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There is hope and optimism in Somalia but challenges remain

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• The Security Council met this week for a briefing on Somalia. It was told that the country continues to make progress in rebuilding state institutions and restoring peace and order. However, it was also warned that the situation remains fragile with Al-Shabaab insurgents still posing a threat. Doctor in DR Congo helps restore dignity [...]

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Commission of Inquiry holds public hearings on human rights in DPRK

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Members of the UN-mandated Commission of Inquiry on human rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) were in New York this week to brief the General Assembly's Third Committee, which deals with social, humanitarian and cultural issues. The Commission has held public hearings in Seoul, Tokyo and London where North Koreans who have [...]

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ICC continues to work to strengthen rule of law says its president

Listen / Judge Sang-Hyun Song

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has continued its work to strengthen the rule of law and promote peace, security and human rights everywhere. That's what the President of the ICC, Judge Sang-Hyun Song, said on Thursday during the presentation of its annual report to the UN General Assembly. He gave a snapshot of the court's [...]

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Education is a challenge for South Sudan

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One of the challenges facing the new African nation of South Sudan is providing education to its children. Decades of war have left almost three-quarters of adults illiterate in the country. Since South Sudan seceded from the north in July 2011, it has struggled to build an education system for children and to educate the [...]

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Making roads safer: more needs to be done to save lives

Listen / Etienne Krug

Recently, a packed bus in India crashed some 800 kilometres from the capital, New Delhi, while trying to overtake a car on the highway. Media reports say 45 people were burnt alive. Each year, nearly 1.3 million people die and between 20 million and 50 million more are injured as a result of road crashes, [...]

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Expert recommends less emphasis on elections and more focus on the electoral process

Listen / Maina Kiai

A United Nations independent expert says the world is increasingly taking a narrow perspective on elections. Maina Kiai, the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of peaceful assembly and association, believes more emphasis is placed on election day than on the process leading up to the vote. Mr. Kiai this week briefed the UN General [...]

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World Court reports progress in its work to General Assembly

Listen / Peter Tomka

The International Court of Justice is now able to hear cases brought before it faster since it has cleared its backlog of cases, according to its President, Peter Tomka. Mr. Tomka on Thursday presented the annual report of the court to the UN General Assembly. He said during the last 12 months, the court has [...]

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UN chief concerned about violence in Bangladesh

Listen / UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed concern over the outbreak of violence in Bangladesh this week. His Spokespersons' office issued a statement on Thursday following reports of the deaths of at least two people in clashes during a strike that has been reportedly called by the opposition to force the government to resign. There [...]

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UN Daily News 31 October 2013

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ICC postpones trial of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta

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The International Criminal Court (ICC) has decided to postpone the trial of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to February next year. The Kenyan leader was originally scheduled to appear before the ICC, based in The Hague, the Netherlands, on 12 November to face charges related to the post election violence in 2007 and 2008. He is [...]

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UN Committee urges Djibouti to curb violence against women

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The United Nations Human Rights Committee has urged the government of Djibouti to effectively enforce laws aimed at protecting women from violence. The committee noted that many women in Djibouti were victims of domestic violence including marital rape which is not considered a crime in the country. In observations made after concluding its 109th session [...]

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Syria completes destruction of chemical weapons production facilities and mixing plants

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The government of Syria has completed the destruction of critical equipment for all of its declared production facilities for chemical weapons. That's according to the joint mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations monitoring these activities. It says Syria's declared chemical weapons production facilities as well as [...]

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Syrian leaders and some opposition groups express readiness to participate in Geneva II conference

Listen / Lakhdar Brahimi

Syrian authorities have confirmed their willingness to participate in an international conference aimed at ending the ongoing crisis in the country. That is one of the outcomes of UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi's visit to Syria and other countries in the Middle East to shore up support for the conference. Although no date has been [...]

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Syrian government willing to attend Geneva II, says spokesperson for UN-Arab League envoy

Listen / Khawla Mattar

The Syrian government is willing to attend an international conference to find a solution to the conflict in the country. That's what Khawla Mattar, spokesperson for the joint United Nations-Arab League envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi, told UN Radio on Thursday. Mr. Brahimi met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday and with the Foreign Minister the [...]

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Syrian refugee women learn to make Turkish rugs

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Syrian women living in a refugee camp in Southern Turkey are being taught the techniques of traditional carpet making. Adiyaman camp hosts 10,000 Syrian refugees fleeing violence in their country. The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, says the project was set up by camp management with help and money from the local municipality. Jocelyne Sambira has [...]

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There is hope and optimism in Somalia but challenges remain

Listen / Somali Foreign Minister Fawziya Yusuf Haji Adan

Somalia continues to make progress in rebuilding state institutions and restoring peace and order since the election of President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud in September 2012, but challenges remain That's what the Security Council was told on Wednesday as it met to hear a briefing on the situation in the Horn of Africa country. Somalia's Foreign [...]

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Veteran diplomat thinks world is "on the right path" in promoting south-south cooperation

Listen / Robert Van Lierop

Solutions from developing countries geared at meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are being showcased this week at the Global South-South Development Expo in Nairobi, Kenya. The expo, which runs through Friday, is the first forum solely from the south and for the south, and looks at issues such as building green economies, sustainable development [...]

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UN chief deplores announcement of further Israel settlement plans in West Bank

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has deplored the announcement of further Israeli settlement plans in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. On Wednesday the Israeli government reportedly announced plans to build 1, 500 new units at the Ramat Shlomo Jewish settlement in occupied East Jerusalem. The announcement was made hours after it freed 26 Palestinian [...]

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Teen pregnancy: "Don't blame the girl," says UNFPA

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Every year, more than seven million girls in poor countries are giving birth before they turn 18, according to a new report by the UN Population Fund. UNFPA's flagship report, The State of the World Population 2013, puts a particular emphasis on girls 14 and younger who are at higher risk for maternal death and [...]

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Pakistan urged to urgently vaccinate children against polio

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Pakistan is being urged to urgently take necessary steps to ensure that all children are assessed and vaccinated against polio. The call is contained in one of the resolutions to be adopted by the World Health Organization (WHO)'s Regional Committee of the Eastern Mediterranean which is concluding its session in Muscat, Oman on Wednesday. The [...]

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UN expert praises Africa's commitment to the right to adequate food

Listen / Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food.

The African Union is sending an important signal by using this year's Africa Day for Food and Nutrition Security to buttress the concept of the "right to adequate food" as an organizing framework for policies and strategies to address food and nutrition insecurity on the continent. This was the message from Olivier De Schutter, UN [...]

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UN deputy chief says Somali forces need support for peacebuilding

Listen / Jan Eliasson

Somali forces need a significant temporary boost for required peacebuilding and to respond to the threat of the Al-Shabaab Islamist insurgents. That's what UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said in his briefing to the Security Council Wednesday on the situation in the Horn of Africa country which he visited last weekend. Mr. Eliasson told the [...]

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UN expert suggests Israel cease expansion of settlements

Listen / Richard Falk

If current diplomacy fails to produce a solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the General Assembly should request an Advisory Opinion from the International Court of Justice as to the legal consequences of the prolonged occupation of Palestine. That's one of several recommendations that Richard Falk, the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in [...]

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Human Rights Commissioner concerned about Supreme Court interference in Maldives elections

Listen / Navi Pillay

UN Human Rights High Commissioner Navi Pillay says she is alarmed at the excessive interference of the Supreme Court in the presidential elections in the Maldives. Ms. Pillay released a statement on Wednesday in which she described this as a "dangerous drift in the democratic process" in the island nation, which is located in the [...]

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UN: Early pregnancy takes a toll on a girl's health, education and rights

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Every year 7.3 million girls under 18 years give birth, according to the latest State of World Population 2013 released by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Of these 7.3 million births, 2 million are to girls 14 years or younger, who suffer the gravest long-term health and social consequences from pregnancy, including high rates of [...]

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Maldives Supreme Court subverting the democratic process: Pillay

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

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, expressed her deep concern Wednesday about "the dangerous drift in the democratic process" in the Maldives largely as a result of the Supreme Court's repeated interventions in the presidential election process. "I am alarmed that the Supreme Court of the Maldives is interfering excessively in the Presidential [...]

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North Korea urged to allow access to verify allegations of human rights violations

Listen / Michael Kirby

The Chairperson of the UN-mandated Commission of Inquiry on the situation of human rights in North Korea has urged Korean authorities to allow its members access to verify allegations of human rights in the country. Michael Kirby told reporters on Tuesday that a representative of North Korea has said the panel has the propensity to [...]

29 Oct 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Take Control. Speak Up and Speak Out: UNESCO chief tells Youth Forum

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"The world needs your ideas, your vision more than ever before," UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova said in opening remarks to the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum in Paris. She told delegates "You are not the subjects of change – you are its greatest leaders." She also appealed to all Youth Forum delegates to "Take control. Speak [...]

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Commission on human rights in DPRK to hold hearings in US capital

Listen / Michael Kirby

A UN-mandated Commission of Inquiry on human rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) will hold its latest round of public hearings in Washington, DC, this Thursday and Friday. They follow previous hearings held in London, Seoul and Tokyo, where North Koreans who have left their homeland detailed the heart-wrenching violations they suffered [...]

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UN General Assembly reiterates call on U.S. to end blockade against Cuba

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The United Nations 193-member General Assembly on Tuesday reiterated its call on the United States to end its blockade against Cuba imposed in 1960. The overwhelming majority of 188 states voted in favour, two, the United States and Israel voted against and 3 abstained. Cuba says the blockade has caused accumulated economic damages of 1 [...]

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Israel briefs the Human Rights Council

Listen / Eviatar Manor

"We come to the Universal Periodic Review with respect for the process, belief in the importance of its universality and cooperative nature, and with great pride in our achievements." That's what the Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations in Geneva Ambassador Eviatar Manor told the Human Rights Council on Tuesday. He said "We [...]

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Civilians in Central African Republic live in fear: UN humanitarian official

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Civilians in the Central African Republic live in fear in squalid conditions because of the takeover by armed groups in recent months, according to a senior United Nations humanitarian official. John Ging, Director of Operations for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has just returned from a mission to the region. [...]

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UN reiterates annual call to end blockade against Cuba

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For the twenty-second time, delegates at the United Nations General Assembly voted to end the United States embargo against Cuba. On Tuesday, the Assembly debated a resolution which called for "the necessity to end the economic, commercial and financial embargo" on the Caribbean island country. 188 Member States voted in favour of the resolution, with [...]

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Security Council condemns rebel attack on UN mission in DR Congo

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The Security Council has strongly condemned the attacks by the M23 rebel group against the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) in which one Tanzanian peacekeeper was killed. In a statement issued late Monday, members of the Security Council "called on the government of the DR Congo swiftly to investigate the [...]

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Human rights defenders working on development projects face harassment says UN expert

Listen / Margaret Sekaggya

Human rights defenders working on behalf of communities affected by large-scale development projects are increasingly being harassed and branded "anti-government" or "against development". This warning has come from Margaret Sekaggya, the Special Rapporteur for human rights defenders who reported to the General Assembly on Monday. The expert said human rights defenders try to help people [...]

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Environmental think tank warns of increased conflict over water resources

Listen / Child collects water in Haiti (UN Photo/UNICEF/Marco Dormino)

Water, water, everywhere…except in those parts of the world where it's a limited resource. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says no doubt the growing global population and the impact of climate change will affect access to water. The IMF's Lika Gueye recently spoke to Peter Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute, a think tank that [...]

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UNDP remembers Sandy victims in the US and the Caribbean

Listen / Local neighbors help government employees distribute UNDP's aluminum roof to repair their houses. (UNDP in Cuba)

On the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy making landfall in the United States, UN officials are reminding the public not to forget the storm's less documented Caribbean victims. Commemoration ceremonies were taking place around the northeast USA on Tuesday, 29 October, 2013, particularly in New York, where Hurricane Sandy caused over US$ 18 billion worth of [...]

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Soccer star Yaya Touré pledges to combat illegal ivory trade

Listen / Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director (l) with Yaya Touré (r) during the designation ceremony

International football star, Yaya Touré from Cote d'Ivoire on Tuesday pledged to help combat the illegal ivory trade that causes the deaths of thousands of African elephants. Touré, African Footballer of the Year in 2011 and 2012 made the pledge as he was designated Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) based in Nairobi, [...]

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Amidst new displacements in CAR, UNICEF running low on life-saving supplies

Listen / Children in the Central African Republic. OCHA/ Laura Fultang

With increasing numbers of people displaced by violence across the Central African Republic, UNICEF warns that growing needs will exceed available emergency supplies in the coming weeks. Since renewed violence broke out in August, more than 44,000 displaced people have received plastic sheeting, blankets, mosquito nets, jerry cans, hygiene kits and soap with UNICEF support. [...]

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WHO confirms polio outbreak in Syria

Listen / Child receives polio vaccine

At least 10 cases of polio have been confirmed in north-east Syria, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). A further 12 cases of paralysis are under investigations to confirm if they were as a result of the polio virus. WHO says the outbreak is confined to Deir Al Zour in the north east of [...]

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Global employment pressured by weak economic recovery: ILO

Listen / ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

The continuing weak economic recovery is likely to add further pressure to the global employment situation, International Labour Organization (ILO ) Director-General Guy Ryder has warned. Speaking at the ILO's governing body meeting, Ryder pointed to the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) downgrading of global growth figures in October from the forecasted 3.2 per cent for 2013 [...]

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UNICEF, Syria agree on urgency of reaching more war-affected children

Listen / Children at a Damascus school are among 800,000 Syrian students between the ages of 10-14 who were to be vaccinated in the first part of the campaign.

There's agreement between UNICEF and senior Syrian officials on the importance of reaching hundreds of thousands of children in some of the worst-affected parts of the war-torn country with life saving vaccines, including those against polio. UNICEF's Executive Director Anthony Lake wrapped up a two-day visit to Damascus focusing on the need to immunize every [...]

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UNHCR warns against forced returns to Northeast Nigeria amid rising violence

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The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) says Nigerians who are fleeing escalating violence and conflict in the north east of the country should not be forcibly returned home. Conflict between the Nigerian army and insurgents in the north-eastern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe has displaced up to 10,000 Nigerians, the majority of whom have fled [...]

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A UN expert advocates for World Parliamentary Assembly

Listen / Alfred de Zayas

The idea of a world body of elected parliamentarians who can express the views of ordinary people is gathering momentum, according to a United Nations independent expert. Alfred de Zayas, the Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order, spoke to journalists after presenting his report to the General Assembly on [...]

28 Oct 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Chinese pianist Lang Lang appointed Messenger of Peace

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Chinese pianist Lang Lang has been chosen as a UN Messenger of Peace to boost efforts to improve education for the world's poorest children. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made the announcement during a news conference at UN headquarters on Monday. Recent UN data indicates 57 million primary school-aged children were still out of school. Mr. Lang [...]

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Leaving human rights unredressed can hamper development: UN expert

Listen / Pablo de Greiff

A United Nations expert has warned that leaving human rights violations unredressed can constitute an obstacle to development. Pablo de Greiff, Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence, spoke to reporters after presenting his report to the General Assembly on Monday. He said when left unaddressed, human rights violations [...]

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World renowned pianist Lang Lang becomes "Messenger of Peace"

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) designates world-renowned pianist Lang Lang as a United Nations Messenger of Peace

The world-renowned pianist, Lang Lang from China, has been designated a United Nations Messenger of Peace with a special focus on global education. The designation ceremony took place at a press conference at United Nations Headquarters on Monday, 28 October. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Lang Lang has used his art and ability to inspire [...]

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Global South pioneers strategies for inclusive green economy

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Delegates from 150 countries gathered at the headquarters of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi on Monday to showcase and promote development solutions originating in the Global South, meaning Africa, Central and Latin America and most of Asia. The Global South-South Development (GSSD) Expo is a powerful platform for the sharing and exchange of [...]

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UN Secretary-General urges OIC to help repair rifts between Muslim communities

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday urged the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to do everything possible to rebuild confidence between Muslim communities. Secretary-General Ban spoke in the Security Council as it discussed cooperation between the United Nations and regional and sub-regional organizations. He said on Syria, ongoing cooperation between the two organizations includes [...]

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International Labour Organization (ILO) says enterprises, workers face tough environment

Listen / Guy Ryder

  ILO Director-General Guy Ryder has warned that IMF figures showing slower than anticipated economic growth reflect the difficult environment faced by enterprises and workers. Speaking at the 319th session of the ILO's Governing Body, Guy Ryder pointed out that unemployment is at record levels and wages are declining in a number of industrialized countries, [...]

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Human Rights chief details plans of possible office in Egypt

Listen / Navi Pillay

The UN Human Rights High Commissioner was in New York recently for her annual briefing to the General Assembly's Third Committee which deals with social, humanitarian and cultural issues. Navi Pillay sat down with UN Radio's Donn Bobb to discuss numerous global human rights concerns, including the ongoing unrest in Egypt following the ouster of [...]

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South-South Expo is held for first time in Africa

Listen / UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner (l), Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero, Anne Waiguru, Cabinet Secretary for Devolution and Planning, and UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson cut the ribbon at the opening of the Expo.

Developing countries can provide solutions for sustainable development and achieving the Millennium Development Goals to end extreme poverty by 2015. That's what United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson on Monday told hundreds of high-level delegates from 150 countries at the start of the Global South-South Development Expo in Nairobi, Kenya. Deputy Secretary-General Eliasson said the [...]

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UN chief condemns killing of Tanzanian peacekeeper in DR Congo

Listen / Tanzanian peacekeeper in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the recent killing of a Tanzanian peacekeeper in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. According to a statement by the UN Spokespersons' Office on Sunday, the peacekeeper came under fire from the M23 rebel movement in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It [...]

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UNAMA condemns attack which killed 19 civilians

Listen / Ján Kubiš

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemns Sunday's attack in the south-eastern province of Ghazni, in which an improvised explosive device (IED) detonation killed 19 civilians travelling in a mini-bus. Those killed included 16 women and children; another four women suffered serious injuries. The Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA, [...]

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ILO sharing knowledge and boosting green jobs

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Sharing experience for the promotion of green jobs can play a key role in helping countries to advance towards a greener and a more sustainable future. The International Labour Organization (ILO) says this is the aim of the ILO Solution Forum that's taking place this week in Nairobi, Kenya. The forum – part of the [...]

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UN experts warns of possibility of proliferation of use of drones

Listen / A US Air Force RQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle. Photo: US Department of Defense/James L. Harper Jr.

Two United Nations human rights experts have expressed concern about the potential for illegal use of armed unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones. The experts reported to the General Assembly on Friday on the use of drones. Speaking to reporters afterwards, Christof Heyns, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions said drones are [...]

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People of Madagascar go to polls to elect a president

Listen / Fatma Samoura

The people of Madagascar on Friday went out to cast their votes for a president after four years of a political crisis. The crisis started in 2009 when President Andry Rajoelina, supported by the military, overthrew Marc Ravalomanana. To find out more about the elections, UN Radio's Cristina Silveiro called Fatma Samoura, the UN Development [...]

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The value of ICT as a key enabler of development cannot be over emphasized: Trinidad and Tobago

Listen / Eden Charles

As a region characterized by small, vulnerable economies with a limited export base and contracting fiscal space, the transformative value of information and communications technologies as a key enabler of development efforts in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) could not be overemphasized. That's what the Deputy Permanent Representative of Trinidad and Tobago Ambassador Eden Charles told [...]

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CARICOM continues to assess the gaps in realizing child rights: Barbados

Listen / Joseph Goddard

Progress made globally in ending all forms of violence against children remained uneven, Barbados representative Ambassador Joseph Goddard. Speaking for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Ambassador Goddard said that the actions taken by States were characterized by uncoordinated policy interventions and dispersed and ill-forced legislation. He added that they were based on scarce data and research. [...]

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Fresh fighting erupts between rebels and army in eastern DR Congo

Listen / Residents of Rutshuru Territory flee their homes to seek safety in Goma. [UN Photo/Sylvain Liechti]

Approximately 5,000 people in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo have crossed the border to Rwanda to flee fighting between government forces and rebels. The UN Mission in the DR Congo (MONUSCO) says clashes occurred between the Congolese army and the M23 rebels around Kibumba, 15 kilometres north of Goma, early [...]

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Jamaica and Cuba hail the Assembly's resolution endorsing erection of monument in honour of victims of slavery

Listen / Courtney Rattray

The representative of Jamaica, Ambassador Courtney Rattray introducing the draft resolution, noted that the global community condemned the contemptible and barbaric history of slavery, and renewed its pledge to ensure nothing like it happened again. ” The aim of the resolution is not only to endorse the erection of the monument. Though that in itself [...]

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General Assembly endorses construction of Permanent Memorial to honour slave trade victims; PGA lauds action

Listen / John Ashe

The UN General Assembly this week adopted a resolution endorsing the construction at UN Headquarters of a permanent memorial to honour the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade. And it encouraged Member States and other interested parties to contribute to the Trust Fund set up to pay for it. The Assembly also took [...]

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People of Madagascar go to polls to elect a president

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The people of Madagascar on Friday went out to cast their votes for a president after four years of a political crisis. The crisis started in 2009 when President Andry Rajoelina, supported by the military, overthrew Marc Ravalomanana. To find out more about the elections, UN Radio's Cristina Silveiro called Fatma Samoura, the UN Development [...]

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UN Daily News 25 October 2013

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UN Humanitarian Affairs chief "disappointed" at lack of progress on Syria

Listen / Valerie Amos

The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator has urged the Security Council to ensure that the parties to the conflict in Syria take their obligations under international humanitarian law seriously. In a briefing to the Council on Friday, Valerie Amos spoke of difficulties in accessing people in need, obtaining visas for international aid workers and even recruiting [...]

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UN and partners seek $47 million for victims of Philippines earthquake

Listen / October 2013, Bohol, the Philippines (Credit: IRIN/Jason Gutierrez)

  Humanitarian agencies are appealing for $ 46.8 million to provide emergency help to thousands of people affected by an earthquake in the central Philippines 10 days ago. 201 people died and 344,000 were either displaced or made homeless by the earthquake, which struck below the island of Bohol. Jens Laerke, spokesperson for the Office [...]

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African countries agree to curb illegal timber trade in Congo Basin

Listen / Olman Serrano

The six main timber producing African countries in the Congo Basin meeting in the Congolese capital, Brazzaville, from 21 to 22 October have agreed on measures to stop illegal timber trade. The Republic of the Congo, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d'Ivoire and Gabon on Wednesday adopted the [...]

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NEPAD remains a strong framework for pan-African socio-economic development: PGA

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Experts now agree that Africa offers the most promising prospects for economic growth in the world, with Sub-Saharan Africa as the second fastest-growing region, according to the President of the General Assembly, Dr. John Ashe. In remarks delivered on his behalf in the General Assembly Friday, during a joint debate on the New Partnership for [...]

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Treating food as a human right brings coherence and accountability: De Schutter

Listen / Olivier de Schutter

"At a time when multiple, conflicting visions for food security have been put on the table, it is impressive to see so many States adopting laws, policies and strategies to realize the right to food, and so many people driving forward what is now a global right to food movement," UN Special Rapporteur on the [...]

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UN agencies begin Syrian immunization campaign after reports of polio outbreak

Listen / A girl receives a dose of oral polio vaccine at a health centre in Syria during a UNICEF-supported polio and measles immunisation campaign. (© UNICEF/NYHQ2012-1628/BASSEL HALABI)

A large scale vaccination campaign is underway in Syria, led by UNICEF and the World Health Organization, following reports of an outbreak of polio in the country, detected earlier this month in Deir Al Zour province. Tarik Jasarevic, Spokesperson for the World Health Organization, says it's not yet been confirmed that the outbreak is indeed [...]

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MINUSMA not taking part in offensive operations in Mali: DPKO

Listen / Senegalese UNPOL Officers patrol the streets of Gao, 1200 KM North of Bamako, Mali (Photo MINUSMA/Marco Dormino)

The United Nations Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) is not taking part in the offensive operations in Mali, the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations advises. In a note to UN correspondents, the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) explained that as part of its mandate for stabilisation and protection of civilians, MINUSMA is conducting operations in the [...]

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Doctor in DR Congo helps restore dignity to rape victims

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Women who have been raped and mutilated by armed men in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have a strong ally in Dr. Denis Mukwege. He is the founder and medical director of Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, the capital of South Kivu province in the eastern part of the country. Last year, Dr. Mukwege was [...]

24 Oct 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

African Peer Review Mechanism celebrates 10 years

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• The African Peer Review Mechanism, which promotes and re-enforces good governance turned 10 on 21 October. It is a mutually agreed programme established by the African Union in 2003. Its anniversary also coincides with Africa Week, an annual event held at the United Nations in New York to highlight development issues on the  African [...]

24 Oct 2013 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

Women to get a more prominent role in peace talks and transitional justice

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Stronger measures to enable women to participate in conflict resolution and recovery are to be put in place following the adoption of a new Security Council resolution this month.  As Jocelyne Sambira reports, Resolution 2122 puts in place a roadmap for a more systematic approach to the implementation of commitments on women, peace and security. [...]

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UN Daily News 24 October 2013

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Africa makes economic progress but continues to face challenges

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Improving the way governments run the political and economic affairs on the continent has been considered critical for improving people's lives in Africa. This issue is under the spotlight at the United Nations this week which is being observed as Africa-NEPAD week from 21 to 25 October. NEPAD, is the New Partnership for Africa's Development, [...]

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Emergency immunization programmes planned to tackle suspected polio outbreak in Syria

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Since 1988, when the Global Polio Eradication Initiative was launched, the number of cases of polio has fallen by 99%. There are currently just three countries where the disease is endemic–Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan—and experts are hopeful that polio will have disappeared completely within the next few years. But the World Health Organization fears that [...]

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Drug-resistant malaria a cause for deep concern: WHO

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The emergence of drug-resistant malaria in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) is a worrying challenge to malaria control and elimination efforts. And the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that it must be tackled urgently. Resistance to the front-line anti-malarial drug artemisinin was first confirmed on the Cambodia–Thailand border in 2008 and has now also [...]

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The United Nations is needed more than ever: General Assembly President

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Our United Nations provides a unique forum for its Member States to deliberate on matters that most concern the world's people and to work towards common solutions, President of the UN General Assembly Dr. John Ashe said in a message marking United Nations Day on Thursday 24 October. Ambassador Ashe noted that since its' founding [...]

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The United Nations at 17

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American actor Jason Robards explains UN’s goals and perspectives in this programme produced by the United States Committee for the UN. Language: English Genre: Report 1962 Duration: 12’48″

24 Oct 2013 | Posted in UN Radio Classics | Read More »

Preamble to UN Charter by Laurence Olivier

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British actor Sir Laurence Olivier reads the Preamble to the Charter of the United Nations. The Charter was signed at the San Francisco Conference on 26 June 1945. Music by American composer Aaron Copland. [Production date unknown.] Language: English Genre: Speech 1950 Duration: 2’34″

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Security Council condemns attacks on Mali peacekeeping mission

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Members of the of the UN Security Council have condemned in the strongest terms the attacks by unidentified armed assailants on the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in Tessalit, Mali, on 23 October 2013, in which Chadian peacekeepers were killed, others were severely injured and innocent civilians also were killed. In [...]

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UNICEF airlifts humanitarian supplies for conflict-affected children in Syria

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Urgently-needed vaccines and complementary food for children in Syria have arrived in Beirut and will be moved by truck into Syria, the UN children's agency said Thursday. The cargo plane contained around 28.6 tonnes of supplies, including 265,000 doses of Measles Mumps and Rubella vaccines, and super-cereal, a complementary fortified food for children 6-23 months [...]

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UN DAY: a time to reflect on what more we can do to realize our vision for a better world: SG

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United Nations Day is a chance to recognize how much this invaluable Organization contributes to peace and common progress, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message marking the occasion. He said it is a time to reflect on what more we can do to realize our vision for a better world. The Secretary-General cited the [...]

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China's human rights record under the spotlight

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The situation of human rights in China was put under scrutiny at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Tuesday. The 47-member Council conducted the second Universal Periodic Review or UPR for the country. A Chinese delegation of more than 40 members participated in the review where diplomats expressed their opinions about human [...]

24 Oct 2013 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

UN Chief condemns killing of peacekeepers in Mali by suicide attack

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A suicide attack carried out by unknown assailants in northern Mali on Monday has claimed several victims, both peacekeepers and civilians, according to the spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General. Martin Nesirky said the incident happened at a checkpoint of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in Tessalit town, Kidal region. A [...]

23 Oct 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Mexico lauded for its efforts to improve its human rights record

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Mexico's steps to introduce laws to strengthen the protection of journalists and human rights defenders and combat trafficking in 2012 were lauded as "significant achievements" by the deputy ambassador of United States to the United Nations in Geneva. Peter F. Mulrean was speaking to the UN Human Rights Council as it conducted the second Universal [...]

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Envoy updates Security Council on political and security situation in Darfur

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Attacks against peacekeepers and inter-communal violence continue to affect efforts to bring peace to Sudan's Darfur region. That message comes from Mohamed Ibn Chambas, head of the joint African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), who briefed the Security Council on Wednesday. Dianne Penn reports. Duration: 2’44″

23 Oct 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN health agency reports good and bad news in combating tuberculosis

Listen / A doctor gives TB medicine to a patient at the Beijing Chest Hospital in China. (WHO/Nick Otto)

Treatment for tuberculosis has saved the lives of more than 22 million people, yet challenges remain, according to the United Nations health agency. In its 2013 Global Tuberculosis Report launched in London on Wednesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) also says the number of people ill with TB fell to 8.6 million in 2012. TB [...]

23 Oct 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

As crises undermine development, opportunities for transformation often coexists: UNDP Report

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Despite progress in preventing conflicts and disasters last year, many countries still face chronic crises and often remain mired in poverty, according to a new UNDP report. The report, released this week, highlights UNDP's achievements in preventing and responding to conflict and disasters in 2012.” UNDP Administrator Helen Clark pointed out in the report that [...]

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Threats to aid workers in Darfur are a serious concern: UNAMID

Listen / A UNAMID police from Nigeria inspects an ambushed car, with remnants of blood, in El Geneina, West Darfur. Photo by Albert González Farran

The security situation in Darfur and threats to UNAMID and humanitarian personnel continue to be of serious concern. That's what Joint Special Representative Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the head of the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), told the Security Council via video on Wednesday. Mr. Chambas gave details of various attacks on peacekeepers that [...]

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UNAIDS chief urges Ukraine to build on progress in reducing HIV infections

Listen / Michel Sidibé met with the Head of the Health Committee of the Ukrainian Parliament Tatiana Bahteeva

Ukraine has been hailed for being the first country in Eastern Europe to reduce new HIV infections. The praise has come from UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe who also praised the country's leadership in the AIDS response. During a meeting with the Head of the Health Committee of the Ukrainian Parliament Tatiana Bahteeva in Kiev [...]

23 Oct 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

We have to break down the barriers to climate financing : Ban

Listen / Secretary-General at Copenhagen Climate Finance Meeting (Credit: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe)

Climate finance lies at the heart of tackling climate change, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday in opening remarks at a meeting on Climate Finance in Copenhagen. The Secretary-General said rapid progress is crucial for scaling up action on the ground and mobilizing support for an ambitious 2015 climate agreement, pointing out that the Copenhagen meeting [...]

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Lack of testing and proper treatment increasing the dangers of tuberculosis, says WHO report

Listen / At Basabelo TB Hospital in Maseru, Lesotho, Dr Askar Yedilayev inspects the mouth of a patient who is infected with MDR-TB. (WHO/Dominic Chavez)

Three million people who developed tuberculosis in 2012 are not receiving any treatment, according to a report by the World Health Organization, which also says that diagnosis and treatment of hundreds of thousands of others with multidrug-resistant TB, known as MDR-TB, is inadequate. Dr Karin Weyer, from WHO's Global TB Programme, says that these two [...]

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African countries agree to curb illegal timber trade in the Congo Basin

Listen / The Congo Basin harbours the world's second largest tropical forest. It is also a key resource for stabilizing the global climate. (@FAO/Giulio Napolitano)

There's been a breakthrough for the sustainable and legal development of the timber industry. Governments from Africa’s main timber producing countries, together with timber industry representatives and civil society organizations agreed to jointly combat illegal timber trade in the Congo Basin, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Wednesday. At an international forum held [...]

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CEDAW adopts landmark document on women and conflict

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A UN women's rights committee has adopted a landmark document on women and conflict. The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) said States that have ratified the UN Women's Rights Convention are obliged to uphold women's rights before, during and after conflict when they are directly involved in fighting, are providing peacekeeping [...]

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Are conditions in Bangladesh's garment industry improving?

Listen / Bangladeshi worker (© Munir Uz Zaman / AFP)

On April 24, 2013, the Rana Plaza, an eight story commercial building collapsed in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, killing more than 1,100 people. Gilbert Houngbo, the ILO's Deputy Director-General for Field Operations sat down with Patrick Moser to discuss what has been done in the six months since the tragedy to improve conditions in [...]

23 Oct 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

New UN-backed Efficient Energy Hub launches in Copenhagen

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivers the keynote address at the Global Green Growth Forum in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Credit: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe)

A new energy efficiency hub opened in Copenhagen, Denmark on Wednesday, under the umbrella of the UN Secretary-General's Sustainable Energy for All initiative. The hub aims to serve as a centre of global efforts to double energy efficiency by 2013. Ban Ki-moon made the announcement on Tuesday, at the annual conference of the Global Green [...]

22 Oct 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Urgent request for funding as donors desert Mali

Listen / A Malian refugee woman in Mangaize, northern Niger, ponders her future. Credit: UNHCR/H.Caux

People in West Africa's Sahel region are amongst the most vulnerable in the world, with crises in the region becoming more frequent and communities in desperate need of humanitarian assistance. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that a lack of funding from the international donor community is one of [...]

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China's human rights record under the spotlight

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The situation of human rights in China was put under scrutiny at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Tuesday. The 47-member Council conducted the second Universal Periodic Review or UPR for the country. A Chinese delegation of more than 40 members participated in the review where diplomats expressed their opinions about human [...]

22 Oct 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Security Council urged to seize opportunity for Mideast peace

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The head of UN Political Affairs is urging the international community to take advantage of the current heightened diplomacy in the Middle East. In a briefing to the Security Council on Tuesday, Jeffrey Feltman said this moment provides opportunities for dialogue on a range of issues in the region. Topping the list: the Middle East [...]

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Syria fully on board with plan to eliminate its chemical arsenal

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Syria has to date, fully cooperated with an advance team charged with implementing a UN-backed plan to eliminate the country's chemical weapons programme. That's according to Sigrid Kaag, the newly-appointed Special Coordinator of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations Joint Mission. However, Ms. Kaag explained the timeframes were [...]

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Race against the clock to get aid to Syria before winter

Listen / Syrian IDPs wait to be helped at a cash assistance centre in Damascus (© UNHCR/B.Diab)

The aid community in Syria and across the region is racing to help people prepare for winter as temperatures drop. The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and its local partners have been sending teams to hard-to-reach areas to distribute relief items such as mattresses, blankets, cooking sets, hygienic supplies and more. The agency also recently [...]

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UN Radio News 22 October 2013

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Indigenous peoples continue to face challenges, says UN expert

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The rights of indigenous peoples continue to be violated throughout the world, according to a United Nations independent expert. The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous people, James Anaya, presented his final report to the UN General Assembly's Third Committee which deals with social, humanitarian and cultural issues. In September 2007 the General [...]

22 Oct 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN mission responds to inter-communal attack in South Sudan

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The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) continues to work with local authorities in the wake of an inter-communal attack in Twic East County in Jonglei State on Sunday. UNMISS has strongly condemned the attack by unidentified assailants on cattle camps. Cattle raids and inter-communal attacks and counter attacks continue to be a major security [...]

22 Oct 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Calm in Gaza showing worrying signs of erosion: UN

Listen / Jeffrey Feltman

The calm in the Gaza Strip is showing worrying signs of erosion, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman said Tuesday in a briefing to the UN Security Council on the Situation in the Middle East. He described as worrying the announcement by the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) that it had uncovered a mile-long tunnel constructed [...]

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Qatar highest court upholds 15-year prison sentence for famous poet

Listen / Cécile Pouilly

The UN Human Rights Office has expressed "serious concern" about the decision taken by Qatar's Court of Cassation on 20 October to uphold a 15-year prison sentence for a well-known poet. Mohammed al Ajami, also known as Ibn al Dheeb, was initially sentenced to life in prison last year for "encouraging the overthrow of the [...]

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IOM sees sharp decrease in Haiti camp populations

Listen / A young boy looks out his window in Port-au-Prince. Credit: UN Photo/Logan Abassi

The number of Haitians displaced from their homes as a result of the 2010 earthquake is at its lowest, according to a new report by the International Organization for Migration (IOM). IOM says it has seen an 87 per cent decrease in the number of internally displaced households and an 80 per cent reduction in [...]

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Children and Pregnant Mothers face widespread exposure to toxic lead in paint

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Young children and pregnant mothers in the developing world are still exposed to high levels of lead through unsafe paints. And it comes more than 90 years after the League of Nations called for a ban on lead in paint, and despite the existence of many safe alternatives. A study by the UN Environment Programme [...]

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ILO programme aims to improve safety in garment industry in Bangladesh

Listen / Garment industry in Bangladesh ( © Munir Uz Zaman / AFP)

Efforts to improve safety in Bangladesh's garment industry are getting a boost as the Government of Bangladesh and the International Labour Organization (ILO) launched a US$24.21 million initiative – including a new Better Work programme aimed at improving working conditions. The three-and- a- half year initiative, 'Improving Working Conditions in the Ready-Made Garment Sector' – [...]

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First-ever international Model UN conference in Azerbaijan debates cyber security

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Cyber security topped the agenda at the first-ever international Model UN Security Council Conference, in the West Asian nation of Azerbaijan. In Model UN, students step into the shoes of ambassadors from UN Member States to debate current global issues. The simulation was co-organized by Azerbaijan’s  Ministry of Youth and Sport, as well as the UN Development [...]

21 Oct 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN pushes for wider public awareness of the transatlantic slave trade

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The UN General Assembly met on Monday to re-affirm its commitment to increase public awareness about the transatlantic slave trade. Spanning over a 400 year period, the transatlantic slave trade was the largest forced migration in history, says the UN. The President of the General Assembly, John Ashe, recalled the numerous initiatives at the national [...]

21 Oct 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

DRC peace talks with M23 rebels ends without an agreement: Kobler

Listen / Members of UN Security Council, M. Alexis Lamek (France) and Mohammed Loulichki (Maroc) during meeting with MONUSCO SRSG Martin Kobler and Goma Head of Office Ray Torres at MONUSCO Headquarters in Goma, the 6th of October 2013. © MONUSCO/Sylvain Liechti

Delegates from the Congolese government and the M23 rebels have failed to reach an agreement on how to resolve the ongoing crisis in the eastern DRC. Martin Kobler, the Secretary-General's Special Representative and head of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) made the announcement on Monday. Kobler was speaking to the Security [...]

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UN Radio News 21 October 2013

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Security Council briefed on peace talks between DRC and M23 rebels

Listen / A pair of shoes left behind by defeated rebels on Three Towers Hill near Kibati on the 30th of August 2013. © MONUSCO/Sylvain Liechti

The top United Nations official in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is disappointed that peace talks between the government and the rebel M23 movement concluded without an agreement. In a briefing to the Security Council on Monday, Martin Kobler, head of the UN mission in the country (MONUSCO), said UN and other envoys [...]

21 Oct 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Zimbabwe not on course to meet MDGs, says an NGO

Listen / A woman stands outside her temporary home and dried up maize crop in Epworth, Harare, Zimbabwe. © Kate Holt/IRIN

Zimbabwe is not likely to meet the Millennium Development Goals or MDGs set by world leaders in 2000 to eradicate poverty, according to a Zimbabwean activist. Tatenda Murima of the Zimbabwe United Nations Association (ZUNA) was at UN Headquarters in New York recently for an NGO meeting on Post-2015 agenda. The year 2015 is the [...]

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Africa is changing and rising, says African Union ambassador

Listen / Tete Antonio

Africa is changing for the better, according to the representative of the African Union (AU) to the United Nations. Ambassador Tete Antonio spoke with UN Radio as the United Nations observes Africa NEPAD week from 18 to 25th October. NEPAD, the New Partnership for Africa's Development, was adopted by African leaders in 2001 to fight [...]

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Investigations launched into South Sudan Jonglei state cattle raids

Listen / Boy covered in dung-ash to ward off mosquitos in a cattle camp in Terekeka, South Sudan © Hannah McNeish/IRIN

A team of investigators are in South Sudan's Jonglei state to probe Sunday's deadly attack that resulted in many deaths and injuries, according to the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). The Mission flew police, human rights and civil affairs officers together with their Sudanese counterparts to Jonglei to identify the attackers and determine the [...]

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US provides lifeline to hungry families in Zimbabwe

Listen / Zimbabwe farmer

Hunger is at a four-year high in Zimbabwe with one quarter of the rural population (2.2 million people) expected to experience food shortages in the early months of next year. This is one third more people requiring food support than during the peak of the last lean season, according to the 2013 Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment [...]

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UN Emergency Fund allocates US$5.5 million to assist flood affected people in Sudan

Listen / A man on a flooded street in Sharg al Nil Area, Khartoum. [Photo: Rodraksa/OCHA]

Some 340,000 people affected by floods in Sudan are getting life-saving assistance from the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). The Fund is providing US $5.5 million for lifesaving humanitarian assistance which will also be supplemented by an emergency allocation from the Sudan Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF). The UN Humanitarian Coordinator Ali Al-Zatari said [...]

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Amos calls for ceasefire and safe passage for Syrians

Listen / Bekaa, Lebanon - More than 50% of Syrian refugees in Lebanon are children.  OCHA /D.Palanivelu

United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos is calling on all parties to the ongoing hostilities in Syria to agree to an immediate pause in hostilities in Moadamiyeh. This, she says, is to allow humanitarian agencies unhindered access to evacuate the remaining civilians and deliver life-saving treatment and supplies in areas where fighting and shelling is [...]

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Suspected polio cases reported in Syria: WHO

Listen / Syrian children affected by the conflict.

There are reports of suspected polio cases in Syria. The World Health Organisation (WHO) says it has received reports of a cluster of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) cases in the Syrian Arab Republic. According to WHO, this cluster of 'hot' AFP was detected in early October 2013 in Deir Al Zour province and is currently [...]

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African Peer Review Mechanism celebrates 10 years

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The African Peer Review Mechanism, which promotes and re-enforces good governance on the continent, turns 10 this Monday, 21 October. It is a mutually agreed programme that has been voluntarily adopted by the member states of the African Union. Its anniversary also coincides with Africa Week, an annual event held at the United Nations General [...]

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UN Daily News 18 October 2013

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Week-long campaign aims to help eliminate lead paint

Listen / 20 to 26 October is International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action

A campaign is being launched during the week of 20 to 26 October to focus attention on the need to eliminate lead paint. The World Health Organization (WHO) says hundreds of thousands of children, particularly in developing countries, suffer brain damage as a result of lead poisoning. During International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action, [...]

18 Oct 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Women to get a more prominent role in peace talks and transitional justice

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Stronger measures to enable women to participate in conflict resolution and recovery are to be put in place following the adoption of a new Security Council resolution on Friday. Resolution 2122 puts in place a roadmap for a more systematic approach to the implementation of commitments on women, peace and security. Jocelyne Sambira has more. [...]

18 Oct 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Women chief says women's leadership central to conflict resolution

Listen / Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

A Security Council resolution adopted on Friday puts women's leadership at the centre of all efforts to resolve conflict and promote peace, according to the head of UN Women. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the agency's Executive Director, was speaking during a Council meeting on women, rule of law and transitional justice in conflict-affected situations. The resolution seeks [...]

18 Oct 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN and NGO officials on mission to Central African Republic

Listen / A young mother prepares to breastfeed her daughter after fleeing into the bush when armed groups attacked the village of Boutouli in February 2006.  UNHCR/H. Caux

Senior officials from seven United Nations agencies and two non-governmental organizations are in the Central African Republic to take stock of the country's ongoing humanitarian crisis. The Emergency Directors from agencies which include the UN humanitarian affairs office (OCHA), the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) [...]

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UN-Arab League envoy for Syria heads to the region for talks on Geneva II conference

Listen / Lakhdar Brahimi

The UN-Arab League envoy for Syria will be travelling to the Middle East over the coming week as part of the efforts to convene an international conference on Syria. Joint Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi will be in Egypt on Saturday where he will meet with the country's Foreign Minister in connection with the conference known [...]

18 Oct 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

EU Anti-trafficking Day seeks to end 'modern-day slavery'

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European countries are highlighting the scourge of forced labour this Friday, which they have declared EU Anti-trafficking Day. The International Labour Organization (ILO) says victims often work in hidden or remote places such as private homes, sweatshops, nightclubs or agriculture fields, in the formal and informal sectors. Patrick Moser reports from the ILO in Geneva. [...]

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Tragedy and resiliency in the Philippines

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At least 99 people died and more than 270 were injured this week following an earthquake which struck the island of Bohol in The Philippines. The tragedy came just days after a typhoon slammed into the north of the country. David Carden, head of the UN Humanitarian Affairs office in the Philippines, provides further details [...]

18 Oct 2013 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

UN health agency calls for end to production and use of lead paint

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Lead poisoning has devastating health consequences in particular for children who may suffer irreversible brain damage, according to the United Nations health agency. The World Health Organization (WHO) says 99 per cent of children affected by the high exposure to lead live in low and middle income countries where each year up to 600,000 of [...]

18 Oct 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Still a number of critical issues facing SIDS as the world moves beyond the MDGs

Listen / High-level Meeting on Disability and Development

As a small island developing state (SIDS), Barbados recognizes that as the world moves beyond the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), they still have a number of critical issues, some of them related to those goals. That's what Barbados' Foreign Minister Maxine McClean told me during a telephone interview from her office in Bridgetown. ” I [...]

18 Oct 2013 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

UNHCR urges countries to enable safe passage of Syrian refugees

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The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) says it is concerned about the difficulties Syrian refugees continue to endure in their attempts to seek safety and protection in Europe. The agency says hundreds of Syrians have drowned attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea into Europe, while hundreds more, including women and children, have been arrested and [...]

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Financing critical to attainment of the MDGs: Ambassador Goddard

Listen / Joseph Goddard

The Monterrey Consensus and the Doha Declaration emphasize that the mobilization of both public and private financing is critical to the attainment of the common objectives of growth, poverty eradication and sustainable development, the Permanent Representative of Barbados Ambassador Joseph Goddard told a Roundtable discussion on 'Mobilization of Public and Private Financing, including Foreign Direct [...]

18 Oct 2013 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

The costs and burden of care unequally borne by women, girls

Listen / Magdalena Sepúlveda

In many countries around the world, it's a woman's job to cook, clean and care for family members. It's full time unpaid work that's not recognized by any state, therefore blocking opportunities for the advancement of women and girls and condemning them to poverty. That's according to Magdalena Sepúlveda, the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty [...]

18 Oct 2013 | Posted in Women | Read More »

Libya, Chad, Egypt and Sudan agree to fairly share their "water wealth"

Listen / Three dimensional model grid for the NSAS showing the effects of pumping.  IAEA

Growing populations and decreasing water availability is putting a strain on a huge groundwater resource that straddles four African countries. Chad, Egypt, Libya and Sudan share the Nubian Sandstone Aquifer System (NSAS), the world's largest known "fossil" water aquifer system. The water is ancient and non-renewable, covering two million square kilometres. The four African countries [...]

18 Oct 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN report reveals gaps and good practices in tackling violence against children

Listen / Marta Santos Pais, UN expert on Violence Against Children.

Despite the adoption of policies and laws related to violence against children, many gaps persist, says a senior UN official. Marta Santos Pais, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative on Violence Against Children, says it is "very rare" to encounter countries with legislation that protect girls in the same way as boys. Santos Pais participated in [...]

17 Oct 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Founding father of Tanzania honoured at United Nations

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• The founding father of the United Republic of Tanzania, the late Julius Kambarage Nyerere, was honoured at the UN this week. The Permanent Mission of Tanzania to the UN organized the commemoration of Mwalimu Nyerere Day on 14 October. The event coincided with the launch of a book titled "Julius Nyerere: Africa's Titan on [...]

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Extreme poverty is a violation of human rights, argues anti-poverty non-profit

Listen / Nights for the homeless and poor in Dhaka, Bangladesh are spent out in the hot and humid tropical weather conditions.   © Manoocher Deghati/IRIN July 2007.

People living in extreme poverty are often discriminated against and denied basic human rights, according to the International Movement ATD Fourth World. The non-profit, which seeks to find solutions to eradicate poverty, encourages people to fight social exclusion and injustice in their own circles. Fabio Palacio of the International Movement ATD Fourth World, explained to [...]

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Five new non-permanent members join Security Council

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Five countries have been elected non-permanent members of the Security Council. The UN General Assembly on Thursday voted for Chad, Chile, Lithuania, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia to serve in the chamber for a two-year period beginning in January. Security Council seats are allocated by region, and candidates needed a two-thirds majority of votes from the [...]

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UN Daily News 17 October 2013

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Outdoor air pollution causes cancer deaths, says WHO cancer agency

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Major studies that have been conducted around the world show that the air that people breathe is polluted with a mixture of cancer causing substances. That was revealed by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in Geneva on Thursday. The IARC, a specialized agency of the World Health Organization (WHO), has been meeting [...]

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The costs and burden of care unequally borne by women, girls

Listen / A woman cooking rice while holding her baby in the village of Melsanakuppam in Tamil Nadu, South India.  UN Photo/P. Sudhakaran

In many countries around the world, it's a woman's job to cook, clean and care for family members. It's full time unpaid work that's not recognized by any state, therefore blocking opportunities for the advancement of women and girls and condemning them to poverty. That's according to Magdalena Sepúlveda, the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty. [...]

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Human rights expert calls for greater recognition of women's unpaid care work

Listen / Woman with her baby in her back carrying firewood in Segou, Mali UN Photo/Kay Muldoon

A UN independent expert is urging countries to value cooking, childcare and other unpaid work overwhelmingly undertaken by women. Magdalena Sepúlveda, the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty, says although this work contributes to economic growth and social development, it is not recognized, supported or shared. In an interview with UN Radio on Thursday, the [...]

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Commission on North Korea human rights to hold hearings in the UK and USA

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A UN-mandated commission of inquiry will begin hearings next week to gather information from people who have witnessed alleged human rights violations in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). The public hearings will take place in the United Kingdom and the United States, according to a statement issued on Thursday by the commission. They [...]

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Secretary-General: Sustainable world only way to eliminate poverty

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The only way to make poverty eradication irreversible is by putting the world on a sustainable development path, according to the UN Secretary-General. In a message for the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, observed this Thursday, Ban Ki-moon states that a sustainable world of prosperity and peace, justice and equity,  is possible. He [...]

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Outdoor air contaminated with cancer-causing substances

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The air we breathe has become polluted with a mixture of cancer-causing substances, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). The agency says although air pollution is already known to increase risks for a wide range of diseases such as respiratory and heart diseases, recent studies indicate that exposure to outdoor pollution [...]

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Somalis receive airport fire and rescue training in Kenya

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As Somalia continues its efforts to rebuild and create functioning state institutions, it established a fire fighting unit early this year. The government is increasing the number of fire-fighters and training them in new techniques such as airport fire fighting and rescue operations. A group of 20 young men from Somalia's first government-run Fire and [...]

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Founding father of Tanzania honoured at United Nations

Listen / Julius Kambarage Nyerere.  UN Photo/MB - 11/07/1961

The founding father of the United Republic of Tanzania, the late Julius Kambarage Nyerere, popularly known as "Mwalimu," was honoured at the United Nations this week. The Permanent Mission of Tanzania to the United Nations organized the commemoration of Mwalimu Nyerere Day on 14 October. The event coincided with the launch of a book titled [...]

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Senior UN official to head Syria chemical weapons Joint Mission

Listen / Sigrid Kaag, newly-appointed Special Coordinator of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)-UN Joint Mission on eliminating Syria's chemical weapons programme

A Joint Mission aimed at bringing about the timely elimination of chemical weapons in Syria was established on Wednesday by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations. Senior UN official Sigrid Kaag has been appointed Special Coordinator for the Joint Mission, which will continue the work undertaken by both [...]

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Secretary-General: UN focused on political solution to Syria crisis

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) introduces Sigrid Kaag, newly-appointed Special Coordinator of the Joint Mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations on eliminating Syria's chemical weapons programme, during the Office of the Spokesperson's daily noon briefing.  UN Photo/Mark Garten

Even as it works to eliminate chemical weapons stockpiles in Syria, the United Nations has not lost sight of the "wider tragedy" still ravaging the country, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters in New York on Wednesday. Mr. Ban was announcing the appointment of UN official Sigrid Kaag as Special Coordinator for the Joint Mission of [...]

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Envoy urges countries to step up critical support to UN mission in Mali

Listen / Albert Gerard (Bert) Koenders (center), the Secretary-General's Special Representative and Head of MINUSMA, visited Kidal and Mopti during the second round of presidential elections in August 2013.   UN Photo/Blagoje Grujic

Countries are being urged to provide critical equipment and personnel to the United Nations peacekeeping operation in Mali. The call comes from mission chief Bert Koenders, who briefed the Security Council on Wednesday. Koenders said the mission, known as MINUSMA, needs what he described as "critical enablers" such as helicopters which facilitate access to remote [...]

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UN Daily News 16 October 2013

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World Food Day highlights need to eradicate hunger

Listen / Some 842 million people, or roughly one in eight, suffered from chronic hunger in 2011-13

World Food Day is observed on 16 October each year to focus attention on global efforts to eradicate hunger. The day also marks the founding in 1945 of the Rome-based United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). This year's theme is "Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition". The United Nations estimates that 840 [...]

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Chemical weapons inspectors conclude verification at 11 sites in Syria

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International inspectors tasked with monitoring, verifying and reporting on the destruction of chemical weapons in Syria have conducted verification activities at 11 sites in the country. That information comes from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which on Wednesday reported that activities also included critical equipment destruction at six sites and the [...]

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FAO highlights importance of sustainable food systems on World Food Day

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Sustainable food systems are a core element to defeating hunger and malnutrition, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). In a message on World Food Day, observed this Wednesday, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva says healthy people depend on healthy food systems. "On this World Food Day, we have a simple but [...]

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WFP chief highlights role of women in ensuring food security

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Empowering women is a critical element in combating hunger and malnutrition, according to Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP). The WFP chief was speaking in Rome at a ceremony marking World Food Day, observed this Wednesday, 16 October, under the theme of sustainable food systems for food security and nutrition. She [...]

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UN experts alarmed by reprisals against human rights activists in China

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A group of United Nations Human rights experts has expressed concern about reports that Chinese human rights defenders have suffered reprisals for seeking to participate in an upcoming review of China's human rights record. The activists have been reportedly threatened, arrested or banned from taking part in demonstrations or stopped from leaving China in the [...]

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Syrian refugee weddings on the rise in Za'atari camp

Listen / Fatma and Majdi's wedding in the Za'atari refugee camp

At least ten weddings take place in a refugee camp in Jordan every week, according to the UN Refugee Agency, (UNHCR). The Za'atari refugee camp hosts 120,000 Syrians fleeing the violence in their country. For the refugees, it's simply a way of keeping their traditions alive. Jocelyne Sambira has the story. Duration: 2'52"  

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UN Daily News 15 October 2013

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International Trade Centre helps unleash the "untapped growth potential" of small businesses in the developing world

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Fashion and fair trade may seem worlds apart, but a UN agency is bringing them together by connecting artisans in developing countries with industry professionals who use their textiles, bead work and other traditional crafts to produce exquisite clothing and accessories. This is just one example of how the International Trade Centre (ITC) is both [...]

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A centre in Ghana trains over 10,000 people in peacekeeping

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The Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, has over the past ten years trained more than 10,000 people from all over the world. Since it was established in 2003, the Centre has conducted more than 230 courses in various aspects of peacekeeping operations. UN Radio's Derrick Mbatha caught up [...]

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Burundi children "light up" villages with energy efficient bulbs

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Families in Burundi are swapping kerosene lamps for energy efficient LED lights, according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). Not only are these lights environmentally friendly, but they are safe to use and can provide a safety net for young orphans. Jocelyne Sambira reports. Duration: 2'55"  

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A new climate agreement will move sustainable development from the margins to the mainstream: SG

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) meets with Ulrich Schröder, Chief Executive Officer of KfW Bankengruppe and Chairman of the International Development Finance Club (IDFC), in Washington, D.C.

Our main challenge is to ensure that the discussions about a post-2015 development agenda and a new climate agreement will move sustainable development from the margins to the mainstream, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in remarks Sunday at the annual meeting of the International Development Finance Club. He said the new development vision should encompass the [...]

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UN Security Council condemns attacks on UNAMID

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The members of the Security Council have condemned in the strongest terms the attack by unidentified armed assailants on an African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) military observer in El Fasher, North Darfur. The Council cited the attack on 11 October, in which a Zambian military observer was killed, and another attack by [...]

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Healthy people depend on healthy food systems: FAO

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The UN food agency (FAO) will commemorate World Food Day with events in Rome and around the world on the importance of food systems for food security and nutrition, and food waste, among other areas. This year's slogan is Healthy People Depend on Healthy Food Systems. And the theme is Sustainable food systems for food [...]

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UN funding kickstarts relief to displaced people in the Philippines

Listen / Typhoon Bopha was the most deadly storm globally killing over 1,000 people across Mindanao in the Philippines.

Although the Philippines were hit by a typhoon over the weekend, the senior UN humanitarian official there is praising the country's preparedness and resilience. David Carden, who heads the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the Philippines, reports that so far, 13 deaths have been attributed to Typhoon Nari, which slammed [...]

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UNRWA deplores violence affecting camp for Palestine refugees in Syria

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The UN agency which works with Palestine refugees (UNRWA) has condemned recent violence in a refugee camp in southern Syria which reportedly claimed several lives and damaged facilities. UNRWA issued a statement on Monday saying initial reports indicate the Dera'a refugee camp was directly affected by intense fighting on Saturday which allegedly killed seven Palestine [...]

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The world economy remains in a state of disarray: UNCTAD

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Five years after the onset of the global financial crisis, the world economy remains in a state of disarray, according to a new report of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). In its overview of the global situation, UNCTAD says strong expansionary monetary policies in the major developed economies have not succeeded in [...]

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GAVI says it's on track to immunize 250 million children by 2015

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The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization known as the GAVI Alliance says it is on track immunize a quarter of a billion children by 2015. GAVI issued a report in Geneva on Monday on its four-year programme to save children's lives through vaccinations. It will be formally presented at a meeting of GAVI donors [...]

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Secretary-General condemns deadly attack on peacekeepers in Darfur

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned a deadly weekend attack on peacekeepers in Darfur which resulted in the deaths of three "blue helmets" from Senegal. In a statement issued by his Spokesperson, Ban Ki-moon called on the Sudanese government to bring those responsible to justice, adding that all too often peacekeepers are killed while helping [...]

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Joint Special Representative Brahimi pushes ahead for second Conference on Syria

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The UN/League of Arab States Joint Special Representative Lakdhar Brahimi will be travelling shortly to the Mideast region, meeting with all of the relevant countries and parties. Mr. Brahimi says he will be working on the question of the process for what is being termed as a Geneva 2 conference on Syria. In joint remarks [...]

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Teaching in Pakistan's conservative society, a risky business

Listen / Pakistani girls in class at the Government Girls Primary School in Thehlaknike, Pakistan

The value of educating a girl is not well understood in conservative areas of Pakistan, according to the Director of the Khushal School and College in Swat. Mariam Khalique is also a teacher of Malala Yousafzai, the student and education activist shot by the Taliban last year. The Taliban used to control Swat Valley, in [...]

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Indonesian community breaks ground by housing climate change centre

Listen / The first Climate Communications Centre in the archipelago nation of Indonesia

A community of fishermen and rubber tappers is breaking ground by housing the first Climate Communications Centre in the archipelago nation of Indonesia. Nestled near the winding Kahayan river, the remote village of Buntoi, may seem like an unlikely place to talk about, let alone practice, connectivity. Jocelyne Sambira reports. Duration: 2'46"  

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250 million children to be vaccinated by 2015

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The GAVI Alliance is on track to meet its targets of supporting developing countries to immunize nearly 250 million children by 2015. The organization says the immunization will help avert over four million deaths amongst children. Funded at a cost of $ 7.4 billion, the GAVI Alliance says the four year immunization programme is also on [...]

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CEDAW Chairperson calls for balance between women's rights and development

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Member States were on Friday urged to be vigilant in the implementation of a global treaty to eliminate discrimination against women. The call was made by Nicole Améline, Chairperson of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) during an interactive dialogue with Member States. Briefing reporters afterwards, she recalled that while the [...]

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Social development a significant issue to CARICOM

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Social development continues to be a significant issue to the governments and peoples of the Caribbean Community, the representative of Trinidad and Tobago Ambassador Rodney Charles told the General Assembly's Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee. He said it is evident that social development cannot be considered in a vacuum but must be duly incorporated and [...]

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UN peacekeeping chief heads to China to discuss peacekeeping issues

Listen / Hervé Ladsous

The head of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous, is this weekend going to China to participate in a major regional meeting. It is the first time that Mr. Ladsous is visiting the most populous nation in the world in his capacity as the head of UN peacekeeping. Mr. Ladsous tells UN Radio's [...]

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We are faced with challenges in all three dimensions of sustainable development: economic, social and environment: SIDS

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Sustainable development must have an inclusive agenda and specifically address the needs of countries that are vulnerable and with unique challenges, the representative of Belize Ambassador Lois Michele Young told the UN General Assembly. Speaking on behalf of the Small Island Developing States (SIDS), Ambassador Young said small states recognize they cannot overcome their challenges [...]

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Global financial and economic crisis continue to have negative impact on CARICOM

Listen / Ambassador Delano Bart

Meeting the Millennium Development Goals before the 2015 deadline and paving the way beyond hinged on a strong financing framework that reflected a changing landscape of climate emergencies, economic crises and innovative solutions, delegates heard as the General Assembly held a two-day High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development. Ministers and other representatives of Member States, [...]

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Nobel Peace prize recognizes the important work of the OPCW: General Assembly president

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The President of the UN General Assembly, Dr. John W. Ashe, has welcomed the awarding of the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). He congratulates the Organization for the recognition the award brings to its tremendously important work of overseeing the destruction of chemical weapons worldwide. President [...]

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OPCW staff reacts to winning Nobel Peace Prize with "jubilation and quiet satisfaction"

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Staff members of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) are walking taller after the organization won this year's Nobel Peace Prize. That's what the spokesperson for OPCW, Michael Luhan, speaking from The Hague in the Netherlands, told UN Radio on Friday. The Organization is currently supervising the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons [...]

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Finding innovative and creative ways to advance girls' education

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"Innovate to educate." That's this year's theme for the International Day of the Girl Child observed 11 October. The UN is calling for creative and effective ways to advance girls' education. Technology is one route that can overcome gender barriers to girls' learning. Community mobilization and engaging young people are equally important. Jocelyne Sambira reports. [...]

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UN human rights office welcomes law for creation of a body to prevent torture in Tunisia

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The passing of a law to establish a national body to prevent torture in Tunisia has been welcomed by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. The National Constituent Assembly unanimously adopted the law on Wednesday, making Tunisia the first country in the Middle East and North Africa to create such [...]

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OPCW has greatly strengthened the rule of law in the field of disarmament and non-proliferation: Ban

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (Photo Date: 08/04/2013)

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons for being awarded the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize. In a message to the Organisation, the Secretary-General noted that this recognition occurs nearly 100 years after the first chemical attack – and 50 days after the appalling use of chemical weapons in [...]

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World needs to turn plans to end child labour into urgent action: ILO chief

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ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, called on delegates attending the Third Global Conference on Child Labour to turn the plans agreed at the conference into action that is widespread, systemic and sustainable. The ILO chief said that clear lessons emerged from the plenary sessions that demonstrated a growing understanding of what needs to be done to [...]

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Head of UN peacekeeping operations visits China

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The head of the UN Peacekeeping Hervé Ladsous is headed to China for discussions on Peacekeeping Operations. Mr. Ladsous says the purpose of his visit is two-fold. First, he will attend the 6th Seminar on Peacekeeping Operations organized by the Asian Regional Forum and co-hosted by China and Cambodia. The second objective of the trip, [...]

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Teaching in Pakistan's conservative society, a risky business

Listen / Children take part in class at the Government Girls Primary School Thehlaknike, Pakistan.

The value of educating a girl is not well understood in conservative areas of Pakistan, according to the Director of the Khushal School and College in Swat.   Mariam Khalique is also a teacher of Malala Yousafzai, the student and education activist shot by the Taliban last year. The Taliban used to control Swat Valley, [...]

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Small stipends make a big difference in the lives of schoolgirls in Niger

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Investing in girls' education is one of the ways to contribute to our common future, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a message on the International Day of the Girl Child, observed on 11 October. The Secretary-General says empowering girls, ensuring their human rights and addressing the discrimination and violence they face are essential to [...]

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Ban urges investment in education

Listen / Afghan school children attend class  (UN Photo/Fardin Waezi)

"Let us work together to invest in education so that girls can advance in their personal development and contribute to our common future," Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a message on the International Day of the Girl Child, observed on Friday 11 October, 2013. The Secretary-General says "Empowering girls, ensuring their human rights and addressing [...]

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International day for Disaster Reduction: Living with disability and disasters

Listen / Margareta Wahlstrom

The 2013 International Day for Disaster Reduction recognizes the critical role of persons with disabilities in fostering disaster resilience. Persons living with disabilities are among the most excluded in society, and their plight is magnified when a disaster strikes. The theme of the 2013 International day for Disaster Reduction is "Living with Disability and Disasters." [...]

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Iraq executes 42 people in two days, 400 others on death row

Listen / More than 150 countries have either abolished the death penalty or do not practice it.

Iraq has executed 42 individuals, including one woman over the past two days, according to the UN Human Rights Office(OHCHR). The executions took place after the accused were found guilty on terrorism charges. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says the large-scale executions were not only obscene and inhumane, but most probably in [...]

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UN Women hopes Afghanistan consolidates and deepens women's rights gains

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Afghanistan is gearing up for a period of transition which begins when foreign forces withdraw from the country at the end of next year. John Hendra, Deputy Executive Director of UN Women's Policy and Programme Bureau, who visited the country this month, expressed hope that achievements in relation to women's and girls rights are upheld. [...]

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UNHCR urges more effort to assist asylum seekers as boat tragedy death toll tops 300

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Over 310 migrants are now known to have died following last week's boat tragedy off the Italian island of Lampedusa, according to the UN Refugee agency (UNHCR). 156 migrants, most of them Eritreans were rescued at sea in what the agency says is one of the deadliest boat tragedies on record. UNHCR says it welcomes [...]

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WHO campaigns to phase out mercury in medical devices

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched an initiative for the removal of mercury from all medical measuring devices by the year 2020. The initiative 'Mercury-Free Healthcare by 2020', calls for the phasing out of  fever thermometers and blood pressure devices containing mercury. WHO says this will be done by ending the manufacture, import and export of [...]

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OPCW wins 2013 Nobel Peace Prize

Listen / OPCW Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü addresses the media on 11 October 2013 on the occasion of the organisation's winning of the Nobel Peace Prize.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has won this year's Nobel Peace Prize "for its extensive efforts" to rid the world of such arsenals, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said Friday. "The conventions and the work of the OPCW have defined the use of chemical weapons as a taboo under international law," the committee [...]

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First female UN Police Commissioner calls for more women officers in peacekeeping missions

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• The Police Commissioner for the African Union-UN mission in Darfur (UNAMID) says more police officers are needed in UN peacekeeping missions. The Commissioner from South Africa is the first woman to occupy this position. She says women in conflicts easily relate to female  police officers. Developing countries call for more funding to fight poverty • Developing [...]

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Ban urges dialogue and reconciliation for all to join political transition in Libya

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is relieved by the release of Prime Minister Ali Zeidan of Libya and emphasized his continued support to the Government of Libya. In a statement through his Spokespersons' office, the Secretary-General reiterated his condemnation of the abduction of the Prime Minister. Earlier, at a press conference on the margins of the Association [...]

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Ban urges greater efforts to carry out Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for greater efforts to carry out the Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan for the sake of all people with mental health problems, especially those who are older and require special attention. This compassionate response will benefit all of society. In a message marking World Mental Health Day, the Secretary-General [...]

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Landmark project launched in Budapest to counteract deteriorating water quality in ecosystems

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The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in collaboration with the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and the Global Water Systems Project (GWSP) launched the International Water Quality Guidelines for Ecosystems (IWQGES) project on Thursday at the Budapest Water Summit. The aim is to improve the sustainable management of global water [...]

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IMF predicts mixed picture for global growth

Listen / Automobile factory in China.  (Photo: Xu/Corbis)

The world economy is expected to grow by 2.9 percent this year which is below the 3.2 percent recorded in 2012, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The IMF says most of this growth is likely to be driven by advanced economies, while the performance of emerging markets will be weaker than expected. Jennifer [...]

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UN urges Iraqi authorities to adopt a moratorium on executions

Listen / Farhan Haq

The United Nations mission in Afghanistan has once again called on the government of Iraq to adopt a moratorium on the death penalty. This appeal follows confirmation by Iraq's Ministry of Justice on Thursday that 42 people, including a woman, were executed between 8 and 9 October. According to reports, the people were found guilty [...]

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Disabled call for more inclusion in disaster preparedness

Listen / An evacuation drill being conducted in Dong Phuoc village, Vietnam. Photo: Guilhem Alandry/doculab/Malteser International/UNISDR

The United Nations has released the findings of its' first-ever survey on how people with disabilities cope in disaster situations. Although roughly 15 per cent of the global population lives with some form of disability, it finds disabled people die or are injured in higher numbers when disasters strike. Dianne Penn reports. Duration: 2’53″

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Local populations in CAR witness horror as crisis deepens

Listen / Kaarina Immonen

An entire community in the eastern town of Bangassou in Central African Republic (CAR) is in shock, after enduring months of violence in sectarian clashes between former rebels and self-defence groups. Deputy Special Representative for CAR, Kaarina Immonen, has just returned from a fact-finding mission with the Archbishop of Bangui and the country's representative of [...]

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ILO's "Red Card" campaign aims to end child labour

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The International Labour Organization (ILO) on Thursday launched a global campaign to end child labour. The announcement was made by the Director-General of the ILO Guy Ryder at the closing of the third Global Conference on Child Labour in Brasilia, Brazil The ILO launched the first Red Card campaign in 2002 to raise public awareness [...]

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ILO launches global campaign to end child labour

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A global mobilization campaign to help end child labour was announced Thursday in Brazil by the International Labour Organization (ILO). The "Red Card to Child Labour!" Campaign was announced at the closing of the third Global Conference on Child Labour in Brasilia and already has the support of world-famous artists such as Oscar-winning actor and [...]

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Needs of persons with disabilities not addressed in disasters: UN survey

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Only ten per cent of people living with disabilities believe that there are plans to address their needs when disasters strike, according to the results of a United Nations survey released in Geneva on Thursday. The UN global survey of people living with disabilities and how they cope with disasters was launched in July this [...]

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Syrian refugee children in Jordan at risk of abuse neglect and exploitation

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Thousands of Syrian refugee children living in Jordan are at risk of abuse, neglect and exploitation, according to the United Nations Children's Fund(UNICEF). The agency says over 120,000 Syrian children in Jordan were not attending schools, while another 30,000 were engaged in child labour as a means of survival. UNICEF says it is concerned over [...]

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New global treaty cuts mercury emissions and releases

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A historic new international convention to reduce emissions and releases of the toxic metal into air, land and water and to phase out many products that contain mercury was signed in Japan on Thursday. The Minamata Convention on Mercury – a global, legally binding treaty which opened for signature Thursday – was agreed to by [...]

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UN chief condemns abduction of Libyan Prime-Minister

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the abduction of Libyan Prime-Minister Ali Zeidan. The Secretary-General told reporters in Brunei where he's attending the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit that the United Nations was working hard with key partners for the Prime-Minister's release. ” I was shocked to hear that the Prime-Minister of Libya Mr. [...]

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UN eager to work with ASEAN nations in implementing a bold new sustainable development agenda: SG

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ASEAN countries have made impressive progress towards most of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon said in opening remarks to the Fifth ASEAN Summit on Thursday. He said the UN will continue to work with ASEAN to achieve all the MDGs across the board. The Secretary-General said this is imperative as "we [...]

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Developing countries call for more funding to fight poverty

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A number of ministers from around the world, including Africa, were at the United Nations this week for a High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reiterated his call on developed countries to provide funds to developing countries to achieve the Millennium Development Goals or MDGs to end poverty. He recalled [...]

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MPs appeal for greater protection of freedom of expression in the digital age

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E-mail, social media and other online communications are making it easier for people everywhere to share their views. But in the face of these technological developments, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) is calling for more international action to protect freedom of expression. While this basic human right is core to the work of parliamentarians and democracy, [...]

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Erratic weather and locust invasion trigger food crisis in Madagascar

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Poor harvest, bad weather and a locust invasion in Madagascar have caused serious food shortages. The extent of the crisis has been revealed in joint report by the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Wednesday. The production of rice and maize, staple foods in the Indian Ocean island, has [...]

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UNAIDS chief urges greater efforts in ensuring Angolans have access to antiretroviral treatment

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  UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé has called for greater efforts in reaching all pregnant women living with HIV and ensuring that all babies are born free of HIV in Angola. His call came during a visit to the Lucrecia Paim Maternity Hospital – one of Angola's model clinics in providing access to antiretroviral therapy [...]

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UN expert urges Belarus to stop executions after recent court rulings

Listen / Miklós Haraszti. (Photo: OSCE/Susanna Lööf)

The government of Belarus has been urged to start in immediate moratorium on executions before the laws imposing the death penalty can be repealed and the court system reformed. The appeal has come from the United Nations independent expert on human rights in Belarus, following the rulings of the country's courts that continue to hand [...]

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Ruling of Dominican Republic's Constitutional Court could have a devastating impact on thousands of children: UNICEF

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  UNICEF – the UN Children's Fund has urged the Government of the Dominican Republic to adopt, with the support of the United Nations system, a procedure to protect every child's right to acquire a nationality, in accordance with the country's international human rights obligations. In a statement Wednesday on the Constitutional Court's decision on [...]

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Eritrean authorities urged to release 11 Members of Parliament

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The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) is calling on Eritrean authorities to release 11 Members of Parliament who have been detained without charges since September 2001. The IPU, which has been meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, says it deplores the Eritrean authorities' contempt for the most basic human rights of the MPs. It adds that it is appalled [...]

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Four million people in Madagascar are food insecure, say UN agencies

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As many as 4 million people in rural areas of Madagascar don't have enough food as a result of this year's reduced harvest, according to United Nations agencies. A report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) says the food shortages have been caused by a combination of [...]

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People of the world want a universal agenda built on human rights and universal values: UNDP

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“The people of the world want action. They want a universal agenda that is built on human rights and the universal values of equality, justice and security embedded not only as enablers but as outcomes,” UN Development Programme (UNDP) Associate Administrator Rebeca Grynspan told the 7th Seoul ODA International Conference. The UNDP official says the [...]

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UN urges governments to support postal developments and modernization

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Today is World Post Day. In a message marking the occasion, the Universal Postal Union Director General Bishar A. Hussein urges governments to support postal reform efforts in their countries to ensure the provision of efficient postal services. The head of the United Nations specialized agency says that postal services continue to play a vital [...]

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WHO approves new vaccine for Japanese Encephalitis

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has added a new vaccine made in China to its list of pre-qualified medicines. The new vaccine will be used to protect children against Japanese Encephalitis which is a mosquito borne viral infection that causes inflammation of the brain. Japanese Encephalitis is major public health problem and is endemic with [...]

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UN chief proposes establishment of mission to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has proposed the establishment of a joint mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons. In a letter to the Security Council on Monday afternoon, he says the mission is aimed at achieving the timely elimination of the Syrian [...]

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World needs new, innovative financing strategies to drive development

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New and innovative sources of funding are needed to supplement decreasing official development assistance (ODA) to developing countries. That's the conclusion made by delegates attending a two day High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development. In the year 2000, UN Member States together with the world's leading development institutions agreed on a blueprint to scale up [...]

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UN chief commends Hungary for its leadership on water issues

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday commended Hungary for its leadership role in promoting better understanding and cooperation on water issues. Secretary-General Ban spoke to the press in Budapest, the capital of Hungary where he participated in the Water Summit. He said he was impressed by the big turnout of many leaders, representatives of [...]

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ILO Chief calls on countries to boost efforts to fight child labour

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ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder has called for a redoubling of efforts so that the international community can reach the target it set itself to eradicate the worst forms of child labour by 2016. He told the Third Global Conference on Child Labour in Brazil that the current rate of progress is not fast enough. "Let [...]

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More stranded South Sudanese from Sudan leave for Juba

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More South Sudanese who had been stranded in the South Sudanese border town of Renk since 2011 are being transported by barge to the capital, Juba, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The people are part of the 30,000 South Sudanese who got stranded in Renk after the authorities in Sudan asked them [...]

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UN approves emergency funding for conflict victims in the Philippines

Listen / Overcrowding at the main evacuation centre in the coastal province of Zamboanga, Philippines, is causing increasing health risks and vulnerability for at least 70, 000 people. Photo: OCHA

The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has given $3 million to help the people of Zamboanga in the southern Philippines recover from the recent armed conflict. The conflict has displaced more than 125,000 people with nearly half of them living in evacuation centres. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs [...]

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Guaranteeing a water-secure world requires engagement of all: SG

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Water holds the key to sustainable development, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in opening remarks on Tuesday at the Budapest Water Summit in Hungary. He said we need it for health, food security and economic progress. Yet, each year brings new pressures. The Secretary-General warned that by 2030 nearly half the global population could be facing [...]

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UNAMID Police Commissioner calls for more women officers in peacekeeping missions

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More police officers are needed in United Nations peacekeeping missions in order to attend to the needs of women in conflict areas. This is the view of Brigadier Hester Adriana Paneras, the Police Commissioner for the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID). Brigadier Paneras, a South African police officer, was appointed Police Commissioner in [...]

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New and innovative sources of financing needed to supplement traditional Overseas Development Assistance: PGA

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Implementing the post 2015 development agenda will require significant resource mobilization, President of the 68th session of the UN General Assembly   Dr. John Ashe told the opening of the Sixth High-level Dialogue on Financing on Monday. He said while the fulfillment of all Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) commitments remains critical, it is clear that [...]

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UN Chief strongly condemns Sunday's violence in Egypt

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned Sunday's violence in Egypt, where more than fifty people were killed in clashes. He conveyed his condolences to the families of those killed and his wishes for a full and speedy recovery of those injured. A statement from his Spokespersons' office says "as he had stated ahead of the [...]

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Security Council members continue visit to Great Lakes region

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Members of the Security Council met with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni in Kampala on Monday as they continued their visit to the Great Lakes region of Africa. The UN spokesperson in New York says earlier in the day the Council members were in Rwanda where they met with senior government officials including Rwandan President Paul [...]

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UN official calls for education to combat racism in football

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Racism is not a problem of sport or football but that of society and everyone has a role to play in combating it. That's what Wilfried Lemke, the UN Secretary-General's Special Advisor on Sport for Development and Peace said at an event on racism in sport organized by the UN Human Rights Office in Geneva [...]

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Video games and law of war

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The International Committee of the Red Cross has called for video games to punish crimes committed in battle by adhering to real-life international war conventions. The organisation is concerned that some games create an impression that acts prohibited under international law are standard behavious. Patrick Maigua reports from Geneva. Duration: 3’37″

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Committee on Food Security moves to end global hunger

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Although the number of undernourished people worldwide continues to fall, much needs to be done to end hunger, according to the head of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva was speaking during the Committee on Food Security meeting which opened in Rome on Monday. Dianne Penn reports. Duration: [...]

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UN chief reiterates call for investment in fighting poverty

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has reiterated his call on developed countries to provide funds to developing countries to achieve the Millennium Development Goals or MDGs to end poverty. Secretary-General Ban spoke at the High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development attended by ministers from around the world on Monday. He recalled that world leaders gathered [...]

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Exhibit in Geneva showcases low-cost houses for displaced people

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An exhibit showcasing some of the latest developments in easy to build, affordable and effective housing for people displaced by disasters opened in Geneva on Monday. The exhibit, hosted by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), is to mark World Habitat Day observed on the first Monday of October each year. One house, donated [...]

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UN expert restates call on EU states to prioritise migrants' human rights

Listen / François Crépeau

A top human rights official has reiterated his call on all European Union member states to urgently adopt a new approach to migration that places the rights of migrants at the forefront. The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, said Monday that "Last week's tragic event off the coast of [...]

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UN Chief condemns increasing number of targeted attacks in Central African Republic

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the increasing number of targeted attacks and retaliations against Muslims and Christians in the Central African Republic, including the most recent incidents on the Bossangoa-Bossembele axis. A statement from his Spokespersons' office says he is particularly worried about these attacks, which have the potential to further escalate the [...]

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Destruction of Syria's chemical weapons begins

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The process of destroying Syria's chemical weapons programme began on Sunday, according to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The work is in compliance with a resolution unanimously adopted by the Security Council last month demanding the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles and production facilities. OPCW says its international inspectors supported [...]

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Latest estimate show 30 million less hungry people in the world in 2013

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Calls to build more effective links between international policies and the daily needs of millions of the world's most vulnerable people were echoed Monday as the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) began meeting in Rome. The committee is the world's most important intergovernmental and multi-stakeholder platform for food security and nutrition. Director-General of the [...]

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Plant a tree, save a city

Listen / Vegetables growing in recycled car tires in the area Ti Savann in Carrefour Feuille, Haiti. [Photo adapted from UNIFEED].

Increasing urbanization over the next decades presents not only unprecedented challenges for humanity but also opportunities to curb climate change. That's according to the world's first global assessment on the relationship between urbanization and biodiversity loss, entitled Cities and Biodiversity Outlook (CBO). The report, co-produced by the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC) and the Secretariat of [...]

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We need proactive and coordinated strategies for addressing migration

Listen / Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations .

We need a coordinated and coherent approach, UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations His Excellency Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser told the High-level Dialogue on Migration and Development on Friday. He stressed that "We need proactive and coordinated strategies for addressing migration: strategies at the national, regional and international levels to prevent the inhuman [...]

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Jamaica encourages the development of national plans on international migration and development

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Jamaica has demonstrated its commitment since 2006, to optimizing the benefits of migration while minimizing it challenges. Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Arnold Brown told a High-level meeting on International Migration and development that the Government has made every effort to include these and other related issues in deliberations at the [...]

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Dominica committed to increasing renewable energy generation

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The Commonwealth of Dominica maintains that sustainable energy is the foundation for long-term socio-economic development. That's what Dominica's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Vince Henderson told the 68th session of the UN General Assembly. He said for this reason, Dominica is pleased to have joined the Sustainable Energy For All Initiative (SEF4ALL) partnership [...]

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Foreign Minister reflects on recent events in Kenya

Listen / Amina Mohamed, Foreign Minister of Kenya.

Kenya is recovering from a terrorist attack by Al-Shabaab Islamic insurgents at a shopping mall in the capital,Nairobi, more than a week ago. That incident, in which more than 60 people were killed, came as Kenyan Vice President William Ruto was appearing before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague for alleged crimes against [...]

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Address the root causes of illegal migration: The Bahamas

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The Bahamas has called on the international community to address the root causes of illegal migration. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Frederick Mitchell told a High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development that it is an issue which has the potential, if not carefully managed, to destabilize The Bahamas and all the government is [...]

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Cities with a rich biodiversity can become resilient and self-reliant

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With a rich biodiversity, cities can have enormous potential to mitigate the effects of climate change, according to the world's first global assessment on the relationship between urbanization and biodiversity loss. The Cities and Biodiversity Outlook (CBO) publication was released on Friday. The assessment argues that cities can become "carbon sinks" rather than emission sources [...]

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Security Council condemns attack on Russian embassy in Libya

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The Security Council is calling on the authorities in Libya to protect diplomatic property and personnel following an attack this week on the Russian embassy in the capital,Tripoli. In a statement on Friday, Council members strongly condemned Thursday's attack, which resulted in intrusions into the premises, causing serious damage. They said such acts are unjustifiable [...]

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Dominican-born woman of Haitian descent becomes stateless after court ruling

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Three generations of Dominicans of Haitian descent have become stateless following a ruling by the Constitutional Tribunal of the Dominican Republic. A stateless person cannot travel, vote or even access basic services. The ruling is at odds with positions and recommendations made by the United Nations system in the Dominican Republic. The Tribunal's ruling came [...]

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Ahead of World Habitat Day, experts discuss building storm-resistant cities

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In recent weeks and months, cities around the world have been hit with extreme weather conditions. Severe storms have struck both coasts of Mexico. Typhoons have caused widespread flooding in Asia. Ahead of World Habitat Day, observed on 7 October, the UN is hosting a High-Level Conference of global experts to discuss how to build [...]

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Deaths of over 110 people off Italian coast reminder of ordeal of migrants

Listen / Survivors of the boat tragedy off the coast of Lampedusa shelter in an area of the tiny island's port. UNHCR/B. Molinario

More than 110 bodies have been recovered from a tragedy that happened off the Italian island of Lampedusa on Thursday. Many more are still missing after a smugglers' boat, carrying about 500 migrants, mainly Eritreans, sank in the Mediterranean. According to reports, at least 155 people have been rescued among them 40 unaccompanied boys aged [...]

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IOM report highlights impact of Syrian refugees and returnees on Iraq

Listen / Jumbe Omari Jumbe, spokesperson for the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

The continuing influx of Syrian refugees into Iraq is causing growing social, economic and demographic challenges, particularly the Kurdish region in the north of the country. That's according to a report released on Friday by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) which follows an assessment conducted earlier this year. IOM spokesperson Jumbe Omari Jumbe says [...]

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UN meeting explores role of resilient design in urbanization

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With the humanitarian and economic costs of natural disasters mounting, the UN Secretary-General is highlighting the importance of urban resilience. Addressing a meeting in New York on Friday ahead of World Habitat Day, observed on 7 October, Ban Ki-moon called for more planning to save lives, protect assets and guarantee services when disasters occur. "Since [...]

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Disaster planning should be cross-sectoral: PGA

Listen / John Ashe, President of the 68th session of the General Assembly

Disasters affect all sectors and disaster planning must also be cross-sectoral and multidisciplinary, if it is to be truly impactful and effective. That's what the President of the 68th session of the UN General Assembly Dr. John Ashe told a World Habitat Day High-level meeting: Resilient Design for Sustainable Urbanization: Sustainable Urban Mobility. He said [...]

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World needs more teachers, quality education: UN agencies

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The world will need to recruit more than five million teachers if the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of universal primary education is to be achieved by the 2015 deadline, according to four UN agencies. In a message marking World Teachers' Day, observed this Saturday (5 October), they say this challenge goes beyond numbers as more [...]

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Human Rights chief calls for greater action to end migrant trafficking

Listen / Italian coastguard vessels arrive at Lampedusa Island after rescuing people on the Mediterranean. (January 2012) Photo: UNHCR/F. Noy

The UN Human Rights High Commissioner is urging authorities in Eritrea and Somalia to renew efforts to end the smuggling and trafficking of persons in those countries. This comes in the wake of Thursday's boat tragedy off the Italian island of Lampedusa in which more than 100 migrants died, most of them Eritreans. Rupert Colville, [...]

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More than 111 Eritreans die off the Italian coast, hundreds more missing

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The death toll from Thursday’s migrant boat tragedy off the Italian island of Lampedusa has risen to 111, according to the UN Refugee agency (UNHCR). 155 people have been rescued, among them 40 unaccompanied boys aged between 14 and 17, and six women. The boat was carrying up to 500 Eritreans. UN High Commissioner for [...]

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Envoy assures Afghan women of UN support during 2014 elections

Listen / Afghan woman casting her vote.  (UNAMA file photo Sept 2010)

As elections approach in Afghanistan, attacks on high profile women are on the rise, according to the United Nations. In recent weeks and months, there have been several cases of intimidation, abduction and targeted killings of women government officials and public figures.  As international forces leave Afghanistan, women are fearful the violence against them might [...]

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Envoy assures Afghan women of UN support during 2014 elections

Listen / Afghan woman exercising her right to vote - 2009/UN Photo/Tim Page

As elections approach in Afghanistan, attacks on high profile women are on the rise, according to the United Nations. In recent weeks and months, there have been several cases of intimidation, abduction and targeted killings of women government officials and public figures. As international forces leave Afghanistan, women are fearful the violence against them might [...]

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UN report says torture in detention is widespread in Libya

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• A UN report issued on Tuesday says there is widespread torture and ill-treatment of detainees in Libya. The report has been jointly published by the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and the UN human rights office. It says human rights violations have continued in Libya despite the government's efforts to improve the situation. [...]

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Chemical weapons watchdog and UN report "initial progress"

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There has been "encouraging initial progress" in the process to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons, according to the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). In a statement released on Thursday, the UN and the OPCW say their joint team has had the first working day of meetings with Syrian authorities. [...]

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UNAMA registers 16 per cent rise in civilian casualties in Afghanistan

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The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) registered   a 16 per cent rise in the number of Afghan civilians killed or wounded during the first eight months of this year compared to the same period last year, a senior UNAMA official told a news conference in the eastern Afghanistan city of Jalalabad. Georgette [...]

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Protection of migrants a top priority for governments

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"Make it work," the UN Secretary-General urged delegates at a High Level Dialogue on Migration and Development on Thursday. Mr. Ban Ki-moon asked the delegates to implement measures that protect the rights of migrants and recognize their contributions to society. The two-day Dialogue seeks to improve international migration for migrants and countries, while reducing its [...]

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We have a special responsibility towards migrants: PGA

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Protecting the rights of all migrants must be the cornerstone of our migration policies, President of the UN General Assembly Dr. John Ashe told a High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development Thursday. He said during economic downturns, migrants become easy scapegoats, but stressed that we must take a strong stand against this. Ambassador Ashe [...]

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UN expert stresses that migrants are human beings with human rights

Listen / Migrants are human beings with human rights - François Crépeau

The United Nations independent expert on the protection of migrants on Thursday stressed that migrants are human beings with human rights. François Crépeau, Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, spoke to reporters as the UN held a High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development. Mr. Crépeau said migration is "in essence a fundamental [...]

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UNESCO study shows Africa and Arab States are worst hit by teacher shortage

Listen / Literacy class in a religious school, in Ethiopia.  UNESCO/Dominique Roger

One point six million additional teachers will be required to achieve universal primary education by 2015, and this number will rise to 3.3 million by 2030, according to a report published by UNESCO's Institute for Statistics (UIS) on the occasion of World Teachers Day, to be celebrated on 5 October. The report also shows that [...]

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World cereal production set to jump 8 percent this year

Listen / A woman planting rice in the Kenyan community of Ahero

The outlook for global cereal supply in the 2013/14 marketing season remains generally favourable despite downward adjustments to forecasts for world cereal production and closing stocks, according to the latest issue of FAO‘s quarterly Crop Prospects and Food Situation report. Despite this downward adjustment, world cereal production would still surpass the 2012 level by nearly [...]

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More than 80 African migrants die in a boat disaster off the Italian coast

Listen / The Italian coastguard brings survivors of Thursday's tragedy to the harbour in Lampedusa.

More than 80 African migrants died when a boat they were on sank off the Italian island of Lampedusa on Thursday, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR). The figure may be higher because the boat was carrying between 400 and 500 migrants, mainly from Eritrea but only about 140 of them had been [...]

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Yemen has seen great changes in the past two years: Human rights official

Listen / Flavia Pansieri, Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights

Yemen has seen great changes in the past two years, according to the Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Flavia Pansieri. She said it was a difficult time but also a time for people to come together in an innovative way through the National Dialogue, which aims to find a solution through dialogue to the [...]

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Migration: an expression of the human aspiration for a better future: Ban

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"We must do more to protect the human rights of all migrants", Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in remarks to a High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development on Thursday. The Secretary-General said he has put forward an ambitious eight-point agenda to "make migration work" for all: migrants, societies of origin and societies of destinations alike. [...]

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Boat tragedy kills 82 African migrants off the Italian coast

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At least 82 people have died after a boat carrying African migrants sank off the southern Italian island of Lampedusa, according to the UN Refugee agency (UNHCR). The boat which originated from Libya is reported to have been carrying over 500 migrants, mainly from Eritrea. UNHCR says the boat caught fire, half a mile from [...]

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History favours the interwoven path of peace and non-violence: PGA

Listen / John Ashe, President of the 68th session of the General Assembly

The ideas that are central to the UN's founding – ensuring peace and security and improving human well-being – are still central to our shared human global journey and what each of us must work together to support, the President of the UN General Assembly Dr. John Ashe said in remarks marking International Day of [...]

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Emergency Coordinator welcomes Security Council's statement on Syria's humanitarian situation

Listen / Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs

UN Emergency Coordinator Valerie Amos has welcomed the Security Council's statement on the humanitarian situation in Syria. The statement calls on all parties to end the violence and stop targeting civilians. She says the task now is to turn these strong words into meaningful action for the children, women and men who are the victims [...]

2 Oct 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Thousands of Haitians at risk of losing citizenship in Dominican Republic

Listen / Alfonso, 33, is an asylum seeker from Haiti who works as a substitute teacher.  Because his asylum application was never processed, he cannot be employed full-time as a teacher.  He is married to a refugee and has three children, none of whom possesses a birth certificate.  He fears for the future of his children who will have no legal right to education after 8th grade.  UNHCR/J. Tanner

UN agencies are concerned that thousands of people, mainly Haitians in the Dominican Republic may be stripped of citizenship. This follows a ruling by the country's constitutional court last week on the children of undocumented migrants who have been in the Dominican Republic and registered as Dominicans as far back as 1929. The Court says [...]

2 Oct 2013 | Posted in Caribbean News, Today's Features | Read More »

UN Human rights expert calls for the respect of migrant workers' rights

Listen / François Crépeau, the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants

UN human rights expert calls for the respect of migrant workers' rights. The detention, abuse and xenophobic attitudes towards migrant or foreign workers have been making headlines of late. There's an estimated 232 million migrants worldwide. Half of these migrants are women, according to the UN. Many states are reluctant to discuss migration because it [...]

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President of South Sudan commits to strengthening the country's response to HIV

Listen / UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director, Programme, Luiz Loures shaking hands with the President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardi. Photo courtesy of South Sudan Presidency.

“We won the battle for the independence of South Sudan. We will also win the war against HIV," the President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit told UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director, Programme, Luiz Loures in South Sudan's capital Juba. President Kiir said "I have made this my priority. I want to keep my people safe [...]

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Security Council calls for an end to impunity in Syria

Listen / Security Council Chamber

The UN Security Council has condemned the widespread violations of human rights and international humanitarian law by the Syrian authorities, as well as any human rights abuses and violations of international humanitarian law by armed groups. In a presidential statement on Wednesday, the Security Council  condemns increased terrorist attacks resulting in numerous casualties and destruction carried [...]

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Ban: "Do no harm" on UN Non-Violence Day

Listen / International Day of Non-Violence

In celebration of the International Day of Non-Violence, the UN Secretary-General called on world citizens to "be guided by the imperative to do no harm." Mr. Ban Ki-moon also asked people to "draw courage and strength from individuals like Mahatma Ghandi, famous for his commitment to non-violence. Observed annually on 2 October, the day was [...]

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Clashes in north-western Central African Republic displace thousands

Listen / A group of displaced children sit on a log in their new home in the bush.  UNHCR/H. Caux

Thousands of people in the north-western part of the Central African Republic have been displaced by recent fighting between armed groups. A mission to that part of the country, led by the UN humanitarian agency (OCHA) last month, found that 170,000 people have been displaced by fighting between former Séléka rebels and various armed groups. [...]

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Envoy affirms UN support for women's participation in Afghanistan elections

Listen / Afghan woman casting her vote.  (UNAMA file photo Sept 2010)

The United Nations will support efforts to ensure women's involvement in next year's elections in Afghanistan, the top UN official in the country told women activists in the capital, Kabul, on Wednesday. Ján Kubiš, head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), was speaking during an annual event related to a landmark Security Council [...]

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