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UN mission in Côte d’Ivoire faces hostile propaganda: UN envoy

As the year draws to an end the crisis continues in Côte d’Ivoire as incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo refuses to step down. The United Nations has expressed concern about the instigation of violence by some Ivorian leaders. To find out more about the situation, UN Radio’s Maha Fayek spoke on the line to Abidjan with [...]

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URDU #52: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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URDU #51: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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URDU #50: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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URDU #49: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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URDU #48: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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URDU #47: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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URDU #46: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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Haiti’s women given more protection in camps

The protection of women and girls in camps for people displaced by the earthquake which devastated Haiti last January is being stepped up. Sexual violence against women has been a growing problem in the Caribbean island following the earthquake as communities were broken up and strangers thrown together. But now women are getting the extra [...]

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UN agencies ramp up aid to people fleeing Côte d’Ivoire

Ivorian refugees set camp in Liberia

As the situation in Côte d’Ivoire continues to escalate, UN agencies are ramping up assistance to the thousands of people who have fled the country for neighbouring states. Nearly 20,000 Ivorians have crossed the border to Liberia where the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, is preparing to build a camp to house them. Ibrahima Coly is [...]

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UN Radio News 31 December 2010

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INDONESIAN #48: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

More than five million Afghans have returned to their homeland since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001. But while the refugees have returned with high hopes, they have found that harsh realities await them. The interview session is about UNICEF’s efforts to prevent diseases spreading among refugees in the aftermath of Mount Merapi [...]

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HINDI #52: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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HINDI #51: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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HINDI #50: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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HINDI #49: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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HINDI #48: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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HINDI #47: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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HINDI #46: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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HINDI #45: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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HINDI #44: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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HINDI #43: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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HINDI #42: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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Millions still need relief aid in Pakistan: Two UN officials

Millions of people in Pakistan still require relief assistance according to two senior United Nations officials in the country.

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For Iraqi women, return is the start of new challenges

It’s often said that motherhood is the toughest job a woman will ever have. This certainly rings true in Iraq.  The International Organization for Migration (IOM) recently conducted a study of 1300 women heads of households in Iraq who have returned to their former homes following displacement caused by the spike in sectarian violence four [...]

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Cholera kills over 3,300 people in Haiti

More than 3,300 people have died of cholera in Haiti according to media reports quoting figures from the country’s Ministry of Public Health.

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UN food agency welcomes donation from Brazil

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The World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a donation of approximately half a million tonnes of food commodities from Brazil to feed vulnerable people.

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WFP supports refugees fleeing Côte d’Ivoire crisis

The World Food Programme (WFP) has airlifted emergency food assistance into Liberia to feed refugees fleeing the political crisis in neighbouring Côte d'Ivoire. WFP is making available five tons of High Energy Biscuits especially suited to use in emergencies. Patrick Maigua reports from Geneva

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Concerns over human rights violations in Côte d’Ivoire

Five United Nations human rights experts say they are deeply concerned over continued human rights violations in Côte d’Ivoire as the political stalemate over the outcome of the presidential elections continues.

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Food aid suspended after Pakistan suicide bombing

Distributions of food aid in the north-west of Pakistan have been suspended by the UN’s World Food Programme or WFP, following a suicide bomb attack. Forty-five people were killed in Khar town in the Bajaur area on (Saturday-25th December) when the bomber struck around 600 metres from a WFP distribution point. The region is close [...]

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UN Radio News 30 December 2010

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UN Radio News 29 December 2010

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FAO:Cholera fall-out likely to cause crop losses in Haiti

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A significant portion of the rice harvest in north-western Haiti is likely to be lost because of farmers’ fears of cholera contamination, according to the UN Food and Agricultural Organization or FAO.

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UN Radio News 28 December 2010

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UNHCR: Thailand expelling Myanmar refugees.

Thailand has forcibly returned some 166 refugees back to Myanmar, according to the UN Refugee agency UNHCR. The refugees were ordered back home on Saturday December 25. Patrick Maigua reports from Geneva.

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UN Radio News 27 December 2010

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UN keeps up pressure on Côte d'Ivoire president to step down

International pressure is mounting on Côte d'Ivoire's president, Laurent Gbagbo, to step down after he lost elections held in November.

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Nuclear technology preserves works of art

Works of art which have been attacked by bacteria, fungi, mould and insects are being protected thanks to nuclear technology. Books, furniture, archives, musical instruments, wooden sculptures and other artefacts are brought from around the world to irradiation facilities where they are treated with gamma rays. The techniques are supported by the International Atomic Energy [...]

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Deadly violence in Nigeria condemned by UN chief

Violence that has reportedly led to the deaths of at least 30 people in Nigeria has been condemned by the United Nations Secretary-General.

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UNHCR: 14,000 Ivorian refugees cross into Liberia.

Over 14,000 Ivorian refugees have crossed the border into eastern Liberia in the wake of post-electoral instability in the West African country, according to the UN Refugee agency UNHCR.

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Pakistan: Ban condemns ‘heinous’ attack outside food aid centre

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned what he called a “heinous” terrorist attack on Saturday outside a United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) distribution centre in north-west Pakistan that reportedly killed 45 people and injured many others.

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Côte d'Ivoire president told "keep promise and don't resort to violence”

As the political stand-off over disputed elections continues in Côte d’Ivoire, a senior UN official has called on the incumbent president to keep his promise and not resort to violence. Laurent Gbagbo is refusing to step down after losing elections despite pressure from the international community, led by the United Nations. Over 170 people have [...]

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Côte d'Ivoire president urged not to resort to violence

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The incumbent president of Côte d'Ivoire who is refusing to step down after losing elections has been urged to keep his promise and not resort to violence.

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"Dramatic" 2010 for United Nations: the year in review

You’re listening to United Nations Radio, I’m Daniel Dickinson. In this special programme, we’re taking a look back at 2010, a year when a huge earthquake struck the Caribbean island of Haiti, when millions of people across the world tried to break out of poverty and when the UN mobilized relief and was called on [...]

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MDGs dominate General Assembly agenda in 2010

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In the past year, discussions over whether the Millennium Development Goals or MDGs will be met before the 2015 deadline have dominated many of the meetings at the United Nations General Assembly. During the MDG summit in September, many people expressed pessimism, others doubts over whether there is an urgency to deliver on those promises. [...]

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Development, global governance topped General Assembly’s agenda: President

Development and global governance have been at the top of the agenda of the General Assembly this year, Assembly President Joseph Deiss has said in a radio interview reviewing 2010.

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Asia-Pacific exports set to grow 10.5 % in 2011

Exports of countries in the Asia and the Pacific region are set to grow at a robust rate of 10.5 per cent in 2011, according to a new United Nations report.

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UN has not paid adequate attention to preventive diplomacy: Uganda

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The United Nations has not paid adequate attention to the use of diplomacy to prevent conflicts, according to Ambassador Ruhakana Rugunda of Uganda.

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Flood-affected villages in Pakistan now on the mend

Pakistani family affected by the floods

In July of 2010, severe floods devastated Pakistan, affecting some 20 million people and submerging more than one fifth of the country’s land mass. Camp Koroona in north-west Pakistan was one of the villages affected. But as we hear from UN Radio’s Gerry Adams, it is now on the mend.  Afghan returnees face harsh realities [...]

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Human Rights Council condemns loss of lives in Côte d’Ivoire

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What is happening in Côte d’Ivoire is ominously reminiscent of the violence that blighted the country in 2004. That was the assessment of Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kyung-wha Kang as she spoke to a special session of the Human Rights Council on Thursday in Geneva. Gerry Adams reports: Duration: 3’19″ Narrator: Speakers were [...]

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UN's humanitarian chief reflects on Haiti

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In a few weeks, Haiti will observe the first anniversary of the 2010 earthquake, whose magnitude of 7.0 on the Richter scale destroyed most of the Caribbean island’s infrastructure, and claimed the lives of over 200,000 people. Valerie Amos, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, who recently visited Haiti, talks to UN Radio’s Jocelyne Sambira about [...]

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Hostile acts against the UN in Côte d’Ivoire on the increase

A military solution is out of the question says Y.J. Choi, The Special Representative of the United Nations’ Secretary-General in Côte d’Ivoire . As of December 1st, 173 people have been killed and 500 arrested in the violence that has followed the disputed presidential elections results. Despite the obstacles, and increased hostilities against the UN [...]

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UN is blocked from verifying mass graves in Côte d’Ivoire

Armed men have blocked United Nations experts from reaching the reported site of mass graves in Côte d’Ivoire.

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BANGLA #43: Jati Shongher Protidhoni

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UN human rights body condemns violence in Côte d'Ivoire

The United Nations Human Rights Council has condemned the loss of lives and other human rights violations taking place in Côte d'Ivoire.

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Israel is urged to stop demolitions of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem

Israeli authorities have been urged by a senior official of the United Nations relief agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) to stop demolitions of Palestinian homes.

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Shrinking of arable land threatens food security in China: UN expert

The shrinking of arable land, land degradation and poverty in rural areas in China are threatening food security in the country, according to the United Nations independent expert on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter.

23 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

173 killed in Côte d’Ivoire post election violence

Over 173 people have been killed and nearly 500 arrested and detained in Cote d'Ivoire’s post election violence, the United Nations Human Rights Council heard today.

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Journalists in conflict areas need better protection: UNESCO chief

Governments in countries where there is conflict or social unrest have been urged by the head of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, to improve security for journalists and other media workers.

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

All sides in Afghanistan realize that there is no military solution: UN envoy

All sides in Afghanistan, including the Taliban, realize that there is no military solution to the conflict in the country, according to the top United Nations envoy there, Staffan de Mistura.

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

US Patent Office supports human innovation by championing IP laws

There is no shortage of innovative people in the world. But perhaps some of them are not aware of the importance of safeguarding ownership of their creations: the music, poems and stories they have written, or the devices they have invented, collectively known as intellectual property. For example, we have all heard tales about musicians [...]

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African Union is authorized to increase peacekeepers in Somalia

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The Security Council has authorized the African Union (AU) to maintain the deployment of its mission in Somalia (AMISOM) until the end of September next year.

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UN Daily News 22 December 2010

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Firing of rockets and mortars at Israel is condemned by UN envoy

The indiscriminate firing of mortars and rockets at Israel by militant groups in Gaza has been condemned by the top United Nations envoy in the Middle East, Robert Serry.

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Killing of people because of sexual orientation is condemned by UN

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Extrajudicial killings of vulnerable people, including those who are killed because of their sexual orientation, have been condemned by the United Nations General Assembly.

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UN mission is being strangled and provoked in Côte d’Ivoire: UN official

Incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo and his supporters are strangling and provoking the United Nations mission in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), according to the head of United Nations peacekeeping Operations, Alain Le Roy.

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

Security Council hears the voices of youth

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“What is the most vital challenge to international peace and security facing your generation?” That question was posed to young people around the world in a new initiative to get youth more involved in the work of the United Nations. Gerry Adams reports: Duration: 2’43″ Narrator: Young people responded by e-mail, Facebook, Twitter and other [...]

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South Sudanese head home before historic vote

Southern Sudanese returning home

Thousands of South Sudanese living in the North of Sudan are going home to South Sudan ahead of a referendum scheduled for January 9 to vote for secession or unity with North Sudan. Using any means possible; road, rail, barge and plane, many Southerners have already reached their destination. The displaced people in sprawling camps [...]

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UN agency purchases wheat locally to feed 500,000 Afghans

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A potentially critical shortage of wheat in Afghanistan will be staved off following an agreement between the World Food Programme (WFP) and the government to purchase 13,000 tonnes of wheat locally.

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Announcement of new government in Iraq welcomed by UN chief

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The announcement of a new government in Iraq has been welcomed by the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon.

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

Darfur faction urged to rejoin peace process

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A splinter group of the Darfur rebel group the Sudan Liberation Army, called the Minni Minawi faction, has been urged by the UN Secretary-General to rejoin the peace process.

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Young people set the agenda at unprecedented Security Council meeting

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Young people from around the world have expressed their views on issues they consider important at an unprecedented meeting of the UN Security Council in New York.

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UN Daily News 21 December 2010

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Geothermal power to make Africa less dependent on the rest of the world

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Geothermal power, the power generated from underground sources of heat and energy, could provide countries across Africa with a viable alternative to traditional energy sources like oil and gas. In the East African country, Kenya, a geothermal plant is being expanded as a pilot project to demonstrate to other countries in the region that it [...]

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Relief agencies urged to assist 52,000 Colombian refugees in Ecuador

Colombia and Ecuador are urging international organizations to develop a plan to help over 52,000 Colombian refugees in Ecuador.

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UN steps up contingency plans as people flee Côte d’Ivoire

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is increasing its contingency plans for Côte d’Ivoire to cope with a potential rise in the number of people fleeing the country as the stalemate between incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo and president-elect Alassane Outtara continues. Dianne Penn asked Hamadoun Toure, spokesman at the UN mission in Côte d’Ivoire, if there [...]

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UN human rights chief condemns violence and detentions in Belarus

The violence which followed Sunday’s presidential election in Belarus has been condemned by the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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UN Radio Classics: Frank Sinatra; a polio story

UN Radio has been broadcasting since 1946. Our archive of audio material reflects the rich history of the UN and the work it has contributed to across the world. UN Radio Classics is a new feature which showcases some of our favourite material from the archive. In this 1959 report, American singer, Frank Sinatra, tells a touching story [...]

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UN refugee agency prepares for flight of refugees from Côte d’Ivoire

As the political impasse continues in Côte d’Ivoire, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) is preparing for a possible flight of refugees into neighbouring countries.

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Displaced south Sudanese going home ahead of referendum: UNHCR

Heading back to south Sudan

Over 55,000 displaced southern Sudanese have returned home over the past few weeks, ahead of the regions referendum on independence, according to the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR.

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Cold snap in Europe to ease:WMO

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Weather forecasters are predicting a lessening of the extreme wintry weather conditions affecting parts of Western Europe over the next few days.

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World Bank explores link between intellectual property and development

From the printing press to the personal computer to the latest pop song, the human mind has made some fascinating inventions. These creations are known collectively as intellectual property or “IP,” which is also the name given to the laws and other rights to protect those who came up with them. The World Bank recently [...]

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Clashes in South Darfur force people to hide in the bush: UNAMID

Clashes between Sudanese government forces and the Minni Minawi faction of the Sudan Liberation Army have forced displaced people to hide in the bush in the village of Khor Abeche in South Darfur.

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Respect for Ivorian vote urged by Security Council

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The UN Security Council has urged Ivorians to respect the result of presidential elections and recognise the opposition candidate, Alassane Outtara as the winner.

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

Southern Sudan referendum must be seen to be credible: Head of UN panel

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Sudan has been urged to make sure that the forthcoming referendum on the future of Southern Sudan is credible.

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Security Council extends UN mission in Côte d’Ivoire

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The Security Council on Monday extended the mandate of the UN mission in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) until 30 June 2011.

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UN Human Rights team to investigate mass grave in Côte d’Ivoire

A team from the UN Human Rights Office is in Côte d’Ivoire to investigate reports of the discovery of a mass grave. The continued political stalemate between incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo and president-elect Alassane Outtara has taken a violent turn, with more than 50 people reported killed over the past three days. For more on [...]

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Sudan ends registration for referendum

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Voter registration in Sudan has come to a close with less than a month to go for the scheduled January referendum. A simultaneous referendum will be held in oil-rich Abyei on whether to become part of Southern Sudan. For several days, Southern Sudanese lined up across the country to get registered. Gerry Adams has more: [...]

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Shipping industry recovering slowly: UNCTAD

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The shipping industry is recovering slowly from the global economic downturn, according to a report by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

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UN Daily News 20 December 2010

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UN investigates reported site of mass graves in Côte d’Ivoire

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A team of United Nations experts is investigating reports of mass graves in Côte d’Ivoire.

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Security Council fails to agree on condemning North Korea

The UN Security Council has failed to agree on a statement to respond to the rising tensions in the Korean Peninsula.

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Togo qualifies for IMF debt relief

The West African state, Togo, has qualified for over $1.8 billion of debt relief, equivalent to 80 per cent of its external debt. Historically, one of the biggest barriers to getting people in poor countries out of poverty, has been the cost countries face in repaying international debt. In a bid to try and break [...]

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UN chief calls for solidarity with society’s vulnerable people

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Solidarity with the world’s vulnerable people is more important than ever before, according to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

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Human rights violations continue in Côte d'Ivoire

Hundreds of people have been abducted from their homes in Côte d'Ivoire since last months disputed presidential elections, according to the UN peacekeeping mission in the country.

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UN to "fulfil" its mandate in Côte d'Ivoire despite calls for withdrawal

The United Nations will continue to fulfil its mandate in the West African state of Côte d'Ivoire despite a call from the incumbent president, Laurent Gbagbo for UN peacekeepers to leave.

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

Migrants play a fundamental role in the global economy, says Ban.

The world needs to do more to safeguard the rights of migrants, the UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon said on International Migrants Day.

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

2010 – Haiti's fateful year

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The year 2010 has been a fateful one for the Caribbean island nation of Haiti. Following a devastating earthquake at the beginning of the year, the country has had to deal with the devastation caused by the earthquake, the remnants of Hurricane Tomas, a cholera outbreak and political violence which accompanied elections. International efforts to [...]

17 Dec 2010 | Posted in Perspective | Read More »

UN to name and shame armed groups responsible for rape

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UN Radio News 17 December 2010

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UNHCR: Iraqi Christians on the move

There has been a significant increase in the number of Iraqi Christians fleeing their homes into neighbouring countries, according to the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR.

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Burundi told of "great concern" over human rights

President Pierre Nkurunziza and Youssef Mahmoud of BINUB

A "significantly scaled-down" United Nations operation in Burundi has been set up as part of the Central African country's recovery from decades of civil war and ethnic fighting.

16 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Parties to conflict are urged to stop sexual violence against women

Parties to conflict have been urged by the Security Council to stop acts of sexual violence against women and to take effective measures to prevent and respond to such acts.

16 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN unveils regional programme to fight growing drug trade in West Africa

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A regional programme to curb drug trafficking and other forms of organized crime in West Africa has been unveiled by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

16 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Sudanese government urged to grant visas to UN personnel

The Government of Sudan has been urged to clear visa applications for United Nations personnel.

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On Human Rights Day, Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi praises human rights defenders in her country

Aung San Suu Kyi

Those who defend human rights must also be defended. That message comes from Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Prize winner and among the most renowned pro-democracy and human rights activists of our time. The Myanmar opposition leader delivered a video message as part of a ceremony marking Human Rights Day at the UN offices [...]

16 Dec 2010 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

Heavy fighting erupts in Côte d'Ivoire

Efforts to avoid further violence in Côte d'Ivoire have been stepped up by the head of the United Nations mission there known as UNOCI.

16 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

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Zimbabwe condemns “odious” statements on conflict diamonds

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It’s often said that “diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” But these beautiful gems have sometimes played an ugly part in funding civil wars in countries such as Angola, Sierra Leone, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Liberia. The UN General Assembly is debating the role of so-called “conflict diamonds” in fuelling fighting.  Dianne [...]

16 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

"Healing memories" in Timor-Leste

Michael Lapsley

Remembering negative and traumatic past experiences is often like touching a live nerve. In Timor-Leste almost everyone has a painful story to tell following decades of civil unrest and conflicts. However, victims often are ashamed to talk and post-trauma psychological help in the country is far from being wide reaching. The “Institute for Healing of [...]

16 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Rising house prices in China spark fears of a "property bubble"

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As the world continues to recover from recession, in China, the world's second largest economy, people are asking whether the an increase in real estate prices will create a property bubble.  With China acting as a key engine of global growth, a bursting of any such bubble, would be a pop heard round the world.   Ashvin [...]

16 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Consensus lacking on banning Zimbabwean diamonds

Concern has been raised by the lack of consensus on banning Zimbabwean diamonds under the Kimberly Process, a scheme set up to certify that diamond trading does not include stones from conflict areas.

16 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Actress, Mira Sorvino recognized for human trafficking work

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The Award winning film actress and UN Goodwill Ambassador, Mira Sorvino, has been presented with the "Global Advocate of the Year Award" by the press corps at the United Nations.

16 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Basic human rights denied in the DPRK

Marzuki Darusman

This past October, Marzuki Darusman, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the DPRK, made a request to visit the country to assess its human rights situation. That request was denied. Remaining in the region, Mr. Darusman instead made official visits to the Republic [...]

16 Dec 2010 | Posted in From the Field | Read More »

Sudanese urged by Security Council to agree on Abyei region

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The governments of Sudan and Southern Sudan have been urged by the UN Security Council to reach an agreement on the disputed oil-rich Abyei region.

16 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Jamaica is convinced that a legally binding agreement must remain the ultimate goal for climate change

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Jamaica said it went to the Cancun conference in anticipation of a robust, balanced and decisive outcome to address the dangerous phenomenon of climate change. Deputy Prime Minister Kenneth Baugh said their anxiety for such an outcome is not misplaced. TAPE: As a small island developing State, Jamaica is amongst the most vulnerable to the [...]

16 Dec 2010 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Trinidad and Tobago says climate change is undoubtedly the single environmental issue of the 21st century

Trinidad and Tobago

Climate Change is undoubtedly the single environmental issue of the 21st century. So says Trinidad and Tobago’s Minister of the Environment Dr. Roodal Moonilal. He told the high-level segment at the 16th Climate Change Conference in Cancun that climate change is an unprecedented threat to mankind and one which can undermine sustainable development efforts, reduction [...]

16 Dec 2010 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Dominica said the climate change phenomenon has been well documented

Dominica

The UN Climate Change Conference in Cancún, Mexico, ended on Saturday with the adoption of a balanced package of decisions that set all governments more firmly on the path towards a low-emissions future and support enhanced action on climate change in the developing world. In the package dubbed the “Cancún Agreements”, nations launched a set [...]

16 Dec 2010 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Developing countries offered handbook to recover stolen assets

Asset Recovery Handbook

A handbook to help developing countries recover stolen assets has been released by the World Bank and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

16 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN to set up independent panel to probe cholera outbreak in Haiti

Press Conference

An independent panel of experts is to be set up by the United Nations to establish the origin of the cholera outbreak in Haiti.

16 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Arts stimulate economic recovery: UNCTAD

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Arts-related businesses are stimulating economic recovery, according to a report released by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

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

Deaths in boat accident off Christmas Island shocks UNHCR

The United Nations refugee agency or UNHCR has expressed shock over the drowning of dozens of presumed asylum-seekers after a boat crashed into cliffs and sank off an Indian Ocean island.

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

People who incite violence in Côte d’Ivoire will be held accountable: Ban

Meeting

People in Côte d’Ivoire who incite or perpetrate violence or who use the media for this purpose will be held accountable for their actions.

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

ILO releases Global Wage Report 2010/11 – Wage policies in times of crisis"

ILO-wages

Wage earners across the world are feeling poorer, according to figures released by the International Labour Organization, the ILO. In its latest report on global wages, the UN agency concerned with fair work says the economic crisis of 2008 and 2009 cut the growth of workers’ salaries by one half. Gerry Adams has the story: [...]

15 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Radio News 15 December 2010

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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ICC names six in post-election violence in Kenya

justice

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has accused six high profile Kenyans of masterminding the deadly violence which erupted following the December 2007 presidential elections. The suspects include Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Uhuru Kenyatta; Industrialization Minister, Henry Kosgey, and the Head of the Civil Service, Francis Muthaura. Former Cabinet Minister William Ruto, former Police [...]

15 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Kenyans react to accusations of masterminding post-election violence

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has named six high profile Kenyans whom he accuses of being the masterminds of the violence that erupted after the 2007 presidential election.

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

Security Council ends oil-for-food programme for Iraq

US Vice President Joe Biden

The oil-for-food programme run by the United Nations following the imposition of sanctions after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990 has been formally closed.

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

Polio eradication drive in Bihar, India could be “replicated across the world”

uniceflakeindia

A polio immunization programme in Bihar in India could demonstrate how lives could be saved across the world, according to the head of the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF. Bihar has increased polio immunization coverage by over 400% over the past five years. The potentially fatal disease can be prevented by a simple oral vaccine. Anya [...]

15 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Suicide bombing at mosque in Iran condemned by UN chief

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

A suicide bomb explosion which has reportedly killed at least 38 people and injured many more in the city of Chabahar in Iran has been strongly condemned by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

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

Kenyans react to accusations of masterminding post-election violence

Two of the six Kenyan officials accused by the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) of being the masterminds of post-election have reacted to the accusations.

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

Economic crisis cut global wage growth by half: ILO

The financial and economic crisis has cut global wage growth by half in 2008 and 2009, according to a new report by the International Labour Organization (ILO).

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

BANGLA #42: Jati Shongher Protidhoni

15 Dec 2010 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

ICC names Kenya post-election violence masterminds

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has named six high profile Kenyans whom he accuses of being the masterminds of the violence that erupted after the 2007 presidential election.

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

Child survival in Southern Sudan bleak:UNICEF

The survival rate of children in Southern Sudan is one of the lowest in the world, with one out of every seven children dying before reaching their fifth birthday, according to the United Nations children's fund UNICEF.

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

$358 million pledged to UN Emergency Response Fund

Valerie Amos

Fifty nine-United Nations Member States have pledged a total of $358 million to the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).

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

UN envoy reports setback in Israeli-Palestinian talks

Robert Serry

The peace process in the Middle East is facing a setback as the construction of Jewish settlements continues in the occupied Palestinian territory.

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

UN Secretary-General pays tribute to Richard Holbrooke

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has paid tribute to Richard Holbrooke, a veteran United States diplomat who died on Monday.

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

Central African Republic urged to meet election date

The Central African Republic has been urged by the Security Council to hold the first round of presidential and legislative elections on the date fixed for the polls.

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

The UN’s emergency fund targets funding of $450 million

crying Haitian child

In the first 12 hours following the earthquake in Haiti, 10 million dollars were disbursed for emergency relief efforts. Three days later, an additional 15 million were released. The speed in which humanitarian agencies were able to act was due largely to the UN’s Central Emergency Relief Fund or CERF. This fund, created 5 years [...]

14 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Radio News 14 December 2010

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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WHO reports progress and challenges ahead in fight against malaria

malaria

Global investment in the fight against malaria has yielded astounding results through the scaling up of medical treatment and preventive measures, such as providing insecticide-treated bed nets to affected communities. But the World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners caution that this progress is fragile. The warning comes in the World Malaria Report 2010 launched [...]

14 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Extension granted to UN war crimes tribunals

justice

The terms of several judges serving on the United Nations tribunals for the Balkans conflict of the 1990s and the 1994 genocide in Rwanda have been extended.

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

200,000 homes built for returning Afghan refugees

man builds home with UNHCR assistance

A total of 200,000 homes have been built for returning refugees and internally displaced people in Afghanistan as part of the shelter programme began in 2002 by the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR.

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

Central Emergency Response Fund targets $450 million for 2011

Haitian child earthquake victim

Member States of the United Nations have been urged by the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to continue to give generously to the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) so that it can meet its target of $450 million for 2011.

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

Polio immunization in Abkhazia to reach 97% of all children

poliou

An ambitious plan to immunize 98 percent of children against polio in the breakaway  republic of Abkhazia in the Caucusus, is underway. The campaign followed a major outbreak of the disease in Tajikistan which spread across the region. Polio is a highly contagious disease which often leads to lifelong disabilities and can cause death. Daniel Dickinson [...]

14 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Floods kill over 200 and affect 1.8 million people in Colombia

floods in Colombia

Floods in Colombia have killed more than 200 people and affected 1.8 million others following a very heavy rainy season, according to the United Nations humanitarian agency (OCHA).

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

Immunization drive in Congo targets "unusually fatal" polio outbreak

The second of three rounds of immunizations to stop a rare and unusually fatal outbreak of polio is concluding in the Republic of Congo.

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

Deaths due to Malaria on the decline:WHO

The number of deaths due to malaria has declined by 20 per cent over the past decade as efforts to scale up malaria control programmes gather pace, according to the World Health Organization.

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

Ivorian refugees enter Liberia at rate of 150 people a day

Refugees from Côte d'Ivoire are fleeing to Liberia at a rate of around 150 people a day as the political stalemate in their country continues, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR).

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

INDONESIAN #46: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

In this edition, Vijay Nambiar, the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Myanmar, talks to UN Radio on his just concluded visit to Myanmar; And we take a look at Indonesia’s Human development Index 2010. (duration: 10’52″)

14 Dec 2010 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

New causes for refugee displacement: UNHCR

guterres

Refugees are increasingly fleeing their home countries for reasons other than conflict or persecution, according to the head of the UN refugee agency, UNHCR.

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

Cancun success based on "intense commitment" to make deal

The success of the Cancun Climate Change summit in Mexico was due to an “intense commitment” from countries across the world to come to a deal. After the perceived failure of the last summit in Copenhagen in Denmark, progress was made in a number of areas including curbing greenhouse gas emissions and the financing of [...]

13 Dec 2010 | Posted in From the Field, Today's Features | Read More »

Victims of armed attacks in Darfur get help from UN peacekeepers

Relief assistance is being provided by UN peacekeepers to people in a village in Darfur affected by the Sudanese Armed Forces’ attacks last Friday.

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

UN sets up body to probe obstacles to peace process in Côte d’Ivoire

Martin Nesirky, UN Spokesperson

A body to look into obstacles to the peace process in Côte d’Ivoire has been formed by the UN mission there known as UNOCI as the stalemate continues over the winner of the recent run-off presidential elections.

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

Myanmar authorities urged to release over 2,200 prisoners of conscience

Tomas Quintana

The Government of Myanmar has been urged to release around 2,200 prisoners of conscience who are estimated to be held in detention.

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

Pakistan children pick up the pieces.

familypakistan

Pakistan is working to protect its most precious asset…its children. In response to recent floods that have devastated entire communities, Child Friendly centers have been created through out the Dera Ishamil Khan District in eastern Pakistan. The objective of these centres is to make sure children still lead normal childhoods amidst turmoil. Duration: 2’31″ SFX-birds [...]

13 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Radio News 13 December 2010

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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UNHCR says situation in Somalia continues to deteriorate

The situation continues to deteriorate in war-torn Somalia. Because of the endless fighting in the South-Central part of the country, humanitarian agencies find it almost impossible to carry out their operations. After a recent visit, UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres described the situation there as alarming. UNHCR filed this report: Narrator: War torn [...]

13 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Iraq donates 4,000 tonnes of wheat flour to Pakistani flood victims

The Government of Iraq has donated 4,000 tonnes of wheat flour to the World Food Programme (WFP) to feed flood victims in Pakistan.

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

Economy of Latin America and Caribbean to grow by 6 % in 2010

eclac-report

The economy of Latin America and the Caribbean is expected to grow by 6 per cent this year, according to a report of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) launched on Monday.

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

Dow Jones Indexes to generate funds to help fight AIDS, TB and malaria

globalfund-dowjones

A major United States Stock Exchange firm, Dow Jones Indexes, is launching a new index to help generate funds to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

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

Value of opium production in South-East Asia rises to $219 million

The potential value of opium production in South-East Asia has risen to $219 million, according to a report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

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

Chinese authorities are urged to release human rights activists

Liu Xiaobo

Chinese authorities have been urged by three United Nations independent human rights experts to release all human rights defenders including Nobel Peace Prize winner, Liu Xiaobo.

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

WFP supports women farmers by 'Purchasing for Progress'

Purchasing for Progress

Each year, the World Food Programme (WFP) spends millions of dollars to purchase food for its humanitarian operations. But WFP has also been supporting rural communities by buying food crops from small holder farmers, including women producers, which helps to reduce both hunger and poverty. UN Radio’s Jérome Lôngué attended the recent climate change conference [...]

13 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

“Important success” delivered at climate change conference

A series of measures which aim to reduce the effects of climate change have been adopted at a conference in Cancun, Mexico.

12 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Put traffickers behind bars and free the victims, urges UN Chief

Human trafficking rakes in over 32 billion dollars a year and an estimated 600 to 800 thousand women, children and men are trafficked across borders every year.

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

Nigeria and Italy are commended for enforcing sanctions against Iran

Susan Rice

Nigeria and Italy have been praised by the President of the UN Security Council, Ambassador Susan Rice of the United States, for enforcing sanctions against Iran because of its nuclear programme.

10 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calls for agreement at the Cancun climate conference

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon this week made an impassioned plea for agreement at the United Nations climate change conference in Cancún, telling delegates that further delay threatened the health of the planet, the global economy and the well-being of the human race. The Secretary-General said business as usual cannot be tolerated, for it would condemn billions [...]

10 Dec 2010 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Results of elections in Haiti are not final: UN envoy

The results of the November 28 elections in Haiti announced on Tuesday are not final, according to the top United Nations envoy in the country, Edmond Mulet.

10 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Grenada’s Prime Minister Tillman Thomas says Cancun presents an opportunity to respond to climate change in a decisive manner

The clock is ticking, emissions are rising and the deadlines are fast approaching us! The warning came from Grenada’s Prime Minister Tillman Thomas. He was speaking in Cancun at 16th Climate Change Conference, on behalf of the 43 member Alliance of Small Island States -AOSIS – a group of states and low-lying countries that are [...]

10 Dec 2010 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Roger Moore (also known as James Bond) visits children in Kazakhstan

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

10 Dec 2010 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

Mozambique empowers women to fight climate change

paneldiscussion

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

10 Dec 2010 | Posted in Women | Read More »

Delegates work on a final declaration at the climate change conference in Cancún

1cop16

It’s the final day of the climate change conference in Cancún, Mexico, and delegates are behind closed door working on a final declaration. UN Radio’s Jérôme Longué is covering the conference and joins us on the line from Cancún for an update: LONGUE: Things are still ongoing because you know we are now midday in [...]

10 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

International Year for People of African Descent is launched

The International Year for People of African Descent in 2011 has been launched at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

10 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Mothers and newborns die in Somalia due to a shortage of health workers

Thousands of mothers and newborns in Somalia die because there are not enough trained health workers to attend to them according to the World Health Organization or WHO.

10 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Zambia urged to do more to end discrimination against women

Zambian women tilling the soil

Zambian authorities have been urged by the United Nations independent expert on violence against women to do more to end discrimination against women.

10 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

South Sudan kicks off mass polio immunization campaign

A three-day mass polio vaccination campaign has begun in Southern Sudan and is expected to vaccinate an estimated 3.1 million children under the age of five years. Polio is a dangerous viral disease that cripples children and can be fatal. Until polio is completely eradicated, all children in Southern Sudan are at risk of life-long [...]

10 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

The Alliance of Small Island States -AOSIS- to benefit from a new initiative aimed at increasing access to renewable sources of energy

cop16meeting

Some of the smallest and most vulnerable island nations in the world will benefit from a new initiative aimed at increasing these countries’ access to renewable sources of energy. This follows the signing in Cancun today of a memorandum of understanding between the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), the Government of Denmark, the World [...]

10 Dec 2010 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Hospital infections threaten lives in poor developing countries

infection control

The lives of patients in poorly equipped hospitals in developing countries are being threatened by the possibility of infection according to a new study published in The Lancet medical journal.

10 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Close to 2,000 people flee post election crisis in Côte d'Ivoire

women-cote

Close to 2,000 Ivorians have fled to Liberia and Guinea as the political deadlock over the winner of the recent presidential run-off election continues in Côte d'Ivoire.

10 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Empowering female migrant workers from South Asia

migrant worker

Despite having lost everything – her home and her family- Nahar Alam is passionate about defending female migrant workers. She moved to the US from her native land, Bangladesh, to escape a life of domestic abuse. With no money, no family and no knowledge of English, she was mistreated and exploited but this time as [...]

10 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Assess migrants fairly, urges UNHCR

Measures put in place by the European Union to stem the flow of migrants through the Mediterranean Sea are denying genuine asylum seekers the protection they need, according to the UN refugee agency UNHCR.

10 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN scales down presence in Burundi

Peacekeeping - Burundi

Six months after nationwide elections were held in the East African nation, Burundi, fears are being raised about a worsening human rights situation…..a return to impunity, the resurgence of acts of torture, arbitrary arrests and dwindling political space. The findings come in a new United Nations report on Burundi. Despite the pessimistic outlook, the Secretary-General’s [...]

10 Dec 2010 | Posted in From the Field, Today's Features | Read More »

Human Rights Day 2010

Human Rights Day 2010

Human rights defenders are increasingly working in volatile and dangerous environments according to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.

10 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Trade deals should not hinder access to HIV medicine: UNAIDS

Countries across the world are being urged to ensure that trade agreements don't impede efforts to ensure that everyone has access to HIV services.

9 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

A mass polio vaccination campaign targets over three million children in Southern Sudan

polio vaccination

• A three-day mass polio vaccination campaign has begun in Southern Sudan and is expected to vaccinate an estimated 3.1 million children under the age of five years. Polio is a dangerous viral disease that cripples children and can be fatal. Until polio is completely eradicated, all children in Southern Sudan are at risk of [...]

9 Dec 2010 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

Burundians renounce use of political violence: UN envoy

Charles Petrie

The people of Burundi are refraining from using violence to achieve political goals, according to the top United Nations envoy in the country, Charles Petrie.

9 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Community-based pre-schools in Benin increases enrolment

school in Benin

In the West African state of Benin, it’s hoped a move to establish community-based pre-schools will increase the number of children who attend primary school.  Without proper safeguards and schooling, children are often left to themselves and vulnerable to traffickers. Meanwhile, the majority of children ages 5-14 are working. Charles Appel has more. SFX 1 child [...]

9 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Students negotiate for their future at climate change conference

us-sustain

Young people are telling climate change experts gathered in Cancun this week that it’s their future that is at stake. The non-governmental organization “Sustain US” has been attending the climate change conference. Its Chair person, Kyle Gracey is warning that if negotiators come up with a bad deal in Cancun, future generations will suffer. He [...]

9 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Voices against discrimination must not be silenced: UN experts

Human Rights Day 2010

States all over the world have been urged by a group of 55 United Nations independent human rights experts to protect those who campaign against discrimination.

9 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Review Liu Xiaobo sentence, urges UN Human Rights Chief

Liu Xiaobo

The Chinese authorities are being urged by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to release the jailed Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo.

9 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

World Bank steps up efforts to fight corruption

no-corruption

Corruption has always been rife in poor countries and in Africa in particular, undermining development efforts. In Kenya, media reports claim that a third of the government budget is being lost to graft. These losses could amount to 4 billion dollars a year. In an effort to clean house, the World Bank broke off business [...]

9 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Ouattara backed by Security Council as President of Côte d’Ivoire

Alassane Ouattara

The United Nations Security Council has endorsed the recognition by African leaders of Alassane Ouattara as the President of Côte d’Ivoire.

9 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Development, democracy and stability threatened by corruption

Corruption is a threat to development, democracy and stability according to the United Nations Secretary-General.

9 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Côte d’Ivoire: Will of people must be heeded, UN envoy says as political deadlock continues

The will of the people of Côte d'Ivoire must be heeded, the top United Nations envoy in the country Choi Y.J has said, as the political deadlock continues over the results of the presidential run-off election.

8 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Haitian leaders urged to encourage supporters to stop violence

Haiti elections

Haitian political leaders have been urged by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to encourage their supporters to stop violence that has followed the announcement of the November 28 election results.

8 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Elections in Central African Republic provide "window of opportunity"

Sahle-Work Zewde

Authorities in the Central African Republic have been urged by the top United Nations envoy for the country, Sahle-Work Zewde, to ensure that the forthcoming elections in the country are transparent, free and fair.

8 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Election results spark protests in Haiti

Protests and gunfire have been reported in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince after electoral officials announced that there would be a presidential run-off.

8 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

New rapid test for TB is endorsed by UN health agency

rapid test for TB

A new rapid automated test that can detect tuberculosis in under two hours has been endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO).

8 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Three WFP helicopter crew released in Darfur

The release of three crew members of a helicopter used by the World Food Programme (WFP) in Darfur has been welcomed by the United Nations food agency.

8 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Countries meet to boost treaty to conserve plant genetic resources

plant genetics

Conserving the world's plant genetic resources for food and agriculture is being discussed at a meeting of senior officials of more than 60 countries in Rome.

8 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Secretary-General calls for more determined action on climate

Ban Ki-Moon in Cancún

Delegates at a climate change conference under way in Cancún, Mexico, have been told by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that “business as usual is not an option.” Speaking in Cancún, he urged governments to take more concrete action on the ground to help poor and vulnerable nations to adapt to the impacts of climate [...]

8 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Climate change affects all issues UN deals with: Ban Ki-moon

Ban Ki-moon in Cancún

Climate change affects all the issues that the United Nations is dealing with, according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

8 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Empowering people with disabilities to fight poverty

disabled child

More than 650 million people in the world are disabled but that number is growing because of multiple crises affecting the world, from the financial crisis, to conflicts and other forms of violence or disasters. In Haiti alone, an estimated 300,000 people were injured many of whom will likely live with long term disabilities. The [...]

8 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Mozambique calls for climate aid at Cancún talks

Funding is a key issue for developing countries at the climate talks in Cancún, Mexico. Delegates from the developing countries need the funds to put in place adaptation measures to combat climate change. The industrialized nations had already pledged close to 30 billion dollars at the Copenhagen meeting in December. But with the worsening environmental [...]

8 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UNHCR urges Egypt to intervene in Eritrean hostage situation

map of Eritrea

International concern is being raised about the fate of 250 Eritreans who have been held hostage for at least a month by traffickers in Egypt. A ransom demand of 8k per person has been made. The UN refugee agency UNHCR is urging Egypt to intervene and secure their release. Gerry Adams reports: UNHCR spokesperson Adrian [...]

7 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN chief in plea for global climate change agreement

Ban Ki-moon in Cancun

The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon has told delegates at the UN-backed conference in Cancún, Mexico that delaying a deal on climate change threatened the health of the planet and the well-being of the human race.

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

Countries in Near East are urged to invest in agriculture

investing in agriculture

Countries in the Near East have been urged by the head of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to boost investments in agriculture.

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

Classification of traditional medicine is launched by WHO

acupuncture

For the first time, traditional medicine is going to be classified and documented in a project that is being developed by the World Health Organization (WHO).

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

New pneumonia vaccine to save seven million lives by 2030

pneumonia

A new vaccine against deadly forms of pneumonia, the number one killer of children worldwide, can save seven million lives by 2030, according to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI).

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

Private investors should fund up to 90% of climate change activities

1cop16

Private investors should be providing up to 90% of the funding which is required for climate change initiatives according to a senior European researcher.

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

UN envoy briefs Security Council on Côte d'Ivoire vote

As we heard in the news, the head of the UN mission in Côte d’Ivoire, Y. J. Choi, has briefed the Security Council on the recent presidential run-off elections in the country. The West African nation remains mired in a political impasse with both the incumbent Laurent Gbagbo and opposition leader Alassane Outtara being inaugurated [...]

7 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Sir Roger Moore champions rights of Kazakhstan’s children

Young people in the central Asian country, Kazakhstan, want more information on sexual education and HIV/AIDS according to Sir Roger Moore, a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Children’s Fund or UNICEF.  During a recent trip to the country on behalf of UNICEF, Sir Roger, who has travelled the world in support of children’s rights, met [...]

7 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

People with AIDS to get nutritional support: WFP

WFP's fortified blended food

People with HIV and AIDS and their families are due to be provided with food support under a new policy that is being unveiled by the World Food Programme (WFP).

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

UN envoy says will of Ivorian people should not be ignored

Mr. Y.J. Choi in Côte d'Ivoire

The will of the Ivorian people should not be ignored according to the top United Nations envoy in Côte d’Ivoire, YJ Choi.

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

A call for private investors to fund the majority of climate change activities

Up to 90% of the funding which is required for climate change initiatives needs to come from private investors according to a senior European researcher. Climate change experts are currently meeting in Cancun, Mexico as part of ongoing discussions on issues related to global warming. Ole Beier Sorensen, from the Institutional Investors on Climate Change [...]

7 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

City planners urged to promote horticulture

City planners around the world have been urged to make horticulture an integral part of their development and planning strategies.

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

Winter threatens Pakistani children: UNICEF

Pakistani child

Children in Pakistan who are already suffering high rates of acute respiratory infections and malnutrition could be badly affected by the region's winter weather.

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

Eritrean migrants held hostage in Egypt:UNHCR

Around 250 Eritreans are being held hostage by human traffickers in Sinai, Egypt, according to the UN refugee agency UNHCR.

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

Regulating shared international waters

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A move toward regulating aquifers, underground sources of water, is the subject of a conference organized by UNESCO, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

6 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

INDONESIAN #45: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

In this week’s programme: The use and production of landmines as well as the number of people killed by these weapons has declined to record levels. The 2010 Landmine Monitor report says only one country, Myanmar, is now confirmed to use landmines. And an interview on UNIFEM’s campaign to end violence against women. (duration: 9’44″)

6 Dec 2010 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

UN chief consults African leaders on Ivorian political deadlock

Ban Ki-moon

The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon has been consulting with African leaders as the deadlock continues following the disputed result of the presidential run-off elections in Côte d’Ivoire.

6 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Meningitis vaccine hope in Africa

While epidemic meningitis is not the biggest killer disease in Africa, it is among the most greatly feared. On Monday, a new vaccine was launched that promises not only to protect people, especially children, from the disease in the parts of Africa where it is endemic, but in all areas where it is found. Gerry [...]

6 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Serbia "holds key" to arrests of two fugitives: former Yugoslavia tribunal

Serge Brammertz

Serbian authorities have been urged by the Prosecutor of the Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, Serge Brammertz, to take action against people who are hiding two fugitives sought for crimes related to the Bosnian war in the 1990s.

6 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Daily News 6 December 2010

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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New meningitis vaccine holds hope for millions across Africa – UN

A new vaccine being launched today could save the lives of millions of people in Africa.

6 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Millions of flood-affected Pakistanis need continued support: OCHA chief

Millions of people affected by conflict and floods in Pakistan need continued support from the international community.

6 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Situation in Cote d'Ivoire remains tense says AU spokesperson

The situation in Côte d’Ivoire remains tense and unpredictable as the impasse over the result of the Presidential run off elections continues. Former South African President Thabo Mbeki is in Côte d’Ivoire to try and break the stalemate that currently sees the country with two Presidents and two Prime Ministers. The UN and international community [...]

6 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

World criminal court needs support to combat impunity: Ban Ki-moon

Ban Ki-moon

All states have been urged by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to support the International Criminal Court (ICC) to fight against impunity for perpetrators of international crimes.

6 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

"Serious consequences" if climate change issues not addressed

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The world can expect serious consequences unless greenhouse gas emissions are cut immediately according to the World Meteorological Organization or WMO. The WMO says a series of weather-related disasters and the warmest decade on record underlines the need to take action on climate change. UN Radio’s Jérôme Longué has been talking to Michel Jarraud, the [...]

6 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Ecuador renounces exploiting oil to save planet

Yasuni National Park

Ecuador has decided not to drill almost 900 million barrels of oil from its Yasuni National Park in order to protect the environment and to prepare for an economy that will not rely on petroleum.

6 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Former Rwandan army officer gets life imprisonment for genocide

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A former senior Rwandan army officer has been sentenced to life imprisonment by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda for his part in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

6 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Uzbekistan conducts disaster drills to save young lives

youth training in Uzbekistan

Earthquakes, avalanches and floods are frequent in the mountainous regions of Uzbekistan. The country also suffers from the effects of climate change. The deadliest earthquake to hit its capital Tashkent was in 1966, but just two years ago, another quake rattled the city. To prepare the youth and help them deal with any future disasters, [...]

6 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

World’s poorest could help fill food gap

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People living in extreme poverty in rural areas in developing countries could benefit from the increasing global demand for food.

5 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Poorest people in rural areas could help to feed increasing global population

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The responsibility of feeding a growing global population is expected to fall on some of the world’s poorest people living in rural areas. That’s one conclusion coming out of research on rural life in developing countries which is published every ten years. The Rural Poverty Report 2011, which has just been released by the International [...]

5 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Improving the lives of persons with disabilities.

Meeting on disabled rights

CUE: According to Lawrence Carter-Long media spokesperson on disability issues and a producer of the WBAI radio programme, “The Largest Minority”, disability cuts across all the different factors people use to identify themselves. Rich or poor, black, white, gay or straight, if you can’t get up the steps to vote, he says, your voice will [...]

3 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN urges nations to do more for persons with disabilities

Meeting on disabled rights

Governments around the world have been urged by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to do more to support people with disabilities.

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

Over 13,400 people provided with shelter in southern Kyrgyzstan

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More than 13,400 people who lost their houses during the June ethnic violence in southern Kyrgyzstan have received temporary shelter from the UN refugee agency (UNHCR).

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

Secretary-General congratulates Alassane Ouattara of Côte d’Ivoire

Peacekeeping - UNOCI

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated opposition leader Alassane Outtara on his election as the President of Côte d’Ivoire .

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

Reducing carbon footprint, one bike ride at a time

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FADE IN c-soundeffectintro. That was Joseph Janning, founder of a think tank, Minds and More, describing to our colleague, Jocelyne Sambira, the velomobile he rides to work everyday. Joseph is determined to do his part in reducing his carbon footprint in the world. And along with 50 other followers, he hopes to communicate this passion [...]

3 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN calls for more support to contain Haiti cholera outbreak

The cholera epidemic in Haiti, one of the worst in recent years, is estimated to affect more than 600,000 people in the coming months. The UN is urging countries to step up contributions to fund efforts to contain the deadly outbreak. Dianne Penn reports. Duration: 3’03″ Speaking in the General Assembly on Friday, UN Secretary-General [...]

3 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Daily News 3 December 2010

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Elections results in Côte d'Ivoire overturned by Constitutional Court

Peacekeeping - UNOCI

The Constitutional Court in Côte d'Ivoire, has declared the incumbent president, Laurent Gbagbo, as the winner of a presidential run-off election.

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

Guinea election results welcomed by UN

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The conclusion of the presidential election process in Guinea has been welcomed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

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

Virtual University for Cancer Control

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A virtual university to boost cancer treatment in Africa has been launched in the hope that more lives can be saved. Cancer kills around 7 million people a year, with 70 per cent of the deaths occurring in developing countries. The poorest countries are worst hit by the growing number of cancer cases being seen [...]

3 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Haiti: 10,000 children have cholera

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Nearly 10,000 children under the age of five have contracted cholera in Haiti, according to the World Health Organization. 130 children have died.

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

Young people to bring voices to Security Council

For the first time at the United Nations, young people from around the world will have their voices heard in the UN Security Council about what they consider to be the most important issues of their generation.

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

World Criminal Court ready to file cases against Kenyan officials

Cases against six Kenyan officials who bear the greatest responsibility for the violence that followed Kenya's 2007 elections will be presented before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in two weeks time.

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

UN to build on “direct engagement” in Myanmar

Myanmar appears to be undergoing a period of significant political change following the elections organised last month by the military authorities. These were the first elections in 20 years and were criticised internationally with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon saying that the voting was held in conditions that were not sufficiently inclusive, participatory and transparent. Following [...]

2 Dec 2010 | Posted in From the Field, Today's Features | Read More »

Increasing awareness and detection of cervical cancer in developing countries

Cervical cancer, caused by the humanpapilloma virus, HPV, claims the lives of more than 270,000 women each year, the majority of whom live in developing countries. Following a meeting of UN Population Fund meeting of experts on how to increase detection in developing countries, I asked cervical cancer expert Nuriye Ortayli what warning signs women [...]

2 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN welcomes announcement of Côte d’Ivoire election results

Peacekeeping - UNOCI

The announcement of delayed results of a presidential run-off election in Côte d’Ivoire has been welcomed by the United Nations. Wednesday’s deadline for the announcement of the final results of the elections passed and violence erupted with some reported deaths. And now the electoral commission has announced that the opposition candidate Alassane Ouattara has won, [...]

2 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Massive vaccination campaign protects DRC children from polio

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More than 70 million children across Africa were recently vaccinated against polio, an illness which can cause paralysis and even death. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, one of the largest countries on the continent, more than 11 million youngsters recently were given the life-saving medicine during a three-day campaign that was carried out [...]

2 Dec 2010 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Annual UN observance spotlights need to eradicate crime of modern slavery

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All states have been urged by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to ratify and implement international legal instruments against modern forms of slavery.

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

UN Daily News 2 December 2010

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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UN humanitarian chief visits Pakistan again

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Four months after one of the worst floods in history struck, emergency assistance is still very much needed in Pakistan.

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

North Korea is urged to allow verification of nuclear programme

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North Korea has been urged by the head of the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano to allow verification of its nuclear programme.

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

UN welcomes Côte d'Ivoire's election results

Peacekeeping - UNOCI

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the announcement of the provisional results of the presidential run off elections in Côte d’Ivoire.

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

Palestinians still need relief assistance: OCHA

Daily life for Palestinians living in Gaza remains a struggle despite the easing of blockade on Gaza by Israel, which allowed more consumer goods into the region, according to the United Nations.

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

One dead, several injured in Darfur unrest during AU-UN mission

At least one person has been killed and several wounded in West Darfur, after shots were fired during a demonstration.

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

FAO book celebrates diversity in food crops in Southern Caucasus

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The diversity of food crops found in the Southern Caucasus is being celebrated in a new book published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.

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

Youthful lawyer works to protect human rights on World AIDS Day

While globally, positive responses are finally coming from the world’s fight against HIV/AIDS, the real situation on the ground is sometimes more complicated. In Kenya, in East Africa, for example, there remains a high prevalence of HIV and people still grapple with stigmatization. Gerry Adams reports. Duration: 1’57″ Narrator: Avril Rua is a young Kenyan lawyer [...]

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

Youth and the future of Africa

Cheick Sidi Diarra

The African continent is rich with resources, from gold and minerals to oil, coffee and timber. But a senior UN official believes one resource remains untapped: its youth. The UN is hosting a one-day event looking at the challenges and opportunities facing African youth. Dianne Penn filed this report. Duration: 2’35 Sir Richard Branson was [...]

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

UN Daily News 1 December 2010

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Cote d’Ivoire electoral body urged to announce elections results

Peacekeeping - UNOCI

The electoral body of Cote d’Ivoire has been urged by the United Nations Secretary-General to announce the provisional results of the second round of presidential election by the deadline of 1 December.

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

UN: AIDS-free generation is possible.

Three decades into the AIDS crisis, the world has finally began to reverse the spread of HIV. Fewer people are becoming infected with HIV, while millions have gained access to treatment, and more women are giving birth to children free of the HIV virus. On World AIDS Day, the UN is saying that achieving an [...]

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

OSCE urged to support transition in Afghanistan

SG Meeting

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has been urged by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to help ensure that the transition to democracy in Afghanistan is sustainable and irreversible.

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

Sharing information is critical in fighting terrorism: UN official

Sharing information among countries is key to fighting terrorism according to the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Asha-Rose Migiro.

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

Non-communicable diseases kill over 35 million people per year

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Non-communicable diseases such as heart problems, cancer, diabetes and chronic lung diseases kill over 35 million per year and lead to poverty, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

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

Fewer people being infected with HIV: Ban Ki-moon

Conference

Global efforts to fight the AIDS pandemic are making a difference, according to the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

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

UN observes World AIDS Day.

For the first time in thirty years, new HIV infection rates and deaths have reduced by 20% globally, according to a top UN official.

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

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