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UN chief condemns the assassination attempt on Syria's Prime Minister

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the terrorist attack that targeted the convoy of Syrian Prime Minister Wael Al-Halki in Damascus on Monday resulting in several deaths and injuries. In a statement through his Spokesperson’s office, the Secretary-General said he remains extremely worried at the continued escalation of violence in Syria, where civilians continue to be [...]

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Members of the Security Council concerned over volatile situation in Republic of Guinea

Listen / Guinea map

The members of the Security Council have expressed their concern over the volatile situation in the Republic of Guinea. In a statement on Monday, following a briefing on the situation, the members of the Security Council welcomed the joint declaration of non-violence signed in Conakry on 23 April 2013 between the main Guinean stakeholders, whereby [...]

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UN mission welcomes declaration of peace by armed groups' leaders in South Sudan

Listen / map of South Sudan and its borders

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has welcomed the declaration of peace with the government of South Sudan announced by armed groups in South Sudan. UNMISS says it stands ready to support the peaceful development, including with the demobilization of children associated with those armed groups, and assist the Government of South Sudan [...]

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Young people! the UN needs you now more than ever! Youth Envoy

Listen / SG meets with Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi, SG's Envoy on Youth

Ahmad Alhendawi is the newly-appointed and first ever UN Secretary-General Envoy for Youth. He's got a wide-ranging, far-reaching, important job to speak for the concerns, aspirations and accomplishments of the world's young people. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon believes young people everywhere deserve the power to get information, to connect and to ask hard questions. It [...]

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Zero Hunger challenge launched to end hunger in Asia and the Pacific

Listen / Children from the Pacific Islands

"It is unacceptable that in the 21st century, with all of our technological and agricultural expertise, more than 870 million people globally wake up hungry every morning, says Noeleen Heyzer, the Head of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). To defeat hunger, the Zero Hunger challenge was launched Monday, [...]

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Security Council urged to help end "troubling" Darfur situation

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It is time to bring an end to the fighting in Darfur, the head of UN peacekeeping told the Security Council on Monday. Hervé Ladsous presented the latest report on the joint UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), which he says is working hard to implement its mandate under challenging circumstances. Civil war in Darfur [...]

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Humanitarian needs grow for Lebanon hosting Syrian refugees, says UN official

Listen / Syrian refugee children in front of a collective centre in Lebanon. ©UNHCR / S. Malkawi

Lebanon, which is hosting thousands of Syrian refugees, has tremendous needs, according to Robert Watkins the top United Nations humanitarian official in the country. Mr. Watkins, the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Lebanon visited Shebaa, in southern Lebanon on Monday and saw first hand the conditions of the Syrian refugees and the Lebanese communities hosting [...]

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UN agencies in DPRK remain seriously underfunded

Listen / WFP Spokesperson Elizabeth Byrs

Five United Nations agencies have appealed for urgent funding to meet the most critical and life-saving needs of the people of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the DPRK, in the areas of health and nutrition until the end of the year. World Food Programme Spokesperson Elizabeth Byrs speaks to UN Radio's Patrick Maigua about [...]

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United Nations launches Zero Hunger Challenge in Asia and the Pacific

Listen / Jan Eliasson

The United Nations on Monday called on governments, farmers, scientists, business, civil society and consumers in Asia and Pacific to join hands to end hunger in the region. The call was made at the launch of the Zero Hunger Challenge, in Bangkok, Thailand, in the presence of leaders from the region. Deputy Secretary-General of the [...]

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Situation in Darfur "very troubling" says head of UN peacekeeping operations

Listen / Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

The situation in the Darfur region of Sudan has been described by the head of United Nations peacekeeping operations as '"very troubling". Hervé Ladsous spoke in the Security Council on Monday as he presented the report of the Secretary-General on the joint UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID). He said civilians in the region continue [...]

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It is "crucial" to start probe into allegations of chemical weapons use in Syria, says UN Secretary-General

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (at lectern) speaks to reporters before his meeting with Åke Sellström (left), head of the UN technical mission to investigate the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has made a fresh appeal to the Syrian authorities to allow investigations into alleged use of chemical weapons in the ongoing conflict in Syria. Mr. Ban made the call on Monday just before meeting Dr. Åke Sellström whom he appointed last month to lead the fact-finding mission into the allegations. [...]

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Head of ESCAP calls for transformational change for a more inclusive and sustainable Asia-Pacific Future

Listen / Noeleen Heyzer

There has been a call for a more inclusive and sustainable future. The suggestion comes from the Head of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Dr. Noeleen Heyzer. She told the annual meeting of policymakers in the region that success in the area will require a different pattern of [...]

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Social protection crucial in tackling child labour: ILO

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Social protection policies can play a key role in the fight against child labour, which currently affects some 215 million children worldwide, according to a report by the International Labor Organization (ILO). The World Report on Child Labour: Economic vulnerability, social protection and the fight against child labour, is a new ILO study which reviews [...]

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Bonn talks open to discuss options towards 2015 global climate agreement and how to drive climate action now

Listen / Christiana Figueres

  The latest round of climate talks under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), kicked off in Bonn on Monday, against a background of steeply rising global greenhouse gas emissions and a growing sense of urgency to take action to stave off the worst effects of climate change. The meeting, the "Second session [...]

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UN agencies urgently require $29 million to respond to critical and life-saving needs

Listen / UNICEF appeal to assist vulnerable children

Five United Nations agencies have appealed for urgent funding to be able to meet the most critical and life-saving needs of the people of the Democratic Peoples' Republic of Korea (DPRK), in the areas of health and nutrition up to the end of the year. The World Food Programme (WFP), the United Nations Children's Fund [...]

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