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UN to cease operations in Southern Kordofan on 9 July

Thousands of people displaced by conflict in Kadugli

The government of Sudan has been urged to facilitate humanitarian operations in Southern Kordofan and the Blue Nile States after the UN mission in Sudan (UNMIS) has ended in these two regions on 9 July. The call has come from United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who has welcomed an agreement signed by the Government of [...]

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UN tribunal issues arrest warrants in Hariri murder case

Rafik Hariri

Four arrest warrants have been issued by the UN-backed tribunal investigating the 2005 murder of Lebanon's former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Local reports say the warrants name senior members of the Shia militant and political group Hezbollah which has repeatedly denounced the tribunal and vowed to retaliate. The Special Tribunal for Lebanon has confirmed the [...]

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African youth need an education and jobs

kids reading

Youth education and employment are key to progress in Africa, the UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha Rose Migiro told heads of State at an African Union Summit in Equatorial Guinea. Migiro says at least 60% of Africa's total population is below 25. Many young people on the continent are frustrated from political, economic and social exclusion, [...]

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Chad soon to be removed from UN 'name and shame' list

child soldiers

Chad will soon be taken off the United Nations' "list of shame" which names countries that use child soldiers, according to Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon. The UN publishes a list of the world's "most persistent violators" of children's rights. Chad has recently agreed to an action plan to stop recruiting and using child soldiers in combat. [...]

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African Union summit opens

Asha Rose Migiro

Heads of State and Government from the African Union are meeting in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea for a two day summit beginning June 30th. The focus is on youth empowerment for sustainable development. But, Libya along with discussions of peace and security in the region will also play a large role in the gathering. United Nations [...]

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Libya "greatest challenge" for Gabon during Security Council Presidency

Ambassador Noel Nelson Messone

Libya was one of the "greatest challenges" for the Security Council, according to Ambassador Noel Nelson Messone of Gabon, the President of the Council. The presidency for the Council, which is responsible for the maintenance of international peace and security, rotates every month among its 15 members. In July, German Ambassador Peter Wittig will take [...]

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Locust plague threatens Madagascar

locust invasion

Madagascar, a country recovering from a major political crisis which devastated the economy, is facing another serious problem- a locust outbreak. The crop-devouring locusts threaten the livelihoods of millions of people. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization  (FAO) and NGOs are helping to contain the outbreak. Radmilla Suleymanova reports. Duration: 2’30″

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Two missing WFP staff return safely to Ethiopia

WFP at work

Two Ethiopians working with the World Food Programme (WFP) have been safely recovered after going missing for nearly two months. WFP says the two staff members are currently in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa where they are being treated and counselled. They went missing on 13 May en route to Ethiopia's Somali region when their convoy [...]

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UN calls for increased investment in human rights activities

Navi Pillay

The promotion and protection of human rights around the world by the UN Human Rights Office could stall due to lack of adequate funding. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says demand for human rights work especially following the uprising in North Africa, the Middle East and Côte d'Ivoire has stretched her office [...]

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Enforce ICC warrants of arrest, urges UN Human Rights Chief

Omar al-Bashir

China been censured for playing host to Sudan President Omar al-Bashir and failing to enforce the warrant of arrest issued against him by the International Criminal Court. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights  Navi Pillay said, by failing to arrest President Bashir, China was in breech of international commitment to fight impunity and bring to justice [...]

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Libya "greatest challenge" for Gabon during Security Council Presidency

  Libya was one of the "greatest challenges" for Gabonese Ambassador, Noel Nelson Messone, as President of the United Nations Security Council this month. Mr. Messone had organized an informal meeting with the African Union and Security Council hoping for a consensus on how to deal with Libya. "We wanted the meeting between the high [...]

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Two French journalists freed in Afghanistan

Two journalists and their interpreter have been released by their Afghan captors. Reporter Hervé Ghesquière and cameraman Stéphane Taponier, who worked for France 3 television channel, were kidnapped along with their interpreter Reza Din while working on a documentary in eastern Afghanistan in December 2009. The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) tasked with [...]

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Cote d'Ivoire to keep extra UN troops and helicopters

Peacekeepers patrol Ivorian town

The 2,000 extra peacekeepers sent to Côte d’Ivoire in the wake of last November's post electoral violence will remain until 31 July. The Security Council has agreed to retain the troops in the country, as well as three armed helicopters borrowed from the UN mission in neighbouring Liberia. The troops were redeployed from Liberia to [...]

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Somalis can no longer meet their food needs

Somalis walking towards a UN-supported feeding centre

Many people in Somalia will die of malnutrition if aid does not reach them quickly and efficiently, according to Mark Bowden the UN humanitarian coordinator. Last year's drought has severely affected local food production in the country. Mark Bowden says food prices have gone up 270% since then and people can no longer afford food. [...]

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UN Radio News 29 June 2011

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UN expert criticizes new anti-terror blacklist

Martin Scheinin

  The UN expert on terror says the Security Council has "acted beyond its powers" when it issued a new anti-terror list. On June 17 the Security Council voted to separate the Taliban from Al-Qaida. Anyone on the Council's terror list is put on a 'no-fly' list and has their assets frozen. Martin Scheinin, the [...]

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Palestinians statehood bid through UN

Children playing on the ruins of their destroyed house in the Gaza Strip

Palestinians want their own state and could go through the United Nations to try and get it. That's one of the topics being discussed by international leaders meeting in Brussels at the United Nations meeting in support of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Israeli-Palestinian peace talks were put on hold last year after Israel refusal to [...]

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Palestinians push for UN statehood recognition

Drying laundry in a Hathaleen community in the southeastern West Bank

Palestinian leaders meeting in Brussels for a Mideast peace conference are pushing for UN recognition as a state. They say this will help get both sides back to the bargaining table. Israeli-Palestinian peace talks have been stalled since last year following Israel's refusal to extend a 10-month freeze on settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian [...]

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Sudan's warring states sign agreement

Sudanese refugee children

The Government of Sudan has reached agreement with the northern arm of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) to end the violence in the Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan states. The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomes the accord signed in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa late on Tuesday. Fighting in the two states along the country's [...]

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UN warns Sudan is at risk of renewed civil war

armed uniformed men walking past burning businesses and homesteads in Abyei

  The escalating tension in the border regions between north and south Sudan is likely to push the country to the brink of civil war, according to the UN Office for Human Rights.  UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kyung-wha Kang says the fighting in Abyei and South Kordofan regions could spread to other [...]

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Lack of water in Darfur could impact on security situation

boy drinks water from a bowl

The growing scarcity of water in Darfur, Sudan could hamper efforts to achieve peace and security, says Ibrahim Gambari. Mr. Gambari, head of UNAMID, the joint African Union/ UN peacekeeping mission in Darfur, told a conference addressing the issue that the people of Darfur cannot afford to wait any longer for water. Gerry Adams asked Emmanuel [...]

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Nigerian woman cancer survivor fights on

cancer cell

The number of deaths worldwide from cancer is projected to continue to rise to over 11 million a year by 2030. The World Health Organization (WHO) says the disease is a leading cause of death across the world, but there are many cancer survivors too. Oluwakemi Kehinde Oygbile is a Nigerian woman who survived breast [...]

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Israel and Palestine meeting opens in Brussels

Palestine question

The international community is being called to do its part in bringing Israel and Palestine back to the table of negotiations. Middle East negotiations have been frozen. A two day meeting backed by the United Nations is being held in Brussels. Mr Ban says time is of the essence Less than three months remain until [...]

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UN reports "mixed" picture for Guinea Bissau

cache of seized drugs

Drug trafficking continues to pose a major challenge to the security of Guinea Bissau, according to the Secretary-General's Special Representative in the country. Briefing the Security Council, Joseph Mutaboba said the local authorities need to demonstrate a firmer commitment and determination to curb crime. However, Mutaboba said the political climate is improving although more reforms [...]

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UN has to move beyond the role of a "talk shop"

Joseph Deiss

A more flexible and innovative United Nations is necessary to avoid being seen as merely a "talk shop" producing decisions with no real impact. That's according to the General Assembly President, Joseph Deiss, who was speaking during a debate in New York on strengthening the role of the UN globally. Mr Deiss said changes need [...]

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IMF selects a woman for top job

Christine Lagarde

A former finance minister of France has been selected to serve as Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund for the next five years. Christine Lagarde is the first woman to head up the IMF. She succeeds Dominique Strauss-Kahn who stepped down form the post after being accused of sexually assaulting a hotel employee in [...]

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Bed net distribution rises dramatically as malaria rates drop

people sleeping with bednets

A record 70 million bed nets were distributed in the past 12 months as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria ramps up its efforts to fight the deadly disease. In all, the fund has distributed 190 million bed nets since 2003. Their use has contributed to a decline in malaria by 50% [...]

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Cattle killer disease, rinderpest eradicated

rinderpest eradication

Rinderpest, a highly infectious disease that has killed millions of cattle, buffalo and other animals has been officially declared eradicated. The declaration has been made by United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome. Derrick Mbatha has compiled this report. Duration: 2’29″

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UN Radio News 28 June 2011

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Qadhafi's inner circle urged to help with arrests

Muammar Qadhafi

The government in Tripoli is being asked to help arrest the Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi and two collaborators after arrest warrants were issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC). Luis Moreno Ocampo the Chief Prosecutor of the ICC said Qadhafi, his son and an intelligence chief, are responsible for the murder of civilians and the persecution [...]

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Over 10 million face threat of starvation in Horn of Africa

drought in Africa

A severe drought in the Horn of Africa is threatening the lives of over 10 million people, according to the United Nations humanitarian agency (OCHA). OCHA says child malnutrition has more than doubled in the region where the conflict in Somalia is adding to the hardships caused by drought. Thousands of Somalis have been forced [...]

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World declared "free" from deadly cattle disease

eradicating rinderpest

  A disease affecting cattle has become the first animal sickness to be eliminated in all 198 countries of the world. Rinderpest or cattle plague is the second disease after small pox, to be eradicated thanks to human efforts. It is highly contagious and affects mainly wild and domestic split hoofed animals like cattle and [...]

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70 million bed nets distributed in Africa in 12 months

children under mosquito net

70 million bed nets have been distributed in Africa in the last year, according to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. This brings the total number of bed nets distributed since 2003 to 190 million. Their use has contributed to a decline in malaria by 50% in countries like Botswana, Namibia, South Africa [...]

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African Diaspora "gain not loss"

man sending money home

African countries are being encouraged to consider the emigration of its citizens as a "gain" rather than a "loss". It's estimated that 30 million Africans in the Diaspora send home up to $40 billion a year in remittances. But the editors of a new book called "Diaspora" argue that these immigrants are contributing far more [...]

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Thousands of migrants stranded in Libyan desert

migrants fleeing Libya

Thousands of migrants fleeing Libya are in desperate need of food and water after spending weeks in the desert, according to the International Organization for Migration. Around 2,000 migrants from Chad in West Africa have been discovered so far in the southern towns of Gatroun and Sebha. IOM's spokesman, Jean Phillipe Chauzy says the agency [...]

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Millions face hunger in the Horn of Africa

drought in Africa

  Over 10 million people in the Horn of Africa are facing severe food shortages, according to the United Nations.   Five countries in the region including Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya Somalia and Uganda are experiencing the worst drought in 60 years.  The United Nations says child malnutrition in the affected regions has more than doubled while the [...]

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Businesses look at adaptation to climate change

windmills

Companies are looking at ways to adapt their activities so that they continue to be in business in the era of climate change. The United Nations, through its Global Compact Office, is involving businesses around the world to play their role in promoting sustainable development for the benefit of societies everywhere. The Global Compact, which [...]

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“Utter devastation” in Sudan's Abyei region

internally displaced persons at Zamzam camp

The Abyei region of Sudan is being described as a territory in “utter devastation” by the UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights. Kyung-wha Kang, who was just visited the disputed oil-rich region is calling for a thorough human rights investigation both there and in South Kordofan. Meanwhile, on Monday the UN Security Council ordered [...]

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Four senior Khmer rouge leaders on trial

former Khmer Rouge leaders

Four surviving Khmer rouge leaders are appearing before a panel of five judges at a UN backed tribunal in Cambodia. The former senior leaders are facing charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. All four have denied the allegations against them. 1.7 million Cambodians are said to have died from starvation, forced labour, [...]

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“Utter devastation” in Sudan's Abyei region

internally displaced persons at Zamzam camp

The Abyei region of Sudan is being described as a territory in “utter devastation” by the UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights. Kyung-wha Kang, who was just visited the disputed oil-rich region is calling for a thorough human rights investigation both there and in South Kordofan. Meanwhile, on Monday the UN Security Council ordered [...]

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Sudan appeals for $1 billion to tackle Darfur water crisis

internally displaced persons at Zamzam camp

Delegates at a water management meeting in Sudan are appealing for $1 billion to set up 65 community water projects in Darfur. Water shortages in the arid region have exacerbated conflicts between communities over the sharing of natural resources. The six year project aims to develop a stable and fair water service system for all [...]

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Brazil's hunger champion to head FAO

José Graziano da Silva

The brains behind a five year anti-hunger plan that helped to lift 24 million people out of poverty has just been elected Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). José Graziano da Silva of Brazil helped to design the highly successful "Zero Hunger" plan which cut hunger in Brazil by half. He also [...]

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UN Radio News 27 June 2011

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Libyan rebels gain upper hand as diplomatic efforts continue

Refugees from Libya queue for food

Libyan rebels are gaining the upper hand in the ongoing conflict in the North African country, according to the head of political affairs at the United Nations, Lynn Pascoe. Mr. Pascoe told the Security Council during a briefing that some of the fighting between government and rebel forces is taking place not far from the [...]

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UN to establish force in disputed Sudanese region

Security Council chamber

The UN Security Council has agreed to establish an interim force in Sudan's contested region of Abyei. The UN Security Force for Abyei or UNISFA will comprise of 4,200 troops, and 50 police officers as well as civilian peacekeepers. The mission will help facilitate an agreement on the future of Abyei. It will also work [...]

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100 days of NATO raids boost Libyan opposition forces

civilians walk along Tripoli St. in Misrata

Libyan opposition forces are gaining ground after NATO forces began their operations 100 days ago, says the UN's top Political Affairs officer, Lynn Pascoe. NATO allies began air raids following the imposition of a UN Security Council no-fly zone over Libya on March 17. Lynn Pascoe was speaking to the UN Security Council on Monday. [...]

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ICC issues arrest warrant for Qadhafi

Muammar Qadhafi

An arrest warrant has been issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for the Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi. The UN-backed court in The Hague is accusing Mr Qadhafi of crimes against humanity, allegedly committed in February. It follows a popular uprising against the Libyan leader by pro-democracy activists who want to remove him from power. [...]

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International arrest warrant issued for Libyan leader

Muammar Qadhafi

The Libyan leader, Muammar Qadhafi is a wanted man. On Monday, the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague issued an arrest warrant for him, as well as his son Saif Al-Islam Qadhafi and intelligence chief, Abdullah Al-Senussi. They're accused of crimes against humanity in the ongoing conflict in Libya, where rebels are waging a [...]

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Three million Afghans cut off from food assistance

Afghan family

Three million Afghans will be cut off from food assistance because the UN program that feeds them, is short on funds. The World Food Programme (WFP), which is funded by donations, said it had originally planned to feed more than 7 million Afghanis affected by the ongoing fighting and insecurity in the country. The agency [...]

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WFP to cut Afghan food programmes

Afghan boy

Millions of Afghans may go without food assistance as the UN World Food Programme(WFP) cuts back on its support due to a shortage of funds. WFP says its current funding level was only sufficient to support 3.8 million people in Afghanistan out of an initial 7.3 million people who were in need to food assistance. [...]

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Burundi youth grow restless from lack of jobs

Job Seekers

Young people in Burundi are growing restless with the lack of jobs on the market. Burundi is included in the 15 countries around the world with the highest unemployment rates, according to data from the UN's Labor Agency. With a population of over 9 million people, and a large youth population, around 14% of the [...]

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Torturers told they will face justice

An inmate sits inside his cell

Despotic governments and officials are being warned that torture is a serious international crime and that more torturers will be brought to justice. That's the message from the UN Human Rights Chief, Navi Pillay to mark International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, observed on Sunday. Pillay says strengthening of international justice mechanisms, including [...]

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Banana blight raises food security concerns in Burundi

Burundi: learning to grow more

Burundi is currently battling to curb a disease that attacks banana plant, one of its staple foods. The disease known as the banana blight may have spread from neighboring countries where it's been endemic for several years. This is cause for concern since food prices are on the rise again in the global market. Burundi [...]

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Celebrating the global eradication of killer cattle plague

FAO has worked with governments and their partners to eliminate rinderpest from individual countries

The eradication of one of history's deadliest animal diseases that triggered famines across the world, is being celebrated Saturday. UN Food and Agriculture Organization Director-General Jacques Diouf unveiled a plaque at FAO headquarters in Rome to celebrate global freedom from rinderpest, or cattle plague. Hundreds of millions of animals died from rinderpest preceding famines in [...]

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Security Council pushes Somali leaders to unite

Noël Nelson Messone

The UN Security Council is reminding Somali leaders that they have an obligation to end the political in-fighting and conflict that has devastated the Horn of Africa country. The 15 member body Council is renewing its call for Somalia's Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and the opposition Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia (ARS) to honour [...]

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Woman found guilty of genocide for first time in Rwanda

International Criminal Court for Rwanda.

A former minister in Rwanda has become the first woman to be found guilty of genocide at a UN-backed court. Pauline Nyiramasuhuko was convicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda for her role in the genocide and the rape of Tutsi women and girls. Some 800,000 Rwandans were murdered in the 1994 massacres that [...]

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UN chief reiterates calls for release of Israeli soldier

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The Secretary-General of the UN has reiterated his call for the release of an Israeli soldier who has been in captivity for five years. Gilad Shalit was 19 when he was captured on June 25, 2006 by armed groups based in the occupied Palestinian territory, Gaza. Ban Ki-moon has urged one of the groups, Hamas, [...]

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UN to conduct human rights mission in Yemen

A group of forcibly displaced people in north Yemen.

The United Nations is sending a team of human rights experts to Yemen to investigate reports of abuse by government forces. The 3-member panel, whose names are not being released, will leave Monday on the ten-day mission. The High Commissioner for Human rights (UNHCR) has voiced alarm over what it calls the deteriorating security situation [...]

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20,000 Somali refugees arrive in Kenya in just two weeks

Somalis cross the border into Kenya

More than 20,000 Somali's have flooded into the Dadaab refugee camp in northern Kenya over the past two weeks. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees  says the dramatic rise in refugees is alarming. The new arrivals are mostly farmers and animal herders from Lower Juba and the city of Dhobley fleeing the ongoing conflict in [...]

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20,000 Somali refugees arrive in Kenya

New arrivals at the Dadaab camp in Kenya

20,000 Somali refugees arrive in Kenya What has been described as the world's largest refugee camp, Dadaab, just got larger having received 20,000 Somali refugees in the past two weeks. The new arrivals are mostly Somali farmers and animal herders from Lower Juba and the city of Dhobley. Violence is not the only reason these [...]

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Mozambique urged to stop deporting asylum-seekers

Exhausted Ethiopians rest under a tree in Mozambique's Cabo Delgado province after walking from the coast on their way south earlier this year.

The Mozambique authorities are being urged to stop deporting asylum-seekers after 93 people were sent to Tanzania Tuesday. The group, from Somalia and Ethiopia, had arrived by boat and included four children, and three elderly men. Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR Melisa Fleming says they worked with police in Mozambique to [...]

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Former Rwandan women’s minister guilty of genocide, rape

International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

A former Rwandan women's minister has been sentenced to life in prison for her role in the genocide and the rape of Tutsi women and girls. Pauline Nyiramasuhuko is the first woman convicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Derrick Mbatha reports. 65 year old Pauline Nyiramasuhuko was found guilty, along with her son [...]

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Cholera on the rise in Haiti

A boy carries a bucket of clean water as he leaves the water distribution point in Port au Prince, Haiti

There has been a sharp increase in cholera cases in some areas in Haiti, especially in and around the capital, Port-au-Prince. The World Health Organization (WHO) says the increase may be due in part to the rainy season and flooding. Tarik Jasarevic from WHO says since the beginning of the outbreak there have been over [...]

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More torturers to be brought to justice

Artwork by Octavio Roth

Torture is a serious international crime and more torturers will be brought to justice – sooner or later. That's the message from the UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay ahead of International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, which takes place on Sunday. Across the world, there are many national and UN-backed international courts [...]

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Children fleeing from Libya at risk of exploitation

Refugees from Libya arrive at a transit camp in Tunisia.

Hundreds of unaccompanied minors and child migrants separated from their parents following the crisis in Libya are at risk of abuse, exploitation and violence, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).   They include girls who were trafficked from West African countries to Libya, to work and study, but who ended up in prostitution. IOM [...]

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UN calls for an immediate end to political activist trials in Bahrain

navipillay

The rights of 21 political activists put on trial in Bahrain were not respected according to the UN Human Rights Chief. Navi Pillay described the proceedings as bearing the hallmarks of political persecution and says the trials by the Lower National Safety Court must be discontinued. Ravina Shamdasani is from the UN office for Human [...]

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Reducing the rates of breast cancer and other non communicable diseases

Breast Cancer Welfare Association of Malaysia

1.3 million women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year and 400,000 of them will die. Many of those deaths are preventable through early detection and treatment. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it is the top cancer in women both in the developed and the developing world. At a UN Conference in New [...]

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Race for peace in Timor-Leste

Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao saluting the public and having fun

  A race for peace was recently held in Timor-Leste to encourage tourism and business investments following years of instability. Carlos Araujo reports from the capital, Dili. Duration: 2’12″

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UN to investigate reports of mass rape in eastern DR Congo

Shelter for Victims of Sexual Abuse in DRC

Reports of mass rapes in a remote part of the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo are being investigated by the United Nations. The UN's mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) is sending a team of peacekeepers to the Nyakiele area in South Kivu, which is eight hours by foot from the nearest UN military base. [...]

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Israel to halt Gaza flotilla

A woman and her children collect firewood and paper for lighting a fire to bake bread in Ezbet Abd Rabbo.

Israel says it will assert it's right to stop a flotilla bound for Gaza that organizers say is bringing humanitarian aid to the blockaded territory. A group of pro-Palestinian activists have said they plan to sail to Gaza from Greece. Last year Israeli commandos halted a flotilla heading for Gaza, killing nine people The new [...]

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CARICOM alarmed that non-communicable diseases responsible for 60% of deaths worldwide

man with diabetes

NARRATOR: With an estimated 8 million premature deaths from non-communicable diseases occurring in developing countries each year, the upcoming high-level General Assembly meeting on the issue would bring an urgently needed focus on the problem. That according to a panel of speakers participating in a preliminary media event at Headquarters this week. The Permanent Representative of Trinidad [...]

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UN reports rise in consumption of synthetic and prescription drugs

Yuri Fedotov

A new report released by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime says there has been a sharp decline in opium production and a modest reduction in coca cultivation. The World Drug Report 2011 says that production and consumption of drugs remain a serious problem. It estimates that 210 million people or 4.8 per cent [...]

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UN agencies appeal to governments to suspend involuntary return of Haitians to their homeland

A boy jump ropes at a camp for persons displaced in Haiti

NARRATOR: There's been an appeal for governments to continue offering refuge to Haitians who feld their country after the January 2010 earthquake. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) this week renewed their appeal to governments to suspend, on humanitarian grounds, all involuntary returns to Haiti. [...]

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Ensuring justice after conflict in Uganda

Barney Afako

The war in Uganda which killed thousands of people and displaced one million others lasted for 20 years. A truce between the Ugandan government and the Lord's Resistance Army was reached in 2006. UN Radio's Radmilla Suleymanova talked to Barney Afako at a UN conference on transitional justice. Afako, who took part in peace negotiations, [...]

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'Shared responsibility' very effective in helping Grenada control the spread of HIV

Tillman Thomas

NARRATOR:  More than three-thousand people came together at the United Nations earlier this month to take stock of the progress and challenges of the last 30 years and shape the future of AIDS response. The High-Level Meeting on AIDS took place 10 years after the historic 2001 United Nations Special Session on HIV/AIDS, and the [...]

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Angelina Jolie visits refugees from Syria and Libya

Angelina Jolie

Actress and Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie has been visiting people fleeing North Africa and Syria as part of her commitment to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR). Hundreds of thousands of people have fled both countries as violence between government forces and those demanding change, mounts.     3.6 million lives can be saved by [...]

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G20 agrees on food security plan

Buyers and sellers meet in a market in Bangladesh, where the price of cereals has risen sharply in recent months.

Twenty of the world's leading economies have agreed on a plan to stabilize food prices and to improve the supply of staple foods. The G20 agricultural ministers meeting in Paris approved the plan Thursday and asked the World Food Programme to assess the feasibility of an emergency humanitarian food reserve system for developing countries. They [...]

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UN calls for unimpeded access to Southern Kordofan displaced

Thousands of people displaced by conflict in Kadugli, the capital of Southern Kordofan State,

Access to the civilian population in Sudan’s Southern Kordofan state remains limited despite improvements in the security situation, according to the UN's lead humanitarian agency, OCHA. There had been shelling incidents in the region but that has now stopped and some displaced people are slowly returning to the main town of Kadugli. An estimated 73,000 [...]

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

UN condemns Sudan arrest of six of its national staff

UNMIS headquarters

The UN is calling for all of its staff members arrested in Sudan to be released immediately; so far only two have been. The six were arrested Wednesday departing from Kadugli Airport to Wau as part of a UN Mission in Sudan, UNMIS, relocation plan. The UN is condemning the arrest by Sudan's military intelligence.

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

115 million widows living in extreme poverty

Michelle Bachelet

At least 115 million widows are living in extreme poverty according to figures released to mark the first International Widows Day. The day calls attention to the challenges women face when their husbands die including loss of income and in some cultures social rejection. Michelle Bachelet, the Executive Director of UN Women is calling for [...]

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

Ban Ki-moon reappointed as UN Secretary-General

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Ban Ki-moon, who has been serving as the United Nations Secretary-General since 2007 has been reappointed for another five year term.  The General Assembly, made up of 192 Member States made the decision on Tuesday in New York.  Charles Appel has compiled this report   Working towards a smoke free Bangladesh Forty-three per cent of [...]

23 Jun 2011 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

Use of synthetic and prescription drugs rises

Yury Fedotov

The use of new synthetic drugs and the abuse of prescription drugs is on the increase according to the latest World Drug Report. However, the report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime or UNODC also shows that the global markets for cocaine, heroin and marijuana, the most used drug of choice, has [...]

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

Tanzania wins public service award

Mizengo Pinda

Tanzania has received a United Nations public service award for a ground breaking land reform initiative. "Mkurubati" is a state led programme that gives land to people in informal settlements. The event is also being celebrated on Africa Public Service Day. 400 delegates from around the world are in the country's commercial capital Dar es [...]

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

73,000 displaced by fighting in the South Sudan, Kordofan region

Residents of Kadugli gathered outside UNMIS sector HQ after fleeing fighting in Kadugli town.

Humanitarian agencies say they are still unable to freely access tens of thousands of people in the South Sudan Kordofan region. An estimated 73,000 people have been displaced since early June when fighting broke out between Forces of north and South Sudan. Many of the displaced took refuge by the UN Mission in Sudan's compound [...]

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

US and China make musical history at UN

US and China army band play at GA

Musical history has been made at the United Nations General Assembly after military bands from the United States and China held their first ever joint concert. This musical and military exchange between the United States Army Band "Pershing's Own" and the Military Band of the People's Liberation Army of China seeks to foster cooperation and [...]

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UN support for victims of torture in funding crisis

Foto ONU / Eric Kanalstein

Efforts by the United Nations to assist victims of torture rebuild their lives are on the verge of grinding to a halt due to lack of funding. The UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture says support it receives from UN member states has been on a steady decline over the past four years. Patrick [...]

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

Africa celebrates Public Service Day

Mizengo Pinda

1.75 billion people in the world live in poverty and a quarter of them are in Africa, according to Tanzania's Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda. Poor leadership and corruption, he adds, are the reasons behind it. Pinda was speaking at an event in the capital Dar es Salaam celebrating Africa Public Service Day. The event also [...]

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

Qatari Diplomat elected as President of next session of UN General Assembly

Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser

  Qatar's Ambassador to the United Nations, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser has been elected the new yearly President of the UN General Assembly. The 192-member body voted by acclamation or consensus on Wednesday in New York to elect the 58-year old diplomat, whose one year term begins in September when the 66th General Assembly opens at [...]

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

Israel's approval of UN construction in Gaza a "significant step"

Robert Serry

Israel's decision to allow UN-backed construction projects in the Gaza Strip is being called a "significant step" by Robert Serry, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process. Israeli is allowing the UN to bring in building materials that were meant for the UN housing and school construction projects. In June 2010, Israel [...]

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

UNESCO names actor Forest Whitaker Goodwill Ambassador

Forest Whitaker

Actor and director Forest Whitaker has been named Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation for the United Nations’ educational, scientific and cultural body, UNESCO. His duties will include helping to educate people and mobilize governments in favour of youth programmes surrounding peace, education, human rights and global citizenship. "I have very big hopes. Very big [...]

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

Nuclear industry will have to win back trust of people

IAEA Fact-Finding Mission assesses Fukushima nuclear power plant

The nuclear industry will have to work hard and make changes in order to win back the trust of people following the disaster at the Fukushima Nuclear Power plant in Japan. That's the message from one the world's Chief Nuclear Inspectors who went on a 10 day fact-finding mission to Fukushima, which revealed among other [...]

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

Governments warned of social implications of the global economic crisis

Jomo Kwame Sundaram

Governments need to consider the social consequences of economic policies before instituting them, especially during an economic crisis. Jomo Kwame Sundaram, a senior UN official from the department of economic affairs says the global crisis reminds us that it is essential for people to be healthy, educated, adequately housed and well fed to be more [...]

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

Financial systems restored "at cost of human welfare"

Jomo Kwame Sundaram

Human welfare in many parts of the world has suffered as a result of countries focusing on rebuilding their finance systems following the economic crisis. A report published by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA) says that economic policies were considered in isolation from their social consequences. Patrick Maigua has been speaking [...]

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

130 million child labourers exposed to dangerous pesticides

Young boy spraying insecticides on plants. Senegal/ILO

It's estimated that 130 million child labourers are exposed to dangerous and sometimes deadly pesticides each year. The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have been working with governments to curb child labor. They want to collect data on exposure to toxic chemicals to vulnerable groups, as an essential [...]

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

Business must adapt to climate change before it's too late

Ban Ki-moon meets with Global Compact Board members

For businesses around the world, adapting to a green economy may seem too costly, especially when the benefits are not immediately seen. But researchers and environmentalists say that if businesses continue to ignore the changes in the environment, the ultimate price may be too much to bear. Radmilla Suleymanova has more. Duration: 2'36"

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

Treatment of civilians in Southern Kordofan "reprehensible"

Displaced Sudanese

The treatment of civilians in the Sudanese state of Southern Kordofan is being called "reprehensible" by the United Nations humanitarian chief. Valerie Amos says she has heard reports of human rights abuses and targeting of people along ethnic lines. The humanitarian chief also says threats to aid workers and peacekeepers need to stop immediately. She [...]

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

"Together, nothing is impossible" Ban Ki-moon

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The United Nations Secretary-General has told Member States of the UN that if they work together they can achieve what he described as the "impossible". Ban Ki-moon was reappointed to the UN's top job on Tuesday to serve a second term of five years. After taking the Oath of Office, he made this speech to [...]

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

New UN General Assembly President due to be appointed

Nassir Abdelaziz Al-Nasser

  One day after UN Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon was reappointed to a second term, the General Assembly elects its new President. The 192 member body is expected to approve Ambassador Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser of Qatar as the President of the sixty-sixth session of the UN General Assembly, Wednesday afternoon in New York. Al-Nasser, who [...]

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

'A challenging year' for UN rights body, says outgoing president

Sihasak Phuangketkeow

The UN Human Rights Council made history in March this year when it suspended Libya's membership for committing violence against its own people. It has also had to deal with the rapid, evolving events in the Middle East labelled the "Arab Spring." Sihasak Phuangketkeow, President of the Council, says it has been "a challenging year". [...]

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

Five year push to provide "Sanitation for All"

A home-built latrine constructed through the community-led total sanitation initiative in Bolivia

A five year programme to ensure that people across the world have access to proper toilets has been launched at the UN. Two point six billion people, mainly in the developing world, do not have proper sanitation. The lack of toilets can often lead to diarrhea which causes the death of around 3000 children a [...]

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

Ban Ki-moon reappointed as UN Secretary-General

Ban Ki-moon

Ban Ki-moon, who has been serving as the United Nations Secretary-General since 2007 has been reappointed for another five year term. The General Assembly, made up of 192 Member States made the decision on Tuesday in New York. Charles Appel has compiled this report. Duration: 2’53″

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

Flooding in Côte d'Ivoire threatens more than 28,000

Woman in Abidjan

More than 28,000 people living in and around Abidjan, the commercial capital of Côte d'Ivoire, are being threatened by flood waters. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, OCHA, says it is looking at measures to relocate the threatened population, but more funding is needed. OCHA's Elisabeth Byrs says the Emergency Humanitarian Action [...]

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

HINDI #26: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

PART I       Domestic workers to get more rights.  3'09'' PART II     Outer space common province to all mankind. 4'27'' PART III   According to FAO about 1.30 billion tons of food is wasted every year. 1'31'' PART IV     Bolivian women to set up small businesses.   3'32'' Duration: 15’00″

21 Jun 2011 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

HINDI #25: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

PART I  UN pushes to increase women police officers in peacekeeping missions. 1'06'' PART II HIV infection rate amongst youth at 2500 a day. 2'59'' PART III Son preference perpetuates discrimination, says UN agencies. 4'39'' PART IV Female football clubs in Pakistan giving girls new apportunities. 3'10'' Duration: 13’55″

21 Jun 2011 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

HINDI #24: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

PART I   Libya's children at severe risks from landmines.    2'39'' PART II Women's words-HIV priorities for positive change. 5'31'' PART III Save and Grow farming model launched by FAO. 4'08''

21 Jun 2011 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

Ban Ki-moon's first UN press conference – 11 January 2007

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

On January 11, 2007, ten days after taking office, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon held his first press conference assuring the media that he will not be avoiding them but on the contrary he will be pursuing them. Duration: 49″

21 Jun 2011 | Posted in UN70 RADIO CLASSICS | Read More »

General Assembly appoints Ban Ki-moon to 2nd term as UN Secretary-General

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has been appointed to serve a second term as head of the world body. The 192 member UN General Assembly voted Tuesday. Ban also received unanimous support from the Security Council. "As Secretary-General, I will work as a harmonizer and bridge-builder — among Member States, within the United Nations system, and between [...]

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

Locust build-up could turn into plague in Madagascar

Locust swarm in southwestern Madagascar.

The livelihoods of 13 million people in south-western Madagascar could be seriously endangered by swarms of locusts. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says at the current rate of buildup a plague of the insects will develop leading to the destruction of much of the crops. According to latest estimates some 300 000 hectares [...]

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

UN expert urges Mexican "state of emergency" to battle obesity

Olivier De Schutter

Obesity in Mexico is at an all time high with 7 out of 10 adults overweight or obese. The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food is calling for a "state of emergency" in Mexico to battle obesity but also food poverty. Olivier De Schutter, who just got back from visiting Mexico says if [...]

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

Fighting in southern Yemen displaces 45,000 people

Women and children caught up in the northern Yemen conflict are particularly vulnerable to trauma.

Humanitarian agencies estimate that roughly 45,000 people have been displaced in southern Yemen as fighting continues there between the army and suspected Al-Qaeda militants. The International Organization for Migration or IOM has been evacuating Ethiopian migrants. It estimates 1,900 are stranded near Yemen’s border with Saudi Arabia, living in desperate conditions. Jean-Philippe Chauzy is from [...]

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

Mission to north-west Syria finds empty villages

Syrian refugees wait at the Turkey-Syria border this week to be transported to a refugee camp.

Villages around the town Jisr Al Shugour in north-west Syria are reported to be empty following an operation carried out by Syrian security forces. The Syrian government has said the operation was launched in response to attacks on its security forces by unknown gunmen in the town. United Nations agencies, including the United Nations Refugee [...]

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

2.6 billion people living without proper toilet

Northwest Pakistan

Two point six billion people, mainly in the developing world, live without a proper toilet, according to the UN. The lack of proper sanitation can lead to diarrhea the second largest killer of children under five in the developing world. A five year drive to total sanitation was launched Tuesday at the UN. Willem-Alexander, the [...]

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

HIV prevention guidelines for men who have sex with men

Patient receiving HIV STI checks at a clinic in Indonesia

HIV infection among men who have sex with men, particularly in industrialized countries is on the rise according to the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO has come out with it's first-ever guidelines on the prevention and treatment of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections for men who have sex with men and transgender people. The [...]

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

Don't force Haitians to return to Haiti:UN

Some of the Haitians in the grounds of the Divine Church of the Holy Spirit in Tabatinga, Brazil.

Governments around the world are being urged by UN agencies to allow Haitians stay in their countries rather than forcing them to return home. Eighteen months after the massive earthquake of January 2010, an estimated 680,000 people are still displaced within Haiti. The UN refugee agency UNHCR says an unknown number are living outside the [...]

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

Reporting on business activities re-invented

Paul Clements-Hunt

A new system is being put in place to ensure businesses across the world include environmental, social and human rights issues in their official reports. The Integrated Reporting system is aimed at ensuring accountability and transparency in reporting by corporations and financial institutions. Paul Clements-Hunt is the head of UNEP Finance Initiative, a partnership between [...]

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

10,000 Syrians flee into Turkey

More than 10,000 Syrian refugees are being sheltered by Turkish authorities in four camps along the Turkey-Syria border, according to the UN refugee agency UNHCR. Since 7 June up to 1,000 refugees have been crossing from Syrian into Turkey every day.  UNHCR says it took part in a government organized mission to the Syrian town of [...]

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

UN votes on second term for Ban Ki-moon

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary-General of the United Nations is due to go before the General Assembly on Tuesday to find out if he'll serve a second five-year term as the UN chief. The UN Security Council has already given Mr Ban its backing, although the final decision rests with the 192-member General Assembly. Daniel Dickinson [...]

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

UN General Assembly votes on new Chief

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The 192 member UN General Assembly is scheduled to vote on the world body's next Secretary-General Tuesday. Current chief Ban Ki-moon is getting unanimous support from the Security Council and has said he wants to serve another 5 year term. So far, no other candidate has publicly come forward. Jean-Victor Nkolo, the spokesperson for the [...]

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

Working towards a smoke free Bangladesh

Tobacco products

43% of people in Bangladesh are smokers. 11 million chew their tobacco with disastrous consequences for health. Aminul Islam Sujon has an uncle who died of lung cancer from a 25 year old smoking habit. Aminul was only 17. Heart-broken and angry, he decided to go to war against tobacco. Selected as Bangladesh's Global Cancer [...]

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

Angelina Jolie visits refugees from Syria and Libya

Angelina Jolie talks with detainees in Malta, Lampedusa

Actress Angelina Jolie, has been visiting people fleeing North Africa and Syria as part of her commitment to the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR. Hundreds of thousands people have fled both countries as violence between government forces and those demanding change, mounts. Jolie, who has worked with UNHCR, for 10 years says more needs to [...]

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

UNESCO chief calls for better preservation of World Heritage sites

Belize Barrier Reef Reserve

Hundreds of sites on the World Heritage List need to be better protected according to the head UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization(UNESCO). Thirty-four sites worldwide are currently on the List of World Heritage in Danger, including the Everglades National Park in the United States, and the rainforests of Madagascar. Charles Appel reports. Director-General Irina [...]

20 Jun 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

North and South Sudan urged to stop fighting in Kordofan state

WFP food assistance being offloaded from a truck at a distribution site in the South Kordofan capital Kadugli.

Forces of north and South Sudan have been urged once again by the United Nations to stop fighting. Ongoing clashes in the state has forced thousands of civilians to flee their homes in Kadugli, the capital of South Kordofan state. The UN mission in Sudan says that the security and humanitarian situations in the state [...]

20 Jun 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Nuclear safety reviewed after Japanese accident

IAEA fact-finding team in Japan visit the emergency diesel generator at Reactor Unit 6 at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant

Confidence in the safety of nuclear power has been badly shaken by the accident that occurred on 11 March at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power in Japan. The plant which was damaged by a massive earthquake and tsunami generated fears of releases of radioactive material. Now, more than one thousand participants including ministers from around [...]

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

Unhealthy lifestyles to kill 52 million yearly by 2030

Physical Activity for Health

By 2030 non-communicable diseases or NCDs are expected to kill 52 million people a year according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Many NCD's are caused by unhealthy lifestyles such as poor diet, lack of exercise and smoking. At a weeklong conference kicking off at the UN, John Seffrin, the CEO of the American Cancer [...]

20 Jun 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

URDU #24: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

1. UN Security Council backs Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for second five-year term  2. UNICEF says unexploded mines major threat to children in Libya 3. Uruguay is “world's number one” contributor to peacekeeping : Ban Ki- moon 4. Syrian authorities urged not to use force against protesting civilians by Ban Ki-moon Narrated and Produced by Zafar [...]

20 Jun 2011 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

"More needs to be done for refugees": Angelina Jolie

Antonio Guterres and Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie talk with asylum-seekers on the Italian island of Lampedusa

Actress and UN Goodwill Ambassador, Angelina Jolie, has been visiting refugees in Turkey and Lampedusa, Italy as part of her commitment to World Refugee Day on June 20. More than 40,000 people, including refugees and asylum-seekers, have arrived by boat in Lampedusa since the beginning of this year, according to the UN High Commissioner for [...]

20 Jun 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

3.6 million lives can be saved by increasing midwifery services

Midwife examining a pregnant woman

Up to 3.6 million lives can be saved during childbirth if midwifery services are more accessible, according to a new UN report. State of the World's midwifery 2011 says there is a significant gap between the number of midwives practicing and those needed. The majority of women or their newborn babies die from inadequate or [...]

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

UN Human Rights Council elects its first woman president

Laura Dupuy Lasserre

The UN Human Rights Council in Geneva has elected the first woman ever to serve as its President. Laura Dupuy Lasserre, from Uruguay replaces the outgoing president, Thailand's Sihasak Phuangketkeow. She says she knows at first hand how important human rights are because her homeland, until a little over 20 years ago, suffered from a [...]

20 Jun 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Agreement on Abyei signed by north and South Sudan

UN Photo/ Stuart Price

A deal has been signed over the disputed region of Abyei, as north and South Sudan continue to clash. South African President Thabo Mbeki, who is mediating between the two sides says the deal provides for the demilitarization of Abyei, with Sudanese military and other forces withdrawing and Ethiopian peacekeepers deploying there. "That would expedite [...]

20 Jun 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

IAEA nuclear head wants random inspections to ensure safety

Yukiya Amano delivering his statement at the Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety

The UN nuclear chief says "stringent safety measures" are required to rebuild public confidence in the nuclear industry. The International Atomic Energy Agency head, Yukiya Amano, says random safety reviews need to be carried out at 10 percent of the world's 440 nuclear power plants over a three-year period. Amano warned that business as usual [...]

20 Jun 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Lack of UN judges from under-represented groups and regions prompts recruiting effort

Kate O'Regan

A lack of judges from some under-represented groups and regions is prompting the United Nations to embark on an active recruitment drive worldwide. One group being targeted are Asians. Julie Walker spoke with Judge Kate O’Regan, the chairperson of the Internal Justice Council, which helps ensure independence, professionalism and accountability in administration of justice at [...]

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

Poor countries shoulder burden of refugees

António Guterres, in Choucha Camp, talks to a refugee who nearly died while trying to reach Italy by boat

Eighty percent of refugees across the world are living in the poorest countries, according to the chief of the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR. Speaking on World Refugee Day, Antonio Guterres, said these countries, mainly in Africa, host huge refugee populations contrary to the widely held belief that it is the richer countries that bear [...]

20 Jun 2011 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

When girls become the parents

girlandbrother

50 million children in Sub-Saharan Africa are orphans, and they often are exposed to violence and exploitation, according to the UNICEF. Those who do not end up on the streets find themselves taking care of their younger siblings. Girls are usually the ones who have to take charge and take on the role of the [...]

17 Jun 2011 | Posted in Women | Read More »

Prominent opposition leader addresses International Labour Organization

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the prominent opposition leader from Myanmar, has appealed to the International Labour Organization, the ILO, to do more in her country. The former General Secretary of the National League for Democracy became known internationally when she won Myanmar's general election in 1990 but was not allowed to assume office. She [...]

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

Conflict in Libya to worsen situation of children and women in the country

Women and children will bear the brunt of the conflict in Libya should it turnout to be long and protracted, according to the UN Children's agency UNICEF.  The agency says schools were no longer operational while critical health services including routine vaccination were grinding to a halt due to shortages of essential drugs. UNICEF also [...]

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

Asian region needs more blood donors

Blood screening

The world needs more blood donors, says the World Health Organization. With the theme "More blood. More life," World Blood Donor Day was celebrated on June 14th. The day was first observed in 2004. It has become an opportunity to thank the millions of people who donate each year. Gerry Adams asked Dr Rajesh Bhatia, [...]

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

Belize fully aware of the deep impact of HIV/AIDS across social, economic and development spheres

Pablo Marin

Many of the global trends of HIV and AIDS are mirrored in the national experience of Belize: declining infection rates, increase in access to treatment, increasing feminization of HIV and with the age group 15 – 24 year continuing to be the major age group affected with new HIV infections. That's what Belize's Minister of [...]

17 Jun 2011 | Posted in Caribbean News, Today's Features | Read More »

Jamaica reiterates its commitment to the fight against HIV and AIDS

Rudyard Spencer

Jamaica has acknowledged the considerable investment that the international community, led by the United Nations, has made in the fight against HIV and AIDS for many decades. And, Minister of Health Rudyard Spencer told a high-level meeting on reviewing the progress made in combating the epidemic over the past 30 years that this global support [...]

17 Jun 2011 | Posted in Caribbean News, Today's Features | Read More »

HIV is everyone's business: Trinidad and Tobago

Rodger Samuel

The United Nations General Assembly has promised to partner with all stakeholders to implement "bold and decisive action" to wipe out what remained of an unprecedented global human tragedy despite significant progress in the past decade to combat the disease. Wrapping up a three-day High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS, which heard presentations from representatives of more [...]

17 Jun 2011 | Posted in Caribbean News, Today's Features | Read More »

Brazil demonstrates leadership in peace and security

Brazil has been demonstrating its leadership in the areas of peace and security around the world, according to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The Secretary-General was speaking in the Brazilian capital Brasilia where he met with President Dilma Rousseff, Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota and other senior officials. Mr. Ban said that Brazil is strategically positioned [...]

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

ILO brings an estimated 53 to 100 million domestic workers worldwide under the realm of labour standards

NAR: Domestic workers celebrating in Geneva as the 100th annual Conference of the International Labour. Organization (ILO) on Thursday, 16 June adopted a historic set of international standards aimed at improving the working conditions of tens of millions of domestic workers worldwide. The Convention on Domestic Workers states that domestic workers should benefit from the [...]

16 Jun 2011 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

ILO gives domestic workers international recognition and protection

A set of international standards aimed at improving the working conditions of tens of millions of domestic workers worldwide has been adopted by the International Labour Organization (ILO).  The Convention on Domestic Workers states that domestic workers should benefit from the right to regular working hours, maternity leave, unemployment insurance and representation by trade unions. The ILO [...]

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

UN Daily News 15 June 2011

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Armed militia groups violating human rights in Côte d’Ivoire

Human rights violations are still taking place in Cote d'Ivoire despite the end of the political crisis and violence ignited by December 2010 disputed presidential elections.    This is part of the conclusion made by the International Commission of Inquiry on Côte d’Ivoire in its report to the UN Human Rights Council. The Commission notes that [...]

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

UN Daily News 14 June 2011

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Insecurity hampering relief efforts in South Kordofan

  displaced sudanese find refuge with UNMIS outside Kadugli More than 53,000 people have been displaced in Southern Kordofan State in Sudan, where fighting is continuing between the armed forces of North and South Sudan. The United Naiotns reported that planes dropped at least 11 bombs on an airfield close to its camp. The World [...]

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

Preference for boys “abhorrent form of gender discrimination”

Pressure on women to give birth to boys is fueling a culture of discrimination and violence against women and girls according to a report by United Nations agencies. The report says sex selection favouring boys can lead to violence, abandonment, divorce or even death among women who give birth to girls. The so-called 'son preference' culture [...]

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

URDU #23: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

1.Ban ki Moon urges world leaders to end HIV/AIDS 2.US supports Ban ki Moon bid for 2nd term 3.Nearly 100,000 people displaced in Sudan's Abyei region 4.Serious concern expressed over North Korea's nuclear programme Narrated and Produced by Zafar Qureshi DURATION: 14'30"

13 Jun 2011 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

Misrata’s children try to recreate a normal life after war

Misrata child on tank

Civilians in the Libyan city of Misrata are bearing the brunt of the fighting. The port city is said to be a stronghold for rebels and opposition members trying to oust Libyan President Muammar Qadhafi from power.  Many residential areas have been destroyed. Hundreds of people have died and thousands are missing.  The 12 week [...]

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

Women's Words-HIV priorities for positive change

aids-virus

How do women around the world think the AIDS problem should be addressed? In preparation for the High Level Meeting on AIDS, which took place at the United Nations  at the beginning of June, that question was answered by approximately 800 women, who, through a global consultation in nine languages, voiced their priorities and vision [...]

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

Empowering young, HIV positive women in Nepal

2011 High Level Meeting on AIDS

Being young is hard. Being young and HIV positive is even harder.  Now add to that being a young girl or woman, and you can find yourself in the margins of society. Gaj Gurung, a 23 year old Nepalese man witnessed this many times in his patriarchal society. He calls this the "multiple layers of [...]

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

Actress and Grammy-nominated singer Melba Moore named UN Goodwill Ambassador for the Permanent Memorial to honour the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Melba Moore (centre)

Actress and Grammy-nominated singer Melba Moore said at UN Headquarters this week that she would engage the corporate world, the media and fellow celebrities in carrying out her duties as a new United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for the Permanent Memorial to honour the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Ms. Moore made her [...]

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

HIV+ Nepalese women suffer “layers of discrimination”

aids

In the AIDS epidemic in Nepal, the most-at-risk populations are female sex workers, injecting drug users, migrants and men who have sex with men. But according to Gaj Gurung, National Programme Coordinator of the National Federation of Women Living with HIV, young women with HIV and AIDS are a group that is not getting adequate [...]

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

AIDS: research, cures, vaccines, drugs

hiv virus

It's been 30 years since the first case of AIDS was identified and while there is still no definitive cure or vaccine, a lot of progress has been made in fighting the epidemic. That includes life saving drugs and even a treatment that yielded a very promising result. One of the leaders in the support [...]

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

TB prevention to save one million lives by 2015

Stop TB

The deaths of one million people living with AIDS could be prevented if more resources are put into treating tuberculosis or TB. The UN's Stop TB Partnership, says $790 million needs to be spent on preventative treatment and improved access to care for those lives to be saved. Jorge Sampaio is the UN Secretary-General's Special [...]

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

AIDS funding boost needed to end epidemic

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One of the challenges to ending the AIDS epidemic across the world is money…..money to pay for universal access to treatment and prevention. On Friday, on the last day of a major HIV and AIDS conference at the United Nations in New York, some countries recommitted to the effort, while others were criticized for not [...]

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

World leaders commit to combat HIV and AIDS

General Assembly Hall

World leaders gathered at the United Nations in New York have committed themselves to intensify their efforts to end HIV and AIDS. For three days more than 3,000 participants, including 30 heads of state and government world leaders have been discussing efforts to prevent and stop the spread of the HIV and AIDS pandemic. Daniel [...]

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

Political leaders challenged to pass laws to end violence against women

violence against women

Political leaders around the world have been challenged by a top United Nations envoy to pass laws that empower women to end sexual violence against them. Speaking in Geneva Margot Wallström, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict reiterated her call for an end to conflict-related sexual violence against women. Ms. Wallström [...]

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

Iraqi government told to protect its civilians

iraqfamily

Iraq is being urged to take stronger action when it comes to protecting civilians from violence. Ivan Šimonović, the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights says 4,000 people are still dying each year in the country as it struggles to rebuild. It was eight years ago that a coalition of countries invaded Iraq and and [...]

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

Bulgarian folksinger says nature inspires her

 Multi-award winning Bulgarian folk singer and environmental activist, Elitsa Todorova performed at the Folk Music of Slavic Peoples concert held at the United Nations General Assembly Hall in June. With loud drums and a clear singing voice, Elitsa took central stage as she opened the event.    Radmilla Suleymanova caught up with Elitsa backstage to ask her [...]

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60,000 people of Kyrgyzstan remain displaced one year after violence

displaced woman from Kyrgyzstan

Tens of thousands of people remain displaced in southern Kyrgyzstan a year after inter-ethnic clashes that killed 400 people according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR). Fighting between ethnic Kyrgyzs and Uzbeks that broke out in June last year forced 75,000 people to flee to neighbouring Uzbekistan while thousands of others remained displaced within [...]

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

War crimes investigation in Côte d'Ivoire

displaced Ivorian family

Crimes against humanity and war crimes may have been committed in Côte d'Ivoire during the crisis that followed the November 28 presidential election. That's the conclusion of a panel of experts that has been investigating allegations of human rights violations in the West African country. The crisis, which ended in April this year, was provoked [...]

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

Child labour situation worsening in Africa

child labour

The number of children engaged in hazardous work in Africa is on the rise according to the International Labour Organization (ILO). It says there are around 215 million children in work across the world with just over half of those doing dangerous jobs. Many of those children live in Africa. Patrick Maigua asked Constance Thomas [...]

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

Iraqi government needs to do more to protect its civilians

iraqfamily

Iraq is being urged to take stronger action when it comes to protecting civilians from violence. Ivan Šimonović, the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights says 4,000 people are still dying each year in the country as it struggles to rebuild.  It's been eight years since a coalition of countries invaded Iraq and toppled its [...]

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Warring parties in Sudan urged to stop attacks on civilians

displaced Sudanese boy makes a toy out of a girl's pink slipper

Armed forces of north and south Sudan have been urged by the United Nations to stop attacks on civilians as they continue to battle each other in the town of Kadugli in Kordofan State. The UN Human Rights Office says that it has received what it has described as "extremely worrying reports" of civilian casualties, [...]

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

St. Lucia says the prevalence of HIV/ AIDS is estimated to be less than 1% in the general population

Keith Mondesir

In Saint Lucia prevalence of HIV/ AIDS is estimated to be less than 1% in the general population, with the number of new infections appearing to be stable over the past five years. So says Minister of Health Dr. Keith Mondesir. He told the General Assembly hi-level meeting on HIV/AIDS that St. Lucia welcomed the [...]

10 Jun 2011 | Posted in Caribbean News, Today's Features | Read More »

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines experiences notable progress in decrease of HIV infections

Douglas Slater

 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and the CARICOM region in general, have experienced notable progress – such as a more than 25% decrease in the incidence of HIV infections – while providing treatment and care for a significant percentage of persons infected and or affected by HIV; thus resulting in notable improvement of quality of [...]

10 Jun 2011 | Posted in Caribbean News, Today's Features | Read More »

UN defines approaches to prevent violence against women

stop violence against women

The importance of preventing violence against women has been underlined by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay. Ms Pillay was speaking in Geneva as the UN Human Rights Council started its annual discussion of women's human rights. She said that in its in-depth study of violence against women, the United Nations [...]

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

HIV prevalence rate in the Caribbean stabilized at 1 per cent: CARICOM

Denzil Douglas

More than 3000 people came together at the United Nations in New York for the UN General Assembly High Level Meeting on AIDS. The meeting, which ran from 8-10 June, and provided an opportunity to take stock of the progress and challenges of the last 30 years and shape the future AIDS response. The High-Level [...]

10 Jun 2011 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Millions of children trapped in hazardous work

child labour

Over 115 million children worldwide are engaged in hazardous work according to the International Labour Organization (ILO). In a report to mark World Day Against Child Labour, the ILO says that every minute of every day, a child somewhere in the world suffers a work-related accident, illness or psychological trauma. Over 60 per cent of children [...]

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

Global plan to eliminate child HIV infections launched at UN

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

A global plan to eliminate new HIV infections among children has been launched at a United Nations conference on HIV and AIDS in New York. The 'Countdown to Zero' initiative aims to save millions of lives across the developing world. Infection rates among children born to mothers living with HIV having declined by 26 per [...]

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

Disability count tops one billion

a handicapped boy plays with his wheelchair

Over a billion people experience some form of disability around the world, a number greater than previously estimated. The first ever world report on disability, produced jointly by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank, suggests that few countries have adequate mechanisms in place to respond to their needs. One of the main [...]

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Countries need to redouble effort to fights AIDS: US

HIV virus

Countries around the world need to share in the global burden of fighting AIDS. That's the message from the United States during a major UN conference taking place 30 years after the first case of AIDS was diagnosed. In 2008, the US committed $48 billion dollars over five years to fund the US President's Emergency Plan [...]

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

"Free and fair" elections possible in DRC

Roger Meece

Elections scheduled for November this year in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or DRC can be "free and fair" according to the United Nations. The UN is expected to play a central role in the presidential elections in the vast Central African country. DRC has endured decades of instability especially in the east of [...]

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

US calls on other countries to do more in AIDS fight

US Ambassador Eric Goosby

The United States is calling on donor countries to do more in the fight against AIDS, especially in the developing world. Over 3.2 million people, most of them in Africa, are currently receiving treatment for HIV and AIDS through, PEPFAR, the US President's $48 billion Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, Julie Walker has been speaking [...]

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

UN envoy welcomes accord between Somali President and Speaker

displaced Somalis

An agreement between the President of Somalia, and the Speaker of Parliament, has been welcomed by the top United Nations envoy for Somalia Augustine Mahiga. Mr. Mahiga says the accord is a breakthrough in resolving the five month old political impasse in Mogadishu over the future of the country. Derrick Mbatha reports. The two Somali [...]

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

Palestinian children displaced by Israeli demolitions in West Bank

girls in Burj-Barajneh-camp

A record number of Palestinian children have been displaced by the demolitions of homes by Israeli authorities in the West Bank, according to the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA). The latest figures released by UNRWA reveal that 67 Palestinian children were displaced in May, the highest monthly figure so far this year. The [...]

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

DR Congo can hold free and fair elections

Roger Meece

"Free and fair elections" that reflect the will of the people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are possible according to Roger Meece, the top United Nations envoy in the country. Mr. Meece told the Security Council that over half of the projected total of 31 million eligible voters has already been registered for [...]

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

INDONESIAN #2: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

1. Japan underestimated the threat posed by a tsunami on its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant damaged by the March 11th earthquake.   That's the conclusion of an international team of nuclear experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) which has completed a preliminary assessment of safety issues at the plant. 2.  The interview session is [...]

9 Jun 2011 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

Human Rights Council told of continuing human rights abuses in Libya

The Libyan government has been defending itself against accusations of war crimes before the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.  Libya, which was suspended from the council earlier this year, was granted a special hearing following the publication of a report by the International Commission of Inquiry which concluded that crimes against humanity and war crimes [...]

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

Africa strives for AIDS free society within 10 years

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African countries have been told that AIDS could be defeated on the continent within ten years…..but that sensitive issues like the sex trade, men who have sex with men and drug use need to be tackled in the open. That's the challenge thrown down by the UN Secretary-General at one of the largest ever conference [...]

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

Serbia asked to explain why it took long to arrest Ratko Mladic

Serge Brammertz

The Serbian authorities have been asked by the Prosecutor of the United Nations war crimes tribunal why it took 16 years to arrest the war crimes suspect, Ratko Mladic. Mr. Mladic, the former army commander who was arrested in Serbia in May has appeared before the tribunal to face a number of war crimes related [...]

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

Serbia asked to explain delay in arresting war crimes suspect

Serge Brammertz

The Serbian authorities are being asked to explain why it took so long to arrest the war crimes suspect, Ratko Mladic. The former army commander was arrested in Serbia in May after spending 16 years on the run. He appeared before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia on a series of war crimes [...]

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

UN: Syria bludgeoning its population into submission

Syrian government has been accused of trying to bludgeon its population into submission using tanks, artillery and snipers. United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says the violent crackdown on peaceful protestors was deplorable and urged the Syrian authorities to halt the assault on its own people. The High Commissioner says her office [...]

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

Political change to boost economic growth across Arab world

Lybia crisis

Political changes sweeping across the Arab world could help to boost economic growth and improve living standards. Caroline Freund, World Bank Chief Economist for the Middle East and North Africa or MENA region says improvements in the rule of law in MENA countries should lead to faster growth rates in line with emerging economies in [...]

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

No sustainable future without care of the ocean

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Over-exploitation of resources, climate change and coastal pollution are just some of the reasons why today's oceans are under stress. Yet oceans provide us with nourishment, sea-lanes for international trade, pharmaceuticals — they even play a role in the air we breathe. Jacqueline Alder of UNEP says World Oceans Day, observed each year on June [...]

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

Boosting food production offsets price hikes

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Food exporting countries in Latin America and the Caribbean are examining how to continue to profit from the global price hikes while protecting their urban poor. The recent escalation in food prices is due to a global shortage in stocks and the inability of producers to keep up with increasing demands. The Food and Agriculture [...]

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

UN Radio News 8 June 2011

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World leaders urged to end HIV and AIDS

bird with AIDS ribbon on its beak

  World leaders have been urged by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic once and for all. Mr. Ban made the call as world leaders gathered in the United Nations General Assembly Hall in New York to discuss global efforts to combat the epidemic. The Secretary-General said a lot has been [...]

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

UN envoy presses for resolution of Libyan crisis

Libyan refugees queue for food

Diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis in Libya are continuing with a senior United Nations official meeting representatives of both sides in the conflict. On Wednesday, the UN Secretary-General's Special envoy, Abdul Ilah Al-Khatib met with the Transitional National Council which is fighting with the Libyan government of Colonel Muammar Qadhafi. UN spokesman Martin Nesirky [...]

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

Aiming for an AIDS free world

AIDS poster

The aim is an AIDS free world, but getting there as many experts and world leaders gathering at the UN note, will take a concerted effort. While much has been achieved over the past 30 years, including better access to treatment and prevention measure, those attending the meeting agree much more needs to be done. [...]

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

NGO empowers young people with AIDS

dance4life

Dance4Life is an international initiative to involve young people in the struggle against HIV and AIDS. It was started in 2003 by two young businessmen who were struck by the force of the HIV pandemic and decided to do something about it. Their dream was to push back HIV and AIDS with one message: start [...]

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

Crimes against humanity and genocide continue in Darfur

Sudanese child refugee

Crimes against humanity and genocide persist in the Sudanese region of Darfur, according to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Luis Moreno Ocampo. Briefing the Security Council on the situation in Darfur, he said that attacks on the Fur, Massalit and Zaghawa ethnic groups which started in 2003 are continuing, Mr. Ocampo reminded [...]

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

Importance of marine ecosystems highlighted on World Oceans Day

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People across the world will benefit if oceans are properly managed. That's the message being highlighted on World Oceans Day, observed on 8 June. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) warns that oceans face a variety of threats linked to the over-exploitation of resources and climate change. Jacqueline Alder is the head of the Marine, [...]

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

West Bank endures high unemployment and inflation

Young people sifting through rubble for metal has become a means of getting by.

  Young people sifting through rubble for metal has become a means of getting by. The economy of the West Bank in the occupied Palestinian territory is suffering due to high unemployment and inflation. That's the conclusion of a new research by the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) released on Wednesday. Derrick Mbatha [...]

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

Chinese authorities urged to reveal whereabouts of monks

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The Chinese authorities have been urged by a group of United Nations experts to reveal the whereabouts of Tibetan monks who were allegedly arrested in a monastery in April. The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances has voiced its concern about people who have simply vanished in China, including the monks. It says [...]

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

"Social movement" created to fight HIV/AIDS

Design: Chaz Maviyane-Davies. Photography: Ian Murphy

A social movement to fight for the rights of people living with HIV and AIDS has successfully broken what's been described as the "conspiracy of silence" over the disease. Speaking ahead of an international HIV/AIDS meeting being held at the United Nations in New York, Michel Sidibe, the head of UNAIDS, said huge progress has [...]

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

Melba Moore appointed Goodwill Ambassador for slavery victims memorial

Melba Moore

Singer and actress Melba Moore has been appointed Goodwill Ambassador for the Permanent Memorial to honour victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. The memorial will be erected at the United Nations headquarters in New York as a reminder of 400 years of the forcible enslavement of Africans who were taken to the Caribbean [...]

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

Over 260 people killed in unrest in Yemen

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More than 260 people have been killed and over 3,200 injured since civil unrest started in Yemen early this year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Fighting intensified on Friday as ethnic militias loyal to the opposition went to the capital Sana'a to fight against government troops. WHO spokesman, Tariq Jasarevic says that 20 [...]

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

HINDI #23: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

PART I  Cultivation of Afghan opium down as price remains high.             3'24'' PART II Trafficked persons should not be confused with                            1'24'' irregular migrants. PART III Children without state: a global human rights challenge.            3'33'' PART IV Indian dam project will drown indigenous land.                         3'25'' Duration: 14’30″ Narrated and Produced by Ambalika Misra

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HINDI #22: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

PART I      Importance of forest a focus of World Environment Day         5'31″ PART II    Irreversible impact of climate change                                        3’35″ PART III   UN chief Ban Ki-moon launches reelection   bid.                      2'48″ Duration: 14’30″ Narrated and Produced by Ambalika Misra

7 Jun 2011 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

UN Radio News 7 June 2011

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UN agencies ramp up assistance to Abyei as displacement continues

UN peacekeepers patrol Abyei

Close to 100 thousand people have been displaced in the Abyei region of Sudan due to on-going fighting in the area. That's according to the UN refugee agency, UNHCR. It's still to be determined whether the oil-rich Abyei, located between northern and southern Sudan, will join the north or newly-independent south of the country. Gerry [...]

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

World food prices to remain high

woman buying tomatoes

World food prices are likely to remain high for the rest of the year and into 2012 according to a biannual report published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The "Food Outlook" report says dwindling stocks, as well as small production increases for the majority of crops, means that prices will remain at [...]

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

Over 14,000 peacekeepers seek HIV counselling and testing

Peacekeepers in shooting exercise

The number of United Nations peacekeepers seeking voluntary HIV counselling and testing has increased from 2,000 to more than 14,000 in just five years. United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon released the figures to the Security Council as it discussed the impact of HIV and AIDS on international peace and security. Mr. Ban said that it is [...]

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

Close to 100,000 people displaced in Sudan's Abyei region

abyei-mother-child

Up to 100,000 people have been displaced by violence in the disputed oil-rich Abyei region in Sudan, according to United Nations agencies. Abyei is contested by north and south Sudan. A recent flare up of violence after north Sudanese soldiers took over the region has forced thousands of people to flee. Marixie Mercado, a spokesperson [...]

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

Civillians facing displacement and shortages on both sides of the war in Libya

Libyan refugees

 Nearly 100,000 people are displaced in the Libyan capital Tripoli and the rebel held port city of Misrata according to United Nations agencies. An inter agency mission which visited the two cities say there was significant displacement, widespread violence and an urgent need to support Libyan organizations in providing basic supplies and services. The UN refugee [...]

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

Sembrar la Vida – Cultivate Life

FAO CD

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) recently launched to the public a CD called “Sembrar la Vida” – Cultivate Life. The CD contains 12 songs from nine countries in Latin America and the Caribbean played by Nicaraguan singer Luis Enrique Mejia Godoy. Through this initiative, FAO seeks to raise awareness about the importance of family [...]

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

Arrest sought of Serbian fugitive Goran Hadzic

Serge Brammertz

A Serbian fugitive accused of war crimes committed in Croatia during the early 1990s must be arrested "without further delay" according to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Fifty-two year old Goran Hadzic is accused of playing a role in murdering hundreds of Croat civilians and the forcible deportation [...]

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

United States and Africa to strengthen trade at AGOA forum

African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA)

A two day forum on strengthening trade between the United States and Sub-Saharan Africa is starting in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia on Tuesday. The Forum based on the United States African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA) passed in 2000, is bringing together African and American government officials and businesspeople. The main objective of the gathering [...]

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Outer space "common province of all human kind"

UN Office for Outer Space Affairs

Fifty years after humankind's first flight into outer space, the United Nations is calling for more cooperation to promote the peaceful and beneficial use of outer space. According to Mazlan Othman, the head of the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs, (UNOOSA), the moon could eventually provide the physical stepping stone for further exploration. Anne [...]

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URDU #22: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

1.Around 830,000 children killed in accidents every year says WHO 2.UN human rights chief condemns violence in Abyei, South Sudan 3.Arrest of former Serbian army commander Ratko Mladic hailed by Ban ki Moon 4.Yemen on brink of civil war  Narrated and Produced by Zafar Qureshi  DURATION: 14'30" 

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URDU #21: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

1.Thousands of Syrians cross into northern Lebanon to escape violence 2.More than a million people in Gaza dependent on food aid  3.Bill Gates urges governments to prioritise vaccines to save lives  4.Qhadafi and two close aides indicted by International Criminal Court  Narrated and Produced by Zafar Qureshi  DURATION: 14'30"  

6 Jun 2011 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

UN Radio News 6 June 2011

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Iran and Syria urged to comply with UN nuclear watchdog

nuclear plant

Iran and Syria are being urged by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to comply with the agency's nuclear verification programme. Iran and Syria are both members of the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty or NPT which limits the spread of nuclear weapons. The IAEA says the two Middle Eastern countries' nuclear related activities are cause [...]

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UN "could have had more visibility" to deter attacks in Abyei

armed uniformed men walking past burning businesses and homesteads in Abyei

The United Nations says it could and should have done more to deter violence and the destruction of property in the oil-rich Abyei region of Sudan. More than 70,000 people have fled their homes as violence by armed militia flared up in Abyei, a region which is claimed by both the north and south of [...]

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

UN chief launches re-election bid

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Ban Ki-moon has announced his intention to seek re-election as the Secretary-General of the United Nations for another five years. Mr. Ban, the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations, took office in January 2007. Gerry Adams reports. Duration:  2’24″

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Ban Ki-moon seeks re-election as Secretary-General

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has sought re-election for a second term as the head of the organization. Mr. Ban was speaking to reporters on Monday about a wide range of issues and his recent missions around the world. He said that throughout his time in office, he has sought to be a bridge [...]

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

Forests in a green economy

dwindling forest

  Investing an extra 40 billion US dollars a year in forests could halve deforestation rates, drastically increase rates of tree planting and help create millions of new jobs worldwide, according to a report from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The report, 'Forests in a Green Economy' launched Sunday as part of World Environment Day. Bryan [...]

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New measures needed to cope with displacement caused by climate change

children enduring a sandstorm in Darfur

  New measures are needed to cope with displacement of people within and across borders as a result of climate change, according to the head of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). Antonio Guterres was speaking at the start of a two-day conference on Climate Change and Displacement in the 21st century in Oslo, Norway on [...]

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"Serious concern" over North Korea's nuclear programme

DPRK flag

  The United Nations nuclear watchdog agency says it has not been able to implement any safeguards measures in North Korea since April 2009. The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano told the agency's Board of Governors meeting in Vienna on Monday that the situation was deeply trouling. Mr. Amano urged [...]

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Donors urged to fund vaccination effort to save millions of children's lives

polio immunization

Donors have been urged by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) to fund a global immunization effort to save millions of children's lives by 2015. The call has come as world leaders prepare to converge in London for a pledging conference of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization known as the GAVI Alliance. Derrick [...]

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Scientists work towards "mass collaboration" on nuclear verification issues

United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV)

More than 500 of the world's top scientists are gathering in Vienna, Austria, this week for a meeting which will look at how well the world is policing the testing of nuclear weapons. The three-day meeting hosted by the UN's Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Office or CTBTO will look at scientific advances related to test-ban [...]

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Importance of forests a focus of World Environment Day

World Environment Day logo

The important role of forests on which 1.6 billion people depend for their livelihoods is the focus of this year's World Environment Day observed on 5 June. Forests provide medicines, help to maintain soil quality and to tackle climate change and are also essential for supplying water to nearly half of the world’s largest cities. [...]

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Focus on forests on World Environment Day

World Environment Day logo

This Sunday marks World Environment Day…and this year's celebrations are all about forests. More precisely, the immense value of services provided by the world's forests, such as supplying water, medicines, maintaining soil quality…even tackling climate change. Started in 1972 and organised by the UN Environment Programme, World Environment Day has become one of the most [...]

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Basic agriculture tools can change women's lives

Woman farmer in Sierra Leone

Twenty percent of grain is wasted in sub-Saharan Africa often because of a lack of technology, according to a new report produced by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Women play a significant role in agriculture across the world. The time they spend in fields could be radically reduced if the right technology was available. [...]

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

Local NY Reporter Discovers African Family History

Cheryl Wills

Cheryl Wills, a reporter for a local New York television channel, gave a talk at the United Nations about her African heritage this week in celebration of UN Africa Day. A few years ago while surfing the web on her day off from work, Cheryl discovered her family history. She found that her great-great-great grandfather [...]

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Ban calls for investigations into Syria killings

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for independent investigations into the deaths of over 70 people in Syria. The number of casualties since mid-March has peaked at 1,000 following the government crackdown against protestors calling for reform. Many more protestors have been injured and thousands arrested. Mr Ban says he is "deeply troubled" by reports of [...]

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

6. 6 million people receive AIDS treatment

antibiotics

About 6.6 million people are now receiving anti-retroviral therapy in developing countries according to a new report launched on Friday. The report by UNAIDS, the United Nations agency dealing with HIV and AIDS says the rates of new HIV infections have fallen by nearly 25 per cent. According to the report, 420,000 children were receiving [...]

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

1,800 infected with the deadly E. coli bacteria

WHO headquarters

The number of people infected with a deadly strain of E. coli now stands at 1,823, according to the World Health Organization. Eighteen deaths have been reported so far. Twelve countries have reported infection cases although Northern Germany remains the epicentre of the outbreak. WHO says although the source of the outbreak remains unknown, but the bacteria [...]

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Residents flee as fighting rages in Yemen's capital

Internally displaced people from northern Yemen are among those affected by the current clashes in the country.

Recent clashes in Yemen are displacing thousands of people, as violence escalates between security forces and armed tribesmen. The UN's Refugee Agency says hundreds of people have died in clashes pitting Government troops against peaceful demonstrators and armed groups seeking to oust President Ali Abdullah Saleh. There are also reports that the presidential residence has [...]

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

Gaza blockade needs to be lifted to boost growth

Gaza

Serious sustainable, economic and employment growth won't happen in Gaza until the blockade is lifted, according to a report released by the International Labour Organization. It says 80% of the population in Gaza is forced to survive on humanitarian aid because of the blockade imposed by Israel. In Gaza, the report says youth unemployment is [...]

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

UN refugee agency condemns deportation of alleged rape victim

United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) headquarters

The forced return of a Libyan national, Eman Al Abeidi, by Qatar back to Libya has been condemned by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR). The agency says that it has recognized Ms. Al Abeidi as a refugee so her forced return to Libya violates international law. Jocelyne Sambira reports. A Libyan woman in exile [...]

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

150 dead after migrant boat capsizes

Migrant Workers

The recent drowning of migrants from Libya off the coast of Tunisia is being described as one of the deadliest incidents in the Mediterranean this year. The UN's Refugee Agency says 150 people have drowned and scores of others are missing after their boat capsized off the Tunisian coast on Wednesday. Many women and children [...]

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

No nation so small that its people forfeit the right to make sovereign determination: St.Vincent and the Grenadines

Dr. Ralph Gonsalves

NAR: "There is no nation so small that its people forfeit the right to make a sovereign determination as to their own destiny and their relationship with colonial Powers." That's what Prime minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves told the opening of a three-day seminar, held under the theme of "Third International Decade for the Eradication of [...]

3 Jun 2011 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Pakistan's floods alter lifestyle of the Jam people

jampeoplex

A traditionally self-sufficient ethnic group in Pakistan is now facing difficulties brought on by the devastating floods of July 2010. The floods submerged 17 million acres of the country's most fertile land and destroyed thousands of villages in its path.  Some 20 million people were affected. Now the Jam people of Pakistan need support.  Here [...]

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Secretary-General galvanizes efforts for successful third decade to eradicate colonialism

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

NAR: In a message to the Caribbean Regional Seminar on Decolonization, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed pleasure over the launching of the on Implementation of the Third International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism. The Secretary-General's message was read by Ms. Laura Vaccari of the UN Department of Political Affairs.. TAPE: The international community recently marked [...]

3 Jun 2011 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Caribbean Regional Seminar designed to discuss dynamics and action for Non-Self-Governing Teritories

Francisco Carrion-Mena

NAR: The Caribbean Regional Seminar on Decolonization is designed to discuss possible dynamics and action concerning the 16 Non-Self- Governing Territories under the Special Committee purview in the Caribbean, Pacific and other regions, as well as the United Nations system assistance to the Territories. So says Chairman of the Special Committee Ambassador Francisco Carrion-Mena. He [...]

3 Jun 2011 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

UN Daily News 3 June 2011

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Basic agriculture tools can change women's lives

africatools

Twenty percent of grain is wasted in sub-Saharan Africa often because of a lack of technology, according to a new report produced by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Women play a significant role in agriculture across the world. The time they spend in fields could be radically reduced if the right technology was available. [...]

3 Jun 2011 | Posted in Women | Read More »

Efforts to assist HIV and AIDS affected children fall short

HIV-positive mother and child, Namibia

Over 16 million children, the majority in Africa, have lost one or both parents to AIDS, according to the UN's Children's Fund (UNICEF). These children face enormous challenges from discrimination and marginalization, to bearing the burden of caring for their sick relatives. UNICEF is urging countries and donors to invest in national social protection programmes [...]

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16 million HIV and AIDS affected children need support

Children affected by HIV and AIDS

The Fifth Global Partners Forum on Children affected by HIV and AIDS with the theme Taking Evidence to Impact is taking place in New York on June 3rd. The two-day event is co-hosted by UNICEF, the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and UNAIDS. It will be discussing global efforts to improve the [...]

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

UN urges Australia to protect minors seeking asylum

Plans by Australia to clamp down on illegal migration by sending unaccompanied minors back to a detention center in Malaysia has been heavily criticized by the United Nations. UN refugee agency UNHCR and the UN Children’s agency UNICEF say they had not been made aware of the plans to return the minors in advance. The agencies [...]

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Ratko Mladic dismisses charges against him

Ratko Mladic

  The former Serbian army commander Ratko Mladic has dismissed the charges against him as "obnoxious' and "monstrous". He appeared for the first time before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia on Friday for crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes related to the Bosnian war in the early 1990s. Mr. [...]

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Mladic appears before the International Tribunal

PHOTO ICTY

Ratko Mladic, a former Bosnian Serb military commander, has dismissed the war crime charges against him as "obnoxious" and "monstrous." Mladic refused to enter a plea, citing his failing health and need to consult with his lawyer, when he appeared before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in the Hague on Friday. [...]

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250 migrants missing after boat capsizes off Tunisian coast

IOM staff with migrants at the Choucha transit camp in Tunisia.

More than 250 passengers are missing after a boat carrying approximately 800 passengers capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast Tunisia on Wednesday. The migrants on the overcrowded vessel who were mainly from Sub-Saharan Africa were reportedly trying to reach the Italian island of Lampedusa when the accident occurred.  The International Organization for Migration [...]

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Africa issues to feature as Gabon takes presidency of Security Council

Noel Nelson Messone

Africa is to feature prominently in the work of the UN Security Council in June as Gabon takes on the presidency of the Council.  Libya, the DRC and Somalia will all be on the agenda, but so will issues facing the Middle East.  Daniel Dickinson asked the Ambassador of Gabon, Noel Nelson Messone, what his [...]

2 Jun 2011 | Posted in From the Ambassador, Today's Features | Read More »

Gabon commits to dealing with worldwide tensions and conflict

Noel Nelson Messone

The new president of the United Nations Security Council is pledging to make what he's described as "significant inroads" on dealing with conflicts and tensions across the world. Gabon, a non-permanent member of the Council has taken on the presidency for the month of June. Gabonese Ambassador, Noel Nelson Messone, says the West African country [...]

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

E. coli outbreak in Germany kills 9

WHO headquarters

An outbreak of E. coli has been reported to the World Health Organization in ten countries. In Germany, 9 people have died from complications of the disease such as acute renal failure. Jocelyne Sambira has more. Nine patients in Germany have died so far and many more are in hospital from a strain of E. coli, [...]

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

Ice creams and education for Bolivian women

Bolivian woman counting money at table

Women in one of the poorest parts of Bolivia are being given the chance to change their lives by becoming small entrepreneurs. They're receiving low-interest loans from an innovative community–run project, which not only helps them to run businesses but also gets them back into school. Daniel Dickinson reports. Duration: 3'00" Source: UNICEF

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

Government and opposition forces in Libya "guilty of war crimes"

Human Rights Council

A UN led commission of inquiry says war crimes were committed in Libya by both government and opposition forces during the civil unrest in February. The commission submitted a report on Thursday to the Human Rights Council in Geneva. Daniel Dickinson reports. An International Commission of Inquiry has just concluded that "crimes against humanity and [...]

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UN Genocide experts denounce civilian attacks in Syria

An independent investigation into the death of unarmed civilians during anti-government protests in Syria has been demanded by senior United Nations officials. Francis Deng, the Secretary-General's Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, and Edward Luck, the Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect are condemning the Syrian government's use of live fire, tanks and [...]

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Probe urged into murder of Venezuelan journalist

Irina Bokova

The murder of a Venezuelan journalist has been condemned by the United Nations. The body of newspaper columnist and political activist, Wilfred Iván Ojeda, was found in a vacant lot in the Venezualen city of La Victoria on 17 May. He'd been shot in the head. Irina Bokova, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific [...]

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250 migrants missing after boat capsizes off Tunisian coast

IOM staff with a group of migrants at the Choucha transit camp in Tunisia.

Two hundred and fifty migrants are reportedly missing in the Mediterranean Sea after their boat capsized off the Tunisian coast. The International Organization for Migration says the boat had at least 800 passengers on board. The Tunisian coast guard was able to rescue over 500 migrants from the sinking vessel. Meanwhile, search and rescue operations [...]

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

Honduras voted back into the OAS

zelayaga

Honduras has just been reinstated into the Organization of American States (OAS) after being expelled two years ago. The Central American nation was suspended after its former President Manuel Zelaya was forcibly removed from power in June 2009. The regional organization which promotes democracy made the decision after Zelaya was allowed to return from exile. [...]

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Over 76,000 displaced from the Sudanese disputed region of Abyei

Civilians  from Abyei divide up emergency food rations

Over 76,000 people are estimated to have fled the disputed town of Abyei into South Sudan according to the UN Office for the Humanitarian Affairs or OCHA. Aid agencies say they are working hard to meet the emergency needs before the start of the rainy season. UN and Sudanese officials as well as diplomats are [...]

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

Cars arrive at UN to underline importance of sustainable energy

Electric car arrives at UN

Some of the world's leading electricity companies are getting together with the UN to look at ways of providing power to some of the 2.5 billion people around the world who don't have access to electricity. Executives from the so-called e8 group of companies arrived at UN headquarters on Thursday morning in electric cars to demonstrate [...]

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

"No one size fits all" approach to green economy

migiro

There is 'no one size fits all" approach to the green economy, according to United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro. She was speaking at the start of the General Assembly debate on the green economy, which promotes sustainable development by protecting the environment and natural resources. Ms. Migiro said each government must determine how the [...]

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

Humanitarian supplies running low in Libya

People at the Libya-Egypt border

Humanitarian supplies for people affected by the ongoing conflict in Libya are running low according to Panos Moumtzis, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya. Mr. Moumtzis has just ended a third mission to Libya to assess the humanitarian needs for people caught up in the fighting between pro-government and opposition forces. He shared with [...]

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

"Right to health" still challenge in Ghana

Mother holding her child

The government of Ghana has done a good job in improving its healthcare system and ensuring that everyone has access to healthcare. That's the conclusion of the United Nations independent expert on the right to health, Anand Grover who has recently concluded his first visit to the West African country. Mr. Grover told Derrick Mbatha [...]

2 Jun 2011 | Posted in From the Field, Today's Features | Read More »

“Build inclusive societies” in age of global emigration, says Ban

Ban Ki-moon

Five billion people will be living in the world's major cities by 2030. Many of them will be migrants or minorities looking for economic opportunities and freedom. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the world could learn a valuable lesson from Italy having been both a recipient of migrants and a country of emigration. He was [...]

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

Food aid delivered to the besieged Libyan city of Misrata

WFP's logistics team in North Africa.

Food is running out fast in the Libyan port city of Misrata, the World Food Programme said on Wednesday as it delivered enough aid to feed 25,000 people. It is the fourth time WFP has sent food to Misrata for civilians trapped in the fighting between government and opposition forces. Jocelyne Sambira reports.  A ship [...]

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

Trafficked persons should not be confused with irregular migrants

human trafficking victims

People who are trafficked deserve to be treated as victims of rights violation and not "instruments" of a criminal investigation. That's what the Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, Joy Ngozi Ezeilo said as she presented her latest report at the Human Rights Council in Geneva. The UN expert told the Council that trafficked persons [...]

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

HIV infection rate amongst youth running at 2,500 a day

HIV positive drug users with peer educators

Every day, 2500 young people are newly infected with HIV, the virus that leads to AIDS. That's according to a new report compiled by a group of United Nations agencies.  The report, Opportunity in Crisis:Preventing HIV  from early adolescence to young adulthood, says that for many young people, HIV infection is the result of neglect [...]

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

UN Daily News 01 June 2011

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Japan underestimated threat of tsunami to nuclear plants

IAEA Team

Japan underestimated the threat posed by a tsunami on its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant damaged by the March 11 earthquake. That's the conclusion of an international team of nuclear experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) which has completed a preliminary assessment of safety issues at the plant. The tsunami and earthquake, which [...]

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Pakistan's floods alter lifestyle of the Jam people

jampeople

A traditionally self-sufficient ethnic group in Pakistan is now facing difficulties brought on by the devastating floods of July 2010. The floods submerged 17 million acres of the country's most fertile land and destroyed thousands of villages in its path. Some 20 million people were affected. Now the Jam people of Pakistan need support.  Gerry [...]

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

Youth behind the push for decent work

Job seekers, Zimbabwe

Young people are driving the movement towards freedom and the creation of proper jobs according to Juan Somavia, the Director General for the International Labour Organization (ILO). The ILO is holding its 100th annual session in the wake of a recent economic and job crisis. Juan Somavia says global unemployment rates were unacceptably high, especially [...]

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

Education about the life of Palestinian refugees 'on the road' in Spain

Mobile school bus

More than 1,600 Spanish school children have been given the opportunity to learn about the lives of Palestinian refugees, thanks to a mobile classroom aboard a bus. The 'Peace Starts with Education' project is the brainchild of the Spanish Committee of the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees. Julia Paul reports: Duration: 2'42"

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

2,500 young people infected with HIV every day

Young people in Sudan

2,500 young people are newly infected with HIV every day, according to a new UN report. Nearly one of every two new adult infections occurs among 15 and 24 year olds. Jocelyne Sambira has more. 2500 young people are newly infected with HIV every day, a group of UN agencies revealed on Wednesday. In 2009, [...]

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

Mladic to appear before war crimes court on Friday

Ratko Mladic

Former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic is to appear before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Friday June 3rd.  Mladic who was arrested a week ago in Serbia faces numerous charges of genocide and war crimes.  Patrick Maigua reports from Geneva. Ratko Mladic was transferred to the custody of the International Criminal [...]

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

Japan underestimated Tsunami threat

Fukushima Nuclear Plant

Authorities in Japan may have underestimated the risk posed by a tsunami on the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).  The damage to the plant described as the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl was caused by a devastating tsunami wave triggered by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake.  [...]

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

UN celebrates 50 years of space technology

outerspace

The United Nations is celebrating five decades of progress in outer space. It's also marking the 50th anniversary of the first human spaceflight ship piloted by the late Yuri Gargarin from Russia to orbit into space. Since then, the United Nations' Permanent Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space has developed five treaties and [...]

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

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