Home » 27 Sep 2013 Entries posted on “27 Sep 2013”

UN chief welcomes Security Council vote for elimination of Syria's chemical weapons

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

“Today's historic resolution is the first hopeful news on Syria in a long time.” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcoming the unanimous vote in the Security Council to endorse the decision of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to destroy Syria's chemical weapons. “Today's resolution will ensure that the elimination of the Syrian chemical [...]

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

OPCW adopts decision to destroy Syria's chemical weapons

Listen / opcw

The Executive Council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on Friday adopted a historic decision on the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons. In a special session, the 41-member body agreed on an accelerated programme for achieving the complete elimination of Syria's chemical weapons by mid-2014. The decision requires inspections in Syria [...]

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

UN Security Council votes unanimously to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons

Listen / Security Council Chamber

The UN Security Council voted unanimously Friday night to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons. Determining that the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic constitutes a threat to international peace and security, and that any use of chemical weapons anywhere constitutes a threat to international peace and security, the Council condemned in the strongest [...]

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

Significant strides made in people-centred approach to development and poverty alleviation: Prime Minister Gonsalves

Listen / Ralph Gonsalves

St. Vincent and the Grenadines continues to make significant strides in its people-centred approach to development and poverty alleviation. Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves told the UN General Assembly on Friday that this past June, the Caribbean State was one of 18 countries recognized by the UN Food and Agriculture organization (FAO) for achieving Millennium [...]

27 Sep 2013 | Posted in Caribbean News, Today's News | Read More »

Economic empowerment of women integral to effective post-conflict activities

Listen / Judy Cheng-Hopkins

Member States of the UN Peacebuilding Commission have adopted a declaration recognizing that economic empowerment of women is integral to the effectiveness of post-conflict economic activities, economic growth, and leads to improved recovery policies, and sustainable development. The Declaration calls for: Integrating a gender perspective in post-conflict economic recovery decisions; Taking measures to promote sustainable [...]

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

China seeks "no self gains" in Syria and will not "take sides".

Listen / Wang Yi

China says it is in favour of a UN Security Council resolution to support the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) plan to destroy Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons. OPCW, the international chemical weapons watchdog, is based in The Hague, Netherlands. In an address to the United Nations General Assembly on Friday, the [...]

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

As Yemen national dialogue nears end, challenges remain: UN envoy

Listen / Jamal Benomar

Yemen faces a critical juncture in its political transition, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council late on Friday. A Government of National Unity was elected in February 2012, following protests in the country that led to the resignation of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. The country has been undergoing a democratic transition [...]

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

Quartet on the Middle East briefed on progress in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations

Listen / John Kerry , United States Secretary of State

United States Secretary of State John Kerry has briefed Representatives of the Quartet on the Middle East on the progress in the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. The Quartet, made up the United Nations, the European Union, Russia and the United States received a joint briefing on the negotiations by the Israeli and Palestinian chief negotiators. The Quartet [...]

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

Latest IPCC findings a clarion call for global action to combat climate change

Listen / Christiana Figueres

The findings of the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) are a clarion call for the global community to accelerate efforts to combat climate change and steer humanity out of the danger zone, according to the Executive of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Christiana Figueres. On Friday, the UN [...]

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

UN pro-gay rights group pledges to tackle violence, discrimination globally

Listen / Navi Pillay, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

For the first time, a ministerial meeting was held on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly annual debate to discuss the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals. The UN LGBT Core Group includes countries such as France, Netherlands, Norway, the US, Brazil, Argentina, Croatia, El Salvador, Israel, Japan and the [...]

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

South Korea calls for "roll back" of North Korea's nuclear weapons programme

Listen / Yun Byung-se, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea

South Korea has called on the international community to unite to "roll back" North Korea's nuclear weapons programme. Yun Byung-se, the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea, the official name of South Korea, drew attention to the neighbour's ongoing weapons of mass destruction programme as the General Assembly continued its session on Friday. He [...]

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

Seychelles highlights maritime concerns in General Assembly speech

Listen / Danny Faure

The island nation of the Seychelles is calling for the sustainable development and protection of Africa's coastal areas and oceans. In his address to the UN General Assembly on Friday, Vice President Danny Faure suggested transforming oceans from being sources of raw products to a space where Africa's trade needs are prioritized. "The status quo [...]

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

JFK at the United Nations

Listen / John F. Kennedy, 1963

President of the United States John F. Kennedy addresses the UN General Assembly for the final time, during the “relative calm” of 1963. Language: English Genre: Speech 1963 Duration 29’05″

27 Sep 2013 | Posted in UN Radio Classics | Read More »

Tanzania intensifies efforts to modernize agriculture to fight poverty

Listen / 68th General Assembly, General Debate

Tanzania has been intensifying actions to transform and modernize its agriculture in order to fight poverty and improve food security. That's what Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete told the United Nations General Assembly as it continued its general debate on Friday. President Kikwete said his country has made significant progress in meeting the Millennium Development Goals [...]

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

Pakistan decries use of armed drones in war against terror

Listen / Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister of Pakistan

Terrorism is one of Pakistan's most urgent security challenges. That's what the country's Prime Minister told delegates on Friday during the United Nations General Assembly debate. Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan has resolved to use all means at its disposal to fight terrorism, but that it has also offered dialogue to end the violence. Mr. [...]

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

We must prioritise sustainable economic growth beyond 2015: Australia

Listen / Julie Bishop

We need to finish the job on the Millennium Development Goals, the Foreign Minister of Australia Ms. Julie Bishop told the 68th session of the UN General Assembly on Friday. She said beyond 2015, we must prioritise sustainable economic growth in the global development framework. She stressed that we should also provide the opportunity for [...]

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

Non-communicable diseases place increased burden on region's economies: St. Kitts-Nevis

Listen / Dr. Denzil Douglas, Prime Minister of St. Kitts- Nevis

The high incidence of Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) within the Caribbean places an increased burden on the region's open economies, which are highly vulnerable to external shocks and natural disasters, diverting resources which can be allocated to building quality infrastructure and precious human capital. That's what the Prime Minister of St. Kitts- Nevis Dr. Denzil Douglas [...]

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

United Kingdom "pleased” Iran nuke talks will resume in October

Listen / Nick Clegg

The Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom said he was "pleased" that negotiations with Iran's nuclear programme would restart in October. In his address to the United Nations General Assembly on Friday, Nick Clegg said he welcomed the 'encouraging words" of Iranian President Rouhani who said he wanted to "engage immediately in time-bound talks [...]

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

South Sudan making strides to "fix a war-devastated country"

Listen / James Wani Igga, Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan

South Sudan has had to build a country literally from scratch since it gained independence two years ago, its Vice-President said in his address to the United Nations General Assembly. James Wani Igga said efforts were being made to "fix" the former "war-devastated country." South Sudan gained independence from its northern neighbour Sudan in 2011, [...]

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

INDONESIA #39: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

Listen / Asian Voices logo

Duration: 10’14″

27 Sep 2013 | Posted in Asian Voices | Read More »

PGA urges Non-Aligned Movement to encourage development of new Southern partnerships

Listen / John Ashe

In the face of numerous complex global challenges, both enduring and emerging, the solidarity of the member States of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) is more critical than ever, President of the UN General Assembly Dr. John Ashe told a Ministerial Meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) on Friday. He said against a backdrop of increasing [...]

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

UN Radio News 27 September 2013

Listen /

News and features from United Nations Radio.

27 Sep 2013 | Posted in | Read More »

Protect our water resources: CTO Chairman on World Water Day

Listen / Kaieteur Falls in Guyana

Sustainable tourism can be a source of competitive advantage for the Caribbean region as more visitors choose to invest in green vacations, that according to the chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), Beverly Nicholson-Doty, in a message to mark World Tourism Day on Friday 27 September, 2013. She said water is such a natural [...]

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

World leaders discuss nuclear disarmament

Listen / Storax Sedan (yield 104 kt) - shallow underground nuclear test conducted by the United States on 6 July 1962 at Nevada Test Site. The main purpose of the detonation was to asses the non military dimension of a nuclear explosion. Image in the public domain

For the past 13 years, since the signing of the United Nations Millennium Declaration in 2000, world leaders have been striving to eliminate weapons of mass destruction, particularly nuclear weapons.  During a United Nations nuclear disarmament conference held on the sides of the UN General Assembly debate in New York, Iran took the floor as [...]

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

Syria's chemical weapons programme is put before Security Council

Listen / Security Council Chamber

After what has been described as "intense diplomacy and negotiations" on a response to Syria's chemical weapons programme, diplomats at the United Nations have come up with a draft resolution. The representatives of the United States and Russia announced on Thursday afternoon that they have reached a compromise draft resolution on the matter. Concern about [...]

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

IOM welcomes Swedish funding to protect Haiti camp dwellers

Listen / Camp in Haiti

A $2 million donation from Sweden will be used to protect people in Haiti who are living in camps nearly four years after a devastating earthquake, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported on Friday. The funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency will boost protection for residents in camps facing eviction, with high [...]

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

Ban urges remaining States to sign and ratify CTBT

Listen / Ban Ki-moon

A comprehensive ban on nuclear tests is an indispensable step on the road to a nuclear-weapon-free world. And it is the only fitting response to the hopes of those people who have suffered most from the production, testing and use of these weapons, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday in remarks to the Eighth Conference on [...]

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

UN humanitarian agency assists displaced in DRC's Orientale province

Listen / Displaced people north of Dungu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Orientale province (© UNHCR/S.Schulman)

Ten people have been killed and more than 100,000 others are in urgent need of assistance after a month of escalating violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, the UN Humanitarian Affairs office (OCHA) reported on Friday. It says fighting between government forces and an armed group known as Forces de Résistance Patriotiques [...]

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

Gambia has made impressive gains on some MDGs: President Jammeh

Listen / Alhaji Yahya Jammeh

The 2013 MDGs report on Africa’s performance reveals mixed results, the President of Gambia Professor Alhaji Yahya Jammeh told the 68th session of the UN General Assembly on Friday. He said while Africa’s substantial progress toward many goals, targets and indicators is beyond doubt, serious challenges still remain, especially in translating economic growth into decent [...]

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

Today is World Tourism Day

Listen / world-tourism-day-1

Today is World Tourism Day – the day set aside in the United Nations calendar to celebrate tourism: a sector driving economic growth and development worldwide. World Tourism Day is being held under the theme: "Tourism and Water: Protecting our Common Future", in line with the United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation. UN World [...]

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

UNHCR welcomes Brazil's announcement to grant visas to Syrian refugees

Listen / Syrian refugees and asylum-seekers gather informally on a Sao Paulo street. (© UNHCR/K.Fusaro)

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has welcomed Brazil's decision to issue special humanitarian visas to people affected by the Syrian conflict. UNHCR says Brazilian embassies in countries neighbouring Syria will be responsible for issuing travel visas to people wanting to seek refuge there, and claims for asylum will need to be presented on arrival in [...]

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

Lack of accessibility a key barrier to the full participation of persons with disabilities

Listen / Maxine McClean

NARRATOR:  The internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), cannot be achieved without incorporating the rights and perspective of persons with disabilities in the mainstream development agenda. That, according to Barbados' Minister of Foreign Affairs Maxine McClean. She told a High-level meeting on the Way Forward: A Disability-Inclusive Development Agenda that this [...]

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

Persons with disabilities must have a voice: The Bahamas

Listen / Melanie Griffin

NARRATOR:  We must ensure that persons with disabilities have a voice in the elaboration of the post-2015 development framework, the Minister of Social Services and Community Development of the Bahamas Melanie Griffin told a UN High-level meeting on the Realization of the Millennium Development Goals and other Internationally Agreed development Goals for persons with Disabilities. [...]

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

Today is World Tourism Day

Listen / world-tourism-day-1

Today is World Tourism Day – the day set aside in the United Nations calendar to celebrate tourism: a sector driving economic growth and development worldwide. World Tourism Day is being held under the theme: "Tourism and Water: Protecting our Common Future", in line with the United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation. UN World [...]

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

Countries commit to bring an end to sexual violence in conflict

Listen / UN Photo/Albert Gonzalez Farran

More than 100 countries have signed a declaration aimed at stamping out sexual violence in conflict. The Declaration follows on from a campaign launched in May 2012 calling on governments to confront the use of rape as a weapon of war. Malawi's President reflects on challenges to achieving the MDGs In her address to the [...]

27 Sep 2013 | Posted in Women | Read More »

Human influence likely dominant cause of global warming, say climate experts

Listen / Monsoon flooding in Pakistan

Leading climate experts have singled out human influence as the most likely dominant cause of global warming. A report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says global warming is unequivocal, adding that global temperatures have risen successively over the past three decades. The panel says its assessment of scientific evidence finds that the [...]

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

Somalia urges international community to step up support against Al-Shabaab

Listen / Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, President of the Federal Republic of Somalia

Somali President Hassan Sheik Mohamud is calling for greater support from the international community to help the country’s forces and African Union troops battle the militant group Al-Shabaab. While he said Al-Shabaab is "on the run," the President stressed that there needs to be a sustained global effort to defeat the terrorist group: ideologically, financially [...]

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

Caribbean Tourism Organization chief calls for legislation that regulates waste disposal in Caribbean waters

Listen / Caribbean beach

The head of the Caribbean region's tourism development agency has called for legislation to regulate the disposal of waste in Caribbean waters. Hugh Riley, the Secretary-General of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) in a keynote address at the opening of the 2nd Sustainable Conference in St. Eustatius on Wednesday, said the Caribbean had a responsibility [...]

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

Winning design announced for the Permanent Memorial in Honour of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Listen / Judges, Rodney Leon and the "Ark of Return," the winning design for the Permanent Memorial in Honour of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Photo: UN/DPI

The Ark of Return, the winning design of an international competition for the Permanent Memorial in Honour of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade was unveiled by the Secretary-General at a ceremony at UN Headquarters attended by dignitaries and senior UN officials on Monday afternoon. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in unveiling the [...]

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

The new Memorial will be a permanent voice to those who had no say in their destinies: Dr. John Ashe

Listen / General Assembly President, Dr. John Ashe of Antigua and Barbuda

"We are gathered here today to collectively remember that the tragic era of the transatlantic slave trade marked a traumatic period felt primarily and painfully in the history of the peoples of African descent, General Assembly President Dr. John Ashe of Antigua and Barbuda said at the announcement of the winning design of an international [...]

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

Tourism, poverty reduction and gender equality: ILO

Listen / Tourism, poverty reduction and gender equality.   ILO /Jiang Qianlan/Xinhua 2013

Over the past decades, tourism has become a major source of growth and employment around the world and a key driver of poverty reduction. These trends are expected to accelerate during the next decade, says a new report from the International Labor organisation (ILO). According to the latest ILO data, published in a working paper [...]

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

UN Radio Daily News Programme
UN Radio Daily News Programme
Updated at 1800 GMT, Monday to Friday
Loading the player ...

CONNECT

 

August 2014
M T W T F S S
« Jul    
 123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728293031