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UN Peacekeepers' Day—observed Thursday, May 29th—Liberians reflect on how the "blue helmets" have helped their country.

UN and Africa – a weekly 15-minute radio programme on political, social, economic and other developments related to Africa. In this edition: •Former Congolese vice-president Jean-Pierre Bemba has been arrested in connection with alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Central African Republic. Sonia Robla of the International Criminal Court calls the arrest [...]

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UN chief welcomes adoption of landmark treaty banning cluster bombs

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the adoption of a landmark treaty banning cluster bombs. The treaty was adopted Friday by diplomats from 111 nations after 12 days of negotiations in Ireland.~

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

There’s been a call for reproductive health services in the Caribbean and elsewhere to place much more emphasis on men’s health and on young people

Caribbean News Round-Up: a weekly 15-minute news magazine on developments at the United Nations concerning the Caribbean. In this edition: Nevis is to begin producing geothermal energy by next July; Trinidad and Tobago moves to carve out its niche tourism market; The International Labor Organization says Caribbean States are rising to the challenges of HIV/AIDS [...]

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WHO urges ban on tobacco advertising

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is calling for a total ban on all tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship in a bid to safeguard the health of young people worldwide.

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

More experts needed to provide assistance to Myanmar: OCHA

United Nations humanitarian officials say they have received all the visas requested from Myanmar for disaster aid workers.

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UNICEF working to help re-open schools in Myanmar

The UN children's agency-UNICEF says many schools in Myanmar will be unable to reopen on Monday as planned by the Myanmar authorities.

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

UNHCR provides aid to displaced in South Africa

The UN refugee agency-UNHCR is stepping up efforts to assist thousands of foreigners who have fallen victims to the xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

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

Special envoy dismayed by xenophobic violence in South Africa

The special envoy on racism has expressed dismay at the recent xenophobic violence targeting refugees, migrants and South African ethnic minorities in Johannesburg and surrounding townships.

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

WHO calls for total ban on tobacco advertising

To protect young people from becoming addicted to cigarettes, the World Health Organization is calling on governments to ban any sort of tobacco advertising. WHO says only 20 countries have such comprehensive bans, which means only 5 per cent of the world’s population is covered. Bissera Kostova has more on this. (duration: 3’35″)

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

Food crisis summit begins next week

A conference to address the global food crisis opens next week in Rome.

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The United Nations marks 60 years of peacekeeping.

"Our special thanks go to the top contributors: Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Nigeria and Nepal." UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon pays tribute to the contribution made by the countries of Asia to the peacekeeping efforts around the world.. “It’s a dangerous business and that’s a challenge I face everyday.” The head of UN peacekeeping operations, Jean Marie [...]

30 May 2008 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

Just how difficult is it to make sure girls go to school and complete their education?

Women: a weekly 14-minute news magazine that looks at issues affecting women around the world. In this edition: Just how difficult is it to make sure girls go to school and complete their education? At the recent session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, three women came together to talk about educating girls, which [...]

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Iraq stepping back from the abyss: Ban

Iraq has made notable progress in the security, political and economic fields–all three pillars of the International Compact–despite the challenges.

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

Ugandan peacekeeper shot dead in Darfur

A Ugandan officer serving with the joint UN-African Union peacekeeping force in Sudan's Western Darfur region has been found dead in his car.~

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Bishop Tutu shocked at living conditions in Gaza

Nobel Peace laureate Desmond Tutu (photo) says he's shocked at the living conditions in Gaza.

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UN marks 60 years of peacekeeping operations

Today is the International Day of UN Peacekeepers.

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Actor George Clooney praises UN Peacekeepers

Actor George Clooney is marking today's 60th anniversary of UN peacekeeping with a public service announcement praising the blue helmets.

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Agricultural commodity prices expected to remain high: FAO/OECD

Higher food prices may be here to stay as demand from developing countries and production costs rise.

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Tutu "shocked" at Gaza desolation

Archbishop Desmond Tutu is speaking out against Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip.

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

United Nations Peacekeepers share their stories

This year, the annual International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers also marks the sixtieth anniversary of United Nations peacekeeping. Today the UN has more than 110,000 men and women from nearly 120 countries deployed in conflict zones around the world. In this report prepared by Bissera Kostova, we will hear from some of them, serving [...]

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

UN envoy to draw attention to challenges facing Africa’s Sahel Region

The Secretary-General's Special Advisor, Jan Egeland, will travel to Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger from 2-6 June on a mission aimed at drawing attention to an array of challenges facing these and other countries of the Sahel region of Africa.

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

UN steps up aid effort to Abyei before rainy season begins

The United Nations is stepping up assistance to the disputed Sudanese town of Abyei.

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

One child in six dies before his fifth birthday in sub-Saharan Africa: UNICEF

There's been a call for large-scale, focused investments in improved health systems for sub-Saharan Africa, to capitalize on recent achievements and help children who have inadequate access to health care.

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

WHO on alcohol

The World Health Organization (WHO) has been given two years to come up with a strategy to curb alcohol abuse. Delegates at the just concluded 61st World Health Assembly noted public health problems caused by alcohol abuse represent a substantial health, social and economic burden and a strategy to deal with the problem is urgently required.. Patrick Maigua reports from Geneva.

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

Former DRC vice-president to face war crimes charges

A former vice-president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo is set to appear before the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity. Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo was arrested by Belgian authorities on Friday in connection with attacks on civilians in the Central African Republic more than five years ago. To find [...]

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

UN human rights chief condemns extended house arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi

The top UN human rights official has added her voice to the growing condemnation of the decision by the authorities in Myanmar to extend the house arrest of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

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

Various processes underway that could change face of the Middle East

This past month has seen a number important political developments in the Middle East.

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Ban warns of the dangers of the loss of biodiveristy

The loss of biodiversity is an environmental crisis with profound economic and human dimensions.

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

UN rights chief condemns killing of political activists in Zimbabwe

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour on Wednesday strongly condemned the killing of opposition political activists in Zimbabwe.

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

FAO urges boosting agricultural production to combat hunger

The international community should take urgent and concrete actions to address the issues of hunger and malnutrition in the face of soaring food prices, scarce land and water resources, climate change, increased energy needs and population growth.

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

Security Council condemns violence against civilians in armed conflict

Civilians continue to suffer the brunt of the violence during armed conflict, says the United Nations.

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

UN expert urges renewed efforts to assist Kenyan IDPs

The UN special envoy on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, has called for renewed efforts to assist IDPs in Kenya.

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

UN has further role to play in Nepal: Martin

Chief of the United Nations Mission in Nepal Ian Martin says the UN has a further role to play in Nepal as more challenges lie ahead in the ongoing peace process.

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

UN humanitarian chief urges Security Council to do more to protect civilians in armed conflicts

Civilians continue to account for the majority of casualties in armed conflict, often in flagrant violation of the rules of international humanitarian law.

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

Author Samantha Power on Sérgio Vieira de Mello

Chasing the Flame: Sérgio Vieira de Mello and the Fight to Save the World was written by Pulitzer Prize winner Samantha Power.

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

UNICEF says 400,000 children still to be reached with aid in Myanmar

UNICEF, the UN children's agency, says up to a million people in Myanmar are still to be reached with aid following the devastation by Cyclone Nargis three weeks ago.

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

UN chief deeply concerned by report of sexual abuse by aid workers and peacekeepers

The abuse of children by those sent to help is a significant and painful issue and one that UN peacekeeping has and will continue to address candidly.

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UNHCR begins transferring Central African Republic refugees to new camp in southern Chad

The UN refuge agency-UNHCR has begun the transfer of more than 9,000 newly arrived refugees from the Central African Republic to a new camp in southern Chad.

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

Pledging Conference for Myanmar takes place in Yangon

Cyclone Nargis, which struck Myanmar on May 2nd, was the deadliest natural disaster for the country in recorded history.

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IOM receiving constant requests from people fleeing South African violence

The International Organization for Migration – IOM says it's receiving constant requests for voluntary return assistance from many different nationalities trying to flee xenophobic violence in South Africa.

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

Secretary-General Ban looks forward to return to Myanmar to assess progress

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the United Nations must work together with other member States to bring help and support to the peoples of Myanmar and China as a result of the devastation both countries suffered from recent natural disasters.

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

Ban regrets decision to extend house arrest of Myanmar's opposition leader

There's been reaction to the decision of the Government of Myanmar to extend the house arrest of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi(photo) .

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

Secretary-General welcomes election of Lebanese President

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated the Lebanese people on the election of President Michel Suleimane.

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

Ban urges Myanmar to keep its promise in pledging conference

Two days after securing the agreement of Myanmar's seniour leader to allow in all international aid workers, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at an international pledging conference in Yangon on Sunday signaled his intention to make sure this promise is kept.

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

Holmes says many remain to be reached with aid in Myanmar's cyclone disaster

The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, John Holmes, told the pledging conference for the Myanmar cyclone disaster relief in Yangon on Sunday, that at least 1 million or more than 40% of the 2.4 million people affected have received some type of national or international assistance.

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

Human Rights fact-finding missions to visit UK and Gaza

The UN Human Rights office has announced two separate human rights fact-finding missions this week.

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

Ban Ki-moon assesses his trip to Myanmar

After completing his humanitarian mission to Myanmar in the wake of the cyclone disaster there, with a side-trip to China's earthquake-devastated Sichan province, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon sat down with reporters to talk about what he managed to achieve on these visits.

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

Tour guides make a donation to two worthy causes

Some visitors to the United Nations are so inspired by the professionalism and friendliness of their tour guides, that they've been moved to give them monetary tips.

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

UN system focuses on Africa's potential

UNESCO, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is hosting Africa week starting Monday, with events devoted to African languages and the African child.

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

Ban hopeful a turning point reached in tackling Myanmar crisis

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he's hopeful a turning point has been reached in tackling the crisis in Myanmar brought on by the devastation caused by Cyclone Nargis.

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

UN chief praises China's handling of earthquake operations

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed sadness by the devastation caused by the recent earthquake in China.

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

UN Secretary-General joins Chinese Prime Minister in earthquake epicenter for condolences and solidarity

Two weeks after a powerful earthquake took at least 60,000 lives in China's Sichuan Province, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made a personal visit to the epicenter of the earthquake to express his condolences and solidarity as he joins Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao in the hard-hit Wenchuan County.

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

UN agencies ready to step up aid to Myanmar

UN agencies say they are ready to step up relief aid for the victims of cyclone Nargis in Myanmar, following a breakthrough agreement by the government to let in all foreign aid workers.

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

Antigua and Barbuda says the global food crisis compounded by financial and energy crises is multi-dimensional challenge for development.

Caribbean News Round-Up: a weekly 15-minute news magazine on developments at the United Nations concerning the Caribbean. In this edition: Antigua and Barbuda says the global food crisis compounded by financial and energy crises is multi-dimensional challenge for development; St.Vincent and the Grenadines says the current food crisis is a symptom of deeper flaws in [...]

23 May 2008 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

UN Secretary-General gets agreement from Myanmar authorities to let international aid agencies into worst affected areas.

UN Calling Asia – a weekly 14-minute magazine programme, in English, that keeps you in touch with UN developments covering Asia and the Pacific. In this edition: UN Secretary-General gets agreement from Myanmar authorities to let international aid agencies into worst affected areas. ” I hope all these agreements can produce results quickly. Implementation will [...]

23 May 2008 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

UNHCR deeply concerned about xenophobic violence in South Africa

The UN Refugee agency, UNHCR has expressed deep concern about the continuing xenophobic attacks against foreigners in South Africa.

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

Secretary-General encouraged by discussions with Myanmar leaders on aid effort

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he is encouraged by his discussions with Myanmar's leadership to increase access for aid workers into the cyclone-ravaged country.

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

UN agencies assist foreigners in South Africa

In South Africa, the ongoing violence against foreigners continues to spread and United Nations agencies and their partners are stepping in hoping to calm the situation. Producer: Donn Bobb (duration: 3’28″)

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

Population Award honours women’s health gains

The opening strains of Song of Peace by Jean Sibelius greeted listeners as they gathered to celebrate the awarding of the prestigious 2008 Population Award. The prize, established in 1981, honours outstanding contribution to the awareness of population questions or to their solutions. Producer: Gerry Adams (duration: 3’47″)

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

IOM providing assistance to families displaced by fighting in Abyei, Sudan

The International Organization for Migration, IOM, is providing emergency assistance to tens of people who have been displaced by fighting in the town of Abyei in Sudan.

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

Secretary-General announces breakthrough on Myanmar aid

After many days of evading direct contacts with the UN, Myanmar leader Senior General Than Shwe welcomed Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the capital Nay Pyi Taw.

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

BANGLA #20: Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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BANGLA #21: Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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HINDI #22: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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URDU #21: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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Upsurge in attacks in Central African Republic displaces 300,000 people

An upsurge in attacks by armed bandits in the Central African Republic's north has forced up to 300,000 people to flee their homes, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, which says groups of 10 to 30 armed men roam the area, kidnapping, assaulting and killing people, looting property, and burning homes and even entire villages.

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

Special Rapporteur saddened by xenophobic attacks in South Africa

The UN Special Rapporteur on racism and xenophobia, Doudou Dienne says that the attacks against foreigners in South Africa are an indication of just how universal xenophobia and discrimination are in today's world.

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

United Nations agencies in South Africa are concerned about the xenophobic violence against African foreigners in the country.

UN and Africa – a weekly 15-minute radio programme on political, social, economic and other developments related to Africa. In this edition: •United Nations agencies in South Africa are concerned about the xenophobic violence against African foreigners in the country. UNHCR's spokesperson in the country, Pumla Rulashe says a variety of reasons, including frustrations over [...]

22 May 2008 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

Food prices to fall only slightly despite good harvests: FAO

The Food and Agriculture Organization in its latest Food Outlook reports that due to good harvests expected this year, the prices of basic food commodities are expected to stabilize.

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

Human Rights Council considers food crisis

The UN High Commissioner for Human rights Louise Arbour says soaring food prices are likely to lead to further exclusion and discrimination of the most marginalized groups.

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

Ban to Myanmar cyclone victims: international community will go all out to help you

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has arrived in Myanmar, where he has met with the Prime Minister and visited the Irrawaddy delta, which was devastated by Cyclone Nargis at the beginning of the month, leaving 2.4 million people destitute.

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

Situation of workers in occupied Palestinian territory deteriorating: ILO

The International Labour Organization finds that the situation of workers in the occupied Palestinian territories has deteriorated alarmingly.

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

Raising awareness of obstetric fistula is the mission of two women from Kenya.

I first met Sarah Omega Kidangasi (photo) and Dr. Jennifer Othigo at the Women Deliver Conference in London, in October last year, where governments promised to ensure that women get adequate care during pregnancy and delivery. Sarah and Dr. Othigo spoke there about obstetric fistula, a devastating injury from childbirth that affects about two million [...]

22 May 2008 | Posted in Women | Read More »

Relief and recovery efforts in Myanmar

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is on a two-day trip to Myanmar to make his own assessment of relief and recovery efforts following Cyclone Nargis, which struck the country at the beginning of May. UN Radio's Gerry Adams spoke to UN Radio's Maoqi Li, who is travelling with the Secretary-General. (duration: 3’49″)

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

UN Human Rights Council discusses right to food

The worsening world food crisis was the focus of debate Thursday as the UN Human Rights Council opened its special session on the negative impact on the realization of the right to food. The top UN human rights official Louise Arbour says while it is important to respond to emergencies and address conditions of hunger, [...]

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WHO sends emergency health kits to China's earthquake zone

The World Health Organization has sent emergency health kits for 30,000 people to China's earthquake-affected Sichuan province.

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

World must unite to reduce loss of planet's biodiversity: Ban Ki-moon

With a fifth of domestic animal breeds at risk of extinction, the International Day for Biological Diversity, observed every year on May 22nd, should remind us all of the importance of the earth's biodiversity, says UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

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

Security Council welcomes Doha agreement on Lebanon

The UN Security Council has welcomed the agreement reached in Doha on Wednesday between the political leaders of Lebanon under the auspices of the Arab League.

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

UN chief wants to reinforce cooperation with Myanmar

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he wants to "reinforce cooperation' with Myanmar's authorities in scaling up disaster relief during his visit this week to the cyclone-devastated country.

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

UNHCR gives 11,000 tents to China earthquake victims

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) says it will give 11,000 tents to China to provide emergency shelter for more than 50,000 people left homeless after the devastating earthquake.

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

Secretary-General says focus in Myanmar should be on saving lives

Ban Ki-moon arrived in Bangkok on Wednesday on the way to his first-ever visit to Myanmar, a country that has been of constant concern to him since he became Secretary-General of the United Nations.

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

High death toll in Myanmar due to lack of preparedness: WMO

The World Meteorological Organisation says lack of cyclone disaster preparedness was to blame for high number of casualties in Myanmar, following cyclone Nargis.

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

UN presents China with $8 million for quake relief

The United Nations has given the Chinese government 8 million US dollars from its Central Emergency Relief Fund to help meet the humanitarian needs of the survivors of last week's devastating earthquake in Sichuan province.

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

First of its kind concert in Baghdad marks World Day of Cultural Diversity

A concert by the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra is being held in Baghdad today to mark the World Day for Cultural Diversity.

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

General Assembly elects Human Rights Council members

The UN General Assembly has elected 15 members of the Human Rights Council.

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

ECOSOC calls for increased food production

The President of the UN Economic and Social Council has called for increased food production to ensure adequate future supplies.

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2008 Child Soldiers Global Report released

Only 10 years ago, it was legal to recruit children as young as 15 and send them into armed hostilities.

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UN officials in South Africa condemn xenophobic attacks

UN organizations in South Africa have expressed deep concern about the continuing violent attacks against foreign nationals in the province of Gauteng over the past several days, in which more than 20 people have been killed and many, including children, were injured and left homeless.

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

Secretary-General welcomes political agreement on Lebanon

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the agreement reached by Lebanon's political leaders to hold Presidential elections and create a unity government.

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

Nigeria committed to eradicate polio this year: Health Minister

The Nigerian Minister for health says the government is taking steps to eradicate polio in the country.

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

Terrorism fatalities on the decline: Human Security Report Project

A study released Wednesday at the UN says there has been a decline in the number of victims of terrorism worldwide.

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

UN Secretary-General leaves for Myanmar

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is heading for Myanmar where relief workers continue to help the survivors of the cyclone which struck the country at the beginning of the month.

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

UNHCR calls for global action to tackle migration across Gulf of Aden

The United Nations refugee agency and other international agencies are calling for global action to better address the challenges posed by dangerous migration across the Gulf of Aden to Yemen.~~

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

UN envoy in Sudan calls for halt in fighting in Sudan's Abyei area

The Secretary-General's envoy in Sudan has called on the Sudanese army and the Sudan People's Liberation Army of South Sudan to stop fighting in the oil-rich Abyei area in the country.

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

OCHA says up to 1.4 million still need emergency aid in Myanmar

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says that close to one-and-a-half million people are still in need of emergency assistance in Myanmar.

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

UN Secretary-General leaves for Myanmar

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon left New York a few hours ago and is expected to arrive in Myanmar's capital Yangon early Thursday 22 May where he will tour the Irrawaddy delta and other areas to see the devastation caused by Cyclone Nargis. Producer: Donn Bobb (duration: 3’21″)

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

UNRWA says Palestinian refugees face health risks

The United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, has warned that Palestinian refugees are facing a deteriorating health situation in the West Bank and Gaza.

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

Many of Kenya's internally displaced still fear going home

Many people living in Kenya's Rift Valley were uprooted from their homes when violence following the disputed Kenyan presidential election of December 2007. They now face an uncertain future as internally displaced persons, IDPs, in temporary camps. Gerry Adams spoke with Millicent Mutuli, Regional Spokesperson for the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, about their fate, particularly [...]

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Secretary-General says situation in Burundi is fragile

United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon says the rapid relapse into violent conflict in Burundi is alarming evidence of the extremely fragile security and political situation in the country.

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

Chinese nuclear plants safe after earthquake

China's nuclear safety agency has reported no leaks of radioactivity, after it raised concern about possible damage to nuclear sites in Sichuan province, which was struck by a powerful earthquake last week.

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

Princess of Jordan urges more healthcare investment globally

Addressing the World Health Assembly in Geneva today, Princess Muna Al-Hussein of Jordan urged governments to increase spending on health care.

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

Deputy Secretary-General urges action on root causes of global food crisis

The global food crisis and its many causes was the subject of a special session of the UN Economic and Social Council on Tuesday.

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UN envoy in Iraq condemns attacks on Iranian diplomats

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq has condemned an attack by gunmen in Baghdad who opened fire on a car carrying Iranian diplomats last Thursday, injuring two diplomats and their Iraqi driver.

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

Climate change and health tops agenda of World Health Assembly

Climate and weather have direct effects on human health. The heat wave in the summer of 2003 caused 35,000 additional deaths in Europe. Extreme weather events such as heavy rains, floods, and hurricanes, have killed some 600,000 people over the decade of the 1990s. Changing weather patterns also affect food and water availability, and the [...]

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UN Emergency Coordinator visits cyclone-affected area in Myanmar

The top UN humanitarian official, John Holmes, is today visiting the areas affected by the cyclone which struck Myanmar almost three weeks ago.

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FAO says over 2.6 million Somalis face humanitarian crisis

The Food and Agriculture Organization has warned that more than two-and-a-half million Somalis are facing a rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation.

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

UN Secretary-General goes to Myanmar to encourage officials to step up relief efforts

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and John Holmes, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator, are both in Myanmar this week to encourage Myanmar leaders to step up disaster relief efforts for victims of Cylone Nargis. Gerry Adams asks UN Spokesperson Michele Montas to describe why the Secretary-General, who leaves on Tuesday, is going. (duration: 3’22″)

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

EU envoy reports progress in political stabilization of Bosnia and Herzegovina

The top envoy of the European Union in Bosnia and Herzegovina says the country has taken a significant step towards stabilizing the political situation.

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

Secretary-General calls for continued engagement in Sierra Leone

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on the international community to keep up its support for Sierra Leone as the government there grapples with the challenges it faces after years of conflict.

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

WHO head warns of three looming global crises

The Director-General of the World Health Organization has warned of three global crises looming on the horizon.

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

UN and NGOs distribute food to displaced people in Abyei, Sudan

United Nations agencies and non-governmental organizations today started distributing food to thousands of people displaced by last week's fighting in Abyei.

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

Mission of China to UN Mourns Quake Victims

The mission of China to the United Nations today held a solemn ceremony to mourn the victims of the devastating earthquake which struck China's Sichuan province last Monday.

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

UN and ASEAN convene international pledging conference

The United Nations and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) today announced the convening of a joint international pledging conference for cyclone-affected Myanmar.

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

UN Mission in Nepal condemns killing of Maoist cadre

The United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) today condemned the killing by the Maoist army of a local resident of the Koteshwor area of Katmandu.

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

OCHA says failed rains and drought cause massive food shortages in Ethiopia

Failed rains and the current drought in large areas of Ethiopia have triggered massive food shortages in the country.

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

UN Secretary-General calls for banning of cluster munitions

United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon has called for a legal instrument prohibiting the use, development, production, stockpiling and transfer of cluster munitions.

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

URDU #18: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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URDU #19: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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URDU #20: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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HINDI #21: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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BANGLA #19: Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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INDONESIAN #18: Fokus Fokus Kita

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INDONESIAN #19: Fokus Fokus Kita

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UNHCR flies in relief supplies to Myanmar

Up to 5,000 families in the cyclone-ravaged Irrawaddy Delta in Myanmar are today receiving emergency relief supplies from the UN refugee agency (UNHCR).

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

Red Cross launches appeal for Myanmar and China

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is appealing for more than $50 million to meet its humanitarian and relief efforts in Myanmar. The funds will be used to help more than 500,000 victims of Cyclone Nargis over the next three years. Patrick Maigua reports from Geneva.

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

Deadly cyclone also affected agriculture in Myanmar: FAO

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is warning that food security in Myanmar will be jeopardized well into next year if rice seeds for planting do not arrive within the next 40 to 50 days.

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

UN refugee agency concerned about escalating violence in Chad

The United Nations refugee agency is concerned about the escalating violence and increasing hijacking of vehicles in eastern Chad.

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

WFP buys 1.6 million ready-to-eat noodles for China

The United Nations food agency is buying more than one- and-a-half million packs of ready-to-eat noodles for survivors of the earthquake that struck Sichuan province on Monday.~

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

UN Calling Asia – a weekly 14-minute magazine programme, in English, that keeps you in touch with UN developments covering Asia and the Pacific.

In this edition: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issues his most urgent appeal to the government of Myanmar to allow greater UN humanitarian assistance at a quicker pace; UN Agencies say though aid is getting through a far more scaled up approach is need to make sure that those affected are getting what they need; An [...]

16 May 2008 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

Secretary-General briefs General Assembly on Myanmar and China

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today briefed the General Assembly on the "unprecedented crisis" in Myanmar in the wake of Cyclone Nargis.

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

UNICEF is concerned about protection of children in Myanmar

The UN Children's Fund says the situation of children in Myanmar remains difficult as a result of the physical and psychological trauma they have experienced in the devastating cyclone.

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

Somalis agree on humanitarian access; Security Council urges UN Somali office move

The government of Somalia and its main opposition are calling on all sides to the conflict in the country to put aside their differences to allow humanitarian access to those in need. Their agreement comes following talks in neighboring Djibouti between the Somali government and the Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia, a union of [...]

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

UNICEF to send relief supplies to China

The UN Children's Agency, UNICEF, is working with the Chinese government to assist suffering children in the aftermath of the earthquake that struck Sichuan province on Monday. Fan Xiao spoke to Dale Rutstein UNICEF's chief of communications in Beijing and asked him to describe the situation following the earthquake. (duration: 3’33″)

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

UN envoy concerned about security in oil-rich region of Sudan

The Secretary-General's Special Representative for Sudan, Ashraf Qazi (photo), has expressed concern about the security situation in the oil rich town of Abyei in Sudan following recent clashes between members of the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army.

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

Praise for midwives on The International Day of the Midwife

Worldwide more than half a million women die each year giving birth or during pregnancy. Many of these deaths could be avoided if the women had a skilled birth attendant to assist in the birth. The global shortage of health care workers extends to midwives who are key in reducing deaths and disease in women [...]

16 May 2008 | Posted in Women | Read More »

“What Would Martin Say?”– a look at racism 40 years after the death of the civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bounded to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of brotherhood and sisterhood can never become a reality. I believe that unarmed truth will have the final word." The words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from one of his [...]

16 May 2008 | Posted in Perspective | Read More »

Chinese ambassador welcomes offers for earthquake relief

Chinese ambassador Wang Guangya said his country has welcomed the support of the international community, including the United Nations, following the deadly earthquake on Monday.

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

UN and Africa – a weekly 15-minute radio programme on political, social, economic and other developments related to Africa.

Security Council condemns rebel attack on Khartoum The Security Council strongly condemns the May 10 attack on Sudan's capital Khartoum by fighters of the Justice and Equality Movement. In a statement adopted unanimously, the Council calls on all parties in Sudan to stop violence immediately and warns against retaliatory action directed at the civilian population [...]

15 May 2008 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

UNDP reports slow progress on migration of unskilled workers

Progress has been slow in adopting global regulations on the migration of low-skilled workers, according to a new report released today by the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

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

Role of fathers emphasized on International Day of Families

This year's International Day of Families, observed on May 15th focuses on the important role fathers play in the lives of families and children around the world.

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

FAO cautious as food prices tentatively stabilize

After dramatic increases over the past few months, food prices appear to have stabilized, the UN Food and Agriculture Agency (FAO) reported today.

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

UN Humanitarian Coordinator to travel to Myanmar

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has confirmed that the UN Humanitarian Coordinator will travel to Myanmar to help tackle the crisis caused by Cyclone Nargis which struck the country almost two weeks ago.

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

Red Cross aiding China’s earthquake relief effort

Following the devastating earthquake in southwestern China, the UN has offered assistance to the government in its relief efforts. China has mounted an impressive rescue and response to survivors. Francis Markus is in China and has seen the humanitarian efforts underway. He described for UN Radio's Samir Aldarabi the latest, including the government's estimate that [...]

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

HIV infections remain high in Africa: World Bank

A new report by the World Bank says that HIV/AIDS will continue to be a serious challenge for the foreseeable future to sub-Saharan Africa. The Bank says that for every infected African starting antiretroviral therapy for the first time, another four to six become newly infected. UN Radio's Derrick Mbatha spoke with Elizabeth Lule, who [...]

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

Caribbean News Round-Up: a weekly 15-minute news magazine on developments at the United Nations concerning the Caribbean. The programme is produced by Senior Radio Producer Donn Bobb.

This week’s programme highlights the concerns expressed by various Caribbean delegations at the United Nations on the scheduling of debate on Water and Sanitation on the first observance of Small-Island Developing States -”SIDS Day.” Antigua and Barbuda on behalf of the G’77 and China, The Bahamas, Barbados, Grenada on behalf of the Alliance of Small [...]

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

Security Council adopts resolution on Somalia

The Security Council has adopted a resolution paving the way for the establishment of a UN office in Somalia.

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

UN agency sets goal of 7 billion trees by end of 2009

The billion tree campaign is setting a goal of planting 7 billion trees by the 2009 meeting on climate change in Copenhagen, just over one for each person on our planet.

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

WHO to hold meeting on global readiness for flu pandemic

The 61st session of the World Health Assembly begins next week at the UN headquarters in Geneva.

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

UN reports some progress in aid distribution to Myanmar

UN humanitarian agencies today are reporting some progress in getting emergency aid to Myanmar nearly two weeks after a cyclone devastated the country.

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

Peacekeeping chief is concerned about rising violence in Darfur

The head of United Nations peacekeeping operations has expressed concern about an alarming increase of violence in the troubled Darfur region of Sudan.

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

Secretary-General: Support an African green revolution

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for a second green revolution as a way to reinvigorate agriculture.

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

New HIV/AIDS infections in Africa still rising: World Bank

African countries are being urged to continue championing HIV prevention as HIV and AIDS will remain an "unprecedented" challenge to sub-Saharan Africa for the foreseeable future.

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

Secretary-General calls meeting on Myanmar

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called an emergency meeting for Wednesday afternoon with representatives of several UN member states to find ways to get aid into Myanmar more efficiently.

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

UN agencies make progress on aid to Myanmar

Thirteen days after Cyclone Nargis struck ad devastated much of Myanmar, the international community has made some progress in getting aid supplies into the country. But they say it is far from enough. UN Radio's Donn Bobb reports. (duration: 4’09″)

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

Humanitarian chief on problems facing aid workers in Myanmar

UN humanitarian chief John Holmes continues to urge the Myanmar authorities to allow international relief personnel to enter areas devastated by Cyclone Nargis.

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

WHO expert on health risks in China's earthquake-struck region

China's Ministry of Health and the country's Center for Disease Control and Prevention have mobilized some 2,000 health experts to assist survivors of the earthquake which struck southwestern China on Monday.

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

UN official stresses importance of improving land productivity

The importance of producing more food has featured prominently in the session of the Commission on Sustainable Development taking place in New York.

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

UN meeting studies how Europe will address population changes

If you're happy and you know it, then you'll probably have more children.

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

UNICEF helps thousands of children in war-ravaged Somalia

The UN Children's Fund has been able to provide food to more than 40,000 children displaced by fighting in Somalia.

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

UN Humanitarian Coordinator may travel to Myanmar

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon may send the UN emergency relief coordinator to Myanmar. ~~

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

Over 40 tonnes of UN refugee shelter supplies reach Myanmar

More than 40 tonnes of shelter supplies from the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) have reached Myanmar in the last 24 hours.

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

WHO reports on illnesses in Myanmar camps

The World Health Organization (WHO) is reporting cases of water-borne diseases and respiratory infections resulting from the recent deadly cyclone in Myanmar.

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

UN envoy calls on Somali leaders to resolve crisis

The UN Special Representative for Somalia has called on the country's leaders to put all their efforts into resolving "the terrible political, security and humanitarian crisis" in the country.

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

UN ready to help China following deadly earthquake

The UN is ready to assist China in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake on Monday, the death toll of which exceeds 10,000 people.

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

UN Special Coordinator welcomes measures to improve situation in the occupied Palestinian Territory

The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process has welcomed today's announcement by Quartet Representative Tony Blair of an initial package of measures to improve the situation in the occupied Palestinian territory.

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

Advocates celebrate new disability rights treaty

The harpist Myra Kovary, a member of the disability community started off the celebration of the entry into force of the UN Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities in the UN General Assembly hall. The convention was adopted by the General Assembly in December 2006 and its negotiation is considered one of the [...]

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

Security Council concerned about attack on Khartoum

The UN Security Council has circulated a draft presidential statement which would condemn last Saturday's attack on the Sudanese capital Khartoum by members of the Justice and Equality Movement. UN Radio's Donn Bobb reports. (duration: 4’15″)

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

Violence in Zimbabwe rises ahead of presidential run-off

The UN is warning that post-election violence in Zimbabwe is rising to near-crisis levels.

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

UN task force on food crisis launches website

The new international task force on the global food crisis has opened a website to provide updates on its activities.

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

Security Council condemns rebel attack on Khartoum

The Security Council has strongly condemned the attack by fighters of the Justice and Equality Movement on the Sudanese capital of Khartoum on Saturday.

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

Record rice production forecast but prices likely to remain high

Rice production in Asia, Africa and Latin America will reach record highs in 2008, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO.

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

UN agencies call for more action in the wake of deadly cyclone in Myanmar

UN agencies are sounding the alarm on Myanmar, where aid is slowly reaching people affected by the recent deadly cyclone.

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

Food crisis task force holds first meeting at UN

A task force established to address the global food crisis is holding its first meeting at UN headquarters on Monday.

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

Secretary-General calls on Myanmar government to put people first in wake of cyclone

The authorities in Myanmar are being urged to put the country's people at the forefront to prevent further devastation in the wake of Cyclone Nargis.

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

Prince Zeid of Jordan champions rights of disabled persons

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has entered into force after receiving its 20th ratification a month ago. A special ceremony at the United Nations will pay tribute to the dedication of the global activists, who over many years worked to ensure that the human rights of disabled people are universally [...]

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

UN agencies team up to provide relief to Myanmar

Specialists in disaster zones are essential to oversee the aid operation on the ground. That's the message United Nations agencies are sending as they move to scale up relief operations in Myanmar following the devastation caused by Cyclone Nargis. UN Radio's Donn Bobb reports on a pres conference the agencies held in Bangkok, Thailand Monday. [...]

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

UN to mark entry into force of Convention on the Rights of Disabled Persons

The UN is today celebrating the coming into force of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

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

Secretary-General expresses condolences following deadly earthquake in China

The UN is ready to assist China's government following a devastating earthquake on Monday.

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

UN humanitarian chief says more aid is getting to Myanmar

There has been an improvement in the granting of visas to relief workers to enter Myanmar to help victims of cyclone Nargis which struck the country ten days ago.

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

Antigua and Barbuda says issues before the Commission on Sustainable development are of paramount importance to developing countries

With soaring global prices of oil and food staples like rice and corn grabbing news headlines and sparking riots across the developing world, the Commission on Sustainable Development this week began a two-year cycle aimed at tackling many of the issues at the heart of the crisis and identifying actions to increase the food supply for the world's poorest people.~~

9 May 2008 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

UNHCR sending supplies to Myanmar by air and road

The UN refugee agency -UNHCR- says it's seeking all possible means to send urgent shelter materials and household supplies to victims of the recent cyclone in Myanmar.

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

Ban urges Myanmar authorities to allow aid and humanitarian workers in

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed concern about Myanmar, calling on the authorities to allow aid and humanitarian workers into the country without any hindrance.

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

WFP to send relief flights to Myanmar Saturday

The World Food Programme has decided to send in two relief flights to Myanmar as planned for Saturday.

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

Ban honours memory of Dr Martin Luther King Jr.

During a two-day stay in Atlanta, Georgia in the United States, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., saying the values the renowned civil rights leader lived and died for are shared by the United Nations. While in Atlanta, the Secretary-General viewed parts of the King collection of writings, met [...]

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

UN launches appeal to help Myanmar

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs is today launching an appeal to help one and a half million people of Myanmar affected by the devastating cyclone which struck the country last week.

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

WFP official killed in northern Kenya

Silence Shirara, head of the World Food Programme office in Lokichoggio, Kenya, was killed by armed gunmen Wednesday night while heading back to the UN compound. World Food Programme Spokesperson Peter Smerdon tells Gerry Adams what is known so far about this disturbing incident. (duration: 3’50″)

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

UN Security Council urges restraint in Lebanon

The UN Security Council has called for calm and restraint in Lebanon and for the re-opening of all roads.

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

WHO concerned about health situation in Myanmar

The World Health Organization (WHO) has expressed concern about the health situation in Myanmar.

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

Despite setbacks UN continues relief effort in Myanmar

The United Nations has just launched an appeal for $187 million to help Myanmar with the relief effort for the victims of cyclone Nargis.

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

UN appeals for $187 million for Myanmar

The United Nations on Friday launched a flash appeal for $187 million to assist the 1.5 million people in Myanmar affected by Cyclone Nargis.

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

Uncertainty remains over the scale of devastation in Myanmar

There's still uncertainty about the exact scale of the devastation and number of deaths caused Cyclone Nargis when it hit Myanmar a week ago.

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

Ban concerned by violence in Lebanon

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his deep concern at the violence and continuing tensions in Lebanon and called on all parties to exercise restraint.

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

UN Calling Asia-a weekly fifteen minute magazine programme, in English, that keeps you in touch with UN developments covering Asia and the Pacific.

In this edition: UN efforts continue to get urgent help to cyclone victims in Myanmar, and a UN official shares stories on tackling environmental degradation in Afghanistan.

9 May 2008 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

Land is important in solving food crisis in Africa

The Commission on Sustainable Development began its session at United Nations headquarters in New York this week against the backdrop of a food crisis that has caused riots in some African countries. And so, it was by no coincidence that the issue of land and agriculture on the continent featured prominently in the discussions. UN Radio's Dianne Penn reports.

8 May 2008 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

UN emergency aid flights arrive in Myanmar

Relief supplies from the United Nations have begun arriving in Myanmar.

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

Lebanon continues to experience severe political crisis: Larsen

Lebanon continues to experience a severe political crisis centered particularly on the failure to elect a president of the country.

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

UNICEF urges Myanmar to allow more international assistance

Six days after a cyclone hit Myanmar, four UN disaster experts who are Asian nationals are poised to fly to the capital Yangon.

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

WFP condemns killing of truck driver

The United Nations World Food Programme has strongly condemned the killing of a WFP-contracted truck driver who was shot Wednesday at a checkpoint in central Somalia.

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

WFP loses a second driver this year to violence in Somalia

A truck driver working for the World Food Programme was shot and killed in Somalia on Wednesday when his truck was intercepted by militiamen. WFP Spokesperson Peter Smerdon talked to Gerry Adams about the generally deteriorating food and security situation in Somalia. (duration: 4’16″)

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

Relief efforts in Myanmar not moving fast enough

The United Nations fears that an even bigger tragedy may unfold in Myanmar if humanitarian aid for the cyclone victims does not reach them on time. Up to one and a half million people are now believed to be affected by cyclone Nargis, which struck the country on Friday. Bissera Kostova has more on this. [...]

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

UN urges militias in eastern DRC to free all child soldiers

The UN mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC) urged all militias in the troubled east of the country to immediately free their child soldiers and put a stop to further recruitment.

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

UN aid officials frustrated with limited access to Myanmar

In Myanmar, the humanitarian situation is increasingly desperate on the ground especially in the Irrawaddy delta.

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

Ban urges Myanmar to postpone constitutional referendum

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on the authorities in Myanmar to postpone its constitutional referendum and focus on relief from the devastation caused by Cyclone Nargis.

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

Djibouti calls on Security Council to help avert border conflict with Eritrea

Djibouti has urged the UN Security Council to intervene to prevent a border conflict with Eritrea.

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

Special envoy concerned over welfare of child soldiers in Burundi

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for~Children and Armed Conflict, Ms. Coomaraswamy, has welcomed the recent release of more than 230 child soldiers in Burundi.~

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

UNESCO warns illiteracy still a problem in Europe

There's a warning that illiteracy is still a major problem in Europe, with nine million people affected in central and eastern parts of the continent.

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

UN set to send relief aid to cyclone-hit Myanmar

The United Nations is today loading a plane with relief items for the hundreds of thousands of survivors of Cyclone Nargis which struck Myanmar last weekend.

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

Ban urges Myanmar authorities to allow aid workers in

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging the authorities in Myanmar to allow aid workers into the country to help deal with the devastating effects of Cyclone Nargis.

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

International community faced with a major catastrophe in Myanmar: Holmes

It is clear that we are faced with a major catastrophe in Myanmar.~That's what the top UN humanitarian official told reporters Wednesday.

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

Ban deplores bombing of civilian locations in North Darfur

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly deplored the recent bombings of civilian locations, including areas where children congregate in North Darfur.

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

Sierra Leone taking steps to promote transparency and accountability

The new Sierra Leone Government has taken major steps to implement its reform agenda, as well as policies that promote transparency and accountability.

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

UN assessment team for cyclone disaster leaving for Myanmar

International aid efforts are gearing up to help up to a million people in Myanmar who lost their homes in a cyclone on Friday.

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

UN Cares works with staff members with HIV/AIDS

Nearly 31 million adults and two and a half million children were living with HIV by the end of 2007.

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

Secretary-General concerned by reports of political violence in Zimbabwe

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is closely following the evolving situation in Zimbabwe, and has remained in contact with leaders in the region.

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

WFP begins distributing food in Myanmar

The United Nations World Food Programme began distributing food Tuesday in cyclone-damaged areas of Yangon as it ramped up efforts to respond to the looming humanitarian needs in the southern coastal regions of Myanmar hardest hit by the powerful Cyclone Nargis.

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

UN ready to supplement efforts of Myanmar in responding to disaster

The United Nations is in discussion with the Government of Myanmar to see how best it can help in the wake of the devastation caused by Cyclone Nargis last weekend.

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

IOM staff paints a bleak picture of devastation in Myanmar

A number of United Nations agencies and their partners are already working to ease the plight of the people of Myanmar.

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

UNICEF says assessing the situation in Myanmar still difficult

The UN children's agency (UNICEF) says it is still very difficult to get an assessment of the situation in Myanmar following the cyclone.~

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

WHO concerned by outbreak of water borne diseases in Myanmar

The World Health Organization (WHO) says the infrastructure in the affected areas of Myanmar is badly damaged and it is still unclear how many hospitals and clinics are damaged.

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

Number of people smuggled from Horn of Africa to Yemen doubled: UNHCR

The number of people arriving on the coast of Yemen after being smuggled across the treacherous Gulf of Aden from the Horn of Africa has more than doubled this year.

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

UN starts emergency relief efforts after Myanmar cyclone

It has been four days since a deadly cyclone hit Myanmar. UN agencies in the country are already distributing emergency supplies they had stockpiled in Myanmar and neighboring countries. The United Nations also stands ready to disburse money for the relief effort from its Central Emergency Revolving Fund. Bissera Kostova got an update on the [...]

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

Secretary-General launches system-wide workplace programme on HIV

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on UN colleagues to make sure they and their families know the essential facts about HIV and AIDS, protect themselves from HIV transmission, and demonstrate zero tolerance of stigma and discrimination in the workplace.

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

Midwives support safe motherhood

Monday May 5th was the International Day of the Midwife. Far from being just an aide or an alternative to more skilled help, a midwife is the person recognized by the World Health Organization as the health professional best able to deliver safe, cost effective maternity services to the majority of families. Dr. Arletty Pinel, [...]

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

UN ready to supplement efforts of Myanmar in responding to disaster

The United Nations is in discussion with the Government of Myanmar to see how best it can help in the wake of the devastation caused by Cyclone Nargis last weekend.

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

UN prepared to assist Myanmar after destruction by Cyclone Nargis: UN chief

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed deep sadness over the loss of life and the destruction suffered by the people of Myanmar after Cyclone Nargis struck the country on Friday 2 May.

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

UN agencies and partners already in Myanmar offering assistance

The devastation caused by Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar is of major concern to United Nations agencies.

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

UNRWA receives 20-day supply of fuel

The UN agency assisting Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) has received fuel that will enable it to continue its relief operations all over the Gaza Strip.

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

UN telecommunication agency says Africa is at crossroads

A new report to be launched by the International Telecommunications Union in Cairo on Sunday says that Africa is at a crossroads in the development of its communication and information technologies.

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

UN breaks ground for new facilities

The United Nations broke ground Monday for the construction of new conference facilities.

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

Ban to announce Task Force on Global Food Crisis

The United Nations will announce a Task Force on the Global Food Crisis a week from today.

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

UN ready to assist Myanmar after deadly cyclone

Thousands of people in Myanmar have reportedly been killed by a cyclone that hit the southwest of the country on Friday afternoon. Later that night the storm reached the capital Yangon, tearing down power lines and causing widespread flooding. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance, known as OCHA, has formed a team [...]

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

Commission on Sustainable Development meets

Rising food prices, the effects of climate change, resource scarcities and global food supply worries are just some of the issues to be tackled at the 16th meeting of the Commission on Sustainable Development. The Commission, meeting from the 5th to the 16th of May in New York, was established in 1992. This year, the [...]

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

Agricultural productivity key to poverty reduction: UN

Growth in agricultural productivity is key to further poverty reduction. That's what the top UN official for economic and social affairs told the opening of the 16th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development Monday.

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

Quartet calls on Israel to stop settlements in Palestinian territories

The Middle East Quartet, meeting in London today has called on Israel to stop the building of Jewish settlements in the West Bank in order to prevent the collapse of peace talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

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

Fuel shortages continue to plague Gaza

In Gaza, the UN relief agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) says haphazard supplies of fuel is making it near to impossible to plan its food aid distribution and other services in Gaza.

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

South African judge stresses importance of information

A member of the South African constitutional court has stressed the importance of giving people the right to express their views and have access to information.

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

Caribbean States lament the uneven distribution of the benefits of globalization

Barbados' foreign minister talks about the skyrocketing food prices in the region Jamaica says a political will is necessary to create measures to curb the illicit trafficking in small arms and light weapons Guyana says attainment of the Millennium Development Goals remains anchored in its poverty reduction strategy Producer: Donn Bobb (duration: 15’00″)

2 May 2008 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

UNHCR is concerned about the murder of French aid worker in Chad

The United Nations refugee agency today expressed its concern about the killing of Pascal Marlinge, a French aid worker for Save the Children in eastern Chad.

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

Google Earth helps Amazon tribe fight illegal loggers

Chief Almir Surui is an indigenous leader from the Amazon region of Brazil. He has spent more than half of his 33 years defending the 600,000 acres of Surui territory in Rondonia against illegal loggers, miners and other unauthorized individuals. Producer: Geraldine Adams Narrator: Bissera Kostova (duration: 4’14″)

2 May 2008 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Watchdog group seeks justice for murdered journalists

The pen is mightier than the sword—except, that is, in countries where journalists have been murdered and their killers have gone unpunished. This Saturday, May 3rd, is World Press Freedom Day to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom and to defend the media from attacks on their independence. It is also an opportunity to [...]

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Human right to food deserves a special session: UN envoy

The newly appointed Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food is calling for a special session of the Human Rights Council to address the global food crisis.

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Secretary-General urges everyone to work for press freedom and security

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for everyone to work for the freedom and safety of the press everywhere.

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The UN Secretary-General and The World Bank President appeal to donor countries for some 755 million dollars to address the current global emergency food crisis.

As the global food crisis continues to concern the United Nations, its agencies and programmes that deal with food security and the World Bank, the World Food Programme has called for some $755 million dollars to meet emergency needs.

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UN facilitates probe into plane crash in South Sudan

The United Nations Mission has sent an aircraft to help authorities in South Sudan investigate a plane crash which occurred today. The crash killed military officials including Dominic Dim Deng, the Minister in charge of the affairs of the Sudan Liberation Army.

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INDONESIAN #14: Fokus Fokus Kita

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URDU #15: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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HINDI #15: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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BANGLA #15: Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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INDONESIAN #15: Fokus Fokus Kita

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BANGLA #16: Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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BANGLA #18: Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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HINDI #16: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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HINDI #20: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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URDU #16: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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URDU #17: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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UNICEF welcomes spotlight on major cause of childhood deaths from pneumonia

UNICEF- the UN children's agency has welcomed the launch of a comprehensive review of research into childhood pneumonia published in the latest World Health Organization bulletin.

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UN landmark disability treaty enters into force on 3 May

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities enters into force Saturday 3 May, marking a new era in efforts to protect the rights of the world's 650 million persons with disabilities.

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Marginalized groups must not be forgotten in food crisis – UN rights chief

The top UN human rights official has added her voice to those calling for the international community to respond to the global food crisis.

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Security Council discusses crisis in Zimbabwe

As the people of Zimbabwe continued to await the results of the 29 March presidential election, the Security Council this week discussed the crisis behind closed doors.

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Mexican journalist awarded the World Press Freedom prize from UNESCO

A Mexican journalist who has faced repeated death threats and was even jailed has been awarded the World Press Freedom prize from UNESCO, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

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Mexican journalist wins UNESCO press freedom prize

A Mexican journalist who has faced repeated death threats and was even jailed has been awarded the Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize from the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Lydia Cacho Ribeiro (photo) was hailed for her courage in exposing political corruption, organized crime and domestic violence. Dianne Penn spoke with Ms. [...]

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Keeping indigenous languages alive

Indigenous people are meeting since last week, at the annual session of the UN Forum on indigenous rights. The main theme this year is climate change, but since this is the International Year of Languages, they also devoted some time to the issue of preserving indigenous languages from extinction. Bissera Kostova has the story. (duration: [...]

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Security Council extends mandate of peacekeeping mission in Sudan

The Security Council has extended the mandate of the UN mission in Sudan through the end of April next year.

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Security Council condemns Eritrea's lack of cooperation with UN mission

The Security Council has again expressed concern about Eritrea's ongoing obstruction of the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea.

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Canadian Minister cites progress on indigenous issues

As the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues winds up its debate, Canada's Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development told journalists his country had taken concrete steps in the areas of human rights, education, clean water and economic development for the country's First Nations peoples.

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UN Humanitarian chief condemns killing in Chad

John Holmes, the UN humanitarian chief, today strongly condemned the killing of the Director of the NGO Save the Children in Chad.

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Solutions exist to food crisis: Emergency Relief Coordinaor

The task force set up by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to deal with the global food crisis aims to have a comprehensive plan in place to tackle the issue by the beginning of June.

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