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UN report reveals gaps and good practices in tackling violence against children

Listen / Marta Santos Pais, UN expert on Violence Against Children.

Despite the adoption of policies and laws related to violence against children, many gaps persist, says a senior UN official. Marta Santos Pais, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative on Violence Against Children, says it is "very rare" to encounter countries with legislation that protect girls in the same way as boys. Santos Pais participated in [...]

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Founding father of Tanzania honoured at United Nations

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• The founding father of the United Republic of Tanzania, the late Julius Kambarage Nyerere, was honoured at the UN this week. The Permanent Mission of Tanzania to the UN organized the commemoration of Mwalimu Nyerere Day on 14 October. The event coincided with the launch of a book titled "Julius Nyerere: Africa's Titan on [...]

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Extreme poverty is a violation of human rights, argues anti-poverty non-profit

Listen / Nights for the homeless and poor in Dhaka, Bangladesh are spent out in the hot and humid tropical weather conditions.   © Manoocher Deghati/IRIN July 2007.

People living in extreme poverty are often discriminated against and denied basic human rights, according to the International Movement ATD Fourth World. The non-profit, which seeks to find solutions to eradicate poverty, encourages people to fight social exclusion and injustice in their own circles. Fabio Palacio of the International Movement ATD Fourth World, explained to [...]

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Five new non-permanent members join Security Council

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Five countries have been elected non-permanent members of the Security Council. The UN General Assembly on Thursday voted for Chad, Chile, Lithuania, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia to serve in the chamber for a two-year period beginning in January. Security Council seats are allocated by region, and candidates needed a two-thirds majority of votes from the [...]

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UN Daily News 17 October 2013

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Outdoor air pollution causes cancer deaths, says WHO cancer agency

Listen / A biker with a mask in China

Major studies that have been conducted around the world show that the air that people breathe is polluted with a mixture of cancer causing substances. That was revealed by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in Geneva on Thursday. The IARC, a specialized agency of the World Health Organization (WHO), has been meeting [...]

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The costs and burden of care unequally borne by women, girls

Listen / A woman cooking rice while holding her baby in the village of Melsanakuppam in Tamil Nadu, South India.  UN Photo/P. Sudhakaran

In many countries around the world, it's a woman's job to cook, clean and care for family members. It's full time unpaid work that's not recognized by any state, therefore blocking opportunities for the advancement of women and girls and condemning them to poverty. That's according to Magdalena Sepúlveda, the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty. [...]

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Human rights expert calls for greater recognition of women's unpaid care work

Listen / Woman with her baby in her back carrying firewood in Segou, Mali UN Photo/Kay Muldoon

A UN independent expert is urging countries to value cooking, childcare and other unpaid work overwhelmingly undertaken by women. Magdalena Sepúlveda, the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty, says although this work contributes to economic growth and social development, it is not recognized, supported or shared. In an interview with UN Radio on Thursday, the [...]

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Commission on North Korea human rights to hold hearings in the UK and USA

Listen / Michael Kirby

A UN-mandated commission of inquiry will begin hearings next week to gather information from people who have witnessed alleged human rights violations in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). The public hearings will take place in the United Kingdom and the United States, according to a statement issued on Thursday by the commission. They [...]

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Secretary-General: Sustainable world only way to eliminate poverty

Listen / International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

The only way to make poverty eradication irreversible is by putting the world on a sustainable development path, according to the UN Secretary-General. In a message for the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, observed this Thursday, Ban Ki-moon states that a sustainable world of prosperity and peace, justice and equity,  is possible. He [...]

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Outdoor air contaminated with cancer-causing substances

Listen / Soot and smog pollution

The air we breathe has become polluted with a mixture of cancer-causing substances, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). The agency says although air pollution is already known to increase risks for a wide range of diseases such as respiratory and heart diseases, recent studies indicate that exposure to outdoor pollution [...]

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Somalis receive airport fire and rescue training in Kenya

Listen / Somali firefighters training

As Somalia continues its efforts to rebuild and create functioning state institutions, it established a fire fighting unit early this year. The government is increasing the number of fire-fighters and training them in new techniques such as airport fire fighting and rescue operations. A group of 20 young men from Somalia's first government-run Fire and [...]

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Founding father of Tanzania honoured at United Nations

Listen / Julius Kambarage Nyerere.  UN Photo/MB - 11/07/1961

The founding father of the United Republic of Tanzania, the late Julius Kambarage Nyerere, popularly known as "Mwalimu," was honoured at the United Nations this week. The Permanent Mission of Tanzania to the United Nations organized the commemoration of Mwalimu Nyerere Day on 14 October. The event coincided with the launch of a book titled [...]

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