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Security Council urges countries to reaffirm commitment to peace in Great Lakes region

Mr. Gary Quinlan, Permanent Representative of Australia to the United Nations and Security Council President for the month of September. [UN Photo/Evan Schneider]

The Security Council is calling on countries in Africa's Great Lakes region to fulfil their commitments to achieve lasting peace and security. On Thursday the Council heard from Mary Robinson, Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region, and Martin Kobler, head of the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who briefed members [...]

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Secretary-General welcomes Syria's move to accede to chemical weapons treaty

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses a press conference on the latest developments related to the crisis in Syria. (from file) [UN Photo/Evan Schneider]

The UN Secretary-General has welcomed Syria's steps to become party to a treaty on chemical weapons. A statement issued by his spokesperson on Thursday says Ban Ki-moon received a letter from the Syrian government informing him that President Bashar Al-Assad has signed the legislative decree providing for the country's accession to the convention which prohibits [...]

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UNCTAD says domestic and regional markets are key to faster economic growth

UNCTAD Trade and Development Report 2013. [Photo: UNCTAD]

The United Nations agency dealing with trade and development says that developing and transition economies need to move toward a more balanced growth. In a report issued on Thursday, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) says these countries also need to give a greater role to domestic demand in their development strategies. The [...]

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UNCTAD: Domestic and regional markets key to faster economic growth

The Greek economy has been hard hit by five years of recession and premier Alexis Tsipras has no option but to hold a national poll, says rights expert Alfred de Zayas. Photo: UNCTAD

Five years after the onset of the global financial crisis the world economy remains in disarray, according to the a new report by the United Nations Conference on trade and Development (UNCTAD). In its annual Trade and Development Report, UNCTAD says developed countries must act more decisively to address the fundamental causes of the crisis, [...]

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UN Daily News 12 September 2013

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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World can save billions through Global Fund investments

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

A new report – "Cost of Inaction" – released Thursday today makes the case for world leaders to fully replenish the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. Officials at the Geneva-based Global Fund have calculated that they require $15 billion USD over the next three years to begin bringing the three big global [...]

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Positive impacts for women benefit society as a whole: new UN Women chief

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, new Executive Director of UN Women with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. [UN Photo/Evan Schneider]

The new Executive Director of UN Women says she will use the countdown to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as an opportunity to make progress in areas such as improving girls' access to education. Phumzile Mlambo-Ncguka was speaking to reporters in New York on Thursday during her first press conference since taking the helm [...]

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Top humanitarian officials call for more support for Yemen

Young girls collect water in Taiz, Yemen. [OCHA/Abdulelah Taqi]

Top UN humanitarian officials are calling for increased support, especially from the Gulf region, for humanitarian relief efforts in Yemen. United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator, Ms. Valerie Amos, and the Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Ms. Ertharin Cousin, speaking at the end of their joint visit, acknowledged the positive political developments [...]

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Youth call for more open governance in outcome document of ICT summit

BYND 2015 Summit. [Photo: ITU]

Young people from across the globe are calling for world leaders to provide more flexible, dynamic and open means of governing that will reach more people than at present. The call comes in the Youth Declaration stemming from the three-day BYND 2015 summit on development and information and communications technologies (ICT) held this week in [...]

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UN Day highlights benefits of South-South cooperation

United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation

The United Nations is this Thursday celebrating the ways developing countries are turning to each other to share knowledge and information on addressing concerns such as poverty and hunger. The UN Day for South-South Cooperation comes as international efforts intensify to achieve the eight Millennium Development Goals by the end of 2015. Rebecca Grynspan, Associate [...]

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Japan supports WFP efforts to boost food security in Zimbabwe


A $4.2 million contribution from Japan to the World Food Programme (WFP) will boost food and nutrition security among some of the poorest families in Zimbabwe, the UN agency announced on Thursday. WFP says the funding will go towards initiatives such as programmes to support vulnerable rural households as well as malnourished HIV/TB patients, women [...]

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Senior humanitarian official condemns "shocking" killing of aid workers in Central African Republic

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the Central African Republic Kaarina Immonen. [UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz]

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the Central African Republic has condemned the recent killing of two aid workers in the country. In a statement on Thursday, Kaarina Immonen described the incident, which took place on Saturday in the north-western town of Bossangoa, as "shocking." The aid workers were local employees with the Agency for Technological [...]

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