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Security Council establishes Intervention Brigade in eastern DRC

Hervé Ladsous, head of UN peacekeeping operations

The Security Council has adopted a resolution which provides for the creation of an Intervention Brigade to address the problem of armed groups in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Council members on Thursday unanimously voted in favour of the resolution establishing the brigade within the UN peacekeeping mission in the country. Hervé [...]

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Senior official delivers letter to Syria on UN fact-finding mission to the country

High Representative for Disarmament affairs Angela Kane

Syria has confirmed its desire to cooperate with a UN mission that will investigate the alleged use of chemical weapons in the country, UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky told journalists in New York on Thursday. He reported that UN Disarmament chief Angela Kane met with the Syrian ambassador that morning to hand over a letter to [...]

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Afghan refugee's plight in seeking asylum

Akhtar Azimi

  Akhtar Azimi, a young Afghan migrant, has been travelling across continents for more than four years looking for a place to call home. He has been rejected for asylum in every country on his journey.  The UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Migrants is working with governments to facilitate migration and give refugees such [...]

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Security situation remains fragile in Central African Republic


  • The Security Council this week condemned the unconstitutional seizure of power that took place in the Central African Republic on 24 March. Amy Martin from the UN Office Humanitarian Affairs office provides an update on the security situation. Voices from the negotiations for an international Arms Trade Treaty • Negotiations for a global Arms [...]

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UN Daily News 28 March 2013

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Security situation remains fragile in CAR

Displaced people in Central African Republic

The security situation in the Central African Republic has improved in recent days, says Amy Martin, Head of OCHA, the UN humanitarian office, in the capital, Bangui. More people are circulating in town and shops are opening for business. But Ms. Martin says the main concern is restoring essential services, such as water and electricity, [...]

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Study unveils concerns over the high cost of resolving technology disputes

Francis Gurry

Although technology-related disputes globally are few, they are generally costly and time-consuming to resolve, according to a study released on Thursday by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). WIPO surveyed more than 400 people in 60 countries and found that less than two per cent of technology agreements led to formal dispute, for example over [...]

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Peacebuilding Commission official says Liberia "should not be forgotten"

Ribbon cutting ceremony at PBC Peace Hub opening in Gbarnga, Liberia

As Liberia continues to take steps to consolidate peace following the end of civil war a decade ago, a senior official with the UN Peacebuilding Commission is urging the international community not to forget about the country. Staffan Tillander, chair of the Liberia configuration of the Peacebuilding Commission, headed a delegation which travelled to the [...]

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A call for better protection of IDP camps after deadly bomb blast in Pakistan

Jalozai camp (UNHCR - Picture By Mark Pearson)

  A UN independent expert is calling for better protection of humanitarian facilities following the recent deadly car bomb attack at the largest camp for internally displaced people (IDPs) in Pakistan. Chaloka Beyani, UN Special rapporteur on the human rights of IDPs, condemned the 21 March attack at Jalozai camp in north-west Pakistan which killed [...]

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“Freedom means the ability to manifest all of whom you are at any given moment” says Somi

Somi performing at International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade Concert - UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

  “I love to celebrate freedom in whatever context”, says Somi, an American singer/songwriter of Rwandan and Ugandan descent. Somi performed at a concert on Friday, 22 March at the General Assembly Hall. The concert pays tribute to the emancipation of slaves as this year marks many key slavery abolition anniversaries in Africa, the Caribbean, [...]

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UN expert urges Indonesia to halt executions

Christof Heyns

A UN human rights expert is urging Indonesia to stop executions in line with its international obligations. Christof Heyns, UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, says any death sentence undertaken in contravention of a country's international human rights obligations is unlawful. Indonesia recently carried out its first execution in more than four years. Adami Wilson, [...]

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Insecurity hampering delivery of aid in Central African Republic

Children in a camp for displaced person in CAR

  The security situation in the Central African Republic remains volatile hampering efforts by humanitarian organizations to deliver assistance to those in need, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Many people injured during the latest fighting have been brought to hospitals around the capital, Bangui, but medical facilities are [...]

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Secretary-General condemns teacher killings in Pakistan

School children attending class at Noor Model School in Shamshatoo, Pakistan. Photo: IRIN/Sumaira Jajja

Local and national authorities are being urged to boost their efforts to ensure schools are respected as safe and secure places of learning. The call comes from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who says the international community must work together to prevent violations of the right to education. In a statement on Thursday, Mr. Ban condemned [...]

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

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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