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Caribbean countries call for review of criteria to access development funding

Listen / Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago.

The Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago has highlighted the plight of Caribbean countries which have addressed development challenges such as poverty yet remain shut out from access to financing. Kamla Persad-Bissessar told the UN General Assembly on Wednesday that countries in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) are still vulnerable due to a debt stock that [...]

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Palau wants to see oceans, non-communicable diseases, included in Sustainable Development Goals

Listen / Tommy Remengesau Jr.

The President of the Pacific island nation of Palau is calling for greater global action on behalf of the world's oceans. Speaking in the UN General Assembly on Wednesday evening, President Tommy Remengesau Jr. proposed that the oceans should have their own Sustainable Development Goal in the post-2015 development agenda. He said this was something [...]

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Adoption of ATT – an historic achievement by UN Member States: Eliasson

Listen / Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson  [UN Photo/Rick Bajornas]

Adoption of the Arms TradeTreaty was an historic achievement by the UN Member States, Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson told a High-level event on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on Wednesday. He said the Arms Trade Treaty is living proof that good things can be achieved when governments and civil society work together through the United [...]

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Kiribati President warns "calamity awaits low-lying islands"

Listen / President Anote Tong of Kiribati

The existential threat hanging over the island nation of Kiribati is still very real, its President Anote Tong told world leaders on Wednesday. During an afternoon session at the United Nations General Assembly, President Tong explained that the fight against the onslaught of the rising seas and storm surges continue. It has an impact on [...]

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Ban welcomes additional signatures to Arms Trade Treaty

Listen / UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

A number of countries on Wednesday signed the Arms Trade Treaty, pushing the total number of signatures to more than half of all United Nations Member States. The Secretary-General, as the depository of the Treaty, welcomes every signature to this important treaty, according to his Spokesperson Martin Nesirky. “At the same time, it is of [...]

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Antigua and Barbuda concerned by failure to fulfil aims of the Barbados Programme of Action

Listen / Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer

Of concern to Antigua and Barbuda are the failings of the international community in fulfilling the aims and objectives outlined in the Barbados Programme of Action on the sustainable development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer told the UN General Assembly that 2014 will mark the 20th anniversary of the first [...]

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Ethiopia: African leaders set development agenda for next 50 years

Listen / Hailemariam Dessalegn, Ethiopia's Prime Minister and Chair of the African Union

The Africa agenda over the next 50 years will be focused on initiating a "structural transformation" to eradicate poverty and ensure sustainable development. That's according to Ethiopia's Prime Minister and Chair of the African Union, Hailemariam Dessalegn. He informed the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday that African delegates were working on developing a common [...]

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Vietnamese teenager raises her voice on behalf of disabled youth

Listen / Crystal and Stevie Wonder push for inclusion for children with disabilities (PHOTO@UNICEF)

At her high school in Viet Nam, some students refer to Nguyen Phuong Anh as "X-Woman," comparing her to one of the mutant superheroes from the X-Men comics and films who use their powers for good. But the teenager, who was born with brittle bone disease, prefers to call herself "Crystal" as this name hints [...]

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World leaders review progress in meeting anti-poverty goals

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As world leaders continued the annual session of the General Assembly on Wednesday, they reviewed progress made in meeting the Millennium Development Goals or MDGs they set in the year 2000. The eight time-bound and measurable goals are aimed at combating poverty, hunger, illiteracy, gender inequality, disease and environmental degradation. It has been noted that [...]

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Timor-Leste: "Our experience shows value of the UN and negotiated solutions."

Listen / Taur Matan Rauk

Timor-Leste's partnership with the United Nations, throughout the last decade, has been a remarkable success. That's what the President Taur Matan Rauk shared with his counterparts on the third day of the United Nations General Assembly Debate. 2013 is the first year since, the Restoration of Independence of Timor-Leste, 11 years ago, without a United [...]

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UN "eager to support" a post-2015 development agenda, says Ban.

Listen / Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon exhorted world leaders attending the United Nations General Assembly debate in New York on Wednesday, to do "all they can to achieve the MDGs by the end of 2015." The MDGs or Millennium Development Goals are a set of targets set by the United Nations to eliminate world poverty and hunger [...]

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World leaders renew commitment to anti-poverty targets, agree to adopt new development Goals at 2015 Summit

Listen / Children in Kallayanpur slum, one of the urban slums in Dhaka. (UN Photo/Kibae Park)

World leaders agreed on Wednesday to scale up action against extreme poverty, hunger and disease and called for a 2015 Summit to adopt the next set of Goals to focus continued efforts after the target date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In the outcome document adopted at a Special Event on the MDGs, hosted [...]

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Countries commit to bring an end to sexual violence in conflict

Listen / A group of young children, all survivors of sexual abuse, are shown at a safe house in Monrovia, Liberia.(UN Photo/Staton Winter)

More than 100 countries have signed a declaration aimed at stamping out sexual violence in conflict. World leaders meeting at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday welcomed the document and pledged their support to survivors and the civil society groups which advocate on their behalf. Dianne Penn reports. Duration: 2'36"

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Tens of thousands displaced in Southern Philippines as violence continues

Listen / Displaced family in the Philippines (Credit: OCHA)

The situation in Zamboanga city, southern Philippines, and its surrounding areas is now a humanitarian crisis, as tens of thousands of people remain forcibly displaced, according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in the Philippines, Luiza Carvalho, expressed her concerns for the plight of [...]

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Over 100 countries pledge to act against sexual violence, rape in war.

Listen / A girl at the Mother and Child Health Center in Mogadishu, Somalia.(UN Photo/Tobin )Jones

113 countries have endorsed a historic new 'Declaration of Commitment to end Sexual Violence in Conflict.' The Declaration, launched on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, contains a set of practical and political commitments to end the use of rape and sexual violence as a weapon of war. Countries will [...]

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Do everything possible to accelerate action on the MDGs: GA president

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With less than 850 days left to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) target date, we must do everything possible to accelerate action and get the job done by 2015, President of the General Assembly Dr. John Ashe told a Special Event towards achieving the development goals. He said that fulfilling existing commitments must be our [...]

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Human rights situation in Sudan remains precarious, says UN Expert

Listen / Sudanese refugees

The human rights situation in Sudan remains precarious, with citizens being denied the full enjoyment of basic civil and political rights, according to a United Nations Human rights expert. Mashood Baderin the Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Sudan says the curtailment of the activities of civil society organizations, press censorship, arbitrary [...]

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Regional and global action consensus needed for international action: Museveni

Listen / Yoweri Museveni

Where there is need for international action, regional and global consensus should be sought, Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni told the UN General Assembly during its annual debate on global affairs. He said where there is need to fight for freedom, the oppressed people can fight for themselves. They do not have to be sponsored by [...]

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UN Human rights expert calls for political dialogue in Cambodia

Listen / Human Rights Council

Cambodia still has some way to go in promoting and protecting human rights and strengthening good governance, according to a UN human rights expert. Surya Prasad Subedi, Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Cambodia says although the recent general election was largely peaceful, failure by the government to facilitate prompt, impartial and [...]

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