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Caribbean continues to employ all resources in the fight against HIV/AIDS: The Bahamas

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The Governments of the Caribbean continue to employ all resources necessary to achieve sustainable action in the fight against HIV and AIDS, the representative of The Bahamas Ambassador Eugene Glenwood Newry told the General Assembly during a meeting to discuss the Secretary-General's report on expediting United Nations efforts to bring the global AIDS epidemic fully [...]

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Trinidad and Tobago remains committed to the fight against HIV/AIDS

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The Government of Trinidad and Tobago remains committed to the fight against HIV and AIDS and continues to lead a proactive campaign aimed at prevention as well as ensuring universal access to necessary information, treatment, care and support, particularly among key populations. That's what the delegate of the twin-island republic Ms. Melissa Boissiere told the [...]

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Barbados calls for development of green jobs

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Barbados has called for the development of green jobs. Minister of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Mrs. Byer-Suckoo told the 102nd International Labour Conference that it is a sobering reality that member States are increasingly being confronted with a myriad of challenges, including environmental challenges such as the availability of fossil fuels, climate change, [...]

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Syria Commission of Inquiry presents latest report to Security Council

Listen / Press Encounter with Mr. Paulo Pinheiro, Chairman of the Commission of the Inquiry on Syria. [UN Photo/Rick Bajornas]

The Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria has briefed the Security Council on its latest report on human rights violations and other crimes committed in the country's ongoing conflict. The commission was established two years ago by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, and for the first time it documents the systematic imposition [...]

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New UN envoy hears concerns of Somali women activists

Listen / SRSG Nicholas Kay, speaks at a press conference. [UN Photo/Tobin Jones]

The attack this week on the UN headquarters in Mogadishu was "an act of blatant terrorism" and "a desperate attempt" to knock Somalia off the path of recovery and peace building, according to the top UN official in the country. However, UN Special Representative Nicholas Kay stressed that the organization remains determined to stand by [...]

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Africa: Credit where it's due

Listen / A tailor at work in Mali. Good credit could be used to improve regional power grids, boosting productivity, says Sy. [IMF Photo]

When it comes to borrowing money on the international financial markets, several countries of sub-Saharan Africa can now access funds at cheaper rates than some European nations, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Angola and Gabon for example, have taken advantage of favourable interest rates to sell bonds worth $1 billion each. IMF's David [...]

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Security Council condemns cases of torture and mistreatment in illegal detention centres in Libya

Listen / Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant, Permanent Representative of the UK, and Security Council President for the month of June 2013, addressing the press. [UN Photo/Evan Schneider]

The Members of the UN Security Council have expressed deep concern about the recent acts of violence in Benghazi, Libya, which claimed lives of many people and they've called upon all Libyans to rally around their legitimate institutions, both civilian and military. In a press statement following a briefing on the situation in Libya by [...]

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Violence against women is a global health epidemic: WHO

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Physical or sexual violence is a public health problem that affects more than one-third of all women globally, according to a new report released by the World Health Organization (WHO). The report says some 35 per cent of women worldwide will experience either intimate partner or non-partner violence. The study also finds that intimate partner [...]

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Human Rights office concerned over disappearance of prominent human rights defender

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The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has expressed concern over the disappearance of a prominent human rights defender in the Lao People's Democratic Republic. The Human Rights office says six months on, there appears to have been no progress in investigating the forced disappearance of Sombath Somphone, who disappeared as he was [...]

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UN agency heads raise alarm at rising levels of food insecurity in Palestine

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There's increasing concern at the deteriorating food security situation in the West Bank and Gaza where one in three Palestinian households now struggle to feed their families. The Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) Ertharin Cousin, and the Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near [...]

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Climate change, water shortages, biodiversity loss will have growing impacts on global business: UN report

Listen / Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Director UN Environment Programme. UNEP photo.

From extreme weather events, to rising pressures on finite natural resources, changes in the global environment will increasingly impact operating costs, markets for products, the availability of raw materials, and the reputation of businesses, from finance and tourism, to healthcare and transport. This is just one of the main findings of a new report released [...]

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

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One in three women worldwide experiences some form of physical or sexual violence making this a global health problem of epidemic proportions, according to a report from the World Health Organization. It finds the most common type of violence affecting women is perpetrated by husbands and other intimate partners. New UN envoy hears concerns of [...]

21 Jun 2013 | Posted in Women | Read More »

UNICEF warns of worsening hygiene situation for Syrian displaced

Listen / Syrian children outside their UNHCR tent at Jordan's Za'atri refugee camp. Photo: UNHCR/M. Abu Asaker

Over four million children affected by the Syrian crisis are at risk of contracting communicable diseases such as diarrhoea due to lack of clean water and sanitation facilities, according to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). The fund says internally displaced Syrians and those living in refugee camps in neighbouring countries are likely to experience [...]

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Urgent regional action needed to improve Asia-Pacific air quality: UN ESCAP

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There's an urgent call for countries across the Asia-Pacific region to prioritize critical issues of air quality and human health. Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Dr. Noeleen Heyzer says in "efforts to build a more sustainable region we must ensure that preventing the pollution of [...]

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