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UN-AU call for Africa to increase commodity-based industrialization

Listen / Rice farming in Madagascar (Photo: UN Photo / Lucien Rajaonin)

African countries are being urged to maximize their abundant natural and agricultural resources to boost growth, jobs and economic transformation. A new report co-authored by the United Nations says leveraging the continent's commodities could help in addressing youth unemployment, poverty and gender disparities. While African countries are growing, they have been unable to fulfil their [...]

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"Mobile Miracles" – technology improves the work of midwives

Listen / Esther Madudu

Esther Madudu is one of the many midwives working in the rural areas of Africa who are facing many day to day challenges such as lack of electricity and running water, among other things. Esther's passion and dedication for saving lives did not go unnoticed. The African Medical and Research Foundation or AMREF made her [...]

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Assessing the damage from the China earthquake

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More than one and a half million people have been affected by Sunday's earthquake which rocked the Sichuan province of China. The earthquake measuring nearly 7 on the Richter scale killed more than 200 so far and 245 thousand have been evacuated. Gerry Adams reports. Duration: 2’23″

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UNESCO chief emphasizes the role of books in spreading information

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In an age when digital books offer new opportunities to access knowledge, traditional books are still "powerful technology," according to the head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova says the diversity of books and editorial content—or "bibliodiversity"— is a source of enrichment which must be supported and protected. [...]

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Secretary-General condemns attack on French embassy in Libya

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Targeting diplomatic missions and their staff is not acceptable and unjustifiable, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said following a car bomb attack on the French Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, on Tuesday. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban condemned the attack in the strongest terms and sent his sympathies to the victims and their [...]

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South Africa says harness migrants' potential to achieve development goals

Listen / Commission on Population and Development meeting

Harnessing the development potential of migration could assist in achieving development goals today and in the future. That is the opinion of Marthinus van Schalkwyk, Director of Social Development in South Africa's Department of International Relations and Cooperation. He was speaking on Tuesday during the latest session of the Commission on Population and Development which [...]

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Political solution critical for Mali, says an independent expert on Africa

Listen / These Malian women fled fighting in the north of the country and found shelter in Sevare town. Photo: UNHCR/Y.Djigo

A political solution is crucial to end the crisis in Mali, according to the International Crisis Group (ICG), which is an independent organization committed to resolving conflicts around the world. There was a military coup in March last year as the country was grappling with an armed rebellion in the north until the French forces [...]

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CTBTO detects radioactivity consistent with North Korean nuclear test announced in February 2013

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  The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization- CTBTO's radionuclide network has made a significant detection of radioactive noble gases that could be attributed to the nuclear test announced by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on 12 February 2013. The detection was made at the radionuclide station in Takasaki, Japan, located at around 1,000 [...]

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Human Rights office commends Brazil following convictions related to 1992 prison riot

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The UN human rights office has welcomed the sentencing of 23 military police officers in Brazil in connection with the suppression of a prison riot more than two decades ago. The officers were convicted earlier this week for their responsibility in the deaths of 13 inmates at Carandiru penitentiary in São Paulo in October 1992. [...]

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The possibility that terrorist groups could obtain weapons of mass destruction should not be dismissed as fiction: Ban

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

Weapons of mass destruction remain among the gravest security threats facing the world community – including the risk that these destructive weapons may be acquired and used by non-state actors. The warning comes from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in remarks at an event on "Preventing the Proliferation of the Weapons of Mass Destruction to Non-State [...]

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UN team supports China earthquake response

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A UN Disaster Management Team in China is supporting the country's response to the deadly earthquake which hit Sichuan province on Saturday. While there has been no request from China for international assistance, the UN Humanitarian Affairs Office (OCHA) reports that the team is assisting with collecting data on damage and loss. According to the [...]

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Tens of thousands of South Sudanese nationals still stranded in Khartoum

Listen / South Sudanese nationals heading home from Khartoum

Over 40,000 South Sudan nationals remain stranded in Khartoum as aid agencies struggle to raise funding to repatriate them, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The organization says the returnees are living in makeshift camps in the Sudanese capital with limited access to food, water, healthcare and sanitation. The stranded returnees were among [...]

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Insecurity preventing children from going to school in Central African Republic

Listen / Children in the Central African Republic. OCHA/ Laura Fultang

The security situation in the Central African Republic remains volatile and unpredictable, restricting efforts by aid agencies to reach those affected by the on-going crisis in the country, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian affairs (OCHA). Most United Nations agencies have either scaled down or temporarily suspended their activities especially [...]

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DR Congo hosts 30,000 refugees from Central African Republic

Listen / Refugees from Central African Republic arrive in Democratic Republic of the Congo's Equateur province earlier this month after crossing the Oubangui River. © UNHCR/G.Casteele

Over 30,000 people from the Central African Republic have crossed into the Democratic Republic of the Congo to escape fighting in their country, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). Armed rebels in the Central African Republic seized power in the capital Bangui last month and there are continuing reports of human rights abuses. The [...]

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