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UN Calls for Scaling Up of Humanitarian Efforts in Philippines - The United Nations relief chief called today on countries and international organizations to scale up humanitarian efforts in the Philippines.

UN: Yemen Faces Uncertain Future - The next few weeks will be critical as Yemen seeks to address its political, security and humanitarian challenges, a United Nations envoy stressed today.

Un Chief Ban Mourns Death Of Vaclav Havel - Ban Ki-moon has voiced his deep sadness at the passing of Vaclav Havel, the former president of the Czech Republic, who died on Sunday.

UN Chief Ban Condemns Violence In Cairo - Ban Ki-moon called on transitional authorities in Egypt to show restraint after several days of clashes between security forces and protesters in the capital.

UN: Violence Against Women Serious Problem In Somalia - An independent United Nations human rights expert today called for greater efforts to improve the plight of women in Somalia, thousands of whom remain extremely vulnerable to discrimination and violence.

UN: Japanese Nuclear Plant Now Stable - The UN nuclear watchdog welcomed Japan`s announcement that it had successfully stabilized the reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Prosecutor of UN-backed Lebanon Tribunal to Step Down at End of Term - Mr. Ban told a news conference at UN Headquarters today that he will seek Mr. Bellemare`s replacement in consultation with the UN Legal Counsel, Patricia O`Brien.

UN: Significant Rise In Opium Poppy Cultivation In Myanmar - A United Nations survey launched today points to significant " increases in opium poppy cultivation in Myanmar and Laos.

UN Seeks $7.7 Billion to Provide Humanitarian Aid to Millions of People in 2012 - The UN called for $7.7 billion to provide humanitarian assistance to 51 million people in 16 countries over the course of next year.

UN Chief Ban: World Needs UN More Than Ever - The UN has never been so needed to deal with the planet`s most pressing challenges, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a year-end press conference today.

UN Mobile App Lets Users Calculate Carbon Footprint - A new United Nations mobile telephone application released today lets users calculate their carbon footprint.

Palestinian Flag Flies At UNESCO - The Palestinian flag was raised for the first time at the Paris headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO.

UN Chief Ban Praises Climate Change Deal Reached At Durban - Ban Ki-moon welcomed today the set of decisions reached by countries at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban.

UN: Unemployment In Gaza Remains High - The rate of unemployment among refugees registered with the United Nations in the Gaza Strip in the occupied Palestinian territory stands at 33.8 per cent.

UN: World Food Prices Remain Stable In November - Global food prices in November were virtually unchanged from October.

UN Chief Ban Urges Countries To Fight Deforestation - Ban Ki-moon called today for increased support from Member States for a United Nations initiative to slow, halt and reverse deforestation.

UN Condemns Violence In Yemen - The UN human rights chief today condemned the killing of unarmed civilians in Yemen in recent days.

UN Chief Ban Praises Indonesia For Signing Treaty Banning Nuclear Tests - Ban Ki-moon welcomed ratification by Indonesia of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty.

UN Chief Ban Urges Countries To Take Climate Change Seriously - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged countries not to lose momentum and show determined leadership to advance negotiations at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban.

UN Chief Ban: Disabled Should Play Role In Society - Ban Ki-moon called for governments, civil society and the global community to work alongside persons with disabilities, saying their participation is essential to achieve inclusive and sustainable development worldwide.


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