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Secretary-General lays out plans for UN Partnership Facility

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is proposing the creation of a new UN initiative that will harness the full potential for partnership. He says the UN Partnership Facility would help the organization to deliver at scale, both globally and at country level, across the range of UN mandates, goals and values. Mr. Ban spoke about the proposal [...]

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Secretary-General encouraged by efforts to resume political dialogue in Guinea

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The UN Secretary-General has welcomed progress on the resumption of the political dialogue in Guinea. In a statement on Wednesday issued by his spokesperson, Ban Ki-moon said he was encouraged by the signing this week of a declaration by political leaders in the West African country. The joint declaration calls on all political parties to [...]

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UN official calls for action on the Israeli-Palestinian issue

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Action must be taken on the Israeli-Palestinian issue, a top UN official told the UN Security Council on Wednesday. Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman said the fragile hope triggered by the renewed US engagement must be sustained and translated into serious efforts by the parties. He said the desire for peace needs to be [...]

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Africa has potential to emerge as a global economic power: UN report

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Africa can emerge as a global economic power by using its natural resources to promote industrialization, according to this year's United Nations report on the continent. The report, entitled "Making Most of Africa's Commodities: Industrialization for Growth, Jobs and Economic Transformation", was launched at UN headquarters in New York on Tuesday. It has been co-authored [...]

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India: No Toilet, No Bride

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Nearly half of India’s 1.2 billion people don’t have access to toilets, especially in rural villages. The lack of sanitation is the cause of one in every ten deaths there. Now, the Government, supported by the World Bank has introduced a sanitation campaign called 'No Toilet, No Bride', to educate villagers about proper waste disposal. [...]

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Offences against wildlife are criminal, say UNODC and CITES

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Wildlife and forest offences should be recognized as serious transnational organized crimes with the appropriate penalties. That is the conclusion of the heads of two UN organizations – the UN Office on Drugs and Crime and CITES, the Convention which protects endangered animal and plant species. Gerry Adams reports. Duration: 2’37″

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Expert team concludes mission to assess H7N9 virus outbreak in China

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China's response to a deadly outbreak of the H7N9 influenza virus has been exemplary, according to an international expert team which has completed a five-day mission to the country. The team, which had been invited by the Chinese authorities, says government agencies and local authorities in affected areas acted quickly and shared critical information needed [...]

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UN official urges quick and concerted action to address the Syrian situation

Listen / Jeffrey Feltman, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, briefs the Security Council at its meeting on the situation in the Middle East

It is a moment of increased risk and instability across the Middle East and there is a need for quick and concerted action to address the humanitarian situation, both inside and outside Syria, Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman told the UN Security Council on Wednesday. He said discussions are still ongoing with the [...]

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Criminal networks must not profit from wildlife and forest crimes: UNODC

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Countries are being urged to recognize the illegal trade in wildlife and forest products as a serious form of organized crime. The call comes from the heads of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). They say figures show [...]

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UN expert on torture disappointed after Bahrain visit postponed

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A UN independent expert is disappointed that his upcoming mission to Bahrain has been postponed by the government. UN Special Rapporteur on torture Juan E. Méndez, who was scheduled to visit Bahrain in early May, says this is the second time his travel there has been postponed at very short notice. In a statement on [...]

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World Malaria Day is celebrated on 25 April 2013

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Invest in the future. Defeat malaria, is the theme of the global campaign for World Malaria Day 2013 and the coming years. According to Dr Thomas Teuscher from the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, for each dollar spent in malaria control, $40 are gained in terms of productivity and household income making it a high yielding [...]

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UNICEF supports China Government in earthquake response to assist children

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UNICEF is finalizing plans with its Chinese government partners to intensify and accelerate efforts in child protection and welfare, mother and baby health, young child nutrition, hygiene and sanitation. This, as the death and injury toll becomes clearer following the devastation caused by the earthquake in Lushan County in Sichuan province. With support from its [...]

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Immunization – one of the best and cost-effective ways to safeguard young lives: Ban

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World Vaccination Week is a valuable opportunity to raise awareness about the need to protect children from vaccine-preventable diseases such as polio, measles and tetanus. That's what Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message to a World Vaccination Week event organized by the Pan American Health Organization in Belize. The Secretary-General said "Immunization is one [...]

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