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European Union contributes to stabilizing Horn of Africa, says top diplomat

Security Council chamber [UN file photo].

  The European Union has played an important role in achieving a political breakthrough and improving security in the Horn of Africa, according to the organization's top diplomat. Catherine Ashton spoke in the Security Council on Wednesday during the discussion of cooperation between the United Nations and regional and sub-regional organizations in maintaining international peace [...]

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Africa seeks united position on disaster risk reduction

An aerial view of Arusha, Tanzania by Gerald Davison

Africa’s position on a new global framework for disaster risk reduction amidst continuing concern over the ravages of climate change, drought, floods and other natural hazards is the focus of the 4th Africa Regional Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction meeting taking place in Tanzania. The meeting, attended by representatives of 40 African States is to [...]

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UN concerned about health of Palestinian detainees

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay.

  United Nations officials have expressed concern about the health of Palestinian detainees on hunger strike in Israeli custody. The prisoners who have not been charged or face trial are being held under what is called "administrative detention" by Israel. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has reiterated her concern about this [...]

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UN chief calls for strengthened partnership with the Americas

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

  Countries in the Americas can contribute more to United Nations' efforts to solve global problems. That's the message delivered by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. He said that global influence of the Americas is on the rise as many [...]

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UN Daily News 13 February 2013

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Promoting youth participation on World Radio Day

Syrian youth trained on citizen journalism and radio techniques - © UNESCO

  Advances in technology have brought new ways to communicate with each other, but radio remains the medium that reaches the widest audience worldwide. That's according to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) which is behind the annual observance of World Radio Day on 13 February. The day also marks the anniversary of [...]

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Burundi "not enthusiastic" about language in a Security Council resolution

Herménégilde Niyonzima

The representative of Burundi has said his country is "not enthusiastic” about the terminology used in a resolution on his country adopted by the Security Council on Wednesday. In a unanimous vote, the Council extended the mandate of the UN Office in Burundi (BNUB) for one year to continue its efforts to help the country [...]

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Head of UN food agency concludes visit to Tanzania

WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin (file photo).

The head of the UN food agency wrapped up a two-day visit to Tanzania on Wednesday. During her visit, the Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, met with Tanzanian leaders to discuss WFP's work in the East African country. In the capital, Dar-es-Salaam, Ms Cousin visited the logistical hub at the [...]

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Food and nutrition security should be the top development goal: FAO

2nd Agricultural trade fair in Juba, South Sudan (UN Photo/Isaac Billy Gideon Lu'b)

There's a call for food security and nutrition to be the central element in future development efforts. According to a global multi-stakeholder consultation which discussed the world development agenda beyond 2015, new development objectives should be established for the entire global community. The one-day consultation on Hunger, Food Security and Nutrition in the Post-2015 Development [...]

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States have primary responsibility for protecting civilians: Security Council

A peacekeeper of the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) with a group of children during patrols (01/03/2007)

  The UN Security Council has expressed its deep concern that civilians continue to account for the vast majority of casualties in situations of armed conflict. In a presidential statement late Tuesday following a day-long meeting, the Council reaffirmed that parties to armed conflict bear the primary responsibility to take all feasible steps to ensure [...]

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UN refugee agency delivers aid to north-west Syria

The UNHCR convoy, which carried 200 tonnes of aid comprising tents and blankets. © UNHCR/A.Solumsmoen

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) on Wednesday completed its second aid delivery into north-western Syria where thousands of internally displaced people are in acute need of humanitarian assistance. UNHCR says the convoy of seven trucks carrying 1,000 tents and 15,000 blankets, travelled from Latakia and Damascus to the Bab al-Hawa area near the Syrian-Turkish [...]

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It’s World Radio Day


Today is World Radio Day. The decision to declare 13 February as World Radio Day was adopted by UNESCO. This celebration marks the day in 1946 when the newly-founded United Nations decided to establish and launch UN Radio. In a message to mark the occasion, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that from short-wave to FM [...]

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