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On Malala Day, Gordon Brown lauds young advocate’s commitment to education

Listen / Gordon Brown

"What Malala has is belief in her cause which is that everyone should have opportunity and rights to education but also this incredible willpower that even an attempted assassination has never taken away from her". That's what Gordon Brown, UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Global Education and the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom [...]

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UN and EU humanitarian chiefs call for increased humanitarian aid for CAR

Listen / Bangui, CAR, April 2013: About 3,000 people received food rations at this WFP distribution in the grounds of the community hospital in Bangui.  Credit: WFP/Herve Serefio

The top humanitarian officials of the United Nations and the European Union on Friday expressed deep concern about the plight of the people affected by instability across the Central African Republic (CAR) and called for increased humanitarian access to people in need of urgent aid. UN Humanitarian chief Valerie Amos and the European Union Commissioner [...]

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Adolescent pregnancy focus of World Population Day

Listen / A young mother holding her baby (PHOTO@UNFPA)

  Of the estimated 16 million teenage girls who give birth each year, far too many die from complications related to pregnancy or child birth, according to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). Adolescent pregnancy is the focus of this year's World Population Day, observed on 11 July, and the agency is urging countries to invest [...]

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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 UN 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. Dianne Penn reports. [...]

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UN officials to visit Syria

Listen / A busy thoroughfare in the ancient Syrian city of Aleppo. Photo: UNESCO/Ron Van Oers

The UN disarmament chief, Ms. Angela Kane, and Professor Åke Sellström, head of the UN mission to investigate alleged chemical weapons use in Syria, have agreed to accept the Government of the Syrian Arab Republic's invitation to visit Damascus. The focus of the mission, set up following a formal request from the Syrian Government, will [...]

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UN and EU humanitarian chiefs visit CAR to assess deteriorating humanitarian situation

Listen / Kaga-Bandoro, CAR: An estimated 1.6 million people in the Central African Republic are in need of humanitarian assistance. Credit: IRC

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Valerie Amos, is visiting the Central African Republic Thursday and Friday (11-12 July) with Kristalina Georgieva, European Union Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response. Before departing for the Central African Republic, Commissioner Georgieva told UN Radio that the joint trip to the African country is necessitated by the [...]

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US and China agree to reduce greenhouse gases

Listen / Christiana Figueres

A new, wide-ranging US-China cooperation to cut emissions from major polluting sources and to boost energy efficiency has gotten the "thumbs up" from, the UN's top climate change official. Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the UNFCCC, saluted the agreement between the two countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions [...]

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New techniques help farmers tackle climate change in Burkina Faso

Listen / Sibiri Kebre

Farmers like Sibiri Kebre depend on rain-fed agriculture to earn a living and feed their families. But the weather patterns in Burkina Faso's Sahel Region have become so unpredictable that the farmers do not know what to expect anymore. To help farmers adapt to these changing weather patterns, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) [...]

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UN Daily News 11 July 2013

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Expert explains how effective taxation can promote peacebuilding in post-conflict countries

Listen / Shoemakers in Burundi

When a nation has had its administrative and governance systems shattered during war and conflict, how feasible is it to try to start generating revenue locally? Is it right to ask people who are just recovering from war to start paying taxes? Issues like these were raised during a recent event in New York organized [...]

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Number of school-aged children in conflict zones increases

Listen / Syrian refugee children play beside tents in Domiz refugee camp.© UNHCR/B.Sokol

A new paper from UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, shows that half of the 57 million children out of school live in conflict-affected countries. The paper was released in partnership with the non-governmental organization Save the Children to mark the 16th birthday of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani student shot by the [...]

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Food insecurity remains high in Malawi: Human rights expert

Listen / Olivier De Schutter

Malawi's ambitious efforts to strengthen food security over recent years have been praised, notably its policy to increase domestic crop production by subsidizing inputs such as fertilizer and seeds. Word of this comes from the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food Olivier De Schutter. But he says "food insecurity remains high, affecting some [...]

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Serious food insecurity affects Syria, Central Africa, parts of West Africa

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A new report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) shows that instability in some countries leads to food insecurity. The latest issue of FAO’s quarterly Crop Prospects and Food Situation report, focuses on developments affecting the food security situation of developing countries. In its review of food insecurity hotspots, the report highlights that [...]

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Security Council urged to beef up capacity at South Sudan mission

Listen / Hilde Johnson (shown on screen)

• This week, South Sudan celebrated its second anniversary as an independent nation. UN envoy Hilde Johnson told the Security Council that the country has made progress in areas such as consolidating peace and addressing cases of arbitrary detention. However, says insecurity and other challenges still remain UN reports 300,000 people this year have fled [...]

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Provide all adolescents with age-appropriate comprehensive education of sexuality: Ban

Listen / Adolescent pregnancy

Far too many of the estimated 16 million teenage girls who give birth each year never had the opportunity to plan their pregnancy, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a message marking World Population Day. He suggests that to address these problems of complications from pregnancy and childbirth, "we must get girls into primary school and [...]

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World cereal production set to reach historic high in 2013

Listen / Photo:@FAO/Oliver Thuiller

World total cereal production is forecast to increase by about 7 percent in 2013 compared to last year, helping to replenish global inventories and raise expectations for more stable markets in 2013/14. According to the latest issue of FAO’s quarterly Crop Prospects and Food Situation report, the increase would bring world cereal production to 2 [...]

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