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Women Nobel Laureates on the situation of women

While heads of state met, on the sidelines of the General Assembly, a group of women Nobel Prize winners were urging the world community to help the people of Myanmar and Darfur by putting pressure on regional groups like the African Union and ASEAN, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Jody Williams, who won the [...]

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The annual debate of the General Assembly wraps up with a call to end business as usual

Over the past week, more than 100 Member States have put forth their country's views on the issues the General Assembly will take up in the coming months.

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

IFAD’s efforts to help small farmers

Perhaps no one group has been more affected by the global food crisis than the world's small farmers. A small UN agency, IFAD, is increasing their normal support to farmers and their communities to help them boost production. I spoke to Matthew Wyatt, who's in charge of communication for IFAD, that's the International Fund for [...]

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IAEA Holds Annual Conference to Prioritize Agency’s Work

Over the next week the International Atomic Energy Agency will hold it’s General Conference – an annual meeting of the agency’s 145 member states. David Waller, the IAEA’s Deputy Director General says a key task of the conference will be to prioritize the agency’s work. Gail Walker reports The full interview is available below

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‘All is Not Well’ with the World’s Top Nuclear Agency – Chief of IAEA

Dr. Mohamad ElBaradei, the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency says there are many challenges the agency faces. The Director General says the lack of resources and authority combine to make the agency’s work more difficult. Two reports by Gail Walker: Report One – Long Version Report Two – Short Version The Director [...]

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Russian Foreign Minister Speaks Out on the Indivisibility of Security in Today’s World

In a wide-reaching news conference Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks out on the indivisibility of security in today’s world. The Foreign Minister says one can't ensure security if it is to the detriment of others. Gail Walker reports The full news conference is available below

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Head of UN’s Nuclear Watchdog Agency Calls on Iran to be More Transparent About its Nuke Program

Once again Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei, the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency has called on Iran to provide more information to the international community about its nuclear enrichment activities. Gail Walker reports The full speech is available below

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Access to Clean Water and Sanitation a Major Challenge for Haiti

Hurricane-struck Haiti has undergone many challenges in recent days but according to Emilia Casella, Spokesperson for the World Food Program access to clean water and sanitation remain a big concern. Gail Walker reports The full interview is available below

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The Troubles in Hurricane-Struck Haiti are Bad and Getting Worse – WFP Spokesperson

Emilia Casella, Spokesperson for the World Food Program says the troubles in Haiti following a series of hurricanes are bad and getting worse. The entire country has been affected by the storms but the Spokesperson says the situation in the hard-hit city of Gonaives is worse. Gail Walker reports The full interview is available below

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Daily 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 Enrique Yeves, Spokesperson for the President of the General Assembly.

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More than 50 Somalis perish in Gulf of Aden smuggling incident

More than 50 Somalis died when the boat smuggling them across the Gulf of Aden to Yemen broke down and were left to drift with no food or water for 18 days.

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

Haiti's misery index rising daily: WFP

The World Food Programme (WFP) has called on donor nations to fully fund urgent hunger needs and infrastructure rehabilitation in Haiti, recently ravaged by four tropical storms.

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

BANGLA # 35: Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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BANGLA # 36: Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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BANGLA # 37: Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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Every country has the right to nuclear power: ElBaradei

Every country has a right to introduce nuclear power, as well as the responsibility to do it right.

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BANGLA # 38: Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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BANGLA # 39: Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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HINDI #39: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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INDONESIAN #39: Fokus Fokus Kita

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URDU #36: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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URDU #37: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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URDU #38: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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URDU #39: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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URDU #40: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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Singapore warns of a build up in protectionist measures in countries

The General Assembly is into the final day of general debate of its 63rd session.

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

Security situation in Afghanistan deteriorating: UN report

The security situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated markedly in recent months, with a sharp rise in insurgent attacks and civilian casualties.

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Restrictions on movement in West Bank increase: OCHA

The number of barriers and other restrictions preventing the free movement of persons and goods in the West Bank continue to increase.

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Security Council reaffirms sanctions against Iran

The UN Security Council has called on Iran to comply with its previous resolutions, urging it to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency on clarifying that there is no military component to its nuclear programme. In order to reach agreement, the Council, meeting on Saturday, stopped short of imposing new sanctions on Iran. Bissera [...]

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WFP provides assistance to Haiti

Since August, Haiti has been hit by hurricanes and tropical storms that have placed the country in dire need of assistance. According to Emilia Casella, Spokeswoman for the World Food Programme in Geneva, the country's situation is grave and getting worse every day, especially for those people who are hard to reach. She spoke to [...]

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Ireland calls on world leaders to sign anti-cluster bomb treaty

Irish foreign minister Micheál Martin (photo) is urging world leaders to sign a convention aimed at banning cluster munitions.

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

UN chief urges States to take the lead in championing disaster risk reduction

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on Member States to lead the way in championing disaster risk reduction as a core element of climate change adaptation.

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South African Foreign Minister Calls for Investment in Africa

Recent meetings on African development needs and the Millennium Development Goals held during the UN General Assembly should serve as a catalyst for the world to act urgently on these issues.

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

Nigeria urges bold steps for full deployment of AU-UN hybrid force in Darfur

Nigeria has made enormous sacrifices on behalf of peace in Darfur.

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

New Zealand to increase foreign aid to Pacific countries

New Zealand is stepping up foreign aid to its neighbours. Over the next three years the country will increase Official Development Assistance (ODA) to US $400 million.

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

Viet Nam calls for strengthening of the UN

Viet Nam has called for strengthening of the United Nations to play a greater role in saving mankind from the scourge of war and finding solutions to the many global crises.

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

Papua New Guinea urges developing countries to take ownership of the MDG's

Developing countries must take ownership of the Millennium Development Goals,the MDG's, for them to be effective over the long term.

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

Middle East continues to face daunting challenges: Syria

The Middle East continues to be one of the most volatile regions in the world and it faces daunting challenges.

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Climate change a serious challenge to the existence of small island states: Grenada

Climate change represents a most pressing and serious challenge to the viability and the very existence of Small Island Developing States.

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Security Council condemns terrorist attack in Damascus

The members of the Security Council have strongly condemned the terrorist attack that occurred in Damascus, Syria Saturday causing numerous deaths and injuries.

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Gambia calls for training in modern agricultural methods for farmers

The food crisis was predictable because the international community over the last decade has neglected agriculture in the developing countries.

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UN chief convenes high-level meeting on Friends of the Secretary-General on Myanmar

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday convened and chaired the first high-level meeting of the Group of Friends of the Secretary-General on Myanmar.

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Security Council demands Iran comply with resolutions

The UN Security Council on Saturday adopted a new resolution calling on Iran to comply fully with past resolutions demanding a halt to its uranium enrichment programme and incentives to do so.

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Russia calls for a summit on European security

Russia has called for a Pan-European Summit to review a proposal to develop a Treaty on European Security.

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Indonesia calls for a green revolution for the entire developing world

What the world needs today is a new green revolution.

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A Peace Agreement Between Palestinians and Israelis Possible by End of Year – Secretary of State Rice

While not all agree that a peace agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians is possible by the end of the year, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is. She says it won’t be easy but she say it is possible. Gail Walker reports The full news conference is available

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All Obstacles to Peace Must be Removed – Palestinian President Abbas

In order for there to be peace in the Middle East all obstacles to that peace have to be removed. That’s the sentiment of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. The President says as the world celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Palestinians continue to live under terrible conditions. Gail Walker reports [...]

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Israeli Settlements Make Viable Palestinian State Impossible – Arab Nations. . . Israel Disagrees

Arab Nations traveled to the Security Council to say that the continued expansion of settlements in Occupied Palestinian Territories could make a viable state of Palestinian impossible to create and threatens the overall peace process in the Middle East. Israel claims the Arab nations are just using the settlement issue to bash Israel in the [...]

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USA will Bring Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Behavior Before the Security Council – Sec. of State Rice

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was emphatic in her condemnation of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s statements concerning the existence of Israel. She says when the President of one country threatens to wipe out another country, that represents a serious threat to international peace and security. Ms. Rice says the U.S. will bring the matter [...]

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Consolidating Global Partnerships for Development is Essential – Secretary-General

Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon told Foreign Ministers of the Group of 77 developing nations that efforts to consolidate global partnerships for development are essential. Addressing the annual meeting of the Foreign Ministers, the UN Chief praised efforts of members states to work toward fulfilling the Millennium Development Goals. Gail Walker reports The full speech is available [...]

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North Korean Nuke Program a Threat to Northeast Asia – South Korean Leader

South Korea’s Prime Minister Han Seung-soo says nuclear proliferation is a grave threat and in that regard it’s essential that North Korea resume dismantling its main nuclear processing plant. The North reversed course earlier this week, stopped dismantling the facility and promised to start it up once more. Prime Minister Han says the North’s nuclear [...]

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Proposed Resolution to Put Iran on Notice – Stop Nuke Processes or Face Possible Consequences

United Kingdom Foreign Secretary, David Miliband says a draft resolution is circulating in the Security Council that reaffirms the Council members support for past sanction resolutions, and warns of possible additional steps if it doesn’t stop nuclear enrichment. Jerry Piasecki reports. Full stakeout with Mr. Miliband available below.

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British Prime Minister says There are Five Key Principles Needed to Address Global Financial Crisis

There are five key principles that are needed to help the world respond to the global financial crisis according to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The Prime Minister says the age of irresponsibility must come to an end. Gail Walker reports The full speech is available below

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We are in a New Global Age – British Prime Minister Gordon Brown

Addressing the UN General Assembly British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said the myriad of challenges the world faces represent both challenges and opportunities. He says the solution is to work together. Gail Walker reports The full speech is available below

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U.S. Secretary of State Rice says ‘Friends of Pakistan’ will Stand Behind the New Democracy

The President of Pakistan met with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, representatives of the European Union and the United Arab Emirates and formed a group called the “Friends of Pakistan.” Ms. Rice says the group will help support Pakistan as it solidifies its new democracy. Jerry Piasecki reports. Full stakeout available below.

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Renewed Fighting in Somalia Means Thousands Leave – UNHCR

Ron Redmond, spokesperson for UNHCR discuses fears about fierce renewed fighting in Mogadishu, Somalia. It is expected to get worse over the next few days. Over 15,000 cilvilians moving or fleeing the city leading to huge overcrowding in refugee camps. Samantha Hoar, United Nations The full briefing is available below.

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World Health Organisation Update On Melamine Milk Crisis

WHO discuss current status on Melamine milk crisis. It appears contaminated milk has been in circulation for several months. Consumer confidence needs to be boosted as soon as possible as young babies need feeding. Samantha Hoar, United Nations Full audio is available below.

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Daily Noon Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Daily noon briefing by Michele Montas, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, followed by a briefing on the work of the General Assembly by Enrique Yeves, Spokesperson for the President of the General Assembly.

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Ban hails $16 billion in pledges for world's poor as global leadership in action

The world has responded with more than $16 billion in pledges despite the current financial crisis to help countries meet the Millennium Development Goals.

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UNIFEM report on progress of the world's women

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

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OCHA says colossal damage to Haiti's agricultural sector biggest concern

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs –OCHA- says Haiti's biggest concerns continue to be the massive damage to crops, food insecurity and logistics.

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WHO and FAO alert governments to contaminated infant formula

The World Health Organization and the UN Food and Agricultural Organization are urging governments to be alert to the possible spread of melamine contaminated infant formula from China.

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ICRC deplores high number of civilian casualties in Mogadishu fighting

In Somalia, hospitals and other medical facilities in the capital Mogadishu have been overwhelmed by an influx of casualties while ongoing heavy fighting has prevented many other injured people from obtaining urgently needed medical care.

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Bangladesh proposes Global Food Bank to guard against food crisis

The cost of food insecurity is not only deprivation, but also political instability.

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Antigua and Barbuda calls for action on the implantation of the Millennium Development Goal that calls for a global partnership for development

Caribbean News Round-Up: a weekly 15-minute news magazine on developments at the United Nations concerning the Caribbean. Guyana urges a speeding up of the global response to meet the pace of climate change; Suriname calls for solutions to policies and regulations to protectionist agricultural policies which are detrimental to progress; Cuba say the gap between [...]

26 Sep 2008 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Gordon Brown calls for new international oversight of financial institutions

The solutions to the financial crisis must be coordinated internationally, according to UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who told the UN General Assembly that just as capital flows and banking institutions are global, so must be their supervision.

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

New fighting displaces thousands in Somalia

Fresh fighting this week in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, has forced thousands to flee to safety. The UN refugee agency (UNCHR) says this new wave of displacement is worsening "an already catastrophic situation" in the war-torn country where more than 100 thousand people have been uprooted. Dianne Penn has the story. duration: 3’44″)

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Ban appeals for rapid conclusion of Doha Round of Word Trade talks

There's been a renewed call for a rapid conclusion of the Doha Round of World Trade talks.

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Bulgaria calls for resolution of conflicts in Black Sea region

The Prime Minister of Bulgaria, Sergei Stanishev, told world leaders gathered at the UN that effective multilateralism requires strong cooperation between the United Nations and regional organizations.

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Contaminated infant formula in China

UN Calling Asia – a weekly 14-minute magazine programme, in English, that keeps you in touch with UN developments covering Asia and the Pacific. The annual United Nations meeting of global leaders begins The 63rd session of the UN General Assembly began on September 23rd. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon set the tone for the [...]

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Global Partners Pledge $16 billion to help world's poor

One of the highlights of this week's events as world leaders gather in New York to discuss global issues is pledges of more than $16 billion to help poor people around the world. The pledges came in a day long event on the Millennium Development Goals on Thursday. These goals were set by world leaders [...]

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Haiti needs solidarity for a sustained reconstruction

The President of Haiti, Rene Preval, said his country is grateful for the sympathy and mobilization of aid by the United Nations and its agencies in the wake of cumulative natural calamities that have battered the Haitian people and their neighbors in the Caribbean.

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Nepal highlights inclusiveness in its new political structures

The Prime Minister of Nepal, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, addressed the UN General Assembly as the first Prime Minister of the newest republic in the world.

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Abbas calls conditions in the occupied Palestinian territories increasingly severe

The President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, said his government will strive to achieve maximum progress in the peace negotiations with Israel through the end of this year.

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France seeks to expand countries' commitment to ending use of child soldiers

The French Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Human Rights, Rama Yade, is calling on more countries to join the 66 that have already signed up to the Paris principles aimed at ending the use of child soldiers.

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India says outcome of climate change talks must be equitable

India's rapid economic growth is combined with a pursuit of clean energy sources, including nuclear energy, said its Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, addressing the annual debate of the UN General Assembly.

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Quartet says Middle East Peace Process could be concluded this year

US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, speaking on behalf of the diplomatic quartet on the Middle East peace process meeting in New York, said the Israelis and Palestinians are engaged in the most serious negotiations in seven years.

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Escalating costs of basic foods have immense global political and social consequences: Thompson

There is little doubt that we have entered an international economic crisis of grave proportions which threatens to derail the progress of many States and to worsen the already desperate circumstances of the most vulnerable among us.

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IAEA General Conference

The annual general conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is taken place this week in Vienna, Austria.

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Six countries agree on reaffirming sanctions against Iran

Representatives from the United States, China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany on Friday agreed to submit to the UN Security Council a draft resolution reaffirming existing sanctions against Iran.

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UN’s High Level MDG Event Brings Together Broad Coalition to Fight Poverty

Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon says the UN’s first-ever high level event on the Millennium Development Goals brought together a broad coalition to fight poverty. An estimated $16 billion was pledged to help achieve the MDGs – eight goals aimed at addresses the world’s most pressing problems related to health, poverty eradication, gender equity and more. Gail [...]

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UN Event Raises an Estimated $16 Billion to Help Achieve the MDGs

Governments, charities and businesses joined forces at the UN’s first-ever high level event on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and raised an estimated $16 billion to help achieve the MDGs. The fights against malaria, hunger, and to provide education, health care and clean water and sanitation were among the issues for which the funds were [...]

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Call for UN to Investigate Bhutto Assassination in Pakistan

Pakistan’s new President is the husband of the late former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. She was assassinated after a campaign rally in December. Asif Ali Zardari wants an independent and full UN investigation to find the killers. President Zardari says he came to speak to world leaders in the General assembly in the name of [...]

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Terrorist Blood Lust Continues in Pakistan – President Zardari

Pakistan’s new President Asif Ali Zardari lost his wife, former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, in a terrorist assassination last December. He says last week’s deadly truck bombing at a hotel in the capital proves that terrorists are still targeting his country. He says Al Qaeda or the Taliban killed his wife, but they won’t [...]

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No U.S. Raids into Pakistan – Pakistani President Zardari

In an address to world leaders at the UN General Assembly, Pakistan’s new president, Asif Ali Zardari, says his nation does not want coalition forces to cross the border from Afghanistan in search of Al Qaeda and Taliban members. He says such attacks may in fact be counter-productive in the war on terror. Jerry Piasecki [...]

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Zimbabwe’s President Chastises Security Council Members and Appeals for Lifting of Sanctions

In his address to the UN General Assembly Robert Mugabe, the President of Zimbabwe criticized members of the UN Security Council for imposing what he called illegal sanctions against his country. He said his country needs time and space to focus on its economic turn-around and appealed to those countries that have imposed sanctions to [...]

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Africans Should Solve African Problems – President Robert Mugabe

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe says the agreement that ended what had been a violent election crisis in his country was totally an African effort and proves that Africa should solve Africa’s problems. Jerry Piasecki reports. Full speech to the UN General Assembly in New York available below.

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Terrorists Failed to Restore Dictatorship in Iraq – President Jalal Talabani

Iraq’s President says the goal of terrorist bombers and killers in his country was to return Iraq to dictatorship. While danger remains, President Talabani says they failed, and security is vastly improved. The Iraqi President predicts that the nations forces will take over all security operations by the end of the year, but will continue [...]

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Hundreds of Millions Going Hungry – Report Author Calls for Sustained ‘Anger’

The Irish Hunger Task Force report on hunger was released at a UN news conference. The chair of that task force, Joe Walsh, says every day 862 million people on our planet don’t get enough to eat. He says the underlying them of the report is “anger.” He says if we lose our anger over [...]

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Many People Too Poor to Live – British Prime Minister Challenges World

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown says people are dying because they are too poor to live and that the UN is on trial to see if world leaders can actually reach the Millennium Development Goals and save lives. He spoke at a high-level meeting on the MDGs held at the United Nations in New York [...]

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Despite Advancement on Many of the MDGs There’s Been Little Progress Toward Maternal Health – Norway’s Prime Minister

More must be done to improve maternal health says Jens Stoltenberg, Prime Minister of Norway. He says too many mothers remain in jeopardy when it comes to giving birth. Gail Walker reports The full news conference is available below

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Global Maternal Health Tragedy Demands Response From the Developed World – UK Prime Minister

The tragedy of global maternal health demands a great response from the developed world says British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The Prime Minister says far too many mothers and their children die during childbirth. Gail Walker reports The full news conference is available below

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Functioning Health System Needed to Reduce Maternal Deaths – WHO Director-General

Dr. Margaret Chan, the Director-General of the World health Organization says maternal deaths will only decrease if women have access to adequate health care. She says a well functioning health system is essential. Gail Walker reports The full news conference is available below

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Secretary-General Calls on World Leaders to Beef-up Drive to Reach Millennium Development Goals

Opening a high level meeting on the Millennium Development Goals, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on world leaders to strengthen their efforts to reach the MDGs by the deadline of 2015, The SG says progress has been made in some areas, but falls far short in others. Jerry Piasecki reports. Full speech available below.

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MDGs Are the Best Idea for Fighting Global Poverty – Bill Gates

Bill Gates, Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation says the Millennium Development Goals – eight development goals focused on addressing issues such as health care, poverty, education and gender equity – are the best idea for fighting global poverty that he’s ever seen. The Philanthropist says while the level of achievement in some [...]

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Despite Shortfalls in MDG Targets in Africa AU Chair Highlights Positive Trends

African Union Chair Jakaya Kikwete says while it’s true that Africa is behind when it comes to achieving the Millennium Development Goals he says there have been positive trends as well. The President of the United Republic of Tanzania says it’s important that all nations work together to support all efforts to achieve the MDGs. [...]

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Daily Noon Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Daily noon briefing by Michele Montas, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, followed by a briefing on the work of the General Assembly by Enrique Yeves, Spokesperson for the President of the General Assembly.

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UNCTAD report urges more support for infrastructure development in developing countries

The private sector should do more to support governments in developing countries, many of which cannot meet huge needs for roads, ports and electricity on their own.

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World leaders meet to chart progress in meeting MDG's

Nearly a hundred world leaders as well as representatives of the private sector and civil society are now meeting in a high-level gathering to discuss how best to intensify efforts towards meeting the eight anti-poverty targets called the Millennium Development Goals.

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We must rise to the challenge of meeting the MDGs: Ban

Today, we have many successes on which to build. That's the news from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as he opened a high-level gathering of world leaders assessing how to translate commitments into effective action to meet the Millennium Development Goals.~

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Thousands uprooted by fighting in Mogadishu: UNHCR

The UN refugee agency –UNHCR says at least 12,000 people in Mogadishu have fled their homes in the past week because of intense fighting in the Somali capital.

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

World leaders discuss Africa's development needs

UN and Africa – a weekly 15-minute radio programme on political, social, economic and other developments related to Africa. •World leaders gather to discuss the challenges facing Africa in its efforts to fight poverty. The Chairman of the African Union, President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania says Africa is disappointed that developed countries have not honoured [...]

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Countries might be falling further behind on meeting MDGs: G'77 and China

The Group of 77 developing countries and China warned Thursday that countries are not on track and might even be falling further behind on meeting most of the Millennium Development Goals.

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World leaders endorse ambitious plan to tackle malaria

World leaders have endorsed an ambitious new Global Malaria Action Plan and committed nearly $3 billion toward reducing the number of malaria deaths to near zero by 2015.

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FYROM blames Greece for exclusion from regional organizations

The President of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Branko Crvenkovski, told the UN General Assembly that his country is participating actively and constructively in the negotiation process with Greece, mediated by the UN, to resolve the dispute over the name of his country, although he called the issue 'absurd'.

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Meeting reviews progress on MDGs

Eight years ago, world leaders resolved to make the world a better place through achievement of the eight Millennium Development Goals by the year 2015. Today, they are reviewing that commitment during a high-level meeting at UN Headquarters. Dianne Penn reports. Duration: 3’33″

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Without an education people remain trapped in poverty: Ban

One of the best investments any country can make is to educate girls and women so they can earn more, improve their family's well-being and show their daughters what is possible once you can read and write.

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

Atlas tells Africa's changing environmental story

As the age-old adage says, "A picture is worth a thousand words". Well, "Africa: Atlas of our Changing Environment" brings to light pictures and stories of environmental change at more than 100 locations spread across every country in Africa. There are more than 300 satellite images, 300 ground photographs and 150 maps, along with informative [...]

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Campaign on health goals says no progress made on reducing maternal mortality

Half a million women die in childbirth each year and more than a million babies die before they are a day old, due to lack of quality health care.

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Seychelles warns of looming threat of starvation on a global scale

Food security is of foremost concern and the challenge for many governments is to brig food at affordable prices to its citizens.

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“In My Name" YouTube campaign supports Millennium Development Goals

Song:In my name

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Iraq making progress on security

The President of Iraq, Jalal Talabani told the gathering of world leaders at the UN that his government is relentless in its determination to impose the rule of law throughout the country, to disarm militias and fight sectarian conflict.

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Ireland launches report to help end hunger

A taskforce set up by the Irish government to identify how Ireland can best contribute to efforts to alleviate global hunger launched its report on the fringes of the UN General Assembly's discussions on the UN Millennium Development Goals.

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Micronesia warns unregulated, illegal fishing could deplete its fish stocks

Micronesians are increasingly turning to the sea to provide for their food and economic development.

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Timor Leste benefits from and shows generosity

The President of Timor Leste, Dr. Jose Ramos Horta, said his country, newly independent and emerging from decades of conflict, has benefited greatly from the generosity of the international community.

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Zimbabwe's President calls for lifting of sanctions

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe, addressing world leaders gathered at the UN, blamed climate change and Western sanctions for the lack of sufficient food in his country.

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Secretary-General says delay in climate talks would court disaster

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the UN Climate Change talks are crucial to our common future and called for a concrete workplan that will enable countries to engage in real negotiations ending with an agreement in 2009.

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"Torch-bearers" commit to make women's equality happen

Shout~This shout greeted President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia as she opened a meeting focusing on the UN Millennium Goal number 3, that of achieving gender equality.

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Millennium Development Goals Meeting Brings $16 Billion in Concrete Pledges

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the one-day high-level event bringing together world leaders, private-sector representatives and civil-society partners to discuss specific ways to energize collaboration around the UN Millennium Development Goals has probably generated an estimated 16 billion dollars in pledges to help the world's poor.

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Secretary-General Optimistic About Efforts to Address Climate Change

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says significant work has been done to address climate change. He’s optimistic that what he calls the political momentum that’s been achieved thus far can be built upon. Gail Walker reports The Secretary-General’s full speech is available below

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World Faces Multiple Challenges at This Decisive Time in History – Cuban Vice President

Cuba’s Vice President Jose Ramon Machado Ventura says the world is at decisive moment in history. The Vice President says there are multiple challenges facing the world – especially the poor. He says rich nations have to accept their responsibility to address some of the world’s woes on behalf of future generations. Gail Walker report [...]

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Terrorism Afghanistan Greatest Challenge – President Hamid Karzai

Hamid Karzai, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan says his country faces many challenges but he says the greatest one is terrorism. The President says the challenge is not just one that Afghanistan faces but a challenge for the entire region. Two reports by Gail Walker: Report One – Long Version Report Two – [...]

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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a ‘Disgrace’ – Israeli President Perez – Predicts Peace with Palestinians

Israeli President Shimon Peres labels Iran’s President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a disgrace to Iran, the United Nations, Islam and all religions. He also says Iran is a threat to the region and the world, and it’s critical that it not be allowed to make that threat nuclear. Two reports by Jerry Piasecki Report 1 – Iran’s [...]

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France Ready to Take More Action on Iran’s Nuke Program

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner says his country is prepared to take more action on Iran’s nuclear enrichment program. The Foreign minister says the situation is a very dangerous one that requires an international response. Gail Walker reports The full stakeout is available below

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Peace Will Come with Palestinians – Israeli President Peres – Terrorism Could Make World ‘Ungovernable’

Israeli President Shimon Peres told world leaders meeting at the UN in New York that peace between Israel and Palestinians is on the way. He says progress has been made in many areas, including territorial concerns. While he doesn’t expect to have a peace agreement this year, he says next year it probably will happen. [...]

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General Assembly to Consider Asking Court Opinion on Kosovo Independence

A General Assembly committee has approved Serbia’s request that the entire GA vote on asking the International Court of Justice for an advisory opinion on whether Kosovo’s declaration of independence was legal. Serbia asked for the vote, and the country’s Foreign Minister, Vuk Jeremic applauds the committee action. He says it’s the first time in [...]

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Georgian President Calls for UN Support. . . Questions Russia’s Motives

The President of Georgia, Mikheil Shaakashvili is calling on the UN to denounce Russia recent invasion, refuse to recognize the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, enforce the ceasefire agreement and launch a process to reunited the country. He also wondered if the invasion was an isolated incident or whether Russia has started a new [...]

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UN Nuclear Agency Ordered Out of North Korean Nuclear Plant

On orders from the North Korean Government, the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency has removed seals and surveillance cameras from the DPRK’s plutonium-making nuclear plant at Yongbyon. North Korea had been dismantling that plant as part of a deal for a package of political and economic benefits. It changed course in reaction to Washington’s refusal [...]

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Despite Expulsion of US Ambassador Bolivia Wants Good Relations with the US

Even though Bolivian President expelled US Ambassador Philip Goldberg earlier this month for ‘conspiring against democracy and seeking the division of Bolivia’ the President says his country wants good relations with the United States. Gail Walker reports The President’s full speech is available below

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Climate Change Forcing World to Create Green Jobs – UNEP Director

Achim Steiner, the Executive Director of the UN Environment Program says climate change is forcing the world to create green jobs. The Director says transforming the world economy to run on renewable energy can crate millions of jobs. Two reports by Gail Walker: Report One – Long version Report Two – Short version The full [...]

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Serbian Foreign Minister Wants America to Be Inspiration for the World

Serbia’s Foreign Minister, Vuk Jeremic, says he hopes whoever becomes the next President of the United States leads the country back to a position where it is again an inspiration to the world. Jerry Piasecki reports. Full stakeout available below.

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UNICEF Ambassador Mia Farrow in Haiti

Goodwill ambassador Mia Farrow and the President of Canadian National Committee of UNICEF Nigel Fisher comment on the situation in Haiti. Samantha Hoar reports Related audio is available below

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No more seals and surveillance at North Korea's nuclear reprocessing facility: IAEA

The UN nuclear watchdog (IAEA) says the Democratic Peoples' Republic of Korea or North Korea plans to introduce nuclear material to its reprocessing plant in Yongbyon in another week.

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Security Council stresses importance of mediation in peaceful settlement of disputes

The importance of mediation for the peaceful settlement of disputes was stressed at a high-level meeting of the UN Security Council Tuesday held on the occasion of the start of general debate in the 63rd session of the General Assembly.

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Concern over global financial crisis dominates general debate

Calls for action to combat the global financial crisis continue to dominate the general debate in the UN General Assembly.

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

Hundreds of thousands of small farmers to benefit from new initiative

A groundbreaking initiative to help poor farmers across the developing world significantly increase their incomes was unveiled Wednesday at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

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Ban urges a redoubling of efforts for greater reductions in nuclear arsenals

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for a redoubling of efforts to achieve deeper reductions in nuclear arsenals and further diminish the role of nuclear weapons in security policies.

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

Slovenia urges for reform of UN Security Council

Reform of the UN Security Council is long overdue.

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

Purchase for Progress Programme for farmers

The global fuel and food crisis combined with natural and man-made disasters has resulted in unprecedented food needs worldwide. But why the World Food Programme? And why now? Purchase for Progress is a programme launched by the World Food Programme to improve livelihoods, primarily in Africa. The World Food Programme, which is now faced with [...]

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Ukraine upholds NATO bid, despite Russia's opposition

Ukraine's President Viktor Yushchenko made it clear that his country is still hoping to join NATO despite Russia's opposition to the plan. He addressed the UN General Assembly.

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Security Council reaffirms crucial role of mediation

The Security Council has reaffirmed its responsibility to promote and support mediation as a means to peacefully settle disputes. Dianne Penn has the story. duration: 4’00″

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Israel expects Middle East peace process to be concluded next year

While there is growing concern that peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians is far away, Israel's President Shimon Peres says that despite witnessing stagnation and regression on the journey, the road is leading in the right direction and he expects an agreement to come next year.

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China committed to reform and opening up

After the success of the Beijing Olympic Games, the world wants to know what direction China will take politically and economically.

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

Cuba blames rich countries for the food crisis

Cuba is blaming the industrialized North for the global food crisis.

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

UN chief welcomes passage of election law in Iraq

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the adoption of the Iraq provincial election law Wednesday by Iraq's Council of Representatives, describing it as "a very important step forward which should contribute to political normalization in Iraq."

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Security Council extends mandate of UN mission in Central African Republic/Chad

Determining that the situation in the region of the border between the Sudan, Chad and the Central African Republic constitutes a threat to international peace and security, the UN Security Council has decided to extend the mandate of the UN Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT) until 15 March 2009.

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Estonia calls for Security Council reform in wake of Russia's aggression against Georgia

The conflict between Georgia and Russia and Russia's subsequent refusal to withdraw its military forces from Georgian territory have seriously undermined the authority of the United Nations, according to Estonia's President Toomas Hendrik Ilves.

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

Malawi calls for agricultural subsidies for developing countries

Addressing the UN General Assembly, the President of Malawi Dr. Bingu Wa Mutharika, said his government sees the attainment of global food security as a collective challenge.

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President of Cyprus optimistic about reunification

After 34 years of division and occupation, Cyprus, under the good offices of the UN Secretary-General, has started a new intensive effort this month to reunify the island.

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Colombia calls for shared responsibility of consumers in drug war

Colombia called for a shared responsibility in the war on drugs by consumer countries.

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

Study shows potential for emerging of "green jobs"

Moving towards an economy that is less harmful to the environment could create millions of new employment opportunities, or "green jobs" according to a new study commissioned by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

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

A World in Retreat – Secretary-General’s State of the World Address

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says many countries appear to be turning inward, and progress made toward reaching human rights and development goals could be threatened. In what he termed a state of the world address to global leaders in the UN General Assembly, he said now is the time for a renewed commitment to collective action [...]

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Iranian President Ahmadinejad Predicts End to Israeli and American Power

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad addressed world leaders at the UN General Assembly, predicting an end of American and Israeli power. He called on what he labeled the “bullying powers” to return to a path of righteousness or face the consequences. Jerry Piasecki reports. (Long and short versions) Full speech to the UN General Assembly and [...]

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Stop Nuclear Enrichment – Secretary-General to Iran

During his state of the world speech to world leaders at the United Nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon singled out Iran, calling on it to follow Security Council orders to stop nuclear enrichment and to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency. Jerry Piasecki reports. Full speech available below.

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Kosovo’s Independence Could Spark Conflict Around the Globe – Serbia’s President

Serbia’s President, Boris Tadic, told world leaders at the UN that if Kosovo’s declaration of independence is allowed to stand and is legitimized, separatists in many regions of the world might try to go the same route, reigniting old conflicts or starting new ones. Serbia is asking the General Assembly to ask the International Court [...]

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No Israeli – Palestinian Peace Deal Expected this Year – Israel’s President

Israeli President Shimon Perez says he does not think the goal of an Israeli/Palestinian peace agreement by year’s end will be met. However, he says progress has been made and hopefully an agreement can be reached next year. Jerry Piasecki reports. Full stakeout available below.

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President Bush Tells World Leaders America Will Fix Economy

President George Bush told world leaders gathered at the United Nations that the U.S. and the world economies are tied together as never before. He assured them that he and Congress have and will take decisive steps to make sure America’s current economic problems are fixed and won’t have a devastating impact on the world. [...]

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U.S. President George Bush Credits Most Nations for Condemning Terrorist Acts

Addressing the UN General Assembly US President George Bush focused on the need to combat terrorism around the world. And he says nearly all members of the international community agree that the loss of innocent lives through terrorism can never be justified. Gail Walker reports President George Bush’s full speech is available below

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Terrorist Extremists Pose Challenges to the UN Charter – U.S. President

Sixty-three years after the UN charter was adopted, US President George Bush says there are many challenges to the ideals of the charter posed by terrorist extremists. The President urged member states to take responsibility for upholding the ideals of the charter. Gail Walker reports US President George Bush’s full speech is available below

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Support Democracies – The Call of President Bush to the United Nations

In his speech to world leaders attending the UN General Assembly debate, President George Bush called the UN to back new democracies all around the world. He says democracies are best suited to help eliminate the causes of extremism, which he defined as poverty, disease and ignorance. Jerry Piasecki reports. Full speech available below.

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The World Can Wait No Longer to Act to Address Global Challenges – French President Sarkozy

Addressing the UN Security Council French President Nicholas Sarkozy said the world cannot wait any longer to address the multiple global challenges the world currently faces. The President says the international community has a responsibility to take on those issues. Two reports by Gail Walker: Report One – The President says the world can wait [...]

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UN Agencies Work with Chinese Government on Contaminated Infant Formula Crisis

UNICEF and the World Health Organization announced that they are working closely with the Chinese government to contain the melamine crisis. Milk contaminated with melamine – a chemical used to make plastics – has caused thousands of casualties. Samantha Hoar reports The full briefing is available below

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Global Food Crisis Becoming Prolonged – WFP Director

Josette Sheeran, the Executive Director of the World Food Program says the global food crisis is becoming a prolonged problem. The Director says in additional to those living on less than a dollar a day and farmers, many living throughout the horn of Africa are being seriously affected by the crisis. Gail Walker reports The [...]

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UNHCR needs US$17 million for Pakistan

The UN refugee agency – UNHCR says it is seeking more than US$17 million to help more than 300,000 people forced fro their homes in Pakistan by floods and fighting.

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General Assembly begins debate against background of global financial crisis

World leaders open their annual debate this morning facing top geopolitical issues such as Iran's nuclear programme, human rights abuses in Darfur, the Middle East peace process and the crisis in Georgia.

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World leaders renew promises to help Africa

World leaders on Monday underscored the urgency of finding solutions to the major challenges facing Africa and have renewed pledges to help dramatically reduce poverty on the continent.

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Security Council strongly condemns terrorist attack in Pakistan

The UN Security Council has strongly condemned Saturday's terrorist attack in Islamabad, Pakistan which caused numerous deaths and injuries including foreign diplomats as well as local residents.

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UN chief warns global financial crisis endangers "all our work"

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday warned world leaders that the global financial crisis endangers all our work – financing for development, social spending in rich nations and poor and the Millennium Development Goals.

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Brazil calls for decisive action to control the current global financial crisis

Brazil has called for mechanisms for both prevention and control to provide total transparency to international finance.

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

Urgent assistance needed to help Haitian children: UNICEF

Urgent assistance is needed to bring life-saving help to children in Haiti affected by four successive Tropical storms.

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General Assembly president cites litany of problems facing the world

More than half the world's people languish in hunger and poverty while at the same time more and more money is spent on weapons, wars and luxuries.

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WHO: contaminated infant formula in China

Chinese health ministry officials have confirmed that a melamine-contaminated powdered infant formula has caused more than 6-thousand cases of kidney stones in infants and three deaths across the country. Following investigations carried out by China's national inspection agency, 22 dairy manufacturers were found to have melamine in a number of different brands of powdered infant [...]

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General Assembly begins its annual debate

At this time of year, motorcades of black vans and police cars have the right of way in the streets around the United Nations. They comprise the security detail protecting heads of state as they travel to the UN General Assembly, which officially opened today. Often times their presence means UN staff and employees from [...]

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Liberian President grateful to UN, appeals for continued support

The President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, told the UN General Assembly that in her country the United Nations may receive its best ever performance record.

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

United States urges global stand against terror

The United Nations and other multilateral organizations are needed more urgently than ever to confront the extremist threat.

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

Philippines hit by "tsunami" of global financial crisis: President Arroyo

Describing the current economic uncertainty as a global tsunami that has wiped away economic gains on islands from Manhattan to the Philippines, President Gloria Arroyo addressed the UN General Assembly.

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African Union Chair calls for deferment of Bashir indictment

Bringing a message of hope and optimism from Africa, the Chairman of the African Union, President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania, said there is increasing political stability and peace on the continent.

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

Iran says it will continue to defend its rights to peaceful nuclear power

Iran says it is all for dialogue about its peaceful nuclear programme.

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

Security Council must back mediation efforts

In order to succeed, conflict mediators must engage all parties to the conflict, and they must be supported by the UN Security Council and backed the UN organization as a whole.

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

Iran's President dismisses allegations of nuclear weapons programme

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, giving a press conference at the UN, said the International Atomic Energy Agency must not give in to political pressure from the United States.

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

Georgia calls for non-recognition of breakaway regions

The President of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili challenged the UN General Assembly to stand up for the principles of sovereignty and non-aggression underlying the United Nations Charter and to adopt a 'non-recognition policy' towards Georgia's breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

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

Israel challenges Iran's claim of peaceful nuclear programme

Israel's President Shimon Peres called for isolating the President of Iran, whose remarks at the UN, he said, bordered on anti-Semitism. He also disputed President Ahmadinejad's claim that Iran's nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes.

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Morales wants to resume dialogue with the United States

Bolivian President Evo Morales defended his decision to expel the US Ambassador to his country earlier this month, after accusing the US of conspiring to oust him. Yet he said he is open to dialogue with the United States.

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

Drugs. . .Terrorism. . . Reducing Civilian Casualties. . . All Parts of Afghan Force Extension Resolution

The UN Security Council unanimously approved extending the mandated of the International Security Assistance Force for Afghanistan for another year. Last year Russia abstained in the vote. This time around Russia’s UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin says the resolution deals with critical issues like the connection between drugs and terrorism and the need to reduce civilian [...]

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Framework Exists for Resolving the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict – Tony Blair

Despite years of failed effort to resolve the conflict between the Palestinians and Israelis, Tony Blair, Middle East Quartet Representative says the framework for resolving the conflict exists. He says resolving the conflict will require both speed and systemic change. Gail Walker reports The full news conference is available below

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U.S. UN Ambassador sees Good… Bad….and Increased UN Coordination in Afghanistan

After the Security Council voted to extend the mandate of the International Security Assistance Force for Afghanistan for another year, U.S. UN Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad said some areas of the country are improving, some are still of concern, and both of those factors led a stronger coordination role for the UN in the Country. Jerry [...]

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African Prosperity Key to Peace and Security in the World – French President Sarkozy

France’s President, Nicolas Sarkozy, says Africa’s economy is growing by almost 5% per year and that growth is getting stronger. The President says it’s unfortunate that at this moment the benefits aren’t being felt by the people of Africa. According to President Sarkozy in our globalized world, we all need a prosperous Africa. . . [...]

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Secretary Rice Says Bush Administration Doesn’t See Africa as an Object of Assistance

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the Bush Administration believes in treating African nations as partners and not as objects of assistance. Gail Walker reports The full speech of Secretary Rice is available below

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US Proud of its Work with African Counterparts – Secretary of State Rice

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the US has done a great deal to assist Africa including funding the fight against HIV/AIDS and more. And she says the US is proud of this work. Gail Walker reports The full speech of Secretary Rice is available below

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Ending Suicide Terrorist Attacks Requires Understanding Why Such Attacks Occur – OIC Chief

Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Conference says ending suicide terrorist attacks require an understanding of why such attacks occur. Gail Walker reports The full news conference is available below

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Developed Nations Have an Obligation to Help Africa – AU Chair

Jakaya Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania and Chairperson of the African Union says developed countries have an obligation to assist Africa. The President says Now is the time for friends of Africa in the developed world to walk the talk. Not doing so now may be too late for as far as [...]

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It’s Appropriate for World leaders to Focus Attention on Africa’s Needs – AU Chair

Jakaya Kikwete, the Chairperson of the African Union says it’s appropriate for world leaders to focus attention on the development needs of Africa. Gail Walker reports The full speech of the AU Chair is available below

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UN Nuclear Watchdog Finds Iran’s Behavior of ‘Serious Concern’

Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei, the Director General of the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency, reported to the IAEA Board of Governors that Iran continues its nuclear enrichment program, despite continuing Security Council demands that it stop. He also says his agency can confirm that no declared nuclear material is being used by Iran in a weapons [...]

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Nuclear Terrorism a ‘Grave Threat’ – IAEA DIrector General

The possibility of terrorists obtaining nuclear weapons is a “grave threat,” according to Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei, the Director General of the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency. He says through June, this year alone, the Agency has gotten 243 reports of illicit trafficking or other unauthorized activities involving nuclear or radio active material. In 21 cases [...]

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Secretary General Speaks About Positive Outlook for Africa Meeting its Millennium Development Goals

The Secretary-General, opened today's high level meeting on Africa's development needs on a positive note, talking about the collaboration required between African governments and partners to meet the Millennium Development Goals by 2015. Samantha Hoar reports. The full report is available below.

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Daily Noon Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Daily noon briefing by Michele Montas, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, followed by a briefing on the work of the General Assembly by Enrique Yeves, Spokesperson for the President of the General Assembly.

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World leaders to discuss Africa's development needs

The General Assembly opens a high-level meeting on Africa’s development needs this morning giving UN Member States an “extraordinary opportunity” to thoroughly assess actions taken by Africa, donor countries, the UN and the rest of the international community since African leaders adopted the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) as the continent’s main development blueprint in 2001.

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Developed countries urged to double aid to Africa

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Monday appealed to rich countries to honor their pledges to Africa's development.

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Emphasis on Right to Work necessary to further development goals

A lack of emphasis on employment opportunities for the poor is one of the reasons that progress towards the UN Millennium Goals has been lagging.

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Assembly president calls for more substantial external debt relief for Africa

Africa has fulfilled its own political, economic and social commitments.

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President Sarkozy pledges Europe's involvement in Africa's development

At a special UN General Assembly meeting devoted to Africa's development needs, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said the continent has found its way back to growth with an annual rate of five percent or more since the mid-nineties.

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ILO chief calls for multi-stakeholder approach to decent work

If the world is going to move towards decent work, it will need a multi-stakeholder approach that includes business, workers and the capacity of people to organize themselves.

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

WFP appeals for funds for Ethiopia

To feed nearly 10 million hungry people in Ethiopia affected by drought and high food prices, the World Food Programme (WFP) has appealed for 460 million US dollars to fund its food aid through March next year.

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Washington has developed policies that treat African counterparts as partners: Secretary of State Rice

The United States is dedicated to wide-ranging partnerships and to the values it shares with the many peoples of Africa.

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IAEA asked by DPRK to remove seals of nuclear plant

Inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (the IAEA) were asked on Monday by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to remove seals and surveillance equipment from a key nuclear facility.

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High-level meeting looks at African development

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is appealing to the international community to recommit to Africa. His call comes as world leaders take stock of progress on their commitments to Africa during a high-level meeting held at the UN today. Dianne Penn has the story. Duration: 3’53″

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Horn of Africa faces food crisis

The United Nations World Food Programme, WFP, today appealed for 460 million dollars to feed almost 10 million hungry people in Ethiopia. Barry Came is the Information Officer for WFP in Ethiopia. Producer: Gerry Adams Duration: 4’21″

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IAEA urges Iran to cooperate in clearing up allegations over nuclear programme

The chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency Mohammed ElBaradei has once again urged Iran to cooperate with the agency in clearing up allegations of possible military dimensions to Iran's nuclear programme.

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G'77 asks whether international community has kept its promised commitment to Africa

African countries have done a great deal to change the image of the continent, to mobilize domestic resources, to attract private capital and to enhance accountability and democratic governance.

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Palestinian support group reports progress

The representative of the diplomatic quartet on the Middle East, former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair(photo) says there has been some progress in the peace process.

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UN’s Humanitarian Coordinator Concerned Over Severe Food Shortage in Horn of Africa

John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator is concerned about the food shortage in the Horn of Africa. Close to 17 million people are in need to humanitarian assistance and he says what’s needed is $1.4 billion to help provide assistance through the end of the year. Gail Walker reports [...]

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School is in Session Throughout Much of Georgia But the Displaced are Still Being Housed in Schools

Most of the schools in Georgia are back in business according to UNICEF Spokesperson Robert Cohen. But the Spokesperson says many of the kindergartens are still being used to house the displaced. Gail Walker reports The full UNICEF briefing is available below

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WFP Looking for New Naval Escorts for Shipments to Somalia

Once the Canadians end their naval escorts of World Food program shipments to Somalia toward the end of the month, the agency’s work in the country could be in jeopardy unless another country steps in to help. Agency Spokesperson Emilia Casella says there’s less than two weeks before the situation becomes dire. Gail Walker reports [...]

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Almost All Maternal Deaths Occur in Developing Countries – UNICEF Report

According to a new report by UNICEF over 500,000 women die from complications from pregnancy and childbirth – most of them in developing countries. ‘Progress for Children: A Report Card on Maternal Mortality’ shows that the worst regions in which to give birth are sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, which together account for 84% of [...]

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New UNICEF Report Shows that Multiple Causes Linked to Maternal Mortality

A new UNICEF reports shows that many thing contribute to maternal mortality. Among the causes listed in the report are hemorrhaging, HIV and infections. Negative attitudes about women and their health also contribute to the problem. Gail Walker reports Dr. Peter Salama’s full news conference is available below

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UN Commemorates International Day of Peace

Every September 21st the UN celebrates the International Day of Peace. This year the day falls on a weekend so the Secretary-General joined by the General Assembly President and UN Messengers of Peace to ring the Peace Bell at UN Headquarters and to observe a moment of silence. The Secretary-General also urged everyone to participate [...]

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You Have to Fight Hate Speech with More Speech – UN Human Rights Expert

While inciting national, religious or racial hatred and violence is against international law and must be dealt with through legal avenues, the new UN expert on the subject says you’re never going to change someone’s mind or heart just by shutting them up. Mr. Githu Muigai says the best way to battle the phobias or [...]

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Accountability on Gender Equality Vital for Reaching Millennium Development Goals – UNIFEM Executive Director

In releasing a new report on the state of the world’s women, the Executive Director of the United Nations Development Fund for Women, Ines Alberdi says holding nations and organizations accountable for gender equality is not a luxury; it’s a necessity to move from commitment to results, particularly when it comes to the Millennium Development [...]

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Law Still Leaves Many Women Powerless and Unprotected – UNIFEM report

A new report by the UN Development Fund for Women – UNIFEM, reveals that world governments and organizations need to make promises they’ve made regarding equal rights for women into reality. The main author of the report, Anne-Marie Goetz says at the current rate, women will not achieve parity in parliaments in developing countries for [...]

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Daily Noon Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Daily noon briefing by Michele Montas, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, followed by a briefing on the work of the General Assembly by Enrique Yeves, Spokesperson for the President of the General Assembly.

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The UN Secretary-General calls for "tangible" political progress in Myanmar

UN Calling Asia – a weekly 14-minute magazine programme, in English, that keeps you in touch with UN developments covering Asia and the Pacific. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for more "tangible" political progress in Myanmar following the latest visit to the country by his special adviser, Ibrahim Gambari. HIV-positive women in Cambodia are [...]

19 Sep 2008 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

Small island developing States say climate change remains a concern at the new session of the General Assembly

Caribbean News Round-Up: a weekly 15-minute news magazine on developments at the United Nations concerning the Caribbean. The new president of the General Assembly warns that the current global crises can set back the fight against hunger and poverty; The UN humanitarian chief says the Organization is working to help Haiti recover from the effects [...]

19 Sep 2008 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Victims of terrorism speak out

At the first-ever international forum on supporting victims of terrorism, 18 survivors shared their compelling stories. Among them were a survivor of the US embassy bombing in Nairobi, a school-girl from Beslan, a rescue organizer in Bali, and relatives of victims of the UN Headquarters bombing in Baghdad, and of the World Trade Center in [...]

19 Sep 2008 | Posted in Perspective | Read More »

UN marks International Day of Peace

SFX peacebell~The sound of the Peace bell echoed through the grounds of the United Nations Friday as the Organization marked the International Day of Peace which is commemorated every year on 21 September. ~

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

UNICEF says over half million women die during child birth

More than half a million women die every year during pregnancy or childbirth, according to a new report released today by the UN Children's Fund.

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

UN agencies concerned by lack of funding for Haiti appeal

In Haiti, nearly 300,000 people have received relief aid from the UN food agency-WFP.

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

WFP appeals for naval escorts for its food supply ships to Somalia

The World Food Programme –WFP has appealed to several countries to provide naval escort for ships carrying food and other relief aid to Somalia.

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

WHO on Electronic Cigarette

The World Health organization has issued a caution against the use of electronic cigarettes which are being marketed as having the ability to help smokers quit smoking.

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

More speech: the best strategic response to hate speech

More speech can be the best strategy to reach out to individuals' hearts and minds, changing what they think and not merely what they do.

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

ILO calls for release of labour activist in Myanamar

The International Labour Organization has called on the government of Myanmar to immediately release a labour activist sentenced to two years of hard labour.

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

International Peace Day celebrated at UN

Today, International Peace Day, is celebrated annually at United Nations headquarters and around the world. Producer: Gerry Adams Duration: 5’08″

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

WHO: electronic cigarette is not a legitimate therapy

An electronic cigarette, being distributed in several countries and available for sale on the Internet, is not a legitimate tool to help smokers quit smoking, the World Health Organization says. The agency is calling on manufacturers of the cigarettes to remove WHO's name and logo from their advertising and package inserts. Diane Bailey spoke to [...]

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

How women are faring in the wake of Haiti's natural disasters

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

19 Sep 2008 | Posted in Women | Read More »

Reflecting on the Legacy of the Outgoing Bush Administration US UN Ambassador says September 11th Changed Everything

Both the United States and the international community were changed by September 11th says US UN Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad. He says that event changed the relations between the US and many UN member states. The Ambassador also says efforts to normalize the Middle East region will remain an important priority for the world long after [...]

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US and Russia Can and Should Cooperate on Issues of Mutual Interest – US UN Ambassador

US UN Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad says Russia can and should cooperate on issues of mutual interest. The Ambassador says during the the upcoming General Debate there will be efforts to bring various parties from the two country together to attempt to heal some of the divisions between them. Gail Walker reports The full stakeout is [...]

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Special Coordinator for Middle East Peace Process says Prospects for Peace in the Region are at a Crossroads

Robert Serry, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process says the prospects for peace in the region are at a crossroads. Despite some positive developments the Special Coordinator says there have to be some concrete steps toward peace. Gail Walker reports The full briefing by Robert Serry is available below

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There’s Little Positive to Report in Gaza – Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process

Robert Serry, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process says there’s little positive to report in the Gaza strip. Among the problems in Gaza are import restrictions. The Special Coordinator says the shortage of raw materials combined with the ban on exports has kept more than 95% of Gaza’s local industry closed. [...]

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Freedom of Movement Continues to be a Problem for Palestinians – Special Coordinator for the Mid East Peace Process

The freedom of movement continues to be a challenge for Palestinians according to Robert Serry, the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process particularly at the Israeli checkpoints. Middle East Quartet representative Tony Blair has called for check points to work effectively ahead of their eventual removal but it appears that little progress has [...]

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Israeli Attack on Gaza Town Labeled a Possible War Crime by Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu was asked by the UN’s Human Rights Council to investigate the Israeli tank fire on the Gaza town of Beit Hanoun in November of 2006. Nineteen civilians were killed. The Archbishop delivered his report to the Council in Geneva. He says the action may have been a war crime. [...]

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Israel Rejects War Crimes Allegations – Ambassador Calls for Peace-Making not Blaming

Israel’s Ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Aharon Leshno Yaar, says Israel did not commit a war crime when tank fire killed 19 Palestinians in the town of Biet Hanoun two years ago and a the incident has been thoroughly investigated by the Israeli military. A report by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, commissioned by the UN [...]

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Justice and Reparations for ‘War Crime’ Victims – Palestinian Rep. in Geneva

Reacting to the report by Archbishop Desmond Tutu that Israel may have committed a war crime in a tank-attack on the Gaza town of Biet Hanoun almost two years ago, Palestinian Representative to the UN in Geneva, Mohammed Abu Koash, called for justice and reparations. Nineteen Palestinians were killed in the attack, which Israel says [...]

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World Health Organization Launches World Malaria Report 2008

The World Health Organization has launched its World Malaria Report 2008. The reports says the global burden of malaria remains enormous, but malaria control interventions have proved effective in dramatically reducing that burden in some countries. Dr. Awa Coll-Seck says efforts are progressing in the search for a vaccine but she says it won’t be [...]

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Malaria Report Offers Guide for Prevention Steps – Head of Roll Back Malaria Partnership

Dr. Awa Coll-Seck, the Executive secretary of the the Roll Back Malaria Partnership says the World Malaria Report 2008 launched by the World Health Organization offers a guide for steps to take to prevent the spread of the disease. Gail Walker reports The full interview with Dr. Awa Coll-Seck is available below

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Secretary-General Calls Record on Maternal Health a ‘Silent Emergency’ (VOICER ONLY)

This is a silent emergency. That’s what Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon said in reaction to what he terms “the dismal record on maternal health”. In remarks at the launch of the report: Progress of the World’s Women, the Secretary-General says it is unspeakable that one woman dies each minute from pregnancy or childbirth. Donn Bobb reports [...]

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The Role of the GA President is to Bring people Together – US UN Ambassador

During his inaugural address, incoming General Assembly President Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann discussed a number of issues he hopes to cover during his presidency – including Security Council reform and role of international financial institutions, many of which are located in the nation’s capital. US UN Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad says the President’s job is to bring [...]

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Economic Crisis Impacting UN’s Work – French UN Ambassador

The economic crisis is impacting the work of the UN says Jean Maurise Ripert, French UN Ambassador. He says the upcoming General Debate will provide an opportunity for world leaders to address many of the world’s most pressing needs. Gail Walker reports The full stakeout by French UN Ambassador Jean Maurice Ripert is available below

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Daily 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 Enrique Yeves, Spokesperson for the President of the General Assembly.

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Zimbabweans sign power-sharing deal to end political crisis

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

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

Israel and Palestine differ on Tutu’s report on Beit Hanoun

Archbishop Desmond Tutu (photo) says he was appalled by the failure of the international community to bring to an end the suffering of the people of Gaza.

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

WHO says progress made in malaria control

The World Health Organization (WHO) says the global burden of malaria remains enormous, despite increased access to malaria control methods.

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

MidEast peace process at a crossroads: Serry

The Middle East peace process stands at a crossroads. That's the assessment of the Special coordinator for the MidEast Peace Process Robert Serry (photo).

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

UNIFEM calls for stronger accountability for gender equality

A new report by the UN Development Fund for Women – UNIFEM, reveals that much stronger accountability mechanisms for tracking progress on gender equality are needed in order to meet regional and international commitments to women's rights.

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

Hunger on the rise due to soaring food prices: FAO

There's a warning that the goal of halving the number of hungry people by 2015 is even more remote.

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

WHO report finds progress on malaria

The global fight against malaria has picked up pace, according to the World Health Organization's latest report, but more funding is needed to improve access to effective drugs and insecticide-treated bed nets that can prevent infection. Bissera Kostova has the story. (duration: 3’55″)

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

Archbishop Tutu reports on Israeli bombing of Beit Hanoun

Archbishop Desmond Tutu has appealed to the UN Human Rights Council to show the same concern for protecting Israelis from Palestinian attacks as it does for Palestinian suffering under Israeli occupation. He made his appeal as he presented the final report of his mission to the Palestinian town of Beit Hanoun which was bombed by [...]

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Humanitarian community moving quickly to help most vulnerable in Zimbabwe

The humanitarian community in Zimbabwe is moving quickly to provide assistance to those in need, particularly the most vulnerable.

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

Secretary-General calls record on maternal health "silent emergency"

This is a silent emergency.~That's what Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon said in reaction to what he terms "the dismal record on maternal health".

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

INDONESIAN #38: Fokus Fokus Kita

18 Sep 2008 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

It’s the UN’s Task to Take on Abuse Among Peacekeepers – New USG for Peacekeeping

Alain Le Roy, the new Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations says it’s the UN’s task to take on this issue of abusive peacekeepers. The new USG says his department hopes to work more closely with troop contributing countries to address the issue of abuse among peacekeepers. Gail Walker reports The full news conference is available below

17 Sep 2008 | Posted in | Read More »

UN to Organize First Ever Global Model UN Student Conference

The UN is organizing its first ever global model UN student conference next August and Kiyotaka Akasaka, the Under-Secretary-General of Public Information says the event will target university-level students from Model UN programs around the world. The Under-Secretary-General underscored the importance of reaching out to youth. Gail Walker reports The full news conference is available [...]

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UN Security Council Condemns Attack on US Embassy in Yemen

Calling for the perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of the attack against the US Embassy in Yemen to be brought to justice, the UN Security Council condemned the attack ‘in the strongest terms’. Gail Walker reports The full stakeout is available below

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US Ambassador Condemns the Attack on US Embassy in Yemen

The car bomb attack on the US Embassy in Yemen was condemned by the United States. Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo expressed her support of the UN Security Council’s condemnation of the attack and says Yemeni authorities have been very cooperative. Gail Walker reports The full stakeout is available below

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The New USG for Peacekeeping Says 80% of UNAMID in Place in Darfur by Year’s End is Optimistic

Alain Le Roy, the new Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations has called the goal of having eighty percent of the UNAMID troops on the ground by the end of the year overly optimistic. He says fifty percent is more realistic. Gail Walker reports The full news conference is available below

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Climate Change is Secretary-General’s Top Priority

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says climate change is the UN’s and the world’s top priority. According to the SG nations must agree on a way to deal with it by the end of next year. He says it is this generation’s political and historical responsibility to leave the earth in good shape for generations to come. [...]

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U.S. Economic Downturn may Threaten Millennium Development Goals – Secretary-General

The economic downturn in the world, and particularly in the United States may make it difficult to reach the Millennium Development Goals by the target date of 2015, according to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. He intends to call world leaders to a meeting on stepping up efforts to reach the goals on September 25th in New [...]

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I was Inspired by the GA President’s Inaugural Speech – French UN Ambassador

Jean Maurice Ripert, the French Ambassador to the United Nations says the inaugural speech of incoming General Assembly President Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann was inspiring. However, the Ambassador said the President has to work with all member states and he cautioned against sharing views that might alienate those members. Two reports by Gail Walker: Report One [...]

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Daily Noon Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Full noon briefing by Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General Marie Okabe and new General Assembly President Spokesperson Enrique Yeves.

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Financial crisis makes Doha Agreement still more vital: UNCTAD,WTO

Concluding the now-stalled Doha trade negotiations is increasingly critical as the global financial crisis spreads.

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

WFP triples aid deliveries to storm-ravaged Haiti

The UN food agency – WFP has tripled the amount of food being sent to tens of thousands of people in storm-ravaged Haiti.

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

HINDI #37: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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HINDI #38: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

17 Sep 2008 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

UN chief strongly condemns bombing of US Embassy in Yemen

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned Wednesday's terrorist bombing of the United States Embassy in Sana'a, Yemen.

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

Raise farm production to end food crisis: Diouf

The way out of the global food crisis, which has plunged at least 75 million more humans into hunger and poverty, lies in increased agricultural production.

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

UN assessment mission to visit Moscow, South Ossetia and Tblisi

A UN humanitarian assessment mission is now in North Ossetia.

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

Intense fighting reported between Congolese arms and rebels

The UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC) has confirmed that intense fighting broke out Tuesday between the Congolese army and rebels loyal to General Laurent Nkunda.

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

Ban recommends creation of a UN military force to replace EUFOR in Chad, CAR

The causes of insecurity and instability in Chad, the Central African Republic and the sub-region include weak institutions and poor infrastructure.

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

ILO says sexual exploitation of children is widespread

Preparations are under way for the World Congress against Sexual Exploitation of Children to be held in Brazil in November this year.

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

Security Council strongly condemns terrorist attack in Yemen

Members of the UN Security Council have strongly condemned Wednesday's terrorist attack at the entrance to the US Embassy in Sana'a, Yemen which caused the death of Yemeni security personnel as well as numerous injuries.

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

Impact of US financial crisis on the world

The woes in US financial markets are causing citizens to wonder what the impact will be on other economies, especially more vulnerable ones. Diane Bailey put that question to the UN Conference on Trade and Development's Heiner Flassbeck, the main author of the Trade and Development Report released today. Duration: 7’34″

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

Priorities of Today’s World are Skewed – New GA President

The world faces a number of challenges and problems and Mr. Miguel D’Escoto the president of the 63rd General Assembly says the priorities of the today’s world are skewed. He says we are all responsible for that situation and the important thing now is to determine who to get our priorities back on track. Gail [...]

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New GA President to Take on the Democratization of the United Nations

There are number of issues that Mr. Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann, the president of the 63rd General Assembly says he wants to address during his tenure. The democratization of the UN is one such topic. The president says he knows these are thorny issues but he says he’s prepared to take on this issue and others. [...]

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ILO to Hold Session in Advance of Third World Conference Against Sex Exploitation of Children

The Third World Conference Against the Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents is scheduled to take place in Rio de Janerio, Brazil in November. In advance of the meeting the UN’s International Labor Organization will hold a preparatory meeting for non-governmental organizations to discuss key topics to be covered at the conference. One such topic [...]

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Situation in Somalia Continues to be Among the Wost in the World – ICRC

The International Committee of the Red Cross reports that the situation in Somalia continues to be among the worst in the world. The agency spokesperson says the drought and rising food prices has only made the situation worse. Gail Walker reports The full briefing is available below

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UN Refugee Agency Successfully Enters ‘Buffer-Zone’ North of Gori

UNHCR – the UN’s refugee agency – has sent assessment teams to Georgia and have finally been able to enter the so-called buffer-zone north of Georgia’s Gori. The agency spokesperson says the UNHCR now plans to conduct regular assessment missions to the buffer-zone. Gail Walker reports The full briefing is available below.

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Conditions in Darfur Deteriorating – Special Rapporteur on Sudan

The UN Human Rights Council Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Sudan, Sima Samar, says conditions in Darfur in terms of security and access to people in needed are deteriorating. She says all sides are guilty of human rights abuses, but the Government has a special responsibility to protect its people. Jerry Piasecki reports. Full [...]

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Civilian Deaths Sharply Increasing in Afghanistan

The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights says civilian deaths in Afghanistan sharply increased in the first 8 months of this year compared to last. Spokesperson Rupert Coville says Taliban killings have almost doubled, while action by pro-government forces have killed about 20% more civilians in 2008. Jerry Piasecki reports. Full [...]

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Daily Noon Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

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

16 Sep 2008 | Posted in | Read More »

Human Rights continue to deteriorate in Sudan: UN expert

A United Nations human rights expert says Sudan's human rights situation remains grim.

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

Civilian deaths up nearly 40 percent in Afghanistan: UN

New figures released by the United Nations show a sharp increase in the number of civilians killed in Afghanistan during the first 8 months of this year.

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

UN chief calls for decisive multilateral action on environmental threats

Decisive multilateral action on environmental threats and challenges can bring wide-ranging health, social and economic benefits.

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

Efforts on to combat commercial sexual exploitation of children

Geneva is the scene for a two-day meeting beginning Wednesday to discuss new dimensions of child trafficking, prostitution, pornography, abuse in travel and tourism.

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

UNHCR team enters Gori buffer zone since outbreak of Georgia conflict

UNHCR teams in Georgia have finally succeeded in entering the so-called "buffer-zone" north of the town of Gori over the weekend.

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

Meet the new General Assembly President

“You can call me Miguel, I am comfortable with that.”

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

Zimbabweans set to allocate cabinet posts

Political parties in Zimbabwe are set to start discussing the allocation of Cabinet posts after reaching a power-sharing agreement to end the country's political crisis.

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

Secretary-General lays out important issues facing General Assembly session

As the 63rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly began, Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon sat down with UN Radio for an exclusive interview.

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

State of the world deplorable: General Assembly President

The state of our world today is deplorable, inexcusable and therefore, shameful.

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

New GA president warns of global economic upheaval of unprecedented magnitude

A warning that we are in "a global economic upheaval of unprecedented magnitude."

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

Police Responsible for One of Every Five Killings in Brazil – Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions

Philip Alston, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial,Summary or Arbitrary Executions has released a new report that finds that on-duty police routinely resort to deadly force and that a large number of off-duty police take part in death squads and other forms of organized crime. Two reports by Gail Walker: Report One – Long Version [...]

15 Sep 2008 | Posted in | Read More »

UN’s Mine Action Program to Receive Nansen Refugee Award

Every year the UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees gives the Nansen Award to a person or group for outstanding services in supporting refugee causes. This year the award is being given to the UN Mine Action Program for its efforts to rid southern Lebanon of hundreds of thousands of munitions following Israel’s war to Lebanon [...]

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Democracy Essential for Peace, Human Rights and Development – Secretary-General

Speaking to the UN General Assembly meeting in observance of the International Day of Democracy, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says supporting democracies is essential to meeting the UN’s goals of peace, human rights and development. Jerry Piasecki reports. Full speech available below.

15 Sep 2008 | Posted in | Read More »

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