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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 [...]

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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 Special Coordinator of the Joint Mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations

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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