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One Billion Rising, 14 February 2013

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Michelle Bachelet, the Executive Director of UN Women, says she stands up for the fundamental human right of every woman and girl to live a life free from fear and violence. On 14 February 2013, as part of the One Billion Rising campaign sponsored by Eve Ensler's V-day organization, join Michelle Bachelet and one billion [...]

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Security Council discusses protection of civilians in armed conflict

Listen / UNMIS troops patrol in Abyei area to protect civilians

The Security Council on Tuesday held an open debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflicts around the world. The meeting, convened under the presidency of the Republic of Korea, is attended by foreign ministers of countries that are members of the  Council. In his address, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the debate is [...]

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Security Council addresses North Korea nuclear test in the context of protection of civilians

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The Security Council has made progress in the area of protection of civilians in armed conflict since it began dealing with the issue in 1999.   Still, civilians continue to account for the vast majority of casualties in armed conflict, according to the Republic of Korea.   The country, which holds the presidency of the [...]

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UN human rights chief warns of "catastrophic spiral of violence” in Mali

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  Protection of human rights is key to stabilizing the situation in Mali, says United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. In remarks to the Security Council during an open debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflict, Ms. Pillay said the Council has achieved political consensus regarding the situation in Mali, [...]

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UN Daily News 12 February 2013

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UN officials and ambassadors denounce latest DPRK nuclear test

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  North Korea's decision to conduct an underground nuclear test has drawn international condemnation. The Security Council in New York, the Conference on Disarmament meeting in Geneva, and the head of the organization which monitors a global nuclear test ban treaty, have all denounced the explosion, which took place on Tuesday. This is the third [...]

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Security Council condemns nuclear test by North Korea

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  The Security Council has strongly condemned the nuclear test conducted by North Korea on Tuesday. A press statement by the Council says its members held urgent consultations to address the serious situation arising from the nuclear test conducted by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). The statement was read by Kim Sung-hwan, the [...]

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Syrian situation cries out for action by the UN Security Council: Ban

Listen / A Syrian refugee woman holds her child

"Syria is self-destructing", UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday evening in remarks at the Sorensen Distinguished Lecture on the United Nations at the Council on Foreign Relations. The Secretary-General said that "after nearly two years, we no longer count days in hours, but in bodies", adding that "Another day, another 100, 200, 300 dead". He [...]

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Head of IAEA visits cancer treatment centre in Tanzania

Listen / Patients waiting at the Ocean Road Cancer Institute in United Republic of Tanzania.

A cancer treatment facility in Tanzania has been described by the head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog agency as a success story. Yukiya Amano, the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) spoke to the staff of the Ocean Road Cancer Institute which he visited on Tuesday. He said the IAEA has [...]

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UNHCR finds looting and empty villages in Central African Republic

Listen / Ruined and abandoned house in the northern Central African Republic. Photo: IRIN/Anthony Morland

Villages in the northern part of the Central African Republic have been looted by armed groups who have terrorized and forced residents to flee, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR). A joint mission by UNHCR and Mercy Corps, last week went to the town of Bambari, about 400 kilometres northeast of the capital [...]

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North Korea's nuclear test poses a serious threat to global peace and stability: South Korea

Listen / Storax Sedan (yield 104 kt) - shallow underground nuclear test conducted by the United States on 6 July 1962 at Nevada Test Site. The main purpose of the detonation was to asses the non military dimension of a nuclear explosion. Image in the public domain

The irresponsible behaviour of North Korea goes against our common goal of halting nuclear proliferation and promoting nuclear disarmament, the representative of South Korea told the Conference on Disarmament Tuesday in Geneva. Ambassador Kwon Haeryong says "for the last two decades, North Korea has posed a serious threat to the international non-proliferation and disarmament regime". [...]

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DPRK nuclear test “a wrong step in the wrong direction”: CTBTO

Listen / Comparison of the first automatic location estimates of the 2006, 2009 and 2013 declared nuclear tests by North Korea.  CTBTO

"This is a wrong step in the wrong direction," the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) said in a statement Tuesday in denouncing the nuclear test conducted by the DPRK. Executive Secretary Tibor Tóth says "early in the morning, the international monitoring system of the Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organization detected a suspicious [...]

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Ban condemns DPRK nuclear test

Listen / Castle Romeo (yield 11 Mt) - an atmospheric nuclear test carried out by the U.S. on 1 March 1954 at Bikini Atoll, Marshal Islands. Image in the public domain Image: U.S Government

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the underground nuclear weapon test conducted by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Tuesday, saying it is a clear and grave violation of the relevant Security Council resolutions. In a statement through his spokesperson, the Secretary-General says "it is deplorable that Pyongyang defied the strong and unequivocal [...]

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