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Young people "at very sharp end of the jobs crisis," says ILO chief

People looking for jobs at an employment agency

More people are likely to be without jobs this year, the International Labour Organization (ILO) warns in a report released late on Monday. In its "Global Employment Trends 2013" report, the ILO says that global unemployment rose last year after falling for two straight years. According to the ILO, the number of unemployed worldwide in [...]

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UN team "shocked" by what it sees in two Syrian cities

Syrian child struggling to stay warm - UNHCR

A team of United Nations humanitarian agencies says that it was shocked by what it has seen in two Syrian cities affected by the more than 20 months of conflict in the country. The team of seven agencies, led by John Ging, Operations Director of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), [...]

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UN Security Council opens debate on improving peacekeeping operations

Peacekeepers from the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP)

The UN Security Council is meeting on Monday to adopt a proposal on how to improve multi-dimensional peacekeeping operations. Two thousand thirteen marks the 65th anniversary of UN peacekeeping, the first mission being the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan, UNMOGIP. Gerry Adams reports. Duration:  2’40″

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UN Radio News 21 January 2013

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UN chief welcomes ceasefire in Kachin, Myanmar

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The ceasefire in the northern state of Kachin in Myanmar announced by the government on Friday has been welcomed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. In a statement issued by his spokesperson on Sunday, the Secretary-General says that he is following the implementation of the ceasefire. Tens of thousands of people were reportedly forced to flee [...]

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Detainees are tortured in Afghanistan, says UN report

Afghan National Police

Torture of conflict-related detainees persists and remains a serious concern in a number of detention facilities across Afghanistan, according to the UN mission in the country (UNAMA). In a report released on Sunday, UNAMA says this is happening despite significant efforts by the government and international partners to address ill-treatment of the detainees. The report [...]

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UN chief calls for more women's participation in peacekeeping

Peacekeepers from Guatemala in Haiti

Countries have been urged to provide key military assets and more women staff to serve at United Nations peacekeeping operations. The call came from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as the Security Council held an open debate on peacekeeping operations. Mr. Ban said the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations and the Department of Field Support are [...]

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Security Council strongly condemns terrorist attack in Algeria

Jalil Abbas Jilani

The Security Council has strongly condemned what it has described as "heinous" terrorist attacks in Algeria which have killed and injured a number of people. The Council statement comes at the end of the four-day siege of a gas facility near the  desert town of Amenas where terrorists had been holding hostages from eight countries. [...]

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In Zimbabwe, goldmining is Rosemary Marimo’s business!

Rosemary Marimo supervising workers

Rosemary Marimo is a woman with purpose. She began prospecting for gold in Musowe, Zimbabwe with her husband 20 years ago. Now 60 years old and a widow, she has been running the business alone. Mary Ferreira of UN Television first met Rosemary when she visited Zimbabwe to produce a feature on gender equality and [...]

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Public health challenges big but not insurmountable: WHO chief

Margaret Chan

Public health challenges are big but not insurmountable, says Dr. Margaret Chan, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO). In her report to the agency's Executive Board in Geneva on Monday, she identified some of the challenges as rising public expectations for health, shrinking budgets and soaring costs at a time of financial belt [...]

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Stevie Wonder renews his commitment to people with disabilities

Stevie Wonder and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Stevie Wonder, a world renowned musician and a UN Messenger of Peace, was at the UN recently to meet with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to stress his commitment to the human rights of people living with disabilities. Alex King caught up with him and asked him first about what the biggest challenges are for people [...]

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