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UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan plans travel to Syria soon

  Kofi Annan, the newly appointed  United Nations-Arab League joint envoy for Syria says he knows it's a difficult assignment and a tough challenge, but he's ready to take it on. In his first statement to the press at UN headquarters Wednesday night, Mr. Annan said the first thing that needs to be done is [...]

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UN peacekeeper killed in Darfur

Peacekeepers of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID)

An African Union-United Nations peacekeeper in Sudan's troubled Darfur region has been killed after unidentified gunmen ambushed a patrol Wednesday. UNAMID, the joint AU-UN Mission in Darfur, says three other peacekeepers were injured in the attack which took place near the town of Shearia. At least 36 UNAMID peacekeepers have been killed since the mission [...]

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Half the World is Woman – Part 3

Two young mothers learning to write in a literacy class conducted by Literacy House at a village near Lucknow, in India.

To achieve gender equality, education is the key and more cooperation is needed among women, explains this programme. Language: English Genre: Report 1975 Duration: 4’28″

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Half the World is Woman – Part 2

Two women in a discussion at the Tribuen, a nongovernmental conference that paralleled the official, UN-sponsored women's conference in Mexico City.

This programme analyzes women's involvement in political struggles and decision making around the world. Language: English Genre: Report 1975 Duration: 4’32″

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Half the World is Woman – Part 1

World Conference of the International Women's Year

The first part of this series offers a survey of the situation of women around the world on International Women's Year. Language: English Genre: Report 1975 Duration: 4’42″

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UN wants FIFA to allow hijab headscarf for soccer players

Wilfried Lemke

The United Nations Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, wants FIFA to allow Islamic women to wear a hijab headscarf while playing soccer. Wilfried Lemke says he supports an initiative by FIFA Vice-President HRH Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein to review the Laws of the Game in favour of allowing a safe [...]

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UN Radio News 29 February 2011

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Timor-Leste prepares for presidential elections

Electoral Administration (STAE) headquarter in Dili

In the next few weeks, the citizens of Timor-Leste will vote for a new president. This is one of two elections taking place this year in the Asian country, which also celebrates 10 years of independence in May. Dianne Penn reports. Duration: 2’36″

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Libyans "eager" for democracy

Ian Martin briefed the Security Council by teleconference

The people of Libya are eager to move forward with the transition to democracy, said the top United Nations envoy for the North African country. Ian Martin, the head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) briefed the Security Council by teleconference on Wednesday more than a week after Libyans marked the first anniversary [...]

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UNAIDS calls for local production of HIV drugs in Africa

UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé (left) met with the President Alassane Ouattara of Côte d'Ivoire on 27 February in Abidjan.

Manufacturing HIV drugs in Africa would mean faster access and lower prices, according to the head of UNAIDS. Executive Director Michel Sidibé says many African countries rely heavily on external aid to finance their national AIDS response—and there can be shortfalls in funding. Mr. Sidibé also says there is an urgent need for a single [...]

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UN relief chief 'deeply disappointed' by inability to visit Syria

Valerie Amos

The head of United Nations relief operations is still unable to get into Syria to assess the situation there and says she's "deeply disappointed" about that. Valerie Amos, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs issued a statement saying she had made repeated requests to meet Syrian officials. Ms. Amos had planned [...]

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Libya's new government faces tremendous challenges

Security Council Chamber

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya says despite the violence in the country, it is clear that the Libyan people are eager to move forward with the transition to democracy Ian Martin briefed the Security Council Wednesday  by teleconference from Libya. He says the country's most central expectation of the UN is that the [...]

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Russia: We won't back politicized debate on Syria in Human Rights Council

Gennady Gatilov

Russia says it will not support attempts to transform the Human Rights Council into a tool of political pressure. The statement came during an urgent debate on Syria. Russia's Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Gennady Gatilov said that it was imperative existing problems be resolved by countries themselves, without coercion and external interference. He added [...]

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Fostering economic integration in East Africa

As the East African Community consisting of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi has agreed on a customs union and the beginnings of a common market, the EAC together with the International Monetary Fund will co-host a conference to discuss benefits of regional integration and future macroeconomic challenges faced by the region. Naoyuki Shinohara, Deputy [...]

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Ban calls for peaceful elections in Timor-Leste

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The UN Secretary-General is calling on Timor-Leste to insure its upcoming Presidential election is credible, transparent and peaceful. Ban Ki-moon says this is critical to the ongoing peace and progress in the country. Timor-Leste saw a great deal of violence during the political crisis in 2006. The United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste was established [...]

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Angélique Kidjo raises her voice to end FGM

Angélique Kidjo

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo gave a special concert at the United Nations Tuesday, dedicated to global efforts to end Female Genital Mutilation. The UN estimates as many as 140 million girls and women have undergone some form of genital mutilation or cutting, and at least 3 million girls are at risk of undergoing the [...]

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UN envoy condemns murder of Somali radio director

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The murder of Somali radio director Abukar Mohamed Kadaf has been strongly condemned by the United Nations envoy for Somalia Mr. Kadaf was shot dead Tuesday night in the capital of Mogadishu. He is the second media professional in Somalia to be killed in the last month. Hassan Osman Abdi, the Director of Radio Shabelle, [...]

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Iran wants a nuclear meeting with the UN

Ali Akbar Salehi

Iran's Foreign Minister says his country expects to continue talks regarding its nuclear activities with the UN. Ali Akbar Salehi made the comments to reporters following his speech to the UN Conference on Disarmament taking place in Geneva. Mr. Salehi told those attending the meeting that the danger of nuclear weapons would be enormously increased [...]

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Syria urged to stop violence and allow relief aid

Human Rights Council

Violence in Syria must stop immediately to allow humanitarian assistance to reach the people in need. The call has come from the Human Rights Council in Geneva during an urgent debate on Syria on Tuesday. The meeting was held as violence raged in the cities of Homs and Baba Amr where protests against the rule [...]

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UN Radio News 28 February 2011

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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International community must stop Syria: UN General Assembly President

Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser

The UN General Assembly President expressed his deep concern over the situation in Syria at a Human Rights Council urgent debate taking place in Geneva. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser once again called on the Syrian authorities to immediately end the killings and halt all human rights violations. He also says the international community must increase its [...]

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Italy pushes for an end to Female Genital Mutilation

Cesare Maria Ragaglini

Italy is pushing for approval of a UN resolution to end Female Genital Mutilation or FGM. The country's Ambassador to the UN, Cesare Maria Ragaglini, says the practice is a violation of basic human rights. Italy is a sponsor of a concert at the UN by UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angelique Kidjo dedicated to the global [...]

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Ban urges Angola to play a greater role in international scene

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) meets with José Eduardo dos Santos, President of Angola, at the Presidential Palace in Luanda.

Angola is being asked to join UN peacekeeping operations by the Secretary-General. Ban Ki-moon was in the country to meet with government leaders and launch an anti-polio vaccination program. The Secretary-General says he sees Angola emerging as an international leader and hopes the country will become even more involved with the United Nations. "Angola knows [...]

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Concern over reports of mass elephant killings in Cameroon

There has been reports of the poaching of close to 450 elephants in Bouba Ndjida National Park in northern Cameroon.

The reported poaching of about 450 elephants in Cameroon has the Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora or CITES concerned. John Scanlon says the incident reflects a new trend where well-armed poachers with sophisticated weapons decimate elephant populations, often with impunity. CITES is offering governments in [...]

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Insecurity stops Ivorian refugees from returning home

UN Operation in Côte d'Ivoire (UNOCI)

Over 30,000 Ivorian and Liberian refugees will be going back to their respective countries in a program sponsored by the International Organization for migration in partnership with the UN refugee agency UNHCR. There are an estimated 79,000 Ivorian refugees living in Liberia and up to 24,000 Liberian refugees in Cote d’Ivoire. Jumbe Omari Jumbe from [...]

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Syria walks out of Human Rights Council debate

Faysal Khabbaz Hamoudi

Syria walked out of a debate by the Human Rights Council Tuesday, which is discussing the escalating violence in the country.  Syrian Ambassador Faysal Khabbaz Hamoudi said his delegation did not recognize the legitimacy of the session and accused the council of overstepping its mandate and violating its rules of procedure.  Ambassador Hamoudi said the [...]

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UN wants Syria referred to International Criminal Court

Navi Pillay

The UN Human Rights chief has reiterated her call for Syria to be referred to the International Criminal Court. In addition, the United Nations is calling for an immediate cease-fire in the country so that humanitarian aid can get in. Speaking at the start of an urgent debate by the Human Rights Council in Geneva, [...]

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Children from poor families in urban areas face huge challenges

Victor, 11, sorting garbage to sell for recycling. Medellin (Antioquia), Barrio La America, Colombia.

Not all children living in urban areas are benefiting from the economic expansion in cities, according to a new report by UNICEF. In fact, an increasing number are struggling to eat, get clean water, access health care and go to school. These are children growing up in slums and informal settlements where exploitive labour and [...]

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As cities expand, more children growing up in slums at risk

Photo: UNICEF/Shehzad Noorani

Over a billion children around the world are growing up in cities and towns, and those living in poor communities are deprived and excluded from essential services. That's according to this year's report on the state of the world's children by the UN Children's Fund. UNICEF says one in three urban dwellers worldwide live in [...]

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Angelique Kidjo will raise her voice to end FGM

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UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angelique Kidjo will perform in a special concert at the United Nations dedicated to the global efforts to end Female Genital Mutilation. The UN estimates as many as 140 million girls and women have undergone some form of genital mutilation or cutting, and at least 3 million girls are at risk of [...]

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A call to end female genital mutilation through a concert

Angelique Kidjo at a UN concert in New York, 2006

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and Grammy Award Winner Angelique Kidjo will perform a special concert at the United Nations dedicated to the global efforts to end Female Genital Mutilation. Ms. Kidjo says she is passionate about getting African nations to sign a resolution to end the practice. The UN estimates that every year at least three million [...]

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New drug standards to save African herds from deadly disease

A Maasai tribesman in Tanzania prepares to vaccinate his cattle.

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is partnering with the International Federation of Animal Health (IFAH) to establish the first pharmaceutical standards for medicines used in treating a disease that is threatening African herds. Animal African Trypanosomosis, more commonly known as Nagana, is transmitted by blood-sucking insects such as the tsetse fly. Nagana [...]

27 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Senegalese await provisional results of election

Defaced campaign poster of President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal. Photo: IRIN/Tanya Bindra

  People in Senegal are waiting for the provisional results of the presidential election held on Sunday. Violence broke out during the campaign as some people protested against the decision of incumbent President Abdoulaye Wade to seek a third term. United Nations Secretary-General had urged Senegalese leader to refrain from inciting violence in order to [...]

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Intel & UNFPA partner to train midwives & community health workers

Midwife attending patient

The technology company Intel has partnered with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in a joint effort to strengthen the skills of midwives and community health workers. Intel says the goal is to reduce the number of pregnancy and childbirth-related deaths across the world. The pilot program will start in India, Bangladesh and Ghana, before [...]

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Piracy threatens Gulf of Guinea states

A rising tide of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea is threatening peace and development in West Africa. According to one study, up to $2 billion a year is lost due to attacks on oil tankers operating in the region. On Monday, the UN Security Council debated the issue of piracy in the Gulf of [...]

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Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea increases

Piracy at sea

Piracy is growing in the Gulf of Guinea, but these pirates are not kidnapping people.  Instead, it's cargo they want, according to the UN. In 2010, the International Maritime Organization reported 45 incidents of piracy in 7 countries that boarder the Gulf of Guinea. Last year the numbers rose to 64 incidents in 9 countries. In [...]

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Israeli settlements must end: UN General Assembly President

Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser

Foreign occupation is incompatible with democracy and human rights, particularly the right to self determination according to the President of the General Assembly. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser told the Human Rights Council, Monday, in Geneva that the Arab awakening sweeping the region must not divert attention from this obstacle in the face of International peace and [...]

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Human Rights Council debates situation in Syria

Human Rights Council

As the violence continues in Syria, where protests against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad have been met with force, the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva is holding a special debate on Syria on Tuesday. The debate, at the request of Qatar is going ahead despite objections from Iran which is an observer and [...]

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Unleashing the potential of rural women to fight poverty

Rural women as agents of change

Empowering rural women to play a role in fighting hunger and poverty will be the main focus of an annual debate on the status of women worldwide. The Commission on the Status of Women or CSW opened its 56th session at the United Nations in New York on Monday. Rural women and girls make up [...]

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Oscar Winner wants to make UN film

Terry George and Oorlagh George

Oscar winner Terry George says one of his next projects will be a film about UN diplomat Sergio Vieira de Mello, who was killed in the bombing of the UN headquarters in Iraq in 2003 Mr. George won the Oscar for best live action short for "The Shore". The movie is about two boyhood friends [...]

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UN temporarily relocates staff from northern Afghan office after attack

afghanistan

  The UN is relocating international staff from its office in the northern province of Kunduz, amid growing violence across Afghanistan. The site was attacked Saturday, reportedly by protesters angry about last week's burning of copies of the Koran by United States soldiers. No UN staff members were hurt. However, there were casualties among the [...]

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Angola has set a remarkable example combating polio: Ban

Secretary-General administers polio vaccine in Angola

  In 2001, Angola had a polio free country, something the UN Secretary-General lauded. But the virus returned to Angola four years ago and now Ban Ki-moon says Polio eradication must be treated as a public health emergency. On Monday, the Secretary-General helped launch an eradication campaign at a Polio Vaccination Health Post in Luanda. [...]

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Human Rights Council seeks unanimous condemnation of violence in Syria

Human Rights Council

The UN Human Rights Council is to proceed with the special debate on the situation on Syria despite an objection from Iran. The debate is to be held on Tuesday at the request of Qatar. President of the Council Laura Dupuy Lasserre, said she had received a formal objection to the emergency debate on Syria from [...]

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Senegal awaits provisional vote results

Senegal election

Tensions remain high after Senegal held its first round of presidential elections on Sunday. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, who is in Africa for a round of work visits, voiced hope that the polls would be peaceful, transparent and respectful of the will of the people. The campaign period for the election has been marred by violent [...]

26 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Angola: ten years of peace and stability

Map of Southern Africa with Angola

Angola is being celebrated for its inspiring ability to rebuild and reconcile and for its positive impact beyond its borders. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in the country for a work visit on Sunday. Jocelyne Sambira has more. Angola has had ten years of peace and stability. According to Mr. Ban Ki-moon, the country has [...]

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UN in Afghanistan deplores Kunduz attack

Afghanistan

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has deplored an attack on its compound in the north-eastern city of Kunduz. No casualties have been recorded and all UN staff members have been accounted for, according to the mission. Media reports state that the violence in Kunduz was related to protests over the reported unintentional [...]

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Turkey offers to host second "Friends of Syria" meeting

Abdulaziz Al-Nasser

Turkey has offered to host a follow up of the Friends of Syria meeting that took place in Tunisia on Friday. President of the General Assembly Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser who was in the country for another meeting has welcomed the news. Jocelyne Sambira has more. Turkey will be hosting a follow up meeting in March [...]

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Zambia makes efforts to promote democracy and development

Zambian women tilling the soil

Zambia is being praised for entrenching democracy and making good progress in increasing primary education enrolment, reducing maternal mortality and HIV-related deaths. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made these remarks in the Zambian capital of Lusaka after meeting with President Michael Sata. The visit is the first state visit of a UN Secretary-General to Zambia. Mr. Ban [...]

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Yemen’s new leader sworn in

Yemen elections

The Vice-President of Yemen took his oath of office as the country’s new leader after winning the elections by a landslide. UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki-moon has welcomed the news, especially at a time when the country is facing difficult challenges. Jocelyne Sambira reports. Yemen's new President, Abbed Rabbo Mansour al-Hadi, was sworn in on Saturday as [...]

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Searching for safe arsenic-free water in Bangladesh

Bangladesh: Traces of Poison in Water

Enormous progress has been made in Bangladesh where poisonous arsenic was found in well water across the country, but more still needs to be done to help the people there.  Both the United Nations and the World Bank have been providing assistance to programmes that identify clean safe water sources. The UN's International Atomic Energy [...]

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Mobilising men to stand up against gender inequality

Team-building activity at the Mobilizing Men campaign planning workshop in Nairobi

Around the world, men are being mobilised to stand up against gender inequality. From taxi drivers in Kenya, to student activists in India and refugees in Uganda, all have pledged to confront gender inequality in their communities. They're part of a pilot project known as the Mobilising Men Initiative, which is led by the Institute [...]

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UN international staff return to South Kordofan, Sudan

WFP/Mohamed Abdalla

United Nations international staff on Friday returned to the South Kordofan State in Sudan where thousands of people have been displaced by fighting between government forces and rebels. This followed the presentation of the results of an assessment of the humanitarian situation in South Kordofan led by the government's Humanitarian Aid Commission. The Acting Humanitarian [...]

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"Democracy runs deep in Zambia": Ban Ki-moon

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Work on a new constitution in Zambia would further deepen democracy in the Southern African country, according to a UN spokesperson quoting UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Friday. Mr. Ban, who is visiting the country, addressed a special session of parliament. He paid tribute to the 73 Zambians who have who lost their lives in UN [...]

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April by-elections in Myanmar a "critical test"

Aung San Suu Kyi

The Myanmar government's commitment to enhance the credibility of the democratic process will be tested in April when by-elections take place. That's according to Vijay Nambiar, the Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Myanmar, who has just returned from a five-day visit to the Asian country. He said the civilian government installed after many [...]

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Timor-Leste prepares for elections

Ameerah Haq, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and head of UNMIT

By the end of this year, the United Nations will withdraw its peacekeeping force from Timor-Leste, after having achieved what it was sent there to do, according to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of UNMIT, Ameerah Haq. The United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste was established in 2006 to help the country [...]

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Syria crisis cannot be simply "patched up"

protestors in Syria

A long-term solution is needed for the crisis in Syria where a violent crackdown on protests against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad continues. That's the assessment of the head of the UN Department of Political Affairs, Lynn Pascoe, who attended an international conference on Syria in Tunis, on Friday. Representatives of more than 60 [...]

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"Friends of Syria" group want country to grant UN humanitarian access

Lynn Pascoe, head of Department of Political Affairs

As the humanitarian and political crisis continues in Syria, representatives from 70 countries have gathered in Tunis for the first meeting of the Friends of Syria group. They want Syria to allow UN humanitarian access to the country, so that civilians can receive medical and other aid. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has sent the head of [...]

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About 630 million adults desire to migrate

migrants convoy

About 630 million adults in the world wish to move to another country permanently, according to a new report by the International Organization (IOM) and the global research institute, Gallup. The report, called "The Many Faces of Migration" is based on surveys carried out by Gallup in 50 countries. The IOM says the report, which [...]

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China urged not to deport North Koreans

woman at a demonstration for North Korean refugees

An appeal has been made to the Chinese authorities not to deport a group of 25 North Koreans who have been arrested in the country. The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) says the people should be allowed to have access to proper procedures so that their claims to asylum can be heard. UNHCR spokesman, Adrian [...]

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HINDI #08: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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PART I: Using climate smart agriculture to feed the world.  PART II:  Uzbekistan engaging children while improving education. PART III:  Jeans profits support village in Mali. PART IV:  Ivorian women farmers grow new breed of rice to beat poverty.  Narrated and Produced by Ambalika Misra  Duration: 15’00″

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Growing humanitarian crisis in Mali

Women and children live in tents in a drought-stricken area

The number of people fleeing conflict in northern Mali continues to grow each week. The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) estimates 130,000 people—mostly ethnic Tuareg from rural areas—are now displaced both within the country and in three neighbouring states. They are escaping renewed clashes between government forces and Tuareg rebels which started in mid-January. Dianne Penn [...]

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HINDI #07: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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PART I:  General assembly demands Syria to halt violence without delay.  PART II:  Security Council reaffirms support for Haiti. PART III:  Afghan refugee families struggle to survive harsh winter. PART IV:  UN honours forest heroes. Narrated and Produced by Ambalika Misra Duration: 14’18″

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Togo urged to stop torture and improve human rights

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Authorities in Togo have been urged by the United Nations human rights chief to stop and prevent the torture of detainees. The call follows the release of a report which alleges that people involved in an alleged plot to take power in a military coup in 2009 were tortured while in prison. The UN High [...]

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Former UN chief appointed envoy for Syria

Kofi Annan, Special Envoy of the United Nations and the League of Arab States on the Syrian crisis

Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has accepted to serve as Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and the League of Arab States on the Syrian crisis. Mr. Annan's appointment was announced late on Thursday by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States Nabil ElAraby. Charles Appel reports. [...]

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Naming and shaming perpetrators of conflict related sexual violence

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Ending the use of rape and other forms of sexual violence as a weapon of war is still one of the greatest challenges to the protection of human rights according to the UN’s Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict. Margot Wallström says one useful tool in fighting impunity is the list [...]

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Syrian crisis shifts to the UN Human Rights Council

Human Rights Council

The United Nations Human Rights Council is to hold an urgent debate on the political and human rights crisis in Syria on Tuesday next week. The request for the meeting was made by Qatar and supported by several Council members including the United States, the European Union and several Arab states. The debate will be [...]

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Timor-Leste elections: A repeat of violence or a peaceful process

Finn Reske-Nielsen

Timor-Leste saw a great deal of violence during the political crisis in 2006, but this year the United Nations Development Programme is looking forward to a largely peaceful electoral process. Finn Reske-Nielsen, Deputy Special Representative for the Secretary-General says UNDP has been helping the country gear up for March's presidential election, as well as June's [...]

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Rights of migrants upheld by European court

Italian coastguards made the rescue 100 miles out to sea.

Two United Nations agencies have welcomed a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights that it is a violation of human rights for a State to collectively expel migrants who are intercepted on the high seas. It was made in a case brought by 13 Eritrean and 11 Somali migrants who were rescued at sea in 2009 [...]

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130,000 displaced in northern Mali

families fleeing from Mali

  Over 130,000 Malians have now been displaced by fighting between government forces and Tuareg rebels in the north of the country, according to  United Nations agencies. Sixty-three thousand people have been displaced internally with the remaining fleeing to neighbouring countries including Niger, Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Algeria. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of [...]

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Emergency cash transfers help drought affected families in Niger

© Anne Isabelle Leclercq/IRIN

A food crisis is looming over the entire Sahel region in Africa, putting vulnerable families at risk. Governments in the region have declared a state of emergency. In Niger alone, six million people are affected. UNICEF and its partners are helping drought affected families purchase food with monthly cash allowances. Jocelyne Sambira has the story. [...]

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IFAD and Gates Foundation cooperate to help small farmers

Abass Kwarteng, a snail, bee, and sheep farmer

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) say they are going to strengthen their cooperation to support smallholder farmers in developing countries. Bill Gates, co-chair of the Foundation and Kanayo Nwanze, President of IFAD signed a statement of intent in Rome on Thursday to build a stronger partnership [...]

23 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Commission of Inquiry details Syria abuses

489759 Paulo Pinheiro

Widespread, systematic and gross human rights violations, amounting to crimes against humanity are being committed in Syria with the apparent knowledge and consent of the highest levels of state. That is one of the conclusions of a United Nations Commission of Inquiry established to probe human rights violations in Syria. Dianne Penn spoke to Paulo [...]

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UN mission in Timor-Leste extended to end of 2012

Security Council Chamber

The Security Council on Thursday extended the United Nations Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) until the end of the year. UNMIT, which has over 2,400 police and military officers as well as civilian personnel, was established in 2006 to help the country restore stability after a crisis caused by a mutiny in the army. In a [...]

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Senegal urged to hold peaceful presidential elections

President of Senegal Abdoulaye Wade

Politicians in Senegal have been urged to refrain from inciting violence in order to ensure peaceful, transparent and credible elections. The appeal came from United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as tensions rise in the West African country ahead of Sunday's polls. At least four people are reported to have died in protests against President Abdoulaye [...]

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Attack on journalists in Syria condemned

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The shelling of a media centre in the city Homs by the Syrian army on Wednesday has been condemned by the head of the United Nations cultural agency (UNESCO). American war reporters, Marie Colvin and French photojournalist Rémi Ochlik were killed in the attack which injured several other journalists. UNESCO Director General, Irina Bokova, urged [...]

23 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

War does not mean license to rape

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The action that is being taken by the Security Council to deal with sexual violence in conflict sends a message to perpetrators and potential perpetrators that the world is watching. That's what the United Nations Special Representative Margot Wallström told the Security Council on Thursday as it discussed women, peace and security. Ms. Wallström said [...]

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Naming and shaming perpetrators of conflict related sexual violence

A boy read a flyer distributed by the UN about Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA)

Ending the use of rape and other forms of sexual violence as a weapon of war is still one of the greatest challenges to the protection of human rights according to the UN’s Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict. Margot Wallström says one useful tool in fighting impunity is the list [...]

23 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Togo urged to fund AIDS response

An Aids orphan prepares food for her family

Authorities in Togo need to find ways of ensuring sustainable funding for the country's programmes to combat HIV. Michel Sidibé, the head of UNAIDS, the United Nations agency dealing with HIV and AIDS, made the remark during a visit to the West African country this week. Jocelyn Sambira reports. The head of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibé, [...]

23 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Timor-Leste elections: A repeat of violence or a peaceful process

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Timor-Leste saw a great deal of violence during the political crisis in 2006, but this year the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is looking forward to a largely peaceful electoral process. Finn Reske-Nielsen, Deputy Special Representative for the Secretary General says UNDP has been helping the country gear up for March's presidential election, as well as [...]

23 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

INDONESIA #04: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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The Commission for Social Development wrapped up its 50th session after recommending seven draft resolutions for adoption by the Economic and Social Council, covering topics that ranged from the mainstreaming of disability into the international development agenda, to the priority theme for the next session. The interview discussed about the process of Indonesian Government to [...]

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Ban: There is "space" for peace in Somalia

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Leaders from the West and Africa attending a conference on Somalia in London are discussing how to bring peace to the country. The country has not had a central government for over two decades and Al-Shabaab insurgents remain a serious threat to the region. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging the international community to [...]

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Africa's rising energy needs pressed by UNEP meeting in Nairobi

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gets a first-hand look at the solar test facility in Denver, Colorado. 24/08/2011

Africa's rising energy needs has been the focus of a meeting in Nairobi, Kenya this week that brought together environmental experts from across the globe. The UNEP Governing Council is a global ministerial forum convened annually to review important and emerging policies in the field of environment. It's the Council's last major meeting before the [...]

23 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Syrian government condoning gross human rights abuses

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Syria women protesters Widespread, systematic and gross human rights violations, amounting to crimes against humanity are being committed in Syria with apparent knowledge and consent of the highest levels of state. This is part of conclusions made by a United Nations Commission of Inquiry established to probe into human rights violations in Syria. Charles Appel [...]

23 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Timor-Leste on track to achieve literacy by 2015

Jose Ramos Horta, President of Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste

Timor-Leste is on course to achieve full adult literacy by 2015, according to its President José Ramos Horta. President Ramos Horta spoke during a Security Council meeting on the Asian country on Wednesday. He said Timor-Leste was recovering from the 2006 crisis when violence, started by a mutiny in the army, broke out in the [...]

22 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Lebanon: UN-led inquiry into Hariri assassination extended

Rafik al-Hariri, former Lebanese Prime Minister

A special tribunal investigating the death of a former Lebanese Prime Minister has received a three year extension. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made the announcement on Wednesday. The UN-backed court was set up by the Security Council in 2007 following the 2005 assassination of Rafik al-Hariri in a car bombing. The attack left 22 more [...]

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Using climate-smart agriculture to feed the world

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Smarter ways of growing crops could be one of the answers to the growing problem of not having enough food for a growing population, according to world leaders at an International Fund for Agricultural Development conference. The two-day session of the 35th Governing Council features presentations by various stakeholders, including President Paul Kagame of Rwanda. [...]

22 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

URDU #07: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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1. Health services severly disrupted in besieged Syrian city of Homs 2. Radhika Coomaraswamy urges authorities in Syria to stop the killing and maiming of children 3. UN Secretary-General expresses frustration at the deepening crisis in Syria 4. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay deplores assault on Homs 5. FAO and WFP say [...]

22 Feb 2012 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

Israeli approval of building new homes in West Bank "deplorable"

Abu Iyad Abd Rabbo sitting in front of his tent which was erected on the ruins of his house

Israel's approval of new home building in a settlement in the occupied Palestinian territory has been criticized as "deplorable" by a top United Nations diplomat. Robert Serry, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process reacted to Israel's announcement on Wednesday that it had approved the construction of 500 new houses in the [...]

22 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Pirates made $170M in ransoms from hijacking last year

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Pirates made millions of dollars last year in ransoms for hijacked vessels and crews, according to head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNDOC). Yury Fedotov briefed the Security Council on the problem of piracy off the coast of Somalia, which he said is a growing issue. He warned that the laundering [...]

22 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Daily News 22 February 2012

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Small holder farmers can feed the world: IFAD

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Small holder farmers are being asked by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to play a greater role in feeding the world's population. The agency says it could help pull millions of people out of poverty. Jocelyne Sambira reports. With the world population expected to pass the 9 billion mark by 2050, IFAD says [...]

22 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Security Council votes to increase AU troops in Somalia

Ugandan soldiers serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM)

The number of African Union troops serving in Somalia will be increased from the current level of 12,000 to over 17,000. This follows a unanimous vote by the UN Security Council on Wednesday to raise the troop strength, just one day ahead of the London Conference on Somalia. Dianne Penn reports. Duration:  2’27″

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Japan helps South Sudan rebuild

Japanese engineering peacekeepers arriving in Juba, South Sudan, on 20 February 2012. Photo: UNMISS

One hundred and twenty Japanese engineers arrived in South Sudan this week to join the United Nations peacekeeping mission there in helping the young country build roads and bridges. Infrastructural development is a top priority for South Sudan, which gained its independence from Sudan in July. The Japanese Ground Self-Defence Force of engineers is the [...]

22 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN nuclear experts denied access to military site in Iran

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United Nations nuclear experts have returned from a two-day mission to Iran without having visited a military site they had hoped to see. A team from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has been in the country for two days as part of efforts to verify that the country is not developing nuclear weapons. The [...]

22 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

African Union peacekeepers to increase to over 17,000 in Somalia

Troops from Burundi serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) are seen at daybreak on a frontline position

The Security Council has approved the increase of the number of peacekeepers serving in the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) from 12,000 to over 17,000. In a resolution adopted unanimously on Wednesday, the Council also decided to expand the amount of assistance the United Nations is providing to AMISOM. AMISOM troops, which come mainly [...]

22 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Smart public policies key to powering up Africa's clean energy potential

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Millions of people in Africa can be lifted out of poverty and the sustainable development potential of the continent realized sooner with smart public policies. That's the conclusion of a new report by the UN's Environment Programme (UNEP). Jocelyne Sambira reports. Half the population in sub-Saharan Africa could still be without electricity by 2030, unless [...]

22 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Premises for migrants inaugurated in Tanzania

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New immigration and police premises have been inaugurated in two regions of Tanzania to help thousands of irregular migrants who go to South Africa in search of work. The premises in Kilwa Masoko in Lindi region and Kilambo in Mtwara region have been built by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) with $2.4 million provided [...]

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African diaspora seeks to strengthen ties with Africans

John Abraham Godson

Preparations are underway for a first ever summit in South Africa in June to create partnerships between the various nations and the diaspora communities around the world. As part of these efforts, the African Union recently organized a gathering of lawmakers from Africa and the diaspora in New York. The meeting, which was facilitated by [...]

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Japanese engineers join UN mission in South Sudan

Japanese engineering peacekeepers arriving in Juba, South Sudan, on 20 February 2012. Photo: UNMISS

A contingent of 120 Japanese engineers has joined the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) to help build roads and bridges in the newly independent African country. UNMISS says the group from the Japanese Ground Defense Force is part of a full contingent of 330 engineers, which is expected to be in place by [...]

21 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

WIPO: resolving cybersquatting cases & other Internet naming disputes

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Forget dot com (.com) soon it will be dot anything you can think of and with that will come a lot of cybersquatting and other domain name disputes. The UN's World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is already responsible for the protection of intellectual property throughout the world. WIPO will now resolve disputes involving rights to [...]

21 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Chadian children threatened by malnutrition

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Thousands of children in Chad will die of malnutrition if assistance is not provided on time, warns the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). Chad is one of the countries in the Sahel region which is facing a serious food crisis as a result of chronic drought, poor harvests and rising food prices. UNICEF says the [...]

21 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Yemenis vote for new president

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The people of Yemen on Tuesday cast ballots for a new president after 33 years of the rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. The election is being held under an agreement that was reached last year after months of protests against the rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh in which hundreds of people died and thousands others [...]

21 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Cocaine trafficking in West and Central Africa valued at $800 million

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Approximately $800 million is generated annually from cocaine trafficking in West and Central Africa, according to the head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Yuri Fedotov briefed the Security Council on Tuesday on the impact of transnational organized crimes on peace, security and stability in West Africa and the Sahel. He [...]

21 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Cholera spreads to nine provinces in DR Congo

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Cholera has spread to nine out of 11 provinces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO says that there have been 124 cases of cholera and five deaths from the disease in Bas-Congo. Meanwhile, the United Nations humanitarian agency (OCHA) is warning that the lack of access [...]

21 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Children asked to draw future without nuclear weapons

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Children around the world are being urged to give their artistic impressions of what a world without nuclear weapons would look like. The appeal has been made in a video message by United Nations Messenger of Peace, Michael Douglas, the two time Academy Award winner. Mr. Douglas, who has been a UN Messenger of Peace [...]

21 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Yemen votes for new president

Yemeni woman after voting

Voters flocked to the polls in Yemen on Tuesday. They are voting  for a new president under a deal reached last year after months of deadly protests against President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who ruled the country for 33 years. Dianne Penn reports. Duration:  1’53″

21 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

West Africa and Sahel threatened by organized crime

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Organized crime is threatening the already fragile peace, security and stability in West Africa and the Sahel region, according to UN officials and other leaders. At a Security Council meeting hosted by Togo, the country's President, Faure Essozimna Gnassingbe said more resources and a greater commitment from the international community are needed. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [...]

21 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Israel urged again to release Palestinian prisoner on hunger strike

Khader Adnan

Authorities in Israel have been urged again to release Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan, who is now on his 66th day of a hunger strike. The appeal has come from the United Nations independent expert on human rights in the Palestinian territories, Richard Falk, who was in the region on a 10-day visit. Charles Appel reports. Khader [...]

21 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Funds needed for Sahel; 1 million children at risk

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The lives of nearly one million children in the Sahel region of Africa are at risk due to severe malnutrition and outbreak of communicable diseases, according to the United Nations. Lack of adequate funding is hampering the delivery of life saving assistance to the children. The Sahel region is already facing severe food shortages with [...]

21 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Somalia conference on refugees and future of country

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World leaders are set to meet in London this week to chart out the future of Somalia, which has over the past 20 years seen a bloody internal conflict and displacement of millions.  The United Nations Refugee agency (UNHCR) estimates that over three million Somalis have been displaced as a result of the internal conflict, drought [...]

21 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Major flooding risk for parts of Europe

A park on the banks of Lake Geneva, Switzerland, is covered entirely in ice

Flood warnings have been issued across parts of Eastern and Central Europe as the snow and ice during the severe winter begins to thaw. The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) says countries bordering the Danube River are at greatest risk of flooding. Denis McClean of UNISDR says the expected large water volume [...]

21 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Uzbekistan: engaging children while improving education

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Uzbekistan is adopting a child-friendly approach to increase the number of children attending pre-school, according to UNICEF. The schools are trying to create a safe, inclusive, engaging environment that operates in the best interest of every child. Pre-school enrolment remains low, with less than 20 per cent of children between the ages of 3 and [...]

18 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Afghan refugee families struggle to survive harsh winter

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Day to day living is a challenge for people living in informal refugee settlements around Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. Twenty-four children have died recently after being exposed to the harshest winter the country has experienced in 15 years. The UN is now providing supplies to families living in makeshift shelters to help them make [...]

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Actress and UNICEF Ambassador, Mia Farrow, highlights polio

Mia Farrow administers oral polio vaccine to a baby in N'Djamena Chad

Actress and activist, Mia Farrow, has been in Chad in Africa to encourage more people to have polio vaccinations. The number of people catching polio in the central African country is on the increase and is second only to Pakistan in terms of new cases. Ms Farrow has been a long-time Goodwill Ambassador for the [...]

17 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Daily News 17 February 2012

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UN Security Council wraps us visit saying a better future can lie ahead for Haiti

Security Council Members are given a tour of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti

NARRATOR: The people of Haiti have endured so much, but we believe a better future can lie ahead, United States Ambassador Susan Rice told a press conference in Port au Prince as a UN Security Council delegation wrapped up a 4 –day visit to the country. Ambassador Rice reiterated the commitment of the Security Council [...]

17 Feb 2012 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Concrete evidence economic growth will resume in Trinidad and Tobago in 2012: IMF

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"There is concrete evidence that the economy of Trinidad and Tobago is turning the corner and that economic growth will resume in 2012 notwithstanding the ongoing technical disruptions in the energy sector. That's the assessment of a team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which visited the twin-Island republic earlier this month. A statement issued [...]

17 Feb 2012 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Caribbean Tourism Industry holding its own: CTO

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The Caribbean recorded a rise in tourist arrivals in 2011 when compared to 2010, and further growth is forecast for this year. The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), the authority on Caribbean tourism arrival statistics and visitor spending, announced this week that 23.8 million stay over visitors went to the region in 2011, an increase of [...]

17 Feb 2012 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

US Virgin Islands seeks closer cooperation with its neighbours

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The United States Virgin Islands is seeking closer cooperation with the wider Caribbean. And, the Governor of the grouping has been lobbying for observer status within the Caribbean Community-CARICOM. This was disclosed to UN Radio by Commissioner of Tourism Beverly Nicholson-Doty in response to the question of cooperation between the US Virgin Islands and its [...]

17 Feb 2012 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Fighting drives displaced Somalis back to war torn Mogadishu

A WFP food distribution centre for displaced people near Mogadishu

Thousands of internally displaced Somali are on the move fleeing an escalation of violence and conflict near the Afgooye corridor, just north-west of the Somali capital Mogadishu, according to the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR. The Afgooye corridor which is a forty kilometre stretch of road with sprawling settlements and makeshift camps is home to almost [...]

17 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Prison violence in Latin America alarming, says UN Human Rights Office

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Countries across Latin America are being urged to improve living conditions in prisons and detention centers, in the wake of a major fire incident in Honduras in which more than 350 prisoners were killed. The UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) says there was an alarming pattern of prison violence in the region which was a direct [...]

17 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

URDU #06: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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1. UN Secretary-General visits Gaza, calls for lifting of blockade 2. UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay expresses concern over excessive use of force by Senegalese security forces 3. Ban Ki-moon hopes Security Council will speak in ”coherent manner” 4. Global food prices decline by 8%, says World Bank Senior Economist Jose Cuesta 5. UNHCR : [...]

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HINDI #06: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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PART I:  Up to 14 million people at risk of starvation in Sahel.  2'53'' PART II:  Argentina lodged complaint against UK of "militarisation" of South Atlantic. 3'37'' PART III:  Critical test ahead for Myanmar government. 3'04'' PART IV: Buddhist Monks help educate about HIV/AIDS in Cambodia. 3'07'' Narrated and Produced by Ambalika Misra Duration: 15’00″

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HINDI #05: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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PART I:  Action urged to stop killings of civilians in Syria.   5'16'' PART II:  UN Economic and Social Council works to generate opportunities for all.  3'43'' PART III:   Brazil to wipe out extreme poverty by 2014. 3'43'' Narrated and Produced by Ambalika Misra Duration: 15’00″

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Child soldier risk high in West and Central Africa

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The United Nations Children's Agency, UNICEF, is warning that instability and conflict in West and Central Africa is increasing the chances of children once again being recruited as child soldiers. This could potentially wipe out the gains made last year when thousands of child soldiers were demobilized in parts of region according to UNICEF. Joachim [...]

16 Feb 2012 | Posted in Women | Read More »

Buddhist Monks help educate about HIV & AIDS in Cambodia

Monks are using traditional meditation to help end the stigma and discrimination associated with HIV and AIDS in Cambodia. Monks wield considerable influence in the devoutly Buddhist country severely challenged by the spread of the virus.  The program trains monks to offer support to families and children. Both the government and UNICEF say it has [...]

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UN Daily News 16 February 2012

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UN Daily News 15 February 2012

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UN experts criticize Hungary for criminalizing homelessness

Raquel Rolnik, UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing

Up to 35,000 homeless people in Hungary face heavy fines and harsh prison terms, following a move by the country's parliament to enact laws which criminalize homelessness. Two United Nations human Rights experts say the anti-homelessness law was not only discriminatory but may lead to the violation of the basic rights of those living in [...]

15 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Bridging the gap between business and environmental groups for a sustainable future

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The gap must be bridged between the business community and environmental groups to work towards a more sustainable future. To do this there needs to be a cultural shift according to John Hickox, who leads KPMG’s climate change and sustainability practice in the Americas. The global audit tax and advisory firm is holding a three [...]

14 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Daily News 14 February 2012

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URDU #06: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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1. UN Secretary-General visits Gaza, calls for lifting of blockade 2. UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay expresses concern over excessive use of force by Senegalese security forces 3.  Ban Ki-moon hopes Security Council will speak in ” coherent manner ” 4. Global food prices decline by 8%, says World Bank Senior Economist Jose Cuesta 5. [...]

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URDU #05: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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1. Ban Ki-moon calls for peaceful dialogue to resolve Iran nuclear standoff 2. Uncertain future for South Sudanese in Sudan 3. UNICEF appeals for $1.2 billion to help children affected by conflicts 4. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights expresses concern over executions in Iraq 5. UNHCR condemns air attack on refugees in South Sudan [...]

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INDONESIA #03: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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The number of civilian casualties resulting from the conflict in Afghanistan has risen for a fifth consecutive year, The United Nations says the high death toll can only be brought down if the warring factions stop fighting . The interview discusses the reasons why Indonesian government ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).  The source [...]

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UN Daily News 13 February 2012

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As UN Radio turns 66, veteran producer recalls experience

  For the past 66 years, UN Radio has stayed true to its mission of informing the world's populations. It has come a long way from the days when it started in 1945, in a makeshift studio in Lake Success, a village outside New York City. While the technology UN Radio is using has changed, [...]

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General Assembly meets to discuss Syria as death toll rises

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The UN General Assembly is set to meet to discuss recent developments in Syria, as the crackdown on pro-democracy protesters continues. Last week Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the UN was considering sending a joint observer mission with the League of Arab States in a bid to resolve the crisis engulfing the country. The meeting will [...]

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UN celebrates radio's role in building bridges

Irina Bokova

  The power of radio to connect people and strengthen understanding is being celebrated on the first World Radio Day. 13 February is the date chosen by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). In a changing world, radio still reaches the widest audience, particularly remote and vulnerable communities, says UNESCO chief, Irina [...]

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Libyan authorities urged to investigate killings of displaced persons

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The United Nations political mission for Libya today voiced serious concern over the killing of displaced persons, or IDPs, in Libya. Seven people were murdered, including three children and two women. The attacks took place on Monday at Janzur Marine Academy near Tripoli, where three of the victims were killed, the UN Support Mission for [...]

10 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UK accused of "militarisation" of South Atlantic

Mark Lyall-Grant

The Argentine government has made an official complaint at the United Nations in New York over what it's calling the militarisation of the South Atlantic. It says the British have built up their military forces in the Falkland Islands or Malvinas which are situated 300 miles off the coast of Argentina in the South Atlantic. [...]

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Argentina lodges complaint about UK "militarisation" of South Atlantic

Héctor Marcos Timerman

An official complaint has been made at the United Nations by Argentina over what it says is the militarisation of the South Atlantic and more precisely the Falkland Islands or Malvinas. The archipelago, which is situated 300 miles off the coast of Argentina in the South Atlantic, is a British overseas territory. The two countries [...]

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Celebrating the dynamic relationship between people and forests

Residents of the National Tapajos Forest gather branches and leaves of palm trees to build a house.

Forests cover one-quarter of the Earth's land surface. They help preserve agricultural land, protect water resources and even stave off natural disasters. And more than a billion people worldwide depend on forests for their livelihoods. The vital role of forests was celebrated during the International Year of Forests, which concludes this month. Dianne Penn spoke [...]

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WHO calls for safeguarding the neutrality of health facilities in Syria

The Syrian city of Homs has been a focal point of anti-government protests

Health facilities should be treated as neutral premises. That call comes from the World Health Organization. WHO is alarmed that with the ongoing crisis in Syria, sick and wounded people—and those who treat them—are facing difficulties in both accessing and providing medical care.  Dianne Penn reports. Duration: 2’37″

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Palestinian prisoner hunger strike has UN urging Israel to intervene

Martin Nesirky

Israeli authorities have been urged by the United Nations to resolve the case of a Palestinian prisoner who has been on a hunger strike since mid-December. Khader Adnan is protesting being held on "administrative detention". Under Israeli law Palestinians deemed a security threat are kept in prisons indefinitely without benefit of charge or trial. Martin [...]

10 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

HINDI #04: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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PART I:  Cancer kills over 1 million people in South East Asia. 4'27'' PART II: WHO addresses geographical difference in women’s cancers. 2'52'' PART III:  Afghan midwives address need for more skilled maternal care. 2'35'' PART IV: Women run organization improves lives in Nepal. 2'06''  Narrated and Produced by Ambalika Misra Duration: 14’48″

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HINDI #03: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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PART I:  People look to the UN to address climate change.       3'30'' PART II:  Japan’s blooming flower industry.       3'19'' PART III:  China reports bird flu death.  3'28'' PART IV:  Political and economic empowerment top UN Women plans for 2012.      1'43'' Narrated and Produced by Ambalika Misra Duration: 14’00″

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eWaste damaging environment in West Africa

Domestic consumption is main contributor to Africa's e-waste

One hundred million tons of so-called eWaste is damaging the natural environment in West Africa….that's according to a report published by the UN's environment agency, UNEP. A wide range of equipment, from fridges to computers and televisions, is being dumped…it's then scavenged by people looking for valuable parts they can sell on. Most of it [...]

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UN Radio News 10 February 2011

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Chinese culture celebrated at the UN

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Music, dance, shadow puppetry, and other aspects of Chinese culture were showcased during a special concert held recently at the United Nations in New York. The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) works to safeguard these and other expressions of what is known as "intangible cultural heritage," and China's Ministry of Education has been [...]

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185,000 Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia and South Sudan need help

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Up to 185,000 Sudanese refugees who have fled conflict in two states of Sudan into Ethiopia and South Sudan are in need of humanitarian assistance, according to the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR. The agency is appealing for an additional $145 million to help the refugees who have fled fighting between the Sudanese armed forces and [...]

10 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Eleven people drown in Gulf of Aden

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At least 11 people have drowned and 34 others are missing after trying to sail from Somalia to Yemen on a smugglers' boat. The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) says the boat which had set sail for Yemen last Saturday developed mechanical problems during the crossing. It remained adrift for five days before capsizing in [...]

10 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Up to one million tonnes of e-waste generated in West Africa

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Up to one million tonnes of e-waste is generated in West Africa each year, according to a new report published by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on Friday. The waste electronic and electrical equipment report known as "Where are WEEE" in Africa, is based on studies conducted in Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia and [...]

10 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Windows on the World

Producer Norman Corwin (left) and narrator Douglas Fairbanks

Written and produced by Norman Corwin, American actor Douglas Fairbanks Jr. narrates the early days of the UN in a report from the beginning of the 6th General Assembly. Language: English Genre: Report  1951 Duration: 58″

10 Feb 2012 | Posted in UN70 RADIO CLASSICS | Read More »

Medical supplies running out in besieged Syrian town

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Health services have been severely disrupted in the besieged Syrian city of Homs which has been under intense bombardment from government forces. The World Health Organization (WHO) says the on going assault on the city was not only preventing medical workers from going to work, but that many health facilities in the city were rapidly running [...]

10 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Maldives political rivals urged to pursue dialogue

Oscar Fernandez-Taranco

Maldivian leaders are being urged by the UN to find ways of stabilizing the political situation through dialogue, and to avoid political retribution against their rivals. The country's president, Mohamed Nasheed, resigned on Tuesday amid mounting tensions between the Government, the military and police. Media reports have indicated a warrant has since been issued for [...]

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Tara research boat brings attention to environmental issues

Research ship Tara visits New York

A French scientific research boat and her crew are helping raise public awareness about how climate change affects the world's oceans. The Tara Oceans research expedition is supported by the United Nations Environment Programme. It's nearing the end of its 3 year mission to investigate the impact of global warming on biodiversity and marine life. [...]

9 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Ireland to push for internet freedom in 2012

Mr Eamon Gilmore T‡naiste & Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade

Ireland says it intends to prioritise internet freedom as the new Chair of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe or OSCE. Speaking at a Security Council meeting on Thursday, Ireland's Deputy Prime Minister said the threat to freedom of expression online is ever-present and growing. Mr. Eamon Gilmore said his country will also [...]

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World food prices rise for first time in 6 months

Woman buying tomatoes

Global food prices have increased by 2 per cent in January, says the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization. It's the first increase in 6 months. Dianne Penn reports. The price of cooking oil on the global market has increased the most, followed by cereals, sugar, dairy products and meat, says FAO. And this despite an [...]

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UN honours "Forest Heroes"

Forest Heroes

Eight people, including an oyster fisherman from Japan, two American school girls, and a married activist couple murdered in Brazil, have been recognized by the United Nations for their efforts to protect the world's forests. They were named as Forest Heroes at a ceremony in New York on Thursday marking the end of the International [...]

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Failure to end violence disastrous for Syrian people

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The Syrian people are facing tremendous suffering as violence continues in their country while the international community is still unable to agree on how to respond to the crisis. That's what United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has told reporters after briefing the Security Council on his recent trip to the Middle East. The Secretary-General has [...]

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Libya adopts new electoral laws

Ian Martin

Libya has finalized new electoral laws that would bring the country closer to democracy, according to the United Nations political mission in the North African country. The laws outline details on the holding of elections to take place later this year, including the establishment of the national assembly. The assembly would have the task of [...]

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Forest Heroes Awards mark end of International Year of Forests

Forest Heroes

An award ceremony has been held in honour of people who made special contributions throughout 2011 to protect forests and their communities. The UN International Year of Forests was launched globally to raise awareness on the importance of finding effective ways to sustainably manage our forests. More than 1.6 billion people depend on forests for [...]

9 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN pledges to fight transnational crime as "one"

Cyber crime

Delegates attending a briefing on international organized crime and drug trafficking have pledged their full support to a new UN strategy. Drug trafficking and transnational organized crime has become an increasingly lucrative business generating an estimated $ 870 billion, says the UN Office on Drugs and Crime or UNODC. Jocelyne Sambira has more. Drugs, weapons, [...]

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Number of child victims in Syria reaches "hundreds"

Radhika Coomaraswamy

Authorities in Syria have been urged to stop the killing and maiming of children. The call has come from the UN's expert on Children and Armed Conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy, following another violent day in Syria. Charles Appel reports. The number of child victims in Syria has climbed into the "hundreds" and the rate is increasing, [...]

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Reporters work under death threats in Somalia

UNESCO condemns murder of Somali journalist

Somalia remains one of the most dangerous places in the world to work as a reporter. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), at least 37 journalists have been killed in the line of duty in Somali since 1992. The latest victim was Hassan Osman Abdi, the Director of Radio Shebelle who was gunned [...]

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Afghan children trapped in brick factories to pay off loans

Afghan kids making bricks

A new United Nations-backed survey is calling for a strategy that will free bonded child labourers working in brick factories in Afghanistan. The survey commissioned by the UN International Labour Organization (ILO) found that 56 per cent of brick makers in Afghan kilns are children under the age of 18. In addition, the brick kilns [...]

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UN and Arab League in talks to send observer mission to Syria

Ban Ki-moon addresses press

The failure of the Security Council to speak with one voice to end the bloodshed in Syria has had disastrous consequences. That's what UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council on Wednesday. Last Saturday, a Security Council resolution condemning the violence in Syria and calling for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down was [...]

8 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Darfur launches mechanism aimed at helping to resolve conflict

Ibrahim Gambari visits Kassab camp for Internal Displaced Persons (IDP), in Kutum (North Darfur)

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the inauguration of the Darfur Regional Authority, a body intended to stimulate development and facilitate peace in the war-torn western region of Sudan. Mr. Ban said the launch of the authority in El Fasher marked an important milestone in the implementation of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD). [...]

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Situation in northern Kosovo calmer but "still fragile"

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Efforts to calm tensions in northern Kosovo have paid off, but the situation remains fragile. That's what the UN envoy Edmond Mulet told members of the Security Council on Wednesday. Kosovo, a former province of Serbia, declared independence in 2008. But the northern part of the country is populated by a majority of Ethnic Serbs [...]

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3.3 million South Sudanese in need of food aid

Recent violence in South Sudan has resulted in large-scale displacement and has pushed the food security situation to crisis levels

Up to 3.3 million people could need food aid in South Sudan according to the UN's World Food Programme. Poor rainfall and displacements caused by conflict have contributed to what's been described as a crisis. South Sudan is also expecting an influx of up to half a million people from its northern neighbour, Sudan. Patrick [...]

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Action urged to stop killing of civilians in Syria

Navi Pillay

In Syria, the assault on the city of Homs is continuing. In response, the United Nations human rights chief is calling on the international community to intervene to stop the bloodshed. Navi Pillay says it's urgent, as she put it, "to cut through the politics and take effective action to protect the Syrian population." Last [...]

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Thousands remain displaced in Ethiopia following Kenya tribal clashes

Hundreds of houses have been burnt in Moyale

Thousands of families from the Kenyan border town of Moyale who remain displaced in Ethiopia since October are being assisted by humanitarian agencies. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs or OCHA says more than 57,000 people have crossed into Ethiopia and are in dire need of humanitarian aid. Moyale district in Kenya's [...]

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Gang violence threatens Caribbean economies and livelihoods

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Gang violence is threatening economies and livelihoods in Caribbean countries according to a report by the UN's development agency, UNDP. But the agency says a right mix of policies and programmes can halt the problem. Charles Appel reports. In the last 12 years, gang related killings have increased substantially across the region, with the exception [...]

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Brazil to wipe out extreme poverty by 2014

School lunch programme in Brazil

Authorities in Brazil have come up with a plan to lift 60 million Brazilians out of extreme poverty in two years time. Under the plan, known as "Brazil without Extreme Poverty", the Latin American country hopes to beat the deadline set by world leaders at the United Nations in 2000 to eradicate extreme poverty by [...]

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Massacare of civillians taking place in Syria, says UN Human Rights

demonstrators in Syria

The Syrian government is being accused of deliberately launching a  brutal assault of the city of Homs in an effort to crush dissent. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says failure of the Security Council to reach a consensus on the Syrian crisis appears to have fueled the government's readiness to massacre its own people. [...]

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Millions in South Sudan face hunger

south sudan displaced people

Millions of people in South Sudan will face hunger this year if urgent action is not taken, according to a joint report issued by two United Nation agencies. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) are warning that the food insecurity situation in South Sudan is rapidly approaching a [...]

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American soldiers join UN mission in South Sudan

American soldiers

American troops have joined the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) to help the new African nation stand on its own feet. The United States government has deployed five military personnel with expertise gained in the United States Marines, Air Force, Navy and Army to work with UNMISS. The first three of the troops [...]

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World's religions can promote global peace

Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser

  World religions have the potential to promote global peace and stability, according to the President of the UN General Assembly. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser spoke at an event in New York on Tuesday to mark the end of the annual World Interfaith Harmony Week established by the General Assembly in 2010. He told the gathering, [...]

7 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Russia says Western powers needed more patience on Syria Resolution

Vitaly Churkin

An agreement between members of the UN Security Council to end the on-going crisis in Syria could have been struck if western powers had shown more patience….that's according to the Russian Ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin. Both Russia and China vetoed a key Security Council Resolution which was aimed at bringing an end to [...]

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Maldives President resigns following anti-government protests

Mohamed Nasheed

The President of the Maldives has agreed to step down following anti-government protests that have polarized the Indian Ocean Island in recent months. President Mohamed Nasheed has handed over his powers to his deputy. Nasheed is the country's first democratically elected president and is widely credited with raising global awareness on the dangers to his [...]

7 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Economic and Social Council works to generate opportunities for all

Economic and Social Council 2012 Organizational meeting

  Promoting full employment, identifying solutions to global economic, social and health problems, and encouraging respect for human rights. These are just some of the topics under the broad mandate of ECOSOC: the UN Economic and Social Council. The council is meeting this week in New York. Jocelyne Sambira interviewed Hanif Navid, Director with the [...]

7 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

URDU #05: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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1. Ban Ki-moon calls for peaceful dialogue to resolve Iran nuclear standoff 2. Uncertain future for South Sudanese in Sudan 3. UNICEF appeals for $1.2 billion to help children affected by conflicts 4. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights expresses concern over executions in Iraq 5. UNHCR condemns air attack on refugees in South Sudan 6. [...]

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Syrian children caught in the crossfire

The Syrian city of Homs has been a focal point of anti-government protests

More than 400 children have been killed in the ongoing conflict in Syria, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) reports. Meanwhile, hundreds of other youngsters are being held in detention where they face torture, sexual abuse and other horrors. Dianne Penn reports. Duration: 2’07″

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"Impatience" of Security Council members led to breakdown of Syria Resolution

Vitaly Churkin

The Russian Ambassador to the UN, has expressed regret that his country had to veto a Security Council resolution on Syria on Saturday. Vitaly Churkin, says his country had brought many important problems to the attention of the Council with regard to the activities of the armed groups. If it were not for the impatience [...]

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Haiti needs more funds to build shelters and move families out of camps

A man works to reinforce his makeshift tent at the refugee camp of Mais Gate in Port-au-Prince.

Families displaced by the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti are being relocated from camps in the capital Port-au-Prince into homes in their communities. The International Organization for Migration, or IOM, says it will assist the first 150 families to leave the overcrowded tented camp in Champ de Mars next week. There is a push to [...]

7 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN to close long-standing refugee situations in Africa

UNHCR's voluntary repatriation programme for Angolans at Divuma camp in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The UN's refugee agency says it's working to close three long-standing refugee situations in Africa involving Angolan, Liberian and Rwandan refugees. The refugees are spread across a number of countries in the region. UNHCR is looking to help repatriate the refugees or find a way for them to stay in the countries of asylum. Adrian [...]

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UNICEF says 400 children killed in Syria

demonstrators in Syria

At least 400 children have been killed in Syria over the past 11 months, according to the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF. Many of the dead have been victims of the on-going fighting and violence in Syria. UNICEF says it has credible information that up to 400 children are also being held in detention facilities inside [...]

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Thousands displaced by fighting in northern Mali

Malian refugees in a refugee camp in western Niger

Over 22,000 people have been displaced in northern Mali as fighting rages between government forces and rebel Tuareg groups. The fighting is reported to have started in mid-January this. The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR says most of the displaced have sought refuge in Niger, Burkina Faso and Mauritania. Many of the arrivals are said [...]

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Security remains challenge in eastern DR Congo

Election in the DRC (28 November 2011)

Foreign and local armed groups continue to pose a threat to security in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to the head of the UN Mission in the country (MONUSCO). Ambassador Roger Meece, who is briefing the Security Council on Tuesday on the situation in the country, says the challenge [...]

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Advancing youth employment and creating decent jobs

Economic and Social Council meeting

Advancing youth employment is one of the main priorities for the UN Economic and Social Council in 2012. That's according to Hanif Navid, Director with the Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination. ECOSOC is starting a four day meeting on Tuesday to discuss the current global economic and financial situation. Mr Navid says creating green [...]

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Congolese urged to peacefully resolve electoral dispute

Roger Meece

The Congolese people are being urged to use legal means to resolve the dispute over elections held in November last year. The call has come from Ambassador Roger Meece, the head of the United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). The main opposition leader in the country has disputed the results [...]

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International community to continue to look for Syria solution

Mohammed Loulichki (centre), Permanent Representative of Morocco to the UN, speaks to the press

The international community will continue to look for a way to end the violence in Syria following the failure to pass a UN Security Council resolution, according to the Moroccan Ambassador to the United Nations Morocco, with the backing of the regional Arab League groups of nations tabled a draft resolution to end ten months [...]

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Escalation of violence in Syria hurting "innocent people"

Syrian protesters

An escalation of violence in Syria following the failure of the UN Security Council to pass a resolution is hurting innocent people according to the Moroccan Ambassador to the United Nations, Mohammed Loulichki. A draft resolution tabled by Morocco to end ten months of violence between the government and the opposition failed to pass in [...]

6 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Cold snap grips several countries in Europe

A park on the banks of Lake Geneva, Switzerland, is covered entirely in ice

Several European countries including Sweden, Poland and Germany have recorded their coldest night this year, as a severe winter sweeps across the continent. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) says a cold snap has gripped nearly all of Europe. The drop in temperatures began mid-January over Western Russia and Siberia. Clare Nullis is the WMO spokesperson. [...]

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Big push for Africa to abandon female genital cutting

Young girls from Cheha District of Ethiopia. The district abandons Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) through community dialogue

An increasing number of communities across Africa are renouncing female genital mutilation or cutting. The UN Population Fund or UNFPA says 2,000 communities have abandoned the practice in 2011, bringing to total number to 8,000. February 6, is the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation or Cutting. UNFPA believes the world can [...]

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Job-seeking youth hard hit by global economic crisis

Classroom of the Employment & Training Centre of Wenjiang District, China

Go to school. Graduate. Get a good job. That is the path young people have been told to follow from their earliest years. But the ongoing financial and economic crisis has changed that. Today, nearly 76 million young people worldwide are unemployed, according to the World Youth Report released by the UN on Monday. The [...]

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Ban: Israeli occupation stifles Palestine economy and lives

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) looks out over the UN-funded housing project site at Khan Younis, Gaza (February 2, 2012)

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has renewed his call for progress in the Middle East peace process, citing the toll taken on the economy and lives of the Palestinians by the ongoing Israeli occupation. Mr. Ban got a first-hand look at the situation on the ground during his trip last week to Israel and the occupied Palestinian [...]

6 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

"Critical test" ahead for Myanmar government

Tomas Ojea Quintana

By-elections scheduled for April to fill parliamentary seats in Myanmar will be a "critical test" for the government as it carries out political reforms in the country. That's the assessment of Tomas Ojea Quintana, the UN Human Rights expert on Myanmar who has just concluded a six-day visit to the Asian country. Myanmar held general [...]

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Myanmar making progress on upholding human rights

Myanmar release of political prisoners

The political reforms being undertaken by the government of Myanmar have had a positive impact on the country human rights situation, but the country still has major challenges to overcome according to the UN Human Rights expert on Myanmar Tomas Ojea Quintana. He says the government must release all political detainees, establish an independent judiciary, [...]

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African women move to abandon female genital mutilation

accelerating the end of FGM

Women in 15 African countries are working to abandon the deeply rooted traditional practice of female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM/C). The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) estimates up to three million girls a year undergo the procedure. Senegal looks set to become the first African country to stamp out FGM/C, according to the agency. UNFPA [...]

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Youth report focuses on employment opportunities

World Youth Report

Providing employment to young people in an era of a global economic crisis is the subject of the World Youth Report being launched on Monday. The 2011 edition of the report which is dedicated to the voices of young people, explores how they can transit from schools and training institutions to the workplace. Daniel Dickinson [...]

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World Freerice Week is launched on Monday

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Players of the online game known as Freerice.com are being urged to recruit six friends to join the online fight against hunger this week. The World Food Programme (WFP) has launching its World Freerice Week which starts on Monday under the theme "6 Degrees of Freerice". It is based on the theory of "Six Degrees [...]

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Female volunteer network brings life-saving services to rural Nepal

Health clinic in Nepal

A network of 50,000 women is helping Nepal to make great strides in health care. The Female Community Health Volunteers, or FCHVs as they are known, bring essential health services and medicine to remote areas of the country. They are supported by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). John Brittain, UNICEF's chief of communications in Nepal, [...]

5 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Women-run advocacy organization improves lives in Nepal

Children in Nepal

Women at the grassroots in Nepal are being empowered to address all forms of violence against them and their children. Community-based Paralegal Committee programmes, supported by UNICEF, were created initially to stop the trafficking of persons. But more recently, the committees are settling domestic disputes, matters relating to property rights, fighting discrimination and also promoting [...]

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Afghan midwives address need for more skilled maternal care

A classroom setting for the midwives programme, in Kabul.

Maternal death rates in Afghanistan are down 22% since 2000 thanks to the growing popularity of midwifery training programmes, according to the United Nations Population Fund, or UNFPA. In Afghanistan, the combined total of midwives, nurses and doctors amounts to less than 1 for every 1,000 people. The lack of health workers trained in maternal [...]

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Russia, China vote against a UN resolution on Syria

Security Council Chamber

Russia and China have both vetoed a resolution on Syria during a UN Security Council vote on Saturday, against 13 in favour. The resolution condemned the widespread and gross human rights violations by the Syrian authorities. It also demanded that all parties in Syria, including armed groups, cease all violence or reprisals. The double veto [...]

4 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Ban says block on Syria resolution undermines UN

Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed deep regret at the inability of the Security Council to reach an agreement on a resolution for Syria. Thirteen of the 15 members of the Council voted in favour of a resolution submitted by Morocco. China and Russia exercised their vetoes. A veto by any one of the Council’s [...]

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Syria opposed to UN intervention in its internal affairs

Bashar Ja'afari (pictured end of table), Permanent Representative of Syria to the UN, listens as the Security Council discusses the situation in his country.

Syria would have followed through with the League of Arab States peace plan if Western countries had not intervened in the conflict. That's what Ambassador Bashar Ja'afari of Syria told delegates at the Security Council meeting on Saturday. Bashar Ja'afari said Western nations and others had given "billions of dollars" to armed opposition groups and hosted [...]

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Russia says political settlement to Syria crisis still possible

Vitaly Churkin

Russia will continue to actively seek a political settlement to the crisis in Syria through the Security Council, according to Vitaly Churkin, the Russian Ambassador to the UN. Ambassador Churkin spoke after using his country's veto power to block a UN resolution on Syria. He said the draft resolution did not adequately reflect the "real [...]

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South Sudan vows to release 1,500 child soldiers

Former child soldiers walking away from guns as part of a demobilization ceremony

The Government of South Sudan has agreed to support the release and reintegration of 1,500 child soldiers, according to the UN Mission in South Sudan. The numbers of children associated with rebel militia groups in the country remains unknown. The release of 53 child soldiers in Western Bahr-El-Ghazal State on Friday has been described as [...]

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2011: Another deadly year for civilians in Afghanistan

Afghan family

2011 marks the fifth year in a row that civilian casualties have increased in the armed conflict in Afghanistan, according to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). An annual report on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict shows an 8% increase in civilian deaths. Jocelyne Sambira reports. The UN says that over [...]

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Cancer kills over one million a year in SE Asia

tobacco use a risk factor in high blood pressure

Cancer has been targeted as a major killer across South East Asia by the World Health Organisation (WHO). WHO estimates that 1.1 million people die of the disease each year across eleven countries in the region. Lung cancer is one of the most widespread cancers. To mark World Cancer Day on Saturday, Daniel Dickinson spoke [...]

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WHO addresses geographical difference in women's cancers

A cancer patient

There's a clear geographical distinction when it comes to cancer and women. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), breast cancer is more common in industrialized countries while cervical cancer overwhelming affects women in the developing world. Cervical cancer is caused by the human papillomavirus or HPV, which is sexually transmitted. It has a low [...]

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Critical decisions must be made for the continued development of its people: Jamaica

Commission for Social Development

Decent and productive employment — coupled with safety nets for protecting the most vulnerable — should be at the core of efforts to eradicate poverty, speakers said as the Commission for Social Development continued its general debate, while warning that global economic woes now threatened the very existence of such initiatives. Jamaica concurs with the [...]

3 Feb 2012 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Poverty eradication a fundamental imperative: CARICOM

Raymond Wolfe

CARICOM Member States are of the firm belief that what is most invaluable in a society is in essence the opportunity for development given to the individual. Speaking on behalf of the Caribbean Community –CARICOM, the representative of Jamaica Ambassador Raymond Wolfe told the Commission on Social Development that the region has identified poverty eradication [...]

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Former Khmer Rouge official is sentenced to life in prison

Kaing Guek Eav

A former senior official of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia has been sentenced to life in prison for crimes against humanity. Kaing Guek Eav alias "Duch" was commander of the top-secret Tuol Sleg prison in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia during the bloody rule of Khmer Rouge in the 1970s. Daniel Dickinson reports. Duch [...]

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Stranded Sri Lankan migrants return home from Togo

Sri Lankan migrants return home

A group of 28 Sri Lankan migrants left stranded by people smugglers in Togo in West Africa are on their way home. The 28 were part of a group of 209 Sri Lankans who, it's thought, were on their way to Canada via Ethiopia and then Togo. They were intercepted by the Togolese authorities in [...]

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78 dead after attack in South Sudan

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A cattle raid in Warrap State, South Sudan has left 78 people dead and 40,000 without livelihoods, according to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). It says unidentified men from Mayendit County in neighbouring Unity State are reported to have suddenly attacked a cattle camp in an area known as [...]

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Palau seeks World Court opinion on climate change

Palau

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is being asked to give an opinion on whether all nations have the responsibility to ensure that emissions of greenhouse gases on their territories don't harm other nations. The initiative is being spearheaded by the small Pacific island nation of Palau. President Johnson Toribiong of Palau warned on Friday [...]

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Deaths from cancer to double to up to 12 million worldwide

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Deaths from cancer could double to up to 12 million a year worldwide within the next 20 years according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The increase from around 6 million cases a year is based purely on an expected rise in the global population….and could be higher if measures to prevent the disease are [...]

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UN Daily News 3 February 2012

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Healthy lifestyles can reduce cancer deaths by 30%

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About 30 per cent of cancer deaths can be reduced by changing lifestyles, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO says the five leading factors for these deaths are obesity, low fruit and vegetable intake, lack of physical activity, as well as tobacco and alcohol use. The UN health agency says most of the [...]

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Humanitarian chief outlines "enormous" challenges in South Sudan

Valerie Amos inside clinic in Walgak, Jonglei State, South Sudan

Displacement caused by inter-ethnic violence and a stream of refugees fleeing conflict in neighbouring Sudan, are some of the challenges facing the new nation of South Sudan. That assessment comes from UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos, who is on her first mission to the country. Ms. Amos has visited South Sudan's troubled Jonglei State, where [...]

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28 Sri Lankan migrants stranded in Togo to return home

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A group of 28 Sri Lankan migrants who've been stranded in Togo are returning home on Saturday with the help of the International Organization for Migration (IOM). According to the IOM, the Sri Lankans are part of a larger group of 209 migrants who were intercepted by the authorities in the West African country in [...]

3 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Famine over in Somalia

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"We just received the new data from food security and nutrition analysis in Somalia and we can say that no more, any region in Somalia under famine conditions." That was José Graziano da Silva, the Director General of the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) speaking in Nairobi, Kenya on Friday. The famine may officially [...]

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Celebrating one year of UN Women

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Training women conflict mediators in countries in Africa and Asia, helping ethnic Moroccan women to inherit property, and creating "safe spaces" for schoolgirls in Zambia. These are just some of the successes of UN Women, which celebrates its first anniversary this month. Agency chief Michelle Bachelet recently outlined her six-point plan for 2012. It focuses [...]

3 Feb 2012 | Posted in Women | Read More »

Displaced people facing atrocities in eastern DR Congo

© Zahra Moloo/IRIN

Armed men are committing atrocities against displaced people in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR). UNHCR says that there are nearly 79,000 people living in 31 camps for internally displaced persons in North Kivu. Insecurity and ongoing fighting in their villages is preventing [...]

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Cancer kills over one million a year in SE Asia

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  Cancer has been targeted as a major killer across South East Asia by the World Health Organisation (WHO). WHO estimates that 1.1 million people die of the disease each year across eleven countries in the region. Lung cancer is one of the most widespread cancers. To mark World Cancer Day on Saturday, Daniel Dickinson [...]

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Underdevelopment drives up relief costs in South Sudan

Valerie Amos visits a clinic in Walgak, Jonglei State, South Sudan

Underdevelopment in South Sudan is pushing up the cost of providing humanitarian aid, according to the head of United Nations humanitarian operations. Valerie Amos, who is visiting the newly independent African country, says a lack of infrastructure makes it more difficult to respond to what she describes as multiple humanitarian crises. Approximately 360,000 people have [...]

3 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Somali famine over but millions still need humanitarian assistance

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Famine conditions have ended in Somalia but the United Nations is warning the situation in the country remains fragile. The UN says a combination of the massive scale up in humanitarian assistance and an exceptional bumper harvest has helped to improve the situation in Somalia. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs [...]

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Political and economic empowerment top UN Women plans for 2012

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Training women conflict mediators in countries in Africa and Asia, helping ethnic Moroccan women to inherit property, and creating "safe spaces" for schoolgirls in Zambia. These are just some of the successes of UN Women, which celebrates its first anniversary this month. Agency chief Michelle Bachelet has outlined her six-point plan for 2012 which focuses [...]

2 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Resistance to TB drugs hits record levels

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The effectiveness of drugs to fight tuberculosis or TB has been put under the spotlight after research showed that resistance to TB medication has hit record highs in some parts of the world. TB is a common and often lethal infection which attacks the lungs. The new research published by the World Health Organization (WHO) [...]

2 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

DR Congo urged to peacefully resolve electoral disputes

A man casts his ballot in Kinshasa during the 2006 elections. The people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo went to the polls for the first time in 2006 and voting was largely peaceful.

People in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have been urged to refrain from using force to settle disputes over the results of parliamentary elections. The call has come from MONUSCO, the UN Mission in the country, following the announcement of the election results last Friday. The main opposition in the DR Congo has reportedly [...]

2 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Drug resistant tuberculosis a serious threat to public health

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The highest levels of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis ever recorded have been revealed in a new study published in the "Bulletin of the World Health Organization". The study says that some countries are reporting multi-drug resistant-TB or MDR-TB in more than 65 per cent of patients who have been treated for TB. MDR-TB is the strain [...]

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Seven humanitarian workers released in Yemen

Valerie Amos

The release of seven humanitarian workers abducted in Yemen on Tuesday has been welcomed by the United Nations humanitarian agency (OCHA). The head of OCHA, Valerie Amos says she is relieved that the workers, who are now in Sana'a the capital of Yemen and are in contact with their families, have been released unharmed. The [...]

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Pre-election violence erupts in Senegal

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The authorities in Senegal are being warned by the UN that any mishandling of ongoing protests could lead to what have been described as "serious results". Violence has erupted in various parts of the West African country in which at least four people including one police officer are reported to have been killed. It follows [...]

2 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Women to push for women's empowerment in 2012

Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women

Economic empowerment and the political participation of women have been identified as key issues in 2012 for the United Nations agency dealing with women's issues. The Executive Director of UN Women, Michelle Bachelet said equality and empowerment depend on support from across the world. Ms. Bachelet said the international community can no longer afford to [...]

2 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Ban reiterates demand for lifting of Gaza blockade

SG visits the Khan Younis school of "hope" for girls in Gaza

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is in the Middle East as part of his efforts to help Israel and the Palestinians find a solution to their ongoing conflict. On Thursday, he crossed into Gaza where he called once again for the lifting of the blockade by Israel. There he was met by families of Palestinian [...]

2 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN chief visits Gaza

Secretary General visits the school of "hope" for girls Khan Younis

Calls for Israel to lift the blockade on Gaza have been repeated as the United Nations Secretary-General visited the territory on Thursday. Ban Ki-moon is in the Middle East as part of his efforts to push forward Israeli Palestinian peace talks. Mr. Ban went to Gaza where he visited a girls' school built by the [...]

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Freedom of expression curbed in Ethiopia: UN experts

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Ethiopian authorities have been urged to stop using anti-terrorism laws to suppress freedom of expression. A number of United Nations independent human rights experts say they are dismayed at what they say is the continuing abuse of anti-terrorism legislation to curb freedom of expression in Ethiopia. Charles Appel reports. Last week, three journalists and two [...]

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UN deplores pre-election violence in Senegal

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The use of excessive force by Senegalese security forces to quell the ongoing protests is a threat to the country's long tradition of peaceful and democratic elections, the UN Human Rights Chief says. At least four people including one police officer are reported to have been killed this week during protests that followed the publication [...]

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HINDI #02: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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PART I: Innovative irrigation methods helping Kenyan farmers. 3'44'' PART II: Uzbek day care centres cater to need of HIV positive families.  3'16'' PART III: Young displaced Haitian women train in fashion design. 2'36'' PART IV: The elephant versus the bee: how size does not matter. 3'11''  Narrated and Produced by Ambalika Misra Duration: 15’00″

1 Feb 2012 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

HINDI #01: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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PART I: One billion migrants moved in 2011. 4'23'' PART II: South-south cooperation to play in feeding 925 million hungry people.  2'42'' PART III: Prosthetic limbs for Afghan bomb victims. 2'10'' PART IV: Central Asian countries agree to strengthen counter narcotic efforts. 2'50'' Narrated and Produced by Ambalika Misra Duration: 14’49″

1 Feb 2012 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

Ban: Israel's contribution "vital" to Mid-East peace talks

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Shimon Peres, President of Israel, shortly after his arrival in Jerusalem.

Israel is being urged to do more to create a "positive dynamic" in the Middle East peace process by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Mr. Ban is on tour in the Middle East to encourage Israelis and Palestinians to re-engage in peace talks. Jocelyne Sambira has more. Duration: 3’03″

1 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Long sentences for killers of relief worker in Kenya

WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran at a WFP food distribution at the Kassab IDP camp in 2007

The sentencing of five men each to 56 years in prison for the murder of a humanitarian worker in north-western Kenya in 2008 has been welcomed by the head of the World Food Programme  (WFP). Josette Sheeran said taking action against people who target humanitarian workers helping people in need in remote areas, serves as a [...]

1 Feb 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Hope for Israeli-Palestinian talks

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) and Shimon Peres, President of Israel, following their working breakfast in Jerusalem.

Israel can positively contribute to changes towards "a free, democratic and prosperous Middle East" according to the United Nations Secretary-General. Ban Ki-moon was speaking in Jerusalem where he met with Israeli President Shimon Peres in an effort to restart the Israeli-Palestinian talks. The Secretary-General said Israel's cooperation is vital in creating what he called "a [...]

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Togo to focus on Syria solution in Security Council

Kodjo Menan, , the Togolese Ambassador to the UN

  Togo says it will use its month as president of the UN Security Council to focus on securing peace in Syria and in Africa. The West African country takes over the presidency on Wednesday and is faced with chairing discussions over the Arab state. The United Nations estimates more than 5000 people have been killed [...]

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Togo to push for "positive solution" in Syria

Kodjo Menan,  Ambassador of Togo to the United Nations

Togo says it will do everything it can to make sure a positive solution is found to the ongoing conflict in Syria. The West African country takes over the presidency of the UN Security Council on Wednesday and is responsible for pushing forward discussions on the Arab state. The Council has yet to decide what [...]

1 Feb 2012 | Posted in From the Ambassador, Today's Features | Read More »

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