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UN chief calls for help to stabilize Central African Republic

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Countries around the world are being encouraged by the UN Secretary-General to contribute to bringing peace and stability to the Central African Republic. Ban Ki-moon spoke to reporters in Munich, Germany together with Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz. The two diplomats are attending the 50th anniversary of the Munich Security Conference (MSC) which promotes the [...]

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UN chief calls for Olympic Truce

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People around the world who bear arms are being urged to lay down their weapons and observe the Olympic Truce. The call has come from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a statement issued on the eve of the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Mr. Ban said participants in the games should come [...]

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Former New York mayor appointed Secretary-General's envoy

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) with Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City, at the Secretary-General's residence.  UN Photo/Mark Garten

The former mayor of New York City in the United States has been appointed by the UN Secretary-General as his Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change. Announcing the appointment on Friday, UN Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq noted that former Mayor Michael Bloomberg was serving as president of the Board of the C40 Climate Leadership [...]

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UN humanitarian chief "disappointed" by Geneva talks on Syria

Listen / Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

The conclusion of the Geneva talks on Syria without agreement on humanitarian access has "deeply frustrated and disappointed" the head of UN humanitarian operations. Representatives of the Syrian government and opposition groups have been meeting in the Swiss city to try to resolve the ongoing conflict that has killed about 100,000 people and left millions [...]

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No breakthrough on humanitarian aid to Syria

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The joint UN and Arab league envoy for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, has said there has been no progress in getting humanitarian aid to the besieged city of Homs in Syria. The three-year civil war in which more than 100,000 have been killed, has created one of the world's most severe and complicated humanitarian emergencies. The [...]

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Sport more powerful than governments says Mandela's grandson

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Sport can do more than governments to bring people together to promote peace and cooperation according to the grandson of former South African president, Nelson Mandela. Ndaba Mandela who is a global ambassador for "Protect the Goal'' a UN campaign to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS, said that his grandfather had influenced his decision [...]

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WFP urgently needs $95 million to feed people in Central African Republic

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The UN food agency says it urgently needs $95 million to provide food to the needy people in conflict-torn Central African Republic before the rainy season starts. The conflict between Christian and Muslim communities in the country has displaced approximately one million people. The World Food Programme (WFP) says it has provided food to 220,000 [...]

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UN human rights office welcomes beginning of dialogue in Ukraine

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The beginning of a dialogue between the President and the opposition in Ukraine has been welcomed by the United Nations human rights Office in Geneva. Thousands of people have been demonstrating in the capital, Kiev since November against the government's perceived rejection of integration with the European Union. Protests continued even after the government introduced [...]

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Slow but modest gains made in Syrian peace talks

Listen / Lakhdar Brahimi, Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the League of Arab States for Syria during a press conference. 29 January 2014. UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré

Syrian government and oppositon groups ended their first round of peace talks in Geneva on Friday with slow but modest progress made, according to the Joint UN and Arab league Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi. He said although both sides had engaged in an acceptable manner, the gap between them remains wide. Mr Brahimi said the lack of progress [...]

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No deal yet on safe delivery of humanitarian assistance to Homs

Listen / Syrian residents whose homes were destroyed by shelling

The convoy to deliver humanitarian assistance to civilians trapped in the besieged Syrian old city of Homs will not proceed until guarantees of safe passage are granted by both government and opposition groups, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs OCHA. The organisation says negotiations between the two warring parties over [...]

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Harassment and intimidation of journalists in Egypt unacceptable

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The United Nations has expressed concern over accusations of involvement in terrorism levelled against journalists in Egypt. The UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay said the accusations amount to intimidation and harassment of the media which was an affront to the enjoyment of the freedom of expression and opinion in the country. She also termed [...]

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UN ready to help Central African Republic build its future

Listen / Children in a camp for displaced person in CAR

  With the establishment of a transitional government in the conflict-torn Central African Republic there are hopes the country can start to slowly move towards normalcy. The UN Integrated Office for Peace-building in the country (BINUCA) is supporting the National Electoral Authority as it begins to prepare for elections. But the situation remains tense as [...]

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UN chief attends international security conference

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The Secretary-General of the United Nations is due to attend the 50th anniversary of an international forum which promotes the peaceful resolution of conflicts. The Munich Security Conference (MSC) in Germany has become a key annual gathering dedicated to promoting international cooperation on security issues. Ban Ki-moon is expected to say that the world has [...]

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UN AND AFRICA: DRC expected to be free of landmines within 5 years

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• The DR Congo is expected to be free of landmines within four or five years according to the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS). However, as fighting continues to flare up in the conflict-ridden east of the country, the problem of unexploded ordinance is set to continue. UNMAS is responsible for coordinating the UN [...]

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UN CALLING ASIA: UNICEF focuses on water hygiene in Cambodia

Listen / Constructing a toilet in Cambodia. Photo: UNICEF

Improving hygiene and protecting water sources from contamination, remain key challenges for Cambodia. According to the UN Children's agency (UNICEF) less than one in three Cambodians have access to latrines and hand washing facilities, one of the lowest rates in South East Asia. Cambodia is among the country's that remain off-track to meet the Millennium [...]

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WOMEN: Human trafficking campaign targets US Super Bowl

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A campaign highlighting the issue of human trafficking has taken to the streets of New York. It's in the form of a huge colourful gift box and has been timed to coincide with one of the biggest sporting events in the US…the Super Bowl. Led by a United Nations NGO committee, the Global Initiative to [...]

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UN chief thanks Germany for its "strong support” to the UN

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Germany has been thanked for what the UN chief has called its "strong support" for the work of the United Nations. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters in Berlin on Thursday that Syria, the Middle East, South Sudan and Central Africa were among the issues he discussed with German officials. "In our discussions I expressed [...]

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Syrian parties commit to further negotiations

Listen / Lakhdar Brahimi Press Conference

Syrian government officials and the opposition have committed to further negotiations to find an end to the three-year-old civil war in Syria The UN says more than 100,000 people have been killed and around 11 million more require humanitarian assistance. Daniel Dickinson reports Duration:1’55″

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Second round of Syria peace talks slated for February

Listen / UN and Arab League Special Envoy Lakdhar Brahimi

A second round of peace talks between the Syrian government and opposition groups will take place in February the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon has confirmed. The talks in Geneva are aimed at bringing an end to three years of civil war in Syria which has led to the deaths of over 100,000 people. The Geneva [...]

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Cosmetics company donates $2m to global campaign against HIV

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A campaign to provide HIV testing and treatment to 15 million adults and young people around the world by 2015 is being expanded by the UN agency dealing with HIV and AIDS. The agency, UNAIDS announced on Thursday that it had received $2 million from a cosmetics company for its Treatment 2015 initiative. UNAIDS estimates [...]

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"Top down" approach denies indigenous Bangladeshis access to health services

Listen / Woman in her tea stall in Bangladesh

Indigenous people in Bangladesh are being denied services because of what is being called a top-down approach to providing health care. Tuku Talukder who belongs to the Chakma community in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh says health policies are made without the participation of local people. She recently took part in a UN meeting [...]

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Authorities begin burials in South Sudan town

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The authorities in a town in South Sudan town have begun mass burials of around 500 people who were killed during recent fighting. The South Sudanese government has been battling rebel forces since December. The United Nations says that more than 800,000 people have fled their homes to escape the ongoing conflict. The burials in [...]

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500 people buried in South Sudan town

Listen / Civilians seeking refuge wait outside a compound of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), in Bor. Credit: UN Photo/Hailemichael Gebrekrstos

The mass burial of 500 people who were killed in fighting in a town in South Sudan is getting underway. The authorities in Bor, the capital of Jonglei state, say the victims, mainly women, children and the elderly, were killed by rebels. Bor is one of the towns worst hit by recent fighting between the [...]

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Aid workers face threats in South Sudan says UN humanitarian chief

Listen / Valerie Amos

  Humanitarian workers are being obstructed in their work in South Sudan, according to the head of UN humanitarian operations. Valerie Amos  concluded a three-day visit to the country that has been plagued by fighting between government and rebel forces since December last year. Ms. Amos told reporters in the capital Juba that aid agencies [...]

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UNICEF tackles water hygiene in Cambodia

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Improving hygiene and protecting water sources from contamination, remain key challenges for Cambodia. According to the UN Children's agency (UNICEF) less than one in three Cambodians have access to latrines and hand washing facilities, one of the lowest rates in South East Asia. Cambodia is among the country's that remain off-track to meet the Millennium [...]

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No expectations for "substantive" progress in Syria talks

Listen / Lakhdar Brahimi

The joint UN and Arab League Envoy for Syria has said that he does not expect "substantive" progress in peace talks taking place in Geneva. Lakdhar Brahimi is acting as a mediator between the Syrian government and opposition forces who have been fighting a civil war for the past three years. Over 100,000 people have [...]

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Global learning crisis costs governments $129 billion a year

Listen / Afghan school children attend class  (UN Photo/Fardin Waezi)

Governments around the world are losing $129 billion a year on poor quality education that is failing to ensure that children learn. That's according to a report launched by the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Wednesday. The report says that 10 per cent of global spending on poor quality education leaves one in [...]

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Security Council discusses lessons of war and search for permanent peace

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Conflicts inside countries whose fall-out the United Nations is often tasked with finding a solution for, are reoccurring too often. That's what the head of the UN Department of Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman told the Security Council on Wednesday as it discussed war, its lessons and the search for a permanent peace. Mr. Feltman cited [...]

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African Union Summit focuses on agriculture and food security

Listen / Farmers at work on a sisal pilot plantation in Africa

African leaders are arriving in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa to discuss the future development of the continent. The 22nd African Union summit will bring together heads of state and government under the theme "2014 Year of Agriculture and Food Security." It's expected the ongoing political unrest in South Sudan and the Central African Republic [...]

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Return to "normal development agenda" in Afghanistan

Listen / Jan Kubiš, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Afghanistan.

Afghanistan has the opportunity to focus on a normal development agenda following many years of instability according to the head of the UN Mission in the country (UNAMA). Ján Kubiš, told a meeting on Wednesday, that there have been dramatic improvements in the lives of the Afghan people. Education and health as well as infrastructure [...]

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Reconnecting families in South Sudan with cell phones

Listen / 2009. A young man, who was separated from his family by the war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is reunited with his loved ones. 
© ICRC/VII / Ron Haviv

The recent conflict in South Sudan has caused the mass displacement of people as they try to find a safe refuge away from the fighting. Many families have been split up in the confusion and fear that often accompanies instability caused by armed violence. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has reconnected more [...]

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Girls in Philippines protected from gender-based violence

Listen / 18 year old Evelyn, shown here with her family, was a victim of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.  She is pregnant with their second child.

Women and girls displaced by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines are being advised on how to protect themselves from gender-based violence. Tens of thousands of women and girls are currently still not living at home following the typhoon which killed thousands of people and left millions homeless. Many are living in crowded evacuation centres, where [...]

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General Assembly President in Olympic Truce appeal

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An appeal to end conflicts across the world is due to be made on Wednesday by the President of the General Assembly ahead of the Winter Olympic Games. John Ashe will follow a tradition started in 1994 in which the President of the Assembly makes a Solemn Appeal for the observance of a truce during [...]

29 Jan 2014 | Posted in Caribbean News, Today's News | Read More »

UN chief thanks Cuba for producing "miracle" health workers

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A Cuban health institution has been commended by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for its contributions to improving health in developing countries. Mr. Ban spoke at the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) in Havana on Tuesday on his second day of a visit to Cuba. The UN chief said he has seen Cuban doctors or [...]

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UN humanitarian chief sees "absolute devastation" in South Sudan town

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The head of UN humanitarian operations has been talking of the "absolute devastation" she has witnessed in the South Sudanese town of Malakal. On her second day in the conflict-torn country on Tuesday, Valerie Amos visited the capital of Upper Nile State situated about 500 km  north of the capital Juba. The conflict between government [...]

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Tunisia urged to ensure independent institutions are strong

Listen / Ravina Shamdasani, UN Human Rights spokesperson

Authorities in Tunisia have been urged to make sure that the country has independent institutions that promote full respect for human rights. On Sunday the Tunisian parliament adopted a new constitution after months of discussions and debates. It is the first constitution since the revolt overthrew the government of President Ben Ali three years ago. [...]

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European Union to join operation in Central African Republic

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The European Union has been given the go-ahead to join African Union and French forces to help bring peace to the Central African Republic. The Security Council on Tuesday adopted a resolution authorizing the deployment of the operation. The Central African Republic is in the grips of a conflict between Muslim and Christian communities. Ambassador [...]

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"No breakthrough" in Syria peace talks

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The warring parties in Syria have failed to make a breakthrough in peace talks in Geneva according to the joint UN-Arab League envoy for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi. The United Nations estimates that over 100,000 people have been killed during the three year civil war and 9.5 million people displaced and in need of humanitarian support. [...]

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45,000 migrants risked lives in Mediterranean in 2013: IOM

Listen / Migrants arriving on Italy's Lampedusa Island after crossing the Mediterranean on a dilapidated boat. [UNHCR/F.Noy]

Over 45,000 migrants risked their lives crossing the Mediterranean to Italy and Malta in 2013 according to the International Organization for Migration, (IOM). The arrivals are the highest since 2008, with the exception of 2011 – the year of the Libyan crisis. Most of the migrants came from Syria followed by Eritrea and Somalia. Over [...]

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First ever Atlas on palliative care published by UN health agency

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Only one in 10 people who need medical pain relief actually receives it according to a publication released on Tuesday. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance (WPCA) have jointly published the "Global Atlas of Palliative Care at the End of Life." WHO says palliative care is more than just pain [...]

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Education "greatest" role of UN to prevent genocide says Spielberg

Listen / Filmmaker Steven Spielberg poses for a photo with Holocaust survivor, Rena Finder, at this year's International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust on the theme, "Journeys through the Holocaust".

The internationally known film director, Steven Spielberg, has told the United Nations that the "greatest" role the organization can play to prevent genocide is to educate people. Mr Spielberg has been participating in events at the UN marking the 70th anniversary of the deportation of over half a million Jews from Hungary to the German [...]

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UNHCR urges continued protection for asylum seekers from Somalia

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The United Nations refugee agency has renewed its appeal for countries not to forcibly return Somalis back to their country. UNHCR says although security has improved in some parts of southern and central Somalia including the capital Mogadishu, armed conflict and human rights abuses mainly perpetrated by the Al Shabaab militant group continues. The agency [...]

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Humanitarian supplies yet to enter Homs

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United Nations aid agencies in Syria are yet to receive the necessary security guarantees to enable them deliver urgently needed humanitarian assistance to civilians trapped in the old city of Homs. The World Food Programme (WFP) said it was ready to deliver 500 family rations and 500 bags of wheat flour, enough to feed 2,500 [...]

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UN chief to address leaders of Caribbean and Latin American countries

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  UN chief to address leaders of Caribbean and Latin American countries UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is expected to address a meeting of leaders of Latin American and Caribbean countries on Tuesday. The second summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, CELAC is being held in the Cuban capital, Havana. Secretary-General Ban, [...]

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Human trafficking campaign targets US Super Bowl

Listen / A campaign highlighting the issue of human trafficking

A campaign highlighting the issue of human trafficking has taken to the streets of New York. It's in the form of a huge colourful gift box and has been timed to coincide with one of the biggest sporting events in the US…the Super Bowl. Led by a United Nations NGO committee, the Global Initiative to [...]

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Yemen faces "deteriorating humanitarian crisis"

Listen / As part of nutrition screening in Yemen, each child's height is measured upon arrival at the health clinic.   WFP/Fares Khoailed

The people of Yemen are being encouraged to be more self-sufficient to get through what has been described as a "deteriorating humanitarian crisis". High food and fuel prices, rising poverty, a breakdown of social services, diminishing resources as well as internal conflict and political instability have all fed into the crisis. Now around ten million [...]

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UN humanitarian chief meets displaced people in South Sudan

Listen / UN Emergency Relief and Humanitarian Coordinator Valerie Amos

A group of women in South Sudan has told the UN humanitarian chief that they fear returning home because of insecurity. Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, arrived in the capital, Juba on Monday. South Sudan has beset by conflict between government and rebel forces since December last year. Nearly 76,000 displaced people have sought shelter [...]

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Situation in Central African Republic worsening

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The situation in the Central African Republic is worsening as fighting resumes between former Séléka rebels and militias. The warning comes from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva. Cecile Pouilly, Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights says a number of former Séléka and Muslim civilians are reported [...]

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Envoy asks Syrian parties to allow women and children to leave besieged Homs

Listen / UN and Arab League Special Envoy Lakdhar Brahimi

Women and children are still trapped of Homs in Syria despite an agreement by the government to allow them to come out of the besieged city. That's what the joint UN-Arab League envoy for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi said on Monday as the talks to end the conflict in Syria continued in Geneva. Mr. Brahimi spoke [...]

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Progress on humanitarian situation in Syria "limited"

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Peace talks on Syria have been continuing in Geneva as government and opposition negotiators resume face-to-face discussions on the future of the conflict-ravaged country. Over 100,000 people have been killed in the three year civil war. And around 11 million people are in need of humanitarian aid  in and outside the country. The two delegations [...]

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UN chief visits Cuba for meeting with regional leaders

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Cuba is undergoing "an important transformation process" and the United Nations is looking at how it can help in this process. That's what UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on his arrival in the Cuban capital, Havana over the weekend for a summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC). The Secretary-General said [...]

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Security Council adopts resolution on terrorist kidnapping for ransom

Listen / Mark Lyall Grant

Countries around the world have been told that they must prevent terrorists from benefiting directly or indirectly from ransom payments in kidnap situations. A resolution was passed by the United Nations Security Council on Monday which reaffirms the obligations on Member States to deal with terrorist finances in accordance with previous resolutions introduced after the [...]

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Central African Republic at "critical juncture"

Listen / This woman and girl in Bangui are among the more than 900,000 people displaced by violence in Central African Republic. © UNHCR/H.Reichenberger

The Central African Republic is at a critical juncture, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay warned on Monday. The country has been plagued by an ongoing crisis that started when rebels attacked government forces in December 2012….And the fighting is continuing. The conflict has divided the Muslim against Christian communities. One [...]

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Philippine coconut farmers count cost after loss of 33 million trees

Listen / The Philippines is one of the largest producers of coconuts.  Communities in and around Guiuan are heavily dependent on the coconut industry.  OCHA/Gemma Cortes

Coconut farmers in the Philippines are counting the cost caused by Typhoon Haiyan which swept across the country three months ago flattening millions of trees. The country's second largest coconut-producing region, Eastern Visayas, was one of the areas most affected. Thirty-three million trees were damaged or destroyed there leaving more than a million coconut farmers [...]

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Syria peace talks enter crucial stage on Monday

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Syrian peace talks resumed in Geneva on Monday, with the government and opposition groups expected to start negotiations in line with the June 2012 Geneva communiqué, which calls for the establishment of a transitional authority with executive powers. The two groups held face to face meetings on Saturday and Sunday under the chairmanship of the joint [...]

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Victims of Holocaust remembered on 27 January

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"The Holocaust stands as a searing reminder of the perils of discrimination and intolerance, and of just how powerful and deadly the incitement to racial hatred can be." That's the message of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, for the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust observed [...]

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DRC expected to be free of landmines within 5 years

Listen / A peacekeeper from Indonesia is demonstrating the operation of a landmine clearance robot to a local population in the DRC.  UN Photo/Martine Perret

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is expected to be free of landmines within four or five years according to the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS). However, as fighting continues to flare up in the conflict-ridden east of the country, the problem of unexploded ordinance is set to continue. UNMAS is responsible for coordinating [...]

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Situation in Syria complex, peace talks will take time, says Brahimi

Listen / The Baba Amro neighbourhood in Homs, Syria. [UN Photo/Atiqul Hassan]

The Syrian government has agreed to allow women and children to leave the besieged city of Homs, according to the joint UN and Arab League Special Envoy Lakdhar Brahimi. Speaking at the end of the second day of face to face meetings in Geneva, Mr Brahimi said the Syrian government has requested to vet all [...]

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Keeping childbirth safe in the wake of natural disaster

Listen / Pregnant Filipina displaced by Typhoon Haiyan

Approximately 200,000 pregnant women and girls were among the millions of people displaced by Typhoon Haiyan, the storm that flattened parts of the Philippines just over two months ago. As recovery efforts persist, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) is providing doctors and health centres with supplies and equipment to assist these women. UNFPA's William Ryan [...]

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Syria peace talks to continue on Sunday

Listen / Lakhdar Brahimi

Delegations from the Syrian government and opposition groups met face to face twice Geneva on Saturday with the issue of humanitarian access being first on their agenda. United Nations and Arab league special envoy Lakdhar Brahimi said although the two sides were not speaking directly to each other, some little progress had been made and [...]

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Indigenous youth promote dialogue on sexual and reproductive health

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Healthcare services for indigenous people are often provided by professionals who know little about these cultures which could result in feelings of mistrust and discrimination. That's according to Krysta Williams, an indigenous woman from the First Nations in Canada, who participated in a recent UN meeting on Indigenous Peoples' Sexual Health and Reproductive Rights. She [...]

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New UNEP report warns about unsustainable land use

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Unsustainable use of land around the world is threatening to degrade millions of hectares of natural land, nearly the size of Brazil, according to a new United Nations report. The report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) titled "Assessing Global Land Use: Balancing Consumption with Sustainable Supply" was produced by the International Resource Panel. The [...]

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UN nuclear agency to increase verification activities in Iran

Listen / Yukiya Amano

The United Nations nuclear agency needs to increase its activities to verify that Iran is not pursuing a nuclear weapons programme. That's what Yukiya Amano, the Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), told its Board of Directors in Vienna, Austria, on Friday. He reminded the Board that on 24 November 2013 China, France, [...]

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Syrian government and opposition to meet in same room on Saturday

Listen / Lakhdar Brahimi, UN and Arab League envoy for Syria

Delegations of the Syrian government and opposition have agreed to meet in the same room for the first time in Geneva on Saturday. The announcement was made by the joint United Nations-Arab League envoy for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi after meeting both delegations on Friday. The talks to end the three year-conflict in Syria started in [...]

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Peace talks continue on Syria

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The warring parties in Syria are expected to hold negotiations for the first time on Saturday in a bid to bring peace to the war-ravaged country. The three-year conflict has claimed the lives of more than 100,000 people and left 11 million others in need of humanitarian assistance. Derrick Mbatha has more. Duration: 2’36″

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Aid agencies welcome South Sudan ceasefire

Listen / A teenager displaced by recent violence washes clothes in a basin at the UNMISS compound, which has become a makeshift camp for Nuer people.  UNHCR/K. McKinsey

A ceasefire between the South Sudan government and rebel forces, has been welcomed by United Nations aid agencies. An agreement was made at peace talks in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa which aims to bring to an end weeks of conflict which has forced more than half a million people to flee their homes. Daniel [...]

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UN chief underlines need to tackle climate change

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Tackling climate change will help to promote sustainable development, according to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. He told an event on climate change organized at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Friday that climate change has been on the global agenda for many years but there hasn't been "satisfactory progress" on how to [...]

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Loss of land threaten food security, says UN Environment Programme

Listen / Up to 849 million hectares of natural land  may be degraded by 2050 - UNEP

Hundreds of millions of hectares of natural land, nearly the size of Brazil, may be degraded by 2050 should current trends of unsustainable land use continue. The warning comes from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in a report released at the World Economic Forum underway in Davos, Switzerland. The agency says the need to [...]

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UNRWA leads campaign for access to Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria

Listen / Three-day social media campaign to allow aid to a camp for Palestinian refugees in Syria.  UNRWA

A three-day global social media campaign has been launched to demand that parties to the Syrian conflict allow aid to a camp for Palestinian refugees in Syria. It is led by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) and it is supported by celebrities like Mia Farrow, Hugh Grant and Arab Idol [...]

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Ceasefire in South Sudan welcomed but many still need assistance

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Aid agencies have welcomed the signing of a ceasefire between South Sudan government and rebel forces, but say thousands of displaced people are still in desperate need of humanitarian assistance. United Nations refugee agency UNHCR expressed hope that the ceasefire will be implemented quickly to avert further displacement within and outside South Sudan. The UN [...]

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Syria peace talks continue in Geneva

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Bilateral meetings to bring Syria's warring parties to the negotiating table continue in Geneva. The UN and Arab league special envoy Lakdhar Brahimi is meeting the Syrian government and the opposition Syria’s National Coalition separately. The two sides are expected to meet face to face on Friday to start negotiations aimed at ending the three [...]

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South Sudan conflict: One family's "Problem"

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The ongoing insecurity in South Sudan has forced more than a half a million citizens to flee their homes. To cope with this influx of people, both within and outside the country, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is expanding existing refugee camps while establishing new ones. South Sudan became an independent nation in 2011 but [...]

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Resilience of Philippines praised after typhoon

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The people of the Philippines have been praised for their ability to recover from the deadly typhoon which devastated parts of the country just over two months ago. Typhoon Haiyan which struck the country last November killed nearly 6000 people and displaced millions more. The United Nations has been heavily engaged in the recovery effort [...]

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Syrian government and opposition to meet face-to-face in Geneva

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Delegations of the Syrian government and the opposition are expected to meet face-to-face in Geneva on Friday to start talks to end the crisis in their country. The three-year conflict has claimed the lives of more than 100,000 people and left 11 million others in need of humanitarian assistance. On Wednesday a conference was held [...]

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WOMEN: South Sudan conflict: One family's "Problem"

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Insecurity in South Sudan has forced upwards of half a million citizens to flee their homes. The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is expanding existing refugee camps while establishing new ones. UNHCR's Edith Champagne tells the story of a baby girl born during the conflict whose name, when translated, means "Problem." Indigenous youth promote dialogue on [...]

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UNCA: UN officials thank Iraq for hosting Syrian refugees

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During a recent mission to Iraq, the UN Secretary-General visited the Kawrgosik refugee camp, home to an estimated 5,000 Syrian refugees. Ban Ki-moon thanked the Iraqi authorities for hosting these thousands of desperate people who have fled the ongoing conflict in their homeland. Activist calls for greater action to combat HIV in indigenous communities Indigenous [...]

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UN chief welcomes ceasefire agreement for South Sudan

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An agreement by the South Sudanese government and rebels to end fighting has been welcomed by the United Nations Secretary-General. The accord was signed in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa on Thursday to end the conflict that has killed more than 1,000 people and displaced about half a million of others. Over 70,000 of the [...]

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Human rights discussed as genocide threat hangs over Central African Republic

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• The human rights situation in the Central African Republic was discussed by experts in Geneva on Monday. Thousands of people are thought to have been killed and over 900,000 have been driven from their homes after mainly Muslim Séléka rebels launched attacks a year ago. The UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide [...]

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Jungle in Retreat – Part 1

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Actor and dancer Gene Kelly narrates this UNESCO program, which highlights the adventures of a UN expedition that traveled 25,000 miles in 100 days throughout Southeast Asia. Language: English Genre: Report 1952 Duration: 30’12″

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Jungle in Retreat – Part 2

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Actor and dancer Gene Kelly narrates this UNESCO program, which highlights the adventures of a UN expedition that traveled 25,000 miles in 100 days throughout Southeast Asia. Language: English Genre: Report 1952 Duration: 29’54″

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Preserving and protecting oceans and seas crucial for the health of our planet: PGA John Ashe

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Small island developing states (SIDS) have a special appreciation of seas and oceans. They define a way of life. The seas and oceans surround them, President of the UN General Assembly John Ashe said in remarks on the Blue Economy at the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. He said the inhabitants of SIDS have experienced the [...]

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UN-led campaign calls for access to civilians trapped by conflict in Syria

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An unprecedented three-day global social media campaign has been launched to demand that parties to the Syrian conflict allow aid to a camp for Palestinian refugees in the country. The campaign by UN agencies and their partners, supported by celebrities like Mia Farrow, Hugh Grant and Arab Idol Mohammed Assaf, has generated more than 31.6 [...]

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Implementation of Darfur peace agreement "has progressed very slowly": UN official

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The implementation of a peace agreement to end the conflict in the Darfur region of  Sudan has been very slow, according to the head of UN peacekeeping operations. Hervé Ladsous briefed the Security Council on Thursday on the implementation of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur. The document, which is now the framework for [...]

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Dialogue and negotiation the only way forward in Darfur

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After more than a decade of conflict, dialogue and negotiation are the only way forward in Darfur, says the head of the African Union-United Nations mission in the region. Mohamed Ibn Chambas on Thursday held his first press conference since taking the helm, last April of the peacekeeping operation, known as UNAMID. Dianne Penn reports. [...]

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Ban Ki-moon calls for investment in girls in development countries

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Investing in adolescent girls in developing countries can help drive progress in meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) according to the UN Secretary-General. Speaking at an event in Davos, Switzerland where he is attending the World Economic Forum, Ban Ki-moon said the deadline for the MDGs was just over 700 days away. The MDGs are [...]

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"Invest in half billion girls," says UN chief

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The world needs to invest in half a billion adolescent girls in developing countries if the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are to be met. That's according to the UN Secretary-General. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Ban Ki-moon, appealed to leaders from around the world to put girls at the centre of [...]

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Panel appointed to probe rights violations in Central African Republic

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An international commission of inquiry into allegations of human rights violations in the Central African Republic has been established by the UN Secretary-General. The three-member panel selected by Ban Ki-moon comprises experts in international humanitarian and human rights law. They are Jorge Castañeda of Mexico, Fatimata M'Baye of Mauritania and Bernard Acho Muna of Cameroon. [...]

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Darfur crisis can be resolved "only through dialogue and negotiation"

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The top United Nations envoy in Darfur has stressed that it is only through dialogue and negotiation that the crisis in the Sudanese region can be resolved. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the head of the African Union/UN Hybrid operation in Darfur (UNAMID), spoke to reporters in the capital Khartoum on Thursday. He said in 2013, the [...]

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Activist calls for greater action on HIV in indigenous communities

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Indigenous people—like people everywhere—have the right to access to healthcare. But indigenous activists say their communities are particularly marginalized when it comes to attaining these services, thus putting them at risk of poor health. This discrepancy is behind "disproportionate" rates of HIV infection in indigenous populations, says Clive Aspin, an independent public health consultant, and [...]

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Diplomatic effort to bring peace to Syria continues

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The UN and Arab League envoy for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, is expected to meet government and opposition representatives from the country on Thursday as part of a diplomatic effort to bring peace to the war-ravaged country. More than 100,000 people have died in Syria and 11 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance following [...]

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UN Secretary-General attends World Economic Forum in Davos

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The UN Secretary-General is due to attend the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland on Thursday. Ban Ki-moon is joining over 2,500 political and business leaders as well members of civil society attending the annual event to discuss global political, economic, technological and environmental issues. This year the World Economic Forum is focusing on [...]

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Farm mechanisation promoted by UN food agency

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Modern farming technologies have eased the burden of hard labour for many farmers worldwide. However, many small scale farmers still lack the technology to efficiently grow and harvest their crops. The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) believes that up-to-date farming technologies are crucial to sustainable development and can make a significant contribution to feeding [...]

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UN chief urges Syrians to "act decisively" to end the conflict

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The government and opposition in Syria have been urged to act "decisively and courageously" to end the three-year conflict in the country. The call was made by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during a press conference in Montreux where talks on Syria began on Wednesday. Mr. Ban said more than 40 delegations came to the talks [...]

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Global leaders at Davos challenged to end hunger

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Global leaders are arriving at an international forum in Davos, Switzerland and are being told they have a key role in ending hunger across the planet. The World Economic Forum has traditionally been a meeting place for the private sector and governments, but it is also an opportunity for international organizations like the United Nations [...]

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First phase of Syria peace talks conclude in Geneva

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For the first time, the Syrian government and opposition are at the negotiating table in efforts to find a political solution to the crisis in their country. The two sides, bolstered by the international community, are holding talks in Switzerland, aimed at ending three years of conflict that has killed more than 100,000 people. Patrick [...]

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"Zero Hunger is everyone's business" says UN food agency

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The public and private sectors are being urged to contribute to ending hunger around the world. The message is being highlighted as the World Food Programme (WFP) opens its tenth year at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting which began in Davos, Switzerland on Wednesday. It is estimated that globally more than 840 million people [...]

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Iran urged to stop executions

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The Iranian government has been urged to stop what has been described as "the abrupt surge in hangings in the country since the start of 2014." Two UN experts said in a statement that at least 40 people have been reportedly hanged in the first two weeks of January. Ahmed Shaheed the United Nations Special [...]

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Heads of UN relief agencies call for protection of Syrian children

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Leaders of United Nations humanitarian agencies and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have called on Syrian parties meeting in Switzerland to take urgent action to protect Syrian children. In a letter written ahead of the meeting, which opened in Montreux on Wednesday, they say over 11,000 Syrian children have already lost their lives. "From shelling of residential [...]

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Syrian warring parties meet face-to-face in Switzerland

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The international conference aimed at ending the civil war in Syria has opened in Montreux, Switzerland on Wednesday with an appeal to both side to engage seriously and constructively in order to end nearly three years of violence. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described the war in Syria as a profound tragedy whose death toll [...]

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Syria peace deal should be human rights-based say UN experts

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Human rights need to be at the centre of a peace deal for Syria according to a group of UN independent experts. Talks over the future of Syria are getting underway in Switzerland on Wednesday aimed at bringing an end to three years of civil war in which over 100,000 people have been killed. On [...]

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Food insecurity worsens in South Sudan as conflict continues

Listen / A thriving agriculture sector is crucial to long-term peace and development in South Sudan.  FAO

Ongoing political instability and fighting could lead to widespread food insecurity and malnutrition in South Sudan. The conflict has not only caused the loss of life and displacement of people, it has also disrupted agricultural development in at least four of the country's ten states. The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is looking at [...]

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UN experts call for human rights-based deal at Syria conference

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United Nations independent human rights experts are calling for a peace conference on Syria to agree on measures to swiftly end violence in the country. In an open letter, the experts advocate for a durable peace in Syria that has the protection of human rights as a core obligation and objective. They pledge to support [...]

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Climate change major focus of World Economic Forum in Davos

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Climate change is set to be a major focus of an international forum which is getting underway in Switzerland on Wednesday. More than 2,500 leaders from about 100 countries, including over 30 heads of state or government are expected to participate in the four-day World Economic Forum in Davos. Representatives of the public, private and [...]

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UN Daily News 21 January 2014

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UNICEF delivers supplies for children in South Sudan

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Relief supplies provided by the UN children's agency (UNICEF) have arrived in South Sudan to help children and women affected by the ongoing conflict in the country. The first of two UNICEF planes, each carrying 35 tonnes of emergency aid landed in Juba on Tuesday morning. Dermot Carty, UNICEF's Deputy Director of Emergency Operations in [...]

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UN human rights chief calls for dialogue to end unrest in Ukraine

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The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay is calling for dialogue to avoid further escalation of unrest in Ukraine. Thousands of people in the capital, Kiev have been demonstrating since November against what they see as the government's rejection of integration with the European Union. Protests have continued even after the government introduced [...]

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"Constructive dialogue" needed to end surge of violence in Ukraine

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"Constructive dialogue" is needed to avoid the escalation of violence in Ukraine according to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. Clashes between protestors and the police have continued for a second night in the capital, Kiev. The demonstrators are opposed to the government's rejection of a planned treaty with the European Union. [...]

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Lifesaving aid delivered to South Sudan by UNICEF

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A plane loaded with life-saving supplies ranging from medicines to midwifery kits touched down in South Sudan's capital, Juba, on Tuesday morning. It's the first of two planes chartered by the UN children's agency (UNICEF) that are bringing treatments for malaria, pneumonia and other illnesses, for thousands of women and children across the country. More [...]

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Chemical weapons in Syria a reminder that disarmament must continue

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United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has urged an international disarmament conference to work at overcoming the impasse that has stalled its programme of work. He said the recent use of chemical weapons in Syria was a stark reminder of the need to confront the dangers of all weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons. [...]

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Displaced students in South Sudan celebrate exams

Listen / Youth taking their Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) in UN bases in Juba, South Sudan. Their exams, scheduled for 16 December, were disrupted by fighting last year. UNMISS/Isaac Alebe Avoro Lu'ba

It's perhaps not often that young people celebrate being able to sit examinations, but that's exactly what 400 school students in South Sudan have been doing. Primary school exams were due to have begun in the capital Juba in December but they were disrupted just as fighting spread across the city. Thousands of students fled [...]

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Disarmament forum urged to be "a driving force" for a safer world

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivers his statement at the Opening of the 2014 Session of the Conference on Disarmament.UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

A disarmament conference could be what the UN Secretary-General has described as a "driving force for building a safer world and a better future." Ban Ki-moon is in Geneva where he addressed the Conference on Disarmament, the international forum which looks at all multilateral arms control and disarmament issues—including preventing nuclear war. Negotiations on its [...]

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UNICEF delivers humanitarian supplies in South Sudan

Listen / Civilians at the UN House compound on the southwestern outskirts of Juba, South Sudan. (UN Photo/Julio Brathwaite)

The UN children's agency (UNICEF) is on Tuesday providing humanitarian supplies to the people in need in conflict-torn South Sudan. The supplies being delivered by a United Nations charter plane include medicines and medical equipment for children, midwifery kits as well as water and sanitation equipment. The delivery of the supplies is part of the [...]

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New resistant wheat varieties halt spread of deadly disease

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Kenya has made a major breakthrough in finding new varieties of wheat that are resistant to a devastating fungal disease. Black Stem Rust affects cereals, especially wheat and can cause complete crop failure if fungicides are not sprayed on time. A strain of the disease known as UG99 is spreading rapidly throughout the world, causing [...]

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Nobel laureate says economists are apologists for inequality

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The recent global economic and financial crisis has showed that a conventionnal economic theory promoted by economists is false, according to Joseph Stiglitz, who won the Noble Prize for Economics in 2001. Mr. Stiglitz, a professor at Colombia University in New York spoke at an event at UN headquarters on Monday on  "The Threat of [...]

20 Jan 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Talks on Syria to proceed without Iran's participation

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The talks to resolve the ongoing crisis in Syria scheduled to take place in Montreaux, Switzerland on Wednesday will proceed without Iran. The announcement was made by UN Spokesperson, Martin Nesirky on Monday following a public statement made by Iran that it does not consider the Communiqué of 30 June 2012 as the basis for [...]

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International tourism exceeds expectations: UNWTO

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International tourist arrivals grew by 5% in 2013, reaching a record 1,087 million arrivals, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Despite global economic challenges, international tourism results were well above expectations, with an additional 52 million international tourists travelling the world in 2013. For 2014, UNWTO forecasts 4% to 4.5% growth – again, [...]

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UN chief calls for "bold decisions for peace" in Middle East

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Israeli and Palestinian leaders have been urged to prepare their people for what has been described as "bold decisions and painful compromises for peace." The call came from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his address to the Security Council on Monday as it discussed the situation in the Middle East. Secretary-General Ban said 2014 will [...]

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Economic recovery not strong enough to boost employment

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Almost 202 million people were unemployed in 2013 following uneven economic growth across the world, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO). The ILO's Global Employment Trends 2014 is predicting that the number of people looking for jobs will continue to grow over the next 12 months Ekkehard Ernst is the head of the unemployment [...]

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Human Rights Council looks at crisis in the CAR

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The Central African Republic is in freefall, according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. His comments came in a statement to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council which on Monday held a special session on the CAR where speakers called for greater efforts to prevent an all-out sectarian conflict. The crisis in the CAR began more than [...]

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UN launches International Year of Crystallography

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The United Nations is on Monday launching the International Year of Crystallography (IYCr2014). The UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is having a two-day event at its headquarters in Paris for the launch of the year which marks the centenary of the birth of modern crystallography. The study of crystals' inner structure and properties [...]

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Global unemployment due to increase in 2014

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The global unemployment rate is expected to increase in 2014 leaving an estimated 215 million people out of work over the next four years. The International Labour Organization (ILO) says that uneven economic growth across the world means that not enough new jobs are being created to keep up with the growing labour force. Ekkehard [...]

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UN agriculture agency calls for vigilance as bird flu increases in China

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Countries neighbouring China have been urged to remain vigilant as A(H7N9) strain of bird flu virus increases in China. The warning has come from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) which also notes that Chinese New Year celebrations are approaching. The agency warns that the festivities for the occasion provide opportunity for the further [...]

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UN pays respect to four UN staff members killed in Afghanistan

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The United Nations flag is flying at half-mast on Monday as a mark of respect for the four staff members killed in a bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan on Friday. The UN officials were among the more than 20 people who lost their lives in the attack by a suicide bomber and gunmen in a [...]

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Sports to improve employment opportunities for women

Listen / A girl dribbles a ball during basketball practice in Mogadishu, Somalia. UN Photo/Tobin Jones

Women can overcome obstacles that prevent them getting into the job market by engaging more in sports, according to the International Labour Organisation (ILO). Young people are up to three times more likely to be unemployed than adults, but women in particular face more barriers to work than their male peers. Duration:  2’59″

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CAR on the edge of an all-out sectarian conflict

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Urgent measures need to be taken to defuse the spiralling sectarian and inter communal violence in the Central African Republic according to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Navi Pillay says the lack of a legitimate state authority and the absolute impunity for human rights violations are issues of grave concern. Addressing the UN [...]

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UN-Central African Republic a crisis of epic proportions

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The situation in the Central African Republic is a crisis of epic proportions which requires immediate and concerted action, by the international community, according to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. In a statement to the UN Human Rights Council at the start of a special session on the Central African Republic, the Secretary [...]

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Australian pilots play vital logistical role in UN South Sudan Mission

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Pilots from Australia have been playing a crucial role in South Sudan as the United Nations ramps up its peacekeeping and humanitarian operations. South Sudan is now in its fifth week of unrest. Fighting broke out mid-December when forces loyal to the former Vice President clashed with the national army. Instability has now spread to [...]

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Human rights on agenda as genocide threat hangs over CAR

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The human rights situation in the Central African Republic is being discussed by experts in Geneva on Monday. A Special Session of the UN Human Rights Council was called as the country continues to suffer a humanitarian and political crisis. Thousands of people are thought to have been killed and over 900,000 have been driven [...]

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Human Rights Council focuses on Central African Republic

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Human rights experts are due to discuss the situation in the Central African Republic with a special session on Monday of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Last week, the UN said there was a real chance of genocide occurring in the country, as inter-communal violence continues between Christians and Muslims. Adama Dieng, the [...]

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Iran invited to UN-backed Syria peace talks

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Iran has been invited by the United Nations to take part in peace talks on Syria, which are due to take place in Switzerland on Wednesday. The talks are aimed at securing a transitional government in Syria and bringing an end to three years of civil war in which over 100,000 people have been killed. [...]

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UN chief condemns deadly attack on Kabul restaurant

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At least 14 people have been killed including three UN staff after a suicide bomber detonated a device in a restaurant in central Kabul in Afghanistan. An unknown number of people including Afghans and foreign nationals were also injured. The attack, which took place on Friday evening was condemned by the UN Secretary-General as "horrific." [...]

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Syrian women push for equal participation in peace process

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Syrian women have been briefing the Security Council ahead of talks scheduled to take place in Switzerland next week aimed at finding a solution to the ongoing conflict in Syria. Ambassador Sylvie Lucas, the Permanent Representative of Luxembourg, a non-permanent member of the Council, told reporters that the women spoke about the challenges they face [...]

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Children recover after being released from armed groups in CAR

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Twenty-three children in the Central African Republic are recovering in a UN-supported recovery centre after being released by armed groups in the capital, Bangui. The children, including six girls, are between 14 and 17 years old. The UN Children's fund, UNICEF, which helped to secure their release, says the violence and insecurity in CAR makes [...]

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UN agriculture agency turns critical eye on mechanization of agriculture

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The farm machinery of tomorrow will have to contribute to agriculture that is environmentally sustainable, according to a new book published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The book titled "Mechanization for rural development, a review of patterns and progress from around the world" explores the rise in the use of machinery in [...]

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$86 million allocated for neglected humanitarian crises

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Eighty-six million dollars has been allocated by the United Nations humanitarian chief, Valerie Amos, for operations in some of the world's worst, yet neglected crises. The money, earmarked for 10 countries, comes from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) established by the UN General Assembly to make funding for humanitarian emergencies faster and more equitable. [...]

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Conditions for Palestinian refugees in Syrian camp "unimaginably harsh"

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Palestinian refugees sheltering in a camp situated in Syria are living in what has been described as "unimaginably harsh" conditions. The UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, says much of the Yarmouk camp has been destroyed by the ongoing civil war in Syria. 18,000 Palestinians still live in Yarmouk, down from 160,000 before the conflict [...]

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South Sudan "horrifying” humanitarian, human rights “disaster"

Listen / Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonovic (right) visits Bentiu and Bor in South Sudan. Photo: UNMISS/Patrick Morrison

South Sudan is developing into a "horrifying humanitarian and human rights disaster" according to a senior UN official who has completed a four-day visit to the country. UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović said on Friday that mass atrocities had been committed by both sides. Africa's newest country has been riven by internal [...]

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UN chief urges leaders to act responsibly to stop conflicts

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Leaders around the word have been urged to act responsibly to stop conflicts and to contribute to the resolution of global problems. The call was made on Friday by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his address to the General Assembly on challenges facing the United Nations. He touched on a number of issues, including ongoing [...]

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Humanitarian community calls for access to all areas in need in Syria

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The international humanitarian community is calling on the participants in peace talks on Syria next week to lift the restrictions on Yarmouk refugee camp and all areas of humanitarian need in Syria. Around 50 agencies have issued a statement expressing their concern about the plight of the people in the refugee camp which was home [...]

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WOMEN: Syrian women activists express hopes for peace

Listen / Once these Syrian women have registered in Arsal, it will be easier to receive aid and protection.  UNHCR/M. Hofer

Syrian women are hoping that next week's international conference in Geneva will be a "serious step" towards ending the violence and bloodshed in their homeland.  Their expectations are laid out in a document resulting from a two-day meeting in Geneva convened by UN Women and the Netherlands government. Sports to improve employment opportunities for women [...]

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UN human rights official talks of "horror" in South Sudan

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The conflict in South Sudan has turned into a horrifying humanitarian and human rights disaster, according to a senior United Nations human rights official. UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Šimonović concluded a five-day visit to the country on Friday. He says mass atrocities have been committed by both sides with thousands of people [...]

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Syrian women activists express hopes for peace

Listen / Syrian women activists speak at UN Women press conference. UNWOMEN@PHOTO

Syrian women are hoping that next week's international conference in Geneva will be a "serious step" towards ending the violence and bloodshed in their homeland. Their expectations are laid out in a document resulting from a two-day meeting in Geneva convened by UN Women and the Netherlands government. The meeting is part of the UN [...]

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UNHCR seeking more camps for South Sudanese refugees in East Africa

Listen / Evening approaches at the Dzaipi transit centre in northern Uganda, where UNHCR has erected tents for many of the refugees. UNHCR/F.Noy

The number of South Sudanese refugees crossing into neighbouring countries, is expected to exceed 100,000 by the end of January, according to the UN refugee agency UNHCR. Since mid-December, when the conflict erupted in South Sudan, over 86,000 South Sudanese have crossed into Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya. UNHCR teams are working to establish a number [...]

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6,000 child soldiers fighting in the CAR

Listen / A displaced family in a camp close to the international airport in Bangui.Credit: OCHA

The number of children recruited into armed groups in the Central African Republic may be as high as 6,000, according to the United Nations Children's fund UNICEF. UNICEF says the violence and insecurity in CAR makes children more vulnerable to recruitment, particularly if they are separated from their families, displaced from their homes or have [...]

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UN CALLING ASIA: Expert fears political deadlock affecting human rights in Cambodia

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An independent expert on the human rights situation in Cambodia is concerned that a political impasse stemming from last year's elections is having a detrimental impact on peace and prosperity. UN Special Rapporteur Surya Subedi has concluded his latest mission to the country where he met with Prime Minister Hun Sen, opposition representatives and members [...]

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UN launches campaign against counterfeit products

Listen / 'Counterfeit: Don't buy into organized crime' UNODC campaign. Photo: UNODC

• Counterfeit products pose a serious threat to the wellbeing of people in developing countries according to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Not only can they be dangerous, they also may be supporting organized crime networks. To help address the problem, UNODC has launched a global campaign called "Counterfeit: Don't buy into [...]

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Restrictions on UN operations not "tolerated" in South Sudan

Listen / UNMISS personnel conducting a security sweep in its Juba camp to rid it of weapons and smuggled goods, including military and police uniforms. Photo: UNMISS/Isaac Bill

Restrictions on the ability of the UN mission in South Sudan to carry out its operations will not be tolerated according to the Secretary-General Spokesperson's office The UN mission, UNMISS, is continuing to improve in its bases across the country where some 65,000 civilians are seeking shelter. Among the security measures put in place are [...]

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"Historic" trial into killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister opens in The Hague

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The trial of four men accused of the February 2005 car bomb attack which killed former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri opened on Thursday. The case is being heard at a Special Tribunal in The Hague, in The Netherlands, and the defendants are being tried in absentia. Hariri and 21 others died and 200 others [...]

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Expert fears political deadlock affecting human rights in Cambodia

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An independent expert on the human rights situation in Cambodia is concerned that a political impasse stemming from last year's elections is having a detrimental impact on peace and prosperity. UN Special Rapporteur Surya Subedi has concluded his latest mission to the country where he met with Prime Minister Hun Sen, opposition representatives and members [...]

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Terrorists expected to continue attacks in Mali

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Terrorists are expected to maintain their attacks in Mali as the UN continues to build up its stabilization force, MINUSMA according to France's Permanent Representative to the United Nations. Since early 2012, Mali has witnessed a military coup d'état, renewed fighting between Government forces and Tuareg rebels, as well as the seizure of its northern [...]

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UN human rights office says executions have soared in Syria

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The UN human rights human rights chief, Navi Pillay, has warned armed opposition groups in Syria that executions and unlawful killings may amount to war crimes. The warning comes as reports emerge that there have been a succession of mass executions in northern Syria. The UN human rights office says these executions are in violation [...]

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Threat of genocide looms in Central African Republic: UN official

Listen / Kaga-Bandoro, Central African Republic. Credit: OCHA/C. Illemassene

There is a real risk of genocide in the Central African Republic if urgent action is not taken now to stabilize the situation. The warning has come from John Ging, director of operations for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) who has just returned from a five day visit to the [...]

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Sexual abuse of children in church unjustifiable says Vatican

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The Vatican has been defending its handling of the scandal involving the sexual abuse of children by catholic priests before the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Vatican representative in Geneva Archbishop Silvano Tomasi told the committee the catholic church is against any attempts by Church officials to cover up investigations involving [...]

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"Excessive" force used by Cambodian authorities

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The authorities in Cambodia have been accused of using excessive force following recent demonstrations against the government. A number of demonstrators have been killed during protests against disputed elections that took place in July last year. The UN Special Rapporteur on Cambodia, Surya Subedi, has met Prime Minister Hun Sen in Phnom Penh to discuss [...]

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Envoy regrets non-participation of opposition group in Syria conference

Listen / Lakhdar Brahimi

The UN and Arab League envoy for Syria, has said he regrets the decision of an opposition group in the country not to take part in peace talks in Switzerland. Lakhdar Brahimi said in a statement that he respected the decision of the National Coordination Committee or NCC not to join the opposition delegation to [...]

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UN warns of genocide in Central African Republic

Listen / John Ging

The Central African Republic is facing the risk of genocide according to a senior UN humanitarian official. The country has been in turmoil for the last year after rebels launched attacks and forced President François Bozizé to flee. Around 950,000 people have been displaced by the fighting and widespread human rights violations including extrajudicial killings, [...]

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Militant groups in Syria accused of carrying out mass executions

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 United Nations Human rights office(OHCHR) is accusing militant groups operating in Syria of carrying out mass executions of civilians and prisoners in their custody. The Human Rights office says it has received reports of a succession of mass executions of civilians and fighters who were no longer taking part in hostilities in Aleppo, Idlib [...]

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Policy on climate change "inevitable", says UN official

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A policy to address the issue of climate change at the international and national level has been described as "inevitable." That's what Christina Figueres, the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) told reporters on Wednesday. She spoke as more than 500 global financial leaders gathered at UN headquarters in New [...]

15 Jan 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Syria pledging conference "resounding success"

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A UN-led pledging conference held in Kuwait to raise funds for the humanitarian crisis caused by the civil war in Syria has been called a "resounding success." More than $2.4 billion was raised for the largest humanitarian appeal ever made by the United Nations. Eleven million people have been affected by the ongoing conflict in [...]

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Pledging conference for Syria aims to raise $6.5 billion

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The United Nations is making its largest ever appeal for funds to help more than 11 million people who have been affected by the three-year conflict in Syria. At the second international pledging conference for Syria which took place in Kuwait on Wednesday, the United Nations aimed to raise $6.5 billion to respond to the [...]

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Palestinian aid convoy to Syria turned back after shots fired

Listen / Yarmouk camp for Palestinian refugees in the Syrian capital Damascus. Photo: IRIN/Gabriela Keller

A convoy of relief supplies destined for Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria has been forced to turn back after being diverted into an area of armed conflict. The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) says that the Syrian authorities forced the convoy to drive some 20 kilometres through an area of intense [...]

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Pledging conference concludes in Kuwait

Listen / International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria.UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

A total of $2.4 billion has been pledged at a conference in Kuwait to support humanitarian work for Syria. Representatives of the United Nations, its partner agencies and donor countries gathered in the Gulf country for a pledging conference for Syria. The United Nations has made its largest ever humanitarian appeal to help more than [...]

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Same-sex Marriage ban in Nigeria "may fuel prejudice and violence"

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A ban on same-sex marriages in Nigeria may lead to "prejudice and violence" the UN Secretary-General is warning. The Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act which was recently signed into Nigerian law introduces a wide range of offences which are in breach of fundamental human rights. They include 14-year jail terms for same-sex couples who live together [...]

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$2.4 billion pledged for Syria humanitarian aid

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A total of $2.4 billion has been pledged to support humanitarian aid for Syria at a United Nations-led conference in Kuwait according to an initial assessment . Speaking after the event, the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon said that the promises of financial contributions made by countries and organisations proved that the "people devastated by the [...]

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Peacekeeping reinforcements arrive in South Sudan

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The first peacekeepers have arrived in the South Sudanese capital, Juba, as part of a reinforcement programme for the United Nations mission there. The group of 25 Nepalese soldiers was deployed from the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). Three-hundred and fifty more Nepalese troops will arrive from Haiti by the end of the month. [...]

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Lebanon praised for keeping borders open to refugees

Listen / Opening of the International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria.UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Lebanon has been praised by the United Nations for keeping its borders open to refugees fleeing the ongoing violence in Syria. Currently over 900,000 refugees are being sheltered in the country, stretching resources to the limit. Dereck Plumbly is the UN Coordinator in Lebanon. "Lebanon has kept its borders open. Lebanon has been a safe [...]

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Attacks on civilians in Syria "unrelenting" says Secretary-General

Listen / This little girl escaped Syria with her family and is now in an overcrowded camp in the town of Harmanli, 50 kilometres from the Turkish-Bulgarian border,  UNHCR/D. Kashavelov

Attacks on civilians and their homes in Syria are "unrelenting" according to the Secretary General of the United Nations. Speaking in Kuwait at a pledging conference for humanitarian aid for the region, Ban Ki-moon said that he was "especially concerned that the sides are using violence against women and girls to degrade and dehumanize their [...]

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Trial of four men accused of murder of Lebanese PM underway in The Hague

Listen / Special Tribunal for Lebanon. Photo: Vincent van Zeijst

The trial of four suspects accused of murdering the former Prime Minister of Lebanon is due to get underway on Thursday at a UN-backed tribunal in The Hague. Rafiq Hariri and the 22 others were killed on 14 February 2005 after a massive car bomb exploded as his motorcade passed through central Beirut. The four [...]

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Early warning and mass atrocities: lessons from the Rwanda genocide

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As the world prepares to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, countries are being urged to take action to prevent such crimes from occurring. The call comes from Dr. Simon Adams, Executive Director of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect. He says "concrete steps" include ratifying an international treaty on genocide [...]

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World urged to learn from Rwanda genocide to prevent future atrocities

Listen / Secretary-General on a tour of the Rwanda Genocide Memorial Museum (29/01/2008) UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

As the world prepares to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, countries are being urged to take action to prevent such crimes from occurring. The call comes from Dr. Simon Adams, Executive Director of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect. He says "concrete steps" include ratifying an international treaty on genocide [...]

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UN launches campaign against counterfeit products

Listen / 'Counterfeit: Don't buy into organized crime' UNODC campaign. Photo: UNODC

Counterfeit products pose a serious threat to the wellbeing of people in developing countries according to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Not only can they be dangerous, they also may be supporting organized crime networks. To help address the problem, UNODC has launched a global campaign called "Counterfeit: Don't buy into organized [...]

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Small Island States impacted negatively by climate change: Ambassador King

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St. Vincent and the Grenadines has warned of the negative impact of climate change on Small- Island Developing States (SIDS). The Permanent Representative of the Island State Ambassador I. Rhonda King told a meeting of the Group of 77 developing countries and China that it is difficult to ignore the realities of Climate Change and [...]

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Achieving MDGs still possible says new ECOSOC president

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Although the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals is fast approaching, there is still time to achieve them, says the newly elected head of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Ambassador Martin Sajdik of Austria on Tuesday took over the presidency of the UN body which examines the world's economic, social and environmental challenges. [...]

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UN chief thanks Iraq's Kurdistan for hosting Syrian refugees

Listen / Secretary-General visits Kawrgosik Camp. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

On the second day of his visit to Iraq, the United Nations Secretary-General thanked the Iraqi authorities for hosting thousands of Syrian refugees. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited the Kawrgosik refugee camp hosting an estimated 5,000 Syrian refugees who have fled the ongoing conflict in the country. The Secretary-General was accompanied by the UN High [...]

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"Largest ever appeal" launched by UN for Syria humanitarian crisis

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The largest ever appeal for funds for a humanitarian crisis is being launched by the United Nations ahead of a pledging conference for Syria, which gets underway on Wednesday. The UN is asking for $6.5 billion for the more than 11 million people who have been affected by the ongoing civil war in Syria. Jens [...]

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Funding required for "unprecedented" humanitarian response in Syria

Listen / Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Credit: OCHA/D.Palanivelu

The UN is making the largest ever appeal for funds for what is being called an "unprecedented" humanitarian response in Syria. Donor countries and organisations are gathering in Kuwait for a pledging conference which is due to take place on Wednesday. The United Nations is asking for $6.5 billion in 2014 for the more than [...]

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Ninety per cent reduction in camp residents four years after Haiti earthquake

Listen / A young boy looks out his window in Port-au-Prince. Credit: UN Photo/Logan Abassi

An estimated 146,000 people remain in camps four years after the deadly earthquake in Haiti, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) reports. This figure is down from the 1.5 million people in camps at the height of displacement, or a decrease of 89 per cent, according to the agency. IOM says 39,000 households still live [...]

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Study finds more than 2 million in CAR need humanitarian relief

Listen / A displaced family in a camp close to the international airport in Bangui.Credit: OCHA

More than 2.5 million people in the Central African Republic require food, health care and other humanitarian aid. That's according to a joint assessment by the World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Humanitarian Affairs Office (OCHA). The study says displaced people in the capital, Bangui, also need immediate survival assistance. WFP spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs [...]

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UNHCR reports rise in South Sudanese refugees and internally displaced

Listen / South Sudanese refugees waiting in line to get food at the Dzaipi transit centre in Uganda.© UNHCR/F.Noy

Nearly 80,000 South Sudanese have crossed into neighbouring countries in the past month, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) reports. The agency says more civilians have been deserting their homes and fleeing to Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya, as well as volatile regions of Sudan, to escape violence that broke out in mid-December. Adrian Edwards is UNHCR [...]

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Concerns raised by UN about implications of new Nigerian law

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A new law in Nigeria could prevent lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people's access to HIV services. That's according to two entities working to combat the spread of HIV and AIDS who say the law further criminalizes LGBT people, organizations and activities, as well as supporters. UNAIDS and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, [...]

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Secretary-General expresses solidarity with Syrian refugees

Listen / Secretary-General visits Kawrgosik Camp. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he was "humbled" by a visit to a camp hosting Syrian refugees in Iraq. Alongside UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres and UN Humanitarian Affairs chief Valerie Amos, the Secretary-General expressed solidarity with the displaced people. "I stand here humbled by what I have seen in this Kawrgosik [...]

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Grave human rights violations taking place in the Central African Republic

Listen / A makeshift camp for internally displaced in Bengui. FAO@PHOTO

Widespread human rights violations including extrajudicial killings, sexual violence, mutilations and rape have been taking place in the Central African Republic, according to the UN Human Rights office. A preliminary report by a UN human rights team which has been in the country documents the deliberate targeting of civilians including women and children by militia [...]

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Consumers warned not to "buy into organised crime"

Listen / Counterfeit drugs at a market in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Photo: IRIN/Brahima Ouedraogo

Consumers around the world are being warned that buying counterfeit goods could be funding organized crime as well as putting people's health and safety at risk. A new global campaign launched by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) called "Counterfeit: Don't buy into organised crime" is seeking to raise awareness about the [...]

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U.S. and Russia agree on peaceful resolution of Syrian conflict

Listen / US Secretary of State John Kerry, UN-Arab League Envoy on Syria Lakhdar Brahimi and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during a press conference at Palais des Nations in Geneva. [UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre]

The top United States and Russian diplomats met with a senior UN representative in Paris on Monday as they continued preparations for peace talks to end the conflict in Syria. The civil war has claimed over 100,000 lives and displaced millions of others. United States Secretary of State, John Kerry said he and Russian Foreign [...]

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India: from challenge to champion in the fight against polio

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India, which was once considered the most challenging place on earth for polio eradication, will soon celebrate three years without a single reported case of the disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) says pending final clearance of laboratory samples from India this month, it's expected that the entire South-East Asia region will be certified as [...]

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Camp to be created for displaced in Juba

Listen / Civilians seeking refuge at the UNMISS Tomping compound in Juba, the capital of South Sudan. Photo: UMISS/Shantal Persaud

A new camp is being created by the United Nations in Juba, to accommodate the 30,000 displaced people seeking shelter in two mission locations in the South Sudanese capital. The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) continues to protect nearly 60,000 civilians at ten bases across the country. The Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, Martin Nesirky, [...]

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New administration in Central African Republic to be supported by UN

Listen / Displaced civilians of Bangui take shelter in the shell of an aircraft at the city's airport. © UNHCR/S.Phelps

The election of a new government in the Central African Republic will be supported by the international community according to the UN's top representative in the country. More than four and a half million people have been forced to flee their homes following more than a year of internal conflict in the country. On Friday, [...]

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Violence in Iraq condemned by UN

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Hoshyar Zebari, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iraq

The upsurge in violence in the Anbar Province of Iraq has been condemned by the United Nations Secretary-General. According to reports, at least 60 people have died in car-bombings and clashes between security forces and militants linked to al-Qaeda in the Province. Ban Ki-moon is currently in Iraq to discuss the country's future. The violence [...]

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Envoys update Security Council on DRC and regional progress

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The international community is being urged to remain committed to the peace process in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The call comes from Martin Kobler, head of the UN mission in the country (MONUSCO), who briefed the Security Council on Monday. Dianne Penn has the story. Duration: 2’54″

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UN needs to "make peace" in DRC

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The creation of long-term peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo should be one of the goals of the United Nations according to the head of MONUSCO, the UN mission there. The Congolese government with the support of the UN continues to battle rebel groups in the east of the country. Briefing the Security [...]

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Call for ceasefire ahead of Syria talks

Listen / Lakhdar Brahimi (left ) with John Kerry (centre ) and Sergueï Lavrov. Photo by Jean-Marc

The warring parties in Syria have been urged to call a ceasefire ahead of key peace talks that are due to take place next week in Montreux, Switzerland. The call came from the UN and Arab League envoy for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, who met with US Secretary of State, John Kerry, and the Russian Foreign [...]

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Ratification of child rights convention urged by UN

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The UN human rights chief is urging the three countries that have not ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) to do so in 2014. The convention was established a quarter of a century ago this year and sets out the civil, political, economic, social, health and cultural rights of children. South [...]

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Kenya urged to respect indigenous rights

Listen / James Anaya

The Kenyan Government has been urged by a UN independent expert to respect the rights of an indigenous group which is due to be evicted from its land. James Anaya, expressed what he called deep concern about reports that police are poised to forcibly evict the Sengwer people from their homes in the Embobut Forest [...]

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India celebrating three years polio-free

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India is marking three years since its last polio case was reported. Pending final clearance of December and January laboratory samples from India, the World Health Organization is expected to certify the entire South-East Asia Region as polio-free in March. With a densely concentrated population of more than one billion people, India was once considered, [...]

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UN chief condemns "terrible attacks" on Iraqi civilians

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Nouri Kamel al-Maliki, Prime Minister of Iraq

The UN Secretary-General has condemned what he called the "terrible attacks" that have recently targeted the people of Iraq. Speaking in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, on Monday Ban Ki-moon said he was concerned by the deteriorating security in parts of the country and called on leaders to provide Iraqis with "tangible benefits and a better [...]

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FAO: Violence in South Sudan could increase hunger and food insecurity

Listen / Civilians at the UN House compound on the southwestern outskirts of Juba, South Sudan. (UN Photo/Julio Brathwaite)

The conflict in South Sudan is threatening to unravel the modest gains the country has made in food security in the past two years, increasing hunger, malnutrition and human suffering, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization(FAO). The organization says the humanitarian situation in South Sudan has deteriorated rapidly since mid-December, causing not only [...]

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IPU examines human rights violations of MPs

Listen / Jemini Pandya

Cases of human rights violations against Members of Parliament around the world are being examined by a committee of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in a week-long meeting beginning on Monday. The IPU's Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians says the highest number of cases before it come from Africa, followed by Asia, the Americas [...]

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Committee to look at human rights violations against MPs

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Arbitrary arrest, infringement on basic freedoms and other violations against more than 260 Members of Parliament will be examined when the Human Rights Committee of the Inter-parliamentary Union (IPU) meets in Geneva this week. With 19 cases involving 113 elected officials from Africa, the continent has the highest number of MPs whose cases are being [...]

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UN marks fourth anniversary of Haitian earthquake

Listen / Roses are laid on a memorial inscribed with names of UN staff who lost their lives in Haiti's devastating 2010 earthquake, during a ceremony by the UN mission in Haiti to mark the second anniversary

The fourth anniversary of the earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010 has been marked by the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). Approximately 220,000 people were killed, including 102 United Nations staff members. The disaster left 1.5 million people homeless and created a major humanitarian crisis in the country. In his message, UN Secretary-General [...]

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Tributes paid as former Israeli PM Sharon dies

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The United Nations Secretary-General has paid tribute to the former Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon who has died aged 85. Mr Sharon had been in a coma for the last eight years following a stroke. Doctors at a hospital near Tel Aviv said he died on Saturday afternoon of heart failure. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said [...]

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"Great courage" of Iraqi security forces lauded by UN Security Council

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The Iraqi security forces have been recognized for their "great courage" by the UN Security Council for their opposition to Al-Qaida associated militants. In a statement released on Friday in New York, the Council said it deplored "in the strongest terms" the recent events in the cities of Ramadi and Fallujah where militants have launched [...]

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"Restore law and order" in Central African Republic urges UN chief

Listen / A busy scene at the Bubukwanga Transit Centre in Central African Republic.  UNHCR/M.Sibiloni

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on political leaders in the Central African Republic to restore security, as well as law and order in the wake of the resignation of the interim President and Prime Minister. President Michel Djotodia and Prime Minister Nicolas Tiengaye announced their resignation at a summit to resolve the ongoing crisis [...]

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Concerns raised by UN after reports of Australia blocking asylum seekers at sea

Listen / Adrian Edwards is the UNHCR spokesperson in Geneva.

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) says it's concerned about reports that the Australian navy has been forcing boats carrying asylum seekers back into Indonesian territorial waters. The agency says instead of blocking boats sailing to Australia, there should be regional cooperation and the sharing of responsibility in order to deal properly with the asylum seekers. [...]

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Waiting for asylum in Italy

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Sicily has a high number of asylum-seekers because of its location in the south of Italy. In 2011, Cara Mineo was set up to provide asylum-seekers with a place to live while their applications were processed. Today, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) says over 4,000 people stay there and must wait up to a year [...]

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Secretary-General: 2014 to be a year of progress for people and the planet

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The UN Secretary-General is determined to make 2014 a year of progress for people and the planet. In his first press conference for the New Year, Ban Ki-moon says the next 12 months need to be a period of intensified diplomacy, advances against poverty and action on climate change. Dianne Penn has more. Duration: 3’48″

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UN General Assembly: Tourism can foster sustainable development in Central America

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Sustainable tourism is an ally of poverty eradication in Central America and the three dimensions of sustainable development – social, economic and environmental – as reflected in a UN resolution adopted late December. That's the assessment of the 193-member UN General Assembly as it adopted the resolution unanimously emphasizing that sustainable tourism in Central America [...]

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UN chief urges international community to stand with Haiti at its time of dire need

Listen / Roses are laid on a memorial inscribed with names of UN staff who lost their lives in Haiti's devastating 2010 earthquake, during a ceremony by the UN mission in Haiti to mark the second anniversary

There's a call for the international community to continue to stand with Haiti at its time of dire need. It comes from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a message for the commemoration of the fourth anniversary of the Earthquake in Haiti. He said we must intensify our efforts to help Haiti build a more stable [...]

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Haiti Four years later: Quake –affected communities at the centre of development

Listen / Women sell mangoes in Ouanaminthe, Haiti.  UNDP

Four years after the 2010 earthquake, enormous efforts have been made to help the Haiti recover and improve the lives of Haitians in the affected neighbourhoods, according to a report by the UN Development Programme (UNDP). More than 80 percent of the 10 million cubic meters of debris generated by the earthquake have been cleared [...]

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2014 is an important year for the UN as Bolivia assumes Chairmanship of G'77: Ambassador Ashe

Listen / President of the UN General Assembly, Ambassador John Ashe

Bolivia's tenure as chair of the Group of 77 developing countries comes at a time when multilateralism is needed at the international level, President of the UN General Assembly Ambassador John Ashe said in remarks at the formal hand-over of the Chairmanship of the G'77 from Fiji to Bolivia. He said we here at UN [...]

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UN chief warns of threat of conflicts to development

Listen / UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday warned that ongoing conflicts around the world are threatening to undo years of development. In his first press conference of 2014, Secretary-General Ban addressed a number of global issues facing the United Nations including poverty eradication and action on climate change. He also highlighted three countries he is particularly [...]

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Malaysia urged to lift NGO ban

Listen / Rupert Colville

The UN human rights office has urged authorities in Malaysia to amend a 1996 law that has been used to ban a coalition of 54 civil society organizations in the country. The Ministry of Home Affairs of Malaysia has declared that a group called COMANGO, consisting mainly of non-Islamic organizations, promotes rights which are not [...]

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Stranded migrants to be evacuated from Central African Republic

Listen / An IOM medical team provides medical screening and treatment for migrants fleeing the violence in CAR. IOM 2014

Migrants stranded in the conflict torn-Central African Republic are set to be evacuated by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) over the weekend. The agency says it has received requests for assistance from Chad, Niger, Mali, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. According to IOM more than 60,000 migrants from neighbouring countries have [...]

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UN agencies raise concern over “dire” camps for displaced people in South Sudan

Listen / Food distribution in South Sudan

Displaced people in South Sudan are living in “dire” conditions according to the United Nations humanitarian office (OCHA). More than 231,000 people have been internally displaced in South Sudan since violence broke out on 15 December. Another 43,000 have fled into neighbouring countries, Kenya, Uganda, Sudan and Ethiopia. On Thursday, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator [...]

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WOMEN: Syrian Refugee celebrates her centenary

Listen / Halloum, a Syrian refugee, celebrates her 100th birthday

A Syrian refugee living in Lebanon who has fled the ongoing civil war in her country is celebrating an impressive milestone in her life. Halloum Alamin is turning one hundred years old…and despite the problems she and her family have faced since they became refugees, they are celebrating her centenary. Foreign Affairs meets fashion as [...]

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UN Calling Asia: Philippines still needs "a helping hand" two months after deadly storm

Listen / Zamboanga, the Philippines. Credit: OCHA/Gemma Cortes

This week marked two months since Typhoon Haiyan tore through the Philippines and shelter remains among the greatest need for survivors. Russell Geekie, spokesperson with the UN Humanitarian Affairs Office (OCHA) in the capital, Manila, says a $788 million Strategic Response Plan to address urgent needs and early recovery programmes is just 42 per cent [...]

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A Syrian centenarian celebrates her birthday away from home

Listen / Halloum, a Syrian refugee, celebrates her 100th birthday

A Syrian refugee living in Lebanon who has fled the ongoing civil war in her country is celebrating an impressive milestone in her life. Halloum Alamin is turning 100 years old…and despite the problems she and her family have faced since they became refugees, they are still finding the time to celebrate her centenary . [...]

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UN partnership wants mountains included in sustainable development goals

Listen / Tajik National Park (Mountains of the Pamirs). Photo: UNESCO/David Trilling

An alliance that brings together the United Nations, governments, civil society and the private sector, wants to see more global action to improve the lives of mountain communities and protect mountain environments. The Mountain Partnership believes mountains should be included in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), an outcome of the Rio+20 conference held last year [...]

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Displaced people continue to shelter at UN bases in South Sudan

Listen / Food distribution in South Sudan

• As South Sudan peace talks stall in Addis Ababa, a senior UN official is calling for the fighting to stop so that people can begin rebuilding their lives. The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the country fears that high hopes for the New Year have been "washed away" by violence. The fighting has killed upwards [...]

9 Jan 2014 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

UN peacekeeping chief reports progress in reinforcing mission in South Sudan

Listen / Hervé Ladsous

Substantial progress is being made in reinforcing the United Nations mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) to cope with an ongoing crisis in the country, according to the head of UN peacekeeping operations. Hervé Ladsous said the additional peacekeepers will assume the duties of protecting the 60,000 displaced persons sheltering at UN bases freeing up other [...]

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Rising demand and record meat and dairy costs drive food price increase

Listen / A woman is seen here food shopping at the market. Photo: FAO/J. Spanner

Food prices worldwide have remained high but steady, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reports. FAO says 2013 marked the third highest year on record for its Food Price Index which monitors price quotations for five major commodities: cereals, dairy products, meat, sugar, and vegetable oils. Abdolreza Abbassian, FAO Senior Economist, spoke to the [...]

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Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan concerned over continued violence

Listen / Toby Lanzer

As South Sudan peace talks stall in Addis Ababa, a senior UN official is calling for the fighting to stop so that people in the world's newest nation can begin rebuilding their lives. Toby Lanzer, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, fears high hopes for the New Year have been "washed away" by violence which [...]

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Head of UNAIDS calls for combined efforts to combat AIDS and poverty

Listen / Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS (Photo: UNAIDS).

The lives of 18 million people waiting for treatment for HIV are "hanging in the balance", says Michel Sidibe, the head of UNAIDS, the United Nations agency dealing with HIV and AIDS. Dr. Sidibe was speaking at a meeting hosted by the World Bank in Washington D.C. to discuss the post-2015 development agenda. 2015 is [...]

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Food prices remain "high but steady"

Listen / Sugar stocked in a warehouse in Limeira, Sao Paulo state, Brazil.FAO@PHOTO

World food prices have remained high but steady, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The FAO Food Price Index averaged 206.7 points in December, largely unchanged from the previous month. However, FAO Senior Economist Abdolreza Abbassian cautions about interpreting the overall average prices. He points out that prices for some of the [...]

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Inter-Parliamentary Union welcomes protection for Turkish MPs

Listen / Member flags of the Inter-Parliamentary Union

An agreement reached by Turkey's three main political parties on the protection of the country's Members of Parliament has been welcomed by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). The Turkish parties agreed to amend the constitution to more clearly define when an elected official can be prosecuted or imprisoned. The IPU says the establishment of a multi-party [...]

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Thousands remain in UN bases as fighting continues in South Sudan

Listen / Civilians seeking refuge wait outside a compound of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), in Bor. Credit: UN Photo/Hailemichael Gebrekrstos

60,000 displaced people in South Sudan are sheltering in United Nations bases as fighting continues between government and rebel forces. UN Humanitarian Coordinator, Toby Lanzer, says the UN is doing everything it can to ensure that people get the assistance they need. Mr. Lanzer says he is concerned that more people are being displaced and [...]

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Runway fashion debuts at UN

Listen / Alyssa Milano, American actress and UNICEF National Ambassador

A multi-cultural fashion show filmed at the United Nations in New York is reaching its finale on Thursday. The "Project Runway: All Stars" show is a US-based reality TV programme where contestants compete to design and create new clothes. Three finalists feature in the season finale showing their cultural heritage-inspired lines in the UN's Economic [...]

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Foreign Affairs meets fashion as UN hosts design show finale

Listen / Project Runway at the UN (video capture)

The worlds of foreign affairs and fashion come together at the United Nations on Thursday in the season finale of the popular US television show 'Project Runway: All Stars'. The show pits fashion designers against each other in weekly challenges to determine the overall winner of a prize package that includes a position at a [...]

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Zero Hunger Challenge is launched in Timor-Leste

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A UN initiative to end hunger in Asia and the Pacific is being launched in the National Parliament of Timor-Leste on Thursday. The United Nations Zero Hunger Challenge, established by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2012, is aimed at ensuring that everyone has access to food all year round. The campaign, supported by the UN [...]

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Bolivia takes over chairmanship of G77 and China

Listen / Foreign Minister RatuInoke Kubuabola (right) of Fiji hands over chairmanship of the "Group of 77 and China" to Bolivian President Evo Morales. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueira

President Evo Morales of Bolivia on Wednesday called on developing countries, also known as the South, to work together to promote development and improve people's lives. President Morales spoke at an event at UN headquarters where Fiji handed over the chairmanship of the Group of 77 also known as the G77 to Bolivia. He said [...]

8 Jan 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Top UN official reports progress in elimination of Syrian chemical weapons

Listen / Sigrid Kaag, newly-appointed Special Coordinator of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)-UN Joint Mission on eliminating Syria's chemical weapons programme

The end of June deadline for the elimination of Syria's chemical weapons can be met, according to the head of the mission overseeing the operation. Sigrid Kaag, the Special Coordinator of the Joint Mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations briefed the Security Council on Wednesday. Ms [...]

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June 2014 deadline for chemical weapons elimination on track

Listen / Sigrid Kaag

The June 2014 deadline for the elimination of chemical weapons in Syria can be met according to the Dutch diplomat overseeing the process. Sigrid Kaag, the Special Coordinator of the Joint Mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations, briefed the UN Security Council on Wednesday following her [...]

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Aid distributions resume at airport in Central African Republic

Listen / Displaced families from the Central African Republic camped at the international airport in Bangui.  UNHCR/S.Phelps

Emergency aid distributions have resumed at Bangui airport in the Central African Republic where an estimated 100,000 people have sought refuge from ongoing internal conflict. Due to insecurity, it's been three weeks since the last aid was delivered, …..in that time the temporary camp has trebled in size. The Central African Republic has been in [...]

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China supports transport of chemical weapons material from Syria

Listen / Ambassador Liu Jieyi, China's representative to the UN

China says it's supporting the work of the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to safely remove chemical weapons material from Syria. The UN Security Council adopted a resolution in September last year calling for the destruction of chemical weapons in Syria. On Wednesday, China's representative to the UN, [...]

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Over 500 students gather in Geneva to discuss climate issues

Listen / High school students from around the world attend the opening ceremony of the Model UN Conference in the General Assembly Hall.  May 2012 UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

More than 500 students and 50 teachers from around the world have gathered at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland for a three-day conference to discuss climate-related issues. The Model United Nations Conference is being hosted in conjunction with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). In welcoming participants, the ITU's Doreeen Bogdan recalled a youth conference [...]

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UN expert calls for urgent assistance to displaced people in Central African Republic

Listen / Children from the Central African Republic carrying clean water for their family.  UNHCR/S.Phelps

The international community has been urged to provide adequate resources to cope with the needs of a large and growing number of persons displaced by violence in the Central African Republic. Chaloka Beyani, the United Nations independent expert on the human rights of internally displaced persons says the number of displaced persons has increased dramatically [...]

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UN food agency resumes food distribution at Bangui airport in CAR

Listen / Two young girls cook rice provided by WFP and donated by USAID, as Housainou Taal, WFP's Representative in Central African Republic, looks on.
WFP/Djaounsede Pardon Madjiangar

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has resumed food distribution at Bangui International airport in the Central African Republic, where over 100,000 people have sought refuge. The food distribution at the airport was suspended nearly three weeks ago due to insecurity. On Tuesday, with the assistance of French troops who secured the distribution site [...]

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Shelter and secure livelihoods still a challenge for Typhoon Haiyan survivors

Listen / A child plays amidst the destructiion caused by Typhoon Haiyan in Guiuan, Philippines.  OCHA/Gemma Cortes

Shelter remains the greatest need for survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, the deadly storm which smashed into the Philippines two months ago this Wednesday. That's according to the UN Humanitarian Affairs Office (OCHA) which says a $788 million Strategic Response Plan to address urgent needs and early recovery programmes is just 40 per cent funded. For [...]

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Shelter still among the "enormous needs" two months after deadly Philippines typhoon

Listen / Ruben Galloso and his family have started to repair their home which was ravaged by Typhoon Haiyan.  OCHA/Gemma Cortes

Two months after Typhoon Haiyan caused widespread devastation in the Philippines, providing shelter for survivors remains a pressing issue, according to the UN Humanitarian Affairs Office (OCHA). Over four million people were displaced by the storm which struck on 8 November. Humanitarian agencies say more funding is urgently needed to scale up activities. OCHA's Russell [...]

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International Cooperation Year (1965)

Listen / FAO experts examine corn, 1964

In this edition of UN Radio Classics from 1965, the International Cooperation Year, actor Alexander Scourby reports on hunger and global action to end it. At the time, roughly two-thirds of the world’s population was undernourished.  As Scourby points out, while in affluent societies "the calorie is a nail for a coffin," most of the [...]

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The Energetic Trio

Listen / Middelgruden Offshore Wind Farm in Denmark

The 1961 UN Radio programme explores a future with clean energy sources. Scientists discuss the possibilities of utilizing the sun, wind and heat stored deep beneath the earth's surface and its economic and social significance. Language: English Genre: Report 1961 Duration: 28’35″

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Youth urged to play sport to improve employment opportunities

Listen / Sudanese participate in Information Dissemination Campaign through Sport.  UN Photo/Fred Noy (2006)

Young people are being urged by the International Labour Organization (ILO) to engage in sport in order to improve their employment prospects. There are worldwide, an estimated 75 million young people between the age of 15 and 24 who are jobless. Matthieu Cognac is the ILO's youth employment expert based in Bangkok in Thailand. Daniel [...]

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$1billion appeal launched for Syrian children

Listen / Syrian refugee girl.   UNHCR.

An appeal for $1 billion to support children affected by the ongoing civil war in Syria has been launched by the United Nations. The "No Lost generation" appeal is calling on governments, aid agencies and members of the public to become what are being called champions for the children of Syria. The hope is that [...]

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Syrians stream into Iraq to buy supplies following reopening of border

Listen / Syrian refugees who arrived into Iraq's Kurdistan region in August 2013 UNHCR/G.Gubaeva

More than 2,500 Syrians arrived in Iraq's Kurdistan region on Sunday afternoon following the opening of the border, although most appear intent on returning to their homeland. The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) says aid workers and local authorities worked overnight to process the people who had arrived by barge. UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming says the [...]

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Medical supplies delivered to Syrian city by UN

Listen / WHO delivers over 125 tons of medical supplies in Aleppo.  WHO

More than 125 tonnes of medical supplies have been sent to the Syrian city of Aleppo over the past two weeks by the World Health Organization (WHO). The agency reports that it delivered two shipments of surgical materials, medicines, infant incubators, ventilators and intensive care unit beds in both government-controlled and opposition-controlled areas. WHO says [...]

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First consignment of chemical weapons leaves Syria

Listen / Sigrid Kaag, Special Coordinator of the OPCW and the United Nations

The first consignment of chemical weapons from Syria left the country on Tuesday, the head of the entity overseeing the process reports. Sigrid Kaag, Special Coordinator of the Joint Mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations, says the priority chemical materials were moved from two sites for [...]

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Human Rights Office calls for accountability following shelling of funeral procession in Yemen

Listen / Rupert Colville

The UN Human Rights Office is urging the authorities in Yemen to ensure that those responsible for the shelling of a funeral procession last month are held accountable. Twenty-one people died and 30 others, including children, were injured in the attack which took place in Al-Dhalai Governorate in southern Yemen on 27 December. Rupert Colville [...]

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IOM appeals for international support for South Sudan operations

Listen / The IOM Director General speaks with the IOM South Sudan Chief of Mission at the UNMISS Tomping base in Juba © IOM 2014

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is calling for greater global support for its efforts to assist people displaced by the ongoing conflict in South Sudan. The agency this week appealed for $23 million to support its humanitarian response to the crisis which followed political turmoil in mid-December. The United Nations estimates that nearly 200,000 [...]

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South Sudanese refugees stream into neighbouring countries

Listen / Food distribution in South Sudan

Nearly 31,000 South Sudanese nationals have fled into neighbouring countries since the flare-up of violence in the country two weeks ago according to the UN refugee agency UNHCR. The agency says it has registered over 23,500 refugees from South Sudan in Uganda, 5,000 have been registered in Ethiopia while in the Kakuma refugee camp in [...]

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UN agencies seek $1 billion for Syrian children

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Two United Nations agencies have launched a campaign to raise $1 billion to provide relief support and protect over four million Syrian children displaced inside the country or living in neighbouring countries as refugees. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) say the future of Syrian children is slipping away and without [...]

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Central African Republic faces division along religious lines

Listen / Jeffrey Feltman,Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs/UN Photo

The Central African Republic is facing the long-term danger of being polarized along religious lines according to the head of the UN Department of Political Affairs. Jeffrey Feltman said since communal violence erupted on 5 December, over 750 casualties have been confirmed in the capital Bangui alone. Mr. Feltman told the Security Council on Monday [...]

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UN chief calls for restraint in wake of violence in Bangladesh

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The deadly violence that marred parliamentary elections in Bangladesh on Sunday is "unacceptable", according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. In a statement Mr. Ban said he was "saddened by the loss of life and incidents of violence" during the elections. The Secretary-General said the vote was "characterized by polarization and low participation." He added that [...]

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Jordan to push for end of use of veto in Security Council for war crimes

Listen / Security Council chamber [UN file photo].

  Jordan will campaign for members of the Security Council not to use their veto power when faced with decisions on genocide war crimes or crimes against humanity. Jordan assumed the presidency of the Council for the month of January on Monday. The country's representative Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein says his country will continue [...]

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UN urges warring parties to allow resupply flights in South Sudan

Listen / Refugees at Yida refugee camp in South Sudan's Unity State queue for hours for food and soap. © Hannah McNeish/IRIN

The UN Mission in South Sudan, UNMISS, has called on government and anti-government forces to allow flights to resupply its bases. UNMISS says that there have been signs of troop mobilisation by both sides over the weekend as fighting continues in pockets across the country. The situation remains tense in Bor, the capital of Jonglei [...]

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200,000 people displaced in South Sudan

Listen / Displaced South Sudanese family.

Two hundred thousand people have been dispaced in South Sudan following ongoing conflict in the African country, according to the UN's humanitarian agency (OCHA). The agency says it is expecting more people to arrive in urban areas in the coming days as insecurity continues to drive people from their homes in various parts of the [...]

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Human Rights chief welcomes decision against Nepal amnesties

Listen / A staff member of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) monitors a demonstration by the Young Communist League (YCL), as Nepal prepares for the upcoming 10th April 2008 Constituent Assembly elections.  UN Photo/Mukunda Bogati

A decision by Nepal’s Supreme Court to block amnesties for serious crimes committed during the country’s 10-year internal conflict has been welcomed as a “significant development” by UN Human Rights High Commissioner Navi Pillay. It is estimated that at least 13,000 people were killed in the long-running conflict between Maoist rebels and the government which [...]

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African elephants face extinction threat, warns UN official

Listen / Ivory destruction in China.  (UNEP)

The high levels of elephant poaching in Africa could soon lead to local extinctions if the present killing rates continue. The warning has come from John Scanlon, the Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Speaking at a ceremonial destruction of over six tonnes of confiscated [...]

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Human rights chief welcomes amnesty block for serious crimes in Nepal

Listen / Navi Pillay

A decision by the Supreme Court of Nepal to block amnesties for serious human rights violations committed during the country's 10-year conflict has been welcomed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Navi Pillay says the decision "is a significant development for the thousands of victims of the conflict". The Supreme Court's ruling [...]

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UN chief appoints adviser for Camp Hurriya in Iraq

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Jane Holl Lute, United States Department of Homeland Security Deputy Secretary.

An American official has been appointed by the UN Secretary-General to facilitate the relocation of Iranian exiles being housed in a camp in Iraq. Jane Holl Lute, who is a former United States Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security will serve as the Secretary-General's Special Adviser for the Relocation of Camp Hurriya Residents outside of Iraq. [...]

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"Intolerable" escalation of violence against media in Iraq

Listen / A man holding up a sign which says "Stop killing journalists".

An escalation of violence against the media in Iraq has been described as "intolerable" by the head of UNESCO, the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom. Six journalists were recently killed in two incidents in Iraq. Five died in an attack on Salaheddin TV in Tikrit on 23 December last year. Another journalist [...]

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UN expert deplores violent crackdown on protectors in Cambodia

Listen / Surya P. Subedi

  The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia, Surya Subedi, has appealed for calm after military police on Friday opened fire on striking garment workers, reportedly killing at least four people. Mr. Subedi deplored the loss of life and called on the authorities to exercise restraint towards the protestors. [...]

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Aid delivery in CAR hampered by insecurity

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 number of internally displaced people in the Central African Republic has reached over 935,000, according to the UN Refugee agency UNHCR, severely limiting the delivery of aid supplies. The country has been in turmoil for the last year after rebels launched attacks and forced President François Bozizé to flee. Daniel Dickinson has more details. [...]

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UN prepares for pledging conference for Syria

Listen / © UNICEF/Helen Pattinson/Jordan 2013

The United Nations says it's working hard to ensure that a pledging conference for Syria scheduled to be held in Kuwait in mid January is a success. The conference is aimed at rallying international financial support to meet the basic humanitarian needs of  more than 9 million Syrians as the conflict continues in their country. [...]

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UN: Safety of civilians and aid workers crucial in South Sudan

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With over 200,000 people displaced by the upsurge of violence in South Sudan, the United Nations is appealing to all parties to the conflict to ensure civilians are spared from the fighting and that peace and the rule of law are restored as a matter of urgency. United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan Toby [...]

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UNHCR: Nearly One Million people displaced by crisis in the Central African Republic.

Listen / Displaced people in the CAR capital Bangui find refuge in the unfinished church at St. Paul Parish after fleeing clashes.© UNHCR/B.Ntwari

Targeted attacks against civilians, looting and the presence of armed elements at some displacement sites in the Central African Republic are severely limiting the ability of humanitarian agencies to access those in need of urgent assistance, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). UNHCR says over 935,000 people have been displaced in the country. In [...]

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Malawi commits to UN Women initiative to tackle gender-based violence

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Malawi is the latest country to join an advocacy initiative by UN Women which urges leaders to make new and concrete national commitments to end violence against women and girls. A call for greater action to prevent and control breast and cervical cancers Research from more than 180 countries reveals that cancer is on the [...]

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Fighting continues in South Sudan even as exploratory talks start

Listen / Civilians at the UN House compound on the southwestern outskirts of Juba, South Sudan. (UN Photo/Julio Brathwaite)

• Fighting that broke out in mid-December in South Sudan is continuing with thousands of people displaced. The crisis was sparked by a confrontation between soldiers loyal to President Salva Kiir and those supporting former Vice President Riek Machar who was sacked in July. The UN estimates that over 1,000 people have died in the [...]

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Cambodia tribunal instils hope for justice

Listen / Nicholas Koumijian

It's six years now since the UN–backed Cambodia tribunal was established to bring to trial senior leaders and those most responsible for genocide and war crimes committed during the Khmer rouge regime which lasted from 1975 to 1979. So far, only one person has been convicted by the tribunal, which is expected to deliver its [...]

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UN and partners needed more than ever: Humanitarian Affairs chief

Listen / Valerie Amos

Last year was a "real test of the global humanitarian system" and 2014 is shaping up to be just as exacting, UN Humanitarian Affairs Coordinator Valerie Amos told reporters in New York on Thursday. She said 2013 ended with three major emergencies—Syria, the Central African Republic and the Philippines—while the New Year has begun with [...]

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Syrian refugees clothed by UN ahead of Jordan winter

Listen / Za'atri Camp © UNHCR/J.Kohler

Winter clothing is being sent to the UN-run Za’atri refugee camp in Jordan to clothe up to 50,000 people who have fled the ongoing conflict in neighbouring Syria. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is working with a Japanese NGO and company to ensure that refugees are able to stay warm through the region's harsh winter. [...]

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UN official condemns deadly car blast in Beirut

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The UN envoy in Lebanon has condemned a car bombing that killed and wounded civilians in the capital, Beirut, on Thursday. Derek Plumbly, UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon, expressed outrage that this was the fourth bomb exploded in Beirut's southern suburbs since July. In a statement, he said "It is deeply distressing to have to [...]

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FAO supports Philippine rice farmers affected by Typhoon Haiyan

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With the Philippines still recovering from Typhoon Haiyan, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is providing nearly 44,000 households there with rice seeds in time for the planting season. The UN agency says the nearly 2,000 tonnes of rice seed it is currently distributing in the country should yield enough to feed around 800, 000 [...]

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Fighting continues in South Sudan as exploratory talks are set to start

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

Fighting that broke out in mid-December in South Sudan is continuing with thousands of people displaced. The crisis was sparked by a confrontation between soldiers loyal to President Salva Kiir and those supporting former Vice President Riek Machar who was sacked in July. Over one thousand people are estimated to have died in the violence [...]

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UN envoy calls for peace in New Year's message for South Sudan

Listen / Hilde Johnson

The senior UN official in South Sudan is calling on the country's people to work for peace in the wake of political turmoil and violence which has killed upwards of 1,000 people since mid-December. In a New Year's Day message, Hilde Johnson, head of the UN mission in the country (UNMISS), called the escalation of [...]

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South Sudan: UN Human Rights experts investigating reported atrocities

Listen / Civilians at the UN House compound on the southwestern outskirts of Juba, South Sudan. (UN Photo/Julio Brathwaite)

UN Human Rights officers are working "around the clock" gathering information on alleged atrocities and abuses in South Sudan, the spokesperson at the UN mission in the country (UNMISS) reports. UNMISS spokesperson Joseph Contreras said on Thursday that it's estimated that more than 1,000 people have been killed as a result of the recent political [...]

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Iraq reports highest number of civilian casualties since 2008

Listen / Nickolay Mladenov

Nearly 8,000 civilians were killed in Iraq last year, the highest number of casualties since 2008, according to the United Nations mission in the country (UNAMI). The mission reports that 7,818 civilians and police were killed in 2013 while almost 18,000 others were injured. Nickolay Mladenov, UN representative in Iraq, described this as "a sad [...]

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Internally displaced in South Sudan at great risk of disease outbreaks: WHO

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The humanitarian situation in South Sudan has further deteriorated in the past two weeks, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). It says since the outbreak of violence in South Sudan on 15 December, the humanitarian needs have quickly been growing with a total of 195,416 persons displaced from the four states of South Sudan, [...]

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UN official calls for end to violence in South Sudan

Listen / Hilde Johnson, head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

The senior United Nations official in South Sudan has called for an end to hostilities which have killed approximately 1,000 people and displaced nearly 200,000 others over the past two weeks. Hilde Johnson, head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), told reporters in the capital, Juba, on Wednesday that it is up to [...]

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