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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

Listen / A child receives immunization against polio.

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

Listen / Security Council Chamber

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

Listen / Martin Kobler

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

Listen / UNICEF@PHOTO

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

Listen / Polio vaccination (WHO@PHOTO)

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

Listen / Member flags of the Inter-Parliamentary Union

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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