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A Forum is Sixteen

General Assembly

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″

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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″

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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″

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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. [...]

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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. [...]

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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 [...]

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