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People are the focus of peacekeeping, says newly-appointed Force Commander in DRC

Listen / Lieutenant-General Carlos Alberto Dos Santos Cruz

A veteran military officer from Brazil has been appointed Force Commander at the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). Lieutenant-General Carlos Alberto Dos Santos Cruz brings more than 40 years of national and international military experience to the post. The Lt-Gen. had previously served with the United Nations in Haiti, [...]

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Nigerian government declares state of emergency in northeast; cites insurgency by terrorist groups

Listen / High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

A state of emergency has been declared in the three north eastern states of the country with the government citing the rebellion and insurgency by terrorist groups which, it says, pose a very serious threat to national unity and territorial integrity. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, in a statement has urged the Nigerian [...]

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Jamaica reiterates its political commitment to the fight against human trafficking

Listen / Ms. Crystall Powell-Britton addressing the General Assembly

The Government of Jamaica accords the highest level of political commitment to the fight against human trafficking and unequivocally denounces the scourge of trafficking in Persons. Ms. Crystall Powell-Britton told the High-level meeting on the Appraisal of the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons that Jamaica reaffirms its determination to prevent and [...]

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UNWTO welcomes Trinidad and Tobago as its new Member

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Trinidad and Tobago has become UNWTO's 156th Member State as the country rejoins the Organization after 35 years. The announcement was made by the Secretary General, Taleb Rifai, at the opening of the 55th Meeting of the UNWTO Commission for the Americas in San Jose, Costa Rica. Mr. Rifai said "We are very happy to [...]

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Trafficking in persons – a heinous crime: Barbados

Listen / Barbados Deputy Permanent Representative Joyce Bourne addressing the General Assembly

Given its transnational nature, combating the scourge of human trafficking required utmost international cooperation and coordination, several speakers said in the General Assembly during its high-level meeting on the appraisal of the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons. Delegates said that strengthening national legal and institutional frameworks called for the universal ratification [...]

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International tourism receipts grew by 4% in 2012

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Receipts from international tourism in destinations around the world grew by 4% in 2012 reaching US$ 1,075 billion. An additional US$ 219 billion was recorded in receipts from international passenger transport, bringing total exports generated by international tourism in 2012 to US$ 1.3 trillion. According to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, international tourism receipts [...]

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Fight against homophobia is fight for human rights: Ban Ki-moon

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The fight against homophobia is a core part of the broader battle for human rights for all, said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a statement, as he marked the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, 17 May. Gerry Adams reports. Duration: 3’34″

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Syrian conflict results in over 1.5 million refugees

Listen / Syrian families continue to flee across borders. This photograph was taken at the Jordan border (© UNHCR/J.Kohler)

A recent agreement by Russia and the United States to hold an international conference to end the conflict in Syria has raised hopes that the crisis can be resolved. The ongoing conflict in Syria featured prominently in discussions between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during a brief visit to [...]

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Secretary-General highlights role of technology in road safety

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Technology can play a part in reducing road traffic deaths, according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Mr. Ban reports nearly 1.3 million people die each year in road accidents, while millions more are injured or permanently disabled. Road safety is the focus of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, observed on 17 May. In a [...]

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UN chief commends Russia's emphasis on multilateral diplomacy in addressing key global challenges

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has underscored the importance of the strong partnership between the United Nations and the Russian Federation, commending the emphasis the country places on multilateral diplomacy in addressing key global challenges. In a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin , the Secretary-General expressed his support for the agreement between the Russian Federation [...]

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UNDP supporting greater attention to LGBT rights

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Going forward, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) is supporting greater attention to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) rights as the international community prepares a post-2015 development agenda, that according to the agency's Administrator, Helen Clark. In a message for International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, Ms. Clarke says "Increasingly, the international community is recognizing [...]

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Human Rights chief calls for overhaul of garment industry after deadly Bangladesh building collapse

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

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay is calling for swift action to empower trade unions and overhaul the garment industry. This follows the deaths of more than 1,000 people in Bangladesh last month in the collapse of a building which housed several clothing factories. Human Rights spokesperson Rupert Colville says the High Commissioner [...]

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General Assembly-Focus on human trafficking

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Trafficking in human beings is an illegal activity that generates over $30 billion a year and affects more than 20 million people, according to United Nations figures. The General Assembly on Monday held a high-level meeting on the Appraisal of the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons. The meeting brought together senior [...]

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INDONESIA #20: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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Cyclone Mahasen hits Bangladesh

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Cyclone Mahasen has been moving across the Indian Ocean, killing at least four people in Bangladesh earlier this week. Kirsten Mildren of the UN humanitarian affairs office (OCHA) says they are concerned about thousands of people in Myanmar's Rakhine State who could be affected by the storm. Asian countries assess progress on action plan against [...]

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Progress in recognising the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people is undeniable: ILO

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The International Labour Organisation (ILO) is stepping up efforts to eradicate workplace discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity. In a statement on International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder said the world of work has been a crucial arena for spearheading legal change, ending stereotypes and promoting understanding [...]

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UN-Russia agree on need for an International Conference on Syria as soon as possible: Ban

Listen / Secretary-General at joint press conference with Sergey Lavrov

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov have agreed that an International Conference on Syria should be held as soon as possible to help the parties come to the negotiating table.  Secretary-General Ban, in Moscow on a brief visit, said they also discussed how the crisis in Syria is affecting the wider [...]

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End violence and discrimination against gays and lesbians

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The United Nations is urging its member states to make extra effort in combating violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender and intersex people. The UN Human Rights chief Navi Pillay says gay and lesbian issues are no longer taboo at the United Nations, but the abuse gay and lesbian people suffer makes it [...]

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Syrian refugee numbers cross 1.5 million as funding gaps remain

Listen / Syrian refugee children play beside tents in Domiz refugee camp. (Photo: UNHCR/B.Sokol)

The number of Syrian refugees who have fled into neighbouring countries has now surpassed the 1.5 million mark, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). However, the agency says the number of refugees is likely to be much higher as many others have opted not to register with UNHCR due to personal security concerns. In [...]

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Yellow fever vaccination booster no longer needed

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The World Health Organization now says a single dose of yellow fever vaccine is sufficient to confer  life long immunity against the disease. Current international health regulations require individuals living or traveling to countries where yellow fever is endemic to  receive a second dose or booster ten years after the initial vaccination. WHO says that [...]

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