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Geneva Conference on Syria - Update

UNIC Canberra – 23 January 2014

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opened a concerted new effort to end the brutal civil war in Syria, urging the Government, the opposition, and representatives of some 40 other countries and regional organizations to seize the historic opportunity to end the bloodshed.

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Senior UN officials urge restraint, dialogue to defuse tensions fuelling protests in Ukraine

UN News Centre – 21 January 2014

Urging restraint amid widespread anti-Government protests in Ukraine, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay called today for sustained and inclusive dialogue to defuse tensions in the country.

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Key UN body can now hear complaints from children whose rights have been violated

UN News Centre – 14 January 2014

A new legal instrument allowing children or their representatives to file a complaint with the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child is set to go into effect in April, following its final required ratification, the United Nations today announced.

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UN human rights chief denounces ‘draconian’ anti-homosexuality law in Nigeria

UN News Centre – 14 January 2014

The United Nations human rights chief today voiced her alarm at a “draconian” new law in Nigeria that further criminalizes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, organizations and activities, as well as people who support them.

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‘World must do more’ to aid besieged communities in Syria, urges top UN relief official

UN News Centre – 12 January 2014

United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos sounded the alarm today on behalf of more than 9 million desperate Syrians – particularly people trapped in areas cut off from aid by months of fighting between Government and rebel forces – and called on the world to also do more for those that have been displaced by violence or otherwise impacted by the ongoing crisis.

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Marking fourth anniversary of Haiti earthquake, UN pledges ongoing support to country’s recovery

UN News Centre – 12 January 2014

United Nations officials are calling on the international community to increase aid to Haiti on the fourth anniversary of the devastating earthquake that struck the impoverished country, as well as pledging the Organization's ongoing solidarity with the Haitian people and Government.

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UN refugee agency urges Israel to reconsider new procedures for asylum seekers

UN News Centre – 10 January 2014

The United Nations refugee agency today warned that Israel could be breaking international law by limiting the rights of asylum-seekers with a new amendment to the country’s anti-infiltration law.

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Insecurity pushes number of displaced in Central African Republic past 935,000

UNHCR – 03 January 2014

Continuing violence and insecurity in Central African Republic has pushed the number of internally displaced people (IDP) past 935,000 and is hampering humanitarian aid efforts.

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UN human rights office urges Uganda to scrap anti-homosexuality bill

UN News Centre – 27 December 2013

The United Nations human rights office today called on the President of Uganda to refrain from signing the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law, and urged the country to ensure the protection of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people from violence and discrimination.

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Ban urges international community to boost support for Philippines typhoon recovery plan

UN News Centre – 22 December 2013

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UN mission in South Sudan mourns fallen peacekeepers

UN News Centre – 21 December 2013

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) held a memorial ceremony in Juba, the capital, today for two Indian battalion peacekeepers who died in the 19 December in a brazen attack on its base in the town of Akobo in restive Jonglei state.

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Annual UN charity football match will benefit Philippines typhoon recovery efforts

UN News Centre – 20 December 2013

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Proceeds from the annual United Nations all-star charity football game, led by legends Ronaldo and Zinédine Zidane and which will be held next March in Switzerland, will benefit recovery efforts in the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, the world body has announced.

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2013 witnessed some of the highest levels of forced displacement ever – UN report

UN News Centre – 20 December 2013

The United Nations refugee agency warned today that 2013 is on track for some of the highest levels of forced displacement ever seen, owing to unusually large numbers of new refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs).

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Central African Republic: UN rights official calls for international efforts to avert disaster

UN News Centre – 20 December 2013

The crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR), where thousands of people have been killed and 750,000 others driven from their homes, risks deteriorating even further amid escalating Muslim-Christian clashes and the reported involvement of foreign elements, a top United Nations official warned today, calling for international efforts to help avert disaster.

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Historic snow storm challenges Middle East preparedness

UNISDR – 18 December 2013

The worst snow storm in decades affected large parts of the Middle East and tested disaster preparedness and management in the region.

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Final UN mission report on Chemical Weapons in Syria

UNIC Canberra – 17 December 2013

The final report of the UN Mission to Investigate Allegations of the Use of Chemical Weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic reveals ‘credible information’ on more cases of chemical weapons use in Syria. "We are all now acutely aware that chemical weapons were used not only in the appalling August attack in the Ghouta area of Damascus, but also on several other occasions, including on a small scale, against civilians and military targets," said the Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.

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UNOCHA Situation Report for the Central African Republic

UNOCHA – 17 December 2013

More than 700,000 Central African have been displaced by the conflict, including some 214,000 since 5 December, in Bangui alone. With a UN Security Council mandate, French military operations to support (MISCA) –the AU-led peacekeeping operation- began on 9 December. An OCHA Civil-Military Coordinator is acting as an interface between the humanitarian community and military forces.

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Fighting in Bangui, Central African Republic, displaces some 210,000 people

UNHCR – 17 December 2013

UN refugee agency staff in the Central African Republic believe that some 210,000 people have been forcibly displaced by violence in the last two weeks in the embattled capital, Bangui.

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UN appeals for a record US$6.5 billion for Syria operations in 2014

UNHCR – 16 December 2013

Faced with the prospect of a worsening situation inside Syria and growing numbers of refugees in 2014, UN agencies on Monday appealed to donors for US$6.5 billion in funds – the biggest amount so far requested for a single humanitarian emergency.

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Needs remain enormous in typhoon-hit Philippine areas, senior UN official reports

UN News Centre – 13 December 2013

Humanitarian and early recovery needs remain great in typhoon-hit Philippines, a senior United Nations official said following a joint international mission to the areas of Guiuan, Ormoc and Tacloban.

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