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North Korea urged to allow access to verify allegations of human rights violations

Listen / Michael Kirby

The Chairperson of the UN-mandated Commission of Inquiry on the situation of human rights in North Korea has urged Korean authorities to allow its members access to verify allegations of human rights in the country. Michael Kirby told reporters on Tuesday that a representative of North Korea has said the panel has the propensity to [...]

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Take Control. Speak Up and Speak Out: UNESCO chief tells Youth Forum

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"The world needs your ideas, your vision more than ever before," UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova said in opening remarks to the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum in Paris. She told delegates "You are not the subjects of change – you are its greatest leaders." She also appealed to all Youth Forum delegates to "Take control. Speak [...]

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Commission on human rights in DPRK to hold hearings in US capital

Listen / Michael Kirby

A UN-mandated Commission of Inquiry on human rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) will hold its latest round of public hearings in Washington, DC, this Thursday and Friday. They follow previous hearings held in London, Seoul and Tokyo, where North Koreans who have left their homeland detailed the heart-wrenching violations they suffered [...]

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UN General Assembly reiterates call on U.S. to end blockade against Cuba

Listen / General Assembly Hall

The United Nations 193-member General Assembly on Tuesday reiterated its call on the United States to end its blockade against Cuba imposed in 1960. The overwhelming majority of 188 states voted in favour, two, the United States and Israel voted against and 3 abstained. Cuba says the blockade has caused accumulated economic damages of 1 [...]

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Israel briefs the Human Rights Council

Listen / Eviatar Manor

"We come to the Universal Periodic Review with respect for the process, belief in the importance of its universality and cooperative nature, and with great pride in our achievements." That's what the Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations in Geneva Ambassador Eviatar Manor told the Human Rights Council on Tuesday. He said "We [...]

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Civilians in Central African Republic live in fear: UN humanitarian official

Listen / John Ging

Civilians in the Central African Republic live in fear in squalid conditions because of the takeover by armed groups in recent months, according to a senior United Nations humanitarian official. John Ging, Director of Operations for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has just returned from a mission to the region. [...]

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UN reiterates annual call to end blockade against Cuba

Listen / General Assembly Hall

For the twenty-second time, delegates at the United Nations General Assembly voted to end the United States embargo against Cuba. On Tuesday, the Assembly debated a resolution which called for "the necessity to end the economic, commercial and financial embargo" on the Caribbean island country. 188 Member States voted in favour of the resolution, with [...]

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UN Daily News 29 October 2013

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Security Council condemns rebel attack on UN mission in DR Congo

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The Security Council has strongly condemned the attacks by the M23 rebel group against the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) in which one Tanzanian peacekeeper was killed. In a statement issued late Monday, members of the Security Council "called on the government of the DR Congo swiftly to investigate the [...]

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Human rights defenders working on development projects face harassment says UN expert

Listen / Margaret Sekaggya

Human rights defenders working on behalf of communities affected by large-scale development projects are increasingly being harassed and branded "anti-government" or "against development". This warning has come from Margaret Sekaggya, the Special Rapporteur for human rights defenders who reported to the General Assembly on Monday. The expert said human rights defenders try to help people [...]

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Environmental think tank warns of increased conflict over water resources

Listen / Child collects water in Haiti (UN Photo/UNICEF/Marco Dormino)

Water, water, everywhere…except in those parts of the world where it's a limited resource. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says no doubt the growing global population and the impact of climate change will affect access to water. The IMF's Lika Gueye recently spoke to Peter Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute, a think tank that [...]

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UNDP remembers Sandy victims in the US and the Caribbean

Listen / Local neighbors help government employees distribute UNDP's aluminum roof to repair their houses. (UNDP in Cuba)

On the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy making landfall in the United States, UN officials are reminding the public not to forget the storm's less documented Caribbean victims. Commemoration ceremonies were taking place around the northeast USA on Tuesday, 29 October, 2013, particularly in New York, where Hurricane Sandy caused over US$ 18 billion worth of [...]

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Soccer star Yaya Touré pledges to combat illegal ivory trade

Listen / Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director (l) with Yaya Touré (r) during the designation ceremony

International football star, Yaya Touré from Cote d'Ivoire on Tuesday pledged to help combat the illegal ivory trade that causes the deaths of thousands of African elephants. Touré, African Footballer of the Year in 2011 and 2012 made the pledge as he was designated Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) based in Nairobi, [...]

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Amidst new displacements in CAR, UNICEF running low on life-saving supplies

Listen / Children in the Central African Republic. OCHA/ Laura Fultang

With increasing numbers of people displaced by violence across the Central African Republic, UNICEF warns that growing needs will exceed available emergency supplies in the coming weeks. Since renewed violence broke out in August, more than 44,000 displaced people have received plastic sheeting, blankets, mosquito nets, jerry cans, hygiene kits and soap with UNICEF support. [...]

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WHO confirms polio outbreak in Syria

Listen / Child receives polio vaccine

At least 10 cases of polio have been confirmed in north-east Syria, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). A further 12 cases of paralysis are under investigations to confirm if they were as a result of the polio virus. WHO says the outbreak is confined to Deir Al Zour in the north east of [...]

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Global employment pressured by weak economic recovery: ILO

Listen / ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

The continuing weak economic recovery is likely to add further pressure to the global employment situation, International Labour Organization (ILO ) Director-General Guy Ryder has warned. Speaking at the ILO's governing body meeting, Ryder pointed to the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) downgrading of global growth figures in October from the forecasted 3.2 per cent for 2013 [...]

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UNICEF, Syria agree on urgency of reaching more war-affected children

Listen / Children at a Damascus school are among 800,000 Syrian students between the ages of 10-14 who were to be vaccinated in the first part of the campaign.

There's agreement between UNICEF and senior Syrian officials on the importance of reaching hundreds of thousands of children in some of the worst-affected parts of the war-torn country with life saving vaccines, including those against polio. UNICEF's Executive Director Anthony Lake wrapped up a two-day visit to Damascus focusing on the need to immunize every [...]

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UNHCR warns against forced returns to Northeast Nigeria amid rising violence

Listen / Nigeria

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) says Nigerians who are fleeing escalating violence and conflict in the north east of the country should not be forcibly returned home. Conflict between the Nigerian army and insurgents in the north-eastern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe has displaced up to 10,000 Nigerians, the majority of whom have fled [...]

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