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19 Dec 2014 description
report UN General Assembly


Sixty-ninth session, 24th & 25th Meetings (AM & PM)

Speakers Consider Reports on Revised Estimates for Human Rights Council, General Assembly Resolutions

As the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) began its examination of the revised budget proposal for the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) for the biennium 2014-2015, some delegates expressed deep concern that sufficient resources would not reach the field, where assistance was most needed.

07 May 2012 description

The recent conviction of former Liberian president Charles Taylor on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity is a great accomplishment for international justice. Not since the Nuremberg trials has a former head of state been successfully prosecuted by an international court. Amongst the many West Africans watching the trial closely were thousands of former refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) who fled the gruesome violence inflicted by Taylor’s forces. Over the course of the conflict in Sierra Leone, approximately half of the country’s population was forced to flee.

28 Apr 2011 description


28 April 2011

Sixteen Countries Will Have Their Human Rights Records Examined

Sixteen States will have their human rights records examined during the eleventh session of the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review Working Group to be held in Geneva from 2 to 13 May. These countries are (in order of review) Belgium, Denmark, Palau, Somalia, the Seychelles, the Solomon Islands, Latvia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Suriname, Greece, Samoa, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sudan, Hungary and Papua New Guinea.

19 May 2009 description

"POST-CONFLICT PEACEBUILDING: Contemporary challenges and the way forward."

21 Apr 2009 description
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Conseil de sécurité
6108e séance – matin & après-midi

Le Conseil de sécurité, au terme d'un débat qui a rassemblé aujourd'hui une quarantaine de pays, a souligné l'importance des initiatives prises par le Secrétaire général, M. Ban Ki-moon, pour « promouvoir la médiation et régler pacifiquement les différends ».

24 Sep 2008 description

Announcing a partnership determined "to put hunger out of business", the Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP) unveiled a groundbreaking initiative to help poor farmers in the developing world -- reeling from the triple shock of global food, fuel and financial crises -- raise their incomes.

The new initiative, Purchase for Progress, or "P4P", announced at a Headquarters press conference this morning, joins WFP, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Howard G.

30 Sep 2007 description

Each week, the World Health Organization Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on the health aspects of selected humanitarian crises. Drawing on the various WHO programmes, contributions cover activities from field and country offices and the support provided by WHO regional offices and Headquarters.

25 Oct 2006 description
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[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

JOHANNESBURG, 25 October (PLUSNEWS) - Conflict and displacement translate into high numbers of HIV infections, fuelling the global epidemic. Or does it?

11 Apr 2006 description

Santa Monica, CA, April 12, 2006 - International Medical Corps will be participating in a conference aimed at addressing a critical gap in health care in Africa: mental health. Dr. Lynne Jones, IMC's technical adviser on mental health, and IMC psychiatrist Dr. Joseph Asare, will be presenting on their work in Sierra Leone. Also from IMC, psychiatrist Dr. Mustafa Elmasari, who is based in Chad, will discuss IMC's work initiating mental health services for Sudanese refugees there.

03 Jan 2006 description

Following is a near verbatim transcript of today's noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General.

Good afternoon, and welcome back and Happy New Year.

Security Council

Tanzania has assumed the rotating Presidency of the Security Council for the month of January, and Ambassador Augustine Mahiga is holding bilateral talks with other Council members today about their work over the coming month.

As the year begins, five new Council members -- Ghana, Peru, Qatar, the Republic of Congo and Slovakia -- are taking up their new seats.

27 Feb 2002 description

MONROVIA, Feb 27 (Reuters) - A study in West Africa has revealed the widespread sexual exploitation of refugee children by aid workers and peacekeepers in exchange for supplies sent to save lives.

The scandal, details of which emerged on Tuesday, is the latest in a series involving sex and corruption to taint aid and peacekeeping operations on the world's poorest continent.

Below are some scandals in recent years:


February - United Nations says investigation reveals that some peacekeeping troops in Mozambique paid for sex with children.


February - Angola …

22 Dec 2000 description

This report includes: (A) Sierra Leone (B) Sudan (C) Angola (D)Ethiopia (E) Burundi (F) Vietnam (G)Laos (H)New contributions

31 Mar 2000 description

The Executive Director of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Carol Bellamy, told a Headquarters press briefing this afternoon that education was the most important means of preventing the exploitation of children in armed conflict. The early re-establishment of education programmes must be part of any effort to protect and rehabilitate children once a conflict was over, she said.

28 Oct 1999 description
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Press Release GA/SHC/3539 - 19991028
Warning that without timely assistance, Africa could quickly fall back into the cycle of violence, the representative of Sierra Leone called for a comprehensive programme of assistance to the children of war-torn societies in order to bring durable and sustainable peace to the continent as a whole. He addressed the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) this morning as it met to continue considering issues related to the promotion and protection of the rights of children.

19 Oct 1999 description
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Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Integrated Regional Information Network for West Africa
Tel: +225 21 73 54
Fax: +225 21 63 35
e-mail: irin-wa@ocha.unon.org

SIERRA LEONE: Missing priests reportedly safe

Sixteen people missing since Friday, including the Bishop of Makeni, Giorgio Biguzzi, two priests and various aid workers, are now safe, the Missionary News Agency (MISNA) reported.

26 Jul 1999 description

By Judy Aita
USIA United Nations Correspondent