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SOMALIA / FUNDING

Three United Nations (UN) emergency directors have called for more sustained funding for Somalia nearly three year after the worst famine hit the Horn of Africa nation. UNICEF

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SYRIA / YARMOUK CAMP

The United Nations agency charged with ensuring the well-being of Palestinian refugees across the Middle East (UNRWA) has warned that, despite reports of a truce between the Syrian Government and armed groups inside Yarmouk camp, it is still unable to carry out humanitarian operations there. FILE

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UN / HILDE JOHNSON

Nearing the end of her tenure as Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan, Hilde Johnson told reporters in New York that after three years of "almost constant crisis management" it was time "to hand over to somebody else." UNIFEED – UNTV / FILE

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UN / IRAQ

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his grave concern at the deepening crisis in Iraq and the rising number of civilian deaths and injuries, with over one million Iraqis having fled their homes due to the fighting. UNIFEED-UNTV

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KENYA / BAN CUB

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, concluding his visit to Kenya in the wake of the first United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), looked forward to the swift agreement on the upcoming Sustainable Development Goals and a new climate deal. UNEP

29 Jun 2014 | Read More »

UN / BAN PERES

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon meets with President Shimon Peres of Israel expressing appreciation for the Israeli leader’s continued contribution and devotion for peace in the Middle East. UNIFEED-UNTV

29 Jun 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN/ ZERROUGUI

  Wrapping up her visit to South Sudan, UN special envoy for children and armed conflict Leila Zerrougui called for the full implementation of the Action Plan signed by the government to end recruitment of child soldiers. UNMISS

28 Jun 2014 | Read More »

GREECE / SYRIAN REFUGEE

Jihan is one of thousands of refugees and asylum seekers who put their lives at risk attempting to enter Greece, the southern most border of the European Union. The steady flow of illegal arrivals has put huge pressure on Greece, a country still reeling from the global economic crisis. UNHCR

28 Jun 2014 | Read More »

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO / COMBATING CLIMATE CHANGE

A tree planting event was organized at Bulengo displacement camp near Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo in order to raise awareness among local and displaced communities about the importance and value of reforestation and the use of alternative fuel sources in mitigating the effects of climate change. MONUSCO

28 Jun 2014 | Read More »

KENYA / UNEA CLOSER

On the last day of the United Nations Environment Assembly, over 130 Environment Ministers exchanged views on the current poaching crisis facing African elephants and rhinos. They also discussed other threats such as illegal harvesting and trafficking of timber, fish and myriad other species. UNEP

27 Jun 2014 | Read More »

UN / UNESCO TIMBUKTU

With 500,000 euros provided by the European Union, UNESCO will coordinate the reconstruction of destroyed mausoleums, the rehabilitation of mosques and private libraries in Timbuktu, northern Mali, as well as ancient manuscript conservation projects. Fourteen out of 16 designated world heritage sites in Timbuktu were destroyed by armed groups in 2012. UNIFEED-UNTV /FILE

27 Jun 2014 | Read More »

SOMALIA / PIRACY YOUTH

For years, the quick money promised by piracy has lured many Somali youth into criminal networks, and may have disappeared, been jailed and even lost their lives. Determined to reverse this state of affairs, young Somalis are getting involved in the fight against piracy, raising awareness and seeking alternative ways to make a living. UNSOM [...]

27 Jun 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / UKRAINE DISPLACED

The UN refugee agency said that forced displacement is rising in Ukraine with an estimated 54,400 people internally displaced – 12,000 from Crimea and the rest from the Eastern region. Over the past week, the number of internally displaced increased by more than 16,400. CH UNTV

27 Jun 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / IRAQ CHRISTIAN DISPLACED

The UN refugee agency reported that up to 10,000 people from the predominantly Christian communities of Qaraqosh have fled their homes after mortar rounds landed near their ancient town earlier this week. CH UNTV

27 Jun 2014 | Read More »

UN/ MLAMBO-NGCUKA

Commenting on the kidnapping of the girls in Nigeria by Boko Haram, Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said that "Boko Haram says that it's culture and religion, we say it's un-African and un-Islamic." UNIFEED-UNTV

26 Jun 2014 | Read More »

KENYA / UNEA WRAP

The UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) opened its high-level segment in Nairobi with the participation of Prince Albert II of Monaco and president Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya among others, as the first session of the world environment body entered its fourth day. UNEP

26 Jun 2014 | Read More »

UN / FALKLANDS ISLANDS [MALVINAS]

The UN Decolonization Committee approved another resolution calling on Britain and Argentina to negotiate a solution to their dispute over the Falkland Islands. UNIFEED-UNTV

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UN / PALESTINE WRAP

The Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) presented a statement to the Security Council condemning the “collective punishment that has been inflicted on Palestinian people by the Israeli occupation authority." UNIFEED-UNTV

26 Jun 2014 | Read More »

UN / SYRIA

The UN’s top humanitarian official told the Security Council that despite the adoption of resolution 2139 on humanitarian access issues inSyria, "violence and attacks on civilians by all parties to the conflict and human rights abuses continue unabated, with devastating consequences for those affected." UNIFEED – UNTV

26 Jun 2014 | Read More »

LEBANON/ SYRIA REFUGEE EDUCATION

There are over 400 thousand Syrian children of school age inLebanon. UNHCR is providing funding so that schools there can run two teaching shifts in the day, allowing tens of thousands of Syrian children to resume their education. UNHCR

26 Jun 2014 | Read More »

GA / ARGENTINA DEBT

Argentina's minister of economy Axel Kicillof told members of the Group of 77 (G-77) and China that Argentina respects its international commitments and wants to pay its debt, but "they do not let her." UNIFEED-UNTV

25 Jun 2014 | Read More »

UN / IRAN SANCTIONS

UK Ambassador Michael Tatham told the Security Council that E3 +3 negotiations with Iran over its nuclear programme have reached a "critical point" and said it was "crucial that Iran understands it must address the concerns of the international community for a deal to be possible and for sanctions to be lifted." UNIFEED-UNTV

25 Jun 2014 | Read More »

UN / AL JAZEERA JOURNALISTS

The deputy-director of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said that 14 journalists are jailed inEgyptincluding three Al Jazeera journalists, making Egyptthe biggest jailor of journalists in the Arab world "more thanSyriawhere there are about 12, that's not a record that any country should be happy to have." UNIFEED-UNTV

25 Jun 2014 | Read More »

UN / AFGHANISTAN

Addressing the Security Council via video link from Kabul today, the head of the United Nations (UN) mission in Afghanistan Jan Kubis said that the UN stands ready to assist Afghans in finding a way out of current crisis but it cannot "prepare solutions and decide on behalf of Afghans." UNIFEED-UNTV

25 Jun 2014 | Read More »

UN / IRAQ NIKOLAY MLADENOV

The head of the UN Mission in Iraq Nikolay Mladenov called the situation in the country "grave" and said that the conflict could easily become a sectarian war between neighbours "that have taken quite firm positions towards what is happening here in Iraq." UNIFEED-UNTV

25 Jun 2014 | Read More »

IRAQ / COUSIN

WFP executive director Ertharin Cousin wrapped up a two-day visit toIraq where she stopped at the Kalak transit camp and met with displaced people waiting for shelter in 45 degrees Celsius scorching heat. WFP

25 Jun 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / BENTIU HUMANITARIAN

United Nations (UN) special representative for South Sudan (UNMISS) Hilde Johnson  met with the displaced at the base’s protection of civilians' sites on Tuesday in Bentiu. UNMISS  

25 Jun 2014 | Read More »

UN / CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

UN special representative Babacar Gaye said that the security situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) "remains tense" in the capital and inside the country and that to achieve lasting security, disarmament and inclusive political dialogue are "essential steps."  UNIFEED-UNTV

24 Jun 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / CHILD RECRUITMENT

UNESCO's head Irina Bokova, Leila Zerrougui the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, and UNESCO's Goodwill Ambassador, actor Forest Whitaker met in with President Salva Kiir in Juba, capital of South Sudan to reaffirm the country's action plan to end recruitment and use of children in armed forces and to discuss [...]

24 Jun 2014 | Read More »

UN / UKRAINE

A senior UN official told the Security Council that while there have been several steps recently to help de-escalate tensions in Ukraine, including a ceasefire that seems to be holding and the start of peace talks, the situation on the ground remains deeply worrying. UNIFEED-UNTV

24 Jun 2014 | Read More »

UN / INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE SEAFARER

Wednesday 25 June is the “Day of the Seafarer” aimed at recognizing the invaluable contribution seafarers make to international trade and the world economy, often at great personal cost to themselves and their families. IMO

24 Jun 2014 | Read More »

KENYA / UNEA ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME CRISIS

A new report from UNEP and INTERPOL says that global environmental crime, worth up to (USD) 213 billion each year, is helping finance criminal, militia and terrorist groups and threatening the security and sustainable development of many nations. UNEP/ RECENT / FILE

24 Jun 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / PAKISTAN DISPLACEMENT

The United Nations (UN) refugee agency (UNHCR) at the press conference today said that the military offensive by Pakistan’s army against Taliban militants in the north of the country has displaced more than 430,000 people and that the number continues to rise. CH-UNTV

24 Jun 2014 | Read More »

SOMALIA / INTERIM AGREEMENT

Somalia has taken another step towards establishing inclusive federal states key to the country's political processes, with warring factions in the South West regions of Somalia reaching an interim agreement. AMISON

23 Jun 2014 | Read More »

UN / OPCW

In a statement read by the Secretary-General's Spokesperson, the Joint Mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations (OPCW-UN) announced that the removal of Syria's chemical weapons material is now complete. UNIFEED-UNTV

23 Jun 2014 | Read More »

KENYA / UN ENVIRONMENT ASSEMBLY OPENER

The first UN Environment Assembly, UNEA, was launched in Nairobi, Kenya, where hundreds of high profile delegates convened for this historic event. UNEA is a newly constituted world body for decision-making on the environment tasked with looking at new ways in which the international community addresses environmental sustainability issues. UNEP

23 Jun 2014 | Read More »

UN / EGYPT SENTENCES

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN human rights chief  Navi Pillay expressed “shock” and  "deep concern" over recent court decisions in Egypt, including confirmation of 183 death sentences as well as heavy jail sentences for three Al Jazeera journalists and 11 other defendants who were tried in absentia.  UNIFEED-UNTV

23 Jun 2014 | Read More »

UN / SMALL ISLANDS

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are meeting in New York this week ahead of an international conference being held in September in Samoa. The conference will go a long way to defining what role SIDS, which number around 50, can play in the post-2015 development agenda. UNIFEED-UNTV / FILE

23 Jun 2014 | Read More »

UN / ISRAEL-PALESTINE

UN political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman reported that intensive search operations in the West Bank for the three Israeli students abducted nearHebronon 12 June are ongoing with a corresponding increase in violence in theWest Bank.  Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour said that under international lawIsraelcannot "collectively punish the entire nation ofPalestine." UNIFEED – UNTV

23 Jun 2014 | Read More »

AFGHANISTAN / ELECTION UPDATE WRAP

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) acknowledged the resignation of the country's chief electoral officer, the Head of the Secretariat of the Independent Election Commission (IEC), Zia-ul-Haq Amarkhil. UNIFEED-UNTV / UNAMA / FILE

23 Jun 2014 | Read More »

IRAQ / ERBIL DISPLACED

Around 100,000 people, who fled Mosul and have sought refuge in northern Iraq's Kurdistan region, have temporarily settled in Erbil governorate. Many of them are sheltering in the city's hotels where they quickly exhaust what funds they have. UNHCR

23 Jun 2014 | Read More »

SOMALIA / WORLD CUP

The World Cup is underway and has soccer fans hooked across the globe and for the first times in years, footballer lovers in Somalia are able to enjoy the game freely. During the previous World Cup season, local cinemas where residents used to gather to watch the games were ordered shut by terror group al Shabaab and those [...]

21 Jun 2014 | Read More »

UN / YEMEN

Jamal Benomar, the Secretary-General’s Special Advisor for Yemen said that Yemenis are "weaving together the tapestry of their new country" adding that "some threats are unfortunately unraveling that could adversely affect Yemen's transition." He highlighted the situation in the south with Al-Qaida in theArabian Peninsulawhich still remains "a very real and lethal threat." UNIFEED-UNTV

20 Jun 2014 | Read More »

UN / UKRAINE WRAP

Ukrainian ambassador Yuriy Sergeyev announced a plan for a peaceful settlement in the eastern part of Ukraine, stressing that all the leaders in Europe, United States and in Russia have expressed their support. In response, Russian ambassador Vitaly Churkin said “this is not true, that it was “premature to talk about our support for president Poroshenko's initiative [...]

20 Jun 2014 | Read More »

NY / ASIA SOCIETY SYRIA BAN

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivered a strong rebuke to the world’s indifference to the bloodshed in Syria and rejected the notion that a military solution, offering instead a "principled and integrated" approach that would end the violence. UNIFEED-UNTV  

20 Jun 2014 | Read More »

LEBANON/ GUTERRES GLOBAL TRENDS

The head of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said that for the first time since the World War II, more than 50 million people have been displaced by conflict or by persecution either crossing borders or within the borders of their own country and that “the number of new refugees, last year reached 2.5 million, “the highest number since [...]

20 Jun 2014 | Read More »

UNHCR / GLOBAL TRENDS

A report released by UNHCR shows that the number of refugees, asylum-seekers, and internally displaced people worldwide has, for the first time in the post-World War II era, exceeded 50 million people. UNHCR/FILE

20 Jun 2014 | Read More »

LEBANON / GUTERRES

While visiting Lebanon as part of a two day visit to the region for World Refugee Day (Jun 20), Antonio Guterres UN High Commissioner for Refugees met with Ihsan, first-year medical student from Syria, who has lost his leg during shelling in Damascus where he was volunteering to help his countrymen caught up in the [...]

19 Jun 2014 | Read More »

IMF / GREECE UKRAINE

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) spokesman confirmed that a mission will travel to Greece in a few weeks. On Ukraine, Gerry Rice said "the mission's plan is to begin work on June 24 in Kyiv, and to continue for about 2 weeks." UNIFEED-UNTV

19 Jun 2014 | Read More »

UN / GING MALI

After a three-day visit to Mali, the Director of Operations of the United Nations (UN) Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) John Ging said that life-saving assistance is still urgently needed across the country and more must be done to build a lasting peace. UNIFEED-UNTV

19 Jun 2014 | Read More »

IRAQ / DISPLACED

More than 300,000 Iraqis have fled Mosul to seek shelter across Kurdistan. They are staying with relatives and friends or paying for rooms in hotels. But a growing number of people is showing up in transit camps, where humanitarians are struggling to cope with demand for food and shelter. UNHCR

19 Jun 2014 | Read More »

UN / SAHEL

The newly appointed top United Nations (UN) envoy for the Sahel noted that civilians in that African region continue to suffer from the negative consequences of terrorist attacks. Hiroute Guebre Sellassie told the Security Council "in the little time that I have had in Office, I was struck by the deterioration of the political and [...]

19 Jun 2014 | Read More »

WFP / WORLD REFUGEE DAY ADVANCER

As the United Nations humanitarian agencies are preparing to mark the World Refugee Day tomorrow, renewed violence in Iraq has driven half a million people from their homes to join an estimated 45.2 million people forcibly displaced around the world, according to the statistics of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). WFP

19 Jun 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / ERITREA HUMAN RIGHTS

The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea called urged the international community to address the “dire” human rights violations in that country, which have led to about 4,000 people fleeing each month to neighboring countries. CH UNTV

19 Jun 2014 | Read More »

UN / MALI

Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Herve Ladsous noted the general insecurity in northern Mali and said that the government and armed groups had made little progress towards a real, substantive dialogue. UNIFEED – UNTV

18 Jun 2014 | Read More »

JORDAN / REFUGEE ART ADVANCER WORLD REFUGEE DAY

UNHCR has invited young refugees to paint their messages on a tent for the world to see. This tent, along with three others painted across the country, will be pitched as part of an exhibition marking World Refugee Day. UNHCR

18 Jun 2014 | Read More »

UN / SYRIA ELECTIONS

A group of American observers joined by Syrian ambassador to the United Nations, Bashar Ja’afari, expressed their support for the validity of the Syrian elections held earlier this month. UNIFEED-UNTV   UNIFEED – UNTV  

18 Jun 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / ILO BAN KI-MOON YOUTH

Taking part in an interactive dialogue on youth employment at the International Labor Organization (ILO)  in Geneva,   Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that “the epidemic of youth unemployment is a great test of our time.” Half of the world's young people in the labour forces are either working poor or unemployed. ILO

18 Jun 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / UKRAINE HUMAN RIGHTS

A new United Nations report on the situation in Ukraine details the breakdown in law and order in areas held by armed groups in the east of the country and identifies a number of  ”worrying trends” emerging in Crimea, adding that armed militias have created a "reign of fear" in the east of the country, [...]

18 Jun 2014 | Read More »

UN / RUSSIAN JOURNALISTS

Russian ambassador Vitaly Churkin issued a press statement from the Security Council expressing its deep condolences for the journalists killed covering the conflict in Ukraine including the two Russian journalists killed in eastern Ukraine, and the Italian photojournalist who was killed on May 24, along with his Russian interpreter. UNIFEED – UNTV

17 Jun 2014 | Read More »

UN / MYANMAR KANG

During her recent visit toMyanmar, Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Kyung-wha Kang urged authorities to ensure that the perpetrators of the attack in March on UN and non-governmental organization (NGO) premises in Sittwe are brought to justice. She said “unless that particular case is dealt with thoroughly and the signal is sent out that there will be [...]

17 Jun 2014 | Read More »

WHO / MERS

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said that the outbreak of the deadly MERS virus currently "does not present a global emergency."  WHO

17 Jun 2014 | Read More »

UN / DARFUR BENSOUDA

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court told the Security Council that "systematic and widespread crimes continue to be committed with total impunity in Darfur" and called for "a thorough, independent and public enquiry"  into allegations that the UN Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) "has been subject to manipulation, with the intentional effect of covering up [...]

17 Jun 2014 | Read More »

UN / TERRORISM RESOLUTIONS

The Security Council adopted two terrorism related resolutions, reviewing and updating the Al-Qaida and  Taliban sanction regimes. UNIFEED – UNTV

17 Jun 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / BAN KI-MOON PRESSER

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his concern about the rapidly deteriorating security situation in Iraq, including the reports of mass summary executions by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). CH UNTV

17 Jun 2014 | Read More »

UN / ISRAEL KIDNAPPING

Israel's ambassador Ron Prosor called on the Security Council and the international community to condemn the kidnapping of the three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank, saying,  "it's been five days since our boys went missing and I ask the international community: where are you?" UNIFEED – UNTV

17 Jun 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / SYRIA COMMISSION OF INQUIRY WRAP

A new report issued by the Human Rights Council's Commission of Inquiry onSyriasaid that the Middle East is "closer than ever" to a regional war, while influential states are fueling a proxy war inSyriaby arming the Syrian government as well as opposition forces. UNTV CH

17 Jun 2014 | Read More »

UN / UKRAINE

Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said they have revised the Russia sponsored draft resolution for a peace map in Ukraine and that the situation in the country continues to deteriorate, accusing the Ukrainian army of using phosphorous, which he said was attributable to "war crimes". UNIFEED-UNTV

16 Jun 2014 | Read More »

GA / PRINCE ZEID RA'AD ZEID AL HUSSEIN

Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al Hussein was officially appointed by the 193-Nation UN General Assembly to become the next United Nations human rights chief in Geneva. UNIFEED-UNTV/FILE

16 Jun 2014 | Read More »

FAO / MDG AWARDS

UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) recognizes Chile, China and Morocco as the latest in a growing list of countries to reduce hunger, but urges stronger efforts to eradicate undernourishment. FAO

16 Jun 2014 | Read More »

IMF / US ECONOMY

The IMF has called for the U.S. to do more to help its economy and the prospects of the long-term unemployed.  IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said "we have revised downward our growth forecast for 2014 down to 2 percent.  That is largely attributable to the poor result in Q1 which is largely but not entirely [...]

16 Jun 2014 | Read More »

IRAQ / MOSUL DISPLACED

More than 300,000 people who fled fighting in the Iraqi city of Mosul last week have reached Iraq's Kurdistan region seeking refuge. UNHCR has delivered close to 1,000 tents to a new camp for 3,000 people under construction at Garmawa, near the north-western city of Duhok. UNHCR

16 Jun 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / AMOS

Briefing on Syria, South Sudan and Iraq, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos said there was 'no let-up' in the number of humanitarian crises that needed attention, or in their severity. UNTV CH  

16 Jun 2014 | Read More »

IRAQ / MOSUL DISPLACED FOOD AID

With the growing crisis in Iraq, the World Food Programme (WFP) has started providing food assistance to the most vulnerable families who found sanctuary in the Kurdish region after fleeing their homes when the northern Iraqi city of Mosul fell to a rebel offensive. WFP

16 Jun 2014 | Read More »

AFGHANISTAN / ELECTIONS RUNOFF

Across the country, Afghans have voted in numbers today (Jun 14) , in landmark presidential elections runoff. UNAMA

14 Jun 2014 | Read More »

FIJI / ORGANIC FARMING

  The UN's International Fund for Agricultural Development devised an affordable method of organic certification suited for remote Pacific islands’ farmers,  joining forces with  the Pacific Organic and Ethical Trade Community, to develop something new. They call it the Participatory Guarantee System – or PGS. IFAD

14 Jun 2014 | Read More »

UN / TERRORISM

The United nations General Assembly adopted a resolution reviewing the United Nations overall counter-terrorism strategy. The Strategy, adopted by consensus in 2006, is a comprehensive policy framework to combat terrorism, signifying universal condemnation of terrorist violence and providing guidance to Member States. UNIFEED-UNTV

13 Jun 2014 | Read More »

LEBANON / WORLD CUP

As the football World Cup is about to kick off in Sao Paolo Brazil, on the other side of the world, off the coast of Lebanon, Brazilian sailors members of the Maritime Task Force (MTF) serving under the flag of the United Nations (UN) Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) get a rare chance to kick back [...]

13 Jun 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / ELEPHANT POACHING

More than 20,000 African elephants were poached across the continent in 2013 according to a report released today by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Although the sharp upward trend in illegal elephant killing observed since the mid-2000s, which had peaked in 2011, is levelling off, poaching [...]

13 Jun 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / IRAQ

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights said the UN mission in Iraq received reports of the summary execution of Iraqi soldiers during the capture of Mosul and another of seventeen civilians executed 11th of June in Mosul. CH-UNTV

13 Jun 2014 | Read More »

BOLIVIA / BAN

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Ban arrived  in the Bolivian city of Santa Cruz for the G77 Summit which over two days will gather heads of state and government representatives from more than 130 member countries under the theme, "New World Order for Living Well". UNDP

13 Jun 2014 | Read More »

WHO/ WORLD BLOOD DONOR DAY

On World Blood Donor Day the World Health Orgainization is calling on countries to improve access to safe blood for saving the lives of mothers. WHO  

13 Jun 2014 | Read More »

ICC / GBAGBO

The International Criminal Court is to send on trial former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo, after deciding that  the prosecutor has submitted enough evidence to charge Gbagbo on four accounts of crime against humanity. ICC/FILE

12 Jun 2014 | Read More »

UN / UKRAINE CHURKIN

Russia submitted a draft resolution onUkraineto the Security Council today (12 June) calling on "all parties to refrain from actions that endanger the lives of the civilian population, civilian infrastructure and the humanitarian goods."

12 Jun 2014 | Read More »

UN/ IRAQ UPDATE WRAP

The Security Council issued a statement stressing that all actions  inIraq"should be within the constitutional framework and comply with the international humanitarian law and human rights standards. Turkish Ambassador Erdogan Iscan told the General Assembly that the attacks in Iraq establish "once again the trans-boundary nature of growing terrorism threat." UNIFEED – UNTV / UNHCR

12 Jun 2014 | Read More »

ILO/ RED CARD TO CHILD LABOUR CAMPAIGN

The ILO kicked off the World Day Against Child Labour with the 'Red Card to Child Labour Campaign'. A song called ‘Til Everyone Can See', was composed for the campaign by Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger and violinist Ann Marie Simpson and   features singer Pharrell Williams, Oscar winner Hans Zimmer and R&B artist LIZ. ILO

12 Jun 2014 | Read More »

AFGHANISTAN / KUBIS

With Afghanistan’s presidential election runoff  just days away, the top United Nations official in country urged voters to go and vote and  ”not allow anyone to commit fraud or create conditions for committing fraud.” UNAMA

12 Jun 2014 | Read More »

IRAQ / MOSUL EXODUS

The UN refugee agency is stepping up its aid efforts inIraqin response to a massive displacement of people from the northern city ofMosuland other areas following the recent attacks by the terrorist organization the Islamic State inIraqand theLevant. UNHCR

12 Jun 2014 | Read More »

UN / IRAQ

The Security Council deplored in the strongest terms the terrorist attack by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and also condemned the recent terrorist attacks that are being perpetrated against the people of Iraq in an attempt to destabilize the country and region. UNIFEED-UNTV

11 Jun 2014 | Read More »

UN / UGANDA PGA WRAP

Uganda's foreign minister Sam Kutesa has been elected by acclamation to become the 69th president of the General Assembly. UNIFEED-UNTV

11 Jun 2014 | Read More »

ILO/ FORCED LABOUR PROTOCOL

The ILO has adopted a new legally binding protocol designed to strengthen global efforts to eliminate forced labour. There are currently an estimated 21 million forced labour victims worldwide. A recent ILO report estimates that US$150 billion in illegal profits are made in the private economy each year through modern forms of slavery. ILO

11 Jun 2014 | Read More »

AFGHANISTAN / ELECTIONS RUNOFF VOXPOPS

Just days ahead of the presidential elections runoff, Afghans are optimistic but also wary of possible fraud and security incidents. UNAMA

11 Jun 2014 | Read More »

UN / PEACEKEEPING TRENDS

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that UN peacekeeping “is at a key moment" as it faces new challenges and a growing budget to support operations, now approaching eight billion dollars. UNIFEED – UNTV

11 Jun 2014 | Read More »

GA / TURKEY KIDNAPPING

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned in the "strongest possible terms” the kidnapping of the Consul-General of Turkey and other diplomatic officers in Mosul, Iraq. He called on the government of Iraq, regional countries and the international community to bring the  perpetrators to justice. UNIFEED-UNTV

11 Jun 2014 | Read More »

WORLD BANK / ECONOMIC OUTLOOK

The World Bank has lowered projections for global economic outlook and is urging developing countries to double down on domestic reforms. WORLD BANK

11 Jun 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / MALAKAL IDP RELOCATION

 The UN mission in South Sudan(UNMISS) had opened a new site adjacent to its base in Malakal to protect civilians uprooted by conflict. The new camp will relieve the congestion inside the UNMISS compound, which is now hosting an estimated 19,000 people. UNMISS  

11 Jun 2014 | Read More »

SWAZILAND / SEXUAL VIOLENCE

An initiative called, 'A Shoulder To Cry On' trains community-based volunteers inSwazilandto prevent violence, abuse and exploitation of children and to provide care and support to abuse survivors. The last national survey  revealed that about one in three females had experienced some form of sexual violence as a child. UNICEF

10 Jun 2014 | Read More »

BRAZIL / SERGIO RAMOS

Real Madrid and Spanish National Team star football player, Sergio Ramos, was appointed as UNICEF Spain's newest ambassador during an event with youth in the Brazilian city of Curitiba where he is participating in a UNICEF program for the promotion of fair play and the right to sport. UNICEF

10 Jun 2014 | Read More »

UN / IRAQ

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed grave concern by "the serious deterioration of the security situation in Mosul, where thousands of civilians have been displaced in the recent violence." UNIFEED – UNTV

10 Jun 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / PILLAY

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, said that it is "shocking beyond words” that war crimes and crimes against humanity have become commonplace in Syria and that she is "disappointed that the Security Council, has been unable to reach agreement on action to ensure accountability for such crimes." UNTV-CH

10 Jun 2014 | Read More »

UN / WORLD CUP

Just days away from the kick-off of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, together with ambassadors of 32 participating countries hailed the “best values of sport,  teamwork, fair play and mutual respect”, as the United Nations joined the international fervor that accompanies the games. UNIFEED-UNTV

9 Jun 2014 | Read More »

UN / SUSTAINABLE FUTURE CONCERT

As part of the United Nations-driven process to craft a new sustainable development agenda, a spectacular line up of global artists hit the stage at the world body’s New York Headquarters, adding their voices and talents to the unprecedented global conversation under way to build a sustainable future. UNIFEED – UNTV

9 Jun 2014 | Read More »

UN / LIBYA

The United Nations envoy to Libya, Tarek Mitri,  welcomed today’s decision by the country's  Supreme Court which ruled that the election of disputed Prime Minister Ahmed Maiteg, was unconstitutional.  In his briefing to the Security Council, he said the decision opens  "a way out of the institutional crisis" in Libya. UNIFEED – UNTV

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SOMALIA / FLOODS

Heavy rain has flooded the makeshift camp in Kismayo, a port city 528 km southwest of the Somali capital Mogadishu sheltering some 350 families that fled the violence. Three children have died in the floods. AMISOM

9 Jun 2014 | Read More »

AFGHANISTAN / ELECTIONS RUNOFF

Ahead of the Afghanistan’s presidential elections runoff, the United Nations (UN) called on all parties to ensure that the forthcoming "election is the best possible election that can take place". UNAMA

9 Jun 2014 | Read More »

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC / DISARMAMENT

The Prime Minister of the Central African Republic, Andre Nzapayeke, visited several sites designated for voluntary national disarmament. Even though the initiative had a low turnout, some responded and handed in grenades, firearms, munitions, machetes and rockets launchers. MINUSCA

9 Jun 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / DISPLACED MATERNAL MORTALITY

Tens of thousands of people that fled from fighting are sheltering in a makeshift camp in flood-prone Mingkaman. The onset of the rainy season last month has not only increased the risk of diseases but also added strain on humanitarian workers struggling to cope with ever increasing numbers of displaced.  UNICEF

7 Jun 2014 | Read More »

UN / SUSTAINABLE FUTURE CONCERT PREPS

Performing artists Emanuel Jal and Machel Montano among others are set to take the stage this evening at the UN to highlight the significance of the year 2015: a once-in-a generation opportunity to set the world on a sustainable course and to take decisive action toward a peaceful and prosperous future for the planet and [...]

6 Jun 2014 | Read More »

UN / AU BOKO HARAM

The chairman for the African Union Peace and Security Council (PSC) said that "there are intensified efforts in that area" to recover the girls who were kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram in Nigeria almost two months ago. UNIFEED-UNTV

6 Jun 2014 | Read More »

UN / SUSTAINABLE ENERGY CLOSER

At the closing of the UN sustainable energy forum, the former president of Mexico Felipe Calderón said that it was possible to have economic growth, job creation and poverty reduction while tackling climate change, adding that it won't happen by itself, the alternative will be "too late and too expensive." UNIFEED-UNTV

6 Jun 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / FOOD SECURITY

Nearly 100,000 people have fled to Mingkaman South Sudan, making it one of the largest displacement camps in the country. The United Nations has warned that four million people could be on the brink of starvation by the end of the year. UNHCR  

6 Jun 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / LIBYA

The UN human rights office said that the Libyan government “needs to protect its population better", in the wake of the surge in violence in the east of the country. CH UNTV

6 Jun 2014 | Read More »

UN / TRIBUNALS

What began as 'an experiment' in international justice two decades ago have resulted in ensuring accountability for the worst of crimes, officials from the United Nations tribunals dealing with the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda told the Security Council today. UNIFEED-UNTV

5 Jun 2014 | Read More »

UN / SUSTAINABLE ENERGY LAUNCH WRAP

Launching the UN Decade on Sustainable Energy for All, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that this "can bring us closer to our goals of universal energy and a life of dignity and opportunity for all." He underscored that sustainable energy is the golden thread that links poverty eradication, equitable economic growth and a healthy environment. UNIFEED-UNTV

5 Jun 2014 | Read More »

IMF / ECB RATE CUT

The International Monetary Fund has welcomed the announcement of the European Central Bank's package of rate cuts and liquidity measures on Thursday. The ECB cut its deposit rate to minus 0.1 percent and it opened a 400 billion euro liquidity channel that is tied to bank lending. The moves are planned to spur bank lending in [...]

5 Jun 2014 | Read More »

SOMALIA / WATER SHORTAGE

After two decades of civil war left the capital ofSomalia,Mogadishu, devastated and devoid of basic urban services and infrastructure, the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), handed over four large water wells to the administration of the Banadir region inMogadishuaiming to provide affordable, clean and safe water to 260,000 households. AMISOM

5 Jun 2014 | Read More »

UN / SOMALIA

Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos told the Security Council  that optimism over Somalia's political and security improvements "have not translated into an improvement of the humanitarian situation" and have "not led to a substantial improvement in the daily lives of the people of Somalia."  UNIFEED – UNTV

4 Jun 2014 | Read More »

UN / SYRIA WRAP

OPCW Special Coordinator Sigrid Kaag told reporters that the deadline for the destruction of the full arsenal of Syria's chemical weapons "will not be met." Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos said the Security Council humanitarian resolution for Syria “has not delivered what it intended"  and violence continues to rise. UNIFEED – UNTV

4 Jun 2014 | Read More »

CAMEROON / CAR REFUGEE APPEAL

WFP and UNHCR have appealed to the international community to fund the humanitarian efforts to help Central-Africans sheltering in Cameroon and other neighbouring countries.  WFP

4 Jun 2014 | Read More »

UN / YURIY SERGEYEV

Ukraine's ambassador Yuriy Sergeyev said "there is no civil war in Ukraine", adding "in Ukraine, we don't have a humanitarian crisis, we have a serious security problem in two regions." UNIFEED-UNTV

4 Jun 2014 | Read More »

ETHIOPIA / REFUGEE INFLUX

Waves of South Sudanese people are fleeing across the Ethiopian border, while the United Nations refugee agency struggles to rush food and medical supplies to the site. UNHCR

3 Jun 2014 | Read More »

LEBANON / JIM KIM

The World Bank president called for global support to Lebanon and other countries struggling to cope with millions of Syrian refugees. WORLD BANK

3 Jun 2014 | Read More »

UN / CHURKIN

Commenting on a draft resolution sponsored by Russia to create a humanitarian corridor in Ukraine, Russian ambassador Vitaly Churkin said that it would be very important to adopt it "and do it rapidly", however, he added, "our initial discussion with our colleagues in the Council was not encouraging." UNIFEED-UNTV

3 Jun 2014 | Read More »

UN / QUEEN SOFIA

At the opening session of the 2014 meeting of UNICEF's Executive Board, Queen Sofía of Spain remembered the Nigerian girls kidnapped by the Boko Haram terrorist group and told their parents that "their daughters are our daughters, their pain is our pain, their hope, ours." UNIFEED – UNTV  

3 Jun 2014 | Read More »

UN / PALESTINE

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the announcement of the formation of a Palestinian unity government headed by Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, and hoped that new opportunities for progress towards a two-State solution with Israel will emerge soon. UNIFEED-UNTV

3 Jun 2014 | Read More »

SOMALIA / UNSOM ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY

Marking the first anniversary of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), its chief Nicholas Kay praised the progress the country has made over the last year and said he is "very hopeful of Somali future". UNSOM / FILE

3 Jun 2014 | Read More »

ILO / SOCIAL PROTECTION REPORT

More than 70 per cent of the world population is not adequately covered by social protection, says a new report by the International Labour Organization. ILO

2 Jun 2014 | Read More »

UN / UKRAINE

Asked why Russia was supporting a draft resolution for a humanitarian corridor in Ukraine but not in other conflict zones, Russian ambassador Vitaly Churkin said that his country was, "not opposed to any corridors anywhere." Ukrainian ambassador Yuriy Sergeyev said that "the fact thatRussiasponsored this, is cynical and immoral." UNIFEED – UNTV

2 Jun 2014 | Read More »

IAEA / AMANO

IAEA chief Yukia Amano said the agency was "not in a position" to provide credible assurance about the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities in Iran. IAEA

2 Jun 2014 | Read More »

JORDAN / ZA'ATARI MIDWFE

Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan has become home to thousands of Syrian women and adolescent girls who fled the violence in their homeland. Many of these refugees have come to depend on the midwifery services provided by "Mama" Munira. A UN new report looks at the 73 African, Asian and Latin American countries that suffer 96 [...]

2 Jun 2014 | Read More »

 

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