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UN experts warns of possibility of proliferation of use of drones

Listen / A US Air Force RQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle. Photo: US Department of Defense/James L. Harper Jr.

Two United Nations human rights experts have expressed concern about the potential for illegal use of armed unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones. The experts reported to the General Assembly on Friday on the use of drones. Speaking to reporters afterwards, Christof Heyns, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions said drones are [...]

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People of Madagascar go to polls to elect a president

Listen / Fatma Samoura

The people of Madagascar on Friday went out to cast their votes for a president after four years of a political crisis. The crisis started in 2009 when President Andry Rajoelina, supported by the military, overthrew Marc Ravalomanana. To find out more about the elections, UN Radio's Cristina Silveiro called Fatma Samoura, the UN Development [...]

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The value of ICT as a key enabler of development cannot be over emphasized: Trinidad and Tobago

Listen / Eden Charles

As a region characterized by small, vulnerable economies with a limited export base and contracting fiscal space, the transformative value of information and communications technologies as a key enabler of development efforts in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) could not be overemphasized. That's what the Deputy Permanent Representative of Trinidad and Tobago Ambassador Eden Charles told [...]

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CARICOM continues to assess the gaps in realizing child rights: Barbados

Listen / Joseph Goddard

Progress made globally in ending all forms of violence against children remained uneven, Barbados representative Ambassador Joseph Goddard. Speaking for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Ambassador Goddard said that the actions taken by States were characterized by uncoordinated policy interventions and dispersed and ill-forced legislation. He added that they were based on scarce data and research. [...]

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Fresh fighting erupts between rebels and army in eastern DR Congo

Listen / Residents of Rutshuru Territory flee their homes to seek safety in Goma. [UN Photo/Sylvain Liechti]

Approximately 5,000 people in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo have crossed the border to Rwanda to flee fighting between government forces and rebels. The UN Mission in the DR Congo (MONUSCO) says clashes occurred between the Congolese army and the M23 rebels around Kibumba, 15 kilometres north of Goma, early [...]

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Jamaica and Cuba hail the Assembly's resolution endorsing erection of monument in honour of victims of slavery

Listen / Courtney Rattray

The representative of Jamaica, Ambassador Courtney Rattray introducing the draft resolution, noted that the global community condemned the contemptible and barbaric history of slavery, and renewed its pledge to ensure nothing like it happened again. ” The aim of the resolution is not only to endorse the erection of the monument. Though that in itself [...]

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General Assembly endorses construction of Permanent Memorial to honour slave trade victims; PGA lauds action

Listen / John Ashe

The UN General Assembly this week adopted a resolution endorsing the construction at UN Headquarters of a permanent memorial to honour the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade. And it encouraged Member States and other interested parties to contribute to the Trust Fund set up to pay for it. The Assembly also took [...]

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People of Madagascar go to polls to elect a president

Listen / Election in Mada

The people of Madagascar on Friday went out to cast their votes for a president after four years of a political crisis. The crisis started in 2009 when President Andry Rajoelina, supported by the military, overthrew Marc Ravalomanana. To find out more about the elections, UN Radio's Cristina Silveiro called Fatma Samoura, the UN Development [...]

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UN Humanitarian Affairs chief "disappointed" at lack of progress on Syria

Listen / Valerie Amos

The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator has urged the Security Council to ensure that the parties to the conflict in Syria take their obligations under international humanitarian law seriously. In a briefing to the Council on Friday, Valerie Amos spoke of difficulties in accessing people in need, obtaining visas for international aid workers and even recruiting [...]

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UN and partners seek $47 million for victims of Philippines earthquake

Listen / October 2013, Bohol, the Philippines (Credit: IRIN/Jason Gutierrez)

  Humanitarian agencies are appealing for $ 46.8 million to provide emergency help to thousands of people affected by an earthquake in the central Philippines 10 days ago. 201 people died and 344,000 were either displaced or made homeless by the earthquake, which struck below the island of Bohol. Jens Laerke, spokesperson for the Office [...]

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African countries agree to curb illegal timber trade in Congo Basin

Listen / Olman Serrano

The six main timber producing African countries in the Congo Basin meeting in the Congolese capital, Brazzaville, from 21 to 22 October have agreed on measures to stop illegal timber trade. The Republic of the Congo, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d'Ivoire and Gabon on Wednesday adopted the [...]

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NEPAD remains a strong framework for pan-African socio-economic development: PGA

Listen / Photo: UN ECA/African Union

Experts now agree that Africa offers the most promising prospects for economic growth in the world, with Sub-Saharan Africa as the second fastest-growing region, according to the President of the General Assembly, Dr. John Ashe. In remarks delivered on his behalf in the General Assembly Friday, during a joint debate on the New Partnership for [...]

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Treating food as a human right brings coherence and accountability: De Schutter

Listen / Olivier de Schutter

"At a time when multiple, conflicting visions for food security have been put on the table, it is impressive to see so many States adopting laws, policies and strategies to realize the right to food, and so many people driving forward what is now a global right to food movement," UN Special Rapporteur on the [...]

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UN agencies begin Syrian immunization campaign after reports of polio outbreak

Listen / A girl receives a dose of oral polio vaccine at a health centre in Syria during a UNICEF-supported polio and measles immunisation campaign. (© UNICEF/NYHQ2012-1628/BASSEL HALABI)

A large scale vaccination campaign is underway in Syria, led by UNICEF and the World Health Organization, following reports of an outbreak of polio in the country, detected earlier this month in Deir Al Zour province. Tarik Jasarevic, Spokesperson for the World Health Organization, says it's not yet been confirmed that the outbreak is indeed [...]

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MINUSMA not taking part in offensive operations in Mali: DPKO

Listen / Senegalese UNPOL Officers patrol the streets of Gao, 1200 KM North of Bamako, Mali (Photo MINUSMA/Marco Dormino)

The United Nations Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) is not taking part in the offensive operations in Mali, the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations advises. In a note to UN correspondents, the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) explained that as part of its mandate for stabilisation and protection of civilians, MINUSMA is conducting operations in the [...]

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