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UN top envoy in Iraq warns Syrian conflict is affecting the region

Listen / Nickolay Mladenov, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI)

The Geneva II peace conference for Syria and the interim agreement on Iran's nuclear programme are “positive” steps that will have a “positive” impact on the ground in Iraq and the region. That's what Nickolay Mladenov, the Secretary-General's Special Representative for Iraq, told reporters on Monday following his briefing to the Security Council on the [...]

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Criminality in sport is linked to other criminal activities: UN official

Listen / corruption2.big

Match fixing, illegal or irregular betting and other criminal activities affect a number of major sporting events, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). This problem is one of the issues that are being discussed at the week-long conference which opened in Panama City on Monday. The meeting has brought together [...]

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General Assembly president urges Israel and Palestine to avoid actions that could undermine current negotiations

Listen / Question of Palestine

This year's observation [of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People] takes place while the renewed round of the Middle East peace negotiations is underway, President of the UN General Assembly Dr. John Ashe told a special meeting marking the occasion. He expressed the hope that the ongoing talks will lead to an [...]

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Secretary-General deplores death of peacekeeper in North Darfur

Listen / Senegalese peacekeepers with the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) train at their team site in Um Baro, North Darfur, Sudan.  UN Photo/Albert González Farran

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on the Government of Sudan to take swift action to bring perpetrators of Sunday's attack on an African Union- United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) convoy to justice. A soldier from Rwanda was shot during an attack on the road from Kabkabiya to Saraf Umra in North Darfur by a [...]

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UN Great Lakes envoy tours region to raise support for peace

Listen / Mary Robinson

The Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region, has begun a week-long mission to help raise support for peace efforts in the region. Mary Robinson started her tour in Tanzania and will also visit Rwanda, the Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda. Martin Nesirky, the UN Spokesperson, made the [...]

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UN Women calls for action to end violence against women, girls

Listen / 25 November is International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

"Take a stand, speak out and take action every day to end violence against women and girls." That's the call issued by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka says the global response must tackle the root cause of violence against women which [...]

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November 25 starts 16 Days of Activism to End Violence against Women

Listen / 25 November is International Day to End Violence against Women

Sixteen Days of Activism against Gender Violence starts on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Each day represents a key fact regarding violence against women which will be highlighted during the international campaign ending on December 10, International Human Rights Day. As part of ongoing efforts to end the [...]

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UNDP launches cash-for-work programme for destroyed communities in the Philippines

Listen / Cash for work programme for Typhoon Haiyan victims.

In the Philippines, villagers hit hard by Typhoon Haiyan are getting cash-for-work through debris removal projects organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Local communities started clearing rubble and medical waste, earning much needed income to get back on track after the destruction from the typhoon, while also easing access routes for humanitarian supplies. [...]

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Brahimi: Syria peace talks is a "huge opportunity for peace"

Listen / Lakhdar Brahimi, Joint Special Representative of the UN and the League of Arab States for Syria, together with Jeffrey Feltman, UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, met with Russian and United States officials on Syria peace conference. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

The Geneva conference on Syria is a huge opportunity for peace that should not be wasted, the joint UN/League of Arab States' top envoy to Syria said in an appeal to the Syrian Government and opposition. Mr. Lakhdar Brahimi also insisted the parties reduce the violence and release political prisoners ahead of the peace talks [...]

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Geneva II conference on Syria to be held in January

Listen / Special Representative for Syria, UN Political Affairs Chief, meet with Russian and U.S. Officials on Syrian Peace Conference. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

After months of diplomatic efforts, a date has finally been set for an international meeting aimed at ending the violence in Syria. The second Geneva conference will be held in that city on January 22, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced on Monday. With Syria the biggest threat to international peace and security, Mr. Ban described [...]

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UN Secretary-General confirms Syria peace talks to start 22 January

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announces to the press the convening of a conference on Syria, to take place in Geneva 22 January, 2014. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The Syrian Government and opposition will face each other at a negotiating table for the first time since the start of the Syrian conflict. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made the announcement on 25 November, ahead of the talks scheduled for 22 January in Geneva. Mr. Ban says he expects the Syrian representatives to come to the [...]

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WHO: adolescents living with HIV not receiving the care and support they need

Listen / AIDS ribbon

More than two million adolescents between the ages of 10 and 19 years living with HIV are not receiving the care and support that they need to stay in good health and prevent transmission, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO says failure to support effective and acceptable HIV services for adolescents has resulted [...]

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Human rights violations pushing thousands of Eritreans into exile

Listen / Migrants arriving on Italy's Lampedusa Island after crossing the Mediterranean on a dilapidated boat. [UNHCR/F.Noy]

Up to 3,000 Eritreans are leaving the country every month to escape human rights violations perpetrated by the government and its security agencies, according to a United Nations Human rights expert. The Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea, Sheila Keetharuth, cites the compulsory military service and harsh economic and social conditions many [...]

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"Orange your world" to say no to violence against women: Ban

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on people to wear the colour orange to mark the International Day to End Violence against Women on 25 November. It's also a chance to recommit to preventing and halting all forms of violence against women and girls, he noted. Mr. Ban is asking people to make a special effort [...]

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