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Private sector gears up for Rio+20

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Ahead of the UN's Rio+20 conference on sustainable development, the Global Compact, a UN voluntary initiative for responsible corporate citizenship will hold its own forum. Over 1,000 business people from 130 countries are expected to attend from 15-18 June in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They will be discussing how to align their operations and strategies [...]

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Comic book helps Haitian women and girls find their way to career success

Chimen Lakay which is Haitian Creole for

Two men are literally sketching out a better future for women and girls in Haiti. Mike Charles, a script writer, and Chevelin Pierre, an illustrator, are behind a new comic book that encourages Haitian women and girls to go after the career of their dreams. It tells the story of classmates Florans and Deniz who [...]

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UN chief warns of "catastrophic civil war" in Syria

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

  The massacre of civilians in Syria, similar to that of the 108 people killed in El Houleh last weekend, could plunge the country into a catastrophic civil war. That warning has come from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who spoke at the UN Alliance of Civilizations forum in Istanbul, Turkey on Thursday. Mr Ban said the [...]

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UN refugee chief says there is multiplication of new crises

An aerial view of the Dadaab refugee complex in north-east Kenya. The camps there house hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees.

It is becoming more difficult to find solutions for people around the world who are in a prolonged refugee situation, according to the head of the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR). Antonio Guterres on Thursday launched "The State of the World's Refugees" which, he said, is not a book about statistics but an analysis of [...]

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Transition to a green economy could yield up to 60 million jobs

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As many as 60 million additional jobs could be generated through a transformation to a greener economy according to a new report. The Green Jobs Initiative says this could potentially lift tens of millions of workers out of poverty over the next two decades. The study "Working towards sustainable development: Opportunities for decent work and [...]

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HINDI #25: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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1. UN remembers peacekeepers who lost their lives in the line of duty. 2. Former Liberian president Charles Taylor to serve 50 years for war crimes in Sierra Leone 3. UN body call for sea change in policies to protect marine biodiversity. 4. Health assembly wants to reduce deaths from world's leading killer diseases. 5. Global [...]

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Sierra Leone leader committed to free election

Baso Sangqu, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the UN

Despite huge challenges that Sierra Leone is facing, it has made remarkable progress since the civil war ended 10 years ago, according to the representative of South Africa to the United Nations. Ambassador Baso Sangqu spoke as the Council heard a briefing on its mission to the West African countries of Liberia, Côte d'Ivoire and [...]

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UN Committee deplores killing of children in Syria

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has strongly condemned the massacre of 108 people, including 49 children in El Houleh, Syria on Friday and Saturday The Committee, which is holding its session in Geneva, says it is also alarmed at reports by United Nations observers of continued violence and killings of civilians. [...]

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Governments are urged to expose activities of the tobacco industry

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  On World No Tobacco Day, observed on 31 May, governments around the world are being urged to expose the activities of the tobacco industry which is promoting its product that kills six million people every year. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that by 2030 tobacco will kill more than eight million people every [...]

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Up to 60 million jobs could be created by green economy: ILO

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The transition to a greener economy could generate up to 60 million jobs according to a report launched in Geneva on Thursday. The study by the Green Jobs Initiative is a partnership between the United Nations Environment Programme(UNEP), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Organization of Employers (IOE) and the International Trade Union Congress [...]

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WHO urges countries to stand strong against aggressive tobacco companies

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Cigarette makers are now using the court system to undermine public health policies that protect people from the harmful effects of tobacco. That's the opinion of the World Health Organization (WHO) which says these companies are threatening governments with litigation or discrediting evidence proving the dangers of tobacco. On World No Tobacco Day, observed on [...]

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"Guns cannot be the solution" in Syria says deputy joint envoy

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A militarization of the conflict in Syria will bring enormous suffering to the country. The warning has come from Jean-Marie Guéhenno, the Deputy Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League on the Syrian crisis. Following a briefing to the UN Security Council on Wednesday, Mr. Guehenno said that after 15 months [...]

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Amputees from Sierra Leone's war applaud sentence for Charles Taylor

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (second from left) meets players of the Single Leg Amputee Sports Club (SLASC) in Freetown, Sierra Leone, before their match.

Victims of Sierra Leone’s brutal civil war are celebrating Charles Taylor's sentence of 50 years in prison. Amputees got together in the capital of Freetown to watch in a cinema as the former Liberian leader received his sentence from the UN backed Special Court for Sierra Leone at the Hague. Tens of thousands of people [...]

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UN expert on sexual violence in conflict welcomes UK initiative to combat this crime

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

The United Kingdom's decision to establish a special rapid deployment unit that will collect evidence of rape and other sexual violence in conflict areas has been welcomed by a senior UN official. Margot Wallström, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sexual Violence in Conflict, said measures like this will help build a strong [...]

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50 year prison sentence for Liberia's Charles Taylor

Charles Taylor

  Former Liberian President Charles Taylor awaiting verdict on April 26, 2012. Photo: UN Webcast video Liberia's former president, who was convicted for aiding and abetting war crimes in Sierra Leone, has been sentenced to 50 years in prison. The 64-year-old Taylor was convicted in April on 11 counts, including terrorism, murder, rape, sexual slavery, [...]

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UN welcomes creation of UK team to combat sexual violence in conflict

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An initiative by the government of the United Kingdom to help combat sexual violence in conflict areas has been welcomed by a top United Nations official. The UK government announced on Tuesday that it is creating a special rapid deployment unit to collect evidence on suspected sexual violence perpetrated in areas of conflict. Margot Wallström, [...]

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ILO chief praises young people's refusal to accept a bleak future

Checking job offers at a Job center in Moscow.

The youth unemployment crisis is among the items topping the agenda of the International Labour Conference which opened in Geneva on Wednesday. The conference is held annually by the International Labour Organization (ILO), which says the unemployment rate for young people is three times that of adults. ILO chief Juan Somavia applauded young people who [...]

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Young people share heavy burden of global economic crisis

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Policies that are being formulated to respond to the global economic crisis are not creating job opportunities for young people. That's the message delivered by Juan Somavia, the outgoing Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO) at the start of the agency's conference in Geneva on Wednesday. Mr. Somavia said that since the 2008 financial [...]

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Annan stresses need for democratic transition in Syria

Ahmad Fawzi, spokesman for joint UN-Arab League Envoy Kofi Annan

The joint United Nations-Arab League envoy for Syria has stressed the importance of finding a solution that will lead to a democratic transition in the country. Kofi Annan spoke in Amman, Jordan, on Wednesday following talks with the country's prime minister and foreign minister on the ongoing crisis in Syria. He said the situation in [...]

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Cigarette companies up their fight against anti-tobacco laws

World No Tobacco Day 2012 poster

  The tobacco industry is using deceitful and dirty tactics to weaken and undermine the fight against tobacco consumption, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The tactics include legal actions against governments that have been at the forefront of the war against tobacco, exaggerating the economic importance of the tobacco industry and discrediting proven science [...]

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Charles Taylor to serve 50 years for war crimes in Sierra Leone

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor has been sentenced to 50 years in jail for aiding and abetting the commission of war crimes during Sierra Leone’s 10 year civil war. Judges at the Special Court for Sierra Leone said  if the former leader had not provided moral, financial and logistical support to the RUF rebels the conflict [...]

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Envoy for Syria calls for "bold" steps to implement his plan

Kofi Annan, Joint Special Envoy of the UN and the League of Arab States on the Syrian Crisis

The joint envoy of the United Nations and Arab League has urged President Bashar al-Assad of Syria to take "bold steps" to implement his six-point plan to resolve the crisis in the country. Kofi Annan, who met with President Al-Assad in Damascus on Tuesday morning, told reporters that he frankly conveyed the international community's concern [...]

29 May 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Australia to give nearly $90 million to UN agency for Palestinian refugees

Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs Bob Carr (on right) and UNRWA Commissioner-General Filippo Grandi (on left)

The United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) is to receive $90 million from Australia over the next five years. An agreement was signed by Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr and the head of UNRWA, Filippo Grandi, in the Australian capital, Canberra, on Monday. Charles Appel reports. Australia was the tenth largest donor to UNRWA [...]

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Israel addresses concerns of Palestinian prisoners

Robert Serry

Israeli authorities have taken steps to address the concerns of more than 1,500 Palestinian prisoners who went on strike in April to protest against their detention. That's what the UN Secretary-General's Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, told the Security Council on Tuesday. Mr. Serry said the strike was resolved on [...]

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Kenyan soldier says International Day recognizes peacekeepers' commitment to changing the world

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Approximately 120,000 peacekeepers are serving at UN missions worldwide. Their contributions are remembered every year on 29 May, the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers. Captain Rachel Kagia of Kenya is a military observer at the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). Nana Bolodjua of Radio Okapi sat down with [...]

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United States urged to probe deaths of Mexican migrants at border

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The United States government has been urged to investigate allegations of killings of Mexican migrants by Border Patrol officers. The appeal has come from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights following a decision of the U.S. Justice Department to close the case of a Mexican who was fatally shot in the [...]

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UN celebrates partnerships on international day of peacekeepers

Wreath-laying ceremony on the occasion of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers

Peacekeepers, or the "blue helmets," are the visible embodiment of the United Nations and in some ways serve as informal ambassadors for the organization in the countries where they are posted. The UN remembers their contributions each year on 29 May, the International Day of UN Peacekeepers. This year, the focus is on partnerships. The [...]

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Thirty million children in rich countries live in poverty: UNICEF

little boy from ex-mining town of Grimethorpe, South Yorkshire, England

Millions of children in some of the world's richest countries are living in poverty, according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). In its latest report, UNICEF says that 30 million children in 35 countries, including those in the European Union, do not have basic items or three meals a day, among other measures of what [...]

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UN remembers peacekeepers who lost their lives in the line of duty

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at a ceremony to honour the memory of the over 100 hundred blue helmets who lost their lives in 2011, on today's International Day of UN Peacekeepers

The United Nations on Tuesday honoured 112 police officers and soldiers who lost their lives while serving in peacekeeping operations around the world last year. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke at a wreath laying ceremony in New York which started with the observance of a moment of silence. Mr. Ban called the fallen peacekeepers heroes. [...]

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Millions of children in richest countries live in poverty

Children in the ex-mining town of Grimethorpe, South Yorkshire, England,

About 30 million children across 35 countries with developed economies live in poverty, according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). In a report released on Tuesday, UNICEF says 13 million children in the European Union plus Norway and Iceland lack basic items necessary for their development. Gordon Alexander, Director of UNICEF’s Office of Research, says [...]

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UN agencies ready to help displaced Somalis in Mogadishu

Ugandan soldiers serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) fire a mortar near the outskirts of Afgooye, a town to the west of Somali capital Mogadishu.

Thousands of Somalis displaced by a recent military operation in the Afgooye corridor have arrived in the country's capital, Mogadishu, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR). On 22 May troops from the African Union Mission in Somalia and the Somali Army went into Afgooye to push back Al-Shabaab insurgents from the region where [...]

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A tribute to peacekeeping

Sandra Doinita Visan, UNMIT Military Officer participates in 2009 Peacekeepers Day Observance

  At the 2009 United Nations Day celebration here in New York, a concert to honour peacekeepers took place, and the General Assembly hall echoed with music and inspiration from artists and musicians from around the world. UN Radio's Florence “Beng” Poblete-Enriquez prepared these excerpts from that concert. Master of ceremonies was Isha Sesay, anchor [...]

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Summary executions took place in Syria’s El Houleh region

UN Observers in Syria

Most of the 108 people killed in Syria’s El Houleh region on Friday were summarily executed, according to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Rupert Colville, a spokesperson for the High Commissioner, says initial investigations by the United Nations indicate that fewer than 20 of the victims were killed by artillery or tank fire. [...]

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UN Daily News 28 May 2012

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Kofi Annan in Damascus for talks with Syrian authorities and opposition

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

  UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan arrived in Syria on Monday for talks with President Bashar Al-Assad and senior officials. His visit follows the killing of more than 100 civilians in the village of El-Houleh on Friday. "I urge the Government to take bold steps to signal that it is serious in its intention to [...]

28 May 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN envoy "hopeful" as Sudan and South Sudan hold peace talks this week

Haile Menkerios

The UN envoy for Sudan and South Sudan says he is hopeful about the talks between the two countries scheduled to begin on Tuesday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In an interview with Radio Miraya in South Sudan, Haile Menkerios said the neighbouring states must implement agreements they have already reached. The talks will centre around [...]

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Sudan and South Sudan to resume peace talks this week

Haile Menkerios

  Representatives from Sudan and South Sudan are scheduled to hold talks in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Tuesday to resolves outstanding issues related to the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement. These include the status of nationals of one country resident in the other, border demarcation and the final status of the disputed Abyei region. South Sudan [...]

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UN "blueprint" promotes development of the green economy in Asia-Pacific

Noeleen Heyzer

Asia-Pacific countries are being urged to lead the global push towards a green economy that will help reduce poverty while promoting sustainable development. The charge comes from Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, head of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), which on Monday launched what it called a "blueprint" for developing [...]

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Security Council holds emergency session following killing of Syrian villagers

A convoy of UN observers travels in Syria

The killing of more than 100 people in the Syrian village of El-Houleh on Friday has drawn international condemnation and outrage. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said the incident may mount to crimes against humanity or other forms of international crime. Following emergency closed door consultations on Sunday, the UN Security Council [...]

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Vulnerable Gaza families to benefit from UAE Red Crescent donation

An UNRWA staff member distributing food aid to refugees in Gaza.

The UN agency which works with Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) has welcomed a $817,000 contribution from the United Arab Emirates Red Crescent. UNRWA says the funds will go towards assisting some of the most vulnerable families in Gaza, where more than half the population is partly dependent on international organizations for food. Dianne Penn reports. The [...]

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Secretary-General and Joint Special Envoy strongly condemn Syria killings

Kofi Annan and Ban Ki-moon (file photo)

The recent killing of more than 90 men, women and children near the Syrian city of Homs was a flagrant violation of international law, according to the UN Secretary-General and the UN-Arab League envoy for the country. In a joint statement, Ban Ki-moon and Kofi Annan called on the Syrian government to cease using heavy weapons in [...]

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Security Council joins condemnation of Syrian civilian killings

Security Council chamber [UN file photo].

The Security Council has called for an end to all forms of violence in Syria following the killing of villagers on Friday. Council members held emergency closed door consultations on Sunday, following which they released a press statement strongly condemning the killing of dozens of people in El-Houleh, near the city of Homs. Azerbaijan holds [...]

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Syria to launch commission into killing of civilians in El-Houleh

Bashar Ja'afari, Permanent Representative of Syria to the UN

  Those responsible for the recent massacre of villagers in El-Houleh, Syria, will be brought to justice. That information comes from the country's ambassador, Bashar Ja’afari, who spoke to reporters in New York on Sunday following an emergency meeting of the Security Council. "My government has established a national commission of inquiry tasked with finding [...]

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

New health model helps Palestinian refugees

An UNRWA doctor is showing a mother a brochure on how to prevent anaemia through proper nutrition

Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians are benefiting from a new family health team model that has been introduced by the United Nations Agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA). UNRWA says the new approach started as pilots in two health centres in late 2011. The agency says that as of March this year, the model is expanding [...]

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UN Daily News 25 May 2012

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Malnutrition takes toll on children in Yemen

There is a need to focus on ending malnutrition which is stunting and killing children in Yemen, according to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). UNICEF says that the political upheaval, continuing instability and underdevelopment have created a dire humanitarian situation in the country. The agency is calling for immediate action to help the 13 [...]

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About 6,000 South Sudanese airlifted back home from Khartoum

  Nearly 6,000 South Sudanese have been airlifted back home from the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, by the International Organization for Migration (IOM). They are part of a group of nearly 12,000 South Sudanese who were stranded at Kosti in Sudan for months waiting for transport. IOM says there have been 40 flights between Khartoum and [...]

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Agreement reached to cut deaths due to hypertension, diabetes and cancer

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Member states of the World Health Organization(WHO) have agreed to cut the number of deaths as a result of non-communicable diseases by 25 per cent over the next 15 years. The diseases  which include cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes account for more than 63 per cent of deaths around the world. In [...]

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INDONESIA #18: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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Growth must resume; More jobs must be created, particularly for young people, General Assembly President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser tells Thematic debate on Rio+20 and Beyond. In the interview part, reporter Damar Ardyan interviewed the Chief of Working Group on Law Study and Enforcement of REDD + Mas Ahmad Santosa. The interview discussed about deforestation moratorium [...]

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ILO forum addresses growing problem of youth unemployment

Youth unemployment has reached unprecedented proportions in many countries, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO).  ILO says there will be 75 million jobless young people this year, four million more than in 2007.  To address this challenge, the agency this week held a three-day forum in Geneva in which 100 young people participated. Patrick [...]

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UN Commission seeks to put life-saving medicines in the hands of women and children

A mother and child lying on the bare floor of a paediatric ward (Photo: V. Mayanja/IRIN).

Although maternal mortality world-wide has dropped by half over the past 20 years, millions of women and children are dying because they cannot access medicines and health supplies.  A UN Commission wants to increase provision of life-saving medicines which could prevent up to six million deaths over the next three years.  Charles Appel reports. American [...]

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Over 35,000 Sudanese flee Nuba Mountains region to South Sudan

Worsening security and humanitarian conditions in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan are driving thousands of refugees into neighbouring South Sudan. The UN Refugee agency (UNHCR ) says the refugee population in Yida camp in South Sudan has swollen to more than 35,000 and is expected to exceed 40,000 by the end of the month as more [...]

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St.Kitts-Nevis – first English-speaking Caribbean State to launch their Man and the Biosphere Programme

Aeral view of Fort Charles on Nevis Island. Hill Fortress.

The Federation of St. Kitts-Nevis has become the first English-speaking Caribbean State to launch their Man and the Biosphere Programme. According to a story on UNESCO's website, the St. Mary's Biosphere Programme, is dedicated to the sustainable development and management of an area of significant biodiversity and cultural conservation, sustainable development capacity building and information [...]

25 May 2012 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

27 million Caribbean citizens to benefit from improved communications infrastructure: World Bank

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NARRATOR:  The World Bank has approved a US$25 million financial package to support the first phase financial package to support the first phase of the Caribbean Regional Communications Infrastructure Program. The program will provide 27 million people with access to better and affordable broadband services. The Infrastructure Program is the first phase of a 10-year [...]

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Young people may end up paying the heaviest price in the global financial crisis: Prime Minister Persad-Bissessar

Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

NARRATOR: It is the view of Trinidad and Tobago's Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar that while young people are innocent bystanders in the global financial crisis, they may end up paying the heaviest price as they will be called upon to work longer to service the debts accumulated in recent years and to support an increasingly [...]

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American girls raise awareness and money to fight child marriage in four countries

Girl Up Campaign

Every day, girls as young as five years old are robbed of their childhood because they cease being girls and become brides. However, thousands of American girls between the ages of 13 and 18 who are outraged after learning about child marriage are working to fight it. These girls are raising awareness and funds to [...]

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Polio eradication stalling due to lack of funding

A young child receives polio drops in Pakistan

Global polio eradication efforts could grind to a halt over the next two years unless a one billion dollar funding shortfall is met, according to the World Health Organization(WHO). The agency says the funding is needed to scale up vaccination campaigns in Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan, which are the remaining polio endemic countries. WHO says [...]

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UN Daily News 23 May 2012

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URDU #22: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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1. Kofi Annan expresses concern over third operating force in Syrian conflic 2. UN Supervision Mission head in Syria says nearly 260 observers deployed 3. UN mission chief says Syria dialogue cannot happen unless violence stops 4. New model needed for economic growth, says Ban Ki-moon 5. Trial of Mladic starts at The Hague 6. [...]

23 May 2012 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

URDU #20: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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1. Over 1.5 billion people living in conflict-affected countries, says Ban Ki- moon 2. UN envoy to Guinea-Bissau says crisis there affecting population and economy 3. $400 million urgently needed to feed 8 million people in drought-affected countries of Sahel region : WFP head 4. ILO expert : Creating jobs is key for new French [...]

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URDU #21: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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1. UN : Rio+20 is our chance to put the world on a more sustainable path 2. UN experts push proposal for global financial transaction tax 3. December 21, 2012 : Beginning of a new era in the Mayan culture 4. UNSMIS chief says Syrians placing ” a lot of hope ” in UN observers 5. Humanitarian [...]

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HINDI #24: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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1. Rio+2o about people's aspirations: UN. 2. Asia Pacific urged to Protect environment as it pursues economic growth. 3. Guatemala invites the world to welcome a new era on December 21, 2012. Narrated and Produced by Ambalika Misra Duration: 15’00″

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UN supports African Union effort to stop LRA

The SRSG and Head of UNOCA, Mr Abou Moussa, and the AU Special Envoy for the LRA issue, Mr Francisco Madeira, paid a visit to the UN Forces in Dungu, including the Moroccan contingent.

Over the past weeks, elements of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) have been terrorizing people in the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The group, led by Joseph Kony, began operating in Uganda in the 1980s and has also been active in South Sudan. LRA actions have included killing, robbing, raping, [...]

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UN Daily News 22 May 2012

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Mali refugee crisis rapidly deteriorating

United Nations agencies have launched a joint emergency operation to help thousands of people displaced by insecurity in northern Mali. More than 500,000 people have been displaced with over 300,000 seeking refuge in neighbouring countries including Mauritania, Burkina Faso and Niger. Elisabeth Byrs of the World Food Programme (WFP) says her agency and the UN [...]

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Irregular migrants including children die crossing the Indian Ocean

People wade out to smugglers' boats

More than 20 migrants are dead or missing after their boat sank on Saturday off the French territory of Mayotte in the Indian Ocean according to the UN Refugee agency UNHCR. The boat which is said to have been carrying about 40 people had set sail from the island of Anjouan in the Comoros Islands. [...]

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Thousands of Congolese flee into Uganda

Close to 15,000 people from the Democratic Republic of Congo have fled into southwest Uganda, as fighting continues between Congolese government forces and rebel groups, according the the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). The agency says over 7,000 of those displaced, many of whom come from villages in North Kivu, are camping in the town of [...]

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UN Daily News 21 May 2012

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Global health targets threatened by declining donor support

World Health Organization

Declining donor support is likely to affect the attainment of global health targets including those of HIVAIDS according to the World Health Organization. WHO says the UN Millennium development goal of having 15 million HIV positive people on antiretroviral treatment by 2015 will not be met mainly as a result of serious financial constraints facing [...]

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

Fighting dengue fever with genetically modified mosquitoes and vaccines

Two Aedes aegypti larvae are shown glowing red or green under a fluorescence microscope because they carry a gene encoding a fluorescent protein.

Some new weapons are being developed to fight dengue fever. One is genetically modified mosquitoes and the other is a vaccine. Dengue is a mosquito-borne infection found in tropical and sub-tropical regions around the world. In recent years, transmission has increased predominantly in urban and semi-urban areas and has become a major international public health [...]

20 May 2012 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Australia celebrates Aboriginals and other indigenous peoples at UN event

UN Event celebrates Aboriginals and other indigenous peoples

The Australian Mission to the United Nations held a celebration for the permanent forum on indigenous issues, with a reception in the General Assembly lobby. Some 2,000 indigenous people from around the world are in New York for the annual meeting which ends this week. This year’s special theme is “The Doctrine of Discovery: Its [...]

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

Governments urged not to abandon commitment to sustainable development

Governments around the world have been urged by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon not to abandon their commitment to sustainable development. Mr. Ban spoke on the second day of a meeting on the global economy at UN Headquarters in New York attended by government leaders and economists. He said he is deeply concerned about the slow [...]

18 May 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN receives highest honour from Timor-Leste

Jose Ramos Horta presents presidential medals to the United Nations mission in the country (UNMIT)

The United Nations on Friday received the highest honour of Timor-Leste from the country's outgoing president. Nobel Peace Prize Laureate José Ramos-Horta thanked the United Nations on his last day as Timor's president at a medal ceremony held at the headquarters of the UN mission in the capital city of Dili. Four UN officials accepted [...]

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Targeted sanctions imposed on Guinea-Bissau coup leaders

Security Council chamber [UN file photo].

The Security Council on Friday imposed targeted sanctions against military officers who seized power in Guinea-Bissau on 12 April. The Council unanimously adopted a resolution submitted by Portugal which reiterated the condemnation of the coup d'état in Guinea-Bissau. The Council demanded that soldiers relinquish power and take steps to restore and respect constitutional order. Ambassador [...]

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Libya to provide $71 million to improve food security

Libya and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have committed themselves to work together to improve food security in the country. Under an agreement signed in Rome on Friday, the government of Libya is expected to provide $71 million to develop the country's agricultural sector. Dianne Penn reports. The agricultural projects to receive funding [...]

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Talk of economic recovery can be best described as premature: Guyana's President Ramotar

Donald Ramotar

The persistent adverse state of the world economy remains a matter of global concern, and demands that the United Nations address itself to the challenges. That's what Guyana's President Donald Ramotar told the Summit segment of High-Level Thematic debate on the State of the World Economy Thursday at UN Headquarters in New York. President Ramotar [...]

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Over 2,000 South Sudanese airlifted from Sudan

IOM staff receives returnees from Kosti, Sudan at Juba airport

More than 2,000 South Sudanese have been airlifted from the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, to Juba, the capital of South Sudan. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) says many of the passengers were previously stranded at the Kosti way station 300 kilometres south of Khartoum for several months. According to the agency, about 12,000 South Sudanese [...]

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Trinidad and Tobago warns developing countries may not be able to with stand a second economic crisis

Kamla Persaud Bissessar

There is a real risk that the present global fragility could impact on small peripheral economies and other developing countries that were able to withstand the initial impact of the crisis due to strong domestic economic buffers. So says Trinidad and Tobago's Prime Minister Kamla Persaud Bissessar. She told a High-Level Thematic debate on the [...]

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Economic crisis highlights income inequalities

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The global financial crisis has highlighted the growing inequality found in many parts of the world. Economists Robin Wells and Paul Krugman blame this increasing inequality for the spiral of social polarization, growing divisions and crisis. Their essay has been published in "The Occupy Handbook," a new release which analyzes the grassroots occupy movement. The [...]

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UN mission chief says Syria dialogue cannot happen unless violence stops

Major General Robert Mood (at podium) in Syria. (3 May 2012)

The violence in Syria can only be stopped if all parties genuinely commit to a process that will lead to dialogue. That was the message from the head of the UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS), Major-General Robert Mood, who spoke to reporters in Damascus on Friday. Major-General Mood also gave an update on the [...]

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Record number of African migrants and refugees arrive in Yemen

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More refugees and migrants from the Horn of Africa have arrived in Yemen this year than during the same period last year, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR). UNHCR says three out of four people who board rickety boats on the beaches near the port towns of Obock in Djibouti or Bossasso in [...]

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Kofi Annan concerned about third force in Syrian conflict

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A third force may be involved in the ongoing conflict in Syria, according to a spokesman for the joint envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League on Syria. Suspicions about this involvement have been prompted by bomb attacks in Syria that are similar to those carried out by Al-Qaeda. Last week more than [...]

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Celebrating five years of the declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples

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  Following more than two decades of negotiation, the United Nations in 2007 adopted a declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples. The international human rights instrument emphasizes the rights of indigenous people everywhere—from the Andes Mountains in South America to the sacred aboriginal lands in Australia—to maintain their own institutions, cultures and traditions. A [...]

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Close to 260 UN observers deployed in Syria

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The UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) is expected to be fully operational in record time, according to its head. Major-General Robert Mood told reporters in the country's capital, Damascus, on Friday that there are now close to 260 unarmed UN observers on the ground from nearly 60 countries. He said the arrival of observers [...]

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INDONESIA #16: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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INDONESIA #17: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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  Representatives from Asia-Pacific participate in UN indigenous forum This week interview is about renewable energy in Indonesia as a solution for the need of economic growth which does not cause environmental damage. The interview relates the UNDP report “One Planet to Share”. The report , which launched in Jakarta, Indonesia, emphasized the need for [...]

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Sexual violence used to scare people in Colombia

Margot Wallström, SRSG for sexual violence in conflict, hears heartbreaking stories of survivors of sexual violence in an IDP community, 100 km from Bogota

  Sexual violence is being used by illegal armed groups in Colombia as a weapon to scare and subjugate communities in areas where these groups operate. That's the testimony a senior United Nations official heard from women who have been raped in the department of Meta, about 100 kilometres from the capital, Bogotá. Margot Wallström, [...]

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Maternal deaths drop by nearly half over the past 20 years

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The number of women worldwide dying from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth has dropped by nearly half over the past two decades: from 543,000 in 1990 to 287,000 in 2010. However, many countries, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa, are unlikely to achieve the Millennium Development Goal of reducing maternal deaths by 75 per cent before [...]

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Fighting dengue fever with genetically modified mosquitoes and vaccines

Two Aedes aegypti larvae are shown glowing red or green under a fluorescence microscope because they carry a gene encoding a fluorescent protein.

Some new weapons are being developed to fight dengue fever. One is genetically modified mosquitoes and the other is a vaccine. Dengue is a mosquito-borne infection found in tropical and sub-tropical regions around the world. In recent years, transmission has increased predominantly in urban and semi-urban areas and has become a major international public health [...]

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Khmer Krom strive to preserve their cultural heritage in Viet Nam

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The Khmer Krom, the indigenous peoples of the Mekong Delta who live in Viet Nam, are trying to preserve their heritage while advancing their culture. They are one of the many groups that came to the United Nations to participate in the 11th Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. The UN says there [...]

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Khmer Krom strive to preserve their cultural heritage in Viet Nam

members of the UN Indigenous Youth Caucus

  The Khmer Krom, the indigenous peoples of the Mekong Delta who live in Viet Nam, are trying to preserve their heritage while advancing their culture. They are one of the many groups that came to the United Nations to participate in the Eleventh Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. The UN says [...]

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Safety net with World Bank support helps poor people in Tanzania

Tanzanian woman farming the land

The World Bank is helping Tanzania establish a safety net programme to improve the lives of 15 million people, over half of whom are women. Through cash for work projects and other programmes, people are earning money to support their families while rebuilding their communities. Nearly half of Tanzania's population lives below the poverty line [...]

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UN celebrates five years of indigenous rights declaration

Grand Chief Edward John

Indigenous peoples who have gathered in New York for their annual session in New York celebrated the fifth anniversary of a UN declaration on their rights. The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted by the General Assembly in September 2007 after more than two decades of debate. It outlines the rights [...]

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New model needed for dynamic growth: Ban

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The global economy is at a critical juncture according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who says the old model is broken and a new one for dynamic growth needs to be created. He made the remarks at the opening of a UN General Assembly thematic debate on the "State of the World Economy and Finance [...]

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Security Council members prepare for mission to West Africa

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The 15 members of the Security Council are set for a three-country trip to West Africa on Friday evening. The Council members are scheduled to visit Liberia, Côte d'Ivoire and Sierra Leone and to meet with the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS. UN spokesman Martin Nesirky says in Liberia, the ambassadors will review [...]

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All people regardless of sexual orientation deserve equal rights

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Fundamental rights enshrined in international law should be enjoyed by everyone regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. That's the message of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, in a video message for the International Day against Homophobia observed on 17 May. Charles Radcliffe is chief of the Global Issues Section [...]

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Saudi Arabia to give $66.7 million for FAO projects

Saudi Arabia and FAO sign an agreement to step up in-country cooperation

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is to allocate close to $67 million for projects run by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in the country. An agreement paving the way for the funds was signed by Saudi and FAO officials in Rome during the agency's regional conference for the Near East. Beng Poblete-Enriquez reports. [...]

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New model needed for economic growth, says Ban Ki-moon

State of the World Economy and Finance in 2012 discussed at the UN

A new model for dynamic economic growth that creates jobs and fights poverty is needed, according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Mr. Ban spoke in the General Assembly on Thursday during a debate on the "State of the World Economy and Finance and its Impact on Development" attended by government leaders. He said the old [...]

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Indigenous peoples need financial and technical assistance

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  Access to financial and technical assistance is critical to promoting and protecting the human rights of indigenous peoples. That message came from the President of the General Assembly who spoke on Thursday at an event commemorating the fifth anniversary of the adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Nassir Abdulaziz [...]

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"Punish hatred, not love" says human rights chief in anti-homophobia video

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All around the world, people are arrested, attacked, tortured or killed because they are in a loving relationship with someone of the same sex. To counteract this harassment and discrimination, activists around the world commemorate 17 May as the International Day against Homophobia. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has released [...]

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Colombian women speak up against sexual violence

Margot Wallström, SRSG for sexual violence in conflict, hears NGOs claims for justice and end of impunity in Colombia

Colombian women are speaking up against sexual violence and want their government to fight impunity. That's what Margot Wallström, the UN Secretary General's Special Representative for Sexual Violence in Conflict said Thursday on the first day of her visit to the South American country. She met with members of non-governmental organizations who told her about [...]

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Libyan authorities want to try Muammar Gadaffi's son

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Authorities in Libya have informed the International Criminal Court (ICC) that they want to prosecute the son of the late Muammar Gaddafi for crimes committed during the uprising in the country. That's what Luis Moreno Ocampo said on Wednesday during his last report to the Security Council as the ICC Prosecutor. Mr. Ocampo said ICC [...]

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Maternal deaths halved over 20 years

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The number of women dying of pregnancy and childbirth related complications has dropped by nearly half over the past twenty years. That's according to a new report released on Wednesday by the World Health Organization, the UN Children's Fund, the UN Population Fund and the World Bank. The report, entitled "Trends in maternal mortality: 1990 [...]

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Trial of former Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic underway

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  The trial of former Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic gets underway at The Hague with a stern warning by the judge following gestures made in court. Mr. Mladic reportedly made a throat-slitting gesture to a victim. The judge told all sides that inappropriate interactions were unacceptable. Mladic is facing charges on war crimes, crimes [...]

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More than half of South Sudanese to face food insecurity

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Over half the population of South Sudan, or some 4.7 million people, are at risk of going hungry this year, according to an assessment by food agencies and the country's government. They say food shortfalls have continued to worsen in the country, which celebrates its first year of independence in July. The anticipated cereal deficit [...]

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Trial of Mladic starts at The Hague

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The trial of former Serb Commander Ratko Mladic, accused of war crimes during the 1992 to 1995 Bosnian War began at The Hague on Wednesday. Mr. Mladic is facing eleven counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity for his role in what was known as "ethnic cleansing" in that war. He has pleaded not [...]

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Maternal deaths drop by nearly half over the past 20 years

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The number of women worldwide dying from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth has dropped by nearly half over the past two decades. Estimates released on Wednesday by four agencies, including the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), show that maternal mortality fell from 543,000 to 287,000 between 1990 and 2010. However, they warn that many countries, [...]

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Torture, killings and human rights violations reported in Syria

Widespread torture, killings and human rights violations have allegedly been committed in Syria, according to the Chairperson of the UN Committee against Torture. Claudio Grossman spoke at a meeting in Geneva which took place despite the Syrian delegations absence. Government officials were supposed to report to the Committee on what Syria has done to implement [...]

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UN expert on sexual violence in conflict travels to Colombia

Margot Wallström

A senior UN official is travelling to Colombia on Wednesday in efforts to combat impunity for crimes of sexual violence committed during the country's armed conflict. Margot Wallström, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for sexual violence, said she hopes to deepen dialogue and strengthen cooperation with the government during her four-day visit. She will [...]

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Criminal violence threatens Central America

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Violence by criminals is threatening stability in Central America, according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Mr. Ban addressed the General Assembly during a discussion on how to promote and implement a regional security strategy in Central America. The Secretary-General said political violence has been greatly reduced and democratic processes are being consolidated. However, he added, [...]

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Obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes nearing epidemic levels

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New health data by the World Health Organization(WHO) shows a dramatic increase in chronic diseases such as obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes especially in the developing world. WHO says one in three adults worldwide, has raised blood pressure, while one in ten adults has diabetes. In its annual World Health Statistics report WHO says [...]

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Charles Taylor denies responsibility for war crimes

Former Liberia leader Charles Taylor says he cannot be held responsible for the war crimes committed during Sierra Leone’s 10 year civil war. In a statement before the Special court for Sierra Leone at The Hague, the former president said his contribution to peace in Sierra Leone was not taken into account during his trial [...]

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Global Compact brings business leaders together ahead of Rio +20

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Just ahead of the Rio+20 conference in June, business leaders will be meeting to discuss how they can add to the forum on sustainable development. The Global Compact, which is a UN voluntary initiative for responsible corporate citizenship, is hosting "The Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum" from 15-18 June. The focus of the meeting in Rio [...]

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A "born artist" celebrates her Haitian heritage at UN concert honouring slave trade victims

Rachelle Jeanty

  Singer Rachelle Jeanty performs in a myriad of styles, from pop to jazz, and she has worked with artists such as Celine Dion and Johnny Halliday. But she says regardless of the type of music she sings, her Haitian heritage is always an influence. Jeanty was born in New York and grew up in [...]

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Envoy calls for support for Somalia as end of transition period approaches

Augustine Mahiga

Somalia has made considerable advances as it prepares for the end of transitional governance in August, the top UN envoy in the country told the Security Council on Tuesday. Dr. Augustine Mahiga, head of the UN Political Office for Somalia, said challenges remain in the months ahead, including a tight timeline and limited resources. "As [...]

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Sub-Saharan Africa can only grow if it solves hunger crisis – UNDP

UNDP Administrator Helen Clark on a visit to Kenya to highlight food security

Sub-Saharan Africa cannot sustain its present economic resurgence unless it eliminates the hunger that affects nearly a quarter of its people, according to a report out Tuesday from the United Nations Development Programme. UNDP argues in the newly released Africa Human Development Report "2012: Towards a Food Secure Future" that action focused on agriculture alone [...]

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Africa sustains growth despite global uncertainty

Bean packing enterprise in Ethiopia

Despite the weaker global economic environment, sub-Saharan Africa is expected to continue growing strongly in 2012, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). In its latest Regional Economic Outlook for Africa, the IMF says the region's robust growth is a result of its relative isolation from negative factors pulling down many other countries. IMF's Lika [...]

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UN independent expert calls for human rights approach to address Mexico drug problem

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Nearly 50,000 people in Mexico have been killed over the past six years, victims of the drug violence in the country. The latest incident occurred this weekend with the discovery of 49 mutilated bodies in a region near the border with the United States. While the victims have not yet been identified, media reports say [...]

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WFP voucher programme benefits families in Somalia

A woman in Burao, northwestern Somalia, uses her WFP food voucher to buy goat meat from a local trader

Thousands of people in Somaliland are eating more fresh meat, thanks to a World Food Programme (WFP) scheme. WFP has provided parents with vouchers thus giving them the choice to purchase food from local traders. Charles Appel reports. Through the WFP programme, parents receive US $80 in vouchers each month to buy food such as [...]

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Sub-Saharan Africa urged to tackle hunger to sustain economic growth

The drought makes farming and gardening very diffcult for the women of Yelimne, Mali

Economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa cannot be sustained if hunger is not eliminated, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) warns in a report released on Tuesday. The first-ever, Africa Human Development Report says while the region has experienced some of the world's highest rates of economic growth in recent years, nearly a quarter of its people [...]

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Algeria elects women legislators in record numbers

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Algeria has become the first and only country in the Arab world to have more than 30 per cent of its parliamentary seats held by women, according to the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). IPU reports that 145 women were elected as parliamentarians during last week's elections in Algeria. In the outgoing parliament, women MPs accounted for [...]

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Airlift of South Sudanese nationals from Khartoum gets underway

Nearly 400 South Sudanese nationals who had been stranded in a transit center in Sudan have now been airlifted back to their country by the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Close to 12,000 South Sudanese nationals were stranded at Kosti which is 300 km south of the Sudanese capital Khartoum for months awaiting transport back [...]

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Concert and exhibition on slave trade at UN

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A special concert will be held Tuesday night at the United Nations in support of a Permanent Memorial to the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. In conjunction with the performance, the UN has an ongoing free exhibition in the visitors lobby that showcases a retrospective on the scope and abolition of the [...]

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Guatemala invites the world to welcome a new era in December 2012

Mayan ruins in Tikal, Guatemala

The year 2012 will see the dawning of a new era for Guatemala and the world. That is the message officials from the country brought to the United Nations on Monday. For Guatemalans, 21 December 2012 will mark the start of the B'aktun era.  This is based on the Mayan calendar, from the indigenous people [...]

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ICC prosecutor pushes arrest of rebels for DR Congo crimes

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The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court is seeking new war crimes charges against Democratic Republic of Congo rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda. Luis Moreno-Ocampo accused Mr. Ntaganda of murder, ethnic persecution, rape and sexual slavery. The ICC Prosecutor is also seeking similar charges against Sylvestre Mudacumura, military commander of the Democratic Forces for the [...]

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UN Stabilization Mission in DRC comes under fire

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Seven peacekeepers with the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo were wounded in an armed attack in South Kivu Monday. They were treated for gunshot wounds, while a number of other peacekeepers were also injured after being hit by stones. UN spokesman Martin Nesirky says 1,000 people surrounded the Mission's [...]

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UN supports African Union effort to stop LRA

Abou Moussa

Over the past weeks, elements of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) have been terrorizing people in the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The group, led by Joseph Kony, began operating in Uganda in the 1980s and has also been active in South Sudan. LRA actions have included killing, robbing, raping, [...]

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Rio+20: Our chance to put the world on a more sustainable path: UN

Sha Zukang

Rio+20 is the last chance to put the world on a more sustainable path, one that has inclusive green growth, social equity and the long-term health of our planet firmly at the centre. That was the message Under Secretary-General Sha Zukang delivered Monday at a United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Brisbane, Australia. "If [...]

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Experts say tax on financial transactions would help fight poverty and inequality

Magdalena Sepulveda

A group of UN independent experts is calling for a global financial transaction tax that would be used to fight poverty. They say a levy of between 0.1 and 0.5 per cent on the trading of bonds and shares would result in $48 billion to $250 billion annually to offset the costs of the ongoing [...]

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UN experts pushing proposal for global financial transaction tax

Magdalena Sepulveda

A group of United Nations independent experts is urging the European Union to push forward with a global financial transaction tax. EU ministers have been discussing a financial transaction tax across the Eurozone. The UN experts say money raised from a global tax on the financial industry could be used to address several social issues, [...]

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Foreign direct investment boosts growth

Gas packaging unit in India

Foreign Direct investment to low income countries is booming globally. On average, it's grown about 20% each year for the past decade. Some of the main investors are the so-called BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India and China. Chinese foreign direct investment alone has grown three times the global level. Amy Held of the International Monetary [...]

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21 December 2012, the beginning of a new era in the Mayan Culture

Carlos Batzín

  21 December 2012, represents the end of the Mayan calendar, but not the end of the world, according to Guatemalan officials who came to the United Nations to debunk doomsday predictions Carlos Batzín, the Minister of Culture of Guatemala said the date is really the beginning of a new era, the B'aktun era in [...]

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Information Society World Summit reviews progress and looks to future

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The World Summit on the Information Society WSIS is taking place in Geneva this week. One focus will be on reviewing progress made in bridging the digital divide, as well as setting goals beyond 2015. Patrick Maigua reports from Geneva.  When the WSIS first took place in 2003, a Plan of Action was set out [...]

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Combating violence against indigenous women and girls

Wayuu women, part of Colombia's largest indigenous group, support themselves with artisan work in the village of Pessuapa, near the border with Venezuela.

Indigenous women and girls suffer a disproportionate amount of gender related violence, according to a report from experts gathered at the UN for the 11th Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. They are calling on governments and UN agencies to support strategies to combat the problem. They also want to see more involvement between the indigenous [...]

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Child bride sentence handed down in Afghanistan

Young Girls Prepare for Exams in Afghanistan

In Afghanistan, the minimum age for marriage is 16, but UN Women estimates half of all girls marry before age 15. The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), which has been working to end the practice, says child brides represent the most prevalent form of sexual abuse and exploitation of girls. Just recently the in-laws of an Afghanistan [...]

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Reducing dependence on fossil fuels essential for sustainable progress in SIDS: UN Chief

Katibu Mkuu Ban Ki-moon

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) need to free themselves from dependence on fossil fuel imports and transform their energy sectors to encompass modern, efficient, clean and renewable sources of energy, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message to an audience of prime ministers, ministers, international experts, civil society leaders and business executives at the Barbados [...]

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Combating violence against indigenous women and girls

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Indigenous women and girls suffer a disproportionate amount of gender related violence, according to a report from experts gathered at the UN for the 11th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. They are calling on governments and UN agencies to support strategies to combat the problem. They also want to see more involvement [...]

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20 SIDS announce new actions that reduce dependence on fossil fuels and end poverty

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An Achieving Sustainable Energy for All in Small Island Developing States Conference wrapped up this week with the adoption of the "Barbados Declaration", calling for universal access to modern and affordable renewable energy services, while protecting environment, ending poverty and creating new opportunities for economic growth. The declaration, adopted just weeks before the UN Conference [...]

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UN human rights chief condemns Sudan's bombing of South Sudan

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Sudanese air attacks on civilian areas in South Sudan have been condemned by the UN human rights chief, Navi Pillay. Ms. Pillay, who is visiting South Sudan, said the attacks could amount to an international crime. "I am saddened and outraged to learn that such attacks which place civilians at great risk and have already [...]

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The first International Jazz Day celebrated at the UN

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The General Assembly hall was abuzz with jazz for the first International Jazz Day celebrated on 30 April 2012. A musical extravaganza of musicians from around the world gathered, celebrated and performed the universal power of jazz — Stevie Wonder, Sheila E, Jimmy Heath, Angelique Kidjo, Wynton Marsalis, Lang Lang, Hugh Masakela and many more. [...]

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UN Humanitarian Affairs chief concludes visit to Afghanistan

Under-Secretary-General Valerie Amos jokes around with a group of young girls at a refugee camp in the Parwan Se district of Kabul, Afghanistan.

UN Humanitarian Affairs chief Valerie Amos is calling for long-term investment in Afghanistan to address issues such as land tenure, provision of basic services and economic opportunities. Ms. Amos has concluded a four-day mission to the country where she said more than one third of the population has experienced displacement. Her itinerary included a stop [...]

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UN Mission in Iraq concerned about Syrian crisis

Martin Kobler, head of UNAMI

The situation in Syria is being closely watched by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) for any possible spill over into the neighbouring country. The head of UNAMI Martin Kobler says the plight of Syrian refugees, as well as the political conflict, are two areas of focus. According to Mr. Kobler, security in Iraq [...]

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UN assists Haiti in cracking down on illegal weapons

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In Haiti, the United Nations is assisting the government in cracking down on groups of armed men carrying illegal weapons. Many of them are former military soldiers in the country and have been lobbying for the government to restore its armed forces, according to the UN Mission in Haiti, MINUSTAH. Lieutenant commander Jim Hoeft of [...]

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Representatives from Asia-Pacific participate in UN indigenous forum

Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Some 2,000 indigenous people from around the world are in New York for the annual meeting of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues which opened this week. Roughly two thirds of the world’s indigenous population lives in Asia and the Pacific and the region is well represented at the forum which runs through 18 [...]

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UN human rights chief "heartened" South Sudan will ratify major treaties

Navi Pillay , UN Human Rights Commissioner

The government of the world's newest nation, South Sudan, has been urged to ratify the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international treaties as soon as possible. The appeal came from UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay who is visiting the country, which became independent in July 2011. Ms. Pillay said coming to South [...]

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Asia-Pacific urged to protect environment as it pursues economic growth

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Asia-Pacific cannot afford to "grow first and clean up later," according to a new report from the UN Development Programme. UNDP says as the region prospers economically, it should also take steps to protect the environment and create jobs for the poor in its manufacturing, farming and energy generation activities. Anuradha Rajivan headed the team [...]

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Conflict takes toll on children in Yemen

A mother and child wait in line for food supplements at a UNICEF clinic at the Mazraq refugee camp in Hajjah province

The conflict in Yemen has taken a toll on children in the Arabian Peninsula country, which is threatened with a major humanitarian crisis. The country is struggling to recover from the turmoil which started last year as people protested against the rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was eventually forced to relinquish power. However, [...]

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Over 100 UN monitors in Syria; 300 expected by end of May

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After two straight days of bombings in Syria there is relative calm according to Major-General Robert Mood, head of the UN Supervision Mission in the country, UNSMIS. On Wednesday, a bomb exploded near an UNMIS caravan injuring Syrian soldiers. A day later twin explosions killed more than 50 people in Damascus and injured hundreds more. [...]

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Syrians "place a lot of hope" in UN observers

The UN and Arab League's Joint Special Envoy for Syria, Kofi Annan (left), meets with Major General Robert Mood of Norway, head of the technical team from the UN to Syria.

Syrians have placed "a lot of hope" in the UN mission deployed to the country. That's what Major-General Robert Mood, head of the UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS), told UN Radio on Friday. Maj-Gen Mood said the recent deadly bombings in Syria were a "graphic" reminder of the suffering the people are facing. "My [...]

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IOM prepares to airlift South Sudanese back home

The repatriation of nearly 15,000 South Sudanese currently stranded at a town south of the Sudanese capital Khartoum, is expected to commence this weekend, according to the International Organization for Migration(IOM). The South Sudanese have been in Kosti way station for up to a year waiting for transport to enable them to complete their journey [...]

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DR Congo refugees set to return home

A Congolese girl concentrates on her assignment

Over 81,000 refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo are to be repatriated  home from the neighbouring Republic of Congo where they have been living for the past three years. The refugees fled inter ethnic violence in the northern DR Congo province of Equator in 2009. The Voluntary repatriation is organized by the UN Refugee [...]

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First global guidelines on land tenure adopted in Rome

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The adoption of guidelines for safeguarding people's rights to own or access land, forests and fisheries resources has been welcomed by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The voluntary guidelines, adopted at an FAO meeting in Rome on Friday outline principles and practices that governments can use when making laws on land tenure. Alexander Müeller [...]

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Yemen on the verge of a humanitarian crisis

children in Yemen

Yemen is likely to experience a major humanitarian crisis unless urgent donor funding is made available to tackle growing malnutrition and control disease outbreaks, according to United Nations agencies. The crisis is being driven by insecurity which has left a large proportion of the population without adequate food, while damage to the health infrastructure has [...]

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For Mother and Child

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  13 year old Vicky Jackson of Guyana narrates this programme about children's rights on Human Rights Day. Language: English Genre: Drama 1975 Duration: 13’00″

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Debris from Haitian earthquake used to rebuild

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In Haiti, more than half of the 10 million cubic metres of rubble caused by the earthquake has been removed in one of the largest-scale clearance operations of its kind by the UN and its partners. A portion of it is being used to repair roads, improve neighbourhoods and rebuild houses. More than 80,000 buildings [...]

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Libya approaches "key moment" in democratic transition

Ian Martin

Libya is approaching what has been described by a top United Nations envoy as "a key moment" in its democratic transition. Ian Martin, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya, briefed the Security Council on Thursday.  Mr. Martin told the Council that there is progress in the preparations for the National Congress elections and [...]

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UN humanitarian sees "appalling" conditions in Somalia IDP camp

Catherine Bragg visits Somalia

Conditions in  which internally displaced people live in a camp near the Somali capital, Mogadishu, have been described by a senior UN official as "appalling." Deputy humanitarian affairs chief Catherine Bragg is in Somalia and Kenya this week to assess humanitarian challenges. The UN estimates that one third of Somalia's population, or approximately 2.5 million [...]

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Secretary-General condemns deadly blasts in Syria

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The UN Secretary-General has repeated his call for all sides in Syria to cease armed violence following two deadly bomb attacks in the country's capital on Thursday. In a statement, Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned the blasts which killed more than 50 people and injured scores of others. Martin Nesirky is the spokesperson for the UN [...]

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A Kenyan Maasai calls for protection of his community

Members of a Maasai traditional singing group, Kenya.

Indigenous people from around the world have gathered at United Nations headquarters in New York for a two week forum to discuss their issues. Samuel Naikada, a Maasai from Kenya is one of the 2,000 delegates attending this year's session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. The Maasai are the indigenous people of [...]

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FAO chief fears funding gap for Sahel and Horn of Africa projects

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A funding shortfall could affect the work of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in the Sahel and Horn of Africa which are grappling with drought. That warning has come from the head of FAO, José Graziano da Silva who spoke at an international economic forum held in Madrid on Thursday. Mr. Da Silva said [...]

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Bombings in Syria that kill more than 50 condemned by Special Envoy

Joint UN-Arab League Special Envoy on Syria, Kofi Annan (at podium), speaks to the press in Geneva, Switzerland

The Joint Special Envoy on Syria has sharply condemned Thursday’s bombings in Damascus, which reportedly killed at least 55 people and injured hundreds. International mediator Kofi Annan says "these abhorrent acts are unacceptable and the violence in Syria must stop now." On 12 April his six point peace plan went into effect and unarmed observers [...]

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Economies of Asia-Pacific continue to grow

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The economies of countries in Asia and the Pacific region will continue to grow though they will slow down in 2012, according to a report released on Thursday. The Economic and Social Survey for Asia and the Pacific says a major concern for the region is the volatility and long-term rise of commodity prices. The [...]

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Asia-Pacific remains engine for global economic growth

A view of shipbuilding and ship repair yards in Busan, Republic of Korea

Countries of the Asia and Pacific region continue to have the fastest growing economies in the world, according to a new report by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. However, the Economic and Social Survey for Asia and the Pacific, released on Thursday, says growth in 2012 will be slower [...]

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Asia-Pacific urged to balance economic growth with environmental protection

Vietnamese disaster refugees living in their boats at the Government Dockyard in Kowloon, Hong Kong.

Asia-Pacific countries cannot afford to prosper economically without also responding to the challenge of climate change, according to a new report released by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) on Thursday. UNDP says the region will need to change the way it handles manufacturing, farming, livestock rearing and energy generation, in order to sustain the environment [...]

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Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israel near death

A Palestinian released in the exchange of prisoners by Israel and Hamas in 2011

Two Palestinian  prisoners who are on a hunger strike in Israeli prisons are in imminent danger of death, according to the UN Agency assisting Palestinians UNRWA. The two prisoners are among thousands of Palestinian prisoners who have been on hunger strike for more than 74 days. UNRWA Commissioner General Filippo Grandi said the health and [...]

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Rio+20 is about people's aspirations: UN

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Next month, the world will gather in Brazil for the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. The UN calls it a “historic opportunity to define pathways to a safer, more equitable, cleaner, greener and more prosperous world for all”. Heads of state, researchers, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and activists will gather to shape how economic [...]

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Kofi Annan condemns "abhorrent" deadly blasts in Syrian capital

Kofi Annan

The UN-Arab League envoy for Syria has strongly condemned two deadly blasts which rocked the country's capital, Damascus, on Thursday. More than 50 people are reported to have been killed and scores of others wounded in the early morning attacks, which took place near a military building. In a statement, Kofi Annan expressed condolences for [...]

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URDU #19: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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1. ILO says number of people without jobs rising 2. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses Myanmar parliament , stresses elections and open government 3. Somalis fleeing drought now face flooding in refugee camps 4. People displaced by Sudan and South Sudan conflict to be provided emergency aid by IOM 5. Judiciary's independence under grave threat in [...]

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URDU #18: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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1.  Ban Ki-moon calls for intensified efforts to defeat malaria 2. T-3 initiative aims to combat malaria, WHO says 3. Security Council discusses illicit cross-border trade between countries 4.  Securing borders against illicit materials and goods, UN to provide comprehensive assessment in 6 months 5. Syrian cooperation with monitors ” absolutely important” says Ban Ki- moon 6. [...]

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Ban Ki-moon condemns bomb attack near UN convoy in Syria

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The bomb explosion near a UN observer convoy in Syria on Wednesday is evidence of the challenging circumstances under which the unarmed monitors are working. That's what UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in the General Assembly on Wednesday afternoon. Mr. Ban strongly condemned the bomb blast. "Today's incident is an example of what the Syrian [...]

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Countries urged to pursue "resource efficient" economic growth

Rachel Kyte is World Bank Vice President for Sustainable Development

The World Bank is urging governments to build more "resource efficient" economies. In a new report launched on Wednesday, the bank challenges policy makers to better measure how natural resources are being used. Rachel Kyte is World Bank Vice President for Sustainable Development. "There's no denying that our current economic system is enormously inefficient because [...]

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UN agency praises China for wide-ranging fight against illegal wildlife trade

Mr John E. Scanlon, CITES Secretary-General, presenting a Certificate of Commendation to Ms Yin Hong, Vice Aministrator of State Forestry Administration

China's efforts to combat the illegal trade in wildlife have been praised by a UN agency which protects endangered species. The country has been awarded a Certificate of Commendation by (CITES), the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wildlife and Fauna, in recognition of two nation-wide law enforcement operations carried out earlier this [...]

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UN Humanitarian Affairs chief makes first trip to Afghanistan

UN Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos (left) meets with Vice President Mohammad Karim Khalili of Afghanistan.

The Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs is calling on donor states to continue supporting the people of Afghanistan now more than ever. Valerie Amos, who is also the UN's Emergency Relief Coordinator is on her first trip to Afghanistan where she assessing the humanitarian situation in the country. Ms. Amos says the UN this year has [...]

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Indigenous people's food exhibit unveiled

Indigenous peoples food exhibit opening in the GA visitors lobby

  As part of this year's session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, an exhibit opened at United Nations headquarters in New York on Tuesday evening. Cultural groups of indigenous peoples from around the world performed during the opening of the exhibit entitled "Indigenous Peoples and Food Sovereignty." The performers are part of the [...]

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UN aid chief calls for continued international support to Afghanistan

Valerie Amos, UN Humanitarian Coordinator

  As Afghanistan moves to assume full responsibility for its security, governance and development efforts, the international community is being urged not to forget the country's ongoing humanitarian needs. That message comes from UN Humanitarian Coordinator Valerie Amos who is visiting the country. She spoke to reporters in the capital, Kabul, on Wednesday. "We have [...]

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UN mission teams up with police to stamp out illegal weapons in Haiti

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The United Nations is supporting Haiti in its crack down on illegal weapons. The UN Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) and the national police this week began joint patrols in different neighbourhoods of the capital, Port-au-Prince to stop the circulation of these items. According to MINUSTAH, there has been a recent increase in the number of [...]

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Job creation should be paramount for France's new leader

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France needs to focus on creating jobs as it deals with the ongoing European financial crisis, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO). Richard Torres, author of the recent World of Work report by the ILO says cutting back on public spending has not reduced Europe's financial problems. He says a policy shift will help [...]

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Bomb explodes near UN observer convoy in Syria

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A bomb exploded near a convoy carrying United Nations observers in the Syrian city of Dar'a on Wednesday, according to the office of UN-Arab League Joint Special Envoy, Kofi Annan. The incident, in which several Syrian soldiers were injured, occurred as the convoy entered Dar'a, located in southwestern Syria near the border with Jordan. No [...]

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Lebanon caught in Middle East "dance of death"

Terje Roed-Larsen

Although Lebanon remains stable it is in a region which a top United Nations envoy has described as "at the brink of the abyss of war." Terje Roed-Larsen, who oversees implementation of a Security Council resolution concerning Lebanon's sovereignty, briefed the Council on Tuesday. Speaking to journalists after the briefing, Mr. Roed-Larsen said it was [...]

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Annan warns Syria at risk of civil war

Kofi Annan, Susan Rice and Bashar Ja'afari

UN-Arab League joint special envoy Kofi Annan has told the Security Council that his peace plan for Syria could be the “last chance to avoid civil war” in the country. He also told Council members during a closed briefing that despite a cessation of hostilities, government forces continue to crack down. Mr. Annan said he [...]

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Syrian ambassador says regional powers "undermining" UN mission

Bashar Ja'afari, Permanent Representative of Syria to the UN

Regional and other countries have been deploying "huge efforts" to undermine the work of UN observers in Syria, the country's ambassador told journalists in New York on Tuesday. Bashar Ja'afari stated there is what he called "a big conspiracy" against UN-Arab League Joint Special Envoy Kofi Annan. “The big problem now, we are facing right [...]

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Syria violence "unacceptable": Kofi Annan

Kofi Annan, UN-Arab League Joint Special Envoy

   The situation in Syria could slide into civil war if more is not done to end the violence. That warning came from Kofi Annan, the joint special envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League for Syria after briefing the Security Council by video teleconference on Tuesday. He told reporters in Geneva that [...]

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United action needed to resolve crisis in Guinea-Bissau

Joseph Mutaboba, Special Representative for Guinea-Bissau

There is need to coordinate efforts to resolve the political crisis in Guinea-Bissau where soldiers seized power on 12 April. That's what Joseph Mutaboba, the head of the UN Peacebuilding Support Office for Guinea-Bissau, told UN Radio on Tuesday. Mr. Mutaboba said he has met in New York with representatives of the Economic Community of [...]

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Political crisis in Guinea-Bissau affects economic life

Joseph Mutaboba, head of UN Peacebuilding Support Office in Guinea Bissau (UNOGBIS)

The ongoing political crisis caused by the April 12 military coup in Guinea-Bissau is creating economic difficulties for the people. That's what Joseph Mutaboba, the head of the United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office in that country (UNOGBIS) told UN Radio on Tuesday. The West African country has a long history of military coups since it [...]

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Syrian refugees flood into neighbouring countries

Syrian refugees

Tens of thousands of Syrian refugees continue to cross into neighbouring countries to escape violence in their country. The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) says it is providing aid to nearly 70,000 Syrian refugees in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq. The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) is also helping these refugees, many of whom are very young. Correspondent [...]

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Agencies assist rising number of Syrians at refugee camp in Iraq

Syrian refugees

Hundreds of Syrian refugees are arriving at Domiz Camp in northern Iraq, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The agency says there are nearly 3,000 Syrian refugees at the camp located in the governorate of Dahuk and local authorities estimate that over the next month up 7,000 more may arrive. Chris Lom is [...]

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More Somalis die at sea trying to reach Europe

Italian coastguards made the rescue 100 miles out to sea.

At least seven Somali migrants have died as they attempted to cross from Libya to Europe, according to the UN refugee agency UNHCR. The dead include five men and two women. UNHCR says the dead were among a group of 90 migrants who travelled on a boat from Libya across the Mediterranean Sea. The boat [...]

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Ending new HIV infections among children

"Believe it.  Do it." card

The joint United Nations programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has launched a campaign to end new HIV infections among children by 2015. Known as  "Believe it. Do it" , the campaign  also aims to ensure that women living with HIV stay healthy through pregnancy, delivery and breast-feeding. UNAIDS estimates that about 390,000 children become newly infected with [...]

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Targeted measures against Guinea-Bissau coup leaders proposed

Security Council meeting on Guinea Bissau

The UN special envoy for Guinea-Bissau has suggested the Security Council consider targeted measures against coup leaders. Joseph Mutaboba gave Council members an update on the situation in the country following the seizure of power by members of the army on 12 April. He also reaffirmed the United Nations' condemnation of the coup d’état and [...]

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African countries need to "cushion" their economies

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the finance minister of Nigeria

African nations need to stimulate sectors within their countries that can diversify their economies, so that they are not dependent on commodities. That is the message from Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the finance minister of Nigeria who attended the recent spring meeting of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank in Washington D.C. The IMF's [...]

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Forum brings Indigenous Peoples from around the world to UN

Indigenous delegates from around the world

The Eleventh Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues opened in New York Monday. This year's special theme is "The Doctrine of Discovery: Its Enduring Impact on Indigenous Peoples and the Right to Redress for Past Conquests. Around 2,000 indigenous delegates from around the world are expected to attend the annual meeting. [...]

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Indigenous peoples of Nicaragua work for autonomy

Dr. Merna Cunningham of the Miskito people of Nicaragua

More than 2,000 indigenous peoples from around the world have gathered in New York. They are participating in a two-week session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues which opened on Monday. One of the participants is Dr. Mirna Cunningham of the Miskito people of Nicaragua and a member of the Forum. Dianne Penn [...]

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Over 1.5 billion people still live in conflict-affected countries

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

More than 1.5 billion people still live in conflict-affected countries despite a decline in violent conflict over the past 20 years, according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Mr. Ban addressed the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, a non-profit organization which develops policy initiatives in Washington D.C. on Monday. He said peacebuilding is complex and [...]

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Urgent global action urged to stop Sahel hunger

Population movements have begun early as people go in search of pasture and less hostile areas.

The window of opportunity to save people from hunger in Africa's Sahel region is narrowing by the day. That's the assessment of the heads of the World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), who concluded a four-day mission to Niger on Monday. In a joint statement, the two agency chiefs are appealing [...]

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ILO expert says creating jobs is key for new French leader

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  Promoting employment will be a key goal for the new French president. That's according to Richard Torres, author of the recent World of Work report by the International Labour Organization (ILO). François Hollande, who was elected French President on Sunday, has inherited a country with 10 per cent unemployment. Charles Appel reports. Torres heads [...]

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Guinea-Bissau crisis affecting population and economy

Joseph Mutaboba, the top United Nations envoy in Guinea Bissau

The continued political crisis in Guinea-Bissau has resulted in mounting anxiety about the social and economic situation in the West African country. That message comes from Joseph Mutaboba, the top United Nations envoy in Guinea-Bissau in his latest report to the Security Council on Monday. The military seized power in Guinea-Bissau on 12 April, just [...]

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Indigenous people's forum looks at impact of past conquests, right to food

Dr. Merna Cunningham of the Miskito people of Nicaragua

  The impact of the Age of Discovery on indigenous people is the focus of the latest session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues which opened in New York on Monday. The "forward-thinking dialogue" will not only look at historical wrongs done to indigenous people during the European annexation of their lands more [...]

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Communities in South Sudan lauded for commitment to peace

Hilde Johnson, head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)

Communities in Jonglei State of South Sudan have been commended by the top UN official in the country for their commitment to peace. This followed the conclusion of a peace conference this weekend where representatives of six main communities signed resolutions aimed at breaking the cycle of violence in South Sudan's largest state. Charles Appel [...]

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Music has no barriers, it brings people together: Lang Lang

Lang Lang

Chinese pianist Lang Lang says in music there are no barriers, instead it brings people together. The UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador was just one of several musicians to take part in the first annual International Jazz Day concert at the United Nations on 30 April. The Day seeks to spotlight the historic influence the jazz music [...]

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UN Daily News 4 May 2012

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Secretary-General makes momentous trip to Myanmar

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wrapped up a momentous trip to Myanmar earlier this week, where he met with democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi for the first time and became the first foreigner to address the Union Assembly, Myanmar’s joint houses of parliament. He also launched the UN Global Compact’s Myanmar network which he described as [...]

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Civilians flee fresh fighting in eastern DR Congo

More than 19,000 people have been displaced over the past one week in the North Kivu Province of Democratic Republic of the Congo as government troops battle soldiers loyal to former rebel commander Bosco Ntaganda. The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR says most of the displaced are seeking shelter in Goma. Another 4,100 mainly of [...]

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Experts say simple measures could help prevent one million premature baby deaths each year

Over one million babies worldwide die each year because they were born too soon, according to a report released on Wednesday. But the majority of these premature deaths—75 per cent—can be avoided through simple and low-cost interventions including promoting constant skin-to-skin contact between the mother and baby, a procedure known as "kangaroo mother care." The [...]

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INDONESIA #15: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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Sudan rescinds explusion order for South Sudanese

The government of Sudan has rescinded an earlier decision to expel an estimated 15,000 South Sudanese nationals stranded in Kosti town some 200 kilometers south of the capital, Khartoum. The South Sudanese nationals who have been in the town for months waiting for transport back to their country had been ordered to leave by 5th [...]

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Syria peace plan on track despite cease-fire violations

UN Supervision Mission in Syria

The  peace plan for Syria is on track despite continued violence, according to the joint UN and Arab League Envoy Kofi Annan. The special envoy says there have been  small signs  of compliance, including the withdrawal of some of the heavy weapons from civilian areas. Meanwhile the number of UN monitors is expected to reach 50 [...]

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On press freedom day, journalists talk about rise in attacks

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Five years ago, the UN Security Council adopted a resolution condemning attacks on journalists in conflict situations.  At a panel discussion to mark World Press Freedom Day at the UN on Thursday, journalists and diplomats shared views on what has happened since the adoption of that resolution.    For many of the participants, the news [...]

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Rodney Charles

NARRATOR:  The Government of Trinidad and Tobago recognizes the important contribution of youth to community and national development. And for that and other reasons, and aware of the challenges they continue to face, the Government actively undertakes efforts to ensure the health and well-being of all of citizens, including the adolescent and youth population. That’s [...]

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Guyana’s vision of sustainable tourism principles

Kaieteur Falls, Guyana

NARRATOR: Guyana’s vision for tourism is based on established, sustainable tourism principles – meeting the needs of the present tourism and host regions, while protecting and enhancing opportunities for the future. Prime Minister Samuel Hinds told the 13th Sustainable Tourism Conference that Guyana’s tourism vision is to make Guyana a destination of choice, and a [...]

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UN Daily News 3 May 2012

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Sudan and South Sudan urged to stop fighting

Security Council chamber [UN file photo].

The UN Security Council has called on Sudan and South Sudan to end hostilities. In a unanimous resolution on Wednesday, Council members called on the two countries to resume negotiations and within three months resolve the issues causing the conflict. They include the status of nationals of one country resident in the other, border demarcation [...]

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Fewer Afghan refugees willing to return home

Afghan refugees being registered

Afghan refugees being registered Fewer Afghan refugees are returning to their country and that's because of a lack of economic opportunities according to the UN Refugee Agency. UNHCR says about 70,000 Afghan refugees opted to return home last year from a peak of 250,000 in 2008. The agency says the majority of those who do [...]

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IPU offers to help rebuild Myanmar's Parliamentary Democracy

  Myanmar's newly elected legislators will receive training and support from the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) on how to build an effective and democratic legislative body. The IPU has sent a four- member team to help the new legislators better understand the workings of a democratic parliament including parliamentary proceedings, legislative drafting and parliament's role in the promotion [...]

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INDONESIA #14: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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INDONESIA #13: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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Duration: 11’42″

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INDONESIA #12: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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Duration: 11’47″

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INDONESIA #11: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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INDONESIA #10: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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Thousands of Somali children still at risk of death

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More than 325,000 Somali children may die in the coming months if funds are not raised to provide them with life saving nutrition, according to the UN Children's fund UNICEF. UNICEF says its 2012 Somalia appeal is $289 million, but it  has only managed to raise about $30 million. The agency warns that severely malnourished children [...]

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