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Ban calls for a boost to the cholera response in Haiti

Listen / 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

Listen / 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

Listen / 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

Listen / 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

Listen / 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

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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

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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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