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

Listen / Ahmet Üzümcü

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

Listen / Wowen becoming micro-entrepreneurs (Photo : UNDP/Elena Ganan)

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

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

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

Listen / Guy Ryder (@ Khem Sovannara/Cambodge Soir/AFP 2013)

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

Listen / IOM staff assist returnees as they disembark the barge (PHOTO@IOM)

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

Listen / Water pump (Lucian Read/WorldPictureNews)

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

Listen / Ms. Hester Paneras greets some fellow blue berets, members of the UNAMID Police (PHOTO@UNAMID)

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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