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Ultimate Guru of Cool talks about Caribbean Tourism

Listen / International trends consultant Daniel Levine

The "Ultimate Guru of Cool" is to deliver the ultimate lessons on perfect visitor experiences and authenticity to hundreds of the Caribbean's most influential tourism minds at the region's leading tourism conference. The international trends consultant, Daniel Levine, will deliver the keynote address at the State of the Industry Conference which takes place in Martinique [...]

13 Sep 2013 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

CTO prepares for State of the Industry Conference

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The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) holds its State of the Industry Conference (#SOTIC2013) in Martinique in mid-October. The conference has its theme, "Perfecting the Experience. Delivering Authenticity", reflecting the seriousness with which the CTO views total customer satisfaction, said Hugh Riley, the organization's secretary general. To this end, the CTO has launched a Total Visitor [...]

13 Sep 2013 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Countries call for closer tourism and air transport policies at UNWTO General Assembly

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Delegations from the 120 UN World Tourism Organisation Members States Assembly discussed air transport policies in their respective countries and called for measures and initiatives to increase connectivity. Countries further called for closer collaboration between tourism and air transport policies Issues such as visa facilitation, the need to make airports more visitor friendly, taxation, open [...]

13 Sep 2013 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

UN fund allocates $50 million for humanitarian support to displaced Syrians

Listen / UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos.

A UN humanitarian fund has allocated $50 million to boost the work of UN agencies assisting Syrians affected by the ongoing crisis in their homeland. The allocation from the Central Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) is the largest ever single contribution to support coordinated response to a single crisis and represents a show of solidarity with [...]

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UN Daily News 13 September 2013

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Tanzania does well in reducing child mortality: UNICEF

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Approximately 90 million children's lives have been saved over the past two decades, according to a new report by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). The agency says that the number of children who die before they reach five years of age has fallen from 12.6 million in 1990 to 6.6 million in 2012. UNICEF attributes [...]

13 Sep 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN humanitarian team ready to assist Philippines in the wake of deadly fighting

Listen / UN Resident Coordinator in the Philippines Luiza Carvalho. [Photo adapted from the United Nations in the Philippines Facebook page]

The UN humanitarian team in the Philippines stands ready to assist the government in its efforts to help people affected by deadly clashes between national forces and a rebel group on the southernmost island of Mindanao. Luiza Carvalho, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the country, issued a statement on Friday calling for the protection of civilians [...]

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

Lifesaving interventions drive down child mortality rates: UNICEF

Listen / An infant obtains essential nutrients from a ready-to-use therapeutic food, at a UNICEF-supported feeding centre in the Guéra region of Chad. [Photo: UNICEF]

Concerted global and national action over the past two decades has saved the lives of approximately 90 million children, according to a report released on Friday by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). The agency says effective and affordable treatments, as well as sustained political commitment, helped contribute to the drop in under-five deaths from 12.6 [...]

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

IAEA supports the fight against cancer in Africa

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Cancer cases are increasing in Africa, but the continent doesn't have enough trained technicians and healthcare professionals who can help to prevent, detect and treat cancer. The Virtual University of Cancer Control and Regional Training Network or VUCCnet is an e-learning and traditional teaching approach to improve the capacity of African countries to tackle cancer. [...]

13 Sep 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN, US and Russia push for diplomatic solution to Syrian crisis

Listen / US Secretary of State John Kerry, UN-Arab League Envoy on Syria Lakhdar Brahimi and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during a press conference at Palais des Nations in Geneva. [UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre]

Top diplomats from the United States, Russia and the United Nations on Friday held discussions in Geneva to find a solution to the ongoing crisis in Syria. The latest meeting has been prompted by the alleged chemical weapons attack on civilians in a suburb of the Syrian capital, Damascus, on 21 August. More than 1, 400 [...]

13 Sep 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Syrian refugee family in limbo in Iraq

Listen / Peroz Ismail. [Adapted from UNIFEED]

The ongoing fighting in Syria has forced more than two million people to seek refuge in neighbouring countries. UN Emergency Relief coordinator Valerie Amos says this exodus is creating a humanitarian crisis the extent of which the world has rarely seen. This feature tells the story of a new mother who is concerned about the [...]

13 Sep 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UNHCR reports sharp rise in Syrians arriving by sea in Italy

Listen / A customs boat enters a port in southern Italy after searching for boats carrying Syrian refugees hoping to reach Europe. [UNHCR/F.Noy]

The number of Syrians arriving by boat in southern Italy has increased, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). The agency estimates that 4,600 Syrians have arrived in the country by sea so far this year, two-thirds of them in August alone. UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards told journalists in Geneva on Friday that the latest [...]

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

Syrian Government forces accused of deliberately targeting medical facilities

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The International Commission of Inquiry on Syria says the deliberate targeting of hospitals, medical personnel and ambulances, denial of access to medical care, and ill-treatment of the sick and wounded, are the most alarming features of the Syrian conflict. In a report to the UN Human Rights Council, the Commission says government forces and affiliated [...]

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New UN Women chief outlines her vision for collaboration and cooperation

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

Phumzile Mlambo-Ncguka, the new head of UN Women, this week held her first press conference since taking the helm of the agency in July. She 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.     [...]

13 Sep 2013 | Posted in Women | Read More »

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 on Monday by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. Speaking in the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Ms. Pillay said the civilian population continues to suffer in Syria. Derrick Mbatha reports.   Liberalization boosts growth in Myanmar [...]

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

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