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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

Listen / Arnold Brown

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

Listen / Vince Henderson

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

Listen / Frederick Mitchell

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

Listen / Photo from Convention on Biological Diversity

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

Listen / Security Council chamber [UN file photo].

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

Listen / haitian

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

Listen / People in urban areas

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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UN Daily News 04 October 2013

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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

Listen / Ban Ki-moon

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

Listen / © UNESCO/Antonio FiorenteEducation in Ethiopia

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

Listen / Foto: Acnur

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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