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Envoy calls for greater cooperation among Sahel countries

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UN Special Envoy for the Sahel Romano Prodi is briefing the Security Council  on his strategy for the region. The Sahel is facing threats ranging from endemic poverty, terrorism and the crisis in Mali, and Prodi says the governments of five countries there—Mali, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Niger and Chad—must be supported in their efforts to [...]

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World Drug Report 2013

Listen / World Drug Report press briefing

Although the use of drugs such as heroin and cocaine is declining in some parts of the world, there has been a proliferation in the use of prescription drugs and new psychoactive substances. That information comes from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) which has just released the 2013 World Drug Report. The [...]

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Secretary-General: Invest in youth today to transform the world tomorrow

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With the world projected to need about half a billion jobs in the coming decades, young entrepreneurs should be encouraged, educated and empowered, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the General Assembly on Wednesday. Speaking during a debate on entrepreneurship for development, Mr. Ban pointed out that the current generation of young people is the largest [...]

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UN Radio News 26 June 2013

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Force Commanders share their concerns and experiences at the UN

Listen / Peacekeepers conduct a foot patrol

Heads of the military components of United Nations peacekeeping operations around the world are at the United Nations this week, discussing several sensitive and topical issues, and also sharing their experiences and best practices. Many of these Force Commanders operate in very intense and volatile places and their jobs can be very demanding and challenging. [...]

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UNESCO chief condemns murder of Ugandan journalist

Listen / Irina Bokova

The head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is urging authorities in Uganda to fully investigate the murder of a local journalist and to bring those responsible for his death to justice. UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova released a statement on Wednesday condemning the killing of Thomas Pere whose body was found on [...]

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Security Council hears how advanced technologies can benefit UN peacekeeping

Listen / Carlos Alberto dos Santos Cruz

The use of advanced military technologies could help the United Nations stay "one step ahead" of those who pose threats to peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. That message comes from Lieutenant-General Carlos Alberto dos Santos Cruz, Force Commander at the UN peacekeeping mission in the country (MONUSCO), who briefed the Security Council [...]

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New HIV infections among children in sub-Saharan Africa slashed in half

Listen / HIV-positive mother and child in Tanzania

A 50% reduction in new HIV infections among children in seven countries in sub-Saharan Africa is the highlight of a new UNAIDS report. However, it also shows that access to treatment remains unacceptably low for children –– only three in 10 children in need of treatment have access in most of the ‘Global Plan’ priority [...]

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UN Office on Drugs and Crime reports alarming rise in new psychoactive substances

Listen / Justice Tettey

While there has been a decline in the use of traditional drugs such as heroin and cocaine in some parts of the world, a UN report reveals growing use of prescription drugs and so-called "designer drugs." The 2013 World Drug Report, released on Wednesday by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), finds new [...]

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Secretary-General calls for more global action on ending torture

Listen / Torture victim from Mauritania, undergoing rehabilitation at the African Centre for the Prevention and Resolution of Conflicts, Vivre Caprec, in Senegal. The centre is funded by the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Torture. (OHCHR Photo)

The UN Secretary-General is calling on countries to work together to end torture globally and ensure that victims are compensated. In a message marking the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture , observed on 26 June, Ban Ki-moon also urges governments to support the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture. The fund [...]

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Locust plague threatens to trigger severe food crisis in Madagascar

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Madagascar is in the grips of a largely uncontrolled locust plague and risks a serious food crisis, according to the UN Food and agriculture Organization (FAO). FAO estimates that by September this year, up to a third of the country will be infested by locusts, putting at risk the lives of 13 million people or [...]

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