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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 Daily News 9 September 2013

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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

Listen / Fahmida Faiza

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

Listen / UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay

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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