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Alex Salmond to resign as Scottish First Minister

Edinburgh , Sept 19 (IBNS) As Scotland rejected vote for independence from United Kingdom, Alex Salmond is to step down as first minister of the country.

Life-saving food aid in jeopardy for millions of Syrians, warns UN agency

New York, Sept 19 (IBNS) The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on Thursday warned that it is running out of funds to provide food for almost 6 million Syrians receiving its life-saving assistance.

Hundreds of Yemeni families in need of aid, UN humanitarian office warns

New York, Sept 19 (IBNS) Clashes were on Thursday reported in Marib, Yemen, where United Nations humanitarian partners estimate that about 300 families are displaced and cut off from aid.

Gaps in commitments by developed countries hamper progress on MDGs-UN

New York, Sept 19 (IBNS) Despite improvements in the lives of millions of people around the world, the United Nations on Thursday reported that persistent gaps between promises made and those delivered by developed countries are holding back greater progress on reaching the eight anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) by the end of 2015.

In Uruguay, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson urges women's political participation

New York, Sept 19 (IBNS) On her first country visit as UN Women's Goodwill Ambassador, acclaimed British actor Emma Watson in Uruguay highlighted the need for women's political participation as the country gears up for elections with a first-ever national quota law guaranteeing 30 per cent women’s representation.

Some 22 million displaced by natural disasters in 2013, UN-backed report reveals

New York, Sept 18 (IBNS) A new United Nations-backed report launched on Wednesday reveals that 22 million people worldwide were displaced in 2013 by disasters sparked largely by earthquakes or climate- and weather-related events – almost three times more than by conflict in the same year.

UN envoy meets with Greek Cypriot, Turkish Cypriot leaders

New York, Sept 18 (IBNS) The United Nations Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide on Wednesday met on Wednesday with the leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities, who reaffirmed their commitment to lead negotiations through a win-win approach and reach a settlement soon.

Voices of indigenous peoples must be heard on issues affecting them, UN rights body told

New York, Sept 18 (IBNS) The voices of indigenous peoples must be effectively heard and they must be consulted on issues that affect them, including rights to land and resources, the United Nations Human Rights Council heard on Wednesday.

Citing 'official obstruction,' UN body dealing with torture suspends Azerbaijan visit

New York, Sept 18 (IBNS): A United Nations human rights body on Wednesday announced that it has decided to suspend its visit to Azerbaijan due to obstructions it encountered in carrying out its mandate under the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture, to which the south Caucasus country is a party.

UN deputy envoy welcomes reconciliation conference in southern Somalia

New York, Sept 18 (IBNS) A senior United Nations official on Wednesday welcomed the opening of the Kismayo reconciliation conference in the southern Somali port town as a step towards strengthening the country and consolidating peace in the region.

Rajnath to attend SAARC Home Ministers' meet in Kathmandu

New Delhi, Sept 17 (IBNS): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will be attending the Sixth Meeting of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Ministers of Interior / Home to be held in Nepal on September 19.

Forced displacement in Somalia shows '‘no signs of easing,' UN agency warns

New York, Sept 17 (IBNS) Alarming circumstances such as forced evictions, drought, conflict and lack of livelihood have forced over 130,000 people from their homes in Somalia so far this year, with the majority being internally displaced, warned the United Nations refugee agency on Tuesday.

Middle East: UN envoy announces deal on reconstruction in Gaza

New York, Sept 17 (IBNS) With the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire holding in the Gaza Strip, the United Nations has reached agreement with Israel and Palestinian Authority on a new reconstruction mechanism for the enclave as "an important step" in the right direction to kick start recovery and rehabilitation and give hope to the people there, a senior UN envoy announced on Tuesday.

Post-2015 development agenda takes centre stage as General Assembly's 69th session opens

New York, Sept 17 (IBNS) The United Nations General Assembly opened its 69th annual session on Tuesday with the body's new President declaring that it would be a historic opportunity to formulate a post-2015 development agenda that is transformative, brings tangible results in fighting poverty, and leads to improving lives of all people.

World hunger falls, but number of undernourished remains 'unacceptably high' – joint UN repor

New York, Sept 17 (IBNS) More than 800 million people – or one in every nine on the planet – suffer from hunger, but a new joint UN agency report released on Tuesday stated that the Millennium Development Goal of halving the proportion of undernourished people by 2015 is still within reach.