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PGA urges UN Member States to increase the commitments to HIV/AIDS initiatives

Listen / John W. Ashe

As part of his efforts to promote the post 2015 sustainable development agenda, UN General Assembly President John Ashe has called on UN Member States to increase their commitment to HIV/AIDS initiatives and to reduce the onerous health costs of medication, while boosting financial flows to HIV/AIDS programmes. In a message for World AIDS Day [...]

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WHO confirms MERS-CoV virus detected in camels in Qatar

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Laboratory investigations have confirmed the presence of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in three camels in Qatar, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Friday. The camels were part of a herd of 14 animals with which two human cases had contact, the agency notes. These results demonstrate, for the first time, that [...]

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CARICOM States unable to reap full benefits of current multilateral trading system: Barbados

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CARICOM States, like many developing countries, have been unable to reap the full benefits from the current multilateral trading system due largely to the longstanding, systemic imbalance in the international economy. That's what Barbados' delegate Ms. Kereeta Whyte told a meeting of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development during discussion on the Macroeconomic Policy [...]

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Climate change is the greatest global challenge of our time: St. Kitts-Nevis

Listen / Delano Bart

St. Kitts- Nevis was among the Caribbean States in Warsaw, Poland calling on developed nations to honour their commitment to promote action on climate change. The Permanent Representative of St. Kitts-Nevis Ambassador Delano Bart says this year's Conference of the Parties (COP) has been marked by a natural disaster tragedy in The Philippines, noting that [...]

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This is the time to enhance commitment to climate change: The Bahamas

Listen / Kenred Dorsett

NAR: This is not a time for backsliding, but a time for ramping up and enhancing commitment to tackle climate change and increase funding to deal with climate change related events. That's what The Bahamas' Minister of Environment Kenred Dorsett told the High-level meeting of the UN Climate Change Conference in Warsaw, Poland. He said [...]

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Creating the Silk Super-Highway in Central Asia

Listen / Noeleen Heyzer

Closer cooperation, economic integration and accelerated connectivity, are amongst the most important regional tools available to address persistent and emerging cross-border development challenges, the United Nations said in Bangkok, Friday at a meeting of the Council of Heads of Government of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). A key focus of the meeting is to discuss [...]

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World AIDS Day: Focus on adolescents

Listen / UNICEF/G. Pirozzi

Ten years ago, health experts pledged to give people living with HIV in resource-poor countries greater access to life-saving anti-retroviral treatment by 2005. At the time, only about 300,000 people worldwide, most of them in Brazil, had access to these medicines at a cost of about $10,000 a year per patient. Although nearly 10 million [...]

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UN Daily News 29 November 2013

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UN human rights arm urges South Sudan to stop executions

Listen / Cécile Pouilly

South Sudan has carried out at least four executions since the beginning of November, according to reports received by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Two men convicted of murder had been hanged in Juba on 12 November and two others in Wau on 18 November. More than 200 individuals were [...]

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VCT@Work Initiative targets 5 million workers for voluntary and confidential testing for HIV: ILO

Listen / Guy Ryder

Sunday's observance of World AIDS Day takes place against a backdrop of remarkable progress towards zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths, the International Labour Organization (ILO) Director-General Guy Ryder says in a message. He says rapid expansion of access to antiretroviral treatment is one of the most outstanding achievements. Yet, such [...]

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Philippines service sector severely affected by Typhoon Haiyan: ILO

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2.8 million out of the 5.6 million Filipino workers who have either temporarily or permanently lost their livelihoods as a result of Typhoon Haiyan were working in the service sector. That according to the latest ILO estimates which noted that over one third, or 1.8 million, were in agriculture and around 15 per cent in [...]

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Ban calls for settlement on two-state solution for Israel and Palestine

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

On the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, the UN Secretary-General has called on the international community to support a two-State solution for Israel and the Palestinian Authority, to bring about an end to the conflict. The annual Solidarity Day observed 29 November, coincides with the adoption of a resolution on the partition [...]

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UNSC: Shelling of Russian Embassy in Damascus a "heinous terrorist act"

Listen / A wide view of the Security Council in session. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Members of the Security Council have expressed "outrage" at the shelling on 28 November of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Damascus, Syria, calling it a "heinous terrorist act," according to a statement issued from UN Headquarters in New York. The mortar attack left one person dead and 9 others injured. The Council members [...]

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More than 850,000 infants saved from HIV since 2005, but alarming trends seen among adolescents

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Great progress has been made to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV, with more than 850,000 new childhood infections averted between 2005 and 2012 in low- and middle-income countries, according to a new report out on Friday by the UN children's agency (UNICEF). However, the new 2013 Stocktaking Report on Children and AIDS raises the alarm [...]

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Concert commemorates International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

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For nearly 30 years, the United Nations has observed 29 November as the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. The date was chosen for its meaning and significance to Palestinians as it was on that day in 1947 that the UN General Assembly adopted what came to be known as the Partition Resolution [...]

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IOM calls for more legal migration avenues to end human trafficking and smuggling

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The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is calling for global concerted efforts to address the situation of migrants attempting life-threatening journeys across seas and deserts in the hope for a better life. IOM says the death this week of 30 Haitian migrants off the coast of The Bahamas was yet another stark reminder that the [...]

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UNHCR: Syrian refugee children face uncertain future

Listen / Syrian children outside their UNHCR tent at Jordan's Za'atri refugee camp. [Photo: UNHCR/M. Abu Asaker]

Syrian refugee children in Lebanon and Jordan face a bleak future with many being pushed into early employment to provide for their families or recruited into the ranks of armed groups, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR). A survey of Syrian refugee children in the two countries found many are suffering from psychological [...]

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16 Days of Activism to end violence against women campaign is on

Listen / 25 November is International Day to End Violence against Women

Activist worldwide launched 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.  Each day represents a key fact regarding violence against women which will be highlighted during the international campaign ending on December 10, International Human Rights Day. As part of ongoing efforts to [...]

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Could Nauru be the "litmus test" for the post-2015 development agenda?

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Although the remote Pacific island nation Nauru is so small it does not have an official capital, some of the world’s biggest problems such as dealing with the effects of climate change can be found within its 21 square kilometres.  Amina Mohammed, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Advisor on Post-2015 Development Planning, who recently visited the [...]

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UN: Chronic malnutrition persists in DPRK despite improved harvests.

Listen / A woman health worker examines the chest of a malnourished boy at a hospital in the northern city of Huichon. UNICEF

Production of staple foods in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea(DPRK) has increased for the third year running, but many households still remain food insecure, according an assessment done by two United Nations agencies. The joint Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme(WFP) indicates that [...]

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Yemen in violation of the Landmine ban Treaty

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Yemen has admitted being in violation of the international Mine Ban Treaty which prohibits the use ,stockpiling, production and transfer of landmines. The International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) says forces loyal to the government of Yemen laid thousands of antipersonnel mines in 2011 in at least two locations and which resulted in at least [...]

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UN Radio News 28 November 2013

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UNDP joins the #GivingTuesday movement

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This Thursday, 28 November, is Thanksgiving Day, a national holiday in the United States. It's a time when families gather to express gratitude for the many blessings they have received. No doubt retailers, both brick-and-mortar stores and online, give thanks for the Friday and Monday after Thanksgiving. "Black Friday" and "Cyber Monday," as they are [...]

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UNRWA archive exhibition shows audiovisual history of the Palestine refugees

Listen / Image of Palestine refugee children from UNRWA's newly digitized film and photo archive.

The audiovisual history of the Palestine refugees has now been made available in the modern media era through the digitization of the United Nations relief and works agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) film and photo archive. UNRWA photographers and filmmakers are the main contributors to this collection, spanning from the aftermath of the 1948 mass [...]

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South Sudan at a crossroads on the path to consolidating peace: UN envoy

Listen / Hilde Johnson, Special Representative of the Secretary-General to South Sudan

South Sudan continues to confront pressing challenges which include addressing inter-communal violence and human rights abuses by the security forces. However, Hilde Johnson, head of the UN mission in the country (UNMISS), believes the world's youngest nation is at a crossroads and that there are signs of hope. In a briefing this month to the [...]

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Secretary-General concerned over political tensions in Thailand

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on all sides in Thailand to exercise the utmost restraint, refrain from the use of violence and to show full respect for the rule of law and human rights. In a statement issued on Wednesday by his Spokesperson, Mr. Ban Ki-moon said he is concerned by the rising political [...]

27 Nov 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Security Council welcomes progress made in Yemen's political transition, despite challenges

Listen / Ambassador Liu Jieyi

Members of the UN Security Council have issued a unanimous and clear message in support of Yemen's ongoing political transition process and the Yemeni Government's efforts to reconstruct the economy and safeguard security, including the National Dialogue Conference. The President of the Security Council in November, Ambassador Liu Jieyi of China, read the statement to [...]

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Hundreds of Eritreans are leaving their country every month

Listen / Sheila Keetharuth

Up to 3,000 Eritreans are leaving their country each month to escape human rights violations perpetrated by the government and its security agencies, according to a United Nations human rights expert. Sheila Keetharuth, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea is urging the Eritrean Government to stop human rights violations. UN [...]

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Hundreds of Eritreans are leaving their country every month

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• Up to 3,000 Eritreans are leaving their country to escape human rights violations, according to a UN human rights expert. She says the fear of the indefinite nature of the national service is forcing the Eritreans to leave. The expert is calling on the Eritrean government to stop human rights abuses in the country. [...]

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Ban welcomes momentum behind "sustainable energy for all" initiative

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim at the meeting of the Sustainable Energy for All High-Level Advisory Board

The United Nations and the World Bank announced on Wednesday a concerted effort by governments, international agencies, civil society and the private sector to scale up efforts to provide sustainable energy to all. Launched two years ago, the initiative seeks to achieve three goals by 2030: universal access to modern energy, doubling energy efficiency, and [...]

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UN health agency issues new guidelines for treating children with severe acute malnutrition

Listen / A nurse measures the arm of a severely malnourished child at a clinic in Sudan (UN Photo/Albert González Farran)

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday issued new guidelines for treating children under five with severe acute malnutrition. According to the agency, there are almost 20 million children under-five years of age worldwide who have severe acute malnutrition. WHO says "severe acute malnutrition is when children suffer severe wasting that may or may not [...]

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UN Radio News 27 November 2013

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FAO warns of the risk of a double tragedy in the Philippines

Listen / Funds are urgently needed to help farmers clear their land and plant their crops.

Immediate assistance from the international community for Philippine farmers is critical to avoid a double tragedy befalling rural survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). And the UN food agency is calling on the donor community to urgently step forward and provide more than $11 million to get money [...]

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(RED) raises $46 million to fight AIDS through the Global Fund

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An auction organized by (RED), a group started by rock star Bono and Bobby Shriver to fight AIDS, has raised $46 million for the Global Fund to invest in their programs. The Global Fund is an international financing institution that fights AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. The sale, held in New York on 23 November, offered [...]

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Music producer David Guetta supports UN humanitarian campaign

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre); Valerie Amos (right), and David Guetta (left)

Music star David Guetta is behind some of the hottest songs played in clubs and at parties worldwide. Collaborating with singers and rappers, he has produced hits such as 'I Gotta Feeling' by the Black Eyed Peas. The French DJ is helping the United Nations and its partners to raise money for humanitarian emergencies, such [...]

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Stricter regulations required to reap benefits from china's green investments

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Despite China’s rapid advancement towards a green economy, the country is facing significant environmental and social challenges that must be addressed if it is to achieve its sustainable development goals. That according to a joint report released this week by China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The report, [...]

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UN calls for governments to make disaster risk reduction an integral part of long-term development plans

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Building a more resilient Asia-Pacific is the key focus of a three-day meeting that began Wednesday at the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in Bangkok, Thailand, bringing together senior government officials from more than 25 countries. In opening remarks, UN Under-Secretary-General and ESCAP Executive Secretary Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, acknowledged [...]

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New WHO guidelines on treating severe acute malnutrition in children

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued new treatment guidelines for children under-five who have severe acute malnutrition. Close to 20 million children worldwide are suffering from the condition. Severe acute malnutrition is when children suffer severe wasting that may or may not be accompanied by swelling of the body from fluid retention. Now, children [...]

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Residence Desired

Listen / A refugee in Damascus, 1959

Austrian actor Oscar Homolka narrates this introduction to “an international effort on behalf of all human beings” – World Refugee Year. Language: English Genre: Drama 1959 Duration: 28’17″

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World Refugee Year

Listen / World Refugee Year Representative Claude de Kemoularia

Pope John XXIII, Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, President Yitzhak Ben-Zvi of Israel, President Mario Echandi of Costa Rica and President Theodor Heuss of the Federal Republic of Germany join voices for the refugees. Language: English Genre: Report 1959 Duration: 9’35″

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UN votes for a resolution on cyber privacy

Listen / Antonio Patriota

A resolution to protect the right to privacy against unlawful online surveillance has been unanimously approved by the General Assembly's human rights committee. Tuesday's vote follows press reports of electronic surveillance by United States intelligence agencies on foreign governments and businesses, including those of Germany and Brazil which sponsored the resolution. "The resolution states that [...]

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Milk, dairy products can improve nutrition and livelihood for the poor

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Governments worldwide are being advised by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to make milk and dairy products more accessible to the poor and vulnerable. FAO's latest publication entitled Milk and Dairy Products in Human Nutrition, says these products make for healthy bones and are a vital source of nutrition. However, not everyone is fortunate [...]

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Protecting children should be at the heart of ongoing DRC dialogue

Listen / Leila Zerrougui

The surrender of the M23 and other armed groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) brings with it the responsibility to help children reunite with their families, go back to school and aspire to a better future. That's the conclusion reached by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed conflict, following [...]

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Repatriation of Somalis from Kenya must be voluntary: UNHCR

Listen / Tents stretch away into the distance in a part of the sprawling Dadaab refugee complex in north-east Kenya.(© UNHCR/J.Brouwer)

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) says all returns of Somali refugees from Kenya to Somalia should be strictly voluntary as stipulated in an agreement it has signed with the Governments of Kenya and Somalia. UNHCR spokesperson, Adrian Edwards on Tuesday explained that the 10 November Tripartite Agreement set out the legal framework for returns to [...]

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Gaza on brink of a humanitarian catastrophe because of fuel crisis, warns UN expert

Listen / Richard Falk

A power outage has left 1.7 million residents of Gaza in a dire situation, according to the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt). Richard Falk says the situation in Gaza is at a point of near catastrophe, and is calling for urgent action to address it. The [...]

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Saudi Arabia deports illegal migrants from Yemen and Ethiopia

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Saudi authorities have decided to deport all migrants from Yemen and Ethiopia who had entered the country illegally, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). In recent months, scores of migrants had already been sent home, IOM spokesperson Christiane Berthiaume told reporters in Geneva on Tuesday. Over 190,000 Yemeni migrant workers repatriated between June [...]

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UN Radio News 26 November 2013

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France pushes for a Security Council resolution to end crisis in Central African Republic

Listen / Thousands of people fleeing the Séléka alliance have made a temporary home of the Catholic mission in Bossangoa, Central African Republic (CAR). Photo: IRIN/Hannah McNeish

As the crisis continues to worsen in the Central African Republic, France is urging the Security Council to act urgently to avert a catastrophe. The political and humanitarian situation in the country took a turn for the worse in December last year when a coalition of rebel forces, known as Séléka, launched attacks and captured [...]

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Polio eradication emergency declared after 17 cases are detected in Syria

Listen / UNICEF has joined the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners to launch a huge immunization campaign against polio in Syria. Photo: UNICEF

A polio eradication emergency has been declared in all countries of the World Health Organization (WHO) Eastern Mediterranean Region after 17 cases of polio were confirmed in Syria. The cases are due to the wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1), a highly infectious and crippling viral disease, the agency notes. 15 cases had already been reported [...]

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UN relief efforts continue in the Philippines

Listen / A WFP aid worker talks to a woman in Tacloban City (Copyright: WFP/Silke Buhr)

Delivering food to survivors remains a priority nearly three weeks after Typhoon Haiyan caused widespread devastation in the Philippines. That's according to the World Food Programme (WFP), which has airlifted tonnes of rice and high-energy biscuits to the country. WFP and other UN agencies and their partners continue to support the Philippine authorities as they [...]

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Situation in CAR requires "prompt" and "decisive" action: UN Deputy Chief

Listen / Jan Eliasson

There's a unified view of the need for a UN peacekeeping operation in the Central African Republic (CAR), but the question is when such an operation can be on the ground. That's what the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General told reporters following a Security Council meeting on Monday where he presented a report from a technical [...]

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UNHCR: Asylum seekers facing harsh conditions at Pacific Island asylum centres

Listen / Boat carrying Sri Lankan asylum seekers arriving in Australia:UNHCR

Asylum-seekers transferred from Australia to processing centres at Nauru and in Papua New Guinea (PNG) are living in conditions that do not meet international standards of treatment, according to the United Nations Refugee agency (UNHCR). In a report assessing Australia's asylum policies and practices, UNHCR says the asylum seekers were living in conditions which may constitute [...]

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UN: New law on demonstrations in Egypt seriously flawed and must be amended

Listen / Egyptians protest in Cairo in July 2013. Photo: UN News Centre

A new law enacted in Egypt to regulate demonstrations is likely to lead to serious breaches of the right to freedom of peaceful assembly, according to the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR). The law gives wide-ranging powers to local security authorities to ban gatherings and prohibits protesters from conduct that would, among other things, constitute [...]

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UN top envoy in Iraq warns Syrian conflict is affecting the region

Listen / Nickolay Mladenov, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI)

The Geneva II peace conference for Syria and the interim agreement on Iran's nuclear programme are “positive” steps that will have a “positive” impact on the ground in Iraq and the region. That's what Nickolay Mladenov, the Secretary-General's Special Representative for Iraq, told reporters on Monday following his briefing to the Security Council on the [...]

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Criminality in sport is linked to other criminal activities: UN official

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Match fixing, illegal or irregular betting and other criminal activities affect a number of major sporting events, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). This problem is one of the issues that are being discussed at the week-long conference which opened in Panama City on Monday. The meeting has brought together [...]

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General Assembly president urges Israel and Palestine to avoid actions that could undermine current negotiations

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This year's observation [of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People] takes place while the renewed round of the Middle East peace negotiations is underway, President of the UN General Assembly Dr. John Ashe told a special meeting marking the occasion. He expressed the hope that the ongoing talks will lead to an [...]

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Secretary-General deplores death of peacekeeper in North Darfur

Listen / Senegalese peacekeepers with the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) train at their team site in Um Baro, North Darfur, Sudan.  UN Photo/Albert González Farran

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on the Government of Sudan to take swift action to bring perpetrators of Sunday's attack on an African Union- United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) convoy to justice. A soldier from Rwanda was shot during an attack on the road from Kabkabiya to Saraf Umra in North Darfur by a [...]

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UN Great Lakes envoy tours region to raise support for peace

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The Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region, has begun a week-long mission to help raise support for peace efforts in the region. Mary Robinson started her tour in Tanzania and will also visit Rwanda, the Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda. Martin Nesirky, the UN Spokesperson, made the [...]

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UN Women calls for action to end violence against women, girls

Listen / 25 November is International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

"Take a stand, speak out and take action every day to end violence against women and girls." That's the call issued by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka says the global response must tackle the root cause of violence against women which [...]

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UN Radio News 25 November 2013

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November 25 starts 16 Days of Activism to End Violence against Women

Listen / 25 November is International Day to End Violence against Women

Sixteen Days of Activism against Gender Violence starts on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Each day represents a key fact regarding violence against women which will be highlighted during the international campaign ending on December 10, International Human Rights Day. As part of ongoing efforts to end the [...]

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UNDP launches cash-for-work programme for destroyed communities in the Philippines

Listen / Cash for work programme for Typhoon Haiyan victims.

In the Philippines, villagers hit hard by Typhoon Haiyan are getting cash-for-work through debris removal projects organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Local communities started clearing rubble and medical waste, earning much needed income to get back on track after the destruction from the typhoon, while also easing access routes for humanitarian supplies. [...]

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Brahimi: Syria peace talks is a "huge opportunity for peace"

Listen / Lakhdar Brahimi, Joint Special Representative of the UN and the League of Arab States for Syria, together with Jeffrey Feltman, UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, met with Russian and United States officials on Syria peace conference. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

The Geneva conference on Syria is a huge opportunity for peace that should not be wasted, the joint UN/League of Arab States' top envoy to Syria said in an appeal to the Syrian Government and opposition. Mr. Lakhdar Brahimi also insisted the parties reduce the violence and release political prisoners ahead of the peace talks [...]

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Geneva II conference on Syria to be held in January

Listen / Special Representative for Syria, UN Political Affairs Chief, meet with Russian and U.S. Officials on Syrian Peace Conference. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

After months of diplomatic efforts, a date has finally been set for an international meeting aimed at ending the violence in Syria. The second Geneva conference will be held in that city on January 22, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced on Monday. With Syria the biggest threat to international peace and security, Mr. Ban described [...]

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UN Secretary-General confirms Syria peace talks to start 22 January

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announces to the press the convening of a conference on Syria, to take place in Geneva 22 January, 2014. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The Syrian Government and opposition will face each other at a negotiating table for the first time since the start of the Syrian conflict. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made the announcement on 25 November, ahead of the talks scheduled for 22 January in Geneva. Mr. Ban says he expects the Syrian representatives to come to the [...]

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WHO: adolescents living with HIV not receiving the care and support they need

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More than two million adolescents between the ages of 10 and 19 years living with HIV are not receiving the care and support that they need to stay in good health and prevent transmission, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO says failure to support effective and acceptable HIV services for adolescents has resulted [...]

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Human rights violations pushing thousands of Eritreans into exile

Listen / Migrants arriving on Italy's Lampedusa Island after crossing the Mediterranean on a dilapidated boat. [UNHCR/F.Noy]

Up to 3,000 Eritreans are leaving the country every month to escape human rights violations perpetrated by the government and its security agencies, according to a United Nations Human rights expert. The Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea, Sheila Keetharuth, cites the compulsory military service and harsh economic and social conditions many [...]

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"Orange your world" to say no to violence against women: Ban

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on people to wear the colour orange to mark the International Day to End Violence against Women on 25 November. It's also a chance to recommit to preventing and halting all forms of violence against women and girls, he noted. Mr. Ban is asking people to make a special effort [...]

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Accord on Iran's nuclear programme welcomed by UN chief

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An interim agreement on Iran's nuclear programme announced on Sunday has been welcomed by United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon. According to reports, representatives of the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, China, France and Germany, collectively known as the P5+1 came to an agreement with Iran in the early hours of Sunday. Iran is reported [...]

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UN chief welcomes outcome of climate change conference in Warsaw

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  United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the outcome of the conference on climate change which concluded in Warsaw, Poland on Saturday. For the past two weeks government representatives have been discussing measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions which contribute to global warming causing climate change. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, UN [...]

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Africa urged to boost manufacturing to create wealth and jobs

Listen / November 20 is Africa Industrialization Day

African countries were on Friday urged to do more to boost their manufacturing sectors to create wealth and jobs. The call came from Paul Maseli, of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) at the start of an event to mark Africa Industrialization Day. He said the Day provides an opportunity for Africans "to take [...]

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Governments in Warsaw make breakthrough in agreements to cut greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation

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Governments at the UN Climate Change Conference in Warsaw, Poland,  on Friday agreed on a set of decisions on ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and the degradation of forests. The agreement on the so-called REDD+ initiative is backed by pledges of 280 million dollars in financing from the US, Norway and the [...]

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St. Vincent and the Grenadines joins in voting to condemn the US embargo against Cuba

Listen / Inga Rhonda King

The United States embargo against Cuba has been and continues to be a violation of international law, the Permanent representative of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ambassador Rhonda King told the General Assembly following an overwhelming vote calling for an end to the embargo. For the 22nd straight year, the United Nations General Assembly voted [...]

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Anti-torture committee concludes latest session

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Prison overcrowding and the treatment of refugees were some of the concerns noted by a human rights committee which examines how countries are implementing a UN anti-torture treaty. The Committee against Torture concluded its latest session on Friday, having heard from nine countries: Mozambique, Uzbekistan, Poland, Latvia, Belgium, Burkina Faso, Portugal, Andorra and Kyrgyzstan. Dianne [...]

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UN agencies caution against complacency as polio outbreak eases off in Horn of Africa

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Two United Nations agencies have cautioned against complacency as a polio outbreak in the Horn of Africa tapers off. In a joint statement issued on Friday, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) say it has been six months since the outbreak hit the region, affecting some 200 children and adults. [...]

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UN humanitarian chief concerned about health risks in typhoon-hit Philippines

Listen / Typhoon Haiyan survivors in the Philippines.  UNICEF

The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator has expressed concern about health risks after Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines. Valerie Amos has just returned from the Asian country which she visited twice in the last two weeks to witness the response by the government and relief agencies to the disaster. According to the government, 5,200 people have [...]

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Sanitation in rural Cambodia is a booming business

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A low-cost, pour-flush latrine called "Easy Latrine" has become a hot item in rural Cambodia where UNICEF says less than 1 in 3 people have access to proper sanitation, one of the lowest rates in Southeast Asia. Nearly 70 per cent of Cambodia's rural population, that's roughly 6.4 million people, still practice open defecation as [...]

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World Toilet Day: Access to sanitation also protects women and girls

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World Toilet Day, observed on 19 November, aims to improve sanitation access for the more than 500 million women and girls who are forced to use the bathroom outdoors. Experts in public health and child welfare say lack of access to these facilities can be humiliating and even dangerous for women. TV film seeks to [...]

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South India fishermen use power of collective action against debt bondage

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For most of their lives, 12 fishermen in the Aruacottuthurai village, on the Tamil Nadu coast in South India, have lived like 'slaves'. Every one of them was in debt to money-lenders. They in turn had inherited the debt from their fathers, according to Joanne Levitan of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). In [...]

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Partnership launched to ensure sustainability of python trade

Listen / Python arboricole vert australien.  Photo: © Frank Mammo - CITES

A partnership to ensure that trade in python skin is more sustainable was announced in Geneva on Friday. It involves the International Trade Centre (ITC), French luxury and retail firm Kering and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Alex Kasterine, the head of the ITC's Trade and Environment Unit says the Python Conservation [...]

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Governments must take steps to address loss and damage from adverse effects of climate change: Belize

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Governments need to provide clarity on scaling up the mobilisation of 100 billion USD per year by 2020 to assist developing countries in both adaptation and mitigation, Belize's Minister of Forestry and Sustainable Development Senator Lisel Alamilla told the UN climate change conference in Warsaw. She noted that since 2012, developing countries have had no [...]

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UN Daily News 22 November 2013

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St. Lucia urges Warsaw Climate Conference to work together to construct a robust agreement to save our planet

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While no single weather event, no matter how severe, can be ascribed solely to climate change, it is clear that global warming resulting from human actions is serving as a trigger for the intensification of such events, St. Lucia's Minister of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and technology James Fletcher told the 19th global climate conference [...]

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UN Trust Fund to end violence against women announces over $US8 million in grants

Listen / End violence against women.  UN Women

The United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) on Friday announced USD 8 million in grants to 17 initiatives in 18 countries and territories. First-time grant recipients include organizations from Antigua and Barbuda, Mauritania, Myanmar and Kosovo. These new grants are expected to reach 2.3 million beneficiaries between 2014 and [...]

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Tiny Nauru: A "litmus test" for the post-2015 development agenda

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A remote Pacific island nation could be the "litmus test" for global efforts to devise a sustainable development agenda. Although Nauru (population 10,000) is so small it does not have an official capital, some of the world's biggest problems can be found within its 21 square kilometres. Climate change, youth unemployment, obesity and diabetes, are [...]

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Prison overcrowding is a major concern for anti-torture committee

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Overcrowding in prisons is a major problem in all but one of the nine countries that the UN Committee against Torture has been discussing in Geneva, according to its Chairperson. The Committee is charged with monitoring implementation of the UN Convention against Torture adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1984. It has been reviewing [...]

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Communities affected by typhoon in Philippines look to rebuilding

Listen / Workers distribute plastic sheets in a district of Tacloban City. © UNHCR/R.Rocamora

The needs of the people displaced by Typhoon Haiyan that hit the Philippines two weeks ago are shifting to rebuilding, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR). The agency says people are now asking for shelter material to start rebuilding their lives. UNHCR Spokesperson Barbar Baloch says the agency's workers who visited some remote [...]

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UNICEF: 6,000 child soldiers fighting in Central Africa Republic

Listen / Thousands of people have been forced from their homes by fresh fighting in the capital, adding to the previous CAR total or some 206,000 IDPs (© UNHCR/D.Mbaiorem)

Armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) have recruited nearly 6,000 children into their ranks, according to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). Nearly half of the children have been recruited this year following the ouster of the government in March by rebel groups. UNICEF says the security situation in CAR remains volatile and [...]

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JFK at the United Nations

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President of the United States John F. Kennedy addresses the UN General Assembly for the final time, during the “relative calm” of 1963. Language: English Genre: Speech 1963 Duration 29’05″

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Pressure mounts against Ugandan LRA rebels

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• There is progress in the efforts against the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in Central Africa, according to a senior UN diplomat. Ambassador Abou Moussa, the head of the UN Office in Central Africa (UNOCA) briefed the Security Council on Wednesday. He said the LRA is now on the run in the face of military [...]

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Gender remains a key area of focus for UN police, says Police Adviser

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  The United Nations needs more female police officers for its peacekeeping missions. That's what Stefan Feller, the United Nations Police Advisor, said in his first briefing to the press since taking up his post in May this year. Mr. Feller said gender remains a key area of focus for the UN police division which [...]

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UN study looks at how radiation affects children

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For nearly 60 years, the UN Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) has been evaluating the impact of nuclear radiation on the human body. The committee recently released a report on how radiation affects children, citing research ranging from the atomic attacks on Japan during the Second World War to kids who [...]

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UN officials raise concerns over Gaza's worsening humanitarian crisis

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United Nations officials warned on Thursday that the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip is worsening despite a ceasefire with Israel. They say the ceasefire last year which ended an eight-day clash between Hamas militants and Israel offered a small glimmer of hope to address Gaza's humanitarian needs However, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator James Rawley [...]

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UN Daily News 21 November 2013

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Envoys say international cooperation critical to defeating the Lord's Resistance Army

Listen / Kony and chronies from the LRA

Joint diplomatic efforts by the United Nations and the African Union have ensured cooperation among four African countries affected by the activities of a rebel group out of Uganda. But the UN envoy for the Central African region says the "serious and unpredictable threat" posed by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) will require sustained international [...]

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Tony Blair calls for mobilization against religious extremists

Listen / Tony Blair, Former British Prime Minister

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Thursday called for mobilization to counter religious extremism which fuels terrorism. Mr. Blair, who now runs the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, spoke at a meeting of the UN Security Council's Counter-Terrorism Committee on Thursday. He said the world is facing "a scourge that has seen innocent lives taken, [...]

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A climate technology centre is ready to assist developing countries

Listen / UN City in Copenhagen, Denmark where the CTCN is located. Credit: Adam Moerk

A centre to provide climate technology to developing countries is now officially open for business in Copenhagen, Denmark. The announcement was made on Thursday by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in Warsaw, Poland. One of the core functions of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) is to manage and respond to requests from developing [...]

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UNEP warns that nitrous oxide is a threat to ozone layer

Listen / Emissions of nitrous oxide (N2O), an often-overlooked yet potent gas, could nearly double by 2050 and thus potentially undermine gains in the ozone layer recovery and exacerbate climate change. - UNEP

The ozone layer which protects the Earth from much of the sun's destructive radiation is under threat from emissions of nitrous oxide which could nearly double by 2050. This warning comes from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in a report issued in Warsaw, Poland during the ongoing conference on climate change. UNEP says that [...]

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UN chief stresses importance of building sustainable cities

Listen / A view of Busan, the Republic of Korea's second largest city after Seoul, with a population of approximately 3.6 million as of 2010.   UN Photo/Kibae Park

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed the importance of building sustainable cities that are resilient to climate change. The Secretary-General spoke at an event on cities in Warsaw, Poland, where he is attending the conference on climate change. He said local mayors, governors and communities have an important role to play in planning for [...]

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Pressure is mounting against LRA, says African envoy

Listen / Francisco Caetano Jose Madeira (left)

A senior African diplomat has called for support in the efforts to eliminate Ugandan rebels of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) operating in countries of the Central African region. Ambassador Francisco Madeira, the African Union Special Envoy for LRA Issues, briefed the Security Council on Wednesday on the operations of the Regional Task Force against [...]

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UN Daily News 20 November 2013

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World's poorest countries to face labour force explosion

Listen / The Least Developed Countries Report 2013 - UNCTAD

The world's poorest countries need to create decent jobs to break the cycle of poverty and avoid social instability, according to the latest report by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Forty-nine countries are currently designated by the United Nations as "Least Developed Countries" or LDCs ranging from Afghanistan to Zambia. These [...]

20 Nov 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Relief efforts are scaled up in typhoon-hit Philippines

Listen / Help is what survivors of Typhoon Haiyan need now.   Jason Gutierez/IRIN

Approximately 4.4 million people remain displaced by Typhoon Haiyan which hit the Philippines two weeks ago and damaged more than one million homes. The United Nations humanitarian agency (OCHA) says these figures come from the government of the Philippines. UN Associate spokesperson, Farhan Haq says access and logistics continue to improve, but debris clearing operations [...]

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UN envoy reports progress against Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army in Central Africa

Listen / A UN Monusco peacekeeper in Dungu, Oriental Province, keeps watch over Linakofo, a camp of 1359 internally-displaced people (IDPs), all of whom have fled attacks by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA)  © Zahra Moloo/IRIN

There is progress in the efforts against the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) which continues to terrorize civilians in Central Africa. That's what Ambassador Abou Moussa, the head of the UN Office in Central Africa (UNOCA) told the Security Council during a briefing on Wednesday. The LRA, which operated in Uganda and South Sudan in the [...]

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On Universal Children's Day, put hidden violence and abuse in the spotlight, says UNICEF

Listen / Kamran (name changed) has been forced into sex work in Pakistan.  UNICEF

As the world marks Universal Children's Day – the anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child – UNICEF is urging a much stronger light be shone on the millions of children in every country and at every level of society who are victims of violence and abuse that continue to go [...]

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UNAMA welcomes final list of candidates for 2014 Afghan elections

Listen / Ján Kubiš

The final list of candidates for Afghanistan's 2014 Presidential and Provincial Council elections was announced Wednesday by the Independent Election Commission (IEC) of Afghanistan. And the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has welcomed the announcement and the timely completion of the adjudication of complaints by the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC). The Secretary-General's [...]

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Instability and crime plague Central Africa, says UN envoy

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Political instability, transnational crime, terrorism and extremism continue to plague Central Africa, according to the top United Nations envoy in the region. Ambassador Abbou Moussa, the head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) briefed the Security Council on Wednesday. He said instability in the Central African Republic is having security and [...]

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Climate finance essential for addressing climate change: Ban

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (third from left) visited the Polar ice rim in 2009 to witness firsthand the impact of climate change on icebergs and glaciers. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Progress on climate finance is crucial for fuelling confidence in the negotiations on climate change. That's what United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Wednesday in remarks at a Ministerial meeting on Climate Finance taking place in Warsaw, Poland. Secretary-General Ban warned that "climate change is the greatest single threat to peace, prosperity and sustainable [...]

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UN chief strongly condemns attacks on police station in Somalia

Listen / A Kenyan soldier  with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) is pictured through a bullet hole in the gate of the compound housing the former offices of the UN's refugee agency (UNHCR), in Kismayo, southern Somalia. UN Photo/Stuart Price

Deadly attacks against a police station north of the capital Mogadishu on Tuesday have been strongly condemned by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. According to reports, members of the al-Shabaab Islamist extremist group blew up the gates and entered the police compound where they killed police officers. In a statement issued by his spokesperson late on [...]

20 Nov 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Concern over regions unable to meet global targets to cut new HIV/AIDS cases

Listen / A sign reading "Know your HIV status", promoting HIV testing in Livingstone, Zambia

New HIV infections are on the rise in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, according to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). The organization says the upward trend is mainly being fuelled by discrimination and inadequate access to essential HIV services amongst some of the high risk groups such as men [...]

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A milestone is passed in relations between Serbia and Kosovo: UN envoy

Listen / Special Representative Farid Zarif.  UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

An important milestone has been passed in the implementation of an agreement on the principles governing the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia. That's what the head of the UN Mission in Kosovo, Ambassador Farid Zarif told the Security Council during his briefing on Tuesday. He said since his last briefing in August, the [...]

19 Nov 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Aid delivery to Typhoon affected communities gathers pace: Valerie Amos

Listen / Two young boys prepare to go to a UNICEF run "child friendly space" at the evacuation center © Jason Gutierez/IRIN

Twelve days after one of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded made land fall in the Philippines, relief efforts have gathered pace, according to the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos. She said many of the logistical hurdles that hampered the response in the first days – roads clogged by debris, fuel shortages and lack [...]

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Thousands flee fighting in Syria to neighbouring Lebanon

Listen / Syrian refugees queue to be registered on the outskirts of the Lebanese town of Arsal. © UNHCR/M.Hofer

An estimated 6,000 people have fled their homes in Qarah, Syria to eastern Lebanon to escape violence, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR). The agency says humanitarian partners have been on the ground in Lebanon since last Friday working with the Ministry of Social Affairs and local authorities to cope with this influx. [...]

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We must reach a climate agreement by 2015: PGA

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"We have to be realistic and we cannot afford to ignore the harsh realities that the climate change challenge brings to the overall task of sustainable development for all", President of the UN General Assembly John Ashe told the High-Level segment of the UN Conference on Climate Change in Poland Tuesday. He warned that we've [...]

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Security Council strongly condemns terrorist attacks in Lebanon

Listen / Liu Jieyi

The members of the Security Council have strongly condemned the terrorist attacks against the embassy of Iran in Beirut, Lebanon on Tuesday. An al-Qaida-linked group has claimed responsibility for the attack which killed 23 people and wounded more than 140 others in the vicinity. In a statement issued on Tuesday, Council members reaffirmed that terrorism [...]

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Philippines: typhoon has affected 13 million people, displaced 4 million

Listen / Young boys collecting pieces of lumber they can use to rebuild their house damaged by Typhoon Haiyan in Tanauan, Leyte.  UNHCR/R.Rocamora

An estimated 13 million people have been affected by super typhoon Haiyan and four million displaced, according to the latest figures published by the Philippines government. The UN humanitarian agency, OCHA, shared those figures as it presented a "humanitarian snapshot" of the Philippines on a map. The agency said the vast majority of people affected [...]

19 Nov 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

ILO helps disaster victims in the Philippines

Listen / Loon, Bohol, Philippines - Survivors of the 2013 Bohol earthquake ferry a coffin of a quake victim across the river in the isolated town of Loon © Jason Gutierrez/IRIN

As the international community rallies to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan's fury, 13 million people in other parts of the Philippines are still trying to rebuild their lives shattered by earlier disasters in this densely populated Southeast Asian nation. Before the typhoon, the country was still recovering from the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that happened [...]

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World Toilet Day focuses on basic right which billions lack

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More than 2.5 billion people worldwide do not have access to adequate sanitation, something which directly affects their health, hygiene and human dignity. On World Toilet Day, observed 19 November, the United Nations is reminding the world how this affects more than individuals. Dianne Penn reports. Duration: 3’04″  

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UN human rights office concerned about violence in Libya

Listen / Ravina Shamdasani, UN Human Rights spokesperson

Deep concern is being expressed over a number of violent incidents in Libya that have left more than 40 people dead and hundreds of others injured. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights says these are the bloodiest incidents the Libyan capital, Tripoli, has seen since the end of the 2011 conflict. Spokesperson [...]

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Israel-Palestinian talks have reached "a delicate moment": UN official

Listen / Jeffrey Feltman

The Israeli-Palestinian talks have reached "a delicate moment" according to the head of the United Nations Department of Political Affairs. In his briefing to the Security Council on Tuesday, Jeffrey Feltman said when intensive Israeli-Palestinian negotiations resumed earlier this year, tensions were  expected to be along the way. Nobody, Mr. Feltman told the Council, predicted [...]

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UN chief reiterates call for action on climate change

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Antarctica (2007) to see first-hand the effects of climate change on the melting glaciers. He visited the Collins Glacier and then the Sejong Research Centre.  UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday called for urgent action to tackle global warming that is causing climate change. The Secretary-General spoke at the start of the high-level segment of the climate change conference taking place in Warsaw, Poland. He reminded participants that scientific data shows that human beings are responsible for climate change. Secretary-General [...]

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UN chief condemns terrorist bombing near Iranian embassy in Beirut

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras (file photo)

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the terrorist bombing near the Iranian embassy in the Bir Hassan neighbourhood of Beirut on Tuesday which killed at least 23 civilians, including reportedly one Iranian diplomat, and injured over a hundred others. In a statement through his Spokespersons' office, the Secretary-General calls on all in Lebanon to recognise [...]

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Typhoon Haiyan displaces thousands of people in Philippines: UNHCR

Listen / Typhoon survivors cross the parking apron at Tacloban Airport to catch a plane bound for Cebu City, where they hope to find help.  UNHCR/R.Rocamora

Thousands of survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines remain displaced, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR). The Agency says the people from Tacloban and other affected areas are believed to have left their home areas in search of family and assistance in surrounding areas or as far away as Cebu and Manila. [...]

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UN deputy chief calls for action to ensure everyone has access to toilets

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There's been a call for action to ensure that everyone has access to sanitation and toilets. United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson in a message to mark World Toilet Day on 19 November,  says it is time "to break the taboo around this life and death subject." The United Nations estimates that 2.5 billion people [...]

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UN: Make sanitation for all a global development priority

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Over 2.5 billion people lack the benefits of adequate sanitation, with devastating consequences, in particular for the well-being, health, education and empowerment of women and girls worldwide, according to the United Nations. Furthermore, over 800,000 children under five die each year from diarrhea and countless others fall seriously ill often with long term health and [...]

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Security Council renews mandate for combating piracy in Somalia

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The UN  Security Council has renewed authorization for member states and regional organizations to cooperate with the Somali government in fighting piracy and armed robbery off the coast of Somalia. The Council took the decision in a unanimous resolution adopted on Monday. Ambassador Liu Jieyi of China, the Council President for this month, says the [...]

18 Nov 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNAMID facilitates mediation between Misseriya and Salamat in Central Darfur

Listen / Farhan Haq

The joint African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) facilitated the travel of the governor of Sudan's Central Darfur to the town of Um Dukhun where two ethnic groups clashed in the past weeks. The fighting between Salamat and Misseriya in Um Dukhun reportedly left about 100 people dead and dozens more injured, as well [...]

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UNRWA demands humanitarian access to Yarmouk

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The UN Agency assisting Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) is increasingly concerned at the continued prevention of access for desperately needed humanitarian assistance to Palestinian civilians in Yarmouk. A statement from the agency says the Syrian authorities and all concerned parties have the power to allow UNRWA to deliver safely humanitarian assistance into Yarmouk, to ease the [...]

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UN expert urges Italian government to democratize media

Listen / Frank La Rue

The United Nations independent expert on the right to freedom of opinion and expression has urged the Italian government to democratize the media. Speaking at the end of a seven day visit to Italy, Frank La Rue said this could be done by allocating the concession of broadcasting frequencies in a fair manner. He also [...]

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UN envoy briefs Security Council on South Sudan developments

Listen / Hilde Johnson

South Sudan is at a crossroads with the fledgling government struggling to expand and extend its authority, the head of the UN mission in the country (UNMISS) told the Security Council on Monday. Hilde Johnson detailed pressing issues facing the world’s youngest nation, including insecurity and human rights abuses by ill-disciplined security forces. Dianne Penn [...]

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Foreign medical teams arrive to support Filipino government efforts

Listen / C-130 cargo plane lands in badly affected Tacloban City in the Philippines, in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. Photo: courtesy of the Armed Forces of the Philippines

Foreign medical teams have arrived in typhoon-affected areas in the Philippines to assist national health authorities dispense basic health services for the survivors, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). There are 12 medical teams on the ground already and another 19 teams are expected to arrive on Monday, said WHO spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic. Speaking [...]

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Auschwitz-Birkenau not simply a register of atrocities but also a repository of courage and hope: SG

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

“I am truly overwhelmed and humbled. No words can adequately express my feelings”, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday in remarks at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland. He asked: How can a state and individuals be so cruel and use systematic brutality against humanity? He pointed out that over the years, he has seen many [...]

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Violence threatens efforts to stabilize South Sudan's Jonglei State

Listen / Hilde Johnson

The continuing inter-communal violence in South Sudan's Jonglei State is threatening the government's effort to bring stability to the state. That warning came from Hilde Johnson, the head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) during her briefing to the Security Council on Monday. Ms Johnson said "the world's youngest nation still travelling [...]

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No large outbreaks of diseases in typhoon-hit Philippines: WHO

Listen / Residents of Tacloban (Photo: WFP/Saripa Alangadi)

Disease surveillance teams are on the ground in the Philippines to monitor the situation and prevent any possible outbreaks of diseases, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The agency says national health authorities are doing all they can to ensure that basic health services are available and the people injured during the typhoon receive [...]

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UN chief commends Baltic States for empowering women

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Baltic States have been commended by the United Nations Secretary-General for the progress they have made in using technology for development and in empowering women. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke at a press conference in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, as he wrapped up his visit to the Baltic States on Monday. He said he has [...]

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Secretary-General welcomes conclusion of Maldives presidential run-off

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The United Nations stands ready to continue to support democratic progress and prosperity in the Maldives, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in welcoming the conclusion of the country's run-off presidential elections. In a statement issued on Sunday by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban said "Once again, the people of the Maldives have turned out to vote in [...]

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WFP chief meets with typhoon survivors in Tacloban city

Listen / WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin (file photo).

Although logistical challenges persist, more food is arriving each day in areas in the Philippines that were hit by Typhoon Haiyan, according to the World Food Programme (WFP). The agency reports that food for more than 700,000 people has been dispatched to affected communities.  This includes items such as family food packs containing rice, plus [...]

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Security Council fails to pass resolution to defer trials of Kenyan leaders

Listen / A wide view of the Security Council in session. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

The Security Council on Friday did not get enough votes to pass a resolution that would have postponed the trials of Kenyan leaders at the International Criminal Court (ICC). The African Union had requested the court, which is based in The Hague, to defer the trials of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyata and Deputy President William [...]

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Africa rights body takes steps to protect people with albinism

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The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has welcomed the adoption on 5 November of the first resolution on people with albinism by the main regional human rights body in Africa. Albinism, a genetic condition found in all races, is characterized by a deficit or complete lack of melanin in the skin, [...]

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Head of joint chemical weapons mission to travel to Syria

Listen / Sigrid Kaag, Special Coordinator of the OPCW-UN Joint Mission on eliminating Syria's chemical weapons programme.

The head of the joint mission that's overseeing the destruction of chemical weapons in Syria will be returning to the country shortly for further talks with the authorities. Sigrid Kaag, Special Coordinator of the Joint Mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations made the announcement in a [...]

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Rwanda says Security Council failure to defer trials of Kenyan leaders is "a shame"

Listen / A wide view of the Security Council in session. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

The Security Council on Friday failed to adopt a resolution for the International Criminal Court (ICC) to defer the trials of Kenyan leaders for one year. The African Union had requested the Council to adopt a resolution to postpone the trials of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto. They face charges before the [...]

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Water points help improve quality of life for young girls in Ethiopia

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Young girls in northern Ethiopia can now fetch water without fear of getting raped or abducted. The construction and rehabilitation of water points by UNICEF, the European Union (EU) and other partners, is making their lives easier. Five years ago, it would take three full hours to collect unclean water from a river after walking [...]

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Rescue operations continue as airports and roads reopen in the Philippines

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Airports have been reopened, transport has resumed and countries are coming forward with aid a little over a week after Typhoon Haiyan destroyed parts of the central Philippines. That's what representatives of United Nations agencies in Geneva told reporters on Friday as they shared details of the ongoing rescue operations. The number of people affected [...]

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UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow visits displaced people in Central African Republic

Listen / Mia Farrow in a displaced camp (UNICEF@PHOTO)

Mia Farrow, world renowned American actress and Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) visited the Central African Republic recently. She travelled to one of the villages in the north-western region of the country where more than 40,000 people have been displaced by recent violence. Although there is a transitional government entrusted with restoring [...]

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Human Rights Office condemns racist attack on French Justice Minister

Listen / Rupert Colville, spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. (UN Photo)

The UN Human Rights Office has welcomed the French government's swift condemnation of what it described as a racist attack on the country's Justice Minister Christiane Taubira. This week, a magazine published the minister's picture with the caption "Cunning as a monkey, Taubira gets the banana back." Although the magazine stated these were just common [...]

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UN human rights expert calls for concrete funding pledges at global climate talks

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With negotiations on a global climate change treaty currently underway in Poland, a UN independent expert is calling for governments to make concrete funding commitments to tackle the effects of climate change. Virginia Dandan, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and International Solidarity, urges ministers to clarify what resources would be forthcoming when they meet [...]

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World Diabetes Day: Know the warning signs, get the care you need

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Three hundred and forty-seven million people worldwide have diabetes and the World Health Organization (WHO) projects that it will be the 7th leading cause of death in 2030. Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the pancreas cannot produce enough insulin, or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces, resulting in [...]

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UNHCR urges greater protection for Syrian and other asylum-seekers

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The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is calling on countries to protect asylum-seekers, including Syrians escaping the crisis in their homeland. This follows reports that some European Union states have been denying entry to asylum-seekers or even turning them back. The agency says such practices could place these people at further risk and expose them to [...]

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WHO concerned about hard to reach communities one week after Typhoon Haiyan

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One week after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines, the full extent of the disaster is becoming increasingly clear, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. The agency reported that humanitarian hubs have been established in at least seven of the hardest-hit provinces and that aid is beginning to reach people in need. However, WHO [...]

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Fuel shortage hampering relief efforts in the Philippines

Listen / Children observing Typhoon Haiyan's destruction in the Philippines.  UNICEF

As United Nations agencies scale up their relief efforts in the typhoon-hit regions of the Philippines, a major fuel shortage is hampering efforts to reach millions of affected people with humanitarian aid. UN agencies say although aid is now arriving in the country, moving it to those in need is taking longer than expected due [...]

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UN responds to Typhoon Haiyan

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Relief efforts continue in the Philippines where UN agencies and their partners have been rushing in personnel and supplies in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms on record. The UN has launched a $300 million appeal to assist the more than 11 million survivors. UN court rules in favour of [...]

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CARICOM reiterates its call for an end to the US embargo on Cuba

Listen / H.E. Mr. Delano Frank Bart, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Saint Kitts and Nevis to the United Nations.

NARRATOR: Every year for the past 22 consecutive years, CARICOM Member States gathered in the General Assembly to sound their voices with many others of the opposition to the United States imposition of the economic, commercial and financial embargo against the Republic of Cuba. St. Kitts-Nevis' Representative Ambassador Delano Bart noted that for 53 years, [...]

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Africa has witnessed major development gains: CARICOM

Listen / George Talbot

NARRATOR:  The founding of the OAU preceded by a decade the establishment of our own Caribbean Community in 1973, the representative of Guyana Ambassador George Talbot told the UN General Assembly. Speaking on behalf of CARICOM during discussion on the New Partnership for Africa's development, Ambassador Talbot said that not long after that, the 1975 [...]

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The promotion of peaceful uses of technology helps improve the lives of people in Jamaica

Listen / Courtenay Rattray, Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the UN

NARRATOR:  Jamaica attaches great importance to the vital work of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in fostering nuclear safety and security and promoting peaceful uses of nuclear technology. It's representative Ambassador Courtnay Rattray told a meeting of the General Assembly on the report of the International Atomic Energy Agency that the Agency’s practical and [...]

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Accord paves way for return of Somali refugees in Kenya

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• The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and the governments of Kenya and Somalia on Sunday signed an accord on the return of Somali refugees from Kenya. Kenya is hosting over 470,000 Somali refugees. UNHCR says about 60,000 Somali refugees have already spontaneously returned home as the situation continues to stabilize in their country. South Sudan [...]

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World Diabetes Day: Know the warning signs, get the care you need

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Three hundred and forty-seven million people worldwide have diabetes and the World Health Organization (WHO) projects that it will be the 7th leading cause of death in 2030. Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the pancreas cannot produce enough insulin, or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces, resulting in [...]

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ICC prosecutor briefs Security Council on Libya war crimes cases

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The Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) is strongly urging the Libyan authorities to surrender the son of the country's former leader who is wanted for crimes against humanity. Fatou Bensouda briefed the UN Security Council on Thursday on the case of Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi and another senior official charged with crimes committed in [...]

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Nearly half a trillion U.S. dollars are spent on branding annually

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The money spent by companies around the world on branding is more than what they invest in research and development, according to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The agency on Thursday issued its second World Intellectual Property Report titled Brands: Reputation and Image in the Global Marketplace. The report offers fresh data, analysis and [...]

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Security Council welcomes end of M23 rebellion in DR Congo

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The UN Security Council has welcomed the recent announcement that an armed group in the Democratic Republic of the Congo would end its months-long rebellion in the eastern part of the country. In a statement on Thursday, Council members said the 19-month-long insurgency by the M23 group had resulted in a significant number of deaths, [...]

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UN humanitarian chief appeals for full international support for Typhoon Haiyan survivors

Listen / 13 November, Philippines: Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos visits communities affected by Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban. Tens of thousands of people have lost their homes and are now living in the open or in damaged buildings. Credit: OCHA

UN Humanitarian Coordinator Valerie Amos is appealing for a sustained and collective international response to help people affected by the deadly typhoon which hit the Philippines nearly a week ago. Amos was in the Philippine capital, Manila, on Thursday where she highlighted the need for continued support to survivors of Typhoon Haiyan. Although UN agencies [...]

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Secretary-General promotes healthy lifestyles on World Diabetes Day

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With diabetes on the rise globally, the UN Secretary-General is calling on countries to foster sustainable food production and consumption and for people everywhere to minimize their risk of getting the disease. In a message on World Diabetes Day, observed this Thursday, 14 November, Ban Ki-moon says these moves can contribute to better living for [...]

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UN nuclear watchdog agency helps bring radiotherapy technology to developing countries

Listen / The IAEA and its partners help developing countries increase access to lifesaving radiotherapy treatment, Vietnam. (Photo: A. Leuker/IAEA)

Radiotherapy is one of the essential components of treatment for many forms of cancer. But the technology and resources needed to treat the disease are expensive. For many developing countries access to radiotherapy equipment is limited or non-existent. Many cancer patients living in these countries either pay a large sum of money to get treated [...]

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Cycling helps promote reconciliation in Rwanda

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"Rising from Ashes" a documentary film about the Rwandan cycling team was screened at the United Nations on Tuesday. Members of the team include survivors of the 1994 genocide, in which Hutu extremists reportedly killed approximately one million people, mainly Tutsis and moderate Hutus. The coach of Team Rwanda is Jock Boyer, the first American [...]

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Civilians in Central African Republic a forgotten lot, says UNICEF's Ambassador

Listen / Mia Farrow in a displaced camp

  UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow today pleaded for urgent action to stem violence in the Central African Republic that is taking a heavy toll on the civilian population, especially women and children. Speaking in Geneva after a week-long visit to the country, Ms Farrow described the Central African Republic as a place with the [...]

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UN mission assists deployment of police to liberated areas in eastern DRC

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The UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) has helped redeploy 200 police officers to areas liberated from the M23 rebel group. That information comes from UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky in a briefing to journalists in New York on Wednesday. Nesirky says the head of MONUSCO, Martin Kobler, told the press on [...]

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UN agriculture agency prepares for major meeting on nutrition

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A preparatory meeting for next year's Second International Conference on Nutrition began on Wednesday at the headquarters of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome, Italy. Presentations and meetings over the next three days are expected to help set the stage for discussions between high level delegates participating in next year's event. International [...]

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UN envoy reports on meetings with Israeli and Palestinian officials

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The UN envoy for the Middle East Peace Process held separate meetings on Wednesday with Israeli and Palestinian officials on the issue of settlements in the West Bank. UN Special Coordinator Robert Serry said he understood from his discussions with Israel that the decision to plan a large number of settlement units has been stopped. [...]

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Year 2013 on course to be among ten warmest years says WMO

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The year 2013 is currently on course to be among the 10 warmest years since modern records began in 1850, according to the United Nations weather agency. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has issued its provisional report on the Status of Global Climate in 2013 to coincide with the conference on climate change taking place [...]

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Day 5 into Philippines crisis, extent of damage still unknown

Listen / The airport in Tacloban City, the Philippines, was badly damaged in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan on 8 November 2013. (Photo: courtesy of the Philippines Air Force)

As aid trickles in to survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, people are doing what they can to survive, according to the UN Refugee Agency's Representative, Bernard Kerblat. Tacloban city in Leyte province, one of the hardest-hit places, has no electricity, according to Mr. Kerblat, therefore only military aircrafts can land at the airport, [...]

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Report shows rise in opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan

Listen / Opium harvest in a poppy field in Badakhshan, Afghanistan. Raw opium is cooked before being suitable for smoking. Photo: IRIN/Manoocher Deghati

Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan reached a record high in 2013, according to a survey released on Wednesday by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the country's Ministry of Counter Narcotics. It finds cultivation rose by 36 per cent this year and that production reached 5,500 tonnes, an increase by nearly half [...]

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WHO and UN telecommunications agency support recovery efforts in the Philippines

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Although personnel and supplies from the World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners are getting into the Philippines, the agency says reaching those in need remains a challenge. WHO on Wednesday reports that teams of emergency responders have been positioned or are en route to areas hardest hit by Typhoon Haiyan, which has affected more [...]

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UN food and health agencies meeting seeks to improve nutrition globally

Listen / Good diets mean better nutrition and better lives (FAO@PHOTO)

Even though the world produces enough food for all, more than 840 million people still go hungry, the head of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Wednesday. José Graziano da Silva was speaking in Rome at the opening of a three-day meeting on transforming food systems for better nutrition organized by FAO [...]

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Motorola and UNDP promote use of mobiles for human development

Listen / Smart phones and other mobile technologies have become increasingly important channels through which innovative development solutions are being delivered (UNDP@PHOTO)

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and Motorola Company have launched an initiative to use information technology to promote human development. Known as Mobiles for Human Development, it's aimed at making governments aware of the potential of innovators, particularly in Africa, to use mobile technologies to address development issues. To find out more about the initiative, [...]

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2013 among top warmest years

Listen / Typhoon Haiyan - 2013's strongest storm. Credit: NOAA

  The year 2013 is currently on course to be among the top ten warmest years since modern records began in 1850, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). In its latest Provisional State of the Climate report, WMO says the global warming trend continues to be sustained by increased atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide [...]

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Human Rights Council welcomes 14 new members

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Fourteen countries have been elected new members of the UN Human Rights Council. This follows a secret ballot in the UN General Assembly on Tuesday. Joining the Geneva-based Council are Algeria, China, Cuba, France, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the Maldives, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, the United Kingdom and Viet [...]

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UNICEF outraged by string of school shellings in Syria

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The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) is expressing outrage following recent deadly attacks on schools in and around the Syrian capital, Damascus. UNICEF says five children were reportedly killed and 11 injured in their classrooms when their school, located in a suburb of the capital, was hit by shells on Monday. That same day, four children [...]

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Global guidelines help governments safeguard peoples' ownership rights

Listen / Paul Monro-Faure

Secure access to natural resources like land, water supplies, fisheries and forests, is seen as a key condition to improving food security for the world's poorest, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization. For example, 70 per cent of female agricultural workers in developing countries, often have no or very limited access to resources, the [...]

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Security Council authorizes more troops for AU mission in Somalia

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The Security Council has voted to increase the number of troops serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). In a unanimous decision on Tuesday, the Council authorized the African Union to raise the mission's force strength from just below 18,000 to more than 22,000 uniformed personnel. The AU troops have been supporting Somali [...]

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$300 million needed for urgent humanitarian action in the Philippines

Listen / C-130 cargo plane lands in badly affected Tacloban City in the Philippines, in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. Photo: courtesy of the Armed Forces of the Philippines

The UN humanitarian community is appealing for $300 million to provide life-saving aid to people of the Philippines affected by typhoon Haiyan. The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Aid (OCHA) made the announcement on Tuesday in the capital, Manila. According to government figures, an estimated 11.3 million people have been affected by the disaster [...]

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Citizen insecurity thwarts Latin America's development: UNDP

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Insecurity is a shared challenge that obstructs social and economic development in every country in Latin America, says a new UN Development Programme (UNDP) report launched in New York on Tuesday. But the Regional Human Development Report (HDR) 2013-2014 says crime control measures alone are insufficient; noting that the most effective way to reduce citizen [...]

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Crime threatens citizen security and development in Latin America: UNDP

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Citizens in countries of Latin America don't feel safe because of crime, including robberies and murder, according to a report issued by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) on Tuesday. The Regional Human Development Report (HDR) 2013-2014 is titled "Citizen Security with a Human Face: evidence and proposals for Latin America". It says insecurity is a [...]

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UN office praises Viet Nam for storm preparedness ahead of Typhoon Haiyan

Listen / Typhoon Haiyan - 2013's strongest storm. Credit: NOAA

Thousands of people in Viet Nam escaped the wrath of Typhoon Haiyan thanks to preparedness and mitigation measures implemented by the authorities, the United Nations office in the country reports. The typhoon, which slammed the Philippines on Friday, also hit parts of north and central Viet Nam before weakening and changing course. In a statement [...]

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UN agencies and partners say simple actions can curb child pneumonia deaths

Listen / For a future without illnesses to worry about, UNICEF makes a strong stand. Photo credit: Julien Harneis

Although pneumonia deaths are preventable, more than a million children still die from the disease each year, according to experts in child welfare and global health. The GAVI Alliance, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) say pneumonia is responsible for nearly one-fifth of child deaths globally. This Tuesday, 12 November, [...]

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WHO warns of significant health needs in the Philippines

Listen / An average of 20 typhoons a year strike the Philippines. Photo: IRIN/Jason Gutierrez

The World Health Organization (WHO)is sending experts to the storm raved regions of the Philippines to help in the restoration of health care services. WHO says many health facilities were damaged or completely destroyed, while those still able to operate are severely stretched with medical supplies in very short supply. Field hospitals with medical teams [...]

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UNWTO calls for support for the Philippines

Listen / Children observing Typhoon Haiyan's destruction in the Philippines.  UNICEF

The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is deeply saddened by the devastating impact of typhoon Haiyan which hit an important part of the Visayas region in the Philippines. UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai said "Our thoughts at this difficult moment are with the families and friends of the victims and all those suffering in this tragic [...]

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UN launches $300 million appeal for storm- ravaged Philippines

Listen / This boy was injured by flying debris from Typhoon Haiyan as it swept over his family's home in Tacloban. Haiyan is one of the most powerful storms ever recorded. Reuters-E. De Castro

The United Nations has appealed for $301 million to provide humanitarian assistance to typhoon hit regions of the Philippines. Nearly 11 million people have been affected by the storm which has also displaced about 700,000 people. UN agencies in the affected regions says urgent supplies of food, clean water, shelter and medicines are needed. UN [...]

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Severe damage to agriculture and fisheries after Typhoon Haiyan: FAO

Listen / Typhoon Haiyan caused severe damage to agriculture and the fisheries sector, in addition to massive loss of life in the Philippines.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is mobilizing support to the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, which tore through the country causing severe damage to the fisheries and agriculture sectors, in addition to massive loss of life. FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said Tuesday "The super typhoon Haiyan has left a [...]

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UN agency for Palestinian refugees urgently needs over $40 million

Listen / Palestine refugees in Syria desperately depend on UNRWA for food, water and medicine.  UNRWA

The United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) needs more than $40 million to continue its work for this year. That's what Filippo Grandi, the UNRWA Commissioner General says in his annual report to the General Assembly's Committee that deals with political and decolonization issues. Mr. Grandi tells UN Radio's Reem Abaza that he reported [...]

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Envoys regret lack of conclusion to Kampala Talks

Listen / Displaced families living in Mugunga camp, in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo after their city fell to M23 rebel forces in November 2012 © Kate Holt/IRIN

Five envoys from the international community have expressed their dismay at the lack of agreement in talks between the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the rebel group M23. In a statement on Monday, the envoys say they regret that the Kampala Dialogue could not be concluded that evening. The talks, named [...]

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UN to hold Syria pledging conference in January

Listen / Syrian children get used to their new home in a shelter for the internally displaced in the battered city of Homs. UNHCR

A severe lack of funding is hampering the humanitarian response in Syria, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the General Assembly on Monday. He reported that half the Syrian population—more than nine million people—need humanitarian assistance, and the situation continues to deteriorate rapidly and dramatically. "I will be organizing a High-Level Pledging Conference for Syria in [...]

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UN relief coordinator to launch Philippines humanitarian appeal

Listen / Some of the damage caused by Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban, the Philippines. UNHCR

UN Emergency Coordinator Valerie Amos will be in the Philippines on Tuesday to launch a humanitarian action plan for the country as it recovers from the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made the announcement during an informal briefing to the General Assembly in New York on Monday. He added that the [...]

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New tripartite agreement facilitates return of Somali refugees from Kenya

Listen / Delighted Somali children pass part of the day in a simple playground in a refugee camp.  UNHCR/J.Ose

Somali refugees in Kenya who wish to return to their homeland are the beneficiaries of an agreement signed on Sunday by a UN agency and the two countries. The agreement between the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and the governments of Kenya and Somalia sets no timelines for returns but defines the roles and responsibilities of [...]

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Somalia, Kenya and UN refugee agency reach accord for return of Somali refugees

Listen / Somali refugees. © UNHCR/J.Ose

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) and the governments of Kenya and Somalia on Sunday signed an agreement on the return of Somali refugees from Kenya. Kenya is hosting more than 470,000 Somali refugees, the majority of whom are in the large Dadaab refugee camps complex in the north-east of the country. According to UNHCR, [...]

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South Sudan gets its first group of fingerprint experts

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The capacity of the police to fight crime in South Sudan has been enhanced with the graduation of the first group of trainees in fingerprinting. The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Directorate of Criminal Investigation organized a specialized training on finger print science. A select 39 [...]

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World faces nearly 13 million shortfall in global healthcare workers: WHO

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Billions of people could face serious health implications if the global shortfall in healthcare workers is not addressed, a new United Nations report warns. The report, released on Monday by the World Health Organization (WHO), finds that the world will be short of 12.9 million healthcare workers by 2035, with sub-Saharan Africa being most affected. [...]

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UN Humanitarian Office says water and shelter among urgent needs in the Philippines

Listen / Tacloban Airport, in Leyte, Philippines damaged by Typhoon Haiyan - UNIC-Manila

Despite obstacles including airport closures and downed bridges, UN agencies are rushing emergency assistance to the Philippines as it continues to emerge from Typhoon Haiyan. That's according to the UN Humanitarian Affairs Office (OCHA) which reports that local officials say the death toll could reach as high as 10,000 in the worst-affected areas alone. OCHA [...]

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UN court rules in favour of Cambodia over disputed Preah Vihear temple

Listen / Peter Tomka, President of the International Court of Justice

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ruled in favour of Cambodia in a longstanding dispute with Thailand over a centuries-old Hindu temple. In a judgment issued on Monday, the court said Cambodia has sovereignty over the territory surrounding the Temple of Preah Vihear, located near the border with Thailand. Cambodia became independent in 1953, [...]

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UN sends aid to victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines

Listen / Aerial view of the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines – UNIC, Manila

Food aid, medical equipment and emergency health kits, are just some of the relief items coming in for the people affected by the deadly Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. That's according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Jens Laerke, the Agency's spokesperson, says some of the big United Nations [...]

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Philippines: Getting food, clean water to affected families is a priority

Listen / Tacloban Airport in Leyte, Philippines damaged by Typhoon Haiyan - UNIC-Manila

The situation in the Philippines is being described as "devastating" and "shocking" by top World Food Programme (WFP) officials on the ground. Many cities across the central part of the country sustained heavy damages by the typhoon which packed winds of around 315 km/h. WFP spokesperson, Elizabeth Byrs, says humanitarian workers are racing against the [...]

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Climate talks open in Poland

Listen / Typhoon Haiyan - 2013's strongest storm. Credit: NOAA

The latest round of global climate talks opened on Monday in Poland's capital, Warsaw. The two-week conference marks the 19th meeting of countries party to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which aims to prevent "dangerous" human interference with the climate system. In her opening remarks, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christina Figueres told participants [...]

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UN nuclear agency and Iran sign cooperation agreement

Listen / Keeping radioactive sources safe and secure - IAEA

The UN atomic energy watchdog and Iran have signed an agreement aimed at strengthening dialogue and cooperation in relation to the country's nuclear programme. The framework for cooperation signed on Monday by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Iran seeks to ensure the exclusively peaceful nature of the country's nuclear programme by resolving all [...]

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UN and its agencies ramp up support to the Philippines following deadly typhoon

Listen / Aerial view of havoc created by Typhoon Haiyan

United Nations agencies have been stepping up their support to the Philippines in the wake of a deadly typhoon which has caused widespread devastation. The World Food Programme (WFP) says nearly 10 million people have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan, with approximately 400,000 displaced and living in shelters. WFP spokesperson in Geneva, Elizabeth Byers, told [...]

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UN humanitarian chief calls for support to Philippines after devastating Typhoon

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The top UN Humanitarian official has expressed extreme sadness by the reports of loss of life and terrible scenes of devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda in the Philippines. A statement from Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos, says there are varying estimates of the number of people killed, including at least 1,200 according to the [...]

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UN chief saddened by extensive loss of life in Philippines

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is deeply saddened by the extensive loss of life and the serious damage to homes and infrastructure in the Philippines as a result of the devastating Typhoon Haiyan, ( known locally as Yolanda). A statement from the Spokesperson’s Office, the Secretary-General offers his sincere condolences to the people and Government of the [...]

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WFP mobilizes to assist Philippines Gov’t in aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan

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The World Food Programme (WFP) top officials in the Philippines have described the damage caused by Typhoon Haiyan as devastating and are appealing form support to help met the needs of people made homeless by the 300 kilometre per hour winds and torrential rain. ” The devastation we saw in Tacloban on Saturday was shocking”, [...]

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Secretary-General says mission to Sahel reflects international commitment to the region

Listen / UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (file photo).

The visit this week by a high-level delegation of development officials to four West African countries was a reflection of the international community's commitment to the Sahel region, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Friday. Mr. Ban and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim headed the mission, which included representatives of the African Union, the [...]

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CARICOM calls for overhaul of UN Security Council

Listen / George Talbot

Overhaul of the Security Council must include streamlined working methods and a broader, more representative membership that reflected geopolitical realities and prepared the body to fulfil its mandate of maintaining global peace and security, said delegates as the General Assembly during its debate on Council reform. Guyana's representative, George Talbot, speaking on behalf of the [...]

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Restoring state authority in eastern DRC a priority after M23 surrender

Listen / Martin Kobler

Reinstating the state authorities in the liberated areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) should be the country's main priority, a senior UN official announced on Friday. Martin Kobler, the Special Representative of the Secretary General in the DRC, has just ended a two-day visit to the eastern part of the country. During [...]

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Need for urgent action to address CAR's "dire" situation

Listen / Jeffrey Feltman

There's a need to urgently address the "dire" situation in the Central African Republic (CAR), a senior UN official said on Friday. The Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, delivered this statement on behalf of the Secretary-General, in the capital of Bangui. Mr. Feltman is attending a meeting organized by the International Contact Group [...]

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WHO and UNICEF lead polio immunization campaign in Syria and Middle East

Listen / Children form a line outside the school at Za'atari camp in northern Jordan. [Photo: UNICEF/Simon Ingram]

Two UN agencies are spearheading a campaign to protect millions of children in Syria and the Middle East against polio. The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) are working to reach 20 million children in a region which has not seen the disease for nearly a decade. A recent outbreak of polio [...]

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China holds the rotating presidency of the Security Council

Listen / Ambassador Liu Jieyi

China has promised to be transparent, and remain fair and impartial, as it presides over the Security Council for the month of November. Ambassador Liu Jieyi, Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations, held a press briefing to talk about the programme of work his country would pursue during its leadership of the Council. [...]

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UN supports Philippines government to assess damage caused by a powerful typhoon

Listen / An average of 20 typhoons a year strike the Philippines. Photo: IRIN/Jason Gutierrez

The United Nations and its partners in the Philippines are supporting the Government in assessing the damage that is being caused by what has been described as a monster typhoon. Typhoon Haiyan known locally by a harmless sounding name, Yolanda, made landfall in Guiuan on Samar Island at 4:30 a.m. and is reported to be [...]

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Tourism Ministers call for higher policy coordination between tourism and aviation

Listen / Taleb Rifai

A commitment to improving air connectivity through a closer coordination of tourism and aviation policies to ensure the sustained growth of the tourism sector and of air transport has come out of the annual UN World tourism Organization (UNWTO) & World Travel Market (WTM) Ministers´ Summit in London, on Tuesday 5 November 2013. Critical issues [...]

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Human Rights chief fears CAR could face new conflict

Listen / Thousands of people have been forced from their homes by fresh fighting in the capital, adding to the previous CAR total or some 206,000 IDPs (© UNHCR/D.Mbaiorem)

The UN Human Rights office is warning of the potential for new conflict in the Central African Republic, where a rebel coalition known as Séléka seized power in March of this year. The concern follows recent violence, including deadly clashes last month between ex-Séléka forces and self-defence militias in the town of Bouar, which is [...]

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UN senior official hails progress made in South Sudan's Unity State

Listen / Ameerah Haq interview at UNAMID headquarters

The leadership in Unity State, South Sudan can be an inspiration and role model for future generations. That's what Ameerah Haq, the United Nations Under-Secretary General for the Department of Field Support, said on Friday, during an assessment mission to the region. In Bentiu, the capital of the oil-rich region of Unity State, Ms. Haq [...]

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UNHCR concerned over the perilous journey from the Horn of Africa through the Gulf of Aden

Listen / A group of people hoping to reach Yemen wade out to a boat off the coast of Somalia.(© UNHCR/A.Fazzina)

In Yemen, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has recorded more than 62,000 arrivals by sea, so far this year, according to Spokesperson Adrian Edwards. He says UNHCR remains concerned about the very high numbers of people who are risking their lives by making this perilous journey from the Horn of Africa. He says Yemen has [...]

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Human rights office warns of deteriorating cycle of violent attacks in CAR

Listen / Internally displaced persons in the Central African Republic [Photo: OCHA/Laura Fultang]

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay is warning that a deteriorating cycle of violent attacks and reprisals in the Central African Republic risks plunging the country into a new conflict. Human rights office Spokesperson Rupert Colville noted that two weeks ago, self-defence militias, known as anti-Balaka, attacked and occupied a town called [...]

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China holds the rotating presidency of the Security Council

Listen / Liu Jieyi

China has promised to be transparent, and remain fair and impartial, as it presides over the Security Council for the month of November. Ambassador Liu Jieyi, Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations, held a press briefing to talk about the programme of work his country would pursue during its leadership of the Council. [...]

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African Water Facility Liberia Sanitation Project Selected by UNFCCC as a 2013 Outstanding Climate Innovations

Listen / Monrovia, Liberia (UNFCCC@PHOTO)

The United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has announced the selection of the Monrovia Fostering Innovative Sanitation and Hygiene (FISH) project as one of the 17 Lighthouse Activities to be showcased at the November 2013 UN Climate Change Conference in Warsaw, Poland. Lighthouse Activities projects are selected based on their innovative and transformative qualities, [...]

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Ban notes Burkina Faso's progress in achieving the MDGs

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Blaise Compaoré, President of Burkina Faso.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has noted Burkina Faso’s progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals, and in particular in reducing poverty and accelerating growth. During a meeting with Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaoré, the Secretary-General and the President exchanged views on the situation in Mali. The Secretary-General commended Burkina Faso for assisting thousands of Malian refugees. [...]

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United Nations gears up to assist Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan

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A United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination team has been deployed in the Philippines to support local authorities with rapid needs assessment in the wake of destruction caused by Typhoon Haiyan. Initial estimates indicate that the super typhoon has ripped roofs off housing, uprooted trees and affected businesses, but the full extent of the damage [...]

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Millions of children to be vaccinated against polio in the Middle East

Listen / Polio vaccination (WHO@PHOTO)

Over 20 million children in seven countries and territories in the Middle East are to be  vaccinated against polio following an outbreak in Syria. The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) are leading the vaccination campaign. An outbreak of polio in parts of north eastern Syria has left 10 children paralyzed. [...]

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Financial resources the 'lifeblood of the race to meet development goals: John Ashe

Listen / John Ashe

Financial resources remained the "lifeblood" to meeting development goals, the General Assembly President John Ashe told the Assembly's Economic and Financial Committee as it concluded its general debate on sustainable development. He told the Committee that its deliberations had the potential to strengthen both the economic and environmental pillars of sustainable development and contribute to [...]

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Congolese army drives M23 rebels out of eastern DR Congo

Listen / Carlos Alberto Santos Cruz

• The Congolese government has extended its authority to the areas of the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Congolese army, supported by the UN Mission in the DR Congo (MONUSCO) has pushed the M23 out of the areas it had controlled. The MONUSCO Force Commander says the authorities are now [...]

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Jamaica looks forward to the SIDS conference in Samoa in 2014

Listen / Courtney Rattray

As a Small-island developing State (SIDS), Jamaica fully supports the advancement of the sustainable development agenda in relation to SIDS, as embodied in the Barbados Programme of Acton (BPoA) and the Mauritius Strategy for the Further Implementation of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of SIDS (MSI). That's what Jamaica's Permanent Representative Ambassador [...]

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Those who have contributed least to the climate change problem are facing its most severe impacts: CARICOM

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NAR: Climate change is the result of the actions of human beings and what we are witnessing with respect to the changes in the climate system is unprecedented in human history. That's the assessment of the Inter-governmental Panel n Climate Change (IPCC). And according to the Deputy Permanent Representative of Barbados Ambassador Juliette Riley, as the [...]

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"Need for action now", says Ban as he wraps up Sahel tour

Listen / Children play near a site for displaced families at Goz Baida in eastern Chad. 
© David Hecht/IRIN

It's time to move from words to action, the Secretary-General told Government officials in N'Djamena, Chad, on the last leg of his trip to the Sahel region, according to André-Michel Essoungou, a UN official travelling with him. Mr. Ban has received wide support from the Sahel countries for his strategy to put the region back [...]

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Africa wants to be "fully represented" in all UN decision making organs

Listen / Vandi Chidi Minah, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Sierra Leone

African countries are once again asking to be "fully represented" in all decision making organs of the United Nations, including the Security Council. That's the message Sierra Leone's Permanent Representative to the United Nations delivered on behalf of the Africa Group on Thursday, in the General Assembly. The debate focused on the question of equitable [...]

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Colombia agrees to FARC's participation in national politics

Listen / Fabrizio Hochschild, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Colombia

Substantial progress has been made after an agreement was reached by the Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), regarding FARC's future in national politics. That's according to Farhan Haq, UN Deputy Spokesperson, quoting the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Colombia, Fabrizio Hochschild. The issue of FARC's political participation is the [...]

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Money transfer companies in Somalia: a lifeline for regular people and NGOs

Listen / Mogadishu

Remittances sent by relatives and friends abroad are a lifeline for millions of people in Somalia. But the African Union and the UN report that many people were fearful when Barclays, a major international bank, threatened to cut service to the biggest money transfer firm in the country. Dianne Penn reports. Duration:  3’28″

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UN, World Bank support 'call to action' for women and girls in the Sahel

Listen / Ban Ki-moon and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim (left of Mr. Ban) arrive in Timbuktu, Mali

The UN Secretary-General and the president of the World Bank this week led a delegation of international development leaders to Africa's Sahel region. Donn Bobb reports on one initiative launched early on in their mission which will boost support to women and girls. ILO skills training programme gives Bangladesh garment workers a new lease on [...]

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FAO report predicts less volatility in food commodity prices

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The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) expects there will be less volatility in the price of commodities such as wheat and rice. An FAO report released on Thursday finds that food commodity markets are set to be more balanced this year and also in 2014, as compared to recent years. The report says the prices [...]

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Ban praises Burkina Faso efforts to achieve the anti-poverty goals

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) is greeted by Beyon Luc Adolphe Tiao (centre left), Prime Minister of Burkina Faso, on his arrival to the country.
06 November 2013

The Secretary-General is on his way to Chad, the fourth stop of his historic tour to the Sahel region of Africa, after a short visit to Burkina Faso, where he held discussions with Government Officials. Mr. Ban is leading a power team of development leaders, including the President of the World Bank, representatives of the [...]

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UNEP hails US move to ratify global treaty on mercury pollution

Listen / Nobuteru Ishihara, Minister of Environment, Japan, Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director, Ikuo Kabashima, Governor of Kumamoto Prefecture, and Katsuaki Miyamoto, Mayor of Minamata

The United States has given a boost to the legally-binding global treaty on mercury pollution after signing and ratifying it, according to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The Minamata Convention on Mercury, named after a city in Japan where thousands of people were poisoned by mercury in the mid-20th century, has now been signed [...]

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FAO expects more balanced food markets, less price volatility

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Food commodity markets are becoming more balanced and less price volatile than in recent years thanks to improved supplies and a recovery in global inventories of cereals, according to FAO’s Food Outlook report published Thursday. The sharp increase in 2013 cereal production mostly stems from a recovery of maize crops in the United States and [...]

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Labour standards increasingly included in bilateral and regional free trade agreements

Listen / Females workers at the Gbarnga Peace Hub, Gbarnga Bong County, Liberia.
UNMIL Photo/ Emmanuel Tobey.

The number of trade agreements that include labour provisions has increased significantly over the past two decades, according to a new report by the International Labour Organization (ILO). The report on the Social Dimensions of Free Trade Agreements says there has been a substantial growth in the number of trade agreements featuring labour-related measures since [...]

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Scientists and UNICEF bring clean water to Bangladesh villagers

Listen / A woman fetches water in Dhaka, Bangladesh © Manoocher Deghati/IRIN

For most of the year, the water in Bangladesh is undrinkable or even suitable for crops, according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). The agency reports that when it is not raining, rivers in the coastal region become full of sea water and the ground water is also heavily saline. UNICEF has teamed up with [...]

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A major UNEP meeting in Nairobi tackles environment crime

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Leading experts from around the world gathered in Nairobi, Kenya this week to discuss environment crime and wild life protection across Africa. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) says environment crime is on the rise and has now become one of the most profitable forms of organized crime. This crime includes poaching, illegal logging, the dumping [...]

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Situation in the DRC still complex even after M23 surrender, says Jieyi

Listen / Ambassador Liu Jieyi of  China is the Security Council  president for November.

Although an agreement between the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the M23 rebels has been worked out, the situation is still complex. That's what Liu Jieyi, China's permanent representative to the United Nations, told reporters in New York on Wednesday, following a Security Council meeting on the DRC. China is also [...]

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UN calls for a symbolic Olympic Truce ahead of Games

Listen / Wilfried Lemke

The General Assembly has adopted a  resolution calling on countries to observe a global cease-fire before, during and after the 2014 Olympic Games. The Olympic Truce would start in February, one week before the 22nd Olympic Winter Games, and run a week after the closing of the 11th Paralympic Winter Games, in March. The resolution [...]

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UN Chief pledges support to "Nigeriens to feed Nigeriens" plan

Listen / Secretary-General Bank Ki-moon (right) and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim speak to the media in Niamey, Niger. Photo: World Bank/Dominic Chavez

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has promised Members of the National Assembly of Niger to help accelerate the country's ambitious agricultural transformation plan, called the 3N Initiative or "Nigeriens Feeding Nigeriens". Mr. Ban is in Niger along with four other top officials from the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the African Union Commission and the European [...]

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Amount of greenhouse gases in atmosphere at record high in 2012: UN weather agency

Listen / Aerial view of Switzerland's fast-decreasing glaciers.   UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré

The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a new record high in 2012, according to the United Nations weather agency. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in its annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin says between 1990 and 2012 there was a 32 per cent increase in the warming effect of global climate. It says this [...]

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Environmental crime wave needs to be stopped: UNEP

Listen / Rhinos under threat - Credit: CITES

Environmental crime is on the rise and has now become one of the most profitable forms of organized crime, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) warned on Wednesday. Wildlife crime, like elephant and rhino poaching, is estimated to be worth $10-20 billion dollars annually, the agency notes.  Illegal logging, the dumping of industrial waste and illegal [...]

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UNICEF supports life-saving medical upgrades for mothers and babies in India

Listen / Working with the government, UNICEF has upgraded maternal and child health centres. More and more babies are delivered in hospital, instead of at home. UNICEF

Only a few years ago, the state of Madhya Pradesh in central India was plagued with high infant and maternal mortality rates. Thanks to innovative health centres, neo-natal care units, call centres and ambulances, the statistics have turned around. The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) reports that today, eight out of 10 women in Madhya Pradesh [...]

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Bangladesh court sentences to death 152 soldiers over mutiny

Listen / OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani

Bangladesh's sentencing of 152 paramilitary personnel to death, for crimes committed during a mutiny, "fell far short of international human rights standards, according to the spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). A hundred and sixty-one people were also given life sentences for their involvement. Ravina Shamdashani said the crimes [...]

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UN Human Rights chief urges Bangladesh to review decision to execute 152 paramilitary officers

Listen / Ravina Shamdasani, UN Human Rights spokesperson

UN Human Rights High Commissioner Navi Pillay is alarmed at the death sentences imposed on 152 paramilitary officers in Bangladesh on Tuesday. The officers of the Bangladesh Border Guards were convicted of crimes including murder and sexual assault during a mutiny in February 2009. Another 150 were given life sentences. Although the crimes committed during [...]

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Ban stresses protection of the environment in times of armed conflict

Listen / An oil-well set ablaze by the occupation forces of Iraq at the Al Maqwa oil fields. In the foreground is a lake of oil created by un-capped oil wells. UN Photo/John Isaac

Natural resources such as forests, wildlife, water sources and agricultural lands continue to be exploited and degraded during armed conflict, threatening long-term peace and security. That's what United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message marking International day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in war and Armed Conflict. He said strengthening natural [...]

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China gives $2 Million to WFP Syria's emergency food aid programme

Listen / Aya (right) walks home along a dusty road in Dalhamiyeh with her sister Labiba.  They live in an informal settlement for Syrian refugees in Lebanon.  UNHCR/S. Baldwin

People in Syria affected by the conflict will be getting life-saving food assistance following China's recent contribution of $2 million towards the World Food Programme's (WFP) emergency food assistance programme. The programme currently supports four million conflict-affected people inside Syria. Jocelyne Sambira has more. China's contribution will enable WFP to purchase 2,000 tons of bulgur [...]

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WMO: Greenhouse gas concentrations in atmosphere reach new record

Listen / Mabadiliko ya hali ya hewa

The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a new record high in 2012, continuing an upward and accelerating trend which is driving climate change, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). In its annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin WMO says between 1990 and 2012 there was a 32 per cent increase in the warming [...]

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Empowering women in natural resource management critical for lasting peace in war-torn countries, says UN report

Listen / A group of women working the fields in Banke District in Nepal's Mid-Western Region. (June 2012)  © Phuong Tran/IRIN

Ensuring that women have better access to and control of natural resources such as land, water, forests and minerals can improve the chances of long-term peace and recovery in war-torn countries, according to a new report released by the United Nations on Wednesday. The report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) says women in conflict-affected [...]

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UN, World Bank support 'call to action' for women's health, girls' education in the Sahel

Listen / An African mother and her baby.

Responding to Niger's "Call to Action" for improvements in women's reproductive health and girls' education, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim pledged Wednesday to strongly support the initiative and to invest $200 million in a new regional project aimed at improving the regional response to maternal and reproductive [...]

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ILO skills training programme gives Bangladesh garment workers a new lease on life

Listen / Garment industry in Bangladesh ( © Munir Uz Zaman / AFP)

Workers who survived the deadly Rana Plaza garment factory collapse in Bangladesh in April are being trained so that they can find new jobs. The project, which is sponsored by the International Labour Organization (ILO) is one of the initiatives stemming from the tragedy in which more than 1,000 people were killed. Dianne Penn reports. [...]

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Security Council is told about progress in elimination of Syria's chemical weapons

Listen / Sigrid Kaag

The Security Council has been told of the progress that has been made in the elimination of Syria's chemical weapons. The Council considered the report of the Secretary-General on the joint mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations which is overseeing this process. Sigrid Kaag, Special Coordinator of [...]

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M23 DR Congo rebel group announces the end of its rebellion

Listen / A pair of shoes left behind by defeated rebels on Three Towers Hill near Kibati on the 30th of August 2013. © MONUSCO/Sylvain Liechti

The M23 rebel group has announced the end of its insurgency that began in April 2012, against the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), according to the UN Deputy Spokesperson. Farhan Haq also said the DRC Government has agreed to end combat and complete steps agreed to as part of the Kampala Dialogue. [...]

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African youth call for action on African Peer Review Mechanism

Listen / Photo: UN ECA/African Union

In 2003, African leaders established the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) to improve their performance by voluntarily allowing monitoring of how they are governing. Its thematic areas are democracy and good political governance, economic governance and management, corporate governance and socio economic development. Chenor Bah, Campaign Coordinator for Youth Engagement at the Global Business Coalition [...]

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The situation in Syria has to be solved: Brahimi

Listen / Lakhdar Brahimi , the Joint Special Representative of the UN and the League of Arab States

Following a series of meetings in Geneva Tuesday between the United Nations, the United States and the Russian Federation to prepare for the second conference on Syria, the Joint Special Representative of the UN and the League of Arab States they've still not been able to do so. “We were hoping that we would be [...]

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Head of the OPCW-UN Joint Mission briefs the Security Council

Listen / Sigrid Kaag, Special Coordinator of the OPCW-UN Joint Mission on eliminating Syria's chemical weapons programme.

Progress has been made over the past month with regards to the destruction of Syria's chemical stockpiles, although under very difficult circumstances. That's according to Sigrid Kaag, the Special Coordinator of the Joint Mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons-UN (OPCW-UN). Kaag briefed the Council for the first time on Tuesday, sharing [...]

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Ban calls for peace, reconciliation during Timbuktu visit

Listen / The three great mosques of Timbuktu

The Secretary-General has called for peace and reconciliation during his short visit to the legendary city of Timbuktu, in Mali, according to the UN Deputy Spokesperson. Timbuktu's cultural heritage is at risk because of prolonged fighting in the area. A suicide attack in September killed two people, injured several others and caused substantial damage to [...]

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Boko Haram could be guilty of war crimes, says UN human rights arm

Listen / Cécile Pouilly, spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Members of Boko Haram, an Islamist militant group operating in northern Nigeria, could be found guilty of "war crimes", a spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said on Tuesday. In a briefing to the press in Geneva, Cécile Pouilly, condemned last weekend's "atrocious" attack on a wedding convoy in [...]

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Verification and functional destruction of Syria's chemical weapons completed

Listen / Ahmet Üzümcü, Director-General of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

Verification and functional destruction activities of Syria's chemical weapons have been completed within the deadlines of 27 October and 1 November, respectively, at all 21 sites, except for two which could not be visited due to safety and security reasons. That's what the Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Ahmet [...]

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African Diaspora can help improve good governance in Africa, says a U.S. scholar

Listen / Map of Africa on child's face.

The African Diaspora can provide resources to help Africa as it works to improve good governance, according to Dr. James Braxton Peterson, Director, Africana Studies at Lehigh University in the United States told UN Radio recently. Dr. Peterson participated in a recent United Nations meeting on the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), adopted by African [...]

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"Search and rescue" operations needed after boat capsizes off Myanmar

Listen / Fishermen's haunt by day, smugglers' den by night, this waterway on the outskirts of Sittwe is reported to be a common departure point for smugglers' boats. UNHCR/V. Tan

A call for stronger search and rescue operations has been made by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) after a boat capsized on 3 November off the western coast of Myanmar. The UNHCR spokesperson in Geneva, Adrian Edwards, told reporters on Tuesday that dozens of people, including women and children, were still missing and feared dead. [...]

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Breakthrough on procurement to save $140 Million: Global Fund

Listen / children under mosquito net

The Global Fund and partners have established a new framework to systematically organize the purchase of massive amounts of mosquito nets, anti-HIV drugs and other products that will improve delivery and make significant savings, in a ground-breaking approach to procuring tools to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. In a first step, the Global Fund will [...]

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Raising ambition is key to keeping global temperature rise below 2° C

Listen / UNEP report

A warning that if the global community does not immediately embark on wide-ranging actions to narrow the greenhouse gas emissions gap, the chance of remaining on the least-expensive path to keeping global temperature rise below 2°C this century will swiftly diminish and open the door to a host of challenges. The Emissions Gap Report 2013—involving [...]

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UN Chief meets with Mali President on first leg of Sahel tour

Listen / UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The UN Secretary-General has arrived in Bamako, the capital of Mali, the first leg of his tour in the Sahel region of Africa. He is travelling with a high-power delegation, including the President of the World Bank, the President of the African Development Bank, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission and the European Union [...]

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Emergency programme in Benin kick-starts farm production after floods

Listen / Father Godfrey Nzamujo shows the Director-General and President Yayi Boni around the Songhai Centre - fao

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is supporting farming families in northern Benin who lost crops, livestock and fishing grounds when the Niger River overran its banks in August, just as many villagers were only barely getting back on their feet from the last floods in 2012. FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva on [...]

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Ban underscores the need for strengthened international cooperation to confront the challenges facing the Sahel

Listen / A farmer in Niger.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has reaffirmed his solidarity with the people and Government of Mali and the Sahel and underscored the need for strengthened international cooperation to confront the challenges facing the region. During a meeting with the President of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, on the margins of the Regional Ministerial Meeting on the Sahel taking [...]

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Thousands of Congolese flee to Uganda to escape final push on M23

Listen / Recent fighting in eastern Congo has seen thousands of civilians flee to  neighboring Uganda.

Over 10,000 people have fled parts of eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo into Uganda following days of fighting between government forces and members of the M23 rebel group, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). The displaced are fleeing into southwest Uganda's Kisoro district. UNHCR staff in the border area say bombs were falling [...]

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China says Syria peace talks "not progressing as smoothly" as wished

Listen / Ambassador Liu Jieyi of  China is the Security Council  president for November.

Chinese Ambassador Liu Jieyi has expressed concern at the current pace of negotiations in convening the Geneva II peace conference on Syria. Ambassador Jieyi told reporters in New York on Monday that "things are not progressing as smoothly as wished". China holds the rotating presidency of the Security Council for the month of November. "We [...]

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Private military and security companies need tighter oversight

Listen / Chairman-Rapporteur of the five-member UN Working Group on the Use of Mercenaries Anton Katz. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

There's a need for a "robust and binding" international agreement regarding the regulation of private military and security companies, a group of UN independent experts announced on Monday. The UN Working Group on the use of mercenaries was presenting its annual report to the General Assembly. Anton Katz, Chair of the five-member expert group, stressed [...]

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UN condemns attacks against polling stations in Kosovo

Listen / Special Representative Farid Zarif.  UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Sunday's attack against polling stations in northern Kosovo has been strongly condemned by a senior UN official. Farid Zarif, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), issued a statement on Monday, calling the attacks "utterly deplorable". The municipal elections were the first to be held [...]

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Yemen: UN Special Adviser helps broker access to Dammaj

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The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has gained access to Dammaj, a town in the northern governorate of Sa'ada in Yemen. That's what the UN Deputy Spokesperson, Farhan Haq, told the press in New York on Monday. Dammaj has been the centre of clashes between Houthi and Salafi armed groups for the past [...]

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IOM appeals for $20 million to transport South Sudan returnees

Listen / An IOM-organized barge convoy carrying 856 South Sudanese returnees docks in the capital Juba, marking the end of a 17-day voyage from the northern border town of Renk. © IOM 2013

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is working to return approximately 40,000 South Sudanese nationals who have been stranded in transit camps in Sudan's capital, Khartoum, for nearly three years. IOM is appealing for $20 million to cover the cost of flights for these people who have been living in makeshift squalid conditions with no [...]

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Security sector reform critical for stability, UN is told

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The importance of establishing effective security in countries recovering from conflict was discussed at a special event on "Security Sector Reform" held at the United Nations headquarters on Monday. The event was co-organized by the missions of Slovakia and South Africa the co-chairs of the Group of Friends of Security Sector Reform as well as [...]

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UN and World Bank Chiefs visit to the Sahel region kicks off

Listen / Youth of Kida, Mali welcomes foreigners with a victory sign and chanting "Azawad, Mali no!"  UN Photo/Blagoje Grujic

The Secretary-General is on his way to Bamako, Mali, where he will start a joint visit to the Sahel with the World Bank, the African Union, the European Union and the African Development Bank. That's according to André-Michel Essoungou, UN public information officer, and a member of the Secretary-General's advance team.  Speaking from Bamako, Mali, [...]

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Great Lakes Special Envoys urge DRC parties to cease hostilities

Listen / Displaced families living in Mugunga camp, in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo after their city fell to M23 rebel forces in November 2012 © Kate Holt/IRIN

An international team of Special Envoys for the Great Lakes region has released a joint statement on Monday, expressing concern about the outbreak of violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Fighting resumed last Friday between the M23 Congolese rebel group and Government soldiers. Jocelyne Sambira has more. In the statement, the Special [...]

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Secretary-General and World Bank president head mission to Sahel

Listen / A displaced Malian woman prepares dinner for her family in the capital, Bamako. Photo: UNHCR/H. Caux

The World Bank and the European Union have pledged more than $6 billion to boost economic growth in Africa's Sahel region. The announcement comes at the start of a mission to the region led by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank president Jim Yong Kim. The delegation will be meeting with the leaders of [...]

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New policies needed to tackle Portugal's job crisis: ILO

Listen / Tackling the job crisis in Portugal - ILO

The socio-economic situation in Portugal has been described as "critical" by the International Labour Organization (ILO) because of "unprecedented levels of unemployment and declining investment." In a new report released on Monday, ILO says additional measures are needed to tackle Portugal's job crisis. Jocelyne Sambira reports. One in seven jobs has been lost in Portugal [...]

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UNESCO Director-General condemns murder of French journalists Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon in Mali

Listen / A man holding up a sign which says "Stop killing journalists".

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova has expressed her shock and sorrow over the brutal murder of French radio journalists Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon, who were kidnapped and executed by an armed group near the northern city of Kidal, in Mali on Saturday, 2 November. Mrs Bokova firmly condemned the killings and welcomed the determined response [...]

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Global leaders pledge billions of dollars for Africa's Sahel

Listen / A local man takes advantage of the World Food Programme (WFP)'s food-and-cash for work programme in the village of Dan Kada, Maradi Region, Niger.WFP/Phil Behan

Two international development agencies have announced major financial pledges to the Sahel region: $1.5 billion from the World Bank Group in new regional investments over the next two years, in addition to significant country programs; and €5 billion ($6.75 billion) from the European Union to six countries in the region over the next seven years. [...]

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Security Council strongly condemns "assassination" of two journalists in Mali

Listen / Security Council chamber [UN file photo].

  Members of the Security Council have strongly condemned the abduction and assassination of two French journalists in Kidal, northern Mali on Saturday. Claude Verlon and Ghislaine Dupont of Radio France International were repoterdly abducted on the same day after interviewing a local leader. In a statement issued late on Saturday, the members of the [...]

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Congolese army drives M23 rebels out of eastern DR Congo

Listen / Carlos Alberto Santos Cruz

The Congolese government has extended its authority to the areas of the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo that have been controlled by the M23 rebel movement. The Force Commander of the UN Mission in the DR Congo (MONUSCO) General Carlos Alberto Santos Cruz says this follows successful operations of the Congolese [...]

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Last group of Angolan refugees returns home from Botswana

Listen / Angolan refugee returnees on arrival at Katwitwi in southern Angola after their journey from Botswana (© UNHCR/J.Abrigada)

The last group of Angolan refugees returned home from Botswana this week, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR). UNHCR says its voluntary repatriation programme for the refugees ended on Thursday with the return of 194 people, closing another chapter in one of Africa's oldest refugee situations. Kisut Gebre Egziabher of UNHCR in Ethiopia, [...]

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Congolese army makes gains against M23 rebels in eastern DR Congo

Listen / Carlos Alberto Santos Cruz

The Congolese army has driven the M23 rebels out of the few areas they had controlled in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. That's what General Carlos Alberto Santos Cruz, the Force Commander of MONUSCO, the UN mission in the DR Congo told UN Radio on Friday. He said the situation [...]

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When we come together and market the Caribbean brand, every member country benefits: Hugh Riley.

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Caribbean tourism practitioners, policy makers and strategic partners, at the highest levels met in Martinique in mid-October to discuss issues, identify solutions and generally develop courses of action that will benefit the tourism industry in the Caribbean. The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) State of the Industry Conference is an annual convocation where speakers of international [...]

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November is Caribbean Tourism Month

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November is Caribbean Tourism Month. For those in the tourism sector in the Caribbean, the month of November is the eve of the start of the long-anticipated winter season. It is primarily for this reason that November is celebrated each year as Caribbean Tourism Month. The main objectives of Caribbean Tourism Month are: to raise [...]

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