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South Africa mourns Nelson Mandela with sadness and celebration

Listen / Nelson Mandela (1918-2013).

The day after Nelson Mandela's death, people all over South Africa marked his passing with sadness and celebration, the head of the UN Information Centre  (UNIC) in Pretoria reports. UNIC Director Helene Hoedl says the airwaves were filled with people sharing their memories of the man who changed the history of their country and our [...]

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The late Mandela: strong advocate of women's empowerment

Listen / UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka meets with Nelson Mandela. Photo: Noah Selowe -

Paying tribute to Nelson Mandela, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director, said the late icon "was like a father" to her and many others. Using his clan nickname, "Madiba" she said Mandela was an ardent supporter of women's rights. He also helped promote the goals and the principles of the United Nations, and of UN [...]

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Secretary-General addresses African peace and security summit

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) attends the opening session of the Élysée Summit for Peace and Security in Africa at the Palais de l'Élysée in Paris, France. On left is French President François Hollande.  UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has extolled the partnership between the UN, the African Union, the European Union and France in tackling crises in Africa. Speaking on Friday at the Elysée Summit in Paris, Mr. Ban said this partnership is working together in many countries on issues such as conflict prevention, peacemaking and peacebuilding. "As [...]

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The late Mandela a "people person,” shares former Chief Legal Adviser

Listen / Nicholas Haysom, Deputy Special Representative for Political Affairs in Afghanistan.  UN Photo/Mark Garten

Nelson Mandela was a "people person", graceful, charming and showed gratitude even to the most humble of workers around him. That's according to Nicholas Fink Haysom, the Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Afghanistan and former Chief Legal Adviser during Mandela's Presidency of South Africa in 1994. From youth activist, Mr. Haysom, a [...]

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General Assembly elects Jordan to Security Council

Listen / Flag of Jordan

Jordan will be joining the UN Security Council in January as one of five new non-permanent members of the chamber. This follows a vote in the General Assembly on Friday held to fill a vacancy created by Saudi Arabia. The country was among five nations elected to serve in the Security Council during initial voting [...]

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Report documents human rights abuses by traditional hunters in Côte d'Ivoire

Listen / Passers-by on a motorcycle wave to 'dozos' posted along the road between Man and Duékoué in western Côte d'Ivoire. Photo: IRIN/Nancy Palus

A United Nations report released on Friday is calling for investigations into serious human rights abuses committed by traditional hunters in Côte d'Ivoire. The joint report by the UN operation in the country (UNOCI) and the UN human rights office documents abuses committed by the hunters, known as Dozos, between March 2009 and May 2013. [...]

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Study finds 15 million Yemenis will need humanitarian assistance in 2014

Listen / Mother and child wait for attendance at a hospital that assists malnourished children in the impoverished area of Bayt al-Faqih, Yemen © Juan Herrero/IRIN

Six out of 10 people in Yemen will need humanitarian aid next year, according to an assessment done by the United Nations and humanitarian partners in the country. The 2014 Humanitarian Needs Overview finds nearly 15 million Yemenis out of a population of 25 million will require assistance. Jens Laerke is spokesperson for the UN [...]

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Mandela: A champion for freedom, justice and human rights

Listen / President Nelson R. MANDELA of South Africa addressing correspondents at a press conference held at United Nations Headquarters.  03/10/1994/Credit: UN Photo/James Bu

Former South African President Nelson Mandela who died on Thursday has been eulogized as a champion for freedom, justice and human rights. United Nations Human Rights chief Navi Pillay described Mandela as perhaps the greatest moral leader of our time who believed passionately in liberty and dignity, in freedom of expression and freedom of assembly. [...]

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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. Kent Page, UNICEF Strategic Communications Advisor for Emergencies just got back from an emergency surge response mission in Tacloban, one of the cities ravaged by the [...]

6 Dec 2013 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

UN agencies concerned about latest violence in Central African Republic

Listen / Refugees from Central African Republic in Democratic Republic of the Congo. Some 700 crossed the Oubangui River to the Zongo area in DR Congo yesterday. UNHCR/B.Sokol

The deteriorating security situation in the Central African Republic is hampering delivery of assistance to nearly 2.6 million people. This warning has come from United Nations humanitarian agencies as inter-ethnic tensions and violence continue to grow. There is fear that this may escalate to large-scale massacres in the country where there has been a breakdown [...]

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UN flags fly half-mast to mourn death of world icon, Nelson Mandela

Listen / President Nelson Mandela addresses the 49th session of the General Assembly. (UN Photo/Evan Schneider).

The flags at the UN are flying half-mast to mourn the passing of former South African President and Freedom Fighter, Nelson Mandela. Mr. Mandela died in his Johannesburg home late on Thursday, at the age of 95. In paying tribute to "Madiba," as he was affectionately known in his country, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Mandela [...]

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UN chief holds talks with African leaders on margins of Paris summit

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Salva Kiir, President of the Republic of South Sudan, in Paris.  6 December 2013 UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is in Paris for a two-day summit which brings together more than 50 representatives from African countries as well as the UN, the African Union and the European Union. Mr. Ban met with leaders from Libya, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Burundi on the margins of the Elysée Summit [...]

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Women and children targeted in Central African Republic atrocities

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

United Nations humanitarian agencies have expressed concern over the deteriorating security situation in the Central African Republic, saying it was hampering delivery of assistance to nearly 2.6 million people. United Nations Children's Fund(UNICEF) is warning that the growing tension and violence amongst communities in the country may escalate into large scale massacres. UNICEF says children [...]

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Katy Perry appointed newest Goodwill Ambassador with UNICEF

Listen / Katy Perry Photo: UNICEF/NYHQ2013-0167/Holt

Pop superstar Katy Perry this week became the latest Goodwill Ambassador with the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). The American singer will focus on engaging young people in the agency's work to improve the lives of the world's most vulnerable children and adolescents. UN forum assesses impact of MDGs on women and girls Ambassadors and activists [...]

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Ceremony Naming Nelson and Winnie Mandela’s Corner in New York

Listen / Nelson and Winnie Mandela with Secretary-General Perez de Cuellar

This ceremony honors Nelson and Winnie Mandela and the fight against the Apartheid regime in South Africa. Language: English Genre: Speech 1984 Duration: 8’19″  

6 Dec 2013 | Posted in UN Radio Classics | Read More »

Nelson Mandela Addresses General Assembly

Listen / Nelson Mandela in the UN General Assembly.

ANC leader Nelson Mandela addresses the General Assembly about his fight against the Apartheid regime in South Africa, four years before being elected President. Language: English Genre: Speech 1990 Duration: 25’33″

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To serve, protect and promote literacy: UN police in South Sudan

Listen / Fred Yiga (right) is interviewed by May Yaacoub

International police officers serving at the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) are helping to consolidate the rule of law in the world's newest nation, says UNMISS Police Commissioner Fred Yiga. Top cops from UN peacekeeping operations are in New York this week to review the growing importance of UN police (or "UNPOL") who number [...]

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