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UN Chief condemns killing of peacekeepers in Mali by suicide attack

Listen / Martin Nesirky

A suicide attack carried out by unknown assailants in northern Mali on Monday has claimed several victims, both peacekeepers and civilians, according to the spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General. Martin Nesirky said the incident happened at a checkpoint of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in Tessalit town, Kidal region. A [...]

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Mexico lauded for its efforts to improve its human rights record

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Mexico's steps to introduce laws to strengthen the protection of journalists and human rights defenders and combat trafficking in 2012 were lauded as "significant achievements" by the deputy ambassador of United States to the United Nations in Geneva. Peter F. Mulrean was speaking to the UN Human Rights Council as it conducted the second Universal [...]

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Envoy updates Security Council on political and security situation in Darfur

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Attacks against peacekeepers and inter-communal violence continue to affect efforts to bring peace to Sudan's Darfur region. That message comes from Mohamed Ibn Chambas, head of the joint African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), who briefed the Security Council on Wednesday. Dianne Penn reports. Duration: 2’44″

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UN health agency reports good and bad news in combating tuberculosis

Listen / A doctor gives TB medicine to a patient at the Beijing Chest Hospital in China. (WHO/Nick Otto)

Treatment for tuberculosis has saved the lives of more than 22 million people, yet challenges remain, according to the United Nations health agency. In its 2013 Global Tuberculosis Report launched in London on Wednesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) also says the number of people ill with TB fell to 8.6 million in 2012. TB [...]

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As crises undermine development, opportunities for transformation often coexists: UNDP Report

Listen / Helen Clarke

Despite progress in preventing conflicts and disasters last year, many countries still face chronic crises and often remain mired in poverty, according to a new UNDP report. The report, released this week, highlights UNDP's achievements in preventing and responding to conflict and disasters in 2012.” UNDP Administrator Helen Clark pointed out in the report that [...]

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Threats to aid workers in Darfur are a serious concern: UNAMID

Listen / A UNAMID police from Nigeria inspects an ambushed car, with remnants of blood, in El Geneina, West Darfur. Photo by Albert González Farran

The security situation in Darfur and threats to UNAMID and humanitarian personnel continue to be of serious concern. That's what Joint Special Representative Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the head of the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), told the Security Council via video on Wednesday. Mr. Chambas gave details of various attacks on peacekeepers that [...]

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UNAIDS chief urges Ukraine to build on progress in reducing HIV infections

Listen / Michel Sidibé met with the Head of the Health Committee of the Ukrainian Parliament Tatiana Bahteeva

Ukraine has been hailed for being the first country in Eastern Europe to reduce new HIV infections. The praise has come from UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe who also praised the country's leadership in the AIDS response. During a meeting with the Head of the Health Committee of the Ukrainian Parliament Tatiana Bahteeva in Kiev [...]

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We have to break down the barriers to climate financing : Ban

Listen / Secretary-General at Copenhagen Climate Finance Meeting (Credit: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe)

Climate finance lies at the heart of tackling climate change, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday in opening remarks at a meeting on Climate Finance in Copenhagen. The Secretary-General said rapid progress is crucial for scaling up action on the ground and mobilizing support for an ambitious 2015 climate agreement, pointing out that the Copenhagen meeting [...]

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Lack of testing and proper treatment increasing the dangers of tuberculosis, says WHO report

Listen / At Basabelo TB Hospital in Maseru, Lesotho, Dr Askar Yedilayev inspects the mouth of a patient who is infected with MDR-TB. (WHO/Dominic Chavez)

Three million people who developed tuberculosis in 2012 are not receiving any treatment, according to a report by the World Health Organization, which also says that diagnosis and treatment of hundreds of thousands of others with multidrug-resistant TB, known as MDR-TB, is inadequate. Dr Karin Weyer, from WHO's Global TB Programme, says that these two [...]

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African countries agree to curb illegal timber trade in the Congo Basin

Listen / The Congo Basin harbours the world's second largest tropical forest. It is also a key resource for stabilizing the global climate. (@FAO/Giulio Napolitano)

There's been a breakthrough for the sustainable and legal development of the timber industry. Governments from Africa’s main timber producing countries, together with timber industry representatives and civil society organizations agreed to jointly combat illegal timber trade in the Congo Basin, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Wednesday. At an international forum held [...]

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CEDAW adopts landmark document on women and conflict

Listen / Nicole Ameline

A UN women's rights committee has adopted a landmark document on women and conflict. The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) said States that have ratified the UN Women's Rights Convention are obliged to uphold women's rights before, during and after conflict when they are directly involved in fighting, are providing peacekeeping [...]

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Are conditions in Bangladesh's garment industry improving?

Listen / Bangladeshi worker (© Munir Uz Zaman / AFP)

On April 24, 2013, the Rana Plaza, an eight story commercial building collapsed in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, killing more than 1,100 people. Gilbert Houngbo, the ILO's Deputy Director-General for Field Operations sat down with Patrick Moser to discuss what has been done in the six months since the tragedy to improve conditions in [...]

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