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International community needs to move forward on a political agenda for Syria: Zerrougui

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The situation in Syria continues to be dire especially for children who make up the majority of those displaced both in and outside the country. That's what the Special representative of the Secretary-general for Children and Armed Conflict Leila Zerrougui told reporters at the United Nations on Monday. Ms. Zerougi says she was overwhelmed by [...]

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International community, remain engaged in Burundi: Security Council

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The international community should continue to be engaged in Burundi. That was the message of speakers who addressed the UN Security Council on Monday, as it discussed the progress of the peace process in the country. Gerry Adams reports. Duration: 3’20″

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Significant progress made in planning for Burundi's political future

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Significant advances in terms of political dialogue have been made in Burundi. Special Representative of the Secretary-General, UN Office in Burundi (BNUB) Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, told the UN Security Council on Monday that for the first time since 2010, in March this year all Burundian political actors came together to discuss the country's political future and [...]

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Eliminating FGM/C central to UNICEF's mandate

Listen / At age one, Fatima was subjected to female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) in her village in Afar Region of Ethiopia which has one of the world's highest prevalence rates. Photo: UNICEF/Kate Holt

Eliminating Female genital mutilation/cutting FGMC is central to the mandate of UNICEF. Deputy Executive Director of the agency Geeta Rao Gupta told a Washington DC press conference on Monday that what the report really shows so clearly now is that this is not an internationally-imposed shift required by the UN and others. Rather she says, [...]

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Expert says long-term planning and strategic thinking key to food security in Malawi

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Six years ago, Malawi was reaping praise for its policies that helped combat hunger by subsidizing maize production. But a UN human rights expert says lack of investment in other areas, notably in soil health and in developing irrigation techniques, means the country is still plagued by food insecurity. Olivier De Schutter, the UN Special [...]

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The concerns of the Caribbean are the concerns of the UN: Ban

Listen / UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during ECOSOC 2013 High-Level Segment in Geneva [UN Photo / Anne-Laure Lechat]

Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries have been pioneers in raising the world's awareness on climate change and the unique challenges of Small Island Developing States, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday in opening remarks to the Seventh UN-CARICOM general meeting. The Secretary-general said that thanks to the advocacy of CARICOM, the General Assembly focused on the [...]

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Ending preventable child deaths before 2035: Bangladesh call to action

Listen / Child's arm being measured to assess his nutritional state at a feeding centre in Dahakula village, Bangladesh. Photo: WFP/S. Noorani

Bangladesh on Monday committed to ending preventable child deaths in the country before 2035. This commitment builds on the impressive progress that Bangladesh has made in reducing maternal and child mortality, and improving the health and wellbeing of mothers and children over the past 40 years. To achieve this goal, the Government has pledged to [...]

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Human rights should be at the centre of Japan's international development cooperation efforts: UN expert

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Japan should adopt a human rights-based approach to its international development cooperation. The call comes from UN Independent Expert on foreign debt and human rights, Cephas Lumina. He said "The Government should make a more explicit commitment to incorporating human rights principles into the design, implementation and monitoring of its international development cooperation policies". And [...]

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Food insecurity and malnutrition still rife in Malawi

Listen / Women tending rape seedlings.(©FAO/J. Spaull. Editorial use only. Copyright FAO)

Malawi's recent high-profiled food security policies have failed to rid the country of chronic food insecurity and malnutrition, according to a UN Human Rights expert. Olivier De Schutter, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, says more than 50 per cent of the country remains stuck in poverty, with many families unable to [...]

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