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UN peacekeeping chief says there is lack of commitment to bring peace to Darfur

The head of United Nations peacekeeping operations says there is lack of a
sustained commitment from all the parties in the Darfur conflict in Sudan to
achieve a political agreement.

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UN staff pays tribute to colleagues killed in Kabul attack

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid tribute to five staff members killed in an attack on a guesthouse in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday.

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Secretary-General encouraged by Honduras accord

The Secretary-General is encouraged by news from Honduras that an agreement has been reached between ousted president Manuel Zelaya and the de facto authorities in the country.

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EU puts ban on the seal trade

PRES: The United Nations Environment Programme, UNEP, on World Environment Day, showcased the work of the photographer and filmmaker Nigel Barker in celebration of the planet’s wildlife and to address some human practices that affect global diversity. Barker is now on tour in Europe, using the same images to portray the ongoing massacre of baby [...]

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

Film tells story of South African woman's unique journey

INTRO: The true story of a black child born to white parents in apartheid South Africa is the subject of a feature film which was screened at the UN this week and is now showing in theaters in New York. The film, entitled Skin, is more than the story of Sandra Laing’s journey. It’s also [...]

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Special Rapporteur describes human rights situation in the DPRK

INTRO: And now we turn to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the DPRK. In a recent report prepared by Vitit Muntarbhorn, the human rights Special Rapporteur in the DPRK, the human rights situation in the country was described as “abysmal”. Gerry Adams reports: Narrator: Mr. Muntarbhorn is the independent United Nations expert monitoring the [...]

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UN is concerned about incidents involving Israel and Lebanon

The United Nations remains concerned about recent incidents that have taken place in southern Lebanon.

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Financial crisis hits children and adolescents in Guatemala

The global financial crisis is having a negative impact on children and adolescents in Guatemala, according to a new report.

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Human Rights Council presents annual report to General Assembly

Presenting the annual report of the Human Rights Council to the UN General Assembly, Council President, Ambassador Alex Van Meeuwen of Belgium said the work of the Council between November 2008 and June 2009 has been focused on the violation of the human rights in various parts of the world including the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Sri Lanka. As a result the Council held four special sessions since last November.

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

WHO says H1N1 pandemic vaccine is safe

The World Health Organization says the H1N1 pandemic vaccine is safe. WHO says early results from the monitoring of people who have received the pandemic vaccine found no indication of unusual adverse reactions. Patrick Maigua reports from Geneva.

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

Millions of children to be vaccinated against pneumonia

Up to 130 million children in the developing world will be vaccinated against pneumonia, the world's leading child-killer.

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Red Cross is alarmed at impact of violence on civilians in Pakistan

The Red Cross is alarmed at the severe and intensifying impact of violence on the civilian population in Pakistan in the wake of Wednesday's bombing in Peshawar, the latest and bloodiest in a string of attacks against civilians.

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

Displaced people are killed in conflict-torn Yemen

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) says an unknown number of displaced Yemeni civilians have been killed and wounded in northern Yemen.

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

Suriname says the current global economic and financial crisis has put a strain on the enjoyment of human rights

Human rights is one of life’s ever-present realities, whether it relates to basic human needs, including the rights to food and shelter, or to quality of life such as access to education, freedom of expression or a life free from torture or persecution. That’s what Suriname’s representative Ambassador Henry Mc Donald told the General Assembly’s [...]

30 Oct 2009 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Last group of 1972 Burundian refugees leave Tanzania

The last group of Burundian refugees who fled to Tanzania in 1972 is returning home on Friday.

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

New study says over one million people die of diarrhoea each year

More than one million people over the age of five die each year of diarrhoea caused by microorganisms in food and water in South East Asia and Africa alone, according to a group of health experts.

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

Security Council condemns attack on UN in Kabul

The UN Security Council has expressed its strong condemnation for the terrorist attack in Kabul on Wednesday that killed five UN staff members and wounded nine others.

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

Secretary-General calls for heightened protection of UN staff

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the UN stands undeterred in helping Afghanistan through its second round of elections, despite the terrorist attack on Wednesday in Kabul, which killed 5 staff members and wounded 9 others.

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

Developing countries to benefit from new global trade agenda

Developing economies have been hit the hardest by the worst decline in global trade flows since the Depression. To mitigate the crisis, the World Bank pledged to increase the access of middle income and developing economies to trade finance with its new Trade Facilitation Facility (TFF). In a key note speech to delegates at the UN, John S. Wilson, Lead Economist for the [...]

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

Expert details how counter-terrorism measures hurt women

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

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Legal empowerment of the poor

PRESENTER: Ending poverty and hunger is the first of eight Millennium Development Goals which countries hope to meet by 2015. For some, this may conjure up images of sending food and other forms of aid to the developing world, but UN Radio’s Marsha Branch has been exploring another method of tackling poverty. One that’s sustainable [...]

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General Assembly votes again to condemn US embargo of Cuba

PRES: For the 18th consecutive year the United Nations General Assembly has voted overwhelmingly to condemn the US economic embargo against Cuba. One hundred eighty-seven countries voted in favor of the resolution, the United States, Israel and Palau voted against it and the Marshall Islands and Micronesia abstained. Gail Walker has more. The US economic [...]

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Independent expert denied access to Zimbabwe

Narrator: After being invited to Zimbabwe by the government to conduct an official fact-finding mission, Manfred Nowak, the UN independent expert on torture, was denied entry into the country. Patrick Maigua spoke to him today and asked him what happened: Maigua: You flew into Zimbabwe last evening. Tell us what exactly happened there. Nowak: After [...]

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UN Daily News 29 October 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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ICC President says Court must stay out of politics

The President of the International Criminal Court, Judge Sang-Hyun Song, told the UN General Assembly that one of the priorities of his presidency is to guard the Court's judicial independence.

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

UN expert on torture is turned back as he tries to visit Zimbabwe

The United Nations expert on torture was on Thursday turned back as he tried to visit Zimbabwe to meet with the country's Prime Minister.

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

UN envoy condemns assassination attempt on Somali President

The UN envoy to Somalia, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, has strongly condemned the assassination attempts on the life of the President of Somalia.

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

IAEA receives initial Iranian response on nuclear fuel proposal

The International Atomic Energy Agency, the IAEA, says its Director General Mohamed ElBaradei has received an initial response from the Iranian authorities to his proposal for a nuclear fuel deal.

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

Peacebuilding needs to include food security: Ban

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says that in helping countries after conflict, urgent attention must be given to social and economic needs and rebuilding human capital, alongside interventions on security and governance.

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

UN humanitarian chief urges development aid for returned IDPs in Uganda

The UN's humanitarian chief, John Holmes, says there's still a long way to go to help Ugandans in the North resume their lives, more than 3 years after they started returning home.

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

General Assembly votes to lift US embargo against Cuba

The UN General Assembly voted for the 18th consecutive year to condemn the United States embargo against Cuba.

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

Childhood vaccines on the rise but not equal

PRES: More children than ever before are being vaccinated against childhood diseases like polio and measles. But millions more are still not being reached. Chelsea Moore has the story. Moore: One in five children born each year are not vaccinated, according to The State of the World’s Vaccines and Immunizations, a report released jointly by [...]

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

Terrorism profiling targets women and sexual minorities

PRES: Khadimiya is a female prison in Iraq where some of the prisoners’ only crime is to have been the unfortunate spouses of suspected terrorists. Since their husbands are nowhere to be found, the Government holds them and their children in custody. A lot of these women are raped and abused on a daily basis. [...]

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UN Daily News 28 October 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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UN condemns deadly Kabul attack

Five UN staff members were killed in an attack in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, on Wednesday. Dianne Penn has more on this. NARR: Unjustifiable by any standard. That’s how Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon characterized the attack on a Kabul guesthouse early Wednesday morning in which five UN staff were killed and nine others injured. BAN [...]

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Secretary-General outraged at Peshawar bomb blast

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday reacted to what he called the "appalling" bomb attack in the Pakistani city of Peshawar.

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

UN Secretary-General condemns attack on UN staff in Kabul

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the attack on a United Nations guest house in central Kabul on Wednesday which killed at least five UN staff members and injured a number of others.

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

URDU #43: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

28 Oct 2009 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

INDONESIAN #42: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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New initiative launched to improve supply of life-saving medicines in crisis

The World Health Organization has launched a new initiative to train medical personnel to better handle vaccines, anti-virals and other drugs in humanitarian crises worldwide.

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

HINDI #43: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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BANGLA #43 – Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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Deminer in Cyprus killed in first fatality of 5-year programme

The Mine Action Centre in Cyprus says one of its members was killed in a demining accident, the group's first fatality in five years of work on the island.

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

Zimbabwe withdraws invitation to UN expert on torture at last minute

The government of Zimbabwe on Wednesday canceled at the last minute a visit by the UN independent expert on torture.

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

FAO to train Tanzanian farmers in production and marketing

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is set to launch a project to help Tanzania's agricultural sector move from subsistence to commercial farming.

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

UN envoy condemns killing of UN staff members in Kabul

The head of the United Nations mission in Afghanistan, Kai Eide, has strongly condemned the attack on a guest house in Kabul on Wednesday morning which killed six United Nations staff members.

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

Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial killings questions US use of drones

The UN human rights expert on extrajudicial killings, Philip Alston says the use by the United States military of drones to fight militants in Pakistan and Afghanistan could be a violation of international law.

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

UN expert calls for support of African treaty on displaced people

The United Nations independent expert concerned with the rights of internally displaced people is urging the international community to support a historic African treaty to protect internally displaced people on the continent.

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

Tackling global health risks

INTRO: Five risk factors are responsible for 15 million of the 60 million deaths that occur annually, says the World Health Organization. They are childhood underweight, unsafe sex, alcohol use, lack of safe water, sanitation and hygiene and high blood pressure, says its Global Health Risks report released today. Dr. Gretchen Stevens of WHO told [...]

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

Second wave of displacement in South Waziristan, Pakistan

Pakistan is experiencing a second wave of large-scale internal displacement, according to the head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the country, Manuel Bessler.

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

UN Daily News 27 October 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Animal welfare is key to sustainable development

PRES: Nearly one billion of the world’s poorest people depend on the animals they own to stay alive. Chelsea Moore found out just how important animals are to many people. Moore: The UN has been protecting people since it was founded. Now the World Society for the Protection of Animals wants the organization to extend [...]

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Stop cutting the trees to save our planet

PRES: The latest reports on climate change are now identifying deforestation as the main culprit for emitting carbon gases and speeding up global warming. Deforestation now is responsible for 20% of global emissions compared to the 14% caused by the transport and industry sector. Jocelyne Sambira reports. NARR: Just one day of deforestation is equivalent [...]

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

UN cautiously optimistic on progress in Somalia

The UN's chief of Political Affairs told journalists in New York that his recent trip to Eastern and Southern Africa was dominated by discussions about Somalia.

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

New WHO study says life expectancy can be increased by 5 years

Global life expectancy could be increased by nearly five years by addressing five factors affecting health, according to a new report published by the World Health Organization (WHO) published on Tuesday.

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

FAO consults on guidelines for governance of land tenure

With competition for land, water and other resources increasing, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is looking for ways to better govern the use of these natural resources.

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

UNHCR is saddened by killing of government partner in Chad

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) is deeply shocked and saddened by the killing of its government counterpart in eastern Chad over the weekend.

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

WFP launches electronic food voucher project for Iraqi refugees in Syria

The World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a pilot electronic food voucher project using mobile phones to provide food assistance to 1,000 Iraqi refugees in Syria.

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

Climate talks at critical juncture

With the last round of negotiations of the Copenhagen climate change treaty set to take place next week in Barcelona, Spain, Janos Pasztor, the Director of the Secretary-General's Climate Change Support Team, says the world is at a critical juncture.

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

UN expert reports on gender perspective of counterterrorism measures

Martin Scheinin, the UN expert, who reports on how countries protect human rights while countering terrorism, says his report to the General Assembly this year has become a topic of controversy, because it focuses on the gender perspective of counter-terrorism measures.

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

Secretary-General visits Seattle to deliver message of multilateralism

Climate change is the focus of a visit to Seattle this week by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

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

Women's development core component of economic growth

Women's access to economic and financial resources is critical not only for the achievement of gender equality, but also for sustainable economic development.

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

Winners of “Citizen Ambassadors” Contest speak to UN

One month ago, the Secretary-General and UN goodwill ambassador George Clooney and Wangari Maathai issued an invitation to people on YouTube, asking them to send a video message to world leaders. Out of 400 participants, five winners were selected and invited to the United Nations on Friday. UN Radio caught up with two of them: [...]

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

Combating climate change and securing low carbon development

Investments of 500 billion dollars a year would be needed to combat climate change and create opportunities for developing economies to achieve growth with low carbon emissions.

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

UN mission in Iraq is concerned about humanitarian situation at Camp Ashraf

The United Nations mission in Iraq (UNAMI) says it continues to be concerned about the humanitarian situation at Camp Ashraf which is housing members of an Iranian opposition group.

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

Giving voice to victims of human trafficking

Victims and survivors of human trafficking shared their stories at UN headquarters at a meeting organized by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. We’ll hear more in this report from Dianne Penn. NARR: As a BBC journalist, Ruchira Gupta thought she had seen it all. But it was a story about women trafficked from [...]

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UN Daily News 26 October 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Special Rapporteur on Housing Tours the US

Pres: Rachel Rolnik, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing is making her first official visit to the United States. During her first stop in New York the Special Rapporteur attended a town hall meeting where she heard testimonies from city residents about their living conditions. Gail Walker was there and prepared this [...]

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International community should improve support to AU peacekeeping efforts: Le Roy

The UN's head of peacekeeping welcomed the enhanced role of the African Union in deploying peacekeeping operations as a first response in challenging circumstances and with limited resources.

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

Trial of Radovan Karadzic opens in Hague without him

The trial of former Bosnian Serb leader, Radovan Karadzic, opened at the United Nations tribunal in The Hague on Monday without him.

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

UN in Afghanistan calls for a 'cleaner' runoff election

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA, says it is focusing its efforts on helping the country's electoral institutions hold a runoff vote with less fraud than the first round.

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

Security Council strongly condemns car-bombing attacks in Iraq

The UN Security Council has strongly condemned twin car-bombing attacks in Central Baghdad on Sunday.

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

Afghanistan works toward free and fair elections

With the acceptance by President Hamid Karzai of a second round of voting in Afghanistan’s presidential elections, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has pledged UN support to ensure those elections take place in a “free, fair, transparent and secure environment”. UN Radio’s Diane Bailey reports. International Women’s Media Foundation’s Courage in Journalism Award The International Women’s [...]

23 Oct 2009 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

UN Daily News 23 October 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Survivors of trafficking speak out

Trafficking of human beings is a crime that affects all countries in one way or another – either as a source of trafficked persons, or as a transit or destination country. The majority of victims are women and girls, who are trafficked for sexual exploitation. To address this crime effectively, human rights experts say it [...]

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UN Daily News 22 October 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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UN Daily News 21 October 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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INDONESIAN #41: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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UN Daily News 20 October 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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UN Daily News 19 October 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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WHO says vaccine remains best tool to combat H1N1

The World Health Organization (WHO) says that the vaccine against H1N1 remains the best tool to combat the pandemic.

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

Secretary-General establishes panel to probe violations in Guinea

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has decided to establish an international commission of inquiry to investigate incidents surrounding the crackdown on an opposition rally in Guinea in September.

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

Record 1 billion people hungry

PRES: Ensuring food security in a time of crisis is the theme of this year’s World Food Day, marked on October 16th. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says that 105 million more people are suffering from hunger as a result of the current economic crisis. Bissera Kostova has more on this. Duration: 2’36″ [...]

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

Ending Violence Againt Women

PRES: Gender-based violence-has been a horrifying characteristic of many recent armed conflicts. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has made ending this and other forms of violence against women a priority. The Secretary-General’s campaign to end gender-based violence and recent Security Council resolutions call for action to end it, have helped place the issue center stage. In [...]

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Youth join struggle against human trafficking

Half of all human trafficking victims are under the age of 18. Stop the Traffik, UN Gift, and UNODC are looking at ways of engaging the youth in the fight against human trafficking. Chelsea Moore explains. Start Freedom Sound Clip: “Stop the traffic, start freedom now.” Different languages. Moore: Stop the traffic, start freedom now [...]

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Drought-stricken communities in Africa's horn brace for El Niño Floods

The UN's humanitarian agency reports that vulnerable communities in the Horn of Africa that have suffered through the worst droughts in decades are now bracing for floods as a result of the climatic phenomenon El Niño.

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

World Food Day calls for achieving food security in times of crisis

Friday, on the occasion of World Food Day the United Nation's senior food official is urging world leaders to take immediate action to address world hunger.

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

Renewed steps toward a nuclear-free world

Nuclear weapons, nuclear accidents, nuclear waste and the threat of nuclear terrorism are all bi-products of the nuclear age. In September, the United Nations Security Council, in its first ever summit on disarmament and nuclear proliferation, agreed unanimously “to create the conditions for a world without nuclear weapons …based on the principle of undiminished security [...]

16 Oct 2009 | Posted in Perspective | Read More »

UN Human Rights Council adopts report on Gaza conflict

The United Nations Human Rights Council has adopted a report the Justice Richard Goldstone fact-finding mission report, which accuses Israeli forces and Palestinian militants of war crimes. The report was adopted after a two-day special session held in Geneva. Patrick Maigua sent us this report.

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

Rural women feeding the world

Women play a vital role in supporting their families, and the community by providing food. In developing countries, the majority of women in rural areas are the ones producing the food, in addition to their roles as mothers and caretakers. It is in recognition of their key role that October 15 has designated this special [...]

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UN envoy says situation in northern Kosovo remains a concern

Although the situation in Kosovo has remained generally stable, the situation in the northern part of the territory remains an issue of concern, according to the United Nations Special envoy.

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

Activists say human rights abuses in Myanmar are escalating

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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UN recommends guidelines for ICT access by people with disabilities in Asia and Pacific

Participants in a workshop held in Bangkok, Thailand, have recommended new guidelines for easing access to information and communication technology (ICT) for the 400 million persons with disabilities in the Asia-Pacific region.

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

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors visit OPT and Israel

US actress Mia Farrow and Egyptian actor Mahmoud Kabil, both UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors, concluded a two-day visit to Gaza Thursday where they went to witness firsthand the hardships that children there continue to face.

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

Jamaica says the problems associated with illicit drugs and crime are of major concern to the Caribbean

The problems associated with illicit drugs and crime are of major concern to the Caribbean region. That’s what Jamaica’s representative Ambassador Raymond Wolfe told the General Assembly’s committee that deals with social, humanitarian and cultural affairs, during debate on crime prevention, criminal justice and drug control. He says the region’s geographical location which has been [...]

15 Oct 2009 | Posted in Caribbean News, Focus on Climate Change | Read More »

UN Expert calls for protecting civilians in the DRC

A UN human rights expert has called for an independent and thorough investigation of the killing of scores of civilians in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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

URDU #42: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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INDONESIAN #40: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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HINDI #42: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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BANGLA #42 – Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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General Assembly elects five new non-permanent members

The General Assembly has elected five new non-permanent members of the Security Council. Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Gabon, Lebanon and Nigeria will begin their two year terms on January 1st next year.

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

Rural women feeding the world

PRES: Women play a vital role in supporting their families, and the community by providing food. In developing countries, the majority of women in rural areas are the ones producing the food, in addition to their roles as mothers and caretakers. It is in recognition of their key role that October 15 has designated this [...]

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Human Rights Council holds special session on Gaza report

The United Nations Human Rights Council is holding a special session in Geneva to decide whether to endorse the Justice Richard Goldstone report on the Israeli military offensive in Gaza earlier this year.

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

5 million children in Horn of Africa need emergency food aid

PRES: UNICEF is deeply concerned that almost five million children under the age of five in the Horn of Africa are now suffering from hunger, caused by prolonged drought and the ongoing conflict in Somalia. [The agency says that since May, the number of young children in need of emergency assistance in the region has [...]

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Goldstone Report focus of monthly Security Council debate on Middle East

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on both Israel and the Palestinians to conduct, credible investigations into allegations of war crimes that may have been committed during the Gaza conflict. The UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs made the appeal at the monthly Security Council debate on the Middle East, where many states used the occasion [...]

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

UNICEF and WHO issue report on dangers of diarrhoea

Diarrhoea kills more children than AIDS, malaria and measles combined according to a new report issued today by the UN Children's Fund and the World Health Organization.

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

Food and economic crisis push world hunger to new levels

According to the UN's State of World Food Insecurity Report more than one billion people around the world are undernourished – more than any time since 1970.

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

Protecting hospitals during disasters is focus of International Day for Disaster Reduction

When disasters strike, hospitals are often among the critically needed institutions that are impacted. On Wednesday, the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) dedicated its annual International Day for Disaster Reduction to the urgent need to make hospitals safe from disasters.

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

A new study proposes laws to cover trafficking in human organs

A new study launched in New York on Tuesday is proposing legal measures to deal with trafficking in organs, tissues, cells and human beings for the purpose of organ removal.

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

UN honours 11 peacekeepers who died in Haiti on Friday

The United Nations flag flew at half mast in New York on Tuesday in honour of the 11 peacekeepers who died in a plane crash in Haiti on Friday.

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WFP staff members killed in Islamabad are remembered

Five staff members of the World Food Programme killed in a suicide attack on the agency's headquarters in Islamabad on 5 October were remembered on Tuesday.

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UN Security Council voices support of political process in Cote d'Ivore

Following a briefing by Y.J. Choi, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Office in Cote d'Ivoire, the UN Security Council voiced its support for the progress made in the country in preparation for the long-awaited presidential election.

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

The role of forests in keeping the planet green

INTRO: Forests play an invaluable roll in curbing green house gas emissions, yet their contribution is not recognized in the Kyoto Protocol, which sets limits for these emissions. Some leaders in the developing world are hoping to change that. When Kyoto is replaced in 2012 with the Copenhagen Protocol they would like a provision included [...]

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

ITDB helps combat nuclear Trafficking

Narrator: While we don’t hear too much about it, illicit trafficking in nuclear and radioactive materials unfortunately does take place. ITDB, the Illicit Trafficking Database, was established in 1995 by the International Atomic Energy Agency to help combat such trafficking and other unauthorized activities. ITDB is a unique database, says Richard Hoskins, head of nuclear [...]

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

UNICEF helping flood victims in India

PRES: One of the worst flash floods in decades in southern India has left almost 250 people dead and affected an estimated 2 million. The floods in the two states of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka were caused by heavy rains. The situation was compounded by the discharge of water from three dams in Karnataka, which [...]

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

UNHCR is set to distribute relief items to displaced people in Yemen

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) began distributing the much needed relief items to people displaced by conflict in northern Yemen on Tuesday.

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

Human rights chief and expert denounce execution of juvenile offender in Iran

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says that she was deeply dismayed to hear that another juvenile offender was executed in Iran.

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

UN Daily News 12 October 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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UNAIDS: African musicians can be youth role models on HIV

With young people accounting for nearly half of new HIV infections worldwide, UNAIDS believes performers at this weekend's MTV Africa Music Awards could have a significant impact on this audience.

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

Bangkok climate change talks conclude

Two weeks of climate change negotiations ended in Bangkok on Friday.

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

UN Daily News 09 October 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Colonies' bid for independence

Sixty-four years ago, 750 million people, almost a third of the world’s population lived in territories governed by colonial powers. Today, fewer than two million people live in such territories. Reducing that number even further is the work of the United Nations Decolonization Committee. The committee met on Tuesday and again on Wednesday at the [...]

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

How Indonesia is coping with the effects of the deadly Earthquake

Tens of thousands of Indonesians have been forced to flee their homes after a deadly quake there last week. UNICEF Radio spoke with Indonesia’s Communications Specialist Lely Djuhari about how the country is coping with the crisis: Lely Djuhari: The full scale of the disaster is much bigger than initially thought. There are fears of [...]

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

UN officials congratulate President Obama on Nobel Peace Prize

The announcement by the Nobel Committee that it is awarding the Peace Prize to US President Barack Obama has been met with mixed reactions, ranging from support to skepticism. Here’s a sampling from visitors to the UN in this report by Bissera Kostova. VOX: “Because he’s a great guy, he is a peace-seeking guy, he [...]

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

More H1N1 cases in Northern Hemisphere, fewer in countries of Southern Hemisphere

With the approach of winter in the Northern Hemisphere, the World Health Organization is reporting an increase in the number of H1N1 flu cases, says WHO spokesperson Gregory Hartl.

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

Alleged election fraud in Afghanistan is being addressed

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

9 Oct 2009 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

HINDI #41: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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

HINDI #40: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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

BANGLA #41 – Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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

URDU #41: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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

CLIMATE SERIES 1: CLIMATE CHANGE AND ITS IMPACT ON SMALL ISLAND DEVELOPING STATES

OP: SEGUE TO CUT 1 FX: Hurricane force winds/Heavy sea swells NARRATOR: The effects of climate change are many… and often disastrous. TAPE: Climate change, warming, unusual weather, violent weather, sea level CUT 1 rise, receding glaciers, droughts, firestorms – very, very serious consequences of this level of carbon dioxide. NARRATOR: So, how did we [...]

8 Oct 2009 | Posted in Focus on Climate Change | Read More »

UN Coordinator visits holy site for Muslims and Jews in Jerusalem

The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, on Thursday visited the Harem Al Sharif/Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem.

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

UNHCR probes shooting in camp for Congolese refugees in Burundi

The UN Refugee Agency refugee (UNHCR) agency is attempting to ascertain the circumstances that led to a shooting incident Tuesday inside a camp for Congolese refugees in Burundi.

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

FAO says $83 billion investments needed yearly to feed 9.1 billion people

Net investments of $83 billion a year must be made in agriculture in developing countries if there is to be enough food to feed over 9 billion people in 2050.

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

UN Daily News 08 October 2009

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A Philippine flood victim’s tale

PRESENTER:  Typhoons Ketsana and Parma have killed or injured hundreds of thousands in the Philippines.  But a flash flood in Quezon City, on the outskirts of Manila, the capital, has also affected thousands.  One of them, Marita de los Santos, spoke to Gerry Adams: Actually we vacated the place when the water went up to [...]

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

Alleged election fraud in Afghanistan is being addressed

UN officials have weighed in on the controversy surrounding the dismissal of the UN Deputy representative in Afghanistan, Peter Galbraith, over allegations he made of electoral fraud. Bissera Kostova reports: NARRATOR: Kai Eide, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan issued a statement on Thursday refuting what he called “unacceptable” media accusations that he [...]

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

Towards an arms trade treaty

PRESENTER: With 2,000 people dying every day as a result of armed conflict, a consensus was finally reached this year at the General Assembly, to address the problem of unregulated arms trade. Inspired by Nobel Peace Laureates, including Desmond Tutu, the concept of an arms trade treaty is now gaining strong support. Mutuku Nguli, Executive [...]

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

Violations of children's human rights still persist

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, is concerned that severe violations of human rights against children still persist worldwide.

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

UN Political Affairs official joins OAS mission in Honduras

A senior UN official is in Honduras as part of the diplomatic efforts to resolve the political crisis in the country.

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

Still no viable prospect for Sudanese refugees

UN Spokesperson Michele Montas reports that 40 years after it began operations in eastern Sudan, the UN Refugee Agency is warning that there are still no viable prospects for refugees there to voluntarily return to their countries of origin.

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

UN coordinator says more is needed for ceasefire along Blue Line

The United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon says that more is needed to consolidate stability along the Blue Line the border between Israel and Lebanon.

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

UN Daily News 07 October 2009

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Human Development Report challenges migration misconceptions

Nearly one billion people – that’s about one out of every seven people – are migrants. Migration and its potential to increase people’s freedom and improve their lives is the subject of this year’s Human Development Report, entitled Overcoming barriers: Human mobility and development. Ginette Azcona, a researcher /writer consultant for the research team that [...]

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

Climate change could displace people in the Pacific

INTRO: Pacific Island nations produce the lowest carbon emissions in the world, yet they are expected to suffer some of the worst consequences of climate change. For many Pacific residents, the worsening effects of climate change will not mean the inconvenience of a hotter summer or more intense rainfall, but the end to life as [...]

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

Sweden to store nuclear waste underground

PRESENTER: Several countries that have nuclear technology are studying how best to safely store spent nuclear fuel and high-level waste. They met recently during the general conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the IAEA. After two decades of research, Sweden has announced that in 2023 it will begin operating an underground repository at a [...]

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

Nauru calls for greater UN presence in Pacific

The representative of Nauru to the United Nations has called for a greater presence of the world organization in the Pacific.

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

UN launches $74 million appeal for Philippines

The United Nations on Tuesday appealed for $74 million to help the government of the Philippines provide emergency assistance to more than one million people affected by tropical storm Ketsana and typhoon Parma.

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

UN Daily News 06 October 2009

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ICTs as agents of change

PRES: Telecom World is a unique event for the information and communication technology (ICT) community which brings together the top names from across the industry and around the world. The global forum is organized by the United Nations International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and is taking place in Geneva with over 40,000 participants, including 50 world [...]

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

UNICEF issues annual report card on child protection

In its annual report Progress for Children, UNICEF says that despite some progress made in child protection, far too many children around the world are subject to violence, exploitation and abuse. Bissera Kostova has the story: Young Woman: “He hit me in the face and held my throat and then raped me.” Sigit, Former child [...]

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

WFP and Millennium Villages join to fight hunger

Narrator: Africa remains the only region in the world where child mortality and undernourishment rates have increased. In order to address the growing threat of hunger, which is responsible for the death of three and a half million children worldwide each year, UN Programmes and NGOs are uniting in innovative and holistic ways. UN Radio’s [...]

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

UNICEF says millions of children face violence and exploitation

The United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF says violence and exploitation remain a harsh reality in the lives of many children around the world.

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

UNHCR advises Congolese refugees in Burundi not to return home

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) is advising Congolese refugees in a camp in Burundi not to return to the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo because of insecurity.

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

UN mission in Kosovo moves to new phase

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says that the UN mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) has moved into a new phase with the completion of its reconfiguration on July 1.

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

UN Daily News 5 October 2009

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World Habitat Day observed

Today is World Habitat Day. Always observed on the first Monday of October, the day aims to encourage the world to reflect on the state of human settlements and the basic right to adequate shelter for all. This year’s theme is “Planning our urban future”. I asked Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director of UN HABITAT, why [...]

5 Oct 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

A call for increased participation of women in peacebuilding

PRESENTER: The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution calling for the increased participation of women in peace negotiations and post-conflict reconstruction. This is the second meeting in less than a week, in which the Council has focused on women in armed conflict. Bissera Kostova has more on this: NARRATOR: It all started with resolution [...]

5 Oct 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Migrant integration essential for large cities

PRESENTER:  Major cities are increasingly becoming the destination of choice for migrants from across the world. As such, effective integration policies within urban hubs are more important than ever. UN Radio’s Alicia Wood  reports: ALICIA WOOD:  In the world’s largest cities, a growing number of cultural groups are trying to live side-by-side. The International Organization for [...]

5 Oct 2009 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Secretary-General condemns bomb attack on WFP offices in Pakistan

Five United Nations employees have been killed in a suicide bomb attack at the offices of the World Food Programme in Islamabad, Pakistan.

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

Secretary-General calls for greater women's participation in post-conflict peace making

The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution calling for greater participation of women and girls in peace making efforts following conflict.

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

UN chief calls for connecting schools to broadband Internet services by 2015

Addressing the International Telecommunication Union's youth forum, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon celebrated the expanded use of information and communication technologies to promote better health, respond to disasters and fight diseases.

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

Secretary-General says ICT's are vital to tackle climate change

Information and communication technologies are vital to confronting the threat of climate change.

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

World Habitat Day focuses on planning future towns and cities

The United Nations is on Monday observing World Habitat Day under the theme "Planning our urban future'.

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

UN Daily News 02 October 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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UN agencies assist Indonesia after deadly earthquakes

INTRO: United Nations agencies have gone into action to assist the multiple emergencies that have hit Asia in the past several days. Gerry Adams reports. Narrator: UN Under-Secretary-General Noeleen Heyzer says of the recent disasters to hit Asia, “It is almost unprecedented for any region to experience so many disasters over such a short period [...]

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

FAO helps displaced Ugandan farmers with NERICA rice

PRES: In Uganda about a million and a half displaced people are gradually moving back to their lands after living for more than two decades in refugee camps in the north. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is helping them farm with its NERICA project, funded by a donation from Japan. Bissera Kostova reports. [...]

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

Antigua and Barbuda talks about its regional integration efforts

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

2 Oct 2009 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Gender perspectives of climate change

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

2 Oct 2009 | Posted in Women | Read More »

Disarmament highlighted by many in general debate

Last week saw renewed momentum on nuclear non-proliferation at the United Nations. Nearly every speaker in the high-level debate in the General Assembly mentioned the nuclear issue from their country’s perspective. India’s Minister for External Affairs, S. M. Krishna pointed to his country’s many initiatives on nuclear disarmament including a proposed treaty to ban the [...]

2 Oct 2009 | Posted in Focus on Climate Change, UN Calling Asia | Read More »

UN Daily News 01 October 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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URDU #40: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

1 Oct 2009 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

INDONESIAN #39: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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BANGLA #40 – Jati Shongher Protidhoni

1 Oct 2009 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

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BANGLA #38 – Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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