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Security Council concerned about situation in the Golan Heights

Listen / Peacekeepers with the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) patrol the Golan Heights between Syria and Israel

  The Security Council is calling for all parties in the Syrian conflict to respect the safety and security of personnel serving with the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in the Golan Heights. In a press statement on Wednesday, Council members expressed grave concern at the presence of the Syrian Army and armed members of [...]

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ECOSOC forum encourages young people to innovate their future

Listen / ECOSOC forum encourages youth to use technology to shape the future

Leveraging innovation brought about by science and technology is the focus of a day-long youth forum at UN Headquarters in New York on Wednesday. Hosted by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), it brings together young people and specialists in areas such as internet business, social media and medical research. Internet activist Wael Ghonim [...]

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UN envoy highlights international support to Afghanistan

Listen / Ján Kubiš , head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan

The United Nations and the international community are committed to Afghanistan, UN envoy Ján Kubiš told journalists in the capital, Kabul, on Wednesday. Mr. Kubiš, head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), spoke of international support to the country, both in the short-term, leading up to presidential elections in 2014, and beyond. The [...]

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Mosquito nets for animal health

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Mosquito nets for animals? It seems to work, according to a Senior Officer with FAO's Animal Health Service in Rome. According to Raffaele Mattioli, the Agency is trying to discover new, simple, environmental friendly tools to help farmers protect their livestock and increase their production. And since mosquito netting is known to ward off disease-carrying [...]

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Conference encourages youth to take the lead in transforming their societies

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the Economic and Social (ECOSOC) Forum: "Shaping Tomorrow's Innovators: Leveraging Science, Technology, Innovation and Culture for Today's Youth". UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

There are 1.2 billion people in the world between the ages of 15 and 24 — They are among those most affected by economic, social and environmental challenges, according to ECOSOC, the UN Economic and Social Council. Focusing on the theme "Innovate your future," ECOSOC is hosting a one-day event for youth on the 27th [...]

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A Swedish professor leads UN probe on allegations of chemical weapons use in Syria

Listen / Ǻke Sellström

Swedish Professor Ǻke Sellström, an accomplished scientist with a solid background in disarmament and international security, was appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to head the UN fact-finding mission to probe allegations of use of chemical weapons in Syria. In this telephone interview, UN Radio's Reem Abaza first asks Professor Sellström when the mission starts. [...]

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"Without good nutrition, you can never have healthy children and healthy communities" – UNICEF Executive Director

Listen / Anthony Lake visits nutrition programmes in Guatemala

Guatemala has the sixth highest malnutrition rates in the world, according to UNICEF, the UN children's agency, with 49 per cent of children under five chronically malnourished or stunted. During a recent visit to Totonicapán, outside Guatemala City, Anthony Lake, UNICEF's Executive Director found that approximately 70% of the children in that community were stunted. [...]

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Humanitarian official calls for release of abducted IDP representatives in Sudan

Listen / Ali Al-Za'tari

  The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan is urging the immediate release of a group of representatives of internally displaced people that was abducted earlier this week. The 31 people were travelling to a conference in South Darfur escorted by peacekeepers from the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) when they were stopped by an [...]

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Secretary-General urges youth to help bridge the 'digital divide'

Listen / Chemistry laboratory in Sri Lanka (©UNESCO/Dominique Roger)

  In a time of transition and turmoil, young people can help the world by being global citizens, according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The Secretary-General was addressing a forum on leveraging science, technology, innovation and culture for the world's young people, held at UN headquarters on Wednesday. While youth have always had ideals, Mr. [...]

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Insecticide-treated nets help Kenyan farms to reduce disease and increase milk yields

Listen / Black insecticide-impregnated nets encircling livestock pens kill disease-carrying mosquitoes and flies

The use of insecticide-treated nets on smallholder dairy farms in Kenya is resulting in health benefits for animals and humans, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reports. The agency says while the nets protect livestock from flies, mosquitoes and other insects that transmit disease, they are helping to increase milk yields for some farmers in [...]

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