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Reflections from UN Chief's visit to China and Mongolia

From the first day he took office, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made the issue of climate change a priority. In visits to areas affected by global warming, he and his team saw firsthand the effects of climate change. Most recently, he traveled to China and Mongolia. The Secretary-General explained that he made the trip to [...]

31 Jul 2009 | Posted in Focus on Climate Change, UN Calling Asia | Read More »

Now is the time for UN to move to Somalia

The time has come for the United Nations to establish a presence in Somalia, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, UN Special Representative of the Secretary General told the Security Council this Wednesday. Somalia is at a turning point, says Ould- Abdallah, and the international community has an obligation to move quickly to support peace efforts. UNICEF Radio: Early [...]

30 Jul 2009 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

UN Daily News 30 July 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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UN Daily News 29 July 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Security Council hears about "illegal settlement activity" in the West Bank

A senior UN official has expressed concern over "illegal settlement activity" in the West Bank including East Jerusalem.

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

Media seminar on Middle East Peace to be held in Rio de Janeiro

The United Nations Department of Public Information will hold its annual International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil starting Monday.

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

UN Daily News 24 July 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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UNRWA calls death threat "absurd"

The UN is categorically denying reports that Hamas is in control of the aid effort in Gaza and that John Ging, the Director of UN agency for the Palestinian refugees has left Gaza in response to death threats from Hamas. Gerry Adams spoke to Christopher Gunness, the spokesman for the UN agency there.

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

Denmark pushes for equal pay and labour for women

The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) is meeting in New York to review what member states are doing to protect and promote the rights of women. Denmark has an impressive record on gender equality however, it still has a long way to go in terms of bridging the gender pay gap and labour market. Jocelyne Sambira has the story.

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

UN climate change chief optimistic on Copenhagen deal

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is in China where he called on the government to be a global leader in combating climate change. He said the country has an opportunity to leapfrog decades of traditional development based on high polluting fuels by investing in green growth. Meanwhile, the UN's top climate change official told UN Radio's Donn Bobb that the financial burden of climate change must be shared.

24 Jul 2009 | Posted in Focus on Climate Change, Today's Features | Read More »

Vaccine for H1N1 flu virus may be ready by September

The World Health Organisation says more than 160 countries have now reported cases of the AH1N1 flu virus.

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

Ban Ki-moon calls on China to play a leading role in combating climate change

By investing in green growth and prioritizing clean energy, China can be a model not only for developing nations but for the whole world in combating climate change. That was what UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon emphasized on Friday in Beijing.

24 Jul 2009 | Posted in Focus on Climate Change, Today's News | Read More »

UNRWA Director of operations dispels rumors he has fled Gaza

The Director of operations of the UN humanitarian agency in Gaza, John Ging, has dispelled rumors printed in an Israeli newspaper that he has fled Gaza as a result of threats to his life.

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

Fresh displacements caused by fighting in eastern DRC

The United Nations refugee agency is reporting a fresh wave of population displacement in the South Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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

General Assembly calls for regional approach to preventing conflict in Africa

The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution stressing the critical importance of a regional approach to preventing conflict in Africa.

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

Assembly president challenges the concept of the "responsibility to protect"

In a special dialogue on the concept of "the responsibility to protect", the UN General Assembly President cautioned that the legacy of colonialism made some countries sceptical about the use of force for humanitarian reasons.

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

Security Council extends mandate of UNMIN amid slowed peace process

The UN Security Council on Thursday extended the mandate of the UN mission in Nepal, UNMIN, for a further six months.

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

UN launches campaign to fight foot and mouth disease

A new campaign has been launched to protect countries against Foot and Mouth Disease.

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

UN Daily News 23 July 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Responsibility to protect subject of debate

At the World Summit in 2005, governments agreed that if a country fails to protect its citizens, the international community has a responsibility to use appropriate diplomatic, humanitarian and other peaceful means to try and stop genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing.

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

Supporters urge countries to implement Responsibility to Protect now

International experts and survivors are urging counties to implement the Responsibility to Protect now.

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

Human Rights chief welcomes "important step" towards ASEAN Human Rights commission

UN Human Rights High Commissioner Navi Pillay has welcomed moves towards establishing the first regional Human Rights Commission in Asia and the Pacific.

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

WHO study proves effectiveness of longer ARV regimen for HIV+ mothers

A new study by the World Health Organization shows that a longer course of anti-retrovirals given to HIV-positive women from late pregnancy through six months after delivery can help prevent transmission of the virus to their babies through breastfeeding.

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

UN Daily News 22 July 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Students in Southern Sudan struggle to pay for education

A young orphan boy at a school in Juba, Southern Sudan is struggling to pay his school fees. The government of Southern Sudan has promised to support top students, but 17 year old Michael Lual is worried that this might be his last year of school. UNICEF is featuring a series of stories by young [...]

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

In Sudan north and south accept court ruling on oil-rich Abyei

An area in Sudan, rich in oil and claimed by northerners and southerners alike, is at the heart of a dispute between north and south Sudan. The disagreement over who should have ownership of Abyei and its surrounding areas caused violence last year between government forces and rebels in the south of the country. On [...]

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

Singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka works to Roll Back Malaria

South African performer Yvonne Chaka Chaka was recently in New York to drum up support for the Roll Back Malaria campaign. Her activism also pays tribute to one of her beloved musicians who died from the disease. Dianne Penn caught up with “The Princess of Africa” at a reception in her honour. YVONNE: I must [...]

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

Peacekeepers plant trees to protect environment

UN peacekeepers have joined in the fight against climate change by planting trees.

22 Jul 2009 | Posted in Focus on Climate Change, Today's News | Read More »

Secretary-General outlines principles of successful peacebuilding

Answering a request by the Security Council, the UN Secretary-General has presented a report on peacebuilding in the immediate aftermath of conflict.

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

FDI expected to recover next year after sharp drop

Foreign Direct Investment, or FDI, is expected to begin a slow recovery next year after a sharp drop in 2009, according to a survey conducted by the UN Conference on Trade and Development, UNCTAD.

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

UN Chief calls for freeze of Israeli settlements

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on Israel to freeze all illegal settlement activity and natural growth in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

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

INDONESIAN #27: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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

INDONESIAN #26: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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INDONESIAN #25: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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Displaced Pakistanis return home but schools slow to re-start

The United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF, says up to a million children in Pakistan's Northwestern Frontier province may be unable to return to school this September.

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

INDONESIAN #30: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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

HINDI #30: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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

URDU #30: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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

UN Envoy to Sudan welcomes acceptance of Abyei border ruling

The UN envoy for Sudan, Ashraf Qazi, has congratulated the government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Army for completing an arbitration process on the boundaries of Abyei region.

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

Palestinians stuck at Iraq border to move to Slovakia

Slovakia will offer a temporary home to 98 Palestinian refugees currently stranded in makeshift camps between Iraq and Syria.

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

Countries to take own measures on H1N1

Countries are being advised to take their own mitigation measures when it comes to the H1N1 influenza virus.

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

UN Daily News 21 July 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Role of developing countries on climate change

Every country around the world will have the chance to somehow impact on the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference in December. UN Radio’s Nick Baker looks at just how important the role of developing countries will be. Developing countries will either make or break the upcoming Copenhagen climate change talks, according to UN officials. Rajendra Shende [...]

21 Jul 2009 | Posted in Focus on Climate Change, Today's Features | Read More »

How space travel could promote world peace

Forty years after astronauts landed on the moon, space exploration continues to captivate imaginations world-wide. Dianne Penn spoke to Hans Haubold (How Bold) of the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs. He says whether we know it or not, practically everyone on Earth relies on outer space. HAUBOLD: As a matter of fact, outer space [...]

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

Elimination of river blindness is feasible

The first evidence that it’s possible to eliminate onchocerciasis has been declared a milestone. Onchocerciasis, or river blindness, is a debilitating disease affecting 37 million people in Africa. It’s caused by a black fly that breeds near rivers and infects those who come close. Dr. Hans Remme, a consultant for the World Health Organization on [...]

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

Elimination of river blindness feasible

The elimination of onchocerciasis [on-ko-sir-KAI-a-sis], or river blindness, is feasible using the drug ivermectin.

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

Arab human development report calls for rule of law in the region

A new report on human development in the Arab world is calling on governments in the region to pay more attention to human security and rights for their citizens.

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

Fish disease risks spreading to other parts of Africa

A killer fish disease threatens the livelihood and food security of millions in the Zambezi River Valley, warns the Food and Agriculture Organization.

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

UNHCR appeals for access to Somali displaced

Over 200,000 civilians have fled the capital of Somalia, Mogadishu, because of renewed attacks by the Al-Shabaab and Hisb-ul-Islam militia groups against government forces.

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

BANGLA #29 – Jati Shongher Protidhoni

21 Jul 2009 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

BANGLA #28 – Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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BANGLA #27 – Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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BANGLA #26 – Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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BANGLA #25 – Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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Secretary-General urges states to turn Responsibility to Protect into reality

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged states to turn the promise of the Responsibility to Protect into practice.

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

INDONESIAN #29: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

21 Jul 2009 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

INDONESIAN #28: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

21 Jul 2009 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

UN humanitarian appeals only half-funded

The United Nations humanitarian appeal for 2009 is still short of 4.8 billion dollars.

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

HINDI #29: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

21 Jul 2009 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

HINDI #28: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

21 Jul 2009 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

HINDI #27: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

21 Jul 2009 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

HINDI #26: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

21 Jul 2009 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

HINDI #25: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

21 Jul 2009 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

URDU #29: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

21 Jul 2009 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

URDU #28: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

21 Jul 2009 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

URDU #27: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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URDU #26: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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URDU #25: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

21 Jul 2009 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

Secretary-General condemns bombings in West Darfur by Sudan and Chad

The UN Secretary-General says he is deeply concerned by the increasing violence in West Darfur and along the Chad-Sudan border.

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

UN experts ready to assist Russia in investigating killings of human rights

Seven UN human rights experts have repeated their request to the Russian authorities to be allowed to assist in conducting an independent investigation into a series of killings of human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists in the country.

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

UN Daily News 20 July 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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UN Secretary-General reports progress on UNAMID

United Nations Secretary-General says the quality of cooperation between the United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) and the government of Sudan has improved.

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

WHO to change reporting requirements for H1N1 influenza

The World Health Organization has announced changes in reporting requirements for the H1N1 influenza pandemic.

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

Security Council reaffirms terrorism "unjustifiable" following deadly blasts in Indonesia

The Security Council has voiced its outrage over the deadly bombing of two hotels in Jakarta on Friday morning.

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

President of State Parties to Rome Statute calls for cooperation with ICC

The President of the Assembly of States parties to the International Criminal Court has called on governments to cooperate with the ICC, as the court is known.

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

Secretary-General says Nelson Mandela is an exemplary global citizen

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has praised former South African President Nelson Mandela as an exemplary global citizen.

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

UN Daily News 17 July 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Afghan woman escapes a life of slavery

The past year has witnessed a rise in violence against women in Afghanistan and of its public acceptance, according to the UN women's development fund, UNIFEM.

17 Jul 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Israel: blockade hindering UN work in Gaza

Six months after Israel's conflict in Gaza, according to UNDP, the United Nations Development Programme, UN efforts at assisting any sort of recovery process are being stymied by Israeli sanctions.

17 Jul 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Secretary-General condemns bombings in Jakarta

United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the bombings in two hotels in Jakarta Friday morning which have reportedly killed at least nine people.

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

New sanctions imposed on North Korea after second nuclear test

A UN Security Council committee on Thursday imposed new sanctions against North Korea following its second nuclear test on May 25th.

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

Afghan woman escapes a life of slavery

Sara has found a new chance at life at a women’s shelter in Heart supported through UNIFEM‘s trust fund for Ending Violence against Women. She has learned to sew and embroider and to read and write. Before that Sara, an orphan, had been sold into sexual slavery in Iran. UNIFEM’s country director, Wenny Kusuma, says [...]

17 Jul 2009 | Posted in Women | Read More »

UN expert calls on authorities to do more to stabilize Northern Uganda

A United Nations independent expert has called on Ugandan authorities to do more to help displaced people who are returning to their homes in Northern Uganda.

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

UN refugee agency says there is no justification for killing its staff members

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees says there is no justification for attacks on humanitarian workers dedicated to the protection and care of the world's most vulnerable people.

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

Jamaica tells the Economic and Social Council of key messages emerging from a regional meeting on HIV in Latin America and the Caribbean

A regional preparatory meeting on HIV and development in Latin America and the Caribbean took stock of progress made in controlling HIV in the region. Jamaica’s Minister of Health Rudyard Spencer told the annual ministerial review of the UN Economic and Social Council in Geneva, that the preparatory meeting also analyzed the main obstacles in [...]

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

Bad policies block AIDS efforts

In most parts of the world, people with a high risk of contracting HIV like homosexuals, sex workers, drug users, women, often face stigma and discrimination. The problem is further exacerbated when the law is not on their side and they are often put in jail. This discourages them from testing, or seeking treatment and [...]

17 Jul 2009 | Posted in Perspective | Read More »

Secretary-General's envoy briefs Security Council for last time

The Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Lords Resistance Army (LRA) affected areas, says military operations by Ugandan and countries in the Great Lakes region of Africa have disrupted the LRA.

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

UN expert says more is needed to improve minority rights in Kazakhstan

The United Nations independent expert on minority issues says there is room for improvement in the promotion of the rights of minorities in Kazakhstan.

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

GDP of Latin America and Caribbean contracts by 1.9 per cent

The Economic Commission of Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) says the gross domestic product in the region will contract by this year.

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

UNICEF launches kit for youngsters affected by emergencies

Kids should be kids—even in difficult times. For this reason, UNICEF has launched an Early Childhood Development kit to encourage young children to learn and interact, even in the face of natural disasters and conflict.

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

Al Qaeda is still a threat

As the global community continues efforts to try and stamp out Al Qaeda, the clock may be counting down to their next major attack. UN Radio's Nick Baker reports.

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

Security Council welcomes preparations for elections in Afghanistan

The Security Council has welcomed Afghan-led preparations for upcoming presidential and provincial elections in Afghanistan.

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

Benin – rice offers new hope

Experts at the Food and Agriculture Organization, the FAO, are predicting that as soon as 2011, the West African country of Benin will be self-sufficient in the production of rice.

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

Senior UN official says differences remain on climate change deal

A senior United Nations official says formidable differences remain to reach a agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming.

15 Jul 2009 | Posted in Focus on Climate Change, Today's News | Read More »

Red Cross supports treaty to control transfer of small arms

For at least a decade the International Committee of the Red Cross has been urging States to develop strict controls on the transfer of conventional arms.

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

Togo receives $20 million to fight HIV and AIDS

The West Africa nation of Togo is set to receive $20 million from a major funding agency to fight HIV and AIDS over the next two years.

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

Ban Ki-moon says Non-Aligned Movement is vital to resolve global problems

United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon has stressed the vital role of the Non-Aligned Movement in finding solutions to global problems.

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

Agencies appeal for $11 million for water and sanitation in Somalia

Aid agencies in Somalia are appealing for a total of $11 million for emergency water and sanitation programmes in that country.

14 Jul 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN peacekeeping chief visits Sudanese town close to border with Chad

The head of United Nations Peacekeeping on Tuesday visited the Sudanese town of El Geneina in West Darfur, close to Sudan’s border with Chad.

14 Jul 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Head of WHO says influenza vaccines are not enough

The Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), has warned that the manufacturing capacity for influenza vaccines is inadequate for a world of 6.8 billion people.

14 Jul 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Al-Qaida and Taliban Sanctions Committee faces challenges

A Security Council committee overseeing sanctions on individuals and entities associated with Al-Qaida and the Taliban is facing shortcomings, according to its chairman.

14 Jul 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

IFAD President says food is fundamental to global security

Addressing the G-8, the Group of Eight industrialized nations, as they met in L'Aquila, Italy, in early July, Kanayo Nwanze, President of IFAD, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, told the leaders that while food aid cannot be ignored, we cannot resolve the world’s food security without long-term investment in agriculture

14 Jul 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Global forum urges prioritizing maternal health

In a forum on advancing global health in the face of the economic crisis, convened by the UN Secretary-General last month, one of the solutions put forward was prioritizing maternal health.

14 Jul 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Displaced Pakistanis begin to return home

People displaced by conflict in Pakistan have begun heading home to the Swat Valley after spending the past two months in temporary camps, with host families, or in schools.

14 Jul 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Heads of UN agencies join global campaign for deal on climate

The heads of five international agencies have signed a petition in support of an international campaign pushing for a successful outcome of United Nations-sponsored negotiations on climate change.

14 Jul 2009 | Posted in Focus on Climate Change, Today's News | Read More »

UNHCR is concerned about Italy's denial of asylum to refugees

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) is asking the government of Italy to explain the treatment of people sent back to Libya after trying to reach Italy.

14 Jul 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

IFAD President says food is fundamental to global security

The President of IFAD, the International Fund for Agricultural Development said on Tuesday that food security is fundamental for global security.

14 Jul 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Families begin returning to Swat Valley

More than 5,000 people began returning to their homes in Pakistan's Swat Valley on Tuesday.

14 Jul 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Former Rwandan official gets life sentence for genocide

A former Rwandan municipal official and military officer has been sentenced to life imprisonment for his part in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

14 Jul 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Myanmar authorities say they plan to release prisoners

The representative of Myanmar to the United Nations has said his country is planning to release prisoners to enable them to participate in national elections next year.

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

UN envoy concerned about targeting of Christians in Iraq

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq Ad Melkert has expressed concern about the continued targeting of the Christian minority in Iraq.

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

The UN assists DRC on two pressing issues

The UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, known by the French acronym MONUC, is supporting the government as it works to integrate former rebel fighters into its army while also neutralizing the threat of foreign armed groups.

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

Charles Taylor trial begins

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor is on trial at the Special Court for Sierra Leone on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity arising from the civil war in Sierra Leone.

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

Secretary-General says Myanmar must deliver on 2010 elections

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday once again called on the authorities in Myanmar to deliver on their promise to make elections next year inclusive, free and fair.

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

Formula 1 driver auctions helmet for WFP

German Formula 1 driver, Timo Glock has put his racing helmet up for auction on eBay to raise funds for the World Food Programme's campaign to feed children.

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

Sierra Leone court hears Charles Taylor's defense

The trial against former Liberian President Charles Taylor for crimes committed in Sierra Leone has entered its defense phase.

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

UN court rules on Costa Rica-Nicaragua dispute

The International Court of Justice has ruled that Costa Rica can freely use the San Juan River for commerce and transportation of passengers.

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

Photo of the Year winner captures financial crisis

Presenter: The financial crisis in the US is the subject of this year’s “photo of the year” winner at the 2009 World Press Photo Exhibit, hosted by the United Nations.

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

G8 AIDS financing rose 50 percent over previous year

The United States contributed 4 billion US dollars last year to fight AIDS in developing countries, more than half of the amount disbursed by all G8 industrialized nations together.

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

Economic and Social Council: more needed to fight poverty and hunger

In Geneva, the UN Economic and Social Council concluded its High-Level Segment with a call for global cooperation to boost public health.

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

UN Daily News 10 July 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Barbados urges radical reform of the international financial system and institutions

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

10 Jul 2009 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Violence Against Afghan Women: A UN Report

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

10 Jul 2009 | Posted in Women | Read More »

Human Rights abuses in Somalia may be war crimes: Pillay

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, says atrocities being committed against civilian population in Somali capital Mogadishu by government forces and rebel groups may constitute war crimes.

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

Afghan women denied their rights

With the Taliban regime gone, women in Afghanistan are trying to reclaim their basic rights, like education and the right to participate in public life. This has resulted in an escalation of violence against women and girls. A report released by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights along with the UN Mission [...]

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UN Daily News 09 July 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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UN Daily News 08 July 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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UN envoy says peace and stability remains extremely fragile in West Africa

The significant progress achieved in West Africa in the area of peace, security and stability remains extremely fragile, according to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the region.

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

Secretary-General welcomes U.S.-Russia understanding on nuclear weapons

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed an understanding reached in Moscow by the leaders of the United States and Russia on cutting nuclear weapons.

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

UN Daily News 07 July 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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UN Daily News 06 July 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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UN Daily News 3 July 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Model UN youth leaders get involved in MDG's

Nine students from five continents traveled to United Nations headquarters to prepare for the Model United Nations Conference in Geneva next month.

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

UN Public Service Award honours public sector excellence

The United Nations Public Service Awards Programme is the most prestigious international recognition of excellence in public service.

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

Secretary-General meets with military leader in Myanmar

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is on a two-day visit to Myanmar. He met with Senior General Than Shwe in the capital Nay Pyi Taw on Friday.

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

IOM and UNDP Team Up to Bring Back Diaspora Expertise

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Organization for Migration, IOM are joining forces to recruit technical experts from the Somali diaspora to help rebuild key governance structures in the country.

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

UNICEF concerned about displaced children outside camps in Pakistan

UNICEF is deeply concerned about the condition of thousands of children displaced by conflict in north-western Pakistan.

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

Yukia Amano of Japan to be new Director-General of IAEA

The Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency is meeting in Vienna today to appoint Yukia Amano of Japan as the new Director-General of the IAEA.

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

Secretary-General efforts of Ghana and Gambia to end tension

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed an agreement between Ghana and the Gambia to end tension between the two countries.

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

Secretary-General is concerned about crisis in Niger

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he is deeply concerned about the ongoing political and constitutional crisis in Niger following the decision by the country's leader to dissolve Parliament.

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

How Leymah Gbowee became a leader of Liberian women

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

2 Jul 2009 | Posted in Women | Read More »

General Assembly agrees on a sweeping action plan to help blunt the impact of the global economic downturn

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

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UN Daily News 2 July 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Homophobic law repealed in India

A landmark ruling by an Indian court repealing a law that criminalizes homosexual acts has been hailed by the United Nations agency dealing with HIV/AIDS as setting an important precedent for the world. UNAIDS hopes it would encourage more HIV victims in India to come forward to seek treatment and information. Bissera Kostova reports. Timberlake [...]

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Clinical trial could lead to elimination of river blindness

River blindness continues to cause pain and suffering among Africans. The disease is transmitted by the blackfly which breeds in fast flowing rivers. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 100 million people are at risk of infection with river blindness, the overwhelming majority in Africa. But now there is a glimmer of [...]

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UN expert denounces Israeli seizure of boat carrying aid to Gaza

The United Nations independent expert on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories has denounced the seizure by an Israeli gunboat of a ship sailing to Gaza.

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Gaza-Egypt Border reopens

The United Nations humanitarian office says a crossing on the Gaza-Egypt border will be reopened for three days each month to patients in need of medical care, students, and foreign visa holders.

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UN lauds Pakistani relief efforts but says health challenges remain

The United Nations has praised efforts by the Pakistani people to help their compatriots, who have been displaced by the conflict in the northwestern part of Pakistan.

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Rural areas of Western Balkans fall behind in economic development

While countries in the Western Balkans are seeing healthy economic growth overall, rural areas are falling behind, according to a new report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Bank.

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UNAIDS welcomes Indian court's annulment of homophobic law

UNAIDS has welcomed the decision by the Delhi High Court in India to repeal a 150-year-old law criminalizing consensual adult homosexual relations.

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The World Food Programme grapples with food problems in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea

Food shortages are nothing new for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. And according to a spokesperson for the World Food Programme (WFP), Lena Savelli, North Koreans traditionally have learned to cope. But now, with a 500 million dollar appeal, only 15% funded, Ms. Savelli tells UN Radio’s Patrick Maigua that WFP is concerned about [...]

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International Discussions on Georgia and Russia produce a "deliverable"

International Discussions to prevent renewed violence over the Russian-backed regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia which broke away from Georgia have realized concrete results.

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Clinical trial of river blindness drug is launched in three African countries

A clinical trial of a drug that can eliminate onchocerciasis or river blindness is being launched in three African countries.

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Commission to probe assassination of Benazir Bhutto starts its work

The Commission of Inquiry into the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto formally began its work on Wednesday.

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UN Daily News 1 July 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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UN racism expert concludes mission to Germany

Much has been achieved in the fight against racism in Germany over the past years, yet much still needs to be done, according to a United Nations independent expert on racism.

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New device could shield babies from HIV

What started as an idea during a summer workshop at one of the world’s most prestigious universities could help save thousands of babies worldwide. The Just Milk nipple shield is designed to stop mother to child transmission of the HIV virus during breastfeeding. The device was developed by Dr. David Sokal and a team of [...]

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WFP highlights food problems in the DPRK

Food shortages are nothing new for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. And according to a spokesperson for the World Food Programme (WFP), Lena Savelli, North Koreans traditionally have learned to cope. But now, with a 500 million dollar appeal only 15 percent funded, Ms. Savelli tells UN Radio’s Patrick Maigua that WFP is concerned [...]

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GA demands reinstatement of President of Honduras

The United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday unanimously condemned Sunday’s coup d’etat in Honduras. The 192 UN Member States adopted a resolution, calling for the restoration of the democratically-elected President and constitutional Government. Bissera Kostova reports. SFX (adoption) NARRATOR: By an orally revised text on the “Situation in Honduras: democracy breakdown” the General Assembly decided [...]

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WHO warns that a TB vaccine is too risky for HIV-infected infants

The World Health Organization has warned that HIV-infected infants risk contracting a deadly form of tuberculosis from a vaccine instead of receiving protection against the tuberculosis.

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UNICEF and UNDP are concerned about anti-personnel land mines in Iraq

Two United Nations agencies are concerned that Iraq won't be able to meet its obligations under a treaty banning anti personnel land mines.

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WFP says its feeding programme in North Korea is grossly under-funded

The World Food Programme has warned that its emergency feeding operation in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) is running out of money.

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UN expert is concerned about restriction of lawyers in Cambodia

The United Nations expert on the independence of judges and lawyers has expressed concern about recent attempts to restrict the freedom of lawyers to represent their clients effectively in Cambodia.

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