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Secretary-General expresses hope about new DRC accord

Listen / UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with Prime Minister Augustin
Matata Ponyo Mapon of the DRC. [UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe]

• The UN Secretary-General is hopeful about peace finally coming to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Ban Ki-moon is on a five-country tour in Africa and while in the DRC on Wednesday, he expressed optimism about a framework agreement signed earlier this year by 11 African countries. However, Mr. Ban remains concerned about [...]

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UN humanitarian official calls for protection of civilians in Goma

Listen / M23 fighters move along the road towards Goma as Peacekeepers observed gathering of armed people North of the city [MONUSCO/Sylvain Liechti]

The top UN humanitarian official in the Democratic Republic of Congo is calling for all parties to respect international humanitarian law after three people were killed and 14 wounded by shells dropped north-west of the city of Goma on Wednesday, 22 May 2013. Humanitarian Coordinator Moustapha Soumaré says the explosions, which took place next to [...]

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Ban expresses solidarity with people of DRC

Listen / Billboards in Kinshasa welcome the SG and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim. [UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe]

"We want to show our solidarity and our support to the people of DRC who have suffered for too long", Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Alex King is travelling with the Secretary-General.

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Global economy improves but challenges remain, says UN report

Listen / Shamshad Akhtar, Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, addresses a press conference on the mid-year update of the UN World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) 2013. [UN Photo/Rick Bajornas]

The global economy is expected to slowly gain momentum, according to a United Nations report released on Thursday. The UN World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) 2013 says that since late 2012, new policy initiatives in major developed economies have reduced systemic risks. It says these initiatives have helped stabilize consumer, business and investor confidence, [...]

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UN and World Bank chiefs visit Rwanda

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of World Bank. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

The UN Secretary-General and the President of the World Bank laid wreaths at a memorial site for the 1994 genocide in Rwanda as they continued their joint mission to Africa on Thursday. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Dr. Jim Yong Kim arrived in Rwanda after a visit to Goma in the eastern part of the Democratic [...]

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UN humanitarian chief wraps up visit to Sudan

Listen / Two internally displaced persons (IDP) sit at the Zamzam IDP Camp. [UN Photo/Olivier Chassot]

The situation of more than one million displaced people in the troubled Darfur region of Sudan cannot be allowed to slip off the radar screen of the international community. That's what the head of United Nations humanitarian operations Valerie Amos said on Thursday as she wrapped up her visit to the country. Deputy UN Spokesperson [...]

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An activist says Ogiek people of Kenya are denied right to land

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

Indigenous people from around the world are in New York for the two-week 12th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues  which started on Monday. The Forum is an advisory body to the UN Economic and Social Council and focuses on issues related to economic, social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human [...]

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

UN observes first International Day to End Obstetric Fistula

Listen / A fistula patient lies on a hospital bed in Juba, Sudan. [UN Photo/Tim McKulka]

The United Nations observed the first International Day to End Obstetric Fistula on Thursday to draw attention to what has been described as a "nasty" condition caused by prolonged labour. The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) says obstetric fistula is a preventable and in most cases treatable childbirth injury that leaves women incontinent, ashamed and often [...]

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Secretary-General expresses hope about new DRC accord

Listen / Joint Meeting of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and President of the World Bank Group Dr. Jim Yong Kim with President Joseph Kabila of the DRC. [UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe]

The UN Secretary-General is hopeful that after many accords to end the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), peace can finally come to the country. Ban Ki-moon is currently on a five-country tour in Africa and while in the DRC on Wednesday, he expressed optimism about a framework agreement signed earlier this [...]

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

Programmes needed to prepare children for disasters: UNICEF

Listen / a child sleeping on a bed, surrounded by floodwater, in his home in Khwas Koorona village, Pakistan. [UNICEF/Asad Zaidi]

There is need to have programmes to ensure that children know what do when disasters strike says, Antony Spalton, Risk Reduction Specialist from the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). Mr. Spalton says children should participate in these programmes and be allowed to give their perspectives on what makes them feel safe. He says children are one [...]

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UN chief hopeful peace accord for DR Congo will work this time

Listen / UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with Prime Minister Augustin
Matata Ponyo Mapon of the DRC. [UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he hopes that after many accords to end the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, peace can finally come to the African country. The Secretary-General spoke to Radio Okapi of the UN Mission in the DRC in the capital, Kinshasa, on Wednesday evening before going to the eastern [...]

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Experts shed light on health issues facing indigenous youth in the Americas

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]

It's common for teenagers to believe life is tough, but for indigenous youth in Central and South America, research shows this is true. Depression, suicide, disability resulting from accidents and injuries, and lack of access to basic health care, are just some of the conditions they face, according to health professionals from across the region. [...]

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Children plead for involvement in disaster risk reduction

Listen / Children displaced by an earthquake in China. [UNICEF Photo]

Children can and should play a crucial role in disaster risk reduction, a panel of children from disaster-prone regions told the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Geneva. Children from Ethiopia, Japan, Viet Nam, Cambodia, Lesotho, Norway and the United Kingdom shared their experiences with disasters and suggested how they and other children could [...]

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UNFPA to launch new initiatives to increase access to family planning

Listen / A pregnant woman in Timor-Leste looks out her window. Recently the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) supplied equipment to Timor-Leste's national hospital in capital, Dili, which will aid in reducing maternal mortality and improving child delivery.

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, will launch two new initiatives to increase access to family planning and improve maternal health in some of the most-hard-to-reach areas around the world, including post-conflict and post-disaster countries. These initiatives which build on UNFPA's years of support to family planning will be announced at the 2013 Women Deliver [...]

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UNFPA pushes to end obstetric fistula

Listen / Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA.

Thursday 23 May, is the first International Day to End Obstetric Fistula. Obstetric fistula, a medical condition of women, is described by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) as a hole in the birth canal caused by prolonged labour without prompt medical intervention. Dr. Babatounde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA, spoke to Gerry Adams about the condition [...]

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