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Senior UN official to head Syria chemical weapons Joint Mission

Listen / Sigrid Kaag, newly-appointed Special Coordinator of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)-UN Joint Mission on eliminating Syria's chemical weapons programme

A Joint Mission aimed at bringing about the timely elimination of chemical weapons in Syria was established on Wednesday by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations. Senior UN official Sigrid Kaag has been appointed Special Coordinator for the Joint Mission, which will continue the work undertaken by both [...]

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Secretary-General: UN focused on political solution to Syria crisis

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) introduces Sigrid Kaag, newly-appointed Special Coordinator of the Joint Mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations on eliminating Syria's chemical weapons programme, during the Office of the Spokesperson's daily noon briefing.  UN Photo/Mark Garten

Even as it works to eliminate chemical weapons stockpiles in Syria, the United Nations has not lost sight of the "wider tragedy" still ravaging the country, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters in New York on Wednesday. Mr. Ban was announcing the appointment of UN official Sigrid Kaag as Special Coordinator for the Joint Mission of [...]

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Envoy urges countries to step up critical support to UN mission in Mali

Listen / Albert Gerard (Bert) Koenders (center), the Secretary-General's Special Representative and Head of MINUSMA, visited Kidal and Mopti during the second round of presidential elections in August 2013.   UN Photo/Blagoje Grujic

Countries are being urged to provide critical equipment and personnel to the United Nations peacekeeping operation in Mali. The call comes from mission chief Bert Koenders, who briefed the Security Council on Wednesday. Koenders said the mission, known as MINUSMA, needs what he described as "critical enablers" such as helicopters which facilitate access to remote [...]

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World Food Day highlights need to eradicate hunger

Listen / Some 842 million people, or roughly one in eight, suffered from chronic hunger in 2011-13

World Food Day is observed on 16 October each year to focus attention on global efforts to eradicate hunger. The day also marks the founding in 1945 of the Rome-based United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). This year's theme is "Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition". The United Nations estimates that 840 [...]

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Chemical weapons inspectors conclude verification at 11 sites in Syria

Listen / OPCW headquarters in The Hague, the Netherlands

International inspectors tasked with monitoring, verifying and reporting on the destruction of chemical weapons in Syria have conducted verification activities at 11 sites in the country. That information comes from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which on Wednesday reported that activities also included critical equipment destruction at six sites and the [...]

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FAO highlights importance of sustainable food systems on World Food Day

Listen / World Food Day, 16 October 2013

Sustainable food systems are a core element to defeating hunger and malnutrition, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). In a message on World Food Day, observed this Wednesday, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva says healthy people depend on healthy food systems. "On this World Food Day, we have a simple but [...]

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WFP chief highlights role of women in ensuring food security

Listen / Women's role in food security

Empowering women is a critical element in combating hunger and malnutrition, according to Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP). The WFP chief was speaking in Rome at a ceremony marking World Food Day, observed this Wednesday, 16 October, under the theme of sustainable food systems for food security and nutrition. She [...]

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UN experts alarmed by reprisals against human rights activists in China

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A group of United Nations Human rights experts has expressed concern about reports that Chinese human rights defenders have suffered reprisals for seeking to participate in an upcoming review of China's human rights record. The activists have been reportedly threatened, arrested or banned from taking part in demonstrations or stopped from leaving China in the [...]

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Syrian refugee weddings on the rise in Za'atari camp

Listen / Fatma and Majdi's wedding in the Za'atari refugee camp

At least ten weddings take place in a refugee camp in Jordan every week, according to the UN Refugee Agency, (UNHCR). The Za'atari refugee camp hosts 120,000 Syrians fleeing the violence in their country. For the refugees, it's simply a way of keeping their traditions alive. Jocelyne Sambira has the story. Duration: 2'52"  

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