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London conference seeks international support for Afghanistan

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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Secretary-General attends African Union Summit

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is on his way to the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, to attend this year’s summit of the African Union.

29 Jan 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

FAO urges donors to support $700 million investment in Haitian agriculture

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is calling on international donors to support a $700 million investment plan to improve agriculture in earthquake-damaged Haiti.

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Afghan female activists concerned about Taliban reintegration programme

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

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UN Daily News 29 January 2010

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UN Daily News 28 January 2010

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The UN is studying the best mechanism to fund the reconstruction of Haiti

The United Nations is studying the “best mechanism” to fund the reconstruction of Haiti following the destructive earthquake of January 12. UN officials say technical experts from various international financial institutions and the UN have already begun what is known as the post-disaster needs assessment to work out a list of initial demands for the [...]

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Aid reaching more people each day in Haiti

In Haiti, the UN mission and the UN agencies are working flat out, 24 hours, seven days a week.

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UN Daily News 27 January 2010

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UN Daily News 26 January 2010

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Nuclear expert outlines agenda for upcoming meeting

There are three main themes that will make or break the nuclear conference to be held in May this year.

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UN mission launches coordination system for Haiti aid

The United Nations mission in Haiti, MINUSTAH is launching a new structure to coordinate the activities of the various actors helping earthquake-hit Haiti.

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Haitians flee capital

In Haiti more than 235,000 Haitians have taken advantage of free transport to flee quake-stricken Port-au-Prince.

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URDU #05: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

1. UN holds mass for victims of Haiti earthquake in New York church 2. UNFPA help: The miracle of new life amid death and destruction in Haiti 3. Two UN colleagues recall Haiti earthquake Narrated and Produced by Zafar Qureshi duration: 15’00″

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HINDI #05: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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HINDI #04: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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HINDI #03: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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BANGLA 04 – Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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BANGLA 03 – Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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UN Daily News 25 January 2010

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UN Security Council extends UNMIN until May 2010

On Friday, Karin Landgren, Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Nepal, said the Security Council is strongly supportive of Nepal’s peace process and wishes to see it succeed.

22 Jan 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Chief paves way forward in Haiti

Relief, security and reconstruction are three priorities outlined by the UN Secretary General on Friday in his address to the General Assembly about the situation in Haiti.

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Feeding minds, changing lives

Free meals to keep children in school and learning. This is part of the New Partnership for Africa’s development, NEPAD‘s 2015 vision to get every child in school. To achieve this, the organization has teamed up with the World Food Programme, WFP, for nearly a decade now. While there’s little doubt that giving children meals [...]

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Israel pays $10.5 million to UN for losses in Gaza

The Government of Israel has paid $10.5 million to the United Nations for losses sustained by the Organization during the Gaza conflict from December 2008 to January 2009.

22 Jan 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

WHO reports 14,000 laboratory-confirmed deaths from H1N1

The World Health Organization (WHO) says there are over 14,000 deaths from the HIN1 flu which have been confirmed in laboratories.

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There are more than 60,000 pregnant women in Port au Prince alone

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) says there are over 60,000 pregnant women in the capital of Haiti alone, and 7,000 of them will give birth in the next month.

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UN Daily News 22 January 2010

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UN expert warns against anti-gay bill in Uganda

A United Nations independent health expert on Friday warns that an anti-homosexuality bill in Uganda will be a huge blow on HIV efforts in the country.

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Recalling the day of the earthquake in Haiti

Two UN staff members, Monica Albertini and Louis Germain, were in Haiti when the earthquake struck. They were driving back to Port-au-Prince from Jacmel when the earthquake struck. Back in New York, they took time this week to tell Diane Bailey what happened that Tuesday afternoon. MONICA:  Out of the blue I saw this motorbike coming toward [...]

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UNICEF steps up child protection services in Haiti

United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) says it was stepping up child protection services in Haiti following reports that up to 15 newborn babies have gone missing from local hospitals.

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UN emergency coordinator says while aid is being delivered it remains short of needs

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

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WFP delivers 1.4 million food rations to about 250,000 people in Haiti

The United Nations food agency has delivered more than 1.4 million food rations, an equivalent of three meals a day, to about a quarter of a million people in Haiti since the earthquake struck.

22 Jan 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Secretary-General and Bill Clinton look beyond relief phase in Haiti

United Nations Secretary-Genera Ban Ki-moon and former United States President Bill Clinton are both stressing the need to look at the future economic reconstruction of Haiti.

21 Jan 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN envoy reports progress and snags in electoral process in Cote d’Ivoire

The United Nations Secretary-General’s envoy for Cote d’Ivoire says there is progress but still a few snags in preparations for the long-awaited presidential elections in Cote d’Ivoire.

21 Jan 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNFPA helps mothers deliver safely in Haiti

Amid the destruction of the earthquake in Haiti, television cameras caught the miracle of life, as at least two women on Wednesday gave birth in the hard-hit capital Port-au-Prince. The doctors, who helped these women, used safe delivery supplies from the UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund. Bissera Kostova spoke to the chief of UNFPA’s [...]

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Survey finds that Afghans consider corruption major priority

A pilot survey in Afghanistan finds that most Afghans consider corruption the major priority in the country, even more so than security or unemployment.

21 Jan 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

FAO chief says post-earthquake reconstruction in Haiti begins with farmers

The reconstruction of Haiti following last week’s earthquake should begin with farmers, according to the head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

21 Jan 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN holds mass for victims of Haiti earthquake

United Nations Secretary-General joined UN staff and other officials attended mass on Wednesday at the Holy Family Church in New York to commemorate those who died in Haiti following the devastating earthquake on Tuesday 12 January. Friends and family of the victims joined diplomats and UN officials at an evening mass offered by Achibishop Celestino [...]

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UNODC finds corruption widespread in Afghanistan

Corruption, not poverty or violence, is the number one challenge facing Afghanistan, according to the Afghan people themselves. That’s what the report Corruption in Afghanistan: Bribery as Reported by Victims, conducted by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, UNODC, says. Gerry Adams reports. Between autumn 2008 and autumn 2009, nearly eight thousand people in [...]

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UN Daily News 21 January 2010

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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At special mass, UN chief reassures Haitians

At a special mass to remember, mourn and pray for the lives lost in the Haitian earthquake, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reassured Haitians the world was with them.

21 Jan 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Two babies are born amidst death and destruction in Haiti

Two babies were born in Haiti, Wednesday morning, amidst the death and destruction caused by last week’s earthquake.

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UNAMI congratulates Iraqi election body on printing ballots

The United Nations mission in Iraq (UNAMI) is congratulating the Iraqi election body for starting to print ballots for the upcoming parliamentary elections on the 7 March.

21 Jan 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN stepping up assistance to survivors in Haiti

UN Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes told a news briefing in New York he did not yet have a clear picture of extra damage that might have been caused Wednesday by the strongest aftershock yet since the initial earthquake hit Haiti last week.

20 Jan 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN expert alarmed at homeless deaths in India’s capital

A United Nations independent human rights expert has voiced concern over the deaths of homeless people in India’s capital from a cold wave.

20 Jan 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNDP starts cash-for-work in Haiti

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has established a cash-for-work programme to help Haitians contribute to the rebuilding of their country which has been ravaged by last week’s earthquake.

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Secretary-General is concerned about violence in Sri Lanka

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed concern about the growing violence in the lead-up to next week’s presidential election in Sri Lanka, including the reported killing of political activists.

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A different way of looking at development

A poor village in Western Kenya called Sauri became the brainchild of Jeffrey Sachs, a world leading economists and author of the book, Ending poverty. It is his model of how Africa can lift itself out of poverty and achieve the Millennium Development Goals. Sachs believes in helping people help themselves, and gives them resources [...]

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UN calls for lifting blockade on Gaza to prevent health disaster

A coalition of humanitarian agencies, led by the United Nations and the World Health Organization, has called on Israel to lift the blockade on Gaza to prevent its health system from collapsing. Max Gaylard, the UN humanitarian coordinator in Gaza, said that unlike the tragedy in Haiti, this is an entirely man-made disaster. UN Radio’s [...]

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UN in Haiti asks media for solidarity

At a press conference between the United Nations office in Haiti and UN headquarters in New York on Tuesday, the UN press corps was updated on the current situation. As many of the mission’s leaders had either died or were not able to fulfil their tasks. Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping, Edmond Mullet, who arrived in [...]

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UN improving delivery of aid in Haiti

A strong aftershock struck Haiti on Wednesday, sending people out into the capital’s streets running away from crumbled buildings in panic. The U.S. Geological Survey said it had a magnitude of 6.1.

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UN is deeply concerned about impact of Israeli blockade on health in Gaza

The United Nations is expressing its deep concern about the deterioration of the health care system in the Gaza Strip as a result of Israeli closures of the Hamas-ruled territory.

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UN Daily News 20 January 2010

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UN report warns of an uneven economic recovery

The United Nations expects the world economy to bounce back with a mild 2.4 per cent growth rate in 2010 up from 2.2 per cent the previous year.

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UN mission in Darfur establishes Haiti fund to help earthquake victims

The joint United Nations- African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has set up a special fund to assist the earthquake victims in Haiti.

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IOM provides aid to up to 25,000 earthquake victims in Haiti

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is providing non-food relief assistance to as many as 25,000 earthquake victims in five locations in the Haitian capital Port au Prince .

20 Jan 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Security Council agrees to an additional 3,500 troops in Haiti

The Security Council on Tuesday agreed to an increase in the forces for the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti.

19 Jan 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

China becomes a global player in forest products markets

China has become one of the leading exporters of manufactured forest products and a major trading partner of both Europe and North America, according to a new report.

19 Jan 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN expert says intrusive measures in anti-terrorism fight should be opposed

A United Nations expert says measures that intrude on privacy in the name of countering terrorism should be opposed.

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UN chief urges progress on disarmament

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging member states to seize the opportunity of the critical support from several world leaders to make real progress on ridding the world of weapons of mass destruction. In a message to the UN conference on disarmament, meeting in Geneva, the Secretary-General said he was optimistic that 2010 would be [...]

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URDU #03: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

UN URDU PROGRAMME 2010 PROGRAMME NO. 03 – 10 DURATION: 15’00″ *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** P R O G R A M M E S U M M A R Y 1.UN expert confirms authenticity of Sri Lankan executions tape 2.Global fight to save wheat from stem rust disease [...]

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UN agencies step up relief efforts in Haiti

Exactly a week has passed since the devastating earthquake in Haiti killed tens of thousands and reduced much of the nation’s capital to rubble. Almost immediately, United Nations agencies went into action to help. Elisabeth Byrs, Spokesman for OCHA, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humaitarian Affairs, says the situation in the country is [...]

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OCHA coordinates UN agency relief efforts

In the following interview with Nick Reader, Spokesman for OCHA in Haiti, Mr. Reader tells UN Radio’s Donn Bobb what UN agencies are doing to mitigate the crisis in the country. He begins by saying search and rescue are the first priority. Duration: 2’29″ READER: The emphasis for the first few days of the operation [...]

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UNESCO says investment in education is a way out of the economic crisis

A global monitoring report issued by UNESCO on Tuesday says education systems in many countries are experiencing the aftershock of the global economic downturn. The report argues that failure to reach excluded children is holding back overall progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goal of universal primary education. Bissera Kostova found out more from UNESCO’s [...]

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Secretary-General welcomes progress to restore constitutional rule in Guinea

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed recent progress towards the restoration of constitutional order in Guinea.

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Search for survivors in Haiti continues a week after earthquake struck

Despite difficult conditions in Haiti, search and rescue teams continue to find survivors a week after the earthquake struck the capital Port-au-Prince.

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IOM continues distribution of non-food items in Haiti

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is continuing to distribute non-food items including kitchen kits and bottled water in several locations of Port-au-Prince affected by the earthquake.

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UN Daily News 18 January 2010

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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UN chief appeals to aid groups to work closely with the UN

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday appealed to aid groups to work closely with the UN in providing humanitarian assistance to the survivors of last week’s earthquake in Haiti.

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More than 60,000 Somalis are displaced in first weeks of 2010

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) says that more than 60,000 Somalis have been displaced since the beginning of the year as fighting rages on in central areas of Somalia.

19 Jan 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNICEF says protection of children is priority in Haiti

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says the protection of children and improving their nutrition is a top priority in Haiti which is a suffering from last week’s devastating earthquake.

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OCHA coordinates UN agency relief efforts

In the following interview with Nick Reader, Spokesman for OCHA in Haiti, Mr. Reader tells UN Radio’s Donn Bobb what UN agencies are doing to mitigate the crisis in the country. He begins by saying search and rescue are the first priority: READER:  The emphasis for the first few days of the operation was very [...]

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UN Daily News 18 January 2010

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UN launches appeal for earthquake-stricken Haiti

The United Nations and its partners on Friday appealed for $562 million to help the victims of the earthquake which struck Haiti earlier this week.

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Mission of Kazakhstan expresses solidarity with earthquake victims in Haiti

The representative of Kazakhstan to the United Nations on Friday expressed her country’s solidarity with the people of Haiti who are suffering as a result of Tuesday's earthquake.

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Palestinians won't resume negotiations until Israel complies with obligations

Palestinians cannot resume negotiations to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict until Israel complies with its obligations to stop Jewish settlements and other activities in East Jerusalem.

15 Jan 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN human rights chief welcomes suspension of death penalty in Mongolia

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has welcomed the suspension of the death penalty in Mongolia.

15 Jan 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Secretary-General says major humanitarian effort is under way in Haiti

United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, says a major humanitarian effort is now under way in Haiti which has been devastated by Tuesday’s earthquake.

15 Jan 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Afghan woman leads the development of her community

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 human rights chief condemns executions in Sudan

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, has strongly condemned the execution of six men in Sudan on Thursday.

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Indigenous Peoples report brings to light inequities and successes

The first ever report on the State of the World’s Indigenous Peoples was issued on Thursday. It reveals alarming statistics about the levels of poverty, poor health and other deprivations suffered by the indigenous. But it also highlights some of their achievements in protecting their rights. Bissera Kostova reports. NARRATOR: The State of the World’s [...]

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UNIFEM grants focus on women’s leadership

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

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Help available for quake survivors in Dominican border town

The airport in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince is filled to capacity. So a town in the Dominican Republic has become a staging area for assistance into Haiti. UNICEF staffer Tamar Hahn spoke by phone from the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. TAMAR HAHN:  Right now, I am at the border between the Dominican [...]

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Ready-to-eat food for Haitian quake survivors

The World Food Programme is preparing a six-month emergency operation to assist as many as possible of the 2 million people affected by Tuesday's devastating earthquake in Haiti.

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UNHCR begins registration of DRC refugees in northern Congo

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) has begun registration of more than 100,000 refugees who have crossed from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the DRC, to neighbouring Republic of Congo.

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UNHCR calls for moratorium on returns of Haitians

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) on Friday called for a moratorium on returning Haitians whose applications for refugee status have failed.

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UN human rights chief urges Uganda to shelve law on homosexuality

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Friday urged the Ugandan government to shelve a draft bill on homosexuality that is due to be put before the Ugandan parliament later this month.

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UN relief effort focuses on coordination

Almost three days after the catastrophic earthquake that struck Haiti, the UN is working to ensure that the aid pouring in reaches the survivors.

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State of the world's indigenous peoples alarming

The first ever UN publication on the state of the world's indigenous reveals alarming statistics on how indigenous peoples are faring in areas like health, education, poverty and human rights.

14 Jan 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN envoy says Somalia is moving from a failed to a fragile state

The top United Nations envoy for Somalia Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah says that the country is moving from being a "failed state into a fragile state."

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Humanitarians working fast to deliver aid

However fast the international community moves, it will always be too slow for the people in need who are waiting impatiently for help.

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UN confirms many still missing following earthquake in Haiti

In the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince, the priority remains searching for and rescuing those trapped under the rubble from Tuesday's earthquake.

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Haiti deeply touched by the world's response

Haiti and its people are deeply grateful and touched by the international community's response in the wake of the earthquake.

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UNICEF responds to Haitian earthquake

The quake and the strong aftershocks have left almost unimaginable suffering and it is ill equipped, even at the best of times, to meet its basic needs. UNICEF and its partners are responding to the Haiti earthquake with the first shipment of supplies for affected families. Gerry Adams reports: Adams: An eyewitness reports from Guido [...]

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ITU helping Haiti restore telecommunications

Phone lines and cell phone towers are among the casualties in Port-au-Prince, after the worst earthquake in the region in 200 years. The International Telecommunication Union, the ITU, has announced that it is deploying equipment and experts to establish emergency telecommunications services in the affected areas. Bissera Kostova spoke to ITU’s Chief of Emergency Telecommunications, [...]

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IOM to lead UN efforts in emergency shelter in Haiti

The International Office of Migration, IOM, is gearing up to distribute emergency relief materials from stocks that are already in the country.

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Senior WHO official says allegations that H1N1 is a fake are wrong

A senior World Health Organization (WHO) says allegations that the H1N1 pandemic is a fake are wrong and historically inaccurate.

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Ban: Overall picture in Haiti remains grim

The overall picture in Haiti remains sketchy and the facts are grim.

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UNICEF delivering aid to hard hit communities

UNICEF is rushing life-saving supplies into the hardest hit communities in Haiti.

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Emergency assistance beginning to reach Haiti

United Nations says emergency assistance is beginning to reach survivors of the deadly earthquake in Haiti. Food, water, medical supplies, doctors, search and rescue teams are already in the country’s capital Port Au Prince. Patrick Maigua reports from Geneva. MAIGUA: Initial reconnaissance and aerial assessments undertaken by the United Nations in Haiti, indicates that damage [...]

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IFRC calling for 10 million in relief aid

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is calling for ten million dollars to deliver aid to Haiti.

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Red Cross sets up Family Links website for Haitians

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has set up a special website to help thousands of people within Haiti and abroad who have lost contact with their loved ones.

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Emergency search and rescue now the most urgent need in Haiti: Ban

A most urgent need for Haiti now is emergency search and rescue. That's what Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters at UN headquarters Wednesday evening.

13 Jan 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Head of UN office in Haiti and his deputy still trapped in rubble

Of Haiti's nine million people, initial reports suggest roughly a third may be affected by the earthquake.

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UN Special Envoy for Haiti, Bill Clinton, urges support for recovery effort

Former US President Bill Clinton has praised the UN's response to the earthquake in Haiti. President Clinton addressed the General Assembly as the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Haiti.

13 Jan 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN debate on strengthening cooperation for global peace and security

The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday held a debate with the organization's regional partners to discuss new avenues of cooperation in maintaining peace and security.

13 Jan 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

WHO spearheads health response to earthquake in Haiti

Immediate priorities in the wake of the earthquake disaster in Haiti are search and rescue of survivors, addressing trauma injuries and infected wounds, the provision of clean water and breastfeeding, Dr Eric Laroche WHO Assistant Director-General for Health Action in Crises told UN Radio’s Patrick Maigua: Laroche: Haiti comes from a very bad situation. Haiti [...]

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Seismologist: earthquake in Haiti a real disaster

The faultline on which Haiti sits is one that has been active for millions of years, seismologist Roger Musson tells UN Radio. The faultline has been gradually accumulating energy over the last 250 years, Dr. Roger Musson, a seismologist with the British Geological Survey, explains in this interview with Diane Bailey. DR. MUSSON: It was [...]

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Poverty is behind Haiti's vulnerability to natural disasters

Earthquakes like the one that hit the capital of Haiti, are hard to predict, but that does not mean we cannot be prepared for them, says the Director of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction. Many poor countries have made advances in disaster preparedness, including Bangladesh, Cuba and Mozambique, and Salvano Briceňo told UN [...]

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UN urges parties to minimize impact of conflict on civilians in Afghanistan

The United Nations mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on Wednesday called on all parties to the conflict in Afghanistan to minimize the impact of fighting on civilians.

13 Jan 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Grasslands have vast potential to mitigate climate change

Grasslands have a vast untapped potential to mitigate climate change by absorbing and storing carbon dioxide, according to a new report of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

13 Jan 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Peacekeeping Chief says many trapped under rubble

The United Nations headquarters building in Port-au-Prince, MINUSTAH, has collapsed and many people are trapped under the rubble.

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Boosting biodiversity can boost global economy

At the launch of the International Year of Biodiversity in Berlin on Monday, the head of the UN Environment Programme called for scientific, economic, political and public awareness programmes to reverse and stop the loss of the planet’s assets.

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Ban Ki-moon is concerned about lack of progress in Middle East peace process

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the lack of progress in the Middle East is a source of great concern to him and all international organizations.

11 Jan 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN official condemns attack on Togolese football team

A senior United Nations official has strongly condemned Friday’s deadly attack against Togo’s national football team. Wilfred Lemke, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, said the assault strikes at the heart of the values of tolerance and understanding espoused by sport.

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UN chief outlines priorities for 2010

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday called on member countries to mobilize to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, known as MDGs aimed at ending poverty, disease and hunger. In remarks to the General Assembly, Mr. Ban set out an agenda for the year ahead.

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Fund for Gender Equality allocates over US$9 million in 26 countries

A new fund managed by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) on Monday will be supporting several innovative programmes designed to empower women economically and politically at local and national levels.

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Secretary-General inaugurates temporary building for General Assembly

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday inaugurated a temporary building for the General Assembly.

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UN Daily News 11 January 2010

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Working towards eliminating mother to child HIV transmission in Africa

The United Nations Programme on HIV AIDS and Millenium Villages Project are working towards eliminating mother to child HIV transmission in Sub Saharan Africa.

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UNHCR appeals for funds to help over 100,000 DRC refugees in Congo

The United Nations refugee (UNHCR) is appealing for funds to meet the needs of over 100,000 refugees who have fled violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and crossed into neighbouring Republic of Congo.

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UN envoy cautiously optimistic about March elections in Iraq

The top United Nations envoy in Iraq, Ad Melkert, says he is cautiously optimistic about parliamentary elections in Iraq scheduled for 7 March this year.

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Hundreds of African migrants are evacuated following racial violence in Italy

More than 1,000 African immigrants have been evacuated from a southern Italian town following three days of racial violence in which at least 50 people, including 18 policemen were injured.

11 Jan 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Daily News 8 January 2010

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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IOM helps Indonesian earthquake victims return home from hospital

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Friday that it has helped close to 3,000 victims of the September 30th earthquake in Sumatra, Indonesia, return home from hospital.

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Will Smith holds celebrity art auction to benefit WFP in Haiti

The World Food Programme is getting help from Hollywood to feed hungry children in Haiti.

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IOM says skilled Ghanaians are emigrating in large numbers

A report issued by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Friday says an increasing number of skilled Ghanaians are increasingly looking to countries outside of Africa for Work.

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UN expert confirms authenticity of Sri Lanka executions tape

The UN expert on extrajudicial executions, Philip Alston, has announced the results of an independent investigation he commissioned into alleged killings in Sri Lanka. Mr. Alston told journalists at the UN that a video depicting the execution of Tamil Tiger rebels in the final stages of the conflict in Sri Lanka last May, was deemed [...]

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Global fight to preserve daily bread

For over 10,000 years wheat farmers have been battling against stem rust – a plant killing fungus that can decimate crops. Since the 1950s, thanks to the development of resistant wheat varieties, there have been no major outbreaks. But around ten years ago a new strain of stem rust – known as Ug99 – was [...]

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European countries improve regulations on persistent organic pollutants

Countries that have ratified a UN treaty on air pollution have stepped up efforts to regulate persistent organic pollutants in Europe according to the Economic Office for the region.

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Red Cross reiterates call to allow humanitarian workers access in Yemen

The International Committee of the Red Cross on Friday reiterated its call on the parties to the conflict in Yemen to facilitate immediate and safe passage of humanitarian aid to the people in need.

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URDU #02: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

U. N. URDU PROGRAMME 2010 PROGRAMME NO. 02 – 10 DURATION: 15’00″ *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** P R O G R A M S U M M A R Y 1. UN Radio looks back at the major events of 2009 in end-of-year review: Urdu Adaptation *** *** *** [...]

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URDU #01: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

U. N. URDU PROGRAMME 2010 PROGRAMME NO. 01 – 10 DURATION: 14’30″ *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** P R O G R A M S U M M A R Y 1. To protect civilians, Security Council extends the mandate of the UN Mission In the Democratic Republic Of the [...]

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HINDI #02: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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HINDI #01: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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BANGLA 02 – Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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BANGLA 01 – Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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Ban Ki-moon hails agreement in Copenhagen on efforts to stem the effects of climate change

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in remarks to the media at the conclusion of the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark said that the Copenhagen Accord may not be everything that everyone had hoped for but there was progress on the four benchmarks he had laid out for success. Grenada urges greater political will and [...]

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A Malaysian activist talks about the politics behind climate change

Gurmit Singh helped found one of Malaysia’s oldest environmental organizations to later become Chairman of the Center for Environmental Technology. Having attended the very first climate negotiations 15 years ago, he expresses his disappointment at the outcome of the latest Climate Talks in Copenhagen to Emily Benson of the Stakeholder’s Forum for a Sustainable Future. [...]

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Despite difficulties and threats, UN says it will not abandon Somalia

The United Nations says it will not abandon its humanitarian operations in southern Somalia despite increased threats and violence against aid workers.

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Heavy rains cause massive flooding in Kenya

Heavy rains between the end of December and beginning of January in northern, central and western Kenya have caused massive flooding affecting approximately 30,000 people.

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Israel agrees to pay United Nations for losses caused by Gaza conflict

Israel has agreed in principle to pay the United Nations for losses the organization sustained during the Israeli military operation in Gaza from December 2008 to January 2009.

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First group of young Maoist soldiers return to civilian life in Nepal

The Maoist army in Nepal has discharged a group of young men and women, making them the first children or late recruits to return to civilian life in the country, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reports.

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A Ghanaian environmental expert tells us why climate change is a gender issue

At the recent climate conference in Copenhagen the Global Gender Coalition Alliance lobbied for all areas of the future climate treaty to reflect the special concerns of women. One of the members of the coalition, Angelina Mensah, of the Environmental Protection Agency of Ghana is the country’s expert on gender and climate change. She explains [...]

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UN Daily News 7 January 2010

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UN expert calls for independent war crimes investigation in Sri Lanka

The United Nations independent expert on extra-judicial executions on Thursday called for the establishment of an independent inquiry into war crimes allegedly committed during the conflict in Sri Lanka.

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UN expert testifies in case against alleged child soldier recruiter from DRC

The UN expert on children and armed conflict testified before the International Criminal Court on Thursday in the trial against Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, a former militia leader from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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UN expert on child soldiers testifies in Lubanga trial

The International Criminal Court on Thursday heard testimony from the UN representative on Children and Armed Conflict. Radhika Coomaraswamy appeared as an expert witness in the trial of Congolese militia leader, Thomas Lubanga. Bissera Kostova has the story. Duration: 4’10″ NARR: Thomas Lubanga, whose trial started a year ago in The Hague, faces charges of [...]

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UNEP and Puma join forces to help the environment

Puma, the third largest sporting goods company in the world, is teaming up with UNEP, the UN Environment Programme, to support biodiversity worldwide, particularly in Africa. Two thousand ten is the International Year of Biodiversity and I was curious. Why are two organizations, Puma and UNEP, that couldn’t be more different from each other, joining [...]

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Cold winter is worsening plight of displaced people in Yemen

Aid workers and local officials are warning that winter is worsening the plight of tens of thousands of internally displaced people living in tents or deserted houses in the volatile northern governorate of Saada in Yemen.

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Red Cross facilitates release of six soldiers in DR Congo

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has facilitated the release and transfer of six Congolese soldiers detained by armed groups in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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UN experts call for justice after dismissal of case against private security firm

A group of UN experts is calling for those responsible for the deaths of 17 people in the Iraqi capital in 2007 to be brought to justice.

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Dominican nun reflects on climate change and the poor

Among the thousands of NGOs attending December’s Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen was Sister Alfonsus, a Dominican nun from the north of London. She works with CAFOD, an organization working in the developing world and aiming to raise awareness among everyone about poverty and social justice. UN Radio’s partner, Emily Benson of the Stakeholders Forum, [...]

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UN Daily News 6 January 2010

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WFP is forced to suspend operations in Somalia

An increase in attacks on humanitarian operations in Somalia has made it impossible for the World Food Programme to continue feeding Somalis in the southern part of the country. With the suspension of its operations, a million Somalis in desperate need of food aid are at risk of hunger. UN Radio’s Derrick Mbatha spoke to [...]

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