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Wanted: More women police officers

Listen / Ann-Marie Orler, United Nations Police Adviser

The United Nations aims to achieve an increase of at least 20 per cent more women police officers in peacekeeping by 2014. That's according to Anne-Marie Orler, the UN Police Adviser. She says women police officers play a critical role in combating the scourge of sexual and gender based violence. She tells UN Radio's Donn [...]

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More people are displaced in Mali as fighting continues: UNHCR

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• As fighting continues, people are fleeing their homes in northern Mali, according to the UN refugee agency. UNHCR says the people are going to Mauritania, Niger and Burkina Faso while others are being displaced within the country. Some people are leaving the north to escape the strict application of Sharia law by Islamist extremists. [...]

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Security Council extends Central African Republic mandate

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The UN Security Council on Thursday unanimously adopted a resolution which extends the mandate of the UN mission in the Central African Republic known by its French acronym, BINUCA. The resolution also calls for the full implementation of a ceasefire between the Government and the Seleka Coalition of armed groups. Gerry Adams reports. Duration: 1’58″

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Ban Ki-moon calls for action to resolve crises in Syria and Mali

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) with UK Prime Minister David Cameron. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The United Nations Secretary-General on Thursday appealed to world leaders to help end the crises in Syria and Mali. Addressing the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Ban Ki-moon said the military confrontation in Syria is exerting a tremendous toll on the civilian population with over 60,000 people killed. He stressed that the crisis must [...]

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Germany makes EUR 1 billion contribution to the Global Fund

Listen / The Global Fund's new Executive Director Mark Dybul (left), Bill Gates and Dirk Niebel (right), the Minister of Economic Cooperation of Germany

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is to receive a contribution of EUR 1 billion from Germany which will enable health workers to continue efforts to prevent and treat the three highly infectious diseases. The announcement was made by Dirk Niebel, Germany's Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development at a news conference [...]

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Women police officers critical in combating sexual violence: UN official

Listen / UN Police Adviser Ann-Marie Orler

Women police officers in United Nations peacekeeping operations play a critical role in combating the scourge of sexual violence, according to the UN Police Adviser, Anne-Marie Orler. Ms. Orler told UN Radio on Thursday that the goal of the United Nations is to have at least 20 per cent of women police officers in peacekeeping [...]

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Security Council renews mandate of UN mission in Central African Republic

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A government of national unity is being formed in the Central African Republic (CAR) as part of the agreements to end the conflict in the country. That's what Ambassador Charles Armel Doubane told the Security Council on Thursday after it unanimously adopted a resolution extending the mandate of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in the [...]

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Head of UN mission in Haiti outlines challenges on the horizon

Listen / MINUSTAH chief Mariano Fernández (left) with Haitian President Michel Martelly in June 2011.  (UN Photo/Victoria Hazou)

Haiti is facing two main challenges: creating economic progress and conducting  legislative and local elections. That assessment comes from Mariano Fernández, the head of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), who is in New York this week. MINUSTAH has been on the ground since 2004, following on from previous peacekeeping operations and other [...]

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Elections and economy big challenges for Haiti: UN envoy

Listen / Mariano Fernández, Head of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH)

The holding of elections and economic reconstruction are two key challenges facing Haiti as it recovers from the earthquake that devastated the country three years ago. That according to the head of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), Mariano Fernández. He told UN Radio on Thursday that with the assistance of MINUSTAH, Haiti [...]

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UNESCO Director-General joins partners in Davos to launch school health and nutrition initiative

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In a bid to improve access to health care, nutrition and education for the world's most underserved children, UNESCO (the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) is joining forces with the World Food Programme, UNICEF and the private sector to launch a three-year partnership, "Nourishing Bodies, Nourishing Minds," at the World Economic Forum in Davos, [...]

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IMF projects modest growth pickup in 2013

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Global growth will strengthen gradually in 2013, says the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in an update to its World Economic Outlook (WEO), as the constraints on economic activity start to ease this year. But the IMF says the recovery is slow and the report stresses that policies must address downside risks to bolster growth. The [...]

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German soccer star boosts anti-AIDS efforts in South Africa

Listen / Michael Ballack with young football players

Efforts to combat HIV and AIDS in South Africa got a boost recently with the visit by German soccer star Michael Ballack. The country is believed to have the highest number of people affected by HIV and AIDS. UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador and football star, Michael Ballack spent a weekend in South Africa learning how [...]

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