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UN to Focus on Mozambique Riots

The United Nations has called an urgent meeting on rising global food prices in an attempt to head off a repeat of the 2008 crisis that sparked riots around the world.

According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) spokesperson, Christopher Matthews "The purpose of holding the meeting is for exporting and importing countries to engage in constructive discussions on appropriate reactions to the current market situation."

Sudan Urged to Prepare for Real Crisis

South Sudan’s humanitarian affairs and disaster management minister has urged South Sudan to prepare for what he called a ‘real crisis’, whatever the outcome of an upcoming referendum on the potential partition of Africa's largest country.

James Kok Ruea says id agencies and the United Nations should be ready to cope with massive displacement of southerners.

New Women Agency at United Nations

Women's rights advocates who spent years pushing for a United Nations (UN) women’s agency celebrated earlier this month when secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, announced its creation on 2 July.

The agency, which is meant to tackle all issues facing women and balance gender inequality, the agency is the first of its kind in the organisation's 65-year history, with a proposed annual budget of US$1 billion.

UN Criticises West Africa Over Poor Governance

The United Nations (UN) report says despite the progress in shoring up peace and human rights in West Africa, paucity of good governance still undercuts progress in the region.

UN secretary-general's special representative for West Africa, Said Djinnit, disclosed this while presenting the Secretary General's latest report on the region to members of the Security Council.

UN Urged to Support Goldstone Report

The United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights is calling on the United Nations (UN) Security Council to support recommendations of the ‘Goldstone Report’.

UNHCR’s Navi Pillay, cites accountability as a key measure to protecting civilians caught up in conflicts, while warning council members of more violence in the lead up to the referendum in Sudan next year.

World Cup in Africa a Triumph for Humanity – UN

United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, has described the hosting of the World Cup on African soil as a triumph for humanity.

Officiating at the gala dinner in Johannesburg to promote the education goal, Ban urged world leaders to ensure that the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are achieved.

Ban said he was convening a special summit on the 2015 MDGs to take stock of progress made.

Call for Africa’s Permanent Seat at UN

Cameroonian President, Paul Biya, has urged the United Nations to create a permanent seat for Africa on the Security Council.

Biya, who welcomed the world body's secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, who is to attend the Soccer World Cup in South Africa.

Biya, who has been in power for 27 years, called it an ‘anomaly’ that Africa has no permanent representative on the council.

Africa Urged to Ease Trade Curbs

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) says poor regional trade is one of Africa’s major hurdles.

UN-HABITAT under-secretary-general and executive director, Anna Tibaijuka, says that trade restrictions must be eased to create incentives which will help Africa catch up with the rest of the world.

Speaking at the opening conference of the 20th World Economic Forum (WEF) last week, Tibaijuka called on African countries to ease trade restrictions to create incentives which will help the continent to catch up with the rest of the world.

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