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World Bank and UN explore ways to end poverty together

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of World Bank. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the President of the World Bank Jim Yong Kim on Friday discussed cooperation between the two organizations and their partners to end poverty. The Secretary-General has spent two days at the headquarters of the World Bank in Washington D.C. He has been meeting with leaders from around the world to [...]

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Climate change is a "clear and present danger" to humankind says UN chief

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon attends Ministerial Dialogue on Sustainable Development . UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned on Friday that climate change is the greatest threat to development all over the world. The Secretary-General spoke in Washington D.C. where he met with public and private donors on the sidelines of the meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Secretary-General Ban said that with [...]

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Envoy for Syria urges action by Security Council to end Syria crisis

Listen / Lakhdar Brahimi, Joint Special Representative of the UN and the League of Arab States for Syria. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

The Security Council must act and parties to the conflict in Syria must accept that negotiations are necessary in order to end the crisis in Syria. That's what Lakhdar Brahimi, the Joint Arab League-United Nations Special Representative for Syria, told reporters after briefing the Security Council behind closed doors on Friday. Mr. Brahimi said a [...]

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Sabrina Iyadede uses music to reflect on the genocide in Rwanda

Listen / Artist/Songwriter Sabrina Iyadede

A memorial ceremony to commemorate the Rwandan genocide was held on Monday, 15 April 2013 at UN Headquarters in New York. One of the participants at the ceremony was artist/songwriter Sabrina Iyadede. She was born in Rwanda and left in 1994 when she was a young girl, moved to Belgium and now lives in New [...]

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UN chief stresses importance of energy for all

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon attends Sustainable Energy for All Advisory Board.  UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Governments, business and civil society need to work together to ensure that the benefits of modern energy are available to all. That's what United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said at a meeting on sustainable energy held at the headquarters of the World Bank in Washington D.C. on Friday. The Secretary-General spoke at the first meeting [...]

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Secretary-General puts 'Education First' during visit to US capital

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at the meeting of the Steering Committee of the Global Education First Initiative in Washington, DC.

With an estimated 60 million children worldwide out of school, the UN is seeking to make education available to all children. In Washington, DC, on Thursday, the UN Secretary-General and his Special Envoy for Education strategized with governments and development partners on ways to accelerate progress towards this goal. Dianne Penn reports. Duration: 2’31″

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Ethiopian migrants face hardships in Yemen

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Ethiopian migrants who are brought by smugglers and traffickers to Yemen are facing harrowing conditions, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The agency says that thousands of migrants from the Horn of Africa are in smugglers and traffickers camps around the border town of Haradh. IOM spokesperson Jumbe Omari Jumbe says a delegation [...]

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Haitian women find success through cell phone repair business

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  With the help of a local women’s association and with support from the United Nations mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), four women have started a cell phone repair business that has changed their lives. Security Council takes up fight against sexual violence during conflict The Security Council recently looked at the way conflict-related sexual violence [...]

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Pablo Pro's “Sleeping Beauty” wins forest photo award

Listen / Sleeping Beauty, by Pablo Pro Alvarez

Share your unique vision of forests – that was the call from the UN Forum on Forests – to visually capture the significant, extraordinary and unique connection of people and forests. Pablo Pro Alvarez from Spain, who specializes in films and documentaries on nature and social issues, did just that. His photograph called “Sleeping Beauty” [...]

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Water is one of tourism main assets: UNWTO

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"Water is one of tourism's main assets. Each year, millions of people travel around the world to enjoy water destinations both inland and in coastal areas and Caribbean destinations play a key role in this". That's what the Regional Director for the Americas of the UN World Tourism Organization told the 14th Sustainable Tourism Conference, [...]

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African countries recommit to resolve Rwandan refugee situation

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African countries hosting large numbers of Rwandan refugees and Rwanda itself have reiterated their commitment to resolving the protracted refugee situation. Ministers from eleven Southern and Central African countries have been meeting in Pretoria, South Africa this week to review progress in promoting the voluntary repatriation and reintegration of Rwandan refugees. Adrian Edwards, Spokesperson for [...]

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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Acting Director of Forestry attends UNFF10 meeting in Turkey

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The United Nations Forum on Forests wrapped up its 10th session in Istanbul, Turkey on Friday. During the conference UN Radio's Donn Bobb caught up with the Acting Director of Forestry in the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Transformation, Industry and Fisheries, Fitzgerald Providence, and asked him what is the current situation in St. Vincent and [...]

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UN peacekeeper killed in Darfur

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The United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) is investigating an incident in which one of its peacekeepers was killed and two injured on Friday. UNAMID says that unidentified assailants shot the peacekeepers at their team site near Muhajeria town in East Darfur. The mission is working in coordination with the government of Sudan to [...]

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Sustainable Tourism is good tourism policy: CTO Beverly Nicholson-Doty

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There's been a call for resources to be allocated to both the preservation of the Caribbean's natural resources and the development of a cutting edge hospitality sector driven by high levels of service excellence in order to provide a well-rounded visitor experience. The call has come from the Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization- CTO, [...]

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Delegates locked in negotiations at UN Forum on Forests in Istanbul

Listen / Ms. Jan McAlpine, the Director of the Secretariat of the United Nations Forum on Forests

Negotiations on the outcome of the UN Forum on Forests are continuing in Istanbul and word is delegates will convene in a plenary session some time this evening. But exactly when that will be is anyone's guess. Director of the UN Forum on Forests Secretariat Jan McAlpine told reporters that this session of the Forum [...]

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Thousands of children in Mali at risk of malnutrition

Listen / Mothers and their children wait in line at the nutrition center in Bamako, Mali. Credit: OCHA

Nearly 700,000 children in Mali are at risk of malnutrition according to the UN children's agency, UNICEF. The agency says the situation for children is worse in northern Mali where schools and health care facilities have been looted and water supply is poor. UNICEF says although access by humanitarian workers to urban areas of northern [...]

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UN appeals to Iraq to halt prisoner executions

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Iraq has executed 33 people in the past month and is reportedly preparing to execute another 150 people in the coming days, according to the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR). The Government of Iraq however maintains that it only executes individuals who have committed terrorist acts or other serious crimes against civilians. UN High Commissioner [...]

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