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

Listen / 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

Listen / 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

Listen / 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

Listen / 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

Listen / 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

Listen / 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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UN Daily News 14 March 2013

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Security Council renews mandate of UN mission in Libya

Listen / Security Council chamber

  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

Listen / Human Development Report 2013

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

Listen / 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

Listen / 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

Listen / 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

Listen / 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

Listen / 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

Listen / 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

Listen / 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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