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Sámi activist stresses role of youth in preserving indigenous cultures

Tuomas Aslak Juuso, president of the National Finnish Sámi Youths

Indigenous young people from around the world are at the UN this week for the first international expert group meeting to analyze how human rights standards and policies can benefit them. Among the participants is Tuomas Aslak Juuso, 27, who has been promoting the rights of the Sámi in Finland over the past decade. Tuomas [...]

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Human Rights Council moves to reschedule examination of Israel's human rights record

Remigiusz Henczel of Poland, elected as president of the Human Rights Council for 2013. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

The Human Rights Council has rescheduled examination of Israel’s human rights record to October or November this year. This follows Israel’s failure to submit a report and show up today for a discussion scheduled in the Universal Periodic Review, known as the UPR. Israel is the first state that has not taken part in the [...]

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Security situation in Libya remains precarious as efforts to reform assume greater coherence: SRSG Mitri

Tarek Mitri, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), briefs the Security Council on the situation in that country.

While Libyan authorities move forward with determination for institution building, many difficult decisions have yet to be taken in the areas of constitution-making, transitional justice, reconciliation and security sector reform. That's what the head of the UN Support Mission in Libya Tarek Mitri told the Security Council on Tuesday. He says broad based support for [...]

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UN Daily News 29 January 2013

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Protection of civilians major concern in North Kivu

Thousands of people have been displaced by fighting in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Photo: OCHA/Imane Cherif

  The protection of civilians remains a major concern in North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to the UN humanitarian agency, OCHA. The agency says that over the past few days, 2,000 children while on their way to school have been forced to pay money to armed men in the Busumba [...]

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UN food agency resumes work in Somali city of Kismayo

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The World Food Programme (WFP) has begun providing food assistance in the southern Somali city of Kismayo for the first time in more than four years. The port city had been under the Al Shabaab Islamist extremists until they were expelled last year by Somali forces, supported by troops from the African Union Mission in [...]

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Tourism shows strong growth; predicted to rise annually

Marcelo Risi

The UN World Tourism Organization, UNWTO, reports that international tourism is continuing its robust growth in 2013. International tourist arrivals grew by four percent in 2012, with emerging economies, particularly those in Asia and the Pacific, leading advanced economies. According to Marcelo Risi of the UNWTO, tourism is one of the pillars that should be [...]

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UN agency gearing up to assist potential returnees to northern Mali

Malian refugees with their belongings after arriving at Goudebou camp in Burkina Faso.
© UNHCR/H.Reichenberger

  With the situation in Mali evolving quickly, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) says it's preparing for the possible return of thousands of people to the north of the country. It's estimated that nearly 400,000 people have fled northern Mali since Islamist extremists took control a year ago. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed recent [...]

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UN agencies and NGOs call for appropriate feeding of infants and young children in the Syria emergency

A Syrian refugee woman holds her child

  Four United Nations agencies and two non-governmental organizations have called for promoting breastfeeding and appropriate complementary feeding. UNICEF, the UN refugee agency, the World Health Organization, World Food Programme, International Medical Corps, and International Organization of Christian Charities/Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch strongly urged those involved in the response to the Syria crisis and [...]

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Thousands planning to return home to northern Mali

Abdullah and his family live in a room normally used for storage. They fled from the town of Diabaly last week when fighting broke out and headed to Bamako.© UNHCR/H.Caux

Thousands of people displaced by conflict in the north of Mali are expected to head home soon, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR, which says it's gearing up to assist them as they make their journey.  UNHCR says it hopes to have proper access to Gao and other cities in the north as [...]

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights calls for an end to the violence in Egypt

Egyptian women

  The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, has called on all sides in the current unrest in Egypt "to refrain from resorting to violence and to resolve their differences peacefully." More than 50 people are believed to have been killed in Egypt since January 24th, when thousands of Egyptians took to [...]

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Asian dynamism boosts trade in IT goods: UNCTAD

ECOSOC forum encourages youth to use technology to shape the future

  Global exports of information and communication technology (ICT) goods climbed by four per cent to $1.8 trillion in 2011, according to new data from the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Figures show that the growth was driven by trade in developing Asia, where such exports reached a record $1.2 trillion for the [...]

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FAO urges stronger measures on global health threats

Bird flu

The world risks a repeat of the disastrous 2006 bird flu outbreaks unless surveillance and control of this and other dangerous animal diseases is strengthened globally, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warns. Continued strict vigilance is required, however, given that large reservoirs of the H5N1 virus still exist in some countries in Asia [...]

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