causing hundreds of people to flee to the bush. In Paoua, the needs are great and people rely on the kindness of others.  UNHCR

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UN / BAN-KIM

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim announced that they will travel together to the Sahel region in an effort to help tackle the region's challenges, which, Ban said, "respect no borders and neither should our solutions" UNTV

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SOUTH SUDAN / FINGER PRINT TRAINNING

UNMISS Police, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Directorate of Criminal Investigation Department in South Sudanorganized a specialized training on Fingerprint Science with the objective of the training police officers to effectively work as fingerprint experts and to establish South Sudanese first functional Fingerprint Bureau.  UNMISS

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GENEVA / WFP SYRIA

The World Food Program (WFP), reached a record 3.3 million people in Syria in October, up from 2.7 million the previous month, but voiced concern about worrying reports of emerging malnutrition coming out of the country. CH UNTV

1 Nov 2013 | Read More »

 

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