Home » 30 Aug 2014 Entries posted on “August 2014”

FIJI / ORGANIC ISLAND

Cicia island in Fiji is remote. Untouched by tourism and industry, the environment here is pristine – and its one thousand inhabitants intend to keep it this way.  In 2006, the elders banned the use of chemicals and fertilizers and last year, they officially declared Cicia an organic island. IFAD

30 Aug 2014 | Read More »

ST LUCIA / SEA WATER SEWAGE

Marigot Bay is visited by thousands of tourists every year and many businesses have been set up to take advantage of this boom. Many of these have had problems maintaining their septic systems because the water table in the bay is high, which means there is an incidence of leeching of sewage from the soak-aways [...]

29 Aug 2014 | Read More »

UN / YEMEN

Secretary-General’s Special Advisor for Yemen Jamal Benomar welcomed the Security Council's unanimous adoption of a Presidential Statement reiterating their support for President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi in his efforts to address the concerns of all parties within the framework of the National Dialogue Conference Outcomes.  UNIFEED-UNTV

29 Aug 2014 | Read More »

UN/ PROTECTION HUMANITARIAN WORKERS

UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution protecting humanitarian staff against increasing targeted attacks. The text considers such acts as war crimes and calls for unhindered access for aid actors. UNFEED-UNTV

29 Aug 2014 | Read More »

LEBANON / THREE MILLION SYRIAN REFUGEES

Syria's intensifying refugee crisis will today surpass a record three million people amid reports of increasingly horrifying conditions inside the country. Iman is a single mother to a 15-year-old daughter. She also looks after her disabled sister. UNHCR

29 Aug 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / MEMORIAL

UNMISS staff paid their last respects to the three Russian crew members who died when their Mi-8 helicopter came down near the Unity State capital Bentiu on Tuesday. Captain Andrei Berdnikov aged 50, Flight Engineer Tuktasyn aged 57, and Flight Attendant Alexey Sazontov aged 33 all perished in the crash, which was described as "a [...]

29 Aug 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / UKRAINE HRC

The number of people killed every day in parts of eastern Ukraine in the past few weeks has increased by almost 300 percent, according to a new report by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. The total number of casualties is 2,593, which is an average of 36 people per day. CH [...]

29 Aug 2014 | Read More »

UN / UKRAINE

The Head of Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman said that if the reports of Russia deploying troops to Ukraine prove to be true, "it would constitute a direct contravention of international law and UN charter," adding that "the UN has no independent means of verifying this information and the Russian Federation staunchly rejected these reports." UNIFEED-UNTV

28 Aug 2014 | Read More »

UN / UNDOF PEACEKEEPERS

The members of the Security Council strongly condemned the detention of 43 UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) by armed elements of the opposition in the vicinity of Al Qunaytirah, in the area of separation in the Golan and called for their immediate release. UNIFEED- UNTV

28 Aug 2014 | Read More »

UN / PILLAY

In an outgoing interview, High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said there were early signs stated in reports prepared by her office and reports of the Commission of Inquiry that had documented that “the IS [Islamic State] jihadists are the ones who fought in Syria and committed a great deal of human rights violations and [...]

28 Aug 2014 | Read More »

WHO / EBOLA ROADMAP

WHO has issued a roadmap to guide and coordinate the international response to the Ebola outbreak inWest Africa. A WHO official stressed that although the plan is designed to address a case load “that could exceed 20,000 cases," this "is not saying we expect 20,000 cases; that is not saying we would accept, more importantly, 20,000 [...]

28 Aug 2014 | Read More »

IMF / EBOLA

An IMF spokesman said Thursday that the Ebola outbreak inWest Africais already having an acute economic impact. IMF

28 Aug 2014 | Read More »

UN / SYRIA

The UN humanitarian agency said that over the past six months, “the collective punishment of civilians” has continued and that 241,000 people still remain under siege. Nearly "one in two Syrians is either internally displaced or is a refugee." UNIFEED-UNTV

28 Aug 2014 | Read More »

GAZA / WFP AID CROSSING

For the first time since 2007, a humanitarian convoy of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) successfully crossed from Egypt into the Gaza Strip Wednesday, carrying enough food to feed around 150,000 people for five days. WFP

28 Aug 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / RUSSIAN HELICOPTER

The remains of the three Russian pilots whose helicopter crashed 10 KM south west of Bentiu in South Sudan arrived in Juba. The UN mission's special representative said, "we are treating this as a hostile act against the United Nations. Helicopters fly they don't fall out of the sky."UNMISS

28 Aug 2014 | Read More »

UN / BENTIU HELICOPTER

The Security Council condemned "in the strongest terms" the downing near Bentiu, Unity State (South Sudan) on 26 August, 2014 of an UNMISS MI-8AMT helicopter performing a cargo flight to the area with four Russian crew members, three of whom were killed and one severely injured. UNIFEEED-UNTV

27 Aug 2014 | Read More »

UN / DARFUR

Sudan's ambassador to the UN told delegates in the Security Council that his government was willing to "bury the hatchet" and "let bygones be bygones," adding that Darfur has gone "beyond peacekeeping" and the region was beginning to stabilize. UNIFEED-UNTV

27 Aug 2014 | Read More »

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC / LION FISH

Over the past 20 years, lionfish, an invasive species, has spread out of control in the Caribbean and seriously impacted local marine biodiversity. The fishermen of La Caleta, in the Dominican Republic, who have voluntarily given up fishing in the area and instead turned to tourism as an alternative sustainable lifestyle, have seen the threat [...]

27 Aug 2014 | Read More »

AFGHANISTAN / AUDIT UPDATE

The UN pledged to redouble its support to Afghan electoral authorities to expedite a thorough and credible audit of the 14 June presidential run-off elections. UNAMA  

27 Aug 2014 | Read More »

UN / LYBIA

The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution calling on all parties in Libya to agree to an immediate ceasefire and an end to the fighting. The 15-member body also condemned the use of violence against civilians and called on those responsible to be held accountable. UNIFEED-UNTV

27 Aug 2014 | Read More »

WHO / CLIMATE CHANGE HEALTH RISKS

Action to reduce climate change could bring about previously unrecognized health benefits, while measures to adapt to climate change could also save lives by ensuring that communities are better prepared to deal with the impact of heat, extreme weather, infectious disease and food insecurity. These are two key messages being discussed at the first-ever global [...]

27 Aug 2014 | Read More »

MALI / GUTERRES

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres visitedTombouctou,Mali, where he met with local authorities and members of  civil society affected by insecurity in the northern region of the West African country. He called on the government and armed groups to return to dialogue to allow refugees to return toMalifromNiger,Burkina FasoandMauritania. MINUSMA

27 Aug 2014 | Read More »

IRAQ / FOOD AID

Food aid convoys from the World Food Programme have reached displaced Iraqis inKarbala, southwest ofBaghdad, bringing the number of people receiving food assistance to over 700,000 people since the start of violence in mid-June. WFP  

27 Aug 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / SYRIA COI

A UN-appointed panel said that mass atrocities by Government forces and non-State armed groups continue to take place in Syria, causing immeasurable suffering to civilians and contributing to a spillover of violence affecting international peace and stability. CH UNTV

27 Aug 2014 | Read More »

UN / GAZA CEASEFIRE

A UN spokesperson said that the Secretary-General welcomed today’s announcement of an open-ended ceasefire for Gaza, brokered under Egyptian auspices adding that any peace effort that does not tackle the root causes of the crisis will do little more than set the stage for the next cycle of violence. UNIFEED-UNTV

26 Aug 2014 | Read More »

UN / EBOLA UPDATE

The World Heath Organization warned the heavy toll on health workers is hampering the efforts to control the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The UN agency noted that more than 120 health professionals have died and more than 240 have contracted the disease in the affected countries. UNIFEED-UNTV

26 Aug 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / E-CIGARETTES PRESSER

The World Health Organization is calling for global regulation of electronic cigarettes and similar products. Speaking to reporters in Geneva, a WHO expert said "the tobacco industry pretends to be part of the solution to the health disaster that they have created." WHO

26 Aug 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / BENTIU HELICOPTER CRASH

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) confirmed that three Russian crew members have been killed after an MI-8 helicopter crashed near Bentiu in Unity State. UNMISS

26 Aug 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / MALNUTRITION

Every day, when Nyabel Wal, thinks of preparing food for her family of five, she has only one option, to harvest the wild grass, known locally as wool, that grows near her home. The plant grows virtually everywhere in South Sudan and it is believed to be the only weed holding the deteriorating lives of [...]

26 Aug 2014 | Read More »

WHO / E-CIGARETTES

A new World Health Organization (WHO) report says that e-cigarettes and similar devices –frequently marketed by manufacturers as aids to quit smoking – require global regulation in the interest of public health. According to WHO, “they contain chemicals and usually even a few cancer causing agents.” WHO

26 Aug 2014 | Read More »

UNICEF / UNPRECEDENTED EMERGENCY SUPPLY

This August UNICEF shipped 1,000 metric tonnes of life-saving supplies for children caught in the world's most urgent crises — the largest emergency supply operation in the organization's history in a single month. The amount delivered would fill 19 cargo jumbo jets. UNICEF

25 Aug 2014 | Read More »

UN / EBOLA UPDATE

A UN Spokesperson confirmed the re-emergence of the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where the disease has killed 13 people since July. He also said that "the current trend of limitations on flights is having adverse effects on efforts to control the disease.” UNIFEED-UNTV

25 Aug 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / IRAQ CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY

The UN Human Rights Office has condemned the “appalling, widespread and systematic” human rights violations being committed in Iraq by the militant group Islamic State and its associated forces. CH UNTV – OHCHR

25 Aug 2014 | Read More »

UN / DPRK

North Korean Ambassador Ri Tong Il told reporters in New York that the joint military exercises currently being conducted by South Korea and the United States are "not simply an annual routine defensive nature military exercise as the US shamelessly continues to advertise to the international community, but this is strictly and totally aggression war [...]

25 Aug 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / BENTIU FLOODINGS

Over 40,500 Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) occupy the UN Protection of Civilians site in the oil producing South Sudanese state of Bentiu. The area has been flooded by rains over the past several days and now the majority of the IDPs are forced to live in the flooded area as it is the only place [...]

25 Aug 2014 | Read More »

SÃO TOMÉ ISLAND / CHOCOLATE

The world loves chocolate. Each year more than (USD) 83 billion is spent on it. And the average European eats up to a kilogram of it every month.  But did you ever think that your choice of chocolate could help save one of the world’s most threatened environments? There’s a type of farming that is [...]

23 Aug 2014 | Read More »

UN / UKRAINE 2

Speaking in his national capacity on the Russian convoys, British ambassador Mark Lyall Grant said that the UK was deeply concerned about "this provocative and unilateral action," adding that "it has nothing to do with humanitarianism, that human effort is coordinated by the UN and if the Russian Federation wanted to participate in it they [...]

22 Aug 2014 | Read More »

GAZA / SHELTERS

Several days into a fragile ceasefire, nearly 400,000 people are without homes – taking shelter in schools or staying with host families acrossGaza, exposing the magnitude and the urgency of scaling up the humanitarian response following weeks of conflict. UNICEF

22 Aug 2014 | Read More »

UN / UKRAINE 1

Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin confirmed that the first trucks from the Russian humanitarian convoy had reached the city of Lugansk. Churkin told reporters that after it had became clear that Ukrainians were "procrastinating,"  a decision was taken and "the convoy departed." Ukrainian Ambassador Oleksandr Pavlichenko said  Russia’s actions constituted "a blatant violation of the sovereignty of [...]

22 Aug 2014 | Read More »

GUINEA / EBOLA SURVIVOR

Saa Sabas, an Ebola survivor, decided to volunteer for the Guinean Red Cross in order to raise awareness on prevention and treatment of the disease among the communities. WHO

22 Aug 2014 | Read More »

ST LUCIA / RECYCLING

The Island of Saint Lucia in the Caribbean is home to a vibrant and distinct culture and heritage as well as to a rich ecosystem, biodiversity and dazzling landscapes. Nevertheless, this small island state faces many challenges, including climate change, degradation of natural resources, and waste management. Recycle It, funded in 2001 by Josephat Small, [...]

22 Aug 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / PAYAM NUER DISPLACED

Nearly 3500 Neur people have sought shelter in Dinka territory in Amokpiny Payam inLakesState. The people who have fled their homes inPanyijarCountyinUnityStatehave sought shelter in what they believe to be a safe place even though it is Dinka Territory. UNMISS

22 Aug 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / SYRIA DEATH TOLL

A report by the UN Human Right’s Office said that the death toll in Syria’s three-year conflict has more than doubled in a year, rising to nearly 200,000. UNTV CH

22 Aug 2014 | Read More »

MALI / FALLEN PEACEKEEPERS

A ceremony was held Thursday for two peacekeepers fromBurkina Fasowho were killed in Saturday's suicide attack on a United Nations base in Ber, Mali. MINUSMA

21 Aug 2014 | Read More »

PAKISTAN / DISPLACED HEALTH CARE

Around one million people from North Waziristan have been displaced after the Pakistan Army launched a full-scale military operation on 15 June to clear out militants based there. The World Health Organization (WHO) has been providing emergency health care and is tracking the health needs of the IDPs- the biggest threats being diarrhea and dehydration. UNIC [...]

21 Aug 2014 | Read More »

UN / CONFLICT PREVENTION 2

During an Security Council debate on conflict prevention, Israeli ambassador Ron Prosor said that "Hamas –like ISIS and Boko Haram- share a disdain for democracies, a contempt for modernity and a determination to destroy our way of life." UNIFEED-UNTV  

21 Aug 2014 | Read More »

UN / CONFLICT PREVENTION 1

Speaking to the Security Council, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined that one of his core priorities is improving the Organization's ability to act early and act preventively. Human Rights chief Navi Pillay, in her last briefing to the Council spoke of Syria "metastasizing outwards in an uncontrollable process whose eventual limits we cannot predict and [...]

21 Aug 2014 | Read More »

UN / GAZA CHILDREN

The head of the UN Children Fund (UNICEF) in Gaza told reporters that the situation for children in the besieged territory is "very dire." Pernilla Ironside, chief of the UNICEF Gaza Field Office, reported that in the last 48 hours, nine more children have been killed, bringing the total to 469 children killed from the start of [...]

21 Aug 2014 | Read More »

UN / GAZA

The members of the Security Council expressed grave concern at the return to hostilities following the breach of Egyptian-brokered humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza. UNIFEED-UNTV

20 Aug 2014 | Read More »

SOMALIA / ZERROUGUI VISIT

Concluding her four-day visit to Somalia, the UN Special Representative on Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, called for the full implementation of the Action Plan signed by Somali Government to end recruitment of child soldiers.  UNSOM

20 Aug 2014 | Read More »

UN / NIGERIA CHIBOK GIRLS

A senior UN official warned that some of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls who escaped were raped on their way home, adding another burden to their lives. “So, double tragedy. It is been really a sad story for them."  UNIFEED-UNTV

20 Aug 2014 | Read More »

UN / LYALL GRANT

United Kingdom's ambassador Mark Lyall Grant speaking in his national capacity, said that his government was "absolutely appalled" by the killing of James Foley but in terms of Security Council action, "it wasn't raised in the Council today and there wasn't any specific proposal that I'm aware of for the Council to react."UNIFEED-UNTV  

20 Aug 2014 | Read More »

UN / JAMES FOLEY

In a statement read by a UN spokesperson, Secretary General Ban-Ki moon condemned in the "strongest terms" the horrific murder of journalist James Foley, "an abominable crime that underscores the campaign of terror the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) continues to wage against the people of Iraq and Syria." UNIFEED-UNTV

20 Aug 2014 | Read More »

NORTHERN IRAQ / TRANSIT CAMP

The Badjet Kandela camp was empty at the end of July. Today it has a population of more than 11 thousand Iraqis. The former transit camp for Syrian refugees is being reconfigured and expanded to meet the needs of a rapidly expanding displaced population. UNHCR  

20 Aug 2014 | Read More »

IRAQ / ERBIL AIRLIFT

In response to the deteriorating situation in northern Iraq, UNHCR launched its largest aid pushes aimed at helping nearly half a million people who have been forced to flee their homes. UNHCR

20 Aug 2014 | Read More »

UN / NABARRO EBOLA

The new United Nation (UN) Senior System Coordinator for Ebola, David Nabarro, said  that the disease "is affecting how societies work" and has a variety of social, economic, humanitarian, and political repercussions. UNIFEED – UNTV

19 Aug 2014 | Read More »

IRAQ / NY BAGHDAD MEMORIAL WRAP

Ceremonies to commemorate the 22 UN staff members killed 11 years ago during the bombing of the Canal Hotel in Baghdad (Iraq) were held today at the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and at UN Headquarters. UNAMI/ UNIFEED-UNTV

19 Aug 2014 | Read More »

UN / PROTECTION OF CIVILIANS WRAP

2013 has set a new record for violence against humanitarian workers with a 66 percent increase in the number of victims from 2012.  Speaking to the Security Council, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said “the consequences are not only felt by humanitarian workers and their families.  They are also felt by the millions of people [...]

19 Aug 2014 | Read More »

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC / PEDIATRIC HOSPITAL “ALEXIS”

Since December 2012, civil war in the Central African Republichas left thousands dead. The pediatric hospital in Bangui is the only one of its kind in the country and the number of children being treated for  acute malnutrition has tripled in the last year. Alexis is just one of 2.3 million children affected by the conflict. UNICEF

19 Aug 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / IRAQ AID UPDATE

The UN refugee agency said that half a million people who have been forced to flee from their homes due to the deteriorating situation in northernIraqwill begin receiving aid on Wednesday (20 Aug). UNTV CH

19 Aug 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / EBOLA UPDATE

The World Health Organization (WHO) said that between 14 and 16 August 2014, 84 people have died from the Ebola virus and 113 new cases have been reported in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.  UNTV CH

19 Aug 2014 | Read More »

GA / MALALA MDGS

With Malala Yousafzai by his side, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today (18 Aug) marked 500 days of action until the deadline to reach the Millennium Development Goals, known worldwide as the "MDGs."

18 Aug 2014 | Read More »

UN / FERGUSON

A UN spokesperson said that the Secretary-General is aware that United States’ federal authorities have announced an investigation into the killing of Michael Brown.  He hopes local and federal investigations will shed full light on the killing and that justice will be done. UNIFEED-UNTV

18 Aug 2014 | Read More »

UN / GAZA WRAP

Just hours before the expiration of the current temporary ceasefire, Special Coordinator Robert Serry emphasized that the efforts underway of the Israeli-Palestinian talks under Egyptian auspices was crucial to break the deadlock of violence and retaliation. He also urged the parties to reach an understanding on a durable ceasefire which also addresses the underlying issues afflicting [...]

18 Aug 2014 | Read More »

IRAQ / SHARYIA DISPLACED CHILDREN

The ongoing fighting in Iraq has pushed the number of displaced in Iraqi Northern Region of Kurdistan to over 600 thousand. Some 24 thousand of them live in a village called Sharyia on the outskirts of Dohuk. Families are dispersed between schools, unfinished buildings and local's homes who kindly host and look after them. UNHCR

18 Aug 2014 | Read More »

PAKISTAN / HOST COMMUNITIES

Thousands of displaced in Bannu, Pakistan are choosing to stay with relatives, friends or even strangers in order to avoid living in Government camps as they wish to preserve their tradition of purdah or privacy for their women. 19 August is World Humanitarian Day. UNIC PAKISTAN

18 Aug 2014 | Read More »

UN / MOZAMBIQUE YOUTH

 Secretary General Ban Ki-moon introduced his special guest, Raquelina Langa, a 10th grade student fromMozambique at the youth event taking place at headquarters this week. "Can a girl like me become a Secretary-General of the United Nations?" Ban quoted her as saying when they first met during his visit toMozambique last year to highlight the role [...]

16 Aug 2014 | Read More »

UN / ISIL RESOLUTION

The Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution listing six individuals affiliated with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and Al-Nusra Front on the Al-Qaida sanctions regime in an attempt to cut off funding to these groups. In the resolution the Council expressed its "gravest concern" that territory in parts of Iraq and [...]

15 Aug 2014 | Read More »

PAKISTAN / SCHOOL REFUGEE SHELTER

Over 1,000 schools have become temporary homes to people from North Waziristan displaced after the Pakistan Army launched a full-scale military operation to clear out militants based there. These buildings lack appropriate facilities and many families are living in cramped, crowded and unhygienic conditions. 19 August is World Humanitarian Day.  UNIC PAKISTAN

15 Aug 2014 | Read More »

IRAQ / DISPLACED EXODUS

As the number of people crossing from conflict-affected areas in Iraq into safe zones in the northern region of Kurdistan decreases, hundreds of Iraqis fleeing fighting in Sinjar and surrounding areas are arriving in dire conditions at the Peshkahbour border crossing. UNHCR

15 Aug 2014 | Read More »

WHO / EBOLA ESTIMATE UPDATE

The World Health Organization stressed that staff at the outbreak sites in West Africa see evidence that the numbers of reported cases and deaths vastly underestimate the magnitude of the outbreak. WHO / FILE

15 Aug 2014 | Read More »

UN/ IRAQ HUMANITARIAN UPDATE

The United Nations has declared a 'level 3 emergency' for Iraq – the highest global humanitarian priority for the UN and partner agencies. OCHA communications chief Kieran Dwyer said that Iraq was now one of four global level emergencies in the world. The country joins Syria, South Sudan and the Central African Republic. UNIFEED-UNTV

14 Aug 2014 | Read More »

SOMALIA / HUMANITARIAN ASSESSMENT

AMISOM travelled to Garbaharrey and Bulo Bute to assess the  worsening humanitarian situation inSomaliaand met with elders, women, local administration and other stakeholders to understand the reality on the ground. AMISOM  

14 Aug 2014 | Read More »

WHO / EBOLA AIR TRAVEL

The World Health Organization (WHO) reiterated its position that the risk of transmission of Ebola virus disease during air travel remains low and is "not recommending any travel restriction." WHO

14 Aug 2014 | Read More »

GAZA / FOOD AID

On 11 August the World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Palestinian refugee agency (UNRWA) launched a special food distribution aiming to reach 730,000 conflict-affected people in Gaza.  WFP

14 Aug 2014 | Read More »

IRAQ / SINJAR DISPLACED

The barren structures of an unfinished hi-rise in Dohuk have become a shelter for people who not long ago lived normal lives. There are more than 1.2 million Iraqis displaced because of the fighting in the country, and each family has a harrowing story to tell. UNHCR

14 Aug 2014 | Read More »

SOMALIA / SECURITY COUNCIL

Members of the Security Council arrived in Mogadishu, Somalia to review progress made by the Federal Government and to demonstrate their continued support for the country's efforts to ensure a sustainable peace. UNSOM

13 Aug 2014 | Read More »

UN / IRAQ SEXUAL VIOLENCE

Two senior United Nations officials condemned in the strongest terms the "barbaric acts" of sexual violence and "savage rapes" the armed group Islamic State (IS) has perpetrated on minorities -including teenage girls and boys- in areas under its control. UNIFEED-UNTV

13 Aug 2014 | Read More »

SOMALIA / INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY

Somalis joined the rest of the world in marking the International Youth Day in Mogadishu. In a ceremony held at the Ministry of Youth and Sports, young Somalis entertained guests with dance, drama and martial arts. UNSOM

13 Aug 2014 | Read More »

IRAQ / DISPLACED AID

The World Food Programme (WFP) has  provided food assistance to more than 438,000 people displaced by the conflict in Iraq since mid-June, and is rapidly expanding its response, while the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is providing shelter, emergency items and protection monitoring for hundreds of thousands amongst the newly displaced population. WFP / UNHCR

13 Aug 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / SECURITY COUNCIL DEPARTURE

The Security Council members left South Sudan expressing disappointment with both president Salva Kiir and his opponent Riek Machar for their lack of commitment to reaching "a rapid agreement in the talks in Addis Ababa." UNMISS

13 Aug 2014 | Read More »

WHO / EBOLA ETHICS

WHO  said that was a "unanimous agreement" among the experts that given the special circumstances of the current Ebola outbreak inWest Africa, "it is ethical to offer unregistered interventions as potential treatments or prevention." WHO

12 Aug 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN 3 MALAKAL

The UN Security Council members visiting South Sudan said they are distressed and angry, that three years on after the Independence of South Sudan, peace and security still remains elusive. Speaking to a group of displaced people in Malakal -in the north of the country-  Council members also expressed their hope that the South Sudanese leadership [...]

12 Aug 2014 | Read More »

UN / BAN PRESSER

Speaking to reporters in New York, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the importance for the Iraqi forces not to interfere in the political process in the country, adding  that "the people ofIraq– all the people ofIraq–need security." UNIFEED-UNTV

12 Aug 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN 2/ SECURITY COUNCIL KIIR

The United Nations Security Council has repeated threats to impose sanctions on South Sudan if conflict in the country continues. UNMISS  

12 Aug 2014 | Read More »

SUDAN / CHAMBAS PRESSER

The head of the Darfur joint peacekeeping mission, Mohamed Ibn Chambas told reporters that the humanitarian situation inDarfurremains very dire and it is compounded by the "reduced presence of humanitarian actors and the reduction of the humanitarian assistance on the ground as a result of capacity gaps, funding shortfalls and the fragile security situation." UNAMID

12 Aug 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / IRAQ UPDATE

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) says that nearly 400,000 Iraqis mainly from minority groups have now been displaced in the north-western parts of the country, escaping violence unleashed by the militant group Islamic state. UNTV CH

12 Aug 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN 1 / SECURITY COUNCIL ARRIVALS

Fifteen members of the United Nations Security Council arrived in South Sudan in a bid to end the violence that has gripped the country since December last year. UNMISS

12 Aug 2014 | Read More »

UN / IRAQ

The Secretary-General welcomes the movement for the formation of a new government in Iraq. He commands the election of Haider al-Abbadi as Prime Minister of the country and encourages the newly elected leader to form a broad-based government acceptable to all components of Iraqi society. UNIFEED-UNTV

11 Aug 2014 | Read More »

AFGHANISTAN / ELECTIONS AUDIT

The United Nations (UN) experts in Afghanistan have tested software which the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) will use in the adjudication process of the audited ballots, separating valid and invalid votes cast in heavily disputed presidential elections held on 14 June. The IEC said today that, after installing the software in 400 computers, it will [...]

11 Aug 2014 | Read More »

GAZA / FOOD DISTRIBUTION

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and its partners launched a special food distribution in Gaza for 730,000 people who are not receiving food under other programmes – in an effort to reach all conflict-affect people in Gaza with some form of food assistance.  WFP

11 Aug 2014 | Read More »

UN / GAZA

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed Sunday's announcement by Egypt that the Israelis and the Palestinians have accepted another 72 hours’ unconditional humanitarian ceasefire and urged all concerned to avoid steps that would lead to a resumption of violence. UNIFEED – UNTV

11 Aug 2014 | Read More »

WHO / EBOLA CONTROL

As the World Health Organization (WHO) declares the Ebola virus inWest Africaan international public health emergency, health officials are working around the clock to try and control the outbreak. WHO-UNIFEED/ RECENT/FILE

9 Aug 2014 | Read More »

AFGHANISTAN / KERRY ELECTIONS AUDIT

Following the announcement of the new agreement between Afghanistan's two presidential candidates on the way forward with the audit of the 14 June run-off, US Secretary of State John Kerry said that the actions by the two leaders to unite the country, "to bring themselves together in the interest of their country to define an [...]

8 Aug 2014 | Read More »

UN / UKRAINE

US ambassador Samantha Power said that urgent humanitarian assistance should be delivered to Ukraine by international humanitarian organizations that have "the expertise, experience, and independence to provide it" and should not be delivered by Russia adding that "any further unilateral intervention by Russia into Ukrainian territory – including one under the guise of providing humanitarian [...]

8 Aug 2014 | Read More »

UN / SOUTH SUDAN

Concerned with the deterioration of the political and security situation and the developing humanitarian catastrophe in South Sudan, the Security Council said it was ready to consider "all appropriate measures including targeted sanctions' against those who undermine the peace, stability and security ofSouth Sudan." UNIFEED-UNTV /RECENT

8 Aug 2014 | Read More »

IRAQ / MINORITIES

As fighting intensifies inIraq, many minorities like the Turkmen, Yazidis, Shabak and Christians, face persecution and eviction. In the past week, thousands have fled into the relatively safer Kurdistan region of Iraq. UNHCR

8 Aug 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / GAZA CHILDREN

According to UNICEF, the number of Palestinian children who have been killed by air strikes on Gaza is now more than the number of children killed in the two previous conflicts between Israel and Gaza. UNTV CH

8 Aug 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / IRAQ WRAP

UN aid agencies and partners are deeply alarmed by the situation in northern Iraq and in particular the situation of vulnerable minority groups, including the Yezidi, Christian and Turkomen communities. UNTV CH/UNIFEED-UNTV

8 Aug 2014 | Read More »

WHO / PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY

 The UN World Health Organization (WHO) declared the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa an international public health emergency, saying: "our collective health security" depends on urgent support for containment in the affected countries. WHO

8 Aug 2014 | Read More »

CAMBODIA / KHMER ROUGE

A United Nations-backed court has found the two most senior surviving leaders ofCambodia's brutal Khmer Rouge regime guilty of crimes against humanity and sentenced them to life in prison. UNAKRT/ FILE

7 Aug 2014 | Read More »

UN / DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

The special representative for the United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) "took responsibility for the inaction" of MONUSCO troops in early June when 33 people were massacred by armed assailants in South Kivu province. UNIFEED-UNTV

7 Aug 2014 | Read More »

UN/ GAZA

A United Nations (UN) spokesperson said that the scale of needs is unprecedented in the Gaza Strip following four weeks of hostilities.  UNIFEED-UNTV / RECENT

7 Aug 2014 | Read More »

IRAQ / SINJAR DISPLACED

Another wave of displacement has hitIraqfollowing the seizure of three northern communities from government control. Officials inIraq'sKurdistan region report that since Sunday, as many as 190 thousand people have crossed into the region with thousands more expected to arrive in the coming days. UNHCR

7 Aug 2014 | Read More »

IRAQ/ ISIL

After the latest round of violence on Sinjar and Tal Afar in Iraq's Ninewa province by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Nickolay Mladenov urged Iraq's political leadership to set aside their differences and to work together to swiftly form an [...]

6 Aug 2014 | Read More »

GA/ GAZA

As the temporary ceasefire continues to hold in Gaza, senior United Nations officials today urged Israelis and Palestinians to return to the negotiating table, and called on the 193 Member States to respond to calls for emergency humanitarian funding. UNIFEED – UNTV

6 Aug 2014 | Read More »

IRAQ / DISPLACED

Another wave of displacement has hit Iraq, following the seizure of three northern communities from government control. Officials in Iraq's Kurdistan region report that since Sunday, at least 45,000 people have crossed into the region with thousands more expected to arrive in the coming days.  UNHCR

6 Aug 2014 | Read More »

UN / SOUTH SUDAN

Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Edmond Mulet said that three years after independence, South Sudan is now "on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe and a protracted internal conflict." The scale of humanitarian operations in South Sudan, he said, "has reached the point that it now constitutes the biggest aid operation inside any single country." UNIFEED – [...]

6 Aug 2014 | Read More »

GENEVA / UKRAINE DISPLACED

More than 117,000 people are believed to have fled from their homes in Ukraine to other parts of the country due to the deteriorating situation the eastern region of the country. The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) says that over the past seven days alone more than 6,200 people have been forced from their homes. [...]

5 Aug 2014 | Read More »

UN / SYRIA CHEMICAL WEAPONS

Commenting on the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons, United Kingdom's ambassador Mark Lyall Grant said the United States have completed about 60 percent of treatment of the priority A chemicals on the ship the Cape Ray", adding in that "once that the transformation or treatment is completed then the affluent will be sent to Germany [...]

5 Aug 2014 | Read More »

GAZA / FOOD AID

The World Food Programme (WFP) is stepping up its food distribution efforts in Gaza to ensure that people who are living in shelters receive fresh bread. The aim is to bring 10 metric tonnes of bread from Jerusalem to Gaza each day. CH UNTV

5 Aug 2014 | Read More »

WORLD BANK / EBOLA

The World Bank pledges (USD) 200 million in emergency funding to  fight Ebola. WORLD BANK / FILE

4 Aug 2014 | Read More »

UN / AFGHANISTAN AUDIT

A UN spokesperson said that Afghan authorities and both presidential candidates have asked the United Nations to take the role of coordinating international supervision of the audit of the 14 June Presidential run-off. The auditing process was resumed in the capital Kabul after a week-long break during Eid al-Fitr celebrations. UNIFEED-UNTV / UNAMA

4 Aug 2014 | Read More »

UN / GAZA UPDATE

A UN spokesperson reiterated the Secretary-General's condemnation for the killing of at least ten Palestinians on Sunday outside a UN school in Rafah and also said that senior UN humanitarian officials warned that a health disaster of widespread proportions was rapidly unfolding as a direct result of the conflict. UNIFEED-UNTV

4 Aug 2014 | Read More »

UN / LYALL GRANT

United Kingdom ambassador Mark Lyall Grant said there was no unanimity in the Security Council for referring the situation in Gaza to the International Criminal Court (ICC).  UNIFEED-UNTV

4 Aug 2014 | Read More »

SOMALIA / ARMY TRAINING

At the graduation ceremony that have concluded training for 250 Somali soldiers and was provided by the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) together with the European Union, the AMISOM Force Commander urged the Somali soldiers to "make a difference" and lead by example. AMISOM

2 Aug 2014 | Read More »

UN/ GAZA UPDATE

A UN spokesman said that the Secretary-General condemned "in the strongest terms" the reported violation by Hamas of the mutually agreed humanitarian ceasefire which commenced this morning. "He is shocked and profoundly disappointed by these developments." UNIFEED-UNTV

1 Aug 2014 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / CHILD MORTALITY

In April this year almost 38 000 people fled fighting in and around the South Sudanese city of Bentiu to a local  UN camp – more than twenty children were dying each week from diarrhea, malaria and pneumonia. A response by aid agencies in providing healthcare, clean water and proper sanitation has helped halve this number, but as [...]

1 Aug 2014 | Read More »

UN FELTMAN GAZA

Following the violation by parties to the Gaza conflict of a humanitarian ceasefire that was set to take affect earlier this morning, the United Nations top political affairs official said the announcement of the ceasefire had been made on assurances received “directly” from the parties. He said ”I don’t think we had a choice but to try [...]

1 Aug 2014 | Read More »

UN / DPRK KOREAN PENINSULA

North Korean Ambassador Ri Tong Il said that "the US and South Korea joint military exercises is the root cause of the aggravation of tension on the Korean Peninsula",  adding in “if the UN Security Council is genuinely serious about the peace and security of the Korean Peninsula, the Security Council should put in the [...]

1 Aug 2014 | Read More »

UN / UGANDA ANTI-HOMOSEXUALITY ACT

A UN spokesman said that the Secretary-General welcomed the decision by the Constitutional Court of Uganda to annul the country's anti-homosexuality legislation and to pay tribute to those who contributed to this step forward, particularly the human rights activists in Uganda who spoke out at great personal risk. UNIFEED-UNTV      

1 Aug 2014 | Read More »

 

August 2014
M T W T F S S
« Jul   Sep »
 123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728293031