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Caribbean prepared for natural hazards

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The Fourth session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction took place in Geneva earlier this month. Regional delegations told the session that there would be no disaster resilience without effective decentralization, without empowering communities and without addressing social inequalities and poverty alleviation. Patrick Maigua of UN Radio, Geneva spoke to Liz Riley, Deputy [...]

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Haiti remains particularly vulnerable to extreme climate events: IOM

Listen / Hurricane Sandy passed to the west of Haiti October 25, 2012 causing heavy rains and winds, flooding homes and overflowing rivers. [UN Photo/Logan Abassi]

With the 2013 hurricane season officially starting on June 1st, and already predicted to be active or extremely active, IOM (International Organization for Migration) Haiti is preparing its emergency response by stockpiling non-food items, including water purification tablets and other supplies to combat water born diseases. With more than 320,000 internally displaced Haitians still living [...]

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DFS Chief talks about the challenges UN peacekeepers face

Listen / Ameerah Haq

The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers was observed on 29 May with ceremonies to honor the men and women who served in United Nations (UN) peacekeeping operations. The occasion was also honor the memory of people who died in the name of peace. The Department of Field Support provides dedicated support to peacekeeping field [...]

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WFP appeals for $500 million to provide food assistance to Syrians

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World Food Programme (WFP) Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, Amir Abdulla has wrapped up a two-day visit to Syria in which he saw first-hand the hardship endured by Syrians as a result of the raging conflict that has engulfed the country. In a conversation with UN Radio's Reem Abaza, Mr. Abdulla describes the [...]

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UN Daily News 31 May 2013

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Women in the new Tunisia

Listen / Rachida Kouki

'I never thought I would get out of prison and be free again. I just never thought that would happen." Rachida Kouki Born in one of the poorest regions of Tunisia, North Africa, 28 year old Rachida Kouki spent 18 months in prison for a crime she says she didn't commit. UN in Action's Pat [...]

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Ban all forms of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship, says UN health agency

Listen / Free yourself! This is WHO's message to governments on World No Tobacco Day 2013, celebrated on 31 May. Credit: WHO

Banning of all forms of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship will reduce the number of tobacco users, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). On World No Tobacco Day, observed on 31 May each year, the agency is urging governments to take measures to stop the tobacco industry from advertising its deadly product. WHO says [...]

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Tajikistan: water in the Wakhan Valley

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A failing irrigation system in the mountains of Tajikistan worries farmers who struggle to protect their land and livelihoods in the central Asian country. With the help of a sustainable land management project supported by the United Nations and the Global Environment Facility, a network of canals that connects the water source from the Panj [...]

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UN expert urges Myanmar to act on local regulations targeting Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State

Listen / Tomás Ojea Quintana

Myanmar must respond unambiguously to the revival of a local order limiting the number of children that Rohingya Muslims can have to two, or face fines and prison sentences under section 188 of the Myanmar Penal Code. The call comes from the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, Tomás Ojea Quintana. [...]

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UNHCR moves to support families in need in Hasiya, Syria

Listen / A baby gets some rest in one of the tents put up in Hasiya for the displaced Syrian families. Children there face many health problems.© UNHCR/A.Blazy

The number of Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries has now passed 1.6 million, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). Intensified fighting has led to more than 3,000 people crossing the border. And that is in addition to another 3,000 that have been registered in Lebanon over the past three weeks. Word of this comes [...]

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Gender equality and empowerment of African women to be discussed at Tokyo International Conference

Listen / Women in rural areas of Darfur [UN Photo/Albert Gonzalez Farran]

The importance of gender equality and the empowerment of women in driving development in Africa will be the focus of a high-level panel moderated by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark at the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) on Sunday. UNDP says the panel will focus on best practices in [...]

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China deports minors back to North Korea

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A group on nine North Korean minors who were arrested in Laos earlier this week, have been forcibly returned to their country by Chinese authorities, according to the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR). The minors were handed over to authorities in Beijing after they were arrested trying to enter Laos. The UN Human Rights office [...]

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Rains threaten to cut off thousands Sudanese refugees

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Truckloads of humanitarian relief supplies are being sent to parts of northern South Sudan, where expected heavy rains could cut off access to nearly 200,000 refugees, according to the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR. The refugees from Sudan are living in Unity and upper Nile states in the north of South Sudan. UNHCR says heavy [...]

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UN health agency calls for banning of tobacco advertising

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On World No Tobacco Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on governments around the world to ban all forms of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship. The agency says these measures will help reduce the number of tobacco users noting that in countries where the ban has been implemented, tobacco consumption has been reduced [...]

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UN Chief receives High-level Panel's report on Post- 2015-MDGs

Listen / Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (left) presents the Panel's report to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has been presented with a report by a panel of eminent persons appointed to come up with recommendations on a bold, yet practical post-2015 development agenda. The Secretary-General described the report as "a crucial input for the international community as it works to develop a new framework to succeed the Millennium Development [...]

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A Canadian peacekeeper reflects on his mission in South Sudan

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• The International Day of Peacekeepers was observed on 29 May to pay tribute to all men and women serving in UN peacekeeping operations. It also honoured the memory of those who have died working for peace. A Canadian peacekeeper reflects on the challenges facing the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). UN agencies warn [...]

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UN rights expert urges greater accountability for acts of violence against women in Bangladesh

Listen / Rashida Manjoo

  The Government of Bangladesh is being urged to address the challenges faced by women who are victims of violence in accessing justice and seeking redress. The call comes from the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, Rashida Manjoo. She says "The absence of effective implementation of existing laws, the lack of responsive justice [...]

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UNICEF calls for inclusion of children with disabilities in development

Listen / In crisis situations, social support for people with disabilities is particularly critical. Amid decades of upheaval in Somalia, they are especially at risk. A feeding centre for displaced people with disabilities in Mogadishu (©UNICEF/Jan Grarup)

Children with disabilities and their communities would both benefit if society focused on what those children can achieve, rather than what they cannot do, according to UNICEF's annual State of the World's Children's report. The report released on Thursday, says concentrating on the abilities and potential of children with disabilities would create benefits for society [...]

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UN Daily News 30 May 2013

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See the child before the disability, says UNICEF

Listen / Children with disabilities face multiple deprivations, including being marginalized. But even in the poorest communities, progress is possible. Diasline Joseph plays with her caretaker in Port-au-Prince (©UNICEF/Marco Dormino)

The UN children's agency UNICEF is calling for the inclusion of children with disabilities in discussions and decisions about development. In a report launched on Thursday, the agency says concentrating on the abilities and potential of children with disabilities would benefit society as a whole. UNICEF's annual State of the World's Children's report calls for [...]

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Asia-Pacific countries adopt landmark agenda for 'Shaping the Future of Sustainable Energy' in the region

Listen / Vladivostok, Russian Federation--UN ESCAP Strategic Communications and Advocacy Section

A groundbreaking framework of action aimed at enhancing energy security in the Asia-Pacific region was adopted by 34 countries attending the first United Nations intergovernmental meeting on energy in Asia and the Pacific. The Ministerial Declaration on Regional Cooperation for Enhanced Energy Security and the Sustainable Use of Energy in Asia and the Pacific: Shaping [...]

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San people of Southern Africa face challenges, says an activist

Listen / Joram Useb

This year's session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues which started on 20 May, ends on Friday, 31 May. Representatives of indigenous peoples from around the world have been discussing implementation of the Forum's previous recommendations to promote the health, education and culture of indigenous peoples. One of the participants is Joram [...]

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UNHCR chief calls on states to respect non-refoulement after North Koreans deported from Laos

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There's grave concern over the safety and security of nine North Koreans who were reportedly deported from Laos to China. According to the UN refugee agency –UNHCR, it received information that the group of nine – including five children – were arrested in the Lao People's Democratic Republic on 10 May and deported to the [...]

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Inter-agency mission assesses humanitarian needs in Mali

Listen / A displaced Malian woman prepares dinner for her family in the capital, Bamako. Photo: UNHCR/H. Caux

Several United Nations agencies are warning of an acute humanitarian crisis in Gao in eastern Mali. Gao was affected by the fighting that broke out in 2012 in northern Mali between the national army and Tuareg rebels. A recent UN inter-agency mission to Gao to assess humanitarian needs found that the water supply needs rehabilitation. [...]

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WFP Deputy Chief sees plight of displaced families in Syria

Listen / Food distribution to Syrian families In Tartous (Copyright: WFP/Maha Khatib)

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Deputy Executive Director Amir Abdulla on Thursday wrapped up a two-day visit to Syria to oversee the agency's plans to scale up operations to feed three million people in July and see first-hand the plight of families fleeing from the fighting. Abdulla, who's also the agency's Chief Operating [...]

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UNICEF: Inclusion of children with disabilities benefits society as a whole

Listen / a handicapped boy plays with his wheelchair

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) says far too many children and adolescents with disabilities still encounter various forms of discrimination and exclusion, denying them the opportunity to lead fulfilling lives and to contribute to the social, cultural and economic advancement of their communities. In its annual State of the World's Children report, UNICEF says [...]

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Use of lethal autonomous robots may violate international law

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A United Nations Human rights expert has called for a halt in the development and deployment of lethal autonomous robots (LARs). Christof Heyns, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions says such a pause would allow for serious and meaningful international engagement on the weapons which have the ability to kill without human intervention. Lethal [...]

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The Framework for Peace, Security and Cooperation – a foundation for peace and stability: Ban

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

The Framework for Peace, Security and Cooperation for the Democratic Republic of Congo and the region, signed by 11 African countries gives the people of eastern DRC their best chance in many years for peace, human rights and economic development. That's what UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters Wednesday after briefing the Security Council on [...]

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Security Council strongly condemns attacks and atrocities by the LRA

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The UN Security Council has reiterated its strong condemnation of the attacks and atrocities carried out by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and its violations of international humanitarian law and abuses of human rights. In a presidential statement Wednesday, the Council condemned further the LRA's recruitment and use of children in armed conflict, killing and [...]

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Human Rights Council condemns widespread gross violations of human rights in Syria.

Listen / Voting of resolution (Photo by Jean-Marc Ferré)

The Human Rights Council has strongly condemned the widespread and systematic gross violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms by the Syrian authorities and the Government-affiliated militias, including against the people of Al Qusayr. And it has requested the Commission of Inquiry to urgently conduct a comprehensive inquiry into the events in Al Qusayr. In [...]

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These medals are a symbol of our resolve: Ban

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Our aim is to make peacekeeping more effective for the people we serve, and safer for the staff who carry out this life-saving work. That's what UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday at the Dag Hammarskjold Medal Ceremony to honor fallen peacekeepers. He said these medals are a symbol of our resolve and expressed the [...]

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UN Daily News 29 May 2013

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UN Human Rights Council debates situation in Syria

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The situation in Syria reflects a colossal failure to protect civilians, children, women and men who suffer the brutality of unbridled violence and gross human rights violations by all parties to the conflict. That's what the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay said on Wednesday as the UN Human Rights Council began an [...]

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UN pays tribute to fallen peacekeepers

Listen / Secretary General Ban Ki-moon honors fallen peacekeepers in wreath-laying ceremony in New York. [UN Photo/Mark Garten]

"Today we honour the 111 heroes who died last year while serving under the United Nations flag", Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in remarks at a wreath-laying ceremony on International Day of Peacekeepers at UN Headquarters in New York. The Secretary-General noted that we also pay tribute to the nearly 3,000 others who have fallen in [...]

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The Year of the Whirlwind

Listen / UN peacekeepers in Kinshasa, DR Congo

The memories of the United Nations 16th year of existence, narrated by American actor Albert Dekker. Language: English Genre: Report 1961 Duration: 28’32″

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UN Peacekeeping Forces Receive Nobel Peace Prize

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Peacekeeping Forces are a living demonstration of "the will to peace", says Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar in this celebration of Nobel Peace Prize to the UN. Language: English Genre: Speech 1988 Duration: 50’06″

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UNHCR concerned about displaced Nigerians

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The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) on Wednesday voiced concern about the safety and welfare of people displaced in northern Nigeria by the activities of the militant Boko Haram group and the government's response. Reports from the north indicate that many people have been left internally displaced and others have fled across borders and sought shelter [...]

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On UN Peacekeepers Day a Canadian peacekeeper reflects on his mission in South Sudan

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The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers is observed on 29 May to remember people who serve in UN peacekeeping operations and to honour the memory of those who died working for peace. One of these operations is the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) which was established on July 8, 2011, a day before [...]

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Today is International Peacekeepers' Day

Listen / Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Edmund Mullet briefing correspondents at the Security Council stakeout. [UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras]

The eleventh annual International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers is being observed Wednesday as the UN pays tribute to the more than 100 Blue Helmets who lost their lives the previous year while serving the cause of peace. Today's events include a Wreath-laying ceremony followed by the award of the Dag Hammarskjold medal to those [...]

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It's time to end the horrors of this man-made emergency: OCHA

Listen / 28 May 2013, North Kivu, DRC: UN Deputy Humanitarian Chief, Kyung-wha Kang, speaks with a child at the Sotraki camp outside Goma, in eastern DRC. During her visit Ms Kang called on combatants in the region to find an end to "the horrors of this man-made emergency." Photo: OCHA

"The latest fighting on the outskirts of Goma shows how fragile the situation is in North Kivu." That's the assessment of Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Kyung-Wha Kang. It comes after meeting displaced people at Sotraki site near Goma in North Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). She said "The killing of [...]

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WHO: Ban tobacco advertising to protect young people

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The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for countries to ban all forms of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship to help reduce the number of tobacco users. WHO says countries that have already introduced tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship bans are showing an average of 7 per cent reduction in tobacco consumption. Countries that have [...]

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UN: Foreign fighters fueling sectarian violence in Syria

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The UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) says the increasing number of foreign fighters entering Syria to support government and rebel forces is fuelling sectarian violence and warns their involvement in the conflict may destabilize the entire region. UN Human rights chief Navi Pillay says the conflict in Syria was also being prolonged by states and [...]

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Peacekeeping enhanced through mine clearance

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There are some 15,000 people, both men and women, employed as de-miners with the UN Mine Action Service, UNMAS, around the world. In response to landmines and explosive remnants of war, UNMAS goes into action to remove these hazards that pose threats to civilians long after a conflict is over. Paul Heslop, Chief of Programmes [...]

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Peacekeepers' Day – an opportunity to honor, pay tribute and highlight new challenges: ASG Mulet

Listen / Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Edmond Mulet, is pictured aboard a helicopter in Ghajjar, Lebanon, while touring the Blue Line demarcating the border between Israel and Lebanon.

The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers is a day to remember those who served in United Nations (UN) peacekeeping operations. The day has two purposes: to honour the memory of the UN peacekeepers who have lost their lives in the cause of peace; and to pay tribute to all the men and women who [...]

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UN Daily News 28 May 2013

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An action plan aims to prevent and reduce non-communicable diseases

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An agreement to work on an action plan to prevent and reduce non-communicable diseases is one of the outcomes of the session of the World Health Assembly that has just concluded in Geneva. Since Monday last week, health ministers as well as United Nations and other health experts from around the world have been discussing [...]

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Agency stresses role of early warning—and early action—in combating drought in East Africa

Listen / Drought in Africa (UN Photo/John Isaac)

With the frequency and intensity of drought on the increase in the Horn of Africa, countries in the region are being urged to build their resistance to withstand potential disasters. That's one of the messages coming out of the Global Platform for Disaster Reduction, held last week in Geneva. Patrick Maigua covered the conference and [...]

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More attention must be given to the human rights of migrants: UN expert

Listen / François Crépeau

A UN human rights official has warned that the increasing competence of the European Union in the field of migration has not always been accompanied by a corresponding guarantee of rights for migrants themselves, and in particular irregular migrants. François Crépeau, the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, told the UN Human [...]

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UNICEF on the importance of children's participation in disaster risk reduction

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Floods, earthquakes and other disasters are traumatic, and for children they can be especially destabilizing. For this reason, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) says there is a need for programmes which ensure that children know what to do when a disaster strikes, for example, while they are at school. Antony Spalton, a UNICEF Risk Reduction [...]

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Situation of Bedouin communities relocated by Israel unsustainable: new study

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The situation of 150 Palestine refugee Bedouin families transferred against their will by Israel, has become socially and economically "non viable", according to a joint UNRWA-Bimkom report. The study, the first of its kind analyses the consequences of the relocation which started in 1997 in order to expand the Ma'ale Adummim settlement, which, like all [...]

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Cassava’s huge potential as 21st Century crop

Listen / Farmers check their cassava crop in Chad

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization – FAO, is offering a sustainable farming model to meet increased demand for cassava. Save and Grow, an environmentally-friendly farming model promoted by FAO, can sustainably increase cassava yields by up to 400 percent and help turn this staple from a poor people’s food into a 21st Century crop, [...]

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36 African countries condemn use of cluster bombs

Listen / Mine Action staff clearing mines

36 African countries meeting in Togo have condemned the continued use of cluster bombs worldwide and urged all African nations to sign up to an international ban. A statement issued at a seminar organized in the capital, Lomé, with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Norway, says African [...]

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Remarkable Progress in Reducing Child Mortality and Improving Maternal Health

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Some of the world's poorest countries have managed to cut maternal and young child mortality rates by half or more, according to a new report from Countdown to 2015. The report, "Accountability for Maternal, Newborn and Child Survival", highlights successes in improving maternal health and reducing child mortality in some countries, while pointing out where [...]

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Cholera outbreak in eastern Mali

Listen / Malian refugees with their belongings after arriving at Goudebou camp in Burkina Faso.
© UNHCR/H.Reichenberger

Humanitarian agencies are warning of a major cholera outbreak in Gao in eastern Mali due to lack of access to clean drinking water. United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says over 60 per cent of Gao's population of 70,000 people have no access to clean drinking water. Already, 22 cases of [...]

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Mali refugees to take part in upcoming presidential vote

Listen / Malian refugees at the Mangaizé refugee camp in northern Niger. [UNHCR/ H.Caux]

Over 174,000 Malians, who have found refuge in neighbouring countries, will be able to take part in the forthcoming presidential elections through the facilitation of the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR. Consultations are currently underway between the Malian government and countries hosting the refugees to work out modalities of how the refugees will take part [...]

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UN Daily News 27 May 2013

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UN health agency agrees on action plan for non-communicable diseases

Listen / Maternal health in Afghanistan (WHO /Christopher Black)

A draft action plan to prevent and control non-communicable diseases has been agreed to by participants in the World Health Assembly under way in Geneva. The announcement was made by the World Health Organization (WHO) during a press conference on Monday. The agency says non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes, asthma and hypertension, kill more [...]

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Youth expresses her concern for the environment

Listen / Ta'Kaiya Blaney

Ta'Kaiya Blaney is a 12 year old from the Sliammon First Nation in Canada. Ta'Kaiya, who is participating in this year's session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues from 20 to 31 May, says our earth is our home. She told the Forum that everyone needs to take steps towards a clean [...]

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Human Rights Council to debate situation in Syria

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The UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, will on Wednesday hold an urgent debate on the situation of human rights in Syria, despite strong objections from the government of Syria, Cuba and Venezuela. The request for the meeting was made jointly by Turkey, Qatar and the United States of America on Friday last week. The Council [...]

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Tribunal for former Yugoslavia approaches completion of its mandate

Listen / Theodor Meron

The International Criminal tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) is approaching the completion of its mandate. That's what President Judge Theodor Meron says in a statement issued on Monday, marking the 20th anniversary of the tribunal. It was established by the Security Council on 25 May 1993, to prosecute persons responsible for war crimes since [...]

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African leaders rally support for Global Fund to fight diseases

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Leaders of several African countries have called on partners around the world to support the fundraising efforts of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The appeal has been made at a summit meeting of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the organization. The AU [...]

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Bloodshed and suffering in Syria are intolerable, says UN human rights chief

Listen / Syrian refugee children play beside tents in Domiz refugee camp. (Photo: UNHCR/B.Sokol)

The United Nations Human rights office (OHCHR) says the international community is failing to meet its fundamental obligations to the victims of the Syrian crisis by allowing the blatant violation of human rights to continue unpunished. UN Human rights chief Navi Pillay says the violations amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity which cannot [...]

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UNHCR concerned Syrians prevented from fleeing to Jordan

Listen / Syrian refugees wait at a UNHCR distribution centre in Za'atri refugee camp in Jordan.© UNHCR/J.Tanner

Thousands of Syrians displaced by the conflict in their country are being prevented from crossing the border into Jordan, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). UNHCR reports that since the beginning of the year, approximately 2,000 Syrians a day have been arriving at Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan, but only seven crossed the border [...]

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Trinidad and Tobago moves to reduce the risk of disaster

Listen / Stephen Ramropp

In Trinidad and Tobago, action has been initiated on all of the priorities called for in the Hyogo Protocol and on the role of international partners in assisting small island states in specific areas related to disaster risk reduction. Dr. Stephen Ramropp, Chief Executive Officer of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management there's been [...]

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Calls for inter-Island cooperation among SIDS in reducing disaster risks

Listen / Island

There were many calls for inter-island cooperation, as well as adequate financial and technical resources in Geneva this week as disaster risk reduction experts met on strengthening partnerships for Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Local government representatives told the fourth session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction that there would be no disaster [...]

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UN chief in Uganda stresses need for implementing peace accord for Great Lakes Region

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with His Excellency President Yoweri K. Museveni of Uganda. [UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe]

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday stressed the need to implement an accord signed by 11 African countries in February to bring peace to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Great Lakes region. Mr. Ban spoke in Entebbe, Uganda, where he met with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and members of his cabinet [...]

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Trafficked Haitian children in Dominican Republic get assistance from IOM

Listen / IOM Spokesperson Jumbe Omari Jumbe

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) says it is working with authorities in the Dominican Republic to assist a group of 52 Haitian children recently rescued from a ring of traffickers. According to the agency, the unaccompanied children were being forced by the traffickers to beg on the street corners in the capital, Santo Domingo. [...]

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Security Council and UN chief condemn terrorist attacks in Niger

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The Security Council has strongly condemned the two suicide bombings which took place in Arlit and Agadez in Niger on Thursday. According to reports, at least 20 people were killed and more than a dozen others injured in the attacks which targeted a military camp in the city of Agadez and a uranium mine in [...]

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UN Daily News 24 May 2013

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UN health agency stresses importance of sharing information to fight disease outbreaks

Listen / WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan at the World Health Assembly in Geneva. [WHO Photo]

All countries around the world need to cooperate and share information to fight diseases in accordance with the 2005 International Health Regulations of the World Health Organization (WHO). This point was made by the Director-General of WHO, Dr. Margaret Chan as the World Health Assembly continued its session in Geneva on Friday. She said countries [...]

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Secretary-General supports lasting peace and rapid development in Rwanda

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meeting with His Excellency President Paul Kagame of Rwanda. [UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe]

Saying he was determined to support lasting peace and rapid development in Rwanda, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, along with Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank, arrived in Kigali on Thursday after a visit to Goma in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The two leaders addressed the Rwandan [...]

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INDONESIA #21: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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UNESCO Executive Director encourages girls in Afghanistan

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Throngs of girls welcomed UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova to Afghanistan on 18 May as she began an official three-day visit to the country. After visiting a school and meeting with the minister of education, the Director-General commented on girls' education in Afghanistan. UN meeting looks at ways to reduce disaster risk and build resilience Private [...]

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UN human rights chief concerned about annulment of guilty verdict for genocide in Guatemala

Listen / Rupert Colville

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, has expressed concern about the right of victims of genocide to obtain remedies in Guatemala. This follows the ruling of the Constitutional Court of the Central American country annulling the guilty verdict of Efrain Rios Montt, the former military leader convicted of genocide against the [...]

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Youngsters lobby for countries to implement Children's Charter on Disaster Risk Reduction

Listen / a child sleeping on a bed, surrounded by floodwater, in his home in Khwas Koorona village, Pakistan. [UNICEF/Asad Zaidi]

Children from disaster-prone regions in Africa, Asia and Europe have a message for the world: listen to us. At a UN forum in Geneva this week, they called for countries to implement a strategy aimed at keeping children safe before, during and after disasters. The Children's Charter for Disaster Risk Reduction covers five areas which [...]

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UNFPA pushes to end obstetric fistula

Listen / A fistula patient lies on a hospital bed in Juba, Sudan. [UN Photo/Tim McKulka]

Obstetric fistula is an injury caused by prolonged obstructive labour during childbirth which leaves women incontinent, ashamed and ostracized from their communities.  Gerry Adams sat down with Dr. Babatounde Osotimehin, head of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), to find out more about this condition which affects approximately two million women worldwide. Secretary-General campaigns to end [...]

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UN chief commends Rwanda's commitment to empowering women and girls

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and President of the World Bank Group Dr. Jim Yong meeting with His Excellency President Paul Kagame of Rwanda. [UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe]

Rwanda has been commended for its commitment to the empowerment of women and girls. The praise came from United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a statement to reporters in the capital, Kigali on Friday as he continued his visit to Africa with the President of the World Bank. He said Rwanda has made remarkable progress [...]

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UN experts call for an end to caste-based discrimination in Asia

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United Nations human rights experts are calling for more effort to protect an estimated 260 million people in South Asia who are victims of caste-based discrimination. The experts say the victims, commonly referred to as the Dalits, are treated as “untouchables” and occupy the lowest levels of strict, hierarchical caste systems founded on notions of [...]

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One in five children gets a school meal every day: WFP

Listen / A schoolboy in rural Cambodia tucks into the healthy meal of rice and cooked vegetables he and all the other children get every day during classes courtesy of WFP. [Photo: WFP/Heather Hill]

About one out of every five school children gets a meal at school every day, according to a new report launched Friday in Rome. The State of School Feeding Worldwide report was launched by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), providing for the first time a global picture and analysis of school feeding programmes [...]

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Displaced Syrians blocked from fleeing to Jordan

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Thousands of displaced Syrians are being prevented from crossing the border into Jordan, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). The agency says over the past week only about seven Syrians have managed to cross the border into the Za’atari camp compared to at least 2,000 Syrians who have been crossing the border daily since [...]

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Secretary-General expresses hope about new DRC accord

Listen / UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with Prime Minister Augustin
Matata Ponyo Mapon of the DRC. [UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe]

• The UN Secretary-General is hopeful about peace finally coming to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Ban Ki-moon is on a five-country tour in Africa and while in the DRC on Wednesday, he expressed optimism about a framework agreement signed earlier this year by 11 African countries. However, Mr. Ban remains concerned about [...]

23 May 2013 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

UN humanitarian official calls for protection of civilians in Goma

Listen / M23 fighters move along the road towards Goma as Peacekeepers observed gathering of armed people North of the city [MONUSCO/Sylvain Liechti]

The top UN humanitarian official in the Democratic Republic of Congo is calling for all parties to respect international humanitarian law after three people were killed and 14 wounded by shells dropped north-west of the city of Goma on Wednesday, 22 May 2013. Humanitarian Coordinator Moustapha Soumaré says the explosions, which took place next to [...]

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Ban expresses solidarity with people of DRC

Listen / Billboards in Kinshasa welcome the SG and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim. [UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe]

"We want to show our solidarity and our support to the people of DRC who have suffered for too long", Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Alex King is travelling with the Secretary-General.

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Global economy improves but challenges remain, says UN report

Listen / Shamshad Akhtar, Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, addresses a press conference on the mid-year update of the UN World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) 2013. [UN Photo/Rick Bajornas]

The global economy is expected to slowly gain momentum, according to a United Nations report released on Thursday. The UN World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) 2013 says that since late 2012, new policy initiatives in major developed economies have reduced systemic risks. It says these initiatives have helped stabilize consumer, business and investor confidence, [...]

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UN and World Bank chiefs visit Rwanda

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of World Bank. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

The UN Secretary-General and the President of the World Bank laid wreaths at a memorial site for the 1994 genocide in Rwanda as they continued their joint mission to Africa on Thursday. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Dr. Jim Yong Kim arrived in Rwanda after a visit to Goma in the eastern part of the Democratic [...]

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UN humanitarian chief wraps up visit to Sudan

Listen / Two internally displaced persons (IDP) sit at the Zamzam IDP Camp. [UN Photo/Olivier Chassot]

The situation of more than one million displaced people in the troubled Darfur region of Sudan cannot be allowed to slip off the radar screen of the international community. That's what the head of United Nations humanitarian operations Valerie Amos said on Thursday as she wrapped up her visit to the country. Deputy UN Spokesperson [...]

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An activist says Ogiek people of Kenya are denied right to land

Listen / Indigenous delegates in the General Assembly Hall at the opening of the twelfth session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. [UN Photo/Rick Bajornas]

Indigenous people from around the world are in New York for the two-week 12th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues  which started on Monday. The Forum is an advisory body to the UN Economic and Social Council and focuses on issues related to economic, social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human [...]

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UN observes first International Day to End Obstetric Fistula

Listen / A fistula patient lies on a hospital bed in Juba, Sudan. [UN Photo/Tim McKulka]

The United Nations observed the first International Day to End Obstetric Fistula on Thursday to draw attention to what has been described as a "nasty" condition caused by prolonged labour. The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) says obstetric fistula is a preventable and in most cases treatable childbirth injury that leaves women incontinent, ashamed and often [...]

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Secretary-General expresses hope about new DRC accord

Listen / Joint Meeting of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and President of the World Bank Group Dr. Jim Yong Kim with President Joseph Kabila of the DRC. [UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe]

The UN Secretary-General is hopeful that after many accords to end the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), peace can finally come to the country. Ban Ki-moon is currently on a five-country tour in Africa and while in the DRC on Wednesday, he expressed optimism about a framework agreement signed earlier this [...]

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Programmes needed to prepare children for disasters: UNICEF

Listen / a child sleeping on a bed, surrounded by floodwater, in his home in Khwas Koorona village, Pakistan. [UNICEF/Asad Zaidi]

There is need to have programmes to ensure that children know what do when disasters strike says, Antony Spalton, Risk Reduction Specialist from the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). Mr. Spalton says children should participate in these programmes and be allowed to give their perspectives on what makes them feel safe. He says children are one [...]

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UN chief hopeful peace accord for DR Congo will work this time

Listen / UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with Prime Minister Augustin
Matata Ponyo Mapon of the DRC. [UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he hopes that after many accords to end the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, peace can finally come to the African country. The Secretary-General spoke to Radio Okapi of the UN Mission in the DRC in the capital, Kinshasa, on Wednesday evening before going to the eastern [...]

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Experts shed light on health issues facing indigenous youth in the Americas

Listen / A view of the General Assembly Hall at the opening of the twelfth session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. [UN Photo/Rick Bajornas]

It's common for teenagers to believe life is tough, but for indigenous youth in Central and South America, research shows this is true. Depression, suicide, disability resulting from accidents and injuries, and lack of access to basic health care, are just some of the conditions they face, according to health professionals from across the region. [...]

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Children plead for involvement in disaster risk reduction

Listen / Children displaced by an earthquake in China. [UNICEF Photo]

Children can and should play a crucial role in disaster risk reduction, a panel of children from disaster-prone regions told the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Geneva. Children from Ethiopia, Japan, Viet Nam, Cambodia, Lesotho, Norway and the United Kingdom shared their experiences with disasters and suggested how they and other children could [...]

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UNFPA to launch new initiatives to increase access to family planning

Listen / A pregnant woman in Timor-Leste looks out her window. Recently the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) supplied equipment to Timor-Leste's national hospital in capital, Dili, which will aid in reducing maternal mortality and improving child delivery.

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, will launch two new initiatives to increase access to family planning and improve maternal health in some of the most-hard-to-reach areas around the world, including post-conflict and post-disaster countries. These initiatives which build on UNFPA's years of support to family planning will be announced at the 2013 Women Deliver [...]

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UNFPA pushes to end obstetric fistula

Listen / Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA.

Thursday 23 May, is the first International Day to End Obstetric Fistula. Obstetric fistula, a medical condition of women, is described by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) as a hole in the birth canal caused by prolonged labour without prompt medical intervention. Dr. Babatounde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA, spoke to Gerry Adams about the condition [...]

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UN chief calls for protection of civilians in DR Congo conflict

Listen / Residents of Rutshuru Territory flee their homes to seek safety in Goma. [UN Photo/Sylvain Liechti]

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday called for the protection of the civilian population in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Secretary-General made the appeal in the country's capital, Kinshasa where he met with President Joseph Kabila as fighting government forces and M23 rebel fighters entered its third day. The Secretary-General stressed said [...]

22 May 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Secretary-General meets with secondary school students in Mozambique

Listen / Ban Ki-moon visits Sansão Muthemba Secondary School in Mozambique (UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe)

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is currently on a five-country tour in Africa. Mr. Ban' first stop was Mozambique, where he visited the Sansão Muthemba Secondary School in the capital, Maputo. The Secretary-General highlighted a campaign to end violence against women, in addition to answering students' questions. Alex King is travelling with the Secretary-General and filed [...]

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World Bank to provide $1 billion to Africa Great Lakes region

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of World Bank. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

The World Bank Group will provide more than $1billion in additional funding to help improve the lives of people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and in the countries in the Great Lakes region. World Bank President Dr. Jim Yong Kim says this new funding will provide better health, education, nutrition, job training and [...]

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World Health Assembly focuses on new avian virus

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The 194 Member States of the World Health Organization have begun their annual review of the activities of WHO, discussing topics such as noncommunicable diseases, universal health coverage, women and children's health. Gerry Adams reports. Duration: 3’03″

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“Natural Infrastructure” helps to safeguard water supplies: UN

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Water supplies for an increasing global population can be safeguarded by natural infrastructure, according to a spokesperson for the UN Secretariat for the Convention on Biological Diversity. David Ainsworth spoke to UN Radio as the United Nations marked "International Day for Biological Diversity" on 22 May under the theme "Water and Biodiversity". On the future [...]

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Water security focus of International Day for Biodiversity

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Water, water, everywhere…but not as much as we think. Even though the planet is about 70 per cent water, the UN Biodiversity Secretariat says only a tiny amount is available for consumption. On the International Day for Biological Diversity, observed on 22 May, the UN is focusing on water security, particularly as supply often exceeds [...]

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Israeli-Palestinian conflict not less important than Syria crisis: UN envoy

Listen / Robert Serry addressing the Security Council on Mid-East situation

A senior United Nations diplomat has warned the international community about the danger of focusing on the Syrian crisis at the expense of finding a resolution to Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Robert Serry, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Process briefed the Security Council on Tuesday on the situation in the region. He said the [...]

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Only a tiny amount of water on our planet easily available as freshwater: Ban

Listen / UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

We live in an increasingly water insecure world where demand often outstrips supply and where water quality often fails to meet minimum standards and under current trends, future demands for water will not be met, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a message marking International Day for Biological Diversity. The Secretary-General says biodiversity and the ecosystem [...]

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UN health agency concerned about H7N9 outbreak in China

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The outbreak of a new bird flu which has reportedly killed 36 people in China is causing concern at the World Health Organization (WHO). That's what the head of WHO, Dr. Margaret Chan, said at a side event on the H7N9 flu virus held on Tuesday during the World Health Assembly taking place in Geneva. [...]

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Wild poliovirus outbreak in the Horn of Africa: WHO

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The Horn of Africa is currently experiencing an outbreak of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1), according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). It says an alert for enhanced surveillance for polio has been issued to all countries across the Horn of Africa, highlighting the need to conduct active searches for any suspected cases. All countries [...]

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UN to establish new camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan

Listen / Located in a windswept desert, the new Za'atri camp in northern Jordan can eventually host up to 113,000 Syrian refugees. © UNHCR/A.McDonnell

The United Nations has released $9.8 million to support the establishment of a new camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan. The new camp will be set up in Azraq town which is situated about 100 kilometers east of the Jordanian capital, Amman. The camp will accommodate up to 110,000 refugees by the end of the [...]

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Chinese actress Li Bingbing advocates for saving African elephants

Listen / Chinese actress Li Bingbing, UNEP Goodwill Ambassador. UNEP Photo

China's leading actress has called for greater effort to end the illegal ivory trade, which experts say is fueling a rise in the killing of elephants across Africa. Li Bingbing – who is a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme – visited Kenya recently to see at first hand the impact of poaching [...]

21 May 2013 | Posted in Celebrity Corner, Today's Features | Read More »

UN envoy calls for end to fighting in eastern DR Congo

Listen / Residents of Rutshuru Territory flee their homes to seek safety in Goma. [UN Photo/Sylvain Liechti]

The UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region has called on the parties to the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to stop fighting in the eastern part of the country. Mary Robinson made her appeal as the UN Mission in the country reported that fighting between M23 rebel fighters and [...]

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UN offers to help with recovery efforts in tornado-hit Oklahoma

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the United Nations is ready to help with the recovery efforts in the State of Oklahoma in the United States following Monday's devastating tornado. At least 24 people are reported to have died, including nine children in the tornado which flattened neighbourhoods with winds of up 200 miles per hour. [...]

21 May 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

More than 7 million now on HIV treatment across Africa: UNAIDS

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A new report says the number of people in Africa receiving antiretroviral treatment increased from less than 1 million in 2005 to 7.1 million in 2012, with nearly 1 million added in the last year alone. The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) says AIDS-related deaths are also continuing to fall––reducing by 32% from [...]

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UN Daily News 21 May 2013

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UN meeting looks at ways to reduce disaster risk and build resilience

Listen / Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson during the Opening Ceremony of the United Nations for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)[UN Photo/ Jean-Marc Ferré]

Private sector participation in disaster management is among the topics being discussed at a UN-sponsored meeting underway in Geneva. The three-day meeting, known as the Global Platform for Disaster Reduction, is looking at ways to invest today for a safer tomorrow. Dianne Penn reports. Duration: 2’52″

21 May 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Sami reindeer herders attend Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Listen / The reindeer digging through the snow to feed in the winter. [UNESCO Photo/ Marie Roué]

The Samis call northern Scandinavia their home. They are an indigenous people whose origins go back some 11,000 years. Reindeer herding is central to their culture. The Norwegian Reindeer Herding Samis Association is represented at the current session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Two of its youthful members, Berit Marie Lise [...]

21 May 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN refugee agency working to contain cholera epidemic in Niger

Listen / Malian refugees at the Mangaizé refugee camp in northern Niger. [UNHCR/ H.Caux]

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) and its partners are working in Niger to contain a cholera epidemic in the west of the country. The agency says the epidemic, which was declared by the government of Niger on 11 May has left seven people dead. UNHCR spokesperson in Geneva, Melissa Fleming, says two of the [...]

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UN rights experts call for equality in post-2015 development agenda

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A group of United Nations human rights experts on Tuesday called for the post-2015 development agenda to be urgently refocused on equality, social protection and accountability. The independent experts said that "As we enter this crucial phase we must not forget the failures that have left nearly one billion hungry and poverty still rife", adding [...]

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UN chief asks Mozambican President to be Education Champion

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meeting with H.E. Armando Emilio Guebuza, President of the Republic of Mozambique. [UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe]

The President of Mozambique Armando Guebuza has agreed to act as an education champion at the request of the UN Secretary-General who is on his first official visit to the Southern African country. Speaking to reporters in the Mozambican capital Maputo on Tuesday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described Mozambique an important success story for the global [...]

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Disaster risk reduction essential for Millennium Development Goals, says UN Deputy Secretary-General

Listen / Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, speaks after the Opening Ceremony of the United Nations for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR  at the International Conference Center of Geneva. [UN Photo/ Jean-Marc Ferré]

Disaster risk reduction is essential for achieving the anti-poverty goals set by world leaders in 2000 to be achieved by 2015. That's what UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said at the Fourth Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction meeting in Geneva on Tuesday. Representatives of national and local governments, civil society, the private sector, international [...]

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UN chief lauds strong female representation in Mozambican parliament

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meeting with H.E. Armando Emilio Guebuza, President of the Republic of Mozambique. [UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has praised Mozambique's National Assembly for its role in promoting social cohesion and political dialogue. In meeting with the President of the National Assembly, the Secretary-General said he was delighted to see the strong representation of women, which he said, is reflected throughout the government and parliament. Alex King is travelling with [...]

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World Bank says universal health coverage key to ending poverty

Listen / A mother and her child at the Maternity and Child Hospital in Iraq. (UN Photo/Bikem Ekberzade)

The World Bank is calling for global efforts to ensure universal access to quality, affordable health services. Addressing the annual World Health Assembly in Geneva, World Bank group president Jim Yong Kim said in order to attain the goal of eradicating absolute poverty by 2030, countries must ensure that all their citizens have access to [...]

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UNRWA's health programme hard hit in Syria

Listen / Aleppo, Syria: A burnt out bus in an opposition-held area of Aleppo visited by the UN inter-agency convoy and SARC (Syrian Arab Red Crescent). [OCHA/Gemma Connell]

"There is no doubt we still have considerable ways to go to realize our ultimate Human Development Goal, "A Long and Healthy Life". That's what Filippo Grandi, the head of UNRWA, the UN agency assisting Palestinian refugees, told delegates at the Sixth World Health Organization's World Health Summit in Geneva. But he said "nonetheless, we [...]

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Food security and nutritional status worsening in Egypt: Report

Listen / More than 40 percent of the average household's expenditure goes towards food while the poorest families spend more than half their budgets on food. Copyright: WFP/Marco Frattini

Poverty and food insecurity in Egypt have risen significantly over the last three years, according to joint reports released Tuesday by the UN World Food Programme (WFP), the government's Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). A report by WFP and CAPMAS found that an estimated [...]

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Over 8.3 million Syrians need aid to survive: UNHCR

Listen / Syrian refugees wait at a UNHCR distribution centre in Za'atri refugee camp in Jordan.© UNHCR/J.Tanner

Nearly half of the Syrian population is now dependent on humanitarian assistance for survival, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). The agency says over 8.3 million Syrians are receiving humanitarian aid, either as refugees in neighbouring countries or, as internally displaced persons. UNHCR says the situation in Syria is rapidly deteriorating as violence continues [...]

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Polynesia re-launches its currency

Listen / A view of the General Assembly Hall at the opening of the twelfth session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. [UN Photo/Rick Bajornas]

The Polynesian Kingdom of Atooi launched a new currency, the Kala for Polynesia, on Monday. The currency was introduced at United Nations Headquarters by The Ali’i Nui, or King of Polynesia, Aleka Aipoalani. He said the launch of the currency is a step towards protecting the sovereign status of the Polynesian Kingdom. "The Kingdom of [...]

20 May 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN chief calls for momentum to achieve anti-poverty goals

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday called for momentum to achieve the Millennium Development Goals agreed by world leaders in 2000 to improve people's lives around the world. Mr. Ban spoke in the Mozambican capital, Maputo at an event under the theme "The Future we want-Millennium Development Goal's Post 2015 and Agenda 2025." He said [...]

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Latest session of indigenous forum opens at UN headquarters

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Thousands of indigenous people have once again gathered at United Nations Headquarters for the latest session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. The forum was established more than a decade ago in response to indigenous demands for high-level representation at the United Nations. The UN describes the indigenous as people who have retained [...]

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UN moves to contain situation following clashes in eastern DR Congo

Listen / Eduardo Del Buey

The United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) is taking diplomatic steps to end clashes between rebels and government forces in the eastern part of the country. Heavy fighting is reported to have broken out between government forces and M23 fighters for the first time since the rebels pulled out of [...]

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Indigenous peoples still lag behind in access to basic services, says chair of UN Forum

Listen / Opening of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Indigenous people around the world still don't have adequate access to basic services such as health and education. That's what the newly elected Chairperson of this year's session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, Paul Kanyinke Sena said in New York on Monday. Mr. Sena said the session is reviewing how the [...]

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UNESCO Executive Director encourages girls in Afghanistan

Listen / © UNESCO All Rights Reserved -The Director-General meets with President Hamid Karzai in Kabul on 18 May 2013.

Throngs of girls welcomed UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova to Afghanistan on 18 May as she began an official three-day visit to the country. After visiting a school and meeting with the minister of education, the Director-General commented on girls' education in Afghanistan. Duration: 2’40″

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UN Secretary-General visits Mozambique

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Despite many challenges, Mozambique has achieved significant progress towards its Millennium Development Goals (MDG) targets, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in remarks Monday at the start of his visit to the country. The secretary-General has been meeting with government officials including the Speaker of the Mozambican Parliament, Veronica Makamo. He also participated in a discussion on [...]

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Settler violence has increased in Occupied Palestinian Territory, says Chief Palestinian Negotiator

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Violence by Jewish settlers has increased in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, according to Saëb Erakat, Chief Palestinian Negotiator. Mr. Erakat, who is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, briefed Member States at UN headquarters on Monday. He said the total number of settlements completed since Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu [...]

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The safety of health facilities and staff must be sacrosanct: WHO chief

Listen / Margaret Chan, Director General WHO. [UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré]

We are living in deeply troubled times, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Margaret Chan said in Geneva Monday. She told the opening session of the World Health Assembly that these are times of financial insecurity, food insecurity, job insecurity, political insecurity, a changing climate, and a degraded environment that is asked to support [...]

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Afghanistan not likely to have universal primary education by 2015, says UNESCO chief

Listen / © UNESCO/Cynthia Guttman -UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, visits a high school chemistry class, Kabul, 18 May.

Despite the progress Afghanistan has made in providing education for children, the country is not likely to meet the Millennium Development Goal of achieving universal primary education by 2015. This observation was made by Irina Bokova, the head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) who wrapped up a visit to the country [...]

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Leila

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The story of an Afghan woman dying in childbirth and the work of the World Health Organization (WHO) to prevent the preventable. Language: English Genre: Drama 1955 Duration: 14’23″

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Rock Hudson: The Open Door

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American actor Rock Hudson tells the story of a reformed mental health institution in Bethlehem and the work of World Health Organization. Language: English Genre: Drama 1959 Duration: 4’32″  

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World Health Assembly opens in Geneva

Listen / Participants at the opening of the plenary meeting of the World Health Assembly. [ UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe (Date: 19/05/2009)]

Hundreds of delegates from 194 Member States of the World Health Organization (WHO) have gathered in Geneva for this year's World Health Assembly which started on Monday. The Assembly is the highest decision-making body of WHO which sets out the Organization's policy and approves its budget. WHO spokesperson Glenn Thomas outlines some of the issues [...]

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People are the focus of peacekeeping, says newly-appointed Force Commander in DRC

Listen / Lieutenant-General Carlos Alberto Dos Santos Cruz

A veteran military officer from Brazil has been appointed Force Commander at the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). Lieutenant-General Carlos Alberto Dos Santos Cruz brings more than 40 years of national and international military experience to the post. The Lt-Gen. had previously served with the United Nations in Haiti, [...]

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Nigerian government declares state of emergency in northeast; cites insurgency by terrorist groups

Listen / High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

A state of emergency has been declared in the three north eastern states of the country with the government citing the rebellion and insurgency by terrorist groups which, it says, pose a very serious threat to national unity and territorial integrity. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, in a statement has urged the Nigerian [...]

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Jamaica reiterates its political commitment to the fight against human trafficking

Listen / Ms. Crystall Powell-Britton addressing the General Assembly

The Government of Jamaica accords the highest level of political commitment to the fight against human trafficking and unequivocally denounces the scourge of trafficking in Persons. Ms. Crystall Powell-Britton told the High-level meeting on the Appraisal of the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons that Jamaica reaffirms its determination to prevent and [...]

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UNWTO welcomes Trinidad and Tobago as its new Member

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Trinidad and Tobago has become UNWTO's 156th Member State as the country rejoins the Organization after 35 years. The announcement was made by the Secretary General, Taleb Rifai, at the opening of the 55th Meeting of the UNWTO Commission for the Americas in San Jose, Costa Rica. Mr. Rifai said "We are very happy to [...]

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Trafficking in persons – a heinous crime: Barbados

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Given its transnational nature, combating the scourge of human trafficking required utmost international cooperation and coordination, several speakers said in the General Assembly during its high-level meeting on the appraisal of the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons. Delegates said that strengthening national legal and institutional frameworks called for the universal ratification [...]

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International tourism receipts grew by 4% in 2012

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Receipts from international tourism in destinations around the world grew by 4% in 2012 reaching US$ 1,075 billion. An additional US$ 219 billion was recorded in receipts from international passenger transport, bringing total exports generated by international tourism in 2012 to US$ 1.3 trillion. According to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, international tourism receipts [...]

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Fight against homophobia is fight for human rights: Ban Ki-moon

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The fight against homophobia is a core part of the broader battle for human rights for all, said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a statement, as he marked the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, 17 May. Gerry Adams reports. Duration: 3’34″

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Syrian conflict results in over 1.5 million refugees

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A recent agreement by Russia and the United States to hold an international conference to end the conflict in Syria has raised hopes that the crisis can be resolved. The ongoing conflict in Syria featured prominently in discussions between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during a brief visit to [...]

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Secretary-General highlights role of technology in road safety

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Technology can play a part in reducing road traffic deaths, according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Mr. Ban reports nearly 1.3 million people die each year in road accidents, while millions more are injured or permanently disabled. Road safety is the focus of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, observed on 17 May. In a [...]

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UN chief commends Russia's emphasis on multilateral diplomacy in addressing key global challenges

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has underscored the importance of the strong partnership between the United Nations and the Russian Federation, commending the emphasis the country places on multilateral diplomacy in addressing key global challenges. In a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin , the Secretary-General expressed his support for the agreement between the Russian Federation [...]

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UNDP supporting greater attention to LGBT rights

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Going forward, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) is supporting greater attention to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) rights as the international community prepares a post-2015 development agenda, that according to the agency's Administrator, Helen Clark. In a message for International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, Ms. Clarke says "Increasingly, the international community is recognizing [...]

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Human Rights chief calls for overhaul of garment industry after deadly Bangladesh building collapse

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay is calling for swift action to empower trade unions and overhaul the garment industry. This follows the deaths of more than 1,000 people in Bangladesh last month in the collapse of a building which housed several clothing factories. Human Rights spokesperson Rupert Colville says the High Commissioner [...]

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General Assembly-Focus on human trafficking

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Trafficking in human beings is an illegal activity that generates over $30 billion a year and affects more than 20 million people, according to United Nations figures. The General Assembly on Monday held a high-level meeting on the Appraisal of the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons. The meeting brought together senior [...]

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Cyclone Mahasen hits Bangladesh

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Cyclone Mahasen has been moving across the Indian Ocean, killing at least four people in Bangladesh earlier this week. Kirsten Mildren of the UN humanitarian affairs office (OCHA) says they are concerned about thousands of people in Myanmar's Rakhine State who could be affected by the storm. Asian countries assess progress on action plan against [...]

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Progress in recognising the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people is undeniable: ILO

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The International Labour Organisation (ILO) is stepping up efforts to eradicate workplace discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity. In a statement on International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder said the world of work has been a crucial arena for spearheading legal change, ending stereotypes and promoting understanding [...]

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UN-Russia agree on need for an International Conference on Syria as soon as possible: Ban

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov have agreed that an International Conference on Syria should be held as soon as possible to help the parties come to the negotiating table.  Secretary-General Ban, in Moscow on a brief visit, said they also discussed how the crisis in Syria is affecting the wider [...]

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End violence and discrimination against gays and lesbians

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The United Nations is urging its member states to make extra effort in combating violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender and intersex people. The UN Human Rights chief Navi Pillay says gay and lesbian issues are no longer taboo at the United Nations, but the abuse gay and lesbian people suffer makes it [...]

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Syrian refugee numbers cross 1.5 million as funding gaps remain

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The number of Syrian refugees who have fled into neighbouring countries has now surpassed the 1.5 million mark, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). However, the agency says the number of refugees is likely to be much higher as many others have opted not to register with UNHCR due to personal security concerns. In [...]

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Yellow fever vaccination booster no longer needed

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The World Health Organization now says a single dose of yellow fever vaccine is sufficient to confer  life long immunity against the disease. Current international health regulations require individuals living or traveling to countries where yellow fever is endemic to  receive a second dose or booster ten years after the initial vaccination. WHO says that [...]

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Terrorism- a threat to Africa's peace, security and development

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• Terrorism, which is increasingly becoming a major concern to Africa, was once again under the spotlight in the Security Council earlier this week. The Council held an "open debate on combating terrorism in Africa in the context of peacekeeping and international security." The meeting was initiated by Togo, which holds the rotating presidency of [...]

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General Assembly looks at linkages between water and energy

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The linkage between energy and water was the subject of discussion by the General Assembly on Thursday. The Assembly held a thematic debate on "Sustainable Development and Climate Change: Practical Solutions in the Energy-Water Nexus." Participants included senior United Nations officials the world's leading experts in sustainable development and climate change. The meeting took place [...]

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Kenyan nominated to lead UN trade and development agency

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A former Minister of Trade and Industry of Kenya has been chosen to lead the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced on Thursday that he has nominated Mukhisa Kituyi to serve as Secretary-General of UNCTAD for a term of four years beginning on 1 September 2013. The nomination [...]

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Fifth General Assembly resolution condemns violence in Syria

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The UN General Assembly on Wednesday adopted a resolution condemning the continued violence in Syria and demanding that all sides end hostilities. The text was adopted by a vote of 107 in favour to 12 against, with 59 abstentions. Gerry Adams reports. Duration: 2’51″

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General Assembly debate addresses sustainable development and climate change

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Scientists, representatives of the business sector and others concerned about sustainable development and climate change are sharing their insights at the United Nations on Thursday. They are participating in a General Assembly debate on challenges related to the planet's energy and water resources. Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber is Minister of State and Special Envoy [...]

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OCHA concerned about the effect of Tropical Cyclone Mahasen on internally displaced in northern Rakhine State

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The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is most concerned about the northern Rakhine State area of Myanmar where heavy rains are expected as Tropical Cyclone Mahasen moves through the region. Kirsten Mildren, Public Information and Advocacy Officer for OCHA, says the agency and non-governmental organizations have been advocating for the last [...]

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Secretary-General calls for end to extremist attacks in Nigeria

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The continued violence and insecurity in north-eastern Nigeria remain a concern for the UN Secretary-General. In a note issued on Wednesday by his Spokesperson, Ban Ki-moon said the situation poses a threat to peace and security in the country. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has declared a state of emergency in three north-eastern states after a [...]

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Millions of Yemenis face a desperate humanitarian situation

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Yemen is facing a deteriorating humanitarian situation which could threaten the country's stability, according to United Nations aid agencies. The ongoing conflicts in the north and south of the country, coupled by drought and high levels of poverty, have left more than half of the country's 24 million people without access to basic services and [...]

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Cyclone Mahasen hits coast of Bangladesh

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The United Nations humanitarian agency (OCHA) is concerned about thousands of people in Myanmar's Rakhine State as a tropical storm is expected to make a landfall on Thursday. Cyclone Mahasen, which has been moving across the Indian Ocean toward India, Bangladesh and Myanmar, began hitting the coast of Bangladesh with heavy rain on Thursday. There [...]

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International community pledges 3.25 billion Euros to help rebuild Mali

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International partners pledged a total of €3.25 billion in support of Mali development plan. The International partners have pledged to support the country's political transition and development process, at a conference organized jointly by the Governments of Mali and France with the European Union. The funds will contribute to Mali's sustainable recovery plan, which aims [...]

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Tackling the causes of poverty key to post-2015 development: UK Prime Minster

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Ending extreme poverty can be achieved in this generation, United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron told journalists in New York on Wednesday. The Prime Minister co-chairs a UN panel which seeks to build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). While the eight MDGs galvanized global action on behalf of the poor, Cameron said the panel [...]

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General Assembly adopts resolution on Syria

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The General Assembly on Wednesday adopted a resolution expressing grave concern at the ongoing violence in Syria. There are 193 member states in the United Nations and 107 countries voted in favour of the resolution while 12 voted against it. Fifty-nine countries abstained. The ambassador of Qatar, Meshal Hamad Al-Thani, introduced the resolution, saying that [...]

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UN envoy suggests sanctions against rebel coalition in CAR

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The Security Council has been asked to consider sanctions against the rebel group that has seized power in the Central African Republic (CAR). UN envoy Margaret Vogt on Wednesday briefed Council members on the indiscriminate killing, rape, assault, looting and other violations committed by the Séléka coalition. She reported that there is a growing sense [...]

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Health gap narrowing between richest and poorest countries:WHO

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The past two decades have seen dramatic progress in improving health in the world's poorest countries, according to WHO, the World Health Organization. The World Health Statistics compares progress made by countries with the best health status and those with least-favourable health status at the Millennium Development Goals baseline year of 1990 and again two [...]

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Business can no longer afford a 'blind spot' to disaster risk: Ban Ki-moon

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There is need for business leaders to focus on investing in disaster risk reduction. That's the message delivered by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during the launch of a major United Nations report on disaster risk reduction. The Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction this year is titled "From Shared Risk to Shared Value: The [...]

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Disaster risks can only be reduced in partnership with the private sector: Ban

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Economic losses from disasters are out of control and Governments bear the primary responsibility for disaster risk reduction, the Secretary-General warned Wednesday at the launch of the Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction. And Ban Ki-moon said they can only be reduced in partnership with the private sector, including investment banks and insurance companies.  [...]

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Culture opens new avenues for development: UNESCO Director-General

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“The power of culture must be recognized as a pillar for sustainable development, and this is why we are here,” the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, said at the opening of the International Congress of Hangzhou in China. She said “We must rethink growth models, environmental and social models, and culture offers the means to [...]

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Secretary-General celebrates intergenerational connections on International Day of Families

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The UN Secretary-General is calling for more support for initiatives that promote intergenerational solidarity to build a healthier world. In a message on the International Day of Families, observed on 15 May, Ban Ki-moon highlighted how communities benefit from programmes that provide opportunities for young and old people to bond. He said families hold societies [...]

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General Assembly to vote on resolution on Syria

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It is high time to say "enough is enough" when it comes to the crisis in Syria, General Assembly President Vuk Jeremić stated on Wednesday. Ambassadors are meeting in the chamber to vote on a resolution on the situation, which Jeremić called "a grave test for the UN." "I believe that the tides of history [...]

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Tackling the Mali crisis requires tackling deep-rooted political, social and development challenges: UNDP

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Addressing the crisis in Mali goes beyond removing the security threats. Rather, it will require tackling deep-rooted political, social and development challenges. That, according to a UN Development Programme (UNDP) message to a High-level Conference on Support and Development of Mali, held in Brussels on Wednesday. The message, delivered by UNDP Associate Administrator Rebecca Greenspan [...]

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FAO and Slow Food join forces to improve smallholders livelihoods

Listen / FAO Director-General, José Graziano da Silva, and Carlo Petrini, President and founder of the Slow Food Movement at the São José Slow Food Market, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

FAO, Food and Agriculture Organization, and the international Slow Food organization agreed Wednesday to develop joint actions to improve the livelihoods of smallholders and others working in rural areas. Under a three-year Memorandum of Agreement signed in Rome, the two organizations will join forces to promote more inclusive food and agriculture systems at local, national [...]

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Progress in improving health in the poorest countries, but inequalities persist

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Considerable progress has been made in reducing child and maternal deaths, improving nutrition and reducing deaths and illness from HIV infection, tuberculosis and malaria, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In its annual World Health statistics publication, WHO also says efforts to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have reduced health gaps between rich [...]

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ILO global forum to discuss decent work in the fishing industry

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Government, employer and worker delegates are considering ways to promote decent work in the fishing industry through the implementation and ratification of the ILO's Work in Fishing Convention, 2007. The International Labour Organization (ILO) says delegates are discussing how the Convention can be used as a tool to improve working conditions and to help address [...]

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Human Rights chief urges an end to gross crimes in Syria

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Opposition groups in Syria are being urged to do everything in their power to stop gross crimes. The call comes from UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay in a statement on Tuesday. It follows the emergence of a video from Syria which appears to show a rebel leader cutting out the heart of [...]

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Insects have potential to provide food and livelihoods

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Forests products, including insects are critical to the fight against hunger, according to a new report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands. The report, entitled, "Edible Insects: Future Prospects for food and feed security" was launched in Rome on Monday, at the start of the [...]

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Diplomat says political leaders behind lack of progress in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Despite making progress since the Balkan wars of the 1990s, Bosnia and Herzegovina continues to trail its neighbours, High Representative Valentin Inzko told the Security Council on Tuesday. He observed that while the region is moving on, with Serbia and Kosovo normalizing relations and Croatia poised to join the European Union, Bosnia and Herzegovina is [...]

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Humanitarian agencies prepare for Cyclone Mahasen

Listen / Coastal communities brace as Tropical Cyclone Mahasen barrels towards Bangladesh and Myanmar (Credit: IRIN/Brendan Brady)

A "red storm" alert from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is in effect for a tropical cyclone expected to make landfall on Thursday. Cyclone Mahasen is moving across the Indian Ocean toward India, Bangladesh and Myanmar. UN agencies and humanitarian groups are particularly concerned about the welfare of tens of [...]

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Immediate and significant humanitarian assistance needed in Al-Houla: UNICEF

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Without immediate and significant humanitarian assistance in the near term, Al-Houla, a cluster of villages north of Homs in Syria, is looking at a high-risk of increased malnutrition, the possibility of disease outbreak and further displacement. That's the assessment of an inter-agency mission that crossed the frontlines to deliver aid to the besieged area this [...]

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UN concerned about insecurity in Pibor town of South Sudan

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The United Nations is concerned about the deterioration of the security situation in Pibor town in Jonglei State of South Sudan. The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) says acts of violence and looting by armed individuals have forced scores of people to flee their homes. It is particularly alarmed by reports of the involvement [...]

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UN mission alarmed at insecurity in South Sudan's Jonglei State

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The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) is worried about the deteriorating security situation in the country's largest state. UNMISS has strongly condemned recent violence, looting and displacement in and around Pibor town in Jonglei State. Mission spokesperson Ariane Quentier, who spoke to UN Radio on Tuesday, says a number of factors are behind the [...]

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UNHCR inaugurates new camp in Burundi for Congolese refugees

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Congolese refugees fleeing eastern Democratic Republic of Congo will be hosted in a new refugee camp in Kavumu, Burundi. The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) says the new camp, to be opened on Wednesday with a total capacity of 13,000 refugees, is expected to accommodate up to 5,000 by the end of 2013. For nearly four [...]

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ILO welcomes new workplace safety agreement in Bangladesh

Listen / A female employee at a garment factory in Gazipur, Bangladesh. UN Photo/Kibae Park

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has welcomed the signing of a workplace safety agreement in Bangladesh which comes in the wake of the building collapse that killed more than 1,000 people. The UN agency praised trade unions, clothing brands and retailers worldwide for supporting the Accord on Building and Fire Safety. The ILO says urgent [...]

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Health alert issued as polio is detected in Somalia

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The World Health Organization (WHO), has issued a polio surveillance alert for all of Somalia, northern Kenya and eastern Ethiopia. The alert follows the confirmation that a 32 month old girl taken ill in the Banadir region of south eastern Somalia, was infected with the wild polio virus. This is the first polio case to [...]

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ITU World Telecommunication/ICT Policy Forum debates hot topics affecting technology sector

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"We stand at a 'tipping point' between the Internet as a vital enabler of social and economic progress in the industrialized world and the Internet as a valuable global resource and a basic commodity of human life everywhere." That, according to the Secretary-General of the International Telecommunications Union Hamdoun Touré. He told the ITU's fifth [...]

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Russian Federation's increasingly hostile environment for NGOs and rights defenders unacceptable

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Russian authorities are being urged to revise a law on 'non-commercial organizations' adopted by the Duma last November. The call comes from three United Nations independent human rights experts who all expressed serious concern at what they've described as the "obstructive, intimidating and stigmatizing effects" brought about by the current implementation of the law in [...]

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Security Council condemns deadly attack in Libya

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The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms Monday's deadly attack that occurred in Benghazi, Libya, causing numerous deaths and injuries. In a press statement, the members of the Council underlined the need to bring the perpetrators of this act to justice.  And they urged all States, in accordance with their obligations [...]

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Security Council condemns deadly car bomb attacks in Turkey

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The Security Council is stressing the need to bring to justice those who perpetrate, organize, finance and sponsor acts of terrorism, following a deadly attack in Turkey over the weekend. In a statement released on Monday, Council members condemned the attack and expressed their sincere condolences to the families of the victims, as well as [...]

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WHO informed of another confirmed case of novel coronavirus

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The World Health Organization (WHO) says it has been informed by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health in France of an additional laboratory-confirmed case with infection of the novel coronavirus (NCoV). WHO says this patient was identified as part of the epidemiological investigation initiated by the French authorities, following laboratory confirmation of the first [...]

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Security Council debates combating terrorism in Africa

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Terrorism is a threat to Africa’s peace, security and development, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a meeting of the Security Council on Monday. The “open debate on combating terrorism in Africa in the context of peacekeeping and international security” was initiated by the West African nation of Togo, which holds the rotating presidency of the [...]

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General Assembly: Focus on human trafficking

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Trafficking in human beings is an illegal activity that generates over $30 billion a year and affects more than 20 million people, according to United Nations figures. The General Assembly on Monday held a high-level meeting on the Appraisal of the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons. The meeting brought together senior [...]

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Envoy condemns killing of Darfur leader

Listen / NAMID Joint Special Representative Mohamed Ibn Chambas. Photo: UNAMID/Albert Gonzalez Farran

All sides in the Darfur conflict have been urged to cease hostilities following the killing this weekend of a movement leader in the Sudanese province. The call comes from Mohamed Ibn Chambas, head of the joint UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) in a statement released on Monday. Chambas has condemned the criminal attack on [...]

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WSIS Forum focuses on post -2015 development agenda

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This year's forum of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), has been described as a unique opportunity to develop multi-stakeholder consensus on what is needed for the WSIS process in the future to ensure that the bottom-up approach of the process is preserved.  Secretary-General Hamadoun Toure of the International Telecommunications Union, ITU, also [...]

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International community must do more to help Africa fight terrorism: Secretary-General

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Success in combating terrorism in Africa is crucial for the continent's citizens to live in dignity and peace, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council on Monday. Mr. Ban said the United Nations is strongly committed to doing its part in this fight. He pointed out that terrorism thrives where borders are weakest. ” [...]

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FAO highlights role of forest products in ending hunger

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Forest products, including insects, are critical to the fight to end hunger, according to a study by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Although forests contribute to the livelihoods of more than a billion people worldwide, the agency says they are rarely considered in policies related to food security and land use. FAO is hosting [...]

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UNFCCC chief calls for stepped up response to climate change

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There's been a call for a greatly stepped-up response to climate change by all parts of society. The call comes from the Executive Secretary of UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Christiana Figueres in reaction to word that the global concentration of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere had reached its highest levels ever [...]

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General Assembly president calls for more vigilance in fighting human trafficking

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Victims of human trafficking must be placed at the centre of the United Nations' work, General Assembly president Vuk Jeremić told ambassadors on Monday. Jeremić was speaking during a General Assembly meeting on a Global Plan of Action to combat human trafficking, adding that as many as 25 million people could be victims. He said [...]

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World will miss MDG target of improved sanitation in 2015: WHO/UNICEF

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Some 2.4 billion people – one-third of the world's population – will remain without access to improved sanitation in 2015, according to a new joint WHO/UNICEF report issued Monday. The report, Progress on Sanitation and Drinking-Water 2013 Update, warns that, at the current rate of progress, the 2015 Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target of halving [...]

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Picking up the pieces after Typhoon Bopha

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Six months after Typhoon Bopha took over 1,000 lives and displaced more than a million people in the southern part of the Philippines, the UN Children's Agency (UNICEF), says teaching and learning are taking place again in elementary schools across affected parts of the country. Beng Poblete-Enriquez reports on the agency's efforts to get the [...]

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Under one per cent of clean energy technology patents filed in Africa: UNEP

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Less than one per cent of all patent applications relating to clean energy technology (CET) have been filed in Africa, highlighting an opportunity for the continent to leapfrog existing fossil-fuel energy sources and thus cut greenhouse gas emissions and bring major health benefits. A new study by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the European [...]

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Ban Ki-moon congratulates Pakistan on successful elections

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The elections in Pakistan this past weekend were a significant step forward for democracy in the country, according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Mr. Ban also applauded the courage and determination of political parties and election workers to engage in the process despite the challenging security situation ahead of the vote, which took place on [...]

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Secretary-General welcomes release of detained peacekeepers in the Golan Heights

Listen / Peacekeepers with the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) patrol the Golan Heights between Syria and Israel

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the release of four peacekeepers with the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF). The peacekeepers, members of a battalion from the Philippines, had been captured last week by armed elements while on patrol in the Golan Heights where UNDOF is monitoring a decades-long ceasefire between Syria and Israel. In a [...]

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UN chief condemns terrorist bomb attack in eastern Turkey

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The Secretary-General condemns, in the strongest terms, the deadly attack that took place ton Saturday in the town of Reyhanli, in Turkey’s Hatay province which, according to early reports, has claimed the lives of 40 people and injured more than a hundred. The Secretary-General condemns all acts of terrorism and reiterates that no cause or [...]

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First Lady of Nigeria appointed to ITU position

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The First Lady of Nigeria, Her Excellency Dame (Dr) Patience Goodluck Jonathan, was appointed on Friday as the Child Online Protection Champion of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The Child Online Protection initiative aims to identify risks and vulnerabilities to children in cyberspace, create awareness, develop practical tools to help minimize risk, and share knowledge [...]

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Protected: Human Rights chief concerned about draft civil society law in Egypt

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Unlocking the negotiating pillar one of the biggest priorities of the new WTO leader

Listen / WTO Director-General Selection Process - Mr Roberto Carvalho de Azevêdo (Brazil) - 31 January 2013. [Photo: © WTO/Studio Casagrande]

One of the biggest priorities for the new Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) will be unlocking the negotiating pillar. Brazil's Roberto Azevedo, takes up duties as the next director general of the World Trade organization on 1 September. He tells UN Radio the WTO is in a state of paralysis and largely due [...]

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Caribbean moves to ensure a sustainable tourism product

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The economies of many Caribbean Islands depend on tourism. As a result, there's been much emphasis on sustainable tourism. The region's umbrella body for tourism – the Caribbean Tourism Organization –CTO recently held its 14 Sustainable Tourism Conference –STC-14 in Trinidad and Tobago. So, I asked the Chair of CTO, Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty of the [...]

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UNICEF condemns killing of teen in CAR

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  UNICEF, the UN Children's Fund, condemns in the strongest terms the killing of a 17 year old boy in the Central African Republic, the CAR. Marixie Mercado, UNICEF Spokesperson in Geneva, says the young man was part of a group of 64 children and youth associated with armed groups that had moved to Bangui, [...]

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Boons don't last forever

Listen / José Antonio Ocampo, Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia University. [IMF Photo]

In recent years, commodity prices have been riding high, and many commodities dependent countries have benefited from these high prices, says the International Monetary Fund (IMF). But this boon is unlikely to last: prices may fall, and nations can run out of key commodities. Jose Ocampo, a professor at Columbia University, has researched the rise [...]

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UN human rights chief concerned about atrocities in Syria

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As the conflict continues in Syria, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has expressed concern about reported human rights violations in the country. She says people should not reach the point of becoming numb to the atrocious killing of civilians. Ms. Pillay stresses that it is imperative to halt the bloodshed as [...]

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Food insecurity plagues Central African Republic

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

Food assistance is emerging as an urgent humanitarian priority in the Central African Republic, according to the UN humanitarian agency OCHA. OCHA says assessments carried out earlier this year show that many people cannot afford the little food that is available in markets, and that farmers have begun to eat the seeds that were meant [...]

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Climate change disaster in the Marshall Islands

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A state of emergency was declared in the Republic of the Marshall Islands on the 7th of May. This island state, located in the northern Pacific Ocean, is yet another casualty of climate change with prolonged and severe drought affecting the northern islands. Beng Poblete-Enriquez reports. Duration: 2’35″

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WFP distributes emergency rations to thousands of newly-displaced Syrians

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Emergency ready-to-eat food rations and high-energy biscuits are being distributed by the UN World Food Programme, WFP, to thousands of newly displaced families in Syria. The families were forced to flee Syria's Mediterranean coast following heavy fighting in their villages. The food distribution will continue for the next few days to more than 10,000 people [...]

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OCHA impact team in Marshall Islands to assess needs in severe drought conditions

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A state of emergency has been declared in the Marshall Islands as prolonged severe drought conditions are getting worse. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, (OCHA) has sent a UN disaster and coordination team to the area that is currently assessing the situation. OCHA Spokesperson Jens Laerke says most of the domestic [...]

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UN and partners make health care a priority for 'Every Woman, Every Child'

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Each year, one million babies die the day they are born, according to the State of the World's Mothers report launched this week by Save the Children. Through an initiative known as 'Every Woman, Every Child,' The UN and its partners are working to save the lives of 16 million mothers and babies worldwide. Refugees [...]

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Pillay urges greater attention to atrocities in Syria

Listen / Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva

Human Rights High Commissioner Navi Pillay says alleged massacres by Syrian Government forces and pro-government militias in recent days should spur international action to end the conflict and ensure those responsible for serious human rights violations are made to account for their crimes. Pillay welcomes the agreement by Russia and the United States to work [...]

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World Migratory Bird Day highlights importance of ecological networks for migratory birds

Listen / Wild Birds resting on Chale Swamp Lake near Dodoma.
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The annual migration of an estimated 50 billion birds— around 19 per cent of the world's 10,000 bird species—is one of the world's great natural wonders, yet the critical staging areas migratory birds need to complete their journeys are being degraded or are disappearing completely. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) says these increasingly vulnerable sites, [...]

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Uganda launches largest Malaria Prevention Campaign

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Over 15.5 million long lasting insecticide-treated nets, are being distributed in Uganda with the support of the Global Fund to Fights AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, making it the largest malaria prevention campaign this year. An estimated 300-500 million people are infected with malaria each year worldwide. Most cases occur in sub-Saharan Africa, with approximately two million [...]

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Iraqi women journalists win essay contest

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Three Iraqi women journalists have won a United Nations contest which seeks to highlight the everyday challenges faced by women living in the Middle Eastern country. The stories submitted by Suha Audah, Enas Jabbar and Shatha al-Shabibi, were selected by an independent panel for their depiction of women's situation in Iraq. Suha Audah's article describes [...]

9 May 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Envoy sees signs of hope amid challenges in Guinea-Bissau

Listen / Jose Ramos-Horta, Special Representative of the Secretary-General-designate and Head of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS)

The UN and its partners in Guinea-Bissau are working to support negotiations for elections tentatively set for November, according to the top UN envoy in the country, Jose Ramos-Horta. Guinea-Bissau experienced a military coup a year ago, resulting in its suspension from the African Union, and he says the country will have to have a [...]

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Expert calls for measures to reduce road traffic deaths in Africa

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• Africa is leading the world in road traffic fatalities, according to a public health specialist from Kenya. The expert says nearly 65 per cent of all road deaths in Africa occur in just seven countries, with more than 14,000 killed annually in South Africa alone. Global Safety Week is being observed from 6 to [...]

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Bokova mourns death of Iraqi journalist

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UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova on Thursday deplored the death of radio journalist Muwaffak al-Ani, who was killed in a car bomb explosion in west Baghdad on Monday 6 May. The Director-General said Mr. al-Ani, one of Iraq's best known media voices, was a man dedicated to his profession and determined to pass his knowledge and [...]

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Human security aims at improving people's lives

Listen / Wide view of the high-level event on Human Security, hosted by the Secretary-General's Advisory Board on the subject. [UN Photo/Rick Bajornas]

Government ministers, diplomats and senior United Nations officials gathered for a meeting on human security on Wednesday afternoon. In his opening remarks UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that the meeting took place at a time of great turmoil. He said the global economy is in crisis, the environment is under threat and too many people [...]

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UN official urges leaders in Maldives to conduct free, credible and non-violent elections

Listen / Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, Assistant Secretary-General of the Department of Political Affairs [UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras]

Maldives is at a critical juncture, according to UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Oscar Fernandez-Taranco. The UN official who has just wrapped up a 3-day visit to the Indian Ocean nation, stressed that the forthcoming elections will be an important step in the democratic transition and encouraged all political actors to contribute to free, [...]

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UNWRA gets funds to respond to Palestinian refugees displaced by Syrian crisis

Listen / Yarmouk camp for Palestinian refugees in the Syrian capital Damascus. Photo: IRIN/Gabriela Keller

The UN agency charged with assisting Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) has received a new contribution of USD 8.4 million for its' programmes assisting refugees in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. The funds, from the United States, will help UNRWA respond to the critical needs of Palestine refugees affected or displaced by the Syrian conflict. This donation brings [...]

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UNFPA says more needs to be done to help those affected by Syrian conflict

Listen / Ramia Amash holds her son Mahmoud, 2, outside her tent in Nizip refugee camp in southern Turkey. [Photo © Patrick Adams/IRIN]

More has to be done to ensure the health and well-being of women and children affected by the Syrian conflict, said Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). On a recent trip to Turkey, the Executive Director visited Nizip refugee camp, housing some 10,000 refugees. It is one of Turkey's newest and [...]

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Human security approach demands a clear focus on actual needs and capacities of states: UNDP

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The concept of human security is relevant across the work of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) – from that on poverty reduction and food security, to rule of law, citizen security, human rights, conflict prevention, gender, youth, and climate change and the environment. That's what UNDP Administrator Helen Clarke told a High-level event on Human [...]

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Update on the Bangladesh building collapse

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  More than 700 people were killed and over 2,500 injured when an 8-story factory building collapsed in Bangladesh on the 24th of April. The International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) and the Bangladeshi Red Crescent are deeply involved in the rescue efforts, working with the army and the fire brigade during the emergency. [...]

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Burundi committed to stopping new HIV infections among children

Listen / L to R: Minister of Health of Burundi, Dr Sabine Ntakarutimana, UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé

"AIDS is a strategic entry point for advancing Burundi's social agenda at several levels: protecting women, children and human rights," said UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé at an event marking Burundi's National AIDS Day. Sidibe, on an official visit to the country, met with the Second Vice-President, Gervais Rufyikiri, who has championed the country's drive [...]

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Strong cereal production seen in 2013: FAO

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Strong growth is expected for global wheat, coarse grains and rice production in 2013, according to early forecasts published in the May issue of FAO’s monthly Cereals Supply and Demand Brief. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says global wheat production in 2013 is expected to reach 695 million tonnes, up 5.4 percent from last [...]

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Human security discussed at the United Nations

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

We are living through a time of great turmoil and transition, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon told a high level event on human security on Wednesday. At the same time, he said, there is a growing call by citizens around the world for justice. The Secretary-General said too many people around the world live in uncertainty. [...]

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Additional cases of novel coronavirus observed in Saudi Arabia

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The Ministry of Health of Saudi Arabia has informed the World Health Organization (WHO) that there are three more laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with the novel coronavirus (nCoV). NCoV is a respiratory ailment that appeared in September 2012 in a previously health 49 year old Qatari male who had travelled to Saudi Arabia before becoming [...]

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Brahimi welcomes US-Russia promise to work together for a political solution in Syria

Listen / Joint Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi. [Photo: Jean-Marc Ferré]

The Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the Arab League for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, on Wednesday welcomed the statements by the Russian Federation and the United States that they would work together to achieve a political solution to end the Syrian conflict that has claimed more than 70,000 lives over the past two [...]

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Security Council strongly condemns targeted attack and attempted hostage taking against MONUSCO

Listen / Kodjo Menan, Security Council President for the month of May, and Permanent Representative of Togo to the UN, speaks to the press regarding the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. [UN Photo/Rick Bajornas]

The members of the UN Security Council have strongly condemned the targeted attack and attempted hostage taking by unidentified assailants against a MONUSCO military convoy, which resulted in the death of one Pakistani peacekeeper. MONUSCO is the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The convoy was moving from Walungu to [...]

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Over 73 million young people expected to be without jobs in 2013: ILO

Listen / Youth jobs' gains wiped out by slow recovery. [ILO photo]

The slow economic recovery is continuing to make it difficult for young people to find jobs around the world, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO). In its Global Employment Trends for Youth 2013 report, the ILO estimates that 73.4 million young people, or 12. 6 per cent are expected to be out of work [...]

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Economist sheds light on African youth and unemployment

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Nearly 12 per cent of African youth are unemployed, according to a new study released on Wednesday by the International Labour Organization (ILO). The report finds youth joblessness worldwide stands at nearly 74 million, and that in some African countries the figure exceeds 50 per cent. Unfortunately, the picture is not about to improve any [...]

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High Commissioner raises concerns about Egyptian draft law

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has raised concerns about the current version of a draft law on civil society in Egypt. She is worried that the provisions are not in line with international standards. She warns that if a law is passed that severely constrains the activities of civil society organizations, whose [...]

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ICC mandate still essential to ending impunity in Libya

Listen / Fatou B. Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), addresses the Security Council meeting on the situation in Libya. [UN Photo/Rick Bajornas]

Given the extensive crimes committed in Libya and the challenges facing the new Libyan government, the International Criminal Court’s mandate is still essential to ending impunity in Libya, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Mrs. Fatou Bensouda told the UN Security Council on Wednesday. As such, she adds, her office continues to conduct investigations [...]

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UNCTAD: Palestinian economy in East Jerusalem left in 'Development Limbo' under Israeli occupation

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The Palestinian economy in East Jerusalem has been progressively isolated and constricted and now wields less than half of the economic influence that it had in 1993, a new UNCTAD report says. A disabling economic environment, high and rising rates of poverty, faltering industry and services, restricted investment, housing shortages, and inferior social and municipal [...]

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UNEP report champions greening global trade

Listen / Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Director UN Environment Programme. UNEP photo.

Greening global trade is a vital step to achieving sustainable development, says a new report from UNEP, the UN Environment Programme. And developing countries are well-positioned to help catalyze this transition. The report, Green Economy and Trade – Trends, Challenges and Opportunities, analyzes six economic sectors – including manufacturing, tourism and renewable energy – where [...]

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Human Rights office concerned about "problematic" draft law on civil society in Egypt

Listen / Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

A draft law on civil society organizations in Egypt could make it difficult for these groups to operate, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights warns. In a statement on Wednesday, Navi Pillay says if the law is passed, it will mark a further blow to the hopes and ideals of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution. [...]

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Reintegrating ex-prisoners in Rio back to normal life

Listen / UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov during his first official visit to Brazil. Photo from Damaris Giuliana, UNIC RIO.

In Brazil, former prisoners are reintegrated into the labour market, thanks to a project called the Employability project in Rio de Janeiro. The project has created more than 3,000 job opportunities since its inception in 2008. Yury Fedotov, the head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, commended the initiative, saying that the people [...]

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UN denounces sexual violence, other serious violations in eastern DRC

Listen / Residents of Rutshuru Territory flee their homes to seek safety in Goma. [UN Photo/Sylvain Liechti]

A new UN report has found that serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law were committed in November 2012 during fighting between government forces and rebels of the M23 Movement over the town of Goma in North Kivu province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and during the subsequent retreat of the [...]

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Deputy Secretary-General and Somali president sign communiqué on prevention of sexual violence

Listen / Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson (right) and Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud sign a joint communiqué on preventing sexual violence. Photo: UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

A Joint Communiqué on the Prevention of Sexual Violence in Somalia was signed in London late Tuesday by UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson and the President of Somalia Hassan Sheik Mohamud. The Joint Communiqué lists commitments, including the vetting of all individuals being integrated into the national security forces to guarantee that they have not [...]

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Security Council condemns kidnapping of UNDOF peacekeepers

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The members of the Security Council have strongly condemned the detention of four United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) peacekeepers from the Philippine Battalion within the Area of Limitation in the vicinity of Al Jamla by armed elements of the Syrian opposition on Tuesday. In a statement, the members of the Security Council demanded the [...]

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Youth jobs gains wiped out by slow economic recovery

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An estimated 73.4 million young people are expected to be out of work in 2013, according to a new report by the International Labour Organisation (ILO). The report says the sluggish global economic recovery over the past year has further aggravated the youth job crisis with queues for available jobs becoming longer and longer. ILO [...]

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Everyone has a role to play in the Every Woman Every Child movement: Ban

Listen / A mother and child lying on the bare floor of a paediatric ward (Photo: V. Mayanja/IRIN).

Every Woman Every Child is a global movement, but it is also a local one, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in remarks at an event titled "Taking Action Summit on Every Woman, Every Child” at JP Morgan Chase Headquarters in New York City. The event brought together some of the most prominent people in the areas [...]

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Four UNDOF peacekeepers detained

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Four peacekeepers from the UN Disengagement Observer Force, also known as UNDOF, were detained on Tuesday by an unidentified armed group. The peacekeepers, from the Philippines Battalion, were patrolling in the Area of Separation, near Al Jamlah. UNDOF has been deployed in the Golan Heights since 1974, to maintain a ceasefire between Israeli and Syrian [...]

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Avian flu affects two more in China's Fujian province

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Two new laboratory-confirmed cases of avian influenza have been reported by the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China. The cases of the A(H7N9) virus were found in two residents of Fujian province, a 69 year old man and a nine year old boy. Both became ill at the end of April. As of [...]

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Drought conditions plaguing Marshall Islands

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Unusually low rainfall is causing a drought condition in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, according to the International Organization for Migration, the IOM. IOM Spokesman Jumbe Omari Jumbe says the lack of rain is leading to a precarious humanitarian situation for thousands of people. The Marshall Islands, a group of more than one thousand [...]

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Update on the Bangladesh building collapse

Listen / The Rana Plaza Building collapse in Bangladesh. ILO Photo

More than 700 people were killed and over 2,500 injured when an 8-story factory building collapsed in Bangladesh on the 24th of April. The International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) and the Bangladeshi Red Crescent are very much involved in the rescue efforts, working with the army and with the fire brigade during the [...]

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Expert calls for more commitment to reduce road traffic deaths in Africa

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Whether by car, motorbike or on foot, Africa is on the move. But with the continent leading the world in road traffic fatalities, a public health specialist from Kenya is urging African governments to do more to prevent these deaths. Dr. Wilson Odero, who teaches at Moi University in western Kenya, says nearly 65 per [...]

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The goal is for Somalis to deliver security without outside assistance: DSG Eliasson

Listen / Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Somalia is building peace. Yet, it is still in the midst of conflict, Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson told the Second London Conference on Somalia on Tuesday. He pointed to the government's priorities which, he said, provided the basis for the London Conference. First, he explained, security requires capable and accountable institutions. AMISOM – the African [...]

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ICRC calls for additional $10 million to fund operations in DRC

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Violence is spiralling out of control in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross, the ICRC, as fighting between the army and armed groups intensifies. Hospitals and other health facilities are struggling to cope with weapon-wounded patients, says Peter Maurer, President of the [...]

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UNAIDS lauds Rwanda's leadership in its national AIDS response

Listen / UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé meets with Jeanette Kagame, First Lady of Rwanda. UNAIDS Photo

UNAIDS has commended the government of Rwanda for its leadership in the national AIDS response. The country has made significant progress in its HIV response and is on track to meet national and global HIV related goals. Executive Director Michel Sidibé congratulated President Kagame on the significant progress Rwanda has made in its AIDS response [...]

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Freedom of the Press in South Sudan

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Freedom of the press is considered as critical in promoting transparency and good governance in a democracy. To underline the importance of this freedom, the United Nations observes World Press Freedom Day on 3 May each year. In South Sudan, the youngest nation in the world that will celebrate the second anniversary of its independence [...]

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6.8 million Syrians require urgent humanitarian assistance

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Close to 7 million people inside Syria are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Nearly half of those who currently require assistance are children. OCHA says movement by internally displaced persons continues to be large-scale and fluid, as many Syrians are displaced multiple [...]

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UN to investigate possible crimes against humanity in DPRK

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The United Nations Human Rights Council has appointed a three- member commission of inquiry to investigate crimes against humanity in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Michael Donald Kirby, a former Judge of the High Court of Australia will chair the commission whose other members are Ms Sonja Biserko, a human rights lawyer from Serbia [...]

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Lenny Kravitz makes a PSA for UNICEF

Listen / Lenny Kravitz's public service announcement to reach the goal of 100 percent child immunization. Adapted from UNICEF video.

A Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter, record producer and actor is urging people to join UNICEF to bring about an end to preventable child deaths. Lenny Kravitz has teamed up with UNICEF, the UN Children's Fund, to produce a public service announcement to reach the goal of 100 percent child immunization. He says in his PSA that [...]

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Midwives deliver for the women of the world

Listen / Midwives make childbirth safer in Ifugao

Midwives are truly the unsung heroines of the challenge to reduce the risks women face in giving birth, says the UN Population Fund, UNFPA. On the occasion of the International Day of the Midwife, observed on 5 May, UNFPA and the International Confederation of Midwives issued a joint statement urging all nations to work together [...]

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Boost for poverty safety net empowering families in occupied Palestinian territory

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The second phase of a highly successful jobs and small business programme in the occupied Palestinian territory was launched Monday by the UN Development Programme (UNDP). It will be implemented in partnership with the Palestinian Authority and funded through the Islamic Development Bank (IDB). The US$50 million will go towards the ongoing work of the [...]

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China's leading actress urges greater effort to end illegal ivory trade

Listen / Chinese actress Li Bingbing, UNEP Goodwill Ambassador. UNEP Photo

One of China's most popular celebrities and a rising Hollywood star – Li Bingbing — has urged greater effort by governments and consumers to combat the illegal wildlife trade. During a fact-finding mission to Kenya on Monday, the actress visited the renowned David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust near Nairobi, where young elephants, many of which have [...]

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Security Council condemns Abyei attack

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Members of the UN Security Council have condemned in the strongest terms, the 4 May attack by Misseriya elements on a convoy of the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei, known as UNISFA, and a delegation of Ngok Dinka. The attack resulted in the death of Ngok Dinka Paramount Chief Kuol Deng Kuol, an Ethiopian [...]

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Road fatalities are highest in Africa

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The death rate from road accidents in Africa is the highest in the world, according to Dr Wilson Odero, a Public Health Specialist from Moi University in Kenya. He says one of the major reasons is under-development in terms of road infrastructure. He also cites poor vehicle design and poor management of traffic as culprits. [...]

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Special Envoy wants peace process to be a "framework of hope"

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"We meet at a moment of renewed opportunity at which there is a fresh chance to do more than just attend to the consequences of conflict", Mary Robinson told the UN Security Council on Monday. The newly-appointed Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes Region, speaking by video-conference, said there is a chance [...]

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UN envoy outlines her vision for Great Lakes region of Africa

Listen / UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, Mary Robinson, briefing the Security Council on her first mission to the region. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

The United Nations Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa on Monday briefed the Security Council on her first mission to the region. Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights spent last week meeting with African leaders in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Uganda, [...]

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Tackling bonded labour in Tamil Nadu

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In India’s Tamil Nadu state, thousands of people desperate for money are offered advance payments to work in the region’s many brick kilns. According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), while this system has worked well enough in the past for both employers and workers, many workers run the risk of ‘debt bondage’ because they [...]

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No conclusive findings on use of chemical weapons in Syria: Independent International Commission

Listen / The Chair of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic , Paulo Sergio Pinheiro. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

The Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic says it has not reached conclusive findings as to the use of chemical weapons in Syria by any parties to the conflict. In a brief statement Monday, the Commission says that as a result, it "is not in a position to further comment on [...]

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Insecurity hampering UN aid efforts in Central African Republic: Amos

Listen / The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos.

The political crisis in the Central African Republic has triggered a dramatic deterioration in the humanitarian situation in the country, according to the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator. Valerie Amos says all of the Central African Republic's 4.6 million people are affected and tens of thousands need emergency shelter, healthcare and food aid. In addition, she [...]

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Pillay hails new step in protection of economic, social and cultural rights

Listen / High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

A new human rights mechanism that has just come into force as a major advance in ensuring all rights are protected as envisaged by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 65 years ago, has been hailed by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay. The Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, [...]

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ILO, tripartite partners in Bangladesh, agree on measures to avoid further labour tragedies

Listen / The Rana Plaza Building collapse in Bangladesh. ILO Photo

Tripartite partners in Bangladesh- (Government, employers and workers) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) have agreed on the necessity to develop an action plan focusing on short and medium term steps to identify what needs to be done to prevent any future tragedies such as the recent collapse of a garment factory and factory fires. [...]

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WHO wants to "Make Walking Safe" during Road Safety Week

Listen / Second UN Global Road Safety Week kicks off worldwide. WHO Photo.

For too long road safety has been viewed through the lens of motorists, ignoring the needs of pedestrians and cyclists, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). This Global Road Safety Week, 6 – 12 May 2013, WHO is calling for new laws, or enforcement of legislation already in existence, to reduce speeding and other [...]

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Top UN envoy condemns car bomb attack in Mogadishu

Listen / Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, Augustine P. Mahiga

  The United Nations has strongly condemned Monday's suicide car bomb attack in Mogadishu, in which several people were killed or wounded. The Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Dr. Augustine P. Mahiga said "The attack apparently targeted a convoy carrying an international delegation. He said "These cowardly and senseless acts of violence will not undermine [...]

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Now is the time to seize opportunities in Haiti: Sean Penn

Listen / Secretary-General greets Sean Penn (Haiti - 14/03/2010 UN Photo/Sophia Paris)

Now is the time to seize opportunities in Haiti, a nation which can provide incredible value to other countries as well as to itself, especially by virtue of its private sector. The view was expressed by Sean Penn, CEO & Founder of the J/P Haitian Relief Organization (J/P HRO). Speaking at the World Bank headquarters [...]

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UN envoy welcomes Burundi's commitment to peace accord for Great Lakes region

Listen / Mary Robinson, the Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, addresses a press conference during her visit to Goma. UN Photo/Sylvain Liechti

The United Nations special envoy for the Great Lakes region, Mary Robinson, has welcomed Burundi's commitment to an agreement aimed at bringing peace to the Great Lakes region. The President is reported to have said that his country is ready to send well-trained peacekeeping officials as part of efforts to bring peace to the eastern [...]

3 May 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Governor John de Jongh talks about developments in the US Virgin Islands

Listen / John de Jongh

  The United States Virgin Islands are beginning to see an improvement in its economy since the 2008 global economic crisis. Governor John de Jongh says historically, the Virgin Islands have always lagged behind the US by about six months in terms of when the disposable income comes back. John de Jongh: But we've been [...]

3 May 2013 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Caribbean States laud Cuba's efforts at ensuring human rights for all citizens

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In Geneva, more than 130 countries participated in meeting for the Universal Periodic Review of Cuba. In fact, there were so many countries listed to speak that delegations were limited to slightly less than a minute to make their comments. Among those speaking were Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago. Barbados: The Government of Barbados extends [...]

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Journalists call for more protection on World Press Freedom Day

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More than 600 journalists have been killed in the line of duty over the past decade, according to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Journalists must be able work in safety because when this happens, the whole world benefits, says UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a speech marking World Press Freedom Day, observed [...]

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Implementation of accords on Great Lakes region should start now: UN envoy

Listen / Mary Robinson

Implementation of agreements to bring peace and stability to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Great Lakes region as a whole should start now, according to the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region. Mary Robinson, urged leaders to keep up the “political will and urgency” to ensure that a new [...]

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Saudi Arabia reports seven new cases of novel coronavirus

Listen / Doctors look at an X-ray. Photo: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) is working with international experts to assess the situation of the novel coronavirus after Saudi Arabia confirmed seven new cases of infection. The virus, which has not been previously identified in humans, causes severe acute respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath. WHO spokesperson Glenn Thomas [...]

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Governments focus on concrete solutions to build new global climate agreement: UNFCCC

Listen / Christiana Figueres

International negotiations to build a new global climate agreement and drive greater immediate climate action wrapped up in Bonn on Friday after a week in which governments focused on concrete solutions. The task of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, (UNFCCC's) “Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action” (ADP) [...]

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