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Doha must send a clear signal of the urgency to deliver on aid and trade: WTO

This weekend, Doha must send a clear signal of the urgency of delivering on trade and on aid.

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More inclusive multilateralism allows fast and coordinated action against common threats: European Commission

Only strengthened, more inclusive multilateralism will allow for fast and coordinated action to tackle common threats.

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Conference on Financing for Development opens in Doha

The international conference on financing for development opened in Doha, Saturday with a warning that the well-being of the people and health of societies depend on what we do today and in the weeks ahead.

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Massive agricultural subsidies make it impossible to achieve Monterrey Consensus: D'Escoto-Brockmann

A call to infuse the development process with a sense of urgency.

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Africa has made encouraging progress in attracting foreign direct investments

Africa has made encouraging progress in the mobilization of international capital flows to the continent.

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UN-backed forum urges comprehensive strategy to fight sexual exploitation of children

The United Nations-backed forum to combat the sexual exploitation of children ended Friday in Rio de Janeiro with a call for a strategy comprising laws, policies, regulations and services across all social sectors, as well as a shift in social attitudes and practices to protect children.

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UN Chief Calls for All Nations to Work on All Challenges Facing the Globe

Speaking ahead of the International Conference on Financing for Development in Doha, Qatar, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for all nations to work together on all of the challenges facing the world today. He says the international community needs to think big and recognize that solutions to any one of the world’s many challenges must be [...]

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OHCHR Report Points to Widespread Arbitrary Arrest and Detention in Sudan

Widespread cases of arrest and detention are taking place throughout Sudan according to a new report released by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. The 51-page report covers the capital of Khartoum and other parts of Northern, Southern and Central Sudan. Darfur is not a part of this report but was instead [...]

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General Assembly President Says Wealthy Nations Have a Moral Responsibility to Aid Development

The financial crisis is not an excuse for wealthy nations to abandon their responsibility to finance development says Miguel D’Esctoto Brockmann, the President of the General Assembly. The President is in Doha, Qatar to participate in the International Conference on Financing for Development currently underway in Doha, Qatar. The conference is a follow up to [...]

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Young People Participate in Third World Congress Against Sexual Exploitation of Children

Approximately 300 children also participated in the Third World Congress Against Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents currently underway in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Rebecca, one of the Participants says it’s important that children have a voice in discussions about the issues that impact them as well as proposed solutions. Gail Walker reports The full [...]

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UN Refugee Agency Starts Voluntary Transfer of Congolese Refugees Away from War Zone

UNHCR – the UN refugee Agency has begun the voluntary transfer of tens of thousands of displaced Congolese refugees away from the active war zone to the Mugunga camp west of Goma in eastern DRC. Thousands more have fled to Uganda in an effort to get away for the violence. Gail Walker reports The full [...]

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Third World Congress Against Sexual Exploitation of Children Praised as a Success

UNICEF’s representative in Brazil, Marie-Pierre Poiret says the Third World Congress Against Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents which is coming to an end was a success. The representative says there was a broad range of government, civil society and adolescents who participated and she says the extensive discussion about who commits the abuse and [...]

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Situation in DRC Tragic and Made Worse due to Limited Access – WHO Deputy Director

Dr. Eric Laroche, the Assistant Director of the World Health Organization’s Health Action in Crises division is just back from visiting the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and he says the situation in the country is tragic. The difficulty in reaching some in the bush has made the situation even worse. Two reports by Gail [...]

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Cholera and Malaria at Top Health Concerns in Eastern Congo

On top the problems the tens of thousands of displaced are facing in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is the spread of disease. The Deputy Director General of the World Health Organization says cholera followed by malaria are the two top health concerns. Gail Walker reports The full interview is available below

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Landmines laid during conflicts decades ago continue to destroy lives

UN Calling Asia – a weekly magazine programme, in English, that keeps you in touch with UN developments covering Asia and the Pacific. Landmines laid during conflicts decades ago continue to destroy lives today by maiming and even killing civilians who accidentally set them off during everyday activities such as playing or working in fields. [...]

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World leaders in Doha to discuss financing for development

World leaders begin meeting in Doha, Qatar Saturday to ensure there's sufficient money available for development.

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UNHCR transfers displaced people from Kibati camps in DR Congo

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) is today starting to resettle internally displaced people to safer camps in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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UN human rights chief reports widespread arbitrary arrests in Sudan

Arbitrary arrest and detention are widespread in many parts of the Sudan, according to a report issued by the United Nations human rights chief today.~

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Security Council strongly condemns Mumbai attacks

The members of the Security Council have strongly condemned the terrorist attacks on Wednesday in Mumbai which included the taking of hostages and which have caused numerous deaths and injuries.

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International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

Allegra Pacheco, the Deputy Head of OCHA, the UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs, in the Palestinian territories, says United Nations humanitarian agencies, along with national and international non-governmental organization in the occupied Palestinian territories, have appealed for 462 million dollars to fund humanitarian assistance programmes. Pacheco:Yes, the Gaza Strip is in a dire situation. We [...]

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Malawi President is awarded FAO Agricola Medal

President Bingu wa Mutharika of Malawi has received a medal from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for his efforts to improve the food situation in his country.

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International Conference on Financing for Development

Members of civil society have just wrapped up their own meeting ahead of Saturday's opening session of the Financing for Development meeting.

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Cholera spreads in Zimbabwe killing over 300 people

The cholera epidemic in Zimbabwe has now spread to close to 40 districts and killed over 300 people, according to the United Nations humanitarian agency (OCHA).

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World leaders begin meeting in Doha

Caribbean News Round-Up: a weekly 15-minute news magazine on developments at the United Nations concerning the Caribbean. World leaders begin meeting in Doha, Qatar to ensure there's sufficient money available for development. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the UN Security Council condemn the terrorist bombings in Mumbai; And in Rio de Janeiro, a meeting on [...]

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Human Rights Council on Democratic Republic of Congo

The Human rights Council has been holding a special session in Geneva to discuss the deteriorating human rights situation in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Secretary-General addresses Doha Conference

The Doha conference starting Saturday provides an opportunity to meet and discuss how a globally coordinated response to the financial crisis can protect developing countries, underpin the drive to a green economy, and stimulate a commitment to a renewed multilateralism. This is Donn Bobb reporting for UN Radio, Doha. (duration:3’38″)

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UN efforts to end poverty threatened by credit crunch: UN official

This is a time of great turmoil in global financial markets and the world economy.

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World congress adopts Plan to prevent sexual exploitation of children

The Third World Congress against Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents ended in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil today with the adoption of a final declaration.

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Secretary-General condemns deadly attacks in India

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned a series of shootings and blasts in India's largest city which killed upwards of 100 people and injured scores more.

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ILO warns of wage declines in 2009

A new report from the International Labour Organization (ILO) is predicting lighter pay packets for millions of workers in 2009.

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The Silk Road Ensemble performs at UN Headquarters

October 24th is celebrated as United Nations Day. And this year, UN staff were treated to a concert by The Silk Road Ensemble.

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Anti-child abuse meeting underway in Brazil

The Third World Congress against the Sexual Exploitation of Children continues today in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Thousands flee to Uganda to avoid DRC fighting: UNHCR

Thousands of Congolese have fled to Uganda over the past two days to escape renewed fighting and brutal attacks in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) reports.

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UN expert welcomes Somalia agreement

A UN Human Rights expert has welcomed the signing of a power-sharing agreement in Somalia.

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Not Easy to Get Clear Picture of Breadth of Sexual Exploitation of Children – UNICEF Chief

The Third World Congress Against the Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents is currently underway in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Ann Venneman, the Executive Director of UNICEF is participating in the meeting and says because the sexual exploitation of children happens behind closed doors it’s difficult to track the problem. But the UNICEF chief says [...]

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Zimbabwe Faces a Multi-Sectorial Humanitarian Crisis

Zimbabwe is facing a multi-sectorial humanitarian situation, which is expected to get even worse in 2009. Four million Zimbabweans are in need of food assistance, a number which will rise during the "hunger season" from January to April. The cholera outbreak, due to poor water sanitation, has affected close to 9000 people and has killed [...]

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Impact of Voluntary Testing and Antiretroviral Therapy in the Fight Against HIV

A group of specialists in the World Health Organization developed a mathematical model and recently published findings in the Lancet to stimulate discussion, debate and further research. The model suggests that using annual, universal voluntary HIV testing followed by immediate ART (antiretroviral therapy) reduces new cases by 95% within ten years. Authors of the study [...]

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French UN Ambassador Calls for Expeditious Deployment of Troops to Reinforce UN Mission in Congo

Jean Maurice Ripert, the French Ambassador to the UN says it’s important that the international community offer its support to the people of Democratic Republic of Congo especially during this critical time. More than two hundred fifty thousand people have been directly affected by the hostilities in Congo and the Ambassador says despite global problems [...]

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Cultural Practices Can Contribute to Challenging Sexual Exploitation of Children

Ann Venneman, the Executive Director of UNICEF says there are many challenges when it comes to fighting the sexual exploitation of children and adolescents. She says one of those challenges can be traditional cultural practices. The Executive Director is participating in the Third World Congress Against the Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents currently underway [...]

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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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ILO warns of cuts in real wages for millions of workers in 2009

The International Labour Organization is warning that the global economic crisis is expected to lead to cuts in the wages of millions of workers worldwide next year.

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Congress against sexual exploitation of children opens in Brazil

Nearly 3,000 participants from more than 125 countries are in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to exchange lessons and experiences in the fight against child sexual exploitation, to review progress, and reinforce commitments.

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Crisis in the DR Congo has a regional dimension

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

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WHO encourages discussion of ARV treatment for AIDS prevention

A group of specialists at the World Health Organization has developed a mathematical model regarding HIV testing and treatment.

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Stamping out child sexual exploitation and abuse

Experts from around the world are meeting this week in Brazil to address the scourge of child sexual exploitation. The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) says recent studies find abuse is on the rise. Children and adolescents are being trafficked for sexual purposes, or fall victim when their families migrate from rural to urban areas. In [...]

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Doha conference to follow up on financing for development commitments

Just as the world is in the grip of a global financial crisis, an important conference is set to take place in Doha, Qatar that aims to prevent the economic crisis from turning into a global "human crisis", in the words of Kemal Dervis, the UN Development Programme Adiministrator. Producer: Bisser Kostova Duration: 4’06″

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Humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe is desperate

The United Nations is appealing for more than half a billion dollars to help the people of Zimbabwe.

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Humanitarian appeal for Palestinians launched

UN humanitarian agencies working in the Occupied Palestinian Territory have appealed for 460 million dollars to fund their relief programmes.

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UNICEF works to free child soldiers amid increasing instability in CAR

Banditry on the roads and re-displacement of people are a growing problem in the Central African Republic according to UNICEF.

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BANGLA # 45: Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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BANGLA # 46: Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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BANGLA # 47: Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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URDU #48: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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INDONESIAN #49: Fokus Fokus Kita

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UN Emergency Relief Coordinator continues visit to Darfur

The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator, John Holmes(photo), today continued his week- long visit to the troubled Darfur region of Sudan.

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UN envoy welcomes progress in peace talks on Somalia

The UN Secretary-General's special envoy for Somalia, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah(photo), has welcomed the latest progress in the reconciliation talks on Somalia.

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Security Council considers extending and revising mandate of MONUC

A week after the UN Security Council authorized a reinforcement of 3,000 troops for MONUC, the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, it met to discuss a recommendation by the Secretary-General to extend the mission's mandate for 12 months, until the end of 2009.

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On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women a renewed commitment to ending abuse of women and girls

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

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Secretary-General says Fighting Violence Against Women Requires Action

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says fighting violence against women requires action. He calls on the world to adopt laws that will protect women and punish perpetrators. November 25th is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Gail Walker reports The full speech is available below

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Say No to Violence Against Women a Global Success – UNIFEM Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman

A total of 5,066,549 people worldwide have joined UNIFEM’s Say NO to Violence against Women campaign and added their names to a call to make ending violence against women a top priority for governments worldwide. UNIFEM’s Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman says the campaign has been a global success. November 25th is the International Day for [...]

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World Meteorological Organisation Releases Greenhouse Gas Bulletin 2007

Greenhouse gases trap radiation within the Earth’s atmosphere causing it to warm. Human activities, such as fossil fuel burning and agriculture, are major emitters of the gases, which scientists widely recognize as drivers of global warming and climate change. The latest numbers on gas emissions, recently published in the World Meteorological Organization’s 2007 Greenhouse Gas [...]

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World Gathers in Brazil to Reinvigorate Fight against Sexual Exploitation of Children

Rio de Janeiro will host the Third Congress against the sexual exploitation of children and adolescents from November 25 to 28. Nearly 3,000 participants from over 125 countries will exchange lessons and experiences in the fight against child sexual exploitation, review progress, and reinforce commitments. Seven years after the last World Congress in Yokohama, Japan, [...]

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Gap Between Political Track and Situation on the Ground Remains Large in Middle East – USG for Political Affairs

Lynn Pascoe, the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs says when it comes to the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians the gap between the political track and the situation on the ground remains large. While acknowledging that a peace agreement between the parties by the end of the year is unlikely, the USG says both sides [...]

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Inequality Undermining Education Opportunities for Millions of Children

The 2009 Education for All Global Monitoring Report, "Overcoming inequality: Why governance matters" will be launched during the International Conference on Education, organized by UNESCO, from November 25 to 28 in Geneva. Eight years after the World Education Forum in Dakar, Senegal, it assesses the progress towards achieving Education for All goals. The UNESCO report [...]

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World Health Organization Concerned About Rise in Cholera Cases in Zimbabwe

The World Health Organization is concerned about the increase in cholera cases in Zimbabwe and is sending supplies to the country to help. Agency Spokesperson Paul Garwood says the situation is the worst in the capital city of Harare. But there are also concerns that the disease will spread to neighboring countries. Gail Walker reports [...]

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UN Refugee Agency Ready to Move Tens of Thousands of Displaced Congolese to New Camp

UNHCR – the UN refugee agency – is ready to start the voluntary transfer of displaced Congolese civilians at the Kibati camps north of Goma who are close to the active conflict zone. Meanwhile, UNHCR and its partners have intensified the pace of building on the new Mugunga III refugee campsite, focusing on essential sanitation [...]

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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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New report reveals widespread lack of accountability in fighting AIDS

A new report released today reveals that countries around the world are not providing sufficient reports on how they are responding to the global AIDS epidemic.

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UN expert says violence against Iraqi women continues unabated

Violence against Iraqi women continues unabated, according to Yakin Ertürk, the United Nations expert on violence against women.

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Over 300 people die of cholera in Zimbabwe

The death toll in Zimbabwe's cholera outbreak has now reached 313. United Nations agencies in Zimbabwe say more than 7,000 cases of the disease have been reported, with the capital Harare among the worst affected areas. UN Radio’s Patrick Maigua has the details.

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UN refugee agency set to transfer displaced people in Kibati

The United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, is set to transfer internally displaced people in the Kibati camps north of Goma, the capital of the North Kivu Province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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WFP launches winter emergency operation in Kyrgyzstan

The World Food Programme is launching an emergency food operation to help more than half a million vulnerable people during the cold season in Kyrgyzstan.

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UNIFEM grant helps Bulgaria combat domestic violence

The UN Trust Fund to end violence against women, administered by UNIFEM, today announced its biggest annual disbursal of awards worth 19 million dollars to projects in 23 countries. To find out what difference such projects can make, Bissera Kostova spoke to a grant recipient from 2006. Milena Kadieva(photo) is a human rights lawyer working [...]

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UNESCO reports inequalities in achieving education for all

Despite international commitments to achieve universal primary education by the year 2015, millions of poor children might not get the chance to reach their full potential. That's the finding of the 2009 Education for All Global Monitoring Report, released today by UNESCO—the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. UN Radio's Diane Bailey spoke to UNESCO's [...]

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UNDP Chief Says Bleak Economy will Impact Development Efforts

Just ahead of the International Conference on Financing for Development to be held in Doha, Qatar, Kermal Dervis, the Administrator for the UN Development Program says the volatile economic situation is surely to have an impact on global development efforts. Starting on November 29th members of the international community will gather to discuss the impact [...]

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Ban Ki-moon Condemns Attack on President of Guinea Bissau, Bernardo Joao Vieira

The Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned an armed attack early in the morning of November 23rd on the official residence of Guinea Bissau's President, Bernardo Joao Vieira. Parliamentary elections held recently had raised hopes of a better future for the country which has a history of coups and has become a trafficking point for [...]

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UN Chief Commits to Working for Just and Lasting Settlement of Israeli/Palestinian Conflict

On the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reiterated his commitment to work for a just, lasting and comprehensive settlement of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. The UN Chief says while the goal of reaching a peace treaty by the end of 2008 appears unlikely, he says he will [...]

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UN Convoy Attacked in Eastern Congo

A UN Convoy came under attack in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo over the weekend. The Spokesperson for the UN Mission there acknowledged that the mission has been criticized by civilians in the past and says poor communication has been part of the problem. Gail Walker reports The full interview is available below

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Landmine Convention to Highlight Need to Respect Mine Ban Treaty

This week, Geneva welcomes the 4th meeting of the States Parties to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and their Destruction. One hundred fifty states have adhered to the Convention and others are in the process of doing so. However, a number of states have not [...]

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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 Security Council mission in Afghanistan to assess progress

A top-level Security Council delegation – led by Italian Ambassador Giulio Terzi – is in the Afghan capital, Kabul, to assess the security situation in the country and to "underscore the importance of regional co-operation for governance, security, and development”.

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UN chief condemns armed attack on residence of Guinea-Bissau's president

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned an armed attack early Sunday morning on President Bernardo João Vieira's official residence in the capital, Bissau.

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MONUC clears misunderstanding with Congolese soldiers in DR Congo

The UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) has cleared a misunderstanding with Congolese soldiers in the eastern part of the country.

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Convention against landmines a success story

The Convention against landmines is a success story.

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Ban to urge new US administration to actively engage in MidEast peace process

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he will be urging the new administration of the United States to be actively engaged in the Middle East peace process from the outset, as a matter of utmost priority.

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UN Convoy in DRC attacked by civilians

A UN convoy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was transporting ten candidates for demobilization when it was accosted on Sunday by civilians before it reached Goma, where it was to hand them over to the army, the FARDC. It also had 3 civilians and ten policemen on board, but the crowd thought that [...]

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Geneva meeting assesses progress on anti-landmine treaty

Landmines laid during conflicts decades ago continue to destroy lives today by maiming and even killing civilians who accidentally set them off during everyday activities such as playing or working in fields This week, nations party to an anti-landmine treaty are meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, to assess progress since its implementation in December 1997. Dianne [...]

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Secretary-General is distressed by murder of journalist in DR Congo

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has learned with deep distress of the murder last Friday night of a journalist in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Head of UNDP warns of a difficult 2009 for world economy

The head of the UN Development Programme has warned that 2009 is going to be a very difficult year for the world economy.~~

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UN envoy condemns bombings in Baghdad

The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Iraq, Staffan de Mistura (photo) has strongly condemned the series of bombings in Baghdad today.~~

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Report cites decrease in number of serious violations against children in DRC

A new report on children and armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo says there has been a decrease in the number of serious violations against children.

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UN envoy for DR Congo calls for dialogue between warring parties

The UN Secretary-General's special envoy for the Democratic Republic of the Congo has said that demands by the rebel leader in the eastern part of the country are not outrageous.

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Landmine Monitor Reports First Violations to Mine Ban Treaty

According to the ‘Landmine Monitor Report 2008: Toward a Mine-Free World’, three countries have failed to meet deadlines to destroy landmine stockpiles putting them in violation of the Mine Ban Treaty and 15 others have requested more time in order to meet their mine clearance obligations under the Mine Ban Treaty. Gail Walker reports The [...]

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UN Refugee Agency Concerned about Safety of Displaced Congolese

The killing of a young displaced Congolese women has underscored the concerns of UNHCR – the UN refugee agency -about the safety of the tens of thousands of displaced Congolese. UNHCR has begun building a new refugee camp for the displaced and plans to begin moving 30,000 of the refugees as soon as the basic [...]

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Upcoming World Conference on Sexual Exploitation Against Children to Have Broader Focus

Dr. Susan Bissell of UNICEF says the focus of the upcoming World Conference on Sexual Exploitation Against Children and Adolescents will broader this year, looking beyond commercial sexual exploitation. The Doctor says participants of the third World Conference will also discuss a number of efforts aimed at international coordination to address the problem. Gail Walker [...]

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US Circulates Draft Resolution to Address Piracy in Somalia

The United States wants to put an end to acts of piracy off the coast of Somalia. That’s why the US delegation has circulated a draft resolution in the Security Council in hopes of clarifying issues related to jurisdiction and accountability when it comes to fighting piracy off the Somali coast. Gail Walker reports The [...]

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Women Indispensable in Fight Against Climate Change – WEDO Director

Women are indispensable in the fight against climate change according to Monique Essed Fernandes, the interim Executive Director of the Women’s Environment Development Organization (WEDO). That’s why she says it’s so important that women participate in the discussion of on climate change to be held at the UN’s upcoming conference on the subject in Copenhagen. [...]

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World Health Organization Reports that Cholera Outbreaks Stabilizing in Eastern Congo

While there are still new cases of cholera being reported in eastern Congo province of North Kivu, the World Health Organization reports that the situation appears to be stabilizing. 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.

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The UN Development Programme helps China strive for the goal of basic public services for all its 1.3 billion citizens

UN Calling Asia – a weekly magazine programme, in English, that keeps you in touch with UN developments covering Asia and the Pacific. China is being urged to accelerate provision of basic public services for its more than one billion citizens. That call comes in the 2008 China Human Development Report launched this week by [...]

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Barbados expresses disappointment that reform of the UN Security Council continues to elude Member States

Caribbean News Round-Up: a weekly 15-minute news magazine on developments at the United Nations concerning the Caribbean. St. Vincent and the Grenadines questions the credibility of a process that denies most Member States the right to stand up and be counted; The Bahamas says reform is the next important step and the only way forward [...]

21 Nov 2008 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Concern grows for civilians in Kibati camps: UNHCR

The UN refuge agency-UNHCR is becoming increasingly concerned for the safety of tens of thousands of displaced Congolese civilians in the Kibati camps on the outskirts of Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Brazil to host III World Congress against sexual exploitation of adolescents

The Third World Congress against Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents opens in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil next Tuesday 25 November.

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Cholera outbreak in Goma stabilizing: WHO

There's word that the cholera outbreak in Goma in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo is stabilizing.

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IOM assists Zimbabwe in fight against cholera

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is assisting Zimbabwe in the fight against an outbreak of cholera which has so far claimed a dozen lives.

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Security situation in eastern DRC tense and volatile: OCHA

The security situation in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo remains tense and very volatile, especially in North Kivu.

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Former child soldiers help war-affected children

Three former child soldiers who have become youth advocates against the use of children in conflict have launched their global network. They announced the network at a press conference in New York on Thursday. The former child soldiers want to end the use of children in conflict which is a crime under international law. UN [...]

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

Conference on managing the Karthala Volcano ends

The International Conference on Scientific Research, Development Opportunities and Risk Management of the Karthala Volcano ended today in the Comoros. I spoke with Opia Menshah Kumah, UN Coordinator in the island nation, about what was achieved. ~

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Holmes urges sustained reopening of border crossings into Gaza

The top UN humanitarian official on Friday urged all parties to the conflict in the Gaza Strip to refrain from violence and to allow the immediate and sustained reopening of border crossings.

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Gender disparities remain in health higher education, employment: DSG

While many African countries have experienced economic growth in recent years, there remain glaring gender disparities in the areas of health, higher education, employment and empowerment.

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

Gaza still a concern: UN Chief

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has again expressed concern over the humanitarian situation in Gaza.

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

Three states fail to destroy landmines on time

Three countries have failed to meet deadlines to destroy their stockpiles of landmines, putting them in violation of the International treaty banning landmines.

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

INDONESIAN #47: Fokus Fokus Kita

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INDONESIAN #48: Fokus Fokus Kita

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Charlize Theron becomes the newest United Nations Messenger for Peace

Women: a weekly 14-minute news magazine that looks at issues affecting women around the world. Oscar winning actor Charlize Theron has become the latest United Nations Messenger for Peace. The 33 year old actor will focus on ending violence against women. UN Radio's Derrick Mbatha caught up with Ms. Theron and first asked her how [...]

21 Nov 2008 | Posted in Women | Read More »

WFP resumes work in Somaliland region

The World Food Programme (WFP) has resumed work in the Somaliland region, where it was forced to halt its work, following the multiple bomb attacks in the city of Hargeysa on 29 October.

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

Former Child Soldiers Launch Network for Youth Affected by Violence

Former child soldiers have come together to create a mechanism for advocating for all children who have been affected by violence. The former child soldiers hope that by sharing their experiences with the rest of the world and among themselves that they can help to prevent other young people from encountering similar experiences. Gail Walker [...]

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South Africa’s UN Ambassador Welcomes More UN Troops in Congo But Underscores Importance of Political Process

South Africa’s UN Ambassador Dumisani Kumalo agrees that more UN peacekeepers should be deployed to eastern Congo and that’s why his delegation voted to approve the Security Council resolution authorizing the deployment of 3,000 peacekeepers – 2,785 military personnel and 300 police. But the Ambassador says the political process is also important. The troop deployment [...]

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Head of International Maritime Organization Calls for Action to Fight Piracy

Piracy off the east coast of Africa is a growing problem. The Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization has called on the international community to establish rules of engagement for fighting the problem. The IMO Secretary-General says currently 14 ships and 280 seafarers are being held in Somalia. He says two seafarers have already been [...]

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Piracy Off Somali Coast Connected to overall lawlessness in Somalia – Permanent Rep. for Somalia

The Permanent Representative for Somalia says the country is facing multiple difficult challenges including piracy. He says the cause of that problem lies in overall lawlessness in the country. 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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UNICEF backs legislative reform to achieve human rights for children

UNICEF – the UN children's agency has played a leading role in encouraging legal reform to realize children's rights.

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

UN seeks $2billion for aid operations in Sudan

The United Nations is seeking to raise 2.2 billion dollars to fund its humanitarian operation in Sudan.

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

Charlize Theron becomes UN Messenger of Peace

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

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Security Council authorizes increase in peacekeeping troops in DRC

The UN Security Council on Thursday voted to send 3,000 additional peacekeeping troops to the Democratic Republic of the Congo-DRC.

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

Rights experts express grave concern over rise in anti-Roma sentiments in Europe

Two UN human rights experts Thursday expressed grave concern over the recent rise in anti-Roma sentiment and violent incidents in several European countries.

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

ICC prosecutor seeks warrants for Darfur rebel commanders

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, has issued arrest warrants for three rebel commanders in Darfur, for a deadly attack on African peacekeepers in Sudan's Darfur region in September last year.

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

IMO calls for quick action to end scourge of piracy of Somali coast

The International Maritime Organization – IMO has expressed concern over the increasing acts of piracy off the coast of Somalia.

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

Torture rife in Equatorial Guinea

Fresh from a visit to Equatorial Guinea at the invitation of the government, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture told journalists he found torture rife in the West African nation, and was recommending a overhaul of law enforcement.

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

Child bride in Yemen divorces husband

At age eight, Nujood Ali (photo, left) of Yemen was married off to a 30 year old man. After suffering repeated beatings and rape from her husband, she made an unprecedented decision.

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

UN chief urges a strengthening of African industry

Today is Africa Industrialization Day.

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Situation in Somalia remains volatile: UN

The situation in Somalia remains volatile and the Djibouti process is yet to deliver the improvement in security.

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

New push for nuclear disarmanent

Four survivors of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki share their stories and advocate for the abolition of nuclear weapons.

20 Nov 2008 | Posted in Perspective | Read More »

UN Launches Appeal for $7 Billion to Assist Thirty Million People Worldwide in 2009

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on the international community to donate $7 billion to provide humanitarian assistance to 30 million people across the globe in 2009. John Holmes, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator says while the figure may seem high, it’s small when the number of people the money will [...]

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Secretary-General Calls for International Economic Stimulus Plans

Addressing the International Labor Organization, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon say she told world leaders gathered at the recent G-20 summit that all nations – big and small, industrialized and developing – must be involved in discussions about global economic stimulus plans. Gail Walker reports The full speech is available below

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Green Economy Can Help Address Global Economic Crisis – Secretary-General

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the emerging green economy may offer a way out of the current global financial crisis. Gail Walker reports The full speech is available below

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SRSG for Georgia Praises Progress on Georgia-Russia Peace Talks

After the first attempt at peace talks between Georgia and the Russian Federation failed, the parties gathered again in Geneva, Switzerland and had more success. Johan Verbeke, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the UN Observer Mission in Georgia praised the progress. Gail Walker reports The full news conference is available below

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UN Agency for Palestinian Refugees May Not be Able to Feed the Hungry in Gaza

For weeks Israel has refused to allow humanitarian aid into Gaza. Karen AbuZayd, the Director General of UNRWA – the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees – says the agency may not be able to feed those in need in Gaza for another weekend if Israel does not allow any humanitarian aid shipments [...]

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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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UN arranging talks between government forces and rebels in DRC: Doss

UN special envoy Olusegun Obasanjo was in the Ugandan capital, Kampala Tuesday holding talks with President Yoweri Museveni.

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

UN chief says a transition to a low-carbon economy can create millions of jobs

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for a stronger, more inclusive multilateralism.

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

UN seeking $7 billion for 2009 humanitarian aid

The United Nations launched its largest ever appeal on Wednesday for US$7 billion to help 30 million vulnerable people worldwide in 2009.

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

Humanitarian situation in Gaza continues to worsen

Since 2007, and more intently over the past two weeks, the humanitarian situation in Gaza has continued to worsen.

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

Conference on managing volcano opens in Comoros

Experts from around the world have gathered in Moroni, the capital of the Union of the Comoros to discuss the Karthala volcano.

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

Kabul conference pledges support for sustainable return of Afghan refugees

The UN refugee agency-UNHCR and the Afghan Government on Wednesday pledged to strengthen efforts for returnees and displaced people within the Afghanistan national development Strategy.

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

Ban urges Israel to facilitate freer movement of humanitarian supplies to Gaza

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday telephoned Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to express his deep concern over the consequences of the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Gaza.

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

UNRWA Commissioner warns of "grave and imminent financial crisis"

The Commissioner General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, Karen AbuZayd(photo) has warned that UNRWA is facing what she calls "a grave and imminent crisis" and if it is to be averted, the Agency must receive significant additional pledges in the first quarter of 2009.

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

Somalia deserves international support and encouragement: Ban

The Djibouti agreement remains open to all Somalis, and the UN Secretary-General is urging all of them to joint that process, implement it faithfully and commit unconditionally to peace.

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

UN chief concerned by acts of piracy off Somali coast

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his concern at new acts of piracy off the coast of Somalia in recent days.

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

Albino Girl Murdered and Mutilated in Tanzania for Body Parts

Believing that the blood and body parts of albinos can make them rich, five people have been arrested for the murder and mutilation of a six-year albino girl in Tanzania. Similar incidents have taken place in Burundi. The governments of both Tanzania and Burundi quickly passed a law making it a capital crime for anyone [...]

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Daily Noon Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

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

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UN food agency distributes food to various camps in eastern DR Congo

The World Food Programme today started distributions of food to various camps for internally displaced people in the conflict-torn eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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

UNICEF concerned about school closures as a result of clashes in eastern DRC

Continuing clashes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have forced most of the schools in Rutshuru area to shut down.

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

OCHA/UNICEF urge assistance for Latin America and the Caribbean

There's concern in the United Nations humanitarian community over a lack of support for flash appeals for countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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

Ban welcomes new modern conference facility at UN Office in Geneva

The United Nations office in Geneva has unveiled a modern conference and meeting facility, which features artistic work by the Spanish artist Miguel Barcelo.

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

Rights chief urges an end to Israeli blockade of Gaza

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, is calling for an immediate end to the Israeli blockade of Gaza.

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

UN experts strongly condemn unfair trials in Myanmar

Five UN experts have strongly condemned severe convictions and the unfair trials of prisoners of conscience in Myanmar.

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

UN lauds peaceful parliamentary elections in Guinea Bissau

Voters in the West African nation of Guinea Bissau took to the polls for parliamentary elections on Sunday.

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

Killing in Burundi linked to ritual medicine

A six year old albino girl was found dead last Saturday in Burundi in a killing linked to ritual medicine.

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

Ban to seek protection of needs of developing nations at Doha

At last weekend’s summit in Washington, D.C., the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pressed world leaders to attend the up-coming conference on financing for development, to be held in Doha beginning November 28.

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

Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga Dyilo to remain in custody of ICC

The International Criminal Court says Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga Dyilo will remain in its custody until the start of his trial in January 2009.

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

Bolvian President Hopes to Improve Relations with the US Under New President

Evo Morales, the President of Bolivia says he hopes relations with the United States can improve under the Obama Administration. Bolivia-US relations have deteriorated in recent months as Mr. Morales’ government limited US Drug Enforcement Agency activities and later expelled the US ambassador over charges of spying and involvement in anti-government protests. Despite hopes for [...]

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Chinese Living Longer But Gap Between Rich and Poor Widens – UNDP Report

A new report entitled entitled Basic Public Services for 1.3 Billion People says Chinese people are living longer. But the report also says the gap between the rich and poor has widened. Gail Walker reports The full opening session of the UNDP meeting is available below

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Food Aid For Palestinian Refugees Damaged at Gaza Border Crossing

A Spokesperson for UNRWA – the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees says food aid that was finally permitted into Gaza was destroyed by authorities at the border before it could reach Palestinians in need. The Spokesperson says while some aid did get through it’s not enough. He says the situation is very [...]

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Alleged Connection Between Drug Trade and Politicians an Issue During Guinea Bissau Elections

There are fears that the problem of drug-traffickers using the small West African country of Guinea Bissau to smuggle cocaine from Latin America to Europe could further undermine its stability. During parliamentary elections held over the weekend there were claims that some politicians in the country are being funded by drug money. Vladimir Monteiro, the [...]

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Growing up in South Africa Impacts Work of New UN Messenger of Peace

Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron has been named the new UN Messenger of Peace with a focus on ending violence against women. She says growing up in South Africa has had an impact on her humanitarian concerns. The actress says her new appointment dovetails well with the humanitarian work she is already doing through her Charlize [...]

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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.

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URDU #47: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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HINDI #47: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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HINDI #48: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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UN Envoy for Somalia urges leaders to unite for stability

The top UN envoy for Somalia is urging the country's leaders to put aside differences and unite to consolidate stability in the war-ravaged country.

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

Actor Charlize Theron becomes latest UN Messenger of Peace

Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron on Monday became the latest UN messenger of Peace.

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

Basic services the right of all Chinese citizens

Health care, education and access to safe water are just a few of the basic services China's latest Human Development Report says are needed to avoid what it calls "a poverty trap".

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

DRC: UN envoy meets with parties to the conflict

The Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) has strongly condemned the latest violation of the ceasefire by the rebel CNDP of Laurent Nkunda.

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

Charlize Theron becomes UN messenger of peace

Oscar winning actress Charlize Theron today became a new United Nations messenger for peace.

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

Food begins to enter Gaza Strip

Israel has reopened a border opening with the Gaza Strip to allow in trucks with food supplies and humanitarian aid.

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

Guinea Bissau holds smooth parliamentary elections

The people of Guinea Bissau in West Africa on Sunday went to the polls to elect members of parliament.

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

World Food Programme delivers food to Gaza

The Office of the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO) reports that the Kerem Shalom crossing point between Israel and Gaza was opened today.

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

UN says greenhouse emissions in industrialized countries continue to rise

A new report issued today by the UN climate change secretariat says that greenhouse gas emissions in industrialized countries continue to rise.

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

President Evo Morales says Bolivia is ending illiteracy this year

Bolivia will be declared a country free of illiteracy in December this year, according to President Evo Morales.

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

UN Marks World Diabetes Day in Blue

The UN will be aglow in blue lights to mark World Diabetes Day. Gail Walker reports The briefing is available below

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Progress in Iraq Fragile and Reversible – US UN Ambassador

US UN Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad says there has been significant progress in Iraq, but he says that progress can easily be reversed. He says Al-queida remains a serious threat. Gail Walker reports The full briefing is available below

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SRSG for Iraq says Violence in Down in Iraq But he Urges Government to Remain Vigilant

Reporting to the UN Security Council, Staffan de Mistura, Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, reports that despite a reduction in violence there’s a change that hard-earned gains could be reversed during the January 2009 provincial elections. He urged Iraqis to maintain those achievements and called on the international community to continue to offer support. He [...]

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UN Refugee Agency to Move Tens of Thousands of Displaced Congolese to New Camp

Concerned about the safety of some 60,000 internally displaced Congolese, UNHCR – the UN refugee agency is planning to move them to a new camp further away from the front line. The voluntary relocation will begin next week. Gail Walker reports The full briefing is available below

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ITU Launches Initiative to Protect Children Online

The International Telecommunications Union has launched a new Child Online Protection initiative to protect children from predators when they are online. Gail Walker reports The full briefing is available below

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ICRC Providing Food for Half a Million in War-Struck Somalia

The International Committee of the Red Cross is providing desperately need food rations for half a million Somalis that are suffering due to drought, war and rising food costs. The agency says the situation is so serious that many are in danger of starvation. Gail Walker reports The full briefing is available below

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WFP Successfully Delivering Food to Eastern Congo

The World Food Program is successfully delivering urgently needed food assistance to people in need in eastern Congo. Agency Spokesperson Emilia Casella says the real challenge is gaining access to people in need and providing safety for those distributing the food. 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 Farhan Haq, Associate 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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Antigua and Barbuda calls for the global financial, food and energy crises to be addressed in an integrated manner

Caribbean News Round-Up: a weekly 15-minute news magazine on developments at the United Nations concerning the Caribbean. Guyana says CARICIOM States are seeking solutions to many challenges; The Group of 77 and China warn that the effects of a looming global recession are being felt around the world; Jamaica urges the use of space-based technology [...]

14 Nov 2008 | Posted in Caribbean News, Food Crisis | Read More »

UN chief hopes G20 will address challenges of the poorest

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is expected to make brief remarks late on Friday in Washington, DC, as the leaders of the G20 developed and emerging markets meet to find a solution to the current global economic and financial crisis.

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

A Tribute to UN Food Agency Ambassador Miriam Makeba

Women: a weekly 14-minute news magazine that looks at issues affecting women around the world. South African singer and human rights activist Miriam Makeba, 76, passed away this month after performing at a concert in Italy. Known as "Mama Africa," Her career spanned half century, taking her from the townships of Johannesburg to the world [...]

14 Nov 2008 | Posted in Women | Read More »

UNHCR to relocate more than 60,000 in eastern DRC

The United Nations Refugee agency (UNHCR) is to relocate more than 60,000 displaced people in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo away from the front line.

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

Ban urges more effort to inform about the warning signs of diabetes

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for more to be done to inform children and adults about the warning signs of diabetes, particularly in the developing world.~

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

UNCTAD warns of impact of global slowdown on developing countries

A warning that a 10% reduction in demand for vehicles, electronics and textiles and clothing in the North, could reduce developing country exports by $95 billion – almost as much as annual Overseas Development Assistance -ODA flows.

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

Iraq in critical point of recovery and reconstruction: de Mistura

Iraq is reaching a critical point in its recovery and reconstruction.

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

World Diabetes Day focuses on children and adolescents

The focus of this year's World Diabetes Day, November 14th , is the effect of diabetes on children and adolescents.

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

Agencies are helping the displaced in the DRC

The United Nations special envoy for the Great Lakes region, former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, today started his first round of consultations with regional leaders on the crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He began his mission in the Angolan capital Luanda. Meanwhile, in the eastern part of the Congo, thousands of people [...]

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

Shining a light on juvenile diabetes

Diabetes is one of the most chronic, common diseases affecting children—and it's on the rise. November 14th is observed as World Diabetes Day, and this year the focus is on the young. The International Diabetes Federation characterizes the disease as a global epidemic which will affect nearly 400 million people by the year 2025. Professor [...]

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

Actress Charlize Theron has been designated a UN Messenger of Peace

Academy Award-winning actress and activist Charlize Theron of South Africa and the United States has been designated by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as a United Nations Messenger of Peace.

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

Ban deeply concerned about deteriorating humanitarian and security situation in Gaza

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is deeply concerned at the deterioration of the humanitarian and security situation in Gaza and southern Israel, and at the potential for further suffering and violence.

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

No major ceasefire violations reported in North Kivu Friday

There were no major violations of the ceasefire or attacks on civilian lives or property in North Kivu.

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

Gaza crossing remain closed for a ninth day: UNSCO

All crossings into Gaza were closed Friday– including for fuel and aid workers.

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

UN Chief and Saudi Foreign Minister Praise Success of High-Level Interfaith Dialogue

After two days of meeting on the importance of interfaith dialogue in furthering understanding and cooperation for peace, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Prince Saud Al-Faisal, the Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia held a news conference to praise the success of the meeting. Those who participated in the meeting issued a declaration in [...]

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Faith Has Led the World to Adopt Common Values – President Bush

Addressing the General Assembly’s high-level meeting on interreligious understanding President George Bush said faith has led the world to adopt common values. The president the US was founded by people seeking haven from religious persecution. He said today the US has continued that tradition by making religious liberty a central element of its foreign policy. [...]

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Due to Closed Border Crossings the UN Agency Has Run Out of Food for Hundreds of Thousands of Palestinian Refugees

UNRWA – the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees has run out of food to feed the 750,000 refugees in Gaza that rely on the agency for food assistance. The agency’s director of operations says cause of the problem is the Israeli government’s refusal to open border crossing to allow in food and [...]

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The 2008 State of the World Population Report Points to Importance of Cultural Sensitivity

This year’s State of the World Population report highlights the importance of integrating cultural sensitivity approaches when addressing development challenges. Aminata Toure, Chief of the Culture, Gender and Human Rights Branch of the UN Population Fund(UNFPA)says in order to facilitate change cultural beliefs of communities must be recognized and she says and communities have to [...]

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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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World Diabetes Day Focuses on the Disease in Children

November 14 is World Diabetes Day and this year theme is on diabetes in children. Diabetes can strike children of any age – even toddlers. If not detected early enough in children, the disease can be fatal or result in serious brain damage. Dr. Jean-Claude Mbanya, President-Elect of the International Diabetes Federation says it’s important [...]

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Migrants vulnerable to AIDS: ASEAN study

Millions of migrants across Southeast Asia are vulnerable to HIV infection as they lack access to AIDS-related services and legal or social protection.

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

Cassava is back!

Cassava is back! After a year of devastating crop losses, farmers throughout the Great Lakes region of Africa are successfully harvesting a crop of one of Africa's principle foodstuffs.

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

Gender inequality remains a problem across cultures: UNFPA

Gender inequality remains widespread and deep-rooted in many cultures despite many declarations in support of women's rights.

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

UNRWA to suspend food distribution to 750,000 Palestinians

The UN agency assisting Palestinian refugees -UNRWA says it will have to suspend its food distribution to half of Gaza’s 1.5 million people.

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

UN envoy outraged by targeting of religious minorities in Iraq

The UN special envoy for Iraq, Staffan de Mistura(photo), on Thursday expressed shock and outrage at the continued targeting and killing of religious minorities, following the murder of two Christian sisters in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.

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

Steep growth projected for Africa's urban population

Although worldwide urban growth is expected to slow, a new report by UN-HABITAT is projecting the reverse in Africa with the continent's urban population being projected to more than double by 2030.

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

ITU launches initiative to protect children online

Children, says the International Telecommunicaton Union, the ITU, are the most vulnerable users of the internet.

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

Regions that are shaped by only one religion are the exception: Germany

The diversity of world cultures and religions is a feature that has marked human development.

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

Violence in Afghanistan results in civilian casualties

Civilians have been the main victims of a series of attacks over the past 24 hours in Afghanistan.

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

Ban Ki-moon speaks to villagers in Bangladesh

UN Calling Asia – a weekly magazine programme, in English, that keeps you in touch with UN developments covering Asia and the Pacific. The delta area in Bangladesh, where the Ganges joins Jamuna River before reaching the sea, is one of the most disaster-prone regions in the world. During his two-day visit to Bangladesh early [...]

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

In Gaza, UN relief agency out of food

The United Nations relief agency in Gaza is warning that they have no more food to distribute after today to the 750,000 citizens in Gaza who depend on their aid. John Ging, the head of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees known as UNRWA, updated UN Radio's Diane Bailey on the latest in Gaza. We [...]

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

Miriam "Mama Africa" Makeba Dies at 76

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

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World leaders continue their discussion on a culture of peace

A high-level meeting on interfaith dialogue concludes today at UN Headquarters. The special session, which is being held in the UN General Assembly, has brought together religious and world leaders who are committed to building a culture of peace. This morning participants heard from outgoing US President George Bush, who spoke about the role faith [...]

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

UN room renovation stirs controversy

One of the key conference facilities at the United Nations office in Geneva has undergone major refurbishment and renovation at a cost of more than 18 million dollars. Conference room 20 has been fitted with state of the art conference facilities. A major feature included in the renovation is an artistic work by Spanish artist Miguel Barcelo. Patrick Maigua reports from Geneva.~

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

MONUC reports skirmishes between government troops and armed group

The UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) reported two skirmishes late Wednesday between government troops and the armed PARECO movement.~

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

Ban urges G-20 to prevent financial crisis from becoming a human crisis

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged the Group of 20 leaders to prevent the financial crisis from becoming a human crisis that could assume overwhelming political and security dimensions.

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

Environmental impact of brown clouds in Asia

Cities from Beijing to New Delhi are getting darker, glaciers in ranges like the Himalayas are melting faster and weather systems are becoming more extreme, says UNEP, the United Nations Environment Programme.

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

Bush urges governments to include religion in their work

Governments have been urged to include religion in their work and help spread democracy.

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Saudi Prince responds to question of tolerance at close of high-level meeting

The high-level meeting of the General Assembly on a culture of peace came to an end on Thursday.

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USG for Peacekeeping Operations Underscores Need for Reinforcement of UN Troops in Eastern Congo

Alain Le Roy, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping says the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC) needs reinforcement in order to be effective. The USG says there’s support within the Council and he’s hopeful that action will be taken soon. Gail Walker reports The full stakeout is available below

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Jordan’s King Says Easing Interfaith Tensions in the Middle East Must Include Focusing on Conflict Between Israelis and the Palestinians

Without addressing the conflict between the Palestinians and Israelis there can be no easing of interfaith tensions. That’s the assessment of Jordan’s King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein. The King made the remarks at the General Assembly’s high-level dialogue on interreligious and intercultural understanding and cooperation for peace. Gail Walker reports The full speech is available [...]

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Emphasizing Differences Between Religions and Cultures Only Increases Intolerance – Saudi King

Addressing the General Assembly’s high-level meeting on interreligious and intercultural understanding, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud said focusing on the differences between religions and cultures only increases intolerance. The King initiated the high-level meeting to share progress made at the World Conference on Dialogue held in Madrid, Spain last July. Gail Walker reports [...]

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Secretary-General Calls for Greater Respect and Understanding Among Nations to Achieve Peace

Addressing the opening of the General Assembly’s meeting on the promotion of interreligious and intercultural dialogue, understanding and cooperation for peace, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored the need for respect and understanding among nations to achieve enduring peace. 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 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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UN mission in the DRC hopes for reinforcements

As new battles erupted overnight between rebels and government forces near the provincial capital Goma in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, the head of the UN peacekeeping mission in the country says its forces are overstretched.

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Too many people still lack access to technology: UN chief

Technology continues to spread fast. Yet, too many people lack access.~That's what Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Governing Council of the International Telecommunications Union –ITU.

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Let our rich cultural diversity make us more secure – Ban

We live in a wonderfully diverse global village.

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We need inner strength to overcome selfishness: GA president

Our earth is fortunate to have been blessed with the presence of a host of great spiritual prophets, saints and sages who have offered their values to human society over the millennia.

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WFP reports improved food security in Iraq

Food security in Iraq has improved, according to a joint assessment by the Iraqi government and the World Food Programme.

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UNSCO warns of impact of closure of crossings to Gaza

The Office of the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO), says the Nahal Oz fuel crossing, between Gaza and Israel, was open Wednesday.~

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NGOs insist more troops are needed in the DRC

With the crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo escalating, the Security Council has been reviewing the request by MONUC, the UN mission in the Congo, for an additional 3,000 troops. Several NGOs emphasized just such a stronger MONUC is needed. Diane Bailey has more. DIANE: On a phone line from eastern DRC, Oxfam [...]

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World leaders gather in New York to discuss culture of peace

Political and religious leaders from around the today gathered at UN headquarters in New York to discuss the culture of peace. The two-day meeting of the General Assembly has been requested by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to encourage dialogue, understanding and cooperation between religions and cultures. In his opening address, the President of the [...]

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Dr. Margaret Chan calls for higher investment in health

In this period of economic downturn, it is essential to increase investment in health and the social sector, says WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan.

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Due process of law must be respected: Kagame

Speaking at a press conference on the sidelines of the International Telecommunications Union High-level meeting on Climate Change, ICTs and Cyber-security, President Paul Kagame(photo of Rwanda was asked about the arrest of his chief of protocol, Rose Kabuye.

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SG welcomes ceasefire declaration between Government of Sudan and armed movements in Darfur

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed President Omar al-Bashir's declaration of an immediate ceasefire between the Government of Sudan and the armed movements in Darfur as well as the intention by the Government of Sudan to disarm all the militias.

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Israel making progress in negotiations with Palestinians

Israel agrees with the assumption in an Arab peace initiative that says "a military solution to the conflict will not achieve peace or provide security for the parties."

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Dialogue among civilizations is a necessity: King Abdullah

Understanding and trust among peoples of different faith and cultures have eroded throughout the world.

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Rwanda uses ICT to improve lives

At the high-level segment of the International Telecommunication Union, taking place in Geneva from the 12th to the 13th of November, Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, talked about cyber-security, online child protection and greater use of information and communication technology, or ICT, as a way to mitigate climate change:

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INDONESIAN #46: Fokus Fokus Kita

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There’s No Food in the Pipeline to Feed Millions in Zimbabwe – World Food Program

Last month the World Food Program issued an appeal for $140 million to feed millions in Zimbabwe. Agency Spokesperson Emilia Casella says to date no funds have been received and she says the situation is even worse because there’s no food in the pipeline to feed needy Zimbabweans. Gail Walker reports The full briefing is [...]

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Israeli Government Reopens Fuel Facility for Gazans

Israel has partially renewed fuel deliveries to the Gaza Strip, ending a week-long suspension of supplies that led to blackouts in the homes of Palestinian families. The Director of Media and Communication for the UN Relief and Works Agency says while fuel supplies will be able to enter Gaza, the amounts will be down to [...]

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I Look Forward to Working with President-Elect Obama – Secretary-General

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he is looking forward to a good working relationship with President-Elect Barrack Obama. The UN Chief says the US and the UN have much in common and he says there are many areas of mutual interest and concern that the two can work on. Gail Walker reports The full news conference [...]

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Secretary-General Urges Security Council and World Leaders to Assist in Eastern Congo

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on the Security Council and world leaders to help out in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Gail Walker reports The full news conference is available below

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Secretary-General Says Most Vulnerable Shouldn’t be Forgotten When Addressing the Economic Crisis

The world’s most vulnerable shouldn’t be forgotten as the global economic crisis is addressed. And the UN Chief says the crisis should not be used as an excuse for failing to address the world’s main development challenges. Gail Walker reports The full news conference is available below

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Monthly News Conference

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s monthly news conference. Reports to follow.

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WFP Concerned About Access to Those in Need in DR Congo

Even though the World Food program has managed to get food into eastern Congo, the agency remains concerned about access to all in the region who need food assistance. Gail Walker reports The full briefing is available below

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UNICEF and WHO Work to Fight Spread of Cholera in Eastern Congo

As if the internally displaced in eastern Congo didn’t have enough troubles, there are not increased reports of cholera and measles in the region. Both UNICEF and the World Health Organization are making efforts to fight the spread of the diseases among the internally displaced. Gail Walker reports The full briefing is available below

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OCHA warns of humanitarian black holes in DRC

The United Nations has warned of "humanitarian black holes" in the North Kivu region of the Democratic Republic of Congo as fighting forces aid agencies to suspend operations in some areas.

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ICRC warns insecurity hampering relief in Afghanistan

Security constraints are hampering humanitarian operations across much of Afghanistan, where violence has spread to more areas this year.

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Human Rights Chief urges a halt to executions in Afghanistan

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has expressed dismay over Afghanistan's execution of prisoners over the last four days, and is urging the Afghan government to halt any further planned executions.

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WHO concerned over threat of cholera in eastern DRC

The World Health Organization (WHO) is extremely concerned over the increasing threat of cholera in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Five million Zimbabweans could go hungry in January : WFP

The United Nations World Food programme is warning that over five million people in Zimbabwe could go without food in January. Patrick Maigua reports from Geneva:

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Doha conference should remember human rights

"There is no room for complacency," warned the UN Independent Expert on foreign debt and human rights.

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UN chief to urge G-20 summit to do everything to help world's poorest

The global financial crisis continues to be foremost in our minds.

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Humanitarian crisis continues in eastern DR Congo

United Nations relief agencies and their partners continue to struggle to help thousands of people displaced by fighting in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Some areas in that region are inaccessible to because of fighting or due to heavy rains. Food and other non-food relief items, including plastic sheeting, blankets [...]

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

Ban calls for immediate ceasefire in eastern DRC

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urgently called for an immediate cease-fire in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo to allow humanitarian assistance to reach many thousands of displaced persons.

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

Food crisis worsening in Zimbabwe

With the food crisis worsening, the World Food Programme is planning to double the number of its beneficiaries in Zimbabwe in November by scaling up its operations to reach almost four million hungry people in rural and urban areas across the country. Derrick Mbatha asks WFP Spokesman Richard Lee how much funding is currently needed: [...]

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Ban warns of a volatile and dangerous moment for the DRC and Great Lakes region

We remain caught in a very volatile and dangerous moment for the Democratic Republic of Congo -DRC and for the region.

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

Ban regrets agreement between Israel and Palestinians unlikely by yearend

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed regret that an agreement is unlikely to be reached between Palestinians and Israelis by the goal set by the Annapolis process – by the end of this year.

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

Gaza fuel shortages impacts Palestinians

Electricity, fuel and other supplies are running out in the Gaza Strip.

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

UN Security Council weighs additional troops for the DRC

The Security Council today weighed calls for additional troops for the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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UN Mission in Haiti Assisting Victims of School Collapse

As many as 90 people have died in the collapse of a school in a Haitian suburb. The UN is among the international organizations providing help. Officials say about 700 students were enrolled at the school, but they don’t know how many were inside the building at the time of the collapse. Stefanie Alleyne reports [...]

10 Nov 2008 | Posted in | Read More »

South African Singer and Activist Miriam Makeba is Dead at 76

Miriam Makeba, the South African singer and activist known as ‘Mama Africa’ has died of a heart attack. She was 76 years old. The death of the music legend brings an end to an illustrious music career spanning over four decades. Ms. Makeba died of heart attack following her performance at an anti-racism and anti-organized [...]

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UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo Focuses Attention on Maintaining Ceasefire

The ceasefire in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been on and off and over the weekend new fighting began. However, Madnoje Mounouba, the spokesperson for MONUC – the UN Mission in the DR Congo says the fighting has again stopped. The Spokesperson says MONUC is focused on doing what it can to maintain the [...]

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Mama Africa: A Voice for the Hungry and Oppressed

The South African singer and human rights activist Miriam Makeba passed away on Sunday at age 76. For nearly a decade she served as a goodwill ambassador for the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in its campaigns to end hunger. Bissera Kostova has the story.

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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.

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Secretary-General Calls for Dialogue in DR Congo

How to help quell the continued fighting and displacement of tens of thousands in the Democratic Republic of Congo was the subject of a regional summit of the Southern African Development Community which Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon attended. The UN Chief called for those involved in the fighting to engage in dialogue. Gail Walker reports The [...]

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Fresh fighting in DRC ends: MONUC

Fighting which erupted Sunday between rebel and forces backing the government in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo has ended.

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FAO Goodwill Ambassador Miriam Makeba dead

She was known as Mama Africa and toiled for more than 30 years under apartheid.

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

WFP continues food distribution amidst fighting in the DRC

The World Food Programme is extremely alarmed at the situation in Kibati, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where access has been blocked due to the level of fighting in the area.

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

UN envoy condemns Baghdad suicide bombings

The top UN envoy in Baghdad has condemned Monday's double bombing in the Kasra district of Baghdad which killed dozens of innocent civilians and wounding scores more.

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

Global Fund approves US$2.75 billion in new grants

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria says it has approved 94 new grants worth US$2.75 billion over two years.

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

URDU #46: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

10 Nov 2008 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

No peace deal until all issues were settled

The Palestinians and Israelis have reached agreement at a meeting in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt that there would be no peace deal until all issues between them were settled, according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who spoke on behalf of the Quartet.

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

UN supporting Haitian authorities in rescue operations

The United Nations is continuing to support the national authorities in Haiti in the search for survivors of the school that collapsed on Friday.

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UN assists Haiti with recovery after deadly school collapse

It's been three days since the deadly collapse of a school in a suburb of Haiti's capital, Port au Prince. Soldiers and police from the UN mission in the country, known as MINUSTAH, are helping in the recovery effort. Earlier today I interviewed the mission's spokesperson Sophie Boutaud-de la Combe for an update. SOPHIE:We are [...]

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

New front opens up in conflict in eastern DR Congo

A new front opened up in the ongoing conflict in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo over the weekend. This happened just as regional African leaders were meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, to try to find a political solution to the conflict in the country. UN Radio's Derrick Mbatha discussed this latest [...]

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"Mama Africa" a voice for the hungry and oppressed

The South African singer and human rights activist Miriam Makeba passed away on Sunday at age 76. For nearly a decade she served as a goodwill ambassador for the UN Food and Agriculture Organizaiton (FAO) in its campaigns to end hunger. Bissera Kostova has the story. Makeba singing in DRC NARR:In her last mission for [...]

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

UN humanitarian chief saddened by massive death toll in Haitian school collapse

The top UN official for humanitarian affairs has expressed sadness by the massive death toll of the collapsed school building in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

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UN chief deeply distressed by plight of Palestinian civilian population in Gaza

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he's "deeply distressed" about the plight of the civilian population in Gaza.

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

Global agreement on explosive remnants of war vital to end scourge: Ban

There's been a call for countries to make full use of the global agreement on explosive remnants of war.

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UNICEF Condemns Stoning of 13-Year-Old- Rape Victim in Somalia

The UN Children’s Agency, UNICEF has described last week’s stoning of a 13-year-old Somali girl as ‘deplorable.’ The girl, Aisha Duhulow, was stoned to death in a stadium of spectators in Kismayo on 27 October 2008 after having been found guilty of adultery. However, reports indicate that she had been raped by three men while [...]

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Situation in DRC Has Taken a Turn for the Worst – ASG Mullet

Edmond Mullet, the Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping has just returned from the Democratic Republic of Congo and he says the situation there has taken a turn for the worst.

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GA President Draws Attention to Insufficient Budget for UN Peacekeeping Efforts

General Assembly President Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann says the funds allocated for peacekeeping are shameful. The President pointed to the peacekeeping efforts in the Democratic Republic of Congo as an example of how the budget is preventing the UN from sending an appropriate number of peacekeepers to the region. Gail Walker reports The full speech is [...]

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DSG Migiro Says Peacekeeping Has Changed Over Time to Meet Changing Face of Conflict

Deputy Secretary-General Asha Rose Migiro says as the nature of conflict has changed over the years, so has peacekeeping efforts. But the DSG says that change has not come without a cost. Gail Walker reports The full speech is available below

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World Food Program Concerned About Needs of Newly Displaced in Northern Congo

As the World Food Agency continues to distribute food assistance to those in need in eastern Congo, the agency has also expressed concern about others in DRC who have not received the help they need. Gail Walker reports The full briefing is available below

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India Donates $12 million to WFP to Feed School Children in Afghanistan

The World Food Program has received a $12 million contribution from the government of India to provide food for school children in Afghanistan. Gail Walker reports The full briefing is available below

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UN Refugee Agency Hopes for Successful Talks to End Violence in DRC

The UN refugee agency continues to provide urgently needed humanitarian aid to the displaced in eastern Congo. Meanwhile, the agency is hopeful that talks in Nairobi, Kenya will lead to a solution to the violence. Gail Walker reports The full briefing is available below

7 Nov 2008 | Posted in | Read More »

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.

7 Nov 2008 | Posted in | Read More »

Fighting interrupts relief work in Kibati, DR Congo

Fighting broke out today interrupting relief assistance to displaced people in camps near the town of Kibati in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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

WFP receives $12 million to feed school children in Afghanistan

The United Nations food agency has welcomed a contribution of $12 million from the government of India to feed school children in Afghanistan. ~~

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

SG says there can be no military solutions in the DR Congo

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for urgent action to contain the crisis created by the upsurge in fighting in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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

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