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

Listen / 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

Listen / 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 [...]

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

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

Listen / 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

Listen / 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

Listen / Grenada beach

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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UN Daily News 7 June 2013

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The state of civil liberties in Central Asia

Listen / Noon Briefing with Guest: Mr. Ivan  ?imonovi?, ASG for Human Rights.

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

Listen / 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 [...]

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

WFP sends food to Al-Qusayr

Listen / 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

Listen / 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 [...]

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

Demographics challenge world of work, social protection

Listen / 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

Listen / UN Human Rights Office

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

Listen / 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

Listen / 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

Listen / 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'

Listen / 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

Listen / Harvesting coffee in Kenya

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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