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Secretary-General calls for an end to the death penalty

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Countries which still uphold the death penalty are being urged to join the global coalition to end to this practice. The call comes from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, speaking in New York on Friday at a high-level panel organized by the UN Human Rights office. "We have a duty to prevent innocent people from paying [...]

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Recognize tourism as major Caribbean earner, urges CTO chief

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The head of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has asked the region’s ambassadors to Europe to remember the importance of tourism as a major economic driver and as a potent anti-poverty tool. Speaking to a gathering of Caribbean envoys in Brussels, CTO chairman Beverly Nicholson-Doty of the United States Virgin Islands lauded their championing of [...]

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ILO reform will contribute to an enhanced role for the organization in global development: Trinidad and Tobago

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NAR: The ongoing reshaping of the global landscape requires States to become more nimble and to examine more closely the poles and determinants of poverty and prosperity in both developed and developing countries. That assessment comes from Trinidad and Tobago's Minister of Labour and Small and Micro Enterprise Development Errol Mc Leod in a statement [...]

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Jamaica's well-defined industrial relations system cemented by labour laws: Kellier

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Tripartism which is at the heart of the ILO and the Decent Work agenda resonate with the country of Jamaica, Minister of Labour and Social Security Derrick Kellier told the 102nd International Labour Congress in Geneva. He said Jamaica's well-defined industrial relations system cemented by labour laws is affected by the natural rhythm of the [...]

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Barbados touts its commitment collective bargaining:

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  The practice of collective bargaining is institutionalised within the industrial relations landscape of Barbados. That's what the General Secretary of the Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations Dennis de Peiza told the 102nd International Labour Conference of the International Labour Organization in Genava. He stressed that Barbados subscribed to principles of voluntarism which [...]

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Monitoring and keeping the peace in the disputed Abyei area of Sudan

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"The history of Sudan's Abyei region is a history of conflict" says the Force Commander of the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNIFSA). However, says Major General Yohannes Tesfamariam, since the establishment of the mission in June 2011, the situation is relatively peaceful except for an incident in May this year. The mission was [...]

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Peru: The Food Revolution

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There’s a new revolution happening in Peru… a food revolution. Ancient cuisine is the top choice for top chefs in the capital, Lima, where ancient crops are produced by smallholder farmers. The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) says the new alliance that has formed between these chefs and the people who grow their food [...]

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Egyptian research centre and Ugandan doctor receive UN Population Award

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An Egypt-based research centre and an advocate for reproductive health in Uganda are the winners of the 2013 United Nations Population Award. The International Islamic Centre for Population Studies and Research and Dr. Jotham Musinguzi, will be honoured during a ceremony on Friday at UN Headquarters in New York. The research centre is affiliated with [...]

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Global Fund supports malaria eradication initiative in Latin America and the Caribbean

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Ten Latin American and Caribbean countries are joining together to stamp out malaria in their region by 2020. They are being supported by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which has set aside an additional $10 million for the initiative. The announcement was made on Thursday in Costa Rica, one of the [...]

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IAEA moves to enhance global nuclear security efforts

Listen / Lebanese customs officers practice radiation detection techniques during a training session in 2010. (Photo: Lebanese Customs Administration)

Ways to strengthen nuclear security worldwide is the focus of a 5-day meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna 1-5 July. The risk that nuclear or other radioactive material could be used in malicious acts is regarded as a serious threat to international peace and security. The IAEA's Office of Nuclear Security [...]

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Parliamentarians stress need for negotiated political solution to Syria crisis

Listen / Swedish MP Ulrika Karlsson engages with Syrian refugee children at the Zaatri camp. ©IPU

A group of parliamentarians from around the world is calling for more efforts to find a negotiated political solution to the Syrian crisis. The MPs on Friday concluded a three-day mission to Jordan, which is hosting 500,000 Syrian refugees. The mission was organized by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and its findings will be reported to [...]

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Cholera and violence sweep across DR Congo's Katanga Province

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A cholera epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Katanga province has  killed 257 people, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian affairs (OCHA). More than 11,000 cholera cases have been reported in the province since the beginning of the year. The outbreak has been concentrated on the main city of [...]

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Refugee status for Rwandans comes to an end

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Nearly 100,000 Rwandans still living in exile are to loose their refugee status on the 30th of June this year, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). The cessation of refugee status will however only apply to Rwandan refugees who fled the country before 31 December 1998. UNHCR says both the International and the African [...]

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Afghanistan still the global leader in opium production

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With more than 150,000 hectares of poppies under cultivation, Afghanistan maintains its position as the world's leading producer of opium. The annual World Drugs Report, released this week by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), predicts there will be a "significant" increase in production in 2013. Human Rights Office urges Myanmar to tackle [...]

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