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UN chief condemns bombings at Boston Marathon

Listen / UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (file photo).

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned Monday's bomb attacks during the Boston marathon in the United States. At least two people are reported to have been killed and over twenty others injured in the explosions which happened close the finishing line of the Boston Marathon. The police have also found and dismantled at least [...]

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Leading agencies appeal for political leaders to help end carnage in Syria

Listen / Syrian refugee children play beside tents in Domiz refugee camp. (Photo: UNHCR/B.Sokol)

Political leaders involved in the Syrian crisis have been urged to meet their responsibility to bring it to an end. The appeal has come from the leaders of five major United Nations agencies dealing with the human costs of the tragedy: the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the World Food Programme, the UN [...]

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UNICEF report details the shocking cost of child malnutrition: stunting

Listen / Nutrition is essential for health and survival. Stunting is a clear indicator of under-nutrition of mothers and children: UNICEF/Jim Holmes

Stunting, which is low height for age and the underdevelopment of the brain of a child, is linked to malnutrition says the UN children's agency (UNICEF) in a report launched on Monday. The agency says nutrition is important during the critical 1,000-day period covering pregnancy and the first two years of a child's life. According [...]

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Brazil faces challenges in protecting Amazon rainforest

Listen / Amazon rainforest

The largest tropical rainforest on the planet is the Amazon with some seven million square kilometers stretched across nine countries in South America: Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Suriname, Guyana, French Guiana and Brazil. Approximately 60% of the Amazon forest is in Brazil. Paulino Franco De Caravalho Neto who deals with the environment at the Brazilian [...]

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UN reiterates commitment to peace process despite Palestinian Prime Minister’s resignation

Listen / Prime Minister Salam Fayyad at a press briefing in September 2009. UN Photo/Sophia Paris

The United Nations has reiterated its commitment to the peace process in the Middle East following the resignation of Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. That's what Robert Serry, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, says in a statement issued on Monday following a meeting with Prime Minister Fayyad. Mr. Serry says [...]

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Rwanda says Security Council should address root causes of conflicts in Africa

Listen / Louise Mushikiwabo

  The Security Council needs to focus as much energy as possible on addressing the root causes of conflict in Africa and not spend too much time on fire fighting. That's what Rwandan Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo told reporters on Monday following a Security Council meeting on peace and security in Africa. Rwanda holds this [...]

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Africa makes progress in reducing slum dwellers but challenges remain: UN official

Listen / Slums in Kenya - Amnesty International

African countries have made progress in reducing the number of people living in slums but challenges still remain, according to Amina Mohammed, the UN Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Goals. Ms. Mohammed spoke in Nairobi, Kenya, where the Governing Council of UN-Habitat began its 24th session on Monday. She said there are now 1,000 days [...]

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Progress made in the fight against stunted growth in children: UNICEF

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Real progress is being made in the fight against stunted growth which affects over 165 million children under the age of five, according to a new report by the United Nations children's fund (UNICEF) issued on Monday. The report shows that stunted growth is the result of chronic undernutrition in crucial periods of a child's [...]

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Security Council addresses barriers to peace and security in Africa

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  Factors which have an impact on peace and security in Africa were the focus of a UN Security Council debate on Monday. Council members looked at ways to tackle the root causes of conflict on the continent, which range from the legacy of colonialism to poverty, border disputes and poor governance. Dianne Penn reports. [...]

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UN envoy condemns terrorist attacks in Mogadishu

Listen / Augustine Mahiga

The terrorist attack that targeted Somalia's Supreme Court on Sunday has been described by the top United Nations envoy in the country Dr. Augustine Mahiga, as one of the most tragic events in recent months. The Al Shabaab insurgent group has claimed responsibility for the attack which reportedly killed at least 30 people, including women [...]

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Africa on target to improve lives of slum dwellers by 2015: UN official

Listen / Amina J. Mohammed, Assistant Secretary-General and Special Advisor of the Secretary-General on Post-2015, Development Planning

Africa is on target in improving the lives of slum dwellers by the year 2015, according to Amina Mohammed, the UN Secretary-General's Special Advisor on Post-2015 Development Goals. However, she adds, the fact that there are still many more people in slums than there were in 2000 means more work still needs to be done [...]

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UN envoy condemns deadly terrorist attacks in Mogadishu

Listen / Special Representative Augustine Mahiga. UN Photo/Stuart Price

The deadly terrorist attacks in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Sunday have been condemned by the top United Nations envoy in the country, Dr. Augustine Mahiga. Dr. Mahiga says he is shocked and outraged by the attacks in which at least 30 civilians, including women and a child were reportedly killed and scores of [...]

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UN chief stresses need for all stakeholders in Africa to participate in peace processes

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

It is important for all stakeholders in Africa to participate in peace processes after conflicts and for peace agreements to address the underlying causes of conflicts. That's what United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council on Monday as it discussed Peace and Security in Africa. He said that conflicts breed where there is [...]

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General Assembly should be venue for discussing global economic issues: President

Listen / Vuk Jeremić

The General Assembly should be the venue for discussing global economic issues, said its President, Vuk Jeremić, as he opened its debate on "The United Nations and Global Economic Governance" in New York on Monday. Mr. Jeremić said that since the outbreak of the world economic, financial and debt crisis, the ongoing discussions on how [...]

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