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SOUTH SUDAN / UNPOL ARRIVALS

More reinforcements arrive to South Sudan following a Security Council vote last week to nearly double the amount of peacekeepers to 12,500. UNMISS

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SOUTH SUDAN / AIR OPERATIONS

From the moment they were allowed to fly again in and out of Juba, Air Operations in The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has carried out over 200 flights and moved over four thousand people from conflict zones and to conflict zones. One helicopter flight took off with 19 passengers and landed with 20 [...]

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CAR / FOOD AID

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) said it would scale up food distributions in conflict-wracked Central African Republic (CAR) to assist up to 1.25 million people in the next eight months as growing numbers of people go hungry. WFP

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UN / SOUTH SUDAN

  Commenting on deployment of troops to the UN mission in South Sudan, head of peacekeeping Herve Ladsous said he expects "total cooperation" from the government "we will not be pleased" if limitations are imposed on the nationalities of additional peacekeepers. "When your house is on fire you don't choose the nationality of the firemen." [...]

30 Dec 2013 | Read More »

CAR / DISPLACED AIRPORT

More than forty thousand displaced people took refuge at the Mpoko International Airport after armed groups clashed in the country's capital Bangui. UNHCR   UNHCR

30 Dec 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / IDP CAMP UPDATE

The latest numbers from the UN humanitarian agency (OCHA), says the number of people reported displaced by the current crisis in South Sudan has risen to 180,000, including 75,000 sheltering in UN peacekeeping bases. UNMISS

30 Dec 2013 | Read More »

DRC / EX-COMBATANT AID

The UN mission in DR Congo (MONUSCO) donated food and supplies to thousands of ex-combatants who recently surrendered from various armed groups that operate in the eastern part of the country.   MONUSCO

30 Dec 2013 | Read More »

2013 / YEAR IN REVIEW

SPECIAL FEED – ACCESS ALL. FILE. UNIFEED / AP

28 Dec 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / UNPOL REINFORCEMENTS

A 72- officer strong Bangladeshi police unit that was originally serving the United Nations Mission in DR Congo arrived to Juba,South Sudan. They are the first of 5,500 additional peacekeepers and police advisers approved by the Security Council  as reinforcement to the 7,000 UN peacekeepers already in the country. UNMISS

27 Dec 2013 | Read More »

CHAD / REGIONAL CONFLICT REFUGEES

Remote and volatile, the far southeast of Chad has little to offer. However, it’s already a place of safety for 50,000 people. Most fled ethnic violence in Sudan's Darfur region and Central African Republic (CAR). UNICEF

27 Dec 2013 | Read More »

NIGER / MALI REPATRIATION

UNHCR and most aid agencies agree that the situation in Mali is not sufficiently peaceful and stable to promote a large-scale repatriation process or to advise refugees that time has come to go home. Nevertheless, many refugees believe that it is safe to go back and have asked UNHCR for assistance. UNHCR  

27 Dec 2013 | Read More »

AFGHANISTAN / IDP CAMP EDUCATION

UNICEF’s partner organization Aschiana has been setting up tent classrooms in various camps in  Afghanistan with the goal of quickly educating the children so they can be integrated into government classrooms.  UNICEF

26 Dec 2013 | Read More »

NEW YORK / KATY PERRY

Global pop superstar Katy Perry was appointed earlier this month by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) as its newest Goodwill Ambassador, with a special focus on engaging young people in efforts to improve the lives of the world's most vulnerable children and adolescents. UNICEF

26 Dec 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / HILDE JOHNSON

The head of the UN Mission in South Sudan Hilde Johnson told the media that UNMISS is "in desperate need for improved capacity and strength to be able to implement the mandate (to protect civilians)  in a much more proactive way". UNTV

26 Dec 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / DISPLACED CAMP CHRISTMAS

Nearly 1500 South Sudanese people sheltering inside the United Nations compound in capitol Juba gathered to celebrate a Christmas Mass in the IDP Camp which they have come to call home for the past week. UNMISS

25 Dec 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / CHRISTMAS BABIES

Three babies were born on Christmas day in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) Level II Clinic in country’s capitol Juba. UNMISS

25 Dec 2013 | Read More »

UN/ SOUTH SUDAN

The Security Council adopted a resolution authorising an increase in the military and police capacity of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) up to 12,500 troops from the current 7,000. UNTV

24 Dec 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / AID

Seven days worth of rations of highly fortified nutritious product called Super Cereal Plus which is  particularly useful for children who are vulnerable to malnutrition was distributed to some 30000 South Sudanese sheltering at United Nations compounds in Juba and Bentiu. WFP

24 Dec 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / WFP AID DISTRIBUTION

The World Food Programme (WFP) is distributing food to South Sudanese civilians who have fled recent violence.  Food distributions began on Sunday for some 30,000 people sheltering in UNMISS peacekeeping compounds in Juba and Bentiu. WFP

24 Dec 2013 | Read More »

PHILIPPINES / CHRISTMAS

Christmas celebrations will be muted this year in Tacloban and across the Philippines, where more than 14 million people have been affected by one of the largest typhoons on record. UNICEF

24 Dec 2013 | Read More »

JORDAN / TOY DISTRIBUTION

The United Kingdom's Pitt Rivers Museum and the UK Scouts and Guides Fellowship collected toys from British school children to send to Syrian refugee children, as part of the their global partnership with UNHCR.

24 Dec 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / UNMISS PRESS CONFERENCE

The head of the UN Mission in South Sudan Hilde Johnson told the press that the UN presence in South Sudan is greater than ever and the United Nations is there to stay. UNMISS

24 Dec 2013 | Read More »

CAR / WFP AID DISTRIBUTION

The World Food Programme (WFP) is providing food to people displaced in the recent upsurge of violence in the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), Bangui, as well as in Bossangoa in the northwest of the country and other locations. WFP

24 Dec 2013 | Read More »

HAITI / AMMUNITION DESTRUCTION

The United Nations Mission for Stabilization in Haiti (MINUSTAH) and the Haitian National Police (HNP), carried-out a joint operation to destroy unusable or expired munitions and explosives, as part of MINUSTAH’s Consolidation Plan and the HNP’s Development Plan. MINUSTAH

24 Dec 2013 | Read More »

PHILIPPINES / GENDER BASED VIOLENCE

UNFPA has been assisting Philippine’s National Police in re-establishing lifesaving services for survivors of gender-based violence while also putting in place mechanisms to ensure that women and girls are protected. UNFPA

24 Dec 2013 | Read More »

UNHCR / CAR DISPLACED

The humanitarian situation in the Central African Republic continues to deteriorate with tens of thousands seeking shelter from the violence. In the capital Bangui, the fighting and sectarian violence of the past weeks has displaced an estimated 159,000 people. UNHCR

23 Dec 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / DOCTORS

Twelve Egyptian doctors operating a free medical clinic in Bor in South Sudan were evacuated to country capitol Juba.  UNMISS

23 Dec 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / HUMANITARIAN UPDATE

The Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan Toby Lanzer told the press that the continuous fighting in South Sudan is creating one of the largest humanitarian crisis the country has ever seen, adding in that the situation is "dire".  UNMISS

23 Dec 2013 | Read More »

UN / BAN SOUTH SUDAN

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that he is sending today a letter to the Security Council recommending to boost the protection capacity of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) with additional troops, police and logistical assets. UNTV

23 Dec 2013 | Read More »

LEBANON / SYRIAN REFUGEE WINTER

Over 110,000 of Syrian refugee children and their families face extreme weather as increasingly dire conditions are reported at informal tented settlements and collective shelters across Lebanon.  UNICEF

23 Dec 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / BOR EVACUATION

The United Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has evacuated its non-essential staff as well as wounded civilians from town of Bor, place of heavy fighting between Government forces and the rebels are reported. UNMISS

22 Dec 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / BENTUI UPDATE

5000 civilians have sought shelter and protection at the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) Compound in Bentui, the regional capitol of oil richUnity State in South Sudan. The UNMISS has evacuated all non-essential personnel from Bentui. UNMISS

22 Dec 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / INDIAN PEACEKEEPERS MEMORIAL SERVICE

United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), held a memorial ceremony today in country's capitol Juba to honor two Indian peacekeepers who lost their lives protecting civilians during an attack on its base in Akobo, Jonglei State. UNMISS

21 Dec 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / BOR SECURITY SITUATION

Worsening security situation in South Sudanese state of Jonglei has caused tens of thousands Sudanese civilians to seek a refuge in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) Compound in Bor, regional capital. UNMISS

21 Dec 2013 | Read More »

BAN / PHILIPPINES

Visiting the storm-ravaged Philippine city of Tacloban, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hailed the resilience of the people and pledged the commitment of the United Nations to keep working with the Government to "build back better and safer" all the communities devastated by super Typhoon Haiyan, which ripped through the archipelago a little over a month ago. [...]

21 Dec 2013 | Read More »

PHILIPPINES / IDP MOTHERS

When Typhoon Hayan struck Philippines, 15 million people have been affected and about 4 million remain displaced. Tens of thousands are still living in evacuation centers – schools, churches and other public buildings. UNICEF

21 Dec 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / BRAHIMI

The United Nations Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the League of Arab States for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi said that "we are just one name short of agreement about participants" as there is yet no agreement with the United States over Iran's participation in the upcoming International Conference on Syria.CH UNTV

20 Dec 2013 | Read More »

UN / SOUTH SUDAN

The members of the Security Council expressed "grave alarm and concern" regarding the rapidly deteriorating security and humanitarian crisis in South Sudan, which threatens "serious" implications for the long-term security and stability of the African country, as well as for the neighbouring nations and the region. UNTV

20 Dec 2013 | Read More »

LEBANON / SYRIAN REFUGEES WINTER

More than 830,000 Syrian refugees have been registered or are waiting to be registered in Lebanon, thus making this Middle Eastern country a host to the highest number of Syrian refugees in the region.  UNHCR

20 Dec 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / SYRIA TRIPARTITE ARRIVAL

Officials from the United Nations, Russia and the United States are holding talks in Geneva, in final preparation for International Conference on Syria next month, focused on ending the 33 month conflict in Syria. CH UNTV

20 Dec 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / FALLEN PEACEKEEPERS

Two UNMISS Indian Battalion troops were killed and one injured when their base was attacked in the Jonglei Jonglei state town ofAkobo. UNMISS estimates that at least 11 of the civilians who sought refuge inside the base were also killed during the attack. UNMISS

20 Dec 2013 | Read More »

CAR / FOOD AID

The Conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) has driven hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, increasing humanitarian needs. WFP is providing food to people displaced in the recent upsurge of violence in the capital Bangui, as well as in Bossangoa in the northwest of the country and other locations.  WFP

20 Dec 2013 | Read More »

UN / SOUTH SUDAN UPDATE

During a press conference at the UN Headquarters, Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson expressed his deep concern about the current situation in South Sudan. He also stressed that "this is a political crisis that urgently needs to be dealt through a political dialogue", adding that "violence is spreading and could spread even further". UNTV / FILE

19 Dec 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / WRAP

The United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has resumed military patrols in the country's capital Juba, following several days of clashes between government army forces and those loyal to former Prime Minister Riek Machar, dismissed in July. UNMISS

19 Dec 2013 | Read More »

GA / MANDELA

The UN General Assembly paid tribute to the life and memory of Nelson Mandela, who passed away on 5 December at the age of 95. The event was attended by High UN officials and Member States representatives. UNTV/ FILE

19 Dec 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / HUMANITARIAN

Numbers of those seeking assistance from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan in the capital Juba, continues to soar with numbers reaching up to 20,000, according the Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for South Sudan, Toby Lanzer, who is also the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the country.

19 Dec 2013 | Read More »

UN / ECONOMIC PROSPECTS 2014

The latest UN World Economic Situation and Prospects report says that global economic growth should increase over the next two years with continuing signs of improvement. The global economy is expected to grow at a pace of 3.0 per cent in 2014 and 3.3 per cent in 2015, compared with an estimated growth of 2.1 [...]

18 Dec 2013 | Read More »

IRAQ / AIRLIFT SYRIA AID

The UN refugee agency on Tuesday began airlifting relief items from Iraq into northeast Syria's Al Hassakeh governorate to help more than 50,000 extremely vulnerable and displaced Syrians cope with the sudden arrival of winter following an agreement with both the Iraqi and Syrian authorities to open new aid routes. UNHCR

18 Dec 2013 | Read More »

UN / WEST AFRICA DRUG TRAFFICKING WRAP

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council that drug trafficking presents "an enormous challenge to peace, stability, economic and social development in West Africa and the Sahel." Ban said the latest estimates indicate that $1.25 billion of cocaine transits through West Africa each year. UNTV / FILE

18 Dec 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / UNREST UPDATE

The United States began evacuating non-essential embassy staff and families fromSouth Sudan on Wednesday following a foiled coup in the capital. Fighting that began in Juba on Sunday has spread near the flashpoint town of Bor where hundreds are reported to have been killed. Meanwhile, the UN resident and humanitarian coordinator said that large numbers [...]

18 Dec 2013 | Read More »

UN / SOUTH SUDAN UPDATE

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed today his deep concern about the current situation in South Sudan, adding in that the UN Mission (UNMISS) in the African country has received reports of many people being killed and injured. Around 20,000 civilians have taken refuge in two Mission compounds in Juba. UNTV

18 Dec 2013 | Read More »

SOMALIA / JOHAR FLOODING

The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) is calling for humanitarian assistance for the estimated 10,000 people displaced by floods and inter-clan fighting in the Somali town of Jowhar. AU UN IST

17 Dec 2013 | Read More »

SOMALIA / POLIO CAMPAIGN

In May 2013, the first case of polio seen in Somalia in more than six years was announced inMogadishu. There have been vaccination campaigns in Somaliland every month since then –  no cases of polio have been reported to date. UNICEF

17 Dec 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / HAITI CHOLERA

The UN humanitarian agency said that (USD) 169 million was needed to help relieve the humanitarian situation in Haiti. Cholera is a major concern in the country, which hosts half of the world's suspected cholera cases. Forty-five thousand people could be affected by the cholera epidemic in 2014 and if efforts are not made to [...]

17 Dec 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / CAR UNREST

The UN Refugee Agency said that it's sending additional emergency teams to the Central African Republic as the situation in the country deteriorates, amid reports of more people being forced to flee from their homes. CH UNTV/RECENT

17 Dec 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / UNMISS REFUGE WRAP

The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) is continuing to provide protection to an estimated 10,000 civilians seeking refuge from fighting in the capital Juba, which according to the  Government has left 75 people dead as a result of an attempted coup by soldiers loyal to former deputy president Riek Machar, who was dismissed in [...]

17 Dec 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA/ MONTREUX GENEVA II

The UN confirmed that the second international conference on Syria  known as Geneva II will take place in Montreux, Switzerland on 22 January 2014. CH UNTV

17 Dec 2013 | Read More »

UN / AFGHANISTAN

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan, Jan Kubiš, told the Security Council today that progress continues and efforts are on track – although not without challenges and temporary setbacks, adding that the key in this delicate time is enhancing predictability. UNTV

17 Dec 2013 | Read More »

UN / LIBYA

The Security Council expressed today its grave concern at the worsening security situation and political divisions, which threaten to undermine the transition to democracy in Libya, adding the urgent need to strengthen military police institutions in Libya. UNTV

16 Dec 2013 | Read More »

UN / BAN

Noting that he will soon issue invitations to the international conference on Syria to be held in Geneva on 22 January, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the Syrian parties to end the violence and provide humanitarian access and for States and organizations with influence on the Syrian sides to help them prepare for constructive engagement. He [...]

16 Dec 2013 | Read More »

ICC / GBAGBO

The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) dismissed the Prosecutor's appeal against Court's decision not to confirm crimes against humanity charges against former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo. ICC

16 Dec 2013 | Read More »

UN/ SYRIA REAX

After a briefing by the Secretary-General to the Security Council on the findings of Åke Sellström's final report on the use of chemical weapons in Syria, Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said it was "absolutely obvious that on August 21 a large scale provocation was staged" by rebels in order to bring on foreign military intervention [...]

16 Dec 2013 | Read More »

MALI / ELECTIONS

Elections held on Sunday in Mali were marked by low turnout throughout the country. The second round of Parliamentary elections was the last step in democratic transition after the military coup in 2012. MINUSMA

16 Dec 2013 | Read More »

LEBANON / WINTER AID

As the worst of the winter storm Alexa cleared, UNHCR and its partners were able to resume aid deliveries to vulnerable Syrian refugee communities. Arsal is one of the highest towns in the Bekaa Valley, sitting at an altitude of over 1500 feet.  UNHCR

16 Dec 2013 | Read More »

SYRIA/ FOOD AID

As fighting in Syria continues, WFP is appealing for close to US$2 billion to assist over 7 million Syrians in urgent need of food assistance in 2014. WFP

16 Dec 2013 | Read More »

SYRIA / APPEAL OVERVIEW

Over 2.3 million people have fled Syria since the beginning of the conflict in March 2011. UNHCR estimates the number of refugees will surpass the 4 million people by end 2014. Support for the surrounding countries includes help for refugee-hosting communities inEgypt,Iraq,Jordan,Lebanon and Turkey. UNHCR

16 Dec 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / SYRIA APPEAL

The UN will need nearly $13 billion in funding to reach millions of people with life-saving aid in 2014, with half of that sought for those affected by the deepening crisis in Syria..CH UNTV

16 Dec 2013 | Read More »

PALESTINE/POLIO

UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Yoka Brandt recently concluded a four-day visit to the State of Palestine where she participated in the kick-off of a polio campaingn and spoke with young people in Hebron. UNICEF

16 Dec 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / INSECURITY

A growing number of civilians, mainly women and children, are seeking refuge in the UN mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) compound following the fighting that broke out in Juba on Sunday evening and continued this morning, when number of those sheltered at the UN exceeded ten thousand. UNMISS

16 Dec 2013 | Read More »

PHILIPPINES/ IOM TYPHOON UPDATE

As the emergency phase in the relief effort following typhoon Haiyan moves into early recovery, International Organization for Migrations (IOM) is intensifying its efforts to provide improved shelter for the hundreds of thousands left homeless in Central Philippines. On Friday, the government of the Philippines said that the number of people dead following one of the [...]

14 Dec 2013 | Read More »

UN / CHEMICAL WEAPONS WRAP

The head of the United Nations Mission to investigate allegations of the use of chemical weapons in Syria, Åke Sellström, underlined today that the mandate of the team was only to report on the use of chemical weapons. In that sense -he explained during a press conference- the team gathered as much information as it could. [...]

13 Dec 2013 | Read More »

UN / LADSOUS

The United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Herve Ladsous, said that the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where he was last week for several days, is marked this year with very significant progress, adding that there was also progress in Mali, but some setbacks in Sudan. UNTV

13 Dec 2013 | Read More »

LEBANON / SYRIAN REFUGEES WINTER

As the strongest winter storm in decades batters Middle East, hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees are left struggling to stay warm. Storm 'Alexa' arrived in Lebanon on Tuesday bringing strong winds, rain and snow, especially to the west Bekaa Valley along the Syrian-Lebanese border, where over 100,000 refugees live in makeshift tents across this [...]

13 Dec 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / CAR HEALTHCARE

The WHO says that people living in theCentral African Republic are in desperate need of quality healthcare. A total of 533,000 people are currently displaced in the country, more than 10 percent of the population. Hospitals have been looted and health personnel have fled their posts. CH UNTV

13 Dec 2013 | Read More »

STORY: GENEVA / SYRIA EDUCATION

A UN report published today says that the decline in education for Syrian children has been the sharpest and most rapid in the history of the region. CH UNTV

13 Dec 2013 | Read More »

UN / BAN CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

In a radio message, the Secretary-General appealed to the people of Central African Republic (CAR) to follow the path of peace. "Whatever your faith or background, you share the same history and the same future." UNTV/IRIN  

13 Dec 2013 | Read More »

UN / BAN CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC MESSAGE

Message in French of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaking today to the people of Central African Republic. UNTV

13 Dec 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / DPRK EXECUTION

The UN human rights agency said "it's followed with concern" the news of the arrest and execution of Chang Song-thaek , the uncle of Kim Jong-un, the leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) saying “ this underscores the arbitrary nature of the system in the DPRK and the absence of transparency and due [...]

13 Dec 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / UKRAINE PROTESTS

The UN human rights agency is calling for the government and protestors in Ukraine to exercise restraint and to find a negotiated solution to the current wave of protests. CH UNTV

13 Dec 2013 | Read More »

UN / IRAN

Security Council today have commended the joined  plan of action in Iran nuclear program negotiations adopted in Geneva last month, but warned that there is much to be done before easing or lifting imposed sanctions. UNTV

12 Dec 2013 | Read More »

UN / OPCW REPORT

Åke Sellström, head of the United Nations Mission to investigate allegations of the use of chemical weapons in Syria, handed over the final report on Thursday to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at Headquarters in New York. UNTV

12 Dec 2013 | Read More »

UN/ MALARIA MDGS

WHO Malaria expert Dr. Robert Newman said the latest malaria report shows that financing has gone up dramatically over the past decade but was still far short of the 1.5 billion needed to combat the disease. UN Special Envoy for malaria Ray Chambers said "it will take a perfect storm for us to reach the [...]

12 Dec 2013 | Read More »

WASHINGTON DC/IMF BRIEFING

The IMF said that it has not had discussions with the Ukrainian authorities over the past two weeks. The Fund said it welcomed the US budget agreement and also provided updates on Portugal and Argentina. IMF  

12 Dec 2013 | Read More »

WHO / CANCER TRENDS

The specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization says that more women are being diagnosed with and dying from breast cancer, calling for greater attention to prevention and control measures to offset lifestyle changes which pushed breast cancer to be the leading cause of cancer death among women. WHO/ IARC/FILE

12 Dec 2013 | Read More »

UN / SAHEL

The Security Council reiterated today (12 December) its concern about the alarming situation in the Sahel and strongly condemned the recent terrorist attacks perpetrated in the region and the abuses of human rights and violence against civilians, including women and children. In a presidential statement, the 15 members of the Security UN body reaffirmed their commitment [...]

12 Dec 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH AFRICA / ANNIE LENNOX MANDELA

UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador Annie Lennox was in South Africa to highlight the progress and challenges in the AIDS response. During her visit, she paid tribute to Nelson Mandela. UNAIDS

12 Dec 2013 | Read More »

UN / SUDAN ICC

In her address to the Security Council today, the General Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda expressed frustration and despair over Council's inaction regarding the crisis in Darfur.  UNTV

11 Dec 2013 | Read More »

UN / DRC

French Ambassador Gerard Arnaud said that the new operation launched in Democratic Republic of Congo against Rwandan ethnic Hutu rebels will be different than the M23, because they were "weighing the traditional war with a front, with armed forces easily identifiable", while the FDLR are small groups "often living in small villages with their families, [...]

11 Dec 2013 | Read More »

NIGER / BIRTH REGISTRATION

Across even the remotest regions of Niger, a birth registration initiative has expanded the reach of government services and enabled a more secure future for the country's youngest citizens. UNICEF released a new report Wednesday showing that the births of nearly 230 million children under-five have never been registered; approximately 1 in 3 of all [...]

11 Dec 2013 | Read More »

UN / SYRIA CHEMICAL WEAPONS

Commenting on reports about whether Croatia would be involved in the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons, the Spokesperson of the UN Secretary-General said that what must be eliminated are chemicals stored or prepared by Syrian authorities, not chemical weapons. UNTV

11 Dec 2013 | Read More »

JORDAN / SYRIANS CROSSING BORDER

Syrian refugees continue arriving in Jordan. More than 1,300 Syrian refugees crossed the border in the last few days,  more than 700 children among them.  UNHCR

11 Dec 2013 | Read More »

UNICEF / BIRTH REGISTRATION REPORT ADVANCER

UNICEF released a new report showing that the births of nearly 230 million children under-five have never been registered; approximately 1 in 3 of all children under-five around the world. UNICEF

11 Dec 2013 | Read More »

UN / LGBTI HUMAN RIGHTS

Human rights activist Thandeka Mkhuma tells her story as a rape survivor and as a lesbian living in South Africa. UNTV

10 Dec 2013 | Read More »

UN / SPORT HOMOPHOBIA

Speaking about the upcoming Winter Olympics in Russia and the World Cup in Qatar, tennis legend Martina Navratilova tells UNifeed that the more you try to suppress a group of people, the more attention you will call to it and "eventually you will lose because you're on the wrong side of history." UNTV

10 Dec 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH AFRICA / MANDELA AIDS CONFERENCE

The 17th International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA) is taking place in Cape Town, South Africa and is due to close tomorrow, 11 December. The largest AIDS conference in Africa took place as the country mourned and celebrated Nelson Mandela, a passionate AIDS advocate.  UNAIDS

10 Dec 2013 | Read More »

UN / SOMALIA

The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia Nicholas Kay told the Security Council today (10 December) that two crises in Mogadishu had posed significant challenges in the last months. First, the voting out of the Prime Minister which had slowed progress on vital state-building tasks, and second, the resignation of the [...]

10 Dec 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / SYRIA CAR REFUGEES

The United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR, says that the needs of the Syrian people remain immense and the amount of aid that the agency has been able to deliver is still nowhere near enough. On the Central African Republic, the agency says  more than half a million of people have been displaced within the country since [...]

10 Dec 2013 | Read More »

SOMALIA / HUMAN RIGHTS DAY

The Somali Federal Government marked Human Rights Day with an event held at the Mogadishu Central Prison, among others, where the importance of the rights to education, health and protection of individual rights was expressed. AU UN IST

10 Dec 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN/ SPLA TRAINING

Senior members of the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) completed the first of its kind, protection of civilians training in the Northern Bahr El-Ghazal State capital Aweil. UNMISS

9 Dec 2013 | Read More »

UN / LIBYA

The UN special representative for Libya Tarek Mitri told the Security Council that the security situation in the North African country remains precarious adding in that,  "discontent, as well as worries of the civilian population, have mounted significantly". UNTV

9 Dec 2013 | Read More »

AFGHANISTAN / VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN REPORT

Ahead of the International Human Rights Day, 10 December, the UN has released a report that says Afghan authorities registered more reports of violence against women under the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women (EVAW law) over the past year, but prosecutions and convictions under the law remained low, with most cases settled by mediation. [...]

9 Dec 2013 | Read More »

FAO / SANTA EUROPEAN FORESTRY WEEK

Europe’s forest ministers and other high-level delegates from 40 countries gathered today in the Rovaniemi, Finland to discuss how forests can help European nations move further towards the goal of greening their economies. Juha Ojala, Director General at the Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, nominated Santa as the Ambassador for European Forests. FAO

9 Dec 2013 | Read More »

PHILIPPINES / DISPLACED ONE MONTH UPDATE

On 8 November Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, one month on, survivors are slowly picking up the pieces. Working with local authorities, UNHCR is distributing tents and other relief supplies to meet urgent shelter needs. UNHCR

8 Dec 2013 | Read More »

SOMALIA / UNIVERSITY GRADUATION

With the relative peace enjoyed in Somalia, universities are gaining ground and the youths now have a chance to acquire tertiary education. Over 700 students of SIMAD University were conferred with different degrees with the areas of study including Accountancy, Computer Science, Law, Economics, Statistics and Planning, Sharia As well as Banking and finance, among [...]

7 Dec 2013 | Read More »

MANDELA / WORLD REAX

The news that South Africa’s first black president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela has died at the age 95 has prompt reactions from people around the globe. UNTV/ UNMISS/ MINUSMA

6 Dec 2013 | Read More »

UN / MANDELA WRAP

The GA observed a moment of silence to mark the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela, the flag was lowered to half mast at UN duty stations around the world. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said that we should remember Mandela today, but carry his spirit with us everyday by "speaking out against prejudice [...]

6 Dec 2013 | Read More »

GA/ SC NON-PERMANENT SEAT

The GA elected Jordan to serve as a non-permanent member of the Security Council for a two-year term beginning in January 2014 following Saudi Arabia's rejection of the seat in October. UNTV

6 Dec 2013 | Read More »

PHILIPINES/ ILO ONE MONTH UPDATE

As victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan struggle to pick up the pieces, the ILO is working hand-in-hand with Philippine authorities to help the most vulnerable regain their livelihoods and build back better. ILO

6 Dec 2013 | Read More »

NY / KATY PERRY BEHIND THE SCENES

Pop star Katy Perry's official appointment as the new UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador took place on Tuesday at UNICEF house inNew York. Her journey with agency began in April this year when she visitedMadagascar, one of the poorest countries in the world. She said the trip changed her life and inspired her to write the song [...]

6 Dec 2013 | Read More »

OBIT / NELSON MANDELA

Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid activist, and politician who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, was the first to be elected in a fully representative, multiracial election in South Africa. UNTV

5 Dec 2013 | Read More »

CAR / DISPLACED

As the violence spiral out of control in Central African Republic, the civilians are bearing the brunt of it. Some estimated 400,000 people are displaced from their homes, mostly living in the bush, with little or no access to clean water or humanitarian aid. IRIN

5 Dec 2013 | Read More »

PHILIPPINES / SCHOOL OPENINGS

In areas of the Philippines affected by the typhoon, about 90 per cent of school buildings were damaged, leaving over a million pupils and 34,000 teachers with no place for learning. The government, with UNICEF and partners are working to get children back to a normal schedule as quickly as possible, first with a 'soft' [...]

5 Dec 2013 | Read More »

COSTA RICA / CLIMATE SMART AGRICULTURE

Planting trees as ‘living fences’ and feeding cattle local grasses are some of the strategies used by Costa Ricans to reduce the carbon footprint of their farms, in a united effort to mitigate global warming. Some farmers receive money for planting trees in their coffee fields as part of a carbon financing project supported in [...]

5 Dec 2013 | Read More »

UN / CAR

The Security Council today (5 December) unanimously approved the deployment of French and African troops to the Central African Republic following the rapid deterioration of the security and humanitarian situation in the country in  recent months. US Ambassador Samantha Power said that "what matters right now to the civilians whose lives are hanging in the balance [...]

5 Dec 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL

Two South Sudanese teams lay aside their prosthetic limbs to take part in a wheelchair basketball game held as part of activities to mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. UNMISS

5 Dec 2013 | Read More »

UN /OPCW

The Special Coordinator of the OPCW-UN Mission Sigrid Kaag said in an interview that that there has been good progress in the effort to destroySyria's chemical weapons. However, she stressed that there are security constraints, and they are serious but "we are calm and sure of our intent of the collective will." UNTV/FILE

5 Dec 2013 | Read More »

BULGARIA / SYRIAN REFUGEES

The Syrian refugee crisis is spreading beyond the Middle East and slowly reaching Europe. There are now 5,000 Syrian refugees in Bulgaria, one of the poorest countries of the European Union.  UNHCR

5 Dec 2013 | Read More »

SOMALIA/ WOMEN PEACE AND SECURITY

The UN Mission in Somalia hosted the Women and Peace Security Open Day, an event meant to foster the role played by women in society, an  event that brought together several stakeholders and women from different walks of life who shared their experiences and ideas on how the lives of women in Somalia can be [...]

4 Dec 2013 | Read More »

PERU / PEREZ DE CUELLAR

The Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon had met in Tuesday ( 3 Dec ) with Javier Felipe Ricardo Pérez de Cuéllar who served as Secretary –General from 1982 to 1991. Pérez de Cuéllar, who is 93, was recently released from the hospital after being treated for respiratory problems.  UNIC

4 Dec 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / POLICE COUNTER-TERRORISM

More than one hundred recruits to the South Sudan National Police force graduated at a ceremony at the Rajaf police training center today. The 126 new recruits completed a four-month intensive course in traffic management, criminal investigation, crime intelligence and counter-terrorism. UNMISS

4 Dec 2013 | Read More »

DRC / WFP FUNDING SHORTAGE

Due to serious resource constraints, WFP has had to reduce some of its activities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), leaving thousands of people with no food assistance. WFP

4 Dec 2013 | Read More »

UNEP / GREEN ECONOMY AFRICA

An international conference in Nairobi  brought together ministers, economists, scientists and development experts to review and recommend policy action towards incorporating the valuation of natural resources and ecosystems services in development planning and accounting in Africa. UNEP

4 Dec 2013 | Read More »

UN / SYRIA GENEVA II

Syrian ambassador Bashar Ja'afari affirmed that "the crisis in his country is not exclusively humanitarian, but rather political." Ja'afari said that a solution to the crisis in his country requires the cooperation of all countries and governments involved in instigating violence and terrorism inside Syria. UNTV

3 Dec 2013 | Read More »

NY / KATY PERRY

At a special event today at UNICEF Headquarters, global pop superstar Katy Perry was appointed UNICEF's newest Goodwill Ambassador, with a special focus on engaging young people in the agency's work to improve the lives of the world's most vulnerable children and adolescents. UNICEF

3 Dec 2013 | Read More »

UN/ SYRIA

The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator today (December 3rd) reiterated to the members of the Security Council to continue to make it absolutely clear that the targeting of civilians in Syria is against international humanitarian law. Valerie Amos also stressed that there is no progress in terms of access to some of the most difficult areas, [...]

3 Dec 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / SPINAL CORD INJURIES REPORT

As many as 500 000 people suffer a spinal cord injury each year. People with spinal cord injuries are two to five times more likely to die prematurely, with worse survival rates in low- and middle-income countries. The new WHO report, International perspectives on spinal cord injuries, summarizes the best available evidence on the causes, [...]

3 Dec 2013 | Read More »

SYRIA / FOOD AID

The World Food Programme (WFP) dispatched enough food to feed over 3.4 million people inside Syria in November, mainly to internally-displaced families in 13 governorates and have reached 8 more locations, previously inaccessible in recent months.  WFP

3 Dec 2013 | Read More »

DRC / UAV LAUNCH

UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) were launched in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo by the United Nations to monitor the volatile border between DR Congo and Rwanda and movements by militias and armed groups in the east of the country, which has been stricken by conflict for the past three decades. MONUSCO  

3 Dec 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA/ REFUGEE CHILDREN WINTER

The UN's children agency UNICEF reported Tuesday that the number of children in Syria requiring assistance this winter had skyrocketed to over 4 million.  Last winter brought the coldest temperatures in more than a decade and UNICEF is warning that exposure to similarly cold and wet conditions will place further strain on the health and [...]

3 Dec 2013 | Read More »

PERU / BAN

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says poverty eradication must be a priority, and sustainable development the guide and principle.  Speaking at the General Conference of UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization) in Lima, Peru, the Secretary General said economic growth should be driven by industrial development – in an inclusive and sustainable way. UNIDO/Linx

2 Dec 2013 | Read More »

UN / HAIYAN UPDATE

UNDP Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, Haoliang Xu, said that the goal of the current recovery process in the Philippines is to help people to return to normalcy by putting children back to school and getting men and women jobs. UNTV / FILE

2 Dec 2013 | Read More »

GENEVA / PILLAY

The UN human rights chief said today that a growing body of evidence collected by U.N. investigators points to the involvement of senior Syrian officials, including President Bashar Assad, in crimes against humanity and war crimes.  CH UNTV

2 Dec 2013 | Read More »

SOMALIA / REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH

In Somaliland, only a third of women giving birth have any kind of skilled personnel with them, in rural areas the numbers are much lower. Now, a three-year-long programme co-funded by the European Commission that targets maternal and newborn health inSomalilandand Puntland is slowly changing this reality. UNICEF

2 Dec 2013 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / SMALL ARMS TRACKING

Technicians from the SPLA, the national police and wildlife and prison services are the first to graduate from a program that marks and tracks the flow of small arms.  It is estimated that up to three million unregulated small arms and light weapons are in circulation in South Sudan. Last year more than 3,000 epople were killed and thousands injured [...]

1 Dec 2013 | Read More »

 

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