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Ban receives 2012 Sina Award of Special Merit; counts on China and its people to advance UN campaign for progress

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (file photo).

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has received the 2012 Sina Award of Special Merit.  In a video message to the ceremony, the Secretary-General said he accepted the award on behalf of all United Nations staff members, especially the team in the Department of Public Information. He says thanks to their hard work, the United Nations Weibo [...]

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UN Chief closely following situation in Mali

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is closely following the situation in Mali, according to a statement from the Office of his Spokesperson. The statement says the Secretary-General welcomes that bilateral partners are responding, at the request and with the consent of the government of Mali, to its call for assistance to counter the troubling push southward by [...]

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Kofi Annan touches on Syria challenges during book discussion at UN

Kofi Annan

UN-Arab League Joint Special Representative for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, does not have the help that he needs, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan told a packed room at the UN on Monday. He said Mr. Brahimi is encountering  problems he faced as the envoy attempting to mediate an end to the crisis in the country. Mr. [...]

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Israeli settlements in the West Bank are illegal: UN

West Bank settlements

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has noted that Israeli settlements in the West Bank are illegal under international law. A statement from the Office of the Spokesperson says the Secretary-General is following with concern developments regarding the announced plans for Israeli settlement construction in the so-called E1 area, on which he expressed his grave disappointment in his [...]

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UN envoy welcomes return of renowned doctor to clinic in eastern DRC

The head of the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has welcomed the return of a renowned gynaecologist to the clinic he founded for rape victims in the eastern part of the country. Dr. Denis Mukwege was back at work on Monday at the Panzi Clinic in Bukavu nearly three months [...]

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UN Radio News 14 January 2013

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UK donation aims to help Haiti withstand future disasters

Hurricane Sandy passed to the west of Haiti on 25 October, causing heavy rains and strong winds, flooding homes and overflowing rivers. Photo: UN Photo/Logan Abassi

The United Kingdom is helping Haiti to better withstand and recover from future catastrophes as the country continues to rebuild three years after the deadly earthquake. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) says the UK will contribute 10 million pounds to assist the country's government in acting immediately when disaster strikes. UK International Development Secretary Justine [...]

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Turkey reports shortage in camp space for Syrian refugees: UNHCR

Syrian children look out the windows of their home at the Oncupinar refugee camp near the Turkish border city of Kilis.  UNHCR/A.Brantwaite

A shortage of space in camps is the main challenge for local authorities in Turkey, where thousands of Syrians have found refuge, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). UNHCR reports that a new camp known as Nizip-2, which will house about 5,000 people, is set to open by the end of next week. UNHCR [...]

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UN Expert group calls for guarantees on gender equality and women's rights in Tunisia's constitution

Kamala Chandrakirana

There's been a call for the Government of Tunisia to adopt stronger constitutional provisions on gender equality and non-discrimination, and to implement temporary special measures to accelerate increased participation of women in all spheres of life. The head of the United Nations Working Group on discrimination against women in law and in practice Kamala Chandrakirana, [...]

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UNAIDS' Sidibe lauds efforts of BRICS to promote global health

Michel Sidibe, Executive Director for UNAIDS

The top official of UNAIDS has emphasized the unique role of the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) to draw on their positive experience with HIV to serve as an engine for innovation, research and development of health solutions for other developing countries. Michel Sidibe said "the BRICS countries are demonstrating how [...]

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ILO head hails signing of Tunisian social contract

ILO chief Guy Ryder

  The signing of a landmark social contract in Tunisia has been hailed by ILO chief Guy Ryder as "a major and historic initiative on governance" whose effects will reach beyond the country's borders. He said "It will serve as an example to other countries in transition in the region, and even beyond," adding that [...]

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Human Rights Commissioner calls for inquiry into North Korea abuses

A woman health worker examines the chest of a malnourished boy at a hospital in the northern city of Huichon. UNICEF

  UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay is calling for international inquiry into what she labels the "deplorable" human rights situation in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Ms. Pillay recently met with two survivors of the country's political prison camps where it's believed 200,000 people have been locked up for legitimate, peaceful [...]

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Call for international inquiry into human rights abuses in North Korea

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has called for an international inquiry into the human rights abuses in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Navi Pillay recently met two survivors of the country's complex network of political prison camps which are believed to house 200,000 or more people. She says, "Their personal stories were [...]

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More than 1.5 million Zimbabweans need food: WFP

Zimbabwean families enjoy hot meal: WFP

  Poor rains and a drop in agricultural production in Zimbabwe have left 1.6 million people in urgent need of food assistance, according to the World Food Programme (WFP). The United Nations food agency says that most of the vulnerable people are in rural areas of the Southern African country. It is particularly concerned as [...]

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