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Australia to highlight threat of small arms during Security Council presidency

Listen / Mr. Gary Quinlan, Permanent Representative of Australia and President of the Security Council for the month of September. [UN Photo/JC McIlwaine]

Australia will highlight the issue of small arms during its presidency of the Security Council, according to the country's representative to the United Nations. Ambassador Gary Quinlan on Wednesday outlined  the programme of work for the Security Council during Australia’s presidency of the Council  in September. He told reporters that the Security Council front loaded a [...]

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UN entity works hard to get nuclear test ban treaty 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]

The United Nations entity overseeing a global treaty to ban nuclear tests will continue to work hard to get the necessary signatures and ratifications for the treaty to enter into force. That's what Lassina Zerbo, the new Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) told reporters on Wednesday. He [...]

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As Syrian crisis deepens, UNHCR and neighbouring states press for greater international assistance

Listen / High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres with ministers from Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan at the start of today's meeting in Geneva. [UNHCR/J-M.Ferre]

Ministers from Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey have joined with the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) to appeal for greater support to countries hosting Syrians fleeing the ongoing crisis in their homeland. Following a meeting in Geneva on Wednesday, they strongly appealed for the international community to overcome existing differences and join together to stop the [...]

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UNICEF continues massive humanitarian operation for Syria's children

Listen / Syrian children seek shelter in doorway. [UNICEF Photo]

As the number of Syria's refugees rises beyond 2 million – half of them children – UNICEFcontinues to provide urgent life-saving supplies to children inside Syria and in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt. UNICEF estimates that there has been a more than tenfold increase in the number of Syrian child refugees – from 70,000 [...]

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UNHCR and Syria's neighbours urge international community to unite to stop fighting in Syria

Listen / António Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, addresses a press conference on the mounting Syrian crisis. [UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré]

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and government ministers from four countries hosting Syrian refugees have called on the international community to come together to stop the fighting in Syria. The UNHCR chief and ministers from Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey met in Geneva on Wednesday to discuss the humanitarian crisis in the region [...]

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New report tells of documented extensive use of cluster munitions in Syria

Listen / Safe disposal of captured munitions by the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM)

The Syrian government forces have been extensively using cluster munitions to bombard civilian areas, according to the latest report published by the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. The Cluster Munitions Monitor report says Syrian forces had used cluster munitions extensively between June 2012 and June this year in at least 152 locations which resulted in [...]

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Billions remain unconnected to the Internet, says GA President

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

Despite the progress that has been made in accessing the Internet in developing countries, billions of people remain unconnected, according to the President of the General Assembly Vuk Jeremić. Mr. Jeremić spoke at a Panel Discussion on "Improving Connectivity in Eurasia" organized by the Permanent Mission of Azerbaijan to the United Nations on Wednesday. He [...]

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UN chief continues to press for a political solution to the Syrian crisis

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gives a Lecture at Saint Petersburg State University. [UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe]

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that he continues to press for a political resolution of the Syrian crisis. Mr. Ban spoke at Saint Petersburg State University in Russia on Wednesday before attending a meeting of the group of major economies known as the G20 starting in Saint Petersburg on Thursday. He told students [...]

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UN chief urges credible and peaceful elections in the Maldives

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The people of the Maldives are being urged to ensure that the upcoming presidential elections on Saturday 7 September will be conducted in a credible and peaceful manner. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a statement encourages all presidential candidates to respect the election results no matter who wins and asks that all stakeholders overcome their past [...]

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Food security situation in Sahel remains dire: FAO

Listen / Improved seed is distributed to farmers in the Sahel. [FAO Photo]

About 11 million people in the Sahel region of Africa still don't have enough food to meet their basic needs, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned on Wednesday. FAO says the semi-arid region, which stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea between the Sahara desert to the north and the Savannah [...]

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UNDP chief talks about gender and leadership with Forbes magazine

Listen / Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator

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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Syria using banned weapons in civilian areas

Listen / A shell lays in the middle of the street in Homs, Syria, a remnant of the heavy attack on the city.  UN Photo/David Manyua

Syrian government forces have been extensively using cluster munitions to bombard civilian areas, according to the latest report published by the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. The Cluster Munitions Monitor report says Syrian forces had used cluster munitions extensively between June 2012 and June this year in at least 152 locations which resulted in numerous [...]

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