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UN Secretary-General clarifies position on Security Council seats

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has clarified his position on two non-permanent seats of the Security Council for the period 2009-2010 being contested by Austria, Iceland and Turkey.

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Security Council welcomes date for Cote d'Ivoire presidential election

The UN Security Council has welcomed Cote d'Ivoire's decision to hold presidential elections in November.

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CPJ says murder of journalists inhibits press freedom

The Executive Director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, CPJ, has said that failure by governments to bring to justice those who kill journalists is far reaching.

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UN envoy warns of threat to peace posed by small arms

The uncontrolled trade in small arms and their excessive accumulation and proliferation continue to pose a threat to international peace and security, this according to the Director of Office of Disarmament Affairs, Hannelore Hoppe.

30 Apr 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Security Council on Zimbabwe's post-electoral crisis

The UN Security Council is divided on what the UN should do to help Zimbabwe resolve its political crisis. Four weeks after parliamentary and presidential elections were held in the country, no official results have been announced, even though the opposition claims that results posted at individual polling stations give its leader a clear victory [...]

30 Apr 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Language tables help break barriers at the UN

Communication barriers are broken every day at the United Nations. Staff members can enroll in classes in the six official languages of the organization—Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish—which serve as a bridge to the world's cultures. But as 2008 is the year of Languages, they're finding there are more informal ways to improve [...]

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Camp for internally displaced people closes in Timor Leste

A camp for Internally Displaced Persons in Timor Leste's capital, Dili, closed today after more than 170 families who were still sheltering in it returned to their homes.

30 Apr 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN experts call for protection of human rights defenders in Colombia

Three United Nations human rights experts have called on the government of Colombia to urgently take measure to protect human rights activists in the country.

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At International Conference on Palestinian Refugees, SG urges continued negotiation

At a meeting aimed at finding a just and fair solution to the plight of Palestinian refugees, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the Palestinian people's desire or right to live a normal daily life in their own sovereign land remains undiminished.

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UNHCR says majority of Iraqis in Syria fled insecurity

A survey commissioned by the United Nations refugee agency has shown that the majority of Iraqis living in Syria fled their homeland because of insecurity.

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

UN system responds to global food crisis

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on the international community, in particular developed countries, to urgently provide more than $700 million to the World Food Programme to feed the hungry.

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

UN envoy welcomes surrender of rebels in Timor-Leste

The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Timor-Leste has welcomed the surrender in the capital, Dili, of rebel leader Gastão Salsinha and a dozen armed fugitives.

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

Six UN human rights experts express concern about Zimbabwe

Six United Nations human rights experts have expressed concern about the deteriorating human rights situation in Zimbabwe in the aftermath of the 29 March parliamentary and presidential elections.

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

Secretary-General calls for release of election results in Zimbabwe

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on the Zimbabwean authorities to immediately release the results of the presidential election held last month.

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

UN condemns suicide attack in Afghanistan

The United Nations Mission in Afghanistan has strongly condemned a suicide attack that took place this morning in the province of Nangarhar close to the Pakistani border. UNAMA, as the UN mission is called, said it shares the outrage of all Afghans at such indiscriminate targeting of innocent people.

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

Secretary-General to lead task-force on food security

UN agencies have been warning for some time of the impending food crisis caused by soaring prices of staple foods. But now the whole United Nations system is coming together to offer a unified response to the crisis. The UN is setting up a high-level task force on the food crisis, headed by the Secretary-General [...]

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

UN committed to enhance its role in Iraq

The United Nations is doing its best in Iraq, but it needs more support from the Member States. That's what UN head of Political Affairs Lynn Pascoe told the Security Council after his recent trip to the country. Mr. Pascoe also presented the latest Secretary-General's report on Iraq at the Monday meeting. Elena Vapnitchnaia has [...]

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

The Timorese rebel leader surrenders

The leader of a group of Timorese rebels accused of trying to assassinate President Jose Ramos-Horta (photo)in February has surrendered to authorities, the country’s Deputy Prime Minister said on Tuesday. Dianne Penn reports with a story from our Dili correspondent Sophie Boudre. (duration: 3’28″)

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

Opposition leader warns of militarization of Zimbabwe

The Secretary-General of the Movement for Democratic Change, Tendai Biti, has warned of a complete militarization of the society in Zimbabwe in the aftermath of last month's elections.

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

Registrar for Lebanon tribunal takes up functions

The Registrar of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, Robin Vincent of the United Kingdom, has started his duties.

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

Secretary-General condemns attack on Afghan President

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned an attack on President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan during a military parade in Kabul on Sunday.

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

UN expert says food crisis can cause starvation

The United Nations expert on the right to food, Jean Ziegler, has warned that more than two billion people in the developing countries are on the verge of starvation unless measures are taken to check the global food crisis.

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

UN Human Rights Chief is alarmed by violence in Zimbabwe

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Arbour, has expressed concern about reports of continuing violence in the aftermath of the elections in Zimbabwe.

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

Senior Political Official says UN supports credible elections in Iraq

The head of political affairs at the United Nations has said that the UN Mission in Iraq continues to support the Iraq election commission in its preparations to conduct election activities that are seen as credible by the Iraqi people.

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

Secretary-General condemns loss of life in Gaza

United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon has condemned the loss of civilian life in Gaza today, including the tragic deaths of a mother and four of her children.

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

ILO on workplace accidents

April 28th is the World Day for Safety and Health at Work. The International Labour Organization (ILO) reports that 2.2 million people die every year from accidents at work or occupational diseases. And that number seems to be rising. Moreover, 270 million non-fatal accidents cause injuries and result in absences from work. ILO's David Gold [...]

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

WFP and FAO raise funds to intervene in world food crisis

As prices of basic foods continue to rise, the UN food agencies are concerned that up to 100 million people may be at risk of starvation. The World Food Programme and the Food and Agriculture Organization are both raising extra funds to help developing countries cope with the crisis. Bissera Kostova reports. (duration: 4’09″)

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

Secretary-General calls for election of President in Lebanon

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on the people of Lebanon to elect a president without any conditions beyond those prescribed by the Constitution.

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

UN Envoy for children visits World Criminal Court in The Hague

The Secretary-General's Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy today visited the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

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

Security Council expresses concern at terrorist threats in Afghanistan

Members of the UN Security Council have once again expressed their concern at the threats posed by terrorists and criminals in Afghanistan.

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

Gardening and literacy project plants a million trees in Afghanistan

The UN Mission in Afghanistan says an innovative gardening programme is providing jobs for ex-combatants and women, along with literacy classes.

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

On World Malaria Day, a call for doubling the funding to fight malaria

The Roll Back Malaria Partnership reports that there has been progress in expanding the funding to fight malaria to 1.2 billion dollars a year.

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

The latest "buzz" on fighting malaria

Friday April 25th is the first-ever World Malaria Day. Malaria kills up to one million people a year. Two new campaigns have been launched in the fight against the disease. One involves professional basketball players; the other, two talking mosquitoes. Dianne Penn has the latest buzz on malaria prevention. (duration: 4’10″)

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

Indigenous people say the impact of climate change on their lives, territories and resources need to be considered now.

An unprecedented 3,300 indigenous people have gathered this week at UN headquarters in New York to participate in a two week meeting of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

25 Apr 2008 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

Fuel delivery to Gaza thwarted by protests

The UN humanitarian agency serving Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, says it was unable to receive 100,000 litres of diesel fuel that Israel was ready to deliver to Gaza last night.

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

UN peacekeeping chief cites challenges to census in Sudan

The head of UN peacekeeping, Jean-Marie Guehenno, says that a census in Sudan launched on Monday has gone "relatively well in many areas".

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

Some factors which have sparked the food crisis

The crisis sparked by rising food prices is one of the issues which preoccupied participants in the session of the UN Conference on Trade and Development held in Accra, Ghana this week. UN Radio's Donn Bobb is there and filed this report. (duration: 4’12″)

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

Accra Declaration calls for access of all to benefits of globalization

The 12th session of the UN body dealing with trade and development matters –UNCTAD, ended in Ghana Friday evening with the Accra Declaration.

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

UN honours its fallen personnel

UN staff in New York today paid tribute to their colleagues, who have been killed in service since December 2005.

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UNHCR suspends aid to displaced people in eastern DRC because of clashes

The UN refugee agency UNHCR says its office in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu province has halted distribution of aid to displaced people amid a fresh eruption of violence.

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

Antigua and Barbuda on the challenges associated with urbanization

The Commission on Population and Development has wrapped a five-day session during which it heard a warning that for the first time in history, half of the world's people would be living in urban areas. More strikingly, the commission was told that future population growth would be absorbed almost entirely by urban areas in developing [...]

25 Apr 2008 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

IAEA will verify information about alleged Syrian nuclear reactor

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has received information that the installation destroyed by Israel in Syria last September was a nuclear reactor.

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

Nicole Kidman urges more support for a UNIFEM campaign

More than 200,000 people have signed on to a website campaign to stop violence against women. The internet-based advocacy campaign is organized by the UN Development Fund for Women, known as UNIFEM. Academy-Award winning actress Nicole Kidman is the spokesperson for the campaign, which hopes to garner 10 million signatures from people around the world. [...]

25 Apr 2008 | Posted in Women | Read More »

Nepal announces preliminary election results

According to the UN Mission in Nepal, the national Election Commission has announced preliminary results of the vote for a constituent assembly held two weeks ago.

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

UN determined to stop malaria deaths by 2010

Marking the first-ever World Malaria Day, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today launched a new initiative to stop malaria deaths by 2010.

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

New plan for Chernobyl recovery presented at the UN

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today presented an action plan of UN work in Chernobyl until 2016.

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

UN expert says children are the "silent victims" of violence in Iraq

The UN special representative for children and armed conflict says children are the "silent victims" of the ongoing violence in Iraq.

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

Security Council reinforces resolution against weapons of mass destruction falling into terrorists' hands

The UN Security Council on Friday adopted a resolution aimed at stepping up efforts to prevent non-state actors from getting their hands on weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery.

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

Security Council discussed situation in Georgia

The Security Council met on Wednesday at the request of Georgia to discuss the situation in that country.

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

Secretary-General urges information-sharing on small arms

In his first ever report on small arms, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging countries to increase their collection and sharing of data on these weapons. He points out that currently most conflicts are fought using mainly small arms and light weapons. These include inter-State conflicts as well as civil wars, terrorism, organized crime and gang warfare.

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

FAO warns of threat to peace by soaring commodity prices

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned that soaring food and energy prices threaten peace and stability around the world as civil unrest spreads in many countries.~The latest warning comes as experts grapple with the problem at the UN Conference on Trade and Development in Accra, Ghana.~UN Radio's Donn Bobb reports.~

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

Fuel crisis in Gaza forces suspension of UN food aid delivery

The UN humanitarian agency for Palestinian refugees, known as UNRWA, has been forced to shut down its food distribution in Gaza because a promised shipment of fuel from Israel has not arrived.

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

"South-South Cooperation" is revitalized

Rapid economic growth has generated more trade between countries in the developing world. And this "south-south cooperation" is changing the entire global trade and development structure. Participants at the latest session of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) taking place this week in Ghana, are recommending that this cooperation be extended beyond the [...]

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

WFP pushes for solution to the food crisis

The World Food Programme (WFP) is pushing for both urgent and long-term solutions to the escalating food crisis.

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

Another food relief truck driver killed in Darfur

The World Food Programme announced today the killing of a truck driver transporting vital food relief to Darfur, the second such killing in two months.

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

Ban Ki-moon welcomes agreement between Côte d'Ivoire, European Union and Japan

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (photo) has welcomed the signing of a new financial agreement between Côte d'Ivoire and the European Union, Japan and France.

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

Tanzanian Maasai warns of loss of land and culture

Representatives of indigenous people from around the world are continuing their session in New York focusing on climate change. One of the participants is Adam Kuleit Ole Mwarabu, the coordinator of the Parakuiyo Pastoralists Indigenous Community Development Organization in Tanzania. UN Radio's Derrick Mbatha caught up with the Maasai man who talked about some of [...]

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

• UN Secretary-General visits Liberia

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he is very proud of the achievements that Liberia has made in the last four and a half years to consolidate peace. Mr. Ban spoke to UNMIL Radio during his stop in Liberia as part of his four-nation tour of West Africa. • Delegates gathered in Ghana discuss impact [...]

24 Apr 2008 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

Iran agrees to clarify alleged past nuclear studies

Olli Heinonen, the deputy chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), has reached an agreement with Iranian officials on a process that would help clarify whether Iran in the past conducted research into military use of nuclear energy.

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

ILO warns about health risks at work

The International Labour Organization (ILO) is calling for a reduction in work-related accidents and health problems.

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

Ban Ki-moon urges member states to help Haiti

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has written to more than a dozen key Member States, asking for urgent assistance for Haiti.

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

Humanitarian chief calls for protection of civilians in Somalia

The UN's top humanitarian official, John Holmes, has called attention to an increasing trend of indiscriminate and disproportionate use of force against civilians in Somalia.

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

A call to make globalization deliver for the poor: UNCTAD

In Accra, Ghana, the head of the UN Conference on Trade and Development –UNCTAD has called on delegates to reach an agreement by Friday to send a signal of the renewed resolve of the international community to make globalization deliver for the world's poorest.

23 Apr 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Critical fuel shortages in Gaza impacting humanitarian aid

The fuel shortage in Gaza has brought traffic to a standstill according to the UN's head of Political Affairs, Angela Kane, who briefed the Security Council this morning.

23 Apr 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN welcomes the start of census in Sudan

The UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) has welcomed the start of the historic census, which will pave the way for elections next year.

23 Apr 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Independent Expert concerned about new violence in Somalia

The UN Independent Expert on human rights in Somalia today expressed deep concern about the escalation of violence in Somalia.

23 Apr 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Security Council to decide on future of Eritrea peacekeeping mission

The UN Security Council is considering what action to take in view of Eritrea's announcement that it no longer supports the UN peacekeeping presence in the country.

23 Apr 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Nicole Kidman urges more support for UNIFEM campaign

More than 200-thousand people have signed on to a website campaign to stop violence against women. The internet-based advocacy campaign is organized by the UN development fund for women, known as UNIFEM. Academy-Award winning actress Nicole Kidman is the spokesperson for the campaign, which hopes to garner 10 million signatures from people around the world. [...]

23 Apr 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Chernobyl disaster impact on mental health discussed at the UN

An international conference "Health and Environment", which will discuss psychological effects of Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe, opened today at the UN.

23 Apr 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Israel resumes delivery of fuel to Gaza

Israel has resumed supplies of fuel to a power plant in Gaza, which will enable the plant to continue producing fuel for a few more days. The arrival of the fuel came down to the wire. An emergency meeting held by international humanitarian agencies operating in the Gaza Strip warned that if fuel was not [...]

23 Apr 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Ban Ki-moon meets the president of Côte d'Ivoire

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has arrived in Côte d'Ivoire where he met with the President of the country Laurent Gbagbo.

23 Apr 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Report cautions developing countries against free trade agreements with EU

A report launched today in Ghana during the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development advises developing countries to be careful when entering into free trade agreements with developed economies.

23 Apr 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Loss of biodiversity affecting medical science

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has warned that medical science could suffer huge losses from the extinction of animal species.

23 Apr 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

"Nothing but Nets" campaign helps prevent malaria

Ahead of the World Malaria Day on 25 March, the UN Foundation today brought attention to its campaign called "Nothing but Nets".

23 Apr 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN praises "tremendous progress" of Afghanistan's schools

The UN Special Representative for Afghanistan, Kai Eide, has praised the "tremendous progress" made by the country's schools.

23 Apr 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Poor countries call for “New Deal” on food prices

The Least developed countries, or LDC's, have called for a “new deal” to tackle the international crisis caused by soaring food prices.

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

UNHCR and WFP deliver food aid to isolated Colombian villages

The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has delivered 14 tons of food aid to several indigenous communities in a remote area of Colombia.

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

UN/African Union Envoy calls for redoubled efforts in Darfur

The special representative of the UN and the African Union in Darfur, today appealed to the UN Security Council to redouble its efforts to assist the joint mission in the Sudanese region to overcome the formidable logistical and political obstacles it is facing.

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

UN warns about the "silent tsunami" of rising food prices

UN humanitarian agencies are once again warning that the rising food prices could plunge more than 100 million people on all continents into further poverty and hunger.

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

Indigenous people: stewards of the earth

More than 3000 indigenous people are at United Nations headquarters in New York for the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Climate change is the hot topic for the two-week meeting, as we hear in this report from Dianne Penn. (duration: 4’07″)

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

Ban Ki-moon calls on Liberia to become an example to other countries

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday addressed the Liberian Parliament saying he has come to see first hand the remarkable strides the country has made in recovering from a devastating conflict.

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

Secretary-General is impressed by Liberia’s progress

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is continuing his four-nation mission to West Africa. During his visit to Liberia, Mr. Ban Ki-moon spoke with Eva Flomo of UNMIL Radio. UNMIL is the UN Mission in Liberia. He said that he was in the country to express the United Nations strong support for the country as it [...]

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

The Buzz and Bite campaign to fight malaria presented at the UN

A new series of animated Public Service Announcements (PSAs) featuring two malaria spreading mosquitoes, Buzz and Bite, aims to control and stop malaria.

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

UN to draw down its Mission in Liberia

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has left Liberia for Burkina Faso as he continues his four-nation tour of West Africa.

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

UN humanitarian chief says situation in Darfur remains grim

The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, John Holmes, says the humanitarian situation in Darfur remains as grim as it was a year ago.

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

UN agency in Gaza has fuel supplies till Thursday

If no fuel is allowed in Gaza on Wednesday, its power plant will shut down, which will lead to increased electricity cuts in most areas.

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

Nicole Kidman and UNIFEM: "Say No to Violence Against Women"

Hollywood movie star and UNIFEM goodwill ambassador, Nicole Kidman came to the United Nations on Tuesday to invite people to visit a web site where they can add their name in support of the campaign "Say No to Violence Against Women".

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

Secretary-General calls for food security measures

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for urgent steps to assure the world's food security.

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

Arbour regrets countries' failure to legislate against racism

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour (photo) says global efforts to eliminate racial discrimination have failed to make much progress.

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

Global Action Week to highlight inclusive education

UNESCO launched today a Global Action Week to emphasize quality education for all with a special focus on inclusive education. The UN agency says that despite real progress towards universal primary education since the year 2000, 72 million children are still not enrolled in school.

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

Georgia accuses Russia of violating international law

Georgia's UN Ambassador, Irakli Alasania, today accused Russia of undermining his country's sovereignty.

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

Indigenous Forum highlights climate change as challenge to livelihoods

The UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues opened its seventh session on Monday with a focus on "climate change, bio-cultural diversity and livelihoods".

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

UNCTAD conference opens in Ghana

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development – UNCTAD opened its 12th session in Accra, Ghana on Sunday. Dressed in traditional clothing, Ghanaian drummers and dancers extended a welcome or “akwaaba” to delegates from around the world for the start of the session. Producer: Donn Bobb (duration: 4’01″)

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

Indigenous forum focuses on climate change and language

The latest session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues opened today with a special focus on climate change and indigenous languages. Dianne Penn interviewed Hawaiian-born Malia Nobrega of the International Indigenous ICT Task Force. She talks about what global warming is doing to her homeland and how the internet and communications technology can [...]

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

Secretary-General deplores killings of civilians in Somalia

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed deep concern about the heavy fighting over the weekend in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu.

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

Ban Ki-moon meets with Zimbabwe's opposition leader

Before leaving Ghana for Liberia, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with the leader of Zimbabwe's opposition Morgan Tsvangirai.

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

Bolivia's president addresses UN Indigenous Forum

President Evo Morales of Bolivia (photo) became the first indigenous head of state to address the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous issues, which opened on Monday in New York.

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

IOM helps Italy process asylum seekers in Lampedusa

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) says there is a trend of unaccompanied minors seeking asylum in Italy, because the Italian government has a policy of not sending them back home. IOM briefed journalists in Geneva as part of their two-day workshop on “Managing Return Migration”.

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

Security Council welcomes Nepal elections

The members of the Security Council today congratulated the people of Nepal on the largely peaceful elections to the Constituent Assembly that took place on April 10.

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

Security Council members pleased with progress in Kosovo

Some members of the UN Security Council today expressed satisfaction with the progress made by the UN-administered province of Kosovo since its declaration of independence from Serbia in February.

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

World Food Programme says it needs funds urgently for its operations in Haiti

World Food Organization calls for urgent funds for its operations in Haiti where rising food and fuel prices have led to violent protests. The poorest country in the Western hemisphere, Haiti already faces widespread chronic malnutrition which affects 42% of children under five. In response to higher food prices WFP had to upgrade its appeal [...]

18 Apr 2008 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

UN Human Rights office in Angola to close

The UN Human Rights Office will cease activities in Angola in May.

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

Rising food prices force WFP to ask for more money

Only a few weeks after the World Food Programme made an “extraordinary emergency appeal” for $500 million, it is asking for an additional $256 million to cover the rising cost of its operations.

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

Pope reaffirms human rights at the UN

Human rights, responsibility of states to protect their populations from violence and abuse dominated the address by the Pope Benedict XVI to a packed UN General Assembly.

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

HIV/AIDS and the sex trade

Commercial sex is one of the main drivers of the AIDS epidemic. Sex workers and their clients are more likely to be exposed to HIV. The clients then bring the infection home to their wives or other sex partners. A discussion at the UN this week brought together experts working on this issue in different [...]

18 Apr 2008 | Posted in Women | Read More »

UNHCR transfers more than 5,000 Darfur refugees to Chad

Approximately 5,400 Sudanese refugees have been transferred to camps in eastern Chad over the past two months, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) reported today.

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

Humanitarian crisis in Gaza continues to worsen

Israel has cut off all fuel supplies to Gaza, following an April 9th attack by Palestinian militants. The crisis in Gaza, which had already been suffering from shortages, has now worsened with no fuel for cars, taxis, buses or trucks. Everyone has to walk, and even the rubbish is not being picked up. John Ging, [...]

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

UNCTAD XII focuses on globalization

Challenges and opportunities for globalization for development is the theme of the current meeting of the UN Conference on Trade and Development, UNCTAD XII, taking place in Accra, Ghana. Donn Bobb asks UNCTAD's Secretary General, Supachai Panitchpakdi (photo), what we can expect from this meeting. (duration: 4’13″)

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

First session of universal human rights review completed

The UN Human Rights Council has concluded the first session of its Universal Periodic Review.

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

Pope pays tribute to UN staff

This is the standing ovation the UN staff gave His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI when he came to address them at the General Assembly Hall.

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

East Timor's President returns home to a warm welcome after assassination attempt.

East Timor's President returned home on Thursday 17 April amid tight local and international security, after two months of medical treatment abroad.

18 Apr 2008 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

The UN Security Council urges improved cooperation between the UN and African organizations.

At a high-level Security Council meeting, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and several African leaders agreed that preventing and resolving conflicts must remain high on the shared agenda of the UN and the African Union. Participants called for better cooperation, an early-warning system on conflicts and an enhanced mediation capacity. Tackling the global food crisis The [...]

18 Apr 2008 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

“Remembrance and Beyond" — stories of survival

"It is not enough to remember, honour and grieve for the dead. As we do, we must also educate, nurture and care for the living. We must foster in our children a sense of responsibility, so that they can build societies that protect and promote the rights of all citizens. We must instill in them [...]

18 Apr 2008 | Posted in Perspective | Read More »

Secretary-General welcomes Pope to the UN

Before a packed General Assembly hall, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon this morning welcomed Pope Benedict XVI to a place he called a “common home” for all men and women of faith worldwide.

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

“Nuclear renaissance” can be made safe – IAEA

As an increasing number of countries plan to develop civilian nuclear energy, there are growing concerns about possible diversion of nuclear material and technology for military use.

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

Conference in Ghana to address pros and cons of globalization

The UN body dealing with trade and development issues, UNCTAD, opens its 12th session Sunday in Accra, Ghana, under the theme ‘Addressing the Opportunities and Challenges of Globalization for Development.’

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

Return of Timorese president will help bring the nation together

Jose Ramos-Horta, the president of Timor-Leste, returned today to the capital Dili after two months of medical treatment in Australia.

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

Banditry forces WFP to cut food rations in Darfur

The World Food Programme (WFP) will be forced to cut food rations for up to three million people in Darfur because of continued attacks on its trucks.

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

Trade Conference to open in Ghana

Ghana says it attaches importance to trade, investment and development. Minister of Trade Joe Badu-Ansah says Ghana has benefited greatly from the global expansion in the last few years with its GDP growing by 6.3 per cent in 2007.

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

New chief prosecutor of UN Tribunal visits Serbia

The new chief prosecutor for the UN Tribunal in the Hague is in Belgrade on his first official visit.

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

UN helps Haiti deal with the food crisis

The UN country team in Haiti has taken urgent measures in response to the food crisis in the country.

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

Mobility of Talent Replacing “Brain Drain”

A new study by the United Nations University examines the role of what it calls “high value” migrants – those that bring particular skills, knowledge and creativity that create great economic value.

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

Timor-Leste president returns home

East Timor's President returned home on Thursday amid tight local and international security, after two months of medical treatment abroad.

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

UNESCO chief pays tribute to poet Aimé Césaire

Caribbean-born poet Aimé Césaire (photo) was remembered for his commitment to his art and to fighting colonialism and racism.

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

UN concerned about recent violence in Gaza

Life has become “unbearable” for the average person in Gaza, according to the head of the UN humanitarian agency there (known as UNRWA).

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

Security Council holds discussion with its AU counterpart

Following its decision to strengthen cooperation with the African Union (AU), the UN Security Council held a meeting with the AU Peace and Security Council.

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

Floods, landslides and locusts threaten Tajikistan

The UN country team in Tajikistan warns of possible floods and landslides all over the country, as well as a higher than usual locust infestation.

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

Security Council welcomes talks on Cyprus reunification

The UN Security Council has welcomed the start of talks aimed at reunifying Cyprus.

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

Increased security in Timor-Leste for president's return

The UN Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) is stepping up security as the country's president prepares to return to Timor on Thursday after two months of medical treatment in Australia.

16 Apr 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

WFP warns of looming food crisis in North Korea

The World Food Programme (WFP) warns that time is running out to avert a potential food crisis in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

16 Apr 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Credibility of African democracy is at stake in Zimbabwe: Ban Ki-moon

The UN Security Council is holding a high-level meeting on the question of peace and security in Africa.

16 Apr 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN mission says Cyprus talks set to begin this week

Efforts to reunify Cyprus will take another step forward this week, according to the UN Mission there.

16 Apr 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Ban Ki-moon disappointed by lack of political will on Darfur

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is extremely disappointed by lack of progress on every front in Darfur.

16 Apr 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

HIV/AIDS and the sex trade

Commercial sex is one of the main drivers of the AIDS epidemic.

16 Apr 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Security Council discusses peace and security in Africa

Presidents, prime ministers and key members of the United Nations are meeting within the Security Council Wednesday and Thursday to discuss a range of issues affecting peace and security on the African continent.

16 Apr 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Too many mothers and children still die from preventable causes

Very few developing countries are making adequate progress in reducing maternal and infant mortality.

16 Apr 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Ghana conference to focus on globalization

The impact of globalization is the focus of a UN meeting which opens this weekend in Ghana.

16 Apr 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

South-African president pleased with the Security Council meeting

President of South Africa Thabo Mbeki is pleased with the unanimity of the Security Council in recognizing the importance of peace and security in Africa.

16 Apr 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Security Council determined to strengthen UN-AU relations

The UN Security Council is “determined to strengthen and enhance the cooperation between the United Nations and regional organizations, in particlular the African Union.”

16 Apr 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

1000th project to cut greenhouse emissions registered

The Clean Development Mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol is moving from the “infant” stage to “maturity.”

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

Gulf States ready for closer humanitarian cooperation with the UN

Chief Humanitarian Coordinator John Holmes (photo) is pleased with the results of his recent trip to the Gulf region.

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

WFP may face "heartbreaking choices" due to rising food costs

World Food Programme may face difficult decisions in providing food aid due to lack of funds and rising food prices.

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

Biofuel production threatens the poor in Latin America: FAO

A global increase in biofuel production threatens to deprive the poor in Latin America of much needed food. This is the latest warning coming from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

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

Hope for victims of rape in the DR Congo

Courage and determination of both victims of rape and the doctors and lawyers who help them – that is what impressed Francoise Girard during her recent trip to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Francoise is Director of the Public Health Programme at the Open Society Institute based in New York. She came to our [...]

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

UN personnel dispatched to plane crash site in eastern DRC

Personnel from the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) have rushed to assist victims of a plane crash today in the northeastern part of the country.

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

Report calls for a new approach to agriculture

More than 400 scientists are stressing the need to change agricultural practices if the world is to cope with a growing population, climate change and environmental degradation.

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

UNHCR halts repatriation of Afghans from Pakistan

Hundreds of Afghan refugees in Pakistan are finding the road home is paved with problems.

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

The problem of sexual violence in DRC cannot be easily solved

The presence of UN peacekeepers has helped to reduce the incidence of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but this problem will not be resolved easily or quckly.

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

Business as usual, not an option in agriculture

As rising prices of basic foods like wheat and rice are threatening food security in developing countries, an international team of scientists has come out with an assessment of current agricultural practices. The report says that modern agriculture will have to change radically to better serve the poor and hungry, if the world is to [...]

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

Somalia wants more engagement from the UN

The provisional authorities of Somalia are determined to bring stability to the country which has not had a functioning government for two decades.

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

Ban Ki-moon calls for release of election results in Zimbabwe

The UN Secretary-General intends to bring up elections in Zimbabwe at Wednesday's high-level Security Council meeting on Africa.

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

Ban Ki-moon counts on the Pope's spiritual support in global issues

The UN Secretary-General is looking forward to discussing global issues with Pope Benedict XVI during his visit to the UN on Friday.

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

ILO says workplaces becoming more supportive of colleagues with HIV

Effective HIV policies and practices are credited for an increase in supportive attitudes in the workplace towards colleagues living with the virus, a new study reports.

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

Security Council extends mandate of UN Mission in Georgia

The UN Security Council on Tuesday has extended the mandate of the UN Observer Mission in Georgia for six months.

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

Security Council hears “optimistic” report on Cyprus

UN Political Affairs chief B. Lynn Pascoe briefed the Security Council today on his recent mission to Cyprus.

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

"New mercenary" activities need to be regulated

Additional international human rights standards are needed to regulate the activities of private security companies and new mercenaries.

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

Darfur refugees homeless after fire destroys their camp

Some 3,000 Darfur refugees in Chad are now homeless after a fire destroyed part of a camp where they were living.

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

UN hosts high-level meeting to tackle growing food crisis

New ways to finance development are being discussed at the UN at the high-level meeting of the Economic and Social Council.

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

UN mission chief says Liberia security situation remains fragile

Challenges related to security, including the reform of the national police, continue to face Liberia, the head of the UN peacekeeping mission there told the Security Council on Monday.

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

UN police officer is latest victim of violence in Haiti

The UN Stabilization Force in Haiti, known as MINUSTAH, has strongly condemned the shooting of its plain-clothed police officer in the capital Port-au-Prince on Saturday.

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

World Bank concerned about spiraling food prices

A dramatic increase in food prices is undermining attempts by millions of people throughout the world to climb out of poverty. The World Bank is calling attention to the threat posed by the rising food prices. UN Radio's Donn Bobb reports. (duration: 3’56″)

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

UN drugs czar says rule of law important to reaching MDGs

Security and justice are key to reaching the Millennium Development Goals, according to the head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Antonio Maria Costa.

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

FAO discusses the future of biofuels

Strategies to develop bio-fuel production without sacrificing food supplies is one of the topics being tackled at a conference in Latin America by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO. Gerry Adams asked FAO’s Agro-Industry and Infrastructure Officer for the Latin America and Caribbean Region, Guilhereme Schuetz, why bio-fuels are so important today. (duration: 4’49″)

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

UNICEF and V-Day join forces to end sexual violence in DRC

The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has joined forces with the global movement to end violence against women known as V-day.

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

UN Secretary-General welcomes formation of coalition government in Kenya

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the formation of the coalition government in Kenya.

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

Gulf States ready for closer humanitarian cooperation with the UN

Chief Humanitarian Coordinator John Holmes is pleased with the results of his recent trip to the Gulf region. He has visited Jordan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Qatar.

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

Watchdog group calls for an end to violations of Sri Lankan children

The escalating armed conflict in Sri Lanka has resulted in virtually no safety for children, a watchdog organization contends in its latest report.

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

Guyana has made modest but uneven progress in meeting the MDGs

The UN General Assembly concluded thematic debate aimed at galvanizing support for achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 with a call for 2008 to be a year of action. During debate, Guyana noted that some 143 million children under 5 in the developing world continue to suffer from inadequate nutrition. Guyana's Charge [...]

11 Apr 2008 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

UN agency worried about faltering sanitation in Gaza due to lack of fuel

The UN agency providing humanitarian relief to Palestinians, known as UNRWA, says the situation in Gaza continues to be difficult due to lack of fuel and rising food prices that have led to protests by the population.

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

FAO chief calls for more action on global food crisis

With no apparent end in sight to the global crisis in rising food costs, the head of the UN food agency is calling for world leaders to immediately address the problem.

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

Human Rights chief welcomes moves to try former Chadian leader

UN Human Rights High Commissioner Louise Arbour has welcomed recent changes to Senegal's constitution to allow the country to try former Chadian president Hissène Habré, who is accused of gross violations during his time in power.

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

Humanitarian office appeals for further $150 million for Kenya

The UN has revised its emergency humanitarian response plan for Kenya to cover the rest of the year and to respond to drought.

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

WHO starts yellow fever vaccination campaign in Mali

The World Health Organization (WHO) has started a week-long vaccination campaign against yellow fever in Mali.

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

Outcome of climate change meeting is encouraging

The UN climate chief Yvo de Boer says last week's meeting on climate change in Bangkok, Thailand was a good beginning for negotiations of a new global agreement to replace the Kyoto Protocol. As UN Radio's Donn Bobb reports, Mr. de Boer made his comments to reporters here at UN Headquarters. (duration: 3’43″)

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

UN gets ready for Pope Benedict's visit

Tightened security measures are being put in place as the UN gets ready for the visit of Pope Benedict the XVI next week. This is the fourth papal visit to the United Nations. The President of the General Assembly, which the Pope will address on the 18th of April, calls the visit "special". Serjan Kerim [...]

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

IOM Supports Migrant African Women in Helping Their Communities at Home

Sending money home is only one way migrants can help the families~and communities they left behind.

11 Apr 2008 | Posted in Women | Read More »

Iraqis returning home face same difficulties that led to their migration: IOM

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) says that Iraqis returning home face the same difficulties that led to their displacement or asylum abroad.

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

Secretary-General commends "timely" regional summit on Zimbabwe elections

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has commended the leaders of southern African nations for convening talks this weekend on the post-electoral crisis in Zimbabwe.

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

Nepal conducts mostly peaceful successful election

Ian Martin the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Nepal. After several intense weeks of campaigning despite outbreaks of violence that threatened to derail the process, Nepal has held a mostly peaceful and successful historic election. UN Radio's Geraldine Harris- Adams spoke with the head of the UN Mission in Nepal, Ian Martin about [...]

11 Apr 2008 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

Security Council prepares for high-level meeting on Africa

The Security Council will hold a high-level meeting next week between African leaders and representatives of countries in the 15-member chamber.~

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

FAO supports World Harmony Run to fight hunger and poverty

More than one million people worldwide are expected to participate in the World Harmony Run which began on Thursday in New York.

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

UNICEF seeks $134 million to feed children in Haiti

The UN children's agency (UNICEF) will launch an appeal to help children affected by the food crisis in Haiti.

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

In 2003, the UN Population Fund, UNFPA, and partners launched a global campaign to end fistula

The objective was to make obstetric fistula as rare in developing countries as it is in the developed world.

11 Apr 2008 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

WFP shocked by latest killing in Sudan of two contractors delivering food aid

The World Food Programme (WFP) announced that yet another of its drivers delivering humanitarian aid in southern Sudan was shot and killed by unknown assailants.

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

UN praises historic elections in Nepal

Voting in historic elections in Nepal has ended with the United Nations praising the tremendous enthusiasm on the part of voters. The landmark vote, central to the peace process signed in 2006, is for a 601-seat assembly and involved mainstream parties and Maoist rebels. Gerry Adams spoke with special envoy and head of the UN [...]

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

Award-winning film raises awareness of obstetric fistula

In 2003, the UN Population Fund, UNFPA, and partners launched a global campaign to end fistula. The objective was to make obstetric fistula as rare in developing countries as it is in the developed world. It has remained a 'hidden' condition, says the World Health Organization, because it affects some of the most marginalized members [...]

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

UN and AU envoys to Darfur holding talks on security

The UN's Special Envoy for the peace process in Darfur, Jan Eliasson, (photo) has been holding discussions with the government and the rebel movements this week, along with his African Union counterpart Salim Ahmed Salim.

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

UN congratulates Nepal on historic elections

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated the Nepalese people on today's constituent assembly elections.

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

Secretary-General condemns attack on UN officers in Darfur

A UN police team returning from a routine patrol in Darfur came under attack by gunmen on Wednesday.

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

UN Human Rights chief denied access to Tibet at this time

China has denied a request by the UN Human Rights Chief, Louise Arbour, (photo) to visit Tibet.

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

UNIFIL erects barbed wire fence separating Lebanon-Israel border

UN peacekeepers have started putting up a barbed wire fence along the Lebanon-Israel border to prevent violations of the so-called Blue Line separating the village of Ghajar.

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

FAO warns that dry weather will worsen food insecurity in Zimbabwe

The UN food agency (FAO) has warned that Zimbabwe's maize harvest will likely suffer from severe dry weather, making the country's precarious food situation even more critical.

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

Climate change talks must reconcile diverging interests: UNFCC Executive Secretary

The head of the UN Climate Change Convention Secretariat, Yvo de Boer, told journalists in New York that last week's talks in Bangkok were a good beginning to a good ending.

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

Women and peace in Nepal

After a 10 year conflict between government forces and Maoist rebels, peace has finally come to Nepal. What role will women play as the government recovers from the conflict and builds a peaceful society? Bandana Rana, after learning that few knew about landmark Security Council resolution 1325 which calls for women's participation in resolving conflict [...]

9 Apr 2008 | Posted in Women | Read More »

Urbanization is good for you, say the experts

"Pervasive", "unavoidable", "irreversible" – that is how experts described the process of urbanization at the current session of UN Commission on Population and Development. By the end of this year, for the first time in history half of the world's population will be living in cities. And this is not necessarily bad, as we hear [...]

9 Apr 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN assists investigations into deadly pre-election attacks in Nepal

UN teams are assisting Nepal's government with investigations into two separate attacks which killed seven Maoist cadres and a candidate from another political party.

9 Apr 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Denmark tops list of world’s most networked economies

Denmark leads the ranks of countries with the most networked economies.

9 Apr 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN envoy shocked by pre-election violence in Nepal

In Nepal, violence on the eve of elections meant to cement a peace deal has left eight people dead. After weeks of near-daily clashes between supporters of rival parties, the 27 million people of Nepal are looking forward to Thursday's poll with optimism. The UN-supervised vote is intended to bring sweeping change with a promise [...]

9 Apr 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Secretary-General asks Russia to increase its UN contribution

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met in Moscow today with Russian President-elect Dmitry Medvedev, and later with President Vladimir Putin.

9 Apr 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Security Council discusses Chad and Central African Republic

Chad and the Central African Republic were on the agenda of the Security Council today where members were briefed by the Assistant Secretary-General for UN peacekeeping, Edmund Mulet.

9 Apr 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Finland and Indonesia undergo human rights review

The UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday discussed the human rights situations in Indonesia and Finland.

9 Apr 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Secretary-General calls for calm as Nepal elections approach

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for calm in Nepal after pre-election violence left at least eight people dead.

9 Apr 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

WMO praises climate change scientists

The Nobel Prize-winning UN group on climate change is being praised for its role in encouraging countries to monitor their water resources.

9 Apr 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Secretary-General appeals for assistance to Haiti

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for urgent assistance to Haiti following deadly demonstrations protesting the cost of living in the Caribbean nation.

9 Apr 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Head of counter-terrorism committee expert body to visit China

The director of a UN body which assists the Security Council committee on counter-terrorism efforts will make his first official visit to China later this month.

9 Apr 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Two UN refugee agency staff survive ambush in Somalia

Two employees with the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) escaped unharmed after their vehicle was ambushed this weekend by armed militia men in north-eastern Somalia.

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

Refugee agency concerned about China's deportation of Pakistani boy

The UN refugee agency has expressed concern about the deportation from China of a young Pakistani refugee.

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

UN officials urge support for emergency food appeal

UN officials are continuing to speak out on rising global food prices.

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

Security Council hears latest report from UN mission in Haiti

Despite important gains over the past months, the security situation in Haiti remains fragile, the head of the UN peacekeeping mission in the Caribbean nation told the Security Council today.

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

Secretary-General calls for reform at UN

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on UN member States to support the reform of the United Nations to make it more effective and efficient, by improving hiring and procurement practices, modernizing information and communication technologies and enhancing managerial accountability.

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

Conflict in eastern Chad causing difficulties for Red Cross

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says the complexity of the conflict in eastern Chad is making it difficult for humanitarian agencies to deliver aid to internally displaced people and refugees. Patrick Maigua reports from Geneva.

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

UN reports mixed but fragile progress in Haiti

While Haitian authorities have primary responsibility for stabilizing the country, it is clear they cannot do it alone and will need substantial external assistance. That's the message Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping, Hédi Annabi, delivered to the Security Council Tuesday. UN Radio's Donn Bobb reports. (duration: 4’24″)

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

Mr. Ban goes to Moscow

On Wednesday UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will arrive in Moscow on his first official visit. During the three-day trip he will meet with President Putin, President-elect Medvedev, Foreign Minister Lavrov and others. In an interview with our colleagues Piotr Mischenko and Evgueni Menkes, Mr. Ban stressed the important role Russia plays in promoting peace and [...]

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

Slow pace of efforts to combat climate change effects

Political leaders and environmentalists from more than 180 countries met in Bali, Indonesia in December where they hammered out a deal to launch negotiations towards a crucial international climate change pact to fight global warming. But even as they gathered in Bali, there were strong warnings of the urgency of the situation. This programme looks [...]

8 Apr 2008 | Posted in Perspective | Read More »

World Bank warns that development goals will fall short unless progress is accelerated

The World Bank warns that without concerted effort to spur strong and inclusive growth, most countries will fall short on the Millennium Development Goals by the due date of 2015.

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

UN office condemns weekend suicide attack in Sri Lanka

The United Nations in Sri Lanka has condemned a suicide attack that killed 15 people during a peaceful sporting event in the capital Colombo on Sunday.

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

Security Council urges international emergency relief for Haiti

The UN Security Council is calling for emergency relief to Haiti, where four people died last week following demonstrations protesting the rising cost of living.

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

UN meeting looks at making urbanization work for all

Economic links to national and global economies are vital to ensure the poor also benefit from urbanization, according to the mayor of one of southern Africa's fastest growing cities.

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

Hariri investigation to be extended beyond June

The head of the international commission investigating the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, asked the UN Security Council today for more time to complete the investigation, beyond the current deadline of June 15th.

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

Harry Potter comes to the rescue of women in Darfur

In its efforts to stop the violence in the Sudanese province of Darfur, the UN has unexpected allies. They are Harry Potter fans – readers of the incredibly popular JK Rowling's book series about the young wizard and the magical world he lives in. Young people from the Harry Potter Alliance call on governments to [...]

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

Climate change will worsen health crisis: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) says the threat climate change is having on public health can no longer be ignored.

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

UN humanitarian chief visits Gulf States

The UN humanitarian chief, John Holmes, (photo) is in the United Arab Emirates, as part of his tour to the Gulf States.

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

WFP calls for urgent funds to curb unrest in Haiti

The World Food Programme (WFP) is again calling for urgent funds to support its operations in Haiti following the deaths of four people after two days of rioting over rising food prices in the Caribbean nation.

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

Human Rights Council starts first Universal Periodic Review

The UN Human Rights Council in Geneva is assessing the human rights situation in 16 countries.

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

Secretary-General urges quick release of Zimbabwe election results

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for the speedy release of the results of Zimbabwe's presidential elections.

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

Secretary-General recalls responsibility to protect on Rwanda genocide anniversary

April 7th is the 14th anniversary of the Rwanda genocide in which more than 800,000 people lost their lives.

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

WFP in Haiti calls for more funds for food

The World Food Programme calls for urgent funds for its operations in Haiti where rising food and fuel prices have led to violent protests. The poorest country in the western hemisphere, Haiti already faces widespread chronic malnutrition which affects 42 per cent of children under five. In response to higher food prices, WFP had to [...]

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

Climate change and the foundations of health: WHO

Today is World Health Day. And Climate Change has been selected as the theme of this year's observance. “For health, climate change will be a high-consequence event”, that according to the head of the World Health Organization, Dr. Margaret Chan. It's a concern that is echoed by others – the head of the Pan American [...]

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

Secretary-General plans to discuss Kosovo during visit to Moscow

In an interview with UN Radio, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he is looking to broaden and deepen the partnership between the United Nations and the Russian Federation, as he visits Moscow this week.

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

Secretary-General urges countries to move forward on disarmament issues

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged UN Member States to take even small steps to reverse the setbacks of recent years that have become the norm on disarmament issues, such as the review of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, the deadlock in the Conference on Disarmament and the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.

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

Secretary-General calls for free and fair elections in Nepal

Nepal's leaders have a “critical responsibility” to ensure the country's upcoming elections are free and democratic, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday.

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

UN Appeals for $265 Million for Iraq

The United Nations has appealed for $265 million to improve the deteriorating situation in Iraq.

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

Haradinaj acquitted in The Hague

On Thusday, Former Kosovo Prime Minister Ramus Haradinaj, who was charged with war crimes by the UN Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia, was acquitted of all charges. He was alleged to have committed these crimes in 1998 while serving as a commander in the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA). Another Kosovo Albanian, Idriz Balaj, was also cleared [...]

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

The Challenge in Darfur has Never been Greater: UNHCR

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is stepping up its operations in Darfur this year to focus on protection activities, including monitoring the wellbeing of refugees, displaced people and returnees in accessible villages.

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

Countries Still Maintain Laws that Discriminate against Women

A study commissioned by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights shows that countries worldwide still maintain laws that discriminate against women.

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

600 Afghans Killed by Mines and Other Explosives Last Year: UN

Landmines and other explosive devices killed more than 600 people last year in Afghanistan.

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

UN Mission Condemns Looting and Vandalism in Haiti

The UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) has strongly condemned the looting acts of vandalism perpetrated Thursday in the town of Les Cayes by an angry crowd of 2000 protesting the sharp rise in the cost of living in Haiti.

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

Raising mine awareness to save lives

There are half a million people in the world living with injuries from landmines and explosive remnants of war. The good news is that since the signing of the Ottawa Treaty banning landmines in 1997, the number of casualties has fallen from 26,000 a year to 6,000 a decade later. Bissera Kostova reports on the [...]

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

Arbour Expresses Concern About Human Rights Defender, Tibet

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Arbour (photo), is concerned about this week's jailing of a human rights defender in China.

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International Day Highlights Landmine Awareness

Today, April 4th, is the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.

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First World Autism Awareness Day celebrated

This disorder that affects 1 out of every 150 children and 1 out of 94 boys is on the increase and the United Nations in an effort to raise awareness of the problem world wide has actually now dedicated a special day 2 April to increase understanding of the disorder and acceptance of those who [...]

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BANGLA #11: Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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BANGLA #12: Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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BANGLA #13: Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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BANGLA #14: Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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World Bank chief calls for plan to fight hunger

There is a call for a "new deal" to combat hunger and malnutrition.

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HINDI #11: Antar Rashtriya Patrika 06 March 2008

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More than 2 million children living with HIV: UN

More than two million children worldwide were living with the HIV virus in 2007, most of whom were infected before they were born.

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HINDI #12: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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HINDI #13: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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HINDI #14: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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Least Developed Countries call for cancellation of external debts

Developed countries have been urged to fulfill their Overseas Development Assistance –ODA- commitment of 0.2 % of gross national income to the Least Developed Countries by 2010.

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•Economists Debate How to Accelerate Poverty Reduction

The United Nations General Assembly this week discusses ways to help Africa achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Participants on a panel on reducing poverty and hunger conclude that the economic growth in developing countries has not led to improvement in people's lives. •Security Council to Focus on Stronger UN-African Union Relations The UN Security [...]

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UNESCO Fights Racism in Football

Football is enjoyed by millions worldwide. But "the beautiful game" can turn ugly, especially when fans spew racist language at players of African, Middle Eastern and Jewish ancestry. The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has teamed up with the world-famous football club Barcelona to fight racism on and off the field. Dianne Penn [...]

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Progress on Combating AIDS in Children

A UN report finds that while there has been a decrease in the number of children who are dying from AIDS, still almost 300-thousand died in 2007 and 12 million were orphaned by the disease in sub-Saharan Africa alone. Bissera Kostova has more on this. (duration: 4’09″)

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URDU #11: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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URDU #12: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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URDU #13: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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URDU #14: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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INDONESIAN #11: Fokus Fokus Kita

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INDONESIAN #12: Fokus Fokus Kita

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INDONESIAN #13: Fokus Fokus Kita

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Secretary-General welcomes opening of divide between Cyprus communities

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warmly welcomed today's opening of a crossing at Ledra Street in the old town of Nicosia in Cyprus.

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

Disabilities Convention comes into force

With the deposit by Ecuador of the instrument of ratification this morning, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol begins the process of its entry into force, which will take place 30 days afterwards on May 3, 2008.

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Criminal Tribunal acquits two of three accused of all charges

The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia has acquitted two former commanders of the Kosovo Liberation Army of war crimes and and crimes against humanity.

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FAO Expects Rice Production to Rise in 2008

World rice production is expected to increase in 2008 by 12 million tons, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

2 Apr 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Political Chief Optimistic Following Talks in Cyprus

The head of the UN Department for Political Affairs, B. Lynn Pascoe, has given an upbeat assessment on renewed efforts to reunite Cyprus.

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First World Autism Awareness Day celebrated

From now on, April 2nd will be known as World Autism Awareness Day.

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Substantial progress in achieving MDG targets in G'77 and China

Developing countries have made substantial progress in achieving critical development targets for the Millennium Development Goals.

2 Apr 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Significant strides made in Haiti – UN report

Significant strides have been made in key areas in Haiti, but strong international involvement remains indispensable for continued progress.

2 Apr 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNMIL human rights report released

The UN Mission in Liberia, UNMIL, has released a report on the human rights situation in Liberia.

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World Autism Awareness Day observed

Today is World Autism Awareness Day, to be celebrated every year on April 2.

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Secretary-General in Romania for Meeting on Afghanistan

On his first visit to Romania as UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon met with Prime Minister Calin Popescu Tariceanu in the capital, Bucharest.

2 Apr 2008 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Rise in Food Prices Compounds Challenge of Meeting MDG's: Ban

The challenge of meeting the Millennium Development Goals is being compounded in the short term by the recent rise in food prices.

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

Burundian Refugee Returns from Tanzania Hit 300,000 Mark: UNHCR

The number of Burundians that have returned to their homeland from neighboring Tanzania with the help of the UN refugee agency reached the 300,000 mark last month.

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

Relative Calm Returns to Baghdad: IOM

Following intense fighting for several days, relative calm has returned to Baghdad and southern Iraq and curfews and restriction on movement have been lifted, according to Jemini Pandya of the International Organization for Migration.

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

Ban Concerned by Troop Movements on Chad/Sudan Border

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed deep concern over reports of continued movement of rebel groups across the Chadian/Sudanese border and by the possibility that these groups may launch attacks on Chadian territory.

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

Africa's Economies Grew 5.8 % in 2007

Africa's economies grew an average 5.8 per cent in 2007 partly due to increased commodity prices.

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

Ban Urges Calm as Election Results Emerge in Zimbabwe

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has been closely following the situation in Zimbabwe, where results are still emerging from last weekend's elections.

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

A Focus on Stronger UN-African Union Relations

African issues will dominate the Security Council agenda this month, says incoming Council president Dumisani Kumalo. The South African ambassador wants to strengthen ties between the UN and the African Union, including through holding a meeting involving the AU's Peace and Security Council and several heads of state from the continent. UN Radio's Derrick Mbatha [...]

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Economists Debate How to Accelerate Poverty Reduction

Number one of the UN Millennium Development Goals is reducing poverty and hunger. It underlies the success of many of the other goals such as health and education. With progress lagging in the attempt to achieve the global goals by the year 2015, the UN General Assembly is holding a two-day debate in New York [...]

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Stars from Sport and Arts Team up for Photographs in UN Anti-Poverty Campaign

Russian tennis ace Maria Sharapova and United States basketball star LeBron James are among 50 celebrities from the fields of sport, arts, fashion and business teaming up in new advertisements organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to promote the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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

UN Fund Founder and Religious Institutions Mobilize $200 Million for MDGs

Ted Turner, founder of the United Nations Fund and CNN, the Cable News Network, was at the United Nations on Tuesday to support the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

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

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