1,500 Africans drown crossing the Mediterranean in 2011

2011 has been the deadliest year for Africans crossing the Mediterranean to flee to Europe, according to the UN’s refugee agency.

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World food prices down, but Africa still a concern

World food prices fell in the last three months of 2011, but they’re still 24 per cent higher than they were in 2010.

That’s according to the World Bank which released its latest Food Price Watch report on Tuesday in Washington DC.

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Security Council to take up draft resolution on Syria

A major diplomatic effort is due to get underway at the UN Security Council on Tuesday to try to stop an ongoing conflict in Syria.

The UN estimates up to 5,000 people have been killed in a struggle to oust incumbent president Bashar al-Assad.

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Sustainable development planet’s best chance for survival

A group of global policy makers examining ways to combat challenges such as climate change, water scarcity and human consumption patterns, has presented its findings to the UN Secretary-General.

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Holocaust teenager film goes global


A documentary film celebrating the life of the late Jewish prodigy, Petr Ginz, murdered during the Holocaust, will soon go global.

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History of UN told in interviews

An archive of interviews with some of the personalities behind crucial moments in UN history is now available online.

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Report highlights important work of home-grown think tanks in developing economies

Over the past six years there has been a rise in the number of think tanks in developing countries, including some African nations.

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International community making progress on protecting people

The international community is making progress on protecting people from genocide and other crimes.

That’s according to the UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect.

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Earthquakes claimed more lives in 2011 natural disasters

Earthquakes were the biggest killers in natural disasters last year, according to a report published on Wednesday.

According to statistics released by the UN, there were 302 major disasters in 2011.

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70th Anniversary of Declaration by United Nations observed

Scholars, policy makers and former United Nations officials are gathering  in London on Wednesday to mark the 70th anniversary of the Declaration by United Nations.

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