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UN marks 65th anniversary of Genocide Convention

Listen / Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson  [UN Photo/Rick Bajornas]

  Genocide can be prevented if people act in time to stop human rights violations. That's the message delivered by UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson at an event to mark the 65th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. The Convention was adopted on 9 [...]

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Somali women call for greater role in politics and access to justice

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In Somalia, a country once described as "one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a woman", an important conversation is taking place. The political marginalization of women and their exclusion from the decision-making process was tackled at an event entitled "Women, Peace and Security Open Day". The Open Day, held annually [...]

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Equity will be focus of 7th World Urban Forum next year

Listen / Seventh World Urban Forum scheduled to take place in Medellin, Colombia in April 2014

Inequities in cities and towns will be the focus of the Seventh World Urban Forum scheduled to take place in Medellin, Colombia, in April next year. That's what Joan Clos, Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN–Habitat), told reporters during a briefing on the Forum on Monday. He said growing inequities in [...]

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UN agencies and partners concerned about deteriorating humanitarian situation in Central African Republic

Listen / Frightened face of a boy from the Central African Republic - video capture/UNHCR

United Nations relief agencies and their partners are concerned about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the Central African Republic as they continue their relief work in the country. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says the situation, particularly in the capital, Bangui, and Bossangoa is alarming. There have been clashes between [...]

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Mandela was "a giant for justice, equality and human rights" Ban Ki-moon

Listen / UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paying respect to the late Nelson Mandela in South Africa.

Nelson Mandela who passed away on Thursday, 5 December, was "a giant for justice, equality and human rights". That's what UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Johannesburg, as tributes continue for the late South African leader. The Secretary-General described the event as an occasion to "join [...]

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UN Radio News 9 December 2013

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Bangladesh urged to stop execution of Abdul Quader Mollah

Listen / UN Special Rapporteur Christof Heyns

Two United Nations human rights experts have called on the government of Bangladesh to halt the execution of Abdul Quader Mollah who was sentenced to death by the Supreme Court on 17 September. Mollah was originally sentenced to life imprisonment in February for crimes allegedly committed during the 1971 independence war against Pakistan. The Appellate [...]

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UN: Say "No" to corruption and "Yes" to Development

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In some countries, people often think that they are at the mercy of corruption and that it's "just a way of life". In observance of the International Anti-Corruption Day this 9 December, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) are calling on ordinary citizens to say "No" to [...]

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Afghanistan still has 'A Way to Go' in tackling violence against women: UN report

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Implementation of a landmark law in Afghanistan on the Elimination of Violence against Women has been slow and uneven, according to a UN human rights report released this week. Entitled 'A Way to Go,' it finds that although more reports of violence against women are being registered with the authorities, prosecutions and convictions remain low. [...]

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UN envoy in Libya stresses need for dialogue with armed groups

Listen / Tarek Mitri is Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL)

The top United Nations envoy in Libya says the security situation in the country continues to be precarious, with clashes between armed groups and civilians. Briefing the Security Council on Monday, Ambassador Tarek Mitri, the head of the UN Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), said there is public anger against armed revolutionary brigades and armed groups. [...]

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China has filed largest number of patent applications says WIPO

Listen / WIPO Director General Francis Gurry  (photo: WIPO)

The largest number of applications for intellectual property rights has come from China, according to a report launched on Monday. The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) says that in 2012, global filings for patents increased at its strongest rate in nearly two decades. Francis Gurry, Director General of WIPO, says China is the only country [...]

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Corruption presents major hurdle to achieving the MDGs

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Corruption is a huge hurdle to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), according to the two United Nations bodies leading global awareness campaigns against corruption since 2009. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) believe that, if only 10 per cent of the money lost from corruption is [...]

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