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UN Security Council condemns terrorist attack in Afghanistan

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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

Listen / 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

Listen / 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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UN Daily News 4 April 2013

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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

Listen / 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"

Listen / 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 [...]

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

National Action against hunger crucial: Graziano da Silva

Listen / 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

Listen / 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

Listen / 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

Listen / 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

Listen / Laotian deminers

  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

Listen / 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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