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Afghanistan's complex processes are on track says the UN Special Representative for Afghanistan

Listen / H.E. Zahir Tanin, (right) Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the UN and Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA)following the Security Council Meeting on the situation in Afghanistan

  Afghanistan's three complex and intertwined processes — political, security and economic — are on track, according to the United Nations Special Representative for Afghanistan. Ján Kubiš says these efforts are due to culminate in 2014, but the fundamentals are to be put in place this year. Beng Poblete-Enriquez reports. Building a future with decent [...]

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Security Council discussed link between resources and armed conflicts

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

• The link between extractive resources and conflict was the subject of discussion in the Security Council on Wednesday. Natural resources such as oil, coal, diamonds, precious metals and other resources are sometimes called a curse in Africa because of conflicts associated with them. However, these resources are now fuelling economic growth and improving people's [...]

20 Jun 2013 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

Building a future with decent work

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Employment and social protection in the new demographic context was one of the topics discussed at the 2-week International Labour Conference that wrapped up on 20 June in Geneva. Delegates from around the world met to report on the situation in their particular countries. Beng Poblete-Enriquez reports. Duration: 2’58″

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

Insurgents increase brutal attacks as government forces assume responsibility for security in Afghanistan

Listen / Jan Kubiš, Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). [UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe]

Insurgent attacks on civilians in Afghanistan have become more brutal as government forces assume the lead responsibility for security throughout the country. That's what the top United Nations envoy in Afghanistan, Jan Kubiš said during his briefing to the Security Council on Thursday. Mr. Kubiš said there is a clear need to continue international support [...]

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Afghanistan's complex processes are on track says the UN Special Representative for Afghanistan

Listen / Zahir Tanin, Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the UN, and Ján Kubiš, head of UNAMA, following the Security Council meeting on the situation in Afghanistan. [UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz]

Afghanistan's three complex and intertwined processes — political, security and economic — are on track, according to the United Nations Special Representative for Afghanistan. Ján Kubiš says these efforts are due to culminate in 2014, but the fundamentals are to be put in place this year. Beng Poblete-Enriquez reports: Duration: 3’31″

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UN Daily News 20 June 2013

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Secretary-General says UN will not be deterred by "despicable" terrorist attack in Somalia

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Barbaric and despicable. That is how Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described Wednesday's deadly attack on the UN headquarters in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the incident. Dianne Penn reports. Duration: 2’13″

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

ICC sets new date for trial of Kenyan President

Listen / President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta of Kenya.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has set 12 November 2013 as the new date for the start of the trial of the newly elected president of Kenya. President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta of Kenya is charged, as an indirect co-perpetrator, with five counts of crimes against humanity. They consist of murder, deportation or forcible transfer, rape, [...]

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

World Refugee Day focuses on protection of family

Listen / Khaled Hosseini hears from village elders in Baghlan province about the conditions his community is facing. [UNHCR/T.Irwin]

On World Refugee Day observed on 20 June, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) has launched a One Family campaign. It is aimed at highlighting the plight of families that are torn apart by wars and forced to flee their homes. Former Afghan refugee Khaled Hosseini author of "The Kite Runner", an international best seller, [...]

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

Al-Shabaab terrorist group attack on the UN and civilians unacceptable: Ban

Listen / UN Secretary-General speaks to the press regarding the deadly attack on the UN compound in Somalia. [UN Photo/Evan Schneider]

This is totally unacceptable when the United Nations is there to help the Somali people, to provide development, aid, also ensure political stability and promote human dignity there, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in remarks Friday during a meeting with State Councilor Yang Jiechi of China. Earlier, at a press encounter, the Secretary-General expressed his outrage [...]

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

International Labour Conference ends in Geneva

Listen / International Labour Conference in Geneva.

The ILO's annual International Labour Conference concluded after just over two weeks of discussions on key issues affecting the world of work, including the ageing of the population, the greening of the economy and social dialogue. The conference, held in Geneva, brought together almost 5,000 delegates, representing governments, employers and workers from around the world. [...]

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

Security Council hails Preliminary Presidential Election and Inclusive Peace talks in Mali Agreement

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The members of the Security Council have welcomed the signing in Ouagadougou of a "Preliminary Agreement to the Presidential Election and the Inclusive Peace Talks in Mali". The agreement was signed between the transitional authorities of Mali and the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) and the High Council for the Unity of [...]

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

WHO: Violence against women a global health problem of epidemic proportion

Listen / Empowering women and girls

Violence against women has become a global health problem of epidemic proportions with one out of every three women experiencing some form of physical or sexual violence, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In a new study on violence against women, WHO says violence perpetrated by husbands and other intimate partners is the most [...]

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

Refugees and internally displaced reach highest levels in 20 years: Ban

Listen / Pedicab drivers in Mindanao, the Philippines, support World Refugee Day. Many of them are internally displaced. © UNHCR Cotabato

There are now more than 45 million refugees and internally displaced people in the world – the highest level in nearly 20 years, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message marking World Refugee Day. Last year alone, someone was forced to abandon their home every four seconds. And, War remains the dominant cause, with [...]

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

The Disinherited

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Actor Joseph Schilkraut narrates this drama exploring the life of refugees, the year the High Commissioner for Refugees was awarded its first Nobel Prize. Language: English Genre: Drama 1954 Duration: 25’25″

20 Jun 2013 | Posted in UN Radio Classics | Read More »

Tomorrow for Two

Listen / Herbert Marshall

In this drama narrated by British actor Herbert Marshall, an officer from the International Refugee Organization (former Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees) reunites with two displaced persons whom he assisted two years earlier. Language: English Genre: Drama 1959 Duration: 28’35″

20 Jun 2013 | Posted in UN Radio Classics | Read More »

What Follows the End?

Listen / Austrian children receive hot milk from the UN, 1949

The hopes and fears of a refugee family in Austria, and how the UN High Commission for Refugees came to the rescue. Language: English Genre: Drama 1955 Duration: 14’33″

20 Jun 2013 | Posted in UN Radio Classics | Read More »

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