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General Debate provides useful measure of issues at the forefront of our lives: PGA

Listen / John Ashe

The General Debate provides a useful measure of stock taking on the issues at the forefront of our lives within the mandate of the United Nations, and it is the only mechanism by which the 193 members can make their voices heard. That assessment comes from the president of the 68th session of the UN [...]

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Israeli Prime Minister vows "not to allow Iran to get nuclear weapons"

Listen / Benjamini Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamini Netanyahu on Tuesday vowed that if forced to do so, Israel would stand alone to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. Speaking at the conclusion of this year's General Debate in the General Assembly, Mr. Netanyahu said the new Iranian president cannot be trusted when he says his country is not [...]

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Special Advisers deeply concerned over deteriorating situation in CAR

Listen / Adama Dieng

The deterioration in the situation in the Central African Republic is of deep concern to two United Nations Special Advisers. Special Advisers on the Prevention of Genocide, Mr. Adama Dieng, and on the Responsibility to Protect, Ms. Jennifer Welsh, called on the national transitional authorities to take urgent measures to protect the population against the [...]

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OPCW-UN team arrives in Damascus and sets up operational base

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) meets with the Director-General of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapon (OPCW) Ahmet Üzümcü Photo: OPCW

An advance team from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations (OPCW-UN) has arrived in Damascus, Syria just four days after the OPCW Executive Council and the UN Security Council unanimously endorsed a plan to send them to Syria to begin the process of overseeing the destruction of the country's [...]

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UNICEF appalled by attack on school in northeast Syria

Listen / Syrian refugee children

"UNICEF – the UN Children's agency, is appalled by the reported deaths of at least 12 children in an air attack on a secondary school in Raqqa, north east Syria, on 29 September. Reports from the scene say a total of 14 people – most of them students — were killed in the attack on [...]

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Small Island Developing States ask for review of their "Middle Income Status"

Listen / 68th General Assembly debate

Some small Island Developing States (SIDS) feel stuck since they made the transition from Low Income to Middle Income Status. Delegates from the Maldives, Grenada and Suriname expressed these views on Tuesday, in their address to the UN General Assembly. They are no longer considered "poor" and therefore have lost crucial development aid. The SIDS [...]

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Post-2015 agenda should bring about inclusive and sustainable development: Dominica

Listen / Vince Henderson, Permanent Representative of the Commonwealth of Dominica to the UN

South-South Cooperation continues to play a significant role in assisting small countries like Dominica achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) targets, the permanent Representative of Dominica Ambassador Vince Henderson told the 68th UN General Assembly on Tuesday. He said Dominica's commitment to the MDGs should see a redoubling of efforts towards the post-2015 agenda that [...]

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UNICEF assisting displaced families in Central African Republic

Listen / Children from the Central African Republic displaced by violence.  OCHA/C. Illemassene

More than 5,000 families displaced by violence in the Central African Republic are receiving critical emergency support from the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). The agency says the majority of the displaced are women and children who are now living in deplorable conditions in the northwest of the country with no access to safe water or [...]

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Experts gather in Sendai to strengthen potentially life-saving disaster data to build Asia-Pacific resilience

Listen / Over 210,000 houses were damaged or destroyed when Typhoon Bopha made landfall in the Philippines on 3 December 2012. The death toll was over 1,000 with hundreds of  people reported missing.

The lack of reliable data and robust regional mechanisms hinder the ability of Asia-Pacific Member States to develop resilience and to respond to disasters swiftly through evidence-based policy making, planning and programming. That assessment led to a meeting to develop a way forward that ended in Japan Tuesday with an agreement on the need to [...]

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New plan outlines steps to end childhood TB

Listen / child being examined for tuberculosis

A global action plan on tuberculosis (TB) and children aims to save the lives of more than 74,000 youngsters. The first-ever Roadmap for Childhood TB was launched on Tuesday by a group of global leaders on the disease, including the World Health Organization (WHO). It estimates that an annual expenditure of $120 million could help [...]

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Unilateral graduation of SIDS to Middle Income Status premature: Grenada

Listen / Nickolas Steele, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Business of Grenada

The unilateral graduation of many Small Island Developing States to Middle Income Status is premature. That's what Grenada's Foreign Minister Nickolas Steele told the 68th session of the UN General Assembly  on Monday. He reiterated the call made in Agenda 21 for a more holistic and comprehensive set of indicators for classifying States. Agenda 21 [...]

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Millions still undernourished despite decline in hunger globally: FAO

Listen / Women tend crops in rural Afghanistan. UN Photo/Fardin Waezi

Although the number of hungry people worldwide has decreased, millions are still undernourished, according to a report released on Tuesday by three United Nations agencies. It finds that over the past two years, more than 840 million people—roughly one in eight—suffered from chronic hunger, meaning they are not getting enough food to lead active and [...]

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UN report says torture in detention is widespread in Libya

Listen / Ravina Shamdasani

A United Nations report issued on Tuesday says there is widespread torture and ill-treatment of detainees in Libya. The report is jointly published by the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). It says human rights violations continue in Libya despite the government's efforts [...]

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Older persons also want to have a voice: Ban

Listen / montage of older persons

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on countries and people to commit to removing barriers to older persons' full participation in society while protecting their rights and dignity. In a message marking International Day of Older Persons, the Secretary-General noted there is broad recognition that population ageing presents both a significant opportunity and a challenge. He [...]

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Former combatants in South Sudan graduate for reintegration as civilians

Listen / The first batch of ex-combatants attending the Pilot DDR program at the Mapel Purpose built Training Center in Western Bahr el Ghazal graduated on 16 September 2013

As South Sudan continues efforts to reform its security sector, the first batch of former combatants recently graduated after vocational training in Western Bahar el Ghazal State. The Pilot Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Programme started in 2012, with close to 300 ex-combatants from four surrounding states. They were trained for more than three months in [...]

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International community to expand support to countries neighbouring Syria

Listen / A scene from the crowded Za'atri refugee camp in Jordan.  UNHCR/J. Kohler

The international community will scale up support to countries hosting the more than two million Syrian refugees who have escaped the conflict in their homeland. The announcement comes in a statement issued on Tuesday at the end of a high-level meeting in Geneva organized by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). It calls for "massive support" [...]

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Torture rife in Libyan detention facilities says United Nations

Listen / prison

Nearly 8,000 detainees are being held in Libyan jails without access to family or legal assistance, according to a new report by the United Nations. The report which is jointly published by the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), says the detainees are [...]

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