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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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UN chief says G20 leadership is critical for global economic recovery

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The leadership of major economies known as G20 is critical for strengthening global economic recovery and working towards a more sustainable, just and prosperous world for all. That's what UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a letter to the G20 leaders meeting in Saint Petersburgh, Russia, to discuss global economic issues. Secretary-General Ban says it [...]

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