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World Radio Day: Focus on an independent radio station in Somalia

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• World Radio Day is observed on 13 February each year to celebrate the role of the medium in providing information over the airwaves. UNESCO says “in the age of new media, radio remains the medium that can carry any message to any place at any time.” In Somalia, Radio Bar-Kulan has played a critical [...]

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UN Secretary-General and top United States diplomat discuss global issues

Listen / UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) addresses a joint press conference with US Secretary of State John Kerry.  (UN Photo/Mark Garten)

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday met with the new United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, to discuss a number of global issues. They included the ongoing crises in Syria and Mali, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the latest nuclear test conducted by North Korea, as well as the Iranian nuclear issue. In welcoming the [...]

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GA President urges a redoubling of efforts to heal wounds between peoples of different religions

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"Our world is still characterized by too much confrontation, intolerance, and recurring warfare", President of the UN General Assembly Vuc Jeremic told a special event titled 'United for a Culture of Peace through Interfaith Harmony' on Thursday. He said it was evident that some of the aspirations of the UN's founders still needed to be [...]

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Seventy journalists killed in 2012: CPJ

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The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has described 2012 as "a sad year … for press freedom" with 70 journalists killed. Presenting the organization's annual report on Thursday, the Deputy Director of the CPJ Rob Mahoney said 2012 was the worst year for the imprisonment of journalists. He said at least 232 journalists were in [...]

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UN Daily News 14 February 2013

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UN official foreshadows "broader peacebuilding mission" in Somalia

Listen / A Burundian soldier, as part of the African Union Mission in Somalia, on patrol near the city of Merca on 2 February. UN Photo/Tobin Jones

The UN is moving to increase its engagement in Somalia. That's what a senior official from the UN Department of Political Affairs told members of the Security Council during a briefing on Thursday. After years without a government followed by transitional rule, a new Somali president was elected in September 2012. Dianne Penn reports. Duration: [...]

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Somalia will fight "scourge" of Al-Shabaab until victory: Foreign Minister

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The government of Somalia is committed to continue the fight against the Al-Shabaab extremists until the final victory is realized. That's what the Foreign Minister of the Horn of Africa country, Fawzia Yusuf Adam told the Security Council on Thursday as it discussed the situation in the east African country.  She spoke of a rebirth [...]

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UN-Habitat launches The City Prosperity Index

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Development actors need to explore a more inclusive notion of prosperity and development, finds new UN-Habitat report The State of the World's Cities 2012/2013: The Prosperity of Cities. According to the report, there is a need for a shift in attention around the world in favour of a more robust notion of development – one [...]

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We are in a time of transition: Ban

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We are in a time of great transition, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in remarks Wednesday evening to the Global Leadership Coalition in Washington DC. The Secretary-General said the transformation is economic, as vigorous new centres of growth emerge and new relationships evolve. It is also demographic, as populations age in some regions, while in others, [...]

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One Billion Rising aims to end violence against women

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  Men and women around the world are being urged to rise and dance together on 14 February to end violence against women. The Office of the UN Secretary-General and "Unite to End Violence against Women" are joining the One Billion Rising campaign at UN Headquarters. Michelle Bachelet, the head of UN Women, the United [...]

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ONE BILLION RISING: A campaign to end violence against women

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On February 14th, a billion people – men and women, across the globe are being urged to rise and dance together to end violence against women. Eve Ensler, author of the famous Vagina Monologues, says the campaign, called ONE BILLION RISING, will be “the biggest global action in the history of humankind to end the [...]

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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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