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UN labour agency urges new job-centred approach to tackle Portugal’s economic crisis

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Head of the UN International Labour Agency’s (ILO) Research Department Raymond Torres (right). Photo: ILO 4 November 2013 – Portugal is facing the most critical economic and social crisis in its recent history, the United Nations labour agency today reported, calling for a new job-centred approach to the crisis. “Much of the policy action so […]

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UN agrees to launch collective development response to Syrian crisis

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  Director of the Regional Bureau for Arab States at the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Sima Bahous. Photo: UNDP/Dylan Lowthian 4 November 2013 – Senior United Nations development officials have agreed to complement ongoing humanitarian efforts in Syria and its neighbours with support for increased demands on basic services and to help the countries recover […]

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Senior UN official brokers accord to allow medical aid, supplies to northern Yemen

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Children in Dammaj village, northern Yemen, are cut off from food and healthcare. Photo: IRIN 4 November 2013 – A senior United Nations official in Yemen has helped to broker an agreement to allow in medical and other supplies, and to evacuate the wounded from the northern part of the country, which has experience escalating […]

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Over $8 billion pledged for Africa’s Sahel region as global leaders begin UN-led visit

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A field of withered crops in Mali’s Kayes region. Photo: WFP/Daouda Guirou 4 November 2013 – Global leaders have pledged over $8 billion to boost economic growth in the Sahel region of West Africa as they begin a United Nations-led visit to an area that has suffered for decades from devastating poverty, hunger and instability. […]

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UN expert group cites need for global instrument regulating private security companies

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Chairman-Rapporteur of the five-member UN Working Group on the Use of Mercenaries Anton Katz. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine 4 November 2013 – The United Nations Working Group on the use of mercenaries today urged Governments to recognize the need for a legally binding international agreement to regulate the use and activities of private military and security […]

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Libya: UN mission condemns spate of assassination attempts in Benghazi

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A young displaced girl plays outside her new home in Benghazi, a bungalow in a former company compound. Photo: UNHCR/ L. Dobbs 4 November 2013 – The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) today strongly condemned the series of assassinations in Benghazi targeting security and military officials as well as political activists and other […]

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DR Congo: UN envoys note M23’s announced cessation of hostilities

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Special Representative Martin Kobler thanks a peacekeeper from the MONUSCO Intervention Brigade for its role in the liberation of areas occupied by M23 rebels in North Kivu, DRC. Photo: MONUSCO/Sy Koumbo Singa Gali 4 November 2013 – A team of special envoys led by the United Nations today noted the announced cessation of hostilities between […]

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