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Radovan Karadzic Represents Himself Before UN Tribunal; Makes No Plea

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic has appeared before the UN Tribunal and chose to represent himself. Mr. Karadzic also elected not to enter a plea today and now has 30 days to do so. Judge Richard Goldstone, the former Chief Prosecutor for the Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda says this was [...]

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Successful Peacebuilding Requires the Effort of All Key Players – Outgoing ASG For Peacebuilding Support

Successful peacebuilding requires the UN to bring together all the relevant parties and the resources of the UN according to Carolyn McAskie, the outgoing Assistant Secretary-General for peacebuilding Support. Ms. McAskie says this isn’t always easy and is sometimes problematic for the UN. Two reports by Gail Walker: Report One – Bringing together the relevant [...]

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Setbacks Shouldn’t be Used as an Excuse to Abandon Peace Efforts – Israel’s Foreign Minister

Despite setbacks such as the continued construction of settlements and other obstacles on the ground should not be used as an excuse to abandon peace efforts says Tzipi Livni, Israel’s Foreign Minister. The Foreign Minister says Israel is committed to the peace process. Gail Walker reports The full stakeout is below.

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Israeli Foreign Minister Discusses Global and Regional Threats in the Middle East

Israel’s Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni discussed both global and regional threat in the Middle East and says extremism is the primary problem facing the region. Gail Walker reports The full stakeout is below

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OCHA Official says Impact of Floods in West Africa Still Being Felt in Region

Heavy floods in West Africa continue to effect the region according to the head of the West Africa Regional Office for the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. And more rain is expected. The flooding is compounded by food insecurity and an emerging drug trafficking problem. Gail Walker reports The full news conference is [...]

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Food Security and Drug Trafficking a Concern in West Africa – OCHA

The head of the Regional Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in West Africa says in addition to the effects of floods in the region, food security and drug trafficking are major concerns. The OCHA official says poverty in the region makes these threats even more severe. Gail Walker reports The full news conference [...]

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Worldwide Patent Application Filings on the Rise

According to the 2008 edition of the Patent Report of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) the demand for patents is on the rise. Japan and the United States top the list of countries filing patent applications. Gail Walker reports The full news conference is below.

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Iran Deceiving World Regarding Nuclear Plans – Must be Stopped – Israeli Defense Minister Barak

After meeting with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon late Wednesday, Israel’s Defense Minister Ehud Barak says Tehran is trying to deceive the world by talking with the International Atomic Energy Agency while secretly continuing its nuclear weapons program. Minister Barak says Israel has been threatened specifically with destruction by the President of Iran, but a nuclear Iran [...]

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Israeli Prime Minister Resignation is Right Choice at Right Time – Israel’s Defense Minister

The decision by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to resign his post after his Kadima Party picks a new leader in September is the right one at the right time, according to Israel’s Defense Minister Ehud Barak, the leader of Israel’s Labor Party. Mr. Barak says he believes the peace process lead by Mr. Olmert [...]

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Noon Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Full noon briefing by the spokesperson for the Secretary-General Michele Montas

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South African Lawyer is new human rights chief

UN and Africa – a weekly 15-minute radio programme on political, social, economic and other developments related to Africa. In this edition: The General Assembly endorses the appointment of Judge Navanethem Pillay as the new UN human rights chief. Judge Pillay, who has worked as an advocate for human rights in South African and an [...]

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UNICEF says breastfeeding improves children's chances of survival

Breastfeeding is a key tool in improving child survival.

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New floods in West Africa

United Nations humanitarian agencies in West Africa say the region is experiencing renewed flooding which could jeopardize food security.

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Former prosecutor welcomes Karadzic trial

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic made his first appearance today before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. Karadzic had spent more than a decade on the run before being arrested earlier this month. UN Radio's Dianne Penn spoke on the line to Johannesburg, South Africa, with the former chief prosecutor of the [...]

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Radovan Karadzic appears before UN war crimes tribunal

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic today made his first appearance before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

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More patents for inventions being sought

China and the Republic of Korea are leading the way in seeking patents for inventions, according to WIPO, the World Intellectual Property Organization.

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Electric buses to help goal of "Green Olympics" in Beijing

With the Beijing Olympics just a week away, China is getting some help towards its goal of a Green Olympics in the form of four electric buses.

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Peacebuilding Support Office chief retires

Carolyn McAskie(photo), who has held high-level positions in the Canadian Government, is retiring from the United Nations as Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support. Ms. McAskie has always been involved with United Nations affairs, even before she began her career at the UN as Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator in 1999. Gerry Adams had the opportunity to [...]

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UN human rights expert is to conduct first mission to Myanmar

The United Nations independent expert on the situation of human rights in Myanmar will next week make his first visit the country at the invitation of the government.

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UN Office expresses support for threatened official in Guinea Bissau

The UN Support Office in Guinea Bissau has expressed the international community's support to the Minister of Justice of Guinea Bissau, Carmelita Pires who has received death threat calls.

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UN sends urgent aid for Peruvian livestock threatened by early cold spell

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is providing urgently needed medicines to poor farmers in the Peruvian highlands whose livestock are suffering as a result of a severe cold spell.

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Top trade official urges continued cooperation

The head of the World Trade Organization is urging ministers at the latest talks to agree to "regroup" so that trade negotiations could be revitalized before the end of the year.

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Former Bosnian Serb Leader Radovan Karadzic Now in UN Custody

The UN now has custody of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic after evading capture for 13 years. The former leader was transferred to International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague from Serbia and faces genocide charges for his involvement in the 1992-1995 Bosnia war. Mr. Karadzic is scheduled to appear before [...]

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Detained Former Bosnian Serb Leader Will Enjoy Same Access as all Detainees

Nerma Jalacic, the Spokesperson for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia says Radovan Karadzic will enjoy the same access and rights as all other detainees being held by the Tribunal. Mr. Karadzic was arrested in Belgrade, Serbia after 13 years in hiding and faces genocide charges. Gail Walker reports The full interview with [...]

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Security Council Action will have Consequences in Darfur – Force Commander

The Security Council needs to approve an extension for the joint African Union – United Nations mission to Darfur by the time its mandate expires tomorrow (Thursday, July 31). Certain Arab and African nations want an order to the International Criminal Court to stop legal proceedings against Sudan’s President Bashir included in that extension. General [...]

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World Food Program Concerned About Food Shortage in North Korea

The World Food Program says there’s an emerging food crisis in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Last summer’s flood which lead to smaller domestic crops combined with decreased food imports has translated into a food shortage for thousands of vulnerable families in the country. Gail Walker reports Full interview with Jean-Pierre de Margerie WFP’s [...]

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Emerging Food Crisis in North Korea Leads Families to Turn to Other Food Sources

The emerging food crisis in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has forced many families to turn to other sources for food according to Jean-Pierre de Margerie, the WFP Country Director for DPRK. Wild fruits and edible grass are among the alternatives that families are turning to prevent hunger. Gail Walker reports The full interview [...]

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UN Can’t Impose Peace on Parties Dedicated to War – Outgoing USG for Peacekeeping

Outgoing Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations only political will on the part of warring parties can bring a lasting end to any conflict. Jean Marie Guehenno is stepping down as head of peacekeeping after almost 8 years on the job. He says strong UN peacekeeping missions can help marginalize those fringe elements that might want [...]

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UN Security Council Ends Eritrea – Ethiopia Border Force

Eight years after it began, the UN Security Council has disbanded its mission responsible for monitoring the border between Eritrea and Ethiopia. The mandate for the 1,700-strong force (United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea) expires on Thursday. The council unanimously approved a resolution drafted by Belgium that calls for the mission to be terminated [...]

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UN Initiates One-Month Climate Change Campaign to Reduce Emissions and Save Energy

The UN Secretary-General has initiated a new climate change campaign called UN Cool designed to reduce emissions and save energy. The one-month initiative kicks off August 1st. Two reports by Gail Walker The full news conference is below.

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Politics and Sports Don’t Mix – Olympic Boycott Wrong – UN Sports for Peace chief

Whenever politicians interfere in sporting events it turns out to be a big mistake, according to the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Sport for Peace and Development Wilfried Lemke. He says all of the talk about boycotting the games in Beijing as a form of political protest was wrong, and any such boycott would be counter-productive. [...]

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Olympics to have Lasting Positive Impacts – UN Special Envoy

The Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Sport for Peace and Development, Wilfried Lemke, will be representing the SG at the upcoming Olympic games in Beijing. He says the success of the games will be measured in their lasting impacts in such areas as the environment and political dialogue. Jerry Piasecki reports. Full interview available below.

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Noon Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Daily noon briefing by Michele Montas, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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North Korea is facing its worst food crisis

The UN food agency (WFP) says North Korea is facing its worst food crisis in a decade with millions experiencing hunger.

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WTO trade negotiations at an impasse

In Geneva, protracted negotiations on trade remain in limbo.

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Security Council terminates mandate of UNMEE

The UN Security Council voted unanimously Wednesday to terminate the mandate of the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea –UNMEE- as of Thursday 31 July.

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Radovan Karadzic now in custody of war crimes tribunal

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic is now in the custody of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

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UN chief regrets decision of Ethiopia and Eritrea to reject options for UN presence

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has reacted to the Security Council's unanimous resolution which terminates the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) as of 31 July.

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Karadzic arrives at International Tribunal

The man accused of genocide and other atrocities committed during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s is now in the custody of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. Radovan Karadzic is expected to make his first appearance before the court on Thursday. The former Bosnian Serb leader was arrested last week in Serbia's [...]

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UNICEF chief launches tetanus campaign in Madagascar

The head of the UN children's agency-UNICEF has launched a tetanus campaign in Madagascar.

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Millions face hunger in North Korea

Millions of people in North Korea are facing hunger they have not seen in almost a decade. A three-week Rapid Assessment done by the World Food Programme and the Food and Agriculture Organization in June reveals that food production has dropped and imports have declined in the country. According to the UN food agency flooding [...]

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A meeting on the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons ends with the adoption of a report on the way forward to end the scourage.

Caribbean News Round-Up: a weekly 15-minute news magazine on developments at the United Nations concerning the Caribbean. Trinidad and Tobago says the report clearly reflects the positions of concerned states. An Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Haiti says many challenges still remain in the country. Barbados lauds the newly appointed high commissioner for human rights.

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INDONESIAN #24: Fokus Fokus Kita

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INDONESIAN #25: Fokus Fokus Kita

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BANGLA # 30: Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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HINDI #32: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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URDU #30: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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URDU #31: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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Ban disappointed efforts to conclude Doha Round failed to yield desired outcome

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed disappointment to hear that the tremendous efforts made by key players to conclude the seven-year long Doha Round this year have not yielded the desired outcome.

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New Report on AIDS Points to Progress But UN’s AIDS Chief Says Not Enough

There’s been significant progress in the fight against AIDS according to the 2008 Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic. Prevention efforts and treatment are on the rise and infection rates on the decline. Still, Dr. Peter Piot, the Executive Director of UNAIDS says that’s not enough. Gail Walker reports The full news conference is below

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Progress on AIDS Fight Uneven When it Comes to the Young and Women – UNFPA Chief

Thoraya Obaid, the Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) says progress is uneven when it comes to fighting AIDS among the youth and women. The Director made the remarks at the launch of the 2008 Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic. Gail Walker reports The full news conference below.

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Good News for Children and Women in Fight Against AIDS – New AIDS Report

The new 2008 report on the global AIDS epidemic points to good news for both women and children. Gail Walker reports The full news conference is below.

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Experience as Human Rights Advocate will Aid UN New High Commissioner

Experience as a human rights advocate and as someone who has experienced injustice first hand when living under apartheid, South African Judge Navanethem Pillay says will aid her in her new role as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Gail Walker reports The full interview with the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is [...]

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Reaction to New Appointment ‘Overwhelming’ Says New HCHR

The UN’s new High Commissioner for Human Rights says the reaction to her new appointment has been overwhelming to her. She says many have focused attention on her new appointment and are interested in what her appointment will mean for the fight for human rights in Africa. Gail Walker reports The full interview with the [...]

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Former High Commissioner for Human Rights will Impact Work of New High Commissioner

South African Judge Navanethem Pillay says the work of former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights will have an impact on her work. Gail Walker reports Full interview with the New Human Rights Commissioner is below.

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Give Peace a Chance in Darfur – Temporarily Stop Legal Action Against Sudan’s President – South Africa

South Africa’s UN Ambassador Dumisani Kumalo says he’s pushing a plan proposed by the African Union and the League of Arab States in the Security Council to have the body order the International Criminal Court to freeze any indictment of Sudan’s President Bashir on charges including Genocide in Darfur. The Ambassador says it’s not about [...]

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U.S. Against Connecting Peacekeeper Deployment and Stopping Court Action Against Sudan’s President

The Security Council is divided on whether to put language in a resolution extending the joint African Union – United Nations mission in Darfur that would force the International Criminal Court to delay any possible criminal action against Sudan’s President Bashir. The U.S. is firmly against the idea, with Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad saying now is [...]

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Not Stopping Court Action Against Sudan Pres. an Insult to All of Africa – Sudan’s UN Ambassador

Sudan’s UN Ambassador says if the Security Council does not approve the wishes of the African Union and block any possible International Court Action action against Sudanese President Bashir, then it will have insulted all of Africa, that from Sudan’s UN Ambassador Abdal Mahmood Abdal Haleem Mohamad. Jerry Piasecki reports. Full stakeout available below.

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U.S. says Don’t Hold Darfur Peacekeeping ‘Hostage’ – Sudan says Don’t ‘Blackmail’ Us

The Security Council is considering a resolution to extend the joint African Union – UN peacekeeping force in Darfur. All agree on the extension, but some on the Council want to include language that would stop possible International Criminal Court action against Sudan’s President Bashir. The U.S. is opposed to that idea, but Ambassador Zalmay [...]

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U.S. to Look at Aid Dollars Lost in Currency Exchange in Myanmar

The UN reports that about 10 million dollars in humanitarian aid was lost due to a poor exchange rate in Myanmar. U.S. UN Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad says Washington will be looking into that to see what happened and how how it could impact future donations. The UN’s Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes just [...]

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Millions of Aid Dollars Lost in Myanmar Exchange Rate – Humanitarian Affairs USG on the Case

Due a very bad exchange rate between dollars and the local currency in Myanmar, around ten million dollars in humanitarian aid has been lost in the process. Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes isn’t sure who profited, but believes the Government of Myanmar may have benefited to one extent or another. The loss per [...]

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Progress and Potentially a Way Forward in Myanmar – USG Returns from Visit

Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, John Holmes says he saw progress on his just completed trip to Myanmar to check on relief operations after cyclone Nargis. Now he hopes that the cooperative, working relationship the UN and others have been able to develop with the Government can be expanded to cover other areas of humanitarian [...]

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Noon Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Daily noon briefing by Michele Montas, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Security Council divided on Sudan genocide indictment

The UN Security Council was split on Monday over an effort by Libya and South Africa to have the Council prevent the International Criminal Court (ICC) from indicting Sudan's president for genocide.

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UN humanitarian chief sees lots of physical progress in Myanmar

While relief and early recovery operations are progressing in Myanmar's cyclone devastated Ayeyarwady delta region, more aid and smoother procedures for granting access are needed to sustain the effort.

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Enormous progress made in the fight against AIDS: Piot

A new report on the global status of HIV/AIDS says enormous progress has been made; that there are real results, and we've achieved more in the fight against AIDS in the last two years than in the preceding 20 years.

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UNCTAD handbook shows developed countries still dominate exports

The sub-prime mortgage crisis, the food crisis, the climbing cost of oil, concerns about inflation and worries about a global economic slowdown –these are all issues in the latest 2007 Handbook of Statistics released by the UN agency responsible for trade and development –UNCTAD.

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UNAMID continues to monitor re-integration of ex-combatants into Sudan Armed Forces and Police

The United Nations African Union-Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) says it has been monitoring the ongoing reintegration training of ex-combatants into the Government of Sudan Armed Forces and Police.

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The new human rights chief is ready to start in September

The newly appointed High Commissioner for Human Rights, Judge Navanethem Pillay, will soon be cleaning her office at the International Criminal Court in The Hague to move to Geneva to start her new job. UN Radio's Patrick Maigua in Geneva asked the South African judge how her experience as a human rights campaigner is going [...]

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UNAIDS releases 2008 Report on the global epidemic of AIDS

The newly released "Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic" is the most accurate information on HIV/AIDS today and is the most comprehensive report ever taken on AIDS.

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WFP to expand food operations in West Africa

The UN food agency-WFP says it's expanding operations in West Africa to feed an extra 1.4 million people in the region hit hard by rising food prices.

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Peace and Justice Must Go Hand in Hand – UN Legal Chief

Justice is an integral part of building a lasting peace, and anyone who committed genocide, war crimes or crimes against humanity should be held accountable for their atrocities, that from the outgoing Under Secretary-General for Legal Affairs Nicolas Michel. Mr. Michel says arriving at a peace settlement is often complicated and sensitive, but it is [...]

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Secretary-General Calls For Olympic Truce

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on all those involved in hostilities to lay down their arms during the upcoming Olympics and honor an Olympic truce. Jerry Piasecki reports Full statement available below.

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Daily Noon Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Full briefing by Spokesperson Michele Montas

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Outgoing Legal Adviser on the importance of justice

After serving four years as the UN's Chief Legal Counsel, Nicolas Michel (photo) is leaving the organization. In his final press conference on Friday he urged the international community to keep the goal of justice on a par with peace in conflicts around the world. Bissera Kostova reports. (duration: 3’27″)

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General Assembly confirms Judge Pillay as UN human rights chief

The UN General Assembly has confirmed the appointment of South African judge Navanethem Pillay as the new High Commissioner of Human Rights.

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UN helps China train Olympic volunteers

The idea of volunteerism is rather new in China. But with the Beijing Olympic Games about to begin…the word volunteer has become part of the vocabulary of those dreaming/wishing to be part of the Games. The United Nation's Development Program and the UN Volunteer Organization have initiated a training campaign for China that promotes volunteerism [...]

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Lamy says progress being made in WTO talks, but banana dispute surfaces

In Geneva, the World Trade Organization (WTO) is continuing informal meetings of the Trade Negotiations Committee hoping to settle a range of questions that will shape the final agreement of the Doha development Agenda.

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ECOSOC wraps annual session, expresses grave concern over increasing number of humanitarian emergencies

The UN Economic and Social Council has concluded a month-long session which its president describes as "truly historic".

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Secretary-General welcomes General Assembly endorsement of South African jurist as rights chief

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is gratified that his nomination of Ms. Navanethem Pillay(PHOTO)ca as the new High Commissioner for Human Rights has been endorsed by the General Assembly.

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Ban calls for Olympic Truce during Beijing Games

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for an Olympic Truce, a worldwide cessation of all hostilities for the duration of the Olympic Games in Beijing.

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Kosovo is Ready to Talk to Serbia But NOT About the Status of Kosovo

Kosovo’s Foreign Minister Skender Hyseni says Kosovo is prepared to talk to Serbia on any issue but the political status of Kosovo. Gail Walker reports The full speech and stakeout of the Foreign Minister is below

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Serbia is Ready to Talk to Kosovo But NOT About the Reconfiguration of UNMIK

Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic says he’s open to talks with Kosovo about any issue other than the reconfiguration of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK)which he says is between the UN and the Serbian government. Gail Walker reports The full speech and stakeout of the Foreign Minister is below

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Serbia and Kosovo Authorities Ready to Talk, But Not About the Same Topics

While Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic and Kosovo’s Foreign Minister Skender Hyseni both say they will talk to each other, they differ on the topic of discussion. Gail Walker reports The full speeches and stakeouts of the two Foreign Ministers is below

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UNMIK Must Adjust to ‘New reality’ on the Ground in Kosovo – SRSG for Kosovo

The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Kosovo says the ‘new reality’ on the ground in Kosovo has profoundly affected the ability of UNMIK – the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo – to do its job. Gail Walker The full briefing and stakeout of the SRSG for Kosovo is below

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UN Chief Wants UNMIK to Cooperate with the EU Regarding Kosovo

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wants the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo to cooperate with the European Union regarding Kosovo in accordance with Security Council Resolution 1244 which authorised an international civil and military presence in Kosovo, then part of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, placing it under interim UN administration. Gail Walker reports The full [...]

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When and How the UN Leaves Kosovo ‘Not My Problem’ -The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Kosovo

The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Kosovo says when and how the UN Mission for Kosovo transitions out of the region is not his worry. Gail Walker reports Full briefing and stakeout of SRSG for Kosovo is below

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Kosovo and Serbia Want to Talk but Not Accept Each Other’s Point of View

The Foreign Ministers from both Serbia and Kosovo addressed the Security Council as it heard a report on the planned reconfiguration of the UN force in Kosovo in order to let European Union peacekeepers move in. Both sides say they are willing to try to work out their difference, but Kosovo will only do so [...]

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Myanmar Junta and World Can Work Together – Cyclone Proved it – Vietnamese Ambassador

Vietnam’s UN Ambassador Le Luong Minh says the cooperation and coordination between international relief efforts and the Government of Myanmar to help victims of Cyclone Nargis proved that the military junta is willing to work with the world. He says that working relationship can carry over into the efforts at political reform. U.S. Ambassador Zalmay [...]

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UNHCR Launches Running for Life Campaign in Colombia

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is partnering with 10 agencies in launching in Bogota a nationwide campaign to help the victims of forced displacement in Colombia. The Internet-based ‘Corre por la Vida’ (Running for Life) campaign compares forced displacements to a long-distance race, which starts when people have no choice but to flee from conflict, [...]

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Noon Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Daily noon briefing by Michele Montas, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Dominica warns of the lasting effects of the food and energy crises on developing countries

Caribbean News Round-Up: a weekly 15-minute news magazine on developments at the United Nations concerning the Caribbean. Antigua and Barbuda says prior to the current global food crisis, millions lived in a food crisis in a world of plenty Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calls for increased spending to respond to the needs of the world’s hungry [...]

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The UN Population Fund says family planning is a right for all people.

Women: a weekly 14-minute news magazine that looks at issues affecting ~women around the world.

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A women's expedition climbs Mount Everest.

Women: a weekly 14-minute news magazine that looks at issues affecting ~women around the world.

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700,000 children in Myanmar need long-term aid: UNICEF

The UN children's agency (UNICEF) says 700,000 children are in need of long-term aid in Myanmar due to the devastating effects of May's Cyclone Nargis.

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UNHCR launches "Running for Life" campaign in Colombia

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is partnering with 10 agencies in launching in Bogota a nationwide campaign to help the victims of forced displacement in Colombia.

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The situation in Myanmar remains dire: WFP

The UN food agency (WFP) warns that hundreds of thousands of families in Myanmar still have a lengthy storm to weather 12 weeks after Cyclone Nargis devastated the Ayeyarwady Delta region.

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Cassava could help protect food and energy security in poor countries: FAO

The tropical root crop cassava could help protect the food and energy security of poor countries now threatened by soaring food and oil prices.

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Human Rights Committee has raised concern over the treatment of terrorism suspects

The United Nations human rights committee has raised concern over the treatment of terrorism suspects in France and the United Kingdom.

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UN group holds symbolic meeting in Argentina

A UN Human Rights Council group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances will conclude its latest session this weekend in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The choice of location is symbolic as Argentina's military government "disappeared" thousands of citizens during the 'Dirty War' from 1976 to 1983. UN Radio's Laura Kwiatkowski spoke to Working Group chairman Santiago Corcuera [...]

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UNMIK can have role in facilitating dialogue among Kosovo parties: UN envoy

The UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) has been engaged in planning for a reconfiguration of its presence which takes into account the changing circumstances in the country.

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United Nations launches appeal to help meet the urgent early recovery needs of the victims of the Wenchuan earthquake

The UN China Appeal for Early Recovery Support was launched Friday for an estimated US$33 million.

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Land dispute continues

Cambodia and Thailand have been having a standoff with troops deployed on a disputed patch of land near the 11th century Preah Vihear temple. This follows a decision by UNESCO's Heritage Committee two weeks ago to add the temple to the World Heritage List. In fact, the Security Council has been considering whether to take [...]

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UNICEF Concerned About Malnutrition in North Korea

UNICEF has organized an 11 day mission to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to help health care givers address malnutrition especially among children. Mission leader Gopalan Balagopal, UNICEF Representative in DPRK says the agency has sent trucks loaded with nutritional supplies and medicines for children to isolated north eastern provinces. The supplies sent included [...]

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UNICEF Launches Campaign to Fight Diarrhea in DPRK

UNICEF is organizing an information campaign to help health care providers in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to address malnutrition among children. Gopalan Balagopal, UNICEF Representative in DPRK says the campaign is especially geared to inform the population on how to stop the spread of diarrhea – often a precursor to malnutrition. Gail Walker [...]

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West Africa a Favorite Transit Point for South American Cocaine Cartels – UNODC

The United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime says South American drug cartels are using nations in West Africa as transit points for cocaine distribution in Europe and eventually even the United States. The UNODC blames local corruption and says the drug cartels hook up with rebel groups and terrorists. Two reports by Jerry Piasecki [...]

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Sudan’s President Visits UN/AU Peacekeepers in Darfur

On Wednesday, Sudan’s President Omar al Bashir paid a short visit to the join UN/African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur known as UNAMID. President Bashir voiced his support for the mission and expressed regret over the number of peacekeepers killed recently in Darfur. He did not discuss the charges of genocide and war crimes filed [...]

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Noon Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Daily noon briefing by Michele Montas, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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US UN Ambassador Says Security Council Wants to Shift to Political Track in Myanmar

US UN Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad says the UN Security Council wants to shift from the humanitarian track to the political track in Myanmar. When Ibrahim Gambari, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser to Myanmar travels to the country again in mid August the Ambassador says he hopes there will be more concrete achievements. Gail Walker reports The [...]

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UN’s Humanitarian Chief Says There’s Been Progress in Myanmar

John Holmes, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs says there’s been progress in Myanmar following Cyclone Nargis. The Emergency Relief Coordinator was in the country for the second time since the May cyclone. Gail Walker reports The full briefing of the Secretary-General’s Spokesperson is below

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Over Half of all Households in Gaza Below Poverty Line – UNRWA

In a new report issued by the UN’s Relie and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees, UNRWA, the economy in the Occupied Palestinian Territories is described as stagnant, with almost 52% of all households in Gaza below the poverty line. The reports author, UNRWA economist Salem Ajlouni, says Israeli movement and economic restrictions represent the main [...]

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Secretary-General Names his Pick for New High Commissioner for Human Rights

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon intends to name South African Judge Navanethem Pillay as the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Judge Pillay replaces Louise Arbour who served as High Commissioner for four years. Gail Walker reports The full briefing by the Secretary-General’s Spokesperson is below.

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UN Chief’s Pick for New High Commissioner for Human Rights has Extensive Human Rights Experience – SG’s Spokesperson

The Secretary-General’s Spokesperson says the UN Chief’s selection for a new High Commissioner for Human Rights has a lot of experience in the area of human rights and justice. Gail Walker reports The full briefing by the Secretary-General’s Spokesperson is below

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UN’s Human Rights Working Group on the Disappeared See Progress in Argentina

In the late 1970s and early 1980′s state-sponsored violence in Argentina, known as the ‘Dirty War’, resulted in the disappearance of tens of thousands of people – mostly trade unionists, students and activists. Now over 25 years later the Human Rights Council’s Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances is holding its 85th session in [...]

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UN Envoy calls for Security Council action in Somalia

UN and Africa – a weekly 15-minute radio programme on political, social, economic and other developments related to Africa. In this edition: •Senior diplomats from Africa call on the Security Council to help stabilize the situation in Somalia. The UN top envoy for Somalia, Ahmedou Ould Abdallah, says it is time for the Council to [...]

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UNICEF says it urgently needs to reach children in North Korea with life-saving support

The UN children's agency (UNICEF) says it urgently needs to reach children in North Korea with life saving support, now that the government has given permission to resume humanitarian access in the northeastern provinces of North Hamgyong and Ryanggang.

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

Palestinian economy continues to stagnate: UNRWA

There was continued stagnation in the economy of the Occupied Palestinian Territories, with overall growth in 2007 being almost zero.

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

Ten Nepali Women Climb Everest with help from WFP

Earlier this year ten brave women in Nepal achieved an athletic feat and showed their countrymen the way towards building and inclusive society. Bissera Kostova has the story. (duration: 3’42″)

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

Angola expels thousands of DRC nationals

Reports from the Democratic Republic of Congo –DRC say nearly 65,000 Congolese nationals have been expelled from Angola since May this year.

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

UNDP assists with establishment of first Women Lawyers Association in Somaliland

The first women lawyers association in Somalia has been established in the Somaliland region with the help of the UN Development Programme-UNDP.

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

Egyptian Engineering Company arrives in Darfur

The UN-African Union Mission in Darfur –UNAMID reports that 126 members of the Egyptian Engineering Company arrived Thursday from Cairo joining 83 personnel already deployed in El Fasher as part of the advanced team.

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

Ban concerned by Israeli announcement to build residential units in West Bank

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed deep concern over Thursday's announcement of the initial approval by the Israeli Ministry of Defense of 20 residential units in the Israeli military post of Maskiyot in the West Bank.

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

UN picks South African judge for post of human rights chief

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has informed the General Assembly of his intention to appoint Ms. Navanethem (Navi) Pillay of South Africa as the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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

Navanethem Pillay as new Human Rights chief

The UN Secretary-General is set to appoint a South African-born judge as the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Prior to the announcement, Dianne Penn spoke to Taina Bien-Aime, Executive Director of Equality Now, a woman's rights advocacy group which Judge Pillay co-founded. (duration: 3’38″)

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

UN to continue helping Nepal build democratic institutions

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: Nepal elected its first President this week. The UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN), which was established in January 2007 to help the country conduct its constituent assembly elections, [...]

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UN Security Council Extends UN Mission in Nepal for Six Months

At the request of the parties in Nepal, the UN Security Council has voted to extend the UN mission there for six months. Ian Martin, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Nepal says the UN is prepared to assist as the country now faces multiple challenges. Gail Walker reports The full briefing of SRSG Ian Martin [...]

23 Jul 2008 | Posted in | Read More »

Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia Urges Security Council to Act in the Country

Urging the UN security Council to act in Somalia, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah says that the Council shouldn’t miss the opportunity to assist the Somali people. The government and opposition parties in Somalia have set the ground work for peace in the country when they agreed to a peace agreement in Djibouti last month. The Special Representative [...]

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Somalia’s Foreign Minister Hopes Security Council Can Help Stabilize his Country

Ali Ahmed Jama Jengeli, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation briefed the UN Security Council and urged the members to consider sending an international stabilization force or a peacekeeping force to Somalia to help stabilize his country. Gail Walker reports The Foreign Minister’s full speech and stakeout is below

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African-Union Commissioner Calls for ‘UN Take-over’ of AMISOM

Ramtane Lamamra, the African Union’s Commissioner for Peace and Security called on the UN security Council to authorize a ‘UN take-over’ of the African Union mission to Somalia. The Commissioner says the AU mission can’t handle the job on its own. Gail Walker reports The Commissioner’s full speech below.

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Security Deteriorating in Somalia – U.S. UN Ambassador

While saying there has been some political progress in Somalia, U.S. UN Ambassador Zalmay Khalizad says the security and humanitarian situations continue to deteriorate. He spoke after a Security Council meeting where the Somali Foreign Minister and the African Union asked that the UN take over peacekeeping operations in the country. The Council is expected [...]

23 Jul 2008 | Posted in | Read More »

Positive Developments in Somalia Aside; Assessing Security Situation is Central – South African UN Ambassador

Dumisani Kumalo, South Africa’s UN Ambassador says there have been positive developments in Somalia. But before the UN Security Council can decide on next steps in the country he says there must be a assessment of the security situation there. Gail Walker reports The Ambassador’s stakeout is below

23 Jul 2008 | Posted in | Read More »

Karadzic Arrest Proves Serbia Wants Peace and EU Membership – France’s UN Ambassador

By arresting former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic on charges of genocide and war crimes during the Bosnian war in the mid-nineties, Serbia has shown it is committed to both peace in the Balkans and joining the European Union. That from France’s UN Ambassador Jean Maurice Ripert who spoke to reporters at the UN on [...]

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War Criminals Will Be Caught No Matter How Long it Takes – U.K. Ambassador

United Kingdom UN Ambassador John Sawers says there can be no sustainable peace without justice, and the arrest of former Bosnia Serb leader Radovan Karadzic earlier this weeks proves that alleged war criminals will be tracked down no matter how long it takes. Ambassador Sawers also says no continent is immune from genocide or crimes [...]

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U.S. UN Ambassador Hopes Former Bosnian Serb General Will Be Caught Next

The US Permanent Representative to the United Nations says America welcomes the arrest of Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic. Zalmay Khalilzad calls the arrest very positive and says it shows you can hide for a long time, but “ultimately what you've done catches up with you”. Mr. Karadzic escaped capture for more than a decade. [...]

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No Impunity for Sudanese President Bashir – Not Now – U.S. UN Ambassador

The African Union wants the UN Security Council to suspend legal proceedings against Sudan’s President Omar al Bashir at the International Criminal Court. The ICC’s prosecutor wants the judges to formally indict President Bashir on charges including genocide in Darfur. U.S. UN Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad doesn’t expect the Security Council to block the legal proceedings [...]

23 Jul 2008 | Posted in | Read More »

Noon Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Daily noon briefing by Michele Montas, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

23 Jul 2008 | Posted in | Read More »

Modest progress made so far in negotiations on the Doha Development Round: WTO chief

The head of the World Trade Organization says progress has been modest so far in this week's discussions in the Trade Negotiations Committee.

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

Special envoy urges bold, decisive and fast action on Somalia

It is time for the Security Council to take bold, decisive and fast action on Somalia.

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

Sudanese president expresses support for UN-African Union mission

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is in Darfur where he expressed condolences for the loss of UN-African Union peacekeepers in the last couple months.

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

UN assisting West African countries in the fight against drug traffficking

It's been four years since the UN Office on Drugs and Crime first gave the alarm about the disturbing drug trafficking situation in West Africa.

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

UNESCO to launch resource pack at International AIDS Conference

Increasingly aware of the vital role of education in curbing HIV and AIDS, countries around the world are working to put in place appropriate educational sector responses to the epidemic.

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

Envoy calls for "bold, decisive" UN action on Somalia

The Security Council is being urged to take advantage of a "window of opportunity" in Somalia. Last month, representatives of Somalia's Transitional Federal Government together with the opposition Alliance for the Re-Liberation of Somalia gathered in neighbouring Djibouti for talks designed to end nearly two decades of violence. Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah (photo), the UN's envoy in [...]

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

Security Council endorses call for gradual drawdown of UNMIN

The UN Security Council on Wednesday unanimously endorsed the recommendation of the Secretary-General for a gradual drawdown of the UN Mission in Nepal –UNMIN.

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

Suspected drug traffickers are arrested in Guinea Bissau

Drug traffickers from Latin America are increasingly using West Africa as a transit point to smuggle cocaine into Europe.

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

Focus on climate change is well justified: UN official

The United Nations focus on climate change is well justified.

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

Israel’s Continued Settlement Construction Undermining Mid-East Peace – Palestinian Representative

Israel’s continued settlement construction – despite calls from the International Court of Justice, the Middle East Quartet and the Secretary-General to suspend them – is what is undermining the peace process in the Middle East according to Feda Abdelhady-Nasser, Charge d’ Affaires of the Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine to the United Nations. Gail Walker [...]

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Continued Settlement Activity by Israel is Contrary to International Law and a Threat to Peace Process – USG for Political Affairs

Israel’s continued settlement construction is both contrary to international law and threatens the Middle East peace process. That’s the assessment of Lynn Pascoe, the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs. Gail Walker reports The USG’s full speech is below

22 Jul 2008 | Posted in | Read More »

Israel’s UN Ambassador Calls on Muslim World to Support Peace Talks Between Israelis and Moderate Palestinians

Dan Gillerman, Israel’s Ambassador to the UN addressed the UN Security Council about the situation in the Middle East for a final time and called on the Arab world to support peace talks between Israelis and moderate Palestinians. The Israeli Ambassador will be returning to Israel at the end of this month after more than [...]

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USG for Political Affairs is both Encouraged and Concerned about Developments in the Middle East

Briefing the UN Security Council, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Lynn Pascoe says there are encouraging developments in the Middle East. But he also expressed concern. Gail Walker reports The USG’s full speech is below

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International Court of Justice Sets Deadline for US to File in Case of Mexicans on Death Row

The principal judicial organ of the UN, the International Court of Justice – ICJ – today said that the United States has until August 29th to file written observations on the request for interpretation submitted by Mexico regarding the five Mexican nationals held on death row in US prisons. Last week, the ICJ ordered the [...]

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World Health Organization Helps Rebuild Cyclone Ravaged Myanmar

The World Health Organization is providing technical and financial support to local non governmental organizations in Myanmar to help clean up and rebuild following cyclone Nargis. The agency says more than 45% of the health care facilities need rebuilding. The WHO also says while there have been no increase in malaria and bloody diarrhoea cases [...]

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UN Postal Agency Says Webmail is NOT a Threat to Traditional Mail

The postal service needs to be more responsive to digital technology according to The Universal Postal Union, UPU, an international organization that coordinates policies between member nations including the United States. However the UN agency says the internet and webmail is NOT a threat to postal mail. That was the message at the start of [...]

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Noon Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Daily noon briefing by Michele Montas, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

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Secretary-General welcomes arrest of war crimes suspect

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is heartened by the arrest today of Radovan Karadzic, former President of the Republika Srpska in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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

IOM Engages Religious Leaders to Combat Human Trafficking

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Afghanistan's Ministry of Hajj and Endowment on Tuesday held a first-ever roundtable with religious leaders to discuss human trafficking in Afghanistan in the context of Islam.

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

People of Myanmar had good access to health care prior to Cyclone Nargis: Study

A comprehensive field assessment of conditions in Myanmar after Cyclone Nargis, will allow UN agencies to track progress in the country.

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

24th edition of the Universal Postal Congress

The Universal Postal Union says the increased use of e-mail and the internet as tools of communication was not a threat to the survival of traditional postal services.

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

UN concerned about lack of improvement of situation in West Bank

The reduction of violence in Gaza is a significant but fragile achievement.

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

UN says 26 die of hunger in overcrowded prison in DRC

The UN has sent a team to the Mbuji-Mayi Central prison in the province of Kasai Oriental in the Democratic Republic of Congo where at least 26 prisoners have died of hunger since the beginning of the year.~

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

Significant progress made in Myanmar: Holmes

UN humanitarian chief John Holmes says significant progress has been made in Myanmar since his last visit at the end of May.

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

UN welcomes arrest of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, who spent more than a decade evading capture, is now in the hands of the Serbian authorities.

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

UNFPA continues relief work in Myanmar

The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes is visiting Myanmar to assess the situation in the country as it recovers from the devastation of Cyclone Nargis in May.

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

Ban welcomes signing of MOU between Zimbabwe parties

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the parties in Zimbabwe, which provides a framework for formal talks to end the political crisis in the country.

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

Talks Between Zimbabwe’s President & Opposition Leader Welcomed by UN

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is welcoming the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the parties in Zimbabwe. It provides a framework for formal talks to end the political crisis in the country. The Secretary-General says the United Nations is committed to supporting mediation efforts through its participation in the recently-formed Reference Group. The Secretary-General is [...]

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Russia’s UN Ambassador says it was Right to Veto Zimbabwe Resolution; It’s Time for Pragmatism and Not Emotions

Russia’s UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin says the veto of the US-backed resolution which sought to impose limited sanctions on Zimbabwe and its leaders was the right thing to do. Regarding any ill feelings between the US and Russian delegations stemming from that veto, the Ambassador says it’s not time for emotions but instead pragmatism. Gail [...]

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US UN Ambassador Questions Russia Behavior Toward Georgia

US UN Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad called Russia’s behavior toward Georgia into question when he said Russia has not show cooperation or partnership. The Ambassador also said when Russia violates international law the US delegation will call them on it. Gail Walker reports Full stakeout below

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Russian/Georgian Tension at Center of Troubles Between Both Nations – Georgian UN Ambassador

Georgia’s Ambassador to the UN Irakli Alasania says it is the tension between Georgia and Russia that is at the center of the troubles between the two nations. The Ambassador made his remarks following UN Security Council meeting on Russia’s alleged violation of Georgian airspace. Gail Walker report Full stakeout below

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Movie About Former UN Envoy for the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation

Female genital mutilation is a violation of the human rights of girls and women according to the world health organization. The UN organization says the procedure has no health benefits, yet an estimated 100 to 140 million girls and women worldwide are currently living with the consequences. One such woman is Somalian Waris Dirie, a [...]

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Threats to Global Economy Provides Inspiration for Successful WTO Meeting – WTO Chief

Pascal Lamy, the Director-General for the World Trade Organization says the problems plaguing the globe today can help to push ministers meeting at the WTO meeting in Geneva to reach a breakthrough in the long-running Doha trade talks. Gail Walker reports Full speech below

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UN Diplomat Sergio Vieira de Mello’s Life Being Made Into a Movie

The man who made Hotel Rwanda into a major movie, is bringing the life of UN diplomat Sergio Vieira de Mello who was killed in the bombing of the UN headquarters in Iraq in 2003 to the big screen. Terry George, was nominated for an Oscar for co-writing ‘Hotel Rwanda’, a film he also directed. [...]

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New Report Released on Cyclone Nargis to Guide Relief and Recovery Efforts

Almost three months after Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar a new report has been released to provide a guide for relief and recovery efforts for survivors. Michele Montas, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General says the reports revises the $482 million appeal for Myanmar. Currently $300 million is still needed. Gail Walker reports Full briefing below

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Scientists Sterilize Mosquitoes to Curb Spread of Malaria

In an effort to curb the spread of malaria scientists are attempting to sterilize male mosquitoes. Scientists are using radiation to sterilize the male in an effort to control their population and the spread of the diseases they spread. Gail Walker reports

21 Jul 2008 | Posted in | Read More »

Noon Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Daily noon briefing by Michele Montas, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

21 Jul 2008 | Posted in | Read More »

UN chief calls for investment of new resources in agriculture

A call for States to reverse years of under-investment in agriculture and change the policies that have magnified the challenges brought on by the food crisis.

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

$1 billion needed to rebuild Myanmar: report

It's going to take US$1 billion dollars over the next three years to rebuild Myanmar and provide aid to millions of survivors of Cyclone Nargis.

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

World Bank urges WTO meeting to reach accord on Doha Development Agenda

"It's now or never." ~That's the warning from World Bank President Robert Zoellick in a statement on the eve of the World Trade Organization –WTO- Ministerial meeting which opened in Geneva Monday.

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

Time for action is now amid economic threats: WTO chief

The head of the World Trade Organization –WTO says members are “within reach of a major step in the drive to conclude the Doha Round this year.”

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

UN says it has cleared two-thirds of Afghanistan of landmines

The United Nations continues to make considerable progress in clearing landmines from Afghanistan.

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

Post-Nargis report offers credible assessment of medium-term recovery needs of Myanmar: Ban

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed Monday’s release of the post-Nargis Joint Assessment Final Report on the margins of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations- ASEAN Foreign Ministers meeting in Singapore.

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

Security situation in Darfur relatively calm: UNAMID

The security situation in Darfur was relatively calm over the weekend.

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

General Assembly debates global food crisis

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for more debate on the global food crisis which he states is not a short-term issue.

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

IAEA uses nuclear technology to eliminate malaria-causing mosquitoes

Malaria continues to kill many people, especially children in Sub-Saharan Africa and mosquitoes that transmit the disease are becoming resistant to insecticides used to kill them.

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

Radovan Karadzic arrested in Serbia

Radovan Karadzic, the war-time president of Republika Srpska has been arrested in Bosnia, after more than 13 years as a fugitive from justice.

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

Increased Food and Fuel Prices Could Push an Additional 100 Million into Poverty – Secretary-General

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says increased food and fuel prices could make a bad situation worse for the world’s most vulnerable. He says increasing prices could push an additional 100 million people into poverty. Gail Walker report Full speech below

18 Jul 2008 | Posted in | Read More »

UN Chief says Multiple Strategies Needed to Address Global Food Crisis

Addressing the global food crisis UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says there are multiple strategies that should be employed. The Secretary-General made his remarks while addressing the UN General Assembly about the global food and energy crisis.

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Secretary-General Recommends Six Month Extension of UN Mission in Nepal

As Nepal prepares to elect its first president and to name a Prime Minister who will form it new government, the main parties there have requested the extension of the UN mission there. Upon clarification of the request from his Special Representative for Nepal, the UN Chief has recommended that the Security Council extend the [...]

18 Jul 2008 | Posted in | Read More »

Darfur Peace Process in Jeopardy – Sudan’s UN Ambassador

Sudan’s UN Ambassador, Abdal Mahmood Abdal Haleem Mohamed, says if the International Criminal Court listens to its chief prosecutor who wants to charge Sudan’s President Bashir with genocide, war crimes and crime against humanity in Darfur, then the entire Darfur peace process may be history. Two reports by Jerry Piasecki Report 1 – Peace process [...]

18 Jul 2008 | Posted in | Read More »

UN Refugee Agency Needs $11.9M for Sudan Repatriation

The UN refugee agency says its has a $11.9 million shortfall in funding for its Southern Sudan repatriation and reintegration operation. The agency says this could undermine efforts to repatriate refugees who wish to go home in the second half of this year. The funds are needed for UNHCR to continue transporting refugees, mainly from [...]

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Displaced Iraqis Continue to Struggle For Food, Housing and Health Care

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) released it’s mid-year review Thursday of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Iraq. The aid agency said fewer Iraqis were fleeing their homes, but those that are displaced are face worsening living conditions. When asked about their return intentions, 61% of IDPs assessed by IOM monitors said they wished to [...]

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Djibouti On The Brink of Famine says World Food Program

The World Food Program wants to make sure some of the smaller countries in Africa are not forgotten when it comes to aid. That’s why it’s appealing for help in Djibouti. WFP says the tiny country must import 100 per cent of its food requirements, which is forcing prices to rise and pushing the country’s [...]

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Noon Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Daily noon briefing by Marie Okabe, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, followed by a briefing on the work of the General Assembly by Janos Tisovsky, Spokesperson for the President of the General Assembly.

18 Jul 2008 | Posted in | Read More »

Antigua and Barbuda says it's vital to enhance the capacity of the UN system to improve its response to the needs of developing countries.

Caribbean News Round-Up: a weekly 15-minute news magazine on developments at the United Nations concerning the Caribbean. Barbados says the Caribbean region does not produce small arms and light weapons. Trinidad and Tobago says it's aware of the devastation of the unfettered movement of illicit weapons on national development. Guyana says it's committed to eradicating [...]

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

WFP Djibouti food crisis

The World Food Programme (WFP) is warning of a major food crisis facing Djibouti.

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

Insecurity and drought combine to deepen suffering in Somalia:WFP

Somalia is at a dire crossroads.

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

UNHCR says funding shortfall could undermine repatriation efforts

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) says it has a nearly US$12 million shortfall in funding for its Southern Sudan repatriation and reintegration operation.

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

Internally-displaced Iraqis continue to suffer lack of adequate basic services: IOM

A new report says nearly 3 million internally displaced Iraqis continue to face dire living conditions.

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

Ban Ki-moon's Homecoming

During his recent visit to South Korea, his first since taking office 18 months ago, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid an emotional visit to his native village, where he got a rapturous welcome from relatives, villagers and admirers. UN Radio's Hak-Fan Lau followed Mr. Ban to the village of Haeng-chi, about 200 kilometres from the capital, [...]

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

Final report of the panel set up to look into the violence during Timor- Leste's struggle for independence

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: The final report of the panel set up to look into the violence during Timor Leste's struggle for independence was handed over this week to the presidents of [...]

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

UN chief outlines six-point Comprehensive Framework for Action on food security

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has outlined a six-point plan contained in the Comprehensive Framework for Action developed by his High-Level Task Force on Food Security.

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

Somalia remains a challenge: Ban

Somalia remains a challenge for the international community but recent developments provide reason to hope.

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

UN-Habitat chief on harmonious urban-rural development

During the recent high-level segment of the UN Economic and Social Council, known as ECOSOC, international officials and government representatives discussed the crisis in developing countries, brought on by surging food and fuel prices. The Executive Director of UN-Habitat, Anna Tibaijuka pointed out that one of the critical structural problems confronting most developing countries is [...]

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

BANGLA #28: Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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HINDI #30: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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URDU #29: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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International Court Should Continue Legal Process Regarding Sudan’s President Bashir – UK Ambassador

The Security Council should not stand in the way of the International Criminal Court as it decides whether to indict Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir on charges of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in Darfur. Sudan wants the Security Council to prevent such an indictment by invoking a provision of the Rome Statute [...]

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Sudan’s President Implicated his Minister for Humanitarian Affairs for Darfur War Crimes – ICC Prosecutor

Sudan’s President made a public confession according to Luis Moreno Ocampo, the prosecutor for the International Criminal Court. The prosecutor says the confession implicates Ahmad Harun – his Minister of State for Humanitarian Affairs – for war crimes in Darfur. Gail Walker reports

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ICC Prosecutor Says He Has Evidence to Back Charges Against Sudan’s President

Luis Moreno Ocampo, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court says he has the evidence to back his charges against Sudan’s President, Omar al-Bashir. Gail Walker reports

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ICC Prosecutor Says He’ll Follow the Evidence While Investigating War Crimes in Darfur

Luis Moreno Ocampo, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court says he will follow his evidence while investigating war crimes in Darfur. Gail Walker reports

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Is it Morally Acceptable to Kill a Child Soldier

Is it morally acceptable to kill a child soldier? That was the question posed to the UN Under-Secretary-General for children and armed conflict. It came up as the Security Council debates the issue of children and armed conflict. Member states are focused on ways the international community as a whole can contribute to long-term and [...]

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UNICEF’s Reintegration Program Gives Child Soldiers a Fighting Chance

UNICEF says the best protection for children is to prevent the outbreak of armed conflict and violence in the first place. Barring that says UNICEF Executive Director Ann Veneman says security Council, the UN and member states need to do their part in preventing and cracking down on the use of children a soldiers. Meanwhile, [...]

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Secretary-General Praises Role of ICC and its Contribution to International Law

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the International Criminal Court has made a major contribution to international law. The UN Chief made the remarks at the special event commemorating the 10th anniversary of the court. Gail Walker reports

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There’s No Room for Double Standards in International Justice Arena – ICC Prosecutor

Luis Moreno Ocampo, the Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court says there’s no room for double standards when it comes to international justice. The Prosecutor says the only standard the world should adhere to is justice. Gail Walker reports

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Political Considerations are Not the Responsibility of the ICC Prosecutor

Luis Moreno Ocampo, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court says political considerations are not his responsibility. He says his job is to look strictly at the evidence. He says the only way for him to maintain his independence. Gail Walker reports

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US Ambassador Puts Countries Using Child Soldiers on Notice

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Zalmay Khalilzad says the forcible recruitment, use and targeting of children in armed conflict is a true evil of our time. He applauded steps taken by the Security Council and the UN in trying to end the practice, but said despite these efforts the abhorrent practice of recruiting and using [...]

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Member States Need to Do More Than Just Talk About Ending Child Soldiering says US Ambassador

The US Ambassador to the UN says given the problems of children and armed conflict, more should be done by the Security Council. Zalmay Khalizad says one of the problems is that the Working Group of the Security Council’s processes for decision-making sometimes takes too long and needs to be more efficient and effective. Ambassador [...]

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International Criminal Court Celebrates its 10th Anniversary

The International Criminal Court has turned ten. The current President of the Assembly of States Parties of the ICC, Costa Rican Foreign Minister Bruno Stagno Ugarte says those who voice opposition to the court in its early days have moderated their tone. Gail Walker reports

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Security Council Must Crack Down on ‘Persistent Violators’ of Child Soldiering – USG

A 2008 report from the UN Secretary General on ending the practice of child soldiers lists 16 persistent offenders. The report finds that while a great effort has been made to pinpoint abuses, the actual Council response and follow-up in many specific cases is not as effective as might have been hoped. Stronger action, including [...]

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Protection of Children in Armed Conflict Should be Placed Above Politics – SG

Calling it a moral cause, Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon says protecting children in armed conflict is paramount and needs to be placed above politics. He says the United Nations and the organization’s member states must make a concerted effort to stop child soldiering, as well as other crimes against children living in armed conflict including sexual [...]

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Noon Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Daily noon briefing by Marie Okabe, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

17 Jul 2008 | Posted in | Read More »

Disaster management strategies should target and reduce inequalities

Disaster management strategies will not be successful if they did not target and reduce the inequalities and vulnerabilities poor people face.

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

Political will crucial to meet needs of children in armed conflict: Ban

The protection of children in armed conflict is a litmus test for the United Nations and its member States.

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

ICC Prosecutor calls for arrest of Sudanese President

UN and Africa – a weekly 15-minute radio programme on political, social, economic and other developments related to Africa. In this edition: •The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, calls for the arrest of President Omar Al-Bashir of Sudan to face charges of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. Sudan says it [...]

17 Jul 2008 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

More difficult challenges ahead to protect children in armed conflict

A senior UN official warns that the nature of warfare is changing leading to different and more difficult challenges ahead to protect children.

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

World will fall short of Millennium Sanitation target: UNICEF/WHO

More than 2.5 billion people suffer from a lack of access to improved sanitation everyday and nearly 1.2 billion practise open defecation, the riskiest sanitary practice of all.

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

IPU concerns about Zimbabwe Parliament

The Inter-Parliamentary Union IPU has voiced concern that parliament in Zimbabwe is yet to be convened nearly four months after the general election.

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

ICC puts would-be criminals on notice they cannot expect impunity: Ban

The creation of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is unquestionably one of the major achievements of international law during the past century.

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

ICC prosecutor says no political considerations in call for arrest of Sudan's president

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) says his call for the arrest of Sudan's president on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity was not timed to coincide with the 10th anniversary celebration of the Court.

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

Emmanuel Jal: From child soldier to rapper

Emmanuel Jal never imagined that one day he would be telling the world about his experiences. For almost five years, the Sudan-born rapper fought on the side of the south during that country's civil war. In this interview with Derrick Mbatha, Emmanuel Jal talks about his journey from child soldier to refugee to rapper. His [...]

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

IMF sees global economy slowing through first half of 2009

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says while the world economy is slowing down with growth around four per cent this year and in 2009, there is going to be a recovery.

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

10th anniversary of founding of International Criminal Court

Ten years ago today, 120 countries signed the Rome statute creating the International Criminal Court. The Court now has 107 member states and has been functioning for six years. Attending a ceremony in New York, marking the occasion, Bruno Stagno Ugarte, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica and President of the Assembly of [...]

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

The International Year of Sanitation – what progress is being made?

The diarrhoeal and other illnesses people experience due to lack of sanitation are costly to families and the economy as a whole.

17 Jul 2008 | Posted in Perspective | Read More »

Secretary-General Encouraged by Prisoner Release Between Israel and Lebanon

Encouraging is the word the Secretary-General used to express his feelings about the exchange of prisoners and hostages taking place between Israel and Lebanon. The UN Chief says he hopes to more such exchanges in the future. Gail Walker report

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UN Security Council Condemns Deadly Ambush and Attack of UNAMID Force

The UN security Council has strongly condemned the deadly ambush and attack on UNAMID (the UN/African Union Mission in Darfur). The July 8th attack left seven dead and 22 wounded. The attack was carried out by 200 armed militiamen on horses and driving sports utility vehicles. The Council is also expected to approve a new, [...]

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Security Council ‘Not Happy’ with Progress Building Up UNAMID says UK Ambassador

The Security Council was briefed today (Wednesday) by Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean Marie Guéhenno on the work of the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur, known as UNAMID. The Secretary General has set a target of 80% of the force deployed by the end of this year, so far only 40% has been deployed according [...]

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Let Legal Process Continue in Genocide Case Against Sudan’s President – France’s UN Ambassador

Sudan’s UN Ambassador has called on the Security Council to step in and prevent the International Criminal Court from issuing an arrest warrant against Sudanese President Bashir on charges of Genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. Those charges were filed on Monday by the ICC’s chief prosecutor. But, France’s UN Ambassador says the Security [...]

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UN Continues Re-Assignment of Non-Essential Staff in Darfur

Following the request by the Special Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court to have the court issue an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir for genocide and war crimes, the UN is re-assigning its non-essential staff in Darfur. This is the second day that staff have been flown to neighboring regions including Entebbe, Uganda. [...]

16 Jul 2008 | Posted in | Read More »

Opposition Responsible for Mugabe Win in Zimbabwe – Zimbabwe’s UN Ambassador

Saying whether the recent election of President Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe is legitimate or not is neither “here nor there”, Zimbabwe’s UN Ambassador Boniface Chidyausiku says under his nation’s constitution Mr. Mugabe is President and that’s that. He says the law states that a runoff election must be held if no candidate gets a majority [...]

16 Jul 2008 | Posted in | Read More »

UN Still Seeks $3.6 Billion to Fund Projects for Global Humanitarian Crises

John Holmes, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs says half way through the year UN agencies are still seeking $3.6 billion to fund projects for global humanitarian operations. The Humanitarian Affairs Coordinator says close to 50% of the aid has been pledged by donors leaving a gap of $6.5 billion. The mid-year review of the [...]

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UNFPA Chief Pleased that Gender Issues will be Funded Through UN’s Consolidated Appeal

Among the projects the will be funded through the UN’s Consolidated Appeal are projects that relate to gender issues. This is welcomed by Thoraya Obaid, Executive Director of the UN Population Fund. The appeal seeks $6.5 billion to fund global humanitarian projects. Gail Walker reports

16 Jul 2008 | Posted in | Read More »

World Court Orders United States to do What it Can to Halt Execution of Mexican Citizens on Death Row

The International Court of Justice has issued a ruling ordering the United States to do what it can to halt the execution of five Mexican citizens on death row. The US was accused of failing to inform 51 Mexican citizens sentenced to die in US prisons of their right to consular assistance. In 2004 the [...]

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Violence in Congo Forces the World Food Program to Cut Rations

The UN World Food Programme warned today (Wednesday) that greater numbers of people fleeing fighting in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo were stretching the agency’s resources to the limit as thousands gather in camps in search of safety. The WFP says despite a peace agreement signed in January this year, North Kivu province remains [...]

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WHO Launches Campaign for Safer Hospitals Following China and Myanmar Disasters

The World Health Organization is advocating the concept of safe hospitals globally in the wake of China’s Quake and Myanmar’s Cyclone. The 2008-2009 World Disaster Reduction Campaign of Hospitals safe from disasters: reduce risk, protect health facilities, save lives is promoting the need to safeguard hospitals, rural health centres and other facilities from disasters. WHO [...]

16 Jul 2008 | Posted in | Read More »

WHO Plans to Play a More Active Role in Disaster Relief

The World Health Organization is gearing up to meet the challenges of the future. That means responding to more disasters than ever before according to Eric Laroche, Assistant Director-General of Health Action in Crises at WHO. He says in 2008 alone, WHO and its partners launched 40 per cent more emergency operations than in the [...]

16 Jul 2008 | Posted in | Read More »

Noon Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Daily noon briefing by Marie Okabe, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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“Food Crisis: Danger and Opportunity” Episode 7

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.

16 Jul 2008 | Posted in Food Crisis | Read More »

Food needs rise in eastern Congo :WFP

The UN food agency (WFP) warns that greater numbers of people fleeing fighting in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo are stretching the agency's resources to the limit as thousands gather in camps in search of safety.

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

Ban hopes for 80% deployment of UNAMID by year end

The top UN official says his goal is to deploy 80% of peacekeeping operations in Darfur by the end of this year in Darfur.

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

UN continues to relocate staff from Darfur

The UN Assistance Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) continues the relocation of non-essential staff for a second day.

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

UN launches US$33 million appeal for victims of China quake

The United Nations on Tuesday launched a US$33.5 million appeal, this to assist victims of the devastating Wenchuan earthquake that hit China on 12 May, killing nearly 70,000 people, injuring hundreds of thousands and leaving over five million people homeless.

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

Natural disasters, food insecurity and conflict increase demand for humanitarian assistance: Holmes

The overall demand for humanitarian assistance would continue to rise as the number of climate-related disasters increase and growing food insecurity exacerbate existing crises.

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

UN chief encouraged by exchange of prisoners between Israel and Hezbollah

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is deeply satisfied that the humanitarian aspects of the Security Council Resolution ending the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah have finally been met Wednesday.

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

UN envoy welcomes Somali progress on Djibouti Agreement

The UN special envoy for Somalia has praised the Somali parties for working quickly to advance the Djibouti Agreement signed last month.

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

UN Operation in Darfur Continues Despite Possible Indictment of Sudan’s President

UNAMID – the UN/African Union Mission in Darfur – continues to operate smoothly despite the possible indictment of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. The Special Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has requested that court Judges issue an arrest warrant for the President for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in Darfur. There have been [...]

15 Jul 2008 | Posted in | Read More »

Israel and Hezbollah Turn to International Red Cross for Help in Prisoner Swap

Barring any unforeseen complications, Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon will swap prisoners as well as the remains of Arab fighters Wednesday according to government officials. Final approval was given by Israel’s cabinet on Tuesday. The International Committee of the Red Cross will play the role of neutral intermediary in the swap. Julie Walker has 2 [...]

15 Jul 2008 | Posted in | Read More »

Zimbabwe Ambassador Says New Sanction Resolutions Would Also Fail

President Bush says the US is working on new sanctions against President Robert Mugabe and other senior Zimbabwean officials. Last week Russia and China vetoed a UN sanctions package against the country. Julie Walker has 2 reports long and short.

15 Jul 2008 | Posted in | Read More »

Small Arms Profoundly Impacting Escalation of Violence – Chair of Small Arms Meeting

More and more civilians poses guns and those increasing number is directly impacting the level of violence in society says the Chair of the Third Biennial Meeting on the Preventing, Combating and Eradicating the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons. Gail Walker reports

15 Jul 2008 | Posted in | Read More »

Fight of Illicit Arms A High Disarmament Priority – Secretary-General

There’s an increasing number of innocent civilians who fall victim to the use and abuse of small arms and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says that’s why the fight against illicit arms is a high disarmament priority for the United Nations. Gail Walker reports

15 Jul 2008 | Posted in | Read More »

UN Agencies to Continue Work in Somalia for Now Despite Violence – UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia

Despite continued violence in Somalia – including the killing of humanitarian workers – UN agencies do not plan to suspend their operations in the country at this time according to Mark Bowden, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia. Gail Walker reports

15 Jul 2008 | Posted in | Read More »

Abundance of Small Arms Escalates Violence – Chair of Small Arms Meeting

More and more guns are making their way into the hands of civilians and that increase in weaponry is leading to an increase in violence. All sectors of society are affected according to Lithuanian Ambassador Dalius Cekuolis, chair of the Third Biennial Meeting on preventing, combating and eradicating the illicit trade in small arms and [...]

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Fingerprinting of Roma by Italian Government Violates Their Rights

A trio of independent United Nations human rights experts have voiced concern about recent actions and proposed measures targeting the Roma community and migrants in Italy which they deem as discriminatory. UN Special Rapporteur on racism, Doudou Diene says the climate of anti-Roma sentiment has served to mobilize extremist groups. Julie Walker has two reports [...]

15 Jul 2008 | Posted in | Read More »

Noon Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Daily noon briefing by Marie Okabe, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

15 Jul 2008 | Posted in | Read More »

UN gravely concerned over deteriorating security situation in Somalia

The United Nations has expressed grave concern over the rapidly deteriorating security situation for humanitarian workers in Somalia.

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

Ban urges universal action to end illicit trade in small arms

There's been a call for universal action to halt the illegal proliferation of small arms and light weapons.

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

UN Independent experts concerned about stigmatization of Roma community

Three United Nations independent experts have expressed concern about stigmatization of the Roma community in Italy.

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

Cote d'Ivoire still faces significant challenges: UN report

The overall political climate in Cote d'Ivoire remains calm with the implementation of the Ouagadougou Agreement continuing to dominate political developments.

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

Ban discusses Middle East peace process with Israeli/ Palestinian leaders

All aspects of the Middle East peace process came up for discussion Monday when Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met separately with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in Paris.

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

Growing insecurity threatens humanitarian response in Somalia: WFP

Gunmen have killed an agent for a WFP-contracted transport company amid growing insecurity in southern and central Somalia.

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

Despite control efforts, illicit small arms on the rise

The growing number of illegally possessed small arms and light weapons pose a serious threat to human lives and security. This is the topic of discussion of a meeting at the United Nations this week. It is reviewing a programme of action adopted in 2001 to control, trace and destroy these weapons, which continue to [...]

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

Attacks on relief workers increase in Somalia

The increase in attacks on relief workers in Somalia has prompted relief agencies helping the needy people in that country to consider stopping their operations. Two relief workers were killed last Friday, bringing to 19 the total number of aid-related workers killed in Somalia this year. The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, [...]

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

UN reports situation in Sudan calm

The situation in Sudan was reported to be calm by both UN missions in the country.

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

ICC Prosecutor Seeks Arrest Warrant for Sudanese President

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Luis Moreno-Ocampo has asked a three judge panel to issue an arrest warrant for Sudan’s President on charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. The matter is now in the hands of the three judges. Gail Walker reports

14 Jul 2008 | Posted in | Read More »

Sudan’s President Charged with Genocide, War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity by ICC Prosecutor

The Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in the Hague, Luis Moreno Ocampo has filed ten counts of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes against the President of Sudan, Oman Hassan Ahmad al Bashir. The prosecutor says the the Sudanese President has masterminded and implemented a plan to eliminate three groups in Darfur [...]

14 Jul 2008 | Posted in | Read More »

Sudan Rejects Genocide Charges Against President Bashir -Sudan’s UN Ambassador

Sudan’s UN Ambassador Abdalmahmood Abdalhaleem Mohamad says his nation rejects charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity against President al Bashir. Those charges were delivered to the International Criminal Court by Chief Prosecutor Louis Moreno Ocampo. The Ambassador says the charges are an afford to all Sudanese people and he calls on the [...]

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Secretary-General says UN Must Respect ICC’s Independence as it’s Prosecutor Seeks Arrest Warrant for Sudan’s President

As the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court seeks an arrest warrant against Sudanese President Omar al-Bahir, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored the court’s independence and said the UN must respect that judicial process. Gail Walker reports

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Even Heads of State Can be Successfully Brought to Justice – Prosecutor of Special Court for Sierra Leone

Stephen Rapp, the Prosecutor for the Special Court for Sierra Leone says even heads of state can successfully be brought to justice. The Prosecutor says this is a lesson that’s been learned through the cases of Charles Taylor, the former president of Liberia and Slobodan Milosevic the former president of Serbia. Both men were brought [...]

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Small Arms Survey Finds Illicit Trade Aids Criminals and Insurgents

Small arms are causing big problems for some communities according to a new study. The Small Arms Survey 2008: Risk and Resilience was launched today at the United Nations. The report examines the problem of diversions of small arms and how easy it can be for someone with access to forged documentation to make arrangements [...]

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Zimbabwe’s UN Ambassador Says UN has Been Partial on Question of Zimbabwe

Boniface Chidyausiku, Zimbabwe’s Ambassador to the United Nations says the UN has not been impartial when it comes to the interpreting the current situation in Zimbabwe. The Spokespersons office of Secretary-General has issued a statement calling such comments inappropriate and unacceptable. Gail Walker reports

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UN Meeting Deciding if China Can Trade Ivory

The 57th meeting of the standing committee of the UN Convention for International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora –known as Cites- is meeting in Geneva this week. On the agenda, elephants, mahogany, rhinos and tigers. Some 300 participants from all over the world are expected to attend, including observers from Parties, [...]

14 Jul 2008 | Posted in | Read More »

Noon Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Daily noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Associate Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

14 Jul 2008 | Posted in | Read More »

International Criminal Court charges Sudan's president with genocide

The prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday formally called for the arrest of Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in Darfur.

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

Sudan says it does not recognize the authority of the ICC

Sudan says it views the charges against its president as a "very serious development”.

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

Ban expects Sudan to ensure safety and security of UN personnel

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expects Sudan "to ensure the safety and security of all United Nations personnel and property" despite charges against President Omar al-Bashir by the International Criminal Court.

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

UN refutes claims of bias against Zimbabwe

The United Nations has reacted to comments by the Permanent Representative of Zimbabwe questioning Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's impartiality towards events in the Southern African nation.

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

Holmes urges scaled-up efforts to address humanitarian crisis in Horn of Africa

The UN's top humanitarian official has called for increased efforts to address a severe humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa caused by drought and soaring food prices.

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

Positive economic growth trends due to strong performance in Asia: Dervis

The world is witnessing a very serious structural transformation in the global economy and in the nature of the challenges it faces.~

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

UN chief urges al-Bashir to investigate deadly attack on UN/AU peacekeepers

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday emphasized the independence of the International Criminal Court (ICC) during a telephone conversation with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.

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

Sudan rejects indictment of President for genocide

As we heard in the news, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has accused the President of Sudan of committing genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in Darfur, and he is calling for his arrest. This is the first time a sitting head of state has been indicted by the international court. It [...]

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

CITES meeting to consider ivory trade

Every two to three years, the Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, also known as CITES, meets to discuss wildlife conservation and international trade. At this year's meeting, one of the main issues of discussion is whether to allow China to import more than 100 [...]

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

The UN Economic and Social Council says multiple global challenges threaten the achievement of internationally-agreed development goals.

Caribbean News Round-Up: a weekly 15-minute news magazine on developments at the United Nations concerning the Caribbean. Barbados calls for urgent action to address the global food crisis; Guyana warns that if left unchecked, the energy, food and climate crises threaten to reverse hard-earned progress; Antigua and Barbuda calls for a coordinated response to the [...]

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

Health crisis heightens humanitarian despair in Ethiopia: WHO

Worsening malnutrition and the threat of disease outbreaks are compounding Ethiopia's humanitarian crisis.

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

More Zimbabweans crossing into South Africa seeking asylum: UNHCR

The UN refugee agency-UNHCR says there's a changing pattern of displacement from Zimbabwe.

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

UN delays sanctions vote on Zimbabwe

The Security Council has yet to schedule a vote on a draft resolution proposing sanctions on Zimbabwe.

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

Today is World Population Day

Today is World Population Day.

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

UNHCR urges South Africa to halt Zimbabwean deportations

The UN refugee agency –UNHCR on Friday urged South Africa to stop mass deportations of Zimbabwean migrants, since some of those deported may be asylum seekers who have fled violence and political persecution at home.

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

The right to family planning on World Population Day

There is an unmet need for family planning around the world. The UN Population Fund UNFPA says roughly 200 million women worldwide want to delay or prevent pregnancy but lack access to the means to do so. The right of people to plan their families is the theme for this year's World Population Day, observed [...]

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

Iran's nuclear programme worrisome: Ban

The Iranian nuclear programme is very much worrisome.~That's what Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday in response to reporters' questions.~

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

Nuclear accident exercise in Mexico

What would happen if an accident happened at Mexico's Laguna Verde nuclear power plant? One certainty is that people, not only in Mexico, but other countries, would be terrified of radiation. To better prepare for such an eventuality, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) together with more than 70 member states and international organizations have [...]

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

Returning home to a hero’s welcome, Ban urges Koreans to do more for the world

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: A revised appeal for Myanmar asking donors for over $480 million dollars has been launched by the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, John Holmes. Known as the "Cyclone Nargis [...]

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

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