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Moves made to integrate French and Caribbean neighbours

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Efforts to more closely integrate the French Caribbean with the rest of the region were reviewed at the International Summit of the INTERREG IV Caribbean program in Puerto Rico this week. The program aims to foster closer ties between the Caribbean linguistic divide by generating joint local and regional initiatives, as well as strengthening trans-border, [...]

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Caribbean moves towards ending sexual violence

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The Caribbean took a step towards ending sexual violence against children when ministerial delegations met in Barbados two weeks ago for r a conference themed "Combating Sexual Violence Against Children – From Isolated Actions to Integrated Strategies". The event was convened within the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General's UNiTE campaign to End Violence Against Women. UN [...]

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UN Radio News 30 November 2012

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All human rights interrelated and indivisible: Barbados

Joseph Goddard

It is fundamental for States to address the serious challenges facing the human rights treaty body system by making proposals to guarantee its effective functioning. That's what Barbados's representative Ambassador Joseph Goddard told the General Assembly's Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee He said that would help safeguard the basic tenets of human rights.  Joseph Goddard [...]

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Eliminating violence against women

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  On the occasion of the International Day to Eliminate Violence against Women, Executive Director Bachelet said these days, "There is nothing excusable about violence against women and girls anywhere, at any time. Nothing." The International Day to Eliminate Violence against Women, the 25th of November, is followed by 16 Days of Activism against Gender [...]

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Afghanistan marks International Day to end Violence against Women

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  The United Nations in Afghanistan hosted a film screening and round table discussions to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, observed on 25 November. Filmmaker Alka Sadaat says despite some improvements over the past decade, it is time for Afghan women to break their silence and raise their voices [...]

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Millions face food shortages in Southern Africa

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More than 3.5 million people in Malawi, Zimbabwe and Lesotho are faced with severe food shortages over the next four months, according to the UN World Food Programme – WFP. A combination of drought and flooding which caused widespread crop damage has led to localized food shortages, and the situation is expected to worsen during [...]

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

Egyptian President decree an affront to rule of law and independence of judges

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay is appealing to Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, to reconsider the decree he issued last week. The High Commissioner says a number of measures contained in the decree are incompatible with international human rights law. The decree in part states that all decisions taken by the President [...]

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This resolution will not advance peace: Israel

Ron Prosor, Permanent Representative of Israel to the UN

“Israel is prepared to live in peace with a Palestinian state, but for peace to endure, Israel’s security must be protected.” That's what Israel's Ambassador Ron Prosor told the UN General Assembly before the vote on according Palestine Non-Member Observer Status. He says Palestinians must recognize the Jewish State and they must be prepared to [...]

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UN General Assembly accords Palestine Non-Member Observer State status

  The General Assembly on Thursday voted to accept the State of Palestine as a Non-Member Observer State. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 138 nations in favour, to nine against with 41 abstentions. In the resolution, the Assembly affirmed its determination to contribute to the achievement of the inalienable rights of the [...]

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A Centre in Ghana trains people for peacekeeping operations

Major-General Christian Edem Kobla Dovlo

  • Seven of the 16 United Nations peacekeeping operations deployed around the world are in Africa. At the same time, the continent is contributing to the training of peacekeepers at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre based in Accra, Ghana. The Centre provides training in research and practical aspects of peacekeeping operations. A [...]

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UN Radio News 29 November 2012

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UN agencies to promote the rights of people living with HIV

United Nations agencies in Geneva have launched a campaign to promote the rights of people living with HIV. The "Getting to zero at work" campaign is in recognition of the role of the workplace in the global struggle to limit the spread and effects of the HIV epidemic. The campaign is supported by the World [...]

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Syria using landmines to target civilians fleeing the country

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The Syrian government is laying landmines along its  borders with Lebanon and Turkey, according to a report by the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL). The landmines are targeted at civilians seeking to cross the border to flee violence in Syria. The report says Syria was the only state using landmines this year, although, non-state [...]

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A Centre in Ghana trains people for peacekeeping operations

Major-General Christian Edem Kobla Dovlo

Seven of the 16 United Nations peacekeeping operations deployed around the world are in Africa. At the same time, the continent is contributing to the training of peacekeepers at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre based in Accra, Ghana. The Centre, which began its work in 2003, is headed by Christian Edem Kobla Dovlo, [...]

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UN Radio News 28 November 2012

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URDU #48: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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1.  Assistance to displaced people in Goma to continue despite insecurity 2.  Thousands reported newly displaced in North Kivu 3.  UNICEF expresses concern on health threats to children 4.  WFP : Closing of Goma airport hampers humanitarian efforts 5.   UN humanitarian agencies step up efforts to assist displaced Syrians 6.  UNRWA resumes work in Gaza [...]

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WMO: Climate change is taking place before our eyes

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The rapid melting of the Arctic sea ice and multiple weather and climate extremes occurring worldwide, are pointing to the fact that "climate change is taking place before our eyes." This conclusion was made by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), in its latest statement of global climate. WMO says the long term trend of rising [...]

28 Nov 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

CEO's call for an end to travel restrictions on people with HIV

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Chief Executives (CEO's) from some of the world's largest companies are calling for an end to travel restrictions for people living with HIV. Ahead of World AIDS Day, December 1, more than 40 Chief Executive Officers have signed an unprecedented pledge urging the repeal of laws and policies in 45 countries that still deport, detain [...]

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UN Radio News 27 November 2012

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140,000 displaced by fighting in Goma, DR Congo

A child sits in a makeshift tent in Kanyaruchinya camp.

Over 140,000 people have been displaced in and around the town of Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo since the capture of the town by the M23 rebel movement. United Nations humanitarian agencies in the region say they have managed to resume assistance to the displaced persons, although security remains a major concern. UN [...]

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World Economic Forum and UN Climate Change Secretariat to launch new finance models to address climate change

On the podium, from left:  Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC; Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister for International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa and outgoing President of the COP; and June Budhooram, COP Secretary. UN Photo/UNFCCC/Jan Golinski

The World Economic Forum and the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat have announced the launch of an initiative that showcases successful public-private financing mechanisms and approaches to support climate change adaptation and mitigation activities. The initiative, “Momentum for Change: Innovative Financing for Climate-friendly Investment”, will inform governments, investors, business, public finance agencies and the media [...]

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Thawing permafrost expected to cause significant additional global warming: UNEP

A scientist standing in front of an ice-rich permafrost exposure on the coast of Herschel Island, Yukon Territory (photo: Michael Fritz).

A new UN report warns that permafrost covering almost a quarter of the northern hemisphere could significantly amplify global warming should thawing accelerate as expected. The report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), says warming permafrost can also radically alter ecosystems and cause costly infrastructural damage due to increasingly unstable ground. The report titled “Policy [...]

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UN Radio News 26 November 2012

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UN urges harnessing of remittances to broaden economies in poorest countries

A large proportion of funds sent back home by migrant workers from Least Developed Countries is being taken up by administrative costs, according to a report by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The report notes that the cost of sending money to Africa from abroad is three times higher than the [...]

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UN Daily News 23 November 2012

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Assistance to displaced people in Goma to continue despite insecurity

Displaced residents of Eastern DRC take refuge in outskirts of Goma UN Photo/Sylvain Liechti

At least 140,000 people have been displaced in areas around the city of Goma in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo since the take over of the city by the rebel group M23. This is according to United Nations aid agencies in the region. The majority of the displaced have taken refuge in schools, church compounds [...]

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

FAO and Haiti seek $74 million to rehabilitate agricultural sector

The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and Haiti are appealing for $74 million to help the country's agricultural sector recover from colossal damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Haitian President Michel Joseph Martelly and FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva made the appeal at a press conference at the UN agency's headquarters in Rome on [...]

22 Nov 2012 | Posted in Caribbean News, Today's News | Read More »

Agencies work to advance UN plan for journalists

Strategies to implement a UN plan aimed at creating a free and safe working environment for journalists are the focus of a two-day meeting which opened in Vienna on Thursday. The meeting has been organized by several UN agencies who report that more than 600 journalists, bloggers and others who work in media have been [...]

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UN Daily News 22 November 2012

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International community welcomes cease-fire between Hamas and Israel

Security Council president Hardeep Singh Puri

The Security Council has commended the international diplomatic efforts which led to a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel on Wednesday. Following announcement of the cease-fire, Council members released a statement deploring the loss of life as a result of the crisis while also stressing the urgency for the full restoration of calm. More than 140 [...]

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UN agency resumes work in Gaza hours after cease-fire

A 12-year-old girl and a boy peer through openings in their damaged home to observe the effects of an airstrike in the central Gaza Strip. © UNICEF/NYHQ2012-1521/IYAD EL BABA

The UN agency which assists Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) is back at work following Wednesday's announcement of a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel. UNRWA has opened its 21 health centres in Gaza, having maintained service in 19 of these facilities, as well as food distribution and provision of essential sanitation services, during the latest round of [...]

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Human rights chief concerned after Afghanistan resumes executions

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UN Human Rights High Commissioner Navi Pillay has expressed concern following the executions of 14 prisoners in Afghanistan this week, the country’s first use of capital punishment since June 2011. Those executed had been convicted of crimes including murder, rape and offenses related to national security. In a statement on Thursday, Ms. Pillay said shortcomings in [...]

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

Child rights committee concerned about impact of Gaza crisis on children

Girls salvage belongings from the rubble of their home in Gaza Strip. © UNICEF/NYHQ2012-1525/IYAD EL BABA

The recent conflict between Hamas and Israel could have a devastating and lasting impact on the region's children, according to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. While welcoming Wednesday's cease-fire between the two sides, the group of independent experts has expressed concern about the effects of death, injuries and trauma on youngsters. [...]

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Security Council calls on international community to help improve Gaza conditions

Hardeep Singh Puri

The Security Council has called on all parties to the Middle East cease-fire to uphold the agreement and act seriously to implement its provisions in good faith. In a statement on Wednesday evening, Council members also expressed their continued support for international efforts to consolidate peace. The Security Council met just hours after the announcement [...]

21 Nov 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Security Council demands withdrawal of M23 from Goma in DR Congo

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• The Security Council is demanding the immediate withdrawal of the M23 rebel group from Goma, the capital of North Kivu in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Security Council met on Tuesday evening following the takeover of Goma by the M23 rebel fighters. In a resolution adopted unanimously, the Council also demanded [...]

21 Nov 2012 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

Roger Meece addresses Security Council on Goma occupation

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The UN Envoy in the Democratic Republic of the  Congo, Mr. Roger Meece, has been explaining to the UN Security Council on Wednesday how the rebel M23 group managed to launch a major offensive operation and now occupied the provincial capital of Goma, despite efforts by UN forces in support of government forces. At the [...]

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UN Daily News 21 November 2012

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Keeping average global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius still achievable

Current pledges by Governments indicate a 3-5° C temperature rise this century without fast action. Source:  UNEP

Action on climate change needs to be scaled-up and accelerated without delay if the world is to have a running chance of keeping a global average temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius this century. That assessment is contained in the Emissions Gap Report, coordinated by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the European Climate Foundation, [...]

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Security Council demands withdrawal of M23 from Goma in DR Congo

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The Security Council is demanding immediate withdrawal of the M23 rebel group from Goma, the capital of North Kivu in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Security Council met on Tuesday evening following the takeover of Goma by the M23 rebel fighters. In a resolution adopted unanimously, the Council also demanded an immediate [...]

21 Nov 2012 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UNRWA chief praises staff

Filippo Grandi

The top official of the UN agency assisting Palestinian refugees has praised the staff for their dedication to their work despite the violence in Gaza. UNRWA Commissioner-General Filippo Grandi visited Gaza to see firsthand the destruction taking place. He also praised those who repaired damage to a food distribution centre hit by airstrikes, enabling it [...]

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African Union, FAO and Lula Institute join efforts to fight hunger in Africa

From left to Right: Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and José Graziano da Silva. Photo:  AU/Communications

Three organizations are joining efforts to help eradicate hunger and undernourishment in Africa. The African Union Commission (AUC), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Instituto Lula of Brazil announced Wednesday in Addis Ababa that African food security is a priority. And they've agreed to convene a high-level meeting with African [...]

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WFP distributes food to Gaza

WFP distributes food to Gaza

The World Food Programme (WFP) has begun food distribution to over 30,000 people in Gaza to prevent the conflict from deepening hunger in the already food-insecure region. The agency says it will provide emergency rations to some 350 families whose homes were destroyed during recent attacks. They will receive bread, as well as canned food [...]

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South Sudan humanitarian appeal launched

A South Sudanese woman carrying a child and personal belongings with two other small children following. There was severe flooding in the region in August affecting nearly 2400 families, which translates to approximately 16,000 people.  UNMISS Photo/Staton Winter

South Sudan became the world's newest nation when it gained independence in July 2011. But nearly two years since that landmark, the country faces overwhelming challenges in areas such as food security, education and health. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is seeking $1.16 billion to finance operations in South Sudan [...]

21 Nov 2012 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Gaza health authorities struggling as war casualties swell

Gaza children affected by Israeli air strikes © UNICEF/El Baba

At least 132 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza, since the start of the latest hostilities between Israel and Palestine, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The death toll includes 30 children and 11 women. WHO says the number of wounded has surpassed 1,000, among them 381 children and 186 women. Dr Mahmoud Daher [...]

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UN requires $1 billion for South Sudan relief work

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Aid agencies working in South Sudan say they will require over $ 1.1 billion  in 2013 to meet the growing humanitarian needs in the country. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says a large proportion of the population in South Sudan remains vulnerable due to insecurity, displacement, food shortages, disease [...]

21 Nov 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

WHO monitors health situation as Gaza crisis continues

A scene to the impact of the bombing of the Israeli air force, at the Palestine Stadium in Gaza.  UN Photo/Shareef Sarhan

The Security Council will meet on Wednesday afternoon in relation to the current crisis in Gaza. The World Health Organization (WHO) has been monitoring the health situation created by the conflict, and says a shortage of essential medicines is a concern. It is appealing for $10 million to restock medical supplies. Patrick Maigua spoke on [...]

21 Nov 2012 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Ban warns against further escalation of hostilities between Israel and Gaza

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  Further escalation of the hostilities between Israel and Gaza would be dangerous and tragic for Palestinians and Israelis, and would put the entire region at risk. The warning comes from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during a press conference with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Tuesday. The Secretary-General said the world is really [...]

20 Nov 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Africa Industrialization Day 2012 focuses on intra-African trade

Accelerating industrialization for boosting intra-African trade is the theme of this year's Africa Industrialization Day, observed on the 20th of November. This year's commemoration highlights the important role trade between African countries can play in reducing poverty, increasing food and nutrition security and supporting sustainable development. According to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, African economies are [...]

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HIV declines in some countries by 50 percent: UNAIDS

UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé

There were 700,000 thousand fewer new cases of HIV/AIDS infection in 2011 than there were in 2001. In addition, since 2005, half a million people did not die of HIV/AIDS, thanks to anti-retroviral therapy and other AIDS-reduction interventions, according to Results, the UN World AIDS Day Report for 2012. The report, prepared by the Joint [...]

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Sub-Saharan Africa reports "strong reduction" in HIV infections

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The unprecedented scale-up in response to HIV and AIDS is producing results around the world, according to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). A UNAIDS report launched on Tuesday shows that new HIV infections have dropped by more than 50 per cent in 25 countries. AIDS-related deaths globally have also declined by one-quarter [...]

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Aung San Suu Kyi accepts role as UNAIDS Global Advocate

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Michel Sidibé

Nobel peace prize winner and Member of Parliament in Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi has been appointed as a Global Advocate for Zero Discrimination by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). In this new role, Aung San Suu Kyi will call on her fellow citizens and people around the world to eliminate stigma [...]

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UN agencies’ efforts to assist the displaced in Goma hampered by intense fighting

Residents of Rutshuru Territory flee their homes to seek safety UN Photo/Sylvain Liechti

There's mounting concern in the UN humanitarian community for the safety of thousands of Congolese displaced by the escalating hostilities in Goma, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says there is concern that humanitarian operations are increasingly difficult to carry out, as tens of [...]

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Conflict in eastern DR Congo worsens humanitarian crisis

A child sits in a makeshift tent in Kanyaruchinya camp.

United Nations relief agencies are concerned about the worsening humanitarian crisis in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Rebel fighters of the M23 movement advanced on Goma, the capital of North Kivu Province, forcing people already displaced by previous conflicts to flee again. The UN humanitarian agencies are trying to ease [...]

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Secretary-General continues to press for end to Middle East violence

Palestinian child cleaning debris from the bombing of the Israeli air force: UN Photo/Shareef Sarhan

Mediation efforts to bring an end to the current crisis in the Middle East are continuing. Speaking from the region, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday repeated his call for an end to the violence between Hamas and Israel which has killed upwards of 100 people over the past week. Dianne Penn reports. Duration:   2’50″

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Children worst hit by Gaza conflict

Child from Gaza traumatized by war.

The conflict in Gaza and Israel is having a psycho-social effect on children, says UNICEF, the UN Children's Fund. UNICEF Spokesperson Marixie Mercado reports that the children are surrounded by images of death and destruction, with constant funerals taking place amid chaos and panic. They are unable to sleep and are afraid to go out [...]

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Human Rights Chief concerned about civilians caught up in hostilities in Southern Israel and Gaza

Navi Pillay, UN Human Rights chief

UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay has expressed concern for civilians caught up in the ongoing hostilities between the Israelis and Hamas. The high commissioner is dismayed by the marked surge in the number of Palestinian civilians, including women and children, killed and injured over the past 48 hours as a result of Israeli military [...]

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Secretary-General calls for end to Middle East violence

On 19 November 2012, mourners attend the burial of Tasneem Al Nahel, 13, in Gaza City, occupied Palestinian territory. She was killed the previous day by shrapnel during an Israeli air strike. © UNICEF/NYHQ2012-1524/El Baba

Immediate steps are needed by all to avoid further escalation of hostilities in the Middle East, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a press conference in Egypt on Tuesday. The Secretary-General said he had come to the region to appeal personally for an end to the violence. He offered his help in ongoing efforts to achieve [...]

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Aid agencies suspend operations as fighting rages in Goma

A displaced woman cooking in Kanyaruchinya camp.
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Humanitarian agencies have temporarily suspended their operations in parts of Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo as fighting escalates around the city of Goma. Most agencies operating in Eastern DR Congo have their operations based in the eastern town of Goma. Fighting has escalated over the past week as government forces and the rebel group M23 [...]

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African Union police help bring law and order to Somalia

AMISOM police patrol in Mogadishu, Somalia

Bringing law and order to Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, long known for lawlessness and insecurity, is a challenging task. The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), which has helped the government wrest control of the city from the Al-Shabaab Islamist insurgents, is doing just that. AMISOM has a special unit of 140 men from Uganda and [...]

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World Bank warns of extreme climate change

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A new report suggests that time may be running out to temper the rising risks of climate change. "Turn Down the Heat," prepared by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Climate Analytics for the World Bank, says the world is barreling down a path to heat up by 4 degrees at the end of [...]

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Security Council debates challenge of piracy

UN Peacekeepers guard against piracy on DRC Lake UN Photo/Sylvain Liechti

While piracy and the armed robbery of ships mostly take place in East Africa, West Africa and the Far East, it affects the entire international community. That assessment comes from French Ambassador Gérard Arraud, speaking during a Security Council debate on piracy held on Monday. Council members have welcomed what they see as a sharp [...]

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World Toilet Day highlights global sanitation challenge

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The Millennium Development Goals to sharply reduce poverty by 2015 are set to fail the poor in terms of sanitation, according to Catarina de Albuquerque, the United Nations expert on the right to clean water. Ms. de Albuquerque made her comments on the occasion of World Toilet Day, November 19th. Access to sanitation currently ranks [...]

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Civilians forced to flee again in Goma, the DRC

Displaced residents of Eastern DRC take refuge in outskirts of Goma UN Photo/Sylvain Liechti

The situation in Goma in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the DRC, remains volatile and unpredictable, with thousands of displaced persons on the move in search of safety and security, according to Yvon Edoumou. Mr. Edoumou of OCHA, the UN humanitarian agency in the DRC, says while the displacement is caused by on-going conflict [...]

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UN Daily News 19 November 2012

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How nuclear technology supports development and south-south cooperation

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An exhibition on how developing countries are sharing solutions to address the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is taking place this week in Vienna. Among the exhibitors at the fifth Global South-South Development Expo is the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) which promotes the use of nuclear science and technology in solving development challenges. The agency [...]

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Attacks by rebels in eastern DR Congo condemned by UN

Peacekeepers of the U.N. Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) are seen at the defence lines of Kibati, where they have been positioned to prevent M23 rebel incursion towards Goma.UN Photo/Sylvain Liechti

The resumption of attacks by the rebel movement known as the M23, in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), has been condemned by the United Nations. The Security Council held an emergency meeting on Saturday as the rebels were reported to have advanced to within a few kilometres of Goma, [...]

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Overuse of natural resources needs greater attention:UNEP

Drought, Binh Thuan, Thien Anh Huynh / Vietnam / UNEP

Loss of soils, forests and fisheries, as well as rising resource costs, are likely to become increasingly important to a nation's economic health, says UNEP, the UN Environment Programme. A report issued by UNEP's Finance Initiative says resource degradation has the potential to make worse the debt crises that have already helped trigger, and deepen, [...]

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WHO denies accepting funds from food and beverage industry

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has denied recent allegations that it is receiving funding from the food and beverage industry in relation to its work to reduce non-communicable diseases. Director-General Margaret Chan says these allegations are wrong. Dr. Chan says WHO is committed to reducing the public health impacts associated with non-communicable diseases. She says [...]

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Television helps children study in Gaza

UN TV channel brings education to students in war-battered Gaza

Two hundred-and-forty-five schools in Gaza have been closed as a result of the ongoing conflict. But according to Christopher Gunness, Spokesperson for UNRWA, the UN Relief and Works Agency, UNRWA has found some innovative ways to help the 245,000 children who have been affected. Colleagues in Gaza have developed a distance learning TV channel so that [...]

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Situation in Gaza "bad" for civilians: UNRWA

UNRWA-run school damaged after Israeli bombardments in Gaza City on 16 November 2012. UN Photo/Shareef Sarhan

As the conflict continues in Gaza with Israel launching air strikes into the territory and rockets being fired from Hamas into Israel, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has reiterated his call on the parties to stop their attacks. In fact, Mr. Ban has gone to the Middle East as part of his efforts to work with [...]

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Secretary-General urges cooperation in solving Middle East conflict

A boy walks in front of a school run by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, damaged after Israeli bombardments in Gaza City on November 16, 2012

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed alarm at the ongoing violence in the Middle East and has urged the parties to cooperate with efforts led by Egypt to reach a ceasefire. Meanwhile, a Spokesperson for UNRWA, the UN Relief and Works Agency, Christopher Gunness, echoes the Secretary-General's call. He reports that the civilian death toll is [...]

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UN forces in DRC on high alert ahead of possible rebel group advance

Hervé Ladsous

Congolese forces and UN peacekeepers are attempting to hold off a possible rebel advance towards the city of Goma in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to the head of UN peacekeeping operations. Hervé Ladsous spoke to journalists on Saturday after briefing an emergency Security Council meeting which was called following an early [...]

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Security Council set to increase sanctions against DRC rebel group

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The Security Council has condemned the latest attacks by the M23 movement in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. In an emergency meeting on Saturday, the Council expressed its deep concern regarding the rapidly deteriorating security and humanitarian crisis brought on by the ongoing military activities of the rebel group. An M23 attack on [...]

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Political will key to reducing road deaths:WHO

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According the World Health Organization, every 20 seconds somewhere in the world, someone is killed in a road traffic crash. "Learning from the past" is the theme of this year's World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, 18 November. Etienne Krug, Chair of the UN Road Safety Collaboration, told Gerry Adams it is possible [...]

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UN chief urgently appeals for end to violence in Gaza and Israel

Ban Ki-moon

  The continued firing of rockets on Israel from Gaza and Israeli airstrikes on Gaza are dangerous and must stop, says UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. In a statement on Friday, the Secretary-General warns that a new cycle of bloodshed will make neither Israelis nor Palestinians more secure. UN Spokesperson Martin Nesirky says the Secretary-General plans [...]

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INDONESIA #43: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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Over one million prematurely born babies die each year

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Fifteen million babies globally are born prematurely each year and one million of them die, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Yet, the agency adds, 75 per cent of these children could be saved without expensive, high technology care. WHO says that more than half of the world's pre-term babies are born in Southern [...]

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UN vows to strengthen response to crises following Sri Lanka report

Charles Petrie

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he is determined that the United Nations learns from its failure to meet its responsibilities during the final months of the Sri Lankan civil war. Mr. Ban this week received a report from a panel he commissioned to look into criticisms from another expert group on the UN's response to [...]

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Cholera on the rise in Haiti: IOM

A child reads a cholera prevention poster in Port au Prince

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is providing over 9,000 cholera kits to respond to an outbreak of the disease in Haiti. It says that with several new outbreaks of cholera recorded by Haiti's national alert since the passage of Hurricane Sandy, there are now more than 3,500 confirmed cases. The Haitian Ministry of Health [...]

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Cholera on the rise in Haiti: IOM

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is providing over 9,000 cholera kits to respond to an outbreak of the disease in Haiti. It says that with several new outbreaks of cholera recorded by Haiti's national alert since the passage of Hurricane Sandy, there are now more than 3,500 confirmed cases. The Haitian Ministry of Health [...]

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L69 Group firm in its conviction on expansion of the UN Security Council: Ambassador Wolfe

NARRATOR: Despite recognizing the need to make the Security Council more representative and fit to tackle complex global challenges, delegates remained divided on the future makeup of the 15-nation body, as the General Assembly on Thursday discussed the Council's work and reforming its structure Jamaica, spoke on behalf of the L69 Group of countries –a [...]

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The embargo against Cuba harkens back to an isolationist era: St. Vincent & Grenadines

Camillo Gonsalves

NARRATOR: St. Vincent and the Grenadines says that in this era of economic globalization and international diplomatic engagement across the ideological spectrum, the Embargo against Cuba harkens back to an isolationist era. Ambassador Camillo Gonsalves pointed out that throughout the extended struggle with the effects of the Embargo, Cuba has remained a staunch and abiding [...]

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Cuba continues to show it's a true regional partner and actor: CARICOM

Ambassador Joseph Goddard, Permanent Representative of Barbados to the UN

NARRATOR: The Caribbean Community – CARICOM has stressed that despite significant challenges, Cuba continues to show itself to be a key regional and international partner and actor. Word of this comes from Barbados' representative Ambassador Joseph Goddard, who spoke on behalf of CARICOM.. TAPE: CARICOM Member States, in keeping with our policy of mutual respect, [...]

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US embargo against Cuba harms American interests: Cuba

Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Cuba

The UN General Assembly on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly to condemn the U.S. commercial, economic and financial embargo against Cuba for the 21st year in a row. The final vote was 188-3, with Israel and Palau joining the United States. The Marshall Islands and Micronesia both abstained. Last year’s vote for the symbolic measure was almost [...]

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More Sudanese refugees arrive at South Sudan’s Yida settlement

Sudanese refugees at the Yida settlement in South Sudan

More than 2,000 Sudanese refugees have arrived at South Sudan's largest refugee settlement in Yida over the past week to escape fighting in their country, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR). UNHCR says it is building a water point on the road between Yida and the border to ensure refugees have access to [...]

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World Population Report 2012 women's right to family planning

World Population Report 2012

  More than 222 million women around the world would like to use family planning but cannot, says Richard Kollodge, editor of the State of the World Population Report 2012. The theme of this year's report, By Choice, Not by Chance: Family Planning, Human Rights and Development, emphasizes a woman's right to decide on the [...]

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UN court acquits two Croatian officials of war crimes

Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markač

Two Croatian officials have been acquitted of crimes against humanity and war crimes related to the Yugoslavia war in the 1990s. The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Friday ordered the release of Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markač. Donn Bobb reports. Mr. Gotovina, a Colonel General of the [...]

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Indian ambassador details Security Council plans for November

H.E. Mr. Hardeep Singh Puri, Permanent Representative of India to the UN, India

  India holds the rotating presidency of the Security Council in November.  Ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri says the agenda will cover "every possible global hotspot," as well as thematic debates, including on piracy and women, peace and development. UNFPA calls for redoubling of efforts to provide family planning More than 220 million women worldwide want [...]

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Former refugees help refugees in South Sudan

UNHCR staff member speaks with refugees in South Sudan

Former South Sudanese refugees are now helping Sudanese refugees who have fled to their country. The refugees have escaped fighting between the Sudanese army and armed rebel forces in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states. The work of helping the refugees has a special meaning for the field workers of the United Nations refugee agency [...]

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UN envoy confident ahead of Sierra Leone elections

Youths campaign in Freetown ahead of presidential elections on 17 November 2012. Photo: IRIN/Tommy Trenchard

The people of Sierra Leone head to the polls on Saturday in their third elections since the end of 11 years of civil war in 2002. That's another sign that the country is moving from the post-conflict state to the path of development, says Jens Anders Toyberg-Frandzen, Executive Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Sierra [...]

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WHO sends yellow fever vaccines to Sudan's Darfur region

Yellow Fever spreading mosquito

A major vaccination campaign is to be carried out in Sudan's Darfur region, to contain the outbreak of yellow fever, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). To-date over 370 suspected cases have been reported, including 110 deaths. Most of the cases have been reported in Central, South, West, North and East Darfur region. The [...]

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Indiscriminate shelling of civilian areas in Gaza and Israel unacceptable

Gaza

The UN Human Rights Office(OHCHR) says it was unacceptable that civilians continue to bear the greatest burden of tension between the Israeli government and Palestinians. UN Human rights chief Navi Pillay says the protection of civilian lives was an obligation for all states under international law. The High Commissioner says she was concerned over the [...]

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Sierra Leoneans urged by UN to come out to vote peacefully on Saturday

Voters being registered using biometrics

The people of Sierra Leone are being urged to come out to vote and refrain from violence in the general elections on Saturday. The appeal has come from Jens Anders Toyberg-Frandzen, Executive Representative of the UN Secretary-General in the West African country. He says the United Nations has provided technical and political support to Sierra [...]

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UN Tour Guides celebrate 60 years of service

Guided Tour (Photo Date:14/07/1955)

The United Nations on Thursday celebrated 60 years of guided tours at its headquarters in New York. More than 40 million visitors have visited the UN during that time. Elena Vapnitchnaia took a walk down memory lane with Elisabeth Waechter, Chief of Visitors Services. Duration: 3’46″

15 Nov 2012 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN chief calls for restraint between Israel and Gaza

Ban Ki-moon

As the violence in southern Israel and Gaza continues, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has been consulting with leaders in the Middle East region to discuss the crisis. This follows what has been described as an "alarming escalation" of indiscriminate rock fire from Gaza into Israel and the targeted killing by Israel of a Hamas [...]

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HINDI #47: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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1.  Nuclear power remains option for energy requirement: India 2.  Weather information vital in managing health risks. 3.  Kyrgyzstan villages fight land degradation by reviving beekeeping tradition. 4.  " No Woman No Peace" says award winning activist from Nepal. Narrated and Produced by Ambalika Misra Duration: 15’00″

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HINDI #46: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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1.  Diabetes kills three to five million people every year: WHO   2.  Strategy for disability inclusive society in Asia Pacific launched.   3.  Continuing violence displaces more than 100,000 people in Myanmar.   4.  Emergency health care center in an Indian village provides 24 hour services.   5.  Juvenile justice programme helping children in Afghanistan. [...]

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Growing violence in Middle East addressed by UN member states

Security Council chamber

Members of the UN Security Council and other UN member States met late Wednesday evening behind closed doors to discuss what UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called the "deteriorating situation in southern Israel and Gaza". Gerry Adams reports. Duration: 2’41″

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UN celebrates 60 years of guided tours at Headquarters

Guided tours

The United Nations on Thursday celebrates 60 years of guided tours at its headquarters in New York. More than 40 million visitors have come to the United Nations where a multinational, multilingual team of guides introduces them to the work of the Organization. The Chief of Visitors Services, Elisabeth Waechter, says the tours have changed [...]

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Former refugees help refugees in South Sudan

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• Former South Sudanese refugees are now helping Sudanese refugees who have fled to their country. The refugees escaped fighting between the Sudanese army and armed rebel forces in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states. The work of helping the refugees has a special meaning for the field workers of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). [...]

15 Nov 2012 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

UN official urges protection of civilians from conflict-related sexual violence

Zainab Hawa Bangura

A new report released on Thursday details a range of human rights violations committed in the North Kivu province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) between April and September 2012. The report has been compiled by the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) in the country. Donn Bobb reports. The report says [...]

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Burundian refugees in Tanzania return home

A returnee bus crosses the border from Tanzania into Burundi

The pace of the return of over 35,000 Burundian refugees to their country from Tanzania has picked up as the deadline for them to go home approaches, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR). The agency says more than 1,000 refugees are returning to their country almost daily, after losing their refugee status in [...]

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Philosophy indispensable to education of younger generations :UNESCO

World Philosophy Day

Today is World Philosophy Day. It's being observed under the theme: "future generations". And in a message marking the occasion, UNESCO's Director-General Irina Bokova reiterated the urgent need to pass on to young people the taste for philosophy, its rigour and its joys, from the earliest age. She says UNESCO supports the practice of teaching [...]

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Schooling suspended amid Israeli airstrikes in Gaza

A boy stands in the yard of the Khan al Ahmar school

The United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) has suspended schooling in Gaza as Israel continued airstrikes on the territory. There are also reports that an UNRWA teacher was killed in a car near the scene of an airstrike in northern Gaza. Adnan Abu Hasna is the agency's spokesperson in Gaza. "There will be no [...]

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Thematic debates on piracy and women's role in peace and development -highlights of India's presidency of the Security Council

Hardeep Singh Puri

November traditionally is a busy month in the Security Council, according to India's ambassador to the United Nations, Hardeep Singh Puri. The ambassador, who holds the presidency of the Council for this month, is preparing for several thematic debates on the issues of piracy, women, peace and development, and the working methods of the chamber. [...]

15 Nov 2012 | Posted in From the Ambassador | Read More »

Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza are urged to stop violence

Hardeep Singh Puri

The violence by Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza has to stop, says the representative of India to the United Nations, Ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri. Ambassador Puri is the President of the Security Council for this month, but following an emergency meeting late Wednesday, he spoke to reporters as the representative of his country, saying the [...]

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Sierra Leoneans strongly encouraged by UN chief to hold peaceful elections

Ban Ki-moon

  On the eve of general elections in Sierra Leone, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging Sierra Leoneans to ensure that the electoral process is peaceful. On 17 November, the West African country will hold its third general elections since the 11-year civil war ended in 2002. Charles Appel reports. On Saturday Sierra Leoneans will [...]

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Bustling seaport a sign of hope in a transitioning Somalia

Ameerah Haq (front, right), Under-Secretary-General for Field Support, chats with Major General Simon Karanja, Deputy Force Commander of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), at AMISOM's base camp in Mogadishu.

The United Nations Security Council this month authorized  the extension of the mandate of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to early March 2013. The AU troops are helping to stabilize a country which did not have a functioning central government for more than two decades. But this year, a new Parliament was sworn [...]

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Violence escalates in Darfur in recent months

UNAMID armoured vehicle

Fighting in the Darfur region of Sudan has escalated in recent months, according to the joint United Nations-African Union mission in Darfur (UNAMID). The Mission is calling on the Sudanese Armed Forces and an armed group in North Darfur to stop fighting. To find out more about this, UN Radio's Derrick Mbatha spoke on the [...]

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UN determined to learn from its failure during 2009 war in Sri Lanka

Secretary-General(right) meets with Charles Petrie

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he is determined that the Organization learns from its failure to meet its responsibilities during the 2009 war in Sri Lanka. Mr. Ban made the comments through his spokesperson on Wednesday following a briefing by Charles Petrie who led the Internal Review Panel on United Nations Action in Sri [...]

14 Nov 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN honours fallen peacekeepers

Annual memorial service held for fallen staff

They were civilians, police and peacekeepers of the United Nations, all with one goal in mind – to work for the sake of peace. But 29 individuals lost their lives in that pursuit this year and the United Nations on Wednesday honoured their ultimate sacrifice. Gerry Adams reports. Duration: 2’48″

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Transparent and accountable public-private partnerships enable inclusive and sustainable growth:UN ESCAP

Third Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Public Private Partnerships for Infrastructure Development

Asia-Pacific countries must ensure transparency and accountability in Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs), crucial for bridging major infrastructure gaps which are keeping the region from realizing its full growth potential and making it more balanced and sustainable. That's what the United Nations told a high-level forum in Teheran, Iran on Wednesday. Donn Bobb reports. Executive Secretary of [...]

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More than 70 per cent of workers lack unemployment protection: ILO

In the suburbs of Moscow lies this informal meeting place for daily workers

More than 70 per cent of workers worldwide have no statutory access to unemployment insurance or any type of unemployment assistance, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO). The ILO says that unemployment insurance schemes exist in 72 countries out of 198 monitored by the agency, most of them being middle- and high-income countries.  Donn [...]

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UN salutes 29 staff members who lost lives in line of duty

Annual memorial service held for fallen UN staff

The United Nations on Wednesday held its annual service in tribute to its personnel who lost their lives in the line of duty from 1 November 2011 to 31 August this year. The Presidents of the General Assembly and the Security Council joined the Secretary-General in lighting candles representing the eternal flame for the fallen [...]

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FAO calls for action to break cycle of hunger in dryland countries

Rural communities need responsible investment

Conflict, recurrent drought and volatile food prices have countries in Africa and the Near East in a hunger trap, but there is a way out. That's what the Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva told an International Conference on Food Security in Drylands Wednesday, in Doha, Qatar. He said “We are [...]

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Human rights report details mass executions of civilians in eastern DRC

Wounded civilians are evacuated by MONUSCO (Photo Date: 26/07/2012)

At least 264 people were arbitrarily executed by armed groups in attacks on villages in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo between April and September of this year. That's the finding of a UN human rights investigation report which says 83 children were among the victims, many of whom were hacked to death or [...]

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Global community must show it cares about Sahel: UN envoy

Romano Prodi

The international community must show that it cares about the Sahel region of Africa, says Romano Prodi, the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy. The former Italian Prime Minister spoke to reporters late on Tuesday about his mission to help the Sahel region which faces a number of problems, including drought, hunger and conflict in Mali. [...]

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Dozens of children executed by rebel groups in DR Congo

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

At least 264 civilians, including 83 children, were executed by armed groups in Eastern Democratic republic of Congo between April and September this year, according to investigations conducted by the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR). Investigators found that the Raia Mutomboki armed group, was responsible for most of the killings, which were often perpetrated with [...]

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Women's right to family planning focus of World Population Report 2012

Family in Africa

More than 220 million women around the world would like to use family planning but cannot, says Richard Kollodge, editor of the State of the World Population Report 2012. The theme of this year's report, By Choice, Not by Chance: Family Planning, Human Rights and Development, emphasizes a woman's right to decide on the number [...]

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Over 220 million women in developing countries need family planning

Mother and children

The need for family planning in developing countries is the focus of this year's World Population Report of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). According to Richard Kollodge, the Editor of the report launched on Wednesday, there are many barriers to accessing family planning, not only in developing countries, but throughout the world. Mr. Kollodge [...]

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The good life leads to rising diabetes rates in Qatar

Insulin injection

Diabetes rates are escalating across the globe, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) which observes World Diabetes Day on 14 November each year. Diabetes occurs when the pancreas cannot produce enough insulin, or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces, resulting in increased glucose in the blood. The illness is also [...]

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Diabetes kills 3.4 million people every year: WHO

diabetes screening

Nearly 350 million people worldwide have diabetes, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The United Nations health agency estimates that 3.4 million people die of diabetes every year, and almost 80 per of the deaths occur in developing countries. Tarik Jasarevic is WHO spokesperson in Geneva. "WHO projects that diabetes deaths will increase by [...]

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General Assembly calls for end of United States embargo against Cuba

Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla

The 193-member General Assembly on Tuesday urged the United States to lift the embargo it imposed against Cuba in 1962. The resolution was adopted by 188 votes in favour to three against: the United States, Israel and Palau. The Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia abstained. The Foreign Minister of Cuba, Bruno Rodriguez [...]

13 Nov 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

URDU #46: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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1. Lack of funds limiting UN response to Syrian humanitarian crisis 2. Flooding affects about 8 million people in Nigeria 3. UN supports hurricane-hit Caribbean countries 4. Progress is made in stabilizing Libya, says UN envoy 5. Libya cooperates with ICC as it seeks to try Qadhafi 6. Security Council authorizes African Union to continue [...]

13 Nov 2012 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

UN appeals for additional funds for hurricane-struck Haiti

A man scoops water out of a flooded school yard in Haiti

  Hurricane Sandy has been classified as the largest Atlantic tropical system on record. After cutting a destructive path through the Caribbean, it caused widespread damage to the east coast of the United States. Gerry Adams reports. Duration: 2’22″

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Bosnia and Herzegovina left behind in joining European Union and NATO

Security Council chamber [UN file photo].

Bosnia and Herzegovina is being left behind in making the reforms necessary for it to join the European Union (EU) and NATO, according to the EU High Representative Valentin Inzko. Mr. Inzko told the UN Security Council on Tuesday that six months ago he was cautiously optimistic about the direction in which the country was [...]

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Young envoys study best environmental practices during Germany field trip

Young Environmental Envoys

More than 40 students from developing countries recently took part in a week-long study tour of Germany where they learned first-hand about best environmental practices. The students, who range from 16 to 25 years old, were chosen as this year's participants in the Young Environmental Envoy Programme run by the pharmaceutical company, Bayer in partnership [...]

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Involving local farmers is key to success of foreign investment: FAO

Security of land tenure is vital

Foreign investments that involved local farmers and leave them in control of their land stand a better chance of improving local economies and social development. That's the conclusion of a report titled "Trends and Impacts of Foreign Investment in Developing Country Agriculture," issued by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Tuesday. Charles Appel [...]

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Tomorrow for Two

Herbert Marshall

In this drama narrated by British actor Herbert Marshall, an officer from the International Refugee Organization (former Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees) reunites with two displaced persons whom he assisted two years earlier. Language: English Genre: Drama 1959 Duration: 28’35″

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Peace on Earth

Charles Boyer

Actor Charles Boyer discusses the cruelties of war, highlighting the urgency for peace in troubled areas such as Korea, India, Iraq, Germany and Syria, and giving a voice to soldiers and civil society. Language: English Genre: Report 1953 Duration: 30’00″

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Human rights chief "shocked" to hear about discrimination against women in Indonesia

Navi Pillay

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights says she is shocked to hear about the levels of discrimination against women in Indonesia. Speaking to reporters in Jakarta on Tuesday during her mission to the country, Navi Pillay said that Indonesia is to be commended for ratifying international human rights treaties. However, she added, these [...]

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Relief supplies for Syrians destroyed in attack

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

A humanitarian aid convoy and warehouses storing relief supplies have come under attack in Syria, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). More than 13,000 blankets destined for displaced Syrians were destroyed after a warehouse belonging to the Syrian Red Crescent was hit by a motor shell in Aleppo, while a truck transporting over 600 [...]

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UN seeks funding to help Haiti cope with effects of Hurricane Sandy

The United Nations is appealing for $40 million to provide urgent humanitarian assistance in Haiti following the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says the hurricane had generated critical humanitarian needs and exacerbated existing ones. Heavy rains and flooding caused extensive damage to agricultural lands in [...]

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UN envoy calls for progress on Western Sahara

Christopher Ross

The top United Nations envoy for Western Sahara has urged Morocco and the Polisario Front to move swiftly into what he calls "serious negotiations" to resolve the conflict over the future of the territory. Christopher Ross issued a statement on Monday following his meeting in Madrid with the Foreign Minister of Spain. Western Sahara, which [...]

12 Nov 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Timor-Leste willing to serve in UN peacekeeping operations

José Luis Guterrez

Timor-Leste will do its best to give back to the international community for the support it has received over the years. That's what the country's Foreign Minister, José Luis Guterrez told UN Radio on Monday. Mr. Guterrez is  in New York to participate in a meeting of the Security Council on the UN Mission in [...]

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General Assembly elects 18 members to Human Rights Council

Susan Rice

  The General Assembly on Monday elected 18 members to the UN Human Rights Council for three years. The 47-member Council, created in 2006, is an inter-governmental body responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the world. It meets in Geneva to address situations of human rights violations and make recommendations. [...]

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UN chief urges Israelis and Palestinians to de-escalate tensions in Gaza

Ban Ki-moon

Israelis and Palestinians have been urged to avoid further escalation of violence in Gaza and Southern Israel and to ensure the protection of civilians. The appeal comes from UN Secretary-General Ban following reported rocket attacks on Israel from Gaza and Israeli air strikes on Gaza which killed six Palestinians. Charles Appel reports. In a statement [...]

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DPRK survey shows improvements in harvest, persistent food insecurity

Farmers harvest their crops in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea

  A recent food assessment survey in the People's Democratic Republic of Korea conducted by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme, (WFP) has found that nearly three million people continue to face food insecurity in the country. However, the survey also noted that there were improvements in the harvests of [...]

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Nearly 90% of world's population support anti-tobacco treaty, WHO chief

Anti-tobacco treaty

The vast majority of the world population supports the international treaty to control and stop tobacco use, according to the head of the World Health Organization (WHO). Dr. Margaret Chan spoke in Seoul, South Korea, as delegates from more than 140 Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control began their session on Monday. [...]

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Gambia's first woman chief plants the seeds of change

Women farmers

The Gambia's first woman village chief is not only changing perceptions of what a chief looks like, but also of what they do. Fatou Danso, who is also a farmer, has redistributed land that previously was farmed solely by men so that women can grow crops to support their families. The vegetable garden scheme got [...]

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UN chief calls for restraint after clashes in Golan Heights

Armoured personnel carriers of the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in the Golan Heights area

  UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for restraint in the Golan Heights where United Nations peacekeepers are monitoring the ceasefire between Syrian and Israel forces since 1974. The call came amid reports of clashes between Syrian forces and the armed opposition near the ceasefire line which drew a response from the Israeli military. Donn [...]

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North Korea faces under-nutrition despite better harvests

Cooking a meal of broken rice and wheat in DPR Korea.

Children in North Korea continue to suffer from malnutrition despite an increase in the production of staple food, according to two United Nations agencies. The World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization recently conducted a crop and food security assessment in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. The results of the [...]

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The War on Flu

A technician at work in a laboratory

  The story of influenza and the fight against the virus led by the World Health Organization. Language: English Genre: Drama 1954 Duration: 14’26″

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Pneumonia kills 1.3 million children a year, says UNICEF

Pneumonia is the leading cause of death in children worldwide

  Pneumonia is a preventable and treatable disease, yet 1.3 million children die of the disease a year, according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). World Pneumonia Day is observed on 12 November to focus attention on the disease which claims children's lives mainly in developing countries. UNICEF says that inoculating children for diseases such [...]

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South Sudan urged to reverse expulsion of UN human rights officer

UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay

The United Nations human rights chief has urged the government of South Sudan to reverse an expulsion order against a senior United Nations human rights officer issued two weeks ago. In a statement released on Friday, Navi Pillay says the expulsion of the officer working for the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) is in [...]

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UN Radio News 09 November 2012

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INDONESIA #42: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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Lack of funds limiting UN response to Syrian humanitarian crisis

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

Over 408,000 Syrians have now crossed into neighbouring countries to escape the violence in their country according to United Nations  agencies. The UN refugee agency UNHCR says in the last two days, over 11,000 Syrian refugees have entered Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. UNHCR says there were little efforts by both sides of  the conflict to [...]

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Flooding affects over 7.7 million people in Nigeria

nigerfloods (Idrissa Conteh/OCHA) (2012 file photo)

Humanitarian agencies in Nigeria are appealing for $38 million  to respond to widespread flooding in Nigeria which has affected over 7.7 million people. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says over two million people have been driven out of their  homes by rising waters of the River Niger. The bulk of [...]

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Inter-communal violence displaces more than 110,000 in Myanmar

An internally displaced woman and her child in Rakhine State

  The number of internally displaced people in Myanmar's Rakhine State has risen to more than 110,000, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Patrick Maigua in Geneva sat down with OCHA spokesperson Jens Laerke who describes the situation as "volatile" and "tense." ILO works to get Indian child laborers [...]

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Recognizing women pastoralists as guardians of local livestock breeds

Tajik woman with milking cow

Hardy, strong, adaptable to local conditions and easy to care for: these are some of the traits that rural women who keep livestock value in their animals.  But some of these pastoralists and family farmers are being urged to abandon their indigenous chickens, goats, sheep, pigs and other animals for high-performing hybrid breeds.  Women comprise [...]

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UN chief calls for support for Malala and education for children

Malala Yousafzai

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging people around the world to join a campaign to support a Pakistani girl shot for advocating for education. In a recorded video message, Mr. Ban says that on November 10th, citizens from across the globe are speaking out for Malala Yousafzai and on behalf of the 61 million [...]

8 Nov 2012 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Over 1,300 South Sudanese are airlifted from Sudan

South Sudanese being airlifted to South Sudan

  • An operation to airlift 1,300 South Sudanese from Khartoum to South Sudan started on Tuesday. The International Organization for Migration says they are part of 40,000 people who moved to open places in 2010 hoping to be transported to South Sudan. According to IOM there are two flights a day transporting the people [...]

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URDU #45: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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1. Humanitarian situation deteriorates in Syria as winter looms 2. More than 2 billion people at risk of malaria in Asia Pacific Region 3. WHO : Haiti faces threat of cholera following Hurricane Sandy 4. Number of internally displaced people in Mali growing, says UNHCR 5. WHO study says polio eradication efforts not reaching everyone [...]

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URDU #44: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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1. UNRWA : Israeli TV station corrects wrong claims against UN in Gaza  2. UN expert calls for boycott of businesses that profit from Israeli settlements 3. UN expert : Freedom of religion violated for political control 4. On UN Day Ban Ki-moon reaffirms pledge to tackle global problems 5. WHO says Polio eradication efforts [...]

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Yellow fever spreads in Sudan's Darfur region

Yellow Fever spreading mosquito

The death toll from the yellow fever outbreak in Sudan's Dafur region has risen to 67 according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The outbreak which was first reported in October has now affected 17 localities in Central, South, West and North Darfur. Patrick Maigua reports. The World Health Organization says the number of suspected [...]

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INDONESIA #41: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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INDONESIA #40: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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Haiti urged to get back on the world tourism map

Taleb Rifai

Haiti can capitalize on its natural and cultural resources to get the country back on the world tourism map, thereby contributing to its overall recovery and development. This was the main message of UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, during his first official visit to Haiti (27-30 October 2012). According to UNWTO figures, Haiti benefited from the [...]

6 Nov 2012 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

International Tourist arrivals headed for 1 billion mark by December: UNWTO

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International tourist arrivals grew 4 percent between January and August year-on-year and are heading for the 1 billion mark for the first time by December, the UN World Tourism Organization said on Monday. In 2011, international tourist arrivals reached 990 million. With an expected growth of 3% to 4% in 2012, this figure is forecast [...]

6 Nov 2012 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Humanitarian situation in DR Congo is "dire": UN official

John Ging

The humanitarian situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is dire with more than two million internally displaced people, or IDPs. That's according to John Ging, the Director of Operations for the United Nations humanitarian agency (OCHA), who has just returned from the country. Mr. Ging who was accompanied by senior officials from the [...]

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

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Continuing violence displaces more than 110,000 people in Myanmar

The number of people displaced by the on going inter-communal violence in Myanmar's Rakhine province has reached over 110,000, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Over 35,000 people have been displaced in the recent wave of violence which began in October. At least  89 people have been killed since [...]

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N-Peace Award recognizes efforts of women in conflict

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Farkhunda Zahra Naderi, a parliamentarian from Afghanistan, has been an advocate for educating and empowering women in her country. This year she was among the winners of the N-Peace Award which recognize women leaders and peace-builders across the Asia-Pacific region. Gerry Adams recently spoke to Ms. Naderi to learn more about the situation of women [...]

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Strengthening Asia-Pacific cooperation in combating natural disasters

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  The destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy in the Caribbean and the eastern United States has made news across the globe. As the head of the UN office for the region (ESCAP) recently observed, Asia-Pacific certainly is not immune to natural disasters. In launching the 2012 Asia-Pacific Disaster Report, Dr. Noeleen Heyzer said floods, earthquakes, [...]

2 Nov 2012 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

Over 2 billion people are at risk of Malaria in the Asia Pacific Region

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Malaria, a disease often associated with Africa, is also a major threat to public health in the Asia Pacific region where over 2.2 billion people are at risk, according to the UN funded Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership. India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Myanmar and Papua New Guinea bear the largest burden of the disease in the [...]

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

UNICEF:Syrian hospitals in dire need of medical equipment

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Syrian babies are dying in large numbers for lack of critical life saving medical equipment such as incubators, according to the UN Children's Fund UNICEF. A team from UNICEF which visited the Syrian province of Al-Raqqah says the general hospital there has only 14 functioning incubators with a waiting list of more than 60 babies. [...]

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UN urges China to address human rights issues in Tibetan areas

UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay

The United Nations human rights chief is urging the Chinese authorities to promptly address human rights issues that have led to an alarming escalation of desperate forms of protests including self immolations in Tibetan areas. According to Navi Pillay, over 60 Tibetans have set themselves on fire since 2011. Ms. Pillay says she is disturbed by [...]

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

WHO sends experts to help Uganda stop the spread of Marburg Haemorrhagic Fever

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

Concerted efforts are underway in Uganda to control the outbreak of  Marburg Haemorrhagic Fever. The first case of the deadly viral disease was reported on October 19 in Kabale district in southwestern Uganda. To date at least 20 cases have been reported in at least five districts including the capital, Kampala. Dr. Joachim Saweka, WHO representative [...]

1 Nov 2012 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Marburg Haemorrhagic Fever continues to spread in Uganda

Marburg haemorrhagic fever

Eleven people have so far died as a result of the outbreak of Marburg Haemorrhagic Fever in Uganda, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Twenty cases of the deadly viral disease have been reported in at least five districts including the capital, Kampala. The disease outbreak was declared on 19 October with the district [...]

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

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