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Iraqi authorities urged to reconsider decision to ban TV stations

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The authorities responsible for communication and media in Iraq have been urged to reconsider their decision to stop several television stations from broadcasting. The call has come from the UN mission in the country after Iraqi authorities reportedly suspended the licences of 10 satellite channels because of a rise in sectarian unrest that has killed [...]

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UNRWA condemns mass displacement of Palestinian refugees in Syria

Aleppo, Syria: A burnt out bus in an opposition-held area of Aleppo visited by the UN inter-agency convoy and SARC (Syrian Arab Red Crescent). [OCHA/Gemma Connell]

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has condemned the conduct of armed conflict in civilian areas in Syria. In a statement issued on Tuesday, the agency also condemns the failure of all parties to the conflict to safeguard the safety and lives of Syrian and Palestinian civilians. It says that [...]

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Deputy Head of Peacekeeping travelled to Afghanistan

Edmond Mulet being interviewed by UNAMA's Tilak Pokharel

  Edmond Mulet, the Deputy Chief of UN Peacekeeping, travelled to Afghanistan recently to assess the future role of the United Nations mission in the country (UNAMA). In his first ever visit to Afghanistan, Mr. Mulet said the UN had to rally the international community in support of Afghanistan and to remind Member States that [...]

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UN Daily News 30 April 2013

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UNICEF and partners fight measles outbreak in Syria and neighbouring states

Vaccination syrian children

Measles is one of the leading causes of death among young children and the UN children's fund (UNICEF) and its partners are stepping up vaccination campaigns among a particularly vulnerable population. They're working to combat measles outbreaks in Syria and neighbouring countries housing thousands of Syrian refugees who have fled their homeland due to the [...]

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UN envoy says an accord to bring peace to Great Lakes must succeed

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An agreement by African leaders signed in February to bring peace to the Great Lakes region must succeed, says Mary Robinson, the United Nations Secretary-General's Envoy for the region. Ms. Robinson is on a week long mission to discuss the implementation of the "Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo [...]

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World celebrates second International Jazz Day

International Jazz Day

The Second International Jazz Day is being commemorated on April 30th 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey. UNESCO proclaimed International Jazz Day in November 2011 and five months later, the first celebration was held at United Nations headquarters in New York. According to UNESCO, the day honours jazz's virtues as an educational tool, as a vehicle for [...]

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Wet season threatens thousands of Chadian migrants and refugees

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The approaching wet season is threatening the lives of thousands of Chadian migrants and refugees stranded at the border between Chad and Sudan. This warning has come from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) which participated in a recent joint-fact finding and assessment mission to the area. IOM spokesperson Jumbe Omari Jumbe says the mission, [...]

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ILO sends mission to Bangladesh following building collapse

© Munir uz Zaman / AFP 2013

The International Labour Organization (ILO) is sending a high-level mission to Bangladesh following the collapse of a building housing textile factories last week. According to reports, more than 380 people died in the disaster at the Rana Plaza building where workers produce garments. The ILO's Deputy Director-General for Field Operations, Gilbert Houngbo, will lead the [...]

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UN chief condemns killing of Somalia's Deputy State Attorney

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the killing of Somalia's Deputy State Attorney last week. According to reports, Ahmed Malim Sheikh Nur was gunned down in the capital, Mogadishu on Friday. In a statement issued late on Monday, Secretary-General Ban expresses his sincere condolences to Mr. Nur's family. The Secretary-General expresses his deep concern [...]

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Syrian crisis triggers measles outbreak

Syrian children outside their UNHCR tent at Jordan's Za'atri refugee camp. [Photo: UNHCR/M. Abu Asaker]

Mass vaccination campaigns are underway in countries hosting Syrian refugees to bring an outbreak of measles under control, according to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). There have been sporadic outbreaks of measles reported in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey. UNICEF says with the large population movement and the breakdown of regular health services [...]

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UNHCR warns against forcible returns to CAR amid violence and abuses

Refugees from Central African Republic arrive in Democratic Republic of the Congo's Equateur province earlier this month after crossing the Oubangui River. © UNHCR/G.Casteele

United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) says refugees who have fled the Central African Republic should not be forcibly returned home. The agency warns that the security situation in the country remains fluid and dangerous with widespread human rights abuses and a deteriorating humanitarian situation. The situation in the CAR has worsened since December 2012 when [...]

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UN chief condemns the assassination attempt on Syria's Prime Minister

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. [UN Photo/Mark Garten]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the terrorist attack that targeted the convoy of Syrian Prime Minister Wael Al-Halki in Damascus on Monday resulting in several deaths and injuries. In a statement through his Spokesperson’s office, the Secretary-General said he remains extremely worried at the continued escalation of violence in Syria, where civilians continue to be [...]

29 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Members of the Security Council concerned over volatile situation in Republic of Guinea

Guinea map

The members of the Security Council have expressed their concern over the volatile situation in the Republic of Guinea. In a statement on Monday, following a briefing on the situation, the members of the Security Council welcomed the joint declaration of non-violence signed in Conakry on 23 April 2013 between the main Guinean stakeholders, whereby [...]

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UN mission welcomes declaration of peace by armed groups' leaders in South Sudan

map of South Sudan and its borders

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has welcomed the declaration of peace with the government of South Sudan announced by armed groups in South Sudan. UNMISS says it stands ready to support the peaceful development, including with the demobilization of children associated with those armed groups, and assist the Government of South Sudan [...]

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Young people! the UN needs you now more than ever! Youth Envoy

SG meets with Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi, SG's Envoy on Youth

Ahmad Alhendawi is the newly-appointed and first ever UN Secretary-General Envoy for Youth. He's got a wide-ranging, far-reaching, important job to speak for the concerns, aspirations and accomplishments of the world's young people. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon believes young people everywhere deserve the power to get information, to connect and to ask hard questions. It [...]

29 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Zero Hunger challenge launched to end hunger in Asia and the Pacific

Children from the Pacific Islands

"It is unacceptable that in the 21st century, with all of our technological and agricultural expertise, more than 870 million people globally wake up hungry every morning, says Noeleen Heyzer, the Head of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). To defeat hunger, the Zero Hunger challenge was launched Monday, [...]

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UN Daily News 29 April 2013

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Security Council urged to help end "troubling" Darfur situation

Security Council chamber [UN file photo].

It is time to bring an end to the fighting in Darfur, the head of UN peacekeeping told the Security Council on Monday. Hervé Ladsous presented the latest report on the joint UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), which he says is working hard to implement its mandate under challenging circumstances. Civil war in Darfur [...]

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Humanitarian needs grow for Lebanon hosting Syrian refugees, says UN official

Syrian refugee children in front of a collective centre in Lebanon. ©UNHCR / S. Malkawi

Lebanon, which is hosting thousands of Syrian refugees, has tremendous needs, according to Robert Watkins the top United Nations humanitarian official in the country. Mr. Watkins, the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Lebanon visited Shebaa, in southern Lebanon on Monday and saw first hand the conditions of the Syrian refugees and the Lebanese communities hosting [...]

29 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN agencies in DPRK remain seriously underfunded

WFP Spokesperson Elizabeth Byrs

Five United Nations agencies have appealed for urgent funding to meet the most critical and life-saving needs of the people of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the DPRK, in the areas of health and nutrition until the end of the year. World Food Programme Spokesperson Elizabeth Byrs speaks to UN Radio's Patrick Maigua about [...]

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United Nations launches Zero Hunger Challenge in Asia and the Pacific

Jan Eliasson

The United Nations on Monday called on governments, farmers, scientists, business, civil society and consumers in Asia and Pacific to join hands to end hunger in the region. The call was made at the launch of the Zero Hunger Challenge, in Bangkok, Thailand, in the presence of leaders from the region. Deputy Secretary-General of the [...]

29 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Situation in Darfur "very troubling" says head of UN peacekeeping operations

Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

The situation in the Darfur region of Sudan has been described by the head of United Nations peacekeeping operations as '"very troubling". Hervé Ladsous spoke in the Security Council on Monday as he presented the report of the Secretary-General on the joint UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID). He said civilians in the region continue [...]

29 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

It is "crucial" to start probe into allegations of chemical weapons use in Syria, says UN Secretary-General

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (at lectern) speaks to reporters before his meeting with Åke Sellström (left), head of the UN technical mission to investigate the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has made a fresh appeal to the Syrian authorities to allow investigations into alleged use of chemical weapons in the ongoing conflict in Syria. Mr. Ban made the call on Monday just before meeting Dr. Åke Sellström whom he appointed last month to lead the fact-finding mission into the allegations. [...]

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Head of ESCAP calls for transformational change for a more inclusive and sustainable Asia-Pacific Future

Noeleen Heyzer

There has been a call for a more inclusive and sustainable future. The suggestion comes from the Head of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Dr. Noeleen Heyzer. She told the annual meeting of policymakers in the region that success in the area will require a different pattern of [...]

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Social protection crucial in tackling child labour: ILO

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Social protection policies can play a key role in the fight against child labour, which currently affects some 215 million children worldwide, according to a report by the International Labor Organization (ILO). The World Report on Child Labour: Economic vulnerability, social protection and the fight against child labour, is a new ILO study which reviews [...]

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Bonn talks open to discuss options towards 2015 global climate agreement and how to drive climate action now

Christiana Figueres

  The latest round of climate talks under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), kicked off in Bonn on Monday, against a background of steeply rising global greenhouse gas emissions and a growing sense of urgency to take action to stave off the worst effects of climate change. The meeting, the "Second session [...]

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UN agencies urgently require $29 million to respond to critical and life-saving needs

Five United Nations agencies have appealed for urgent funding to be able to meet the most critical and life-saving needs of the people of the Democratic Peoples' Republic of Korea (DPRK), in the areas of health and nutrition up to the end of the year. The World Food Programme (WFP), the United Nations Children's Fund [...]

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Head of UN fact-finding mission on Syria to meet with Secretary-General on Monday

Swedish professor Ǻke Sellström heads the UN mission into the alleged use of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict.

The head of the UN fact-finding mission on the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria will be in New York next week, UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky told journalists on Friday. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will hold consultations on Monday with Swedish professor Åke Sellström, who was appointed last month. Nesirky said the UN remains in [...]

26 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Conflict and market disruption lead to food insecurity in Mali

A Malian refugee mother with her child wait to receive relief items in Gaoudel, Ayorou district, northern Niger. Photo: UNHCR/H. Caux

Food insecurity has become a major concern in the remotest areas of the Mopti region in Mali. The World Food Programme (WFP) says it will be scaling up assistance in northern Mali, especially as the lean season gets underway. But the agency says funding is urgently needed to support those affected by the conflict in [...]

26 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Jamaica commends work of tribunals

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The international criminal justice system — hailed by some as one of the greatest legal achievements of the past century — could never replace national mechanisms in building true bridges between former enemies. That was stressed many delegates as the General Assembly concluded its unprecedented thematic debate on the link between global justice systems and [...]

26 Apr 2013 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Secretary-General "deeply saddened" by deadly building collapse in Bangladesh

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (file photo).

The United Nations stands ready to assist Bangladesh following the collapse of a garment factory earlier this week that killed more than 300 people, the UN Secretary-General said on Friday. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Ban Ki-moon said he is deeply saddened by the loss of life and injuries caused by the incident, [...]

26 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Trinidad and Tobago urges the General Assembly to play a major role in global economic governance.

Ms . Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

The UN General Assembly has been urged to play a major role in global economic governance. The call came from Trinidad and Tobago's Prime Minister Kamla Persad- Bissessar during a thematic debate on "The United Nations and Global Economic Governance". Noting that her statement represented small-nation States, Prime-Minister Persad-Bissessar said her country, due to its [...]

26 Apr 2013 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Assessing the damage from the China earthquake

Children displaced by an earthquake in China. [UNICEF Photo]

More than one and a half million people have been affected by the recent earthquake which rocked the Sichuan province of China. The earthquake measuring nearly 7 on the Richter scale killed more than 200 at this writing; two hundred forty five thousand have been evacuated.   Estimated cancer cases almost doubles in 20 years [...]

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UN Daily News 26 April 2013

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Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet kick-starts the 2nd International Jazz Day

Jazz for peace

International Jazz Day is celebrated on April 30th. According to the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the day is designed to raise awareness worldwide about the virtues of jazz as an educational tool, as a vehicle for peace, unity, dialogue and for enhanced cooperation between peoples. A jazz concert, under the title "Jazz, [...]

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A UN mission aims to stabilize situation in Mali

Mr. Tiéman Coulibaly, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Mali. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

Hopes for resolving the ongoing political crisis in Mali have been raised with the establishment of a United Nations mission that is expected to take over from African troops in the country. In a unanimous vote on Thursday, the Security Council decided to establish the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). Derrick [...]

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WFP concerned about deteriorating food situation in northern Mali

A displaced Malian woman prepares dinner for her family in the capital, Bamako. Photo: UNHCR/H. Caux

Scaling up food assistance in northern Mali is critical as the lean season is approaching, the World Food Programme (WFP) reports. WFP says food security in the region has deteriorated due to persistent market disruptions, with the most remote areas facing the greatest difficulties. Agency spokesperson Elizabeth Byers says the ongoing armed rebellion in northern [...]

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Secretary-General reiterates call for Syria to grant access to UN fact-finding mission

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The UN Secretary-General has renewed his call for Syria to provide "full and unfettered access" to a UN fact-finding mission to investigate allegations of the possible use of chemical weapons in the country. In response to journalists' questions, a UN spokesperson says Ban Ki-moon has taken note of information from the United States authorities regarding [...]

26 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN remembers Chernobyl disaster by reiterating commitment to nuclear safety

aerial view Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

The countless women, men and children affected by radioactive contamination from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster must never be forgotten, the UN Secretary-General said on Friday. In a statement marking 27 years since the accident, Ban Ki-moon reiterated the UN's commitment to work for greater nuclear safety and sustainable energy worldwide. Mr. Ban says the international [...]

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Sabrina Iyadede uses music to reflect on the genocide in Rwanda

Artist/Songwriter Sabrina Iyadede

  A memorial ceremony to commemorate the Rwandan genocide was held recently at UN Headquarters in New York. One of the participants at the ceremony was artist/songwriter Sabrina Iyadede. She was born in Rwanda and left in 1994 when she was a young girl, moved to Belgium and now lives in New York. In this [...]

26 Apr 2013 | Posted in Women | Read More »

Over 30,000 refugees and migrants have arrived in Yemen this year

migrant recued off the coast of Yemen

More than 500 Ethiopian migrants, including women and children, were recently freed from houses run by human traffickers in Yemen, according to the UN refugee agency, UNHCR. Many of those released showed signs of torture and abuse. UNHCR says although Yemeni authorities have been conducting similar raids over the past year, incidents of extortion, exploitation, [...]

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Talks pave the way for resumption of mail services in Somalia

Somali Minister Abdullahi E. Hersi (r.) calls for help to rebuild his country's postal sector with UPU DG Bishar A. Hussein present

After 23 years with no postal services, Somalia could soon start receiving international mail. Somalia's minister of information, posts, telecommunication and transports, Abdullahi E. Hersi, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the acting president of the Emirates Post Group, Fahad Al Hosani, under which the parties commit to negotiating the details of an [...]

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ILO calls for urgent global action to fight occupational diseases

Community health workers in Senegal

There has been a call for an "urgent and vigorous" global campaign to tackle the growing number of work-related diseases, which claim an estimated two million lives per year. The International Labour Organization, (ILO), said that despite the fact that occupational diseases kill six times as many people, accidents attract greater attention. ILO Director-General Guy [...]

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UNHCR health services for Syrian refugees overstretched

Syrian refugee children play beside tents in Domiz refugee camp. (Photo: UNHCR/B.Sokol)

The Syrian refugee crisis is increasingly straining health services in the surrounding countries, according to a study conducted by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). With more than one million Syrian refugees in Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon, health care services in these countries are finding it difficult to cope with the growing number of refugees seeking [...]

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FAO praises Brazil’s commitment to ending hunger and poverty

Gilberto Carvalho, Secretary-General of the Presidency of Brazil

Brazil says the 146th session of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Council, presented an opportunity for Brasilia to renew its commitment to strongly support the FAO’s efforts to eradicate hunger and poverty, building on the successful Zero Hunger Programme in the country. Secretary General of the Presidency of the Brazilian Republic, Mr. Gilberto Carvalho, [...]

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Capacity building central to new UN approach in Somalia: Political Affairs chief

Jeffrey Feltman, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs

The United Nations continues to work with Somalia to establish a new UN operation in the country, a senior UN official told the Security Council on Thursday. Jeffrey Feltman, head of the UN Department of Political Affairs, says the mission's core role will be as an "enabler" for an environment where stabilization and peacekeeping can [...]

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Global expert panel calls for increased action to promote sexual and reproductive health

Tarja Halonen, former President of Finland

Much "unfinished business" remains on commitments made nearly 20 years ago at a global conference on population and development, an independent advocacy group charges. The High-Level Task Force for the International Conference on Population and Development says despite progress worldwide on sexual and reproductive health, 800 women die every day from complications related to pregnancy [...]

25 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

World Intellectual Property Day celebrates creativity

World Intellectual Property Day

Predicting the future is an uncertain endeavour at best. With increasingly accurate technological tools for solving problems, what used to be science fiction, is now fact. That's why WIPO, the World Intellectual Property Organization, is celebrating World Intellectual Property Day, 26 April 2013, by promoting the theme Creativity: the next generation – to give innovators [...]

25 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN official calls for more support to girls interested in technology

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More girls must be encouraged to pursue careers in information and communications technologies (ICTs), a senior UN official told the European Parliament on Thursday. Dr. Hamadoun Touré, who heads the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), highlighted the need to boost the numbers of girls involved in science, technology, engineering and maths. For the past three years, [...]

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Peacekeeping chief gives further details about new UN stabilization mission in Mali

Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations

The newly established UN stabilization mission in Mali is not an "anti-terrorist operation," UN peacekeeping chief Hervé Ladsous told journalists in New York on Thursday. Ladsous spoke to the press moments after the Security Council unanimously voted to establish the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). It will take over from an [...]

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UN Daily News 25 April 2013

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Africa has potential to emerge as a global economic power: UN report

Rice farming in Madagascar (Photo: UN Photo / Lucien Rajaonin)

• Africa can emerge as a global economic power by using its natural resources to promote industrialization, according to this year's UN report on the continent. The report says the continent has been experiencing rapid economic growth. It says the continent needs to transform its agricultural sector which employs approximately 70 per cent of the [...]

25 Apr 2013 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

General Assembly debates peaceful resolution of conflicts in Africa

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The issue of peaceful resolution of conflicts in Africa was under the spotlight in the General Assembly on Thursday. The debate took place a month before African leaders gather in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Organization of African Unity and its successor, the African Union. As UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [...]

25 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Security Council extends mandate of UN Mission for the Referendum of Western Sahara

Security Council chamber [UN file photo].

The UN Security Council has decided to extend the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), until 30 April 2014. In a resolution supported by all 15-members, the Council, expressing concern about the violations of existing agreements, and calling on the parties to respect their relevant obligations, reaffirmed the [...]

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Security Council establishes UN mission in Mali

Mr. Tiéman Coulibaly, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Mali. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

The Security Council has authorized a United Nations mission in Mali. On Thursday, council members unanimously voted in favour of establishing the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). The 11,000-strong force will take over from African troops in the country, which has faced more than a year of crisis including a military [...]

25 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

General Assembly holds debate on peaceful resolution of conflicts in Africa

Mr. Vuk Jeremic, President of the General Assembly 67th session. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Strengthening international support for Africa's efforts to promote durable peace and sustainable development is the focus of a UN General Assembly debate on Thursday. The quest to transform the continent into a region of economic prosperity and social justice has never been closer to fulfillment, according to General Assembly president, Vuk Jeremić. But he says [...]

25 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

New six-year plan to eradicate polio by 2018

A young child receives polio drops in Pakistan

A new comprehensive six-year plan to eradicate all polio has been presented by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative at the Global Vaccine Summit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The new plan capitalizes on the best opportunity to eradicate polio, with the number of children paralyzed by the disease at the lowest level ever: just [...]

25 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Zambezi region launches effort to eliminate malaria

Children peeking under a mosquito net

A regional initiative that aims to eliminate malaria in the Zambezi valley was launched Thursday by Zambia and Zimbabwe, with support from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The Trans-Zambezi Malaria Initiative, announced on World Malaria Day, will accelerate efforts to eliminate malaria in the region with focused intervention, supported by existing [...]

25 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

New six-year plan to deliver a polio-free world by 2018

Child receives polio vaccine

A new six-year plan to eradicate polio has been unveiled by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). The plan calls for a scaling up of polio vaccination programmes, especially in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria, where polio is still endemic. WHO says the number of children paralyzed by polio is [...]

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Roll Back Malaria partnership calls for more investment to fight the disease

roll back malaria

While malaria deaths have dropped by more than 25 per cent over the past decade, the recent global economic downturn could threaten this progress. That's according to the Roll Back Malaria Partnership which is calling for countries to "Invest in the Future: Defeat Malaria" on World Malaria Day, observed on 25 April. The global health [...]

25 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Secretary-General lays out plans for UN Partnership Facility

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the ECOSOC meeting on

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is proposing the creation of a new UN initiative that will harness the full potential for partnership. He says the UN Partnership Facility would help the organization to deliver at scale, both globally and at country level, across the range of UN mandates, goals and values. Mr. Ban spoke about the proposal [...]

24 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Secretary-General encouraged by efforts to resume political dialogue in Guinea

Guinea map

The UN Secretary-General has welcomed progress on the resumption of the political dialogue in Guinea. In a statement on Wednesday issued by his spokesperson, Ban Ki-moon said he was encouraged by the signing this week of a declaration by political leaders in the West African country. The joint declaration calls on all political parties to [...]

24 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN official calls for action on the Israeli-Palestinian issue

Security Council meeting.

Action must be taken on the Israeli-Palestinian issue, a top UN official told the UN Security Council on Wednesday. Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman said the fragile hope triggered by the renewed US engagement must be sustained and translated into serious efforts by the parties. He said the desire for peace needs to be [...]

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Africa has potential to emerge as a global economic power: UN report

Mr. Maged Abdelaziz, the Special Adviser on Africa

Africa can emerge as a global economic power by using its natural resources to promote industrialization, according to this year's United Nations report on the continent. The report, entitled "Making Most of Africa's Commodities: Industrialization for Growth, Jobs and Economic Transformation", was launched at UN headquarters in New York on Tuesday. It has been co-authored [...]

24 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

India: No Toilet, No Bride

Adapted from UNTV

Nearly half of India’s 1.2 billion people don’t have access to toilets, especially in rural villages. The lack of sanitation is the cause of one in every ten deaths there. Now, the Government, supported by the World Bank has introduced a sanitation campaign called 'No Toilet, No Bride', to educate villagers about proper waste disposal. [...]

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UN Daily News 24 April 2013

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Offences against wildlife are criminal, say UNODC and CITES

UN Photo/ John Isaac

Wildlife and forest offences should be recognized as serious transnational organized crimes with the appropriate penalties. That is the conclusion of the heads of two UN organizations – the UN Office on Drugs and Crime and CITES, the Convention which protects endangered animal and plant species. Gerry Adams reports. Duration: 2’37″

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Expert team concludes mission to assess H7N9 virus outbreak in China

Avian influenza (WHO@PHOTO)

China's response to a deadly outbreak of the H7N9 influenza virus has been exemplary, according to an international expert team which has completed a five-day mission to the country. The team, which had been invited by the Chinese authorities, says government agencies and local authorities in affected areas acted quickly and shared critical information needed [...]

24 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN official urges quick and concerted action to address the Syrian situation

Jeffrey Feltman, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs

It is a moment of increased risk and instability across the Middle East and there is a need for quick and concerted action to address the humanitarian situation, both inside and outside Syria, Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman told the UN Security Council on Wednesday. He said discussions are still ongoing with the [...]

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Criminal networks must not profit from wildlife and forest crimes: UNODC

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Countries are being urged to recognize the illegal trade in wildlife and forest products as a serious form of organized crime. The call comes from the heads of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). They say figures show [...]

24 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN expert on torture disappointed after Bahrain visit postponed

Juan E. Méndez, Special Rapporteur on Torture, Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

A UN independent expert is disappointed that his upcoming mission to Bahrain has been postponed by the government. UN Special Rapporteur on torture Juan E. Méndez, who was scheduled to visit Bahrain in early May, says this is the second time his travel there has been postponed at very short notice. In a statement on [...]

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World Malaria Day is celebrated on 25 April 2013

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Invest in the future. Defeat malaria, is the theme of the global campaign for World Malaria Day 2013 and the coming years. According to Dr Thomas Teuscher from the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, for each dollar spent in malaria control, $40 are gained in terms of productivity and household income making it a high yielding [...]

24 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UNICEF supports China Government in earthquake response to assist children

Children displaced by an earthquake in China. [UNICEF Photo]

UNICEF is finalizing plans with its Chinese government partners to intensify and accelerate efforts in child protection and welfare, mother and baby health, young child nutrition, hygiene and sanitation. This, as the death and injury toll becomes clearer following the devastation caused by the earthquake in Lushan County in Sichuan province. With support from its [...]

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Immunization – one of the best and cost-effective ways to safeguard young lives: Ban

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World Vaccination Week is a valuable opportunity to raise awareness about the need to protect children from vaccine-preventable diseases such as polio, measles and tetanus. That's what Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message to a World Vaccination Week event organized by the Pan American Health Organization in Belize. The Secretary-General said "Immunization is one [...]

24 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN-AU call for Africa to increase commodity-based industrialization

Rice farming in Madagascar (Photo: UN Photo / Lucien Rajaonin)

African countries are being urged to maximize their abundant natural and agricultural resources to boost growth, jobs and economic transformation. A new report co-authored by the United Nations says leveraging the continent's commodities could help in addressing youth unemployment, poverty and gender disparities. While African countries are growing, they have been unable to fulfil their [...]

23 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

"Mobile Miracles" – technology improves the work of midwives

Esther Madudu

Esther Madudu is one of the many midwives working in the rural areas of Africa who are facing many day to day challenges such as lack of electricity and running water, among other things. Esther's passion and dedication for saving lives did not go unnoticed. The African Medical and Research Foundation or AMREF made her [...]

23 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Assessing the damage from the China earthquake

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More than one and a half million people have been affected by Sunday's earthquake which rocked the Sichuan province of China. The earthquake measuring nearly 7 on the Richter scale killed more than 200 so far and 245 thousand have been evacuated. Gerry Adams reports. Duration: 2’23″

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UN Daily News 23 April 2013

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UNESCO chief emphasizes the role of books in spreading information

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In an age when digital books offer new opportunities to access knowledge, traditional books are still "powerful technology," according to the head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova says the diversity of books and editorial content—or "bibliodiversity"— is a source of enrichment which must be supported and protected. [...]

23 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Secretary-General condemns attack on French embassy in Libya

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Targeting diplomatic missions and their staff is not acceptable and unjustifiable, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said following a car bomb attack on the French Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, on Tuesday. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban condemned the attack in the strongest terms and sent his sympathies to the victims and their [...]

23 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

South Africa says harness migrants' potential to achieve development goals

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Harnessing the development potential of migration could assist in achieving development goals today and in the future. That is the opinion of Marthinus van Schalkwyk, Director of Social Development in South Africa's Department of International Relations and Cooperation. He was speaking on Tuesday during the latest session of the Commission on Population and Development which [...]

23 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Political solution critical for Mali, says an independent expert on Africa

These Malian women fled fighting in the north of the country and found shelter in Sevare town. Photo: UNHCR/Y.Djigo

A political solution is crucial to end the crisis in Mali, according to the International Crisis Group (ICG), which is an independent organization committed to resolving conflicts around the world. There was a military coup in March last year as the country was grappling with an armed rebellion in the north until the French forces [...]

23 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

CTBTO detects radioactivity consistent with North Korean nuclear test announced in February 2013

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  The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization- CTBTO's radionuclide network has made a significant detection of radioactive noble gases that could be attributed to the nuclear test announced by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on 12 February 2013. The detection was made at the radionuclide station in Takasaki, Japan, located at around 1,000 [...]

23 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Human Rights office commends Brazil following convictions related to 1992 prison riot

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The UN human rights office has welcomed the sentencing of 23 military police officers in Brazil in connection with the suppression of a prison riot more than two decades ago. The officers were convicted earlier this week for their responsibility in the deaths of 13 inmates at Carandiru penitentiary in São Paulo in October 1992. [...]

23 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

The possibility that terrorist groups could obtain weapons of mass destruction should not be dismissed as fiction: Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Weapons of mass destruction remain among the gravest security threats facing the world community – including the risk that these destructive weapons may be acquired and used by non-state actors. The warning comes from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in remarks at an event on "Preventing the Proliferation of the Weapons of Mass Destruction to Non-State [...]

23 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN team supports China earthquake response

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A UN Disaster Management Team in China is supporting the country's response to the deadly earthquake which hit Sichuan province on Saturday. While there has been no request from China for international assistance, the UN Humanitarian Affairs Office (OCHA) reports that the team is assisting with collecting data on damage and loss. According to the [...]

23 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Tens of thousands of South Sudanese nationals still stranded in Khartoum

South Sudanese nationals heading home from Khartoum

Over 40,000 South Sudan nationals remain stranded in Khartoum as aid agencies struggle to raise funding to repatriate them, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The organization says the returnees are living in makeshift camps in the Sudanese capital with limited access to food, water, healthcare and sanitation. The stranded returnees were among [...]

23 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Insecurity preventing children from going to school in Central African Republic

Children in the Central African Republic. OCHA/ Laura Fultang

The security situation in the Central African Republic remains volatile and unpredictable, restricting efforts by aid agencies to reach those affected by the on-going crisis in the country, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian affairs (OCHA). Most United Nations agencies have either scaled down or temporarily suspended their activities especially [...]

23 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

DR Congo hosts 30,000 refugees from Central African Republic

Refugees from Central African Republic arrive in Democratic Republic of the Congo's Equateur province earlier this month after crossing the Oubangui River. © UNHCR/G.Casteele

Over 30,000 people from the Central African Republic have crossed into the Democratic Republic of the Congo to escape fighting in their country, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). Armed rebels in the Central African Republic seized power in the capital Bangui last month and there are continuing reports of human rights abuses. The [...]

23 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN congratulate Iraqis for holding peaceful elections

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with Martin Kobler (left)

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his special envoy for Iraq have congratulated the people of Iraq for their peaceful participation in the Provincial Council elections on Saturday. In a statement issued on Monday Secretary-General Ban says that by exercising their constitutional right to vote, the Iraqi people have reaffirmed their desire for a democratic Iraq. [...]

22 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Estimated cancer cases almost double in 20 years time in South East Asia

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Cancer has always been a health problem in the South East Asia region, says Dr. Christopher Wild who works at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the cancer agency of the World Health Organization (WHO). But, he adds, what has happened is the change in the scale and the magnitude of the problem. [...]

22 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN and World Bank discuss education for all

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) speaks at the meeting of the Steering Committee of the Global Education First Initiative in Washington, DC.  UN (Photo/Eskinder Debebe)

  With less than 1,000 days left to reach the 2015 Millennium Development Goals, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown came together to host Learning for All Ministerial Roundtable and discuss ways to get all children in school and improve learning [...]

22 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN political chief calls for end of abuses in Central African Republic

Ruined and abandoned house in the northern Central African Republic. Photo: IRIN/Anthony Morland

The head of the UN Department of Political Affairs has appealed for urgent efforts to establish security and stop abuses against civilians in the Central African Republic. UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, made the appeal in the capital, Bangui during his visit to the country on Monday. He reiterated international calls for a [...]

22 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

International Mother Earth Day focuses on economies and sustainable development

International Mother Earth Day

  An interactive dialogue on harmony with nature began the commemoration of International Mother Earth Day 2013 at the United Nations in New York. The commemoration is designed to advance discussions on economic approaches that will contribute to sustainable development. According to a report of the UN Secretary-General on "Harmony with Nature," present economic models [...]

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UN Daily News 22 April 2013

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North Korea and Iran feature in UN meeting on nuclear non-proliferation

Head of the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs, Angela Kane, addresses the opening of the second preparatory conference of the parties to the treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons in Geneva. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

  The second preparatory conference of the parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) began in Geneva on Monday. The meeting is preparing for the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the NPT. The nuclear issues involving North Korea and Iran featured during the discussions. Derrick Mbatha reports. Duration: 3’34″

22 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN envoy condemns killing of journalist in Somalia

Augustine Mahiga

  The top UN official in Somalia has condemned the latest murder of a journalist in the country. Dr. Augustine Mahiga, head of the UN Political Office in Somalia, said he was shocked and saddened by the killing of Mohamed Ibrahim Rageh who was shot on Sunday evening in the capital, Mogadishu. Rageh had worked [...]

22 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN expert team concludes review of Japanese nuclear power facility

Team Leader Juan Carlos Lentijo, IAEA Director of Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Waste Technology, examines recovery work on top of Unit 4 of TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station as part of a mission to review Japan's plans to decommission the facility, 17 April 2013. (Photo: G. Webb/IAEA)

  Despite a number of accomplishments, Japan continues to face "difficult challenges" as it works to decommission the nuclear power plant damaged in the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. That statement comes from an expert team from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) which on Monday completed an initial review of efforts to shut down [...]

22 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN promotes harmony with nature on International Mother Earth Day

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Governments have been urged to renew their pledges to honour and respect the planet. The call came from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during a General Assembly interactive dialogue on Monday in commemoration of International Mother Earth Day. Mr. Ban said the day provides a chance to promote harmony with nature but also to confront the [...]

22 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

WHO stresses role of communication during World Immunization Week

World Immunization Week

Although immunization prevents an estimated two to three million deaths each year, more than 22 million infants worldwide are not fully immunized with routine vaccines, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO is highlighting the importance of early childhood vaccination during World Immunization Week, which runs from 20 – 26 April. The agency says [...]

22 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

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UN calls for efforts to address growing nuclear threats

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Tensions over nuclear threats by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and Iran's nuclear programme dominated Monday's opening of the second preparatory conference of the parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) in Geneva. The European Union condemned the DPRK's repeated threats of use of force and urged the country [...]

22 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Ban Ki-moon saddened by death and destruction caused by earthquake in China

A worker in Wenchuan County, China, severely damaged by an earthquake in 2010, mixing cement at a new government-subsidized housing scheme

  The United Nations stands ready to assist China in the aftermath of the deadly earthquake in Sichuan province this past weekend. That's what UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a statement issued on Sunday. According to media reports, nearly 200 people died and thousands more were injured in the quake, which struck on Saturday. [...]

22 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Forum agrees on measures for sustainable management of forests

Volunteers preparing pine seedlings for planting as part of a reforestation project following forest fires, Ramlieh, Chouf Mountains, Lebanon.

  The United Nations Forum on Forests concluded its tenth session in Istanbul, Turkey on Saturday by agreeing on measures to improve the sustainable management of forests around the world. The Forum, which has been meeting for two weeks, adopted by consensus two texts which recognize the vital role and contribution of forests to sustainable [...]

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World Bank and UN explore ways to end poverty together

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of World Bank. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the President of the World Bank Jim Yong Kim on Friday discussed cooperation between the two organizations and their partners to end poverty. The Secretary-General has spent two days at the headquarters of the World Bank in Washington D.C. He has been meeting with leaders from around the world to [...]

19 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Climate change is a "clear and present danger" to humankind says UN chief

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon attends Ministerial Dialogue on Sustainable Development . UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned on Friday that climate change is the greatest threat to development all over the world. The Secretary-General spoke in Washington D.C. where he met with public and private donors on the sidelines of the meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Secretary-General Ban said that with [...]

19 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Envoy for Syria urges action by Security Council to end Syria crisis

Lakhdar Brahimi, Joint Special Representative of the UN and the League of Arab States for Syria. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

The Security Council must act and parties to the conflict in Syria must accept that negotiations are necessary in order to end the crisis in Syria. That's what Lakhdar Brahimi, the Joint Arab League-United Nations Special Representative for Syria, told reporters after briefing the Security Council behind closed doors on Friday. Mr. Brahimi said a [...]

19 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Sabrina Iyadede uses music to reflect on the genocide in Rwanda

Artist/Songwriter Sabrina Iyadede

A memorial ceremony to commemorate the Rwandan genocide was held on Monday, 15 April 2013 at UN Headquarters in New York. One of the participants at the ceremony was artist/songwriter Sabrina Iyadede. She was born in Rwanda and left in 1994 when she was a young girl, moved to Belgium and now lives in New [...]

19 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN chief stresses importance of energy for all

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon attends Sustainable Energy for All Advisory Board.  UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Governments, business and civil society need to work together to ensure that the benefits of modern energy are available to all. That's what United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said at a meeting on sustainable energy held at the headquarters of the World Bank in Washington D.C. on Friday. The Secretary-General spoke at the first meeting [...]

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UN Daily News 19 April 2013

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Secretary-General puts 'Education First' during visit to US capital

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

With an estimated 60 million children worldwide out of school, the UN is seeking to make education available to all children. In Washington, DC, on Thursday, the UN Secretary-General and his Special Envoy for Education strategized with governments and development partners on ways to accelerate progress towards this goal. Dianne Penn reports. Duration: 2’31″

19 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Ethiopian migrants face hardships in Yemen

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Ethiopian migrants who are brought by smugglers and traffickers to Yemen are facing harrowing conditions, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The agency says that thousands of migrants from the Horn of Africa are in smugglers and traffickers camps around the border town of Haradh. IOM spokesperson Jumbe Omari Jumbe says a delegation [...]

19 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Haitian women find success through cell phone repair business

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  With the help of a local women’s association and with support from the United Nations mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), four women have started a cell phone repair business that has changed their lives. Security Council takes up fight against sexual violence during conflict The Security Council recently looked at the way conflict-related sexual violence [...]

19 Apr 2013 | Posted in Women | Read More »

Pablo Pro's “Sleeping Beauty” wins forest photo award

Sleeping Beauty, by Pablo Pro Alvarez

Share your unique vision of forests – that was the call from the UN Forum on Forests – to visually capture the significant, extraordinary and unique connection of people and forests. Pablo Pro Alvarez from Spain, who specializes in films and documentaries on nature and social issues, did just that. His photograph called “Sleeping Beauty” [...]

19 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Water is one of tourism main assets: UNWTO

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"Water is one of tourism's main assets. Each year, millions of people travel around the world to enjoy water destinations both inland and in coastal areas and Caribbean destinations play a key role in this". That's what the Regional Director for the Americas of the UN World Tourism Organization told the 14th Sustainable Tourism Conference, [...]

19 Apr 2013 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

African countries recommit to resolve Rwandan refugee situation

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African countries hosting large numbers of Rwandan refugees and Rwanda itself have reiterated their commitment to resolving the protracted refugee situation. Ministers from eleven Southern and Central African countries have been meeting in Pretoria, South Africa this week to review progress in promoting the voluntary repatriation and reintegration of Rwandan refugees. Adrian Edwards, Spokesperson for [...]

19 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Acting Director of Forestry attends UNFF10 meeting in Turkey

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The United Nations Forum on Forests wrapped up its 10th session in Istanbul, Turkey on Friday. During the conference UN Radio's Donn Bobb caught up with the Acting Director of Forestry in the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Transformation, Industry and Fisheries, Fitzgerald Providence, and asked him what is the current situation in St. Vincent and [...]

19 Apr 2013 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

UN peacekeeper killed in Darfur

The United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) is investigating an incident in which one of its peacekeepers was killed and two injured on Friday. UNAMID says that unidentified assailants shot the peacekeepers at their team site near Muhajeria town in East Darfur. The mission is working in coordination with the government of Sudan to [...]

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Sustainable Tourism is good tourism policy: CTO Beverly Nicholson-Doty

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There's been a call for resources to be allocated to both the preservation of the Caribbean's natural resources and the development of a cutting edge hospitality sector driven by high levels of service excellence in order to provide a well-rounded visitor experience. The call has come from the Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization- CTO, [...]

19 Apr 2013 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Delegates locked in negotiations at UN Forum on Forests in Istanbul

Ms. Jan McAlpine, the Director of the Secretariat of the United Nations Forum on Forests

Negotiations on the outcome of the UN Forum on Forests are continuing in Istanbul and word is delegates will convene in a plenary session some time this evening. But exactly when that will be is anyone's guess. Director of the UN Forum on Forests Secretariat Jan McAlpine told reporters that this session of the Forum [...]

19 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Thousands of children in Mali at risk of malnutrition

Mothers and their children wait in line at the nutrition center in Bamako, Mali. Credit: OCHA

Nearly 700,000 children in Mali are at risk of malnutrition according to the UN children's agency, UNICEF. The agency says the situation for children is worse in northern Mali where schools and health care facilities have been looted and water supply is poor. UNICEF says although access by humanitarian workers to urban areas of northern [...]

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UN appeals to Iraq to halt prisoner executions

More than 150 countries have either abolished the death penalty or do not practice it.

Iraq has executed 33 people in the past month and is reportedly preparing to execute another 150 people in the coming days, according to the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR). The Government of Iraq however maintains that it only executes individuals who have committed terrorist acts or other serious crimes against civilians. UN High Commissioner [...]

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UN envoy condemns terrorist attacks in Mogadishu

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

• The bomb attack at Somalia's Supreme Court on 14 April was condemned by the top UN envoy for the country. The Al Shabaab insurgent group claimed responsibility for the attack. More than 30 people including women and at least one child were killed in the attack which has been described as a last-ditch attempt [...]

18 Apr 2013 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

Greatest return comes from investing in girls and women, says UN chief

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday made a fresh call for investment in girls' education around the world. Mr. Ban spoke at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington D.C. at a high level meeting of the Global Education First Initiative launched in September 2012. He said the meeting is a single but critical step [...]

18 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's News, Women | Read More »

UN experts raise alarm over privatization of coffee sector in Burundi

An abandoned coffee plantation in Cewe, north of Burundi. Photo: IRIN/Jocelyne Sambira

Two United Nations independent human rights experts on Thursday raised the alarm about the World Bank-led privatization of the coffee sector in Burundi. In 2007, as part of the privatization plans, the Burundian President declared that coffee was owned by the growers until it was exported. This arrangement allowed growers to manage the supply chain [...]

18 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

China invites international expert team to assess H7N9 virus outbreak

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A team of international experts is heading for China this weekend to investigate the deadly H7N9 outbreak in the country. The influenza virus has killed 14 people so far, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). H7N9 is a subgroup of a virus that normally circulates in birds and WHO does not know why humans [...]

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UN refugee chief warns of "terrifying" humanitarian situation for Syria

A young Syrian refugee at a reception centre after crossing into Jordan with his family.

The head of the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR), Antonio Guterres, has warned the Security Council of what he called a "terrifying" humanitarian situation for Syria. Mr. Guterres, who addressed the Council by video-link on Thursday, said that 400,000 refugees have fled Syria in the last seven weeks, bringing the number of Syrians registered as [...]

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Bolivia: The Alpaca connection

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Alpacas and llamas are becoming big business for poor ranchers and small enterprises in Bolivia due mainly to a growing global demand for alpaca fleece. This ancient relative of the camel is known for being easier on the environment The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is helping thousands of ranchers in the breeding of [...]

18 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Turkish hero of the forest – Hayrettin Karaca

Hayrettin Karaca, "Grandfather of Turkish Environmental Movement"

Hayrettin Karaca, a 92 year old from Turkey, known as the ‘grandfather’ of the Turkish environmental movement has received numerous environment awards including the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) 500 in 1992. Mr. Karaca, who had a successful textile business in the 1970s, became very concerned about the environmental degradation he saw during his travels across [...]

18 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN officials detail the human cost of the Syrian crisis

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A humanitarian catastrophe. That is how UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos characterizes the ongoing crisis in Syria. Ms. Amos was among several senior UN officials who briefed the Security Council on Thursday. Dianne Penn reports. Duration: 2’44″

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UN calls for humanitarian access to two towns affected by conflict in Darfur

UNAMID troops delivering aid. UN Photo/Albert Gonzalez Farran

The head of the joint UN-African Union Mission in Sudan (UNAMID) has urged the Sudanese government to allow humanitarian access to thousands of displaced people in East Darfur. According to UNAMID, about 18,000civilians are concentrated around its team sites near the towns of Muhajeira and Labado since fighting broke out on 6 April between government [...]

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Humanitarian needs growing rapidly in Syria, says head of UN relief operations

Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Ordinary people are paying the price for the failure to end the conflict which has created a humanitarian catastrophe in Syria. That's what Valerie Amos, the head of the United Nations humanitarian agency, told the Security Council on Thursday. Ms. Amos said that the parties to the conflict have become increasingly entrenched in the rhetoric [...]

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Failure to register vital statistics is a human rights violation: WHO

Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, Assistant Director-General for Health Systems and Innovation at WHO

Failure to register the vital statistics of a nation's citizens amounts to a violation of human rights, says Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny of the World Health Organization. For example, she says, if a country is unaware of how many children are born, it has no way of knowing how many vaccines are needed to protect their [...]

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Civil registration critical for universal health coverage, say UN health agency

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Civil registration and vital statistics systems are critical in planning for universal health coverage, according to a senior official of the World Health Organization (WHO). But WHO says about 80 countries in the world do not have functioning civil registration systems to document births and deaths. More than 200 representatives of government, development agencies, civil [...]

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Education critical to empower indigenous women in Kenya, says an activist

Agnes Leina, Executive Director Il'laramatak Community Concerns (Kenya)

Indigenous women in Kenya face a number of challenges including lack of education and economic opportunities, according to an indigenous activist. Agnes Leina is the Executive Director of a non-governmental organization called Il'laramatak Community Concerns based in Nairobi, Kenya, which is working with various indigenous communities. UN Radio's Derrick Mbatha caught up with Ms. Leina [...]

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UN humanitarian response in Syria gets boost from Kuwait

The displaced people in the Azzas area are receiving winter emergency relief, like these vulnerable Syrian civilians.

The government of Kuwait has made available $275 million to nine aid agencies responding to the Syrian humanitarian crisis. The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) received $110 million, the UN World Food Programme(WFP) $ 40 million, the UN Children’s fund, UNICEF $53 million and the World Health Organization (WHO) $ 35 million. The funding is part [...]

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Millions of children missing out on vital vaccines

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Up to 22 million children mainly in the developing world are not protected from dangerous diseases with basic vaccines, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Inefficient health and delivery systems, conflicts and poverty are among the major factors which hinder health workers from ensuring the right vaccines reach the children who need them. Ahead [...]

17 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN expert calls for strengthening of justice system in Somalia

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

A UN independent human rights expert is calling on the Somali Government to strengthen its justice system in spite of the devastating attacks on civilians and the system's personnel on 14 April. Shamsul Bari says the system needs to be beefed up to ensure that the rule of law and the fight against impunity continue. [...]

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Huge challenges remain to build sustainable cities by 2050: UNEP

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The world is facing huge challenges to build cities that will meet the needs of 9 billion people by 2050 while ensuring the protection of the environment. That's what Achim Steiner, the head of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said in Nairobi, Kenya during the launch of a new study on the challenges of urbanization. [...]

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UNEP launches study on environment-friendly cities

Dandora waste dump, Nairobi, Kenya

The world's cities are home to more people than ever before – and the trend is set to continue. Around 70 percent of the global population will live in urban areas by 2050. But to ensure enough water, energy and other resources for future city dwellers and to avoid more people living in slums, cities [...]

17 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Political solution still possible in Syria, says Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

A political solution is still possible in Syria where the tragedy worsens by the day, says United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Secretary-General Ban spoke to reporters on Wednesday on a wide range of global issues. He said the military dynamic in Syria is destroying the country and imperilling the region. "Civilians are paying the price [...]

17 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN rights expert calls for strengthening of justice system in Somalia

Shamsul Bari, Independent Expert on the situation of Human Rights in Somalia

The government of Somalia has been urged to continue its efforts to strengthen the administration of justice, despite the deadly attack at the Banadir Regional Court on Sunday. The call has come from the UN Independent Expert on human rights in Somalia Shamsul Bari who strongly condemned the attack which killed over 50 civilians including [...]

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UN Daily News 17 April 2013

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Security Council takes up fight against sexual violence during conflict

Security Council chamber [UN file photo].

The Security Council on Wednesday looked at the ways conflict-related sexual violence destroys lives and undermines development. As UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the meeting, the negative effects of these crimes persist long after the guns fall silent. Dianne Penn reports. Duration: 2’38″

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Recent fighting displaces thousands in Darfur

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Fighting between Sudanese forces and an armed rebel group in East Darfur has displaced thousands of people, according to the joint United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID). UNAMID says thousands of civilians have been gathering around its team site near the town of Labado since 6 April when fighting broke out between the government [...]

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UN concerned about civilians displaced by recent fighting in Darfur

The town of Labado in Darfur, Sudan

Six wounded civilians are receiving medical treatment at UNAMID, the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur, following fierce fighting in East Darfur that resulted in the death of four civilians. The Sudanese Armed Forces on Tuesday, supported by additional armed groups, re-took control of Labado in East Darfur from the Sudanese Liberation Movement/Minni Minawi. Aicha [...]

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Security Council pays tribute to late UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher of the United Kingdom who paid an official visit to the United Nations on 23 June, held a press conference there after addressing the Second Special Session of the General Assembly on Disarmament. (23/06/1982)

The UN Security Council on Wednesday began its meeting by paying a moment of silence to the late Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Margaret Thatcher. Baroness Thatcher, who was the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, passed away last week after suffering a stroke. The Foreign Minister of Rwanda, Louise Mushikiwabo, the [...]

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UN chief calls for adequate resources to tackle sexual violence in conflict

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressing the Security Council

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for adequate resources to support UN peacekeeping missions in their work to prevent sexual violence in conflict. Mr. Ban spoke in the Security Council as it discussed women and peace and security with a special focus on sexual violence in conflict. Secretary-General Ban said the United Nations system [...]

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Merchandise exports stagnated in 2012: UNCTAD

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Global merchandise exports in 2012 stagnated, according to statistics released by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) on Wednesday. Exports grew by only 0.2 per cent in value after having expanded significantly in 2010 and 2011. According to UNCTAD statistics, in developing countries, merchandise exports climbed by 3.6 per cent but much of [...]

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China invites international expert team to assess H7N9 virus outbreak

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A team of international experts is heading for China this weekend to investigate the deadly H7N9 outbreak in the country. The influenza virus has killed 14 people so far, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). H7N9 is a subgroup of a virus that normally circulates in birds and WHO does not know why humans [...]

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"Solid decisions" expected at UN Forum on Forests, says a UN official

Ms. Jan McAlpine, the Director of the Secretariat of the United Nations Forum on Forests

"Solid decisions" on the protection of forests are expected to come out of the Untied Nations conference taking place in Istanbul, Turkey. That's the assessment of Jan McAlpine the Director of the UN Forum on Forests, as its two-week session winds down. Representatives of governments, UN agencies, experts and activists have been discussing the importance [...]

16 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Mobile court scheme aims to bring justice for refugees in Uganda

Congolese refugees arrive in Uganda.  (© UNHCR/G.Katende)

A mobile court scheme has started to bring justice for refugees who have been victims of crime in Uganda, says the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR). The agency launched the project with the Ugandan government on Monday at the Nakivale settlement in the south-western part of the country. UNHCR says the mobile court's first session [...]

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The UN commemorates the Rwandan genocide

A memorial ceremony

The United Nations this week commemorated the anniversary of the 1994 Rwandan genocide when Hutu extremists murdered approximately 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus. The genocide, which started on 7 April and went on for about 100 days, is commemorated each year to remind the world about the terrible and irreversible loss suffered by humanity as [...]

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UN human rights office condemns Sunday's attacks in Mogadishu

UN Human Rights Office

The United Nations human rights office has condemned last Sunday's terrorist attacks in Somalia which killed more than 50 people, including lawyers and human rights defenders. It says the attacks, for which the Al Shabaab insurgents have claimed responsibility, potentially damage recent efforts to strengthen the administration of justice in Somalia. These efforts, it adds, [...]

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UN Daily News 16 April 2013

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UN chief strongly condemns human rights abuses in Central African Republic

Martin Nesirky, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the acts of violence perpetrated by the Séléka rebels who took over the Central African Republic last month. The Secretary-General says he is greatly concerned about the deterioration of the humanitarian situation and the continued grave violations of human rights across the country. These violations, he adds, [...]

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UN calls for end to violations and lawlessness in CAR

Children in a camp for displaced person in CAR

United Nations officials are concerned about the deteriorating security situation in the Central African Republic since the Séléka rebels seized power more than three weeks ago. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the violence perpetrated by the rebels against civilians. He is urging the de facto authorities to restore law and order throughout the [...]

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Campaign for local elections in Côte d'Ivoire is relatively peaceful: UN official

UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Edmond Mulet

The campaign for Sunday's local elections in Côte d'Ivoire has been conducted relatively peacefully, according to the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Edmond Mulet. Mr. Mulet on Tuesday reported to the Security Council on the situation in Côte d'Ivoire and the work of the United Nations operation in the country (UNOCI). He said Côte [...]

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The War on Flu

A technician at work in a laboratory

The story of influenza and the fight against the virus led by the World Health Organization. Language: English Genre: Drama 1954 Duration: 14″26″

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UN Forum in Turkey discusses financing for sustainable forests

Jan McAlpine, Director of the UN Forum on Forests Secretariat

How can countries access and get enough financing to make forests sustainable for the future, is the most important question delegates are discussing at the UN Forum on Forests in Istanbul, Turkey. Jan McAlpine, the Director of the UN Forum on Forests Secretariat says delegates are discussing where the gaps are; what countries need and [...]

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New virus continues to spread in China, says UN health agency

Avian influenza (WHO@PHOTO)

The number of people killed by the new strain of bird flu virus in China continues to rise and has now reached 14 according to the World Health Organization (WHO). At least 63 people have been infected by the virus also known as H7N9. WHO says more than 1,000 people who have been in contact [...]

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UN calls for an end to violations and lawlessness in Central African Republic

displaced civillians in Central African Republic

Over 119 people have been killed in the Central African Republic since the take over of the government by rebel forces last month, according to the UN  human rights office (OHCHR). There are reports of widespread human rights violations including targeted killings, arbitrary arrests and detention, torture, recruitment of children, rapes, disappearances and kidnappings in [...]

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UN chief condemns bombings at Boston Marathon

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (file photo).

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned Monday's bomb attacks during the Boston marathon in the United States. At least two people are reported to have been killed and over twenty others injured in the explosions which happened close the finishing line of the Boston Marathon. The police have also found and dismantled at least [...]

15 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Leading agencies appeal for political leaders to help end carnage in Syria

Syrian refugee children play beside tents in Domiz refugee camp. (Photo: UNHCR/B.Sokol)

Political leaders involved in the Syrian crisis have been urged to meet their responsibility to bring it to an end. The appeal has come from the leaders of five major United Nations agencies dealing with the human costs of the tragedy: the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the World Food Programme, the UN [...]

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UNICEF report details the shocking cost of child malnutrition: stunting

Nutrition is essential for health and survival. Stunting is a clear indicator of under-nutrition of mothers and children: UNICEF/Jim Holmes

Stunting, which is low height for age and the underdevelopment of the brain of a child, is linked to malnutrition says the UN children's agency (UNICEF) in a report launched on Monday. The agency says nutrition is important during the critical 1,000-day period covering pregnancy and the first two years of a child's life. According [...]

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Brazil faces challenges in protecting Amazon rainforest

Amazon rainforest

The largest tropical rainforest on the planet is the Amazon with some seven million square kilometers stretched across nine countries in South America: Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Suriname, Guyana, French Guiana and Brazil. Approximately 60% of the Amazon forest is in Brazil. Paulino Franco De Caravalho Neto who deals with the environment at the Brazilian [...]

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UN reiterates commitment to peace process despite Palestinian Prime Minister’s resignation

Prime Minister Salam Fayyad at a press briefing in September 2009. UN Photo/Sophia Paris

The United Nations has reiterated its commitment to the peace process in the Middle East following the resignation of Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. That's what Robert Serry, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, says in a statement issued on Monday following a meeting with Prime Minister Fayyad. Mr. Serry says [...]

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Rwanda says Security Council should address root causes of conflicts in Africa

Louise Mushikiwabo

  The Security Council needs to focus as much energy as possible on addressing the root causes of conflict in Africa and not spend too much time on fire fighting. That's what Rwandan Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo told reporters on Monday following a Security Council meeting on peace and security in Africa. Rwanda holds this [...]

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Africa makes progress in reducing slum dwellers but challenges remain: UN official

Slums in Kenya - Amnesty International

African countries have made progress in reducing the number of people living in slums but challenges still remain, according to Amina Mohammed, the UN Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Goals. Ms. Mohammed spoke in Nairobi, Kenya, where the Governing Council of UN-Habitat began its 24th session on Monday. She said there are now 1,000 days [...]

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UN Daily News 15 April 2013

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Progress made in the fight against stunted growth in children: UNICEF

healthy children

Real progress is being made in the fight against stunted growth which affects over 165 million children under the age of five, according to a new report by the United Nations children's fund (UNICEF) issued on Monday. The report shows that stunted growth is the result of chronic undernutrition in crucial periods of a child's [...]

15 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Security Council addresses barriers to peace and security in Africa

Security Council Chamber

  Factors which have an impact on peace and security in Africa were the focus of a UN Security Council debate on Monday. Council members looked at ways to tackle the root causes of conflict on the continent, which range from the legacy of colonialism to poverty, border disputes and poor governance. Dianne Penn reports. [...]

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UN envoy condemns terrorist attacks in Mogadishu

Augustine Mahiga

The terrorist attack that targeted Somalia's Supreme Court on Sunday has been described by the top United Nations envoy in the country Dr. Augustine Mahiga, as one of the most tragic events in recent months. The Al Shabaab insurgent group has claimed responsibility for the attack which reportedly killed at least 30 people, including women [...]

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Africa on target to improve lives of slum dwellers by 2015: UN official

Amina J. Mohammed, Assistant Secretary-General and Special Advisor of the Secretary-General on Post-2015, Development Planning

Africa is on target in improving the lives of slum dwellers by the year 2015, according to Amina Mohammed, the UN Secretary-General's Special Advisor on Post-2015 Development Goals. However, she adds, the fact that there are still many more people in slums than there were in 2000 means more work still needs to be done [...]

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UN envoy condemns deadly terrorist attacks in Mogadishu

Special Representative Augustine Mahiga. UN Photo/Stuart Price

The deadly terrorist attacks in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Sunday have been condemned by the top United Nations envoy in the country, Dr. Augustine Mahiga. Dr. Mahiga says he is shocked and outraged by the attacks in which at least 30 civilians, including women and a child were reportedly killed and scores of [...]

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UN chief stresses need for all stakeholders in Africa to participate in peace processes

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

It is important for all stakeholders in Africa to participate in peace processes after conflicts and for peace agreements to address the underlying causes of conflicts. That's what United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council on Monday as it discussed Peace and Security in Africa. He said that conflicts breed where there is [...]

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General Assembly should be venue for discussing global economic issues: President

Vuk Jeremić

The General Assembly should be the venue for discussing global economic issues, said its President, Vuk Jeremić, as he opened its debate on "The United Nations and Global Economic Governance" in New York on Monday. Mr. Jeremić said that since the outbreak of the world economic, financial and debt crisis, the ongoing discussions on how [...]

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UN chief calls for momentum to achieve Millennium Development Goals

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday urged Member States and staff to participate in the 1,000 Days of action to 2015. The year is the target date for achieving the eight Millennium Development Goals or MDGs set by world leaders in 2000 to end extreme poverty. Secretary-General Ban spoke at an event at UN [...]

12 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

No 'green economy' without 'blue economy', says head of UN agriculture agency

Sustainability

Sustainable development, including the wise use of oceans and fisheries, is critical in ending hunger and fighting the effects of climate change in the Pacific Islands. That's what José Graziano da Silva, the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), told Ministers for Agriculture from the South-West Pacific region gathered in Apia, the capital [...]

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UN condemns terrorist attack that killed three Chadian soldiers in Mali

A displaced Malian woman prepares dinner for her family in the capital, Bamako. Photo: UNHCR/H. Caux

The United Nations on Friday condemned the terrorist attack which killed three Chadian soldiers serving with the African-led International Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA). Several other members of the Chadian contingent were injured in the suicide bombing  which reportedly took place in the northern city of Kidal. The United Nations reaffirmed its determination to support [...]

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Military officers in DR Congo suspended for alleged human rights violations

National army soldiers of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on parade. Photo: IRIN/Eddy Isango

  Army officers suspected of committing serious human rights violations in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo have been suspended, according to the UN mission in the country. The UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, known as MONUSCO, says it has been notified formally by the Congolese [...]

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Healing after Typhoon Bopha

A boy is seen amidst piles of logs in the typhoon hit town of Baganga, Davao Oriental on December 8, 2012.© UNICEF Philippines/2012/JMaitem

The stunning coastline of Davao Oriental in the southern part of the Philippines used to be a hidden treasure for adventurous travellers and surfers alike until Typhoon Bopha, or Pablo as it was locally known, struck this area in December last year, affecting the lives of 6.2 million people. Typhoon Bopha ravaged the Philippines and [...]

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UN Daily News 12 April 2013

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Grenada tells of efforts at conserving its forests

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“In Istanbul, Caribbean States are talking about their efforts at protecting their forests, as the UN Forum on Forests wraps up its first week of negotiations to spur global action to reduce deforestation and improve the livelihoods and economies of people who make their living from forests. In this interview, Arden Foreteau of Grenada tells [...]

12 Apr 2013 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

"Sandy" is retired as a name for hurricanes

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (second right) and General Assembly President Vuk Jeremic (right) observing a moment of silence at the start of a briefing to the Assembly on the impact of Hurricane Sandy. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas (9 November 2012)

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) announced on Friday that the name "Sandy" has been retired from the official rotating list of Atlantic Basin tropical cyclone names. WMO spokesperson Claire Nullis says the decision was taken by the agency's Hurricane Committee which has been meeting this week in Curaçao in the Caribbean. "This is obviously because [...]

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UN pays tribute to fallen peacekeepers in South Sudan

A peacekeeper serving with the Indian military contingent of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)

On the morning of April 9, heavily armed assailants attacked a convoy of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) travelling on the road between the Jonglei state capital of Bor and Gumuruk town in South Sudan. Twelve people died in that ambush — five Indian peacekeepers, two national staff of UNMISS and five civilian [...]

12 Apr 2013 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

UNICEF condemns new recruitment of children by armed groups in Central African Republic

School children in the Central African Republic
© Pierre Holtz | UNICEF

The United Nations children's agency (UNICEF) has condemned the new recruitment of children by armed groups in the Central African Republic and called for their immediate release. The agency says it has clear evidence of the continuing recruitment and use of children by armed groups in the country and is warning the leaders that such [...]

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Dominica says it can boast of having the highest forest cover in the Caribbean

Matthew Joseph Walter, Minister for Agriculture and Forestry of Dominica

Dominica can boast of having the highest percentage of forest cover in the Caribbean region, with about 66 per cent of its total land area under forests. Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Matthew Joseph-Walter told the UN Forum on Forests in Istanbul, Turkey that the Government has over the years developed far-reaching legislation, such as [...]

12 Apr 2013 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Suriname tells of its efforts in promoting sustainable forest management

Ginmardo Kromosoeto, Minister of Physical Planning, Land Management and Forestry of Suriname

Suriname has put a lot of effort in promoting sustainable forest management and forest conservation, Minister of Physical Planning, Land Management and Forestry, Ginmardo Kromosoeto told the UN Forum on Forests, now taking place in Istanbul. He said Suriname is part of the rich Amazon rainforest region which possesses and maintains one of the largest [...]

12 Apr 2013 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Inter-communal clashes in Dafur displace 50,000 people into Chad

Many Sudanese refugee children are traumatized by the violence they witnessed or suffered in Darfur. Farchana Camp, Eastern Chad.  UNHCR/Zalmai

Over 50,000 refugees from the Darfur region of Sudan have crossed the border into Chad, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). The refugees are fleeing fresh tribal clashes in the southwestern Sudanese town of Um Dukhum. UNHCR says this is the largest influx of refugees from Sudan into Chad since 2005. UNHCR says the [...]

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Lack of funding threatens food assistance to people in and around Syria

Snack time for the children of Syrian refugees

The World Food Programme (WFP) says lack of funding will make it difficult to feed over two million hungry people inside Syria and more than one million refugees in neighbouring countries such as Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey. According to Elizabeth Byrs, the agency's spokesperson, the inability to meet the food needs inside the country [...]

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WFP requires $19 million per week to feed Syrian refugees

Syrian refugees

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) says it may be forced to drastically scale down assistance provided to Syrian refugees unless additional funding is made available. WFP says it will need to raise $81 million over the next three months to keep its food assistance operations inside Syria and in neighbouring countries going beyond [...]

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Displaced people in northern Mali facing severe food shortages

Nearly 600 displaced people live in a former hotel in Mopti.  While most families are accommodated in the building, some live in tents in grounds of the hotel.  UNCR/H.Caux

The humanitarian situation in northern Mali is rapidly deteriorating leaving thousands of displaced families impoverished, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The situation in the region, the agency adds, has been made worse by the lack of adequate funds to sustain ongoing humanitarian assistance programmes. OCHA says it has [...]

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How the UN can help girls reach for the stars

Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space. Photo RIA Novosti/ A. Mokletsov

American executive Susan Chodakewitz believes the UN can be a catalyst for getting more women and girls to consider careers in the aerospace industry. Chodakewitz is President of Tetra Tech AMT, an information technology and aerospace company, and is also on the board of directors of the Women in Aerospace Foundation. Earlier this week she [...]

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A call for more resources to support rural and indigenous women in forest management

Women in rural areas of Darfur [UN Photo/Albert Gonzalez Farran]

  Rural and indigenous women have developed strong interactions with their environment. And they play an essential and central role in general and in sustainable management of resources. That's what the President of African Women's Network for Community Management of Forests Ms. Cecile Ndjebet told the UN Forum on Forests taking place in Istanbul, Turkey. [...]

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Security concerns in the western part of Côte d’Ivoire

Head of the UN Operation in Côte d'Ivoire (UNOCI), Bert Koenders, on a visit to western Côte d'Ivoire.  (file photo 2012) UN Photo/Patricia Esteve

  Côte d’Ivoire is facing challenges in the western part of the country, according to Bert Koenders, the head of the UN Mission in the country known as UNOCI. They include the issues of land, the porous borders with Liberia, as well as the upcoming elections. UN Radio's Jean- Pierre Ramazani caught up with Mr. [...]

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UN expert welcomes G8 initiative to combat sexual violence in conflict

Meeting with Hon. Ms. Haja Zainab Bangura, Minister of Health of Sierra Leone

The world's eight richest countries this week pledged $36 million to tackle sexual violence in conflict. In welcoming the G8 initiative, Zainab Bangura, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, said there will be no hiding place for perpetrators of these crimes.   Pop star Katy Perry supports UNICEF projects in Madagascar [...]

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Globalization and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa

“World Economic Situation and Prospects 2011”.

• Africa was told that if it opened up the doors to financial flows, there would be a network of funds from the capital-rich countries. However, the opposite has happened, according to the author of Globalization and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa. He says development policies have failed to benefit the continent. Ghana and Malawi share [...]

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UN chief and President Obama say Syria is at a "critical juncture"

Obama and Ban

The situation in Syria is at a critical juncture and there is need for a political transition to respect the rights of all Syrians. That's what President Barack Obama said after meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the White House on Thursday. President Obama told reporters that he and the Secretary-General discussed a number of [...]

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UN agencies launch plan to eliminate pneumonia and diarrhoea deaths

19 Oct 2011 - Children at the WFP, UNICEF-supported Provincial Baby Home in Hamhung City, DPRK.Photo: OCHA/David Ohana

Two United Nations agencies have launched a new action plan to eliminate child deaths due to diarrhoea and pneumonia over the next 10 years. The Integrated Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Pneumonia and Diarrhoea of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN children's agency (UNICEF) calls for closer integration of [...]

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"There's no way to end sexual violence unless you end impunity:" Zainab Bangura

William Hague, UK Foreign Secretary; Angelina Jolie, UNHCR Special Envoy; Zainab Bangura, SRSG on Sexual Violence in Conflict

The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict has welcomed the decision by the Group of 8 to pledge $36 million to tackle sexual violence. Mr. Bangura spoke at the Lancaster House on Thursday where the forum of the world's eight wealthiest countries launched the G8 Declaration on Sexual Violence in Conflict. She [...]

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There can be no hiding place for perpetrators of sexual violence in conflict: UN official

Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zainab Bangura addressiing the G8 Foreign Ministers meeting in London. Photo: UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

There can be no hiding place for people who commit acts of sexual violence in conflict and the perpetrators will be pursued by all means available. That's the message delivered on Thursday by Zainab Bangura, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict. Ms. Bangura spoke at the Lancaster House in London [...]

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Special tribunal for Lebanon condemns interference in its work

Special Tribunal for Lebanon

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon has strongly condemned the publishing of a list of alleged witnesses on a website. The tribunal was set up by the Security Council in 2007 to prosecute those responsible for the assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri in February 2005. It says that any attempt to knowingly and wilfully [...]

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UN Daily News 11 April 2013

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UN pays tribute to fallen peacekeepers

Indian peacekeepers loading the casket of the late Lt. Col. Mahipal Singh, one of five UNMISS Indian Battalion soldiers who were killed in an ambush on 9 April (Photo: UNMISS / Isaac Billy)

On the morning of April 9, heavily armed assailants attacked a convoy of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) travelling on the road between the Jonglei state capital of Bor and Gumuruk town in South Sudan. Twelve people died in that ambush — five Indian peacekeepers, two national staff of UNMISS and five civilian [...]

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Dairy nudges FAO Food Price Index by one per cent

Dairy products

Global food prices rose by one per cent in March, according to the Food Price Index of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). FAO says the surge was driven mainly by an 11 per cent increase in dairy. Dairy products such as milk and cheese carry a 17 per cent weight among the various [...]

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Military capability of Al-Shabaab insurgents degraded in Somalia: UN envoy

Augustine Mahiga

The military capability of the Al-Shabaab insurgents in Somalia has been tremendously degraded although they continue to carry out terrorist attacks. That's what the top United Nations envoy in the country, Augustine Mahiga, told reporters in the Tanzanian city of Dar Es Salaam on Thursday. Mr. Mahiga said the Al-Shabaab fighters have been pushed out [...]

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First woman private space explorer advocates for more girls in Maths and Science

Anousheh Ansari (© Anousheh Ansari
Anousheh Ansari suited up)

Fifty years ago this June, Russian cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman to travel to space. Anousheh Ansari, an Iranian-American engineer and serial tech entrepreneur, believes more women and girls should follow the space pioneer. Mrs. Ansari got her chance in 2006 when she became the first woman private space explorer. She says the [...]

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Expanding higher education opportunities for refugees and displaced persons

The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR is to expand opportunities for refugees and other displaced persons to pursue higher education studies through on-line and on-site courses. In partnership with the Jesuit Refugee service, more refugees in Jordan, Kenya and Malawi will be able to take university and other higher education courses. The programme is also [...]

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Singer Katy Perry supports UNICEF projects in Madagascar

Katy Perry visits a pre-school in the village of Sahavola in Analanjirofo Region, Madagascar. Photo: UNICEF/NYHQ2013-0166/Holt

Pop star Katy Perry is famous for her crazy concert outfits and catchy songs which have earned her millions of fans worldwide. No doubt the American singer gained more new fans when she travelled to Madagascar earlier this month on behalf of the UN children's fund (UNICEF). Her visit aimed to draw attention to child [...]

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Forests and forestry contribute to green growth: FAO official

Edouardo Rojas-Briales

There is a need to better record the social and economic contributions of forests to human development, the UN Forum on Forests underway in Istanbul, Turkey heard on Thursday. UN Radio's Donn Bobb is there and filed this report. The UN Forum on Forests comes at an opportune moment, given the outcomes of the Rio+20 [...]

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Men and boys get involved in promoting gender equality in Mozambique

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Violence against women is a serious problem in Mozambique and one man from the Southern African country is working to get men and boys involved in fighting this scourge. Júlio Langa is the National Coordinator of the Men for Change Network, based in the Mozambican capital, Maputo. UN Radio's Derrick Mbatha caught up with Mr. [...]

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Commemoration of 60 years since Dag Hammarskjöld took office

Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld

Dag Hammarskjöld was installed and took his oath of office on 10 April 1953. The second Secretary-General of the United Nations died in a plane crash while on mission to the Congo in September 1961. The United Nations held an event on Wednesday to commemorate 60 years since Dag Hammarskjöld took office. UN Radio's Beng [...]

10 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Only five states persistently execute people: Amnesty International

More than 150 countries have either abolished the death penalty or do not practice it.

A small number of countries continue to carry out the death penalty although the number of people executed has not gone up, except in China. That's what Widney Brown, Senior Director of International Law at Amnesty International said at United Nations headquarters in New York on Wednesday. Presenting the organization's annual report on the death [...]

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Victims of slavery remembered through music

Marcus Miller (top left), Benyoro (top right), Somi (bottom left), David Hinds from Steel Pulse (bottom right)

Jazz, rock and roll, hip-hop and reggae reverberated at the General Assembly Hall on the 22 March to observe the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. This day of remembrance gives us a chance, through music, to honour and celebrate the victims, the heroes, resisters and survivors [...]

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UN pays tribute to Dag Hammarskjöld, who took helm of world body 60 years ago

Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld, April 1953

The commemoration of 60 years since Dag Hammarskjöld took office is a reminder of the dangers facing those who serve the United Nations. That's what UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at an event in New York on Wednesday to pay tribute to the late Swedish diplomat. Mr. Hammarskjöld, who served as the second Secretary-General of [...]

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Israeli restrictions undermine livelihoods of vulnerable families in Gaza: UN official

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Recent restrictions imposed by Israel on the movement of people and goods to and from Gaza are undermining the livelihoods and rights of many vulnerable people in the territory. This warning has come from the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Gaza, James Rawley, who says that if the restrictions continue, the effect on the population will [...]

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Rich countries can do better for their children, says UNICEF

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The UN children's agency (UNICEF) says that rich countries can do better to improve the wellbeing of their children. A study launched by the agency's Office of Research on Wednesday finds that the Netherlands and four Nordic countries, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden again sit at the top of the child well-being table. Four southern [...]

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Population growth – a major global environmental challenge

Deforestation in the rain-forest in Acre, Western Brazil. Forests have been burnt to the ground to create temporary pastures for cattle. Pernaca Sudhakaran/1989

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is a public institution that recognizes the importance of forests, particularly their role in sustaining biodiversity, providing a range of important environmental services and offering livelihood options for people worldwide. GEF is also a key supporter of developing countries’ efforts to sustainably manage their forests. Since 1991, it has financed [...]

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Study finds migrant workers "tricked and trapped" into forced labour in the Middle East

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Thousands of migrant workers from developing countries have been "tricked and trapped" into forced labour in the Middle East, according to a study by the International Labour Organization (ILO). It finds that an estimated 600,000 low-skilled workers are enduring hardships including isolation and sexual exploitation, in a region that has one of the highest concentrations [...]

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UN chief urges support for "a robust" international criminal justice system

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon has called on the international community to support and strengthen a robust system of international criminal justice. Mr. Ban spoke in the General Assembly on Wednesday as it began a debate on the role of international criminal justice in reconciliation. He said it can be difficult to know just when [...]

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Ghana and Malawi share triumphs and challenges of forest management

Winning Photo: Faces of the Mau: Community Leader Planting Trees, taken by Riccardo Gangale of Italy, a professional photographer who works primarily in African countries.

African countries have been sharing their experiences with sustainable forest management at a UN conference currently underway in Istanbul, Turkey. More than one billion people worldwide depend on forests for their livelihoods and one of the conference's aims is to improve forest conservation.  UN Radio's Donn Bobb is in Turkey and filed this report. Duration: [...]

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Migrant workers victims of forced labour in the Middle East

Over 600,000 migrant workers are victims of forced labour in the Middle East, according to the International Labour Organization ILO. In a report on the status of migrant workers in the region issued on Wednesday, ILO says the workers are often tricked and trapped into forced labour and sexual exploitation and are prevented from leaving. [...]

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Globalization and development in Sub-Saharan Africa

Jomo Kwame Sundaram

"It's like opening a bird cage and expecting birds to fly in." That is how Jomo Kwame Sundaram, author of ‘ Globalization and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa’, describes the failure of development policies to benefit Africa. Mr. Sundaram is currently an Assistant-Secretary-General at the Food and Agriculture Organization, (FAO). He tells UN Radio's Gerry Adams [...]

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Istanbul ceremony honors real 'forest heroes'

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In Istanbul, Turkey, the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) presented the 2012/2013 UN Forest for People Awards. Donn Bobb reports. The Forest Heroes Awards and Forest Film Festival were launched in 2011 in celebration of the International Year of Forests. The jury selected 5 regional winners and three honorable mentions. The winners by region [...]

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Security Council calls for probe into killing of UN peacekeepers in South Sudan

The Security Council has called on the government of South Sudan to swiftly investigate the killing of five Indian peacekeepers serving with the United Nations Mission in the country (UNMISS). In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Council strongly condemned the attack by unidentified assailants on an UNMISS convoy in Jonglei State in which at [...]

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CAR Emergency Coordinator says looting continues in the country

Displaced people in Central African Republic

A special flight chartered by the UN children's agency (UNICEF) has delivered over 23 tons of supplies to conflict ravaged Central African Republic. Recent looting as rebels took over the country left hospitals and health facilities without medical supplies and equipment. UN Radio's Gerry Adams spoke with Robert McCarthy, UNICEF's Emergency Coordinator for the country, [...]

9 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Study finds banning trans fat "is the way forward"

The World Health Organization

Cookies and cakes, potato chips and pizza, French fries and frozen dinners: these are just some of the convenience foods which make life delicious. Part of the reason why these treats are so tasty is because they contain trans fat which is created by adding hydrogen to vegetable oil to give industrially produced food its [...]

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New stateless determination in UK welcomed by UN refugee agency

Interviews are an essential part of the stateless determination process. (© UNHCR/D.Telemans)

The new procedure to determine the status of stateless persons in the United Kingdom has been welcomed by the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR). UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming explains why the procedure, which came into effect on 6 April, is so important for stateless persons in the country. "It allows stateless people who are currently [...]

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UN Daily News 9 April 2013

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UN chief urges Syrian authorities to allow probe into alleged use of chemical weapons

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

  UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appealed to the Syrian authorities to allow the investigation into alleged use of chemical weapons in the ongoing conflict in the country to proceed. Mr. Ban told reporters in Rome on Tuesday that he has read a report that the Syrian government does not agree to his proposed investigation [...]

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UN envoy condemns killing of five peacekeepers in South Sudan

A wounded civilian arriving in Juba after an ambush on an UNMISS convoy by unidentified assailants near Gumuruk in Jonglei State on 9 April. (Photo: UNMISS/Isaac Billy)

The head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) Hilde Johnson has strongly condemned the killing of five peacekeepers and seven civilians working with the mission. According to UNMISS, the people died in an ambush by unidentified assailants near the settlement of Gumuruk, in Jonglei State on Tuesday. At least nine additional peacekeepers [...]

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UNRWA food distribution reopens

UNRWA food distribution

Food distribution installations reopened in Gaza on Tuesday, this after the UN agency assisting Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) received assurances from relevant parties that its staff will be working in a safe environment. UNRWA suspended its operations on Thursday following demonstrations sparked by a lack of funding for its cash assistance programme to 10,000 families in [...]

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UN chief holds "an uplifting, hopeful meeting" with Pope Francis

The Secretary-General and Pope Francis exchange gifts

  United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had what he has described as "an uplifting, hopeful meeting" with Pope Francis  in Rome on Tuesday. Mr. Ban told reporters that the discussion included the need to advance social justice and accelerate the work to meet the Millennium Development Goals to end poverty. Mr. Ban said he was [...]

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An estimated 4.6 million people in Central African Republic affected by crisis

Children in a camp for displaced person in CAR

The United Nations Children's fund UNICEF has  delivered over 23 tones of essential drugs, water tanks and sanitation facilities to the conflict-ravaged Central African Republic capital city of Bangui. The consignment which arrived on Monday this week represents one of the first significant deliveries of relief supplies to the Central African Republic following recent weeks [...]

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Syrian refugees to reach 4 million by the end of 2013

Syrian child struggling to stay warm – UNHCR

The number of Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries could reach four million by the end of the year unless a political solution to the crisis in the country is found, according to the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR. To date Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon and Iraq are hosting over 1.3 million Syrian refugees. UNHCR however says [...]

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Forests are essential for sustainable economic development: U.S. official

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The United Nations Forum on Forests continues in Istanbul Turkey. Donn Bobb reports. Forests as well as other natural ecosystems constitute essential natural infrastructure for sustainable economic development, poverty alleviation, and improved human well-being. That's what the United States Assistant Secretary in Oceans and Environment at the Department of State Dr. Kerri-Ann Jones told the [...]

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South Sudan faces considerable security challenges: UN envoy

The tension between Sudan and South Sudan seems to be easing but South Sudan continues to face serious security challenges. That's the assessment of Hilde Johnson, the head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) who briefed journalists in Juba, the country's capital, on Monday. UN Deputy Spokesperson Eduardo Del Buey has more. [...]

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UN deplores continuing loss of civilian life in Iraq

Close to 230 civilians were killed and more than 850 others wounded in acts of terrorism and armed violence in Iraq in March, according to figures released by the UN mission in the country (UNAMI) on Monday. UNAMI says that in addition to the civilian casualties, 227 members of the Iraqi security forces were killed [...]

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UN chief calls on all countries to be part of chemical weapons treaty

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the opening of the Third Review Conference of the States Parties of the Chemical Weapons Convention in The Hague. UN Photo/ Rick Bajornas

The eight countries that remain outside the Convention that prohibits the use of chemical weapons have once again been urged to join the rest of the international community without further delay. The call has come from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his address to the Third Review Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical [...]

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Girl ambassador from Viet Nam speaks out

Linh, girl ambassador from Viet Nam

Linh, a 20-year old Vietnamese woman from Hanoi, is a passionate advocate for girls' participation when it comes to issues such as education and safety. She's also a volunteer with the child rights organisation Plan International. Linh attended this year's session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women which focused on ending violence [...]

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Yemen works toward implementation of a roadmap for peace

Jamal Benomar, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Special Adviser on Yemen

In a region where major upheavals have taken place in recent years, says Jamal Benomar, the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Yemen is the only country in which a peaceful negotiated transition based on a comprehensive roadmap and a genuine national dialogue has taken place. Mr. Benomar spoke to Gerry Adams about Yemen and the [...]

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Forests play critical role in global sustainable development: ECOSOC Chief

Pahmung krui Damar Forest, Indonesia

The UN Forum on Forests opened in Istanbul Monday with calls for adequate and sustainable financing and for concerted efforts to protect the world's forests. The calls came from UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Wu Hongbo. He says forests play a critical role in global sustainable development. “ They abate climate change, protect biodiversity, [...]

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Istanbul conference looks at the social and economic value of forests

Jan MacAlpine

Improving the livelihoods and economies of people who derive their living from forests is one of the goals of a UN conference which opened in Istanbul, Turkey, on Monday. The 10th session of the United Nations Forum on Forests, or UNFF 10, will also consider measures to increase the sustainable management of forests, which cover [...]

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Global Fund to raise $15 billion to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria

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The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has announced a goal of raising $15 billion to effectively support countries in fighting the three infectious diseases during the 2014 to 2016 period. The Fund, which promotes partnerships between governments, civil society, the private sector and affected communities, made the announcement in Brussels, Belgium, on [...]

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Chinese UNESCO sites featured in UN stamps

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Chinese heritage sites such as The Great Wall, Mount Huangshan and the Mogao Caves are some of the images selected for six new stamps to be issued this week by the UN Postal Administration (UNPA). These new postage stamps celebrating the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage sites in China will include [...]

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Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher gave hope for gender equality: Ban Ki-moon

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher of the United Kingdom who paid an official visit to the United Nations on 23 June, held a press conference there after addressing the Second Special Session of the General Assembly on Disarmament. (23/06/1982)

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher gave hope for gender equality and the empowerment of women. That's what United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said following the death of the British leader after suffering a stroke on Monday. The Secretary-General made the remarks during a press conference in The Hague, in the Netherlands. "As a first [...]

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UN chief urges North Korea to refrain from "provocative measures"

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged authorities in North Korea to stop challenging the authority of the Security Council by conducting another nuclear test. The Secretary-General spoke to reporters in The Hague where he attended a meeting on chemical weapons. Mr. Ban said he is concerned about the current rising tension in and around the [...]

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Pillay calls for the closure of the Guantanamo detention centre

UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has urged all branches of the United States Government to work together to close the Guantanamo detention centre. In a statement issued on Friday, Pillay said that the continuing indefinite incarceration of many of the detainees, in most cases without charge or trial, amounts to arbitrary [...]

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Ban Ki-Moon speaks with Malala

The Secretary-General speaks with a recovering Malala Yusafzai

As he kicked off the campaign "MDG Momentum – 1,000 Days of Action" in Spain, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon highlighted the Millennium Development Goal of education by speaking to Malala Yousufzai. Malala is the young Pakistani teenager who in October 2012 was shot in the head and neck for opposing Pakistani Taliban restrictions on female [...]

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Economic development critical issue for forest sustainability

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Recognizing that healthy forests support a broad range of economic development activities, all 197 member and observer states of the United Nations Forum on Forests will meet in Istanbul, Turkey, from 8-19 April, for the 10th session of the Forum to consider a range of measures to improve sustainable forest management. The Forum, the only [...]

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Fourteen cases of H7N9 have been found in China

Gregory Hartl

Six of the 14 people who contracted H7N9 in China have died, according to the World Health Organization. The China National Health and Family Planning Commission informed the World Health Organization, WHO, on Friday that the 14 cases were found in four provinces, Shanghai, Anhui, Jiangsu and Zhejiang. While those who were in close contact [...]

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Demonstrators hamper food distribution to over 800,000 people in Gaza

An old man sits outside his UNRWA-supplied tent in the Ezbet Abed Rabbo area of northern Gaza. Photo: IRIN/Suhair Karam

Suspension of cash assistance to 10,000 families in Gaza due to a lack of funding has triggered demonstrations against the UN agency assisting Palestinian refugees (UNRWA). UNRWA spokesperson Sami Mshasha says because staff safety was jeopardized, a regular food distribution to about 25,000 people per day has been shut down. However, he explains that in [...]

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Hypertension: a silent killer and global health crisis

Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization, measuring her blood pressure.

Measure your blood pressure, reduce your risk. This simple recommendation from the World Health Organization (WHO) could help millions of people get a handle on hypertension, or high blood pressure. Hypertension is a leading cause of cardiovascular disease, kidney failure and blindness, making it the focus of this year's observation of World Health Day on [...]

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Crisis in Central African Republic pushes thousands across borders

displaced civillians in Central African Republic

Aid agencies are reporting a growing number of refugees fleeing from the Central African Republic into neighbouring countries. The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR says the number of refugees fleeing CAR has risen to over 37,000 over the past few weeks, the majority of them crossing the border into Chad, Cameroun and the Democratic Republic [...]

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United Nations marks 1,000 days until Millennium Development Goals deadline

Maternal health remains a major challenge to health systems worldwide

Friday,  5 April, marks 1,000 days to the target date for achieving the Millennium Development Goals, the MDGs. According to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the MDGs are the most successful global anti-poverty push in history. "The Goals," he said, "have helped set global and national priorities, mobilize action, and achieve remarkable results." The eight time-bound [...]

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UNICEF support for Syrian refugees in Jordan stalling

Syrian refugees wait at a UNHCR distribution centre in Za'atri refugee camp in Jordan. [UNHCR/J.Tanner]

United Nations Children's agency UNICEF says it may be forced to stop provision of humanitarian assistance to over 100,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan due to lack funding. UNICEF says by June this year it will not be able to provide safe water, sanitation, immunization, education and protection to Syrian refugees in the Za'atari camp in [...]

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The deadly legacy of unexploded ordnance in Lao PDR

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  Survivors of cluster bomb explosions in Laos will visit 11 cities in the United States in a campaign called 'Voices from Laos: Clearing Bombs, Protecting Lives.' The country's ambassador to the United Nations, Saleumxay Kommasith, says 30 years after the end of the Viet Nam War, which also affected Laos, unexploded ordnance (UXOs) kill [...]

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Survivor says remember the Rwanda genocide by never forgetting its victims

Solemn ceremony in commemoration of the genocide in Rwanda

• It has been nearly 20 years since more than 800,000 people were killed in the Rwanda genocide. Survivor Eugenie Mukeshimana tells UN Radio's Dianne Penn she is determined they will not be forgotten and that survivors get help in rebuilding their lives. Ms. Mukeshimana is the founder and executive director of the Genocide Survivors [...]

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UN raises concern over the growing use of the death penalty

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Several countries in the Middle East and Asia have abandoned their moratorium on the death penalty and executed criminals according to the UN Human Rights office (OHCHR). This week, three men were executed in Kuwait – the first time since May 2007, while Iraq is reported to have executed at least 12 people this year. [...]

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UN Observes International Day of Remembrance of Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Dessima Williams

Survivors of the "infamous horror" known as the Middle Passage had landed in ports throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, entering into an existence of forced labour and systemic cruelty that had lasted for generations, the representative of Grenada Ambassador Dessima Williams told an event commemorating the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of [...]

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Haiti's move towards a comprehensive approach to cancer control

The IAEA is working to support proper treatment of cancer patients in Haiti, who hold out hope that their illness can be detected and treated in time. (Photo: N. Whalen for IAEA)

Confronted by challenges ranging from high poverty levels, disease outbreaks and devastating natural disasters, the government of Haiti has been working tirelessly with external organizations to support the country's resilient population. Adding to the range of adverse circumstances already facing the country, Haiti is also affected by a growing burden of non-communicable diseases, such as [...]

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UN expert on sexual violence in conflict makes first visit to Somalia

Zainab Hawa Bangura

  The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict (SRSG) this week made her first official visit to Somalia. Zainab Hawa Bangura met with UN officials, civil society partners and a range of stakeholders in the capital, Mogadishu, and also visited a camp for internally displaced people. Rwandan woman advocates for [...]

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UN halts food distribution in Gaza

A young refugee sits with his family's food distribution in Dura, West Bank

The United Nations has suspended all food distribution programmes in Gaza after demonstrators stormed one if its compounds. The UN agency assisting Palestinians (UNRWA) says the breaking into its compound in Gaza, which appears to have been preplanned, was unacceptable. UNRWA says all relief and distribution centers will remain closed until guarantees are given by all [...]

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UN Security Council condemns terrorist attack in Afghanistan

Security Council chamber [UN file photo].

The members of the Security Council have condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attack on Wednesday 3 April in Farah province of Afghanistan, causing numerous deaths and injuries of mostly civilians. In a statement, the members of the Security Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts [...]

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The deadly legacy of unexploded ordnance in Lao PDR

Saleumxay Kommasith

The impact caused by explosive remnants of war are still pervasive and cause extensive damage and loss of life , says the Ambassador of the Lao People's Democratic Republic to the UN. Saleumxay Kommasith stresses that nearly 30 years after the end of the Viet Nam war, which also affected Laos, unexploded ordnance kill and [...]

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Secretary-General "deeply concerned" about events on Korean Peninsula

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the Constitutional Bodies of Monaco at the Museum of Oceanography in Monaco-Ville (UN Photo/Rick Bajornas)

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday that he was "deeply concerned and troubled by the rising tension on the Korean Peninsula". He told an audience in Monaco that "very negative, inflammatory rhetoric" was coming from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the DPRK. ” I have been urging repeatedly that the nuclear threat is [...]

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Chinese tourists – world's most prolific travelers

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  Chinese tourists are the world's most prolific travelers, according to the UN World Tourism Organization, UNWTO. The organization says China is the new number one tourism source market in the world, with the country's expenditure on travel abroad reaching $102 billion in 2012. The volume of international trips by Chinese travellers has grown from [...]

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Clearing of landmines crucial to peace and development

A UN peacekeeper checking for landmines

The clearing of landmines and other explosive devises in areas affected by conflict is a crucial precursor to the deployment of international peace keepers and humanitarian workers, according to the United Nations Mine Action Service  (UNMAS). The organization says in regions where active conflict is in progress such as Afghanistan; volunteers including women were risking [...]

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School feeding project for Syrian refugees aims to avert a "lost generation"

Syrian children in Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. WFP/Reem Nada

More than 10,000 Syrian children attending schools in refugee camps in Jordan and Iraq are benefiting from a project that feeds their bodies and minds. The school feeding programme launched by the World Food Programme (WFP) provides children with a nutritious snack to boost their energy, thus helping them to concentrate on their lessons. WFP [...]

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National Action against hunger crucial: Graziano da Silva

Margerita, a South Sudanese farmer, sows the seeds for her maize crop for next year. Photo: FAO/Jean Di Marino

National leadership and action are crucial and governments have the primary responsibility for assuring the food security of their citizens, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said Thursday told a high-level meeting on the UN’s vision for a post-2015 strategy against world hunger. The UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) deadline will pass in 2015. Graziano [...]

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UN committed to mine awareness throughout the world: Secretary-General

United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) marks International Day of Mine Awareness

Eliminating the threat of mines and explosive remnants of war is a crucially important endeavour that advances peace, said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the occasion of Mine Action Awareness Day, observed yearly on the 4th of April. The United Nations is strongly committed to mine awareness, he said, and a world free from the threat [...]

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UN rights expert hails Arms Trade Treaty

The poorly regulated trade in arms has adverse humanitarian, human rights and development consequences. Photo: OCHA/ Jihan El Alaily

  "The world needs to stop not only the trade but the production of arms, since once weapons have been produced, there is an incentive to use them and to continue producing them". So says the UN Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order, Alfred de Zayas. He says "Those [...]

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WFP starts school feeding for Syrian refugee children in Jordan and Iraq

Syrian children outside their UNHCR tent at Jordan's Za'atri refugee camp. [Photo: UNHCR/M. Abu Asaker]

More than 10,500 Syrian children attending schools in refugee camps in Jordan and Iraq are to benefit from a school feeding project launched by the UN World Food Programme (WFP). The project aims at boosting nutrition and encouraging children to attend school. In Jordan, more than 6,000 children are receiving a mid-day nutritious snack in [...]

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The deadly legacy of unexploded ordnance in Lao PDR

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  The impact caused by explosive remnants of war are still pervasive and cause extensive damage and loss of life , says the Ambassador of the Lao People's Democratic Republic to the UN. Saleumxay Kommasith stresses that nearly 30 years after the end of the Viet Nam war, which also affected Laos, unexploded ordnance kill [...]

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UNFIL's mine awareness campaign focuses on children

Children participating in UNIFIL's mine awareness activities to mark the international day

In commemoration of the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, observed on the 4th of April each year, UN Radio spoke to one of the brave peacekeepers who risk their lives to save others from these concealed killers. Lieutenant Colonel Karin De Brabander from Belgium, chief of de-mining action at the [...]

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Special Representative deplores violence against women in Egypt

Ms. Zainab Hawa Bangura, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict.

The Government and religious leaders of Egypt must send a clear and categorical signal that the vicious crimes of rape and other sexual assaults will not be tolerated, said Zainab Bangura in a statement on Wednesday. At least 25 women were reportedly sexually assaulted in Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo in late January, some violently, [...]

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Monaco is helping to contribute to environmental sustainability:Ban

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Environmental sustainability and how the United Nations is working with partners such as Monaco to achieve it was the subject of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's address to the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco on Wednesday . Monaco may be small, but its heart is large, said the Secretary-General as he addressed a gathering at the Oceanographic [...]

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Security Council holds talks on UN presence in Mali

The Security Council on Wednesday held consultations on potential UN engagement in Mali. Council members heard of two possible options proposed by the UN Secretary-General in his latest report on the country. The crisis in Mali was sparked by a military coup last March and the occupation of parts of the north of the country [...]

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UN Daily News 3 April 2013

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UNRWA receives $15 million from Saudi Fund for Development for Gaza reconstruction

Destroyed homes Photo credit: courtesy from Samar Abu el Ouf

Over seven thousand families in Gaza are due to receive financial support from UNRWA, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, to repair and reconstruct their homes. A generous donation of over $15 million dollars from the Saudi Fund for Development is making it possible for the war-damaged shelters [...]

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Helping Mali resolve crisis is high priority: Feltman

United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman

Ensuring that the United Nations does its utmost to help Mali resolve the complex crisis it faces today is one of the highest priorities for the Secretary-General, Jeffrey Feltman told the UN Security Council on Wednesday. Mr. Feltman, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, said important work is already underway on the ground in [...]

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Gaza refugee families get financial support from UNRWA

A building in Rafah near the border crossings to Egypt and Israel shows the scars that recurrent Israeli military operations have left on Gazan infrastructure.

A generous donation of $ 15.6 million by the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) will enable UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, to provide urgently needed cash subsidies directly to 7,000 affected refugee families. The money will support the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the war-damaged shelters [...]

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WHO: Measure your blood pressure, reduce your risk

World Health Organization

Over a billion people worldwide suffer from hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Hypertension is most prevalent in Africa where it affects up to 46 per cent of adults. Ahead of the annual World Health Day which is marked on April 7 each year, WHO is calling [...]

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Study suggests eliminating trans-fats improves health

The World Health Organization

A study published in the April Bulletin of the World Health Organization says national and local bans on trans-fats in the preparation of foods are one of the most effective ways to prevent some of the world's biggest killer diseases. Policies in Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, the Netherlands, the Republic of Korea and the [...]

2 Apr 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

General Assembly approves global arms trade treaty

Mr. Vuk Jeremic, President of the 67th General Assembly session

The United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday approved a global arms trade treaty, to regulate conventional arms. The categories of arms affected include, battle tanks, armoured combat vehicles, large-calibre artillery systems, combat aircraft, attack helicopters, warships, missiles and missile launchers, and small arms as well as light weapons. The resolution establishing the treaty was passed [...]

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Syrian refugee camps increasingly overcrowded: UNHCR

Syrian refugee children play beside tents in Domiz refugee camp. (Photo: UNHCR/B.Sokol)

With the number of people fleeing the crisis in Syria showing no signs of stopping, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) says overcrowding at refugee camps in neighbouring countries is increasing. The agency is particularly concerned about conditions at camps in Iraq where more than 120,000 Syrians are registered as refugees. It says overcrowding also putting [...]

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UN Daily News 2 April 2013

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World Autism Awareness Day, 2nd April

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International attention to autism is essential, says UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a message marking World Autism Awareness Day, observed annually on 2nd April. He says it important to address stigma, lack of awareness and inadequate support structures surrounding a disorder that the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates affects approximately one per cent of the [...]

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Autism affects millions worldwide

Photo: CARE/David Rochkind, Design: Kim Conger

  Autism, a lifelong developmental disability, was highlighted at the United Nations on World Autism Awareness Day, the 2nd of April. The World Health Organization describes autism is a condition that manifests itself in the early years of life. It results from a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain. According to the [...]

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Mrs. Ban delivers World Autism Awareness Day message

Mrs. Ban Soon-taek - World Autism Awareness Day 2013

  World Autism Awareness Day has succeeded in calling greater international attention to autism and other developmental disorders that affect millions of people globally. At the United Nations, we are committed to raising awareness about autism worldwide. Let us continue to work hand in hand with affected individuals, which strengthens their lives and helps society [...]

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Nuclear threats are not a game: Secretary-General

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

"It has already gone too far. Nuclear threats are not a game," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a news conference on Tuesday during his visit to Andorra. Following an announcement by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea that it plans to restart its Yongbyon nuclear reactor, the Secretary-General warned that aggressive rhetoric and military posturing [...]

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