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UN chief calls for concrete steps to address challenges facing indigenous peoples

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

United Nations  Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on Member States to work to strengthen the rights of indigenous peoples around the world. Mr. Ban spoke at an event in New York on Friday afternoon to mark the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples. The day this year focused on the importance of honouring treaties, [...]

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UN helps in preparations for presidential run off election in Mali

Electoral materials for the second round of presidential elections arrive at the airport in Timbuktu, Mali. (M. Dormino/MINUSMA)

The United Nations in Mali is assisting electoral authorities in preparations for the second-round of presidential elections in the country. Ahead of Sunday's presidential run off, the UN Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) is helping in getting materials distributed to remote areas in the north. UN spokesperson in New York, Farhan Haq has more. "The [...]

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Honouring treaties with indigenous peoples highlighted on World Indigenous Day

Grand Chief Edward John

United Nations officials are urging governments around the world to honour the treaties and agreements they have established with indigenous peoples. The call comes on the occasion of the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples observed on 9 August. Grand Chief Edward John, the North American Representative to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous [...]

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UN Radio News 09 August 2013

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On anniversary of nuclear bombing, Nagasaki survivor tells her story

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Mrs. Ban attend Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony.

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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UN Human rights agency calls for a halt to executions in Vietnam

Cécile Pouilly

The United Nations human rights agency says that it's dismayed that Vietnam has resumed the death penalty with the execution of a 27 year old man by lethal injection early this week. State media reports say that convicted murderer Nguyen Anh Tuan was put to death on Tuesday in a prison in Hanoi, the first [...]

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Men and boys are also victims of sexual violence in conflict

A boy read a flyer distributed by the UN about Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

Sexual violence in conflict against women and girls has been an on-going concern of the United Nations. Under the auspices of the United Nations in April of this year, the "Group of 8", a governmental forum for eight of the world's largest economies, made an historic promise to work together to end war-zone rape and [...]

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Relief agencies respond to influx of displaced persons in western Syria

Map of Syria

Humanitarian agencies in Syria are responding to a fresh influx of 5,000 internally displaced persons in the western part of the country, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The agency says the people, who include unaccompanied children, single women and elderly people were among the latest to be displaced in the conflict-torn country [...]

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Indigenous peoples right to education "..just enough to continue 'master-slave' relationship" – Grand Chief Edward John

Grand Chief Edward John

August 9 is International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples. The declaration on the rights of the indigenous peoples was adopted by the UN back in 2007 and Grand Chief Edward John, the North American Representative to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous issues, was instrumental in its development. Grand Chief John says the right [...]

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Actress Q’Orianka Kilcher speaks out for indigenous peoples’ rights

Indigenous People

To mark the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples on 9 August 2013, actress and activist Q’Orianka Kilcher has teamed up with the International Labour Organization (ILO) to speak up for the right of the 370 million indigenous peoples across the world to live and work in dignity. Duration: 1'02"

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WHO says more research needed following camel link to MERS coronavirus

Doctors look at an X-ray. Photo: WHO

An international team of scientists has found that dromedary camels could be responsible for passing the deadly MERS coronavirus to humans. Mers stands for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. However, the World Health Organization says that it's too soon to reach any definite conclusions from the research. Scientists looked at blood samples taken from livestock animals, [...]

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UN health agency warns of outbreak of diseases in flood-hit Pakistan

Monsoon flooding in Pakistan

The World Health Organization (WHO) is warning of an outbreak of water-borne and vector-borne diseases in Pakistan, which has been hit by floods. The floods, caused by monsoon rains, have killed dozens of people and displaced hundreds of others. Tarik Jasarevic is WHO spokesperson in Geneva. "As water is receding and affecting some other areas, [...]

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Urban gardening gets a boost in Haiti

Vegetables growing in recycled car tires in the area Ti Savann in Carrefour Feuille, Haiti. [Photo adapted from UNIFEED].

“Ti Savanne” is a district of Carrefour Feuille in Haiti and it is undergoing a major transformation. It’s becoming greener. For several months now, recycled car tires have become an all too familiar addition to the roofs and gardens of homes where all kinds of vegetables and spices are growing. A project called “Urban agriculture” [...]

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Human rights expert raises alarm over arrest of community activists in Myanmar

Tomás Ojea Quintana

The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar is concerned about the ongoing detention of activists who advocate on behalf of communities, for example those facing land confiscation due to mining projects. Tomás Ojea Quintana tells UN Radio the arrests are taking place just as the authorities have been making moves to [...]

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