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UN Agencies Actively Work to Help the Displaced in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Tens of thousands of displaced in the Democratic Republic of Congo are being helped by various UN agencies. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the World Food program, the International Committee of the Red Cross and UNHCR – the UN refugee agency are all in the country helping to provide desperately needed [...]

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UN Relief and Works Agency Seeks Funding for Rebuilding Nahr al-Bared Refugee Camp in Lebanon

UNRWA – UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees – is in need of financial assistance in order to rebuild the Nahr al-Bared Palestinian Refugee Camp in northern Lebanon. The camp was destroyed last summer during the conflict between the Lebanese Army and Fatah al-Islam fighters. Karen AbuZayd, UNRWA’s Commissioner-General anticipates that the global [...]

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UN Chief in Communication with World Leaders About DRC Violence

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is currently in Asia but he is still in regular communication with various world leaders about the volatile situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Among the leaders he has spoken with are: DRC President Joseph Kabila, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, President Jakaya Kikwete who is the President of Tanzania and the [...]

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Secretary-General Discusses His Special Relationship with India

An audio clip of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon discussing his personal relationship with India. The UN Chief is in New Delhi, India as part of a four-nation visit to Asia. During his official trip he will visit the Philippines, India, Nepal and Bangladesh.

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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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UN human rights chief is concerned about violations in DR Congo

United Nations human rights chief, Navi Pillay, has expressed deep concern over the increasing number of killings and human rights violations in the North Kivu Province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Congolese refugees cross into Uganda

Many people fleeing fighting in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo are moving towards Uganda.

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UNICEF warns of the dangers of outbreak of disease among displaced

The UN children's agency-UNICEF on Friday warned that the effects of the recurrent displacements in the Democratic Republic of Congo are devastating for children and for women.

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The UN General Assembly again calls on the United States to end its economic, commercial and financial embargo against Cuba

Caribbean News Round-Up: a weekly 15-minute news magazine on developments at the United Nations concerning the Caribbean. Antigua and Barbuda says the group of 77 and China has repeatedly condemned the use of coercive measures to prevent states from deciding their own political and social systems Guyana says the embargo against Cuba is of particular [...]

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News study finds problem of trafficking within South Africa

A new survey conducted for six months has found that South Africa is facing the problem of trafficking in people within the country.

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UNHCR rushes assistance to Palestinians on Iraq-Syria border

The UN refugee agency has rushed assistance to hundreds of Palestinian refugees stuck in camps on the Iraq-Syria border after heavy rain and flooding caused chaos and misery.

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Red Cross appeals for 9 million Swiss francs for Pakistan

The International Committee of the Red Cross has appealed for 9 million Swiss francs to help the victims of the earthquake which struck Pakistan on Tuesday.

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Ban Ki-moon calls for disengagement of forces in DR Congo

United Nations Secretary-General Ban ki-moon has called for the disengagement of forces in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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UN chief impressed with India's progress in meeting MDG's

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday wrapped up his visit to India, with meetings with President Pratibha Patil, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee, as well as with the UN Country Team.

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UN agencies help displaced people in eastern DRC

The UN and its humanitarian agencies are extremely concerned about the fate of people in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Panel meets on global financial crisis

Likening the global economic crisis to a plague, United Nations General Assembly President Miguel d'Escoto Brockman invited some of the best informed experts to help point the way to a long-term solution. Duration: 4’38″)

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The Philippines hosts a Global Forum on Migration and Development.

UN Calling Asia – a weekly magazine programme, in English, that keeps you in touch with UN developments covering Asia and the Pacific. The world is on the move. Approximately 200 million people are living outside their country of origin. For this reason, experts gathered this week in Manila, the capital of The Philippines, for [...]

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URDU #44: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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URDU #43: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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Rwandan Widows: Healing from the 1994 Genocide

Women: a weekly 14-minute news magazine that looks at issues affecting women around the world. Almost a million people were killed during the one hundred days in 1994 in which a horrific genocide in Rwanda took place. Many of the survivors are women who lost husbands and children, and who are now left with physical [...]

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UNICEF Says Situation in DRC is Devastating for Women and Children

The continued unrest in the Goma region of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has led to tens of thousands of internally displaced in the country and in neighboring countries. UNICEF Spokesperson Jaya Murthy says the situation is especially difficult for women and children. He described the situation for them as devastating. Gail Walker reports The [...]

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Fighting and Looting in Eastern DRC Forces UNHCR Staff to Restrict Their Movement in the Region

The volatile situation in Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has forced staff of the UN refugee agency to restrict their movement in the area. Aid supplies are available in the region but cannot be easily moved to areas where they are needed the most due to insecurity. Gail Walker reports The full interview [...]

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Unstable Security Situation in the DRC Impacting Work of the World Food Program

The unstable security situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo has severely impacted the efforts of the World Food Program to aid those in need in the country. Gail Walker reports The full interview is available below

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Stakes are Too High for Quick Fixes Behind Closed Doors to Financial Crisis – GA President

General Assembly President Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann says when it comes to addressing the global financial crisis all countries should be involved and not just wealthy ones. Gail Walker reports The full speech is available below

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GAVI-Funded Immunization Programs Have Prevented More Than Three Million Deaths

The World Health Organization reports that immunization programs in the developing world that are funded by the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) have prevent more than three million deaths between 200 and 2008. The averted deaths were measured by the number of vaccines administered against three major disease killers, HIB, the leading cause [...]

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Finance Expert Calls for Equitable Development When Addressing the Global Financial Crisis

Joseph Stiglitz, Co-president of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue and Columbia University Professor says effectively addressing the financial crisis will require taking social justice, solidarity and fairness into consideration. The Professor was at the United Nations to participate in a thematic debate on the global financial crisis organized by General Assembly President Miguel D'Escoto Brockmann. [...]

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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.

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Fighting intensifies in eastern DR Congo

UN and Africa – a weekly 15-minute radio programme on political, social, economic and other developments related to Africa. Fighting intensifies in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo between rebel fighters and Congolese troops. This is forcing thousands of people to flee their homes. The UN mission is doing all it [...]

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General Assembly holds meeting on financial crisis

The President of the UN General Assembly Miguel d'Escoto (photo) has established a high-level task force of experts to study the financial crisis and to suggest steps to secure a more stable global economic order.

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WFP to provide food assistance to Pakistani earthquake victims

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) says it will provide food assistance to nearly 20 thousand people who lost homes and belongings in the earthquake that struck parts of Baluchistan province in Pakistan on Wednesday.

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WFP distributes food to Goma in DR Congo

The World Food Programme (WFP) says that it has been able to distribute food to key nutritional centres and hospitals inside Goma in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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UN assesses bombing damage in Somalia

The United Nations has sent an emergency team to Hargeysa in Somalia to assess the situation and the damage and then decide on the next steps.

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UN rushing aid to Pakistan quake survivors

United Nations agencies are stepping up efforts to assist some 20,000 people displaced by Wednesday's deadly earthquake in Pakistan.

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Another UN peacekeeper killed in Darfur

A South African peacekeeper has been killed, and another injured in the latest attack on the UN peacekeeping mission in Sudan's Darfur region.

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WFP unable to bring in food aid for people displaced by fighting in the DRC

The World Food Programme reports that it has been able to distribute food to key nutritional centres and hospitals in Goma yesterday, but the agency says it's not able to meet all the nutritional needs of people in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Quake hits Pakistan; over 200 dead: UN responds

An earthquake registering 6.4 on the Richter scale struck parts of Balochistan, Pakistan on Wednesday.

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Special Representative gives local high school students a UN Day lesson

On UN Day, October 24th, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict explained to a group of high school students why they should care about the United Nations:

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Climate change high on agenda in Ban's first day in India

Climate change is a defining issue of our era, and addressing it requires leadership from the private sector as well as the governments.

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Quake hits Pakistan; over 200 dead: UN responds

An earthquake registering 6.4 on the Richter scale struck parts of Balochistan, Pakistan on Wednesday.

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UN envoy says non-Lebanese armed groups pose a threat to Lebanon

The UN envoy for the Middle East, Terje Roerd Larsen (photo), has warned that non-Lebanese armed groups are posing a serious threat to the stability and sovereignty of Lebanon.

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Special Adviser on Gender Says Women Play Key Roles in Efforts to Promote Peace and Security

Women play varying roles in efforts to promote peace and Rachel Mayanga, the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Gender issues and Advancement of Women says as victims of war they offer unique solutions to conflict. Gail Walker reports The full speech is available below

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Women are a Driving Force Behind Conflict Prevention and Management – Special Adviser on Gender

Women are a driving force behind conflict prevention and management according to Rachel Mayanga, the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Gender issues and Advancement of Women. The Special Adviser made her remarks at a Security Council meeting on women peace and security. Gail Walker reports The full speech is available below

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Secretary-General Expresses Concern Over the Violence and Displacement in DRC

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is concerned about the on-going violence and the displacement of thousands in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Gail Walker reports The full speech is available below

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Again UN Adopts Resolution Calling for an End to the US Embargo on Cuba

Every year since 1992 the UN General Assembly has voted against the US embargo of Cuba. This year was no exception. One hundred and eighty-five nations voted for the resolution with the United States, Israel and Palau voting against it. Two member states – Micronesia and Marshall Island abstained. Gail Walker reports

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UN Targeted by Suicide Bombs in Somalia

The UN Development Compound in Somaliland, Somalia was the target of a series of suicide bombs. At least forty people were killed in the blast and dozens injured. The UN has begun evacuating some staff from the area. Gail Walker reports The full interview is available below

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Secretary-General Ban Says Migration Can Help Lift the World out of the Economic Crisis

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says migration can help lift the world out of the economic crisis. Two reports by Gail Walker: Report One – Long Version Report Two – Short Version The full speech is available below

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Migrants Offer Benefits for Their Home and Adopted Countries – Secretary-General

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says migrants offer multiple benefits to their home and adopted countries. The UN chief urged nations to talk about how to protect migrant rights and to improve migration policy. Gail Walker reports The full speech is available below

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UN Secretary-General Says International Cooperation Can Help Address Global Crises

The world is facing multiple global crises and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says only through international cooperation can the challenges be addressed. Gail Walker reports The full speech is available below

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More attention being paid to gender equality in peacebuilding: Mayanja

Significant gains have been made in gender mainstreaming in peacekeeping and humanitarian assistance.

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Darfur conflict will end through a negotiated political settlement: Le Roy

The UN Africa Union Assistance Mission in Darfur-UNAMID will not solve the problems of Darfur.

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Ban in talks with leaders of DRC and Rwanda on hostilities in eastern Congo

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed deep concern over the current hostilities in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC.

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UN stands ready to respond to Pakistan's needs after earthquake: UN chief

The Secretary-General is deeply saddened by the loss of life and destruction of property suffered by the people of Baluchistan, Pakistan, after the earthquake that struck the area Wednesday morning.

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Ban condemns multiple attacks in northern Somalia

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon vehemently condemns the multiple bomb attacks in northern Somalia Wednesday.

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Secretary-General alarmed by escalation of violence in DRC

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed alarm at the escalation of violence in North Kivu in the past 24 hours.

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Tensions escalate in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Up to 45,000 thousand frightened Congolese have now reportedly fled camps in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, heading to the capital of North Kivu province, Goma.

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Migration forum opens in The Philippines

Approximately 200 million people are living outside their country of origin.

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WHO fears outbreak of communicable diseases in DRC

The World Health Organization fears the escalating conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu province will have major health consequences in terms of violence-related injuries for the hundreds of thousands of people who have been forced to flee the fighting.

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Situation remains tense in Goma: UN

The situation remains very tense in and around Goma. There's no fighting in the town of Goma at present, but sporadic gunfire can be heard from its surroundings.

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Tens of thousands Congolese flee sites for internally displaced people: UNHCR

Tens of thousands of frightened Congolese citizens have fled sites for displaced people in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday and streamed into a nearby provincial capital.

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Situation in DRC Changing by the Hour – SRSG Doss

Alan Doss, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for the mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo says the situation in the the country is very fluid and is changing by the hour. The UN mission known as MONUC has been struggling to protect Congolese civilians caught in the crossfire between MONUC and members of the CNDP [...]

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Sudanese Ambassador Condemns Killing of Chinese Oil Workers

Sudan’s UN Ambassador Adalmahmood Abdalhaleem Mohamad condemned the killing of five Chinese oil workers in Darfur. The five were among nine Chinese oil workers seized in Kordofan, near the region of Darfur, more than a week ago. Two others are thought to have escaped, and two are still being held captive. China is a key [...]

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Millions of Iraqis are at Risk due to Contaminated Water – International Committee of the Red Cross

There are many residual affects of the war in Iraq – including contaminated water systems. The International Committee of the Red Cross is concerned about the impact of contaminated water on the health of Iraqis. Gail Walker reports The full briefing is available below

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UN Agencies Concerned About Thousands Displaced in Yemen by Severe Floods

UN agencies are concerned about the plight of more than 10,000 Yemeni citizens displaced by severe flooding following torrential rain in the provinces of Hadramout, al Mahra and other parts. These areas have now been declared disaster areas by the government. The UN Refugee Agency – UNHCR – has already sent 11 trucks carrying non-food [...]

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Secretary-General Arrives in Manila to Start Four-Nation Asian Trip

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived Tuesday evening in Manila, the Philippines, at the start of a four-nation tour. He was warmly received at the airport. UN Radio’s Hak-Fan Lau reports

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World Food Program Prepares to Assist Almost Two Million Cuban Hurricane Survivors

Hurricanes Gustav and Ike have created as much as $5 billion in damage in Cuba, destroying crops, killing farm animals and damaging homes. The World Food Program is preparing to help by providing food assistance to close to 1.8 million Cubans. Gail Walker reports The full briefing is available below

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World Food Program Works to Address Food Insecurity in DRC Caused by Continued Fighting

The on-going fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo has lead to a a surge in internally displaced persons and has contributed to food insecurity in the country. The World Food Program says reaching those in need has been challenging but agency spokesperson Emilia Casella says some of its efforts have born fruit. Gail Walker [...]

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UN Refugee Agency Prepares to Assist 30,000 Displaced in Democratic Republic of Congo

Humanitarian aid agencies estimate that there are as many as 30,000 internally displaced persons in the Democratic Republic of Congo due to on-going fighting in the country. The UN Refugee Agency – UNHCR – is making plans to assist the newly displaced Congolese refugees. Gail Walker reports The full briefing 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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Hunger in the world reaching alarming levels: de Schutter

The situation of hunger in the world is alarming. That's the assessment of the UN Human Rights Council's independent expert on the right to food Olivier de Schutter.

28 Oct 2008 | Posted in Food Crisis, Today's News | Read More »

UN humanitarian chief urges donors to meet the pressing needs of Haiti

Donors have contributed or pledged about 40 per cent of the $107 million dollar appeal to help storm-ravaged Haiti recover from two tropical Storms and two hurricanes.

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WFP concerned over lack of access to thousands of displaced people in eastern Congo

The World Food Programme is extremely concerned about the situation in the eastern part of Congo where fierce fighting has displaced thousands.

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WFP launches assistance to flood victims in Yemen

The World Food Programme has launched an assistance programme for 20,000 people affected by the floods in Yemen.

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Lack of mutual trust main challenge to Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Sudan

A new report says the lack of mutual trust and confidence between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) remains the main challenge for the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).

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Ban Ki-moon arrived in Manila at the start of four-nation Asian trip

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived Tuesday evening in Manila, the Philippines, at the start of a four-nation tour.

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MONUC battles rebel fighters in eastern DRC

The crisis continues in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo where fighting between government forces and rebels has displaced thousands of people.

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Right to Food expert says simply increasing production will not solve food crisis

De Schutter:The food crisis is still with us.

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UN warns of narco-trafficking threat to security in West Africa

The top UN official leading the fight against drugs and crime has warned that “West Africa is at risk of becoming an epicentre for drug trafficking and the crime and corruption associated with it”.

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Situation remains fluid in eastern DRC: Doss

The situation remains fluid in Goma in the Democratic Republic of the Congo – DRC.

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Second Global Forum meets on Migration and Development

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is in the Philippines where he will be addressing representatives of over 160 countries on the issue of migration and development. UN Radio's Hak Fan Lau spoke to Thomas Steltzer, Secretary of the Chief Executives Board of the United Nations about what will be happening there. (duration: 3’33″)

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UN chief concerned over illicit drug trade in West Africa

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed deep concern over the illicit drug trade that continues to gain ground in West Africa.

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Many US Cities as Unequal as Developing Nations – New Report on World’s Cities

UN-Habitat,the UN agency for human settlements has issued its 2008 State of the World’s Cities Report. Among the report findings are indications that some US cities are as unequal as some developing nations. Gail Walker reports The full news conference is available below

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WHO Updates its 2004 Global Burden Disease Report

The World Health Organization has issued an update on its 2004 Global Burden Disease Report focuses on available information on mortality, causes of death, disease and disability. Depression is identified as a leading cause of disability. Dr. Ties Boerma, WHO’s Director of Health and Statistics and Informatics says countries have a backlog of two to [...]

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Conditions Improving in Haiti But Needs Remain High – USG for Humanitarian Affairs

John Holmes,the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator has just returned from a two-day visit to Haiti to access the humanitarian situation there. The Under-Secretary-General says conditions are improving but he says the people are still in need of help. Mr. Holmes says forty percent or $45 million of the $107 million appeal [...]

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UN to Support International Efforts to Address and Alleviate Financial Crisis

The Executive Heads of UN Specialized Agencies Funds and Programs, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have gathered at the United Nations to conduct a wide ranging assessment of the ongoing global financial crisis and the threat of recession that holds serious risks for people, families and communities everywhere. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [...]

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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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IFAD US$10 million rescue package for farmers in Haiti

Communities in Haiti suffering severe food insecurity are to be assisted by a US$ 10 million package which will quickly boost the country's battered agriculture sector.

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Window of opportunity remains open in Cote d'Ivoire: UN envoy

The two most crucial issues facing Cote d'Ivoire at this time are identification and elections.

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WHO says heart and lung diseases are the leading causes of death worldwide

The World Health Organization says heart and lung diseases are the leading causes of death worldwide killing about 17 million people annually.

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UN chief warns "hard-won economic gains in jeopardy"

Hard-won economic gains are in jeopardy as a result of the turmoil in world financial markets and the serious threat of a global recession.

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Iran urged to implement transparency measures in the peaceful nature of its nuclear programme

It's been six years since the UN nuclear watchdog – IAEA- began working to clarify Iran's nuclear programme.

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OCHA expresses concern about humanitarian situation in eastern DRC

As the security situation continues to deteriorate in eastern DR Congo, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says it is concerned about the humanitarian situation there.

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Fighting in eastern DRC affects food aid delivery

The World Food Programme (WFP) reports that fighting and massive displacement in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo is affecting food delivery to scores of needy people. Dianne Penn has the story.

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ICC Pre-Trial Chamber considering arrest warrant for President of Sudan

The International Criminal Court, the ICC, appears to be getting closer to a decision on issuing an arrest warrant against the President of Sudan, Omar Al-Bashir for alleged crimes committed in Darfur.

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UN chief concerned by deteriorating security situation in North Kivu

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is extremely concerned by the further deterioration in the security situation in North Kivu, and in particular developments in Rumangabo and in Goma and its impact on civilians.

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UN envoy welcomes Somali ceasefire agreement

Special envoy for Somalia, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, has welcomed the ceasefire agreement signed this weekend in Djibouti between the Transitional Federal Government and the opposition Alliance for the Re-Liberation of Somalia.

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Coastal areas facing danger from climate change: UN- Habitat

Climate change could lead to higher sea levels, affecting most of the world's coastal cities and towns.

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Housing crisis Becoming an International Concern – Independent Expert on Adequate Housing

Raquel Rolnik, the Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing says just like the financial crisis, the housing crisis is being felt in various parts of the world. Ms. Rolnik says millions have been impacted by foreclosures and she says millions more may face eviction due to the inability to pay their mortgage. Gail Walker reports The [...]

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Torture Still a Global Problem – Independent Expert on Torture and Cruel Treatment

Manfred Nowak, the Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel and Inhumane or Degrading Treatment says torture continues to be an international problem. The Special Rapporteur says millons worldwide are suffering forms of torture or cruel treatment. Gail Walker reports The full news conference is available below

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Special Rapporteur on Torture Criticizes Lengthy Detention by Police

Manfred Nowak, the Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel and Inhumane or Degrading Treatment says lengthy detention by police is an indication of corrupt, under-resourced judicial systems. He says certain people are especially vulnerable. Two reports by Gail Walker: Report One – Long Version Report Two – Short Version The full news conference is [...]

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WFP to Receive First Shipment of Nutritious Food for Malnourished Somali Children

Malnutrition is becoming a serious problem in the war-ravaged country of Somalia – especially among children. The World Food Program is preparing to receive the first shipment of a peanut-based high nutrition food product that is designed to help prevent the problem from becoming an acute one. Gail Walker reports The full briefing is available [...]

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European Forest Week Participants Urge Nations to Build Green

Participants of European Forest Week held throughout Europe between October 20th and 24th are urging nations to build green – especially with wood. Gail Walker reports The full briefing is available below

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WFP Delivers Food for More Than a Half Million in Haiti

The World Food Program is now providing regular food assistance to more than half a million victims of a series of deadly cyclones and tropical storms that battered the island of Haiti last month. Gail Walker reports The full briefing is available below

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UN Refugee Agency Assists Iraqi Christians Fleeing Violence

Iraqi Christians who fled violence in Iraq and Syria are being assisted by the UNHCR – the UN’s refugee agency. UNHCR Spokesperson says the agency has helped more than 1700 Iraq families. Gail Walker reports The full briefing is available below

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Angelina Jolie Makes First Trip to Afghanistan to Learn More About Plight of Returning Refugees

Activist and actress Angelina Jolie has just returned from her first trip to Afghanistan where she gained a better understanding of the challenges related to refugee return and reintegration. Ron Redmond of the UN’s refugee agency – UNHCR – says the UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador has called for more international support to meet critical needs during [...]

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Secretary-General Celebrates UN Day with a Call for Renewed Commitment to Achieve MDGs

October 24th is UN Day. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon used the occasion to call for a renewed commitment to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. Gail Walker reports The full speech 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.

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Ban/economists discuss challenges facing developing countries

The special challenges facing the developing countries in the context of the worldwide financial crisis and its likely consequences was the focus of discussion Thursday when UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with five eminent economists to share their views and brainstorm on the international economic situation.

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WFP says more people need food aid in eastern DR Congo

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) says it needs 46 million dollars to enable it to continue its humanitarian operation in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the end of next year. Patrick Maigua sent us this report from Geneva.

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The UN General Assembly welcomes the initiative by CARICOM to erect a permanent memorial to victims of the transatlantic slave trade

Caribbean News Round-Up: a weekly 15-minute news magazine on developments at the United Nations concerning the Caribbean. The Bahamas says the legacy of the slave trade highlights the capacity to speak out against injustice; Jamaica laments the fact that it took 200 years to acknowledge slavery and the slave trade as crimes against humanity; Antigua [...]

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Angelina Jolie appeals for support to Afghans returning home

UN refugee agency goodwill ambassador, actress Angelina Jolie has appealed to the international community to help Afghans who are returning home so that they properly resettled.

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

This is a crucial year in the life of the UN: Ban

This is a crucial year in the life of our United Nations. That's what Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a message marking UN Day, celebrated to mark the entry into force of the UN Charter on 24 October 1945.~

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Over 60,000 receive "Supplementary Plumpy" in Somalia

The World Food Programme (WFP) expects to receive shipment of high nutrition food products to feed more than 60,000 children in Somalia on Saturday.

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Bangladesh's BRAC awarded Hilton Prize

UN Calling Asia – a weekly magazine programme, in English, that keeps you in touch with UN developments covering Asia and the Pacific. For its work in significantly alleviating human suffering, BRAC, the largest non-profit organization in the developing world, has been awarded the largest humanitarian prize. The 1.5 million dollar Conrad Hilton prize was [...]

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Secretary-General says world free of nuclear weapons is global public good

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday called on all States that are parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty to start negotiations on effective measures leading to disarmament.

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DPRK suffers from serious food shortages

Despite a recent improvement in harvests and record donations from the World Food Programme, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea is facing its worst food crisis in more than a decade. The UN's Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in the country says up to two-thirds of all North Koreans are deprived of sufficient [...]

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

Yo-Yo Ma helps celebrate UN Day, 24 October 2008

Music draws people together, and this evening at the UN, in celebration of UN Day, renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma will lead his Silk Road Ensemble in a special concert at the UN. A United Nations Messenger for Peace, Yo-Yo Ma is founder and artistic director of the Silk Road Ensemble, which is made up of [...]

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Concessional development resources critical for least developed countries

For the least developed countries, concessional development resources remain critical for the achievement of their development goals.

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

UN agencies seek $30 million to help Cuba struck by storms and hurricanes

United Nations agencies have appealed for $30 million to help survivors of four tropical storms and hurricanes which recently struck Cuba.

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Human rights situation in DPRK remains grave: rights expert

The human rights situation in the Democratic Republic of Korea –DPRK- remains grave.

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Torture still standard practice in many countries: Novak

Torture is still a frequent or even standard practice in many countries, 60 years after the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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

A preview of tonight's UN day concert

A concert by the Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma, acclaimed cellist and United Nations Messenger of Peace, will mark this year's celebration of United Nations Day in New York. The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma was founded in 1998 by Yo-Yo Ma to promote creative cross-cultural exchange and learning through the arts. The [...]

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Progress in making peace and security architecture more sensitive to women: report

There's progress in making the U.N.'s overall peace and security architecture more sensitive to women's needs.

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

UN executive heads pledge leadership in dealing with financial crisis

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for a "new solidarity" among countries to face the gathering storm of the global financial crisis. He said the crisis is bound to cause the greatest hardship to those least responsible – the poor in developing countries.

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The World’s Challenges are Interdependent and So Must Be Our Solutions – Bill Clinton

Speaking at the UN on the issue of the food crisis in honor of this year’s World Food Day, former US president Bill Clinton says just as our challenges are interdependent so must be our solutions. Gail Walker reports The full speech is available below

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Financial Crisis Doesn’t Mean World Can Ignore Food Crisis – Secretary-General

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the financial crisis doesn’t mean the world can ignore the global food crisis. The UN Chief recommends a multi-faceted approach to the problem. The Secretary-General was speaking at the UN on the occasion of World Food Day. Gail Walker reports The full speech is available below

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Combatting Climate Change Rates High on Radar of Today’s Young People – UNEP Report

Nearly 90 per cent of young people across the globe think world leaders should do “whatever it takes” to tackle climate change. This is among the top findings of a new poll conducted on behalf of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The survey of 12 to 18 year-olds in five countries (Brazil, India, Russia, [...]

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Caribbean States Urge Recognition of Caribbean Sea as a Special Area

The Caribbean Sea is an invaluable resources for Caribbean Islands and that’s why representatives of the Association of Caribbean States want to see it designated as a special area. Members of the Association are at the United Nations to encourage such recognition. Gail Walker reports The full news conference is available below

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Independent Expert on Human Rights and Terrorism Anticipates Guantanamo Will be Closed by Next US President

Martin Scheinin, the Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights while Countering Terrorism expects that the Guantanamo detention center will be closed by the next US president no matter who he is. Gail Walker reports The full interview is available below

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UK Sent Wrong Message When it Used Anti-Terror Laws Against Iceland – UN Expert on Human Rights and Terrorism

England’s use of anti-terror laws against Iceland to seize Icelandic resources to protect British savers with money in those banks sends the wrong message according to Martin Scheinin, the Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights while Countering Terrorism. Gail Walker reports The full news conference is available below

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USG for Humanitarian Affairs to Visit Storm-Struck Haiti to Assess Humanitarian Needs

John Holmes, the Under-Secretary-general for Humanitarian Affairs is travelling to Haiti to assess the response to a series of storms that have ravaged the impoverished Caribbean nation recently. Four tropical storms – Fay, Gustav, Hanna and Ike – battered Haiti between mid-August and mid-September, leaving a trail of devastation in their wake. During his two-day [...]

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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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UN humanitarian chief in Haiti to assess situation on the ground

The top UN humanitarian official is in Haiti to getter a better idea of the situation in the country following the devastation caused by two hurricanes and two tropical storms.

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

Wealth and poverty coexist in cities around the world: UN-Habitat

In many cities around the world, wealth and poverty coexist in close proximity.

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

Africa at a crossroads: Djibouti

Africa is at a cross roads with some countries making good progress as a result of better macro-economic management and a growing confidence on the part of international investors.

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

Gaza facing health emergency: ICRC

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is warning of a health emergency in Gaza.

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

World Bank offers strong support for Haiti's efforts to overcome poverty

World Bank Group President Robert B. Zoellick has emphasized his strong support for Haiti's efforts to overcome poverty and recover from recent natural disasters.

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

More than a million now displaced in Somalia: OCHA

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reports the displacement from Mogadishu of more than 35,000 people during September.

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

Habitat report ranks cities by equality

In many cities around the world, wealth and poverty coexist in close proximity. This does not lead to harmonious cities, according to UN-Habitat. The agency's "State of the World's Cities" report this year measures income distribution in a sample of cities across the globe. Bissera Kostova has more on this. (duration: 3’57″)

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

Uganda joins Security Council as non-permanent member

UN and Africa – a weekly 15-minute radio programme on political, social, economic and other developments related to Africa. •Uganda will be joining the Security Council next year as a non-permanent member of the 15-member body. The country's representative to the UN Ambassador Francis Butagira (photo) talks about some of the issues that he would [...]

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Ban meets with eminent economists on global financial crisis

The current global financial crisis was the focus of meeting Thursday between Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and a group of eminent economists.

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Humanitarian chief visits Haiti

UN Humanitarian coordinator John Holmes is in Haiti to assess the response following a recent series of devastating hurricanes and tropical storms. Before leaving, he sat down with UN Radio's Ben Malor who asked about the dire situation in the Caribbean country. (duration: 3’57″)

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

Mortgage crisis shows markets alone cannot ensure housing for all – UN expert

The mortgage crisis that is at the heart of the current financial turmoil~reflects “fundamental” flaws in the way countries approach housing, and~highlights the danger in thinking that markets alone will ensure adequate~housing for all.~

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

Three Women Reporters receive Courage in Journalism Awards

Women: a weekly 14-minute news magazine that looks at issues affecting women around the world. Reporters from Afghanistan, Myanmar and Cyprus are the recipients of the 2008 Courage in Journalism Award presented this week by the International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF). Awards ceremony chair Judy Woodruff praised Farida Nekzad (photo, right) of Afghanistan, Aye Aye [...]

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Record Numbers Stand Up Against Poverty

The number of people worldwide who stood up against poverty has once again broken a world record. Last year, over 43 million people participated in the Stand Up Against Poverty campaign. They stood up to demand that world leaders keep their promises to end poverty and inequality . This year, a record number sent an [...]

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UNICEF Concerned About Cholera Outbreak in Guinea Bissau

Thousands have contracted cholera in Guinea Bissau and hundreds have died. UNICEF representative Silvia Luciani says the situation is the worst in the capital where most of the people live. Two reports by Gail Walker: Report One – Long Version Report Two – Short Version The full interview is available below

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Women Should be the Drivers of Their Own Recovery – UNDP Director of Crisis Prevention and Recovery

Post-conflict recovery is the subject of a new report issued by the UN Development Program (UNDP). Kathleen Cravero, UNDP’s Director of the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery says women suffer disproportionately during crisis and are often left out of the recovery process. She says women should be the drivers of their own recovery. Gail [...]

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The Netherlands Steps in to Provide Naval Escorts for Food Shipments to East Africa

The Netherlands is stepping in to provide naval escorts to the UN’s World Food Program to protect the shipments from piracy. The Dutch has stepped in as the Canadians ended their escort service. Gail Walker reports The full briefing is available below

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Restrictions on Movement for Palestinians Impacts Development Projects – USG for Political Affairs

The restriction on movement for Palestinians are impacting development projects in the Occupied Palestinian Territory says Lynn Pascoe, the Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs. Mr. Pascoe says UN projects are among the development efforts that are being jeopardized due to a lack of construction materials. Gail Walker reports The full speech is available below

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Palestinian Farmers Concerned About Olive Crops Amid Violence

Addressing the UN Security Council about the latest situation in the Middle East, Lynn Pascoe, the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs says Palestinian farmers are concerned about the welfare of their olive trees given the violence in the region. Gail Walker reports The full speech is available below

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WFP Starts Delivery of Emergency Food Supplies to Fight Child Malnutrition

In an effort to fight severe malnutrition in Somali children, the UN’s World Food Program has begun delivering highly nutritious food products to the war-torn country. The food – known by its brand name, ‘Supplementary Plumpy’ – will be used to feed 63,800 children over the next six months. This is the first time that [...]

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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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WFP supplies nutritional boost for children in Somalia

The World Food Programme, WFP, will begin delivering emergency supplies of food to children in Somalia.

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UN Chief congratulates Bolivia on referendum for new constitution

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed Bolivia's agreement to hold a referendum on a proposed new constitution for the country.

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

Situation on the ground in Palestinian territory not improving as it should: Pascoe

Despite recent efforts by the Palestinian Authority to improve the security and judicial systems, the situation on the ground is not improving in the way that is required.

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

Ban urges EU action on energy and climate package by the December deadline

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed the importance of the European Union concluding an energy and climate package by December this year.

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

LRA rebels attack village in northeastern DRC

Rebels from the Lord's Resistance Army on Sunday killed six Congolese civilians in an early morning attack on Bangadi, a village in northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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

WFP supplies supplement to Somali children

"Children are the first to suffer when food is scarce and conditions harsh," says the World Food Programme. That's why the UN food organization is rushing in supplies of a highly nutritious peanut-based food to Somalia, where it hopes to protect children from the ravages of the very worst stages of malnutrition. With more on [...]

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

A permanent slavery memorial at the UN

The General Assembly has paved the way for the creation of a permanent memorial for the victims of the four hundred-year long slave trade. The efforts to create the memorial at the United Nations Headquarters in New York have been spearheaded by Caribbean countries. UN Radio's Diane Bailey reports. (duration: 4’00″)

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

UN concerned over discrimination against women and torture in Iran

A UN report on human rights in Iran says the country has made progress in improving health and education for women, but still has a number of discriminatory laws against them.

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

Most Countries Have a Plan for Addressing Bird Flu But Many Haven’t Been Tested – UN Influenza Coordinator

Dr. David Nabarro, the Senior UN System Coordinator for Avian and Human Influenza says most countries have a plan for addressing bird flu but he says many of those plans haven’t been tested. Gail Walker reports The full briefing is available below

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Bird Flu Threat Less Today Than Three Years Ago

Dr. David Nabarro, the Senior UN System Coordinator for Avian and Human Influenza says there’s less of a threat of a bird flu pandemic today than there was in 2005 when break-outs of avian influenza were at a high point. Still the doctor says preparations for a possible pandemic are below par. Gail Walker reports [...]

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World Food Program Assisting Thousand of Displaced in DRC

Thousands of Congolese have been displaced due to renewed fighting in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The World Food Program. Despite a peace agreement signed in January this year, North Kivu province remains a tinderbox of intimidation and violence, with at least 100,000 people forced from their homes in recent months in Rutshuru district [...]

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UN’s Refugee Agency Voices Concern Over Apparent Shift in Yemen’s Migration Policy

Yemen’s Interior Ministry has announced that Ethiopians and Eritreans will be denied entry into the country. Yemen has until now allowed access to Somalis and non-Somalis seeking asylum. Ron Redmond, Spokesperson for UNHCR – the UN’s Refugee Agency has voiced concern about the apparent policy shift. As of last Friday more than 37,000 people have [...]

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European Nations Gather to Focus on Contribution of European Forests in Mitigating Climate Change

During the week of October 20-24 , a series of meetings will be held by European forestry-related partners at the Food and Agriculture Organization Headquarters in Rome, Italy. The Rome events will bring together hundreds of individuals from governments, non-governmental organizations, research institutions, regional and international networks, United Nations agencies and the private sector. Senior [...]

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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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Yemen may deny entry to Ethiopians, Eritreans

Yemen has detained more than 80 Ethiopians who have sought asylum after crossing the Gulf of Aden.

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

IMF welcomes comprehensive European response to financial crisis

Even though the global financial crisis will cause a sharp deceleration of economic activity, the comprehensive crisis management actions being undertaken should allow Europe to avoid a worse outcome.

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

Tackling poverty now even more imperative: Sha

Tackling poverty has become even more imperative as the global financial crisis jeopardizes economic growth and development gains made so far.

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

Businesses meet to urge action on climate change

Climate change will undoubtedly reshape the business landscape as we know it.

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

Conditions for an effective peacekeeping operation in Darfur absent: UN chief

Conditions required for an effective peacekeeping operation remain absent in Darfur.

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

Caring for Climate signatories hold first meeting

Representatives of corporations, governments, civil society organizations and United Nations agencies have gathered in Geneva to discuss the role of business in dealing with climate change. UN Radio's Diane Bailey reports. (duration: 3’54″)

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

Stopping the stigma associated with mental health

World Mental Health Day, October 10th, was observed at the United Nations a day before on the 9th , with a number of speakers, including Mary Guardino, executive director and founder of Freedom from Fear, a national mental illness advocacy association. Ms. Guardino spoke from the perspective of someone who actually struggled for years with [...]

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HINDI #43: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

duration: 14’30″)

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HINDI #44: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

duration: 14’29″

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INDONESIAN #42: Fokus Fokus Kita

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INDONESIAN #43: Fokus Fokus Kita

duration: 15’00″

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Plans for bird flu pandemic still not adequately tested: Nabarro

Most countries have plans to deal with a bird flu pandemic but many of those plans have still not been adequately tested to see whether or not they will be valid when the pandemic actually starts.

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

UN Chief Issues Report Voicing Concerns About Human Rights in Iran

Secretary-General Ban Ki moon has issued a new report which makes note about his concern regarding human rights in Iran. The report specifically mentions concerns about the rights of women and minorities, as well as on the death penalty, including juvenile executions and stoning. Gail Walker reports The full briefing is available below

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Uganda’s UN Ambassador Calls Appointment to Security Council a ‘Big Challenge’

Francis Butagira, Uganda’s UN Ambassador says the appointment of Uganda to a two year term on the Security Council is a big challenge that will offer an opportunity for the small African country to contribute to international peace and security. Uganda was elected along with Austria, Japan, Mexico and Turkey to two year terms to [...]

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Close to Half a Million Palestinian Children Stand Up Against Poverty

Close to half a million Palestinians children marked the International day for the Eradication of Poverty by standing up against poverty. John Ging, the Director of Operations for the UN’s Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees says the action helped to make their message to fight against poverty and for human rights very clear. [...]

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There are Multiple Effects of Illicit Tobacco Trade – WHO Team Leader

There are multiple effects of illicit tobacco trade including costs for governments as well as lost tax revenue. Gail Walker reports The full interview is available below

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Illicit Tobacco Trade is a Global Problem – WHO

Ahmed Ogwell, Team Leader for the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control says illicit tobacco trade is a global problem. He says $50 billion in taxes are lost annually due to illicit tobacco trade. Gail Walker reports The full interview is available below

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Global Financial Crisis Could Lead to Loss of Millions of Jobs – ILO Director-General

Juan Samovia, the Director-General of the International Labor Office estimates that millions will loose their jobs as a result of the global financial crisis. Gail Walker reports The full speech 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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Strong economic growth in Middle East and Central Asia to continue: IMF

The economies of Middle Eastern and Central Asian countries have mostly withstood the effects of the global financial crisis and will continue their above-average growth of about 6 per cent.

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

UN chief urges European Union to provide leadership on climate change

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he believes the European Union should continue to provide leadership on climate change, including through its ambitious energy and climate policy package.

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

ILO warns global financial crisis likely to increase unemployment by 20 million

The global financial crisis could increase world unemployment by an estimated 20 million women and men.

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

UN chief alarmed at increasing trend of killing aid workers

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the killing of aid workers in Somalia and Afghanistan.

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

Ban urges international community to act together to achieve MDG's

The international community must act together, and do so above all, to ensure that the negative impact of the financial crisis on the world's economies does not undermine the major UN efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

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

Uganda wants Security Council to focus on peace

Uganda will be joining the Security Council next year as a non-permanent member of the 15-nation body. The five permanent members of the Security Council are China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. Uganda was elected on Friday together with Austria, Japan, Mexico and Turkey to serve for two years beginning in [...]

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The effects of illicit trade in tobacco

Experts are meeting in Geneva to try and stem the lucrative illicit trade in cigarettes and other tobacco products. Ahmed Ogwell, one of the experts taking part in the negotiations, tells UN Radio’s Alpha Diallo that smuggling and counterfeiting of tobacco not only encourage younger smokers to take up the habit, but they also deprive [...]

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UN report points to rights of women and minorities in Iran

A review of the human rights situation in Iran, points to some concerns over the rights of women and of minorities, as well as on the death penalty, including juvenile executions and stoning.

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

New report says no alternative to dialogue in Myanmar

There's a new report out on the human rights situation in Myanmar.

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

DSG and GA President Joins Effort to Stand Up and Take Action Against Poverty

Asha rose Migiro, Deputy Secretary-General and Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann, President of the General Assembly join in the effort to stand up and take action against Poverty. The Deputy Secretary-General spoke of the efforts that hundreds of millions across the globe to fight poverty. The President says poverty is an inexcusable man-made problem. He reminded those [...]

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Fighting Poverty is a Human Rights Obligation – UN Expert on Human Rights and Poverty

Magdalena Sepulveda Carmona, the UN Independent Expert on the question of human rights and extreme poverty says fighting poverty is not a choice. She says its a human rights obligation. Gail Walker reports The full news conference is available below

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Deputy US UN Representative ‘Encouraged’ by Iran’s Failure to Win Security Council Seat

Deputy US UN Representative Alejandro Wolfe says Iran’s failure to win a seat on a Security council is encouraging. Gail Walker reports The full stakeout is available below

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The General Assembly’s Failure to Elect Iran to the Security Council Sends an Important Message – UK UN Ambassador

John Sawers, the UK’s UN Ambassador says when the General Assembly decided not to award Iran a non permanent seat on the Security Council for a two year term, the Assembly sent an important message. Gail Walker reports The full stakeout is available below

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Thousands of Internally Displaced in Georgia Return to Homes Near South Ossetia

The UN’s Refugee Agency says thousands of internally displaced persons in Georgia are returning to their homes in the buffer zone near South Ossetia now that Russian troops have left the area. Gail Walker reports The full briefing is available below

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UN Refugee Agency Issues Latest Asylum Statistic Report; Iraqis Top List

The UN’s Refugee Agency has issued its latest asylum statistic report that shows Iraqis have topped the list of people seeking asylum in industrialized countries. The report also indicates that the United States remains the top destination for asylum seekers. Two reports by Gail Walker: Report One – Iraqis top the list of nationalities seeking [...]

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UN’s Refugee Agency Concerned About Displaced Christian Iraqis

Thousands of Christian Iraqis have been displaced from the Iraqi town of Mosul. Ron Redmond, Spokesperson for the UN’s refugee agency – UNHCR – says the displaced have reported numerous types of threats of intimidation as the reason for them choosing to leave Mosul. Gail Walker reports The full briefing is available below

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UK Ambassador to the UN Pleased with Election of New Security Council Members

Five countries have been elected by the UN General Assembly to serve as non permanent members of the UN Security Council for two years. The new members are Austria, Japan, Mexico, Turkey and Uganda. John Sawers, the UK Ambassador to the United Nations says he’s eager to begin working with each of the new members. [...]

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International Federation of the Red Cross to Hold Conference on Humanitarian Priorities

The 7th Pan African Conference of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies will take place next week in Johannesburg, South Africa will gather representatives from 53 Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Africa who will discuss humanitarian priorities for the next four years. The Conference begins October 20th. Gail Walker reports The full briefing [...]

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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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Global Handwashing Day is Celebrated

UN Calling Asia – a weekly 14-minute magazine programme, in English, that keeps you in touch with UN developments covering Asia and the Pacific. More than 70 countries are observing the first-time event designed to encourage handwashing as a simple, life-saving practice. Therese Dooley is the Senior Adviser for Sanitation and Hygiene at UNICEF, the [...]

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Prime Minister Skerrit says globalization continues to change the dynamics of economic survival and sustainability for regional States

Caribbean News Round-Up: a weekly 15-minute news magazine on developments at the United Nations concerning the Caribbean. The top UN envoy in Haiti urges progress in addressing the socio-economic situation in Haiti; Trinidad and Tobago calls for concrete measures to reduce levels of greenhouse gas emissions; Belize says the global crises make it difficult to [...]

17 Oct 2008 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Celebrating the first international day of rural women

Women: a weekly 14-minute news magazine that looks at issues affecting women around the world. Rural women, like these in Malawi, represent more than a quarter of the world's population. Despite their contribution to feeding the world, their needs are often overlooked in national budgets and they are among the poorest of the poor. That's [...]

17 Oct 2008 | Posted in Women | Read More »

New paradigm in policies needed to ensure women involved in peace and development processes: Mayanja

The multiple global crises facing the world – food, financial, energy and global warming, are threatening achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

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

IFRC meets to plan key humanitarian priorities for next four years

Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies from across the African continent converge on Johannesburg Sunday to report on progress made over the past four years and set out their main humanitarian goals for the next four.

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

Iraqis remain tops in seeking asylum: UNHCR

Despite a drop in their numbers, Iraqis remain by far the top nationality seeking asylum in industrialized countries in the first half of 2008.~

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

Austria, Japan, Mexico, Turkey, Uganda win seats on Security Council

The UN General Assembly on Friday elected five countries to serve two-year terms on the UN Security Council, beginning January 1st, 2009.

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

An estimated 100 million people at risk of falling into poverty: Ban

Current economic uncertainties make the task of eradicating poverty even more challenging.

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

International community stands up against poverty

Today marks the UN’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, which commemorates the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The theme this year is “Human rights and dignity of people living in poverty”.

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Working out of poverty

The number of poor in the world has reached 1.4 billion, a statistic which should give us pause on this day, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Decent work, many believe, is the way for the poor to "work themselves out of poverty" as Beng Poblete-Enriquez found out in this report. Duration: 5’18″

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Bangladesh's BRAC gets largest award

For its work in significantly alleviating human suffering, BRAC, the largest non-profit organization in the developing world, has been awarded the largest humanitarian prize. The 1.5 million dollar Conrad Hilton prize will be presented to BRAC's founder in Geneva next week. Bissera Kostova reports. duration: 3’35″)

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A look at the global economic crisis

The financial crisis that began in the United States now threatens to envelop the entire world. The crisis comes at the mid-point of the Millennium Development Goals target of 2015, and despite recent pledges of $16 billion to help meet those goals to reverse poverty, disease and mortality, there is concern that the effects of [...]

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Cote d'Ivoire has experienced sustained peace: UN chief

Cote d'Ivoire has experienced sustained peace and stability since the signing of the Ouagadougou Agreement 18 months ago.

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OCHA warns of the deteriorating food situation in Ethiopia

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warns that the food situation in several regions of Ethiopia is deteriorating.

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Income Gap Widening at an Increasing Rate – New World of Work Report

Despite strong economic growth that produced millions of new jobs since the early 1990s, income inequality grew dramatically in most regions of the world and is expected to increase due to the current global financial crisis, according to a new study published today by the research arm of the International Labour Organization (ILO). Gail Walker [...]

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UNICEF Calls for Urgent Action to Address Zimbabwe’s Education System

Following disturbing results from routine monitoring visits on the situation in Zimbabwe’s schools in the last two weeks, UNICEF today, said it was seriously concerned by the deterioration of the education system. UNICEF reports that public financing of the education sector continues to dwindle in real terms, school fees are soaring beyond the reach of [...]

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World Crises Overshadowing Global Food Needs – Egypt’s Suzanne Mubarak

The collapse of the financial markets, the world’s focus on bio fuel production and climate change are among the challenges the world is facing. Egypt’s Suzanne Mubarak says these are the kinds of issues that are overshadowing the global food crisis. Gail Walker reports The full speech is available below

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Women Have a Unique Role to Play in Fighting Global Hunger – Egypt’s Suzanne Mubarak

Suzanne Mubarak, the wife of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak says the voices of women should be heard as the world addresses the global food crisis. Addressing the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization’s opening ceremony on the occasion of World Food Day 2008, Ms. Mubarak underscored the significant role that women have played when it comes [...]

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World Food Day Focuses on Challenges Created by Climate Change and Bio-Energy Sector

Dr. Jacques Diouf, the Director-General of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization says World Food Day comes at a time when the world is focused on the impact of the global food crisis. The Director-General says it’s likely that the number of hungry will increase as a result of global warming and the bio-fuel boom. [...]

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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.

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Income inequality grew dramatically in most regions of the world: ILO study

Despite strong economic growth that produced millions of new jobs since the early 1990s, income inequality grew dramatically in most regions of the world and is expected to increase due to the current global financial crisis.

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FAO chief urges political, financial push to end hunger

There's a call for a political and financial push to boost sustainable agriculture in the world's poor countries, double global food production and free the world of hunger and malnutrition.

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Ban calls for global response to challenges of food and energy crises, climate change

Today, Thursday 16th October is World Food Day.

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World Food Day focuses on climate change and bioenergy

World Food Day is being today under the theme "World Food Security: the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy". The Day takes on special meaning this year with the rapid increase in food prices putting millions at risk of hunger. Converting agricultural commodities like corn and sugar to fuel may help lessen our dependence on [...]

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More Africans die crossing the Gulf of Aden

UN and Africa – a weekly 15-minute radio programme on political, social, economic and other developments related to Africa. •More people die as they try to cross the Gulf of Aden from Somalia to Yemen. The head of the UN refugee agency, Antonio Guterres is calling on the international community to not only deal with [...]

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Fighting in Sri Lanka forces UN food convoy to turn back

A major United Nations convoy carrying food for thousands of people caught in the fighting between Sri Lanka's government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels was forced to turn back Thursday because of the fighting.

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UNCTAD calls for wider UN role in reshaping international financial system

There's been a call for the United Nations and a wider variety of countries to play a significant role as the international financial system is reshaped to cope with the spreading turmoil and a looming worldwide recession.

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First Rural Women's Day at UN

(music)Malawi women singing Rural women, like these in Malawi, represent more than a quarter of the world's population. Despite their contribution to feeding the world, their needs are often overlooked in national budgets and they are among the poorest of the poor. That's why at the 1995 Women's Conference in Beijing a group of non-governmental [...]

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Zimbabwe education system in a state of emergency: UNICEF

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has called for urgent action to address Zimbabwe's education system – which UNICEF describes as once the best such system in Africa.

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Special envoy hails regional efforts to stabilize Somalia

The top UN envoy for Somalia on Thursday welcomed ongoing regional efforts aimed at bringing the Transitional Federal Government and the Alliance for the Re-Liberation of Somalia together under the framework of the peace agreement signed in Djibouti two months ago.

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UNICEF Works to Eliminate Female Genital Mutilation in Mauritania

UNICEF is working on multiple fronts to assist children and women in Mauritania. One area of work focuses on the elimination of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Mauritania. Last February Mauritania declared zero tolerance on FGM and religious leaders issued a fatwa — a religious opinion on Islamic law issued by an Islamic scholar — [...]

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Greater Investment and Support Needed in Haiti – UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Haiti

Joel Boutroue, the UN Humanitarian and Resident Coordinator in Haiti says the situation in Haiti has temporarily stabilized. Still the Humanitarian Coordinator says the needs are tremendous. He says investments in helping to address environmental problems such as deforestation, social safety nets and building sufficient infrastructure that can withstand the impact of hurricanes are among [...]

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Parties Agree to Four Step Plan for Georgia Crisis Talks

The parties involved in the talks on Geneva on the Georgia crisis have established a four step plan for the talks. Gail Walker reports The full speech is available below

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Despite Delay in Georgia Talks UN’s Special Representative for Georgia Says Process is on Track

The process for talks on the Georgia crisis in Geneva, Switzerland are on track. That’s according to Johan Verbeke, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Georgia. He says it’s important that the delay in the talks – due to what he described as a procedural incident – not be oversimplified. Gail Walker reports The full speech [...]

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Secretary-General Cautions Against Comparing Kosovo to the Crisis in Georgia

Ahead of talks to resolve the crisis in Georgia among representatives to the United Nations, European Union, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says it’s a mistake to compare the situation in Kosovo with the current crisis in Georgia. The UN Chief made the remarks ahead of talks that began [...]

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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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UN chief encouraged by talks between Georgia and Russia in Geneva

International talks on the situation in Georgia have been taking place in Geneva.

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UN chief urges needs of rural women be put at top of global agenda

There's been a call to put the needs of rural women at the top of the global agenda.

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World Handwashing Day being observed in more than 60 countries

FX music up and fade The simple act of washing hands could save thousands of children's lives every day mostly in Asia and Africa.

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First cancer centre treats patients in Zambia

Cancer is growing very fast in Africa where there are limited or no resources available for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the disease. But last year, Zambia which is grappling with the disease opened its first specialized cancer treatment and radiotherapy centre. The hospital's Acting Executive Director, Dr. Kennedy Lishimpi was recently in Vienna, [...]

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Financial crash could deepen food crisis

Governments should avoid reducing aid to developing countries' agriculture and introducing protectionist trade measures in response to the global financial crisis.

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Georgia-Russia talks to resume next month

The first session of the international discussions on Georgia wrapped up in Geneva Wednesday with a decision to hold the next meeting on 18 November.

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Clean hands save lives

Today is Global Handwashing Day. More than 70 countries are observing the first-time event designed to encourage handwashing as a simple, life-saving practice. Therese Dooley is the Senior Advisor for Sanitation and Hygiene at UNICEF, the UN Children’s Fund in New York. Producer: Gerry Adams Duration: 4’24″

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Africa's growth projected to slowdown in 2008

It is important to focus Africa's development against the backdrop of the weakened global economy resulting from energy crisis, food and oil price rises and the current financial crisis in developed countries.

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WFP to double food purchases in Uganda

The UN food agency-WFP says it will double the amount of food it buys in Uganda to about US $100 million annually as a way of helping the country's rural poor benefit from higher food prices.

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WHO Releases its World Health Report for 2008

According to the just released World Health Report 2008, there are striking inequities within and between countries in health outcomes, in access to care, and in what people have to pay for care. To steer health systems towards better performance and greater equity, the report calls for a revival of the primary health care approach [...]

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Afghanistan’s UN Ambassador says Corruption in the Country Must be Addressed by Afghans and the International Community

Zahir Tanin, Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the United Nations says there is corruption in the country but he says it’s a problem that must be addressed by Afghans and the international community. Gail Walker reports The full stakeout is available below

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Political and Military Solution Called for in Afghanistan – Afghanistan’s UN Ambassador

Zahir Tanin, the Afghanistan Ambassador to the United Nations says it will take a combination of political and military strategies to resolve the conflict in Afghanistan. And the Ambassador says he hasn’t ruled out talking with the Taliban. Gail Walker reports The full stakeout is available below

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UN Agencies and Partners Hold First-Ever Global Hand Washing Day

In an effort to focus attention on the importance of hand washing as a way to reduce disease. The UN and partners are observing the first-ever global hand washing day. Gail Walker reports The full briefing is available below

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Displaced in Georgia Begin to Return Home; But ICRC Questions What Awaits Them

Many of those displaced by the fighting in Georgia are returning home. But Jessica Barry of the International Committee of the Red Cross says it’s not clear what they’ll be returning to. Gail Walker reports The full briefing is available below

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UN’s Refugee Agency Issues Urgent Appeal to Assist Palestinian Refugees

The UN’s Refugee Agency has again issued an appeal for the resettlement of Palestinians who have been stranded in refugee camps at the Iraq-Syria border and in Baghdad. Many have been stranded for over two years now. Gail Walker reports The full briefing is available below

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Human Rights Must be Considered When Fighting Poverty – Anti-Poverty NGO

Fighting poverty is especially important given the global financial crisis according to Janet Nelson of the anti-poverty group ATD-Fourth World. She says poverty can only be adequately addressed by considering human rights as well as economics. Gail Walker reports The full briefing is available below

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UN’s Refugee Agency Expresses Concern About the Displaced in Pakistan

The number of displaced in Pakistan is growing as the fighting between government troops and Pro-Taliban forces continues. UNHCR, the UN’s Refugee Agency reports that almost 200,000 have been displaced from Pakistan’s Bajaur region. Gail Walker reports The full briefing 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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HINDI #41: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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HINDI #42: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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BANGLA # 41: Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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URDU #41: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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URDU #42: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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Thousands begin returning home in Georgia:ICRC

Nearly two months after the conflict in Georgia displaced thousands, people have begun returning to villages north of Gori, but the problem is what do they go back to.

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Nearly 190,000 flee fighting in Pakistan: UNHCR

Nearly 190,000 people are reported to have fled fighting between Pakistani troops and Taliban fighters near the border with Afghanistan.

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Attacks jeopardizing aid operations in Somalia: UN

Threats and attacks in Somalia are leading to cutbacks in humanitarian operations even as the number of people needing aid has increased by more than 70 per cent this year.

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Health care systems in many countries unable to meet the needs of the people: WHO

The world health organisation, WHO, says health care systems in many countries have lost their focus on fair access to care and are unable to meet the needs and expectations of people especially in impoverished and marginalized groups.

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UNHCR appeals for resettlement of Palestinians on Iraq-Syrian border

The UN refugee agency-UNHCR is seeking resettlement homes for nearly 3,000 Palestinian refugees who have been stranded on the Iraqi-Syrian border and in Baghdad for more than two years.

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Global handwashing day to be observed on 15 October

The first-ever Global Handwashing Day will be observed Wednesday 15 October.

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Governments meet to uphold commitment to health care

Primary health care should be the goal of all national health systems – now more than ever, says the World Health Organization (WHO) in its annual world health report launched today in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Bissera Kostova has more on this. duration: 4’30″

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IAEA enhances cooperation in nuclear fusion research

The International Atomic Energy Agency has stepped up its cooperation in the research into nuclear fusion. The IAEA this week signed an agreement with the organization behind the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor or ITER—a device that is pointing the way towards nuclear fusion, which is a form of nuclear energy created by the merging of [...]

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UN envoy for MidEast Peace process stresses need for further action for Palestinian development

The UN's Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry (photo, is back in Jerusalem after an official visit to Jordan where he held talks with the Jordanian King, Prime Minister and Foreign Minister.

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Fighting resumes in the Democratic Republic of Congo: UN

Fighting resumed Monday morning in northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Development challenges require global responses: Migiro

The scale of development challenges has intensified in the past year.

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Security Council extends mandate of UN mission in Haiti

The UN Security Council voted unanimously Tuesday to extend the mandate of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti –MINUSTAH- for one year until October 15, 2009 with the intention of further renewal.

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Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Reverses Decision on IAEA Access to Nuke Facilities

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has reversed its earlier decision to deny inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency access to nuclear facilities in the country. Gail Walker reports The full interview is available below

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Secretary-General Delivers his First-Ever Report on Fistula to the General Assembly

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is prepared to deliver his first-ever report on Fistula to the UN General Assembly. Fistula is a hole in the birth canal caused by prolonged labour without prompt medical intervention leading to incontinence and social ostracism. Obstetric fistula is uncommon in countries where births are attended by skilled medical workers and emergency [...]

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UN’s Drug Agency and Interpol Sign Pact on Combating Corruption

The UN’s Drug agency and Interpol have signed a new pact focused on preventing and combating corruption. The partnership agreement between the two groups aims to establish the world’s first and only International Anti-Corruption Academy and to illustrate the common resolve and commitment of the groups to educate and train police, government officials and others [...]

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UN Envoy in Iraq Condemns Targeting of Christians and Other Minorities

The head of the UN mission in Iraq Staffan de Mistura has strongly condemned the targeting of Christians and other minority groups in Iraq. In a statement issued on Sunday, he says the violent attacks targeting Christian communities, particularly in and around Iraq's northern city of Mosul in recent days are aimed at fueling tensions. [...]

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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.

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Strengthening rule of law key to unlocking MDG's: Maria Costa

Strengthening the rule of law is key to unlocking the Millennium Development Goals.

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Israel tells the UN of its concerns over Iran's nuclear programme

Israel has expressed concern over Iran's nuclear programme.

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UN condemns violence against Christians in Iraq

UN Special envoy to Iraq Staffan de Mistura has strongly condemned the murder of civilians and expressed concern at violence targeting the minority Christian community in Mosul.

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Appeal for continuing humanitarian aid despite financial crisis

As each day seems to bring more bad news about the health of global financial markets and institutions, Antonio Guterres (photo), the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, is appealing to the world in the midst of this crisis, not to forget the most vulnerable of its citizens. Bissera Kostova reports. Guterres:Today's world is becoming more [...]

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UN calls for international cooperation to regulate financial sector

The United Nations has called for international cooperation to restore economic growth and to regulate the financial sector.

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UN peacekeepers providing escort to aid agencies in North Kivu: Doss

The UN special envoy for the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Alan Doss, says UN peacekeepers have provided 21 escorts to humanitarian agencies on field mission in North Kivu.

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UN envoy condemns attacks against minorities in Iraq

The head of the UN mission in Iraq has strongly condemned the targeting of Christians and other minority groups in Iraq. Staffan de Mistura says recent violent attacks targeting Christian communities, particularly in and around the northern city of Mosul, are aimed at fueling tensions. In this interview with UN Radio's Reem Abaza, Mr. de [...]

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US$50 billion lost by marine fisheries every year: World Bank-FAO

Economic losses in marine fisheries resulting from poor management, inefficiencies, and overfishing add up to a staggering US$50 billion per year.

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

IMF ready to lend to countries in dire need of capital

The International Monetary Fund –IMF says it is ready to lend to countries in dire need of capital due to the current global economic crisis.

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UN chief calls for more coordinated approaches to tackle global financial crisis

The global financial crisis is hitting the world economy hard.

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

Urgent multilateral action needed to alleviate impact of financial crisis on UN development agenda: Ban

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the United Nations needs to consider urgent multilateral action to alleviate the impact of recent events on the development agenda of the organization, covering the entire gamut of issues from the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals to the food and energy crises, as well as the challenges of climate change.

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Secretary-General welcomes US-North Korean agreement

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the agreement between the United States and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on denuclearization verification measures.

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Refugees Most Vulnerable Victims of Today’s Changing World – High Commissioner for Refugees

Antonio Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees says world conflicts are multiplying accompanied by a deteriorating global economic situation, the food crisis, high energy prices and climate change. The High Commissioner says the most vulnerable victims of today’s changing world are refugees. Gail Walker reports The full speech is available below

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World Food Program Concerned Over Worsening Situation in Haiti

The World Food Program says that it has assisted up to 715,000 people in Haiti following the devastation caused by recent storms and hurricanes. The government fears that there will be an exodus to the cities making the situation worse. Gail Walker reports The full briefing is available below

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Mysterious Disease Kills Three in South Africa

The World Health Organization is investigating a mysterious disease that has killed three people in Johannesburg, South Africa. They include an expatriate who travelled to Zambia and returned to South Africa, a travel agent and a nurse. The disease appears to be a form of hemorrhagic fever. Gail Walker reports The full briefing is available [...]

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UN’s Refugee Agency Reports Another Tragedy in Gulf of Aden

UNHCR – the UN refugee agency and its partners are searching for approximately 100 people reported missing in the Gulf of Aden after being forced overboard by smugglers off the coast of Yemen. All but 12 of the passengers were forced overboard. Gail Walker reports The full briefing is available below

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‘Haiti of Today is a Different Place Than it Was Before the Hurricanes’ – Head of UN Mission in Haiti

While Hedi Annabi, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH)says Haiti is facing challenges and hope in the aftermath of the devastating storms that have slammed the country he says the country is like a war zone; like hell on earth. Gail Walker reports The full [...]

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Haitians are Struggling with Massive Mud Following Hurricanes

Haitians are facing multiple challenges following the series of hurricanes and storms that have hit the country in recent months. One of the largest challenges they face is a massive amount of mud. And Hedi Annabi, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti says the hurricane season [...]

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Long-Time UN Diplomat Maarti Ahtisaari Wins Nobel Peace Prize

Maarti Ahtisaari, the former president of Finland and a long-time peacemaking diplomat at the United Nations has won the Nobel Peace Prize. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed delight upon hearing of the news. The Secretary-General commented on the former President’s exceptional career in the service of the global community, with missions ranging from the former Yugoslavia [...]

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Daily Noon Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Daily noon briefing by Marie Okabe, 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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Secretary-General welcomes award of Nobel Peace Prize to Martti Ahtisaari

The Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the awarding of this year's Nobel Peace Prize to veteran peace maker Martti Ahtisaari.

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

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