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Supermodel Alek Wek on dialogue and mutual understanding

Alek Wek addresses the General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Youth.

Worldwide Supermodel Alek Wek of newly independent South Sudan recently participated in a United Nations event focusing on young people. The two-day high-level meeting, which hosted representatives from 400 youth groups, was in connection with International Youth Year. Ms. Wek spoke with Darrin Farrant on the conference theme, “Youth: Dialogue and Mutual Understanding.” She drew [...]

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Indonesia shows success in labour efforts

Indonesia is the fourth largest country in the world, with 237 million people according to the 2010 census. 18 percent of these people are ‘youth’ between the ages of 15 and 24 years old. Creating decent employment opportunities for young people in Indonesia is a top priority for officials there. The country's President, Susilo Bambang [...]

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

Liberia's peace huts are bringing justice to women

Liberian women gather inside a "peace hut", a women-run community court serving to resolve domestic disputes and dispense informal justice.

For 14 years, Liberia in West Africa was shattered by a bloody civil war. By 2003 it was officially over, but according to the United Nations, the legacy of violence continues. Today, sexual violence rates remain high, with about 40 percent of rape victims being under the age of 12. In this UN TV report, [...]

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Israel: a formula for a two state solution is still possible

The best way to agree to a two state solution with a secure Israel andnon-militarized viable Palestinian state is through negotiations. That's what the Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak told reporters at UN headquarters in New York. Ehud Barak met with the UN Secretary-General to discuss the resumption of the peace process and the situation [...]

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

Supermodel Alek Wek on dialogue and mutual understanding

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Worldwide Supermodel Alek Wek of newly independent South Sudan recently participated in a United Nations event focusing on young people. The two-day high-level meeting, which hosted representatives from 400 youth groups, was in connection with International Youth Year. Ms. Wek spoke with Darrin Farrant on the conference theme, “Youth: Dialogue and Mutual Understanding.” She drew [...]

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UN Daily News 29 July 2011

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Caribbean in the forefront of integrating young people

Paul Abena

More than a hundred speakers voiced their support for the participation of young people in national and global efforts for peace, development and human rights, urging global attention to overcoming obstacles to the self-realization of youth consistent with the wide-ranging outcome document. Many spoke of the need to harness the energy of youth that had [...]

29 Jul 2011 | Posted in Caribbean News, Today's Features | Read More »

Significant strides made in education in St. Kitts-Nevis

Glen Phillip

Saint Kitts and Nevis had made significant strides in education, from the implementation of universal education to that of early childhood education. Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sports, Information Technology, Telecommunications and Posts Glen Phillip said that of his country's population of 50,000, youth comprised a significant majority. Glen Phillip: We believe that it is in [...]

29 Jul 2011 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Jamaica urges the UN to redouble collaboration with the Caribbean

Olivia Grange

Jamaica supports the decision of the United Nations to establish a network on youth development and is committed to collaborating with it, as well as to sharing its experiences globally. That's what Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Olivia Grange told a high-level meeting on youth. She urged the United Nations to redouble its collaboration [...]

29 Jul 2011 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

HRF becomes key source for Haiti's Reconstruction

Haitians work to rebuild a school that was destroyed in the earthquake.

Less than a year after its creation, the Haiti Reconstruction Fund (HRF) has allocated US$237 million to finance 14 reconstruction initiatives, or 71 percent of the US$ 335 million received by donors, according to the Fund's first Annual Report, released this week. The HRF finances activities such as infrastructure, repair and construction of housing, education, [...]

29 Jul 2011 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Two million people in Pakistan at risk of flooding again

PAKchildren

It's been one year since devastating floods tore through Pakistan, killing 2,000 people and submerging one fifth of the country. At least two million people are again threatened by floods there during this year's monsoon season, due to a shortage of reconstruction funds. The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says more than $600 [...]

29 Jul 2011 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

Eritrea planned AU attack in Ethiopia

The Eritrean Government has been accused of planning a massive attack on an African Union meeting held earlier this year in Ethiopia. A report by the UN Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea states that had it been successful, the operation would almost certainly have caused mass civilian casualties. The report also says the Ethiopian [...]

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

UN Daily News 28 July 2011

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UNIFIL soldiers attacked in Lebanon

UNIFIL French peacekeepers on foot patrol in Bint Jbeil town of south Lebanon.

A Lebanese led investigation has been launched into an attack on UN peacekeepers in Lebanon. Several soldiers were wounded on Tuesday in an attack on vehicles carrying members of the United Nations peacekeeping force in Lebanon, also known as UNIFIL. Neeraj Singh, the Spokesperson for UNIFIL, told UN Radio's May Yaacoub that of the six [...]

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

Bolivian president reiterates call to end water privatisation

Evo Morales Ayama

Water is a public good and cannot be sold for a profit according to Bolivian President Evo Morales Ayama. Speaking at a UN meeting marking the first anniversary of water and sanitation as a human right, he said that Bolivia considers water a public commodity. The Bolivian President made his first call for a UN [...]

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UN Daily News 27 July 2011

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UN Daily News 26 July 2011

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URDU #28: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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1.Nelson Mandela International Day celebrated 2.UNHCR begins aid airlift in Horn of Africa 3.Famine declared in two regions of southern Somalia 4.Climate change affects world peace and security 5.Iran successfully fights illegal drugs Duration: 15'00″ Narrated and Produced by Zafar Qureshi

26 Jul 2011 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

UN Daily News 25 July 2011

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Jobs sought for 81 million young people

young people attending a meeting at UN

Governments in developed and developing countries are being challenged to create jobs for some of the estimated 81 million unemployed young people around the world. The lack of jobs has, according to many experts, fueled recent popular uprisings in the Arab world. This week in New York a High-Level meeting on youth employment is being [...]

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

International meeting to mobilize the response to the famine in Somalia

drought-meeting

An international meeting is taking place Monday to mobilize the response to the famine in Somalia. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is bringing together various UN and humanitarian agencies at its Rome headquarters to coordinate efforts in the Horn of Africa. Julie Walker reports. Thousands of people have died from the hunger crisis and [...]

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

Governments urged to create jobs for young people

Secretary-General meets UN interns

Governments around the world are being urged to put policies in place to create jobs for the growing number of young people entering the employment market. The International Labour Organization (ILO) says that 81 million people between 15 and 24 years of age were unemployed at the end of 2009. A High-Level meeting on youth [...]

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

"Strong evidence" of atrocities in Sudan's Southern Kordofan

displaced Sudanese children

There is "strong evidence" that atrocities such as mass killings are being carried out by Sudanese forces in the Southern Kordofan region. That's what some UN human rights experts say and they are calling for an immediate investigation. Gay McDougall, the Independent Expert on minority issues said she is worried about reports that people of [...]

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

Hancock appointed UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador

Herbie Hancock

American jazz musician Herbie Hancock has been named a Goodwill Ambassador by UNESCO, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, for his "dedication to the promotion of peace through dialogue, culture and the arts." Right before his appointment, Gerry Adams spoke with him about his plans for this new position. Duration:  3’11″

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

Last Yugoslav war crimes fugitive transferred to the Hague

Goran Hadzic

The last remaining fugitive indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) is now in the custody of the UN. Goran Hadzic was transferred to The Hague Friday, after being arrested two days earlier in Serbia. He had been on the run for seven years. Hadzic was indicted by The Hague in 2004 [...]

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

UN advisers say crimes against humanity may have been committed in Syria

Francis Deng and Edward Luck

Reports of widespread and systematic human rights violations by security forces in Syria, could amount to crimes against humanity according to two UN special advisers. Francis Deng, the Secretary-General's Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide and Edward Luck, the Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect, said that Syrian security forces have reportedly continued [...]

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

Ban voices shock after deadly attacks in Norway

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

  The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced his shock after a large bomb blast struck the centre of the Norwegian capital, Oslo, Friday, killing at least seven people and injuring many more. Media reports indicate that the explosion occurred mid-afternoon local time near a series of key Government buildings in downtown Oslo. A fatal [...]

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

Secretary-General pleads for help for famine-hit people in Somalia

malnourished child

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has made an impassioned plea to the international community to avert a humanitarian catastrophe in Somalia, where severe drought has plunged communities in the southern region of the country into famine. In an op-ed published in the Los Angeles Times Friday, Ban says the UN needs approximately $1.6 billion in aid [...]

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

"Daunting challenges" remain for Darfur peace process

Returned families arrive to their original village and greet their relatives

Huge challenges still exist to return peace and stability to Darfur. That's one of the findings of the final report by the Special Representative of the Joint African Union-United Nations Hybrid operation in Darfur (UNAMID). In a briefing to UN Security Council members, Ibrahim Gambari said international support is needed to insure the agreement signed [...]

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

UN Daily News 22 July 2011

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1.8 million displaced people waiting to return home in Darfur

Returned families arrive to their original village and greet their relatives

People displaced by conflict in the Sudanese region of Darfur are beginning to return home, but their numbers are limited, according to the UN. There are around 1.8 million so-called internally displaced people or IDPs in Darfur. Ibrahim Gambari the head of UNAMID, the joint African Union/ UN peacekeeping mission in Darfur, has been in [...]

22 Jul 2011 | Posted in From the Field, Today's Features | Read More »

Food deliveries to begin in the heart of Somalia's famine regions

family of refugees arrive at Dadaab camp

The World Food Programme (WFP) is to start airlifting vital supplies into parts of Somalia, which is suffering from the worst drought in more than 60 years. Famine was declared in two regions in the south of the country on Wednesday, where aid agencies have no or limited access. The first food aid airlifts will [...]

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

Food supplies being airlifted into Somalia's capital

malnourished child from Somalia

The World Food Programme (WFP) is continuing its airlift of supplies into Somalia's capital of Mogadishu, where each day 1,000 people arrive after fleeing famine stricken regions in the south. WFP is also supplying food and blankets to 175,000 people in an area along the border with Kenya and Ethiopia. 40,000 displaced people in the [...]

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

UN aid continues in Somalia despite rebel group's claims of "no famine"

troops stand guard in a new camp for the displaced people

UN aid agencies will continue their humanitarian work in Somalia, despite claims by the rebel group Al-Shabaab that there is no famine in the Horn of Africa country. The UN declared a famine on Wednesday in southern Somalia and has ramped up its aid effort in response. The World Food Programme (WFP) says they have [...]

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

Congo government troops at center of mass rapes

girl child gathering wood

At least 47 women were raped over a 24 hour period by elements of the Congolese armed forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and no one is being held accountable. A report by the UN Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) into the mass rapes in North Kivu found there is a need to [...]

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

Economic sanctions worsening hunger in Madagascar

Boy looking after geese near Antananarivo

Economic sanctions are worsening hunger in Madagascar according to the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food. Olivier De Schutter, who just wrapped up his official mission to the Indian Ocean island nation, said it's time to reconsider those sanctions imposed following Madagascar's 2009 political crisis. He warns they are aggravating an already dire [...]

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

Lebanon-Israel ceasefire holding up “very well”

Security Council chamber

Despite tensions, the Lebanon-Israel ceasefire that ended the conflict in 2006 is holding up “very well” according to the Special Coordinator of the Secretary-General for Lebanon. Michael Williams told the UN Security Council that the arrangements put in place by resolution 1701 have contributed to preserving stability and containing tensions in the area, despite some [...]

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

Deadly anti-government protests in Malawi

Children at Malawi's Millennium Village School

As many as 18 people have reportedly been killed and many others injured during clashes between anti-Government demonstrators and security forces in Malawi this week. Protesters were demonstrating against shortages of fuel and foreign exchange and calling for greater freedoms and human rights. Martin Nesirky is the spokesman for the Secretary-General. "The Secretary-General is concerned [...]

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

Closing trade & development gaps can unleash Asia's economic potential

Noeleen Heyzer

Closing trade and development gaps can make the Asia-Pacific region a global economic centre of gravity, according to the top UN official there. Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, the UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) says China, India and Indonesia are emerging as the growth poles [...]

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

Israeli demolitions of homes in West Bank on the rise

child peeking at the ruins

There has been a significant increase in the number of Palestinian homes demolished by Israel in one West Bank village. That's what two senior UN officials report following a visit to the Bedouin village of Khan Al Ahmar. The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that more demolitions have taken place so [...]

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

Pulitzer Prize winning playwright tackles issue of exploited women and girls

Marsha Norman and some of her works

A play about some of the issues women and girls face, including sexual violence and exploitation is in the works by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Marsha Norman. She is working with "Theatre for Humans" a group that tackles social issues and the UN's Creative Community Outreach Initiative. Norman has written numerous plays about what she [...]

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

Aid agencies gear up to help Somalia

malnourished child in Somalia

Aid agencies are gearing up to increase aid to southern Somalia. On Wednesday, the United Nations declared famine in two regions of southern Somalia. Gerry Adams reports. Duration:  2’26″

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UN Daily News 21 July 2011

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New fund helps developing countries conserve and use their livestock breeds

the plan

A new fund designed to help developing countries conserve and use their livestock breeds in a sustainable way has received the first contribution of a total of $1 million. The fund run by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will provide financing for individual projects submitted by countries in support of the internationally-agreed Global Plan [...]

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

International support needed to curb child malnutrition in Niger

malnourished child in Niger being weighed

International support is needed to curb alarming levels of child malnutrition in Niger. The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) says that more than 15 children out of every 100 suffer from acute malnutrition in the West African country. The agency says a poor harvest and pastoral season in late 2010, has contributed to malnutrition rates. Niger [...]

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

Male circumcision can help prevent HIV

African child laughing

A three year study in South Africa has confirmed research that suggests that male circumcision can help prevent HIV in men. The study showed a 55% reduction in HIV prevalence and a 76% reduction in HIV incidence in circumcised men. The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) says it's the first time research has shown [...]

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

WFP to start airlifts into famine hit Somalia

famine affected families in Somalia

Airlifts of aid into famine-stricken Somalia are being launched by the World Food Programme (WFP). The agency is reaching 1.5 million people now, and is scaling up to help an additional 2.2 million in previously inaccessible southern Somalia. Julie Walker reports. “The World Food Programme says more than 11 million people are in need of [...]

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

Scientists urge sustainable wildlife trade

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Scientists are discussing how to make sure that trade in wild animals doesn't threaten their survival. They're meeting in Geneva as part of the UN administered Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). CITES grants varying degrees of protection to more than 33,000 species of traded animals and plants. Scientists recommend which species the [...]

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

Iran successfully fights flood of drugs into country

heroin seized and destroyed

Iran has had a great deal of success when it comes to curbing illegal drugs, according to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The country leads the world in opium seizures at 89 per cent and heroin at 41 per cent. Yury Fedotov is Executive Director of UNODC and just got back from [...]

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

1.2 million opium and heroin addicts in Iran

heroin seized and destroyed

Iran is suffering from the second most severe addiction to heroin and opium in the world according to the UN office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). There are 1.2 million addicts in the country. The government is making efforts to prevent the opiates from being imported into the country from neighbouring Afghanistan and Pakistan. Daniel [...]

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

UN wants access to Syria as violence continues to escalate

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he's alarmed at the growing violence in Syria, as the government continues to crackdown on protesters calling for change. He is again urging the Syrian government to allow humanitarian access to affected areas and to facilitate the visit by the fact-finding mission of the Office of the High Commissioner for [...]

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

Sudan releases detained UN staff member after nearly 3 months

UNAMID peacekeeper holding UN flag

A member of staff from the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping operation in Darfur (UNAMID), has been released by Sudanese authorities after almost three months in captivity. Idriss Abdelrahman was released Wednesday in the South Darfur state capital of Nyala. Prosecutors told UNAMID that the charges against him had been dropped because of a lack [...]

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

Famine in Somalia set to spread unless more money is found

drought affected Somali family

The whole of southern Somalia will be facing famine within two months, unless money is found to feed more people. On Wednesday, the United Nations declared a famine in two parts of the region, where half a million children are thought to be close to death. Across the Horn of Africa, it's estimated that up [...]

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UN Daily News 20 July 2011

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A double-barreled challenge: climate change and international security

drought

Climate change is not only occurring, it is accelerating and threatens to cause an exponential increase in natural disasters, undermining the world's ability to cope. This was the warning Achim Steiner, the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) gave the UN Security Council as it discussed the double barrelled challenge of climate change [...]

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

Climate change affects world peace and security

drought

Climate change is affecting world peace and security according to a senior UN official. UN member states have been unable to come to a consensus on the affects of climate change, but the UN says the link is clear. Talking to the Security Council on Wednesday, the Executive Director of the UN's Enviornment Programme (UNEP), [...]

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

UN appeals for $500m to fight hunger in Horn of Africa

Hawo Madey and her family lost two of their children to malnutrition

With famine in parts of Somalia, the United Nations has appealed for an additional $500 million in aid funding. The UN says the drought in Horn of Africa means 31 countries need $7.9 billion for the year. Valerie Amos, the United Nations Under Secretary for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, launched the mid-year review [...]

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

Southern Somalia crisis 'a children's famine' says UNICEF

a mother holding her malnourished child in her arms

Children are the most badly affected by the famine which has been declared in two regions of southern Somalia – southern Bakool and Lower Shabelle. The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) says that one in three children in the affected regions is malnourished and more than six per 10,000 under the age of five are [...]

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WHO warns against use of TB blood test

nurse doing blood test

The use of commercial blood tests to diagnose tuberculosis or TB, does more harm than good. After a year long study, theWorld Health Organization (WHO) has called for an immediate halt to the use of blood test kits for detection of TB. WHO says the test kits are produced by Western companies, but exported to [...]

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

Last Yugoslav war crimes fugitive arrested

Goran Hadzic

  The last remaining fugitive, out of the total of 161 people indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY)  has been arrested. Goran Hadzic was taken into custody Wednesday in Serbia after 7 years on the run. Julie Walker reports. The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia  says it welcomes [...]

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UN declares famine in southern Somalia

a woman with her severely malnourished young child in a camp in Somalia

Famine has been declared in two regions of southern Somalia – southern Bakool and Lower Shabelle. The United Nations says that 3.7 million people across the country, that's nearly half of the Somali population, are now in crisis and in urgent need of assistance. An estimated 2.8 million of those are in the south. Consecutive [...]

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Attack on residence of Guinea's President condemned

Alpha Condé

An attack on the residence of Guinea's President Alpha Condé has been condemned by the UN Secretary-General. Condé is safe and it's unclear who was behind the attack, which reportedly included rockets and automatic weapons. Ban Ki-moon said that no disagreements or differences justify a recourse to violence in a democracy. He is calling on [...]

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

UN court upholds contempt conviction against ex-staffer

Florence Hartmann

The United Nations tribunal set up to deal with Yugoslav war crimes during the Balkans conflict in the 1990s, has upheld the contempt conviction of a former staffer. Florence Hartmann had served as a prosecution spokesperson at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Julie Walker reports. “Florence Hartmann was found guilty of [...]

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

Security "unpredictable" in Iraq

Security Council chamber

The security situation in Iraq remains unpredictable with some people believing life was better under the former dictator, Sadaam Hussein. That's according to the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative to Iraq, Ad Melkert. He's been in New York to brief the UN Security Council about the current situation in the Middle-East country. Daniel Dickinson asked him [...]

19 Jul 2011 | Posted in From the Field, Today's Features | Read More »

Iraq in need of "sustained support"

Ad Melkert

Iraq will need sustained support to face pressing challenges as it rebuilds its government and economy. The Secretary-General's Special Representative for Iraq, Ad Melkert, told the Security Council he is "cautiously optimistic" about the future of the country, but decisive action needs to be taken against the perpetrators of violence. "Are you optimistic or are [...]

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

Humanitarian access to South Kordofan increasingly difficult

Humanitarian workers are finding it increasingly difficult for to get aid into the South Kordofan state of Sudan and to access those in need there. The office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says authorities in South Kordofan continue to demand that relief supplies be channelled through national non-governmental organizations. The World Food Programme [...]

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

Cote d'Ivoire's former president investigated over civilian deaths

International Commission of Inquiry investigates alleged killings

Former Côte d'Ivoire president Laurent Gbagbo is under investigation for the deaths of hundreds of civilians in his country, following disputed elections there. Gbagbo clung to power through force even though he was voted out of office in November. He was taken into custody in May and has been under the protection of the UN. [...]

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Ivorian authorities investigating alleged crimes by former president

International Commission of Inquiry investigates alleged abuses in Côte d'Ivoire

The judicial authorities in Côte d'Ivoire are investigating allegations that the former president of the West African country was involved in the deaths of civilians in the months that followed disputed elections. Laurent Gbagbo refused to step down after he was defeated in elections by Alassane Ouattara, in November last year. The United Nations special [...]

19 Jul 2011 | Posted in From the Field, Today's Features | Read More »

UN Daily News 19 July 2011

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UN contest for best campaign to end violence against women

campaign to end violence against women

Voters are being given the chance to pick the best advertising campaign to promote awareness in Europe about the battle to defeat gender-based violence. The United Nations has opened online voting for the "VOTE to Say No – UNiTE to End Violence against Women" contest. More than 2,700 entries from 40 European countries – prepared [...]

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

Aid for Somalis stepped up

Somali mother carrying her malnourished child

Aid distributions across central and southern parts of Somalia are being stepped up as the dual effects of drought and conflict contribute to what's been described as the world's worst humanitarian situation. The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) says humanitarian workers don't have the access they need to deal with an emergency on this scale. [...]

19 Jul 2011 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Senior UN official deplores murder of third Mexican journalist in one month

newspaper article of the journalists murder

The murder of Mexican journalist Angel Castillo Corona has been condemned by the head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom. Corona, who wrote about politics, was beaten to death 4 July while travelling on a Mexican highway. His 16 year old son, who was with him, was also killed when the [...]

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

UN refugee agency steps up help for people still inside Somalia

malnourished child in Somalia

Assistance to Somalia is being stepped up following the deepening of the crisis there. The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) is assisting 90,000 people in Mogadishu and in southwest Somalia with a series of aid distributions. Non-food aid for over 125,000 people is also being handed out in other areas, including the Gedo and Lower [...]

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

More transparency needed in housing policies in Algeria

view of Algiers

Government housing policies in Algeria need to be more open and public. Those are the findings of a 10-day mission to the country by Raquel Rolnik, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing. While she commended the government's commitment to building low income housing, Rolnik also reminded officials there has to be [...]

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

St. Lucia seeing progress in fight against the spread of HIV

Keith Mondesir

Donn Bobb reports:  Saint Lucia is seeing progress in its fight against the spread of HIV and AIDS.  Minister of Health Keith Mondesir told me they have started to see reductions in the numbers of newly-infected cases: Keith:  We are starting to see reductions in terms of infections. Also, we have increased the number of [...]

19 Jul 2011 | Posted in Caribbean News, Today's Features | Read More »

Ban tells the international community not to cut Aid for Trade funding

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says that the continued impact of the economic crisis is no excuse for reducing funding to help developing and least developed countries improve trade with the rest of the world. Speaking at the Third Global Review of Aid for Trade in Geneva, Mr Ban said that donors have [...]

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

Tents arrive in Kenya to relieve overcrowding in refugee camps

UNHCR aid to Somalia

A series of emergency airlift flights to bring aid to Somalis in refugee camps has begun. One hundred tones of family-sized tents have been dispatched to the Dadaab refugee camp near the Kenya-Somalia border. The airlifts will support the UN refugee agency's (UNHCR) efforts to help more than 430,000 Somali refugees in Kenya and Ethiopia, [...]

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

Humanitarian assistance on the rise in southern Yemen

women queuing for food in the dark

The number of people needing humanitarian assistance in southern Yemen is on the rise because of the continuing conflict in the country between the government and those calling for change. Hundreds of thousands of people have had to flee as the fighting rages and homes are bombed according to the UN Office for the Coordination [...]

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

Supporting Iran's efforts to curb illegal drugs

opium poppy flowers

Iran has had a great deal of success when it comes to curbing illegal drugs, according to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The country leads the world in opium seizures at 89 per cent and heroin at 41 per cent. The head of UNODC is on a three day mission to Iran [...]

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

“Painful chapter” of Côte d'Ivoire’s history closes

Y. J. Choi

Côte d'Ivoire is facing a period of rebuilding following a contested presidential election which led to four months of fighting in the West African country. Former president Laurent Gbagbo refused to give up power to Alassane Ouattara who was widely considered to have won the election in November 2010. Thousands of people died in the [...]

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UN Daily News 18 July 2011

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Developing countries get greater access to trade data

trading in the Arab world

A global program has been launched to give countries, especially developing ones, more access to trade data, so they can build their export business. Once fully developed, the "Transparency in Trade Initiative" (TNT) will provide free information on trade policy instruments such as tariffs, non-tariff measures and service regulations. TNT is a joint program between [...]

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

Law and order needs to be restored to Côte d'Ivoire

Cote d'Ivoire refugees

Restoring law and order to Cote d'Ivoire is key to getting the country on track as it rebuilds from conflict following a contested Presidential election. The former president Laurent Gbagbo refused to cede power to the winner of presidential elections, a stand-off which led to months of internal conflict. YJ Choi, the Secretary-Generals Special Representative [...]

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

Scientists discuss how to tighten up trade to keep animal species from extinction

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Scientists from around the world are meeting in Geneva over the next few days to discuss how to control trade in wild animals, such as fish and reptiles. The meeting is part of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) which is run by the United Nations Environment [...]

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

60% increase in Aid for Trade since 2005

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Resources to help developing and least developed countries trade with the rest of the world have increased by 60% over the past six years, according to a review of the Aid for Trade programme, run by the World Trade Organisation (WTO). A report released today also shows that funding is holding up in spite of [...]

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

"Aid for Trade" helps Least Developed Countries advance

Aid for Trade meeting

Developing countries are being helped by a program started in 2005 that provides financial and technical assistance for them to take part in international trade. A global review of the "Aid for Trade" program is underway at a World Trade Organization (WTO) conference in Geneva. WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy says its not just developing countries [...]

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

Reflections on "gentle" but "tough" Mandela

Nelson Mandela and David Dinkins

A former mayor of New York has been reflecting on the "gentle" but "tough" anti-apartheid campaigner and former South African president, Nelson Mandela. Mayor David Dinkins received Mr Mandela during the former president's first trip outside South Africa following his release from prison. On Nelson Mandela International Day celebrated each year on his birthday, July [...]

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

UN rights official urges implementation of judicial reforms

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Donn Bobb reports: The reforms of Haiti's judiciary that were approved four years ago have to be implemented if the judiciary is to gain greater capacity and autonomy. The deputy high commissioner for human rights Kyung-wha Kang told reporters there needs to be greater investment in the judiciary, not just in buildings, but in adequate [...]

18 Jul 2011 | Posted in Caribbean News, Today's Features | Read More »

UNHCR begins aid airlift in Horn of Africa

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Aid is arriving for thousands of refugees in the drought-affected Horn of Africa. The first UN emergency airlift flight arrived in Nairobi, Sunday carrying 2,300 family tents for the Dadaab refugee camp. The population of the sprawling complex near the Kenya-Somalia border could end up topping half a million people as the crisis gets worse. [...]

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

ICJ orders troop withdrawal from Temple on Thai/Cambodian border

Preah Vihear temple

Military forces will have to leave the area surrounding the temple of Preah Vihear, following an International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling Monday. The 11th century Hindu temple straddles Cambodia and Thailand and both countries have been fighting over it. Julie Walker reports. The Preah Vihear temple belongs to Cambodia according to a 1962 International [...]

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

Celebrating Nelson Mandela Day through community service on 18 July

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People around the world are donating their time today in the service of others, as a way of celebrating Nelson Mandela International Day. The former South African leader, who is celebrating his 93rd birthday is one of the reasons Apartheid ended in that country. He spent 67 years of his life in the service of [...]

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Civil rights leader Jackson reflects on Mandela's legacy

Reverend Jesse Jackson

Tributes are being paid to the former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela as he celebrates his 93rd birthday. Each year on July 18th his work as a campaigner against the apartheid regime and his contribution to post-apartheid South Africa is recognised by the United Nations. On Nelson Mandela International Day the eminent American civil [...]

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

Motorbike taxis a source of insecurity in Burundi's capital

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Taxi moto, boda bodas are different names for motorbike taxis that are very popular in the east African region. These bikes are the preferred means of transport because they are cheap and can speed through traffic. But in Burundi these bikes are driven mainly by former rebels or fighters. They are also suspected of being [...]

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

Celebrating international criminal justice

Pre-Trial Judges conducting a hearing

Thirteen years ago the international community came together to put an end to impunity for the gravest crimes, this resulted in the Rome statute. In 2002, the International Criminal Court (ICC) opened its doors in the Hague. July 17 marks the first World Day for International Justice. Judge Sang-Hyun Song is President of the International [...]

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

Efforts continue to help growing numbers of migrants flee Libya

Bangladeshi Nationals Arrive Home from Libya

Hundreds of thousands of migrants have fled the fighting in Libya since it began five months ago, but many thousands more are in hiding in the country, fearing for their lives. The conflict continues as rebels continue to battle Libyan government forces. The International Organisation for Migration is trying to help them get to their [...]

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

Kenya praised for opening refugee site

Running out of space: Somali refugees arrive in Kenya at an alarming rate, overflowing camps and stretching resources

Kenya has been praised for its decision to open an additional site at Dadaab refugee camp in north-eastern Kenya. Around 380,000 refugees mainly from drought and conflict-affected Somalia are accommodated in the camp. Nicki Chadwick reports. Duration: 1'52" UN welcomes opening of new camp for Somali refugees in Kenya

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Double discrimination for Indonesia's indigenous women

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Indigenous women in Indonesia face a double marginalisation firstly as indigenous peoples and secondly as women. That's according to Rukka Sombolinggi, an indigenous woman from the Toraja community in South Sulawesi. Rukka Sombolinggi spoke to Jocelyne Sambira at a UN forum about the situation of indigenous women in Indonesia today. Duration: 2’37″

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Focusing on women in conflict and post-conflict situations

Pramila Patten

"Women in conflict and post-conflict situations" is on the agenda of the current session of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women. CEDAW, the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, is an international human rights treaty that focuses on women’s rights and women’s issues worldwide. Its Committee, an expert body made [...]

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

UN invites applications from young professionals for career as international civil servants

Young Professionals Programme (YPP)

The Young Professionals Programme, YPP, has two objectives – to bring fresh talent to the United Nations from under-represented countries and to recognize the talent that already exists at the UN among staff members in the General Service Category. YPP replaces the National Competitive Recruitment Examination and involves a faster placement process. Duration: 3′ 49:

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

UN Daily News 15 July 2011

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Somali leaders congratulated for showing commitment to peace

Augustine Mahiga

Somali leaders are being congratulated for showing a commitment to peace, by following through on the terms of deal reached last month. The Kampala Accord broke the political deadlock in Somalia. Under the terms, the country's President and the Speaker of Parliament stay for another year. Augustine Mahiga, is the Secretary-General's Special Representative for Somalia. [...]

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

Climate change: growing threat to people and economies worldwide

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with President Tarja Halonen.

The UN is reiterating its message that climate change is a growing threat to people and economies worldwide. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made the statement during a forum on sustainable development in Finland, where he also met with President Tarja Halonen. Ban said that ecosystems are under strain, and the global thermostat is running high. Spokesman [...]

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

Measles & cholera outbreak in Horn of Africa due to drought

Droughts have exhausted coping capacity in the Horn of Africa

There's been an outbreak of measles and cholera in the Horn of Africa and the World Health Organization is concerned that polio could be next. The region, which includes Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya and Somalia, has been experiencing severe drought. A lack of clean water and sanitation is causing infectious diseases to spread. WHO has been [...]

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

UN wants to investigate possible mass graves in Sudan's South Kordofan

The UN is hoping to send an assessment mission to Sudan's South Kordofan to check on reports of mass graves, but is unsure if the government will allow them access. Ivan Šimonović, Assistant Secretary-General of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights says reliable sources showing the existence of mass graves have [...]

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

Drought and health needs continue to plague Horn of Africa

Horn of Africa Drought

More than 11 million people are in need of life-saving assistance as they face the worst drought in decades in the Horn of Africa. Horn of Africa countries, including Somalia, Kenya, Djibouti and Ethiopia, as well as other countries in this region of northeast Africa, continue to experience severe drought with accompanying health consequences. Gerry [...]

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

Sudan releases 66 detainees, UN wants more people freed

Navi Pillay

Now that Sudan's National Intelligence and Security Services has released 66 detainees, the UN Human Rights chief wants others let go as well. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says she welcomes the move by Sudan and that "such action is encouraging and should be extended to others in illegal detention" in the country. [...]

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

Libya needs political solution says UN's Ban Ki-moon

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

There is no military solution to the crisis in Libya, there must be a political one. That's the message UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivered through his envoy, to the Libya contact group meeting in Istanbul, Turkey. He wants world leaders to support efforts underway by the UN to get the Libyan government and those fighting [...]

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

"Take Action! Inspire Change" on Nelson Mandela Day

People are being encouraged to donate 67 minutes of their time to public service on Monday, 18 July in honour of Nelson Mandela International day. 67 is one minute for every year of Mandela's own service to humanity. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the "Take Action! Inspire Change" campaign is one of the best ways to [...]

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

"Significant step forward" in Darfur peace talks

Ibrahim Gambari

An agreement signed between the Sudanese Government and the rebel Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM), has been called a "significant step forward" in the attempt to bring peace to the troubled Sudanese region of Darfur. An estimated 300,000 people have been killed since conflict erupted in Darfur in 2003. The Sudanese Government and rebel movement [...]

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

Efforts continue to help growing numbers of migrants flee Libya

Bangladeshi Nationals Arrive Home from Libya

Migrants trying to escape the violence in Libya are living in fear for their lives, according to the International Organisation for Migration, IOM. The IOM says that it's continuing to evacuate growing numbers of migrants from the country. Nearly 625,000 have now fled Libya since the end of February as fighting continues between the Libyan [...]

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

Haitian inmates learn to read and write while serving time

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More than 600 prisoners in detention centres in northern Haiti are learning to read and write. The literacy project based at Cap Haïtien is aiming to increase the chances of inmates of getting a job and reintegrating into society once they are released. The prisoners that pass the class successfully are called to train in [...]

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

Kenya’s decision to open Ifo Two camp welcomed

Running out of space: Somali refugees arrive in Kenya at an alarming rate, overflowing camps and stretching resources

Kenya's decision to open the Ifo Two extension at the Dadaab refugee complex near the border with Somalia has been welcomed by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. One thousand three hundred refugees have been arriving there every day – fleeing conflict and drought in Somalia. Kenya had refused to open the camp. Adrian Edwards, [...]

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

Double discrimination for Indonesia's indigenous women

Toraja community in Indonesia

Indigenous women in Indonesia face a double marginalisation firstly as indigenous peoples and secondly as women. That's according to Rukka Sombolinggi, an indigenous woman from the Toraja community in South Sulawesi. Rukka Sombolinggi spoke to Jocelyne Sambira at a UN forum about the situation of indigenous women in Indonesia today. A poet’s homage to her [...]

15 Jul 2011 | Posted in Women | Read More »

A poet’s homage to her grandmother

Bassey Ikpi

Poetry is not an art form that is readily associated with the work of the United Nations. But try telling that to Bassey Ikpi, a Nigerian poet and writer, who performed her work during the recently held Africa Day celebration at UN headquarters in New York. In this piece compiled by Beng Poblete-Enriquez, Bassey remembers [...]

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

URDU #26: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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1. 10 million facing food shortages in Horn of Africa 2. Thousands of migrants stranded in Libyan desert 3. 70 million mosquito-nets distributed in Africa in 12 months 4. UN's top political affairs official Lynn Pascoe addresses SC on operation in Libya 5. WFP to cut food assistance programs in Afghanistan 6. Use of new [...]

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

HINDI #28: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

PART I Somali refugee situation worsens 3'38 '' PART II New IMF selection a ''breakthrough'' for women  3'43'' PART III World needs to raise 1.9 trillion dollars per year to complete green overhaul. 2'42'' PART IV 50 million African orphans have to fend for themselves. 1'45'' Duration: 14’41″ Narrated and Produced by: Ambalika Misra

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HINDI #27: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

PART I South Sudan: New nation of the world. 3'25 '' PART II Message for youth from newly reappointed UN Secretary-General. 1'22 '' PART III International arrest warrant issued for Libyan leader. 3'51'' PART IV The benefits of education in Mali. 3'22'' Duration: 14’50″ Narrated and Produced by: Ambalika Misra

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

World leaders meet over Libya as fighting continues

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  Members of NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation hold their fourth Libya contact group meeting in Istanbul, Turkey in an effort to come up with a solution to the ongoing conflict in the North African country. This comes as fighting between forces loyal to the Libyan government and the opposition, continues for a fifth [...]

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

Piracy spreads past the coast of Somalia

Mary Seet-Cheng

Pirates are extending their area of operations past the coast of Somalia, increasing their use of pirated vessels as mother ships and using high levels of violence. Ambassador Mary Seet-Cheng from Singapore, who heads the contact group on piracy, says despite the best efforts of the international community, piracy continues to be a threat to [...]

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

South Sudan "Free at last"

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre); Riek Machar Teny (right), Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan; and Joseph Deiss (left), President of the sixty-fifth session of the General Assembly, attend the flag-raising ceremony to mark the admission of the Republic of South Sudan to the community of nations.

The people of South Sudan are, in the words of the Vice-President of the newly independent country, "free at last". Vice-President Riek Machar was speaking as his country's flag was raised at the United Nations headquarters in New York for the first time. South Sudan officially became independent on July 9th after voting in a [...]

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

Estonian cyclists abducted in Lebanon freed after nearly four months

Michael Williams

Seven Estonian cyclists abducted in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley in March, were released Thursday. The United Nations envoy for Lebanon, Michael Williams, says they are now in Beirut and in good health. He met with Hezbollah to access the situation. The group was doing a bicycle tour when abducted on 23 March after entering Lebanon through [...]

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

World still unprepared for major influenza pandemic

Influenza vaccines

The next pandemic, or global outbreak, of influenza is being anticipated by the World Health Organization. Through its Global Vaccine Action Plan, or GAP, the plan is to increase the supply of a pandemic vaccine and reduce the gap between potential demand and supply anticipated during such a pandemic. But in spite of the plans, [...]

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Increasing capacity to produce vaccines is key to averting influenza pandemics

Influenza vaccines

The world is still unprepared for a major influenza pandemic. The World Health Organization (WHO) says drug manufacturers and governments need to increase their capacity to produce influenza vaccines. The WHO's Global Vaccine Action Plan aims to increase the supply of a pandemic vaccine and reduce the gap between potential demand and supply anticipated during [...]

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

First UN human rights office opens in Tunisia

Navi Pillay

Tunisia now has its first United Nations human rights office. The country underwent a popular uprising earlier this year, during which government forces violently cracked down on citizens demanding democratic change. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, who opened the office in the capital, Tunis, said the world was watching as Tunisians kept [...]

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

Humanitarian situation in Libya deteriorating while talks stall

A wounded Libyan man being tended to by doctors.

The situation in Libya is taking a turn for the worse. People are facing extreme hardships: fuel supplies are dwindling and there are visible traces of the bombing in the capital, Tripoli. That's what Abdel Al-Khatib the UN Secretary-General's special envoy to Libya saw on his last visit there where he met with senior officials [...]

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

South Sudan flag raised at United Nations

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The flag of the Republic of South Sudan has been raised at the United Nations in New York marking the acceptance of the newly independent country as the 193rd member of the UN. South Sudan celebrated independence from its northern neighbour on July 9th and was quickly voted on as a new member of the [...]

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

South Sudan's flag flies at the United Nations

Flags of Member States fly in front of the United Nations Headquarters building.

  At an emotional ceremony at the United Nations, the flag of the Republic of South Sudan was raised. It is now be one of 193 country flags that will fly outside the New York building. The Vice President of South Sudan, Riek Machar Teny says it's a meaningful day for his country. "This is, [...]

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

Chinese ageing rate "rarely seen in the world"

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China has a rapidly increasing elderly population the growth rate for which has been rarely seen before in the world. That's according to the World Bank's Lead Economist for China, Philip O'Keefe. People over the age of 60 now account for 13.3% of the population, a trend fuelled, in part, by the one-child policy. With [...]

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

Children in Horn of Africa suffering life-threatening malnutrition

UNICEF Kenya Child Protection Specialist Zeinab Ahmed (right) speaks with Somali refugees in a camp in Dadaab, north-eastern Kenya.

Almost 500,000 children in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya are suffering from imminent, life-threatening severe malnutrition. With the crisis in the region being fuelled by drought, soaring food prices and conflict in Somalia, an estimated 10 million people are in need of humanitarian aid. The Director of UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), Anthony Lake is in Nairobi [...]

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

UN Scales up aid to displaced families in Pakistan

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Some 84,000 people have fled fighting betweeen the Pakistan military and insurgents in the North-western region, according to the United Nations refugee agency. UNHCR is already handing out tents, and emergency supplies in camps in Central Kurram, but says it will increase aid to reach the newly displaced. Malaysian government risks undermining democratic progress The [...]

14 Jul 2011 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

NATO members look for Libya solution during meeting

Abdel Al-Khatib

Libya will be on the agenda when NATO members meet Friday in Istanbul, Turkey. The Libya contact group meeting includes officials from more than 40 nations and the UN involved in the operation. They will be discussing the UN resolution to protect civilians, which gave NATO the authority to use aerial bombings in the country. [...]

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

South Sudan has become the 193rd nation to join the United Nations

Members of the delegation of the Republic of South Sudan, led by Vice President Riek Machar Teny (right), follow the proceedings of the General Assembly meeting.

The Republic of South Sudan is now the 193rd member state of the United Nations. The General Assembly passed the resolution, introduced by South Africa Thursday, by consensus. In welcoming Africa's newest nation, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the country still needs to broker peace with its northern neighbour Sudan,  from which it seceded. "It is imperative [...]

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

Grenada receives US$5 million interest-free credit from World Bank

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NARRATOR: The World Bank Board of Directors approved a US$5 million zero-interest credit to help Grenada strengthen its conditional cash transfer program. As a result, the project will improve coverage of poor households receiving cash transfers provided children go to school and to health check-ups. Minister of Finance, Planning, Economy, Energy and Cooperatives, Nazim Burke, [...]

14 Jul 2011 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

IEDs responsible for dramatic rise in Afghan civilian deaths

Georgette Gagnon

More civilians in Afghanistan are being killed by the Taliban and other insurgent groups using improvised explosive devices or IEDs. A new report from the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA, shows civilian casualties up 15% from the same time last year. It finds the Taliban and other insurgent groups responsible for about 80% of [...]

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

AIDS drugs can reduce risk of infection among heterosexuals

Once-daily pill helps prevent HIV/AIDS infection

NARRATOR: AIDS drugs designed to treat HIV can also be used to reduce dramatically the risk of infection among heterosexual couples, two studies conducted in Africa showed for the first time on Wednesday. The findings add to growing evidence that the type of medicines prescribed since the mid-1990s to treat people who are already sick [...]

14 Jul 2011 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

South Sudan joins United Nations family

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• South Sudan is this week becoming the 193rd member of the Untied Nations. This follows a Security Council recommendation that the General Assembly admit the newest nation as a member of the United Nations family.The Vice President of South Sudan says his country will be a responsible member of the international community. West Africa [...]

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"Interim solution" could ease Middle East conflict

Kiyo Akasaka

A temporary, or what has been called a "less than permanent" solution, could lead to a permanent solution of the Middle East controversy. Kiyo Akasaka, head of the UN Department of Public Information, told Gerry Adams that suggestion, which might involve short-term agreements on territories, refugees or Jerusalem, was one of many discussed at an [...]

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

Terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India condemned by Security Council

Peter Wittig

Terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India that caused numerous deaths and injuries on Wednesday, have been condemned by the UN Security Council. German Ambassador Peter Wittig, who is the council President for the month says members send their condolences to the victims' families, and to the people and Government of India. "The members of the Security [...]

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

Aid for drought-hit Horn of Africa must include long-term measures

Mariam, pictured with two-year old Hasan, is fighting for her son's survival. They are among the thousands of Somali refugees who have arrived in Dolo Ado in Southern Ethiopia over the last week

11 million people in the Horn of Africa affected by drought are receiving some form of aid from the United Nations, including food, water and sanitation. The UN says the cycle of recurring crises will continue if long term measures are not put in place. At a UN food security meeting in New York participants [...]

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

Cholera outbreak hits Democratic Republic of the Congo

Nurse Jean-Pierre Balume (centre) in discussion with patient Ndirihera Batengesho (left) and Dr Jean Marc Mambidi of WHO (right) at the cholera treatment centre in Goma Provincial Hospital, DRC.

More than 190 people have died following an outbreak of cholera in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The World Health organization (WHO) says at least 3,200 cases have been reported since March. Charles Appel reports. The cholera outbreak started in Kisangani then spread downstream along the Congo River all the way to the capital [...]

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

"Arab spring" could positively influence Mideast peace process

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The perception of the world about the Arab people may significantly change. The "Arab spring" may be influencing the Israeli-Palestinian peace process in a positive way, says Kiyo Akasaka. The head of the UN Department of Public Information is attending an international media seminar on Middle East peace. He told UN Radio one topic of [...]

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

UNESCO to improve early warning for floods in Pakistan

A view of heavy flooding caused by monsoon rains in Punjab Province, near the city of Multan, Pakistan.

A project is underway to upgrade the early warning system for flooding in Pakistan. Last year, nearly 2,000 people were killed from heavy monsoon rains in the South Asian nation. The project by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) also encourages the development of safer homes and buildings. Last year's rains left [...]

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

Once-daily pill helps prevent HIV infection

Once-daily pill helps prevent HIV/AIDS infection

A pill aimed at reducing the risk of acquiring HIV has shown promising results with 73% of HIV-negative people tested not catching the virus. Two studies involving heterosexual couples in Africa where one partner is infected with HIV and the other is not, shows that the risks of transmission reduced for both men and women. [...]

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

South Sudan joins United Nations family

Ban Ki-moon (right) shakes hands with  Riek Machar Teny, Vice President of South Sudan

South Sudan is set to become the 193rd member of the Untied Nations after the Security Council recommended its admission to the world body. The newest African nation declared its independence from Sudan on 9 July after over two decades of civil war between north and South Sudan. Derrick Mbatha has compiled this report. Duration: [...]

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

WFP considers return to rebel-held areas in southern Somalia

Women and children sit on their sacks of United Nations World Food Programme food at a distribution on 23/06/2008 on the edge of the southern Somali town of El Barde three kilometres from the border with Ethiopia

The UN food agency is considering going back to areas in southern Somalia controlled by the anti-government group Al-Shabab after the militants called for aid agencies to return. The World Food Programme or WFP pulled out of the region last year after threats to the lives of its workers. Julie Walker reports. WFP says with [...]

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

Renewable energy production increases despite global economic crisis

The REN21 report shows that global investments in renewables have increased to a record US$211 billion

The production of and funding for renewable energy has increased, despite the global economic crisis, The "Renewables 21: Global Status Report" published by the UN environment programme, UNEP, shows that the sector continues to perform well despite incentive cuts and low natural-gas prices. In 2010, renewable energy supplied an estimated 16% of global consumption. Also, [...]

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

South Sudan to become 193rd member of UN

A wide view of the historic Independence Ceremony of the Republic of South Sudan.

  The UN Security Council has recommended The Republic of South Sudan for membership of the world body. The full General Assembly will vote Thursday to make the new nation the 193rd member of the UN. South Sudan officially declared independence from Sudan July 9 after decades of civil war between the two sides. The [...]

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Daily pill helps to prevent HIV infection

UNAIDS and WHO hail new results showing that a once-daily pill for HIV-negative people can prevent them from acquiring HIV

A new pill has shown to be effective in reducing the risk of contracting HIV by 73%. The study was done by the University of Washington. It involved over 4700 couples in Kenya and Uganda, where one partner had HIV and the other did not. Both the World Health Organization and the UN organisation, UNAIDS, [...]

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South Sudan to become 193rd member of UN

Security Council Chamber

The UN Security Council has recommended South Sudan for membership of the world body. The full General Assembly would then vote to make the new nation the 193rd member of the UN. South Sudan officially declared independence from Sudan July 9 after decades of civil war between the two countries. However, there is still insecurity [...]

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

"Terrible stories" from drought-stricken Horn of Africa

The drought in Somalia has spread to areas previously not drought-prone, displacing thousands of families (file photo)

A desperate picture of the humanitarian situation caused by the drought in the Horn of Africa has been described by the UN's humanitarian coordinator. Valerie Amos has just visited the region and has been talking of the "terrible stories" of human suffering that she came across. The Horn of Africa is experiencing the worst drought [...]

13 Jul 2011 | Posted in From the Field, Today's Features | Read More »

UN condemns embassy attacks in Syria

Security Council Chamber

Recent attacks against the US and French embassies in Damascus, Syria have been condemned by members of the UN Security Council . Diplomats were wounded in the attacks and embassy premises were damaged. Diplomatic missions are protected under the 1961 Vienna Convention. The Council is calling on the Syrian authorities to protect diplomatic property and [...]

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

Horn of Africa crisis 'extremely serious' warns UN humanitarian chief

At the Save the Children-supported Mobile Health and Nutrition Emergency Programme screening in Bisle kebele, Shinile zone, ERC Amos met pastoralist communities who have not seen rain in 18 months. Malnutrition is increasing.

The gravity and seriousness of the drought in the Horn of Africa should not be underestimated, according to the UN's humanitarian coordinator. Valerie Amos has just returned from a trip to the region where she was able to talk to people affected by the severe drought and food shortages. She says she was most affected [...]

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

Senegal reverses decision to repatriate Chad's former dictator

Navi Pillay

  The decision by the West African country, Senegal, not to repatriate former Chadian dictator Hissène Habré has been welcomed by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Spokesman Rupert Colville says there were concerns that Habré would not get a fair trial in Chad and that he could be tortured. [...]

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

230 stranded migrants rescued from Misrata

Evacuation of Stranded Migrants from Misrata, Libya

230 migrants and over 40 wounded people have been evacuated by boat to the Libyan city of Benghazi, according to the International Organization for Migration. The IOM says the latest rescue operation was necessary to ease overcrowding and rising tensions in camps located in Misrata. The evacuees were mainly men from West Africa and Asia. [...]

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

West Africa still unstable following end of regional conflicts

Said Djinnit

The situation in West Africa is "not fully stable", according to Said Djinnit, the head of the United Nations Office for West Africa. Mr. Djinnit says there have been "some positive developments" since his last briefing to the Security Council on the region in December 2010. He told Jean-Pierre Ramazzani  that despite successes in ending [...]

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

Horn of Africa faces worst drought in 60 years, say UN agencies

A new arrival from Somalia looks on as UNHCR chief António Guterres visits the Dollo Ado refugee transit centre in south-eastern Ethiopia.

Over 10 million people are facing severe food shortages in the Horn of Africa following the region's worst drought in 60 years. Both conflict and drought have been driving people to seek food and better circumstances. Antonio Guterres, High Commissioner of the UN refugee agency UNHCR, recently visited Ethiopia and Kenya and has appealed for [...]

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

UN scales up aid to displaced families in Pakistan

Children displaced in Pakistan

Some 84,000 people have fled fighting betweeen the Pakistan military and insurgents in the North-western region, according to the UN's refugee agency, UNHCR is already handing out tents, and emergency supplies in camps in Central Kurram, but says it will increase aid to reach the newly displaced. UNHCR spokesperson Ariane Rummery spoke to Daniel Dickinson about the agency’s recent [...]

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

More aid to reach thousands fleeing fighting in north-western Pakistan

Recent arrivals in New Durrani camp in Lower Kurram agency of north-western Pakistan.

Efforts are being scaled up to reach thousands of people fleeing recent fighting in north-western Pakistan. The UN's refugee agency says 84,000 people are believed to have been uprooted by the recent Pakistan military operations to flush out insurgents in the region. Central Kurram, the tribal belt bordering Afghanistan, is the latest scene of fighting. [...]

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

Hospitals and schools declared safe havens for children

Anthony Lake

Hospitals and schools have been declared safe havens by the United Nations Security Council. In a resolution unanimously adopted on Tuesday, the Council calls for all parties who attack such facilities to be held accountable. Schools have become the target of violent attacks or threats by both state and non-state forces in at least 31 countries [...]

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

Manufacturing and agriculture critical for Africa's development

Shelling coffee

African countries need to develop their manufacturing sectors in order to create jobs and wealth and combat poverty. That's according to the latest report of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). The report says that Africa is losing ground in labour-intensive manufacturing which is considered the [...]

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

Seventy-two children killed during protests in Yemen

Sisters Manar and Bushra Al-Bukari are among thousands of Yemeni children who have not been able to attend school in the past few weeks, due to the growing unrest in Yemen. Their mother fears for their safety and keeps them at home as much as she can.

At least 72 Yemeni children have been killed during pro-democracy protests since February, according to the UN's Children's Fund. UNICEF is reiterating its call to all parties involved in the conflict to protect children from all harm. Spokesperson Marixie Mercado says most of the deaths have taken place in major towns. "Over 700 children have [...]

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

'Unpredictable' situation in Sudan's South Kordofan region

Kadugli residents gathered outside UNMIS compound to seek shelter after fighting broke out in the town during the first week of June.

The situation in Sudan's South Kordofan region remains 'unpredictable' as heavy bombardments continue in and around the main towns of Kadugli and Delami, the UN's humanitarian agency OCHA says. More than 2,000 people have been reportedly displaced from Delami, a town 100 kilometers north-east from Kadugli. Assessments are ongoing to determine their needs, according to [...]

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

Thousands taken ill by measles and cholera in DR Congo

A mother and her child at the Kalembelembe Paediatric Hospital,  Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

An outbreak of measles and cholera is sweeping across the Democratic Republic of Congo according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The diseases have already claimed over 2,500 lives. WHO says efforts to contain the outbreaks through vaccination campaigns and provision of hygiene kits have been hampered by lack of adequate funding. The measles outbreak [...]

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

Millions face ‘dire hunger’ in the Horn of Africa

Millions of people in Somalia and the Horn of Africa face a dire hunger crisis unless the international community steps up its efforts to address the  severe food shortages  in the region, according to UN experts. Shamsul Bari UN Human rights expert on Somalia and Olivier de Schutter UN Expert on the right to food [...]

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

Peace, stability and development; UN's "main mission"

People show their euphoria, as the Republic of South Sudan proclaims its independence.

Supporting peace, stability and development will be the UN's "main mission" in South Sudan according to the United Nations top envoy to the newly independent country. South Sudan celebrated independence on July 9th after splitting from its northern neighbour, the Republic of Sudan. Hilde Johnson, the Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan [...]

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

"Devastating" drought in Ethiopia

At the Save the Children-supported Mobile Health and Nutrition Emergency Programme screening in Bisle kebele, Shinile zone, ERC Amos met pastoralist communities who have not seen rain in 18 months. Malnutrition is increasing.

Ethiopia, along with other countries in the region is experiencing a devastating drought. Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, says as of June an estimated 3.2 million people were receiving food assistance throughout Ethiopia and increase of 400,000 from February to April of this year. Amos says today the government announced [...]

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

UN special envoy visits Libya to talk transition with leaders

Civilians in Misrata

A political solution is needed in Libya. That's the message the UN Secretary-General’s special envoy delivered to both the Libyan Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister during recent meetings in Tripoli. Abdel Al-Khatib says a settlement must address the legitimate demands and aspirations of the people who are demanding Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi to leave [...]

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

Discrepancies in access to water and sanitation persist in Namibia

Woman collects water

Access to clean water and adequate sanitation is not available to everyone in Namibia, says Catarina de Albuquerque, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights to water and sanitation. She has just concluded a week-long visit to the country, where an innovative toilet invented in Namibia may be the key to improved sanitation. She spoke [...]

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

Malaysian government risks undermining democratic progress

Map of Malaysia

  The Malaysian government's violent response to demonstrators demanding free and fair elections needs to be investigated according to the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression. Frank La Rue says democratic progress is being undermined by the government. On Saturday, security authorities used tear gas and water cannons on [...]

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

World population to hit 7 billion in October‎

Challenges, Opportunities and Action in a World of 7 Billion

In October, the 7 billionth baby will be born, making the world population, 7 billion. In conjunction with World Population Day Monday July 11, the United Nations Population Fund or UNFPA and its global partners are launching the 7 Billion Actions" campaign. The aim is to come up with programs to take on the challenges [...]

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

UN expert wants inquiry into Malaysian government crackdown on protesters

Frank La Rue

The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression wants to conduct an inquiry into the Malaysian governments violent response to demonstrators demanding free and fair elections. On Saturday security authorities used tear gas and water cannons on peaceful protestors, reportedly leading to one death and scores of injuries. They also [...]

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

Deputy Human Rights chief urges greater emphasis on human rights in Haiti

Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Kyung Wha Kang visits a prison in Fort Liberte on July 3, 2011.

The Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights says she now has a much better picture of the challenges faced by Haitians in their everyday lives. Kyung-wha Kang made her comments to reporters at the end of a 5-day visit to the country during which she held discussions on the situation of human rights in the [...]

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

Deminers brutally murdered in Afghanistan

Demining engineer of the Mine Action Programme of Afghanistan (MAPA) clears one of the anti-personnel landmine.

Four Afghans working on clearing landmines and other explosive remnants of war were brutally executed in the Farah province of Afghanistan, says the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). The deminers were abducted along with a group of thirty one individuals on 6 July, where they were singled out and murdered. UNAMA says attacks on [...]

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

South Sudan must keep the peace with its northern neighbour

People show their euphoria, as the Republic of South Sudan proclaims its independence.

After the euphoria following South Sudan's declaration of independence on 9 July, the world's newest nation has many challenges ahead. That's according to Hilde Johnson, the head of the UN Mission in South Sudan. Maintaining peace with its northern neighbour, Sudan, which it seceded from, is one of the critical challenges that the new Republic [...]

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

UN Special Rep visits Libya to talk transition with leaders

Abdul al-Khatib

The Secretary-General’s special envoy for Libya has just returned from the country's capital Tripoli where he raised the idea of a peaceful transition with the government there. spoke to both the Libyan Prime Minister and Foreign Minister. Jocelyne Sambira reports. The UN's special envoy to Libya, Abdul al-Khatib stressed the need for a political solution [...]

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Attempt to revive Mideast peace talks underway

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Sergey V. Lavrov (second from right), Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, and Hillary Rodham Clinton (second from left), Secretary of State of the United States of America ( March 18 2010)

An attempt to revive the stalled Mideast peace process is underway in Washington, DC. 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 territory. The meeting comes at a time when Palestinian leaders are pushing for UN recognition as a [...]

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

7 billion people will inhabit the earth in October

Challenges, Opportunities and Action in a World of 7 Billion

On the 31st of October the world will reach 7 billion people. That's the projection from the United Nations Population Fund or UNFPA on this World Population Day, July 11. While it's a once in a lifetime milestone, it's also an opportunity for the UN to push for better mechanisms to take care of those [...]

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"Enormous" challenges ahead for new state of South Sudan

Ban Ki-moon in Juba

South Sudan is faced with enormous challenges as a newly independent state according to the Secretary-General of the United Nations. The country has split from its northern neighbour, the Republic of Sudan, following decades of conflict between the north and south of the country. Speaking at the independence ceremony held on Saturday in the capital, [...]

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

Challenges ahead for South Sudan

South Sudan has become the newest country in the world following an independence ceremony in the capital Juba. South Sudan is splitting from its northern neighbour, the Republic of Sudan following decades of conflict between the north and south of the country. The ceremony on Saturday was the culmination of a process which began with [...]

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South Sudan raises new flag at independence

   The flag of the world's newest nation, South Sudan, has been raised at an independence ceremony in the capital Juba.  Thousands of people celebrated the birth of their country on Saturday.  South Sudan became independent after a referendum in January which was part of a peace process that brought an end to a decades [...]

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South Sudan celebrates independence

The people of South Sudan have been celebrating independence and the formation of the world's newest nation. The new country's flag was raised at a ceremony in the capital Juba on Saturday morning. South Sudan became independent after a referendum in January in which the south voted unanimously to separate from the north of Sudan. [...]

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IMF evaluates Japan's economic future in wake of tsunami

Japan's earthquake and tsunami

While focusing on the humanitarian recovery, the International Monetary Fund is also concerned about the economic impact the earthquake and tsunami disaster has had on Japan. Hyun-Sung Khang of the IMF spoke to Kenneth Kang, a member of the IMF's Japan Country Team, who says while Japan is recovering faster than expected, it still has [...]

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

INDONESIAN #5: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

1. A new book "Poor Poverty: The Impoverishment of Analysis, Measurement and Policies" argues that without sustained productive job creation, poverty policies and programmes will not succeed. . 2. The second session comprises the interview with the Head of UNFPA Indonesia, Jose Ferraris. He talks about the importance of building the capacity of midwives to [...]

8 Jul 2011 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

UN Daily News 08 July 2011

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IMF evaluates Japan's economic future in wake of tsunami

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While focusing on the humanitarian recovery, the International Monetary Fund is also concerned about the economic impact the earthquake and tsunami disaster has had on Japan. Hyun-Sung Khang of the IMF spoke to Kenneth Kang, a member of the IMF's Japan Country Team, who says while Japan is recovering faster than expected, it still has [...]

8 Jul 2011 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

Revival plan for Grenada nutmeg sector

Grenada is known for its spice production, particularly nutmeg

Grenada is one of the world´s major producers and exporters of nutmeg and mace. The nutmeg industry has made significant contribution to the economic development, employment creation and foreign exchange earnings. However, the hurricanes Ivan and Emily in 2004 and 2005 have devastated the nutmeg sector and led to a dramatic decline of nutmeg production [...]

8 Jul 2011 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Horn of Africa relief operations hit by lack of adequate funding

malnourished Ethiopian boy

United Nations aid agencies have made an urgent appeal for financial support to assist millions of people affected by the humanitarian crisis unfolding in the horn of Africa.  UN Refugee agency UNHCR, UNICEF and the World Food Programme(WFP) say they were running out of funds to assist the estimated 10 million people now facing severe food shortages [...]

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

2 million children in the Horn of Africa with life threatening malnutrition

Over two million children in the Horn of Africa are malnourished and in need of urgent life saving food assistance according to the United Nations Children's Fund UNICEF. Of these, half a million are facing imminent life threatening conditions with long lasting consequences to their physical and mental development. UNICEF says it was seeking to [...]

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

Grenada shares in progress made in battle against HIV and AIDS

Anne Peters

Grenada shares in the progress made in the battle against HIV and AIDS. That's what Health Minister Anne Peters told a recent high-level meeting on HIV and AIDS at UN headquarters. But she was quick to add that a comprehensive response to HIV and AIDS is still a challenge, due mainly to taboo and stigmatization, [...]

8 Jul 2011 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

International design competition launched for slavery memorial

Ceremony for the signing of a Tripartite Memorandum of Understanding

Thursday this week saw the signing of a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding to launch the international design competition for the Permanent Memorial at the United Nations to honour the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. In an effort to acknowledge the tragedy of slavery, racial prejudice and the lingering consequences of the centuries-long [...]

8 Jul 2011 | Posted in Caribbean News, Today's Features | Read More »

Barriers to equality remain‎ for women: UN

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While women still face barriers when it comes to equality with men, significant progress has been made. Those are the findings of the first major report from the newly formed UN Women, which is committed to gender equality and women's empowerment. The report, Progress of the World's Women: In Pursuit of Justice, finds governments need [...]

8 Jul 2011 | Posted in Women | Read More »

UN Daily News 07 July 2011

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Progress made in poverty reduction despite global economic downturn

Global efforts to reduce the number of people living in poverty have not been dampened by the global economic downturn and the high food and energy prices according to the latest UN Millennium Development Goals report. The report says 15 per cent of the global population will be living in poverty by 2015, which is well [...]

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

UN Daily News 06 July 2011

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Governments urged to end harmful institutionalization

disabled man at an exhibition on the plight of the Roma and Sinti minorities in Central and Eastern Europe

More than a million children and adults in Europe and Central Asia are living in long-term residential care, according to a recent UN report. Hundreds of thousands of babies with disabilities are routinely placed in state-run homes. Many suffer neglect and live in appalling conditions, the report says. The UN's Children's Fund and the Office [...]

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

$1.9 trillion per year needed for “green overhaul”

Organic Agriculture in Cuba

One point nine trillion dollars a year will be needed in the next two to three decades for a complete green technological transformation. That's according to the UN's economic arm, UN-DESA that studies global economic and social trends globally. Business as usual is not an option, the agency says. If nothing is done, the Earth will [...]

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

UN Daily News 05 July 2011

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Amid humanitarian concern, South Sudan awaits independence

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

Many of the 1.4 million people living at the border between north and South Sudan are in need of humanitarian aid, according to United Nations Office of Humanitarian Assistance. As South Sudan prepares to declare its independence from the north on July 9th, UN humanitarian organizations are expressing concern of food shortages and displaced persons. [...]

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Medical supplies running out in Libya

Libya is facing a critical shortage of drugs, vaccines and other essential medical supplies according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The last international procurement of medical supplies by Libya was made in January before the start of the on going political crisis. WHO says it was in negotiations with the UN Security Council Sanction [...]

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

Somali children dying as families flee

Aid agencies say Somali children under the age of five  are facing starvation as they flee with their families across the border into Kenya and Ethiopia. The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) says severely malnourished children are dying within 24 hours of reaching its refugee camps. The agency says the situation is Somalia, which has [...]

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Situation in Libya's Nafusa mountains remains critical

Humanitarian needs in the Nafusa mountains remain serious, according to aid workers returning from an assessment mission in the area. The town of Wazin in Western Libya has been the scene of heavy fighting and the town has suffered significant damage, according to Brendan McDonald, Head of OCHA in Libya. It is the first time [...]

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

Countries need to accept more refugees for resettlement

The number of refugees in need of third country resettlement is expected to reach 780,000 over the next three years according to the UN Refugee agency UNHCR. The increase is against only 80,000 resettlement places available each year. UNHCR says many vulnerable refugees will remain in an agonizing limbo unless countries increase the number of [...]

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

16 billion dollars needed a year for education in poor countries

Lack of funding is stalling the global target on education for all by 2015, according to the United Nations. 16 billion dollars is required annually to meet education needs in low income countries but donors invested only  4.7 billion dollars in 2008. Speaking at the start of the UN Economic and Social Council(ECOSOC) meeting in [...]

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

"World War Z" book about UN agent being made into movie

Max Brooks book

"World War Z" book about UN agent being made into movie A novel about an agent of the fictional United Nations Postwar Commission. is about to become a Hollywood movie starring Brad Pitt. The book, "World War Z", deals with socially conscious issues that author Max Brook's says need to be told, not just by [...]

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

Applying "the responsibility to protect" to Libya

UN peacekeeper holding baby

The Responsibility to Protect, or R2P, focuses on the international community's responsibility to prevent and halt four crimes – genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing. Agreed on in 2005 at the United Nations World Summit, the principle is now being discussed in relation to Libya. Gerry Adams asked Edward Luck, the United [...]

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

Bonding through band music

band concert at the GA hall

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 [...]

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

67 million children worldwide not in school

children reading

67 million children worldwide aren't in school, according to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Making primary education accessible to all is one of the main issues that will be discussed at a high-level meeting which begins in Geneva, Switzerland on Monday. Eleven countries from Bangladesh and Malawi to Belarus and Venezuela will give [...]

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

25 new sites added to World Heritage list

World Heritage list

Twenty-five natural and cultural sites have been added to the World Heritage list compiled by UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. They range from the Ningaloo Coast, located in a remote part of Australia, which includes one of the longest near-shore reefs in the world to the Wudalianchi National Park in China. [...]

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

140 million Europeans without safe water and sanitation

UNECE workshop on equitable access to water and sanitation logo

140 million people across Europe are without access to safe drinking water and sanitation. That's according to Jean Rodriguez of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). He says most of these people are living in countries with economies in transition and have lower levels of access to water and sanitation compared with Western Europe. [...]

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

25 sites worldwide added to UN heritage list

new additions to World Heritage List

Twenty-five unique sites from around the globe have been added to the World Heritage list put out by UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. They range from the Ningaloo Coast, located in a remote part of Australia, which includes one of the longest near-shore reefs in the world to the Wudalianchi National [...]

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

Ending hazardous child labour in India

Child breaking rocks in a quarry in Faridabad, suburb of New Delhi.

Some 215 million children are involved in hazardous work across the globe according to the International Labour Organization, which is actively fighting to bring that number down. India has the largest number of child workers, despite laws to eradicate this, the practice continues. But, the ILO along with various local labor groups are working to [...]

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

UN Radio News 1 July 2011

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New Security Council President pushes resolution protecting schools and hospitals

Peter Wittig

New Security Council President pushes resolution protecting schools and hospitals The UN Security Council President for the month of July says he will propose a resolution to protect schools and hospitals in places of conflict. German Ambassador Peter Wittig says tougher measures are needed, possibly even sanctions, to make sure these places are not targets [...]

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

Two die in riots at Kenya's Dadaab refugee camp

Somali refugees at Dadaab camp

Two people have been killed at the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya as rioting broke out over the demolition of illegal food–distribution structures. The camp was constructed 20 years ago to house refugees fleeing the conflict in Somalia. Now it is home to some 370,000 people. Emmanuel Nyabera is a spokesman for the UN refugee [...]

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

US court urged to stop execution of Mexican national

prison

The authorities in Texas in the United States have been urged by the UN to halt the planned execution of a Mexican national. Humberto Leal Garcia was sentenced to death in 1995 by a Texan court for the kidnapping, rape and murder of a 16 year old girl. He is due to be executed on [...]

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

One third of children in Somalia severely malnourished

Somali refugee

One in three children in Somalia is severely malnourished, according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). South Somalia is the worst drought affected area in the Horn of Africa, where aid is severely restricted because of the ongoing conflict. Humanitarian conditions are the worst they have been in a decade, according to UNICEF's Marixie Mercado. "Right [...]

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

Somali refugees killed in food riots

Somali refugees

Two refugees have been shot and killed and dozens injured following rioting at the Dadaab refugee camp in  north-eastern Kenya. The UN Refugee agency UNHCR which runs the camp says the rioting broke out as local police sought to disperse crowds protesting the closure of illegal food distribution structures that have sprung up around the camp. [...]

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

Hundreds of new rape cases reported in DR Congo

Congolese woman behind the net

At least 121 women were raped by soldiers from the DR Congo army in South Kivu Province in June this year, according to the UN Human rights office. The incident is reported to have taken place between the 11 and 12 of June in Nyakiele Village which is located in a very remote area of [...]

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

New Security Council President wants to protect schools and hospitals in conflict zones

Peter Wittig

Peter Wittig The UN Security Council has a new President for the month of July, German Ambassador Peter Wittig. He says Libya and Syria are likely to be at the top of the Council's agenda as the two countries and others in the Middle East and North Africa continue to experience insecurity. But, Ambassador Wittig [...]

1 Jul 2011 | Posted in From the Ambassador | Read More »

Germany to push for children's safety in conflicts and climate security

Peter Wittig

The protection of children in conflict and climate security will be high on the UN Security Council's agenda, says German Ambassador to the United Nations, Peter Wittig. Germany is presiding over the UN's main organ responsible for the maintenance of peace and security in July. Ambassador Wittig says conflicts like Sudan, Syria and Libya will [...]

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

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