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Ukraine's territorial integrity, unity and sovereignty must be respected: UK

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The United Kingdom's Ambassador to the UN has expressed deep concern at the recent developments in Ukraine's Crimea region and particularly of Russian troops' deployment. Following a UN Security Council meeting on Friday, Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant urged "all parties both in and outside of Ukraine to exercise restraint". He also asked the parties to [...]

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Concern raised over Venezuela's "excessive use of force" against protesters

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has expressed concern at the excessive use of force by Venezuela's authorities in response to protests. The most recent incident took place in the country's capital Caracas on Thursday. At least 13 people have died and 140 people have been injured since the beginning of the unrest [...]

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"Severe funding constraints" in DRC forces reduction in food aid

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Food aid is set to be cut to people in need in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the World Food Programme (WFP) has warned. The UN agency said "severe funding constraints" meant that it would cut back food deliveries and focus on life-saving activities in what it called "acutely insecure and conflict-affected areas." An [...]

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Children targeted in Central African Republic conflict

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Violence is continuing in the Central African Republic despite a truce that rival militias agreed in the capital, Bangui last month. Attacks are being carried out mainly by the anti-Balaka Christian militias against former Muslim rebels known as ex-Séléka. It is estimated that 1, 000 people have died, although the numbers may be much higher, [...]

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WFP to cut food rations and scale back operations in DRC

Listen / Displaced by fighting, these women queue up for food vouchers in the village of Minova, in Eastern DRC. Photo: WFP/Martin Penner

The World Food Programme (WFP) has announced it will be forced to reduce its work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) because of severe funding constraints. The agency says it will have to prioritize life-saving activities in acutely insecure and conflict-affected areas. WFP Spokesperson, Elisabeth Byrs said the agency will begin cutting back [...]

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Clashes in Iraq's Anbar province displaces 400,000 individuals: IOM

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The number of people displaced in Iraq's Anbar province by clashes between government forces and Sunni-backed rebels, has risen to over 400,000, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) warns. Many of the displaced are in urgent need of humanitarian aid, the agency says. The conflict has been mainly confined to Anbar province, but new reports [...]

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Carnival goers in Colombia educated about human trafficking

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Carnival goers in Colombia are being educated about the risks of human trafficking at one of the country's best known festivals…the Carnival of Barranquilla. The Carnival Queen and King have teamed up with the United Nations and will both be wearing the Blue Heart, an international symbol against the crime. The South American country is [...]

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Child abductions "new and disturbing deterioration" in CAR conflict

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Child abductions represent a new and disturbing deterioration in the Central African Republic conflict, according to the United Nations Children's Fund UNICEF. Four children, two girls and two boys, have been reunited with their father after having been abducted by militia groups for four days. They were threatened with death during that time, says UNICEF's [...]

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Rwandan genocide survivors still need "strong" support from international community

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Twenty years after the Rwandan genocide many challenges remain and the country still needs strong support from the international community to assist the survivors. That was the President of the General Assembly's message at the New York launch of "Kwibuka 20", a series of events marking 20 years since the genocide in Rwanda. Kwibuka is [...]

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Ethnic cleansing taking place in the Central African Republic

Listen / Children wait for water at a school where they have taken shelter from the increasingly brutal sectarian violence in the Central African Republic. Photo: IRIN/Hannah McNeish

Civilians in the Central African Republic are facing extreme violence with rebel groups carrying out ethnic cleansing with impunity in the north and western parts of the country, according to the UN refugee agency UNHCR. The agency says thousands of Muslim civilians continue to flee the country to escape violence being unleashed by the mainly [...]

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Dead bodies in "shocking" ransacked hospital in South Sudan

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A hospital which was ransacked in South Sudan during the on-going conflict in the country has been described as "shocking" by a senior UN official. The UN Humanitarian Coordinator Toby Lanzer visited the teaching hospital in the town of Malakal in Upper Nile state, where he described seeing "nothing but dead bodies." More than 70,000 [...]

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Rwandan genocide survivors still need "strong" support from international community

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Twenty years after the Rwandan genocide many challenges remain and the country still needs strong support from the international community to assist the survivors. That was the President of the General Assembly's message at the New York launch of "Kwibuka 20", a series of events marking 20 years since the genocide in Rwanda. Kwibuka is [...]

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Security Council condemns Al-Shabaab terrorist attack in Somalia

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The members of the Security Council have condemned in the strongest terms a terrorist attack in Somalia for which Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility. In a statement issued late on Thursday, the Council members said they were "appalled" by the attack and expressed their deep concern at this and other recent attacks perpetrated by the same [...]

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3,000 Muslims trapped in Bangui neighbourhood to be evacuated

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Plans are being finalized to evacuate 3,000 members of the Muslim community from a neighbourhood in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR). The Office or the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) confirmed the news on Thursday and said humanitarian agencies and international forces were behind the move. These are mainly elderly people [...]

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Guinea-Bissau prepares for elections

Listen / Voting in first round presidential polls in Guinea-Bissau. A military coup scuppered the run-off in April 2012. Photo: IRIN/John James

• The people of Guinea-Bissau preparing for elections scheduled on 13 April this year. The West African country has been beset by military coups and political assassinations. The Security Council was on Wednesday briefed by the top UN envoy in the country as preparations for the elections continue. UN denounces Ugandan anti-homosexuality law • A new [...]

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WOMEN: Spotlight put on role of women as global leaders

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Innovative approaches to getting more women into leadership positions around the world were discussed at a conference recently held at the United Nations. Representatives from the UN as well as the public and private sectors took part in the "Power of Collaboration Summit" to discuss new ways to work together to accelerate the promotion of [...]

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UNCA: Filipinos make progress in rebuilding their lives: UN humanitarian chief

Listen / Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos (centre) visits a Child Friendly Space in Guiuan, Philippines, on 26 February 2014. Photo: OCHA/Joey Reyna

Significant progress has been made in rebuilding the lives of Filipinos following the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan. The typhoon hit the Philippines in November, killing over 6,000 people and destroying the livelihoods of millions of others. The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, has been in the country visiting the worst hit areas, to [...]

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Let Freedom Ring

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Through excerpts from historic speeches, a commemoration of the first anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Language: English Genre: Report 1949 Duration: 14’20″

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Malakal town "deserted, destroyed and under severe stress": UN official

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The South Sudan town of Malakal is deserted, destroyed and under severe stress, United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator Toby Lanzer said on Thursday after touring the area. Government forces loyal to the former South Sudanese Vice-President recently battled for control of the oil-rich Upper Nile state capital. Mr. Lanzer said his team managed to go into [...]

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ICC calls on DRC to respect its obligations

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The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is being reminded of its obligations to cooperate with the International Criminal Court (ICC). The warning comes as Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir attends a meeting in Kinshasa, the capital of the country. The ICC has issued two warrants of arrest against President Al-Bashir for alleged war crimes, crimes [...]

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Oscar-nominated director urges people to join fight against slavery

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An Oscar-nominated movie director is urging people around the world to become involved in fighting against modern-day slavery. The British director Steve McQueen was talking at a special screening at the United Nations of his film ’12 Years A Slave’ and ahead of the Academy Awards or Oscars ceremony which is being held in Los [...]

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"Enormous needs" remain in Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan

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Significant progress has been made in supporting local communities in the Philippines that were destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan but "enormous needs" remain according to the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator. Nearly six thousand people were killed and around four million lost their homes last November in what was one of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded. [...]

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Filipinos make progress in rebuilding their lives:UN humanitarian chief

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Significant progress has been made in rebuilding the lives of Filipinos following the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan. The typhoon hit the Philippines in November, killing over 6,000 people and destroying the livelihoods of millions of others. The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, has been in the country visiting the worst hit areas, to [...]

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Uganda media urged to refrain from fuelling anti-gay hatred and attacks

Listen / It is against international law to discriminate against people because of their gender identity or sexual orientation. Photo: OHCHR

Media organizations in Uganda are being urged by the UN human rights office to refrain from fuelling hatred and attacks on the basis of sexual orientation. A newspaper in Uganda recently published the names and photos of people it claims are homosexual under the headline "Exposed". Cécile Pouilly, Spokesperson for the Office of the High [...]

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World urged to practice "compassion" ahead of Zero Discrimination Day

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People across the world are being asked to practice tolerance and compassion towards each other in the lead up to Zero Discrimination Day, observed on 1 March. UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidibé made the call from Beijing, China, where he launched the Day with the support of the China Red Ribbon Foundation. Also there to [...]

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Women encouraged to become journalists in South Sudan

Listen / Young girls in the South Sudan. Photo: UNESCO/BRAC

Women are being encouraged to enter journalism in South Sudan bucking a trend which has typically seen only men employed as journalists. Media workers in South Sudan have often reported harassment and physical hardship as part of the job, a situation which has deterred many women from entering the profession. But now, the Union of [...]

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UN observes 20th commemoration of Rwandan genocide

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People around the world are being asked to stand against genocide by honouring the memory of those who died in Rwanda twenty years ago. The Outreach Programme on the Rwanda Genocide and the United Nations is working with the Rwandan Mission to the UN to organize a series of events in New York in commemoration [...]

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"Enormous needs" remain in Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan

Listen / Valerie Amos

Significant progress has been made in supporting local communities in the Philippines that were destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan but "enormous needs" remain according to the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator. Nearly six thousand people were killed and around four million lost their homes last November in what was one of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded. [...]

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Guinea-Bissau prepares for elections

Listen / Voting in first round presidential polls in Guinea-Bissau. A military coup scuppered the run-off in April 2012. Photo: IRIN/John James

The people of Guinea-Bissau are gearing themselves up for elections scheduled to be held on 13 April this year. The impoverished West African country, which gained independence from Portugal in 1974, has been beset by military coups and political assassinations. Concerns have also been raised about the country becoming a major transit for cocaine being [...]

26 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Shipment of mustard gas leaves Syria: OPCW-UN

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A shipment of sulphur mustard out of Syria has been welcomed as an "important step" in the elimination of the country's chemical weapons programme. That’s according to Sigrid Kaag, the Special Coordinator of the UN-backed Joint Mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). It’s the Government of Syria's fourth consignment of [...]

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UN Chief condemns escalation of violence in Thailand

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The UN Secretary-General is urging the authorities and anti-Government protestors in Thailand to resolve their political differences and disputes peacefully. Mr. Ban Ki-moon issued a statement on Wednesday condemning the recent escalation of violence in different parts of the country. Armed attacks against the protestors resulted in the death of at least two children last [...]

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Nearly 900,000 displaced from South Sudan conflict

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Nearly 900,000 people have fled their homes since the conflict in South Sudan began in December, according to the UN humanitarian agency, OCHA. That includes the 710,000 people who remain inside the country and the 171,000 who have crossed into other countries. Meanwhile, the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) continues to assess the aftermath [...]

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Major cholera campaign launched in South Sudan displaced camps

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140,000 thousand people living in temporary camps in South Sudan are being targeted by a major cholera vaccination campaign. Hundreds of thousands of people have fled their homes in the country as fighting continues between government troops and rebel forces. They've found refuge in the camps where the conditions are said to be poor and [...]

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Spotlight put on role of women as global leaders

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Innovative approaches to getting more women into leadership positions around the world are being discussed at a conference being held at the United Nations on Wednesday. Representatives from the UN as well as the public and private sectors are taking part in the "Power of Collaboration Summit" to discuss new ways to work together to [...]

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"Peace-building" project launched in conflict-affected communities in CAR

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An initiative to promote peace-building and social cohesion among the Central African Republic's conflict-affected communities has been launched by the UN. The programme by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) aims to help rebuild the social fabric in the country, by tackling social, economic and security concerns. CAR has been affected by internal conflict for over [...]

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At least 95 per cent of voters register in Guinea-Bissau

Listen / Jose Ramos-Horta

At least 95 per cent of potential voters in Guinea-Bissau have registered for April presidential and parliamentary elections according to the top UN envoy in the country. José Ramos-Horta, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative in Guinea-Bissau told the Security Council that there are 12 candidates for the presidency. He said 40 political parties are expected [...]

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UN chief condemns "brutal slaying" of Nigerian students

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The UN Secretary-General has strongly condemned what he has described as the "brutal slaying" on Tuesday of dozens of students at a college in north-eastern Nigeria. At least 29 teenage boys reportedly died in the attack by unidentified gunmen on the Federal Government College of Buni Yadi in Yobe state. The region has been prone [...]

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Security Council creates sanctions committee for spoilers in Yemen

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A committee to impose sanctions on individuals and groups that threaten peace and security in Yemen has been created by the Security Council. In a resolution unanimously adopted on Wednesday, the Council expressed its strong support for the political transition in the Gulf country. Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh stepped down in 2012 following mass [...]

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Women encouraged to become global leaders

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Women are being encouraged to discuss innovative ways to become global leaders at a conference being held at the United Nations on Wednesday. The "Power of Collaboration Summit" will look at how women can accelerate promotion to positions of influence with the engagement of their male counterparts. The summit, which is being organised by the [...]

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Conflict threatens food security in Near East and North Africa

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Conflict, rapid population growth and urbanization are posing serious challenges for food security in the Near East and North Africa, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Despite progress made in some countries, the number of undernourished people in the region remains high. Nearly 43.7 million people, or 10 percent of the overall population, [...]

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UN Chief "seriously concerned" about Uganda's anti-gay law

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The signing into law of an anti-homosexuality bill in Uganda could fuel prejudice and encourage harassment and violence against gay, bisexual and transgender persons. The UN Secretary-General added that the law could also obstruct effective responses to HIV/AIDS. Mr. Ban Ki-moon said he hoped the law could be revised or repealed at the earliest opportunity. [...]

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UN human rights chief reiterates call for Syria crisis to be put before ICC

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The Security Council has been urged again to refer the Syrian crisis to the International Criminal Court (ICC). The call was made by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, in her briefing to the General Assembly on Tuesday. She said despite peace talks to resolve the crisis, the violence in Syria continued [...]

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Over 15,000 people in imminent danger of attack in Central African Republic

Listen / A man and his child walk through a crowded site for internally displaced people in Bangui. © UNHCR/S.Phelps

Thousands of civilians in the Central African Republic are facing an imminent danger of being attacked, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). Attacks and counter attacks by former Muslim rebels known as ex-Séléka and Christian militias known as Anti-Balaka continue despite the efforts of the country's new government to stabilize the situation. UNHCR says [...]

25 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Middle East Peace Process nears "defining moment": UN Political Chief

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The Middle East peace process is nearing a defining moment, the UN Political Chief told the Security Council on Tuesday. Jeffrey Feltman, Under-Secretary-General and head of the Department of Political Affairs, was referring to US Secretary of State John Kerry’s role in addressing Israeli and Palestinian aspirations and concerns in a fair and balanced manner [...]

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UN warns continued violence in Libya threatens stability

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Libyan authorities are being urged to do their utmost to put an end to instability and insecurity in the country. The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) released a statement on Tuesday to express its deep concern about the continued violence in the country. Assassinations, bombings, kidnappings are just some of the ongoing violent [...]

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Malnutrition an emerging threat amongst Syrian refugees in Lebanon

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Malnutrition has become a silent and emerging threat amongst Syrian refugees, especially children, according to a recent assessment by UN agencies in Lebanon. The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the World Food Programme (WFP) conducted the nutrition assessment in October and November 2013. In the Bekka Valley and the North [...]

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Four fallen UN staff remembered at ceremony in Afghanistan

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Four United Nations staff members who were killed in a terrorist attack on a restaurant in the Afghan capital Kabul in January have been remembered at a ceremony. A commemorative plaque was unveiled in the UN mission office (UNAMA) in Kabul on Tuesday. The outlawed Taliban movement claimed responsibility for the attack which left a [...]

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Refugees from Central African Republic struggling to cope in neighbouring countries

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

More than 150,000 refugees from the Central African Republic have fled into neighbouring countries, where aid agencies say many are struggling to meet their basic needs. The UN World Food Programme(WFP) says the refugees are desperately in need of food and nutritional assistance, but they have fled to countries that are fragile and food insecure. [...]

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UNHCR warns of imminent attack on civilians in the Central African Republic

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Nearly 15,000 civilians have been surrounded by armed groups in the Central African Republic and there is imminent danger that they will be attacked, according to the UN refugee agency UNHCR. The majority of those trapped are Muslims and are scattered in 18 locations in the northwest and southeast of the country including some locations [...]

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UN proposes Arab world integration

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A vision for the political, social and economic integration of Arab states is being launched by the United Nations. A report by the UN's Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, (ESCWA) says integration across the Arab world is an "urgent necessity," and would help to develop the region. It says integration would ultimately lead [...]

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Vision of integration across Arab world proposed by UN

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Countries across the Arab world can gain "enormous benefits" if they follow a path towards social, political and economic union, according to a report being launched by the United Nations. The report by the UN's Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, (ESCWA) lays out a vision for integration which it says is now an [...]

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Fighting leaves Malakal town deserted in South Sudan

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  The town of Malakal in Unity State in South Sudan remains deserted, with signs of looting and more than 100 dead bodies scattered around following fighting last week. That's what was witnessed by staff from the UN Mission in South Sudan, (UNMISS) which conducted a number of patrols in the town over the weekend. [...]

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Sergeyev: Ukraine authorities used "excessive force against own people"

Listen / Yuriy Sergeyev, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the UN.

The government of Ukraine has used force against its own people, violating the Constitution and laws of the country. That's what Yuriy Sergeyev, the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations told the press on Monday as he briefed them on the political situation in his country. The first time was on 30 November [...]

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OSCE to send assessment mission to Ukraine to rebuild trust

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A mission will be sent to Ukraine to assess human rights violations in the country and help rebuild trust between the parties. That's what the current Chair of a European security organization told reporters on Monday after speaking to the UN Security Council. The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) is a 57-member [...]

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UN in South Sudan assesses aftermath of Malakal clashes

Listen / A volunteer in the South Sudanese town of Bor arranges corpses, victims of repeated clashes between government forces and rebels. Photo: IRIN/Hannah McNeish

Several patrols conducted by the UN Mission in South Sudan in Malakal, Unity State over the weekend counted more than 100 bodies scattered along their routes, the UN Spokesperson told the press on Monday. The UN Mission found a deserted town, said Martin Nesirky, with signs of looting and burning. Malakal was recently the scene [...]

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UN denounces Ugandan anti-homosexuality law

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A new law in Uganda which imposes life sentences in prison for homosexuality has been condemned by the United Nations. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, said the legislation would mean that lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people would face institutionalised discrimination. She added that the law violated fundamental human rights. [...]

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Anti-homosexuality law in Uganda denounced by UN

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An anti-homosexuality law in Uganda has been denounced by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Navi Pillay said the law which has just been passed in Uganda, would institutionalise discrimination against lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. She added that it could encourage harassment and violence against them. Martin Nesirky is the UN [...]

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International Year of Small Island Developing States launched at UN

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The International Year of Small Island Developing States has been launched by the United Nations to put a spotlight on the special needs of island nations. The UN says the countries, known as SIDS, need international support in their efforts to build resilient economies. Many face the threat of rising sea levels and what has [...]

24 Feb 2014 | Posted in Caribbean News, Today's Features | Read More »

UN launches the International Year of Small Island Developing States

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The United Nations has launched the International Year of Small Island Developing States as a way to highlight their efforts to overcome their unique development challenges. Small Island Developing States are islands of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans. The States face difficulties in their pursuit of sustainable development because of [...]

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People in Houses

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Princess Grace of Monaco stars in this drama about the life of refugees in Europe. Language: English Genre: Drama 1958 Duration: 28’46

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UNHCR Special Envoy Angeline Jolie urges aid for Syria children

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The Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie, has called for aid for Syria's children at the end of a three-day visit to refugee families in Lebanon. Ms. Jolie, who is a Special Envoy for the UN refugee agency UNHCR, met orphaned Syrian children who fled to Lebanon living in the Bekaa Valley. An estimated 3,500 children who [...]

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Global petition launched to help save Syrian children

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A global petition which encourages people across the world to voice outrage at the devastating impact on children of an ongoing civil war in Syria has been launched by the UN. The appeal has come from UNICEF, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and three international aid agencies as the conflict enters its fourth year. The [...]

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UN Chief calls for peaceful dialogue to resolve Ukraine crisis

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has once again called for non-violence and urged all Ukrainians to express their differences peacefully and through dialogue. More than 22 people were killed in violent clashes between riot police and protestors in the capital Kiev on 18 February, prompting senior UN officials to decry the excessive use of force. Demonstrations [...]

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Syrian children cannot afford another year of bloodshed and suffering

Listen / Children form a line outside the school at Za'atari camp in northern Jordan. [Photo: UNICEF/Simon Ingram]

As the Syrian war enters its fourth consecutive year, over 5.5 million Syrian children face a bleak future, according to United Nations agencies and their partners working in the country. United Nations Children's Fund UNICEF and the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR say the civil war in Syria continues to expose children to relentless horror and suffering, [...]

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Water scarcity, "most urgent food security" issue facing Near East and North Africa

Listen / A young woman pumps water from a well in the lowlands area of Eritrea.  UN Photo/Milton Grant

The scarcity of water in the Near East and North Africa is one of the most urgent food security issues in the region, according to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Fresh water availability is expected to drop by 50 per cent by the year 2050, which is expected to drastically affect agricultural productivity. [...]

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Water scarcity requires agriculture to be "more productive" says FAO

Listen / Conservation and management of water resources is crucial to food security. FAO

Agriculture needs to be more productive to make up for a scarcity of water in the Near East and North Africa, according to the UN's food agency, FAO. Agricultural productivity in the region is expected to fall in the next 25 years as the availability of water drops by 50 per cent. On Monday, ministers [...]

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Child helpline provides critical support for Kenyan rape victim

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Violence against children is everywhere but it's often hidden behind closed doors, according to the UN Children's Fund. The agency estimates that about 20 per cent of women and up to 10 per cent of men report being sexually abused as a child. To fight this crime, UNICEF supports projects like Childline Kenya, an NGO [...]

23 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Humanitarian access resolution adopted by UN Security Council

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A resolution to boost humanitarian aid access in Syria has been adopted by the UN Security Council on Saturday. Syria has been at civil war for the past three years during which time more than 100,000 people have been killed. The UN says that more than 9 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. [...]

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Small-scale fishermen hoping to benefit from boom in global fish trade

Listen / Projections for 2013 suggest fish farmers produced 70 million tonnes of fish – 44 percent of the total fishery output. FAO

Small-scale fishermen and fish farmers are being helped to take advantage of a growing worldwide market which has set new records last year. Global fishery production is expected to reach 160 million tonnes in 2013, up from 157 million tonnes the previous year. Many people in developing countries who work in the fish trade are [...]

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UN chief broadcasts peace appeal in Central African Republic

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The UN Secretary-General has appealed to the people of the Central African Republic to lay down their weapons and end the bloodshed and killings in their country. An internal conflict, pitting Muslims against Christians has been going on for over a year. Two and a half million people, more than 50 per cent of the [...]

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Haitian court's decision to probe former President Duvalier welcomed "as landmark step" for justice

Listen / Everyday life in Cite Soleil, Haiti.  MINUSTAH/Nektarios Markogiannis

The decision by Haiti's Court of Appeals to investigate former President Jean-Claude Duvalier for crimes against humanity has been welcomed by the UN human rights office as "a landmark step" for justice in the country. During his rule from 1971 to 1986, thousands of Haitians were killed and tortured  and many others fled the country. [...]

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UN chief welcomes Ukraine agreement

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An agreement reached between President Yanukovych of Ukraine and opposition leaders on a process for the settlement of the crisis in the country has been praised by the UN Secretary-General. Ban Ki-moon called the Ukrainian President to welcome what his spokesperson called an "important step forward." Dozens of people have been killed in violent clashes [...]

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Environmentally friendly cities are good for economy and people: UN special envoy

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Michael Bloomberg, former Mayor of New York City and his Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change.  UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Taking action to promote environmentally friendly cities is not only good for the economy but it is also good for business and people. That's what the newly appointed UN Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on Friday following a meeting with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to discuss [...]

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Close to 20,000 refugees from CAR arrive in Cameroon

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Nearly 20,000 refugees fleeing violence in the Central African Republic have arrived in Cameroon this month, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). The agency says the latest influx brings the total number of Central African refugees who have fled to Cameroon to more than 35,000. UNHCR spokesperson in Geneva, Dan McNorton says his colleagues [...]

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UN calls for countries to accept 100,000 Syrian refugees

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The UN refugee agency is asking countries to let in 100,00 Syrians from next year. The agency anticipates that in the coming years there will be increasing numbers of vulnerable Syrian refugees who will need to be resettled or relocated. From Geneva Claire Doole reports. Duration: 1’09″ As the conflict in Syria deepens and the [...]

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Small-scale fishermen need help to benefit from boom in global fish trade

Listen / Women collecting fish and sipu at sunset in the Dili District, Timor-Leste. UN Photo/Martine Perret

The world fish trade is generating more wealth than ever before, but small-scale fishermen and fish farmers need assistance to benefit from the market, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Friday. A record 160 million tonnes of fish products was traded globally in 2013 up from 157 million tonnes the previous year. [...]

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UNICEF launches biggest crisis appeal ever

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The UN Children's Agency has called for $2.2 billion to help 85 million people facing conflict and natural disasters in 50 countries. Almost 40 per cent of the appeal is for Syria and the region where the organisation says humanitarian and development aid is urgently needed. Claire Doole reports from Geneva. Duration: 2’25″

21 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN human rights office concerned about executions in Iran

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The execution of two Iranians found guilty of what has been described as "ill-defined charges" has been criticized by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva. In a statement issued on Friday, the Office expressed its deep concern about the reported spike in executions in Iran since the beginning of [...]

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Second wave of refugees from Syria enter Lebanon

Listen / Hind Al-Hussein, a 19 years old Syrian mother of three

More than 10,000 Syrians have fled into Lebanon since a fresh offensive on the city of Yabroud and its outskirts began on 12 February, according to the UN Refugee Agency. Syria has been at civil war for the last three years during which time more than 100,000 people have been killed. Given the scale of [...]

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Global appeal for $2.2bn to help 85 million people in emergencies

Listen / A baby girl is carried in a crowd of hundreds of children awaiting their turn to step into the 'Learn and Play' mobile van that has just arrived in the squatter community of Parola, in Manila, the capital.

A global appeal has been launched for $2.2 billion to help 85 million people facing conflict and natural disasters in 50 countries. Almost 40 per cent of the appeal by the UN Children's Agency (UNICEF) is for Syria and the region where the organisation says humanitarian and development aid is urgently needed. Claire Doole reports [...]

21 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Women should play bigger role in South Sudan peace process

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Women should be playing a more central role in the process to bring peace to South Sudan according to the Executive Director of UN Women. Pumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is in the South Sudanese capital, Juba, as part of a three day mission during which she is meeting key government officials including the president, as well as [...]

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UNCA: UN: international community must act on "widespread crimes of humanity" in North Korea

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The international community must act on evidence of widespread crimes against humanity in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), according to a UN Commission of Enquiry. A panel of experts mandated by the UN Human Rights Council said North Koreans had experienced "great suffering and unspeakable atrocities". It said those accused must face justice. [...]

21 Feb 2014 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

UNICEF makes record US$2.2 billion appeal for children in emergencies

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One of the largest appeals for emergency aid ever made has been announced by the UN children's fund, UNICEF. The Geneva-based agency appealed for almost US$2.2 billion to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance in 2014 to 85 million people, including 59 million children. The funds will be spent on assistance for children who face conflict, natural [...]

21 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Local languages provide "access to scientific knowledge": UNESCO

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The importance of local languages in providing access to scientific knowledge is being highlighted by the UN's cultural agency, UNESCO on Friday. International Mother Language Day, which is marked on 21 February each year, celebrates multilingualism and linguistic and cultural diversity across the world. The day was established by the UN General Assembly to "promote [...]

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Asian developing countries dominate ICT goods trade

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Countries in Asia represent the leading production hub of information and communication technology products (ICT), accounting for two thirds of world exports. That's according to the latest data released by the UN trade agency UNCTAD. China alone counted for 30 per cent of the total export market for ICT goods, the report found. Because of [...]

21 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN AND AFRICA:Cycle of violence in Central African Republic needs to stop: UN Rights Chief

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• Efforts must be made to restore security and the rule of law in order to break the cycle of violence and revenge in the Central African Republic. The UN human rights chief issued the strongly worded statement on Wednesday. The former Muslim rebels known as the ex-Séléka are regrouping in the north, provoking a [...]

20 Feb 2014 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

UN chief announces plan to end crisis in Central African Republic

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A six-point plan to end the ongoing conflict in the Central African Republic, including troops and police to protect people has been announced by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Mr. Ban spoke to reporters after briefing the Security Council on the situation in the country where violence between Muslim and Christian militias continues. The Secretary-General said [...]

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WOMEN: Women losing ground in global employment

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Women worldwide are losing ground in the employment sector….that's according to a new World Bank report. It says nearly four in 10 people globally—close to one half in developing countries—agree that when jobs are scarce, men are more likely to find employment than women. A child helpline provides critical support for Kenyan rape victim Violence [...]

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Provision of water, sanitation and energy remains a challenge in Africa

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Despite progress that African countries have made in providing water, sanitation and energy to their people, they still face challenges, according to Water Aid, a London-based non-governmental organization. Girish Menon, the Director of International Programmes there, was at UN headquarters to participate in a UN General Assembly debate on the issue. The United Nations estimates [...]

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100 days on, Haiyan survivors need more jobs to recover

Listen / Haiyan survivors needs more jobs to recover - ILO

One hundred days after Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, many people are still struggling to find jobs in order to get by and rebuild their livelihoods. A large majority of the four million people who were displaced by the typhoon which swept across the country in November were workers. Many of them were in a [...]

20 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN humanitarian chief "shocked" by violence in Central African Republic

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The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, says she has been shocked by what she has seen in the Central African Republic. The country continues to be plagued by attacks and counter-attacks between Christian and Muslim militias. Ms. Amos concluded her visit to the country on Thursday after witnessing at first hand the situation on [...]

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Women losing ground in global employment

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Women worldwide are losing ground in the employment sector….that's according to a new World Bank report. It says nearly four in 10 people globally—close to one half in developing countries—agree that when jobs are scarce, men are more likely to find employemnt than women. Daniel Dickinson reports. Duration:  2’21″

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WMO deal for Haiti to minimise hurricane impact

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The Secretary General of the World Meteorological Organisation, Michel Jarraud, has signed an accord with the Haitian President, Michel Martelly to improve weather, climate and hydrology forecasting in a country vulnerable to hurricanes, floods and landslides. Funded by the Canadian government the 5.86 million USD project will be co-ordinated and managed by the WMO. Claire [...]

20 Feb 2014 | Posted in Caribbean News, Today's News | Read More »

UNHCR Dubai operations increase by 100% in 2012 and 2013

Listen / Emergency supplies are loaded at UNHCR's central emergency stockpile in Dubai.

The operations of the UN refugee agency's warehouse facilities in Dubai increased by 100 per cent in 2012 and 2013 from the previous year according to data released on Thursday. UNHCR says last year there were more than 100 outgoing shipments to over 36 countries around the world compared to 22 countries in 2012. The [...]

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End "indiscriminate killings" in CAR urges refugee chief

Listen / Solange is an internally displaced mother of four children from Central African Republic who just wants to go home.

The UN's top refugee official has called for an end to what he has described as "indiscriminate killings and massacres" that have been taking place in the Central African Republic. António Guterres, the High Commissioner of the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, was recently in the county, which has been suffering from internal conflict for more [...]

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"Empower" people through "decent work" on World Day of Social Justice

Listen / Pakistani peacekeepers with UNMIL teach young Liberians to lay bricks as part of a job training programme offered by the Pakistani contingent. Tubmanburg, Liberia. UN Photo/Staton Winter

Countries around the world are being encouraged to devote Thursday to promoting activities in the pursuit of social justice. The World Day of Social Justice which is marked annually on 20 February encourages the breaking down of barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability. In a message to [...]

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Double bomb attack in Beirut condemned by UN envoy

Listen / Martin Nesirky, Spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary-General

Two bomb attacks in southern suburbs of the Lebanese capital, Beirut have been condemned by the top United Nations envoy in the country. According to reports, two suicide bombers in a car and a motorcycle blew themselves up near an Iranian cultural centre, killing at least four people and wounding dozens of others. Martin Nesirky [...]

19 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

CAR cycle of violence and revenge needs to stop: UN Rights Chief

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Efforts must be made to restore security and the rule of law in order to break the cycle of violence and revenge in the Central African Republic. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay issued the strongly worded statement on Wednesday. The former Muslim rebels known as the ex-Séléka are regrouping in their traditional [...]

19 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Teenage activist urges improved education for Syrian children

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A teenage activist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee is calling for better and more accessible education for Syrian children in a refugee camp in Jordan. Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan visited the UN-run Za’atari Camp in northern Jordan which is home to around 100,000 Syrians who have fled the ongoing civil war in Syria. Malala was [...]

19 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Rule of law "at heart" of UN's work: Ban Ki-moon

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The rule of law is at the heart of the work of the United Nations, according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Mr. Ban spoke as the Security Council began an open debate on Wednesday under the theme "The promotion and strengthening of the rule of law in the maintenance of international peace and security." He [...]

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UN Radio News 19 February 2014

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UN agriculture agency rules out human-to-animal transmission of bird flu

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There is no evidence that people infected with the A (H7N9) strain of bird flu can transmit the virus to animals, including birds, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The agency issued a statement on Wednesday after the first human case of the virus outside China was recently detected in Malaysia. FAO [...]

19 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

"Appalling crimes" committed in Central African Republic

Listen / Children wait for water at a school where they have taken shelter from the increasingly brutal sectarian violence in the Central African Republic. Photo: IRIN/Hannah McNeish

People holding positions of authority in the Central African Republic are being reminded that they will be held personally accountable for atrocities that are being committed in the country. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, said the authorities have a legal obligation to stop the acts of violence which may amount to [...]

19 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN rights office calls on Ukraine to open dialogue with opposing voices

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The UN Human Rights Office has called for an independent investigation into the violent clashes between riot police and protestors in Ukraine which have left dozens dead. Thousands of people have been demonstrating in the capital Kiev since November against the government’s perceived rejection of integration with the European Union. On Tuesday the situation took [...]

19 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Government and protestors in Ukraine urged to exercise restraint

Listen / Ravina Shamdasani, UN Human Rights spokesperson

The exercise of restraint is being urged in Ukraine following the killing of more than 22 people during violent clashes between riot police and protesters in the capital, Kiev on Tuesday. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he is shocked and gravely concerned about the escalation of violence in the country and is calling for the [...]

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Small island states discuss critical role of tourism in their economies

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The critical role of tourism in the economies of Small Island Development States is being discussed at a two-day conference starting on Wednesday in Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas. The meeting under the theme "Tourism as a Key Sector for Development in Island States" is being held in conjunction with the United Nations World Tourism [...]

19 Feb 2014 | Posted in Caribbean News, Today's News | Read More »

Small Island Developing States discuss tourism as key for development

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The role of tourism in  the economies of small island development states is being discussed at a two-day conference in the Bahamas starting on Wednesday. Ministers of Tourism, Transport and Airline Executives from Latin America and the Caribbean, experts and other stakeholders are participating in the meeting in Nassau. The conference, under the theme "Tourism [...]

19 Feb 2014 | Posted in Caribbean News, Today's Features | Read More »

Over 850,000 Somalis face food crisis: UN official

Listen / A Somali girl walks down a road at sunset in a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) near the town of Jowhar, Somalia.  UN Photo/Tobin Jones

Somalia is facing a "very grave" situation with approximately two million people considered to be food insecure. That's according to John Ging, Operations Director of the UN humanitarian agency (OCHA) who has just returned from the country. Speaking to reporters in New York on Tuesday, he recalled that in 2011, 260,000 Somalis died of famine. [...]

18 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN agency concerned about asylum seekers on Manus Island

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Australian authorities have been urged to investigate recent incidents that reportedly led to the death of an asylum-seeker on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. The call has come from the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) which says it's concerned about what's happening on the island where Australia has a processing centre for refugees and asylum [...]

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General Assembly puts spotlight on water, sanitation and energy

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The importance of Water, Sanitation and Sustainable Energy in the Post-2015 Development Agenda was the subject of an open debate of the General Assembly on Tuesday. The United Nations estimates that 2.5 billion people do not have access to adequate sanitation. Next year is the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to eradicate extreme [...]

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UN Radio News 18 February 2014

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People in Central African Republic scared to return home: IOM survey

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A survey by the International Organisation for Migration shows that those displaced by the inter-communal violence in the Central African Republic are increasingly worried about returning home. Preliminary results reveal that Muslims and other ethnic minorities are particularly fearful of leaving the camps where hundreds of thousands of people have been living since an upsurge [...]

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Killing of over 150 people in Nigeria condemned by UN

Listen / Ravina Shamdasani, UN Human Rights spokesperson

The killing of more than 150 people in two states in Nigeria has been strongly condemned by the United Nations human rights office. According to reports, gunmen believed to be from the Boko Haram Islamic extremist group attacked eight villages in Adamawa and Borno States on Sunday. The group, based in north-eastern Nigeria, says it [...]

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Youth to contribute to development through crowd-sourcing platform

Listen / UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi. [UN Photo/Evan Schneider]

An initiative to help ensure that youth priorities are reflected in the UN's development agenda of the post-2015 era is being launched in New York on Tuesday. A crowd-sourcing platform on the internet will serve as a virtual space for young people to express their views. Member States of the United Nations are currently defining [...]

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FAO appeals for $77 million to help South Sudan affected population

Listen / Gracie Seratiore Furimona is a small-scale farmer in a village in South Sudan:  Photo:  WFP

An estimated 10 million livestock have been displaced by the conflict in South Sudan, making it hard for communities to access milk and milk products. That's according to Sue Lautze, Head of office, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in South Sudan. The mass displacements have also disrupted the planting season, forcing people to survive on [...]

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Nuclear talks with Iran begin in Vienna

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Negotiations on the future of Iran's nuclear programme are due to start at the United Nations in Vienna on Tuesday. Six world powers will join Iran for talks which are aimed at curbing elements of the country's nuclear programme in exchange for a gradual end to sanctions. Western powers fear the programme is intended to [...]

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Crowd-sourcing platform to help youth contribute to development

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Young people around the world are being encouraged to contribute to the UN's development agenda of the post-2015 era through an online crowd-sourcing platform. The United Nations is currently working with Member States and civil society to define the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs which will replace the Millennium Development Goals after 2015. Ahmed Alhendawi, [...]

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UN Radio News 17 February 2014

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UN: international community must act on "widespread crimes of humanity" in North Korea

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The international community must act on evidence of widespread crimes against humanity in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), according to a UN Commission of Inquiry. A panel of experts mandated by the UN Human Rights council said North Koreans had experienced "great suffering and unspeakable atrocities" in prison camps and those accused must [...]

17 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

New skills and farmer training cut toxic pesticide use in West Africa

Listen / Partipants in an FAO farmer field school near Fana, Mali, examine cotton plants for signs of pests.

Tens of thousands of cotton farmers in Mali have been able to drastically reduce their use of toxic pesticides by 90 per cent through training on alternative methods of pest control, according to a new FAO study. Poor yields in the West Africa Region often result from a lack of knowledge of soil management, poor [...]

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Terrorist attack in Egypt condemned by UN chief

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A terrorist attack on a bus in Egypt, which reportedly killed four people and wounded many others, has been strongly condemned by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Three tourists from the Republic of Korea were amongst the dead in the attack on Sunday in the Sinai. Egypt has witnessed considerable violence since the overthrow of [...]

17 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Afghan elections should be inclusive and fair to be credible: UN

Listen / Jeffrey Feltman visits Afghanistan

"All eyes are on Afghanistan" as it prepares for elections on 5 April, the Under Secretary-General for UN's political affairs said at the end of his two-day visit to the country. The elections will mark the first ever transfer of power from one elected president to another in the country's history. Jeffrey Feltman, who oversees [...]

17 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Afghan election "opportunity" to engage internationally

Listen / Jeffrey Feltman visits Afghanistan

Forthcoming presidential and provincial elections in Afghanistan provide an opportunity for the country to engage with the international community according to the UN's political chief. Eleven candidates are fighting the presidential election on 5 April which will mark the first ever transfer of power in the country's history from one elected president to another. The [...]

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"Unspeakable atrocities" in North Korea

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"Unspeakable atrocities" are being committed against political prisoners in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), according to a report released by the United Nations. The report by a Commission of Inquiry lists what it described as crimes against humanity, not just confined to the prison system. They include extermination, murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, [...]

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Kenya urged to repeal matrimonial property act

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Kenya has been urged by a group of UN human rights experts to repeal sections of a law which may deny women the right to marital property upon divorce or death of their spouse. Women will not be able to claim their right to property unless they can prove they made a contribution to its [...]

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East Africa experts discuss role of foreign investments to boost local economies

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The Eastern Africa region has enjoyed impressive growth, but has not been able to make a dent in the poverty levels or create enough jobs. That's why experts from the region are meeting in Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to see to what extent their governments can depend on foreign investments [...]

17 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Human rights violations report on North Korea goes public

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A report which investigates what have been called the "systematic, widespread and grave violations of human rights" in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea is being made public on Monday by the United Nations. Among the violations investigated in the report are those linked to the right to food,  prison camps, as well as torture [...]

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African experts review role of investment in East Africa's economies

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Experts from countries in the Eastern Africa region are gathering in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to discuss the role of investment to boost their economies. The Intergovernmental Committee of Experts is part of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, ECA's Office for Eastern Africa. It meets annually to [...]

17 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Mobile technologies to aid teaching and learning

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The potential for mobile technologies to aid teaching and learning is being examined by the UN's cultural organization, UNESCO in Paris, France. The annual Mobile Learning Week will focus on how cell phones and other communication technologies can boost learning in regions where traditional educational resources are lacking. A series of workshops will look at [...]

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Security Council welcomes resumption of Sudan negotiations

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The Security Council has welcomed the resumption of negotiations between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement–North (SPLM-N) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The talks are being brokered by the African Union High-level Implementation Panel (AUHIP). Established in 2009, the Panel is led by three former presidents, namely Thabo Mbeki of South Africa, [...]

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

Syrian peace talks adjourned indefinitely

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The second round of the Syrian peace talks has ended, without making progress. United Nations and Arab League special envoy for Syria Lakdhar Brahimi expressed disappointment at the failure by the government and the opposition to find a common ground on which to start the negotiations. Speaking in Geneva on Saturday, Mr Brahimi apologized to [...]

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New law on use of Internet in Turkey could breach human rights

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A new law curbing the use of the Internet in Turkey could lead to "breaches of human rights, in particular the right to privacy, free speech and opinion". The warning to Turkey's authorities came from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The law would allow the country's telecommunications authority to [...]

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Syria government "deeply regrets" lack of progress at Geneva talks

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A top delegate of the Syrian government expressed his "deep regret" over the lack of progress at the Geneva II peace conference. Faisal Makdad, the Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister told reporters on Friday that his delegation had gone to the talks with an aim to "reach a political solution to the crisis". The talks are [...]

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Second round of Syria talks ends in deadlock

Listen / Lakhdar Brahimi

A second round of peace talks in Geneva to end the ongoing crisis in Syria has ended in deadlock after the warring parties failed to agree on a way forward. The three-year conflict in Syria has killed more than 100,000 people and forced millions of others to flee their homes. Representatives of the Syrian government [...]

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Syria opposition: peace talks have "reached an impasse"

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The second round of the UN-sponsored peace talks for Syria in Geneva has reached an impasse, according to a member of the opposition. Louay Safi, Spokesperson for the Syrian National Coalition, made the announcement on Friday on day four of the talks. More than 100,000 people have been killed and millions have fled their homes [...]

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Sniffer dogs ensure safety of UN South Sudan base

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It's a rare occurrence to see a dog on a lead in South Sudan… even rarer, a dog with a job. But that is set to change, at least at the United Nations mission in the country, UNMISS. Eight dogs have been trained to sniff out any explosives, weapons or contraband being brought into the [...]

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Deep concern over violence in Venezuela

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The UN says it's "deeply concerned" about the escalation of violence and the death of at least three people during demonstrations in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas. The government's Public Prosecutor added that, 66 people were wounded and 69 detained. Thousands of people in cities throughout Venezuela reportedly participated in protests against the detention of student [...]

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Children in CAR facing horrific cruelty and violence

Listen / A young girl stands outside a UNICEF-supported child-friendly space in Bossangoa, Central African Republic (CAR). Photo: UNICEF

At least 133 children have been killed or maimed in the past two months in the Central African Republic, according to the UN Children's Fund UNICEF. The organisation saysthe growing secterian and retaliatory attacks by opposing rebel groups has lead to unprecedented levels of violence against children. UNICEF West and Central Africa Regional Director, Manuel Fontaine [...]

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Central African Republic public health sector in ruins

Listen / Thousands of people have been forced from their homes by fresh fighting in the capital, adding to the previous CAR total or some 206,000 IDPs (© UNHCR/D.Mbaiorem)

Health services in the war torn Central Africa Republic have collapsed leaving the civilian population vulnerable to disease outbreaks and the war wounded without proper treatment, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). WHO says medical facilities have been looted and extensively damaged, forcing health workers including doctors and nurses to abandon their posts. Essential [...]

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WOMEN: Gender equality promoted on UN's World Radio Day

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Radio broadcasting is being promoted as a key way to promote gender equality and women's empowerment around the world. On World Radio Day on Thursday, the UN's cultural organization, UNESCO, is raising awareness of the power of radio to promote access to information and the freedom of expression as a means to boost equality. The [...]

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UN CALLING ASIA: Second chance for male trafficking victims in Cambodia

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Migrant workers from Cambodia are falling into the hands of human traffickers and smugglers in their quest for decent jobs abroad according to the International Organisation for Migration(IOM). The South-East Asian country’s steady economic growth over the past few years has not yielded enough employment opportunities to absorb the growing youth population. And as a [...]

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Conflict threatens wildlife in South Sudan

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South Sudan is endowed with a rich variety of wildlife and has a huge potential to become a source of income through tourism and other economic activities. But instability is affecting this vital sector and authorities have raised concerns about increased poaching. The Bandigilo and Boma National Parks have both been affected by the crisis. [...]

14 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

"Challenges and successes" of young migrants explored in UN report

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The concerns, challenges and successes experienced by young migrants around the world have been documented in an annual UN report. The 2013 World Youth Report, which is released on Friday, offers a global snapshot of the situation of young migrants. International migration has increased steadily over the years and now stands at over 230 million [...]

14 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN in Congo concerned about human rights violations in North Kivu

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The UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, MONUSCO, says it's concerned about reports of gross human rights violations. They include a summary execution of more than 70 men and women committed in two villages in the North Kivu province. The reports suggest that the executions were allegedly committed mainly by armed groups [...]

13 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

CAR gets an additional $10 million to support critical aid operations

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The Central African Republic (CAR) has been allotted $10 million in additional funds to support critical life-saving aid operations The money came from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), which is in humanitarian emergencies . The Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Valerie Amos who allocated the funds, explained that the needs in the country are tremendous [...]

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Russia and US reaffirm support for Syria peace process

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Russia and the United States have reaffirmed their support for the peace process aimed at bringing an end to three years of civil war in Syria. A second round of peace talks has been taking place in Geneva between the Syrian government and opposition forces but no significant progress has been made. The joint UN [...]

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Burundi needs UN presence during "crucial and sensitive" electoral period: US

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The Government of Burundi's partnership with the United Nations as well as the broader international community will be "increasingly important" in the lead up to national elections in 2015. That's what Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis of the United States told the Security Council on Thursday. Burundi needs to maintain the presence of the United Nations Office [...]

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World Radio Day audio message: UN Secretary-General

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Audio message of the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon. Duration: 1’20″

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UN AND AFRICA: Security situation deteriorates in Central African Republic

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• The security situation in the Central African Republic continues to deteriorate. The crisis started in December 2012 when rebels attacked government forces. The former Séléka rebels and Muslim civilians have been attacked by Christian militias known as anti-Balaka. The violence has continued despite the inauguration of a new president. UN expert calls for an [...]

13 Feb 2014 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

UN condemns civilian deaths in bomb attack at Mogadishu airport

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The deaths of Somali bystanders in a bomb attack in Mogadishu has been strongly condemned by the UN Special Envoy for Somalia, Nicholas Kay. A vehicle exploded close to a convoy of UN vehicles near the international airport, according to a statement released by his office on Thursday. A UN car was damaged, but no [...]

13 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Tuning into the role of rural radio in agriculture and development

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Rural communities in Africa which may be largely cut off from access to information on agriculture and development are using radio to fill what's been described as the "information gap." Radio remains the medium that reaches the widest audience in developing countries. Its role in promoting access to information, freedom of expression and gender equality [...]

13 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN expert calls for an end to human trafficking in the Seychelles.

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The trafficking in persons in the Seychelles remains hidden as a result of a lack of awareness according to a UN expert. The United Nations Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, recently visited the Indian Ocean archipelago. She warned that the islands were not out of reach of traffickers and what she [...]

13 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Concern raised about deteriorating conditions in Fallujah, Iraq

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Concern has been raised by the UN over what has been described as the "rapidly deteriorating conditions” in Fallujah in Iraq. Over 63,000 people have fled their homes in Anbar Province where Fallujah is located following an upsurge in skirmishes between Iraqi troops and Al-Qaeda-linked fighters. Food stocks and drinking water in the province are [...]

13 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Gender equality promoted on UN's World Radio Day

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Radio broadcasting is being promoted as a key way to furthergender equality and women's empowerment around the world. On World Radio Day on Thursday, the UN's cultural organization, UNESCO , is raising awareness of the power of radio to promote access to information and the freedom of expression as a means to boost equality. The [...]

13 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Syria envoy to meet Russian and American representatives

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Representatives from Russia and the United States are due to meet the joint UN and Arab League envoy for Syria in Geneva on Thursday as the diplomatic effort to end the civil war in the country intensifies. A second round of peace talks has been taking place in the Swiss city between the Syrian government [...]

13 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Development is being derailed by growing inequalities: new UN report

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A new UN report finds that growing inequalities will undo significant gains in health and longevity made over the past 20 years. To sustain these gains, the United Nations ICPD Beyond 2014 Global Report argues that governments must pass and enforce laws to protect the poorest and most marginalized. That, the report points out, includes [...]

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"Multiple challenges" for UN in Central African Republic

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The Central African Republic faces what a senior United Nations faces official is calling "multiple challenges." An estimated 2.5 million people are in need of immediate humanitarian assistance following an ongoing internal conflict. Edmond Mulet the UN's Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations is due to leave the country on Thursday following a three-day visit. He [...]

13 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Situation in Gaza deteriorates because of renewed tensions: UN envoy

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The top UN envoy for the Middle East region has expressed his concern about the deteriorating social and economic conditions in Gaza. Robert Serry, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, shared his observations with the press during his visit to the Strip on Wednesday. In the past two months, said Mr. [...]

12 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Asia leads in imports and exports of ICT goods: UN Trade agency

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The total of worldwide imports of information and communication technology (ICT) products reached about $2 trillion in 2012, according to the latest data released by the UN trade agency UNCTAD. The Global Imports of ICT goods report puts mobile phones, smartphones, laptops, tablets, chips and microchips among the top products traded globally. The Asian developing [...]

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UN Daily News 12 February 2014

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States urged to change negative stereotypes of women

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Countries around the world are being urged to change the negative stereotypes of women which persist in male-dominated cultures. The call has come from a member of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) which is currently holding its 57th session in Geneva. The session is reviewing reports from seven [...]

12 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Protection of civilians "unheeded"

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The need to protect civilians in time of conflict is often going "unheeded" according to a senior United Nations official. As violence continues in Syria, South Sudan and the Central African Republic, the UN is turning its attention on how best to protect civilians. The Security Council on Wednesday discussed the effective implementation of protection [...]

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Protection of civilians transcends politics: United Kingdom

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The protection of civilians by the United Nations in times of conflict has to be undertaken at an early stage if people are not to suffer human rights abuses. United Kingdom's Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Peter Wilson made the remarks during a Security Council debate on the protection of civilians. Ambassador Wilson [...]

12 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Darfur armed groups with AU-UN joint mediator in Kampala

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The leaders of three main armed opposition groups in Darfur have wrapped up a meeting with the head of the African Union- United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), Mohamed Ibn Chambas. The meeting is a follow-up on the outcomes of a technical workshop on peace and security in Darfur held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in [...]

12 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN publishes key data on recruitment and use of child soldiers

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Children continue to be used in three conflicts around the world, according to data published by the UN to mark the International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers. The Office of the Special Representative for Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) featured the Central African Republic (CAR), South [...]

12 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Food reserves in CAR dangerously low

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Farmers in the Central African Republic are in urgent need of seeds and essential tools for the March planting season if they are to help avert a full-scale food and nutrition crisis in the country, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Food reserves in the country are almost exhausted due to low [...]

12 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Secretary-General shocked by reports of massacre in Syria

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The UN Secretary-General has expressed shock at learning about reports of what he is calling "yet another massacre" in Syria. A statement released by his spokesperson confirmed that "dozens of civilians" are said to have been brutally killed on 9 February in the Syrian village of Ma'an. Ban Ki-moon condemned in the strongest terms all [...]

12 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Fisheries, the potential to boost Africa's economies

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Small-scale fisheries in Africa have long played an important role in providing food and livelihoods to people in coastal and rural areas. However, some African countries don't have the capacity to make full use of the resources in their deep waters. In fact, foreign unlicensed trawlers exploit this weakness and enter African waters to engage [...]

12 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

State of global press freedom report released at UN

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The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) will present the 2014 edition of its annual assessment on the state of press freedom at the United Nations in New York. The launch of the report entitled "Attacks on the Press: Journalism on the World's Frontlines" will be followed by a briefing to the press. The event is [...]

12 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Young South Korean entrepreneur creates rural jobs

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The future for many young people looking for jobs in Asia could be in rural areas rather than in cities, according to some economists working on employment issues. Typically, the scarcity of rural jobs has driven young people to urban areas in search of employment, but that trend could be reversed as more opportunities are [...]

12 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

"Long, complex process" to address roots of South Sudan crisis: Ladsous

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There are several priorities regarding the South Sudan crisis, but for the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), the protection of civilians is on top of its agenda. That's what Hervé Ladsous, the head of UN peacekeeping operations told reporters following a Security Council meeting on South Sudan. The next priority is to work on [...]

11 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

"Limited flight options" for Palestinians in Syria

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Palestinians who fled to Syria as refugees have had fewer opportunities than others to leave the country, according to the head of the UN agency which deals with Palestinian refugees. Speaking in New York, Filippo Grandi the head of UNRWA said of the more than half a million Palestinians living in Syria, around 270, 000 [...]

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Cyprus to resume peace negotiations after two-year hiatus

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The UN Secretary-General has welcomed news regarding the resumption of peace talks in Cyprus after a two-year interruption. Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders issued a joint communiqué announcing the re-launch of negotiations aimed at reaching a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem. The UN has been facilitating the talks with a view to establish [...]

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Afghanistan launches new policy to improve conditions of internally displaced

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The Afghan government has launched a new national policy in order to address the problem of internally displaced people. That's according to a statement issued by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). The policy specifies the roles and responsibilities of Government ministries and their international partners, including the United Nations, in addressing the problem [...]

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UN Daily News 11 February 2014

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Assassination attempt against Iraqi Speaker of parliament condemned by UN

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A UN Special Envoy for Iraq, Nickolay Mladenov, has strongly condemned an assassination attempt against the country's Speaker of parliament. Mr. Osama Al-Nujaifi's convoy was attacked in the city of Mosul in Ninewa Province Monday afternoon. Martin Nesirky, the UN Spokesperson, said the UN Envoy wished a speedy recovery to those who were injured in [...]

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Security situation deteriorates in Central African Republic

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The security situation in the Central African Republic continues to deteriorate and threatens to degenerate into lawlessness. The crisis started in December 2012 when rebels attacked government forces but has become an inter-religious conflict. The former rebels who were known as Séléka and Muslim civilians have been attacked by Christian militias known as anti-Balaka. Derrick [...]

11 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN to help Burundi flood and landslide victims recover

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Fifty-one people have died due to floods and landslides caused by heavy rains in the capital Bujumbura, in the east African nation of Burundi. The UN Office in Burundi (BNUB) confirmed the news on Tuesday, quoting official sources. The majority of victims were children, a BNUB spokesperson said. Houses collapsed and roads were destroyed. Vladimir [...]

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Climate of impunity reigns in CAR, warns UN Rights agency

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A climate of complete impunity reigns in the Central African Republic (CAR), warns the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Anti-Balaka militants, a term used to refer to Christian militias, are reportedly extorting money from small businesses and individuals. They have also been claiming responsibility for the crimes and murders they have [...]

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Children evacuated from Syrian city "terrified, frail and emaciated"

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Children who have been evacuated from the old city of Homs in Syria have been described by the UN Children's Fund UNICEF as "terrified, frail and emaciated." The warring parties in Syria agreed a ceasefire during which at least 500 children were brought out of the city which has been under siege for the last [...]

11 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN envoy appeals to warring parties to end "nightmare" of Syrian people

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The UN and Arab league envoy for Syria is urging the warring parties in Syria to end what he has called the "nightmare" that Syrian people are experiencing. More than 100,000 people have been killed during the three-year conflict and millions have fled their homes. Lakhdar Brahimi was speaking after face-to-face meetings with the government [...]

11 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

World Radio Day 2014 – interview with Stephane Dujarric

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To mark World Radio Day 2014, Elena Vapnitchnaia, Chief of the Russian UN Radio sat down with Stephane Dujarric, Director of the News and Media Division in the UN Department of Public Information, to discuss the past, present and future of UN Radio. Duration: 6’45″  

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End "nightmare" for Syrian people: UN envoy

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The warring parties in Syria are being urged to speed up peace talks and end what has been described as a "nightmare" for the Syrian people. The civil war in Syria has been going on for three years and more than 100,000 people have been killed. Millions more have fled their homes creating one of [...]

11 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Syrian government detaining 295 men evacuated from Homs

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Aid agencies have so far managed to evacuate 1,132 civilians from the Syrian old city of Homs. Among the people evacuated by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) were 124 elderly people, 308 children under 18 years old, 465 men aged between18 and 55 years old and 252 women. United Nations refugee agency UNHCR however [...]

11 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Second chance for male trafficking victims in Cambodia

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Migrant workers from Cambodia are falling into the hands of human traffickers and smugglers in their quest for decent jobs abroad according to the International Organisation for Migration(IOM). The South-East Asian country's steady economic growth over the past few years has not yielded enough employment opportunities to absorb the growing youth population. And as a [...]

11 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Gender disparities apparent in radio broadcasting: UNESCO

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There is still a lot of work that needs to be done to promote equality between men and women involved in the radio broadcasting industry. That's according to Mirta Lourenco, chief of Media Development and Society at the UN Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). UNESCO observes 13 February as World Radio Day each year to [...]

11 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Sudan Sanctions Committee to brief the Security Council

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A panel of experts monitoring United Nations sanctions imposed on Sudan in connection with the conflict in Darfur is expected to deliver its monthly briefing to the Security Council. The four experts were assigned by the Council to assist the "1591" Sudan Sanctions Committee set up in March 2005. The panel is tasked with helping [...]

11 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Global hunger remains a problem despite development efforts

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One of the  Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that world leaders set to be achieved by 2015 is to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger. But, there are still more than 800 million hungry people around the world according to United Nations estimates. Now, as 2015 approaches, the focus is shifting to sustainable development goals, or SDG's which [...]

10 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

ICC judges to determine if former Congolese rebel goes to trial

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Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague have four days to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to charge former Congolese rebel leader, Bosco Ntaganda. As the former Commander of the Patriotic Forces for the Liberation of Congo (FPLC), General Ntaganda is suspected of 13 counts of war crimes and five counts [...]

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World Radio Day audio message: Theresia Makungu

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Audio Message of Theresia Makungu, Pambazuko FM, Tanzania. Duration: 2’51″  

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South Sudan peace talks should be fully inclusive, underscores UNMISS

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The importance of reaching a comprehensive peace agreement in South Sudan has been emphasized by the UN Mission in the country, UNMISS. Representatives of the government as well as the opposition have returned to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia for a second round of peace talks aimed at ending two months of conflict in the country. [...]

10 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

World Radio Day audio message: Bibi Russell

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Audio Message of Bibi Russell Bangladeshi Fashion designer, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Duration: 3’09″

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World Radio Day audio message: Irina Bokova

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Audio Message of Irina Bokova, Director-General of  the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) Duration: 1’11″        

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Third shipment of chemical weapons material leaves Syria

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A third shipment of chemical weapons material from Syria took place on Monday, according to the Joint Mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations. The OPCW Director General, Ahmet Üzümcü confirmed the news on Monday. In a statement released to the press, Mr. Üzümcü said he hoped [...]

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World Radio Day audio message: Christiane Amanpour

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Audio Message of Christiane Amanpour, the Chief International Correspondent for CNN. Duration:  3’40″  

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Humanitarian pause in Homs extended for three more days

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The warring parties in Syria have agreed to extend the ceasefire in Old Homs City, for a further three days. More than 800 people have so far been evacuated from Homs during the so-called "humanitarian pause." Vital food and medical supplies were also brought to people who have been besieged with little aid for nearly [...]

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UN Special Envoy concerned over persistent insecurity in Bangui

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General Babacar Gaye, Special Representative for the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in the Central African Republic (BINUCA) has condemned the "unnecessary and indiscriminate" use of violence in the city of Bangui. Compounding the situation, Jean-Emmanuel Ndjaroua, a member of the National Transition Council, was killed by unidentified armed assailants [...]

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Women and children bear brunt of conflict in Afghanistan: UN report

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The ongoing conflict between government and anti-government forces in Afghanistan claimed close to 3,000 lives in 2013 according to a new report. The 2013 Annual Report on Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict issued by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), says the number of civilians killed or injured in the country increased by [...]

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Evacuation of besieged Syrian city continues

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The evacuation of people from the besieged city of Homs in Syria is continuing on Monday. The Syrian Arab Red Crescent working with the United Nations said it had brought 700 people out of the city over the past two days and had been able to deliver aid to some families. Homs has been largely [...]

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Afghan women and children casualties rise in 2013

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2013 was the worst year in Afghanistan since 2009 in terms of the number of women and children killed or injured as a result of continued instability in the country. That's according to the UN Assistance Mission to Afghanistan's (UNAMA) annual report on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict. The report found that civilian [...]

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Fresh round of Syria peace talks start in Geneva

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A new round of negotiations to end the fighting in Syria has kicked off at the United Nations in Geneva. The UN-Arab League Joint Special Representative for Syria is meeting the two sides to the conflict separately for the next two days. The talks will focus on stopping a civil war which has been going [...]

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Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women meets in Geneva

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The Kingdom of Bahrain will be the first to brief the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) at the opening of its 57th Session. The Committee is the body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women. By accepting the Convention, [...]

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Warring parties in Syria return to Geneva peace talks

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The government and opposition forces in Syria are due to return to Geneva on Monday in an attempt to agree on a peace deal to bring an end to three years of civil war. Over 100,000 people have been killed in the conflict and millions have fled their homes. The first round of peace talks, [...]

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Syria peace talks resume in Geneva

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Peace talks between the government and opposition forces in Syria are due to resume in Geneva as the warring parties attempt to find a way to end three years of conflict in the country. Millions of people have fled the fighting in Syria and over 100,000 have been killed. The government and opposition met in [...]

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"Small breakthrough" as humanitarian aid delivered to besieged Syrian city

Listen / Residents of Homs, Syria, in March 2012. Photo: OCHA/Jutta Hinkkanen

The delivery of humanitarian aid and the evacuation of besieged people from the Syrian city of Homs has been described as a "small breakthrough" by the UN's humanitarian office, OCHA. Eighty-three people were evacuated from Homs on Friday during a three day pause in hostilities agreed by the warring parties. The conflict in Syria has [...]

7 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

ICC opens new preliminary investigation into CAR killings

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The International Criminal Court (ICC) has announced it is opening a new preliminary investigation into what it calls "heinous" crimes taking place in the Central African Republic (CAR). The ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, issued a statement on Friday, which comes on the heels of several public statements urging the groups engaged in the conflict to [...]

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World Food Price Index down in January

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The price of cereals, sugars, oils and meat around the world fell in January for the first time in three months. The Food Price index published by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization, tracks the prices of internationally-traded food commodities. While the overall trend was down, the price of diary products increased. The Index averaged [...]

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Ban calls on people to adopt Olympic spirit

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The UN Secretary-General has called on people to take the Olympic spirit of fair play, mutual respect and spread it around the world. Ban Ki-moon made the remarks in a video-message aired at the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Russia. The UN Chief attended the event along with President Vladimir Putin [...]

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UN Radio News 07 February 2014

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83 people evacuated from besieged city of Homs in Syria: UN

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Eighty-three people have been evacuated from Old Homs City during a three-day humanitarian pause agreed between the parties to the conflict, the Secretary-General's Deputy Spokesperson, Farhan Haq, confirmed on Friday. According to media reports on the ground, the fighting has effectively stopped in Homs and civilians trapped in the rebel-held areas were being evacuated. "I [...]

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Truce between South Sudan fighters allows for deliver of aid in Malakal

Listen / A UNHCR staff member helps a displaced woman with her aid items at the Malakal Boys Secondary School.

Basic relief supplies are reaching an estimated 10,000 displaced people outside of the UN base in the town of Malakal, in South Sudan. That's according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Malakal has been the scene of some of the fiercest fighting last month, the agency says. Earlier, said UNHCR's Fatoumata Lejeune-Kaba [...]

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Agreement by Syria parties for humanitarian "pause" welcomed by UN

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Reports that the Syrian parties have agreed to a "humanitarian pause" to allow aid into the Old City of Homs has been welcomed by the UN's Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos. Jens Laerke, Spokesperson for the Office for the Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) made the announcement in response to a question by the media [...]

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Government of Syria to attend next round of Geneva peace talks

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A new round of peace talks between the warring parties in Syria will start on 10 February at the United Nations offices in Geneva. The face to face negotiations are aimed at ending the three year conflict that has claimed over 100,000 lives and left millions of Syrians displaced or under siege. Corinne Momal-Vanian, Director [...]

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WOMEN: There are gender disparities in radio broadcasting: UNESCO official

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There is still a lot of work that needs to be done to promote equality between men and women involved in the radio broadcasting industry.  That's according to Mirta Lourenco, chief of Media Development and Society at the UN Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).   UNESCO observes 13 February as World Radio Day each year [...]

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CAR violence forces thousands to flee to neighboring Cameroon

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Thousands of civilians have fled the Central African Republic into Cameroon in the past few days escaping fierce fighting between rival rebel groups, according to the UN refugee agency UNHCR. In the past ten days nearly 9,000 people have arrived in Kentzou in eastern Cameroon. The majority of the refugees are from the Central Africa [...]

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Need for global coalition to fight illicit and financial flows out of Africa

Former President of South Africa and Chair of the High Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows, Thabo Mbeki.

Former South African President Thabo Mbeki has stressed the need for global efforts to address the problem of illicit financial flows from Africa. President Mbeki chairs a ten member panel established in March 2011 by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Union (AU) to tackle the issue. The High Level Panel [...]

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Record low drop in the number of estimated deaths from measles

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Annual measles deaths have reached historic lows, dropping 77 per cent from the year 2000 to 2012 and preventing a little over 13 million deaths. The World Health Organization (WHO) made the announcement at the launch of a report on the agency's new mortality estimates regarding the disease. Measles is a very contagious disease marked [...]

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Great Lakes region of Africa needs peace for development

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Countries in the Great Lakes region of Africa need peace in order to be able to take advantage of their enormous natural resources to promote development. That view has been expressed by Mary Robinson, the UN Special Envoy for the region. Ms Robinson believes that an agreement reached by 11 African countries in February last [...]

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UN AND AFRICA: UN appeals for $2bn to break "crisis cycle" in Sahel

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• An appeal for $2 billion is being made by the UN to tackle a deteriorating humanitarian situation in the Sahel region of Africa. Over 20 million people across eight countries are struggling to feed themselves. It's hoped the money, which is part of a three-year response plan, will help to break what the UN [...]

6 Feb 2014 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

Syrian government must stop "foot dragging" over chemical weapons elimination programme: US top diplomat

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The Syrian government has been asked to take the necessary steps to fulfil its obligations under the chemical weapons convention and a UN Security Council resolution. The permanent representative of the United States to the United Nations issued a statement to the press on Thursday. Ambassador Samantha Power said it was "increasingly clear" the Syrian [...]

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UN chief and Hillary Clinton commit to advancing women's empowerment

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Hillary Rodham Clinton

The former Secretary of State for the United States, Hillary Clinton has committed to working with the United Nations to boost women's empowerment ahead of the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Ms Clinton met the Secretary-General of the UN in New York to discuss women’s equality and how to advance progress towards [...]

6 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN CALLING ASIA: Palau’s waters to become the world’s largest marine sanctuary

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Palau is increasing efforts to protect its environment by declaring a ban on foreign commercial fishing to create the world’s largest marine sanctuary. President Tommy Remengesau of Palau issued the statement in a briefing to the press on Tuesday, at UN headquarters in New York.  The Pacific Island nation has decided to close its Exclusive [...]

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Delays in removal of Syria chemical arsenal not "insurmountable", says Kaag

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The delays regarding Syria's chemical weapons elimination and destruction programme are not "insurmountable" according to a top UN official. Sigrid Kaag, the Special Coordinator of the Joint Mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations made the remarks on Thursday, following her briefing to the Security Council. Logistical [...]

6 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Over 800,000 people in CAR displaced by fighting

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

An estimated 838,000 people in the Central African Republic (CAR) are internally displaced, including 413,000 in the capital Bangui, according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The agency also says that insecurity continues to hinder humanitarian operations. Farhan Haq is the Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General. "Since 28 January, four violent [...]

6 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Eyewitness

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Actor Melvyn Douglas tells the story of UN staff working in the field, lending his voice as an ‘eyewitness’ to poverty around the globe and the cruelties of war. Language: English Genre: Report Duration: 28’48″ 1953

6 Feb 2014 | Posted in UN Radio Classics | Read More »

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Malnutrition threatens lives of 50,000 children in Mali

Listen / A child gets measured for malnutrition in Mali. Credit: OCHA

Up to 50,000 children in Mali may die of malnutrition this year if they don't receive enough food on time. This warning has come from the top United Nations humanitarian official in the country. Aid agencies in Mali say there are high levels of malnutrition in the country, which is recovering from a conflict with [...]

6 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN experts call on Syria warring parties to "stop the use of civilian suffering as method of war"

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The deprivation of basic necessities of life and the denial of humanitarian relief as a method of war being used by all parties to the Syrian conflict must cease "immediately". The call has come from a group of United Nations independent experts on the human rights to food, health, housing, water and sanitation, and on [...]

6 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Female genital cutting numbers on decline, but huge challenges remain

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Despite a century of efforts to put an end to female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM/C), millions of girls are still undergoing the practice. The UN Population Fund (UNFPA ) issued the message on the International Day of Zero Tolerance for  Female Genital Mutilation, observed every year on 6 February. Over 125 million girls and [...]

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Ban commends the "amazing" power of sports to unite people

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Sochi, Russian Federation

The popularity of sport transcends all barriers and has an amazing power to unite people as one in solidarity. That was UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's message on the eve of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Addressing the General Assembly of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for the first time, Mr. Ban urged warring [...]

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Malnutrition may kill 50,000 children in Mali

Listen / Malian refugees.  UNHCR/H. Caux

Aid agencies in Mali have expressed concern over the high levels of malnutrition in the country, warning that up to 50,000 children could die this year. United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Mali David Gressely says urgent funding is needed to preposition therapeutic feeding products in areas worst affected by malnutrition. He says although the security [...]

6 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Children in Syria conflict suffer torture, sexual abuse and other grave violations: UN

Listen / Leila Zerrougui, SG representative for children and armed conflict with Syrian child @UNICEF

The ongoing conflict in Syria has an alarming impact on children, a new UN report warns. The Secretary-General's very first report on children and armed conflict in Syria describes in detail horrific acts of child abuse committed by "all parties to the conflict" since 2011. Children have been forced to flee their homes to escape [...]

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Fisheries sector knowledge transferred among global south nations

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Asian countries can demonstrate to nations in the global south how best to develop their fish and aquaculture industries according to the United Nations. The industries are growing rapidly in Asia and now more of this knowledge is being transferred to places like Africa. Oceans and fisheries are among the topics under discussion in meetings [...]

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Two-thirds of South Sudanese food insecure

Listen / Some 3.7 million people are now facing acute or emergency levels of food insecurity.

Up to 7 million people in South Sudan, nearly two thirds of the total population, are not getting enough access to food according to the United Nations. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said 3.7 million were already facing acute or emergency levels of food insecurity. The UN's food agency said that the ongoing political [...]

5 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Attack on Iraqi foreign ministry condemned by UN

Listen / Farhan Haq

An attack on the Foreign Ministry of Iraq, which killed and injured a number of people, has been condemned in the "strongest terms" by the UN. It was reported that two car bombs exploded outside the ministry in Baghdad, near the heavily-fortified Green Zone on Wednesday. Sectarian violence has surged over the last year in [...]

5 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Withdraw amnesty law UN expert tells Spain

Listen / Pablo de Greiff

Spain should investigate alleged atrocities committed in its 1930s Civil War and under the regime of Francisco Franco that followed, a United Nations independent expert has urged. Special Rapporteur Pablo de Greiff, called on Spanish authorities to withdraw the 1977 Amnesty Law that shields any Franco-era crime from being brought to court. He said it [...]

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Polio vaccination campaign begins in Syrian camp for Palestinian refugees

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A large-scale polio vaccination campaign targeting thousands of Palestinian children has begun in the Yarmouk refugee camp just south of the Syrian capital Damascus. The UN agency for Palestine refugees, UNRWA, said it had also continued with food distributions in the camp, delivering over 800 parcels on Tuesday. Food supplements, and rehydration salts were also [...]

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2013 recorded among top ten warmest years

Listen / A view of the Langjökull glacier in Iceland, taken in July 2013, which has retreated considerably in the last few decades due to warmer temperatures. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The year 2013 was among the top ten warmest years since modern records began in 1850, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The agency says the warmest years on record are 2010 and 2005, with global temperatures about 0.55 °C above the long term average, followed by 1998, which also had an exceptionally strong [...]

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Palau's waters to become the world's largest marine sanctuary

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Palau is increasing efforts to protect its environment by declaring a ban on foreign commercial fishing to create the world's largest marine sanctuary. President Tommy Remengesau of Palau issued the statement in a briefing to the press on Tuesday, at UN headquarters in New York. The Pacific Island nation has decided to close its Exclusive [...]

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2013 among top ten warmest on record

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The year 2013 was among the top ten warmest years since modern records began in 1850, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Global land and ocean surface temperature was 0.50°C (0.90°F) above the 1961–1990 average. WMO says the global temperature for 2013 is consistent with the long term warming trend, and although the rate [...]

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Child rights precede reputation of the Catholic church, says UN Committee

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The Vatican has been told by a United Nations Committee to immediately remove all clergy within the catholic church known or suspected of involvement in child sex abuse. The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child heavily censured the Vatican for failing to put in place measures to address cases of child sex abuse [...]

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Nepalese peacekeepers arrive in South Sudan

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Two hundred and sixty Nepalese troops have arrived in Juba in South Sudan to join the United Nations peacekeeping mission, UNMISS. The Nepalese force, which follows an advance party of 25 soldiers from Nepal which arrived in January, will be deployed at UN sites for the protection of IDPs, people displaced by the ongoing conflict. [...]

5 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Syrian children subjected to "unspeakable" suffering

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Children in Syria have been subjected to "unspeakable" suffering in nearly three years of civil war in the country, according to the first United Nations report on how the conflict has affected young people. The report accuses the Syrian Government and allied militia of being responsible for countless killings, as well as the maiming and [...]

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UN condemns killing of staff member in DRC

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The killing of a member of staff of the United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) has been condemned by the most senior UN representative in the country. The staff member was shot dead in Beni in North Kivu province on Wednesday morning on the way to work. Beni, in the [...]

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Address “root causes” of conflict in South Sudan says UN official

Listen / Hervé Ladsous (second right) on a visit to the protection of civilians area at the UNMISS base in Tomping, South Sudan. Photo: UNMISS/Isaac Billy

The root causes of the conflict in South Sudan that has led to the deaths and displacements of thousands of people need to be identified and addressed in order to have lasting peace. That's what has been said by the head of UN peacekeeping operations, Herve Ladsous, who has concluded a two day visit to [...]

5 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

South Sudanese government urged to deal with root issues of conflict

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The government of South Sudan has been urged by the United Nations to deal with the root causes behind the ongoing conflict in order to bring peace to the country. South Sudan is experiencing ongoing internal instability after forces loyal to the former Vice-President took up arms against the government in December last year. Speaking [...]

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Rockwell mosaic rededicated at United Nations HQ

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A mosaic based on a painting by the American artist Norman Rockwell has been rededicated at the United Nations “The Golden Rule” which was presented to the UN  in 1985 as a gift by the United States, depicts people of different nationalities gathered together. It has become a global symbol of diversity, inclusion and understanding. [...]

4 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Children killed in "brutal, senseless communal violence" in CAR

Listen / Children in the Central African Republic. OCHA/ Laura Fultang

Children in the Central African Republic are "under assault and being killed in brutal, senseless communal violence" the Executive Director of the UN Children's fund UNICEF said on Tuesday. Thousands of people are thought to have been killed and about a million have fled their homes during months of inter communal violence in the Central [...]

4 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

490 deaths in inter-communal clashes in Kenya in 2013

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At least 490 people lost their lives in ethnic violence in northern Kenya in 2013, according to the UN's humanitarian office, (OCHA). The agency said over 1,200 others were injured and more than 47,000 displaced. It added that there had been a "dramatic escalation" of violence in December. OCHA said that "localized clashes" were due [...]

4 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Relief efforts continue in Central African Republic

Listen / Food aid arriving at an IDP camp in Bangui, Central African Republic. Photo: IRIN/Nicholas Long

Efforts continue to help end the crisis in the Central African Republic which started in December 2012 when rebels attacked government forces and seized a number of towns and cities. The conflict, which has claimed over 1,000 lives, continues between Christian and Muslim communities. The African-led mission in the country (MISCA) and French forces are [...]

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Food aid flown into besieged Syrian city

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The United Nations has started delivering aid to people trapped in the north of Syria as fighting continues in the country. Over 100,000 people have been killed during the three-year civil war which has pitted the government against opposition forces. Hundreds of thousands are under siege conditions with no access to food. On Tuesday, the [...]

4 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Lighting initiative seeks to brighten lives of refugees in UN camps

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A two-month campaign to raise funds to provide solar-powered lighting in refugee camps run by the UN has been launched by an international home-furnishings company. The IKEA Foundation will donate just over one US dollar to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) for every LED light bulb it sells in its stores around the world. The [...]

4 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

"No stability" in Yemen unless humanitarian needs met

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Yemen will not enjoy political stability unless the humanitarian needs of its people are met, according to a senior UN official in the country. The Middle-Eastern nation has suffered a series of internal conflicts in recent years, which have led to insecurity and a lack of development. More than half of the population of 25 [...]

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WFP to airlift food aid into CAR due to insecurity on roads

Listen / Food distribution by CAR Red Cross in Obo town @ICRC/M Kokic

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is to start airlifting food aid into the Central African republic, as road transport is becoming unreliable due to insecurity. The plan is to have 2,000 metric tons of food (mostly rice) transported to Bangui over the course of the month from Doula Cameroon. WFP says food stocks in [...]

4 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Female entrepreneurs in Africa and beyond to gain wider access to mentors and industry

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Women entrepreneurs around the world are being given an opportunity to better connect with experts, peers, networks and potential partners in their industry. A partnership formed between UN Women and the non-profit Mara Foundation during the African Union Summit in Ethiopia, promises to enable, empower and inspire women in business. The two entities will work [...]

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Fact-finding for nuclear power programmes

Listen / Marta Ferrari. IAEA@PHOTO

More and more countries around the world are looking at nuclear power as an alternative and sustainable source of energy according to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The agency is hosting the annual Infrastructure Development Meeting on Tuesday to discuss challenges and common issues faced in introducing nuclear energy. The meeting includes national governments, [...]

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Challenges of establishing nuclear power programmes under spotlight

Listen / A nuclear power plant under construction. IAEA@PHOTO

Countries around the world that are interested in developing nuclear power programmes are gathering at the United Nations in Vienna on Tuesday. Around 40 nations will attend an annual meeting hosted by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which is focusing on the planning and implementation of nuclear power facilities. The agency says more countries [...]

4 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

South Sudanese refugees to receive “special privileges” in Sudan

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A commitment by the Government of Sudan to provide international protection and humanitarian assistance to South Sudanese who have fled the conflict in their country has been welcomed by the United Nations. The Government of Sudan said that the refugees will be granted what were described as “special privileges”. South Sudan is experiencing ongoing internal [...]

3 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Daily News 03 February 2014

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Over 3 million people in South Sudan in acute need of food aid

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Tens of thousands of people affected by the conflict in South Sudan have lost their livelihoods and are unable to fend for themselves. An estimated 3.7 million people throughout the country are food insecure, according to the UN Humanitarian Coordinator, Toby Lanzer. Speaking to UN Radio's Robert Ohia, Mr. Lanzer said his office is set [...]

3 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Negotiations urged with armed groups in Mali

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The Malian authorities are being urged to finalize negotiations with armed groups to reduce insecurity in the country. Mali has experienced ongoing instability since early 2012, following a military coup d’état, fighting between Government forces and Tuareg rebels, as well as the seizure of its northern territory by radical Islamists. Speaking during a visit of [...]

3 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

"Stresses" as displaced crowd into South Sudan UN bases

Listen / UN Military Police checking for weapons from people seeking shelter in the UNMISS compound in Bor, Jonglei state, South Sudan. Photo: UNMISS

The large number of displaced people crowding into United Nations bases in South Sudan is creating significant stresses, according to a senior UN humanitarian official. The ongoing insecurity has led to 830,000 people fleeing their homes. 85,000 of those are currently sheltering in UN compounds. The high temperatures are adding to the problem of overcrowding. [...]

3 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Cancer cases increasing worldwide, says WHO

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The worldwide number of cancer cases has risen to an estimated 14 million per year and is expected to rise to 22 million annually in the next two decades. That's according to the World Cancer Report 2014 released by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the specialized agency of the World Health Organization. [...]

3 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Cancer prevention measures urgently needed to stop a global disease crisis

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The global cancer burden is growing at an alarming pace with experts calling for the urgent implementation of efficient prevention strategies to curb the disease. The latest edition of the World Cancer report published by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) , shows that in 2012, the number of new cancer cases rose to 14 [...]

3 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Establishment of new development goals a step closer

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The establishment of the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs is moving a step closer this week as countries around the world gather at the UN in New York to discuss the future of global development. The SDGs are replacing the MDGs or Millennium Development Goals, the deadline for which is the end of next year. [...]

3 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

New global development goals move a step closer

Listen / Children are taught in their mother-tongue at a multilingual primary school in Bangladesh.  Photo:  Salman Saeed/UNDP

Countries from around the world are gathering at the UN in New York this week to chart the future path of global development. The General Assembly's Open Working Group is tasked with defining the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs. The SDGs are replacing the Millennium Development Goals. Those goals aimed at halving world poverty and [...]

3 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

$2bn needed to break "crisis cycle" in Sahel

Listen / Malian refugees.  UNHCR/H. Caux

An appeal for $2 billion is being made by the United Nations to break what's been described as a "crisis cycle" in the Sahel region. The humanitarian situation in the eight countries of the African region is deteriorating according to the UN. It says that more than 20 million people are struggling to feed themselves [...]

3 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN appeals for $2bn to break Sahel "crisis cycle"

Listen / Robert Piper, UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

An appeal for $2 billion is being made by the UN to tackle what's been described as a deteriorating humanitarian situation in the Sahel region of Africa. More than 20 million people across eight countries are struggling to feed themselves and over two and a half million require urgent lifesaving food assistance. It's hoped the [...]

3 Feb 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

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