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UN / GLOBAL EDUCATION CRISIS

A United Nations (UN) report released this week says that some 130 million school children around the world are unable to read a single sentence, even after four years of attending school. UNESCO /FILE

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UN / BLOOMBERG CLIMATE ENVOY

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today the appointment of Michael Bloomberg of the United States as his Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change. UNTV

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GENEVA / EGYPT JOURNALISTS

The UN human rights office urged the authorities to investigate reports of violence against journalists working in Egypt and to promptly release those imprisoned for carrying out their legitimate activities. CH UNTV

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GENEVA / BRAHIMI

The UN Joint Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi said that the Syrian government and the opposition ended their first round of peace talks in Geneva with slow but modest progress. Talks are set to resume on 10 February. CH UNTV

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UN / HIV AND SPORT

A global sport for development summit at UN headquarters honoured over 40 professional athletes for their commitment to philanthropic work. (intvs. with Seattle Seahawks Sidney Rice and former NBA player Jerry Stackhouse.) Ndaba Mandela and Kweku Mandela also announced plans for a UNAIDS "Protect the Goal" campaign to be launched at the 2014 FIFA World [...]

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NY / DATA SOWC

Interview with UNICEF's Chief of Data and Analytics, Tessa Wardlaw, on the importance of data in making progress for children and exposing unequal access to services and protections. Today is the launch of the “State of the World's Children 2014 in Numbers".  UNTV / RECENT / FILE

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GENEVA/ BRAHIMI

UN Joint Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi said there was a lengthy discussion today by the Syrian parties on terrorism and that he was "very, very disappointed" that humanitarian aid has yet to be allowed into Homs but added that negotiations on getting people out of Homs and bringing aid in are continuing. CH [...]

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UN / DRC EXPERTS REPORT

The Security Council  unanimously adopted a resolution renewing the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) sanctions regime and the mandate of the Group of Experts (GoE) assisting the 1533 DRC Sanctions Committee.

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UN / WAR AND PEACE

Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman told the Security Council that while outside forces play roles in the conflicts in Syria, South Sudan and the Central African Republic, these are "are essentially internal" and the "physical end to war, while urgently needed, will not produce lasting peace and security." UNTV

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UN / OLYMPIC TRUCE

With a little over a week to go before the Winter Olympics open in Sochi, Russia, General Assembly President John Ashe today urged United Nations Member States to observe the historic tradition of ceasing hostilities ahead of the Games. UNTV

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SOUTH SUDAN / AMOS PRESSER

UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos wrapped up a three-day visit to South Sudan. She said that so far, aid agencies had assisted over 300,000 displaced people but while this had saved many lives, humanitarians had not been able to provide assistance to many others due to the continuing insecurity. UNMISS  

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GENEVA / BRAHIMI

The UN Joint Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi said he does not expect to achieve “anything substantive” in the first round of Syria peace talks before they end on Friday. CH UNTV

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UN / UNESCO EDUCATION REPORT

A UNESCO report on education reveals that one in four young people in poor countries are unable to read a single sentence. The report says that a global learning crisis is costing governments $129 billion a year and that ten per cent of global spending on primary education is being lost on poor quality teaching [...]

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SOUTH SUDAN / MALAKAL AMOS 2

During a visit to Malakal, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos witnessed the devastation of the town, the “dire” circumstance of the displaced and a vandalized WFP warehouse. The agency lost food that would have fed over two hundred thousand people for a month.  UNMISS

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SOUTH SUDAN / FUNDING

The World Food Programme announced it was in urgent need of funds to help refugees from South Sudan. WFP

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CUBA / BAN HAIRCUT

The Secretary-General gets an impromptu haircut while touring Old Havana. UNTV

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UN/ CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC EU TROOPS

Concerned by widespread human rights violations and the "increasing cycle of violence and retaliation" in the Central African Republic (CAR), the Security Council extended the mandate of the UN peacebuilding office in the country, authorized the use of force by European Union troops, and added travel bans and asset freezes to an arms embargo already [...]

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GENEVA / BRAHIMI

UN Joint Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi said there were no breakthroughs made in peace talks between rival Syrian parties inGeneva. The talks broke up early, but Brahimi told reporters "nobody is walking out, nobody is walking away." CH UNTV

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SOUTH SUDAN / MALAKAL AMOS 1

UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos met with internally displaced people (IDP) at the UNMISS protection camp in Malakal, South Sudan, as warnings mounted of a growing humanitarian crisis. UNMISS  

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GENEVA / WHO PALLIATIVE CARE

WHO and the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance (WPCA) said that only one in ten people who need palliative care to relieve pain or the symptoms and stress of a serious illness is currently receiving it. CH UNTV

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SYRIA / HUMANITARIAN ACCESS

WFP and UNICEF said they are on standby to deliver emergency humanitarian aid to people trapped in the Old City of Homs in Syria. CH UNTV

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CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC / SECURE AID ROUTES

WFP welcomed the cooperation that allowed the first convoy with food supplies to arrive at Bangui but warned that securing the country's roads is crucial to provide a food lifeline to growing numbers of displaced people. WFP

28 Jan 2014 | Read More »

MYANMAR / FUNDING

World Bank president Jim Yonk Kim visited Myanmar for the first time, where he announced plans for US$2 billion multi-year development program. The majority of Myanmar's poorest citizens don't have access to basic services such as healthcare and electricity. World Bank

27 Jan 2014 | Read More »

GA / HOLOCAUST SPIELBERG WRAP

In an interview with UNTV following a special event commemorating the victims of the Holocaust, filmmaker and founder of the "Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation", Steven Spielberg, said "bystanding is almost the worst one can do" when "something that we could take action against is happening right before our eyes." UNTV/ ARCHIVE

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GENEVA / BRAHIMI

UN Joint Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi said that Syria’s opposition and government are due to discuss the fine details of the Geneva Communiqué on Tuesday. CH UNTV

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IRAQ / UNEP AGREEMENT

In an effort to set in motion robust action to restore Iraq’s fast deteriorating environment, the Government of Iraq signed  a landmark agreement with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) that aims to speed up recovery and support national development goals. UNEP

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UN / KIDNAP RANSOM

The United Nations (UN) Security Council adopted unanimously today (27 Jan) its first standalone Resolution tackling terrorists kidnapping for ransom. It calls on all Member States to prevent terrorists from benefiting directly or indirectly from ransom payments. UNTV

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GENEVA/ BRAHIMI PRESSER

The Syrian  government has agreed to allow women and children to leave  the old city of Homs. UN  and Arab League negotiator  Lakdhar Brahimi told journalists in Geneva  that the government had also asked for a list of men who want to leave the city to see that they are civilians and not armed. CH [...]

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GENEVA / BRAHIMI SAFI PRESSER

UN peace negotiator Lakhdar Brahimi began face to  face negotiations with Syrian government and opposition representatives in Geneva. He said discussing humanitarian issues would get the two sides used to talking to each other before moving on to the implementation of last year’s Geneva agreement and called the first day’s talks “a good beginning.” CH UNTV

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SOUTH SUDAN / MALAKAL UPDATE

Malakal, the capital city of  oil-rich Upper Nile State, was recaptured from the rebels after violent clashes on Monday January 20. Thousands of civilians however, remain homeless, and in need of assistance. UNMISS

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SOUTH SUDAN / BENTIU UPDATE

A United Nations mission (UNMISS) delegation lead by Deputy Chief Raisedon Zenenga travelled to Bentiu over the weekend. The town was recaptured by government forces on January 9 after more than three weeks of fierce fighting with anti–government forces loyal to former Vice-President  Riek Machar. UNMISS  

27 Jan 2014 | Read More »

SOMALIA / DISAPORA RETURN

For over two decades, war raged on inSomaliaforcing its men and women to flee their homes to live in different parts of the world. Now, a peace has seen many Somalis return home and participate in the reconstruction of their country. AU/UN IST

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PHILIPPINES/ EMERGENCY SUPPLIES

Almost one third of Filipinos  affected by Typhoon Haiyan live on Panay Island. To address the shortage of medical supplies in rural health units across the island, UNICEF distributed emergency health kits, which contain equipment and supplies for a health post to care for 10,000 people for three months. UNICEF

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SOUTH SUDAN / IDP CAMP MISSING CHILDREN

When the shooting started in Juba last month, Mary Nyapel, was sleeping in her house near the national army's headquarters in the capital. A few hours later, her husband was killed in front of her and her five children. Some of them ran away. UNMISS

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GENEVA/ BRAHIMI GENEVA II

The Joint Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi said that Syria’s opposition and government will meet “in the same room” in Geneva on Saturday after the first day of a peace conference ended with no direct talks. He said he never expected the process to be easy, but added that the discussions he has had [...]

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UN / DPRK

North Korea has sent a letter to South Korea calling for reconciliation and an end to "hostile military strikes". The UN ambassador to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) called this a "crucial decision" to stop military exercises and if they need to cooperate with the US, "they had better hold exercises far away [...]

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JORDAN / SYRIAN REFUGEES

In a remote area of north-east Jordan, hundreds of Syrian refugees arrive at an unofficial border point after walking for days and crossing a stretch of no man's land to reach safety. UNHCR

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IAEA / AMANO

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano told the Agency's Board of Governors that it was necessary to "nearly double the staff resources devoted to verification" in Iran's nuclear programme. IAEA

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IMF/ GLOBAL FINANCIAL STABILITY REPORT

During its regular bi-weekly press briefing, Bill Murray, the International Monetary Fund (IMF)'s Deputy Spokesperson, reinstated the Fund's commitment with Pakistan. IMF

23 Jan 2014 | Read More »

UN / RWANDA DRC

Rwandan Ambassador Olivier Nduhungirehe said the a report indicating that the M23 rebel group continues to recruit in Rwanda "didn't provide any basic evidence" and contains "flawed methodology." He said the Group of Experts – responsible for the report – "wants to accuse Rwanda in order to stay relevant." UNTV

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SUDAN / DARFUR PRESSER

UNAMID Joint Special Representative (JSR) Mohamed Ibn Chambas said that while "overall peace and security" in Darfur is critical, the actual needs of its people "can only be addressed by instituting a strong development agenda that improves the socio-economic conditions"; adding in that this will encourage the return of the vast displaced population. UNAMID

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UN / DARFUR

Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous told the Security Council that throughout 2013, 16 peacekeepers were killed as a result of hostile acts in Darfur, "a 50 percent increase compared to the previous year and brings to 57 the number of personnel killed since the Mission was deployed in 2008." UNTV

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SOUTH SUDAN / MEASLES

UNICEF reported that a measles outbreak among Internally Displaced People’s camps in South Sudan resulted in health partners conducting a second campaign against the disease in different parts of the country. UNMISS

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MONTREUX / SYRIA PEACE TALKS PRESSER WRAP

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that, "enough is enough, time has come to negotiate," adding that the goal of the Geneva II negotiations is "to fully implement the Geneva Communiqué, which has been endorsed by the Security Council, and which calls for a transition through a number of steps." CH UNTV

22 Jan 2014 | Read More »

SYRIA HUMANITARIAN / OPEN LETTER

For the first time, leading humanitarian agencies issued on Tuesday (21 Jan) an open letter calling on all parties to the Syrian conflict meeting in Geneva to urgently take measures to protect the country's children. Since the conflict began three years ago, more than 11,000 children have died and 4.5 million children are in need [...]

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MONTREUX / SYRIA PEACE TALKS CONFERENCE WRAP

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon  opened a concerted new effort to end the brutal civil war in Syria, urging the Government, the opposition, and representatives of some 40 other countries and regional organizations to seize the historic opportunity to end the bloodshed. CH UNTV

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SOUTH SUDAN / GOROM REFUGEES

Fleeing violence in Bor, South Sudan, many have headed to capital Juba, some 200 kilometers to the south. Some 500 families landed in Gorom, an Ethiopian refugee camp on the outskirts of Juba, home to close to 2500 people. UNHCR

22 Jan 2014 | Read More »

UN / CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

The United Nations (UN) special representative for children in armed conflict said "we need to send a strong signal" to the perpetrators of crimes committed in the Central African Republic (CAR) and that the international community should "spare no efforts" and use "all the tools at its disposal."  UNTV

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MONTREUX / SYRIA PEACE TALKS

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with the Syrian opposition delegation in in Montreux to discuss the intra-Syrian talks starting on 24 January in Geneva. The talks, facilitated by Joint Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi, aims to  end the violence in Syria and achieve a comprehensive agreement for a political settlement. The Secretary-General, United States Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign [...]

21 Jan 2014 | Read More »

IMF/WORLD ECONOMIC OUTLOOK

Global growth is expected to increase in 2014 after having been stuck in low gear in 2013, says the IMF's latest World Economic Outlook (WEO) Update. The IMF forecasts global growth to average 3.7 percent in 2014―up from 3 percent in 2013―and to rise to 3.9 percent in 2015. IMF

21 Jan 2014 | Read More »

UN / SOUTH SUDAN

Commenting on South Sudanese president Salva Kiir's remarks, who accused the UN of hiding rebels and guns at its compounds, the UN spokesperson Farhan Haq said that "the United Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) is implementing its Security Council's mandate in an impartial manner".  UNTV

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AFGHANISTAN / MEMORIAL

The UN mission in Afghanistan held a memorial on Sunday to remember the four colleagues killed in an attack at a restaurant in Kabul. UNAMA

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SOUTH SUDAN / UNICEF SUPPLIES

The first of two UNICEF charter planes arrived inJubaloaded with supplies to support women and children in need of assistance across the country. UNMISS

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GENEVA / BAN DISARMAMENT

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, laying out his position for the future of the Conference and hoping to break a nearly two-decade freeze on negotiations of new arms control accords. CH UNTV

21 Jan 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / SYRIA PEACE TALKS

On the eve of the Geneva Conference on Syria the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon  met with European Union High Representative, Catherine Ashton, at the Palais des Nations, Geneva. The meeting was also attended by Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the League of Arab States for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi. CH UNTV

21 Jan 2014 | Read More »

UN / SOUTH SUDAN UPDATE

Ivan Simonovic, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights briefed the journalist on his visit to South Sudan, saying it is crucial to provide the population of South Sudan with reliable facts about the conflict in order for communities to understand and reconcile since both sides have been involved as perpetrators as well as victims. UNTV / [...]

20 Jan 2014 | Read More »

SOMALIA / NEW JUBBA GOVERNMENT

Commenting on the new all-inclusive federal system in Somalia, the head of the Jubba Interim Administration Executive Council said: "The people of Jubbaland and the people of Somalia need us to do something. It is hunger that creates al Shabaab. Problems create enmity. Unemployment fuels clan conflict. A bad economy creates civil war. In order [...]

20 Jan 2014 | Read More »

UN / IRAN SYRIA PEACE TALKS

A UN spokesman said that the Secretary-General "is deeply disappointed" by Iranian public statements and that given that it has chosen to remain outside that basic understanding Geneva Communiqué, "he has decided that the one-day Montreux gathering will proceed without Iran's participation." UNTV

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GENEVA / CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC HUMAN RIGHTS

The United Nations Human Rights Council today (20 January) adopted a resolution to appoint an independent expert to investigate the human rights situation in the Central African Republic (CAR). UNTV

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UN / SYRIA PEACE TALKS WRAP

A UN spokesperson today (20 January) said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was "dismayed" by the latest developments regarding participation in the Geneva Conference on Syria as "some key participants have conditioned their acceptance to the inclusion or exclusion of other delegations."  Martin Nesirski, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General said Iran, "despite assurances provided orally to the Secretary-General, [...]

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UN / PALESTINE ISRAEL

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that the failure of political progress between Israelis and Palestinians could fuel a downward spiral on the ground, adding that "we face possibly the last attempt to salvage the two-state solution". UNTV

20 Jan 2014 | Read More »

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC / FOOD SECURITY

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is running out of food to distribute to growing numbers of displaced people in the Central African Republic because insecurity is blocking supply routes. WFP

20 Jan 2014 | Read More »

ILO / GLOBAL EMPLOYMENT REPORT

A new report by the International Labour Organization says that the weak global economic recovery has failed to lead to an improvement in global labour markets, with global unemployment in 2013 reaching almost 202 million. ILO

20 Jan 2014 | Read More »

UN / BAN LEBANON SYRIA

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told members of the Security that violations of Lebanon's border with Syria continue, including a worrying escalation of rocket firing and airstrikes into Lebanon's Bekaa region. UNTV

20 Jan 2014 | Read More »

NY/ AFGHANISTAN BAN REAX

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon condemned in strongest term the terrorist attack on the restaurant in Kabul, Afghanistan that  killed 21 people, including four UN staff.  UNTV

18 Jan 2014 | Read More »

SOMALIA / KISMAAYO MARSHALLER

Following Somalia's descent into anarchy and civil war 20 years ago, the civil aviation authority ceased to operate and staff fled the airport, leaving marshaller Adnan to single-handedly run the operations at the Kismayo airport. AU/UN IST

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LEBANON / SYRIA REFUGEES EDUCATION

Nearly 2.3 million children have stopped attending school in the Syrian Arab Republic. Also, more than 60 per cent of the 735,000 school-aged refugee children in the region are not enrolled in school. UNICEF

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CAR / CHILD SOLDIERS

Twenty-three children between 14 and 17 years old were released from armed groups in Bangui on Thursday, with many more identified for release in the coming days. The children, released yesterday, among whom six are girls, were taken from a military base to a UNICEF-supported Transit and Orientation Centre. UNICEF

17 Jan 2014 | Read More »

GA / BAN

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today (17 January) called for action to address underlying threats in world hotspots, promote development and to protect the planet, in his first address of the year to the entire United Nations membership, in which he also expressed grave concern at the 'immoral and irresponsible actions' of some global leaders. UNTV

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SOUTH SUDAN / IVAN SIMONVIC PRESSER

At a press conference in Juba, South Sudan's capital, the UN Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights said that one month of conflict has set the country back a decade, adding that the situation has now reached the threshold of an internal armed conflict. UNMISS

17 Jan 2014 | Read More »

IRAQ / SYRIA BORDER CROSSING

The Tigris river, once a symbol of life and prosperity, is now an inconvenient last hurdle for the estimated 300 refugees that cross its  waters every day on the long journey to escape war and death in Syria.

17 Jan 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / BABY NYARIEK

Baby Nyariek's mother gave birth in Juba, then was shot and died the same day, a victim of South Sudan's return to civil strife. Nyariek means "Problem", a sad reminder of what happened. UNHCR

17 Jan 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / DISPLACED MEDICAL

Health workers at the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) hospital are facing great challenges when it comes to providing health care to thousands of civilians seeking shelter in the UN base. A hospital which is ordinarily intended to cater to UN staff is now dealing with pregnancies, deliveries and children's diseases. UNMISS

17 Jan 2014 | Read More »

UN / ARAUD GENEVA II

French Ambassador Gérard Araud, said today that there is a "strong" general agreement, that the Geneva II conference will have to be organized on the basis of Geneva I, with the stated objective "to set a transition authority with full executive power." UNTV

16 Jan 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / SIMONOVIC BOR

Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonovic today visited the town of Bor in South Sudan  and said the UN will continue to support efforts to end the conflict which has left thousands of its citizens killed and displaced over 400 000.  UNMISS

16 Jan 2014 | Read More »

UN / MALI

The United Nations top official in Mali told the Security Council  that the country "is at a crossroad" and urged the international community to continue to support efforts "to steer the country in the right direction and avoid relapsing into old habits that gave rise to the unprecedented crisis a year ago." UNTV

16 Jan 2014 | Read More »

UN / PALESTINE SOLIDARITY

The United Nations launched the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, with senior officials urging that the observance be used to redouble efforts to achieve a durable peace between Israel and Palestine. UNTV

16 Jan 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / GING CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

UN operations director for humanitarian affairs John Ging saidCentral African Republicis in a “mega-crisis” and called the humanitarian situation in the country "tragic". He said the communities he spoke to during his four-day mission have no confidence that the situation is going to get better anytime soon. CH UNTV

16 Jan 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / SYRIA EXECUTIONS

As reports continued to emerge of a succession of mass executions in northern Syria, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay warned armed opposition groups that executions and unlawful killings are in violation of international human rights and humanitarian law and may amount to war crimes. UNHCR

16 Jan 2014 | Read More »

UN /LAGARDE

 The IMF Managing Director says although the global economy is improving, many countries now face rising risks of deflation. IMF  

15 Jan 2014 | Read More »

UN / SOUTH SUDAN UPDATE

The UN Mission in South Sudan said that one civilian seeking shelter in its Malakal base was killed by stray bullets inside the base and dozens of civilians and a UN military officer also suffered gunshot wounds. UNTV / UNMISS

15 Jan 2014 | Read More »

UN/ MASS ATROCITIES WRAP

At an event commemorating the twenty years since the Rwanda Genocide, Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire, who was the Force Commander of the UN peacekeeping mission, said he was "still pissed off" as "there are still hundreds of thousands who are slaughtered and millions upon millions who are internally displaced and refugee. And it still hasn't gained [...]

15 Jan 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / BENTIU SIMONOVIC

During a visit to Bentiu in South Sudan, the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Šimonovic, said "it was appalling to see corpses on the streets that were not removed five days after people were killed because of fear of their relatives." UNMISS

15 Jan 2014 | Read More »

UN / NIGERIA ANTI-HOMOSEXUALITY LAW

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon shared the "deep concern" expressed by the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, following the recent signing into law of the Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act in Nigeria. UNTV

15 Jan 2014 | Read More »

IRAQ / SYRIA FAMILIES

Kawrgosik refugee camp in Northern Iraq is home to 13,000 Syrian women, children and men living in some 2,000 tents. Everyone in the camp has a story, most are tragic. Suleiman Abbas Abdullah and his wife are among those who escaped from violence in Syria. UNHCR

15 Jan 2014 | Read More »

WORLD BANK / GLOBAL ECONOMIC PROSPECTS

The World Bank's newly-released Global Economic Prospects (GEP) report says that  the world economy is projected to strengthen this year, with growth picking up in developing countries while high-income economies appear to finally be turning the corner five years after the global financial crisis. WORLD BANK

14 Jan 2014 | Read More »

UN / DALLAIRE GENOCIDE

Twenty years after the Rwandan Genocide, the former Force Commander of the UN peacekeeping force, Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire, said that in the previous months "the international community did its best to ignore Rwanda. It wasn't under the radars, it was of no self-interest, it was of no strategic value." UNTV

14 Jan 2014 | Read More »

IRAQ / BAN KAWRGOSIK REFUGEE CAMP

UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon along with UNHCR High Commissioner António Guterres and Under Secretary for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief, Valerie Amos, visited Kawrgosik refugee camp near Erbil in Northern Iraq, where they talked to refugee families and saw the facilities. UNHCR

14 Jan 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / IDP EXAMS

More than 400 children taking refuge at United Nations (UN) compounds in Juba , South Sudan,  took their primary level certificate examinations in English on Monday. This is the first of five exams that will take place throughout the week. They were scheduled  last month but had to be postponed due to the fighting taking [...]

14 Jan 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / FOOD EMERGENCY OP

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a new emergency operation to expand assistance to people affected by the crisis in South Sudan and is working to overcome challenges preventing urgently needed relief from reaching those who need it. WFP

14 Jan 2014 | Read More »

SOMALIA / AL SHABAB INTERNET

Businesses, schools, non-governmental organizations and public institutions in Somalia are increasingly reliant on the Internet and this hasn't boded too well with the insurgent group, al Shabab, which last week issued a statement banning the use of mobile Internet services and gave service providers a 15-day ultimatum to disconnect the service, threatening to punish those who [...]

14 Jan 2014 | Read More »

IRAQ / BAN

Speaking to reporters in Baghdad alongside Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was concerned by the deteriorating security in parts of Iraq and called on leaders to provide Iraqis with "tangible benefits and a better future". UNAMI

13 Jan 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / FOOD INSECURITY

United Nations food agencies are ramping up their relief efforts in South Sudan, warning that the fighting there threatens to increase hunger and unravel the modest gains made in food security in the two years since the country seceded from Sudan and became the world's youngest nation. UNMISS

13 Jan 2014 | Read More »

INDIA / POLIO ERADICATION ANNIVERSARY

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative joins India and the global community in celebrating a historic global health milestone: three years have passed since India's last case of wild polio. Pending final clearance of December and January laboratory samples, the Regional Certification Commission is expected to certify the entire South-East Asia Region of the World Health [...]

13 Jan 2014 | Read More »

UN / DRC

UN officials voiced concern about renewed violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) after a year marked by significant milestones. UNTV / FILE

13 Jan 2014 | Read More »

ITALY / WAITING FOR ASYLUM

Sicilyhas a higher number of asylum-seekers because of its location in the south ofItaly. In 2011, a reception centre was set up to provide asylum-seekers with a place to live while their applications were processed. There are now 4,000 people at the centre, waiting up to a year for a decision on their applications. UNHCR

11 Jan 2014 | Read More »

UN / IRAQ

The Security Council condemned "in the strongest terms" the recent attacks in the cities of Ramadi and Fallujah in Iraq perpetrated by the Al-Qaida affiliate, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), in "an attempt to destabilize the country and the region". UNTV

10 Jan 2014 | Read More »

IRAQ / SYRIA REFUGEES

Since Sunday, the Syrian-Iraqi border at Peshkhabour has re-opened for a few hours a day. Since then, just over 4,500 Syrians have crossed over by barge. The border had been closed since mid-September in the wake of an exodus of some 60,000 Syrians in mid-August. UNHCR

10 Jan 2014 | Read More »

UGANDA / SOUTH SUDAN REFUGEES

The fighting that erupted in South Sudan in mid-December between government troops and opposition forces has forced more than 43 000 people to seek shelter in neighboring countries while internally displacing 232 000. In Uganda alone, there are more than 32 000 registered refugees who are arriving at the rate of 4 to 5 thousand [...]

10 Jan 2014 | Read More »

HAITI / EARTHQUAKE MEMORIAL

The UN mission in Haiti remembers those killed in the earthquake four years ago that crushed this tiny island nation, killing over 200,000 including 102 peacekeepers. MINUSTAH

10 Jan 2014 | Read More »

UN / BAN

In his first news conference of the new year, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today (10 Jan) said "the situations in Syria, South Sudan and the Central African Republic have gone from bad to worse," highlighting the immediate need to end the fighting in those countries. UNTV

10 Jan 2014 | Read More »

UNHCR / 99 MILLION CONFLICT APPEAL

UNHCR appealed for US$99 million to help hundreds of thousands of people displaced by the worsening humanitarian crises in South Sudan and the Central African Republic.  UNHCR

10 Jan 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / MYANMAR DEATH SENTENCE

The UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) welcomed the Myanmar Government's decision to commute all death sentences previously imposed by courts to life imprisonment. CH UNTV

10 Jan 2014 | Read More »

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC / MEASLES

An emergency vaccination campaign to reach over 210,000 children displaced by violence in Bangui, the capitol of the Central African Republic is underway at major displacement sites in the city. UNICEF

10 Jan 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / SOUTH SUDAN HUMAN RIGHTS

The UN Human Rights office (OHCHR) is investigating allegations of serious human rights violations and abuses that have occurred in parts of South Sudan since the start of the current political crisis.  CH UNTV

10 Jan 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / SOUTH SUDAN DISPLACED UPDATE

UN agencies raise concern over the safety and well-being of internally displaced people (IDPs) in South Sudan. Over 230,000 South Sudanese have left their homes since violence broke out on 15 December. CH UNTV

10 Jan 2014 | Read More »

UN / IRAQ

Jordan's Ambassador Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein spoke to reporters  following a closed briefing  on the deteriorating security situation in Iraq. He said the members of the Council had expressed their "complete condemnation" of all terrorist acts occurring in the country and that the Council "will continue to look at all options available on this issue."  UNTV

9 Jan 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / MALAKAL JOHNSON

UN chief for South Sudan, Hilde Johnson visited the city of Malakal, capitol of the Upper Nile State yesterday (8 Jan) where she met the families displaced by the ongoing violence between pro- and anti-government forces. UNMISS

9 Jan 2014 | Read More »

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC / BANGUI AID UPDATE

WFP continues to distribute rice, beans and oil to families at Bangui International Airport where an estimated 100,000 people have sought refuge. WFP

9 Jan 2014 | Read More »

UN / SOUTH SUDAN

Commenting on whether the mission in South Sudan was still cooperating with the SPLA, the head of peacekeeping operations, Hervé Ladsous, said that they were "treating all sides equally" and denouncing human rights violations. "We are not cooperating with any side. Clearly we are not in a situation that has nothing to do with that [...]

9 Jan 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / UN IDP CAMP SECURITY

The police contingent of the UN Mission inSouth Sudan(UNMISS) conducted a security search of the makeshift camp on the compound, sheltering some 14,000 civilians  displaced by fighting. UNMISS

9 Jan 2014 | Read More »

GA / G77 BOLIVIA WRAP

After being handed over the chairmanship of the Group of 77 and China, Bolivian President Evo Morales said the G77 "is one of the main agents of change" for reaching the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the 2015 deadline. UNTV

8 Jan 2014 | Read More »

UN / SYRIA KAAG WRAP

In an interview following her briefing to the Security Council, the Special Coordinator of the OPCW-UN Mission Sigrid Kaag said "there was no reason to assume" that the deadline for the elimination of Syria's chemical weapons programme would not be met, however, she underlined that security was still a "grave concern". UNTV

8 Jan 2014 | Read More »

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC/ HUMAN RIGHTS AID

A United Nations human rights expert called for urgent protection and increased assistance to the growing number of persons displaced by violence in the Central African Republic. FILE  

8 Jan 2014 | Read More »

UN / CHINA YASUKUNI SHRINE REAX

Ambassador Liu Jieyi of China condemned the recent visit of the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the Yasukuni Shrine, which he described as "a place that whitewashes and glorifies aggression" and as "the incarnation of militarism of Japan". UNTV

8 Jan 2014 | Read More »

LEBANON / 100-YEAR-OLD SYRIAN REFUGEE

Hallum Alamin, a Syrian refugee sheltering with her family inLebanon is starting a new year and a new century of her life. She is or will be …turning 100. UNHCR

8 Jan 2014 | Read More »

UNICEF / CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC CHILDREN

Amid reports of targeted killings of children in the Central African Republic (CAR), UNICEF's Director of Emergency Programmes Ted Chaiban said "we are on the edge of something very serious in the CAR" and that children "have seen unspeakable violence." UNTV / FILE

7 Jan 2014 | Read More »

UN / SYRIA CHEMICAL WEAPONS

The Joint Mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations confirms that an initial quantity of priority chemical materials was moved from two sites to the port of Lattakia, in Syria, for verification and was then loaded onto a Danish cargo ship today. The vessel left the port [...]

7 Jan 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / SOUTH SUDAN DISPLACED UPDATE

The UN Refugee Agency said that up 2,500 South Sudanese refugees are crossing the border into Uganda every day, leaving aid agencies struggling to provide the basics at meeting points on the border and at reception centres. Over 23,000 South Sudanese refugees have arrived inUganda. CH UNTV / RECENT

7 Jan 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / UNICEF SYRIA NO LOST CHILDREN

A UNICEF spokesperson said that UN and international aid agencies in the Syrian region said that (USD) 1 billion is needed for a strategy called 'No Lost Generation', which aims to provide those affected by the conflict with the chance to shape a more stable and secure future. CH UNTV/UNICEF

7 Jan 2014 | Read More »

CHAD / VACCINATIONS

An estimated 50,000 returnees and refugees have settled in an isolated tip in south-eastern Chad known as Tissi. This area is a militarized zone, a buffer against cross-border banditry from neighbouring Sudan and the Central African Republic. It's also a semi-arid area and the large and sudden population influx seen in the past year creates [...]

6 Jan 2014 | Read More »

UN / CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

The top UN political affairs official told the Security Council that with nearly 1 million civilians driven from their homes by conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) and 2.2 million in need of humanitarian aid, lack of security, funding and access is hampering efforts by the United Nations and its partners to bring relief. [...]

6 Jan 2014 | Read More »

UN / PRINCE ZEID RA’AD ZEID AL-HUSSEIN

Ambassador Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein of Jordan, President of the Security Council for this month, said that the situation of  Syrian refugees in his country is "extremely dire and significantly important" for his government, adding  that the issue would be raised once more in the Security Council in the coming days. UNTV

6 Jan 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / MILITARY ASSISTANCE

An Australian military aircraft, carrying some 30 000 kg of engineering equipment has arrived in Juba, South Sudan. Equipment will help strengthen defense perimeter around UN compounds across the country that currently provide shelter for some 60 000 civilians. UNMISS

6 Jan 2014 | Read More »

NIGER / MALNUTRITION

Malnutrition, a national crisis in Niger, affects hundreds of thousands of children. It's a crisis that UNICEF and its local partners are trying to tackle through an innovative project that involves training mothers in malnutrition screening. UNICEF.

3 Jan 2014 | Read More »

UN / HQ SOUTH SUDAN PREPS

In 2011, former Vice President Riek Machar, reflecting on the world's youngest nation, said “you know the feeling is free at last, Martin Luther said so. The feeling is of excitement. The feeling is I’m lucky to be alive to see the day. And I believe this is not me alone, it’s also the rest. [...]

2 Jan 2014 | Read More »

UN / RIEK MACHAR

UNifeed interview with Reik Machar in 2011 on the eve of South Sudan's admission to the United Nations. UNTV

2 Jan 2014 | Read More »

UN / AMOS

Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos said that 2013 "was a real test of the global humanitarian system" and 2014 begins with "multiple severe humanitarian crises threatening or affecting the lives of millions of people." UNTV

2 Jan 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / HILDE JOHNSON PRESSER

Amid set peace talks between the Government of South Sudan and warring rebels, the head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the country urged both sides to make crucial efforts to end the violence. UNMISS

2 Jan 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / IDP CHAIN OF PEACE

On the first day of the New Year, displaced civilians sheltering in the UN mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) Tomping Camp joined their hands together to make a human chain to signify the need for unity and peace in South Sudan.  UNMISS

2 Jan 2014 | Read More »

CHAD / NUTRITION

In the past three years, climate change has taken hold. In 2012, 850,000 children in Chad and other countries in Africa's Sahel belt were treated for severe acute malnutrition. It’s a condition that affects almost three percent of children under five in the eastern Ouaddai region of Chad.  

1 Jan 2014 | Read More »

 

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