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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 [...]

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

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  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 [...]

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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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Forgotten crisis of the "Triangle of death" in the DRC

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The security situation in Manono, Mitwaba and Pweto, in the Katanga province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, also known as the "Triangle of Death", remains volatile. Over 200,000 people were displaced due to attacks, lootings and rapes by Mayi Mayi fighters, says the spokesperson for the World Food Programme (WFP) Elizabeth Byrs. She [...]

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UN observes World Press Freedom Day on 3 May

Listen / Photographer Farzana Wahidy covering a women's empowerment event in Mazar-i-Sharif, in Afghanistan's north. Photo: UNAMA Fardin Waezi

The United Nations on Friday observed World Press Freedom Day, under the theme "Safe to Speak: Ensuring the Safety of Journalists and Media Workers." The day, marked on 3 May each year, was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1993, following the recommendation of UNESCO to draw attention to the situation of journalists [...]

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Hostilities displace 76,000 people in northern Pakistan: OCHA

Listen / Displaced people near the Pakistan-Afghan border (© Abdul Majeed Goraya/IRIN)

Thousands of people have been displaced by fighting in northern Pakistan, according to the United Nations humanitarian agency (OCHA). The agency says the displaced people have been registered in the surrounding areas around the Tirah Valley. OCHA spokesperson Jens Laerke has more. "In north Pakistan, in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, over 12,500 families, that [...]

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Women in Europe are delaying childbirth:UNECE

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Women throughout the ECE region are postponing childbearing, according to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, the UNECE. Beng Poblete-Enriquez has the story. Cameroon says it is combating violence against women Cameroon is making efforts to improve human rights, including by combating violence against women, according to its Foreign Minister Pierre Moukoko Mbonjo. Donn [...]

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Good hand hygiene critical to patient care: WHO

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Millions of hospital patients around the world contract communicable diseases from their health care givers who don't wash their hands before and after attending to a patient, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Ahead of the World Hand Hygiene day observed on 5 May, WHO says health care associated infections can be prevented if [...]

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UN food agency concerned about "Triangle of Death" in DR Congo

Listen / Margueritte Simba at a WFP food distribution point near Pweto.
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There is a volatile situation in the villages around three towns of Katanga Province where Mayi Mayi fighters are attacking people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This warning comes from the World Food Programme (WFP) which says there is a forgotten crisis in the towns of Manono, Mitwaba and Pweto. WFP spokesperson, Elisabeth [...]

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UN calls for a probe into civilian deaths in northern Nigeria

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The United Nations is calling for a full and impartial investigation into the killing of at least 200 civilians in northern Nigeria, during a security operation to flush out Islamic militants. The UN Human Rights chief Navi Pillay says the operation, carried out in the town of Baga in Borno State, resulted in many civilian [...]

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