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PGA urges UN Member States to increase the commitments to HIV/AIDS initiatives

Listen / John W. Ashe

As part of his efforts to promote the post 2015 sustainable development agenda, UN General Assembly President John Ashe has called on UN Member States to increase their commitment to HIV/AIDS initiatives and to reduce the onerous health costs of medication, while boosting financial flows to HIV/AIDS programmes. In a message for World AIDS Day [...]

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WHO confirms MERS-CoV virus detected in camels in Qatar

Listen / The World Health Organization

Laboratory investigations have confirmed the presence of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in three camels in Qatar, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Friday. The camels were part of a herd of 14 animals with which two human cases had contact, the agency notes. These results demonstrate, for the first time, that [...]

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CARICOM States unable to reap full benefits of current multilateral trading system: Barbados

Listen / Open Working Group on Sustainable Development

CARICOM States, like many developing countries, have been unable to reap the full benefits from the current multilateral trading system due largely to the longstanding, systemic imbalance in the international economy. That's what Barbados' delegate Ms. Kereeta Whyte told a meeting of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development during discussion on the Macroeconomic Policy [...]

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Climate change is the greatest global challenge of our time: St. Kitts-Nevis

Listen / Delano Bart

St. Kitts- Nevis was among the Caribbean States in Warsaw, Poland calling on developed nations to honour their commitment to promote action on climate change. The Permanent Representative of St. Kitts-Nevis Ambassador Delano Bart says this year's Conference of the Parties (COP) has been marked by a natural disaster tragedy in The Philippines, noting that [...]

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This is the time to enhance commitment to climate change: The Bahamas

Listen / Kenred Dorsett

NAR: This is not a time for backsliding, but a time for ramping up and enhancing commitment to tackle climate change and increase funding to deal with climate change related events. That's what The Bahamas' Minister of Environment Kenred Dorsett told the High-level meeting of the UN Climate Change Conference in Warsaw, Poland. He said [...]

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Creating the Silk Super-Highway in Central Asia

Listen / Noeleen Heyzer

Closer cooperation, economic integration and accelerated connectivity, are amongst the most important regional tools available to address persistent and emerging cross-border development challenges, the United Nations said in Bangkok, Friday at a meeting of the Council of Heads of Government of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). A key focus of the meeting is to discuss [...]

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World AIDS Day: Focus on adolescents

Listen / UNICEF/G. Pirozzi

Ten years ago, health experts pledged to give people living with HIV in resource-poor countries greater access to life-saving anti-retroviral treatment by 2005. At the time, only about 300,000 people worldwide, most of them in Brazil, had access to these medicines at a cost of about $10,000 a year per patient. Although nearly 10 million [...]

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UN human rights arm urges South Sudan to stop executions

Listen / Cécile Pouilly

South Sudan has carried out at least four executions since the beginning of November, according to reports received by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Two men convicted of murder had been hanged in Juba on 12 November and two others in Wau on 18 November. More than 200 individuals were [...]

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VCT@Work Initiative targets 5 million workers for voluntary and confidential testing for HIV: ILO

Listen / Guy Ryder

Sunday's observance of World AIDS Day takes place against a backdrop of remarkable progress towards zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths, the International Labour Organization (ILO) Director-General Guy Ryder says in a message. He says rapid expansion of access to antiretroviral treatment is one of the most outstanding achievements. Yet, such [...]

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Philippines service sector severely affected by Typhoon Haiyan: ILO

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2.8 million out of the 5.6 million Filipino workers who have either temporarily or permanently lost their livelihoods as a result of Typhoon Haiyan were working in the service sector. That according to the latest ILO estimates which noted that over one third, or 1.8 million, were in agriculture and around 15 per cent in [...]

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Ban calls for settlement on two-state solution for Israel and Palestine

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

On the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, the UN Secretary-General has called on the international community to support a two-State solution for Israel and the Palestinian Authority, to bring about an end to the conflict. The annual Solidarity Day observed 29 November, coincides with the adoption of a resolution on the partition [...]

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UNSC: Shelling of Russian Embassy in Damascus a "heinous terrorist act"

Listen / A wide view of the Security Council in session. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Members of the Security Council have expressed "outrage" at the shelling on 28 November of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Damascus, Syria, calling it a "heinous terrorist act," according to a statement issued from UN Headquarters in New York. The mortar attack left one person dead and 9 others injured. The Council members [...]

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More than 850,000 infants saved from HIV since 2005, but alarming trends seen among adolescents


Great progress has been made to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV, with more than 850,000 new childhood infections averted between 2005 and 2012 in low- and middle-income countries, according to a new report out on Friday by the UN children's agency (UNICEF). However, the new 2013 Stocktaking Report on Children and AIDS raises the alarm [...]

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Concert commemorates International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

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For nearly 30 years, the United Nations has observed 29 November as the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. The date was chosen for its meaning and significance to Palestinians as it was on that day in 1947 that the UN General Assembly adopted what came to be known as the Partition Resolution [...]

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IOM calls for more legal migration avenues to end human trafficking and smuggling

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The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is calling for global concerted efforts to address the situation of migrants attempting life-threatening journeys across seas and deserts in the hope for a better life. IOM says the death this week of 30 Haitian migrants off the coast of The Bahamas was yet another stark reminder that the [...]

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UNHCR: Syrian refugee children face uncertain future

Listen / Syrian children outside their UNHCR tent at Jordan's Za'atri refugee camp. [Photo: UNHCR/M. Abu Asaker]

Syrian refugee children in Lebanon and Jordan face a bleak future with many being pushed into early employment to provide for their families or recruited into the ranks of armed groups, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR). A survey of Syrian refugee children in the two countries found many are suffering from psychological [...]

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16 Days of Activism to end violence against women campaign is on

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

Activist worldwide launched 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence 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 [...]

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