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Human Rights chief concludes visit to Colombia

  UN Human Rights High Commissioner Navi Pillay has concluded a four-day mission to Colombia. At a press conference on Friday in the capital, Bogotá, Ms. Pillay spoke about the meetings she held with various sectors, including NGOs. She said civil society representatives want their voices to be heard in peace talks between the government and [...]

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Registering births in Nigeria

A mother registers her child in Nigeria. [Photo adapted from UNIFEED]

    UNICEFestimates that Nigeria will have the highest absolute rise in child population by 2025. To account for this rapidly growing population and address challenges associated with getting children registered, the Government, with the support of UNICEF and partners, has established a monitoring and evaluation system called RapidSMS. This procedure provides a clearer picture [...]

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ICC Prosecutor says attacks on peacekeepers could constitute war crimes

The Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) says attacks against peacekeepers may constitute war crimes. In a statement issued on Friday, Fatou Bensouda condemned last weekend's deadly ambush on a convoy of blue helmets serving at the joint African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID). Bensouda called on the government of Sudan to carry [...]

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UN Daily News 19 July 2013

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Conference focuses on disability needs post-2015

Conference of State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. [UN Photo/Mark Garten]

The sixth session of the Conference of States Parties of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the CRPD, is winding up its three day meeting at the United Nations. Penny Hartin, Chief Executive Officer of the World Blind Union, says a high point of the meeting has been its focus on including [...]

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Secretary-General repeats call for dialogue in Bahrain following bomb attack

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The UN Secretary-General has condemned a bomb attack at a mosque in Bahrain earlier this week. In a statement attributable to his spokesperson, Ban Ki-moon expresses concern about the recent increase in violence in the country. According to media reports, no one was hurt in the blast which took place at a mosque in the [...]

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UN labour agency welcomes G20 proposals on job creation

ILO Director-General Guy Ryder

The head of the International Labour Organization (ILO) says proposals by G20 governments to boost efforts to promote jobs and economic growth are "a major step forward." ILO Director-General Guy Ryder was speaking in Moscow on Friday, where Labour and Employment Ministers from the world's major economies wrapped up their two-day meeting with a declaration [...]

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World Met Office says first half of 2013 among warmest periods on record


Global average temperatures for the first half of this year are among the hottest on record, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The information comes from one of the agency's members, the United States's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which has just released its latest report. WMO spokesperson Clare Nullis told journalists in [...]

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New Congolese refugees in Uganda face shelter, water shortages

Over 15,500 Congolese refugees who have fled into western Uganda have now been transferred away from the unsafe border area to a transit camp where aid agencies are able to provide humanitarian assistance, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). The transit centre 25 kilometers deeper into Uganda is government managed and has a maximum [...]

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UN commends efforts to quell deadly inter-communal fighting in Guinea


The UN Human Rights office is commending authorities in Guinea for their efforts to restore calm following three days of deadly inter-communal violence. At least 57 people were killed and more than 160 injured in fighting this week between members of the Guerze and Konianke ethnic groups. The clashes displaced hundreds of people, and looting, [...]

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Malala Day celebrated at the UN

Secretary-General Meets  Ms. Malala Yousafzai.

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban just for going to school, addressed hundreds of young people on the 12th of July at the United Nations, urging them to use education as a weapon against extremism. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who dubbed the day – Yousafzai’s 16th birthday – ‘Malala Day’ in [...]

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UN pays tribute to young activist for education and girls' empowerment

Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani school girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban, celebrated her 16th birthday at UN Headquarters by calling for more global investment in education. Malala says she wants all children—including the sons and daughters of the Taliban and other extremist groups—to have the chance to go to school. Advocate [...]

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Somali draft media law may curtail press freedom

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The Somali government has published a draft media law, but which the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) says is not in conformity with international human rights standards. OHCHR has also criticized the Somali government for going against its earlier pledge to hold broad consultations before the media bill was published. Rupert Colville from the UN [...]

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UN demands information on detained Egyptian leaders


The United Nations Human Rights office (OHCHR) has written to the interim government in Egypt demanding to know the legal basis upon which the former President Mohammed Morsi and several senior members of his government remain in detention. In the letter, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay is also asking to be [...]

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UN releases new funds to support cholera response in Haiti during rainy season

Haiti is getting US$1.5 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to respond to cholera. The additional funding from the CERF's Underfunded Emergencies Window comes at a crucial time, when cholera cases are set to rise during the rainy season. The additional allocation was announced by Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos. The new CERF [...]

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