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Five countries endorse 'Paris Commitments' to end use of child soldiers

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  Five countries on Monday endorsed the 'Paris Commitments' to end the recruitment and use of children by armed forces and groups. The announcement was made in New York as Ministers gathered at UN headquarters on the fifth anniversary of the international conference known as 'Free Children from War.' The Paris Commitments were adopted at [...]

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Congolese troops return to Goma in eastern DR Congo

Listen / A woman and her baby take shelter at Don Bosco Orphanage in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo. They have arrived from the town of Sake, where M23 rebels are fighting government troops. [November 2012] 
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Congolese troops have returned to Goma, the capital of North Kivu Province in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to United Nations sources. The move comes after the withdrawal of fighters of the M23 rebel movement who had taken over the city more than a week ago. The UN mission [...]

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HINDI #48: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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1.  No substitute to meaningful negotiations to achieve two state theory: Serry 2.  More should be done to do real justice to Malala and the cause she serves: Navi Pillay. 3.  Mongolian farmers in remote areas take advantage of solar power. 4.  UN Population Fund Report 2012 Narrated and Produced by Ambalika Misra Duration: 13’23″

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UN Daily News 3 December 2012

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Twenty-five year old regulations to be updated

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Government regulators from 193 countries will discuss updating the rules that regulate telecommunications at a meeting of the International Telecommunications Union in Dubai. Gerry Adams reports. Duration: 3’09″

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Warring parties in Yemen commit to stop using child soldiers

Listen / Over half Mazrak camp's residents are children under 18-years old, many of them are malnourished, with upwards of a thousand cases of severe malnourishment © Hugh Macleod/IRIN

The parties involved in conflict in Yemen have committed to end the recruitment and use of child soldiers. That's what Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict told reporters on Monday following her trip to the Middle Eastern country. Ms. Zerrougui said her three-day mission in Yemen, at the invitation [...]

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IAEA tackles threat of radiation to patients and health workers

Listen / About 10 million people receive diagnostic, therapeutic or interventional medical radiation procedures every day.  IAEA

Hundreds of medical experts from around the world are participating in a week-long meeting which opened in Bonn, Germany on Monday to discuss the threat that overexposure to radiation can cause to patients and health workers. According to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), for the first time in history, several countries are experiencing population [...]

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Breaking down barriers on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Listen / Children with disabilities sing at the launch of the preparatory process of the High-level meeting of the General Assembly on disability and development which will take place on 23 September, 2013.  UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

More than one billion people worldwide live with some form of disability, according to United Nations statistics. Making sure that their contributions to society are recognized is one of the aims of this year's International Day of Persons with Disabilities, observed on 3 December. Dianne Penn reports on a ceremony held at UN Headquarters in [...]

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A digital divide has no place in information age: Ban Ki-moon

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The management of information and technologies should be transparent, democratic and inclusive. That's the message delivered by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the World Conference on International Telecommunications, which opened in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on Monday. About 2,000 delegates from 160 countries have gathered to discuss a global treaty that sets out general principles [...]

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UN-Habitat introduces "Prosperity Index" to rate world's cities

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In a new released report entitled "State of the World Cities 2012/13" the United Nations Human Settlements Programme  (UN-Habitat) ranked the world's cities in terms of prosperity, which they evaluated along a newly introduced "Prosperity index". Despite worldwide economic, political and environmental turmoil, cities like Vienna, Paris, Zurich, and Stockholm – all ranked in the [...]

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Anti-personnel mine ban meeting starts in Geneva

Listen / Demining teams use bomb sniffing dogs to find unexploded landmines in Bunia, Democratic Republic of the Congo. UN Photo/Martine Perret

The annual meeting of States Parties to the convention that bans anti-personnel land mines opened in Geneva on Monday. Representatives of governments and civil society, as well as experts are participating in the week-long gathering to review the treaty known as the Ottawa Convention. The president of the meeting, Ambassador Matjaž Kovačič of Slovenia says [...]

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UN Chief urges a bridging of the gap between commitments and actions for Persons with Disabilities

Listen / Sheij Aldine, himself disabled, makes crutches for others in North Darfur

There's been a call for action to bridge the gap between well-meaning commitments and long-overdue actions for more than one billion persons with disabilities. The call comes from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a message marking International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The Secretary-General says "Our challenge is to provide all people with the equality of [...]

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UN Humanitarian chief praises Bangladesh's disaster preparedness

Listen / A disaster management centre sponsored by the government of Bangladesh to assist victims of the 2008 floods. Sirajganj, Bangladesh/UN Photo/Mark Garten

"In the past 20 years it is estimated that 135 million people have been affected by disasters in Bangladesh. But the Government is addressing this challenge head on by investing in its local communities and other countries can learn from Bangladesh." So says UN Emergency Relief and Humanitarian Coordinator Valerie Amos. Ms. Amos was in [...]

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INDONESIA #45: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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INDONESIA #44: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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Ban Ki-moon urges Israel to rescind plan to cut off East Jerusalem from West Bank

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Any plan to build a Jewish settlement that would cut off East Jerusalem from the rest of the West Bank would destroy chances of securing a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. That warning comes from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, following the announcement by the Israeli government that it plans to build 3,000 new settlement [...]

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