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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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