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Outcome of Zimbabwe's elections does not reflect the will of the people: UN

The outcome of last Friday's presidential elections in Zimbabwe did not reflect the true and genuine will of the Zimbabwean people or produce a legitimate result.

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

One woman's voice as Israel and Hezbollah prepare to exchange prisoners

After nearly two years of German-brokered negotiations, Israel has agreed to trade a convicted Lebanese man for the bodies of two Israeli soldiers held by the Lebanese group Hezbollah. The two Israeli soldiers are Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev, abducted from Israel's northern border by Hezbollah in July of 2006. UN Radio's Maha Fayek was [...]

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

New test for drug-resistant TB to revolutionize diagnosis

A revolutionary new technology for diagnosing multi-drug resistant tuberculosis will first be made available to 16 developing countries that have the highest incidence of the disease. Making this possible is a partnership between the United Nations and the foundation that financed the research. Bissera Kostova has the story. (duration: 3’35″)

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

UN Deputy-Secretary-General laments Zimbabwe run-off election

The climate in which the 27 June run-off election in Zimbabwe occurred was not conducive to credible, free and fair elections because of the violence and intimidation that prevailed, said UN Deputy-Secretary-General Asha Rose Migiro.

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

Ban Praises Japan for Contribution to UN at Meetings in Tokyo

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised Japan for its contribution to the United Nations and said Japan's global role is appreciated at the UN and world-wide.

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

UN food agency and North Korea make deal for food aid

The World Food Programme today announced that it has reached an agreement with North Korea to expand its food assistance to more than five million people in the country.

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

Donors' response keeps WFP humanitarian flights in the air

A fast response from donors totalling some $15 million dollars has enabled the humanitarian air service which flies aid workers to critical areas in Sudan to continue running until the end of December.

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

UN health agency announces rapid diagnosis of drug resistant TB

The World Health Organization and its partners today unveiled a new tool for a fast diagnosis of multi drug-resistant tuberculosis. ~~

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

Peacekeepers held hostage later released

The 38 peacekeepers taken hostage in Zamzam IDP camp in North Darfur have been released.

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

UN legal expert calls on two U.S. states to fairly apply death penalty

A United Nations independent legal expert has called on the United States to ensure that the death penalty is applied fairly and justly in states such as Alabama and Texas.

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

ECOSOC opens high-level segment

The fragile global economic situation in developed countries combined with global imbalances and soaring oil and other commodity prices are slowing global economic growth.

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

New Initiative launched to tackle management of obsolete computers

The Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal has launched what it calls the PACE initiative.

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

UNHCR concerned about Thailand's deportation of Hmong refugees to Laos

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) says it has written to the Thai government to voice concern over the apparent forced repatriation of ethnic Hmong refugees to Laos, where it says they could be prosecuted.

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

UN hails positive but fragile developments in the Middle East this month

There have been positive, though fragile developments in the Middle East this month.

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

St.Vincent and the Grenadines says it has made considerable progress in stemming HIV infection rates;

Caribbean News Round-Up: a weekly 15-minute news magazine on developments at the United Nations concerning the Caribbean. Suriname says co-infection of HIV and TB is increasingly becoming an area of concern; Haiti says its response to HIV has been inclusive despite political and ideological differences; The Committee dealing with decolonization matters says there's no alternative [...]

27 Jun 2008 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Ban urges cooperation between Afghanistan and Pakistan in fight against terror

It is again very important for both the Pakistani and Afghan Governments to fully cooperate to work for the common efforts to fight against international terrorism.~

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

Ban Ki-moon embarks on East Asian Tour

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon starts on Friday a three-nation East Asian tour which will also take him to the Group of Eight summit in Japan.

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

UN rights chief hails historic mobilization of Pakistan's civil society in defense of democracy

High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour has wrapped up her first official visit to Pakistan saying she is deeply impressed by the historic mobilization of Pakistan's civil society in defense of democracy and the rule of law.

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

Jackie Chan brings message of peace to Timor-Leste youth

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: Thousands of fans greeted Jackie Chan who came to Timor-Leste on behalf of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). During his three-day visit, the star met with young people [...]

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

New UN Envoy for Kosovo guides transition there

The new UN Envoy for Kosovo arrived in the capital Pristina this week to take up his duties as the UN mission there, known as UNMIK, undergoes a period of transition.

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

Jackie Chan brings message of peace to Timor-Leste

Action film star Jackie Chan has wrapped up a three day visit to Timor- Leste.

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

The UN Security Council formally denounces rape as a weapon of war

Women: a weekly 14-minute news magazine that looks at issues affecting women around the world. After years of debate on whether or not sexual violence against women should be on its agenda, the UN Security Council has formally denounced rape as a weapon of war. The Council has adopted a resolution calling rape and other [...]

27 Jun 2008 | Posted in Women | Read More »

Rights chief calls for justice and accountability for victims of electoral violence in Zimbabwe

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour (photo) on Thursday called for justice and accountability in response to the campaign of political violence that has corrupted the electoral process in Zimbabwe.

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

High food prices could reverse agricultural growth in transition countries: FAO

Soaring food prices could reverse the significant growth in agricultural production recorded by some of the poorest countries in Europe and Central Asia over the past 10 years.

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

UNHCR praises Uganda's refugee policy

The UN refugee agency-UNHCR is praising Uganda's refugee policy as “extremely progressive”.

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

Electronic waste a major challenge to human health: UNEP

There's a warning that millions of discarded mobile phones and computers are posing a major challenge to human health.

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

UNICEF appeals for funds to help children victims of drought in Ethiopia

The UN children's agency-UNICEF has appealed for nearly US$50 million for immediate humanitarian response and mitigation interventions in Ethiopia.

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

Zimbabwe election cannot be free and fair

UN and Africa – a weekly 15-minute radio programme on political, social, economic and other developments related to Africa. •The UN Secretary-General and the Security Council condemn the violence and intimidation against supporters of the opposition candidate in Zimbabwe's Presidential election and call for postponing the runoff vote, after the candidate, Morgan Tsvangirai, withdrew from [...]

26 Jun 2008 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

The AIDS epidemic is so severe in several areas around the world that it should be treated as a priority during disasters.

That according to a new report by the International Federation of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent Societies.

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

Ban calls for a more humane world free from torture

Torture is a profound abuse of human rights and a horrific aberration of the human conscience.

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

UN chief says G-8 summit faces global crises of food, climate change and development

This year's Group of 8 meeting in Japan has taken on a special urgency.

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

Report warns progress in drug control under threat

Better drug control has driven down the number of people trying illicit drugs.

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

Food crisis hurting poor children in India

The UN Children's Fund is concerned about the impact of the global food crisis on poor children in India.

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

UN Drug Report warns drug control under threat

This year's World Drug Report is warning that the recent stabilization in the world drugs market is under threat from increased opium and coca cultivation.

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

“Food Crisis: Danger and Opportunity” Episode 4

The consequences of soaring food prices — starvation, malnourishment, riots and unrest — are hitting millions of people around the world. The causes of the current crisis are complex, but the effects on people are clear, as is the need for solutions. The United Nations is among those taking the lead in responding to this challenge.

25 Jun 2008 | Posted in Food Crisis | Read More »

New UN envoy pans shuttle diplomacy on Kosovo

The top UN official in Kosovo says he would launch "shuttle diplomacy" between Pristina and Serbia to address the Serb minority's rejection of Kosovo's secession.

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

Ban sets up group to probe accountability on Algiers attack

A Panel on Safety and Security has found “ample evidence that several staff members up and down the United Nations hierarchy may have failed to respond adequately to the Algiers attack, both before and after the tragedy.”

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

Security Council calls for withdrawal of Eritrean and Djiboutian troops from disputed border area

Members of the Security Council have called for the withdrawal of Eritrean and Djiboutian troops from a disputed area in Ras Doumeira on the Red sea coast.

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

UN expert appeals to Zimbabwe to stop violence and torture

A UN expert leading the efforts against torture and other cruel inhuman and degrading treating or punishment has called for an end to violence and torture in Zimbabwe.

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

Launching non-proliferation negotiations important and urgent for EU: Solana

Disarmament and non-proliferation are enormous challenges for the international community today.

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

Security Council urges parties in South Sudan to resolve all outstanding issues

The UN Security Council has urged the parties in South Sudan to use the opportunities, created by a road map signed earlier this month to quell the outbreak of violence in the city of Abyei, to resolve all outstanding issues in the region's Comprehensive Peace Agreement.

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

US says there's need for improved security in Darfur

The United States warns that things are not going well in Darfur.

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

UN aims to strengthen international legal cooperation in West Africa to fight drugs and crime

There's need for a united approach by all stakeholders to address the problems of the West Africa region.

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

UN staff union recognizes parties to optional protocol on safety of UN staff and associated personnel

The United Nations on Wednesday recognized 14 countries that are parties to the optional protocol on the convention on the safety of UN and associated personnel.

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

Security Council condemns violent campaign against Zimbabwe political opposition

The UN Security Council has condemned the campaign of violence against the political opposition in Zimbabwe ahead of Friday's second round of the presidential elections.

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

UN chief says too much violence and intimidation leading up to elections in Zimbabwe

The people of Zimbabwe have a right to live in peace and security, to enjoy the protections of the rule of law and to vote freely and fairly for those who would lead them.

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

WMO says there's little chance of an El Nino event this year

There is a small chance that an El Nino weather pattern will develop this year.

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

Darfur situation risks tearing Sudan apart: Eliasson

The security situation in Darfur should now be the primary concern of the international community.

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

Food crisis ravaging India's poorest children: UNICEF

The global food crisis is ravaging India's poorest children.

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

UN chief welcomes Pact on Security, Stability and Development in Great Lakes

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the entry into force of the Pact on Security, Stability and Development in the Great Lakes Region.

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

Zimbabwe election cannot be free and fair

As Zimbabwe's opposition leader pulled out of the runoff Presidential election in the face of widespread intimidation and violence against his supporters, the UN urged Zimbabwe to postpone the vote.

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

Father of captured Israeli soldier on life without his son

Since 2006, there have been intensive international mediation efforts to release three Israeli soldiers being held by Hezbollah and Hamas.

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

Secretary-General concerned after opposition pulls out of Zimbabwe poll

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling the Zimbabwe opposition leader's withdrawal from Friday's run-off election "a deeply distressing" development that does not bode well for the future of democracy in Zimbabwe.

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

URDU #25: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

23 Jun 2008 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

URDU #26: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

23 Jun 2008 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

HINDI #26: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

23 Jun 2008 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

UN agencies work to combat olive fruit fly infestations

The olive branch may be the traditional symbol of peace, but its fruit is under attack. An insect called the olive fruit fly is posing a serious threat to countries in southern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, where olives are grown and olive oil is produced. But scientists from the UN Food and [...]

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

Humanitarian agencies warn of "perfect storm" in Darfur

UN humanitarian agencies are warning of a "perfect storm" in Darfur, fuelled by overcrowding in refugee camps, growing violence and a bad harvest.

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

UN and Lebanon seek $445 million to rebuild Palestine refugee camp

The United Nations and the Lebanese government are seeking US$ 445 million to reconstruct a Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon.

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

UN refugee agency worker abducted in Somalia

The UN refugee agency is calling for the immediate release of a staff member who was abducted by armed men this weekend.

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

An update on the UN climate change talks

The UN's chief climate change official says the pace of international negotiations needs to be speeded up in order to forge a new climate change agreement by the time of the Copenhagen talks scheduled for December 2009. Yvo de Boer said in Geneva today that this is a daunting task as the agreement would be [...]

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

UN Helps South Africa Following Xenophobic Violence

Several UN agencies have been helping the government of South Africa respond to last month's violent attacks against foreigners in the country.

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

UN team in Syria to verify Syrian nuclear reactor claim

A team from the International Atomic Energy Agency, the IAEA, is in Syria to look into allegations that an installation destroyed by Israel last September was a nuclear reactor.

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

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf fulfills a promise to improve the lives of her country's market women

Women: a weekly 14-minute news magazine that looks at issues affecting women around the world. In this edition: At the recent high level meeting that looked at progress being made in meeting the challenge of HIV and AIDS, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for a change in laws "that uphold stigma and discrimination, including travel [...]

20 Jun 2008 | Posted in Women | Read More »

Security Council demands immediate halt to acts of sexual violence

The UN Security Council has demanded the immediate and complete halt to all acts of sexual violence against civilians by parties to armed conflict.

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

UNHCR observing World Refugee Day in 116 countries

Today is World Refugee Day.

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

The challenge facing the UN over Kosovo is enormous: Ban

The challenge facing us is enormous.

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

UN refugee chief pays tribute to those forcibly uprooted

UN refugee chief Antonio Guterres is paying tribute to all those who have been forcibly uprooted and to the many humanitarians who help them.

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

The latest on bird flu from Dr. Nabarro, the UN system coordinator for avian influenza who this week gave his first update of the year.

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: Dr. David Nabarro (photo) told journalists in New York that governments are motivated in their efforts to control bird flu, including through setting up contingency plans to deal [...]

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

More than 50 children kidnapped in Haiti this year: UNICEF

The UN children's agency-UNICEF reports that more than 50 children have been kidnapped in Haiti this year.

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

Lack of funding threatening helicopter operations in Myanmar: WFP

The UN food agency-WFP on Friday warned that lack of funding is threatening its helicopter operations in providing critical emergency aid to more than 2 million people affected by Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar.

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

UNHCR alarmed by Egypt's forceful return of Eritrean asylum seekers

The UN refugee agency- UNHCR has expressed alarm over credible reports of the ongoing forceful returns of Eritrean asylum seekers from Egypt.

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

Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders to meet again 1 July

The top UN official in Cyprus Friday announced that the leaders of the Greek Cypriot community Demetris Christofias and the Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat will meet again on 1 July.

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

Security Council adopts resolution against rape in war

All 15 members of the UN Security Council have spoken out against rape and other forms of sexual violence. A Council meeting on women, peace and security ended with the adoption of a resolution denouncing rape as a weapon of war. In the resolution unanimously adopted Thursday evening, the Security Council said these heinous acts [...]

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

UN role in Kosovo adjusts to changing reality

Following Kosovo's declaration of independence from Serbia in February of this year, Serbia adopted a decision that the declaration represented a forceful and unilateral secession of a part of its territory. The Kosovo Assembly, meanwhile, adopted a constitution which calls for changes in the UN presence in Kosovo. The UN Security Council met today to [...]

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

There's been a call for increased efforts to stem the use of small arms in Jamaica

The Bahamas says it has made significant strides in improving the quality of life for people living with HIV; Jamaica says the prevalence of HIV has slowed; Barbados says it has doubled its HIV prevention efforts; Trinidad and Tobago says its five-year National Strategy Plan aims to reduce the incidence of HIV infection; Two United [...]

20 Jun 2008 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Arbour urges Egypt to halt deportation of Eritrean asylum seekers

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour(photo) expressed serious concern Thursday about the deportation of Eritrean asylum seekers from Egypt to their home country.

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

International community has special responsibility to punish perpetrators of sexual violence: Rice

The United States is concerned about the issue of women and violence across the world in places like the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan and many other places.

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

UN chief says more women need to be involved in peace negotiations and recovery

Violence against women has reached unspeakable and pandemic proportions in some societies attempting to recover from conflict.

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

Soaring food prices put pressure on African agriculture: FAO chief

There's been a call for urgent measures to address food insecurity in Africa and boost production.

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

Human Rights Council elects new president

The United Nations Human Rights Council has elected Nigeria as the chair of the council for the next twelve months. Nigeria's permanent representative to the United Nations in Geneva Ambassador Martin Uhomoibhi was elected as president of the Geneva based council. From Geneva Patrick Maigua sent us this report.

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

IAEA sees 60% increase in nuclear power reactors in 20 years

The number of nuclear power reactors around the world is estimated to increase up to 60 per cent by 2030.

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

New report points to higher food insecurity in occupied Palestinian Territory

Soaring food prices, falling incomes and growing unemployment have contributed to higher food insecurity forcing Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip to get by with less and lower quality food.

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

Special envoy in Cyprus sees marked progress in peace process

A comprehensive settlement in Cyprus is not a foregone conclusion.

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

UN Agency in Gaza hopeful about cease-fire

At 6 in the morning local time today, Thursday, the cease-fire between Hamas and Israel took effect in Gaza. Tomorrow morning Israel will begin easing crossing restrictions. UN Radio's Maha Fayek was in Gaza when the cease fire was announced on Tuesday and spoke to John Ging, the head of UNRWA, the UN agency providing [...]

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

Security Council debates rape as a weapon of war

As you heard in the news, the Security Council today addressed violence against women as a weapon of war. The United States—which holds the Security Council presidency for the month of June—convened the meeting. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice remarked that for years there's been debate over whether or not sexual violence against women [...]

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

“Food Crisis: Danger and Opportunity” Episode 3

The consequences of soaring food prices — starvation, malnourishment, riots and unrest — are hitting millions of people around the world. The causes of the current crisis are complex, but the effects on people are clear, as is the need for solutions. The United Nations is among those taking the lead in responding to this [...]

18 Jun 2008 | Posted in Food Crisis | Read More »

Zimbabwe's expulsion of UN human rights official regrettable: Arbour

The UN human rights chief has denounced Zimbabwe's expulsion of a UN human rights official as regrettable.

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

UN says more than 5 million at risk of hunger in Zimbabwe

More than 5 million people in Zimbabwe face the risk of going hungry next year.

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

UN condemns rebel attacks in eastern Chad

UN and Africa – a weekly 15-minute radio programme on political, social, economic and other developments related to Africa In this edition: The UN Secretary-General and the Security Council condemn the latest attacks by rebels in the eastern part of Chad. Council President in June, Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad of the United States says the Council [...]

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

Human Rights Council had reasonable achievements over the past year: Costea

The achievements of the UN Human Rights Council over the past 12 months have been reasonable.

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

Pascoe wraps visit to Cyprus saying he "remains optimistic"

The top UN official responsible for political affairs has wrapped up his two-day trip to Cyprus saying the two leaders –Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot are committed to moving forward and to finally resolving the Cyprus problem and to getting a unified Cyprus.

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

UN chief calls for a global partnership for food

Easy access to food is already beyond the reach of most of the world's poor at an affordable price.

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

UN chief welcomes announced Israel/Gaza Cessation of Violence

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the announced Israel/Gaza Cessation of Violence.

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

UN official meets with Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, church and civic leaders

Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Haile Menkerios (photo), is continuing his visit to Zimbabwe.

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

Malawi helps farmers boost food production

High oil prices are raising the cost of imported food and affecting poor farmers' ability to plant more food for the next season. Developing countries need to grow their own food to lessen their dependence on expensive imported food. Malawi, one of the poorest countries in the world, is giving poor farmers inputs such as [...]

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

Conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq swell refugee numbers: UNHCR

Almost half of the world's refugees are from Afghanistan and Iraq.

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

WHO establishes early warning system for diseases in Myanmar

The World Health Organization –WHO says it's been able to provide the response that helped Myanmar's health system back on its feet.

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

UNICEF scaling-up Iraq emergency operation

The United Nations Children's Fund UNICEF, is scaling up its Iraq emergency operation in order to reach more vulnerable children in the country. UNICEF says violence, isolation and lack of opportunity has put Iraqi children at greater risk of exploitation and abuse. From Geneva Patrick Maigua sent us this report.

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

Land degradation affects a significant portion of Earth's arable land: SG

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for a renewed commitment to reversing land degradation and desertification.

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

Sustained vigilance needed to control bird flu

Excellent work is being done to control the outbreak of a bird flu pandemic, but it needs to be sustained because the threat is there.

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

Refugee numbers on the rise for a second straight year

The number of refugees worldwide has risen for the second consecutive year. This is cause for grave concern, says the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). In its annual 'Global Trends' report released today, UNHCR says there were more than 11 million refugees in 2007, while another 26 million people were displaced within their own countries due [...]

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

UN/regional groupings focus on generating funds for Djibouti agreement

How to generate funds and other resources to implement the Djibouti Agreement between Somalia's Transitional Federal Government and the opposition Alliance for the Re-Liberation of Somalia was the focus of discussions Tuesday in Nairobi between UN special envoy for Somalia, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, and representatives of the African Union, European Union, the United States, Norway and the League of Arab States.

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

Children discuss ways to protect the environment: UNEP

The UN Environment Programme Tuesday opened one of the world's largest international children's conferences in Stavanger, Norway.

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

UN official meets separately with Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders

The top UN official for political affairs Tuesday met separately with the Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders to move the peace process forward.

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

World Day to Combat Desertification and the food crisis

With a global food crisis meaning higher prices for food for some and hunger for the less fortunate, experts are reminding us of the importance of productive land. On this World Day to combat desertification and drought, it's important to remember that we can reclaim dry or degraded land and this land could offer a [...]

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

Security Council extends mandate of peacekeeping mission in Cyprus

The UN Security Council has decided to extend the mandate of the UN peacekeeping mission in Cyprus until December 15th this year.

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

Rising price of oil and food two major problems all countries must face: Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the decision by King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia to convene a high-level meeting of major oil producers and consumers on soaring food and fuel prices.

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

UN expert calls for expansion of mandate to include Palestinian violations

The United Nations expert on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories has called for an expansion of his mandate to include investigations into Palestinian violation of international humanitarian law.

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

UN plans anti-dengue operation in cyclone-hit areas of Myanmar

The United Nations launches a massive anti-dengue campaign this week in cyclone –devastated areas of Myanmar where mosquitoes that carry the disease have become a major concern.

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

UNEP moves to boost hazardous waste management in Cote d'Ivoire

A new project aimed at helping Cote d'Ivoire and neighboring States manage hazardous waste, both within their countries and across borders, was launched Monday by the UN Environment Programme –UNEP.

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

IAEA assists countries with abandoned radioactive material

In too many countries, radioactive material is not controlled as well as it should be. It's turned up in bank vaults, been recycled into handbag clasps, and, in a few instances, stolen. Kirstie Hansen looks at the problem of so-called "orphaned" radioactive sources, and what the International Atomic Energy Agency—the UN nuclear watchdog—is doing about [...]

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

Security Council condemns offensive by Chadian rebels

The UN Security Council has strongly condemned attacks conducted by armed groups in Chad.

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

Ban concerned about security situation in Chad

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is deeply concerned about the deterioration of the security situation in Chad as a result of renewed fighting in the eastern part of the country, particularly the latest offensive by the Chadian Armed Opposition Group (CAOG).

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

High-level meeting underway to accelerate urgent response to problem of sexual violence in DRC

A 2-day high-level regional consultation on "the eradication of sexual violence and the elimination of impunity in the Great Lakes Region," is now underway in the northeastern town of Goma in the Democratic Republic of the Congo –DRC.

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

UNICEF highlights importance of The Day of the African Child

Today marks "The Day of the African Child", which this year is dedicated to "The Right to Participate: Let Children be Seen and Heard."

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

UN expert asks to include Palestinian violations in investigations

The new UN expert on human rights in the Occupied Palestinian territories wants to look into Palestinian violations of international law. Richard Falk, in his first address to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council, said he was asking to expand the mandate investigating Israeli violations of human rights and international humanitarian law to include Palestinian violations [...]

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

Security Council condemns Eritrea's military action against Djibouti

The UN Security Council has condemned Eritrea's military action against Djibouti in Ras Doumeira and Doumeira Island.

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

Migrants and illegal migration – a hornet’s nest of controversy

Mention the word “migrant” or “illegal immigration” anywhere in the world and you will stir up a hornet’s nest of controversy. This is no less true of the debate in Europe. In this edition, we will shed light on illegal migrants and the history of migration in Italy. Recently, Maha Fayek of Umoted Nations Radio [...]

13 Jun 2008 | Posted in Perspective | Read More »

Climate change conference ends with calls to step up pace of negotiations

The latest round of UN-sponsored global climate change negotiations ended Friday in Bonn, Germany with calls to step up the pace of negotiations in the run-up to the crucial climate change summit next year.

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

Caribbean leaders say it is their moral responsibility to join forces to curb HIV transmission

Caribbean News Round-Up: a weekly 15-minute news magazine on developments at the United Nations concerning the Caribbean. In this edition: Guyana says it's on track to meet its targets for universal access in prevention, treatment and care of HIV; Antigua and Barbuda warns that progress has been uneven and significant scaling up is required to [...]

13 Jun 2008 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Ban defends Kosovo plans as "least objectionable" option

Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon says plans to restructure the UN's nine-year mission in Kosovo do not satisfy everyone.

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

UNICEF calls for full resumption of services for children in Zimbabwe

UNICEF, the UN children's agency has called for a full and immediate resumption of programmes run by non-governmental organizations–NGO's that are critical for the children of Zimbabwe.

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

Women in Asia face numerous obstacles to obtaining AIDS prevention and treatment

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: Yaba is the name of a highly addictive drug that's common in South-East Asia where the UN Office on Drugs and Crime has been monitoring its spread. The [...]

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

HINDI #24: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

13 Jun 2008 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

HINDI #25: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

13 Jun 2008 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

Reconstruction of Iraq remains a top priority for the UN

The reconstruction of Iraq remains a top priority for the United Nations.~And as the security situation improves, there will be growing demands to meet the basic needs of ordinary Iraqis, including jobs and services.~

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

Experts discuss genocide prevention

Genocide can be prevented, claims a new book on the topic, and outlines how. According to the book's author, David Hamburg, the UN has a central role to play, and has taken many of the necessary steps to do so, including appointing a special adviser on the prevention of genocide. A discussion at the UN [...]

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

Increased funding urgently needed for Ethiopian drought

The Ethiopian government and humanitarian agencies on Friday revised upward the country's humanitarian requirements to more than US$ 325 million.

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

INDONESIAN #22: Fokus Fokus Kita

13 Jun 2008 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

INDONESIAN #23: Fokus Fokus Kita

13 Jun 2008 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

UN helps Timor with security sector reform

The UN and the government of Timor-Leste have today signed an agreement paving the way for the reform of the country's security sector. The UN will provide technical assistance and expert advice so that Timor-Leste will be able to respond to internal and external threats. Our colleague Sophie Boudre of the UN Mission in Timor-Leste, [...]

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

URDU #24: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

13 Jun 2008 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

Corruption hits poor the hardest: UNDP report

Cleaning up the police, health, education and environment sectors should be a top political priority in the Asia-Pacific region, in order to loosen the stranglehold of corruption on the lives of the poor.

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

Ghana stresses the critical role of prevention in fight against HIV

Ghana says it recognizes the critical role of prevention in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

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

WFP cuts humanitarian air service in Sudan

UN and Africa – a weekly 15-minute radio programme on political, social, economic and other developments related to Africa In this edition: •The World Food Programme (WFP) is forced to cut its air service for humanitarian workers in Sudan because of lack of funding. WFP spokesperson in Khartoum, Emilia Casella says the agency needs an [...]

12 Jun 2008 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

Myanmar appeal still short of funding: UN

The United Nations says it has raised less than half of its goal for relief operations in Myanmar, five weeks after a cyclone devastated the country.

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

WFP appeals for naval escorts against piracy off Somali coast

The World Food Programme (WFP) is appealing to naval powers to provide escorts to protect its aid shipments off the coast of Somalia.

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

Discrimination of marginalized groups

According to the World Health Organization worldwide, the AIDS pandemic is still largely driven by heterosexual transmission. But in some countries the epidemic is concentrated in marginalized groups such as sex workers, men who have sex with men and drug users. They often have trouble accessing prevention and treatment services. That's why the UN high-level [...]

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

Security mechanism in place for Cote d'Ivoire elections

The UN Mission in Cote d'Ivoire (UNOCI) has confirmed that a security mechanism will be put in place for the upcoming presidential election.

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

Breaking the cycle of child labour and poverty

The International Labour Organization (ILO) is working to eliminate the worst forms of child labour by 2016. On the occasion of the World Day Against Child Labour—observed on Thursday, June 12—UN Radio's Patrick Maigua sat down with the ILO's Nadine Osseiran who says education is critical to breaking the cycle of child labour and poverty. [...]

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

Ban urges intensified aid efforts for Afghanistan

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged international donors to coordinate and intensify their aid efforts for Afghanistan.~

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

Today is World Day against Child Labor

Today Thursday June 12th, is being observed as The World Day Against Child Labour and it calls the world's attention to the plight of millions of girls and boys around the world who are victims of child labour.

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

“Food Crisis: Danger and Opportunity” Episode 2

The consequences of soaring food prices — starvation, malnourishment, riots and unrest — are hitting millions of people around the world. The causes of the current crisis are complex, but the effects on people are clear, as is the need for solutions. The United Nations is among those taking the lead in responding to this [...]

11 Jun 2008 | Posted in Food Crisis | Read More »

UN expert group calls on Sri Lanka to stamp out disappearances

A United Nations group of experts has called on the Government of Sri Lanka to stamp out a recent wave of disappearances of women and humanitarian workers in the country.

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

Bosnian war crimes fugitive is arrested near Belgrade

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia has confirmed that a fugitive Bosnian Serb indicted for war crimes has been arrested.

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

The effect of biofuel production on food prices

To reduce dependency on fossil fuels and curb greenhouse gas emissions many countries are turning to biofuel for use in cars.

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

Food aid volumes sink to almost 50-year low: WFP

Global food aid deliveries have sunk to their lowest levels in nearly five decades, with deliveries of wheat and maize facing the sharpest drops due to the impact of food price rises around the world.

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

Ban opens high-level meeting on Equatorial Guinea/Gabon border dispute

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opened a high-level meeting between Equatorial Guinea and Gabon Wednesday to launch the next phase of the mediation process to resolve a border dispute between the two countries.

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

Grave violations increasing against children in Somalia

A new report on children and armed conflict in Somalia stresses that the level of grave violations against children in the east African country has been increasing over the past year.

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

HIV prevention is chronic disease management: US

Perhaps the greatest need and opportunity the international community faces, is to take the next quantum leap in HIV prevention.

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

Security Council calls for increased efforts to combat trafficking in Afghanistan

The UN Security Council has called on member States to increase regional and international cooperation to combat the illicit production and trafficking of drugs in Afghanistan.

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

Lack of funds forces WFP to cut aid flights in Sudan

The World Food Programme says it will cut relief flights in Sudan because of a lack of funding for its Humanitarian Air Service, dealing a blow to humanitarian efforts in the war-ravaged country.

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

The UN General Assembly debates human trafficking.

Women: a weekly 14-minute news magazine that looks at issues affecting women around the world. Human trafficking is a problem that is so widespread, and its networks so complex, that no government on its own can tackle it successfully. For this reason, the UN General Assembly held a special meeting in early June on the [...]

10 Jun 2008 | Posted in Women | Read More »

Up to 3.5 million Somalis could need humanitarian aid: OCHA

More than three million Somalis will need humanitarian aid this year if the situation in the war-ravaged east African nation fails to improve.

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

UN envoy concerned about British counter-terrorism bill

A United Nations human rights investigator has called on the United Kingdom to withdraw what's been described as "a controversial bill" that would extend the time a suspected terrorist can be held without being charged.

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

World leaders urged to renew commitment to AIDS treatment

Access to AIDS treatment has grown over the past few years to cover more than 3 million people in developing countries living with HIV, but that is still only one-third of all people who need the life-saving drugs. As the UN General Assembly holds a high-level meeting on HIV/AIDS it is assessing the progress countries [...]

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

Millions in need of anti-retroviral treatment still going without it: Ban

Halting and reversing the spread of AIDS is not only a Millennium Development Goal in itself, it is a prerequisite for reaching almost all the others.

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

WHO concerned over risks of tuberculosis in Myanmar

There's concern in the medical community that last month's cyclone which devastated Myanmar has forced many people suffering from tuberculosis to stop their treatment.~

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

Ban welcomes agreement between Somali Transitional Federal Government and opposition

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the agreement between the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and the opposition Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia, reached in Djibouti on Monday.

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

WFP to cut aid flights in Darfur

A financial shortfall could affect aid delivery to millions of desperate people in Darfur. The World Food Programme says it's cutting back on humanitarian flights in the Sudanese province due to a lack of money. Derrick Mbatha spoke on the line to WFP's Emilia Casella in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, about this urgent situation. (duration: [...]

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

More than 33 million people worldwide living with HIV

A new report says that as of December 2007, an estimated 33.2 million people worldwide were living with HIV.

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

Striving for universal access to AIDS treatment is a moral imperative

Striving for universal access to AIDS therapy and related services is a public health and moral imperative.

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

Security Council delegation urges militias in DRC to disarm

A UN Security Council delegation on Sunday called on militias and armed groups in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo – the DRC to disarm.

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

One-size fits all policies on treating HIV/AIDS will not work across Africa

More than two million Africans received life-saving anti-retroviral treatment last year.

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

$7.5 billion needed in sub-Saharan Africa by 2010 in fight against HIV

The UN agency leading the fight against HIV/AIDS – UNAIDS projects that AIDS resource needs for sub-Saharan Africa will stand at about 7 and a half billion dollars in 2010 if current rates of scaling up service are to continue.

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

UN-backed Somalia peace talks end without agreement

United Nations-brokered peace talks aimed at ending 17 years of conflict in Somalia have ended without agreement.

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

Leaders to confront threat TB poses to global health

World leaders have begun meeting at UN headquarters to call for joint action to reduce tuberculosis-TB deaths among people living with HIV.

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

UN human rights envoy hoping to visit Myanmar

The Human Rights Council’s new Special Envoy on Myanmar, Tomas Olea Quintana, hopes the Myanmar government will say yes to his request for a visit.

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

Ban welcomed agreement between Sudanese parties to resolve Abyei dispute

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed Sunday's agreement reached between the National Congress Party and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, in which the parties have agreed on a roadmap to resolve the Abyei dispute, including through arbitration.

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

General Assembly highlights role of global private investments in tackling climate change

Climate change is not just an environmental issue, but also a sustainable development issue.

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

The AIDS epidemic in Africa: progress and challenges

Africa is the continent that has been the hardest hit by the AIDS pandemic. But in the past five years remarkable progress has been made in reaching millions of Africans with life-saving anti-retrovirals. On the eve of the UN's high-level meeting on HIV/AIDS in New York, a report was presented to the UN Secretary-General detailing [...]

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

ILO works on the next phase of recovery in Myanmar

Now that the first phase of the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis is ending, ILO Information Officer Sophy Fisher asked Steve Marshall, ILO's Liaison Officer in Yangon, Myanmar, how the ILO will held the country get back on its feet. (duration: 3’50″)

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

UN food summit urges increased assistance for poor countries

The High–Level Summit on the Global Food Crisis concluded in Rome Thursday with a call for the international community to increase assistance for developing countries, in particular the least developed countries and those most negatively affected by high food prices.

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

The World Food Summit ends with a call for increased assistance to poor countries affected by high food prices

Caribbean News Round-Up: a weekly 15-minute news magazine on developments at the United Nations concerning the Caribbean. Also in this edition: St. Kitts-Nevis says the region needs to adjust its eating habits and consume more locally grown food; The UN urges the international community to spare no effort in addressing the food situation in Haiti; [...]

6 Jun 2008 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

IOM increases appeal to help foreign migrants in South Africa

The International Organization for Migration is stepping up its appeal to help foreign migrants in South Africa.~

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

Human rights chief decries restriction on aid operations in Zimbabwe

UN human rights chief Louise Arbour said Zimbabwe's decision to restrict the operations of aid agencies is “unconscionable”.

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

Security Council mission in Chad for talks with President Deby

The UN Security Council mission in Africa was in Chad Friday, where they were expected to meet with President Idriss Deby in the capital, N'Djamena.

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

Security Council mission told agreement reached with South Sudan over Abyei

The Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) between the north and the south of Sudan, the situations in Abyei and Darfur as well as Sudan’s non-cooperation with the International Criminal Court (ICC) were the main focus of discussion when the visiting UN Security Council delegation met with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir Thursday.

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

How are women in Liberia coping with rising food prices in their country?

Women: a weekly 14-minute news magazine that looks at issues affecting women around the world. The looming global food crisis is causing families around the world to feel the pinch of higher food prices. In Liberia, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf says the crisis affects specific commodities, one of them being rice. A long-term solution, she says, [...]

6 Jun 2008 | Posted in Women | Read More »

Ban sees window of opportunity on Cyprus problem

A window of opportunity to finally resolve the Cyprus problem is clearly open.~

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

Results from the global conference of food security

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: World leaders gathered in Rome this week for a global conference on food security have called for more agricultural investment in the developing world. The International Labour Organization [...]

6 Jun 2008 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

Zimbabwe Imposes Restrictions on Relief Agencies

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is concerned about restrictions imposed by Zimbabwe on non-governmental organizations working in the country. OCHA says the move comes at a time when humanitarian assistance is badly needed. The UN estimates that more than four million Zimbabweans are benefiting from relief assistance. But the [...]

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

NGOs call for handing over of suspects in Darfur atrocities

As villagers in Darfur are attacked, schools bombed and women raped, two of the men suspected of being behind this criminal activity are free even though the International Criminal Court issued warrants for their arrest a year ago. This week a coalition of human rights groups appealed for the world to pressure Sudan to hand [...]

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

URDU #23: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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

BANGLA #23: Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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

HINDI #23: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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

ILO to launch campaign to highlight role of gender in Decent Work Agenda

The International Labour Organization is launching a one-year global campaign to highlight the central role of gender equality in its Decent Work Agenda and in the work of its constituents – governments, employers' and workers' organizations.

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

HRC Violence Against Women

The UN human rights chief says no country has yet achieved full equality for women in law and practice.

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

WFP hopes to offer small-farmers multi-year contracts

Poor farmers in developing countries are about to get long-term commitments from the UN food agency.

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

UNHCR condemns attack on displaced people in eastern DRC

The UN refugee agency-UNHCR has condemned a rebel attack on a makeshift camp in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that left at least nine people dead, including two children, and scores wounded.

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

No sustainable peace without justice in Darfur: South Africa

There can be no sustainable peace without justice in Darfur, and it is vital to bring to justice those accused of bearing the primary responsibility for the crimes committed.

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

Kick the carbon habit and adopt a climate-friendly lifestyle: UNEP

Today 5 June is being observed as World Environment Day under the theme "Kick the Habit: Towards a Low-Carbon Economy."

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

World leaders in Rome agree on need to invest in agriculture

At the World Food Security Summit ending in Rome today there is consensus that much more investments must be made in agriculture in developing countries and especially in supporting small farmers. When food prices were low, in recent decades, many countries found it cheaper to import food than to produce it, but now that prices [...]

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

Kick the CO2 habit to benefit the environment

Kick the CO2 Habit.

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

World leaders gather in Rome to discuss global food crisis

UN and Africa – a weekly 15-minute radio programme on political, social, economic and other developments related to Africa In this edition: •World leaders gather in Rome to discuss the global food crisis. The head of the Food and Agriculture Organization Jacques Diouf says investments are needed to develop rural infrastructure in Africa. UN Secretary-General [...]

5 Jun 2008 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

Ban condemns Mideast violence

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the ongoing rocket and mortar attacks by militant groups, including Hamas, from Gaza against crossing points and Israeli civilian targets, which caused the death of an Israeli civilian and four casualties Thursday.

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

Ban calls for billions to boost food production

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki -moon says $15 billion to $20 billion is needed every year to boost food production in the fight against hunger.~

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

WFP scales up food assistance to more than 60 countries

The UN food agency-WFP says it's rolling out an additional $1.2 billion in food assistance to help tens of millions of people in more than 60 countries hardest hit by the urgent food crisis.

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

Calls for action to end human trafficking

There's a call for UN member States to do more to ensure that effective mechanisms are available to protect and assist the victims of trafficking, prosecute the traffickers and boost prevention measures.

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

UN Human Rights chief on the global food crisis

World leaders attending the food summit in Rome were reminded of their responsibility to confront the current food crisis in ways that respect human rights.

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

UN expert condemns death penalty in Iraq

The United Nations expert on the independence of judges and lawyers has condemned the use of the death penalty in Iraq, saying it had denied the international community the opportunity to know those behind the bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad nearly five years ago.

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

The Food Crisis: Danger and Opportunity

The recent dramatic increase in food prices worldwide has world leaders meeting in Rome to come up with short-term solutions to the crisis and to develop a more lasting strategy to deal with the causes. Ahead of the 3-day summit being hosted by the Rome based Food and Agriculture Organization, UN Radio set out to [...]

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

BANGLA #22: Jati Shongher Protidhoni

4 Jun 2008 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

URDU #22: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

4 Jun 2008 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

INDONESIAN #20: Fokus Fokus Kita

4 Jun 2008 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

INDONESIAN #21: Fokus Fokus Kita

4 Jun 2008 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

The world needs to produce more food: UN chief

World food production must rise by 50 percent by 2030 to meet increasing demand.

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

World needs $30 billion a year to eradicate hunger: Diouf

The time for talk is over and action is urgently needed.

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

We must act now in the fight against human trafficking: Deputy Secretary-General

There's been a call for states to ratify the UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons.

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

UNHCR condemns killing of Nigerian in Ukraine

The UN refugee agency-UNHCR has joined with some 30 other organizations in condemning the recent murder of a Nigerian national in the Ukranian capital Kiev.

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

More people in Myanmar getting assistance: OCHA

More than a million people in Myanmar have been given some form of assistance since the devastation caused by Cyclone Nargis a month ago.

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

“Food Crisis: Danger and Opportunity” Episode 1

The consequences of soaring food prices — starvation, malnourishment, riots and unrest — are hitting millions of people around the world. The causes of the current crisis are complex, but the effects on people are clear, as is the need for solutions. The United Nations is among those taking the lead in responding to this challenge.~~

3 Jun 2008 | Posted in Food Crisis | Read More »

Food summit calls for renewed investment in agriculture

World leaders gathered at the Rome summit on the food crisis are calling for major investments to be made in agriculture and food security. Bissera Kostova has the story. (duration: 3’24″)

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

General Assembly debates human trafficking

The UN General Assembly has today taken up the issue of human trafficking. More than two million people worldwide are working against their will, mostly in the sex trade or as forced labourers. And the majority of them are women and children. Produced by Dianne Penn. (duration: 3’44″)

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

WFP chief calls for greater support for operations in Myanmar

The top official of the UN food agency – WFP ended a visit to Myanmar with a call for robust support to the agency's growing relief operation.

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

Narrow political interest greatest impediment to full realization of human rights: Arbour

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour today warned that although tangible progress has been made in the promotion and protection of human rights, the pursuit of narrow parochial political agendas by governments, represents the greatest impediment to the full realization of many rights.

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

Nearly three million with HIV now receiving life-saving drugs

Nearly 3 million people are now receiving anti-retroviral therapy in low and middle-income countries.

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

IAEA to probe allegations of Syrian attempt to build nuclear reactor

Inspectors from the UN nuclear watchdog will visit Syria later this month to investigate allegations that Damascus was building a secret nuclear reactor for military purposes.

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

Security Council delegation begins African mission with visit to Djibouti

A Security Council delegation is in Djibouti on a 10 day mission to Africa that will also visit Sudan, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Cote d’Ivoire.

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

IAEA chief urges cooperation from Syria and Iran

Concerns over Syria's and Iran's alleged nuclear programmes dominated a report by the chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency to its Executive Board. IAEA Director-General Mohammed El-Baradei addressed the 35-member board at its annual meeting in Vienna urging the two countries to cooperate with the agency's investigations. Bissera Kostova reports. (duration: 3’21″)

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

Secretary-General strongly condemns car bombing outside Danish Embassy in Pakistan

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned Monday's car bombing outside the Danish Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan which reportedly killed at least six and injured dozens of others.

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

Ban urges stepped up effort to address the situation in Haiti

The international community is being urged to spare no effort to address the situation in Haiti.

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

UN chief concerned by Israeli move for new settlements in East Jerusalem

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is deeply concerned at the recent announcement by the Israeli Government to invite new tenders for construction in Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem.

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

Nearly 3 million now receive HIV drugs

Two-thousand-and-seven was a banner year in the provision of anti-retroviral therapy, the medicines which suppress the HIV virus. The World Health Organization reports nearly three million people in low- and middle-income countries gained access to these life saving treatments by the end of last year. Dr. Margaret Chan is head of the World Health Organization [...]

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

Security Council votes unanimously to combat piracy off Somali coast

The UN Security Council has condemned and deplored all acts of piracy and armed robbery against vessels in territorial waters and high seas off the coast of Somalia.

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

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