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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

ticad v

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


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


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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