General News

Kimberly scheme blocks trading in conflict diamonds

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Kimberly Process Certification Scheme, launched in 2003 to prevent the use of diamonds to finance conflicts in Africa.

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Child-friendly spaces offer oasis for displaced children in the Philippines

Tens of thousands are still living in schools, churches and other public buildings since Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines a little over a month ago.

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UN chief calls for political solution to crisis in South Sudan

The United Nations remains concerned about the situation in South Sudan where fighting has broken out between government and rebel forces.

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Civilians flee as fighting and violence spreads in South Sudan

South Sudan’s capital city Juba is increasingly becoming deserted as tensions escalate between rival factions in the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA).

An estimated 40,000 civilians are being sheltered at UN bases across the country as fighting spreads.

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Conflict in South Sudan raises concern at United Nations

As fighting between rival members of the army continues in South Sudan, the United Nations is deeply concerned about this situation.

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Cambodia faces challenges in improving sanitation and hygiene

Improving hygiene through use of latrines and hand washing with soap and water, protecting water sources from contamination remain key challenges for Cambodia.

Patrick Maigua reports.

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UN General Assembly honours Nelson Mandela

The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday held a special meeting to honour Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela who passed away on 5 December.

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UN Special Envoy: Fighting has ceased in Bangui, but situation is not “irreversible”

Fighting in Bangui has stopped and the situation is improving, according to the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative in the Central African Republic (CAR).

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Security Council told of drug trafficking in West Africa and Sahel

The Security Council met on Wednesday to discuss combating drug trafficking in West Africa and the Sahel.

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Time to take action and save migrant lives, UN agencies urge

The international community is being asked to take decisive action and save lives of migrants caught in crisis, as the world observes International Migrants Day on 18 December.

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