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Chinese actress Li Bingbing advocates for saving African elephants

Listen / Chinese actress Li Bingbing, UNEP Goodwill Ambassador. UNEP Photo

China's leading actress has called for greater effort to end the illegal ivory trade, which experts say is fueling a rise in the killing of elephants across Africa. Li Bingbing – who is a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme – visited Kenya recently to see at first hand the impact of poaching [...]

21 May 2013 | Posted in Celebrity Corner, Today's Features | Read More »

UN envoy calls for end to fighting in eastern DR Congo

Listen / Residents of Rutshuru Territory flee their homes to seek safety in Goma. [UN Photo/Sylvain Liechti]

The UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region has called on the parties to the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to stop fighting in the eastern part of the country. Mary Robinson made her appeal as the UN Mission in the country reported that fighting between M23 rebel fighters and [...]

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UN offers to help with recovery efforts in tornado-hit Oklahoma

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the United Nations is ready to help with the recovery efforts in the State of Oklahoma in the United States following Monday's devastating tornado. At least 24 people are reported to have died, including nine children in the tornado which flattened neighbourhoods with winds of up 200 miles per hour. [...]

21 May 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

More than 7 million now on HIV treatment across Africa: UNAIDS

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A new report says the number of people in Africa receiving antiretroviral treatment increased from less than 1 million in 2005 to 7.1 million in 2012, with nearly 1 million added in the last year alone. The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) says AIDS-related deaths are also continuing to fall––reducing by 32% from [...]

21 May 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Trafficked Haitian children in Dominican Republic get assistance from IOM

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The International Organization for Migration (IOM) says it is working with authorities in the Dominican Republic to assist a group of 52 Haitian children recently rescued from a ring of traffickers. According to the agency, the unaccompanied children were being forced by the traffickers to beg on the street corners in the capital, Santo Domingo. [...]

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UN meeting looks at ways to reduce disaster risk and build resilience

Listen / Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson during the Opening Ceremony of the United Nations for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)[UN Photo/ Jean-Marc Ferré]

Private sector participation in disaster management is among the topics being discussed at a UN-sponsored meeting underway in Geneva. The three-day meeting, known as the Global Platform for Disaster Reduction, is looking at ways to invest today for a safer tomorrow. Dianne Penn reports. Duration: 2’52″

21 May 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Sami reindeer herders attend Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Listen / The reindeer digging through the snow to feed in the winter. [UNESCO Photo/ Marie Roué]

The Samis call northern Scandinavia their home. They are an indigenous people whose origins go back some 11,000 years. Reindeer herding is central to their culture. The Norwegian Reindeer Herding Samis Association is represented at the current session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Two of its youthful members, Berit Marie Lise [...]

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UN refugee agency working to contain cholera epidemic in Niger

Listen / Malian refugees at the Mangaizé refugee camp in northern Niger. [UNHCR/ H.Caux]

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) and its partners are working in Niger to contain a cholera epidemic in the west of the country. The agency says the epidemic, which was declared by the government of Niger on 11 May has left seven people dead. UNHCR spokesperson in Geneva, Melissa Fleming, says two of the [...]

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UN rights experts call for equality in post-2015 development agenda

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A group of United Nations human rights experts on Tuesday called for the post-2015 development agenda to be urgently refocused on equality, social protection and accountability. The independent experts said that "As we enter this crucial phase we must not forget the failures that have left nearly one billion hungry and poverty still rife", adding [...]

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UN chief asks Mozambican President to be Education Champion

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meeting with H.E. Armando Emilio Guebuza, President of the Republic of Mozambique. [UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe]

The President of Mozambique Armando Guebuza has agreed to act as an education champion at the request of the UN Secretary-General who is on his first official visit to the Southern African country. Speaking to reporters in the Mozambican capital Maputo on Tuesday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described Mozambique an important success story for the global [...]

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Disaster risk reduction essential for Millennium Development Goals, says UN Deputy Secretary-General

Listen / Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, speaks after the Opening Ceremony of the United Nations for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR  at the International Conference Center of Geneva. [UN Photo/ Jean-Marc Ferré]

Disaster risk reduction is essential for achieving the anti-poverty goals set by world leaders in 2000 to be achieved by 2015. That's what UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said at the Fourth Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction meeting in Geneva on Tuesday. Representatives of national and local governments, civil society, the private sector, international [...]

21 May 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN chief lauds strong female representation in Mozambican parliament

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meeting with H.E. Armando Emilio Guebuza, President of the Republic of Mozambique. [UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has praised Mozambique's National Assembly for its role in promoting social cohesion and political dialogue. In meeting with the President of the National Assembly, the Secretary-General said he was delighted to see the strong representation of women, which he said, is reflected throughout the government and parliament. Alex King is travelling with [...]

21 May 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

World Bank says universal health coverage key to ending poverty

Listen / A mother and her child at the Maternity and Child Hospital in Iraq. (UN Photo/Bikem Ekberzade)

The World Bank is calling for global efforts to ensure universal access to quality, affordable health services. Addressing the annual World Health Assembly in Geneva, World Bank group president Jim Yong Kim said in order to attain the goal of eradicating absolute poverty by 2030, countries must ensure that all their citizens have access to [...]

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UNRWA's health programme hard hit in Syria

Listen / Aleppo, Syria: A burnt out bus in an opposition-held area of Aleppo visited by the UN inter-agency convoy and SARC (Syrian Arab Red Crescent). [OCHA/Gemma Connell]

"There is no doubt we still have considerable ways to go to realize our ultimate Human Development Goal, "A Long and Healthy Life". That's what Filippo Grandi, the head of UNRWA, the UN agency assisting Palestinian refugees, told delegates at the Sixth World Health Organization's World Health Summit in Geneva. But he said "nonetheless, we [...]

21 May 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Food security and nutritional status worsening in Egypt: Report

Listen / More than 40 percent of the average household's expenditure goes towards food while the poorest families spend more than half their budgets on food. Copyright: WFP/Marco Frattini

Poverty and food insecurity in Egypt have risen significantly over the last three years, according to joint reports released Tuesday by the UN World Food Programme (WFP), the government's Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). A report by WFP and CAPMAS found that an estimated [...]

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Over 8.3 million Syrians need aid to survive: UNHCR

Listen / Syrian refugees wait at a UNHCR distribution centre in Za'atri refugee camp in Jordan.© UNHCR/J.Tanner

Nearly half of the Syrian population is now dependent on humanitarian assistance for survival, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). The agency says over 8.3 million Syrians are receiving humanitarian aid, either as refugees in neighbouring countries or, as internally displaced persons. UNHCR says the situation in Syria is rapidly deteriorating as violence continues [...]

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