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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

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

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

Listen / Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, briefs Security Council meeting

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

Listen / Two boys chat with the UNAMID peacekeepers.  UN Photo/Albert González Farran

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

Listen / Young girls learning to sew at a Koranic school in Fayum, Egypt.  UN Photo/John Isaac

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

Listen / Students of the Midwifery School in El Fasher, North Darfur, march to commemorate the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence. UN Photo/Albert González Farran

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

Listen / This man was crying after surviving an attack on his village in Central African Republic.  UNHCR/B/Heger

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"

Listen / Rwandan troops with the African Union-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) prepare for a patrol in Zam Zam, North Darfur. UN Photo/Albert González Farran

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

Listen / Native Amazonians living with HIV. Credit : UNDP/C. Goldgrub

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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