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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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

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 »

UN Radio News 06 February 2014

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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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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

Fisheries sector knowledge transferred among global south nations

Listen / A fish vendor and his wares, Rome, Italy.

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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