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Last group of Angolan refugees returns home from Botswana

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

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.

Hugh Riley

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


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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South-South cooperation having a great impact across a range of sectors: PGA

John Ashe

Developing countries continue to grow in wealth and savings, President of the UN General Assembly Dr. John Ashe told the closing session of the Global South-South Development Expo in Nairobi, Kenya. He said they now hold more than $5 trillion in reserves. Between 1980 and 2010, these countries increased their share of world trade from [...]

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Black, female and poor in America: a triple challenge

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Being black and poor in America presents a particular challenge, according to Julia Tripp, a research assistant at the Center for Social Policy (CSP) who also heads up its Constituent Advisory Group of people with a lived experience of poverty. When you're a black woman, the stakes are higher, she added. The National Women's Law [...]

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UNWTO and WTM Ministers' Summit to address tourism and aviation policies

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The 2013 UNWTO and WTM Ministers´ Summit at the World Travel Market (WTM) will put a spotlight on the essential connection between air transport and tourism, debating the challenges and opportunities of promoting higher policy coordination between aviation and tourism (London, United Kingdom, 5 November 2013). Tourism Ministers from around the world and private sector [...]

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Despite limited access, humanitarian community in Syria expands reach

A Syrian family receives food aid at a WFP distribution point. [Photo: WFP/John Wreford]

The humanitarian community in Syria has been able to expand its efforts and deliver aid to areas that were previously inaccessible. A large number of civilians are trapped in cities and towns, cut off from access to basic services because of the fighting, according to the World Food Programme (WFP). The agency has just finalized [...]

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UN Daily News 1 November 2013

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Hundreds of desperate people flee Myanmar on rickety boats: UNHCR

Two displaced boys in Rakhine state play in a river (© UNHCR/S.Kelly)

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) on Friday said it has received worrying reports that more people are leaving on smugglers' boats from the Bay of Bengal. The agency says this could signal the start of the annual sailing season when thousands of desperate people from Myanmar's Rakhine state risk their lives on rickety boats [...]

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UN and World Bank chiefs to visit Sahel

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group (UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe)

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the President of the World Bank Dr. Jim Yong Kim will travel to the Sahel region of Africa next week. The announcement was made by the two leaders at a joint press conference on Friday in which the head of the World Bank participated via video link. Secretary-General Ban [...]

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

Teen pregnancy

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

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Global South-South Expo in Nairobi has been a success, says GA President

John Ashe

The 2013 Global South-South Development Expo that concluded in Nairobi, Kenya on Friday has been a success, says John Ashe, the President of the United Nations General Assembly. More than $450 million was pledged between investors, green businesses, governments and other parties at the week-long event attended by hundreds of participants. UN General Assembly President [...]

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After 23 years, international mail services resume in Somalia

(l. to r.) From dream to reality: Emirate Post's Fahad al Hosani, the UPU's Bishar Hussein and Somali Minister Abdullahi Hersi at UPU headquarters in April after agreeing to work together to make Dubai a mail forwarding hub for mail going to Somalia (UPU@PHOTO)

Starting this month, people in Somalia will again experience one of the simple joys in life: getting a letter from a loved one abroad. The Universal Postal Union (UPU) announced that beginning this Friday, international mail service will officially resume in the country which has been isolated from the global postal community for more than [...]

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Sound water management key to building resilience in Africa's Sahel region

An irrigation channel in Chad (FAO@Sia Kambou)

Sound water management holds the key to building resilience in Africa’s Sahel and can free rural communities from the vicious cycle of weather-related food security crises that have plagued the region over recent years. That according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva. He told a high level meeting on [...]

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Over 3 million Syrians receive food from World Food Programme

Families collect their food rations at a distribution point in western Syria (Copyright: WFP/Maha Khatib)

Despite challenges in reaching some parts of Syria, the World Food Programme (WFP) has been able to distribute food to areas that were inaccessible for many months. That's what WFP spokesperson, Elisabeth Byrs told reporters in Geneva on Friday. She said the agency has finalized its food distribution for the month of October, reaching close [...]

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UNAIDS warns of growing HIV burden among older people

World AIDS Day, 1 December

The prevalence of HIVAIDS amongst people aged 50 years and over is on the rise worldwide, according to a new study released by UNAIDS, the Joint UN Programme on HIVAIDS. The study says 3.6 million people aged 50 years and over are living with HIV, the majority of them 2.9 million in the developing world. [...]

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Asia-Pacific countries gather to discuss regional cooperation on environment and development


Senior government representatives from 16 Asia-Pacific countries wrapped up a three-day meeting in Bangkok this week that focused on regional cooperation related to environment and development. Convened by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) from 29-31 October, the third Session of the Committee on Environment and Development reviewed the [...]

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Over $450 million in pledges, investments as the 2013 Global South-South Development Expo concludes in Nairobi


More than $450 million was pledged between investors, green businesses, Governments and other parties at the 2013 Global South-South Development Expo as hundreds of participants exchanged Southern-grown ideas, solutions and technologies throughout the week-long event. High-level delegates from 150 countries and across the United Nations system gathered at the headquarters of the UN Environment Programme [...]

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