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UN flagship publication provides overview of global economic trends in 2013

Listen / Pingfan Hong

The global economy is expected to continue to grow over the next two years, but stronger international policy coordination is needed to steady the remaining fragility in the banking system and geopolitics which could hamper financial stability. That's according to the annual "World Economic Situation and Prospects 2014" report (WESP), released on Wednesday. The UN [...]

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Effective strategies needed to combat West Africa's illicit drug trade

Listen / Said Djinnit

The Security Council has emphasized the need to enhance regional cooperation and develop effective strategies to combat drug trafficking in West Africa and the Sahel region. The Council issued a Presidential Statement on Wednesday, outlining a number of measures to tighten border controls and effectively constrain the spread of transnational threats, such as drug trafficking. [...]

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Security Council told of drug trafficking in West Africa and Sahel

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The Security Council met on Wednesday to discuss combating drug trafficking in West Africa and the Sahel. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Council that around the world, drug trafficking and transnational organized crime threaten security, undermine respect for the rule of law and jeopardizes peace and stability. He said that in a growing number [...]

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Time to take action and save migrant lives, UN agencies urge


The international community is being asked to take decisive action and save lives of migrants caught in crisis, as the world observes International Migrants Day on 18 December. The United Nations estimates that there are 232 million migrants globally who have left their homes in search of a better life. In his message for the [...]

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South Sudan's political crisis urgently needs to be dealt with through political dialogue: Ban

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

"I am deeply concerned about the current situation in South Sudan," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters at UN headquarters on Wednesday. He said he has spoken to President Salva Kiir on Tuesday and impressed on him the need to resume dialogue with the political opposition. The Secretary-General said he welcomes the reports on Wednesday [...]

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UNHCR receives 63 million Euros for Syrian crisis from EU

Listen / With winter affecting parts of Syria, UNHCR has been distributing aid to keep the displaced warm and dry. European Union funds are important for ensuring winter supplies.© UNHCR/A.McConnell

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has received a contribution of €63 million for displaced Syrians from the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO). This is the largest single contribution UNHCR has received from the European Union. The agency says this assistance will allow UNHCR to provide vital support to those most impacted by [...]

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Migration a reality of the 21st Century: Ban

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Migration is a reality of the 21st century, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message on International Migrants Day on Wednesday 18 December. The Secretary-General said it was essential that we conduct an open debate on this important subject. He noted that almost half of migrants are women; one in ten is under the [...]

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Promote and protect the rights and fundamental freedoms of all migrants: ILO, OHCHR

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Migrants make significant and essential contributions to the economic, social and cultural development of their host countries and their communities back home, according to a joint statement by the International Labour Organisation and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in a tribute to 232 million migrants worldwide. But the statement noted that [...]

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Leaders of South Sudan are urged to stop violence

Listen / Civilians taking refuge at UNMISS compound in Juba. Photo: UNMISS

The outbreak of fighting between members of the South Sudanese army in the country's capital Juba on Sunday night has caused concern at the United Nations. The fighting, which was reportedly sparked by an alleged coup attempt, has left dozens of people, including civilians dead, and scores wounded. There are also reports that members of [...]

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West Africa has potential to strengthen its agricultural sector

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Boosting productivity, fostering competitiveness and ensuring that small-scale farmers have greater access to markets are key to West Africa realizing its full agricultural potential, according to a new study released Wednesday by FAO and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The publication, Rebuilding West Africa's Food Potential, presents a range of successful case studies [...]

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Members of the Security Council concerned over fighting in South Sudan

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The Members of the Security Council have expressed serious concern over the fighting in South Sudan that has reportedly resulted in large numbers of casualties, as well as over the risk of targeted violence against certain communities. The fighting began on December 15 and is ongoing in the capital city of Juba, and other areas [...]

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