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WHO / ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE

A new report by the World Health Organization (WHO) on antimicrobial and antibiotic resistance globally, reveals that this serious threat is no longer a prediction for the future – it is happening right now in every region of the world and has the potential to affect anyone, of any age, in any country.  WHO

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INDIA / UN FREE AND EQUAL CAMPAIGN LAUNCH

The United Nations human rights office launched the latest phase of its global fight against homophobia: a Bollywood-style video called 'The Welcome', accompanied by an appeal from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to end the prejudice that forces millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people to live in fear or hide in shame. OHCHR

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CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC / MALNUTRITION

Conditions in Bangui's camps for the displaced are putting children at risk for acute malnutrition. UNICEF

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IRAQ / ELECTIONS

Iraqis have cast their ballots for the Council of Representatives, or legislature, in what will be the country's third national election under the 2005 Constitution. On the same day, voters in the Kurdistan Region have also voted for their Governorate Council representatives. UNAMI

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UN / SYRIA AMOS

After briefing the Security Council, UN emergency relief coordinator Valerie Amos told reporters that in the two months since the Council passed a resolution on humanitarian aid for Syria, "far from getting better, the situation is getting worse." UNIFEED – UNTV / FILE

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SOUTH SUDAN / PILLAY PRESSER

Speaking to journalists in South Sudan's capital Juba, UN human rights chief Navi Pillay said that "if famine does take hold later in the year – and the humanitarian agencies are deeply fearful that it will – "responsibility for it will lie squarely with the country's leaders who agreed to a cessation of hostilities in [...]

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SOUTH SUDAN / PILLAY BOR

UN’s top human rights official Navi Pillay accompanied by Adama Dieng, the Special Advisor on Prevention of Genocide, visited the South Sudanese State capital Bor, where recent human rights violations have occurred. They met with displaced people at the UNMISS base in Bor. UNMISS

29 Apr 2014 | Read More »

UN / SYRIA HUMANITARIAN ACCESS

Ahead of a briefing by Emergency Relief Coordinator Valeria Amos to the Security Council, UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric  said that "at the end of the day" for UN humanitarian organizations in Syria "it's not about the legality of the issues, it's really about the people and trying to deliver aid in some of the most difficult circumstances." [...]

29 Apr 2014 | Read More »

UN / BAN DOCUMENTS CAR

The Secretary-General has handed over UN documents to the Chargé d’Affaires of the Permanent Mission of the Central African Republic which will replace core documents that were destroyed, looted or lost from the CAR's Foreign Ministry during recent fighting in Bangui. UNIFEED – UNTV

29 Apr 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / PILLAY – REIK MACHAR

UN’s top human rights official Navi Pillay accompanied by Adama Dieng, the Special Advisor on Prevention of Genocide travelled to an undisclosed location in South Sudan and met with the SPLM in Opposition rebel leader Riek Machar to discuss the worsening human rights situation, in the wake of the recent mass killings in South Sudan's [...]

29 Apr 2014 | Read More »

UN / MIDDLE EAST PEACE PROCESS

Israeli Ambassador Ron Prosor said that UN special envoy Robert Serry had taken "destructive steps that aggravated tensions on the ground." The response came after  Serry had expressed dismay that a peaceful Easter procession led by Palestinian Christians through Jerusalem’s Old City was disrupted by Israeli security forces. UNIFEED – UNTV  

29 Apr 2014 | Read More »

INDIA / ELECTRONIC VOTING MACHINES

An estimated 830 million voters inIndia's national elections are exercising their right to vote in the country. Their vote is being secured through over a million electronic voting machines. The machines are seen as a way to ensure elections are fair, efficient, inclusive and environment-friendly.  UNDP

29 Apr 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / EGYPT EXECUTIONS HRC

The UN human rights chief has called the mass imposition of the death penalty of 683 individuals inEgypt”outrageous” saying this “clearly breached international human rights law”. CH UNTV

29 Apr 2014 | Read More »

UN / SECURITY SECTOR REFORM

At the start of a day-long debate on security sector reform chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that security services need have the adequate capacity to perform their duties, and "nowhere else is this as evident today as in the Central African Republic, Mali, and Somalia." UNIFEED – [...]

28 Apr 2014 | Read More »

UN / ZERBO NORTH KOREA

The head of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) said that "the fact that North Korea is still talking about carrying out a nuclear test is a reminder that there is an urgent, urgent, urgent cause here that we should deal with." UNIFEED – UNTV

28 Apr 2014 | Read More »

KENYA / FOSSIL FUELS

Experts say fossil fuel subsidies are contributing to fiscal instability and undermining government efforts to combat serious economic and environmental challenges. A UN conference in Nairobi is focusing on how fiscal policies can address the perverse effects of fossil fuel subsidies and strengthen government spending for sustainable development. UNEP  

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UN / SPORT FOR DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE

On the inaugural International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon signed an agreement strengthening collaboration between the two organisations. Ban said that sport will have "a role to play in helping to restore at least some sense of normalcy” in [...]

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SOUTH SUDAN / NAVI PILLAY

UN’s top human rights official Navi Pillay accompanied by Adama Dieng, the Special Advisor on Prevention of Genocide, arrived today in Juba to discuss the worsening human rights situation, in the wake of the recent mass killings in South Sudan's Unity and Jonglei state capitals. UNMISS

28 Apr 2014 | Read More »

UNICEF / WORLD IMMUNIZATION WEEK

Immunization today averts 2-3 million deaths each year from diseases such as diphtheria, measles, pertussis, pneumonia, polio, rotavirus diarrhoea, rubella and tetanus. However, in the eve of the  World Immunization Week 2014, the chief of the Unicef's Global Immunization Program,  Jos Vandelaer, warned that one in five children worldwide does not get immunized. UNIFEED -UNTV [...]

26 Apr 2014 | Read More »

UN/ RESOLUTION 1540 (WMD) ANNIVERSARY

On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the Security Council resolution 1540, which requires Governments to prevent non-State actors or terrorists from acquiring, proliferating and using nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged all States and stakeholders "to reaffirm their common commitment to achieve the great goals of this resolution and to [...]

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CHAD / WORLD MALARIA DAY

Six of Sinamani Pauline's seven children have died from malaria. In the last year, the Kelo district in southern Chad where she lives has recorded 45,000 cases of malaria – 200 have died – most of them women and children. Today is World Malaria Day with the theme 'Invest in the future: defeat malaria.' UNICEF

25 Apr 2014 | Read More »

INDIA / TRANSGENDER VOTING

Since 1994,India's Election Commission has been expanding efforts to register members of the transgender community as voters. In a landmark decision in 2014, the Supreme Court of India recognized the rights of transgender citizens to identify as a third gender or "other" withIndia's Election Commission. UNDP

25 Apr 2014 | Read More »

UN / UKRAINE LUBKIVSKY

Ukraine's Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Danylo Lubkivsky said that the general situation in his country remains very difficult, dangerous and explosive, adding in "if Russia crosses the line, if Russia crosses the border, we will fight to defend our country." UNIFEED – UNTV

25 Apr 2014 | Read More »

UN / WOMEN PEACE AND SECURITY

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council that recent events in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and in Somalia are "demonstrating that progress is possible" in combating sexual violence in conflict zones. UNIFEED  - UNTV

25 Apr 2014 | Read More »

UN / TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

The Secretary-General of the International Aviation Organization (ICAO) said that as of 24 of November 2015 non-electronic passports will be considered non-valid to travel worldwide. According to INTERPOL, around 400 million individuals travel around the world on documents that may be stolen or reported lost. UNIFEED- UNTV

25 Apr 2014 | Read More »

IMF/UKRAINE RESCUE PACKAGE

The International Monetary Fund confirmed Thursday that the Fund has received documents from the Ukrainian authorities on the multi-billion dollar rescue package. IMF  

25 Apr 2014 | Read More »

UN / YEMEN

The Security Council heard a briefing Thursday from United Nations special advisor for Yemen Jamal Benomar, on the efforts that the Yemeni government has taken to implement the recommendations of the National Dialogue Conference (NDC). He said "while full momentum has characterized much of the transition, serious challenges persist. Yemen is the battleground for combating Al-Qaeda in [...]

24 Apr 2014 | Read More »

UN / UKRAINE

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that the crisis in eastern Ukraine could potentially "spin out of control." Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq said the Secretary-General was "deeply concerned about continued violence in eastern Ukraine, which has led to loss of life, further instability and which is contributing to a climate of fear and anxiety." UNIFEED – UNTV

24 Apr 2014 | Read More »

UN / SEXUAL VIOLENCE IN CONFLICT LAUNCH

The UN special envoy for sexual violence in conflict launched a report today covering 21 countries of concern in Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and the Middle East. The report shows that this is "truly a global crime" and makes recommendations for how the countries in question and the international community can prevent and respond [...]

24 Apr 2014 | Read More »

UN / DARFUR

The top UN peacekeeping official told the Security Council that "after a period of relative calm,Darfuris currently experiencing a resurgence of violence" resulting in "massive displacements of populations." UNIFEED – UNTV

24 Apr 2014 | Read More »

UN / DEATH PENALTY

Speaking at the panel "Moving Away from the Death Penalty – Discrimination against marginalized groups", the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon said that an estimated 160 countries in the world have now either abolish the death penalty or no longer practice it.  UNIFEED – UNTV

24 Apr 2014 | Read More »

UN / SOUTH SUDAN REAX

The head of peacekeeping operations said that Security Council members are considering sanctions on South Sudan's warring parties, adding that, “this sick cycle of violence that started on the 15th December last year has to stop.” UNIFEED – UNTV / RECENT

24 Apr 2014 | Read More »

IMF/ ECONOMIC OUTLOOK LATIN AMERICA

According to the IMF's latest forecast, economic activity in Latin America and the Caribbean is expected to remain low in 2014. IMF

24 Apr 2014 | Read More »

UN / SYRIA

The president of the UN Security Council Syria told reporters that Syria has eliminated almost 90 percent of its chemical weapons, adding in that "Council members expressed grave concern about alleged reports of the use of chlorine gas in some towns, which left people dead and injured." UNIFEED – UNTV

23 Apr 2014 | Read More »

WHO / WORLD IMMUNIZATION WEEK ADVANCER

With the slogan "Immunization for a healthy future. Know, Check, Protect", the World Health Organization and its partners around the globe are encouraging people to learn more about which vaccines are needed to prevent deadly illnesses, to check to see if their family's immunizations are up- to-date, and to seek out vaccination services so that [...]

23 Apr 2014 | Read More »

UN / SOMALIA KAY

The top United Nations official in Somalia said "the UN has no intention to withdraw from Somalia" despite recent attacks, and stressed that "our resolve is very, very strong." UNIFEED – UNTV

23 Apr 2014 | Read More »

UN / MALI

The UN Special Envoy for Mali Bert Koenders told the Security Council thatMalihad made significant strides and that the support of the international community had been critical, but he said the risks and difficulties of the road ahead should not be underestimated. UNIFEED – UNTV

23 Apr 2014 | Read More »

BANGLADESH / RANA PLAZA ANNIVERSARY

One year after the global garment industry’s worst-ever industrial accident, the International Labour Organization (ILO) together with the Government of Bangladesh, employers, trade unions and the international community, are working together to address the root causes of the disaster and ensure a safe working environment for garment workers. ILO

23 Apr 2014 | Read More »

UN / IRAN VISA

Commenting on the US law blocking a visa for Iran's proposed UN envoy, the chair of the UN Committee on Relations with the Host Country ambassador Nicholas Emiliou,  said that “the Committee decided to remain seized of the issue and we will revert to it if necessary.” UNIFEED – UNTV

22 Apr 2014 | Read More »

UN / SOUTH SUDAN BENTIU

The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) reported that as a result of the violence over the past few days, it is now protecting some 22,000 displaced persons at its base in Bentiu, in Unity State. Stephane Dujarric,  Spokesperson of the Secretary-General, said that "many dead bodies remain by the side of the main road [...]

22 Apr 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / BENTIU MASSACRE

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan, (UNMISS) said that hundreds of people, both civilians and military, were killed in the fighting that took place between the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) and anti-government forces last week in the oil-rich Unity State.  UNMISS (graphic images)

22 Apr 2014 | Read More »

SOMALIA / BURUNDI PRESIDENT NKURUNZIZA

Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has hailed the role played by Burundi as part of the African Union Mission in Somalia, as instrumental in contributing to the peace and security in the country. The president was speaking as he welcomed Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza who was on an official visit in Mogadishu today. AU / UN [...]

22 Apr 2014 | Read More »

UN / HAITI CHOLERA

The UN spokesperson said that over the weekend the terms of reference of the High Level Committee on Cholera, which would be a UN and a Government of Haiti Committee, have been officially agreed on, adding in that the "the Committee aims at further improving the coordination response to the epidemic." UNTV/FILE

21 Apr 2014 | Read More »

UN / SYRIA ELECTIONS

The Syrian authorities are being urged by the Untied Nations not to hold presidential elections amidst the ongoing conflict and massive displacement of people. On Monday, the Syrian government announced that the elections will be held on 3 June. UNTV

21 Apr 2014 | Read More »

UN / SOUTH SUDAN

Human Rights investigators from the UN Mission in South Sudan have confirmed that opposition forces killed hundreds of South Sudanese and foreign civilians after determining their ethnicity or nationality when they captured Bentiu last week. UNTV

21 Apr 2014 | Read More »

SOMALIA / BURUNDI AMBASSADOR

Burundi's newly appointed Ambassador to Somalia H.E Brig. Gen Joseph Nkurunziza presented his credentials to Somalia's President H.E Hassan Sheikh Mohamud at Villa Somalia, in the country's capital, Mogadishu.  AU/UN IST

19 Apr 2014 | Read More »

UN / RWANDA GENOCIDE

Twenty years after 800 000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed within 100 days by Hutu militia, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that UN could have and should have done more to stop the genocide in Rwanda. UNTV

18 Apr 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / BRAHIMI KERRY

UN-Arab League Joint Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi met with US Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss the ongoing conflict in Syria in Geneva on Thursday. Earlier today, Brahimi’s office issued a statement following the breakdown of negotiations between the Syrian Government and a Negotiating Committee representing the civilians and fighters still trapped in the Old [...]

17 Apr 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / UNICEF FOOD AID

To respond to the ongoing nutrition crisis in South Sudan that had resulted in double the number of children suffering from severe acute malnutrition, UNICEF today airlifted over 2,500 boxes of nutrition supplies into the country. UNMISS

17 Apr 2014 | Read More »

UN / BOR CAMP ATTACK

The Secretary-General strongly condemned today's attack on civilians and United Nations Peacekeepers in the UNMISS Protection of Civilians site in Bor, in the capital of Jonglei State in South Sudan. The UN spokesperson said “the number of people killed or wounded is yet to be confirmed”. UNTV

17 Apr 2014 | Read More »

UN / UKRAINE

Briefing the Security Council, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović said today that the situation in eastern Ukraine, "if not adequately addressed as a matter of priority, risks seriously destabilizing the country as a whole." UNTV

16 Apr 2014 | Read More »

UN / DISASTER RISK REDUCTION

We need to include risk disaster into broader discussion of the post-2015 agenda for sustainable development in order to leave a more resilient world to future generations – said the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his briefing to the General Assembly on the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. UNTV

16 Apr 2014 | Read More »

UN / GENOCIDE

The Security Council unanimously passed a resolution calling for the recommitment to prevent and fight against genocide. Twenty years ago this April, Hutu extremists in Rwanda slaughtered hundreds of thousands of Tutsis and moderate Hutus in a period of 100 days. UNTV

16 Apr 2014 | Read More »

UNAIDS / DAVID LUIZ

In the lead-up to the football World Cup in Brazil starting in June, UNAIDS has engaged Brazilian football champion and vice-captain of the national Brazilian football team David Luiz, appointing him as UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador. UNAIDS

16 Apr 2014 | Read More »

UN / MICHAEL DOUGLAS DISARMAMENT

At  a launch of the book "Action for Disarmament: 10 Things You Can Do!", United Nations Messenger of Peace Michael Douglas called upon high school and college students around the globe to take part in efforts to disarm the world from nuclear and other weapon of mass destruction. UNTV

15 Apr 2014 | Read More »

UN / SYRIA TORTURE

A report into the credibility of photographic evidence of large-scale torture and killing smuggled out of Syria, was presented today by France at the United Nations. David Crane, one of the authors of the report, said that "the photographs and the witness himself are credible and sustainable in a court of law at international or [...]

15 Apr 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / UKRAINE YURII KLYMENKO PRESSER

Ukraine’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, said his delegation will present concrete evidence to the international community of Russian involvement in the current insurgency and occupation of state buildings in Eastern Ukraine. CH UNTV

15 Apr 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / UKRAINE HUMAN RIGHTS

A UN Human Rights report says that misinformation, propaganda and incitement to hatred need to be urgently countered in Ukraine to avoid the further escalation of tension in the country. CH UNTV

15 Apr 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / TOBY LANZER PRESSER

Following renewal of fighting in Bentiu, capital of the Unity State of South Sudan, the anti-government forces have taken control of the city, doubling the number of people seeking shelter at the UNMISS base in Bentiu  to about 9 000, UN Humanitarian Coordinator Toby Lanzer said in Juba.  UNMISS

15 Apr 2014 | Read More »

UN / UKRAINE

As violent clashes have swept eastern Ukraine over the past two days, UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said the Secretary-General has called for "the exercise of maximum restraint" by all concerned and has urged "all others with influence on the situation to immediately and publicly call for restraint and a return to calm." UNTV

14 Apr 2014 | Read More »

WTO / WORLD TRADE REPORT

The sluggish pace of trade growth in 2013 was due to a combination of flat import demand in developed economies ( 0.2%) and moderate import growth in developing economies (4.4%) , announced WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo while presenting trade figures for 2013 and prospects for coming years. WTO

14 Apr 2014 | Read More »

UN / WORLD ECONOMIC SITUATION AND PROSPECTS

United Nations officials  noted marked improvements in the world economic situation, but warned of high unemployment, inequality and other risks to the economy. UNTV

14 Apr 2014 | Read More »

UNICEF / ORLANDO BLOOM

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom wrapped up a visit  to Jordan where he met with children from Syria and their families whose lives have been devastated by the conflict – now in its fourth year. UNICEF

14 Apr 2014 | Read More »

SOMALIA / NATIONAL ARMY ANNIVERSARY

A ceremony was held to mark the Somali National Army (SNA) 54th anniversary. Once regarded as one of Africa's best armies, the SNA has disintegrated with the collapse of the central government in 1991. More recently, numerous militias have been integrated into SNA and trained by the US, European Union and other foreign entities. AU/UN IST

14 Apr 2014 | Read More »

UNMISS / CAR WASH

In a bid to empower local NGOs, the United Nations Mission in South Sudan(UNMISS) has awarded a contract for operating a carwash facility within its compound, to the South Sudan Women Empowerment Network (SSWEN). According to SSWEN Program Coordinator, the contract will help breaking with traditional mindset where women were suppose to only do housework [...]

12 Apr 2014 | Read More »

BAN / CLIMATE LEADER'S SUMMIT

At the Climate Leader's Summit in Washington DC, the UN Secretary-General called on Governments to reach a universal legal climate agreement by next year that is both ambitious and achievable. Ban Ki-moon stressed the need for both political and financial investment to deal with climate change, the single greatest threat to a sustainable future. WORLD [...]

11 Apr 2014 | Read More »

UN / ECONOMIC REPORT ON AFRICA

While Africa has recorded impressive economic growth in the past decade, more credible industrial policies and institutions are needed to advance the structural transformation of the continent, says a new report released by the United Nations and the African Union. UNTV

11 Apr 2014 | Read More »

ILO / GLOBAL JOBS GAP

ILO Director Guy Ryder said the massive global jobs gap that opened at the height of the financial crisis is not closing. He added that the gap will widen unless the global economy steps up the pace of growth to generate the jobs needed. ILO  

11 Apr 2014 | Read More »

SYRIA / AID EASTERN ALEPPO

Following an agreement with the Syrian Government and the opposition, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and SARC (Syrian Arab Red Crescent) this week carried out a rare and risky operation to deliver humanitarian assistance to the besieged neighborhood of Boustan al Qaser in Eastern Aleppo. UNHCR

11 Apr 2014 | Read More »

WORLD BANK / BAN KI-MOON ENDING POVERTY

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim urged young people globally to start a social movement to end poverty at an event in Washington DC. WORLD BANK

10 Apr 2014 | Read More »

IMF / LAGARDE BRIEFING

International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde said that the world economy is growing – but still needs help. "Our overall message: the global economy is turning the corner, but the recovery is still too weak and too slow," she said at a news conference in Washington. IMF

10 Apr 2014 | Read More »

WORLD BANK / POVERTY

One million people each week will have to lift themselves out of poverty if we are to reach the goal of ending extreme poverty worldwide by 2030. Now that the global economic crisis has eased, the World Bank thinks that's a realistic goal. WORLD BANK

10 Apr 2014 | Read More »

UN / SUDAN – SOUTH SUDAN

Security Council President U. Joy Ogwu said that no significant progress has been achieved since March between Sudan and South Sudan, adding that the deepening of the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan has reached alarming proportions.  UNTV

10 Apr 2014 | Read More »

JORDAN / SHAKESPEARE SYRIA REFUGEE

Wiam Yousef Al-Ammari stopped going to school after fleeing Syria more than a year ago. However she plays a star role in "Shakespeare in Zaatari" which has inspired her to become an actress.  UNHCR

10 Apr 2014 | Read More »

JORDAN / BEDOUIN TEACHER

An estimated 25 percent of Syrian refugee children in Jordan are not enrolled in schools. Some refugee teachers have taken it into their own hands to educate their children. Jamal Shahadeh opened a school at a refugee settlement near Amman, where all the residents are Bedouin relatives. UNHCR

10 Apr 2014 | Read More »

GA / GLOBAL SAFETY ROAD CRISIS

The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution aimed to improve the global road safety. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) report, an estimated 1.24 million lives were lost in 2010 as a result of road traffic crashes. UNTV

10 Apr 2014 | Read More »

UN / CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

Deeply concerned about the deteriorating security situation and ongoing human rights abuses in the Central Africa Republic (CAR), the Security Council today approved the establishment of a nearly 12,000-strong United Nations peacekeeping operation to protect civilians and facilitate humanitarian access in the war-torn country. UNTV

10 Apr 2014 | Read More »

IMF / GLOBAL FINANCIAL STABILITY REPORT

According to the International Monetary Fund's latest Global Financial Stability Report, over the past six months, financial stability has broadly improved in advanced economies and has deteriorated in emerging economies. IMF

9 Apr 2014 | Read More »

UN / DRC SEXUAL VIOLENCE

United Nations officials called on the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to step up the fight against impunity for rape and sexual violence, which remain widespread and largely unpunished despite some progress in holding perpetrators accountable. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said rebel armed groups and government soldiers "were [...]

9 Apr 2014 | Read More »

UN / SOUTH SUDAN TOMPING CAMP

A UN spokesperson said that, "we are very much aware" of the health risks posed by the upcoming rainy season in South Sudan and that it was a  "huge logistical challenge" to run a peacekeeping mission and "also take care of these thousands and thousands of people."  The comments came after a news report which [...]

9 Apr 2014 | Read More »

WHO / HEPATITIS C GUIDELINES

The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued its first guidance for the treatment of hepatitis C, a chronic infection that affects an estimated 130 million to 150 million people and results in 350,000 to 500,000 deaths a year. WHO/FILE

9 Apr 2014 | Read More »

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO / WAR ON WOMEN

The eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo is known as the "rape capital of the world" where hundred of thousands of women have been raped and tortured by various militias active in the region including Congolese Army troopers.  IRIN

9 Apr 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / EBOLA UPDATE

The World Health Organization said that it will take a few months to contain the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa. WHO experts are describing the outbreak in this region as the most challenging they have ever seen. WHO / RECENT

8 Apr 2014 | Read More »

UN / SYRIA UPDATE

After briefing the Security Council in closed consultations, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, said there needs to be "justice and accountability" in Syria and pointed out that the Syrian Government "is mostly responsible for the violations" and perpetrators should be referred to the International Criminal Court. UNTV

8 Apr 2014 | Read More »

UN / CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC PILLAY

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay told the Security Council that some 80 percent of the Muslim population has been forcibly displaced inCentral African Republicand the anti-balaka – the Christian militias are regarded as criminals. The briefing comes after the Secretary-General visited the capital ofBanguiin a bid to focus the world's attention on [...]

8 Apr 2014 | Read More »

IMF / WORLD ECONOMIC OUTLOOK PRESSER

The IMF's latest World Economic Outlook says the global recovery is becoming broader, but the changing external environment poses new challenges to emerging market and developing economies. IMF  

8 Apr 2014 | Read More »

IMF / WORLD ECONOMIC OUTLOOK PREVIEW

In its latest World Economic Outlook, the IMF says the global recovery is becoming broader, but there are new challenges to emerging market and developing economies, The IMF forecasts global growth to average 3.6 percent in 2014―up from 3 percent in 2013―to rise to 3.9 percent in 2015. IMF  

8 Apr 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / RWANDA GENOCIDE

Hundreds of Rwandans and others gathered at a somber ceremony at the UNMISS base in South Sudan to mark the 20th anniversary of the beginning of the 100-day genocide that left almost a million people in the country dead. UNMISS

7 Apr 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / KUWAIT FUNDING SYRIA

The government of Kuwait has made available $300 million to humanitarian agencies working inSyriaon the humanitarian crisis. CH UNTV

7 Apr 2014 | Read More »

WORLD BANK / AFRICA'S PULSE

Economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa continues to rise from 4.7 percent in 2013 to a forecasted 5.2 percent in 2014. This performance is boosted by rising investment in natural resources and infrastructure, and strong household spending, according to the World Bank's new Africa's Pulse, a twice-yearly analysis of the Africa's economic prospects. WORLD BANK

7 Apr 2014 | Read More »

UN / ELIASSON POPULATION AND DEVELOPMENT

Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said that major progress has taken place since the landmark Cairo population conference in 1994, but that major challenges remain. He said that gender equality and the empowerment of women are gaining ground worldwide "yet, in the midst of this human progress, the continued exclusion of some groups and the potential for [...]

7 Apr 2014 | Read More »

UN / DISARMAMENT

At the opening of the 2014 session of the Disarmament Commission, the UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson stressed that not even the Cold War prevented progress on vital issues in this area. However, he added that "the General Assembly still remains moved by anxiety at the general lack of confidence plaguing the world." UNTV

7 Apr 2014 | Read More »

AFGHANISTAN / ELECTIONS WRAP 1

As Afghans cue in front of the polling stations across the country to elect a new President as well as members of 34 Provincial Councils, the top United Nations official in the country has congratulated the people of Afghanistan for participating in the country's "historic moment." UNAMA  

5 Apr 2014 | Read More »

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO / WAR ON WOMEN 2

Sexual violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has climbed to levels unseen anywhere else in the world. Impunity for perpetrators is one of the reasons why this part of the African continent is the worst place in the world to be a woman. IRIN

5 Apr 2014 | Read More »

UN / MINE ACTION DAY

On International Mine Action Day (4 Apr), the UN is promoting the efforts made by women to make mine action more efficient and effective. UNTV

4 Apr 2014 | Read More »

WHO / WORLD HEALTH DAY ADVANCER

On World Health Day (7 April) the World Health Organization (WHO) is highlighting the serious and increasing threat of vector-borne diseases, with the slogan "Small bite, big threat". WHO / FILE

4 Apr 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / MINE ACTION CHILDREN

With the world marking the International Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action,  students at  aprimary school in Juba learned that South Sudan is one of the most affected countries in land mine contamination.  UNMISS

4 Apr 2014 | Read More »

UN / DPRK

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK's) Ambassador Ri Tong Il said that his country will not welcome a visit by US envoy Robert King to discuss the imprisonment of American citizen Kenneth Bae.

4 Apr 2014 | Read More »

ETHIOPIA / SOUTH SUDAN REFUGEES

The heads of the UN refugee agency and the World Food Programme (WFP) warned Wednesday that the crisis in South Sudan could endanger millions of lives in the coming months if urgent action is not taken to put an end to the conflict and support the civilians who are struggling to survive. WFP

3 Apr 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / HILDE JOHNSON

The chief of the mission in South Sudan said that the situation in Juba "seems calm now, but it is far from normal in the world's youngest nation," adding that, "although significantly improved, we have yet to see normal relations between the government of South Sudan and the United Nations. And not least, we are [...]

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UN / DARFUR

The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution which took note of the proposed adjustment of the benchmarks and indicators outlined by the Secretary-General for the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur, Sudan (UNAMID). UNTV

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LEBANON / SYRIA ONE MILLION REFUGEES

The number of refugees fleeing from Syria into neighbouring Lebanon surpassed 1 million on Thursday, a devastating milestone worsened by rapidly depleting resources and a host community stretched to breaking point. UNHCR

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AFGHANISTAN / ELECTION PREPS

In the forthcoming presidential elections in Afghanistan the UN urges the electoral management body to do its best to encourage Afghani women to participate in voting process. UNAMA

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SOUTH SUDAN / MINE ACTION ADVANCER SNIFFER DOGS

Hero is among eight Explosive Detection Dogs (EDD) who arrived in South Sudan to help assist in securing Protection of Civilian sites in various UN locations which opened their gates to tens of thousands civilians seeking protection in South Sudan. The dogs, mostly spaniels, are trained to detect explosives, and they also search for ammunition. [...]

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GUINEA / EBOLA

The Guinean health authorities reported four new cases of Ebola, bringing the number to 131, with 84 confirmed deaths. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) the source of infection has been localized in the south east of Guinea. WHO  

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SOUTH SUDAN / MINE ACTION ADVANCER MINE CLEARING

The UN Mine Action agency (UNMAS) recently sent teams toUpperNileStateinSouth Sudanto help clear a new location which has been ear-marked as a Protection of Civilian (POC) site. These locations currently have 22,800 civilians seeking protection. Mine Action Awareness Day is 4 April. UNMISS

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UN / AUTISM RON SUSKIND

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Ron Suskind spoke at the UN about his family's 20-year journey with their son Owen's autism. In an interview with UNIFEED, he stressed that this is a global issue and "governments cannot afford not to put money into it." Today is World Autism Awareness Day. UNTV

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JOHNS HOPKINS / LAGARDE

In a speech delivered at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde reviewed the state of the global economy and gave her assessment of the current economic situation. "I believe that the global economy is turning the corner of the great recession", she said, but "growth remains too slow [...]

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UN / CONNIE BRITTON

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) appointed American actress Connie Britton as its newest Goodwill Ambassador, with a special focus on poverty eradication and women's empowerment. UNDP

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UN / PALESTINE MANSOUR

Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour said that the State of Palestine was exercising its "legal right as a state" by joining more than a dozen international conventions and instruments. UNTV

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SOUTH SUDAN / JUBA TONGPING IDP CAMP

The heads of the World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Refugee agency (UNHCR) visited Tuesday the Tongping Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Juba, South Sudan, where living conditions are dismal. UNHCR

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UN / ARMS TREATY ANNIVERSARY

Marking the first anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), UN officials called on all States that have not yet done so to sign and/or ratify the instrument without delay to facilitate its entry into force. UNTV

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WORLD BANK / LENDING POVERTY

World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim announced a series of measures aimed at strengthening the World Bank Group — including a $100 billion increase in the lending capacity to middle-income countries over the next decade.  WORLD BANK

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SOUTH SUDAN / AIR DROP

The heads of WFP and UNHCR today warned that the crisis inSouth Sudancould endanger millions of lives in the coming months if urgent action is not taken to put an end to the conflict and support the civilians who are struggling to survive. WFP

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UN / WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY ADVANCER

The United Nations celebrates its seventh annual World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) this Wednesday, 2 April, with the aim of rising awareness about a disorder affecting millions of individuals around the world at their early developmental age. UNTV / AUTISM SPEAKS

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GENEVA / GUINEA EBOLA

The World Health Organization (WHO) says while the Ebola outbreak  in Guinea is serious, it is relatively small so far in comparison with earlier outbreaks of the disease. As of Monday, there were 122 suspected and confirmed cases of the disease in Guinea of whom 80 had died. CH UNTV

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