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UN chief welcomes accord between the two Koreas to reopen the Kaesong Industrial Complex

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the agreement between North and South Korea on the reopening of an industrial park run by the two countries. The Democratic People's Republic of Korea reportedly shut down the Kaesong Industrial Complex in April as tensions with its neighbour in the south rose. Following months of negotiations, representatives of [...]

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Security Council discusses crisis in the Central African Republic

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The situation in the Central African Republic is highly volatile the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative to the country told the Security Council on Wednesday. Gerry Adams reports Duration: 4’08″

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UN deputy chief welcomes progress in sanitation and water for all

Listen / Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson briefing the press. [UN Photo/Rick Bajornas]

Deputy United Nations Secretary-General Jan Eliasson has welcomed the progress that has been made in providing sanitation and water services for all. In a statement issued on Wednesday, Mr. Eliasson refers to what he calls "quick-win" budget allocations that have been made by governments. He also says that substantial progress has been made in tackling [...]

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The budding ageing population challenges

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The United Nations says there are approximately 810 million persons aged 60 years or more in the world in 2012 and by 2050, this number is projected to grow to more than two billion. By then, older persons will outnumber the population of children from birth to 14 years of age for the first time [...]

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Humanitarian chief highlights need for "swift action" in Central African Republic

Listen / Under-Secretary-General Valerie Amos briefing the Security Council (from file) [UN Photo/Rick Bajornas]

The Central African Republic could become a failed state unless action is taken quickly, United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator Valerie Amos warned the Security Council on Wednesday. Ms. Amos recently visited the country, where she said the "fragile" new government of national unity is facing considerable challenges such as weapons proliferation, looting and a deteriorating humanitarian [...]

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UN envoy reports widespread human rights violations in Central African Republic

Listen / Babacar Gaye, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Central African Republic.

The overall situation in the Central African Republic is "highly volatile and unpredictable, although there has been some progress on the political front." That's what the top United Nations envoy in the country, Babacar Gaye, said during his briefing to the Security Council on Wednesday. The Central African Republic is facing a crisis which started [...]

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Secretary-General assures Pakistan of continued support in fight against terrorism

Listen / Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at a press encounter after meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. [UN Photo/Mark Garten]

The United Nations will continue to support Pakistan in the fight against terrorism, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told journalists in the country's capital, Islamabad, on Wednesday. He said Pakistan has paid an enormous price in the lives of the thousands of its citizens who have been brutally murdered by the forces of terrorism and extremism. [...]

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UN Secretary-General strongly condemns violence in Egypt

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the violence in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, when security forces used force to clear sit-ins and demonstrations on Wednesday. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, the Secretary-General says the United Nations is still gathering precise information about the day's events. However, he adds, it appears that [...]

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UN Human Rights Office urges Hamas to stop executions in Gaza

Listen / More than 150 countries have either abolished the death penalty or do not practice it.

The UN human Rights Office (OHCHR) has expressed concern over the planned resumption of execution of criminals in the Gaza Strip. Hamas which control Gaza has announced it would resume executing people sentenced to death after the end of the Holy month of Ramadan. UN High Commissioner for Human Right Navi Pillay says she is [...]

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Human rights chief calls on Hamas authorities to stop executions in Gaza

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The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, has called on the Hamas authorities in Gaza not to carry out death sentences. The call follows several announcements by the Attorney-General in Gaza that executions of people sentenced to death would take place after the Eid al-Fitr celebrations. Ms. Pillay is appealing to the de [...]

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