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First-ever international Model UN conference in Azerbaijan debates cyber security

Listen / Cyber security

Cyber security topped the agenda at the first-ever international Model UN Security Council Conference, in the West Asian nation of Azerbaijan. In Model UN, students step into the shoes of ambassadors from UN Member States to debate current global issues. The simulation was co-organized by Azerbaijan’s  Ministry of Youth and Sport, as well as the UN Development [...]

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UN pushes for wider public awareness of the transatlantic slave trade

Listen / The bondage of slavery

The UN General Assembly met on Monday to re-affirm its commitment to increase public awareness about the transatlantic slave trade. Spanning over a 400 year period, the transatlantic slave trade was the largest forced migration in history, says the UN. The President of the General Assembly, John Ashe, recalled the numerous initiatives at the national [...]

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DRC peace talks with M23 rebels ends without an agreement: Kobler

Listen / Members of UN Security Council, M. Alexis Lamek (France) and Mohammed Loulichki (Maroc) during meeting with MONUSCO SRSG Martin Kobler and Goma Head of Office Ray Torres at MONUSCO Headquarters in Goma, the 6th of October 2013. © MONUSCO/Sylvain Liechti

Delegates from the Congolese government and the M23 rebels have failed to reach an agreement on how to resolve the ongoing crisis in the eastern DRC. Martin Kobler, the Secretary-General's Special Representative and head of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) made the announcement on Monday. Kobler was speaking to the Security [...]

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Security Council briefed on peace talks between DRC and M23 rebels

Listen / A pair of shoes left behind by defeated rebels on Three Towers Hill near Kibati on the 30th of August 2013. © MONUSCO/Sylvain Liechti

The top United Nations official in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is disappointed that peace talks between the government and the rebel M23 movement concluded without an agreement. In a briefing to the Security Council on Monday, Martin Kobler, head of the UN mission in the country (MONUSCO), said UN and other envoys [...]

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Zimbabwe not on course to meet MDGs, says an NGO

Listen / A woman stands outside her temporary home and dried up maize crop in Epworth, Harare, Zimbabwe. © Kate Holt/IRIN

Zimbabwe is not likely to meet the Millennium Development Goals or MDGs set by world leaders in 2000 to eradicate poverty, according to a Zimbabwean activist. Tatenda Murima of the Zimbabwe United Nations Association (ZUNA) was at UN Headquarters in New York recently for an NGO meeting on Post-2015 agenda. The year 2015 is the [...]

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Africa is changing and rising, says African Union ambassador

Listen / Tete Antonio

Africa is changing for the better, according to the representative of the African Union (AU) to the United Nations. Ambassador Tete Antonio spoke with UN Radio as the United Nations observes Africa NEPAD week from 18 to 25th October. NEPAD, the New Partnership for Africa's Development, was adopted by African leaders in 2001 to fight [...]

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Investigations launched into South Sudan Jonglei state cattle raids

Listen / Boy covered in dung-ash to ward off mosquitos in a cattle camp in Terekeka, South Sudan © Hannah McNeish/IRIN

A team of investigators are in South Sudan's Jonglei state to probe Sunday's deadly attack that resulted in many deaths and injuries, according to the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). The Mission flew police, human rights and civil affairs officers together with their Sudanese counterparts to Jonglei to identify the attackers and determine the [...]

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US provides lifeline to hungry families in Zimbabwe

Listen / Zimbabwe farmer

Hunger is at a four-year high in Zimbabwe with one quarter of the rural population (2.2 million people) expected to experience food shortages in the early months of next year. This is one third more people requiring food support than during the peak of the last lean season, according to the 2013 Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment [...]

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UN Emergency Fund allocates US$5.5 million to assist flood affected people in Sudan

Listen / A man on a flooded street in Sharg al Nil Area, Khartoum. [Photo: Rodraksa/OCHA]

Some 340,000 people affected by floods in Sudan are getting life-saving assistance from the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). The Fund is providing US $5.5 million for lifesaving humanitarian assistance which will also be supplemented by an emergency allocation from the Sudan Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF). The UN Humanitarian Coordinator Ali Al-Zatari said [...]

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Amos calls for ceasefire and safe passage for Syrians

Listen / Bekaa, Lebanon - More than 50% of Syrian refugees in Lebanon are children.  OCHA /D.Palanivelu

United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos is calling on all parties to the ongoing hostilities in Syria to agree to an immediate pause in hostilities in Moadamiyeh. This, she says, is to allow humanitarian agencies unhindered access to evacuate the remaining civilians and deliver life-saving treatment and supplies in areas where fighting and shelling is [...]

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Suspected polio cases reported in Syria: WHO

Listen / Syrian children affected by the conflict.

There are reports of suspected polio cases in Syria. The World Health Organisation (WHO) says it has received reports of a cluster of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) cases in the Syrian Arab Republic. According to WHO, this cluster of 'hot' AFP was detected in early October 2013 in Deir Al Zour province and is currently [...]

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African Peer Review Mechanism celebrates 10 years

Listen / Africa Peer Review

The African Peer Review Mechanism, which promotes and re-enforces good governance on the continent, turns 10 this Monday, 21 October. It is a mutually agreed programme that has been voluntarily adopted by the member states of the African Union. Its anniversary also coincides with Africa Week, an annual event held at the United Nations General [...]

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