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Latin American Foreign Ministers meet with Secretary-General over concerns about regional surveillance

Listen / Foreign minsters of MERCOSUR

The Foreign Ministers of five Latin American countries on Monday met with the UN Secretary-General to express their concerns over reported large-scale surveillance programmes in the region. Representing Venezuela, Argentina, Bolivia,Brazil and Uruguay, the ministers also raised the question of the Falkland Islands (Malvinas), the embargo against Cuba and the situation in Haiti. Following the [...]

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Security Council condemns deadly attack in Afghanistan

Listen / Security Council chamber.

The Security Council has condemned the suicide bombing which took place near the Indian consulate in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, on Saturday, resulting in multiple civilian deaths and injuries, mostly children. Afghan security personnel were also killed in the attack. In a statement on Monday, Council members stressed the need to bring to justice those who commit, [...]

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UN experts call for a halt to human rights abuses in Central African Republic

Listen / Internally displaced people in the Central African Republic (© OCHA/Laura Fultang)

Three United Nations independent human rights experts are raising alarm over the continuous violence and insecurity in the Central African Republic. In a statement issued on Monday, they say they are seriously concerned about reported killings, torture, arbitrary detention, gender-based violence, enforced disappearances and mob justice in the country. The Central African Republic is recovering [...]

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On anniversary of nuclear bombing, Nagasaki survivor tells her story

Listen / Participants of the annual Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony, in Hiroshima, Japan, (UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe - 06/08/2010)

Sixty-eight years ago nuclear bombs fell on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, causing untold death and destruction. This week's anniversary is a powerful reminder of the horrors of nuclear weapons. American airmen dropped the bomb they called "Little Boy" on the city of Hiroshima on 6 August 1945, followed by one code named [...]

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A global interactive dialogue with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and youth from around the world

Listen / On International Youth Day, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (at podium) speaks to young people in the audience at United Nations Headquarters as well as youth connected via video link from Africa, Latin-America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

To kick off International Youth Day celebrated on the 12th of August, young people around the world gathered at the United Nations – in person and via video connectivity – for a global interactive dialogue with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. This day's theme is UN uniting for youth. Today, you will hear excerpts of that [...]

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Breastfeeding is good for business, says ILO expert

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Breastfeeding at work is good for business according to an expert at the International Labour Organization (ILO). Citing results from research, Laura Adatti, the ILO's maternity protection and work-family specialist says that breastfeeding is not an obstacle to productivity. She gives the example of the Department of Power and Water in the United States city [...]

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Secretary-General stresses role of youth in creating a sustainable future for all

Listen / UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

The United Nations is committed to ensuring that young people's voices are reflected in discussions on shaping the future. That's what UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told hundreds of youth participating in a global interactive dialogue taking place on Monday in the General Assembly Hall. He cited a global survey which shows young people's concerns include [...]

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Bar code technology improves rations distributions at South Sudan refugee camp

Listen / UNHCR staff at the Yida camp in South Sudan work on the monthly distribution of food rations for refugees. A new tool has cut the time it takes to complete the process from 10 days to four. © UNHCR/S.Cansizoglu

Technology that makes grocery shopping a breeze is also making it easier for the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) to distribute food and relief items to more than 70,000 displaced people in South Sudan. UNHCR says the use of barcode technology means the monthly distribution of food rations at Yida refugee camp now takes four days [...]

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UN holds interactive dialogue to connect with youth worldwide

Listen / Ahmad Alendhawi

A global interactive dialogue opened in the General Assembly  on Monday to bring the United Nations closer to the world's young people. Approximately one thousand youth from around the world are taking part in the event, including participants in Africa, Latin America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, who are connected via video link. Ahmad [...]

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Envoy hosts global interactive dialogue to kickoff Youth Day celebrations

Listen / Secretary-General meets with Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi

During a forum earlier this year with youth from around the globe, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon asked the audience if the UN was doing enough for the world's 1.8 billion young people. The answer: A resounding "No!" Ahmad Alhendawi, the recently appointed Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Youth, is working hard to overturn this perception. [...]

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