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UNHCR concerned Syrians prevented from fleeing to Jordan

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

Thousands of Syrians displaced by the conflict in their country are being prevented from crossing the border into Jordan, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). UNHCR reports that since the beginning of the year, approximately 2,000 Syrians a day have been arriving at Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan, but only seven crossed the border [...]

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Trinidad and Tobago moves to reduce the risk of disaster

Listen / Stephen Ramropp

In Trinidad and Tobago, action has been initiated on all of the priorities called for in the Hyogo Protocol and on the role of international partners in assisting small island states in specific areas related to disaster risk reduction. Dr. Stephen Ramropp, Chief Executive Officer of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management there's been [...]

24 May 2013 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Calls for inter-Island cooperation among SIDS in reducing disaster risks

Listen / Island

There were many calls for inter-island cooperation, as well as adequate financial and technical resources in Geneva this week as disaster risk reduction experts met on strengthening partnerships for Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Local government representatives told the fourth session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction that there would be no disaster [...]

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UN chief in Uganda stresses need for implementing peace accord for Great Lakes Region

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with His Excellency President Yoweri K. Museveni of Uganda. [UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe]

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday stressed the need to implement an accord signed by 11 African countries in February to bring peace to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Great Lakes region. Mr. Ban spoke in Entebbe, Uganda, where he met with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and members of his cabinet [...]

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Trafficked Haitian children in Dominican Republic get assistance from IOM

Listen / IOM Spokesperson Jumbe Omari Jumbe

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. [...]

24 May 2013 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Security Council and UN chief condemn terrorist attacks in Niger

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The Security Council has strongly condemned the two suicide bombings which took place in Arlit and Agadez in Niger on Thursday. According to reports, at least 20 people were killed and more than a dozen others injured in the attacks which targeted a military camp in the city of Agadez and a uranium mine in [...]

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UN health agency stresses importance of sharing information to fight disease outbreaks

Listen / WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan at the World Health Assembly in Geneva. [WHO Photo]

All countries around the world need to cooperate and share information to fight diseases in accordance with the 2005 International Health Regulations of the World Health Organization (WHO). This point was made by the Director-General of WHO, Dr. Margaret Chan as the World Health Assembly continued its session in Geneva on Friday. She said countries [...]

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Secretary-General supports lasting peace and rapid development in Rwanda

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meeting with His Excellency President Paul Kagame of Rwanda. [UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe]

Saying he was determined to support lasting peace and rapid development in Rwanda, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, along with Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank, arrived in Kigali on Thursday after a visit to Goma in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The two leaders addressed the Rwandan [...]

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UNESCO Executive Director encourages girls in Afghanistan

Listen / bokova

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. UN meeting looks at ways to reduce disaster risk and build resilience Private [...]

24 May 2013 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

UN human rights chief concerned about annulment of guilty verdict for genocide in Guatemala

Listen / Rupert Colville

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, has expressed concern about the right of victims of genocide to obtain remedies in Guatemala. This follows the ruling of the Constitutional Court of the Central American country annulling the guilty verdict of Efrain Rios Montt, the former military leader convicted of genocide against the [...]

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

Youngsters lobby for countries to implement Children's Charter on Disaster Risk Reduction

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

Children from disaster-prone regions in Africa, Asia and Europe have a message for the world: listen to us. At a UN forum in Geneva this week, they called for countries to implement a strategy aimed at keeping children safe before, during and after disasters. The Children's Charter for Disaster Risk Reduction covers five areas which [...]

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UNFPA pushes to end obstetric fistula

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

Obstetric fistula is an injury caused by prolonged obstructive labour during childbirth which leaves women incontinent, ashamed and ostracized from their communities.  Gerry Adams sat down with Dr. Babatounde Osotimehin, head of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), to find out more about this condition which affects approximately two million women worldwide. Secretary-General campaigns to end [...]

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UN chief commends Rwanda's commitment to empowering women and girls

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and President of the World Bank Group Dr. Jim Yong meeting with His Excellency President Paul Kagame of Rwanda. [UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe]

Rwanda has been commended for its commitment to the empowerment of women and girls. The praise came from United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a statement to reporters in the capital, Kigali on Friday as he continued his visit to Africa with the President of the World Bank. He said Rwanda has made remarkable progress [...]

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UN experts call for an end to caste-based discrimination in Asia

Listen / india-mats

United Nations human rights experts are calling for more effort to protect an estimated 260 million people in South Asia who are victims of caste-based discrimination. The experts say the victims, commonly referred to as the Dalits, are treated as “untouchables” and occupy the lowest levels of strict, hierarchical caste systems founded on notions of [...]

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One in five children gets a school meal every day: WFP

Listen / A schoolboy in rural Cambodia tucks into the healthy meal of rice and cooked vegetables he and all the other children get every day during classes courtesy of WFP. [Photo: WFP/Heather Hill]

About one out of every five school children gets a meal at school every day, according to a new report launched Friday in Rome. The State of School Feeding Worldwide report was launched by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), providing for the first time a global picture and analysis of school feeding programmes [...]

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Displaced Syrians blocked from fleeing to Jordan

Listen / Syrian refugees

Thousands of displaced Syrians are being prevented from crossing the border into Jordan, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). The agency says over the past week only about seven Syrians have managed to cross the border into the Za’atari camp compared to at least 2,000 Syrians who have been crossing the border daily since [...]

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