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CARIBBEAN NEWS ROUNDUP #9

Antigua and Barbuda says the empowerment of women is vital to sustainable development Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon launches a campaign to end violence against women The Bahamas says the picture is bleak where climate change is concerned St.Kitts-Nevis also talks about the effects of climate change The Commission on Social development concludes its session urging governments [...]

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Headlines UNCA 09-08

• UNHCR Protection Chief launches new efforts to take a fresh look at the situation of refugees in Afghanistan. Some 920,000 Afghan refugees who fled to Iran following succesive waves of conflict in their country have temporarily been given shelter by the Government of Iran for some 20 years. The UN Office for Human Rights [...]

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More than 13,000 Sudanese seek refuge in Chad in February alone: UNHCR

The UN refugee agency-UNHCR estimates that an additional 3,000 refugees from Darfur arrived in Chad last week bringing the total number to over 13,000 Sudanese who have fled the fighting this month.

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WOMEN No. 9-2008

The UN Launches a Multi-Year Campaign to End Violence Against Women

~~UN agencies and civil society groups joined Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in launching a seven-year campaign to eliminate violence against women. Mr. Ban's personal encounters with victims of violence formed part of the motivation of this campaign. Another is that many women have been left out of development efforts, because of the violence that is continually being inflicted on them. The campaign is scheduled to run until 2015, the same target year as the internationally agreed Millennium Development Goals. ~

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Cuba signs human rights treaties

Cuba signed two human rights treaties at the United Nations.

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WOMEN No. 8-2008

Aung San Suu Kyi Should Become “Part of the Solution” for Myanmar~~Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of the democracy movement in Myanmar, spent 11 out of the last 18 years in detention. In 1990 she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and is viewed as an international symbol of peaceful resistance. At the UN her immediate release is seen as a key condition for a successful political reconciliation in Mynmar. Elena Vapnitchnaia talked about the role of Aung San Suu Kyi with the Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General Ibrahim Gambari.

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Extreme cold devastates livestock in Afghanistan: FAO

Extreme cold has devastated the livestock sector in Afghanistan killing over ~300,000 animals since late December.~

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Human Rights Council Begins Seventh Session Monday

The United Nations Human Rights Council will hold its seventh session starting Monday march 3rd in Geneva.

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Situation in Madagascar difficult after Cyclone Ivan: UNICEF

The situation in Madagascar is very difficult following the passage of Cyclone Ivan which killed more than 80 people and left 300,000 without shelter.~

29 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

An Arctic Seed Vault May Save Humankind in Case of Disaster

Doomsday Vault, Noah’s Arc–the journalists were quick to give dramatic sounding names to the Global Seed Vault which opened this week in Norway. It will store up to two billion seeds of thousands of plants from all over the world. The Vault is intended as a hedge against catastrophe-natural or man made. Elena Vapnitchnaia reports.

29 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UNICEF Joins National Campaign against Child Abuse in Zimbabwe

The number of reported cases of children being raped in Zimbabwe has increased by more than 40 percent in the last three years, according to official police statistics. A government agency, a faith-based organization and UNICEF are fighting back to raise awareness and stop the abuse. UN Radio’s Gerry Adams spoke with James Elder, Chief of Communications, about a new campaign just launched called “Stand up and speak out”.

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Security Council postpones vote on Iran

Britain and France are delaying a UN Security Council vote on new sanctions against Iran until Monday to try and get more support for the resolution.

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UN CALLING ASIA #9 IN BANGLA: Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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UN CALLING ASIA #9 IN HINDI: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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HINDI #9: Antar Rashtriya Patrika 29 February 2008

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UN AND AFRICA #193

Rwandan Army Acts to Stop Violence against Women United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon this week launched a multi-year global campaign to end violence against women. Captain Aimable Mushabe tells UN Radio that the Rwandan army is already raising awareness of this issue among its soldiers. “We tell them that there is no way you can [...]

28 Feb 2008 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

UNHCR seeks $18.6 million to respond to displacement in Sri Lanka this year

The UN refugee agency has appealed for more than $18 million to provide assistance to an estimated half a million internally displaced persons in Sri Lanka.

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UN agencies urge protection for all regardless of sexual orientation or HIV status

Two United Nations agencies have issued a joint call for greater protection of the human rights of all persons regardless of sexual orientation or HIV status.

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Ban urges special committee to continue advancing the decolonization process

Facilitating the process of decolonization is one of the proudest chapters in the history of the United Nations.

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Ban condemns escalating violence in Southern Israel and Gaza

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed deep concern at the loss of civilian life in Southern Israel and Gaza, and at the escalation of violence that took place Wednesday.

28 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN agencies working to address humanitarian needs of displaced in Central African Republic: Lanzer

30 UN agencies and partners are working very closely to address the humanitarian consequences of the displaced people living along the northern border area of the Central African Republic.

28 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Agencies Launch Appeal to Abandon Female Genital Mutilation

Ten UN agencies have pledged to support governments and communities to stamp out the practice of Female Genital Mutilation or “cutting”. More than 100 million women and girls worldwide have already undergone the procedure, which often has dire consequences for their health, especially during childbirth. Dianne Penn has the story.

28 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Committee Against Racial Discrimination Reviews the Situation in USA

The UN Special Rapporteur on housing today called on the United States to stop the evictions of African-Americans and the demolition of public housing in New Orleans. This concern for the human rights of black Americans comes just a few days after the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in Geneva reviewed the US report on implementing the UN Convention prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity. Eleven other countries, signatories to the Convention, are also presenting their reports at the current session of the Commitee. Patrick Maigua reports from Geneva.

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Secretary-General Ban Welcomes Peace Agreement among Kenyan Parties

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warmly welcomed the “Agreement on the Principles of Partnership of the Coalition Government” announced in Nairobi Thursday.

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A National Campaign against Child Abuse in Zimbabwe

The UN Children’s agency – UNICEF has begun a “Stand UP and Speak Out against Child Abuse national campaign in Zimbabwe.

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UN Security Council to Vote Saturday on Iran

The UN Security Council is expected to vote on Saturday on a resolution imposing a third round of sanctions on Iran over its nuclear programme.

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BANGLA #8: Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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HINDI #8: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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INDONESIAN #8: Fokus Fokus Kita

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URDU #8: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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Chad Holding Talks with Rebel Groups: Foreign Minister

The government of Chad says it is holding secret discussions with rebel groups who support peace and national reconciliation following an attempted coup earlier this month.

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Bird Flu Could Strike Again in India: FAO

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization–FAO warns that bird flu could strike again in India.

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Situation in Gaza Could Change Overnight: Israeli Ambassador

Israel has reacted to Tuesday’s briefing by UN officials in the UN Security Council.

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Kenyan Refugees Still Too Scared to Return Home

The UN refugee agency-UNHCR says while the security situation may have improved in areas of Kenya hit by post-election violence, many of the thousands of refugees who fled to Uganda are still too scared to return.

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Afghan Refugees Reluctant to Return Home Due to Security Situation: UNHCR

The deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan is making Afghan refugees in Iran and Pakistan reluctant to return home.

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Security Council Hears from Senior UN Officials on Middle East

Two senior UN officials reported this week to the Security Council about the situation in the occupied Palestinian territory. Dianne Penn filed this report.

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Half of World Population Now in Cities

It’s official. For the first time in human history, half of the world’s population, by the end of 2008, will live in cities, says Hania Zlotnik, Director of the UN Population Division, part of of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

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Ban strongly urges Kenyan parties to reach a solution without delay

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly urged the parties to the National Dialogue and Reconciliation in Kenya to take the necessary steps without delay to reach a solution to the ongoing crisis.

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UN agencies unite against female genital mutilation

The consequences of female genital mutilation are unacceptable anywhere, anytime and by any moral and ethical standard.

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UN Humanitarian Chief Says Root Causes of Kenyan Crisis Must Be Addressed

The top UN humanitarian official told the Security Council on Monday that the ethnic violence in Kenya following the disputed Presidential elections in December has had a devastating impact on the lives of many ordinary people. John Holmes visited Kenya earlier this month.

26 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UNHCR opens new camp in West Darfur to hold up to 6,000 displaced

The UN refugee agency–UNHCR and its partners have opened up a new site in the West Darfur region of Sudan to accommodate up to 6,000 internally displaced persons–IDPs.

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Situation in Gaza extremely damaging to prospects for peace process: Holmes

The current situation in Gaza is not sustainable and is extremely damaging to the prospects for the current peace process.

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WHO reports highest rates of drug-resistant tuberculosis to date

The World Health Organization says Multi-drug Resistant Tuberculosis is spreading faster than previously thought. WHO estimates there are nearly half a million new cases of multi-drug resistant TB worldwide each year. Patrick Maigua reports from Geneva.

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Half of world population to live in cities by end of 2008: UN

Half of the world’s population will live in urban areas by the end of this year.

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More refugees crossing into Chad fleeing aerial bombing in West Darfur: UNHCR

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees-UNHCR has sent a seven-man team to the Chad-Sudan border to assess the needs of newly arrived refugees in Chad following aerial bombing and ground attacks in West Darfur.

26 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

WHO warns that drug-resistant types of TB are on the rise

The World Health Organization says tuberculosis that is resistant to drugs has reached the highest rates ever. WHO issued a new report today based on a survey conducted among 90,000 TB patients in 81 countries. Multi-drug-resistant TB, known as MDR-TB, does not respond to the standard treatment. But even more dangerous is extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis, or XDR-TB, which is virtually untreatable. Cases of this type were recorded in 45 countries. Elena Vapnitchnaia found out more from Dr. Mario Raviglione, Director of the WHO Stop TB Department.

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UNICEF announces US$17 million funding for education in Liberia

UNICEF has announced that US$17 million will become available through a new public/private partnership to help rebuild Liberia’s primary education system.

26 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

BANGLA #7: Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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HINDI #7: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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INDONESIAN #7: Fokus Fokus Kita

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URDU #7: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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UN official calls for new strategy to end impasse between Israel and Gaza

There's been a call for Israel, Egypt and the Palestinian Authority to develop a new strategy to secure the lifting of the blockade of the Gaza Strip and end the rocket attacks on southern Israel.

26 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNIFEM-led Campaign by Rwandan Army Targets Violence Against Women

During the 1994 Rwandan genocide, sexual violence was a major weapon of terror and intimidation. Now, as the country rebuilds itself, a campaign by the military forces is targeting violence against women as a security threat. Sponsored by the UN development fund for women, UNIFEM, the campaign is also in line with the Secretary-General’s global campaign to eliminate violence against women, launched today. UN Radio’s Diane Bailey spoke to Captain Aimable Mushabe, a Rwandan military officer, who says the campaign has raised awareness of the problem throughout the armed forces.

25 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN envoy appeals to fugitives in Timor Leste to surrender to authorities

In Timor Leste, a suspect in a deadly attack by an armed group two years ago has surrendered to authorities.

25 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

New aerial attacks prompt increased concerned for civilians’ safety in Western Darfur

The United Nations has expressed grave concern for the safety of thousands of civilians in the Jebel Muun area of Western Darfur amid reports of aerial attacks.

25 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Secretary-General Launches Campaign to End Violence Against Women

UN Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon on Monday launched a multi-year campaign to intensify action to end violence against women.

25 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN to Address Kenya’s Humanitarian Needs for Months to Come: Holmes

Major humanitarian needs will have to be addressed in Kenya for many months to come.

25 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Security Council Votes to Extend UN Mission in Timor Leste

The UN Security Council has decided to extend the mandate of the UN Integrated Mission in Timor Leste for one year until 26 February 2009.

25 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Appeals to protect Nepalese Children from Violence

Taking part in last week’s protests in Nepal were many children aged between seven and fifteen, some wearing school uniform. In an incident on February 17th, a teenager was shot dead and 11 people injured. UN Radio’s Gail Bindley-Taylor Sainte spoke to the Head of the UN Human Rights Office in Nepal Richard Bennett.

25 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Ugandan Government and Lord’s resistance Army sign agreement on a permanent Ceasefire

The UN Special Envoy for the Lords Resistance Army-affected areas in Uganda has reported another major step in the peace process for Northern Uganda.

25 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNICEF and Human Rights office concerned about the use of children in violent protests in Nepal

The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR-NEPAL) are increasingly concerned at the threat of harm to children.

25 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Iceland Leads by Example in Switching to Clean Energy

Representatives from both industrialized and developing countries meeting at UN headquarters on Thursday called for political will and creative thinking to fight global warming. They are asking all stakeholders – including businesses and city leaders – to boost investments in renewable energy and efficiency technologies, and to promote lifestyle changes. Bissera Kostova reports on one country that is a leader in this field.

22 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

IAEA Welcomes Iran’s Cooperation but Says More Needs to be Done

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says it has made progress in clarifying outstanding issues in Iran's past nuclear activities.

22 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Climate Change May Affect World’s Dwindling Fish Stocks

There’s growing concern that climate change may seriously impact the world’s dwindling fish stocks.

22 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNHCR Provides Assistance to Internally Displaced Persons

The UN refugee agency UNHCR says it is shocked by the level of destruction in the town of Sirba, one of the West Darfur locations that came under Sudanese Government attack earlier this month.

22 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Committee Asks US to Intensify Efforts Against Racial Discrimination

The United Nations committee on the elimination of racial discrimination is asking the American government to intensify efforts aimed at combating racial discrimination.

22 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Security Council Extends AU Mission in Somalia

The issue of Somalia has been once again before the Security Council as it met to renew its authorization of the mandate of the African Union Mission in Somalia. AMISOM, as the Mission is known, is trying to help the transitional federal government restore order in a country plagued by violence. On Wednesday, the Security [...]

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WOMEN NO. 5-2008

IN KENYA'S POST-ELECTION UNREST, WOMEN SUFFER~~~During conflicts and unrest, women are particularly at risk of becoming victims of sexual violence. Relief workers and Nairobi have been reporting more than the usual cases of rapes of women and girls ever since violence erupted following last December's contested presidential election results. Many of the rapes and other sexual violence has gone unreported due to fear and intimidation.~

22 Feb 2008 | Posted in Women | Read More »

WOMEN NO. 6-2008

A MOTHER AND A DAUGHTER CARRY ON THE LEGACY OF THE HOLOCAUST~~~The performance by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra was one of the many events that took place at the annual UN commemoration of the Holocaust, its victims and their liberators. The concert brought together multi-generations of an American family for whom the Holocaust is not a chapter from a history textbook. It is their story and they want to make sure it stays alive~

22 Feb 2008 | Posted in Women | Read More »

WOMEN NO. 7-2008

UN AGENCY IS CONCERNED ABOUT PREGNANT WOMEN FLEEING VIOLENCE IN CHAD~~~Recent fighting in Chad has caused more than 30,000 people to flee to Cameroon. These people—approximately two-thirds of whom are women and children—are now living in temporary sites near the border. The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) says it is concerned about expectant mothers, some of whom have either lost their babies or experienced complications with their pregnancies as a result of the long walk from the Chadian capital, N'Djamena. UNFPA is also worried about its staff in Chad who have also been displaced.~~

22 Feb 2008 | Posted in Women | Read More »

Caribbean News Roundup #8

Barbados Says Negotiations Over the Next Two Years Will be Complex with Climate Change Jamaica Says Climate Change Poses a Clear and Present Danger to Development Prospects St. Vincent and the Grenadines Says Now is the Time to Implement the Spirit and Letter of the Bali Road Map

22 Feb 2008 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

UN Food Agency Appeals for Over $8 Million for Tajikistan

The World Food Programme has appealed for more than eight million dollars to feed hundreds of thousands of people in Tajikistan.~~

22 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Headlines UNCA 08-08

•UN Peacekeeping Chief says recent attacks in Timor Leste though well-handled by the Government, point to the need to urgently address outstanding issues many of which have been pending since 2006. Mr. Guehenno was at the time briefing members of the Security Council on the Secretary-General’s most recent report on the situation in the country [...]

22 Feb 2008 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

UN and Africa Programme #192

Bombings in West Darfur Cause Concern at UN Fresh aerial bombings by Sudanese forces in West Darfur close to the border with Chad force the UN refugee agency to withdraw its team caring for newly arrived refugees. UN Secretary-General condemns the bombings and urges all parties to cooperate with the UN and the African Union. [...]

21 Feb 2008 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

The UN Mission Will Continue Its Work in Kosovo

Violence in Kosovo is not an option and will not be tolerated – this is the message given by Joachim Rucker, who heads the United Nations Mission in Kosovo. After this Serbian province decared its independence on Sunday, the Mission, known as UNMIK, had to close crossing gates in Mitrovica in response to attacks by [...]

21 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Why Languages Matter in Early Childhood

“Languages Matter” is the slogan for the International Year of Languages proclaimed by UNESCO, which starts today. February 21st is also Mother Language Day. In this report Bissera Kostova explores how children can be brought up to appreciate and speak different languages from an early age.

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Security Council Discusses Crisis in Timor Leste

The Security Council met today to discuss the latest developments in Timor Leste, where rebel forces attempted to assassinate President Jose Ramos-Horta earlier this month.

21 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNHCR Welcomes Lebanon’s Recognition of Iraqi Refugees

Starting this week, the Lebanese Government will recognize as legal thousands of Iraqi refugees who had previously been considered as illegal immigrants liable for detention.

21 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNEP Launches Climate Neutral Network to Reduce Greenhouse Gases

Four countries, four cities and five corporations have become the pioneering members of Climate Neutral Network, CN Net, a bold new initiative to address climate change.

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FAO Helps Gaza Farmers, Herders and Fisheries

The UN food and Agriculture Organization is helping to restore agricultural production and improve farmers’ livelihoods in Gaza.

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UNESCO Calls for Mother Languages Not to Be Forgotten

With the slogan “Languages matter”, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launches on Thursday, 21 February, the 2008 International Year of Languages at its Paris headquarters.

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Gambari Hopes to Return to Myanmar in March

The Secretary-General's Special Advisor for Myanmar, Ibrahim Gambari, in Jakarta Thursday, expressed hopes to return to Myanmar in the first week of March.

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Bombings in West Darfur Cause Concern at UN

It’s been barely a week since United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned attacks reportedly by Janjaweed militias supported by Sudanese armed forces on three towns in West Darfur. There are reports again this week that Sudanese government forces have bombed areas where internally displaced people of Darfur are sheltering close to the border with Chad. UN Radio’s Daine Bailey reports.

20 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Women and Children in Afghanistan Get Literacy Training Despite Insecurity: UNICEF

In Afghanistan’s city of Kandahar, violence continues to disrupt the daily lives of civilians – one of the largest suicide attacks killed a hundred people there last week and was followed by another one the following day. Yet despite the insecurity, in this UNICEF report we hear that women are attending literacy classes for the first time in their lives and destitute children are also receiving vocational and literacy training. The report was filed by UNICEF UK Goodwill Ambassador and former BBC war correspondent Martin Bell, who visited the country last year.

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Torched Kosovo Border Crossings Reopened: UNMIK and KFOR

Two border crossings into Kosovo have been reopened, after they were attacked on Tuesday by Serbs from both Kosovo and Serbia, angry about the declaration of Kosovo's independence.

20 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNICEF Chief Calls for Cessation of Hostilities in Sudan

The recent escalation of fighting in West Darfur has added to the hardships and dangers faced by women and children.

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UN Mission In Congo Concerned About Human Rights Violations

Human rights officials in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have identified 8 people, including 3 children killed by Congolese army soldiers in January in a village near Goma, in the east of the country.

20 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Environment Ministers Discuss Financing Needed to Meet Climate Challenge

Environment ministers are meeting in Monaco to mobilize finances to meet the climate challenge.

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Secretary-General Welcomes Uganda-LRA Agreement

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday welcomed the signing of an agreement between the Ugandan Government and the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) to help end the conflict that has ravaged the north of the country for two decades.

20 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

FAO Holds Meeting on Nutritional and Commercial Value of Bugs

A meeting in Thailand organized by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is looking into the nutritional and commercial potential of insects. FAO says more than 1,400 insect species are eaten by humans around the world.

19 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Experts Welcome Australia's Apology to Indigenous Peoples

United Nations human rights experts have welcomed Australia's apology to its indigenous peoples, delivered by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd last week.~

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UN Refugee Agency Chief Wraps Up Mission to Middle East

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres has concluded his weeklong mission to the Middle East.~~During his visit to Syria, Iraq and Jordan, the High Commissioner reviewed the refugee agency's operations to support millions of Iraqi refugees and those internally displaced in their country.~

19 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Bombing Forces UNHCR to Withdraw From Sudan/Chad Border

The United Nations refugee agency says that aerial bombings in the West Darfur region of Sudan close to the border with Chad, have forced it to withdraw its team caring for refugees from Darfur.~

19 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Climate Change Will Lead to More Migration: UN Agencies

Leading United Nations agencies on climate change and migration are warning that the growing intensity of severe weather conditions such as droughts and floods is putting pressure on affected populations to migrate. The agencies say populations in the least developed countries are at greatest risk. Patrick Maigua reports from Geneva.~

19 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Former Rwandan Minister is Transferred to UN Detention Facility

A former Rwandan Minister of youth and sports, arrested in the Tanzanian town of Kigoma on Monday, is being transferred to the UN Detention Facility in Arusha.

19 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Envoy Condemns Attacks at Crossings in Kosovo

The head of the UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) Joachim Ruecker has condemned attacks today by Serb groups on the boundary crossings in northern Mitrovica in the United Nations-administered province.~

19 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Envoy Hopeful of Returning to Myanmar Soon

UN Special Envoy, Ibrahim Gambari, announced in Beijing today that he would return to Myanmar sooner than previously scheduled. Mr. Gambari is visiting China as part of his efforts to get Myanmar's key neighbours to support the process of democratization in the country.

19 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Australian Apology Welcomed by Aborigines and Human Rights Community

On February 13, an historic event took place in Australia. For the first time, Australian lawmakers agreed that it was time to apologize to the country's aborigine population. Gerry Adams reports.

19 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Secretary-General Has New Envoy for Malaria

The United Nations has a new advocate in the global fight against malaria. He is Ray Chambers, a successful American businessman and full-time hands-on philanthropist for close to twenty years.

19 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Tensions Increased Between Parties in Sudan’s North/South Peace Accord: UN Envoy

The UN Envoy for Sudan told the UN Security Council this morning that the implementation of the peace agreement between North and South Sudan, although behind schedule, remains on track.

19 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Humanitarian Chief Condemns Rocket Attacks against Israel; Deplores Conditions in Gaza and West Bank

The UN humanitarian chief has condemned indiscriminate rocket attacks against Israel.

18 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Condemns Largest Suicide Attack in Afghanistan

A suicide car bomb aimed at NATO troops has killed at least 35 civilians in southern Afghanistan. This comes a day after another suicide bombing in the city of Kandahar–the largest ever–killed about a hundred people.

18 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Human Rights Chief Urges End of Culture of Impunity in Nepal

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Sunday marked the fourth anniversary of the killing of a 15-year-old girl in Nepal, with a call for further efforts to prosecute such crimes.

18 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Appeals for $25 Million to Deal with Harsh Winter in Tajikistan

The UN appealed today for 25 million dollars to help thousands of people in Tajikistan suffering from the harshest winter in almost three decades.

18 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Why Gender Issues are Crucial to the Success of the UN Peacekeeping Mission in Chad

The spillover of violence from Sudan’s Darfur region has affected both Chad and the Central African Republic, particularly women. Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced due to the spillover of violence from Sudan's Darfur region. The United Nations Mission in Chad and Central African Republic, MINURCAT, focuses in training police and advising authorities [...]

18 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Sierra Leone Doctor Lives by the Hippocratic Oath

Becoming ill in Sierra Leone’s northern Koinadugu district is a risky business. There are only two doctors for more than two-hundred-thousand people. In fact, with a population of over five million, Sierra Leone has fewer than seventy doctors. These stark figures reflect Sierra Leone’s massive loss of medical doctors over the past decade. Dr. Samuel [...]

18 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Mission in Kosovo to Continue

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the UN will continue to administer Kosovo pending guidance from the Security Council.

18 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

John Holmes: Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza Needs a Political Solution

UN Humanitarian Chief John Holmes is concluding his first visit to the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel, where he has witnessed the hardship and destruction on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and especially the dire humanitarian situation caused by the siege on Gaza.~UN Radio’s Reem Abaza found out more about his trip from UN Spokesman, Christopher Gunness.

18 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Divided Security Council Hears Arguments for and against Independence for Kosovo

A day after Kosovo's parliament proclaimed the province's independence, Serbia's president vowed that Kosovo would remain forever a part of Serbia.

18 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Security Council Meets on Kosovo

Russia wants the UN Security Council to declare Kosovo's proclamation of independence on Sunday "null and void".

17 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Making Cities More Socially Inclusive

At the first World Conference on Development of Cities, taking place in Porto Alegre, Brazil, participants from all over the world are looking at how to make cities more socially inclusive. Nicholas You, Senior Policy Advisor with UN-Habitat, talks about what makes cities liveable and how the conference will provide an opportunity for mayors, city [...]

15 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

First Global Anti-Human Trafficking Forum Concludes in Vienna

The first-ever global forum to fight human trafficking has brought together in Vienna experts, legislators, law enforcement teams, business leaders, NGO representatives and trafficking victims from more than 100 countries. The forum will provide the platform for a new campaign of coordinated action to tackle the crime. UN Radio’s Diane Bailey found out more from [...]

15 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

US to Destroy Failing Satellite on Re-Entry to Earth

The United States told the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva on Friday of plans to disable a failing satellite to stop it threatening lives if it re-enters the Earth’s atmosphere in an uncontrolled way around the 6th of March.

15 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNRWA Official Says Gaza Fuel Crisis Hampers Relief Efforts for Palestinians

A UN official working for the agency helping Palestinians says there is an increasing gap between the rhetoric of peace and the realities that people and refugees, in particular, have to face on the ground every day.

15 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Security Council Remains Divided on Independence for Kosovo

The UN Security Council remains deeply divided on the future of the UN-administered Serbian province of Kosovo.~

15 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Armed Elements Blocking West Darfur from Entering Chad: UNHCR

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has expressed concern over what it describes as “a worrying situation in eastern Chad”.

15 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Refugee Chief Urges More Support for Iraqi Refugees

The top UN official responsible for refugees has appealed to the international community to provide greater support for Iraqis who have fled their country.

15 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Timorese Political Leaders Condemn Recent Attacks on Top Officials

In a meeting held at the UN headquarters in Dili on Thursday, leaders of Timor-Leste’s political parties strongly condemned Monday's attacks that injured the country’s President and targeted its Prime minister. ~~

15 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Serbia and Russia Make Another Attempt to Avert Declaration of Independence by Kosovo

The Security Council held an emergency meeting on Kosovo on Thursday. The meeting was requested by Serbia with the support of Russia, in what seems to be a last attempt to avert the unilateral declaration of independence by the Serbian province. Kosovo’s Parliament is expected to vote for independence on Sunday. Elena Vapnitchnaia reports.

15 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN G.I.F.T. Helps Fight Human Trafficking

Human trafficking says Antonio Maria Costa, head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, is a booming international trade, making billions of dollars at the expense of millions of victims. How to put an end to this worldwide practice was among the subjects discussed at the Vienna Forum to Fight Human Trafficking which took [...]

15 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

The General Assembly wraps up a 3-day thematic debate on climate change

The Alliance of Small Island States says partnerships are essential to overcome the challenge of global warming; The Commission on Social Development grapples with the socio-economic ills keeping huge numbers of people out of the labor market; Jamaica says the promotion of full employment is central to the achievement of social development goals

15 Feb 2008 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Top UN Anti-Crime Official Calls for Stronger Efforts to Stop Human Trafficking

The head of the UN Office for Drugs and Crime has described the just-concluded Vienna Forum against human trafficking as a "tipping point" in the global fight against this cross-border crime. ~~

15 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

In search of a place called home — The Rohingyas in Bangladesh –

Imagine fleeing your home because of unrest and persecution in the country you call home and going to a neighbouring country in the hope of seeking temporary asylum there. But sooner rather than later, you become stuck in this so-called temporary asylum for 16 plus years of your life. Well, that is the fate of [...]

15 Feb 2008 | Posted in Perspective | Read More »

UN CALLING ASIA #07

Special Representative for the Secretary-General on Myanmar says credibility of its May referendum is dependent on several conditions including a place in the process for Aung Sang Su Kyi and her opposition party. In this interview with Elena Vapnitchnaia, Mr. Gambari who is about to go to the region to visit Beijing, Jakarta and Singapore [...]

15 Feb 2008 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

General Assembly Wraps Three-Day Debate on Climate Change

The UN General Assembly wrapped up three days of thematic debate on climate change late Wednesday during which more than 100 speakers addressed a broad range of issues.~

14 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Africa Programme #191

UN Appeals for $89 Million for Flood Victims in Southern Africa: The funds will help four Southern African countries deal with floods that have caused destruction to homes and crops. OCHA spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs says the money will provide food, water, sanitation, shelter and medicine for the vulnerable people in the region. Violence Complicates Peace [...]

14 Feb 2008 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

UN Announces New Process for Selecting Election Officers in Iraq

The UN Mission in Iraq says it will move forward with the selection of candidates for eight remaining posts for directors of governors at election offices.~~

14 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Envoy to Seek China's Support on Myanmar Visit

The UN Special Adviser on Myanmar, Ibrahim Gambari, will travel to China this weekend. He told UN Radio this is part of his strategy to get Myanmar's key neighbors to support the country's process of democratization.~~ ~~

14 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNICEF Appeals for Urgent Funds to Prevent Starvation of Children in Somalia

The United Nations Children's fund (UNICEF) says up to 90,000 children in Somalia could die in the next few months if the international community does not financially support the agency's work in Somalia. ~~

14 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Investors Look for Strategies to Mitigate Climate Change

Investors meeting at UN headquarters on Thursday are looking at the scale and urgency of climate change risks, and how to advance energy efficiency and clean energy. ~~

14 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Ibrahim Gambari: Myanmar’s Roadmap – “A Potentially Positive Step”

Beijing, Jakarta and Singapore – that’s where Ibrahim Gambari is heading at the end of this week.

14 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Extrajudicial Killings Investigated in the Central African Republic

At the invitation of the government, Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, visited the Central African Republic to inquire into reports of extrajudicial executions.

14 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

US Philanthropist Ray Chambers Appointed UN Envoy on Malaria

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed as his Special Envoy for Malaria US philanthropist, Ray Chambers.~~

14 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Force Begins Relocation to Ethiopia after Eritrea Cuts Off Fuel Supply

The UN peacekeeping force in Eritrea has begun temporarily relocating its personnel and equipment to designated sites on the Ethiopian side of the border. ~~

14 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

On Third Anniversary of Hariri Assassination, UN Pledges Support to Lebanon

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his solidarity with the people of Lebanon on the third anniversary of the terrorist attack in Lebanon that took the lives of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and 22 others. ~~

14 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

The Future of Kosovo: a Journalist’s Perspective

This coming Sunday Kosovo’s parliament is expected to vote for independence from Serbia.

13 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN-Supported Conference in Brazil Discusses Development of Cities

Urban experts from some 30 countries are meeting in Porto Alegre, Brazil, to discuss how cities can become more inclusive. ~~

13 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Forum to Launch Action Against Human Trafficking

A UN Forum against human trafficking has brought together about 1,200 participants in Vienna, Austria.

13 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Security Council Urges Broad Conflict Prevention Strategy to Enhance Protection of Children

The UN Security Council has strongly condemned the continuing recruitment and use of children in armed conflict in violation of international law.

13 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Small Island States Seek Help to Deal with Global Warming

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) have called for speedy action to address the impacts of climate change, saying their existence is already threatened.

13 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Forum against Human Trafficking Opens in Vienna

A forum against human trafficking opened in Vienna Wednesday to raise awareness of the worldwide problem and to provide a platform for a new campaign of coordinated action to combat it.~~

13 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Small Island States Address Climate Change Debate

Representatives of island nations and other countries suffering from the effects of climate change urged immediate action to help them avert or adjust to the worst dangers of the phenomenon.

13 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Security Council to Hold Emergency Meeting on Kosovo

The UN Security Council has agreed to hold an urgent meeting on Thursday to discuss the expected declaration of independence by Kosovo's ethnic Albanian leaders.~~

13 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Security Council Condemns Attacks on Timorese Leaders

The UN Security Council has strongly condemned the attempted assassination on President Jose Ramos-Horta of Timor Leste.

12 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Appeals for $265 Million to Aid Iraqis

The United Nations on Tuesday appealed for more than $260 million in aid to Iraq for 2008, warning that the country is still suffering from a humanitarian crisis.

12 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Environment Ministers Head for Monaco

The biggest gathering of environment ministers sine last December’s climate change conference in Bali, Indonesia, will take place in Monaco later this month.

12 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNHCR Helps Refugees from West Darfur in Chad

Ten-thousand to 12,000 Darfurians who fled to Chad are being relocated to camps by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR).

12 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Children Continue to Suffer from the Horrors of War: UNICEF

The UN children’s agency (UNICEF) has welcomed the Security Council’s ongoing concern over the grave violations against children in situations of armed conflict.

12 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Russia on Arms Race

The Russian Federation and China have presented a joint draft international treaty which seeks to ban the deployment of weapons in outer space. The Treaty on the Prevention of the Placement of Weapons in Outer Space was tabled at a plenary session of the Conference on Disarmament taking place in Geneva, from where Patrick Maigua Reports.~

12 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Sir Richard Branson Proposes Creation of an “Environmental War Room”

Forming partnerships to fight climate change – that was the main objective of the two-day debate in the General Assembly in New York.

12 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Atul Khare on Extending UNMIT’s Mission

President Jose Ramos-Horta of Timor Leste was shot and wounded on Monday. That same day, UN Special Representative for the country, Atul Khare, was scheduled to speak to the Security Council in New York about extending the mandate of the UN peacekeeping mission there.

12 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Stability in Timor Leste Still Fragile: UN envoy

The top UN official in Timor Leste says the leaders of the country are committed to peace and stability.

12 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Expert Welcomes Prosecutions of Child Soldier Recruiters

The UN representative on children and armed conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy is cautiously hopeful that the world has reached a turning point in protecting children recruited as child soldiers.

12 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Russia Warns Against Unilateral Declaration of Independence by Kosovo

Russia's foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, speaking to reporters in Geneva has warned that if Kosovo unilaterally declares independence from Serbia, this would result in a chain reaction for secessionist movements in many parts of the world, including Europe. ~~~

12 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Ban condemns rebel attack on Timor Leste’s President Ramos-Horta

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed “shock and dismay” over the shooting of President Jose Ramos-Horta of Timor Leste.

11 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

  • Croatian Ambassador is the Only Woman on the Security Council
  • Attacks on Women IDPs Highlight the Need for Gender Units at the UN Peacekeeping Mission in Chad
  • Empowering Indigenous Women in Bangladesh
  • Mirjana Mladineo represents Croatia in the UN Security Council. In this interview with UN Radio’s Julie Walker, she talks about women in leadership roles and how she rose to the top to become the only woman on the 15-member council.

    11 Feb 2008 | Posted in Women | Read More »

    UN Chief Decries “Brutal and Unspeakable Attack” on Timor Leste President

    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned “the brutal and unspeakable attack” on Timor-Leste’s President Jose Ramos-Horta.

    11 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

    UN Appeals for Calm in Timor Leste

    The UN Mission in Timor Leste has strongly deplored the violence in Dili.

    11 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

    Ban Urges Concerted Action on Climate Change

    If 2007 was the year when climate change rose to the top of the global agenda, then 2008 is the time for concerted action.

    11 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

    UN Seeks $90 Million for Flood Victims in Africa

    The United Nations on Monday launched an appeal for nearly $90 million in aid for hundreds of thousands of victims caught up in devastating flooding in southern Africa.

    11 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

    Timorese President Jose Ramos-Horta Severely Wounded After Being Shot on Monday

    The President of Timor Leste Jose Ramos-Horta was shot near his home in the capital, Dili this morning.

    11 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

    Rising to the Challenge: Partnerships on Climate Change

    With the theme “rising to the challenge: partnerships on climate change,” the United Nations is holding discussions on how the UN system can most effectively work with Member States, the private sector and civil society in addressing climate change.

    11 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

    BANGLA #6: Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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    INDONESIAN #6: FOCUS FOCUS KITA

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    URDU #6: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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    Ban Urges Myanmar to Promote Inclusiveness

    UN chief Ban Ki-moon has renewed his call on Myanmar’s government to promote the growth of inclusiveness.

    11 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

    UN Chief Condemns Attacks on Towns in Darfur

    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned attacks on three towns in West Darfur reportedly by Janjaweed militia supported by Sudanese armed forces.

    11 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

    UNHCR Estimates up to 12,000 Fled Weekend Attacks in Darfur to Chad

    The UN refugee agency – UNHCR says an estimated 10,000 to 12,000 refugees from Darfur have fled across the border into eastern Chad as a result of attacks on their villages on Friday.

    11 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

    Top UN Humanitarian Official Calls for Rapid Solution to Kenyan Crisis

    Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes wrapped up his three-day mission to Kenya on Sunday, expressing his determination to help displaced communities return to normal life and calling for a rapid solution to the political crisis.

    11 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

    UN Group Says Increased Incidents of Severe Weather Call for Disaster Response Readiness

    The United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) is urging countries to prepare for increased incidents of severe weather due to the impact of climate change and environmental degradation. Dianne Penn spoke with ISDR Director Salvano Briceno about the recent snowstorms which paralyzed China, and what governments must do now to mitigate the effects of future natural disasters.

    8 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

  • The top climate change official highlights the crucial role of Caribbean countries in addressing global warming
  • The Deputy Secretary-General says decent work is crucial for poverty eradication
  • The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean warns of the effects of the current international economic situation
  • A non-profit, non-governmental organization uses a special form of communication to bring about behavioural changes
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    Ban Ki-moon Urges US Business Leaders to Support ‘Green’ Economics

    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged hundreds of business leaders meeting in Chicago to help usher in a new era of ‘green economics’, where addressing the problem of climate change becomes not a cost but an opportunity for growth.

    8 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

    UN Envoy Says Lack of Security Hampers Darfur Negotiations

    The UN Envoy to Darfur, Jan Eliasson, says that some progress has been made to bring the parties to the conflict closer to the negotiating table, following the talks in Sirte, Libya in October. ~

    8 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

    UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Assesses Situation in Kenya

    John Holmes, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian affairs, has arrived in Kenya to assess the needs of the population affected by post-election ethnic clashes. ~

    8 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

    UNHCR Flies in Relief Supplies for Chadians in Cameroon

    The UN Refugee Agency has started flying relief supplies into Cameroon to meet the urgent needs of 30,000 refugees from Chad, who have fled fighting in the capital N'Djamena since last Saturday. ~

    8 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

    UNHCR Welcomes End of Australia's Controversial Policy for Asylum Seekers

    The UN refugee agency welcomes the closing of Australia's programme of off-shore processing of potential refugees. ~

    8 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

    UN Agencies Cope with Crisis in Chad

    United Nations agencies are continuing to help people who have been forced by the recent fighting in the capital of Chad, N’Djamena to flee to Cameroon. ~UN Radio’s Diane Bailey has more.

    8 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

    UN Peacekeeping Chief Urges Expansion of Darfur Force

    UN Peacekeeping chief, Jean-Marie Guehenno, described his recent visit to Darfur as “sobering” when he briefed the UN Security Council on Friday. He said it is clear that the hybrid UN/African Union force, UNAMID, is severely under-resourced for the task of providing security in the current hostile environment in the region.

    8 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

    UNAMID Force Commander Appeals for Halting of Attacks on West Darfur Villages

    The Force commander of the UN/African Union force in Darfur, General Martin Luther Agwai, has appealed for an immediate halt to attacks by Sudanese forces against villages in West Darfur.

    8 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

    UN CALLING ASIA: WHO’s report on tobacco offers new opportunity for confronting global smoking epidemic; Young Afghan man faces military trial for a crime committed as a child soldier; “A Place to Call Home”-how the Rohingya refugees in south Bangladesh spend their days while waiting for a solution.

    WHO’s report on tobacco offers new opportunity for confronting global smoking epidemic The World Health Organization this week released a new report-the first in-depth analysis of global tobacco use and control. The Organization’s hope is that countries around the world will use the data and the package of interventions which the report promotes to help [...]

    8 Feb 2008 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

    WHO Reports 13 Deaths from Yellow Fever in Brazil

    World Health Organization reports an outbreak of yellow fever in Brazil.

    8 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

    Club Helps Students in northern Sierra Leone to Fight HIV and AIDS

    In an area in northern Sierra Leone with the highest rate of HIV/AIDS infections, children are fighting back. Students at the Loma Senior Secondary School in Kabala have formed a group which is helping to stem the tide of ignorance about the pandemic. The HIV/AIDS Club is the brain child of a local community-based organization known as the Matei Cooperative and is funded by the UN Population Fund ( UNFPA). UN Radio’s Ruby Ofori recently visited with members of the club.

    8 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

    Rapes Increase in Kenya – Chadians Flee Fighting – Doctor Stays in Sierra Leone

    Sexual Attacks Against Women Increase in the Midst of Turmoil in Kenya~Thousands of Chadians Flee Fighting~Sierra Leone Doctor Lives by Hippocratic Oath

    7 Feb 2008 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

    WHO Forecasts Beginning of the End of Tobacco Epidemic

    A new report by the World Health Organization, for the first time, provides an analysis of global tobacco use and control efforts.

    7 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

    UNFPA Concerned about Pregnant Women Fleeing Violence in Chad

    As tens of thousands flee the ongoing violence in Chad, concerns are being raised by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, for the health and safety of expectant mothers and their children.

    7 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

    Third DRC National Arrested for Crimes against Humanity

    A former alleged rebel leader in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been arrested by Congolese authorities and flown to The Hague to face 9 counts of charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes before the International Criminal Court.

    7 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

    With More Somalis Arriving in Yemen, WFP is Expanding Its Operation

    The World Food Programme (WFP) is expanding its operation in Yemen, where it feeds thousands of Somali refugees feeing the conflict at home.

    7 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

    Brazilian Footballer Kaka Helps Launch a WFP Campaign to Feed Schoolchildren

    The World Food Programme has launched a campaign called “Fill the Cup” with the help of AC Milan Brazilian star footballer Kaka.

    7 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

    Staying “Fresh and Alive”: WHO Provides a Roadmap to a Tobacco-free Environment

    Although tobacco kills half of its users, these deaths are completely preventable.

    7 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

    Indigenous People and the Struggle for Decent Employment

    The UN Committee on Social Development has started its latest session at UN Headquarters in New York under the theme ‘Full Employment and Decent Work for All.’

    7 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

    UNICEF Is Concerned about former Child Soldier at Guantanamo Bay

    6 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

    International Day against Female Genital Mutilation

    6 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

    Secretary-General to Relocate UN Force If Eritrea Continues to Withhold Fuel

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has informed the Security Council that if the government of Eritrea does not stop withholding fuel supplies to the UN Mission in the country, he would be forced to begin relocating the mission’s personnel and equipment from Eritrea, on a temporary basis, starting Wednesday.

    6 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

    Brahimi to Head Staff Security Panel

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has chosen the former UN Envoy to Afghanistan and Iraq, veteran Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi, to chair a panel on the security and safety of UN personnel.

    6 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

    Afghanistan Record Opium Crop to Drop Only Slightly in 2008: UNODC

    A UN survey found that opium production in Afghanistan will fall only slightly this year from last year’s record crop.

    6 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

    More Iraqis Leave for Syria than Return Home: UNHCR

    The UN Refugee Agency says Iraqis are leaving their home country for Syria in greater numbers than they are returning.

    6 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

    UN Population Fund Calls for Eradication of Female Genital Mutilation

    The UN Population Fund is calling for a stronger commitment by governments to end the practice of female genital mutilation in accordance with a UN resolution adopted last year.

    6 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

    UNICEF and Other Agencies Assess Needs of Chadian Refugees in Cameroon

    UNICEF reports that an inter-agency team has begun an urgent operation to assess the needs of refugees from Chad, who crossed into northern Cameroon from the capital N’Djamena.

    6 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

    World Climate Conference Is Planned for 2009

    A landmark international conference on climate change will take place in Geneva in 2009.

    6 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

    Poor Nations Can Benefit from Information and Communication Technologies

    Although developing countries lag behind in availability and use of information technology, some emerge as leaders in providing ICT products and services.

    6 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

    Security Council Calls for End to Violence in Kenya

    The UN Security Council has welcomed the progress made in the negotiations in Kenya between President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga to end the crisis in the country, resulting from the disputed December elections.

    6 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

    UNHCR to Help 20,000 Chadians Who Have Fled to Cameroon

    The UN Refugee Agency estimates that up to 20-thousand Chadians fleeing fighting in the capital N’Djamena have crossed the border into Cameroon.

    5 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

    UN Evacuates Non-Essential Staff from Chad, Following Attacks on Offices

    Due to attacks on its offices in Chad, the UN has been forced to evacuate about 120 of its aid workers to Cameroon, but is continuing its operations with a skeleton team.

    5 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

    Secretary-General Lends Support to Mediation Effort in Kenya

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, just back from his trip to Africa, told journalists that he fully supports the efforts to resolve the political crisis in Kenya led by former Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

    5 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

    WFP Makes Food Deliveries to Kenya

    Following more than a month of post-election violence in Kenya, the World Food Programme reports that the relative calm in recent days has allowed it to deliver emergency food aid.

    5 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

    UN Human Rights Chief Fields Investigation of Post-Election Violence in Kenya

    The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Arbour, is sending a fact-finding mission to Kenya to look into human rights violations that have occurred there since December 2007.

    5 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

    UNICEF Defends the Rights of a Child Soldier Held in Guantanamo

    The UN Children’s Fund-UNICEF-is concerned about the fate of Omar Khadr, who is in detention at the American military base at Guantanamo Bay.

    5 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

    Human Rights Expert on Myanmar Expresses Dismay over Continued Arrests

    The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, has expressed dismay that four months on from the violent crackdown on peaceful demonstrators things haven’t changed and political and human rights activists continue to be arrested, detained and sentenced under the security laws of Myanmar.

    5 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

    Thousands of Chadians Flee Fighting

    5 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

    Two American Women Carry on the Legacy of the Holocaust

    5 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

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    UN Condemns Fighting in Chad’s Capital

    The UN Security Council has condemned the attempt by rebel groups to seize power in Chad.

    4 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

    WFP and UNHCR warn of dire consequences for refugees in Chad

    UN agencies are also warning of dire consequences from the violence for refugees in Chad.

    4 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

    Sexual Attacks Increase on Women Amid Political Turmoil in Kenya

    4 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

    UN Agencies Helping Earthquake Victims in DRC

    UN agencies are providing assistance to victims of Sunday’s earthquake in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

    4 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

    Experts predict an explosion of cancer within next two decades

    The UN agency dealing with cancer research says the burden of cancer has shifted from the developed world to medium-and low-income countries, which already face the spread of infectious diseases and do not have sufficient health budgets.

    4 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

    UN transfers more authority to national police in Timor-Leste

    The United Nations Police in Timor-Leste today transferred authority to local police at three posts in the capital, Dili.

    4 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

  • A Barbadian is named among the winners of the 2008 Champion of the Earth Award
  • The World Food Programme provides assistance to more than 800 thousand Haitians annually
  • World Tourism exceeds expectations in 2007
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    UN Secretary-General Appeals for End to Violence in Kenya

    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appealed to Kenyan leaders and people to end the post-election violence in the country.

    1 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

    Relief Agencies Express Concern about Crisis in Kenya

    UN relief agencies remain concerned about the ongoing humanitarian crisis caused by violence in Kenya.~~

    1 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

    UNRWA Weather Adds to Suffering Caused by Closures in Gaza

    The UN agency for Palestinian Refugees, UNRWA, says that unusually cold weather, heavy rains and winds are exacerbating the suffering of Palestinians caused by the Israeli closure of crossings into Gaza.

    1 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

    UN Helps Over 17,000 Flood Victims in Mozambique

    The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund has given more than half a million dollars to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to help thousands of families affected by floods in Mozambique.~~

    1 Feb 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

    Cold Weather Has Adverse Impact on UNRWA Humanitarian Efforts in Gaza

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    Actor George Clooney Reports on his Visit to Darfur, Chad and DRC as UN Messenger of Peace

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  • UN Secretary-General expresses condolences on the death of former Indonesian President Suharto
  • Radhika Coomaraswamy, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed conflict calls on the international community to keep up the momentum in the fight against the use of child soldiers
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