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Millions of children missing out on vital vaccines

Listen / Immunization week 2013

Up to 22 million children mainly in the developing world are not protected from dangerous diseases with basic vaccines, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Inefficient health and delivery systems, conflicts and poverty are among the major factors which hinder health workers from ensuring the right vaccines reach the children who need them. Ahead [...]

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UN expert calls for strengthening of justice system in Somalia

Listen / Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, Augustine P. Mahiga

A UN independent human rights expert is calling on the Somali Government to strengthen its justice system in spite of the devastating attacks on civilians and the system's personnel on 14 April. Shamsul Bari says the system needs to be beefed up to ensure that the rule of law and the fight against impunity continue. [...]

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Huge challenges remain to build sustainable cities by 2050: UNEP

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The world is facing huge challenges to build cities that will meet the needs of 9 billion people by 2050 while ensuring the protection of the environment. That's what Achim Steiner, the head of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said in Nairobi, Kenya during the launch of a new study on the challenges of urbanization. [...]

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UNEP launches study on environment-friendly cities

Listen / Dandora waste dump, Nairobi, Kenya

The world's cities are home to more people than ever before – and the trend is set to continue. Around 70 percent of the global population will live in urban areas by 2050. But to ensure enough water, energy and other resources for future city dwellers and to avoid more people living in slums, cities [...]

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Political solution still possible in Syria, says Ban Ki-moon

Listen / UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

A political solution is still possible in Syria where the tragedy worsens by the day, says United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Secretary-General Ban spoke to reporters on Wednesday on a wide range of global issues. He said the military dynamic in Syria is destroying the country and imperilling the region. "Civilians are paying the price [...]

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UN rights expert calls for strengthening of justice system in Somalia

Listen / Shamsul Bari, Independent Expert on the situation of Human Rights in Somalia

The government of Somalia has been urged to continue its efforts to strengthen the administration of justice, despite the deadly attack at the Banadir Regional Court on Sunday. The call has come from the UN Independent Expert on human rights in Somalia Shamsul Bari who strongly condemned the attack which killed over 50 civilians including [...]

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UN Daily News 17 April 2013

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Security Council takes up fight against sexual violence during conflict

Listen / Security Council Chamber

The Security Council on Wednesday looked at the ways conflict-related sexual violence destroys lives and undermines development. As UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the meeting, the negative effects of these crimes persist long after the guns fall silent. Dianne Penn reports. Duration: 2’38″

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Recent fighting displaces thousands in Darfur

Listen / UNAMID peacekeepers

Fighting between Sudanese forces and an armed rebel group in East Darfur has displaced thousands of people, according to the joint United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID). UNAMID says thousands of civilians have been gathering around its team site near the town of Labado since 6 April when fighting broke out between the government [...]

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UN concerned about civilians displaced by recent fighting in Darfur

Listen / The town of Labado in Darfur, Sudan

Six wounded civilians are receiving medical treatment at UNAMID, the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur, following fierce fighting in East Darfur that resulted in the death of four civilians. The Sudanese Armed Forces on Tuesday, supported by additional armed groups, re-took control of Labado in East Darfur from the Sudanese Liberation Movement/Minni Minawi. Aicha [...]

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Security Council pays tribute to late UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

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)

The UN Security Council on Wednesday began its meeting by paying a moment of silence to the late Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Margaret Thatcher. Baroness Thatcher, who was the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, passed away last week after suffering a stroke. The Foreign Minister of Rwanda, Louise Mushikiwabo, the [...]

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UN chief calls for adequate resources to tackle sexual violence in conflict

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressing the Security Council

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for adequate resources to support UN peacekeeping missions in their work to prevent sexual violence in conflict. Mr. Ban spoke in the Security Council as it discussed women and peace and security with a special focus on sexual violence in conflict. Secretary-General Ban said the United Nations system [...]

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Merchandise exports stagnated in 2012: UNCTAD

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Global merchandise exports in 2012 stagnated, according to statistics released by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) on Wednesday. Exports grew by only 0.2 per cent in value after having expanded significantly in 2010 and 2011. According to UNCTAD statistics, in developing countries, merchandise exports climbed by 3.6 per cent but much of [...]

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China invites international expert team to assess H7N9 virus outbreak

Listen / H7N9

A team of international experts is heading for China this weekend to investigate the deadly H7N9 outbreak in the country. The influenza virus has killed 14 people so far, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). H7N9 is a subgroup of a virus that normally circulates in birds and WHO does not know why humans [...]

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