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Secretary-General meets with female victims of DR Congo conflict

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited today with women and girls who have been victims of sexual violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a country that the United Nations says has witnessed some of the highest levels of such abuses in the world.

Over 40,000 displaced Somalis return to capital despite clashes, says UN agency

Although the Somali capital is witnessing some of the worst clashes in months, more than 40,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) have returned to Mogadishu in the last six weeks, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) reported today.

UNESCO chief speaks out against murder of Mexican photographer

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with upholding press freedom today condemned the murder of a Mexican news photographer in an attack that also seriously injured another journalist, calling for the those behind the act of violence to be brought to justice.

Malaria control measures making advances in fight against deadly disease – UN report

Although progress has been made towards reducing malaria deaths, currently around 1 million a year, to near zero by the end of 2015, the international community needs to intensify its efforts to reach the goal, stressed a new United Nations report published today.

Former Rwandan chaplain sentenced to 25 years by UN genocide court

A former chaplain in Rwanda’s armed forces was sentenced today to 25 years for the abduction, murder and sexual assault of Tutsi civilians by the United Nations tribunal set up to deal with the mass killings that engulfed the tiny African country in 1994.

Planted forests increasingly critical to future wood supplies, says UN agency

Planted forests – which provided wood that is renewable, energy efficient and environmentally friendly – have become increasingly critical to future supplies, according to a new study by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Massive UN polio immunization campaign underway in West Africa

Some 53 million children under the age of five, including every girl and boy in Nigeria, have been targeted by a mass polio immunization campaign across West Africa, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced today.

Notable rise in violence against civilians, aid workers in DR Congo, UN reports

There has been a notable rise in violations against civilians and attacks on humanitarian workers in North Kivu province in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), leading to new displacement, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today.

New head of key regional security group affirms value of cooperation with UN

Given the depth and quantity of challenges on the international community’s agenda, the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) will continue to boost its partnership with the United Nation, its new Chairperson said today.

UN relief chief concerned over physical condition of Sri Lankans trapped by clashes

The top United Nations humanitarian official today voiced concern for the hundreds of thousands of Sri Lankans pushed into a progressively shrinking pocket of land in the northern part of the country due to clashes between Government forces and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).