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INDONESIA #35: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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1.  People look to the UN to address climate change. 2.  The topic of the interview is about World Development Report 2012 on Gender Equality and Development in Indonesia published by World Bank. The report tells that women in Indonesia has highly contributed to the increase of national economic growth. On the other hand, they [...]

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Olga's story: an account of sexual abuse in Guatemala

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In Guatemala, a country where two women are murdered each day and where sexual abuse is rife, women are finally getting the help they need. The Central American country is said to be one of the most dangerous places for women in all Latin America. The majority of crimes against women go unpunished. Jocelyne Sambira [...]

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Digitizing UN Concert tapes through the UN Foundation

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The United Nations has begun the process of preserving its archives of music in digital format. Thousands of UN Concerts recorded on reel to reel tapes since the 1950s will be captured for the first time on a computer, following a major donation by an American music lover, Al Schlachtmeyer. Susan Myers from the UN [...]

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Changing lives one bottle at a time

Changing lives one bottle at a time. That's what UN Citizen Ambassador Jonathan Defante of the Philippines hopes to do with his promotion of the use of plastic bottles to build houses. This eco-friendly idea won Jonathan the title of Citizen Ambassador to the United Nations. He's one of three young people to receive the [...]

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Women in the Pacific Islands promote their rights

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Papua New Guinea, like most Asia Pacific Islands, is a very traditional society. Women suffer from low status, poverty and many are illiterate, says Georges Collinet of the World Bank. But women groups there are working hard to promote their rights and interests in the country. You're about to listen to George Collinet of the [...]

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UN facing multiple challenges in 2012

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2012 is likely to provide another year of challenges for the United Nations as it faces up to everything from keeping the peace in countries wracked by conflict to combatting hunger in the developing world, and ensuring nuclear safety. Daniel Dickinson presents this preview of the UN in 2012 Duration: 10'00″

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2011: The year in review

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An "extraordinary" year is how the UN Secretary-General described 2011. Natural disasters, political upheaval across the Arab world, the toppling of dictators and the push for Palestinian statehood all made the headlines. Daniel Dickinson has this review on how the United Nations was involved. Duration: 10.00

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2011 was a game-changing year -UNAIDS

Michel Sidibé

The AIDS response saw remarkable progress in 2011. Until recently, the end of the HIV epidemic seemed a distant dream, but science, political leadership and community responses have helped to deliver clear and tangible results. As such, 2011 will be remembered as a game-changing year. UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé told the Joint Programme's Board [...]

30 Dec 2011 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

UN provides maternal health care kits to flood-hit areas in Philippines

pregnant woman being examined by a doctor in the Philippines

An estimated 12,000 pregnant and lactating mothers who have been badly affected by Tropical Storm Washi in the Philippines are getting essential reproductive health supplies to prevent maternal and newborn deaths.  The UN Population Fund or UNFPA is distributing emergency health kits to ensure safe deliveries.  According to the latest figures released by the Philippine [...]

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Haitian authorities must investigate allegations of police torture and killings – UN reports

UN Police (UNPOL) officers from the United States and Côte d'Ivoire accompany a member of the Haitian National Police on her patrol through a camp for persons displaced by the earthquake

The UN's human rights presence in Haiti has urged Haitian authorities to properly investigate and prosecute police officers suspected of unlawful killings and torture, after two UN reports raised concerns that the illegal use of force by officers in the Haitian National Police (HNP) may have led to the deaths of nine people in the [...]

30 Dec 2011 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Brazil highlights role of mediator during UN Security Council mandate

Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti

Brazil has played an important role as mediator during its two year mandate on the UN Security Council according to the South American country's ambassador. Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti says the Brazil has focused on the issue of so-called "preventive diplomacy". Brazil steps down as a non-permanent member the Council at the end of the [...]

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Ethnic group threatens to attack town in South Sudan

Lise Grande

Residents of the town of Pibor in South Sudan are living in fear of an attack by a rival ethnic group, according to the UN. Thousands of people from the Murle ethnic group have sought shelter there after fleeing from Likwangole town just before it was attacked by young people from the Lou Nuer ethnic [...]

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UN Radio News 30 December 2011

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ICRC sends urgently needed medical supplies to Somalia

A Somali woman holds her severely malnourished baby outside a tent serving as a medical clinic established by the African Union Mission in Somalia.

Over a ton of medical supplies has been sent by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to local hospital in southern Somalia to treat those wounded in the fighting between Kenyan troops and Al-Shabaab Islamist rebels. Fighting is continuing in the towns of Kismayo, Afmadow and Dhobley where reportedly 100 people, mainly civilians, [...]

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Raid on NGOs by Egyptian military spurs widespread condemnation

Protests during 2011 revolution in Egypt

Mass raids carried out against non-governmental organizations or NGOs in Cairo, Egypt have been widely condemned by the UN and international community. The unprecedented attacks against the NGOs took place on Thursday during office hours. Computers, files and cell phones were seized in the operation. Frej Finniche, Chief of the Middle East and North Africa [...]

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UN peacekeepers deployed to troubled town in South Sudan

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A battalion of United Nations peacekeepers has been deployed to the town of Pibor in the Jonglei State of South Sudan to deter ethnic attacks. The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) says that a column of 6,000 young people from the Lou Nuer ethnic group has been marching on the town to attack the [...]

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Kenyan police investigate killing in refugee camp

Dadaab Refugee camp in north-eastern Kenya

The Kenyan police have launched an investigation into the killing of a refugee leader at the Dadaab camp for Somali refugees in the north-east of the country. The man, who was shot several times, was the chairperson of a Community Peace and Security team, which is instrumental in maintaining security in the camp. Dadaab is [...]

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"Alarm" at attacks in Cairo on rights organizations

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Raids by the Egyptian military on non-governmental organizations or NGOs, including human rights groups, have been carried out for the first time in the country's history according to the UN. On Thursday, Egyptian soldiers attacked several NGOs offices in the capital Cairo, forcing their way in, blocking the entrances and seizing computers and files. Some [...]

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INDONESIA #34: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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Changing lives one bottle at a time. That's what UN Citizen Ambassador Jonathan Defante of the Philippines hopes to do with his promotion of the use of plastic bottles to build houses. The interview session covers about the failure of rich countries to pay into UN disaster relief fund (CERF). It is leaving the world [...]

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Refugee leader shot dead in Kenyan camp

Somali refugees stand by their tents at Dadaab in north-west Kenya.

A refugee leader has been shot dead at a camp for Somali refugees in north-eastern Kenya. The man, who hasn't been named, was chairperson of a community group which helps to maintain security in the camp. He was shot several times and died on the way to the hospital. A motive for the killing has [...]

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

UN Emergency Fund helps flood victims in Philippines

Tropical Storm Washi wreaks havoc in the southern part of the Philippines

The clean up operation in the Philippines is continuing following a major storm in which 1200 died. Countless villages and two major cities were flooded and property damaged. Nearly 13,000 houses were destroyed and about 400,000 people displaced by the floods. Derrick Mbatha discussed the United Nations response to the disaster with Kirsten Mildren of [...]

30 Dec 2011 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

Human rights abuses in Côte d'Ivoire on rise: UN

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Human rights violations perpetrated by soldiers are on the rise in the West African country of Côte d'Ivoire, according to the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d'Ivoire (UNOCI). UNOCI spokesman, Kenneth Blackman, told reporters in Abidjan that members of the armed forces, known as FRCI, are accused of carrying out rapes, acts of torture, [...]

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

Humanitarian agencies on the ground respond to Jonglei crisis

Bangladeshi peacekeepers with the UN Mission in South Sudan are deployed to Likuangole Payam, Jonglei State

  Recent fighting in South Sudan's Jonglei State has forced more than 20,000 people into hiding, according to the Deputy UN envoy to South Sudan, Lise Grande. The UN has located at least 10,000 people in Pibor, the town next to Likuangole where the attacks took place. The majority are hiding in the bush, with [...]

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Aid agencies in South Sudan preparing to help victims of ethnic clashes

UNMISS peacekeepers deployed in Jonglei State

The United Nations in South Sudan is trying to locate thousands of people fleeing inter-ethnic conflict in Jonglei State to deliver basic relief supplies. The UN says more than 20,000 people have fled to safety in Pibor. The World Food Programme is also preparing to air lift emergency food deliveries to Pibor town on Friday. [...]

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

Efforts continue to stop use of child soldiers in Somalia

Radhika Coomaraswamy

2011 has been a bad year for Somali children  in a country that has continued to grapple with famine, drought and conflict. Some of the children are being used as child soldiers by various armed including the Al Shabaab insurgents who are battling the forces of the Transitional Federal Government or TFG. The government is [...]

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UN Radio News 29 December 2011

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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UN provides maternal health care kits to flood-hit areas in Philippines

UNFPA acts to prevent maternal and newborn deaths, gender-based violence in flood affected areas

An estimated 12,000 pregnant and lactating mothers who have been badly affected by Tropical Storm Washi in the Philippines are getting essential reproductive health supplies to prevent maternal and newborn deaths. The UN Population Fund or UNFPA is distributing emergency health kits to ensure safe deliveries. According to the latest figures released by the Philippine [...]

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Georgia accedes to UN Convention to combat statelessness

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The UN refugee agency  (UNHCR) has welcomed the decision of Georgia to accede to the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons. Stateless persons are technically not citizens of any country and therefore cannot work, study or access basic rights in the host country. Accession to Convention will allow the Georgian government to [...]

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South Sudan champions rights of disabled

visually impaired in South Sudan

Living with a disability can present many challenges, especially if you are living in a developing country with few medical services. For some people, there is the additional challenge of not being considered equal in society by other people. In South Sudan, the authorities are making efforts to ensure that visually impaired people can find [...]

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2011 AIDS response saw remarkable progress, says UN

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2011 will be remembered as a "game changing" year for the AIDS response, according to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). HIV infections and deaths are falling as more people receive access to life saving drugs. Derrick Mbatha reports. The global AIDS response in 2011 has had a dramatic impact on the lives [...]

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

Pregnant and lactating women get help in storm-hit Philippines

UNFPA Helps Prevent Maternal and Newborn Deaths in Flood-Affected Areas in the Philippines

Thousands of pregnant and lactating women in areas affected by a storm that hit the Philippines two weeks ago are getting help from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The government of the Philippines estimates that 92,000 families or 640,000 people have been affected by the storm which destroyed buildings including health centres. Henia Dakkak [...]

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Violence over ethnic tensions mounts in South Sudan

A Dinka cattle camp in South Sudan. Cattle rustling has caused instability in Jonglei state.

Leaders of two ethnic communities in the Jonglei state of South Sudan are being urged to stop violence. The call has come from United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon following reports of deadly clashes between the Lou Nuer and Murle communities. Jocelyne Sambira reports. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he's deeply concerned about tensions in [...]

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Beulah London fashion label helping victims of trafficking

Silk Shibani Scarf featuring the Blue Heart, an international symbol against human trafficking

High end's women's wear, Beulah London, has been giving a boost to the fight against human trafficking together with the UN's Office on Drugs and Crime, UNODC. Beulah London has set up an ethical clothing company by employing rescued sex trafficking victims in India. Derrick Mbatha reports. The UNODC Blue Heart Campaign against Human Trafficking [...]

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

Guinea-Bissau returns to calm after tense standoff

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The situation in the West African country of Guinea-Bissau has returned to calm after disturbances caused by a group of military officers on Monday, according to the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Mission in Guinea-Bissau, UNIOGBIS. Business is running as usual, the economic activities have resumed as well as public transportation, according to Vladmir Monteiro, Public Information [...]

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UN Daily News 28 December 2011

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UN Emergency Fund helps flood victims in Philippines

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The disaster that struck the Philippines just a few days before Christmas has demonstrated how crucial the UN Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) is. More than 1,200 people have died from the storm which caused floods that went through villages and two major cities. Nearly 13,000 houses were destroyed and about 400,000 people displaced by the [...]

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2012 year of opportunities: UNESCO

The UN cultural agency, UNESCO says that 2012 will be a year of opportunities. UNESCO will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the adoption of the World Heritage Convention. The agency says that will be an occasion to highlight the role of heritage and culture as a catalyst for sustainable development and to emphasize the role [...]

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UN fund kick starts relief operations in Philippines

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Emergency operations are underway on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines which was hit by a tropical storm two weeks ago. Tropical Storm Washi washed away entire villages, destroying nearly 13,000 houses and left about 400,000 people homeless. The United Nations Humanitarian Agency (OCHA), has allocated $3 million from the UN's Central Emergency Response  [...]

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Ban deplores use of force to settle differences in Guinea-Bissau

Ban Ki-moon

  The Secretary-General has condemned the use of force to settle differences in Guinea-Bissau and has called for the respect of lawful civilian authorities in the West African country. On Monday, a group of military officers attacked army headquarters and seized weapons, according to an official statement by the Government Following the event, some senior [...]

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Vulnerable Afghan families get much needed winter supplies

Vulnerable Afghan families line up to receive winter supplies in Dahsabz, a suburb of Kabul

More than 200,000 displaced people in Afghanistan are receiving urgently needed winter supplies as temperatures plummet below freezing across the Asian country, according to the UN refugee agency. UNHCR and its partners handed out blankets, plastic sheets, warm clothes and fuel in the Dahsabz district of the Afghan capital, Kabul. Beneficiaries include households that are [...]

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

UN worried about harsh sentencing of human rights activists in China

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The UN human rights office says it is deeply concerned about a series of harsh prison sentences given to human rights activists in China. Chen Xi on Monday received a 10 year jail sentence for essays that he published online. This is the second such sentencing following that of Chen Wei, a writer and activist [...]

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Ban pledges further cuts after UN approves lowest budget in years

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has pledged to do more with less, following the General Assembly's vote to cut 5% from the organization's two year budget. The cut brings the UN's expenses to US$ 5.15 billion, that's down from US$ 5.41 billion in the last cycle. The adoption of the new budget took place over the [...]

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Haiti urged to investigate suspected police abuse

Haitian prisoners being held before trial in a jail cell at a police station in Port-au-Prince.

Excessive use of force, torture, and beatings of prisoners are just some of the alleged abuses involving the Haitian National Police, according to a recent investigation by the UN human rights presence in Haiti. The incidents, said to have taken place between October 2010 and June 2011, have reportedly led to 9 deaths in Port-au-Prince's [...]

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UN Daily News 27 December 2011

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UN concerned about clampdown on human rights activities in China

Ravina Shamdasani

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has expressed deep concern over the "harsh" sentencing of several high profile Chinese human rights activists in the past week. Most recently, Chen Xi, a pro-democracy activist was sentenced to 10 years for his online publications. Last Friday, Chen Wei, was handed a 9 year jail [...]

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

Haiti urged to investigate illegal use of force by its police force

Haitian National Police officer along with UNPOL and MINUSTAH checks the trunk of a car in Port-au-Prince

  The UN's human rights presence in Haiti is urging Haitian authorities to properly investigate and prosecute police officers suspected of unlawful killings and torture. An investigation into the deaths of 9 people in Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince has raised concerns about the illegal use of force by the police. Jocelyne Sambira reports. Two reports released [...]

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Brazil highlights role of preventative diplomacy in UN Security Council

Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti

Brazil has highlighted its role on the United Nations Security Council on the issue of so-called "preventive diplomacy". Speaking at the end of its two year mandate as a non-permanent member of the Council, the Brazilian Ambassador to the UN, Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, said that Brazil had helped to prevent conflict in various parts [...]

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South Sudan urged to act quickly to avert large-scale violence in Jonglei

Aleem Siddique

The United Nations has urged South Sudan to protect civilians in Jonglei state after reports emerged that thousands of armed youth were preparing to attack a rival community. Over the weekend, air patrols of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) identified thousands of armed Lou Nuer youth preparing to attack Murle communities near Likuangole [...]

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UN Daily News 26 December 2011

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UN rights chief concerned about harsh sentencing of Chen Wei

Navi Pillay

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has expressed deep concern over the harsh sentencing of a leading Chinese human rights activist, Chen Wei. Chen Wei was sentenced to 9 years in prison for “inciting subversion of state power” as a result of his involvement in drafting articles for overseas websites, including Democratic [...]

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UN and Iraq sign agreement to relocate Iranian exiles

Martin Kobler

The United Nations and the Government of Iraq have agreed to relocate thousands of Iranian exiles living in a camp in the north-eastern part of Iraq. Camp Ashraf, home to more than 3,000 Iranian exiles, houses members of a group known as the People’s Mojahedeen of Iran. The Iranian exiles are being relocated in order [...]

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2011: the year in review

Press Conference: The United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon's year-end press conference

An "extraordinary" year is how the UN Secretary-General described 2011. Natural disasters, political upheaval across the Arab world, the toppling of dictators and the push for Palestinian statehood all made the headlines. Daniel Dickinson has this review on how the United Nations was involved. Duration: 10.00

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Ban condemns deadly bombings in Nigeria

Ban Ki-moon

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the bomb attacks on churches in Nigeria on Christmas Day. Scores of people attending the church services were killed and many injured. The bombings occurred in Madala, on the outskirts of Abuja, the Nigerian capital, and in the north-eastern city of Jos. Mr. Ban has called for an end [...]

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

Women in Egypt march in support of their rights

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A march in support of Egyptian women drew scores of people in Tahrir Square demanding their right to participate in the country's future. The women also rallied to protest the abuse suffered at the hands of security forces. Reem Abaza spoke Maya Morsy, UN Women coordinator in Egypt about the significance of the march. Women’s [...]

23 Dec 2011 | Posted in Women | Read More »

Ban voices concern over escalating violence, bloodshed in Syria

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  UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed grave concern at the escalating violence in Syria, as Friday's bomb blasts in the capital Damascus claimed more lives. Forty people were killed and scores injured in the explosions, according to media reports. An advance team of observers sent by the Arab League to assess the situation, will [...]

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INDONESIA #31: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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INDONESIA #33: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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UN agencies are stepping up efforts to help thousands of people affected by a tropical storm and flash floods which hit the Philippines on 17 December. The interview session is about the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP-17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held in Durban, South Africa. The conference [...]

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UN issues guide to help tackle child labour in fisheries

In Manado, Indonesia, a young worker holds a prize carp that has been raised in a fish hatchery.

A guide that aims to help policymakers and government authorities develop strategies to deal with child labour in fisheries has been released by the UN. The guide shows children engaged in activities that range from active fishing, to cooking on boats, diving for reef fish and processing or selling fish. The document prepared by FAO [...]

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UN experts denounce Chinese lawyer's detention

Frank La Rue

UN human rights experts are denouncing the continued secret detention of Gao Zhisheng, a prominent Chinese human rights lawyer who was arrested in 2006. Mr. Gao is known for defending activists and documenting human rights abuses in China. Frank La Rue, the UN Special Rapporteur for freedom of opinion and expression told Gerry Adams the [...]

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

Children participating in Egyptian rallies in Cairo at risk

Protests during 2011 revolution in Egypt

The UN Children's Fund or UNICEF has called on Egyptian authorities, security forces and parties involved in demonstrations and violence in Cairo to protect children. A flare up of violence in Cairo has affected scores of children caught in the middle of clashes. At least two children have been killed, dozens injured and close to [...]

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

WFP condemns murder of aid workers in central Somalia

A WFP food distribution centre for displaced people near Mogadishu

The World Food Programme has condemned the killing of three aid workers on Friday morning in central Somalia while on duty. WFP has temporarily suspended its operations in the area while the case is being investigated. Jocelyne Sambira reports. A gunman in central Somalia has shot dead three aid workers, including two World Food Programme [...]

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Children in Egypt caught in violent clashes during protests

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Egyptian children are getting caught in the spiralling violence during anti-government protests in downtown Cairo, according to the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF. UNICEF says two children have been killed, tens have been injured and 69 have been put in detention. The agency is calling on the Egyptian authorities, security forces and other parties involved in [...]

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UN experts denounce secret detention of Chinese human rights lawyer

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A group of UN human rights experts on Friday denounced the continued secret detention of Gao Zhisheng, a prominent Chinese human rights lawyer who was arrested in 2006. The experts expressed concern at recent news that a Beijing court has withdrawn Mr. Gao's five-year probation and ordered him to serve a three-year sentence. Charles Appel [...]

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

DRC police stop opposition swearing-in ceremony

Electoral Campaign in the DRC

Police in the Democratic Republic of Congo dispersed supporters of opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi on Friday to stop a banned "swearing-in" ceremony, according to the UN backed Radio Okapi. Etienne Tshisekedi lost to President Joseph Kabila during the 28 November presidential elections, but immediately contested the elections, alleging fraud. Kabila was inaugurated by the Supreme [...]

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Russia calls for investigation of NATO bombings in Libya

Vitaly Churkin

Russia has called for investigations into the civilian casualties caused by NATO bombings during the conflict in Libya. The aerial bombings were conducted under a Security Council resolution that authorized NATO to protect civilians from the forces loyal to Muammar Qadhafi. Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin spoke to reporters following a behind-closed door [...]

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

Libya interim government faces tough transition

Wide view of the Security Council meeting

Libya's transitional leaders are facing tough challenges rebuilding the country and creating a stable democracy, according to the Secretary-General's Special Representative, Ian Martin. Libya's 8 month civil war which saw the capture and death of Muammar Qadhafi in October 2011 has left a multitude of arms circulating in the hands of militias and rival tribes. [...]

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Floods make thousands homeless in Tanzania

Flood victim is helped by a rescue worker in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

At least 20 people are reported to have been killed and thousands of others made homeless by floods caused by three days of heavy rains in the Tanzanian commercial capital of Dar es Salaam. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is working with its partners to gauge the support that the Tanzanian government needs to help [...]

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

UN Concerts to be preserved for posterity

Kiyotaka Akasaka (left), USG for Communications and Public Information, chats with Albert S. Schlachtmeyer (centre) and Susan Myers, VP for UN Relations at the UN Foundation, at the signing of a memorandum of understanding to digitize the DPI UN concert archives.

A major project is underway to digitize hundreds of concerts recorded at United Nations headquarters in New York from as early as the 1950s. Much of the music was recorded onto reel to reel analog tapes, which are now largely obsolete formats; the aim is to make the collection available online as digital files. The [...]

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Yemen seeks to regain control of Al-Qaeda-held areas

Jamal Benomar

The Yemen authorities have lost control of a part of their territory to rebels from the Al-Qaeda terrorist group, according to the UN Special Adviser on Yemen. The country has been facing political turmoil this year as Yemenis protested against unemployment, economic conditions and corruption and demanded the resignation of their President, Ali Abdullah Saleh. [...]

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General Assembly "increasingly vocal" on human rights

Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser (front, centre) is given a tour of the facilities shared by the United Nations and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM)

  Human rights issues will continue to be a key focus of the UN General Assembly or GA. Wrapping up the work of the assembly for 2011, the GA President Ambassador Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser said the UN's main deliberative body was "increasingly vocal" on the protection of human rights. Daniel Dickinson reports. Duration: 2’17″

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UN Radio News 22 December 2011

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Relief effort underway following floods in Tanzania

Flooding in Tanzania

  A relief effort is underway in the commercial capital of Tanzania, Dar es Salaam, following flooding caused by three days of heavy rain. At least 20 people have reportedly been killed and thousands made homeless. The Tanzania Meteorological Agency says the rains are the heaviest the East African country has experienced for more than [...]

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More funds needed to support Philippines victims

Thousands of Filipinos remain affected by cycles of displacement.

An additional $28.6 million is requested by the UN to support victims of a tropical storm in southern Philippines. The emergency funds will pay for relief supplies for around 470,000 of the worst-affected people for a period of three months. The UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said the appeal was revised to assist the [...]

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Syrian government must stop killing people: UN official

Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser

The government of Syria must abide by an agreement it has signed with the Arab League to stop killing its people. Speaking at an end-of-the-year press conference, the President of the General Assembly Ambassador Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser said the body is active in galvanizing international support for changes happening in the Arab world. Ambassador Al-Nasser [...]

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Egyptian women say "women's rights are human rights"

Protesters in Cairo, Egypt

Egyptian women have demonstrated their determination to defend their human rights and to be treated with dignity. That's the conclusion of Maya Morsy, from UN Women, following a march by thousands of people at Tahrir Square in Cairo The demonstration against the mistreatment of female activists by the authorities followed an incident captured on video [...]

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"Democratic atmosphere" prevails in Libya

Ian Martin

The people of Libya are becoming more assertive about the rights they fought for overthrowing Muammar Al-Qadhafi, according to the top United Nations envoy in the country. Ian Martin told the UN Security Council on Thursday that the interim government of Libya is facing the "dual" challenge of addressing the immediate needs of the people [...]

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Judges in Kyrgyzstan urged to be impartial

Navi Pillay

Judges in Kyrgyzstan have been urged to do their work within the country's constitution and international human rights standards. The call has come from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, after the Kyrgyz Supreme Court upheld the conviction and life sentence of a human rights activist. Gerry Adams reports. Azimjan Askarov, the [...]

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Bomb attacks in Iraq condemned by UN envoy

Martin Kobler

Bomb explosions in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Thursday have been strongly condemned by the top United Nations envoy in the country. According to reports, at least 63 people were killed and about 185 others injured including children in the attacks. Charles Appel reports. Martin Kobler, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative in Iraq, said [...]

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Djibouti joins the African Union force in Somalia

Djiboutian troops arrived in Mogadishu to join the African Union's AMISOM's mission.

The first troops from Djibouti have arrived in Somalia to serve in the African Union’s peacekeeping force, AMISOM. The East African nation has given a boost to the 10,000-strong AMISOM. Meanwhile, conflict and drought continue to force Somalis in exile. Many are crossing into Djibouti into overcrowded refugee camps. Jocelyne Sambira reports. Duration: 2’54″

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

"Spectacular" expansion of Al-Qaeda in Yemen

Armed groups often use traditionally safe places such as schools, hospitals, and mosques as targets or as operational bases.

Al-Qaeda insurgents have taken control of strategic territory in the southern part of Yemen over the past few months, according to a senior United Nations official. Jamal Benomar, the United Nations envoy for Yemen said on Wednesday that Al-Qaeda now controls three cities. Mr. Benomar said there is concern in the international community over a [...]

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UN experts deployed to help Yemen prepare for elections

Jamal Benomar

Five election experts have been deployed by the United Nations to help Yemen prepare for early presidential election scheduled for 21 February next year. The UN envoy for Yemen Jamal Benomar, told reporters on Wednesday that there has been progress in implementing last month's political settlement under which President Abdullah Saleh stepped down. Mr. Benomar [...]

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Somali leaders gather to work on draft constitution

Augustine Mahiga

Representatives of various sectors of society in Somalia have gathered in Garowe, Puntland to push ahead with work on drafting a constitution for the Horn of Africa country. The meeting has brought together representatives from the Somali transitional government, regional administrations, as well as the business community and civil society. It is part of ongoing [...]

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Insecurity hampers aid to Somali refugees in Kenya

Somali refugees stand by their tents at Dadaab in north-west Kenya.

Aid assistance to Somali refugees living in the world's largest refugee camp is being disrupted due to an increase in security issues. The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) which runs Dadaab camp in north-eastern Kenya says recent bomb explosions and other security incidents have made it difficult for aid agencies to provide all the assistance [...]

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Peacekeeping force to stay in Golan Heights

Peacekeepers with the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) patrol the Golan Heights between Syria and Israel

A UN peacekeeping force monitoring the ceasefire between Israel and Syria in the Golan Heights is to remain in place for at least another six months. On Wednesday, the Security Council voted to extend the mandate of the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) until the end of June next year. The mission was first established [...]

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Bahrain urged to release political prisoners

Navi Pillay

Authorities in Bahrain have been urged to release political prisoners as part of confidence-building measures in the country. The Gulf state has faced mass demonstrations for political freedom over recent months Charles Appel reports. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said the prompt release of thousands of people detained for participating in [...]

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Life sentences for two Rwandans tried on genocide crimes

International-Criminal-Tribunal-for-Rwanda-Arusha-Tanzania

Two senior members of Rwanda's former ruling party have been sentenced for life for their roles in the Rwandan genocide of 1994. The UN-backed International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) ruled that Matthieu Ngirumpatse and Edouard Karemera were part of what it called a “joint criminal enterprise” to exterminate Tutsis. Around 800,000 people, mainly Tutsis [...]

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Two Rwandans given life sentences for role in 1994 genocide

ICTR building in Kigali, Rwanda

  Life sentences have been handed down to two senior members of Rwanda's former ruling party for their roles in the 1994 genocide in the East African country. The UN tribunal for Rwanda, the ICTR, ruled that Matthieu Ngirumpatse and Edouard Karemera bore what it called “command responsibility” for the genocide. Around 800,000 people were [...]

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UN refugee agency "alarmed" by security incidents in Dadaab

Somali refugees make their way past burning rubbish on a street at Ifo camp in Dadaab, Kenya.

Security incidents targeting the Dadaab complex for Somali refugees in northern Kenya have been condemned by the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR). The agency says there have been two bomb explosions in two camps in the past two days. An explosion at the Hagadera camp on Monday killed one person and seriously injured two police [...]

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Security Council renews mandate of mission in Guinea-Bissau

João Soares da Gama

The Security Council  renewed the mandate of the UN Integrated Peace-Building Office in Guinea-Bissau(UNOGBIS) on  Wednesday. UNOGBIS is helping the West African country to build peace and stability. The fragile stability of Guinea-Bissau, one of the poorest countries in the world, is facing a constant threat of drug trafficking and organized crime. The country's representative [...]

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Intellectual property claims rebound strongly in 2010

WIPO headquarters in Geneva

Applications for international patents worldwide in 2010 have increased over the previous year, according to a report issued on Tuesday. The report by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) says fillings in 2010 rebounded strongly after a considerable decline in 2009. Patents are often considered as one indication of economic recovery. WIPO Director-General Francis Gurry [...]

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

African leaders to scale up malaria interventions in 2012

Pregnant women come in early for their malaria prevention vaccination

Eleven years after making a solemn pledge to end malaria deaths, African leaders are getting closer to their target. The 2011 World Malaria Report shows a significant decline of 33% in Africa in the past decade. The African Leaders Malaria Alliance or ALMA, was created three years ago at the UN General Assembly, to track [...]

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Progress "slower" in preventing malaria among pregnant women

malariawomen

Communities across Africa need to be more fully involved in efforts to prevent malaria among pregnant women. That's the conclusion of Mrs. Johannah-Joy Phumaphi the Executive Secretary of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) ALMA is an alliance of African heads of state and government working to end malaria-related deaths. Mrs. Phumaphi says that lessons [...]

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UN panel on Libya completes first part of probe

Martin Nesirky

A three-member panel investigating allegations of human rights violations during the conflict in Libya has completed the first part of its work. The UN Independent Commission of Inquiry on Libya was established by the UN Human Rights Council in February after government forces killed peaceful demonstrators demanding change. The protests escalated into a civil war [...]

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European Union ambassadors call for end to Israeli settlements

Mark Lylall Grant

European Union members of the Security Council have called for an immediate halt to the building of Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, including East Jerusalem. In a joint statement on Tuesday, they said increased settlement construction and settler violence are damaging the prospects of a return to negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. The [...]

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UN steps up patrols ahead of tribal peace conference

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan deployed Bangladeshi peacekeepers to Likuangole Payam in Jonglei State

Patrols by UN peacekeepers have been stepped up in the troubled Jonglei state in South Sudan. It follows a renewed outbreak of inter-ethnic violence that led to the deaths of 40 people at the beginning of December. Rival tribes in the region are due to hold a peace conference in January in an attempt to [...]

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Khat, a growing social danger in Djibouti

Khat plant

A growing number of people in Djibouti are becoming addicted to chewing khat, an expensive and often dangerous habit, according to the UN. The leaves of the khat plant contain an amphetamine-like substance. Khat users can suffer from a range of diseases such as tuberculosis, anaemia and impotence. A bundle of the drug costs around [...]

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Progress for peace between Israel and Palestinians "elusive"

Oscar Fernandez Taranco

Israelis and Palestinians need to enter into what has been described as "substantive" negotiations to resolve their conflict and find lasting peace. That's what Oscar Fernandez Taranco, the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs told the Security Council on Tuesday. Mr. Taranco said that there are tensions on the ground, deep mistrust between the Israelis [...]

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UN intensifies relief efforts in the Philippines

Muktar Ali Farah, Head of OCHA's sub office in Mindanao, talks to children during a needs assessment of a flood-ravaged village.

UN agencies are stepping up efforts to help thousands of people affected by a tropical storm and flash floods which hit the Philippines on Saturday. According to the UN humanitarian agency OCHA, nearly one thousand people have died since Tropical Storm Washi struck Northern Mindanao causing widespread flooding and landslides. The World Food Programme is [...]

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6,000 Ethiopian migrants stranded in Yemen

A group of displaced people in Yemen

About 6,000 Ethiopian migrants, many of them women and children, have been stranded in Yemen for several months in desperate conditions, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). IOM says the vulnerable people are amongst nearly 18,300 Ethiopian migrants registered in the northern town of Haradh on the border with Saudi Arabia. IOM spokesperson [...]

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50,000 Sudanese refugees receive aid in South Sudan

Supplies were loaded onto a C-130 aircraft yesterday in Nairobi. Today they reached South Sudan aboard the first of 18 flights planned for the airlift.

An airlift operation from Kenya to South Sudan has been launched to help about 50,000 refugees who have fled fighting in the Blue Nile State and Kordofan State in Sudan. According to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) which is conducting the operation, many families left with few belongings and walked for weeks through the [...]

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Murder of Russian journalist condemned by the UN

Khadzhimurad Kamalov

Russian authorities have been urged by the United Nations to investigate the murder of a Russian journalist and to bring the perpetrators to justice. Khadzhimurad Kamalov, the founder and editor of an independent weekly newspaper was shot dead in Dagestan last week. The UN human Rights Office has condemned the killing of the journalist which, [...]

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Storm claims over 950 lives in the Philippines

WFP's High Energy Biscuits arrive at the airport in Cagayan de Oro in the southern Philippines, one of the areas devastated by a tropical storm over the weekend.

Relief aid is being delivered by UN agencies to people affected by Tropical Storm Wash which hit the Philippines over the weekend leaving over 950 people dead. The World Food Programme is providing food and other logistical support to help the government's emergency relief efforts in Northern Mindanao. The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) is delivering [...]

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Consumption of khat "serious" health problem in Djibouti

Khat leaves

  The chewing of khat, a narcotic stimulant, is becoming a serious problem in Djibouti, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).  The narcotic plant, which is consumed by a large part of the adult population in Djibouti, is cultivated in certain areas of East Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.  WHO's representative in Djibouti Dr. [...]

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Solidarity "must be foundation" for solving global problems: UN chief

Rural cooperative in Pakistan

The international community is being urged to work together to build a safer, more prosperous future for all. In a message ahead of "International Human Solidarity Day" marked on Tuesday, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored the importance of working together to tackle global problems. Charles Appel reports. In his message, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [...]

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Death toll rises follows Philippines floods

More than 140,000 people were affected when Tropical Storm Washi struck the southern island of Mindanao on 19 December 2011.

The death toll following flash floods in the south of the Philippines has risen to over 850 people. The National Disaster Risk Reduction council says an unknown number of people are still missing. The floods were triggered by a tropical storm. The UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has been assisting the [...]

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Security Council addresses UN role in Afghanistan post 2014

Hervé Ladsous

The future role of the United Nations in Afghanistan following the withdrawal of foreign troops in 2014, was the subject of a Security Council meeting on Monday.  Afghanistan's ability to manage its own security was also discussed.  Last October, the Security Council voted unanimously to  extend the mandate of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) [...]

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

UN ready to help storm-hit Philippines

A woman salvages her belongings in Mindanao

The United Nations says it's ready to support the government of the Philippines in responding to the disaster caused by a storm that has left more than 500 people dead and hundreds of others missing. According to a senior UN disaster reduction official, one of the lessons that can be learned from the storm is [...]

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Warning of "deep recession"

In the suburbs of Moscow lies this informal meeting place for daily workers in the building sector and recruiters.

The world's leading economies could be on the brink of a second bout of recession, according to the UN's trade and development organisation, UNCTAD. It says sluggish private demand in several advanced economies means economic growth will falter. Daniel Dickinson reports. Duration: 2’24″

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UN chief sends condolences to North Korea

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The UN Secretary-General has extended his sympathy to the people of North Korea, following the death of its leader Kim Jong-il. Ban Ki-moon said the UN system will continue to help the North Korean people. Mr Ban is said to be closely following the situation.

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Protection of civilians challenge for Afghanistan

Mothers carrying children gather in the corridor of their apartment building in Bagram, Afghanistan.

Nearly 800 civilians have been killed in Afghanistan over the past three months, according to the UN. Briefing the Security Council on Monday, the head of United Nations peacekeeping operations, Hervé Ladsous, said that the UN is continuing to support the country. He said that there have been positive developments including the resumption of the [...]

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"Brutal" repression in Egypt condemned

Protesters at Tahiri Square, Cairo

The repression of demonstrations by the Egyptian military and security forces has been described as "brutal" by the United Nations. Eleven people are reported to have been killed and 500 others injured some of them critically since Friday. Charles Appel reports. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, describes the clampdown on [...]

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

Criminal elements cause insecurity in Darfur

Inaugural meeting in Khartoum of the Joint Commission of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD).

Despite a decline in fighting between government and rebel forces in the Darfur region of Sudan, criminals continue to create insecurity, according to the head of the African Union-UN mission in Darfur, Ibrahim Gambari. Mr. Gambari spoke on Sunday at the start of the first meeting of a joint commission to ensure effective implementation of [...]

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Young Sudanese girl wins title of UN Citizen Ambassador

Sigin Ojulu, Citizen Ambassador to the UN

Young people are using their voice as global citizens to tell world leaders what needs to be done to make the world a better and safer place. Sigin Ojulu, a young girl originally from South Sudan, is a winner of the 2011 UN Citizens Ambassadors Video Contest, where young people pitch an idea to the [...]

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

Benin fish seller switches to rabbits

Rose Mensah

Benin’s lakes and wetlands have been depleted of fish due to overfishing and destruction of mangroves and natural habitats. Livelihoods are being threatened, competition is fierce and the fish is scarce. But now these lakes are being rehabilitated and fishermen and fish-sellers are finding alternative ways to make a living. Rose Mensah used to sell [...]

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

Economist predicts world dominated by China

Eclipse: Living in the Shadow of China's Economic Dominance

A world dominated by China’s overwhelming economic power is being envisaged in a new book, which looks at how the balance of superpowers may look in the next 10 years. Eclipse: Living in the Shadow of China’s Economic Dominance shows how China is expected to outpace the United States in economic growth and become the [...]

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

Beckham highlights children's rights in the Philippines

David Beckham, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

The importance of supportive families has been underlined by the international soccer star, David Beckham. Beckham, who's also a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador took a break from a tour in Asia to visit a centre in Manila, the capital of the Philippines which aims to get former street children back into family life. Daniel Dickinson reports. [...]

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Young Sudanese girl wins title of UN Citizen Ambassador

Sigin Ojulu, Citizen Ambassador to the UN

Young people are using their voice as global citizens to tell world leaders what needs to be done to make the world a better and safer place. Sijin Ojulu, a young girl originally from South Sudan, is a winner of the 2011 UN Citizens Ambassadors Video Contest, where young people pitch an idea to the [...]

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UN Daily News 16 December 2011

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Grenada challenges developed nations to demonstrate the political will to deliver on the outcome of Durban Climate Conference

Grenada beach

NARRATOR: Grenada has expressed confidence that the Durban Climate conference can deliver the outcomes that will guarantee the survival of vulnerable countries such as those that make up the Alliance of Small-Island Developing States –AOSIS – a grouping of 43 small states in the Caribbean and Mediterranean Seas and the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Grenada's [...]

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Children at risk in Sahel

Eta Brahim with her baby Hissène at a Moussoro, Chad feeding centre.

The Sahel region of Africa is on the verge of a major crisis that will affect around one million children according to UNICEF, the UN Children's Fund. Eight countries in the Sahel are showing signs that children are on the verge of severe, life-threatening malnutrition, says David Gressly, UNICEF Regional Director for Western Central Africa. [...]

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"Stabilization process" underway in Haiti

Mariano Fernandez visits a school in Haiti

The election of a new President in Haiti earlier this year has led to what a senior UN envoy to the country has called a "stabilization process" in the country. Haiti has suffered a major earthquake and a cholera outbreak in the space of two years in which thousands of people died. The cholera outbreak [...]

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Erecting a Permanent Memorial to the Victims of Slavery responds to the need to honor the victims: CARICOM

George Talbot

NARRATOR: The UN General Assembly, recommitting itself to honoring the victims of what several delegates called "the most tragic chapter in human history", adopted a resolution endorsing the construction at United Nations Headquarters of a permanent memorial to those who had suffered under the yoke of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade system. By the [...]

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We cannot forget the ruthless system of trafficking in human beings: Jamaica

NARRATOR: Meanwhile, Chairman of the permanent Memorial Committee Ambassador Raymond Wolfe of Jamaica noted that five years ago the Member States of CARICOM embarked on a journey that has brought them to where we are today. He said they have worked to ensure an appropriate annual UN international day of remembrance of the victims of [...]

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Economist predicts world dominated by China

Eclipse: Living in the Shadow of China's Economic Dominance

A world dominated by China’s overwhelming economic power is being envisaged in a new book, which looks at how the balance of superpowers may look in the next 10 years. Eclipse: Living in the Shadow of China’s Economic Dominance shows how China is expected to outpace the United States in economic growth and become the [...]

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Women in South Sudan want to help build their new nation

South Sudanese refugee women and her children

Women from South Sudan are exercising their right to help build their nation and plan for its future. South Sudan remains one of the world’s poorest countries, with just 30 miles of paved roads and only 15 percent literacy. An International Engagement Conference on South Sudan, IEC, is taking place in Washington DC in the [...]

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Ugandan woman elected to serve on UN World Court

International Court of Justice, The Hague

A Ugandan woman has been elected to serve as a judge at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) the principal judicial organ of the United Nations. Julia Sebutinde won absolute majorities in the Security Council and General Assembly to beat rival candidate Abdul G. Koroma of Sierra Leone. The new judge will serve a nine-year term [...]

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

UN to increase its presence in Somalia

4th Burundian AMISOM battalion

The United Nations is preparing to expand its operations in Somalia by opening an office in the capital, Mogadishu, and strengthening the African Union Mission to Somalia or AMISOM. That's what Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told Security Council members on Tuesday. In a briefing on developments in Somalia, Mr. Ban made a plea for countries to [...]

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Palestinian flag raised at UNESCO

Palestinian flag raised at UNESCO

The Palestinian flag was raised at the headquarters of the UN cultural agency, UNESCO, in Paris on Tuesday to mark its admission to the Organization. Palestine was elected as the 195th Member of UNESCO in October this year. The President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, attended the flag-raising ceremony, together with UNESCO's Director-General Irina [...]

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Syria death toll tops 5000

Navi Pillay

More than 5,000 people have died since the start of the popular uprising in Syria, according to the United Nations human rights chief. Navi Pillay briefed the Security Council on Monday and warned that a crackdown and fresh eruption of violence could be imminent in Homs, one of the country's key cities. The uprising in [...]

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Ban welcomes deal reached at Durban climate talks

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at Durban press conference

  Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the set of decisions reached by countries at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa. Dubbed the Durban Platform, these decisions include the launch of a protocol or legal instrument that would apply to all members, a second commitment period for the existing Kyoto Protocol and [...]

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

Mountain forests under threat because of climate change

A mountainous area of Sapa, Viet Nam

Mountain forests are under threat because of rising temperatures and population growth. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) also warns their loss could have serious socio-economic and environmental consequences. On International Mountain Day which is marked on 11 December, FAO is urging Governments to better protect them. About 60 per cent of the world's freshwater [...]

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Awareness of human rights has grown: UN human rights chief

human rights

People around the world have become more aware of their human rights, according to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay. Ms. Pillay spoke on the occasion of Human Rights Day to mark the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 10 December 1948. She said the social media's ability to [...]

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

Sweden donates an additional US $ 10 million to Horn of Africa crisis

A girl sits atop a water pipe that provides a stable water source to the town of Sericho, Kenya

The United Nations humanitarian chief has welcomed Sweden's additional contribution of $10 million to help respond to the crisis engulfing the Horn of Africa. Sweden, a key donor to UN aid operations, has already given $123 million to the Horn of Africa crisis so far this year. Valerie Amos, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, was [...]

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Afghan women make voices heard at Bonn Conference

International Afghanistan Conference in Bonn

  A one-day gathering on Afghanistan took place in Bonn, Germany at the beginning of December. It brought together some 100 delegations and aid organizations to discuss the future of Afghanistan after foreign troops leave the country in 2014. Gerry Adams reports. Duration: 3’16″

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Women most at risk for climate disasters

womanfloodslarge

From 1999 to 2008, floods affected almost one billion people in Asia, 28 million in the Americas, 22 million in Africa and four million in Europe. A new United Nations report says that women are most at risk from such climate disasters. I asked Jim Sniffen, Information Officer with UNEP, the United Nations Environment Programme, [...]

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Climate change conference in Durban comes to a close

woman farmer

A major United Nations climate change conference in Durban, known as COP 17, is due to wrap up on 9 December. Delegates from around the world have been negotiating in the South African eastern coastal city for two weeks to come up with an agreement on measures to tackle climate change. One major issue they [...]

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Mass meningitis vaccination campaign begins in West Africa

vaccination against meningitis

A major vaccination campaign against meningitis has been launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) in West Africa. WHO is aiming to protect 22 million people between the ages of one and 29 from the disease, an inflammation of the brain and spinal cord caused by a viral or bacterial infection. The agency says it [...]

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Fighting in South Sudan border puts thousands of refugees in danger

Twenty thousand refugees in South Sudan's northern border with Sudan are increasingly at risk because of ongoing military clashes in the area, according to the UN's refugee agency (UNHCR). Fears of an attack on the border area and the proximity of fighting have sent some refugees fleeing to the bush, says UNHCR. The insecurity has also [...]

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Women most at risk from climate disasters

Turkana women affected by climate change

  From 1999 to 2008, floods affected almost one billion people in Asia, 28 million in the Americas, 22 million in Africa and four million in Europe, according to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). A new United Nations report says that women are most at risk from such climate disasters. Gerry Adams asked UNEP's spokesperson Jim [...]

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Joseph Kabila re-elected as DRC president

Joseph Kabila Kabange, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Joseph Kabila has been re-elected as President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo with 49 per cent of the votes, according to provisional results announced on Friday by the Independent National Electoral Commission or CENI. The announcement has been delayed for the past two days because of logistical problems, electoral officials say. The main [...]

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UN Secretary-General makes surprise visit to Somalia

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Somalia

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday made a surprise visit to Somalia. During his visit, Mr. Ban met with Somali President Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed and other senior Somali government officials on the future of the country and how the international community can help. Mr. Ban told reporters in the Somali capital Mogadishu that [...]

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UN probes attack against peacekeepers in Lebanon

peacekeeper helmet

Five United Nations peacekeepers serving in Lebanon were injured in a bomb blast earlier on Friday while travelling to the country's south. The vehicle of the injured peacekeepers was apparently targeted while driving through the outskirts of the port city Tyre, according to the UN Interim Force in Lebanon, UNIFIL. The mission has sent forensic [...]

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UNICEF warns of looming children's crisis in the Sahel

Drought and malnutrition which have manifested themselves in the Sahel since the late 1960s, continue

Over a million children in the Sahel region of Africa face life threatening malnutrition during the coming year warned UN children's agency (UNICEF) in Geneva. UNICEF says 65,700,000 dollars is needed for nutrition and health supplies, but this amount is likely to increase to ensure sustainable aid for the coming year. The agency's West and [...]

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UN warns Thailand of freedom of expression violation

OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani

The United Nations Human Rights Agency has condemned the ongoing trials and harsh sentencing of people convicted of criticizing the country's royal family. In a statement to journalists in Geneva Friday, the Office for the High Commissioner of Human Rights warned that the criminal sanctions are unfair and violate the country's international human rights obligations. [...]

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Ban Ki-moon visits Somalia

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Somalia

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday visited Somalia to express solidarity with the people of the Horn of Africa country. Mr. Ban held meetings with the Somali President Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed and other senior Somali government officials on the future of the country and how the international community can help. During his visit, [...]

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Time to take action against "cancer of corruption"

act against corruption today

The international community has been urged to fight what the UN Chief Ban Ki-moon has called the cancer of corruption. In a message to mark International Anti-Corruption Day on Friday, Mr. Ban said corruption undermines social progress and breeds inequality and injustice. Daniel Dickinson reports. It's been eight years since the General Assembly adopted the [...]

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UN calls for an end to homophobic bullying

bully-free-one

Children as young as 11 are being bullied because of their presumed sexual orientation or gender identity, according to Ivan Šimonović, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights. Ivan Šimonović was speaking at an international meeting on homophobic bullying on Thursday, which saw the participation of human rights defenders. Abuses can range from verbal taunting to serious [...]

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Kenyan troops ready to join African Union force in Somalia

Ugandan soldiers serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia

Soldiers serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the endorsement by the Kenyan Parliament of the Government’s  decision to have the country’s  troops join  the African Union peacekeeping Mission in Somalia, AMISOM, which he said needed to be brought to its full capacity. AMISOM currently has 9,000 boots on the [...]

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Luxemburg to share emergency telecom technology during natural disasters

ITU

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and Luxemburg have agreed to strengthen emergency response during natural disasters. Luxembourg has developed a satellite-based telecommunication system which can assist humanitarian agencies operating in crisis zones. ITU will also encourage its 193 Member States to use this system and facilitate a quick transfer of emergency telecommunication during natural disasters, [...]

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Gabon's first-ever pygmy census underway

pygmies from Gabon

There are many people around the world who continue to be unrecognized as citizens of their own country. Among them are the pygmies of the West African country of Gabon, who have endured a history of oppression and invisibility. But that could soon change. One man along with the UN is ensuring the country's pygmy [...]

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Africa's largest AIDS conference urges donors not to withdraw funding

Delegates attending Africa's largest conference on HIV and AIDS are urging donors to save 100,000 lives a month by reversing a decision to cut future funding for programmes. The five-day session of the International Conference on AIDS and STIs (ICASA) ended in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa on Friday. Last month, the Global Fund for HIV, [...]

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Sudan, South Sudan troops remain in disputed Abyei

UNMIS patrols Abyei area

The security situation in the disputed oil-rich Abyei region bordering Sudan and South Sudan remains "fragile”. That's the assessment of the Head of United Nations Peacekeeping Operations Hervè Ladsous, who briefed the Security Council on Thursday. The status of Abyei has not yet been resolved, since a referendum to allow the people of the region [...]

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South-south cooperation to help feed 925 million hungry people

A woman farmer harvests rice by hand:  Timor Leste

Developing countries are being urged to strengthen their cooperation in order to tackle hunger and ensure food security. According to the UN, almost 925 million people in some of the poorest countries around the world are not getting enough food. Those countries are being told that they can collaborate to ensure more people are fed. [...]

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Tensions rise in Abyei as migration season nears

UNMIS patrols Abyei area

The chief of UN Peacekeeping Operations says he is concerned about the plight of the Ngok Dinka residents of Abyei, who have been unable to return to their homes because of fighting between Sudan and South Sudan. Abyei is an oil rich, disputed border area between the two countries. In a briefing to the UN [...]

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China shares technology to improve food security in Africa

rice fields in Asia

  African countries like Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Mali are partnering with China to share its hybrid rice technology to grow more food. The sharing of this technology is one of the projects being showcased at the South-South Development Expo at the Food and Agriculture headquarters in Rome. Organized every year by the United Nations, [...]

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Prosthetic limbs for Afghan bomb blast victims

prosthetic limbs

The security situation in Afghanistan remains tense following two bomb blasts on Tuesday in which reportedly 60 people were killed. Over 160 people were injured, some of whom have lost limbs. Many of them will end up at the Kabul Orthopedic Organization, a rehabilitation centre which helps patients from across the country to rebuild their [...]

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Humanitarian community in Somalia calls for increased funding

Women and children wait to receive a cooked meal at a food distribution center in Mogadishu, Somalia

  A recent nutrition survey conducted in southern Somalia has shown small improvements in malnutrition rates, as well as a fall in mortality, according to the UN Relief Agency, OCHA. However, four million people throughout the country still have little access to food, of which three million people are in southern Somalia. Of these, 250,000 [...]

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Prosecutor for former Yugoslavia Tribunal asks for more international support

Serge Brammertz, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY)

The chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) presented his annual report to the UN Security Council on Wednesday. Serge Brammertz told delegates that the major development in the last year was the arrest of the Tribunal's last fugitive, Goran Hadžić, on 20 July. With his arrest, he said, none [...]

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Aid alone not enough to address needs of poor countries: EU

Ambassador Thomas Mayr-Harting, Head of the European Union Delegation to the UN

Developing countries have the ownership and primary responsibility for their own prosperity and growth. Ambassador Thomas Mayr-Harting, Head of the European Union Delegation to the UN, made the remark during a meeting on financing for development. Stronger tax systems, improved policies and better governance are vital for mobilising domestic resources in developing countries. Aid alone [...]

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

Protection of gay rights to be included in US foreign policy

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

Protecting the human rights of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community will become a human rights policy in the US and a foreign policy priority. That's what US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told delegates in Geneva ahead of Human Rights Day on December 10. Clinton said US Government agencies overseas will [...]

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

Security Council condemns attacks on Afghan civilians

a man in mourning

The UN Security Council has strongly condemned the terrorist attacks in Kabul and Mazar-i-Sharif that led to numerous deaths and injuries among Afghan civilians. The attacks occurred on the day of Ashura, which commemorates the martyrdom of Prophet Mohammed's grandson, Hussein. A suicide bomber struck a shrine packed with worshippers in the capital, Kabul, reportedly [...]

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New bill in Malaysia restricts right to peaceful assembly

Maina Kiai, Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly

A group of independent United Nations human rights experts warned on Wednesday that a new bill in Malaysia restricts the right to peaceful assembly. The Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly, Maina Kiai, said many of the restrictions are unjustifiable under international law. The Peaceful Assembly Bill, approved by the Malaysian [...]

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Burundi peace hurt by human rights challenges, killings: UN envoy

Karen Landgren, UN Envoy

Burundi has made some progress in consolidating peace, but recent developments could reverse gains, according to the UN top envoy in the country. Karen Landgren told the UN Security Council that efforts to preserve the peace are being marred by human rights challenges and politically-motivated killings. The United Nations Office in Burundi (BNUB) has documented [...]

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

Central Asian countries agree to strengthen counter-narcotics efforts

A member of the newly trained Afghan National Police (ANP) patrols through a poppy field in Mian Poshteh

Afghanistan and its neighbors on Wednesday pledged to better their counter-narcotics efforts to stabilize the region. The regional programme was launched by the UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) just days after the international community met in Bonn to decide on future support for Afghanistan, after foreign troops leave in 2014. The UN is [...]

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Finance key to addressing climate change

melting ice

An essential component of climate change negotiations is securing financing, says UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Speaking at the Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, the Secretary-General said thanks to a group of members, short- and long-term financing will be available through a combination of public and private sources. Gerry Adams reports. Duration: 2’22″

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UN calls for urgent access to S Kordofan and Blue Nile States

refugees from Blue Nile State

As fighting rages on in South Kordofan and Blue Nile States, the UN humanitarian chief is calling for free and unfettered access to the two Sudanese states. Valerie Amos said her visit to Sudan was postponed by Sudan's Government and she was hoping to re-schedule soon. Given the continued denial of humanitarian access to South [...]

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

US warns gene technology can be used to create bio-weapons

The UN Environment Agency is pushing for better regulation of toxic chemicals and electronic waste.

toxic chemicals New gene technology for scientific research could be used by terrorists to create biological weapons, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton warned on Wednesday at a Biological Weapons Conference in Geneva. States must do a better job of reporting on measures to prevent the misuse of biological weapons, Clinton said. Mrs. Clinton [...]

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Allow use of biological agents and toxins for peaceful purposes: Iran

chemical facility

For years, developing countries have been denied the right to exchange material, equipment and technology to develop biological and chemical agents for peaceful purposes. That's what the Iranian Ambassador to the UN, Mohammed Rez Sajjadi said to delegates attending a Biological Weapons Convention or BWC in Geneva on Wednesday. The global conference is held every [...]

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Refugees, stateless and displaced people need support: UNHCR

refugee montage

The plight of millions displaced by conflict around the world is the subject of discussion at a meeting organized by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), in Geneva on Wednesday. The conference, attended by representatives from about 150 countries, is the largest of its kind in the agency's 60-year history, UNHCR estimates there are more [...]

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Afghanistan and neighbours join forces to stop opium trafficking

poppy fields

Afghanistan and Central Asian countries have agreed to launch a three-year programme to improve counter-narcotics efforts and regional stability, according to the UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The launch follows Monday's international conference held in Bonn, Germany to set the future course for Afghanistan, after foreign troops leave in 2014. One hundred thousand [...]

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India's widows get some hope

Indian widow

Thousands of women in India are shunned from society when their husbands die. Excluded and marginalized, they face a life of poverty and injustice. Some even live on the streets begging for a bite to eat. But, one woman, a widow herself, is working to change their lives. Pat Duffy reports from India. Duration: 3’20″

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Protect refugees and stateless persons: UN

Antonio Guterres talks to a crowd of IDPs in southwestern Somalia

UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, has called for greater protection for refugees and stateless persons. He also emphasized the importance of allowing the world’s 12 million stateless people to secure a nationality and enjoy the rights of citizens. Mr. Guterres was speaking on Wednesday at a major conference in Geneva to mark the [...]

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Momentum for change initiative launched at Durban climate talks

climate change affecting farmers

Ten public-private partnerships have been launched under an initiative called momentum for change at the Durban climate conference in South Africa, also known as COP 17. The projects showcase new ways of overcoming poverty and moving to a low carbon economy. One such project is in Durban where local communities are trained to manage reforestation [...]

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Renewed support for refugees expected at major UNHCR conference

Somali refugees

The largest conference on refugees and stateless people in the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR's history, has opened in Geneva on Wednesday. More than 140 countries have confirmed their participation. The conference is expected to deliver renewed support for fundamental laws that enable the UN Refugee Agency to provide protection and assistance to refugees. Some 35 [...]

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China provides support to West Africa under "South-South Cooperation"

Street scene at the Sandaga Market in Dakar, Senegal.

Developing countries are putting more financial and technical muscle behind initiatives to help each other improve food security. The UN's Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) says a number of new agreements have been reached between developing countries as part of it "South-South Cooperation" initiative. Daniel Dickinson reports: FAO has co-signed two new agreements between China [...]

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

45 people in South Sudan killed in renewed ethnic clashes

flag of South Sudan

Forty-five people in Jalle, South Sudan, have been killed and many others forced to flee in the latest wave of ethnic violence that has hit the country. The United Nations peacekeeping operation in South Sudan, UNMISS, says it is investigating these new attacks. Initial reports indicate at least 100 tukuls or traditional huts have been [...]

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Ending racism and discrimination takes political will: Migiro

people of African descent

Countries must boost efforts to combat discrimination, racism, and xenophobia, according to the UN Deputy Secretary-General. Asha-Rose Migiro made her remarks at the closing of the International Year for People of African Descent. The year was proclaimed by the General Assembly to secure the human rights of all people of African descent and to ensure [...]

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Ocampo warns DRC politicians about engaging in electoral violence

Luis Moreno-Ocampo, ICC Prosecutor

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has warned that any post-electoral violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will be investigated and those found responsible prosecuted. Luis-Moreno Ocampo on Tuesday urged political leaders to calm supporters, as results of last week's presidential and legislative elections trickle in. The prosecutor says he has [...]

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Top UN envoy urges Iraq to not forcibly close refugee camp

Martin Kobler, the Secretary-General's Special Representative for Iraq

The UN envoy in Iraq has made a plea to the Iraqi government to extend the 31 December deadline for the closing of a refugee camp hosting Iranians, while a durable solution is found. The Secretary-General's Special Representative for Iraq, Martin Kobler, made this appeal during his briefing to the Security Council on Tuesday. Camp [...]

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UN calls for end to violence in Yemen

Yemeni women and children tend to a fire in the UN-serviced IDP camp at Mazrak, north Yemen

Violence linked to civil unrest across Yemen has been going on for nearly a year now, says Pete Manfield, Deputy Head of the United Nations humanitarian office, OCHA, in Yemen. In one of the most under-developed countries in the Arab world, says Mr. Manfield, UN agencies have called for an end to the violence. He [...]

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UN chief calls for action on climate change

farmers affected by climate change

Heads of state from a dozen countries and over 100 ministers have gathered in the South African city of Durban for talks on cutting greenhouse gases that cause global warming. They are attending the United Nations conference on climate change, known COP 17. Derrick Mbatha reports. Duration: 3’15″

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More illegal migrants make perilous journey to Europe by sea

African migrants trying to reach Europe

Hundreds of migrants have been rescued at sea recently while fleeing their homeland, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR). 60 people onboard a vessel, the majority women and children, were recently rescued by the Moroccan Royal Navy in their waters. In a separate incident, 80 people onboard two sailing ships were rescued by [...]

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Indonesia signs global nuclear test ban treaty

nuclear testing site

Indonesia's signing of the global nuclear test ban treaty, thus bringing it one step closer to becoming international law, has been welcomed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, or CTBT, adopted 15 years ago by the UN General Assembly, aims to make nuclear testing illegal worldwide. So far, the treaty has been [...]

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Expectations for breakthrough in Durban climate talks low: Ban

Farmers in Asia affected by climate change

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warned that expectations for a breakthrough during the Durban climate talks must be realistic. Ban Ki-moon spoke on Tuesday at the opening of a two-week climate conference in which countries will try to agree on  a two degree carbon emission cut to stop the warming of the planet. Carbon emissions [...]

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Women are at higher risk during climate disasters: UN

UNEP report on women and climate change

Women are facing high risks to their livelihoods and health due to climate change, according to a new report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The report, which focuses on the effects of climate change on women, was released Tuesday at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP17) in Durban, South Africa. UNEP says that women [...]

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UN calls for end to violence as death toll rises in Yemen

Displaced people in al-Hamraa camp for IDPs in Yemen

The United Nations Human Rights Office on Tuesday called on factions in Yemen to stop deadly attacks on civilians and urged the government to allow access to human rights monitors. This follows reports of more than 20 people being killed in the last week. This violence results from protests demanding that President Saleh and senior [...]

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Afghan civilians killed in explosions on Muslim holy day

Muharram (Arabic: محرم) is the first month of the Islamic calendar

The UN mission in Afghanistan has strongly condemned the indiscriminate attacks on Afghan civilians on Tuesday. Scores of Afghan civilians were killed after bombs exploded in the cities of Kabul and Mazar-i-Sharif. The people had gathered to mourn on the occasion of the Tenth of Muharam, a Muslim holy day. UNAMA described the attacks as [...]

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Africa makes progress in fighting polio

A child receives the polio vaccine from a vaccination team in the Al Salam IDP camp, North Darfur, Sudan

African countries have made progress in combating polio, a disease that affects mainly children under five years of age and leads to irreversible paralysis. That's according to Dr. Richard Mihigo, the Programme Manager for Routine Immunization and New Vaccines Introduction at the World Health Organization's Regional Office for Africa. Dr. Mihigo is attending the Third [...]

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Gaza receives US $9.5 million to build five new schools

Education:  a basic right

An agreement worth US $9.5 million to build five new schools in the Gaza strip has been signed between the United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNWRA) and the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development. The five new schools will help ease the overcrowding in schools. About 94 per cent of the schools are run on [...]

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More migrants pushed into hands of people traffickers

World Migration Report

An increasing number of migrants are being driven into the hands of people traffickers, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). In its World Migration Report released on Tuesday, the IOM says that up to a billion people have been on the move in 2011. Director General William Swing says many people are migrating [...]

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One billion migrants on the move in 2011

passport and identification check at airport

An estimated one billion people, a seventh of the world's population, have been on the move this year, according to an annual report of the International Organization for Migration (IOM). But an increasing number of these migrants are being forced to use illegal methods to migrate. Because of stricter border control, many end up in [...]

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UN envoy urges Russia to ratify protocol on the Rights of the Child

Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children

Russia has been urged by the UN envoy on Violence against Children to ratify a UN convention on the rights of the child that prohibits the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography. The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais was recently in the capital, Moscow, [...]

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Niger to receive $6 million in food aid to avoid crisis

Hausa women sell their livestock produce, hardly any of it is consumed at home

A United Nations humanitarian fund has allocated $6 million to three United Nations agencies to jump-start its emergency response to address food insecurity in Niger. The CERF, or Central Emergency Fund, was established in 2005 to make funding for humanitarian emergencies faster and more equitable. The cereal deficit in the West Africa country is estimated [...]

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Eritrea receives new sanctions for 'destabilizing' Horn of Africa

Susan Rice, Permanent Representative of the United States to the UN

A resolution tightening sanctions on Eritrea has been passed by the UN Security Council for its role in undermining peace and stability in the Horn of Africa, and its continued support to armed opposition groups, including Al-Shabaab. The resolution has called on the Eritrean Government to cease the use of the 'Diaspora tax' collected from [...]

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Viet Nam urged to shut sex worker and drug addict centres

Anand Grover, UN Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health

Viet Nam has been urged to close its compulsory rehabilitation centres for sex workers and drug users. A senior UN official has said that detention and forced treatment are a violation of human rights and perpetuate discrimination in society. Speaking at the end of a visit to the country, the Special Rapporteur on the right [...]

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Boost for male circumcision in Africa

WHO logo

  A programme to speed up voluntary male circumcision to prevent HIV has been launched by the UN and US Government in Ethiopia on Monday. The five-year plan calls for the immediate expansion of male circumcision services in 14 countries in eastern and southern Africa. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the practice can [...]

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Greece breaches obligation to Macedonia

ICJ logo

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ruled on Monday that Greece’s blocking of Macedonia's bid to become a member of NATO or the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is in breach of a 1995 accord. In the accord, Greece had agreed to not object to any applications to join international organizations or institutions by the [...]

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United Nations allocates $6 million to combat food crisis in Niger

A child with camels, donkeys and goats at the watering place near the village of Makanga, Southern Niger

Niger is set to get some badly-needed relief to address food insecurity in the West African country. A fund managed by the UN Relief Agency, OCHA, has just allocated $6 million to three UN agencies, including the World Food Programme (WFP). More than half of Niger is currently affected by the food crisis. The Central [...]

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Gbagbo appears in court to face charges of crimes against humanity

Laurent Koudou Gbagbo in Courtroom I of the International Criminal Court, The Hague, Netherlands

Former President Laurent Gbagbo of Côte d'Ivoire has appeared before the International Criminal Court (ICC), on Monday to go through the formalities of confirming his identity. Mr. Gbagbo is facing charges of crimes against humanity committed, after his refusal to concede defeat in last year's presidential election sparked violence in the West African country. The [...]

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International community reaffirms support for Afghanistan

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the International Afghanistan Conference in Bonn, Germany.

Despite the challenges ahead, the international community on Monday reaffirmed its support for Afghanistan in its efforts to consolidate peace and development. All foreign forces are scheduled to leave the country in 2014 and hand over security responsibilities to Afghans. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told an international conference on Afghanistan in Bonn, Germany, "the challenges [...]

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Former Ivorian president appears before the International Criminal Court

Laurent Koudou Gbagbo before the ICC

Former President Laurent Gbagbo of Côte d'Ivoire on Monday appeared before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague to face charges of crimes against humanity. The crimes were committed during the violence which followed his refusal to concede defeat to President Alassane Ouattara in last year's presidential elections. The ICC says Mr. Gbagbo is [...]

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Developing countries meet to share know how in fighting hunger

Sierra Leonean farmer

  Representatives from developing countries are meeting in Rome on Monday to share success stories and explore solutions to fighting hunger. The five-day event organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is trying to put the spotlight on rising global food insecurity. More than 925 million people go hungry every day. South-South Cooperation is [...]

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Challenges ahead as Afghanistan prepares to assume full security responsibility

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is greeted by Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan, at a conference in Bonn, Germany

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has pledged to continue to support Afghanistan as foreign forces prepare to leave the country by 2014. Mr. Ban was speaking at an international conference in Bonn, Germany, on the challenges regarding the handover of security from international forces to Afghan forces. Over the past decade, the work of the United [...]

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General Assembly to recognise work of volunteers around the world

Volunteers spread awareness about human rights in schools

The biggest challenge that volunteers face is the recognition of their work, according to the deputy executive coordinator of UN Volunteers. Naheed Haq says each of the 8,000 UN Volunteers or UNVs, who serve in difficult missions or in developing countries, do so with a sense of vision and purpose. Ms. Haq was speaking on [...]

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UN Radio News 02 December 2011

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Stevie Wonder Press Conference

Stevie Wonder

American singer Stevie Wonder describes his commitment against Apartheid in this press conference at UN Headquarters. Language: English Genre: Interview 1985 Duration:  22′

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Men and women face poverty differently, says gender expert

rural women in the market

  Women who take care of the family and carry out domestic chores often receive no income for their work. But this role also limits them from accessing other sources of income. They often are forced to do odd jobs or depend on precarious forms of employment, according to Nailia Kabeer, author of a UN [...]

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African women have better access to HIV and AIDS treatment than men

World Aids Day 2011

Better access to treatment has resulted in a 22 per cent drop of AIDS-related deaths in the last five years, and a significant reduction in new infections. These are the latest figures on HIV and AIDS compiled in a UN report marking World AIDS Day. Half of the people in developing countries who need treatment [...]

2 Dec 2011 | Posted in Women | Read More »

Uzbek day care centres cater to needs of HIV positive families

Uzbekistan's children and adults living with HIV are finding solace in UNICEF-supported day care centres. Located in the country's worst affected areas, these centres double as a clinic where families can get medical care and counselling. It also shields them from discrimination and stigma experienced in the outside world because of their HIV status. Jocelyne [...]

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Young displaced Haitian women train in fashion design

graduation for Haitian seamstresses

Over 500,000 people in Haiti are still living in displaced camps in areas affected by the earthquake. Many of them have no jobs, and no way to earn an income. The majority are women and young girls. To help them support themselves and their families, the UN is helping young women in the camps to [...]

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