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Calls for Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to be fully funded

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS is calling for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to be fully funded as an imperative to countries achieving universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support.

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Hundreds of migrants are feared drowned

Three hundred African migrants who tried to reach Europe from Libya are reported to be missing. There are fears that the migrants are dead after their boats sank as they tried to sail to the Italian island of Lampedusa. UN Radio’s Gerry Adams reports. NARRATOR: It is that time of the year when smuggling across [...]

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Afghanistan’s future

PRES: Afghanistan’s future is the focus of a conference in The Hague on Tuesday attended by some 80 countries and dozens of international and non-governmental organizations. The conference sponsored by the Dutch government was opened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with words of optimism. Ban 1: There is real potential to make concrete progress in [...]

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Southern Sudan to mark anniversary of 'Go to School' initiative

Southern Sudan will on Wednesday mark the fourth anniversary of the ‘Go to School’ initiative as the school gates open on 1 April, the first day of the new school year in Southern Sudan.

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Challenges of holding credible elections in Afghanistan significant: Ban

Tuesday's International Conference on Afghanistan in The Hague is meant to show political support; to build on the Paris conference and to commit with renewed vigour to Afghanistan's stability and recovery.

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Turkey assists UNRWA with its Quick Response Plan

The government of Turkey has contributed US$500,000 to the UN agency assisting Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) in response to the agency's appeal for its Quick Response Plan for Gaza (QRP).

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Thousands flee upsurge in violence in Central African Republic

An upsurge in violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) has caused tens of thousands of civilians to flee their homes since January 2009.

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Southern Africa reeling under heavy floods

Heavy rains in Southern Africa could soon lead to more floods and further destruction in the region.

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This is a critical year for Afghanistan: Ban

Too often in Afghanistan's history, the country has been the battlefield of rival powers.

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African migrants feared drowned

Up to 300 African migrants are feared to have drowned off the coast of Libya after their boats capsized in stormy weather.

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Men and boys must play their part for women's equality: Ban

In too many countries, women are still not seen as equals in the eye of the law or the minds of men and boys.

30 Mar 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

First UN climate change talks for 2009 open in Bonn

More than 2,000 participants are in Bonn, Germany, for the latest meeting on the road to a new global agreement on climate change. The Bonn talks, which run through April 8th, are the first in a series of major UN negotiating sessions this year, designed to culminate in an ambitious and effective international climate change [...]

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Song to help end modern day slavery

To mark the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery, Akon, the world-famous hip-hop star of Senegalese descent, and Peter Buffett, the musician son of American philanthropist and investor Warren Buffett, have teamed up to record a special song. The duo premiered their new song at the United Nations headquarters in New York, [...]

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Six weeks left to deliver meaningful response to climate change: de Boer

A warning that there's only six weeks left for negotiations to deliver on a meaningful long- term response to climate change between now and the Copenhagen conference on climate change in December.

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ICRC warns of difficult humanitarian situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan

The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan will remain difficult in the months ahead.

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Arab world faces insecurity today and potential for more tomorrow: Ban

From the widening fallout of the global economic crisis to the suffering of victims of armed conflict, the Arab world faces insecurity today and the potential for more tomorrow.

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Ban urges efforts to transcend tensions related to ICC

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged Arab States to work together with the United Nations to transcend the tensions related to the International Criminal Court.

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URDU #13: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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URDU #12: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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HINDI #13 – Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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HINDI #12 – Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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BANGLA #13 – Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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BANGLA #12 – Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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BANGLA #11 – Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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INDONESIAN #13: Fokus Fokus Kita

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UN Daily News 27 March 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Female police officers from Timor Leste work to reduce domestic violence

UN Calling Asia – a weekly magazine programme, in English, that keeps you in touch with UN developments covering Asia and the Pacific.

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The United Nations remembers the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade

Caribbean News Round-Up: a weekly 15-minute news magazine on developments at the United Nations concerning the Caribbean.

27 Mar 2009 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Ukraine Centre awarded UN grant to combat violence against women

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

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UN Daily News 26 March 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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UNFPA welcomes US resumption of contributions to its programmes

The announcement by the United States State Department to officially resume US funding to the UN Population Fund heralds a new era for women, girls and their families around the world.

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Asia-Pacific region face threat of triple crises: ESCAP

The UN regional centre for the Asia –Pacific region says Asia and Pacific countries are particularly vulnerable to the triple threat of food and fuel price volatility, climate change and the global economic crisis.

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Ban urges G-20 to commit to an international stimulus package

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he has outlined four areas to Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown where the G-20 countries need to show strong leadership in tackling the global economic crisis.

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UN urges legal protection of rights for Afghan detainees

A new report says arbitrary detention in Afghanistan is widespread and unacceptable, and calls for an immediate review in order to protect Afghans' human rights.

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UN Daily News 25 March 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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UN faces of worrying situation of impasse and uncertainty in Gaza: Pascoe

Two months since the unilateral ceasefires were declared in Gaza, the United Nations faces a worrying situation of impasse and uncertainty.

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Asia-Pacific countries to cooperate to reduce risk of disasters

Cooperation among governments in the Asia/Pacific region for disaster risk reduction is of paramount importance, given the fact that the region is the most disaster-prone area in the world.

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UN Daily News 24 March 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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UN Daily News 23 March 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Operational capacity eroded in key sectors in Darfur: OCHA

There are significant signs of an erosion of humanitarian response capacity, with a concurrent impact on the lives of people in Darfur since the Sudanese government expelled 13 international non-governmental organizations.

20 Mar 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Security Council concerned over continued insecurity in parts of Somalia

Members of the UN Security Council have expressed grave concern at the continued insecurity in some parts of Somalia, violations of human rights and the precarious humanitarian situation.

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UN chief urges States to work together to defeat racism

Saturday 21st March is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

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Racism present a threat to security: Rights chief

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay has issued a call denouncing racial discrimination.

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UN chief hails Treaty on a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone in Central Asia

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has hailed the entry into force of the Treaty on a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone in Central Asia.

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The changing face of "race"

As preparations continue for next month's UN conference on racism, lost amidst the controversy over charges of anti-semitism is the goal of the conference to encourage individuals and countries to work towards eliminating racism in their societies.

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UN Daily News 20 March 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Afghanistan needs greater international support

The head of the United Nations in Afghanistan, Kai Eide, is calling for greater support for Afghanistan as the country struggles to build its institutions and create stability.

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New paradigm needed to address complexities in Somalia: UN envoy

There's a need for a new paradigm, based on the linkage between governance, security and development to address the complexities in Somalia.

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Future of water in a more efficient agriculture: Diouf

There's a call for more attention to be paid to water management in agriculture and for increased support and guidance for farmers in developing countries to tackle water scarcity and the related problem of hunger.

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IOM helping Haitian families improve food security

In a bid to help Haitian families improve their food security, several projects by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) are supporting backyard gardens in Cap-Haitien and Les Cayes.

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Ireland donates $600,000 to UNHAS: WFP

The World Food Programme (WFP) says it has received a $640,000.00 donation from Ireland that will permit the agency to maintain the West African Air Service until 1 May.

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More displacement caused by fresh FDLR attacks in DRC: UNHCR

Attacks by the Hutu rebel group – the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) are still causing displacement over a wide area of the North Kivu region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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UN urges free and fair polls in upcoming Afghan elections

The top UN envoy in Afghanistan has urged the government to address opposition concerns over the conduct of upcoming elections.

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Checking civil & political rights: an ongoing challenge

The Human Rights Committee is the body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the UN Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

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UN Daily News 19 March 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Envoy pledges to strengthen presence of UN mission in North Kivu

UN special envoy for the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Alan Doss, is continuing his security and humanitarian assessment mission to North Kivu.

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Football players and fans unite to fight hunger

Soccer, football whatever you call it, is the most popular sport in the world.

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Cholera affecting 10 districts in Kenya

Cholera has killed at least 22 people and infected more than 600 in different parts of Kenya since late 2008.

19 Mar 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Systemic failures, disconnect from real economy led to global financial crisis: UNCTAD

The United Nations must play a central role in the reform process to the international financial and monetary systems.

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Israel agrees to some recommendations of the UN Human Rights Council

Israel says it will incorporate some suggestions made by the UN Human Rights Council in its treatment of minorities and prisoners.

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Food price inflation hits poor hardest: FAO

Local food prices in most developing countries have not fallen and in some cases, continue to increase despite the drop in global agricultural commodities prices.

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Security Council underscores support for African Union peacekeeping capacity

The UN Security Council has hailed the "continuing important efforts of the African Union to settle conflicts on the continent and expressed its support for peace initiatives conducted by the Union.

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Humanitarian aid allowed into Gaza below required levels: UN

The overall levels of humanitarian aid allowed into Gaza remain below what is urgently required.

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UN Daily News 17 March 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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UN Daily News 16 March 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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UN Daily News 18 March 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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A breakthrough in negotiations for Racism Conference

In early March, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navanethem Pillay, criticized countries campaigning against the UN anti-racism conference to be held in Geneva in April.

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AIDS activist raises awareness in Uganda

In Uganda, a draft law that would force HIV-positive people to reveal their status to sexual partners has come under fire from AIDS activists.

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Access to education can limit impact of emergencies: DSG

Education is crucial in emergency and crisis situations.

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Pillay hails "significantly shorter outcome document for Durban Review conference

High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Wednesday welcomed the release of a significantly shorter draft outcome document for the Durban Review Conference saying she hopes the introduction of this latest version of the draft would be a "major turning point" in preparations for the conference.

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No single magic bullet for HIV prevention: UNAIDS

Universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support remains the number one priority of UNAIDS.

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African Union continues to develop capacity for peacekeeping

The development of the African Peace and Security Architecture is crucial to an effective long-term approach to conflict prevention and resolution.

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WFP scales up feeding in Kenya in response to food crisis

The UN food agency – WFP is scaling up food assistance in Kenya to feed more than 3 million Kenyans hit by drought and high food prices.

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Climate change and sustainable forest management policies should be mutually supportive: Brundtland

An agreement on forests in Copenhagen is necessary, and sustainable forest management will be the most important tool to achieve reduced emissions.

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Security Council welcomes EU handover of peacekeeping duties to UN

The UN Security Council has welcomed the successful handover of peacekeeping duties in Chad and the Central African Republic from the European Union to the United Nations.

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Ban expresses grave concern over developments in Madagascar

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed grave concern about the evolving developments in Madagascar and took note of the resignation of President Marc Ravalomanana.

17 Mar 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNAMID peacekeeper killed in ambush in Darfur

A peacekeeper with the joint UN-African Union Mission in Darfur-UNAMID was killed in an ambush by unknown gunmen near the town of Nyala on Tuesday.

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UNAMID peacekeeper killed in ambush in Darfur

A United Nations peacekeeper has been shot and killed by unidentified gunmem near the town of Nyala, in Souther Darfur.

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Raising awareness about glaucoma

One of the leading causes of blindness worldwide is a treatable eye disease. Glaucoma has been called the "sneak thief of sight" because it causes a gradual loss of vision.

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Abducted staff in Somalia returned safely

The United Nations is very grateful that its staff is free and safe, stated UN Resident Coordinator Mark Bowden.

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ICRC expresses fears for lives of civilians trapped in conflict areas in Sri Lanka

Fighting continues between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the Sri Lankan government.

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Five fires in one month in crowded eastern Chad refugee camps: UNHCR

Five accidental fires have swept through parts of two camps for Sudanese refugees in remote eastern Chad in the past four weeks, destroying nearly 300 houses and leaving some 1,500 people homeless.

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More indigenous people uprooted in Colombia: UNHCR

The displacement of Colombia's indigenous people continues.

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UN rights chief welcomes decision to reinstate Pakistani Supreme Court Chief Justice

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has welcomed the decision of the Government of Pakistan to reinstate the former Supreme Court Chief Justice and other judges, who were removed from their post in 2007.

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Lack of funding forces UN Humanitarian Air Service to close West Africa operations

The UN Humanitarian Air Service, UNHAS, will be forced to close its West Africa coastal air service as of March 20, due to lack of funds.

17 Mar 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Decision-makers meet in Geneva to discuss security, development and peace in fragile states

Promoting security, development and peace in fragile situations will be the focus of discussion when representatives from the United Nations, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the World Bank and NATO meet in Geneva later this week.

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IOM to tackle various impacts of food crisis in Africa

A donation of 16 million US dollars from the Japanese Government to IOM will help the Organization counter some of the many impacts of severe food insecurity on migrants and migration in the Horn, East and Southern Africa.

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Water and sanitation critical to achieving Millennium Development Goals: Sha

Water and sanitation issues are critical to achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

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Investment in water resources needed to avoid shortages

Increased demand for water caused by population growth, higher consumption levels and increased energy needs could lead to critical shortages, according to a report by a conglomerate of UN agencies.

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Treating cholera in Zimbabwe

The incidence of cholera in Zimbabwe has stabilized, in part because the donor community has been funding the salaries of health workers.

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Joint UN/Sudan assessment teams to review findings this week: Holmes

Assessment teams from the United Nations and the Government of Sudan are on the ground looking at some of the critical gaps that need to be covered in North, South and West Darfur as a result of the expulsion of 13 international non-governmental organizations.

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World Forum calls for better management to alleviate water shortages

The 5th World Water Forum opened Monday in Istanbul with a call for better management to alleviate water shortages.

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Security Council delegation wraps up mission to Haiti

The Security Council has completed its mission to Haiti after four days of discussions on issues including security and peace consolidation, and economic and social development.

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UN takes over from EUFOR in Central African Republic and Chad

United Nations peacekeepers have taken over patrolling and security duties from the European Union Force (EUFOR) in eastern Chad and north-eastern Central African Republic.

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New report warns of negative impact of economic crisis on forests

A new report is warning that the current economic crisis is having a negative impact on the world's forests.

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Four UN Staff members are abducted in Somalia

Four United Nations staff members were abducted by unknown armed men in Waajid, central Somalia, early Monday morning.

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Women in Parliament rising, but still face obstacles

PRESENTER:  Women’s participation in Parliament reached a global high in 2008 according to a report published by the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the IPU. Rwanda leads with 56% women in Parliament. But progress towards the United Nations target of 30 per cent representation of women, remains slow and uneven throughout the world says Senator Pia Cayetano of [...]

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UN raises concern about fate of civilians in Sri Lanka

DIANE: The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has expressed alarm at the increasing number of civilians reported killed and injured in the conflict in northern Sri Lanka. Navi Pillay described the situation as “desperate” and said actions by both the Sri Lankan military and by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the LTTE, could [...]

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Ban Ki-moon covers Afghanistan, climate change, the Middle East and more at his monthly press conference

UN Calling Asia – a weekly magazine programme, in English, that keeps you in touch with UN developments covering Asia and the Pacific.

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Afghanistan faces a critical test in 2009: Ban

The Government and the people of Afghanistan face a critical test in 2009, as it prepares to hold credible elections over the coming months.

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UN continues to advocate for reversal of expulsion order NGO's from Sudan

The Joint Government of Sudan /UN assessment teams have arrived in the three Darfur states to, among other things, gauge the humanitarian impact of the expulsion of 13 international non-governmental organizations – the NGOs.

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UN expert urges more attention for world's most serious displacement crises

A UN independent expert on internally displaced people has called for more attention to be paid to some of the world's most serious displacement crises, including those caused by natural disasters and by the conflicts in Somalia, Sudan and Sri Lanka.

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Somalia needs diplomatic and material assistance: UN envoy

The UN special envoy for Somalia says the country needs diplomatic and material assistance.

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UNAIDS chief calls for scaling up universal access to HIV treatment

The head of UNAIDS says there is a need to scale up universal access to HIV treatment.

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Barbados says it can proudly claim a tradition of respect for the rights of women and men

Caribbean News Round-Up: a weekly 15-minute news magazine on developments at the United Nations concerning the Caribbean.

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Serious violations of international law committed in Sri Lanka conflict: Pillay

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expressed her growing alarm Friday at the increasing number of civilians reported killed and injured in the conflict in northern Sri Lanka, and at the apparent ruthless disregard being shown for their safety.

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HINDI #11 – Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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Increasing the number of women in peacekeeping

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

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SG highlights Afghanistan at press conference

At his monthly press conference on Thursday, just days after meeting President Obama in Washington, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he and President Obama had agreed on a number of issues, including that green investments must be a major part of any global stimulus plan: SG1: If we are going to spend such tremendous sums [...]

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Treat drug dependence as an illness: Maria Costa

"The world drug problem has been contained, but not solved."

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Resumption of US funding to UNFPA a great day for women and girls: Obaid

"This is a great day for women, girls and their families around the world."

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UN chief reiterates call for Sudan to reverse decision to expel NGO's

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has reiterated his call to the Sudanese government to reverse its decision to expel 13 international non-governmental organizations that provided valuable humanitarian services to the North Darfur region.

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2009 must be the year of climate change: Ban

Climate change and its likely global effects dominated discussions this week between UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and United States President Barack Obama.

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Crucial role of water in development to be discussed at Istanbul forum

Demand for water has never been as great as it is today, and it will only increase due to population growth and mobility, rising living standards, changes in food consumption, and increased energy production, especially biofuels.

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Water infrastructure should top investment list: UNESCO

Given the importance of water to development, water infrastructure should be at the top of the list for investment if a country is going to invest in infrastructure.

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Health hazards demand stronger climate change measures: WHO

Policymakers should consider the threat climate change poses to public
health in setting their priorities for action and investments to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions.

11 Mar 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNAMID conducts confidence-building patrols

The UN African Union mission in Darfur (UNAMID) reports that a peaceful demonstration comprising mostly of youth and labour movement figures took place Wednesday in Nyala, South Darfur, during which they condemned the recent decision of the International Criminal Court to issue an arrest warrant against the President.

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UNDP and partners fight marine bio-invasions

For centuries the sea has served as a means to move goods around the world. But along with their cargoes, container ships and other large vessels also transport tiny marine species which could cause billions of dollars in environmental and economic damage. The problem stems from the water taken on by ships to provide needed [...]

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Opposition threatens to boycott UN talks

In Madagascar, opposition leader Andry Rajoelina has refused to attend talks scheduled for Thursday aimed at resolving the crisis in the country. President Ravalomanana and Mr. Rajoelina have been engaged in a power struggle since mid-January, leading to protests in the capital and the resignations of both the defence minister and the army chief of [...]

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UN working to enhance Africa's capacity to benefit from development initiatives

The United Nations is working to enhance Africa's capacity to benefit from initiatives such as the New Partnership for Africa's Development and the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme.

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UN chief shares concerns with US Congress

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was continuing his meetings in Washington DC Wednesday with key United States officials.

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World population to exceed 9 billion by 2050: UN

World population is projected to reach 7 billion early in 2012, up from the current 6.8 billion, and surpass 9 billion people by 2050.

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Zimbabwe cholera deaths decline:UN

The United Nations says the number of people dying and infected with cholera in Zimbabwe is decreasing for the second consecutive week.

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Rights chief urges vigilance in confronting challenges to children's rights

A warning that there are grounds for serious concern despite the positive developments for children since the signing of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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2009 a "make or break" year: Ban

2009 is a "make-or-break" year, full of crises on many fronts — for the United Nations, for the United States, and for the international community as a whole.

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UN concerned for safety of staff in Darfur

The United Nations remains highly concerned over the safety of national and international staff in Darfur in light of repeated reports of intimidation and harassment.

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Humanitarian situation in Gaza unchanged: OCHA

The overall humanitarian situation in Gaza remains unchanged.

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Haiti can be made into a success story: Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wrapped up his trip to Haiti Tuesday morning with a visit to a factory of about 1,000 employees who were working for the garment industry.

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Educating women and men about AIDS

Here in New York, a Sudanese women’s organization has joined other women, representing NGOs from around the world in sharing their experiences of fighting HIV, sometimes with very few resources. Bissera Kostova recently spoke to Fatima Ahmed, the President of Zenab for Women and Development, an organization active in the eastern Sudanese state of Gadaref. Ms. Ahmed says the [...]

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Peacekeepers attacked in West Darfur

Four UN peacekeepers were injured Monday night in an ambush in Darfur. The attack is the first on members of UNAMID, the joint UN African Union mission since the International Criminal Court indicted Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir for war crimes last week. Violence against UNAMID personnel, including carjackings, have increased over the last 6 weeks in [...]

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Secrecy in countering terrorism

A United Nations expert on protection of human rights while countering terrorism says the secrecy under which intelligence agencies conduct their operations is an impediment to independent investigations into human rights violations.

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Sustainable forest management could create millions of green jobs: FAO

Ten million new "green jobs" can be created by investing in sustainable forest management.

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Ban to discuss global issues with US president

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with United States President Barack Obama to discuss the global economic crisis and other issues Tuesday at the White House.

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More than a million people may stop receiving safe water: UNICEF

The UN children's agency (UNICEF) says more than a million people may stop receiving safe water, sanitation and hygiene services in North Darfur especially as delivery systems run out of materials, machinery breaks down, and staff are laid off.

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IFRC concerned about recurring diseases in sub-Saharan Africa

The International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) is warning that diarrhoeal diseases, such as cholera, are increasingly becoming the major cause of recurring disease and death throughout the world, especially in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Joint UN/Sudanese mission to assess short-term needs in Darfur

The decision of the Government of Sudan to expel 13 international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and terminate the operations of three national NGOs is still being assessed.

10 Mar 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Growing optimism – Haiti has assets to recover from problems of 2008

2008 was a difficult year for Haiti – from the violent reactions to the increase in food prices to the devastations caused by successive hurricanes.

10 Mar 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Rights chief calls for international drug policy to include focus on human rights and harm reduction

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Tuesday stressed the key roles human rights and harm reduction should play in the response to drug use.

10 Mar 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Developing countries face financing shortfall: World Bank

The current global financial crisis will have long-term implications for developing countries.

9 Mar 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Children are innocent victims of conflict: UNICEF

"Children are the innocent victims of conflict."

9 Mar 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

URDU #11: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

9 Mar 2009 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

UN appeals to Sudan to reverse decision to expel aid groups

A new appeal was made to Sudan Monday to reverse its decision to expel 13 humanitarian aid groups from Darfur following the decision of the International Criminal court to issue an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

9 Mar 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

INDONESIAN #10: Fokus Fokus Kita

9 Mar 2009 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

INDONESIAN #9: Fokus Fokus Kita

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HINDI #10 – Antar Rashtriya Patrika

9 Mar 2009 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

BANGLA #10 – Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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BANGLA #9 – Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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Investment in agriculture needed

Last year rising global food prices brought the number of hungry people up to nearly a billion worldwide. While prices on the international markets have decreased since then, the food crisis is not over. As the UN Human Rights Council meets in Geneva to discuss how the crisis continues to impact human rights, Patrick Maigua [...]

9 Mar 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Madagascar's capital calm as peace process continues

A mutiny by one camp of Madagascar’s army has put into question efforts to reach a solution to the country’s political crisis, which has left almost 100 people dead in protests. But UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Haile Menkerios, assured UN Radio’s Diane Bailey that actions by Madagascar’s army will not threaten ongoing negotiations [...]

9 Mar 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Zimbabwe cholera death toll passes 4,000

More than 4,000 people have died from cholera in Zimbabwe since an outbreak of the water-borne disease last year.

9 Mar 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Security Council to visit Haiti to convey strong message of support

A nine-member mission of the UN Security Council heads to Haiti Wednesday during which it will visit the town of Gonaives that suffered severe flood damage after four hurricanes ravaged the country last year.

9 Mar 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Food and agriculture represent the means of survival of future generations

Efforts to mitigate hunger and promote and protect the right to food have not been translated into concrete action to empower those most affected by the crisis.

9 Mar 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Empowering women and girls a priority: Pillay

Empowering women and girls and creating an environment conducive to the realization of their full potential is a responsibility and priority of the tallest order.

9 Mar 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Sudanese government urged to reconsider order suspending NGO's

Aid operations in North Sudan, the largest humanitarian emergency in the world costing over $2 billion annually, will be irrevocably damaged by the government's order suspending 16 non-governmental organizations.

9 Mar 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Daily News 6 March 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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URDU #10: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

6 Mar 2009 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

URDU #9: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

6 Mar 2009 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

INDONESIAN #8: Fokus Fokus Kita

6 Mar 2009 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

INDONESIAN #7: Fokus Fokus Kita

6 Mar 2009 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

HINDI #9 – Antar Rashtriya Patrika

6 Mar 2009 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

BANGLA #8 – Jati Shongher Protidhoni

6 Mar 2009 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

International Women's Day is marked at the United Nations

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

6 Mar 2009 | Posted in Women | Read More »

Antigua and Barbuda says changing rainfall patterns can exacerbate drought conditions in small- island developing States

Caribbean News Round-Up: a weekly 15-minute news magazine on developments at the United Nations concerning the Caribbean.

6 Mar 2009 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Sri Lanka and The Maldives address the Human Rights Council

UN Calling Asia – a weekly magazine programme, in English, that keeps you in touch with UN developments covering Asia and the Pacific.

6 Mar 2009 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

UN Daily News 5 March 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Combating discrimination a top priority: Pillay

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Thursday that combating impunity, racism and all forms of discrimination against women, indigenous people, minorities, migrants and other vulnerable groups are top priorities for her office.

5 Mar 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Schools must be havens of peace and security: UNICEF

All schools must be havens of peace and security.

5 Mar 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Daily News 4 March 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio

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UN Daily News 3 March 2009

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