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The H1N1 flu epidemic continues to evolve: WHO

There's no evidence to suggest that the World Health Organization -WHO should move to phase 6 alert on the outbreak of H1N1 flu.

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

Africa science forum urges innovation on the continent

Scientists and government officials attending a meeting on science and technology in Africa in Addis Ababa are urging support for the development of new technologies as a way to spur sustainable development on the continent.

30 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

FAO experts to prove flu outbreak is not related to swine

An international team of animal health experts is headed to Mexico to help confirm that the emergence of a new flu virus that has led to a global pandemic alert, is not related to pigs.

30 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

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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Security Council stresses commitment to address impact of armed conflict on children

The UN Security Council has reaffirmed its commitment to address the widespread impact of armed conflict on children.

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

Hundreds of thousands in south Kivu at risk of further displacement: Holmes

There's a warning that hundreds of thousands of people in South Kivu province in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo are at risk of further displacement and abuse because of renewed conflict.

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

MINUSTAH urges Haitian National Police to learn from security challenges of April poll

The UN mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) has hailed the publication of election results for Haiti's Senate although poor turn out meant that none of the candidates picked up sufficient votes to win a seat outright.

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

World Health Organization raises swine flu alert to Level Five

The World Health Organization has raised the warning on the outbreak of swine flu from phase four to phase five.

29 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Civilian casualties in northern Sri Lanka horrific: Holmes

The UN humanitarian chief has expressed concern over the ongoing situation of tens of thousands of civilians trapped in the combat zone in northern Sri Lanka. John Holmes who’s just back from a two-day visit to Sri Lanka says the UN believes there are some 50,000 civilians trapped in the zone. And he warns they [...]

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Civilian casualties in northern Sri Lanka horrific: Holmes

The UN humanitarian chief has expressed concern over the ongoing situation of tens of thousands of civilians trapped in the combat zone in northern Sri Lanka.

29 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Daily News 29 April 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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UNAMID launches cooperation agreement with UN Development Fund for Women

The African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) on Wednesday announced the launch of a cooperation agreement between the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and UNAMID police.

29 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

FAO dairy project benefits Afghan families

A dairy project started by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has become a cash cow for families in four provinces in Afghanistan.

29 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Security Council asked to expand protection for children in war

The UN Security Council held an open debate on Wednesday on children and armed conflict.

29 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

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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WHO says it's moving closer to Phase 5 warning on swine flu

The World Health Organization –WHO warns that it is moving closer to a phase 5 warning on the outbreak of swine flu.

29 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Ban calls for global coordination and support to combat swine flu

The spreading Swine flu epidemic has become a global challenge which requires global coordination and support. That according to UN Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon. He told the UN Security Council Wednesday that United Nations agencies have mobilized their resources under the leadership of the Word Health Organization Director-general Dr. Margaret Chan. And he assures them of [...]

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Ban calls for global coordination and support to combat swine flu

The spreading Swine flu epidemic has become a global challenge which requires global coordination and support.

29 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Ban urges action against recruitment of children for use in armed conflict

There's a call for the UN Security Council to consider action to strike a blow against the recruitment of children for use in armed conflict, and stop those violators from continuing to victimize children.

29 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Overall human rights situation in Iraq remains a matter of concern: UN

The overall human rights situation in Iraq remains a matter of concern although there were improvements in the security situation during the second half of 2008.

29 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

ILO says no workplace is immune to hazards

April 28th is World Day for Safety and Health at Work. It's meant to focus attention on the need to protect workers at the work place.

28 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Humanitarian emergency in Sri Lanka's diplaced people's camps

More than a hundred thousand people have escaped from a conflict zone in northern Sri Lanka, where they were trapped for months by fighting between the Tamil Tiger rebels, known as the LTTE, and government forces.

28 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

World Food Programme welcomes donation from Qatar for Gaza

The World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a US$10 million donation from the Qatar Charity for WFP’s emergency operation in Gaza.

28 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Situation of children in Gaza precarious: UNICEF

More than 100 days after the end of hostilities in Gaza, children continue to suffer both physically and psychologically.

28 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN humanitarian chief in Sri Lanka reminds government of its responsibilities to civilians

In Sri Lanka, tens of thousands of people are still trapped in a small sliver of land in the north of the country.

28 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

WHO recommends no closure of borders

The World Health Organization says border closures and travel restrictions won’t stop the spread of the swine flu. WHO says experience from the 2003 SARS outbreak showed that travel restrictions resulted in more economic disruption than health gains. Patrick maigua sent us this report from Geneva.

28 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

WHO heightens alert on swine flu

The World Health Organization has raised the alert for a global influenza pandemic from 3 to 4, on a scale of 6.

27 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Emergency supplies from UNICEF/UNHCR arrive in Sri Lanka

UNICEF- the UN children's agency says 50 metric tonnes of emergency relief supplies arrived in Sri Lanka Monday.

27 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN humanitarian chief stresses need for humanitarian pause I Sri Lanka conflict

Urgent humanitarian concerns including the situation inside the conflict zone in northern Sri Lanka, problems with the delivery of food and medical supplies into the conflict zone, conditions of Internally Displaced Persons accommodated in the IDP camps, and continuing protection concerns on the displaced at the screening points in transit were the focus of meetings between UN humanitarian chief John Holmes and the UN Country Team, non-governmental organizations-NGO's and donors in Colombo Sunday.

27 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Swine flu situation a public health emergency of international concern: WHO

The current swine flu situation constitutes a public health emergency of international concern.

27 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

WHO monitors spread of Swine flu

The World Health Organization is holding a meeting of an emergency committee to consider raising the alert about a possible global pandemic caused by the swine flu virus first detected in Mexico last week.

27 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN agencies launch information project on Chernobyl

Sunday marked 23 years since the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine, part of the Soviet Union at the time.

27 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Daily News 27 April 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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UN chief concerned swine flu virus can cause a new influenza pandemic

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed concern that the swine flu virus could cause a new influenza pandemic.

27 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN envoy urges follow-up to Brussels donors' meeting on Somalia

The top UN envoy for Somalia has called for a follow-up meeting to last week's Brussels donor meeting for Somalia security and the African Union Mission in Somalia.

27 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN establishing a system-wide mechanism to monitor vulnerability: Ban

The United Nations is in the process of establishing a system-wide mechanism for monitoring vulnerability, and sounding the alert when necessary.

27 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Ban urges a remedy of 'the appalling situation' of 1 billion hungry people

There's been a call to remedy the appalling situation where some 1 billion people suffered from hunger at the end of 2008.

27 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Developing countries face serious consequences from the global financial and economic crisis: Carstens

The current global financial crisis is turning into a human and development calamity.

27 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Non-Aligned Movement a key partner in coordinated responses to global crises: Ban

The Non-Aligned Movement will be a key partner in closely coordinated responses to the current global crises.

27 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Continued fighting in Sri Lanka creates special difficulties for women

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

24 Apr 2009 | Posted in Women | Read More »

UN humanitarian chief headed to Sri Lanka to press access to humanitarian mission

The UN humanitarian chief travels to Sri Lanka Saturday for a three-day mission.
Under Secretary-general John Holmes will discuss issues of pressing importance with the Government of Sri Lanka, including the need for the Government to actively facilitate humanitarian missions to the conflict area, access to those displaced persons at screening centers, the release of UN staff members detained in camps, and the humanitarian response to the situation in the camps for Internally Displaced Persons.

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UN chief condemns Baghdad bombings

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the appalling suicide bombings since Thursday in Baghdad and Diyala, which reportedly killed at least 140 people including a large number of visiting Iranian pilgrims.

24 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

A Bolivian NGO comments on progress since 2001 racism conference

A conference to review progress on the 2001 Durban Declaration and Programme of Action on racism and related intolerance, wrapped up on Friday in Geneva.

24 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Global partners step up efforts to Roll Back Malaria

In these times of global financial turmoil, there is one investment with a guaranteed return: combating malaria.

24 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Daily News 24 April 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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UN agencies mark Chernobyl anniversary with launch of US$2.5-million project

Four United Nations agencies marked the 23rd anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear accident Friday by launching a $2.5 million programme designed to meet the priority information needs of affected communities in Belarus, the Russian Federation, and Ukraine. Funded by the UN Trust Fund for Human Security, this three-year initiative aims to translate the latest scientific information on the consequences of the accident into sound practical advice for residents of the affected territories.

24 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Durban Review Conference a success: Pillay

The Durban review Conference ended Friday with UN High commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, telling the closing session that the conference was a success, despite the very difficult negotiation process and a culture of misinformation that preceded it.

24 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNICEF scales up distribution of mosquito-treated nets in Somalia

UNICEF is scaling up distribution of Long Lasting Insecticide-treated mosquito nets in Somalia.

24 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

World Bank-IMF report warns of risks to MDG’s

The global financial crisis is imperiling attainment of the 2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and creating an emergency for development.

24 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN envoy condemns Baghdad bombings

The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq Staffan de Mistura has strongly condemned the horrific back to back bombings in Baghdad on Thursday, 23 April and Friday, 24 April.

24 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon urges the Fifth Summit for the Americas to come up with effective solutions for a more sustainable future for Latin America and the Caribbean

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for effective, efficient, enduring solutions for a more sustainable, inclusive and prosperous future.

24 Apr 2009 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Donors ledge more than $200 million for Somalia

International donors on Thursday pledged $213 million to help Somalia stabilize its country.

23 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Durban Review Conference wraps general debate

The Durban Review Conference concluded its general debate Thursday after hearing statements on new forms of racism and the subsequent importance of fully implementing the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action.

23 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN chief sends mission to Sri Lanka

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he is sending a humanitarian mission to Sri Lanka to first of all monitor the situation, support the humanitarian assistance and try to do whatever it can to protect the civilian population who are caught in a war zone.

23 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Daily News 23 April 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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UNAIDS welcomes release of men imprisoned in Senegal for their sexual orientation

In January of this year, nine members of a Senegalese AIDS awareness organization were sentenced by Senegalese courts for 'acts against nature and the creation of an association of criminals'.

23 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Increased concern about civilians fleeing fighting in Sri Lanka

Up to a hundred thousand Sri Lankan civilians have escaped from a combat zone in the northeast of the country over the past three days, but tens of thousands more are believed to still be trapped there.

23 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN calls for greater cooperation among Asia/Pacific countries amid current crises

There is a greater need for regional cooperation in the Asia/Pacific region in dealing with the challenges of an economic crisis, continued food-fuel insecurity and climate change.

23 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN chief hails release of special envoy to Niger Robert Fowler

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is pleased to learn of the release of four people who had been abducted in recent months in West Africa, including his Special Envoy for Niger, Robert Fowler, and Mr. Fowler's aide, Louis Guay, both from Canada.

23 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Malaria deaths plunger more than 60% in Zambia

Zambia joins several other African countries to have achieved a major reduction in malaria mortality through accelerated malaria control activities.

23 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Food prices remain high in developing countries: FAO

High food prices persist in developing countries despite an improved global cereal supply situation and a sharp decline in international food prices.

23 Apr 2009 | Posted in Food Crisis, Today's News | Read More »

Ban encourages EU to keep contributing to building a strong Somalia

The European Union has been encouraged to keep contributing both financially, politically and otherwise to the building of a strong Somali Government and also to continue to assist AMISOM – the African Union peacekeeping Mission in Somalia.

23 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Ban urges support for Somalia warning 'piracy is not a water-borne disease

An international donors' conference on Somalia opened in Brussels Thursday with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon telling delegates their support is designed first and foremost to enhance the security of Somalia.

23 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Ban proposes three-phase approach to possible peacekeeping mission in Somalia

A new report on a possible peacekeeping mission in Somalia proposes an approach consisting of three major phases.

22 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Ban welcomes Burundi's FNL renunciation of armed conflict

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the accreditation of the Forces Nationales de Libération (FNL) as a political party on 21 April 2009 following the separation and formal disarmament of its armed wing, including the separation of children associated with the movement.

22 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Situation in northern Sri Lanka highly chaotic: OCHA

The situation in the conflict area in northern Sri Lanka remains highly chaotic, and it's complicating attempts to obtain accurate information.

22 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

HINDI #17 – Antar Rashtriya Patrika

22 Apr 2009 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

HINDI #16 – Antar Rashtriya Patrika

22 Apr 2009 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

BANGLA #17 – Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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BANGLA #16 – Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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URDU #17: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

22 Apr 2009 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

URDU #16: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

22 Apr 2009 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

UN Daily News 22 April 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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A black American discusses racial discrimination in the United States at the Conference against Racism

Robert Wilkens, a lawyer from the United States, says he's been a victim of racial discrimination.

22 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Forum discusses how to preserve forests

With an eye on the UN's Climate Change conference – scheduled for December in Copenhagen – the Forum of Forests, this week and next, is discussing how to slow the loss of the world's forests.

22 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Security Council expresses willingness to explore ways to further promote use of mediation

The UN Security Council has cited the use of mediation in the peaceful settlement of disputes.

22 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN designates 22 April as International Mother Earth Day

The UN General Assembly has decided to designate 22 April as International Mother Earth Day.

22 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Restrictive policies reduce the ability of asylum seekers to find protection: UNHCR

In the seven and a half years since the Durban conference, it has likely become more rather than less difficult for those seeking protection from persecution to access territories where it may be available.

22 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Children to be released from armed forces and groups in eastern DRC: Coomaraswamy

Dramatic recent political developments have opened new opportunities for the release of child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo-DRC.

22 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNMIS deeply concerned about the renewed tribal clashes in Jonglei State

The United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) on Wednesday voiced deep concern about the renewed tribal clashes in Jonglei State, where dozens of people were reportedly killed over the weekend, with many more injured or displaced.

22 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Secretary-General welcomes adoption of racism conference document

United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon has warmly welcomed the adoption of the outcome document of the world conference on racism in Geneva.

21 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Political chief says UN is strengthening mediation capacity

The head of the UN Department of Political Affairs, Lynn Pascoe, says the United Nations is strengthening its mediation capacity to prevent conflicts from becoming full-blown crises.

21 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNEP Chief says Gaza is facing environmental challenges

In Gaza on Tuesday, the head of the UN Environment Programme looked into the serious environmental challenges the territory is facing as a result of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

21 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Daily News 21 April 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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New UNESCO website showcases global cultural heritage

Treasures of the world's cultural heritage are now available online at the World Digital Library, launched on Tuesday by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and its partners.

21 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Being albino: Tanzanian member of Parliament speaks out

Since 2006, some 46 albinos have been murdered in Tanzania because of their disability.

21 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN conference on racism agrees on a declaration

Countries attending the UN conference on racism in Geneva have adopted a document on ways to end racial discrimination and other forms of intolerance.

21 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Rwandan Hutu bandits displace people eastern DR Congo

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) says that Rwandan Hutu bandits continue to attack people in the North Kivu province of the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

21 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNESCO launches digital library

UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, and 32 partner institutions, on Tuesday launched the World Digital Library.

21 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN food agency sends food to displaced people in Sri Lanka

Aid agencies are gearing up to help tens of thousands of people escaping fighting between Government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels in northern Sri Lanka.

21 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

We still have much more to do in the fight against racism: Ban

One of the primary roles of the United Nations is to mobilize action against the pervasive violations of human rights that take place in every part of our world.

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

UN Daily News 20 April 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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UN chief welcomes escape of tens of thousands of civilians from Sri Lanka's conflict zone

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the escape by tens of thousands of civilians from the conflict zone in Northeastern Sri Lanka over the last three days.

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

Durban Review Conference opens in Geneva

Cancellations and controversy have marked the opening day of a conference to review progress on anti-racism efforts since the 2001 World Conference on Racism.

20 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Civilians escape from conflict in Sri Lanka

The conflict in Sri Lanka is intensifying as the Sri Lankan military reports that at least 25 thousand civilians have escaped from a Tamil Tiger held part of the country.

20 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UNICEF fears the worst is yet to come in fighting in Sri Lanka

UNICEF – the UN Children's Fund is expressing grave fears for those children who remain trapped in the escalating fighting in Sri Lanka's conflict zone.

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

Global economic crisis a threat to the fight against AIDS, TB and malaria

There's a warning that the global financial crisis could wipe out years of progress in fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS and treating patients.

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

UN chief deplores use of anti-racism platform to accuse, divide and incite

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has deplored the use of the platform of the anti-racism conference by the Iranian president to accuse, divide and even incite.

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

Anti-racism conference an opportunity for step forward in fight against racism: Pillay

A warning to delegates at the anti-racism conference in Geneva that they have the opportunity to take a significant step forward in the fight against racism, a fight that serves the interest of justice, dignity and equality everywhere.

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

Israeli settlement activity continues in West Bank and East Jerusalem: Pascoe

A top UN official reported Monday that Israeli settlement activity continues in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

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

Durban Review Conference

The United Nations Durban Review Conference on Racism got underway in Geneva Monday with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, expressing regret that some countries had opted to stay away from the conference despite ample evidence that racism still persists worldwide. Patrick Maigua reports from Geneva.

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

UNESCO chief calls for halt of a law in Afghanistan

The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, on Friday called on President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan to prevent the entry into force of a draft law that he says will have a negative impact on the education of children in Afghanistan.

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

UN condemns assassination of female legislator in Afghanistan

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, also known by its acronym UNAMA, has strongly condemned the assassination of a female legislator. Setara Achakzai [A-ki-zai], a member of the provincial council of Kandahar, was shot dead by two motorcyclists in Southern Afghanistan, a former Taliban stronghold. IFAD helps adapt technology to the needs of poor farmers [...]

17 Apr 2009 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urges short-term financial assistance to Haiti to meet its outstanding humanitarian needs

Donors and international financial institutions renewed their commitment to Haiti Tuesday, pledging more than $320 million toward the country’s economic recovery over the next two years. The money will go towards building roads, fighting drug traffickers and generating as many as 150,000 jobs in the country. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told donors at a day-long [...]

17 Apr 2009 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

UN Mission in Liberia Supports Education and Empowerment of Women and Girls

There’s a saying that if you educate a woman, you educate a nation. For this reason, the UN country team in Liberia is working to keep girls in school as well as encouraging women in small-scale business ventures. Ellen Margarethe Løj who heads UNMIL, the UN peacekeeping mission Liberia, sees a lot of hope for [...]

17 Apr 2009 | Posted in Women | Read More »

The Fifth Summit of the Americas opens Friday in Trinidad and Tobago

The Fifth Summit of the Americas opens in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago Friday afternoon to consider the most important issues facing the region and to advance collective solutions in pursuit of a higher quality of life for all citizens.

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

Time running out to reach MDG's: Deputy Secretary-General

Time is running out to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDG's).

16 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Art exhibition highlights SC Resolution 1325

Today we hear about an art exhibition that has been shown in Belgium and the United States about UN Security Council Resolution 1325. Passed in 2000, it is the first resolution passed by the UN’s Security Council that comprehensively addresses the impact of war and conflict on women, as well as women’s contributions to conflict [...]

16 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Task Force concerned about growing hunger crisis

As we heard in the news, the UN Task Force on Global Food Security is sounding the alarm over a new food crisis. Task Force coordinator Dr. David Nabarro reports that in the wake of turmoil in the housing, financial and labour sectors, millions of people could be joining the ranks of the world’s hungry. [...]

16 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Fighting intensifies in Sri Lanka's No-Fire Zone: OCHA

With the end of the temporary ceasefire in northern Sri Lanka, fighting in the vicinity of the No Fire Zone is reportedly intense, and small arms fire, mortar fire and aerial attacks have resumed.

16 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

WFP concerned for people in Somalia going hungry

The World Food Programme (WFP) is concerned that people in Somalia will go hungry if the Sea Horse vessel is not quickly released or replaced by another vessel.

16 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN commission assesses growing threat of organized crime to security

The top UN official in the fight against drugs and crime has warned that "crime has gone global" and "poses a security threat to cities, nations and entire regions".

16 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Economic crisis could create 100 million new hungry: Nabarro

A warning that the global economic crisis could create up to 100 million "new hungry" people as it wipes out jobs.

16 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

No democracy without the rule of law: Special envoy Khare

An independent and efficient judiciary which provides access to justice for all is a key element of the rule of law and an important contribution to peace and stability.

16 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Economic crisis meets food crisis

The United Nations Task Force on the Global Food Security Crisis, says the world faces a new hunger crisis as a result of the global economic crisis.

16 Apr 2009 | Posted in Food Crisis, Today's News | Read More »

UN humanitarian chief calls for protection of civilians in Sri Lanka

The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator has reiterated a call for the protection of civilians in the conflict-torn area or northeastern Sri Lanka.

15 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Daily News 15 April 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Rwandan children born of rape

In 1994, an estimated 800,000 Rwandans were killed in the span of 100 days. During the genocide and post genocide period, Tutsi women were systematically raped, sexually abused and intentionally infected with HIV/AIDS. An estimated 20000 children were born from rape committed during the genocide period. We’ll hear more in this report by UN Radio’s [...]

15 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Pirates could affect food delivery to Somalia – WFP

Pirate attacks could affect food aid delivery to Somalia, according to the World Food Programme (WFP). Navy vessels have escorted WFP ships since late 2007. But the agency is worried about increased attacks as pirates move further out into the Indian Ocean. On Monday, a ship called the Sea Horse was hijacked on its way [...]

15 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

FAO and Belgium link to help African farmers

Poor farmers in Africa are expected to benefit from a Belgium-financed programme of $6.6 million for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to provide emergency assistance as part of an ongoing partnership that has totalled more than $80 million over the past 12 years.

15 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Business leaders to meet in Paris to discuss green solutions

More than 700 leaders from business, civil society, international organizations and government are set to meet at the Business for the Environment Global Summit in Paris a week from Wednesday to discuss ways of powering green growth around the globe.

15 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNICEF gets $6 million from Japan to help Ethiopian children

UNICEF in Ethiopia has received a $6 million donation from Japan to help reduce the vulnerability of children to the impact of rising food prices.

15 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN rights chief concerned by sacking of judiciary in Fiji

High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expressed deep concern Wednesday about the sacking of the judiciary and heavy restrictions on the media, following the abrogation of Fiji's 1997 Constitution and imposition of a state of emergency on 10 April 2009.

15 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN pledges to help economic recovery in Zimbabwe

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has pledged to work with Zimbabwe to attain the country's economic recovery.

15 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Haiti is at a turning point: Ban

Donors and international financial institutions renewed their commitment to Haiti Tuesday, pledging more than $320 million toward the country's economic recovery over the next two years.

15 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Pillay urges states to find common ground in fight against racism and intolerance

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi pillay has made a final plea to UN member states to overcome what she says are narrow political interests and partisanship in order to find a common ground in the fight against racism and intolerance.

15 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN refugee chief calls for comprehensive approach to movements in Asia-Pacific region

The top UN official tasked with protecting refugees has called for a comprehensive approach to respond effectively to irregular and mixed movements affecting the Asia-Pacific region.

15 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Security Council condemns North Korea's rocket launch

The Security Council on Monday condemned the launch by North Korea of its long range rocket last week.

13 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Haiti donors' conference the beginning of a process: Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met Monday with Haiti's Prime Minister Michèle Duvivier Pierre-Louis.

13 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Clowns without Borders: bringing joy amid conflict

Children who live in areas of crisis, such as conflict zones, refugee camps and in territories struck by natural disasters, rarely get to laugh. Bringing them some fun and joy is the mission of an aid organization that calls itself Clowns without Borders. Last month, for example, the organization’s volunteers visited UN-run schools in Lebanon, [...]

13 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN condemns assassination of female legislator

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, also known by its acronym UNAMA, has strongly condemned the assassination of a female legislator. Setara Achakzai, a member of the provincial council of Kandahar, was shot dead on Sunday by two motorcyclists in Southern Afghanistan, a former Taliban stronghold. For more on this incident, UN Radio’s Gerry Adams [...]

13 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN chief optimistic Laos will meet Millennium Development Goals

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he is optimistic that the Lao PDR will meet its national development goals – to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and graduate from Least Developed Country (LDC) status by its target date of 2020.

13 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN condemns assassination of female Afghan legislator

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has strongly condemned the assassination of a female member of the provincial council of Kandahar, Setara Achakzai, calling it "a coward terrorist act".

13 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Ban recommends strengthening UN mediation capacity

The ability of the United Nations to carry out mediation has been severely hampered by the lack of adequate, dedicated human and financial resources.

13 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Secretary-General hails pause in military operations in northern Sri Lanka

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the declaration of a two-day ceasefire by the government of Sri Lanka to allow emergency humanitarian aid to reach thousands of civilians trapped in the conflict zone with the Tamil Tigers.

13 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Ban dismayed by abrogation of Fiji's Constitution, dismissal of judiciary

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has learned with deep dismay of the abrogation of the Constitution of Fiji, dismissal of the judiciary, declaration of public emergency and a clear attempt to prolong rule by an unelected executive by setting a new-time frame of five years (by 2014) for parliamentary elections.

13 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Daily News 10 April 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Surviving the Rwanda genocide

This week the UN marked the 15th anniversary of the Rwanda genocide with a solemn ceremony in memory of the more than 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus, who were killed in the span of a hundred days in April 1994. Jacqueline Murekatete is one of the survivors of the genocide, who shared her testimony. [...]

10 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN concert commemorates slave trade victims

PRESENTER: The General Assembly hall resonated with music, poetry and the reading of historical documents when the UN held a gala concert in March in commemoration of the victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. We invite you to listen to excerpts from the concert, in this piece compiled by UN Radio’s Beng Poblete-Enriquez. MUSIC: UP [...]

10 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

URDU #15: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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HINDI #15 – Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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BANGLA #15 – Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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BANGLA #14 – Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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INDONESIAN #17: Fokus Fokus Kita

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INDONESIAN #16: Fokus Fokus Kita

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UN Security and Stabilization Support Strategy gaining momentum in Ituri region: Doss

The implementation of the UN Security and Stabilization Support Strategy in the Ituri region of the Democratic Republic of Congo is now gaining momentum.

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

UN chief appeals for calm in Fiji

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appealed for calm in Fiji and urges full respect for human rights, the rule of law and the judicial process.

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

Ban stresses urgent need to protect civilians trapped in Sri Lanka's conflict zone

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke again Thursday with President Rajapaksa about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the Vanni region and their shared concerns about the civilians still trapped in the area.

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

UN Daily News 09 April 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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UN envoy updates Security Council on DR Congo

The global economic crisis has affected all regions of the world, especially Africa. According to Alan Doss, Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the crisis has hit the country hard and suddenly.

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

Battlestar Galactica comes to the UN

It was a mixture of Hollywood and humanitarianism when crew members of the Battlestar Galactica touched down at UN headquarters in March.

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

Sri Lanka civilians caught in conflict lack access to safe drinking water: UN

In Sri Lanka, conflict continues in the No Fire Zone, and unconfirmed reports suggest significantly increased casualties, including hundreds of injuries Wednesday and Thursday alone.

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

Latest acts of piracy are renewed provocations: special envoy

UN special envoy for Somalia has called for a clear and firm condemnation in words and action in response to "the recent rash of piracy off the coast of Somalia".

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

Progress at Bonn climate change talks signals start of serious negotiation

The latest round of UN Climate Change Talks in Bonn, Germany concluded Wednesday, capturing the essential elements of strengthened international climate change action to be reflected in first negotiating texts for the next round of talks in June.

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

UNICEF applauds launch of first Act protecting children of Southern Sudan

The first ever Child Act for Southern Sudan will be launched Friday by the Government of Southern Sudan.

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

Polio outbreak in 14 African countries prompt emergency appeal

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has launched an emergency appeal for US$ 2.1 million, to support Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies from 14 countries in Africa to respond to wild poliovirus outbreaks across the continent.

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

Int'l Maritime Organization fights piracy off Somalia

Somali pirates on Wednesday hijacked a container ship with an American crew, after what maritime officials described as a sustained night-time attack.

8 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Daily News 08 April 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Food crisis needs long-term solutions

A year on since the food crisis caused riots around the world, the UN General Assembly met this week to assess how the problem of high food prices has been tackled.

8 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Security Council demands an end to violence in Central African Republic

The UN Security Council has demanded an end to violence by all armed groups which have not yet done so in the northern Central African Republic.

8 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN envoy warns of waning patience among people of Guinea-Bissau

The UN special envoy in Guinea-Bissau has warned that the endless cyclical crises in the country are frustrating the population.

8 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

General Assembly decides to convene high-level conference on world financial crisis

The General Assembly has agreed to convene a high-level conference on the impact of the world financial and economic crisis on development, from 1 to 3 June at UN headquarters in New York.

8 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Study shows bioenergy benefits for rural poor

A new report out on Wednesday says that bioenergy, when produced on a small-scale in local communities, can play a significant role in rural development.

8 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Ban hopes Sudan reverses its decision to expel international NGOs'

UN Chief Ban Ki-moon expressed the hope that the Sudanese authorities will reverse their decision to expel humanitarian workers for international non-governmental organizations.

7 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN concerned by post-election violence in Moldova

Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday expressed concern about the violent protests in Moldova in the aftermath of Sunday's Parliamentary elections.

7 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN calls for quick, inclusive elections in Madagascar

The United Nations has called for quick and inclusive elections in Madagascar.
Assistant Secretary-General Haile Menkerios told reporters after briefing the Security Council that members expressed serious concern about the unconstitutional means of taking power by the former mayor.

7 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN agencies launch $35 million appeal for Madagascar

Six United Nations agencies and three Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Madagascar on Tuesday launched a Flash Appeal seeking $35.7 million in a bid to prevent a deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the country, which has this year been hit by multiple crises, including drought, cyclones and a period of political unrest.

7 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Widows of the Rwanda genocide help each other

April 7th is the 15th anniversary of the start of the Rwanda genocide. For 100 days in 1994, in the central African country, Hutus killed Tutsis and moderate Hutus.

7 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

World Health Day 2009 focuses attention on hospitals in emergencies

In 2008, over 300 natural disasters killed more than 235 thousand people – the highest death toll in seven years.

7 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Daily News 07 April 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Up to 30 Somali refugees drown crossing the Gulf of Aden to Yemen

Eight people drowned and another 22 are missing and presumed dead in the Gulf of Aden as a result of two different smuggling incidents over the week end off the coast of Yemen.

7 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

New clashes spark displacement in eastern DRC

Renewed fighting between two rival militia groups in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo has driven more than 30,000 Congolese from their homes.

7 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Italy death toll rises from quake

In Italy, the death toll from the powerful earthquake that hit the Italian city of L'Aquila and central Italy, has risen to at least 207, with 1,500 injured and some 17,000 rendered homeless.

7 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Developed nations also need to make hospitals safe: WHO

The earthquake, in Italy, highlights the theme of this year's World Health day, which is Save Lives Make Hospitals Safe in Emergencies.

7 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN expert appeals for safety of persons trapped by Sri Lankan conflict

A UN rights expert has expressed deep concern for the safety of more than 100,000 civilians trapped in Sri Lanka's no-fire zone.

7 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Health care workers must be trained to work safely in emergencies: UN chief

We must protect public health by designing and building health care facilities that are safe from natural disasters.

7 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Preventing genocide a collective responsibility: Ban

Preventing genocide is a collective responsibility and only by meeting this challenge can we match the resolve of the survivors and truly honour the memory of those who died in Rwanda 15 years ago.

7 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Ban urges sustainable social and economic development for Haiti

Ahead of the major donors conference on Haiti, which takes place in Washington D.C. on Tuesday next week, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has written to donor countries and institutions, as well as other key stake-holders, calling on them to make a special effort to support Haiti through renewed technical and financial engagement.

6 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Consultations ongoing on response to DPRK launch: Japan

Members of the UN Security Council have briefed their capitals on the ongoing consultations in the Council for the most appropriate response to Saturday’s rocket launch by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea -DPRK.

6 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN chief strongly condemns series of bomb blasts in Baghdad

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the string of bombings that struck a marketplace and other locations in Baghdad Monday, killing a large number of civilians and injuring many others.

6 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Addressing the world water crisis

According to reports from the Joint Monitoring Program for Water Supply and Sanitation by the World Heath Organization and the United Nations Children's Fund, in 2002, one out of six people lacks access to safe drinking water, that is about 1.1 billion people, and more than two out of six lacks adequate sanitation, that is 2.6 billion people

6 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

The Meaning of World Health Day in Afghanistan

World Health Day is observed every year on April 7th. Peter Graaf, the World Health Organization Representative in Afghanistan, says the World Health Day theme this year, "Save lives. Make hospitals safe in emergencies," is particularly relevant to Afghanistan for two reasons:

6 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Daily News 06 April 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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World is boiling with grave, unresolved challenges: Ban

The explosive nature of our world is not only a product of communal tensions.

6 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Haiti has a real chance today of consolidating stability: Annabi

There's a prevailing view that Haiti is at a turning point and that this is the first time in many years when the country truly appears to be poised to make a break from a past of suffering, poverty and violence toward a path of sustainable social and economic development.

6 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Alliance of Civilizations can stamp out sparks before they break out into fires: Ban

All too often, the United Nations must deal with fires after they break out.

6 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN agencies still grappling with impact of expulsion of NGO's: OCHA

A humanitarian assessment mission to the so-called Three Areas of Sudan has been sent to assess the impact of the decision by the Government of Sudan in March to revoke the permits of 13 international non-governmental organizations and ban three national NGOs.

3 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Ban welcomes US-Russian agreement on nuclear arms reduction talks

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the Joint Statement by leaders of the Russian Federation and the United States to hold talks to further cut their nuclear arsenals to replace a major arms control agreement that expires later this year.

3 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Ban welcomes announcement of Sudan's elections in 2010

The UN chief has welcomed the announcement by Sudan's National Elections Commission (NEC) on 2 April that elections will take place in February 2010.

3 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN chief deeply distressed by situation of civilians in Sri Lanka's Vanni region

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is deeply distressed by continuing reports from the Vanni region of Sri Lanka that civilians are at extreme risk, with heavy casualties, and that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) are keeping civilians in a very small area of active conflict against their will.

3 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN supports Afghan de-mining efforts

The United Nations in Afghanistan is highlighting the importance of de-mining as part of the global activities for the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, which is observed each year on April 4th. UN Mine Action chief, Maxwell Kerley recently visited projects in Afghanistan supported by the United Nations. Dianne Penn [...]

3 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

A team is appointed to investigate Gaza violations

PRESENTER: As we heard in the news, the UN Human Rights Council has announced it is sending a fact-finding mission to investigate allegations of human rights violations related to the recent conflict in the Gaza Strip. Uhomoibhi: We wanted to make sure that the team we are putting in place was credible, of high caliber [...]

3 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Commission on Population and Development concludes its General Debate

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

3 Apr 2009 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Ban hopes for a world free of threats from landmines

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed the hope that the world will one day be free from the threats caused by landmines and explosive remnants of war.

3 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Database on violence against women is launched

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

3 Apr 2009 | Posted in Women | Read More »

Australia supports declaration on rights of indigenous peoples

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has welcomed Australia's decision to support the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

3 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Landmines pose enormous threat to children: UNICEF

Landmines and explosive remnants of war continue to pose enormous threat to children worldwide.

3 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Human Rights Council on GAZA Mission

The United Nations Human Rights Council has appointed a four-member fact finding mission to investigate alleged human rights abuses during Israel's military offensive in Gaza three months ago.

3 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNICEF assisting children fleeing Central African Republic

UNICEF – the UN Children's Fund is assisting thousands of children who are fleeing the conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR).

3 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNHCR is concerned about forcible return of Somalis from Kenya

The UN refugee agency has expressed concern about the increasing trend by Kenyan authorities to forcibly return Somali asylum seekers to their country.

3 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

URDU #14: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

2 Apr 2009 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

INDONESIAN #15: Fokus Fokus Kita

2 Apr 2009 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

INDONESIAN #14: Fokus Fokus Kita

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HINDI #14 – Antar Rashtriya Patrika

2 Apr 2009 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

UN and family appeal for release of UNHCR official abducted in Pakistan

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

2 Apr 2009 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

Ban hails decision of G20 leaders to commit to a $1.1 trillion package

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has hailed the decision of G20 leaders to commit themselves to a $1.1 trillion package.

2 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

World Autism Awareness Day – 2 April

Thursday April 2, is World Autism Awareness Day. The day was mandated by the UN General Assembly to raise public awareness about the disorder, which affects individuals at their early developmental age. UN Radio’s Donn Bobb takes a look at the questions and answers that many parents of autistic children face. Quinn 1: It was [...]

2 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Lower fertility linked to poverty reduction

The links between slowing population growth and poverty reduction are the focus of a meeting this week of the UN Commission on Population and Development in New York. Hania Zlotnik, Director of the UN’s Population Division says an increasing number of governments are recognizing the importance of guaranteeing the right of women and men to [...]

2 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

WFP launches first food voucher operation in Middle East

The UN food agency (WFP) has launched a food voucher operation, the first of its kind in the Middle East, to assist some 30,000 people in the occupied Palestinian territories.

2 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Anti-landmines organization calls for ban of the weapon in Asia

Landmines continue to claim casualties in a number of Asia-and Pacific countries, according to the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL).

2 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Afghan law restricting women's rights a step in the wrong direction: Pillay

The Afghan Government is being urged to rescind a new law, reportedly signed by President Karzai earlier this month.

2 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Health ministers agree to efforts to counter the global threat of drug-resistant TB

Health ministers from countries with the greatest burdens of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) have agreed to a series of actions to accelerate efforts to halt and reverse the global epidemic of the disease.

2 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Climate change talks should include farmers: FAO

Policy makers are being urged to include agriculture in negotiations for a new climate change treaty to replace the 1997 Kyoto Protocol.

2 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Ban to warn G-20 of looming catastrophe in human development

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is in London where on Thursday he will speak to the world leaders gathered for the Group of 20 meeting.

1 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN chief appalled by suicide attacks in Afghanistan

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is appalled and deeply saddened by Wednesday's suicide attacks at the Kandahar Provincial Office near the United Nations Office in Kandahar City in Afghanistan.

1 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Ban looks forward to working with Israel on peace and security issues in the Mideast region

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the formation of a new government in Israel and looks forward to working with Prime Minister Netanyahu on a full range of peace and security issues in the region.

1 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

African migrants face racial attacks in Ukraine

Many African migrants risk their lives to get to Europe.  Some of them don’t make it when smugglers’ boats capsize as they try to cross the Mediterranean Sea. Those who are fortunate enough to reach Europe are not welcomed there. UN Radio’s Patrick Maigua in Geneva discusses the plight of Africans in Ukraine with Charles Asante Yeboa [...]

1 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

WHO issues call to action on multi-drug resistant TB

PRESENTER: A record number of new cases of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis have been recorded by the World Health Organization (WHO) over the past two years. The UN health agency is holding a 3-day ministerial meeting for affected countries to urgently address this alarming threat to public health. Dr. Mario Raviglione, Director of WHO’s Stop TB [...]

1 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Managing drug-resistant TB a global health imperative warns WHO chief

Preventing and managing drug-resistant Tuberculosis is a global health imperative.

1 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN reconstruction projects have real, meaningful impact on Iraq: report

An independent report shows that UN reconstruction projects in Iraq have made a real and meaningful impact on the country's recovery.

1 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNDP urges G-20 leaders to curb a full-fledged human development crisis

The current global economic crisis, now risks triggering a human development catastrophe in the world's poorest countries.

1 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Ban hails US announcement to seek seat on rights council

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the announcement by the United States that it will seek a seat on the Human Rights Council.

1 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Rights council encouraged by US decision to seek a seat

News of the decision of the United States to run for a seat on the UN Human Rights Council has also been welcomed by the President of the Council Martin Uhomoibhi.

1 Apr 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

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