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Tribunal for former Yugoslavia faces challenges in completing its work

Judge Theodor Meron

It is difficult to precisely predict when the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) may complete its work. That's what Judge Theodor Meron, the President of the tribunal which is trying people charged with war crimes during the Balkan wars in the 1990s, told the Security Council on Wednesday. Reporting on progress that [...]

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Born Equal and Free

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

A review of the concepts and ideals that inspired the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as the successes and failures that followed. Language: English Genre: Report 1973 Duration: 14’00″

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Secretary-General calls for more concerted global effort to address climate change

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Climate change will remain a priorityconcern for the United Nations because it touches many other issues on the UN agenda. That's what United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a ministerial meeting in Doha, Qatar on Wednesday. Mr. Ban said climate change is not an environment issue for environment ministers only, but a challenge for all areas of [...]

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Ban plans to visit refugee camps of displaced Syrians

Ban Ki-moon

Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon remains deeply concerned about the continuing conflict in Syria which threatens to spill over and destabilize the region. The Secretary-general told a press conference in Kuwait Wednesday that the violence must stop, first and foremost, immediately, without any condition. He all the remaining problems should be resolved through political dialogue, through a [...]

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Let Freedom Ring

"Our Rights as Human Beings" booklets

Through excerpts from historic speeches, a commemoration of the first anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Language: English Genre: Report 1949 Duration: 14’00″

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Declaration of Human Rights by Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt holding a Declaration of Human Rights poster

Eleanor Roosevelt reads the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Language: English Genre: Speech 1948 Duration: 12’00″

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Humanitarian situation in North Kivu in DR Congo "worrying": UN

Displaced women sort beans in front of their shelter in Mugunga III camp, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Photo: UNHCR/F.Noy

The humanitarian situation in the North Kivu Province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been described by a United Nations spokesperson as "worrying". The withdrawal of the M23 rebel group from the provincial capital Goma which it captured recently has continued and the Congolese army is deploying back to Sake, west of Goma. [...]

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Study calls for greater action to monitor trade in python skins


Striking colours and naturally occurring patterns have made snakeskin accessories a perennial favourite among the fashionable set. It's estimated that nearly half a million python skins are shipped each year from South-East Asia to Europe where they are transformed into luxury versions of items such as shoes, belts, wallets and handbags. But a recent report [...]

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URDU #49: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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1.  Valerie Amos meets Syrian refugees in Lebanon 2.  EU representative announces additional EUR 11.5 million to UNRWA 3.  EU representative commends UNRWA for continuing “Excellent work” 4.  UN Special Coordinator says status quo is unsustainable in Middle East 5.  UNEP report: Thawing Permafrost could amplify significant global warming 6.  UNRWA chief asks parties to [...]

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Central African Republic faces long and difficult road to peace

Zainab Bangura the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict

The Central African Republic is facing a long and difficult road in its efforts to achieve peace but it can succeed, says Zainab Bangura the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict. Ms. Bangura spoke to reporters in the capital, Bangui, at the start of her first mission since she took office [...]

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Volunteers show "the spirit of compassion we need": Ban Ki-Moon


"Celebrate volunteering!" is the theme of this year's International Volunteer Day. Every year, hundreds of millions of people volunteer their time and skills to make the world a better place. And every year on the 5th of December, International Volunteer Day celebrates the impact volunteers have on their communities and around the world. Erika Anderson [...]

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UN Humanitarian chief urges reconciliation in Rakhine, Myanmar

Displaced children in Rakhine State

The top UN Humanitarian official has expressed concern over the condition of displaced communities across Rakhine State, describing the situation as "dire". Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos said she saw thousands of people in overcrowded, substandard shelter with poor sanitation, noting that they don't have jobs, children are not in school and they can't leave [...]

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UN Daily News 05 December 2012

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Security situation in northern Mali needs urgent attention: UN official

These Malian refugee boys have just collected vital water from a nearby water bladder and are dragging the containers to their family shelters.  UNHCR/H. Caux

The security situation in northern Mali continues to deteriorate with reports of human rights abuses and the arrival of jihadists and terrorists to join the armed groups there. That's what the head of the United Nations Department of Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman said on Wednesday during a briefing to the Security Council on the situation [...]

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Work of volunteers applauded on International Volunteers Day

UN volunteers

The work done by millions of volunteers who help promote development and deliver assistance to people in need is being recognized on International Volunteer Day, observed on 5 December. In his message, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says volunteers are wherever struggling people need a helping hand: in war zones and classrooms, in hospitals and homes. [...]

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UN Climate Change Secretariat and Climate Group collaborate to encourage leadership on climate change

Momentum for Change Initiative

The UN Climate Change Secretariat and the Climate Group on Wednesday announced a strategic partnership which aims to encourage the mutually reinforcing leadership of business and of government at all levels by combining the efforts of their respective global initiatives to help raise awareness:  the Climate Group’s “Clean Revolution” campaign and the UN Climate Change [...]

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Mapping "hot spots" to prevent debilitating lead poisoning in children: WHO

Gold-panners in western Madagascar © Guy Oliver/IRIN

There's a warning out on lead poisoning of children in mining countries. The Bulletin of the World Health Organization (WHO) says countries – especially those with a long mining history — can substantially reduce lead poisoning in children by mapping contamination levels in the soil to identify high-risk areas and by taking measures to keep [...]

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Israel urged to abide by ceasefire agreement that ended recent Gaza hostilities

Richard Falk

A human rights expert has called on Israel to abide by and fully implement the cease fire agreement that ended the recent crisis with Gaza. UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories Richard Falk, says "Experience has shown that Israel fails to meet its international obligation to promptly and [...]

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Kenya: Growing with the flow

Farmers in Kenya

Thousands of poor farmers living on the slopes of East Mount Kenya depend on seasonal rains to water their crops. The water situation in that area of the country has also been affected by decades of excessive logging which reduced forest cover and slowed water flow. But now, a pilot project, supported by the International [...]

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