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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"

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

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″

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

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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UN Daily News 15 March 2013

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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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, [...]

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

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. [...]

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

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


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

Small arms

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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