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

Listen / Security Council Chamber

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

Listen / Migrants waiting for asylum in Italy

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

Listen / UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

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

Listen / Grenada beach

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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