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FAO praises Brazil’s commitment to ending hunger and poverty

Listen / Gilberto Carvalho, Secretary-General of the Presidency of Brazil

Brazil says the 146th session of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Council, presented an opportunity for Brasilia to renew its commitment to strongly support the FAO’s efforts to eradicate hunger and poverty, building on the successful Zero Hunger Programme in the country. Secretary General of the Presidency of the Brazilian Republic, Mr. Gilberto Carvalho, [...]

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Capacity building central to new UN approach in Somalia: Political Affairs chief

Listen / Jeffrey Feltman, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs

The United Nations continues to work with Somalia to establish a new UN operation in the country, a senior UN official told the Security Council on Thursday. Jeffrey Feltman, head of the UN Department of Political Affairs, says the mission's core role will be as an "enabler" for an environment where stabilization and peacekeeping can [...]

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Global expert panel calls for increased action to promote sexual and reproductive health

Listen / Tarja Halonen, former President of Finland

Much "unfinished business" remains on commitments made nearly 20 years ago at a global conference on population and development, an independent advocacy group charges. The High-Level Task Force for the International Conference on Population and Development says despite progress worldwide on sexual and reproductive health, 800 women die every day from complications related to pregnancy [...]

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World Intellectual Property Day celebrates creativity

Listen / World Intellectual Property Day

Predicting the future is an uncertain endeavour at best. With increasingly accurate technological tools for solving problems, what used to be science fiction, is now fact. That's why WIPO, the World Intellectual Property Organization, is celebrating World Intellectual Property Day, 26 April 2013, by promoting the theme Creativity: the next generation – to give innovators [...]

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UN official calls for more support to girls interested in technology

Listen / International Girls in ICT Day @ITU

More girls must be encouraged to pursue careers in information and communications technologies (ICTs), a senior UN official told the European Parliament on Thursday. Dr. Hamadoun Touré, who heads the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), highlighted the need to boost the numbers of girls involved in science, technology, engineering and maths. For the past three years, [...]

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Peacekeeping chief gives further details about new UN stabilization mission in Mali

Listen / Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations

The newly established UN stabilization mission in Mali is not an "anti-terrorist operation," UN peacekeeping chief Hervé Ladsous told journalists in New York on Thursday. Ladsous spoke to the press moments after the Security Council unanimously voted to establish the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). It will take over from an [...]

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

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

• Africa can emerge as a global economic power by using its natural resources to promote industrialization, according to this year's UN report on the continent. The report says the continent has been experiencing rapid economic growth. It says the continent needs to transform its agricultural sector which employs approximately 70 per cent of the [...]

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General Assembly debates peaceful resolution of conflicts in Africa

Listen / UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The issue of peaceful resolution of conflicts in Africa was under the spotlight in the General Assembly on Thursday. The debate took place a month before African leaders gather in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Organization of African Unity and its successor, the African Union. As UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [...]

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Security Council extends mandate of UN Mission for the Referendum of Western Sahara

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The UN Security Council has decided to extend the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), until 30 April 2014. In a resolution supported by all 15-members, the Council, expressing concern about the violations of existing agreements, and calling on the parties to respect their relevant obligations, reaffirmed the [...]

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Security Council establishes UN mission in Mali

Listen / Mr. Tiéman Coulibaly, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Mali. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

The Security Council has authorized a United Nations mission in Mali. On Thursday, council members unanimously voted in favour of establishing the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). The 11,000-strong force will take over from African troops in the country, which has faced more than a year of crisis including a military [...]

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General Assembly holds debate on peaceful resolution of conflicts in Africa

Listen / Mr. Vuk Jeremic, President of the General Assembly 67th session. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Strengthening international support for Africa's efforts to promote durable peace and sustainable development is the focus of a UN General Assembly debate on Thursday. The quest to transform the continent into a region of economic prosperity and social justice has never been closer to fulfillment, according to General Assembly president, Vuk Jeremić. But he says [...]

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New six-year plan to eradicate polio by 2018

Listen / A young child receives polio drops in Pakistan

A new comprehensive six-year plan to eradicate all polio has been presented by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative at the Global Vaccine Summit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The new plan capitalizes on the best opportunity to eradicate polio, with the number of children paralyzed by the disease at the lowest level ever: just [...]

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Zambezi region launches effort to eliminate malaria

Listen / Children peeking under a mosquito net

A regional initiative that aims to eliminate malaria in the Zambezi valley was launched Thursday by Zambia and Zimbabwe, with support from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The Trans-Zambezi Malaria Initiative, announced on World Malaria Day, will accelerate efforts to eliminate malaria in the region with focused intervention, supported by existing [...]

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New six-year plan to deliver a polio-free world by 2018

Listen / Child receives polio vaccine

A new six-year plan to eradicate polio has been unveiled by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). The plan calls for a scaling up of polio vaccination programmes, especially in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria, where polio is still endemic. WHO says the number of children paralyzed by polio is [...]

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Roll Back Malaria partnership calls for more investment to fight the disease

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While malaria deaths have dropped by more than 25 per cent over the past decade, the recent global economic downturn could threaten this progress. That's according to the Roll Back Malaria Partnership which is calling for countries to "Invest in the Future: Defeat Malaria" on World Malaria Day, observed on 25 April. The global health [...]

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