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Commemoration of 60 years since Dag Hammarskjöld took office

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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 [...]

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Only five states persistently execute people: Amnesty International

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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

Listen / 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

Listen / 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

Listen / 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

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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

Listen / 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

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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

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"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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