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Somalia joins world in celebrating Human Rights Day

Listen / Somali officials mark Human Rights Day at Mogadishu Central Prison (AU/UN/IST)

A group of high profile Somali government officials spent the morning celebrating Human Rights Day with inmates of the Mogadishu Central Prison. The Day is marked every year on 10 December. As Somalia recovers from decades of war, the emphasis was put on health and the protection of peoples' rights. Jocelyne Sambira reports. Duration: 2’46”

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UN and partners ask for over $790 million to help typhoon victims in Philippines

Listen / Help is what survivors of Typhoon Haiyan need now.   Jason Gutierez/IRIN

The United Nations and its humanitarian partners in the Philippines on Tuesday presented another plan to respond to the needs of the people affected by typhoon Haiyan. That's according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) which says the strategic response plan is an update of the initial appeal launched on [...]

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Nelson Mandela: A champion for human rights

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

Thousands of people thronged the FNB Stadium in Soweto on Tuesday to pay tribute to former South African President Nelson Mandela who died last week at the age of 95. Incidentally, the official memorial service for the Nobel Peace Prize winner and champion for equality happened to be held on Human Rights Day, observed annually [...]

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UNEP launches the first atlas of its kind in the Arab Region

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The pace of environmental change in the Arab region seems to be faster than in the rest of the world due to the rapid pace of economic and social development, according to UNEP's atlas for the Arab region released Tuesday.  The atlas examines the environmental change that has taken place at more than 80 locations [...]

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Preventing adolescent pregnancy – a development and human rights issue: PGA

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"I am deeply concerned that pregnancies amongst girls under age15 are on the rise in the Caribbean region", President of the UN General Assembly Dr. John Ashe said in a message to a High-level multi-stakeholder meeting on Reduction of Adolescent Pregnancy in the Caribbean.  Dr. Ashe drew attention to the latest report on the State [...]

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ILO reaffirms commitment to protect and promote human rights at work

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The International Labour Organization (ILO) has reaffirmed its commitment to protect and promote human rights at work. In a message Tuesday marking International Human Rights Day, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder says despite some progress, there is still much work to be done.  To illustrate this, he explains that 870 million workers and their families live [...]

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Thousands wait for calm after fleeing their homes in the Central

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 United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR, says that more than half a million people are now thought to have fled their homes in the Central African Republic since the crisis in the country began in December 2012. More than 100,000 people have now been displaced in Bangui, thecountry's capital, in the wake of heavy fighting [...]

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UN Refugee Agency says not enough aid is being delivered to Syria

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With the crisis in Syria now having passed 1000 days, the United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR, says that the needs of the Syrian people remain immense and that the amount of aid that the agency has been able to deliver is still nowhere near enough. Since the start of 2013, UNHCR has brought relief supplies [...]

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UN chief pays last respects to Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

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

  "South Africa has lost a father. The world has lost a beloved friend and mentor". That's what United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at the memorial for the late South African President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela at a packed stadium in Johannesburg on Tuesday. The Secretary-General said the United Nations stood side by side with [...]

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UN Calls for Strengthened Efforts to Bring Natural Resource Management to Peacebuilding

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States, intergovernmental organizations and other partners need to step up efforts to better integrate natural resource management into post-conflict reintegration programmes, according to a new UN report. The Role of Natural Resources in Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration – Addressing Risks and Seizing Opportunities, launched in New York on Tuesday, stresses that natural resources – which, [...]

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Global Fund urges governments to quash human rights barriers

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In honor of International Human Rights Day, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria made an appeal to break down all human rights barriers to health, a critical factor in the goal of defeating AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. The Global Fund, committed to protecting and promoting human rights, points out that discrimination and [...]

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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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