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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

Listen / Syrian child struggling to stay warm – UNHCR

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

Listen / A Syrian family receives food aid at a WFP distribution point. [Photo: WFP/John Wreford]

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.
UN Photo/B Wolff

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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