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Human Rights chief urges an end to gross crimes in Syria

Listen / Navi Pillay

Opposition groups in Syria are being urged to do everything in their power to stop gross crimes. The call comes from UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay in a statement on Tuesday. It follows the emergence of a video from Syria which appears to show a rebel leader cutting out the heart of [...]

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Insects have potential to provide food and livelihoods

Listen / Women selling larvae of the palm weevil beetle in large paniers

Forests products, including insects are critical to the fight against hunger, according to a new report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands. The report, entitled, "Edible Insects: Future Prospects for food and feed security" was launched in Rome on Monday, at the start of the [...]

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Diplomat says political leaders behind lack of progress in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Listen / Valentin Inzko

Despite making progress since the Balkan wars of the 1990s, Bosnia and Herzegovina continues to trail its neighbours, High Representative Valentin Inzko told the Security Council on Tuesday. He observed that while the region is moving on, with Serbia and Kosovo normalizing relations and Croatia poised to join the European Union, Bosnia and Herzegovina is [...]

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Humanitarian agencies prepare for Cyclone Mahasen

Listen / Coastal communities brace as Tropical Cyclone Mahasen barrels towards Bangladesh and Myanmar (Credit: IRIN/Brendan Brady)

A "red storm" alert from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is in effect for a tropical cyclone expected to make landfall on Thursday. Cyclone Mahasen is moving across the Indian Ocean toward India, Bangladesh and Myanmar. UN agencies and humanitarian groups are particularly concerned about the welfare of tens of [...]

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Immediate and significant humanitarian assistance needed in Al-Houla: UNICEF

Listen / The building where Souad has taken refuge is freezing cold at night. She and her family are surviving on WFP food aid.

Without immediate and significant humanitarian assistance in the near term, Al-Houla, a cluster of villages north of Homs in Syria, is looking at a high-risk of increased malnutrition, the possibility of disease outbreak and further displacement. That's the assessment of an inter-agency mission that crossed the frontlines to deliver aid to the besieged area this [...]

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UN concerned about insecurity in Pibor town of South Sudan

Listen / Civilians in Pibor

The United Nations is concerned about the deterioration of the security situation in Pibor town in Jonglei State of South Sudan. The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) says acts of violence and looting by armed individuals have forced scores of people to flee their homes. It is particularly alarmed by reports of the involvement [...]

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UN mission alarmed at insecurity in South Sudan's Jonglei State

Listen / South Sudanese family near Pibor, Jonglei State.

The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) is worried about the deteriorating security situation in the country's largest state. UNMISS has strongly condemned recent violence, looting and displacement in and around Pibor town in Jonglei State. Mission spokesperson Ariane Quentier, who spoke to UN Radio on Tuesday, says a number of factors are behind the [...]

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UNHCR inaugurates new camp in Burundi for Congolese refugees

Listen / A group of Congolese refugees in Burundi (© UNHCR/B.Ntwari)

Congolese refugees fleeing eastern Democratic Republic of Congo will be hosted in a new refugee camp in Kavumu, Burundi. The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) says the new camp, to be opened on Wednesday with a total capacity of 13,000 refugees, is expected to accommodate up to 5,000 by the end of 2013. For nearly four [...]

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ILO welcomes new workplace safety agreement in Bangladesh

Listen / A female employee at a garment factory in Gazipur, Bangladesh. UN Photo/Kibae Park

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has welcomed the signing of a workplace safety agreement in Bangladesh which comes in the wake of the building collapse that killed more than 1,000 people. The UN agency praised trade unions, clothing brands and retailers worldwide for supporting the Accord on Building and Fire Safety. The ILO says urgent [...]

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Health alert issued as polio is detected in Somalia

Listen / WHOsomalia

The World Health Organization (WHO), has issued a polio surveillance alert for all of Somalia, northern Kenya and eastern Ethiopia. The alert follows the confirmation that a 32 month old girl taken ill in the Banadir region of south eastern Somalia, was infected with the wild polio virus. This is the first polio case to [...]

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ITU World Telecommunication/ICT Policy Forum debates hot topics affecting technology sector

Listen / Hamadoun I. Touré

"We stand at a 'tipping point' between the Internet as a vital enabler of social and economic progress in the industrialized world and the Internet as a valuable global resource and a basic commodity of human life everywhere." That, according to the Secretary-General of the International Telecommunications Union Hamdoun Touré. He told the ITU's fifth [...]

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Russian Federation's increasingly hostile environment for NGOs and rights defenders unacceptable

Listen / Maina Kiai

Russian authorities are being urged to revise a law on 'non-commercial organizations' adopted by the Duma last November. The call comes from three United Nations independent human rights experts who all expressed serious concern at what they've described as the "obstructive, intimidating and stigmatizing effects" brought about by the current implementation of the law in [...]

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Security Council condemns deadly attack in Libya

Listen / Security Council chamber

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms Monday's deadly attack that occurred in Benghazi, Libya, causing numerous deaths and injuries. In a press statement, the members of the Council underlined the need to bring the perpetrators of this act to justice.  And they urged all States, in accordance with their obligations [...]

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