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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 [...]

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

Listen / Hilde Johnson on visit to conflict area in Jonglei state, South Sudan

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

Listen / 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

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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 [...]

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FAO calls for "Zero illegal Deforestation" target

Listen / 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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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

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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 [...]

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

Two US professors envision emancipation

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

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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 [...]

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

Rights experts call for elimination of racism in sports

Listen / 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

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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%

Listen / 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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