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Developing countries call for more funding to fight poverty

Listen / Millennium Development Goals

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

Listen / Member flags of the Inter-Parliamentary Union

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

Listen / Food distribution in Madagascar

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

Listen / Michel Sidibé visited the facility

  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Belarus has been urged to start in immediate moratorium on executions before the laws imposing the death penalty can be repealed and the court system reformed.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

Listen / Haitian family

  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

Listen / Small Malagasy farms are hard hit

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

Listen / Rebeca Grynspan

“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

Listen / Bishar A. Hussein

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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