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Lebanon seeks to reduce its disaster risk

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Lebanon is seeking to become the first country in the Arab region to adopt an overarching National Strategy for Disaster Risk Management, according to the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, UNISDR. "Lebanon has learnt a great deal from its history of experiencing and dealing with all types of disaster," says Ms. Nathalie Zaarour, the [...]

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UN chief calls for bold action to achieve anti-poverty goals

Listen / Amina J. Mohammed, the Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning. [UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for bold action from government and leaders around the world for the achievement of anti-poverty goals and clear progress on sustainability. Mr. Ban has released a key report – ahead of a major meeting of world leaders at UN headquarters on 25 September on what needs to be done [...]

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Chemical weapons allegedly used in Damascus

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Chemical weapons were allegedly used on Wednesday in Syria in the suburbs of Damascus, according to a statement attributable to the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon. Spokesperson Eduardo del Buey told reporters that the Secretary-General was "shocked to hear the reports" and is aware that a number of Member States, the Arab League and [...]

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UN humanitarian chief remembers Sérgio Vieira de Mello

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UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos has wrapped up a two-day visit to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, where she took part in events to observe World Humanitarian Day. This year, World Humanitarian Day had special significance in Brazil since 19 August marked the tenth anniversary of the attack on United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, which [...]

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Access to clean water and sanitation key to development efforts

Listen / Children in Nicaragua enjoy running water thanks to a project that has helped build pipelines into their region. (Photo: MDG Fund)

Access to clean water and sanitation, and effective water management for irrigation and productive uses are fundamental drivers for poverty reduction, food security, gender equality and overall human development, and must be a center piece of our development efforts. That is one of three key messages delivered by UNDP Associate Administrator Rebecca Greenspan to the [...]

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Tackling malnutrition in rural Ethiopia

Listen / Weighing day for children in Mancha, Ethiopia

A nutrition program in Mancha, Ethiopia has shown that in the past three years, malnutrition rates for children under the age of five have dropped from 20 percent to five percent. At the same time, severe malnutrition is down from five per cent to around one per cent, according to the UN Children's Agency (UNICEF). [...]

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UN nuclear agency helps to map available water in Africa's Sahel region


As populations grow, water scarcity and water pollution are likely to intensify, particularly if unsustainable consumption and production patterns continue unabated. That's the message United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivered to a two-day High-level International Conference on Water Cooperation taking place in Dushanbe, Tajikistan this week. One of the driest regions in the world is [...]

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Increased development cooperation needed between Latin America and Africa: FAO

Listen / Second Sub-Saharan and Argentinean Agriculture Ministers Meeting on "Efficient Agriculture for a Sustainable Agricultural Development"

“It is time for Latin America to increase its contribution to African development,” the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization told the second Sub-Saharan and Argentinean Agriculture Ministers Meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Ministers are gathering at the event to reinforce South-South agricultural cooperation between emerging countries. Jose Graziano da Silva said “International cooperation [...]

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770 million still lack access to improved water sources

Listen / People fetching drinking water from Lake Chad

Water is at the heart of a daily crisis faced by millions of the most vulnerable people in the world —threatening life and livelihoods, peace and human security, according to UNDP Associate Administrator Rebecca Greenspan. She told a High-level International Conference on Water Cooperation in Dushanbe, Tajikistan that around 770 million people worldwide still lack [...]

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Training helps military and humanitarian actors to better understand each others' roles: Amos

Listen / UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos.

"Raising awareness of today's crucial humanitarian issues, including the continued need for protection of civilians and aid workers, is one of the best ways we can pay tribute to those who have lost their lives while helping others and reflect the spirit of humanitarian work," UN Humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said as she wrapped up [...]

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