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UN / ARRIA CRIMEA

The permanent mission of Lithuania to the United Nations organized an informal meeting of the Security Council, in Arria formula today on human rights violations and freedom of the press in Crimea, Ukraine. UNTV

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IAEA / ISRAEL

Israeli President Shimon Peres met today with Yukiya Amano, Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency at the Agency's Headquarters in Vienna, Austria. The meeting comes after the latest round of negotiations between Iran and world powers earlier this month targeted at curbing Iran’s nuclear program. IAEA

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UN / IPCC CLIMATE REPORT

The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says that the effects of climate change are already occurring on all contingents and across the oceans. The report also concludes that there are opportunities to respond to the risks, but that those risks will be difficult to manage with high levels or warming. [...]

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ICJ / WHALES

The United Nations International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled against Japan in a case involving charges by Australia that the country was using a scientific research programme to mask a commercial whaling venture in the Antarctic. ICJ

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LEBANON / BEKAA HANY

 Hany is a 20 year old Syrian refugee fromHomswho lives with his family in a small tented settlement in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. Back inSyria, Hany was at university studying to be a communications engineer, but he was unable to complete his studies. UNHCR  

29 Mar 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / MALAKAL ORPHANS

With supplies scarce and security tense in Malakal, UpperNileState, more than 100 orphans have been relocated from the UN base there to the capital Juba. UNMISS

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UN / UKRAINE BAN

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon  stressed the need for a "peaceful and diplomatic solution" to the crisis in the Ukraine and urged Russian and Ukrainian leaders "to deescalate the situation, avoid hasty actions, and immediately engage in direct and constructive dialogue to resolve all these problems."

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UN / SYRIA

Violence against civilians is continuing in Syria despite a UN Security Council resolution calling for increased and unhindered humanitarian access. The UN Humanitarian Coordinator said the situation of millions of people has not improved, adding that conflict and violence have intensified in the past four weeks with many people killed and injured. UNTV / FILE

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GENEVA / DPRK HRC

The Human Rights Commission asked the General Assembly to refer the human rights situation in the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK) to the Security Council  for possible referral to international criminal justice tribunals. CH UNTV

28 Mar 2014 | Read More »

UN / DRC VOTE

The Security Council extended for one year the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) – along with its Intervention Brigade – French Ambassador Gerard Araud called the  creation of the intervention brigade a, "breakthrough" for the organization.  UNTV/FILE

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GENEVA / SYRIA HRC

The United Nation’s top human rights body extended its probe of suspected abuses in Syria for another year.  CH UNTV

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IMF / UKRAINE

The IMF staff team andUkrainereached agreement on an economic reform program that will unlock about $27 billion from the international community over the next two years. IMF  

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UN / UKRAINE

The General Assembly rejected the annexation by Russia of the autonomous Ukrainian region of Crimea. In a resolution adopted by 100 in favor to 11 against with 58 abstentions, the Assembly called on all States, organizations or agencies not to recognize Crimea as part of Russia. UNTV

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TURKEY / NORTHERN SYRIA AID

A UN convoy carrying vital humanitarian supplies for hundreds of thousands of people in desperate need in northern Syria arrived this week from Turkey. This was the first time in three years of conflict that aid is being transported via this route. The Security Council will discuss the Secretary-General’s report regarding access to humanitarian aid in Syria on [...]

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GENEVA / SRI LANKA VOTE

The Human Rights Council decided on Thursday to ask the UN Human Rights High Commissioner’s office to investigate alleged atrocities during the final stages of the war between the government and the Tamil Tigers.  

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GREENLAND / BAN ILULISSAT ICE FJORD WRAP

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon travelled to the World Heritage site, the ice fjord, “Ilulissat” this morning after having to turn back yesterday due to a snowstorm. UNTV  

27 Mar 2014 | Read More »

UN / SYRIA / ISRAEL – TURKEY

Syria's ambassador Bashar al Ja afari accused the governments of Turkey and Israel of a "public alliance of supporting terrorism" in his country. UNTV

26 Mar 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / RAINY SEASON PREPS

The UN mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) is making preparations in the displacement camps at UN bases throughout the country ahead of the rainy season. Today, the government of Japan donated roughly (USD) $470,000 worth of shelter materials to aid in this process. UNMISS / FILE  

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GENEVA / UKRAINE HRC

The United States and 40 other nations have complained to the UN that Russia is justifying its military action in Ukraine through "unsubstantiated" claims of human rights violations against ethnic Russians. CH UNTV

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GENEVA / CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC HRC

The Human Rights Council heard calls Wednesday for urgent assistance to help the  abused population of the Central African Republic, with warnings that international failure to act could have serious repercussions for peace and security in the region. CH UNTV

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GENEVA / SRI LANKA HRC

UN human rights chief Navi Pillay  is  asking the Human Rights Council to set up an independent, international inquiry  to investigate alleged human rights violations in the final stages of the war between the government and the Tamil Tigers. CH UNTV  

26 Mar 2014 | Read More »

GREENLAND / BAN ARRIVAL

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Greenland Tuesday to witness firsthand the drastic effects of climate change. UNTV  

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UN/ SUDAN – SOUTH SUDAN

As talks resumed today in Ethiopia between the two warring parties of South Sudan, the United Nations director of field operations (OCHA) called the humanitarian situation potentially "catastrophic" adding "we are talking a very large number of people." UNTV/FILE

25 Mar 2014 | Read More »

IRAQ / KHALED HOSSEINI

International best-selling author and UNHCR goodwill ambassador Khaled Hosseini made his first visit over the weekend to see Syrian refugees living in Northern Iraq.  Hosseini, a former refugee fromAfghanistanis the author of bestsellers such as The Kite Runner and Thousand Splendid Suns. UNHCR

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GENEVA / DRC SEXUAL VIOLENCE

For the first time ever the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council has held a high level dialogue to discuss lessons learned and the continuing challenges in combating sexual violence in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). CH UNTV

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UN / LEBANON

The UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly stressed that the Security Council is united in its support to Lebanon. He highlighted the need to share the burden of the Lebanese host communities affected by the influx of Syrian refugees. UNTV

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GENEVA / EGYPT DEATH SENTENCES

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has condemned  the death sentence handed down to 529 people in Egypt after a two -day trial  for breeching a range of fair trial procedures  and violating international law. CH UNTV  

25 Mar 2014 | Read More »

WHO / AIR POLLUTION

New estimates released by WHO reports that in 2012 around 7 million people died – one in eight of total global deaths – as a result of air pollution exposure. This finding more than doubles previous estimates and confirms that air pollution is now the world's largest single environmental health risk. Reducing air pollution could [...]

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GENEVA / COTE D'IVOIRE HUMAN RIGHTS

A UN independent expert on the human rights situation in Cote d'Ivoire expressed concern over unresolved issues in the national reconciliation process of the West African country – ahead of presidential elections in 2015. OHCHR

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UN / DPRK

The North Korean ambassador Ri Tong Il said that the United States is undermining the dialogue in the Korean Peninsula. He added that "at the very moment when the representatives of the North and South of Korea were sitting at the table of dialogue to discuss the issue of separated families reunion, theUSmade another provocation." [...]

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SOMALIA / QORYOOLEY AL SHABAAB

The Somali National Army (SNA) and AMISOM captured and secured the strategic town ofQoryooleyfromAl Shabaab over the weekend. AMISOM and the SNA began renewed offensives against al Shabaab militants early this month and have so far captured eight towns across South Central Somalia. AU UN IST

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UN / HAITI

The head of the United Nations Mission in Haiti Sandra Honoré told the Security Council  that the long awaited adoption and promulgation of the Electoral Law  along with this month's Accord emanating from the Inter-Haitian Dialogue prepared a path toward inclusive and transparent elections to be held later this year. UNTV

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GENEVA / WMO CLIMATE REPORT

The World Meteorological Organizaton (WMO), says that 13 of the 14 warmest years on record have occurred in the 21st century. CH UNTV

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JORDAN / SYRIAN REFUGEES HOUSING CRISIS

Almost four in five Syrian refugees in Jordan live outside the formal camps, but only get a fraction of the international attention given to Za’atari camp in northern Jordan.  UNHCR

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UNHCR / MIGRANTS RESCUE MEDITERRANEAN SEA

In 2013, over 600,000 asylum seekers have asked for protection around the world, one third of them in Europe. Germany thus became the largest asylum seekers recipient country in the developed world. UNHCR

21 Mar 2014 | Read More »

OHCHR / ANTI-DISCRIMINATION DAY

On the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights attributed the rise of hate speech and violence attacks motivated by race or ethnicity to flawed leadership. OHCHR

21 Mar 2014 | Read More »

BAN / UKRAINE RUSSIA

United Nations Secretary-General urged "real dialogue" between Kyiv and Moscow to peacefully resolve the current crisis. Ban Ki-moon stressed that he is seriously concerned at both the tense situation within parts of Ukraine as well as between it and Russia. UNTV

21 Mar 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / TUBERCULOSIS

Almost half a million people fell ill with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in 2012, yet less than one in four of them were diagnosed, mainly due to a lack of access to quality diagnostic services. WHO

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NEW YORK / SYRIA FLASH MOB

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNWRA) have chosen the iconic Time Square in New York City to celebrate the moment when UNRWA-led and celebrity-backed social media campaign reached almost double its target of 23 million, same as the pre-war population of Syria. UNTV

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UN / IRAN NON-PROLIFERATION

The Chairman of the Security Council Committee that monitors the implementation of the measures imposed by resolutions related to sanctions against Iran briefed members of the Security UN Body. He said that the Committee twice reached out to Iran in relation to incidents investigated by the Panel of Experts, including the intercepted arms shipment in [...]

20 Mar 2014 | Read More »

OHCHR / PALESTINE RICHARD FALK

United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in the Palestinian territories Richard Falk, who is ending his six-year assignment,  expressed mixed reactions to the progress of the conflict in the region. OHCHR

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UN / LIBERIA

The Secretary-General's Special Representative for Liberia, told the Security Council that the political and security environment in the country remains relatively stable, adding that progress continues in a number of areas, but as Liberia enters its second post-conflict decade, it faces great challenges to institutionalizing reforms in critical sectors, and building capacity for effective governance. [...]

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WFP / CAR FOOD INSECURITY

United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin witnessed alarming food insecurity and malnutrition in Central African Republic (CAR) amid a deadly combination of violence and insufficient funding for the humanitarian response. WFP

20 Mar 2014 | Read More »

UN / UKRAINE

Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, as well as Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović, who has just returned from Ukraine, briefed the Security Council regarding the situation in the country.  Eliasson said that "the UN will continue to play its role of promoting dialogue for a peaceful and joint resolution of this crisis, which now [...]

19 Mar 2014 | Read More »

UN / BAN RUSSIA UKRAINE

The Secretary-General is departing New York for a visit which will take him to the Russian Federation and to Ukraine as part of his diplomatic efforts to encourage all parties to resolve the current crisis peacefully. UNTV

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UN / LIBYA

The Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution condemning attempts to illicitly export crude oil from Libya and imposing sanctions on vessels involved in such efforts. UNTV

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UN / POST-CONFLICT PEACEBUILDING

In a Security Council meeting on post-conflict peacebuilding, the Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, told its members that the recent upsurges of violence in the Central African Republic and in South Sudan demonstrate the unpredictable environment for peacebuilding and the great risks involved. UNTV

19 Mar 2014 | Read More »

UN / SOUTH SUDAN

The head of the United Nations Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous briefs the Security Council on the Secretary-General's report on UNMISS (UN Mission in South Sudan), which identifies the priorities task for the Mission. UNTV

18 Mar 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / COI SYRIA

UN Commission of Inquiry (COI) on Syria presented its findings to the Human Rights Council. It said the period of January 20 to March 10 was marked by escalating hostilities between insurgent groups. Syrian government forces have dropped barrel bombs on Aleppo and other cities, causing extensive civilian casualties and severely tortured detainees. Insurgents have [...]

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UN / FELTMAN MIDDLE EAST

The Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman told Security Council that the latest surge of fighting shows that the fragile status quo between Israelis and Palestinians is not sustainable. UNTV

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SOUTH SUDAN / RADIO DESTRUCTION

During his visit to Bor in South Sudan the UN Humanitarian Coordinator Toby Lanzer visited a radio station heavily looted by Anti-Government Forces during fighting against the forces loyal to President Salva Kiir. The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) invested over 5 million dollars in what was Jonglei State's first radio station. UNMISS

17 Mar 2014 | Read More »

UN / UKRAINE

The UN Spokesperson said that "the Secretary-General is deeply disappointed and concerned that the Crimea referendum will only exacerbate this situation." UNTV

17 Mar 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / IDP RELOCATION

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and other agencies have started relocating thousands of civilians sheltering in Tomping camp, UN protection of civilians area, to a new location at UN house in country's capitol Juba. UNMISS

17 Mar 2014 | Read More »

UNHCR / LEBANON GUTERRES

The heads of UNICEF and UNHCR as well as senior representatives of Mercy Corps, Save the Children and World Vision International came together in Lebanon, to draw attention to the harrowing impact of over three years of conflict on 5.5 million Syrian children living in Syria and as refugees in neighboring countries.  UNHCR

17 Mar 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / FAMINE

With the country bordering on a famine and its greatest humanitarian crisis in years because of the conflict and the growing food insecurity situation, the residents of the world's youngest nation could find themselves in a very bad situation very soon.  UNMISS

17 Mar 2014 | Read More »

UN / AFGHANISTAN

On the day that the Security Council extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Afghanistan, the head of the UN mission in that country (UNAMA) said that the coming elections are a defining moment that will earn President Hamid Karzai a place in history. UNTV

17 Mar 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / NORTH KOREA

The Commission of Inquiry on human rights in North Korea has presented its report to the UN Human Rights Council in which it documents a “disturbing array of crimes against humanity”. The findings are based on testimony from hundreds of victims, defectors and witnesses. CH UNTV

17 Mar 2014 | Read More »

SOMALIA / AMISOM BUULA BURDE LIBERATION

In an ongoing military operation African Union’s troops in Somalia known as AMISOM and Somali National Army have liberated town of Buula Burde from al Shabaab militia. This is a sixth such victory in South Central Somalia.   AU/UN IST

17 Mar 2014 | Read More »

UNICEF / LEBANON SYRIAN REFUGEES

As the relentless conflict entered its fourth year on March 15th, the heads of leading aid agencies traveled to the Bekaa valley in Eastern Lebanon to meet with Syrian families living in limbo. More than 1,000 refugees have taken shelter on this strip of muddy lowland next to a polluted stream. UNICEF

17 Mar 2014 | Read More »

JORDAN / SYRIAN REFUGEES

Out of the nearly 600,000 Syrians who have fled to Jordan, 80 percent live in host communities in the country's poorest areas and not in formal refugee camps. UNDP  

15 Mar 2014 | Read More »

SOMALIA / HARVEST

Somali farmers have for the first time been able to supply high quality food to the UN's World Food Program (WFP), providing supplies to be used to feed fellow countrymen. This is a major breakthrough for the farmers, especially coming from an area that faced severe famine less than three years ago.  AU / UN [...]

15 Mar 2014 | Read More »

UN / DRC

The head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) told Security Council that "there is a new momentum and we have to build on it", adding that "our robust protection stance and the hard won stability are the foundation to build peace." UNTV

14 Mar 2014 | Read More »

SYRIA / HOMS LAKE 3 YEARS ON

Interview withExecutive DirectorAnthonyLake in Homs: "The number of child refugees is over a million, more than double over the last year. So the wounds of this war are growing faster than our capacity to deal with it, although we are doing our best." UNICEF    

14 Mar 2014 | Read More »

UN / ŠIMONOVIC

United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Šimonovic, announced today the immediate deployment of a UN monitoring team in Ukraine with the mandate to monitor and report on alleged human rights violations in entire country, including in Crimea.

14 Mar 2014 | Read More »

LEBANON / SYRIA 3 YEARS ON

Three years on from the start of the conflict inSyriaand it has become the world's leading country of forced displacement, with over nine million of its people uprooted from their homes. UNHCR  

14 Mar 2014 | Read More »

UN / CAR RELIGIOUS LEADERS WRAP

Following a meeting with the Secretary-General, religious leaders from Central African Republic (CAR) said that that representatives of Muslim, Catholic and Evangelical congregations want to see their nation back on the road of peace and progress and came to New York to, "present the security situation as well as humanitarian situation in our country and [...]

14 Mar 2014 | Read More »

UN / BAN

UN Secretary-General said  that the political process in Syria is in crisis and made a special call to Russia and the United States to take "clear steps to re-energize" the Geneva process. On Ukraine, Ban Ki-moon said "if positions continue to harden and rhetoric continues to sharpen, there is great risk of a dangerous downward [...]

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UN / CAR RELIGIOUS LEADERS

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met today in New York with three religious leaders from the Central African Republic (CAR), whom he described as a "powerful symbol of their country's longstanding tradition of peaceful coexistence." UNTV

13 Mar 2014 | Read More »

UN / UKRAINE WRAP

Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman told the Council that "as an international community, we have not yet been able to deliver on our obligation" to contribute to the "de-escalation of tensions" and that the situation in Crimea and rising tensions in eastern Ukraine has further deepened." UNTV

13 Mar 2014 | Read More »

IMF/ UKRAINE FACT-FINDING MISSION

During its regular bi-weekly press briefing, Gerry Rice, the International Monetary Fund (IMF)'s Spokesperson, reinstated the Fund's commitment to helping Ukraine. IMF

13 Mar 2014 | Read More »

UN / SYRIA

The Security Council expressed its full support for UN special envoy for Lakhdar Brahimi's efforts to find a political solution to the Syrian conflict. Brahimi said he needs, "all those who can help to make sure that if and when we have the third round it will be a little bit more productive than the [...]

13 Mar 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / CHILDREN JUSTICE

The Human Rights Council have held an interactive dialog with the Special Representatives on violence against children and on children in armed conflict yesterday (12 March) in Geneva. Among other things, it has been highlighted that "children have a right to access justice in a system that is sensitive to their rights". OHCHR

13 Mar 2014 | Read More »

LEBANON/ AKKAR SYRIAN REFUGEES

On the border of Syria, Akkar is one of the poorest regions inLebanon. Of the nearly one million refugees who have fled the neighbouring conflict, 200,000 have settled in Akkar, doubling the population. UNDP

13 Mar 2014 | Read More »

UN / SYRIA YACOUB EL HILLO

In early February, a three-day ceasefire enabled a UN team to enter the city of Homs and deliver aid to some 2,500 Syrians The humanitarian operation also evacuated nearly 1,400 civilians from the city. Yacoub El Hillo, the UN humanitarian coordinator in Syria was with the team in Homs. UNTV / RECENT / FILE

12 Mar 2014 | Read More »

SYRIA / HOMS

WFP reached Al-Houle in rural Homs for the first time since May 2013 and delivered food for 20,000 people. Trucks carrying food rations for another 20,000 people arrived in Ar-Raqqa Governorate for the first time in six months. WFP

12 Mar 2014 | Read More »

KURDISTAN / SYRIAN REFUGEES

 In the camps in the Kurdistan region ofIraq, Syrian women fleeing violence in their native country live in fear. Many young women are forced into marriage by their families where domestic abuse is common. UNDP

12 Mar 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / UN CONVOY WEAPONS

UNMISS Force Commander Major General Delali Johnson Sakyi said Tuesday that the weapons and ammunition found in Rumbek "were never intended to serve any other purpose other than protection for the new Ghanaian contingent and they were not being transported clandestinely." UNMISS

12 Mar 2014 | Read More »

UNICEF / SYRIA CHILDREN

The UNICEF emergency coordinator Ted Chaiban said "the situation of Syrian children is truly terrible after three years of conflict". A new UN Child Fund's report draws attention to the problems faced by 5.5 million children living inside Syria and living as refugees in neighbouring countries. UNTV / FILE

11 Mar 2014 | Read More »

UN / SOMALIA

A UN official in Somalia warned that after a series of attacks against high-profile targets in Mogadishu last month, insecurity in the capital city poses challenges for Somalis and their international partners. UNTV

11 Mar 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / DRONES

 The UN special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism has called for independent investigations to be carried out into drone attacks after a series of strikes that resulted in unexpected civilian deaths in Afghanistan,Pakistan,Yemenand elsewhere. CH UNTV

11 Mar 2014 | Read More »

LEBANON / SYRIAN REFUGEES

Since the beginning of the Syrian conflict three years ago, nearly a million people have sought refuge inLebanon. The UN Development Programme is working to ease the pressure and support Lebanese host communities absorb the shock of the influx. UNDP  

11 Mar 2014 | Read More »

UNHCR / MIGRANTS GULF OF ADEN

The United Nations refugee agency said Tuesday that 44 people were missing and feared drowned after a smugglers’ boat capsized off the coast of southern Yemen in what UNHCR described as the worst such incident this year. CH UNTV

11 Mar 2014 | Read More »

UN / LIBYA

In his briefing to the Security Council on situation in Libya, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General Tarek Mitri said that there has been dramatic increase in violence across the country in last three months, many along ethnic and tribal lines. UNTV

10 Mar 2014 | Read More »

UN / UKRAINE

French ambassador Gérard Araud said that the situation in Ukraine was  "worsening by the day." He said the upcoming referendum in Crimea was  "very dangerous",  and called on the Russians to "not go down this road." UNTV

10 Mar 2014 | Read More »

UN / NUCLEAR MONITORING

Commenting on the missing plane from Malaysian airlines, the Head of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) said that if there was an explosion in the air, there is a possibility that the infrasound technology could have detected it. UNTV

10 Mar 2014 | Read More »

UN / SOUTH SUDAN WEAPONS

The UN will send a delegation from New York to Rumbek, South Sudan midweek to investigate reports that government troops found weapons in a number of UN convoys marked as food. UNTV/ UNMISS

10 Mar 2014 | Read More »

SOMALIA / ARMY SUPPORT

The UN began distributing food, water, fuel and other non – combat supplies to the troops of the Somali National Army battling insurgents alongside the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).  In a joint operation last week, the forces  recaptured five strategic towns from the Al Shabaab militia in the Bay region. AU/UN IST

10 Mar 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / COI CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

A Commission of Inquiry established by the United Nations Security Council leaves Geneva for a two- week investigation mission into the violence and alleged violations of human rights and international humanitarian law in the Central African Republic. CH UNTV

10 Mar 2014 | Read More »

SOMALIA/ INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY

Somalia joins the rest of world to mark International Women's Day. This year, the theme is "Inspiring Change". Haalimo Mohamed Maaclin is a Somali woman who is now mother to some 200 children and counting. UN AU IST  

8 Mar 2014 | Read More »

UN / INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY

Ahead of International Women's Day (8 Mar), former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said "when women and girls thrive, the human society thrives. Just as women's rights are human rights, women's progress is human progress." The theme this year, ‘inspiring change’ calls for challenging the status quo for women’s equality and vigilance inspiring positive [...]

7 Mar 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA/ HRC GENOCIDE

Marking the 65th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Prevention of Genocide, human rights chief Navi Pillay said that "discrimination lays the ground for violence and persecution, de humanisation of entire communities, and ultimately genocide."  OHCHR    

7 Mar 2014 | Read More »

UN / CHILD SOLDIERS WRAP

The Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution setting out practical steps to combat violations against children in armed conflict, as UN officials underscored the need to do more to ensure that children are protected and perpetrators are brought to justice. UNTV / FILE

7 Mar 2014 | Read More »

ICC / KATANGA

Germain Katanga was found guilty by the International Criminal Court on one count of crimes against humanity and four counts of war crimes he committed in 2003 during the attack on thevillageofBogoro, in the Ituri district of theDemocratic Republic of the Congo. ICC

7 Mar 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / AMOS CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

UN Humanitarian Coordinator Valerie Amos says unless donors countries give money pledged forCentral African Republicsoon, people will die. CH UNTV

7 Mar 2014 | Read More »

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC/ MASS EXODUS

As thousands of people continue to flee violence across theCentral African Republic, the World Food Programme (WFP) is warning that neighbouring countries are struggling with more than 150,000 new arrivals in urgent need of assistance.  WFP

7 Mar 2014 | Read More »

UN / UKRAINE

The Security Council held its fourth meeting on Ukraine, this time called by the United Kingdom, in yet another attempt to push diplomatic efforts to ease the crisis in the country. Deputy-Secretary-General Jan Eliasson briefed members in a closed-door meeting via video-conference, his first since arriving in Ukraine on Monday. UNTV

6 Mar 2014 | Read More »

UN / CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

The head of UN peacekeeping operations said that the establishment of a UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic would take six months and it will require "a unified approach, through the deployment of a multidimentional peacekeeping operation, with the protection of civilians as its utmost priority." UNTV / FILE

6 Mar 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / PILLAY HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL

UN Human Rights High Commissioner Navi Pillay has repeated her calls for immediate, comprehensive and independent investigation into human rights violations that have taken place in recent months in the Ukraine. Presenting her annual report to the Human Rights Council in Geneva, she pointed to disappearances, arbitrary detentions torture and ill-treatment. CH UNTV

6 Mar 2014 | Read More »

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC/ MALARIA

With the coming rains, UNICEF and partners are rushing mosquito nets to families displaced aroundBangui,Central African Republic, to try and prevent malaria. The disease is one of the leading causes of child deaths in the country. Even before the fighting, only about a third of children slept under the mosquito nets. UNICEF  

5 Mar 2014 | Read More »

WHO / SUGAR GUIDELINES

The World Health Organization recommended that sugars should be less than ten percent of total energy intake per day to prevent non-communicable diseases. It further suggests that a reduction to below five percent of total energy intake (around 25 grams or 6 teaspoons) per day would have additional benefits. WHO

5 Mar 2014 | Read More »

UN / OIC ISLAMIC HOLY SITES

The OIC (Organization of the Islamic Cooperation) condemned the attempt of Israeli parliament to enact laws aiming at imposing Israeli sovereignty over Holy Islamic sites in Jerusalem. UNTV

5 Mar 2014 | Read More »

UN / SOUTH SUDAN TOBY LANZER UPDATE

The top United Nations humanitarian official in South Sudan, Toby Lanzer, is sounding the alarm about the dire situation in the country, warning that the world's youngest nation could collapse by year's end if urgent action is not taken to help see its people through the current crisis. UNTV

5 Mar 2014 | Read More »

UN / UKRAINE ELIASSON

Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson told reporters in New York that Senior Advisor Robert Serry is in good shape physically after being threatened today during his visit to Crimea,Ukraine, by armed men who ordered him to leave the region. UNTV

5 Mar 2014 | Read More »

UN / SYRIA CHEMICAL WEAPONS

Special Coordinator of the UN-OPCW Joint Mission Sigrid Kaag told reporters that "one third of the Syria's chemical weapons materials has been removed or destroyed”, adding that the end of June deadline for the total destruction or removal of its chemical arsenal was still achievable. UNTV

5 Mar 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA/ SYRIA HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT

A UN panel investigation into human rights abuses inSyriasays that Syrian government forces are waging a campaign of siege warfare and starvation against civilians as part of its military strategy. Widespread attacks and sieges on civilian areas in Syria by pro-government forces are leading to mass casualties, malnutrition and starvation, according to the latest report [...]

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SWITZERLAND / MATCH AGAINST POVERTY

UNDP's annual Match against Poverty in Bern pairs up football legends Zinadine Zidane of France and Brazil's Ronaldo Luis Nazario de Lima against Switzerland. The money from the match will go to victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. UNDP

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UN / SECURITY COUNCIL UKRAINE

After heated exchanges between the representatives of the Russian Federation and the United States at the Security Council over the situation in the Ukraine, Ambassador Sylvie Lucas of Luxembourg, Council President for the month of March, said that in ongoing negotiations on other Council issues “for the moment we have not seen that there has [...]

4 Mar 2014 | Read More »

DRC / NORTH KIVU MASSACRES

The Human Rights component of the United Nations Peace keeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo has begun conducting investigations into massacres that took place in early February in North Kivu province – where at least 70 people were reported killed and more than 200 houses burnt. OHCHR

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GA / CHELSEA CLINTON

Ahead of International Women's Day (8 Mar), the vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, Chelsea Clinton, said that "no country, including the United States, has fulfilled the promise" of the 1995 Beijing Platform for Action on gender equality. UNTV

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INDONESIA / TSUNAMI UPDATE

The Indian Ocean tsunami was one of the worst disasters in living memory. It affected nine countries and killed about 170,000 people inIndonesia' Aceh province, alone. Ten years on,UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake visited Banda Aceh and Sabang to review the recovery and reconstruction. UNICEF

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UN / UKRAINE

Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin today told the Security Council that Russia's military deployment in and around Crimea was "completely legitimate under Russian law, given the extraordinary situation in the Ukraine." UNTV

3 Mar 2014 | Read More »

IAEA / AMANO

Adressing the IAEA Board of Governors IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said "the measures implemented by Iran, and the further commitments it has undertaken, represent a positive step forward, but much remains to be done to resolve all outstanding issues” in particular, “clarification of all issues related to possible military dimensions, and implementation by Iran [...]

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GENEVA/ UKRAINE DISARMAMENT WRAP

Ukraine's ambassador to the UN in Geneva has warned that the Russian invasion of Crimea is a threat to peace and stability in Europe. CH UNTV  

3 Mar 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / VENEZUELA

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with Venezuela's foreign minister, Elias Jaua Milano on the sidelines of the opening of the Human Rights Council sessions in Geneva. CH UNTV

3 Mar 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / UKRAINE BAN

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told delegates inGenevait was “critical to ensure full respect for and the preservation of Ukraine's independence, unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity".  He urged the Russian Federation"to refrain from any acts and rhetoric that could further escalate the situation and instead to engage constructively and through peaceful means with Ukraine." CH UNTV

3 Mar 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / BOR UPDATE

The Deputy Special Representative inSouth Sudan, Toby Lanzer said that he is "very hopeful that the security situation in Bor will improve to the extent that people will feel safe to go home.” UNMISS

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UN / UKRAINE REAX

United States ambassador Samantha Power said that that her government was "gravely disturbed" by reports of Russian military deployments into the Crimea and called upon Russia to pull back the military forces that are being built up in the region and to "stand down and to allow the Ukrainian people the opportunity to pursue their [...]

3 Mar 2014 | Read More »

UN / UKRAINE SERGEYEV

Asked by a reporter whether Ukraine could defend itself against Russia, Ambassador Yuriy Sergeyev said the thought was "very painful" but "I think we are strong enough to defend ourselves." UNTV

3 Mar 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / BAN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL

At the opening of the UN Human Rights Council inGeneva, Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon warned that all sides involved in the fighting inSyria"are on notice." CH UNTV

3 Mar 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / LAVROV HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL

Russia has vowed its troops will remain in Ukraine to protect Russian interests and citizens until the political situation has been “normalised”. CH UNTV  

3 Mar 2014 | Read More »

PHILIPPINES / TEEN PROFILE

A young survivor finds a way to help other children – and himself – recover from the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan. UNICEF  

1 Mar 2014 | Read More »

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC / MEDIATION

For over a year now, civil strife has displaced thousands of people through outCentral African Republic. UNHCR is working on bringing mediation and conflict resolution among Christian and Muslim communities. UNHCR  

1 Mar 2014 | Read More »

 

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