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Miss Universe 2011 to promote UN work in combating desertification

Leila Lopes

Last September, a young woman from Angola was crowned Miss Universe, beating out more than 80 other beauties from around the world. Today, Leila Lopes, Miss Universe 2011, is lending her voice to the cause of combating desertification. Lopes has been named a Drylands Ambassador for the UN body which fights this problem, caused by [...]

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UN Daily News 30 March 2012

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Miss Universe 2011 to promote UN work in combating desertification

Press conference by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) entitled “Moving to a Land Degradation Neutral World”.

Last September, a young woman from Angola was crowned Miss Universe, beating out more than 80 other beauties from around the world. Today, Leila Lopes, Miss Universe 2011, is lending her voice to the cause of combating desertification. Lopes has been named a Drylands Ambassador for the UN body which fights this problem, caused by [...]

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Thousands of South Sudanese living in limbo

The legal status of hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese residing in Sudan still remains unclear with only a week to the April 7th deadline for them to regularize their stay. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) says plans by the two governments to sign an agreement to allow south Sudanese wishing to remain in [...]

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Outbreak of measles kills dozens of children in Yemen

A child receives nutritional supplements in Yemen

An outbreak of measles in Yemen has killed over 177 children and left more than  4,000 infected over the past few months, according to the United Nations Children fund UNICEF. The fund says a near breakdown of health services during Yemen's political crisis and severe malnutrition amongst children under the age of five were the [...]

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Syrian government asked to declare a cease-fire immediately

Protests in Syria

The Syrian government must be the first to declare a cease-fire and withdraw troops from civilian areas, according to the UN and Arab League Special Envoy Kofi Annan. Mr Annan says he expects the opposition to do likewise immediately. The cease-fire is part of the six point peace plan proposed by the special envoy to [...]

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A World Atlas of Gender Equality in Education

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The first World Atlas of Gender Equality in Education, a comprehensive overview of the progress, as well as remaining gaps in gender equality at all educational levels, was launched this week in New York. According to a senior UNESCO official, this Global Atlas allows an examination of gender equality from different perspectives and illustrates the [...]

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UN Daily News 29 March 2011

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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UNDP Chief hails progress in Haiti

Helen Clark, UNDP's Administrator in Haiti

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark said she was impressed by the visible progress seen in Haiti two years after the devastating earthquake that rocked the country killing 200,000 people. Ms. Clark said she saw a huge difference from the desolation she saw four days after the earthquake: The streets of Port-au-Prince are [...]

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Combating illicit trade in small arms and light weapons a priority: CARICOM

George Wilfred Talbot,  Permanent Representative of the Republic of Guyana to the UN

NARRATOR: Combating the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons has been a priority for CARICOM Member States. That's what the Permanent Representative of Guyana Ambassador George Talbot said as delegations at the United Nations began preparations for an upcoming conference to review the Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons. Ambassador [...]

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INDONESIA #09: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon tells Indonesian peacekeepers about the challenges and opportunities the country and region face when it comes to peacekeeping. Duration:  7’52″

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URDU #13: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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1.UN Human Rights Council condemns Syria abuses 2.UN-Arab League Joint Envoy to visit Moscow and Beijing 3.UN & its humanitarian partners seek funding to assist fleeing Syrians 4.UN Human Rights Council votes to extend mandate of its Commission of Inquiry 5.Security Council backs plan to « facilitate Syrian-led political transition » 6.Security Council delivers « [...]

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UN Daily News 28 March 2012

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UN Daily News 27 March 2012

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Refugee lives at risk as Sudan and South Sudan armies clash along the border

Sudanese refugees

Renewed border fighting between the national armies of Sudan and South Sudan is fueling concerns about the safety of thousands of Sudanese refugees camped near the disputed Lake Jau area in South Sudan's Unity State. The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR says over 16,000 people who were displaced by fighting in and violence in the Nuba [...]

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Political turmoil in North Africa pushes up the number of asylum seekers in the west

migrants crossing the Mediterranean

The number of asylum seekers in industrialized countries rose by 20 per cent in 2011 pushed by conflicts the Arab world and West Africa, according to a report by the UN refugee agency UNHCR. A total of 441,000 asylum claims were recorded last year compared to 368,000 the previous year.  The report which covers 44 [...]

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UN Daily News 26 March 2011

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HINDI #14: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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1.   BRICS urged to fill funding gap for Palestinian refugee services. 2.  Integrating environmental, social and economic aspects of development. 3.   More people have safe drinking water but many still need toilet. 4.  Rural women in the Himalayas are making their voices heard. Narrated and produced by Ambalika Misra Duration: 14'44″

26 Mar 2012 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

International Day of Remembrance of Victims of Slavery

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The fifth International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade is being celebrated on Sunday. This year's theme honours heroes, resisters and survivors of the slave trade and those who stand up now to protect against its manifestations. Julie Walker reports. Historians estimate 28 million Africans were violently removed [...]

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Rural women "desperate" for help with mental health issues

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By the year 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) predicts depression will be among the major health concerns globally. But rural women, particularly in developing countries, frequently lack access to professionals who can help them fight depression and other mental health problems stemming from changing cultural roles, inequality, discrimination, and poverty. During the recent meeting [...]

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World TB Day raises awareness about the global epidemic

One-third of the world’s population is currently infected with TB or tuberculosis. On this, world TB day one of the focuses is on prevention and awareness. The World Health Organization says TB remains a leading cause of death from infectious diseases worldwide, second only to HIV/AIDS. Last year alone, 8.4 million people contracted TB and [...]

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HINDI #13: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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1. Human Rights Council demands Sri Lanka war investigation. 2. Security Council delievers “strong and united” statement on Syria. 3. Human Rights Council debates occupied Palestinian territories. 4. INCB celebrates centennial of the 1912 International Opium Convention. Narrated and produced by Ambalika Misra Duration:  15’00″

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UN honours heroes and survivors of transatlantic slave trade

Rita Pemberton

The UN is honouring heroes and survivors of the transatlantic slave trade, which marked one of the darkest chapters in human history. The transatlantic slave trade lasted for 400 years despite a spirited resistance by the millions of enslaved peoples. It is estimated that between 15 to 20 million men, women and children were forcibly [...]

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On World Tuberculosis Day, focus is on youngest victims

child being examined for tuberculosis

  Treatment for tuberculosis ("TB") is cheap and readily available. But the disease remains "a hidden epidemic" in many countries, and it is children who are the most affected. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), health workers often are unprepared in recognizing the signs and symptoms of TB in children and adolescents. On World [...]

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WHO will not redefine severe forms of drug-resistant TB

TB patient in Alem Kitmama, Ethiopia

Reports of severe cases of drug resistant tuberculosis or TB are increasing said experts who attended a World Health Organization (WHO) meeting in Geneva. The group is urging the global health community to make greater efforts to prevent drug resistance and scale up provision of appropriate care and management to avoid a scenario where TB [...]

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$50 million urgently needed to help Horn of Africa farmers

The drought has taken a serious toll on livestock in the Horn of Africa

The UN"s food agency FAO is sending out an urgent appeal for $50 million to help the Horn of Africa. The Food Agriculture Organization says it needs the money to cover a funding gap for priority agricultural and pastoral activities, which coincide with the rainy season from April to June. FAO says the 90-day plan [...]

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Human Rights Council condemns Syria abuses

Faysal el Hamaoui

The UN Human Rights Council has condemned what it calls the sharply escalating gross violations of human rights by the Syrian authorities. The majority of the Council's members voted in favour of a resolution that Syria rejected as "biased." The Council pointed to arbitrary executions, excessive use of force and the killing and persecution of [...]

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UN Radio News 23 March 2011

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Coup d'état in Mali condemned by Security Council

Just-ousted President of Mali, Amadou Toumani Touré

The overthrow of the Mali government by mutinous members of the army on Wednesday has been strongly condemned by the United Nations. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for the immediate restoration of constitutional rule in Mali. The whereabouts of democratically elected President Amadou Toumani Touré is still unknown since the soldiers took power, [...]

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Human Rights Council condemns Syria abuses

Protests in Syria

The UN Human Rights Council has condemned in the strongest terms what it calls the sharply escalating gross violations of human rights by the Syrian authorities. Forty-one members voted in favor of the resolution while China, Russia and Cuba voted against it. The Council points to arbitrary executions, excessive use of force and the killing [...]

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UN strongly condemns coup d'état in Mali

Security Council chamber [UN file photo].

The Security Council is condemning a coup in Mali by soldiers that pushed the democratically-elected president out. The 15 member body wants to insure his safety, as well as the release of all detained Malian officials. While the Malian President's whereabouts are unknown, according to news reports the rebels say he is safe. Under-Secretary-General for [...]

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Evolution in global governance taking place: Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

An evolution in global governance is taking place according to Secretary-General, but it may not be well understood or appreciated just yet. Ban Ki-moon made the remarks in an address at the International Institute for Startegic Studies in Singapore Friday. He says we are seeing the power of partnerships and of regional organizations leading to [...]

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Sri Lankan human rights defenders receive death threats

Human Rights Council

Sri Lankan human rights defenders are being intimidated and threatened for supporting calls for fresh investigations into abuses committed during the final days of the country's civil war, according to the UN Human rights office. The threats are reported to have worsened following Thursday's adoption of a resolution by the Human Rights Council which called [...]

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UN seeks funding to assist fleeing Syrians

Syrians fleeing fighting

The United Nations and its humanitarian partners have appealed for $84 million dollars to help Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, and Iraq. The funding will assist over 100,000 people mainly Syrian refugees over the next six months. The UN Refugee agency(UNHCR) which is leading the assistance programme says the number of Syrian refugees in Jordan, [...]

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UN special envoy on Syria heads to Moscow and Beijing

Kofi Annan, Joint Special Envoy for Syria

United Nations and Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan is travelling to Moscow and Beijing over the weekend for talks on the Syria crisis. The visit comes just days after Russia and China joined other members of the Security Council to approve Mr Annan's plan for ending violence in Syria. The six point peace plan [...]

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Actress & UN Goodwill Ambassador Ashley Judd discusses her life & work

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Actress and Goodwill Ambassador Ashley Judd came to the UN to discuss her life, her humanitarian work and her book "All That Is Bitter and Sweet: A Memoir". In it, she opens up about emotional and sexual abuse she endured as a child and what led to her work as an activist fighting human trafficking. [...]

23 Mar 2012 | Posted in Women | Read More »

Timor-Leste election an exercise in democracy

Polling staff prepare electoral materials before sunrise on Election Day, in Dili, Timor-Leste

On March 17, the citizens of Timor-Leste took to the polls to vote for a new president. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated the Timorese people for showing their commitment to democracy and peace by participating in the elections. Among those casting ballots were inmates at the small prison at Gleno, roughly 50 miles from [...]

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"Hunger Games" movie cast asks fans to help end world hunger

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The "Hunger Games" movie has teamed up with the World Food Programme to raise awareness about the plight of millions around the globe who don't have enough to eat. The movie is based on the book of the same name and is about teens who are forced to fight to the death in government sponsored [...]

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

Seeds for change help women farmers in Côte d'Ivoire

a bountiful rice harvest

  After 10 years of civil war, women farmers in Côte d'Ivoire are fighting poverty and preserving peace, by growing high-quality rice seeds. This pest-resistant breed of rice not only doubles their yields and profits, but it also gives them greater independence. The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), which combats rural hunger and poverty [...]

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Rwandan women make progress in gender equality

Teacher in Rwanda

Eighteen years after Rwanda suffered from a genocide that killed hundreds of thousands of people, the country is making steady progress in its efforts to achieve equality between men and women. That's the assessment of Professor Shirley Rendell, the Director of the Centre for Gender, Culture and Development at the Kigali Institute of Education. She [...]

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

Sustainability and equity as priorities for "Rio + 20" conference

Sustainable development is about people

Urgent international action is needed to combat social inequalities and environmental risks. That's the message from the Secretary-General to the Global Human Development Forum taking place in Turkey. Ban Ki-moon is stressing coordinated global action on both fronts ahead of the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development in June this year. The Forum in Turkey will [...]

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UN chief calls for calm and peaceful resolution of Mali crisis

A Tuareg clinic in Kati, Mali, that was recently ransacked

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for calm and a peaceful resolution of the political crisis in Mali following the reported announcement by rebel soldiers that they have seized control of the country According to media reports, rebel troops appeared on Malian state television to announce the military coup and said that a curfew was [...]

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Water's role in food security focus of World Water Day 2012

Fetching ground water

If the world is to produce enough food to feed its seven billion (and counting) citizens, then better water management in agriculture is in order. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the sector accounts for 70% of all water use. Water is needed for everything from growing crops to raising livestock, which eventually [...]

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UN Radio News 22 March 2011

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"Exotic" strain of foot and mouth disease kills animals in Egypt

Foot and mouth disease

  An outbreak of a new strain of foot and mouth disease in Egypt is threatening food security in North Africa and the Middle East. This warning has come from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) which says that more than 40,000 animals have been affected by the disease. FAO sent an emergency team to [...]

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On World Water Day millions have no access

Boy drinks a bowl of newly-delivered water in Sudan

While many countries have made great strides in improving their management of water resources, much more needs to be done according to the UN. March 22 is World Water Day and this year's theme focuses on water and food security. The UN says the lack of access to clean drinking water exacerbates the burdens carried [...]

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Security Council statement on Syria "Turning Point": Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Malaysia

  The Security Council has sent an unmistakable message to Syria that all violence must stop, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a press conference at the conclusion of his visit to Malaysia on Thursday. Mr. Ban also said “nobody is discussing military operations” to resolve the crisis there. Instead, he says a team is still [...]

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Malaysia has role to play in advancing UN action agenda: Ban

Public Lecture by the Secretary-General at the Institute for Diplomacy and Foreign Relations (IDFR) on

  Malaysia has an important role to play in advancing the UN Secretary-General's Action Agenda according Ban Ki-moon. Addressing the Institute for Diplomacy and Foreign Relations in Malaysia, on Thursday the Secretary-General said the country's engagement in the Rio+20 sustainable development conference is crucial. He also commended Malaysia for it's involvement in UN peacekeeping operations, [...]

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Foot and mouth disease kills over 4,000 animals in Egypt

Juan Lubroth

  An outbreak of foot and mouth disease in Egypt has killed more than 4,000 animals, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). FAO says urgent action is required to control the disease and prevent its spread which could have serious implications for food security in North Africa and the Middle East. The agency [...]

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Infopoverty World Conference links development and technological innovation

Technological innovation

Can technological innovation help fight poverty? That's the question being asked at the two-day Infopoverty World Conference underway at UN Headquarters. Roberto Rossi is spokesperson for the Observatory for Cultural and Audiovisual Communication (OCCAM), which launched the conference in 2001. This year's theme looks at who is driving the digital revolution and Dianne Penn asked [...]

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Human Rights Council demands Sri Lanka war investigations

Human Rights Council

The UN Human Rights Council has voted in favor of a resolution calling on Sri Lanka to investigate abuses committed during the final days of the country's civil war. 24 member states of the council supported the resolution which was sponsored by the United States. 15 member states including China, Russia and Cuba voted against. There [...]

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The origins of the Slave Trade

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March 25, 2012 will be observed as the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. In this series of programmes produced in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish, UN Radio honours the memories of the millions of people who have suffered and died because of Slavery and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, [...]

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Who is to blame? Vice Chancellor, Cape Coast University explains

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March 25, 2012 will be observed as the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. In this series of programmes produced in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish, UN Radio honours the memories of the millions of people who have suffered and died because of Slavery and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, [...]

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UN calls for renewed unity among cultures on International Day of Nowruz

Kabul

The spirit of peace and unity that lies at the core of Nowruz, the spring festival marking the Iranian New Year, is especially important at a time of global change and uncertainty, according to UN officials. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his message to mark the day that "this holiday is a reminder that we [...]

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World Down Syndrome Day observed at the UN

World Down Syndrome Day

March 21st marks World Down Syndrome Day and the UN is observing it for the first time by advocating for the rights of those with the condition. Down syndrome is a genetic abnormality that can cause physical and intellectual impairments. In his message for the Day, the UN Secretary-General said "for too long, persons with [...]

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Human Rights Chief concerned with insecurity and violence in Guatemala

Kyung- wha Kang

The UN human rights chief is concerned about widespread violence and public insecurity in Guatemala. Navi Pillay's Country report on Guatemala shows there are more violent deaths there annually, than there were during the civil war. She says security policies need to be focused on preventive measures, including reforming and strengthening the Civilian Police and [...]

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Security Council delivers "strong and united" statement on Syria.

Security Council Chamber

The Security Council has sent what it describes as a "strong and united message" to help end the deadly year-long crisis in Syria. In a statement, the 15-member Council calls for the Syrian authorities to respond quickly to proposals made by Kofi Annan, Joint Special Envoy for the UN and the Arab League, during his [...]

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Civilian casualties rise for 5th consecutive year in Afghanistan

Afghan family

Civilian casualties in Afghanistan have risen for the last five years as the conflict there continues, according to figures released by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). UNAMA documented more than 3,000 civilian deaths in 2011, compared with 2,790 in 2010 and over 2,400 in 2009. UNAMA's 2011 Annual Report on the Protection of [...]

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UN Radio News 21 March 2011

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Elimination of Racial Discrimination Day focuses on racism and conflict

Racial or ethnic discrimination has been used to instill fear or hatred of others, often leading to conflict and war, as in the case of the Rwanda genocide in 1994

The problem of racism and conflict is under the spotlight as the United Nations observes the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on 21st March. On that day in 1960, South African police opened fired and killed 69 Africans who were protesting against the apartheid pass laws in Sharpeville near Johannesburg. In 1966 [...]

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UN warns about link between racism and conflict on International Day

Racial or ethnic discrimination has been used to instill fear or hatred of others, often leading to conflict and war, as in the case of the Rwanda genocide in 1994

Top UN officials are warning about the interconnected dangers of racism and conflict on this, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The UN Secretary-General says racism has been used by ruthless leaders as a weapon to instill fear, hatred and in extreme cases incite genocide. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi [...]

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There can be no looking away in times of crisis: Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Jakarta, Indonesia.

"Prevention is our stock in trade" – that's how the UN Secretary-General characterizes the work of the world body when it comes to averting crisis. Ban Ki-moon says the UN is building up its capacities for early warning, fact-finding and peaceful settlement of disputes. He also says it is strengthening efforts at capacity-building on human [...]

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Security Council backs work toward "a Syrian-led political transition"

Mark Lyall Grant

The Security Council has sent what has been described as a "strong and united" message to the Syrian government to quickly respond to a plan to resolve the ongoing crisis in the country. The Council on Wednesday adopted a presidential statement that unanimously backs the 6-point plan proposed by Kofi Annan, the Joint UN-Arab League [...]

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200 children dying from preventable TB daily

TB testing

  Tuberculosis in children remains a hidden epidemic in  most countries killing more than 70,000 children annually, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Children under 3 years of age and those with severe malnutrition or immune systems compromised by HIV and other diseases are at greatest risk of developing TB often transmitted by infected parents [...]

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Afghanistan on the path to transition

Jan Kubis heads the UN mission in Afghanistan

  Jan Kubis heads the UN mission in Afghanistan Afghanistan will soon begin a period of transition and transformation. Starting in 2014, the Afghan forces will be fully responsible for security as the international military presence in the country winds down. Civilian functions related to governance and provision of social and development service will also [...]

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UN agency’s 10 commitments to support young Palestinian refugees

Girls at an UNRWA girls' school in East Jerusalem read in the schoolyard

The United Nations agency assisting Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) has made 10 commitments through which it will strengthen support to and better engage young refugees. This came at the end of a two-day UNRWA conference held in Brussels that included several world leaders who called on the international community to support the Agency in its efforts [...]

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Recent events in Afghanistan should not eclipse positive trends

Ján Kubiš

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Afghanistan does not want the recent events in the country to derail future plans. Ján Kubiš says the past months have seen potentially positive developments in support of peace and reconciliation for the country. He says the absence of such commitments would mean a setback to the [...]

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World moves from ignorance and fear to progress and understanding 30 years after HIV

Health Center, in Mozambique, provides comprehensive maternal and child health services, including HIV counselling and testing

The HIV/AIDS pandemic is now in its fourth decade since it was first diagnosed. Major milestones have been made in the prevention, control and the treatment of the disease. Last year the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS reported that HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths have fallen to the lowest levels since the peak of [...]

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Secretary-General details challenges and opportunities of peacekeeping to Indonesia

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is visiting four countries in Asia. At a training centre for peacekeepers in Indonesia, Mr. Ban gave a lecture on the challenges and opportunities the country and region face when it comes to peacekeeping. Indonesia has participated in UN peacekeeping since 1956, when its troops were deployed to the Middle East. [...]

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Advances in fighting AIDS and the stigma associated with it

Navi Pillay

Thirty one years after AIDS was discovered not only have significant gains been made in fighting the virus, but the world is more enlightened about it, according to the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Navi Pillay told the Human Rights Council that new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths have fallen to the lowest levels since [...]

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UNEP forum calls for action on E-waste

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Eighteen African states, the UN, the private sector and other groups have agreed on a set of priority actions to better manage electronic waste – or ewaste – in Africa. The forum – the first of its kind on the continent – was organized by the Basel Convention and the UN Environment Programme. Delegates say [...]

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Syria situation "unacceptable and intolerable": Ban

Protests in Syria

The UN Secretary-General says the situation in Syria has become unacceptable and intolerable, and is calling on the Security Council to unite on the issue. Ban Ki-moon was asked about Syria while travelling in Indonesia. Mr. Ban says there is no time to waste and he hopes that the international community will continue to speak [...]

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UNHCR alarmed by resumption of mortar attacks in Mogadishu

Civilians at a site for internally displaced people in the grounds of a ruined cathedral in Mogadishu

The resumption of mortar attacks by anti-government forces in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu has the UN refugee agency concerned. UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards says mortars landed in a small settlement for internally displaced people in the Wardhigley district. But he adds they seem to have been intended for the nearby presidential palace. "It is reported that [...]

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UN asks Indonesia for helicopters for South Sudan peacekeeping operation

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  Indonesia is being asked to contribute helicopters to the UN's peacekeeping operation in South Sudan where the need is great. During a meeting in the country with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised his work as a peacekeeper or blue helmet and commended the country on it's commitment to UN peacekeeping missions [...]

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How to Avoid Natural Resources Pitfalls

Lumber in transit by road near Accra

Over the last few years, many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa have benefited from the rise in commodity prices. But being wealthy in natural resources brings its own problems such as reducing competitiveness by raising exchange rates or a narrow tax base and increasing volatility. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is hosting a conference in the [...]

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UN rights office concerned at protesters deaths in Bahrain from tear gas

Bahrain protests

The UN Human Rights office says reports of the deaths of protesters and bystanders in Bahrain from tear gas alone are growing. Spokesman Rupert Colville says independent human rights groups claim at least 30 people died from tear gas since anti-government protests began a little over a year ago, with 16 of those deaths occurring [...]

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Before Independence, Systemized Slavery in Haiti (French)

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March 25, 2012 will be observed as the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. In this series of programmes produced in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish, UN Radio honours the memories of the millions of people who have suffered and died because of Slavery and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, [...]

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Many killed in DR Congo election violence

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  At least 33 people were killed in the Congolese capital Kinshasa by security forces in the run up to last years presidential elections, according to a report by the UN Human rights office. The report also details serious human rights violations, including killings, disappearances and arbitrary detention committed in Kinshasa by Congolese security forces [...]

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UN Secretary-General on Asia tour

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is on a tour of Asia, making stops in at least four countries where he'll meet with various heads of state. He starts in Indonesia today, meeting with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, as well as Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Health. Julie Walker reports. In Jakarta, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses [...]

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Human Rights Council debates occupied Palestinian territories

Human Rights Council

  Israel is being urged to stop using deadly attacks against Palestinian civilians. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay is also calling for an end to the firing of projectiles from Gaza into Israel. Ms. Pillay made the appeal in presenting her latest report to the Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday. [...]

19 Mar 2012 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Rio+ 20: no goals without accountability: human rights experts

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Twenty-two UN independent human rights experts want to make sure global goals are not only set at the Rio+20 conference in June, but also met. The have sent an open letter to world Governments saying that real risk exists that commitments made in Rio will remain empty promises without effective monitoring and accountability. They are [...]

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Timor-Leste election an exercise in democracy

Timor-Leste election officials count ballots

Over the weekend the citizens of Timor-Leste took to the polls to vote for a new president. Results so far show incumbent Jose Ramos-Horta will not be among candidates for a run-off scheduled for April. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated the Timorese people for showing their commitment to democracy and peace by participating in [...]

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Global goals are easily set, but seldom met: human rights experts

Olivier de Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food.

  A group of UN independent experts is calling on States to make sure human rights accountability measures are part of the UN's Rio+20 sustainable development conference's goals. In an open letter to world Governments, 22 independent human rights experts say "global goals are easily set, but seldom met." They say a real risk exists [...]

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Syrian government can't move forward with political reforms in the midst of attacks on civilians: UN official

Ed Luck

A top UN official has drawn attention to the current situation in Syria, one year after peaceful protests began. Assistant Secretary-General Ed Luck, the Secretary-General's Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect told UN TV that government can't move forward with political reforms and rebuild social cohesion in the midst of its attacks on civilians. [...]

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UN Radio News 19 March 2011

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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UN-Arab league technical team in Syria negotiating

Protests in Syria

  The Joint UN and Arab league Special Envoy's technical team is in Damascus to negotiate with the Syrian government on a peace plan. They are continuing with the talks that began when Special Envoy Kofi Annan met with President Bashir as-Assad in Syria. Mr. Annan's spokesman Ahmad Fawzi says the team is pushing a [...]

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Timor-Leste to hold runoff after President loses re-election

Voter's finger is dipped in ink after casting ballot in Timor-Leste's presidential elections

Timor-Leste is getting ready for a second presidential ballot as a free country after Nobel peace laureate Jose Ramos-Horta lost his re-election bid. Voters will go to the polls in April to choose between two men who fought for the country's freedom from Indonesia's occupation, Francisco Guterres and Taur Matan Ruak. In the first round [...]

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Ban praises Timor-Leste for peaceful presidential election

Voters came out in large numbers to cast their ballots in the 17 March Presidential election.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he is heartened that Timor-Leste's Presidential election was conducted in an atmosphere of order and calm. He also congratulated those who voted for demonstrating their commitment to democracy and peace. Timor-Leste is marking the 10th anniversary of its independence. The country saw a great deal of violence during the political crisis [...]

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Life for Palestinians has improved: Israel

Aharon Leshno Yaar

Life for Palestinians has improved according to Israel's representative to the United Nations in Geneva. Ambassador Aharon Leshno Yaar, cited World Bank figures that show the Palestinian economy has grown by nearly six percent in the West Bank and over 25 percent in Gaza over the past year. "Many indicators such as life expectancy and [...]

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Swiss bus crash that killed 28 on UN road safety agenda

Eva Molnar

Roads considered to be particularly safe can often leave drivers with a false sense of security, according to the United Nations agency which specializes in road safety. This week, a working group of road safety experts will meet in Geneva and the recent bus crash in Swiss tunnel that killed 22 children and 6 adults [...]

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Telling the truth about African slaves in Cuba (Spanish)

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March 25, 2012 will be observed as the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. In this series of programmes produced in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish, UN Radio honours the memories of the millions of people who have suffered and died because of Slavery and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, [...]

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UN urges Israel to cease use of live ammunition against unarmed Palestinians

Israeli settlement construction on the West Bank

Scores of unarmed Palestinian civilians have been killed over the past year in the West Bank and Gaza by Israeli soldiers carrying out law enforcement activities at military  checkpoints, according to the UN Human Rights office. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says the deaths were needless and is calling on Israel to [...]

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African Roots of Brazil (Portuguese)

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March 25, 2012 will be observed as the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. In this series of programmes produced in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish, UN Radio honours the memories of the millions of people who have suffered and died because of Slavery and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, [...]

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INCB celebrates centennial of the 1912 International Opium Convention

opium fields

  The International Opium Convention, signed on 23 January 1912 at The Hague, was the first international drug control treaty and is the core of the international drug control system. The adoption of the Convention was a turning point in multilateralism, based on the recognition of the transnational nature of the drug problem and the [...]

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Slave trade: Procedure before the journey

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March 25, 2012 will be observed as the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. In this series of programmes produced in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish, UN Radio honours the memories of the millions of people who have suffered and died because of Slavery and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, [...]

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Kofi Annan warns Syria crisis may escalate and harm entire region

Protests in Syria

The Joint UN and Arab League Special Envoy on Syria is sending a technical team to Damascus Sunday to continue talks and negotiations he began with the government there. Special Envoy Kofi Annan, who was in Syria last week warns that the Syrian crisis may harm the entire region if not handled properly. He is [...]

16 Mar 2012 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Secretary-General concerned over planned satellite launch by DPRK

DPRK flag

North Korea is being asked to reconsider the launch of a so-called "application satellite" in April. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he is concerned by the announcement, which was made on Friday. Charles Appel reports. The launch of the "application satellite" on 15 April will reportedly celebrate the 100th birthday of Kim Il-sung, founder of [...]

16 Mar 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

The Accompong Maroons of Jamaica the fight for freedom

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March 25, 2012 will be observed as the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. In this series of programmes produced in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish, UN Radio honours the memories of the millions of people who have suffered and died because of Slavery and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, [...]

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Reflections on the relevance of the Manila Declaration

Libran Cabactulan

Thirty years ago, the Manila Declaration on the peaceful settlement of international disputes was adopted by the UN. While the declaration takes its name from the capitol of the Philippines where it was signed in 1982, it actually maps out a plan for all countries to follow in the peaceful settlement of international disputes. This [...]

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Human Rights chief calls for free and fair vote in Guinea-Bissau

Guinea Bissau elections

As Guinea-Bissau goes to the polls this weekend, the UN Human Rights chief is urging all sides to make sure the vote is free and fair. Navi Pillay says the election is a chance for the country to show its firm commitment to consolidating democratic institutions, strengthening political tolerance, respecting diversity and the human rights [...]

16 Mar 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN-Arab league technical team set to arrive in Syria on Sunday

Kofi Annan and Bashar Ja'afari

A technical team from the office of the UN-Arab League Joint Special Envoy for Syria will be in Damascus this weekend. Kofi Annan made the announcement in Geneva on Friday after briefing the Security Council via teleconference about his recent meetings with President Bashar al-Assad in efforts to bring an end to the crisis in [...]

16 Mar 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Timor-Leste readies for presidential elections

UN and Timor police prepare for presidential elections

The people of Timor-Leste are gearing up to vote in presidential elections this Saturday. The United Nations mission in the country (UNMIT) has been assisting with logistics so that more than 600,000 voters can participate in the nation's third elections since becoming independent a decade ago. Andrés del Castillo is chief technical advisor with the [...]

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Timorese vote in their third presidential elections in 10 years

Timor Leste elections

The people of the Southeast Asian nation of Timor Leste are voting in their third presidential election since the country gained its independence 10 years ago. For the first time, the Timorese are managing the entire electoral process with the UN playing a supporting role. Donn Bobb reports. Duration: 2’17″

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Integrating environmental, social and economic aspects of development

Greenhouse farming in semi-arid Isiolo, central Kenya, is helping to improve food crop production

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging governments to consider setting up a new global arrangement that integrates environmental, social and economic dimensions of sustainable development. He made the call while presenting a report prepared by his High-level Panel on Global Sustainability to an informal plenary of the General Assembly. Mr. Ban stressed the need to [...]

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IOM receives $1 million grant for water projects in Haiti camps

child in a camp in Haiti

  As the rainy season starts in Haiti, the UN emergency fund has allocated one million dollars to fight the spread of waterborne diseases. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) will use the "exceptional" grant from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund to deliver basic public health services to thousands of people still living in [...]

16 Mar 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Human rights office welcomes Brazil decision to charge former colonel

Rupert Colville, spokesman for Human Rights office

The UN Human Rights Office has welcomed Brazil's decision to open criminal charges against a former army official over civilian disappearances during the country's years of military rule. Retired colonel Sebastião Curió Rodrigues de Moura will be charged with aggravated kidnapping in connection with the disappearance of five members of a guerrilla movement who were [...]

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Number of people displaced by Mali conflict rises to 195,000

A group of Tuareg men in traditional dress silhouetted on the crest of a sand dune at an oasis, west of Timbuktu, Mali.

The number of people displaced by conflict in Mali continues to rise. Nearly 200,000 people have been on the run since renewed clashes began between government forces and Tuareg rebels in the north of the country. Charles Appel reports. The fighting between the Malian forces and ethnic Tuareg rebels began in mid-January. Since then, thousands [...]

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Reflections on the relevance of the Manila Declaration

Libran Cabactulan, Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the United Nations

Thirty years ago the Manila Declaration on the peaceful settlement of international disputes was adopted by the UN. Still, with all the conflict in the world today, the Philippine Ambassador says it remains relevant. While the declaration takes its name from the capital of the Philippines where it was signed in 1982, it actually maps [...]

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New guidelines will help post-conflict mediators address rape and sexual violence

Margot Wallström, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict

While rape and other forms of sexual violence have been used as a weapon of war, ceasefire agreements and peace accords signed in the aftermath of fighting rarely make mention of these crimes. Margot Wallström, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Sexual Violence in Conflict, wants this to change. Together with the UN [...]

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UNICEF expressses concern for children in the Sahel region

Children in the Sahel

  Over 1.5 million children face starvation in the Sahel region of West Africa over the next six months, according to the UN Children's agency (UNICEF). The agency says a combination of drought and conflict is stalking children in the region and could have disastrous consequences on the lives of children below the age of [...]

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Former US slaves recall their days of slavery

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March 25, 2012 will be observed as the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. In this series of programmes produced in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish, UN Radio honours the memories of the millions of people who have suffered and died because of Slavery and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, [...]

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Tobacco kills over 5 million people each year

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More than five million people die as a result of smoking tobacco each year, according to a report published by the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO says that an additional 600,000 people are also estimated to die from the effects of second-hand smoke. It says tobacco kills more than tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and malaria combined. The [...]

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UN envoy in Somalia condemns suicide attack on government

Augustine Mahiga

The top UN envoy in Somalia has condemned a suicide attack which killed at least five people in the capital, Mogadishu, on Wednesday. The militant group Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the blast. Charles Appel reports. The attack took place outside the presidential palace, seat of Somalia's Transitional Federal Government. Dr. Augustine Mahiga, Special Representative [...]

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Helping gang rape victims in Somaliland

Fatima Hussein Ismail

In Hargeisa, the capital city of Somaliland, women do not have an easy life. Violence, sexual abuses and violations of rights are a daily routine in the lives of many of them. UN-supported organizations in Somaliland are providing medical, psychological and legal assistance to women and girls – particularly refugees and the internally displaced – [...]

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Secretary-General welcomes progress in negotiations between Sudan and South Sudan

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Progress in negotiations between the neighbouring countries of Sudan and South Sudan is "an important step forward," says UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The negotiations concern issues stemming from South Sudan's independence in July 2011. Mr. Ban says agreement on matters such as the status of nationals and the demarcation of the common boundary "is an [...]

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Convicted Congo warlord faces life imprisonment

Thomas Lubanga

  Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga faces life imprisonment following his conviction on Wednesday by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes. ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo says he will ask the court to jail Lubanga for at least 30 years, which is the maximum allowed by the ICC for war crimes. Lubanga was found guilty [...]

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Actress & UN Goodwill Ambassador Ashley Judd discusses her life & work

Ashley Judd

Actress and Goodwill Ambassador Ashley Judd came to the UN to discuss her life and her book "All That Is Bitter and Sweet: A Memoir". In it she opens up about emotional and sexual abuse she endured as a child and what led to her work as a humanitarian activist fighting human trafficking. The event [...]

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

Secretary-General calls ICC verdict an "important step forward"

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The UN Secretary-General has welcomed the conviction of a former Congolese warlord for child soldier recruitment charges. Ban Ki-moon says the verdict in the trial of Thomas Lubanga—the first by the International Criminal Court—is an important step towards ensuring those who commit crimes against children in situations of armed conflict are brought to justice. Martin [...]

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SRSG Coomaraswamy welcomes ICC conviction of Thomas Lubanga

SRSG visited returnees camp in Renk

  Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children in Armed Conflict Radhika Coomaraswamy on Wednesday welcomed the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) first verdict – the conviction of Thomas Lubanga for child recruitment. She told Donn Bobb of UN Radio that “today, impunity ends for Thomas Lubanga and those who use children in armed conflict". Duration: [...]

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Increasing role of UN Economic and Social Council

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The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) could play a significant role within the global governance structure according to Konstantin Huber, an Executive Director at the World Bank and a Member of its Board. Mr. Huber was part of a World Bank delegation attending a special two-day high- level meeting of ECOSOC with the Bretton [...]

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Five million people in Yemen don't have enough food

A child receives nutritional supplements in Yemen

Five million people in Yemen are not able to produce or buy the food they need, according to preliminary results of a survey conducted in November and December last year. The survey, carried out by the World Food Programme (WFP)  in cooperation with the Yemeni Central Statistical Organization (CSO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) [...]

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Half of Yemeni population faces "alarming" food insecurity

A UNICEF doctor checks a child for malnutrition

  Almost half of the population of Yemen is struggling to find enough food to eat, according to the World Food Programme (WFP). Preliminary results of a survey carried out by WFP in cooperation with the Yemeni Central Statistical Organization (CSO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) show that five million people are unable to [...]

14 Mar 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Kofi Annan says Syria crisis must not drag on

demonstrations in Syria

The "grave and tragic situation" in Syria must not be allowed to drag on, says the joint UN-Arab League special envoy. Kofi Annan has received a response from the Syrian authorities to his proposals for resolving the ongoing crisis there. His spokesman Ahmad Fawzi says Mr. Annan is still seeking answers. "He has questions about [...]

14 Mar 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink

6th World Water Forum

While more than half of the world is made of water, inequities exist that limit access for millions of people around the world. The 6th World Water Forum taking place in Marseille, France from March 12-17 is attempting to come up with solutions to combat that. The goal is to tackle the challenges the world [...]

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UN child rights expert welcomes Lubanga conviction

Radhika Coomaraswamy

  The UN expert on children and armed conflict has welcomed the conviction of former warlord Thomas Lubanga for recruiting child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Radhika Coomaraswamy says the International Criminal Court (ICC) verdict will be a strong deterrent for those who train children to kill, rape and plunder. Charles Appel [...]

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ICC finds Congo warlord guilty of war crimes

Thomas Lubanga

Former warlord Thomas Lubanga has been found guilty of war crimes by the International Criminal Court. Lubanga, a former warlord in the Democratic Republic of Congo, was found guilty of recruiting child soldiers to take part in armed hostilities in the eastern DR Congo province of Ituri. Judges said as the head of the FPLC [...]

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Archaeology Professor and member of UNESCO Science Committee on the Transatlantic Slave Trade (Kiswahili)

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March 25, 2012 will be observed as the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. In this series of programmes produced in English, French, Portuguese , Spanish and Kiswahili, UN Radio honours the memories of the millions of people who have suffered and died because of Slavery and the Trans-Atlantic [...]

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New guidelines will help post-conflict mediators address rape and sexual violence

Margot Wallstrom

Margot Wallström Rape and other forms of sexual violence have been used as a weapon of war in conflicts such as the Balkan wars of the 1990s to the current unrest in North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. But cease fire agreements and peace accords signed in the aftermath of fighting rarely [...]

13 Mar 2012 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Rethinking the role women play in the economy

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woman counting coins There must be more thought to the role women play in the economy, according to Celine Paramunda, one of the representatives from civil society speaking at a special high-level meeting of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) with the  Bretton Woods institutions, the World Trade Organization and the UN Conference on Trade [...]

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Traditional Colombian music (Spanish)

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March 25, 2012 will be observed as the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. In this series of programmes produced in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish, UN Radio honours the memories of the millions of people who have suffered and died because of Slavery and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, [...]

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Pakistan to imprison and discharge three peacekeepers for sexual abuse

A mother and her young child at a free clinic in Cité Soleil where MINUSTAH helps disenfranchised women

Three Pakistani policemen serving with the UN in Haiti will be sentenced to prison for sexual exploitation and abuse, the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) reports. The decision follows the outcome of a military justice procedure conducted this month by Pakistani authorities in Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince. Martin Nesirky is the UN spokesperson in New [...]

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FAO reports food challenges in Asia-Pacific region

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Nearly 600 million people are suffering from hunger and malnutrition in the Asia Pacific region, according to the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). The organization says with food prices twice as high as a decade ago, providing food for this population is becoming more complex and challenging. Patrick Maigua reports from Geneva. FAO says [...]

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Accessing safe water: one drop at a time

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The world’s largest meeting on global water resources is taking place right now in Marseille, France with more than 140 ministerial delegations representing over 180 countries. The World Water Forum mobilizes creativity, innovation, competence and know-how in favor of water. One non-governmental organization participating is ONE DROP, which leads creative projects worldwide that seek to [...]

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WMO explains recent cold snap in Europe

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

The recent cold snap across Europe was caused by polar air blowing from northern Russia, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reports. WMO says the cold air came on the south flank of an extensive high pressure area, resulting in sudden cooling. Clare Nullis is with the WMO: "So the temperatures in—and forgive my pronunciation—Svalbard, which [...]

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South Sudanese flee to Ethiopia to escape violence in Jonglei State

Members of the Luo Nuer gather under the shade of a tree in Ethiopia after fleeing from South Sudan's Jonglei state.  © UNHCR/S.Tessema

Thousands of people from a community in South Sudan have fled to western Ethiopia to escape violence in their homeland, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) reports. The people, members of the Lou Nuer tribe in Jonglei State, are mostly women, children and the elderly. They are escaping fresh fighting with a rival ethnic community. Adrian [...]

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UNMISS supports peaceful disarmament in Jonglei State

Hilde  Johnson, Special Representative of the Secretary-General to South Sudan

The Government of the Republic of South Sudan has launched the process of civilian disarmament in Jonglei State. The UN Mission to South Sudan says it supports the principle of collecting weapons held illegally within communities, explaining that without addressing this issue, the cycle of violence in Jonglei will never end. UN Radio’s Donn Bobb [...]

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Syria: UN sending human rights monitors

Human Rights Council

The United Nations is to deploy human rights monitors in countries bordering Syria to document atrocities and human rights violations committed in the country. UN Human Rights Deputy High Commissioner Kyung-wha Kang said the monitors will be deployed later this week. She said most of the contacts that have been providing the UN Human Rights [...]

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Syria: UN-Arab League envoy continues regional consultations

demonstrators in Syria

The joint UN-Arab League envoy for Syria, who made what have been described as "concrete proposals" to the country's leaders during a recent mission there, says he could receive an answer on Tuesday. In a statement, Kofi Annan says the killing and violence in Syria must stop. He says the Syrian people have gone through [...]

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Violence has pushed 30,000 Syrians out of their country

Syrians fleeing violence

About 30,000 Syrians have sought refuge in neighbouring countries, according to the UN Refugee agency UNHCR. The refugees are mainly in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. A greater number has been displaced internally with the Syrian Red Crescent estimating that up to 200,000 Syrians have been displaced internally. Panos Moumtzis who has been appointed by UNHCR to [...]

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Rural women in the Himalayas are making their voices heard

A woman in India

Women living in India's Himalayan mountain ranges are gaining control over their natural resources and their lives by utilizing their local wisdom. The Community Awareness Centre (AADHAR), is a grassroots organization that seeks to empower these rural women by documenting, protecting and promoting their indigenous knowledge. AADHAR's Reetu Sogani who was recently in New York [...]

12 Mar 2012 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

General Assembly president calls Europe's environmental experience a "great asset" for Rio+20 conference

Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations .

European governments are being urged to help make the upcoming Rio+20 conference a success. The call comes from the president of the UN General Assembly, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, in an address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, on Monday. Mr. Al-Nasser said the sustainable development conference, to be held in Brazil this June, provides [...]

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Secretary-General calls for action on sustainable development

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Now is the time for decisive action on sustainable development, according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. For Mr. Ban, sustainable development means nutrition for poor children, safe drinking water, and health care in communities. But it also demands policies that promote economic growth which do not harm the environment. "We can unlock progress on all [...]

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30 years since Law of the Sea Convention opened for signature

Patricia O'Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and United Nations Legal Counsel.

This year, 2012, marks the 30th anniversary of the opening for signature of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. UN Radio's Donn Bobb spoke with the UN Legal Counsel, Under-Secretary-General Patricia O'Brien and asked her why this anniversary is so important. Duration: 10’22″

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Quilombo Communities in Brazil (Portuguese)

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March 25, 2012 will be observed as the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. In this series of programmes produced in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish, UN Radio honours the memories of the millions of people who have suffered and died because of Slavery and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, [...]

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UN mission expects investigation into alleged shooting rampage in Afghanistan

UNAMA peacekeeper

The UN political mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has expressed shock and sadness following the shooting deaths of several civilians on Sunday. According to reports, 16 people were killed after an American soldier allegedly went on a rampage in Kandahar province in southern Afghanistan. Martin Nesirky is the UN spokesperson in New York: "The mission expected [...]

12 Mar 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Mountainous community in Pakistan comes together to establish microcredit facility

Yasmen Akhtar, Pakistani farmer

In the mountainous terrain of Azad Jammu and Kashmir in Pakistan, it isn’t easy to start a small business. Banks are far away and in bad weather they're inaccessible by road. Moreover, the poor people here don't have the collateral for loans or the ability to pay high interest rates. In 2004, the UN's International [...]

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2011 a banner year for trademark filings: UN intellectual property agency

Francis Gurry, WIPO head

More than 42,000 international trademarks were filed in 2011, the highest number recorded by the UN body which safeguards brands, designs and other intellectual property -WIPO. Computer hardware and software was the most popular class of goods and services seeking brand protection world-wide, followed by those related to office functions, advertising and business management. Other [...]

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Ban urges Syrian President to act swiftly to end violence

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Syrian President Assad is being urged to take immediate steps to bring an end to the violence and abuses, and address the humanitarian crisis. The call came from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday during a Security Council briefing on the Middle East. Assad is also being asked to act swiftly in response to the [...]

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Prisoner executions and detention of journalists rampant in Iran

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Over 600 prisoners were executed by Iran during 2011 according to a UN human rights expert. Ahmed Shaheed, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, said the prisoners were executed in the absence of proper judicial processes including the access to legal representation. Addressing the UN Human Rights Council, Mr Shaheed [...]

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Peaceful disarmament key to ending violence in Jonglei: UN envoy

Hilde Johnson, UN representative in South Sudan (center)

The Government of South Sudan has launched a process of disarming civilians in Jonglei State. Inter-communal violence in the area has been exacerbated by the proliferation of small arms. Charles Appel reports. Following a series of inter-communal attacks in Jonglei State, the South Sudan government on Monday launched a comprehensive civilian disarmament programme. That's according [...]

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Asian countries urged to invest in women and girls

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Asia-Pacific countries are being urged to invest in their "most valuable untapped natural resource" — women and girls. The call comes from the top UN official in the region, Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, who participated in a panel discussion on gender, development and disparities, in Bangkok, Thailand, on Monday. Dr. Heyzer says Asia is the "anchor" [...]

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Kofi Annan wraps up mission to Syria

Kofi Annan, joint United Nations-Arab League envoy for Syria

The "transformational winds" blowing in Syria cannot be resisted for long, according to the joint United Nations-Arab League envoy for the country. Kofi Annan said he has urged Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to heed the words of an old African proverb: "You cannot turn the wind, so turn the sail." Mr. Annan wrapped up a [...]

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Stop forcible return of asylum seekers from North Korea

woman at a demonstration for North Korean refugees

A United Nations human rights expert is calling for an end to forcible repatriation of asylum seekers escaping human rights abuses in the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea. Marzuki Darusman, the UN expert on Human rights in the DPRK is urging neighbouring countries to uphold the principle of providing international protection and avoid forcible repatriation [...]

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UN-Arab League Special Envoy holds "candid" talks with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad

Kofi Annan, UN-Arab League Special Envoy on Syria and President Bashar Al-Assad of Syria

The United Nations League of Arab States Joint Special Envoy Kofi Annan met Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad in Damascus on Saturday. Mr. Annan expressed grave concern at the situation in Syria and urged the President to take concrete steps to end the current crisis. Mr. Annan put several proposals on the table regarding stopping the [...]

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

BRICS urged to fill funding gap for Palestinian refugee services

UNRWA

The head of the United Nations relief agency for Palestinian refugees has appealed to the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and other emerging markets to plug a $75 million budgetary shortfall. Filippo Grandi, the Commissioner General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), made [...]

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

Women in The Bahamas continue to make progress

Paulette Bethel, Permanent Representative of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas to the UN

"Empowering women is not just good for women, it is good for all of us," Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), told the first meeting of the two-week session, which concludes on 16 March. Focusing in particular on the issue of women's [...]

9 Mar 2012 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Barbados remains firmly committed to the advancement of women and girls

Joseph Goddard, Permanent Representative of Barbados to the UN

Unleashing the potential of rural women — a quarter of the world's population — was critical to ending global poverty and hunger, high-level speakers said today as the Commission on the Status of Women opened its fifty-sixth annual session. During the debate, there were calls to incorporate gender equality into a wide array of challenging [...]

9 Mar 2012 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

UN Radio News 09 March 2011

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Government and rebel forces committed war crimes during Libya’s uprising

Hundreds of prisoners were executed and tortured to death by forces loyal to former Libyan President Muammar Qadhafi. The International Commission of Inquiry on Libya says the killings amount to war crimes. Presenting the findings of the commission to the UN Human Rights Council, Judge Philippe Kirsch, chair of the commission, said there was widespread [...]

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

Japan rebuilds one year after earthquake and tsunami

Ondekoza, a professional Japanese taiko drumming group [picture courtesy of the Japan Foundation]

It's been a year since the country was struck by a devastating tsunami and earthquake which killed as many as 20,000 people. And while memories of the tragedy remain, Japan has been moving ahead with rebuilding. Ambassador Kazuo Kodama, Japan's Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, says one of the main priorities for his country [...]

9 Mar 2012 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

A concert to commemorate the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake

Japan concert poster

To express its gratitude for the support received following the earthquake and tsunami, Japan hosted a series of free concerts. The first concert organized by Japan's mission to the UN along with the Japan Foundation in New York was held at UN headquarters.  Beng Poblete-Enriquez prepared this piece using elements from the concert, which featured [...]

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More Congolese fleeing insecurity, suffering in North Kivu

Dr Congo refugee camp

Over 100,000 civilians have now been pushed out of their homes in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo as fighting between various armed groups in the North Kivu province continues to escalate, according to the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR. The fighting between government troops, FDLR rebel group and local militia intensified in November last year displacing thousands [...]

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

1.5 million people may need assistance in Syria

Syrians fleeing fighting

The United Nations is planning to provide relief assistance to at least 1.5 million Syrians affected by the ongoing violence and political crisis. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) however says the actual number of those affected remains unknown as humanitarian agencies still have no access to Homs and other affected [...]

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

Extreme poverty drops because of concerted global efforts

Poverty has sharply declined worldwide and efforts to facilitate social development have paid off, according to Jeffrey Sachs, UN Special Advisor on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Mr. Sachs and other senior UN officials on Thursday took stock of global progress made on the MDGs. Tremendous progress has also been made against diseases like AIDS, [...]

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

Haiti needs to appoint a new Prime Minster: UN

Mariano Fernandez

The Haitian government needs to appoint a new Prime Minister as soon as possible, according to Mariano Fernandez, the Secretary-General's Special Representative in the country. In his briefing to the Security Council on Thursday, Fernandez said the security situation in the country runs the risk of deteriorating without political leadership. Haiti's Prime Minister Garry Conille [...]

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

Justice systems should protect children

Human Rights Council

Children should not be locked up in gaols or given harsh sentences, including the death penalty. That view was expressed at a panel discussion which looked at children in the judicial process organized by the Human Rights Council in Geneva. Derrick Mbatha reports. Duration: 4'21"

8 Mar 2012 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Changing harmful social norms that fuel violence against women

mobilizing-men

For ages masculinity has been equated with power, toughness and the suppression of one's emotions, according to the UN Population Fund. The notion of what it means to be a "man" may have contributed to risky behaviours, sometimes deepening gender inequalities, the agency adds. But a new initiative led by the Institute of Development Studies [...]

8 Mar 2012 | Posted in Women | Read More »

UN Radio News 08 March 2011

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Death sentence on children a violation of their rights

juvenile detention

The sentencing of children below the age of 18 to death, life imprisonment without parole and corporal punishment, is a grave violation of the rights of the child, according to the UN Human Rights Chief. Ms. Navi Pillay says close to 90 countries worldwide have legalized corporal punishment including flogging, stoning or amputation as disciplinary [...]

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

Kofi Annan arrives in Cairo to meet with senior Arab officials

Kofi Annan

The joint special envoy for the UN and the Arab League has begun the first leg of his mission to negotiate a cease-fire in Syria. Kofi Annan has arrived in Cairo, Egypt, where he is scheduled to meet with the Arab League Secretary-General on Thursday. The former UN Chief will then travel to Damascus to [...]

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

UN Daily News 07 March 2012

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Criminalizing same-sex relations a violation of human rights

gay activist

At least 76 countries retain laws that criminalize same-sex relations, or contain vague prohibitions that are applied in a discriminatory way to prosecute lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says the laws not only breach international human rights law, but also cause unnecessary suffering, reinforce stigma, fuel [...]

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

UN calls for an end to violence and discrimination of gay and lesbian people

gay lesbian and transgender people

The United Nations is calling for an end to violence and discrimination directed at gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity was a grave violation of international law. Addressing the UN Human Rights Council, Mr Ban said countries must tackle [...]

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

Nepal, South Africa and Venezuela to receive UN education prize

UNESCO Hamdan Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Prize

Three institutions in Nepal, South Africa and Venezuela will be recognized for supporting and improving teachers' effectiveness in developing countries, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). In Nepal, the Rato Bangala Foundation, a non-governmental organization provides training programmes to primary and secondary school teachers. Meanwhile, the African Institute for Mathematical [...]

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

Rwandan rural women farmers empowered

rural woman

International Women's Day is observed on 8 March annually to celebrate and highlight the achievements that women are making around the world. The theme for this year is "Empower Rural Women, End Hunger and Poverty." The Agency for Cooperation and Research in Development (ACORD) is working in 17 countries in Africa to empower rural women [...]

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

UN food expert says junk food responsible for debilitating diseases

junk food

Unhealthy food products and harmful food marketing practices are wreaking havoc on the public health sector. That's according to a new report by the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter. Increased consumption of highly processed foods or "junk food" has been linked to the rise in diabetes, cancer and heart [...]

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

ITU Summit in Doha to close digital divide in Arab region

ITU image

Over 600 world leaders are meeting in Doha for the Connect Arab Summit organized by the UN's telecommunications agency or ITU. The aim is to map out policies and strategies to help close the digital divide in the region. Jocelyne Sambira reports. Top level representatives from several Arab countries as well as some of the [...]

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

Syria hospital torture images "truly shocking"

Syrian refugees

Truly shocking. That is how the UN Human Rights Office has described television footage reportedly showing the torture of hospital patients in Syria. British network Channel 4 broadcast the images on Monday. They corroborate earlier reports by UN human rights experts about alleged abuses in Syrian medical facilities. Dianne Penn has more. Duration: 3’11″

6 Mar 2012 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

One year on, UN pays tribute to resilience of Japanese quake survivors

Japan photo exhibit

The devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan a year ago is chronicled in a photo exhibition at UN headquarters in New York. "Children and the 2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: UNICEF at Work" pays tribute to the victims and showcases the humanitarian assistance, particularly the help provided by the UN Children's Fund on the [...]

6 Mar 2012 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Fresh attacks by Uganda rebel group in DR Congo displace 3,000

child from the DRC carrying wood

Several thousand people have been displaced from eastern Democratic Republic of Congo due to fresh attacks by the Ugandan rebel Lord's Resistance Army or LRA, according to the UN refugee agency. After a lull in the second half of last year, the new attacks have forced 3,000 people out of their homes. The displaced have [...]

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

More people have safe drinking water but many still need toilets

boy drinking water from a faucet

The good and bad news have been announced by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) about drinking water and sanitation. The good news is that the target of cutting by half the number of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water has been met well in advance of the [...]

6 Mar 2012 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN green investment fund to boost rural electrification

solar power

Developing countries that are making an effort to reduce their carbon emissions will be able to access funds to install renewable electricity technologies. That's according to the UN agency that deals with climate change, or UNFCC. Charles Appel has more. Rural households in developing countries will soon be able to swap their kerosene lamps and [...]

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

Torture in Syrian public hospitals amounts to crimes against humanity

torture poster

Secret footage of alleged torture of patients in Syrian hospitals aired by a British news programme corroborates evidence collected by a UN Commission of Inquiry sent to the country in November. That's what Rupert Colville, the spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights told reporters in Geneva on Tuesday. Individuals suspected by the [...]

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

The power of a meal and a camera: one child's journey

Molly

Thirteen-year-old Molly invites the world into her world, as she chronicles her life in one of Kenya's poorest slums. She was given a video camera by the World Food Programme, which asked her to film scenes from her life at home and school. You can view Molly's video diary http://www.wfp.org/english/ One of her biggest challenges [...]

6 Mar 2012 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Hundreds flee fresh violence on Sudan-South Sudan border

Over 2,000 people have been displaced along the disputed border areas between Sudan and South Sudan following renewed clashes, according to the UN Refugee agency (UNHCR). The displaced who are reported to be fleeing bombardments and fear of more violence are seeking safety in South Sudan's Upper Nile state and in Western Ethiopia. UNHCR says [...]

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

MDG target on access to drinking water met

Access to clean drinking water

The world has met the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target of halving the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water, according to a report issued today by UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO). The report says over the past decade, over two billion people gained access to improved drinking water sources, [...]

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

Japan shows it's gratitude to the world following last year's disaster

Ondekoza Taiko is one of Japan's most prominent taiko groups

Japan is hosting a series of free concerts to express its gratitude for the support it got following the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The first concert organized by Japan's mission to the UN along with the Japan Foundation in New York is at UN headquarters Monday and there is another Tuesday at Lincoln [...]

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

Sudanese leaders will face justice for Darfur crimes: Ocampo

The President of Sudan and the Sudanese Minister of Defence will eventually be held accountable for war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Darfur between 2003 and 2004. That's what the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Luis Moreno Ocampo told reporters in New York on Monday. He said the case of [...]

5 Mar 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Women coconut farmers want recognition and support

Dr. Sarala Gopalan, a farmer from India

The coconut is one of the easiest crops to grow requiring minimal care to thrive, but many rural women farmers are shut out of this lucrative business. Dr. Sarala Gopalan, who works with women coconut farmers in Southern India says these women need to be recognized, so that they can access valuable resources including technology [...]

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

Top UN relief official granted permission to visit Syria

Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs

The UN humanitarian chief will visit Syria on Wednesday for a three-day mission. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos says she will urge all parties to the conflict, to allow unhindered access for aid workers to evacuate the wounded and deliver essential supplies. Ms. Amos has been trying to get into the country to assess [...]

5 Mar 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Japan rebuilds one year after earthquake and tsunami

IAEA fact-finding team visited Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant

The tragic memories from last year's devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan remain, but the rebuilding moves ahead according to the country's Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN. Ambassador Kazuo Kodama says one of the main priorities for Japan is to get people back into their homes and to make sure their emotional needs are [...]

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

UN supports Congo in wake of accidental explosion

Eduardo del Buey, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General

The United Nations has expressed its support to the Republic of Congo as it deals with the aftermath of accidental explosions at an ammunition depot, in the capital, Brazzaville, on Sunday. According to reports, more than 140 people were killed and over a thousand injured in the explosion. Government officials are quoted as saying the [...]

5 Mar 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

2011 peak year of disaster losses in the world

Japanese Earthquake - 2011

Damages estimated at close to $400 billion in 2011 were the worst economic losses caused by natural disasters in recorded history, according to a top United Nations official. Speaking to reporters on Monday, Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, said the losses were caused by disasters such as earthquakes and [...]

5 Mar 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

In defense of those who defend human rights

Stop killing journalists

Journalists, human rights defenders and students activists world-wide are in dire need of protection. That's the finding of the annual report by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders. Addressing the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday, Margaret Sekaggya said these groups often face assault, arrest and even death [...]

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

Somalia is not out of danger: Ban Ki-moon

A mosque is seen through a broken window from inside Mogadishu University

Despite the improvement of the humanitarian situation in Somalia, the Horn of Africa country is not yet out of danger. That's what United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council as it held an open debate on Somalia on Monday. Mr. Ban said there has been considerable progress in the peace process, citing two [...]

5 Mar 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

IAEA ready to return to North Korea

dprk nuclear test

The United Nations nuclear watchdog agency is ready to return to North Korea to verify its nuclear programme. That's what the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Yukiya Amano, told the agency's Board of Governors in Vienna on Monday. He welcomed last week's announcement of a moratorium on nuclear testing by the Democratic [...]

5 Mar 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Overcoming the Disaster: Gratitude from Japan to the World

japan-earthquake-poster

Japan is hosting a series of free concerts to express its gratitude for the support it got following the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The first concert organized by Japan's mission to the UN along with the Japan Foundation in New York takes place at UN headquarters on Monday evening. The concert features Wakumizu [...]

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Innovations continue to grow despite global economic downturn

Francis Gurry, WIPO head

  Despite the difficult global economic conditions, international patent filings set a new record in 2011 with nearly 182,000 applications according to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The increase represented a growth of 10 per cent over the filings made in 2010. WIPO Director General Francis Gurry says the growing number of patents was [...]

5 Mar 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Harassment, intimidation, arrest and ill-treatment of journalists on the rise

Journalists and media workers

A UN human rights expert has expressed concern over the growing use of legislation by governments to criminalize the work of journalists and youthful human rights defenders. Ms Margaret Sekaggya, UN expert on the situation of Human Rights Defenders, says she was troubled by reports which implicate government officials, state security forces and the judiciary in [...]

5 Mar 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Angelique Kidjo promotes education for girls in Africa

Angélique Kidjo, Grammy Award-winning singer and Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Children's Fund

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angelique Kidjo gave 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 Grammy Award Winner is also passionate about the education of girls in Africa. [...]

4 Mar 2012 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

FGM survivor hopes practice will be stamped out in her lifetime

Saran Dioubate

Music superstar Angelique Kidjo recently performed at the United Nations in a concert calling for an end to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). And while Saran Dioubate is not a household name, her voice is equally loud and compelling on this issue. As a child in her native country, Guinea, Saran and several other little girls [...]

4 Mar 2012 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Myanmar: By-elections will serve as "critical test"

Vijay Nambiar, UN envoy

Myanmar is making progress in its transition from military rule to a democracy, according to the UN envoy in the region, Vijay Nambiar. He recently spent five-days in the country where he met with key figures, including President U Thein Sein and opposition leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. But the upcoming parliamentary elections on [...]

3 Mar 2012 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Rapid urbanization in Asia lands more children in slums

children-urban

Child migration is one of the biggest challenges that Asian countries face. That's according to the newly released report by UNICEF on state of children living in urban areas worldwide. With Asian economies developing at a rapid pace, and cities exploding, children are on the move either alone or with their parents. These children often [...]

3 Mar 2012 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Changing harmful social norms that fuel violence against women

Team-building exercise at Mobilizing Men Campaign, Nairobi

For ages masculinity has been equated with power, toughness and the suppression of one's emotions, according to the UN Population Fund. The notion of what it means to be a "man" may have contributed to risky behaviours, sometimes deepening gender inequities, the agency adds. But a new initiative led by the Institute of Development Studies [...]

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

UN Radio News 02 March 2011

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A call to end female genital mutilation through a concert

kijo-banner

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and Grammy Award Winner Angelique Kidjo performs at a special concert at the United Nations dedicated to the global efforts to end Female Genital Mutilation. Ms. Kidjo calls on nations to sign a resolution to end the practice. The UN estimates that every year at least three million girls are at risk of [...]

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UN advocating for rural farmers to invest in food processing

smallholder agriculture

Governments in developing countries which face chronic food shortages are being urged to develop strong rural organizations like producer groups and cooperatives in a bid to fight hunger and poverty reduction. The UN Special Representative for Food Security and Nutrition David Nabarro says such organizations would enable small producers to play a greater role in [...]

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

More Malians fleeing to Mauritania and Burkina Faso

displaced families in Mali

Fighting between rebel Tuaregs and the Malian army is forcing Malian refugees to flee to Mauritania and Burkina Faso according to the UN refugee agency UNHCR. An estimated 31,000 Malians have fled into Mauritania, while nearly 20,000 have been registered in Burkina Faso. Both countries are reported to be receiving at least 2,000 Malians refugees [...]

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

Rapid urbanization in Asia lands more children in slums

Street_kids

Child migration is one of the biggest challenges that Asian countries face. That's according to the newly released report by UNICEF on state of children living in urban areas worldwide. With Asian economies developing at a rapid pace, and cities exploding, children are on the move either alone or with their parents. And they often [...]

1 Mar 2012 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

UN Radio News 01 March 2011

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Human Rights Council condemns rights abuses in Syria

Human Rights Council

The UN Human Rights Council has condemned the on going violence and human rights abuses in Syria and demanded an immediate end to the armed crackdown of anti government protesters. In a resolution approved by 37 member states, the council deplored what it said were brutal actions of the Syrian government which have forced thousands [...]

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

Security Council may take up a Syria Resolution again

Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant of the United Kingdom

The Security Council may take up a resolution on Syria again, according to the representative of the United Kingdom which takes over the presidency of the Security Council for the month of March. Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant says the Council will hold three formal events during the month. One will be a ministerial level meeting [...]

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

Papua New Guinea rural women demand stronger role in economy

Commission on the Status of Women meeting

Tribal wars are forcing families in the highlands of Papua New Guinea out of their homes. Not only are these families being separated in the conflicts, but women and girls are being exposed to violence. Voice for Change, a non-governmental organization, is trying to create a safe environment for these displaced women through mediation. It's [...]

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

UK assumes leadership of Security Council for March

Sir Mark Lyall Grant

The United Kingdom plans to shine a spotlight on several key issues during the month of March when it will hold the revolving presidency of the Security Council. British Ambassador to the UN, Sir Mark Lyall Grant says the UK will hold three formal events in the Security Council during the month. One will be [...]

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

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