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Cameroon community to return home after lake explosion

Nearly 1,700 people died in 1986 when Cameroon's Lake Nyos suddenly released deadly levels of carbon dioxide into the air, following a build-up of the gas in the lake. Another 10,000 people were uprooted and 3,000 heads of livestock were also lost. "I lost more than 21 members of my family and more

Chhibber: Poorest countries need help to build up their resilience

Last week, in Istanbul, over 40 heads of state from the world’s least developed countries gathered to define a new vision to reverse the profound poverty of the people living in these countries. Of the 48 least developed countries, 14 are in Asia. After a period of prolonged slow growth, by 2007 the more

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Civilians march for peace in the Central African Republic

United Nations field representatives joined a youth-led march for peace this morning in Bangui, the capital. “We want to express our desire to restore the harmony that has always existed between Christians and Muslims in this country,” a participant said. Since 5 December 2013, the outbreak of viole more

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Cluster munitions maim and kill Iraqis every day

Iraq - Every year hundreds of Iraqis are killed or maimed by cluster munitions and landmines, due to Iraq’s contamination of millions of explosive remnants of war (ERW). According to Iraqi figures, the contamination claimed 14,000 victims between 1991 and 2007, while in the three Kurdish governorate more

Colombia, bringing the death toll down

 (Photo: UNODC Columbia)Despite the heavy presence of paramilitary organizations in Colombia, they are only responsible for nine percent of all firearm-related homicides in the country. In 2008, around 77 percent of the 14,000 homicides involved civilians carrying firearms, while the remaining 14 more

Concerns Iraq will not meet mine ban treaty obligations

BAGHDAD – A joint UNICEF-UNDP report, released today with the Iraqi Ministry of Environment, raises concerns that Iraq is unable to meet its obligations under the Ottawa Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Treaty. “After decades of war and conflict, Iraq has become one of the world’s most co more

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Côte d’Ivoire trials could begin by end of year, minister says

Rule of Law reform also top priority in DRC New York—Prosecution of those charged in connection with massive post-election violence in Côte d’Ivoire could start by the end of this year, Minister of Justice Loma Matto Cissé said today, adding that wide-ranging legal reforms are under way.  “We h more

Croatia: UNDP promotes ethnic reconciliation

Croatia has made great strides towards European integration, but still faces the challenges of ethnic tension in war-affected areas. While much reconstruction has taken place in the formerly besieged cities of Osijek and Vukovar in the east of the country, inter-ethnic tensions still simmer and are more

Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar: One year on

VideoCyclone Nargis: One Year Anniversary | watch larger versionPhotos: After Cyclone NargisIt was a year ago today when Cyclone Nargis struck the coast of Myanmar, leaving a trail of unprecedented destruction: 140,000 lives were lost and the livelihoods of 2.4 million people were shattered.One ye more

DPRK needs immediate food aid following floods, says UN

Pyongyang  – The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) needs immediate food assistance after torrential rains caused flooding between 18-29 July, according to a United Nations assessment. Access to clean water and health care also remain high priorities to avoid disease outbreaks. Almost more