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Security Council’s leadership role vital to end ‘appalling suffering’ in Syria – UN official

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Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, briefs the Security Council on the humanitarian situation in Syria. UN Photo/Mark Garten 25 October 2013 – After its call on all parties in Syria for humanitarian access to relieve the plight of civilians trapped by heavy fighting, the Security Council must show leadership to […]

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UN rights experts call for transparency in the use of armed drones, citing risks of illegal use

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A US Air Force RQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle. Photo: US Department of Defense/James L. Harper Jr. 25 October 2013 – Expressing concern about the potential for illegal use of armed unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, two United Nations human rights experts today called on States to be transparent in their use, to investigate allegations […]

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Madagascar: concerned by rising food insecurity, UN agency calls for more funding

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Small farms in Madagascar are hard hit by erratic weather and locust invasion. Photo: FAO/Yasuyoshi Chiba 25 October 2013 – Citing efforts to curb the food crisis in Madagascar sparked by erratic weather and a locust invasion, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today stressed the urgency of bridging a $25 million funding gap […]

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UN expert urges greater legal inclusion of measures to ensure global right to food

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Photo: World Bank/Maria Fleischmann 25 October 2013 – The United Nations independent expert on food today urged Governments to incorporate nutrition strategies into laws and legal entities to further drive the global right to food movement. “Hunger that was seen as a technical problem came to be seen increasingly as a political problem,” Olivier De […]

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FEATURE: Working alongside UN in Syria, chemical weapons watchdog adapts to war, publicity

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During an OPCW training course on emergency response to chemical incidents, participants learn to use protective gear. Photo: OPCW (file). 25 October 2013 – After years of remarkable but largely unheralded success at ridding the world of mustard gas and deadly nerve agents like sarin and VX, inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of […]

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Surveillance a major concern at conclusion of UN-backed forum on internet governance

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Participants at the Internet Governance Forum, known as the IGF, in Bali, Indonesia. Photo: IGF 25 October 2013 – While reaffirming the need to strengthen the multi-stakeholder approach to Internet governance, the United Nations-backed forum on the issue, known as the IGF, concluded today in Bali, Indonesia with an acknowledgement that surveillance is the major […]

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Myanmar: UN expert urges greater efforts to curb anti-Muslim sentiment

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Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Tomás Ojea Quintana. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine 25 October 2013 – The United Nations expert on Myanmar today cautioned that the situation in Rakhine State is feeding a winder anti-Muslim narrative in the country which threatens the ongoing reform process aimed at a more open and […]

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DR Congo: UN mission on ‘high alert’ following clashes between Government, armed groups

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MONUSCO troops near Kibumba in North Kivu along the Goma – Rutshuru road, Democratic Republic of the Congo, DRC. Photo: MONUSCO/Sylvain Liechti 25 October 2013 – The United Nations stabilization mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is on “high alert” following early morning clashes between Congolese Government forces and M23 rebels in […]

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Ban notes ‘generally peaceful’ elections in Madagascar

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Fatma Samoura, UN Resident Coordinator in Madagascar, takes a look at ballot papers. UN Photo/CINU 25 October 2013 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today noted the generally peaceful conduct of the first round of presidential elections in Madagascar, “after the political impasses of the recent past.” In a statement issued by a UN spokesperson […]

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Rights expert urges establishing UN body to address global migration issues

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Migrants and asylum-seekers, mostly Syrian Kurds, have crowded into an abandoned schoolhouse on the outskirts of the Bulgarian capital Sofia. Photo: IRIN/Jodi Hilton 25 October 2013 – Urging enhanced global migration governance, the United Nations independent expert on the human rights of migrants called today for the establishment of a single, rights-based international body, preferably […]

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