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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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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UN Daily News 02 October 2013

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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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WFP scales up operations in Malawi

Listen / Malawi child receiving food assistance from WFP

The World Food Programme (WFP) is ramping up its relief operations in Malawi where nearly 1.5 million people are in need of food assistance. This week, the agency alongside the government and partners launched a relief operation to meet a rise in the country's food needs at the onset of a lean season resulting from [...]

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Migrants, much more than simply agents for economic development – Key UN expert group

Listen / IOM evacuating African migrants in Libya

"Migrants are human beings with human rights, not simply agents for economic development," the largest body of independent experts in the United Nations Human Rights system said on the eve of a crucial discussion on international migration and development, convened by the UN General Assembly in New York on 3 and 4 October 2013. In [...]

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Ending violence starts with each of us says Secretary-General in message marking International Day of Non-Violence

Listen / UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [UN Photo / Anne-Laure Lechat]

The UN Secretary-General is encouraging people everywhere to work for a world of lasting justice, peace and prosperity for all. The call comes in a message on the International Day of Non-Violence, observed 2 October, which also marks the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. "Gandhi showed the power of peacefully opposing oppression, injustice and hatred.  His [...]

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