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Persons with disabilities are a "resource of society" UN official

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  Persons with disabilities can make their own contribution to society, says a senior United Nations official dealing with social policy and development. Daniela Bas from the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs spoke to reporters on Friday ahead of the first ever meeting of world leaders to discuss disabilities and development. She said [...]

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Caribbean prepares for State of the Tourism Industry Conference

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The State of the Industry Conference (SOTIC) is the Caribbean's leading tourism conference, bringing together decision-makers from the public and private sectors, academics, travel professionals and journalists from the region and around the world. This year's event is themed, "Perfecting the Experience; Delivering Authenticity," delegates will explore a range of elements that are critical to [...]

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Countdown to World Tourism Day 2013

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With one week left until World Tourism Day (WTD) on 27 September, preparations are on the final stretch in the Maldives, the host of this year's official celebrations, and in many countries around the world around the 2013 theme, "Tourism and Water: Protecting our Common Future". As the most important international observance day for tourism, [...]

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

New General Assembly president calls for increased cooperation among Member States

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Calling for increased cooperation among Member States, the new President of the General Assembly Ambassador John Ashe of Antigua and Barbuda said that the upcoming year would be pivotal for the 193-nation organ as it sought to identify the parameters of the post-2015 development agenda. Ambassador Ashe made his comments at the opening of the [...]

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Over 4,100 Syrian children cross borders without parents or adults

Listen / UNICEF and partners are working to identify and protect Syrian children who have taken the perilous journey to Za'atari refugee camp, Jordan – alone.

More than 4,000 Syrian children have crossed the border into neighbouring countries without parents or adult relatives, according to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). The agency says the figure only includes children that have been identified and registered and the real numbers "are evidently higher". UNICEF Spokesperson Marixie Mercado says each of the Syrian [...]

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UN Chief firmly committed to the power of partnerships

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We need businesses to advance innovations and forge collaborations that can have transformative impacts on some of the toughest issues we face, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in remarks Friday at the Global Compact Leaders Summit in New York. The Secretary-General said he's firmly committed to the power of partnerships, working with business and all [...]

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UN Daily News 20 September 2013

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World leaders to tackle issue of people with disabilities

Listen / 23 September 2013

Next week, the United Nations will hold the first ever high-level meeting on disability in New York. Just a day before the start of the general debate in the General Assembly, heads of state will discuss how to include disability in the development agenda. At that meeting on Monday, world leaders are expected to adopt [...]

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

UN health agency welcomes meeting of world leaders on people with disabilities

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The World Health Organization (WHO) welcomes the forthcoming agreement at a first ever United Nations high-level meeting on people with Disabilities. WHO says the meeting, scheduled for the 23 September before the start of the general debate in the General Assembly, will further improve access to health care and related services for people with disabilities. [...]

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Results show dramatic gains in the fight against AIDS, TB and Malaria: Global Fund

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Significant gains have been made in the treatment of people living with HIV and in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of the virus, according to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. New results out Friday show that 5.3 million people living with HIV are receiving antiretroviral therapy under programs supported by the [...]

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Asia-Pacific region remains off-track in meeting hunger, health and sanitation MDGs – report

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Zero poverty, better quality education and accountable government top the agenda for Asia and the Pacific as countries look to the future and their "unfinished business" with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). A new UN report notes that while the Asia-Pacific region has made progress in pulling millions out of poverty, it remains off track [...]

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Global CEO's remain committed to sustainability: Study

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More than two thirds of chief executives – 67 percent – believe that business is not doing enough to address global sustainability challenges, according to a survey by the United Nations Global Compact and Accenture (NYSE: ACN). Amid evidence that CEOs are strongly committed to embedding sustainability throughout their organizations, the vast majority now call [...]

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

Children bear brunt of crisis in Central African Republic: UNICEF

Listen / Thousands of people have been forced from their homes by fresh fighting in the capital, adding to the previous CAR total or some 206,000 IDPs (© UNHCR/D.Mbaiorem)

Nearly 3,500 children have been recruited into various armed groups in the Central African Republic, according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). The agency says both government forces and rebel groups have been actively recruiting both boys and girls as child soldiers since the onset of the current political crisis in December 2012. It points [...]

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UN Human rights chief urges Iran to "create space" for human rights defenders

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The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has welcomed the release earlier this week of 12 political prisoners in Iran and urged the Government to build on this positive step to end the harassment of human rights defenders. Among those released was Ms. Nasrin Sotoudeh, an internationally recognized human rights activist and recipient of the [...]

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UN panel hears of widespread human rights violations in North Korea

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Dozens of North Koreans exiles provided sobering accounts of torture, sexual violence, arbitrary detention, abduction and other violations, when they testified during public and private hearings held last month in Seoul and Tokyo. The hearings were organized by a UN Commission of Inquiry into the human rights situation in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, [...]

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Congolese nun honoured with prestigious UN refugee award

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A Roman Catholic nun from the Democratic Republic of Congo has won the United Nations Refugee Agency's top prize for 2013. The Nansen Refugee Award honours an individual, group or organization for their extraordinary and dedicated service to refugees, displaced or stateless people. She will receive her prize and a medal at a ceremony in [...]

20 Sep 2013 | Posted in Women | Read More »

More children in Ethiopia thriving beyond their fifth birthday

Listen / Even in remote parts of Ethiopia, more children are thriving beyond their fifth birthday.

In the past decade, Ethiopia has managed to slash child mortality rates by half, rising in the global rank from 146 in 2000 to 68 in 2012. That's according to a new report by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) entitled “A Promise Renewed" which examines trends in child mortality since 1990. One of the reasons [...]

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