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Security Council condemns North Korea rocket launch

Listen / Security Council President Mohammed Loulichki (file photo)

The Security Council has condemned the launch of a rocket by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), calling it a clear violation of resolutions banning the country from conducting ballistic missile tests. In a statement following a closed door meeting on Wednesday, members said they will continue consultations on an appropriate response given the [...]

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UN chief deplores North Korea's rocket launch

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has deplored Wednesday's rocket launch by the Democratic Peoples' Republic of Korea. In comments to reporters at a photo exhibition, the Secretary-General said it was all the more regrettable because it defied the unified and strong call of the international community. He says it is a clear violation of the Security Council [...]

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UN hosts LGBT special event

Listen / An activist waves a rainbow flag, an international symbol for the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Photo: Flickr/See-ming Lee

The United Nations is taking leadership in the fight to end discrimination against lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender, or LGBT, individuals. At an historic meeting on the 11th of December, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, human rights defenders, politicians and international entertainers all voiced their support for the LGBT community. Gerry Adams reports. Duration:  3’22″

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General Assembly reviews efforts to curb illegal trade in cultural property

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Ambassadors meeting in the UN General Assembly on Wednesday are hearing how the illicit traffic in cultural property continues despite global efforts to combat it. Introducing a draft resolution on the return or restitution of these items to their countries of origin, Greek ambassador Anastassis Mitsialis pointed out that the threat of smuggling rises during [...]

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New initiative to eliminate cholera in Haiti and Dominican Republic

Listen / A child reads a cholera prevention poster in Cite L'Eternel, Haiti. UN Photo/UNICEF/Marco Dormino

  A new initiative has been launched at the United Nations to help eliminate cholera in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, the two countries that make up the Caribbean island of Hispaniola. Announcing the initiative at UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said it will take a holistic approach to [...]

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Women out loud: How women living with HIV will help the world end AIDS

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A new report, entitled Women out loud, explores the impact of HIV on women and the instrumental role women living with the virus are playing to end AIDS. The report, by UNAIDS, includes the latest data and commentary from some of the leading advocates on women and HIV. The report includes the voices of some [...]

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Egypt's democratic future under threat without representative constitution: IPU

Listen / Demonstrations in Egypt early this year.

Egypt's fight for democracy will have been in vain without putting in place a constitution that guarantees the rights of all its' people or, one on which everyone can agree, says the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Abdelwahad Radi says "Democracy and strong democratic leadership is about listening to and representing the [...]

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Dozens of children threatened with execution in Yemen

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There's dismay at Yemen's execution of a girl named Hind Al-Barti on the 3rd of December this year, according to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. In addition, the Committee says 21 juvenile offenders, all under the age of 18 at the time of commission of the offenses, have been condemned to [...]

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UN expert on sexual violence in conflict wraps up visit to Central African Republic

Listen / SRSG Zeinab BANGURA speaking with media in Bangui, Central African Republic, during a Press conference she held upon arrival to her first field mission since she took office. UN Photo/Cristina Silveiro

The full power of the international community will be harnessed to fight those who commit sexual violence in the Central African Republic, according to a senior UN official visiting the country. Zainab Bangura, UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, made this vow during a press conference on Wednesday, marking the end of her [...]

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UN launches new initiative to help fight cholera on Hispaniola

Listen / Haitian girl is treated for cholera

The United Nations has launched a new initiative to support the Hispaniola campaign for the Elimination of Cholera on the island shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The announcement was made by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “The new initiative will invest in prevention, treatment, and education.” Duration: 5″ Secretary-General Ban says this new initiative [...]

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Dozens of children on death row in Yemen

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Dozens of juvenile offenders below the age of 18 continue to face the death penalty in Yemen, in violation of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child. The latest victim was a girl named as Hind Al-Barti who was executed on the 3rd of December this year. The UN Committee on the [...]

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Secretary-General deplores North Korea rocket launch

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is concerned about the negative consequences on regional peace and stability following Wednesday's launch of a long-range rocket by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. In a statement, Mr. Ban called the move regrettable, saying it was a clear violation of a UN Security Council resolution which bans the country from [...]

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Bad policies have caused underdevelopment in Africa: UN scholar

Listen / Cocoa beans in Cameroon. Resource countries are particularly susceptible to bad policies, says Fosu - IMF

A number of African countries are making progress in economic development, according to a scholar at the United Nations University in Helsinki, Finland. However, in the 1970s and 1980s, bad policies adopted by national governments have been blamed for underdevelopment that has afflicted Sub-Saharan Africa. The UN University scholar, Augustin Fosu has identified four such [...]

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