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UN listens to "A Million Voices" to help set global development agenda

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and and UNDP Administrator Helen Clark with young attendees of a press conference launching the

More than one million people, half of them under the age of 30, have participated in a year-long "global conversation" aimed at shaping the future, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told journalists in New York on Tuesday. Alongside UN Development Programme (UNDP) chief Helen Clark, and surrounded by school-age children, Mr. Ban launched the report 'A [...]

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UN convoy brings humanitarian aid to displaced in Myanmar's Kachin state

Listen / A UN relief convoy delivering assistance to communities cut-off by conflict in northern Myanmar's Kachin State. [Photo: OCHA ]

The first aid convoy in nearly two years has delivered food, medicine and other supplies to 4,300 displaced people in a town in Myanmar's Kachin state, the UN Humanitarian Affairs Office (OCHA) reports. The agency says the convoy, which set out for the eastern town of Laiza on Saturday, was on its way back to [...]

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Trial of Kenyan Deputy President starts in The Hague

Listen / William Ruto at the opening of his trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands. [Photo: ICC-CPI]

Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto has become the first serving government official to stand trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC). Mr. Ruto and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, who were rivals during the 2007 elections in Kenya, are accused of organizing the violence that followed the results of the elections. Approximately 1,000 people died in [...]

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We must do more to save children from scourge of conflict says UN envoy

Listen / The park's playground teems with newly arrived Syrian refugee children. UNHCR/S. Baldwin

As the war in Syria continues unabated, children continue to bear the brunt of the conflict, says the Secretary-General's Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict. Leila Zerrougi, on a recent visit to Syria, met with many children and their families who expressed the horrors of the conflict, their fears and their preoccupation for their [...]

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UN Environment Programme welcomes G20 plan to reduce HFC emissions

Listen / Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Director UN Environment Programme. (UNEP photo).

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) on Tuesday welcomed an agreement by leaders of industrialized nations to renew efforts to reduce the emission of potent greenhouse gases known as hydrofluorocarbons. UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner described the declaration made during last week's G20 summit in Russia as "another positive signal" towards reaching a universal climate agreement [...]

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Kenya's Deputy President pleads innocent to war crimes charges

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Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto has pleaded not guilty to charges of crimes against humanity before the International Criminal Court. Mr Ruto Mr Ruto is accused of being criminally responsible as an indirect co-perpetrator of the 2007/08 post election violence in which over 1,200 people were killed and thousands displaced. His co-accused Joshua arap Sang, [...]

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Jordan and UN launch new partnership platform for refugee-hosting communities

Listen / Syrian refugees wait at a UNHCR distribution centre in Za'atri refugee camp in Jordan. [UNHCR/J.Tanner]

The Government of Jordan launched on Tuesday in Amman a new partnership platform that will enable the United Nations Development Group and the donor community to scale up their support to national efforts to cope with the spill over effects of the Syrian crisis on human development in the kingdom, in a planned and coordinated [...]

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Saudi Arabia contributes $10 million to assist Palestinian refugees from Syria

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Saudi Arabia has responded to the Syria Appeal of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) with a generous donation of US$ 10 million, through its Saudi Fund for Development. A statement from UNRWA says the ongoing conflict in Syria is increasingly encroaching on UNRWA camps, and the Agency estimates that [...]

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Conflict keeps millions of children out of school: UN expert

Listen / Leila Zerrougui, UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict.

Although schools worldwide are about to reopen, conflict is keeping millions of children out of the classroom, a senior UN official told the Human Rights Council on Tuesday. Leila Zerrougui, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative on Children and Armed Conflict, reported that nearly two million Syrian youngsters had dropped out of school due to the [...]

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First group of Syrian refugees heads for Germany

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

A group of 107 highly vulnerable Syrian refugees will leave Lebanon this Wednesday for temporary relocation in Germany, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) reports. The new arrivals will be the first Syrian refugees to enter Germany under the country's temporary Humanitarian Assistance Programme which provides for up to 5,000 places for Syrian refugees. UNHCR spokesperson [...]

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UN study in Asia-Pacific finds nearly half of men surveyed committed sexual violence against women

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A United Nations survey of 10,000 men in Asia and the Pacific finds that nearly half had used physical and/or sexual violence against a woman partner. The study, released on Tuesday, also reveals that nearly one-quarter of respondents reported perpetrating rape against women or girls, the majority of whom experienced no legal consequences. The survey [...]

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UNICEF: Syria conflict leaves invisible scars on children

Listen / Children form a line outside the school at Za'atari camp in northern Jordan. [Photo: UNICEF/Simon Ingram]

Prolonged exposure to violence and stress, multiple displacement, loss of friends and family members, and a severe deterioration in living conditions are leaving the children of Syria with lasting scars, according to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). The agency says parents are reporting that their children are experiencing frequent nightmares and exhibiting reckless and [...]

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