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General Assembly remembers late Bangladeshi President

Listen / UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressing General Assembly

The General Assembly on Tuesday paid tribute to Zillur Rahman, the late President of Bangladesh, who died last week. In his speech to the gathering, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised Mr. Rahman's 50 years of service to his country and people. "President Rahman believed in independence for Bangladesh. He worked for it and was one [...]

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UN envoy visits Myanmar city, site of deadly intercommunity violence

Listen / Vijay Nambiar, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General for Myanmar

A senior UN official has just concluded a mission to Myanmar where at least 30 people were reportedly killed during recent unrest between Buddhist and Muslim communities in the central city of Meiktila. Vijay Nambiar, the Secretary-General's Special Advisor for Myanmar, told journalists in New York on Tuesday that he was in the country when [...]

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Swedish professor to head fact-finding mission on alleged chemical weapons use in Syria

Listen / Map of Syrian Arab Republic

An accomplished scientist from Sweden will head the UN fact-finding mission to investigate allegations of the reported use of chemical weapons in Syria. Professor Ǻke Sellström is a project manager at a Swedish research institute which coordinates research and education in dealing with chemical, biological, radioactive, nuclear and explosive materials. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made [...]

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Some UN staff relocated due to security concerns in Syria

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The United Nations has made a decision to temporarily relocate some of its staff from Syria for security reasons, according to Martin Nesirky, the Spokesman for the United Nations Secretary-General. Gerry Adams reports. Duration: 2’23″

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Parliamentarians demand a strong Arms Trade Treaty

Listen / Ms. Irene Addo Torshie, Member of Parliament, Ghana

With negotiations for a global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) drawing to a close on Thursday, a group of parliamentarians from around the world is calling for a successful outcome. Irene Addo Torshie from Ghana says elected officials are the best advocates for a treaty which regulates the trade in conventional weapons because they represent their [...]

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UN Daily News 26 March 2013

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Sierra Leone thanks international community for help in getting "on the right track"

Listen / Mr. Shekou M. Touray, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Sierra Leone to the UN

The UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Sierra Leone (UNIPSIL) should be winding up its activities early next year. On Tuesday the Security Council unanimously passed a resolution extending the office's mandate through 31 March 2014. The Council requested that during this time, UNIPSIL should focus on facilitating political dialogue and supporting government efforts including a [...]

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Children left vulnerable as crisis in Central African Republic unfolds

Listen / Displaced people in Central African Republic

Thousands of children in the Central African Republic have been left without adequate access to basic services in the wake of the rebel advance to the country's capital Bangui, according to the UN children's fund UNICEF. The agency says in most of the rebel controlled areas, health activities have been seriously disrupted while many schools [...]

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Locust plague threatens food production in Madagascar: FAO

Listen / Locust swarms blotting out the sky in Southern Madagascar

Madagascar will need more than $22 million in emergency funding to fight a severe locust plague that is affecting food security, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reports. While the money is needed by June, FAO says Madagascar requires more than $40 million to implement a three-year strategy to tackle the crop-devouring insects. The agency [...]

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UNHCR assists relief efforts following deadly fire at Thai refugee camp

Listen / In the aftermath of the fire in Ban Mae Surin refugee camp, UNHCR has sent plastic sheets, tents, blankets and sleeping mats to help some 2,300 Myanmar refugees who lost their homes. © UNHCR/ K. Santidhanyaroj

Authorities in Thailand are investigating the cause of a deadly fire at a refugee camp which killed 37 people and left 2,300 homeless. More than 400 homes and other buildings were also destroyed in the fire which broke out on Friday afternoon at the government-administered camp located on the border with Myanmar. The UN refugee [...]

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The Arms Trade Treaty should not be written by Syria says OXFAM

Listen / Ms. Anna MacDonald, Head of Arms Control - Oxfam

Negotiations on the Arms Trade Treaty continue at the United Nations with only three days left for reaching an agreement. Anna MacDonald, Head of Control Arms at Oxfam expressed concern that there's too much talk of consensus and the need to agree with and accommodate the views of very skeptical states; who will not sign [...]

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Security Council condemns power seizure in Central African Republic

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The Security Council is calling for the restoration of the rule of law and constitutional order in the Central African Republic where a rebel coalition has taken control of power. In a statement on Monday, Council members strongly condemned the recent attacks and seizure of power by the Seleka coalition as well as related violence [...]

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Heavy fighting depriving Syrians of humanitarian assistance

Listen / A Syrian refugee woman holds her child

United Nations aid agencies are appealing for the safe passage of aid convoys delivering humanitarian aid to civilians inside Syria. According to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), UNICEF and the World Food Programme (WFP), several convoys have had to be cancelled or delayed due to intensified fighting and in, some cases, attacks on the aid [...]

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Congolese warlord appears before the ICC

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Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda has appeared before the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague where he was charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity. The crimes are alleged to have been committed in the Ituri province of the Democratic Republic of Congo between 2002 and 2003. Mr. Ntaganda has been on the run [...]

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