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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

Listen / The World Health Organization

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

Listen / Protests during 2011 revolution in Egypt

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

Listen / Security Council Chamber

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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