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Women to get a more prominent role in peace talks and transitional justice


Stronger measures to enable women to participate in conflict resolution and recovery are to be put in place following the adoption of a new Security Council resolution this month.  As Jocelyne Sambira reports, Resolution 2122 puts in place a roadmap for a more systematic approach to the implementation of commitments on women, peace and security. [...]

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Africa makes economic progress but continues to face challenges

NEPAD logo

Improving the way governments run the political and economic affairs on the continent has been considered critical for improving people's lives in Africa. This issue is under the spotlight at the United Nations this week which is being observed as Africa-NEPAD week from 21 to 25 October. NEPAD, is the New Partnership for Africa's Development, [...]

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Emergency immunization programmes planned to tackle suspected polio outbreak in Syria

Polio vaccination (WHO@PHOTO)

Since 1988, when the Global Polio Eradication Initiative was launched, the number of cases of polio has fallen by 99%. There are currently just three countries where the disease is endemic–Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan—and experts are hopeful that polio will have disappeared completely within the next few years. But the World Health Organization fears that [...]

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Drug-resistant malaria a cause for deep concern: WHO

WHO Cambodia

The emergence of drug-resistant malaria in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) is a worrying challenge to malaria control and elimination efforts. And the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that it must be tackled urgently. Resistance to the front-line anti-malarial drug artemisinin was first confirmed on the Cambodia–Thailand border in 2008 and has now also [...]

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The United Nations is needed more than ever: General Assembly President

John Ashe

Our United Nations provides a unique forum for its Member States to deliberate on matters that most concern the world's people and to work towards common solutions, President of the UN General Assembly Dr. John Ashe said in a message marking United Nations Day on Thursday 24 October. Ambassador Ashe noted that since its' founding [...]

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The United Nations at 17

Secretary-General U Thant, 1962

American actor Jason Robards explains UN’s goals and perspectives in this programme produced by the United States Committee for the UN. Language: English Genre: Report 1962 Duration: 12’48″

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Preamble to UN Charter by Laurence Olivier

The San Francisco Conference, 25 April-26 June 1945

British actor Sir Laurence Olivier reads the Preamble to the Charter of the United Nations. The Charter was signed at the San Francisco Conference on 26 June 1945. Music by American composer Aaron Copland. [Production date unknown.] Language: English Genre: Speech 1950 Duration: 2’34″

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Security Council condemns attacks on Mali peacekeeping mission

Security Council Chamber

Members of the of the UN Security Council have condemned in the strongest terms the attacks by unidentified armed assailants on the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in Tessalit, Mali, on 23 October 2013, in which Chadian peacekeepers were killed, others were severely injured and innocent civilians also were killed. In [...]

24 Oct 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNICEF airlifts humanitarian supplies for conflict-affected children in Syria

© UNICEF/UKLA2012-00983/Karin Schermbrucker

Urgently-needed vaccines and complementary food for children in Syria have arrived in Beirut and will be moved by truck into Syria, the UN children's agency said Thursday. The cargo plane contained around 28.6 tonnes of supplies, including 265,000 doses of Measles Mumps and Rubella vaccines, and super-cereal, a complementary fortified food for children 6-23 months [...]

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UN DAY: a time to reflect on what more we can do to realize our vision for a better world: SG

UN Headquarters

United Nations Day is a chance to recognize how much this invaluable Organization contributes to peace and common progress, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message marking the occasion. He said it is a time to reflect on what more we can do to realize our vision for a better world. The Secretary-General cited the [...]

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China's human rights record under the spotlight

Human Rights Council. Photo by Jean-Marc FerrŽ

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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