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UN congratulate Iraqis for holding peaceful elections

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with Martin Kobler (left)

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his special envoy for Iraq have congratulated the people of Iraq for their peaceful participation in the Provincial Council elections on Saturday. In a statement issued on Monday Secretary-General Ban says that by exercising their constitutional right to vote, the Iraqi people have reaffirmed their desire for a democratic Iraq. [...]

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Estimated cancer cases almost double in 20 years time in South East Asia

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Cancer has always been a health problem in the South East Asia region, says Dr. Christopher Wild who works at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the cancer agency of the World Health Organization (WHO). But, he adds, what has happened is the change in the scale and the magnitude of the problem. [...]

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UN and World Bank discuss education for all

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) speaks at the meeting of the Steering Committee of the Global Education First Initiative in Washington, DC.  UN (Photo/Eskinder Debebe)

  With less than 1,000 days left to reach the 2015 Millennium Development Goals, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown came together to host Learning for All Ministerial Roundtable and discuss ways to get all children in school and improve learning [...]

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UN political chief calls for end of abuses in Central African Republic

Listen / Ruined and abandoned house in the northern Central African Republic. Photo: IRIN/Anthony Morland

The head of the UN Department of Political Affairs has appealed for urgent efforts to establish security and stop abuses against civilians in the Central African Republic. UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, made the appeal in the capital, Bangui during his visit to the country on Monday. He reiterated international calls for a [...]

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International Mother Earth Day focuses on economies and sustainable development

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  An interactive dialogue on harmony with nature began the commemoration of International Mother Earth Day 2013 at the United Nations in New York. The commemoration is designed to advance discussions on economic approaches that will contribute to sustainable development. According to a report of the UN Secretary-General on "Harmony with Nature," present economic models [...]

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North Korea and Iran feature in UN meeting on nuclear non-proliferation

Listen / Head of the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs, Angela Kane, addresses the opening of the second preparatory conference of the parties to the treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons in Geneva. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

  The second preparatory conference of the parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) began in Geneva on Monday. The meeting is preparing for the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the NPT. The nuclear issues involving North Korea and Iran featured during the discussions. Derrick Mbatha reports. Duration: 3’34″

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UN envoy condemns killing of journalist in Somalia

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  The top UN official in Somalia has condemned the latest murder of a journalist in the country. Dr. Augustine Mahiga, head of the UN Political Office in Somalia, said he was shocked and saddened by the killing of Mohamed Ibrahim Rageh who was shot on Sunday evening in the capital, Mogadishu. Rageh had worked [...]

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UN expert team concludes review of Japanese nuclear power facility

Listen / Team Leader Juan Carlos Lentijo, IAEA Director of Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Waste Technology, examines recovery work on top of Unit 4 of TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station as part of a mission to review Japan's plans to decommission the facility, 17 April 2013. (Photo: G. Webb/IAEA)

  Despite a number of accomplishments, Japan continues to face "difficult challenges" as it works to decommission the nuclear power plant damaged in the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. That statement comes from an expert team from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) which on Monday completed an initial review of efforts to shut down [...]

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UN promotes harmony with nature on International Mother Earth Day

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Governments have been urged to renew their pledges to honour and respect the planet. The call came from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during a General Assembly interactive dialogue on Monday in commemoration of International Mother Earth Day. Mr. Ban said the day provides a chance to promote harmony with nature but also to confront the [...]

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WHO stresses role of communication during World Immunization Week

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Although immunization prevents an estimated two to three million deaths each year, more than 22 million infants worldwide are not fully immunized with routine vaccines, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO is highlighting the importance of early childhood vaccination during World Immunization Week, which runs from 20 – 26 April. The agency says [...]

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UN calls for efforts to address growing nuclear threats

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Tensions over nuclear threats by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and Iran's nuclear programme dominated Monday's opening of the second preparatory conference of the parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) in Geneva. The European Union condemned the DPRK's repeated threats of use of force and urged the country [...]

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Ban Ki-moon saddened by death and destruction caused by earthquake in China

Listen / A worker in Wenchuan County, China, severely damaged by an earthquake in 2010, mixing cement at a new government-subsidized housing scheme

  The United Nations stands ready to assist China in the aftermath of the deadly earthquake in Sichuan province this past weekend. That's what UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a statement issued on Sunday. According to media reports, nearly 200 people died and thousands more were injured in the quake, which struck on Saturday. [...]

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