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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: [...]

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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 [...]

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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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Haiti launches National Plan to eliminate cholera

Nigel Fisher

Haiti has launched a National Plan to eliminate Cholera from the country in a ceremony attended by Nigel Fisher, the head of the United Nations mission there (MINUSTAH), among other partners from the international community. This 10 year-long plan is the first major concerted program to eliminate the disease which caused much trauma in the [...]

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UN Secretary-General 'personally pained and distraught' at situation in Syria

The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has reiterated his call for the UN Security Council to intervene to try to resolve the conflict in Syria, which enters its third year this month. Speaking at a press conference at the United Nations Office in Geneva, Mr Ban said that he's meeting the Joint Special Representative for [...]

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Resolution on economic consequence of marriages, family relations and dissolutions was adopted

Child marriage in Afghanistan

In most countries, religious, customary and state laws allow women to get limited property rights or none at all during marriage, or upon divorce or widowhood. In such instances, husbands and fathers usually control women's mobility, economic welfare and family decision-making. As a result, a recommendation to protect women's rights on this issue was submitted [...]

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Millions in South Sudan in need of food

South Sudanese farmers ploughing the land

  More than 4 million people in South Sudan are likely to be food insecure this year, according to a new joint report by the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP). The report says food production increased by over 35 percent between 2011 and 2012 due to good rains, improved [...]

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IOM pre-positions humanitarian aid ahead of Kenyan elections

Kenya elections

  IOM, the International Organization for Migration, is putting in place humanitarian aid ahead of the upcoming elections in Kenya, scheduled to take place on the 4th of March. Since 1992, Kenya has seen pre- and post-election violence that has displaced thousands of people and left scores dead. IOM Spokesperson Jumbe Omari Jumbe told Gerry [...]

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UN Daily News 01 March 2013

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Fragile and conflict-affected countries want their voices to be heard

Noleen Heyzer

"Business as usual is not a viable option" says a document adopted by more than 400 delegates attending the International Development for All Conference at the conclusion of their three-day meeting in Dili, Timor Leste. The Dili Consensus called for building "a framework for the next era of global development that is legitimate and relevant, [...]

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IOM pre-positions humanitarian aid ahead of Kenya elections

Map of Kenya

As Monday's general election in Kenya approaches, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is getting ready to help in the event people are displaced by violence as has happened in the past. The agency has stockpiled relief items including blankets, plastic sheets, jerry cans, cooking utensils and soap. IOM says it has also identified the [...]

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A journey to empower women

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  Ten female mountain climbers are climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to encourage girls and women around the world that they can achieve anything with effort and education. The climbers, seven from Nepal, two from Tanzania and one from South Africa, include one woman who benefited from World Food Programme school meals when she was [...]

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UN deploys human rights experts to Kenya

Preparing for the elections. Credit: IRINFILMS

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is deploying experts to monitor the situation of human rights during the elections in Kenya. Kenyans are set to elect their political leaders in the general elections on Monday. Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the High Commissioner for Human Rights says there is going to be a large international [...]

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Ban to present contours of his vision for a coherent post-2015 development framework

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he will present the broad contours of his vision for an ambitious, principled, practical and coherent post-2015 development framework this September, at a special event on the Millennium Development Goals to assess progress, identify remaining gaps and challenges ahead. The Secretary-General told a High-level Panel on Human Rights in Geneva that [...]

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Inequality, not in the name of progress – key UN expert group looks beyond the Millennium Development Goals

Michel Forst

"The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have remained silent regarding inequalities." The warning came Friday from the largest body of independent experts in the United Nations Human Rights system during a high-level panel of the Human Rights Council. And, they have urged the international community to place human rights, equality and non-discrimination, and sustainability at the [...]

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World Food Programme resumes sending food and relief aid to Syria

Zaatari refugee camp: two Syrian boys collect food for their family from a WFP food distribution centre

For the first time since late December, the World Food Programme (WFP) has been able to use the Jordanian-Syrian border crossing point of Nasib to deliver food to Southern Syria. The agency says insecurity had prevented the delivery of food aid as fighting between government and opposition forces continued. As the UN's lead agency for [...]

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Fear of returning home to Mali remains widespread

With the resumption of country bus services, some people have been returning home from cities like Bamako.© UNHCR/H.Caux

As the conflict continues in Mali, the United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR, says it's continuing to see large numbers of internally displaced people, while in surrounding countries the numbers of refugees are still high and in some cases increasing. Despite improvements to the security situation in some areas, fear of returning home remains widespread. An [...]

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