General News

2019 could be 'make or break' for Afghanistan, says top UN aid official

Drought in Afghanistan has left more than 3.6 million people “barely surviving” and displaced some 250,000 people from rural areas, the UN’s Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan said on Monday. Toby Lanzer told Daniel Johnson of UN News, that 2019 could be "make or break" for the country. 

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Near record funding for landmine clearance, but casualties remain high

The use of anti-personnel mines has “dramatically decreased” in recent decades, a leading expert on the munitions said on Tuesday, amid concerns about the high number of civilian casualties in conflict zones. Amelie Chayer from UN partner organization the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, told UN News how the international community to tackling the issue.

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Millie Bobby Brown leading youth to #GoBlue as new UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

On this World Children’s Day, when kids across the globe unite for their rights, Emmy-Nominated actress Millie Bobby Brown has been named the newest United Nations Children’s Fund

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Stand together against the “normalization of hate”: UN chief

Remembering the 6 million Jews who perished in the Holocaust, the UN chief has called on everyone around the world to “stand together against the normalization of hate”.

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Inauguration of new Liberian president welcomed by UN

George Weah was inaugurated on Monday as the new President of Liberia, where the United Nations is set to close its peacekeeping mission (UNMIL) in a few weeks after a successful 15-year presence in the West African country.

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People-smuggling networks in Libya 'must be tracked and prosecuted'

Illegal smuggling networks which have imprisoned, tortured and abused thousands of migrants trying to cross Libya, “must be tracked and prosecuted”.

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UN Daily News Programme 02 January 2018

Listen to our daily bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, presented by Matt Wells.

In today’s programme:  We’re going to focus on extreme weather prospects for 2018 – something which is a life and death issue for millions of vulnerable people across the world.

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UN Daily News Programme 01 January 2018

Listen to our daily bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, presented by Dianne Penn.

Happy New Year!

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UN Daily News Programme 29 December 2017

Listen to our daily bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, presented by Paulina Greer and Vibhu Mishra.

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Improving safety "best way" to honour fallen peacekeepers

Sixty blue helmets were killed in attacks in 2017; nearly double the figure for the past two years.

That’s according to senior UN official Atul Khare, who reported that overall, 123 personnel died while serving at peacekeeping missions this year.

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