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Celebrating emancipation – 25 March

Listen / The bondage of slavery

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

Listen / 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

Listen / 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

Listen / 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

Listen / 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

Listen / 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

Listen / 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

Listen / 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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UN Daily News 18 March 2013

News and Features from United Nations Radio.

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Car bombing in Mogadishu "entirely unacceptable" UN envoy

Listen / 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

Listen / 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

Listen / 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

Listen / Human Rights Council

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

Listen / 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

Listen / 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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