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UN in Afghanistan supports campaign to end violence against women

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Monday called on all Afghans to participate in a campaign to end violence against women.

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Uneven progress in protecting children from HIV/AIDS

A stock-taking report on children and AIDS by four UN agencies finds that national efforts are showing results, particularly in preventing mother-to-child transmission.

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Security Council renews anti-piracy measures

The UN Security Council on Monday renewed for another 12 months the authorization for measures to combat piracy off Somalia's coast.

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Security Council hears report on continued insecurity in Darfur

The UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Edmond Mulet, told the Security Council on Monday that the security situation in Darfur remains unstable, with continued car-jackings and attacks on humanitarian workers.

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New treatment to prevent mother to child transmission of HIV

PRESENTER: WHO is recommending a new approach to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission. The new recommendations allow women to breastfeed more safely. Patrick Maigua finds out more from Dr. Nigel Rollins of the World Health Organization: Maigua: WHO is recommending a new approach to prevent mother to child HIV transmission. Briefly outline to us what this [...]

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Parting words from UN Chief's spokesperson

PRESENTER: For the last three years, she has daily answered questions from the UN press corps. Now as the Secretary-General’s spokesperson Michele Montas ends her tenure in what she describes as a challenging and frustrating assignment, she tells UN Radio’s Diane Bailey about the experience and a little about the man she has represented, Ban [...]

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UN Daily News 30 November 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Illuminating the voices of Palestinian journalists

PRESENTER: November 29th marked the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, is a global day of observance to bring the continuous struggle of the Palestinian’s to the forefront. Important to this solidarity is assisting Palestinians in telling their own stories. Chelsea Moore reports: Moore: What were once ten are now nine in the [...]

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UN appeals for over $7 billion in humanitarian aid in 2010

The United Nations is appealing for 7.1 billion dollars to finance its humanitarian operations around the world in 2010. An estimated 48 million people in 25 countries will receive humanitarian assistance. From Geneva Patrick Maigua sent us this report.

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UN Daily News 26 November 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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No movement between Iran and IAEA in verifying peaceful nature of Teheran's nuclear programme: El Baradei

There's been no movement between Iran and the UN nuclear watchdog on a number of issues of concern, which the IAEA says need to be clarified before it can verify the exclusively peaceful nature of Teheran's nuclear programme.

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Food security in the Pacific at risk due to climate change

Climate change is projected to impact heavily on agriculture, forestry and fisheries in the Pacific islands, leading to increased food insecurity and malnutrition.

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UNHCR chief reiterates commitment to prevention of sexual violence

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is committed to the prevention of sexual violence, which it says needs a personal as well as a collective response.

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Child health days reach the displaced in Somalia's Afgoye corridor

For the first time ever, a Child Health days campaign has reached displaced children and women in Somalia's Afgoye Corridor, a 30 km stretch of road west of Mogadishu that is the world's most densely populated settlement for the displaced.

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On eve of Eid holiday, UNICEF draws attention to plight of children in northern Yemen

A top official of UNICEF has just ended a three-day mission to Yemen saying it is unacceptable that the basic rights of children in northern Yemen continue to be violated.

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United Nations spotlights children's needs in fight to eradicate poverty

PRESENTER: Every year the United Nations draws attention to the issue of world poverty by commemorating the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. This year, the annual event coincided with the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Youth, community members and UN officials gathered at UN Headquarters to observe [...]

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Children Imagine

PRESENTER: All around the globe individuals, communities, and nations come together at the UN to promote peace, most importantly children whose future is at stake. UN Radio’s Chelsea Moore spoke with a few of them on their visions of peace: Child 1: Peace means tranquility, balance, and minimal problems in the world that’s what it [...]

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Amphetamine-style stimulants problem in South East and East Asia

PRESENTER: The trade and use of amphetamine-type stimulants, or ATS, is becoming an increasing problem in East and South East Asia, says a United Nations report released today. Published by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, the report highlights the various 'push and pull’ factors fueling the spread of ATS in the region. Kit [...]

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UN Daily News 25 November 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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CLIMATE SERIES 3: THE ROAD TO COPENHAGEN: IS THERE STILL A CHANCE?

INTRO: The time that CO2 remains in the atmosphere and the reason behind many countries wanting to limit the increase of the temperature of the Earth’s surface to a maximum of 2 degrees Celsius within the next century are some of the ideas discussed in the next chapter of the UN Radio Series on Climate [...]

25 Nov 2009 | Posted in Focus on Climate Change | Read More »

Secretary-General urges men to unite to combat violence against women

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has launched a Network of Men Leaders to end violence against women and girls. It brings together current and former politicians, activists, and religious and community leaders, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa and the bestselling author Paulo Coelho from Brazil. Mr. Ban is calling on men and boys worldwide [...]

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CLIMATE SERIES 2: FOREST COVER AND DEFORESTATION

OP: UP THEME 5 SECS, FADE UNDER AND HOLD NARRATOR: In this programme as part of our continuing series on climate change, UN Radio looks at the impact of forest cover and deforestation. OP: UP THEME, FADE UNDER AND OUT ON CUE NARRATOR: Forests are the most significant carbon reservoir, playing an invaluable role in [...]

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INDONESIAN #47: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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INDONESIAN #46: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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HINDI #48: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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BANGLA #47 – Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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BANGLA #46 – Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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UN Daily News 24 November 2009

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UN Daily News 23 November 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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URDU #47: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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Continuing the Fight For Child Rights

It was exactly twenty years ago today that world leaders set binding international standards of Children’s Rights when they approved the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Since its adoption by the UN General Assembly on November 20th 1989 the convention has become the most widely ratified international human rights treaty in history. Today, [...]

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Asia at the World Food Summit: Agriculture should remain top priority

For the first time in history, the number of hungry people around the world has reached one billion says the United Nations Food and Agriculture agency, FAO. By 2050, experts believe the world population might rise to over 9 billion people, and the world will have to grow 70% more food to feed everyone, in [...]

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UN celebrates 20 years of the Child Rights Convention

Children should remain a global priority, even in times of multiple crises.

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UN group facilitates strategy sharing on ageing for European countries

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) is assisting that region with one of the biggest challenges of this century: population ageing.

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NGO helps albinos in Great Lakes region

PRESENTER: The music of Salif Keita, musician from Mali who has become an activist for albinos like himself. Albinos in Africa, already victims of discrimination, have over the last two years been killed for their body parts. Andrei Engstrand-Neacsu of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent told UN Radio’s Dianne Penn the [...]

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Rainforest foundation advocate calls for action on climate change

PRES: With a little over two weeks left until the United Nations Climate Change conference in Copenhagen, UN delegates heard urgent appeals by top UN officials and environment advocate, Trudie Styler, to make the meeting a success. Bissera Kostova reports. Duration: 3’21″ NARR: At an informal hearing in the General Assembly on Thursday, UN Secretary-General [...]

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UN Commission in Europe issues guidance on water and climate change

With just over two weeks to go before world leaders meet in Copenhagen to 'Seal the Deal' on a global treaty on greenhouse gas emissions, the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) is urging countries to adapt to climate change jointly without delay.

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UNICEF calls on Eastern Europe to accelerate reforms on child care services

The UN children's agency, UNICEF is calling on governments in Eastern Europe to accelerate reforms on social child care services in response to the current economic crisis.

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New IFRC report calls for dramatic rethink of humanitarian aid in Africa

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is calling for a dramatic rethink of how humanitarian assistance is provided in Africa.

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UNHCR condemns xenophobic attacks in South Africa

The United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, has condemned the latest xenophobic attacks in De Doorns, a grape lands farming community about 140 kilometres northeast of Cape Town, South Africa.

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Secretary-General positive ahead of climate change meeting

There is ample reason to be positive about the Copenhagen climate change conference, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the General Assembly on Thursday.

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

A call for more youth participation on anniversary of child rights convention

A former child soldier says children should be more involved in finding solutions to issues affecting young people.

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INDONESIAN #45: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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UN climate change chief predicts "success" in Copenhagen

The upcoming Copenhagen climate change conference will be a success, says the man at the helm of the UN-backed meeting.

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Promoting the role of women in mitigating climate change

Narrator: While it’s been well-documented that temperatures are going up, glaciers are melting and sea levels are rising. The role of women in slowing climate change is not so well known. Empowered women can be agents of change, says this year’s State of the World Population Report. Richard Kollodge, editor of the report, explains: Kolodge: [...]

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Secretary-General welcomes Afghan leader's pledge to fight corruption

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who on Thursday was inaugurated for a second term.

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UN coalition to fight piracy is producing results

PRES: According to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), 306 incidents of piracy and armed robbery were reported worldwide, of which 136 were in the East African area. In order to assess the combined efforts of international naval forces to fight piracy, the UN Security Council met this week at headquarters in New York. Jocelyne Sambira [...]

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African migration to Latin America is on the rise

PRESENTER: The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) says there’s an increase of Africans migrating to Latin America as some European nations tighten their border controls. UN Radio’s Jorge Miyares spoke to UNHCR’s information officer in Argentina, Carolina Podesta, about the situation: Duration: 2’31″ PODESTA: In the last two, three years, we surpassed from less than 500 [...]

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First Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety opens

The First Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety opened on Thursday in Moscow.

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UN and Iraq agree on framework for new development partnership

The United Nations and Iraq have agreed on a plan to strengthen Iraqi governance, social services and economic growth over the next five years.

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Secretary-General tells Parliamentarians to protect the economically vulnerable

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is asking Parliamentarians to do their part to make sure the recovery from the global economic crisis is inclusive and helps the poor, who are most affected.

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WHO says adverse effects of H1N1 pandemic vaccine remain low

Over 65 million doses of the H1N1 pandemic vaccine have to date been administered worldwide. The World Health Organization says adverse effects remain low and that the pandemic vaccine has caused no deaths. Patrick Maigua reports from Geneva.

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Remittance flows to fall less than expected: World Bank

The economic crisis has decreased how much money migrant workers send home, but not as much as initially expected, according to the World Bank.

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UNICEF commends role of partnerships to promote children's rights

UNICEF reports significant progress over the last 20 years in promoting the rights of children around the world.

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Report details fearful lives of albinos in Great Lakes region

Thousands of albinos in the Great Lakes region are living in fear of being hunted for their body parts, according to a Red Cross report.

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Spain doubles aid to WFP to fight hunger in Horn of Africa

The Spanish government is donating €75 million, or more than $100 million, to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in response to the critical hunger situation in the Horn of Africa.

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UN experts highlight sanitation access for detainees on World Toilet Day

Three UN experts are calling for access to proper sanitation for all, including those detained in prisons and other state-run institutions.

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UN launches manual on building safe clay houses in Tajikistan

Residents in rural Tajikistan are being taught how to make their homes safer, thanks to the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR).

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Appeal for $13 million to help El Salvador

The UN is part of a joint appeal to assist El Salvador in the wake of Hurricane Ida.

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UN expert on children and armed conflict visits West Darfur

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict is in Darfur.

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World Food Summit ends in Rome without clear targets to cut hunger

A three-day United Nations food summit ended in Rome on Wednesday after committing the international community to invest more in agriculture and to eradicate hunger at the earliest date.

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Secretary-General meets team to probe human rights violation in Guinea

Three members of a team that is going to lead the international investigation into human rights violations in Guinea met with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday.

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International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement Meets in Africa

The growing risks communities face from climate change is a new area for the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, who are meeting in Nairobi beginning today. IFRC Spokesman Matthew Cochrane told UN Radio’s Diane Bailey that what people do to avoid the dangers of climate change often places them in new dangers and Red [...]

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Horn of Africa faces impending food crisis

Narrator: According to the World Food Programme, Kenyans are suffering from the worst drought in almost a decade, with harvests failing for the fourth year in a row in many parts of the country. The number of Ethiopians requiring emergency food relief has increased by over one million this year alone. And Somalis are facing [...]

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UNHCR finds rise in African immigrants to Latin America

Latin American countries are reporting a rise in immigrants from Africa.

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UN envoy says piracy off Somalia is a symptom of wider problems ashore

The United Nations envoy for Somalia says that piracy off the coast of the Horn of Africa country is a symptom of wider problems ashore in the country.

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Rising concerns about attacks against humanitarians in Chad

PRES: The UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Chad, Michele Falavigna, says humanitarian actors in Chad are facing a new situation from banditry and criminality, who do not respect any flag. Clashes between Government and opposition forces has greatly diminished and disbanded soldiers are now on the loose in Chad. Falavigna talks to UN Radio’s Derrick Mbatha [...]

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OCHA seeks to raise nearly $470 million for Chad

The United Nations will be seeking to raise nearly $470 million to fund its humanitarian operations in Chad during 2010.

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Secretary-General reiterates that Jewish settlements are illegal

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is reiterating his position that Jewish settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory are illegal.

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IOM appeals for $ 8 million for reparation programme in Sierra Leone

As donors meet in London on Sierra Leone on Wednesday, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is appealing for funds to help the victims of the conflict that took place between 1991 and 2002 in the country.

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Regional meeting on women opens in Gambia

The progress of and challenges facing African women are the subject of a conference taking place in Banjul, The Gambia this week.

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Women central to climate change debate: UNFPA

Women must be part of the climate change debate, according to a new report from the UN Population Fund (UNFPA).

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Red Cross urges all parties to stop crimes against children in war

The International Committee of the Red Cross is urging all parties to conflict to put a stop to crimes against children.

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UN official reports on "remarkable" progress in mine action

More than 40 million stockpiled anti-personnel mines have been destroyed, and the production, transfer and sale of these weapons has been stopped in many parts of the world.

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UN tribunal for Rwanda acquits Father Hormisdas Nsengimana

The United Nations tribunal for Rwanda on Tuesday acquitted a Rwandan priest of genocide and crimes against humanity.

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Global Fund provides 17 million Euros to combat malaria in Brazilian Amazon

The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is giving a grant to 47 towns of the Amazon Region of Brazil to treat and prevent malaria over the next two years.

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Kenyan Million Man Circumcision

One year ago, Kenya launched a campaign that saw 40 thousand men circumcised as part of efforts to decrease HIV infection rates. Now they are embarking on an even more ambitious task – that is to circumcise 1.1 million men by 2013. That’s almost their entire adult male population between the ages of fifteen and [...]

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WFP chief calls for mobilization of all world citizens to fight hunger

As the World Summit on Food Security enters its second day in Rome, the head of the World Food Programme (WFP) is calling for the mobilization of all the world's citizens to feed the more than one billion hungry people around the world.

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UN tribunal trains Rwanda witness protection officers

A training workshop for Rwanda Witness Protection Officers organized by the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) began in Arusha on Tuesday.

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OCHA is concerned about security situation in DR Congo

The United Nations humanitarian agency (OCHA) is concerned about the deterioration of the security situation in four provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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G8 leading powers absent at World Food Summit

PRES: With the number of the world’s hungry topping one billion for the first time, the United Nations Food and Agriculture agency has called on a Summit in hope that world leaders would commit to raise the amount of global aid money that goes to agriculture from 5% to 17%. Jocelyne Sambira has the story. [...]

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Global carbon trading only solution

PRES: As the Copenhagen Climate Change conference looms closer, the scientific community has been working in earnest to find ways to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions responsible for climate change. Leading climate scientist Professor Joachim Shellnhuber believes the best strategy for slowing down climate change would be a global carbon emissions market. Kit Cockburn found [...]

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IOM calls for reparations for Sierra Leone's war victims

The International Organization for Migration is calling for attention to be paid to reparation needs of Sierra Leone's civilian victims of war if there is to be real peace-building in the country.

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UNHCR calls for release of detained Lao Hmong refugees in Thailand

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) has called on Thai authorities to release more than 150 Hmong refugees from Laos who are being held in the town of Nong Khai in northern Thailand.

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Largest yellow fever vaccination campaign to start in West Africa

The largest yellow fever mass vaccination campaign is set to kick off next week across three West African countries.

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Security Council reiterates support for peace process in Somalia

Members of the Security Council on Monday reiterated their full support for the Djibouti peace process in Somalia.

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UN Court reverses genocide conviction of a Rwandan man

The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda on Monday overturned the conviction of a former Rwanda official serving 20 years imprisonment.

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Internet Governance Forum opens

Nearly 2,000 delegates from around the globe have convened in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, for the Internet Governance Forum.

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Top UN envoy says success is far from guaranteed in Iraq

The top United Nations envoy to Iraq says the country is facing serious challenges as it heads towards its general election in January.

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Secretary-General calls on Israel end blockade of Gaza

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on Israel to end the blockade of Gaza and facilitate freedom of movement for Palestinians in the West Bank.

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World leaders at food summit renew commitment to end hunger

Leaders attending the World Summit on Food Security in Rome have unanimously adopted a declaration pledging a renewed commitment to end hunger in a sustainable manner and at the earliest possible date.

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Food Summit addresses global governance of food security

INTRO: As we heard in the news, the global food crisis has not gone away. Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, says the food summit in Rome from the 16th to the 18th of November is important because it will address the issue of global governance of food security. Mr. [...]

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FAO and IDB announce $1 billion deal to help agriculture in poor countries

The UN Food and Agriculture Programme (FAO) and the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) have announced a $1billion agreement to fund agricultural development in poor countries that belong to both organizations.

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Yoko Ono gives the Peacebuilding Commission a chance

PRESENTER: The Peacebuilding Commission and Yoko Ono have decided to partner for the common goal of peace. Chelsea Moore reports. NARR: Yoko Ono and sons have decided to give the Peacebuilding Commission a chance from now until the end of the year. The family has partnered with EMI Music and Sony/ATV, donating the net proceeds [...]

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Asia and Pacific makes progress in gender equality but challenges remain

Despite tangible progress in Asia and the Pacific in advancing gender equality, obstacles and challenges remain.

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Security Council reform

The General Assembly recently held its annual debate on Security Council reform. The Council is primarily responsible for the maintenance of international peace and security, and is comprised of five permanent members and 10 rotating non-permanent members who serve for two-year terms. Dianne Penn filed this report. NARR: Over the past year, Security Council increased [...]

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WFP launches school meals pilot programme in Iraq

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on Monday launched a pilot programme to feed over 170,000 primary school children in Iraq.

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Secretary-General calls for action on International Day for Tolerance

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged the world to mobilize against intolerance.

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Today's food crisis is wake up call for tomorrow: Ban Ki-moon

World leaders have gathered in Rome for a three-day meeting on food security.

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UN Daily News 13 November 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Belize warns that climate change is a fundamental challenge to the sustainable development of CARICOM

Climate Change is a fundamental challenge to the sustainable development of CARICOM Member States. That’s what the Charge d’affaires of Belize Mrs. Janine Coye Felson told the General Assembly Committee that deals with economic and social affairs. She said the cost of climate change has been estimated at some 11.3 percent of the total GDP [...]

13 Nov 2009 | Posted in Caribbean News, Focus on Climate Change | Read More »

2003 Nobel Peace Prize winner speaks about human rights and women’s rights

The 2003 Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi of Iran is known for her work in the area of human rights. She is in New York to speak with the UN Secretary-General about human rights in her country. Gerry Adams asked her about the Nobel Prize and about women’s rights. WHO Reports Links Health Care [...]

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Envoy urges Nepal's political parties to resolve their impasse

In a recent address to the Security Council, Karin Landgren, the representative of the UN Secretary-General in Nepal, urged that country’s political parties to break their months’ long deadlock and make the most of the weeks before the mandate for the UN mission in the country expires in January. In November 2006, the government and [...]

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Landmine Monitor Report 2009 is launched in Geneva

2009 marks 10 years since the Mine Ban Treaty which prohibits the use, stockpiling, production and transfer of land-mines and on their destruction came into force.

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African Economic Conference held in Addis Ababa

The global recession is still headlines news, and Africa is feeling the chill. Economic growth on the continent is down from an average of six percent to a projected 1.9 percent in the sub-Saharan region.

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URDU #46: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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Global Fund approves $2.4 billion in new grants

The Board of Directors of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria's Board of Directors has approved grants of more than $2 billion to support programmes to fight these diseases.

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INDONESIAN #44: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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HINDI #47: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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HINDI #46: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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Red Cross calls for support to people displaced by conflict within countries

The International Committee of the Red Cross has called for more action to assist and protect people displaced by conflict within their own countries.

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Another winter without a roof for South Ossetia displaced

An independent United Nations human rights expert is calling for more pragmatism and less politics in resolving the issue of displaced populations in South Ossetia.

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UNAMID calls on rebels to stop impeding its work in Darfur

In a strongly-worded statement issued on Monday, the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur has called on a rebel movement to stop impeding its work in the troubled region.

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UN salutes German people on anniversary of fall of Berlin Wall

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday saluted the German people on the 20th anniversary of the Berlin Wall.

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Typhoon Mirinae damages thousands of houses in Viet Nam

Typhoon Mirinae which hit Viet Nam early this week has destroyed thousands of houses.

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WHO says H1N1 virus has not mutated to more virulent form

The World Health Organization says to date extensive laboratory testing in its influenza surveillance network has not detected any sign that the H1N1 pandemic virus has mutated to a more virulent form.

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Global Compact — a way to encourage economic growth in Asia, says Akasaka

Narrator: Kiyo Akasaka, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information at the United Nations, speaking recently to advertisers in Asia, said Asia is facing challenging times. The continent, he said, politically, socially and culturally diverse, is hard to characterize as a single entity.  Gerry Adams spoke to the Under-Secretary-General: Kiyo 1: It’s not like Europe, which [...]

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UN Daily News 06 November 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Protection needed for people displaced by climate change

With the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference only weeks away, the international community has been exhaustively debating strategies to counter global warming. The UN Refugee Agency, however, says that while prevention of climate change is undoubtedly a key priority, not enough attention has been given to protecting those already affected by global warming. Kit Cockburn spoke [...]

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Street plays against child labour in India

The causes of child labour are many: social, economic, cultural, and political factors all play a role. But perhaps the best way to help people understand and do something about the plague of child labour is to reach out to them on their own terms, using stories taken from real life. As we find out [...]

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The dangers of unexploded landmines in Sri Lanka

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) says some 90,000 internally displaced people have returned to their villages in Sri Lanka's north and east over the past three months, under the ongoing return plan of the Sri Lankan government. UNHCR however says the returnees face resettlement difficulties including the danger of unexploded land-mines.

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UNHCR seeks funds to respond to flooding in refugee camps in Kenya

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) is asking donors for close to $3 million to help thousands of mainly Somali refugees in two camps threatened by flooding in Kenya.

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BANGLA #45 – Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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BANGLA #44 – Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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HINDI #45: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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HINDI #44: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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INDONESIAN #43: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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URDU #45: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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URDU #44: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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UNESCO elects first female Chief

Irina Bokova has become the first woman to head the prestigious UN’s Culture and Education agency. A Former Ambassador of Bulgaria to France and UNESCO delegate, Ms. Bokova, has laid out a vision for the organization that includes prioritizing gender equality and education. Bissera Kostova found out more from the UNESCO Director-General elect. | WHO [...]

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UN human rights chief to visit Brazil

During her first official visit to Brazil the UN human rights chief will tour an Afro-Brazilian community close to the northern city of Salvador this Saturday before proceeding to Rio de Janeiro on Monday where she will visit one of the city's impoverished districts, known as favelas.

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UN Daily News 05 November 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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UN temporarily relocates some staff in Afghanistan

The UN mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA, is relocating some of its staff in order to put in place additional security measures, following the deadly terrorist attack in Kabul last week. The head of the mission, Kai Eide, stressed that this is a temporary measure. N-EIDE: We are not talking about pulling out, and we are [...]

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Women at the core of Africa's development

In Africa a woman will give birth to five children or more in her lifetime. This has led to a high population rate of one billion, which is expected to rise to 2 billion in less than four decades. Professor Oladele Arowolo, a consultant with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, talks to Henry [...]

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Fully implementing the Convention on the Rights of the Child

Twenty years after the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the UN is working in partnership with NGOs and civil society, striving to meet the standards set forth in the agreement. Chelsea Moore explains. Moore: The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the most widely and rapidly ratified human [...]

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FAO says agriculture can improve food security and contain climate change

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says the twin battles to improve food security and contain climate change can be fought on the world's farmland mainly in developing countries.

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UN to tackle issues of Internet access and governance

Issues of access, diversity and security will be the focus of the fourth meeting of the UN's Internet Governance Forum scheduled to begin November 15th in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

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WHO warns people not to underestimate impact of H1N1

The World Health Organization is urging people not to underestimate the impact the H1N1 influenza virus could have on their health.

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UNDP chief calls for more effective alliance between state and market

The head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Thursday called for a more effective alliance between the State and the market to tackle economic problems plaguing the world today.

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UN mission in Afghanistan relocates its staff

The United Nations mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) is relocating part of its staff in light of last week's attack on a guest house in Kabul in which five UN staff members were killed and nine injured.

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UN Daily News 04 November 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Education changes life of disabled in China

Around 650 million, or one-tenth of all people in the world, have a disability. In December 2006, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a landmark treaty that guarantees the human rights of disabled people. But it is up to each country to incorporate its provisions into its legislation. In this report adapted from UN Television, [...]

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Breast Cancer on the rise in poor countries

October was Breast cancer awareness month and Veronica Riemer of World Health Organization looks at how a disease once considered a close companion of affluent societies has moved to the developing world. RIEMER: According to the latest WHO statistics, cancer causes around 7.9 million deaths worldwide each year. Of these deaths, more than 72% are [...]

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Special Rapporteur on Rights of Indigenous in Russia

In October, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous People spent two weeks in Russia, meeting with members of indigenous communities living in remote settlements. James Anaya explained to UN Radio’s Diane Bailey that the Russian government maintains that most Russians are indigenous to the country. Yet the government acknowledges what it calls [...]

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Secretary-General is dismayed by Israeli actions in East Jerusalem

United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon has criticized continued Israeli actions in occupied East Jerusalem.

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WHO reiterates need for H1N1 preparedness

The World Health Organization is reiterating the need for all countries to remain prepared for an H1N1 influenza pandemic.

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

Displaced Iraqis returning home face task of rebuilding lives

The International Organization for Migration says displaced Iraqis returning home are faced with a daunting task rebuilding their lives.

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

UN mission in Liberia foils attempted jail break in Monrovia

The UN Mission in Liberia, (UNMIL), reports that it has successfully foiled an attempted jail break in Monrovia's Central Prison.

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

Prisoners convicted of war crimes in Sierra Leone transferred to Rwandan prison

The eight men found guilty by the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone for committing war crimes and crimes against humanity during Sierra Leone’s decade-long civil war have been transferred from the court's detention center in Freetown, Sierra Leone to Kigali, Rwanda to serve their sentences.

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

UNMIS and UNDP deliver registration material in Sudan

The UN Mission in Sudan, (UNMIS), and the UN Development Programme, (UNDP), have embarked upon the largest ever delivery of voter registration material in Sudan.

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

IAEA chief says nuclear terrorism poses gravest threat to the world

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohamed El Baradei, warned on Monday that the gravest threat the world faces today is that extremists could get hold of nuclear or radioactive materials.

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

UN food agency urges investment and training to prevent food loss

According to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization, food which is lost due to poor harvests contributes to world hunger and increased food prices – especially in the developing world.

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UN Daily News 02 November 2009

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Global economic and financial crisis affects women in Eastern Europe

Progress that has been made in the advancement of women in Europe since the Beijing conference 15 years ago, are being threatened by the current global economic and financial crisis.

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Increasing insecurity affecting UN operations in Pakistan

The United Nations is pulling out some of its expatriate staff and is preparing to suspend long term development work in the areas along the Afghan border because of increasing insecurity and targeted attacks against its personnel. Eleven United Nations personnel have been killed in Pakistan this year, including last month’s attack on the World Food [...]

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UN Secretary-General declares higher security alert for two areas in Pakistan

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has declared security Phase IV for staff in the North West Frontier Province and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan with immediate effect.

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UN pays tribute to fallen staff

I wanted to bring us together following the murder of our dear friends and colleagues in Kabul. Narrator: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the opening last Friday of a town hall meeting for all UN staff to commemorate the lives of those killed in the October 28th attacks in Afghanistan. The Secretary-General shared with the [...]

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Director-General Elect of UNESCO calls for a 'new humanism'

The first woman to head UNESCO, Irina Bokova, takes up her duties in two weeks. Currently the Ambassador of Bulgaria to France and its representative to UNESCO, Ms. Bokova, has laid out a vision for the organization that includes prioritizing gender equality and education. Bissera Kostova found out more from the UNESCO Director-General elect. Bokova: [...]

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WHO and UNICEF launch plan to tackle pneumonia

The World Health Organization and UNICEF have joined forces to fight pneumonia – the world's leading killer of young children .

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

Climate change chief calls for accelerated progress ahead of Copenhagen conference

With just over a month before the UN's climate change conference in Copenhagen, world leaders have gathered in Barcelona, Spain for the final negotiating session.

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

UN Secretary-General visits Afghanistan

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Afghanistan has welcomed the decision by the country's Independent Election Commission to forego a run-off vote on Saturday.

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

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