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Security Council outraged by attack on UN compound in Mogadishu

Listen / Ambassador Lyall Grant of the United Kingdom, reading a Security Council press statement regarding today's attack on the UN compound in Somalia. [19 June, 2013]

The Security Council says it is outraged by the attack on a United Nations compound in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, on Wednesday which caused numerous deaths and injuries for which Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility. In a press statement issued later in the day, Security Council members extend their condolences to the victims and families as [...]

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A Syrian boy's distant dream

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Bombings, killings, constant pain and misery – these are just some of the things that Syrians have to contend with for well over two years now. According to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), more people are refugees or internally displaced than at any time since 1994, with the crisis in Syria having emerged as a [...]

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Security Council holds open debate on conflict prevention and extractive industries

Listen / Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson addresses the Security Council debate on conflict prevention and natural resources. [UN Photo/Mark Garten]

Oil, coal, diamonds, precious metals and other resources are literally the wealth of nations. But in too many countries the profits they generate rarely reaches the people, UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson told the Security Council during a debate on Wednesday on conflict prevention and the extractive industries. Dianne Penn reports. Duration: 2’29″

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"Natural resources are neither a curse nor a blessing" in Africa says Kofi Annan

Listen / Mr. Kofi Annan, Chairperson of the Africa Progress Panel [UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras]

Natural resources have been a presence and at times a driver of internal or regional conflicts in Africa, says former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Mr. Annan, who is now Chairperson of the ten-member Africa Progress Panel which advocates for equitable and sustainable development on the continent, addressed the Security Council on Wednesday as it discussed [...]

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Myanmar has to do a great deal more to dampen the fires of interreligious tension: Human Rights Office

Listen / Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). [UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré]

The UN Human Rights Office is deeply concerned about human rights violations against Muslims in the Rohinga community in Rakhine State and other regions of Myanmar. Rupert Colville, the spokesperson for the Human Rights Office says "The government of Myanmar has to do a great deal more to tackle this issue and to dampen the [...]

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Needs of displaced everywhere must be remembered on World Refugee Day: WFP

Listen / WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin

As an international community, we must continue to advocate on behalf of displaced people everywhere, the World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin says in a statement ahead of World Refugee Day, to be observed on Thursday 20 June, 2013. She says whether fleeing conflict, natural disaster or hunger, they must be at the [...]

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UN officials "saddened and shocked" by attack on UN compound in Mogadishu

Listen / Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson briefing the press. [UN Photo/Rick Bajornas]

The Secretary-General of the United Nations and his deputy are deeply saddened and shocked by Wednesday's attack on the UN compound in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. That's what UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said in the Security Council as it began its meeting on the maintenance of international peace and security. According to the UN [...]

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World Bank President warns climate change would block efforts to end poverty

Listen / Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank

A 2 degrees Celcius warmer world threatens to block efforts to end poverty around the world and Africa in particular. This warning comes from the President of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim who spoke in London on Wednesday. The head of the World Bank says a 2 degree Celsius warmer world could be upon [...]

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Myanmar must tackle discrimination against ethnic and religious minorities: Pillay

Listen / UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay

The government of Myanmar is being urged to devote urgent attention to tackling the continuing discrimination against ethnic and religious minorities in the country. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi has warned that failure to act could undermine the reform process. She says "Myanmar today can act as a source of inspiration by showing [...]

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Secretary-General highlights three major challenges facing peacekeeping

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre) visits a military peacekeeping training centre in Huairou District of Beijing. [UN Photo/ Evan Schneider]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has highlighted three major challenges facing UN peacekeeping. In remarks at China's Peacekeeping Training Centre in Beijing on Wednesday, the Secretary-General said the first challenge we face is to support complex political processes and protect civilians in high-risk environments characterized by asymmetric threats. He said while these asymmetric threats are not [...]

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Ban welcomes understandings reached on Syria by G8 leaders

Listen / UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. [UN Photo/Mark Garten]

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the understandings reached on Syria by G8 leaders in their communique, including the commitment to bring the Syrian sides to the negotiating table. In a statement through his Spokesperson’s office, the Secretary-General says he stands ready to convene the Geneva Conference on Syria as soon as possible, to [...]

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UNHCR: Global forced displacement at an 18-year high

Listen / Syrian refugee woman holds her child

Over 7.6 million people were forcibly displaced from their homes in 2012, according to the United Nations refugee agency, (UNHCR). The agency says 1.1 million were forced to flee across national borders as refugees, while 6.5 million were internally displaced in their countries. UNHCR says the rate of displacement in 2012 is the highest in [...]

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