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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 [...]

7 Nov 2013 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

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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UN Daily News 07 November 2013

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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″

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

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

Listen / Wheat

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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