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CAMEROON / CAR FAMILY REUNION

A mother of 11 children, separated from some of her family when fleeing violence in Central African Republic is reunited with them, four months later, in a refugee camp in neighbouring Cameroon. UNHCR

31 May 2014 | Read More »

SOMALIA / MAXAAS HUMANITARIAN MISSION

Aid agencies, led by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), travelled to Maxaas in the Hiraan Region  of Somalia, an area recently recovered from Al Shabaab control,  to assess the humanitarian situation on the ground.  AU / UN IST

31 May 2014 | Read More »

SOMALIA / AL-SHABAAB HOSTAGES

Some 30 civilian hostages who were on Friday morning kidnapped from a village near Kismayu town were later rescued in a daring operation involving around 200 Interim Juba Administration forces (IJA) aided by AMISOM Kenya Defence Forces air surveillance capability. AU / UN IST

30 May 2014 | Read More »

JORDAN / SYRIA BOY CANCER

Sameh is a 14-year-old Syrian boy living with brain cancer as a refugee in Jordan. He has had multiple surgeries to remove a tumor while in the camp – his uncle says he lives without fear.  UNHCR  

30 May 2014 | Read More »

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC / VIOLENCE

Automatic weapons fire was heard in Bangui, as hundreds of people marched in the streets with machetes in hand. MINUSCA

30 May 2014 | Read More »

JAPAN / ECONOMIC POLICY

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) team, led by Jerry Schiff, Deputy Director for the Asia and Pacific Department, visited Tokyo from 19 to 30 May to conduct the annual Article IV discussions with Japan. IMF

30 May 2014 | Read More »

CAMEROON / CAR YOUNG VICTIMS

Before arriving in Gbiti, which borders Central African Republic and Cameroon, the victims of anti-Balaka rebels often spent two to four months walking in the bush, eating roots and sleeping outside. Ibrahim Moussa was one of those victims, brutalized and left for dead. UNHCR

30 May 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / HILDE JOHNSON

The head of the United Nations mission in South Sudan Hilde Johnson met with  President Salva Kiir earlier this morning (30 May) to discus the new mandate for UNMISS and to inform the president that she will be leaving the mission. UNMISS

30 May 2014 | Read More »

UN / LADSOUS PEACEKEEPERS WRAP

Under-Secretary-General Hervé Ladsous  highlighted the importance of UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) in conducting peacekeeping operations and said that "we cannot afford to continue to work with 20th century tool is the 20th century." UNIFEED – UNTV

29 May 2014 | Read More »

KENYA / UN ENVIRONMENT ASSEMBLY

The first UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) will convene in Nairobi, Kenya, from 23 to 27 June 2014. This marks a historic milestone in UNEP’s 43-year history and is expected to be attended by high-level delegations from over 160 UN Member and Observer States. UNEP

29 May 2014 | Read More »

NEPAL / SELENA GOMEZ

Actress, multi-platinum recording artist and UNICEF Ambassador Selena Gomez just returned from a visit toNepal, where she traveled to bring attention to children in need within the country and across the globe. U.S. FUND FOR UNICEF

29 May 2014 | Read More »

CAR / UNREST

Violence spread throughout Bangui, capital of Central African Republic, with reported frequent skirmishes, barricaded roads and burned tires across the city.  MINUSCA

29 May 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / NEW MANDATE

At a ceremony marking the international day of UN peacekeepers, the mission's top official there said that "through thick and thin our commitment will remain steadfast, to help the resilient people of the world's youngest nation out of the current crisis." UNMISS  

29 May 2014 | Read More »

WORLD BANK / FOOD PRICES

International prices of food increased by 4 percent in recent months and the World Bank Group is concerned that food riots could lead to political instability in some regions. WORLD BANK

29 May 2014 | Read More »

UN / UKRAINE

Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman  told the Security Council that that despite successful elections that could "be the beginning of a new chapter for Ukraine, violence rages on causing loss of life and injuries." UNIFEED – UNTV

28 May 2014 | Read More »

UN / OPEN DEFECATION

The United Nations have launched a new campaign today to end open defecation practice worldwide and improve access to toilets and latrines for the 2.5 billion people living without basic sanitation. UNIFEED-UNTV

28 May 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / NEW POC

The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in South Sudan handed over construction work of the Juba Protection of Civilians site to the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). UNMISS

28 May 2014 | Read More »

EBOLA / SIERRA LEONE

The World Health Organization (WHO) said that the Ebola has spread to Sierra Leone, third country in West Africa to report the disease outbreak, after Guinea and Liberia. WHO

28 May 2014 | Read More »

UN / MAYA ANGELOU

American author and poet Maya Angelou passed away at the age of 86 at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In 2011 she was honoured at the United Nations as one of the elders of the community of literary greats and a strong voice for human and civil rights. UNIFEED – UNTV  

28 May 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / IDP CAMP FLOODING

Nearly 100,000 people are living in cramped, overcrowded camps in Mingkaman, in Rivers State, South Sudan. Whenever it rains, tents become flooded causing already fragile sanitation conditions to worsen. UNHCR

28 May 2014 | Read More »

WHO / TOBACCO TAX

Ahead of the "World No Tobacco Day" (31 May), World Health Organization (WHO) called on countries to raise taxes on tobacco to encourage users to stop smoking and prevent other people from becoming addicted to tobacco. WHO

28 May 2014 | Read More »

UN / NIKOLIC SERBIA FLOODS

The president of Serbia appealed to the international community to help with recovery efforts after the country was hit by devastating floods last week which claimed dozens of lives and affected over 1.5 million people.  UNIFEED – UNTV

27 May 2014 | Read More »

UN / SOUTH SUDAN

The Security Council adopted a resolution revising the mandate of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in order to better address the security, humanitarian and political crisis facing the country. UNIFEED – UNTV

27 May 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / CHOLERA UPDATE

A WHO official said that the cholera outbreak in South Sudan has so far claimed more than 670 victims in its capital Juba, forcing officials to recalculate their expectations upwards. UNMISS / RECENT

27 May 2014 | Read More »

SOMALIA / UGANDAN SOLDIERS ATTACK

A repatriation ceremony was held for three Ugandan soldiers killed during a raid on the Somali parliament by Shabaab terrorists. The deceased were part of the Quick Reaction Force (QRF) that responded to the attack that also claimed the lives of four Somali National Army (SNA) soldiers and one Somali police officer.  AU / UN [...]

27 May 2014 | Read More »

CHAD / FOOD EMERGENCY

The World Food Programme has declared an emergency in Chad and Cameroon, where majority of over 220 000 refugees from Central African Republic is living in makeshift camps. WFP

27 May 2014 | Read More »

UN / URBANIZATION

With 6.3 billion people expected to live in urban areas by 2050, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the importance of “harnessing the power of urbanization for sustainable development” as a way to reaching the Millennium Development Goals; shaping an ambitious long term vision for development and adopting a meaningful new global climate agreement. UNIFEED – UNTV

27 May 2014 | Read More »

KENYA / POLIO CAMPAIGN

Ever since Kenya reported a polio outbreak in May 2013, UNICEF and its partners have been exploring a number of strategies to reach the children under the age of five that have not been vaccinated. The Mtoto Kwa Mtoto or Child- to-child initiative, mobilizes school children in the effort to identify and vaccinate these children [...]

26 May 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / RAINY SEASON

With the rainy season looming, the UN refugee agency is racing to supply essential relief for many of the more than 1 million people displaced by the fighting in South Sudan over the last four months. UNHCR

26 May 2014 | Read More »

SOMALIA / MINE DISABILITIES

The UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) has begun to map out its first ever working group to provide assistance to victims who have been disabled from explosives inSomalia. A government official said, "people are neglecting disabled people, its like they are not part of the society yet they represent 25 percent of the Somali society, that's a [...]

24 May 2014 | Read More »

CHINA / REMOTE EDUCATION

AnthonyLake, UNICEF's Executive Director was recently at MixinPrimary schoolin a remote part ofYunnanProvincein South West China.  He was there to see how a new model of social and emotional learning is changing the way teachers engage their students. UNICEF  

24 May 2014 | Read More »

ICC / KATANGA

The International Criminal Court (ICC), today, sentenced Congolese warlord Germain Katanga to a total of 12 years of prison for crimes committed during the attack on the village of Bogoro in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in February 2003.  ICC

23 May 2014 | Read More »

JORDAN / REFUGEES POPE

Pope Francis will visitJordanon Saturday where he will meet with refugees, among them, the Sabra family, Christian refugees from Syria. UNHCR

23 May 2014 | Read More »

UN / UKRAINE SERGEYEV

Ukraine’s Ambassador Yuriy Sergeyev  said that Sunday’s elections "could bring the stability, first of all in the Ukraine itself, and which could bring the stability in our relations with neighbourhood." He welcomed Russian President Vladimir Putin's statement that Russia will respect election results in Ukraine, but said "after all these developments in Russia – Ukraine [...]

23 May 2014 | Read More »

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO/ AGENCY BANKING

Banks generally consider poor customers too risky and too expensive to serve. But in the Democratic Republic of Congo, even low-income people now have a safe place to save money, earn interest and manage economic decisions.  WORLD BANK

23 May 2014 | Read More »

CAMEROON / CAR MALNOURISHED CHILDREN

In town of Gbiti at the Cameroon’s border with Central African Republic (CAR) some 20,000 Central-Africans are recovering from months of walking and hiding in the bush while fleeing the conflict in their home country. According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), almost half of children – refugees from CAR that arrive in [...]

22 May 2014 | Read More »

UN / NIGERIA DJINNIT

Fresh from his trip to Nigeria, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the UN Office for West Africa, said that Boko Haram "is creating chaos" in some regions in the country" and noted that the UN is "working with the education system in Nigeria to see what the UN could provide in [...]

22 May 2014 | Read More »

UN / UKRAINE ELECTIONS

Ukraine’s ambassador Yuriy Sergeyev said that the Russian Federation is trying to disrupt the upcoming elections in Ukraine scheduled for Sunday (25 May). UNIFEED -UNTV  

22 May 2014 | Read More »

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC / BAMBARI UNREST

The UN mission inCentral African Republicis increasingly concerned about the tension in Bambari where the population is caught up between fighting militias. MINUSCA

22 May 2014 | Read More »

UN / SYRIA ICC VOTE

The Security Council failed to adopt a resolution on a referral of the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court, with 13 votes in favour and vetoes from China and Russia. UNIFEED – UNTV

22 May 2014 | Read More »

CAR / GAYE PRESSER

Babacar Gaye, the chief of the UN mission in theCentral African Republicsaid that the organization was committed to fighting impunity and will help bring justice to Central-Africans who have suffered and still suffer from this prolonged conflict. MINUSCA

22 May 2014 | Read More »

NORTH KOREA / COUSIN

The executive director of World Food Program (WFP), Ertharin Cousin visited the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK ) to assess the humanitarian needs and food security situation in the country, as well as challenges facing WFP's work. WFP

22 May 2014 | Read More »

UN / WORLD ECONOMIC PROSPECTS

The UN World Economic Situation and Prospects have issued today a mid-year update saying that global economy is expected to strengthen over the next two years, despite a downgrade of growth prospects for some developing countries and "stubbornly slow" job growth. UNIFEED-UNTV

21 May 2014 | Read More »

UN / CHILDREN IN ARMED CONFLICT

The UN has launched a guide for delegates and partners on how to assist UN agencies and partners in monitoring, reporting and working to prevent attacks against schools and hospitals. Over half the children out of school today live in countries affected by conflict, representing 28 million girls and boys. WHO director general Margaret Chan [...]

21 May 2014 | Read More »

UN / UKRAINE

Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović said that the human rights situation in the eastern Ukraine has "worsened" and as a result of the violence in the east and south of the country 127 people have died and "there are numerous cases of illegal detentions, of abductions, especially affecting journalists as well as members of the [...]

21 May 2014 | Read More »

UNICEF / CIA IMMUNIZATION CAMPAIGN

The United Nation’s Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said that it “appreciated” the commitment from the United States (US) government to stop using immunization campaigns as a cover for intelligence gathering. UNIFEED-UNTV/FILE

21 May 2014 | Read More »

UN / UNICEF NEWBORN DEATHS

A medical journal The Lancet has released a series of papers at the UNICEF Headquarters today showing that majority of nearly 3 million children who die before they turn one month old every year could be saved if they receive quality care around the time of birth. UNIFEED-UNTV / FILE

20 May 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / HUMANITARIAN

The international donor community today raised more than US$600 million in pledges to scale up humanitarian response to the South Sudan crisis at a conference hosted by Norway in collaboration with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). UNMISS / UNICEF

20 May 2014 | Read More »

CAR / RECONCILIATION

A process to reconcile Christians and Muslims in "PK5", one of the neighborhoods of Central-African capital Bangui is underway. A local association "Collectif 236-kilomètre 5" is attempting to rebuild trust between communities after months of ruthless fighting along religious lines.  MINUSCA

20 May 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / SYRIA HEALTH REPORT

The UN Relief and Works Agency, UNRWA, says that more than half of its 23 health centres in Syria are destroyed or non-functional and has described the situation as grave. CH-UNTV

20 May 2014 | Read More »

UN / MIDDLE EAST

Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Oscar Fernandez-Taranco told the Security Council that without a credible political horizon the 1993 Oslo Israeli – Palestinian peace accords could be "in real jeopardy."  He expressed support for intra-Palestinian reconciliation but noted that this future Government must “abide by the PLO commitments of recognition of Israel, non-violence, and adherence [...]

20 May 2014 | Read More »

ILO / FORCED LABOR

A new report from the International Labour Organization (ILO) says that forced labour in the private economy generates $150 billion in illegal profits per year, about three times more than previously estimated. ILO

19 May 2014 | Read More »

UN / R!SE LAUNCH

Speaking at the launch of the R!SE initiative – a unique alliance of business, private sector, and academic organization committed to making future  investments safer from disasters, the UN Deputy Secretary General said “the scope and nature of disasters and climate risks are so broad-ranging and so serious that no single actor, no single institution [...]

19 May 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / CHOLERA

The caseload of cholera is rapidly increasing in South Sudan and the deadly, highly contagious disease appears to be spreading. Since the outbreak of cholera in the capital Juba late last week, the reported cholera caseload has doubled every day; now with new reported cases in two additional states, Jonglei and Upper Nile. After the [...]

19 May 2014 | Read More »

WFP/ JOSE MOURINHO ZERO HUNGER

Chelsea Football Club manager Jose Mourinho was officially appointed as a UN ambassador against hunger for the World Food Programme.  Mourinho will use his status to raise awareness about WFP's life-saving work and champion the Zero Hunger Challenge which aims to eliminate hunger in our lifetime. WFP

19 May 2014 | Read More »

WHO / CHAN HEALTH ASSEMBLY

The World Health Organization (WHO) opened its annual health assembly in Geneva  as a new global survey reveals that WHO is one of the world's 2 most highly rated international organizations. Approximately two-thirds (72 percent) of the public surveyed by Gallup say they have a good opinion of WHO and its close partner, UNICEF. WHO's [...]

19 May 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / REFUGEES FOOD CRISIS

With the number of refugees from South Sudan in neighboring countries reaching well beyond 300 000, the World Food Programme (WFP) said it is struggling to cope with providing food assistance and  that the ongoing fighting is pushing the country toward "hunger catastrophe". WFP

19 May 2014 | Read More »

SOMALIA / NEW TOWNS

 Training is underway for administrators in towns that have recovered in the recent military offensive by the Somali National Army (SNA) and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). Years spent under the control of extremists saw administrative structures and the rule of law degenerate, and any connection between the population and the state cut [...]

17 May 2014 | Read More »

UN / LATIN AMERICAN DEMOCRACY

The new Director of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for Latin America and the Caribbean said  that although Latin America has achieved significant progress in many areas, including gender participation and there are now 5 women heads of state, "women participation in decision making processes is still limited and far from achieving equality." UNIFEED [...]

16 May 2014 | Read More »

CAR / IOM CASH FOR WORK

IOM’s cash-for-work street cleaning project with local youths in Bangui, the capital of the Central African is underway, aimed at promoting cooperation and coexistence between Christian and Muslim communities. MINUSCA

16 May 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / UKRAINE HUMAN RIGHTS

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Friday that a new UN report produced by her 34-strong monitoring team in Ukraine shows "an alarming deterioration in the human rights situation in the east of the country, as well as serious problems emerging in Crimea, especially in relation to the Crimean Tatars." CH UNTV

16 May 2014 | Read More »

CAR / CAMILLE LAPAGE MEMORIAL

Journalists, diplomats and Central-African Government officials gathered Thursday in Bangui to honor the French photojournalist, Camille Lepage, killed in Bouar region of Central Africa Republic. MINUSCA

15 May 2014 | Read More »

WORLD BANK / EMPOWERING WOMEN

"One of the best investments we can make is in girls’ education"  - says a new report from the World Bank that focuses on freedom from violence; control over sexual and reproductive health; ownership and control of land and housing; and voice and collective action. WORLD BANK

15 May 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / CHOLERA OUTBREAK

South Sudan’s Ministry of Health  announced a cholera outbreak, saying one person has died, with 18 suspected cases recorded in the country's capital Juba. UNMISS

15 May 2014 | Read More »

UN / BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

A senior United Nations official  warned the Security Council that the Bosnia and Herzegovina is politically heading in the wrong direction and that politicians might try to raise inter-ethnic tensions to divert attention from real problems.  UNIFEED – UNTV

15 May 2014 | Read More »

WHO / HEALTH STATISTICS 2014

According to the World Health Statistics 2014 published today by the World Health Organization (WHO), on a global average children born in 2012 will live 6 years longer than those born in year 1990.  WHO

15 May 2014 | Read More »

SYRIA / KRAHENBUHL VISIT

Newly appointed UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl visits collective shelters in Jaramana Camp in Damascus during his first visit to Syria. UNRWA

15 May 2014 | Read More »

UN / PIRACY

The Chairperson of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS) said that although the number of attacks by pirates have gone down to a handful per year, "the game is not over." Academy Award nominated actor Barkhad Abdi,  recorded a message ahead of the 16th plenary session of the CGPCS. UNIFEED – [...]

14 May 2014 | Read More »

WHO / MERS

The World Health Organization said that the deadly MERS virus has "increased in seriousness" but does not yet represent a global public health emergency. WHO  

14 May 2014 | Read More »

INDIA / ELECTIONS YOUTH

As India's General Elections move east, the city of Howra’s  newest generation of voters geared up for polling.  Since 2009, more than 100 million new names have been added to voter lists, a huge proportion of which are young voters. Over 50 percent of India's population is under 25 and in West Bengal alone, over [...]

14 May 2014 | Read More »

WORLD BANK / GENDER BASED VIOLENCE REPORT

Gender based violence is a global phenomenon, affecting women across the globe, according to a new World Bank Report. And women who live in fear of violence aren't able to flourish, which impacts the development of communities and countries. WORLD BANK

14 May 2014 | Read More »

UN / SYRIA

UN-League of Arab States Joint Special Representative on the crisis in Syria Lakhdar Brahimi briefs the Security Council for the last time on Syria. UNIFEED – UNTV

13 May 2014 | Read More »

UN / ICC IRAQ

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, announced that she has decided to re-open the preliminary examination into the responsibility of officials of the United Kingdom for war crimes involving systematic detainee abuse in Iraq from 2003 until 2008. UNIFEED – UNTV

13 May 2014 | Read More »

UN / CAR CHILDREN UPDATE

A UNICEF representative working in Central African Republic (CAR) said that children there were witnessing terrible violence, "you can see it in their eyes," adding that even before the crisis,  “every 21 minutes a child died in CAR from preventable diseases.   UNIFEED-UNTV / FILE

13 May 2014 | Read More »

CAR / GRENADE ATTACK

Two people were wounded in the capital of the Central African Republic after a grenade was thrown in a crowded shopping center. Residents in the area known as PK5 in Bangui told a UN cameraman that two men on a motor-cycle tossed a hand grenade. MINUSCA

13 May 2014 | Read More »

UN / BRAHIMI

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has accepted the resignation of Lakhdar Brahimi, the Joint UN-League of Arab States Special Representative on the crisis in Syria, effective 31 May. Brahimi said this was  a “very, very sad time that I leave Syria in this position in such a bad state." UNIFEED – UNTV / FILE

13 May 2014 | Read More »

UN / ICC LIBYA

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou B. Bensouda,  said that "Libya needs help" in its transition to democracy and bringing perpetrators of serious crimes to justice. UNIFEED – UNTV  

13 May 2014 | Read More »

ILO / MATERNITY BENEFITS

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has said in a new report that most countries have adopted maternity protection provisions since 1919, when the ILO adopted the first Maternity Protection Convention, yet at least 830 million women workers still don't have adequate protection. ILO

13 May 2014 | Read More »

UN / SOUTH SUDAN WRAP

Addressing the Security Council after his brief trip to South Sudan, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that if conflict continues in the country, half the population will be either displaced, starving or dead by year's end.  Ibrahim Wani, director of the UN South Sudan human rights division said there were widespread and gross human rights violations [...]

12 May 2014 | Read More »

UN / BAN KI-MOON

Commenting on the upcoming election in Syria, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he found it "troubling" and that "it's not compatible with the letter and spirit of the Geneva communiqué."  UNIFEED – UNTV

12 May 2014 | Read More »

SOMALIA / SEXUAL VIOLENCE RESOLUTION

Somali government and partners have passed a resolution aimed at taking decisive action to address the issue of gender-based sexual violence in the country. The resolution came at the end a five-day consultative meeting on how to institutionalize and create awareness of the need to protect Somali women and girls. AU UN IST

12 May 2014 | Read More »

UN / FEMALE FORCE COMMANDER

The first ever female Force Commander in the United Nations 65 year's long peacekeeping history was announced today, by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. He announced the appointment of Major General Kristin Lund of Norway as the Force Commander of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP).  UNIFEED – UNTV

12 May 2014 | Read More »

INDIA / COURAGE BRIGADES

India wraps up its election this week and while women may have turned out in large numbers to vote, the country remains one of the world's most hostile for women. A UN report in May said the number of women standing for political office has plunged and two years ago, another survey showedIndiaas the worst [...]

12 May 2014 | Read More »

UN / CENTRAL AFRICA ARMED GROUPS

Significant gains have been made in recent years in combating the threat of the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) but the countries of Central Africa still face numerous challenges that require continued international support, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council. UNIFEED – UNTV

12 May 2014 | Read More »

WHO / ALCOHOL ABUSE

In 2012, 3.3 million deaths worldwide were due to harmful use of alcohol, says a new report launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) today. Alcohol consumption can lead to dependence and also increases people's risk of developing more than 200 diseases including liver cirrhosis and various cancers. WHO

12 May 2014 | Read More »

JORDAN / IBRAHIM

Ibrahim has suffered too much for an 11-year-old. His mother and brother were killed by a bomb inDamascus, which left the Syrian boy with bad injuries. With the help of doctors in Jordan's Za'atari refugee camp, he hopes to once more walk unaided. UNHCR

10 May 2014 | Read More »

SOMALIA / CHENG-HOPKINS WRAP

The UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support has concluded a five-day visit toSomalia, with an announcement of further investment in addressing the country's peacebuilding needs. Judy Cheng-Hopkins held meetings with several officials from the government ofSomalia, members of civil society, youth, women and the leadership the Jubba Interim Administration in Kismayo. AU UN IST

10 May 2014 | Read More »

UN / BOKO HARAM

UN / BOKO HARAM The Security Council condemned the recent terrorist in Nigeria attacks by Boko Haram causing hundreds of deaths and injuries and they expressed "profound outrage" at the abduction of 284 schoolgirls. UNIFEED – UNTV

9 May 2014 | Read More »

SOMALIA / NEW DEAL

Somali president Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud met with representatives of the international community to review progress made on the New Deal for Somalia. AU UN IST

9 May 2014 | Read More »

SOMALIA / SEXUAL VIOLENCE

The government of Somalia has begun consultations on how best to address issues of gender-based sexual violence. UN statistics indicate that there were 800 cases of sexual and gender-based violence in Mogadishu alone during the first six months of 2013. In 2012, 1,700 cases were registered by the UN across 500 camps for internally displaced people [...]

9 May 2014 | Read More »

UN / NPT CONFERENCE PREPS

The chair of the Preparatory Committee for the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) said that many states highlighted the humanitarian consequences of the detonation of a nuclear weapon, whether by design or by accident, and that "no State and no international organization has the [...]

9 May 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / SYRIA GING

A United Nation's (UN) humanitarian agency (OCHA) official has described how coping mechanisms inside Syria are "in a stage of collapse." CH UNTV

9 May 2014 | Read More »

VATICAN CITY / BAN

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited the Pope to visit headquarters in New York at his earliest convenience to speak about his efforts to help the poorest. CTV

9 May 2014 | Read More »

UN / UKRAINE

The Permanent Mission of Ukraine and the Ukrainian-American Human Rights organization (RAZOM) launched a report entitled “Crisis in Ukraine and its legal aspects”.  Co-author Ivanna Bilych, comparing the situation in Crimea,  said that in Texas 70 percent of the population speaks Spanish, but this "doesn't mean that Mexico can come and invade the United States." [...]

8 May 2014 | Read More »

UN / KAAG

The head of the Joint Mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations (OPCW-UN) called for safe and unfettered access to the remaining eight percent of Syria's chemical weapons material that needs to be removed and destroyed. UNIFEED – UNTV

8 May 2014 | Read More »

UN / NIGERIA

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his concern over the kidnapped girls to Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan, who has accepted an offer by the UN to send a high-level envoy to discuss how it can support the government's internal challenges. UNIFEED – UNTV

8 May 2014 | Read More »

ITALY / HIV BOOK LAUNCH

The UN has released a book "The Bravest Boy I Know" on HIV for children, a tale of two friends dealing with HIV in a positive way. UNAIDS

8 May 2014 | Read More »

UN / PEACEKEEPING MEDAL

The Security Council today (8 May) decided to create "the Captain Mbaye Diagne Medal for Exceptional Courage" in honour of a United Nations peacekeeper credited with saving scores of Rwandans from death during the 1994 genocide. UNIFEED – UNTV

8 May 2014 | Read More »

WHO / WATER AND SANITATION

A new WHO/UNICEF report says that since 1990, almost 2 billion people globally have gained access to improved sanitation and 2.3 billion have gained access to drinking-water from improved sources. Yet experts remain "tremendously" concerned with sanitation. "We are seeing that progress seems to be stuck at about 2.5 billion people, which we saw in [...]

8 May 2014 | Read More »

IMF / UKRAINE

The International Monetary Fund acknowledged Thursday that its $17 billion loan program to Ukraine is at risk, due to the interim government's lack of control of the eastern provinces. IMF

8 May 2014 | Read More »

UN / NON-PROLIFERATION WMD

Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson told the Security Council that it was "critical" for every country to implement resolution 1540, which requires Governments to prevent non-State actors or terrorists from acquiring, proliferating and using nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. UNIFEED – UNTV

7 May 2014 | Read More »

SOMALIA / ELECTION PREPS

Dialogue and engagement by civil society have begun among the Somali public ahead of the 2016 general elections.  Somalia has not held elections in over 40 years and the Federal Government, its partners and the civil society are working towards an election, in which all the Somali people will participate.  AU / UN IST

7 May 2014 | Read More »

INDIA / ELECTIONS

On 24th April 2014, which was the sixth poll day of India's General Elections, 117 Parliamentary Constituencies covering an electorate of over 180 million went to polls. This tremendous democratic exercise involved people from across the spectrum including central and state government agencies, local municipalities and Central Armed Police forces. UNDP

7 May 2014 | Read More »

WHO / AIR POLLUTION

Air quality in most cities worldwide that monitor outdoor (ambient) air pollution fails to meet World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines for safe levels, putting people at additional risk of respiratory disease and other health problems. WHO / FILE

7 May 2014 | Read More »

UN / LEBANON ROED-LARSEN

The United Nations (UN) Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the implementation of resolution 1559, said  that "Lebanon is now facing a difficult and challenging period", adding that "the conflict in Syria continues at significant impact on Lebanon in every regard." UNIFEED – UNTV

6 May 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / BAN WRAP

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was in Juba, South Sudan, where he met with IDPs at the UN base and spoke with President Salva Kiir. UNMISS

6 May 2014 | Read More »

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC / 100 DAYS

Marking her first 100 days in office, Catherine Samba-Panza, Central African Republic’s transitional President pledged on Tuesday to make her government more representative. MINUSCA

6 May 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / BAN PRESSER

So many people have been killed in South Sudan's conflict, that the country's leaders should feel "a sense of political responsibility", UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at the end of a one-day visit to Juba today. UNMISS

6 May 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / MATERNAL HEALTH

A new World Health Organization (WHO) study shows a 45 percent reduction in maternal deaths since 1990. An estimated 289,000 women died in 2013 due to complications in pregnancy and childbirth, down from 523,000 in 1990. WHO / FILE

6 May 2014 | Read More »

AFGHANISTAN / LANDSLIDE AID

WFP has distributed food rations to 700 families who have lost their homes in Friday's landslide in Argo, Badakshan province of Afghanistan. WFP

6 May 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / BOKO HARAM HUMAN RIGHTS

The High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Office has expressed outrage about the claims made in a video apparently by Nigeria’s Boko Haram rebel leader in which he threatens to sell abducted schoolgirls and marry them off.  CH UNTV

6 May 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / UKRAINE HUMAN RIGHTS

The UN human rights office has expressed deep concern about the surge in violence in Ukraine.  A statement from the human rights chief read by spokesperson Rupert Colville said that, "all sides need to make a much greater effort to find a peaceful resolution to the current crisis, especially in the various towns in eastern and southern [...]

6 May 2014 | Read More »

IMF / MIDDLE EAST ECONOMIC OUTLOOK

Economic growth in the Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan, and Pakistan is expected to strengthen this year, but weak confidence and, in some cases, large public deficits continue to pose risks to this outlook, the IMF said in its latest regional assessment. IMF

6 May 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / BAN KIIR STAKEOUT

At a press stakeout with visiting UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Juba, South Sudan President Salva Kiir  reiterated his willingness to hold talks with opposition leader Riek Machar. UNMISS  

6 May 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / BAN ARRIVAL

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Juba  for a one-day visit to South Sudan. Upon arrival, he visited the protection site at the UNMISS base in Tomping,  where he met with community leaders representing the thousands of civilians seeking shelter there. UNMISS

6 May 2014 | Read More »

UN / CELINA JAITLEY

Bollywood actress and humanitarian Celina Jaitly said that "the legal system has to change with the changing times", and when it comes to LGBT issues in India "it has not changed." UNIFEED / RECENT

5 May 2014 | Read More »

AFGHANISTAN / LANDSLIDE

Following an aerial assessment of the deadly landslide that hit Abi-Barik village in Afghanistan last Friday, two senior United Nations (UN) humanitarian officials highlighted the longer-term needs of people displaced by natural disasters in the country as well as the need for long-term preventive measures. UNAMA

5 May 2014 | Read More »

JORDAN / GUTERRES

UN refugee agency chief António Guterres met government ministers from the host countries for Syrian refugees on Sunday at Za'atri refugee camp in Jordan. Together with the ministers, he called on the international community to significantly increase its financial and humanitarian support to address the human impact of the Syria crisis. UNHCR

5 May 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / POLIO HEALTH RECOMMENDATIONS

The World Health Organization declared the international spread of wild poliovirus in 2014 a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), adding that the international spread of polio to date in 2014 constitutes an extraordinary event and a public health risk to other States for which a coordinated international response is essential. WHO / FILE

5 May 2014 | Read More »

SOMALIA / CHENG-HOPKINS

A UN official for peacebuilding support lauded the progress Somalia is making both on the economic and political fronts. During her five-day visit in the African country, she pledged further support from the UN to improve the lives of people living across Somalia. AU/UN IST

5 May 2014 | Read More »

UAE / SOLAR PANELS BAN

On the sidelines of the "Ascent" Climate Change Conference in Abu Dhabi, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited SHAMS 1, one of the largest solar power plants in the world, with capacity of 100 megawatts, enough to power 20 000 homes.  AFP POOL

5 May 2014 | Read More »

UAE / ASCENT CLIMATE CHANGE

From the tropics to the poles, from small islands to large continents, and from the poorest countries to the richest, climate change impacts are already widespread, costly and consequential, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in Abu Dhabi to stakeholders gathered  there to consider concrete actions to tackle the phenomenon now – before it is too late. UNTV

4 May 2014 | Read More »

SOMALIA / MILITIA TRAINING

Residents and local militia of Marka district in the Lower Shebelle region of Somalia have enlisted for a combat training provided by the Somali National Army (SNA) and troops from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), in a bid to secure their homes from attacks by al Shabaab militia. AU/UN IST

3 May 2014 | Read More »

UN / PILLAY SOUTH SUDAN

The High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, said there has been a "sharp and drastic deterioration" of the human rights situation in South Sudan, fuelled by a "deadly spiral or revenge killings" and compounded by "the likelihood of widespread famine." The Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng said the current involves [...]

2 May 2014 | Read More »

CAR / LADSOUS

The Under Nations Peacekeeping Chief Hervé Ladsous, traveled today to Kaga Bandoro, a town located at 245 km north of Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic where he met local Muslim and Christian community leaders and pledged support from the UN to Central-Africans in their efforts to build dignity, prosperity and social peace in [...]

2 May 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / KERRY

Following the meeting with the President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir in Juba, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that the President has agreed to meet his rival Riek Machar and is considering forming a transitional government in effort to end the crisis in South Sudan. UNMISS

2 May 2014 | Read More »

UN / UKRAINE

As the United Nations Security Council convened its second urgent session this week on the situation in Ukraine, the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman told its members that "although a numbers of areas in the country remain calm, we have seen a further severe deterioration of the situation in parts of Eastern and Southern [...]

2 May 2014 | Read More »

UN / PALESTINIAN FILM OMAR

The Working Group of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People in cooperation with the UN Department of Public Information and Adopt Films LLC have organized screening of film "Omar", a tense, gripping, part Romeo-and-Juliet love story thriller about the life in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.  UNIFEED-UNTV / ADOPTFILMS

2 May 2014 | Read More »

UN / OH JOON PRESSER

Following last month’s missile launches by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), South Korean Ambassador Oh Joon  said that the Security Council is "ready to deal with the DPRK if there are any further new provocations." UNIFEED – UNTV

2 May 2014 | Read More »

SOMALIA / QORYOOLEY STABILITY

Residents of Qoryooley, a town South West of the Somali capital Mogadishu are enjoying relative peace and improved security, weeks after the town was rescued from the hands of al Shabaab insurgents. AU / UN IST

2 May 2014 | Read More »

UN / EGYPT FAHMY

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with Egypt's Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy at UN headquarters – among the topics of discussion– the decision handed down by a panel of judges for the for the mass execution of 683 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood. UNIFEED – UNTV  

1 May 2014 | Read More »

UN / GING CAR

Just back from Central African Republic, UN humanitarian emergency operations director John Ging said that the people "are consumed by fear, despair and hopelessness" and that "it is a collective failure of the international community that we were not able to provide the security for people in their homes." UNIFEED – UNTV/ RECENT

1 May 2014 | Read More »

SYRIA / POLIO OUTBREAK

Almost six months after polio made a comeback in war-tornSyria, health workers are still struggling to contain the outbreak. UNICEF

1 May 2014 | Read More »

IMF / LAGARDE UKRAINE

The International Monetary Fund Executive Board on Wednesday  approved a $17.01 billion IMF loan to Ukraine, backed by a comprehensive program of economic reforms. IMF

1 May 2014 | Read More »

 

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