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Kenyan activist says UN must engage with youth through social media

Philip Thigo

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon this week challenged youth at a UN forum on science, technology and innovation to help the organization bridge the so-called digital divide. Philip Thigo, a technology and development strategist from Kenya, is already leading the charge. And he believes the UN is woefully absent on Facebook, Twitter and other social media used [...]

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UN Daily News 29 March 2013

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Experts concerned about violent protests in Bangladesh

Bangladesh map

A group of UN independent human rights experts is appealing for an end to violence and a return to peaceful demonstrations in Bangladesh following more than a month of large-scale protests across the country.  The protests are related to the trials and verdicts of a tribunal for atrocities committed during the 1971 war of independence. [...]

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Study finds BRICS countries increasingly investing in Africa

2013 BRICS summit

The five countries collectively known as the BRICS continue to rise in global influence, according to a study released this week by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). BRICS stands for Brazil, the Russian Federation, India, China and South Africa, and the study finds foreign direct investment (FDI) both into and out of [...]

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Youth leaders take center stage at the UN

UN Photo/Mark Garten

Youth leaders took center stage at the UN recently at a forum on youth, science, technology and innovation. Green City Force from New York City was one youth group in attendance. It is a service corps that prepares young people from low income backgrounds for sustainable careers, while reducing green-house gas emissions, and building greener [...]

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Indonesia: A chance for chocolate

Cocoa fruit

It’s Easter – a time when Americans buy more than 30 million kilograms of chocolate! But will chocoholics always be able to get their fix? Cocoa supplies are dwindling and it’s predicted that by 2020, chocolate companies will be short of one million tons of cocoa. To solve this problem, Mars chocolate company has partnered [...]

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Secretary-General disappointed over failure to reach Arms Trade Treaty

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he is deeply disappointed that countries were unable to reach agreement on a global treaty to regulate the trade in conventional weapons. In a statement from his spokesperson issued on Thursday, the final day of negotiations on the text, Mr. Ban observed that an Arms Trade Treaty had been within [...]

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Security Council establishes Intervention Brigade in eastern DRC

Hervé Ladsous, head of UN peacekeeping operations

The Security Council has adopted a resolution which provides for the creation of an Intervention Brigade to address the problem of armed groups in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Council members on Thursday unanimously voted in favour of the resolution establishing the brigade within the UN peacekeeping mission in the country. Hervé [...]

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Senior official delivers letter to Syria on UN fact-finding mission to the country

High Representative for Disarmament affairs Angela Kane

Syria has confirmed its desire to cooperate with a UN mission that will investigate the alleged use of chemical weapons in the country, UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky told journalists in New York on Thursday. He reported that UN Disarmament chief Angela Kane met with the Syrian ambassador that morning to hand over a letter to [...]

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Afghan refugee's plight in seeking asylum

Akhtar Azimi

  Akhtar Azimi, a young Afghan migrant, has been travelling across continents for more than four years looking for a place to call home. He has been rejected for asylum in every country on his journey.  The UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Migrants is working with governments to facilitate migration and give refugees such [...]

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Security situation remains fragile in Central African Republic

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  • The Security Council this week condemned the unconstitutional seizure of power that took place in the Central African Republic on 24 March. Amy Martin from the UN Office Humanitarian Affairs office provides an update on the security situation. Voices from the negotiations for an international Arms Trade Treaty • Negotiations for a global Arms [...]

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UN Daily News 28 March 2013

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Security situation remains fragile in CAR

Displaced people in Central African Republic

The security situation in the Central African Republic has improved in recent days, says Amy Martin, Head of OCHA, the UN humanitarian office, in the capital, Bangui. More people are circulating in town and shops are opening for business. But Ms. Martin says the main concern is restoring essential services, such as water and electricity, [...]

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Study unveils concerns over the high cost of resolving technology disputes

Francis Gurry

Although technology-related disputes globally are few, they are generally costly and time-consuming to resolve, according to a study released on Thursday by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). WIPO surveyed more than 400 people in 60 countries and found that less than two per cent of technology agreements led to formal dispute, for example over [...]

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Peacebuilding Commission official says Liberia "should not be forgotten"

Ribbon cutting ceremony at PBC Peace Hub opening in Gbarnga, Liberia

As Liberia continues to take steps to consolidate peace following the end of civil war a decade ago, a senior official with the UN Peacebuilding Commission is urging the international community not to forget about the country. Staffan Tillander, chair of the Liberia configuration of the Peacebuilding Commission, headed a delegation which travelled to the [...]

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A call for better protection of IDP camps after deadly bomb blast in Pakistan

Jalozai camp (UNHCR - Picture By Mark Pearson)

  A UN independent expert is calling for better protection of humanitarian facilities following the recent deadly car bomb attack at the largest camp for internally displaced people (IDPs) in Pakistan. Chaloka Beyani, UN Special rapporteur on the human rights of IDPs, condemned the 21 March attack at Jalozai camp in north-west Pakistan which killed [...]

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“Freedom means the ability to manifest all of whom you are at any given moment” says Somi

Somi performing at International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade Concert - UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

  “I love to celebrate freedom in whatever context”, says Somi, an American singer/songwriter of Rwandan and Ugandan descent. Somi performed at a concert on Friday, 22 March at the General Assembly Hall. The concert pays tribute to the emancipation of slaves as this year marks many key slavery abolition anniversaries in Africa, the Caribbean, [...]

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UN expert urges Indonesia to halt executions

Christof Heyns

A UN human rights expert is urging Indonesia to stop executions in line with its international obligations. Christof Heyns, UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, says any death sentence undertaken in contravention of a country's international human rights obligations is unlawful. Indonesia recently carried out its first execution in more than four years. Adami Wilson, [...]

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Insecurity hampering delivery of aid in Central African Republic

Children in a camp for displaced person in CAR

  The security situation in the Central African Republic remains volatile hampering efforts by humanitarian organizations to deliver assistance to those in need, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Many people injured during the latest fighting have been brought to hospitals around the capital, Bangui, but medical facilities are [...]

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Secretary-General condemns teacher killings in Pakistan

School children attending class at Noor Model School in Shamshatoo, Pakistan. Photo: IRIN/Sumaira Jajja

Local and national authorities are being urged to boost their efforts to ensure schools are respected as safe and secure places of learning. The call comes from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who says the international community must work together to prevent violations of the right to education. In a statement on Thursday, Mr. Ban condemned [...]

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"Without good nutrition, you can never have healthy children and healthy communities" – UNICEF Executive Director

Anthony Lake visits nutrition programmes in Guatemala

Guatemala has the sixth highest malnutrition rates in the world, according to UNICEF, the UN children's agency, with 49 per cent of children under five chronically malnourished or stunted. During a recent visit to Totonicapán, outside Guatemala City, Anthony Lake, UNICEF's Executive Director found that approximately 70% of the children in that community were stunted. [...]

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Security Council concerned about situation in the Golan Heights

Peacekeepers with the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) patrol the Golan Heights between Syria and Israel

  The Security Council is calling for all parties in the Syrian conflict to respect the safety and security of personnel serving with the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in the Golan Heights. In a press statement on Wednesday, Council members expressed grave concern at the presence of the Syrian Army and armed members of [...]

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ECOSOC forum encourages young people to innovate their future

ECOSOC forum encourages youth to use technology to shape the future

Leveraging innovation brought about by science and technology is the focus of a day-long youth forum at UN Headquarters in New York on Wednesday. Hosted by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), it brings together young people and specialists in areas such as internet business, social media and medical research. Internet activist Wael Ghonim [...]

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UN envoy highlights international support to Afghanistan

Ján Kubiš

The United Nations and the international community are committed to Afghanistan, UN envoy Ján Kubiš told journalists in the capital, Kabul, on Wednesday. Mr. Kubiš, head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), spoke of international support to the country, both in the short-term, leading up to presidential elections in 2014, and beyond. The [...]

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Mosquito nets for animal health

Mosquito netting protects animals

Mosquito nets for animals? It seems to work, according to a Senior Officer with FAO's Animal Health Service in Rome. According to Raffaele Mattioli, the Agency is trying to discover new, simple, environmental friendly tools to help farmers protect their livestock and increase their production. And since mosquito netting is known to ward off disease-carrying [...]

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Conference encourages youth to take the lead in transforming their societies

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the Economic and Social (ECOSOC) Forum: "Shaping Tomorrow's Innovators: Leveraging Science, Technology, Innovation and Culture for Today's Youth". UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

There are 1.2 billion people in the world between the ages of 15 and 24 — They are among those most affected by economic, social and environmental challenges, according to ECOSOC, the UN Economic and Social Council. Focusing on the theme "Innovate your future," ECOSOC is hosting a one-day event for youth on the 27th [...]

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UN Daily News 27 March 2013

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A Swedish professor leads UN probe on allegations of chemical weapons use in Syria

Swedish professor Ǻke Sellström heads the UN mission into the alleged use of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict.

Swedish Professor Ǻke Sellström, an accomplished scientist with a solid background in disarmament and international security, was appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to head the UN fact-finding mission to probe allegations of use of chemical weapons in Syria. In this telephone interview, UN Radio's Reem Abaza first asks Professor Sellström when the mission starts. [...]

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Humanitarian official calls for release of abducted IDP representatives in Sudan

Ali Al-Za'tari

  The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan is urging the immediate release of a group of representatives of internally displaced people that was abducted earlier this week. The 31 people were travelling to a conference in South Darfur escorted by peacekeepers from the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) when they were stopped by an [...]

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Secretary-General urges youth to help bridge the 'digital divide'

Chemistry laboratory in Sri Lanka (©UNESCO/Dominique Roger)

  In a time of transition and turmoil, young people can help the world by being global citizens, according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The Secretary-General was addressing a forum on leveraging science, technology, innovation and culture for the world's young people, held at UN headquarters on Wednesday. While youth have always had ideals, Mr. [...]

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Insecticide-treated nets help Kenyan farms to reduce disease and increase milk yields

Black insecticide-impregnated nets encircling livestock pens kill disease-carrying mosquitoes and flies

The use of insecticide-treated nets on smallholder dairy farms in Kenya is resulting in health benefits for animals and humans, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reports. The agency says while the nets protect livestock from flies, mosquitoes and other insects that transmit disease, they are helping to increase milk yields for some farmers in [...]

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General Assembly remembers late Bangladeshi President

The General Assembly on Tuesday paid tribute to Zillur Rahman, the late President of Bangladesh, who died last week. In his speech to the gathering, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised Mr. Rahman's 50 years of service to his country and people. "President Rahman believed in independence for Bangladesh. He worked for it and was one [...]

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UN envoy visits Myanmar city, site of deadly intercommunity violence

A senior UN official has just concluded a mission to Myanmar where at least 30 people were reportedly killed during recent unrest between Buddhist and Muslim communities in the central city of Meiktila. Vijay Nambiar, the Secretary-General's Special Advisor for Myanmar, told journalists in New York on Tuesday that he was in the country when [...]

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Swedish professor to head fact-finding mission on alleged chemical weapons use in Syria

An accomplished scientist from Sweden will head the UN fact-finding mission to investigate allegations of the reported use of chemical weapons in Syria. Professor Ǻke Sellström is a project manager at a Swedish research institute which coordinates research and education in dealing with chemical, biological, radioactive, nuclear and explosive materials. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made [...]

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Some UN staff relocated due to security concerns in Syria

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The United Nations has made a decision to temporarily relocate some of its staff from Syria for security reasons, according to Martin Nesirky, the Spokesman for the United Nations Secretary-General. Gerry Adams reports. Duration: 2’23″

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Parliamentarians demand a strong Arms Trade Treaty

Ms. Irene Addo Torshie, Member of Parliament, Ghana

With negotiations for a global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) drawing to a close on Thursday, a group of parliamentarians from around the world is calling for a successful outcome. Irene Addo Torshie from Ghana says elected officials are the best advocates for a treaty which regulates the trade in conventional weapons because they represent their [...]

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UN Daily News 26 March 2013

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Sierra Leone thanks international community for help in getting "on the right track"

Mr. Shekou M. Touray, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Sierra Leone to the UN

The UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Sierra Leone (UNIPSIL) should be winding up its activities early next year. On Tuesday the Security Council unanimously passed a resolution extending the office's mandate through 31 March 2014. The Council requested that during this time, UNIPSIL should focus on facilitating political dialogue and supporting government efforts including a [...]

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Children left vulnerable as crisis in Central African Republic unfolds

Displaced people in Central African Republic

Thousands of children in the Central African Republic have been left without adequate access to basic services in the wake of the rebel advance to the country's capital Bangui, according to the UN children's fund UNICEF. The agency says in most of the rebel controlled areas, health activities have been seriously disrupted while many schools [...]

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Locust plague threatens food production in Madagascar: FAO

Locust swarms blotting out the sky in Southern Madagascar

Madagascar will need more than $22 million in emergency funding to fight a severe locust plague that is affecting food security, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reports. While the money is needed by June, FAO says Madagascar requires more than $40 million to implement a three-year strategy to tackle the crop-devouring insects. The agency [...]

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UNHCR assists relief efforts following deadly fire at Thai refugee camp

In the aftermath of the fire in Ban Mae Surin refugee camp, UNHCR has sent plastic sheets, tents, blankets and sleeping mats to help some 2,300 Myanmar refugees who lost their homes. © UNHCR/ K. Santidhanyaroj

Authorities in Thailand are investigating the cause of a deadly fire at a refugee camp which killed 37 people and left 2,300 homeless. More than 400 homes and other buildings were also destroyed in the fire which broke out on Friday afternoon at the government-administered camp located on the border with Myanmar. The UN refugee [...]

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The Arms Trade Treaty should not be written by Syria says OXFAM

Ms. Anna MacDonald, Head of Arms Control - Oxfam

Negotiations on the Arms Trade Treaty continue at the United Nations with only three days left for reaching an agreement. Anna MacDonald, Head of Control Arms at Oxfam expressed concern that there's too much talk of consensus and the need to agree with and accommodate the views of very skeptical states; who will not sign [...]

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Security Council condemns power seizure in Central African Republic

Security Council chamber [UN file photo].

The Security Council is calling for the restoration of the rule of law and constitutional order in the Central African Republic where a rebel coalition has taken control of power. In a statement on Monday, Council members strongly condemned the recent attacks and seizure of power by the Seleka coalition as well as related violence [...]

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Heavy fighting depriving Syrians of humanitarian assistance

A Syrian refugee woman holds her child

United Nations aid agencies are appealing for the safe passage of aid convoys delivering humanitarian aid to civilians inside Syria. According to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), UNICEF and the World Food Programme (WFP), several convoys have had to be cancelled or delayed due to intensified fighting and in, some cases, attacks on the aid [...]

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Congolese warlord appears before the ICC

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Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda has appeared before the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague where he was charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity. The crimes are alleged to have been committed in the Ituri province of the Democratic Republic of Congo between 2002 and 2003. Mr. Ntaganda has been on the run [...]

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Security Council hears of Liberia's efforts to promote justice and security

Ambassador Staffan Tillander (Sweden) Chair of the Liberia Configuration, addressing the Security Council meeting on the situation in Liberia. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

The inauguration of the first Regional Justice and Security Hub in Liberia is an essential component of institution building in the country. That assessment comes from Staffan Tillander, chair of the Liberia Configuration of the Peacebuilding Commission who briefed the Security Council on Monday afternoon. Ambassador Tillander was part of a Commission delegation which visited [...]

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General Assembly remembers past and present victims of slavery

Ambassador Ken Kanda, Permanent Representative of Ghana to the United Nations. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The millions of Africans who were brought to the New World in chains were remembered during a special meeting of the UN General Assembly on Monday. Ghana's ambassador to the UN Ken Kanda said the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade provides an opportunity to solemnly reflect [...]

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Liberia's border with Cote d'Ivoire a significant focus of the UN: SRSG Landgren

Karin Landgren, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), addressing the Security Council meeting on the situation in Liberia. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Liberia’s border with C6te d’Ivoire remains a significant focus for the Government and for the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), according to the Special representative of the Secretary-General Karen Landgren. She told the UN Security Council on Monday that Operation Restore Hope, conducted jointly by the Liberian National Police, Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization and [...]

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Mortar fire in Damascus forces UN to relocate some staff

Martin Nesirky, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

Security conditions in Syria have caused the United Nations to temporarily reduce the number of international staff in the capital, Damascus, UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky told journalists in New York on Monday. He reported that over the past two days, a number of mortar shells had been fired in close proximity to a hotel housing [...]

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Sustainability depends on the way food produced and consumed: FAO chief

Jose Graziano da Silva

Small-scale producers, local production and consumption circuits and recovering traditional crops have a major part to play in reducing hunger, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva told professors and students at the University of Gastronomic Sciences on Monday. He said that the Green Revolution of the 1960s had increased per capita availability of food by [...]

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UN envoy calls for swift action following killing of media professional in Somalia

Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, Augustine P. Mahiga

The UN envoy in Somalia is calling for an end to "senseless violence" following the killing of a staff member of a local radio station. Rahma Abdulkadir was reportedly shot and killed in the capital, Mogadishu, on Sunday night. She is the first woman and third media professional to be killed in Somalia so far [...]

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UN Daily News 25 March 2013

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A concert celebrating emancipation

Montage of artists at the Slavery Concert - Somi (top) Marcus Miller (bottom left) and David Hinds (bottom right)

A concert was held in the General Assembly Hall on Friday, 22 March, to observe the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. The concert paid tribute to the emancipation of slaves as this year marks many key slavery abolition anniversaries in Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, and, Latin [...]

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UN study finds increased investment to and from BRICS countries

James Zhan

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to and from Brazil, the Russian Federation, India, China and South Africa—collectively known as the BRICS—continues to rise, according to a UN study released on Monday. The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) says foreign investment into the BRICS more than tripled in 2012, reaching approximately $263 billion. Meanwhile, investments [...]

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UN evacuates non-essential staff from Central African Republic

The UNHCR warehouse in Bambari in the Central African Republic was looted by armed men who have also intimated villagers in the area. The warehouse contained relief supplies for refugees and internally displaced people. © UNHCR/J.C.Ndanga

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the unconstitutional seizure of power that took place in the Central African Republic (CAR) on 24 March 2013 and called for the swift restoration of constitutional order. UN Radio's Patrick Maigua spoke to Amy Martin from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the country's capital, [...]

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FAO to lead UN-wide preparations for Expo 2015

Expo 2015

Creating sustainable and secure food systems will be high on the agenda for Expo 2015 in Milan, Italy, said Eduardo Rojas-Briales, FAO Assistant Director-General for Forestry, who has been named Commissioner-General for the United Nations' preparations for the event. The theme of Expo 2015 will be 'Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life'. Participants are expected [...]

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Mid-East Coordinator calls for international action to support two-state solution

It is time for the international community to come together to support the efforts toward a two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians, a senior UN official told the Security Council on Monday. Robert Serry, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, said while efforts currently underway offer the chance for serious political progress, [...]

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More than 400,000 Palestine refugees in Syria need humanitarian aid: UNRWA

UNRWA Commissioner-General Filippo Grandi meeting with internally-displaced refugees who had taken shelter in al-Faloujeh UNRWA school, Yarmouk camp.

The number of Palestine refugees in Syria who need humanitarian assistance has surpassed 400,000. That information comes from the UN agency which works with Palestine refugees (UNRWA) which says the continued armed conflict in the country continues to result in a rapidly rising death toll and displacement. UNRWA cited reports that 65 Palestine refugees in [...]

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UN offices looted in Bangui, Central African Republic

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The United Nations is to evacuate all non essential staff from Bangui in the Central African Republic, as the security situation in the capital continues to worsen following the take over of the government by rebel forces.  Those to be evacuated will be temporarily housed in Yaoundé Cameroun. Several United Nations agencies have had their [...]

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Slavery decimated and desecrated Africa says David Hinds from the band Steel Pulse

David Hinds

  "Love and justice through music," says David Hinds, lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the band Steel Pulse. The band has been promoting awareness about Africa for more than 35 years and says the continent's well-being has always been something held very close to heart. Steel Pulse is performing at a concert on Friday, [...]

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"Freedom means the ability to manifest all of whom you are at any given moment" says Somi

Somi, an American singer/songwriter of Rwandan and Ugandan descent

"I love to celebrate freedom in whatever context", says Somi, an American singer/songwriter of Rwandan and Ugandan descent. Somi is performing at a concert on Friday, 22 March at the General Assembly Hall to celebrate "Forever Free: Celebrating Emancipation". The concert pays tribute to the emancipation of slaves as this year marks many key slavery [...]

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UN chief condemns bombing of mosque in Syria

The United Nations Secretary-General has strongly condemned the bomb attack on a mosque in the Syrian capital of Damascus on Thursday in which more than 40 people are reported to have been killed. Speaking through his spokesperson, Ban Ki-moon warns that deliberate targeting of civilians and civilian objects, including places of worship, are a war [...]

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UN envoy says political impasse affecting progress in Haiti

Nigel Fisher, Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH)

A "political impasse" is affecting progress and the consolidation of democracy in Haiti, according to the head of the UN stabilization mission in the country (MINUSTAH). Nigel Fisher, Acting Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, this week informed the Security Council that elections set for November 2011 have still not been held. He said holding [...]

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Haiti's stabilization process hit a number of difficulties: Fisher

Nigel Fisher

  The stabilization process in Haiti had hit a number of difficulties — including a missed opportunity to hold elections last year — but the Caribbean nation could still surmount entrenched political divisions and launch institutional reforms vital for meeting the urgent security and economic needs of its citizens. That's what a senior United Nations [...]

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CARICOM will continue to stoutly defend its interests in Arms Trade Treaty Talks

Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty

The Final United Nations Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty wrapped up its first of a two-week session Friday at Headquarters in New York, building on the work of the July 2012 Conference. The session has been designated as "final" to reflect the overwhelming commitment to conclude the arms trade treaty process and reach an [...]

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UN concert remembers the victims of the transatlantic slave trade

Marcus Miller

A concert is being held in the General Assembly Hall on Friday, 22 March, to observe the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. It is part of the week-long events at the United Nations in New York ahead of the day itself on 25 March which was [...]

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World Water Day is being celebrated on the 22 of March.

A child collects water in Haiti

  "Water water everywhere only if we share" "Water, water everywhere only if we share" is the catchy slogan that has been encouraging World Water Day activities for the past year. Gerry Adams reports. Duration: 3’16″

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UN Daily News 22 March 2013

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Two US professors envision emancipation

Cover of Envisioning Emancipation by Deborah Willis and Barbara Krauthamer

A new book is shedding light on the lives of African Americans in the period following emancipation from slavery in 1863. 'Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery' compiles nearly 150 photographs which depict the strength and resiliency of people who had been enslaved and were now free. It was written by Deborah [...]

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UNHCR condemns bomb attack in Pakistan's Jalozai camp for internally displaced people

Displaced men wait to be registered at Jalozai camp. They fled fighting in the north-west between government forces and militants.© UNHCR/T.Irwin.

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has condemned the car bomb attack at a camp for internally displaced persons in northern Pakistan on Thursday in which approximately ten people died. The agency says the Jalozai camp is the largest in Pakistan with about 12,500 displaced families or close to 60,000 people. Adrian Edwards is UNHCR spokesperson [...]

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UN chief stresses need to protect and manage water

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Water is life and with the threat of climate change and the needs of populations growing in size, the global community must work together to protect and manage this finite resource. That's the message delivered by UN Secretary-General as the General Assembly observed World Water Day on Friday, 22 March. Mr. Ban says this is [...]

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Humanitarian agencies concerned about impact of violence on civilians in Jonglei state

An aerial view of the village of Fertait, burned to the ground, in South Sudan's Jonglei State.

The UN humanitarian community has expressed concern about the safety and protection of civilians who are affected by violence between government armed forces and non-state armed groups in Jonglei state, South Sudan. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs –OCHA, says its humanitarian partners report that recent violence has resulted in scores of [...]

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UN Campaign aims to end open defecation by 2025

Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson

Governments, civil society, business and international organizations are being urged to take action to ensure that people have access to sanitation. The call has come from UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson who launched a campaign for access to basic sanitation on the eve of World Water Day observed on 22 March. He said that of [...]

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Security Council condemns terrorist act in Damascus mosque

Vitaly Churkin

Members of the Security Council have strongly condemned the terrorist attack in a mosque in Damascus, Syria, on 21 March, which caused over 40 deaths, including a senior Muslim cleric, and injuries to dozens of civilians. In a statement, Council President Ambassador Vitaly Churkin of the Russian Federation says members also reaffirmed their condemnation of [...]

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Experts aim to stamp out violence against women and girls with disabilities

Commission on the Status of Women

  The latest session of the Commission on the Status of Women concluded this month with an outcome document that calls for increased attention and accelerated action to prevent and respond to violence against women. A panel discussion during the two-week event looked at the issue of violence against women and girls with disabilities. Michelle [...]

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Human Rights office stands ready to join investigation into possible use of chemical weapons in Syrian conflict

Navi Pillay

High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has welcomed the Secretary General’s decision to conduct a United Nations investigation into the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria. And she says her office stands ready to join the investigation, if requested to do so. UN chief Ban Ki-moon announced his decision to launch an investigation [...]

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Human Rights Council extends mandate of Commission of Inquiry on rights abuses in Syria

Omar Hilale

The United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva has agreed to continue its close scrutiny of human rights abuses in Syria. Delegates voted overwhelmingly to extend an independent Commission of Inquiry on Syria for another year and for a comprehensive, independent and immediate investigation into all human rights abuses, committed by all parties, in the [...]

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INDONESIA #09: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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Situation in Central African Republic remains dire despite peace accord

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• Hopes for peace in the Central African Republic were raised when the government and the Seleka rebels signed an agreement in Libreville, Gabon in January to end the conflict in the country. However, the situation remains dire as the rebellion continues with the rebels capturing towns. They captured the strategic south-eastern town of Bangassou [...]

21 Mar 2013 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

Activities of armed groups threaten civilians in South Sudan: UN envoy

Inter-communal violence and activities of armed groups in Jonglei, Upper Nile and Unity States continue to be a source of instability and pose grave threats to the civilian population in South Sudan. That's what the UN Security Council heard Thursday from Hilde Johnson, the head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), during her [...]

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The role of France in the Transatlantic slave trade

Dr. Françoise Vergès, President of the French National Committee for the Memory of the Slave Trade

Forever Free: Celebrating Emancipation is the theme of this year's Commemoration of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade at the United Nations. France was one of the countries actively involved in the trade. And on May 10th, France celebrated the national day of remembrance of the [...]

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Afghanistan’s greatest need is peace – Ban Ki-moon

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  As Afghanistan prepares to take full responsibility for its security at the end of 2014, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the United Nations is preparing for the challenges ahead. According to the Secretary-General, “the people of Afghanistan must come together not only to shun conflict, but to assume leadership and ownership of the transition [...]

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21 March is the First International Day of Forest

Forest at Doodhpathree (India)

Today is the first International Day of Forest. "The four "Fs" – food, fodder, fiber and fuel" says the Assistant Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), "are threatened by climate change and population growth". Eduardo Rojas-Briales says with the population expected to increase to nine billion by 2050, the underlying worry is the [...]

21 Mar 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

FAO calls for "Zero illegal Deforestation" target

Volunteers preparing pine seedlings for planting as part of a reforestation project following forest fires, Ramlieh, Chouf Mountains, Lebanon.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is calling for a zero illegal deforestation target. The call comes on the first International Day of Forests observed by the United Nations on 21 March. FAO says that in many countries, illegal deforestation is degrading ecosystems, diminishing water availability and limiting the supply of fuel wood. The [...]

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International Day highlights racism in sports

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“Racism is not just a topic for the History Channel or something that features in stories about the olden days or that only occurs in distant countries. Racism is real and exists here and today.” Kevin-Prince Boateng is a Professional footballer for the AC Milan Football Club as well as the Ghanaian national team. Mr. [...]

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UN Daily News 21 March 2013

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Second World Down Syndrome Day observed on 21 March

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World Down Syndrome Day was observed at United Nations headquarters in New York for the second time on Thursday. The General Assembly declared 21 March as World Down Syndrome Day with effect from 2012 to raise public awareness of the condition. Penny Robertson, the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of Down Syndrome International (DSI), [...]

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Political situation in Iraq is volatile, says UN envoy

Security Council meeting on the situation concerning Iraq. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Iraq is facing a volatile situation as tens of thousands of people take to the streets to voice their grievances and some government ministers continue to boycott cabinet meetings. This was disclosed by the head of the United Nations Mission in Iraq, Martin Kobler, during a briefing to the Security Council on Thursday. Mr. Kobler [...]

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UN to investigate possible use of chemical weapons in Syria: Ban

Ban Ki-moon

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced his decision to launch an investigation into a possible use of chemical weapons in Syria. This follows a formal request he received from the Syrian authorities on Wednesday for a specialized, impartial and independent mission to investigate the alleged use of chemical weapons. Mr. Ban told reporters in [...]

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Afghans and Syrians top asylum seekers in industrialized countries

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Nearly 480,000 people sought asylum in industrialized countries last year according to a report launched on Thursday by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). Afghans and Syrians top the list of asylum seekers and UNHCR is urging countries to keep their borders open as more and more people flee their homelands due to war and new [...]

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INDONESIA #08: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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INDONESIA #07: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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Human Rights Council criticizes Sri Lanka's human rights record

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The United Nations Human Rights Council has voted to adopt a draft resolution that is critical of the human rights record of Sri Lanka. The resolution, sponsored by the United States, calls on the government of Sri Lanka to conduct an independent and credible investigation into allegations of violations of international human rights law and [...]

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Rights experts call for elimination of racism in sports

Children at a 'Sport for Peace' soccer tournament aimed at encouraging Liberians to embrace and use sport in promoting peace, reconciliation, and development. UN Photo/Eric Kanalstein

Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. In a message marking the occasion, a group of top human rights experts on racial discrimination is asking: What can we really do to put racism offside? The group says "International Day on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is a unique opportunity to celebrate [...]

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Security Council condemns attacks in Central African Republic

Members of the UN Security Council have condemned the attacks in the Central African Republic conducted recently by rebels from the "Seleka" coalition, in particular in Bangassou and the surrounding region, and the threat of a resumption of hostilities. In a press statement following a briefing by Ms. Margaret Vogt, Special Representative of the Secretary-General, [...]

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Syrian asylum applications up almost 200%

A Syrian family gets a lift at a crossing to Lebanon where they will register at UNHCR centres.© UNHCR/S.Malkawi

The number of Syrians seeking asylum in the industrialized part of the world shot up by 191% last year, compared with 2011, with 24,800 people applying for international protection. Overall, the number of asylum seekers rose by 8% last year, according to the latest report on Asylum Trends from the United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR. [...]

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Education suffers due to poverty and conflict says a Naga from India

Shimreichon Luithui-Erni, Programme Coordinator of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (India)

Education is key to improving the lives of children.  But in one area of the northeast region of India, education is suffering considerably due to poverty and conflict. Shimreichon Luithui-Erni is a member of the Naga ethnic group from the northeast region of India where she says violations of human rights take place.  According to [...]

20 Mar 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Syria asks UN to probe reported use of chemical weapons in Aleppo

Bashar Ja'afari

The ambassador of Syria to the United Nations on Wednesday told reporters that his government has requested the UN Secretary-General to deploy a mission to investigate the reported use of chemical weapons in his country. Ambassador Bashar Ja'afari recalled that on December 8, 2012, his government sent an official letter to the Secretary-General and the [...]

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UN Daily News 20 March 2013

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Special Representative updates Security Council on Haiti

Nigel Fisher, Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), addresses the Security Council.

The key objectives for strengthening Haiti and making it stable were outlined in a plan to the UN Security Council on Wednesday.  Gerry Adams has the story. Duration: 3’15′

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UN human rights office strongly condemns ethnic violence in Guinea

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Authorities in Guinea are being urged to protect civilians and prevent the targeting of people on the basis of their ethnicity. The call has come from the Deputy UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Kyung-Wha Kang who presented the report on Guinea to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Wednesday. Ms. Kang said [...]

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Haiti faces challenges as it recovers from the 2010 earthquake

Hurricane Sandy passed to the west of Haiti on 25 October, causing heavy rains and strong winds, flooding homes and overflowing rivers. A woman sells produce at a flooded market place. UN Photo/Logan Abassi

Haiti is facing challenges as it recovers from the devastation of the 2010 earthquake which displaced hundreds of thousands of people. That's what Nigel Fisher, the Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Haiti, told the Security Council as he reported on the situation in the country. He said the annual economic growth rate fell [...]

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Libya needs a constitution that safeguards human rights for all: UN official

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Authorities in Libya are being urged to ensure that a new constitution for the country safeguards human rights for all. The call came from the Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Kyung-Wha Kang who reported to the UN Human Rights Council on Libya on Wednesday. She said Libya has made progress in building democracy and [...]

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March 20th is International Day of Happiness

Global under-five mortality has dropped by 35 per cent since 1990, Niger. UNICEF/Nyani Quarmyne

Today is World Happiness Day. A UN General Assembly resolution "Happiness: towards a holistic approach to development" was unanimously adopted last year. Member States recognized the pursuit of happiness as a universal aspiration embodying the spirit of the Millennium Development Goals. Leo Bormans, the editor of "The World Book of Happiness" found out during his [...]

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Sri Lanka called to account over human rights abuses

Kyung- wha Kang

Calls have been repeated for an international inquiry into allegations of serious human rights violations committed during Sri Lanka's civil war. The call comes in a report by the United Nations Secretary-General and the High Commissioner for Human Rights which says that Sri Lanka has failed to properly address allegations of human rights abuses. The [...]

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Nepal commission must not grant amnesties for serious violations

Navi Pillay, UN Human Rights chief

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay said Wednesday she deeply regrets the passing of an ordinance to establish a Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Nepal with power to recommend amnesties for serious human rights violations, and strongly urged the government to rectify this and other provisions which would contravene international standards. Pillay [...]

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Côte d'Ivoire urged to boost democracy through human rights and impartial justice

Doudou Diène,

 Côte d'Ivoire is being urged give the highest priority to boosting the democratic process, promoting human rights and consolidating the economic and social reconstruction process. The call comes from the United Nations Independent Expert on the human rights situation in Côte d'Ivoire Doudou Diène, In his latest report to the Human Rights Council, Mr. Diène [...]

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Today is International Day of Happiness

A girl from China performs a fan dance at an international childrens meeting promoting culture and peace. UNICEF/Giacomo Pirozzi

The pursuit of happiness lies at the core of human endeavours, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a message marking the International Day of Happiness. He says people around the world aspire to lead happy and fulfilling lives free from fear and want, and in harmony with nature. But he says, yet, basic material well-being [...]

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Reported Syrian helicopter strikes in Lebanon, a grave source of concern

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  The reported Syrian helicopter strikes on 18 March in the Lebanese region of Arsal, in violation of Lebanon’s sovereignty, are a grave source of concern, says a UN note to correspondents in response to questions about Syrian air strikes in Lebanon. The note from the UN Spokesperson's Office says that in his latest report [...]

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Brazil contributes US$1 million worth of rice to WFP

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Brazil has made its first contribution to the UN World Food Programme (WFP) in Uganda: some 2,000 metric tons of rice worth about US$1 million. The rice will be used over the coming months to provide 155,000 refugees with relief assistance. WFP Country Director Sory Ouane said the agency is "extremely grateful to the Government [...]

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Libyan women want to participate in security sector reform

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  One of the challenges facing Libya as it builds democracy following the fall of the Muammar Qadhafi regime is the reform of the security sector. During the uprising, a number of Libyans took up arms to confront pro-Qadhafi government forces. After the revolution, these fighters have to be either included in the national army [...]

19 Mar 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Reported use of chemical weapons in Syria "deeply alarming": Australian Foreign Minister

Australian Foreign Minister Robert Carr

The reported use of chemical weapons in Syria is deeply alarming, says Australian Foreign Minister, Robert Carr. Mr. Carr spoke to reporters in New York where he attended a Security Council meeting on Tuesday. His comment came after the Syrian government and the opposition reportedly accused each other of using chemical weapons in the Khan [...]

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Afghanistan's greatest need is peace – Ban Ki-moon

Man feeding birds in Afghanistan

  As Afghanistan prepares to take full responsibility for its security at the end of 2014, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the United Nations is preparing for the challenges ahead. According to the Secretary-General, "the people of Afghanistan must come together not only to shun conflict, but to assume leadership and ownership of the transition [...]

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Forever Free: Celebrating Emancipation is the theme of this year's Commemoration of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. In this feature, former Vice Chancellor of Cape Coast University, Professor Naana Jane Opuku Agyemang, is now a Minister of in the Ghanaian Government. She's also a scholar [...]

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UN envoy strongly condemns attacks in Iraq

Martin Klober

Deadly attacks in and around the Iraqi capital, Baghdad on Tuesday have been strongly condemned by the top United Nations envoy for the country. According to reports, up to 60 people have been killed and scores of others injured in the attacks, which targeted public places, such as markets, restaurants and bus stops during the [...]

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Lot of work needed to create jobs for young people: UN envoy

Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi spoke as a guest at Daily Noon Briefing by the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General. Mr. Alhendawi joined via video-link from Dakar, Senegal.

A lot of work is needed to create jobs for millions of young people around the world, says Ahmad Alhendawi, the Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth. Mr. Alhendawi spoke to reporters in New York via video-link from Dakar, Senegal for the first time since he assumed his position last month. In his first overseas mission, the [...]

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Youth speak out on slavery

Primary and secondary school students in Denmark, France, Senegal, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Kingdom and the United States were linked with other students at UN Headquarters in a global video conference on the theme "Forever Free: Celebrating Emancipation" (Credit: UN Photo/Mark Garten)

  Forever Free:Celebrating Emancipation is the 2013 theme of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. The commemoration taking place this week includes a student conference at which high school students from the United States are joined by video link to their counterparts abroad from Denmark, Senegal, [...]

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UN Daily News 19 March 2013

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UN mission in DR Congo welcomes surrender of rebel Bosco Ntaganda

  The United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) has welcomed the surrender of the Congolese rebel Bosco Ntaganda and the decision of the United States to transfer him to The Hague. Mr. Ntaganda surrendered to the U.S. embassy in the Rwandan capital, Kigali on Monday. He is wanted by the [...]

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Final talks for an Arms Trade Treaty underway at UN

Opening of the Final UN Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)

Thousands of representatives from governments, international and regional organizations and civil society are meeting in New York for the final negotiations on a global Arms Trade Treaty. The 10 days of talks aim to establish common international standards for the trade in conventional weapons such as small arms and artillery, but also combat aircraft and [...]

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Political climate in Afghanistan dominated by 2014 elections: Ban Ki-moon

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Afghanistan needs to have broad participation and credible elections next year to have a widely accepted leadership transition, according to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Secretary-General briefed the Security Council on the UN Mission in Afghanistan, as the country prepares to take full responsibility for its security at the end of 2014. Mr. Ban said [...]

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Civilians in Syria continue to pay price or conflict

Tanker trucks supply water to a housing complex in Syria. Photo: OCHA/Ben Parker

The civilian population of Syria continues to suffer as a result of the ongoing conflict while shortages of funds make it difficult to provide adequate relief assistance. That assessment comes from the United Nations Regional Humanitarian Coordinator, Radhouane Nouicer.  He told reporters in the Syrian capital, Damascus on Monday that people have lost livelihoods and [...]

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The start of the Slave Trade

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NAR: Forever Free: Celebrating Emancipation is the theme of this year's Commemoration of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. In this feature, UN Radio looks at the start of the slave trade. Essel Blankston: The slave trade started not as a trade but as an exploration [...]

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Japan makes multi-million dollar contribution to aid UN efforts in mine action

A UN peacekeeper checking for landmines

Japan has donated $18 million to the UN Voluntary Trust Fund for Assistance in Mine Action, continuing its strong commitment to UN Mine Action work. The donation is in line with the Government of Japan's commitment to improving the lives of communities in today's most effected countries. The contribution from Japan will be used in [...]

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Ban appeals for new urgency to reach a political solution in Syria

A young Syrian refugee flashes the peace sign near the Jaber border crossing.  UNHCR/Jared J. Kohler

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on all parties in Syria and the international community to seriously reflect on the two-year Syrian crisis and to inject urgency towards reaching a political solution while there is still time to prevent the country's complete destruction. In a statement through his Spokesperson, the Secretary-General said "The end goal [...]

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Celebrating emancipation – 25 March

25 March is observed as the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. The transatlantic slave trade lasted four centuries. Approximately 15-20 million African people were exiled from their homes, stripped of their rights and even their identities shipped across a vast ocean and sold for profit in [...]

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Yemenis have opportunity to resolve issues: UN official

Jamal Benomar

The people of Yemen have a historic opportunity to resolve all the issues in their country. That's what the UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Yemen, Jamal Benomar told Yemenis gathered in Sa'ana on Monday. In the first meeting in decades, representatives of political parties, religious and social groups began a national dialogue on the country's [...]

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International mission in Mali needs UN resources: Foreign Minister

Mother with her children in Mali (© UNICEF Mali/2012)

  The International Support Mission in Mali (MISMA) needs resources from the United Nations in order to fulfill its mandate. That's what the Foreign Minister of Mali Tieman Huber Coulibal told UN Radio before the Security Council held closed- door consultations on Mali on Monday. Mr. Coulibal spoke as French and African forces continue operations [...]

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New development goals must address complementary aims: UNDP chief

Helen Clarke

There's been a call for new development targets that focus on how growth, poverty alleviation and sustainability can complement one another. It comes from the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark while opening a two-day conference in Costa Rica, on a new agenda after the anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) pass their 2015 target [...]

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UN chief urges Serbia and Kosovo to resolve their dispute

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The importance of Serbia and Kosovo successfully concluding negotiations to resolve their dispute is being stressed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in February 2008 but Serbia does not recognize the declaration. In a statement issued through his Spokesperson before the start of the next round of talks in Brussels [...]

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Settlement-building labelled a growing creeping form of annexation

In Ar Ram, Jerusalem the main wastewater pipeline is located behind the Barrier, inaccessible for Ar Ram municipality for maintenance and repairs. As a result, raw sewage overflows onto adjacent lands. UNRWA

Christine Chanet, Chairperson of the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission to investigate the implications of the Israeli settlements on Palestinians, labelled settlements "a creeping form of annexation". Gerry Adams reports. Duration: 2’06″

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A strong arms trade treaty can restrict flow of weapons in South Sudan: Djimon Hounsou

Djimon Hounsou

  A strong arms trade treaty can help restrict the flow of weapons that are used to cause suffering to civilians in South Sudan, especially women and girls, says Djimon Hounsou, actor and activist. The Academy Award nominee, who has just returned from a week-long visit to South Sudan, spoke to reporters on Monday during [...]

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Strains of tuberculosis with resistance to multiple drugs could spread widely

Patient being treated for TB

“Have we conquered or at least tamed the TB emergency?” asked the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO).  Dr. Margaret Chan says the answer is yes and no. "On many levels”, she says, "TB is a glowing success story" adding that "the DOTS approach to stop TB had been adopted in nearly every country [...]

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Car bombing in Mogadishu "entirely unacceptable" UN envoy

Augustine Mahiga

The cowardly terrorist attacks in Somalia will only reinforce the determination of the Somali people to persevere in their efforts to restore stability to their country. That according to Dr. Augustine Mahiga, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary for Somalia, in a statement following a car bomb explosion in the capital, Mogadishu on Monday. [...]

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Absence of regulations for arms trade "defies explanation": Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (file photo).

The absence of international standards for the global trade in conventional weapons defies explanation. That's what United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at the opening of the Final Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty in New York on Monday. According to the Secretary-General, after a very long journey, a robust Arms Trade Treaty is in [...]

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Progress in fighting TB threatened by lack of funds

A patient being treated for tuberculosis (World Health Organization)

Progress already made in fighting tuberculosis is threatened by a lack of funding to tackle strains of the disease that are resistant to drug treatment. This warning comes from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. They say that at least $1.6 billion are needed annually for [...]

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Human rights report on the occupied Palestinian territory highlights serious violations on a widespread scale

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The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights says that serious violations of international law continue to be committed on a widespread scale in the occupied Palestinian territory. Navi Pillay also says that she's 'deeply concerned' about the situation of thousands of Palestinians detained and imprisoned by Israel. These are some of the findings of [...]

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UNHCR chief welcomes Albanian offer of humanitarian admission for 200 residents of Camp Hurriya, Iraq

A displaced family enjoys drinking afternoon tea in Iraq. UNHCR/ H.Caux

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, on Monday welcomed an offer by the Albanian Government to grant humanitarian admission for 210 residents from Camp Hurriya in Iraq to Albania. The camp has seen a recent deterioration of the security situation of its residents, with a mortar attack on the camp on February 9th [...]

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Urgent help needed for displaced Malians

A mother and child leave a WFP food distribution point in Sikoroni, Bamako. They received food including flour,  split peas, cooking oil, and salt (Copyright: WFP / Jane Howard)

  The people of Mali continue to suffer the impact of mass displacement and urgently need food and other humanitarian assistance. That assessment comes from the Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) Ertharin Cousin, on her return from a five-day trip to Mali and Burkina Faso where she met people affected by [...]

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Commission on the Status of Women concludes in New York

Logo for the Commission on the Status of Women

The outcome of the latest session of the Commission on the Status of Women is a testimony to countries' commitments to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls. That assessment comes from UN Women, the United Nations entity for gender equality and women's empowerment, in a statement following the conclusion of the two-week meeting [...]

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Outgoing head of UN Women leaves "stellar legacy" to build on: Ban Ki-moon

Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women.

The head of UN Women, the United Nations entity for gender equality and women's empowerment, has informed the Secretary-General of her intention to step down. Michelle Bachelet, the former President of Chile and a longtime champion of women's rights, has served as the Executive Director of UN Women since it was established in July 2010. [...]

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Secretary-General congratulates new Chinese President

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The UN Secretary-General has written to China's new leader Xi Jinping to wish him every success in leading his country. According to a statement from his spokesperson,  Ban Ki-moon sent a letter to Mr. Xi on Friday congratulating him on his election as President by the National People's Congress. The statement adds that the Secretary-General [...]

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UNWTO welcomes travel facilitation measures by Jamaica

Taleb Rifai

  UNWTO – the UN World Tourism Organization has welcomed Jamaica's decision to waive visa requirements for Eastern European nationals and to extend indefinitely the current visa waiver system for some Latin American nationals. These important policy steps are in line with UNWTO's call for countries worldwide to revise their visa regulations and procedures underscoring [...]

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UN pays tribute to late Venezuelan president

Hugo Chávez Frías

  United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and General Assembly President Vuk Jeremić joined delegates from around the world this week in hailing the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez Frías for his strong leadership, commitment to the Millennium Development Goals and advocacy on behalf of the world's poorest. "President Chávez was one of those leaders who [...]

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Animal bites are a major cause of death worldwide: WHO

Dog showing his teeth

Snake bites, dog bites, cat bites, monkey bites – animals which have teeth – are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The agency's Dr Francois-Xavier MESLIN explains to Beng Poblete-Enriquez this ongoing problem of animal bites. Duration: 4'59"

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CARICOM hopes for early momentum toward "The Future We Want"

George Talbot

The Caribbean Community -CARICOM has consistently advocated for an urgent start to the Open Working Group on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Guyana's Representative Ambassador George Talbot told the inaugural meeting of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development that as they embark on the substantive phase of their deliberations it was his hope that [...]

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UN human rights office shocked by video of torture in Fiji

Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva

  The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has expressed shock over the content of a video showing the apparent torture and inhuman and degrading treatment of two handcuffed men in Fiji. The shocking nine-minute tape has been seen on social networks and the internet, according to Rupert Colville of the [...]

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Almost no place in Syria is safe for civilians:OCHA

A line of Syrian refugee women, some carrying children, cross into Jordan from southern Syria. The outflow this year has been staggering. © UNHCR/N.Daoud

As the crisis in Syria reaches the end of two years, the suffering of Syrians shows no sign of abatement, according to United Nations agencies. Gerry Adams reports. Duration:  3’19″

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UN conference lays foundations for practical policies on drought

A farmer in the drought-affected area watering plants

Foundations for practical and proactive national drought policies have been laid following a weeklong meeting in Geneva attended by senior government officials, scientists and United Nations officials.  That's what Claire Nullis, Spokesperson for the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) told reporters on Friday as the high-level conference was winding up. She said that government ministers and [...]

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Almost no place safe for civilians in Syria: OCHA

Syrian child struggling to stay warm – UNHCR

Syrian families have been bereaved, traumatised and uprooted, the children unable to attend school and household economies impoverished. These are just some of the devastating effects of the Syrian crisis which has gone on for two years now. And according to the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria, there are no signs of a let up [...]

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"Reducing disasters is the same today as managing climate risks" says Margareta Wahlström

The January 2010 earthquake devastated Haiti

The Special Representative of UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction says "80% of all disasters, at least, are caused by weather in its different forms and shapes". In this interview with Donn Bobb, Margareta Wahlström first talks about the progress made so far with the 10-year Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA). The HFA is a [...]

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Fighting poses new risks to civilians in Central African Republic

Family internally displaced in Central African Republic (© UNHCR/H.Caux)

Fighting in the south-eastern part of the Central African Republic is posing additional risks to the civilian population and refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This warning comes from the Untied Nations refugee agency (UNHCR), which says it's increasingly worried about the situation in that part of the country. On Monday, Seleka rebels, [...]

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UN human rights office congratulates Kenya for successful elections

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission registers voters in Kenya. (Photo: UNDP in Kenya)

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has congratulated the government and people of Kenya for the broadly successful national elections on 4 March. It sent a team of observers which also looked into the circumstances surrounding the fatal attacks on the eve of the elections in a suburb of Mombasa. [...]

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UN refugee agency concerned about treatment of Rohingya refugees in Thailand

UNHCR staff speak with recent boat arrivals in a shelter for women and children in Songkhla, southern Thailand.(© UNHCR/V.Tan)

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) is asking authorities in Thailand to verify reports that a boat carrying Rohingya people was towed away, and that shots were fired during the interception. UNHCR says it has met the survivors of a boat incident reported in Phang Nga in southern Thailand and crossed checked their accounts with [...]

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Guterres warns of dire consequences of lack of funding for Syria refugees

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Unless funding for Syrian refugees comes rapidly, urgently needed support could be denied to refugees in dire need and the region could become unstable. The warning comes from UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, who reiterated his call for governments to create special funds to support Syrian refugees and the countries that host them. [...]

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Syrian conflict needs resolution after two years of violence: Valerie Amos

UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos.

The top UN humanitarian official has called on the international community to do more to end the crisis in Syria. Valerie Amos wrapped up a two-day visit to Turkey during which she visited Kilis Province in the Southeast of the country. She said she "met families who fled their homes more than 18 months ago". [...]

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Ban confident Member States will overcome differences and muster political will needed to agree on Arms Trade Treaty

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A robust Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), will help alleviate the plight of the millions of people affected by conflicts and armed violence and enable the United Nations to better carry out its mandate to promote peace, development and human rights around the world, says UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. In a statement from the Spokesperson's Office [...]

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A 13-year old Ugandan girl fights for children's rights

Hakima

• Hakima is a 13-year old Ugandan girl and a volunteer of the child rights organization Plan International. She is leading child rights initiatives in her school and her community. Hakima attended this year's session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women which is focusing on ending violence against women and girls. [...]

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Developing countries play bigger role in global economy

Helen Clarke

Three major emerging economies – China, India and Brazil are playing an increasingly major role in the world economy, according to a new report of the UN Development Programme (UNDP). The 2013 Human Development Report – "The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World" was launched in Mexico City on Thursday by [...]

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Women marched to end violence against women around the world

Yoo Soon-taek (third from left, in white hat), wife of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, led a

  It was a cold, cloudy day in New York with snow, sleet and rain on that Friday, the 8th of March. But neither snow, nor sleet, or rain could discourage these women from marching on the occasion of International Women's Day. The aim of the rally was to generate a heightened awareness for prevention [...]

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UN chief points to urgency of global sustainable development challenge

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The urgency of the global sustainable development challenge is clear, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday in remarks to the open working group on the Sustainable Development goals (SDGs). The Secretary-General said that despite important progress in improving peoples' well-being, more than one billion people still live in absolute poverty; Far too many in our [...]

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No nation should be left behind in crafting post-2015 development agenda: GA President

Vuk Jeremic, President of the 67th session of the UN General Asssembly

The President of the General Assembly on Thursday called for the participation of all nations in crafting a sustainable development agenda after 2015, the deadline for fulfilling the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Vuk Jeremić spoke at the first meeting of the Open Working Group of the General Assembly on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS). He said [...]

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The rise of the South is at centre of Human Development Report

Laptops in use by students in Millennium Village supported school. UNDP say they have upped enrolment figures © Evans Mensah/IRIN

The 2013 Human Development Report – “The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World” – was launched in Mexico City on Thursday by President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico and UNDP Administrator Helen Clark. The 2013 Human Development Report examines the profound shift in global dynamics driven by the fast-rising new powers [...]

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Security Council renews mandate of UN mission in Libya

  The Security Council has extended the mandate of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) for one year. In a resolution unanimously adopted on Thursday, the Council welcomed the positive developments in Libya, including the 7 July 2012 national elections. It also welcomed the establishment of the General National Council and the peaceful [...]

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Human Development Report focuses on the rise of the South

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China overtook Japan as the world's second largest economy in 2010. It's just one indication of a trend the UN Human Development Report 2013 is following – that developing countries are becoming leading actors on the world stage. Gerry Adams reports. Duration: 2’29″

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Legislation is key to addressing road traffic death and injury

Road safety

There were 1.2 million deaths worldwide from road traffic crashes in 2010, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). A new WHO report indicates that only 28 countries have comprehensive road safety laws on all five key risk factors: drinking and driving, speeding, failing to use motorcycle helmets, seat-belts, and child restraints. Beng Poblete-Enriquez reports: [...]

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Three UN entities call for proactive approach to tackle drought

Michel Jarraud

Three United Nations entities are calling for a more proactive approach to deal with drought instead of passive crisis management. The heads of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization  (FAO) and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification issued a joint statement on Thursday at a week-long meeting in Geneva discussing [...]

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Economic losses from disasters set new record in 2012: UNISDR

Natural disasters in 2012 (Photo:UNISDR)

  Annual economic losses due to the impact of extreme disaster events on industrial assets and private property exceeded $100 billion for three consecutive years, for the first time in 2012. That's what the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction says in its latest briefing on the economic losses from disasters. Elizabeth Longworth is [...]

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Only 28 countries have good road safety laws: WHO

Traffic in Vietnam (Photo:WHO)

Few countries have comprehensive road safety laws to address all the key risk factors for road accidents, according to a new report issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday. It says that around the world , over one million people continue to die from road accidents every year. The report shows that while [...]

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Mediterranean and Black Sea sharks risk extinction

Black tip sharks are among threatened Mediterranean species.

Shark populations in the Mediterranean and Black Sea have dropped dramatically over the last two centuries and now risk extinction, with serious implications for the region’s entire marine ecosystem and food chains, according to a new study by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The study found that “Sharks in the Mediterranean Sea have [...]

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FAO working to make sure that hunger is eradicated

Farmer - FAO/Vasily Maximov

  "The world produces enough food and has resources to produce more", says a senior official of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in Rome. Mr. Kostas Stamoulis, stated that "wealth has increased dramatically and so it's a little bit of a historical paradox that we have so many people that are undernourished in [...]

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WFP faces severe funding challenges to feed millions of Syrians

Syrian refugees Bedda and her son - WFP/Marco Frattini

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is facing severe challenges in expanding its emergency operation to feed millions of conflict-affected people. This, as a result of funding shortages and comes as the Syrian crisis is into its second year. WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin said "This is a global crisis that requires a global response [...]

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General Assembly pays tribute to late President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela

Chaves Gives Press Conference

The United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday paid tribute to the late President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela. The Assembly held a solemn meeting which began with the observation of a moment of silence in memory of the Venezuelan leader who passed away on 5 March. The President of the General Assembly, Vuk Jeremić, said history [...]

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UN chief congratulates new Pope

Pope Francis

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday congratulated Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina on his election as the new Pope. The Secretary-General says he looks forward to continuing cooperation between the United Nations and the Holy See, under the wise leadership of His Holiness Pope Francis. "We share many common goals, from [...]

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UNHCR urges donors to approve extraordinary funds to help Syrian refugees

Antonio Guterres

  United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres on Wednesday urged donors to approve extraordinary funds to help Syrian refugees and host countries. Speaking during his visit to Jordan where he met with senior government officials, Mr. Guterres said the Syrian refugee crisis is not just any crisis and requires a special mechanism of [...]

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Human rights experts express outrage at execution of seven men in Saudi Arabia

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A group of United Nations independent human rights experts has expressed outrage at the execution of seven men in Saudi Arabia despite repeated calls to the authorities not to carry out the sentences. The men were executed by firing squad, not beheaded as is customary, on Wednesday morning. According to reports, the men were charged [...]

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People are fed up with corruption, says Human Rights Council debate

Navi Pillay

  Corruption kills, UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay told a panel discussion at a meeting of the Human Rights Council on Wednesday. In its first ever discussion on the connection between human rights and corruption, the Human Rights Council held an interactive debate on the Negative Impact of Corruption on the Enjoyment of Human [...]

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Deaths in detention centres doubled in 2012 in the DRC

Scott Campbell, the representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

  The number of deaths in detention centres in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) almost doubled from 56 in 2011 compared to 101 deaths recorded in 2012, according to a UN report. Poor conditions, malnutrition, limited access to health care, among other things were the main causes of these deaths. The UN High [...]

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New WHO report reveals unequal improvements in health in Europe

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  The overall level of health across Europe has improved but there are inequities within and between countries, says a report of the World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO's European health report 2012, covers the region's 53 countries and nearly 900 million people. The report, which is issued every three years, says that life expectancy [...]

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Migrants contribute to economies of developing countries: IOM

Remittances

  Migrants are making an important contribution to the economies of developing countries by sending remittances, says the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The head of IOM, William Lacy Swing is attending a meeting of government leaders from 51 countries in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, to discuss future global trends in population dynamics. The [...]

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Half the World is Woman – Part 6

Female UN security officers, 1975

A look on how changes in the traditional female role imply changes in the traditional male role. Language: English Genre: Report 1975 Duration: 4’32″

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Half the World is Woman – Part 5

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This programme shows that women are the greatest victims of under-development, being weighed down by prejudice in societies around the world. Language: English Genre: Report 1975 Duration: 4’42″

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Half the World is Woman – Part 4

Prime Minister Sirimavo Ratwatte Dias Bandaranaike (centre)

An immediate result of 1975's campaign to achieve equality between men and women was that a number of governments brought more women to high level advisory positions. Language: English Genre: Report 1975 Duration: 4’33″

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Deaths in DRC detention centres doubled in 2012, says UN report

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The number of people who have died in detention in the Democratic Republic of the Congo almost doubled in 2012, according to a United Nations report released on Wednesday. The report is based on information collected by UN human rights officers during visits to prisons and other detention centres throughout the country. It says that [...]

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Establishing rule of law in Haiti is a top priority: human rights expert

Michel Forst

Things are moving ahead in Haiti, but slowly, says Michel Forst, A United Nations independent expert on the human rights situation in the Caribbean country. Mr. Forst, who recently travelled to Haiti, says establishing the rule of law is one of the five top priorities of the President, Michel Joseph Martelly. The others include access [...]

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UNRWA says "suffering will skyrocket" if Syria crisis is not resolved

Filippo Grandi, Commissioner General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)

The Commissioner General of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) is concerned about Palestinians trapped in the ongoing conflict in Syria. Filippo Grandi says a resolution to end the conflict in Syria must be found otherwise "the suffering will skyrocket and with it the enormous needs of these populations in distress." In an interview [...]

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Corruption kills, says UN human rights chief

Trillions of dollars lost to corruption

  There is no doubt that corruption is an enormous obstacle to the realization of all human rights, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. Ms Pillay spoke at a panel discussion on the Negative Impact of Corruption on the Enjoyment of Human Rights held in Geneva on Wednesday. She [...]

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UN launches initiative to engage citizens in shaping global agenda

Olav Kjørven

  The United Nations and its partners have launched an initiative to engage citizens around the world to take part in shaping the future global development agenda. People all over the world are being invited to vote in the United Nations global survey for a better world known as MY World. Olav Kjørven, Director of [...]

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Serious human rights violations committed in northern Mali

Kyung-wha Kang

Armed groups who controlled the northern part of Mali committed serious human rights violations in the region. That's what Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kyung-wha Kang said in Geneva on Tuesday as she introduced the report on the situation of human rights in Mali. She said the report documents allegations of extrajudicial killings and [...]

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UN chief saddened by death of Russian air crew members in DR Congo

Martin Nesirky

The United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) is investigating the cause of the crash of a helicopter in which four Russian crew members have died. The United Nations-contracted cargo helicopter went down on Saturday about 20 kilometres west of the city of Bukavu in South Kivu Province in the [...]

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UN Daily News 12 March 2013

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Syria risks losing a generation to the crisis

Syrian child

The Syrian crisis is a double tragedy for children both inside and outside of Syria, says the United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF. Gerry Adams reports. Duration:  2’32″

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Women marched to end violence against women around the world

Yoo Soon-taek (third from left, in white hat), wife of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, led a

It was a cold, cloudy day in New York with snow/sleet and rain on this Friday, the 8th of March. But neither snow, nor sleet, or rain could discourage these women from marching on the occasion of International Women's Day. The aim of the rally was to generate a heightened awareness for prevention of violence [...]

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UN refugee chief in Syria region and refugee numbers revised upward in Turkey

High Commissioner António Guterres meets a Syrian refugee family during his visit today to Turkey's Nizip Camp.

  The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres is visiting the region neighbouring Syria this week. Over the past couple of days, Mr. Guterres has been in Turkey, visiting refugees in urban areas and camps in the Gazantiep region. His visit coincided with the revision of the number of Syrian refugees in Turkey [...]

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UNICEF warns of a lost generation of Syrian children

Boys play on the streets of Aleppo(© UNICEF/NYHQ2012-1301/Romenzi)

A generation of Syrian children is at risk as the conflict enters its third year, according to a new report of the United Nations Children's agency (UNICEF). The report, titled "Syria's Children a Lost Generation" says millions of children in Syria and across the region are witnessing their past and futures disappear amidst the rubble [...]

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UN expert raises alarm over increased degree of seriousness of human rights violations

Ahmed Shaheed

A UN human rights official has expressed alarm over the numerous allegations and reports he has received about the current human rights situation in Iran, saying they need "to be addressed urgently." The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, said "There has been [...]

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IOM warns of rise in trafficking of Cambodian men into Thailand

Male victims of trafficking.

There has been a rise in the trafficking of Cambodian men to work in the fishing industry in Thailand, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) The agency's office in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, says it has already helped as many male trafficking victims in the first two months of this year as [...]

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INDONESIA #06: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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INDONESIA #04: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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INDONESIA #03: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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African Ministers discuss Innovation and IP at WIPO Conference

WIPO Director-General Francis Curry (left) talks with Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete

Proper use of intellectual property can contribute to economic development and the eradication of poverty in African countries. That's what Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete told a two-day conference in Dar es Salaam called to discuss the role of intellectual property in stimulating innovation and development. President Kikwete said "IP policies should be integrated with development [...]

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INDONESIA #02: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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UNESCO joins UNWTO to advance Silk Road tourism development

Poster, 'The Silk Roads' (illustrated by the painter Ikuo Hirayama - UNESCO

The development of a 'Silk Road Heritage Corridors' tourism strategy for Central Asia and China is among the main outcomes of the 3rd UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Silk Road Ministers' Meeting held in Berlin, Germany on 6 March 2013. With the support of the International Trade Show -ITB Berlin, the 3rd Silk Road Ministers' [...]

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Perpetrators of violence against women are often "untouched" says Council of Europe deputy Secretary-General

Gabriella Dragoni

The question of how to criminalize, through penal law, those who have perpetrated violence against women is an important part of the Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, says the deputy Secreary-General of the Council of Europe. Gabriella Dragoni says "The Convention", also referred to as the Istanbul Convention, "aims to [...]

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Evictions of Haitians displaced by earthquake a concern: UN official

Haitian camps

The humanitarian community is gravely concerned about the forced evictions of Haitians displaced by the earthquake that hit Haiti three years ago, says the United Nations humanitarian official in the country. Survivors of the 12 January 2010 earthquake in the Caribbean country sought refuge in camps built on available open land, with thousands in Port [...]

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A Dusun from Malaysia says alcohol abuse is cause for violence against women

Anne Lasimbang

  Anne Lasimbang is a member of the Dusun ethnic group in the Malaysian state of Sabah, Borneo. She has been an advocate in the fight for indigenous peoples' rights in Malaysia, and in Asia as a whole. She has also been involved in the local women's activities in Sabah, Malaysia since 1983. Anne Lasimbang [...]

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UN Daily News 11 March 2013

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UNRWA concerned about "entrapment" of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon

Filippo Grandi

The United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA)  has expressed concern over the situation of Palestinian refugees caught in the ongoing conflict in Syria. Filippo Grandi, the Commissioner General of UNRWA told reporters in New York on Monday that unlike Syrians, Palestinian refugees have what the agency calls "limited flight options". He said Jordan, which [...]

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Combined vaccine used to prevent measles and rubella in Rwanda

Measles vaccination campaign

  As part of its ongoing efforts to prevent measles and rubella, Rwanda is starting a dual vaccine campaign against the diseases on Tuesday. This is the first time that the combined Measles-Rubella vaccine is being used in a developing country. The campaign aims to vaccinate almost 5 million children between 9 and 15 years [...]

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Unrest in Syria reaches new heights of destruction: Pinheiro

Syrian children outside their UNHCR tent at Jordan's Za'atri refugee camp. [Photo: UNHCR/M. Abu Asaker]

The unrest in the Syrian Arab Republic has reached new heights of destruction, says Paulo Pinheiro, Chair of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria. Gerry Adams reports. Duration: 3’18″

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Human rights expert urges Myanmar to address shortcomings before they become entrenched

Tomás Ojea Quintana

  Authorities in Myanmar have been urged to address shortcomings in the country's human rights situation before they become entrenched. The call has come from Tomás Ojea Quintana, the United Nations independent expert on the human rights situation in Myanmar during his report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday. He said [...]

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Inquiry needed into crimes against humanity in DPRK

Marzuki Darusman

The UN Human Rights Council’s Special Rapporteur on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea says the widespread systematic pattern of violations in the country constitutes crimes against humanity that need more scrutiny than can be carried out by a single investigator. Presenting his report to the Council in Geneva on Monday, Marzuki Darusman cited nine [...]

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ICC drops charges against Kenyan Kirimi Muthaura

The International Criminal Court buildings

The International Criminal Court has dropped charges against Francis Kirimi Muthaura, a co-accused of Kenya’s presidential election winner Uhuru Kenyatta, the prosecutor has said. Fatou Bensouda said some witnesses were too scared to testify, while another recanted his statement. Ms. Bensouda said she has done so after carefully considering all the evidence available to her [...]

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A 13-year old Ugandan girl fights for children's rights

Hakima

Hakima is a 13-year old Ugandan girl and a volunteer of child rights organisation Plan International. She is  active in her school and her community where she is a member of several clubs. Some of the projects she is active in include a Plan facilitated club at her school that focuses on disaster risk reduction [...]

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Two million in Malawi still food insecure: FAO

Malawi's maize harvest

  While Malawi has made progress by becoming self-sufficient in maize and even produces enough of that grain to support exports, some two million people in the country still remain food insecure, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva told a press conference. The director-general and European Union Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs led an EU-FAO joint [...]

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Medical care in Syria used as 'tactic of war' says UN Commission of Inquiry

Paulo Pinheiro, Chairperson of the Commission of Inquiry on Syria

  Hospitals and medical clinics in Syria are being targeted and destroyed, and medical staff are being captured, as health care in the country is used as a 'tactic of war', says the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Syria. Giving an update on the situation in the country to the UN Human Rights Council [...]

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Ban welcomes release of UNDOF peacekeepers

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday welcomed the release of the 21 United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) peacekeepers who had been detained on 6 March in the vicinity of Al Jamla in the area of limitation. The Secretary-General said he appreciated the efforts of all concerned to secure their safe release. In a statement [...]

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UNRWA fights back against violence against women

International Women's Day

  UNRWA- the UN agency assisting Palestinian refugees, celebrated International Women's Day Friday, by calling for an end to violence against women and girls. A series of campaign events throughout areas such as Gaza and Syria celebrated the UN's theme for the day: "A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against [...]

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UNRWA fights back against violence against women

International Women's Day at UNRWA

  UNRWA- the UN agency assisting Palestinian refugees, celebrated International Women's Day Friday, by calling for an end to violence against women and girls. A series of campaign events throughout areas such as Gaza and Syria celebrated the UN's theme for the day: "A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against [...]

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Caribbean Tourism Conference to focus on Product, Partnership and Profitability

Caribbean beach

Product, partnership and profitability will get attention at the Caribbean Tourism Organisation -CTO sustainable conference Delegates attending the region's premier gathering on sustainable tourism will delve into some areas that impact their bottom line. The CTO's 14thSustainable Tourism Conference (STC-14) takes place in Trinidad and Tobago from April 5-18th . I asked Gail Henry, CTO's [...]

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World Committee on Tourism Ethics praises growing private sector commitment

Global Code of Ethics for Tourism

The Twelfth Meeting of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics commended the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism Initiative and praised the growing number of signatory businesses who pledged to uphold responsible conduct in the tourism sector (Madrid, Spain, 4-5 March). As the body responsible [...]

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Violence against women and girls the most widespread human right violations: CARICOM

Commission on the Status of Women

With the scourge of violence against women and girls still rampant around the world, the international community must "rise to the occasion" and lay out concrete plans to tackle that long-standing, deeply entrenched crisis, stressed high-level speakers as the Commission on the Status of Women opened its historic fifty-seventh session today. Jennifer Webster, Minister of [...]

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UN mission in DR Congo to suspend support to two battalions

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The UN Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) has announced that it is starting a process of ending support to two Congolese army battalions implicated in human rights violations. MONUSCO says there have been several human rights investigation missions to Minova, North Kivu, and surrounding villages conducted between December 2012 and February [...]

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UN Daily News 08 March 2013

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Yuna sings "One Woman: A song for UN Women"

Yuna

  "One Woman: A song for UN Women" was launched on the 8th of March, International Women's Day. The "One Woman" song is a musical celebration of women worldwide, featuring 25 artists from 20 countries. UN Women says the song calls for change and celebrates acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who daily [...]

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Displacement worsening in eastern DR Congo: IOM

IOM staff guides displaced people during the distribution of non-food assistance at the Bulengo settlement

The displacement of people as a result of conflict in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo is worsening, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The agency says that it carried out an aerial reconnaissance mission in the area on Tuesday together with the UN Office for the Coordination of [...]

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Violence against Women is not inevitable: Ban Ki-moon

Ban Ki-moon

Violence against women is not inevitable and everyone, women, men, girls and boys must wage the struggle to end it. That's what UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a gathering at the United Nations in New York on Friday to mark International Women's Day observed on 8 March. He said ending violence against women and girls, [...]

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United Nations launches concerted push for effective drought policies

A bone-dry part of the River Niger at Mopti, a major town in the Sudano-Sahelian zone of Mali.

  Three United Nations institutions have now joined forces to promote the development and adoption of practical and proactive policies at the national level to make drought-prone countries more resilient. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and other [...]

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"We need to break the silence and cycle of violence”: ESCAP chief Noleen Heyzer

Noeleen Heyzer

  "Violence against women was the darkest secret – couched in silence and taboo – a manifestation of unequal power relationships, the low status of women and entrenched structural discrimination," said Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). She told an [...]

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UN human rights office shocked by video of torture in Fiji

The United Nations human rights office has expressed shock over the content of a video showing the apparent torture and inhuman and degrading treatment of two handcuffed men in Fiji. It says the video, which has emerged on social networks and the Internet, shows a handcuffed man being physically and sexually assaulted, beaten and humiliated [...]

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FAO, IFAD, WFP and IDLO highlight link between women, violence and food security

Harvesting rice in India

In spite of the major role played by women in producing food and feeding their families, little attention has been paid to the connection between gender, violence and food security, a number of organizations said in a joint statement to mark International Women's Day on Friday 8 March. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), [...]

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UNDP chief calls for an end to violence against women

A victim of sexual violence, Beatrice is gradually learning to live again thanks to moral and financial support provided by her Community Centre in South Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo: Junior D. Kannah/UNDP DRC

  United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark called Friday for scaled-up efforts globally to stop violence against women, describing it as a weapon of war in much of the world and a major obstacle to equality and development.  In a statement Friday, Ms. Clark said "Let's mark International Women's Day this year not [...]

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No to all forms of violence against women, says head of UN Women

Michelle Bachelet

Governments around the world are being urged not to allow disagreements and indecision to block progress for the world's women. The call comes from Michelle Bachelet, the head of UN Women, the United Nations agency to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women in her message for International Women's Day on 8 March. She [...]

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Enough is enough – discrimination and violence must end: Head of UN Women

Michelle Bachelet, head of UN Women

On International Women’s Day, 8 March 2013, the head of UN Women says discrimination and violence against women and girls have no place in the 21st century. Michelle Bachelet says “Enough is enough”, in a message of both outrage and hope that discrimination and violence must end. Duration: 2'54"

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Yuna sings "One Woman: A song for UN Women"

Yuna

  "One Woman: A song for UN Women" is being launched on 8 March, International Women's Day. The "One Woman" song is a musical celebration of women worldwide, featuring 25 artists from 20 countries. UN Women says the song calls for change and celebrates acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who make daily [...]

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Egyptian women want dignity for all, says an activist

Egyptian women shout slogans and wave their national flag, during a sit-in against the new draft Constitution, in Cairo, Egypt, 7 December 2012. Credit: EPA/ANDRE PAIN

• Women from around the world have gathered at UN headquarters for the annual session of the Commission on the Status of Women. This year's theme is "Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls." An activist from Egypt says violence against women is a serious problem in her country. UN [...]

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UN top envoy in Libya urges Libyans to refrain from violence

Tarek Mitri

The top United Nations envoy in Libya has called on all Libyans to refrain from settling political issues through violence. The call from Tarek Mitri comes after reports of bombings, kidnappings, and activities of militias against politicians in the country. The National Congress building was also reportedly attacked by militiamen and protesters two days ago. [...]

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Enough is enough – discrimination and violence must end: head of UN Women

UN Women

  On International Women’s Day, 8 March 2013, the head of UN Women says discrimination and violence against women and girls have no place in the 21st century. Michelle Bachelet says “Enough is enough”, in a message of both outrage and hope that discrimination and violence must end. Debi Nova sings "One Woman: A song [...]

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Debi Nova sings "One Woman: A song for UN Women"

Debi Nova

  Today, 8 March, is International Women's Day. The first theme song for a UN organization called "One Woman: A song for UN Women" was launched today. The "One Woman" song is a musical celebration of women worldwide, featuring 25 artists from 20 countries across. "One Woman" gives us a message of hope and inspiration, [...]

7 Mar 2013 | Posted in Celebrity Corner, Today's Features | Read More »

Security Council unanimously adopts resolution on nuclear testing in the DPRK

The Security Council unanimously adopts resolution 2094 (2013), strongly condemning the 12 February nuclear test by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and imposing new sanctions on that country.

The UN Security Council has adopted a resolution that strongly condemns the nuclear test conducted by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, DPRK on the 12th of February this year. Gerry Adams reports. Duration: 2’27″

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Religious minorities face discrimination: UN expert

Heiner Bielefeldt

Religious minorities around the world face various forms of discrimination, according to the United Nations independent expert on freedom of religion or belief. Heiner Bielefeldt spoke to reporters in Geneva on Thursday after presenting his report to the Human Rights Council earlier this week. He said the systematic discrimination and exclusion of religious minorities from [...]

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Security Council tightens sanctions against North Korea

Vitaly Churkin

The UN Security Council on Thursday tightened sanctions against North Korea in response to its nuclear test last month. In a unanimous resolution, the Council strongly condemned the nuclear test on 12 February which it said, was a flagrant violation of its relevant resolutions. The Council imposed additional financial sanctions and travel restrictions including on [...]

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Ban urges DPRK to comply with Security Council resolutions

The Security Council unanimously adopts resolution 2094 (2013), strongly condemning the 12 February nuclear test by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and imposing new sanctions on that country.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the adoption of the Security Council resolution on the recent nuclear test by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). In a statement shortly after the Council's vote, the Secretary-General noted that acting unanimously and agreeing on effective and credible measures, the Security Council has sent an unequivocal message to [...]

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Vientiane Consensus renews commitment to integrating landlocked developing countries with region's growth momentum

World map showing the 31 landlocked developing countries(UNCTAD)

Landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) have asserted that they are land-linked, land-rich countries that can emerge as key hubs in regional cooperation and integration. This, as they wrapped up the Final Review of the Almaty Programme of Action (APoA) Conference in Vientiane, Laos, on Thursday. The Vientiane Outcome Document reflects LLDCs renewed commitment in addressing development [...]

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Every child has right to health, says UN human rights chief

A child is examined by a doctor in South Darfur (UN Photo/Albert Gonzalez Farran)

It is unacceptable that close to seven million children around the world die each year before the age of 5. That's what United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay told the Human Rights Council in Geneva as it opened its annual meeting on the rights of the child. Ms. Pillay said the right [...]

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Despite political progress, humanitarian crisis continues in Yemen

UNHCR reports that nearly half a million people have been displaced due to conflicts in the northern and southern regions of the country. Credit: Yemen Humanitarian Team

  The humanitarian challenges in Yemen remain enormous, according to release from the Yemen Humanitarian Country Team. But it says humanitarian partners aim to significantly scale up life-saving assistance through providing improved access to health care, nutrition interventions, clean water and improved sanitation, shelter and protection services, as well as food assistance for millions of [...]

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Egyptian women want dignity for all, says an activist

Egyptian women shout slogans and wave their national flag, during a sit-in against the new draft Constitution, in Cairo, Egypt, 7 December 2012. Credit: EPA/ANDRE PAIN

Women from around the world have gathered at United Nations headquarters for the annual session of the Commission on the Status of Women. The theme for this year's session is "Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls." One of the participants in the meetings is Nehad Abo El-Komsan, a Senior [...]

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Palestinian children need improved protection in Israeli military detention: UNICEF

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The United Nations children's agency (UNICEF) is proposing measures to improve the protection of Palestinian children in Israeli military detention. The agency on Wednesday unveiled a briefing paper titled: "Children in Israeli military detention: observations and recommendations". It outlines measures that could be adopted so that the treatment of Palestinian children in Israeli military custody [...]

6 Mar 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Global coordinated effort to tackle water-related disasters: Jeremic

An increasing number of water-related disasters are affecting Member States in every corner of the planet, President of the UN General Assembly Vuc Jeremic told a Special Thematic Session on Water and Disasters on Wednesday. He drew attention to recent water-related disasters in Japan, Southern Africa, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean and North America. And he [...]

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Half the World is Woman – Part 3

Adult education programmes in India

To achieve gender equality, education is the key and more cooperation is needed among women, explains this programme. Language: English Genre: Report 1975 Duration: 4’28″

6 Mar 2013 | Posted in UN Radio Classics | Read More »

Half the World is Woman – Part 2

World Conference of the International Women's Year, 1975

  This programme analyzes women's involvement in political struggles and decision making around the world.   Language: English   Genre: Report   1975  Duration: 4’30″

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Half the World is Woman – Part 1

World Conference of the International Women's Year, 1975

The first part of this series offers a survey of the situation of women around the world on International Women's Year. Language: English Genre: Report 1975 Duration: 4’40″

6 Mar 2013 | Posted in UN Radio Classics | Read More »

UN Security Council strongly condemns detention of peacekeepers

UNDOF patrol the Golan Heights area. [UN Photo/Inge Lippmann]

Members of the UN Security Council have strongly condemned the detention of a group of more than 20 peacekeepers of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force, (UNDOF). President of the Council for this month Ambassador Vitaly Churkin of the Russian Federation says the incident took place within their Area of Limitation, east of the B [...]

6 Mar 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Security Council renews mandate of African Union mission in Somalia

Security Council Chamber

The Security Council has decided to renew the mandate of the African Union mission in Somalia (AMISOM) until 28 February 2014. Acting under the enforcement provisions of the Charter, the council adopted a resolution unanimously which authorizes AMISOM to take all necessary measures, in coordination with the Somali army to reduce the threat posed by [...]

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UN Daily News 06 March 2013

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Syria activist speaks out

Syrian women protesting in May 2011

  Peace must come from within Syria and peace-bulding has to include men and women from all political spectra. The view was expressed by Dr. Mouna Ghanem who works as a deputy for the President of the "Building the Syrian State" movement in Syria, considered the first opposition movement established in the country. Dr. Ghanem [...]

6 Mar 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN chief urges preparedness for water-related disasters

Earthquake and tsunami in Japan

Lessons can be learned from countries that have experienced water-related disasters around the world, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Wednesday. He told the first General Assembly thematic session on water and disasters that his five-year agenda for the United Nations includes supporting national disaster risk reduction plans. Participants in the session included survivors [...]

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FAO, EU and Malawi government discuss way forward in ending hunger and malnutrition

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Crop diversification, increasing the productivity and production of farmers through small-scale irrigation projects, improving local market systems, and other actions being implemented by the government could give a strong push to the eradication of hunger and malnutrition in Malawi, Director-General José Graziano da Silva said on Wednesday.  "It was interesting to hear about government programs [...]

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Uncertain future for African elephants as poaching doubles and illegal ivory trade tripled

Photo: IRIN/Amantha Perera

Populations of elephants in Africa continue to be under severe threat as the illegal trade in ivory grows – with double the numbers of elephants killed and triple the amounts of ivory seized, over the last decade. A new report entitled "Elephants in the Dust – The African Elephant Crisis", says increasing poaching levels, as [...]

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Registered Syrian refugees reach one million mark

Syrian refugees

One million and rising – that's the number of Syrians either registered as refugees or being assisted as such, says the UN Refugee Agency, (UNHCR). "For two years now, we have been in escalating crisis mode", the Spokesperson for the Agency, Adrian Edwards tells UN Radio's Mamadou Alpha Diallo in Geneva. Duration: 4'57"

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Syrian refugees reach one million mark

A line of Syrian refugee women, some carrying children, cross into Jordan from southern Syria. The outflow this year has been staggering. © UNHCR/N.Daoud

The number of Syrians who have fled the conflict to other countries has now reached the one million mark, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR). The agency says about half of the refugees are children, the majority under the age of eleven. It points out that more than 400,000 Syrians have become refugees [...]

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Persons with disabilities around the world continue to be denied the right to work: Pillay

Centre for the reintegration of disabled children. Kigali. Rwanda. (ILO PHOTO@Crozet M.)

The right to work is a fundamental human right inseparable for human dignity, but the millions of persons with disabilities around the world continue to be denied this right, remain excluded from the opportunity to realize themselves and to make a meaningful contribution to their communities. That's what UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi [...]

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UN officials pay tribute to late President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela

Chaves Gives Press Conference

United Nations officials have paid tribute to the late President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez who passed away on Tuesday. The 58 old leader  returned to his country last month after cancer treatment in Cuba. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had just briefed the Security Council late on Tuesday when he was asked about the death [...]

5 Mar 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Security Council urged to authorize an Intervention Brigade in DR Congo

Security Council Chamber

The Security Council has been urged to authorize the deployment of an Intervention Brigade to help stabilize the situation in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The call came from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during his briefing to Council on Tuesday. He said the situation remains fragile in that part of [...]

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Safe return of displaced people at risk due to landmines in Yemen

A Demining specialist removing an anti-personnel mine. Photo:UNDP

The safe return of displaced people in Yemen is at risk because of landmines and other explosive remnants of war, according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Thousands of people are returning to their homes in southern Yemen after government forces reclaimed most of the territory that has been controlled by [...]

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WFP-backed team reaches summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro

The all-female climbing team of women from Africa and Nepal. Photo: WFP/Claudia Altorio

An all-female climbing team supported by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) in Tanzania has reached the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa's tallest mountain. The ten women made the ascent to highlight the importance of girls' education and of school meals. The team which timed their climb to mark the week of International Women's Day [...]

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Assisting rape survivor mothers and their children

Rebecca Kiessling

When a rape victim becomes pregnant, she should be able to choose to parent her child without having to worry about a life of being tethered to the rapist, says the organization "Hope after Rape Conception". Rebecca Kiessling, who founded the organization, explained to Gerry Adams that women who conceive as a result of rape are a [...]

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UN Daily News 05 March 2013

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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UNRWA cancels 2013 Gaza Marathon

Participants compete in the annual UN-sponsored marathon along the Gaza Strip (01/03/2012)

This year's Gaza marathon organized by the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) has been cancelled. UNRWA says it regrets what it says is a 'disappointing decision" which was made following discussions with the authorities in Gaza who have insisted against women's participation in the event. According to the agency, a total of 256 [...]

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US to be called to account over Bush-era CIA terrorism programme

Ben Emmerson

The United States has been told to release the findings of a report into the Bush-era CIA programme of secret detention, rendition and torture of terrorist suspects. Ben Emmerson, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms While Countering Terrorism, told the Human Rights Council in Geneva that [...]

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Conflict in Syria deprives children of education

Syrian children outside their UNHCR tent at Jordan's Za'atri refugee camp. [Photo: UNHCR/M. Abu Asaker]

The ongoing conflict in Syria is depriving hundreds of thousands of children of their education, according to the United Nations children's agency (UNICEF). The agency says that an assessment conducted in December last year shows that Syria's education system is reeling from almost two years of conflict, with severe damage to infrastructure and attendance rates [...]

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People with albinism targeted in Tanzania

Albino children in Tanzania

There's an increase in attacks against people with albinism in Tanzania and the UN Human Rights Commissioner is calling on the authorities in the country to take stronger measures to halt the crimes and tackle the underlying discrimination. Navi Pillay says she "strongly condemns these vicious killings and attacks, which were committed in particularly horrifying [...]

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UN officials welcome overturning of conviction of Somali woman

Zainab Hawa Bangura

  United Nations officials have welcomed a court decision in Somalia to overturn the conviction of an alleged rape victim accused of maligning the reputation of the state. The woman and a journalist who interviewed her about the claim that she was raped by soldiers were convicted and sentenced last month. On March 3 the [...]

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Two-thirds of victims of left-over munitions in Mali are children

UNMAS Mali is training and working with local Malian military and police to clear landmines and unexploded ordinance in the northern part of the country. Photo: UNMAS/Marc Vaillant

  Two out of three of those killed or injured by left-over ammunition and explosive devices in conflict-affected areas of Central and Northern Mali are children, according to the United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF. It's thought that around 200,000 children in the region are at risk from unexploded ordnance. Since April last year, 53 people [...]

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Vicious attacks on people with albinism in Tanzania condemned by UN human rights chief

Navi Pillay

Authorities in Tanzania must take action following reports of a surge in the number of violent attacks on people with albinism in the country, says the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Navi Pillay says that she's 'appalled' by the vicious killings and attacks, committed in particularly horrific circumstances, which have involved dismembering people, [...]

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New INCB report calls for concerted action to curb global drug problem

Raymond Yans

New psychoactive substances, known as 'legal highs' and 'designer drugs', are a growing threat to public health, as seen by increased emergency room admissions and calls to poison centres, the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) says in its Annual Report for 2012, launched Tuesday in London. The report says these new psychoactive substances are easily [...]

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A rape victim who became pregnant tells her story

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   Sexual crimes against women are underreported due to the stigma attached to it. And not many women rape survivors muster the courage to tell their story. But Liz Carl from Kentucky, United States was not only raped when she was 17, she became pregnant as a result of the assault. Now a university student [...]

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UNAIDS welcomes news of a child who appears "functionally cured" of HIV

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UNAIDS, the United Nations agency dealing with HIV and AIDS, has welcomed the news that a child who was born with the HIV virus now appears to have been "functionally cured". According to researchers,  the mother who was living with HIV, prematurely gave birth to the baby in July 2010 in the state of Mississippi [...]

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About 6 million people in Southern Africa face food shortages: IFRC

Zimbabwe farmer

An estimated 6 million people across Southern Africa are at risk of disease and malnutrition as a result of severe food shortages. The warning comes from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) which says the food crisis in the region has been largely underreported in the global media. Jessica Sallabank, [...]

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Twentieth century has no place for violence against women: UN Women

Michelle Bachelet

Violence against women does not only fracture families but also impedes development. That's what the Executive Director of UN Women, Michelle Bachelet, told reporters on Monday at the start of this year's session of the Commission on the Status of Women. The head of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of [...]

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Human rights defenders more at risk in Tunisia since the revolution

Margaret Sekaggya

A UN report says that female human rights defenders and journalists in Tunisia are more at risk since the revolution in 2011 of being killed, or faced with death threats, physical and verbal attacks, and judicial harassment. Margaret Sekaggya, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, presented the report to the Human [...]

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Violence against women – a matter of life and death

Opening of the 57th Commission on the Status of Women

The Commission on the Status of Women opened its 57th session at United Nations headquarters on Monday with the priority theme the "Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls". Gerry Adams reports. Duration: 2’45″

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Women with disabilities at higher risk of violence: UN expert

Rashida Manjoo

Women with disabilities are at a higher risk of being victims of domestic violence, according to the United Nations independent expert on violence against women. Rashida Manjoo spoke at the start of the two-week session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York on Monday. She told the Commission that women [...]

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UN Daily News 04 March 2013

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Ending violence against women "a matter of life and death": UN official

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Ending violence against women is a matter of life and death, says United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson. Mr. Eliasson spoke in New York on Monday at the start of the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women under the theme "Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and [...]

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UN nuclear watchdog agency still unable to access Perchin site in Iran

IAEA Board of Governors. (Photo: D. Calma/IAEA)

The UN nuclear watchdog agency cannot conclude that all nuclear material in Iran is for peaceful purposes, and it is still unable to gain access to the Parchin military site. That's what Yukiya Amano, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), told the agency's Board of Governors in Vienna, on Monday. He said [...]

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Improving women's rights is the hidden weapon against hunger

Women harvesting rice in Senegal

The hidden weapon against hunger is the improvement of women's rights, says the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food. Oliver de Schutter says with men frequently moving away from the farm in search of work, the "feminization of agriculture" is one very important characteristic of the agrarian transition over the past few years. [...]

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INDONESIA #01: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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Settlements in Occupied Palestinian Territories depriving Israeli nationals of adequate housing

Raquel Rolnik

  A UN report says that Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories not only violate international law and worsen the living conditions of Palestinians under occupation, but also deprive Israeli nationals of resources that could be used for adequate housing within the internationally recognized boundaries of their own country. Raquel Rolnik, Special Rapporteur on [...]

4 Mar 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Expectant mothers in Mali risk financial ruin; systems problems impede universal health coverage

A Malian refugee mother with her child wait to receive relief items in Gaoudel, Ayorou district, northern Niger. Photo: UNHCR/H. Caux

Families in Mali risk financial ruin when expectant mothers need a Caesarean section to guarantee safe delivery, despite recent measures to make this life-saving procedure accessible and free at point-of-care, according to a study published this month in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization. Mali's experience is relevant to the many countries that are [...]

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Top UN officials stress need for unity in efforts for political solution in Syria

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with Mr. Lakhdar Brahimi, Joint Special Representative of the UN and the League of Arab States for Syria

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Joint Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi have stressed the necessity of unity of the international community in efforts to encourage a political solution to the Syrian crisis. In a statement following a meeting in Switzerland on the weekend, "both expressed deep frustration at the failure of the international community [...]

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Caribbean launches Travel.com portal

Beverly Nicholson-Dotty

The Caribbean Tourism Organization CTO on Thursday launched the new CaribbeanTravel.com website. The CaribbeanTravel.com portal will revolutionize the planning process for consumers around the world looking to travel to the region for a Caribbean getaway. In New York this week, Chairperson of the Caribbean Tourism Organization Beverly Nicholson-Dotty told UN Radio about the project. Nicholson-Dotty: [...]

1 Mar 2013 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Situation remains volatile in DR Congo's Kitchanga town

A man injured in Kitchanga is flown to Goma for medical treatment. MONUSCO/Sylvain Liechti

The United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) is working to defuse the volatile situation in Kitchanga town in North Kivu. This follows deadly clashes this week between government forces and a rebel militia known as the APCLS in the province. The ongoing conflict between the government troops and various armed [...]

1 Mar 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNWTO forecasts up to 4% increase in global tourism arrivals

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The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), forecasts international tourist arrivals to increase by 3% to 4% in 2013, much in line with its long term forecast for 2030: +3.8% a year on average between 2010 and 2020. This outlook is confirmed by the UNWTO Confidence Index. Compiled among over 300 experts worldwide, the Index shows [...]

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