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Needs remain 'enormous' in Philippines 100 days after Typhoon Haiyan - UN

The United Nations and its partners in the Philippines are warning today that millions of people still require urgent assistance to rebuild their lives and livelihoods, 100 days after Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded, cut a swath of devastation across the archipelago.

Beckham drums up support for UN typhoon-recovery in Philippines

David Beckham, a United Nations Children's Fund Goodwill Ambassador, today met with children in the storm-ravaged Philippine city of Tacloban as part of the UN agency's relief efforts in the country.

Two Koreas should use momentum of family reunions to build further mutual trust, says Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the two Koreas to build on the momentum generated by their agreement to hold family reunions later this month to take further steps to foster confidence and trust.

Independent UN expert urges Tajikistan to turn policy into action to eradicate torture

An independent United Nations human rights expert today urged the Government of Tajikistan to fully implement its policies to eradicate and prevent torture and ill-treatment.

UN agency welcomes new Afghan policy protecting rights of internally displaced

Afghanistan’s new national policy to protect the rights of some 630,000 internally displaced people recognizes that all Afghans have the right to freedom of movement and residence, the United Nations refugee agency today detailed.

Civilian casualties in Afghanistan up 14 per cent last year, says new UN report

Civilian casualties in Afghanistan rose by 14 per cent last year, according to a new report released on Saturday by the United Nations, which also found that it was the worst year since 2009 in terms of the number of women and children killed or injured as a result of conflict-related violence.

UNESCO chief deplores ‘brutal’ killing of Cambodian journalist

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today deplored the killing of Cambodian journalist Suon Chan and called for those responsible for the killing to be brought to justice.

UN focus shifts from life-saving aid to school, work priorities in storm-ravaged Philippines

Three months after Typhoon Haiyan devastated central Philippines, United Nations agencies and their partners are refocusing their priorities to longer-term assistance aimed at getting children back in to classrooms and parents to work.

Philippines: UN says $33 million required to cover basic needs for earthquake survivors in Bohol

Nearly four months after a massive earthquake devastated parts of Bohol Island, the top United Nations relief official in the Philippines is calling on donors to provide an additional $19 million for urgent shelter needs, as well as health, education and early recovery efforts in the affected areas.

Afghanistan: UN official says women’s participation ‘key measure’ of election’s success

Calling the role of women in decision-making vital for Afghanistan’s future, the top United Nations official there said today the level of their participation in Presidential and Provincial Council elections on 5 April will be “a key measure of success” of the polls.