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There is hope and optimism in Somalia but challenges remain

Listen / Somali Foreign Minister Fawziya Yusuf Haji Adan

Somalia continues to make progress in rebuilding state institutions and restoring peace and order since the election of President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud in September 2012, but challenges remain That's what the Security Council was told on Wednesday as it met to hear a briefing on the situation in the Horn of Africa country. Somalia's Foreign [...]

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Veteran diplomat thinks world is "on the right path" in promoting south-south cooperation

Listen / Robert Van Lierop

Solutions from developing countries geared at meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are being showcased this week at the Global South-South Development Expo in Nairobi, Kenya. The expo, which runs through Friday, is the first forum solely from the south and for the south, and looks at issues such as building green economies, sustainable development [...]

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Syrian refugee women learn to make Turkish rugs

Listen / Women making a carpet

Syrian women living in a refugee camp in Southern Turkey are being taught the techniques of traditional carpet making. Adiyaman camp hosts 10,000 Syrian refugees fleeing violence in their country. The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, says the project was set up by camp management with help and money from the local municipality. Jocelyne Sambira has [...]

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UN chief deplores announcement of further Israel settlement plans in West Bank

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has deplored the announcement of further Israeli settlement plans in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. On Wednesday the Israeli government reportedly announced plans to build 1, 500 new units at the Ramat Shlomo Jewish settlement in occupied East Jerusalem. The announcement was made hours after it freed 26 Palestinian [...]

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Teen pregnancy: "Don't blame the girl," says UNFPA

Listen / Teen pregnancy

Every year, more than seven million girls in poor countries are giving birth before they turn 18, according to a new report by the UN Population Fund. UNFPA's flagship report, The State of the World Population 2013, puts a particular emphasis on girls 14 and younger who are at higher risk for maternal death and [...]

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Pakistan urged to urgently vaccinate children against polio

Listen / Polio vaccination (WHO@PHOTO)

Pakistan is being urged to urgently take necessary steps to ensure that all children are assessed and vaccinated against polio. The call is contained in one of the resolutions to be adopted by the World Health Organization (WHO)'s Regional Committee of the Eastern Mediterranean which is concluding its session in Muscat, Oman on Wednesday. The [...]

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UN expert praises Africa's commitment to the right to adequate food

Listen / Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food.

The African Union is sending an important signal by using this year's Africa Day for Food and Nutrition Security to buttress the concept of the "right to adequate food" as an organizing framework for policies and strategies to address food and nutrition insecurity on the continent. This was the message from Olivier De Schutter, UN [...]

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UN deputy chief says Somali forces need support for peacebuilding

Listen / Jan Eliasson

Somali forces need a significant temporary boost for required peacebuilding and to respond to the threat of the Al-Shabaab Islamist insurgents. That's what UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said in his briefing to the Security Council Wednesday on the situation in the Horn of Africa country which he visited last weekend. Mr. Eliasson told the [...]

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UN expert suggests Israel cease expansion of settlements

Listen / Richard Falk

If current diplomacy fails to produce a solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the General Assembly should request an Advisory Opinion from the International Court of Justice as to the legal consequences of the prolonged occupation of Palestine. That's one of several recommendations that Richard Falk, the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in [...]

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Human Rights Commissioner concerned about Supreme Court interference in Maldives elections

Listen / Navi Pillay

UN Human Rights High Commissioner Navi Pillay says she is alarmed at the excessive interference of the Supreme Court in the presidential elections in the Maldives. Ms. Pillay released a statement on Wednesday in which she described this as a "dangerous drift in the democratic process" in the island nation, which is located in the [...]

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UN: Early pregnancy takes a toll on a girl's health, education and rights

Listen / teenager with her daughter

Every year 7.3 million girls under 18 years give birth, according to the latest State of World Population 2013 released by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Of these 7.3 million births, 2 million are to girls 14 years or younger, who suffer the gravest long-term health and social consequences from pregnancy, including high rates of [...]

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Maldives Supreme Court subverting the democratic process: Pillay

Listen / Navi Pillay, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, expressed her deep concern Wednesday about "the dangerous drift in the democratic process" in the Maldives largely as a result of the Supreme Court's repeated interventions in the presidential election process. "I am alarmed that the Supreme Court of the Maldives is interfering excessively in the Presidential [...]

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