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Secretary-General appoints new head of UN Women

Listen / Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

The United Nations Secretary-General has appointed Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka of South Africa as Executive Director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UN Women). She replaces Ms. Michelle Bachelet, who spearheaded the Organization's work on gender equality and the empowerment of women at the global, regional and country levels. The new [...]

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West Africa sub-region faces multiple political and security challenges: SRSG Djinnit

Listen / Said Djinnit

"The West African sub-region continues to face multiple political and security challenges mainly linked to transnational organized crime, piracy and terrorist activities as well as election-related tensions in some countries", the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa Said Djinnit told the Security Council on Wednesday. He said that three zones of instability are [...]

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WHO report finds tobacco control measures are working

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Establishing smoke-free public spaces and putting health warnings on cigarette packages are among the measures that are helping to protect millions of people from the harmful effects of tobacco. In fact, more than two billion people worldwide are now covered by these or other life-saving measures which limit tobacco use, according to the World Health [...]

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Ban on tobacco advertising and promotion making significant progress

Listen / tobacco products displayed in an open air market stall

At least 24 countries worldwide have introduced complete bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Creation of smoke-free public and work places is the most commonly established tobacco control measure with 32 countries having passed complete smoking bans covering all work places, public places and public transport over [...]

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Security Council expresses concern over Lebanese sovereignty

Listen / Rosemary DiCarlo

The Security Council is concerned about violations to Lebanese sovereignty and territorial integrity, according to US Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo, President of the Council for the month of July. Speaking at a meeting of the Council on Wednesday, Ms. DiCarlo expressed the Council's concerned over a number of issues, including a spillover into Lebanon of the [...]

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In Kenya, UNHCR chief discusses solutions for Somali refugees

Listen / Antonio Guterres

"For the first time in over two decades, there is a chance to establish normalcy" in the situation in Somalia, High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres told Kenya's Interior minister on Wednesday. Guterres met with the Kenyan minister to discuss the situation in Somalia and Kenya's interests in seeing Somali refugees returning home. He said [...]

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Security Council strongly condemns terrorist attack in Beirut

Listen / Security Council Chamber

The members of the Security Council have strongly condemned Tuesday's terrorist attack in Beirut, Lebanon. In a statement, the members of the Security Council underlined the need to bring the perpetrators to justice. The members of the Security Council appealed to all Lebanese people to preserve national unity in the face of attempts to undermine [...]

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UN Women calls for Egyptian women's voices to be heard without threat of violence

Listen / UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri. Photo: UN Women/Fabricio Barreto

  UN Women has called for Egyptian women's voices to be heard without threat of violence. A statement says UN Women is concerned by reports of the high prevalence of sexual assaults against women in public spaces. It says UN Women adds its voice to calls on all parties to take a firm stand and [...]

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Moratorium on using live rinderpest virus lifted for approved research

Listen / A laboratory technician testing blood samples from cattle to monitor for rinderpest virus

A moratorium on using live rinderpest virus for approved research has been lifted by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). The moratorium follows the adoption of a Resolution in May 2011 by all OIE Member Countries that urged members to forbid the manipulation of rinderpest virus containing [...]

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Russia’s UN Ambassador offers claim of chemical weapon use by Syrian armed opposition

Listen / Vitaly Churkin

The Permanent Representative of Russia to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, told correspondents at the UN on Tuesday that he believes the armed opposition in Syria has used chemical weapons. He recounted a Syrian Government report from earlier this year that accused anti-government forces of launching a gas-laden projectile near Khan al-Assal in the Aleppo [...]

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An Ethiopian women's rights activist’s thirst for education

Listen / Bogaletch Gebre

Education for girls is not a priority in her country Ethiopia, says Bogaletch Gebre, a women's rights activist, stressing that their priority is taking care of the family and household chores. When she was six or seven years old, an opportunity presented itself where an educated female relative came to visit and taught her the [...]

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