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30 Syrian children die in government crackdown

A recently filmed video has emerged from Syria showing images of children being tortured and ill-treated while in detention. Popular uprisings taking place in the Middle Eastern country have been met with harsh reprisals by security forces according to the United Nations. Daniel Dickinson reports. The death toll in Syria is increasing according to UN [...]

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Bob Geldof visits the Gaza strip

Bob Geldof sits in class with students while visiting their school in Gaza.

The plight of children living in the Gaza strip in the occupied Palestinian territory, has been highlighted by the campaigner and rock star, Bob Geldof.   Geldof visited the Jabalya refugee camp and a school run by the UN's Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Northern Gaza. He was on his way to attend an Israeli [...]

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Fighting continues in Libya as relief agencies struggle to help

Stranded migrant workers between Libya and Egypt border

The government of Muammar Qadhafi and opposition forces remain far apart on finding a negotiated solution to the conflict in Libya. That's what the Security Council heard during a briefing by the head of the United Nations Department of Political Affairs Lynn Pascoe on Tuesday. The crisis in Libya, which started in February as people [...]

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$4 billion of food wasted in Sub-Saharan Africa

Farmer Harvests Sorghum Seeds in Sudan

Four billion dollars of food is wasted each year in sub-Saharan Africa because of a lack of infrastructure according to a new report by the Food and Agricultural Organization. The FAO says that most of the loss happens in the post-harvesting stage, when the food is waiting to be transported to market. Radmilla Suleymanova asked [...]

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Heavy cell phone users at risk of cancer

Man speaks on a mobile phone

New evidence shows that cell phones could increase the risk of developing certain brain cancers. On Tuesday the World Health Organization's cancer research institute officially classified as carcinogenic the type of electromagnetic fields emitted by cell phones. One study shows a 40% increase risk for glioma, a type of brain cancer, for people using their [...]

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Operation to help 60,000 people displaced in Abyei hampered by bad weather

Heavy rain hits an emergency food distribution point in Sudan

A major humanitarian operation, involving agencies from across the United Nations, is underway in Abyei in Sudan, after 60,000 people have now fled their homes. Fighting in the disputed region has left Abyei town empty of residents, and full of armed groups carrying out organised looting. Julia Paul reports:  Duration: 2'12"

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UN human rights chief condemns increased use of force in Yemen

A group of displaced people in Yemen

There are reports that more than fifty anti-government protestors in Yemen have been killed, and hundreds injured, after security forces used live ammunition against them in the city of Taiz. Navi Pillay, the United Nations' High Commissioner for Human Rights, has condemned the increased use of force against protestors and says her office is investigating [...]

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UN Radio News 31 May 2011

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Eight senior Libyan army generals defect

Lynn Pascoe

Eight generals from the Libyan army have defected and are appealing to other army officers to join them. The Libyan generals are also calling for the atrocities against civilians to stop. So far, over a hundred officers are said to have left the country. Government forces loyal to Muammar Qadafhi have been pitted against opposition [...]

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Four billion dollars of food lost every year in Sub-Saharan Africa

Maize crib used as a sack store for dried grain

Four billion dollars worth of food is wasted in Sub-Saharan Africa every year according to a new report by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The wastage, mainly of grain, is largely due to poor storage facilities.  Jocelyne Sambira reports.  The wasted grain equates to 20% of Africa's total grain production.  The food is lost [...]

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Casualties of Somali children under five peak

Wounded child in Somalia

The number of children wounded in the war in Somalia has increased dramatically over the past month. The World Health Organization (WHO) says out of 1,590 wounded in the capital Mogadishu, over 700 are children. Almost half of the children wounded were under five. Tarik Jasarevic from WHO says the increase could be due to [...]

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Over 100 people detained following Georgia riots

Georgia map

One hundred and sixty-two people are said to be in detention after taking part in anti-government protests in Tbilisi, Georgia, according to the Georgian Public Defender's Office or Ombudsman. Many of them have reportedly sustained injuries after police tried to disperse protestors using disproportionate force. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, [...]

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Security forces in Yemen clamp down on protestors

Hundreds of people have been displaced by the conflict in recent days, the UN human rights office said.

Anti-government protestors in Yemen have reportedly been killed and hundreds injured after security forces used live ammunition against them. UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay says her office has received reports that 50 people were killed on Sunday in Taiz by the national army and other government affiliated forces. The security forces are said to [...]

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Organized crime groups spreading terror in Central America

Public prosecutors in Central America are increasingly falling victim to drug-related violence  according to the UN Human Rights Office. Over the past week, a number of public prosecutors have been murdered by organized crime groups in both Guatemala and Honduras . Rupert Colville is a spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. "The increasing vulnerability of [...]

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Displacement continues in Abyei

Abyei: aerial view of burnt out and destroyed villages

Up to 60,000 people have been displaced from the disputed region of Abyei in Sudan, according to the United Nations. A humanitarian relief operation is underway to reach those displaced but is being hampered by insecurity, heavy rains and a chronic shortage of fuel in South Sudan.   Adrian Edwards is from the UN refugee agency UNHCR.   “Currently, [...]

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Tobacco use in developing countries still high

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  Six million people could die from the tobacco epidemic this year, including 600,000 non smokers from exposure to tobacco smoke. That's the message from the World Health Organization ahead of World No Tobacco Day celebrated on May 31. WHO hails the important strides made to curb the use of tobacco in over 172 countries [...]

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Lethal force against protesters a violation of basic human rights

Human Rights Council

The brutal crackdown on anti government protests and opposition groups in Libya, Bahrain, Yemen and Syria is an outright disregard for basic human rights, according to the UN Human rights Chief Navi Pillay. Addressing the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Ms Pillay said the use of lethal or excessive force against peaceful demonstrators also [...]

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

Sri Lanka ‘execution’ video is authentic

A UN Human Rights expert says he believes serious international crimes were committed during the final stages of the Sri Lankan war. Christof Hynes, the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions says he was in possession of additional video footage showing the killing of civilians by armed men allegedly filmed during the final stages of the [...]

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US renews call to Syria to allow fact finding mission into the country

Human Rights Council

The Syrian government is being urged to allow a fact finding mission to enter the country. The call was made at the opening of the Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday. Authorities in Syria are said be using excessive use of force against anti government protestors and opposition groups. US Ambassador Eileen Donahue insists [...]

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IOM to focus on migration across Mexico's southern border

Central America Map

Mexico’s southern border state of Chiapas is becoming a major hub for migrants trying to get into the United States, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The migrants endure horrible conditions travelling on top of freight trains or hidden in tractor trailers during the 3,000 kilometre journey to the US border. They also [...]

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UNESCO highlights needs of Egyptian and Tunisian public broadcasters

egypt

An international conference to support public broadcasters in Egypt and Tunisia is being organized by UNESCO. The aim of the meeting is to assess the media's needs and help the two countries develop a public broadcast service. Jocelyne Sambira reports.  Decision-makers and representatives of public broadcasting services from ten European countries are attending the conference [...]

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Tobacco users asked to quit for one day

Six million lives are lost every year because of smoking, WHO says

  Smokers around the world are being asked to put down their cigarettes and put away their chewing tobacco for World No Tobacco Day. The World Health Organization is behind the event and says smoking and other forms of tobacco use causes serious health effects including cancer, heart disease, bronchitis and emphysema.  UN Radio's Radmilla [...]

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More women are needed in science and technology

Asha

Women continue to be under-represented in the sciences. That's what United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro said at the International Women Leaders' Conference taking place in the Israeli city of Haifa. The conference organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is looking at the role of women in science and technology. Ms. [...]

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UN Radio News 30 May 2011

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Contemporary forms of slavery are a problem in Peru

gulnara

Authorities in Peru still face many challenges in addressing contemporary forms of slavery, according to a United Nations independent expert.  Gulnara Shahinian, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery has just concluded her first fact-finding mission to Peru.   She told Derrick Mbatha that during her mission she met with people from various [...]

30 May 2011 | Posted in From the Field, Today's Features | Read More »

African nations call for investigation into migrant deaths

Evacuation of Migrants Fleeing Violence in Libya

African leaders are calling for an investigation into the alleged abandonment of migrants in North Africa, according to Nigeria's Ambassador Ositadinma Anaedu. Ambassador Ositadinma Anaedu was addressing the Human Rights Council in Geneva on behalf of the African group. The Council of Europe, a European watchdog, was the first to call for an inquiry into [...]

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World No Tobacco Day focuses on global treaty to control tobacco

tobaccoday

As people in developed countries become more aware of the dangers of smoking, the tobacco industry is now focusing on developing countries to market its dangerous product. Africa is one such region where young people are being lured into the habit of smoking which can cause health problems such as lung cancer and stroke. To [...]

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South Asia expands public smoking bans

child inhaling smoke from cigarette

Tobacco is a public health threat around the world, but in South Asia it kills over a million people a year. South Asia is also a major producer and exporter of tobacco, making it an important source of income. But advances are being made to deter future generations from picking up this deadly habit. World [...]

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There can be no peace without law and order

MINUSTAH peacekeepers

More than 120,000 police, military and civilian personnel serve in 15 peacekeeping operations in hot spots around the world. Many of them have died to bring law, peace and order to these countries either hit by natural disasters or suffering from war. The UN on May 29 is celebrating these men and women who are [...]

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

178 peacekeepers die over last year in "noble cause"

Alain Le Roy (left) pins a Peacekeeping Service Medal to an officer

A bomb explosion on Friday injured several peacekeepers in Lebanon, 40 km south of the capital Beirut. The attack has cast a shadow on this year's observance of International Day for Peacekeepers. 178 peacekeepers died over the past year. 120,000 military, police and civilian personnel are currently serving in various hot spots around the world. Alain Le [...]

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

India dam project to drown indigenous land

Jiten Yumnam

  The indigenous people of Manipur in North east India are being pushed out of their land to make place for the construction of a dam. This dam is the largest ever built in India, and it could drown the indigenous' land, and wipe out their entire culture and heritage. Jiten Yumnam is a Meiteis- [...]

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Human rights of women addressed at Indigenous Permanent Forum

UN Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues

The human rights of indigenous women have been spotlighted recently at the United Nations.  Tarsila Rivera of the Global Indigenous Women's Caucus is an indigenous Qechua from the Andes region of Peru, South America.  She participated in the recent United Nations Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues. She told Gerry Adams that the Permanent Forum was important [...]

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World Health Assembly tackles under-nutrition in young children

momandchild

Undernutrition in children under five is being tackled by international health experts.  The World Health Organization, WHO, says over 100 million children under the age of five were under weight, more than 170 million were stunted and some 43 million were overweight and obese in 2010. Measures to improve maternal, infant and child nutrition were [...]

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South Asia expands public smoking bans

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Tobacco is a public health threat around the world, but in South Asia it kills over a million people a year. South Asia is also a major producer and exporter of tobacco, making it an important source of income. But advances are being made to deter future generations from picking up this deadly habit. World [...]

27 May 2011 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

UN chief condemns bomb attack on UN peacekeepers in Lebanon

UN Peacekeeper ceremonies at the UNMIL HQ in Monrovia, Liberia.

A bomb attack on peacekeepers in southern Lebanon has been condemned by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. An explosion injured United Nations military personnel in a logistics convoy about 40 kilometres south of Beirut. Charles Appel reports. The Secretary-General said the attack was "all the more deplorable" because it happened during the commemoration of the [...]

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Rwandan genocide suspect arrested

Rwanda genocide sculpture

A genocide suspect from Rwanda who's been on the run for 17 years has been arrested in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Bernard Munyagishari is accused of orchestrating the murder of Tutsis and moderate Hutus in Gisenyi. He faces charges of genocide, murder and rape. Mr Munyagishari is expected to be handed over to [...]

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Governments urged to discourage flotillas to Gaza

flotillas in Gaza

Governments around the Mediterranean Sea have been urged to discourage their citizens from sending flotillas to Gaza, an occupied Palestinian territory which is facing a blockade by Israel. United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon has sent a letter to those governments expressing concern about media reports of potential flotillas. He says that assistance and goods destined [...]

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A low-tech, affordable solution to maternal deaths

sgabuja

  Nigeria, Côte d'Ivoire, Ethiopia and France were the four nations UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited during the month of May to highlight the importance of maternal health.  The trips to Nigeria and Ethiopia were part of the "Every Woman, Every Child" global health effort, which Mr. Ban launched in September last year during the [...]

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Caribbean aims for right balance of sustainable tourism product: CTO

Caribbean beach

NAR: Increasing the number of tourists visiting the Caribbean region while maintaining the right balance for a sustainable tourism product and the continued preservation of the environment continues to be the focus of the Caribbean Tourism Organization. Secretary-general Hugh Riley told me about the focus of the campaign. TAPE:         It's Keeping the Right Balance, [...]

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Health situation "critical and desperate" in Misrata, Libya

Libyan refugees

The city of Misrata in Libya is facing a critical and desperate health situation with shortages of medical supplies and personnel, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The agency says although fighting has decreased over the last week it is still not possible to get a clearer picture of the casualties because of a [...]

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UNWTO sees tourism as vehicle to lift people out of poverty

sgldc

NAR: Tourism is one of the top three sources of export earnings for nearly half of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and is a priority sector for their further integration in the global economy. The contribution of tourism in advancing development was addressed during a Special Event on Tourism for Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction organized [...]

27 May 2011 | Posted in Caribbean News, LDC IV | Read More »

Military staff attacked ahead of UN peacekeeping day

peacekeepers day

[feature starts off with audio from Alain Le Roy, the head of UN peacekeeping operations] In New York on Friday, Alain Le Roy, the head of United Nations peacekeeping operations paid tribute to the men and women who have served as UN peacekeepers across the world. It was supposed to be a solemn celebration and provide [...]

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Amerindians an integral part of Guyanese society

Permanent Forum of Indigenous Peoples

NAR: The Amerindians of Guyana are an integral part of Guyanese society. So says Yvonne Pearson, Chairperson of the National Toshaos Council of Guyana. She told the Permanent Forum of Indigenous Peoples that as such, the Government of Guyana has redoubled efforts to address issues affecting Amerindians in order to overcome centuries of marginalization. TAPE: [...]

27 May 2011 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Protests in Yemen could lead to war, warns UN human rights agency

child refugee in Yemen

A country on the brink of war. That's what Yemen has been described as, as fighting escalates between government forces and tribal groups. The conflict in Yemen is part of what some have called an "Arab Spring" – a wave of protests and demonstrations against corruption, unemployment and ill treatment in the Middle East and [...]

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Increase in new cases of cholera seen in Haiti: WHO

cholera patients

NARRATION: The World Health Organization -WHO says there has been an increase in new cholera cases in the Western department of Haiti. Health officials fear the new outbreak may reach the capital Port au Prince. More from Spokeswoman Fadela Chaib in Geneva. TAPE:         But given the early detection of alert, a prompt response is [...]

27 May 2011 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

UN to hold decolonization meeting in St.Vincent/Grenadines

teakwood sculptural piece

NARRATION: Efforts to eradicate colonialism take centre stage in St. Vincent and the Grenadines next week as the Special Committee on the Situation with regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples, also known as the Special Committee of 24, holds its annual regional seminar in [...]

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United Nations peacekeepers injured in bomb blast in southern Lebanon

peacekeeper helmet

A bomb explosion has injured United Nations peacekeepers in a logistics convoy in southern Lebanon. According to the United Nations mission in Lebanon (UNIFIL), the explosion occurred about 40 kilometres south of Beirut. Andrea Tenenti Deputy Spokesperson of UNIFIL says teams have been sent to the scene of the explosion to investigate. "There was an [...]

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Four Eritreans die in a fire at a camp on Tunisia-Libya border

refugees at Choucha camp

  Four Eritreans have died in a fire at a camp hosting about 4,500 migrants and refugees people on the Tunisia-Libya border. The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) says the residents of the Eritrean block of the Choucha camp were asleep when the fire started on Sunday. The camp is accommodating people who have fled [...]

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UN chief urges international community to act with "unity" at G8 summit

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The international community should act with unity and consistency on North Africa and the Middle East according to the Secretary-General of the UN. Ban Ki-moon has been attending the Group of Eight (G8) summit of industrialized nations in Deauville, France. Charles Appel reports. “Arab unrest has been the key theme of the G8 summit. Ban [...]

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Liberian refugees return home from Côte d'Ivoire

Liberian boy offers thanksgiving prayer before eating his meal

More than 430 Liberian refugees who had been stranded in Abidjan, the commercial capital of Côte d'Ivoire, have returned home. The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) says the refugees had first sought refuge at its office in Abdijan in December when they were targeted for allegedly fighting for former President Laurent Gbagbo. Most of the [...]

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Humanitarian supplies looted in Abyei town of Sudan

Unidentified men looted WFP food in Abyei

Premises of United Nations agencies and non-governmental organizations in the Sudanese town of Abyei have been ransacked and stocks of emergency relief items looted. The items include medical supplies, surgical equipment and 800 metric tons of food, enough to feed 50,000 people for three months. Humanitarian organizations are scaling up their operations to help tens [...]

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Cholera outbreak in Haiti not yet over

young girl with cholera

Cholera remains a major threat to public health in Haiti, seven months since the outbreak of the disease, according to the World Health Organization. To date nearly 5,000 people have died of cholera in Haiti, with over 290,000 cases reported. WHO says although much effort has gone into containing the cholera outbreak, new pockets of [...]

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Yemen on the “brink of civil war”

child refugee in Yemen

An escalation of violence in Yemen over the past few days could push the country to the brink of civil war according to the UN Human Rights office.  The number of civilian casualties remains difficult to verify although human rights activist in the country put the figure at over 860 dead, including women and children. The [...]

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One in four youth migrants is African

unicef

The recent unrest in North Africa in Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya has increased the number of children and youth fleeing from conflict, moving in search of work and freedom. Out of the 35 million young migrants worldwide, one in four is African. This week delegates and child safety experts met at the United Nations for [...]

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

Fallen peacekeepers remembered

Tribute paid to peacekeepers at the United Nations

A ceremony at the United Nations headquarters in New York is being held to remember all the peacekeepers who have lost their lives in the cause of peace. May 29th is Peacekeepers' Day, and this year the focus is on strengthening the rule of law. Julie Langlier is one of thousands of UN peacekeepers. She's [...]

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Somali politicians told to stop the bickering

Somalia conflict

Somalia's politicians have been given an ultimatum to get their act together or lose international support. The Horn of Africa country remains without a functioning government after two decades of civil strife. The UN Security Council has travelled to Nairobi, Kenya to encourage Somali politicians to talk and sort out their problems.  Jocelyne Sambira has [...]

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Somali politicians come together in "unprecedented move"

Ambassador Augustine Mahiga

The President of Somalia and the speaker of the parliament have been brought together in what's been described as "an unprecedented move" to discuss the political paralysis in the Horn of Africa country. They met a United Nations Security Council mission in an attempt to break the political deadlock over the date for elections in [...]

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Former Serbian army commander Ratko Mladic arrested

Ratko Mladic

The former Serbian army commander Ratko Mladic has been arrested in Serbia after spending sixteen years in hiding. Mr. Mladic is wanted by the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia to face war crimes related to the Bosnian war in 1995. Frederick Swinnen, Special Adviser to the Prosecutor at the tribunal in The Hague [...]

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Arrest of Serbian commander Ratko Mladic 'historic day' for international justice

Ratko Mladić

The arrest of the former Serbian army commander Ratko Mladic, who's been wanted for 16 years for war crimes, marks an 'historic day for international justice', according to the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon.  Ratko Mladic was indicted by the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in 1995. He's charged with genocide and crimes [...]

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G8 Summit discusses Arab unrest

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The group of 8 industrialized countries known as the G8 is meeting in Deauville, France to discuss a range of issues including security in the Middle East and North Africa.  They will be discussing the fall out from the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt as well as the next steps in the Libya conflict. After [...]

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Investing in women's education brings "great benefits for society"

jeunes-filles

Educating women and girls benefits both individuals and society, according to the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.  Mr Ban was speaking at the launch in Paris of Better Life, better Future, a global initiative to promote education for women and girls, launched by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).  Across the world, some [...]

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Global efforts needed to combat African swine flu

africanswineflu

  Countries in the Caucasus and Russia have been urged to take precautionary measures to prevent the spread of African swine flu. The call has come from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which is warning that an upsurge of the disease is likely in the region. African swine flu kill pigs but [...]

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Security Council brings Somali factions together in 'unprecedented' meeting

Ambassador Augustine Mahiga

The President of Somalia and the speaker of the parliament, have spoken with each other, at a meeting organised by the UN Security Council in Nairobi. The council brought together all of the factions involved in the political deadlock over the date for elections, at a day-long meeting. Ambassador Augustine Mahiga, the UN Special Envoy [...]

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Oil-rich Abyei remains "volatile"

Abyei: aerial view of burning village

The situation in and around the Sudanese town of Abyei which was looted and burned by gunmen early this week remains volatile. The oil-rich Abyei district remains a potential flash-point between the north and south of Sudan. A referendum planned for January to decide which part of Sudan it will belong to was postponed. The [...]

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Surge in Afghans leaving Iran

Afghans returning home from Iran

The number of Afghan refugees leaving Iran has doubled over the past year says the UN Refugee Agency, UNCHR. They are leaving because they can no longer afford to live in the country where previously they were receiving support from the Iranian government. Afghans are the second largest group of long staying refugees in Iran. [...]

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Concern to find displaced civilians in Abyei

Abyei: aerial view of burnt out and destroyed villages

Some of the 40,000 civilians, who have fled the fighting in Abyei town in Sudan, could be hiding in the bush, according to the United Nations humanitarian affairs office. Staff from the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, have been monitoring the area around Abyei town, by air and road. Elisabeth Byrs, from OCHA, [...]

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New 'atlas' of continent's water resources launched by UN on Africa day

Africa Water Atlas

An 'atlas', giving detailed information about the water resources across the African continent, has been launched by the United Nations Environment Programme on Africa day, May 25th. The Africa Water Atlas has 100 satellite pictures, 222 maps and 500 graphics. Patrick Hayford, a Director in the Office of the Special Adviser on Africa, says while [...]

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Emerging economies fuel recovery as growth remains weak in rich countries – UN

UN DESA report

Large economies in developing countries are leading the global recovery, while the economies in comparatively wealthy nations are still weak, according to a new United Nations report. The mid-year issue of the World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) was released today at UN headquarters in New York. It predicts only moderate growth in even the [...]

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Africa Water Atlas highlights challenges of water and sanitation

Africa Water Atlas

To mark Africa Day observed on 25 May, the Office of the United Nations Special Adviser on Africa and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) organized a special presentation of the Africa Water Atlas. The publication by UNEP has been produced at the request of the African Minister's Council on Water. The Africa Water Atlas provides [...]

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Spotlight on health of women and children during UN chief trip to Africa

SG visits hospital in Addis

Ethiopia has made progress on improving health care, but more needs to be done to stop the 'needless deaths' of women, according the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon. Mr Ban has been meeting health workers at hospitals and clinics in the country.  He congratulated the Ethiopian government on creating a new Ministry for [...]

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

Young Australian sailor joins fight against child hunger

Jessica Watson

Jessica Watson, the round-the-world-sailor and Young Australian of the Year, has been appointed as a Youth Representative for the United Nations World Food Programme. In May last year, 18-year-old Jessica Watson became the youngest sailor to circumnavigate the globe alone. As WFP Youth Representative, she'll be focusing on child hunger and raising awareness and funds [...]

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

HINDI #21: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

                                    P R O G R A M M E     S U M M A R Y   PART I   Buddhism celebrates 2600 years of worship with United Nations.   4'02'' PART II UN “clinic on wheels'’ offers free medical care in Liberia.  3'24''   PART III  Organic pineapples help farmers in Uganda.     2'43''      [...]

25 May 2011 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

HINDI #20: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

      P R O G R A M M E     S U M M A R Y  PART I  ICC prosecutor says war crimes are committed in Libya.    4'27'' PART II 10 year plan agreed to help Least Developed Countries. 4'17''   PART III Attacks on schools during conflict are on increase.   3'27''               [...]

25 May 2011 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

"Wait-and-see attitude" may cause lost opportunity in Tunisia: Special Rapporteur

man in prison

Tunisia's interim Government should seize the opportunity of the current transition to make changes that will prevent torture, says Juan Mendez, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture.  He told Gerry Adams that as people wait to see the outcome of the upcoming Constituent Assembly election in July, they may be loosing precious time to [...]

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

Tunisian interim government should make changes that will prevent torture

man in jail

Tunisia's interim government should use the current transition to establish safeguards to prevent torture, according to a United Nations human rights chief. Juan Mendez, the UN Special Rapporteur for Torture, says if people wait for the outcome of the Assembly election in July, they may lose precious time to restore justice. But he says he [...]

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

"Irreversible impact" of climate change

cornfields under water

  Climate change could cause irreversible damage across the world according to a senior World Bank expert on Climate Change issues. Walter Vergara has worked on the issue for the Bank over the past 14 years. He says during that time more money has been made available to study the effects of climate change. George [...]

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UN Chief urges ceasefire in Libya

Ban Ki-moon on the phone

There have been calls from the United Nations Secretary-General, for a real ceasefire in Libya. Ban Ki-moon spoke by telephone to the Libyan Prime Minister, Al Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi, and urged him to start negotiations to bring about a democratic government. Libya has been engulfed by fighting since February, when a pro-democracy movement opposed to [...]

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Call for Australia to improve treatment of indigenous people and asylum seekers

Navi Pillay

  The Australian policy of detaining all asylum seekers has 'cast a shadow' over the country's human rights record, according the United Nations human rights chief. Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, was speaking after a six-day visit to the country. During that time she met with Aboriginal communities and visited immigration [...]

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

Abyei town in Sudan empty after looting and burning

Residents fleeing Abyei

The Sudanese town of Abyei is virtually empty following a rampage of looting and burning two days ago. According to reports, more than 40,000 people have been displaced by the violence and many of them have sought refugee in Agok to the south of the town. The Sudan Armed Forces are responsible for maintaining law [...]

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

Young people ‘untapped resource’ for Africa

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Young people are the African continent's greatest untapped resource, according to the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon. To mark Africa Day, celebrated by the African Union on 25 May, Mr Ban is visiting the continent. This week he has been in Nigeria and is now in Ethiopia. He says Africa is the youngest continent, with [...]

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Abyei town empty after residents flee flighting

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The Sudan Armed Forces have taken control of Abyei town, according the United Nations Mission in Sudan. Residents fled as the violence flared. The town in southern Sudan has been damaged by fire and looted. There have also been skirmishes between the Sudan Armed forces and the southern Sudan Peoples Liberation Army (SPLA) in the [...]

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Insecurity halts polio immunization in Côte d'Ivoire

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Efforts to immunize children against a form of polio that has reappeared in Côte d'Ivoire after more than a decade, are being hampered by the volatile security situation.  The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that the general security situation continues to improve in most of the country.  However OCHA adds, [...]

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

Hundreds of migrants remain in Libya:IOM

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It's estimated that three quarters of a million people, many of them migrant workers, have fled Libya since the conflict in the country began earlier this year. The Libyan Government has been fighting with dissenting anti-government protesters who are calling for Libyan President Muammar Qhadafi to step down. The UN Security Council imposed a no-fly zone [...]

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

Barrier in occupied Palestinian territory having 'devastating impact' says UN relief chief

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Civilians on both sides of the Israeli Palestinian conflict are bearing the brunt of the violence in the region, according to the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Valerie Amos. Ms Amos has just spent four days in the region, visiting areas of the occupied Palestinian territory, and Israel. She was not able to visit [...]

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

UN human rights chief condemns violence in Abyei

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An ongoing conflict in the disputed oil-rich region of Abyei has been condemned by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.  Derrick Mbatha reports: The most recent violence occurred on Monday as armed elements embarked on a rampage of looting and burning in Abyei town. A referendum that was supposed to allow [...]

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

Focus on vaccines welcomed by UN health chief

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Focussing on vaccinations for the next decade will help achieve the millennium development goal to reduce child mortality, says the United Nations' top health expert says.    The 64th WHA, which is the decision-making body of the World Health Organisation (WHO), ends today. Among the issues discussed by world health experts was the important of [...]

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Numbers of children killed in accidents can be reduced – UN health chiefs

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Thousands of children killed in accidents every year could be saved, if countries improved their safety measures, according to the United Nations World Health Organisation (WHO). Around 830,000 children die from accidental injuries every year. The World Health Assembly, which has been meeting in Geneva, has passed a resolution calling on countries to boost safety [...]

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Moves to reduce numbers of children killed in accidents agreed by UN health chiefs

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Around 830,000 children are killed in accidents every year, according to the United Nations World Health Organisation (WHO). The World Health Assembly today discussed the issue, and approved a resolution to boost safety measures in countries around the world, in an attempt to reduce the numbers of deaths. Dr David Meddings, from the WHO Department [...]

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Libyan border village overwhelmed by migrants, says IOM

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Thousands of migrants fleeing the violence in Libya are arriving in the small border village of Zouarke near Niger, to find extremely limited resources, says the International Organization for Migration.  An IOM team monitoring the situation in Zouarke reported 1,200 migrants arriving in one 24-hour period.   Jemini Pandya, from IOM, says the village has around 20 [...]

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Icelandic volcano eruption 'significant' say UN weather experts

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Weather experts from the United Nations, who are monitoring the ash cloud produced by the Icelandic volcano, say it is a "significant eruption".  The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) says the movement of the ash plume will depend on weather patterns and how long the volcano continues to erupt. Last year, disruption was caused to air [...]

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UN Secretary-General praises Nigerian government for advances in health

Secretary-General visits hospital in Abuja, Nigeria

Thirty six thousand Nigerian women die each year while trying to have babies, the second highest number of maternal deaths in the world.   The UN Secretary-General is currently visiting the country, and has commended the Nigerian Government for investing in women’s and children’s health. Mr. Ban was visiting the Maitama Hospital in the Nigerian capital, [...]

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

UN human rights expert welcomes positive developments in Burundi

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In Burundi, steps towards establishing human rights have been welcomed by the United Nations expert on the issue.  Fatsah Ouguergouz, who's the Independent Expert on Human Rights for the country, has just finished his second mission to Burundi.  He said the government had begun establishing transitional justice mechanisms, there was a start on investigating extrajudicial [...]

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

UN says Somalia parliament and government need to talk

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Efforts are under way to break the political impasse in Somalia with a UN Security Council delegation travelling to Kenya to meet with Somali officials. Somalia’s transitional government and interim Parliament are currently at loggerheads, paralysing the country’s administration.  With both mandates expiring in August, there has been no progress in writing up a new [...]

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

Chernobyl studies may help UN experts assessing Fukushima radiation

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Nuclear scientists from 21 member states of the United Nations are to carry out a 2 year study into the effects of the radiation released at Fukushima. The Japanese nuclear power plant was damaged in March when it was hit by an earthquake and tsunami. The UN Scientific Committee on the effects of Atomic Radiation [...]

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Nuclear experts from UN start assessment of the radiation released at Fukushima

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Nuclear scientists from the United Nations are to launch a two year-long investigation into the effects of the radiation released at Fukushima.  The Japanese nuclear power plant was damaged in March when it was hit by an earthquake and tsunami.  The UN Scientific Committee on the effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR), which is made up [...]

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

Nepalese politicians urged to complete drafting of new constitution

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Politicians in Nepal have been urged to compromise, to preserve the peace process and complete the drafting of a new constitution.  The call has come from United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who recently discussed the situation in the country with Prime Minister Jhala Nath Kanal.  In addition, the head of the UN Department of Political [...]

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

UN Myanmar expert says human rights abuses continue in border areas

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The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar says the authorities are not addressing abuses in the border areas.  Tomás Ojea Quintana has just finished an eight-day visit to neighbouring Thailand, to gather information about Myanmar, where he has not been able to visit.  Mr Quintana says human rights abuses are [...]

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A low-tech, affordable solution to maternal deaths

Ban Ki-moon visits Maitama General Hospital in Abuja

Nigeria, Côte d'Ivoire, Ethiopia and France are the four nations UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is visiting to highlight the importance of maternal health. The trips to Nigeria and Ethiopia are part of the "Every Woman, Every Child" global health effort, which Mr. Ban launched in September last year during the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) summit [...]

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Armed elements loot and burn Abyei town in Sudan

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Thousands of people in Sudan have fled the disputed oil-rich town of Abyei where armed elements have reportedly embarked on a rampage of burning and looting.  The Abyei region is contested by North and South Sudan.  A delegation of the Security Council, which is visiting Sudan, has expressed concern about the escalating of violence in [...]

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

Seventh IOM mission rescues 600 refugees from Libya

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A boat chartered by the International Organisation for Migration has delivered aid to Misrata in Libya and evacuated nearly 600 migrants and wounded civilians.  This is the seventh such mission carried out by IOM since the conflict in Libya began in February.  Julia Paul reports:   IOM staff arrived by boat in Misrata on Saturday. Aboard [...]

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

At least ten people killed in air strikes in Sudan

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Government air strikes in two villages in North Darfur have killed at least ten people, according to the joint United Nations and African Union mission in Darfur (UNAMID).  UNAMID has confirmed that the Sudanese government forces carried out air strikes in the two villages last week.  Charles Appel reports.  A patrol from the joint United [...]

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

UN demands immediate troop withdrawal from Abyei

The Government of Sudan has been told to halt all military operations and withdraw its troops from the disputed oil-rich region of Abiyei. The United Nations Security Council said the taking over of Abyei by Sudanese government troops constituted a serious violation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). The CPA signed in 2005 ended two [...]

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

Ban voices "law and order" concern for Côte d'Ivoire

Ban Ki-moon with Alassane Ouattara

Law and order should remain a priority in Côte d'Ivoire in order to avoid what the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon has called  a "security vacuum". The West African country inaugurated its new president,  Alassane Ouatarra, on Saturday following six months of conflict, caused by the refusal of the previous president to step [...]

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

Concern over "security vacuum" in Côte d'Ivoire

Ban Ki-moon with Alassane Ouattara

Law and order needs to be reestablished in Côte d'Ivoire as soon as possible to avoid a security vacuum according to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon.

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

Actor and UN ambassador says sustainable living is the challenge of the 21st century

The US actor and UN Ambassador for Biodiversity Edward Norton, says the world is living in a way which will not allow the planet to continue to sustain life. Mr Norton, who was speaking ahead of the UN International Day for Biological Diversity, said the UN is providing a forum for large and small countries [...]

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

Management of waste remains a major challenge for Small Island Developing States

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NARRATOR:       The management of waste, including chemical waste and its disposal remains a major challenge for Small Island Developing States (SIDS).  So says Barbados' Minister of the Environment Dennis Kellman. He told a high-level segment of the Commission on Sustainable Development that developing countries, including the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), are encouraged to pursue an integrated [...]

22 May 2011 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

UN Security Council congratulated the Haitian people on peaceful conduct of electoral process

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NARRATOR:       The members of the UN Security Council have congratulated the Haitian people on the peaceful conduct of the electoral process and welcome the inauguration of a new Haitian government. In a statement this week, Council President Gérard Araud of France encouraged all political actors in Haiti to resolve any remaining electoral disputes through transparent [...]

20 May 2011 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

UN Radio News 20 May 2011

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines reported on its human rights record

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NARRATOR:       In Geneva, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines reported to the Human Rights Council on its record on human rights as the Council conducted its Universal Periodic Review of United Nations Member States. In concluding remarks to the Council, the Permanent Representative of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ambassador Camillo Gonsalves noted that the Universal [...]

20 May 2011 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Children without a state – a global human rights challenge

Children without a State: A Global Human Rights Challenge

  Thirty-six percent of all births in the world are not registered, leaving more than 48 million children under the age of five with no legal identity and no formal claim on any state.  That's the claim in a new book, Children without a State: A Global Human Rights Challenge.  Editor and co-author Professor Jacqueline [...]

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Women a better investment than men

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  Women are ten times more productive than men, perhaps a controversial viewpoint but one that women across the world would probably agree with. These are the thoughts of Patricia Francis, Executive Director of the International Trade Centre or ITC. The UN backed agency that helps small businesses in poor nations, has initiated interesting and [...]

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UN Radio News 19 May 2011

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Head of IMF resigns

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The Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Dominique Strauss-Kahn has resigned. Mr. Stauss-Kahn, who is facing charges of sexually assaulting a hotel employee in New York, informed the IMF Executive Board of his intention to step down with immediate effect.  He says he wants to protect this institution which he has "served with [...]

19 May 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN revises appeal for Libya

Nearly 2.1 million people have been affected by the crisis in Libya and are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance according to the United Nations. This includes 1.6 million people inside Libya and 500,000 who have fled across the borders into Egypt and Tunisia. UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya, Panos Moumtzis, says the conflict in [...]

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

Congo prepares for elections

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  Preparations are in full swing in the Democratic Republic of Congo for nationwide elections scheduled for November 27 this year. It will be only the second democratic elections to be held in the central African country. The United Nations has offered to help with the logistics. Meanwhile, the Congolese government has made an appeal [...]

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Monique Coleman promotes International Youth Year in South Africa

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Monique Coleman, the first ever United Nations Youth Champion, is on an extended tour of countries around the world to raise awareness of International Youth Year, which began in August 2010. In South Africa, Ms Coleman met with various youth groups, including young refugees. She explained to Gerry Adams how she is promoting dialogue and [...]

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Young people need support with best resources

Monique Coleman

The first ever United Nations Youth Champion, Monique Coleman, is calling on the UN and its agencies to support young people with the best resources they have. The United States actress, best known for her role in the "High School Musical" movies, was speaking in Pretoria, South Africa as she continued her world tour. Ms. [...]

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

UN helps NGO's register in Iraq

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Training for non-governmental organizations, or NGOs, in Iraq is helping staff follow the correct registration procedures so that they can do their work. A registration awareness project for NGOs has been developed, by the United Nations Office for Project Services and the International Centre for Not-for-Profit Law. Julia Paul reports. Workshops began in Erbil this [...]

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

Non-communicable diseases kill more people in developing countries

Almost 30 per cent of people who die before the age of 60 in developing countries, die from non-communicable diseases, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).  Dr. Ala Alwan, an Assistant Director-General of WHO, spoke at a technical briefing of the World Health Assembly in Geneva. He said that in low and middle income [...]

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UN appeals for more funds to assist Libyans affected by conflict

Nearly 2.1 million people have been affected by the crisis in Libya and are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance according to the United Nations.

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

African migrants fleeing Libya describe boat ordeal

Shipwreck on Lampedusa harbor

One in ten migrants fleeing the unrest in Libya dies. They often make the journey in old and overloaded boats. So far, UNHCR says over 12,300 migrants have arrived in Italy and Malta from Libya over the past two months. Jocelyne Sambira reports. Duration: 2’38” SFX water “There was nothing in the boat, not even [...]

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

UN Radio News 17 May 2011

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Hundreds return to Libya in desperate bid to reach Europe

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Hundreds of migrants and refugees who fled Libya for Tunisia and Egypt, have crossed back into Libya with the intention of making the perilous sea journey to Europe, according to the UN refugee Agency, UNHCR.

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

Schools re-open in post-crisis Cote d'Ivoire

Hundreds of thousands of kids are slowly returning to school in Cote d’Ivoire in the aftermath of a crisis triggered by last November’s disputed presidential election. But challenges remain. Many of the schools were badly damaged during the fighting, and it’s estimated that 200,000 children are still out of school. Jocelyne Sambira reports. Duration: 2’25” [...]

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

Israel must be compelled to stop confiscation of Palestinian land

The international community needs to take urgent action to stop Israel from confiscating and occupying Palestinian lands.

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

Terrorism remains threat to peace despite death of Osama bin Laden

Groups associated with the Al Qaeda terrorist network remain active around the world and pose a threat to international peace and security despite the death of their leader Osama bin Laden.

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

UN Radio News 16 May 2011

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Finish your plate, says FAO.

Clean your plate, there are people starving in the world, is phrase every child has heard at one point in their life. But of late, says the UN’s Food Agency, a little over a billion ton of food ends up in the trash every year. That’s 30% of the food produced worldwide. Rich nations alone [...]

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WHO calls for protection of health workers in conflict zones

The World Health Organization is calling on governments to ensure the protection of health workers and health facilities in conflict situations to enable them provide care for the sick and the injured.

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

Call for greater recognition for indigenous peoples

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The rights of indigenous peoples around the world are still not being fully recognised, according to a top UN expert. This week the tenth session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues is being held in New York. Chandra Roy-Henriksen, Chief of the Secretariat of the forum, told UN Radio’s Julia Paul there is still [...]

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

Call for families in extreme poverty to be supported on International Day of Families

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Charities working with people in extreme poverty say often families are split up because of hardship. Christina Diez is the main representative to the UN from the organization ATD Fourth World, which works to eradicate poverty. She says the majority of children taken into care come from families in poverty, and she hopes to highlight [...]

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

Research on cancer risk from mobile phones

There are now an estimated 4.6 billion subscriptions to cellphones globally, and concerns have been raised about their impact on health. So far the risks identified relate mainly to traffic accidents, which can be caused by drivers using mobile phones. But there are ongoing studies to assess the potential long-term health effects of cellphones use. [...]

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Call for world leaders to recognise their indigenous peoples

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The rights of indigenous peoples around the world are still not being fully recognised, according to a top UN expert.

13 May 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Bombing of military training centre in Pakistan condemned

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The bombing of a military training centre in the north-west of Pakistan, that has killed more than 80 people, has been condemned by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

13 May 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

New study shows four women raped every 5 minutes in the DRC

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Almost every minute of every day in different parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a woman is raped. So says a new study published by the American Journal of Public Health, the AJPH. The study says the incidence of sexual assault is 26 times higher than United Nations figures. Jocelyne Sambira reports. Duration: [...]

13 May 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

More than sixty refugees die trying to leave Libya by sea

Three survivors from a boat carrying 72 people that drifted for more than two weeks in the seas off Libya, have met with the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR).

13 May 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

“Spring Basket” facilitates humanitarian access in Darfur

An operation called Spring Basket is underway to facilitate access for humanitarian agencies in Darfur. The operation launched by the joint United Nations-African Union mission in Darfur, UNAMID, at the beginning of the month, is aimed at opening access to the Jebel Marra region and other parts of North and West Darfur. United Nations agencies [...]

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Myanmar officials urged to release political prisoners

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The authorities in Myanmar must release of all political prisoners, if they are to move the country towards a durable peace, democracy and prosperity.

13 May 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Natural environment under unprecedented stress

The natural environment is under unprecedented stress with the world’s excessive use and consumption patterns no longer sustainable.

13 May 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Concerns over conditions of detention of pro-Gbagbo officials in Côte d’Ivoire

Human rights teams in Côte d’Ivoire have raised concerns about the conditions in detention centres holding officials from the government of the former president, Laurent Gbabgbo.

13 May 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Call for governments to adopt more family-friendly policies

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Discrimination and unequal access to social services is preventing millions of families from providing for their children, according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

13 May 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Hundreds killed, thousands arrested in Syria

There has been an escalation in human rights violations in Syria, Yemen and Bahrain, with repression and use of lethal force against demonstrators being the order of the day, according to the United Nations.

13 May 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

10 year plan agreed to help least developed countries

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The international community has agreed a 10 year programme of action to help the world’s poorest countries break out of poverty. Forty-eight states, mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa, were designated by the United Nations as the Least Developed Countries or LDCs which need special assistance to develop. Daniel Dickinson reports from Istanbul where a conference on [...]

13 May 2011 | Posted in LDC IV, Today's Features | Read More »

Development plan agreed for world's poorest countries

LDCs meet in Turkey

The international community has agreed a 10 year plan to help the world's poorest countries break out of poverty.

13 May 2011 | Posted in LDC IV, Today's News | Read More »

HIV drugs can prevent transmission of the disease

Sven Vermund, HPTN Principle Investigator

A trial conducted by the HIV Prevention Trials Network, enrolling more than 1,700 sero-discordant couples from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the United States has produced groundbreaking results. The trial shows that the risk of transmitting the disease to a non-infected partner can be reduced by 96%. UN officials are calling it a “game changer” [...]

13 May 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

10 year plan to pull poorest countries out of poverty

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A 10 year plan to help the world’s 48 poorest countries break out of poverty is due to be announced on Friday at an international conference in Istanbul, Turkey.

12 May 2011 | Posted in LDC IV, Today's News | Read More »

Study on rape in DR Congo confirms 'gross’ under-reporting

A new study highlighting the extreme levels of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been welcomed by the top UN official on sexual violence in armed conflict.

12 May 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN health chiefs hail news that HIV drugs can prevent transmission of the disease

The results of a groundbreaking trial show that if a person with HIV takes anti-retroviral drugs, the risk of transmitting the disease to a sexual partner can be reduced by 96 per cent.

12 May 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Haiti’s president-elect congratulated by UN chief

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Haiti’s president-elect, Michel Martelly, has received congratulations from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, ahead of his inauguration on Saturday.

12 May 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

More action needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

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Governments are being urged to make progress in agreeing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions before the climate change conference scheduled to take place in Durban, South Africa in December.

12 May 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Southern Sudan should be helped to shape its future

Southern Sudan, which decided in a referendum in January to become an independent country, should be provided with the know how in order to shape its own future.

12 May 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Call for world’s cities to reduce energy consumption

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The world’s towns and cities need to think about reducing pollution when planning future development, according to a new report launched on Thursday by the UN’s Human Settlement Programme or UN-HABITAT.

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Calls for immediate ceasefire in Libya to allow deliveries of food

WFP's Josette Sheeran

There is concern that the fighting in Libya is blocking access to the Western mountains area, where the World Food Programme (WFP) believes there are severe food shortages.

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Habitats for migratory birds lost and degraded

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Habitats for migratory birds are being lost and degraded as a result of human activities, according to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

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Attacks on schools during conflict on the increase

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An increasing number of schools and hospitals are being attacked in countries where there is conflict, according to a new UN report. The annual report on Children and Armed Conflict, is recommending that the Security Council agree to add the groups that target schools to its “list of shame”. It already includes groups that recruit [...]

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

Private sector pushed into poverty reduction front line

The business world is being told that it needs to invest more in places like Africa as part of the global effort to help the poorest countries on the continent to break out of poverty. Daniel Dickinson reports from Istanbul, where an international conference is looking at what needs to be done for the world’s [...]

12 May 2011 | Posted in LDC IV, Today's Features | Read More »

"Implement" plan to break poverty cycle in poorest countries: UN Women

The international community has been urged by the head of the United Nations lead gender organization to make sure that a plan of action to pull the poorest countries out of poverty is implemented on the ground.

12 May 2011 | Posted in LDC IV, Today's News | Read More »

Call to move development away from "old thinking"

Grass roots organizations from across the globe are calling on the international community to find new ways to the help the world’s poorest people. The organizations are meeting at the first major development conference of the decade which is taking place in Istanbul, Turkey, this week. The United Nations conference which is being attended by heads of [...]

12 May 2011 | Posted in LDC IV, Today's Features | Read More »

Cities are the biggest polluters of our time

The world’s towns and cities are the biggest polluters of our time, according to a new report by the UN’s Human Settlement Programme or UN-HABITAT. They account for 70% of greenhouse gas emissions and yet they only occupy 2% of the Earth’s surface. Still, cities have an important role to play in curbing emissions, a [...]

12 May 2011 | Posted in From the Field, Today's Features | Read More »

Attacks on schools during conflict on the increase

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An increasing number of schools and hospitals are being attacked in countries where there is conflict, according to a new UN report.

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

Environmental champions display green innovation in action

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Five individuals have received this year’s “Champions of the Earth” award given by the United Nations Environment Programme to save the environment. From using green technology to cut air pollution in China, to tackling the impact of toxic chemicals in Eastern Europe, the five winners of the award demonstrate innovative ways to put green technologies [...]

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

UN Daily News 11 May 2011

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Crisis recedes, but Ivorians fear return home

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After nearly five months of a political impasse in the Côte d’Ivoire , leading to the death of 500 people and the displacement of 1 million, life in the West African country is slowly returning to normal. Schools are re-opening as well as banks, but there are still pockets of violence inside the country. Just [...]

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Anti-corruption panel set up in Afghanistan

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The creation of an independent committee to monitor and evaluate corruption in Afghanistan has been welcomed by the United Nations.

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Call for governments to use sport to help development

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More governments around the world should integrate sport into their programmes for development, according to the UN Secretary-General.

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Somalia faces “political paralysis”

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There is a “political paralysis” in Mogadishu where Somalia’s president and speaker are not communicating with each other.

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

Road safety decade of action aims to save millions of lives

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A decade of action on road safety could save millions of lives, according to the UN Secretary-General, Ban-ki Moon.

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

Consumers throwing away a billion tonnes of food annualy

Nearly 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted around the world each year according to a report published by the Food and Agricultural Organization FAO. The waste is equivalent to about 30 per cent of food produced worldwide for human consumption. Patrick Maigua reports from Geneva.

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

Drama is used to teach road safety in South Africa

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The United Nations decade of action on road safety has been launched this week to save lives around the world. The aim of the decade is to prevent road accidents that claim 1.3 million lives every year and leave millions of others injured or permanently disabled. In South Africa Moira Winslow runs an organization called [...]

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

Private sector pushed into poverty reduction front line

Press Conference

The role of business in helping the world’s poorest countries to break out of poverty has been underlined by the international community. The first major development conference of the decade, the meeting of the so-called Least Developed Countries or LDCs is currently taking place in Istanbul, Turkey; the private sector is for the first time [...]

11 May 2011 | Posted in LDC IV, Today's Features | Read More »

UN calls for immediate and verifiable ceasefire in Libya

United Nations Secretary General Ban ki Moon has called on the Libyan government to put in place an immediate and verifiable ceasefire.

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

Campaign to reduce road deaths launched in Philippines

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As part of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety, a campaign to reduce the numbers of road deaths in the Philippines by 50 per cent is being launched today. In the country, made up of more than 7,000 islands, 1.3 million people a year are killed on the roads. May Altarejos-Cueva, from Project [...]

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

Private sector to play “important role” in helping least developed countries

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The private sector has an increasingly important role to play in boosting development in the poorest countries across the world according to the United Nations Global Compact office.

10 May 2011 | Posted in LDC IV, Today's News | Read More »

UN “clinic on wheels” offers free medical care

14 years of civil war in Liberia nearly destroyed its entire health system. Many doctors and nurses fled the country at the time, leaving 30 physicians to serve a population of 3 million, according to the World Health Organization. Now, eight years later, the population outside of the capital Monrovia still has little or no [...]

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

UN condemns gun attack on peacekeepers in Sudan

Four United Nations peacekeepers from Zambia have been shot at and wounded by unidentified gunmen, in the disputed Abyei region of Sudan.

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

Concern over lack of access for humanitarian aid in Syria

Valerie Amos

The UN head of relief says she’s concerned about the lack of humanitarian access to cities in Syria, where many protesters have reportedly been killed.

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

Using sport to build peace and development

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An international forum, looking at the relationship between sport and peace and development, has kicked off in Geneva.

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

Call for poor countries to invest in young people and women

Investment in young people and empowerment of women are critical to boosting the economies of poor countries, according to a new report by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA).

10 May 2011 | Posted in LDC IV, Today's News | Read More »

UN Daily News 10 May 2011

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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There is need to be prepared for disasters

Human beings continue to face the challenge of dealing with disasters, whether man-made or natural. Natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods and hurricanes cannot be stopped. These disasters kill thousands of people and cause economic damage worth billions of dollars. But people can prepare for disasters or reduce their impacts. This issue is being discussed [...]

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

Children in disaster prone countries call for safer school buildings

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Children in countries likely to be affected by natural disasters say maintaining their education after an emergency is their main priority, according to UN research.

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

Need for framework to balance risks and benefits of nuclear technology

Ban Ki-moon

The tragedy at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which was damaged by an earthquake and tsunami on March 11, has raised disturbing questions and fuelled public fears.

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

The $50 million conference

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It all seems to run smoothly and efficiently…but setting up an international conference for 8000 people including heads of state and senior United Nations officials is a huge logistical challenge. Istanbul in Turkey is hosting the fourth conference of so-called least developed countries or LDCs…a ten-yearly get-together looking at how to pull these countries out [...]

10 May 2011 | Posted in LDC IV, Today's Features | Read More »

Hundreds of migrants die at sea fleeing Libya

Migrants in Libya

Over 1,400 migrants have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea over the past two months as they attempt to flee Libya in un-seaworthy and overloaded boats, according to the UN Refugee agency UNHCR.

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

“Job creation” needed to boost investment in poorest countries

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The world’s poorest countries need support to create more jobs in order to increase investment and help them out of poverty. That’s one of many solutions to boosting development being discussed at the Least Developed Countries or LDC conference taking place in Istanbul Turkey. There are 48 LDCs, countries which suffer from a combination of [...]

10 May 2011 | Posted in LDC IV, Today's Features | Read More »

World needs to be “ambitious” to help poorest countries

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The international community needs to be more ambitious in its efforts towards pulling the world’s poorest countries out of poverty, according to the President of the United Nations General Assembly.

10 May 2011 | Posted in LDC IV, Today's News | Read More »

UN chief and Iranian leader discuss crisis in North Africa and Middle East

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The current crises in the Middle East and North Africa have been discussed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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

Bombing of Libyan civilians must stop, UN Security Council hears

Valerie Amos

More than 700,000 people have left Libya, and food and water in the country is running out, according to UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos.

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

Bosnia and Herzegovina faces worst crisis since 1995

SC Meeting

Bosnia and Herzegovina, which used to be part of Yugoslavia, is facing its worst crisis since fighting stopped in 1995, according to the High Representative Valentin Inzko who briefed the Security Council on Monday.

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

Debt cancellation urged for poorest countries

The cancellation of all debt for the world’s 48 least developed countries or LDCs is being urged by a lobby of civil society groups. The groups are meeting at a United Nations conference in Istanbul, Turkey, which has set the ambitious target of reducing the number of LDCs from the current 48 to 24 over [...]

9 May 2011 | Posted in LDC IV, Today's Features | Read More »

Global ecosystems threatened by greenhouse gas concentrations, deforestation rates current unsustainable consumption and production patterns -UN

Whether measured by greenhouse gas concentrations, deforestation rates or declining fish stocks, current unsustainable consumption and production patterns threatened to exceed the capacity of global ecosystems, a top United Nations official told the Commission on Sustainable Development this week, as it opened its nineteenth session. Under Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Sha Zukang said [...]

9 May 2011 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

New development approach needed for least developed countries

People living in the world’s poorest countries have benefited little from decades of development programmes. That’s the view of Azeb Girmai who is representing an Ethiopian NGO at a United Nations conference in Turkey aimed at pulling the 48 least developed countries or LDCs out of poverty They suffer extreme underdevelopment, poor governance and inadequate [...]

9 May 2011 | Posted in LDC IV, Today's Features | Read More »

Chernobyl touched us to the core: Barbados

The best tribute to the victims of the Chernobyl tragedy is to ensure that lessons learned from the accident will bring about lasting improvements in nuclear and radiation safety. That’s what the representative of Barbados told a recent special commemorative meeting in observance of the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl Catastrophe. Speaking on behalf of [...]

9 May 2011 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Murder of Peruvian radio journalist condemned by UNESCO

Authorities in Peru have been urged by the head of UNESCO, Irina Bokova to investigate the murder of radio journalist Julio Castillo Narváez.

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

UN Daily News 09 May 2011

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Special Rapporteur looks into independence of judges in Bulgaria

Human Rights Council

Progress being made on legal reforms in Bulgaria is being assessed by Gabriela Knaul, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, on her mission to the country, which began on Monday.

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

Agreement on withdrawing unauthorised forces from Abyei region of Sudan

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UN peacekeepers in Sudan have welcomed the commitment from the northern and southern sides, to withdraw all unauthorised troops from the Abyei region.

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

UN Secretary-General offers condolences on death of staff in Bolivia

Officials have praised the work of the staff from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), who died in a plane crash in Bolivia.

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

Seventy bodies found in mass graves outside Abidjan

Investigations are ongoing into the discovery of 10 graves near Abidjan, the capital of Côte d’Ivoire. Some 70 bodies, predominantly male, were found in the graves a field where children once played football in Yopougon district, a suburb of Abidjan. It appears, says Rupert Colville of Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, that [...]

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

UN opens conference on unlocking economic potential of world’s poorest countries

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The largest development conference so far this decade has got underway in the Turkish city, Istanbul with a pledge from the international community to help the world’s poorest countries break out of poverty. The group of 48 so-called Least Developed Countries or LDCs is characterized by deep-rooted poverty, poor governance and inadequate infrastructure. The conference [...]

9 May 2011 | Posted in LDC IV, Today's Features | Read More »

More mass graves found in Côte d’Ivoire

Human rights investigators in Côte d'Ivoire have unearthed about 70 bodies buried in mass graves near Cote d’Ivoire's commercial city of Abidjan.

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

Poorest countries need "investment" not "charity"

Ban Ki-moon speaks at LDC Plenary

The international community has come together to call for support for the world's poorest countries at what's being billed as the largest development conference of the decade.

9 May 2011 | Posted in LDC IV, Today's News | Read More »

"Workable plan of action" needed to help world's poorest countries: UN chief

A “workable plan of action” is urgently needed to help the world’s poorest countries break out of poverty according to the United Nations Secretary-General. The international community is meeting in Istanbul, Turkey from Monday, to discuss what needs to be done to ensure economic and social development in the world’s 48 least developed countries or [...]

8 May 2011 | Posted in LDC IV, Today's Features | Read More »

"Morally unacceptable" not to help the poorest countries

Ban Ki-moon

The developed world has a moral responsibility to support the poorest countries, according to the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

8 May 2011 | Posted in LDC IV, Today's News | Read More »

Global women's award for UN chief

The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon has become the first male recipient of an award which recognizes efforts to advance the position of women and girls in the world.

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

New development approach needed for least developed countries

Azeb Girmai

People living in the world’s poorest countries have benefited little from decades of development programmes. That’s the view of Azeb Girmai who is representing an Ethiopian NGO at a United Nations conference in Turkey aimed at pulling the 48 least developed countries or LDCs out of poverty They suffer extreme underdevelopment, poor governance and inadequate [...]

7 May 2011 | Posted in LDC IV, Today's Features | Read More »

Debt cancellation urged for poorest countries

Arjun Karki

The cancellation of all debt for the world’s 48 least developed countries or LDCs is being urged by a lobby of civil society groups. The groups are meeting at a United Nations conference in Istanbul, Turkey, which has set the ambitious target of reducing the number of LDCs from the current 48 to 24 over [...]

7 May 2011 | Posted in LDC IV, Today's Features | Read More »

"Crisis" for world's least developed countries

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The world's 48 least developed countries are reaching a “crisis” point in their attempts to break out of poverty.

7 May 2011 | Posted in LDC IV, Today's News | Read More »

Peacekeepers promoting the rule of law

In states where ethnic, political or other conflicts have taken place, prisons fill up quickly. In Burundi, for example, more than 10,300 prisoners are locked up in facilities that only can only hold 5,000. While in Darfur, over a hundred prisoners share one cell and a bathroom. These prisons that operate in a brutal and [...]

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

Tension in oil-rich Abyei causes concern at UN

Tension in the oil-rich Abyei region, which is contested by north and south Sudan, is causing concern at the United Nations.

6 May 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

IOM report reveals widespread human trafficking in Thai fishing industry

Thai fishermen

A new report published by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has revealed that the multi-million-dollar fishing industry in Thailand is involved in widespread human trafficking.

6 May 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Improving military justice in DR Congo

DRC peacekeeper

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is in the process of improving its military justice system. The United Nations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) and its partners are helping the Congolese in these efforts. Harriet Solloway, the Chief of Judicial Affairs at MONUSCO told Derrick Mbatha why it is important to strengthen military justice [...]

6 May 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

FAO sounds alarm on food price volatility

Global food prices are on the rise again. The UN estimates that 44 million people have been pushed into poverty since last June because of the volatility of food prices. To avoid a repeat of the 2007-2008 riots, the UN’s Food Agency or FAO is calling for urgent action. Jocelyne Sambira has the story. FAO [...]

6 May 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

African migrants endure desert heat to flee from Libya to Chad

Thousands of African migrants are enduring the desert heat in the remote northern towns of Faya and Kalait in Chad to flee violence in Libya, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

6 May 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Revolutions in Arab world 'bloody' compared to Eastern Europe

Ban Ki-moon with Boyko Borissov

The revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt represent one of the greatest opportunities to advance democracy and human rights, according to Secretary-General of the UN.

6 May 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNESCO and Nigeria team up to improve literacy in Nigeria

Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufa'i and Irina Bokova

Efforts to achieve "education for all" in Nigeria have received a major boost from UNESCO, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

UNESCO and the Nigerian Government signed a $6 million dollar agreement to revitalize adult and youth literacy in the country.

Charles Appel has the story.

6 May 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Human rights experts to investigate 'mass grave' in Côte d’Ivoire

Ivorian child refugee

A UN human rights team is investigating the reported killing of at least 40 people in Côte d'Ivoire's commercial capital, Abidjan. A spokesman said the team was to visit an alleged mass grave in Yopougon district.

6 May 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Chinese Language Day celebrated at the United Nations

Special Event

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

6 May 2011 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

UN human rights experts want facts on Osama Bin Laden killing

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Human rights investigators at the UN say they need to know all the details surrounding the killing of Osama Bin Laden. They want to assess whether the use of deadly force against Bin Laden was in keeping with the standards of international human rights law. Christof Heyns, the UN Special Rapporteur on extra-judicial executions, said [...]

6 May 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Rising food prices threaten widespread destabilization

rice

Action is urgently needed to tackle the problem of global food shortages and rising food prices, which caused turmoil during 2007 and 2008.

6 May 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Human rights experts want facts on Osama bin Laden killing

United Nations Human rights investigators are calling for full disclosure of facts surrounding the killing of Osama Bin Laden.

6 May 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Help wanted: 350,000 midwives

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

6 May 2011 | Posted in Women | Read More »

UN targets reducing least developed countries by 50% in ten years

Cheick Sidi Diarra

The world’s poorest countries are being challenged to pull themselves out of poverty and graduate from a United Nations list of the so-called Least Developed Countries or LDCs. There are 48 LDCs, mostly in Africa, which suffer from extreme poverty as well as a lack of strong governance and poor infrastructure. Next week in Istanbul, [...]

6 May 2011 | Posted in LDC IV, Today's Features | Read More »

Ten year target to reduce least developed countries by 50%

An ambitious ten-year programme to reduce by half the number of so-called Least Developed Countries or LDCs across the world is being launched in Turkey.

6 May 2011 | Posted in LDC IV, Today's News | Read More »

Nepal embraces new forms of media

Nepal ranks in the bottom ten in the global press freedom index, according to Reporters without borders. Journalists have repeatedly undergone attacks by the State and other political parties. Last year alone, three media owners were murdered for unknown reasons and two major newspapers in Kathmandu torched. However, Axel Plathe, Head of the UNESCO Office [...]

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

Youth in Bulgaria urged to help tackle global challenges

Young people in Bulgaria have been urged by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to help tackle the global problems of poverty, climate change and the threat of nuclear weapons.

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

Justice for rape victims in the DRC

Following years of violent sexual crimes against women of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the government with the technical and logistical support of the United Nations has decided to send a strong signal to the perpetrators: that no political or military leader is above the law. So far, five military courts have prosecuted and [...]

5 May 2011 | Posted in From the Field, Today's Features | Read More »

Palestinian Olympic athlete wins first Gaza marathon

Gaza marathon

The first Gaza marathon, organised by the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, has raised a million dollars for children in the region. Hundreds of people, including 1300 children, took part. It was won by the Palestinian athlete Nader el Masri, who completed the course in two hours, 42 minutes and 47 seconds. The marathon was [...]

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

First Gaza marathon raises a million dollars for children's Summer Games

Hundreds of people, including 1300 children, braved searing temperatures in the Gaza strip to take part in the first marathon organised by the UN agency for Palestinian refugees.

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

World unites to halt death and injury on roads

Almost 1.3 million people die each year as a result of road accidents, according to the World Health Organization.

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

UN voices concern over worsening human rights situation in Bahrain

The human rights situation in Bahrain is worsening according to the UN Human Rights Office. Bahrain has been rocked by anti government protests which the authorities have responded to by detaining hundreds of political activist and trying protesters in secrete military courts. Patrick Maigua reports from Geneva.

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

Secretary-General supports Palestinian unity

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All Palestinian parties should commit to the principles of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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

Bolivian women to set up small businesses

Bolivian women

Bolivian women face many challenges including discrimination and exclusion. They are also vulnerable to drug traffickers because they are desperate for work. The landlocked country is one of the poorest and least developed countries in Latin America despite being rich in natural resources. A new project is being launched in Bolivia this month by the [...]

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

Call for Ethiopia to improve infrastructure to attract investment

Supachai Panitchpakdi

Ethiopia needs to improve its infrastructure in order to attract direct foreign investment, according to Supachai Panitchpakdi, the head of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

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

ICC Prosecutor says war crimes committed in Libya

Jose Luis Moreno Ocampo

The International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor, Luis Moreno Ocampo has requested the Court to issue arrest warrants against three individuals for crimes against humanity committed in Libya since February 15 of this year. In his address to the Security Council on Wednesday, Ocampo did not disclose the names of the individuals responsible for the crimes [...]

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

Ban Ki-moon calls for UN access in Syria

Ban Ki-moon on the phone

The Secretary-General of the UN has called on the President of Syria to allow the UN immediate access to the country, to assess the humanitarian needs of the population.

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

Hundreds rescued by IOM from Libya city of Misrata

Misrata evacuation

Around 800 people, 50 of them wounded, have been rescued by the International Organization for Migration from the port of Misrata.

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

More women political leaders needed

Ban Ki-moon

Despite progress that has been made to advance women, there are still not enough women occupying leadership positions in countries around the world.

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

Social media give ordinary citizens a voice

New social media such as Twitter and Facebook are giving ordinary citizens a voice to be heard.

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

The forgotten Bosnian rape victims

Nearly 16 years after the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina ended, the pain caused by the armed conflict remains unresolved for many people. Enisa Salcinovic, a rape survivor, is one of tens of thousands of women who have seen the worst of war. At a screening of UNTV’s documentary film, “Bosnia: Healing the Wounds of War,” she [...]

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

Ships delivering aid blocked at Libyan port city

boat carrying supplies

Humanitarians are struggling to evacuate injured civilians from the besieged city of Mistrata in western Libya. The conflict between government and opposition forces in the North African country continues unabated, deepening the humanitarian crisis. Jocelyne Sambira reports. Misrata, a rebel stronghold in western Libya has been under intense shelling by Libya’s government forces since Saturday, [...]

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

Daniel Barenboim visits Gaza

Daniel Barenboim with young musician

Daniel Barenboim, a world renowned conductor and pianist, arrived in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday – his first ever visit to the Strip. Barenboim and his orchestra of European musicians travelled through the Rafah Crossing on the border with Egypt. Young musicians from the Al-Qattan foundation entertained them with a musical performance of music by [...]

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

Investment in poor countries should create jobs

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Foreign investment in the world's 48 poorest countries should focus on creating jobs and enabling those countries to produce wider varieties of goods.

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

Danger journalists face recognized on Press Freedom Day

The courage and determination of journalists to exercise in their right to free speech has been recognised by the United Nations. Marking World Press Freedom Day the UN said that journalists continued to face intimidation, torture, and even murder. Radmilla Suleymanova reports. 2011 has been a particularly deadly year for journalists working in North Africa [...]

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

Population increase could reach 16 billion by 2100

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Population increase could reach 16 billion by 2100, says a new report by the UN Population Division.

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

Older people are the fastest growing segment of today's population

older persons

Declining fertility and increasing longevity lead to population ageing, says a new report from the United Nations Population Division. Fertility levels vary depending on the country – in over 40 percent of the world’s countries, women are not having enough children to ensure that, on average, each woman is replaced by a daughter who survives [...]

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

Call for everyone to pay more attention to headaches

Headaches affect more than half of the world's population yet often they are not given attention by health workers and the general population.

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

Health facilities not working in western Côte d'Ivoire

refugees from Côte d'Ivoire

Some of the health facilities in Western Côte d'Ivoire are not operational according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

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

Scores detained by Libyan government and opposition forces

Over 180 people are being detained by both the Libyan government and opposition forces, according to the UN Commission investigating human rights abuses in Libya.

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

Parties to Libyan conflict urged to allow boat to dock at Misrata

boat carrying supplies

The Libyan authorities and NATO forces are being urged by the International Organization on Migration (IOM) to allow its ship to dock at Misrata, to rescue around 1,000 stranded migrants and many wounded civilians.

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

World Press Freedom Day highlights media frontiers, barriers

World Press Freedom Day

Censorship of the media continues to grow across the world according to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO. The organization has named an imprisoned Iranian journalist as the recipient of its 2011 World Press Freedom prize to highlight the problems the media faces reporting in different countries. On World Press Freedom Day, Assistant [...]

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

Jailed Iranian journalist wins UNESCO World Press Freedom prize

An Iranian journalist imprisoned after the country's 2009 presidential election, has been chosen as this year's winner of the UNESCO Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.

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

Marathon runners take to the streets of Gaza

Fifteen hundred people will be running the streets of Gaza in 40 degree temperatures this week, to take part in the first UNRWA Gaza Marathon. The 40 kilometre run has been organised to raise funds for the fifth Summer Games. Every year, the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees offers a quarter of a million children in [...]

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

UN explores ways to re-enter Tripoli

The United Nations has confirmed that it has evacuated its international staff from its office in the Libyan capital Tripoli.

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

UN staff evacuated from Tripoli

family waiting for a daily meal ration

United Nations staff in Tripoli, Libya, have been evacuated after the UN office there was attacked by a mob of people. Civil unrest is continuing in the North African country as pro-democracy rebels continue their fight to oust the Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi. In April, the UN and Libya reached an agreement to set up [...]

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

Death of Osama bin Laden "watershed moment"

Osama bin Laden

The death of the international terrorist, Osama bin Laden, has been described by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as a "watershed" moment in the fight against global terrorism.

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

Transport vitally important to development

building roads

Political leaders around the world have been urged by the head of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Sha Zhukang, to ensure access to affordable transport for people.

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

Transition in DR Congo to come sooner or later

Sooner or later the United Nations will have to look into concluding its mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or DRC, according to Ambassador Gerard Araud of France.

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

Replanting a Cambodian forest for peace and the environment

Buddhist monks

In the 1990s, a Buddhist monk from Cambodia started re-planting Prey Koki forest, a forest that had been destroyed by US bombing during the Viet Nam war and then further destroyed by logging companies. The monk’s interest at first was to create a place to meditate. But as time went on, he realized that his [...]

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

Death and violence in Uganda over rising cost of living

At least eight people have been killed in Uganda and scores injured as security forces violently suppressed opposition led protests against spiraling cost of living, according to the UN Human Rights office. Information gathered by the UN indicates that at least 250 people including women and children have been injured and over 580 arrested during the protests which began three weks ago. Patrick Maigua reports from Geneva.

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

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