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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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