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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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UN Daily News 05 November 2013

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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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