Commission of Inquiry holds public hearings on human rights in DPRK

Commission of Inquiry

Members of the UN-mandated Commission of Inquiry on human rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) were in New York this week to brief the General Assembly's Third Committee, which deals with social, humanitarian and cultural issues.

The Commission has held public hearings in Seoul, Tokyo and London where North Koreans who have left their homeland have revealed the heart-wrenching violations they suffered in the country's detention centres or even as far back as the Korean War in the early 1950s.

Chinese pianist Lang Lang appointed UN Messenger of Peace

Secretary-General and Chinese pianist Lang Lang

Pianist Lang Lang has thrilled audiences worldwide, from Buckingham Palace to the Beijing Olympics.

As Jocelyne Sambira reports, the Chinese musician has been appointed a UN Messenger of Peace to boost efforts to improve education for the world’s poorest children.

WFP provides life-saving food assistance to displaced in Myanmar's Rakhine state

Displaced people in Myanmar

The World Food Programme (WFP) has been providing regular food assistance to displaced people in Myanmar's Rakhine state following clashes which broke out between Buddhist and Muslim communities in June 2012.

However, the agency reports it will need $13 million to keep the life-saving food assistance programme running over the next six months.

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