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Transnational organized crime continues to affect vulnerable West African countries, says new UNODC report

Listen / drug trafficking destabalizes development in Africa

  "Transnational organized crime is clearly a serious threat to West Africa" according to a report released in Abidjan,  Cote d'Ivoire on Monday  by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The report entitled Transnational Organized Crime in West Africa: a Threat Assessment, analyses the dynamics of key crime markets, including drugs, arms and [...]

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Sahel is still vulnerable to food shortages, says UN official

Listen / David Gressly (left) meets representatives from humanitarian organizations in Mali.

Although a catastrophe was averted in the Sahel last year, ten million people still need food assistance, according to a United Nations official. David Gressly, the United Nations Regional Coordinator for the Sahel, was in New York recently to brief about the situation in the region. The semi-arid Sahel, located between the Sahara desert to [...]

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Libyan Prime Minister vows to step up human rights commitment

Listen / Human Rights Council

Less than two years after the fall of the Gaddafi regime in Libya, the country's leader has said that it's time for Libya to address its human rights record. Prime Minister Ali Zeidan also thanked the international community, led by the Human Rights Council and the Security Council, for its support through Libya's transition period. [...]

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UN concerned about death of a Palestinian detainee

Listen / Robert Serry speaks to journalists during his visit to Gaza. (Photo Date: 25/11/2012)

The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, has expressed deep concern about the death of a Palestinian in Israeli detention on Saturday. Arafat Jaradat was arrested on 18 February and kept in what Israeli authorities call administrative detention without charge. The UN Special Coordinator says he is saddened by [...]

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Human Rights Council opens in Geneva

Listen / Vuk Jeremic

The bloodbath of Syria should be our foremost priority, says the President of the General Assembly at the opening of the Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday, the 25th of February. The situation in Syria is at the top of the Human Rights Council's agenda in this session which runs until the 22nd of [...]

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Human rights and fundamental freedoms-the lifeblood of the UN: Ban

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

There is a still a long way to go to realize human rights and fundamental freedoms which are the lifeblood of the United Nations, says UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. In a video message to a high-level panel discussion commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action in Geneva on Monday, Mr. [...]

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Broadband 'the missing link' in global access to education: ITU

Listen / ITU Broadband

  Broadband networks have the potential to radically alter the education landscape, creating prestigious new centres of learning in the developing world. These networks can also extend access to distance learning programmes to outlying communities, and help poorer countries retain high-performing students who can help lift their nations out of poverty by serving as local [...]

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Charting a strategy for the least developed countries

Listen / Gyan Chandra Acharya

In 2001, there was a feeling among the development community that there are certain countries in the world that are particularly vulnerable because of the severe development challenges they face – among them, a low level of per-capital income, economic difficulties and environmental threats. A special office at the United Nations was created to give [...]

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FAO moves to tackle child labour in livestock sector

Listen / Specific conditions distinguish normal, age-appropriate tasks from child labour.

Governments, farmers' organizations and rural families are being urged to be directly involved in finding alternatives to child labour in the livestock sector. The call comes from the first global study on child labour issues related to livestock released by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Monday. The report says that child labour [...]

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UN Special Advisor warns genocide could happen again

Listen / Adama Dieng

  The international community must do its best to prevent atrocities such as the genocides in Rwanda and Bosnia from ever happening again. That's according to Adama Dieng, the Special Advisor of the United Nations Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, who made the plea for help from the international community on the first day [...]

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Ten million people in Sahel still need food assistance, says UN official

Listen / A child waits to collect millet outside the cereal bank in Niger. (Credit:Plan Internacional)

Although a catastrophe was averted in the Sahel last year, ten million people still need food assistance, according to a United Nations official. David Gressly, the United Nations Regional Coordinator for the Sahel says 2012 was a difficult year because of the drought of 2011 which created food shortages for 18 million people across the [...]

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Security Council urges signatories to DRC peace agreement to implement commitments

Listen / Security Council chamber

Members of the UN Security Council have called on the signatory States of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the region to fully implement their commitments in good faith. And they've called on the Secretary- General of the United Nations to keep them regularly informed of the [...]

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'Grave concern' over Syria at the opening of the 22nd session of the UN Human Rights Council

Listen / Human Rights Council

The President of the United Nations General Assembly, Vuk Jeremić, says that the Syrian people will continue to be subjected to untold hardship if the violence in the country is allowed to continue. Speaking at the opening of the 22nd session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva he said that bringing hostilities to [...]

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