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Over a thousand injured by a meteor that hit Russia


A meteor hit Russia’s Chelyabinsk region on Friday injuring over a thousand people. Sergio Camacho, president of the Action Group of Objects close to the earth with the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), says injuries were mainly from flying glass because of the sonic boom and the pressure wave. Beng Poblete-Enriquez spoke with [...]

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Security Council welcomes launch of national dialogue in Yemen

The UN Security Council has welcomed the announcement by President Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi Mansour of Yemen of the launch of the National Dialogue Conference scheduled for 18 March. In a presidential statement on Friday , the Council commends those that have engaged constructively in the preparatory stages of the process. It also welcomes the issuance of a [...]

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Finding common ground for peace through religion

World Interfaith Harmony Week

World Interfaith Harmony Week was celebrated  in early February at the United Nations. First proposed and adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2010, the week provides an opportunity for all interfaith groups and other groups of goodwill to show the world what a powerful movement they are. Gerry Adams reports. Duration: 2’52″

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UN envoy hears concerns about the Sahel region

A child stands by a dried up riverbed in Niger

The UN Special Envoy for the Sahel, Romano Prodi has been meeting with leaders and members of civil society in the Sahel region of Africa. During his three day-visit to Senegal, Mauritania, Burkina Faso and Niger, Mr. Prodi was joined by the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for West Africa, Said Djinnit. Vannina Maestracci, who is travelling [...]

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More and better must be done to tackle food insecurity: Ambassador Talbot

George Wilfred Talbot

Calling strongly for concrete policy actions and targeted investments to enhance food security and scale up nutrition, top officials from the Economic and Social Council and the General Assembly's Economic and Financial Committee stressed that "hope, focus, pragmatism and determination" — bolstered by deeper cooperation — were crucial to ending hunger, a global challenge that [...]

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Belize Immigration Updates Border Information Management System, Skills

Belize map

IOM Belize is conducting a one-month training for immigration officials deployed at border points and in district offices across the country in the use of a computerized border management information system that will help them to identify and register everyone entering and exiting the country. The modern, US-funded system will register the entry and exit [...]

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Jamaica sees improved performance in the human development index

School for the Blind in Jamaica

Jamaica's extensive efforts to reform its social protection systems since 2000 have resulted in a considerably improved performance in the human development index. A representative of Jamaica Shorna-Kay Marie Richards told the Commission on Social Development that the National Development Plan "Vision 2030" targeted achievement of the Millennium Development Goals by 2015, and Jamaica's advance [...]

15 Feb 2013 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth sworn in

The Secretary-General and Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi(left)

The newly appointed Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, was sworn in at UN headquarters on Friday morning. The 29 year-old youth leader from Jordan has been described as a strong youth advocate with extensive knowledge of and commitment to working on youth issues at the local, regional and international levels. UN Spokesperson, Martin Nesirky [...]

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A concert of the 67th session of the General Assembly

New Years Concert featuring the Viva Vox choir - UN Photo/Mark Garten

  A concert, featuring the Viva Vox Choir from Belgrade, took place recently in the UN General Assembly Hall. Viva Vox choir performs mainly A cappella arrangements of world pop/rock and classical music, accompanied by beatbox. The concert was co-sponsored by the President of the 67th Session of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Vuk Jeremić, [...]

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UN Daily News 15 February 2013

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Both governments and citizens create prosperous cities: UN-Habitat

A view of Busan, the Republic of Korea's second largest city after Seoul

What makes a city prosperous? UN-Habitat, the UN Human Settlements Programme, explores this question in its State of the World's Cities report – the Prosperity of Cities. Gerry Adams spoke with Yamina Djacta,  head of the New York office of UN-Habitat, who told her both government officials and citizens contribute to a prosperous, liveable city. [...]

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South Sudan has faced "a tough year" says top UN envoy

Hilde Johnson

South Sudan has gone through a tough year since it became independent from Sudan, according to the head of the UN Mission in the country, Hilde Johnson. Ms. Johnson told UN Radio on Friday that there have been positive developments in the new African country. She said core legislation for a democratic country has been [...]

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UN food agency airlifts food to remote town in eastern DR Congo

Copyright: WFP/Stephanie Savariaud

The World Food Programme (WFP) has airlifted food for thousands of people recently displaced by fighting in Punia town in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. According to WFP, fighting has broken out between Mai Mai rebels and units of the Congolese army over a mining area on the borders of North Kivu and Maniema [...]

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UN envoys hold talks with leaders and civil society in the Sahel

Sahel drought victims

UN Special Envoy for the Sahel, Romano Prodi, has wrapped up a three-day visit to the region which continues to battle political, humanitarian and security challenges. The envoy was joined by Said Djinnit, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for West Africa, in meetings with senior leaders and civil society representatives in Senegal, Mauritania, Burkina [...]

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WFP scales up food distributions in conflict-affected areas of Syria

This young boy in Al-Shaddadi manages a smile despite living in one of Syria's conflict hot spots.Copyright: WFP/Abeer Etefa

  As the conflict continues in Syria, the World Food Programme (WFP) says it remains concerned about thousands of people who are unable to receive food assistance. The agency says that as part of its monthly food distributions, 25 trucks carrying over 500 metric tonnes of food, enough to feed more than 90,000 people have [...]

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On the ground mission to investigate human rights abuses in Mali

Boats travelling from Mopti to Timbuktu resumed operations in early February. While the roads and airports remain closed due to the conflict, the Niger river is the only way for internally displaced persons (IDPs) to return to their homes in northern Mali.© UNHCR/H.Caux

A team of experts is due to arrive in Mali on Sunday to investigate allegations of human rights abuses in the country. The United Nations human rights office says that the four person team will stay in Mali for two weeks. Cécile Pouilly, UN human rights spokesperson, says it's vital to get clear information of [...]

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Hepatitis E cases on the rise in South Sudan refugee camps

An elderly refugee is given medical care on arrival at a camp in South Sudan. © UNHCR/B.Sokol

More than 100 people have died in refugee camps in South Sudan in recent months after contracting the Hepatitis E virus. The United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR, says that more than 6,000 refugees have been infected with the virus since July, leading to 111 deaths. Hepatitis E damages the liver, and is transmitted by consuming [...]

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One Billion Rising, 14 February 2013

Women dancing for the 1 BILLION RISING campaign

  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. And the One Billion Rising campaign agrees. Sponsored by Eve Ensler’s V-day organization, One Billion Rising is a huge movement which claims that [...]

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UN officials and ambassadors denounce latest DPRK nuclear test

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

  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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