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UN mission in DR Congo launches pilotless surveillance aircraft

Listen / Head of Peacekeeping Operations Herve Ladsous (second right), inspects an Unmanned/Unarmed Aerial Vehicle (UAV) that will be used in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, during a ceremony in Goma. Photo: MONUSCO/Sylvain Liechti

  • The UN mission in the DRCongo (MONUSCO) launched a surveillance unmanned/unarmed aerial vehicle (UAV)  on Tuesday. In a first move of its kind for MONUSCO, the pilotless aircraft was launched from the airport in Goma, the capital of North Kivu Province. MONUSCO Force Commander says the vehicle will increase the mission's capacity to gather information. A [...]

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Kaag: UN-OPCW preparing for the removal of chemical agents outside of Syria

Listen / Sigrid Kaag

Preparations for the removal of critical chemical agents outside of Syria are in full swing. That's what Sigrid Kaag, the Special Coordinator of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)-United Nations Joint Mission told the UN News and Media Division ahead of her briefing to the Security Council on Wednesday. The chemical agents [...]

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Much more needs to be done to help South Sudan out of protracted crises

Listen / Kyung-Wha Kang

South Sudan is struggling to provide security and meet the basic needs of its people. That's the assessment of Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Kyung-Wha Kang. She told a UN press briefing on Wednesday that an estimated 4.5 million people need humanitarian assistance, including close to 1 million people who are severely food insecure. Assistant Secretary-General [...]

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UNICEF scales up efforts to assist children in Philippine's hardest hit cities

Listen / Kent Page

UNICEF has been rapidly scaling up efforts in the Philippines to reach the most affected areas by establishing new field presences and mobilizing relief supplies to support destitute families. An estimated 6 million children have been affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan and 1.5 million have been displaced from their homes, the agency notes. Kent Page, [...]

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Katy Perry is newest UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

Listen / Katy Perry (right) and Anthony Lake hold a UNICEF T-shirt

Pop superstar Katy Perry is the newest Goodwill Ambassador of the  UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). The American singer was appointed at a special event at UNICEF Headquarters in New York on Tuesday. She will focus on engaging young people in UNICEF's work to improve the lives of the most vulnerable children and adolescents around the [...]

4 Dec 2013 | Posted in Celebrity Corner, Today's Features | Read More »

UN hosts two-day forum to assess impact of MDGs on women and girls

Listen / Lakshmi Puri

Although there has been significant progress in achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) affecting women's and girls' access to education and water, critical shortfalls remain in meeting other targets. That's what Lakshmi Puri, Deputy Executive Director at UN Women, told activists meeting at the UN on Wednesday to review the impact of the eight MDGs on [...]

4 Dec 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Global Fund Donors Pledge US$12 Billion

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Donors at the launch of the Global Fund's Fourth Replenishment have pledged US$12.0 billion for the next three years, the largest amount ever committed to fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. The pledges represent a 30 percent increase over the US$9.2 billion in firm pledges secured in 2010 for the 2011-2013 period. The contributions announced [...]

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IAEA team completes review of Japan's plans to decommission Fukushima nuclear plant

Listen / Toshimitsu Motegi, Japanese Minister of Environment, Trade and Industry, listens to IAEA mission team leader, Juan Carlos Lentijo, describe the results of an IAEA review of Fukushima Daiichi decommissioning plans. Lentijo delivered a Preliminary Summary Report of the review to Motegi on 4 December 2013.

An expert team from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Wednesday completed a review of Japan’s efforts to plan and implement the decommissioning of TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. TEPCO is the Tokyo Electric Power Company. In its Preliminary Summary Report delivered to Japanese authorities, the IAEA team acknowledged a number of accomplishments [...]

4 Dec 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN agency says "intelligent management" of natural resources key to Africa's development

Listen / Women preparing seedlings to be transported to a planting site in Kenya (UN Photo/Jackie Curtis)

Sustainable and optimal management of Africa's natural resources will be crucial to achieving long-term development and poverty alleviation, according to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). Agency chief Achim Steiner says as Africa still has many resources which are increasingly in short supply in other parts of the world, the continent stands to be a key [...]

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INDONESIA #48: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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African countries step up focus on statistics for better agriculture and nutrition

Listen / FAO experts and information technology platforms help countries to gather, analyze and share agricultural and food security data (FAO@PHOTO)

Improving the quality, availability and relevance of data on food and agriculture has become a key priority as Africa strives to develop more effective policies to tackle its persistent food security problems. The issue took centre stage as an unprecedented number of experts from 35 countries met for the 23rd session of the African Commission [...]

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