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Polynesia re-launches its currency

Listen / A view of the General Assembly Hall at the opening of the twelfth session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. [UN Photo/Rick Bajornas]

The Polynesian Kingdom of Atooi launched a new currency, the Kala for Polynesia, on Monday. The currency was introduced at United Nations Headquarters by The Ali’i Nui, or King of Polynesia, Aleka Aipoalani. He said the launch of the currency is a step towards protecting the sovereign status of the Polynesian Kingdom. "The Kingdom of [...]

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UN chief calls for momentum to achieve anti-poverty goals

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday called for momentum to achieve the Millennium Development Goals agreed by world leaders in 2000 to improve people's lives around the world. Mr. Ban spoke in the Mozambican capital, Maputo at an event under the theme "The Future we want-Millennium Development Goal's Post 2015 and Agenda 2025." He said [...]

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Latest session of indigenous forum opens at UN headquarters

Listen / Tadodaho Sid Hill

Thousands of indigenous people have once again gathered at United Nations Headquarters for the latest session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. The forum was established more than a decade ago in response to indigenous demands for high-level representation at the United Nations. The UN describes the indigenous as people who have retained [...]

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UN moves to contain situation following clashes in eastern DR Congo

Listen / Eduardo Del Buey

The United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) is taking diplomatic steps to end clashes between rebels and government forces in the eastern part of the country. Heavy fighting is reported to have broken out between government forces and M23 fighters for the first time since the rebels pulled out of [...]

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Indigenous peoples still lag behind in access to basic services, says chair of UN Forum

Listen / Opening of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Indigenous people around the world still don't have adequate access to basic services such as health and education. That's what the newly elected Chairperson of this year's session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, Paul Kanyinke Sena said in New York on Monday. Mr. Sena said the session is reviewing how the [...]

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UNESCO Executive Director encourages girls in Afghanistan

Listen / © UNESCO All Rights Reserved -The Director-General meets with President Hamid Karzai in Kabul on 18 May 2013.

Throngs of girls welcomed UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova to Afghanistan on 18 May as she began an official three-day visit to the country. After visiting a school and meeting with the minister of education, the Director-General commented on girls' education in Afghanistan. Duration: 2’40″

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UN Secretary-General visits Mozambique

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Despite many challenges, Mozambique has achieved significant progress towards its Millennium Development Goals (MDG) targets, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in remarks Monday at the start of his visit to the country. The secretary-General has been meeting with government officials including the Speaker of the Mozambican Parliament, Veronica Makamo. He also participated in a discussion on [...]

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Settler violence has increased in Occupied Palestinian Territory, says Chief Palestinian Negotiator

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Violence by Jewish settlers has increased in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, according to Saëb Erakat, Chief Palestinian Negotiator. Mr. Erakat, who is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, briefed Member States at UN headquarters on Monday. He said the total number of settlements completed since Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu [...]

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The safety of health facilities and staff must be sacrosanct: WHO chief

Listen / Margaret Chan, Director General WHO. [UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré]

We are living in deeply troubled times, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Margaret Chan said in Geneva Monday. She told the opening session of the World Health Assembly that these are times of financial insecurity, food insecurity, job insecurity, political insecurity, a changing climate, and a degraded environment that is asked to support [...]

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Afghanistan not likely to have universal primary education by 2015, says UNESCO chief

Listen / © UNESCO/Cynthia Guttman -UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, visits a high school chemistry class, Kabul, 18 May.

Despite the progress Afghanistan has made in providing education for children, the country is not likely to meet the Millennium Development Goal of achieving universal primary education by 2015. This observation was made by Irina Bokova, the head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) who wrapped up a visit to the country [...]

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Listen / A WHO-trained nurse in Afghanistan

The story of an Afghan woman dying in childbirth and the work of the World Health Organization (WHO) to prevent the preventable. Language: English Genre: Drama 1955 Duration: 14’23″

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Rock Hudson: The Open Door

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American actor Rock Hudson tells the story of a reformed mental health institution in Bethlehem and the work of World Health Organization. Language: English Genre: Drama 1959 Duration: 4’32″  

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World Health Assembly opens in Geneva

Listen / Participants at the opening of the plenary meeting of the World Health Assembly. [ UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe (Date: 19/05/2009)]

Hundreds of delegates from 194 Member States of the World Health Organization (WHO) have gathered in Geneva for this year's World Health Assembly which started on Monday. The Assembly is the highest decision-making body of WHO which sets out the Organization's policy and approves its budget. WHO spokesperson Glenn Thomas outlines some of the issues [...]

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