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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

Listen / The ICRC in Yemen

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

Listen / Orginal UN Charter - UN Photo/Mark Garten

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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