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UNICEF Says Children Suffer in Eastern DR Congo

The United Nations children's agency says that prospects for children are bleak in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Talks on New Climate Change Treaty Begin in Bangkok

Delegates are gathered in Bangkok, in the first round of talks on a sweeping new pact to fight climate change.

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Lebanon Begins National Vaccination Campaign Aimed at Measles and Rubella

Lebanon began an anti-measles and anti-rubella campaign today with the goal of targeting 900,000 children.

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General Assembly Discusses Road Safety

The General Assembly today held a meeting on road safety as the United Nations health agency warns that the problem has become a major cause of deaths

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GA Debates Prevention of Road Traffic Accidents

Traffic accidents kill more than a million people each year and injure tens of millions. They are the leading cause of death of young people between the ages of 10 and 24. The problem is especially acute in developing countries, where 90% of these deaths occur. According to the World Health Organization, road traffic injuries [...]

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Security Council Extends Mandate on Sanctions against DRC

The Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution which prevents countries from the selling or transferring of weapons, directly or indirectly, to rebel groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, says Michele Montas, Spokesperson of the Secretary-General:

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UNICEF Paints Bleak Picture for Children in Eastern DRC

Prospects are bleak for children in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to the UN children's agency. UNICEF says more than 600,000 children have been displaced by fighting between the government and rebels. In addition to suffering high rates of malnutrition, the children also face diseases such as cholera and [...]

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Security Council Presidency for April Will Focus on UN and AU

The presidency of the UN Security Council for April will be dedicated to the strengthening of the working relationship between the UN and the African Union (AU). So says South African Ambasador Dumisani Kumalo, who takes over the Security Council's top seat for a month on April 1st.

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UN Remembers Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

The drums of Africa echoed through the hallowed halls of the United Nations as the international community observed the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

28 Mar 2008 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

South Sudanese Returnees Surpass 100,000 Mark: UNCHR

More than 100,000 refugees have returned home to South Sudan.

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

UN Police Seize Home-Made Weapons in Timor-Leste

The UN in Timor-Leste seized more than 200 home-made weapons on Friday. The weapons sweep was conducted in one of the capital Dili's most volatile neighbourhood.

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

15,000 Somalis Seek Asylum in Region Since Beginning of Year: UNHCR

The UN Refugee agency (UNHCR) reports that rising numbers of Somalis are seeking asylum in neighboring countries to escape the increasingly volatile situation in many parts of their homeland, particularly in Mogadishu.

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

Humanitarian Aid Cannot Reach Population of Basra

Water, food and medical supplies for hospitals are desperately needed in the Iraqi city of Basra where the recent fighting has led to disruption of electricity and water supply.

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

More Investment Needed in Water Development in Africa

A new initiative aimed at improving water management in agriculture in Africa was proposed at the meeting in Tunis during the First African Water Week.

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Human Rights Council Wraps Up Month-Long First Session for 2008

The UN Human Rights Council concluded its first session for 2008 in Geneva on Friday. Claire Doole reports on some of the highlights of the month-long work of the Council.

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

Economic Outlook for Asia in 2008

The latest report from the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), says economic growth in Asia is expected to slow down this year. But emphasis on the neglected agricultural sector could help lift millions out of poverty.

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

Zambezi River Expedition Sets Sail to Fight Malaria

An international team of malaria experts is set to start a dramatic expedition on the Zambezi River to highlight efforts against malaria. The Roll Back Malaria Zambezi Expedition, starting on Saturday, is a two month voyage through six Southern African countries along the Zambezi River.

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

UN Mission in Nepal Warns Maoists Not to Carry Weapons

The United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) has made it clear to the leadership of the Communist Party of Nepal that according to an agreement they have signed, Maoist members are not allowed to carry weapons at meetings outside their cantonments.

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

UNICEF Relieved at Release of Abducted Drivers in Darfur

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has expressed relief at the release of four drivers from the State Water Corporation in North Darfur.

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

UN Condemns Offensive Anti-Islamist Film

An offensive anti-Islamic film titled "Fitna" has been condemned by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and several UN Human Rights rapporteurs, as well as by the head of the UN's Alliance of Civilizations, Jorge Sampaio.

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

WFP's Flight Service Into Darfur Saved by Donations

The World Food Programme (WFP) says its Humanitarian Air Service in Sudan has received enough donations to continue operating for another month.

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Investigation Commission Says Hariri Assassination Carried out by Criminal Network

The latest report by the Independent Investigation Commission looking into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri says that a criminal network was responsible for the terrorist attack that killed him and 22 others three years ago.

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

United Nations Remembers Victims of Transatlantic Slave Trade

The United Nations commemorates the International Day in Remembrance of the Victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Representing the African Union, Ambassador Augustine Mahiga of Tanzania says "today we should remember those millions who resisted captivity and those who perished while being transported in overcrowded ships." U.S. Philanthropist Says Deaths from Malaria Can Be Reduced [...]

27 Mar 2008 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

UN Police Advisor Pleased with Progress in Timor-Leste

A UN team of experts visiting Timor-Leste is quite pleased with the development of its police force, known as the PNTL.

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Neglect of Agriculture Hurting Poor in Asia

A new UN report says chronic neglect of agriculture in Asia and the Pacific has left over 200 million people in extreme poverty, despite robust growth in other sectors.

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UN Food Agency Warns Somalia Sinking Deeper into Abyss of Suffering

The World Food Programme (WFP) is urgently appealing for US $10 million to feed 1.5 million people in Somalia between now and July.

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Nepalese Police Used Excessive Force against Protesters

The UN Human Rights Office in Nepal is calling for greater respect for human rights and for reforms in Nepal's public security system.

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New Report Calls for Effective Response to AIDS in Asia

Every year, more than 300,000 people in Asia die from AIDS. And a new UN-backed report finds that by the year 2020, up to eight million people in the region could find themselves infected with HIV unless serious measures are taken. Dianne Penn has the story.

27 Mar 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Political Solution Needed to Avert Catastrophe in Somalia: Holmes

John Holmes, the United Nations Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, says there can be no humanitarian solution to the crisis in Somalia unless there is a political settlement. Each month, 20,000 people flee the capital, Mogadishu, due to on-going violence. Mr. Holmes spoke to UN Radio's Diane Bailey.

27 Mar 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Political Affairs Chief Heads to Cyprus to Push for Settlement

The UN’s Chief of Political Affairs Lynn Pascoe (photo) is heading to Cyprus on Sunday.

27 Mar 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Security Council Welcomes Progress on Establishing Lebanon Tribunal

The UN Security Council has welcomed the progress made in establishing the International Tribunal for Lebanon, tasked with prosecuting the assassins of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and of those who died alongside him.

27 Mar 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Record Number of Cybersquatting Cases Arbitrated in 2007

The World Intellectual Property Organization, known as WIPO, says it has resolved an unprecedented number of Internet domain name disputes in 2007.

27 Mar 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Human Rights Council Condemns Human Rights Abuses in the DPRK

The UN Human Rights Council has condemned the “systematic, widespread and grave violations” of human rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

27 Mar 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Human Rights Council Calls on Sudan to Prosecute Human Rights Violators

The UN's Human Rights Council in Geneva has called on Sudan to punish those responsible for human rights violations in Darfur.

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A New Report Calls for an Effective Response to AIDS in Asia

Every year, more than 300 000 people in Asia die from AIDS. And a new UN-backed report finds that by the year 2020, unless serious measures are taken, up to eight million people in the region could find themselves infected with HIV. Violence in Nepal Threatens Upcoming Elections Nepal is two weeks away from critical [...]

27 Mar 2008 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

UN Mission Says Maoists Obstructing Election Campaign in Nepal

According to media reports in Nepal, at least one person was killed and several hurt in escalating pre-election violence between rival political parties.

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

UN Envoy Calls for Continued Support of Reforms in Guinea-Bissau

The UN Envoy to Guinea-Bissau, Shola Omoregie, told the Security Council that parliamentary elections in the country have been scheduled for November.

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

AIDS Remains Leading Cause of Death Among 15-44 Year-Olds in Asia

The problem of HIV/AIDS in Asia is assuming proportions which demand and require greater focus and attention.

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

Ducks and Rice Play Key Role in Avian Influenza Outbreaks in Asia: FAO

A new report says chickens aren't to be blamed after all for the outbreak of bird flu.

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OCHA Agrees Somalia Situation is Precarious

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs –OCHA- has endorsed a joint statement by some 40 humanitarian agencies working in Somalia, in which they warned of an impending catastrophe unless urgent action is taken.

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

Violence in Nepal Threatens Upcoming Elections

Nepal is two weeks away from critical elections that will give it its first Constituent Assembly—representing all political parties—which will draft a constitution for the country.

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

Ensuring the Human Rights of Botswana's San People

The San or Basarwa are an indigenous people of Botswana. They live entirely by hunting and gathering on the wild open grasslands of southern Africa, known as the veld.

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Zambezi River Expedition to Highlight Challenges and Successes in Fighting Malaria

An expedition along the Zambezi River in Africa will showcase the challenges and successes in combating malaria.

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Aid Agencies Warn of Impending Humanitarian Catastrophe in Somalia

Nearly 40 aid agencies have warned that Somalia is headed towards a humanitarian catastrophe.

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

Secretary-General expresses solidarity with detained and missing staff

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he's determined to make paramount the safety and security of United Nations staff.

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

WHO Declares Somalia Polio-Free

The World Health Organization has declared Somalia polio-free. The agency says the country has not had a case of polio in a year.

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

Secretary-General Hopes Israeli-Palestinian Peace Can Be Achieved this Year

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council that the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is too important to be allowed to lose momentum through inaction or indifference, or to be overwhelmed by violence.

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

UNHCR Urges Ghana to Stop Forcible Deportation of Liberians

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has called on Ghanaian authorities to cease the further forcible deportation of Liberians.

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

Large-Scale Resettlement of Refugees from Bhutan Begins

One of the world's largest resettlement operations has started in Nepal.

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UN Remembers Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

The drums of Africa echoed through the hallowed halls of the United Nations Tuesday as the international community observed the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.~

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

UN Envoy to Stop TB Says HIV and TB Must Be Tackled Together

The UN's special envoy to stop tuberculosis, Jorge Sampaio, says TB continues to be a global pandemic, with more than 9 million new cases in 2006. 400,000 of those cases were of a strain that is resistant to several first-line drugs, known as multi-drug resistant TB.

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

UN Political Affairs Chief Calls for Cessation of Violence in Gaza

The UN's head of political affairs Lynn Pascoe briefed the Security Council on the situation in the Middle East over the past month, saying there were many negative developments that threaten to derail the peace process.

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

UN Ceremony Honours Victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade

The untold millions of African victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade were remembered today during a solemn ceremony at UN Headquarters. Drummers and dancers from Africa opened the first-ever worldwide commemoration of the International Day in remembrance of the victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon remarked that this forced movement of [...]

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

Somalia Is Polio-free Again

As you heard in the news, Somalia is again polio free. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative, spearheaded by national governments, the World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners, says this is a historic achievement in public health.

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

FAO Conference in Peru Looks to Expand Cultivation of Potatoes

A four-day conference in Cusco, Peru co-sponsored by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) aims to tap the potential of the potato to play an even stronger role in agriculture, especially in the world's poorest countries.

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

WFP Shocked by Killings of Humanitarian Supplies Truck Drivers in Sudan

The World Food Programme (WFP) has expressed sadness and shock at the killing of three drivers in two separate incidents in Sudan. One was shot on March 24th on the route to Nyala in South Darfur, and the other two were stabbed to death on March 22nd on a riverbank in southern Sudan as they were carrying WFP food to Abyei.

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

Transatlantic Slave Trade – An Experience That Should Not Be Forgotten: CARICOM

The transatlantic slave trade represented some of the worst violations of human rights in the history of mankind – an experience that should not be repeated or forgotten.

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

UN Envoy Proposes New Compromise Solution in Name Dispute between Greece and FYROM

The Secretary-General's Personal Envoy, Matthew Nimetz, announced that he has made a new proposal for reaching a compromise in the negotiations between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, on the use of the name Macedonia. He said both countries want to resolve the long-standing dispute and their representatives will consult with their governments on his proposal.

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

Progress in Achieving Millennium Development Goals Uneven: Ban

The battle to achieve the Millennium Development Goals is changing our world – though not fast enough.

24 Mar 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Top UN Envoy Condemns "Abhorrent" Attack on Deminers in Afghanistan

The top United Nations envoy to Afghanistan says he's both appalled and saddened by an "abhorrent" attack on a group of deminers which claimed five lives and injured seven others.

24 Mar 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNICEF Demands Release of Abducted Drivers and Water Drilling Rig in Darfur

UNICEF, the UN Children's agency, has denounced the abduction of four Sudanese drivers, working for a team of engineers in Darfur, and has called for the immediate release of the men and their equipment.

24 Mar 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

More Iraqis Displaced Than Ever Before: IOM

Five years after the 2003 overthrow of Saddam Hussein in Iraq, more people than ever before are displaced from conflict and sectarian violence, ensuring that the humanitarian crisis in the country is far from being solved.

24 Mar 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

On World TB Day, Secretary-General Calls for Accelerating Fight Against the Disease

There’s been a call for action to stop tuberculosis, a contagious disease which, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says, still kills an appalling 4,000 people a day. ~

24 Mar 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

WMO Calls for Increased Investment in Climate Observation Technologies

There has been a global call for increased investment in weather, climate and hydrological observation technologies to help populations and economies adapt to climate change and climate variability and to prepare for extreme weather.

24 Mar 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

WFP Launches $500 Million Appeal to Avoid Rationing Food Aid

The World Food Programme (WFP)has launched an "extraordinary emergency appeal" to address the critical funding gap in its programmes created by soaring food and fuel prices.

24 Mar 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Secretary-General Welcomes Resumption of Cyprus Reunification Talks

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated the Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders on their agreement to reopen talks aimed at reuniting the island.

24 Mar 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Mission in CAR and Chad Signs Agreement with Chad on Mission Rules

The UN Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad has signed a status of mission agreement with the Chadian government.

24 Mar 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Envoy Reiterates Call for Engagement in Somalia

The Transitional Federal Government of Somalia is continuing its efforts to find a political solution and restore stability to a country that has not been a state for seventeen years.

24 Mar 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Special Envoy Optimistic About Eradicating Malaria

Last month, American philanthropist Ray Chambers began his mission as UN special envoy for malaria.

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UN Rapporteur on Torture Shocked by Treatment of Detainees in Nigeria and Sri Lanka

In his annual report to the Human Rights Council this year the UN Rapporteur on Torture and other cruel or degrading treatment, made recommendations on broadening the definition of torture and reported on his recent country visits. Bissera Kostova has the story.

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

World Water Day Promotes Sanitation for All

It's 2008 and nearly half the world's population still lacks access to basic sanitation facilities. To draw attention to this, the UN made sanitation the theme of World Water Day, observed on March 20th. Dianne Penn has the story.

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Racial discrimination a concern to all: Secretary-General

Racism continues to plague too many individuals, communities and societies the world over.~

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Peacebuilding commission adopts recommendations on Burundi

The Peacebuilding Commission has adopted proposed conclusions and recommendations on the situation in the East African country Burundi, expressing optimism about progress achieved in consolidating peace.

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

Lack of safe drinking water taking terrible human toll

Saturday is World Water Day.

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ILO concludes session on basic labor rights

The Governing Body of the International Labour Office (ILO) concluded its 301st session following wide-ranging discussions on basic labour rights in Myanmar, Colombia, Belarus and other countries, as well as strengthening cooperation with the World Bank to forge an inclusive and sustainable globalization.

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HINDI #10: Antar Rashtriya Patrika 06 March 2008

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BANGLA #9: Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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BANGLA #10: Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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URDU #10: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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INDONESIAN #9: Fokus Fokus Kita

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INDONESIAN #10: Fokus Fokus Kita

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UN Report Says Kenya Violence Had Underlying Causes

A new UN report says that accountability and an end to impunity will be key to preventing further outbreaks of violence in Kenya. UN human rights spokesman, Rupert Colville, says the disputed presidential election result triggered the violence but there are underlying problems in Kenya which need to be addressed. •UN and AU Envoys Forge [...]

20 Mar 2008 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

UNIFEM and Avon Partner to End Violence Against Women

A global cosmetics company with a celebrity spokesperson has joined the UN in a partnership to promote women's empowerment and end violence against women. Avon announced its intention to donate one million US dollars to the UNIFEM Trust Fund to end violence against women. The money will be partly raised through the sale of Women's [...]

20 Mar 2008 | Posted in Women | Read More »

Security Council Extends and 'Sharpens' Mandate of UN Mission in Afghanistan

The UN Security Council has voted unanimously to extend the UN Mission in Afghanistan, known as UNAMA, for another year.

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

UN Finds Deliberate Targeting of Civilians in West Darfur Attacks

A UN report finds that the attacks on four villages in West Darfur in January and February, targeting civilians, were part of a deliberate campaign by the Sudanese Armed Forces to drive out the rebel Justice and Equality Movement and regain control of the area.

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

Satellite Data Can Save Lives in Disaster Prone Asia-Pacific

Effectively using information collected by satellites can save lives during natural disasters.

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

UN Report Says Kenya Violence Had Underlying Causes

After spending over three weeks probing the causes of the violence that followed the announcement of last year's presidential election results in Kenya, a United Nations human rights team has published its report. The five-member team was sent by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to help shed light on [...]

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

UN Envoy Calls on Security Council to Stop Violence in Somalia

The UN's envoy to Somalia says that while there is increasing talk, there is little action to stop the violence and human rights abuses in the country.

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

World Water Day 2008: "Sanitation Matters"

The World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF say that up to 2 and a half billion people world-wide live without proper access to sanitation facilities.

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

The Workers Behind Flowers and Chocolate

Traditional gifts of chocolates and flowers make our loved ones happy, but often come at a high cost to those who produce them. Human rights campaigners have been highlighting the suffering of farm labourers in Africa and Latin America, who work in often horrific conditions to supply goods to western markets. Diane Bailey has more.

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

UN Expert on Freedom of Religion Concludes Visit to India

By and large the Indians respect the diversity of religions and beliefs; still there have been numerous reports of attacks on religious minorities and discrimination against them.

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

UNAMID Plans to Establish Presence in West Darfur Villages

Following the recent violence and continuing tension in West Darfur, the Deputy Representative of the joint UN/African union Mission, UNAMID, has traveled to Silea to assess personally the security situation on the ground.

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

Staffan de Mistura looks at the UN’s latest report on the human rights situation in Iraq

Violent attacks have decreased significantly in Baghdad, the capital of Iraq, says the latest report on human rights from the United Nations mission in the country. But the mission, known as UNAMI, warned that the extent to which the reduction might be sustainable was not clear. Civilians continue to be targeted by Sunni and Shi’a [...]

20 Mar 2008 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

Human Rights Situation in Somalia Getting Worse

The human rights situation in Somalia in now worse than six months ago. This is the conclusion of the UN Independent Expert on human rights in that country Ghanim Alnajjar. Presenting his report to the Human Rights Council in Geneva, he said that fighting between the Transitional Federal Government troops and insurgent groups in the [...]

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

Haiti says it faces a number of challenges connected with climate change

.Haiti says there's no longer any doubt that human actions are having a significant and negative effect on the world's atmosphere.

20 Mar 2008 | Posted in Caribbean News, Today's News | Read More »

US and UK Express Disappointment at Lack of Progress in Myanmar

UN Security Council members have expressed disappointment at the lack of any concrete achievement from last week's visit to Myanmar by the Secretary-General's special adviser, Ibrahim Gambari, who briefed them late on Tuesday.

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

Latest Human Rights Report on Iraq Says Situation is Still Fragile

Violent attacks have decreased significantly in Baghdad, the capital of Iraq, says the latest report on human rights from the United Nations mission in the country. But the mission, known as UNAMI, warned that the extent to which the reduction might be sustainable is not clear. Civilians continue to be targeted by Sunni and Shi'a [...]

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

Counter-terrorism Committee Cites Global Progress in Combating Terrorism

The head of the UN counter-terrorism committee told the Security Council that much progress has been made in the global effort to combat terrorism since the committee was set up in the wake of the 9/11 attacks in the US more than six years ago.

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

UN Expert Calls for Reversing Worrying Increase in Racism, Xenophobia and Religious Intolerance

The UN Special Rapporteur on racism, Doudou Diene (photo), says the increase in racial discrimination and xenophobia constitutes the greatest threat to democracy in contemporary societies.

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

WHO Worried About Slowdown in Fighting TB

Efforts to control tuberculosis seem to have slowed down. In its latest report on TB control, the World Health Organization (WHO) stresses its concern about the spread of this treatable disease.

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

UN Report Says End of Impunity Is Vital to Prevent Violence in Kenya

Greater accountability and an end to impunity will be key to addressing the underlying problems and preventing further outbreaks of violence in Kenya.

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

UN Mission in Nepal Concerned Over Killing of Election Candidate

A United Nations monitoring team in Nepal warned today that a resurgence of violence could shatter aspirations for a free and fair poll, as the country heads toward historic elections next month.

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

Rapid Urbanization Increasing Poverty and Environmental Pollution in Asia: UNESCAP

The latest statistical yearbook issued by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) finds that urbanization in the region, especially in Southeast Asia, is taking place at a faster rate than anywhere else in the world.

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

UNIFIL Marks 30 Years of Peacekeeping in Southern Lebanon

Peacekeepers representing the 25 different national contingents that make up UNIFIL — the UN Interim Force in Lebanon — today observed the 30th anniversary of its peacekeeping presence in southern Lebanon.

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

How Red Cross supports wives of the disappeared

Hundreds of thousands of people around the world have gone missing in armed conflicts. The vast majority of those killed, or disappeared, are men. The burden of trying to find out what happened to them usually falls to the women in their family. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) works to ease the [...]

19 Mar 2008 | Posted in Women | Read More »

Geneva Meeting Moves Forward Political Solution to Darfur Crisis: UN Envoy

With the aim of bringing new life into the peace process in Darfur, the United Nations and African Union special envoys, Jan Eliasson and Salim Ahmed Salim, have ended two days of talks in Geneva with international observers and regional partners.

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

FAO Warns of Critical Bird Flu Situation in Indonesia

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warns that there could be more human infections with avian influenza in Indonesia, if the virus is not contained in the bird population.

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

UN Policeman Dies of Injuries after Confrontation in Kosovo

A UN policeman has died after being injured by a hand grenade in Kosovo on Monday during clashes with Serb demonstrators.

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

IOM Says Iraqis Continue to Face Difficulties

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) says that despite improved security in parts of Iraq, more Iraqis than ever before are internally displaced or living abroad as refugees.

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

Iraqis Increase Number of Asylum Seekers in Industrialized Countries

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) says the number of new applications for refugee status in industrialized countries increased by 10 per cent last year compared to 2006.

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

Secretary-General Condemns Deadly Explosion in Karbala, Iraq

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned in the strongest terms a bomb attack that killed more than 40 people near a holy site in Karbala, Iraq.

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

Human Rights Chief Calls for Signing of Anti-Racial Discrimination Treaty

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Arbour, has called on all states to sign up to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

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

Conditions of Palestinians Stranded at Iraq-Syria Border Worsen

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) says the situation of close to 3,000 Palestinians living in inhumane conditions in two camps at the border between Iraq and Syria is continuing to deteriorate.

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

UN Mission in Kosovo: Violence in Mitrovica Was Orchestrated

A Ukrainian police officer has died after a mob attacked UN police and NATO troops in Kosovo on Monday.

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

Informal Consultations on Darfur Conclude in Geneva

The United Nations and African Union envoys are holding informal consultations in Geneva today with international observers to review the political process in Darfur.

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

UN Trade Agency Chief Warns Against New Waves of Protectionism

The head of the UN Trade and Development Organization (UNCTAD) says developing countries are playing a greater role in the global economy and they should push for a successful resolution to the six-year-old talks to revise free trade rules, known as the Doha round of negotiations.

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UN Envoy Reports Incremental Progress in Engaging Myanmar in Dialogue

The UN's Envoy to Myanmar, Ibrahim Gambari reported incremental progress in engaging the government in dialogue during his recent visit to the country.

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

UN Police and NATO Troops Take Back Kosovo Courthouse from Serb Mob

UN police have withdrawn from northern Mitrovica in Kosovo, while NATO troops try to restore order in the town.

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

UN Expert Calls for Urgent Action to Protect People of Darfur

The United Nations expert on the situation of human rights in Sudan has called for urgent action to protect the population of Darfur.

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

UNEP Warns of Disappearing Glaciers

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has warned that glaciers are melting away at an alarming rate.

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

Progress Too Slow on Reducing Tuberculosis Infections: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) wants to strengthen global efforts to combat the tuberculosis epidemic.

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

IAEA Promotes Cancer Research and Care

Cancer is fast becoming an epidemic. The disease kills more people worldwide than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is trying to address this problem. We hear first from cancer expert Avis Almenan in this report prepared by IAEA's Angela Leuker:

17 Mar 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Mission Finds Reduction in Violence in Iraq

In its latest report on the human rights situation in Iraq, the UN mission in the country recognizes that the last three months of 2007 were characterized by a decrease in violent attacks involving mass casualties.

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

UNMIK Determined to Return to North Mitrovica

The UN Police in Kosovo had to leave north Mitrovica on Monday after being attacked by a mob.

17 Mar 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Expert Says Confidentiality is Appropriate to Prevent Genocide

Francis Deng, the UN Secretary-General's adviser on the prevention of genocide, told the Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday that ~operating discreetly and confidentially is the most constructive and appropriate approach to prevent genocide in many situations of concern to the United Nations. ~

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

UN Housing Right Expert Says US Mortgage Crisis is Tip of Iceberg

The UN special rapporteur on the right to housing says the sub-prime loan crisis in the US, which has caused many to lose their homes, is just the tip of the iceberg and things will get much worse.

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

Secretary-General Calls for Restraint in Tibet

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged Chinese authorities to exercise restraint in Tibet in the wake of disturbances in the region.~~Speaking to reporters following a luncheon with members of the Security Council today, the Secretary-General also called on all concerned to avoid further confrontation and violence. ~

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

UN Hands Over Disarmament Sites to Government in Cote d'Ivoire

The UN Operation in Cote d'Ivoire has handed three rehabilitated disarmament sites over to the government.~~The hand over took place in the northern town of Ferkessedougou, over the weekend, where more than one hundred former rebel fighters surrendered their weapons and formally joined the reintegration process. ~

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UNHCR Steps Up Transfers of Sudanese Refugees in Chad

The United Nations refugee agency is stepping up its operations to transfer Sudanese refugees from the volatile Sudan-Chad border in the Birak region to camps further inland in Chad.

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

Head of UN Mission Condemns Attack in Kosovo

The head of the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), Joachim Rücker, has strongly condemned Friday's attack on the UNMIK court building in North Mitrovica.

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

Barbados says it has made great strides in ensuring equality between men and women

. Jamaica says current economic conditions are hampering its ability to meet gender equality targets . St. Lucia charges the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) global forest reserves assessment sees small islands as insignificant

14 Mar 2008 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Chad and Sudan Sign Non-Aggression Deal

The presidents of Chad and Sudan have signed an agreement that could put an end to five years of hostilities between the two neighbours.

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

WFP Appeals for $6 Million for Burundian Refugees in Tanzania

The World Food Programme (WFP) has appealed for $6 million to help approximately 90,000 Burundian refugees returning home from Tanzania.

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

Child Marriages: What Can Be Done?

Child Marriage has been prevalent in many cultures throughout history. Generally, it is the arrangement of a future marriage of a girl child to an adult without her consent. It is known to have consequences for girls, particularly if they have pregnancies early. Seifu Tadesse, Project Manager of the Healthy Unions Project of CARE Ethiopia, [...]

14 Mar 2008 | Posted in Women | Read More »

Under Urging of UN Secretary-General, Chad and Sudan Sign Border Peace Agreement

President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan and President Idriss Deby of Chad, late on Thursday night, signed a peace agreement meant to end cross-border rebel attacks.

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

Women for Peace Cultural Event Raises Money for Education

A United Nations association of women delegates and the spouses of mission representatives hosted a unique cultural event in the UN General Assembly Hall recently.

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

IMF Restores Liberia's Status

The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund has approved measures to restore the status of Liberia after more than two decades of arrears to the Fund.

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

GA Resolution on Occupied Territories of Azerbaijan: 37 "For", 7 "Against", 100 Abstained

The UN General Assembly on Friday adopted a resolution demanding the immediate withdrawal of Armenian forces from all the occupied territories of the Republic of Azerbaijan surrounding Nagorno-Karabach.

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

UN Human Rights Expert Denied Visa to Myanmar

On Friday morning the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Myanmar, Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, announced he was allowed to go to Myanmar to evaluate progress since his last visit in November.

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

UN Human Rights Chief Concerned about Violence in Tibet

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour expressed concern about escalating tensions between protestors and security forces in the Tibet Autonomous Region in China.

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

UN Law Expert Welcomes Acquittal in Maldives

The United Nations expert on the independence of judges and lawyers has welcomed last week's acquittal of Imran Zahir, a member of the opposition in the Maldives.

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

WFP Gets Donation for Its Critical Air Operations in Darfur

The UN food agency–WFP has received its first donation for 2008 to fund its vital Humanitarian Air Services.

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

Women Survivors of Sexual Violence in DRC Face "Triple Tragedy": Makeba

Women survivors of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) face a "triple tragedy" of physical, psychological and social damage, undermining the country's attempts to improve living conditions.

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

Fighting Impedes Negotiations on Darfur

The ongoing crisis in Darfur once again comes before the Security Council as thousands of people continue to be displaced by fighting between government forces and rebel fighters. The deputy head of peace-keeping operations, Edmond Mulet tells the Council that the situation in the region is dire. • Political Deal Revives Tourism in Kenya UNEP [...]

13 Mar 2008 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

Mini-summit between Presidents of Senegal, Sudan and Chad Postponed

In Dakar, a mini-summit organized by Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade that was to bring together President Idriss Deby of Chad and Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir failed to come off after repeated postponements.

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

The United Nations Renews its Commitment to Afghanistan

At an all-day meeting of the Security Council, more than 30 countries expressed support for extending the UN Mission in Afghanistan, known as UNAMA. The head of UN peacekeeping, Jean-Marie Guehenno briefed the Council members on the Secretary-General's latest report, which lists the many challenges to peace in the country, including still fragile Afghan governmental [...]

13 Mar 2008 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

UN Welcomes Plans for Reconciliation Talks in Somalia

The United Nations has welcomed the announcement by the Transitional Federal Government in Somalia that it is appointing a negotiating team to resume reconciliation talks with the opposition.

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

New IOM Centre Assists Stranded Migrants in Libya

The North African nation of Libya has become both a transit point and destination country for undocumented migrants seeking a better life.

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

Workshop Considers Contribution of Forest Insects to the Human Diet

Are they beastly bugs or edible delicacies? The UN Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, had a workshop in Thailand recently to decide.

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

Ban Calls for Active Engagement between UN and OIC on Issues of Peace and Security

Active and sustained engagement between the United Nations and the Organization of the Islamic Conference(OIC), remains vital to address pressing issues of peace and security.

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

Forced Labour Continues to be Widely Imposed by Authorities in Myanmar: Pinheiro

A new report on Myanmar highlights signs of continuous deterioration in the economic and social sectors further aggravating the humanitarian and human rights situation.

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

Humanitarian Assistance in Chad Strained by Growing Displacement

The plight of displaced people in eastern Chad continues and the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the country, Kingsley Amaning, says it is very important for the world to hear what is happening there.

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

Security Council Insists Eritrea Cooperate in Relocation of Peacekeepers

Members of the Council have called on Eritrea to fully cooperate in the temporary withdrawal of United Nations Peacekeepers from the country.

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

UN Expert Reports Widespread Violations of Freedom of Expression

The UN expert on Freedom of opinion and expression has said that attacks on journalists and all those who express dissenting opinions continue to take place all over the world.

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

Security Council Members Divided Over "New Reality" in Serbia

Serbia's hopes for support from the Security Council have not come true. On Tuesday Serbia's Foreign minister asked the Council to reaffirm its resolution supporting the territorial integrity of Serbia.

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

Next Elections in Afghanistan Critical for Strengthening Government Institutions

Fragile government institutions in Afghanistan need to be strengthened to be able to withstand corruption, drug trade and insurgency.

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

UN Rapporteur on Torture Wants a Full Picture of Situation in Iraq

The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture hopes to visit Iraq in early autumn.

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

IOM Returns Injured Ethiopians Home from Somalia

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has returned home a group of 33 Ethiopians who were injured in a grenade attack in the Somali port of Bossasso in early February.

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

Rwanda Tribunal Increases Sentence of Former Priest

The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda has increased the sentence of a former Rwandan Catholic priest from 15 years to life imprisonment.

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

UN Mission Adapts to New Changes on the Ground in Kosovo

European Union (EU) member states gave in mid-February their final approval to sending a policing and administration team to Kosovo to help enforce the rule of law in Kosovo. According to EU officials, the EU mission or EULEX is to be fully operational and to take over from the United Nations by early June. Given [...]

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

Inuit and Eskimos Face the Challenge of Climate Change on World Polar Day

Today March 12th is World Polar Day. It's the third of the quarterly International Polar Days, this time focusing on the Changing Earth: Past and Present. The Polar Regions are critical archives of polar change. And events today focus on change over geological time, especially the glacial and interglacial periods. Much of that change affects [...]

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

Drowning and Road Accidents – Leading Causes of Death for Children in Asia

Children in Asia are at great risk of dying from injuries such as drowning and road accidents.

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

Secretary-General Arrives in Dakar for Mini Summit on Darfur

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Dakar, Senegal, today to participate in the meeting of President Idriss Deby of Chad and President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan.

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

Cypriot Leaders to Hold Direct Talks Next Week

The Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders have agreed to hold direct talks under United Nations auspices.

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

Three Crossings into Gaza Open

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports that three crossings in Gaza are open today: Kerem Shalom, Sufa and Nahal Oz.

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

Miriam Makeba Visits DR Congo

World renowned South African musician Miriam Makeba arrived in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, on Wednesday.

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

Croatian Generals Charged with War Crimes on Trial in the Hague

The trial of three former Croatian generals charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity began in the Hague on Tuesday.

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

Secretary-General Appoints Registrar for Lebanon Tribunal

UN Secretary-General has appointed Robin Vincent of the United Kingdom as the Registrar of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

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

Situation Worsening at Alarming Rate in Somalia

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has warned that the humanitarian situation in Somalia is worsening at an alarming rate.

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

Oil Price Instability Affects the Poor

The price of oil hit an all-time high reaching $ 109 a barrel – twice as much as it cost a year ago.

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

UNICEF Begins to Reunite "Orphans" with Parents in Chad

The UN Children's Fund is continuing its efforts to reunite parents with the more than 100 children almost smuggled out of Chad to France last year.

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

A Unique Cultural Event to Help Women from Every Continent

A United Nations association of women delegates and the spouses of mission representatives is hosting a unique cultural event in the UN General Assembly Hall this evening.

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

IOM Opens Centre for Stranded Migrants in Libya

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is opening a centre in Tripoli to provide humanitarian assistance to African migrants stranded in Libya.

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

Fighting in Darfur Impedes Peace

The fighting in Darfur makes it clear that preparing for political negotiations does not seem to be a priority for the government of Sudan and rebel movements.

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

FAO Calls on Countries to Report on Forests

The Global Forest Resources Assessment was started over 60 years ago. The next report due in 2010 will review the status of forests in 235 countries and territories. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is urging countries to participate in what it hopes will be the most reliable and comprehensive survey to date of [...]

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

African Steering Group Assesses Progress on the Millennium Development Goals

The Millennium Development Goals Africa Steering Group met at the UN on Monday to gauge progress as the 2015 deadline to meet the goals approaches. It's the halfway point to achieving these goals, and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon believes there's hope for millions of the world's poor. Dianne Penn has the story.

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

Gambari’s Visit Has Not Achieved as Much as Hoped

The UN Secretary-General will keep pressing Myanmar to move towards democracy.

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

Ban Ki-moon Shocked by Suicide Bombing in Pakistan

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon “is shocked and saddened” by the double suicide bombing in Pakistan.

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

Serbia Wants Security Council to Reaffirm its own Decisions on Kosovo

Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic appealed to the Security Council to uphold its own resolution on Kosovo which calls for respect of Serbia’s sovereignty.

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

Security Council Reiterates Call for Speedy Deployment of UNAMID

Members of the Security Council have reiterated their call for the speedy deployment of the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur, UNAMID.

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

UN Relocates Peacekeepers in Eritrea

The United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) has repatriated its peacekeepers from Eritrea.

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

Secretary-General Concerned About Attacks on Burundi Lawmakers

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed concern about simultaneous grenade attacks on the homes of four members of parliament in Burundi last Saturday.~~

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

Kenyan Women Campaign for Peace

In Kenya, President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga have reached an agreement on power sharing, but not before the people of Kenya endured two months of violence following December’s disputed election results. While everyone in Kenya was affected by the violence, women in particular suffered, losing husbands and sons, or being expelled from [...]

10 Mar 2008 | Posted in Women | Read More »

Special Adviser for MDGs Urges States to Speed Up Efforts to Achieve Goals

We are now at the half way point towards realizing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).~~And United Nations member States are being urged to take stock of how much progress they've made in achieving those goals.~~The Special Adviser of the Secretary-General for the MDGs, Jeffrey Sachs sat down with UN Radio's Gail Bindley Taylor-Sainte and explained why he thought 2008 was a make or break year for achieving these goals. ~

10 Mar 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Use of Private “Security Agents” in Conflict Zones Continues

The UN Working Group on the use of mercenaries is worried by the spread of private military security companies in conflict zones such as Iraq, Afghanistan and Columbia.

10 Mar 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Special Envoy Concludes Visit to Myanmar

The Secretary General's Special Advisor on Myanmar has had two meetings with the detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

10 Mar 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

WFP Says Banditry and Funding Shortfall Threaten Food Delivery to Darfur

The World Food Programme (WFP) has warned that banditry and a lack of financial contributions are threatening delivery of food rations to the needy in the troubled Darfur region of Sudan.

10 Mar 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Minister Says Justice System in Timor-Leste Faces Challenges

The Minister of Justice of Timor Leste has said that her country is facing serious challenges in building its institutions of law and order.

10 Mar 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Iraqi Parliamentarians Conclude Tour of Northern Ireland

Members of the Iraqi Parliament on Saturday concluded their tour of Northern Ireland which started last Sunday under the auspices of the United Nations Mission in Iraq.

10 Mar 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Trade in Toxic Waste Threatens Environment of Developing Countries

The movement of hazardous products and toxic waste from developed to developing countries continues to flourish.

10 Mar 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Secretary-General Optimistic About Development Goals in Africa

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of eliminating extreme poverty in Africa by 2015 can be achieved.

10 Mar 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Private Security Companies Engage in Mercenary Activity: UN Working Group

The Chairman of the Working Group on the Use of Mercenaries, Jose Luis Gomez del Prado, told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva that a flourishing private military and security industry is emerging, which is absorbing traditional mercenaries. Mr. Gómez del Prado said guards recruited by private companies are often armed with automatic rifles, and sometimes even anti-tank bazookas. In some cases, they use weapons prohibited by the laws of war. He said a turning point for the awareness of these practices was the massacre of 16 September 2007 in Baghdad. 17 civilians died there, including women and children, and another 20 people were injured as a result of indiscriminate cross-fire by employees of the private security company Blackwater.

10 Mar 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Secretary-General Calls for Halt to Expansion of Settlements in West Bank

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on Israel to stop the building of new homes in a Jewish settlement in the West Bank.

10 Mar 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Armed Groups and Drug Economy Threaten Afghanistan

Terrorism and a booming drug industry are the main threats to political transition in Afghanistan.

10 Mar 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Drug Addiction Should be Treated as Illness, not Crime

Drug control has an "image problem". That is what chief of UN drug agency Antonio Maria Costa (photo) told the UN Commission on Narcotics and Drugs.

10 Mar 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Security Council Unable to Agree on a Statement Condemning Jerusalem Attack

UN Security Council members are divided on whether to condemn Thursday’s attack on a Jewish school in West Jerusalem.

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

Financing for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women

Financing for gender equality and the empowerment of women is critical in addressing the myriad challenges facing women throughout the world. Over the last six decades, decolonization has transformed the membership of the United Nations. A former Barbados official wins the 2008 UN Population award.

7 Mar 2008 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Louise Arbour to Step Down as UN Human Rights Chief

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Arbour (photo), will not seek the renewal of her mandate at the end of the current term.

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

Nearly All Countries Still Have Anti-Women Laws: Arbour

In a statement on the occasion of International Women's Day, Louise Arbour warned that many countries are not honouring their promise to repeal laws that discriminate against women.

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

More Women Work, But Few Are Better off: ILO

Today more women are working than ever before. But compared to men,~they are more likely to have low-paying jobs with no social protection.

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

African “Orphans” in Kidnap Scandal to be Reunited With Their Families

More than 100 African children who were to be sent to Europe last year as orphans will soon be reunited with their families.

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

Security Council Divided on Condemning Jerusalem Attack

The Security Council met late Thursday evening in urgent consultations to address the deadly shooting at a seminary in Jerusalem. Gerry Adams reports:

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

International Women’s Day at the UN: Investing in Women and Girls

International Women’s Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements. It first emerged from the activities of labour movements in North America and across Europe at the turn of the 20th century. The United Nations has been observing it on March 8th, since 1975, which was International Women’s Year. This year’s observance focused on investing in women and girls. Bissera Kostova reports.

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

Investing in Women a Must to Achieve Millennium Development Objectives

•UN Secretary-General says investing in women is a must if nations are to achieve their millennium development objectives. •“We don’t need new promises, just fulfillment of what’s been promised.” Professor Jeffery Sachs Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General on the Millennium Development Goals on the need for the developed countries to fulfill their promises of [...]

7 Mar 2008 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

More People Flee Insecurity in Sudan and Chad: UNHCR

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) expects more displaced people in Chad as a result of renewed attacks in neighbouring Sudan.

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

Ban Ki-moon Pays Tribute to Outgoing Human Rights Chief

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon regrets the decision of Louise Arbour not to seek a second term as the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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

Kai Eide of Norway to be Appointed Head of UN Mission in Afghanistan

A former UN envoy for Kosovo is slated to head the organization's peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan.

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

Internet Word Game Generates Enough Rice to Feed One Million People

Just six months after its debut, an online word-learning game that lets players donate rice to feed hungry people has become a web phenomenon.

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

Forum Concludes with a Call for Action to Address Global Health Worker Shortage

Experts, donors and government representatives meeting in Uganda this week have called for immediate action to address the critical shortage of health workers worldwide.

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

UN Anti-Drug Agency Chief Welcomes Arrest of “Merchant of Death”

Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, praised Thailand for arresting the notorious weapons smuggler Viktor Bout.

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

Schools Must Not Be Targeted During Conflicts Says UN Special Representative

The Secretary-General's Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict is gravely concerned by the recent targeting of children in the Middle East.

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

Men Campaign to Stop Violence against Women in South Africa

Men Campaign to Stop Violence against Women in South Africa •Violence against women continues to be a serious problem in South African as the country grapples with the legacy of apartheid and works to create a more just society. Dean Peacock of the Sonke Gender Justice Network talks about a campaign to get men to [...]

6 Mar 2008 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

Secretary-General Urges More Investment in Women

To improve the planet, invest in women.

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

Standby Team to Assist Conflict Mediation Launched

The Mediation Support Standby Team was launched at United Nations Headquarters on Wednesday. It is part of the overall effort to strengthen the professionalism of the way the Department of Political Affairs approaches conflict mediation. The announcement was made by the head of the UN Department of Political Affairs, B. Lynn Pascoe (photo). Gerry Adams reports.

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

Secretary-General's Envoy is Back in Myanmar

Ibrahim Gambari (photo), the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy, is back in Myanmar promoting democratic reform.

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

ICTY Prosecutor Visits Bosnia and Herzegovina for the First Time

Serge Brammertz (photo), the new Prosecutor of the International Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), is in Sarajevo on his first visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina since his appointment.

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

Red Cross Supports Wives of the Disappeared

Hundreds of thousands of people around the world have gone missing in armed conflicts. The vast majority of those killed, or disappeared, are men. The burden of trying to find out what happened to them usually falls to the women in their family. For International Women’s Day (8 March), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) highlights its commitment to easing the plight of these women. Bissera Kostova has the story.

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

Political Crisis in Kenya Led to Decline in Tourism Revenues

Tourism revenues in Kenya have declined dramatically as a result of the recent political crisis.

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

Human Rights Council Condemns Gaza Attacks

The United Nations Human Rights Council has adopted a resolution which condemns recent Israeli military operations in Gaza.

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

WFP to Launch Emergency Wheat and Flour Distributions in Afghanistan

Millions of Afghans who can no longer afford their daily bread are getting help from the World Food Programme (WFP).

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

UNICEF Urges Countries to Expand Services to Prevent Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission

The UN Children's agency (UNICEF) is calling on governments to do more to protect mothers and children from HIV.

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

Secretary-General Welcomes Initiative to Support Darfur Deployment

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed an initiative to support deployment of the joint African Union and United Nations mission to Sudan’s Darfur region.

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

URDU #9: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

6 Mar 2008 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

Secretary-General Condemns "Savage" Attack in Jerusalem

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned “in the strongest terms today's savage attack on a Jewish seminary in west Jerusalem”.

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

In a New Report, Secretary-General Says Eritrea's Actions Unacceptable

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on Eritrea to treat UN peacekeepers with respect and to guarantee their safety and security.

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

Iran Defies Security Council Sanctions

Iran says its economy will not be affected by the new sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council on Monday.

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

UN Mission in Kosovo Is Ready to Adapt to New Reality

The head of the UN Mission in Kosovo says that UNMIK is ready to adapt to the changing circumstances.

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

High-Profile Drug Abusers Should Not Be Exempt from Punishment

The International Narcotics Control Board is calling on governments to use the law proportionately in dealing with drug-offenders.

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

UNIFEM and Avon Partner to End Violence Against Women

A global cosmetics company with a celebrity spokesperson has joined the UN in a partnership to promote women’s empowerment and end violence against women. Avon announced its intention to donate one million US dollars to the UNIFEM Trust Fund to end violence against women. Bissera Kostova reports.

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

In Observance of International Women's Day, Red Cross Focuses on Women with Missing Relatives

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is using this year's observation of International Women's Day to focus on women whose relatives have gone missing as a result of conflict.

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

IOM Says Iraqi Refugees Suffer “Overwhelming” Mental Distress

A study by the International Organization for Migration has found that Iraqi refugees in Jordan and Lebanon are suffering high levels of emotional and psychological distress. Many of them report having panic attacks, problems sleeping and experiencing anger and fears. Diane Bailey has more.

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

UN Refugee Chief Pledges More Support for Displaced in Northern Uganda

The head of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has vowed to do more to support the return of hundreds of thousands of people in northern Uganda displaced by nearly 20 years of fighting.

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

FAO Says Harmful Wheat Fungus Detected in Iran

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is sounding the alarm over a new and virulent fungus threatening wheat production in Iran.

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

New Task Force Seeks to Have HIV-Related Travel Restrictions Abolished

A task force established by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) is working towards the elimination of travel restrictions for people who are HIV-positive.

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Africa is Becoming a New Route for Smuggling Drugs and Precursors

Africa is rapidly becoming a major smuggling route for illicit drugs.

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UN Establishes “Standby Mediation Team”

A new six-member UN “standby team” of mediation experts will be able to help diffuse conflicts quickly and efficiently.

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UN Mission in Darfur Hopes to Receive Troops and Russian Helicopters by May

The US Envoy for Sudan Richard Williamson wants to see the speedy deployment of peacekeepers in Darfur.

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

UN Urges Afghan Government to Do More in Fighting Drug Trade

The United Nations anti-drug agency on Wednesday called on the Afghan government to increase efforts to dismantle trafficking and criminal networks profiting from illicit drugs.

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How Men Can Share in Providing Family Care

Equality is not just about rights, but also about responsibilities. So gender equality can not be fully achieved until men and women can share equally the burden of family care.~~A discussion during the current session of the UN Commission on the Status of women focused on the equal sharing of responsibilities between women and men, especially in families affected by HIV/AIDS. Bissera Kostova reports.

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

Ban Ki-moon Urges Kenyans to Implement Power-Sharing Agreement

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging Kenya’s Mwai Kibaki and Raila Odinga to implement the agreement reached following mediation by his predecessor, Kofi Annan.

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

Ten UN Personnel Dead in Nepal Helicopter Crash

The UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) confirmed that all ten people on board a UN helicopter were killed in the crash.

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

New Year Sees Steep Increase in Irregular Migration to Yemen: UNHCR

Irregular migration to Yemen during the first months of 2008 has “massively increased” compared with the same period last year, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR).

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

Iraqi Refugees in Jordan and Lebanon Suffer from Mental Problems: IOM

More than half of Iraqi refugees interviewed in Jordan and Lebanon have high levels of emotional distress.

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

UNIFEM and Avon Fight Violence Against Women

The UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and Avon Products Inc. count on a small bracelet to help stop violence against women.

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Security Council Imposes Sanctions on Iran

The UN Security Council has approved sanctions against Iran for refusing to suspend uranium enrichment. Gerry Adams reports.

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UNMIK Reasserts Control of a Rail Line in Northern Kosovo

The United Nations Mission in Kosovo, known as UNMIK, on Tuesday regained control of a rail line in the north of the province which recently announced independence from Serbia. Patrick Morrison sent this report from Kosovo:

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

New President Details Security Council Programme for March

Africa and The Middle East will figure prominently on the Security Council’s agenda this month.

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New UN Report Shows Lebanon and Israel Committed to Resolution 1701

Both Lebanon and Israel have continued their commitment to implementing a Security Council resolution which brought an end to the month-long fighting between Israel and the group Hezbollah two years ago, a new report from the UN Secretary-General announced today.

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UN Conference on Disarmament Hears Statements from Ministers

Minister of the Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands has called on the five nuclear weapon states to stop production of fissile material for weapons.

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

UN Refugee Agency Continues to Assist Darfur Refugees Fleeing to Chad

People fleeing to Chad following recent fighting in Darfur are receiving assistance from the UN refugee agency (UNHCR).

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Trafficking in Human Beings for Organ Transplantation: an Emerging Crime

Organ transplantation is a life-saving procedure whose success rate is steadily increasing. As it becomes more common, though, the demand for organs is outstripping the supply.

3 Mar 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

IAEA Urges Iran to Meet Its Obligations

The Head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohamed El Baradei called on Iran to meet its obligations and build confidence about its nuclear activities.

3 Mar 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Human Rights Chief Calls for Investigation into Killings in Gaza

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour called for an impartial investigation of the reported killings of civilians in the Israeli operation in Gaza.

3 Mar 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNRWA Commissioner General is Horrified at the Violence in Gaza

Karen Abu Zayd, the head of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), appealed to the international community to help put and end to death and destruction in Gaza.

3 Mar 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Ban Ki-Moon Urged the Human Rights Council to Meet Expectations of the International Community

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has urged the Human Rights Council to create a climate of trust and spur greater accountability for action on human rights.

3 Mar 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Kampala Meeting Focuses on Global Health Care Worker Shortage

Experts are meeting this week in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, to address the global shortage of health care workers.

3 Mar 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Security Council, Secretary-General Condemn Escalating Violence in Gaza Strip

The Security Council met on Saturday night and early Sunday morning to discuss the situation in the Middle East, where the Israeli Defense Force and Palestinian militant forces have been involved in violent attacks against each other. Gerry Adams reports.

3 Mar 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Helicopter Crashes in Nepal

A United Nations helicopter crashed Monday while flying in bad weather in Nepal.

3 Mar 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Secretary-General Urges International Community to Help the “Bottom Billion”

The international community has a “special duty” to improve the lives of the world’s poorest people, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told an executive session of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva today. ~~

3 Mar 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Hollywood Star Drew Barrymore to Donate $1 Million to the World Food Programme

From ‘Charlie's Angels’ to real-life angel for hungry children, American actress Drew Barrymore (pictured) has announced she will donate $1 million to the World Food Programme (WFP).

3 Mar 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Security Council Tightens Sanctions on Iran

The UN Security Council on Monday adopted a resolution strengthening the economic sanctions against Iran. It was adopted by 14 votes with Indonesia abstaining.

3 Mar 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Clashes in Armenia Cause Concern at the UN

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon is alarmed by the deadly clashes between police and demonstrators in the Armenian capital Yerevan.

3 Mar 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Secretary-General Urges Colombia and Its Neighbours to Show Restraint

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon urged Colombia and its neighbours to exercise restraint as tensions rise along Colombian border.

3 Mar 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Secretary-General Condemns Gaza Violence

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on all parties in the ongoing Gaza crisis to rededicate themselves to the peace process.

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

Security Council Hears from Israel and Palestine on Gaza Violence

An immediate ceasefire together with “tangible action” would end the violence, death and destruction taking place in the occupied Palestinian territory.

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

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