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UN chief announces panel to promote sustainable development

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

A high-level panel has been set up by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to coordinate efforts to improve people's lives beyond the 2015 target date for achieving the Millennium Development Goals. The Secretary-General briefed the General Assembly on Tuesday afternoon on the recent World Conference on Sustainable Development known as Rio+20 held in Brazil and [...]

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Efforts continue to battle Ebola in Uganda

Dr Sam Zaramba (left), Director General of the Ministry of Health, and Dr Georges Melville, WHO Representative in Uganda, prepare to visit patients in the Ebola isolation ward at the Bundibugyo hospital.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners are working with Ugandan authorities to contain the deadly Ebola haemorrhagic fever that has claimed 14 lives in Uganda. The agency says there are 36 suspected cases of the fever in the Kibaale region in western Uganda. WHO spokesperson in Geneva, Tarik Jasarevic, says the agency is [...]

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Warnings issued for typhoon and tropical storm in China

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China is facing a double threat from severe weather systems. A typhoon called Saola and a severe storm named Damrey are threatening to batter parts of China. This warning comes from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and its regional specialized meteorological centre in Tokyo, Japan. The storm has already reportedly killed ten people and displaced [...]

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New bridge improves livelihoods for Cambodian villages

New bridge in Cambodia

  Delivering a baby is strenuous enough, but imagine spending two hours on a motorbike, a ferry and a rickshaw just to get to the nearest health centre to give birth. That's what happened to 26-year old So phorn when she delivered her first baby three years ago in Cambodia. But such journeys are now [...]

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Study finds women hit hard by EU civil service cutbacks

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Recent cutbacks by European Union governments in jobs, wages and benefits have particularly affected women, according to a new study by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the European Commission. It finds women civil servants are at greater risk of losing their jobs as a result of austerity measures. Experts fear that these cuts could [...]

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UN Radio News 31 July 2011

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Iron-ore production sets record in 2011

Iron ore production and trade

The production of iron-ore reached its record high in 2011 according to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). In its yearly Iron Ore Market report, UNCTAD says that 1.9 billion tons of iron-ore, which is vital for steel production, were produced. In 2011, the report adds, international iron ore trade reached a [...]

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Envoy details "vast improvement" in security in Darfur

Ibrahim Gambari ( right ) visits UNAMID offices in Zalingei and greets the staff members.

The Security Council on Tuesday renewed the mandate for the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID). UNAMID's role includes protecting civilians and creating a safe environment for aid delivery in the Sudanese province, where roughly two million people were displaced by a 2003 civil war. Prior to the meeting, Madiha Sultan spoke to UNAMID [...]

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Mandate of UN-AU mission in Darfur extended for one year

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The Security Council on Tuesday extended the mandate of the African Union/United Nations hybrid operation in Darfur (UNAMID) for one year. UNAMID was established in 2007 to protect civilians displaced by the 2003 civil war in the Darfur region of Sudan and to help find a political solution to that conflict. Fourteen members of the [...]

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Women civil servants in European Union countries risk losing jobs

Women working in an office

Women civil servants in countries of the European Union (EU) have been particularly hard-hit by recent cutbacks in jobs, wages and benefits. That's the conclusion of a report entitled "Public Sector Adjustment in Europe" jointly compiled by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the European Commission. It warns that these cuts will damage progress made [...]

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Frightened Syrians seek shelter in public buildings in Aleppo

Outreach worker registering a displaced Syrian family in Lebanon.

Thousands of Syrians frightened by the ongoing armed violence in Aleppo city are seeking shelter in schools, mosques and public buildings, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR). The agency says it's concerned about the situation of the displaced people as government and armed opposition forces continue to fight in Syria's most populous city. [...]

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URDU #31: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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1. Secretary-General repeats call for end to Syrian crisis 2. Peacekeeping chief details new reduced format of UN mission in Syria 3. New chief of UN Supervision Mission in Syria takes over 4. UNHCR urges Syrian neighbors to keep their borders open for refugees 5. Iraqi refugees fleeing Syria also fear returning home 6. UNRWA [...]

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INDONESIA #27: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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INDONESIA #26: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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INDONESIA #25: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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INDONESIA #24: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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INDONESIA #23: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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INDONESIA #22: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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Syrian government warned against use of chemical weapons

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Syrian authorities have been urged to renounce the possibility of using weapons of mass destruction, including chemical weapons. The call has come from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who spoke to reporters on Monday about his recent visits to China, South-Eastern Europe and London. Mr. Ban said that throughout his trip, he was focused on what [...]

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WHO assists Uganda following deadly Ebola outbreak

This farmer's family reported seven suspected Ebola cases following direct contact with wildlife.

Fourteen people have died following an outbreak of Ebola in Uganda, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The deaths occurred in Kibaale district in the western part of the country, nine of them in a single household. WHO reports that since the beginning of July, there have been a total of 20 cases of [...]

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Academics challenged to help fight rural poverty

Researchers have much to contribute towards fighting rural poverty.

Academics around the world have been challenged to get involved in efforts to fight poverty in rural areas. The call has come from the Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), José Graziano da Silva, in a speech to the World Congress of Rural Sociology in Lisbon, Portugal, on Monday. Derrick Mbatha reports. [...]

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UN teams work to rid Libya of mines and unexploded ordnance

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One year after the revolution in Libya, the country remains littered with numerous unexploded ordnance (UXO), unattended heavy weaponry and ammunition, and newly laid minefields. The UN Mine Action programme, known as UNMAS, is clearing the country of UXO and securing ammunition stores, in addition to coordinating the work of international NGOs operating there. UNMAS [...]

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UN Radio News 30 July 2011

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Syrians urged to shift from "mindset of confrontation" to dialogue

Lt. General Babacar Gaye, head of the UN Supervision Mission in Syria, speaks to the press in Damascus.

  The head of United Nations military observers in Syria has called for a shift from what he calls "a mindset of confrontation and militarization to a mindset of dialogue." Lieutenant General Babacar Gaye spoke to reporters in the Syrian capital, Damascus, on Monday after his first field visit to Homs and ar-Rastan as the [...]

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Deadly Ebola kills about 14 people in Uganda's Kibaale district

Dr Nicholas Eseko from the WHO Regional Office for Africa is part of the epidemiology team investigating early Ebola cases to uncover the source of the outbreak.

An outbreak of the deadly and highly contagious Ebola haemorrhagic fever has claimed the lives of 14 people in Uganda, says the World Health Organization (WHO). The Ugandan Ministry of Health has reported 20 cases of Ebola since the beginning of July in Kibaale district northwest of the capital, Kampala. According to WHO, Ebola is [...]

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Fighting forces 200,000 to flee Aleppo: UNHCR

Za'atri camp in northern Jordan

Intense fighting has caused an estimated 200,000 people to flee the Syrian city of Aleppo over the past two days, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). Many of these people are now displaced within Syria, although some have managed to cross the border into Turkey. Meanwhile, UNHCR has opened its first tent camp for [...]

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About 200,000 people flee fighting in Syria's Aleppo city

Syrian refugees receive supplies from UNHCR in northern Lebanon.

Fighting in Syria's second largest city of Aleppo has forced about 200,000 people to flee their homes over the past two days, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR). Fighting is reported to have intensified over the weekend as government forces launched a ground assault on opposition fighters in the city. Melissa Fleming is [...]

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Envoy stresses importance of unity in resolving Guinea-Bissau crisis

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Nearly four months ago, soldiers in Guinea-Bissau took power in a coup d'état just prior to a scheduled presidential run-off election. Joseph Mutaboba, head of the UN office in the West African nation, this week told the Security Council it was important that all sides work together to restore constitutional order and assist the country. [...]

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UN Radio News 27 July 2011

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On World Hepatitis Day, WHO calls for more awareness about this "silent epidemic"

World Hepatitis Day, 28 July

Despite affecting millions of people worldwide and exerting a staggering toll on health, hepatitis remains largely unknown, undiagnosed and untreated, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). On World Hepatitis Day, observed on 28 July, WHO urges governments to strengthen efforts in fighting viral hepatitis which affects the liver and kills one million people annually. [...]

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Secretary-General promotes tolerance and peace as Olympics open in London

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the Olympic Torch Event (Westminster Abbey, UK) UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

With the Summer Olympics now underway in London, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is reminding the world that peace should prevail during the games. Crowds applauded Mr. Ban as he carried the Olympic torch through the streets of London on Thursday afternoon. Mr. Ban arrived directly from Bosnia and Herzegovina where he had visited Srebrenica, the town where [...]

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UN Radio News 26 July 2011

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UN Radio News 25 July 2011

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UN Radio News 24 July 2011

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Global Fund reports significant gains in fighting HIV

Nearly nine million lives have been saved over the past decade through programmes supported by The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The Global Fund on Monday reported that as a result, more than three million people worldwide now receive anti-retroviral treatment (ARVs) compared with 600,000 two years ago. The XIX International AIDS [...]

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Secretary-General praises Montenegro on first official visit to the country

  UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is in Serbia on Monday, the latest stop on his visit to China and South-eastern Europe. Prior to this, Mr. Ban made his first official visit to Montenegro where he said the future is "full of promise." "The decision by the European Union Council to open accession negotiations illustrates Montenegro's [...]

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UN agency concerned about Palestinian refugees in Syria

  The UN agency assisting Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) is concerned about the increasingly grave situation in Syria, where half a million Palestinians have been living. UNRWA is also worried about the safety of its staff and the security of its facilities, particularly in parts of the capital, Damascus. Agency spokesman Chris Gunness said insecurity has [...]

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Women help lead the way in Rwanda's transformation

orphaned children in Rwanda

Rwandans have been working tirelessly to rebuild their country since the 1994 genocide. Since then, the country has become one of the fastest growing economies on the African continent. Furthermore, women have now come to the forefront of national politics, making Rwanda the world's leader in the number of women parliamentarians. The advancement of women [...]

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Debt relief for Côte d'Ivoire

Women working in rural area, Côte d'Ivoire

After decades of struggling with unsustainable debt, Côte d'Ivoire is getting some relief. The country has been granted a reduction in its $7 billion external debt. The International Money Fund (IMF) and the World Bank have approved the decision to effectively wipe out more than 60 per cent of this amount. Hyun-Sung Khang spoke to [...]

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UN rights chief 'seriously alarmed' by intimidation of journalists in Ethiopia

Navi Pillay

The top United Nations human rights official said Wednesday she is "seriously alarmed" by the current climate of intimidation against journalists and human rights defenders in Ethiopia. Charles Appel reports. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says the overly broad interpretation of laws concerning terrorism and civil society in Ethiopia are resulting in [...]

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Regional humanitarian coordinator on challenges in the Sahel

David Gressly (left) meets representatives from humanitarian organizations in Mali.

More than one million children could experience severe acute malnutrition this year as a result of the food crisis in the Sahel region, the UN humanitarian office (OCHA) is warning. The children are among 18 million people in nine countries where food insecurity and high prices, combined with armed conflict, are having a dire effect [...]

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We can no longer defer the difficult decisions to future generations: Ban

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If we continue on our present path for the next 20 years, we risk global catastrophe, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday at an event with "Future We Want Champions" in Beijing, China. Mr. Ban said people simply do not recognize that the planet has limits and some of those limits have been exceeded such as [...]

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UNAIDS report shows gaps and gains made in fight

Global solidarity to achieve universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support

There were 34.2 million people worldwide living with HIV/AIDS at the end of last year, a slight increase from 33.5 million the year before, according the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). The new 2012 UNAIDS report "Together we will end AIDS" was launched Wednesday in Washington DC ahead of the XIX International AIDS [...]

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General Assembly celebrates Nelson Mandela International Day

Mr. Mandela, surrounded by children, clapping his hands and 90th birthday cake on the table.

The contributions of one the world's greatest advocates for freedom, justice and democracy—former South African President Nelson Mandela—were celebrated in the General Assembly on Wednesday. Since 2010, the world has commemorated 18 July as Nelson Mandela International Day, in honour of Mr. Mandela's birthday and his nearly seven decades of service to humanity. Dianne Penn [...]

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Russia's new laws could have serious negative impacts on human rights: UN official

Navi Pillay

A series of new legislative amendments in Russia could have a "seriously negative" impact on human rights in the country, according to a top United Nations official. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay is urging the Government to ensure that the new laws are in line with international standards. In June, restrictive amendments [...]

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Turning the tide together

HIV drug resistance

"Turning the tide together" is the theme of the upcoming International Conference on AIDS. The World Health Organization's HIV programme is planning to participate in the conference with a specific focus on the theme "The strategic use of ARVs”. At a press conference on Geneva on Tuesday, Dr. Gottfried Hirnschall and others explained how the [...]

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Students honour Mandela Day by educating themselves about his legacy

A view of the event organized by the African Union – United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) to mark Nelson Mandela International Day (18 July).

Students from various African nations as well as other countries throughout the world gathered in Johannesburg, South Africa recently to participate in a dialogue and discussion about Nelson Mandela. That was part of their way of honouring his life and legacy for this year's Mandela International Day, observed on 18 July. They also pledged to [...]

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Nelson Mandela Addresses General Assembly

Nelson Mandela, Deputy President of the African National Congress of South Africa, raises his fist in the air while addressing the Special Committee Against Apartheid in the General Assembly Hall.

ANC leader Nelson Mandela addresses the General Assembly about his fight against the Apartheid regime in South Africa, four years before being elected President. Language: English Genre: Speech 1990 Duration: 24’00″

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Ceremony Naming Nelson and Winnie Mandela's Corner in New York

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  This ceremony honors Nelson and Winnie Mandela and the fight against the Apartheid regime in South Africa. Language: English Genre: Speech 1984 Duration: 8’00″

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Ban expresses hope for united action from Security Council on Syria

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao

  Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed hope that the UN Security Council will speak with one voice when it comes to a resolution regarding Syria. There are a number of proposals in front of the Council that members have been debating. The Secretary-General said he hopes they come together in a united manner to help [...]

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Annan voices Syria hope regarding Security Council after Russia meeting

Russian President Vladimir Putin and UN-Arab League Joint Special Envoy for Syria, Kofi Annan

  The UN-Arab League Joint Special Envoy for Syria, Kofi Annan, is expressing hope that the Security Council will be able to come together in a united manner and press ahead in search of peace. There are a number of Syrian proposals in front of the Council that members are debating and Mr. Annan says [...]

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In China, Ban speaks to users of popular social media site on wide range of UN topics

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets Yang Lan, one of China's most famous talk show hosts

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon chatted live with Sina Weibo followers while on a visit to China Tuesday. Weibo is a China-based microblogging service similar to a cross between Twitter and Facebook. During his 45 minute conversation, Mr. Ban answered about 20 questions from Weibo users. According to preliminary statistics the event has attracted the [...]

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Number of Syrian refugees almost tripled: UNHCR

Syrians fleeing fighting

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) says the number of Syrian refugees who have sought its help since April has almost tripled to 112,000. The agency says those numbers may necessitate that a new refugee camp be built in Jordan. The government of Turkey has already announced that two to three new sites may be [...]

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AIDS-free generation is within our grasp:UNICEF

A peer educator discusses how to prevent HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases in Barangay Don Carlos, a poor neighbourhood in Pasay City, Metropolitan Manila, Philippines.

There is an ambitious plan to eliminate new AIDS infections among children by 2015. There is also talk that we are seeing the beginning of the end of AIDS and that an AIDS-free generation is within our grasp. The 19th International Conference on AIDS takes place from 22-27 July. I asked Craig McClure, UNICEF Chief [...]

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UN observers visit Syrian village following deadly attack

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UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan on Tuesday met with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss the ongoing crisis in Syria. Meanwhile, the UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) says army defectors and activists reportedly had been targeted in the recent deadly attack on the village of Treimseh. That assessment is based on witness accounts and [...]

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WHO staff member wounded in Pakistan

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One staff member of the World Health Organization (WHO) and one international consultant were injured, when their vehicle was shot at by armed men in Karachi, Pakistan. WHO said in a statement that the two men were in stable condition. The men were supporting the currently-ongoing polio National Immunization Days campaign. The agency says at [...]

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Business school professor argues on behalf of "the missing middle"

Construction workers taking a break, United States (ILO-Maillard J.)

  Pay inequality is a heated issue with many people believing CEOs and other "fat cats" earn too much while those at the bottom of the salary scale are barely scraping by. But Raghuram Rajan, a former Chief Economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), is more concerned about those caught between these two extremes. [...]

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FAO warns of growing desert locust threat in Niger and Mali

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The Desert Locust threat to pastures and croplands in Niger and Mali is growing after swarms of the insects arrived in the north of the two countries last month. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says during the last three weeks, heavy rains fell in the north of both countries allowing the maturation of the [...]

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Senegal: Sowing the seeds

Senegalese farmer

Whenever global food prices rise, developing countries are hit the hardest. Senegal is one such country. Rising food prices made even the most basic foodstuffs unaffordable. Senegal needed to become more food self-sufficient, but a major obstacle was a lack of access to good quality seeds. Two years ago, the European Union decided to allocate [...]

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United Arab Emirates kicks out human rights defenders

UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay

Navi Pillay Authorities in the United Arab Emirates have launched a crackdown on human rights defenders, according to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. The activists are being subjected to harassment, denial of travel, termination of work contracts, arrests, denaturalization and expulsion from the country. On Monday, prominent human rights activist Ahmed Abdul Khaleq [...]

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More than one million Somalis have fled their country

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The number of Somalis who have fled their country has now surpassed one million, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). Over two decades of internal conflict, coupled with persistent drought and food shortages continue to drive Somalis from their homeland and into neighbouring countries including Kenya, Ethiopia and Yemen. UNHCR considers Somalia one of [...]

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Volunteer for service on Nelson Mandela Day July 18

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Every year since 2010, on 18 July individuals around the world are encouraged to devote 67 minutes to helping others by volunteering in honour of Nelson Mandela Day. For 67 years Nelson Mandela devoted his life to the service of humanity as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker and the [...]

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Sluggish global recovery shows signs of further weakness: IMF

IMF's World Economic Outlook

The already sluggish global economy is showing signs of further weakness, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which blames the Eurozone crisis and slower than expected growth in emerging economies. The IMF's World Economic Outlook Update projects the global economy will grow 3.5 percent this year, which is down 0.1 percentage points from the [...]

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UN team visits Syria site of reported massacre

United Nations observers who examined the Syrian village of Treimseh on Sunday said that, based on what they saw and on witness accounts, the attack there on July 12 was targeted at army defectors and activists. Staff from the UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) observed over 50 houses that were burned and/ or destroyed [...]

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Problems mount in meeting humanitarian needs in Syria: OCHA

The humanitarian response for Syria is facing a critical shortage of funds, as the conflict in Syria escalates, says John Ging. Mr. Ging, Director of the Coordination and Response Division at the UN humanitarian agency, OCHA, told correspondents in Geneva following the fourth Syrian humanitarian forum that the conflict is having a devastating impact on [...]

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Secretary-General visiting China and South-eastern Europe

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday begins the first leg of a 10-day trip that will take him to China and South-eastern Europe. While in the capital, Beijing, Mr. Ban will meet with the country's leadership and take part in the 5th Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, according to his spokesman Martin Nesirky. [...]

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Faster, higher, stronger and fairer: the role of sports in promoting gender equality

Wilfried Lemke, UN Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace

With the summer games opening in London this month, Olympic fever is building around the world. Athletes and fans are gearing up for two weeks of sport, fellowship and record-breaking achievements. The 2012 Olympics are also historic as three countries—Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Brunei—are sending women athletes to the games for the first time. Dianne [...]

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Africa's development rests on access to quality jobs and social services: UNDP

Two mothers and their children preparing food, Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo: UNDP

Sub-Saharan Africa must provide universal access to decent jobs and social services if it is to achieve decisive development progress, according to a newly released report. Assessing Progress in Africa Towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), is published annually by the African Union Commission, the African Development Bank, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and [...]

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Africa needs global solidarity to create jobs, generate growth: DSG

Traders unload potatoes from a truck at Nairobi's Wakulima market, the biggest in East Africa

Africa needs global solidarity to create jobs, generate growth and stop preventable deaths, according to the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General. Jan Eliasson told the 19th Summit of the African Union in Addis Ababa Sunday that the UN is committed to helping and stressed the importance of close and active cooperation. He also said that critical [...]

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Organized crime a $870 billion a year business: UNODC

UNODC poster

A new global awareness campaign on the impact of organized crime has been launched by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). With a turnover estimated to be around US$ 870 billion a year, organized criminal networks profit from the sale of illegal goods wherever there is a demand. Charles Appel reports. The aim [...]

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Lack of funding may stall assistance to displaced civilians in Syria

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The humanitarian response to the Syrian crisis is likely to grind to a halt due to a critical shortage of funding, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, OCHA. The appeal for funds to assist Syrians displaced inside the country and those who have fled into neighbouring nations is only 20 [...]

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The quest for secure energy

A test burn at an exploratory oil well in the North Sea

Author Daniel Yergin won the Pulitzer for his book called The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power, but he waited over 20 years to tackle the topic of oil again. His newest book is called The Quest: Energy, Security and the Remaking of the Modern World. The International Monetary Fund's Jocelyne Frank [...]

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

Working mother in El Salvador returns to her farming roots with WFP support

Karla Trujillo, a working mother in El Salvador

Karla Trujillo, a working mother in El Salvador, felt the many hours she spent at her office job was eating away at the time she had with her children and also distancing her from her roots in farming. So Trujillo decided to chuck in the corporate life to return to the family farm, located in [...]

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UN condemns killing of head of department of women's affairs in Afghanistan

Ján Kubiš

The United Nations condemns in the strongest terms, the killing of Hanifa Safi, Head of the Department of Women's Affairs in Afghanistan's Laghman Province. Ms Hanifa was killed by a car bomb on 13th of July. According to UNAMA, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, a remote controlled IED detonated inside Ms. Hanifa's vehicle, [...]

13 Jul 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Migiro appointed Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa

Asha-Rose Migiro

Asha-Rose Migiro has been appointed as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon's Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa. Ms Migiro served as the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General from 2007 to 2012. Charles Appel has more. As Deputy-Secretary-General, Asha-Rose Migiro was integrally involved in promoting the AIDS response globally and within Africa, with special emphasis on reducing the [...]

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WFP and partners to assist 1.6 million in Malawi following crop failure

WFP food distribution

The World Food Programme (WFP) is preparing to bring food relief to more than one million people in Malawi where crop failure and high prices have made life difficult for vulnerable families. The agency says prolonged dry spells and drought, as long as three years in some areas, have affected maize production. Field visits to [...]

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Insecurity and logistical difficulties force WFP to suspend food delivery in eastern DRC

Refugees From DR Congo

Fighting between government troops and rebel forces has forced the World Food Programme (WFP) to temporarily suspend aid delivery to displaced people in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. More than 200,000 people have been newly displaced in the DRC this week, while scores of others have crossed the border into Uganda. Patrick Maigua [...]

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UN helicopters engage M23 forces

Roger Meece

The use of helicopters in an attack on M23 forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is not unique, says Roger Meece, the Secretary-General's Special Representative to the DRC. "Indeed this is not the first use of them in the current situation; all of the actions, including the use of the attack helicopters, is [...]

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Kofi Annan condemns latest killings in Syria

Kofi Annan

Joint Special Envoy for Syria Kofi Annan has strongly condemned the attacks on a village in Syria on Thursday which took the lives of over 200 people. According to media reports, the village was bombarded by helicopter gunships and tanks and then stormed by militiamen who carried out execution-style killings. The victims were mostly civilians [...]

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WFP suspends delivery of food to 55,000 in North Kivu

Congolese line up for a hot meal prepared from WFP rations

The United Nations continues to be concerned about on-going violence in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. On Thursday, the UN humanitarian agency OCHA expressed concerns over reaching people fleeing the violence. Now, Spokesperson for the World Food Programme Elisabeth Byers says WFP has had to suspend its delivery of [...]

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Forestry Award honours late Kenyan environmental pioneer Wangari Maathai

Wangari Maathai

Nominations will close on 20 July for the first ever Wangari Maathai Award. Launched by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), it commemorates the late Kenyan environmental activist and Nobel Prize winner who was a  champion for the world's forests.   Wangari Maathai died in 2011. The $20,000 prize recognizes outstanding contributions made by an individual to preserve, restore [...]

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

Timorese organize Parliamentary elections

East Timorese man shows his hand after voting in Dili, East Timor

An estimated 600 thousand people in Timor-Leste turned out on the 7th of July to make their voices heard in the 2012 Parliamentary vote. The polling started in the wee hours of the morning throughout the country. Gerry Adams reports. Duration: 2’29″

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

Timorese organize Parliamentary elections

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An estimated 600 thousand people in Timor-Leste turned out on the 7th of July to make their voices heard in the 2012 Parliamentary vote. The polling started in the wee hours of the morning throughout the country. Timor-Leste, located in East Asia between Australia and Indonesia, gained its independence from Indonesia in 2002 after many [...]

13 Jul 2012 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

London Summit boosts women's access to reproductive health services

World Population Day 2012

A groundbreaking meeting held in London this week resulted in nearly three billion dollars in pledges to support women's and girls' right to choose whether, when and how many children they will have. The UN Population Fund (UNFPA), one of the organizers, says reproductive problems are the leading cause of poor health and death among [...]

13 Jul 2012 | Posted in Women | Read More »

WFP gears up food relief for thousands in Malawi

WFP nutrition programme helps poor families in Malawi

  More than 1.6 million people in Malawi will need food assistance in the coming months due to crop failure and high food prices according to the UN World Food Programme (WFP). As many as 15 out of the country's 28 districts are affected by the deteriorating food security. WFP says prolonged dry spells have [...]

13 Jul 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Botswana should decriminalize homosexuality: former president

Festus Mogae

The former president of Botswana says maybe he could have done more to decriminalize laws that hamper AIDS progress. Festus Mogae, who is now part of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, says while millions of dollars have been invested over the past 30 years to expand lifesaving HIV prevention and treatment, many [...]

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

The Moral Limits of Markets

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If you're feeling short of a little cash, here are a few ideas to earn a bit extra – you can rent out your forehead as advertising space, worth over $700.00; you can serve as a human guinea pig in a drug safety trial — over $7,000.00 for that one; or what about fighting in Somalia or [...]

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

Proposed Russian legislation could damage civil society, rights experts warn

Maina Kiai

A group of United Nations independent experts on Thursday warned that a draft law being considered by Russia could adversely impact civil society. Gerry Adams has the story. “ The Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Maina Kiai, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Margaret [...]

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

PBC helps countries move from conflict to peace

A man votes as United Nations Observers look on, in Bangui, Central African Republic

The transition from conflict to sustainable peace and development can be a challenging one, says Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. That's why the UN Peacebuilding Commission, the PBC, and its financial arm, the Peacebuilding Fund, were set up in 2005, to help struggling states avoid slipping back into war and chaos. At a Security Council debate on [...]

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

Disabled children four times at risk of physical and other abuse: WHO

Children at a disability centre in Hargesia, capital of Somaliland.

  Sexual and physical attacks, emotional abuse, humiliation, rejection, neglect. These and other forms of violence are more likely to be suffered by disabled children, according to a new report from the World Health Organization (WHO). The report looked at 17 studies in high-income countries covering 18,000 children. It finds that on average, disabled children [...]

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

UN’s peacebuilding tools need to be enhanced, Security Council told

Secretary-General (left) addresses the Security Council. At right is María Ángela Holguín Cuéllar, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Colombia

  The end of conflict does not always mean peace has arrived. That is one of the reasons the United Nations created its Peacebuilding Commission. The Commission plays a unique role in bringing together all of the relevant actors, marshalling resources and advising on and proposing integrated strategies for post-conflict peacebuilding and recovery and where [...]

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

Saudi Arabia allows female participation in Olympics

Wilfried Lemke

  Female athletes from Saudi Arabia are going to the Olympics! Wilfried Lemke, Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, welcomed the decision of Saudi Arabia on Thursday to send female athletes to London to compete in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. The decision follows a similar one made by Brunei Darussalam and Qatar. [...]

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

More protection of human rights needed in Kazakhstan:Pillay

Navi Pillay

There are many "human rights concerns and critical gaps" in Kazakhstan's laws and rule-of-law institutions, the UN Human Rights chief Navi Pillay told a press conference in the capital, Astana. Ms. Pillay is visiting the country as part of her first visit to Central Asia. Charles Appel reports. Ms. Pillay told reporters that freedom of [...]

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

Thousands flee fighting in Democratic Republic of the Congo

Woman and children who sought refuge in a school after fleeing fighting in DRC

Some 220,000 people have been newly displaced by increased fighting and insecurity in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to the UN humanitarian agency (OCHA). OCHA spokesperson Jens Laerke says the affected area, North Kivu, has been marred by conflict and displacement for close to 20 years, says. Over two million people are either internally [...]

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

Rebel movements in eastern DRC hamper aid delivery to displaced

Population fleeing their villages due to fighting

Approximately 220,000 people have been newly displaced in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo as a result of insecurity stemming from movements by the M23 rebel group. The UN humanitarian office (OCHA), says while the majority of these people have been internally displaced, a significant number has crossed the border into Uganda where authorities [...]

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

Botswana should decriminalize homosexuality: former president

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• The former president of Botswana says maybe he could have done more to decriminalize laws that hamper AIDS progress. Festus Mogae, who is now part of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, says while millions of dollars have been invested over the past 30 years to expand lifesaving HIV prevention and treatment, [...]

12 Jul 2012 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

Children with disability more vulnerable to violence

a handicapped boy plays with his wheelchair

Children with disabilities are four times more likely to experience violence than non-disabled children, according to a study published by the World Health Organization (WHO). The report says children with disability associated with mental illness or intellectual impairments were at a higher risk of sexual violence compared with their non-disabled peers. The study covered 18,374 [...]

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

Tanzanian refugees return home from Somalia

Tanzanian refugees return to Zanzibar

It took more than a decade, but a group of families are finally returning to Tanzania, after living in exile in Somalia. The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR successfully completed the voluntary repatriation of 38 Tanzanian refugees comprising 12 families last weekend. The remainder of the Tanzanian refugee community in Mogadishu, totalling some 20 families or [...]

11 Jul 2012 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Ban Ki-moon concerned over tensions in the DRC

Population fleeing their villages due to fighting

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed grave concern, on Wednesday, over reports that an armed group of former soldiers in the eastern DRC is receiving external support. The group is known as M23 and is composed of renegade soldiers who mutinied in April. The group's leader, according to the United Nations, is Bosco Ntaganda, an army [...]

11 Jul 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Security Council welcomes holding of Libyan elections

Security Council chamber [UN file photo].

Security Council Chamber The Security Council has welcomed the holding of Libya's first national elections in nearly five decades. The elections for a National General Congress took place in the North African country on 7 July.  The Congress will replace the National Transitional Council, choose a prime minister, approve the new government, adopt a new [...]

11 Jul 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Scaling up access to family planning on World Population Day

World Population Day

A groundbreaking meeting underway in London on Wednesday aims to support women’s and girls' right to choose whether, when and how many children they will have. The London Summit falls on World Population Day, observed annually on 11 July. The UN Population Fund (UNFPA), one of the organizers, says reproductive problems are the leading cause [...]

11 Jul 2012 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

World Population Day highlights reproductive health services

World Population Day

July 11th is World Population Day. This year's theme, "Universal access to reproductive health services," is also one of the targets of Millennium Development Goals, a blueprint to meet the needs of the world's poorest. In a message marking the occasion, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said more than 200 million women and adolescent girls have [...]

11 Jul 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

ILO warns 22 million could lose their jobs in Europe

Checking job offers in Moscow

Unemployment in the Eurozone could reach almost 22 million in the next four years, according to a report from the International Labour Organization, the ILO. The report, Eurozone job crisis: trends and policy responses, warns that without a shift in policy direction, all countries in the Eurozone will suffer. Steven Tobin, a Senior Economist at [...]

11 Jul 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

ILO warns 22 million could lose their jobs in Europe

Employment centre in France

Unemployment in the Eurozone could reach almost 22 million over the next four years, says a new report from the International Labour Organization. The ILO says that unless targeted measures are taken, the economic crisis will deepen and the employment recovery will never take off. Steven Tobin, an economist with the ILO, spoke to Gerry [...]

11 Jul 2012 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Global food security improving:FAO

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría (left) with FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva

Increased productivity this year and a more sustainable food system will improve global food security. That is the message of the latest Agricultural Outlook published by the Food and Agriculture Organization and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, OECD. Increased production is happening primarily in developing countries, says FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva, [...]

11 Jul 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

WHO calls for renewed focus on family planning

Family planning

The World Health Organization pledged on Wednesday to improve family planning and health services for women in the world's poorest countries by 2020. At a Family Planning Summit in London, the UN health agency called for a renewed focus on family planning. Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO, said access to modern contraception is a [...]

11 Jul 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

HINDI #30: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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1. Global commission finds bad laws and human rights abuses impede progress in HIV/AIDS. 2. Mysterious disease killing children in Cambodia is identified. 3. Annual report on global development proposes innovative financing, 4. Preserving wild lives and saving elephants in India. 5. Bangladesh promotes alternative source of energy with help from ILO.  Narrated and Produced [...]

11 Jul 2012 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

HINDI #29: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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1. UN envoy calls Libya election a critical first step to move to democracy. 2. South Sudan celebrates first anniversary of independence. 3. Significant progress in Afghanistan towards self-reliance, says head of peacekeeping mission. 4. Farmers in Bangladesh get help from IFAD. Narrated and Produced by Ambalika Misra Duration: 15’00″

11 Jul 2012 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

Public Service Day Concert

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The 10th Anniversary of the United Nations Public Service Day and Awards was celebrated recently in the General Assembly Hall. Public Service Day was established by a General Assembly resolution to "celebrate the value and virtue of service to the community." 44 organizations from 29 countries were awarded in recognition for excellence in public service. [...]

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An economist provides food for thought in new book on eating well

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What's for lunch? For Tyler Cowen, an American economist, blogger and author of the new book 'An Economist Gets Lunch,' the combination special at the local fast food restaurant is probably not on the menu. Cowen, an adventurous and conscientious eater; encourages people to explore different cuisines and to shop at ethnic supermarkets. Rebecca Kaufman [...]

11 Jul 2012 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Improving the effectiveness of the aid dollar

Women at the Mugunga camp use food vouchers to buy fresh vegetables from local sellers, a programme which provides the camp's inhabitants with a more varied diet and helps to stimulate the local economy.

Many years ago, donor countries came to the conclusion that aid dollars were not generating the kind of results that the donors and recipients were looking for, says Talaat Abdel-Malek, Chairman of the Working Party on Aid Effectiveness. Donors, for example, blamed recipients for inefficiency, while recipient countries felt donors did not understand their true [...]

10 Jul 2012 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

A Geometry of Hunger

A malnourished boy

UN Radio has been broadcasting since 1946. Our archive of audio material reflects the rich history of the UN and the work it has contributed to across the world. This programme describes the challenges arising from the population growth in the 20th century for alimentation and nutrition. Language: English Genre: Report 1957 Duration: 14’30″ (Like [...]

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

Kofi Annan wants Iran to play a role in ending Syrian conflict

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

Iran needs to be part of the solution when it comes to ending the conflict in Syria, according to Joint United Nations-Arab League Special Envoy Kofi Annan. He made the remarks after meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi in Tehran. The Iranian government has strong ties with Syria and Mr. Annan said Mr. [...]

10 Jul 2012 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Fifty-four perish attempting to cross Mediterranean

Mediterranean Sea

One person has survived and 54 have perished attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea between Libya and Italy. Charles Appel reports. According to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), the sole survivor reported that 55 people boarded the boat in Libya in late June. All the others died of dehydration. According to the survivor, over half [...]

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

Global "war for talent" expected to escalate:ILO

Vocational training for young men

As the world's population grows, so will the need for skills, says the International Labour Organization, the ILO. Some countries face ageing societies, says the Organization. Others have burgeoning youth populations. But as the pace of technological change and innovation grows, all countries will need to make education and training more responsive to a changing [...]

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

Pillay says delivery of justice is delayed in Kyrgyzstan

Navi Pillay

Institutional deficiencies continue to hamper the delivery of justice and undermine the rule of law in Kyrgyszstan, UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay told reporters in the capital, Bishkek. She said authorities have a duty to ensure accountability for crimes and abuses, including by the authorities themselves. She said authorities should also guarantee justice for [...]

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

UN expert on children and armed conflict welcomes landmark ICC verdict

Ms Coomaraswamy (left) meets with former child soldiers (young girls) in Masisi, DRC. (April 2009)

The guilty verdict against Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga for recruiting child soldiers to fight in his rebel group a decade ago has been hailed as a very important decision by the UN expert leading the fight against such practice. Radhika Coomeraswamy, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, said the [...]

10 Jul 2012 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Hand, foot and mouth disease kills more than 50 children in Cambodia

Doctor takes a nasal swab from young Cambodian

The mystery illness that has killed at least 52 children in Cambodia since April has been diagnosed as hand, foot and mouth disease ,according to the World Health Organization. The virus, known as EV-71, is spread by sneezing, coughing and coming into contact with fluid from blisters or faeces from someone who is infected. Hand, [...]

10 Jul 2012 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Joint Special Envoy says Iran has role to play in Syria crisis

UN spokesperson Ahmad Fawzi said Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed was continuing to shuttle between opposing delegations in Geneva

Iran should be part of the solution to the Syrian crisis, according to the Joint Special Envoy for Syria to Kofi Annan. So said Ahmad Fawzi, the Special Envoy's Spokesman, in an interview with UN Radio. He said Mr. Annan feels Iran should be more involved in finding a solution to the Syrian crisis because [...]

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

Mysterious disease killing children in Cambodia identified

children in Asia

A mysterious illness that has killed 52 children in Cambodia has been identified as a deadly viral strain of hand, foot and mouth disease, a common childhood illness. The World Health Organization (WHO) says the disease is often a mild self limiting disease with few complications. However, depending on the virus involved, the disease has [...]

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

Sahel humanitarian situation worsened by cholera outbreak

drought in the Sahel

An outbreak of cholera in parts of the Sahel region is likely to worsen an already dire humanitarian situation for thousands of people affected by drought, according to United Nations aid agencies. Worst affected are Niger and Northern Mali where the onset of the rains has worsened the already poor sanitary conditions especially in camps [...]

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

Congolese warlord gets 14 years behind bars

Mr Lubanga Dyilo in ICC Courtroom I for his sentencing hearing on 10 July 2012.

  Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for recruiting and using child soldiers in his rebel group between 2002 and 2003. Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) said although it was not possible to establish the number of children recruited as soldiers, the practice was nonetheless widespread. The [...]

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South Sudan celebrates its first anniversary with a commitment to peace and prosperity

South Sudan celebrated its independence day

Celebrations were held on 9 July at the John Garang Mausoleum to mark the first year anniversary of South Sudan's Independence. President Salva Kiir and Chief Guest Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni have arrived at the grounds. Vice President Riek Machar, Speaker of the National Assembly, James Wani Iga, and other government officials are also in [...]

9 Jul 2012 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture report

Fish market in Tanzania

Sustainable fisheries and aquaculture play a crucial role in food and nutrition security and in providing for the livelihoods of millions of people. That's the finding of the latest flagship publication on the state of fisheries and aquaculture from the Food and Agriculture Organization, launched at the opening of the 30th session of the FAO [...]

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FAO highlights importance of sustainable fisheries

According to the latest statistics available, almost 30 percent of fish stocks are overexploited.

The Food and Agriculture Agency is calling on governments to ensure fisheries are sustainable. In a report launched on Monday, FAO finds many fish stocks that it monitors are under pressure, with about 30 per cent being overexploited. Richard Grainger of the Fisheries Department at FAO says the news about aquaculture, or fish farming, is [...]

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Global Commission finds bad laws, human rights abuses, impede progress on HIV/AIDS

A sign reading "Know your HIV status", promoting HIV testing in Livingstone, Zambia

An epidemic of bad laws and human rights abuses is hampering the global response to HIV/AIDS. That finding comes from The Global Commission on HIV and the Law, an independent group consisting of former heads of state and legal, human rights and HIV experts. It says while millions of dollars have been invested over the [...]

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

UN envoy calls Libya elections a "critical first step" in move to democracy

Ian Martin

The top UN envoy in Libya has hailed the country's first free elections in more than four decades as "an extraordinary achievement" and a "critical first step" in the transition towards democracy. Ian Martin, head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), said Libyans took enormous pride in both voting in and organizing Saturday's [...]

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

Corruption: A threat to sustainable development: ECOSOC

ECOSOC meeting

Fighting corruption must be a priority for governments. That was the message at a high level forum held Monday by the United Nations Economic and Social Council. The theme was "Accountability, transparency and sustainable development: Turning challenges into opportunities." Several of the speakers said the world must continue to wage a serious fight against corruption, [...]

9 Jul 2012 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

South Sudan celebrates one year of independence

Hilde Johnson

South Sudan is marking its first anniversary on 9 July as the newest nation in the world and it has not been an easy year, according to the Secretary-General's Special Representative for the country. Hilde Johnson, who is also the head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) says the country is facing both [...]

9 Jul 2012 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN experts concerned about human rights defenders in The Philippines

Christof Heyns

The Philippines is being urged to adopt measures to protect human rights defenders following an increase in killings and death threats over the past months. The appeal comes from two UN independent experts—one on human rights defenders, the other on the issue of extrajudicial killings—in a statement released on Monday. They say many of the [...]

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

Bangladesh promotes alternative energy with help from the ILO

Sanjida installing solar panels

Rural areas in Bangladesh are "going green" with help from the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the government of Australia. The government is encouraging villages to use low-cost solar power as an alternative energy source. And people are also being trained in how to install the panels, thus creating jobs that support the green economy. [...]

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

UN Radio News 06 July 2011

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Human Rights Council to probe expansion of Israeli settlements in the OPT

Human Rights Council

The UN Human Rights Council is to investigate the implications of Israeli settlements on the rights of the Palestinian people. The council has appointed a three member fact finding mission which will undertake the investigations in the occupied Palestinian territory including East Jerusalem. A report presented to the council by the UN expert on the [...]

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

Preserving wildlife and saving elephants in India

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Elephants are revered in Indian culture. But a group of elephants in the town of Assam in north India are causing trouble by destroying crops and even houses. Can elephants and humans co-exist? And what can be done to help these creatures stay in their natural habitat? Mahbub Ahmad narrates this feature prepared by Mary [...]

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

Maternal shelters reduce child mortality rates in Kenya

Kenya maternal health

The world cheered when it was announced that global child mortality rates had fallen by nearly half over the past two decades: from more than 12 million a year in 1990 to 7.6 million in 2010. Still, thousands of children die every day before even making it to their fifth birthday. To ensure that infants [...]

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

Global Alliance against Female Genital Mutilation works toward FGM eradication

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According to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) female genital mutilation has been around since the time of the pharaohs. FGM, as it is called, is a procedure that intentionally alters or causes injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons, reports the World Health Organization (WHO). The procedure can cause severe bleeding and problems [...]

6 Jul 2012 | Posted in Women | Read More »

Jim Yong Kim takes over World Bank presidency

Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank

American physician Jim Yong Kim, a long-time advocate for decent health care for poor people, has been appointed president of the World Bank Group effective this month.   Kim was born in Seoul, Korea, and previously served as President of Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, USA. Jim Yong Kim said he is both honoured and humbled [...]

6 Jul 2012 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

Children recruited as soldiers in northern Mali

Civilians in Mali

Armed rebel groups controlling large parts of northern Mali are recruiting child soldiers into their ranks according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). At least 175 boys aged between 12 to 18 years have been recruited since March this year. UNICEF has expressed concern over the vulnerability of children in northern Mali saying there were [...]

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

UN Radio News 05 July 2011

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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UN strengthens regulations on food labelling

fruits and vegetables

The United Nations food standards body has agreed on new food safety standards aimed at protecting the health of consumers around the world. The new standards  include the maximum level of melamine in liquid milk formula for babies, standards for the storage of pre-cut melons and nutrition labeling for all food stuffs. Patrick Maigua reports [...]

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

URDU #27: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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1. Ban hopes Action Group for Syria meeting will be a turning point 2. Action Group for Syria meets in Geneva 3. Both parties in Syria Committing gross human rights violations, says Paulo Pinheiro 4. Humanitarian situation in South Sudan deteriorating 5. End of refugee status for Angolan & Liberian exiles 6. UN adopts International [...]

3 Jul 2012 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

UN Radio News 03 July 2011

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Racism in sports a worrying trend

Racism in sports is a major problem and is likely to mar the up coming Olympic Games unless it is tackled urgently, according to the UN expert on racism Mutuma Rutere. In a report to the UN Human Rights Council Mr Rutere cited the recent incidents of violence and racism that occurred during the just [...]

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

Syria urged to implement proposals for peaceful transition

UN Observers in Syria

The joint UN and Arab League special envoy on Syria, Kofi Annan, is appealing to the government and the opposition to take an objective look at the peace road map drawn by the Syrian Action group which met in Geneva last Saturday. Mr Annan says the proposals put forward by the meeting provide a clear [...]

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

UN Radio News 02 July 2011

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Palestinians embracing nonviolent resistance against Israeli occupation

The number of Palestinians held by Israel under administrative detention has risen to 309, according to a United Nations Human rights expert. Richard Falk, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories, said the majority of those in detention were prisoners of conscience who are not linked to any violent [...]

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

Children still at increased risk in northwest Pakistan

Displaced children in Pakistan

Since the beginning of the year, more than 240,000 people – over half of them children – have been registered as displaced from Khyber Agency, a tribal area in volatile north-west Pakistan. Children in particular are at an increased risk for psychological distress, disrupted education, disease and malnutrition. Gerry Adams reports. Duration: 2’22″

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

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