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Children take new UN guided tour

Listen / Monique Coleman (left), UN Champion for Youth, took part in activities with children at the launch of the Tours.

Opening the first-ever guided tours for for children at the United Nations on Monday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said, “As young citizens of our planet, I hope that what you learn on your adventure at the United Nations this morning will inspire you to help us to improve the lives of millions of people around [...]

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UN launches tour for children

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon took part in activities with children at the launch of the United Nations Children's Tours:  Credit: UN Photo/Mark Garten

"Our doors are always open to the children of our world", Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a group of children Monday as the UN Visitors Services launched new tours tailored specifically to children. The Secretary-General told the youngsters "the United Nations exists for you, and you can come here any time and be a part of [...]

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UN chief condemns killing of health workers in Nigeria

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

The killings of three doctors from North Korea in Nigeria and of health workers earlier have been strongly condemned by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. In a statement on Monday, he says those killed were working selflessly to provide basic life-saving interventions to the most vulnerable people. According to reports, the North Korean doctors were hacked [...]

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Miss Universe raises HIV/AIDS awareness in Indonesia

Listen / Olivia Culpo, Miss Universe 2012

In her first-ever official visit abroad as Miss Universe, Olivia Culpo took part in an open discussion with Indonesian youth on raising HIV/AIDS awareness. Ms. Culpo says she is committed to working with young people globally, on behalf of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and UNAIDS, as she believes that spreading international awareness about this [...]

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International Year of Water Cooperation launched

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  The world is inching toward a water crisis as the number of users increases dramatically. That warning was made on Monday by Ambassador Csaba Kőrösi of Hungary during the launch of the International Year of Water Cooperation at UN Headquarters in New York. He said that 2.5 billion people will live very soon in [...]

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UN supports Liberia to probe crash of aircraft from Guinea

Listen / Martin Nesirky

The United Nations mission in Liberia (UNMIL) is supporting authorities in Liberia to investigate the crash of an aircraft from Guinea on Monday. According to reports, the aircraft crashed near Monrovia's international airport carrying the head of Guinea's armed forces and ten other people. UN spokesperson, Martin Nesirky has more. "The UN Mission in Liberia [...]

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Human rights expert wraps up visit to Sudan

Listen / Mashood Baderin

Several opposition figures in Sudan who are currently being held in jail are in urgent need of medical attention, according to a UN independent expert on the situation of human rights in the country. Mashood Baderin, who is a Law Professor at the University of London, has just concluded an eight-day mission to Sudan which [...]

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UN Daily News 11 February 2013

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Government of Sudan and rebel group sign ceasefire agreement

Listen / Gambian troops of the African Union-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID)

  The government of Sudan and a major rebel group have signed an agreement to stop fighting in the troubled Darfur region of Sudan. The agreement was signed in Doha, Qatar, on Sunday by senior officials of the Sudanese government and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM). The joint UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) [...]

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UNDP chief urges quick measures against non-communicable diseases

Listen / Helen Clarke

  The top official at the UN Development Programme –UNDP called on Monday for swift, firm measures to halt a global surge in diseases such as cancer and diabetes, saying they belong "permanently on the global development agenda." Helen Clarke says "Failure to curb the growing epidemic of  non-communicable diseases (NCDs) now, will lead to [...]

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Committee to end discrimination against women starts its session in Geneva

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As the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women began its session in Geneva on Monday,  it was reminded that violence continues to deter girls from attending school. The message was delivered to the session by Jacob Schneider from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. He reminded the Committee about [...]

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UNRWA calls attention to rising number of deaths and injuries among Palestinians in Syria

Listen / Yarmouk camp for Palestinian refugees in the Syrian capital Damascus. Photo: IRIN/Gabriela Keller

The UN agency assisting Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) has called attention to the rising number of deaths and injuries among Palestine refugees in Syria and has repeated its grave concern about this trend. In a statement Monday, UNRWA says credible reports indicate that on 7 February, 2013, 12 Palestine refugees were killed and many others injured [...]

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Youth urged to make a difference in promoting sustainable development

Listen / Youth Conference at UNEP Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya

Young people from around the world have been urged to seriously discuss how they can make a difference in protecting the environment. The call comes from the top official of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) at the start of a major United Nations youth conference in Nairobi, Kenya on Monday. Executive Director Achim Steiner called [...]

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Is good governance good for development?

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There is no evidence good governance is necessary for development, says Jomo Sundaram, an economist who is now Assistant Director-General for Social and Economic Development with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Mr. Sundaram was among the speakers at a UN panel discussion on the topic, "Is good governance good for development?" He, along with [...]

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