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Suriname stresses south-south cooperation in speech to General Assembly

Listen / Winston G. Lackin, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Suriname

Developing countries are being urged to increase trade among themselves as well as with their traditional trade partners in the developed world. That message comes from the Foreign Minister of Suriname, Winston Guno Lackin, who addressed the UN General Assembly on Monday. He said that with foreign aid declining and the Doha Round of trade [...]

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Myanmar firmly committed to democratic transition

Listen / Wunna Maung Lwin, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Myanmar

There will be "no turning back" for Myanmar as it continues on the path to democracy, Foreign Minister U Wunna Maung Lwin told the UN General Assembly   on Monday. The Foreign Minister reported on the wide-ranging political and economic reforms his government has been undertaking over the past two-and-a-half years, including releasing thousands of political [...]

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Post-2015 development agenda must address specific needs of member states: Barbados

Listen / Maxine Pamela Ometa McClean, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Barbados

Barbados attaches great importance to sustainable development in all its dimensions. Foreign Minister Maxine McClean told the 68th session of the UN General Assembly  that Barbados believes that the theme for this year's session, "The Post-2015 Development Agenda: Setting the Stage," is both timely and important. She said such an agenda must recognise the importance [...]

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UN experts on enforced disappearances conclude mission to Spain

Listen / Jasminka Dzumhur

There are still many people who have disappeared in Spain but their relatives don't know what happened to them. That's what two members of the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances discovered during a visit to the country. During the mission, from 23 to 30 September, the experts examined the measures Spain has [...]

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St. Lucia calls for a Post-2015 Agenda that addresses issues of concern to SIDS

Listen / Alva Romanus BAPTISTE, Minister for External Affairs, International Trade and Civil Aviation of Saint Lucia

Less than two years before the 2015 deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), small states find themselves facing new, mutating and increasingly menacing development challenges, St. Lucia's Foreign Minister Alva Baptiste told the UN General Assembly on Monday. He pointed to youth unemployment, high debt levels, climate change and the increasing ferocity of [...]

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Chemical weapons team to finalize Syria report next month

Listen / Newly arrived Syrian refugees sleep out in the open ini Qushtapa Park.  UNHCR/S. Baldwin

The UN team investigating chemical weapons use in Syria has concluded a six-day mission to the country and will finalize its overall report by the end of October, UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky told journalists in New York on Monday. This mission follows on from the experts' first visit to Syria last month where they found [...]

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UNHCR: international community must share burden of Syrian refugees

Listen / Syrians streaming into Kurdistan, Iraq.  UNHCR/G. Gubaeva

Over two million Syrian refugees are now living outside their country and more than four million are displaced inside Syria, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Syria's neighbours- including Egypt- have been trying to cope with the influx, but they are now stretched to the limit. At its annual governing Executive Committee on Monday, [...]

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Guatemala's claim to Belize's territory poses an existential threat: Foreign Minister Erlington

Listen / Wilfred ELRINGTON, Attorney General, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Belize

Topping the list of domestic priorities for the Government of Belize is a resolution of Guatemala's claim to Belizean territory, Foreign Minister Wilfered Elrington told the General Assembly on Monday. He said this claim poses an existential threat to the nation and requires urgent resolution if the peoples of the  two countries and the region [...]

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UN meeting focuses on concerns of landlocked countries

Listen / Ban Ki-moon

Strengthening partnerships and taking advantage of south-south cooperation and investment are some of the "crucial ingredients to success" for landlocked developing countries. That statement comes from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who on Monday addressed a meeting of these 31 countries (LLDCs) which face serious constraints in reaching global markets. "Policies should be results-oriented and broad-based [...]

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UNDP chief highlights importance of development support to Syria and region

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The Syrian crisis will have a "deep and long-lasting impact" on the development prospects of the country and its neighbours, according to Helen Clark, head of the UN Development Programme (UNDP). In an address to a high-level meeting of the UN refugee agency in Geneva on Monday, Clark said the conflict has seriously affected trade, [...]

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MDGs central to Iceland's development policy: Foreign Minister Sveinsson

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The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are central to Iceland's development policy and the government is firmly committed to shouldering its responsibility in a globalized world, Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson told the UN General Assembly on Monday. He said that as new goals are defined, the focus should remain on eliminating poverty, achieving equality, improving [...]

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Zoleka Mandela campaigns for road safety in South Africa

Listen / Zoleka Mandela

My World is a United Nations worldwide survey launched in March this year to allow citizens from all over the world to vote on issues they believe are priorities that leaders should address. Zoleka Mandela, a granddaughter of former South African President Nelson Mandela, is one of the more than 1.1 million people from 194 [...]

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There is no civil war in terror, but a war against terror: Syrian Foreign Minister Al-Moualem

Listen / Walid Al-Moualem, Deputy Prime Minister of the Syrian Arab Republic

The cessation of aggressive policies against Syria is the first step on the road towards the solution in the country, according to Syria’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Walid Al-Moualem. He told the UN General Assembly on Monday that any political solution in light of the continued support of terrorism, whether through [...]

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Groundbreaking ministerial declaration on LGBT rights

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Ministers from 11 countries meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly have adopted a Declaration on Ending Violence and Discrimination against Individuals Based on their Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. The Declaration says lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGBT) must enjoy the same human rights as everyone else. Dianne Penn reports. Duration: [...]

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UNHCR: Assistance to refugees and displaced people stretched to the limit

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More people have been forced to flee from their homes this year than at any other time in nearly two decades, stretching the available financial and material resources to the limit, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). The agency says this year alone over 1.5 million Syrian refugees have left their country while hundreds [...]

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Singapore: sustainable development a "necessity, not just a slogan"

Listen / K. Shanmugam, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister for Law of Singapore

Singapore has managed to pursue growth while preserving a good living environment over several decades, according to its Foreign Affairs and Law Minister. Mr. K. Shanmugam told the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday that given Singapore's land and resource constraints, sustainable development was a "necessity and not just a slogan." Mr. Shanmugam said their [...]

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Save Tuvalu, Save the World: Deputy Prime Minister

Listen / Vete Palakua Sakaio

The Deputy Prime Minister of Tuvalu has urged the international community to help save his island nation from the effects of climate change. Vete Palakua Sakaio, who addressed the UN General Assembly on Saturday, wondered whether his country will survive the rising waters of the Pacific Ocean. Tuvalu celebrates its 35th anniversary of independence on [...]

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Thailand's universal health care model can be adapted to developing countries.

Listen / Surapong Tovichakchaikul, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Thailand

Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister has offered to share lessons learned from the country's universal health care coverage (UHC) scheme with other developing countries. In his address to the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday, Mr. Surapong Tovichakchaikul explained how 300,000 households were saved from falling into poverty. Initiated 10 years ago by the former administration, [...]

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Ireland to double nutrition-related aid spending by 2016

Listen / Eamon Gilmore, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland.

Despite challenges brought on by economic crisis, Ireland has sustained its commitment to helping other countries, Deputy Prime Minister Eamon Gilmore told the UN General Assembly on Saturday. Gilmore, who is also the country's Foreign Minister, said his government has prioritized hunger and malnutrition in its aid programmes, with plans to double spending on nutrition [...]

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Egypt Foreign Minister: transition to end by "next spring"

Listen / Nabil Fahmy, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Egypt

Parliamentary and presidential elections will be held by 2014 as scheduled in Egypt's political road map. Mr. Nabil Fahmy, Egypt's Minister of Foreign Affairs, made the announcement at the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday. The road map set forth by the current administration is a blueprint for a transition to civilian rule. It includes [...]

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Germany wants the UN to reform to reflect the world "as it is"

Listen / Guido Westerwelle, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany

A Security Council without permanent seats for Africa and Latin America does not reflect the realities of today's world. Dr. Guido Westerwelle, Germany's Foreign Minister, made these remarks on Saturday as he delivered a speech to the United Nations General Assembly. He also added that a single permanent seat for Asia was not enough either. [...]

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Nelson Mandela Addresses General Assembly

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ANC leader Nelson Mandela addresses the General Assembly about his fight against the Apartheid regime in South Africa, four years before being elected President. Language: English Genre: Speech 1990 Duration: 25’33″

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Security Council paves way for eliminating Syria's chemical weapons

Listen / The Security Council unanimously adopts a resolution on safeguarding and destroying Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles.

The unanimous resolution on the elimination of chemical weapons in Syria, has been described as historic and "the first hopeful news on Syria in a long time." After weeks of negotiations, the 15-member Security Council adopted the resolution which determines that the use of chemical weapons in Syria constitutes a threat to international peace and [...]

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Growth and inclusive development important for all countries: India

Listen / Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of the Republic of India

Setting the stage for the post-2015 Development Agenda is especially important as we deal with a lingering slowdown and continuing volatility in the financial markets. That's what Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India told the UN General Assembly on Saturday. He said these have imposed disproportionately heavy costs on developing countries and especially their vulnerable [...]

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UN chief thanks Iraq for its 'generous hospitality' to Syrian refugees

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Hoshyar Zebari, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iraq. (file  photo 15 December 2010)

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday briefed Iraq's Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari on the latest peace efforts for Syria following Friday night's Security Council resolution which endorsed the decision of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to destroy Syria's chemical weapons. He thanked Iraq for its generous hospitality to Syrian refugees. A statement [...]

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Nepal attaches great importance to the full attainment of the MDGs

Listen / Khil Raj Regmi, Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal

Nearly one billion people will still be forced to live in extreme poverty by 2015, the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Nepal told the UN General Assembly on Saturday. Chairman Khil Rag Regmi said that looking at what he describes as "this unfair and unjust scenario", one can hardly envision global sustainability without [...]

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Malaysia calls for an inclusive political settlement in the Syrian conflict

Listen / Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia

Malaysia has strongly underlined the need for a Syrian-led inclusive political process. Prime Minister Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak told the UN General Assembly on Saturday that Malaysia is against any unilateral action to resolve the conflict. He stressed that all sides must come together to work out a political settlement. ” We welcome the [...]

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Mauritius calls for a climate change agreement by 2015

Listen / Navinchandra Ramgoolam, Prime Minister, Minister of Defence, Home Affairs and External Communications, Minister of Civil Service and Administrative Reforms of the Republic of Mauritius

Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam of Mauritius has called on the international community to have a legally binding agreement on climate change by 2015. Speaking in the General Assembly as it continued its general debate on Saturday, he said climate change should be one of the top priorities on the global agenda. Dr. Ramgoolam, warned that [...]

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Jamaica warns of many challenges as MDGs deadline draws near

Listen / Portia Simpson Miller, Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, Development, Information and Sports of Jamaica

Jamaica has urged the international community to accelerate efforts to attain the Millennium Development Goals by the 2015 deadline. The eight goals or MDGs as they called range from halving extreme poverty rates to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education – all by the target date of 2015. Prime Minister Portia [...]

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UN chief welcomes Security Council vote for elimination of Syria's chemical weapons

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

“Today's historic resolution is the first hopeful news on Syria in a long time.” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcoming the unanimous vote in the Security Council to endorse the decision of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to destroy Syria's chemical weapons. “Today's resolution will ensure that the elimination of the Syrian chemical [...]

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OPCW adopts decision to destroy Syria's chemical weapons

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The Executive Council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on Friday adopted a historic decision on the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons. In a special session, the 41-member body agreed on an accelerated programme for achieving the complete elimination of Syria's chemical weapons by mid-2014. The decision requires inspections in Syria [...]

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UN Security Council votes unanimously to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons

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The UN Security Council voted unanimously Friday night to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons. Determining that the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic constitutes a threat to international peace and security, and that any use of chemical weapons anywhere constitutes a threat to international peace and security, the Council condemned in the strongest [...]

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Significant strides made in people-centred approach to development and poverty alleviation: Prime Minister Gonsalves

Listen / Ralph Gonsalves

St. Vincent and the Grenadines continues to make significant strides in its people-centred approach to development and poverty alleviation. Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves told the UN General Assembly on Friday that this past June, the Caribbean State was one of 18 countries recognized by the UN Food and Agriculture organization (FAO) for achieving Millennium [...]

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Economic empowerment of women integral to effective post-conflict activities

Listen / Judy Cheng-Hopkins

Member States of the UN Peacebuilding Commission have adopted a declaration recognizing that economic empowerment of women is integral to the effectiveness of post-conflict economic activities, economic growth, and leads to improved recovery policies, and sustainable development. The Declaration calls for: Integrating a gender perspective in post-conflict economic recovery decisions; Taking measures to promote sustainable [...]

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China seeks "no self gains" in Syria and will not "take sides".

Listen / Wang Yi

China says it is in favour of a UN Security Council resolution to support the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) plan to destroy Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons. OPCW, the international chemical weapons watchdog, is based in The Hague, Netherlands. In an address to the United Nations General Assembly on Friday, the [...]

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As Yemen national dialogue nears end, challenges remain: UN envoy

Listen / Jamal Benomar

Yemen faces a critical juncture in its political transition, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council late on Friday. A Government of National Unity was elected in February 2012, following protests in the country that led to the resignation of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. The country has been undergoing a democratic transition [...]

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Quartet on the Middle East briefed on progress in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations

Listen / John Kerry , United States Secretary of State

United States Secretary of State John Kerry has briefed Representatives of the Quartet on the Middle East on the progress in the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. The Quartet, made up the United Nations, the European Union, Russia and the United States received a joint briefing on the negotiations by the Israeli and Palestinian chief negotiators. The Quartet [...]

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Latest IPCC findings a clarion call for global action to combat climate change

Listen / Christiana Figueres

The findings of the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) are a clarion call for the global community to accelerate efforts to combat climate change and steer humanity out of the danger zone, according to the Executive of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Christiana Figueres. On Friday, the UN [...]

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UN pro-gay rights group pledges to tackle violence, discrimination globally

Listen / Navi Pillay, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

For the first time, a ministerial meeting was held on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly annual debate to discuss the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals. The UN LGBT Core Group includes countries such as France, Netherlands, Norway, the US, Brazil, Argentina, Croatia, El Salvador, Israel, Japan and the [...]

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South Korea calls for "roll back" of North Korea's nuclear weapons programme

Listen / Yun Byung-se, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea

South Korea has called on the international community to unite to "roll back" North Korea's nuclear weapons programme. Yun Byung-se, the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea, the official name of South Korea, drew attention to the neighbour's ongoing weapons of mass destruction programme as the General Assembly continued its session on Friday. He [...]

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Seychelles highlights maritime concerns in General Assembly speech

Listen / Danny Faure

The island nation of the Seychelles is calling for the sustainable development and protection of Africa's coastal areas and oceans. In his address to the UN General Assembly on Friday, Vice President Danny Faure suggested transforming oceans from being sources of raw products to a space where Africa's trade needs are prioritized. "The status quo [...]

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JFK at the United Nations

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President of the United States John F. Kennedy addresses the UN General Assembly for the final time, during the “relative calm” of 1963. Language: English Genre: Speech 1963 Duration 29’05″

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Tanzania intensifies efforts to modernize agriculture to fight poverty

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Tanzania has been intensifying actions to transform and modernize its agriculture in order to fight poverty and improve food security. That's what Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete told the United Nations General Assembly as it continued its general debate on Friday. President Kikwete said his country has made significant progress in meeting the Millennium Development Goals [...]

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Pakistan decries use of armed drones in war against terror

Listen / Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister of Pakistan

Terrorism is one of Pakistan's most urgent security challenges. That's what the country's Prime Minister told delegates on Friday during the United Nations General Assembly debate. Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan has resolved to use all means at its disposal to fight terrorism, but that it has also offered dialogue to end the violence. Mr. [...]

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We must prioritise sustainable economic growth beyond 2015: Australia

Listen / Julie Bishop

We need to finish the job on the Millennium Development Goals, the Foreign Minister of Australia Ms. Julie Bishop told the 68th session of the UN General Assembly on Friday. She said beyond 2015, we must prioritise sustainable economic growth in the global development framework. She stressed that we should also provide the opportunity for [...]

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Non-communicable diseases place increased burden on region's economies: St. Kitts-Nevis

Listen / Dr. Denzil Douglas, Prime Minister of St. Kitts- Nevis

The high incidence of Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) within the Caribbean places an increased burden on the region's open economies, which are highly vulnerable to external shocks and natural disasters, diverting resources which can be allocated to building quality infrastructure and precious human capital. That's what the Prime Minister of St. Kitts- Nevis Dr. Denzil Douglas [...]

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United Kingdom "pleased” Iran nuke talks will resume in October

Listen / Nick Clegg

The Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom said he was "pleased" that negotiations with Iran's nuclear programme would restart in October. In his address to the United Nations General Assembly on Friday, Nick Clegg said he welcomed the 'encouraging words" of Iranian President Rouhani who said he wanted to "engage immediately in time-bound talks [...]

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South Sudan making strides to "fix a war-devastated country"

Listen / James Wani Igga, Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan

South Sudan has had to build a country literally from scratch since it gained independence two years ago, its Vice-President said in his address to the United Nations General Assembly. James Wani Igga said efforts were being made to "fix" the former "war-devastated country." South Sudan gained independence from its northern neighbour Sudan in 2011, [...]

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PGA urges Non-Aligned Movement to encourage development of new Southern partnerships

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In the face of numerous complex global challenges, both enduring and emerging, the solidarity of the member States of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) is more critical than ever, President of the UN General Assembly Dr. John Ashe told a Ministerial Meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) on Friday. He said against a backdrop of increasing [...]

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Protect our water resources: CTO Chairman on World Water Day

Listen / Kaieteur Falls in Guyana

Sustainable tourism can be a source of competitive advantage for the Caribbean region as more visitors choose to invest in green vacations, that according to the chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), Beverly Nicholson-Doty, in a message to mark World Tourism Day on Friday 27 September, 2013. She said water is such a natural [...]

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World leaders discuss nuclear disarmament

Listen / Storax Sedan (yield 104 kt) - shallow underground nuclear test conducted by the United States on 6 July 1962 at Nevada Test Site. The main purpose of the detonation was to asses the non military dimension of a nuclear explosion. Image in the public domain

For the past 13 years, since the signing of the United Nations Millennium Declaration in 2000, world leaders have been striving to eliminate weapons of mass destruction, particularly nuclear weapons.  During a United Nations nuclear disarmament conference held on the sides of the UN General Assembly debate in New York, Iran took the floor as [...]

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Syria's chemical weapons programme is put before Security Council

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After what has been described as "intense diplomacy and negotiations" on a response to Syria's chemical weapons programme, diplomats at the United Nations have come up with a draft resolution. The representatives of the United States and Russia announced on Thursday afternoon that they have reached a compromise draft resolution on the matter. Concern about [...]

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IOM welcomes Swedish funding to protect Haiti camp dwellers

Listen / Camp in Haiti

A $2 million donation from Sweden will be used to protect people in Haiti who are living in camps nearly four years after a devastating earthquake, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported on Friday. The funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency will boost protection for residents in camps facing eviction, with high [...]

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Ban urges remaining States to sign and ratify CTBT

Listen / Ban Ki-moon

A comprehensive ban on nuclear tests is an indispensable step on the road to a nuclear-weapon-free world. And it is the only fitting response to the hopes of those people who have suffered most from the production, testing and use of these weapons, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday in remarks to the Eighth Conference on [...]

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UN humanitarian agency assists displaced in DRC's Orientale province

Listen / Displaced people north of Dungu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Orientale province (© UNHCR/S.Schulman)

Ten people have been killed and more than 100,000 others are in urgent need of assistance after a month of escalating violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, the UN Humanitarian Affairs office (OCHA) reported on Friday. It says fighting between government forces and an armed group known as Forces de Résistance Patriotiques [...]

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Gambia has made impressive gains on some MDGs: President Jammeh

Listen / Alhaji Yahya Jammeh

The 2013 MDGs report on Africa’s performance reveals mixed results, the President of Gambia Professor Alhaji Yahya Jammeh told the 68th session of the UN General Assembly on Friday. He said while Africa’s substantial progress toward many goals, targets and indicators is beyond doubt, serious challenges still remain, especially in translating economic growth into decent [...]

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Today is World Tourism Day

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Today is World Tourism Day – the day set aside in the United Nations calendar to celebrate tourism: a sector driving economic growth and development worldwide. World Tourism Day is being held under the theme: "Tourism and Water: Protecting our Common Future", in line with the United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation. UN World [...]

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UNHCR welcomes Brazil's announcement to grant visas to Syrian refugees

Listen / Syrian refugees and asylum-seekers gather informally on a Sao Paulo street. (© UNHCR/K.Fusaro)

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has welcomed Brazil's decision to issue special humanitarian visas to people affected by the Syrian conflict. UNHCR says Brazilian embassies in countries neighbouring Syria will be responsible for issuing travel visas to people wanting to seek refuge there, and claims for asylum will need to be presented on arrival in [...]

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Lack of accessibility a key barrier to the full participation of persons with disabilities

Listen / Maxine McClean

NARRATOR:  The internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), cannot be achieved without incorporating the rights and perspective of persons with disabilities in the mainstream development agenda. That, according to Barbados' Minister of Foreign Affairs Maxine McClean. She told a High-level meeting on the Way Forward: A Disability-Inclusive Development Agenda that this [...]

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Persons with disabilities must have a voice: The Bahamas

Listen / Melanie Griffin

NARRATOR:  We must ensure that persons with disabilities have a voice in the elaboration of the post-2015 development framework, the Minister of Social Services and Community Development of the Bahamas Melanie Griffin told a UN High-level meeting on the Realization of the Millennium Development Goals and other Internationally Agreed development Goals for persons with Disabilities. [...]

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Today is World Tourism Day

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Today is World Tourism Day – the day set aside in the United Nations calendar to celebrate tourism: a sector driving economic growth and development worldwide. World Tourism Day is being held under the theme: "Tourism and Water: Protecting our Common Future", in line with the United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation. UN World [...]

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Countries commit to bring an end to sexual violence in conflict

Listen / UN Photo/Albert Gonzalez Farran

More than 100 countries have signed a declaration aimed at stamping out sexual violence in conflict. The Declaration follows on from a campaign launched in May 2012 calling on governments to confront the use of rape as a weapon of war. Malawi's President reflects on challenges to achieving the MDGs In her address to the [...]

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Human influence likely dominant cause of global warming, say climate experts

Listen / Monsoon flooding in Pakistan

Leading climate experts have singled out human influence as the most likely dominant cause of global warming. A report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says global warming is unequivocal, adding that global temperatures have risen successively over the past three decades. The panel says its assessment of scientific evidence finds that the [...]

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Somalia urges international community to step up support against Al-Shabaab

Listen / Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, President of the Federal Republic of Somalia

Somali President Hassan Sheik Mohamud is calling for greater support from the international community to help the country’s forces and African Union troops battle the militant group Al-Shabaab. While he said Al-Shabaab is "on the run," the President stressed that there needs to be a sustained global effort to defeat the terrorist group: ideologically, financially [...]

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Caribbean Tourism Organization chief calls for legislation that regulates waste disposal in Caribbean waters

Listen / Caribbean beach

The head of the Caribbean region's tourism development agency has called for legislation to regulate the disposal of waste in Caribbean waters. Hugh Riley, the Secretary-General of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) in a keynote address at the opening of the 2nd Sustainable Conference in St. Eustatius on Wednesday, said the Caribbean had a responsibility [...]

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Winning design announced for the Permanent Memorial in Honour of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Listen / Judges, Rodney Leon and the "Ark of Return," the winning design for the Permanent Memorial in Honour of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Photo: UN/DPI

The Ark of Return, the winning design of an international competition for the Permanent Memorial in Honour of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade was unveiled by the Secretary-General at a ceremony at UN Headquarters attended by dignitaries and senior UN officials on Monday afternoon. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in unveiling the [...]

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The new Memorial will be a permanent voice to those who had no say in their destinies: Dr. John Ashe

Listen / General Assembly President, Dr. John Ashe of Antigua and Barbuda

"We are gathered here today to collectively remember that the tragic era of the transatlantic slave trade marked a traumatic period felt primarily and painfully in the history of the peoples of African descent, General Assembly President Dr. John Ashe of Antigua and Barbuda said at the announcement of the winning design of an international [...]

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Tourism, poverty reduction and gender equality: ILO

Listen / Tourism, poverty reduction and gender equality.   ILO /Jiang Qianlan/Xinhua 2013

Over the past decades, tourism has become a major source of growth and employment around the world and a key driver of poverty reduction. These trends are expected to accelerate during the next decade, says a new report from the International Labor organisation (ILO). According to the latest ILO data, published in a working paper [...]

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No military solution to the political crisis in Syria: UN chief

Listen / Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs

There is no military solution to the political crisis in Syria. The only way out of it, the only way to bring peace back to the country and to its people, is through dialogue and political compromises, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message to a Ministerial Meeting of the Friends of the Syrian people [...]

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New Zealand urges Security Council to adopt resolution on Syria chemical weapons

Listen / John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand

The Security Council must adopt a resolution on chemical weapons use in Syria, Prime Minister John Key of New Zealand told world leaders in the UN General Assembly on Thursday evening. He recalled that UN inspectors found rockets containing the nerve agent sarin were used in an attack on 21 August in Damascus which killed [...]

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Africa should invest more in improving economic development, good governance: Lesotho

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African countries are determined to build a safe, secure and peaceful continent, Lesotho's Prime Minister Motsoahae Thomas Thabane told the UN General Assembly on Thursday. This year marked five decades of African unity, and he recalled that leaders had resolved to free the continent from conflicts which have soiled its reputation and compromised development. But, [...]

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The cornerstones of a new Somalia have been laid: President Mohamud

Listen / Hassan Sheik Mohamud

Somalia and other countries are still suffering and need the support of friends, allies and all members of the United Nations to come together to find ways to overcome all the challenges that exist in this universe, President Hassan Sheik Mohamud told the UN General Assembly on Thursday. He said the Compact signed in Brussels [...]

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President Mugabe decries sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by 'bigoted big powers'

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Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe used his address to the UN General Assembly on Thursday to condemn economic sanctions against his country. He said sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union violate UN principles on non-interference in the domestic affairs of a sovereign state. Furthermore, he added, Zimbabweans view these measures as a [...]

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G'77 – a strong voice for billions of poor, hungry and vulnerable: SG

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The Group of 77 can help the United Nations effectively use multilateralism as a force for change, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in remarks to the opening of the 37th annual meeting of the G'77 Ministers of Foreign Affairs. The Secretary-General said the G77 has pushed poverty eradication up on the global agenda and has shown [...]

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Groundbreaking Declaration on ending violence and discrimination against LGBT

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A groundbreaking ministerial meeting on violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons on Thursday adopted a Ministerial Declaration on ending Violence and Discrimination against Individuals Based on their Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. Minsters of Argentina, Brazil, Croatia, El Salvador, France, Israel, Japan, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway and the United [...]

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UN chief welcomes Appeals Chamber judgment in the Charles Taylor case

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed Thursday's delivery by the Appeals Chamber of the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) of the appeal judgment in the case of Mr. Charles Taylor, former President of Liberia. A statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General said "This is a historic and momentous day for the people [...]

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General Assembly starts its annual session in New York

Listen / Ban Ki-moon na Jacob Zuma

• The UN General Assembly began its annual session in New York on Tuesday. World leaders addressed the General Assembly's 68th session on various issues. They include the global economic situation, climate change, progress on the anti-poverty goals known as MDGs, peace and security, the ongoing crisis in Syria and terrorism. "Being poor is not [...]

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Secretary-General saddened by death and destruction in Pakistan earthquake

Listen / UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The United Nations stands ready to assist Pakistan following an earthquake this week which killed more than 300 people. In a statement issued on Thursday by his spokesperson, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed condolences to the country's government and people. The 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck parts of the remote province of Balochistan in south-west Pakistan [...]

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Africa can make it without handouts: Ghana's President Dramani

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Six of the ten fastest growing economies in the world are on the African continent. However, this growth has not yet translated into sustainable employment opportunities, the President John Dramani of Ghana told the 68th session of the UN General Assembly on Thursday. He said while, African economies created over 37 million wage-paying jobs over [...]

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ILO and partners work to improve garment factory conditions in Bangladesh

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The ready-made garment sector is a driver of Bangladesh's economy, responsible for nearly $20 million in exports, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO). In the wake of the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory complex in April, which killed more than 1,000 people, the UN agency and its partners have been striving to improve [...]

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World leaders discuss nuclear disarmament

Listen / Nuclear test carried out on 18 April 1953 at the Nevada test site.

World leaders gathered in New York for the annual session of the General Assembly discussed nuclear disarmament on Thursday. The meeting is part of ongoing efforts to have peace and security in a world without nuclear weapons. In the United Nations Millennium Declaration they adopted in 2000, world leaders committed themselves to strive for the [...]

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Post -2015 development agenda should be people-centred: Namibia

Listen / Hifikepunye Pohamba

Namibia believes that the post-2015 Development Agenda should be people-centered and inclusive, with a focus on the provision of health care, education, food security and nutrition, energy, potable water, gender equality and the empowerment of women, the youth and people with disabilities. President Hifikepunye Pohamba told the UN General Assembly that while developing countries have [...]

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Graduation and differentiation – a recipe for reversing the gains made by the Caribbean: Guyana

Listen / Donald Ramotar

"We, in the Caribbean, have experienced major setbacks due to the international economic and financial crises which started in North America and Europe", Guyana's President Donald Ramotar told the 68th session of the UN General Assembly on Thursday. But he said while it appears that both North America and Europe are emerging from the crises, [...]

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"Being poor is not being stupid" – President of Malawi

Listen / Joyce Banda, President of Malawi

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Malawi could have been achieved if the economy had not been mismanaged, according to the President of Malawi. Joyce Banda, who became the president of Malawi in April, last year, is the country's first female president. She says Malawi "went through a lot of human rights abuses" and when she [...]

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Rwandan student is one in a million

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As a university student and radio show host in her native Rwanda, Benigne Mugwaneza Ishimwe is one busy young woman. But the 21-year-old found time to vote in the MY World survey launched by the United Nations to determine global priorities for a better world. In fact, Benigne was the one millionth person to participate [...]

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A world with catastrophic weapons is not safe: PGA

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67 years after the first General Assembly   resolution was adopted on "atomic weapons and all other weapons adaptable to mass destruction", the UN General Assembly was meeting Thursday for the very first time in a High-level meeting on this critical subject. General Assembly President Ambassador John Ashe of Antigua and Barbuda says "Today's historic high-level [...]

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Nuclear disarmament would strengthen international peace and security: Ban

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The success of nuclear disarmament would strengthen international peace and security, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a High-level Meeting on Nuclear Disarmament  on Thursday. He said it would free up vast and much-needed resources for social and economic development; advance the rule of law; spare the environment and help keep nuclear materials from terrorist and extremist [...]

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Leaders highlight robust economic growth in Africa

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Deploring conflicts in Syria and elsewhere, world leaders highlighted the complementary relationship between peace and development as the General Assembly wrapped up the second day of its annual general debate. President Joseph Kabila Kabange of the Democratic Republic of the Congo said security remained the most important prerequisite for development, which would be “a hypothetical” [...]

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Caribbean countries call for review of criteria to access development funding

Listen / Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago.

The Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago has highlighted the plight of Caribbean countries which have addressed development challenges such as poverty yet remain shut out from access to financing. Kamla Persad-Bissessar told the UN General Assembly on Wednesday that countries in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) are still vulnerable due to a debt stock that [...]

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Palau wants to see oceans, non-communicable diseases, included in Sustainable Development Goals

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The President of the Pacific island nation of Palau is calling for greater global action on behalf of the world's oceans. Speaking in the UN General Assembly on Wednesday evening, President Tommy Remengesau Jr. proposed that the oceans should have their own Sustainable Development Goal in the post-2015 development agenda. He said this was something [...]

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Adoption of ATT – an historic achievement by UN Member States: Eliasson

Listen / Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson  [UN Photo/Rick Bajornas]

Adoption of the Arms TradeTreaty was an historic achievement by the UN Member States, Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson told a High-level event on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on Wednesday. He said the Arms Trade Treaty is living proof that good things can be achieved when governments and civil society work together through the United [...]

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Kiribati President warns "calamity awaits low-lying islands"

Listen / President Anote Tong of Kiribati

The existential threat hanging over the island nation of Kiribati is still very real, its President Anote Tong told world leaders on Wednesday. During an afternoon session at the United Nations General Assembly, President Tong explained that the fight against the onslaught of the rising seas and storm surges continue. It has an impact on [...]

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Ban welcomes additional signatures to Arms Trade Treaty

Listen / UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

A number of countries on Wednesday signed the Arms Trade Treaty, pushing the total number of signatures to more than half of all United Nations Member States. The Secretary-General, as the depository of the Treaty, welcomes every signature to this important treaty, according to his Spokesperson Martin Nesirky. “At the same time, it is of [...]

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Antigua and Barbuda concerned by failure to fulfil aims of the Barbados Programme of Action

Listen / Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer

Of concern to Antigua and Barbuda are the failings of the international community in fulfilling the aims and objectives outlined in the Barbados Programme of Action on the sustainable development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer told the UN General Assembly that 2014 will mark the 20th anniversary of the first [...]

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Ethiopia: African leaders set development agenda for next 50 years

Listen / Hailemariam Dessalegn, Ethiopia's Prime Minister and Chair of the African Union

The Africa agenda over the next 50 years will be focused on initiating a "structural transformation" to eradicate poverty and ensure sustainable development. That's according to Ethiopia's Prime Minister and Chair of the African Union, Hailemariam Dessalegn. He informed the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday that African delegates were working on developing a common [...]

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Vietnamese teenager raises her voice on behalf of disabled youth

Listen / Crystal and Stevie Wonder push for inclusion for children with disabilities (PHOTO@UNICEF)

At her high school in Viet Nam, some students refer to Nguyen Phuong Anh as "X-Woman," comparing her to one of the mutant superheroes from the X-Men comics and films who use their powers for good. But the teenager, who was born with brittle bone disease, prefers to call herself "Crystal" as this name hints [...]

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World leaders review progress in meeting anti-poverty goals

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As world leaders continued the annual session of the General Assembly on Wednesday, they reviewed progress made in meeting the Millennium Development Goals or MDGs they set in the year 2000. The eight time-bound and measurable goals are aimed at combating poverty, hunger, illiteracy, gender inequality, disease and environmental degradation. It has been noted that [...]

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Timor-Leste: "Our experience shows value of the UN and negotiated solutions."

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Timor-Leste's partnership with the United Nations, throughout the last decade, has been a remarkable success. That's what the President Taur Matan Rauk shared with his counterparts on the third day of the United Nations General Assembly Debate. 2013 is the first year since, the Restoration of Independence of Timor-Leste, 11 years ago, without a United [...]

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UN "eager to support" a post-2015 development agenda, says Ban.

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon exhorted world leaders attending the United Nations General Assembly debate in New York on Wednesday, to do "all they can to achieve the MDGs by the end of 2015." The MDGs or Millennium Development Goals are a set of targets set by the United Nations to eliminate world poverty and hunger [...]

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World leaders renew commitment to anti-poverty targets, agree to adopt new development Goals at 2015 Summit

Listen / Children in Kallayanpur slum, one of the urban slums in Dhaka. (UN Photo/Kibae Park)

World leaders agreed on Wednesday to scale up action against extreme poverty, hunger and disease and called for a 2015 Summit to adopt the next set of Goals to focus continued efforts after the target date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In the outcome document adopted at a Special Event on the MDGs, hosted [...]

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Countries commit to bring an end to sexual violence in conflict

Listen / A group of young children, all survivors of sexual abuse, are shown at a safe house in Monrovia, Liberia.(UN Photo/Staton Winter)

More than 100 countries have signed a declaration aimed at stamping out sexual violence in conflict. World leaders meeting at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday welcomed the document and pledged their support to survivors and the civil society groups which advocate on their behalf. Dianne Penn reports. Duration: 2'36"

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Tens of thousands displaced in Southern Philippines as violence continues

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The situation in Zamboanga city, southern Philippines, and its surrounding areas is now a humanitarian crisis, as tens of thousands of people remain forcibly displaced, according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in the Philippines, Luiza Carvalho, expressed her concerns for the plight of [...]

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Over 100 countries pledge to act against sexual violence, rape in war.

Listen / A girl at the Mother and Child Health Center in Mogadishu, Somalia.(UN Photo/Tobin )Jones

113 countries have endorsed a historic new 'Declaration of Commitment to end Sexual Violence in Conflict.' The Declaration, launched on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, contains a set of practical and political commitments to end the use of rape and sexual violence as a weapon of war. Countries will [...]

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Do everything possible to accelerate action on the MDGs: GA president

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With less than 850 days left to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) target date, we must do everything possible to accelerate action and get the job done by 2015, President of the General Assembly Dr. John Ashe told a Special Event towards achieving the development goals. He said that fulfilling existing commitments must be our [...]

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Human rights situation in Sudan remains precarious, says UN Expert

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The human rights situation in Sudan remains precarious, with citizens being denied the full enjoyment of basic civil and political rights, according to a United Nations Human rights expert. Mashood Baderin the Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Sudan says the curtailment of the activities of civil society organizations, press censorship, arbitrary [...]

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Regional and global action consensus needed for international action: Museveni

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Where there is need for international action, regional and global consensus should be sought, Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni told the UN General Assembly during its annual debate on global affairs. He said where there is need to fight for freedom, the oppressed people can fight for themselves. They do not have to be sponsored by [...]

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UN Human rights expert calls for political dialogue in Cambodia

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Cambodia still has some way to go in promoting and protecting human rights and strengthening good governance, according to a UN human rights expert. Surya Prasad Subedi, Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Cambodia says although the recent general election was largely peaceful, failure by the government to facilitate prompt, impartial and [...]

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Iran urges world leaders to accept and respect its right to enrich uranium

Listen / President Hassan Rouhani of Iran

Iran's nuclear programme pursues "exclusively peaceful purposes", its president Hassan Rouhani told his counterparts during the General Assembly debate late Tuesday afternoon. Nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction have no place in his country's security and defence doctrine, and contradict with their fundamental and religious convictions, President Rouhani insisted. He said Iran was [...]

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Liberia laying the foundation for middle-income status by 2030

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The Liberian government has instituted a host of reforms intended to improve governance, enhance accountability, and create an enabling environment for the exercise of basic freedoms, including freedom of speech and of the press. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf told the UN General Assembly on Tuesday that these actions have put the country on a path [...]

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Dismantling Syria's chemical weapons arsenal could be litmus test for region, says Turkey

Listen / Turkey's President Abdulla Gul

The agreement to eliminate Syria's arsenal of chemical weapons should be seen as an "opportunity." That's what Turkey's President Abdullah Gül told the UN General Assembly on Tuesday. United States and Russia reached an agreement on a framework for Syria to surrender its chemical weapons and place them under international control following last month's sarin [...]

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170,000 displaced by armed violence in north-west CAR: OCHA

Listen / Kaga-Bandoro, CAR (Credit: OCHA/C. Illemassene)

  More than 170,000 people, half of them children, have fled from their homes over the past two weeks in Ouham province in northwest Central African Republic following clashes between former Séléka rebels, self-defence groups and unidentified armed groups. The clashes began on 7 September in Bossangoa town and have since spread throughout the province. [...]

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Ban invites world leaders to climate summit next September

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World leaders have been invited to a climate summit next September to forge a new path toward a low carbon economy. The call came from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during his address to the 68th session of the UN General Assembly. He said the Climate Summit in 2014 will be held in New York and [...]

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"Too much talk, too little action" regarding Security Council reform: Zuma

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South African President Jacob Zuma challenged world leaders on Tuesday to reform the Security Council ahead of the United Nations' 70th birthday. In remarks to a plenary session of the General Assembly, President Zuma referred to the Council as "undemocratic, unrepresentative and unfair to developing nations and small states." The Security Council has the primary [...]

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The world must stand together to win the war against terror: Nigeria

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"Nigeria will spare no effort in addressing the global threat of terrorism." That's what Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said in his address to the General Assembly on Tuesday. President Jonathan acknowledged that the threat of terrorism in a few states in the northeastern part of the country has proven to be a challenge to national [...]

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Obama to world leaders on Syria: "Enforce the ban on chemical weapons."

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Evidence that the Assad regime in Syria used chemical weapons on 21 August is "overwhelming," US President Barack Obama told world leaders attending the General Assembly Debate on Tuesday. He recalled the recently released UN weapons inspectors' account citing there was "clear and convincing evidence" these weapons were used in a large-scale attack. President Obama [...]

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General Assembly begins annual debate in New York

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The United Nations General Assembly began its annual session in New York on Tuesday. Over 30 world leaders are set to speak on various major global issues during the first day of the 68th session of the Assembly on issues of global concern, including the global economic situation, climate change, progress on the Millennium Development [...]

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UN envoy calls for more international support for Somalia

Listen / Nicholas Kay

The UN representative in Somalia is calling for increased financial and military support to the country and for African Union troops serving there. Nicholas Kay says the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) desperately needs helicopters and other equipment as it works to wrest parts of the country from the militant group Al-Shabaab, responsible for last [...]

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UN awaits investigation into killings of Iranian exiles in Iraqi camp

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Three weeks after an attack on Camp Ashraf in northern Baghdad, the UN human rights office is reiterating its call to the Government of Iraq to launch a full investigation to establish the facts. According to the High Commissioner for Human Rights, an attack on the camp on 1 September left 52 residents dead. The [...]

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Human rights office concerned about Israel's continued demolition of communities in the occupied West Bank

Listen / Rupert Colville

Within the space of one month, both residential structures and those related to livelihood – in three Bedouin and herder communities have been entirely, or almost entirely, demolished by Israeli authorities in the occupied West Bank, according to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. The office disclosed that most recently, on 16 [...]

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Ban: "Time to end the killing in Syria and reach peace."

Listen / Ban Ki-moon

The crisis in Syria is the biggest security and peace challenge in the world now, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at the official opening of the General Assembly Debate in New York. Over 100,000 people have been killed in the conflict and well over seven million have fled their homes. Furthermore, a chemical attack on [...]

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Effective multilateralism takes dogged commitment to work cooperatively: PGA

Listen / John Ashe

This annual gathering of world leaders and dignitaries should not just be seen as another September routine or tradition, President of the 68th session of the UN General Assembly Dr. John Ashe told the Assembly's opening session on Tuesday. Rather, he said, it serves and should serve another larger and better purpose: that of recommitting [...]

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World leaders call for greater coordination among different sectors to combat malaria

Listen / Insecticide-treated bed nets are crucial in the fight against malaria. Photo: IRIN/Wendy Stone

World leaders gathered Tuesday on the sidelines of the 68th United Nations General Assembly to launch an inclusive approach to fighting malaria, a disease which – despite tremendous advances – still kills an estimated 660,000 each year and poses a major challenge to development. The Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) and the United Nations Development [...]

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UN Envoy voices optimism for Somalia despite the Al-Shabab threat

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The United Nations Special Representative for Somalia Nicholas Kay is calling for more financial and military support for the African Union mission in its quest to end years of insecurity in Somalia. Speaking in Geneva Mr Kay said security remains the biggest challenge facing Somalia adding that controlling and defeating the Al-shabab militant group was key [...]

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More than 30 world leaders set to address UN on first day of General Assembly's annual debate

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More than 30 world leaders are set to address the opening day of the 68th session of the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday. As is tradition, Brazil will be the first speaker followed by the United States of America. Heads of State and government are expected to express their views on the [...]

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$2.5 billion new pledges to boost global anti-poverty goals

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The United Nations has received a total of $2.5 billion additional commitments in the race to achieve the global anti-poverty goals by the 2015 deadline. Representatives of Governments, private businesses and international organizations are behind the pledges made on Monday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly debate. Beng Poblete-Enriquez reports. Following a high-level [...]

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Mary Robinson, UN Envoy, says DRC peace plan "has proved its worth."

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The top United Nations envoy to the Great Lakes region of Africa has lauded the progress made regarding the UN-backed peace plan for the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Region. Mary Robinson was referring to the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework Agreement also called the "Framework for Hope." Speaking to the press at UN [...]

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Action urgently needed to protect children in Syria, says UNICEF

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The UN's Children's Fund (UNICEF) has called for increased humanitarian access for civilians trapped by the conflict inside Syria. The agency says their situation is becoming increasingly desperate, and children continue to be cut off from urgently needed assistance. That includes safe drinking water, shelter, education and psychological support. UNICEF adds that medical supplies, including [...]

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Countries, international organizations urged to continue backing DRC peace plan

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meeting H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union

The Chairperson for the African Union Commission is calling for continued and strong support to the UN-backed peace plan for the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma made the remarks during a Mini-Summit to review the implementation of the peace, security and cooperation framework for the DRC and the Region. The "Framework of Hope" [...]

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World Bank pledges $700 million for women and children's health

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The World Bank Group has agreed to invest $700 million by 2015 to improve women and children's health in poor countries. The President of the Group, Jim Yong Kim, made the announcement on Monday during the annual UN General Assembly debate in New York. This new funding comes from the International Development Association (IDA), the [...]

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"Disability is not inability" says UN chief

Listen / A view of the Temporary General Assembly Hall as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (shown on screen) addresses the Assembly's high-level meeting on "The Way Forward: A Disability-Inclusive Development Agenda Towards 2015 and Beyond".

World leaders on Monday met to discuss the inclusion of people with disabilities in sustainable development. It is the first time that the UN General Assembly is holding a High-Level Meeting on Disabilities and Development. World leaders are expected to adopt a document, which, among other things, recognizes disability as an important human rights issue. [...]

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Ban says "success within reach" regarding UN global development goals

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Poverty has plummeted, health has begun to improve and literacy has soared. That's what UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, told participants at a High Level forum on the Millennium Development Goals or MDGs on Monday. The MDGs were launched in 2000 in New York during the UN General Assembly debate. Now, thirteen years later, Mr. [...]

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Countries to allow persons with disabilities free access to education, health and employment

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World leaders gathered at a High-Level meeting on disability and development have adopted a resolution that calls for disability-inclusive development. The resolution allows persons with disabilities opportunities to be fully included in education, health and employment opportunities. It is estimated that 15 per cent of the world's population, or one billion people, live with a [...]

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A dramatic drop in new HIV infections among children, adults: UNAIDS

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A remarkable 52 per cent drop in new HIV infections among children and a combined 33 per cent decrease among adults and children since 2001 was the highlight of a new UNAIDS report. As world leaders rally to review progress towards the Millennium Development Goals, Peter Ghys, the UNAIDS Chief of Data says many countries [...]

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The global AIDS epidemic has been halted and reversed: UNAIDS

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A new report from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) shows dramatic acceleration towards reaching 2015 global targets on HIV. UNAIDS says there has been a 52 per cent reduction in new HIV infections among children and a combined 33 per cent reduction among adults and children since 2001. AIDS-related deaths have also [...]

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ILO reports major strides in reduction of child labour

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The number of child labourers has declined by one third since 2000, from 246 million to 168 million, according to a new report by the International Labour Organisation (ILO). ILO says although this was significant achievement, the rate of decline is not enough to achieve the goal of eliminating the worst forms of child labour [...]

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UN chief strongly condemns attack on Nairobi's Westgate Mall

Listen / UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the attack at a shopping mall in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, on Saturday. The Somali al Shabaab Islamist group has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack at the Westgate Mall in which gunmen killed at least 39 people and wounded more than 100 others. In a [...]

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Persons with disabilities are a "resource of society" UN official

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  Persons with disabilities can make their own contribution to society, says a senior United Nations official dealing with social policy and development. Daniela Bas from the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs spoke to reporters on Friday ahead of the first ever meeting of world leaders to discuss disabilities and development. She said [...]

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Caribbean prepares for State of the Tourism Industry Conference

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The State of the Industry Conference (SOTIC) is the Caribbean's leading tourism conference, bringing together decision-makers from the public and private sectors, academics, travel professionals and journalists from the region and around the world. This year's event is themed, "Perfecting the Experience; Delivering Authenticity," delegates will explore a range of elements that are critical to [...]

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Countdown to World Tourism Day 2013

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With one week left until World Tourism Day (WTD) on 27 September, preparations are on the final stretch in the Maldives, the host of this year's official celebrations, and in many countries around the world around the 2013 theme, "Tourism and Water: Protecting our Common Future". As the most important international observance day for tourism, [...]

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New General Assembly president calls for increased cooperation among Member States

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Calling for increased cooperation among Member States, the new President of the General Assembly Ambassador John Ashe of Antigua and Barbuda said that the upcoming year would be pivotal for the 193-nation organ as it sought to identify the parameters of the post-2015 development agenda. Ambassador Ashe made his comments at the opening of the [...]

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Over 4,100 Syrian children cross borders without parents or adults

Listen / UNICEF and partners are working to identify and protect Syrian children who have taken the perilous journey to Za'atari refugee camp, Jordan – alone.

More than 4,000 Syrian children have crossed the border into neighbouring countries without parents or adult relatives, according to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). The agency says the figure only includes children that have been identified and registered and the real numbers "are evidently higher". UNICEF Spokesperson Marixie Mercado says each of the Syrian [...]

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UN Chief firmly committed to the power of partnerships

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We need businesses to advance innovations and forge collaborations that can have transformative impacts on some of the toughest issues we face, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in remarks Friday at the Global Compact Leaders Summit in New York. The Secretary-General said he's firmly committed to the power of partnerships, working with business and all [...]

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UN Daily News 20 September 2013

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World leaders to tackle issue of people with disabilities

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Next week, the United Nations will hold the first ever high-level meeting on disability in New York. Just a day before the start of the general debate in the General Assembly, heads of state will discuss how to include disability in the development agenda. At that meeting on Monday, world leaders are expected to adopt [...]

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UN health agency welcomes meeting of world leaders on people with disabilities

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The World Health Organization (WHO) welcomes the forthcoming agreement at a first ever United Nations high-level meeting on people with Disabilities. WHO says the meeting, scheduled for the 23 September before the start of the general debate in the General Assembly, will further improve access to health care and related services for people with disabilities. [...]

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Results show dramatic gains in the fight against AIDS, TB and Malaria: Global Fund

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Significant gains have been made in the treatment of people living with HIV and in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of the virus, according to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. New results out Friday show that 5.3 million people living with HIV are receiving antiretroviral therapy under programs supported by the [...]

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Asia-Pacific region remains off-track in meeting hunger, health and sanitation MDGs – report

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Zero poverty, better quality education and accountable government top the agenda for Asia and the Pacific as countries look to the future and their "unfinished business" with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). A new UN report notes that while the Asia-Pacific region has made progress in pulling millions out of poverty, it remains off track [...]

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Global CEO's remain committed to sustainability: Study

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More than two thirds of chief executives – 67 percent – believe that business is not doing enough to address global sustainability challenges, according to a survey by the United Nations Global Compact and Accenture (NYSE: ACN). Amid evidence that CEOs are strongly committed to embedding sustainability throughout their organizations, the vast majority now call [...]

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Children bear brunt of crisis in Central African Republic: UNICEF

Listen / Thousands of people have been forced from their homes by fresh fighting in the capital, adding to the previous CAR total or some 206,000 IDPs (© UNHCR/D.Mbaiorem)

Nearly 3,500 children have been recruited into various armed groups in the Central African Republic, according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). The agency says both government forces and rebel groups have been actively recruiting both boys and girls as child soldiers since the onset of the current political crisis in December 2012. It points [...]

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UN Human rights chief urges Iran to "create space" for human rights defenders

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The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has welcomed the release earlier this week of 12 political prisoners in Iran and urged the Government to build on this positive step to end the harassment of human rights defenders. Among those released was Ms. Nasrin Sotoudeh, an internationally recognized human rights activist and recipient of the [...]

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UN panel hears of widespread human rights violations in North Korea

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Dozens of North Koreans exiles provided sobering accounts of torture, sexual violence, arbitrary detention, abduction and other violations, when they testified during public and private hearings held last month in Seoul and Tokyo. The hearings were organized by a UN Commission of Inquiry into the human rights situation in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, [...]

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Congolese nun honoured with prestigious UN refugee award

Listen / Sister Angélique Namaika

A Roman Catholic nun from the Democratic Republic of Congo has won the United Nations Refugee Agency's top prize for 2013. The Nansen Refugee Award honours an individual, group or organization for their extraordinary and dedicated service to refugees, displaced or stateless people. She will receive her prize and a medal at a ceremony in [...]

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More children in Ethiopia thriving beyond their fifth birthday

Listen / Even in remote parts of Ethiopia, more children are thriving beyond their fifth birthday.

In the past decade, Ethiopia has managed to slash child mortality rates by half, rising in the global rank from 146 in 2000 to 68 in 2012. That's according to a new report by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) entitled “A Promise Renewed" which examines trends in child mortality since 1990. One of the reasons [...]

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Secretary-General carefully monitoring Maldives presidential elections

Listen / UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [UN Photo / Anne-Laure Lechat]

The UN Secretary-General is urging political leaders in the Maldives to continue to allow for a peaceful, inclusive and credible second round of presidential elections later this month. In a statement issued on Thursday by his spokesperson, Ban Ki-moon noted that international and domestic observers had considered the first round of voting, which took place [...]

19 Sep 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

A Burkina Faso youth says peace is important for Africa

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• Hundreds of young people gathered at the United Nations on Wednesday to mark the International Day of Peace under the theme "Educate for Peace". The day is observed on 21st of September each year to reflect and reiterate the belief in non-violence and call for a global ceasefire. A teenager from Burkina Faso says [...]

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Secretary-General condemns deadly attack on EU rule of law team in Kosovo

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned Thursday's deadly attack on a convoy of the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX). One EULEX staff member was killed in the incident, which occurred in northern Kosovo. The Secretary-General called for a swift and thorough investigation to bring the perpetrators to justice, noting that [...]

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UN official calls for universal ratification of a treaty to stop use of child soldiers

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States that have not signed and ratified a global treaty to stop the use of child soldiers have been urged to do so as the General Assembly holds its 68th session. The appeal has come from Leila Zerrougui, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict. Ms. Zerrougui spoke to reporters on [...]

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Engaging with extractive industries : Can it work ?

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The eleventh session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification opened Monday, 16 September 2013, in Windhoek, Namibia. COP11 is convened under the theme "A stronger UNCCD for a Land-Degradation Neutral World." Geraldine Deblon has more. Duration:  4’04″  

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UN Daily News 19 September 2013

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Envoy reports on progress and challenges ahead of Afghanistan's transition

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Afghanistan is making strides in the preparations for next year's presidential elections, the top UN official in the country, Ján Kubiš, told the Security Council on Thursday. But he also listed numerous challenges that persist in the country, including continued attacks on civilians and the armed forces. Dianne Penn reports. Duration: 2’56″

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UN chief reports progress in global partnership for development

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There has been progress in achieving the goal of global partnership for development, the eighth goal in the anti-poverty goals agreed by world leaders in the year 2000. That's what UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said during the launch of the Millennium Development Goals Gap Task Force Report 2013 on Thursday. Secretary-General Ban reminded reporters that [...]

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The 2014 elections are at the forefront of political life in Afghanistan: UN envoy

Listen / The top United Nations envoy in Afghanistan has stressed the importance of timely elections for stable leadership transition in the country.

Jan Kubiš, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Afghanistan, on Thursday briefed the Security Council on the situation in the country.

He told the Council that significant progress has been made in technical preparations for the elections in the last three months.

Mr. Kubiš said this includes passage of two key laws, appointments to the two independent electoral management bodies and rollout of the district-level voter registration update.

The top United Nations envoy in Afghanistan has stressed the importance of timely elections for stable leadership transition in the country. Ján Kubiš, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Afghanistan, on Thursday briefed the Security Council on the situation in the country. He told the Council that significant progress has been made in [...]

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Congolese nun honoured with prestigious UN refugee award

Listen / Sister Angélique Namaika

A Roman Catholic nun from the Democratic Republic of Congo has won the United Nations Refugee Agency's top prize for 2013. The Nansen Refugee Award honours an individual, group or organization for their extraordinary and dedicated service to refugees, displaced or stateless people. She will receive her prize and a medal at a ceremony in [...]

19 Sep 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Rwanda cements top position in global ranking of women in parliament

Listen / Women now make up 64% of MPs in Rwanda IPU©Reuters/Finbarr O'Reilly

Rwanda has cemented its top position in the Inter-Parliamentary Union's global ranking of women in parliament. The IPU says that Rwandan women Members of Parliament now account for nearly two thirds of all legislators in the country's lower house of parliament following this week's election. Citing the country's National Electoral Commission, the IPU says nearly [...]

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UN General Assembly urged to adopt more decisive role in peace-making and peace-keeping

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The United Nations General Assembly has been urged to adopt a more decisive role in peace-making and peace-keeping. The call came from the UN Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order, Alfred de Zayas on Thursday. Mr. de Zayas also called for a more proactive role for the United Nations [...]

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Immunization campaigns aim to contain polio outbreak in Kenya

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Immunization campaigns have been conducted around Kenya to contain the outbreak of polio that has gripped the country since May. United Nations agencies, including the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) and the UN children's Fund (UNICEF) are helping to sensitize people about polio. According to the United Nations agencies, there [...]

19 Sep 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Deaths and displacement continue in conflict ridden Northeast Nigeria

Listen / A family of 17 who fled from  from Nigeria to Niger. [UNHCR Photo/ C.Arnaud]

Nearly 700 people have been killed in Northeast Nigeria since the state of emergency was declared in the states of Yobe, Borno and Adamawa in May 2013, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). OCHA says the violence and instability also continues to cause internal displacement inside Nigeria or across [...]

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INDONESIA #37: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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INDONESIA #36: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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A Burkina Faso youth says peace is important for Africa

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Hundreds of young people gathered at the United Nations on Wednesday to mark the International Day of Peace under the theme "Educate for Peace". The day is observed around the world on 21st of September each year to reflect and reiterate the belief in non-violence and to call for a global ceasefire. The teenagers shared [...]

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Grow more food at less cost to environment, urges UN trade agency

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Rich and poor nations are being urged to diversify their crops and boost support to small farmers, according to a new report launched by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). It recommends a rapid and significant shift away from "monoculture and industrial farming" because they are not providing sufficient affordable food where [...]

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UN Daily News 18 September 2013

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Secretary-General highlights role of education in bringing about peace

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The United Nations community reiterated its belief in non-violence during a ceremony on Wednesday in observance of the International Day of Peace. The event was held ahead of 21 September, the actual date of the International Day which has been commemorated since 1981. Dianne Penn reports. Duration: 2’38″

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Global Fund and Cameroon Announce New Funding for HIV Treatment

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The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and Cameroon jointly announced that they are both significantly increasing their funding for antiretroviral drugs to meet the country's fast–growing HIV treatment needs. The Global Fund has approved a $US 20 million grant agreement for HIV treatment while Cameroon said it will nearly double the amount [...]

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UN agency for trade and development calls for boosting agriculture

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The United Nations agency dealing with trade and development is calling for boosting agriculture in both rich and poor countries. In its Trade and Environment Report 2013, the UN Conference on Trade and Development, (UNCTAD) recommends that farming in all countries should shift from monoculture towards a greater variety of crops. UNCTAD also calls for [...]

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UNESCO mission confirms plunder of Mallawi Museum

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A mission of UNESCO experts to Egypt has confirmed that nearly all the collections of the Mallawi National Museum in Minya, Upper Egypt, were looted during unrest in August. The mission organized with the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities and local authorities found that while the buildings were not badly damaged, 600 of the Museum's collection [...]

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UN Messenger of Peace Jane Goodall urges young people not to lose hope in protecting the environment

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United Nations Messenger of Peace Jane Goodall, on Wednesday called on young people around the world not to lose hope in their efforts to protect the environment. Ms. Goodall, who is well known for her study of the African chimpanzee, spoke at an event attended by students, teachers and diplomats to mark the International Day [...]

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Uganda's first lady revitalizing the country's HIV/AIDS response

Listen / UNAIDS Executive Director and First Lady of Uganda met with mothers at a health centre in Nadunget, Uganda, 16 September 2013. Credit: UNAIDS

The First Lady of Uganda has stepped up her efforts to fight HIV. Janet K Museveni showed her commitment to stopping new HIV infections in children by bringing a national campaign to Karamoja, one of the most disadvantaged regions of her country. She launched the Elimination of Mother-to-Child- Transmission of HIV (eMTCT) Campaign in Moroto, [...]

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UN Secretary-General calls for teaching children the value of tolerance and mutual respect

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"One teacher, one book, one pen, can change the world." United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon quoted these words of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani young girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban last year for campaigning for girl's education. Mr. Ban spoke at a Peace Bell ringing ceremony to observe the International Day [...]

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We need to move quickly to a peace conference and a political solution on Syria: Ban

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As the international community unites against the threat of chemical warfare, it must also come together to stop the wider war that is destroying Syria, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the General Assembly on Tuesday. The Secretary-General expressed the hope that "we can build on the diplomatic momentum and move quickly to a peace conference and [...]

17 Sep 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

General Assembly opens its 68th session in New York

Listen / John William Ashe of Antigua and Barbuda, President of the General Assembly's 68th session.

The United Nations General Assembly opened its 68th session in New York on Tuesday afternoon. The President of the Assembly, John Ashe, of Antigua and Barbuda said he intends to convene three high-level events and thematic debates on the post-2015 development agenda. He said they will deal with the role of women, the young and [...]

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UN Radio News 17 September 2013

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Three million people expected to leave Syria by end of 2013: UNHCR

Listen / Syrian refugee children at a tent used as a mosque at the Islahiye refugee camp in Hatay, Turkey.  © Jodi Hilton/IRIN

Bulgaria is the latest country to host Syrian refugees fleeing the ongoing violence in their country. According to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the country has received a total 2,000 Syrians since the start of the conflict. August saw the sharpest rise in asylum applications to about 50 arrivals per day, mainly Syrian families, [...]

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UN human rights chief calls for action to end violence against women in Afghanistan

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Violence against women is endemic in Afghanistan, according to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay who concluded her visit to the country on Tuesday. Speaking to reporters in the country's capital, Kabul, Ms. Pillay said Afghanistan is at a critical juncture with ongoing political, security and economic transition concluding in 2014. She [...]

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Human Rights Council hears of North Korea violations

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Torture, abduction and imprisonment for watching foreign soap operas: these are just examples of human rights violations against citizens in the Democratic Republic of Korea (DPRK). That information came during hearings conducted last month by a United Nations Commission of Inquiry into the country's human rights situation. Its chairman Michael Kirby, who briefed the Human [...]

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This is a crucial period for global cooperation: Ban

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This is a crucial period for global cooperation, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters ahead of Tuesday afternoon's opening of the 68th session of the UN General Assembly. The Secretary-General stressed that Syria is the biggest peace, security and humanitarian challenge we face. “Let us be clear: the use of chemical weapons in Syria is only [...]

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UN food agency needs more funds to help Syrian refugees in Lebanon

Listen / Syrian refugee children carrying WFP food supplies

The World Food Programme (WFP) says it is doing all it can to continue providing food aid to Syrian refugees in Lebanon despite a shortfall in funding. WFP says it requires up to $133 million from September to the end of the year but the operation has a shortfall of $127 million. The agency says [...]

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Arab Conference aims to strengthen humanitarian partnership

Listen / Jens Laerke

Prominent actors from government, humanitarian and corporate sectors are meeting in Kuwait City to tackle the challenges facing humanitarian organizations. The Fourth Annual Conference on Effective Partnership & Information Sharing for Better Humanitarian Action will, over the next three days, address a number of key humanitarian issues facing the world today, including how to build [...]

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UN refugee agency welcomes Bulgaria's commitment to help Syrian asylum seekers

Listen / Syrian asylum-seekers waiting to be registered with border police at Elhovo, near Bulgaria's border with Turkey. UNHCR

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) has welcomed assurances from the Bulgarian government to fix the dire conditions for Syrian and other asylum seekers in the country. UNHCR says that so far this year, Bulgaria has received about 3,000 asylum applications mainly from the Middle East and Africa. According to the agency, this is three [...]

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UN report confirms chemical weapons use in Syria

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The United Nations has confirmed that the nerve gas Sarin was used in an attack last month in Syria which killed hundreds of civilians. That information comes in the report of the UN mission which investigated whether chemical weapons had been used in the country's ongoing conflict. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon formally presented the report [...]

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Commission of Inquiry tells of widespread human rights violations in North Korea

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The Commission of Inquiry into human rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, says testimony it has points to patterns that may amount to widespread and systematic violations of human rights by the state. In a report to the UN Human Rights Council the Commission says dozens of North Koreans in exile provided hour [...]

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Congolese nun named winner of world's top refugee award

Listen / Sister Angélique Namaika is a familiar sight on her bicycle, which she uses to visit the girls she helps in Dungu and nearby villages - UNHCR/B.Sokol

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Tuesday announced that this year's Nansen Refugee Award is being awarded to Sister Angelique Namaika, who works in the remote north east region of Democratic Republic of the Congo with survivors of displacement and abuse by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). Sister Angélique, through her Centre [...]

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Ambassadors sing for peace

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United Nations Ambassadors gearing up for the 68th session of the General Assembly took a break from their schedule last week to set diplomacy aside and sing for peace. The Ambassadors from Canada, Cape Verde, Costa Rica, Nauru and Romania have recorded a compilation of popular songs of peace which promote the ideals of the [...]

16 Sep 2013 | Posted in From the Ambassador, Today's Features | Read More »

UN mission confirms use of chemical weapons in Syria

Listen / Secretary-General briefs Press on Syria report .  UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged the Security Council to act urgently to ensure enforcement and compliance with the agreement reached over the weekend between the Russian Federation and the United States on a framework to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons. The Secretary-General submitted the report of the chemical weapons investigation team to the Security [...]

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UN Radio News 16 September 2013

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UN nuclear agency makes progress in improving nuclear safety

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The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is making steady progress in strengthening nuclear security since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident in Japan. That's what the head of the IAEA, Yukiya Amano said at the start of the agency's annual General Conference in Vienna, Austria on Monday. In his opening statement, Mr. Amano outlined the Agency’s [...]

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Investigators confirm chemical weapons used in the Syrian conflict

Listen / UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The conclusion is that chemical weapons have been used in the ongoing conflict between the parties in the Syrian Republic, also against civilians, including children on a relatively large scale. That assessment comes in the conclusion of the report submitted to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon by the UN Mission to Investigate Allegations of the Use of [...]

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Syria Commission of Inquiry to conduct its own chemical weapons investigation

Listen / Paulo Pinheiro, Chairman of the Commission of Inquiry on Syria.  UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon briefed the Security Council on Monday on the findings of the report of the UN mission looking into chemical weapons use in Syria. Meanwhile, the International Commission of Inquiry on Syria has announced that it too will conduct an investigation, this time to establish who was behind the 21 August chemical [...]

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UN chief commends General Assembly as it concludes 67th session

Listen / UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has commended the General Assembly for what he calls "a number of significant achievements" it realized in the past year. Speaking as the Assembly concluded its 67th session on Monday, Secretary-General Ban said the international community has reached another notable year on the United Nations calendar. Mr. Ban identified some [...]

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Ghanaian student activist advocates for UN work in his country

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Students from around the world gathered at the United Nations recently to participate in a workshop on the rules and procedures of the UN for Model UN organizers and participants. Model UN simulates the United Nations General Assembly or Security Council and other multilateral bodies with students assuming the role of ambassadors. During the workshop [...]

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Security problems remain "predominant concern" in Libya: UN envoy

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Security continues to be a major concern for the Libyan people, according to the top United Nations envoy and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya. Briefing the Security Council on the situation in Libya on Monday, Tarek Mitri said tension among various political, ethnic and armed groups has escalated into confrontation in various [...]

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UN agriculture agency warns of re-emergence of bird flu viruses

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Two strains of the bird flu virus continue to pose serious threats to human and animal health, especially in view of the upcoming flu season. The warning has come from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) about the threats of the H7N9 and H5N1 avian influenza viruses. The agency continues to call for funds [...]

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UN Human Rights Council told of atrocities against civilians in Syria

Listen / Press Encounter with Mr. Paulo Pinheiro, Chairman of the Commission of the Inquiry on Syria. [UN Photo/Rick Bajornas]

The International Commission of Inquiry on Syria says it was conducting its own independent investigations to establish who was to blame for the August 21 chemical attack in Damascus. Addressing the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Commission Chairman Sérgio Pinheiro said it was within the commission’s mandate to establish who is to blame for [...]

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UN chief receives report on alleged chemical weapons use in Syria

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has  received the report of the UN team investigating the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria. A note by the Secretary-General's spokesperson says Professor Ake Sellström, the head of the UN Mission to Investigate Allegations of the Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria transmitted the report to the Secretary-General [...]

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Ultimate Guru of Cool talks about Caribbean Tourism

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The "Ultimate Guru of Cool" is to deliver the ultimate lessons on perfect visitor experiences and authenticity to hundreds of the Caribbean's most influential tourism minds at the region's leading tourism conference. The international trends consultant, Daniel Levine, will deliver the keynote address at the State of the Industry Conference which takes place in Martinique [...]

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CTO prepares for State of the Industry Conference

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The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) holds its State of the Industry Conference (#SOTIC2013) in Martinique in mid-October. The conference has its theme, "Perfecting the Experience. Delivering Authenticity", reflecting the seriousness with which the CTO views total customer satisfaction, said Hugh Riley, the organization's secretary general. To this end, the CTO has launched a Total Visitor [...]

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Countries call for closer tourism and air transport policies at UNWTO General Assembly

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Delegations from the 120 UN World Tourism Organisation Members States Assembly discussed air transport policies in their respective countries and called for measures and initiatives to increase connectivity. Countries further called for closer collaboration between tourism and air transport policies Issues such as visa facilitation, the need to make airports more visitor friendly, taxation, open [...]

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UN fund allocates $50 million for humanitarian support to displaced Syrians

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A UN humanitarian fund has allocated $50 million to boost the work of UN agencies assisting Syrians affected by the ongoing crisis in their homeland. The allocation from the Central Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) is the largest ever single contribution to support coordinated response to a single crisis and represents a show of solidarity with [...]

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UN Daily News 13 September 2013

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Tanzania does well in reducing child mortality: UNICEF

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Approximately 90 million children's lives have been saved over the past two decades, according to a new report by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). The agency says that the number of children who die before they reach five years of age has fallen from 12.6 million in 1990 to 6.6 million in 2012. UNICEF attributes [...]

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UN humanitarian team ready to assist Philippines in the wake of deadly fighting

Listen / UN Resident Coordinator in the Philippines Luiza Carvalho. [Photo adapted from the United Nations in the Philippines Facebook page]

The UN humanitarian team in the Philippines stands ready to assist the government in its efforts to help people affected by deadly clashes between national forces and a rebel group on the southernmost island of Mindanao. Luiza Carvalho, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the country, issued a statement on Friday calling for the protection of civilians [...]

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Lifesaving interventions drive down child mortality rates: UNICEF

Listen / An infant obtains essential nutrients from a ready-to-use therapeutic food, at a UNICEF-supported feeding centre in the Guéra region of Chad. [Photo: UNICEF]

Concerted global and national action over the past two decades has saved the lives of approximately 90 million children, according to a report released on Friday by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). The agency says effective and affordable treatments, as well as sustained political commitment, helped contribute to the drop in under-five deaths from 12.6 [...]

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IAEA supports the fight against cancer in Africa

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Cancer cases are increasing in Africa, but the continent doesn't have enough trained technicians and healthcare professionals who can help to prevent, detect and treat cancer. The Virtual University of Cancer Control and Regional Training Network or VUCCnet is an e-learning and traditional teaching approach to improve the capacity of African countries to tackle cancer. [...]

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UN, US and Russia push for diplomatic solution to Syrian crisis

Listen / US Secretary of State John Kerry, UN-Arab League Envoy on Syria Lakhdar Brahimi and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during a press conference at Palais des Nations in Geneva. [UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre]

Top diplomats from the United States, Russia and the United Nations on Friday held discussions in Geneva to find a solution to the ongoing crisis in Syria. The latest meeting has been prompted by the alleged chemical weapons attack on civilians in a suburb of the Syrian capital, Damascus, on 21 August. More than 1, 400 [...]

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Syrian refugee family in limbo in Iraq

Listen / Peroz Ismail. [Adapted from UNIFEED]

The ongoing fighting in Syria has forced more than two million people to seek refuge in neighbouring countries. UN Emergency Relief coordinator Valerie Amos says this exodus is creating a humanitarian crisis the extent of which the world has rarely seen. This feature tells the story of a new mother who is concerned about the [...]

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UNHCR reports sharp rise in Syrians arriving by sea in Italy

Listen / A customs boat enters a port in southern Italy after searching for boats carrying Syrian refugees hoping to reach Europe. [UNHCR/F.Noy]

The number of Syrians arriving by boat in southern Italy has increased, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). The agency estimates that 4,600 Syrians have arrived in the country by sea so far this year, two-thirds of them in August alone. UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards told journalists in Geneva on Friday that the latest [...]

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Syrian Government forces accused of deliberately targeting medical facilities

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The International Commission of Inquiry on Syria says the deliberate targeting of hospitals, medical personnel and ambulances, denial of access to medical care, and ill-treatment of the sick and wounded, are the most alarming features of the Syrian conflict. In a report to the UN Human Rights Council, the Commission says government forces and affiliated [...]

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New UN Women chief outlines her vision for collaboration and cooperation

Listen / Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, new Executive Director of UN Women with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. [UN Photo/Evan Schneider]

Phumzile Mlambo-Ncguka, the new head of UN Women, this week held her first press conference since taking the helm of the agency in July. She says she will use the countdown to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as an opportunity to make progress in areas such as improving girls' access to education.     [...]

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UN human rights chief reiterates call for action to end conflict in Syria

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The urgency of stopping the ongoing violence in Syria was once again underlined on Monday by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. Speaking in the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Ms. Pillay said the civilian population continues to suffer in Syria. Derrick Mbatha reports.   Liberalization boosts growth in Myanmar [...]

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Security Council urges countries to reaffirm commitment to peace in Great Lakes region

Listen / Mr. Gary Quinlan, Permanent Representative of Australia to the United Nations and Security Council President for the month of September. [UN Photo/Evan Schneider]

The Security Council is calling on countries in Africa's Great Lakes region to fulfil their commitments to achieve lasting peace and security. On Thursday the Council heard from Mary Robinson, Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region, and Martin Kobler, head of the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who briefed members [...]

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Secretary-General welcomes Syria's move to accede to chemical weapons treaty

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses a press conference on the latest developments related to the crisis in Syria. (from file) [UN Photo/Evan Schneider]

The UN Secretary-General has welcomed Syria's steps to become party to a treaty on chemical weapons. A statement issued by his spokesperson on Thursday says Ban Ki-moon received a letter from the Syrian government informing him that President Bashar Al-Assad has signed the legislative decree providing for the country's accession to the convention which prohibits [...]

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Trial of Kenyan Deputy President starts in The Hague

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• Kenya's Deputy President and a radio journalist appeared before the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday. They are accused of crimes against humanity for allegedly orchestrating the violence that followed the country's 2007 elections. The Kenyan Parliament has voted to pull out of the ICC accusing it of political interference in their country. UN [...]

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UNCTAD says domestic and regional markets are key to faster economic growth

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The United Nations agency dealing with trade and development says that developing and transition economies need to move toward a more balanced growth. In a report issued on Thursday, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) says these countries also need to give a greater role to domestic demand in their development strategies. The [...]

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UNCTAD: Domestic and regional markets key to faster economic growth

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Five years after the onset of the global financial crisis the world economy remains in disarray, according to the a new report by the United Nations Conference on trade and Development (UNCTAD). In its annual Trade and Development Report, UNCTAD says developed countries must act more decisively to address the fundamental causes of the crisis, [...]

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World can save billions through Global Fund investments

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A new report – "Cost of Inaction" – released Thursday today makes the case for world leaders to fully replenish the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. Officials at the Geneva-based Global Fund have calculated that they require $15 billion USD over the next three years to begin bringing the three big global [...]

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Positive impacts for women benefit society as a whole: new UN Women chief

Listen / Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, new Executive Director of UN Women with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. [UN Photo/Evan Schneider]

The new Executive Director of UN Women says she will use the countdown to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as an opportunity to make progress in areas such as improving girls' access to education. Phumzile Mlambo-Ncguka was speaking to reporters in New York on Thursday during her first press conference since taking the helm [...]

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Top humanitarian officials call for more support for Yemen

Listen / Young girls collect water in Taiz, Yemen. [OCHA/Abdulelah Taqi]

Top UN humanitarian officials are calling for increased support, especially from the Gulf region, for humanitarian relief efforts in Yemen. United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator, Ms. Valerie Amos, and the Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Ms. Ertharin Cousin, speaking at the end of their joint visit, acknowledged the positive political developments [...]

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Youth call for more open governance in outcome document of ICT summit

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Young people from across the globe are calling for world leaders to provide more flexible, dynamic and open means of governing that will reach more people than at present. The call comes in the Youth Declaration stemming from the three-day BYND 2015 summit on development and information and communications technologies (ICT) held this week in [...]

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UN Day highlights benefits of South-South cooperation

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The United Nations is this Thursday celebrating the ways developing countries are turning to each other to share knowledge and information on addressing concerns such as poverty and hunger. The UN Day for South-South Cooperation comes as international efforts intensify to achieve the eight Millennium Development Goals by the end of 2015. Rebecca Grynspan, Associate [...]

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Japan supports WFP efforts to boost food security in Zimbabwe

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A $4.2 million contribution from Japan to the World Food Programme (WFP) will boost food and nutrition security among some of the poorest families in Zimbabwe, the UN agency announced on Thursday. WFP says the funding will go towards initiatives such as programmes to support vulnerable rural households as well as malnourished HIV/TB patients, women [...]

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Senior humanitarian official condemns "shocking" killing of aid workers in Central African Republic

Listen / The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the Central African Republic Kaarina Immonen. [UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz]

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the Central African Republic has condemned the recent killing of two aid workers in the country. In a statement on Thursday, Kaarina Immonen described the incident, which took place on Saturday in the north-western town of Bossangoa, as "shocking." The aid workers were local employees with the Agency for Technological [...]

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General Assembly discusses responsibility to protect

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It is the responsibility of political leaders to protect civilian populations within the borders of their country. This point was emphasized in an Informal Interactive Dialogue at the United Nations Headquarters on the Responsibility to protect held on Wednesday. UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon who presented his report on the issue said the adoption of the [...]

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Human rights panel seeks to improve plight of children whose parents are sentenced to death

Listen / UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Flavia Pansieri. [UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré]

Human rights experts meeting in Geneva on Wednesday looked at the issue of capital punishment from the perspective of children whose parents have been sentenced to death. In addition to emotional trauma, research shows that these children suffer negative short-term and long-term effects, including an infringement of their human rights. That's according to Flavia Pansieri, [...]

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UN figures show steady rise in international migration

Listen / Mr. John Wilmoth, Director of Population Division, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs. [UN Photo/Mark Garten]

With more than 230 million international migrants worldwide, more people than ever are living abroad, according to statistics released on Wednesday by the United Nations. While the number of international migrants has been steadily increasing, the data shows they only account for approximately three per cent of the population. John Wilmoth is Director of the [...]

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We continue to face challenges in our responsibility to protect people from atrocities: Ban

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"Atrocities continue to be committed and we continue to face challenges in our efforts to protect people from them", Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday in remarks at an Informal Interactive Dialogue on the "Responsibility to Protect". He pointed to the crisis in Syria as a case in point, noting that while there have been significant [...]

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Food waste hurts both the economy and the environment: FAO

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The waste of a staggering 1.3 billion tonnes of food per year is not only having an economic impact, it also harms the natural resources that humanity relies upon to feed itself, says a new report by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Food Wastage Footprint: Impacts on Natural Resources is the first study to [...]

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UNWTO approves accessible tourism recommendations

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The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) recommendations on "Accessible Tourism for All" (2013) have been approved and endorsed by the General Assembly. The recommendations, updated from the 2005 version, outline a form of tourism that involves a collaborative process among stakeholders to enable people with access requirements to function independently through universally designed tourism products, [...]

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World wastes more than one billion tonnes of food annually: FAO

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Food waste is costing the world $750 billion each year, according to a report released on Wednesday by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The study finds that the 1.3 billion tonnes of food wasted annually—which represents one-third of food produced globally—is also harming natural resources. José Graziano da Silva is FAO Director-General. "The implication [...]

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Rape and massacres being perpetrated with impunity in Syria

Listen / Press Encounter with Mr. Paulo Pinheiro, Chairman of the Commission of the Inquiry on Syria. [UN Photo/Rick Bajornas]

The International Commission of Inquiry on Syria says the conflict in the country has taken a dangerous turn with both government and opposition groups committing gross human rights violations including rape, murder torture, recruitment and use of child soldiers and pillage. In a report to the UN Human Rights Council, the Commission of Inquiry says [...]

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UN listens to "A Million Voices" to help set global development agenda

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and and UNDP Administrator Helen Clark with young attendees of a press conference launching the

More than one million people, half of them under the age of 30, have participated in a year-long "global conversation" aimed at shaping the future, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told journalists in New York on Tuesday. Alongside UN Development Programme (UNDP) chief Helen Clark, and surrounded by school-age children, Mr. Ban launched the report 'A [...]

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UN convoy brings humanitarian aid to displaced in Myanmar's Kachin state

Listen / A UN relief convoy delivering assistance to communities cut-off by conflict in northern Myanmar's Kachin State. [Photo: OCHA ]

The first aid convoy in nearly two years has delivered food, medicine and other supplies to 4,300 displaced people in a town in Myanmar's Kachin state, the UN Humanitarian Affairs Office (OCHA) reports. The agency says the convoy, which set out for the eastern town of Laiza on Saturday, was on its way back to [...]

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Trial of Kenyan Deputy President starts in The Hague

Listen / William Ruto at the opening of his trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands. [Photo: ICC-CPI]

Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto has become the first serving government official to stand trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC). Mr. Ruto and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, who were rivals during the 2007 elections in Kenya, are accused of organizing the violence that followed the results of the elections. Approximately 1,000 people died in [...]

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We must do more to save children from scourge of conflict says UN envoy

Listen / The park's playground teems with newly arrived Syrian refugee children. UNHCR/S. Baldwin

As the war in Syria continues unabated, children continue to bear the brunt of the conflict, says the Secretary-General's Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict. Leila Zerrougi, on a recent visit to Syria, met with many children and their families who expressed the horrors of the conflict, their fears and their preoccupation for their [...]

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UN Environment Programme welcomes G20 plan to reduce HFC emissions

Listen / Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Director UN Environment Programme. (UNEP photo).

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) on Tuesday welcomed an agreement by leaders of industrialized nations to renew efforts to reduce the emission of potent greenhouse gases known as hydrofluorocarbons. UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner described the declaration made during last week's G20 summit in Russia as "another positive signal" towards reaching a universal climate agreement [...]

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Kenya's Deputy President pleads innocent to war crimes charges

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Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto has pleaded not guilty to charges of crimes against humanity before the International Criminal Court. Mr Ruto Mr Ruto is accused of being criminally responsible as an indirect co-perpetrator of the 2007/08 post election violence in which over 1,200 people were killed and thousands displaced. His co-accused Joshua arap Sang, [...]

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Jordan and UN launch new partnership platform for refugee-hosting communities

Listen / Syrian refugees wait at a UNHCR distribution centre in Za'atri refugee camp in Jordan. [UNHCR/J.Tanner]

The Government of Jordan launched on Tuesday in Amman a new partnership platform that will enable the United Nations Development Group and the donor community to scale up their support to national efforts to cope with the spill over effects of the Syrian crisis on human development in the kingdom, in a planned and coordinated [...]

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Saudi Arabia contributes $10 million to assist Palestinian refugees from Syria

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Saudi Arabia has responded to the Syria Appeal of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) with a generous donation of US$ 10 million, through its Saudi Fund for Development. A statement from UNRWA says the ongoing conflict in Syria is increasingly encroaching on UNRWA camps, and the Agency estimates that [...]

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Conflict keeps millions of children out of school: UN expert

Listen / Leila Zerrougui, UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict.

Although schools worldwide are about to reopen, conflict is keeping millions of children out of the classroom, a senior UN official told the Human Rights Council on Tuesday. Leila Zerrougui, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative on Children and Armed Conflict, reported that nearly two million Syrian youngsters had dropped out of school due to the [...]

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First group of Syrian refugees heads for Germany

Listen / A Syrian girl in a makeshift Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon. [UNHCR photo]

A group of 107 highly vulnerable Syrian refugees will leave Lebanon this Wednesday for temporary relocation in Germany, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) reports. The new arrivals will be the first Syrian refugees to enter Germany under the country's temporary Humanitarian Assistance Programme which provides for up to 5,000 places for Syrian refugees. UNHCR spokesperson [...]

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UN study in Asia-Pacific finds nearly half of men surveyed committed sexual violence against women

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A United Nations survey of 10,000 men in Asia and the Pacific finds that nearly half had used physical and/or sexual violence against a woman partner. The study, released on Tuesday, also reveals that nearly one-quarter of respondents reported perpetrating rape against women or girls, the majority of whom experienced no legal consequences. The survey [...]

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UNICEF: Syria conflict leaves invisible scars on children

Listen / Children form a line outside the school at Za'atari camp in northern Jordan. [Photo: UNICEF/Simon Ingram]

Prolonged exposure to violence and stress, multiple displacement, loss of friends and family members, and a severe deterioration in living conditions are leaving the children of Syria with lasting scars, according to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). The agency says parents are reporting that their children are experiencing frequent nightmares and exhibiting reckless and [...]

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Scientists tackle impact of climate change on polar and mountainous ecosystems

Listen / A view of rapidly decreasing glaciers in the Alps near Bern, Switzerland

Nowhere are the effects of climate change more visible than in the mountainous and polar regions. Glaciers around the world are retreating and this is affecting water and soil resources for a large proportion of the world population. In a meeting held recently at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), scientists discussed a proposal that [...]

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UN fund supports efforts to revitalise millet production in India

Listen / Malliga eating millet dish with her family [Adapted from UNIFEED]

Late last month, India's parliament passed a food security bill which will guarantee subsidized food to the country's poorest people. With approximately 800 million beneficiaries, it's one of the largest welfare schemes in the world, according to the UN's International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). IFAD has been supporting efforts to encourage farmers in the [...]

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Liberalization boosts growth in Myanmar

Listen / A view of children in Kyon Da, a village on the Irrawaddy Delta, Myanmar. Kyon Da underwent recovery and reconstruction work following the aftermath of May 2008's Cyclone Nargis.  UN Photo:  Mark Garten

Myanmar has made impressive strides in opening and liberalizing the economy, boosting growth and the economic outlook, but the formerly isolated country still faces some challenges, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). To mark the annual assessment of the country's economy, IMF's David Schulman asked Matt Davies, the agency's Mission Chief for Myanmar, how [...]

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UN human rights chief reiterates call for action to end conflict in Syria

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The urgency of stopping the ongoing violence in Syria was once again underlined by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Monday. Speaking in the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Ms. Pillay said the civilian population continues to suffer in Syria. She noted that more than 100,000 people have died [...]

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Secretary-General: Chemical weapons report findings could be rallying point for international community on Syria

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses a press conference on his participation in the recent G-20 Summit held in St. Petersburg and the continuing Syria crisis. [UN Photo/Mark Garten]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says that as he awaits the report of a chemical weapons team's mission to Syria, he is considering proposals that could be presented to the Security Council when the report is finalized. Mr. Ban told journalists in New York on Monday that there has been "significant speculation regarding major use of [...]

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Bangladeshi law student enriches UN knowledge

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Fahmida Faiza, a 19-year old Bangladeshi law student in the University of London's Distance Learning Programme, hopes to be a diplomat or an ambassador for her country one day. She recently participated at a United Nations workshop on the rules and procedures for Model UN (MUN) organizers and participants conducted by the UN Department of [...]

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Investment outlook subdued: UNCTAD chief

Listen / UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyin. [UNCTAD Photo]

The road to global investment recovery remains bumpy, with investors reluctant to expand their businesses in the face of widespread economic fragility and policy uncertainty. The warning comes from UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyin during the International Investment Forum (IIF) of the 17th China International Fair for Investment and Trade (CIFIT), taking place in Xiamen. Dr. [...]

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UN agency and Japan complete new homes project in Gaza

Listen / Makoto Honda, Deputy Representative of Japan to the Palestinian Authority, at the inauguration of the new shelters. [UNRWA Photo]

A housing project to benefit 1,200 Palestinian refugees who had spent nearly a decade in sub-standard or unsafe rented accommodation was inaugurated in Gaza on Monday. The UN agency which works with Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) reports that the 226 new shelters in Khan Younis will replace homes that were demolished or destroyed beyond repair prior [...]

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IPU welcomes release of abducted Afghan woman parliamentarian

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The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) has welcomed the release of an Afghan woman politician who had been abducted more than three weeks ago. Media reports say Fariba Kakar, a Member of Parliament (MP) in Kandahar province, was released on Saturday by the Taliban. Kakar had been abducted in mid-August together with her three children while driving [...]

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Nuclear energy agency remains concerned about Iran and North Korea

Listen / IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano. [Dean Calma / IAEA]

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is urging North Korea and Iran to fully comply with obligations related to their respective nuclear programmes. Addressing the agency's Board of Governors in Vienna on Monday, IAEA chief Yukiya Amano said North Korea's statements about conducting a third nuclear test, together with previous declarations including [...]

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UN Human Rights: Military force in Syria risks igniting a regional conflict

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United Nations Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay says neither the threat of use of external military force nor the continued supply of arms to rebels will bring peace to Syria. Addressing the UN Human Rights Council, Ms Pillay said that the suffering of Syria's civilian population has reached unimaginable levels, adding that a military response [...]

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Syria and its neighbouring countries going through a humanitarian crisis on a scale rarely seen: Amos

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Syria and its neighbouring countries are going through a humanitarian crisis on a scale we have rarely seen. That assessment comes from UN Emergency Relief and Humanitarian Coordinator Valerie Amos. She says the fighting is having a terrible impact on ordinary people; neighbourhoods have been shelled indiscriminately and entire towns have been besieged. According to [...]

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Secretary-General calls for increased humanitarian response to Syrian crisis

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The UN Secretary-General continues to push for greater international action to end the violence in Syria. On the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Russia, Ban Ki-moon addressed a closed door humanitarian initiative on Syria where he appealed for increased support to UN efforts to aid Syrians affected by the conflict. Dianne Penn has more. [...]

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China and European Union discuss cooperation on migration

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A two-day joint-European Union (EU)-China seminar on mobility and migration concluded in Beijing, China on Friday. The International Organization for Migration (IOM), which hosted the seminar, says it was held under the framework of its "Capacity Building for Migration and Management in China" project. IOM spokesperson, Jumbe Omari Jumbe says the aim of the seminar [...]

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Disease-resistant wheat varieties debut in Kenya

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Two new varieties of disease-resistant wheat have been introduced to farmers in Kenya. The announcement was made by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Friday. FAO says it has worked together with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in the development of the new wheat varieties. It says the agencies manage an [...]

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Seventy-five per cent of people worldwide have no access to ICTs

Listen / UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi. [UN Photo/Evan Schneider]

The UN Secretary-General's Youth Envoy says, "We cannot talk about inclusive development for all without making sure that we are addressing the fact that many young people around the world have no access to information and communication technology (ICTs)". Ahmad Alhendawi says ICTs can transform the lives of so many people around the world if [...]

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UN Deputy chief stresses the need to see individual fates in promoting peace

Listen / UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson [UN Photo/Rick Bajornas]

UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson has stressed the importance of speaking about individual fates in the promotion of the culture of peace. He told the UN General Assembly's High Level Forum on the Culture of Peace that "the United Nations is founded on the principle of the dignity and weight of every single human being", [...]

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Nearly two million Syrian children have dropped out of school: UNICEF

Listen / Children form a line outside the school at Za'atari camp in northern Jordan. [Photo: UNICEF/Simon Ingram]

Nearly two million Syrian children have dropped out of school, according to the UN children's agency (UNICEF). In an education update released on Friday, UNICEF says this figure represents about 40 per cent of all pupils registered in grades 1 to 9. UNICEF spokesperson in Geneva, Marixie Mercado, says about half of these children have [...]

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Efforts continue to get treaty banning nuclear test explosions to enter into force

Listen / Mr. Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO). [UN Photo/Evan Schneider]

Banning all nuclear test explosions is the aim of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. And while more than 90 per cent of the world's countries have said "no" to nuclear test explosions, a treaty cannot enter into force unless it is ratified by eight countries: China, Egypt, India, Iran, Israel, North Korea, Pakistan and the [...]

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UNDP Chief talks about gender and leadership with Forbes magazine

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Helen Clark, the Administrator for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), ranks 21st on the Forbes’ list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women. Before heading the UN agency in 2009, she was New Zealand’s first female Prime Minister a decade earlier and held the office for three consecutive terms. Helen Clark says “It was [...]

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Ghanaian student activist advocates for UN work in his country

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Students from around the world gathered at the United Nations recently to participate in a workshop on the rules and procedures of the United Nations for Model UN organizers and participants. Model UN simulates the United Nations General Assembly or Security Council and other multilateral bodies. Conferences for Model UN or the MUN are held [...]

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UN mission finds burned and abandoned villages in northern Central African Republic

Listen / Internally displaced people in the Central African Republic. [Photo: OCHA/Laura Fultang]

A UN humanitarian mission to northern Central African Republic found thousands of displaced people in horrific conditions last week. UN Refugee Agency spokeswoman, Melissa Fleming says aid workers found abandoned villages, massive displacement and evidence of widespread human rights violations. “We basically found seven villages that we visited, and these were only the ones we [...]

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Haitian Migration to Brazil: IOM Study

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High level officials from Brazil and Haiti have been discussing the increased migration of Haitians to Brazil, following the devastating earthquake of January 2010. The purpose of the five-day meeting in the Haitian capital Port au Prince is to identify mechanisms for bilateral cooperation between Brazil and Haiti to strengthen regular migration channels, to improve [...]

6 Sep 2013 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

International assistance must be aligned with Haiti's priorities: CARICOM

Listen / Ambassador Rodney Charles of Trinidad and Tobago addressing the Security Council. [UN Photo/JC McIlwaine]

CARICOM – the Caribbean Community has welcomed plans to encourage investment which will play a critical role in spurring the social and economic development of Haiti. Trinidad and Tobago's representative Ambassador Rodney Charles, speaking on behalf of CARICOM, told the UN Security Council that nevertheless, we submit that international assistance must be aligned with Haiti’s [...]

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UN observes first International Day of Charity

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The United Nations on Thursday observed the first International Day of Charity which coincides with the anniversary of the death of Mother Teresa. In his message for the day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says charity plays an important role in upholding the values and advancing the work of the United Nations. He calls "on people [...]

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International Day celebrates the power of charity in fighting poverty

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The United Nations on Thursday recognized the contributions of charity organizations in alleviating poverty by celebrating the first International Day of Charity. In a message marking the day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that the role of charity can and should grow as efforts increase to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. Dianne Penn caught up [...]

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Zimbabwe needs food assistance over next six months

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• Over 2.2 million people will need food assistance over the next six months in Zimbabwe, according to the World Food Programme. It says food insecurity has been triggered by bad weather conditions, high cost of supplies, and lack of availability of fertilizers and seeds, as well as poor harvest, among other things. WFP points [...]

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Companies aware of UN concerns, says a UN official

Listen / Georg Kell heads the UN Global Compact.

Companies around the world are beginning to seriously look at the issues of concern to the United Nations, according to a report released on Thursday. The report by the UN Global Compact, which encourages companies to adopt sustainable and socially responsible policies, is based on survey responses from nearly 2,000 companies in 113 countries. Georg [...]

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UNDP Chief talks about gender and leadership with Forbes magazine

Listen / UNDP Administrator Helen Clark, shown here in Papua New Guinea (Photo: UNDP)

Helen Clark, the Administrator for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), ranks 21st on the Forbes’ list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.   Before heading the UN agency in 2009, she was New Zealand’s first female Prime Minister a decade earlier and held the office for three consecutive terms.  Helen Clark says “It [...]

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New website highlights UN work on youth issues

Listen / UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth Ahmad Alendhawi

Bringing the United Nations closer to the world's young people is the aim of a website launched on Thursday by the Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth. Ahmad Alhendawi describes www.un.org/youthenvoy as a "one-stop shop" which combines information on UN action on issues of interest to youth with opportunities to get involved with the organization's work. He [...]

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Nordic countries pledge $750 million to the Global Fund

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The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has welcomed a pledge of $750 million by Nordic countries. The announcement of the pledge was made in Stockholm, Sweden on Wednesday in a joint statement by Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Iceland and the United States. It coincided with meetings between the leaders of the Nordic [...]

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Efforts continue to get treaty banning nuclear test explosions to enter into force

Listen / Mr. Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO). [UN Photo/Evan Schneider]

Banning all nuclear test explosions everywhere on the earth's surface, in the atmosphere, underwater and underground is the aim of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. Lassina Zerbo, the new Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), said over 90 per cent of countries said 'no' to nuclear test explosions. [...]

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President of General Assembly calls for ratification of nuclear test ban treaty

Listen / President of the General Assembly's sixty-seventh session Vuk Jeremić. [UN Photo/JC McIlwaine]

The President of the General Assembly Vuk Jeremić has called on states that have not signed and ratified the nuclear test ban treaty to do so. Mr. Jeremić spoke at a meeting of the General Assembly on Thursday to mark the International Day Against Nuclear Tests under the theme "The Path to Zero". He said [...]

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Global food prices continue to drop: FAO

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Food prices dropped for the fourth month in a row in August reaching its lowest level since June 2012, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO. The FAO Food Price Index measures the monthly change in the international prices of a basket of food commodities. The Index averaged 201.8 points in August 2013, [...]

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UN Secretary-General pushes for international conference on Syria

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As part of his efforts to push for an international conference to resolve the crisis in Syria, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited the joint UN-Arab League envoy to join him in Saint Petersburg. The Secretary-General is in the Russian city to attend this year's summit of the major world economies known as the G20. [...]

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