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Heads of UN humanitarian and human rights offices urge safe passage for trapped civilians in Syria

The heads of the UN humanitarian and human rights offices have expressed alarm at the escalating violence in Homs and Aleppo, Syria. UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay have called on all parties to immediately stop actions that might result in civilian loss of life. They [...]

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Human Rights chief urges respect for right to privacy and protection of individuals revealing human rights violations

"While concerns about national security and criminal activity may justify the exceptional and narrowly-tailored use of surveillance programmes, surveillance without adequate safeguards to protect the right to privacy actually risk impacting negatively on the enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms," UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said in a statement on Friday. [...]

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Protecting Underwater Cultural Heritage in Caribbean Small Island States

Pollockshields Wreck, Bermudas. [UNESCO/E. Trainito]

A UNESCO meeting has underlined the potential of underwater cultural heritage which encompasses all traces of human existence that lie or were lying under water and are of a cultural or historical importance. Recognizing the urgent need to preserve and protect such valuable and vulnerable heritage, UNESCO pioneered the development of the 2001 Convention on [...]

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Tropical Storm Chantal Tests Hurricane Preparedness in Haiti, Highlights Need to End Displacement

IOM worker in Haiti

Tropical Storm Chantal, now dissipated, provided the Government of Haiti, IOM and partners the opportunity to test life-saving preparations for the upcoming Caribbean hurricane season. On Tuesday 9 July, the day before the storm was projected to reach the island of Hispaniola, IOM carried out awareness raising activities on emergency preparedness and procedures in camps [...]

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Angelique Kidjo impressed by Malala's humility

Angelique Kidjo

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angelique Kidjo was at the United Nations Friday 12 July in support of Malala Yousafzai's crusade. The Grammy Award Winner is also passionate about the education of girls, particularly in Africa. UN Radio's Leda Letra caught up with Angelique and they talked about her impressions of Malala. Duration: 2'02"  

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Growing inequality with and among countries a concern to Guyana

Guyana's Foreign Minister Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett chairs the High Level Session of the UN General Assembly Thematic Debate Inequality. [UN Photo/Rick Bajornas]

The Government of Guyana was concerned with the challenge posed by growing inequality both within and among countries and the implications of this phenomenon for the promotion of human development. That's what Guyana's Foreign Minister Carolyn Rodriguez- Birkett told the UN General Assembly as it held a thematic debate on "Inequality". She explained that the [...]

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Malala encourages all to wage a global struggle against illiteracy

Malala Day Youth Assembly

"The saying 'The pen is mightier than the sword,' is true," Malala Yousafzai said, as she addressed hundreds of young people at the United Nations on Friday. Extremists are afraid of change, afraid of the equality it will bring into society, she concluded. In her address to the United Nations, Malala, the young Pakistani teen [...]

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Malala Day pays tribute to young activist for education and girls' empowerment

Malala Day Youth Assembly

Youth representatives from around the world are at the United Nations on Friday to celebrate the birthday of a young woman whose bravery and integrity have inspired people everywhere. Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating for girls' education, turned 16 amid applause from her peers, [...]

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UN Daily News 12 July 2013

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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No child should have to die for going to school: Ban

Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Malala Yousafzai

No child should have to die for going to school, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday in remarks to a Youth Assembly marking Malala Day. He says there's much work to do – 57 million children are not in school. Most of them are girls. Half live in conflict-affected countries. The Secretary-General says by targeting Malala, [...]

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On Malala Day, Gordon Brown lauds Malala's commitment to education

Secretary-General Meets  Ms. Malala Yousafzai.

"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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Malala is doing her part, governments must do theirs: Special Rapporteur on Education

Malala Yousafzai

"When a girl is determined to learn, and her family and community support her, she cannot be stopped by anyone, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to education, Kishore Singh said Friday as the United Nations celebrates the impact that Malala Yousafzai has had by risking her life to get the education which [...]

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UNHCR finds some progress amid problems at Manus Island processing centre


The United Nations refugee agency has criticized Australia’s immigration detention centre in Papua New Guinea, saying it does not meet international standards. In its second report on the Manus Island processing centre, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said although there were some improvements since its last visit in January, there were still major [...]

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