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UN-CARICOM discuss broad range of priority issues

Listen / UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre), Assistant Secretary-General Tayé-Brook Zerihoun (right), and CARICOM Secretary-General Irwin LaRocque (left) at the seventh meeting between representatives of the UN and CARICOM. [UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe]

The Caribbean is a vibrant region, rich in democratic values, cultural diversity, natural resources and strong visionaries, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said this week at the opening of the Seventh UN-CARICOM General Meeting in New York. He said over the past decade and a half, these UN-Caricom General Meetings have provided an excellent opportunity to assess [...]

26 Jul 2013 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Secretary-General expresses hope for peaceful election in Mali on Sunday

Listen / Electoral kits being unloaded in Timbuktu, ahead of the 28 July 2013 presidential elections in Mali. Photo: MINUSMA/Blagoje Grujic

The UN Secretary-General is reiterating his call for a peaceful, credible and transparent presidential election in Mali this weekend. Citizens of the West African country go to the polls on Sunday, and Ban Ki-moon encourages all Malian voters to exercise their democratic right to vote. In a statement issued on Friday by his spokesperson,  Mr. [...]

26 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Multiple issues cause an outbreak of violence in Darfur: UNAMID Chief

Listen / Mohamed Ibn Chambas

The conflict in Sudan’s western region of Darfur is experiencing a resurgence in killings and displacements, despite the best efforts of the international community to find a lasting resolution. Just two weeks ago a large group of unidentified armed men, using highly sophisticated weapons, ambushed a convoy of peacekeepers and killed 7 Tanzanians who are [...]

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UN agency concerned about Palestinian refugees caught in Syria conflict

Listen / Yarmouk camp for Palestinian refugees in the Syrian capital Damascus. Photo:IRIN/Gabriela Keller

The UN agency that works with Palestine refugees (UNRWA) remains gravely concerned about the ongoing violence in Syria and reiterates its appeal for the conflict to be solved through mediated dialogue. UNRWA cites reports that show a sharp escalation in armed confrontation around Yarmouk camp in Damascus where a rocket attack this week reportedly killed [...]

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Food prices decline but remain high; consumer food subsidies increasing concern

Listen / Workers stacking large sacks from conveyor belt. Pakistan. Photo: Curt Carnemark / World Bank

Global food prices declined for three consecutive quarters, then rose in May and June, remaining close to historical peaks, the World Bank Group's quarterly Food Price Watch reported Friday. It says some countries with high poverty and weak safety nets are now responding to this chronic volatility by scaling up consumer food subsidies but these [...]

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UNHCR report says Ukraine needs to improve its asylum system

Listen / Photo: UNHCR/B. Szandelszky

Ukraine's asylum system still requires fundamental improvements, says a report by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). According to the report released Friday, UNHCR says Ukraine's asylum system needs to offer better protection against forced return of asylum seekers and to improve the fairness and efficiency of the hearings process. As a result of [...]

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Human Rights office launches Free & Equal campaign to raise awareness about LGBT discrimination

Listen / UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Justice Edwin Cameron launch OHCHR's Free & Equal campaign in Cape Town, South Africa (© Casey Crafford)

A global public education campaign launched this Friday by the UN Human Rights office aims to raise awareness about violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. The 'Free & Equal' campaign will focus on the need for both legal reforms and public education to counter homophobia and transphobia. Speaking at the [...]

26 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Syrian refugees arrested in Egypt

Listen / Syrian refugees wait to be registered by UNHCR staff in Lebanon.© UNHCR/M.Abu Asaker

At least 85 Syrian refugees have been arrested and detained by the military and security forces in Egypt over the last one month, according to the UN Refugee agency (UNHCR). Among those arrested are several minors and Syrians registered by the UNHCR in Egypt. UNHCR says there is a growing anti-Syrian sentiment in Egypt with [...]

26 Jul 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN chief urges maximum restraint by all sides in Egypt

Listen / Egyptians protest in Cairo in July 2013. Photo: UN News Centre

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon once again urges all sides in Egypt to act with maximum restraint. A statement from his Spokesperson's office says the Secretary-General is following the developments in Egypt closely, with growing concern. The statement says the Secretary-General supports the rights of all Egyptians to hold peaceful protests. And, he calls on [...]

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Malnourished children in northern Nigeria get community-based treatment

Listen / Katanga primary health care centre, Nigeria

Nigeria's rates of childhood stunting and wasting are among the highest in the world, particularly in the north where the country reaches into the Sahel region, according to the UN Children's Agency (UNICEF). In many cases, these conditions can be life-threatening if not treated properly. In 2009, in collaboration with the Nigerian Government, UNICEF started [...]

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UNICEF reports great strides in ending Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting

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

A new report from the UN children's fund (UNICEF) brings together the most complete statistics and analyses on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C). Although the agency estimates an additional 30 million young girls are at risk of being cut in the next decade, UNICEF believes changing perceptions about the practice—for example, by women who themselves have [...]

26 Jul 2013 | Posted in Women | Read More »

UNICEF highly concerned about the impact of fighting on children in North Kivu

Listen / Displaced children in DRC

The resumption of conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo between the national army and armed groups (the M23 and the ADF-Nalu) in North Kivu province is a direct risk to children in and around the areas where fighting is taking place, the UN children's agency (UNICEF) warns. The agency says it has received [...]

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Hepatitis – Know it. Confront it.

Listen / World Hepatitis Day

Hepatitis A, B, C, D, E – Know it. Confront it! That's the message for World Hepatitis Day, 28th July. The World Health Organization (WHO) is urging governments to act against the five hepatitis viruses affecting millions of people worldwide, with the highest burden in Asia and Africa. If left untreated, hepatitis can cause acute [...]

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