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Secretary-General calls for an end to the death penalty

More than 150 countries have either abolished the death penalty or do not practice it.

Countries which still uphold the death penalty are being urged to join the global coalition to end to this practice. The call comes from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, speaking in New York on Friday at a high-level panel organized by the UN Human Rights office. "We have a duty to prevent innocent people from paying [...]

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Recognize tourism as major Caribbean earner, urges CTO chief

Caribbean beach

The head of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has asked the region’s ambassadors to Europe to remember the importance of tourism as a major economic driver and as a potent anti-poverty tool. Speaking to a gathering of Caribbean envoys in Brussels, CTO chairman Beverly Nicholson-Doty of the United States Virgin Islands lauded their championing of [...]

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ILO reform will contribute to an enhanced role for the organization in global development: Trinidad and Tobago

Errol Mc Leod

NAR: The ongoing reshaping of the global landscape requires States to become more nimble and to examine more closely the poles and determinants of poverty and prosperity in both developed and developing countries. That assessment comes from Trinidad and Tobago's Minister of Labour and Small and Micro Enterprise Development Errol Mc Leod in a statement [...]

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Jamaica's well-defined industrial relations system cemented by labour laws: Kellier

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Tripartism which is at the heart of the ILO and the Decent Work agenda resonate with the country of Jamaica, Minister of Labour and Social Security Derrick Kellier told the 102nd International Labour Congress in Geneva. He said Jamaica's well-defined industrial relations system cemented by labour laws is affected by the natural rhythm of the [...]

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Barbados touts its commitment collective bargaining:

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  The practice of collective bargaining is institutionalised within the industrial relations landscape of Barbados. That's what the General Secretary of the Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations Dennis de Peiza told the 102nd International Labour Conference of the International Labour Organization in Genava. He stressed that Barbados subscribed to principles of voluntarism which [...]

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Monitoring and keeping the peace in the disputed Abyei area of Sudan

Yohannes Tesfamariam

"The history of Sudan's Abyei region is a history of conflict" says the Force Commander of the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNIFSA). However, says Major General Yohannes Tesfamariam, since the establishment of the mission in June 2011, the situation is relatively peaceful except for an incident in May this year. The mission was [...]

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UN Daily News 28 June 2013

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Peru: The Food Revolution

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There’s a new revolution happening in Peru… a food revolution. Ancient cuisine is the top choice for top chefs in the capital, Lima, where ancient crops are produced by smallholder farmers. The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) says the new alliance that has formed between these chefs and the people who grow their food [...]

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Egyptian research centre and Ugandan doctor receive UN Population Award

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An Egypt-based research centre and an advocate for reproductive health in Uganda are the winners of the 2013 United Nations Population Award. The International Islamic Centre for Population Studies and Research and Dr. Jotham Musinguzi, will be honoured during a ceremony on Friday at UN Headquarters in New York. The research centre is affiliated with [...]

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Global Fund supports malaria eradication initiative in Latin America and the Caribbean

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Ten Latin American and Caribbean countries are joining together to stamp out malaria in their region by 2020. They are being supported by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which has set aside an additional $10 million for the initiative. The announcement was made on Thursday in Costa Rica, one of the [...]

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IAEA moves to enhance global nuclear security efforts

Lebanese customs officers practice radiation detection techniques during a training session in 2010. (Photo: Lebanese Customs Administration)

Ways to strengthen nuclear security worldwide is the focus of a 5-day meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna 1-5 July. The risk that nuclear or other radioactive material could be used in malicious acts is regarded as a serious threat to international peace and security. The IAEA's Office of Nuclear Security [...]

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Parliamentarians stress need for negotiated political solution to Syria crisis

Swedish MP Ulrika Karlsson engages with Syrian refugee children at the Zaatri camp. ©IPU

A group of parliamentarians from around the world is calling for more efforts to find a negotiated political solution to the Syrian crisis. The MPs on Friday concluded a three-day mission to Jordan, which is hosting 500,000 Syrian refugees. The mission was organized by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and its findings will be reported to [...]

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Cholera and violence sweep across DR Congo's Katanga Province

Francois and his family are refugees from the Congo

A cholera epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Katanga province has  killed 257 people, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian affairs (OCHA). More than 11,000 cholera cases have been reported in the province since the beginning of the year. The outbreak has been concentrated on the main city of [...]

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Refugee status for Rwandans comes to an end

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Nearly 100,000 Rwandans still living in exile are to loose their refugee status on the 30th of June this year, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). The cessation of refugee status will however only apply to Rwandan refugees who fled the country before 31 December 1998. UNHCR says both the International and the African [...]

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Afghanistan still the global leader in opium production

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With more than 150,000 hectares of poppies under cultivation, Afghanistan maintains its position as the world's leading producer of opium. The annual World Drugs Report, released this week by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), predicts there will be a "significant" increase in production in 2013. Human Rights Office urges Myanmar to tackle [...]

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New HIV infections among children in sub-Saharan Africa slashed in half

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A 50% reduction in new HIV infections among children in seven countries in sub-Saharan Africa is the highlight of a new UNAIDS report. However, it also shows that access to treatment remains unacceptably low for children –– only three in 10 children in need of treatment have access in most of the ‘Global Plan’ priority [...]

27 Jun 2013 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

Security Council votes to end Iraq sanctions

Hoshyar Zebari

The Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution to lift sanctions against Iraq stemming from the 1991 invasion of Kuwait. Council members on Thursday welcomed Iraq's commitment to implementing its obligations under previous resolutions to pay compensation to Kuwait, and its efforts to advance regional stability. Hoshyar Zebari is Iraq's Foreign Minister. “Our foreign policy [...]

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UN Radio News 27 June 2013

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Vienna+20 – the future of human rights

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A 2-day High-level Expert Conference opened in Geneva Thursday to mark the 20th anniversary of the creation of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Over 100 experts are attending the conference examining how the international human rights system can be strengthened further. The Conference was opened by High Commissioner for Human Rights [...]

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UN body reports record Foreign Direct Investment to least developed countries

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Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to the world's least developed countries hit a record $26 billion last year, according to a report by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). This was mostly through "greenfield investment," which UNCTAD explains is new investment or the expansion of existing investment in recipient nations, as opposed to investment [...]

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UN celebrates 20th anniversary of landmark human rights declaration

Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Twenty years after the adoption of a historic human rights document much work still remains to be done, according to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Navi Pillay was speaking in Vienna on Thursday at a conference celebrating the 1993 Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action (VDPA) which she called "one of the strongest [...]

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Secretary-General praises Africa's progress and potential

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Africans are writing a new narrative in their history, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Africa Day Celebration held in New York City on Wednesday evening. Mr. Ban characterized Africa as "a continent on the move" and home to some of the world's fastest growing economies. He pointed out that while a more stable and [...]

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Sexual violence can constitute a crime against humanity: Security Council

Angelina Jolie addresses the Security Council meeting on sexual violence in conflict. [UN Photo/Rick Bajornas]

Sexual violence, wherever and whenever it occurs, is a vile crime, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday at the start of a day-long debate in the UN Security Council on “Addressing Impunity: Effective Justice for Crimes of Sexual Violence in Conflict”. Donn Bobb reports.   Sweltering situation in Syria   UN Joint Special Representative for [...]

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FAO and ILO urge countries to better protect children working in fisheries and aquaculture

Around 130 million children work in agriculture, livestock and fisheries

Governments need to take measures to protect children from harmful work in small-scale fisheries and aquaculture, say the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Labour Organization (ILO). According to a joint guidance document by the two UN agencies, almost every country has signed international conventions to protect children, but many have not translated [...]

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Iraq's human rights progress in question as violence takes its toll: UN report

Martin Kobler

"Despite some progress, human rights in Iraq are under further threat from mounting violence", according to the latest Report on Human Rights in Iraq. Of primary concern is the upturn in armed violence. At least 3,238 civilians were killed and more than 10,300 injured in 2012 in a worrying reversal of the trend that had [...]

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Envoy calls for greater cooperation among Sahel countries

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UN Special Envoy for the Sahel Romano Prodi is briefing the Security Council  on his strategy for the region. The Sahel is facing threats ranging from endemic poverty, terrorism and the crisis in Mali, and Prodi says the governments of five countries there—Mali, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Niger and Chad—must be supported in their efforts to [...]

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World Drug Report 2013

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Although the use of drugs such as heroin and cocaine is declining in some parts of the world, there has been a proliferation in the use of prescription drugs and new psychoactive substances. That information comes from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) which has just released the 2013 World Drug Report. The [...]

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Secretary-General: Invest in youth today to transform the world tomorrow

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With the world projected to need about half a billion jobs in the coming decades, young entrepreneurs should be encouraged, educated and empowered, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the General Assembly on Wednesday. Speaking during a debate on entrepreneurship for development, Mr. Ban pointed out that the current generation of young people is the largest [...]

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UN Radio News 26 June 2013

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Force Commanders share their concerns and experiences at the UN

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Heads of the military components of United Nations peacekeeping operations around the world are at the United Nations this week, discussing several sensitive and topical issues, and also sharing their experiences and best practices. Many of these Force Commanders operate in very intense and volatile places and their jobs can be very demanding and challenging. [...]

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UNESCO chief condemns murder of Ugandan journalist

Irina Bokova

The head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is urging authorities in Uganda to fully investigate the murder of a local journalist and to bring those responsible for his death to justice. UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova released a statement on Wednesday condemning the killing of Thomas Pere whose body was found on [...]

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Security Council hears how advanced technologies can benefit UN peacekeeping

Carlos Alberto dos Santos Cruz

The use of advanced military technologies could help the United Nations stay "one step ahead" of those who pose threats to peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. That message comes from Lieutenant-General Carlos Alberto dos Santos Cruz, Force Commander at the UN peacekeeping mission in the country (MONUSCO), who briefed the Security Council [...]

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New HIV infections among children in sub-Saharan Africa slashed in half

HIV-positive mother and child in Tanzania

A 50% reduction in new HIV infections among children in seven countries in sub-Saharan Africa is the highlight of a new UNAIDS report. However, it also shows that access to treatment remains unacceptably low for children –– only three in 10 children in need of treatment have access in most of the ‘Global Plan’ priority [...]

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UN Office on Drugs and Crime reports alarming rise in new psychoactive substances

Justice Tettey

While there has been a decline in the use of traditional drugs such as heroin and cocaine in some parts of the world, a UN report reveals growing use of prescription drugs and so-called "designer drugs." The 2013 World Drug Report, released on Wednesday by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), finds new [...]

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Secretary-General calls for more global action on ending torture

Torture victim from Mauritania, undergoing rehabilitation at the African Centre for the Prevention and Resolution of Conflicts, Vivre Caprec, in Senegal. The centre is funded by the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Torture. (OHCHR Photo)

The UN Secretary-General is calling on countries to work together to end torture globally and ensure that victims are compensated. In a message marking the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture , observed on 26 June, Ban Ki-moon also urges governments to support the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture. The fund [...]

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Locust plague threatens to trigger severe food crisis in Madagascar

Madagascar is in the grips of a largely uncontrolled locust plague and risks a serious food crisis, according to the UN Food and agriculture Organization (FAO). FAO estimates that by September this year, up to a third of the country will be infested by locusts, putting at risk the lives of 13 million people or [...]

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Palau believes ocean health should be included in the post-2015 agenda

Stuart Beck

The Pacific island nation of Palau wants to harness the power of social media to benefit the world's oceans. Stuart Beck, the country's ambassador to the UN, says oceans should be part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will dominate the global development agenda in the coming years. He says although issues such as [...]

25 Jun 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Corporate leaders look at ways to contribute to peace building

Georg Kell heads the UN Global Compact.

Identifying how the private sector can effectively support and contribute to peace building is the focus of a day-long meeting at the United Nations on Tuesday. One panel looks at promoting responsible investment and other actions that could have positive impacts in countries on the agenda of the UN Peacebuilding Commission, such as Burundi, Liberia [...]

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UN Daily News 25 June 2013

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UN Mission chief says Mali accord a "critical" first step

Bert Koenders

The signing of a preliminary agreement by parties in Mali is an important first step towards full restoration of constitutional order and territorial integrity, according to the top UN official in the country. In a briefing on Tuesday to the Security Council, Bert Koenders, head of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), [...]

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Sweltering situation in Syria

Lakhdar Brahimi

UN Joint Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi said the situation in Syria continues to deteriorate and plans to hold the international peace conference in Geneva in July do not appear feasible. Meanwhile, soaring summer temperatures, overcrowding and deteriorating hygienic conditions are the latest threats facing four million children affected by the ongoing conflict in [...]

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Report calls for "new deal" for smallholder farmers

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The majority of the world's hungry people paradoxically are smallholder farmers, according to a report by the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition. It finds that of the nearly 1.5 billion people worldwide who subsist on less than $1.25 a day, roughly 70 per cent live in rural areas and depend [...]

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New HIV infections among children reduced by 50% in sub-Saharan Africa

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New HIV infections among children have been reduced by 50% or more in seven countries in sub-Saharan Africa, according to a new report out Tuesday. But it also shows that access to treatment remains unacceptably low for children––only 3 in 10 children in need of treatment have access in most of the 'Global Plan' priority [...]

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Worsening situation in Syria dampening hopes for peace talks

Lakhdar Brahimi

The United Nations, the Russian Federation and the United States of America are meeting in Geneva for a second round of talks on the holding of an international peace conference on Syria. Speaking ahead of the meeting, the UN Joint Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi said the situation in Syria continues to deteriorate and [...]

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Secretary-General praises role of seafarers in facilitating global trade

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Without the contributions of the world's 1.5 million seafarers, international trade would "simply grind to halt," according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. In a message marking the Day of the Seafarer, observed on 25 June, Mr. Ban urges people everywhere to think about these courageous men and women who handle much of the large-scale transport [...]

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The challenges and joys of working at sea

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June 25th marks the third international Day of the Seafarer. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is celebrating the day with a social media campaign calling on all supply chain partners to help shine a light on the sheer diversity and scale of products used in everyday life that are transported by sea. The day also [...]

25 Jun 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN ready to assist India following deadly flooding in northern state

Photo: UNISDR/Brigitte Leoni

The United Nations stands ready to assist India with emergency recovery and rebuilding efforts in the wake of deadly torrential floods in the north of the country. That message comes from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a statement released on Monday by his spokesperson. Mr. Ban says he is saddened by the loss of life [...]

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

'Arab Idol' winner named new youth envoy for UNRWA

UNRWA Spokesperson Sami M'shasha congratulates the winner of Arab Idol, Mohammad Assaf, on his appointment as UNRWA's first ever Regional Youth Ambassador for Palestine Refugees. [UNRWA Photo]

The latest winner of the televised singing competition 'Arab Idol' will be using his voice to advocate on behalf of young Palestinians. Mohammad Assaf, 23, has been appointed Regional Youth Ambassador by UNRWA, the UN agency which works with Palestinian refugees. UNRWA says young people between 15 and 30 years old comprise more than 40 [...]

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Sexual violence can constitute a crime against humanity: Security Council

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Sexual violence, wherever and whenever it occurs, is a vile crime, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday at the start of a day-long debate in the UN Security Council on "Addressing Impunity: Effective Justice for Crimes of Sexual Violence in Conflict". Donn Bobb reports. Duration: 3’14″

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Angelina Jolie urges Security Council to make tackling war zone rape a priority

Angelina Jolie

Progress in ending sexual violence in conflict can occur if the Security Council makes this a priority, actress and director Angelina Jolie told Council members on Monday. Ms. Jolie, the Special Envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, was speaking during a debate on women, peace and security. And while she understood that there [...]

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A Vietnamese child with disability inspires others

Nguyen Phuong Anh "also known as Crystal"

Children with disabilities are often discriminated against and excluded from society, leaving them among the most vulnerable in the world. The 2013 State of the World's Children with Disabilities report was launched recently by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) to bring global attention to the urgent needs of a largely invisible population. Beng Poblete-Enriquez reports. [...]

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WFP chief stresses importance of food security to Pakistan's development

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Although Pakistan is a country of "rich potential," development there is being hampered because vulnerable people are struggling to meet their daily food needs. That assessment comes from Ertharin Cousin, head of the World Food Programme (WFP), who concluded a two-day visit to the country on Monday. Ms. Cousin said food security and good nutrition [...]

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Perpetrators of sexual violence in conflict must be held accountable: Ban Ki-moon

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Political leaders at the highest levels are being urged to voice their unequivocal support in preventing sexual violence. The appeal comes from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, speaking on Monday during a Security Council debate on effective justice for crimes of sexual violence in conflict. "Those who hold power and influence have a special duty to [...]

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Secretary-General appalled by killing of foreign mountaineers in Pakistan

Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging the authorities in Pakistan to take immediate measures to bring perpetrators of terrorism and extremism to justice and ensure security. This follows the killing of a group of foreign mountaineers and their local guide in northern Pakistan on Sunday. The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility. In a statement released [...]

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Children are both the makers and the markers of healthy, sustainable societies: UNICEF

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The outcome of the Rio+20 Sustainable Development Conference "The future we want" – will be dependent on children being at the heart of the post-2015 agenda, says UNICEF. A new UNICEF position paper, Sustainable development starts and ends with safe, healthy and well-educated children, outlines three messages that are key for achieving a world fit [...]

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INDONESIA #25: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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Caribbean continues to employ all resources in the fight against HIV/AIDS: The Bahamas

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The Governments of the Caribbean continue to employ all resources necessary to achieve sustainable action in the fight against HIV and AIDS, the representative of The Bahamas Ambassador Eugene Glenwood Newry told the General Assembly during a meeting to discuss the Secretary-General's report on expediting United Nations efforts to bring the global AIDS epidemic fully [...]

21 Jun 2013 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Trinidad and Tobago remains committed to the fight against HIV/AIDS

The Government of Trinidad and Tobago remains committed to the fight against HIV and AIDS and continues to lead a proactive campaign aimed at prevention as well as ensuring universal access to necessary information, treatment, care and support, particularly among key populations. That's what the delegate of the twin-island republic Ms. Melissa Boissiere told the [...]

21 Jun 2013 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Barbados calls for development of green jobs

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Barbados has called for the development of green jobs. Minister of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Mrs. Byer-Suckoo told the 102nd International Labour Conference that it is a sobering reality that member States are increasingly being confronted with a myriad of challenges, including environmental challenges such as the availability of fossil fuels, climate change, [...]

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Syria Commission of Inquiry presents latest report to Security Council

Press Encounter with Mr. Paulo Pinheiro, Chairman of the Commission of the Inquiry on Syria. [UN Photo/Rick Bajornas]

The Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria has briefed the Security Council on its latest report on human rights violations and other crimes committed in the country's ongoing conflict. The commission was established two years ago by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, and for the first time it documents the systematic imposition [...]

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New UN envoy hears concerns of Somali women activists

Nicholas Kay

The attack this week on the UN headquarters in Mogadishu was "an act of blatant terrorism" and "a desperate attempt" to knock Somalia off the path of recovery and peace building, according to the top UN official in the country. However, UN Special Representative Nicholas Kay stressed that the organization remains determined to stand by [...]

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Africa: Credit where it's due

A tailor at work in Mali. Good credit could be used to improve regional power grids, boosting productivity, says Sy. [IMF Photo]

When it comes to borrowing money on the international financial markets, several countries of sub-Saharan Africa can now access funds at cheaper rates than some European nations, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Angola and Gabon for example, have taken advantage of favourable interest rates to sell bonds worth $1 billion each. IMF's David [...]

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Security Council condemns cases of torture and mistreatment in illegal detention centres in Libya

Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant, Permanent Representative of the UK, and Security Council President for the month of June 2013, addressing the press. [UN Photo/Evan Schneider]

The Members of the UN Security Council have expressed deep concern about the recent acts of violence in Benghazi, Libya, which claimed lives of many people and they've called upon all Libyans to rally around their legitimate institutions, both civilian and military. In a press statement following a briefing on the situation in Libya by [...]

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Violence against women is a global health epidemic: WHO

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Physical or sexual violence is a public health problem that affects more than one-third of all women globally, according to a new report released by the World Health Organization (WHO). The report says some 35 per cent of women worldwide will experience either intimate partner or non-partner violence. The study also finds that intimate partner [...]

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Human Rights office concerned over disappearance of prominent human rights defender

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The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has expressed concern over the disappearance of a prominent human rights defender in the Lao People's Democratic Republic. The Human Rights office says six months on, there appears to have been no progress in investigating the forced disappearance of Sombath Somphone, who disappeared as he was [...]

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UN agency heads raise alarm at rising levels of food insecurity in Palestine

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There's increasing concern at the deteriorating food security situation in the West Bank and Gaza where one in three Palestinian households now struggle to feed their families. The Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) Ertharin Cousin, and the Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near [...]

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Climate change, water shortages, biodiversity loss will have growing impacts on global business: UN report

Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Director UN Environment Programme. (UNEP photo).

From extreme weather events, to rising pressures on finite natural resources, changes in the global environment will increasingly impact operating costs, markets for products, the availability of raw materials, and the reputation of businesses, from finance and tourism, to healthcare and transport. This is just one of the main findings of a new report released [...]

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WHO: Violence against women a global health problem of epidemic proportion

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One in three women worldwide experiences some form of physical or sexual violence making this a global health problem of epidemic proportions, according to a report from the World Health Organization. It finds the most common type of violence affecting women is perpetrated by husbands and other intimate partners. New UN envoy hears concerns of [...]

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UNICEF warns of worsening hygiene situation for Syrian displaced

Syrian children outside their UNHCR tent at Jordan's Za'atri refugee camp. [Photo: UNHCR/M. Abu Asaker]

Over four million children affected by the Syrian crisis are at risk of contracting communicable diseases such as diarrhoea due to lack of clean water and sanitation facilities, according to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). The fund says internally displaced Syrians and those living in refugee camps in neighbouring countries are likely to experience [...]

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Urgent regional action needed to improve Asia-Pacific air quality: UN ESCAP

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There's an urgent call for countries across the Asia-Pacific region to prioritize critical issues of air quality and human health. Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Dr. Noeleen Heyzer says in "efforts to build a more sustainable region we must ensure that preventing the pollution of [...]

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

Afghanistan's complex processes are on track says the UN Special Representative for Afghanistan

H.E. Zahir Tanin, (right) Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the UN and Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA)following the Security Council Meeting on the situation in Afghanistan

  Afghanistan's three complex and intertwined processes — political, security and economic — are on track, according to the United Nations Special Representative for Afghanistan. Ján Kubiš says these efforts are due to culminate in 2014, but the fundamentals are to be put in place this year. Beng Poblete-Enriquez reports. Building a future with decent [...]

20 Jun 2013 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

Security Council discussed link between resources and armed conflicts

Mr. Kofi Annan, Chairperson of the Africa Progress Panel [UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras]

• The link between extractive resources and conflict was the subject of discussion in the Security Council on Wednesday. Natural resources such as oil, coal, diamonds, precious metals and other resources are sometimes called a curse in Africa because of conflicts associated with them. However, these resources are now fuelling economic growth and improving people's [...]

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Building a future with decent work

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Employment and social protection in the new demographic context was one of the topics discussed at the 2-week International Labour Conference that wrapped up on 20 June in Geneva. Delegates from around the world met to report on the situation in their particular countries. Beng Poblete-Enriquez reports. Duration: 2’58″

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Insurgents increase brutal attacks as government forces assume responsibility for security in Afghanistan

Jan Kubiš, Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). [UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe]

Insurgent attacks on civilians in Afghanistan have become more brutal as government forces assume the lead responsibility for security throughout the country. That's what the top United Nations envoy in Afghanistan, Jan Kubiš said during his briefing to the Security Council on Thursday. Mr. Kubiš said there is a clear need to continue international support [...]

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Afghanistan's complex processes are on track says the UN Special Representative for Afghanistan

Zahir Tanin, Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the UN, and Ján Kubiš, head of UNAMA, following the Security Council meeting on the situation in Afghanistan. [UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz]

Afghanistan's three complex and intertwined processes — political, security and economic — are on track, according to the United Nations Special Representative for Afghanistan. Ján Kubiš says these efforts are due to culminate in 2014, but the fundamentals are to be put in place this year. Beng Poblete-Enriquez reports: Duration: 3’31″

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UN Daily News 20 June 2013

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Secretary-General says UN will not be deterred by "despicable" terrorist attack in Somalia

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Barbaric and despicable. That is how Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described Wednesday's deadly attack on the UN headquarters in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the incident. Dianne Penn reports. Duration: 2’13″

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ICC sets new date for trial of Kenyan President

President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta of Kenya.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has set 12 November 2013 as the new date for the start of the trial of the newly elected president of Kenya. President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta of Kenya is charged, as an indirect co-perpetrator, with five counts of crimes against humanity. They consist of murder, deportation or forcible transfer, rape, [...]

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World Refugee Day focuses on protection of family

Khaled Hosseini hears from village elders in Baghlan province about the conditions his community is facing. [UNHCR/T.Irwin]

On World Refugee Day observed on 20 June, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) has launched a One Family campaign. It is aimed at highlighting the plight of families that are torn apart by wars and forced to flee their homes. Former Afghan refugee Khaled Hosseini author of "The Kite Runner", an international best seller, [...]

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Al-Shabaab terrorist group attack on the UN and civilians unacceptable: Ban

UN Secretary-General speaks to the press regarding the deadly attack on the UN compound in Somalia. [UN Photo/Evan Schneider]

This is totally unacceptable when the United Nations is there to help the Somali people, to provide development, aid, also ensure political stability and promote human dignity there, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in remarks Friday during a meeting with State Councilor Yang Jiechi of China. Earlier, at a press encounter, the Secretary-General expressed his outrage [...]

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International Labour Conference ends in Geneva

International Labour Conference in Geneva.

The ILO's annual International Labour Conference concluded after just over two weeks of discussions on key issues affecting the world of work, including the ageing of the population, the greening of the economy and social dialogue. The conference, held in Geneva, brought together almost 5,000 delegates, representing governments, employers and workers from around the world. [...]

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Security Council hails Preliminary Presidential Election and Inclusive Peace talks in Mali Agreement

Security Council chamber [UN file photo].

The members of the Security Council have welcomed the signing in Ouagadougou of a "Preliminary Agreement to the Presidential Election and the Inclusive Peace Talks in Mali". The agreement was signed between the transitional authorities of Mali and the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) and the High Council for the Unity of [...]

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WHO: Violence against women a global health problem of epidemic proportion

Empowering women and girls

Violence against women has become a global health problem of epidemic proportions with one out of every three women experiencing some form of physical or sexual violence, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In a new study on violence against women, WHO says violence perpetrated by husbands and other intimate partners is the most [...]

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Refugees and internally displaced reach highest levels in 20 years: Ban

Pedicab drivers in Mindanao, the Philippines, support World Refugee Day. Many of them are internally displaced. © UNHCR Cotabato

There are now more than 45 million refugees and internally displaced people in the world – the highest level in nearly 20 years, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message marking World Refugee Day. Last year alone, someone was forced to abandon their home every four seconds. And, War remains the dominant cause, with [...]

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The Disinherited

Nobel Peace Medal

Actor Joseph Schilkraut narrates this drama exploring the life of refugees, the year the High Commissioner for Refugees was awarded its first Nobel Prize. Language: English Genre: Drama 1954 Duration: 25’25″

20 Jun 2013 | Posted in UN Radio Classics | Read More »

Tomorrow for Two

Herbert Marshall

In this drama narrated by British actor Herbert Marshall, an officer from the International Refugee Organization (former Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees) reunites with two displaced persons whom he assisted two years earlier. Language: English Genre: Drama 1959 Duration: 28’35″

20 Jun 2013 | Posted in UN Radio Classics | Read More »

What Follows the End?

Austrian children receive hot milk from the UN, 1949

The hopes and fears of a refugee family in Austria, and how the UN High Commission for Refugees came to the rescue. Language: English Genre: Drama 1955 Duration: 14’33″

20 Jun 2013 | Posted in UN Radio Classics | Read More »

Security Council outraged by attack on UN compound in Mogadishu

Ambassador Lyall Grant of the United Kingdom, reading a Security Council press statement regarding today's attack on the UN compound in Somalia. [19 June, 2013]

The Security Council says it is outraged by the attack on a United Nations compound in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, on Wednesday which caused numerous deaths and injuries for which Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility. In a press statement issued later in the day, Security Council members extend their condolences to the victims and families as [...]

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A Syrian boy's distant dream

Ali

Bombings, killings, constant pain and misery – these are just some of the things that Syrians have to contend with for well over two years now. According to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), more people are refugees or internally displaced than at any time since 1994, with the crisis in Syria having emerged as a [...]

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UN Daily News 19 June 2013

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Security Council holds open debate on conflict prevention and extractive industries

Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson addresses the Security Council debate on conflict prevention and natural resources. [UN Photo/Mark Garten]

Oil, coal, diamonds, precious metals and other resources are literally the wealth of nations. But in too many countries the profits they generate rarely reaches the people, UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson told the Security Council during a debate on Wednesday on conflict prevention and the extractive industries. Dianne Penn reports. Duration: 2’29″

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"Natural resources are neither a curse nor a blessing" in Africa says Kofi Annan

Mr. Kofi Annan, Chairperson of the Africa Progress Panel [UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras]

Natural resources have been a presence and at times a driver of internal or regional conflicts in Africa, says former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Mr. Annan, who is now Chairperson of the ten-member Africa Progress Panel which advocates for equitable and sustainable development on the continent, addressed the Security Council on Wednesday as it discussed [...]

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Myanmar has to do a great deal more to dampen the fires of interreligious tension: Human Rights Office

Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). [UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré]

The UN Human Rights Office is deeply concerned about human rights violations against Muslims in the Rohinga community in Rakhine State and other regions of Myanmar. Rupert Colville, the spokesperson for the Human Rights Office says "The government of Myanmar has to do a great deal more to tackle this issue and to dampen the [...]

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Needs of displaced everywhere must be remembered on World Refugee Day: WFP

WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin (file photo).

As an international community, we must continue to advocate on behalf of displaced people everywhere, the World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin says in a statement ahead of World Refugee Day, to be observed on Thursday 20 June, 2013. She says whether fleeing conflict, natural disaster or hunger, they must be at the [...]

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UN officials "saddened and shocked" by attack on UN compound in Mogadishu

Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson  [UN Photo/Rick Bajornas]

The Secretary-General of the United Nations and his deputy are deeply saddened and shocked by Wednesday's attack on the UN compound in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. That's what UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said in the Security Council as it began its meeting on the maintenance of international peace and security. According to the UN [...]

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World Bank President warns climate change would block efforts to end poverty

Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank

A 2 degrees Celcius warmer world threatens to block efforts to end poverty around the world and Africa in particular. This warning comes from the President of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim who spoke in London on Wednesday. The head of the World Bank says a 2 degree Celsius warmer world could be upon [...]

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Myanmar must tackle discrimination against ethnic and religious minorities: Pillay

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay

The government of Myanmar is being urged to devote urgent attention to tackling the continuing discrimination against ethnic and religious minorities in the country. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi has warned that failure to act could undermine the reform process. She says "Myanmar today can act as a source of inspiration by showing [...]

19 Jun 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Secretary-General highlights three major challenges facing peacekeeping

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre) visits a military peacekeeping training centre in Huairou District of Beijing. [UN Photo/ Evan Schneider]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has highlighted three major challenges facing UN peacekeeping. In remarks at China's Peacekeeping Training Centre in Beijing on Wednesday, the Secretary-General said the first challenge we face is to support complex political processes and protect civilians in high-risk environments characterized by asymmetric threats. He said while these asymmetric threats are not [...]

19 Jun 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Ban welcomes understandings reached on Syria by G8 leaders

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. [UN Photo/Mark Garten]

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the understandings reached on Syria by G8 leaders in their communique, including the commitment to bring the Syrian sides to the negotiating table. In a statement through his Spokesperson’s office, the Secretary-General says he stands ready to convene the Geneva Conference on Syria as soon as possible, to [...]

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UNHCR: Global forced displacement at an 18-year high

Syrian refugee woman holds her child

Over 7.6 million people were forcibly displaced from their homes in 2012, according to the United Nations refugee agency, (UNHCR). The agency says 1.1 million were forced to flee across national borders as refugees, while 6.5 million were internally displaced in their countries. UNHCR says the rate of displacement in 2012 is the highest in [...]

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UN chief welcomes accord for peace in Mali

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. [UN Photo/Mark Garten]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the signing of an accord by Malian authorities and Tuareg movements to bring sustainable peace to Mali. The agreement  was signed by the government of Mali the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad and the High Council for the Unity of Azawad, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on Tuesday. It [...]

18 Jun 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Refugees flee crisis in north-eastern Nigeria to Cameroon

A family of 17 who fled from  from Nigeria to Niger. [UNHCR Photo/ C.Arnaud]

The ongoing confrontation between the Nigerian army and the Boko Haram rebel group in north-eastern Nigeria is forcing more people to flee to Cameroon, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR). The agency says refugees have been fleeing to Niger as the crisis continues in Nigeria's Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States. Spokesperson Adrian Edwards [...]

18 Jun 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

A new law in Libya risks further weakening of institutions: UN envoy

Tarek Mitri Special Representative and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) addresses Security Council. [UN Photo/ Devra Berkowitz]

A law to exclude certain individuals from public office in Libya, which was adopted on 5 May, risks further weakening state institutions in the North African country. This warning has come from Tarek Mitri, the head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) during his briefing to the Security Council on Tuesday. He said [...]

18 Jun 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Work-sharing has potential to save jobs, says ILO book

ILO LOGO

Many companies cut down working hours for their employees in order to save jobs during the Great Recession of 2008-2009. Such work-sharing measures also have the potential to generate more employment in the longer term, according a new ILO book launched on the sidelines of the International Labour Conference in Geneva. The book, titled "Work [...]

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UN Daily News 18 June 2013

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NASA chief sees role for global participation in deep space exploration

Mazlan Othman, Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and Charles Bolden, Administrator of NASA at a press briefing in Vienna. [UNIS Vienna photo]

The United States is looking to strengthen its partnerships with the UN and other countries in the promotion of the peaceful uses of outer space. That's what Charles Bolden, head of NASA, the country's National Aeronautics and Space Administration, told journalists in Vienna on Tuesday. He was speaking at a press briefing held by the [...]

18 Jun 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

World Oceans Day focuses on climate change and Pacific Islanders

Locals in Tebikenikora, a village in Kiribati. [UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe]

The impact of climate change and degradation in one particular area of the world was highlighted during the observance of World Oceans Day. The Day is observed every year on the 8th of June and is designed to raise awareness of the current challenges faced by the international community in connection with the oceans. This [...]

18 Jun 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

NASA envisages first-ever human mission to an asteroid

Charles Bolden, Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) [UNIS Vienna photo]

The United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is planning to send a first-ever mission to capture and re-direct an asteroid. The initiative was announced on Tuesday by NASA's Charles Bolden at a meeting the UN Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space in Vienna. He said the idea is to capture an asteroid [...]

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UN human rights chief calls for restraint in Brazilian protests

Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). [UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré]

Brazilian authorities have been urged to exercise restraint in response to spreading social protests as thousands of demonstrators gathered in Brazil's largest cities on Monday night. The protests, which are mainly over the rising cost of public transport and the expense of staging the 2014 World Cup and the Rio Olympics in 2016, began on [...]

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UN refugee chief urges support for Lebanon as risk grows that Syria conflict could cross borders

A Syrian girl in a makeshift Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon. [UNHCR photo]

An alarm has been sounded about the massive support needed for refugees and for the countries and communities hosting them. The call comes from UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres as he kicked off a visit to the region to mark World Refugee Day by meeting with leaders and refugees in Lebanon on Tuesday. [...]

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US donates $123 million to UNRWA

An UNRWA staff member distributing food aid to refugees in Gaza.

A new contribution of US$ 123 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) will enable the Agency to continue its work serving a population of some five million registered Palestine refugees in the region. The latest donation announced by the United States, brings the total U.S. contribution to UNRWA [...]

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UN Human Rights: Heavy-handed response to protests in Turkey unacceptable

Navi Pillay

United Nations Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay has expressed concern over the heavy-handed response to demonstrations in Turkey against the proposed redevelopment of Istanbul’s Gezi Park. Ms Pillay says the excessive force used by the police has led to the broadening of  protests to include other aspects of governance, fundamental human rights, freedom of assembly [...]

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INDONESIA #24: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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Duration: 11’50″

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Situation of displaced people in Myanmar's Rakhine State remains bleak

IDP's from Myanmar's Rakhine state in temporary shelters. [UNHCR/ S.Kellly]

The situation for approximately tens of thousands of people displaced by inter-communal violence in Myanmar's Rakhine State remains bleak, according to the United Nations in the country. The violence, which broke out between ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims in June and October last year, left more than 160 dead and over 10,000 buildings destroyed [...]

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Head of AU Commission calls for investing in job creation for African youth

Dlamini-Zuma

African Member States and international partners have been urged to invest more in Africa in order to promote job creation particularly for young people. The call came from the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who addressed the conference of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva on Monday. Dr. Dlamini-Zuma said [...]

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UN Daily News 17 June 2013

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UN expert on children and armed conflict presents latest report to Security Council

Associate Vice President at Save the Children Gregory Ramm (right) and the Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF Yoka Brandt (left) at the Security Council meeting on Children and Armed Conflict. [UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe]

From Syria to Mali to the Central African Republic, children continue to pay a heavy toll in conflict, a senior UN official told the Security Council on Monday. Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, presented her latest report to Council members, which covers the period from January to [...]

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UNAMID head of mission calls for an inclusive dialogue to solve Darfur crisis

Mohamed ibn Chambas

The United Nations/African Union Joint Special Representative and also the Joint Chief Mediator of the Darfur peace process, Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, has called on all stakeholders in the Darfur conflict to engage in dialogue for an inclusive and comprehensive peace process. Dr. Chambas called upon the international community to steer non-signatory movements towards the [...]

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New trends of armed conflict make children more vulnerable: UN report

Leila Zerrougui, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict addressing the Security Council. [UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe]

The changing nature of conflict is making children more vulnerable, according to a new report by the UN Secretary-General on armed conflict. The report, covering the period from January to December 2012 was presented to the Security Council on Monday by Leila Zerrougui, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict. Ms. Zerrougui [...]

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Yemen humanitarian crisis persists despite political stability: UNICEF

Therapeutic feeding ward, Yemeni Swedish Hospital, Taiz. Photo: UNICEF/Pirozzi

  The humanitarian situation in Yemen remains precarious despite marked progress to attain political stability, according to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). The agency says Yemen remains largely food insecure resulting in chronic malnutrition and stunting. UNICEF says over 255,000 children are suffering from acute malnutrition, while half of the population does not have [...]

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Communities are key to ending customs that harm children, says UNICEF

African children

"Nothing is as powerful as a community itself seeing the harm being done to its own children and deciding – collectively – to end that practice."  So says Nicholas Alipui, UNICEF's Director of Programmes, in a statement marking the Day of the African Child, observed Sunday 16 June.  He stressed that "Communities are key to [...]

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UN chief reiterates call on Syria to allow on the ground probe of chemical weapons use

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. [UN Photo/Mark Garten]

The United Nations Secretary-General has reiterated his call on the Syrian authorities to allow UN experts to enter the country to investigate allegations of the use of chemical weapons. Ban Ki-moon told reporters in New York on Friday that he had read a statement issued by the United States which says that the Syrian government [...]

14 Jun 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Antigua and Barbuda elected Ambassador President of the UN General Assembly

John William Ashe of Antigua and Barbuda, President-elect of the General Assembly's 68th session.

The General Assembly on Friday elected Ambassador John William Ashe of Antigua and Barbuda President of its 68th session which starts in September this year. Ambassador Ashe, who holds a Ph.D in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania in the United States, was elected by acclamation. Addressing the General Assembly following his election, Ambassador Ashe [...]

14 Jun 2013 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Trinidad and Tobago – a rich mélange of cultures: Minister Douglas

Trinidad and Tobago's Minister of Arts and Multiculturalism Lincoln Douglas addressing a thematic debate on Culture and Development. [UN Photo/Evan Schneider]

Development encompasses the social and spiritual behaviors that define nations' way of life. Thus, culture is the key component of sustainable development. That's what Trinidad and Tobago's Minister of Arts and Multiculturalism Lincoln Douglas told a thematic debate on Culture and Development this week at the United Nations, saying that Trinidad and Tobago was a [...]

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Antigua and Barbuda diplomat elected President of General Assembly

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The General Assembly on Friday elected Ambassador John William Ashe of Antigua and Barbuda President of its 68th session which starts in September this year. Ambassador Ashe, who holds a Ph.D in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania in the United States, was elected by acclamation. Addressing the General Assembly following his election, Ambassador Ashe [...]

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Guyana calls for relevant inquiry into state of world's cultural wellbeing

Guyana's Minister for Culture, Youth and Sports Frank Anthony at the high-level thematic debate on culture and development.

Rather than letting cultural differences create divisions, the international community now has the opportunity to integrate cultural traditions into a post-2015 development agenda that would bolster human rights and spur economic growth, speakers said this week as the General Assembly held its High-level Thematic Debate on Culture and Development. Guyana's Minister for Culture, Youth and [...]

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Three cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus reported

Doctors look at an X-ray. Photo: WHO

Three laboratory-confirmed cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus and one death have been reported in Saudi Arabia. Fadela Chaib, Spokesperson for the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva says the country's Ministry of Health has announced that there are three patients infected with the virus. "The first patient is a 63-year old woman [...]

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UN Daily News 14 June 2013

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UN chief calls on Israel to freeze settlement activity

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. [UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is deeply concerned by the continuing expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank in violation of international law. And he calls on Israel to heed the calls of the international community to freeze settlement activity and abide by its commitments under international law and the Road Map. A statement from the [...]

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Relief aid reaches areas beyond government control in Myanmar

A scene at the Warabung displaced persons camp in Kachin State, northern Myanmar December 2011. Credit: IRIN

For the first time in nearly a year, relief assistance is reaching areas beyond government control in Myanmar's Kachin State, according to the United Nations relief agency (OCHA). The agency says Myanmar authorities have authorized a convoy to deliver assistance to the people in need in the State where government troops are fighting armed rebels. [...]

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UNICEF: Aid not reaching stranded families in rural Damascus

Newly arrived Syrian refugees in Jordan after crossing the border. [Photo: UNHCR/J. Kohler]

Close to 1.2 million Syrians living in the eastern rural Damascus are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance, according to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). UN- led aid convoys heading to the region with relief items for up to 5,000 families have been stranded for months due to the ongoing hostilities. Elsewhere in Syria [...]

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Collective punishment in Gaza must end: Rights expert

Richard Falk

A UN human rights expert has called on Israel to end its blockade over the Gaza Strip, six years after it was tightened following the Hamas takeover in June 2007. Richard Falk, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories, said the human suffering of the land, sea [...]

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WHO focuses on blood supply and safety on World Blood Donor Day

World Blood Donor Day. [WHO Photo]

The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for more people to give the gift of life. In a message marking World Blood Donor Day, observed this Friday, 14 June, WHO wants countries to strive to get 100 per cent of their supplies of blood and blood products from voluntary unpaid donors by 2020. Dianne Penn [...]

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Security Council expresses concern at the deterioration of security in the Juba regions of Somalia

Mark Lyall Grant

Members of the UN Security Council have expressed their concern at the deterioration in the security situation in the Juba regions, particularly in Kismayo, Somalia, and at the resulting impact on the civilian population and the humanitarian situation. In a statement Thursday evening, the Members of the Security Council called on all parties to refrain [...]

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ILO report sheds light on the hidden horrors facing child domestic workers

Domestic worker in Malawi preparing lunch (ILO Photo)

More than 10 million children worldwide, most of them girls, are being cheated out of childhood. A report released this week by the International Labour Organization (ILO) finds that instead of playing with their friends or even spending time with their families, these children are toiling in the homes of other people as domestic workers. [...]

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World Oceans Day focuses on climate change and Pacific Islanders

Locals in Tebikenikora, a village in Kiribati. [UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe]

The impact of climate change and degradation in one particular area of the world was highlighted during the observance of World Oceans Day. The Day is observed every year on the 8th of June and is designed to raise awareness of the current challenges faced by the international community in connection with the oceans. This [...]

14 Jun 2013 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

Battling child labour in Malawi

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• Almost 1.5 million children in Malawi are in child labour, but attitudes are changing. A programme backed by the International Labour Organization (ILO) has helped thousands of children to escape child labour. It provides them with an education or vocational training. First Kiswahili edition of Human Development Report launched • The UN Development Programme [...]

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UN Daily News 13 June 2013

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Labour conference discusses benefits of a "green economy"

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Sustainable development, decent work and green jobs are among the items on the agenda at the 102nd International Labour Conference currently underway in Geneva, Switzerland. A report presented at the conference by the International Labour Organization (ILO) addresses the challenges of achieving environmental sustainability and turning the vision of decent work for all into a [...]

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UN Geneva Office uses technology and art to promote human rights

inflatable Luminarium sculpture

The United Nations Office in Geneva is the setting of a unique exhibition which seeks to link art and human rights. A 1,000 square meter inflatable Luminarium sculpture has been set up on the grounds of the Palais des Nations to provide a forum where the public, school children, UN officials and diplomats can discuss [...]

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General Assembly meeting seeks to incorporate culture with development

General Assembly High-Level Thematic Debate on Culture and Development,

At the Millennium Summit in 2000, Heads of State signed off on the eight Millennium Development Goals aimed at improving the lives of the world's poorest people by the year 2015. This week, the UN General Assembly this week looked at how culture can be incorporated into the post-2015 development agenda. Dianne Penn reports. Duration: [...]

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UN health agency issues guidance on use of bedaquiline to treat multi-drug-resistant TB

A patient being treated for tuberculosis (World Health Organization)

The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued "interim policy guidance" on the use of a new drug to treat the strain of tuberculosis that is resistant to medications. The agency estimates that up to half a million new cases of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) occur worldwide each year. WHO says current treatment regimens for MDR-TB [...]

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Human space flight cannot develop without women’s participation: Tereshkova

Yuri Gagarin and Valentina Tereshkova, the first man and the first woman to conquer outer space, were guests of Secretary-General U Thant (UN Photo/YN 16/10/1963)

The first woman to go into space is encouraging more women to participate in space programmes. Valentina Tereshkova from the Russia Federation was launched aboard a space craft Vostok 6, orbiting the earth 48 times on 16 June 1963 at age 26. The 76-year old astronaut participated in an event organized by the United Nations [...]

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UN Human Rights Council calls for protection of people with albinism

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The United Nations Human Rights Council has called on states to take all measures necessary to protect people with albinism – an inherited genetic condition that reduces the amount of melanin pigment formed in the skin, hair and/or eyes. In a resolution adopted without a vote in Geneva on Thursday, the Council strongly condemns attacks [...]

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93,000 people killed in Syria conflict

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Close to 93,000 people have been killed in Syria since the start of conflict in March 2011, according to new data published by the United Nations Office for Human Rights (OHCHR). Over 80 per cent of those killed were men but the UN Human Rights Office has also documented the killing of over 8,200 children. [...]

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Syrian children pay high price for conflict, says UN official

The conflict in Syria is exacting a heavy toll on children, according to Leila Zerrougui, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict. Ms. Zerrougui on Wednesday briefed journalists on the report of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict covering the period from January to December last year. She said [...]

12 Jun 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN chief stresses importance of culture in development

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday stressed the importance of embracing people's cultures in efforts to promote development. Secretary-General Ban addressed a meeting of the General Assembly attended by senior government ministers and officials to debate culture and development. He noted that less than 1,000 days of action remain before the 2015 deadline for [...]

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Annual report says danger remains for children in armed conflict

Leila Zerrougui, UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict.

Progress was made in 2012 in protecting children in areas of armed conflict, says the UN Secretary-General's annual report on the subject. However, while boys and girls had better protection from the effects of armed conflict, new and on-going crises continue to have a devastating effect on children, says Leila Zerrougui, the Special Representative of [...]

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UNDP launches first Kiswahili summary edition of Human Development Report

UNDP Launch at Pwani University in Kenya

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) on Wednesday launched the first Kiswahili edition of its 2013 Human Development Report. The launch was hosted by Pwani University on Kenya's the Indian Ocean shore in what is considered the heart of the coastal region where Kiswahili originated. UNDP says Kiswahili is especially important because it is now spoken [...]

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First Kiswahili summary edition of Human Development Report launched

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  The first Kiswahili summary edition of the Human Development Report was launched by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in Nairobi, Kenya on Wednesday. The launch was hosted by Pwani University on Kenya's Indian Ocean shore in what is considered the heart of the coastal region where Kiswahili originated. It is the first time that [...]

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Rwanda genocide fugitives will continue to be tracked

Hasan Bubacar Jallow

Fugitives sought for the crimes they allegedly committed during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda will be tracked and arrested even after the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) has wrapped up its work. This is the message that has come from Justice Hassan Bubacar Jallow, the Prosecutor of the ICTR and the Mechanism for International [...]

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Battling child labour in Malawi

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Almost 1.5 million children in Malawi are in child labour, many toiling away in tobacco fields. But attitudes are changing, and a programme backed by the International Labour Organization (ILO) has helped thousands of youngsters to escape child labour by providing them with an education or vocational training. Reducing child labour and promoting education is [...]

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Thirty-eight countries meet anti-hunger targets for 2015, says FAO

Tomatoes produced for sale at a market in Ghana.

Thirty-eight countries have met internationally-established targets in the fight against hunger, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The targets are part of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set by world leaders in 2000 to be achieved by 2015. FAO says that 20 countries have satisfied the MDG number one to cut [...]

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Security Council condemns terrorist attacks in Kabul

Security Council chamber [UN file photo].

The members of the Security Council have condemned in the strongest terms Tuesday's terrorist attack near the Supreme Court building in Kabul, which caused a number of deaths and injuries, including among Afghan women and children, and for which the Taliban has claimed responsibility. The members of the Security Council reiterated their serious concern at [...]

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ILO report finds more than 10 million child domestic workers worldwide

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More than 15.5 million children under the age of 18 are involved in domestic work. Of those, 10.5 million are estimated to be in child labour, which means that they are either under the legal age or that they are working in hazardous, and in some cases even slavery-like conditions. Six-and-a-half million of those child [...]

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UN raises concern over human rights violations in South Sudan

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The human rights situation in South Sudan remains precarious with the government struggling to protect civilians from violence and human rights abuses, according to the UN Office for Human Rights (OHCHR). UN Deputy Human Rights  Chief Ms. Flavia Pansieri said some of the violations were being committed by the country's defense forces. She said the [...]

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Malian security forces and rebels committed gross human rights violations

Displaced family in northern Mali

The United Nations says it has documented various incidences of human rights violations committed by the Malian security forces in their operation to defeat rebel forces which had taken control of the northern parts of the country. Investigations conducted by the UN Human Rights office revealed that government security forces engaged in extrajudicial killings, ethnically [...]

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WHO: More voluntary blood donors needed

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The demand for blood and blood products is increasing every year, and many patients requiring life-saving transfusion do not have timely access to safe donated blood products, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In 2011, nearly 83 million blood donations were collected worldwide from voluntary unpaid blood donors, an increase of close to 8 [...]

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ILO report sheds light on the hidden horrors facing child domestic workers

Pamela, an 18 year-old domestic worker in Malawi, has been working since 1996 to help support her family. [ILO Photo]

More than 10 million children around the world are being cheated out of childhood, a new study from the International Labour Organization (ILO) finds. Instead of going to school, playing with their friends or even spending time with their families, they're toiling in the homes of other people as domestic workers. The ILO says the [...]

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Afghan civilian deaths show increase over 2012: SRSG Kubis

Ján Kubis

The security environment for Afghan civilians has worsened this year, with a 24 per cent rise in the number of civilians killed and injured, compared to the same time period in 2012. Word of this comes ahead of next week's Security Council meeting on Afghanistan from the Secretary-General's Special Representative in the country, Ján Kubiš. [...]

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Over 11 million people in need of food assistance in Sahel, says UN official

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More than 11 million people in the Sahel region of Africa are in need of food assistance, according to Robert Piper, the United Nations Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the region. He briefed reporters in New York for the first time as the relief official for the region of semiarid grassland and desert that stretches along [...]

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UN chief urges Iraqis to ensure national reconciliation and prevent violence

Martin Nesirky

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging Iraqis to redouble their efforts to promote national reconciliation and prevent violence in their country. In a statement on Tuesday, the Secretary-General says he has been following with concern the unfolding political and security situation in Iraq, including the escalating political tensions. Secretary-General Ban is also concerned about what [...]

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Transition in Yemen "is delicate" says UN envoy

Mr. Jamal Benomar, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Yemen, briefs the Security Council. [UN Photo/Rick Bajornas]

A clash between security forces and demonstrators in the Yemeni capital of Sana'a on Sunday shows that the transition to democracy in the country is delicate. That's what the United Nations Special Adviser on Yemen, Jamal Benomar said during a briefing to the Security Council on Tuesday. He said only a few days ago, he [...]

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Syrian crisis forces women to opt for "preventive" caesarean sections: UNFPA

Mother and her baby, at UNFPA/JHAS Clinic/Za'atari Camp
Photographer: Ra'ed Addayleh

As the crisis continues in Syria, hundreds of thousands of women there are awaiting one of the most defining moments of their lives: giving birth. But the ongoing violence and instability means that anywhere from 35 to 65 per cent of mothers-to-be in some areas are opting to deliver their babies by caesarean section, according [...]

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Hurricane season threatens Haiti

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Following extreme weather shocks and poor harvests, over eight million people in Haiti are either severely food insecure or struggling to meet their own food needs on a regular basis. In the following interview, World Food Programme Spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs explained to UN Radio's Patrick Maigua that WFP is pre-positioning food supplies in Haiti ahead [...]

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Over 90 per cent of displaced people return home in south Yemen

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More than 90 per cent of the people who had been displaced by conflict in southern Yemen have returned to their homes, according to the United Nations humanitarian agency (OCHA). However, OCHA cautions that this good news doesn't mean that the international community should stop its support to Yemeni authorities. It says that many of [...]

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Weather shocks and poor harvest leave 1.5 million Haitians food insecure

WFP operations in Haiti (Copyright: WFP/David Orr)

The World Food Programme (WFP) says it's extremely concerned about the situation of 1.5 million people who need external food assistance in Haiti. According to the United Nations food agency, extreme weather shocks of storms and hurricanes and poor harvest have left the people severely food insecure. WFP spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs says that the agency [...]

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IAEA hosts expert meeting to improve cooperation framework for Latin America and the Caribbean

International Atomic Energy Agency. (Photo: D. Calma/IAEA)

The role of nuclear techniques in helping to tackle a range of development challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean was the focus of a recent meeting held at the headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria. Representatives and experts from across the region discussed ways to improve a cooperation framework [...]

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Thousands of Syrian women face gender-based violence

A line of Syrian refugee women, some carrying children, cross into Jordan from southern Syria. The outflow this year has been staggering. © UNHCR/N.Daoud

Over 6,000 Syrian women and girls have been subjected to gender-based violence including rape, according to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). UNFPA says the figure could be higher, and priority is being given to the provision of medical, psychosocial treatment and legal assistance to the victims. The Fund says access to quality reproductive healthcare [...]

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Six thousand Nigerians displaced as government cracks down on militant groups

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More than 6,000 people mainly women, children and the elderly have fled parts of northern Nigeria to seek safety in neighbouring Niger, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). The displaced have told UNHCR that they had escaped for fear of being caught in the government-led crackdown on insurgents linked to the Boko Haram militant [...]

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Thousands of civilians are displaced by fighting in South Sudan's Jonglei State

Mothers and their children near Pibor, in Jonglei state, South Sudan, who have been displaced by ethnic tensions in the area

Fighting in South Sudan's Jonglei State has displaced tens of thousands of civilians, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR). The agency says the conflict between government forces and armed groups has been going on since March this year. UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards says the agency is alarmed by the fighting, particularly in Pibor [...]

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UN chief calls for efforts to eliminate HIV stigma

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressing the General Assembly. [UN Photo/Jennifer S Altman]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday called for efforts across society to eliminate stigma that surrounds HIV. Secretary-General Ban addressed the UN General Assembly as it discussed implementation of the Declaration of Commitment adopted in 2001 and the Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS of 2006. He spoke about progress in combating AIDS with more than 56 [...]

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UN urges Libyans to reject violence following weekend clashes

Martin Nesirky

Libyans are being urged to reject violence following clashes over the weekend which reportedly left 30 people dead. The call comes from the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, UNSMIL. According to reports, the disturbance broke out as protesters gathered outside premises of a militia in Benghazi demanding that it disband. UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky [...]

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Climate change displaces Pacific Islanders

Locals in Tebikenikora, a village in the Pacific island nation of Kiribati.UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Climate change is changing people's lives and their relationship with the ocean in the Pacific Islands. That's what Dr. Jenny Newell, Assistant Curator of Pacific Ethnology Division of Anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History told reporters at UN Headquarters on Monday. Dr. Newell said that in her research at the museum she is [...]

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Global conference aims to put "Health in All Policies"

Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Margaret Chan. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

When it comes to health concerns, there is more that unites us than divides us, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO says despite their differences, many countries are facing the same challenges such as ageing populations and rising public expectations for health care. Meanwhile, health care costs are skyrocketing. These and other issues [...]

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Peace cannot be achieved by denying rights: Special Rapporteur

Richard Falk

Forty-six years of denying Palestinians their rights has not achieved peace, according to Richard Falk, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories. The Special Rapporteur addressed the Human Rights Council in Geneva on the situation of human rights on Palestinian territories occupied since 1967. Gerry Adams reports. [...]

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London Conference delivers new hope for children in the battle against stunting

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A Nutrition for Growth event, held in London on the weekend has resulted in renewed commitments to accelerate progress towards significant reductions in stunting and improved nutrition for children and mothers around the world, including initial pledges of funds exceeding US$4 billion. UNICEF welcomed the formal Compact agreed by participants that highlighted commitments to make [...]

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Decision by U.S. and China to combat climate change welcomed by UN Environment Programme

HCFCs can contribute to ozone depletion if released into the atmosphere and have high global warming potential. Photo Credit: Shutterstock/Renmarc

The decision by the United States and China to cooperate in combating climate change by phasing out a group of synthetic chemicals has been welcomed by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). United States President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced over the weekend during their retreat in California that they would be targeting [...]

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States accountable for investigating but also preventing violence against women: UN expert

Rashida Manjoo

States need to be held accountable not only for investigating all acts of violence against women, but also for failing to prevent such violence, independent United Nations human rights expert Rashida Manjoo has said. She said "There is a need to create a framework for discussing the responsibility of States to act with due diligence." [...]

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Globalization of unhealthy lifestyles creates health problems: WHO head

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The globalization of unhealthy lifestyles is creating serious health problems, according to the head of the World Health Organization (WHO). Dr. Margaret Chan spoke at the start of the 8th Global Conference on Health Promotion in Helsinki, Finland, on Monday. The conference is focusing on the need to take account of health impacts in all [...]

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5,000 Palestinians in Israeli detention suffer inhuman and degrading treatment

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A United Nations human rights expert is calling for the establishment of a commission of inquiry into the situation of nearly 5,000 Palestinians detained or imprisoned by Israel. Richard Falk, the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, says Palestinians held in Israeli jails were subjected to inhuman and [...]

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Researchers and scientists helped make the case that climate change is a clear and present danger: Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the National Centre for Atmospheric Research in Denver.

The reason climate change has risen on the global agenda is because the facts don't lie, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in remarks Friday at the National Centre for Atmospheric Research in Denver. The Secretary-General said "our world is warming, and our greenhouse gas emissions are a significant cause". And he explained "We know this thanks– [...]

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It's critical to keep MDG promises to realize post-2015 development agenda: USG Wu

Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs. [UN Photo/Rick Bajornas]

The international community can construct a genuine partnership that will support action by all and with effective and efficient monitoring and accountability mechanisms. That's the assessment of Under-Secretary-General Wu Hongbo of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, who also noted that this partnership "can be as transformative as the development agenda it is meant [...]

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Today, we celebrate this achievement of signing the Arms Trade Treaty-Jamaica

Mr. E. Courtenay Rattray, Permanent Representative of Jamaica, signing the Arms Trade Treaty. [UN Photo/Eskinder Debeb]

The Government of Jamaica is proud to participate and be among the first signatories at the opening for signature of the Arms Trade Treaty. That's what the Permanent Representative of Jamaica Ambassador Courtenay Rattray said, noting it was a singular honor to sign the historic Treaty on behalf of the Government and people of Jamaica [...]

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Trinidad and Tobago calls signing of Arms Trade Treaty a landmark achievement

Trinidad and Tobago's Foreign Minister Winston Dookeran signing the Arms Trade Treaty. [UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe]

The first ever international treaty to regulate the trade of conventional weapons "opened a door of hope" to millions of people living in deprivation and fear because of the poorly controlled trade and the proliferation of those deadly weapons, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said this week as the instrument opened for signature, with [...]

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Grenada boosts Tourism

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The sounds of the Caribbean waffled through the New Yorker Hotel in New York as the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) celebrated Caribbean Week in New York. During the week of activities, UN Radio spoke with a number of regional officials. Today, it's Grenada's Senator Brenda Hood who explained what was happening.   Sen. Hood: Well we [...]

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World Tourism Day 2013 – promoting tourism's role in water preservation

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Centered on the theme 'Tourism and Water: Protecting our Common Future', World Tourism Day 2013 will underline tourism´s responsibility and needed commitment to preserving the world´s vital water resources. The Maldives will host the official celebrations on 27 September 2013. This year's World Tourism Day (WTD) theme focuses on tourism's significant role and contribution to [...]

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The state of civil liberties in Central Asia

UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović.

Following his mission to Central Asia covering Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović briefed the press at UN Headquarters, saying many of the problems these countries have stem from their common history as former Soviet Republics.   Long-term solutions for radioactive sources Among its many other responsibilities, the International [...]

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United Nations appeals for $5.2 billion for Syria crisis

The press conference of the Launch of the Regional Response Plan for Syrian Refugees and Syria Humanitarian Assistance Response Plan in Geneva. [UN Photo/ Violaine Martin]

As the conflict continues in Syria United Nations humanitarian agencies and their partners have appealed for more than $5 billion to help the growing number of people in need. The United Nations humanitarian agency (OCHA) says the funds are needed to help the Syrians displaced within their country and those who have been forced to [...]

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WFP sends food to Al-Qusayr

WFP operations in Syria. [WFP Photo: Isam Ismail]

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has distributed urgent food aid to vulnerable families in Al-Qusayr where some of the heaviest fighting in Syria has taken place in recent weeks. Today, WFP serves the food needs of over 800,000 people outside Syria and an additional 2.5 million inside the country. Under the latest humanitarian [...]

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UNHCR urges steps to stem the flow of people out of Rakhine State

IDP's from Myanmar's Rakhine state in temporary shelters. [UNHCR/ S.Kellly]

The UN refugee agency –UNHCR says it stands ready to provide the Myanmar government with technical support to register all internally displaced people (IDPs) and to promote reconciliation so that voluntary returns to places of origin can eventually take place in a safe and sustainable way. Up to 140,000 people remain displaced a year after [...]

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Demographics challenge world of work, social protection

International Labour Conference in Geneva.

Population ageing is one of the key issues being discussed at the International Labour Conference in Geneva. Representatives of governments, employers and workers from the 185 Member States of the International Labour Organization (ILO) are attending the annual meeting from 5 to 20 June. Delegates are focussing on the impact of this demographic trend on [...]

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Human rights office urges Burundi to revise new law that infringes on press freedom

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The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has expressed regret over the promulgation on June 4 of a press law which could infringe on the freedom of press in Burundi. And it has called upon the Burundian authorities to revise the new law in order to bringing it into conformity with human rights standards and, [...]

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WFP/UNFPA launch new partnership to improve nutrition for pregnant and breastfeeding women

Mothers and their children wait in line at the nutrition center in Bamako, Mali. Credit: OCHA

The World Food Programme (WFP) and UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, are launching a new partnership to improve nutrition among pregnant and breastfeeding women to ensure the next generation of children achieve the best possible start in life. The new initiative, which launches ahead of the "Nutrition for Growth" summit in London on 8 [...]

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A billion dollars required to feed displaced Syrians

A Syrian family receives food aid at a WFP distribution point. [Photo: WFP/John Wreford]

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) says it will require an additional US$725 million over the next six months to meet the cost of feeding millions of Syrian displaced by the ongoing fighting. The agency has already spent close to US$ 300 million to secure food for internally displaced persons and refugees in neighbouring countries. [...]

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UN seeks over 5 billion dollars for Syria in its biggest ever appeal

The Baba Amro neighbourhood in Homs, Syria. [UN Photo/Atiqul Hassan]

The United Nations and its partners have appealed for $5.2 billion dollars for 2013 to meet the needs of nearly 7 million Syrians, now in need of urgent help. UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos says the number of displaced has more than doubled with one in 3 Syrians needing help. She says this is [...]

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Security Council condemns intense fighting in 'Area of Separation'

UNDOF patrol the Golan Heights area. [UN Photo/Inge Lippmann]

Members of the UN Security Council have strongly condemned intense fighting in the Area of Separation, including the attack which led to injuries suffered by two peacekeepers of the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) on Thursday. They've urged full respect of the disengagement agreement of 31 May 1974. In a press statement, the members of [...]

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African women need better jobs, says the World Bank

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Women in Africa are much more likely to work than those in any other region of the world, according to Mary Hallward-Driemeier, an economist at the World Bank. But they still find it difficult to make a decent living because of the kind of work they are doing. In the following interview with David Schulman [...]

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Mission accomplished for UN envoy for Somalia

Augustine Mahiga

• The head of the UN Political Office in Somalia, Dr. Augustine Mahiga has completed his mission. Dr. Mahiga, who accomplished his task in three years, says the first phase of his mission was to make peace in the midst of a very serious internal conflict. Nicholas Kay from the United Kingdom has taken over [...]

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Somalia under spotlight in Security Council

Security Council chamber [UN file photo].

This week the United Nations passed a major milestone in its engagement in Somalia by launching the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM). That's what UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said during the briefing to the Security Council as it met to discuss the Horn of Africa country on Thursday. The meeting of the [...]

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Long-term solutions for radioactive sources

A look into the extraction of radioactive sources from medical devices inside the mobile hot cell. [IAEA Photo]

Among its many other responsibilities, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the IAEA, helps its member-states find long-term solutions for the safe and secure storage of disused sealed radioactive sources. Sealed radioactive sources are used in a wide variety of devices in medical, industrial and agricultural facilities worldwide. But if not properly disposed of, these sources [...]

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UN High Commissioner for Refugees welcomes EU funding support of €400 million for Syria crisis

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

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres today welcomed the announcement by the European Union of a major new contribution of €400 million for the Syria situation in 2013. The funding announced by the European Union is among the largest so far to the Syria crisis by any donor. The €400 million is expected to [...]

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Ban stresses importance of rights to freedom of association in Egypt

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon has stressed the critical importance of the rights to freedom of association and expression to the democratic process in Egypt and has called for dedicated efforts to secure their full enjoyment. A statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-general says the Secretary-General continues to follow the transition process in Egypt. [...]

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Funding shortfalls undermine fragile gains made in Afghanistan: Ging

John Ging

"We are very concerned that donor funding for humanitarian operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan is falling short at a critical moment of positive transition in the region," Director of Operations for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs John Ging told reporters at UN headquarters. Mr. Ging said we have to make sure [...]

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UN invites applications from young professionals for careers as international civil servants

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The Young Professionals Programme Participation in the programme Every year the United Nations seeks highly qualified candidates who are ready to launch a professional career as an international civil servant. The young professionals programme (YPP) is a recruitment initiative that brings new talent to the United Nations through an annual entrance examination. This year we [...]

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ILO: Israeli restrictions stagnating Palestinian economy

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Palestinian economy will not grow unless the Israeli imposed restrictions are lifted; according to the International Labour Organization (ILO). In its annual report on the situation of workers in the Occupied Arab territories, the ILO says the Palestinian economy is grappling with stagnating growth, higher unemployment, poverty and food dependency. The report says the continuing [...]

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Childhood obesity a major health threat in developing world

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Many developing countries lack policies to halt the threat to public health due to the growing number of children and adolescents that are overweight or obese, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO says more than 75 per cent of the 43 million children under the age of five who are overweight live in [...]

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UN rights experts seek assurances that Russian NGO's will not face reprisals

Claudio Grossman

United Nations human rights experts are voicing grave concern that two Russian non-governmental organizations that gave evidence to the UN Committee against Torture have been charged by Russian prosecutors. The Anti-Discrimination Centre Memorial in St Petersburg and the Public Verdict Foundation in Moscow were charged in April and May respectively with allegedly violating legislation under [...]

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Slower global agricultural production growth expected : OECD-FAO

Despite a slow down, farm production is expected to keep pace with global demand.

Global agricultural production is expected to grow 1.5 percent a year on average over the coming decade, compared with annual growth of 2.1 percent between 2003 and 2012. That according to a new report published by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Thursday. Limited expansion [...]

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Ban calls for a boost to the cholera response in Haiti

A child reads a cholera prevention poster in Cite L'Eternel, Haiti. [UN Photo/UNICEF/Marco Dormino]

The United Nations is striving to do everything it can to eliminate cholera from Haiti. That assurance has come from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. But he said to support the Government, there's need to fill a severe funding gap, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday. In a special appeal at the Second Annual Forbes 400 [...]

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Ban seeks philanthropists' help to fight global health threats

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. [UN Photo/Mark Garten]

Today we have the power and the knowledge to wipe out deaths from five of the world's biggest health threats: malaria, polio, tetanus, measles and HIV infections in newborns, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in remarks to the Second annual Forbes 400 Summit. He said "We can do this not just in our lifetimes, but in [...]

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Violence against women remains unacceptably high, says UN human rights chief

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The problem of violence against women was a subject of discussion in the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Wednesday. Each year, the Council devotes a full day on the most pressing women's rights issues. In this year's discussion, participants took stock of what has been done to end violence against women in the [...]

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Violence against women – the most pervasive expression of gender-based violence: Pillay

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

"Violence against women is the most pervasive expression of gender-based discrimination", UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay told the UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday during its annual full-day discussion on women's rights. Ms. Pillay said that before the 1990's, violence against women was still largely considered a private matter and not a [...]

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International Peace Conference on Syria now planned for July

Lakhdar Brahimi, Joint Special Representative for Syria gives a press conference at the Palais, Geneva. Wednesday 5 June 2013. [UN Photo/Violaine Martin]

The much anticipated International peace conference for Syria is now slated to take place sometime in July this year, according to the Joint United Nations Special Envoy Lakhda Brahimi. Speaking in Geneva after a tripartite meeting between the United Nations, the Russian Federation and the United States of America, Mr Brahimi said the prospects of [...]

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Think before you eat and help save the environment! UNEP

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Think. Eat. Save. Reduce Your Foodprint – that is the theme for World Environment Day 2013, says the Day's sponsor, the UN Environment Programme, UNEP. The day aims to highlight food waste and loss in line with a global campaign launched earlier this year by UNEP, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and partners. A [...]

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World Environment Day focuses on reducing food waste

UNEP Spokesperson Nick Nuttall. [UN Photo / Guilherme Costa]

The theme for this year's World Environment Day, which is observed on 5 June each year, is focusing on the growing problem of food waste and loss around the world. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), every year 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted. This year's main event for World Environment [...]

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We need to get a grip on the rapid changes affecting the world of work: ILO chief

ILO Director-General Guy Ryder

The world of work is being transformed more quickly and more deeply than ever before by rapid changes in demography and technology, growing inequality, poverty and the slow economic recovery, said Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization. Speaking at the opening of the 102nd International Labour Conference, taking place in Geneva, Ryder said [...]

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ILO kicks off annual conference with calls for urgent jobs creation

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More than 5,000 representatives of governments, employers and workers are in Geneva for the ILO's annual conference. The International Labour Conference will address issues ranging from urgent need for job creation to the impact of demographic change on the world of work. Maurice Engler reports. Duration: 2’07″

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Reducing food waste can save resources, minimize environmental impacts: Ban

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We live in a world of plenty, where food production outstrips demand. Yet, 870 million people are undernourished and childhood stunting is a silent pandemic. That's what UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday in a message marking World Environment Day. The Secretary-General said to create the future we want, we must correct this inequity. We [...]

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4,000 Eritreans fleeing human rights violations every month

The situation of human rights in Eritrea remains grave with rampant cases of extra judicial killings, enforced disappearance, incommunicado detention, torture and inhumane prisons conditions, according to a UN Human Rights expert. Ms. Sheila Keetharuth Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea says the policy of compulsory military service was akin to [...]

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Cutting food loss will benefit people and the environment: New Study

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One out of every four calories produced by the global agricultural system is being lost or wasted, according to new analysis. And it says this poses a serious challenge to the planet's ability to reduce hunger and meet the food needs of a rapidly-expanding global population. Released on World Environment Day, which this year carries [...]

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New UN mission starts new phase in Somalia's road to stability

Head of the new UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) Nicholas Kay (right), with Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon at a joint press briefing in Mogadishu. [Photo: AU-UN IST/Stuart Price]

A new phase in the United Nations' role in Somalia started on Monday with the launch of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM). UNSOM was established by the Security Council on 2 May for an initial period of 12 months. It is based in the capital, Mogadishu, and will be deployed across Somalia, as [...]

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WHO warns of increased risk of disease epidemics in Syria and in neighbouring countries as summer approaches

Syrian family in a WHO mobile clinic in Damascus. [WHO Photo]

The World Health Organization (WHO) is deeply concerned about the increasing cases of communicable diseases inside Syria and among displaced Syrians in neighboring countries in the region. And it warns that lack of prevention and control measures will create a potential risk of outbreaks. Over the past two years, Syria's health system has been severely [...]

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FAO urges end of malnutrition as priority

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva

Denouncing the huge social and economic costs of malnutrition, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva on Tuesday called for resolute efforts to eradicate malnutrition as well as hunger from around the world. In a recorded statement marking the launch of FAO’s flagship annual publication The State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA), Graziano da Silva said [...]

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UN Daily News 4 June 2013

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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The Day It Happened

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A drama on the work of the International Red Cross, featuring actors Madeleine Carroll and Franchot Tone, writer Lowell Thomas, and Dag Hammarskjöld, the second Secretary-General of the UN. Language: English Genre: Drama 1954 Duration: 28’56″

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Social and economic costs of global malnutrition unacceptable: FAO

Sierra Leonean farmer. [FAO/Caroline Thomas]

This year's State of Food and Agriculture report from the Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, says that the social and economic costs of global malnutrition are unacceptable. The report calls for priority action to combat malnutrition through changes in national and international food systems. Gerry Adams has more. Duration: 3’02″  

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Civilians caught in ongoing violence in Syria, says Syria panel

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The ongoing conflict in Syria is a major catastrophe that tests the international community's resolve to protect civilians caught in war. That's what the chairperson of the United Nations Commission on Syria said as he presented the panel's latest report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Tuesday. Paulo Pinheiro warned that Syria [...]

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UN Special Envoy for the Sahel, Romano Prodi, welcomes timely support by Japan

Mr. Romano Prodi, the Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Sahel. [UN Photo/Evan Schneider]

The decision by the government of Japan to pledge $1 billion in aid to the Sahel region has been welcomed by the UN Special Envoy for the Sahel, Mr Romano Prodi. In a statement Tuesday, Prodi says the support of the Japanese government is timely and vital for a region which is facing huge security, [...]

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Refugees from Syria report harsh conditions in Al Qusayr and difficulties reaching safety

Syrian refugees at a collective shelter in the city of Arsal in the Bekaa Valley, 100 kilometres from the Lebanese capital, Beirut. [UNHCR /S. Malkawi]

In Syria, with the battle for Al Qusayr now into its third week, UNHCR has been seeing small numbers of Qusayri refugees arriving in eastern Lebanon. The agency says according to a number of interviews done so far, it appears that a new route for displaced people has opened up from the Qusayr area towards [...]

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UNHCR speeding relocation of Darfur refugees away from Tissi border

Refugees from the Darfur region of Sudan sit in the desert sand at the Oure-Cassoni camp in eastern Chad. [UNHCR/E.Cue]

In southeast Chad, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is speeding relocation of refugees from Tissi – a settlement located a few miles from the borders with Sudan and the Central African Republic – to a site some 30 kilometres northwest at Ab Gadam. Over the past two weeks more than 5,000 refugees have been moved. [...]

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Human rights office expresses concern over use of excessive force against peaceful protestors in Turkey

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The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has expressed concern over reports of excessive use of force by law enforcement officers against protestors in Istanbul Turkey. The protestors had initially gathered to express their dissatisfaction with the redevelopment of the historic Taksim square – an important venue for political protests – and Gezi Park. Spokesperson [...]

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New SOFA report urges priority action to fight malnutrition: FAO

Mr. Kostas Stamoulis, Director of Agricultural Development Economics Division at FAO. [Photo FAO]

The cost of malnutrition to the global economy in lost productivity and health care costs are “unacceptably high” and could account for as much as 5 percent of the global gross domestic product. That assessment comes in this year's “State of Food and Agriculture report (SOFA)”, devoted to “Food Systems for Better Nutrition”. It says [...]

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Syrian civilians continue to suffer from conflict, says head of UN panel

Paulo Pinheiro, Chair of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria, addresses journalists at a press conference by the Commission. [UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré]

War crimes and gross human rights violations continue to be perpetrated in Syria as the conflict rages on. That's what the United Nations Commission of inquiry on Syria says in its latest report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Tuesday. It says government forces and affiliated militias are carrying out widespread attacks [...]

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SYRIA: Commission of Inquiry report not truthful

Syria has rejected the latest report by the Commission of Inquiry into human rights violations in the country saying it lacks objectivity and amounts to a veiled attempt to vilify the country's leadership. Syrian ambassador in Geneva Faysal Khabbaz Hamoui said the report was exaggerated and fails to highlights human rights violations being committed by [...]

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Smallholder farmers key to lifting over 1 billion people out of poverty: Joint UNEP-IFAD report

Supporting smallholder farmers to play a greater role in food production and natural resource stewardship is one of the quickest ways to lift over one billion people out of poverty and sustainably nourish a growing world population, a new United Nations report released Tuesday said. According to Smallholders, Food Security and the Environment—a report commissioned [...]

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Commission of Inquiry:Chemical agents may have been used as weapons in Syria

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The UN mandated Commission of Inquiry on Syria says there is reasonable evidence to suggest that limited quantities of chemical weapons have been used in the conflict. The commission says it has collated evidence from witnesses, refugees and medical staff on the alleged use of chemical weapons although it was still not possible to determine [...]

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First Arms Trade Treaty opens for signature

Patricia O'Brien, United Nations Legal Counsel, addressing the Special Event to Mark the Opening for Signature of the Arms Trade Treaty. [UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe]

The first international treaty regulating arms trade around the world opened for signature at UN headquarters in New York on Monday. The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) was approved by the General Assembly two months ago by a vote of 154 in favour to three against, North Korea, Iran and Syria. Twenty three countries abstained in [...]

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ATT will provide an effective deterrent against excessive and destabilizing arms flows: SG

Arms Trade Treaty Opens for Signature. [UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe]

With the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), the world has decided to finally put an end to the "free-for-all" nature of international weapons transfers, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday in remarks at a special event marking the opening of the Arms Trade treaty for Signature. He calls on all governments to bring national legislation and [...]

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School feeding programmes a "safety net" during difficult times: WFP

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]

Each day, more than 360 million children across the globe can count on receiving a meal at school, according to a new study by the World Food Programme WFP reports that these children can be found in both developing and well-off countries, indicating that governments are using school feeding programmes as a "safety net" in [...]

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A show of support for Africa's development agenda: Japan pledges US$32 billion in public and private funds

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Leaders from 50 African countries and international partners have vowed to work hand in hand to deliver quality growth and sustainable development to Africa, as the Tokyo International Conference for African Development (TICAD V) wrapped up on Monday. At the same time, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced his country would contribute US$32 billion to [...]

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UN Daily News 3 June 2013

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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The 2013 ILO report looks at five years of global unemployment

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What does the global employment situation look like, five years after the start of the worldwide financial crisis? That is the question the International Labour Organization, the ILO, attempts to answer in its World of Work Report 2013. The theme of the report is Repairing the economic and social fabric. It maintains that over the [...]

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MINUSMA interim chief says people of Timbuktu want peace

Mr. David Gressly, the interim chief of the UN Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).

The people of Timbuktu want peace, they want stability so all the elements are there for success, according to David Gressly, the interim chief of the UN Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). He says among the challenges is the security but believes that it's quite manageable, though there are concerns about asymmetric conflict which must be [...]

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We are at a critical moment in the fight against malaria: Ban

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressing the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V).

We are now at a critical moment in the fight against malaria, Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon said in remarks at an event on Malaria and the Development Agenda in Yokohama, Japan. He said "financial gaps threaten the progress. This is the time to make the most of our investments". According to Secretary-General Ban, Roll Back [...]

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UN launches new mission to support Somalia

Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, Nicholas Kay

The United Nations has launched a new UN Assistance Mission, UNSOM, based in Somalia to support the country. This represents a new phase in the UN's role in Somalia as the country rebuilds following more than twenty years of conflict. It is designed to support the vision and aspirations of the new Somali leadership and [...]

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UNAMA strongly condemns deadly attacks in eastern Afghanistan

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The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has strongly condemned  two deadly attacks which took place in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, killing at least 19 people, including a dozen children. In the first attack, according to initial reports, a suicide bomber riding a motorcycle detonated his explosives as a convoy of the International Security [...]

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Food security to be at centre of Africa development agenda

The three heads of the Rome-based UN agencies at the conference

The three heads of the Rome-based United Nations agencies have called for food security and nutrition to be placed at the centre of the international agenda for African development. They also stressed that special attention should be given to supporting smallholder farmers to improve global food security and empowering rural women, addressing gender inequalities and [...]

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A programme controls animal diseases in Kenya and Uganda

Veterinary officers taking blood sample from neck of cow

Pastoralist communities in Kenya and Uganda depend on livestock for their livelihoods. Animal diseases, which spread across borders, can wipe out these livelihoods, leaving communities vulnerable to hunger and poverty. The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and other organizations have started a programme to harmonize health care on [...]

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Mission accomplished for UN envoy for Somalia

Augustine Mahiga

Dr. Augustine Mahiga has completed his assignment as the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and head of the UN Political Office in Somalia. Nicholas Kay from the United Kingdom is taking over from the Tanzanian diplomat, who has served as the top UN envoy for Somalia for the last three years. Dr. Mahiga tells [...]

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UNAIDS to establish international scientific expert panel on HIV

Michel Sidibé (left) meets with Salim S. Abdool Karim

UNAIDS – the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS has established a Scientific Expert Panel to advise on major new scientific discoveries, as well as gaps and strategic needs in AIDS research. The panel will also advise on how UNAIDS can adjust its policies to address these needs and how they can be rapidly implemented [...]

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ILO: Uneven job recovery poses challenges to most countries

Employment centre in France

The number of unemployed worldwide is expected to increase by a further 8 million people over the next two years to reach to 208 million, as the slow recovery from the financial crisis continues, according to the International labour organization (ILO). In its latest World of Work report, ILO says emerging and developing countries are [...]

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Syria: UN humanitarian and human rights chiefs urge immediate safe passage for civilians, wounded trapped in Al-Qusayr

Newly arrived Syrian refugees in Jordan after crossing the border. [Photo: UNHCR/J. Kohler]

Top UN officials have called for immediate safe passage for civilians in Al-Qusayr in Syria. UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay have both expressed extreme alarm "by reports that thousands of civilians are trapped amidst the heavy fighting that has engulfed the besieged Syrian town of [...]

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We must address the links between peace, security and development for Africa: Ban

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressing the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V).

Africa has achieved great progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), but millions of Africans still lack jobs, health care and food. And, too many suffer in conflicts. That's what UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Saturday in opening remarks to the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V). The Secretary-General pointed out that [...]

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