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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″

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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). [...]

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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. [...]

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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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