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Security Council hears of Liberia's efforts to promote justice and security

Listen / Ambassador Staffan Tillander (Sweden) Chair of the Liberia Configuration, addressing the Security Council meeting on the situation in Liberia. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

The inauguration of the first Regional Justice and Security Hub in Liberia is an essential component of institution building in the country. That assessment comes from Staffan Tillander, chair of the Liberia Configuration of the Peacebuilding Commission who briefed the Security Council on Monday afternoon. Ambassador Tillander was part of a Commission delegation which visited [...]

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General Assembly remembers past and present victims of slavery

Listen / Ambassador Ken Kanda, Permanent Representative of Ghana to the United Nations. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The millions of Africans who were brought to the New World in chains were remembered during a special meeting of the UN General Assembly on Monday. Ghana's ambassador to the UN Ken Kanda said the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade provides an opportunity to solemnly reflect [...]

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Liberia's border with Cote d'Ivoire a significant focus of the UN: SRSG Landgren

Listen / Karin Landgren, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), addressing the Security Council meeting on the situation in Liberia. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Liberia’s border with C6te d’Ivoire remains a significant focus for the Government and for the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), according to the Special representative of the Secretary-General Karen Landgren. She told the UN Security Council on Monday that Operation Restore Hope, conducted jointly by the Liberian National Police, Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization and [...]

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Mortar fire in Damascus forces UN to relocate some staff

Listen / Martin Nesirky

Security conditions in Syria have caused the United Nations to temporarily reduce the number of international staff in the capital, Damascus, UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky told journalists in New York on Monday. He reported that over the past two days, a number of mortar shells had been fired in close proximity to a hotel housing [...]

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Sustainability depends on the way food produced and consumed: FAO chief

Listen / Jose Graziano da Silva

Small-scale producers, local production and consumption circuits and recovering traditional crops have a major part to play in reducing hunger, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva told professors and students at the University of Gastronomic Sciences on Monday. He said that the Green Revolution of the 1960s had increased per capita availability of food by [...]

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UN envoy calls for swift action following killing of media professional in Somalia

Listen / Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, Augustine P. Mahiga

The UN envoy in Somalia is calling for an end to "senseless violence" following the killing of a staff member of a local radio station. Rahma Abdulkadir was reportedly shot and killed in the capital, Mogadishu, on Sunday night. She is the first woman and third media professional to be killed in Somalia so far [...]

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A concert celebrating emancipation

Listen / Montage of artists at the Slavery Concert - Somi (top) Marcus Miller (bottom left) and David Hinds (bottom right)

A concert was held in the General Assembly Hall on Friday, 22 March, to observe the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. The concert paid tribute to the emancipation of slaves as this year marks many key slavery abolition anniversaries in Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, and, Latin [...]

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UN study finds increased investment to and from BRICS countries

James Zhan

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to and from Brazil, the Russian Federation, India, China and South Africa—collectively known as the BRICS—continues to rise, according to a UN study released on Monday. The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) says foreign investment into the BRICS more than tripled in 2012, reaching approximately $263 billion. Meanwhile, investments [...]

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UN evacuates non-essential staff from Central African Republic

Listen / The UNHCR warehouse in Bambari in the Central African Republic was looted by armed men who have also intimated villagers in the area. The warehouse contained relief supplies for refugees and internally displaced people. © UNHCR/J.C.Ndanga

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the unconstitutional seizure of power that took place in the Central African Republic (CAR) on 24 March 2013 and called for the swift restoration of constitutional order. UN Radio's Patrick Maigua spoke to Amy Martin from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the country's capital, [...]

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FAO to lead UN-wide preparations for Expo 2015

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Creating sustainable and secure food systems will be high on the agenda for Expo 2015 in Milan, Italy, said Eduardo Rojas-Briales, FAO Assistant Director-General for Forestry, who has been named Commissioner-General for the United Nations' preparations for the event. The theme of Expo 2015 will be 'Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life'. Participants are expected [...]

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Mid-East Coordinator calls for international action to support two-state solution

Listen / Robert Serry addressing the Security Council on Mid-East situation

It is time for the international community to come together to support the efforts toward a two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians, a senior UN official told the Security Council on Monday. Robert Serry, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, said while efforts currently underway offer the chance for serious political progress, [...]

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More than 400,000 Palestine refugees in Syria need humanitarian aid: UNRWA

Listen / UNRWA Commissioner-General Filippo Grandi meeting with internally-displaced refugees who had taken shelter in al-Faloujeh UNRWA school, Yarmouk camp.

The number of Palestine refugees in Syria who need humanitarian assistance has surpassed 400,000. That information comes from the UN agency which works with Palestine refugees (UNRWA) which says the continued armed conflict in the country continues to result in a rapidly rising death toll and displacement. UNRWA cited reports that 65 Palestine refugees in [...]

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UN offices looted in Bangui, Central African Republic

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The United Nations is to evacuate all non essential staff from Bangui in the Central African Republic, as the security situation in the capital continues to worsen following the take over of the government by rebel forces.  Those to be evacuated will be temporarily housed in Yaoundé Cameroun. Several United Nations agencies have had their [...]

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