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Secretary-General pays tribute to Nelson Mandela

Listen / Nelson Mandela in the UN General Assembly.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed profound sadness at the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela who died on Thursday.  He was 95 years old. Speaking to reporters in New York that evening, the Secretary-General said Mr. Mandela showed what is possible for the world if each person were to believe, dream and [...]

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IOM assists Ethiopian government to manage influx of its citizens returning from Saudi Arabia

Listen / IOM, together with the Ethiopian government, is working to manage the influx of vulnerable Ethiopian migrants returning from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. © IOM 2013

The Ethiopian government has been working around the clock together with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to facilitate an organized movement of its citizens from Saudi Arabia. Over 100,000 migrants have returned to Ethiopia since the operation began on 13 November 2013. The return of the migrants follows the passing of new legislation in [...]

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Secretary-General condemns deadly attack on Yemen Defence Ministry

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned terrorist attacks against Yemen's Defence Ministry which killed more than 20 people on Thursday. According to media reports, militants rammed a car filled with explosives into the Ministry headquarters in the capital, Sana'a, while gunmen on foot battled security forces in another section of the complex. In a [...]

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Security Council votes on resolution to "restore security and public order" in CAR

Listen / Security Council authorizes African Union Mission in Central African Republic

Members of the UN Security Council have voted unanimously on a resolution that will bolster efforts "to protect civilians and restore security and public order" in the Central African Republic (CAR). Resolution 2127 also authorizes the sending of French troops in CAR for a temporary period, to support the African-led Peacekeeping Mission in CAR (MISCA), [...]

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A critical resource, under pressure

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On World Soil Day, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says soil is under pressure around the world. FAO studies have found that one quarter of the Earth’s land areas are highly degraded due to a variety of human activities – including farming. Some 1.6 billion hectares of land are currently used to grow crops, [...]

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International community in CAR condemns deadly attacks in the capital

Listen / This man is crying after surviving an attack on his village between Bossangoa and Bossembele in the Central African Republic.  UNHCR/B. Heger

Representatives of the United Nations, the African Union, the European Union and France in the Central African Republic have condemned deadly organized attacks which took place in the capital, Bangui. In a joint communiqué, the international representatives urged the CAR authorities to take responsibility for the immediate cessation of fighting and to restore calm. The [...]

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Security Council authorizes force for Central African Republic

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The Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution authorizing a peacekeeping force for the Central African Republic (CAR). The 15 Council members on Thursday voted in favour of an African Union-led force which will protect civilians and restore public order. The resolution expresses deep concern about the deterioration of security in the country and the [...]

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Whether offline or online, human rights must be respected: Navi Pillay

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Human rights must always be at the center of global discussions about the World Wide Web, according to the UN Human Rights High Commissioner. At an event in Geneva on Thursday, Navi Pillay spoke of how innovations in information technology are both helping to spread human rights while also facilitating abuses. She added that the [...]

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FAO issues food warnings for Sahel and Central African Republic

Listen / Desertification and land degradation threaten millions of people in the Sahara and Sahel - FAO

Food security conditions in several parts of Africa and elsewhere are deteriorating, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). FAO warns that in the Sahelian countries of West Africa – Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal – crops and pastures have been affected this year by the late onset and early cessation of [...]

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Volunteerism is a two-way street: SG

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On this International Volunteer Day, let us renew our commitment to offering young people diverse and meaningful volunteer opportunities to become active and confident contributors to global change, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a message marking International Volunteer Day on Thursday 5 December. The Secretary-General says there are more than 1.2 billion youth in [...]

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100,000 Ethiopian migrants return home from Saudi Arabia

Listen / IOM, together with the Ethiopian government, is working to manage the influx of vulnerable Ethiopian migrants returning from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. © IOM 2013

The number of Ethiopian migrants returning from Saudi Arabia has surpassed the 100,000 mark, according to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). IOM says the return operation is overwhelming its available resources and is appealing for $13 million to be able to provide reintegration support to the migrants, the majority of whom have returned empty-handed. [...]

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