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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


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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UN Daily News 5 April 2013

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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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


  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

overcrowding in prisons

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 [...]

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

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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