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SOUTH SUDAN / CHOLERA VACCINATONS

WHO is working with the South Sudan government and partners to provide vaccines to protect nearly 140,000 people living in temporary camps inSouth Sudanagainst cholera. UNMISS

28 Feb 2014 | Read More »

UN / DPRK AMBASSADOR

Ambassador Ja Song Nam presented his credentials today (28 Feb) as the new Permanent Representative of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to the United Nations. UNTV

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UN / RWANDA GENOCIDE KWIBUKA 20

"Kwibuka 20" remember – unite – renew", is a series of events around the world marking the 20-year anniversary of genocide in Rwanda – when nearly 1 million people were killed in 100 days. The Secretary-General called the genocide in Rwanda an "epic failure." UNTV/ FILE

27 Feb 2014 | Read More »

UN / 12 YEARS A SLAVE

The Academy Award nominated film Twelve Years a Slave was presented at the United Nations by its director Steve Mc Queen. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the film was hard to watch, but there can be no turning away "from the horrors of slavery as it was practiced then and not from the forms of slavery [...]

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IMF / UKRAINE

The International Monetary Fund confirmed Thursday that it had received a request for support fromUkraineand that it would send a fact-finding team to the country next week. IMF

27 Feb 2014 | Read More »

WORLD BANK / FOOD WASTE

The world loses or wastes a shocking one-quarter to one-third of all food produced for human consumption, according to a World Bank report citing FAO estimates. Bank President Jim Yong Kim says that given widespread hunger and malnutrition, the world must take quick action to combat the problem. WORLD BANK

27 Feb 2014 | Read More »

SYRIA / YARMOUK CAMP

UNRWA – the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, succeeded on Wednesday for a second time in a week to distribute food parcels to suffering and isolated civilians in the Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus, Syria. UNWRA  

27 Feb 2014 | Read More »

UN / GUINEA BISSAU

UN special envoy in Guinea-Bissau José Manuel Ramos-Horta urged all stakeholders in the country "to play their part in insuring a meaningful election in a climate of peace and security."  Security Council President Rita Kazragienė said that "the normalization of the political, security, social and economic situation in Guinea Bissau is dependent on the return [...]

26 Feb 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / MALAKAL

The humanitarian coordinator in South Sudan Toby Lanzer said that  Malakal is now destroyed and deserted, with dead bodies in the streets and buildings demolished after fresh fighting erupted last week. "I was here four weeks ago with Valerie Amos and it was a city that was coming to life, well that life is coming [...]

26 Feb 2014 | Read More »

UN / YEMEN

The UN special envoy for Yemen Jamal Benomar said that a new Security Council resolution to support peaceful change and democratic governance in the coutnry sends a “strong and clear” message to Yemenis and that "spoilers" who seek to obstruct the transition will be held to account. UNTV  

26 Feb 2014 | Read More »

UN / MALI

French Ambassador Gérard Araud praised the Malian Government's roadmap to emerge from the current crisis, while Chadian Ambassador  Bante Mangaral said "the roadmap drown up by the Malian Government is a sign of hope and a good trigger for resuming peace talks." UNTV / FILE

26 Feb 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / HUMAN RIGHTS

A Human Rights official said in Juba that it was extremely vital to ensure that human rights were at the center of all future steps taken in resolving the conflict and rebuilding society in South Sudan. UNMISS

25 Feb 2014 | Read More »

GA / SYRIA HUMANITARIAN 2

Syrian Ambassador Bashar Ja’afari, told the General Assembly that the presentations by UN officials on the humanitarian conditions in Syria "didn't really offer anything new" and that the situation is being portrayed as a Hollywood film "with a script that is not very credible." UNTV

25 Feb 2014 | Read More »

GA / SYRIA HUMANITARIAN 1

As the conflict that has inflicted unimaginable suffering on the Syrian people prepares to enter its fourth year, United Nations officials stressed the need for a political solution to end the crisis, as well as greater efforts to protect civilians and ensure they receive the assistance they desperately need. UNTV / FILE

25 Feb 2014 | Read More »

LEBANON / SYRIANS MALNUTRITION

In a recent UNICEF-led, inter-agency nutrition assessment on Syrian refugees inLebanonmalnutrition is becoming a new, silent threat. Preliminary results show that almost 2,000 Syrian refugee children inLebanonare at risk of dying from malnutrition, and need immediate treatment to survive. UNICEF

25 Feb 2014 | Read More »

UN / FELTMAN PALESTINE

UN political affairs head Jeffrey Feltman told the Security Council that  a "defining moment" is coming near on the Middle East peace process and that  "we are increasingly worried" by reports of impeded access of the humanitarian community in the delivery of emergency shelter and other assistance to Palestinian refugee camps in the Jordan Valley. [...]

25 Feb 2014 | Read More »

UN / UGANDA ANTI-GAY-LAW

UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky read statements by both Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and human rights chief Navi Pillay spoke against the anti-homosexuality law signed into force in Uganda, saying it violates basic human rights and endangers lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the country. UNTV

24 Feb 2014 | Read More »

UN / UKRAINE SERGEYEV

Ukraine's ambassador Yuriy Sergeyev said that no one knows where the country's president Viktor Yanukovych is, and that people are not fighting for accession to the European Union, but for dignity and human rights.  UNTV

24 Feb 2014 | Read More »

UN / SMALL ISLANDS WRAP

On the day of the first-ever launch of the International Year of Small Islands Developing States, UN Environment Programme Executive Director Achim Steiner said that climate "vulnerabilities are growing exponentially" over which small islands have no influence, "an extraordinary prospect for a nation, for a culture, for a people to be confronted by this prospect, [...]

24 Feb 2014 | Read More »

UN / SYRIA VOTE UPDATE

The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) is trying to get aid into Yarmouk camp in Syria following the adoption of a Security Council Resolution that called for improved humanitarian access in Syria. UNTV

24 Feb 2014 | Read More »

UN / OSCE UKRAINE

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) announced a proposal for a contact group for the Ukraine and will send an assessment mission in the coming days to rebuild trust among the parties and to assess human rights violations. UNTV

24 Feb 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / KOREAN MEDICAL CLINIC

A clinic originally established by the Korean Medical unit to provide medical assistance for its soldiers and UNMISS personnel extends its clinical facilities to the displaced sheltering at the UN base in Bor. UNMISS

22 Feb 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / REUNIFICATION

UNICEF has appealed for almost US$2.2 billion to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance in 2014 to 85 million people, including 59 million children, who face conflict, natural disasters and other complex emergencies in 50 countries.  In South Sudan, hundreds of children have been separated from their families when fighting erupted last December. UNICEF

22 Feb 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / BOR UPDATE

Before the recent conflict in South Sudan, Bor town was a booming capital of the country's largest state, Jonglei. However, much of Bor was destroyed during weeks of violence  – the town changed hands four times. UNMISS  

22 Feb 2014 | Read More »

UN / BAN CAR MESSAGE FRENCH

Special: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon message to the people of Central African Republic (French only)

22 Feb 2014 | Read More »

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC (CAR) / CHILDREN MALNUTRITION

UNICEF has appealed for almost US$2.2 billion to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance in 2014 to 85 million people, including 59 million children, who face conflict, natural disasters and other complex emergencies in 50 countries. In CAR, because of the fighting, hundreds of thousands of people are displaced across the country – many of them children, already [...]

21 Feb 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / HAC

At the launch of UNICEF's Humanitarian Action for Children Report 2014 and a record $2.2 billion aid appeal to help tens of millions of children around the world, the head of emergency operations, Ted Chaiban, who has just returned from South Sudan warned  that the country was facing a catastrophe. CH UNTV

21 Feb 2014 | Read More »

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC / HUMANITARIAN UPDATE

A UN humanitarian delegation warns of worsening conditions for internally displaced people in Central African Republic. There is also growing concern over the safety of women and girls as there are an alarming number of reports of sexual attacks in IDP sites. UNAIDS

21 Feb 2014 | Read More »

UN / BLOOMBERG CLIMATE CHANGE

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, his newly appointed Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change. The role of the Special Envoy will be to galvanize urban action to reduce greenhouse emissions ahead of the United Nations climate summit this coming September. UNTV

21 Feb 2014 | Read More »

UN / CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that current efforts by the international community in Central African Republic, "will be fruitless if we do not do more" and called for a six point initiative which includes rapid reinforcement of AU and French troops on the ground to at least 3,000 more to be deployed as soon as possible. [...]

20 Feb 2014 | Read More »

UN / UKRAINE

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that he was "deeply saddened" by the tragic events in Ukraine. He said the situation has escalated with tragic loss on all sides and that he is appalled by the use of firearms by police and protesters. UNTV

20 Feb 2014 | Read More »

WORLD BANK / WORKPLACE GENDER EQUALITY

Women worldwide are losing ground in the employment sector.  A new World Bank Group report says nearly four in 10 people globally – close to one half in developing countries – agree that when jobs are scarce, men are more entitled to them than women. WORLD BANK

20 Feb 2014 | Read More »

IMF/ INDIA ECONOMY

The International Monetary Fund said India has restored macroeconomic and financial stability, but structural impediments to growth and persistently high inflation remain key concerns. IMF

20 Feb 2014 | Read More »

UN / JA'AFARI

During a Security Council meeting on the rule of law, Syrian ambassador Bashar Ja' afari said that the rule of law must not be used, "as an excuse to interfere in the internal affairs of states." UNTV

19 Feb 2014 | Read More »

UN / UKRAINE

The Lithuanian Foreign Minister called on international community to use all possible means to prevent further violence and stop bloodshed in Ukraine. UNTV

19 Feb 2014 | Read More »

LEBANON / SYRIAN REFUGEES

The ongoing bombardment of the Syrian city ofYabroudhas driven thousands of Syrian refugees across the mountains into the Lebanese town ofArsalsince the middle of last week. UNHCR  

19 Feb 2014 | Read More »

UN / RULE OF LAW

 The Secretary-General said that the rule of law is "at the heart of the United Nations' work", adding that strengthening the rule of law is now an integral part of the mandates of peacekeeping operations and special political missions. UNTV

19 Feb 2014 | Read More »

JORDAN / MALALA ZATARI CAMP

Teenage activist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Malala Yousafzai visits  Zaatari Refugee Camp in northern Jordan to promote better and more accessible education for Syrian children. UNHCR

18 Feb 2014 | Read More »

UN / GING SOMALIA

UN operations director for humanitarian affairs John Ging said that "Somalis have suffered endlessly for almost 25 years" and that "we cannot be distracted now from our task" to consolidate the fragile gains that have already been made; adding that this requires funding. UNTV

18 Feb 2014 | Read More »

BANGLADESH / MEASLES CAMPAIGN

Bangladesh, a land of 150 million people, launched its largest ever measles-rubella (MR) vaccination campaign aimed at reaching 52 million children aged nine months to under 15 years to protect them against these infectious diseases. UNICEF

18 Feb 2014 | Read More »

UN / SOUTH SUDAN UPDATE

A UN Spokesperson reported that heavy fighting between soldiers of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and the opposition near the UN compound in Malakal in Upper Nile State resulting a number of wounded combatants as well as civilians in the base. UNTV / RECENT /FILE

18 Feb 2014 | Read More »

UN / DPRK

A UN spokesperson said that UN human rights head Navi Pillay welcomed the report by the Commission of Inquiry on North Korea and said the findings "needed to be treated with the greatest urgency" adding "there can no longer be any excuses for inaction." UNTV / CH UNTV

18 Feb 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / PAPUA NEW GUINEA REAX

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) expressed concern over the violence that erupted for a second night at Australia’s immigration detention centre in Papua New Guinea. CH UNTV

18 Feb 2014 | Read More »

JORDAN / MALALA REFUGEES

Teenage activist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Malala Yousafzai  visited the Jordanian border crossing at Hadalat over the weekend, where the number of Syrians seeking refuge in Jordan has increased in recent days due to intensified fighting in their villages. UNHCR

18 Feb 2014 | Read More »

IAEA / IRAN

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at the Agency’s headquarters in Vienna.  Their meeting was held on the margins of nuclear-related talks between the E3/EU+3  and Iran. IAEA

18 Feb 2014 | Read More »

SOMALIA / MILITARY TRAINING

In renewed efforts to boost the Somali National Army, members of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have completed a training program for the first inter-clan, light infantry company at its training facilities at Jazeera Camp in the capital Mogadishu. UN AU IST  

17 Feb 2014 | Read More »

SOMALIA / IDENTITY CARDS

Without a functioning government during the two decades of civil war, many Somalis had to acquire fake identity cards and passports through the back alleys of the infamous Bakara market, a system known as "Abdallah Shideeye" or the counterfeiter. The country now has a functional government with institutions working at protecting the Somali identity. AU [...]

15 Feb 2014 | Read More »

ITALY / MIGRANT RESCUE

Over 1,200 migrants were rescued from inflatable boats off the boast of Lampedusa last week (7 Feb) by the Italian navy. Young men, women and children, crammed into eight dinghies and a boat, were spotted by helicopter halfway betweenTunisiaandItaly. UNHCR  

15 Feb 2014 | Read More »

PHILIPPINES/ DAVID BECKHAM

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham visited with children in Tacloban, Philippines Thursday and saw  firsthand the work UNICEF is doing on the ground following the devastating typhoon in November. UNICEF

14 Feb 2014 | Read More »

SOMALIA / ETHIOPIAN FORCES

Ethiopian forces have deployed in Belet Weyne, in South Central Somalia as they begin their duties under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). More than 4,000 Ethiopian troops have been integrated into AMISOM.

14 Feb 2014 | Read More »

UN / CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

In a Security Council meeting on the cooperation between the UN and regional and sub-regional organizations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the Council needs to "live up to the promises made around this table" regarding the Central African Republic, adding they need to "act swiftly and robustly in the face of such bloodshed." UNTV

14 Feb 2014 | Read More »

SYRIA / HOMS EVACUATION UPDATE

UN agencies and partner organizations continue to evacuate residents and deliver aid to the Old City of Homs. To date, more than half of the estimated 2,500 civilians seeking a safe route to exit the city have left. UNHCR

14 Feb 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / HOMS DETAINEES WRAP

The UN Refugee Agency warned that dozens of men and boys aged 15 to 55 — who left Old Homs during an agreed cease-fire, are still being held and questioned by Syrian authorities. CH UNTV / UNTV

14 Feb 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / YABROUD MILITARY BUILDUP

The United Nations expressed concern at reports of a major military buildup and the increased threat to the population in the town of Yabroud, an opposition-held area in the Qalamoun mountains of Syria. CH UNTV

14 Feb 2014 | Read More »

SYRIA / HOMS FOOD AID

The World Food Programme (WFP) delivered a month supply of food Wednesday (12 Feb) for 2,500 people in the Old City of Homs. WFP  

14 Feb 2014 | Read More »

UN / ITALY MARINES

UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky confirmed that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had spoken over the phone with Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino about the case of two Italian marines being tried in India for killing two local fishermen. UNTV

13 Feb 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / BRAHIMI

The UN Joint Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi said Russia and the US had pledged to ‘unblock’ the Syria stalemate at Geneva peace talks. CH UNTV  

13 Feb 2014 | Read More »

THE HAGUE / KENYATTA FINANCIAL RECORDS

Kenya's Attorney General, Githu Muigai, told the International Court (ICC)  that the disclosure of Kenyan citizens private and confidential documentation, "is a matter determined by domestic law." Muigai was arguing the reasons why the Government of Kenya has declined to comply with the Prosecution request to release President Uhuru Kenyatta's financial transaction records to the [...]

13 Feb 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / SYRIA TALKS ARRIVALS

Officials from the UN, Russia and the US are holding talks in Geneva, a continuation of a series of trilateral meetings that focus on how to best move the Geneva II process forward. CH UNTV

13 Feb 2014 | Read More »

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC / FOOD AIRLIFT

The WFP began to airlift food into the Central African Republic (CAR) on Wednesday, as the country faces a deepening hunger crisis with its roads too insecure to move in enough food for 1.25 million people affected by violence. WFP

13 Feb 2014 | Read More »

UN / HOMS MALE DETAINEES

  A UN spokesperson said that the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), along with staff from UNICEF and the UN Population Fund have a "regular presence" at the school in Homs Syria where men who were among the evacuated are being questioned. So far, more than 150 of the 336 men and boys have been questioned [...]

12 Feb 2014 | Read More »

UN / COMMITTEE TO PROTECT JOURNALISTS

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) presented their annual report "Attacks on the Press – 2014 edition", which indicates that 70  journalists were killed and  211 were imprisoned  during 2013. The figures are near record levels. UNTV

12 Feb 2014 | Read More »

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC / GUTERRES

The head of the UN refugee agency Antonio Guterres visited with the internally displaced at Bangui airport in Central African Republic (CAR). He said the international community needs to give CAR the same focus as Syria and South Sudan. UNHCR

12 Feb 2014 | Read More »

UN / POPULATION AND DEVELOPMENT LAUNCH

Top United Nations officials stressed that while nearly 1 billion people have escaped extreme poverty in the past 20 years and child and maternal mortality have been cut by almost one half, much more work remains to be done to address inequalities and ensure the rights and dignity of all, especially women and children.

12 Feb 2014 | Read More »

UN / PROTECTION OF CIVILIANS

The UN Security Council reaffirmed its commitment regarding the protection of civilians in armed conflict and recalled that States bear the primary responsibility to respect and ensure the human rights of their citizens. UNTV

12 Feb 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / IDP CAMP SECURITY

Intelligence reports indicates that some individuals who were serving in different Security Agencies of Government of South Sudan before entering the UNMISS compounds have hidden or buried their weapons outside the perimeter of the camp. UNMISS  

12 Feb 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / SYRIA TALKS ARRIVALS

Discussions aimed at ending the conflict in Syria continued at the UN’s Geneva office on Wednesday. CH UNTV

12 Feb 2014 | Read More »

UN / SOUTH SUDAN LADSOUS

The head of UN peacekeeping operations said that priorities in South Sudan should include the support of the IGAD (Intergovernmental Authority on Development) mediation process. The ceasefire which was inked inAddis Ababalast month seeks to ease a political dispute between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy, Riek Machar, who was removed from office in [...]

11 Feb 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / SNIFFER DOGS

Sniffer dogs have been brought in to South Sudan by the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) to help with locating weapons, explosives and contraband in civilian protected areas. UNMISS

11 Feb 2014 | Read More »

UN / GRANDI

In his final press conference as Commissioner General of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), Filippo Grandi said that Palestinians in Syria "have suffered by and large the same fate as all other civilians" but have had "much more limited flight options than other people." UNTV

11 Feb 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / SYRIA HOMS WRAP

The UN Refugee Agency said that Syrian authorities are detaining and questioning more than 300 men deemed of fighting age, who fled the besieged rebel-held Old City of Homs during an agreed cease fire. CH UNTV

11 Feb 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA/ BRAHIMI PRESSER

The Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the League of Arab States for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi urged both sides taking part in the Geneva 2 discussions to "speed up".  

11 Feb 2014 | Read More »

UN / KOSOVO

A top UN envoy said that Kosovo has made "remarkable progress", but  that Pristina and Belgrade must continue their dialogue to reach regional reconciliation, stability and prosperity. UNTV

10 Feb 2014 | Read More »

THE HAGUE / BOSCO NTAGANDA

A five-day hearing began at the International Criminal Court to decide whether there is sufficient evidence to try Congolese rebel commander Bosco Ntaganda, for war crimes and crimes against humanity. ICC

10 Feb 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / MALAKAL AID

UNHCR and partners have started handing out aid items to thousands of people in Malakal where insecurity and widespread looting have prevented distribution. UNHCR

10 Feb 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / SYRIA TALKS ARRIVALS

The second round of the intra-Syrian Talks (Geneva II) started at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. CH UNTV

10 Feb 2014 | Read More »

SYRIA / HOMS TRUCE EXTENSION

The Syrian government and opposition agreed to extend a three-day truce in Old Homs to allow humanitarian access, after it was broken on Saturday. UNHCR

10 Feb 2014 | Read More »

SOMALIA / FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION

Female Genital Mutilation or FGM, is a harmful traditional practice that still persists in Somalia where its prevalence remains high at 95 percent, especially affecting girls between four to 11 years of age. An estimated 130 million women across the world have undergone FGM and suffer from severe effects of the practice. AU / UN IST

8 Feb 2014 | Read More »

SYRIA / HOMS EVACUATION

A United Nations led operation to assist civilians wishing to leave the Old City of Homs, started today with the evacuation of 83 women, children and elderly civilians after an agreement was reached by the government and opposition groups in homs for a ceasefire. The agreement will also allow humanitarian aid to reach the besieged [...]

7 Feb 2014 | Read More »

ICC / CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

The International Criminal Court (ICC) announced it was opening a preliminary examination in the Central African Republic into allegations of killings, acts of rape and sexual slavery, pillaging, torture, forced displacement and recruitment and use of child soldiers during hostilities that have taken place over the past months. ICC / FILE

7 Feb 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, says that thousands of people are fleeing to Cameroon from the Central African Republic (CAR) to escape violence. CH UNTV

7 Feb 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / BOR ELIZABETH JOSEPH

The story of Elizabeth Joseph, mother of nine, who fled to the UNMISS compound in Bor after her husband was killed in the fighting. "My stay here is like a prisoner, because I cannot go out. We don't really know for how long this will continue and we do not know how our lives would [...]

7 Feb 2014 | Read More »

IMF / MARKET TURBULENCE

The IMF says the recent increase in market turbulence does not necessarily point to weak fundamentals in all countries affected. IMF

6 Feb 2014 | Read More »

UN / SYRIA CHEMICAL WEAPONS

Special Coordinator of the UN-OPCW Joint Mission Sigrid Kaag told reporters that the 30 June 2014 deadline to complete the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons can be met. However, US ambassador Samantha Power demanded Assad's government "to stop its foot-dragging" to move those materials. UNTV

6 Feb 2014 | Read More »

UN / MBEKI

The former President of South Africa and Chair of the High Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows, Thabo Mbeki, said Africa is losing "at least 50 billion dollars" through illicit outflows, an amount larger than the overseas development assistance that the continent receives. UNTV

6 Feb 2014 | Read More »

SYRIA / FOOD AIRLIFT

An airlift is underway to deliver over 400 metric tonnes of food to people in Qasmishli, Syria. The agency is appealing to all parties to the conflict to open up humanitarian corridors to allow food assistance to reach those who are in dire need. WFP

6 Feb 2014 | Read More »

RUSSIA / BAN OLYMPIC TORCH

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited the Olympic village inSochiand took part in the torch relay, receiving the flame from International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach. UNTV

6 Feb 2014 | Read More »

IRAQ / SYRIA AID AIRLIFT

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) started airlifting enough food to feed close to 30,000 displaced people for a month from Iraq to Qamishli in northeast Syria amid growing problems in reaching people, especially in conflict and besieged areas. WFP

5 Feb 2014 | Read More »

UN / UNHCR SYRIAN REFUGEES

UNHCR Regional Refugee Coordinator for Syria briefed about the latest figures, situation and challenges that Syrian refugees are facing in the neighbouring countries. UNTV

5 Feb 2014 | Read More »

UN / UNESCO SYRIA HERITAGE SITES

Franscesco Bandarin, UNESCO's Assistant Director-General for Culture, said that the conflict in Syria"has hit cultural heritage in all its forms to an unprecedented level," adding that the loss of control of the territory by the central and local governments has resulted in illegal excavations of archaeological sites. UNTV

5 Feb 2014 | Read More »

UN / VATICAN RIGHTS OF THE CHILD

The UN's Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) has denounced the Vatican for adopting policies that allowed priests to sexually abuse thousands of children. The UN Watchdog also analysed the situation of children's rights in Russia, Germany and other countries.  CH UNTV

5 Feb 2014 | Read More »

UN / PALAU OCEANS

The President of the Republic of Palau, Tommy E. Remengesau Jr., announced his intention to close Palau's territorial waters to commercial fishing. UNTV

4 Feb 2014 | Read More »

UN/ HILLARY CLINTON UNWOMEN

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to discuss the importance of advancement of women and girls to reach MDG (Millennium Development Goals).  UNTV

4 Feb 2014 | Read More »

UN / CAR UNICEF

UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake stressed the urgency with which the international community must do everything it can to help "what is already a human tragedy" and could unfold "into a human catastrophe" in Central African Republic. UNTV

4 Feb 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / CAR HUMANITARIAN

UNICEF informed that 20,000 children in the Central African Republic (CAR) capital, Bangui, will start classes in temporary learning spaces after violence forced them to flee their homes and closed down their schools. CH UNTV

4 Feb 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / HUMANITARIAN APPEAL

In order assist 3.2 million South Sudanese worst affected by hostilities in the country, aid agencies would need 1.27 billion dollars to cover the period up to June, Toby Lanzer, Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan said at a press conference in Juba . UNMISS

4 Feb 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / NEPALESE

Reinforcing the UNMISS military component in South Sudan, 266 Nepalese peacekeepers arrived in Juba today from the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). UNMISS

4 Feb 2014 | Read More »

VIETNAM / WORLD CANCER DAY

Viet Nam is one of around 80 countries that have received assistance from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in cancer control. After cardiovascular diseases, cancer is the second leading cause of death in the country. According to the latest statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO), there are around 125,000 new cancer cases and [...]

3 Feb 2014 | Read More »

MALI / SC DELEGATION VISIT

A Security Council delegation wrapped up a two-day visit to Mali, where it got a first-hand look at United Nations efforts to assist the West African nation as it emerges from crisis and tackle a host of political, security, development and humanitarian challenges. MINUSMA

3 Feb 2014 | Read More »

WHO / WORLD CANCER DAY REPORT

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization (WHO), is launching the World Cancer Report 2014, a collaboration of over 250 leading scientists from more than 40 countries, describing multiple aspects of cancer research and control. WHO / IARC

3 Feb 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / LADSOUS WRAP

At the end of a two-day visit in South Sudan, the head of peacekeeping operations Hervé Ladsous stressed that priority must be given to implementing the cessation of hostilities agreement that was signed on 23 January. During his trip he also met with President Salva Kiir in Juba. UNMISS

3 Feb 2014 | Read More »

LEBANON / CASH CARD ASSISTANCE

To assist Syrian refugees in Lebanon more safely and efficiently, UNHCR has been distributing ATM cards that can be used to access cash grants. It's a new technology for some refugees. UNCHR

3 Feb 2014 | Read More »

NICARAGUA / ANGIE HARMON

Actress and UNICEF ambassador Angie Harmon recently returned from a visit to Nicaragua, where she travelled to bring attention to the horrors of child trafficking within the Central American country and across the globe. During her trip Harmon witnessed UNICEF programs to protect children from violence, exploitation and abuse and spoke with adolescent girls and boys [...]

1 Feb 2014 | Read More »

SOMALIA / LIFEGUARDS

With thousands of city residents finally able to enjoy their country's seashores, a team of lifeguards have been trained by the municipality to ensure their safety and reduce the number of drowning cases that have occurred in the past. UN AU IST

1 Feb 2014 | Read More »

 

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