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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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

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

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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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 [...]

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

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. [...]

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

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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