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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 [...]

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Security Council welcomes Eid Al Adha ceasefire initiative in Syria

Security Council chamber

  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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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. [...]

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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″

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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 [...]

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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. [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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