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New UN-backed Efficient Energy Hub launches in Copenhagen

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivers the keynote address at the Global Green Growth Forum in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Credit: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe)

A new energy efficiency hub opened in Copenhagen, Denmark on Wednesday, under the umbrella of the UN Secretary-General's Sustainable Energy for All initiative. The hub aims to serve as a centre of global efforts to double energy efficiency by 2013. Ban Ki-moon made the announcement on Tuesday, at the annual conference of the Global Green [...]

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Urgent request for funding as donors desert Mali

Listen / A Malian refugee woman in Mangaize, northern Niger, ponders her future. Credit: UNHCR/H.Caux

People in West Africa's Sahel region are amongst the most vulnerable in the world, with crises in the region becoming more frequent and communities in desperate need of humanitarian assistance. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that a lack of funding from the international donor community is one of [...]

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China's human rights record under the spotlight

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The situation of human rights in China was put under scrutiny at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Tuesday. The 47-member Council conducted the second Universal Periodic Review or UPR for the country. A Chinese delegation of more than 40 members participated in the review where diplomats expressed their opinions about human [...]

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Security Council urged to seize opportunity for Mideast peace

Listen / A wide view of the Security Council (Credit: UN Photo/Paulo Filgueira)

The head of UN Political Affairs is urging the international community to take advantage of the current heightened diplomacy in the Middle East. In a briefing to the Security Council on Tuesday, Jeffrey Feltman said this moment provides opportunities for dialogue on a range of issues in the region. Topping the list: the Middle East [...]

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Syria fully on board with plan to eliminate its chemical arsenal

Listen / Sigrid Kaag

Syria has to date, fully cooperated with an advance team charged with implementing a UN-backed plan to eliminate the country's chemical weapons programme. That's according to Sigrid Kaag, the newly-appointed Special Coordinator of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations Joint Mission. However, Ms. Kaag explained the timeframes were [...]

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Race against the clock to get aid to Syria before winter

Listen / Syrian IDPs wait to be helped at a cash assistance centre in Damascus (© UNHCR/B.Diab)

The aid community in Syria and across the region is racing to help people prepare for winter as temperatures drop. The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and its local partners have been sending teams to hard-to-reach areas to distribute relief items such as mattresses, blankets, cooking sets, hygienic supplies and more. The agency also recently [...]

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Indigenous peoples continue to face challenges, says UN expert

Listen / James Anaya

The rights of indigenous peoples continue to be violated throughout the world, according to a United Nations independent expert. The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous people, James Anaya, presented his final report to the UN General Assembly's Third Committee which deals with social, humanitarian and cultural issues. In September 2007 the General [...]

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UN mission responds to inter-communal attack in South Sudan

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The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) continues to work with local authorities in the wake of an inter-communal attack in Twic East County in Jonglei State on Sunday. UNMISS has strongly condemned the attack by unidentified assailants on cattle camps. Cattle raids and inter-communal attacks and counter attacks continue to be a major security [...]

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Calm in Gaza showing worrying signs of erosion: UN

Listen / Jeffrey Feltman

The calm in the Gaza Strip is showing worrying signs of erosion, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman said Tuesday in a briefing to the UN Security Council on the Situation in the Middle East. He described as worrying the announcement by the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) that it had uncovered a mile-long tunnel constructed [...]

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Qatar highest court upholds 15-year prison sentence for famous poet

Listen / Cécile Pouilly

The UN Human Rights Office has expressed "serious concern" about the decision taken by Qatar's Court of Cassation on 20 October to uphold a 15-year prison sentence for a well-known poet. Mohammed al Ajami, also known as Ibn al Dheeb, was initially sentenced to life in prison last year for "encouraging the overthrow of the [...]

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IOM sees sharp decrease in Haiti camp populations

Listen / A young boy looks out his window in Port-au-Prince. Credit: UN Photo/Logan Abassi

The number of Haitians displaced from their homes as a result of the 2010 earthquake is at its lowest, according to a new report by the International Organization for Migration (IOM). IOM says it has seen an 87 per cent decrease in the number of internally displaced households and an 80 per cent reduction in [...]

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Children and Pregnant Mothers face widespread exposure to toxic lead in paint


Young children and pregnant mothers in the developing world are still exposed to high levels of lead through unsafe paints. And it comes more than 90 years after the League of Nations called for a ban on lead in paint, and despite the existence of many safe alternatives. A study by the UN Environment Programme [...]

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ILO programme aims to improve safety in garment industry in Bangladesh

Listen / Garment industry in Bangladesh ( © Munir Uz Zaman / AFP)

Efforts to improve safety in Bangladesh's garment industry are getting a boost as the Government of Bangladesh and the International Labour Organization (ILO) launched a US$24.21 million initiative – including a new Better Work programme aimed at improving working conditions. The three-and- a- half year initiative, 'Improving Working Conditions in the Ready-Made Garment Sector' – [...]

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