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Secretary-General concerned after deadly hurricane hits Caribbean and USA

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is closely monitoring developments in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy which has caused death and widespread damage to parts of the United States and the Caribbean. Speaking in Incheon, South Korea, on Tuesday, Mr. Ban said the storm has affected millions of families, including the United Nations family. "My thoughts are [...]

31 Oct 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Global Efficient Lighting Centre opens in Beijing

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A new collaborating centre for energy efficient lighting opened in Beijing on Wednesday. The Global Efficient Lighting Centre (GELC) has been launched by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Chinese National Lighting Test Centre. Dianne Penn reports. The Global Efficient Lighting Centre is designed to boost efforts by developing countries to phase out inefficient [...]

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Yellow fever hits Central and South Darfur

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An outbreak of yellow fever has killed at least 32 people in Sudan's Central and South Dafur regions, according to the World health Organization (WHO). Since the first week of October a total of 84 suspected cases have so far been reported. Patrick Maigua Reports. The World Health Organization says it was notified of the [...]

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More Somali journalists killed in line of duty

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The number of journalists killed in the line of duty in Somali this year has reached 18, the second highest toll in the world after Syria according to the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR). The latest victim is Warsame Shire Awale, a well known Somali musician and poet working for Radio Kulmiyehas who was gunned [...]

30 Oct 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

30,000 displaced by fresh inter-communal violence in western Myanmar

Renewed violence in western Myanmar's Rakhine state over the past week has displaced more than 28,000 people, according to the UN refugee agency UNHCR quoting government estimates. The agency says since the fresh wave of inter communal unrest began on 21 October, authorities in Rakhine state estimate that dozens of people have been killed and [...]

30 Oct 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Fighting blocks delivery of aid to Syrians trapped in Homs

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

Heavy fighting around the Syrian city of Homs has prevented United Nations aid mission from delivering food and other relief items to families trapped in the city. United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs(OCHA) says the failure of the mission was despite assurances received from the local parties to the conflict that the [...]

30 Oct 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Syrian failed weekend ceasefire was 'a pause, not a true ceasefire': Brahimi

Lakhdar Brahimi

UN Arab league Joint Special Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi says Syrian government and opposition leaders did not heed his call for a ceasefire over the weekend. Mr Brahimi says what was in effect was a pause in the fighting and not a true ceasefire. Patrick Maigua Reports. Speaking in Moscow where he held talks with the [...]

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

The World is moving through a Great Transition: Ban

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The human family is at a critical juncture and the world is moving through a Great Transition, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in an address on receiving the "Seoul Peace Prize" on Monday. In his remarks titled "The Pursuit of Peace at a Time of Global Transition", the Secretary-General pointed out that "this transition is economic, [...]

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

Weather information vital in managing public health risks

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

Climate variability and extreme conditions such as floods are increasingly causing epidemics of diseases such as diarrhoea, malaria, dengue and meningitis, according to UN health and Climate experts. The World Health Organization(WHO) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) say collaboration between public health and weather experts can help better manage the control and prevention of [...]

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

UN Chief deeply disappointed by failure of Syrian ceasefire

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed disappointment at the failure of the Syria ceasefire. Patrick Maigua Reports. Speaking in South Korea where he received the Seoul Peace Prize on Monday, the Secretary-General said he was  deeply disappointed that the parties failed to respect the call to suspend fighting, stressing that the crisis cannot be solved [...]

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

NYC park honours former US President and advocate for the UN

Secretary-General attended the inauguration ceremony of Four Freedoms Park

October is a special month for the United Nations as it marks the anniversary of the founding of the organization which is 67 years old this year. The UN would not have existed had it not been for supporters like former United States President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. A New York City park honouring the President, [...]

26 Oct 2012 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN chief welcomes reports of Eid ceasefire in Syria

  The reported announcements of a suspension of violence during the Eid Al-Adha holiday in Syria, has been welcomed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The ceasefire has been proposed by the joint UN-Arab League envoy for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi. UN spokesman, Martin Nesirky says the world is now watching to see what will happen on [...]

25 Oct 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

ICC Prosecutor concludes Nairobi segment of visit to Kenya

Fatou Bensouda

Kenyan authorities have been urged to provide information to the ICC needed to complete evidence for the trial of four Kenyans indicted by the International Criminal Court. Three high-level Kenyan political leaders and a journalist have been indicted by the ICC for the crimes related to the violence that followed the December 2007 presidential election [...]

25 Oct 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Many countries don't carry out death penalty, says UN expert

Christof Heyns

More than 90 countries have abolished the death penalty and close to fifty others have not executed anyone for the last ten years, according to a United Nations independent expert. Christof Heyns, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions presented his report to the General Assembly on Thursday. He told reporters that [...]

25 Oct 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Messenger of Peace Stevie Wonder celebrates UN Day

Stevie Wonder

  American musical icon, Stevie Wonder, brought the house down during the United Nations Day concert in New York on Wednesday, the 24th of October. In this feature prepared by Beng Poblete-Enriquez, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon introduced Stevie as the 8th wonder of the world.   Mr. Wonder then spoke about one's relation with religion [...]

25 Oct 2012 | Posted in Celebrity Corner, Today's Features | Read More »

URDU #43: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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1. New camp to be built for Somali refugees in Ethiopia 2. Syrians face economic hardships as conflict continues 3. Syria likely to descend into an all out sectarian conflict 4. Derrick Mbatha interviews ECOSOC director Navid Hanif 5. European Union urged to grant Syrians asylum and protection Narrated and Produced by Zafar Qureshi Duration: [...]

25 Oct 2012 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

Marburg haemorrhagic fever breaks out in Uganda

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• Five people have died of the Marburg haemorrhagic fever in south-western Uganda. The World Health Organization and the Ugandan Ministry of Health have deployed a team to the district to help contain the spread of the disease. The virus that causes the fever is named after the German city of Marburg where it was [...]

25 Oct 2012 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

International community seeks ceasefire in Syria

A Syrian woman arrives with her family at the Lebanese border after fleeing their home near Homs.

A mood of cautious optimism prevails as the international community awaits a decision on a ceasefire from the parties to the Syrian. The ceasefire was proposed by Lakhdar Brahimi, the UN Special Envoy for Syria, in early October to observe the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. Gerry Adams reports. Duration: 2’31″

25 Oct 2012 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Stevie Wonder "excited" to work through UN to help heal the world

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Legendary American musician Stevie Wonder says he is excited to work through the United Nations to help heal the world. The Grammy Award-winning songwriter performed at a UN Day concert on Wednesday evening. Stevie Wonder, who is known for his activism in the United States and in the campaign against apartheid, is a United Nations [...]

25 Oct 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

CARICOM heartened by Africa's notable strides: Bahamas

The Permanent Representative of The Bahamas, Ambassador Paulette Bethel

NARRATOR: The golden thread that joins the Caribbean to Africa is one woven by ties of culture and history, shared struggles and common aspirations. So says the Permanent Representative of The Bahamas Ambassador Paulette Bethel. She told the General Assembly's meeting o the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), that the Caribbean Community reaffirmed its [...]

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

Korean pop star PSY brings 'Gangnam Style' to the UN

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) meets with Psy, singer from the Republic of Korea.

  In his message for UN Day, observed on 24 October, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated that the United Nations is not just a meeting place for diplomats.  Mr. Ban proved this when he welcomed South Korean pop star PSY to the United Nations. He said the singer, who has become world famous due to his [...]

25 Oct 2012 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

UN expert calls for boycott of businesses that profit from Israeli settlements

Richard Falk

  The United Nations independent expert on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories has called for a boycott of businesses that profit from Israeli settlements. Richard Falk who presented his report to the General Assembly on Thursday said that Israel continues to transfer its population to the West Bank where its [...]

25 Oct 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Freedom of religion violated for political control: UN expert

Heiner Bielefeldt

  Freedom of religion and belief is being violated by some governments around the world in order to exercise political control. That's what the United Nations independent expert on freedom of religion or belief, Heiner Bielefeldt told reporters in New York on Thursday before presenting his report to the General Assembly. Mr. Bielefeldt said that [...]

25 Oct 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

There's more that unites us than divides us: Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder

  The United Nations General Assembly came alive with the music of renowned American artist Stevie Wonder on Wednesday night. The award-winning musician has long been a UN Messenger of Peace, and he headlined a concert celebrating the 67th anniversary of the organization. Alex King caught up with Stevie Wonder after the concert. He says [...]

25 Oct 2012 | Posted in Celebrity Corner, Today's Features | Read More »

Adultery should not be a criminal offense: human rights working group

  Adultery should not be classified as a criminal offense at all, says the UN expert group on women's human rights. While adultery may constitute a civil offence with legal consequences in certain countries and circumstances, it should not be a crime punishable by severe bodily harm or death, says the UN Working Group on [...]

25 Oct 2012 | Posted in Women | Read More »

Israeli TV station corrects wrong claims against UN in Gaza

Palestinian boys raise their hands at a school in Gaza supported by UNRWA

Israel's highest-rated television news programme has published a statement correcting false claims made against the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) during the Gaza war in 2008-2009. UNRWA says Channel Two News makes it clear that Israeli officials acknowledged the falsehood of the claims that rockets were fired from schools operated by [...]

25 Oct 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

'No women, no peace' says award-winning activist from Nepal

Radha Paudel

Four women peace activists from across the Asia-Pacific region this month received the N-PEACE Award by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and Search for Common Ground. One of the winners is Radha Paudel, a grassroots activist from Nepal who was honoured for her advocacy on behalf of poor and marginalized communities. Paudel established the NGO [...]

25 Oct 2012 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Despite progress, challenges remain in protecting children's rights: Jamaica

Ambassador Raymond Wolfe, Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the United Nations

NARRATOR: Over the last few years, the Government of Jamaica has made considerable progress, through several legislative and institutional changes, to address issues relating to the protection of children. Ambassador Raymond Wolfe told the General Assembly's Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee that on a legislative front, there's the Jamaica's Child Care and Protection Act of [...]

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

Trinidad and Tobago reiterates its commitment to children

Rodney Charles, Ambassador of Trinidad and Tobago to the United Nations

NARRATOR: Trinidad and Tobago remains dedicated to the promotion and protection of the rights of children. Ambassador Rodney Charles told the UN General Assembly's Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee that his country's ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, demonstrated Trinidad and Tobago's commitment to the provisions of the instrument. TAPE: In [...]

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

Accelerated, coordinated actions needed to improve situation of region's children: Barbados

Ambassador Joseph Goddard, Permanent Representative of Barbados to the UN

NARRATOR: In the developing world, some 25 million children below 5 years of age suffer from acute malnutrition.  That's what delegates in the General Assembly's Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee stressed, as they wrapped up their discussion on the promotion and protection of children's rights. They noted that as Governments intensified their efforts to keep [...]

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

UN voices optimism for a ceasefire in Syria

  The United Nations is appealing to the Syrian government and opposition groups to fully observe the ceasefire proposed by the joint UN-Arab League envoy for Syria. UN Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson, who spoke to reporters in Geneva on Thursday, says the cessation of hostilities would be a positive indicator that both sides are [...]

25 Oct 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN investigators seek access to Syria

Professor Paulo Pinheiro, Chairperson, Commission of inquiry on Syria

The United Nations team investigating human rights violations in Syria has written to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad requesting for a face to face meeting. The Syrian government has not allowed the Commission of inquiry, which was established nearly a year ago by the UN Human Rights Council, to enter the country to document human rights [...]

25 Oct 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Corruption in judiciary threatens the rule of law, says UN expert

Gabriela Knaul

Corruption in the judiciary threatens the rule of law and the protection of human rights. That warning came from Gabriela Knaul, the UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, during the presentation of her annual report to the General Assembly on Wednesday. She said corruption in the judiciary remains what she called [...]

24 Oct 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Security Council welcomes Eid Al Adha ceasefire initiative in Syria

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  The Security Council has welcomed the initiative of the joint UN-Arab League envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi, for a ceasefire in Syria during the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha on Friday. In a statement on Wednesday, the Council says the ceasefire could be a first step towards a sustainable cessation of all violence in conformity with [...]

24 Oct 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN human rights office forced "to do less with less", Navi Pillay

Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is being compelled to scale down its activities because of a lack of resources. That's what UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, told the General Assembly during her presentation of her annual report on Wednesday. Ms. Pillay said the growing recognition of the [...]

24 Oct 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

HINDI #45: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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1. Secretary-General calls for more support to the poor during tough economic times. 2. Perpetrators of sexual violence have no place to hide. 3. FAO steps up efforts to reduce world hunger. 4. First ever Wangari Maathai Award goes to Nepalese activist. 5. Health workers in rural Bangladesh working to reduce mother and child deaths. [...]

24 Oct 2012 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

HINDI #44: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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1.  On UN Day Secretary-General reaffirms pledge to tackle global problems. 2. UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi calls for ceasefire in Syria. 3. More action needed to conserve world's biodiversity. 4. UN celebrates the first International Year of Girl Child. 5. World leaders vow to stamp our polio. Narrated and Produced by Ambalika Misra Durration: 15’00″

24 Oct 2012 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

World urged to brace for more internal displacement

Chaloka Beyani

More people are likely to be forced to leave their homes in the future as a result of a number of factors, says a UN independent expert on the human rights of internally displaced persons. Chaloka Beyani spoke to reporters in New York on Wednesday after presenting his report to the General Assembly. He says [...]

24 Oct 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Polio could be eradicated by end of 2013: WHO

Child receiving polio immunization

Polio eradication is at a pivotal point, according to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative of the World Health Organization and could be eradicated by the end of 2013. Since World Polio Day on 24 October last year, the number of new cases of the disease has declined from 467 to 171, according to the Initiative. [...]

24 Oct 2012 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Korean pop star PSY brings 'Gangnam Style' to the UN

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) meets with Psy, singer from the Republic of Korea.

  In his message for UN Day, observed on 24 October, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon states that the United Nations is not just a meeting place for diplomats. Mr. Ban proved this when he welcomed South Korean pop star PSY to the UN on Tuesday. Through his song 'Gangnam Style,' PSY has become an international sensation [...]

24 Oct 2012 | Posted in Celebrity Corner, Today's Features | Read More »

Syrian government agrees to ceasefire during Eid al-Adha

Lakhdar Brahimi

The government of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria has agreed to observe a ceasefire during the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha. That's what the joint UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi told reporters in the Egyptian capital, Cairo on Wednesday. Last week Mr. Brahimi called for a cease-fire during Eid Al-Adha festival celebrated at the end [...]

24 Oct 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

FAO reports progress in stopping decline of livestock genetic diversity

Indigenous cattle in Sudan.

Many countries are taking action to stop the erosion of livestock genetic resources, crucial for food and agriculture, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The agency says that many governments are beginning to put in place programmes to reverse the "alarming" decline in the numbers of indigenous livestock breeds. However, FAO points [...]

24 Oct 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Top UN envoy in Somalia condemns murders of journalists

Augustine Mahiga

The recent targeted attacks on journalists in Somalia have been strongly condemned by the top United Nations envoy in the Horn of Africa country. This week one journalist was shot dead and another was critically injured. Dr. Augustine P. Mahiga the head of the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS) says these attacks must stop [...]

24 Oct 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

United Nations – Pakistan # 4

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United Nations helps to alleviate poverty in Pakistan Source: UNIC Islamabad Duration: 8’30″

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United Nations – Pakistan # 3

Radio Programme on Women Empowerment Source: UNIC Islamabad Duration: 8’58″

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United Nations – Pakistan # 2

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UN Day 2012 – 65 Years of Improving Lives and Helping People Source: UNIC Islamabad Duration: 18’01″

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WHO: Polio eradication still on track

A young child receives polio drops in Pakistan

Global efforts to eradicate polio remain on track although the disease remains endemic in Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). This year 171 cases of polio have been reported worldwide, with three countries jointly reporting 166 cases. WHO is supporting the implementation of national polio emergency action plans to vaccinate [...]

24 Oct 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Art for peace

Haruka Shoji

Young people are creative and enthusiastic agents of change energetically demonstrating their desire to tackle global challenges and make their own mark on history, says UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. His comments resonated on the day a young Japanese artist was presented a certificate and cheque by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for winning the United Nations "Art [...]

24 Oct 2012 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

On UN Day Ban Ki-moon reaffirms pledge to tackle global problems

A view of the Headquarters of the United Nations in New York as seen from the north of the UN site.

The world needs greater cooperation to tackle global problems, says UN Secretary-General in his message on UN Day. The day is observed each year on 24 October on the anniversary of the entry into force of the UN Charter which officially brought the United Nations into being. Mr. Ban says the UN is not just [...]

24 Oct 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

A Forum is Sixteen

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A special programme about 24 October 1945, marking the 16th anniversary of the day the United Nations became a working organization, narrated by Canadian-American actor Hume Cronyn. Language: English Genre: Report 1961 Duration: 14’36″

23 Oct 2012 | Posted in UN Radio Classics | Read More »

No Easy Magic

United Nations Headquarters in New York, 1957

A panorama of the world’s remaining problems twelve years after the creation of the United Nations. Language: English Genre: Drama 1957 Duration: 14’26″

23 Oct 2012 | Posted in UN Radio Classics | Read More »

Dag Hammarskjöld on UN Day

Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld

“The road of Beethoven in his Ninth Symphony is also the road followed by the authors of the preamble of the Charter”, says former Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld in this introduction to a symphonic concert for UN Day. Language: English Genre: Speech 1960 Duration: 4’36″

23 Oct 2012 | Posted in UN Radio Classics | Read More »

Executions are not completely painless, says UN expert

Juan Mendez

  To what extend the death penalty can infringe on the absolute prohibition of torture, is the theme of a report presented to the General Assembly on Tuesday by a United Nations independent expert. Juan Mendez, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture said the issue is complicated because international law does not prohibit the death [...]

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

World Food Programme supports Syrian refugees

Many refugees from Syria will be provided with food vouchers that they can use to shop at local markets in the countries where they have come in search of refuge

Thirteen thousand Syrian refugees are being supported by a voucher programme in Turkey with the help of the World Food Programme, according to Daly Belgasmi, WFP's Regional Director for the Middle East, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. Mr. Belgasmi has just returned from a visit to three countries in the region with substantial numbers of [...]

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

Young Japanese artist wins UN's "Art for Peace" contest

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) presents an award to Haruka Shoji, winner of the United Nations Art for Peace Contest, organized by the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs.

  A young Japanese artist was on Tuesday presented a certificate and check by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for winning the United Nations "Art for Peace" contest. The contest, which ran from February through April of this year, provided a platform for children and young people throughout the world to use their creative talent to [...]

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

Two Nepali men rescued from Haiti

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Two Nepali men who were victims of human trafficking have arrived in Kathmandu after an eleven-month ordeal that took them through five countries. According to the International Organization for Migration  (IOM), the men were recruited by a human smuggling network in Nepal and charged a fee with the promise of legal migration and work in [...]

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

Cameroon gets help for rapid diagnosis of animal diseases

Veterinarians from Cameroon's national veterinary laboratory, LANAVET

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), is usually associated with issues relating to safeguards for nuclear installations or verification that nuclear technology is being used for peaceful purposes. But in Cameroon, the IAEA is helping to diagnose animal diseases, in a country where over a third of the population depend on livestock for their livelihoods. [...]

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

Senior UN official takes stock of response to DRC crisis

Thousands of people have been displaced by fighting in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo

A senior United Nations humanitarian official is in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to see what is being done to help hundreds of thousands of people in the eastern part of the country. John Ging, Director of Operations for the UN humanitarian agency (OCHA), started a five-day mission to the country on Monday. OCHA [...]

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

Global foreign direct investment flows decline in 2012

James Zhan

Inflows of foreign direct investment (FDI) declined by 8 per cent in the first half of 2012, according to the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). In its latest Global Investment Trend Monitor, UNCTAD projects that FDI flows will at best level off in 2012 at slightly below $1.6 trillion. The agency says the [...]

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

FAO urges four African countries to brace for Desert Locust swarms

A Mauritanian looks at a sky filled by a desert locust swarm near Kaedi, southern Mauritania, one of many swarms now invading the country.

Four countries in northwest Africa are being urged to prepare for the likely arrival of swarms of Desert Locusts, the most devastating of the species. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has alerted Algeria, Libya, Mauritania and Morocco about the insects which appear to be headed their way from the Sahel region of West Africa [...]

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

Number of undernourished people in Madagascar increases

WFP emergency food distribution operation in Madagascar

The number of undernourished people in Madagascar continues to rise, according to the World Food Programme (WFP). The UN food agency says it is targeting to feed up to one million people in the island country on the Indian Ocean in 2013. However, WFP says it is facing a serious funding shortfall in its operation [...]

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

WFP concerned as number of undernourished people rises in Madagascar

WFP emergency food distribution operation in Madagascar

More than one-third of the population in Madagascar is undernourished and the World Food Programme (WFP) warns that the number could rise. WFP is aiming to feed up to one million people in the country in 2013 but the agency is facing a serious funding shortfall which threatens its school feeding programmes and other initiatives. [...]

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

Desert locusts threaten northwest Africa

A young Mauritanian, hoe in hand, looks at a dense swarm of desert locust near Aleg, Mauritania.

  Swarms of Desert Locusts are forming in the Sahel region of West Africa following good summer rains that provided favourable conditions for breeding. The warning has come from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which has alerted Algeria, Libya, Mauritania and Morocco to prepare for the likely arrival of the crop devouring insects. [...]

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

Violence halts UNHCR operation in Lebanon

A Syrian mother and her son, refugees in Lebanon (UNHCR photo)

  The recent spate of insecurity and growing tensions in Lebanon has forced the UN refugee agency to temporarily halt the registration of Syrian refugees in the country. Lebanese cities affected by the suspension include the capital Beirut, Tripoli, Akar and Saida in the south. UNHCR says the number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon has [...]

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

Economic outlook for next two years sobering:ECOSOC report

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The outlook for the global economy for next two years is sobering. That was the conclusion of a recent analysis of the world's economy by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Economic growth worldwide, it said, is predicted to expand at a pace far below potential. Word of this came as the General [...]

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

Marburg haemorrhagic fever breaks out in Uganda

Dr. Mark Katz takes a sample from a woman who had contact with several members of her immediate family who later died of the fever.

There has been an outbreak of the deadly Marburg haemorrhagic fever which has killed five people in south-Western Uganda. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ugandan Ministry of Health have deployed a team to the district to investigate and come up with a response to the outbreak. The virus which causes the disease is [...]

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

UN moves towards "rightsizing" of peacekeeping missions

Hervé Ladsous

  The United Nations is moving towards what has been described as "rightsizing" of its peacekeeping operations. That's what the head of UN peacekeeping operations Hervé Ladsous told reporters on Monday. He said that for the first time in many years a UN peacekeeping operation will close, with the conclusion of the mission in Timor [...]

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

Ban Ki-moon is "alarmed" by fighting in Libya's Bani Walid city

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on a visit to Libya in November 2011.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for a peaceful resolution of the stand-off in the Libyan city of Bani Walid. According to reports, at least 20 people have been killed in the fighting between government forces and supporters of the previous government. UN Spokesperson Martin Nesirky says the Secretary-General is alarmed by the fighting in [...]

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

Global economic recovery "remains precarious"

Global economy

The current global economic recovery remains precarious, according to Permanent Representative of Guyana, Ambassador George Talbot. Ambassador Talbot is the Chairperson of the General Assembly's Committee which deals with economic and financial matters. He spoke on Monday at a joint meeting of the Committee and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), one of the main [...]

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

Dairy cooperatives help support and stabilize rural Afghan villages

Woman milking cow

As Afghanistan prepares to assume responsibility for its national security following the departure of foreign forces in 2014, an unexpected form of peace-building is taking root in some of the country's rural villages. In rural villages near the border with Pakistan, thousands of dairy farmers have formed cooperatives which are not only helping them earn [...]

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

Outbreak of Marburg kills five people in Uganda

A nurse takes care of a man sick with Marburg haemorrhagic fever

Five people have died of Marburg haemorrhagic fever in the Kabale district of south-western Uganda, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The highly infectious disease causes high fever, diarrhoea, weakness and bleeding. WHO and the Ugandan Ministry of Health have deployed a team to the district to support the investigation of the outbreak and [...]

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

INDONESIA #39: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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People of Kenya not on trial, says ICC Prosecutor

Fatou Bensouda

The new Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has assured the people and government of Kenya that they are not on trial for the violence that followed the December 2007 presidential election in the country. Ms. Fatou Bensouda spoke to reporters in Nairobi on Monday during her first official visit to Kenya as the [...]

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

UN expresses solidarity with Lebanon

Derek Plumbly

The United Nations will stand by Lebanon through the difficult period, says Derek Plumbly, the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon. Mr. Plumbly issued a statement on Monday amid reports of clashes in the Middle Eastern country following the assassination of a senior army officer last Friday. Donn Bobb reports. Brigadier-General Wissam al Hassan and others [...]

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

UN envoy reiterates call for ceasefire in Syria

Lakhdar Brahimi

  The joint UN-Arab League envoy for Syria has reiterated his call on the Syrian government and all sides in the conflict to observe unilateral ceasefires immediately.  Mr. Lakhdar Brahimi has made the appeal for this week's celebration of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.  Mr. Brahimi says he spoke with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad [...]

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

Women's advance is not an option, it is essential: Haiti

Women learn to read and write in a classroom in Haiti

Women's advancement is not an option; it is essential, the delegate of Haiti Nicole Romulus told the General Assembly's Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee during a discussion on the advancement of women. She stressed that "gender equality is not something we can afford to postpone", adding that integrating women into decision-making is important for Haiti. [...]

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The Bahamas warns against allowing the decolonization process to succumb to lethargy

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The General Assembly's committee that handles decolonization matters has forwarded 10 draft texts to the Assembly, with half of them being approved without a vote, reaffirming the rights of the people of Non-Self-Governing Territories to shape their destiny. The committee approved its annual omnibus draft resolution on Questions of a number of territories including several [...]

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Jamaica attaches great importance to role of UN n advancing global development agenda

Raymond Wolfe

The role of the United Nations development system in advancing the global development agenda is one to which Jamaica attached great importance. Ambassador Raymond Wolfe told the UN General Assembly's Economic and Financial Committee that the support of the United Nations is particularly relevant as Jamaica pursues its development goals against the backdrop of the [...]

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Cambodia and the World Bank tackle child malnutrition

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  By all accounts, Cambodia is doing very well economically. For the first decade of the 21st century, it was the 15th fastest growing economy of the world, according to the World Bank. And, says the Bank, for the past two years, the country's economic performance has remained strong. But despite these impressive accomplishments, malnutrition [...]

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Antigua urges provision of adequate funding for UN system operational activities

John Ashe

CARICOM has frequently underscored the importance of the provision of adequate and predictable funding for the UN system and in particular for its operational activities. So says the Permanent Representative of Antigua and Barbuda Ambassador John Ashe. He told the General Assembly's Economic and Financial Committee that in spite of the continued appeals by CARICOM, [...]

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Promoting gender equality and empowerment of women a CARICOM priority: Guyana

George Talbot

Caribbean history — from slavery to independence — bore ample testimony to the crucial role played by women in all aspects of development. That's what Guyana's Representative Ambassador George Talbot, told the General Assembly's Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee at the start of its three-day discussion on the advancement of women. Speaking on behalf of [...]

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Perpetrators of sexual violence must have no place to hide: UN expert

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  People who commit rape and other acts of sexual violence against women during conflicts must know that they have no place to hide anywhere in the world, says the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict.  Zainab Bangura says although in most cases perpetrators target women, men and boys are increasingly becoming [...]

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New camp for Somali refugees in Ethiopia

The number of Somali refugees living in the Dollo Ado refugee camp in southeast Ethiopia has passed the 170,000 mark, according to the UN refugee agency UNHCR. The agency says the Dollo Ado refugee complex is now the second largest refugee camp in the world after the Daadab complex in Kenya which hosts over 400,000 [...]

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Africa Week focuses on importance of African development

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• Africa Week is being celebrated at the United Nations from the 15th to the 19th of October. It is happening as NEPAD, the New Partnership for Africa's Development, marks its 10th anniversary. NEPAD is a programme designed by African leaders to promote political and socio-economic transformation on the continent. UNICEF supports birth registration in [...]

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Five new countries to join Security Council as non-permanent members

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Five countries have been elected to serve as non-permanent members of the UN Security Council. Argentina, Australia, Luxembourg, the Republic of Korea and Rwanda will begin their two-year terms in January 2013. The decision follows a vote in the General Assembly on Thursday. Dianne Penn reports. The General Assembly is where all 193 UN member [...]

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Syria likely to descend into an all-out sectarian conflict

Syrian children's access to education has been affected as many of them are displaced OCHA/Ben Parker

The conflict in Syria is likely to descend into an all out sectarian conflict, as the international community remains divided on how to end the 18 month crisis, the UN Human Rights chief Navi Pillay has warned. Speaking at a news conference in Geneva, Ms. Pillay said the memories of what happened in Bosnia were [...]

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Elimination of sexual violence in conflict not a mission impossible

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

Men and boys are increasingly becoming victims of sexual violence in conflict situations, according to the UN Special Representative on Sexual violence Zainab Hawa Bangura. She says sexual violence in conflict was no longer a gender issue as perpetrators seek to dehumanize their victims into submission. Speaking in Geneva, Ms. Bangura said the elimination of [...]

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Security Council calls on Sudan to investigate killing of peacekeeper in Darfur

The Security Council is calling on the Sudanese authorities to investigate the killing of a peacekeeper serving with the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID). The South African peacekeeper was killed and three colleagues wounded when unidentified armed men ambushed their convoy in North Darfur on Wednesday morning. The UNAMID peacekeepers were going to assess [...]

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URDU #42: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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1. Syrian refugees brace for harsh winter 2. Pakistan flood victims begin to receive humanitarian aid 3. IOM launches major Asian initiative launched for disaster risk reduction 4. UN Women : Girls around the world want their rights to be protected 5. ITU : Six billion mobile phone subscribers worldwide and still growing 6. World [...]

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URDU #41: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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1. Security Council condemns shelling of Turkish town by Syria 2. IOM : Evacuation of migrant workers from Syria hit by lack of funds 3. UN calls for restraint following attack on Turkish town 4. Security Council condemns killing of peacekeepers in Darfur 5. UN deputy chief : More work needed on Millennium Development Goals [...]

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URDU #40: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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1. IAEA chief calls for more action to prevent nuclear terrorism 2. Secretary-General : No military solution to DRC crisis 3. UNHCR : Nearly $500 million needed to help Syrian refugees 4. Security Council to hold high-level meeting on Middle East 5. World leaders speak on global issues Narrated and Produced by Zafar Qureshi Duration: [...]

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WHO: Global fight against TB remains fragile

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  A major shortfall in funding is threatening to stall global efforts to treat and prevent the spread of tuberculosis, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The organization says an additional US$ 4.4 billion is needed over the next three years to fund TB control measures including the research and development of new drugs. [...]

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South Sudan: Recent agreements "good indication" for relations with Sudan

The recent signing of agreements by Sudan and South Sudan "bodes very well" for the relationship between the two countries. That was the message South Sudanese ambassador Francis Deng told journalists following a Security Council meeting on Tuesday. Sudan and its southern neighbour last month signed cooperation agreements on oil, security and citizenship, among other [...]

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Grenada says more affordable financing needed for greater sustainability

Dessima Williams

From Grenada’s perspective, the highlight of the past year, has been renewed international political commitment to sustainable development, the Permanent Representative of Grenada Ambassador Dessima Williams told the General Assembly's general debate. Indeed, she added, interest continues to gain momentum. Dessima Williams:  Grenada's tremendous green and blue endowments and our people's living intelligently with them, [...]

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Barbados warns of impact of climate change and natural disasters

Maxine McClean

Barbados has been classified as a middle-income developing country. But according to Foreign Minister Maxine McClean, in reality, Barbados is a Small Island Developing State –SIDS, characterized by high debt, high vulnerability to external shocks, and susceptibility to the impacts of Climate Change and natural disasters. Maxine McClean:  The global economic and environmental situation has [...]

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Bahamas reiterates its commitment to promoting sustainable development

Frederick Mitchell

The Bahamas solemnly reaffirms her commitment to the three pillars of sustainable development: economic, social and environmental. So says Minister of Foreign Affairs Frederick Mitchell. He told the 67th session of the General Assembly that advancements continue nationally in important areas pertaining to the protection of its biodiversity and development of policies to promote renewable [...]

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WFP feeding 1.4 million Syrians

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Over 1.4 million Syrians are now dependent on food assistance provided by the UN World Food Programme WFP. The organization says in areas where fighting is taking place, food prices have also most doubled and shortages of essential food stuffs such as bread is a regular occurrence due to lack of fuel to operate bakeries. [...]

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European Union urged to grant Syrians asylum and protection

Syrian refugees at a UNHCR registration centre in the village of Jeb Janeen in the Bekaa Valley.

Over 16,500 Syrians have applied for asylum within the European Union (EU) over the past 18 months, according to the UN Refugee agency (UNHCR). Countries with the largest applications include Germany with over 5,500, Sweden with 2,500 and Switzerland with 1,400. UNHCR is appealing for EU member states to be sensitive of the situation in Syria, [...]

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Security Council considers military force for Mali

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The Security Council on Friday held out the possibility of endorsing an international military force to restore the unity of Mali. In a resolution adopted unanimously, the Council says that the control of northern Mali by terrorists and Islamic militants is a threat to regional peace. It urges UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to work on [...]

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A call for women's leadership in disaster risk reduction

October 13 - International Day for Disaster Reduction

In many parts of the world women are responsible for securing food and water. With disasters on the rise, the UN Office for Disaster Reduction believes they can play a key role in another important area: helping communities plan for these events. For this reason, women and girls are the focus this year on the [...]

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UN's coordinator for Syrian refugees mobilizes support in Gulf region

Syrian refugees at a UNHCR registration centre in the village of Jeb Janeen in the Bekaa Valley.

As the crisis continues in Syria, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Syrian refugees has started a tour of the Gulf region. Panos Mumtzis and other humanitarian coordinators are meeting with government officials and other partners to find ways to ensure that Syrian refugees get help. Mr. Mumtzis says funding for relief aid to the [...]

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International Day highlights the role of women in disaster reduction

A staff member from the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) treats a man injured by the potent earthquake that devastated Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  UN Photo/Logan Abassi

Women and girls are being asked to take a leadership role in disaster management. The call comes from the head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström, in her message marking the International Day for Disaster Reduction, observed on 13 October. She says women, who comprise more than half of the 200 [...]

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A woman explores the potential for healing in the midst of conflict

One Day After Peace

  One Day After Peace is a film by Robi Damelin, an Israeli mother whose son was shot and killed some 10 years ago by a Palestinian sniper at a military checkpoint in the West Bank. Instead of seeking revenge, Robi wrote to her son's killer requesting to meet with him to begin a dialogue. [...]

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UN chief hails Nobel laureate European Union as an "indispensable partner"

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated the European Union on receiving the Nobel Peace Prize for 2012. In a statement read by his spokesman, Martin Nesirky, the Secretary-General called the EU "an indispensable partner to the UN," which has been given "a richly-deserved recognition of its accomplishments and its importance in Europe and around the [...]

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UNECE calls for increased use of inland waterways

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The Europe countries have been urged to increase their use of the environmental friendly water ways. The call came at a meeting of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) which ended in Geneva on Friday. UNECE says that Europe has more than 29,000 kilometres of navigable waterways that can be used for commerce. Gerry [...]

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A major Asian initiative launched for disaster risk reduction

Pakistan floods © IOM 2011 (Photo by: Chris Lom)

A major initiative to help communities in Asia to prepare for and reduce the risk of natural disasters has been launched by the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The announcement was made in Geneva on Friday on the eve of the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction which is being observed on Saturday, 13 October. [...]

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Crisis caused by floods continues in Pakistan

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The floods that started in Pakistan nearly a month ago continue to create a humanitarian crisis in the provinces of Sindh, Punjab and Balochistan. The United Nations humanitarian agency (OCHA) says the floods have affected about five million people and left 1.1 million acres of farmland under water. Dianne Penn reports. Duration: 2’49″

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Pakistan flood victims begin to receive humanitarian aid

Mohamed swims one hour every day to get food from a WFP distribution centre in Pakistan

Nearly five million people have been affected by flooding in Pakistan's Sindh, Punjab and Balochistan provinces, according to the UN office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The flooding which started nearly a month ago has also left over 1.1 million acres of farmland under water and killed nearly 10,000 heads of cattle. OCHA says [...]

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Syrian refugees brace for harsh winter

Syrian refugee woman holds her child

United Nations agencies are stockpiling relief supplies to assist the over 340,000 Syrian refugees live through the coming harsh winter months. The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) says the refugees, who are spread across Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq, will need specially adapted tents, warm clothing, high thermal blankets, hot water bottles and fuel for heating [...]

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Islamic extremists violate human rights in northern Mali

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• Human rights violations have become systematic in northern Mali, according to a senior UN human rights official who has visited the country. He says Islamic extremists who control the region have imposed a strict interpretation of Sharia law. The official says there are also cases of drastic punishments including executions, amputations and public floggings. [...]

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Ending child marriage focus of first International Day of the Girl Child

International Day of the Girl Child

Many girls grow up dreaming about their wedding day. But for millions of girls across the world, the dream can become a living nightmare if they are married off while still children. In 2010, nearly 70 million girls in developing countries, excluding China, were married before they turned 18, according to the UN Population Fund [...]

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Namibia faces poverty two decades after independence

A Namibian family near their dwelling at Otjenda Kraal near Okanguati in northern Kaokoland.   UN Photo/Alon Reininger

Inequalities persist in Namibia 20 years after independence, according to a United Nations independent expert on extreme poverty and human rights. Magdalena Sepúlveda visited Namibia from 1 to 8 October to collect first-hand information on the situation of people living in extreme poverty in the Southern African country. During her mission, she met with the [...]

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It is "stupid" to sideline women, says Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

It does not make sense to sideline women who make up over 50 per cent of the world population. That's what Archbishop Desmond Tutu said at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on Thursday where he participated in the observance of the first International Day of the Girl Child. Archbishop Tutu said that it [...]

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World Sight Day focuses on priority needs of individual countries

A blind boy learning to record his voice on cassette tape with the help of a friend UN Photo/Sally Dimartini

Approximately 285 million people worldwide are visually impaired nearly 40 million of whom are blind, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). World Sight Day is being observed on 11 October this year to focus attention on the issues of visual impairment and what is being done to restore sight. Gerry Adams reports World Sight [...]

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Girls around the world want their rights to be protected: UN Women

International Day of the Girl Child 2012

Too many girls around the world suffer sexual abuse and violence but they want their rights to be promoted and protected. That's the message from Michelle Bachelet, the head of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women, known as UN Women, on the first International Day of the Girl Child. The [...]

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More people are going online, says ITU

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The number of people who are using information and communications technology is continuing to grow, according to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). In its Measuring the Information Society Report, the ITU says 86 out of every 100 people worldwide are mobile phone subscribers. South Korea is the world's most advanced ICT economy followed by Sweden, [...]

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ITU:Six billion mobile phone subscribers worldwide and still growing

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More than a third of the world's population is now connected to the Internet, according to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). In its annual Measuring the Information Society Report, which tracks development in the information and communication technology (ICT) industry, the ITU says 86 out of every 100 people worldwide are mobile phone subscribers. The [...]

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No evidence newly-discovered virus is contagious for humans: WHO

Coronavirus

  There is no evidence of human-to-human transmission of a newly discovered virus called 'novel coronavirus,' the World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Wednesday. WHO says novel coronavirus can cause acute respiratory infection and renal failure. Beng Poblete-Enriquez reports. A 60 year old man in Saudi Arabia was stricken and died from the virus earlier [...]

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UN chief writes to family of girl shot by Taliban in Pakistan

Malala Yousafzai

The shooting of a 14-year old girl in Pakistan has outraged UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who is writing to her family to show support. Malala Yousafzai, who is a campaigner for education in her country, was seriously wounded by Taliban gunmen who shot her and two other girls on Tuesday. The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) [...]

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Ensure social justice for girls: ILO

Theme for 2012:  Ending child marriage

The Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO) has called for measures to ensure that girl children around the world attain social justice and progress. The call comes ahead of the first ever observance of the International Day of the Girl Child on 11 October. Gerry Adams reports. ILO Chief Guy Ryder says long-term gender [...]

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Islamic extremists violate human rights in northern Mali

Mothers wait at the Gabriel Toure nutrition center in the capital, Bamako, Mali - OCHA

Human rights abuses have become systematic in northern Mali where Islamic extremists have imposed a strict interpretation of Sharia law. That's what a senior United Nations human rights official who has just concluded a four-day visit to the country told UN Radio on Wednesday. Ivan Šimonović says that at the beginning of the conflict when [...]

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Asia-Pacific leaders meet to map out sustainable transportation network

Railway system in Asia

Policymakers and experts from 23 Asian countries are meeting this week to further plans for a sustainable regional transport and logistics network. An integrated transportation system would help spur growth while improving access to economic opportunities and social services for all people, according to the UN office for the region. The three-day meeting, which opened [...]

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Special Court for Sierra Leone to soon complete final case

The United Nations-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone has informed the Security Council that it will soon complete the case of former Liberian President Charles Taylor. It is the final case related to war crimes committed during the 11-year civil war in Sierra Leone which started in 1991 and reportedly left about 50,000 people dead. [...]

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Depression a "global crisis": Secretary-General

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Depression is a global crisis, says UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on World Mental Health Day observed on 10 October. According to the World Health Organization, some 350 million people of all ages, incomes and nationalities suffer from depression. Dianne Penn reports. The Secretary-General says in the most extreme cases of depression, people [...]

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Islamic extremists carry out cruel punishments in northern Mali

Islamic extremists controlling the northern part of Mali are carrying out cruel punishments and abusing women, according to a senior United Nations human rights official. Ivan Šimonović spoke to reporters in New York on Wednesday following a four-day visit to Mali. He said Islamic militants have imposed a strict interpretation of Sharia law and carrying [...]

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Transport decisions affect livelihoods and lifestyles: ESCAP

Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Secretary, UNESCAP

The transport decisions of today will impact the livelihoods and lifestyles of tomorrow, according to Noeleen Heyzer, the head of the UN Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). Ms. Heyzer spoke at a three-day meeting of ESCAP's Committee on Transport which started in Bangkok, Thailand on Wednesday. She said transport can reduce poverty [...]

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Special Representative condemns shooting of Pakistani school girls

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A senior United Nations official has condemned "in the harshest terms" the shooting of three Pakistani school girls by Taliban gunmen on Tuesday. The girls were reportedly shot by gunmen in a school bus in front of their school in the city of Mingora in Pakistan's volatile Swat Valley, Charles Appel reports. Fourteen year-old Malala [...]

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New vaccine gives Pakistani children a fighting chance against pneumonia

A Pakistani mother carrying her child home after being treated in the hospital for pneumonia

Pakistan has become the first country in South Asia to introduce a new vaccine that targets a major childhood killer: pneumonia. The pneumococcal vaccine will help in the fight against a largely preventable illness which robs the world of more than a million children under five years old each year. Dianne Penn reports. Duration: 2’07″

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WHO calls for support and encouragement for depression sufferers

Depression is the theme for World Mental Health Day

Everyone feels sad every now and then, but constant feelings of sadness, guilt or low self-worth, as well as disturbed sleep or appetite, could be symptoms of depression, according to mental health professionals. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that approximately 350 million people across the planet are currently suffering from depression, or have had [...]

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Iraqi refugees find permanent resettlement in Germany

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More than 100 Iraqi refugees began a process of being resettled from Turkey to Germany on Tuesday. Many of the refugees, who include families with children, have lived in Turkey for years. IOM Spokesman Jumbe Omari Jumbe says the refugees, who took a charter flight from Ankara to Hanover, will undergo a two-week of orientation [...]

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Women are primary victims of Mali crisis: UN human rights official

A Malian refugee woman anxiously thinks about her future UNHCR/H. Caux

Human rights abuses in northern Mali are continuing, but have changed in nature, says Ivan Šimonović, the UN's Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights. Mr. Šimonović recently returned from a four-day visit to Mali, where he says women are the primary victims since extremist Islamic groups have taken control of the region. Charles Appel reports. Ivan [...]

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Former Italian Prime Minister appointed UN envoy for Sahel

Romano Prodi

The former Prime Minister of Italy, Romano Prodi, has been appointed Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for the Sahel region of Africa. Countries of the North African region stretching from the Red Sea to the Atlantic Ocean are facing turmoil, extreme climatic conditions and fragile economies. UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky says Mr. Prodi [...]

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Asylum seekers drown off coast of Mayotte

General view of the French overseas territory of Mayotte in the Indian Ocean. UNHCR

Six people have been confirmed drowned and ten are still missing after a small vessel carrying 24 passengers capsized off the French territory of Mayotte in the Indian Ocean on Monday. The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) says this is the second such tragedy in a month, bringing to 69 the number of people who have [...]

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Special Court for Sierra Leone will soon complete Charles Taylor case

Justice Shireen Avis Fisher

The UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone will soon complete its final case, that of former Liberian President Charles Taylor. That's what the Court's President Justice Shireen Avis Fisher told the UN Security Council on Tuesday. “That final judgement will determine Mr. Taylor's guilt or innocence. The Court will then transition to residual status and [...]

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New vaccine introduced to protect Pakistani children from pneumonia

A woman swaddles her crying newborn in a camp in southern Pakistan. UNICEF

Pakistan on Tuesday became the first country in South Asia to introduce a vaccine to protect children from pneumonia. The initiative has been launched by the Pakistani Ministry of Health, the GAVI Alliance, which is a public-private global health partnership, the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF. UNICEF spokesperson, Marixie Mercado says that pneumonia is [...]

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Globally about 870 million people are chronically malnourished

A UNICEF doctor performs a check for malnutrition on this child who was severely malnourished when he arrived with his mother at Mazrak camp 
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Hunger remains a serious problem in the world today with almost 870 million people chronically malnourished, according to a report released on Tuesday. The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2012 (SOFI) has been jointly published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, (FAO) the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World [...]

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UN meeting calls for protection of global biodiversity before it is too late

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Representatives from up to 160 countries are meeting in Hyderabad, India, to review progress on a 10-year plan for the planet's biodiversity; that is the various forms of life on Earth such as plants, animals and even microbes. One of the aims of the conference is to mobilize more resources to implement targets under the [...]

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Slower growth on the global economy: IMF

IMF's WEC 2012

  The world economy is not expected to grow significantly, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). In its latest World Economic Forecast, the IMF projects global growth to reach 3.3 per cent this year. The twin fears over the future of the Euro zone and what has been described as "the fiscal cliff" in [...]

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Chronic undernourishment persists, but there are hopeful signs: FAO

A young boy collects the spilled grains from the air drop of food supplies by the World Food Programme. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Nearly 870 million people around the world – one in eight — are chronically undernourished, according to a report released on Tuesday. The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2012, jointly published by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) says the [...]

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UN condemns attack on its premises in Sudan

United Nations has been forced to temporarily relocate its staff working in the Sudanese city of Kadugli in South Kordofan province after motor shells landed near the UN premises in the city. The UN Office for the Co-ordination for Humanitarian Affairs(OCHA) says several motor rounds landed near the UN Children's fund (UNICEF) offices, a local [...]

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Combating wheat stem rust in Africa

Stem rust race Ug99 can be so devastating that wheat heads do not fill grain; no yields are expected from such a crop

A new strain of wheat rust – known as Ug99 – is decimating African wheat fields. Ug99 was first detected in Eastern Africa in 1998 and has since spread around the continent but help could be at hand in the form of nuclear science. The Joint Division of the IAEA and the UN's Food and [...]

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Addressing the winter needs of Syrian refugees

A Syrian refugee woman holds her child in Jordan's Zaátri camp, where the needs are many. © UNHCR/S.Malkawi

A senior UN official has met with Lebanon's Prime Minister to discuss international and financial arrangements for the growing number of Syrian refugees as winter approaches. Derek Plumbly, the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon, met with Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati in Beirut on Monday. Gerry Adams reports. Derek Plumbly thanked Lebanon for honouring its [...]

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Landmark report covers 10 years of human rights violations in Nepal

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  A landmark 235 page report analysing the conflict that occurred in Nepal from 1996 to 2006 was released on Monday. The report, released by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, is accompanied by a database of some 30,000 documents. Hanny Megally, an official at the High Commissioner's Office, says it is designed as [...]

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In Namibia, poverty wears a woman's face: UN Special Rapporteur

Young Namibian girls of Ovahimbo Tribe at Otjenda Kraal near Okanguati in northern Kaokoland.  UN Photo/Alon Reininger

More than two decades after independence, in Namibia, poverty wears a woman's face, according to Magdalena Sepúlveda, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights. Gerry Adams reports. Women continue to be economically marginalized, have unequal access to land and are disproportionately affected by unemployment and HIV-AIDS, says Magdalena Sepúlveda. Ms. Sepúlveda has just [...]

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UN chief reiterates call for end to crisis in Syria

Syrian children's access to education has been affected as many of them are displaced OCHA/Ben Parker

The situation in Syria has dramatically worsened and is posing a serious risk to the stability of the country's neighbours and the entire region. That warning has come from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who addressed the World Forum on Democracy held in Strasbourg, France on Monday. Derrick Mbatha reports.  Duration:  2’40″

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Kenyan troops protect Somali city from explosive devices left by militants

A Kenyan soldier locating improvised explosive devices (IEDs) planted by militants.

It's been about a week since Al Shabaab militants retreated from the Somali port city of Kismayo, and Kenyan soldiers on duty there are working to make sure a potentially explosive situation is kept under control. The troops are locating improvised explosive devices (IEDs) planted by the militants. Kismayo, the third largest city in Somalia, [...]

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Nobel Peace Prize winner calls for justice in Syria

Tawakkol Karman, the 2011 Yemeni Nobel Peace Prize Winner

The 2011  Nobel Peace Prize winner  Tawakkol Karman from Yemen  has called for support for the Syrian people and for the United Nations to act whenever injustice is found. Ms. Karman made the appeal on Monday during the World Forum for Democracy taking place in Strasbourg, France. She said democratic and civil rights for all citizens [...]

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Young and older workers face same problems of unemployment: ILO

Doctors and nurses at a hospital in France - ILO/Crozet M.

  The International Labour Organization (ILO) says it is time to promote employment for older people in the same way youth employment is being promoted. The ILO says that's because young and older workers face the same problems of unemployment. Beng Poblete Enriquez reports. The ILO says many of the countries that are suffering from [...]

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Syrian crisis likely to become a regional conflict: UN chief

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The crisis in Syria has dramatically worsened and is threatening to engulf neighbouring countries and the entire region, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warned. Mr Ban said the escalation of  hostilities along the Turkish Syrian border and the impact of the crisis on Lebanon had shaken stability in the region. Speaking at the opening of the [...]

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A carpet industry leader in India fights illegal child labour

A child carpet weaver in India

For years, India's carpet industry and the International Labour Organization (ILO)  have been engaged in the fight against illegal child labour. Carpet weaving involves many steps, each one of them potentially hazardous- there is constant danger of cuts and injuries from sharp tools, repetitive work and machinery. But child labour is also a risk, especially among [...]

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

Homework: Educate every child around the world

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There are 61 million children around the world today who are not in school. To get everybody educated, an "Education First" initiative was recently launched in New York where world leaders and partners were given an assignment of putting every child in school regardless of race, gender, background or circumstance. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who [...]

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

Security Council condemns "terrorist attacks" in Aleppo, Syria

A busy thoroughfare in the ancient Syrian city of Aleppo

The Security Council has strongly condemned what it calls "terrorist attacks" that took place in the Syrian town of Aleppo on Wednesday which reportedly left close to 50 people dead. In a statement issued on Friday, the Council reaffirmed that terrorism, in all its forms and manifestations, is one of the most serious threats to [...]

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Ukraine urged to rectify anti-gay law

The rainbow flag waves in the wind at San Francisco's Castro District.

Ukraine is being urged by the United Nations human rights office to rectify a draft law that criminalizes any reference to homosexuality in the media or public domain. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights says the bill runs counter to Ukraine’s international commitments to ensure freedom of expression and information. Spokesperson [...]

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Countries face massive teacher shortages: UNESCO

Temporary elementary school in Haiti

Massive teacher shortages are quietly looming over countries struggling to provide every child with quality primary education by 2015, says UNESCO, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. On the occasion of World Teachers' Day, the 5th of October, Albert Motivans of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics told me the current problem is just the [...]

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UN refugee chief calls for countries to keep borders open to refugees

Antonio Guterres

The head of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has reiterated his call for countries to keep their borders open for refugees and to provide financial assistance to the agency. Antonio Guterres told reporters in Geneva on Friday that there were 800,000 new refugees last year and by the end of September this year 700,000 people [...]

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UN calls for restraint following deadly mortar attack on Turkish town

An elderly Syrian woman becomes emotional when talking about Syria and her new life as a refugee in the Akcakale camp, southern Turkey.

Both the UN Secretary-General and the Security Council are calling for restraint following the deadly shelling this week of a Turkish town by Syrian forces. Five people were killed, all of them women and children, when mortar fire from Syria hit the town of Akcakale, located on the border between the two countries. Dianne Penn [...]

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

Displacement in Myanmar's Rakhine State still rising: UNHCR

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Four months after inter-communal violence erupted in western Myanmar's Rakhine state people continue to flee, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR). The agency says the villagers affected by the violence leave their homes in search of food, healthcare and other assistance. UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards says that humanitarian agencies are providing assistance to [...]

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

Governments propose to expand list of endangered plants and animals

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Polar bears, sharks and Madagascan hardwood timber are among several animal and plant species that are being proposed to be added to the list of flora and fauna protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). Over 50 states have submitted to the CITES Secretariat 67 proposals to adjust the rules governing [...]

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

"Take a stand for teachers!" is the slogan of World Teachers' Day 2012

Students and teacher at Dusit Vocational and Technical College. Bangkok. Thailand.

People around the world are being urged to take a stand for teachers whose profession is losing status. The call has come from the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which is celebrating World Teachers Day on 5 October. UNESCO's Director General, Irina Bokova says education, which is provided by teachers, is vital in [...]

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Teachers honoured for helping build strong communities

World Teachers Day

  Teachers and trainers are responsible for providing knowledge, skills and values that build strong and stable communities, says the head of the International Labour Organization (ILO). In a message to mark World Teachers Day on October 5, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder says that education is one of the most important gifts that can be [...]

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St. Kitts-Nevis warns of the effects of climate change on small states

Denzil Douglas, Prime Minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis

  NARRATOR: Whatever the debate being waged internationally regarding the question of climate change; however dramatic the rhetorical jousting within various circles on this issue, we, in the Caribbean, can attest to the radical climatic shifts that our region has undergone in recent decades. That's what St. Kitts-Nevis Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas told the [...]

5 Oct 2012 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Security Council condemns shelling of Turkish town by Syria

Security Council president Gert Rosenthal

The shelling by Syrian forces of a border town in Turkey on Wednesday has been strongly condemned by the Security Council. In a press statement late on Thursday, it says this incident highlighted the grave impact the crisis in Syria has on the security of its neighbours and on regional peace and stability. The Council [...]

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Evacuation of migrant workers from Syria hit by lack of funds

Over 6,000 foreign workers residing in Syria have requested for evacuation out of the country, according to the International Organization for Migration  (IOM). To date IOM has helped some 2,000 vulnerable migrant workers leave Syria. The airlift is however seriously short of funding having managed to raise 3.3 million dollars out of the 20.7 million [...]

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Many Caribbean states deceptively classed as "middle income": St. Lucia

Prime Minister Kenny Anthony of Saint Lucia

  NARRATOR: Many of the decisions that affect St. Lucia and the world are still made solely and unilaterally in the capitals of others, and at times multilaterally in groups of 5, or 8, or 20, or 30. That's what Prime Minister Kenny Anthony told the UN General Assembly during ts annual debate. He noted [...]

5 Oct 2012 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

INDONESIA #36: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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Antigua warns of the threat of trans-national crime

Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer of Antigua and Barbuda

NARRATOR: Transnational crime is threatening the very existence of peace in Antigua and Barbuda. Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer told the UN General Assembly that the twin-Island State's size, lack of human and financial resources makes it difficult for it, as a small island nation to address this impediment in an effective manner. TAPE: The crime [...]

5 Oct 2012 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

World Bank endorses new 2-year strategy for Haiti

Construction workers repairing houses in Haiti

The World Bank Board of Directors this week endorsed a new two-year strategy for Haiti that will continue to reduce the population's vulnerability to disasters, provide 1.5 million people with cholera education, prevention and treatment, and support the repair and reconstruction of houses so that 45,000 people can return to safe homes. The strategy will [...]

5 Oct 2012 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Helping women in the Andes by improving varieties of local grains and cereals

Professor Luz Gomez Pando

For centuries, quinoa and amaranth have been cultivated in the High Andes of Peru.  These highly nutritious cereals were even consumed by the Incas. Today, demand for these products is on the increase in places like North America, Japan and in European countries. Plant breeder, Professor Luz Gomez Pando, is trying to develop new varieties [...]

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

World leaders vow to stamp out polio

Medical worker vaccinates a child against polio

  Heads of state, medical experts and donors promised to do all they can to eradicate polio during a high-level meeting organized on the sidelines of the recently concluded UN general debate. Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan are the only countries where the disease remains endemic. Polio is a vaccine-preventable yet infectious, crippling and potentially fatal [...]

5 Oct 2012 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

Tanzania reports on successes in promoting maternal health

Maternal health program in Tanzania

Tanzania is determined to bring an end to maternal mortality, which robs as many as 23 families a day of their mothers. President Jakaya Kikwete told a press conference at the United Nations that women dying while giving birth is unacceptable. Tanzania and its health partners have been scaling up efforts to protect pregnant women [...]

5 Oct 2012 | Posted in Women | Read More »

Recognizing educators as "change agents" on World Teacher's Day

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  Long hours, low pay, harsh conditions: welcome to the reality of millions of teachers worldwide. The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is calling for more support for teachers whom it calls "change agents," improving the lives of countless children and communities. On World Teacher's Day, observed on 5 October, UNESCO and its [...]

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France says it's time to deploy a military force in Mali

Gérard Araud

The representative of France says it's time for the Security Council to approve the deployment of a military force in Mali to help the government recapture parts of the country controlled by rebels. Islamist rebels captured the northern and eastern parts of Mali after a military coup in March created a power vacuum. French Ambassador [...]

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

UN office provides an expanded view of the use of space technology

Mazlan Othman, the Director of the UN Office on Outer Space Affairs

From the GPS system in cars to the navigational equipment in airplanes, satellite navigation technology is critical to keeping humanity on the move. Since 2000, the United Nations has celebrated World Space Week (4-10 October) to show how space science and technology have an impact on life here on Earth. Anne Thomas recently sat down [...]

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World Space Week starts on Thursday

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World Space Week started on Thursday with the unveiling of a navigation satellite model for display at the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) in Vienna, Austria. The Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS) is based on a constellation of active satellites which continuously transmit coded signals. Satellite navigation systems are used for various purposes, [...]

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

UN commends Mozambique on 20 years of peace

Child in Mozambique

  Mozambique has been commended for sustaining 20 years of peace. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulated the country on the accomplishment, which commemorates the signing of a peace accord after years of civil war following independence from Portugal in 1975. The government and the Mozambican National Resistance (RENAMO), which was supported by the apartheid regime [...]

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

The future of Somalia in the hands of its youth

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• The future of Somalia rests on empowering its large youth population, according the UN Development Programme's 2012 Somalia Human Development Report. The report was launched on the margins of the UN General Assembly's annual debate. It contains a Youth Charter developed by youth representatives from various regions in Somalia as well as from the [...]

4 Oct 2012 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

Mozambique celebrates 20 years of peace

Jennifer Topping

Peace is like a marriage that needs to be nurtured and nourished over a long period of time, says the top United Nations official in Mozambique. Jennifer Topping, the UN Resident Coordinator, spoke as Mozambique celebrated 20 years of peace after a devastating 16-year civil war. Ms Topping said Thursday was a day of a [...]

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Mahiga praises Somali transition

Augustine Mahiga (right)

The shift from a transitional government in Somalia to one that was approved by the people has been a momentous achievement by the Somali people. The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, Augustine Mahiga, made this point at a press conference in neighbouring Nairobi, Kenya. Not only was the transition successful, he said, but [...]

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

UN chief warns of risk of regional conflict as a result of Syrian crisis

A Syrian child suffering from heat stroke rests in a well-equipped medical centre in the Akcakale refugee camp in southern Turkey.

Risks of regional conflict and the threat to international peace and security are increasing as tensions escalate along the Syrian-Turkish border. The warning has come from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon following the deadly shelling of a town in Turkey from Syria on Wednesday and Turkish response on targets in Syria. The Secretary-General is calling on [...]

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

Clock is ticking for Somali President to nominate Prime Minister

Augustine Mahiga

The date for President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud of Somalia to nominate a Prime Minister is just around the corner, said the top United Nations envoy in Somalia. Ambassador Augustine Mahiga told reporters in Nairobi, Kenya that ending the transition in Somalia was a momentous success story which the Horn of Africa country has not witnessed [...]

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

Food prices increase by 1.4 per cent in September

Dairy, poultry, pork help push Index up slightly

Global food prices rose by 1.4 per cent in September, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The FAO says this is a slight increase following two months of stability. Donn Bobb reports. The FAO Food Price Index, based on the prices of a basket of internationally traded commodities, climbed to 216 [...]

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

Serbian government urged to allow LGBT pride parade

Navi Pillay

Authorities in Serbia have been urged to facilitate the re-scheduling of a pride parade for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community that was planned for Saturday. The call has come from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, after the Serbian Ministry of Interior banned all public gatherings on that day [...]

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Security Council condemns killing of peacekeepers in Darfur

Surrounded by a group of peacekeepers, the Force Commander of UNAMID, inspects one of the UN vehicles involved in an ambush the night before.

  The killing of four Nigerian peacekeepers in West Darfur on Tuesday has been strongly condemned by the UN Security Council. The peacekeepers of the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) were ambushed as they returned from their patrol duties in the evening. In a statement read by its President for October, Ambassador Gert Rosenthal [...]

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Why Poverty?

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WHY POVERTY? is a groundbreaking cross-media event reaching more than 500 million people around the world via television, radio, internet and live events in November 2012. Launching during one intense week, people around the world will be asking the question ‘Why Poverty?’ The Why Poverty? launch event took place at the UN Secretariat on the [...]

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

50 million people to receive meningitis vaccine in West Africa

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Over 50 million people are to be immunized against seasonal meningitis in West Africa over the next three months. The immunization campaign is to cover seven countries including Benin, Cameroun, Chad, Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal and Sudan. The campaign is a joint effort between the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), The World Health Organization(WHO), [...]

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

Countries to seek more funding to protect biodiversity

Biodiversity

Adapting to climate change will be high on the agenda when more than 1,000 representatives from countries that are party to the UN Convention on Biodiversity meet next week in Hyderabad, India. They will also review progress on the so-called Aichi Biodiversity Targets which are 20 goals aimed at safeguarding ecosystems, species and genetic diversity [...]

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UN remains centre for harmonizing actions of nations, GA President

Vuk Jeremic, President of the 67th session of the UN General Asssembly

The United Nations remains a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations, says Vuk Jeremić the President of the 67th session of the General Assembly. Mr. Jeremić spoke to reporters for the first time since becoming the President of the Assembly. He said the general debate which brought world leaders to New York that ended [...]

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

Progress is made in assessing risk of living modified organisms

Biological Diversity

Progress has been made in assessing the risk of living modified organisms, also known as LMOs, according to an information officer for the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity. David Ainsworth spoke to UN Radio as more than 1,000 delegates gathered in Hyderabad, India to review the Protocol on Biosafety adopted in Montreal, Canada [...]

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

Special measures needed to empower women: UN official

Michelle Bachelet

  Special temporary measures, such as quotas, can help boost the number of women in parliament and decision-making positions. That's what Michelle Bachelet, the Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), said in India on Wednesday. Gerry Adams reports. Michelle Bachelet addressed the Inter-Parliamentary Union Conference [...]

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

Four peacekeepers killed in Darfur

A peacekeeper convalesces in a hospital in El Geneina, West Darfur, after an ambush on his convoy the night before.

Four peacekeepers of the joint African Union /United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) in Sudan have been killed. On the evening of 2 October, members of the Nigerian contingent were on a military patrol near the regional headquarters of UNAMID when they were attacked by unknown assailants. Several more peacekeepers were wounded in the attack [...]

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

Security situation in Haiti is stable but vulnerable, UN envoy

Mariano Fernandez

The security situation in Haiti is stable but vulnerable as the country continues to face the problem of extreme poverty. That's what the head of the United Nations Mission in the Caribbean country, Mariano Fernandez told the Security Council on Wednesday. Mr. Fernandez said that after eight years of work by the UN Stabilization Mission [...]

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

Youth jobs situation remains critical in major economies

Man holds job application while looking at sign, New York City, USA

The jobs situation for young people in the major economies, known as the G20, remains critical, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO). The G20 is a group of 19 countries plus the European Union which represent two thirds of the world's population and more than 80 per cent of the world's gross domestic product, [...]

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Tanzania reports on successes in promoting maternal health

Maternal health program in Tanzania

Each year, nearly 300,000 women across the globe die during what is normally a happy occasion: giving birth. That's more than the population of several of the small island states in the Pacific and the Caribbean. In Tanzania, it is estimated that 23 families a day are robbed of their mothers who die due to [...]

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

Four peacekeepers are killed in ambush in West Darfur

A UN vehicle is shown badly damaged the day after an ambush in West Darfur, Sudan.

The killing of four peacekeepers in West Darfur has been strongly condemned by the joint United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur  (UNAMID). The Mission says the peacekeepers were ambushed by unidentified assailants on Tuesday evening near El Geneina. UNAMID spokesperson Chris Cycmanick says that Nigerian peacekeepers were returning from their patrol duties when they were [...]

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

Teaching profession "under siege" warns ILO chief

Temporary elementary school in Haiti

The teaching profession, which provides education — one of the pillars of sustainable development– is under siege. That warning has come from the head of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Guy Ryder. In a statement issued ahead of World Teachers Day, Mr. Ryder says teachers are facing a number of difficulties, including low salaries, long [...]

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

More work needed on Millennium Development Goals: UN deputy chief

toilet facility in India

  With only three years and three months to go before the deadline for meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) much more still needs to be done. That's the assessment of United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, who spoke to reporters in New York on Tuesday. In 2000 world leaders agreed on a set of [...]

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Chinese Premier receives UN agriculture agency's award

José Graziano da Silva presents Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao with Agricola Medal.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has been awarded the Agricola Medal by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The medal, the highest award given by FAO, was presented by the agency's Director-General, José Graziano da Silva in Beijing on Tuesday. Gerry Adams reports. Presenting the Agricola Medal, FAO Chief José Graziano da Silva said it [...]

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

Somalia has chance to come out of "failed state syndrome"

Jan Eliasson

Somalia has a chance to get out a "failed state syndrome", according to United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson. Mr. Eliasson briefed reporters on Tuesday about the activities at the United Nations during the past ten days when world leaders gathered in New York for the annual debate in the General Assembly. He said one [...]

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

New York Mayor helps save mothers' lives in Tanzania

From left: Michael Bloomberg; Ban Ki-moon; Jakaya Kikwete; Helen Agerup

  A programme to reduce the number of women who die during childbirth in Tanzania has met with success. Bloomberg Philanthropies is funding the programme to train health workers in Tanzania, particularly in rural areas. At a UN press conference on Tuesday Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete thanked Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York for his [...]

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UN trade body calls for inclusive policies to fight economic turmoil

Heiner Flassback

In the wake of the global economic crisis, some countries implemented policies aimed at stimulating economic growth. However, these moves have not been successful in bringing about recovery. The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) recently released a report which explores the links between the global economy, income distribution, growth and development. Dianne Penn [...]

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

IPU monitors situation in Maldives following killing of an MP

Inter-Parliamentary Union meeting

The assassination of a local parliamentarian in The Maldives has been condemned by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Afrasheem Ali was stabbed outside his home on Tuesday. The IPU calls his death the latest and most tragic act of violence in the island nation stemming from the resignation of the democratically-elected President in February. Dianne Penn [...]

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

International Day of Non-Violence observed at UN

"Non-Violence", a sculpture by Karl Fredrik Reutersward, sits permanently outside UN Headquarters in New York.

The International Day of Non-Violence observed on 2 October coincides with the birthday of renowned Indian leader, Mahatma Gandhi. The observance promotes non-violence through education and public awareness. At an event to commemorate the day in New York, Indian Foreign Minister Shri S.M. Krishna said Mahatma Gandhi was impatient for change, yet he shunned violence [...]

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Celebrating success, committing to the future of a chemical weapons-free world

A United Nations inspector from the Netherlands is measuring the volume of the nerve agent in a container.

A special meeting marking the 15th anniversary of the Chemical Weapons Convention took place at the United Nations on Monday. The Chemical Weapons Convention is an arms control agreement which outlaws the production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons. The Convention was many decades in the making, said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, but only entered [...]

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Killing of an MP in Maldives condemned by Parliamentarians' Union

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The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) has condemned the killing of a Member of Parliament in the Maldives earlier on Tuesday. The IPU says the death of Afrasheem Ali is the latest and most tragic act of violence in a country that has been in a political crisis since the start of the year. Charles Appel reports. [...]

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

Registered Syrian refugees in surrounding states triple in three months

Young Syrian refugees in Jordan's Za'atri camp.

The number of Syrians registered or awaiting registration as refugees in four neighbouring countries has increased three-fold in just three months, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR). The agency says there are now more than 300,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq compared to around 100,000 in June. UNHCR spokesperson Adrian [...]

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

UN expert calls for greater inclusion of indigenous peoples in Namibia

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Indigenous communities in Namibia are demanding greater inclusion in decision-making at all levels, according to the United Nations independent expert on the rights of indigenous people. James Anaya says indigenous people also want increased educational opportunities and full recognition of traditional authorities representing minority communities. Professor Anaya says there are government initiatives for the development [...]

2 Oct 2012 | Posted in From the Field, Today's Features | Read More »

General Assembly wraps up annual debate

Vuk Jeremic (left)

The UN General Assembly wrapped up its annual debate on Monday evening after hearing from leaders from around the world. More than 190 heads of State and Government, Vice presidents, prime ministers, foreign ministers and heads of delegations expressed their views on the current state of the world. In closing remarks General Assembly President Vuk [...]

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African migrants stranded in Morocco to be sent back home

African migrants trying to reach Europe

Over 1,000 Sub- Saharan African migrants stranded in Morocco are to be repatriated back to their countries of origin under a voluntary programme to be undertaken by the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The organization says the migrants mainly from Cameroon, Nigeria, Senegal and Cote d'Ivoire were most likely smuggled into Morocco with the intention [...]

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Iran clamps down on journalists and human rights defenders

Several prominent human rights defenders, journalists and political activists have been arrested and detained in Iran in what the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) says is a severe clamp down on critical voices in the country. Among those arrested is Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, from the Centre for Human Rights Defenders. Mr. Dadkhah has been detained [...]

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Elections in Sierra Leone a "critical" benchmark for democracy

Sierra Leonean women

  The general elections in Sierra Leone on 17 November will be "a critical benchmark" for assessing gains in the consolidation of peace and democracy in the country. That's what the Foreign Minister of the West African country, Joseph Dauda, told the General Assembly during the general debate on Monday. Mr. Dauda said preparations are [...]

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

Botswana urges African Union to reject military coups in Africa

Phandu Skelemani

The government of Botswana has urged the African Union to remain firm and resolute in its rejection of unconstitutional change of governments on the African continent. The call was made by the Foreign Minister of Botswana Phandu Skelemani as the General Assembly continued its general debate on Monday. Mr. Skelemani said that the military coups [...]

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Time has come to eliminate all weapons of mass destruction: UN chief

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The time has come to get rid of all weapons of mass destruction, including chemical weapons, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters on Monday. He said three quarters of the world's declared chemical weapons stockpiles have been eliminated. And, the Convention banning these weapons has been signed by 188 States Parties. However, he added, eight [...]

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Kenya – Greening the Mountain

Women at a community-managed tree nursery that supplies seedlings for reforestation in the Mount Kenya region.

    After decades of excessive logging and reduced water flow, Mount Kenya is becoming green again. Thanks to a government pilot project financed by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), primary school children have planted more than 4,000 trees. Their efforts are part of a larger greening programme that has rehabilitated 2,600 hectares [...]

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UN chief expresses "deep frustration" about killings in Syria

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The ongoing killings in Syria are causing what has been described as "deep frustration" for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, according to his spokesperson. Mr. Ban met with Walid Al-Moualem, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Syrian Arab Republic on Monday. UN Spokesperson Martin Nesirky says the Secretary-General and the Syrian Foreign Minister discussed the growing [...]

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

Syria is facing "organized terrorism", says its Foreign Minister

Walid Al-Moualem

  The Foreign Minister of Syria has told the General Assembly that his country is facing what he called "organized terrorism". Walid Al-Moualem spoke as the General Assembly continued its general debate on Monday. He said the most recent example of terrorist bombing took place in the capital, Damascus on 26 of September. The Syrian [...]

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

HINDI #41: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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1.  World leaders speak on global issues. 2.  Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi at the UN. 3.  India's Aishwarya Rai Bachchan appointed UNAIDS Ambassador Narrated and Produced by Ambalika Misra  Duration: 14’45″

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Sustainable development is an "uphill task" for developing countries: India

S. M. Krishna

Developing countries are facing daunting challenges of eradicating poverty and promoting sustainable development. That's what the Minister of External Affairs of India S. M. Krishna told the General Assembly during its general debate on Monday. He said that the West Asia and North Africa regions are seeing unprecedented socio-political upheaval. "Developing countries are still to [...]

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Population ageing "very rapidly" in developing countries: WHO official

Elderly persons talking to a group of kindergarten children in Egypt

  The world population is ageing rapidly in low and middle income countries, according to a senior official of the World Health Organization (WHO). Dr John Beard, Director of the Department of Ageing and the Life-course at WHO says that the ageing of populations is related to economic development. He points out that in the [...]

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Small states can contribute to global peace and security: UN chief

Conference on Small States organized by the Forum of Small States (FOSS)

Despite their size, small states can contribute meaningfully to global peace and security, according to UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon. Mr. Ban spoke at a Conference on Small States organized by the Forum of Small States at UN Headquarters on Monday. He said that over the past twenty years the Forum has made many meaningful contributions [...]

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Making housing available through credit does not work: UN expert

urbanhousing

Providing credit to make housing available does not work, according to the United Nations independent expert on adequate Housing. Raquel Rolnik says that in both developed and developing countries housing is being made a commodity available to everyone through credit. Ms. Rolnik says that in countries such as the United States and Spain there is [...]

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UNHCR: Global humanitarian crises at levels unmatched in recent history

Antonio Guterres

Over 700,000 refugees have fled from Syria, Sudan, Mali and the Democratic Republic of Congo since the start of the year, according to the UN Refugee agency (UNHCR). The agency says the combination of simultaneous major new conflicts and unresolved old ones had presented an unmatched refugee crisis in its recent history. UN High Commissioner [...]

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ILO: Employment rights essential to economic recovery

youth unemployment

International labour standards must be preserved and promoted if the world is to recover from the economic and employment crisis, says the International Labour Organization (ILO) Director-General Guy Ryder. He says the rush to create jobs was not an excuse to abandon workers rights and international labour standards. Mr Ryder who has taken over the [...]

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