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UNICEF urges Russia to put best interests of children first

Listen / Anthony Lake

The government of Russia has been urged to let the best interests of children determine its actions. The appeal comes from the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) following a reported overwhelming vote in the Russian Parliament to ban American citizens from adopting Russian orphans. In a statement issued on Wednesday, the Executive Director of UNICEF, Anthony [...]

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Burundian children born in Tanzania face challenges back home

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Reintegrating thousands of Burundian children born in Tanzania is a big challenge, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR). The Tanzanian government set 31 December as the deadline for Burundian refugees who have been in the country for 20 years to lose their refugee status. The agency says in less than six weeks, between [...]

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UN Daily News 26 December 2012

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Timor-Leste has capacity to build says UN official

Listen / Haq address Security Council on Timor-Leste situation

  The people of Timor-Leste have the capacity to continue to build their country, says the head of the United Nations Department of Field Support. Ms. Ameerah Haq spoke to UN Radio as the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) approaches the end of its mandate on 31 December. Ms. Haq was the head of [...]

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End impunity and empower victims of sexual violence in conflict: UN official

Listen / Zainab Bangura

Ending impunity for those who commit sexual violence during conflict is one of the goals of Zainab Bangura, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General tasked with fighting this scourge. A former Minister of Health in Sierra Leone, Ms. Bangura this month conducted her first official mission which took her to the Central African Republic. [...]

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UN envoy details progress and challenges in Afghanistan

Listen / Ján Kubiš

While Afghanistan continues to face significant challenges in areas such as human rights and protection, the country has realized strong political and development gains, according to the top UN envoy in the country. In his recent year-end briefing to the Security Council, Ján Kubiš stressed the need for a sustained partnership between Afghanistan and the [...]

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UNESCO condemns killing of Syrian TV cameraman

Listen / Irina Bokova

The head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has condemned the recent killing of a Syrian television cameraman. In a statement issued on Wednesday, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova says she is appalled by the killing of Haidar al-Sumudi and the continuing attacks on journalists in Syria. UNESCO says Haidar al-Sumudi, who worked [...]

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