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UN presents new strategy to prevent genocide, human rights abuses

Listen / Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson

The UN has launched a new initiative called 'Rights up Front' in order to respond quickly to human rights violations. The Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, spoke to reporters during a press conference on Thursday about the six-point action plan. The plan includes training of UN staff on human rights promotion and providing Member States with [...]

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Nelson Mandela remembered at United Nations Office in Geneva

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

• The UN Office in Geneva on Tuesday held a commemoration in honour of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela who died on 5 December. The event included the lighting of candles symbolizing the unity of the world in mourning Mandela. The global icon was laid to rest at his home village of Qunu in South Africa on [...]

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UN deplores attack on its base in South Sudan's Jonglei State

Listen / Farhan Haq

The situation in Akobo County, in South Sudan's Jonglei State, has deteriorated after the UN base in the area was attacked. Farhan Haq, the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, broke the news to the media on Thursday. He says there may have been some fatalities, but could not confirm who or how many. "The situation in [...]

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More people enter UN base for protection even as calm returns to Juba

Listen / Toby Lanzer

Up to 20,000 people have so far sought assistance from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in the capital Juba and these numbers continue to rise. Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for South Sudan, Toby Lanzer, made the announcement on Thursday, as he toured one of the UN bases hosting [...]

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UN Daily News 19 December 2013

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UN General Assembly honours Nelson Mandela

Listen / Special Meeting of the General Assembly In Honour of the Life and Memory of Nelson Mandela

The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday held a special meeting to honour Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela who passed away on 5 December. Dignitaries, personalities, and staff of the United Nations and the Permanent Mission of South Africa to the UN attended the event. Derrick Mbatha reports. Duration: 4’28″

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

UN Special Envoy: Fighting has ceased in Bangui, but situation is not "irreversible"

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Fighting in Bangui has stopped and the situation is improving, according to the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative in the Central African Republic (CAR). Driving on the streets of capital city on Thursday, Lieutenant General Babacar Gaye described the scene before him over the phone to UN Radio. CAR has been thrown into turmoil since Séléka [...]

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UN General Assembly holds special meeting to honour Nelson Mandela

Listen / Nelson Mandela (centre)

The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday held a special meeting to honour Nelson Mandela, the South African freedom fighter and leader who passed away on 5 December. The President of the General Assembly John Ashe described Mandela as "a most unusual man" who moved a nation, a continent and the world around him through [...]

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CAR: Return to normalcy in Bangui, but situation remains fragile

Listen / Lieutenant General Babacar Gaye

There is a return to normalcy in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), but the situation remains fragile and unpredictable. That's according to Lieutenant General Babacar Gaye, UN Secretary-General's Special Representative in Central African Republic (CAR). Armed clashes had erupted between Christians and Muslims in Bangui where they launched reprisal attacks against [...]

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Collective political will needed to reform Security Council: General Assembly President

Listen / John Ashe, President of the 68th session of the General Assembly

A collective political will is needed to advance negotiations regarding the Security Council   reform, which has been going on for twenty years. That's what the President of the General Assembly John Ashe told reporters during his end-of the year press conference on Wednesday. Mr. Ashe said that this year, intergovernmental negotiations on the issue were [...]

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Somalia: UN envoy condemns deadly attack on medical convoy near Mogadishu

Listen / Nicholas Kay

The top United Nations envoy in Somalia Nicholas Kay has strongly condemned the killing of six people during an attack on a medical convoy outside Mogadishu on Wednesday. The convoy was heading to a health facility west of the capital when it came under fire by unknown gunmen, according to the UN Assistance Mission in [...]

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Brahimi: Syrian women must take part in the peace process

Listen / Syrian women protesting in May 2011

  The Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the League of Arab States for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, has decried the detention and kidnapping of women activists in Syria. Mr Brahimi said Syria was going through a difficult and trying period and women must be given the opportunity to be heard in the peace [...]

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