Home » 28 Feb 2011 Entries posted on “February 2011”

UN increasingly under attack in Cote d'Ivoire

Violence is escalating in Abidjan, the capital of Côte d’Ivoire, as incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo continues to arm youth groups and forces loyal to him. Gbagbo remains steadfast in his refusal to step down after losing last year’s elections to opposition leader Alassane Ouattara. Gbagbo has also reportedly received three attack helicopters from Belarus in [...]

28 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Daily News 28 February 2011

News and features from United Nations Radio.

28 Feb 2011 | Posted in | Read More »

Refugee agency appeals for evacuation of trapped refugees in Libya

civilians fleeing Libya

Governments are being urged by the United Nations refugee chief to help evacuate thousands of refugees and foreigners trapped in Libya.

28 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Secretary-General and President Obama discuss Libya

Obama and Ban Ki-moon

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and United States President Barack Obama are meeting at the White House in Washington, D.C. to discuss the situation in Libya.

28 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Human Rights Council meets over Libya

civilians fleeing Libya

The UN Human Rights Council met in Geneva on Monday to consider its next move against Libya. The countries leadership is under fire for its violent crackdown on anti-government protesters. Foreign Ministers from around the world discussed what the political and humanitarian response should be, with most saying Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi must go.  Julie [...]

28 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

"Tens of thousands" of migrant workers trapped in Libya

Civilians fleeing Libya

Tens of thousands of migrant workers are trapped in Libya and trying to get home according to the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR. They include thousands of African nationals who say they are being targeted by people who believe they may be mercenaries fighting for the Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi. Libya continues to suffer political unrest [...]

28 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Arms supplies to Gbagbo forces in Côte d'Ivoire violate UN embargo

Three attack helicopters from Belarus are reportedly being delivered to the forces of Laurent Gbagbo in Côte d'Ivoire, according to a spokesman for the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon.

28 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Libyan people to choose their destiny: Italian Foreign Minister

civilians fleeing Libya

The people of Libya need international support as they try to reorganize a credible alternative to the government of Muammar Qadhafi.

28 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

World leaders demand Libya to end violence

Libyan authorities have come under severe criticism over the on-going violent repression of anti-government demonstrations.

28 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN ready to support Egypt's "transition"

The United Nations says it is ready to support both political and economic transition in Egypt.

27 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Safe haven opened for Congo women recovering from rape

cityofjoy

A new learning center in the Democratic Republic of Congo city of Bukavu has been set up to educate and empower women and girls who have been sexually abused. City of joy is the brainchild of playwright and women’s activist Eve Ensler, but it’s being run by Congolese women. Julie Walker spoke with Ms. Ensler about the [...]

27 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Cricket in Bangladesh teaches girls about HIV/AIDS

cricketgirls

In Bangladesh, a country where HIV/AIDS are on the rise, the game of cricket along with some of it’s biggest players, are helping girls learn how to protect themselves from the deadly virus. The latest figures available suggest that only 8 percent of girls in the country have comprehensive knowledge of HIV/AIDS. Julie Walker reports. [...]

27 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

“Barefoot” grandmas electrify entire villages

barefoot grandmas

Grandmothers in Tilonia, a rural village in India are busy building and repairing solar lanterns, electrifying entire villages. What is even more surprising is that these women are illiterate. They don’t know to read or write and yet, they get the job done. These grandmothers are being trained for six months at the Barefoot College [...]

26 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Women launches during Status of Women Conference

womenevent

The UN is celebrating the launch of UN Women – which is being described as a powerful new agency that gives voice to women and girls worldwide with a proposed budget of $500 million dollars. It was established in July by the General Assembly and merges four of the UN bodies that deal with women’s [...]

26 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Pro and anti-Yemeni government demonstrators protest at UN

protest2

Braving the rain, pro and anti-Yemeni government demonstrators gathered outside the United Nations in New York holding picket signs and chanting slogans. Like many countries in the Middle East and North Africa, the authorities in Yemen are facing pressure from pro-democracy activists to hand over power. Jocelyne Sambira compiled this report. Duration: 2’06”

25 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Human Rights Council condemns Libya

Geneva-HRC

The UN Human Rights Council adopts by consensus a resolution on libya condemning the government for the violence against anti-government protesters there and calling for them to immediately stop all attacks on civilians. Julie walker reports. Duration: 2’44″

25 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UK supports will of Libyan people

Stakeout

The United Kingdom says it supports the will of the Libyan people in their attempt to force a peaceful change of regime in the North African country. Over a thousand people have died across Libya as anti-government protestors continue their bid to topple the Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi. There has been criticism that the 15-member [...]

25 Feb 2011 | Posted in From the Ambassador | Read More »

UN Daily News 25 February 2011

News and features from United Nations Radio.

25 Feb 2011 | Posted in | Read More »

“Egregious crimes” in Libya to be discussed at Security Council

SC am

The United Nations Security Council is due to meet in New York to discuss the political unrest in Libya. There has been criticism that the Security Council has not taken a tough enough stand. The United Kingdom is one of the five permanent members of the council. Daniel Dickinson asked Mark Lyall Grant, the UK [...]

25 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Security Council to discuss “egregious crimes” in Libya

Stakeout

The United Nations Security Council is set to discuss what have been described as the “egregious crimes” committed by the Libyan leadership against its citizens.

25 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

"Barefoot" grandmas electrify entire villages

Grandmothers in Tilonia, a rural village in India are busy building and repairing solar lanterns, electrifying entire villages. What is even more surprising is that these women are illiterate. They don’t know to read or write and yet, they get the job done. These grandmothers are being trained for six months at the Barefoot College [...]

25 Feb 2011 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

As situation in Côte d’Ivoire degenerates, fears of widespread conflict arise

Fears that Côte d’Ivoire could go back to civil war are mounting as fighting breaks out in different parts of the country.Last year’s presidential elections ended in a political stalemate that has paralyzed the country for three months. A new human rights report says the situation is deteriorating fast and that extra-judicial killings have led [...]

25 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

“Invest in adolescents”: UNICEF

girls

Developing countries should be investing more in young adults in order to help them break out of poverty. In its “2011 State of the World’s Children” report (released on Friday in New York), the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, says adolescence is a “pivot point” at which children may drift back into poverty or become productive [...]

25 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Investment in adolescents needed to break poverty cycle

unicefreport

More investment is needed to secure the future of young adolescents and help them break out of poverty.

25 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Investment in girls’ education could propel both economic growth and women’s equality: UN Deputy Secretary-General

While the last year had seen significant efforts to improve women’s status around the world – including the landmark creation of the United Nations new gender entity, UN Women – the global report card was decidedly mixed, but investment in girls’ education could propel both economic growth and women’s equality. duration: 2’13″

25 Feb 2011 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

UN Women launches during Status of Women Conference

mexicostudents

Women: a weekly 10-minute news magazine that looks at issues affecting women around the world.

25 Feb 2011 | Posted in Women | Read More »

CARICOM accords the highest priority to gender equality and the empowerment of women: The Bahamas

Loretta Butler-Turner

The Caribbean Community – CARICOM welcomes the establishment of UN Women. Minister of State for Social Development of The Bahamas, Loretta Butler-Turner expressed the hope that the calls for a new gender architecture over the years would evolve and generate concrete results and change for women worldwide. duration: 3’23″

25 Feb 2011 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Barbados’ achievements in human development are the fruit of deliberate policies to drive human and national development: Senator Sandiford-Garner

Irene Sandiford-Garner

Ministers and other high-level officials highlighted success stories and outlined national efforts to help women reach their full potential, notably by helping working women achieve a balance with family responsibilities, and encouraging companies to implement family-friendly policies. Barbados’ Minister of Family, Sports and Youth Affairs Senator Irene Sandiford-Garner told the Commission that Barbados’ achievements in [...]

25 Feb 2011 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

The situation in Haiti remains of significant concern to CARICOM: Jamaica

peacekeeper saving a child

The United Nations must urgently address the challenges of modern peacekeeping, including a severe imbalance in the “division of labour” between troop and financial contributors, and resource shortfalls that left peacekeepers vulnerable to attacks. Jamaica’s Ambassador Raymond Wolfe expressed its regret for those peacekeeping personnel who paid the ultimate price in the cause for peace, [...]

25 Feb 2011 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Cutting “black carbon” benefits climate change

burning-soot

New research by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) shows that reducing air pollutants such as soot and methane will have immediate benefits for climate change and save millions of lives. It says cutting down on non-CO2 pollutants such as “black carbon” – also produced by burning fossil fuels – will not only result in [...]

25 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Migrant workers flee violence in Libya

Up to 50,000 foreign migrant workers are on the move, fleeing violence in Libya according to the International Organization for Migration IOM.

25 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

‘Mass killings’ taking place in Libya

The Libyan government is engaging in mass killings, arbitrary arrests, detention, and torture of anti government protestors, according the UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay.

25 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Some African languages are in danger of extinction

The 21st of February was observed as International Mother Language Day. The day was proclaimed by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1999 to promote all the languages of the world. UNESCO also publishes the Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger to raise awareness about the need to safeguard the world’s [...]

24 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

57 dead after people smuggling boat capsizes in Gulf of Aden

.

24 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Civil war warning for Libya

Libya could descend into civil war unless the international community steps in.

24 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Colonial situations “completely out dated” says Secretary-General

Stakeout

The continued existence of colonial situations is completely outdated and must be addressed, says Ban Ki-moon.

24 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Daily News 24 February 2011

News and features from United Nations Radio.

24 Feb 2011 | Posted in | Read More »

“Criticism is not a crime,” says UN Special Rapporteur on Cambodia

suryasubedi

Concern has been expressed about the use of the crime of encitement against human rights defenders in Cambodia.

24 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Tunisia emerging from decades of “denial of dignity”

Tunisia is emerging from decades of 'denial of dignity' according to the UN Human Rights office.

24 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

57 Somalis drown crossing to Yemen

Fifty-seven Somalis drowned on Sunday, when their boat capsized off the coast of Yemen, according to the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR.

24 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Libyan protests outside UN call for action

In New York, outside the United Nations and not far from the Libyan Mission, demonstrators gathered to demand more be done to protect those in Libya from the deadly violence there. Julie Walker reports. Duration: 2’30” Chanting FREE LIBYA and carrying signs reading the “US & the UN must stop all kinds of support to [...]

23 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Ban describes Libyan crisis as unpredictable and dangerous

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of the UN has described the situation in Libya as unpredictable and dangerous. The UN says at least 250 people have been killed in the violent crackdown against protestors and over 8,000 people have fled the country. Violence is being used by the Libyan authorities against demonstrators calling for a regime change. [...]

23 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Libyans should decide on ICC involvement

The International Criminal Court or ICC could be called into to investigate allegations of human rights abuses in Libya, but only if the authorities in the North African country make a request for it to do so. The ICC, was created in 2002 and is a permanent tribunal created to prosecute individuals for genocide, war [...]

23 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

From the archive: Muammar Qadhafi at the General Assembly, 2009

In his last appearance at the United Nations General Assembly in September 2009, the Libyan leader, Muammar Qadhafi, gave a typically long, extravagant and controversial speech. He said the Security Council should be re-named the “Terror Council,” because of the way that Council resolutions were used against other countries. He also compared the General Assembly [...]

23 Feb 2011 | Posted in UN70 RADIO CLASSICS | Read More »

DRC rape verdict welcomed by UN mission

The head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has welcomed the guilty verdicts handed down this week to military personnel for rape and other human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the DRC.

23 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Daily News 23 February 2011

News and features from United Nations Radio.

23 Feb 2011 | Posted in | Read More »

ICC says decision to do justice in Libya should be taken by Libyans

The decision to see justice served in Libya should be taken by the Libyan people, according to Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court or ICC.

23 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Fears for safety of migrants fleeing Libya

International humanitarian agencies are rushing to protect thousands of migrants who are fleeing political unrest in Libya. The International Organization for Migration, IOM says that most of the migrants are from Tunisia who are seeking assistance to return home.  There are an estimated 1.5 million migrants from Africa, the Middle East, as well as Asia [...]

23 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Migrants in Libya escape violence

Thousands of migrants living in Libya have crossed the border into Tunisia to escape the violence in the North African country, according to the International Organization for Migration, IOM.

23 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Pakistan floods open door to girls' education

Pakistani girls

In rural Pakistan, many parents were reluctant to send their daughters to school because it was seen as going against local culture. But since last year’s floods ravaged the country, there seems to be a shift in what those parents are now allowing their daughters to do. Jocelyne Sambira has more. Duration: 2’22” SFX girls [...]

22 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Pakistan needs to invest in disaster reduction: UN

Pakistan needs to invest more to protect its future and the lives of its people from disasters.

22 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Timor-Leste says “Goodbye Conflict, Welcome Development”

“Goodbye Conflict, Welcome Development” is the motto being embraced by the people of Timor-Leste as they enter the second decade of freedom as a nation.

22 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

New Zealand earthquake causes widespread damage

haitiquake

New Zealand’s second largest city, Christchurch, has declared a state of emergency after being hit by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake in which reportedly 65 people have died.

22 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Security Council holds emergency session on Libya

As protests and violence escalate in Libya, the UN and the international community are calling for restraint on the part of the government there.  The UN Secretary-General spoke directly with Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi and urged him to immediately stop the attacks on anti-government demonstrators. Meanwhile the UN Security Council is holding consultations on the [...]

22 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Darfur Peace talks press ahead in Doha

22 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Daily News 22 February 2011

News and features from United Nations Radio.

22 Feb 2011 | Posted in | Read More »

UN Secretary-General urges Libyan authorities to stop violence against protestors

Amid a violent crackdown on protestors in Libya, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed outrage at “disturbing and shocking scenes” of Libyan authorities firing at demonstrators from war planes and helicopters.

22 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Investing in women and girls’ education is essential to economic growth

Investing in women and girls’ education is essential to a country’s growth and a catalyst for empowering women.

22 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Cancer is a growing health problem in developing countries

Cancer is an enormous and growing global public health problem, says the International Atomic Energy Agency and the World Health Organization.

22 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

India named Global Host of World Environment Day 2011

info_logo_1

For the first time ever, India, which is one of the fastest growing economies in the world, will host World Environment Day on the 5th of June.

22 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Refugees and asylum seekers trapped in Libya

As protests and violence escalate in Libya, there is growing concern over the safety of refugees in the country.

22 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN warns of crimes against humanity in Libya

Libyan Leader

Attacks on anti-government protesters in Libya may amount to crimes against humanity, according to the UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay.

22 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

‘Green Economy’ investment can boost growth, reduce poverty – UN

Investing in 10 key sectors can kick-start a transition towards a low-carbon, resource-efficient ‘green economy’ and also help reduce poverty, says a new UN report.

21 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Conviction in DRC rape case sends strong message to military

After years of impunity involving military officers accused of rape in the Democratic Republic of Congo, nine soldiers including a high ranking officer, have been convicted and sentenced to up to 20 years in prison. The mass rape happened on New Year’s Day in the town of Fizi, in South Kivu. Julie Walker spoke with [...]

21 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Kenyan kidz solidarity: a song for Haiti

Wafalme Kidz

As Haiti continues to recover from the Earthquake in early 2010, four million children are still suffering from limited access to basic needs. But they are not alone; a hip hop group from a different continent felt their pain and wrote a song to show their solidarity. UN Radio’s Febri Orida reports. Sfx kidz 4 [...]

21 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Congo court convicts nine soldiers in mass rape case

congo-stoprape

Nine soldiers including a commanding officer in the Democratic Republic of Congo were convicted in the mass rape of more than 50 women.

21 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Chief speaks with Libya's Qadhafi, urges restraint

Muammar al-Qadhafi and Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon spoke at length with embattled Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, by telephone.

21 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Daily News 21 February 2011

News and features from United Nations Radio.

21 Feb 2011 | Posted in | Read More »

Mother language under threat says UNESCO Director-General

language

In 1999, UNESCO, the United Nations Educational and Cultural Organization proclaimed Feb 21 International Mother Language Day.

21 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN human rights chief concerned about sentencing of political opponents in Belarus

Vasil Parfyankou

The four year prison sentence an anti-government protester in Belarus received is being labelled as harsh by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

21 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Secretary-General urges restraint in dealing with pro-democracy demonstrators

Ban Ki-moon

With the pro-democracy demonstrations continuing in the Middle East and North Africa the UN Secretary-General is continuing to call for restraint on the part of all parties.

21 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Haitians risk cholera infection during annual carnival

Haitians face increased risk of cholera transmission during the upcoming carnival season, unless stringent hygiene measures are put in place, according to the World Health Organizations.

21 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNEP report points the way to a greener economy

green economy

In its new report, UNEP, the United Nations Environment Programme, proposes a way to change the current resource-depleting, high carbon 'brown’ economy, into a sustainable green one. Gerry Adams has more: Narrator: One point three trillion dollars sounds like a lot of money. But UNEP, the United Nations Environment Programme, says it amounts to only [...]

21 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

International Mother Language Day observed

language

February 21 is observed as International Mother Language Day, proclaimed by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1999 to promote all the languages of the world. UNESCO also publishes the Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger to raise awareness about the need to safeguard the world’s linguistic diversity. Derrick Mbatha asked [...]

21 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Mass vaccinations to eradicate polio in Southern Sudan

An estimated 3.1 million children under the age of five are to be immunized against polio in Southern Sudan.

21 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN calls for greater investment in agriculture

UN food experts are calling for more investment in agriculture to offset the soaring food prices and increase the productivity of small farmers.

18 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

John F. Kennedy remembered on President’s Day

President John F Kennedy

Forty-eight years ago, US President John F. Kennedy stood before the United Nations General Assembly and delivered a historical speech. In a separate address to the American staff of the United Nations, he praised their important contribution to the advancement of mankind. He also noted the UN’s crucial role in global affairs, going as far as [...]

18 Feb 2011 | Posted in UN70 RADIO CLASSICS | Read More »

UN Daily News 18 February 2011

News and features from United Nations Radio.

18 Feb 2011 | Posted in | Read More »

Much more needs to be done to change attitudes and recognize importance of the agricultural industry: CARICOM

conradhunte

NAR: As Governments around the world mapped out strategies that would truly help reduce the ranks of hundreds of millions of people living in abject poverty, the United Nations Commission for Social Development today heard four anti-poverty experts offer ways to keep the ranks of people living without adequate food, clothing and shelter from swelling. [...]

18 Feb 2011 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Jamaica says social protection is a fundamental pillar in efforts to eradicate poverty

Meeting

NAR: Jamaica is of the view that the current emphasis by the Commission on Social development on the emerging issue of social protection is fitting. So says Jamaica’s Director of Social security Denzil Thorpe. He told the commission that is especially so since social protection is a fundamental pillar in any country’s efforts towards implementing [...]

18 Feb 2011 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Humanitarian police in C.A.R. protect women

african-women

Women: a weekly 10-minute news magazine that looks at issues affecting women around the world.

18 Feb 2011 | Posted in Women | Read More »

Eliminating tetanus in Laos

laos

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

18 Feb 2011 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

Health workers in Côte d’Ivoire unable to return to work

Disease epidemics are reappearing in Côte d'Ivoire, as the humanitarian situation in the country continues to get worse, according to United Nations agencies.

18 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

United Nations pays tribute to Richard Holbrooke

Former United States Ambassador, Richard Holbrooke, who died in December believed profoundly in the United Nations.

17 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Impact of plastic and fertilizer waste on oceans alarming

Phosphorus discharge and plastics are polluting the world's oceans and drawing attention on the need for a better managing of global waste, environmental experts say.

17 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Daily News 17 February 2011

News and features from United Nations Radio.

17 Feb 2011 | Posted in | Read More »

Women make up majority of world's poor: UN official

Michelle Bachelet

Women are overrepresented among the world's poor who lack access to basic social services according to Michelle Bachelet, the Executive Director of UN Women.

17 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN calls for bold reforms, not repression in Middle East

The Secretary-General is urging authorities in North Africa and the Middle East to exercise restraint and avoid violence when responding to peaceful protests.

17 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Kosovo economic woes threat to its stability

Kosovo's financial problems could become the greatest threat to Kosovo's stability, according to Lamberto Zannier, Head of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK).

16 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Senior rebel commander in the DRC defects

A senior Rwandan rebel officer hiding out in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has surrendered to the United Nations mission in the country, MONUSCO.

16 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Daily News 16 February 2011

News and features from United Nations Radio.

16 Feb 2011 | Posted in | Read More »

UNAMID commits to "more robust" approach in Darfur

Peacekeeper speaks with Sudanese youth

The United Nations says it will take a more robust approach to protecting its peacekeepers and civilians in Darfur.

16 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

HINDI #08: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

PART I Cancer crisis in developing nations. 2’42” PART II Niger families adopt new practices to improve child health. 4’44” PART III Protecting children affected by armed conflict in Afghanistan. 3’26” Narrated and Produced by: Ambalika Misra duration: 14’30″

16 Feb 2011 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

HINDI #07: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

PART I Security Council debates links between peace, security and development. 4’40” PART II Asian economies are leading the recovery from global economic slowdown but weaker global growth is still expected.  3’09” PART III Bangladesh: fishermen cope with rough seas. 4’11” Narrated and Produced by:  Ambalika Misra duration: 14’30″

16 Feb 2011 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

United Nations offering human rights assistance to Egypt

The United Nations is proposing a mission to Egypt to asses the country's human rights situation and engage with the new leadership on human rights issues.

16 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Egyptian art must return to its rightful home, says UN

Art dealers and collectors should be on the alert for stolen Egyptian artefacts.

15 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

OSCE vows to boost cooperation with the UN

The world's largest regional security body, the OSCE, has pledged to work more closely with the United Nations on issues from stabilizing Afghanistan to fighting terrorism and boosting cyber security.

15 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

URDU #05: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

15 Feb 2011 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

URDU #04: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

15 Feb 2011 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

HINDI #06: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

15 Feb 2011 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

UN Daily News 15 February 2011

News and features from United Nations Radio.

15 Feb 2011 | Posted in | Read More »

Political turmoil in North Africa fueling illegal migration into Europe

Migrants

The political turmoil in parts of North Africa and the Middle East is likely to trigger an increase in the number of migrants making the perilous sea journey to Europe, according to the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR.

15 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN to focus on social protection targets

ILO-wages

Labour experts warn that without basic investment in health and nutrition, economic growth will not take off.

15 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Children continue to be used in conflict

Children in Afghanistan are being recruited into the army and used as suicide bombers by anti-government groups.

14 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

African diplomatic efforts continue to resolve crisis in Côte d'Ivoire

As diplomatic efforts by African leaders to resolve the political crisis in Côte d’Ivoire continue, President Laurent Gbagbo remains at the helm of the West African country. The UN mission in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) is providing security to Alassane Outtara, the recognized winner of the November presidential run-off elections. President Outtara is operating from Golf [...]

14 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Ban calls for justice on sixth anniversary of Hariri's assassination

Lebanon is marking the sixth anniversary of the terrorist bombing that took the lives of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and 22 others on 14 February 2005.

14 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Daily News 14 February 2011

News and features from United Nations Radio.

14 Feb 2011 | Posted in | Read More »

Migrants from Tunisia swarm Italian island

Humanitarian agencies are working to provide assistance to over 2,000 Tunisian migrants who have arrived on the Italian island of Lampedusa over the past few days.

14 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Ban urges end to South Sudan fighting

UN Peacekeepers in Sudan

Renewed fighting in Southern Sudan between the Southern People’s Liberation Army and the rebel forces of General Athor has resulted in at least 100 casualties.

11 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Ghana turns to nuclear power for energy security

Ghana is turning to nuclear power to meet its energy demands stemming from a growing economy and industrialization. This comes as the country faces drought and high crude oil prices.

11 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Security Council debates links between peace, security and development

Poverty and a lack of freedom and opportunities are driving instability and conflict in the world’s poorest countries according to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.  Nine of the 10 least developed countries have experienced conflict in the last 20 years demonstrating the strong linkages between peace, security and development.   Gerry Adams reports. Narrator: Countries facing [...]

11 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Egyptian President Mubarak resigns

The president of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak, has resigned following weeks of protest against his government across the north African country. State television announced that Mr Mubarak had handed over power to the Egyptian armed forces. The announcement came as hundreds of thousands of protestors gathered for an 18th day in a row in Tahir Square [...]

11 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Harmful use of alcohol on the rise worldwide

The harmful use of alcohol is causing more deaths globally compared to HIVAIDS, violence or Tuberculosis, according to the World Health Organization.

11 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

WFP purchases record amount of food from developing countries

The World Food Programme (WFP) says it bought a record amount of food commodities from developing countries in 2010.

11 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Not enough housing solutions to end Haiti’s displacement crisis, IOM warns

Under current plans, there will not be enough housing solutions by the end of the year to resolve Haiti’s displacement crisis, says IOM.  The problem is particularly acute in the metropolitan area, with limited space and uncertainty over land ownership. IOM Haiti’s Chief of Mission Luca Dall’Oglio, warned that “hundreds of thousands of Haitians are [...]

11 Feb 2011 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

UN Agencies agree on joint work for Rio+20 Conference

meeting in ECLAC

NARRATOR: Various United Nations agencies met yesterday and today in the headquarters of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in Santiago, Chile, where they agreed to work together for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), which will take place in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro between 14 [...]

11 Feb 2011 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

More than 250,000 people killed by disasters worldwide in 2010: Ban

crying Haitian child

NARRATOR: More than a quarter of a million people were killed by disasters worldwide last year, making 2010 one of the deadliest years in more than a generation.   UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressing an informal thematic debate in the UN General Assembly on disaster risk reduction, warned that natural disasters could make 2011 as costly [...]

11 Feb 2011 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Report underlines value of private investment in securing Haiti's growth

NARRATOR: Haiti can achieve GDP growth of 6-8% over the next decade, if the right public policies are put in place, the national and international private sector become increasingly engaged, and support from the international community is sustained. This is the finding of the World Economic Forum’s report, Private Sector Development in Haiti: Opportunities for [...]

11 Feb 2011 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Returnees to South Sudan gather pace

The number of Southern Sudanese returning home is expected to swell to over 800,000 by the end of the year, according to the UN refugee agency UNHCR.

11 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Poor most affected by rise in food prices

Global food prices have hit record highs, according to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) which recently reported that prices for some core staples had surpassed those seen during the 2007-8 food crisis. But what are the causes of this price rise, and how has it affected some of the poorest in the world? [...]

10 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Meeting in Geneva focuses on reconnecting 30,000 Sahrawis

Sahrawis

Enabling 30,000 Sahrawis in Western Sahara and other countries to reconnect with their families has been a subject of a meeting in Geneva.

10 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNESCO chief condemns murder of Egyptian journalist

The head of the UN agency that defends press freedom has condemned the murder of an Egyptian journalist.

10 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Secretary-General condemns bombing in Mardan, Pakistan

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

A suicide bombing that killed and injured numerous people at an army recruitment centre in the north-western city of Mardan has been strongly condemned by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

10 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN radio station in Côte d’Ivoire remains on air despite ban

un-radio

A radio station in Côte d’Ivoire backed by the United Nations, ONUCI-FM, is continuing to broadcast despite attempts by the Ivorian government to shut it down. The station, the most widely listened to in the nation, has reportedly been jammed by those supporting Laurent Gbagbo, who refused to concede defeat following national elections in November. [...]

10 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Côte d'Ivoire bans UN radio

onu-radio

UN radio broadcasts have been officially banned in Côte d'Ivoire by the government of Laurent Gbagbo, which took to airwaves to make the announcement.

10 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

In annual Holocaust observance, UN pays special tribute to women who braved persecution

holocaust-women

Women who survived the Holocaust were honoured at an observance of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day at the United Nations in New York.

10 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Africa's patent applications are low: WIPO

logo

Applications for new international patents have increased in 2010 but Africa’s share is still low. Patents are sole rights granted to inventors for the ownership of their inventions. The latest World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) patent report shows that only South Africa, Egypt and Namibia have made any significant patent applications. Patrick Maigua asked WIPO [...]

10 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Health advocates call for removal of taxes on malaria products

no tax on mosquito products

Malaria is a leading cause of child mortality in Africa, claiming a life nearly every 30 seconds. It kills one million people every year, and children are at highest risk for severe malarial illness and death during the first five years of life. To win the fight against malaria and reduce the death rate to [...]

10 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Côte d’Ivoire humanitarian situation worsening

The political stalemate in Côte d'Ivoire has to date displaced over 70,000 people according to the UN refugee agency UNHCR.

10 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Severe flooding devastates Sri Lanka

WFP rice bags

As flooding in Sri Lanka continues to worsen, the United Nations is looking towards donor states to continue giving.

9 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Economic crisis in Gaza worsens:UNRWA

crying child from Gaza

Gaza remains in crisis following the Israeli blockade in 2007. Economic sanctions imposed at that time by Israel included restrictions on goods moving in and out of the Palestinian territories, as well as restrictions on the movement of the residents within. The Gaza War of 2008-2009 in which hundreds of Palestinians and 13 Israelis were [...]

9 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Malaria treatments should not be taxed

no tax on mosquito products

Health advocates for the campaign against malaria are calling for the elimination of taxes and tariffs on medicines, bednets and other products that are used to fight the deadly disease.

9 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

High unemployment in Gaza brings despair

man warming himself with a fire

Declining wages and a worsening humanitarian situation in Gaza due to Israeli restrictions are causing despair among people there.

9 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Longest war in Africa comes to “definitive end” in Sudan: UN envoy

Sudan referendum

The success of the Southern Sudan referendum vote on independence has brought Africa's longest civil war to a "definitive end."

9 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Developing countries urged to invest in disaster prevention

ISDR campaign

Developing countries are being urged to find the political will to invest in disaster risk reduction or DRR programs.

9 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

"Political guts" needed to invest in disaster prevention

Margareta Wahlstrom

Governments in developing countries need “political will and guts” to invest in disaster risk reduction or DRR programs; that’s according to a senior UN disaster prevention expert.  DRR programs aim to prepare countries for disasters and so save lives and money.  In 2010, 300,000 people died and a further 200 million were affected by natural [...]

9 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Aid reaching displaced people in Côte d'Ivoire

wahlstrom

As the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Côte d'Ivoire continues to grow because of post-election violence, aid is flowing to them.

8 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Security Council debate highlights value of UN's partnerships with EU, regional bodies

Catherine Ashton

Regional organizations are building blocks for global governance, according to Catherine Ashton, the High Representative for Foreign Affairs of the European Union.

8 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Malakal airport closed by deadly fighting re-opens in Sudan

Malakal airport

Malakal airport in Sudan's Upper Nile state which was closed at the end of last week following a number of deadly clashes between Northern and Southern Sudanese soldiers has been reopened.

8 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Winter drought hits Northern China

wheat

While the rainy season continues in some parts of the world, Northern China is experiencing a drought that may threaten wheat production.

8 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Fluctuating rains in Sri Lanka cause an "unpredictable situation": OCHA

old man rescued in Sri Lanka floods

The international community is stepping up its response to the flooding in Sri Lanka after more than a million people were forced to flee their homes. This is the second time in only a few weeks that floods have hit the country. Gerry Adams reports: Narrator: The floods have led to widespread destruction of rice [...]

8 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Former President Charles Taylor's trial enters closing stages

Charles Taylor

The trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor, who is accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sierra Leone is entering its final stages. Mr Taylor is facing an 11 count indictment for the crimes committed by rebels during the civil war in Sierra Leone between November 1996 and February 2002. The rebels [...]

8 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Severe flooding devastates Sri Lanka

More than 1.2 million people have been affected by flooding in Sri Lanka. The United Nations humanitarian agency (OCHA) says at least 14 people have died in this second wave of flooding that began with monsoon rains in December.

8 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Eight asylum-seekers suffocate en route to South Africa

African migrants

Eight Ethiopian asylum seekers have died while attempting to reach South Africa from Mozambique, according to the UN refugee agency UNHCR.

8 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Bringing a little light to rural Mali

electricity in Mali

A growing number of people in the West African country of Mali are finally getting electricity under a national energy project. In a country where only 24 percent of Malians had access to electricity, it’s now reaching more rural homes. In Seribala, an agricultural town at the center of the country, a power plant has [...]

8 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

WHO investigates link between flu vaccine and narcolepsy

A seasonal flu vaccine suspected of causing a rare sleeping disorder amongst children and adolescents will not be withdrawn from the market, according to the World Health Organization.

8 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Rape continues to be a problem in DRC

Illegal armed groups continue to prey on civilians in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, often using rape and other violence against the people there.

7 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

South Sudan votes overwhelmingly for secession

Sudan referendum

98% of Southern Sudanese have chosen independence from their northern neighbours. Those are the final results of a vote on secession that has been qualified as free and fair.  The referendum is a crucial step in the Sudan’s 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement which will see Africa’s largest country split in two.  It is an important [...]

7 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Social Media Week begins

smw-logo

Social Media Week is underway in key cities around the world including New York.

7 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Southern Sudan votes to secede and form its own country

Sudan referendum

Southern Sudan has voted overwhelmingly to secede and form its own country.

7 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Food shortage concern following flooding in Southern Africa

floods in southern Africa

Heavy rain and flooding in Southern Africa could lead to severe food shortages after large areas of farmland and crops were damaged. In Lesotho, one of the hardest hit countries in the region, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says up to 60 per cent of the harvest has been lost. The FAO [...]

7 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Flooding in southern Africa could lead to food shortages

flooding in southern Africa

Food shortages could hit southern Africa after large areas of farmland and crops were damaged by heavy rain and flooding.

7 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Thai-Cambodian border clashes continue; UN chief urges restraint

Preah Vihear temple

Armed clashes between Cambodia and Thailand have broken out for a 4th straight day along a disputed border area surrounding an 11th-century Hindu temple.

7 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Ban urges peaceful transition in Egypt; meets with Ambassador

World leaders are calling for a peaceful transition to democracy in Egypt, but warn that rushing the process could worsen the crisis and destabilize the region.

7 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Middle East Quartet reiterates calls for stalled negotiations to restart

An international group committed to securing peace in the Middle East and a solution to the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinians has reiterated its call for stalled negotiations to restart.

5 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Partnering to fight rape in conflict

unia1274

UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon is calling for more collaboration between the UN and its partners to eradicate sexual violence in conflict. In his view, prevention has helped. Not only is it working in Haiti, but in other troubled areas. Today, in Haiti’s capital Port au Prince, a 200 strong UN Police Unit maintains a permanent [...]

4 Feb 2011 | Posted in Women | Read More »

UN Daily News 04 February 2011

News and features from United Nations Radio.

4 Feb 2011 | Posted in | Read More »

Call for an end to violence and bloodshed in Egypt

The United Nations is calling for a transparent and impartial investigation into the violent clashes witnessed on the streets of Cairo, Egypt.

4 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN human rights chief alarmed at increase of executions in Iran

human rights

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

4 Feb 2011 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

Clashes claim more lives in “deadly” Mogadishu

Renewed clashes in the Somali capital Mogadishu have left 15 people dead and some 50 injured according to the UN refugee agency, UNHCR.

4 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Daily News 03 February 2011

News and features from United Nations Radio.

3 Feb 2011 | Posted in | Read More »

HINDI #05: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

PART I Bold measures are required for Egypt, says Ban  2’44″ PART II UN high Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay to Egypt: Listen to the demands of the Egyptian people  3’29″ PART III Cote d’Ivoire crisis deepens  3’37″ PART IV $40 million secured for women and children’s health  2’28″ Narrated and Produced by:  Ambalika [...]

3 Feb 2011 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

UN hails "high arrest rate" of Somali pirates

The number of Somali pirates who have been arrested and held in custody has reached 750 according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime or UNODC.  Maritime and crime experts are meeting in London to discuss how to step up the fight against the increasing number of attacks on ships by Somali pirates [...]

3 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

750 Somali pirates in custody in 14 countries

The number of Somali pirates who are being held in custody in 14 countries across the world has reached over 750 according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime or UNODC.

3 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Daily News 02 February 2011

News and features from United Nations Radio.

2 Feb 2011 | Posted in | Read More »

Local communities "should benefit more" from forests

forest

The forest sector is a very practical investment that can reap rewards for both governments and those living near the forests according to a new report from the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

1 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Top UN officials lead visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau

Asha Rose Migiro & Irina Bokova

A group of prominent personalities and representatives of 40 governments have joined a UN-led visit to the notorious Nazi death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland.

1 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Daily News 01 February 2011

News and features from United Nations Radio.

1 Feb 2011 | Posted in | Read More »

Health experts look into narcolepsy spike in Scandanavia

Several children and adolescents in Finland, Iceland and Sweden are reported to be exhibiting a rear sleeping disorder after receiving their seasonal flu vaccinations.

1 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Human Rights a key factor in Egypt demonstrations

Demonstrators in Egypt have won praise from the United Nations for their courage and peaceful protests.

1 Feb 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Radio Daily News Programme
UN Radio Daily News Programme
Updated at 1800 GMT, Monday to Friday
Loading the player ...

CONNECT

       

 

November 2017
M T W T F S S
« Oct    
 12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
27282930