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Radiation worries plague Japan

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Japan continues to deal with the aftermath of that 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that devastated the country on March 11. Worries over radiation leaks from the damaged nuclear power plant in Fukushima are a daily concern for residents, as is the quality of the air, water and food in the country. Timor-Leste police take [...]

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Humanitarian access "absolutely essential' in Libya

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It is absolutely essential that people trapped by fighting in Libya get humanitarian assistance, the head of the United Nations refugee agency Antonio Guterres has said.

31 Mar 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Women seen as key in consolidating democracy in Sierra Leone

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

31 Mar 2011 | Posted in Women | Read More »

Libya proposes new Ambassador to UN

A former UN General Assembly President and Nicaraguan Foreign Minister is reportedly Muammar Qadhafi’s pick to represent Libya at the UN.

31 Mar 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Crisis at Japan’s nuclear power plant causes concern

The situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant damaged by the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11 is causing concern among the people. Questions have been raised about how much radiation is leaking and travelling through the air. Mari Yamashita, the Director of the United Nations Information Centre in Tokyo told Derrick [...]

31 Mar 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

New energy efficient building opened in Nairobi

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A new energy efficient building for the offices of two major United Nations agencies has been officially opened in Nairobi, Kenya by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

31 Mar 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Renovation of UN Secretariat building on time, but over budget

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The United Nations complex in New York is going through a 5 year top to bottom gut renovation. It’s the first time since the buildings went up, that this much work is being done at once. But when it is done, at cost of $1.9 billion dollars, the exterior will look much like it did when [...]

31 Mar 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

High food prices keep 20 million in poverty

High food prices prevented nearly 20 million people in Asia and the Pacific from climbing out of poverty last year and an additional 42 million in the region could remain poor if inflation continues.

31 Mar 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Fighting continues in Côte d’Ivoire

Fighting is continuing in Côte d’Ivoire with forces loyal to internationally recognized President Alassane Ouattara taking strategic towns in the west, central-west and east of the country.

31 Mar 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Fighting continues in Côte d’Ivoire

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Fighting is continuing in Côte d’Ivoire where forces loyal to Alassane Ouattara are reported to be taking towns from pro-Laurent Gbagbo forces. Incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo continues to refuse to concede defeat in last year’s presidential elections to internationally recognized winner of the elections, President Ouattara. Meanwhile, the political crisis has forced thousands of people [...]

31 Mar 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Action needed for zero AIDS-related deaths

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Despite progress in combating the AIDS epidemic, more needs to be done to eliminate it, according to a new report released by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

31 Mar 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Constitutional crisis looms in Somalia

Somalia is facing a constitutional crisis as a result of the transitional parliament’s decision to extend its term for three years, according to the top UN envoy for the Horn of Africa country. Ambassador Augustine Mahiga says Somalia’s government has indicated tit too would like to have its mandate extended for a one year term. [...]

30 Mar 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Somalia faces constitutional crisis

Somalia is facing a constitutional crisis as a result of tensions between the government and the parliament, according to the top UN envoy for the country, Ambassador Augustine Mahiga.

30 Mar 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Current Account: The peaceful use of atomic energy

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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.

30 Mar 2011 | Posted in UN70 RADIO CLASSICS | Read More »

Fukushima nuclear plant continues to face problems

The situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant damaged by the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11 continues to be very serious.

30 Mar 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Women seen as key in consolidating democracy in Sierra Leone

Jabbie Kabbah

The women of Sierra Leone are ready to take the mantle of power following more than 10 years of a brutal civil war which ended in 2003, says Jabbie Kabbah, President of the All Political Parties Women’s Association. Gerry Adams spoke to her and other members of civil society who participated in a recent meeting [...]

30 Mar 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Food prices and supplies in Libya of concern to WFP

The World Food Programme (WFP) is stepping up its delivery of humanitarian aid to Libya. The agency recently sent a convoy of trucks into the country to deliver food and blankets to the city of Benghazi and has more provisions stored at border camps. But, WFP still says it’s concerned about the scarcity of food in [...]

30 Mar 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Security Council considers sanctions against Côte d’Ivoire’s Laurent Gbagbo

France and Nigeria are circulating a draft resolution in the Security Council, calling for further sanctions against Côte d’Ivoire’s Laurent Gbagbo, to force him to give up power.

30 Mar 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Former Rwandan mayor gets life in prison for genocide

A former Rwandan mayor has been sentenced to life in prison for his role in the 1994 genocide in the country.

30 Mar 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Violence in Southern Sudan a concern for UN

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The government of Southern Sudan has been urged to deal with security threats from militia groups in accordance with international humanitarian law.

30 Mar 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Vietnam needs human rights-based approach to development

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Vietnam needs a human rights-based approach to developing as it grapples with the debt problem and the impact of the global economic downturn.

30 Mar 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

World Food Programme steps up aid for Libya

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Hundreds of people fleeing the violence in Libya continue to cross the country’s borders on a daily basis, making their way by land to Tunisia and Egypt and by boat to Italy.

30 Mar 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Four million people to benefit from good wheat harvest in Pakistan

Flood-affected farmer carries away wheat seeds donated by US and distributed by FAO.

Pakistan is expecting to have a good harvest of wheat — enough to feed four million poor people in rural areas over the next six months– according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

30 Mar 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

WHO assesses radiation risk from nuclear plant in Japan

Despite reports that radiation leaking from that damaged nuclear plant in Japan is travelling to other nations, the World Health Organization (WHO) maintains that outside the country there no public health risk.

29 Mar 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN condemns attack on its helicopter in Côte d’Ivoire

A helicopter belonging to the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) was shot at while on a reconnaissance flight above the town of Duekoué in the western part of the country.

29 Mar 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN agencies await full access to Libya

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As fighting continues in Libya, United Nations agencies are poised to enter the country with humanitarian aid as soon as full access is granted. Gerry Adams reports. At a briefing of UN agencies in Geneva, the UN humanitarian agency, OCHA, says it still has had no access to the country an has been unable to [...]

29 Mar 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Melba Moore performance in honour of remembrance of slavery

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On March 25th, the General Assembly Hall resonated with music when the UN held the fourth gala concert in commemoration of the victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. In this piece, produced by UN Radio’s Beng Poblete-Enriquez, you will hear from Tony award winning artist and multi-Grammy nominated vocalist Melba Moore as she performs Lift [...]

29 Mar 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Diversifying production in least developed countries to add jobs

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The UN International Labour Office is out with a new report on Growth, Employment and Decent Work in the Least Developed Countries. It calls for sectoral and export diversification away from commodities to manufacturing. The report also offers a portfolio of policy options to be tailored to country needs and circumstances. Julie Walker spoke with [...]

29 Mar 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Least developed countries need economic diversification: UN report

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Diversifying manufacturing within a nation, rather than just relying on commodity exports is crucial to boosting the economies of the least developed countries, according the UN International Labour Office (ILO).

29 Mar 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Actor Liam Neeson appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

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Actor and Humanitarian Liam Neeson is now a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. Julie Walker reports.

29 Mar 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Foreign ministers meet in London on Libya

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More than 35 countries, as well as top officials from NATO, the Arab League, the African Union and the United Nations met in London on Tuesday to discuss Libya.

29 Mar 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Ivorian exodus spreads in West Africa as crisis deepens

Heavy fighting has erupted in parts of Western Côte d’Ivoire, trapping thousands of displaced people according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

29 Mar 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Fighting in North Darfur leaves three villages nearly empty

Three villages in an area near Shangil Tobaya town in North Darfur have been totally deserted as a result of recent fighting between Sudanese government forces and rebel fighters.

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

Libya: Concerns grow over protection of civilians

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Concerns over the protection of civilians in Libya are growing at the United Nations as the North African country grapples with a political crisis and an armed rebellion.

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

OHCHR Concerned Over Syria

The situation in Syria escalates as clashes between government security forces and anti-government demonstrators continue. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights is asking the Syrian government to “draw lessons from a broader protest movement that has swept the Middle East and North Africa.” Radmilla Suleymanova reports The death toll in Syria is rising [...]

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

North Darfur villages deserted after clashes

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A UN-African Union fact-finding mission to five villages in North Darfur found the majority of the homes deserted. The residents were among the 70,000 displaced by recent fighting between Government forces and rebel movements. The inter-agency team led by OCHA, UNAMID and the North Darfur Humanitarian Aid Commission visited villages which lie in a radius [...]

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

Syria protests escalate

Protests in Syria continue to escalate. Dozens of people have reportedly been killed in clashes between government security forces and anti-government demonstrators.

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

WHO says report exonerates agency in handling flu pandemic

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The first results of a probe into the global handling of the H1N1 or swine flu pandemic have exonerated the World Health Organization (WHO) on two key issues according to the head of WHO.

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

People of African descent still face “intolerance and exclusion”

People of African descent still suffer from intolerance and exclusion, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay.

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

Humanitarian agencies deliver food aid to Benghazi

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In Libya, humanitarian agencies continue trying to help those in need. For the first time since the no-fly zone began, the World Food Programme (WFP) was able to send several truck loads of supplies to Benghazi from Egypt. The International Committee of the Red Cross, which is one of WFP’s partners, has been helping to [...]

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

Number of asylum seekers in industrialized countries declines

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The number of asylum-seekers in the industrialized world has gone down to its lowest level in nearly 10 years according to the United Nations refugee Agency, UNHCR. Last’s year’s asylum figures were nearly half of those registered in 2001 when almost 620,000 asylum applications were made. UN Radio’s Patrick Maigua spoke to UNHCR’s Fatoumata Le-Jeune-Kaba [...]

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

African migrants from Libya arrive in Italy

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Nearly 830 African migrants from Tripoli and Misurata have arrived by boat on the Italian Island of Linosa and are being transferred to Sicily.

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

UN concerns over sanitation in Japan evacuation centers

Three weeks into the devastating earthquake and Tsunami in Japan, the United Nations says there are still significant humanitarian needs that are not being met. Patrick Maigua Reports from Geneva.

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

Timor-Leste police take over responsibility for country

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The Timorese National Police (PNTL) resumed full policing authority in the country following a hand over ceremony in Dili. The United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) completed the transfer of responsibility five years after the Government requested UNMIT to assume policing authority in Timor-Leste following a period of instability. Joyce De Pina reports. De [...]

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

Timor-Leste police resume responsibility for country

Timor-Leste resumed policing authority of their country on Monday, following a hand over ceremony in Dili.

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

A taxing issue for Sub-Saharan Africa

It was one of America’s founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin who said “that the only two things that are certain in life are death and taxes.” This may well be true, but many developing countries are still finding it a challenge to set up an efficient and effective tax system, despite having pressing social spending needs. [...]

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

Number of asylum-seekers declines significantly

Asylum-seekers interviewed in Greece

The number of asylum-seekers in the industrialized world has continued to decline and is now almost half the level it was a decade ago according to the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR.

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

Plundering of Mali’s art a major problem

Mali’s ancient art has been plundered from archaeological sites to be sold in Europe and the United States. In 1970 the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) adopted a convention to stop that kind of illicit trafficking in cultural property.  Derrick Mbatha discussed this issue with Dr. Samuel Sidibé, the Director of the National [...]

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

Situation in Libya worsens

Humanitarian organizations are expressing concern about the worsening humanitarian situation in Libya. Coalition forces have carried out aerial bombings of key government targets in Libya to enforce a no-fly zone over the country imposed by the UN Security Council. The fighting between forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi and the rebels has intensified, leaving [...]

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

World Tuberculosis Day focuses on multi-drug resistant TB

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World Tuberculosis is observed each year on 24 March to raise awareness about the disease that can be successfully treated if diagnosed on time. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that there are 440,000 cases of TB each year. Of particular concern is a strain of TB which is resistant to the usual medication in [...]

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

Theatre can be used to promote peace

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Theatre can be used to promote peace and reconciliation in communities recovering from conflict.

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

Yemeni journalist shot and killed in pro-democracy protests

A Yemeni journalist who was shot in Sana'a, the capital of Yemen on 18 March has died.

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

Businesses need to help reduce pollution in oceans

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The private sector has a critical role to play in reducing waste such as plastics that pollute the world's ocean.

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

UN Daily News 25 March 2011

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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UN rights body to send investigators to Côte d'Ivoire

The UN’s Human Rights Council in Geneva has decided to send an international commission of inquiry to Côte d’Ivoire. The commission composed of independent investigators will look into the alleged gross human rights violations taking place in the country following November’s presidential elections. Earlier, the Council had voted to send a special rapporteur to Iran [...]

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

10 year sentence for Chinese pro-democracy activist too harsh: UN Human Rights Chief

Chinese activist Liu Xianbin was sentenced to 10 years in prison on the charge of “incitement to subvert state power”, after writing a series of articles calling for democratic reforms.

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

Humanitarian situation worsens in Côte d'Ivoire; OCHA will increase presence

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There has been political and social unrest in the West African country of Côte d’Ivoire since the disputed elections of November 2010. Incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo refuses to cede power to Alassane Ouattara, the internationally-agreed winner. With large numbers of people being displaced and others having to flee because of the fighting, the humanitarian situation [...]

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

Situation worsens in Syria

UNICEF urges respect for children in Syria (file photo).

Syrian authorities have been urged by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to conduct an independent and impartial investigation into the killings of at least 37 people, including children in the southern city of Daraa.

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

Radiation outside Japan not a threat: WHO

Radiation is drifting from Japan's damaged nuclear power plant to other countries, but the World Health Organization (WHO) says it's not a threat.

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

Evacuation of Libyan migrants resumes

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The evacuation of migrants stranded in Libya has resumed after a brief suspension caused by the deteriorating security conditions.

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

People need to be educated about slavery

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There is need to educate people about slavery and the transatlantic slave trade, United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon said on Friday.

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

1.5 million displaced as war looms large in Côte d’Ivoire

Fears of all out war in Côte d'Ivoire are uprooting thousands from their homes in Abidjan and in the western parts of the country, according to the United Nations.

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

UN Secretary-General "inspired" by youth in Egypt

The United Nations Secretary-General has said he was inspired by the young people he met in Egypt as they try to build a new democracy in the North African country. Ban Ki-moon recently travelled to Egypt and Tunisia following popular uprisings against authoritarian regimes which were largely led by young people. In an exclusive interview [...]

24 Mar 2011 | Posted in From the Field, Today's Features | Read More »

Libyan authorities not abiding by Security Council resolutions

Libyan authorities have not stopped their attacks or declared a ceasefire as demanded by Security Council resolutions, according to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

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

Ban signs global petition to abolish nuclear weapons

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has added his name to a petition that has been signed by one million people calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons.

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

Sierra Leone needs sustained support to recover from war

Sierra Leone has made a remarkable recovery in the nine years since the civil war ended, but it will continue to require international attention and support.

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

Hundreds die in Côte d'Ivoire's post-electoral violence

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More than 460 people have died in Côte d'Ivoire since December last year following the disputed presidential elections in the West African country.

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

UN Daily News 24 March 2011

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Michael Douglas on Japan, Libya and recovering from Cancer

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Actor and UN Messenger of Peace Michael Douglas Michael Douglas wants the world to know that Japan needs help now more than ever and not to forget that. He was at UN Radio studios in New York Thursday to discuss with Julie Walker how to help the country in the wake of the March 11th [...]

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

Michael Douglas says more help needed for Japan

Michael Douglas interviewed by Julie Walker

Actor and UN Messenger of Peace Michael Douglas says the world needs to keep helping Japan, especially now.

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

UN rights council appoints investigator for Iran

A special investigator has been appointed by the Human Rights Council in Geneva to look into abuses committed by the regime in Iran. The Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed concern amongst other things about the number of alleged executions and arbitrary arrests. Jocelyne Sambira reports. NARRATOR: The UN is increasingly concerned with Iran using the [...]

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

Foot and mouth disease spreads in North Korea

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Outbreaks of foot and mouth disease have been reported in eight of 13 provinces in North Korea.

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

Indonesia's role in peacekeeping commended

Indonesia is playing an important role in United Nations peacekeeping operations around the world, ranking as the number 14 contributor of troops and police.

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

"Leprosy no longer public health threat in Timor-Leste"

Leprosy, a chronic disease once endemic in South East Asia, has been largely eliminated from Timor-Leste. The disease has caused the disfigurement of millions of people mainly in the developing world. The news was officially broken by the Timorese President José Ramos Horta, and confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO).   Joyce De Pina reports. [...]

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

UN votes to investigate alleged human rights violations in Iran

The Human Rights Council has agreed to establish a UN human rights investigator for Iran.

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

Japan extends ban on contaminated foods

Food companies in Japan have been instructed to stop the distribution of leafy vegetables from the Fukushima area where a nuclear power plant has been damaged by the earthquake and tsunami.

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

Secretary-General condemns violence in Syria

Security forces in Syria have reportedly opened fire on anti-government protestors, killing and injuring several of them.

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

Afghanistan "ready" for security transition

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Afghanistan says is ready to take over the responsibility for its security from NATO forces in seven of its provinces. The Central Asian country is emerging from years of conflict following the defeat of the Taliban government…..civilian deaths are on the rise. Meanwhile, the United Nations has extended the mandate of its mission in Afghanistan. [...]

23 Mar 2011 | Posted in From the Ambassador, Today's Features | Read More »

Opium production still a serious problem in Afghanistan

Opium remains a serious problem in parts of Afghanistan, with more farmers growing the seeds for use in making heroin.

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

Humanitarian impact of measures by Israel on Palestinians

On the same day a bomb left at a crowded bus stop in Jerusalem exploded killing one woman and injuring at least 30 people, the UN released a new report on East Jerusalem. It analyzes the humanitarian impact of measures put in place by Israel, such as the Barrier, settlements and planning and zoning restrictions, [...]

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

AIDS activist and actress Elizabeth Taylor Dies

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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.

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

UN Daily News 23 March 2011

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Food prices increase in Libya

An increase in food prices in Libya could have serious consequences for the elderly and poorest people in the North African country…that’s according to the World Food Programme (WFP). The on-going conflict in Libya between the Government and pro-democracy rebel forces has caused hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes. Abeer Etefa is [...]

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

Somalia appeals for engineers to help provide basic services

The Minister of State of Somalia Zahra Mohamed Ali Samantar has appealed for military engineers to help her country deliver basic services to the people.

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

Bombing in Jerusalem kills one, injures more than 30

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A bomb left at a crowded bus stop in Jerusalem has exploded killing one woman and injuring at least 30 people.

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

Life in Côte d'Ivoire's capital Abidjan unpredictable says UN

Thousands of residents of Côte d’Ivoire’s commercial capital, Abidjan, are trying to leave the city as fears of an all out war loom. Members of the Ivorian Defense and Security Forces (FDSCI), loyal to former president Laurent Gbagbo, having been shelling and fighting in Abobo, a neighbourhood considered the stronghold of supporters of rival and [...]

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

UN allocates over $10 million for relief efforts in Côte d'Ivoire

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$10.4 million has been allocated by the United Nations to meet urgent humanitarian needs in Côte d'Ivoire.

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

17 million more people in Pakistan don't have enough food

In Pakistan, poor economic conditions and devastating floods which disrupted agriculture have meant that an additional 17 million people do not have enough food.

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

Drug resistant TB on the rise worldwide

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Tuberculosis is on the rise. By 2015 there will be more than two million new cases of TB.

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

UN still lacks humanitarian access in Libya

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As military operations and fighting continue in Libya, the government there is preventing humanitarian aid workers from reaching people who may need the most help.

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

Attacks against civilians increase in eastern DR Congo

Armed groups in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have increased their attacks against civilians.

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

Power restored at Japanese nuclear plant

Power has been restored to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, damaged by the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11th.

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

UN Daily News 22 March 2011

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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People in Japan cautioned against eating radiation-contaminated food

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People in Japan are being warned against eating food contaminated by radiation that leaked from the nuclear plant, which was damaged by the earthquake and tsunami.

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

Aid agencies waiting to access Libya

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Humanitarian agencies are waiting at Libyan border posts to gain access to people who have been affected by the ongoing instability in the North African country. A popular uprising by pro-democracy rebels has been bolstered by an aerial bombing campaign mounted by countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom and France.  Jocelyne Sambira reports. [...]

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

More Afghan farmers growing poppy for heroin production

There is an increase in the number of farmers in Afghanistan growing poppy seeds, which is the main ingredient in heroin. There’s also an increase in illegal drugs moving through Africa, as smugglers find new routes to circumvent the law. Those are just some of the topics being discussed at the 54th session of the [...]

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

Journalists in North Africa and Middle East harassed

Harassment and detention of journalists reporting on popular uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East must stop.

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

Growing urban population increases demand for water in Africa

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World Water Day is being observed around the world Tuesday to focus attention on the importance of the most basic necessity for life.

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

UN faces funding shortfall in Côte d’Ivoire

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Humanitarian operations in Côte d'Ivoire already hampered by mounting insecurity may grind to a halt in the coming days due to lack of adequate funding, according to United Nations agencies.

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

Thousands of Libyans displaced by fighting

Migrants fleeing Libya

Thousands of Libyans have been displaced in the east of the country, taking refuge in homes, schools and university halls, according to the UN refugee agency UNHCR.

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

Three quarters of people in DRC lack access to safe drinking water

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A report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) is recommending an investment of $70 million to help tackle the drinking water crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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

Top 30 medicines to save mothers and children launched by WHO

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A list of the 30 most important medicines to save the lives of mothers and children across the world has been released for the first time by the World Health Organization (WHO). It’s expected that the list will ensure the availability of the life-saving drugs especially in developing countries where they’re often lacking. Patrick Maigua [...]

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

Deadly crackdown in Yemen condemned by UN Secretary-General

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The use of deadly force against demonstrators in Yemen has been condemned by the United Nations Secretary-General. Yemen is the latest country to experience anti-government protests which have swept across North Africa and parts of the Middle East. Fifty people were killed as Yemeni security forces reportedly opened fire on demonstrators in the capital, Sana’a, [...]

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

Stronger nuclear safety standards needed

Stronger nuclear safety standards are needed not just for Japan where officials are trying to avert a meltdown at a power plant, but throughout the world.

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

World needs to "speak with one voice" about Libya

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Air strikes by countries including the US, UK and France are continuing in Libya, following the implementation of a United Nations resolution. The resolution, which was passed last Thursday, provides for a 'no-fly’ zone over Libya to prevent air power being used against civilians.  Julie Walker joins Daniel Dickinson in the studio for an update [...]

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

UN Daily News 21 March 2011

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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WHO releases list of medicines to save mothers and children

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The first ever list of the most vital medicines for saving the lives of mothers and children has been released by the World Health Organization.

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

IAEA says situation in Japan "very serious"

The situation at the nuclear power plant in Japan continues to remain very serious according to the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA. The nuclear plant was damaged ten days ago, after a huge earthquake and tsunami hit north east Japan.   Radmilla Suleymanova reports: Suleymanova:  The Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan remains on a state of [...]

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

Haitians await Presidential election results

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In Haiti, anticipation is mounting as the country awaits the results of the Presidential election held on Sunday.

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

Japan will overcome nuclear crisis: IAEA

The situation at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant remains very serious, but Japan will overcome this nuclear crisis says the head of the U.N. atomic agency.

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

More Tunisian migrants arrive in Italy

The flow of Tunisian migrants into the Italian island of Lampedusa continues unabated.
Over the past two months the number of arrivals has reached 14,000. Patrick Maigua reports from Geneva.

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

Secretary-General condemns deadly crackdown in Yemen

As anti-government protests continue in Yemen, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is condemning the use of deadly force against demonstrators there.

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

International agreement on Libya "imperative" says UN chief

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The international community is being urged by the UN Secretary-General to remain united in its policy towards Libya.

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

Intensified Pakistan Violence Hinders Relief Efforts

Fierce fighting between the Pakistan’s army and militants intensified over the last few weeks, forcing people to flee for their lives and seek shelter. Most arrive at the camp with nothing but the clothes on their back. With increasing violence and dire living conditions, children are bearing the cost of the conflict. Radmilla Suleymanova reports. [...]

20 Mar 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Water for Loma: El Salvador

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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.

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

Film depicts life of Palestinian girl torn between resistance and education

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

18 Mar 2011 | Posted in Women | Read More »

Human rights leaders discuss troubled West Africa regions

With the on-going conflict in Côte d’Ivoire over the rightful winner of the November elections, the topic of human rights and elections became a timely theme for the 6th meeting of UN Human Rights Heads of Section in West Africa. The region is undergoing a series of elections at this time, said Mr. Patrice Vahard. [...]

18 Mar 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Daily News 18 March 2011

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Likelihood of crimes against humanity in Côte d’Ivoire:HRC

As violence continues to escalate in Côte d'Ivoire, the UN Office for Human Rights is warning that crimes against humanity may be taking place.

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

WHO advises against travel ban on Japan

While radiation levels in Japan are increasing, there is no reason for a travel ban to and from the country at this time.

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

Terror film breaks taboo in Muslim community

Trailer (explosion then Asharaf voice) “I lost my father, my father in law…my friends.” Asharaf al-Khaled is a Jordanian whose wedding was bombed by an Al-Qaeda suicide terrorist, killing 27 members of his family. Trailer 2 (explosion then Asharaf voice again) “They don’t have the right to kill in the name of God” In an [...]

18 Mar 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

HINDI #10: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

PART I UNEP reports the way to a greener economy. 3’44” PART II UN to focus on youth as world population reaches 7 billion. 3’47” PART III Restocking forests one tree at a time. 2’42” PART IV Bringing a little light to rural Mali. 2’31” Narrated and Produced by: Ambalika Misra duration: 14’30″

17 Mar 2011 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

HINDI #09: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

PART I UN food agency steps up assistance to migrant on Libya-Tunisia border while UN sets up temporary shelter for those fleeing Libya. 3’54” PART II UN offers human rights assistance to Egypt.2’37” PART III 2010 deadliest year for natural disasters in two decades. 2’20” PART IV The importance of mother language. 3’45” Narrated and [...]

17 Mar 2011 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

WHO looks at health risks caused by damaged Fukushima nuclear plant

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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.

17 Mar 2011 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

Quality education and women’s full access to science and technology imperative for achieving gender equality: CSW

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Quality education and women’s full access to and participation in science and technology are imperative for achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment. So said the Commission on the Status of Women as it urged Governments and relevant United Nations agencies to take appropriate actions to bolster women’s access to education and to specifically strengthen capacities [...]

17 Mar 2011 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Jamaica says children in need of care and protection receiving attention at the highest levels of government

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Jamaica says children in need of care and protection is a matter which is receiving attention at the highest levels of government. Its representative on the UN Human Rights Council Ambassador Wayne McCook told the council in Geneva that the Child development Agency and the police are working to ensure that children in need of [...]

17 Mar 2011 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

UN chief calls for a concrete plan to improve the plight of the world’s most vulnerable in Least Developed Countries

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has urged the international community to hammer out a concrete plan during the Fourth United Nations Conference on Least Developed Countries to improve the plight of the world’s most vulnerable people and meet the 2015 deadline for realizing the Millennium Development Goals. Duration: 4’07″

17 Mar 2011 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

HINDI #11: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

PART I WHO assess radiation health effects following a leak at a Japan power plant. 3’40” PART II Massive Japanese earthquake alters earth’s spin, shortens our day. 3’14” PART III UN appoints team to investigate human rights abuses in Libya. 1’43” PART IV UN envoy to Afghanistan alarmed at high civilian causalities. 3’14” Narrated and [...]

17 Mar 2011 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

HINDI #12: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

PART I Leukaemia and cataracts remain chief health issues of Chernobyl accident. 5’47” PART II Need to invest in young people and help them discover their potential. 3’52” PART III Many Asian nations can learn from Thailand and China when it comes to universal health care coverage and government pension plans. 3’16” Narrated and Produced [...]

17 Mar 2011 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

HINDI #13: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

PART I Health advocates call for removal of taxes on Malaria products 3’13” PART II Cricket in Bangladesh teaches girls about HIV/AIDS. 3’00” PART III Barefoot grandmothers electrify entire village. 3’27” PART IV Fighting the Sahara to preserve Lake Chad. 3’06” Narrated and Produced by: Ambalika Misra duration: 14’30″

17 Mar 2011 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

UN Daily News 17 March 2011

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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UN Daily News 17 March 2011

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Special Rapporteur reports on the situation of human rights in Myanmar

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A number of changes have occurred in Myanmar since the end of 2010. The country undertook national elections for the first time in over two decades in November. One week later, Nobel Peace Prize winner and opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was released unconditionally following years of intermittent house arrest. And a new [...]

17 Mar 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN alarmed by military takeover of hospitals in Bahrain

Security forces in Bahrain have forcibly taken over several hospitals and medical centers, according to the UN office for Human Rights.

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

Security Council considers a no-fly zone over Libya

The Security Council met behind closed doors on Wednesday to discuss a draft resolution that would include a no-fly zone over Libya as well as additional sanctions.

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

UN Daily News 16 March 2011

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Tunisian migrants continue to arrive in Lampedusa

Nearly 2,000 Tunisians have landed on the Italian island of Lampedusa on Tuesday, bringing the total of Tunisian migrants in Italy to 10,000 since mid-January. The huge numbers of migrants are putting a strain on the small island, overcrowding its sole reception centre. The outflow from Tunisia is unrelated to the ongoing crisis in Libya. [...]

16 Mar 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Daily News 15 March 2011

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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UN agencies monitoring Japan nuclear radiation leakage

Radioactive material is being released directly into the atmosphere, following a fire at damaged Japanese Nuclear power plants according to the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA.

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

Massive Japanese quake alters earth's spin, shortens our days

Because of the 9.0 earthquake that rocked Japan on March 11, each earth day has become shorter. NASA, the US Space Agency, says that’s because the quake was so strong, it caused the earth to shift and rotate on its own axis 1.6 seconds faster, shortening our days. It also caused parts of Japan to [...]

15 Mar 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

IAEA: Japan's nuclear reactors safe

Japan’s nuclear reactors remain intact even after Friday’s earthquake and tsunami flooded its power plants. Earlier Japanese authorities reported they were injecting sea water to cool down two nuclear reactors in Fukushima Daiichi. The head of the UN’s nuclear agency or IAEA, Yukiya Amano, lay to rest fears that Japan’s nuclear crisis could become another [...]

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

Japanese nuclear operators stabilize reactors

Japanese nuclear operators have stabilized the reactors in nuclear plants damaged by last Friday’s massive earthquake and tsunami, according to the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA.

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

Somali government regains control of strategic towns

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The Somali transitional government or TGF has re-captured three strategic areas in its capital Mogadishu after two weeks of heavy fighting with the help of African Union troops. More than 40 Burundian peacekeepers were killed in the clashes in the Al Shabaab rebel strongholds. The government troops with the help of the African Union troops [...]

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

United Nations assists Japanese government in search, rescue and recovery

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The rescue operation is continuing in Japan following the earthquake and tsunami which devastated large parts of the north of the country on Friday. It’s not yet know how many people have been killed, but it’s feared the death toll could reach ten thousand. The United Nations has sent a team of experts to help [...]

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

UN Daily News 14 March 2011

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Release of radio active material "minimal" from Japan nuclear plant

The Japanese authorities have told the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that the release of radio active material from nuclear reactors has been minimal.

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

Human rights in Sudan "violated by authorities"

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The human rights of individuals in Sudan continue to be violated by the authorities according to a United Nations independent expert. Mohamed Chande Othman has just returned from a week-long visit to the country during which he looked at the human rights situation in the north and south of the country as well as the [...]

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

Serious concerns remain about human rights in Sudan

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The human rights situation in Sudan remains of serious concern according to a United Nations independent expert.

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

Somali and AU peacekeepers capture strategic areas in Mogadishu

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Casualties suffered by African peacekeepers in their latest offensive against the Al Shabaab insurgents in the Somali capital Mogadishu might have been minimized if they had more military equipment.

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

United Nations joins search and rescue effort in Japan

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A team of seven experts from the United Nations has joined in the planning and management of the search and rescue efforts in Japan in the aftermath of last week's devastating earthquake and tsunami.

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

Japan counts its losses

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Japan is counting the cost of the devastating earthquake that hit the country on Friday. Earthquakes are common on the archipelago and the country is well drilled for emergencies. Most of the damage has been caused by the tsunami which followed the earthquake. The UN encourages countries to prepare for disasters. Sálvano Briceño is a [...]

12 Mar 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Poor countries need to diversify economies

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Least developed countries, known as LDCs need to diversify their economies to combat poverty, according to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

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

Thai nun rescues women from sex industry

Sister Sutisa Utalun

Sex tourism in Thailand remains a huge social problem in the country. The industry is worth about 4 billion dollars a year, and the International Labour Organization or ILO estimates that 12,000 minors are trafficked overseas annually. But there is hope for Thai women. Sister Sutisa Utalum has helped to rescue over 4,000 Thai women [...]

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

Israel urged to stop demolition of Palestinian homes

Israeli authorities have been urged by the United Nations to stop illegally demolishing Palestinian homes in the West Bank.

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

Security Council ready to impose sanctions on Côte d’Ivoire

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The UN Security Council is ready to impose sanctions on people that obstruct efforts to resolve the political crisis in Côte d’Ivoire.

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

Japanese earthquake highlights importance of disaster risk reduction

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The strongest earthquake in nearly 150 years has struck Japan. Measuring 8.9 on the Richter scale, the quake has resulted in a tsunami, hundreds of lives lost and the evacuation of thousands near nuclear plants. Japan, says Margareta Wahlstrom, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, is a country the Japanese themselves say is constantly [...]

11 Mar 2011 | Posted in Today's Features, Today's News | Read More »

Changing stereotypical roles for women in the entertainment industry

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Academy Award winning actress Geena Davis has been spearheading a campaign to get the entertainment industry to embrace roles for women and girls that break the typical stereotypes. She discussed her efforts at a forum UN on the occasion of International Women’s Day, March 8th. Julie Walker reports. Cassava helps reduce poverty in Ghana Once [...]

11 Mar 2011 | Posted in Women | Read More »

Aftershocks continue following massive earthquake in Japan

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Aftershocks are continuing in Japan following one of the largest ever earthquakes to hit the Asian country. The powerful earthquake measuring 8.9 on the Richter scale has caused widespread damage in the earthquake zone about 250 miles north-east of Tokyo.  Hundreds of people are reported to have been killed. Mari Yamashita is the Director of [...]

11 Mar 2011 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

Three human rights activists threatened in Bahrain

Authorities in the Persian Gulf state of Bahrain are being urged by the United Nations, to ensure the protection of three human rights activists in the country.

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

UN envoy hopes to end suffering of Libyan people

The newly appointed envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for Libya hopes to help end the suffering of the Libyan people.

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

UN nuclear agency offers support to earthquake-hit Japan

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The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has offered support to Japan to secure its nuclear facilities following the massive earthquake that has hit the country.

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

Ensuring the sustainability of the sea for future generations

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NARRATOR: Efforts to move forward with the recent General Assembly resolution declaring the Caribbean Sea a Special Area in the context of sustainable development got a boost this week when a delegation from the Association of Caribbean States met UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The delegation also met later with representatives of some 30 member States [...]

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

Empowering women everywhere to achieve sustainable development

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NARRATOR: “It is impossible to achieve sustainable development anywhere unless the world is prepared to develop, protect and empower women everywhere. So says Elizabeth Thompson of Barbados, the Executive Coordinator of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, scheduled for Rio in 2012. During a panel discussion on gender equality and sustainable development, presentations focused on [...]

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

Jamaica is proud of its contribution to the international human rights system

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NARRATOR:  Jamaica is proud of its contribution to the international human rights system. Word of this comes from the country’s representative to the Human Rights Council Ambassador Wayne Mc Cook.  He noted that during a recent visit of the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment to Jamaica, the [...]

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

“Business as usual” in Côte d’Ivoire following ban on UN flights

United Nations aircraft are still flying in Côte d’Ivoire despite being grounded by the incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo. A political stand-off continues in the West African country as Mr Gbagbo refuses to step down and allow the internationally recognized winner, Alassane Ouattara, take over as president. Mr Ouattara is currently at an African Union meeting [...]

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

UN appoints team to investigate human rights abuses in Libya

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The UN Human Rights Council has appointed a three member international commission of inquiry to investigate alleged violations of human rights in Libya.

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

Aftershocks continue following massive earthquake in Japan

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Aftershocks are continuing in Japan following one of the largest ever earthquakes to hit the Asian country. Hundreds of people are feared dead following the quake in the north of Japan which measured 8.9 on the Richter Scale. Mari Yamashita is the Director of the United Nations Information Centre in Tokyo. She told Daniel Dickinson [...]

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

Food stocks running low in Libya

Libya is likely to experience severe food shortages within the next four months, according to the UN World Food Programme.

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

Massive earthquake hits Japan

A powerful earthquake measuring 8.9 on the Richter scale has struck Japan triggering a devastating tsunami affecting the Pacific region.

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

Côte d’Ivoire becoming forgotten humanitarian crisis

International aid agencies are calling for more support in dealing with the humanitarian crisis in Côte d'Ivoire.

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

UN envoy to Afghanistan alarmed at high civilian casualties

The UN in Afghanistan says it is committed to reducing the number of civilians who are being killed in the ongoing conflict in the south central Asian country. Last year was one of the worst years for ordinary Afghans. Almost 2,800 civilians died as a result of the conflict between the government and the rebel [...]

10 Mar 2011 | Posted in From the Field, Today's Features | Read More »

Army rape verdicts in DR Congo welcomed by UN

Guilty verdicts against 11 army officers from the Democratic Republic of Congo accused of rape have been welcomed by the United Nations.

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

Kiribati youth try to save their island nation

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Small island states may be the least responsible for global rising temperatures, but they are suffering the most from its adverse effects, according to the UN’s climate body. The Pacific island nation of Kiribati is on the front line of climate change and might soon become inhabitable. But the youth is working hard to raise [...]

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

Human rights violations escalate in Côte d’Ivoire

Human rights violations are escalating in Côte d’Ivoire and civil war remains a risk according to the United Nations.

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

Political actors urged to start dialogue in Bahrain

The authorities in Bahrain have been urged by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to address political and constitutional reform and facilitate national reconciliation.

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

Violence against journalists in Libya condemned

The reported torture of a team of three BBC journalists in Libya has been condemned by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay.

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

New Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya awaits permission to enter country

Tens of thousands of people continue to flee fighting in Libya as the battle to remove the Libyan leader, Muammar Qadhafi from power, intensifies. The conflict between the Government and rebel forces has been going on for three weeks. So far international humanitarian agencies have been unable to access the North African country to find [...]

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

Africans in Libya, scared and in hiding

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As the conflict in Libya continues to escalate, migrant workers from sub-Saharan Africa are increasingly facing violence and discrimination. It follows reports that the Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi is using African mercenaries against anti-government protestors. Many African workers have not been able to flee to the border, too afraid to leave their homes. In Benghazi, [...]

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

Ban appeals for support for African peacekeepers in Somalia

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United Nations member states are being urged by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to increase their support to the 8,000-strong African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia known as AMISOM.

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

Sub-Saharan Africans leave Libya

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Large numbers of Sub-Saharan Africans have managed to escape across Libya’s borders in an attempt to return home.

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

Opposing sides in Libya conflict urged to protect civilians

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Government forces and insurgents fighting for control in Libya have been urged by the United Nations to protect civilians following reports of heavy bombardments in western Libya.

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

Decline in bees to hit global food production

Global food production is likely to decline in the coming years, unless efforts are put in place to stop the decline in the number of honeybees.

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

Over 500,000 Tanzanians farmers to get UN loans

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More than 500,000 poor people in rural areas of Tanzania are expected to benefit from a $90 million loan from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

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

No Morocco-Polisario deal on Western Sahara talks

Morocco and the Polisario Front, an independence movement, have ended another round of talks in Malta without agreeing on how to proceed with talks on the future of Western Sahara.

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

Civilians pay with their lives in Afghan conflict

Afghan civilians are paying the price of war with their lives and in great numbers, according to a report by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission. 2,777 civilians were killed last year due to an intensification of the armed conflict in Afghanistan, the report says, calling on parties [...]

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

Human Rights Council discusses protection of the rights of street children

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There are 100 million children in the world living on the street. What are the root causes that lead them to the insecurity and violence they find there? Children do not belong in the streets; they belong in school and in the safe environment of homes, said UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay, as she [...]

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

UN Daily News 09 March 2011

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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WFP feeds additional 50,000 people in Mogadishu

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Food aid is being provided to an additional 50,000 people in the Somali capital of Mogadishu.

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

Continued relief aid needed as fighting escalates in Libya

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Countries helping migrants in Libya to return home are being urged to maintain the momentum of their relief efforts.

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

2,800 civilians die in Afghanistan conflict in 2010

Close to 2,800 Afghan civilians have died as a result of conflict in 2010, according to a report released by the United Nations mission in Afghanistan, (UNAMA)

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

Number of street children worldwide reaches 100 million

The number of children living and working on the streets worldwide is now estimated at over 100 million, according to the UN Human Rights office.

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

Six Kenyans ordered to appear before the ICC

Six Kenyans suspected of being behind the violence that followed the disputed 2007 elections have been ordered to appear before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague on 7 April.

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

Poor people denied land rights

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Land rights for poor people are often sacrificed after disasters and conflicts.

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

Displacement from Côte d’Ivoire crisis reaches alarming proportions

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The international community is becoming increasingly concerned about the fate of civilians in Côte d’Ivoire as violence in the country escalates. Tensions there began to rise following national presidential elections in November in which the incumbent, Laurent Gbagbo, refused to cede victory to the internationally recognized winner, Alassane Ouattara. Gerry Adams reports. Duration: 2’38″

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

Celebrating 100 years of International Women’s Day

On March 19, 1911 more than a million women and men attended rallies in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland to mark the first International Women’s Day, 100 years later it’s still being celebrated and women are still fighting for gender equality.  Academy Award winning actress Geena Davis has been spearheading a campaign to get the [...]

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

20,000 flee fighting in Abyei town

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Around 20,000 people have fled Abyei town over the past few days, according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

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

Eco-farming can double food production in 10 Years

Small-scale farmers, can double food production within 10 years by introducing ecological methods in regions where the hungry live, according to a new United Nations report.

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

100th anniversary of International Women’s Day celebrated

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Women are still fighting for equality as they celebrate the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day.

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

8,000 Tunisian migrants arrive in Lampedusa

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Nine boats carrying 660 migrants from Tunisia have arrived on the Italian island of Lampedusa, bringing the total number of Tunisian migrants who have reached the island in the past five weeks to about 8,000.

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

16 million women live with HIV

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Out of 34 million people living with HIV, 16 million are women and the number continues to rise, according to Mariangela Simao, Chief of Prevention and Vulnerability Reduction at the United Nations agency dealing with AIDS and HIV, UNAIDS.

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

Women in Middle East and North Africa a source of inspiration

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The courage and determination of women in the Middle East and North Africa are a source of inspiration for those striving to achieve full respect for human rights.

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

Violent attacks against sub-Saharan Africans in Libya

International aid agencies are raising concern over the increasing accounts of violence and discrimination in Libya against migrants from sub-Saharan Africa.

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

500,000 displaced by fighting in Côte d’Ivoire

Nearly half a million people have been displaced by the on going political crisis in Côte d'Ivoire, according to United Nations agencies.

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

Human rights of Palestinians in Israeli prisons questioned

A Palestinian official says Israel is violating the human rights of Palestinian prisoners. Issa Qaraqe, the Palestinian Authority’s minister for prisoners’ affairs made the comments at a UN meeting in Vienna on the plight of Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli prisons and detention facilities. However, Israel denies this. Qaraqe says some prisoners are being held [...]

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

Tsunami results in unexpected benefits, says UN intern

Febi Orida

On December 26, 2004, a devastating tsunami ravaged many coastal regions on the Indian Ocean. UN Radio intern Febri Orida is from Aceh, Indonesia, one of the worst hit areas. Febi, as she is affectionately known, tells UN Radio’s Gerry Adams how the tsunami affected her and how in many ways helped open Aceh up [...]

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

Abyei rivals agree to end violence

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An agreement between parties in north and south Sudan to end violence in the disputed oil-rich Abyei region has been welcomed by the United Nations Mission in Sudan.

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

Agency heads say Libyan crisis is one of migration

The humanitarian situation in Libya remains extremely worrying, says UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Valerie Amos. Speaking at a press conference in Geneva, she and the heads of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), all agree that the problem is one of migration. Gerry Adams reports: Duration:  2’36″

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

$1.4 billion appeal from UNICEF for aid

Humanitarian Action for Children

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is launching a $1.4 billion dollar appeal for money to help women and children recover from crisis situations such as natural disasters, as well as prepare for them. This year’s “Humanitarian Action for Children” report from UNICEF focuses on resilience and how the agency wants to use the money [...]

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

More than 6,000 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails

The release of over 6,000 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails and detention centres remains a crucial issue for the Palestinian Authority.

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

One million people affected by Libyan political crisis

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More than a million people will need humanitarian assistance as a result of the political crisis and violence in Libya according to the United Nations.

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

UNICEF concerned over safety and health of Libyan children

Libyan children

Over 1.7 million children in Libya are likely to face difficult times ahead as the political crisis in the country continues to escalate, according to the United Nations Children's fund UNICEF.

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

Libya names new UN ambassador

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Libya has appointed Ali Abdussalam Treki, the current Libyan Foreign Minister as its new UN representative. The Libyan authorities said they were revoking the credentials of Ambassador Abdurrahman Shalgam and his deputy, Ibrahim Dabbashi. This decision follows the defection of the Libyan diplomats in protest at the violent repressions being carried out against opposition demonstrators. [...]

5 Mar 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Libya prevents refugees from fleeing

crisis in Libya

As renewed anti-government protests break out in Libya, the humanitarian situation is worsening. The UN’s Refugee Agency, UNHCR, says it’s concerned that migrants and others are being prevented from leaving the country. The World Food Program, WFP, says it’s concerned about getting supplies in, especially after Libyan air force artillery came close to their relief ship. [...]

4 Mar 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

International Crisis Group says war in Côte d'Ivoire can be avoided

Ivorian refugees

Earlier this week, seven women in Côte d’Ivoire were killed by security forces in Abijan, the commercial capital of Côte d’Ivoire in a conflict between forces loyal to Laurent Gbagbo, the incumbent president and those of Alassane Ouattara, who has been internationally recognized as the winner of the November Côte d’Ivoire elections.  The UN Security [...]

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Libya appoints new UN Ambassador

Libya has appointed a new Ambassador to the United Nations.

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Migrants prevented from fleeing Libya

The number of people fleeing violence in Libya has dropped sharply following the deployment of heavily armed pro-government forces on the border.

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62 civilians killed in Mogadishu

Somali refugee

Sixty-two civilians have been killed and over 230 injured over the last two weeks in heavy fighting in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

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

Civilians used as 'human shields' in Côte d'Ivoire

Civilians in the Abobo suburb of Abidjan, the commercial hub of Côte d'Ivoire are being used as 'human shields' to prevent attacks by forces loyal to Laurent Ggbabo.

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Tsunami results in unexpected benefits, says UN intern

Febi Orida

On December 26, 2004, a devastating tsunami ravaged many coastal regions on the Indian Ocean. UN Radio intern Febri Orida is from Aceh, Indonesia, one of the worst hit areas. Febi, as she is affectionately known, tells Gerry Adams how the tsunami affected her and how in many ways helped open Aceh up to the [...]

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Leukemia and cataracts remain chief health issues of Chernobyl accident

Increases in leukaemia and cataracts are emerging as the most obvious long-term effects radiation exposure from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. The explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear plant in 1986 is considered the world’s worst ever nuclear accident. It led to the resettlement of over 330,000 people living close to the plant. Gerry Adams reports. As [...]

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Fleeing migrants stopped at Libyan border

Heavily armed pro-government forces in Libya are preventing migrants from crossing the border into Tunisia, according to United Nations agencies.

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Humanitarian operations scaled down in Côte d’Ivoire due to insecurity

Humanitarian organizations are scaling down their operations in Côte d'Ivoire as the security situation in the country continues to deteriorate.

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Afghan children need better protection from air strikes

Afghan children

There is a need for a thorough review of procedures to ensure that children are not killed in air raids by international forces in Afghanistan.

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

WFP unable to deliver food to Libya

WFP ship carrying supplies

A ship carrying more than 1,000 metric tonnes of wheat flour to the Libyan port of Benghazi has returned to Malta without unloading its cargo due to security concerns.

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

Security Council warns of civil war in Côte d'Ivoire

The Security Council is calling on parties to the Côte d'Ivoire conflict to resolve their differences peacefully to avoid a resurgence of civil war.

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

Asian migrants stranded in Benghazi need urgent evacuation

Migrants fleeing Libya

More than 5,000 migrants of Asian and African origin have been stranded at the Libyan port city of Benghazi for more than a week. The majority of these migrants are from Bangladesh, India, and Sudan. Humanitarian organizations are working fast to get people out by air and by sea. Jemini Pandya, spokesperson for the International [...]

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UN allocates $5 million to help people fleeing Libya

Libyan migrant

The head of the United Nations humanitarian agency (OCHA) has allocated $5 million to kick-start emergency efforts to help people fleeing violence in Libya.

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

UN report documents stories of rape victims in the DRC

congo-rape-women

A UN panel of experts sent by UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay to the Democratic Republic of Congo to hear from the victims of sexual violence, recommends that they must benefit from their right to remedy and reparation. Gerry Adams has more: Adams:  For years, the lives of women in the Democratic Republic of [...]

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Global food prices increase for eighth consecutive month

Global food prices have increased for the eighth consecutive month in February, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

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UN Daily News 03 March 2011

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Designer drugs production on the increase

designer drugs

Recreational so-called “designer drugs” are being produced faster and in growing numbers across the world according to the Vienna-based International Narcotics Control Board (INCB).  Drug traffickers have become increasingly sophisticated and have produced legal drugs by modifying the molecular structure of illegal substances.  In Europe, 16 new designer drugs are being monitored, in Japan the [...]

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Qadhafi being investigated for crimes against humanity

Libyan migrants

Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi is being investigated for alleged crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court (ICC). The announcement was made Thursday. The case was referred to the judicial body by the UN Security Council after reports of a deadly crackdown on anti-government protestors by Libyan authorities. Julie Walker reports. Walker: Libyan Leader Muammar [...]

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Migrants evacuated from Libya

Migrants in Libya

Thousands of migrant workers stranded in the Libyan port city of Benghazi are being evacuated by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

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Civilians at 'grave risk' in Côte d'Ivoire

Civilians in Côte d'Ivoire are at grave risk from a flare up of violence in Abidjan, the country's commercial hub and the west of the country.

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

Rape victims in DR Congo need compensation

Women who have been raped in the Democratic Republic of the Congo should receive compensation as they continue to suffer from deep social stigmas and terrible neglect.

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

ICC probes Qadhafi over crimes against humanity

The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague has decided to investigate crimes that have been allegedly committed by Libyan President Muammar Al-Qadhafi's government in repressing peaceful protests.

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UN apologizes to Belarus over false accusations

The head of United Nations peacekeeping operations Alain Le Roy has publicly apologized to Belarus following statements that the country was breaking the arms embargo on Côte d'Ivoire.

2 Mar 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

International Criminal Court to probe Libya

The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague says it will investigate alleged crimes committed by Libyan President Muammar Al-Qadhafi's government in repressing peaceful protests.

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Somalia on brink of humanitarian disaster: UN envoy

Somali refugee

Close to 2.4 million people’s lives in Somalia are at risk as a result of conflict and drought, according to the top United Nations envoy for the country. Ambassador Augustine Mahiga says people in areas controlled by the Al-Shabaab insurgents are desperately in need of food and forced to flee to areas where they have [...]

2 Mar 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Former UN spokesperson devotes retirement to keeping girls in school

Fred Eckhard

After having lived a very public and high profile life as a UN spokesperson, Fred Eckhard has decided to spend his retirement helping disadvantaged girls in Burkina Faso. Together with Gilberte Saint Cast, the founder of a non-profit association called Solidarite Geole-Burkina, he is helping 45 girls stay in school. Fred Eckhard spoke to Febri [...]

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UN Daily News 02 March 2011

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Designer drugs are escalating out of control: INCB

Designer drugs, produced by modifying the molecular structure of illegal substances to avoid detection, are spreading fast, according to the Vienna-based International Narcotics Control Board (INCB).

2 Mar 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Angelina Jolie calls for protection of civilians in Côte d'Ivoire and Libya

Angelina Jolie

Award winning actress Angelina Jolie has called for the protection of tens of thousands of civilians caught up in conflicts in Côte d'Ivoire and Libya.

2 Mar 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN sets up temporary shelter for those fleeing Libya

chaos in the Libya-Tunisia border

Thousands continue to flee Libya as the violence there mounts. So far, 85-thousand people have crossed the border into Tunisia. They are mainly migrant workers from Egypt, but China, Thailand and Nepal also have a presence there. The UN has set up a transit center in the border town of Ras Ajidir, where up to [...]

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UN to fight organized crime in conflict settings

Yuri Fedetov

West Africa is increasingly being used by drug traffickers as a transit point for drugs bound for Europe from Latin America. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) estimates that at least 50 tons of cocaine worth at least two billion dollars on the streets pass through there. UNODC Executive Director, Yuri Fedetov, says [...]

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UN's drug agency to fight organized crime in war torn countries

crimes

Two billion dollars worth of cocaine and other drugs transit through West Africa every year from Latin America bound for Europe, according to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime or UNODC.

2 Mar 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Transit centre for people fleeing Libya expanded in Tunisia

displaced people in Libya

A transit centre for people fleeing violence in Libya is being expanded by the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) at the Libya-Tunisia border area.

2 Mar 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN human rights chief condemns Pakistan assassination

Shahbaz Bhatti

The assassination of Pakistan's Minister of Minority Affairs on Wednesday has been condemned by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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Somalia on the brink of a humanitarian disaster: UN envoy

idps in Somalia

A humanitarian disaster caused by conflict and drought and affecting close to 2.4 million people is unfolding in Somalia.

2 Mar 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Libya suspended from UN Human Rights Council

Human Rights Council

Libya has become the first country to be suspended from the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council.

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

UN food agency steps up assistance to migrants on Libya-Tunisia border

egyptian-workers

The World Food Programme (WFP) is stepping up its assistance to tens of thousands of migrant workers who are fleeing political unrest in Libya.  ore than 100,000 people have fled the North African country into Tunisia and Egypt over the last two weeks.  The immediate concern is to provide food and shelter to the tens [...]

1 Mar 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Daily News 01 March 2011

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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General Assembly urged to "act decisively" on Libya

General Assembly hall

The General Assembly is being urged by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to act decisively on Libya.

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

Bahrain's King opens national dialogue as protests continue

Ban Ki-moon and King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa

As unrest continues to sweep through North Africa and the Middle East, the small oil-rich island of Bahrain is facing its own protests. Bahrain’s king reshuffled his government cabinet and has sat down with demonstrators to try and open a dialogue, but many there are still unhappy with the monarchy that has ruled the country [...]

1 Mar 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Lord's Resistance Army intensifies attacks on civilians in DR Congo

child being consoled by UN peacekeeper

Ugandan bandits of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) have renewed their attacks against civilians in the northeastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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

UN food agency's chief goes to Tunisia-Libya border

WFP's Josette Sheeran

The head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Josette Sheeran has gone to the border between Libya and Tunisia to see how food is being distributed to people arriving from Libya.

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

"Humanitarian crisis" on Libya-Tunisia border

civilians fleeing Libya

Ten of thousands of people are gathered on the Libyan border waiting to cross over into Tunisia in what the United Nations is now calling a humanitarian crisis. Migrant workers have been fleeing the continued political upheaval in Libya where pro-democracy campaigners are stepping up efforts to get the Libyan leader, Muammar Qadhafi to relinquish [...]

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Civilians trapped in Côte d'Ivoire fighting

refugees from Côte d'Ivoire

Civilians are trapped amid fighting that has been raging over the past several days in the Abobo district of Abidjan, home to 1.5 million people in Côte d'Ivoire.

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

Yemeni authorities warned against violent repression of peaceful protests

Yemeni protests outside UN

Authorities in Yemen have been warned by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, against the violent repression of planned mass protests.

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

Situation along Libya-Tunisia border at crisis point

civilians fleeing Libya

Humanitarian agencies are scaling up their relief efforts to assist tens of thousands of migrant workers stranded along the Libyan border with Egypt and Tunisia in what is now being described as a humanitarian crisis.

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

Zimbabweans arrested for debating events in North Africa

Zimbabwean government is being urged to release a group of civil society activists charged with treason for discussing events in Egypt and Libya.

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

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