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South Sudan faces considerable security challenges: UN envoy

Listen / Hilde Johnson, Special Representative of the Secretary-General to South Sudan

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

Listen / Aftermath of a bombing attack in Iraq: photo - IRIN

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

Listen / 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

Listen / 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

Listen / 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

Listen / 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

Listen / 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

Listen / UN postal stamp

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

Listen / 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"

Listen / 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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