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

Listen / UN Emergency Relief and Humanitarian Coordinator Valerie Amos

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 [...]

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

Secretary-General calls for increased humanitarian response to Syrian crisis

Listen / Syrian children affected by the conflict.

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

Listen / Briefing by the Unied Nations Information Service ( UNIS ).

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 [...]

6 Sep 2013 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

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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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

Listen / IOM worker in Haiti

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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