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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 [...]

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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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