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Great progress but challenges remain in Colombia: OCHA

Listen / John Ging

  While the humanitarian situation had improved greatly in Colombia, there was still more to be done, according to John Ging, Operations Director of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). "Colombia has made huge progress in recent years, but many challenges remain," said Mr. Ging. "We as the international community must support [...]

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Human Rights Office "alarmed" at continuing violence in Egypt

Listen / Egyptians protest in Cairo in July 2013. Photo: UN News Centre

• As unrest continues in Egypt, the UN human rights office is concerned about the acts of violence that happened this week. It says it is "alarmed" at the situation and reiterates its call for human rights officers to go to the country to assess the situation on the ground. Humanitarian agencies operating in Egypt [...]

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Syrian chemical weapons allegations "exceptionally grave," investigation essential: Pillay

Listen / Navi Pillay

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has strongly condemned the reported killing of hundreds of civilians – including many women and children — in the Damascus suburbs, and said the allegations that many deaths were the result of the use of chemical weapons must be investigated "as a matter of utmost urgency." [...]

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Aquaculture – the answer to food insecurity and poverty alleviation

Listen / Aquaculture

Fish, crustaceans and molluscs – these are some of the aquatic organisms that are being produced through aquaculture. These food products are an important source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids. To meet the ever increasing demand for fish consumption, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says that aquaculture is the answer that will also [...]

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Ban calls for swift access for UN mission to investigate alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria

Listen / UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon remains deeply troubled by the reports of the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria. A statement from the UN Spokespersons' office says the Secretary-General believes that the incidents reported Wednesday need to be investigated without delay. Deputy Spokesperson Edouardo del Buey says the Secretary-General has been in touch with world leaders [...]

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UNESCO has new Goodwill Ambassador for Sport

Listen / Serik Sapiyev

A 2012 Olympic Gold medalist is being nominated to serve as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Sport from 2013 to 2015. Kazakh boxing champion Serik Sapiyev will be appointed by UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova in a ceremony that will take place in Astana, Kazakhstan on 24 August. The welterweight is being nominated in recognition of [...]

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UN Daily News 22 August 2013

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UN independent expert urges Myanmar to do more to improve human rights

Listen / Tomás Ojea Quintana

A United Nations independent human rights expert has urged Myanmar to do more to improve the human rights situation in the country. Tomás Ojea Quintana, the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, says the Asian country is making positive changes to its human rights situation. However, he adds, Myanmar is still [...]

22 Aug 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN calls for probe into allegation of chemical use in Syria

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The United Nations is calling for an investigation into the alleged use of chemical weapons in the ongoing conflict in Syria. According to reports, hundreds of people were killed when the deadly weapons were used on Wednesday in the suburbs of Damascus. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says that he was "shocked to hear the reports." [...]

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Mali's presidential elections a milestone in restoring peace: Prodi

Listen / Romano Prodi

The conclusion of the Presidential elections in Mali is a milestone in restoring peace and democracy in the country, Special envoy for the Sahel Romano Prodi said in a statement on Thursday. He says the successful election process will further contribute to consolidating the democratic process, thus enabling Mali to build a better tomorrow. He [...]

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Australia's detention of 46 refugees deemed cruel and degrading

Listen / Villawood Immigration Detention Centre outside Sydney, Australia. Photo: IRIN

Australia's indefinite detention of 46 recognized refugees on security grounds amounted to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, inflicting serious psychological harm on them, a UN Committee has found after examining their cases. The Geneva-based Human Rights Committee said Australia should release the refugees, who have been held for at least two and a half years, [...]

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Deputy Secretary-General urges quick investigation into allegations of chemical weapons use in Syria

Listen / Jan Eliasson

There is a need to investigate allegations of chemical weapons use in Damascus, Syria as soon as possible, Jan Eliasson told reporters Wednesday following UN Security Council consultations on the subject. The UN Deputy-Secretary-General said no matter what the conclusions are, this is a serious escalation with grave humanitarian and human consequences. Dr. Ake Sellstrom, [...]

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Children must be protected: UNICEF

Listen / Young girl in Syria (© UNICEF/NYHQ2013-0315/Greco)

"Children must be protected, and those who fail to protect them will be held accountable", the UN children's agency (UNICEF) said in a statement late Wednesday in reaction to reports that chemical weapons were used in the ongoing Syrian conflict resulting in numerous civilians being killed, including children. UNICEF says "The reports of attacks on [...]

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Myanmar urged to curb spread of religious hatred to promote ethnic harmony

Listen / Tomás Ojea Quintana, UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar. [UN Photo/Evan Schneider]

Myanmar is making positive changes to its human rights situation, but the lack of genuine reconciliation among the various ethnic groups and the spread of incitement to hatred against religious minority groups, remain critical challenges the country was yet to overcome, according to a United Nations Human Rights expert. Tomás Ojea Quintana, the UN Special [...]

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FIFA returns to Somalia

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The steady return of normalcy and stability in Somalia is these days demonstrated by the return of the International Football governing body, known by its French acronym, FIFA. During the years of conflict, all FIFA activities and events in Somalia were held in neighbouring countries like Djibouti. However, with the improvement of security in the [...]

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