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Syrian children pay high price for conflict, says UN official

Listen / A Syrian girl who has sought refuge with her family in Jordan. (Photo: UNICEF/G. Pirozzi)

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 [...]

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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

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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

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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

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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

Listen / 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

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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

Listen / South Sudanese man protecting his children

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

Listen / 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

Listen / 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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