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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 [...]

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

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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

Listen / 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

Listen / 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

Listen / 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 [...]

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"Sandy" is retired as a name for hurricanes

Listen / 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

Listen / 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 [...]

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

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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

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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 [...]

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Suriname tells of its efforts in promoting sustainable forest management

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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 [...]

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

Listen / 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

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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

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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

Listen / 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

Listen / 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

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  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

Listen / 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

Listen / 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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