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Africa has first continental treaty to protect displaced persons

Listen / Asha Omar, an elder woman residing in Kassab camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDP), in Kutum (North Darfur) shows her sorrow while she is waiting to be assisted by a doctor. UN Photo/Albert Gonzalez Farran

  • The African Union Convention on the Protection and Assistance to Internally Displaced Persons has come into force. It comes against the background of concern about the increasing number of IDPs. The Kampala Convention, as it is called, covers displacement from causes that include conflict, natural disasters and climate change. Kenya: Growing with the [...]

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Syrian leader warned against use of chemical weapons

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The government of Syria has been warned that its leaders will be brought to justice if it uses chemical weapons. The warning came from United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during a press conference in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Thursday, as he continued his visit to the Gulf. Mr. Ban's s visit comes as the [...]

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Over 160 people die of yellow fever in Darfur

Listen / Mascar Hamid, a farmer from Gocker, West Darfur with his nephew (in bed) Saleh Mohammed Hamid  who is being assisted at the Teaching Hospital in El Geneina, after getting infected with Yellow Fever.UN Photo/Albert Gonzalez Farran

  More than 700 cases of yellow fever, including 165 deaths have been reported in the Darfur region of Sudan, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). A mass vaccination campaign by the Ministry of Health started last month to cover 2.2 million people. The United Nations agency says the second phase is planned for [...]

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UN ready to help typhoon-hit Philippines: Ban Ki-moon

Listen / A young girl piggybacks on her father as they wade through floodwaters © Jason Gutierrez/IRIN

The United Nations stands ready to provide humanitarian assistance to the Philippines which has been hit by a typhoon, says UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More than 300 people are reported to have been killed and hundreds more are missing after Typhoon Bopha devastated parts of southern Philippines. UN spokesperson, Martin Nesirky says the Secretary-General is [...]

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International conference on radiation protection in Medicine discusses radiation exposure

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  The benefits to mankind from the medical use of ionizing radiation are being discussed at an International Conference on Radiation Protection taking place in Bonn, Germany. The meeting is also discussing the fact that while some countries lack access to essential radiation-based services, others receive more exposure to radiation medically than naturally. Gerry Adams [...]

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Invest in farmers to end poverty and hunger: FAO

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The more than one billion farmers worldwide should be at the centre of investments in the agricultural sector, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). In its flagship annual report, known as The State of Food and Agriculture, FAO says investing in agriculture is one of the most effective ways to reduce hunger [...]

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Tribute paid to great Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer

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  Tributes are being paid to the world renowned great Brazilian architect, Oscar Niemeyer who died in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday at the age of 104. Mr. Niemeyer was a prominent member of a team of architects that designed and built the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The head of the UN Educational [...]

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New initiative launched to support women in fighting climate change

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A new initiative to recognize the critical role of women in fighting climate change: “Momentum for Change: Women for Results”, was launched by the UN Climate Change Secretariat together with the Rockefeller Foundation at the 18th Climate Change Conference taking place in Doha. The initiative will showcase activities to inform governments, media and the public [...]

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Farmers should be at centre of strategy to improve investment in agriculture: FAO

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The world's more than one billion farmers, who are the largest investors in agriculture, should be at the centre of any strategy aimed at improving agricultural investment. That's the key message of the latest edition of "The State of Food and Agriculture 2012" (SOFA), issued by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on [...]

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Historic convention protecting IDPs comes into effect

Listen / An internally displaced Congolese woman washes clothes in a river while her baby doses on her back UNHCR/S.Modola

  A historic convention that protects internally displaced persons in Africa came into effect on Thursday 6 December. It comes against continuing concern that the number of internally displaced persons, IDPs, in Africa and around the world, is larger than the number of refugees, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). The Kampala Convention, as [...]

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HINDI # 50: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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1. Women peace and security. 2. UN-HABITAT introduces"Prosperity Index" to rate world cities. 3. Deforestation deprives Kenya's economy millions of dollars. 4. International Organization of Migration assists Nepalese victims of trafficking to return home from Haiti. Narrated and Produced by Ambalika Misra Duration: 14’00″

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HINDI #49: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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1. UN General Assembly accords Palestine Non Member State status. 2. Secretary- General Ban Ki- Moon urges Israel to rescind plan to cut off East Jerusalem from West Bank. 3. Mr. Ban urges intensification of efforts to consign HIV/AIDS to the pages of history. 4. Food security situation rapidly deteriorating for many Syrians as conflict [...]

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New website links Ghanaian Diaspora to Ghana

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A website has been launched this week to create links between the three million Ghanaians living abroad and their country's development. The http://www.ghanaiandiaspora.com/ was launched on Tuesday by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the government of Ghana. The site launch coincided with the launch of a Diaspora Support Unit based at Ghana's Ministry [...]

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Convention to protect and assist displaced people goes into effect in Africa

Listen / Francois and his family are refugees from the Congo

African Union Convention on the Protection and Assistance to Internally Displaced Persons also known as the Kampala Convention came into force on Thursday after being ratified by 15 member states. The convention sets out a legal framework for protecting and helping  internally displaced persons. It also obliges Africa states to actively seek ways to prevent [...]

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