General News

DFS Chief talks about the challenges UN peacekeepers face

The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers was observed on 29 May with ceremonies to honor the men and women who served in United Nations (UN) peacekeeping operations. The occasion was also honor the memory of people who died in the name of peace.

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WFP appeals for $500 million to provide food assistance to Syrians

World Food Programme (WFP) Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, Amir Abdulla has wrapped up a two-day visit to Syria in which he saw first-hand the hardship endured by Syrians as a result of the raging conflict that has engulfed the country.

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Ban all forms of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship, says UN health agency

Banning of all forms of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship will reduce the number of tobacco users, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

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UNICEF calls for inclusion of children with disabilities in development

Children with disabilities and their communities would both benefit if society focused on what those children can achieve, rather than what they cannot do, according to UNICEF’s annual State of the World’s Children’s report.

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See the child before the disability, says UNICEF

The UN children’s agency UNICEF is calling for the inclusion of children with disabilities in discussions and decisions about development.

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San people of Southern Africa face challenges, says an activist

This year’s session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues which started on 20 May, ends on Friday, 31 May.

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Inter-agency mission assesses humanitarian needs in Mali

Several United Nations agencies are warning of an acute humanitarian crisis in Gao in eastern Mali.

Gao was affected by the fighting that broke out in 2012 in northern Mali between the national army and Tuareg rebels.

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UN Human Rights Council debates situation in Syria

The situation in Syria reflects a colossal failure to protect civilians, children, women and men who suffer the brutality of unbridled violence and gross human rights violations by all parties to the conflict.

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On UN Peacekeepers Day a Canadian peacekeeper reflects on his mission in South Sudan

The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers is observed on 29 May to remember people who serve in UN peacekeeping operations and to honour the memory of those who died working for peace.

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Peacekeeping enhanced through mine clearance

There are some 15,000 people, both men and women, employed as de-miners with the UN Mine Action Service, UNMAS, around the world.

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