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Secretary-General says mission to Sahel reflects international commitment to the region

Listen / UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (file photo).

The visit this week by a high-level delegation of development officials to four West African countries was a reflection of the international community's commitment to the Sahel region, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Friday. Mr. Ban and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim headed the mission, which included representatives of the African Union, the [...]

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CARICOM calls for overhaul of UN Security Council

Listen / George Talbot

Overhaul of the Security Council must include streamlined working methods and a broader, more representative membership that reflected geopolitical realities and prepared the body to fulfil its mandate of maintaining global peace and security, said delegates as the General Assembly during its debate on Council reform. Guyana's representative, George Talbot, speaking on behalf of the [...]

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Restoring state authority in eastern DRC a priority after M23 surrender

Listen / Martin Kobler

Reinstating the state authorities in the liberated areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) should be the country's main priority, a senior UN official announced on Friday. Martin Kobler, the Special Representative of the Secretary General in the DRC, has just ended a two-day visit to the eastern part of the country. During [...]

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Need for urgent action to address CAR's "dire" situation

Listen / Jeffrey Feltman

There's a need to urgently address the "dire" situation in the Central African Republic (CAR), a senior UN official said on Friday. The Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, delivered this statement on behalf of the Secretary-General, in the capital of Bangui. Mr. Feltman is attending a meeting organized by the International Contact Group [...]

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WHO and UNICEF lead polio immunization campaign in Syria and Middle East

Listen / Children form a line outside the school at Za'atari camp in northern Jordan. [Photo: UNICEF/Simon Ingram]

Two UN agencies are spearheading a campaign to protect millions of children in Syria and the Middle East against polio. The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) are working to reach 20 million children in a region which has not seen the disease for nearly a decade. A recent outbreak of polio [...]

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China holds the rotating presidency of the Security Council

Listen / Liu Jieyi

China has promised to be transparent, and remain fair and impartial, as it presides over the Security Council for the month of November. Ambassador Liu Jieyi, Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations, held a press briefing to talk about the programme of work his country would pursue during its leadership of the Council. [...]

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UN supports Philippines government to assess damage caused by a powerful typhoon

Listen / An average of 20 typhoons a year strike the Philippines. Photo: IRIN/Jason Gutierrez

The United Nations and its partners in the Philippines are supporting the Government in assessing the damage that is being caused by what has been described as a monster typhoon. Typhoon Haiyan known locally by a harmless sounding name, Yolanda, made landfall in Guiuan on Samar Island at 4:30 a.m. and is reported to be [...]

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Tourism Ministers call for higher policy coordination between tourism and aviation

Listen / Taleb Rifai

A commitment to improving air connectivity through a closer coordination of tourism and aviation policies to ensure the sustained growth of the tourism sector and of air transport has come out of the annual UN World tourism Organization (UNWTO) & World Travel Market (WTM) Ministers´ Summit in London, on Tuesday 5 November 2013. Critical issues [...]

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Human Rights chief fears CAR could face new conflict

Listen / Thousands of people have been forced from their homes by fresh fighting in the capital, adding to the previous CAR total or some 206,000 IDPs (© UNHCR/D.Mbaiorem)

The UN Human Rights office is warning of the potential for new conflict in the Central African Republic, where a rebel coalition known as Séléka seized power in March of this year. The concern follows recent violence, including deadly clashes last month between ex-Séléka forces and self-defence militias in the town of Bouar, which is [...]

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UN senior official hails progress made in South Sudan's Unity State

Listen / Ameerah Haq interview at UNAMID headquarters

The leadership in Unity State, South Sudan can be an inspiration and role model for future generations. That's what Ameerah Haq, the United Nations Under-Secretary General for the Department of Field Support, said on Friday, during an assessment mission to the region. In Bentiu, the capital of the oil-rich region of Unity State, Ms. Haq [...]

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UNHCR concerned over the perilous journey from the Horn of Africa through the Gulf of Aden

Listen / A group of people hoping to reach Yemen wade out to a boat off the coast of Somalia.(© UNHCR/A.Fazzina)

In Yemen, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has recorded more than 62,000 arrivals by sea, so far this year, according to Spokesperson Adrian Edwards. He says UNHCR remains concerned about the very high numbers of people who are risking their lives by making this perilous journey from the Horn of Africa. He says Yemen has [...]

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Human rights office warns of deteriorating cycle of violent attacks in CAR

Listen / Internally displaced persons in the Central African Republic [Photo: OCHA/Laura Fultang]

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay is warning that a deteriorating cycle of violent attacks and reprisals in the Central African Republic risks plunging the country into a new conflict. Human rights office Spokesperson Rupert Colville noted that two weeks ago, self-defence militias, known as anti-Balaka, attacked and occupied a town called [...]

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China holds the rotating presidency of the Security Council

Listen / Liu Jieyi

China has promised to be transparent, and remain fair and impartial, as it presides over the Security Council for the month of November. Ambassador Liu Jieyi, Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations, held a press briefing to talk about the programme of work his country would pursue during its leadership of the Council. [...]

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African Water Facility Liberia Sanitation Project Selected by UNFCCC as a 2013 Outstanding Climate Innovations

Listen / Monrovia, Liberia (UNFCCC@PHOTO)

The United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has announced the selection of the Monrovia Fostering Innovative Sanitation and Hygiene (FISH) project as one of the 17 Lighthouse Activities to be showcased at the November 2013 UN Climate Change Conference in Warsaw, Poland. Lighthouse Activities projects are selected based on their innovative and transformative qualities, [...]

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Ban notes Burkina Faso's progress in achieving the MDGs

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Blaise Compaoré, President of Burkina Faso.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has noted Burkina Faso’s progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals, and in particular in reducing poverty and accelerating growth. During a meeting with Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaoré, the Secretary-General and the President exchanged views on the situation in Mali. The Secretary-General commended Burkina Faso for assisting thousands of Malian refugees. [...]

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United Nations gears up to assist Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan

Listen / Philippines-Flood

A United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination team has been deployed in the Philippines to support local authorities with rapid needs assessment in the wake of destruction caused by Typhoon Haiyan. Initial estimates indicate that the super typhoon has ripped roofs off housing, uprooted trees and affected businesses, but the full extent of the damage [...]

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Millions of children to be vaccinated against polio in the Middle East

Listen / Polio vaccination (WHO@PHOTO)

Over 20 million children in seven countries and territories in the Middle East are to be  vaccinated against polio following an outbreak in Syria. The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) are leading the vaccination campaign. An outbreak of polio in parts of north eastern Syria has left 10 children paralyzed. [...]

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