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Calls for the government and protestors in Ukraine to find a peaceful solution

Listen / Ravina Shamdasani

The United Nations Human Rights agency is calling for the government and protestors in Ukraine to exercise restraint and to find a negotiated solution to the current wave of protests. The government’s decision not to sign a deal on closer ties with the European Union last month has sparked weeks of mass rallies. Every day, [...]

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Mounting crisis in Syria results in collapse of education

Listen / Syria crisis: "Education Interrupted", global action to rescue the schooling of a generation UNICEF/Jordan-2013-Noorani

The decline in education for Syrian children has been the sharpest and most rapid in the history of the region, according to UNICEF- the lead agency on a paper analyzing Syria's education crisis. "Education Interrupted", published on Friday, demonstrates how nearly three million children from Syria have been forced to quit their education since 2011. [...]

13 Dec 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN chief urges people in Central African Republic to stop bloodshed

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on the people in the Central African Republic to stop the bloodshed and follow the path of peace. In a radio message recorded on Friday, Secretary-General Ban says he is "deeply troubled" by what is happening in the country. He appeals to the people of the Central African [...]

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Ninety peacekeepers died in line of duty in 2013, says UN official

Listen / Hervé Ladsous

Ninety United Nations peacekeepers were killed in the line of duty in 2013, says Hervé Ladsous, the head of UN peacekeeping operations. In his end-of-year briefing to the press on Friday, Mr. Ladsous said this has been "a very active year." He told reporters that the United Nations is continuing to improve on the quality [...]

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PGA warns of persistent violations of human rights

Listen / John Ashe

Persistent violations of the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are rampant, President of the General Assembly Dr. John Ashe said in a message to a meeting commemorating the 65th anniversary of the Declaration. He said that all too often, we have, as representatives of the 'People', failed to uphold and to adhere [...]

13 Dec 2013 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Caribbean faces significant challenges from multiplicity of hazards

Listen / CDEMA

NARRATOR: The Caribbean by virtue of its economic, geography and socio-political development faces significant challenges from the communities that are established in exposed areas to vulnerability in construction, to some of the weak risk management and planning institutions. That view was expressed by the Executive Director of CDEMA –the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency Mr. [...]

13 Dec 2013 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Latin America and the Caribbean – the most urban of the developing world

Listen / Paulette Bethel (left), Permanent Representative of the Bahamas to the United Nations with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

NARRATOR:  Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), is the most urban of the developing world, and perhaps of the entire world, according to a message from the President of the UN General Assembly to the Latin American and Caribbean Inter-Ministerial Meeting on Sustainable Cities toward the Post-2015 Development Agenda and the Habitat 3 Conference. The [...]

13 Dec 2013 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Urgent need for health assistance in Central African Republic

Listen / Tarik Jasarevic

People living in the Central African Republic are in desperate need of quality healthcare, according to the World Health Organization. A total of 533,000 people are currently displaced in the country, that's more than 10% of the population. Hospitals have been looted and health personnel have fled their posts.  A health assessment carried out by [...]

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

Queen Máxima of the Netherlands concludes mission to Ethiopia and Tanzania

Listen / Queen Máxima

Queen Máxima of the Netherlands has underlined the critical role of financial services in boosting production for small holder farmers. She commended Tanzanian authorities for the progress they have made in enabling citizens to have access to financial services. The queen and three United Nations food agencies on Friday concluded a five day trip to [...]

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

UN agencies concerned over worsening humanitarian crisis in CAR

Listen / Internally Displaced People in Central African Republic. © UNHCR/B.Heger

Fighting over the past week in the Central African Republic capital of Bangui has killed more than 400 people and displaced nearly 160,000 as the humanitarian crisis in the country worsens. The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) says nearly 40,000 people are currently at the airport where there are no latrines, no washing facilities and no [...]

13 Dec 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Prince El Hassan Bin Talal of Jordan mobilizes action to advance global "water target"

Listen / Prince El Hassan Bin Talal

With only a short time before the  2015 deadline to achieve the UN's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – the water and sanitation challenges remain daunting. The "water target" set by world leaders promised to halve the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and without basic sanitation. His Royal Highness Prince El [...]

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UN fund makes a difference for refugees in Beirut: OCHA chief

Listen / Valerie Amos

The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) established by the UN General Assembly in 2006 is making a difference in the lives of refugees in Lebanon. That's what was said by Valerie Amos, the head of the United Nations humanitarian agency (OCHA) in a message to a high-level conference on CERF in New York on Friday. [...]

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Pillay alarmed by rise in abductions and disappearances in Syria

Listen / Navi Pillay

Syrians continue to fall victim to a callous indifference to human life and disregard for safety, exemplified by the increasing trend of abductions and enforced disappearances, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay warned Friday. On Monday 9 December, five masked gunmen reportedly stormed into a joint office for two human rights and humanitarian [...]

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Over 600 people killed, thousands displaced by violence in Central African Republic

Listen / Displaced civilians find shelter in a church in Bangui.© UNHCR/L.Wiseberg

More than 600 people have been killed and tens of thousands of others have been displaced by clashes between militias and former Seleka rebels in the Central African Republic. That, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR), which says the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate in the country. UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards points out [...]

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Decline in education for Syrian children "worst and fastest in the region's history": UNICEF

Listen / © UNICEF/NYHQ2012-0218/Alessio Romenzi

The decline in education for Syrian children has been the sharpest and most rapid in the history of the region, according to a new paper published Friday. The paper -"Education Interrupted"- highlights that since 2011 nearly 3 million children from Syria have been forced to quit their education as fighting has destroyed classrooms, left children [...]

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UN chief urges Members States to contribute generously to Central Emergency Response Fund

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday called on Member States to contribute generously to a fund that helps deliver relief assistance to emergencies around the world. Mr. Ban spoke at a High-Level Conference on the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) established by the UN General Assembly seven years ago. The Secretary-General said that since [...]

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UN chief welcomes peace deal between DRC and M23 Movement

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed a peace deal between the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the M23 Movement. The Kampala Dialogue concluded on Thursday with the signing of a Final Communique  in Nairobi, Kenya by President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and President Joyce Banda of Malawi, in their capacities as Chairs of the [...]

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The late Mandela: strong advocate of women's empowerment

Listen / 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. Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka shared with UN Radio’s Derrick Mbatha what the late leader did to promote women's [...]

13 Dec 2013 | Posted in Women | Read More »

South Asia a leading region for unregistered childbirths

Listen / UNICEF@PHOTO

Nearly a quarter of a billion children under the age of five officially do not exist because their births were never registered, thus blocking them from access to education, healthcare and other services, the UN children's agency (UNICEF) reports. South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa have the lowest levels of birth registration, with more than 70 [...]

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

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