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UN / GAZA CEASEFIRE

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and United States Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the United Nations Representative in Jerusalem, Special Coordinator Robert Serry, has received assurances that all parties have agreed to an unconditional humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza. UNIFEED-UNTV

31 Jul 2014 | Read More »

IMF/ JAPAN ECONOMY

In its latest assessment of the Japanese economy, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said the recent economic reforms are taking hold, but they need to be more comprehensive and sustained for an extended period. IMF

31 Jul 2014 | Read More »

UN / SECURITY COUNCIL GAZA

The Security Council expressed their grave disappointment that the messages in the presidential statement from 28h July had not been heeded and reiterated their call for an immediate unconditional humanitarian ceasefire that can lead to a sustainable ceasefire based upon the Egyptian proposal. UNIFEED-UNTV

31 Jul 2014 | Read More »

GAZA / KRAHENBUHL HOSPITAL

UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krahenbuhl visited the pediatric  ward at the main Shifa Hospital in Gaza City today where he witnessed the suffering inflicted upon young Palestinians by Israel's bombing campaign. UNRWA

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UN / ARGENTINA DEFAULT

Commenting on Argentina's default, a UN spokesperson said "the Secretary-General's foremost concern is for the Argentine people", adding that "this case has raised crucial questions regarding sovereign debt restructuring processes. " UNIFEED-UNTV

31 Jul 2014 | Read More »

UN / GAZA WRAP

As the crisis in Gaza continues unabated, United Nations relief officials today (31 July) urged the parties to protect civilians amid the ongoing conflict, which has resulted in thousands of casualties and caused widespread displacement and destruction. UNIFEED – UNTV

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IRAQ / DISPLACED POPULATION

As fighting in Iraq continues, so does the influx of people fleeing the conflict. A warehouse in the middle of empty wheat-grass fields became home to 5,000 Iraqis from the town of Telafar. Aid agencies provide basic facilities as well as meals to families living here, as they await transfer to other parts ofIraqthat offered [...]

30 Jul 2014 | Read More »

GAZA / UN SCHOOL ATTACK

Initial investigations by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) suggest that it was Israeli artillery that hit the UNRWA school in Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip that sheltered about 3,300 people. In his statement, UNRWA Commissioner General Pierre Krähenbühl condemned the attack "in the strongest possible terms." UNRWA

30 Jul 2014 | Read More »

UN / GAZA ELIASSON GING

As another United Nations school serving as a shelter for Palestinians in Gaza was hit by shells, killing children, senior UN officials strongly condemned the attacks and warned against the targeting of civilians. Speaking to reporters in New York, Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said "this is a moment where you really have to say enough is [...]

30 Jul 2014 | Read More »

UN / UKRAINE SERGEYEV

Addressing the press today in New York, the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations Yuriy Sergeyev urged the international community to apply "maximum political pressure" on Russia to withdraw the "Russian ethnic terrorists from Ukraine" so that international experts get full access to the crash site of the Malaysian airliner MH17. UNIFEED-UNTV

30 Jul 2014 | Read More »

UNRWA / GAZA AID ARAB IDOL

UNRWA Goodwill Amabssador, Mohammed Assaf, Arab Idol winner and popular singer from Gaza, traveled on one of relief flights from Dubai to Aman, bringing aid for Palestinians in Gaza. Assaf was born and grew up in Khan Younis in the south of the Gaza Strip, where several extended families have been wiped out in recent [...]

29 Jul 2014 | Read More »

SOMALIA / AL SHABAAB WEAPONS

AMISOM troops together with the Somali National Army have confiscated an assortment of weapons and ammunition from al Shabaab suspects in the capital Mogadishu. AMISOM

29 Jul 2014 | Read More »

GREECE / SYRIAN REFUGEES

As Syrian refugees, Fewaz’s family was so desperate to gain asylum inEuropethat they entrusted their fate to smugglers. But along the way they were separated and now Fewaz does not know when or if his family will ever be whole again. UNHCR

29 Jul 2014 | Read More »

SOMALIA / MOGADISHU EID

Muslim faithful in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, today thronged the mosques in as they celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadhan.

28 Jul 2014 | Read More »

UN / CHURKIN

Russian ambassador Vitaly Churkin said that fighting in the area of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crash in Ukraine continues despite the UN Security Council resolution, that called for a safe, secure, full and unrestricted access to the crash site. UNIFEED-UNTV

28 Jul 2014 | Read More »

UN / GAZA BAN WRAP

Reinforcing last night's call by the Security Council for an immediate, unconditional humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described the "indiscriminate destruction" in Gaza a “man-made hurricane”. UNIFEED-UNTV

28 Jul 2014 | Read More »

SOMALIA / BELET WEYNE EID

In Belet Weyne, South-Central of Somalia, multitudes headed Monday to the mosques to mark Eid-ul-Futr. They were joined in prayer by AMISOM Djiboutian troops working together with the Somali National Army to ensure peace and stability in the area. AMISOM

28 Jul 2014 | Read More »

UN / TERRORIST OIL TRADE

The Security Council  condemned any "direct or indirect trade of oil from Syria and Iraq involving terrorist groups", expressing "grave concern over the reports of the access to and seizure of oilfields and pipelines in Syria and Iraq" by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant and Jabhat Al-Nusra, which are listed as terrorist [...]

28 Jul 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / UKRAINE HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT

A new UN report on the human rights situation on Ukraine says a total breakdown of law and order and a reign of fear and terror have been inflicted by armed groups on the population of the eastern region of the country. UNTV CH

28 Jul 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / UKRAINE MH17 WAR CRIMES

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, says that the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane in eastern Ukraine may constitute a war crime. UNTV CH

28 Jul 2014 | Read More »

WHO / EBOLA UPDATE

In Sierra Leone, there is a unanimous opinion among health officials that without more resources the fight against Ebola may prove to be too difficult.  According to the World Health Organization, Ebola has been linked to more than 660 deaths, while 1,093 people have been infected in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. The agency and [...]

26 Jul 2014 | Read More »

UN / SYRIA ARRIA

The Chair of the Human Rights Council's Commission of Inquiry on Syria, Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro , said that  in the conflict in Syria "nobody, no party, is respecting any rules of engagement. And this is terrific as who is suffering because of this impunity, of this disrespect for the rules of engagement is the civilian population [...]

25 Jul 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / FAMINE

The heads of UNICEF and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) today warned that children in South Sudan cannot wait any longer before the world takes action. Two UN agencies directors visited camps for displaced in town of Malakal, where they met severely malnourished children and their mothers.  WFP /UNICEF

25 Jul 2014 | Read More »

UN / GAZA UPDATE

A UN spokesperson said that a team from the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which included an international weapons expert, went to the school at Beit Hanoun to survey the aftermath of the attack   but the team was forced to leave the area after gunfire was heard around the school. UNIFEED-UNTV

25 Jul 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / LIBYA MIGRANTS

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) says that migrants who arrived in Sicily last weekend, after a treacherous journey by boat from Libya, have been talking about their 'nightmare voyage', which left as many as 180 people dead. UNTV CH

25 Jul 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / HIV DISPLACED

In South Sudan, thousands of people living with HIV have been displaced by the ongoing conflict and struggle to continue their HIV treatment. UNAIDS

25 Jul 2014 | Read More »

MEXICO CITY / IMF GLOBAL GROWTH

The International Monetary Fund downgraded its outlook for global growth on Thursday. A weak recovery continues, although strong policy support and structural reforms are urgently needed. IMF

24 Jul 2014 | Read More »

UN / CAR MSF

A Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) mortality study among Central African refugees in Sido, Chad, reveals extreme levels of death during a violent crackdown against the CAR's Muslim minority. The study found that one in three families surveyed had lost at least one family member between November 2013 and April 2014. UNIFEED-UNTV

24 Jul 2014 | Read More »

UN / UNRWA ATTACK

A UN spokesperson said that at this stage they "do not know" and "cannot verify who attacked the compound, adding that "there should be no attacks by any side on UNRWA facilities, especially at this point when they are hosting so many innocent civilians who have been seeking shelter with them." UNIFEED-UNTV

24 Jul 2014 | Read More »

UNDP / HUMAN DEVELOPMENT REPORT

UNDP's 2014 Human Development Report on vulnerability and resilience warns that 2.2 billion people are poor or near-poor and calls for universal provision of basic social services, and stronger policies for social protection and full employment to advance and secure development progress.  UNDP  

24 Jul 2014 | Read More »

IRAQ / BAN

After meeting withIraq's leaders inBaghdadtoday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon saidIraqis facing "an existential threat"  that could  be overcome through the formation of an "inclusive government" which will represent all Iraqi people. AL IRAQIA TV

24 Jul 2014 | Read More »

ICC / AL-SENUSSI

The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) unanimously confirmed the decision which declared the case against Abdullah Al-Senussi inadmissible before the ICC. A Pre-Trial Chamber had decided last year that the case against Al-Senussi was inadmissible as it was subject to ongoing domestic proceedings conducted by the competent Libyan authorities. ICC

24 Jul 2014 | Read More »

IMF / WORLD ECONOMIC OUTLOOK

The IMF's latest World Economic Outlook (WEO) Update says that the global recovery has continued but at an uneven pace, and that downside risks remain. Continued policy efforts are needed to secure a more robust recovery. IMF

24 Jul 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / HRC GAZA VOTE WRAP

The United Nations' top human rights body has adopted a resolution that 'condemns in the strongest terms' the widespread, systematic and gross violations of international human rights and fundamental freedoms' in the Occupied Palestinian Territory since Israeli military operations last month. UNTV CH

23 Jul 2014 | Read More »

UN / GING

Upon his return from Ethiopia, the Director of the Operational Division of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), John Ging, reported that malnutrition rates among the 180,000 refugees from South Sudan seeking shelter in the Gambela region of Ethiopia "are among the worst anywhere in the world." On Gaza, Ging said the [...]

23 Jul 2014 | Read More »

DUBAI / GAZA AIRLIFT

As the number of killed and injured civilians rises in the Gaza Strip, aid agencies are coordinating an emergency response and are airlifting relief supplies from Dubai, United Arab Emirates into Jordan, from where  the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) is transporting and distributing to the thousands of vulnerable displaced families in Gaza.  IHC/UNRWA

23 Jul 2014 | Read More »

UN / IRAQ

The head of the United Nations Mission (UNAMI) in Iraq Nikolay Mladenov  warned members of the Security Council that the Islamic State has grown to be a complex threat to peace and security in Iraq, the entire region and beyond. UNIFEED-UNTV

23 Jul 2014 | Read More »

IMF / US ECONOMY

The US recovery is gathering steam but boosting potential growth and carefully beginning to raise interest rates remain top priorities, the International Monetary Fund said in its most recent report on the world's largest economy. IMF

23 Jul 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / PILLAY GAZA

The UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay has called onIsrael, Hamas and all Palestinian armed groups not to target civilians in the current conflict, adding that not abiding by the principles of international humanitarian law "may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity." UNTV CH

23 Jul 2014 | Read More »

SIERRA LEONE / HOSPITAL EBOLA OUTBREAK

World Health Organization (WHO) workers helping authorities fight  Ebola in theSierra Leonecity ofKenemawarned that the virus could spread further unless more resources are allocated to fight the deadly virus. WHO

23 Jul 2014 | Read More »

HAITI / GUSTAVO GALLON

Gustavo Gallon, the independent expert on the situation of Human Rights in Haiti, wrapped his second visit to the country with a press conference where he said that "80% of prisoners in Haiti are deprived of their liberty for years without having been heard by a judge. " MINUSTAH

22 Jul 2014 | Read More »

UN / CAR MIA FARROW

Mia Farrow, renowned actress, activist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, said that during her recent visit to the Central African Republic earlier this month, she had "no doubt" about the ethnic cleansing that took place in Bossangoa, "the entire town, virtually all Muslims, it had been cleansed of the entire Muslim population." UNIFEED-UNTV/FILE

22 Jul 2014 | Read More »

UN / ISRAEL PALESTINE CONFLICT

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed hope that current Middle East negotiations “will lead to results and an end to the fighting in the very near future" between Israel and Hamas.   UNIFEED – UNTV

22 Jul 2014 | Read More »

GUINEA / EBOLA LAB TESTING

 Every day new cases of Ebola are being detected inLiberiaand it is essential to get the samples to the laboratory of the World Health Organization inGuéckédou,Guinea. By dugout canoe and then by car, they reach the lab and the results become available in less than three hours. WHO

22 Jul 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / MIDDLE EAST POLIO

The United Nations needs "regular access" to vaccinate 765,000 Syrian children living in hard to reach places against polio in a bid to stop the disease spreading further in the country, according to a report released today by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund.  UNTV CH

22 Jul 2014 | Read More »

UN / UKRAINE VOTE WRAP

A draft resolution "deploring" the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH117 on 17 July which killed all 298 on board was adopted unanimously by the Security Council, calling for a "full, open and thorough investigation." UNIFEED-UNTV

21 Jul 2014 | Read More »

MOLDOVA / PRISONERS HIV

The prevalence of HIV in prison populations has been estimated to be up to 10 times higher than in the general population according to a new UNAIDS report. Prisons in Moldova have implemented an innovative programme and are helping prisoners to get a new lease on life. UNAIDS

21 Jul 2014 | Read More »

UN / GAZA UPDATE

A United Nations spokesperson said that the UN agency charged with ensuring the well-being of Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) is now housing up to 80,000 people in its various shelters and relief centers and UNRWA's schools, representing about the five percent of the entire population. On Sunday evening, the Security Council called for an immediate ceasefire [...]

21 Jul 2014 | Read More »

SOMALIA / CHILD RECRUITS

In light of the recent United Nation Report that alleged the presence of child soldiers within the Somali National Army (SNA) and militias allied with the army, the Somali government and the United Nation Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) begun the screening of recruits hoping to join the military. UNSOM

19 Jul 2014 | Read More »

UN / ISRAEL PALESTINE

Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman called again for an immediate end to the indiscriminate firing of rockets by Hamas into Israel and Israeli retaliatory action, adding that all parties must respect international humanitarian and human right law. UNIFEED-UNTV

18 Jul 2014 | Read More »

UNICEF / GAZA

At least 48 children has been killed so far and another 521 wounded  in Gaza since the outbreak of hostilities between Israel’s Defense Forces and Hamas. UNICEF estimates that almost 58 000 children are in need of immediate psycho-social support due to deep emotional impact that the current violence is having on children in Gaza. UNICEF

18 Jul 2014 | Read More »

UN / NELSON MANDELA INTERNATIONAL DAY

To mark Nelson Mandela International Day, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon together with other high-ranking UN officials joined the volunteers from MillionTreesNYC and UN staff to tend to dozens of newly planted trees near UN Headquarters and in the community of East Harlem. UNIFEED-UNTV

18 Jul 2014 | Read More »

UN / UKRAINE

The Security Council called for a full, thorough and independent international investigation into the downing of a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane over eastern Ukraine. UNIFEED – UNTV

18 Jul 2014 | Read More »

IRAQ / GUTERRES VISITS ARBAT CAMP

Iraq's northern region of Kurdistan has become host to thousands of Iraqis displaced by fighting elsewhere in the country. The semi-autonomous region is also sheltering over 200,000 refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria. UNHCR

18 Jul 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / WHO MALAYSIAN AIRLINE DEATH

Colleagues and friends observed a minute’s silence in the memory of Glenn Thomas, World Health Organization (WHO) communications officer and one of the 298 people who had perished when Malaysian Airline flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine. UNTV CH

18 Jul 2014 | Read More »

GAZA / FLASH APPEAL

The United Nations (UN) relief and works agency (UNRWA) urgently seeks US$ 60 million to respond to the immediate shelter, food, health, and psycho-social needs of affected families in Gaza and to prepare for carrying out vital interventions that will be required immediately upon cessation of military activities. UNRWA

17 Jul 2014 | Read More »

UN / BAN

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon formally introduced his Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, and his Deputy Special Envoy for Syria, Ramzy Ezzeldin Ramzy to the press. Ban also gave remarks on Israel ground invasion of Gaza and the Malaysia Airlines disaster in Ukraine. UNIFEED – UNTV

17 Jul 2014 | Read More »

AFGHANISTAN / ELECTIONS AUDIT

The United Nations (UN) Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) welcomed today the start of the audit of the results of the country's 2014 Presidential election run-off. UNAMA

17 Jul 2014 | Read More »

IRAQ / GUTERRES VISIT

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres visited Khazair checkpoint close to Erbil in Kurdistan where every day hundreds of Iraqis – mostly from Mosul to the south, arrive fleeing from violence. UNHCR

17 Jul 2014 | Read More »

UN / UKRAINE SERGEYEV

Ukraine's UN ambassador Yury Sergeyev,  said "the security situation in eastern Ukraine–under direct Russian coordination and connivance- continues to deteriorate," adding in that "terrorist gangs" became "crueler, more cynical and more destructive." UNIFEED-UNTV

17 Jul 2014 | Read More »

UN / LIBYA

The Secretary-General's Special Representative for Libya, Tarek Mitri, told the Security Council  that due to the deteriorating security situation in Tripoli over the past couple of weeks, the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) will begin withdrawing its international staff. UNIFEED – UNTV

17 Jul 2014 | Read More »

UN / CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

The United Nations top peacekeeping official briefed the Security Council on the current situation in the Central African Republic and the upcoming Brazzaville Forum which seeks to pull the country out of the current crisis.

16 Jul 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / UNAIDS GAP REPORT

A new report released by the United Nations today said the spread of the HIV/AIDS could be halted by 2030 if prevention and treatment measures are stepped up. The "Gap Report" also said more than half of HIV positive people in the world – some 19 million do not know their HIV status.  UNAIDS

16 Jul 2014 | Read More »

UN / SUDAN – SOUTH SUDAN

The United Nations top humanitarian official told the Security Council that the situation in Sudan and South Sudan continues to deteriorate for hundreds of thousands of people in both countries. Valerie Amos also warned the Council that "if we don't take urgent action now, we will see a major humanitarian crisis unfolding in South Sudan [...]

16 Jul 2014 | Read More »

LEBANON / SYRIAN REFUGEES

Syrians have long been known for their artisan skills, and with over a million Syrian refugees now residing in Lebanon, their unique skills can now be put to good use. UNHCR along with its partners are training around 60 mostly Syrian and Lebanese women in traditional fabric printing techniques.  UNHCR

16 Jul 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / PILLAY PRIVACY SURVEILLANCE

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay warned that studies by her office and others have revealed a lack of transparency about governmental surveillance policies and practices, which “may not only infringe on the right to privacy, but also on a range of other vital human rights. " UNTV CH

16 Jul 2014 | Read More »

WHO / GUINEA EBOLA

The World Health Organization (WHO) has activated a Sub-regional Outbreak Coordination Centre in Conakry, Guinea in response to growing number of Ebola infections in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. WHO

16 Jul 2014 | Read More »

HAITI / BAN PRESSER

Wrapping his two-day visit to Haiti, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon held a press conference in capital Port-au-Prince, after touring the national Olympic sport center still under construction since 2012. MINUSTAH

15 Jul 2014 | Read More »

HAITI / BAN MARTELLY

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with Haitian president Michel Martelly yesterday (14 Jul) to discuss upcoming legislative and municipal elections, the ongoing cholera epidemic, as well as the restructuring of the United Nations mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).

15 Jul 2014 | Read More »

UN / WORLD DRUG PROBLEM

Senior United Nations officials called for a greater focus on development activities and alternative crops in countries where the tight grip of drug lords has disrupted peace, security and development, such as in Afghanistan and Myanmar. UNIFEED -UNTV

15 Jul 2014 | Read More »

UN / YEMEN MALNUTRITION

A new United Nations survey has found that over 10 million Yemenis – more than 40 percent of the population – do not know where their next meal will come from. UNIFEED-UNTV

15 Jul 2014 | Read More »

HAITI / BAN SANITATION LAUNCH

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for intensified efforts to ensure access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation in Haiti, as he launched a new United Nations-supported initiative and met with families affected by cholera. MINUSTAH

14 Jul 2014 | Read More »

GAZA / KRAHENBUHL

UN relief works agency (UNRWA) Commissioner-General Pierre Krahenbuhl’s visited one of the UNRWA schools in Gaza that serve as shelters for the people fleeing the northern parts of the Gaza Strip. UNRWA

14 Jul 2014 | Read More »

UN / LIBYA

A UN spokesperson said that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was "extremely concerned" by the dramatic increase in the violence in Tripoli and has called on all parties to "refrain from violence to achieve political objectives."UNIFEED-UNTV

14 Jul 2014 | Read More »

UN / SYRIA

In response to the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Syria, the Security Council  unanimously adopted a resolution aimed at increasing access to civilians in difficult-to-reach areas by authorizing the delivery of assistance across borders and conflict lines. UNIFEED-UNTV

14 Jul 2014 | Read More »

HAITI / BAN MEMORIAL

Secretary-General Ban Ki moon arrived  for a two-day visit in Haiti. Ban and his wife, Yoo Soon-taek, began their visit by laying a wreath at the UN mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH)  earthquake memorial. MINUSTAH

14 Jul 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / LEBANON SYRIAN REFUGEES

The number of Syrian refugees arriving in Lebanon is on the increase, stretching local resources to what that UN has described as a “national calamity.” The number of refugees fleeing from Syria into Lebanon surpassed one million in April and is estimated to reach 1.5 million by the end of the year. UNTV CH

14 Jul 2014 | Read More »

EAST AFRICA/ FOOD SECURITY

Four countries in eastern Africa – Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda – are taking steps to marshal the power of science to boost food and dairy production and reduce disease, which in turn puts more money into farmers' pockets. WORLD BANK AFRICA

12 Jul 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / EBOLA UPDATE

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced that the deadly Ebola virus has killed at least 539 people since the outbreak began in February, adding in that new cases are being reported in in Sierra Leone and Liberia, with 19 deaths over three days this week.  CH UNTV

11 Jul 2014 | Read More »

UN / CHURKIN UKRAINE

Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin told reporters that "the much touted so-called Poroshenko peace plan turned out to be nothing more than a smokescreen for an intensified punitive operation in the east of the country." UNIFEED – UNTV

11 Jul 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / FINAL EXAMS

Despite living through conflict, with classes cut short and school supplies thin, more than 100 students stepped into examination rooms throughoutSouth Sudan. This is their last year of secondary education and good results will ensure them a place at college or university level.  UNMISS

11 Jul 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / GAZA HUMAN RIGHTS

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, through a spokesperson expressed alarm at Israeli operations resulting in the killing of Palestinian civilians in Gaza, as well as the indiscriminate firing of rockets from Gaza into Israel. UNTV CH

11 Jul 2014 | Read More »

UN / CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

The chair of  the Security Council Central African Republic Sanction Committee said that the total impunity that allows individuals to engage in or provide support for acts that undermine the peace, security and territorial integrity of the country remains the main stumbling block on the road of the political transition. UNIFEED-UNTV

11 Jul 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / SYRIAN REFUGEES IN EUROPE

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) called on European countries to admit more Syrian refugees fleeing the war in their country. CH UNTV

11 Jul 2014 | Read More »

WHO / HIV RISK REPORT

Failure to provide adequate HIV services for key groups – men who have sex with men, people in prison, people who inject drugs, sex workers and transgender people – threatens global progress on the HIV response, warns the World Health Organization. WHO

11 Jul 2014 | Read More »

GA / NON COMMUNICABLE DISEASES

At a high-level review and assessment by the General Assembly of progress achieved in the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases, WHO Director General Margaret Chan expressed deep concern about projected trends, especially as poor populations, the least able to cope, will be hit the hardest. UNIFEED-UNTV

10 Jul 2014 | Read More »

IMF/BRIEFING

During its regular bi-weekly press briefing, Gerry Rice, the International Monetary Fund (IMF)'s Spokesperson, expressed the Fund's views on AIIB and updated the status of the IMF program with Mali. IMF  

10 Jul 2014 | Read More »

UN / WORLD URBANIZATION REPORT

The UN reported that an additional 2.5 billion people are predicted to live in urban areas by 2050, highlighting the need for a successful urban planning agenda and greater attention to be given to smaller cities where nearly half of all people currently reside. UNIFEED-UNTV  

10 Jul 2014 | Read More »

UN / SYRIA ENVOY

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon  announced that he has appointed veteran diplomat Staffan de Mistura as the new special envoy tasked with seeking a peaceful resolution of the ongoing conflict in Syria. UNIFEED – UNTV

10 Jul 2014 | Read More »

UN / MIDDLE EAST

The Secretary-General warned that “we face the risk of an all-out escalation in Israel and Gaza, with the threat of a ground offensive still palpable — and preventable only if Hamas stops firing rockets.” He urged all parties -including Palestinian armed groups- to respect international humanitarian law.  UNIFEED-UNTV

10 Jul 2014 | Read More »

MALI / LADSOUS ORGANIZED CRIME

UN head of peacekeeping Herve Ladsous and the director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Yury Fedotov are visiting Mali in a bid to step up efforts to fight organized crime in the country. MINUSMA

10 Jul 2014 | Read More »

SOMALIA / LOWER SHABELLE CLASHES

The UN humanitarian agency visited the town of Marka in theLower Shabelleregion in an effort to assess living conditions in the area following ethnic clashes in the last few weeks between two clans in the area. The conflict has led to the displacement of thousands of civilians and the risk of disease and starvation remains [...]

10 Jul 2014 | Read More »

UN / BAN MIDDLE EAST

The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned rocket attacks from Gaza on Israel and called on Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to exercise "maximum restraint" and to respect international obligations to protect civilians. UNIFEED-UNTV

9 Jul 2014 | Read More »

UN / ISRAEL PALESTINE

Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour told reporters  that the Security Council "is dragging its feet" while Israel's "aggression and collective punishment" is taking place. Israeli Ambassador Ron Prosor said "Hamas dragged us into this conflict. First they kidnapped and murdered three Israeli teenagers as they made their way home from school. Then they began indiscriminately to fire [...]

9 Jul 2014 | Read More »

UN / LEBANON PLUMBLY

 UN envoy forLebanon Derek Plumbly stressed the urgent need for the country's leaders to agree on the election of a new president as soon as possible in light of the situation on the ground, which is marked by renewed terrorist threats and the growing refugee population resulting from the conflict in neighbouringSyria. In an interview [...]

9 Jul 2014 | Read More »

AFGHANISTAN / CIVILIAN CASUALTIES

The UN mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in its 2014 mid-year report on civilian casualties said that ground combat inAfghanistansurpassed improvised explosive devices (IEDs) as the leading cause of conflict-related death and injury to Afghan civilians in the first six months of the year. UNAMA

9 Jul 2014 | Read More »

CAR / MIA FARROW

Mia Farrow, renowned actress, activist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, has just completed her fourth visit to the Central African Republic where she saw the impact from conflict. More than 2.3 million children are suffering the consequences of the crisis rocking the country. UNICEF

8 Jul 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / MALNUTRITION

UNICEF and the World Food Programme (WFP) are stepping up joint missions to reach desperate people in remote areas of South Sudan where the number of children at risk of death from malnutrition-related causes has increased dramatically and a hunger catastrophe is looming. UNICEF

8 Jul 2014 | Read More »

UN / WEST AFRICA DJINNIT

While countries in West Africa are trying to promote development and consolidate democracy, they continue to face daunting challenges such as transnational organized crime and growing terrorist activities, the top United Nations official in the region told the Security Council , while also warning of the increasing threat the Boko Haram crisis poses to Nigeria. UNIFEED [...]

8 Jul 2014 | Read More »

UN / DEEP DECARBONIZATION REPORT

The UN has launched a report laying out potential country-specific paths to cut emissions enough to limit human-induced temperature rise to the globally agreed goal of two degrees centigrade. UNIFEED-UNTV  

8 Jul 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN/ HILDE JOHNSON

The United Nations (UN) special representative for South Sudan said an end to the fighting would not by itself provide an adequate solution to the country's crisis. UNMISS

8 Jul 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / EBOLA UPDATE

Fifty new cases and 25 deaths contributed to Ebola virus disease were reported by three countries in West Africa – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. CH UNTV

8 Jul 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / MEDITERRANEAN REFUGEE DEATHS

Twelve bodies were recovered from a boat accident off the coast of Libya on Sunday, bringing the death toll of people crossing the Mediterranean by boat this year to 500. UNTV CH

8 Jul 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / AUSTRALIA SRI LANKANS

The UN human rights office said they were  "deeply disturbed" that  Australia has returned 41 asylum seekers back to Sri Lanka without adequate screening of their claims and need for protection. UNTV CH

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JORDAN / GUTERRES VISIT

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres paid a visit to a Syrian refugee family living in the Jordanian capital Amman. The family is headed by a single woman, 59-year-old Awah. A new UNHCR report reveals more than 145,000 Syrian refugee families in Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon and Iraq headed by lone women.  They face a [...]

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AFGHANISTAN / PRELIMINARY COUNT

The preliminary results from Afghanistan's run-off presidential election were announced in Kabul, following a delay to allow an audit of a number of polling stations. Yousof Noorestan, Chairperson of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) said it was "possible that there will be changes in the results after the IEC investigation into complaints." UNAMA

7 Jul 2014 | Read More »

UN / SHEVARDNADZE

Former Georgian President and Soviet foreign minister Eduard Shevardnadze died today at the age of 86. He was hailed across the international stage as a man who helped toppling the Berlin Wall and ending the Cold War. UNIFEED-UNTV

7 Jul 2014 | Read More »

UN / MDG REPORT WRAP

With the 2015 deadline for achieving the landmark Millennium Development Goals (MDG) less that 550 days away,  Ban Ki-moon launched the final push towards the United Nations targets – many of which have been met or are within reach – and urged a strong, ambitious successor blueprint "that will leave no one behind." UNIFEED-UNTV

7 Jul 2014 | Read More »

PAKISTAN / DISPLACED UPDATE

Nearly half a million people in Pakistan's North Waziristan region have been displaced within a week due to the military operation against militants. Seventy-five percent are women and children. They now find themselves seeking help alongside the 160,000 families already in displacement from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). UNHCR

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GENEVA / CITES

The 65th meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), opened in Geneva, with priority issues such as the large scale illegal killings of elephants for their ivory and rhinos for their horns, as well as increase in the illegal trade in Asian [...]

7 Jul 2014 | Read More »

SOMALIA /MALNUTRITION

The rural areas of Somalia were the epicenter of the famine in 2011.  Now due to poor rains and lack of access because of security issues – the number of children suffering malnutrition is growing. There are 200,000 acutely malnourished children in Somalia including 50,000 who are severely malnourished and require immediate treatment.  UNICEF

5 Jul 2014 | Read More »

SOMALIA / INDEPENDENCE ANNIVERSARY

Hundreds of Somalis gathered at the General Kaahiye Police Academy on the eve of Somalia's Independence Day. On 1st July 1960, Somalia gained independence from colonial power Italy. UNSOM

4 Jul 2014 | Read More »

UN / SOUTH SUDAN

A UN spokesperson said that the number of conflict-displaced persons sheltering at the that The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)  is likely to remain high over the coming months in light of insecurity and the projected worsening of the food security situation. UNIFEED-UNTV

3 Jul 2014 | Read More »

UN / IRAQ SYRIA

A UN Spokesperson said that the Syria refugee crisis "is fast becoming the world's largest displacement" with close to 3 million Syrian refugees, and the numbers increasing by 100,000 every month. He warned about funding gaps for both Iraq and Syria. UNIFEED – UNTV

3 Jul 2014 | Read More »

WHO / TB FRAMEWORK

The World Health Organization(WHO), together with the European Respiratory Society (ERS), presented a new framework to eliminate tuberculosis (TB) in countries with low levels of the disease by 2050. Today there are 33 countries and territories where there are fewer than 100 TB cases per million population. WHO

3 Jul 2014 | Read More »

MALI / KOENDERS

UN special representative for Mali Bert Koenders said that with the new mandate, the protection of civilians in the north of the country "can be improved, and be strengthened" and the mission must remain vigilant. MINUSMA/FILE

2 Jul 2014 | Read More »

UN / GING

The United Nations called on international community to step up its efforts to mitigate worsening humanitarian crises in Yemen as well as in Somalia. UNIFEED-UNTV /FILE

2 Jul 2014 | Read More »

UN / DEATH PENALTY

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told delegates he was "troubled" by the application of the death penalty for offences that do not meet the threshold under international human rights law of "most serious crimes", including drug-related offences, consensual sexual acts and apostasy. UNIFEED-UNTV

2 Jul 2014 | Read More »

PAKISTAN / DISPLACED

A military offensive inPakistan's North Waziristan tribal region has displaced around half a million people over the past two weeks. Some 470,000 have sought shelter in safer areas inPakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, while another 75,000 have arrived inKhost,Afghanistan. Majority of the displaced are women and children. UNHCR

2 Jul 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / AFRICA REFUGEE APPEAL

The heads of the World Food Programme and the United Nations refugee agency say funding difficulties have forced cuts in food rations for nearly 800,000 refugees in Africa, worsening already alarming levels of acute malnutrition, stunting and anaemia. CH UNTV

1 Jul 2014 | Read More »

UN / CHILDREN ARMED CONFLICT REPORT

The rights of children are being violated in conflict situations with total impunity, a United Nations official said as she presented a report on grave abuses committed against children in places such as Iraq, Syria, South Sudan, Nigeria and the Central African Republic (CAR).UNIFEED – UNTV / FILE

1 Jul 2014 | Read More »

UN / IRAQ

The UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) has released new casualty figures for June. It says that at least 2,417 Iraqis have been killed and another 2,287 have been injured in acts of terrorism and violence during the month. This includes more than 1,500 civilian deaths – the highest toll in one month since 2007. [...]

1 Jul 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / HUMAN RIGHTS ISRAEL

The UN human rights office extended condolences to the families of three Israeli teenagers, whose bodies were found yesterday and to the families of seven Palestinians including three teenagers killed in the West Bank. CH UNTV

1 Jul 2014 | Read More »

 

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