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Secretary-General highlights role of industry in achieving a sustainable future

Listen / Plastic Recycling Industry/SMTP, Madagascar. Photo: UNIDO

Although the planet is encountering formidable challenges ranging from inequality to rapid urbanization, this is a pivotal moment in world affairs, according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Speaking in Lima, Peru, on Monday, Mr. Ban pointed out that with knowledge and technology continuing to advance, the planet also faces a wealth of opportunities. The Secretary-General [...]

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UN and partners continue to help Philippines rebuild

Listen / Bernard received 500 pesos for the day.  Photo: Jay Santos/IRIN

Providing humanitarian relief to survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines remains a priority for the United Nations and its partners, a senior UN official told journalists in New York on Monday. Haoliang Xu, Assistant Administrator at the UN Development Programme (UNDP), reported on aid efforts nearly four weeks after the devastating storm. This includes [...]

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2013 saw major milestones in quest for a mine free world

Listen / De-mining expert detects anti-personnel land mine for clearance. UN Photo/Jawad Jalali

There's been a drop in landmine casualties after a decline in the use of anti-personnel mines and increased global funding for mine action since the adoption of the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty. That's the message delivered by the mine ban community at the 2 December opening of the Thirteenth Meeting of the States Parties (13MSP) [...]

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Burundi faces challenges as it prepares for 2015 general elections

Listen / An unidentified voter casts her ballot during the 4 July 2005 legislative elections in Cibitoke, Burundi.  UN Photo/Martine Perret

The people of Burundi continue to face challenges as the country prepares for the 2015 general elections. That's what has come out of a three day meeting from 27 to 29 November in the African country. The meeting, jointly organized by the United Nations Office in Burundi (BNUB) and the government of Burundi brought together [...]

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Secretary-General encourages meaningful dialogue in Ukraine following protests

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday appealed to all parties in Ukraine to uphold the democratic principles of freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. This follows more than a week of demonstrations in the country calling for the government's resignation after the President refused to sign political and economic accords with the European Union. Ban [...]

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Nobel laureate on progress and challenges in implementing mine ban treaty

Listen / Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams, special envoy with the International Campaign to Ban Landmines

Representatives from states party to a 1997 treaty prohibiting the use of anti-personnel mines are meeting in Geneva this week to review progress and challenges in banning these weapons. Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams, special envoy with the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, was among the speakers addressing Monday's opening session. More than 160 [...]

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ILO report calls for job-centred growth policies in Kenya

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Kenya needs to adopt a coherent national employment strategy in order to achieve a more equitable economic growth, says a new report by the International Labour Organization (ILO). According to the report , GDP growth in Kenya has increased in recent years, (it is expected to reach 5.7 per cent this year), but this has [...]

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Eradicate slavery in all its forms: PGA

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President of the United Nations General Assembly Dr. John Ashe has called on Member States to eradicate slavery in all its forms; to boost initiatives that promote social inclusion; and to end all forms of discrimination. In a message on the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, Dr. Ashe urged the promotion and protection [...]

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"Bali package must allow ambitious food security policies" – UN expert on WTO Summit

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There's been a call for developing countries to be granted the freedom to use food reserves to help secure the right to food, without the threat of sanctions under current World Trade Organization (WTO) rules. The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter's call comes on the eve of a high-level [...]

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WHO: Spinal cord injuries medically complex, but preventable

Listen / Football match for handicapped men in Port au Prince, Haiti

Nearly 500,000 people suffer a spinal cord injury each year, with many having to live with lifelong disabilities due to lack of appropriate treatment, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO says up to 90 per cent of spinal cord injury cases are due to traumatic causes such as road traffic crashes, falls and [...]

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Political brinksmanship driving Bangladesh to the edge: Pillay

Listen / UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay.

Rising levels of political violence in Bangladesh as the major parties fail to resolve their differences over the conduct of elections have become a cause of major concern for UN Human Rights chief Navi Pillay. In recent weeks, scores of people have been killed, hundreds injured, and there has been extensive destruction of property as [...]

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New figures reveal poaching for the illegal ivory trade could wipe out a fifth of Africa's elephants over next decade

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New analyses released Monday find that if poaching rates are sustained at current levels, Africa is likely to lose a fifth of its elephants in the next ten years. Word of this comes as delegates gather to discuss the plight of the African Elephant at a summit convened by the Government of Botswana and the [...]

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