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Growing ageing population presents new challenges, says ILO official

Listen / Alejandro Bonilla García, Director of the ILO's Social Protection Department.

A senior official of the International Labour Organization (ILO) on Monday called for action to address the challenges presented by the growing ageing population around the world. Alejandro Bonilla García, Director of the ILO's Social Protection Department, spoke at a meeting of the United Nations Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing. He said more people are [...]

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UNICEF scales up support to drought-stricken Namibia

Listen / Children in Namibia. [Photo: UNICEF Video]

The UN children's agency (UNICEF) is stepping up its support to Namibia which is facing its worst drought in three decades. UNICEF says the activities it is scaling up include nutrition education and infant feeding in the Southern African country where close to 780,000 people have been affected. Local authorities say that all 13 regions [...]

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International Youth Day focuses on young people who migrate

Listen / Special Event: Commemoration of the International Youth Day on the theme

The United Nations on Monday celebrated International Youth Day, focussing on the issue of youth migration. According to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, more than 10 percent of the 214 million international migrants are young people, but little is known about their struggles and experiences. Gerry Adams has the story. Duration:  3’10″

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UN helps with return of result sheets for Sunday's election in Mali

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

The United Nations Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) is helping electoral authorities to speed up the process of ballot counting following Sunday's presidential run-off elections. According to MINUSMA, there were no major incidents during the elections although heavy rains hampered the smooth conduct of voting operations in many parts of the country. Eduardo Del Buey, UN [...]

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Cell phone gives instant access to money sent from abroad

Listen / Mobile money via mobile phone

Each year, migrant workers send more than $450 billion in remittances to their families back home. Half of this amount goes to rural areas where it is often difficult and expensive for the families to collect the money. The Philippines has a large migrant population of more than 10 million of workers who send home [...]

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UN envoy is outraged by killings during Eid ul-Fitr in Iraq

Listen / Aftermath of a bombing attack in Iraq. [Photo from file - IRIN]

The violence that has killed more than 60 people and injured over 200 others in Iraq reflects the inhuman character of its perpetrators. That's what Gyorgy Busztin, the Deputy Representative of the Secretary-General in Iraq, said following a series of coordinated bombings that targeted shopping areas and parks in the capital, Baghdad. According to reports, [...]

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UN meeting focuses on youth and migration

Listen / Jean-Pierre Gonnot of DESA. [UN Photo/Ryan Brown]

Although young people comprise a significant portion of the estimated 27 million migrants worldwide, very little is known about them, says Jean-Pierre Gonnot of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs. He was speaking on Monday during a UN meeting on youth migration and development, the theme of this year's International Youth Day, celebrated [...]

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Over 150,000 people affected by heavy flooding in Sudan: OCHA

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United Nations humanitarian agencies and their partners are assessing the needs of thousands of people affected by heavy flooding in Sudan. Citing local sources, the UN humanitarian agency (OCHA) says that over 150,000 people have been affected by the floods across eight states in the country. It points out that while it is too early [...]

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UN human rights office is concerned about racist hate speech over the internet

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The UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) has raised concern about what it says is the rapid spread of racist hate speech across borders via the internet and social media networks. The UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Flavia Pansieri said the problem is compounded by the lack of a universally acceptable definition of what [...]

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International Youth Day on 12 August focuses on youth migration

Listen / Migrant worker

Many young people around the world leave their home countries in search of work, a better education and a better way of life. How to make the most of a new start in a new country is the focus of this year's International Youth Day, which has as its theme 'Youth Migration: moving development forward'. [...]

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