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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 »

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