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Tackling the causes of poverty key to post-2015 development: UK Prime Minster

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Ending extreme poverty can be achieved in this generation, United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron told journalists in New York on Wednesday. The Prime Minister co-chairs a UN panel which seeks to build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). While the eight MDGs galvanized global action on behalf of the poor, Cameron said the panel [...]

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General Assembly adopts resolution on Syria

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The General Assembly on Wednesday adopted a resolution expressing grave concern at the ongoing violence in Syria. There are 193 member states in the United Nations and 107 countries voted in favour of the resolution while 12 voted against it. Fifty-nine countries abstained. The ambassador of Qatar, Meshal Hamad Al-Thani, introduced the resolution, saying that [...]

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UN envoy suggests sanctions against rebel coalition in CAR

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The Security Council has been asked to consider sanctions against the rebel group that has seized power in the Central African Republic (CAR). UN envoy Margaret Vogt on Wednesday briefed Council members on the indiscriminate killing, rape, assault, looting and other violations committed by the Séléka coalition. She reported that there is a growing sense [...]

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Health gap narrowing between richest and poorest countries:WHO

Listen / A woman receives prenatal care at a hospital in Mongolia (UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe)

The past two decades have seen dramatic progress in improving health in the world's poorest countries, according to WHO, the World Health Organization. The World Health Statistics compares progress made by countries with the best health status and those with least-favourable health status at the Millennium Development Goals baseline year of 1990 and again two [...]

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Business can no longer afford a 'blind spot' to disaster risk: Ban Ki-moon

Listen / Unusually heavy rainfall in Thailand has left vast swathes of the country including the capital, Bangkok, inundated (2011)

There is need for business leaders to focus on investing in disaster risk reduction. That's the message delivered by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during the launch of a major United Nations report on disaster risk reduction. The Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction this year is titled "From Shared Risk to Shared Value: The [...]

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Disaster risks can only be reduced in partnership with the private sector: Ban

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Economic losses from disasters are out of control and Governments bear the primary responsibility for disaster risk reduction, the Secretary-General warned Wednesday at the launch of the Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction. And Ban Ki-moon said they can only be reduced in partnership with the private sector, including investment banks and insurance companies.  [...]

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Culture opens new avenues for development: UNESCO Director-General

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“The power of culture must be recognized as a pillar for sustainable development, and this is why we are here,” the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, said at the opening of the International Congress of Hangzhou in China. She said “We must rethink growth models, environmental and social models, and culture offers the means to [...]

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Secretary-General celebrates intergenerational connections on International Day of Families

Listen / An Iraqi man with his grandson in a souk in Erbil. UN Photo/Pernaca Sudhakaran

The UN Secretary-General is calling for more support for initiatives that promote intergenerational solidarity to build a healthier world. In a message on the International Day of Families, observed on 15 May, Ban Ki-moon highlighted how communities benefit from programmes that provide opportunities for young and old people to bond. He said families hold societies [...]

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General Assembly to vote on resolution on Syria

Listen / Vuk Jeremić

It is high time to say "enough is enough" when it comes to the crisis in Syria, General Assembly President Vuk Jeremić stated on Wednesday. Ambassadors are meeting in the chamber to vote on a resolution on the situation, which Jeremić called "a grave test for the UN." "I believe that the tides of history [...]

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Tackling the Mali crisis requires tackling deep-rooted political, social and development challenges: UNDP

Listen / Over 412,000 people have been forced to flee northern Mali, while an estimated five million people have been affected by clashes between armed groups in the region. Photo: UNHCR/Y.Djigo

Addressing the crisis in Mali goes beyond removing the security threats. Rather, it will require tackling deep-rooted political, social and development challenges. That, according to a UN Development Programme (UNDP) message to a High-level Conference on Support and Development of Mali, held in Brussels on Wednesday. The message, delivered by UNDP Associate Administrator Rebecca Greenspan [...]

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FAO and Slow Food join forces to improve smallholders livelihoods

Listen / FAO Director-General, José Graziano da Silva, and Carlo Petrini, President and founder of the Slow Food Movement at the São José Slow Food Market, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

FAO, Food and Agriculture Organization, and the international Slow Food organization agreed Wednesday to develop joint actions to improve the livelihoods of smallholders and others working in rural areas. Under a three-year Memorandum of Agreement signed in Rome, the two organizations will join forces to promote more inclusive food and agriculture systems at local, national [...]

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Progress in improving health in the poorest countries, but inequalities persist

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Considerable progress has been made in reducing child and maternal deaths, improving nutrition and reducing deaths and illness from HIV infection, tuberculosis and malaria, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In its annual World Health statistics publication, WHO also says efforts to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have reduced health gaps between rich [...]

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ILO global forum to discuss decent work in the fishing industry

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Government, employer and worker delegates are considering ways to promote decent work in the fishing industry through the implementation and ratification of the ILO's Work in Fishing Convention, 2007. The International Labour Organization (ILO) says delegates are discussing how the Convention can be used as a tool to improve working conditions and to help address [...]

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