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CEDAW Chairperson calls for balance between women's rights and development

Listen / Nicole Ameline, CEDAW

Member States were on Friday urged to be vigilant in the implementation of a global treaty to eliminate discrimination against women. The call was made by Nicole Améline, Chairperson of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) during an interactive dialogue with Member States. Briefing reporters afterwards, she recalled that while the [...]

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Social development a significant issue to CARICOM

Listen / Ambassador Rodney Charles

Social development continues to be a significant issue to the governments and peoples of the Caribbean Community, the representative of Trinidad and Tobago Ambassador Rodney Charles told the General Assembly's Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee. He said it is evident that social development cannot be considered in a vacuum but must be duly incorporated and [...]

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UN peacekeeping chief heads to China to discuss peacekeeping issues

Listen / Hervé Ladsous

The head of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous, is this weekend going to China to participate in a major regional meeting. It is the first time that Mr. Ladsous is visiting the most populous nation in the world in his capacity as the head of UN peacekeeping. Mr. Ladsous tells UN Radio's [...]

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We are faced with challenges in all three dimensions of sustainable development: economic, social and environment: SIDS

Listen / Ambassador Lois Michele Young

Sustainable development must have an inclusive agenda and specifically address the needs of countries that are vulnerable and with unique challenges, the representative of Belize Ambassador Lois Michele Young told the UN General Assembly. Speaking on behalf of the Small Island Developing States (SIDS), Ambassador Young said small states recognize they cannot overcome their challenges [...]

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Global financial and economic crisis continue to have negative impact on CARICOM

Listen / Ambassador Delano Bart

Meeting the Millennium Development Goals before the 2015 deadline and paving the way beyond hinged on a strong financing framework that reflected a changing landscape of climate emergencies, economic crises and innovative solutions, delegates heard as the General Assembly held a two-day High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development. Ministers and other representatives of Member States, [...]

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Nobel Peace prize recognizes the important work of the OPCW: General Assembly president

Listen / John W. Ashe

The President of the UN General Assembly, Dr. John W. Ashe, has welcomed the awarding of the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). He congratulates the Organization for the recognition the award brings to its tremendously important work of overseeing the destruction of chemical weapons worldwide. President [...]

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OPCW staff reacts to winning Nobel Peace Prize with "jubilation and quiet satisfaction"

Listen / OPCW headquarters in The Hague, the Netherlands

Staff members of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) are walking taller after the organization won this year's Nobel Peace Prize. That's what the spokesperson for OPCW, Michael Luhan, speaking from The Hague in the Netherlands, told UN Radio on Friday. The Organization is currently supervising the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons [...]

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Finding innovative and creative ways to advance girls' education

Listen / Girls in Sudan

"Innovate to educate." That's this year's theme for the International Day of the Girl Child observed 11 October. The UN is calling for creative and effective ways to advance girls' education. Technology is one route that can overcome gender barriers to girls' learning. Community mobilization and engaging young people are equally important. Jocelyne Sambira reports. [...]

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UN human rights office welcomes law for creation of a body to prevent torture in Tunisia

Listen / Rupert Colville

The passing of a law to establish a national body to prevent torture in Tunisia has been welcomed by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. The National Constituent Assembly unanimously adopted the law on Wednesday, making Tunisia the first country in the Middle East and North Africa to create such [...]

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OPCW has greatly strengthened the rule of law in the field of disarmament and non-proliferation: Ban

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (Photo Date: 08/04/2013)

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons for being awarded the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize. In a message to the Organisation, the Secretary-General noted that this recognition occurs nearly 100 years after the first chemical attack – and 50 days after the appalling use of chemical weapons in [...]

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World needs to turn plans to end child labour into urgent action: ILO chief

Listen / child labour (PHOTO@ILO)

ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, called on delegates attending the Third Global Conference on Child Labour to turn the plans agreed at the conference into action that is widespread, systemic and sustainable. The ILO chief said that clear lessons emerged from the plenary sessions that demonstrated a growing understanding of what needs to be done to [...]

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Head of UN peacekeeping operations visits China

Listen / Hervé Ladsous

The head of the UN Peacekeeping Hervé Ladsous is headed to China for discussions on Peacekeeping Operations. Mr. Ladsous says the purpose of his visit is two-fold. First, he will attend the 6th Seminar on Peacekeeping Operations organized by the Asian Regional Forum and co-hosted by China and Cambodia. The second objective of the trip, [...]

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Teaching in Pakistan's conservative society, a risky business

Listen / Children take part in class at the Government Girls Primary School Thehlaknike, Pakistan.

The value of educating a girl is not well understood in conservative areas of Pakistan, according to the Director of the Khushal School and College in Swat.   Mariam Khalique is also a teacher of Malala Yousafzai, the student and education activist shot by the Taliban last year. The Taliban used to control Swat Valley, [...]

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Small stipends make a big difference in the lives of schoolgirls in Niger

Listen / Girls education in Niger

Investing in girls' education is one of the ways to contribute to our common future, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a message on the International Day of the Girl Child, observed on 11 October. The Secretary-General says empowering girls, ensuring their human rights and addressing the discrimination and violence they face are essential to [...]

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Ban urges investment in education

Listen / Afghan school children attend class  (UN Photo/Fardin Waezi)

"Let us work together to invest in education so that girls can advance in their personal development and contribute to our common future," Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a message on the International Day of the Girl Child, observed on Friday 11 October, 2013. The Secretary-General says "Empowering girls, ensuring their human rights and addressing [...]

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International day for Disaster Reduction: Living with disability and disasters

Listen / Margareta Wahlstrom

The 2013 International Day for Disaster Reduction recognizes the critical role of persons with disabilities in fostering disaster resilience. Persons living with disabilities are among the most excluded in society, and their plight is magnified when a disaster strikes. The theme of the 2013 International day for Disaster Reduction is "Living with Disability and Disasters." [...]

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Iraq executes 42 people in two days, 400 others on death row

Listen / More than 150 countries have either abolished the death penalty or do not practice it.

Iraq has executed 42 individuals, including one woman over the past two days, according to the UN Human Rights Office(OHCHR). The executions took place after the accused were found guilty on terrorism charges. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says the large-scale executions were not only obscene and inhumane, but most probably in [...]

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UN Women hopes Afghanistan consolidates and deepens women's rights gains

Listen / 2013 Common Humanitarian Action Plan for Afghanistan

Afghanistan is gearing up for a period of transition which begins when foreign forces withdraw from the country at the end of next year. John Hendra, Deputy Executive Director of UN Women's Policy and Programme Bureau, who visited the country this month, expressed hope that achievements in relation to women's and girls rights are upheld. [...]

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UNHCR urges more effort to assist asylum seekers as boat tragedy death toll tops 300

Listen / Foto: Acnur

Over 310 migrants are now known to have died following last week's boat tragedy off the Italian island of Lampedusa, according to the UN Refugee agency (UNHCR). 156 migrants, most of them Eritreans were rescued at sea in what the agency says is one of the deadliest boat tragedies on record. UNHCR says it welcomes [...]

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WHO campaigns to phase out mercury in medical devices

Listen / wholibya

The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched an initiative for the removal of mercury from all medical measuring devices by the year 2020. The initiative 'Mercury-Free Healthcare by 2020', calls for the phasing out of  fever thermometers and blood pressure devices containing mercury. WHO says this will be done by ending the manufacture, import and export of [...]

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OPCW wins 2013 Nobel Peace Prize

Listen / OPCW Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü addresses the media on 11 October 2013 on the occasion of the organisation's winning of the Nobel Peace Prize.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has won this year's Nobel Peace Prize "for its extensive efforts" to rid the world of such arsenals, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said Friday. "The conventions and the work of the OPCW have defined the use of chemical weapons as a taboo under international law," the committee [...]

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