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UN Chief moves into newly renovated offices; praises their energy efficiency

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon sits at the desk in his new office on the 38th floor

This is an historic day for the United Nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday as he moved into new offices at the newly-renovated UN Secretariat building. The Secretary-General told reporters he was excited to be back to the landmark Secretariat building after it was beautifully renovated. He pointed to the systems and the space, noting [...]

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Top envoy strongly condemns deadly attacks in Iraq

Martin Kobler

The top United Nations envoy in Iraq on Monday strongly condemned attacks that have claimed dozens of lives across the Middle Eastern nation since Sunday. Gerry Adams reports. A series of attacks – targeting both Iraqi security forces and civilians – killed at least 25 people on Monday. The wave of violence was preceded on [...]

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URDU #50: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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1.  Bridging of gap between commitments & actions for disabled persons urged by Ban ki Moon 2.  Ban ki Moon : Israel should rescind plan to cut off East Jerusalem from West Bank 3.  UN Humanitarian chief praises Bangladesh disaster preparedness 4.  Government regulators from 193 countries discuss updating telecommunications rules in Dubai 5.  UNHCR [...]

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Aboriginal women in Australia face abuse, says an aborigine

Cathy Eatock

  Australia's aboriginal female community experiences much higher rates of abuse than the rest of the population, says Cathy Eatock, a senior policy officer in state government. Ms. Eatock, an aboriginie herself, spoke at a recent meeting at the United Nations on strategies for ending violence against women. She explained to Gerry Adams some of [...]

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UN Daily News 17 December 2012

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Progress in fighting malaria threatened by slowdown in global efforts

Woman receives a bed net

Progress made in controlling malaria is being threatened by a slowdown in global efforts against the disease. The warning comes in this year's annual report of the World Health Organization (WHO) on malaria. WHO says that $5 billion is needed over the next decade to combat malaria but only half of that amount is available. [...]

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Forest Whitaker launches peace organization in South Sudan

Forest Whitaker

Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation, announced on Monday that his PeaceEarth Foundation is launching the Youth Peacemaker Network in South Sudan. The Network is designed to nurture a new generation of leaders in the world's youngest country, the majority of whose population is under the age of 30. [...]

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Fukushima conference wraps up with an eye to the future

Ministerial Conference

A Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety wrapped up Monday with calls for continuous improvement and vigilance to further strengthen nuclear safety worldwide. The Fukushima Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety aimed to share knowledge and lessons from the Fukushima Daiichi accident, further enhance transparency and discuss the progress of international efforts to strengthen nuclear safety, including [...]

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Asia-Pacific Countries support ground-breaking strategy to 'make every life count'

Committee on Statistics

  Leading statisticians and senior government officials from 41 countries in the Asia-Pacific region have agreed to ambitious steps to improve environment and social statistics, critical in the context of the post-2015 development agenda. They've also endorsed a strategy to improve civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems in the region. Speaking at the opening, [...]

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UNRWA appeals for safeguard and security of Palestinians in Syria

UNRWA concerned about safety of Palestinian refugees in Syria

  Syrian authorities and all parties to the conflict are being urged to safeguard the security of Palestine refugees wherever they reside in Syria. The call comes from the top official of the UN agency assisting Palestinian refugees Filippo Grandi Grandi’s appeal follows what's been described as horrific images captured by news agencies, and reports [...]

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WHO signals slowdown in the fight against malaria

child sleeping under a treated bed net

Global efforts to prevent and control malaria are slowing down, threatening to reverse gains made during the past decade to contain one of the worlds leading infectious disease. This is according to the World Health Organization(WHO) in its annual World Malaria Report. WHO says delivery of bed-nets in sub Saharan Africa has dropped from a [...]

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Ban expresses concern over escalations of violence in Syria

  UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed alarm over the continued dramatic escalation of violence in Syria over the past several days. According to a statement attributable to the Secretary-General's Spokesperson's office, there have been reports of a mass killing of civilians in the village of Aqrab near Hama, as well as alleged firing of [...]

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