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New UN report calls for major overhaul of global finance, aid and trade machinery

Overcoming the serious weaknesses exposed by the global economic crisis will not be easy, says a new United Nations report released on Tuesday. It will require a major overhaul of the machinery for international finance, aid and trade. Gerry Adams reports: Duration: 3’26″ Jomo : This report looks at key areas of policy inconsistency and [...]

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Displaced people returning to Kyrgyzstan in urgent need of aid

The people displaced from southern Kyrgyzstan by ethnic violence that erupted in June in the town of Osh have started coming back from Uzbekistan and from other areas within the country. This is creating a fluid and unpredictable situation, according to UNICEF’s representative in Kyrgyzstan, Jonathan Veitch. He told UN Radio’s Yvette Morris in Geneva [...]

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UN Daily News 30 June 2010

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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UN pledges continued support as DR Congo marks five decades of independence

This celebration is a historic moment for the Congolese people.

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Situation in Kyrgyzstan still unpredictable:UNICEF

“The situation in Kyrgyzstan is still urgent and unpredictable and tensions remain high although most people who fled to Uzbekistan have returned home.” So says UNICEF’s representative in Kyrgyzstan Jonathan Veitch.

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Greater coherence in development cooperation needed

The Economic and Social Council has launched its second Development Cooperation Forum, built around multi-stakeholder dialogues covering various types of global development cooperation, aid allocation and effectiveness, and policy coherence.

30 Jun 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNHCR chief urges continued help for Kyrgyzstan’s displaced

The international community is being urged not to forget the tens of thousands of people faced with having to rebuild lives and overcome trauma following the violence in mid-June in and around Osh in southern Kyrgyzstan.

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Security Council should place rule of law at centre of its response: Migiro

As the world faces new and evolving threats to international peace and security, such as trans-national organized crime, terrorism and piracy, the Security Council should place the rule of law at the centre of its response.

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

FAO predicts global agricultural increase over next decade

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) recently released the 'Agriculture Outlook 2010-2019.’ It foresees a rise in global agricultural output, particularly from developing nations. Dianne Penn reports. Duration: 3’54″ NARR: FAO notes that while Brazil is the world’s fastest growing agricultural provider, with output set to rise by 40 per cent over the next decade, [...]

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Academy Award winning actress Geena Davis is concerned about images of women in children's media

Academy Award winning actress Geena Davis has been at the United Nations this week. Gerry Adams reports. Duration: 7’01″ She addressed the meeting of the Economic and Social Council, saying she was very concerned about the media images and stereotypes of women that influence girls as they grow up. I had an opportunity to ask her why [...]

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Rights expert urges Israel to avoid further violations in east Jerusalem

Israel is being urged to prevent further violations of international law in East Jerusalem, most urgently in relation to the situation of four Palestinians threatened with the loss of their right of residence and the Mayor of Jerusalem’s plan to demolish 22 buildings, representing 89 Palestinian homes, in the Silwan area of East Jerusalem.

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

Major changes in global economy call for retooled development policies – UN study

A major rebalancing of the global economy is needed to make it sustainable.

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UN Daily News 29 June 2010

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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UNHCR assisting 375,000 displaced in southern Kyrgyzstan

With relative calm in Southern Kyrgyzstan, following the recent violence, international humanitarian efforts are focussing on the displaced , including people who have returned to the country from neighbouring Uzbekistan, but whose homes have been destroyed. Yvette Morris reports from Geneva.

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Kyrgyz returnees facing shortage of medicine: OCHA

There’s an urgent need for medicine in Kyrgyzstan, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs-OCHA.

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

UN chief calls on rich nations to honour promise of climate financing

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday called on industrialized countries “to make good on their promises” financing the developing countries in their efforts to fight against climate change.

28 Jun 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Hi-level Segment of ECOSOC begins

Gender equality and the empowerment of women is one of the main themes of the High-level Segment of the Economic and Social Council, ECOSOC, which begins Monday at the United Nations. Gerry Adams reports. Duration:4’06″ UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the ECOSOC meeting’s opening ceremony: SG : As the UN’s central forum for international economic [...]

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UN Daily News 28 June 2010

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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ILO adopts new International Labour Standard on HIV and AIDS.

HIV and AIDS affects people at all levels of society, but it also has a profound impact on workers and their families, enterprises, employers, and national economies. Because it is a workplace issue, the International Labour Organization, ILO, launched a Code of Practice on HIV and AIDS in 2001 as a tool for companies, governments [...]

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Ban condemns vandalism on Gaza Summer Games facility

There’s been reaction to Monday’s attack on UNRWA Summer Games recreation facility in the Gaza Strip.

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ECOSOC kicks off 2010 session focusing on gender perspectives in all MDG’s

The UN Economic and Social Council -ECOSOC- kicked off its 2010 session Monday with a high-level segment focusing on gender equality and the empowerment of women, the mainstreaming of gender perspectives in all Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and the challenges of international development cooperation.

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As Economic and Social Council opens high-level session, women’s empowerment tops agenda

Social, political and economic equality for women is integral to the achievement of all Millennium Development Goals -MDGs.

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Ban urges world leaders to agree on action plan with clear roadmap to meet the MDG’s by 2015.

The commitment of leaders of the Group of 20 largest economies in the world to accelerate progress on the Millennium Development Goals despite the challenges they face is encouraging to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

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UNRWA condemns second attack on summer games locations.

A group of approximately 25 armed and masked men on Monday attacked and set fire to and destroyed an UNRWA Summer Games recreation facility on the beach in Nuseirat, Gaza.

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FAO urges tea-producing countries to push domestic consumption

Tea-producing countries are being urged to increase income from the crop by marketing the drink more heavily at home and publicising the health benefits of the beverage abroad.

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Torture cannot be justified: Ban

Torture cannot be justified under any circumstances whatsoever, whether during a state of war or in response to terrorism, political instability or any other public emergency.

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HINDI #26: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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BANGLA #26: Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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BANGLA #25: Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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Ban calls on the world to meet MDG target on maternal mortality

Numerous lives of mothers and their young children have been saved since the Millennium Development Goals were set in 1990, but the initial goal to slash maternal mortality rates by three quarters before the 2015 deadline falls short of expectations. Every year, hundreds of thousands of women die due to pregnancy related causes. Shocking, says [...]

25 Jun 2010 | Posted in Women | Read More »

New Kenya court to try piracy suspects

For several years now pirates have been a scourge in The Gulf of Aden. where naval fleets from 20 nations are on patrol. A new court in the Kenyan port city of Mombasa has just opened to try piracy suspects. Dianne Penn spoke on the line to Nairobi, Kenya, to Alan Cole from the Counter-Piracy [...]

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UN Daily News 25 June 2010

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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UNHCR to resume part of its operations in Libya

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) is to resume part of its operations in Libya.

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At G20 summit, UN brings focus on development goals, plight of world's vulnerable

Global economic recovery depends on growth in developing countries.

25 Jun 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Rights expert warns of human rights violations in run-up to Burundi elections

There's been a call for "a constructive dialogue between the Government and all political parties in Burundi to ensure that upcoming elections are held peacefully and democratically."

25 Jun 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Introducing the UN Radio Classics Collection

UN Radio promotes the universal ideals of the United Nations and produces programmes which are broadcast in more than 160 countries and territories. UN Radio began broadcasting from a makeshift studio in New York in 1946 and now, classic material is available on our website which is www.un.org/radio. Breege Brennan reports. V/O: “This is UN [...]

25 Jun 2010 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Survey shows nutritional situation of Niger's children continues to deteriorate

The nutritional situation of children in Niger has deteriorated considerably in the last 12 months.

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Child labour entering global supply chain puts business at risk: ILO

The economic and financial crisis is exacerbating the risk that child labor may increasingly be finding its way into businesses supply chains.

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St.Vincent & the Grenadines says the issue of illicit trafficking in small arms and light weapons was high priority for CARICOM Member States

It was back in 2003 that Member States have gathered to consider the implementation of the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects, which was adopted in 2001. The Programme of Action contains a number of measures to control the proliferation [...]

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Most Kyrgyz refugees returning from Uzbekistan: OCHA

Most of those who fled Kyrgyzstan because of ethnic violence two weeks ago have started to return to southern Uzbekistan.

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FAO and EU bolster support to drought-ridden Sahel

Amid a growing food crisis in the Sahel that is putting millions at risk of hunger, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has started providing quality seeds to 100,000 vulnerable farmers in Burkina Faso, as part of an € 18 million operation funded by the European Union (EU).

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Large numbers of refugees returning to Kyrgyzstan: UNHCR

Amid mass returns from Uzbekistan to Kyrgyzstan, field officers
from the UN refuge agency (UNHCR) have been visiting groups of returning refugees and displaced people near Osh and Jalalabad.

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UN Daily News 23 June 2010

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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UN Daily News 22 June 2010

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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URDU #26: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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INDONESIAN #23: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

In this programme: An interview with UNFPA about a workshop held for Dalang – javanese traditional puppet theater about health reproduction. The hope is that the workshop Dalang can support the campaign about health reproduction with their show. The workshop was held 17 until 19 June. Ban backs South Korea’s call for action following the sinking of [...]

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UN Daily News 21 June 2010

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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UNHCR appeals for increased efforts to assist displaced

There's been a call for the international community to do more for the forcibly displaced.

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Ban to continue efforts for international panel to probe flotilla incident

The urgency of addressing the situation in Gaza in the aftermath of the flotilla incident is among matters at the forefront of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's concerns.

18 Jun 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Africa's needs to be UN chief's top priority at G20 meeting

Africa's needs and potential will be among the Secretary-General's top priorities at the forthcoming G20 summit.

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INDONESIAN #22: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

In this programme: Korea unveils its Green Growth Plan. At a week long UN gathering in Korea, over 60 nations in Asia and the Pacific signed a declaration promising to adopt green growth strategies in order to spur economic growth. Two years into their five year green growth plan, Korea is leading the transition to [...]

18 Jun 2010 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

UNCTAD urges Africa's trading partners to help it diversify exports

A new report on Africa's trading patterns warns that the continent's growing economic interactions with large developing countries, including China, India, and Brazil, have not helped the continent export value-added goods.

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UN Daily News 18 June 2010

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Meet Nezia Munezero: Former refugee and future human rights defender

Nezia Munezero is a young woman on a mission. The daughter of Burundians who fled their homeland in 1972, Nezia lived in Rwanda, Congo and Tanzania before settling in the United States eight years ago. Her status as a former refugee has fuelled her dream of studying International Human Rights Law to ensure that other [...]

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Concern for those trapped in Osh and Jalal Abad: OCHA

The situation in southern Kyrgyzstan remains fragile with sporadic violence.

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Promoting the rights of children with disabilities in developing countries

The Millennium Development Goals represent the international community’s plan to promote development and end extreme poverty. The second Millennium Development Goal is universal primary education for all children. But many disabled children born in rural areas of developing countries have no access to education because of their disability. They are also prone to maltreatment and [...]

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On World Refugee Day, UN warns that many displaced unable to return home

In the last decade, around a million refugees were able to return voluntarily to their homes every year.

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WFP reopens office in northern Sri Lanka destroyed by fighting in 2008

The World Food Programme has reopened its office in Kilinochi in northern Sri Lanka, which was closed since September 2008, when its building was destroyed by heavy aerial and ground bombardment during the height of Sri Lanka's recently concluded conflict.

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UNHCR investigates UK's mistreatment of Iraqi asylum seekers

United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) says it was investigating the possible mistreatment of Iraqi asylum seekers by British immigration officials.

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Uneasy calm lingers over southern Kyrgyzstan: ICRC

An uneasy calm has been lingering over southern Krygyzstan for the past three days.

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Up to a million people likely to be affected by Kyrgyz crisis

Up to 1 million people will be affected by the crisis in the Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan region.

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URDU #25: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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HINDI #25: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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UN responds to the humanitarian crisis in Kyrgyzstan

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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• FIFA World Cup 2010 festivities began in South Africa, Angelique Kidjo visited Soweto

With football fever gripping fans across the globe, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo used the moment to highlight the immense needs of South Africa’s children made vulnerable by poverty, violence, and HIV. Ms. Kidjo was invited by FIFA to perform at the opening concert of the World Cup. But before that, she made time to [...]

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In high-level debate, General Assembly seeks ways to foil threat of organized crime

Transnational organized crime has become a multinational security threat.

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UNRWA reacts to Israel's decision to ease the Gaza blockade

Israel has announced that it will ease the blockade on Gaza to allow more civilian goods to enter the territory. This comes after the UN Secretary-General called on Israel earlier this week to end the blockade. UN Radio’s Patrick Maigua in Geneva spoke on the line to Jerusalem to Chris Gunness, spokesman at the UN [...]

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UN Daily News 17 June 2010

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Countries unite to combat organized crime

Trans-national organized crime is “one of the major threats to human security.” On Thursday , the General Assembly looked at the issue during a high level meeting followed by a panel discussion chaired by Antonio Maria Costa, head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime.  Dianne Penn reports: COSTA 1: Criminals today are threatening [...]

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Children in Djibouti face life-threatening situations:UNICEF

A new UNICEF report reveals that children in Djibouti face alarming, life-threatening situations. Josefa Marrato, UNICEF Representative in Djibouti, spoke to UN Radio’s Gerry Adams and said the report covers five dimensions – access to adequate shelter, health and nutrition, water and sanitation, education and information: Marrato: According to this report, one out of three [...]

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New push to eradicate polio

The World Health Organization is set to launch a new initiative to eradicate polio worldwide.

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ILO conference adopts labour standard on HIV and AIDS

The conference of the International Labour Organization on Thursday adopted by overwhelming majority a new international labour standard on HIV and AIDS.

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New convention on domestic work discussed at International Labour Conference

The International Labour Organisation has opened discussions on a draft convention on Domestic Workers.

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A call to fight poverty by protecting soils from drought and desertification

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for protecting and restoring drylands, where more than a billion of the world's poor and vulnerable people live.

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Rights expert calls for immediate release of Aung San Suu Kyi

The Government of Myanmar is being urged "to heed the call of an independent United Nations human rights body to immediately release Daw Aung San Suu Kyi".

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Displacement inside Kyrgyzstan reaches 300,000

The numbers of internally displaced in Kyrgyzstan keep rising.

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UN envoy calls for tough Security Council action on recruitment of child soldiers

New issues have emerged in recent times with regard to children and armed conflict.

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UN "naming and shaming" list of child soldier recruiters bears fruit

The Security Council held an open debate this Wednesday to discuss the progress made in protecting children from being forcibly recruited as soldiers. Manju Gurung is a living testimony to that. She is a Nepali girl who was kidnapped by Maoist forces when she was 13. She was trained as a soldier and was kept [...]

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UN Daily News 16 June 2010

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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SG Ban Ki-moon speaks to amputee football players in Sierra Leone

The protracted civil war in Sierra Leone, which ended in 2002, left behind thousands of people intentionally disfigured by the terror tactic of physical mutilation. Now, nearly 10 years later, many of the surviving amputees greeted UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during his stop in Sierra Leone as football players in honour of the on-going World [...]

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Kyrgyzstan violence affecting aid delivery

Insecurity and roadblocks are hampering the delivery of humanitarian aid to thousands of people displaced by the recent violence in the towns of Osh and Jalalabad in Kyrgyzstan. UN Radio’s Patrick Maigua spoke on the line to Neal Walker, UN Resident Coordinator in the country. He says although some people have managed to move to [...]

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Financial shortfall threatens yellow fever immunization in West Africa

A shortage of funds for yellow fever vaccine could result in the exclusion of people in Nigeria and Ghana from upcoming vaccination campaigns, according to UNICEF.

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Scope of humanitarian crisis is immense

The ongoing insecurity and fear, and shortages of basic necessities like food, water, shelter and medicine, are putting a tremendous strain on the communities, hospitals and families trying to help the displaced and refugees in both Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.

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Global Fund suspends funds to Zambia, but continues life-saving services

The Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has suspended its grants to the Health Ministry of Zambia over concerns about corruption.

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UNMIS congratulates CPA partners for formation of new government

The United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) has hailed the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) partners for the formation of a new government, which shoulders the historic responsibility of implementing the CPA during the final year of the Interim Period.

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Humanitarian corridors needed for aid distribution in Kyrgyzstan

While humanitarian aid is coming into southern Kyrgyzstan, its distribution is hampered by roadblocks and general insecurity.

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Two Sudanese rebels to appear before ICC after surrendering voluntarily

As two Sudanese rebel leaders accused of war crimes arrived for trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague on Wednesday, after surrendering voluntarily, the Chief Prosecutor, Luis Moreno Ocampo, stressed the importance of such cooperation.

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Israeli roadblocks in the West Bank reduced by 20 per cent: OCHA

The number of Israeli roadblocks in the West Bank has been reduced by 20 per cent in the last year.

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UNHCR airlifts emergency aid to Uzbekistan

An emergency airlift to Uzbekistan carrying humanitarian aid for
tens of thousands of people fleeing the violence in southern Kyrgyzstan
began early Wednesday as the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) mounted the first of two emergency airlifts.

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UN urges intensified momentum of negotiations on Cyprus

The Security Council on Tuesday urged the Greek and Turkish Cypriot parties to fully exploit the progress made so far by intensifying the momentum of negotiations, preserving the current atmosphere of trust and goodwill and engaging in the process in a constructive and open manner.

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FAO/OECD report projects that commodity prices will remain high

Farm commodity prices have fallen from their record peaks of two years ago, but they are not expected to drop to the average levels of the previous decade.

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DPRK denies responsibility for sinking of South Korean ship

The ambassador of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea told reporters at the UN on Tuesday that his government rejects as a complete fabrication the conclusions of an investigation into the sinking of the South Korean ship, the Cheonan in late March.

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Total elimination of nuclear weapons – the best guarantee of non-proliferation: Brazil

The best guarantee of non-proliferation is the total elimination of nuclear weapons.

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Keeping the promise: reaching out to civil society to meet MDG targets

In preparation for the UN General Assembly Summit on the Millennium Development Goals in September this year, civil society activists are meeting in New York to discuss the MDGs, a set of eight measurable and concrete objectives to be met by 2015. Jocelyne Sambira reports. MDG SONG “8 GOALS FOR AFRICA” Narrator: That was some [...]

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WFP launches emergency operation to feed civilians in Kyrgyzstan

United Nations agencies continue efforts to ease the plight of the displaced seeking refuge from inter-ethnic clashes in Kyrgyzstan.

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UN Daily News 15 June 2010

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Small arms survey looks at all aspects of small arms and armed violence

The Small Arms Survey 2010: Gangs, Groups and Guns was launched on Monday. It focuses on street gangs as well as non-State armed groups. Gerry Adams has the story: Duarte: The global scourge from the illicit trade in small arms and ammunition continues to wreak havoc, albeit in different manifestations: youth gangs terrorising a neighbourhood; [...]

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Persistent conflicts thwart refugees from returning home, UN agency warns

2009 was the worst year in two decades for the voluntary repatriation of people who had to flee their homes as a result of conflict.

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Secretary-General points to Sierra Leone's progress as example to others

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called Sierra Leone "one of the world's most successful cases of post-conflict recovery, peacekeeping and peacebuilding."

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Serry urges new approach to Gaza in the wake of flotilla incident

The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, told the Security Council on Tuesday that he and the Secretary-General support a fundamentally different approach to Gaza in the wake of the flotilla incident.

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Humanitarian aid starting to reach people displaced by violence in Kyrgyzstan

Humanitarian aid is beginning to reach populations displaced by the fighting in South Kyrgyzstan.

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WHO acknowledges young blood donors

People under the age of 25 contribute an estimated 38% of reported voluntary blood donations.

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

Security Council urges implementation of Comprehensive Peace Agreement

The Security Council on Monday stressed the importance of having all provisions of the peace agreement in Sudan implemented, including the "timely preparation for and holding of the referendum" next year.

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Human Rights Council appoints Gaza investigations committee

The Human Rights Council has appointed a committee to monitor Israeli and Palestinian investigations into the December 2008 – January 2009 Gaza conflict. Dianne Penn has the story. NARRATOR: The committee will focus on the need to ensure accountability for all violations of international humanitarian and international human rights laws. The aim: to prevent impunity, [...]

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UN Daily News 14 June 2010

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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UN calls for an end to the extreme violence in Kyrgyzstan

All parties have been urged to stop the violence in Kyrgystan. UN Radio’s Patrick Maigua filed this interview with Elizabeth Byrs of the UN Humantarian Coordinator’s Office: BYRS: This situation in Osh looks very bad. There was a lot and brutal violence in this city, but the situation is improving in Osh but on the [...]

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Alarmed by inter-ethnic violence in Kyrgyzstan, UN rushes aid to victims

The situation is dire in Kyrgyzstan. The major southern city of Jalalabat has suffered serious violence in the last 24 hours with widespread killing, looting and marauding gangs.

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Employment must be central to economic recovery: ILO meeting

Leaders from government, labour, business and civil society opened discussions on Monday on the impact of the current economic and job crises on employment policy.

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Pillay names committee to monitor investigations in Gaza conflict

A committee of three independent experts has been named by UN Human rights chief Navi Pillay.

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UN Refugee agency concerned about Afghan children seeking asylum in Europe

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is raising concern over the growing number of Afghan children making a difficult and dangerous overland journey to Europe seeking better opportunities.

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UNICEF urges protection of children in Kyrgyz unrest

UNICEF- the UN children's agency has expressed deep concern about the situation of children in Southern Kyrgyzstan, the scene of unrest and fighting since Thursday.

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UN chief alarmed by scale of inter-ethnic clashes in Kyrgyzstan

The escalating inter-ethnic clashes in Kyrgyzstan have brought expressions of concern and calls for an end to the violence.

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

UN Envoy calls for maintaining momentum of Afghan Peace Jirga

The UN Envoy to Afghanistan has called the country's recently concluded peace forum, a step in the right direction.

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Summer games for Gaza's children open on time despite earlier attack on facilities

The summer games for Gaza's children, a programme by the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, opened on Sunday on the beach along the Mediterranean coast.

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

General Assembly president-elect highlights priority issues for 65th session

How much progress has been achieved in realising the Millennium Development Goals-MDG’s will be among the priority issues before the upcoming 65th session of the UN General Assembly.

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

Secretary-General calls World Cup a great moment for Africa

As the World Cup soccer tournament opened on Friday in South Africa, the United Nations is highlighting the critical role that sports play in promoting peace and development. This is the first time the World Cup is being held on the African continent, and the UN is using the occasion to make a major push [...]

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UNHCR investigates deaths of Somali refugees in Mozambique boat tragedy

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has expressed sadness following the deaths of nine Somali asylum-seekers off the coast of Mozambique.

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

UN Special Adviser on Cyprus briefs Security Council

Alexander Downer, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus, addressed the Security Council on Thursday, saying there was a need to ensure that the negotiations aimed at reunifying the Mediterranean island continue to progress. Gerry Adams reports. Duration: 2’48″ The meeting of the Security Council was closed to the public, so afterward I asked Mr. Downer [...]

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UN and China launch programme to improve nutrition for women and children

Nearly two million people in China will benefit from a new UN programme to fight malnutrition and improve food security and safety.

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

As World Cup opens, UN celebrates the power of sport for peace and development

The 2010 edition of the FIFA World Cup opened Friday at the Sports City in South Africa. The world’s biggest football event is being held for the first time in the continent of Africa. And United Nations is there.

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

World Cup is "a moment of pride for Africa" says UN Secretary-General

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is in South Africa where he attended the FIFA World Cup opening ceremony and the opening match at the Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg with President Jacob Zuma of South Africa and FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

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Secretary-General concerned following deaths and violence in Kyrgyzstan

The UN has appeale for calm following renewed violence in Kyrgyzstan.
In a statement attributable to his spokesperson, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he is deeply concerned about reports of several deaths in Osh in the south of the country where a state of emergency has been declared.

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Fighting child labour in Yemen with community-based programmes

As the football World Cup in South Africa kicks off, the International Labour Organization (ILO) prepares to mark the World Day Against Child Labour, July 12th, with an urgent appeal to “go for the goal — end child labour.” The ILO is calling particular attention to the target of eliminating the worst forms of child [...]

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UNICEF urges increased efforts to tackle the worst forms of child labour

As the world observes World Day against Child Labour, UNICEF is calling on governments, donors and the private sector for renewed urgency to tackle the world’s worst forms of child labour.

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Wanted: A few good (police) women

The UN is campaigning to increase the number of women police officers at its 17 peacekeeping and political missions worldwide. Dianne Penn has the story. Duration: 4’09″ The UN is looking for a few good women–police women. And leading the search is the Secretary-General. Ban Ki-moon wants to see more of these professionals serving at [...]

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The UN Security Council has approved a new round of sanctions against Iran over its suspected nuclear programme

On June 9th, the Security Council voted to impose a fourth round of United Nations sanctions against Iran, while demanding that the country suspend its enrichment activities and peacefully resolve outstanding concerns over the nature of its nuclear programme. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 12 in favour to two against – Brazil [...]

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UN warns that much more needs to be done in the fight against HIV/AIDS

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

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BANGLA #24: Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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INDONESIAN #21: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

In this programme: A stronger than anticipated rebound in the Asia Pacific Region A United Nations report released in early May urges governments in the Asia-Pacific region to increase social spending to consolidate the region’s stronger than anticipated economic rebound and to spur over the long term a fairer, more balanced, and sustained economic recovery. [...]

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UN Daily News 10 June 2010

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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As role of police grows in peace missions, UN wants more female officers in ranks

Recruitment, training and guidance – are reflected in the UN's goal to increase the number of women in its police components and to strengthen its response to sexual- and gender-based violence.

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DRC: Fresh child soldier recruits in the new army

High numbers of children continue to be used as soldiers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo despite a law passed last year in the DRC forbidding the recruitment of children. IRIN Radio’s reporter Amy Lieberman spoke to the UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy and asked her first to explain [...]

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UN special envoy condemns suicide bombing in Kandahar as 'outrageous act'

The top UN official in Afghanistan has condemned the suicide bombing in Kandahar village as an "outrageous act".

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Continued conflict situation hinders economic recovery in occupied Palestinian territory: ILO report

A new report points to some improvement in the economic situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

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Women and Power

At the recent Women Deliver conference in Washington, D.C. participants talked not only of maternal health, but also of women’s empowerment. A panel that gathered some powerful women in politics tried to draw out lessons on how women approach and use power differently. Bissera Kostova reports. Duration: 4’23″ Huffington: We are going to talk today [...]

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UN Rights office renews agreement with Nepal

The UN human rights office has agreed to the Government's request to reduce its presence in Nepal through the closure of its field offices outside Kathmandu over the coming months.

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Go for the goal of eliminating the worst forms of child labour: ILO

World Child Day will be observed by the International Labour Organization (ILO) this Friday 11 June with an urgent appeal with an urgent appeal to “go for the goal – end child labour,” calling particular attention to the target of eliminating the worst forms of child labour by 2016.

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HINDI #24: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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2016 Child labour goal may not be met

While billions are caught up in the excitement of the upcoming World Cup football matches, some 215 million children are labouring for survival, says the International Labour Organization, the ILO. Gerry Adams reports. Duration: 2’32″ Patrick Quinn of the ILO International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour told me, on the eve of the [...]

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Disneynature celebrates World Oceans Day at the UN

In honour of World Oceans Day, Disneynature with the cooperation of the Permanent Mission of Monaco held a special screening of its documentary, OCEANS, at the United Nations in New York. UN Radio’s Jocelyne Sambira reports. Duration: 4’11″ NARR: In the General Assembly Hall where Ambassadors and diplomats from every United Nations Member State converge [...]

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Security Council imposes more sanctions against Iran over nuclear activities

The UN Security Council on Wednesday approved a new round of sanctions against Iran over its suspected nuclear programme.

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URDU #24: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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South African students get AIDS-prevention education

AIDS is the single largest cause of death of infants and young children in much of Africa. South Africa is among the countries most affected on the continent, but it is making strides in preventing AIDS deaths and mother-to-child transmission of the virus through anti-retroviral treatment. And as UN Radio’s Patrick Maigua found out during [...]

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Ban welcomes Eritrea/Djibouti deal to end border conflict

An agreement signed Sunday between Eritrea and Djibouti to resolve their 2-year border conflict through a negotiated settlement has been hailed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

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More needs to be done in the fight against HIV and AIDS: Migiro

Global rates of new HIV infections have decreased by 17 per cent since 2001.
Word of this has come from Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro in a statement to the General Assembly Wednesday.

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Burundi figures prominently at the UN: Ban

This is a very important period for Burundi.That’s what Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday on arrival in Bujumbura at the start of an official visit to Burundi.

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South Africa Tourism Industry commits to stop child sex tourism

The South African tourism and hospitality industry has been applauded by UNICEF- the UN children’s agency for its significant commitment to put an end to child sex tourism.

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UN Security Council to vote on Iran sanctions Wednesday

The UN Security Council meets on Wednesday morning to take a vote on a United States draft resolution that would impose a fourth round of UN sanctions against Iran over its refusal to stop the production of enriched uranium.

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Our oceans: opportunities and challenges is the theme of World Oceans Day

Today is World Oceans Day, celebrated each year on the 8th of June.  UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said, “Oceans play a key role in our daily lives. They are integral to sustainable development and an important frontier for research. I urge Governments and citizens everywhere to acknowledge the enormous value of the world’s oceans — [...]

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Women Deliver Conference calls for investing in maternal health

Maternal health is one of the top development goals for the United Nations. A global conference in Washington, D.C. this week, called Women Deliver, hopes to prompt governments to invest more in women’s health. Bissera Kostova has more. Duration: 4’35″ Clinton: Women deliver for the world, now the world needs to deliver for women. NARR: [...]

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Toxic waste dumping a breach of human rights.

Over the years, the Human Rights Council has noted with grave concern the adverse effects of the illicit dumping of toxic waste on the right to life and health. To redress the situation, the Council is promoting a rights-based approach to chemicals management. Jocelyne Sambira has more on this. Duration: 3: 38 NARR: On December [...]

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UN gets set for World Cup kick-off and renews push on Millennium Development Goals

For the very first time ever, the FIFA World Cup will take place on African soil, in South Africa representing an immense opportunity for positive change in the region. And the United Nations is there.

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Ban urges action to address the damaging impacts of human activities on oceans

Today is World Oceans Day.

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UN refugee agency says it’s been ordered to leave Libya

Libya has ordered the UN refugee agency-UNHCR to close its offices.

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UN Rights chief calls for special tribunal in Kenya to fight impunity

There’s a call for the Government of Kenya to try once again to establish a Special Tribunal to fight against “the current almost total lack of accountability for the terrible events that took place in the wake of the December 2007 elections.”

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UNHCR concerned following delayed boat rescue

There’s concern over delays in the mounting of search-and-rescue operations for a boat in distress in waters between Malta and Italy.

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Youth voice their opinions for World Environment Day

Although officially, World Environment Day is observed on June 5, every year, this year, the day became a weekend celebration when on June 4th, the UN Environment Programme, UNEP, held a videoconference linking high school and university students with their peers in Africa and the Middle East. Gerry Adams reports. Narrator: The students discussed climate change, [...]

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IAEA chief addresses Board of Governors

The nuclear programmes in North Korea and Iran were among the issues mentioned by the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in his statement to the agency’s Board of Governors in Vienna on Monday. Dianne Penn filed this report. IAEA chief Yukiya Amano has been busy since the beginning of 2010. President Obama’s [...]

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Empowering women through education

At an annual session of the Human Rights Council on human rights and women, the topic of women’s empowerment through education was high on its agenda. Jocelyne Sambira reports. NARR: Kyung-wha Khang, United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for human rights opened the debate on women and education with sobering statistics. According to her, of the [...]

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African youth urge world leaders to commit to protecting biodiversity now

Young people from across Africa called on world leaders on Saturday -World Environment Day- to act now to protect biodiversity.

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UN steps up efforts to reduce childbirth deaths, a key development goal

If we act now, and act together, we can deliver for women.

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UN rights chief urges a massive effort to inject new life into the ravaged north of Uganda

There needs to be a massive effort to inject new life and opportunities into the ravaged north of Uganda, and to give those reclaimed from the Lords’ resistance Army – the LRA – a real chance to rebuild their lives.

7 Jun 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Iran has not provided necessary cooperation to confirm that its nuclear material is used for peaceful activities: IAEA

Iran’s Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement requires the International Atomic Energy Agency -the IAEA – to seek to verify both the non-diversion of nuclear material from declared activities and the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities.

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No girl should be deprived the right to education: deputy rights chief

The realization of the right to education is essential to women being able to enjoy their full range of human rights.

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Peace Jirga concludes in Afghanistan

The UN Secretary-General has congratulated Afghanistan following the conclusion of its Consultative Peace Jirga.

4 Jun 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Secretary-General highlights women police officers in peacekeeping

Gender parity is important across the United Nations, but it is particularly crucial at peacekeeping missions.

4 Jun 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Daily News 4 June 2010

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Survivors of Trafficking Tell their Stories

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

4 Jun 2010 | Posted in Women | Read More »

St.Kitts-Nevis urges Eastern Caribbean States to ratify the optional protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child

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

4 Jun 2010 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Security Council urges Iraqis to form new government

The Security Council on Thursday urged political leaders of Iraq to form a new government now that the Supreme Court has certified the March 7 parliamentary elections results.

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UN envoy says political stalemate in Cote d'Ivoire "is hardly encouraging"

The top UN envoy in Cote d'Ivoire, Y.J. Choi, has described the political stalemate in the West African country as "hardly encouraging."

3 Jun 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Daily News 3 June 2010

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Secretary-General: Israel must give full account of aid ship "tragedy"

Israel must soon provide "a full and detailed account" of the events surrounding the deadly interception of vessels bringing humanitarian aid to Gaza.

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UN Daily News 2 June 2010

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Energy and agriculture top resource panel’s priority list for sustainable 21st Century

How the world is fed and fuelled will in large part define development in the 21st century as one that is increasingly sustainable or a dead end for billions of people.

2 Jun 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

World No Tobacco Day 2010 focuses on women

With the tobacco epidemic in slow decline in some countries, the tobacco industry is aggressively targeting new users to replace the ones, who quit or die from tobacco-related diseases. According to the World Health Organization, women are a big target. Bissera Kostova has the story. Duration: 3’40″ NARR: Women make up only about 20% of cigarette [...]

1 Jun 2010 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Daily News 1 June 2010

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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ILO warns of new threats to global economic and jobs recovery

Growing instability in financial markets and the sovereign debt crisis in Europe may put global economic and jobs recovery efforts at risk.

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Security Council condemns Israeli acts resulting in civilian deaths

The UN Security Council on Tuesday condemned the Israeli attack against a flotilla carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza and called for a full, prompt, impartial, credible and transparent investigation into the incident.

1 Jun 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

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