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Homework: Educate every child around the world


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 [...]

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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. Credit: Benson Kua

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 [...]

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Displacement in Myanmar's Rakhine State still rising: UNHCR


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 [...]

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Governments propose to expand list of endangered plants and animals


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 [...]

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"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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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

World Teacher's Day

  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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