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UN Population Fund chief calls for resolution of Syrian conflict

Listen / UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin visiting a Syrian refugee camp in Turkey - UNFPA Photo

There are currently more than 1.3 million registered refugees in Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Egypt, according to UNFPA, the UN Population Fund. The majority are living in host communities, outside of camp settings, which is putting strains on local services. UNFPA is providing life-saving reproductive health services across the region, including within Syria. Following [...]

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Preparedness is key to resilience, say top Asia-Pacific Crisis Managers

Listen / ESCAP

Asia and the Pacific is the most disaster prone region of the world, according to Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, the head of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). She says that almost two million people were killed by disasters in this region between 1970 and 2011 representing 75% of people [...]

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UN-African Union envoy in Darfur wraps up visit to five states

Listen / Mohamed ibn Chambas

The best solution to the conflict in the troubled Darfur region of Sudan is to achieve peace, says Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the head of the joint African Union-United Nations mission in Darfur (UNAMID). Mr. Chambas has wrapped up a series of field visits across the five states of Darfur, where UNAMID is mandated to protect [...]

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Measles outbreak affects Syrian refugees in host countries

Listen / A Syrian boy gets his measles jab in Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. Photo: UNICEF/Jordan-2013/ Alaa Malhas

An outbreak of measles is responsible for a stepped up vaccination campaign among Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey, as well as in Syria itself. UNICEF, the UN Children's Fund, says there have been over three thousand cases of the disease reported in the host countries in the past several months. Dr. Azzeddine [...]

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Cameroon says it is combating violence against women

Listen / Cameroonian woman in the town of Mbalmayo, Cameroon

Cameroon is making efforts to improve human rights, including by combating violence against women, according to its Foreign Minister Pierre Moukoko Mbonjo. Speaking in Geneva as the UN Human Rights Council discussed the country's Universal Periodic Review, Mr. Mbonjo said Cameroon has implemented most of the recommendations it accepted during its 2009 Review, and highlighted [...]

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UN Daily News 1 May 2013

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Asia/Pacific Governments urged to invest in preparation for disasters

Listen / Ruins of the houses destroyed by the earthquake in China

Asia- Pacific is the most disaster-prone region of the world with almost two million people killed by disasters between 1970 and 2011. That's what the head of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, ESCAP, Dr. Noeleen Heyzer said in Bangkok, Thailand on Wednesday. Dr. Heyzer told a Ministerial Roundtable on [...]

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Arbitrary detention at Guantánamo in breach of international law: UN

Listen / Rupert Colville

United States President Barack Obama thinks the Guantánamo Naval Base camp should close but it's still open, says the UN Human Rights Office. According to Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the office, some people have been there for up to 11 years without being charged, without being brought to court and without being convicted. That, he [...]

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UN chief deeply concerned about rising violence in Iraq

Listen / Aftermath of a bombing attack in Iraq: photo - IRIN

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed deep concern about the upsurge of violence throughout Iraq that has left many dead and injured hundreds over the past week. In a statement issued late Tuesday, the Secretary-General calls on the Iraqi Security Forces to exert utmost restraint in maintaining law and order. He is also urging [...]

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Human rights experts concerned about plight of Guantánamo detainees

Listen / Guantánamo Naval Base

International human rights experts are calling on the United States to respect and guarantee the life, health and personal integrity of detainees at the Guantánamo Naval Base. They made the call as 100 of the 166 detainees at the facility are reported to be on hunger strike and 21 of them are being force fed [...]

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The Second One Hundred Million

Listen / A nurse administering oral polio vaccine at a clinic in Sierra Leone

A report on the silent war on poliomyelitis, after the first hundred millions shots were fired by the World Health Organization. Language: English Genre: Report 1957 Duration: 13’59″

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Children in Somalia to receive new vaccination against deadly diseases

Listen / UNICEF has been going to great lengths to ensure children under five are vaccinated against measles, polio, diphtheria and whooping cough.

Nearly 500,000 children born in Somali every year are to benefit from a new vaccine which will protect them from five potentially fatal childhood diseases. The new Pentavalent vaccine will protect children against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, Hepatitis B and Haemophilus influenzae, which is a bacteria that causes meningitis and pneumonia, among other diseases. The [...]

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