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UNICEF chief visits victims of Ugandan bandits in DR Congo

The people of Dungu, in north eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo live in constant fear of attacks from the Lord's Resistance Army.

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Countries need to adapt to more erratic climate: UN climate envoy

All countries will need to adapt to a changing and more erratic climate.

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

Nepalese and Nigerian officers reinforce UNAMID in Darfur and two workers are abducted

More than 50 police officers from Nepal and Nigeria arrived in El Fasher, Darfur Monday to begin working with the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID).

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Secretary-General praises Norway for its support of the UN

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday praised Norway for its support of the goals of the United Nations.

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UN Daily News 31 August 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Working to Make Climate Service Available to All

PRES: Experts and politicians from the around the world are meeting at Geneva, Switzerland this week to put in place a Global Framework for Climate Services. The service will provide climate information and predictions to decision makers in all countries in order to reduce losses caused by extreme weather and other climate events like droughts [...]

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

UN expert says Zambia must do more to fight extreme poverty

A United Nations Independent Expert on human right and extreme poverty, has called on Zambia to do more to fight extreme poverty.

31 Aug 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN calls for new global system to share data on hurricanes, droughts

There's been a call for a formal system that all people can trust to access vital information that can save lives and protect properties and economies from severe climatic conditions.

31 Aug 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Disarmament Conference fails to agree on programme of action

The Conference on Disarmament meeting in Geneva is still unable to agree on implementing its programme of work three months after its adoption, according to its Chairman.

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Afghanistan's family law and its effect on Shia women

INTRO: The constitution of Afghanistan allows for Shias, who are thought to make up about 10 percent of the population, to have a separate family law based on traditional Shia values. But a new family law recently passed in the country restricts Shia women’s rights. Gerry Adams spoke to Rupert Colville, Spokesman for the UN [...]

31 Aug 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Young Canadians use rap to promote going green

Tree planting drives and online petitions are just some of the events planned for the first Global Climate Change Week to be held September 21 – 15. But two young Canadians have found another way to draw attention to what the UN says is “the greatest challenge of our time.” Darrick Lee and Michael Darnel [...]

31 Aug 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

URDU #36: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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INDONESIAN #35: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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Secretary-General congratulates Timor-Leste on 10th anniversary of popular consultation

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated Timor-Leste on the tenth anniversary of the historic referendum, which determined its independence from Indonesia.

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

BANGLA #36 – Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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BANGLA #35 – Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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HINDI #36: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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HINDI #35: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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INDONESIAN #36: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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URDU #35: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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UN Daily News 28 August 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Second wave of H1N1 flu expected in northern hemisphere: WHO

The World Health Organization is advising countries in the northern hemisphere to prepare for the second wave of the H1N1 flu pandemic.

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

UN agencies appeal for humanitarian corridor in northern Yemen

United Nations humanitarian agencies are extremely concerned by the desperate situation of civilians caught in the fighting between government forces and rebels in northern Yemen.

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

Secretary-General to visit Arctic on Norway trip

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will travel to the top of the world to view firsthand the impact of climate change.

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

ECLAC warns of a drop in the volume of trade in Latin America and the Caribbean

The volume of trade in Latin America and the Caribbean will drop 13% in 2009, surpassing the 10% decline in world trade expected this year. According to the most recent report by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean-ECLAC, this confirms that the sector most affected by the global economic crisis in the [...]

28 Aug 2009 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

WFP: UN Flights in West Africa to continue

The UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) for West Africa will continue to fly to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea thanks to what the World Food Programme calls a small, but significant donation from the European Union of 100,000 euros.

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

UNHCR shocked at overcrowding in Greek detention facility

The United Nations refugee agency says it was shocked by the conditions at a detention facility on the Greek island of Lesbos.

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

Equality for women and girls in Timor-Leste

It’s been ten years since the people of East Timor, as it was called in 1999, voted for independence from Indonesia. In the course of those 10 years, the country has seen more conflict with many displaced within their own country. In the midst of the turmoil, women have been working to end violence and [...]

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

Sri Lanka activist gravely concerned about the plight of IDPs

Since 1990, people from North West Sri Lanka forced out of their homes and into camps during the armed conflict. Now, many of them are looking forward to their return home after 19 years of living in IDP camps. However, their freedom of movement is still restricted. UN Radio’s Jocelyne Sambira has the story. NARRATOR: [...]

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Afghanistan's family law and its effect on Shia women

The constitution of Afghanistan allows for Shias, who are thought to make up about 10 percent of the population, to have a separate family law based on traditional Shia values. But a new family law recently passed in the country restricts Shia women’s rights. Gerry Adams speaks to Rupert Colville of the UN Office of [...]

28 Aug 2009 | Posted in Women | Read More »

South African lawyer becomes new UN rights expert on violence against women

A South African lawyer and campaigner against domestic violence has taken over as the UN's rapporteur on violence against women. Rashida Manjoo was appointed by the UN Human Rights Council for an initial term until June 2012.

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

Security Council extends Lebanon force

The Security Council on Thursday extended the mandate of the UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon, UNIFIL.

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Indian social entrepreneur wins 2009 Stockholm Water Prize

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

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Indigenous rights expert finds lingering discrimination in Australia

A UN expert on the rights of indigenous people has called on Australia to close the gap of "indigenous disadvantage".

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

Security Council marks 10th anniversary of Timor-Leste independence vote

The UN Security Council has affirmed its support for Timor-Leste on the 10th anniversary of the referendum, which ended more than two decades of Indonesian military occupation.

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

FAO urging measures to prevent spread of H1N1 in poultry

Following the detection of the H1N1 flu virus in poultry in Chile, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is urging countries to improve monitoring of animal health and follow good farming practice guidelines.

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

Indian social entrepreneur wins 2009 Stockholm water prize

Each year, the World Water Week Conference held in Stockholm, Sweden, honors individuals who, through their efforts and dedication, are making a difference in the world on water-related issues. Jocelyne Sambira has more: SFX sound of ceremony Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak is one of the six individuals who were honored at the Stockholm International Water Institute. [...]

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

Eradicating polio in India

India is on the verge of wiping out the paralyzing childhood disease polio. And they’ve done it in part through massive immunization campaigns that target millions in a population often on the move. Diane Bailey was in Delhi recently and saw India’s efforts firsthand. SFX train whistle DIANE: At one of Delhi’s bustling train stations, [...]

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

Kenya Drought: WFP appeals for aid

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

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WHO concerned about health of returnees in northwest Pakistan

The World Health Organization says the mass dislocation of people in northwest Pakistan earlier this year poses enormous health challenges.

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

UN Daily News 27 August 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Secretary-General to visit North Pole

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will travel to Svalbard, Norway next week to see firsthand the impact of climate change in the Arctic.

26 Aug 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN officials remember US Senator Edward Kennedy

Top UN officials have expressed sadness at the passing of US Senator Edward Kennedy on Tuesday.

26 Aug 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Daily News 26 August 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Secretary-General condemns deadly attack in Afghanistan

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed shock and dismay at the news of an attack in the Afghan city of Kandahar Tuesday evening.

26 Aug 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Farmer field schools in Sierra Leone help farmers increase yields

Young people make up about 60 percent of Sierra Leone’s population. Realizing that their main challenge in the post-war era is a lack of basic skills, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, has been supporting young farmers. One major success has been the opening of farmer schools which teach both young and old [...]

26 Aug 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

WFP urges donors to help drought-affected Kenyans

The failure of the “long rains’ season in Kenya has resulted in drought that has decimated crops, killed hundreds of cattle, and left nearly four million people in need of food assistance, particularly in the north and central parts of the country. The World Food Programme (WFP) is urgently seeking funds to help these people, while [...]

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UNICEF joins in opening of HIV/AIDS centre in Kinshasa

UNICEF's Executive Director Ann Veneman joined basketball star, Dikembe Mutombo, in opening a new centre to improve HIV/AIDS treatment in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

26 Aug 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

WMO: climate change breaking rules of weather prediction

The head of the World Meteorological Organization, Michel Jarraud, says history is no longer a good predictor for weather patterns in the future.

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

UN mission in Nepal concerned about Maoist combatants leaving cantonment with weapons

The UN mission in Nepal (UNMIN) has expressed serious concern about an incident in which former Maoist combatants left a cantonment site with weapons.

26 Aug 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Deadline fast approaching for UNDP photo contest

Amateur and professional photographers in Africa: this could be your moment to shine. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has launched a photo contest to draw attention to the continent’s home-grown responses to climate change. The competition-Picture This: Caring for the Earth – is open to shutterbugs of all ages, but the deadline of 30 September [...]

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

UN Daily News 25 August 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Indigenous people and AIDS: improving access to health care

Observed in New York on August 10th this year, the International Day of Indigenous Peoples focused on the theme of HIV and AIDS. Gerry Adams reports: Narrator: “Indigenous peoples tend to suffer from the low standards of health associated with poverty, malnutrition, environmental contamination and inadequate healthcare,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as he commemorated [...]

25 Aug 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UNICEF gives half a million to support most vulnerable in Congo Brazzaville

The United Nations Agency for Children, UNICEF, announced Monday that it is giving half a million dollars to support social protection programs in the Republic of Congo Brazzaville.

25 Aug 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN human rights chief welcomes US review of alleged abuse of terror suspects

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Tuesday welcomed the United States' decision to appoint a special prosecutor to look into alleged abuse of terror suspects.

25 Aug 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Insecurity hampers relief efforts in north Yemen

Civilians continue to escape fighting between government troops and rebel forces in northern Yemen. UN relief agencies report the ongoing conflict in Sa’ada governorate is worsening an already “dire and complex” humanitarian situation. Dianne Penn reports. NARRATOR: The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is particularly concerned about the provincial capital which has been without water or [...]

25 Aug 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

WFP increasing food aid to Kenya because of drought

The World Food Programme is increasing its food assistance to Kenya from covering 2.6 million people to 3.8 million people.

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UNHCR helping displaced Yemenis

The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, says the escalation of fighting between Al Houthi rebels and the government forces in northern Yemen over the past few days is worsening an already dire humanitarian situation there.

25 Aug 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Climate conference to create information network

Global climate experts, policy-makers, scientists, business leaders and decision-makers will converge in Geneva next week for the third World Climate conference.

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

WHO says it's important to monitor animal transmission of H1N1 virus

The World Health Organization says there have been isolated incidents of human to animal transmission of the H1N1 influenza virus.

25 Aug 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

11-year-old leads campaign to plant a million trees

At the Tunza conference last week in Korea, children from more than a hundred countries showed how they are helping to save the environment. 11-year-old Felix Finkbeiner from Germany has signed up to the campaign Plant for the Planet, by UNEP, the UN Environment Programme. Inspired by Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai, the campaign aims to plant one [...]

25 Aug 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Biological weapons convention review will examine peaceful applications

Experts from states parties to the Biological Weapons Convention are meeting in Geneva this week.

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

Remembering the victims of the slave trade

PRES: As we heard in the news, August 23rd is the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. Earlier this year, artists from around the world participated in a gala concert in the General Assembly Hall in commemoration of the victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Their contributions included music, [...]

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

Raising global awareness using water footprints

PRES: The city of Stockholm, often called beauty on water, hosted the annual World Water Week that ended last Friday. The conference brought together global leaders and thinkers to discuss water-related issues. The United Nations predicts that almost half of the world’s population will face shortages by 2030. Jocelyne Sambira reports on the concept of [...]

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

UN Daily News 24 August 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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UN envoy urges patience after Afghan poll

The Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan is urging everyone involved in last week's elections to be patient, so that the Electoral Complaints Commission can carry out its work and make decisions on the complaints it has received.

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

WHO urges China to provide H1N1 vaccine for developing countries

The World Health Organization has called on China to support developing and needy countries with a vaccine against the H1N1 pandemic.

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

Study finds more than one-tenth of farmland includes trees

While farming is often blamed for massive deforestation, a new study finds that almost half of all farmed land includes significant tree cover.

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

UNICEF provides aid to displaced women and children in Yemen

UNICEF estimates that 150,000 people have been displaced by fighting in the north of Yemen, between government forces and Shiite rebels.

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

Remembrance of slave trade can lead to intercultural dialogue: UNESCO

The International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, marked on the 23rd of August, provides the international community with a unique opportunity according to UNESCO's Director-General Koichiro Matsuura.

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

UN Daily News 21 August 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Children urge leaders to 'seal the deal' at Climate conference

More than 700 children and youth gathered at the Tunza environment conference in Daejeon, Korea have called on world leaders to take radical measures against climate change. Over the coming days the representatives of the globe’s youth will send out personal letters to all the leaders urging them to “Seal the Deal” on a climate [...]

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

Sierra Leone: Food for Training

The United Nations World Food Programme, WFP, offers for young people special activities called food for training and food for work. In these activities, young people receive meals or food in exchange for participating in skills training or work projects. One partner of WFP in these activities is the Youth Development Movement, YDM, which has [...]

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

UN call to action on H1N1

Three United Nations humanitarian agencies have teamed up with the Red Cross and non-governmental organizations to undertake a major global campaign aimed at reducing the impact of the AH1N1 flu pandemic.

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

URDU #34: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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INDONESIAN #34: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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HINDI #34: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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BANGLA #34 – Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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Sierra Leone: Food for Training

The United Nations World Food Programme, WFP, offers for young people special activities called food for training and food for work. In these activities, young people receive meals or food in exchange for participating in skills training or work projects. One partner of WFP in these activities is the Youth Development Movement, YDM, which has [...]

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UN Daily News 20 August 2009

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UN Daily News 19 August 2009

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UN chief urges Afghans to vote

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is encouraging all Afghan women and men eligible to vote to cast their ballot in Thursday's Presidential and Provincial Council elections.

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

UN chief express sorrow at death of former Republic of Korea president

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his sorrow and his sense of personal loss at the death of Kim Dae-jung, former President of the Republic of Korea and Nobel Peace laureate.

18 Aug 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

WHO: uncertainty about flu virus

Just how much and how quickly manufacturers will be able to produce a vaccine against the A-H1N1 virus won't be known until clinical trials are completed sometime in September.

18 Aug 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Sudanese returnees still lack basic necessities

The International Organization for Migration has just published a report depicting the harsh living conditions of Sudanese returning to South Sudan and the area of Southern Kordofan.

18 Aug 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Daily News 18 August 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Water as a human right

PRES: World Water Week is celebrated every year in Stockholm, Sweden bringing together global experts to discuss best practices, scientific understanding and policies to find answers to the world’s water problems. Jocelyne Sambira reports on a roundtable held on the right to water and how this translates in reality. Narr: According to the World Health [...]

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

Aid worker inspired by the potential of Gaza's children

Two UN staff members were killed in a roadside blast in Afghanistan. This tragic incident reflects the dangers faced by humanitarian workers. And it occurred on the eve of the first World Humanitarian Day in honour of colleagues killed in the bombing of UN facilities in Baghdad on August 19, 2003. Patrick Maigua spoke to [...]

18 Aug 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Violence continues as Afghan elections approach

With the presidential elections in Afghanistan only days away, two staff members of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan were among those killed in Tuesday’s suicide bombing on Kabul’s Jalalabad Road. A third colleague was wounded and is being treated for his injuries. All are Afghan citizens. Challis McDonough, Public Information Officer with the [...]

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Two UN staff among dead in Kabul bombing

Two United Nations staff members were among those killed in Tuesday's suicide bombing in Kabul.

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UN Daily News 17 August 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Malaria fighting bed nets to be featured in US hit TV series

The US television hit series, Ugly Betty, will be filming their season premiere at the United Nations Headquarters on August 19 and 20, said the UN Spokesperson, Marie Okabe.

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

ICC grants temporary release to former Congolese leader

Jean Pierre Bemba, former Vice-President of the Democratic Republic of Congo has been granted conditional release this Friday by the International Criminal Court.

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UN Daily News 14 August 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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WFP Air Service in Chad gets a reprieve

The World Food Programme announced Thursday that humanitarian flights to Chad will continue for another month thanks to a generous donation by the US Bureau of population, refugees and migration of one million dollars.

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Report on Gaza fact-finding mission finds evidence of grave violations

A new report by the UN Human Rights chief, Navi Pillay, finds significant evidence of serious violations of international humanitarian law, as well as gross human rights violations that occurred during Israel's offensive on Gaza last December and January.

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

Governments urged to speed up action to 'Seal the Deal'

A week of informal negotiations on a climate change treaty concluded on Friday in Bonn, Germany, with limited progress on the issue. Dianne Penn has the story.

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

Darfur workshop trains artists on spreading the peace message

In Darfur, a workshop on how to spread the message of peace through art is expected to help the citizens of Darfur better understand the work of the UN mission in Darfur, and the Darfur peace agreement.

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

UN chief welcomes release of Republic of Korea national from DPRK

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the release of a national of the Republic of Korea who had been detained by the authorities of the Democratic Peoples' Republic of Korea (DPRK) since 30 March.

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

Global Children's Painting Competition winner highlights challenges facing planet

A nine-year old girl from Siberia, Russia is the first prize winner in this year's UNEP Global Painting Competition on the Environment.

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

Three students win prize for project to replace lead wheel weights

We often hear that everyone can to their part to protect the environment. Well, three young students from Iowa took this to heart and did a school science project together that has had a real impact. For their efforts they have been awarded first prize in a contest sponsored by Discovery Education, the Siemens Foundation [...]

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

Limited Progress made in Bonn Climate Change Talks

The five day climate change talks held in Bonn and organized by the United Nations lead agency on Climate Change ended Friday without much progress being made.

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

Hillary Clinton talks about the epidemic of rape in the DRC

On a visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton condemned the epidemic of sexual violence there as one of mankind’s great atrocities. According to UN estimates, up to 200-thousand women have been raped in the eastern DRC since 1996. Ms. Clinton visited the town of Goma, where she [...]

14 Aug 2009 | Posted in Women | Read More »

Beijing newscaster becomes UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador

At the Asia-Pacific AIDS congress in Bali, Indonesia this week, a Chinese television newscaster was named Goodwill Ambassador for UNAIDS.

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

The Secretary-General is pleased with renewed US engagement to the UN

The Secretary-General welcomes the renewed US engagement with the United Nations and is looking forward to working closely with the United States to make the Organization as efficient and accountable as possible.

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

US to take new course of action concerning the UN

The US Ambassador to the United Nations is promising a dramatic change to her country's approach with the United Nations.

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

Security Council remains concerned about Myanmar

The Security Council released a statement on Thursday after two days of deliberations, expressing their deep concern at the sentencing of Aung San Suu Kyi and reaffirming their previous position on Myanmar.

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

UN Daily News 13 August 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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US Secretary of State praises Liberia's progress

US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton on Thursday gave her support to the only female head of state in Africa, Liberia's Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

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UN rights experts cry out against torture of Iranian detainees

A group of independent United Nations Human Rights experts say they are deeply concerned over allegations of torture and rough interrogation tactics of Iranian protestors undergoing trial for demonstrating against the disputed re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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

Women and the elections in Afghanistan

When Afghans go to the polls next week, women will be among those making their voices heard.

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

Looting disrupts UNICEF aid deliveries in Somalia

Increased hostility towards humanitarian agencies has forced UNICEF to temporarily suspend aid delivery to thousands of malnourished children and expectant mothers in central and south Somalia.

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

A humanitarian emergency is brewing in South Sudan warns UN Senior Official

UN Deputy Coordinator for South Sudan is warning that the country is in a critical phase due to severe food shortages and mass displacements caused by escalating inter-tribal conflicts.

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

UN Expert concerned about mass forced evictions in Nigeria

A UN human rights expert has expressed concern about the mass evictions planned by the Nigerian River State Government, which could leave hundreds of thousands of people homeless over the coming year.

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

Students unite to 'Kick the Carbon Habit'

The UN Environment Programme is ensuring young people have a voice in the climate change debate.

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

UNICEF temporarily suspends aid to Somali children due to looting

UNICEF has been forced to temporarily suspend the delivery of life-saving nutritional supplies to prevent or treat acute malnutrition in over 85,000 Somali children.

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

UN Envoy welcomes release of abducted aid workers

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia has welcomed the release of four aid workers and their two pilots.

12 Aug 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Geneva Conventions observance seeks improved compliance

The four Geneva Conventions on international humanitarian law are 60 years old this week. The International Committee of the Red Cross, the ICRC, is marking the anniversary by calling for improved compliance with the treaties by States and by armed groups. In the following interview, Gerry Adams asks Anna Nelson, a Media Officer with the ICRC, how the organization and the Geneva Conventions are related.

12 Aug 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Daily News 12 August 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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UN-backed talks on Western Sahara to continue

The latest round of UN-backed talks between Morocco and the Frente Polisario over the disputed territory of Western Sahara have concluded with a commitment from both parties to continue negotiations as soon as possible.

12 Aug 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Venezuela clamps down on media

The Director General of UNESCO is expressing concern over the recent decision made by Venezuelan authorities to revoke the licenses of 34 broadcasters.

12 Aug 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN wants more women police officers

The United Nations is looking for a few good women. Make that lots of good women.

12 Aug 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN celebrates dynamism of global youth

Young people from around the world took centre stage at two recent UN events: the first Global Model UN held in Geneva, and the Youth Leadership Assembly at UN headquarters in New York. UN Radio’s Elise Laplante caught up with some of the participants at the Youth Leadership Assembly including conference speaker Tim Morehouse, winner [...]

12 Aug 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Youth meet at UN to discuss future challenges

Young men and women from all over the world are meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to celebrate International Youth Day.

12 Aug 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

ICRC calls for compliance with Geneva conventions on their 60th anniversary

The International Committee of the Red Cross, the ICRC, is marking the 60th anniversary of the four Geneva Conventions, by calling for improved compliance with the treaties by states and armed groups.

12 Aug 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

China urges advancing nuclear disarmament in earnest

China's Foreign Minister, Yang Jiechi, believes there are now unprecedented opportunities for international nuclear disarmament, as the prohibition and destruction of nuclear weapons have become widely embraced goals.

12 Aug 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Human Rights Chief calls for release of elected democratic leader in Myanmar

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is joining the Secretary-General in calling for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and of all political prisoners in Myanmar.

12 Aug 2009 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

France wants firm, speedy reaction from Security Council to Myanmar verdict

The Security Council is meeting at the United Nations Headquarters to deliberate on Myanmar after the verdict and sentencing of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to an additional 18 months of house arrest.

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UN Human Rights Experts call for the unconditional release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

Four independent United Nations human rights experts call for the immediate and unconditional release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and deplore what they call a baseless trial.

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Photo exhibit commemorates Nagasaki

A photo exhibit commemorating the bombing of Nagasaki, Japan 64 years ago, as well as the 60th anniversary of the nuclear blast in eastern Kazakhstan, was unveiled Monday at the United Nations. Gerry Adams reports.

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UNICEF: Children in CAR living below acceptable standards

The United Nations Children's Fund is alarmed at the rising rates of acute malnutrition among children in Southern Central African Republic.

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UN Daily News 11 August 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Half of Somalia's population in need of assistance says UN Humanitarian Agency

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, OCHA, says the humanitarian crisis that has engulfed Somalia has reached a new low point.

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US Secretary of State talks to UN's Radio Okapi in DRC

US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, who is visiting the Democratic Republic, has called the epidemic of sexual violence there one of mankind's great atrocities.

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Myanmar government extends Nobel Peace Laureate's house arrest

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he is deeply disappointed by the sentencing of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to an additional 18 months under house arrest.

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Displaced DRC civilians lack access to health care: WHO

The World Health Organization reports difficulty in delivering medicine to more than 70,000 people uprooted by conflict in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Progress is being made in Darfur

General Martin Luther Agwai, Force Commander of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) speaks to UN Radio’s Jocelyne Sambira about the challenges in deploying and meeting the mission’s mandated tasks because of the lack of capabilities. Despite these difficulties, he says much has been achieved with little means to bring stability to [...]

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Asian women at risk of contracting HIV from intimate partners: UNAIDS

50 million women in Asia are estimated to be at risk of becoming infected with HIV from their intimate partners. A new report by UNAIDS says these are women, who are either married or in long-term relationships with men engaged in high-risk sexual behaviors.

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Displaced civilians in Central African Republic now living in bushes

Thousands of people who have repeatedly fled armed groups, government forces and bandits in the Central African Republic are traumatized and living in the bush, Deputy UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Catherine Bragg told journalists in New York on Monday.

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Madagascar signs a power sharing agreement

The UN Secretary-General hails the recent power-sharing agreement signed yesterday in Maputo brokered by former Mozambican President Chissano, and the joint mediation team composed of the African Union, the Southern African Development Community and the International Organization of Francophony.

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IFRC is calling for funds to respond to emergencies in West and Central Africa

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is launching an appeal to help 25,000 people in West and Central Africa respond effectively to emergencies linked to bad weather such as floods, drought and landslides.

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International Day of World's Indigenous focuses on HIV/AIDS

The theme of this year's observance of the International Day of the World's Indigenous People is HIV/AIDS and its impact on indigenous people.

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Expert proposes recommendation to protect women after divorce

Divorce affects men and women differently, so women need extra legal protection, according to an expert on the UN Anti-discrimination committee.

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Human Rights Chief welcomes new support for Indigenous Peoples Declaration

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says she is pleased with headway the international community has made regarding the rights of Indigenous Peoples, including gaining more supporters of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

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Bonn meeting on climate change starts in run up to Copenhagen conference

The latest round of talks on a new climate change treaty started Monday in Bonn, Germany, with only 4 months left until the start of the United Nations climate change conference in Copenhagen, where nations aim to conclude a new pact to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

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UN Envoy worried insecurity will affect Afghanistan elections

The Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, Kai Eide, says he is concerned the insecurity around the country will affect the turn-out of voters for the 20 August presidential and provincial council elections.

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Foetus sex selection threatens India's future

India’s population is booming, already well past one billion. It’s on its way to overtaking China’s in the next decades. But a gross imbalance is developing between the numbers of boys and girls. Here’s Dianne Penn with a feature adapted from a UN Television report. NARR: Because of deeply ingrained beliefs about the social and [...]

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Conference on Disarmament faces delay in adopting programme of work

The Conference on Disarmament meeting in Geneva is facing a delay, but the President, Ambassador Caroline Millar hopes it can be resolved with only minor deviation from the current time table.

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