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Ambassadors sing for peace

Ambassadors Sing for Peace CD

United Nations Ambassadors gearing up for the 68th session of the General Assembly took a break from their schedule last week to set diplomacy aside and sing for peace. The Ambassadors from Canada, Cape Verde, Costa Rica, Nauru and Romania have recorded a compilation of popular songs of peace which promote the ideals of the [...]

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UN mission confirms use of chemical weapons in Syria

Secretary-General briefs Press on Syria report .  UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged the Security Council to act urgently to ensure enforcement and compliance with the agreement reached over the weekend between the Russian Federation and the United States on a framework to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons. The Secretary-General submitted the report of the chemical weapons investigation team to the Security [...]

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UN Radio News 16 September 2013

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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UN nuclear agency makes progress in improving nuclear safety

IAEA inspectors conducting verification activities on fresh nuclear fuel - IAEA

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is making steady progress in strengthening nuclear security since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident in Japan. That's what the head of the IAEA, Yukiya Amano said at the start of the agency's annual General Conference in Vienna, Austria on Monday. In his opening statement, Mr. Amano outlined the Agency’s [...]

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Investigators confirm chemical weapons used in the Syrian conflict

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (file photo).

The conclusion is that chemical weapons have been used in the ongoing conflict between the parties in the Syrian Republic, also against civilians, including children on a relatively large scale. That assessment comes in the conclusion of the report submitted to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon by the UN Mission to Investigate Allegations of the Use of [...]

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Syria Commission of Inquiry to conduct its own chemical weapons investigation

Paulo Pinheiro, Chairman of the Commission of Inquiry on Syria.  UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon briefed the Security Council on Monday on the findings of the report of the UN mission looking into chemical weapons use in Syria. Meanwhile, the International Commission of Inquiry on Syria has announced that it too will conduct an investigation, this time to establish who was behind the 21 August chemical [...]

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UN chief commends General Assembly as it concludes 67th session

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has commended the General Assembly for what he calls "a number of significant achievements" it realized in the past year. Speaking as the Assembly concluded its 67th session on Monday, Secretary-General Ban said the international community has reached another notable year on the United Nations calendar. Mr. Ban identified some [...]

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Ghanaian student activist advocates for UN work in his country

Model UN delegates at the UN

Students from around the world gathered at the United Nations recently to participate in a workshop on the rules and procedures of the UN for Model UN organizers and participants. Model UN simulates the United Nations General Assembly or Security Council and other multilateral bodies with students assuming the role of ambassadors. During the workshop [...]

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Security problems remain "predominant concern" in Libya: UN envoy

Tarek Mitri

Security continues to be a major concern for the Libyan people, according to the top United Nations envoy and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya. Briefing the Security Council on the situation in Libya on Monday, Tarek Mitri said tension among various political, ethnic and armed groups has escalated into confrontation in various [...]

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UN agriculture agency warns of re-emergence of bird flu viruses

Nuclear technologies are being adapted by the UN to diagnose animal and bird diseases. FAO File Photo/Tariq Tinazay

Two strains of the bird flu virus continue to pose serious threats to human and animal health, especially in view of the upcoming flu season. The warning has come from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) about the threats of the H7N9 and H5N1 avian influenza viruses. The agency continues to call for funds [...]

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UN Human Rights Council told of atrocities against civilians in Syria

Press Encounter with Mr. Paulo Pinheiro, Chairman of the Commission of the Inquiry on Syria. [UN Photo/Rick Bajornas]

The International Commission of Inquiry on Syria says it was conducting its own independent investigations to establish who was to blame for the August 21 chemical attack in Damascus. Addressing the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Commission Chairman Sérgio Pinheiro said it was within the commission’s mandate to establish who is to blame for [...]

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