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Standstill in Middle East peace process frustrating, says UN chief

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The United Nations shares the frustration of the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas over the current standstill in the Middle East peace process.  That's what UN Secretary-General told reporters at Mehrabad International Airport in Teheran, before leaving Iran on Friday.  Mr. Ban said that during his visit to Teheran, he discussed a number of issues with [...]

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UN chief stresses diplomatic solution to Iranian nuclear issue

Secretary-General (right) addresses an audience of students and professors on his visit to the School of International Relations in Tehran.

The issue of Iran's nuclear programme should be resolved by diplomacy and negotiations, says United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon. Mr. Ban, who has just concluded his visit to Iran, was responding to the latest report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on the issue. The IAEA has reportedly said that Iran has doubled the [...]

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Second Review Conference on the UN Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons

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It is the view of Trinidad and Tobago that the Second Review Conference on the UN Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons presented an ideal opportunity to critically assess the progress made in the implementation of the Programme of Action. Ambassador Eden Charles said [...]

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UN agencies fear Syria could be among greatest humanitarian crises

Syrian children seek shelter in doorway: UNICEF

The ongoing challenges brought on by the Syrian crisis could make it one of the biggest humanitarian emergencies in years. That assessment comes from the UN children's fund (UNICEF), part of the network of UN agencies and partner organizations working to assist the staggering 2.5 million Syrians who require relief assistance. Meanwhile, a $180 million [...]

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More Syrians cross into Lebanon

Syrian refugees are processed at a new UNHCR registration centre in Lebanon

There has been an increase in the number of Syrian refugees crossing into Lebanon, with more than 2,000 arriving there over the last week, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR). The agency says that the squeeze on shelter remains one of the major concerns in Lebanon. It says the refugees are still staying [...]

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Civilians are tired of conflict in Syria, says UN human rights official

Syrian civilians are becoming increasingly weary of the lack of progress in resolving the conflict in their country, says Georgette Gagnon. Ms. Gagnon was Head of the Human Rights team in UNSMIS, the United Nations Support Mission in Syria, before its mandate expired on the 19th of August. She spoke with UN Radio's Reem Abaza, [...]

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Syria's neighbours need solidarity, says UN refugee chief

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Countries sharing borders with Syria need international solidarity as they continue to keep their borders open to Syrian refugees fleeing fighting in their country. That's what Antonio Guterres, the head of the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) told UN Radio late on Thursday following a meeting of the Security Council. He said 230,000 refugees have [...]

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UN says Gaza could face undrinkable water by 2016

Palestinian boy washes his face

As World Water Week comes to a close UN officials in Gaza released a report warning that, Gaza's water supply could be undrinkable by 2016. The annual UN conference held in Stockholm has focused on the management of global water resources since 1991. The UN report on Gaza says the people of the region face [...]

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Security forces in Guinea urged to curb excessive use of force

Rupert Colville

Authorities in Guinea have been urged to curb excessive use of force by security forces and to allow people to exercise their right to peaceful assembly. The appeal by the UN human rights office follows violent clashes between protesters and security forces during an opposition rally in the capital, Conakry, on Monday. The UN human [...]

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Refugees who fled Libya resettled abroad

Stranded migrant workers

  Over 2,200 refugees stranded in Libya are to be resettled in Europe and the United State of America, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The refugees have been living at a transit centre along the Libya-Tunisia border for the past 18 months after escaping the war in Libya. The United States has [...]

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Syrian children likely to miss schooling

Syrian children

Thousands of children in Syria may not be able to return to school for the new school year in September because of the ongoing violence and the use of schools to accommodated displaced people.  That warning has come from the UN children's agency (UNICEF) which says there are few or no places to accommodate the [...]

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Kazakhstan continues to suffer from effects of nuclear tests

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  The International day against Nuclear Tests is being observed on 29 August to underline the need to eliminate these weapons of mass destruction. The day commemorates the closing of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site, which operated for some 40 years in Kazakhstan. Ambassador of Kazakhstan, Byrganym Aitimova, explained to Gerry Adams why the world [...]

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Civilians face "systematic slaughter" in Syria

Jan Eliasson speaking in the UN Security Council

  Civilians and non-combatants in Syria, including women and children, face what has been described by a senior United Nations official as "systematic slaughter." UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson spoke at a meeting of the Security Council attended by foreign ministers and senior United Nations officials on Thursday afternoon. He said that more than 2.5 [...]

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France and UK call for urgent contributions to relief efforts in Syria

Security Council Chamber

The Foreign Ministers of France and the United Kingdom on Thursday called on all countries to urgently and generously contribute funds to help the people affected by the conflict in Syria. UK Foreign Secretary William Hague announced that his country will make an additional donation of £3 million to the £27 million it has already [...]

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NGO helps women style a new future for Haiti

Worker producing sandals

The aftershocks of the January 2010 earthquake are still being felt in Haiti. But REBUILD Globally, an American NGO, is helping women in the Caribbean nation to take steps at styling a new future—for themselves and the country. REBUILD Globally was founded in February 2010, just weeks after the devastating earthquake which killed up to [...]

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UN chief raises human rights concerns with Iranian authorities

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Iranian authorities are being urged to engage with United Nations agencies to address concerns about the situation of human rights in the country. The call has come from United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who continued to meet with Iranian authorities in the country's capital, Teheran, on Thursday. UN Spokesman Martin Nesirky, who is travelling with [...]

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Developing countries are urged to answer people's aspirations

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The United Nations and the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) face the challenge of answering people's aspirations. That's the message UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivered to the leaders of NAM meeting in Teheran, Iran on Thursday. The Secretary-General reminded the grouping of 120 developing countries that when NAM was formed, nations and people were speaking of freedom [...]

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Thousands of children at risk of malnutrition in Mali

The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos.

Acute malnutrition is threatening the lives of 175,000 children in Mali, according to the United Nations humanitarian chief, Valerie Amos. Ms Amos is on a mission to the West African country in the Sahel region which is facing a serious food crisis as a result of drought, poor harvest, high food prices and conflict. The [...]

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Leaders in Gambia are urged to stop executions

Navi Pillay

Leaders in the Gambia have been urged not to go ahead with the execution of prisoners. The appeal has come from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay who says she was deeply disturbed by execution of nine prisoners by firing squad on Sunday. Charles Appel reports. The United Nations human rights chief [...]

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More support needed for families of those missing in conflict: Red Cross

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They say "no news is good news." But for the relatives of people who have gone missing in armed conflict and other emergencies, no news can mean years of uncertainty, stigmatization and even isolation. That message comes from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) which is calling for more support for these families [...]

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Nigeria faces food and nutrition crisis:UNICEF

Mothers and children

Approximately 18 million people are facing a food and nutrition crisis in West Africa's Sahel region. Nigeria is one of eight states that form the Sahel region. Because of its vast size, the impact of drought, malnutrition and disease is threatening devastating consequences, according to UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund. Gerry Adams has the [...]

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Developing countries are urged to answer people's aspirations

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The United Nations and the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) face the challenge of answering people's aspirations. That's the message UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivered to the leaders of NAM meeting in Teheran, Iran on Thursday. The Secretary-General reminded the grouping of 120 developing countries that when NAM was formed, nations and people were speaking of freedom [...]

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WHO warns of a global Dengue fever epidemic

Yellow Fever spreading mosquito

Dengue fever, a mosquito borne viral disease, is rapidly spreading across the world aided by urbanization and population movements. The warning comes from the World Health Organization(WHO) which says the incidence of dengue has increased 30 fold over the past fifty years. According to WHO, there are up to 100 million new dengue infections every year and half [...]

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Transfer of Iranian exiles in Iraq welcomed by UN envoy

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

The relocation of a group of Iranian exiles from a camp outside Baghdad, the capital of Iraq, to another camp has been welcomed by the top United Nations envoy in the country, Martin Kobler. The group of 400 Iranian exiles arrived in Camp Hurriya from Camp Ashraf in eastern Iraq on Wednesday. The Iranians, most [...]

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Ugandan student says Model UN conference broadens perspectives

model UN conference at the General Assembly Hall

Fifty students, faculty advisors and government representatives from 28 countries this week got a taste of what happens at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. They took part in the Global Model UN Conference, organized by the Outreach Division of the UN's Department of Public Information. Monica Akech, who is studying Public Relations [...]

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International Day against Nuclear Tests highlights dangers of testing

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The International day against Nuclear Tests is being observed on 29 August to underline the need eliminate these weapons of mass destruction. The day commemorates the closing of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site, which operated for some 40 years in Kazakhstan. Ambassador of Kazakhstan, Byrganym  Aitimova, explained to Gerry Adams why the world could do [...]

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UN Daily News 29 August 2012

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Iran needs to prove its nuclear programme is peaceful: UN chief

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Iran needs to make progress in the talks about its nuclear programme with the five permanent members of the Security Council and Germany, collectively known as the P5+1. That's the message the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon conveyed to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during their meeting in the Iranian capital, Teheran, on Wednesday. Mr. Ban, who is [...]

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Kazakhstan launches campaign to ban nuclear testing

Ambassador Mukhtar Tileuberdi of Kazakhstan

A new international campaign has been launched by Kazakhstan to promote nuclear disarmament. The project, known as ATOM, an acronym for "Abolish Testing: Our Mission" was unveiled in Geneva to mark the International Day against Nuclear Tests, observed on 29 August. Ambassador Mukhtar Tileuberdi of Kazakhstan says August 29 is the day when his country [...]

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France urged to stop discrimination against Roma

These Roma civilians are on the move in search of safety. UN Photo/UNHCR/Roger LeMoyne

The French government has been urged by United Nations independent experts to stop discrimination against the Roma people. The Special Rapporteurs on minority issues, migrants, housing and racism say that evictions of the Roma continue and threaten to place families in highly vulnerable situations. Gail Walker reports. The call by the UN experts follows reports [...]

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Nuclear tests are a threat to human health and global stability: UN chief

A young participant makes a "peace" sign at a memorial ceremony for atomic bomb victims in Nagasaki, Japan in 2010. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The existence of thousands of nuclear weapons continues to be a threat to human health and global stability. That's the message of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the International Day against Nuclear Tests, observed on 29 August. Dianne Penn reports. The UN Secretary-General calls for the strengthening of efforts to end nuclear weapons testing and [...]

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Women and girls can play important role in managing water

Nargis Bibi, 12, draws water from a well near her home at a brick factory in the village of Tarlai, on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan © Rebecca Conway/IRIN

Gathering in Stockholm, Sweden this week, people from around the world are talking about water: how to share it, how to keep it clean and for some countries, how to find it. During World Water Week Sanjay Wijesekera, UNICEF's Chief of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene spoke with UN Radio's Gail Walker about the role women [...]

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Mozambican city wins award for risk preparedness

Beira, Mozambique

The city of Beira in the eastern part of Mozambique has won an award for putting in place a flood warning system for its approximately 450,000 inhabitants. The first RISK award has been given by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) together with the Munich Re-Foundation and the Global Risk Forum based [...]

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UN alarmed over killings in Masisi territory in DR Congo

Internally displaced persons (IDPs) from the DRC build makeshift shelters (file photo) UN Photo/Marie Frechon

  Scores of displaced people are reported to have been killed by rebel groups in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo at the beginning of August. According to the United Nations Mission in the country, MONUSCO, more than 45 attacks on some 35 villages and towns have been reported in the [...]

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UNESCO head calls for immediate halt to destruction of Sufi sites in Libya

A lone protester holds up a placard condemning the destruction of a Sufi shrine in Tripoli as he approaches the site of the demolition. Photo: UNSMIL/I. Athanasiadis

The destruction of Sufi religious sites in Libya must stop immediately, says the head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Irina Bokova on Tuesday expressed her grave concern about the desecration of Sufi shrines and libraries in Zliten, Misrata and Tripoli. Gerry Adams reports. According to reports, ultra conservative Islamists recently damaged [...]

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Gambia urged by UN expert to stop executions

The Gambian flag

The government of the Gambia has been urged to stop the execution of 39 prisoners in the country. The appeal has come from Christof Heyns, the UN independent expert on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, after nine prisoners were reportedly killed by firing squad on Sunday. Dianne Penn reports. The UN independent expert on extrajudicial, [...]

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UN chief goes to Iran to meet leaders of developing countries

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon left New York for Tehran, the capital of Iran, on Tuesday to attend the week-long summit of the Non-Aligned Movement . A United Nations spokesman says the Secretary-General looks forward to meeting heads of State and Government to discuss global issues. They include the follow up to the Rio+20 Conference [...]

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UN Daily News 28 August 2012

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Tropical storm Isaac on verge of becoming hurricane

A hurricane warning has been issued along the Gulf Coast in the United States as tropical storm Isaac gets stronger. The warning has come from the U.S. National Hurricane Centre, which is one of the regional specialized centres of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The Centre says the storm has a large area of tropical [...]

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Water and food security are focus of World Water Week

A man draws water from a large well near the village of Hamed Ella in the Danakil depression, north eastern Ethiopia © Siegfried Modola/IRIN

Over two thousand participants from more than 100 countries have gathered in Stockholm, Sweden for World Water Week. The theme of this year's meeting is Water and Food Security. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) 2.6 billion farmers, fishermen and women are the main providers of food in the developing world. The director [...]

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Number of Syrian refugees fleeing to Jordan doubles: UNHCR

displaced Syrian children - UNICEF

The number of Syrians fleeing to Jordan has doubled over the past week, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). UNHCR reports more than 10,000 people arrived at its camp in northern Jordan from 21-27 August, compared to 4,500 the previous week. UN agencies also find that there has been a rise in the number [...]

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Flow of illicit weapons a global problem

Crush the Illicit trade in small arms poster

Half a million people are killed each year by illegal weapons across the world. That was a message highlighted at the opening of a UN conference revisiting concerns about the use of small arms and light weapons. World leaders called for the international community to redouble its efforts to curb the devastating effects of illicit [...]

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Theatre teaches Ethiopians about dangers of irregular migration

Somali refugee children in Malkadiida Refugee Camp Ethiopia - UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

A theatrical production has been staged in rural areas of Ethiopia to raise awareness about the dangers of using smugglers to escape from the country. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) says it is working with community leaders to educate local people about irregular migration. IOM spokesman Jean Philippe Chauzy says the production called "Mutach" [...]

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More people from Horn of Africa cross Gulf of Aden to Yemen

Exhausted new arrivals recover on a beach after crossing the ocean to southern Yemen. SHS/A.S.Hussein

The flow of refugees and migrants from the Horn of Africa across the Gulf of Aden to Yemen has exceeded previous records. That's according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) which says that in the first seven months of this year more than 60,000 people have made the dangerous journey. The agency says this [...]

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Economist warns of danger of over confidence in economic system

An investor looks at rising stock prices in Wuhan, China. Policy makers often overlook risks to the economy during prosperous years, says Reinhart. (photo: Imaginechina/Corbis)

Economic crisis are often the result of over confidence in the economic and financial system, according to economist Carmen Reinhardt of the Peterson Institute for International Economics. She's the co-author of an essay titled causes of financial crisis past and present, the role of the 'this time it's different syndrome'. Reinhardt explains that policy makers [...]

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Eradication of Guinea-worm disease on course: WHO

Access to clean water

Guinea- worm disease is on the verge of eradication, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The agency says the number of Guinea-worm disease cases has dropped from a high of 3,190 in 2009 to just under 396 cases during the first six months of 2012. South Sudan, which carries the largest burden of the [...]

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Unaccompanied Syrian children seek refuge across borders

A young new arrival at Jordan's Za'tari camp. His family fled violence in Syria's Daraa governorate.

The Syrian crisis is pushing hundreds of unaccompanied children into refugee camps in neighbouring countries, according to United Nations humanitarian agencies. Children received by the UN Refugee agency (UNHCR) at the Za'atri refugee camp in Jordan report that their parents have either died or are staying behind in Syria to look after relatives. UNHCR fears [...]

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Mozambican city wins award for risk preparedness

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Townships in Beira city in the eastern part of Mozambique are vulnerable to floods because they are up to 10 metres below sea level. To prevent the devastation caused by floods, local authorities have put in place a warning system for the approximately 450,000 inhabitants of the city and its surroundings. The United Nations Office [...]

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UN mission condemns "gruesome" murder of civilians in Afghanistan

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The murder of 17 civilians in Afghanistan has been strongly condemned by the UN Mission in the country (UNAMA). UNAMA says the killing, which it describes as "gruesome", is an unjustifiable criminal act that disregards the sanctity of human life. Gerry Adams reports. The Afghan civilians, including two women were reportedly beheaded or had their [...]

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UN refugee agency focuses on health and hygiene needs in South Sudan

Brothers Nguma Idris and Sabit Idris comfort one another outside of their makeshift shelter in Doro Refugee camp, Maban County, South Sudan

Thousands of Sudanese refugees living in camps and settlements across South Sudan face alarming health conditions, according to United Nations agencies. To address the problem, the UN's refugee agency (UNHCR) and its partners have launched an extensive health and hygiene outreach programme, with a particular emphasis on basic hygiene. Gail Walker reports Duration:   3’06″

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Attack against South Sudan troops by insurgents condemned by UN

Peacekeepers at the UN Mission in South Sudan.

An attack by insurgents against South Sudanese troops in the country's eastern Jonglei State has been condemned by the UN Mission in the country (UNMISS). According to reports, 24 South Sudanese were killed last Thursday in an attack by armed fighters loyal to a renegade leader called David Yau Yau. Many more soldiers were wounded [...]

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More work needed to control small arms, says UN chief

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  Governments around the world have been urged by the United Nations Secretary-General to do more to stop the flow of illegal small weapons. He said that illicit small arms remain the weapons of choice for those who seek to challenge legitimate State power, to spread fear and insecurity or to pursue criminal goals. The [...]

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ILO convention offers hope to Bote people of Nepal

Chitwan forest in Nepal

Throughout the world, the traditional lifestyles of indigenous people are threatened by changing times, economic development and poverty. In Nepal, one group of people barred from their traditional hunting grounds for nearly 40 years may yet see the old way of life return, thanks to a new law protecting their rights. Gerry Adams reports. Duration:  [...]

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Countries with nuclear programme urged to improve safety

IAEA - keeping it safe

States that use nuclear technology have been urged to fully implement an action plan on nuclear safety. The call has come from the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Yukiya Amano, in Vienna on Monday. Mr. Amano spoke at the start of the one-week meeting of 75 states that are party to the [...]

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Beira city in Mozambique wins award for risk preparedness

The city of Beira in Mozambique has received the first RISK Award

The city of Beira in Mozambique has received the first RISK Award for its work to protect people from floods. The 100,000 euro award is given by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), the Munich Re-Foundation and the Global Risk Forum based in Davos, Switzerland. According to UNISDR, the 450,000 people of Beira [...]

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Victims of hurricane in Haiti get assistance from UN relief agency

Tropical Storm Isaac hits Haiti - a woman wades through flood waters UN Photo/Logan Abassi

Close to 14,000 people have been evacuated in Haiti which was hit by Hurricane Isaac over the weekend, according to the United Nations relief agency (OCHA). The hurricane killed at least six people including an eight-year-old girl and affected thousands of others. OCHA says that the damage caused by the storm is still being determined [...]

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UN relief agency supports Haiti following deadly storm

Tropical Storm Isaac passed across Haiti causing high winds and heavy rains, flooding low-lying areas of Port-au-Prince and flattening camps for displaced people from the January 2010 earthquake. Residents work to recover their personal possessions UN Photo/Logan Abassi

Tropical storm Isaac hit Haiti over the weekend, killing at least six people including an eight-year-old girl. The Caribbean nation is still on the mend following the deadly January 2010 earthquake. About 400,000 people who were displaced by the disaster are still living in camps. The extent of the storm damage is still being determined, [...]

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There is no food security without water security: FAO

A dwindling watering hole in Kenya. Drought has disrupted food production in a number of world regions in recent years

There is need to better manage water and avoid its waste throughout the entire process of food production. That's the message that has been delivered by the head of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to the World Water Week which began in Stockholm, Sweden on Monday. Dianne Penn reports. FAO says that recurring [...]

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New UN-Arab League envoy for Syria meets UN chief

Lakhdar Brahimi

Newly appointed UN-Arab League Joint Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi will have the full respect and support of the international community. That's what UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the veteran Algerian diplomat during their meeting in New York on Friday. Dianne Penn reports. "Lakhdar Brahimi, who has previously served the United Nations in Iraq [...]

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World Water Week 2012 to focus on water and food security

Rice fields belonging to local hill tribes in Sapa, Viet Nam - UN Photo/Kibae Park

The world will require 10 per cent more water to meet food production needs of over nine billion people by 2050, according to the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Water and food security is the theme of this year's World Water Week, taking place in Stockholm, Sweden from 26-31 August. IFAD says agriculture accounts [...]

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South Sudan urged to stop human rights violations

President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir welcomes UNMISS, SRSG Hilde F. Johnson during meeting with Council of Ministers on Aug. 17. 2012 UN Photo/Staton Winter

The government of South Sudan has been urged to take action to stop violations of human rights allegedly committed by elements of the army in Jonglei State The call comes from Hilde Johnson, head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), following reports of a killing, rapes and torture in Pibor County in July [...]

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Strengthening Bangladesh through multilingual education

Bangladeshi kids in school

The Chittagong Hill Tracts is one of the most diverse regions of Bangladesh. Access to basic education has been a major challenge for young people in this rural area. The distance to education facilities has contributed to the low enrolment of young children. In 2003 the UN's development program implemented a decade-long education initiative designed [...]

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ILO says South Africa can do more to improve conditions for miners

Gold being poured in a South African mine.

The killings of more than 30 workers in the Marikana platinum mine in South Africa have focused the world's attention on working conditions in the country's mining industry. Martin Hahn, a mining specialist with the International Labour Organization (ILO) says since the end of apartheid South Africa has taken significant steps to improve those conditions. [...]

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Strengthening Bangladesh through multilingual education

Bangladeshi kids in school

The Chittagong Hill Tracts is one of the most diverse regions of Bangladesh. Access to basic education has been a major challenge for young people in this rural area. The distance to educational facilities has contributed to the low enrolment of young children. In 2003, the UN Development Programme, (UNDP), implemented a decade-long education initiative [...]

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ILO calls for more support for South African mine workers

Goldminers and their supervisor in a mine near Johannesburg, South Africa. [file photo.1973]  UN Photo/Pendl

More can be done to protect the health and safety of mine workers in South Africa, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO). This follows the killing last week of more than 30 miners when police fired on protesting workers at the Marikana platinum mines in the country's North West province. ILO mining specialist Martin [...]

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UNHCR alarmed by health situation of Sudanese refugees in South Sudan

Refugees from Sudan can relax in Ethiopia after fleeing from Sudan's Blue Nile State.

There is growing concern among aid agencies about the health of about 170,000 Sudanese refugees in camps and informal settlements in South Sudan. The UN Refugee agency (UNHCR) says the refugees are living in overcrowded conditions without clean water and basic sanitation services which cause respiratory tract infections, diarrhoea and malaria. Children in the camps [...]

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Violence hampers UNHCR's assistance to Syrian refugees in Lebanon

A Syrian family being registered as refugees in Halba, northern Lebanon - UNHCR/F.Juez

  Insecurity in Lebanon is affecting the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) in assisting Syrians who have fled to that country. UNHCR says it had to temporarily close its newly established registration centre in Tripoli on Friday as a result of clashes between rival groups in that Lebanese city. Spokesman Adrian Edwards reports that fewer Syrians [...]

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UN says investing in women is smart economics

Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Secretary, UNESCAP

  Investing in women's entrepreneurial leadership and the empowerment of women is smart economics says the head of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (ESCAP). Noeleen Heyzer spoke from Phnom Penh, Cambodia where she met with senior policy makers and women business leaders on Wednesday. Dr. Heyzer talks to UN Radio's [...]

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Haiti on high alert as Tropical storm Isaac approaches

Haitian camps

Emergency response teams have been put on high alert in Haiti, Dominican Republic and Cuba as the countries brace for Tropical Storm Isaac which is expected to make land fall this week-end. United Nations aid agencies estimate that up to 800,000 are at risk and may require emergency relief assistance. The UN World Food Programme(WFP) [...]

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Overcoming the natural resource curse

Workers sift coffee beans in Timor-Leste - UN Photo/Martine Perret

Historically, countries that are rich in mineral and commodity resources, like oil, copper or coffee, for example, have had lower rates of growth compared to nations which don't enjoy those advantages. It's a phenomenon dubbed the "natural resource curse." The reasons for the curse range from market volatility to crowding out of manufacturing, lack of [...]

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UN experts urge Bahrain to stop persecuting human rights activists

Protesters in Manama, Bahrain.

Three UN independent experts are calling on the government of Bahrain to promptly release a jailed human rights defender. They are also urging the authorities in the country to comply with the rights to peaceful assembly and expression. Dianne Penn reports. The UN experts are demanding an end to what they call a campaign of [...]

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URDU #34: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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1. UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos says Syria reluctant to allow assistance into the country 2. Russia is « sorry » UN mission will end in Syria 3. Ban ki Moon reiterates call for end to violence in Syria 4. Valerie Amos reviews situation on ground in Syria 5. UNHCR : Hundreds fleeing conflict in [...]

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URDU #33: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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  1. UNHCR says number of Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries rising  2. Escalation of fighting, Human Rights chief expresses alarms at threats to civilians in Syria  3. Over 2000 unaccompanied refugee children registered in South Sudan  4. Angola marks year without polio case  5. UNFPA delivering support to pregnant women in Syria crisis  6. [...]

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There is concern about use of internships in developed countries: ILO

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Internships give young people a chance to gain work experience and find a job. The International Labour Organization (ILO) says that with high rates of youth unemployment, internships have become increasingly common in developed countries. However, the ILO points out that internships have been criticized as a source of cheap or free labour as a [...]

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Abolition of Slavery day focuses on preserving sites

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Experts gathered in Brasilia, the capital of Brazil concluded a three-day international seminar on slavery on Thursday. August 23 is observed as the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) coordinates activities for the day which commemorates the abolition of slavery in [...]

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Deadly floods affect more than 300,000 people in Niger

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  More than 45 people have died in Niger following severe floods which began in July, the UN Humanitarian Affairs Office (OCHA) reports. OCHA says more than 345,000 people across the country have been affected, and that farms, schools and health centres have been destroyed. The floods come as Niger is going through a major [...]

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UN team helps to reconcile rival ethnic groups in North Darfur

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Efforts are underway to restore stability to reduce friction between two rival ethnic communities in the Darfur region of Sudan, according to the joint United Nations-African Union mission there, known as UNAMID. UNAMID says that on 21 August its team went to Mellit in North Darfur to meet with leaders of the Ziyadiah and Berti [...]

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Abolition of slave trade observed on 23 August

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and of its Abolition

Every year on the 23rd of August, the United Nations commemorates the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. It is one of three annual days dedicated to remembering the dark days of the enslavement of Africans and the violations of human rights that continue today. Philippe Kridelka, Director of [...]

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UN-led initiative will advance research in neglected tropical diseases

Mobile team of national health care workers performing systematic screening of population for sleeping sickness in Chad.

Research into neglected tropical diseases such as tuberculosis and sleeping sickness will be boosted thanks to three agreements arranged through a consortium led by the UN's intellectual property agency. AstraZeneca, the global pharmaceutical giant, has concluded agreements with two universities—one in the United States, the other in the United Kingdom—and a pharmaceutical company in South [...]

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UN envoy is concerned about violence in Lebanon

On average, Lebanon receives more than 500 Syrians an hour. Recent arrivals have headed to cities like Tripoli in northern Lebanon.

The United Nations has been closely following recent security incidents in Lebanon, including kidnappings of Syrian nationals and others in the country. That was the message conveyed by UN Deputy Special Coordinator for Lebanon Robert Watkins to Lebanon's Minister of Interior, Marwan Charbel on Thursday. Dianne Penn reports. The officials held what Watkins described as [...]

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UN Deputy chief stresses importance of peaceful resolution of conflicts

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Jan Eliasson, the new Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, always carries the Charter of the United Nations in his pocket. The veteran Swedish diplomat says his favourite parts of the Charter are two chapters. One is Chapter VI which deals with the peaceful settlement of conflicts and Chapter VIII which promotes regional arrangements to [...]

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South Sudan assisted by IOM and Japan to manage borders

map of South Sudan and its borders

The new nation of South Sudan is getting assistance to better manage its borders. This week the government of Japan signed an agreement with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for a $5.4 million project. The two-year programme will facilitate the building of 16 border posts, construction of an immigration training academy, and development of [...]

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Efforts to resolve Syrian conflict must continue: UN deputy chief

Jan Eliasson

There is still room for a political solution to the crisis in Syria, according to new UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson. In an interview with UN Radio on Wednesday, Eliasson welcomed the recent appointment of Lakhdar Brahimi as the joint UN-Arab League Special Representative for Syria. "I think for the United Nations to accept that [...]

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Warring parties in Syria fail to protect civilians, says UN Humanitarian chief

The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos.

Government forces and opposition fighters in Syria are failing to comply with international law to protect civilians. That's what UN Humanitarian Affairs chief Valerie Amos told journalists in New York on Wednesday following her mission to Syria where an estimated 2.5 million people need relief assistance. She said health care, shelter, food, water and sanitation [...]

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Secretary-General to participate in non-aligned group meeting

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced that he will participate in the summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in Iran next week. In a statement, Mr. Ban says the summit will provide an opportunity to work towards solutions on issues including disarmament, conflict prevention, and follow-up to the Rio+20 conference on sustainable development. Martin Nesirky is [...]

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The UN says investing in women in Cambodia is smart economics

Noeleen Heyzer

Investing in women's entrepreneurial leadership and the empowerment of women is smart economics says the head of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (ESCAP). Noeleen Heyzer spoke from Pnom Phen, Cambodia where she met with senior policy makers and women business leaders on Wednesday. She said global financial challenges have forced [...]

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WHO supports DRC efforts to contain deadly Ebola virus

Quick onsite laboratory diagnosis enable the WHO team to precisely diagnose new suspected Ebola patients within two to six hours.

The World Health Organization (WHO) continues to assist the Democratic Republic of the Congo following a deadly Ebola outbreak that has killed at least nine people. The agency says two staff members are currently on the ground and additional personnel will join a Ministry of Health team in the affected area in north-eastern part of [...]

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UN official urges more support for women business leaders in Asia-Pacific

Noeleen Heyzer

A senior UN official has called on Asia-Pacific countries to invest more in training women entrepreneurs. Dr. Noeleen Heyzer head of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) addressed senior policy makers and women business leaders in Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh, on Wednesday. She gave UN Radio her impressions of [...]

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HINDI #36: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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1.  Greenland on the lookout for nuclear explosions. 2.  Sri Lanka initiative turns garbage collectors into green job pioneers 3.  UNFPA encourages Indian mothers to value baby girls. 4.  Rice farming provides livelihood to elderly woman in Madagascar. Narrated and Produced by Ambalika Misra Duration: 14’45″

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HINDI #35: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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1.  Secretary General launches new initiative to strengthen oceans. 2.  Secretary- General highlights “Education First” during visit to Timor-Leste. 3.  Music star Beyoncé helps UN inspire action on World Humanitarian Day. 4.  Australia’s anti-tobacco measures applauded by UN health agency. Narrated and Produced by Ambalika Misra Duration: 14’30″

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Two-state solution to Israeli-Palestinian conflict only option: new UN political chief

Jeffrey Feltman

Despite stagnation in negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians, a two-state solution remains the most realistic option, the new head of UN Political Affairs told the Security Council on Wednesday. Jeffrey Feltman said the United Nations believes the two parties and all UN member countries should consider their actions in light of this goal. He [...]

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Efforts continue to control Ebola outbreak in DR Congo

A Congolese health worker disinfects the house of a patient who died of Ebola

Efforts are continuing to control the outbreak of Ebola in a remote area in the north-eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The World Health Organization (WHO) says the highly contagious disease has killed at least nine people, including three health workers. WHO health experts are on the ground to help the government [...]

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Russia and Vanuatu join World Trade Organization

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The Russian Federation and the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu have become the latest countries to join the World Trade Organization (WTO). Russia's membership became effective on Wednesday while Vanuatu will become the global trade body's 157th member on Friday. WTO press officer Anoush der Boghossian says their accession takes place after nearly 20 years [...]

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South Sudan and UN agree to transform police

UNMISS and the national Ministry of Interior signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in the capital Juba on the transformation of the South Sudan National Police Service

  One of the challenges that the newly independent nation of South Sudan is facing is building an efficient police force. To help achieve this goal, the UN Mission recently signed a memorandum of understanding on the transformation of the South Sudan National Police Service (SSNPS). The ceremony took place during the graduation of 70 [...]

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UN envoy calls for renewed commitment to Kosovo

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The international community should work to renew its engagement in Kosovo, the head of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) Farid Zarif, told members of the Security Council on Tuesday. UNMIK was established in 1999 following ethnic conflict between Serbs and Albanians in Kosovo. The mission has been working to ensure conditions for [...]

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UN chief pays tribute to late Ethiopian leader

Meles Zenawi, addresses the opening of the high-level segment of the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa - 06 December 2011)

  UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his deep sadness following the death of Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. According to reports, Mr. Meles, 57, died late on Monday while outside the country where he was receiving treatment for an undisclosed illness. Dianne Penn reports. In a statement released on Tuesday, the Secretary-General said Prime [...]

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WMO calls for stronger national drought policies

A bone-dry part of the River Niger at Mopti, a major town in the Sudano-Sahelian zone of Mali.

Because of climate change, the frequency, intensity and duration of droughts are expected to increase, according to the World Meteorological Organization, (WMO. The agency says this will have impacts on many sectors, including food, water, health and energy. WMO is calling on governments around the world to adopt stronger national policies to deal with drought. [...]

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UN body has potential to promote nuclear disarmament

Hellmut Hoffmann

Diplomats participating in the United Nations body dealing with disarmament issues have been urged to use its potential to rid the world of nuclear weapons. The appeal came from the new President of the UN Disarmament Conference (CD) in Geneva, Ambassador Hellmut Hoffmann of Germany. He said it is not fruitful to engage in debates [...]

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Swine fever outbreak threatens Caucuses countries, warns FAO

Checking the health of a young pig

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is urging authorities in the Caucasus region to scale up prevention methods following an outbreak of African swine fever in Ukraine. The disease is caused by a highly infectious virus that affects domestic and wild pig populations, and can result in high numbers of deaths. African swine fever does [...]

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Making labour migration safer for Laotian workers

Young woman spinning cotton, Hat Kho village near Luang Prabang

Relocating to a foreign country can offer many opportunities, but without job skills and good connections, migrants run the risk of being exploited. The Laotian government has implemented a new initiative to give people who want to try for a better life abroad the chance to make it work safely and legally. Gail Walker reports. [...]

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South Sudan assisted by IOM and Japan to manage borders

IOM assists South Sudanese returnees leaving Khartoum by train

  The new nation of South Sudan will receive help in managing its borders through a $5.4 million agreement signed this week between the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Japan. The two-year programme will facilitate the building of 16 border posts, construction of an immigration training academy, and development of a national training curriculum [...]

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World Met Office encourages countries to establish drought policies

A farmer in the drought-affected area watering plants

  Countries around the world are being urged by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to develop national policies to deal with the hazards of drought. WMO says that different parts of the planet are currently experiencing drought conditions, with the United States facing the longest 12-month period of drought since climate records were kept in [...]

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Humanitarian crisis declared in Sierra Leone as cholera spreads

Villagers in Kenema, Sierra Leone

A cholera outbreak in Sierra Leone has claimed over 203 lives, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). So far, 11,189 cases have been documented, with 10 out of the country's 13 districts reporting cases. WHO says although cholera is endemic in the country, the escalation of the outbreak during the ongoing rainy season was [...]

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Nine dead as Ebola spreads in DR Congo

© MSF — Hospital of Kagadi, in Western Uganda, where MSF launched an emergency intervention against an Ebola outbreak at the end of July 2012

  The deadly Ebola Virus has killed at least nine people, including three health care workers, in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).  WHO says at least 15 cases of the disease have been reported in Isiro, Pawa and Dungu regions of Province Orientale in [...]

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UN Radio News 20 August 2011

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Over one billion messages shared on World Humanitarian Day

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World Humanitarian Day this year has made social media history by sharing more than one billion messages of hope encouraging people to do something good for someone else. That's according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The day is marked to raise awareness of humanitarian action and recognize people who [...]

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Killing of Honduran web reporter condemned by UNESCO head

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The killing of a web reporter in Honduras has been condemned by the head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). José Noel Canales, who had been working for the Hondurdiario website since 2000, was shot dead while driving to work on 10 August. The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, has called on [...]

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Somalia's transition comes to an end

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An eight-year political transition is scheduled to end in Somalia on Monday as the selection began for members of parliament to be sworn in later in the day. There are reports of heavy security with troops and police officers patrolling the streets of the capital Mogadishu where members of parliament gathered before being sworn in. [...]

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UN military observers leave Syria

UN Observer Group met opposition members in El Karak, Syria, April 2012, UN Photo/Neeraj Singh

United Nations military observers left Syria on Monday after a four-month mission in the conflict-torn country. Last week the Security Council decided not to renew their mandate which expired on Sunday. The President of the Security Council in August, Ambassador Gérard Araud of France, said the Security Council agreed to the establishment of a political [...]

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Seafarers' treaty to come into effect

Ship master at the helm of the Stavros S Niarchos. Port of Southampton, UK  ILO-Crozet M.

A global treaty to protect the rights of workers in the shipping industry is set to come into force in a year's time, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO). The ILO says the ratification of its Maritime Labour Convention by Russia and the Philippines gives it the 30 ratifications required for it to come [...]

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Human trafficking is taking place in South Sudan

South Sudanese man protecting his children

  Human trafficking, says the United Nations, is the acquisition of people by improper means such as force, fraud or deception, with the aim of exploiting them. Human trafficking is taking place in one of the world's newest nations, South Sudan. Two teenage girls who were abducted by human traffickers were returned to their native [...]

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Mali: Shea tree empowers women

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Many women in Mali know all about the benefits of the shea tree. They've been gathering its fruit for years to produce soaps and various products to sell. Now, production hovers at 80,000 tons per year – but it has the potential to reach 250,000 tons and improve lives. The UN's Pat Duffy has more. [...]

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ILO says Eurozone crisis could find young people trapped in temporary jobs

young lady looking for work at an employment agency ILO-Crozet M.

With the ongoing economic crisis in Europe, young people there are finding it harder than ever to find a job, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO). The ILO says with unemployment reaching record highs in some countries, many youth have been forced to take on temporary employment. Spain and Ireland, for example, have reported [...]

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INDONESIA #30: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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New envoy for Syria appointed

Lakhdar Brahimi

A new envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League has been appointed to try to help end the violence in Syria. A spokesperson for United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced on Friday that veteran Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi has been given the assignment. Mr. Ban has made the appointment along with Secretary-General Nabil [...]

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Secretary-General highlights 'Education First' during visit to Timor-Leste

Secretary-General visits primary school in Timorese capital Dili - UN Photo/Martine Perret

  Education is at the heart of development, according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who this week concluded a two-day mission to Timor-Leste.  Mr. Ban unveiled 'Education First,' his new global initiative which aims to improve the quality of education and to put all children in school. Expert concerned about ongoing human rights violations in [...]

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Mali: Shea tree empowers women

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Many women in Mali know all about the benefits of the shea tree. They've been gathering its fruit for years to produce soaps and various products to sell. Now, production hovers at 80,000 tons per year – but it has the potential to reach 250,000 tons and improve lives. Senegalese women rewrite their future thanks [...]

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UN Daily News 16 August 2012

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UN refugee agency counsels Bhutanese refugees in Nepal

UNHCR staff members provide information on durable solutions to a mother in the Beldangi refugee camp in eastern Nepal.

Bhutanese families in refugee camps in Nepal are being counselled by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) so that they can decide to be resettled in another country or remain in refugee camps. UNHCR says that many Bhutanese refugees in eastern Nepal are conflicted because they wish to return to Bhutan. Gerry Adams reports. The United [...]

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Rice farming provides livelihood to elderly woman in Madagascar

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Abeline Razanamamy is an elderly widow living in central Madagascar. She is determined not to rely on anybody else for her survival. She’s maintained her independence by growing rice… a lot of rice. She applies a technique called the System for Rice Intensification, or SRI, which has more than doubled her yield. Developed in Madagascar [...]

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INDONESIA #29: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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Peace plan for Syria remains "only game in town"

Gérard Araud

There is still a need for an envoy to help end the conflict in Syria following the resignation of Kofi Annan, the joint United Nations-Arab League envoy. That's what the President of the Security Council, Ambassador Gérard Araud of France, told reporters on Friday afternoon. He said no one knows what is going to happen [...]

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Law of Sea Convention turns 30

Tokelau has no airstrip or harbour. Visitors are ferried on smaller boats by the local workforce between the atolls and the ships anchored off shore UN Photo/Ariane Rummery.

From oil to tin, diamonds to gravel, metals to fish, the resources of the oceans and the sea are enormous, says the United Nations Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea. But a combination of competing demands for lucrative fish stocks, spreading pollution that damaged sea life and growing tensions between coastal [...]

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UN urges greater voice for young people in decision-making

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Governments, the private sector, civil society and academia are being urged to open doors for young people and strengthen partnerships with youth-led organizations. The call comes from United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon in his message on International Youth Day to be observed on Sunday, 12 August. Charles Appel reports. The Secretary-General warns that without urgent [...]

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Greenland: on the lookout for nuclear explosions

outpost in northern Greenland

At a remote outpost in Qaanaaq,  northern Greenland, one operator runs an infrasound station which detects atomic activity year round. It's part of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test- Ban Treaty, an international agreement that bans nuclear explosions by everyone, everywhere — on the earth’s surface, in the atmosphere, underwater and underground. Gerry Adams reports on a committed [...]

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Over a dozen storms expected during Atlantic hurricane season

MINUSTAH military personnel assists Hurricane Ike victims (2008) UN Photo/Marco Dormino

Between 12 and 17 storms are expected in the Americas during the Atlantic hurricane season, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The agency cites an updated outlook for the season, issued by the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) late on Thursday. NOAA indicated a 50 per cent chance of a near [...]

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Stabilization plan for Somalia welcomed by UN envoy

President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed of Somalia

The signing of a presidential decree to approve a plan to stabilize Somalia has been welcomed by Augustine Mahiga, the top United Nations envoy in the Horn of Africa country. President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed of Somalia signed the National Security and Stabilization Plan (NSSP) on 8 August. Gerry Adams reports. The Special Representative of [...]

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Haiti: a country on the mend

Workers add stones to a retaining wall/Logan Abassi UN/MINUSTAH

Two and a half years after the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti, have conditions in the poorest country in the western hemisphere improved? In this IMF podcast, Hyun-Sung Khang spoke to Boileau Loko, the IMF mission chief for Haiti and he explains how the country is slowly healing. Duration: 4'30" Source: IMF

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Angola celebrates a year with no new polio infections

Angolan baby during a polio vaccination

August 10 marks a year that Angola has remained polio-free, moving the country and the world closer to total eradication. Only three countries remain endemic – Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan. In recent years, Angola has made significant progress in the fight against polio. But that was not always the case, as Koenraad Vanormelingen, the UNICEF [...]

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Jamaica's new HIV strategy: "Making Human Rights real

Dane Richardson (left), Programme Development Manager, and Kandasi Levermore, Executive Director of Jamaica AIDS Support for Life (JASL) discuss the use of the Human Rights Costing Tool while participating in the pilot project.

Jamaica's new National HIV Strategic Plan (NSP) 2012-2017 focuses on an enabling environment and human rights. The plan was developed in 2011 through a highly consultative process involving the government, private sector, faith-based organizations, youth, people living with HIV and international development partners. The Jamaica NSP makes human rights real. NSPs often include human rights [...]

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UN Deputy special envoy cites a number of positive developments in Haiti

Workers plant vegetation to help fortify the soil in Haiti.

There have been a number of positive developments in Haiti. So says Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) and Resident Coordinator for the United Nations system organizations in Haiti, Nigel Fisher. Speaking to the UN Economic and Social Council – ECOSOC by video link from Haiti, [...]

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Angola marks year without polio case

Angolan baby before polio vaccination

Angola has marked a year without a new case of polio, a disease that paralyzes children, the United Nations children's agency (UNICEF) announced on Friday. According to the agency Angola had stopped the transmission of polio in 2000 but it was re-imported from India in 2005. UNICEF says that laboratory results have confirmed that the [...]

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Report on the Invisible

The remains of the Prefectural Industry Promotion Building, later preserved as a monument. 
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A summary of the report by the United Nations Scientific Committee on the effects of atomic radiation. Duration: 27″ Language: English Genre: Report 1958

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Over 2,000 unaccompanied refugee children registered in South Sudan

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More than 2,000 unaccompanied children have been identified and registered in camps for Sudanese refugees in South Sudan, according to the United Nations children's agency (UNICEF). They are part of the thousands of refugees who have fled fighting in Sudan's Blue Nile and are living in harsh conditions with reports of malnutrition among children. UNICEF [...]

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Neighbouring countries see rising numbers of Syrian refugees: UNHCR

Syrians attempt to cross the border to take refuge in Turkey.  (UNICEF)

More than 140,000 Syrian refugees have been registered or in the process being registered in neighbouring countries, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR). Fighting intensified in recent days as government forces and opposition fighters battle for the control of the city of Aleppo. The agency says that as the conflict continues, its offices [...]

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Cambodian workers receive disability benefits through new ILO-supported scheme

Vong Sreymom lost her arm in a road accident while commuting to a job in a garment factory.

  A new government-run insurance scheme in Cambodia means workers who are injured on the job or on their way to work can now receive compensation. Administered by the National Social Security Fund (NSSF), the system was developed with support from the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Republic of Korea. Despite slowdown, IMF optimistic [...]

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Model Alek Wek inspired after visit to South Sudan refugee camps

Alek Wek, standing at back, dances with children in South Sudan

  Supermodel Alek Wek is famous for gracing international magazine covers and sashaying down the catwalk for Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent and other top designers. But as a former refugee, she is also a strong supporter of the work of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). Alek Wek returned home to South Sudan in July to [...]

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The media is focus of International Day of World's Indigenous Peoples

Grand Chief Edward John of Canada, Chair of this year's UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), briefs correspondents on the Forum's high-level event

Pop star Justin Bieber, a Canadian, says because he has indigenous heritage, he is entitled to free gas when he travels in Canada. This, says Edward John, Chairman of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, is one of the many misconceptions about the indigenous that abound. The media – television, radio, film, social media [...]

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

$158 million allocated for emergencies in 21 countries this year

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Fifty five million dollars has been allocated by the UN humanitarian agency (OCHA) to bolster relief operations in eight countries with neglected humanitarian emergencies in 2012.   OCHA says the allocations from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) are for Afghanistan, Cameroon, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Madagascar, Sri Lanka and Sudan. Gerry [...]

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A move by Syrian Government "vital" to end violence: Ban Ki-moon

Security Council chamber [UN file photo].

A move by the Syrian Government is vital to end the ongoing violence in the country. That's the message United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon sent to a 29-nation meeting on Syria held in the Iranian capital of Tehran on Thursday. Mr. Ban said that despite repeated verbal acceptances of the Six-Point Plan, both the Government [...]

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Peaceful transfer of power in Libya welcomed by UN envoy

Ian Martin, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL)

The peaceful transfer of authority from the National Transitional Council to the newly elected National Congress in Libya on Wednesday has been welcomed by the top UN envoy for the country. Ian Martin said the United Nations stands ready to continue to assist the Libyans in their democratic transition. In the first democratic elections in [...]

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Tajikistan urged to do more to prevent racially motivated violence

Tajik Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons (file photo 1994)

More needs to be done in Tajikistan to combat racial discrimination and prevent racially motivated violence, according to a United Nations expert. Ion Diaconu spoke in Geneva on Thursday following the presentation of a report by Tajik authorities on what they are doing to implement a global treaty to eliminate racial discrimination. Mr. Diaconu told [...]

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UN concerned about plight of civilians in Aleppo

A young Syrian refugee with his brother in Jordan. The boys fled Syria with their parents. © UNHCR / S. Malkawi

As fighting continues in Syria's Aleppo city, the UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) is voicing concern about the plight of civilians trapped there. According to United Nations observers, heavy weapons and fighter planes have been used as government troops and opposition fighters battled to control the city. UNSMIS Spokesperson Juliette Tuma says United Nations [...]

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Food prices rose by six per cent in July, says FAO

farmer carrying sugarcane

Food prices went up by six per cent in July after three months of decline, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The FAO Food Price Index, which measures the monthly change in the international prices of food commodities, says the sharp increase was mostly driven by a surge in grain and [...]

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Day of indigenous peoples focuses on role of media

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'Indigenous Media, Empowering Indigenous Voices" is the theme of this year's International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, observed on 9 August each year. The day was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1994 to be initially celebrated during the first International Decade of the World's Indigenous People from 1995 to 2004. Chandra [...]

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Delivering support to pregnant women in Syria crisis

displaced Syrian family

With men preferring to remain behind and fight, women and children comprise the majority of Syrians on the run from the ongoing violence in the country, according to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). UNFPA recently received an $800,000 grant through the UN's Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to support its work with pregnant women caught [...]

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UNFPA encourages Indian mothers to value baby girls

Children of tea plantation workers attend school on Chrystler tea plantation.  UNHCR/G/ Amarasinghe

The birth of a child is usually a happy occasion. But the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) reports that in some societies, for example in South Asia, sons are valued over daughters, resulting in millions of baby girls going "missing." UNFPA says technologies have made it possible for families to determine the sex of unborn babies, [...]

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Promoting more inclusive media on International Day of Indigenous People

A member of Yothu Yindi, an aboriginal rock band from Australia, performing at the UN (file photo 1993)

The only time indigenous people make the front page of the newspaper is if they are killed. This "drastic perception" is just an example of the complaints heard by Chandra Roy-Henriksen, Chief of the Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. The International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples is observed annually on [...]

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WMO says no deaths resulted from Tropical Storm Haikui

Tropical Storm Haikui struck China’s east coast a few days ago. It was the 11th storm of the Pacific typhoon season this year and the third storm to hit China's east coast in one week. Taoyong Peng, a scientist with the World Meteorological Organization, told Gerry Adams that in spite of its intensity, the storm [...]

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

Situation in eastern DR Congo is dire, says UN humanitarian chief

Family member of FARDC soldiers seek refuge in the town of Goma, Nord Kivu province.  (MONUSCO/Sylvain Liechti)

The situation in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo is dire, according to the United Nations humanitarian chief, Valerie Amos. The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator is in the country to see first hand the situation of people displaced by violent armed groups in that region. According to the United Nations, there [...]

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Security Council addresses growing insecurity in Mali

Malian refugees

Grave developments in Mali are bringing enormous suffering to the people of that country, says UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki-moon. Fighting between Government forces and rebels in the northern part of the country has caused insecurity, instability and a growing refugee crisis. Gerry Adams reports. Duration:  3’06″

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Restructuring of security forces in Yemen welcomed by UN envoy

Jamal Benomar, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Special Adviser on Yemen

Measures recently taken in Yemen to restructure security forces have been welcomed by Jamal Benomar, the Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on Yemen. On 6 August, President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi of Yemen adopted decrees concerning the restructuring of the Yemeni security sector. He said the move is an important step in implementing Yemen's November [...]

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New book promotes sustainable diets which benefit the planet

Immediate action needed to improve health of humans and the planet

While more than 900 million people worldwide suffer from hunger, nearly double that number—1.5 billion—are overweight or obese, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The world clearly has a problem with food, but FAO believes the approach to this issue must be changed—and changed quickly—to improve the health of people and the planet. [...]

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Sustainable diets and biodiversity are needed, says FAO

FAO is promoting greater poultry and dairy production – a move that will boost incomes as well as nutrition - Bangladesh

There is a need to promote sustainable production of nutritious food and preserve biodiversity in order to improve people's health. That's what is advocated in a book just published by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the NGO Bioversity International. It says that while over 900 million people in the world suffer [...]

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UN chief calls for restoration of constitutional order in Mali

A young Malian boy stands in front of his family's hut as a sandstorm starts to spread over Damba Camp in Burkina Faso UNHCR/H. Caux

Transitional authorities in Mali are being encouraged by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to develop a strategy to return the country to constitutional rule. Soldiers seized power in March this year as the government grappled with an armed rebellion in the north. The Secretary-General told the Security Council on Wednesday that the conflict in Mali [...]

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Conflict continues to take toll on civilians in Afghanistan

Children play in the Sosmaqala Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp in northern Afghanistan. Credit: UN Photo/Eric Kanalstein

Civilians continue to be killed and injured in the conflict involving Taliban insurgents and the NATO-backed government in Afghanistan, according to a report issued on Wednesday. In its 2012 midyear report on the protection of civilians, the United Nations Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) says that more than 1, 100 civilians have been killed and over [...]

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UNFPA supports modern birthing centres in Ifugao Province, the Philippines

Midwives make childbirth safer in Ifugao

The indigenous people of Ifugao in the Philippines are famous for their ingenuity in constructing beautifully landscaped rice terraces. The Ifugao Rice Terraces, in fact, were inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1995. But Ifugao is also a remote, mountainous and rugged area where women have traditionally given birth at home with risks [...]

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Severe storm hits China and The Philippines

Manila - Children salvage materials from rubbish that collected on the banks of a river that overflowed after Typhoon Conson slammed into the Philippines on 13 July 2010  © Felipe Villalobos/IRIN

Weather experts in China and The Philippines have issued warnings for high winds, torrential rains, flash floods and landslides as a result of a severe tropical storm. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) says China is facing the third tropical cyclone in very close succession, with the approach of severe storm Haikui. More than 450,000 people [...]

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UN humanitarian chief visits displaced people in DR Congo

Displaced in the DRC

The head of the United Nations humanitarian agency (OCHA), Valerie Amos, is continuing her mission to the Democratic Republic of the Congo where over two million people have been displaced by conflict. Ms. Amos, who arrived in the capital, Kinshasa, on Monday, is discussing the humanitarian crisis in the eastern part of the country with [...]

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UN chief calls for end of support to military mutineers in DR Congo

Children in Bunyampuli, in the DRC's North Kivu province, seek refuge near a camp of the UN mission in the country, MONUSCO Credit: UN Photo/Sylvain Liechti

All support to army mutineers known as M23 who are committing human rights violations in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo must end immediately. That's the message sent by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the International Conference on the Great Lakes region meeting in Kampala, the capital of Uganda, on [...]

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Health sector, other vital areas affected by violence in Syria

medications

As fighting continues in Syria, United Nations agencies are working to address the problems created by the conflict. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the country's health sector, for example, has been profoundly affected by the fighting. Gerry Adams reports. Duration: 2’47″

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Japan says its resolve to eliminate nuclear weapons is unshakeable

Mari Amano, Permanent Representative of Japan to the Conference on Disarmament

Japan is determined to ensure that nuclear weapons are totally eliminated, according to its representative to the United Nations in Geneva. Ambassador Mari Amano spoke as the UN Conference on Disarmament continued to discuss the core issues on its agenda. He reminded the meeting of the United States atomic attacks on the Japanese cities of [...]

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Bangladesh urged to lift ban on NGOs helping Myanmar refugees

NGOs are providing essential help to unregistered people who came to Bangladesh from Myanmar's Rakhine state

Authorities in Bangladesh have been urged to allow non-governmental organizations to continue helping thousands of people who fled Myanmar to the south-eastern part of the country. The appeal has come from the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) following the banning of three NGOs from helping unregistered people in unofficial camps near Cox's Bazar. UNHCR spokesperson [...]

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URDU #32: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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1. UN chief says “United international pressure can make a difference” on Syria  2. UN General Assembly meets to denounce Syria crisis 3. Urgent food assistance sent to Syria's Aleppo city by World Food Programme 4. Security Council president, France's ambassador says inaction on Syria “a shame” 5. UNHCR : Nearly 200,000 Syrians flee fighting [...]

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Cambodian workers receive disability benefits through new ILO-supported scheme

Vong Sreymom lost her arm in a road accident while commuting to a job in a garment factory.

A new government-run insurance scheme in Cambodia means workers who are injured on the job or in transit to their workplace now receive compensation. Administered by the National Social Security Fund (NSSF), the system was developed with support from the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the government of the Republic of Korea. Dianne Penn has [...]

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Syria faces shortages of health supplies

Members of a Syrian family register as refugees in northern Lebanon.

Hospitals and clinics in Syria are facing shortages in medicines and pharmaceutical products, says the World Health Organization (WHO). The United Nations health agency says that before the conflict broke out, Syria produced 90 per cent of its medicines and drugs locally. Furthermore, WHO says 90 per cent of the country's pharmaceutical plants are located [...]

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Cholera puts children's lives at risk in Sahel

Villagers going about their daily lives: bathing, doing laundry, fetching water, playing in the Niger River. Credit: OCHA Niger/Franck Kuwonu

A cholera outbreak in the Sahel region of Africa is putting many people, especially children, at severe risk, according to the United Nations children's agency (UNICEF). The agency warns that next week is expected to see the peak of admissions of children suffering from severe acute malnutrition into treatment centres across the Sahel. It says [...]

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Forecast for rice production in 2012 is lower, says FAO

Rice harvest in the Philippines

The forecast for rice production in 2012 has been reduced by close to eight million tonnes, according to the July Rice Market Monitor released by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Monday. In April, the forecast for the global production of rice was more than 732 million tonnes but now it is expected [...]

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

Israeli decision to bar access to West Bank regretted by UN envoy

Robert Serry

The top United Nations envoy for the Middle East Peace Process has called on the Government of Israel to reconsider its decision to prevent foreign dignitaries from entering the West Bank. Foreign Ministers from four countries had planned to attend a meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement committee on Palestine on Sunday. The meeting was cancelled [...]

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Warring parties in Syria urged to start dialogue and end conflict

A Syrian family receives food aid at a WFP distribution point. [Photo: WFP/John Wreford]

Government and opposition forces in Syria have been urged to open a dialogue and bring an end to the violence. The appeal has come from the head of the UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) Lieutenant General Babacar Gaye as the conflict rages in the Syrian city of Aleppo. Derrick Mbatha reports. Lieutenant-General Babacar Gaye [...]

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Sudan-South Sudan oil deal welcomed by UN chief

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

  An agreement by Sudan and South Sudan to resolve their oil dispute has been welcomed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Over the weekend, the two countries announced that they have concluded a deal for South Sudan to export its oil using Sudan's oil pipes and on the distribution of oil revenues. The UN [...]

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There must never be another nuclear attack says Ban Ki-moon

An ominous mushroom cloud rose thousands of feet into the air blotting out the sun and showering deadly ash and radioactive debris on what remained of the town and people of Hiroshima, Japan - UN Photo/Mitsuo Matsushige

  The elimination of nuclear weapons is not just a visionary goal, but the most reliable way to prevent their future use. That's the message of United Nations Secretary-General to a ceremony to mark the United States atomic bombing of the Japanese city Hiroshima in 1945. Donn Bobb reports. In his message to the Peace [...]

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UNICEF providing critical care to children one year after Somalia drought

UNICEF has been going to great lengths to ensure children under five are vaccinated against measles, polio, diphtheria and whooping cough.

One year ago, parts of southern Somalia were hit by famine and drought, forcing more than a million people to leave their homes. The UN children's fund (UNICEF) has been going to great lengths to ensure children under five are vaccinated against measles, polio, diphtheria and whooping cough. These immunizations, together with other health, education [...]

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Malawi charts new economic course: IMF

Workers at the Project Peanut Butter factory label containers of Plumpy'nut Chiponde, Malawi 
© Jaspreet Kindra/IRIN

After a period of high growth between 2007 and 2010, Malawi's economic situation took a turn for the worse, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The IMF attributes this to a combination of low tobacco exports, poor economic policies and the country's tumultuous political situation. With a new administration in place since April, the [...]

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Killing of staff member in Sudan condemned by UN food agency

A WFP convoy transports food across the Sudanese desert, from El-Obeid to Wunrok and Kadugli (South Kordofan)

The World Food Programme (WFP) has condemned the killing of its worker in Sudan's South Kordofan state. Jamal Al Fadil Farag, one of the UN food agency's drivers, was killed in an armed attack on Saturday some 80 kilometres north of Kadugli, the capital of South Kordofan state. Charles Appel reports. WFP says that Jamal [...]

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INDONESIA #28: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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Expert calls for better access to water and sanitation to save lives in Kiribati

high mortality rate is related to poor water and sanitation in Kiribati

UN special rapporteur Catarina de Albuquerque was in Kiribati in late July where she urged the government to prioritize sanitation to save lives. Gerry Adams spoke to Ms. Albuquerque about her visit to the country, which faces challenges related to poor water and sanitation, including an elevated rate of child mortality. Duration: 2’27″

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UN concerned about anti-gay and lesbian law in Liberia

Liberia map

Liberian authorities have been warned against passing laws that discriminate against homosexuals. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has expressed concern about a proposed amendment to the Penal Code to broadly criminalize homosexuality. Under the proposed law, which has already been passed by the Senate, a person engaging in homosexual activities can be [...]

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Death toll from Ebola rises to 16 in Uganda

Health workers are often the unfortunate first victims of outbreaks like Ebola

Health experts continue their efforts to contain the outbreak of deadly Ebola haemorrhagic fever which has killed 16 people in Uganda, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The agency says it has dispatched an epidemiologist and a logistician as well as 800 sets of personal protective equipment for health workers and those potentially in [...]

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General Assembly condemns violence in Syria

Abdallah Yahya A. Al-Mouallimi

The increasing use by Syrian authorities of heavy weapons including tanks and helicopters in population centres has been condemned by the General Assembly. By a vote of 133 in favour, 12 against and 31 abstentions, on Friday, the Assembly also strongly condemned what it says are widespread and systematic gross violations of human rights in [...]

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General Assembly denounces violence in Syria

General Assembly Hall

The General Assembly passed a resolution on Friday denouncing the violence in Syria. Ambassadors voted 133 in favour, with 12 against and 31 abstentions. The Assembly also strongly condemned what it says are widespread and systematic gross violations of human rights in Syria. Dianne Penn reports. Duration: 2’41″

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Visit to UNHCR camps in South Sudan inspires model Alek Wek

Alek Wek

Supermodel Alek Wek is famous for gracing international magazine covers and sashaying down the catwalk for Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent and other top designers. But as a former refugee, she is also a strong supporter of the work of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). Alek Wek returned home to South Sudan in July to mark [...]

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UN chief calls for action on Syria

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The international community has been urged by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to take action to end the ongoing conflict in Syria. Mr. Ban spoke in the General Assembly as it met on Friday to adopt a resolution condemning the ongoing violence in the country. He said the conflict in Syria is a test of [...]

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Storm kills over 100 and leaves 63,000 others homeless in North Korea

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Flooding caused by storms in North Korea has killed over 100 people and left 63,000 others homeless, according to the United Nations humanitarian agency (OCHA). United Nations agencies and their partners in the country have provided food, non-food relief items, medicines and other health items to the people in need. OCHA spokesperson Jena Laerke, says [...]

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Deaths of refugees in South Sudan "worrying": UNHCR

A new arrival in South Sudan's Yida camp gets her arm measured as part of malnutrition screening.

Health workers are intensifying their efforts to stop what has been described as "the alarming" rates of malnutrition, disease and death in two camps hosting Sudanese refugees in South Sudan. The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) says there are 60,000 refugees in Yida camp in Unity State and 35,000 in Batil camp in Upper Nile [...]

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Sudanese authorities urged to probe killing of demonstrators

Ravina Shamdasani

  The government of Sudan has been urged by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to investigate the killing of demonstrators in Darfur earlier this week. The UN human rights chief is also calling on the government to immediately and unconditionally release the people who have been detained for reportedly protesting over rising [...]

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Timorese athletes arrive at the Olympics on the wings of hope

Olympian athletes from Timor Leste

Two young people from Timor-Leste are carrying the hopes of their island nation at the 2012 Olympics in London. Augusto Ramos Soares and Juventina Napoleao both will compete in the marathon. As their country's only representatives at the world's most prestigious sporting event, they are already stars in the eyes of the Timorese people. Dianne [...]

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Sahel faces "dramatic" humanitarian situation: UNHCR

UNHCR's Antonio Guterres listens to the Malian refugees in Damba Camp, Burkina Faso

  The Sahel region in Africa is facing a dramatic humanitarian situation where in the last six months thousands of people in Mali fled fighting between government forces, Tuareg rebels and various armed groups.  This warning has come from the head of the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) António Guterres who recently visited Burkina Faso. Mr. [...]

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Filmmakers learn what it takes 'To Educate a Girl'

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Girls comprise more than half of the estimated 67 million children worldwide who remain out of school, according to the UN Girls' Education Initiative (UNGEI).  Frederick Rendina and Oren Rudavsky explore what it takes to ensure girls receive an education in their film 'To Educate a Girl' which tells about girls in Nepal and Uganda [...]

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CARICOM States reiterate sustained support for Haiti's development

The positioning of Haiti as a democratic, stable and economically viable country continued to be a matter of utmost importance. That's what Ambassador Paulette Bethel of The Bahamas told the Economic and Social Council as it heard a report of the Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Haiti. She was speaking on behalf of the Caribbean [...]

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Advisory Group on Haiti urges partners to step up financial resources

Work begins every day at 7 AM for the street-cleaners of "Cash for Work" in Haiti

  The Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Haiti has provided the latest overview of the country's reconstruction following the devastating 2010 earthquake. Chairman of the Advisory Group Guillermo Rishchynski of Canada told the Economic and Social Council that the report made a number of recommendations to the United Nations, Haiti's development partners and the Haitian [...]

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Bahamas reports steady progress in improving situation of women

Melanie Griffin

Despite high unemployment, rising crime and socio-economic woes arising from the global financial crisis and natural disasters, The Bahamas had steadily improved the lot of its women through a range of legal reforms, awareness-raising campaigns and action plans. That's what Minister of Social Services Melanie Griffin said as she presented her country's combined first through [...]

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Timorese athletes arrive at the Olympics on the wings of hope

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Two young people from Timor-Leste are carrying the hopes of their island nation at the 2012 Olympics in London.  Augusto Ramos Soares and Juventina Napoleao both will compete in the marathon. As their country's only representatives at the world's most prestigious sporting event, they are already stars in the eyes of the Timorese people. Expert [...]

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Study finds women hit hard by EU civil service cutbacks

Women in EU public sector face higher risk of losing jobs

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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Despite slowdown, IMF optimistic about Chinese economy

Selling washing machines in China

China's economy will experience moderate growth of about eight per cent this year as a result of the global economic slowdown and measures put in place by the country's authorities to slow down the economy. That assessment comes from economists at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Markus Rodlauer, head of the IMF China team, says [...]

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France warns of danger of Security Council inaction on Syria

Gérard Araud

  The inability of the Security Council to act on Syria is creating what has been described as "a strong danger" that some countries may decide to take their own actions. That warning has come from Ambassador Gérard Araud of France, President of the Security Council for August. Ambassador Araud told reporters on Thursday that [...]

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Study finds almost three million Syrians require food assistance

Food assistance

Nearly three million Syrians are in need of food, crops and livestock assistance this year, according to an assessment carried out by the United Nations and the Syrian Ministry of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform. The ongoing crisis in Syria has resulted in nearly $2 billion in losses to the agricultural sector, and the study finds [...]

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Security Council condemns armed rebels in DR Congo

Security Council chamber [UN file photo].

  The Security Council has reiterated its demand that armed rebels in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo stop their destabilizing activities. The Council issued a statement following a briefing by the head of the United Nations mission in the country on the attacks carried out by army mutineers known as [...]

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UN experts call for end of discrimination of Roma populations

Hungarian Roma asylum seekers in front of a refugee reception centre in Malmö, Sweden.

Governments around the world are being urged to mark Roma Holocaust Remembrance Day with a commitment to confront modern-day hatred, violence and discrimination against Roma. The appeal has come from two United Nations independent experts on minority issues and racism. Derrick Mbatha reports. Roma Holocaust Remembrance Day is observed on 2 August to remember the [...]

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Fuel-efficient stoves free displaced Somali women from risky firewood duty

This fuel-efficient stove uses less wood than an open fire and so causes less damage to the environment.

A new project providing fuel-efficient stoves to displaced families in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, is literally a life saver. As the stoves burn waste instead of wood, women and girls are freed from the potentially dangerous chore of collecting firewood where they risk being assaulted by attackers hiding in bushes. The project is supported by the [...]

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Poor need insurance protection against impact of global warming: ILO

Millions of people lost their homes after massive floods devastated Pakistan in summer 2010

Insurance can help protect the poor against the impact of global warming, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO). The ILO says that the poor will suffer the most from the effects of global warming. Donn Bobb reports. The ILO says that insurance against natural hazards is a risky business and not always viable, particularly [...]

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Kofi Annan resigns as UN-Arab League envoy

Kofi Annan, UN-Arab League Joint Special Envoy

  Kofi Annan has resigned as the joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League for Syria. The Ghanaian diplomat and former Secretary-General of the United Nations had been trying to resolve the conflict in the Middle East country where violence continues. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says Mr. Annan has informed [...]

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Three million Syrians need food, crops and livestock assistance

FAO distributing sheep to female-headed households.

Three million people in Syria are in need of food, crops and livestock assistance as fighting between government forces and opposition fighters continues, according to a report issued on Thursday. The report is based on an assessment mission by the UN Food and Agriculture Programme, the World Food Programme (WFP) and Syria's Ministry of Agriculture [...]

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Breastfeeding can save lives of one million children each year, says UNICEF

Woman breastfeeding her child

Governments around the world are being urged by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) to develop strong policies to promote breastfeeding. On the 20th anniversary of World Breastfeeding Week, from 1 to 7 August, UNICEF says that breastfeeding could prevent the deaths of around one million children under five in the developing world each year. Dianne [...]

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Heavy weapons are used as fighting intensifies in Syria's Aleppo city

United Nations observer

  Fighting in the Syrian city of Aleppo has intensified and heavy weapons are being increasingly used, including firing from fighter aircraft on Tuesday, according to United Nations observers there. The UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) says it is deeply concerned about the heavy fighting in the southeast neighbourhoods of Syria's largest city and [...]

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Suicide attacks in Somali capital condemned by UN chief

Ban Ki-moon

Terrorism must not be allowed to roll back important gains in the ongoing peace process to create a new government and permanent state institutions in Somalia That's what UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, said in a statement following an attempt to blow up a building where the Somali National Constituent Assembly was meeting to adopt a [...]

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Adoption of constitution marks "important day" for Somalia: UN envoy

National Constituent Assembly, Mogadishu

  Somali leaders on Wednesday overwhelmingly adopted a provisional constitution, following a week of negotiations and even an attempted suicide bomb attack on the venue. The Constituent Assembly brought together various elements of Somali society including elders, religious leaders, women and the Diaspora. UN envoy Dr. Augustine Mahiga welcomed the document, which he says brings [...]

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Somali Assembly passes new constitution

National Constituent Assembly

  A new constitution for Somalia has been overwhelmingly adopted by the country's 825-member National Constituent Assembly  after a week of debate. The constitution, which was adopted by a vote of 621 in favour, 13 against and eleven abstentions, among other things, protects the right to an abortion to save the mother's life and bans female [...]

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Nigerian government gives green light for oil cleanup in Ogoniland

Ogoniland, Nigeria

The Nigerian government has given the green light for a major oil contamination clean-up of Ogoniland in the Niger Delta. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has welcomed the decision to go ahead with the operation. The agency, at the request of the government, conducted an assessment of oil pollution and its impact on public [...]

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Urgent food assistance sent to Syria's Aleppo city

A Syrian family receives food aid at a WFP distribution point. [Photo: WFP/John Wreford]

The World Food Programme (WFP) has sent food assistance to the Syrian city of Aleppo where heavy fighting has entered its second week and forced 200,000 to flee. The agency warns that the humanitarian situation is deteriorating in Syria's largest city with reports of shortages of food, gas and electricity. Donn Bobb reports. The World [...]

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Green light for Ogoniland oil cleanup welcomed by UNEP

UNEP Project Team members taking water samples from a creek in Ogoniland, in the Niger Delta

The decision of the Nigerian government to go ahead with a major oil contamination clean-up of Ogoniland has been welcomed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The agency, at the request of the government, has conducted an assessment of oil pollution and its impact on public health and the environment in that region in [...]

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

Security Council's inaction on Syria "a shame" says French ambassador

Gérard Araud

 It's a shame that the Security Council is unable to act on Syria where the conflict between government and opposition forces has intensified, says Ambassador Gérard Araud of France.  France, one of the five permanent members of the Council, has assumed the rotating presidency of the Council in August. The French ambassador says the problem [...]

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

France to keep Security Council focus on Syria and Mali in August

Gérard Araud, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations

France assumes the rotating presidency of the Security Council this month, and the country's ambassador to the UN is hoping there will be concerted international action on Syria. Gérard Araud says it was unfortunate that members have not adopted a resolution on the Syrian crisis, which has intensified over recent weeks. The French Ambassador also [...]

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

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