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Zambian student learns how UN conducts its business

Listen / A view of the Headquarters of the United Nations in New York as seen from the north of the UN site.

Aaron Ng'ambi, a Zambian student studying in Hawaii hopes to be a cabinet minister in his country one day. He is part of a group of students who were at the United Nations recently to participate in a workshop for the Model UN on how things are done inside the Organization's chambers. In the Model [...]

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UN chief calls for a united Security Council response to Syria crisis

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

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged members of the Security Council to unite and develop an appropriate response if it is confirmed that chemical weapons have been used in Syria. Mr. Ban spoke to reporters on Wednesday before leaving for the meeting of major economies known as the G20 scheduled to be held in St. [...]

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Indonesian youth eager to learn and promote the spirit of the UN

Listen / View of UN Headquarters

A Model UN (MUN) Workshop was held recently at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to provide student leaders actively involved in organizing MUN programmes with a thorough understanding of how the General Assembly and the Security Council work. Rahmad (Nando) Fernanda, President of the Association of International Youth Exchange Programs Alumni of Indonesia, [...]

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G20 economies challenged to create more and better jobs

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Foreign Ministers from the world's 20 leading economies will be meeting later this week in Saint Petersburg, Russia, for the G20 summit. With an estimated 200 million people worldwide unemployed—nearly half of them in G20 countries—the head of the International Labour Organization (ILO) is urging the summit to take "decisive action" on job creation. ILO [...]

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ILO chief urges G20 to take decisive action on job creation

Listen / ILO Director-General Guy Ryder

The head of the International Labour Organization (ILO) is stressing the need for the world's 20 top economies to boost consumer demand to spur growth and create new jobs. We hear more from Patrick Moser at the ILO in Geneva:   ILO Director-General Guy Ryder has urged G20 leaders to take decisive action to create [...]

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UNICEF ensures crisis-affected Syrian children keep learning

Listen / Syrian children outside their UNHCR tent at Jordan's Za'atri refugee camp. [Photo: UNHCR/M. Abu Asaker]

The UN children's agency (UNICEF) is supporting a major push to ensure that Syrian children keep learning even as the crisis continues in their country. UNICEF says it will launch a home-based self-learning programme this month together with the Syrian Ministry of Education and the UN agency assisting Palestinian refugees (UNRWA). According to the agency, [...]

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UN Daily News 3 September 2013

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UN mission in Iraq witnesses aftermath of attack on Camp Ashraf

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The UN Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) says its delegation has visited Camp Ashraf which was attacked on Sunday. The camp is housing about 100 Iranian dissidents. UNAMI says the delegation witnessed 52 bodies in a makeshift morgue, inside the camp, located north-east of the capital, Baghdad. According to UNAMI, all the deceased appeared to have [...]

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Syrian refugees now over two million mark – UNHCR

Listen / Syrians who fled across the Peshkhabour border into Kurdistan in northern Iraq walk towards a makeshift reception centre. [UNHCR/G.Gubaeva]

Over two million Syrians are now refugees, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Antonio Guterres says while the first million people fled Syria over two years, the second million fled the country in six months. He added that one-third of the Syrian population is displaced, either inside or outside the country, and [...]

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UNICEF scales up efforts to get children back to their books in Mali

Listen / A student writes on a chalkboard at a school in Bamako, Mali. [Photo: UNICEF/Tanya Bindra]

The United Nations children's agency (UNICEF) is scaling up efforts to assist half a million children in Mali whose lives were disrupted by conflict, flooding and a nutrition crisis, to get back to their books. Mali was plunged into a crisis when soldiers overthrew the elected government in March last year and rebel armed groups [...]

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Aid agencies register 75,000 conflict-affected people in South Sudan

Listen / South Sudanese family near Pibor, Jonglei State.

Humanitarian agencies have registered about 75,000 people affected by conflict in Pibor County in the Jonglei State of South Sudan, according to the UN humanitarian agency (OCHA). OCHA says some of the affected people have been displaced by a military offensive launched by government forces early this year against an armed rebel group led by [...]

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Zimbabwe needs food assistance over next six months

Listen / Following poor rains, A farmer's maize cobs are the size of her hand [Photo: WFP/Victoria Cavanagh]

Bad weather conditions, high cost of supplies, lack of availability of fertilizers and seeds, and poor harvest, among other things, have triggered a food insecurity situation in Zimbabwe, according to the World Food Programme (WFP). Elizabeth Byrs, the spokesperson for the agency, says over 2.2 million people in the country will need food assistance over [...]

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Zimbabwe food security situation deteriorating

Listen / Zimbabwean families enjoy hot meal: WFP

Over 2.2 million people in Zimbabwe will need food assistance over the next six months, according to the UN World Food Programme (WFP). WFP says farmers in many districts, particularly in the south, harvested very little food this year and people are already trying to stretch their dwindling food stocks. To meet the increased needs, [...]

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Germany offers temporary resettlement to 5,000 Syrian refugees

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

Germany has agreed to resettle on a temporary basis some 5,000 vulnerable Syrian refugees living in Lebanon, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The refugees to be resettled have been identified by UNHCR and will travel on IOM charter flights from Beirut to Hanover, Germany over the next year. IOM has begun to provide [...]

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UNHCR: Two million Syrians are refugees

Listen / Syrian Refugees streaming into Kurdistan, Iraq. [UNHCR/G.Gubaeva]

The number of Syrian refugees has passed the two million mark, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). Inside Syria, a further 4.25 million people have been internally displaced. UNHCR says about 5,000 to 6,000 Syrian women, children and men are fleeing into neighbouring countries every day, often with nothing more than the clothes on their [...]

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